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Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 1 NSW Country Baseball Championship Rules Author: CLSC Executive Date: 7 July 2012 Version: 1.005

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 2 Table  of  Contents   PRE-­‐TOURNAMENT 3   GENERAL  INFORMATION 3   GENERAL  PLAYER  RULES 4   HOST  RESPONSIBILITIES 6   SCORERS 6   UMPIRES 6   TOURNAMENT  MEETING 7   TOURNAMENT  RULES  –  GENERAL 7   TOURNAMENT  RULES  –  PLAYING 8   FINALS 12   WEATHER 13   INDIVIDUAL  AGE  GROUPS 14   UNDER  10 14   UNDER  12 20   LITTLE  LEAGUE 23   UNDER  14 24   UNDER  16 27   UNDER  18 30   SENIORS 33   RULES  PER  DIVISION 34  

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 3 PRE-TOURNAMENT General information G.1 Duration of all Championships is to be 2-3 days, and scheduled as determined by the CLSC prior to November 30 in the year prior to the Championship. G.2 Associations are permitted to nominate a maximum of two (2) teams to compete in the Under 10,12, 14, 16, 18 and Senior Championships and one (1) team only for Little League. (CLSC reserve the right to seed teams and design draws as they see fit in the interests of the sport.) G.3 Associations wishing to compete in Country Baseball NSW Championships shall return the TEAM ENTRY FORM (Appendix 1) to the Secretary of CLSC at least two months prior to the tournament date.

G.4 Participating Associations shall complete a TEAM NOMINATION FORM (Appendix 2) for each team showing all officials, players, addresses etc. These forms must be in the hands of the Secretary of CLSC (6) six weeks prior to the appropriate championship. PENALTY: TO RULE G.3 and G.4 If the relevant are not in the hands by the due date to the Secretary then that association may incur a fine for the late lodgement and may not be included in the draw for the Championship . G.5 All nominated players must be in attendance for the entire Championship unless approval by the CLSC prior to the Championship.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 4 General player rules G.6 • Players competing in Under 10 age group shall be over the age of (8) eight and under the age of (10) ten years as at 31st of December of the Championship year. • Players competing in Under 12 age group shall be over the age of (10) ten years and under the age of (12) twelve years as at 31st of December of the Championship year. • Players competing in Little League age group must be League age of 11 or 12 as at 30th April of the Championship year.

• Players competing in Under 14 age group shall be over the age of (12) twelve years and under the age of (14) fourteen years as at 31st of December of the Championship year.

• Players competing in Under 16 age group shall be over the age of (14) fourteen years and under the age of (16) sixteen years as at the 31st of December of the Championship year. • Players competing in the Under 18 age group shall be over the age of (16) sixteen years and under the age of (18) eighteen years as at the 31st of December of the Championship Year. • Players competing in the Women’s age group must have turned 14 prior to the CLSC Country Championship. Permission may be granted for players under this age (as long as they turn 14 prior to the commencement of the next National Tournament) to participate should the CLSC deem players capable.

Associations should present a written submission to CLSC at least one month prior to the tournament, providing qualified opinions on their mental and physical capability to participate. • Players competing in the Senior age group shall be over the age of (18) eighteen years as at the 31st December of the Championship Year unless special dispensation is granted by CLSC. EXAMPLE: For u12s, u14s, u16s and u18s if a player's birthday is on the December 31st they are not eligible to play in that age group, whereas a player who’s birthday in on January 1st is eligible to play in that age group.

G.7 A player cannot play outside their respective age group without application to, and approval from the CLSC. Any player approved to play up in a higher age group must comply with the pitching limits of the age group of the player but will play the extra pitching distance of the higher age group. G.8 All Executive Officers for u14s, u16s, u18s and Seniors must submit a completed REPRESENTATIVE AVAILABILITY SHEET (Appendix 3) at the pre-tournament meeting on the 1st day of the Championships. G.9 It is the responsibility of the Field Manager and Executive Officer of each team to make all team officials aware of the Code of Ethics Statement (Appendix 4) and all players aware of the Code of Conduct Statement (Appendix 5).

These documents are applicable to all events conducted or sanctioned by Country Baseball NSW.

G.10 All players and team officials must be registered with Baseball NSW. They must be listed on the nomination form that is sent by their Association to CLSC. All monies associated with the registration of players and officials must also have been paid in full.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 5 THOSE PLAYERS OR OFFICIALS NOT REGISTERED OR FINANCIAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER THE CONTROL OF COUNTRY BASEBALL NSW. G.11 Team lists submitted at the E.O. meeting prior to the start of the series is final.

Once a player has participated in a game in any Championship he/she may not be replaced in the team list G.12 PERMITTED OFFICIALS are as follows: Field Manager, 3 Assistant Coaches, Executive Officer, Scorer, Bat Person and Trainer / Physio. G.13 All coaching staff shall be accredited to minimum of LEVEL 1 for TEE BALL and LEVEL 2 for UNDER 12 AND UNDER 14, LEVEL 3 FOR UNDER 16 AND ABOVE unless approved by CLSC prior to the commencement of the Championship.

G.14 PICK UP PLAYERS Any player or players wishing to participate at the Country Championships that cannot do so due to that player’s association not participating must be nominated to CLSC not less than 30 days prior to Championships. Nomination is to be on the “Country Championship Pick-Up Player Nomination Form”. Any association wishing to obtain a player or players for the Country Championships shall apply in writing to CLSC. Application is to be on the “Country Championship Pick-Up Player Request Form” If there are no nominations on the database then CLSC may canvas any association in an attempt to satisfy requests.

G.15 REPRESENTATIVE SELECTION To be considered for CBNSW selection a player must participate in the Country Championships, unless an “Exceptional Circumstances Application” is approved by CLSC. This application must be forwarded via, and with endorsement from the player’s nominated association, at the time the TEAM NOMINATION FORM is submitted. In the event that the player’s association refuses to endorse the application, the player may then apply directly to the CLSC for consideration. This application must be received by the CLSC at least 21 days prior to the relevant tournament.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 6 HOST RESPONSIBILITIES G.16 An adequate undercover room/tent/area for First Aid Attendant MUST be available for all Championships at all times.

G.17 Access shall be made available to a Doctor / Medical Centre on call 24 hours. Or an available list of local facilities posted at canteen area / Tournament meeting area. SCORERS G.18 Each Association participating at all Championships must provide one (1) Team Scorer per team nominated.

PENALTY: $100.00 per Team Scorer not supplied. G.19 The Team Scorer for each team shall be named on the team nomination form. G.20 Each Association participating at all Championships must provide one (1) Official Scorer per every four (4) teams ( or part thereof ) nominated by the Association. PENALTY: $100.00 per Official Scorer not supplied. G.21 The Secretary of Country Baseball NSW Scorers Committee shall be notified of the name/s of the Official Scorer/s nominated for each Association. It is the responsibility of each individual Association to notify the Scorers Committee, at least one (1) month prior to all Championships of such nomination/s.

G.22 All Team and Official Scorers shall be qualified to a minimum of Country Level 3 or CABS level 2, and be a current member and insured by ABF. (On “my club” database) or obtained an exemption from the CLSC Scorers Coordinator. G.23 Official line-up sheets are to be in the hands of the Scorers ten (10) minutes before official starting time of each game. Players that are ineligible to Pitch or Catch are to be marked with an asterisk (*) to the left of the players name and those that are ineligible to play other than pinch hitting or running with a circle (O) to the left of the players name on the official line up sheet.

G.24 Scorers are responsible for tendering results sheets to the Scorers Co-ordinator within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of a game. Or in the case of a double header, forty five (45) minutes after the second game.

G.25 Before an Association is declared the winner, the association and the official score books may be vetted for any rule anomalies. UMPIRES G.26 Each Association participating at all Championships must provide one (1) Umpire per team nominated. G.27 The Team Umpire for each team should be named and advised to the Secretary of the Country Baseball NSW Umpires Association and Official Tournament coordinator at least one (1) month prior to all championships, if possible at the time to be included on the TEAM NOMINATION FORM. G.28 Each Team Umpire shall be qualified to a minimum level “0” for T-Ball and u’12 and minimum level “1” for all age groups u14 and above.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 7 TOURNAMENT MEETING G.29 One (1) hour prior to the commencement of the first game for all Championships there will be the following meetings: Scoring Coordinator and ALL SCORERS Director of Umpires and ALL UMPIRES Tournament Director and ALL EXECUTIVES OFFICER and / or FIELD MANAGERS Attendance is COMPULSORY. Balls, Score Sheets etc. will be available at these meetings. G.30 Any changes to the TEAM NOMINATION FORM of players and officials, submitted prior to all Championship must be notified at the meeting of Executive Officers and Field Managers prior to the start of the Championship.

G.31 All baseballs used at all Championships are to be the same brand and purchased from Country Baseball NSW. Each team is to put two (2) balls into each game and have balls of acceptable standard available for back up should the Plate Umpire require them. TOURNAMENT RULES – GENERAL G.32 PLAYERS’ UNIFORMS are to display number on centre back of playing top 18cm-25cm in size. These numbers to be in ‘strong’ contrast to the playing top colour. Numbers on sleeves are optional and should be 8cm-12.5cm in size. These numbers to be in ‘strong’ contrast to the playing top colour.

G.33 Only Association uniform or attire may be worn while participating in the tournament.

Both whilst playing and at the Tournament venue. G.34 The CLSC tournament director or his representative has the authority to direct the coach to have the player remove any non-association article of apparel. G.35 FORFEITS The result of a forfeit will be determined as: • Greater of 9 runs to Nil or current deficit extended to the scheduled innings + total runs scored by the team. • The scheduled inning refers to the number of innings allotted to the age group finals (see Matrix page 31).E.g. an Under 16 game with a deficit of 4 runs after 2 innings = 4 runs divided by 2 innings x 7 scheduled innings.

This determines a forfeit score of 14 – 0. G.36 In the event of either team not being ready to commence play within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled starting time of the game the match shall be forfeited to the opposing team. G.37 INJURIES Medical Certificates must be provided (to the Tournament Director) as soon as possible for any injury or illness that may prevent a player from completing their participation requirements. G.38 M.V.P. Points in Under 10 and 12s Both Coaches are to select a player from the opposite team to receive the MVP points from that game. Both names will be put on the result cards.

(eg: The coach from the winning team will select a player from the losing team and the coach from the losing team will select a player from the winning team.)

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 8 G.39 DISPUTES CLSC will appoint a disputes committee and Judiciary, to adjudicate on any matter. Any dispute shall be in writing and accompanied by a $100.00 fee, and shall be handed to the Championship Co-ordinator prior to the team’s next game. If the appeal is unsuccessful the fee will not be refunded. If the appeal is successful the fee will be refunded in full. G.40 INTEREST OF BASEBALL DETERMINATION CLSC reserve the right to consider special circumstances with regard to the rules and to change, amend or interpret any of these rules at their discretion, acting in the interests of baseball.

TOURNAMENT RULES – PLAYING G.41 Specific rules not covered in this supplement shall be as per A.B.F and Official Baseball Rules. G.42 HOME TEAM The first team nominated on the Championship Draw shall be declared the HOME TEAM, they will occupy 3rd base dugout and field first. G.43 HELMETS Double eared helmets are MANDATORY during all Championships for hitter, the hitter on deck, base runners, the bat person and the base coach (if not an adult.) (Not an adult shall be deemed as under the age of 18 for Country Tournaments) G.44 END OF GAME No top of an innings will commence within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled completion time.

If the top of an innings has commenced then the bottom shall also be played for a Result Only not averages. No game shall proceed beyond the starting time of the next game. At that point the game shall stop and the score revert to the last equal innings, except with the team batting second having improved their position. G.45 COLLISION RULE applies throughout When a batter, runner or base runner is trying to obtain 2nd or 3rd base, only when a play is being made on the runner or runners, the runner “MUST SLIDE” into the base he or she is trying to obtain. (This does not include a run down Play).

The definition of a play is: When you have a ball and runner arriving at the same time. G.46 CATCHERS PROTECTION applies throughout It is MANDATORY that ALL catchers are required to wear protective headgear, which includes a helmet and face mask with throat guard. Any person warming up a pitcher must wear a helmet/face mask at all times in the bullpen. Helmet and separate face mask must have a throat guard, full fitted complete hockey style headset is adequate without extra throat guard. G.47 SPIRIT OF THE GAME.

All games are played as per the rules of baseball, with the exception of modifications listed in this document.

Teams are especially reminded that all games, including “dead rubbers” are expected to be played within the spirit of the game, and for the full duration indicated within these rules.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 9 Any umpire believing that a team is not adhering to these rules (including but not exclusively: • intentional slowing down of games, • throwing or not trying in games, • manipulating results or premature finishes to the game) is instructed to officially warn the offending team(s). See rule of baseball rule 4.15 (b) If the umpire believes the team(s) do not adhere to these warnings he may end the game via forfeit, or dual forfeit, and will forward a report immediately to the Tournament Director. PENALTIES: If found guilty at the subsequent judiciary hearing the offending team(s) will lose2 (two) wins in addition to the forfeit imposed in this rule.

G.48 BLOOD BIN RULE Players who are injured and who require treatment to stem the flow of any body fluids may leave the game without penalty. If on base a courtesy runner may be used until replaced by the original player. If at bat the player may obtain treatment and if unable to be treated within a reasonable period of time the player may be replaced or the batting shall continue with the count applied to a courtesy batter (the player if removed for treatment shall not bat until their turn in the line up again arrives.) If in the field a courtesy fielder may be used while treatment is applied.

(ALL SOILED CLOTHING MUST BE REPLACED.) Players who after treatment are unable to return into the game at the completion of three (3) further innings shall be replaced. (NO EJECTED PLAYER MAY BE USED AS A REPLACEMENT PLAYER.) If no reserves a person who has left the game may be used. G.49 TIME SAVING RULES G.49.1 Policy and Intent 49.1.1 The CLSC have resolved to speed-up the play of Country Championship games. The intent of these rules is to encourage umpires, coaches and players to limit time-wasting and to ensure ABF games progress quickly and smoothly.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 10 G.49.2 Umpires Responsible for Enforcement 49.2.1 Umpires are responsible for the enforcement of the CLSC time saving rules and should wear a wrist-watch for this purpose. All violations of this Section should be reported to the Tournament Director and referenced in the Umpires’ Written Report to the CLSC. G.49.3 Pre-game Practice 49.3.1 In no event should pre-game practice interfere with or delay the scheduled start of the game (with the exception of wet weather implications). The teams should comply with the Rules set forth herein regarding such matters.

G.49.4 12 Second Pitch Rule 49.4.1 The 12 second rule for the pitcher shall apply whenever there are no runners on base. Official Baseball Rule 8.04. 49.4.2 If the pitch is thrown before the violation is called, the pitch shall be deemed a ball, regardless of its location. 49.4.3 If, in the Umpire’s opinion, the pitcher is intentionally violating the Rule, the Umpire may eject the offending pitcher and/or manager from the game. G.49.5 Hitter to Remain in Batter’s Box 49.5.1 The hitter shall be required to remain in the batter’s box unless he makes a request “time” and the umpire feels that the request is reasonable.

Only then shall the umpire grant time out.

49.5.2 If no runners are on base, the batter should not be granted time and permitted to leave the batter’s box unless, in the opinion of the umpire, unusual circumstances exist which make the request a reasonable one. G.49.6 Limit on Warm-up Pitches 49.6.1 Unless a pitcher is entering a game to replace a pitcher who has been injured or ejected, he shall be permitted a maximum 60 seconds including a minimum of three (3) warm-up pitches. This same time limit shall apply to pitchers warming up prior to the start of an inning.

Should either team take longer than 60 seconds to make the changeover between innings, penalties will be invoked.

On the first such occasion in a game, the team’s manager will be given an official warning by the Home Plate Umpire. Any further transgressions shall result in a called strike (if it is the batting team which offends) or a called ball (if it is the pitching team which offends). The 60 second time limit commences immediately the third out of the previous innings is completed. In order to facilitate this changeover, batting teams MUST replace the catcher with a ‘pinch runner’ (such replacement will have no bearing on the participation statistics for either player) after two outs. The active pitcher will be permitted to warm up prior to taking the mound by throwing in foul territory adjacent to their dugout.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 11 G.49.7 Limits on Offensive Meetings 49.7.1 Teams are allowed a maximum of three (3) offensive meetings per game. An offensive meeting shall be charged any time a coach delays the game for any length of time to talk with an offensive player, whether it be the hitter, a base-runner or an on-deck batter going to the plate, or to another coach. If the game goes into extra innings, one (1) additional offensive meeting shall be permitted for each three (3) extra innings. G.49.8 Visits to the Mound 49.8.1 Three (3) free visits will be allowed to the mound in a 6, 7 or 9 innings game.

The fourth and any subsequent visit in a game will cause the removal of the pitcher. The second, and any subsequent visit in any one inning, will cause the removal of the pitcher. 49.8.2 Any visit may be no longer than 60 seconds to the mound (at the umpire’s discretion). Time starts when the Coach/Manager crosses the foul line.

49.8.2 Any visit may be no longer than 60 seconds to the mound (at the umpire’s discretion). Time starts when the Coach/Manager crosses the foul line. 49.8.3 Should a game proceed into extra innings, then one (1) extra visit will be allowed for every three (3) innings or part thereof. 49.8.4 Pitching changes must be made by a visit to the mound. Any attempt to move the pitcher to a defensive position on a second visit by going directly to the Plate Umpire is a circumvention of the rule and is not permitted.

49.8.5 All substitutions must be made via the Plate Umpire. After receiving the substitution/s the umpire will signal the scorers to indicate the substitutions.

Scorers are to be alert for changes so as to avoid unnecessary delays. It is recommended that there be somebody situated adjacent to the scorers to alert them when changes are being made.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 12 FINALS G.50 COMPETITION TABLES shall be formulated as follows: Games won divided by games played. Note: A tie is allocated as ½ of a win. G.51 FINALS • Under 10s There will be no finals in this age group. The winner of the Under 10 age group will be the team with the most accumulated points. In the event of teams finishing on equal points, joint winners will be declared. • Under 12, Little League, Under 14, 16, 18 and Senior The number of team entries will determine whether or not a final will be played. If there is a final it will be determined as seen fit by the CLSC, according to the presented draw.

If there is no final in an age group then the winner of the age group will be the team with the most accumulated points.

G.52 HEAD TO HEAD METHOD In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the head-to-head method to those equal teams will apply to decide placing’s after the preliminary rounds. When the head-to-head results are equal, a similar method will be used for games against the team finishing above on the championship ladder. G.53 In the event of two (2) or more teams finishing in a tie and the above clauses do not resolve the order of ranking, then the following method will apply. • The fewest runs allowed in the games played between the tied teams. • The fewest runs allowed in the game played between teams above or then below the tied teams.

G.54 PRELIMINARY FINALS If a Preliminary Final is tied the highest seeded team will move into the Championship Final. G.55 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS shall be played over the number of innings with the option of a specified maximum time limit as determined by CLSC. In the event of a tied score at the completion of the designated time, one (1) extra innings will be played to decide the championship winner. If scores remain tied Joint winners will be declared. If the Final fails to reach the minimum number of innings (e.g. in the case of U12: 3 innings or 1 hour) Joint Premiers shall be declared.

NOTE: Senior B Div Final is to be of 7 innings with the option of a specified maximum time limit as determined by CLSC.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 13 Weather All preliminary games and finals have a minimum number of innings or time that must be played to achieve a result if interrupted by bad weather. (see matrix page: 30) • If in the event that bad weather interrupts such a number of preliminary games that either seeding or clear division placings cannot be determined, then the outcome of the Championships shall be determined by a meeting of the CLSC which will be held as soon as either local council or ground staff closes grounds or it is obvious that the outcome of the tournament is threatened.

• Where local council does not close grounds, then condition of the grounds shall be judged by consultation between ground crew / or ground crew chief and the Tournament directors. • If the grounds are deemed unplayable then games for that game slot or that days will be called off depending on current weather conditions with assessment of the next days play to be made.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 14 Individual age groups UNDER 10 Shoes: Only moulded sole shoes, rubber soled sneakers, joggers or shoes with flexible soft stops or dimple soles, as approved by CLSC can be used. Infield Fly: Rule does not apply Bat: Baseball bats may be wood, aluminum, ceramic or carbon graphite and must not be altered in any way. In accordance with IBA rules, 115dB will be the sound emission limit standards for non-wood bats.

The maximum allowable weight differential is Minus 11 (-11) and maximum barrel 2 ¼” “Weight differential” is the difference between the length and weight of a bat, eg a 33inch; 28oz bat would have a –5 weight differential.

Before each game the umpire may inspect all bats to ensure they are legal. Any illegal bat will be removed, and if used for play immediately beforehand, the play will be nullified. If used after being identified by the umpire, the coach will be removed from the game.

PLAYING U/10 P.1 A representative squad consists of a minimum of twelve (12) players and a maximum of fourteen (14) players. A game team shall consist of twelve (12) players who will bat in order. Any (9) nine of those 12 players may be the fielders. U/10 P.2 The ball is not pitched in Tee Ball - instead it is hit from a Tee. The Tee must be constructed to allow for easy removal by the umpire. The stem of the Tee must be located over the front of home plate and be adjustable for the varying height of batters. Note: The base of the T Stand DOES NOT substitute as a home plate. A standard field home plate must be placed in the correct position on the diamond.

The stem of the T Stand is then positioned in front of the home plate.

U/10 P.3 For the purpose of Tee Ball, unless otherwise specified in these rules, a reference in the Official Rules of Baseball to: • “The time of the pitch” shall be read as a reference to “the time the batter hits the ball”. • “The next pitch” shall be read as a reference to the next swing of the batter at the ball, whether hit or not. • “The batter swinging at the pitched ball” shall be read as a reference to the batter swinging at the ball on the tee.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 15 GROUNDS U/10 P.4 The field shall be marked as follows: On open grounds a dead ball line should be drawn parallel to and 25ft (7.62m) to 30ft (9.14m) outside the third and first base lines.

The players’ benches shall be outside this area. The ball is dead beyond the limits of the playing field. EQUIPMENT U/10 P.5 The ball shall be regulation Tee-Ball or a normal baseball for Country Youth Series. For under 6 and under 8 age groups a soft touch - “Incrediball” Size 9 shall be used at all time for Association Club baseball.

U/10 P.6 The Tee • May be of any suitable material, • Should be of any suitable construction and adjustable, • Must not have any sharp edges or protuberances, • Must be light enough to be easily moved, • May be adjustable to suit any batter, • Must be placed with the stem over the front of home plate (see note in Rule P56), • Must be removed by the umpire whenever necessary after the batter hits a fair ball. U/10 P.7 The bat may be regulation Softball or Baseball bat provided the bat has a maximum weight differential of -11 and maximum barrel of 2 ¼” U/10 P.8 A regulation scorebook for (12) twelve players.

PLAYERS Players Participation All players must participate for a minimum of 50% of total plate appearances available to their team during the whole Junior Championship Series.

PENALTY: $30.00 per offending player, charged to that player’s association and loss of four (2) championship points. U/10 P.9 Re-entry and designated hitter (DH) rule are not applicable. U/10 P.10 Each team, when batting, may place a Coach at first and third base to coach the base runners. • They must not be nearer 3m from the diamond or touch the runner as they go by. • No other coaching by any other person is permitted during actual play. • “Time” should only be called by coaches during the game to avoid or because of injury to a player or seek interpretation or clarification of rules from the umpire.

• “Time” cannot be called to move fielders or make adjustments to the batter’s stance.

U/10 P.11 Once a player is removed from the game line up (i.e. replaced by a thirteenth player), he or she may not return. THE GAME U/10 P.12 There shall be one minute between innings i.e. from the call of “Side away” to Batter up”. U/10 P.13 The batter has twenty (20) seconds from the call of “ Batter up” to address the Tee.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 16 U/10 P.14 An innings is completed when either three (3) outs have been made or nine (9) batters have completed their turn at bat, which ever occurs first.

U/10 P.15 When the ninth batter for the innings comes to bat, the scorer shall notify the plate umpire, who shall inform both sides by loudly calling and signalling “Last Batter”. U/10 P.16 If the team scorer fails to notify the plate umpire that the ninth batter is at bat, the umpire shall declare any subsequent plays cancelled, the ball dead, no runs shall score, and replayed in accordance with (Rule P.14) U/10 P.17 When the ninth batter hits a fair ball, the side may be put out by: • Getting the ninth batter out at or prior to attaining first base, irrespective of the number of outs.

• Getting three outs by normal play. • Any fielder holding the ball and standing on home plate irrespective of the number of outs. • Any fielder controlling the ball in the path of a runner (and not attempting a play.) All runners who have already passed the fielder are awarded the next base if there are less than two out. U/10 P.18 No runs shall score: • After the ninth batter is out • When the third out is the result of a base runner leaving base before the batter hits the ball • When the third out is the result of a force out U/10 P.19 If there were not 3 outs in the previous innings, then the first batter in the next innings shall be the batter following the ninth batter from the previous innings.

BATTING U/10 P.20 The umpire should ensure that the Tee is adjusted to the batters satisfaction before calling “Play Ball”. U/10 P.21 The batter shall be permitted to level the bat with the ball or practice swing only twice. Any additional movement of the bat towards the ball shall be called a strike unless the ball is hit into play. U/10 P.22 The batter shall take a normal full swing when striking the ball. Bunting is not permitted. Any violation shall be called a strike. U/10 P.23 The batter shall take a set stance parallel with the inside edge of home plate. The back foot will not be permitted to be repositioned (substantially altered) after “Play Ball” is called.

Front foot movement is permitted except where the result of the front foot movement will cause the ball to be hit in a significantly different direction. Each time either front or back foot is moved, “Foul Ball” is called and one strike is recorded on the batter. If a foul ball is called the ball is dead and all play will stop.

U/10 P.24 Once the umpire calls “Play Ball,” all talking, undue noise and fielder movement must cease until the ball has been hit. If the batter hits before “Play Ball” is called, the ball is dead and no count is recorded on the batter. A STRIKE IS CALLED U/10 P.25 When the batter swings at the ball on the Tee and misses.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 17 U/10 P.26 When the batter swings and hits the Tee but not the ball (whether the Tee is knocked over or not) the ball is dead and the runners may not advance.

The umpire should call and signal “Foul Ball”. U/10 P.27 For each and every “Foul Ball” (all fouls are counted as strikes, and after three (3) the batter is out). For local competitions, Associations may vary this rule to four (4). U/10 P.28 A batted ball comes to rest within the 9feet (2.74metre) arc line. FIELDING RULES U/10 P.29 Until the ball is hit: • The pitcher must have both feet on the pitching plate. • The catcher must be behind home plate in the catcher’s box. • No fielder other than the catcher may be in foul territory. • All fielders other than the pitcher must be outside the diamond.

HOW TO GET OUT U/10 P.30 Caught in foul or fair territory U/10 P.31 Tagged in between bases. (The ball must be held securely in the hands or glove which contacts the runner).

U/10 P.32 Three (3) strikes. U/10 P.33 A player may be forced out if: • A batter fails to reach first base • The runner fails to advance to the next base because the batter/runner(s) from proceeding base(s) oblige him/her. (A fielder by holding the ball securely and standing on the base that the runner is forced to, will put the runner out.) Other plays may then eventuate. U/10 P.34 By running before a fly ball, (i.e. any ball that is caught) and not returning to base before the ball is returned to the base.

U/10 P.35 By leaving the base before the ball is hit the runner is called out.

U/10 P.36 If the bat is thrown dangerously. The ball is dead and the runners may not advance. (Dangerously” - is defined as connects or almost hits the catcher or any other player, official or spectator. Umpires judgement) U/10 P.37 A base runner that misses a base(s) is out if this is a result of an APPEAL PLAY! APPEAL PLAY (How and when an appeal can occur.) U/10 P.38 Is where any fielder stands on the base(s) that was missed holding the ball and appeals to the umpire. The appeal will be allowed only if he or she has seen an infringement and the next batter has not commenced his or her turn at bat.

U/10 P.39 A player bats out of order (Normal baseball rules apply.) U/10 P.40 Team scorer fails to notify umpire re 9th batter (refer to rule P.16).

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 18 FAIR BALL U/10 P.41 A fair ball is a legally batted ball which: • Settles, or is touched, on fair ground between home and first base and home and third base after passing the 9 feet (2.74 metre) arc. • Bounds past first or third base on or over fair ground. • Touches first or third base. • While on or over fair ground touches the person or clothing of an umpire outside the diamond.

• First falls on fair ground beyond first or third base. A fair fly must be judged according to the relative position of the ball and the foul line, regardless of whether the fielder is on fair or foul ground at the time he or she touches the ball.

FOUL BALL U/10 P.42 A foul ball is a legally batted ball which: • Settles on foul ground between home and first or between home and third. • Bounds past first or third base on or over foul ground. • First touches on foul ground beyond first or third base. • While on or over foul ground touches the person or clothing of an umpire. • Settles, or is touched, within the 9feet (2.74 metre) arc. • Touches a fielder in the 9 feet (2.74 metre) arc and the ball drops to the ground. Any bunt shall be called a foul ball, regardless of where the ball lands or is fielded. BASE RUNNERS U/10 P.43 All runners must pass the base in the order of 1st then 2nd then 3rd before proceeding home, may elect to stop at any base on the way.

U/10 P.44 A runner must wait until the ball is hit before leaving the base. A runner who leaves the base before the ball is hit is out. The ball is dead. The batter returns to bat again and any call is cancelled. U/10 P.45 The base runner may continue past first base and home plate only. Any time a base runner is off the base he or she can be tagged out, regardless of whether he or she is forced. TIME “Note: Time will be called immediately if a player has been injured.” U/10 P.46 “Time” shall be called when, in the opinion of the umpire, all possible play has ceased, i.e. when an infielder has control of the ball, no further play is imminent OR the ball has been returned to the catcher.

U/10 P.47 When the ball is over thrown and becomes “DEAD” i.e. goes into the bench or beyond the limits of the playing field (dead ball line) or hits a person not involved in the game etc. The umpire calls “Time” from the moment at which the ball is dead i.e. crosses the line. All runners(including the batter) advance to the base they were running to when the umpire called “Time”. U/10 P.48 If, after the ninth batter has hit a fair ball, the ball in the opinion of the umpire is deliberately over thrown and becomes dead, all runners shall be awarded “HOME”. The coach of the from the game. fielding team shall be warned that a repetition will warrant his/her removal U/10 P.49 When time is called any base runner must return to their last occupied base if they are not forced.

U/10 P.50 There is no halfway rule in Tee Ball.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 19 UMPIRES U/10 P.51 At the line up meeting, the umpire should: • Indicate the limit of the playing field. • Clarify any special, local or ground rules that apply. U/10 P.52 Umpire calls “Batter” then “Play Ball” for each batter and every strike, foul ball and dead ball. Also after “Time” has been called. U/10 P.53 The umpire should place the ball on the Tee and adjust the height of the Tee to suit the batter.

U/10 P.54 The Tee must be removed by the umpire whenever necessary so that the players will not be obstructed or injured.

U/10 P.55 All interference and obstructions MUST be called, thus teaching children how to play properly and position themselves correctly, in fielding and base-running. U/10 P.56 The umpire shall not call “Time” until all possible play has ceased. (refer to rule P.46) U/10 P.57 When the ball becomes dead the umpire, in order to prevent risk of injury should, whenever necessary call and signal “Dead Ball” and so prevent further plays taking place. U/10 P.58 Unless appealed to, the umpire does not call a player out for having failed to touch a base or batting out of order. (Umpires shall not give any indication of an appeal play situation.) U/10 P.59 Umpires shall not penalise a team for infraction of a rule when imposing the penalty would be to the advantage of the offending team.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 20 UNDER 12 Shoes: ABF rules in U’12 tournaments, only shoes with flexible soft tops or dimple type soles can be worn. Dropped 3rd Strike: Automatic out ball remains alive. Bat: Baseball bats may be wood, aluminum, ceramic or carbon graphite and must not be altered in any way. In accordance with IBA rules, 115dB will be the sound emission limit standards for non-wood bats. The maximum allowable weight differential is Minus 11 (-11) and maximum barrel 2 ¼”.“Weight differential” is the difference between the length and weight of a bat, eg a 33inch; 28oz bat would have a –5 weight differential.

Before each game the umpire may inspect all bats to ensure they are legal. Any illegal bat will be removed, and if used for play immediately beforehand, the play will be nullified.

If used after being identified by the umpire, the coach will be removed from the game. PLAYING RULES U/12 P.60 Additional rules – refer Matrix page 31. U/12 P.61 Base runners may not leave the base until the pitch crosses the front of home plate. Penalty: Runner is out. Ball is dead, all runners return to the last base they were entitled. U/12 P.62 PLAYERS PARTICIPATION • Position players must participate for a minimum of 40% of defensive outs available to their team during the preliminary rounds of the Junior Championship, i.e. up until the final. A player may use the Final for qualification.

• Players may only catch a maximum of two (2) games per day and six (6) games per series excluding final. Penalty: $30.00 per offending player, charged to that player’s Association & loss of 2 points PITCHERS • Managers may nominate up to FOUR (4) pitchers for the tournament that shall be required to meet a minimum TWO (2) assignment provision or a minimum of 40% defensive out available to their team as outlined in PART 1 of this rule. These players’ names are to be submitted in writing, to the Tournament Director at the Managers’ Meeting, before the tournament starts. • All relief pitchers are to come from the team’s bench.

A player already on the diamond may only be moved to the pitching position at the commencement of an innings U/12 P.63 Each game in which a player pitches is considered one (1) assignment. Each pitcher is only allowed a maximum of three (3) per series.

U/12 P.64 A pitchers game contribution will be classified as Major, Substantial or Minor as follows: MINOR SUBSTANTIAL MAJOR 1-15 pitches 16-40 pitches 41 - 60 pitches

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 21 U/12 P.65 A pitcher reaching his maximum number of game or series pitches allowable must be removed from the game. If at the time the pitcher reaches his game or series maximum allowable he/she is facing a batter he/she may finish the batter before being removed. All pitches thrown after the maximum per game or series, (to complete the batter in the box,) are to be added to that pitcher’s series total.

The official scorer shall notify the Plate Umpire when a pitcher is ten (10) pitches from the maximum allowable per game or series, the Plate Umpire will then notify the fielding side’s Field Manager. Once the pitcher has reached his/her maximum for the game or series and completed pitching to the batter in the box the Field Manager must remove the pitcher from the game. Penalty: • The coach shall not be allowed to accompany the team for the following team game. • Subtract two (2) wins from their series total • A $100.00 fine will be imposed on that Association. U/12 P.66 A pitcher can only pitch either: (a) A MAJOR - (b) A SUBSTANTIAL- (c) 2 MINORS per day.

U/12 P.67 Any player pitching a MAJOR is not eligible to play in another fielding position in that game, and will be required to complete one calendar days rest before any battery assignment (eg pitchers throwing a MAJOR on Saturday may not pitch/catch again until Monday). The pitcher must also complete one games rest before any further participation other than as a pinch hitter or pinch runner.

U/12 P.68 A pitcher reaching a SUBSTANTIAL is not eligible to pitch again that day or play in another fielding position in that game except first base. U/12 P.69 No rest is required for a pitcher after a MINOR. However, if the MINOR is proceeded by another pitching assignment (i.e. double header) the player is not eligible to play in another fielding position in that game and must complete one (1) game rest before any further participation other than pinch hitter or pinch runner. U/12 P.70 For breaches of the rule U/12 P.66 to U/12 P.69 the following penalties will apply: Intentional Breach: • The coach shall not be allowed to accompany the team for the following team game.

• Subtract two (2) wins from their total • A $100.00 fine will be imposed on the Association. Accidental Breach: • The coach shall not be allowed to accompany the team and/or provide coaching assistance for one (1) game following the offence. For this rule a bye or over night is not considered a game.

• Any second or subsequent breach of the rule will result in the coach being removed for the remainder of the championships along with the team subtracting 2 wins and a $100 fine.. U/12 P.71 Definition of games rest shall be one time slot. Overnight shall be interpreted as one slot. U/12 P.72 Players may not pitch and catch on the same day. Penalty: Forfeit of game. The Umpire shall not allow any player that is designated on the official line up sheet as ineligible to play in such a position. Any time lost to preparing a new player will be added to the game. The Umpire will be the sole judge of time.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 22 U/12 P.73 A pitcher, once removed from the mound, may not pitch again in that game. Penalty: Loss of Game. U/12 P.74 All relief pitchers are to come from the team’s bench. A player already on the diamond may only be moved to the pitching position at the commencement of an innings Penalty: Loss of Game. U/12 P.75 No under 12 pitchers shall throw curve balls. Any curve ball thrown and acknowledged by umpire the following applies.

• No Runners On Wait and see what happens. If a hit then the play stands but the umpire will only protect one base and a warning is given to the pitcher and the manager.

If a strike, a ball or the batter is out, call a ball and a warning is given to the pitcher and the manager. No visit charged. • Runners On Wait and see what happens. If a hit and all runners advance safely at least one base, umpires will only protect the one base, then the play stands and a warning is given to the pitcher and manager. If a strike, the batter is out or a ball, then a balk is called, all runners advance one base and a warning given to the pitcher and the manager.

No visit charged If the same pitcher again throws a curve ball in the game and is acknowledged by the umpire then the pitcher is removed from the game and the manager is ejected with the above situations being enforced.

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 23 Little League Please refer to Addendum A: Little League NSW State Championship Rules & Procedures 2008 Revision 2.0 –FINAL Amendments presented below to allow the running of 2 day tournament in 2008 Replace 6.10 h II with “After being relieved, can remain in the game at 1st or 2nd base only” Remove 6.10 h III Replace 6.10 i III with “After being relieved, can remain in the game at 1st base only” Remove 6.10 i IV

Country  Championship  Rules  Ver  1.005     Last Updated 7 th July 2012 Page 24 UNDER 14 Shoes: ABF rules in U’14 tournaments only shoes with flexible soft tops or dimple type soles can be worn. Bats Baseball bats may be wood, aluminium, and ceramic or carbon graphite and must not be altered in any way. In accordance with IBA rules, 115dB will be the sound emission limit standards for non-wood bats. The maximum allowable weight differential is Minus 8 (- 8) “Weight differential” is the difference between the length and weight of a bat, eg a 33inch; 28oz bat would have a –5 weight differential.

Before each game the umpire may inspect all bats to ensure they are legal. Any illegal bat will be removed, and if used for play immediately beforehand, the play will be nullified. If used after being identified by the umpire, the coach will be removed from the game. PLAYING RULES U/14 P.76 Additional rules – refer Matrix page 31 U/14 P.77 PLAYERS PARTICIPATION • Position players must participate for a minimum of 40% of defensive outs available to their team during the preliminary rounds of the Junior Championship, i.e. up until the final. A player may use the Final for qualification.

• Managers may nominate up to FOUR (4) pitchers for the tournament that shall be required to meet a minimum TWO (2) assignment provision or a minimum of 40% defensive outs available to their team as outlined in PART 1 of this rule.

These players names are to be submitted in writing, to the Tournament Director at the Managers Meeting, before the tournament starts. • Players may only catch a maximum of two (2) games per day. Penalty: $100.00 per offending player, charged to that player’s Association PITCHERS • Managers may nominate up to FOUR (4) pitchers for the tournament that shall be required to meet a minimum TWO (2) assignment provision or a minimum of 40% defensive out available to their team as outlined in PART 1 of this rule. These players’ names are to be submitted in writing, to the Tournament Director at the Managers’ Meeting, before the tournament starts.

• All relief pitchers are to come from the team’s bench. A player already on the diamond may only be moved to the pitching position at the commencement of an innings U/14 P.78 Each game in which a player pitches in considered one (1) assignment. Each pitcher is only allowed a maximum of three (3) assignments per series. U/14 P.79 A pitchers game contribution will be classified as Major, Substantial or Minor as follows: