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BY-LAWS
MISSISSAUGA BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
LEAGUE PLAYING RULES
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MBA LEAGUE COMPETITION REGULATIONS
B. 1.00 - LEAGUE COMPOSITION
B. 1.01 a) The MBA shall accept Team Membership applications from Area Association Members only in the
following classifications subject to the terms and conditions laid down herein:
PLAYING YEAR
PLAYER’S
SERIES AGES 2012 2013 2014 2015
DOB DOB DOB DOB* DOB
Tyke 10 - 11 01-02 02-03 03-04 04-05
Pee Wee 12 - 13 99-00 00-01 01-02 02-03
Bantam 14 - 15 97-98 98-99 99-00 00-01
Midget 16 - 18 94-96 95-97 96-98 97-99
Junior 19 - 21 91-93 92-94 93-95 94-96
0
* DOB - Date of Birth
B. 2.00 - TEAM MEMBER ENTRY
B. 2.01 Applications for team entries will be accepted from bona fide Area Association Members only.
B. 2.02 a) The first team entered into competition in an age group where "AA" and "A" series is specified, shall be
made up of those players signed by the Area Association in that age group who are considered to be the
best players, and the strongest team possible from that age group. This team shall be designated the
"AA" team.
b) Area Associations must request the Council’s permission for exceptions to B.2.02 a) as soon as possible
but no later than the March meeting.
B. 3.00 - PLAYER REGISTRATION
B. 3.01 Any player wishing to play for a team under the jurisdiction of the MBA must complete the registration form
provided by the MBA Area Association that is fielding the team in question. Proof of age must be provided
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at the time of signing. Once a player has signed with an Association, the player will not play for any other
MBA Association, unless properly released, as per Article B.4.00 (i.e., when a player signs with a club, it is
for life or until properly released).
B. 3.02 The MBA shall, when required, accept as proof of age :
a) Provincial birth certification or Ontario notice of birth registration.
b) Quebec baptismal certification (up to Dec. 31, 1993)
c) photo & birth identification cards issued by the Government of Canada to immigrant children
d) English language, official birth date certification signed by authorities of foreign countries, town
clerks, etc.
e) translations of foreign countries birth registration information signed and sealed officially
f) translations of birth hospital official certification of date of birth ( countries outside Canada)
g) an Ontario driver’s licence.
h) passport.
B. 3.03 A "per team" registration fee shall be determined annually by the MBA Council. This fee shall be submitted
to the MBA Treasurer by the April MBA meeting of the playing year. A penalty of $100.00 will be assessed
to an Association which exceeds this deadline. This fee is non-refundable once final schedules are completed.
B. 3.04 All players shall be residents of the City of Mississauga.
B. 3.05 Complete lists for all teams shall be submitted to the MBA Registrar by May 30th of the playing season.
PENALTY: Failure to comply will result in a $200 fine to the Area association.
A complete team list shall contain the player's name and year of birth. Registration information must be
submitted in the approved MBA electronic program.
As well, if an Association does not provide registration in the required electronic format, the MBA Registrar
will arrange to have players’ information entered and the cost will be charged back to the association.
B. 3.06 The final date for verification and/or amendments to team lists shall be the day scheduled for the June MBA
meeting. If a non-verified player continues to participate in any regular season game or play-off game after
June 30th, the game(s) shall be forfeited to the opposition. The MBA registrar shall provide a final list of all
teams, by division, to the president and associations at the July MBA meeting.
B. 4.00 - PLAYER REGULATIONS
B. 4.01 A player is expected to play for a team from his home Association (the one in which he resides) unless a
release has been obtained.
B. 4.02 A player can only be registered on one MBA team.
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B. 4.03 Any release or approval to play for a team outside the area of residence shall remain in effect for as long as
the player chooses to remain with that association. If the player who was released wishes to switch to another
Area Association, the player needs a release from the Area Association (the one he most recently played for).
A player has the right to return to his home association (the one in which he resides) at the conclusion of any
playing season.
B. 4.04 An M.B.A. registered player shall not play with any team which is not under the jurisdiction of the M.B.A.
without the written permission of the M.B.A. Council.
B. 4.05 Every effort should be made by local Associations to resolve any player releases. The Local Area Association
shall have up to thirty (30) days from the time a player contacts them to complete its internal processes and
appeals. If an Area Association refuses to grant a release after such thirty (30) day period, the player may
apply to the MBA President for a release. The M.B.A. President has the authority to sign releases.
The MBA President will advise the local Association (that the player is requesting the release from) in
writing (by email) the player’s name, date of birth, address and phone number and if available to which
Association the player is going within 14 days of the release being given.
B. 5.00 - TEAM REGULATIONS
B. 5.01 A team which has not complied with the registration regulations shall be ruled ineligible for league or play
off games.
B. 5.02 a) Any team which cannot start, and thus defaults, four (4) games during the regular season shall be
removed from the league. If this occurs, all games involving that team shall be discounted from the
standings. Games defaulted because of lack of umpires shall not be included in the four (4) game total.
b) The Council may reject a team entry or cancel a team’s registration at any time it is considered by the
Council to be in the best interest of the M.B.A.
B. 5.03 Team Colours
If there is a change in the main colours of an Area Association from the previous year, the MBA Council
must be informed and approval obtained.
B. 5.04 Team Rosters
a) The number of registered players on a team roster shall be a minimum of nine (9) and a maximum of
eighteen (18).
b) Exception: Rookie Ball shall have a minimum of ten (10) and a maximum of eighteen (18) registered
players on a team roster.
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B. 5.05 a) Teams participating in league games shall play only those players whose registrations have been
approved by the MBA Registrar. ( Rule B. 3.06 )
b) In the case of a player being called up, a copy of that player's approved registration need not be
produced at the game, but the opposing coach may request verification from the league. This request
must be recorded on the official score sheet, duly signed by the umpire.
Failure to comply with this By-Law leaves the offending team open to protest of the game by the
opposing team subject to a penalty of forfeit of the game.
B. 5.06 Any team found guilty of using a player who is ineligible under the Constitution, By-Laws or League playing
rules is subject to review by the RD & P Committee who will determine penalties to be imposed up to and
including game forfeitures and/or suspensions. It is the team manager’s, and the coaches’, and the Area
Registrar’s responsibility to ensure that only eligible players participate.
B. 5.07 Substitution from Lower Series Teams
a) Players from a lower series team may compete in a higher series for the same area association as
outlined hereafter with the prior consent of the coach or manager of the lower series team provided that
the coach or manager of the higher team cannot field a team of at least nine (9) players. When more
than nine (9) players are present at the game, including called-up players, a called-up player may not
take a defensive position prior to the third inning, unless a regular player is disqualified by some action
or injury. Players called up are not allowed to pitch and shall be designated as Player Called Up (PCU)
on the batting order.
b) Number of players called up from a lower series for any one game is limited to four (4).
c) A player shall not substitute in any single higher series for more than four (4) games per team.
PENALTY: 2 game suspension for higher division coach.
d) Players may not be called up from a lower series for any MBA play off games.
e) All call-ups must not exceed the age requirement for the level for which they will play.
f) Substitution of players for MBA games is restricted to the same Area Association MBA registered
players as follows (regular rep players are ineligible):
1. Tyke "A" - may draw from Area Association’s Rookie Ball teams
2. Major Tyke "AA" - may draw from Tyke "A" teams
3. Pee Wee "A" - may draw from Tyke teams
4. Major Pee Wee "AA" - may draw from Pee Wee "A" or Tyke teams
5. Bantam "A" - may draw from Pee Wee teams
6. Major Bantam "AA" - may draw from Bantam "A" or Pee Wee teams
7. Midget "A" - may draw from Bantam teams
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8. Major Midget "AA" - may draw from Midget “A” or Bantam teams
9. Junior "AA" - may draw from Midget teams
Area Associations may file with the MBA Registrar a list of eligible players to be called up from their
respective house leagues.
B. 5.08 Team Conduct
Continued, prolonged or chronic harassment of officials/opposing team members, or conduct considered
detrimental to the best interests of the MBA by a team, player, coach or manager before, during or after a
game, shall subject the offender(s) to forfeiture of the game and further penalty as deemed necessary by the
MBA Council.
B. 6.00 - TEAM MANAGER AND COACH REGULATIONS
B. 6.01 Team managers and/or coaches shall be appointed by the Area Association. The Area Association shall :
(a) submit to the MBA Scheduler, the names and telephone numbers of all managers and coaches of each
team entered in the respective series upon request of the MBA Scheduler.
(b) submit and update as required to the MBA Registrar, the names and telephone numbers of all managers
and coaches of each team entered in the respective series before the season starts.
B. 6.02 Team managers and/or coaches are responsible for the action and conduct of their team players and spectators
before, during and after games and shall comply with the provisions of the Constitution and By-laws as well
as the league playing rules of the MBA to foster and promote the purposes and objectives of the MBA.
B. 6.03 Team managers and/or coaches shall be responsible for the completion and signing of notification of protests
together with the Plate Umpire.
B. 6.04 A team manager and/or coach or official shall not actively recruit or cause to be recruited any player from
outside his/her home association. PENALTY: Suspension from the League.
B. 6.05 A team manager/coach or official may be censured, suspended or expelled from the MBA by the Rules
Discipline and Protest Committee and/or the MBA Council, if, in the opinion of the aforementioned, his
actions, omissions or conduct is prejudicial to the MBA, or any team, player or game official within the
jurisdiction of the MBA.
B. 6.06 The team manager/coach of both teams must report game score, ejections, protests and PCU (player called-up)
to the MBA Convenor within 24 hours of the scheduled game start.
When reporting an ejection, the team manager/coach of any team whose player, coach or manager was
ejected shall provide the following information to the Convenor within 24 hours of the scheduled game start:
name of the offender; name of the team; the division (i.e., Tyke AA, Pee Wee A, etc.); name of the Area
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Association; the nature of the offence; the name of the umpire who made the ejection; and the date of the
offence.
PENALTY: One (1) game suspension (Refer B7.01 d).
B. 6.07 The team manager and/or coach of each team shall have the umpire(s) sign their names on the scorebook at
the plate before the start of the game. The umpire(s) must also print their names above the signature. (Refer
B. 8.11 g)
B. 6.08 Team managers and/or coaches are responsible for :
a) appointing scorekeepers for each game who shall keep track of the outs, runs scored and all pitchers
and pitching changes. The home team is the official scorekeeper.
b) providing the players’ and coaches’ first and last names, jersey numbers and PCU’s
(if applicable) when filling out the batting order.
c) bat boys being a registered player of the team or a coach/manager of the team.
B. 7.00 CONVENOR DUTIES
B. 7.01 Regular Season
a) Shall be responsible for the day to day operation of his Division.
b) Shall keep an accurate and up to date list of managers, coaches, assistant coaches and their telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses of teams within his Division. This information will be confirmed with
the MBA Registrar.
c) Shall keep an accurate and up to date record of game results and standings for his Division and shall
forward all scores and standings to the MBA web master on a weekly basis.
d) Shall keep an accurate record of all ejections and provide the following information to the Chair RD&P
Committee within 24 hours of the ejection: Name of the player/coach; name of the team, the division
the team is in; name of the Area Association; the nature of the offence; the name of the umpire and the
date of the offence. Shall also ensure that the offender’s automatic game suspension(s) is served.
e) Shall request the coaches of a cancelled game to re-schedule the game within fourteen (14) days of the
date of the cancelled game. The Convenor shall be advised by the coaches when and where the game is
to be played. Once the Convenor is advised of the re-scheduled date, the game becomes a regularly
scheduled game and is governed by the MBA rules.
Failure for the teams to agree on a re-scheduled date within the fourteen (14) day time period shall
cause the Convenor to assign a date and place for the re-scheduled game. A minimum of 72 hours
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notice shall be given to the teams. The game becomes a regularly scheduled MBA game and is
governed by the MBA Rules.
f) Shall act as a liaison between his teams and the MBA Council.
g) Shall attend all MBA meetings (including the coaches’ meeting) and issue a report on team standings
and any matter of which the MBA Council should be aware.
h) Shall ensure that all coaches are provided a copy of their Play Off Schedule prior to their first game.
i) Shall be present at all Play Off games in his Division and shall act as the MBA Representative. In the
event the Convenor is unable to attend, an alternate will be appointed by the MBA President.
j) Shall inform the Area President if a team in that Association has defaulted it's second (2nd) game, it’s
third (3rd) game and it’s fourth (4th) game. (See B. 5.02 a)
NOTE: i) It is expected that, after the first call (when two (2) defaults have taken place), the Area President
shall take whatever action he deems necessary to prevent further forfeits by the team in question.
See Rule B 5.02 a)
ii) The third Vice-President (Over-all Series Convenor) is available for consultation.
k) Obtain an up-to-date copy of “Official Rules of Baseball”.
l) Shall report to the MBA all uniform infractions that result in a penalty/fine. Each team in his division
must be visited upon at least once during the regular season prior to July.
B. 7.02 Play-Off Series
a) Pre-Play-Off Preparations
1) Obtain copy of Approved Players List. The Convenor’s list shall contain the player’s name and year of
birth only.
2) Obtain supply of game balls
3) Obtain team trophy, individual championship and finalist awards.
4) Obtain copy of MBA Ground Rules. (See Appendix 'C')
5) Obtain copy of "Official Rules of Baseball".
6) Host Association to ensure that field preparation is done prior to the start of the game - e.g., bases, pitching
rubber and lining the field.
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7) Obtain qualified umpires familiar with the MBA rules.
8) The MBA Umpire-in-Chief, after consultation with the local Umpires-in-Chief, shall ensure that
qualified umpires who are familiar with the MBA rules are available for the play-offs.
b) Game Preliminaries
1) Check team line-up against the Approved Players List. Team batting order must list both the players’ and
coaches’ first and last names along with their jersey numbers.
2) Any player in the batting order who is not on the Approved Players List may not play. (Penalty: if a non
approved player plays in the game, the offending team will forfeit the game). The Convenor may approve
said player if, by checking the team scorebook, it is verified that said player has played the required
number of games in order to qualify for play-off competition.
3) Teams are not allowed to call up players from a lower division for the play offs.
4) Make decision re: starting the game or delaying the game for reasons of weather in consultation with the
umpire(s).
5) Each team must have nine (9) [Rookie Ball ten (10) ] or more approved players present within fifteen (15)
minutes after the scheduled starting time of the game, as determined by the Convenor’s watch. Failure to
do so will result in default of the game to the opposition, provided they have nine (9) [Rookie Ball ten (10)]
or more approved players present.
If neither team has nine (9) [Rookie Ball ten (10)] approved players present within fifteen (15) minutes
after the scheduled starting time, as determined by the Convenor's watch, the result will be a double
default.
In the case of a double default in the winner’s bracket, the Convenor shall schedule a special game the next
night, the loser of this game shall be excused from further play and the winner shall assume the position in
the loser’s bracket. In the winners bracket, there will be a bye. If the double default is in the loser’s bracket,
both teams shall be excused from further play.
6) Home team is the team that finished higher in the season standings in the division. Home team will occupy
the 3rd base dugout.
7) In cases where the winner of one division plays the winner of another division, a coin toss determines the
home team.
c) Game in Progress:
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1) Umpires judgement calls may not be questioned (safe, out, ball, strike, fair or foul, obstruction or
interference, etc.)
2) Protests must be settled at the time. Protests will only be considered on matters of rule interpretation and
will be settled by the Convenor after consultation with the umpires.
THE CONVENOR’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NON-APPEALABLE.
Once a game has begun, the Convenor is the sole authority on whether or not the game shall continue, be
delayed (as for rain), postponed or suspended. It is suggested that the Convenor consult with the Plate
Umpire before making such a decision.
NOTE: Except in the event of a forfeit or mercy, all games shall be completed - i.e., they shall be full games.
Play off Games which cannot be completed shall be suspended and continued as re-scheduled by the
Convenor. In such cases, the Convenor is to retain both scorebooks.
The Convenor should be advised that in Play Offs, Fri., Sat. and Sun. may be used if rain
interrupts the play off schedule.
On lighted diamonds there shall be no 11:00 pm curfew. If, in the Convenor's judgement, a game
could be completed fairly soon after 11:00 pm, every effort should be made to do so.
B. 8.00 - COMPETITION REGULATIONS
B. 8.01 Unless specified within the By-Laws of the MBA, playing rules for all scheduled games within the MBA
shall be the "Official Rules of Baseball"
B. 8.02 Uniforms:
All team personnel, players, managers, coaches and assistant coaches must be in complete baseball uniform.
NOTE: Complete baseball uniform shall consist of:
 corresponding tops or jerseys (with proper numbers),
 corresponding (similar) baseball caps,
 baseball pants (no shorts)
 corresponding stirrup or baseball socks
All players must wear a protective cup.
An MBA patch/crest is to be sewn on either sleeve (the choice of sleeve must be consistent throughout the
team). In the case of a uniform with separate vest worn over an undershirt, the crest is to be sewn on the
appropriate sleeve of the undershirt. All team members, including coaches, must be dressed in the identical
uniform - i.e., vest on or off.
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Any player, manager, coach or assistant coach not conforming to the foregoing uniform standards shall be
levied a penalty. PENALTY: A $25 fine will be levied to the Area Association for each violation.
B. 8.03 Helmets:
The batter shall wear the same double ear-flapped protective helmet while on deck, at bat or running the
bases. The helmet may not be removed until the batter is retired or scores a run or at the completion of a
half-inning. Should the batter/runner remove the helmet while advancing or returning to a base, he shall be
declared out. Batting helmets must be secured with the chin strap in its proper place (under the chin) while
the player is on deck, at bat and while running the bases. (CHIN STRAPS OPTIONAL - BANTAM
DIVISION & UP)
B. 8.04 Catcher’s Equipment:
The catcher shall wear a protective helmet, a protective cup and an approved throat protector attached to all
masks, excluding goalie type masks, in addition to his normal equipment while at his defensive position.
B. 8.05 Bases:
It shall be the responsibility of the home team (as designated in the schedule) to ensure that bases and
pitching rubber are on hand and positioned correctly at least five (5) minutes before scheduled starting time.
If the bases and pitching rubber are not on hand after fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled starting time,
the game shall be forfeit by the home team and awarded to the visiting team provided the visiting team has
nine (9) qualified players present at the game.
B. 8.06 Game Balls:
It shall be the responsibility of the home team to provide one new game ball and one good used ball of the
design and size specified by the MBA. The home team shall also supply good used balls as necessary.
The official game ball for each series may be approved by the MBA on an annual basis.
B. 8.07 Batting Order:
a) Both teams shall exchange batting orders consisting of a roster of eligible players and coaches
present, prior to the start of the game.
b) Scorebooks shall include the players’ and coaches’ full names and jersey numbers. Any player called
up from a lower series (Rule B.5.07 a) must be designated on the scorebook as "player called up" or
"PUC".
c) Appointed scorekeepers are to check for properly completed batting orders. The game does not
commence until the batting orders are done properly.
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c) Eligible players arriving late may be added to the roster up to the time of completion of the fourth (4)
inning. The manager and/or coaches arriving late shall also be added to the scorebooks. The opposing
team shall be advised of all late arrivals immediately. .
B. 8.08 Forfeits:
A team which does not have nine (9) eligible players (10 in Rookie Ball) present within fifteen (15) minutes
after the scheduled starting time of the game shall default, and forfeit the game. The forfeit is to be recorded
as 6-0 or 7-0 depending upon the number of innings scheduled to be played. If both teams are in a position to
forfeit, then both teams shall be charged with a loss. No points awarded. The official time shall be determined
by the home plate umpire.
If the game is forfeited due to lack of players, the teams, if they choose, are entitled to play a minimum of
three (3) innings or one and half (1 1/2) hours. The assigned umpires are to officiate the game.
B. 8.09 Home team manager’s and/or coach’s responsibilities re: Weather Conditions
a) If the home team manager and/or coach considers a game cannot be played due to weather conditions
making the field unplayable, he must advise the visiting team’s coach and/or manager at least one (1)
hour prior to the scheduled starting time. Failure to advise the visiting team’s coach in advance of the
game shall mean that both teams are expected to appear at the ball park prepared to play.
b) Up to the scheduled starting time of the game, the home team manager and/or coach has the
responsibility to determine if weather conditions prohibit playing the game. Normal procedures follow
after the scheduled start times.
c) The home team shall forfeit the game if no qualified umpire(s) arrive within the fifteen (15) minute
grace period.
d) The manager(s) and/or coaches from both teams shall check the time to determine the start of the grace
period. If the umpire is present, then any team which does not have nine (9) players present shall forfeit
the game regardless of the weather conditions.
e) If the game is cancelled, then the home team manager and/or coach shall inform his area
umpire-in-chief and his MBA Series Convenor as soon as possible. (Refer B. 7.01 e).
f) The home team manager and/or coach shall be responsible for rescheduling any cancelled home games,
including securing a diamond through the home team’s Area Association and scheduling umpires with
the home team’s Area Association Umpire-in-Chief. The selection of a time and date for the
rescheduled game shall be determined in consultation with the visiting team manager and/or coach in
order to avoid scheduling conflicts. The game may be rescheduled for any date prior to the end of the
season, but the determination of that date must be settled, and the Convenor must be advised as to
where and when the rescheduled game is to be played, within fourteen (14) days of the date of the
cancelled game (Refer B 7.01 e).
B. 8.10 Player Injuries:
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Any player leaving the field due to an injury must remain out of the game for at least a complete defensive
inning before re-entering the game in a defensive position. If a player is unable to take his next turn at bat,
after having been removed from the field due to an injury, he shall be removed from the line-up and removed
from further play in the game (this is not an out nor is it considered batting out of turn). A batter taking his
turn at bat may not have a pinch runner unless injured in a play during this turn as a batter/runner. A pinch
runner will be the last recorded out (No pinch runner for catchers unless injured).
B. 8.11 Umpires:
a) If the home team cannot provide a minimum of one (1) MBA qualified Umpire (MBA or OBA carded
for the current year) within fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled starting time, the game shall be
forfeited to the visiting team.
b) At the meeting at home plate prior to the start of the game, the visiting team coach/manager may
request the umpires to produce either an OBA or MBA Umpire Card for the current year. Failure to
produce the card by at least one (1) umpire present shall not stop the game from being played. The
visiting team coach shall register a protest prior to the start of the game by noting this on both teams’
score sheets. The coach of each team and the plate umpire shall sign both score sheets. Within 48 hours
of the conclusion of the game, the coach of the visiting team shall contact the MBA Umpire-in-Chief
and advise him of the names of the umpires who officiated the game. The MBA Umpire-in-Chief shall
consult his list of approved umpires and confirm to the protesting coach if either of the umpires is
carded for the current playing season.
c) If it is found that neither umpire is carded, a copy of the game score sheet shall be forwarded to the
MBA Series Convenor who shall advise the home team of receipt of same, that the game is a forfeit. If
it is found that one (1) of the umpires is carded, then the game result shall stand.
d) Umpires shall only be scheduled to officiate at games up to one level below his playing age. (i.e., a
Bantam age player may only umpire up to and including the Pee Wee division.) PENALTY: A $25
fine will be levied to the Area Association for each violation.
e) Umpires are not to umpire games where they are related to a player or to any of the coaching staff.
PENALTY: A $25 fine will be levied to the Area Association for each violation.
f) Umpires shall be properly dressed in a blue shirt, grey pants and a navy hat or other hat as issued by
their home association. PENALTY: Suspension results until the umpire complies. The local Association
UIC to be advised.
g) BOTH umpires must sign and print their names on BOTH scorebooks at the start of the game. (Refer B.
6.07)
B. 8.12 Curfew or Darkness:
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For regulations, see Appendix "A", Notes 6, 7 & 8.
B. 8.13 Rescheduling of Games:
a) Any team wishing to re-schedule games (e.g., in order to attend tournaments) may play their games
prior to the scheduled date of the MBA game (with the agreement of the opposing manager and/or
coach) and the MBA Series Convenor. The home team manager and/or coach must arrange for
umpires for the re-scheduled game.
b) The president (or designate) of a member association may, with the agreement of the president (or
designate) of the other member association and the MBA Series Convenor, agree to reschedule MBA
games.
B. 8.14 Smoking
Smoking is not permitted before or during the game while in either the dugout area or on the field.
B. 9.00 - SCORING AND STANDINGS
B. 9.01 a) Standings for league play shall be maintained on the basis of two (2) points for a win, one (1) point
for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss.
Note: If a game is not played 24 hours prior to the first play-off game scheduled, it shall be classified
as a double forfeit and no points awarded.
b) In the event of a tie in the standings which does not affect a team’s qualifying for the final play-off
position, the playoff position shall be decided by awarding the higher position to:
1. The team with the best won-lost record over the season between the two teams.
2. If still tied, the team with the highest total runs scored in the games between the two teams.
3. If still tied, by the toss of a coin, with the winner taking the higher playoff position.
4. If 3 or more teams are tied, the following shall determine their placing:
i) Team with the most wins
ii) Team with the most runs scored
iii) Draw the teams from a hat
c) It is the MBA’s philosophy that teams which are tied for the final playoff position(s) should have the
opportunity to decide their fate on the playing field and not be administratively eliminated. The
following guidelines have been established:
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i) In the event of a tie which will affect two (2) teams qualifying for the final playoff position, the
teams shall play one (1) game (sudden victory) against each other. The winner of the game shall
secure the final play off berth.
ii) In the event of a tie which will affect three (3) teams qualifying for the final play off position,
the team names will be placed into a hat and the first name drawn will receive a bye and the
other two (2) teams will play a sudden victory game. The winner will then play the bye team in
another sudden victory game. The winner of that game will assume the final play off berth.
iii) In the event of a tie which will affect four (4) teams qualifying for the final play off position, the
team names will be placed into a hat and the first name drawn will play the second name drawn;
the third name drawn will play the fourth name drawn. The two winning teams will then play a
sudden victory game for the final play off berth. The winner will assume the final play off berth.
iv) In the event of a tie which will affect three (3) teams qualifying for the final two (2) playoff
positions, the team with
1) the most wins will be awarded the second last play off spot.
If still tied then,
2) the most runs scored will be awarded the second last play off spot.
The remaining two teams will play one (1) game (sudden victory) against each other. The
winner of the game shall secure the final play off berth.
v) In the event of a tie which will affect four (4) teams qualifying for the last two (2) play off
positions, the team names will be placed into a hat, the first name drawn will play the second
name drawn for the second last play off position; the third name drawn will play the fourth name
drawn for the last play off position.
B. 10.00 - PLAY OFF COMPETITION
B. 10.01 a) The Council shall determine annually the number of teams to enter the Championship play offs for
each division.
b) The Council shall also determine the location of all play off games.
c) The MBA is responsible for the payment of umpires and user fees and for the provision of game balls.
d) The respective MBA Convenor shall co-ordinate with the local Area Association Umpire-in Chief and
the MBA Umpire-in-Chief to ensure that there are qualified umpires available for the play-offs..
B. 10.02 No Player from a lower series may be “called up” to play in MBA play offs.
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a) A roster player must have played in a minimum of 1/3 of the regular season games in order to qualify
for play-off participation.
b) All play-off games shall be full length, unless forfeited or mercied (the length of game is prescribed in
the Special Playing Rules of each Series).
c) A game shall be considered a mercy and complete if a differential of ten (10) runs or more exists after
five (5) full innings (or after 4½ innings, if the home team is ahead), OR at least two (2) hours have
expired from the starting time. The plate umpire shall terminate the game at that point and the score
shall be recorded as such.
d) Any playoff game which cannot be completed due to weather conditions, lack of light or eventual
curfew shall be suspended and continued from the exact point of suspension as scheduled by the
Convenor.
NOTE: For the specific rules and regulations for playoff competition, please refer to Convenor's
playoff duties on A 6.12.
B. 10.03 a) Each player and coach of the league champions (teams finishing in first place in regular season play)
shall receive the Division Pennant.
b) Each player and coach on the finalist team (the team which loses the Championship Series) shall
receive a finalist award.
c) Each player and coach on the playoff Championship team shall receive a championship award.
d) A team trophy shall be presented to the winner of each playoff final series. These shall remain the
property of the MBA. Expenses for trophies and awards are assumed by the MBA and incorporated
into it’s annual budget.
e) If a team trophy is not returned, then the Area Association shall be responsible for reimbursing the
MBA for a replacement.
B. 11.00 - DISCIPLINE
B. 11.01 Discipline:
a) In the case of a player or coach being ejected from a game, specific discipline shall apply:
Tyke, Pee Wee and Bantam player or coach
Completely leave the vicinity of the ball park plus automatic one (1) game suspension to be served for
the next league game played by his team. Any person who has been suspended shall not be permitted
to attend any game(s) from which he has been suspended.
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Midget and Junior player or coach
Completely leave the vicinity of the ball park plus automatic two (2) game suspension to be served for
the next league games played by his team. Any person who has been suspended shall not be permitted
to attend any game(s) from which he has been suspended.
Any Midget or Junior player who is ejected for the second time during the regular season will be
suspended for three (3) games.
Any coach or player wishing to appeal the "automatic" suspension shall do so in writing to the
Chairman of the RD&P Committee no later than 48 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and
Statutory holidays) after the happening of the event by registered mail, hand delivery, fax or e-mail.
The RD&P Chairman, after compiling the facts, shall decide whether or not the appeal merits a
special meeting of the Committee. If he believes there are not sufficient grounds to merit such a
meeting, he shall decline the appeal. The RD&P Chairman does not have the authority to approve any
such appeal. Only the RD&P Committee may do so.
These suspensions may be delayed by the Chairman of the RD&P Committee provided an appeal has
been filed by the injured parties and the Chairman has agreed to hear the appeal. Written confirmation
of the delay in the suspension pending a hearing must be obtained by the suspended parties, otherwise
the suspensions must be served.
In such case, the Umpire shall submit a full report of such matters to the RD&P Committee and, if the
Committee deems further action necessary, it may so act.
b) 1. The RD&P Committee has the authority to suspend any player, coach, manager or team
official for a maximum of five (5) games (the total of five games shall include the automatic
suspension). Any suspension of up to five (5) games may be appealed, in writing, by registered
mail or hand delivered within seven (7) days to the Chair, RD&P Committee.
The RD&P Committee shall submit any recommendation for further suspension to the MBA
Council.
2. The MBA Council shall review the RD & P Committee’s recommendation for further
suspension and may accept it as submitted, add to it, or reduce it. Under no circumstances may
the MBA Council reduce the first five (5) games of any player’s, coach’s, manager’s or team
official’s suspension.
3. Any additional suspension invoked by the MBA Council or RD & P Committee is subject to
appeal in writing, by registered mail or hand delivered within seven (7) days, to the President.
In receipt of a written appeal, the President shall invite the suspended party(s) to attend the next
MBA Council meeting where the Council shall review the appeal.
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The Secretary shall notify the appellant of the Council’s decision in writing within seven (7)
days of the meeting.
c) Ejections (Umpire Submit Report)
Umpires must ensure that any ejected player, coach, manager or team official is advised at the time
of the ejection and record it on the game sheet of both teams. (Failure to record it on the game sheet
does not nullify the ejection.) In the case of a player being ejected, the coach or manager of that team
shall also be verbally advised of the ejection at the time it happens.
At the conclusion of the game, the umpire is responsible for informing the Area Association
Umpire-In-Chief of the ejection(s). (See A 6.09 i)
B. 11.02 Protests:
a) A team wishing to protest an MBA game based on an alleged misinterpretation of the rules must
fulfill the following:
• shall request "time" be called.
• shall register such protest at the time of the incident.
• shall inform the plate umpire of the intended protest.
• the plate umpire shall record & sign the protest on both teams’ score sheets.
• both teams shall have a coach/manager also sign the score sheets.
PENALTY: For a coach refusing to sign the score sheets is the forfeit of the game to the team that
signs the score sheets.
A protest, meeting all of the above requirements, may then be filed per clauses b, c & d, with the RD
& P Committee of the MBA for a decision.
b) The team protesting shall file the protest in writing, signed by the team manager or coach, with the
Chairman of the RD & P Committee, with copies to the MBA Umpire-in-Chief and the manager or
coach of the team protested against, not later than 48 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and
Statutory holidays) after the event by registered mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery.
c) A deposit of $50.00 cash, or cheque payable to the MBA, shall accompany all protests. This will be
refunded if the protest is upheld and may, in the absolute discretion of the RD & P Committee, be
refunded or retained if the protest is denied.
d) The manager or coach of the team protested against may, at his option, file a written reply by
registered mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery to the Chairman of the RD & P Committee no later than
48 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory holidays) after receipt of the copy of the
protest by registered mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery.
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B. 11.03 Complaints:
A person wishing to register a complaint due to the actions of any MBA representative, umpire, player,
coach or manager shall submit such complaint in writing to the applicable Series Convenor not later than
48 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays) after the event by registered mail, fax,
e-mail or hand delivery.
The Convenor shall then advise the person(s) against whom the complaint has been made and invite the
person(s) to respond in writing within 48 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays)
after notification of the complaint. After reviewing the complaint and response, if any, the Convenor may
either mediate a solution between the parties, determine that the complaint is not warranted and dismiss the
matter, or refer the matter to the RD & P Committee or Council for appropriate action. The Convenor will
forward a report on the action taken to the Chair of the RD & P Committee for record purposes.
B. 12.00 - PITCHING RESTRICTIONS
B. 12.01 At the AA level pitcher may not pitch more than the following limits in a calendar day. If the limit is
reached while facing a batter (with a count), the pitcher may pitch to the earlier of: (i) the completion of
that batter or (ii) the end of the inning.
Tyke 70 pitches
Peewee 80 pitches
Bantam 90 pitches
Midget & Junior 100 pitches
At the A Level a pitcher the following restrictions apply:
Bantam ‘A’ – A pitcher is permitted to pitch a maximum of four (4) consecutive innings to
consecutive batters. (Including extra innings
Midget ‘A’ - A pitcher is permitted to pitch a maximum of five (5) consecutive innings to
consecutive batters. (Including extra innings A
B. 12.02 If a pitcher throws more than the following limits in a calendar day, he/she cannot pitch the next
day – the player must have 2 nights’ rest.
Tyke 45 pitches
Peewee 55 pitches
Bantam 65 pitches
Midget & Junior 75 pitches
B. 12.03 At the Tyke division level, balks are not to be called. Should pitchers balk (e.g. double set or not pause),
umpires will indicate such infractions to the coach between innings. In the Pee Wee division, umpires
will call balks on a pitcher only after that pitcher has been warned of an infraction and an explanation has
been given to that pitcher by the umpire. The ball is considered a dead ball where the first balk warning is
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given. No balk warnings will be issued at Bantam, Midget and Junior divisions. If a balk is called, but the
pitcher throws the ball, it will count as a pitch thrown, even if it is not counted as a pitch for ball/strike
purposes.
B. 12.04 The official score keeper shall designate the official pitch count recorder. The official pitch count recorder
shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The
home plate umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no
longer eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or the umpire fail to notify the manager.
B. 12.05 If a team has no remaining players eligible to pitch in a game, the opposing coach may designate a
player who has not yet pitched in the game. This pitcher may not throw more than 30 pitches.
B. 12.06 Illegal pitching penalty: Any infraction of the pitching rules shall result in the forfeiture of the game by the
offending team as well as a Coach ejection and an automatic 1 game suspension.
B. 12.07 (i) At Tyke, Pee Wee and Bantam, a pitcher may not pitch on 3 consecutive days.
(ii) At Midget, pitchers may not pitch on 3 consecutive calendar days unless:
1. the pitcher threw 30 pitches or less on each of the first two days.
2. the maximum number of pitches which may be thrown on the third day is 50.
(iii) At Junior, there is no restriction on pitchers pitching on 3 consecutive calendar days.
B. 12.08 At Tyke and Pee Wee, a player may not be a pitcher and a catcher in the same game.
ARTICLE B. 13.00 - ‘A’ DIVISION - TYKE, PEE WEE, BANTAM, MIDGET
B. 13.00 The following rules apply to all ‘A’ divisions indicated above except as otherwise noted.
B. 13.01 a) Playing Field Distances:
The distance from the back point of home plate to the front of the pitcher’s rubber shall be:
TYKE = forty-four (44) feet
PEEWEE = fifty (50) feet
BANTAM = fifty-five (55) feet
MIDGET/JUNIOR = sixty feet six inches (60'6")
The outside distance between bases shall be:
TYKE = sixty-five (65) feet.
PEEWEE = seventy-five (75) feet
BANTAM = ninety (90) feet
MIDGET/JUNIOR = ninety (90) feet
b) Length of Game:
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The game shall be seven (7) innings. In case of a tie, extra innings will be played if light/curfew
permits. (For Tyke ‘A’ the game shall be six (6) innings. In case of a tie, extra innings will be played
if light permits.)
c) Batting Order:
All eligible players present at the game shall be listed on the team’s batting order as desired by the
coach or manager and bat in that order. (Refer B.8.07)
d) Substitution:
1) Time permitting, each player present at the game must play in the field, unless injured, at least
two (2) innings of the first four (4) innings. (PENALTY - Two (2) game suspension for the
offending coach.)
2) Substitution is allowed only at the end of an inning except in the case of an injury or pitching
change.
e) Pitchers:
Number of trips to the pitcher in the Tyke division shall be unlimited. The plate umpire will decide if
a team is intentionally delaying the game. ALL other divisions shall be limited to two trips as per the
Rules of Baseball.
Any person warming up a pitcher at any level, shall wear a protective face mask while catching.
f) Pitching Restrictions:
See article B. 12.00 for regular season and playoff competition.
The official scorekeeper for each team shall track all pitchers and pitching changes.
g) Baseball Shoes:
Use of baseball shoes equipped with metal spikes or metal cleats is prohibited at Tyke & Pee Wee..
Use of baseball shoes equipped with metal spikes or metal cleats is permitted at Bantam, Midget and
Junior.
h) Bats:
The drop 3 (or minus 3 length to weight differential) bat rule will apply at the Midget level.
B. 13.02 Mercy Rule
A game will be considered complete if a differential of ten (10) runs or more exists after five (5) full
innings (or after 4½ innings if the home team is ahead), OR at least two (2) hours have expired from the
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scheduled starting time. The plate umpire shall terminate the game at that point and the score shall be
recorded as such.
B. 13.03 Tyke ‘A’ Special Playing Rules
a) The game shall be six (6) innings. In case of a tie, extra innings will be played if light permits.
b) In each of the first four (4) innings, the offensive team’s time at bat shall end when it has scored five
(5) runs or if three (3) outs have been made. In all subsequent innings including extra innings, there is
no limit on runs scored and the offensive team’s time at bat ends when three (3) outs have been made.
c) The batter shall be declared out after the third (3rd) strike regardless of whether the third (3rd) strike
is caught or dropped.
d) There will be no 'steal' of home plate by a third base runner on a pitch to the plate or on a return throw
to the pitcher.
e) No lead offs. Base runner(s) shall not leave a base until the pitched ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.
Penalty: Runner is out and the ball is dead immediately when the runner leaves the base.
B. 13.04 Ground Rules/Park Locations/Curfews/Games Called in Progress Due to Weather
The Official Ground Rules for the MBA have been established for all diamonds being used by the MBA
for league and play-off games. See Official Ground Rules Appendix "A".
ARTICLE B. 14.00 - ‘AA’ DIVISION - TYKE, PEE WEE, BANTAM, MIDGET, JUNIOR
B. 14.00 The following rules shall apply to all ‘AA’ divisions indicated above except as otherwise noted.
B. 14.01 a) Playing Field Distances:
The distance from the back point of home plate to the front of the pitcher's rubber shall be:
TYKE = forty-four (44) feet
PEEWEE = fifty (50) feet
BANTAM = fifty-five (55) feet
MIDGET/JUNIOR = sixty feet six inches (60'6")
The outside distance between bases shall be:
TYKE = sixty-five (65) feet.
PEEWEE = seventy-five (75) feet
BANTAM = ninety (90) feet
MIDGET/JUNIOR = ninety (90) feet
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b) Length of Game:
The game shall be seven (7) innings. In case of a tie - extra innings will be played if light/curfew
permits.
c) Batting Order:
All eligible players present at the game shall be listed on the team's batting order as desired by the
coach or manager and bat in that order. (Refer B.7.07)
d) Substitution:
1) Time permitting, each player present at the game must play in the field, unless injured, at least
two (2) innings of the first four (4) innings. (PENALTY - Two (2) games suspension for the
offending coach.)
2) Substitution is allowed only at the end of an inning except in the case of an
injury or pitching change.
e) Pitchers:
Number of trips to the pitcher in the Tyke divisions shall be unlimited. The plate umpire will decide if
a team is intentionally delaying the game. ALL other divisions shall be limited to two trips as per the
Rules of Baseball.
Any person warming up a pitcher at any level, shall wear a protective face mask while catching.
f) Pitching Restrictions:
See Article B. 12.00 for regular season and playoff competition.
g) Baseball Shoes:
Use of baseball shoes equipped with metal spikes or metal cleats is prohibited at Rookie Ball, Tyke &
Peewee. Use of baseball shoes equipped with metal spikes or metal cleats is permitted at Bantam,
Midget and Junior.
h) Bats:
The drop 3 (or minus 3 length to weight differential) bat rule will apply at the Midget and Junior
levels.
B. 14.02 Mercy Rule
A game will be considered complete if a differential of ten (10) runs or more exists after five (5) full
innings (or after 4½ innings if the home team is ahead) OR at least two (2) hours have expired from the
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scheduled starting time. The plate umpire shall terminate the game at that point and the score shall be
recorded as such.
B. 14.03 Ground Rules/Park Locations/Curfews/Games Called in Progress Due to Weather
The Official Ground Rules for the MBA have been established for all diamonds being used by the MBA
for league and play-off games. See Official Ground Rules Appendix "A".