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ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION INC.
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
ONTARIO BASEBALL AMATEUR ASSOCIATION
(Organized May 4th, 1918)
The Ontario Baseball Amateur Association was organized at a meeting
held in the Central YMCA, Hamilton, on Saturday, May 4th, 1918.
Charter Members
Toronto Amateur Baseball Association
Hamilton Amateur Baseball Association
Brantford City League
Oshawa Town League
Kitchener City League
Dundas Town League
Preston Town League
Peterborough Senior League
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CONTENTS
OBA OFFICIALS 2013 5
1.01 Name 6
1.02 Objects 6
1.03 Membership 6
1.04 Eligibility 6
1.05 Officers And Board Of Directors 6
1.06 Duties Of Officers 8
1.07 Meetings 8
1.08 Amendments 9
1.09 General 10
1.10 Appeal Procedure 10
FESS AND CERTIFICATE TAXES 11
2.01 Membership 11
2.02 Fees 11
2.03 Certificate Tax 11
2.04 Classification 11
3.01 TERRITORIAL RIGHTS 13
CHAMPIONSHIPS 14
4.01 Dates On Which Association Championships Must Be Declared 14
4.02 Visiting Team Responsible For Expenses 14
4.03 OBA Play-Off Tournament Fee 14
5.01 Special Playing Rules 14
5.02 Baseballs 15
6.01 CONVENORS 15
FINANCIAL NOTES 15
7.01 Financial Claims 15
7.02 Appeal Of Fines 15
8.01 DISCIPLINE 15
9.01 CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS 16
GENERAL 16
10.01 General 16
10.02 Insurance 16
P1 PLAYER SIGNING 17
Section P1.1 AGE AND CATEGORY 17
Section P1.2 BIRTH RECORDS 17
Section P1.3 PLAYERS TO QUALIFY UNDER RESIDENCE RULE 17
Section P1.4 PLAYERS CHANGING RESIDENCE 18
Section P1.5 PLAYERS CHANGING TEAMS 18
Section P1.6 RELEASE APPEALS 19
Section P1.7 OFFENCES 19
Section P1.8 PLAYERS MAY ADVANCE TO HIGHER SERIES 20
Section P1.9 PLAYER REGISTRATION 20
Section P1.10 TEAM NUMBER 21
Section P1.11 PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS AND REGISTRATION 21
Section P1.12 ELIGIBILITY 21
Section P1.13 PBLO 22
P2 SPECIAL PLAYING RULES 22
Section P2.1 REPORTING ABUSE 23
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Section P2.2 GIRLS BASEBALL 23
Section P2.3 PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 23
Section P2.4 COACHES AND MANAGERS 23
Section P2.5 UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT 23
Section P2.6 APRROVED BASEBALLS 24
Section P2.7 GAME LENGTH 24
Section P2.8 LINE-UP RULES 24
Section P2.9 SUBSTITUTIONS 25
Section P2.10 PITCHING RULES 25
Section P2.11 BASE RUNNING RULES 27
Section P2.12 FIELDING RULES 27
Section P2.13 EJECTIONS 27
Section P2.14 PROTESTS 28
P3 UMPIRES 28
Section P3.1 GENERAL 28
Section P3.2 FEES FOR UMPIRES 29
P4 FIELD DIMENSIONS 30
P5 OBA PLAY-OFF PROCEDURES 33
Section P5.1 FORMAT FOR OBA PLAY-OFF TOURNAMENTS 35
P6 OBA ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES 54
P7 EXHIBITION GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS 55
Section P7.1 PLAYING NON-REGISTERED TEAMS AND PLAYERS 55
Section P7.2 EXHIBITION GAMES AND OUT OF PROVINCE PLAY 55
Section P7.3 OPEN, INVITATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES 55
Q1 APPROVED PLAYING RULES OF T-BALL 57
Section Q1.1 GENERAL 57
Section Q1.2 EQUIPMENT 57
Section Q1.3 DEFINITIONS 58
Section Q1.4 GENERAL RULES 59
Section Q1.5 PLAYING RULES 60
Section Q1.6 UMPIRES 62
Q2 THE APPROVED PLAYING RULES OF ROOKIE BALL 63
Section Q2.1 REGULATIONS 63
Section Q2.2 DIAMOND LAYOUT 63
Section Q2.3 PLAYING RULES 63
Section Q2.4 APPROVED BALLS FOR ROOKIE BALL 65
APPENDIX “A” 66
APPENDIX “B” 67
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ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.
131 Sheldon Drive, Unit 3, Cambridge, ON, N1R 6S2
Tel: 519-740-3900 Fax: 519-740-6311
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OBA OFFICIALS 2013
President: Mark Orton 905-725-2145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1st Vice President: David Huctwith 905-891-6117 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2nd Vice President: Dirk Drieberg 905-832-6520 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Past President: Don McKnight 905-833-5353 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elected Board: Jeffrey Albaum 905-773-1045 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ron Berlett 519-291-5698 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Allan Ebert 519-542-5861 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tony Jasinski 905-278-2066 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Steve Moore 905-420-7022 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glenn Ostrosser 905-662-4213 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OBA Registrar: Howie Birnie 416-485-1848 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer/Supervisor of
Umpires: Ed Quinlan 416-805-6661 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Life Members: Jim Lutton 905-725-4888 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Keith Weese 519-862-1077
Ron Pegg 519-924-3538 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Honorary Members: Lee Nantais 519-969-1448 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vi Christopher
Dennis Ryan 905-561-8888 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bernie Soulliere 519-735-2028 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Howie Birnie 416-485-1848 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Linda Lewis 519-892-1127 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Previous Presidents: Gerry MacLean 905-227-1389
Peter Topolie 705-497-3540 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Randy Pickle 905-723-1527 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Competition Committee
Chair: Jeffrey Albaum 905-773-1045 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical Committee
Chair: Allan Ebert 519-542-5861 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Senior Chair: Don McKnight 905-833-5353 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Junior Chair: Howie Birnie 416-485-1848 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Midget Chair: Steve Moore 905-420-7022 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bantam Chair: Allan Ebert 519-542-5861 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peewee Chair: Glenn Ostrosser 905-662-4213 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mosquito Chair: Tony Jasinski 905-278-2066 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rookie Ball Chair: Jeffrey Albaum 905-773-1045 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Girls/Women’s Chair: Jeffrey Albaum 905-773-1045 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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C O N S T I T U T I O N
of the
ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
1.01 NAME
The name of this organization shall be the “Ontario Baseball Association, Inc.” (unless the context otherwise requires,
hereinafter referred to as the “OBA”). The OBA is authorized to carry on its business under the name “Baseball Ontario”.
1.02 OBJECTS
The objects of the OBA shall be in order of priority:
a) To foster and improve baseball at all levels in the Province of Ontario.
b) To protect and promote the mutual interests of the members.
c) To institute and regulate competition for the Ontario championships.
d) To institute and regulate competition for determining the Ontario representative(s) in the national or Canadian
play-offs.
1.03 MEMBERSHIP
a) Membership in the OBA shall be composed of such Affiliated Associations, Local Associations, Associate members
and Direct Entries, which shall agree to abide by and comply with the OBA Constitution and By-Laws. Members of
the OBA Board of Directors, both those elected and appointed, Life Members, Honourary Members and Past
Presidents shall also be members of the OBA.
b) The OBA Board of Directors shall have the power to accept individual teams where they are unable to secure
grouping in any Affiliated Association. For purposes of the OBA Constitution and By-Laws, the term “Direct Entry”
shall mean a team affiliating directly with the OBA and not through an Affiliated Association.
c) The Ontario Vintage Baseball Association shall be an Associate Member of the OBA. This membership shall be
subject to the terms of an agreement approved by the OBA Board of Directors.
d) Select Ontario Baseball Association shall be an Associate Member of the OBA. This membership shall be subject to
the terms of an agreement approved by the OBA Board of Directors.
e) Premier Baseball League of Ontario ("PBLO") shall be an Associate Member of the OBA. This membership shall be
subject to the terms of an agreement approved by the OBA Board of Directors (the "PBLO Agreement").
Note: A baseball association, which is a direct member of the OBA, will be known as an “Affiliated Association”
and a baseball association, which is a direct member of an Affiliated Association, and an indirect member of the
OBA, shall be known as a “Local Association”.
1.04 ELIGIBILITY
a) Teams Eligible: To be eligible for OBA Play-offs, teams must represent a municipality or municipalities, or a portion
thereof, within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario and must be made up of players who qualify under the
residence rule.
b) Players Eligible: To be eligible, all players must qualify under the residence rule. Former professional baseball players
who have been re-instated by the OBA in accordance with Rule P1-8 and athletes who are classified as professionals
in other sports are eligible.
1.05 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
a) i) 1) Management of the OBA shall be handled by the OBA Management Board. The members of the
Management Board shall be the President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Immediate Past President,
6 elected Directors and the Treasurer. The President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President shall be
elected annually. The 6 elected Directors shall be elected annually. In addition, the 4 additional members of
the OBA Board of Directors appointed by the President pursuant to paragraph a) (i) 2) below, shall be
members of the OBA Management Board.
2) The operations of the OBA shall be handled by the OBA Board of Directors. The members of the OBA Board
of Directors shall be the President, first Vice President, second Vice President, the Immediate Past President,
6 elected Directors, the Treasurer, all Life Members, Honorary Members, Past Presidents and 1 appointed
Director from each Affiliated Association to be appointed by that Affiliated Association. In addition, the
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President may, subject to ratification by the OBA Board of Directors, appoint 4 additional Directors to the
OBA Board of Directors.
ii) Each member of the OBA Management Board shall have 1 vote at all meetings of the OBA Management Board.
Each member (elected or appointed, including Life Members and the Immediate Past President) of the OBA
Board of Directors shall have 1 vote at each meeting of the OBA Board of Directors.
iii) Annually, a Treasurer shall be appointed by the OBA Board of Directors; his/her term to run from December 1st
to November 30th of the following year, and he/she shall be paid a specified honorarium.
iv) A Finance Committee may be appointed by the OBA Management Board to assist in the preparation of budgetary
statements.
v) An Executive Director and an Administrator may be hired by the OBA Management Board, subject to ratification
by the OBA Board of Directors. The Executive Director’s duties shall be as directed by the OBA Management
Board. The Administrator shall act as the Secretary of the OBA in addition to any other duties delegated by the
OBA Management Board.
b) The OBA Board of Directors shall have control of the affairs of the OBA and shall have power to fill vacancies which
may occur in its number subject to the provisions for appointments to the OBA Board of Directors as already laid
down in paragraph a) (i) 2) and to amend or alter the regulations of the OBA Play-off competitions, to issue or revoke
rosters of teams and to deal with such cases, and shall appoint Convenors in different sections throughout the province
to assist in OBA Play-offs, organization, etc. The OBA Board of Directors shall also have the power to deal with
cases which are not otherwise provided for or covered by the OBA Constitution and By-Laws.
c) The President may appoint, from time to time, 1 or more committees of the Board of Directors as required to consider
such matters as may be dealt with by the OBA Board of Directors and generally act on behalf of the OBA Board of
Directors between meetings of the OBA Board of Directors. Such committee(s) shall be comprised of 1 or more
members of the OBA Board of Directors as the President may deem fit. Decisions of such committee(s) (other than
with respect to a protested game pursuant to P2-7) may be appealed to the OBA Board of Directors at its next
meeting.
d) The OBA Board of Directors shall meet once a month during the season when business warrants. 7 members shall
form a quorum for meetings of the OBA Board of Directors.
e) Any member of the OBA Board of Directors (excluding Life Members, Honorary Members and Past Presidents) who
fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings, without reasons that in the opinion of the OBA Board of Directors are
satisfactory, shall have automatically tendered his/her resignation. After 2 consecutive misses, this detail shall be
brought to his/her attention by a letter from the OBA Office. Should the third consecutive miss occur, except for a
member appointed by an Affiliated Association, the OBA Board of Directors will appoint a replacement. If the
member was an appointee from an Affiliated Association, that Affiliated Association shall be requested to appoint the
replacement and must notify the OBA Office of such appointment within 3 weeks.
f) The position of Life Member can only be conferred on an individual upon the recommendation of the OBA Board of
Directors after 15 years or more of continuous faithful service by the individual to the OBA and where a definite
desire exists to retain the active service of the individual with an official status. To be appointed a Life Member, the
individual must have previously been appointed an Honourary Member. The total number of Life Members that the
OBA may have at any one time shall not exceed 3, but terms of Life Memberships conferred prior to 1972 will
continue to their expiration.
g) The position of Honourary Member may be conferred by the OBA Board of Directors for outstanding continuous and
meritorious service to the OBA. Future Life Members are to be selected from Honourary Members. Honourary
Members shall have the right of delegates at all Annual Meetings and Special Meetings of the OBA, including the
right to vote.
h) Nominations for Officers:
Officers shall be nominated (in writing) by an Affiliated Association in good standing and operating the previous
year, or by a member of the OBA Board of Directors. The nominations must be at the OBA Office not later than
October first prior to the date of the Annual Meeting. In order for a name to remain on the ballot, a nominee must so
request at the Annual Meeting in person, or must have indicated to the OBA Office in writing, prior to the election.
i) Past Presidents: Past Presidents shall have the right of delegates at all Annual Meetings and Special Meetings of the
OBA, including the right to vote.
j) Any member of the OBA Management Board may be removed from office for conduct detrimental to the OBA at a
meeting of the OBA Board of Directors upon a resolution approved by 3/4 of the votes cast in respect of such
resolution. Notice must be given at least 7 calendar days prior to the meeting to all members of the OBA Board of
Directors of the intention to bring such a resolution before the meeting.
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1.06 DUTIES OF OFFICERS
a) It shall be the duty of the President to preside at meetings of the OBA Management Board and OBA Board of
Directors. The President shall also perform such other duties as are necessary for the proper conduct of the office of
President.
b) The first Vice President, in the absence of the President, shall have all the powers and perform all the duties of the
President. The first Vice President shall also perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by the President.
c) The second Vice President, in the absence of the first Vice President, shall have all the powers and perform the duties
of the first Vice President. The second Vice President shall also perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by
the President.
d) The 6 Elected Directors shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the President.
e) The Immediate Past President shall perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by the President and shall offer
such advice and guidance to the OBA Management Board and OBA Board of Directors as may be requested.
f) The President shall annually appoint an individual who will act as the OBA Registrar. The appointee shall be
responsible for approving all team rosters, reinstatements, and the registration of all birth certificates. The OBA
Registrar shall work in conjunction with the Administrator in the processing of the related documents.
g) All cheques issued by the OBA must be signed as approved by OBA Management Board. The signatures of any such
authorized signatory shall be cleared at the bank immediately following their taking office or their being so authorized
by the OBA Management Board.
h) The Administrator shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the OBA, including OBA Management Board
and OBA Board of Directors meetings and a register of all Affiliated Associations.
i) The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed by the OBA and report at least
annually to the members of the OBA. The Treasurer’s books shall be audited annually by an accredited auditor.
j) All appointed members of the Board of Directors shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the
President.
1.07 MEETINGS
a) The Annual Meeting of the OBA (which term shall include an Annual and Special Meeting) shall be held on the third
Saturday and Sunday in November. The sites for future Annual Meetings shall be determined by the OBA
Management Board. When determined, the sites for future Annual Meetings shall be announced at the Annual
Meeting.
b) No delegate shall be permitted to speak or vote at an Annual Meeting or Special Meeting unless he/she has filed with
the Secretary, a certificate of his/her appointment, signed by the Secretary of the Affiliated Association or Direct
Entry which he/she represents.
c) Annual member’s fees for the then current period October 1st to September 30th must be paid by an Affiliated
Association or Direct Entry before that Affiliated Association’s or Direct Entry’s delegate(s) shall have a voice or
vote at Annual Meetings or Special Meetings of the OBA.
d) “Special Meetings” - The President may call a special general meeting of the OBA (“Special Meeting”) at any time,
but must do so at the request of 3 Affiliated Associations. At all Special Meetings, 8 delegates shall form a quorum. 4
days notice of such meeting must be given and the reason for such meeting.
e) Affiliated Associations must operate the previous year under the jurisdiction of the OBA before having the right of
voice at an Annual Meeting or Special Meeting of the OBA.
f) At an Annual Meeting or Special Meeting of the OBA, each Affiliated Association shall be entitled to the following
votes:
Affiliated Associations with more than 24 teams.......4 VOTES
Affiliated Associations with 15 to 24 teams...............3 VOTES
Affiliated Associations with 6 to 14 teams.................2 VOTES
.... Affiliated Associations with 1 to 5 teams...................1 VOTE.
g) No delegate from an Affiliated Association in arrears to the OBA in any way, shall be permitted to vote at an Annual
Meeting providing notice of such arrears has been given in writing to the Affiliated Association a month prior to the
Annual Meeting.
h) “Electing Officers and Directors” - The OBA shall, at its Annual Meeting, provide the delegates with a proper form of
printed ballot, giving the offices and nominations for each. In the case of the nominations for elected Directors, of
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which 6 are to be elected annually, all voting delegates must mark their ballots for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of the candidates
nominated and where such is not done, the ballot is to be considered spoiled and not counted.
i) Each person nominated for election as an Officer or Director shall be given a maximum of two minutes to speak about
their candidacy. Nominees may decline to speak.
j) A delegate may only vote as a representative of the Affiliated Association through which he/she is registered or in
whose territory he/she resides.
k) At an Annual Meeting or Special Meeting of the OBA, each Associate Member shall be entitled to the following
votes:
i) with respect to amendments to Articles 1 to 10 inclusive, of this Constitution (including amendments or other
procedural matters relating to such amendments), 1 vote;
ii) with respect to the election of Officers or Directors of the OBA 1 vote; and
iii) with respect to all other matters, zero votes.
In the case of an Associate Member which, at the time this section j) comes into force and effect, has an agreement
approved by the OBA Board of Directors providing for different rights, such Associate Member shall have such rights
as are set out in such agreement for the term of such agreement. The OBA Board of Directors shall not renew any
such agreement on terms which would violate this section j). If any such agreement is for an indefinite term, the OBA
Board of Directors shall use their best efforts to seek an amendment of such agreement in order that it not be in breach
of this section j). Any Affiliated Association shall have the right to request a copy of any such agreement.
1.08 AMENDMENTS
a) i) An amendment to the OBA Constitution and By-Laws may only be made at an Annual Meeting and must be
approved by 2/3 of the votes cast in respect of such amendments in order to carry. Notice of any proposed
amendment must be filed with the OBA Office in writing by October first prior to the Annual Meeting and the
OBA Office shall then forward by mail a copy to each Affiliated Association no later than November first, before
the Annual Meeting. Amendments passed and carried shall become effective at the conclusion of the Annual
Meeting at which they are passed.
ii) An amendment may only be proposed by the OBA Board of Directors or by an Affiliated Association in good
standing.
b) At an Annual Meeting, the OBA Board of Directors may propose a resolution for an experiment that differs from the
OBA Constitution and By-Laws. This experiment may be put into effect as an experiment for no more than 2 years. In
order to be adopted, the resolution must be approved by 2/3 of the votes cast in respect of the resolution and would be
subject to annual review by the OBA Board of Directors. Any references in the Constitution that are contrary to the
experiment are suspended while the experiment is in progress. Once the time period for the experiment has expired,
unless an amendment to the OBA Constitution and By-Laws is adopted with respect to the subject matter of the
experiment, the resolution shall be of no further force and effect and the suspension of any references in the OBA
Constitution and By-Laws shall be removed.
c) Order of Business - Annual Meeting:
ii) President’s Address.
iii) Reading of the Minutes of the last Annual Meeting and any Special Meeting during the year.
iv) Administrator/Secretary’s Report.
v) Treasurer’s Report.
vi) Auditor’s Report.
vii) Correspondence.
viii) Host’s Comments and Address.
ix) Reports of Board Committees.
x) Consideration of Reports.
xi) Amendments - Notice of Motion.
xii) General Business.
xiii) Election of Officers and Directors.
xiv)Annual Meeting - Site for the following year.
d) Rules of Order of Annual Meeting or Special Meeting:
The following are the regulations of the government of the OBA during the time of business, and the business shall be
disposed of in the following order:
i) No motion shall be received unless properly moved and seconded. Said motion shall not be open for discussion
until so stated by the presiding officer.
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ii) Except for motions requiring a special majority either pursuant to the OBA Constitution and By-Laws or at law,
all motions shall be decided by a majority of votes cast. When the presiding officer sees fit to exercise his/her
right to vote on any question before the meeting, he/she shall, from the chair, be at liberty to explain his/her vote,
and any question on which there is an equality of votes in consequence of the presiding officer’s vote, shall be
deemed to be negative.
iii) No delegate shall speak twice on the same motion without the permission of the chair, unless in explanation, or
the mover in reply.
iv) A delegate desiring to speak or submit a motion shall rise and remain standing until recognized by the chair. In
speaking, a delegate shall respectfully address the chair and shall confine his/her remarks to the motion under
debate. The delegate shall not be interrupted unless upon a point of order. Non-delegates may be permitted to
speak at the discretion of the chair.
v) No amendment to a motion shall be in order after an amendment to the amendment.
vi) When a motion is under debate, no motion shall be entertained except to lay on the table or amend and these
motions shall take precedence in the order named.
vii) An amendment, which entirely changes the subject of the original motion, shall not be entertained as an
amendment or substituted for the motion under debate.
viii) After the motion has been stated by the presiding officer it becomes the property of the OBA but may be
withdrawn at any time prior to amendment, unless objected to by a delegate.
ix) There shall be no debate upon any question after it has been put by the presiding officer.
x) When a vote is called, it shall be taken by each delegate holding up his/her right hand. The presiding officer shall
declare the vote on all questions and should his/her declaration be disputed, he/she may require the delegates
voting “Yea” and “Nay” to rise and stand until the number voting for the affirmative and the negative be counted
by him/her.
1.09 GENERAL
a) The OBA Constitution and By-Laws as shown in this book are intended as a general guide and cannot specifically
cover each situation that may arise. Therefore, the President in regular or special meetings, with a quorum of the OBA
Board of Directors, will have the authority to interpret and decide to the best of their judgement with regard to all the
circumstances or any specific case, any matter pertaining to any and all clauses contained herein. Their decision shall
be final. The OBA Management Board or the OBA Board of Directors shall appoint an Advisory Committee
comprised of the Past Presidents and Life Members to advise upon matters presented to them by the officers, OBA
Management Board or OBA Board of Directors.
b) Any Affiliated Association and/or officers of same, which fails to uphold the rulings and enforce the decisions of the
OBA will leave said Affiliated Association, and/or officers open to suspension by the OBA.
c) A catalogue of OBA approved forms for requesting and/or recording of information to be submitted to the OBA
Office be included as an Appendix in the Constitution. Forms will be reviewed and updated annually.
1.10 APPEAL PROCEDURE
a) Any decisions made by the OBA (other than a protested game, which is governed by P2-14 and classifications which
are governed by 2.04 e) may be appealed to the President, in writing, with a deposit of $100.00. The appeal must be
made within 14 days of the decision being appealed.
b) When the President receives an appeal in writing, the President shall review the appeal and determine whether, in the
President’s discretion, the appeal either (i) presents new information not available or presented to the board or
committee which made the decision appealed from or (ii) represents an important and compelling matter which
justifies the holding of an appeal. Where the President determines that either (i) or (ii) applies, the President shall
name a committee of at least 3 members of the OBA Board of Directors who shall hear the appeal. The decision of
the committee shall be final. The committee shall also rule on the disposition of the deposit.
c) The President shall establish the time and place of the appeal hearing. The hearing must be held within 45 days of
receiving the written appeal. The 45 days shall begin the day following the receipt of the written appeal.
d) The appellant must be present in person at the hearing. Failure to appear will result in a default decision and no further
appeal shall be allowed.
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FESS AND CERTIFICATE TAXES
2.01 MEMBERSHIP
a) Every Affiliated Association desirous of joining the OBA shall send to the OBA Office a completed application for
membership, a list of its officers, a copy of its constitution and by-laws.
b) All teams of Local Associations of any classification desirous of entering the OBA Play-offs must affiliate through an
Affiliated Association in their area or directly with the OBA where there is no Affiliated Association in their area.
c) Teams of Local Associations must register with the OBA through the Affiliated Association in which territory they
play their home games (“Home Affiliate”). Teams may be released to participate in a league schedule of another
Affiliated Association (“League Affiliate”), but will be registered with and classified by the Home Affiliate. Released
teams and their players will be subject to the rules and regulations of the League Affiliate. Released teams will be
subject to the player release rules as set out by the Home Affiliate. Team releases must be in writing and there will be
no charge for the release of any such team.
2.02 FEES
a) The annual member’s fee shall be:
For each Affiliated Association which operates 50 or more teams ...... .......................................... $125.00
For each Affiliated Association which operates up to 49 teams ........... .......................................... $100.00
Direct Entries - each team T-Ball, Rookie Ball to Senior ..................... ............................................ $40.00
Note: Such fees are due and payable by September 30 of each fiscal year.
b) Each Direct Entry must pay a guarantee deposit of $500.00 to be returned only if the Direct Entry completes its
obligations as stated in the OBA Constitution and By-Laws.
2.03 CERTIFICATE TAX
a) A team certificate tax of $75.00 will be paid by each Affiliated Association or Direct Entry, as the case may be, to the
OBA for each of its teams.
b) The certificate tax must be paid by July 8th to the OBA Office. Failure to pay the certificate tax shall result in the
applicable team(s) not being classified.
2.04 CLASSIFICATION
a) The OBA shall offer for annual competition the following OBA Play-offs:
Category 30,001+ Households 30,000 -
13,001
Households
13,000 - 7,001
Households
7,000 and
under
Households
Minor Rookie Ball AAA, AA
Rookie Ball AAA, AA, A B C D
Minor Mosquito AAA, AA, A B
Mosquito AAA, AA, A B C D
Peewee Girls AAA
Minor Peewee AAA, AA, A B
Peewee AAA, AA, A B C D
Bantam Girls AAA
Minor Bantam AAA, AA, A B
Bantam AAA, AA, A B C D
Minor Midget AAA, AA, A
Midget AAA, AA, A B C D
Category All Households
Women AAA
Junior AAA, AA, A
Senior AAA, AA, A, B, C
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In addition, OBA shall offer the following championships through PBLO:
AAAA Midget
AAAA Minor Midget
b) Household numbers are used only to determine categories teams are eligible to participate in. Teams may request
higher classification if so desired. A team at a lower household category may be classified at the classification of a
larger household category at its request.
c) For purposes of classification, the number of households will be based on Canada Post data. Each Affiliated
Association must define which postal codes are contained within their Local Associations’ boundaries. Urban centres
will use the FSA (first three digits of the postal code) and rural centres will use all 6 digits of the postal code. The
information must be filed with the OBA Office by April 1, 2013 and updated as necessary every three years
thereafter. If an Affiliated Association fails to comply with this requirement, the Competition Chair will decide
whether or not the Affiliated Association’s teams will be eligible to be classified, and if so, will determine the
classification of the teams. The Competition Chair’s decision is final and may not be appealed.
d) The number of households added to the household count of a team by an import player(s) will be determined as
follows:
i) Each urban postal code will add the highest count associated with the LCW, LB, SS, RR, or GD (as defined by
Canada Post) for the FSA in which the players reside.
ii) Each rural postal code will add the highest count associated with the LCW, LB, SS, RR or GD (as defined by
Canada Post) for the postal code in which the players reside.
iii) The import player household count adder will be calculated as the average of the household counts determined in
the prior two steps. (Note: this will determine a single number that will be used as an adder for each player
residing outside of the Local Association postal code(s), regardless of whether they reside in an urban or rural
postal code. This number will be 725 until the end of the 2014 season).
iv) The import player household count adder will be recalculated on the same frequency and timing as the update of
the Canada Post information on which it is based.
v) Canada post data will be updated once every 3 years.
e) If any Local Association feels it has a circumstance that does not fall under the provisions of 2.04 a) to d), it has the
right to appeal to the O.B.A.
f) Classifications must be submitted to the OBA Office before the opening of business on the Tuesday immediately
following the 2nd Monday of July. Failure to submit such information by the deadline shall result in the applicable
team(s) not being classified.
g) The Affiliated Association must submit with classification the maximum number of teams it will allow to participate
in each category.
h) The OBA Office shall immediately forward the Affiliated Associations’ proposed classifications to the respective
Series Chair, who shall be responsible for ensuring that all information provided for each team in the Series is
complete and correct. The Series Chair shall ensure that each team is properly classified and review the potential
number of entries in the individual classification playoffs.
i) The Classification Committee shall consist of the Overall Series Chair and the Series Chairs. The Classification
Committee shall meet on the week-end following the 2nd Monday in July to review classifications. A Series Chair
may make recommendations to the Classification Committee to change a team’s classification. This applies to all
classifications AAA through D. If the Classification Committee decides to change a team’s classification, the Local
Association and the Affiliated Association shall be contacted by the 3rd Monday of July and advised of the change
and the reasoning for the change. The Local Association and/or the Affiliated Association shall have until the close of
business on the Friday immediately preceding the July OBA Board of Directors’ meeting to appeal the change.
j) The Classification Committee shall present its recommendations, together with any appeals, to the Competition
Committee at the July OBA Board of Directors’ meeting. The Competition Committee shall resolve any appeals.
k) The decision of any Affiliated Association with respect to whether a team is, or is not classified, prior to the opening
of discussions by the Classification Committee on the classification of all teams in the respective series, shall be
deemed final by the OBA.
l) Where required for classification purposes, the Affiliated Association must submit to the Classification Committee
(on a form approved by the OBA) the schedule and results of the teams in any league play, the won-lost-tied record
and any tournament results that the teams may have participated in. Failure to comply with these rules will result in
the team being classified at the highest classification available under 2.04 a).
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m) i) Except for OBA Play-offs for Rookie Ball and Girls Baseball, the number of teams allowed to participate at each
classification shall be one per Affiliated Association plus the tournament host. In any series where the number of
Affiliated Associations participating plus the tournament host is less than 12, the number of teams which will be
allowed to participate would be up to 12 including the tournament host. The OBA Board of Directors shall
determine the manner of selection of the additional teams to make up the 12 team tournament. If there are less
than 12 teams classified at a classification, all teams may be permitted to participate.
ii) At Rookie Ball and Girls Baseball, each OBA Play-off Tournament shall be open to all teams classified at the
category. All teams classified at the particular category are expected to attend the OBA Play-off Tournament or
Play-off. Teams desiring not to attend should not be classified. Tournaments in excess of 20 teams may require
playdowns one week prior to the OBA Play-off Tournament being played.
iii) At Senior the following limits apply to the number of teams for each OBA Play-off Tournament:
(1) Senior AAA shall be unlimited; and
(2) Senior AA, A, B and C shall be limited to 12 teams, with no more than 2 teams coming from any one
Affiliated Association. Additional teams may be added from an Affiliated Association to bring the
tournament to a maximum of 12 teams including the host.
Except at Senior AAA and Senior AA, the champions and finalists in any category shall be classified in the next
high category the following year.
n) The OBA Board of Directors shall decide annually the method by which the winner of each OBA Play-off shall be
declared. This method shall consist of one of the following:
i) home and home style OBA playoffs; or
ii) a double loss knock-out tournament with a minimum of 6 teams scheduled to be held no later than the Labour
Day weekend; or
iii) a round robin tournament; or
iv) a combination.
o) No player may participate with more than 1 team in any 1 series.
p) Any team classified at the OBA classification meeting must participate in all its OBA Play-offs. If a team fails to
fulfil its commitment a $500.00 fine will be assessed. Local Associations and Affiliated Associations shall be
responsible for ensuring payment of such fines assessed against their teams.
q) Teams appealing their OBA classification as finalized by the OBA Board of Directors are not to be levied the OBA
$500.00 fine if the team declines to compete within 24 hours after the appeals meeting.
r) The winner of the Senior OBA Elimination Tournament will be declared the OBA Senior AAA champions.
s) A Direct Entry not participating in the scheduled play of an Affiliated Association shall be classified at the highest
level for which the households of its municipality makes it eligible.
t) In order to be classified, a team must have played and reported on the Classification Form a minimum of 5 games
against other OBA rostered teams.
u) The winner of the Junior OBA Elimination Tournament will be declared OBA Junior AAA champions.
v) At each age category where the winner of the OBA Elimination Tournament is not deemed an OBA Play-off
Champion, the winner of the OBA Elimination Tournament shall be granted an automatic entry into the OBA Play-off
Tournament for which teams entering the OBA Elimination Tournament are classified. The OBA Elimination
Tournament winners will not be considered the representative of the Affiliated Association to which it belongs and
the Affiliated Association shall be entitled to send another of its teams as its representative. OBA Elimination
Tournament winners must declare their intentions to the OBA Office and the OBA Play-off Tournament host by
August 15.
w) For Rookie Ball and Girls Baseball, the OBA Play-off Tournament format shall be at the discretion of the OBA Board
of Directors each year.
x) Where several municipalities or Local Associations of C or lower classifications desire to compete in open
tournaments at the AA and AAA level, they may choose to register an Affiliated Association approved team for that
purpose. Such teams shall not be eligible for OBA Play-offs and OBA Elimination Tournaments, and players on such
a team are obliged to honour commitments to their Local Association first.
3.01 TERRITORIAL RIGHTS
a) The status of all Affiliated Associations is defined as territorial rights, as set forth in Appendix C. The boundaries of
each have been approved and set by the OBA. Any new baseball associations, which do not conflict with any
established Affiliated Association, which desire to affiliate with the OBA, must first be approved by the OBA Board
of Directors.
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b) All applications by Direct Entries for direct entry must be approved by the OBA Board of Directors before being
accepted.
c) The OBA Board of Directors shall have the power to mediate boundary disputes and make changes to Affiliated
Association boundaries where such changes are deemed to be in the best interests of baseball.
d) Franchises in the PBLO shall declare themselves to operate as either Residency Franchises or Non-Residency
Franchises. A Residency Franchise is one that determines to operate in accordance with OBA's residence and release
requirements. A Residency Franchise will have the territorial rights of the Local Association, Direct Entry or
Affiliated Association which is operating the Franchise. A Non-Residency Franchise is one that determines not to
operate in accordance with OBA's residence and release requirements. A Non-Residency Franchise shall have no
territorial rights.
CHAMPIONSHIPS
4.01 DATES ON WHICH ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS MUST BE DECLARED
a) Each Affiliated Association in order to participate in the OBA Play-offs must be prepared to enter the OBA Play-offs
on the dates as set by the OBA Board of Directors (for all series) but in no case shall that date be later than the fourth
Saturday in August.
Note: Labour Day weekend (except in Junior, Midget and Girl’s Baseball) is the recommended dates for
Tournament style OBA Playoffs.
b) No OBA Play-off may be ordered after October 5th. The Series Chair has the power to order a tournament to be held
to declare a winner, if deemed necessary.
c) Where exceptional circumstances arise in Affiliated Associations, only the OBA Board of Directors or its
committee(s) are empowered to extend the date of declaring a winner. The request for extension must be at the OBA
Office at least 2 weeks prior to the OBA Play-off date.
d) Except at Junior AAA which will be the Junior OBA Elimination Tournament, all Junior OBA Play-offs will be
scheduled 2 weeks prior to the Labour Day week-end.
e) Girls Baseball OBA Play-offs will be scheduled at least 1 week but not more than 2 weeks prior to Labour Day
weekend.
f) All Midget OBA Play-offs will be scheduled 1 week prior to Labour Day week-end.
g) Except at Senior AAA which will be the Senior OBA Elimination Tournament, all Senior OBA Play-offs will be
schedule on the Labour Day weekend
4.02 VISITING TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR EXPENSES
The visiting teams shall pay their own travelling expense.
4.03 OBAPLAY-OFF TOURNAMENT FEE
All teams in OBA Play-off Tournament play will pay the following participation fees to the tournament host:
a) teams in PeeWee and below .................................................... $375.00
and
b) teams in Minor Bantam and above ......................................... $425.00.
If the team defaults on the payment of such fee or fails to meet its commitment to play in the OBA Play-off tournament,
the OBA will pay the appropriate tournament fee to the host, pending any appeals. The OBA will collect the fine from the
offending Affiliated Association/Local Association.
5.01 SPECIAL PLAYING RULES
a) The OBA Board of Directors shall create a Special Playing Rules Committee and appoint a Chair Person for this
committee.
b) The Special Playing Rules Committee shall be made up of the Chair Person appointed by the OBA Board of
Directors, and a representative from each Affiliated Association. In addition, the committee shall also have a member
from the Technical Committee, a member from the Competition Committee, a member of the Umpire Committee and
a member of the Coaching Committee. Each of these members shall act in an advisory capacity and shall not have a
vote.
c) Each Affiliated Association shall have one vote and a simple majority in attendance is required to pass any changes.
The Special Playing Rules Committee may entertain and discuss rule changes throughout the year. Any changes
suggested by the Special Playing Rules Committee shall be considered at an initial meeting of the Special Playing
Rules Committee for consultation with the membership. At a subsequent meeting to be held at least 3 weeks after the
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initial meeting, the Special Playing Rules Committee shall vote on whether or not to recommend the suggested
changes to the OBA Board of Directors.
d) The Special Playing Rules Committee shall prepare a report to the OBA Board of Directors on the proposed changes
it is recommending. Such report shall be submitted to the OBA Board of Directors at one Board meeting and voted
upon at the subsequent OBA Board of Directors meeting. Changes must be approved by 2/3 of the votes cast in
respect of the changes in order to carry.
e) The Special Playing Rules Committee shall send the approved changes to each of the Affiliated Associations and
present a report of the changes at the Annual Meeting.
f) The Special Playing Rules Committee shall publish each year the special playing rules for the coming season.
g) Such rules may include fines and ejections to be imposed against teams, Local Associations and/or Affiliated
Associations for failure to comply with the rules."
h) For the purposes of this rule, the special playing rules shall include P2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, Q1,and Q2..
i) Notwithstanding clauses a) through h), the OBA Board of Directors may from time to time review and modify Rules
P2.1 through P2.5, where in the opinion of the OBA Board of Directors, the changes are in the best interests of the
members as a whole and/or in matters that are related to risk management for OBA. These changes must be presented
and tabled at an OBA Board of Directors meeting to be voted on at the subsequent OBA Board of Directors meeting.
These changes do not require approval of the Rules Committee but require:
i. approval of the majority of the Affiliated Association representatives present at the OBA Board of Directors
Meeting, and
ii. 2/3 of votes cast for passage by the OBA Board of Directors.
5.02 BASEBALLS
Each year at the Annual Meeting, the OBA Board of Directors will submit for discussion and approval a list of baseballs
for use in the upcoming season.
6.01 CONVENORS
a) Affiliated Associations are to recommend OBA Convenors for approval by the OBA Board of Directors. The OBA
Board of Directors will reserve the right to appoint OBA Convenors for districts where Direct Entries participate in
the OBA.
b) In any OBA Play-off game, no playing member of any team involved in the series will be allowed to act as a
convenor or umpire.
c) Only a registered OBA Convenor will act as the convenor at OBA Play-off games.
d) In the case of the absence of an OBA Convenor, the umpire-in-chief shall act as the convenor in order for the game to
begin.
e) At the request of Affiliated Associations, the OBA will hold regional meetings to instruct OBA Convenors on proper
procedures for running OBA Play-offs.
FINANCIAL NOTES
7.01 FINANCIAL CLAIMS
All financial claims must be submitted to the OBA Office within 3 months of expenditure.
7.02 APPEAL OF FINES
Any Direct Entry, Local Association or Affiliated Association desiring to appeal a fine imposed upon a team, a Direct
Entry, a Local Association or an Affiliated Association must file a request to appeal the fine with the OBA Technical
Committee within 45 days of receipt of notification of the fine. (Any fine issued by the OBA with respect to a tournament
must be issued within 30 days of receipt of the Convenor’s Report.) The OBA Technical Committee must hear an appeal
of a fine within 45 days after the appeal is filed with the OBA Office.
8.01 DISCIPLINE
a) Any Affiliated Association or member of the OBA violating the OBA Constitution and By-Laws or refusing to abide
by the decisions of the OBA Board of Directors or its committee(s) may be expelled or suspended.
b) Any Associate Member violating the OBA Constitution and By-Laws or the agreement which governs their
membership in OBA may be expelled or suspended. In the case of the PBLO, any PBLO Franchise violating the
PBLO Agreement may be expelled or suspended.
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c) Teams, officers or players may be suspended by the OBA Management Board for knowingly:
i) Permitting betting or improper conduct by players or officers at OBA games.
ii) Offering, agreeing, conspiring or attempting to lose any OBA game or being interested in any pool or wager
thereon.
iii) Playing with a team, Direct Entry, Local Association or Affiliated Association that has been suspended or
expelled.
iv) Having on its list of signed players any disqualified players.
v) Permitting officers to conduct business of Direct Entries, Local Associations or Affiliated Associations against the
best interests of baseball.
d) Any team or player which shall play under an assumed name shall be suspended from the OBA and any coach or
manager knowingly permitting a player to play under an assumed name shall be suspended from the OBA, subject to
appeal.
e) Any player found guilty of playing over the age limit permitted in the series in which he/she is participating shall
automatically be suspended along with the manager of the team.
f) Any team found guilty of playing a player over the age limit permitted in the series in which he/she is participating,
shall automatically be suspended along with the manager of the team.
g) Any manager or coach using an ineligible player in an OBA Tournament or OBA Play-Offs shall be automatically
suspended indefinitely. Any further penalty shall be decided by the OBA Board of Directors.
h) Any player, coach or manager making physical contact with an umpire will be immediately suspended indefinitely,
subject to appeal.
i) Without limiting the generality of 8.01 a), any Local Association which permits any of its teams to play against a nonrecognized
baseball program (as defined in P1.9 d) i)) shall be subject to sanction up to and including suspension,
which may include the sanction or suspension of any of its other teams.
j) In addition to or in place of any suspension authorized by this section 8.01, any person or organization violating any
of the provisions of section 8.01 may be subject to fine or other sanction as determined appropriate.
9.01 CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS
a) Championship teams of each OBA Play-off series shall receive a trophy representative of the OBA Challenge Trophy.
b) The OBA will present the following numbers of awards to members of the championship team and finalist team of
each classification:
i) Bantam and below: 18 awards
ii) Minor Midget and Midget: 20 awards
iii) Junior, Senior and Womens: 25 awards
GENERAL
10.01 GENERAL
The OBA was organized May 4, 1918 under the name “Ontario Baseball Amateur Association”. In 1938 the name was
changed to “Ontario Baseball Association”. In 1982, the organization was incorporated as “Ontario Baseball Association,
Inc”.
a) Except as provided by the OBA Constitution and By-Laws, the management and control of each individual Affiliated
Association shall be left entirely in the hands of the directors of such Affiliated Association and Local Association.
b) Memberships in the OBA are the property of the OBA and cannot be bartered.
c) Officers, members of the Board of Directors, Series Chairs and Convenors appointed by the Overall Series Chair may
be financially reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses in attending OBA Management Board, OBA Board of Directors
or committee meetings, and also for appropriate out of pocket expenses (i.e.: telephone, fax, supplies, etc.) pertaining
to OBA business during OBA Play-offs.
10.02 INSURANCE
a) All teams of Local Associations, Affiliated Associations, Direct Entries and PBLO Franchises must have the
liability insurance provided through the OBA. This insurance must be purchased before the teams, associations
and franchises begin the new baseball season.
b) For purposes of insurance coverage only, the OBA sanctions all usual baseball activities including games,
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practices, try-outs, evaluations, tournaments and executive activities conducted by its Affiliated Associations,
Local Associations, Direct Entries and Associate Members and such other activities of the OBA, its Affiliated
Associations, Local Associations and Direct Entries as may be approved from time to time by the OBA
Management Board.
P1 PLAYER SIGNING
SECTION P1.1 AGE AND CATEGORY
To be eligible to play in a particular age category, a player must be born during the year indicated beside such category or
during any subsequent year:
Minor Rookie Ball 2005
Rookie Ball 2004
Minor Mosquito 2003
Mosquito 2002
Minor Peewee 2001
Peewee/Peewee Girls 2000
Minor Bantam 1999
Bantam 1998
Minor Midget/Bantam Girls 1997
Midget 1995
Junior 1992
Senior/Women’s Unlimited (Note: These years are to be automatically updated each year.)
SECTION P1.2 BIRTH RECORDS
a) All players 21 years of age and under must produce a birth record the first time they register with OBA. Only birth
certificates, passports, citizenship cards or drivers licences will be accepted as birth records. In the case of Affiliated
Associations having their own registrar and having the approval of the OBA, it is not necessary to send birth records
to the OBA Office if such birth records are provided to the Affiliated Association’s registrar and will be recorded by
the registrar. For Affiliated Associations not having their own registrar or for Direct Entries, when sending birth
records to the OBA Office, they must be listed and a copy of the list included with the birth records. Upon receipt of
a birth record, it will be recorded in the OBA Office.
b) Players who cannot procure a birth record may sign a team roster upon producing a statutory declaration sworn by
their parent or guardian establishing their age; the same to be accompanied by a certificate of a solicitor or notary
public.
SECTION P1.3 PLAYERS TO QUALIFY UNDER RESIDENCE RULE
a) The basic premise of OBA’s residence rule is that players are to play with the Local Association where they reside.
b) Players must establish residence within the Local Association on or before June 30th of the playing year. Exception: a
player, who (1) maintains Canadian citizenship, (2) has been a member of an OBA team for at least one year prior, (3)
continues to be a member of the same OBA team, and (4) for any reason is living outside of the Province of Ontario,
may continue to register with that team.
c) Individuals may be granted permission by the OBA Registrar to participate in OBA play. Cases will be dealt with on
an individual basis (i.e., exchange students).
d) Affiliated Associations must establish territorial boundaries for Local Associations within the Affiliated Association.
Affiliated Associations may also set policies applicable within their Affiliated Association. A copy of the boundaries
and any related policies must be filed with the OBA. OBA will consider the most recent copies filed by the Affiliated
Association in any dispute. OBA may, in its discretion, choose to not follow the Affiliated Association policy where
it conflicts with the OBA Constitution and By-laws or the best interest of Baseball Ontario.
e) In areas where no Local Association exists, the Affiliated Association may set policy. In the absence of such a policy,
the OBA shall apply the following policy: The player may play for any team in the Affiliated Association without a
release.
f) In areas where there is a Local Association but the Local Association does not have a team at the particular series, the
Affiliated Association may set policy. In the absence of such a policy, the OBA shall apply the following policy: The
player may play for any team in the Affiliated Association without a release. For the purposes of this rule, minor
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(e.g., Minor Rookie, Minor Mosquito, Minor Peewee, Minor Bantam, Minor Midget) is not defined as a separate
series from major (e.g., Rookie Ball, Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam, Midget). If a combined minor/major program is
offered by a Local Association, then the Local Association is considered to have a team at the particular series. The
player is expected to return to his/her Local Association, unless a released is obtained pursuant to P1.5.
g) A player in the circumstances of e) or f) may play for a team in another Affiliated Association without a release where
such team is the team closest to his/her place of residence. Closest team shall be interpreted as the distance from the
player’s home to the relevant teams’ home baseball diamond as the crow flies.
h) Where a Local Association has more than 1 team operating in the same series, the Local Association shall set policy
and/or boundaries for such teams. The Local Association shall file a copy of such policy and/or boundaries with the
Affiliated Association and OBA.
GIRLS BASEBALL
i) Notwithstanding any provision of this section P1.3,
i. A female may, but is not required to, register with both a Girls Baseball team and a non-Girls Baseball team.
ii. Where the Local Association in whose territory the female lives offers both Girls Baseball and non-Girls
Baseball teams, the female may register with either a Girls Baseball team or a non-Girls Baseball team or
both in such Local Association and on the basis of such registration play on any team from such Local
Association for which she is eligible to play based upon her age.
iii. Where the Local Association in whose territory the female lives does not offer Girls Baseball, the female
may register for non-Girls Baseball with such Local Association and Girls Baseball with another Local
Association without a release being required from the Local Association in whose territory the female lives.
iv. Except as provided for in this clause i), a female player requires a release in accordance with the provisions
of section P1.5 in the same manner as a male player.
SECTION P1.4 PLAYERS CHANGING RESIDENCE
a) OBA recognizes that families move. As set out in P1.3b), players must establish residence prior to June 30th of the
playing season.
b) In split family situations (i.e., the parents are divorced or separated), players 18 years of age and younger shall be
deemed to reside where the parent(s) having custody rights reside.
c) OBA does not condone moves of convenience or falsified family splits designed to bypass the release process.
d) OBA, when considering the legitimacy of the family move or family split, may have regard to a number of factor(s),
including, but not limited to the following:
i. a statement from the parent(s) outlining that they actually live at the stated address;
ii. a copy of a rental agreement or proof of ownership of the residence;
iii. a driver’s license with the stated address;
iv. the name and address of the school the player attends;
v. a separation agreement or divorce decree outlining the custody and access arrangements of the player; and/or
vi. Canada Revenue Agency Marital Status Change Form – RC 65
SECTION P1.5 PLAYERS CHANGING TEAMS
a) Players are only allowed to be registered with one team at any time. Players registered with one team must be
properly released before registering with a second team. This applies to all series.
b) A player’s playing rights are held by: (i) the Local Association(s) where he/she resides as set forth in P1.3 and P1.4;
and (ii) the Local Association where he/she played the previous season if the player obtained all necessary releases
under this section P1.5. At the Affiliated Association level, a player’s playing rights are held by the Affiliated
Association(s) where he/she resides as set forth P1.3 and P1.4.
c) Before a player may participate in a practice, game, tryout, evaluation or other baseball activity with a team that does
not currently hold the player’s playing rights, the player must obtain the appropriate authorization as specified below.
d) Where a player wishes to participate in another team’s out-of-province game or tournament, and is registered with the
Local Association that holds his/her playing rights, then permission from the Local Association and the Affiliated
Association are required.
e) Where a player desires to register with a Direct Entry or Local Association that does not hold his/her playing rights,
the player must obtain:
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i. a release from each Local Association that hold his/her playing rights as set out in P1.5 b); and
ii. a release from the Affiliated Association where the player resides, if the player desires to register with a
Direct Entry or Local Association outside of the Affiliated Association where the player resides.
The request for a release must be in writing and the granting or refusal of a release shall be in writing authorized by
the current management of the Direct Entry, Local Association or Affiliated Association involved. The foregoing
does not apply at Senior where no release is required and a player may sign with a team that does not hold his/her
playing rights without a release as long as there is no equipment, uniform or financial obligation owing to their
previous team.
f) Where a player desires to participate in a tryout, evaluation, practice or other baseball activity with a team that does
not currently hold the player’s playing rights, the player must obtain the releases required by P1.5e).
g) Where a Local Association or Direct Entry grants a player a release, such release is valid and remains in full force and
effect so long as the player continues to play for the Local Association or Direct Entry with which the player
registered on the basis of having been granted such release.
h) All releases must be in writing and cannot be conditional.
i) Any player, for whom a Local Association is not prepared to offer a spot on one of the Local Association’s OBA
teams, is deemed to be released. The Local Association is required to provide a written release upon request by the
player.
j) Any player, who has not been played by his/her team in 3 or more consecutive games, has the right to appeal to the
OBA Technical Committee should the player’s team refuse to release the player.
k) Releases shall not be valid until filed with the OBA Office.
SECTION P1.6 RELEASE APPEALS
a) Where a player has been denied a release under P1.5 by a Local Association, the player has the right to appeal in
writing the Local Association’s refusal to the Affiliated Association.
b) The Affiliated Association will make a decision to grant or deny the release. The Affiliated Association’s decision is
to be in writing.
c) Either the player or the Local Association may appeal the Affiliated Association’s decision to the OBA Technical
Committee. No appeal may be made until the Affiliated Association has made its decision. The appeal must include
all evidence and correspondence submitted to the Local Association and/or the Affiliated Association and copies of all
decisions made by the Local Association and Affiliated Association.
d) The OBA Technical Committee will establish the time and place of the appeal hearing, which will be held within 30
days of receiving the written appeal and all documents required in P1.6 c).
e) The player (and/or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s)) and the Direct Entry or Local Association and/or Affiliated
Association must be present in person at the hearing to provide evidence in support of their position.
f) Failure to appear may result in a default decision. The decision of the OBA Technical Committee shall be final.
SECTION P1.7 OFFENCES
a) Where a player participates in a practice, game, tryout, evaluation or other baseball activity with a team that does not
currently hold the player’s playing rights without the authorization(s) required by P1.5, the player is subject to
suspension by OBA.
b) Any coach or manager, who allows a player to participate in any practice, game, tryout, evaluation or other baseball
activity with a team that does not currently hold the player’s playing rights without the authorization(s) required by
P1.5, is subject to suspension by OBA.
c) No player, coach or manager may approach any player for whom their Local Association or Direct Entry does not
hold the playing rights with the intention of securing said player for their Local Association or Direct Entry.
Violation of this rule will leave the player, coach or manager subject to suspension by OBA.
d) Where a director, officer, employee or other member of a Local Association or Direct Entry (who is not a player,
coach and/or manager) approaches any player for whom their Local Association or Direct Entry does not hold the
playing rights with the intention of securing said player for their Local Association or Direct Entry, then such
violation will leave the Local Association or Direct Entry open to a fine of up to $1000.
e) In addition to or in place of any suspension authorized by this section P1.7, any person or organization violating any
of the provisions of section P1.7 may be subject to fine or other sanction as determined appropriate by the Technical
Committee.
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SECTION P1.8 PLAYERS MAYADVANCE TO HIGHER SERIES
a) A player registered with a team in any series Junior or below shall be allowed to advance to a higher series of his/her
own Local Association without affecting his/her status in the series and classification of the team with which he/she is
registered. Any player, who advances, must play with his/her original team when the team he/she advances to and the
team he/she is registered with have games on the same date. Where the original team is competing in a weekend
tournament, the player shall not be eligible to be used as a call up to the team he/she is advancing to until their
original team is eliminated from competition in their tournament. (Note: Any team knowingly postponing a game so
that a player may advance will be suspended from the OBA Play-offs.) (Local Association shall be interpreted as the
Local Association with which the player is registered.)
b) In advancing under P1.8 a), a player may only advance as follows:
i. A Rookie player may only advance to Mosquito. (Note: A Rookie player is not eligible to pitch.)
ii. A Mosquito may advance only to Peewee.
iii. A Peewee may advance only to Bantam.
iv. A Bantam may advance only to Midget.
c) For clarification, where a Local Association has more than one team at a series, players on one team are not eligible to
be called up to the other team.
d) Where a player of a younger age is rostered with a team at an older age category (eg. A Peewee aged player is
rostered on a Bantam roster), such player shall be considered as a player of the older series at which he/she is rostered
despite being of younger age, and shall not be eligible to play with the younger team.
e) Where a team wishes to use a call up player from a team that has been eliminated from any further competition during
a tournament or an OBA Play-off tournament or an OBA Elimination tournament being held the same week-end, must
have either the pitch count records or copies of the official game sheets for all games involving the call-up player.
Any player, for whom the pitching eligibility cannot be confirmed, shall not be eligible to pitch.
f) Once discovered, the penalty for violating any provision of P1.8 shall be forfeiture by the team to which the player
advances. The Series Chair shall determine what other appropriate steps will be taken in the circumstances. The
Series Chair's decision is final and is not appealable.
SECTION P1.9 PLAYER REGISTRATION
a) A permanent identification number will be assigned to an OBA registered player based on his/her birth registration
number. For players without a birth registration number, the OBA will assign a permanent identification number.
b) The OBA shall update the eligibility for a series for all previously registered players, based upon the player’s birth
year, at the beginning of each subsequent calendar year. Team rosters will be prepared by OBA, by sorting the
updated player information by Local Association or Direct Entry and by series. Team rosters will be made available
to Local Associations or a Direct Entry through the OBA online registration platform.
c) Team rosters will be available for editing through the OBA online registration platform by December 1st of each year
for the following playing season.
d) Each Local Association shall be responsible for providing as necessary through the OBA online registration platform
the complete and accurate information for each returning player and each new player. The required information
includes: proper name, date of birth, birth registration number, gender, proper address of residence including postal
code, and telephone number. In addition, completed information for the head coach/manager and all coaches is to be
provided.
e) By virtue of having their Local Association submit a team roster, the head coach/manager accepts responsibility for
the authenticity of the information shown on his/her team roster.
f) The Local Association shall submit the team roster to the Affiliated Association registrar for approval.
g) The Affiliated Association registrar shall check the submitted team roster ensuring that all information is complete
and accurate (i.e., players are registered for the proper team and series, birth records are confirmed, necessary player
releases are included, etc.), that all required player releases are included and that all registered coaches have the
proper credentials.
h) The Affiliated Association registrar approves the team roster by submitting the roster to OBA for approval through
the OBA online registration platform. By submitting a roster, the Affiliated Association registrar accepts
responsibility for confirming the completeness and accuracy of the submission.
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i) The OBA shall review the team roster submitted to ensure that the information for each player and coach/manager is
complete and that the required number of players and coaches are present, copies of birth records and player releases
are submitted where required, no player is registered with a series for which he/she is not eligible.
j) When all requirements of the OBA Constitution and By-laws are met for the team’s registration, the OBA shall
approve the roster through the OBA online registration platform.
k) Approved rosters will be sent to the Affiliated Association and Local Association through the OBA online registration
platform.
l) Subject to the deadlines set forth in this section P1.9, rosters may be amended through the OBA online registration
platform by adding or deleting players after they have been initially approved by the Local Association, Affiliated
Association and/or OBA.
m) All team rosters must be submitted to the OBA Office through the OBA online registration platform on or before June
30th of the current playing year; provided, however, that Affiliated Associations with approved registrars, shall have
until July 8th to submit their rosters to OBA so long as the Local Association has submitted the roster to the Affiliated
Association by June 30th.
n) Team rosters submitted to the OBA by the deadline, but not completed correctly, must be resubmitted correctly to the
OBA Office by August 8th of the current playing year.
o) Where a team, which is playing an Affiliated Association schedule prior to June 30th, fails to submit a roster to OBA
by the deadline, the team may register late upon paying a $500 late registration fee to the OBA. In so registering, the
team must provide evidence satisfactory to the OBA Registrar that the players listed as being part of such team were
part of such team roster prior to June 30. Note: This provision does not permit individual players to be added to any
team roster after June 30.
p) No player shall be added to a team roster before September 15th of the preceding year, nor after June 30th of the
current playing year.
q) Affiliated Associations must forward all team rosters and certificate tax for all of their players and teams whether they
participate in OBA Play-offs or not. No player may participate in an OBA tournament or OBA Play-off without
his/her name on a team roster.
r) Where this section refers to the providing of rosters, the same shall be provided through the OBA online registration
platform.
SECTION P1.10 TEAM NUMBER
A team must have 9 signed players and may have a maximum of 25 players who must be signed to a team roster of the
series of the team entered. Each team must have at least 1 manager, and/or 1 or more coaches, signed to the roster clearly
marked “Manager” or “Coach” and who shall be responsible for that team.
SECTION P1.11 PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS AND REGISTRATION
a) Any player signed by a professional baseball club of the National or American Leagues of Professional Baseball
Clubs, or of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, who has received his/her unconditional
release or has been placed on the Voluntary Retired List by said professional club before June 30th of the playing
season shall become eligible for reinstatement to play in the OBA immediately when he/she returns to his/her home
city or town, or to the team he/she left to turn professional or he/she may play with any other team providing he/she
qualifies under the residence rule.
b) All applications for reinstatement must be accompanied by a letter from the Office of the President of the National
Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or a copy of the release from the applicable professional organization.
c) A player shall be considered to have turned professional when he/she plays his/her first game, either exhibition or
league with a professional club.
d) The release or voluntary retirement must accompany any application for reinstatement.
SECTION P1.12 ELIGIBILITY
a) Players are not eligible to register with the OBA for the then current playing season if they have registered with a nonrecognized
baseball program operating in the Province of Ontario for any part of such playing season. Players
registered with the OBA for the then current playing season who register with a non-recognized baseball program
shall be subject to suspension in accordance with section P7-1.
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b) Where an entire team of players desires to register as a team with a non-recognized baseball program, the Local
Association operating such team may, if it has the approval of its Affiliated Association, apply to the OBA for OBA
recognition of the non-recognized baseball program. The OBA may in its absolute discretion recognize or refuse to
recognize such other baseball program.
c) Individual players may participate with a non-recognized program outside of the province if he secures letters of
permission from: (1) OBA Coach and/or Manager (2) Local Association Executive and (3) Affiliate Association
Executive; allowing him/her to play with a specified team or organization. (All letters and information shall be
forwarded to the OBA through the Affiliated Association) A player participating with a non-recognized program
outside of the province without these approvals shall be automatically suspended indefinitely. Any further penalty
shall be decided by the OBA Board of Directors.
d) For the purpose of this section P1.12, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
i) “non-recognized baseball program” shall mean any baseball program other than (1) a baseball program operated
exclusively by the OBA, its Affiliated Associations and its Local Associations, (2) a high school, college or
university baseball program, (3) a baseball program operated exclusively by an associated member of the OBA,
(4) a baseball program recognized by the OBA Board of Directors, or (5) a baseball program operated by the
PBLO in accordance with the PBLO Agreement.
ii) playing season” shall mean the period from May 15 through to the end of the Labour Day weekend.
iii) “registered” includes any form of signing or registration process and any player participating on a regular basis
with a non-recognized baseball program shall be deemed to have been registered with such program.
e) A player participating in another recognized program shall have the right to sign only with:
i) the OBA Local Association in whose territory the player lives or
ii) the OBA Local Association with whom the player played in the previous playing season.
If the player is not signed by such Local Association, then he/she shall not be entitled to sign with another Local
Association.
Senior players are exempt from P1.12 e).
SECTION P1.13 PBLO
a) The terms of the PBLO Agreement shall govern teams operated by PBLO Franchises.
b) The provisions of Sections P1.1 to P1.12 shall not apply to teams playing in the PBLO unless the Franchise operating
such teams determine to operate as a Residency Franchise in which case those provisions shall apply to the teams
operated by such Residency Franchise.
c) The PBLO shall determine such residence and release requirements, if any, as shall apply to PBLO Non-Residency
Franchises.
d) The PBLO shall determine such registration procedures and policies as shall apply to PBLO Franchise teams.
e) PBLO Non-Residency Franchises may not operate teams other than as set out in the PBLO Agreement. Accordingly,
Affiliated Associations and Local Associations may not operate PBLO Non-Residency Franchises. However, since
PBLO Residency Franchises may operate additional teams, Affiliated Associations and Local Associations may
operate PBLO Residency Franchises.
f) Players playing on a PBLO Non-Residency Franchise team may also register with a team of a Local Association in
accordance with P1.12 e) i) or ii).
g) Players playing on a PBLO Residency Franchise may not sign with another team.
h) PBLO Non-Residency Franchise teams are not eligible to compete in OBA Elimination tournaments and/or OBA
Play-offs, other than the AAAA championships determined by PBLO. PBLO Residency Franchise teams are eligible
to compete in OBA Eliminations and/or OBA Play-offs at the AAA level.
i) The provisions of P2, P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7 do not apply to the PBLO, PBLO Franchises or PBLO Franchise teams,
except that P5 and P6 apply to PBLO Residency Franchise teams participating in OBA Eliminations and/or OBA
Play-offs at the AAA level.
P2 SPECIAL PLAYING RULES
The Official Rules of Baseball shall govern all games except as provided in the playing rules below.
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Section P2.1 REPORTING ABUSE
Any incident that is considered to be verbal or physical abuse of or by any participants in any OBA games shall be
reported by the tournament convenor(s), OBA officials and/or the umpire(s) to the OBA Office.
Section P2.2 GIRLS BASEBALL
Only females are eligible to play Girls Baseball.
Section P2.3 PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
a) Players, coaches and umpires in uniform must refrain from using any tobacco products during all games.
b) Players, coaches and umpires in uniform must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
c) Penalty for a) and b) will be immediate ejection for players or coaches and may result in loss of accreditation for
umpires.
Section P2.4 COACHES ANDMANAGERS
a) All coaches and field managers, in order to be on an OBA roster after June 30 of the playing year, must have
achieved one of the following:
i. NCCP trained status, which includes online initiation and workshop or
ii. NCCP Level 1, which includes technical, theory and practical.
b) For OBA Elimination tournaments, coaches must meet the Baseball Canada certification requirements applicable
to the national tournament they would attend if their team won the Elimination tournament.
c) Managers and coaches will be responsible for the conduct of their players both on and off the field until departure
from the park. An infraction may result in a suspension for the next scheduled game in that OBA Play-off or to
further suspension depending on the severity of the circumstances of the incident at the discretion of the
tournament host’s protest and discipline committee. Nothing in this paragraph limits the application of P2-13.
d) In Junior and below, at least one certified coach or manager listed in the Helpers Roster of the Local Association
must be present and on the bench for each game. If there is no coach/manager present or the only coach/manager
present is ejected, then the game is forfeited.
e) All coaches and managers come under the jurisdiction of the umpires during games and are subject to penalties.
The umpires shall see that the rules governing coaches and managers in all games are strictly enforced.
f) As per the Official Rules of Baseball, in Minor Bantam and above, any team member in uniform may act as a
base coach. Where a player in Minor Bantam, Bantam, Minor Midget or Midget is acting as a base coach, the
player must wear a helmet.
Section P2.5 UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT
a) In all games in all OBA series, all team personnel, including the manager and 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.
b) Provided the teams are completely uniformed the uniformity as laid down by the Official Playing Rules of
Baseball will be disregarded and no protest will be considered by the OBA after the game has been played.
c) The on deck batter, batter, base runners and batboy/batgirl must wear a prescribed protective helmet with flaps,
covering both ears. This may not be changed except after the inning has been completed, or the player has been
retired or has crossed home plate. In Rookie Ball, T-Ball, Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, PeeWee Girls, Minor
PeeWee and PeeWee, helmet chinstraps are mandatory and will be worn as designed by the manufacturer.
d) In Rookie Ball, T-Ball, Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, PeeWee Girls, Minor PeeWee, PeeWee and Bantam Girls
shoes with metal cleats are prohibited.
e) All catchers are required to wear a mask with throat protector, helmet, chest protector, shin guards, cup and a
cup-type supporter.
f) Any team member serving as a catcher to warm up a pitcher shall wear a mask with throat protector.
g) Subject to the following, in addition to wooden bats, metal bats shall be allowed in OBA play.
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i. For all Minor Peewee and Peewee play, metal bats with a length to weight difference of -10 or less are
permitted.
ii. For all Minor Bantam, Bantam, Minor Midget, Midget, Junior and Senior play, only wood bats (including
composite wood bats) shall be permitted.
h) Pitchers will be allowed to wear Medic-Alert bracelets on the wrist of their pitching arm if such bracelets are
locked or cannot be transferred to their non-pitching wrist.
i) There is no visible jewellery allowed. Penalty – the jewellery will be removed.
Section P2.6 APRROVED BASEBALLS
MAKE MODEL
MANUFACTURER'S
RECOMMENDED USE
WORTH BCAF Minor Mosquito to Peewee
MLH Minor Peewee to Senior
RAWLINGS TVB T-Ball and Indoor Use
ROTB5 Rookie
ROLB1 Minor Mosquito to Bantam
65CC** Minor Mosquito to Bantam
80CC** Minor Peewee to Senior
ROMLCAN* Minor Peewee to Senior
ROLB Minor Peewee to Senior
R100 Minor Bantam to Senior
Diamond Sports D1C Midget and Up
D2C Peewee to Midget
Silverstar Sports 818LS Rookie to Peewee
REV500 Peewee to Senior
* Official Ball of Baseball Ontario and Baseball Ontario Elimination Tournaments
** Official Baseball Of Baseball Ontario
Section P2.7 GAME LENGTH
a) All games in an OBA Play-off or Elimination Tournament shall be 7 complete innings (6 1/2 complete innings if
the home team is ahead), or until a winner is declared.
b) In tournament play if a game is delayed due to curfew, darkness, light failure or weather related conditions at any
point prior to completion, the game shall be resumed from the point of delay.
c) In the case of bad weather or other emergency situations, the schedule may be revised at the discretion of the
Tournament Committee.
d) In home and home style OBA Play-off games called due to curfew, darkness, light failure or weather related
conditions after becoming an official game shall be declared a complete and official game even if less than 7
innings were played. If the game is called prior to becoming an official game, then it is resumed from the point of
delay.
e) Time limits are not permitted in any OBA Play-off or Elimination games.
f) In Open or Invitational Tournaments when a time limit or curfew is in effect in the tournament rules, it shall be
interpreted as follows: No new inning may be started after the time limit or curfew. An inning shall be deemed to
have started immediately after the last out in the bottom of the previous inning has occurred.
g) In all OBA games an 18 run mercy rule will apply after 3 innings (2 ½ if the home team is ahead) and a 10 run
mercy rule will apply after 5 innings (4 ½ if the home team is ahead).
h) Where the home team scores to take the lead in the 7th inning, any extra inning or any inning that will be the last
inning because of a time limit, the game ends immediately. Similarly, if the home team scores a run that results in
a mercy pursuant to g), the game ends immediately with that run.
Section P2.8 LINE-UP RULES
a) Each manager will see that the umpire-in-chief is provided with a batting order card listing the batting order of
his/her players for the commencement of the game. This card shall list (i.e., print legibly) each player’s first and
last name, his/her uniform number and position. It shall also list the substitute players, coaches and manager
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including their uniform number. Bona fide players of either team, who arrive after the commencement of the
game, may have their names added to the list upon reporting to the umpire-in-chief.
b) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito games, all players present at the game shall be listed on the team’s batting lineup
in the order desired by the manager/coach and bat in that order. Late arrivals shall be added to the bottom of
this batting order.
c) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito games, if a player is removed from the game due to injury, illness or official
ejection, the player’s spot in the batting order shall be deleted. In the event a batter must be removed due to
injury, official ejection, or has to leave for any reason during the time at bat, the next batter in the batting order
shall come to bat assuming the balls and strikes count at the time the batter is removed. If the batter becomes an
out, such batter shall then take his/her regular turn at bat.
d) In Minor Peewee, Peewee, Minor Bantam and Bantam, teams may opt to utilize 10 batters in the starting line-up.
The additional batter shall be deemed as the extra player (EP). The following rules for the EP shall apply:
i. The option to use the EP must be declared when handing in the line-up card prior to the start of
the game.
ii. The EP may bat in any place in the batting order.
iii. The EP will be considered a defensive position and eligible for re-entry.
iv. If a team using the EP has any players ejected or injured and it results in the team having less than
10 players in the line-up the game shall continue with 9 players. The batting order will be shifted
up to fill the void but otherwise remains the same.
Note: If the player starting in the EP is moved into a defensive position his place in the batting order does not
change. The new EP will bat in the place of the player they replaced.
e) At Minor Midget and Midget, a team may use either an EP as in P2-8 d) or a designated hitter as in P2-8 f), but
the team may not use both an EP and a designated hitter in the same game. For clarity, a team may also choose
not to use either an EP or a designated hitter.
f) A designated hitter may be used for a pitcher from Minor Midget to Senior as per the Official Rules of Baseball
6:10(b).
g) A designated hitter may be used in any OBA Elimination Tournament only if it is permissible at national level.
h) For tournament play the Tournament Convenor shall appoint an official scorer for each game (who may be the
scorer of 1 of the teams playing). For all home and home style OBA Play-off games the home team score keeper
shall be the official score keeper.
Section P2.9 SUBSTITUTIONS
a) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito games, unlimited substitutions defensively are allowed (including for injury or
official ejection).
b) In Minor PeeWee, PeeWee, PeeWee Girls, Minor Bantam, Bantam, Bantam Girls, Minor Midget, Midget, and
Women’s ball any starting player may be substituted for and returned to the game, one time only. He/she must
return to his/her original place in the batting order. Any further substitutions do not jeopardize the right of re-entry
for the original/starting player. Any starting player returned to the game may pitch if he/she has not previously
assumed that position. A pinch runner may be inserted for a pitcher, who was listed in the starting batting order,
and the pitcher may return to pitch under this re-entry rule only if the player is re-entered immediately as a pitcher
when his/her team takes the field defensively.
c) In Minor PeeWee, PeeWee, PeeWee Girls, Minor Bantam, Bantam, Bantam Girls, Minor Midget, Midget,
Women’s and Junior ball in the event that all players have entered the game and an injury(s) occurs, the opposing
manager shall have the right of selecting any remaining player(s) as the replacement.
Note: This rule does not apply to ejections from a game.
d) If a player re-enters or enters the game illegally: offensively, this shall be considered as a batter hitting out of
order; defensively, the proper player shall replace him.
Section P2.10 PITCHING RULES
a) Any player advancing to play in a higher series shall be restricted to the pitching rule of the series in which he/she
is registered.
b) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito games, the number of trips to the mound by manager/coach shall not be limited
except when the umpire rules that the purpose of the trip is to delay the game.
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c) In Peewee Girls, Minor Peewee and Peewee games, a third trip by a manager/coach to the same pitcher in the
same inning shall result in the pitcher’s automatic removal from the pitching position.
d) In Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, Peewee Girls, Minor Peewee and Peewee games, a pitcher once removed from
pitching, regardless of the number of trips to the mound by the manager/coach, may continue in the game at
another position, but shall not be permitted to return to pitch in that game.
e) From Minor Bantam to Senior, a second trip by a manager/coach to the same pitcher in the same inning shall
result in the pitcher’s automatic removal from the pitching position. The pitcher, once removed after the 2nd trip in
an inning, may continue in the game at another position but shall not be permitted to return to pitch in that game.
Pitch Count Limitations
f) A pitcher may not pitch more than the following limits in a calendar day. If the limit is reached while facing a
batter, the pitcher may pitch to the earlier of: (i) the completion of that batter or (ii) the end of the inning.
Minor and Major Mosquito 70 pitches
Minor and Major Peewee, Peewee Girls 80 pitches
Minor and Major Bantam, Bantam Girls 90 pitches
Minor and Major Midget, Women 100 pitches
g) 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.
Minor and Major Mosquito 45 pitches
Minor and Major Peewee, Peewee Girls 55 pitches
Minor and Major Bantam, Bantam Girls 65 pitches
Minor and Major Midget, Women 75 pitches
h) Where a team has multiple games on the same day, if a pitcher throws more than the following limits during a
game or in combination of one or more games, the pitcher may not pitch again in a subsequent game that day:
Minor and Major Mosquito 45 pitches
Minor and Major Peewee, Peewee Girls 55 pitches
Minor and Major Bantam, Bantam Girls 65 pitches
Minor and Major Midget, Women 75 pitches
i) 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.
j) The official scorekeeper shall designate the official pitch count recorder.
k) The official pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either
manager or the umpire.
l) 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.
m) If a team has no remaining players eligible to pitch in a game, the opposing coach may designate a player who has
yet to pitch in the game. This pitcher may not throw more than 30 pitches. If the limit is reached while facing a
batter, the pitcher may pitch to the earlier of (i) the completion of that batter, or (ii) the end of the inning.
n)
i. At Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, Minor Peewee, Peewee, Peewee Girls, Minor Bantam, Bantam and
Bantam Girls, pitchers may not pitch on 3 consecutive calendar days
ii. At Minor Midget, 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, Senior and Womens, there is no restriction on pitchers pitching on 3 consecutive calendar
days.
o) Illegal pitching penalty: where a player throws more pitches than is permitted under f); or pitches without the
rest required by P2.10 g); or pitches on 3 consecutive days in violation of n); or pitches and catches in the same
game in violation of o), the penalty shall be forfeiture by the player’s team. A second violation by a team will
result in the manager/head coach’s indefinite suspension.
p) At Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, Minor Peewee, Peewee and Peewee Girls, a player may not be a pitcher and a
catcher in the same game.
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q) Pitches shall count on the calendar day on which the pitch is thrown. An exception shall be made where a game
commences on one day and is played continuously past midnight. In that case, the pitches shall count as being
thrown on the day on which the game commenced. In the case where a game is suspended, for whatever reason,
on one day and resumed on a second day, pitches shall count on the calendar day on which the pitch is thrown
(i.e. both parts of the game shall be considered on separate days). Where weather or other reasons cause the delay
or postponement of a game or games, the time of the delay can count towards the nights rest required under g) and
can constitute a break in the 3 consecutive day rule under n).
r) The pitching limits apply to every pitcher. For an ambidextrous pitcher, the limits and restrictions of P2.10 apply
to the pitcher and not to each individual arm. For clarity, the pitches thrown with the right arm and left arm on a
calendar day are added together to determine whether a pitch limit has been reached.
s) 8.06 c) of the Official Rules of Baseball does not apply where a coach/manager goes to the mound to remove a
pitcher in order not to exceed the pitch limits of P2.10 g)” Note: For this to apply, the second trip must be after
the last pitch which could be thrown without exceeding the particular pitch count limit of P2.10g). For example,
after the 55th pitch but before the 56th pitch at Peewee or Minor Peewee.
Section P2.11 BASE RUNNING RULES
a) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito, base runners cannot leave the base until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. If
an infraction occurs, the ball will be declared dead and runners may not advance. 1 warning will be issued and for
any further infractions thereafter, the runner will be called out. (Each team to receive 1 warning).
b) In Minor Mosquito and Mosquito, if a runner is removed by reason of injury or official ejection from the game,
the player last put out shall act as pinch runner for the removed player. By virtue of the rule there shall be no
pinch runners allowed.
Malicious Contact:
c) Malicious contact is to be penalized whether committed by an offensive or defensive player. Contact shall be
considered malicious if:
i. the contact is the result of intentional excessive force, and/or
ii. there is an intent to injure.
d) The umpire shall determine whether contact was avoidable or unavoidable. If the fielder blocks the base path, the
runner may make contact, slide into or collide with the fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt
to reach the base/plate.
e) Runners are instructed to slide or attempt to avoid making contact with a fielder. A player who maliciously runs
into another player is to be declared out (unless he/she has scored prior to committing the infraction) and is to be
automatically ejected (whether or not declared out).
f) If the defensive player blocked the base path clearly without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be called.
The runner is safe and a delayed dead ball is called.
Section P2.12 FIELDING RULES
a) A fielder may not enter the dugout or bench area to make a legal catch. Any such ball shall be declared dead.
b) Where a fielder carries a live ball into dead ball area, the ball shall be declared dead and all runners shall be
awarded 1 base without liability of being put out.
Section P2.13 EJECTIONS
a) Any player, coach or manager ejected by an umpire from any OBA Play-off or Tournament (Elimination, Play-off
or other sanctioned tournament) game is suspended for 1 game, and this to be the next scheduled game in that
tournament or Play-off. The player, coach or manager may be subject to further suspension depending on the
severity of the circumstances leading to the ejection at the discretion of the tournament host’s protest and
discipline committee.
b) The umpires, who umpire a game where an ejection occurs, shall file an ejection report with the convenor of the
tournament within 2 days of the completion of the tournament. Failure to submit an ejection report shall result in
the suspension of the umpire(s) until the report is filed.
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Section P2.14 PROTESTS
a) Protests based on umpires’ judgment decisions will not be permitted.
b) A protest based on an umpire’s interpretation of the rules must be lodged with the umpire before the game
resumes, and the opposing team must also be advised by the umpire before the game resumes.
c) No protests will be entertained regarding coaches or managers being listed on a roster team. A coach or manager
signed with 1 team in an organization may act as coach or manager for any other team in that organization.
d) Tournament Style Play-offs:
i. A Protest Committee shall be established by the host Local Association.
ii. The Protest Committee has the right to rule whether a protest will be heard.
iii. All protests must be ruled on at the time of their occurrence by the Protest Committee.
iv. If the protest is heard and denied, the team will be billed $50.
e) Home and Home Style Play-offs:
i. Protests are to be mailed to the Protest Chair postmarked within 48 hours of the end of the game
under protest. The $50.00 fee will accompany it.
ii. Copies of the protest are to be sent to (1) the OBA President (2) the OBA Office (3) the Series
Chair and (4) the manager of the other team.
iii. The Protest Chair will decide on behalf of the President, whether there is reason for holding a
protest meeting.
iv. The site and time of the protest meeting will be decided by the Protest Chair.
v. Results of the protest hearings will be sent by the Protest Chair to the OBA President, both
teams, the OBA Office, the Series Chair and the Overall Series Chair.
f) Once a protest has been dealt with by the OBA or a committee delegated to act in such matters by the OBA, any
ruling handed down must be considered as final by the OBA. No further action will be taken.
g) The Protest Chair has the power in a home and home style OBA Play-off to appoint a committee to handle all
protests which must be disposed of 5 days from the time the Protest Chair receives the complete protest, etc.
h) Each team may be represented at the hearing by 2 representatives, only 1 of whom shall be permitted to speak.
Where Direct Entries, Local Associations, Affiliated Associations or teams are only called in to give evidence
they shall not be required to deposit a defence fee.
i) All correspondence regarding protests and defence of appeals must be forwarded by registered mail.
j) Even if it is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the
opinion of the Protest Chair the violation adversely affected the protesting team’s chances of winning the game.
k) Teams or players which knowingly play against ineligible players and do wilfully conceal this knowledge from
the OBA until it shall suit their convenience to use it in any protest which may arise shall be considered equally
guilty with the offending team or players and shall be dealt with accordingly.
Emergency Situations:
l) In an emergency situation the protest will be dealt with by the Series Chair in consultation with the OBA Protest
Chair and the OBA President.
P3 UMPIRES
Section P3.1 GENERAL
a) The home team in a home and home style OBA Play-off shall notify and supply official OBA umpires. All umpires
are to be classified as neutral. Any visiting team which wishes a change of umpires for the third or deciding game
only, may request same through their Series Chair, but must pay the umpires’ mileage or any other extra cost that may
occur.
b) All umpires and umpires’ associations must be first approved by the Affiliated Association before they may qualify as
registered OBA umpires. The OBA Umpiring Supervisor shall determine annually the umpires to be registered with
the OBA. The umpire is to pay a registration clinic fee per year as determined by the OBA for which an umpire’s
card, crest, OBA Playing Rules and Regulations, Official Rules of Baseball and accident and liability insurance will
be issued.
c) A list of OBA registered umpires, with their municipality and telephone numbers, will be furnished by the OBA to all
Affiliated Associations and Series Chairs. All registrations are to be renewed yearly.
d) All umpires who have been approved and recommended should affiliate with an umpires’ association in their district.
Where none now exists an umpires’ association should be formed. This association in turn shall affiliate with the
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Affiliated Association in their area. In districts where there are no Affiliated Associations established, the Direct
Entries making application for direct entry into the OBA must follow the same procedure and recommend the names
of umpires to be registered.
e) Umpires handling OBA games must have an OBA Umpire Card. An umpire may not officiate any OBA game
involving a team of which the umpire is a member, without the written consent of both managers.
f) All umpires must show their OBA umpire’s card to managers of teams and OBA Convenors in a home and home style
OBA Play-off. The umpire-in-chief must file a complete report to the OBA Office, concerning accidents, ejections,
delays in starting and protests. This report is to be signed by the umpire-in-chief and the base umpires. Reports must
be forwarded for each game within 24 hours of scheduled time of game. In tournament play it is the responsibility of
the host to ensure that all umpires are officially carded and recognized by the OBA. If any umpire used in a
tournament is found not to be registered with the OBA and game(s) are played using the umpire, the game results
shall stand, however, the host shall be fined $100.00 for each incident and may be refused as host for any tournaments
in the succeeding year.
g) All umpires shall be properly dressed as specified by the OBA Umpiring Committee when officiating at any baseball
games involving OBA teams. Failure to comply could mean loss of accreditation.
h) In all final series of a home and home style OBA Play-off, 3 umpires will officiate with the exception of the Minor
Mosquito, Mosquito, PeeWee Girls, Minor PeeWee and PeeWee where 2 umpires will suffice. In tournament style
OBA Play-offs 2 umpires will suffice except for the final game(s) at Minor Bantam, Bantam, Bantam Girls, Minor
Midget, Midget, Junior, Women’s and Senior where there will be 3 umpires. 2 umpires will suffice for the final
game(s) at T-Ball, Rookie Ball, Minor Mosquito, Mosquito, PeeWee Girls, Minor Peewee and Peewee.
i) To qualify for a Baseball Ontario umpires card, an umpire must:
Level 1
Yearly attend a recognized Baseball Ontario umpire clinic.
Level 2
Yearly attend a recognized Baseball Ontario umpire clinic and pass a written test. Must be a Level 1 umpire
for at least 2 years.
If the test is not successful, the umpire will be certified Level 1.
Level 3
Yearly pay a certification fee and pass a written test. Must be a Level 2 umpire for at least 3 years.
Every three years attend a recognized Baseball Ontario umpire clinic.
If the test is not successful, the umpire will be certified Level 2.
j) Umpire Levels And Respective Series Effective Are:
Level I......... All House League, and Rep up to and including PeeWee
Level II .............................................. Rep up to and including Midget
Level III ..................................................... Up to and including Senior
Level IV ............................................................ National Accreditation
Level V ...................................................... International Accreditation
Section P3.2 FEES FOR UMPIRES
a) Umpires’ fees for OBA Play-offs will be determined locally.
b) Mileage allowed for OBA umpires is $0.52 per kilometre for all series. If umpires are requested from outside their
respective Local Associations, mileage allowed will be for each umpire unless 2 or more come from the same city or
town in which case, only 1 will be paid mileage allowance.
c) In all OBA Play-off games which are postponed because of rain or other causes, if umpires arrive before notification
of postponement, they shall be paid ½ of the fees plus mileage if applicable. If game has been started, the umpires will
be entitled to full fees and mileage, if applicable.
d) No umpires will be paid by the OBA. The home team in each game of a home and home style OBA Play-off must pay
the umpires’ fees.
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P4 FIELD DIMENSIONS
RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES
Grass
Radius
H
95’
85’
80’
80’
70’
70’
50’†
† – measured from the centre of the Playing Line. ‡ – located at the centre point of an 8’ diameter safety circle.
The respective dimensions for any Series shall be deemed to include the corresponding Minor Series, except where noted.
Outfield Fence
Right
G
325’
300’
270’
270’
235’
235’
215’
Centre
F
400’
365’
335’
335’
290’
290’
265’
Left
E
325’
300’
270’
270’
235’
235’
215’
Foul
Area
D
60’
55’
50’
50’
44’
44’
40’
Diagonal
C
127’ 3 3/8”
115’ 11 5/8”
106’ 3/4”
106’ 3/4”
91’11”
91’11”
84’ 10 1/4”
Bases
B
90’0”
82’0”
75’0”
75’0”
65’0”
65’0”
60’0”
Mound
A
60’6”
55’0”
50’0”
50’0”
44’0”
44’0”‡
50’0”
Series
Regulation
Bantam
Girls
PeeWee
PeeWee
Girls
Mosquito
Rookie
Ball
T-Ball
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P5 OBA PLAY-OFF PROCEDURES
a) The OBA shall conduct and assist the different Affiliated Association representatives to meet and play off to
determine the OBA champions.
b) The OBA Board of Directors shall appoint a Series Chair to handle each series OBA Play-offs.
c) In order to be eligible to participate in the OBA Play-offs, teams must represent a city, town or municipality
within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario. Players must be bona fide and continuous residents of the
province in accordance with the OBA Rules and Regulations.
d) Whenever possible, the OBA Play-offs shall be a tournament. If no host is found by the July meeting of the
OBA Board of Directors, then that series shall become a home and home style OBA Play-off. OBA Play-off
Tournaments will be comprised of 1 team from each Affiliated Association, which has classified a team for
such OBA Play-off Tournament, plus a host team. The Junior AAA OBA Play-off will be the Junior OBA
Elimination Tournament.
e) Coaches must have a copy of their OBA approved roster with them in case it is required during the
tournament.
f) Barring extenuating circumstances, if 1 team is not able to start a game within 30 minutes of the scheduled
starting time for such game, the game will be forfeited to the other team and in tournament style OBA Playoffs,
the offending team will not be allowed to continue in the tournament. The game will count as a game
played and not count as a bye in the tournament and the published chart shall not be changed.
g) Any team failing to play a game when ordered will automatically forfeit their right to continue in OBA Playoffs.
This causes a $500.00 fine to be assessed to the team forfeiting. A team that has been suspended shall
have the right to appeal to the OBA Board of Directors for a hearing. All appeals must be accompanied with a
fee of $50.00.
h) The OBA Tournament Chair shall provide, immediately, to the Affiliated Associations a listing of any and all
disciplinary problems with managers, coaches, players or other team personnel, as reported by the Series
Chair.
i) In all OBA Play-off games, the diamond must be properly laid out; the batter’s box marked; the pitcher’s mound
properly built up and the playing field kept sufficiently clear of spectators and obstructions for the proper
performance of the players.
Tournament Style Play-Offs
j) When the number of entrants to a tournament-style OBA Play-off is restricted by other organizations, such as
those tournaments played during the Ontario Summer Games, a preliminary round(s) shall be arranged to
provide the necessary representatives. Where such preliminary rounds are required to reduce the number of
entries, the names of all Affiliated Associations with teams in that Series shall be entered into a draw to
determine the pairing(s) of the preliminary round(s). Where such preliminary rounds are required to increase
the number entries, the names of all teams in that Series (after the determining the Affiliated Association
representatives) shall be entered into a draw to determine the pairing(s) of the preliminary round(s).
k) Each Affiliated Association shall notify the OBA Series Chair by Tuesday midnight in advance of the start of
the first game of the OBA Play-off Tournament, of its representative in that series and classification. Failure
to make such information available by the required deadline, to the Series Chair, shall result in the Affiliated
Association forfeiting its place in the OBA Play-Offs, subject to P5 g), plus any other penalty that might be
imposed by the OBA.
l) A committee shall be formed in each Affiliated Association to make the draws for all tournament style OBA
Play-Offs within that Affiliated Association.
m) The host shall designate a Tournament Convenor to convene the tournament. The Tournament Convenor shall
not be a member of the host’s team in such tournament.
n) No team may play more than 3 games in a calendar day, without written consent of the team. A suspended
game shall count as a game played on both the day it commenced and the day it is completed if 3 or more
innings have been played each day. If less than 3 innings are played on the day it is completed, it will not
count as a game played on that day.
o) Before distribution to the teams by the Tournament Host Association the complete schedule must be
forwarded to the OBA Tournament Chair at least two weeks prior to the tournament for approval.
p) Teams must be prepared to play on the Friday no earlier than 9:00 a.m. if necessary. In all series up to and
including Bantam, no game shall start after 9:30 p.m. on any day and no new inning may begin after 12:59
a.m. (or such earlier time as may be provided by local by-law). In all series up to and including Bantam,
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where the published schedule has a team starting a game at 8:30 pm or later, then the team cannot be
scheduled to play earlier than 9:00 am on the following day.
q) Where a team drops out of a tournament style OBA Play-off 7 or more days prior to the start of the
tournament, the schedule for the tournament, if published, will be redone. If a team drops out of a tournament
style OBA Play-off less than 7 days prior to the tournament and the schedule for the tournament has been
published, any scheduled games not played due to teams having dropped out of the tournament shall be
considered defaults and shall count as a game played and not as a bye in the tournament and the published
chart shall not be changed.
r) Where a team drops out of a tournament style OBA Play-off 7 or more days prior to the start of the
tournament, and there exists one or more teams that were classified at the relevant classification for the
tournament which are not scheduled to attend the tournament because their Affiliated Association’s allotment
of teams was filled by other teams, then the spot of the team which dropped out shall be filled as follows:
i) by a team from the same Affiliated Association as the team dropping out if applicable;
and ii) by a team from a different Affiliated Association as determined by the applicable series chair. Where a
team drops out of a tournament style OBA Play-off 7 or more days prior to the start of the tournament, and
there is no team that was classified at the relevant classification which is not schedule to attend the
tournament, then the schedule for the tournament, if published, will be redone. If a team drops out of a
tournament style OBA Play-off less than 7 days prior to the tournament and the schedule for the tournament
has been published, any scheduled games not played due to teams having dropped out shall count as a game
played and not a bye in the tournament and the published chart shall not be changed.
s) Teams must be given a minimum of 30 minutes from the time of completion of the last game that they played,
until the start of their next game. If a team must travel from another location, appropriate travel time shall be
added to the 30 minute period.
t) Byes are to be awarded as follows:
i. No team shall receive a back-to-back bye in successive rounds.
ii. No team shall receive a second bye until all remaining teams have received their first bye.
iii. If more than 1 team is eligible for a bye, the undefeated team shall automatically receive the bye.
iv. If more than 1 team is eligible for a bye, the bye team will be determined by means of a draw
with the first team drawn receiving the bye and the remaining teams drawn to fill each game slot
from top to bottom as drawn.
u) The OBA Convenor’s Report and specified attachments must be mailed (postmarked) to the OBA
Tournament Chair within 10 days following the tournament.
Home and Home Style Play-Offs
w) The secretary of each Affiliated Association shall notify the OBA Series Chair as to the representatives of
his/her Affiliated Association, after which all arrangements regarding OBA Play-offs are to be completed
through the management of the teams and respective Series Chair.
x) All series shall be the best 2 out of 3; except in the final series in any category, if both teams agree, a longer
series may be permitted. The OBA Board of Directors shall reserve the right to order a sudden death game in any
semi-final or final OBA Play-off.
y) In order that the final game may be played within a reasonable time, all teams competing in OBA games will
be required to play 2 or more games a week.
z) The home team shall have control of the arrangements for grounds, officials, convenors, etc. The said
arrangements are subject to the approval of the OBA Series Chair.
aa) Where the home team operates under floodlights they shall reserve the right to play any or all the OBA Play-off
games under the lights.
bb) No OBA Play-off game shall be scheduled before 1:00pm if the traveling team involved is further than 160
kilometres from location of said game.
cc) No playing member of either team involved in any series will be allowed to act as convenor.
dd) The Convenor making arrangements for OBA Play-offs must contact both teams personally regarding dates
and times for all games and any further arrangements that might be necessary at least 48 hrs in advance of said
dates and times.
ee) The game convenor will be responsible for checking the rosters prior to the game and returning the rosters to
the respective teams.
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ff) In all home and home style OBA Play-off games, the period for batting and fielding practice shall be: home
team batting practice up to 45 minutes before advertised time of game; visiting team batting and infield
practice for the next 30 minutes; home team fielding practice for the next 10 minutes. The home team shall be
required to notify the teams of the termination of their allotted time for the various practices. It shall be the
duty of the manager of the team at practice to order his/her team to vacate the diamond immediately. When a
team is late for its allotted practice time they will forfeit their practice rights.
gg) All statements and OBA Play-off forms must be mailed (postmarked) to the Series Chair within 24 hours after
each game.
Section P5.1 FORMAT FOR OBA PLAY-OFF TOURNAMENTS
(Available as a separate download from the website)
Note: Standard tournament formats for all OBA Play-off tournaments must be used, and those brackets not identified in
this P5-6 will be provided by the OBA office to the tournament host before the close of business on the Friday following
the OBA Classification Meeting.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 5 TEAM TOURNAMENT
III II I II III IV
BYE
L1 W1 BYE
BYE
W3 3 4
6
L2 W2
5 W4
[A] V VI
L4 If 2 teams remaining
W8
9
L8
If Necessary
[B] V VI
If 3 teams remaining
BYE
9
W8
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
2
L1 plays L2. Bye team plays W2. W1 receives a bye.
W3 plays L4. W1 plays W4.
1
7
8
8
Round VI: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
If the undefeated team won or received the bye in Round IV, only 2 teams remain (1 undefeated). Use Bracket
A. However, if the undefeated team loses in Round IV, 3 teams remain, all with 1 loss. Draw for the bye. Use
Bracket B.
At this point, L3 and L5 have been eliminated. Only 3 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. If the undefeated team is
(3-0), it automatically receives the bye. If the undefeated team is (2-0), the bye goes to the team that has not yet
had a bye. If more than 1 team is eligible for the bye, then draw for the bye. Please refer to section P5-1v) for
rules applicable to byes.
Round I:
Round IV:
Round V:
Round II:
Round III:
Draw for bye and pairings.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 6 TEAM TOURNAMENT
I II III IV V VI
(A)
W1 W6
L8
6 8 W9
W2 W5 9
W7 10
W4
W3 W8 W8
7 BYE
5 L6
L1 If necessary
L2
4
L3 (B)
W6
BYE 11
OR
W6 L9
BYE 10
R IV BYE
11
W9
BYE
Round I:
Round II:
Note:
Round V:
Round V:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
8
9
After Round II, if W5 is undefeated, only 4 teams will remain. Use Bracket A. However, if W3 loses G5, there will
be 5 teams remaining. Use Bracket B.
L2 plays L3. W3 plays L1. W1 plays W2.
10
Draw for pairings.
1
2
3 11
7
Bracket A Schedule:
Round III: L4 and L5 have been eliminated. W4 plays L6. W5 plays W6.
Round III:
Round IV:
L4 has been eliminated. 5 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. The undefeated team (W6) receives the bye. Match
the 4 remaining teams, avoiding previous match-ups if possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not
possible, a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
W9 plays W8.
Round VI: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
Bracket B Schedule:
L7 has been eliminated. Only 3 teams remain, 1 is undefeated with a (3-0) record. The undefeated team
automatically receives the bye. L8 plays W7. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round VI: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, W9 plays the bye team. If 3 teams remain, W9 receives the bye and
L9 plays the Round IV bye team.
L7 and L8 have been eliminated. 3 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. W7 and W8 draw for the bye. The draw
loser plays W6.
Round IV:
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 7 TEAM TOURNAMENT
I II III IV V VI
(A)
BYE W5 W9 W10
5
W1 12
9 W11
L9
W2 If necessary
W6
6
W3 (B)
L1 13
4 W4
L2
7
L3 BYE L3
L5
8
L6
Round I:
Note:
Round V:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
Round IV: L7 and L8 have been eliminated. At this point, 4 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. Match the 4
remaining teams, avoiding previous match-ups if possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is
not possible, a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
Draw for the bye if more than one team is eligible. The 2 remaining teams play each other.
Bracket A Schedule:
Round VI: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
Bracket B Schedule:
Draw for bye and pairings. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round VI: This will be a sudden death championship game.
Round V:
L1 plays L2. Round 1 bye team plays W1. W2 plays W3. L3 receives the bye.
L4 has been eliminated. W4 plays L3. L5 plays L6. W5 plays W6.
W10 plays W11.
After Round IV, 2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, use Bracket B.
Round III:
Round II:
13
12
1
2
3
10
11
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I II III IV V VI
(A)
W1 W11
W7
7
W2 L11
If necessary
11
W3
(B)
8 W8
W4
L1 BYE
W5
5
L2
L3 9
6 W6
L4
L7
10
L8
Round I:
Note:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
12
13
14
15
Round V:
Round VI: This will be a sudden death championship game.
Draw for the bye among all teams. The 2 remaining teams will play each other. Please refer to
section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
1
2
3
4
14
15
Round V:
Round VI:
After Round IV, 2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, use Bracket B
W12 plays W13.
If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
Bracket B Schedule:
Round IV:
Bracket A Schedule:
Draw for pairings.
Round II: L1 plays L2. L3 plays L4. W1 plays W2. W3 plays W4.
Round III: L5 and L6 have been eliminated. W5 plays W6. L7 plays L8. W7 plays W8.
L9 and L10 have been eliminated. At this point, 4 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. Match the 4
remaining teams, avoiding previous match-ups if possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is
not possible, a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 9 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V
BYE
L1 W1 14
W5 BYE
5 7 11 W11 15
L2 W2
W7 OR W8 13
9 W7 OR W8
L3 W3 BYE
W6 6 8 (A) VI VII
L4 W4
W14
L7 W16
16
10 W15 17 WINNER
L8
L16
(B) VI VII
W16
WINNER
17
BYE
Note:
Bracket B Schedule:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
16
W9
BYE
W10
12
L11
If 2 teams remaining
If 3 teams teams remaining
Round VI:
Round VII: L16 has been eliminated. W16 plays bye team. Sudden death game.
Draw for the bye if necessary. Please refer to section P5-1) for rules applicable to byes.
Match remaining 4 teams
If necessary
1
2
3
4
Bracket A Schedule:
Round VI: W14 plays W15.
Round VII: If necessary. W16 plays L16.
If W2 is W7, they receive the bye in Round III and W1 plays W8. However, if W2 loses G7, W8 receives the
bye and W1 plays W7.
Round IV:
Round VI: 2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, use Bracket B.
L9 and L10 have been eliminated. W9 receives the bye. W10 plays L11. W11 plays the Round III
bye team.
Round V: L12 has been eliminated. At this point, 4 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. Match the 4 remaining
teams, avoiding previous match-ups if possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible,
a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
Round I: Draw for pairings. First team drawn receives the bye.
Round II:
Round III: L5 and L6 have been eliminated. W5 plays W6. L7 plays L8.
L1 plays L2. L3 plays L4. W1 receives Round II bye. Round I bye team plays W2. W3 plays W4.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 10 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V
L1 W1
BYE BYE
L2 W2 12
W6 W8
BYE6 8BYE
10 L3 W3
L4 W4 15
13 W7 W9
7 9
L5 W5
W10 W12
L8 (A) VI VII
W11 W16
11 W18
14 L9 W17
L12 19 WINNER
L18
If necessary
(B) VI VII
W18
19 WINNER
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, 1 will be undefeated. Use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, draw for
the bye if necessary. Use Bracket B. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round I: Draw for pairings.
Round II:
Round III:
W1 receives the bye. W2 plays W3. W4 plays W5. L1 receives the bye. L2 plays L3. L4 plays L5.
3
4
Round IV: L10 and L11 have been eliminated. W6 plays W10. W11 plays L12. W8 plays W12.
L6 and L7 have been eliminated. W6 receives the bye. L1 plays W7. L8 plays L9. W8 receives the bye.
W1 plays W9.
Round VII: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
L13 and L14 have been eliminated. 4 teams remain, 1 undefeated. Match teams, avoiding previous matchups
where possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to determine
pairings.
Round V:
Round VI:
18
18
BYE
If 3 teams remaining
5
16
17
If 2 teams remaining
1
2
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR AN 11 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V
BYE 8 W8 OR W9
L1 W1 W14
W11 BYE 14
11 W10 17
L2 W2
W6 W8 OR W9
6 9BYE
L3 W3
15
(A) VI VII
L4 W4
W7
W12 7 10 W20
12 L5 W5 20
21 WINNER
L8 L20
If necessary
L9 (B) VI VII
W13
13
16 L10 W20
L14 21 WINNER
Note:
Round VII:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, draw for the bye if necessary.
Use Bracket B. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round I:
Round II:
If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
L15 and L16 have been eliminated. Only 4 teams remain, 1 undefeated. Match teams, avoiding previous
match-ups where possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to
determine pairings.
Round VI:
Round IV:
Round V:
L1 receives the bye. L2 plays L3. L4 plays L5. Round I bye team plays W1. W2 plays W3. W4 plays W5.
If W8 is (2-0), they receive the bye. W9 plays the winner of G10. If W8 has had a bye, W8 plays W10 and W9
L11, L12 and L13 have been eliminated. W11 plays W12. W13 plays L14. W14 plays the Round III bye
team.
Round III: L6 and L7 have been eliminated. L1 plays W6. W7 plays L8. L9 plays L10.
1
2
3
Draw for pairings. First team drawn receives the bye.
If 3 teams remaining
20
BYE
4
5
W18
W19
Match remaining 4 teams
18
19
If 2 teams remaining
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 12 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V
L1 W1
W7 W10
7 10 BYE
L2 W2
W13
13 19
L3 W3
W8 W11
8 11
L4 W4
16 W16
L5 W5
W12 (A) VI VII
W9 9 12 W20
W14 L6 W6 W22
14 22
L10 W21 23 WINNER
L11 If necessary
W15
15
18 L12 (B) VI VII
L16 W22
23 WINNER
BYE
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
Round I: Draw for pairings.
Round II: L1 plays L2. L3 plays L4. L5 plays L6. W1 plays W2. W3 plays W4. W5 plays W6.
Round VII: If necessary, there will be a sudden death championship game.
L7, L8, and L9 have been eliminated. W7 plays W8. W9 plays L10. L11 plays L12. W10 receives the bye.
W11 plays W12.
L13, L14 and L15 have been eliminated. W13 plays W14. W15 plays L16. W16 plays W10.
L17 and L18 have been eliminated. 4 teams remain, 1 undefeated. Match teams, avoiding previous matchups
where possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to determine
pairings.
Round V:
Round VI:
Round III:
Round IV:
2 or 3 teams remain. If 2 teams remain, use Bracket A. If 3 teams remain, draw for the bye if necessary. Use
Bracket B. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
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Match remaining 4 teams
1
2
3
20
21
If 2 teams remaining
If 3 teams remaining
22
4
5
6
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 13 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V
BYE
L1 W1 BYE
W7 BYE 21
7 10 W16
W13 L2 W2 16 22
BYE 13
W10 (A1) VI (A2) VII VIII
L3 W3
W8 20 BYE BYE
8 11 W11 BYE R6 25 WINNER
L4 W4 W24
W17
17
L5 W5 (A3) R6 BYE
W9 W12 W24
9 12 24
W14 L6 W6 W23
14 25 WINNER
L10 L24
18 L11 (B) VI VII
W15
15 W23
L12
L16 25 WINNER
W24
19
L17
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
If 2 teams remain use A3. W23 plays RVI bye.
A3. W24 plays L24. If necessary.
24
23
If 4 teams remaining
L18 and L19 have been eliminated. At this point, 5 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. If the undefeated
team is (4-0), they receive the bye. However, if the undefeated team is (3-0), draw for the bye from
the teams that have not already had one. In either case, match the 4 remaining teams, avoiding
previous match-ups where possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall
be held to determine pairings. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
24
Match remaining 4 teams
after determining the bye.
23
If necessary
Round IV:
L1 plays L2. L3 plays L4. L5 plays L6. W1 receives the bye. Round I bye team plays W2. W3 plays
W4. W5 plays W6.
L7, L8 and L9 have been eliminated. W7 plays W8. W9 plays L10. L11 plays L12. W1 plays W10.
W11 plays W12.
L13, L14 and L15 have been eliminated. W13 receives the bye. W14 plays W15. L16 plays L17.
W16 plays W17.
Round II:
Round III:
5
6
Round I: Draw for pairings. First team drawn receives the bye.
1
2
3
4
Round VII: W23 plays W24.
Round VIII: A2. W24 plays RVII bye
Bracket B Schedule:
Round VI: Match remaining 4 teams, avoiding previous match-ups where possible. Where avoiding previous
match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
Round VII:
Round V:
Round VI: Note: 3 or 4 teams remain. If 3 teams remain, use Bracket A1. If 4 teams remain, use Bracket B.
Draw for the bye if necessary. Remaining team plays RV bye in game 23.
If 3 teams remain use A2. Draw for bye. Remaining team plays bye RV1.
Round VI:
Bracket A1 Schedule:
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 14 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V VI VII VIII
L1 W1
W14 BYE BYE BYE (A)
14 W17
L2 W2 17 23
W8 W11
8 11 24 WINNER
19 L3 W3
22
L4 W4 (B1) (B2)
W9 W12
9 12
L5 W5 W18 W26
W15 18
15 BYE 27
L6 W6 BYE
W10 W13
10 13 (B3)
L7 W7 If
L11
W16
16 Nec.
L12
20
L13
BYE
L17
21
L18
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
Losers of games 19, 20, & 21 have been eliminated. Five teams remain, one undefeated. If the
undefeated team is (4-0), they receive the bye. Otherwise, draw for the bye from amongst the
teams that have not had one. Match the four remaining teams, avoiding previous match-ups if
possible. Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to determine
pairings. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
ROUND IV:
ROUND I: Draw for pairings.
ROUND II:
ROUND III: Losers of games 8, 9 & 10 have been eliminated. Loser 1 vs. winner 8, winner 9 vs. winner 10,
loser of 11 vs. loser 12, winner 1 vs. winner 11, winner 12 vs. winner 13. Loser of game 13
receives a bye.
Losers of games 14, 15 &16 have been eliminated. Winner 14 vs. winner 15, winner 16 vs.
loser 13, loser 17 vs. loser 18, winner 17 vs. winner 18.
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1
2
3
(ROUND VII:) Draw for bye if necessary. Remaining team play R6 bye team in game 26.
Bracket B1 Schedule: 3 Teams remain 1 undefeated.
(ROUND VI):
ROUND V:
5
If 4 teams remaining
27
W25
W26
6
Bracket B2 Schedule: 3 Teams remain.
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Loser 2 vs. loser 3, loser 4 vs. loser 5, loser 6 vs. loser 7, winner 2 vs. winner 3, winner 4 vs.
winner 5, winner 6 vs. winner 7. Loser of 1 and winner of 1 receive round 2 byes.
25
26
25
26
26
4
Three or 4 teams remain. If 3 use bracket B1. If four use Bracket A.
Draw for the bye if necessary. Remaining team play RV bye team in game 25.
Four teams remain, all will have a loss. Match teams, avoiding previous match-ups if possible.
Where avoiding previous match-ups is not possible, a draw shall be held to determine pairings.
(ROUND VII:) 2 or 3 Teams remain. If 3 use B2. If 2 use B3.
Bracket A Schedule
(ROUND VI):
(ROUND VII:) W25 Plays W26.
ROUND VI:
(ROUND VII:)
(ROUND VIII:)
W25 plays RVI bye team.
W26 plays L26. If necessary.
(ROUND VIII:) W26 plays R VII bye team.
Bracket B3 Schedule: 2 Teams remain.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 15 TEAM TOURNAMENT
IV III II I II III IV V VI VII VIII
R1 BYE
11 W11
L1 L1 W1
W15 BYE (A)
15 19 W19
L2 W2 25
W8
8 12 W12 26 29 IF NEC.
21 L3 W3
24 BYE BYE
L4 W4
W9 W13
9 13
L5 W5 W20
W16 20
16
L6 W6
W10 W14 (B)
10 14
L7 W7
L11
W17
17
22 L12
W18
L13
L19 18
L14
23
L20
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
29-FINAL
28
BYE
ROUND IV:
ROUND I:
ROUND II:
ROUND III:
6
7
3
BYE
ROUND V:
ROUND VII:
ROUND VIII:
ROUND VI: If the undefeated team has the Bye in Round 5, 3 teams remain. Use Bracket "A". Note: if
the undefeated team lost in Round 5, use Bracket "B". In this case four teams remain and
all have a loss.
Five teams remain, one team is undefeated. If the undefeated team is 4-0, they receive the
bye. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes. Otherwise, draw for the
bye. Pair teams, avoiding previous match-ups where possible.
(Ai)
1
2 27
4
5
(Aii)
29-FINAL
27
This round is possible only in "A" Brackets. In Bracket (Ai), game 29 is necessary if the
undefeated team lose in game 28. In Bracket (Aii), W28 plays Round 7 Bye team for
championship in game 29.
If after Round 6 in "A" Bracket there is still an undefeated team, 2 teams remain. Use
Bracket "(Ai)". If after Round 6 in "A" Bracket 3 teams still remain, use Bracket "(Aii)".
Draw for bye if necessary. In "B" Bracket, W27 plays W28 for championship.
Loser of Game #1 receives Bye in round 2. L2 plays L3, L4 plays L5, L6 plays L7. W1
plays Bye 1, W2 plays W3, W4 plays W5, W6 plays W7.
Draw for pairings games one through seven The first team drawn receives Round 1 Bye.
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28
Loser of games 8, 9 and 10 have been eliminated. W8 plays L1, W9 plays W10, L11 plays
L12, L13 plays L14, W11 plays W12, W13 plays W14.
Losers of games 15, 16, 17 and 18 have been eliminated. W15 plays W16, W17 plays
W18, L19 plays L20. W19 plays W20.
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R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
L1 W1
W9 W13
L2 W2
W17 W21
L3 W3
W10 W14
L4 W4
W23
BYE
W26
L5 W5
W11 W15
L6 W6
W18 W22
L7 W7
W12 W16
L8 W8
L13
W19
R6 R7 R8
A.
L14 W26
W24 L15 31
CHAMPION
IF NEC
W20
L16
OR
L21
B.
W25
31
CHAMPION
L22
L26
Round 1 Draw for pairings game 1 through 8.
Round 2 L1 plays L2, L3 plays L4, L5 plays L6, L7 plays L8, W1 plays W2, W3 plays W4, W5 plays W6, W7 plays W8.
Round 3 Losers of games 9, 10, 11 and 12 have been eliminated. W9 plays W10, W11 plays W12, L13 plays L14,
L15 plays L16, W13 plays W14, W15 plays W16
Round 4 Losers of games 17, 18, 19 and 20 have been eliminated. W17 plays W18, W19 plays W20, L21 plays L22,
W21 plays W22
Round 5 Losers of games 23, 24 and 25 have been eliminated. W23 plays W24, W25 plays L26. W26 receives a bye.
Round 6 Losers of games 27 and 28 have been eliminated. 3 teams remain. W26 must play. Draw for a bye between
W27 and W28 to see who plays W26 in game #29.
Round 7 After Round 6, two or three teams remain. If two remain, one is undefeated. Use Bracket A. If three remain,
all have one loss, use Bracket B.
Bracket A Two remaining teams play in Round 7. If undefeated team loses game #30, the same two teams
play again in game #31 in Round 8 for Championship
Bracket B Round 7 - W26 plays bye team from Round 6.
Round 8 - W30 plays bye team from Round 7 for Championship
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.**
18 22
17 21
26
27
3
4
7
8
28
29 30
30
19
20
SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 16 TEAM TOURNAMENT
23
24
25
13
14
15
16
5
6
9
10
11
12
1
2
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 17 TEAM TOURNAMENT
V IV III II I II III IV V VI VII VIII
BYE R1
L1
13 21 W21
W9 9 W13
L2 W2
W17 17 26 W26
L3 W3
A.
W10 10 14
L4 W4 30
W32
W23 23 29 32 IF NEC.
L5 W5 33
L32
W11 11 15 W15 31
L6 W6
W18 18 22 B.
L7 W7
27 32 W32
W12 12 16 W16
L8 W8 33
L13 BYE R7 BYE
W19 19
L14
W24 24 L15
W20 20
L16
L21
W25 25
L22
28
L26
ROUND I:
ROUND II:
ROUND III:
ROUND IV:
ROUND V:
ROUND VI:
ROUND VII:
ROUND VIII:
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
Bracket "A": W32 vs L32, if necessary. Bracket "B": W32 vs R7 Bye.
BYE
BYE W14
L1 vs L2, L3 vs L4, L5 vs L6, L7 vs L8. Winner of game 1 receives a bye. Winner of game 2 vs first round bye
team, W3 vs W4, W5 vs W6, W7 vs W8.
Loser of games 9, 10, 11, and 12 have been eliminated. W9 vs W10, W11 vs W12, L13 vs L14, L15 vs L16.
Note: winner of game 14 draws bye. W1 vs W13, W15 vs W16.
Loser of games 17, 18, 19 and 20 have been eliminated. W17 vs W18, W19 vs W20, L21 vs L22, W21 vs W14.
Note: winner of game 22 receives a bye.
4
8
Loser of games 27 and 28 have been eliminated. Note: only four teams remain, one undefeated. Draw or pair
remaining four teams, avoiding previous match-ups where possible.
Only two or three teams remain. If two, one is undefeated. Use Bracket "A". If three teams remain, draw for the
bye amongst the teams that have not previously had one. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to
BYE W1
1
Loser of games 23, 24 and 25 have been eliminated. W23 vs W24, W25 vs L26, W26 vs W22.
W30
W31
BYE W22
5
7
First team drawn receives the bye. Draw for parings of games one through eight.
2
6
3
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 18 TEAM TOURNAMENT
V IV III II I II III IV V VI VIII IX
L1 L1 BYE W1 BYE W1
L2 W2
W10 BYE 10 14 BYE W14
L3 W3
W24 24 18 22 27 W27
W18 L4 W4 W22
A. Ai. W33
W11 11 15 W15 L34
L5 W5 31 33 34 IF NEC.
BYE R7 35
28 30 W34
L6 W6 BYE
32 Aii.
W12 12 16 W16 33 W33
L7 W7
BYE 35
W19 19 23 BYE W23 BYE R8
L8 W8 BYE
B.
W13 13 17 W17
L9 W9 33 W33
L14 35
W20 20 34 W34
L15
W25 BYE 25 L16
W21 21
L17
L22
W26 26
L23
29
L27
ROUND I:
ROUND II:
ROUND III:
ROUND IV:
ROUND V:
ROUND VI:
ROUND VII:
ROUND VIII:
ROUND IX:
VII
BYE
Two teams remain. From Bracket "Ai" L34 plays W34 if necessary. From Bracket "Aii" W34 plays Round 8
bye.
8
6
7
Draw for pairings.
1
2
3
Three or four teams remain. If three teams, use Bracket "A". Draw for the bye if necessary. If four teams
remain, use Bracket "B". Avoid previous pairings if possible. Otherwise, draw for pairings.
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Loser of game 24, 25 and 26 have been eliminated. Winner of game 25 receives a bye. W24 vs W19, W26 vs
L27, W27 vs W23.
Loser of games 28 and 29 have been eliminated. Five teams remain, one is undefeated. Note: if the undefeated
team is 5 and 0, they receive the bye. Otherwise, draw for the bye and avoid previous match-ups if possible.
Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes. A draw may be required to determine pairings.
4
5
Loser of game #1 and winner of game #1 receive byes. L2 vs L3, L4 vs L5, L6 vs L7, L8 vs L9. W2 vs W3, W4
vs W5, W6 vs W7, W8 vs W9.
Loser of games 10, 11, 12 and 13 have been eliminated. Winner of game 10 receives a bye. L1 vs W11, W12 vs
W13, L14 vs L15, L16 vs L17. Winner of game 14 receives a bye. W1 vs W15, W16 vs W17.
Loser of games 18, 19, 20 and 21 have been eliminated. Winner of game 19 receives a bye. W10 vs W18, W20
vs W21, L22 vs L23. Winner of game 23 receives a bye. W14 vs W22.
Two or three teams remain. From Bracket "A", if 2 are left, one is undefeated. Use Bracket "Ai". If three teams
remain, use Bracket "Aii". Draw for bye among eligible teams. From Bracket "B" W33 plays W34.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 19 TEAM TOURNAMENT
R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
BYE R1 BYE
14
W1 W14
L1 L1 1
BYE
W19 19 24
L2 2 W2
W10 10 15 W15 W15
L3 W3 BYE
3
W26 26
L4 4 W4 29 W29
W11 11 16 W16
W30 30 L5 W5
5
W20 W20 20 W24
BYE
W12 L6 6 W6 32 W32
12 17 W17
L7 W7
7
25
W25 W25
L8 8 W8 BYE
W13 13 18 W18
L9 W9
W21 21 9 L32
L14
R6 R7 R8 R9
L15
W22 22 BRACKET A:
L16
W27 W27 27 L17 33 35 W35
BYE W23 23
L18
BYE R7 BYE 37
L24 34
W28 28 BRACKET B: IF NEC.
W31 31 L25
L29 BYE
35 W35
37
W36
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ROUND 1:
First team drawn receives the bye. Draw for pairings games one through nine.
ROUND 2:
Loser of game # 1 receives the bye. L2 vs. L3, L4 vs. L5, L6 vs. L7, L8 vs. L9. First round bye team vs. W1, W2 vs. W3, W4 vs. W5, W6 vs. W7, W8 vs. W9.
ROUND 3:
ROUND 4:
ROUND 5:
Losers of games # 26, 27 and 28 have been eliminated. W20 vs. W26, W28 vs. L29. Winner of game # 27 receives a bye. W29 vs. W25.
ROUND 6:
previous matchups where possible. Note: if all five remaining teams have had a bye and the
undefeated team is 4 and 0, the undefeated team would receive the bye.
ROUND 7:
ROUND 8: ROUND 9:
Two teams remain. One may be undefeated. If necessary.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
the bye, otherwise, draw for the bye. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes. Pair remaining teams, avoiding
Three or four teams remain. If three teams, use Bracket “A”. Draw for the bye if necessary. If four teams remain, all have one loss. Use bracket "B".
Draw or pair teams avoiding previous matchups if possible.
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Losers of games # 10, 11, 12 and 13 have been eliminated. L1 vs. W10, W11 vs. W12, W13 vs. L14, L15 vs. L 16, L17 vs. L18, W14 vs. W16, W17 vs. W18.
Winner game #15 receives a bye.
Losers of games # 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 have been eliminated. W19 vs. W21, W22 vs. W23, L24 vs. L25. Winner of game #20 receives a bye. W15 vs. W24.
Winner of game #25 receives a bye.
Losers of games # 30 and 31 have been eliminated. Only 5 teams remain. One is undefeated. If the undefeated team is 5 and 0, they automatically receive
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SCHEDULE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR A 20 TEAM TOURNAMENT
R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1
L1 W1
11 16
W11 BYE W16
L2 2 W2
21
W21 BYE
3
L3 W3
W12 12 17 W17
L4 4 W4
26
BYE W26
5 W5 31
L5
13 18 W18
W13
L6 6 W6
W22 22 34
W34
7 W7
32 L7
W32 W14 14 19 W19
L8 8 W8
28
W28 BYE 27 W27
9
L9 W9
15 20 W20 W31
W15
W23 23 L10 10 W10
L16
L34
L17 R6 R7 R8 R9
24 A. A2
W24 L18
35 37 38
W29 29 IF NEC 39 CHAMPION
L19
W25 25 36 A3
L20
L31 38
W33 33 OR IF NEC 39 CHAMPION
W30 L26 B.
30 37
L27
39 CHAMPION
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Round 1 Draw for pairings games 1 through 10.
Round 2 L1 plays L2, L3 plays L4, L5 plays L6, L7 plays L8, L9 plays L10, W1 plays W2,W3 plays W4, W5 plays W6,
W7 plays W8, W9 plays W10.
Round 3 Losers of games 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 have been eliminated. W11 plays W12, W13 plays W14, W15 plays L16,
L17 plays L18, L19 plays L20. Winner of game #16 receives a bye. W17 plays W18, W19 plays W20.
Round 4 Losers of games 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 have been eliminated. Winner of game #21 receives a bye. W22 plays
W23, W24 plays W25, L26 plays L27, W16 plays W27. Winner of game #26 receives a bye.
Round 5 Losers of games 28, 29 and 30 have been eliminated. Winner of game #28 receives as bye. W21 plays W29,
W30 plays L31, W26 plays W31.
Round 6 Losers of games 32 and 33 have been eliminated. Five teams remain (W28, W32, W33, W34 and L34).
One team is undefeated. If the undefeated team is 5 - 0, they receive the bye. Otherwise, draw for the bye
Round 7 Three or four teams remain. If three remain, one is undefeated. Use Bracket A. If four teams remain, all have
one loss, use Bracket B.
Bracket A:
Round 7: Draw for bye if necessary. Remaining two teams play.
Round 8: Two or three teams remain. If three use A2. Draw for bye. If two, use A3.
Round 9: In A2, Game #39 is Championship game. In A3 if necessary.
Bracket B:
Round 7: Four teams remain. All with a loss, match teams, avoiding previous match ups if possible. If not,
draw for pairings.
Round 8: W37 plays W38 for Championship.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
from the teams that are eligible to receive a bye. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
In either case, match four remaining teams avoiding previous match ups where possible. Where avoiding previous
match ups is not possible, a draw will be held to determine pairings.
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R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
BYE R1BYE
16 W1
L1 1
11 W26
W11 L2 W2
2 W16
21
L3 3 W3
W21 12 17
W12 L4 W4 W17
4 W33
27 W27
L5 5 W5 W18
W13 13 18
L6 W6
6
22
W22
L7 7 W7
W14 14 19
L8 W8 W19
34 8 W28 BYE W28
28
L9 9 W9 W20
W15 15 20
23 L10 W10
35 L16 10
L17
24 R6 R7 R8
W23 L18
30 BYE BRACKET A:
W24 L19 R9
25 BYE
L20 37 40
W25 39 41
31
L26 38
L27 BRACKET B:
32
L28
Round 1:
First team drawn receives the bye. Draw for pairings games one through nine.
Round 2:
Winner of game 1 receives a bye.
Round 3:
Losers of games 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 have been eliminated.
Round 4:
Losers of games 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 have been eliminated. Note: 3 teams remain undefeated. Winner of game 28 receives the bye.
Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round 5:
Losers of games 29, 30, 31, 32 have been eliminated. At this point, 7 teams remain. Winners of games 28 and 33 will play each other.
A draw will be made to determine the bye team from the 5 teams with a loss. See section P5-1v). The other 4 teams will be paired,
avoiding previous matchups where possible.
Round 6:
Losers of games 34 and 35 have been eliminated. 5 teams remain, 1 is undefeated. If the undefeated team is 5-0, they receive the bye.
Otherwise, draw from amongst the teams that have not had a bye to determine the bye team. See section p5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
Round 7:
3 or 4 teams remain. If 3, use Bracket A and draw for the bye if necessary. If 4 teams remain, all have had a loss.
Match teams avoiding previous matchups where possible.
Round 8: Round 9:
Two teams remain. One may be undefeated. If necessary.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
40
26
33
29
39
36
41
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R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
L1 L1 BYE W1 BYE W1
W22 22 L2 W2 27 W27
W12 12 17 W17
L3 W3
W30 30 34 W34
L4 W4
W13 13 18 W18
L5 W5
W23 W28
23 28
L6 W6
W14 W19
35 14 19 38
L7 W7
L8 W8
W15 15 20 W20
L9 W9
W24 24 29 W29 BYE W29
L10 W10
W16 W21 10
5
6
7
8
9
1
2
3
4
ROUND 1 ‐ Draw for Pairings.
ROUND 2 ‐ Winner and Loser of Game # 1 receive bye in Round
#2. L2 plays L3, L4 plays L5, L6 plays L7. L8 plays L9, L10 plays
L11. W2 plays W3, W4 plays W5, W6 plays W7, W8 plays W9,
W10 plays W11.
ROUND 3 ‐ Losers of games 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 have been
eliminated. Loser of game # 21 receives bye in Round #3. L1
plays W12, W13 plays W14, W15 plays W16, L17 plays L18, L19
plays L20. W1 plays W17, W18 plays W19, W20 plays W21.
ROUND 4 ‐ Losers of games 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 have been
eliminated. Both the winner and loser of game 29 receive a bye
in round 4. W22 plays W23, W24 plays W25, W26 plays L21, L27
plays L28, W27 plays W28.
ROUND 5 ‐ Losers of games 30, 31, 32 and 33 have been
eliminated. W30 plays W31, W32 plays W33, L29 plays L34,
W34 plays W29.
ROUND 6 ‐ Losers of games 35, 36 and 37 have been eliminated.
W31 16 21 5 i If h d f d i 5 0 h h b
31 L11 W11
L17
R6 R7 R8 R9
W25
25 BYE BRACKET A:
L18 BYE
39 42
L19 43
41
W26 26 40
L20 BRACKET B:
W32
L21 L21 BYE
41
L27
43
W33
42
L28
L29 L29 BYE
L34
11
32
36
33
37
teams remain. the undefeated team is 5‐they get the bye.
Otherwise, draw for bye from eligible teams. See section P5‐1v)
for rules applicable to byes. Match remaining teams avoiding
previous matchups if possible, otherwise, draw for pairings.
ROUND 7 ‐ 3 or 4 teams remain. If 3 remain, one is undefeated.
Using section P5‐1v), determine bye team and use Bracket A. If
4 teams remain, use Bracket B.
ROUND 8 ‐ Bracket A: L41 has been eliminated. W41 plays R7
Bye team. Bracket B: Losers of games 41 and 42 have been
eliminated. W41 plays W42 for Championship.
ROUND 9 ‐ If Necessary.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5‐U regarding rules for Byes.
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R5 R4 R3 R2 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9
BYE BRACKET A:
R1 BYE 41
17 W17
W1 43 W43
L1 L1 BYE1 42 44 45
29 R7 BYE IF NECESSARY
23 BYE
W23 L2 2 W2
W12 12 18 W18 BYE
L3 W3 BRACKET B:
3
W29 OR W30 43
36 W43
L4 4 W4 W36 45
32 13 19 W31 W44 WINNER
W32 W13 L5 W5 W19 40 44
5
W29 OR W30
W24 24 30 BYE
L6 6 W6
W14 14 20 W20
L7 W7
7
37
L8 8 W8
15 21
W15 L9 W9 W21
9
25 31
W25 L10 10 W10
W16 16 22 W22
L11 W11
33 11
W33 L17
W26 26
L18 ROUND 1: First team drawn receives a bye. Draw remaining teams for pairings.
ROUND 2: Loser of game 1 receives a bye. Loser 2 vs. Loser 3. Loser 4 vs. Loser 5. Loser 6 vs. Loser 7. Loser 8 vs.
L19 Loser 9. Loser 10 vs. Loser 11. Round 1 bye team plays winner of game 1.
27 Winner 2 vs. Winner 3. Winner 4 vs. Winner 5. Winner 6 vs. Winner 7. Winner 8 vs. Winner 9. Winner 10 vs. Winner 11.
W27 L20 ROUND 3: Losers of games 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 have been eliminated. L1 vs. W12, W13 vs. W14, W15 vs. W16, L17
W34 34 vs. L18, L19 vs. L20, L21 vs. L22, W17 vs. W18, W19 vs. W20, W21 vs. W22.
W28 L21 ROUND 4: Losers of games 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 have been eliminated. W23 vs. W24, W25 vs.W26, W27 vs. W28.
38 28 L29 OR L30 plays L31. NOTE: Loser of 29 will receive the bye if they have not had one. Otherwise L30 will receive the bye.
L22 Three (3) teams remain undefeated. W29 will receive the bye if they have not had one, otherwise W30 will receive the bye.
Therefore W29 or W30 will play W31.
W35 L29 OR L30 ROUND 5: Losers of games 32, 33, 34 and 35 have been eliminated. W32 vs. W33, W34 vs. W35, L29 or L30 vs. L36.
35 W29 or W30, whichever drew the bye in Round 4, will play W36.
L31 ROUND 6: Losers of games 37, 38 and 39 have been eliminated. At this point five (5) teams remain, of which one (1) will be
undefeated. If the undefeated team is 5-0, they will receive the bye, otherwise a draw from amongst the teams that have
BYE not had a bye will determine the pairings. Please refer to section P5-1v) for rules applicable to byes.
L29 OR L30 ROUND 7: Three or four teams remain. If 3 teams, one will be undefeated. A draw will determine the Bye team.
R4 BYE Use Bracket A.
39 If four teams remain, all will have a loss. Teams will be paired avoiding a previous match-up where possible, otherwise a
L36 draw will determine the pairings - use Bracket B.
ROUND 8: Two teams will remain. If using Bracket A, one team will be undefeated. Should they lose, a round 9 will be
necessary to determine the winner. If using Bracket B, both will have a loss and the winner will advance.
**Note: Please refer to Section P5-t regarding rules for Byes.
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P6 OBA ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES
a) The OBA Elimination Tournament is sanctioned by the OBA in order to produce an Ontario representative to the
National Championship Tournament sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball.
b) All OBA Elimination Tournaments and OBA Elimination Tournament games shall be governed by the
Constitution of the OBA, the Official Rules of Baseball, the OBA Tournament Rules and these OBA Elimination
Tournament Rules.
c) The OBA, the local Host Association and their respective officials accept no responsibility for any injuries to any
player, team official, or any other person, either on or off the field during an OBA Elimination Tournament.
d) Only OBA registered teams and players may participate in an OBA Elimination Tournament.
e) Teams participating in an OBA Elimination Tournament shall automatically be classified by the OBA as follows:
PeeWee AAA
Bantam AAA
Midget AAA
Junior AAA
Senior AAA
f) Applications to enter an OBA Elimination Tournament must be at the OBA Office by June first. The entry fee
(payable to OBA), written permission from the team’s Affiliated Association and a photocopy of each coach’s
and/or manager’s NCCP Level I certification plus Level II technical accreditation and NCCP passport number
must accompany the application. Applications to enter an OBA Elimination Tournament received after June first,
and prior to the draw being held for such tournament, shall be accepted if accompanied by a late fee of $100.00
for each day after June first that the application is late.
g) An information package, including a complete schedule of OBA Elimination Tournament games, rules and an
OBA approved tournament chart, will be forwarded to each local host by the OBA Series Chair by June 15th.
h) Where a team drops out of an OBA Elimination Tournament 7 or more days prior to the start of the tournament,
the schedule for the tournament, if published, will be redone. If a team drops out of an OBA Elimination
Tournament less than 7 days prior to the tournament and the schedule for the tournament has been published, any
scheduled games not played due to teams having dropped out of the tournament shall be considered defaults and
shall count as a game played and not as a bye in the tournament and the published chart shall not be changed. A
team which drops out of an OBA Elimination Tournament after the draw shall forfeit its entry fee and shall not be
classified for the OBA Play-offs.
Note: If possible a late entry team may be used as a substitute where applicable.
i) The OBA Elimination Tournament shall be a double loss knock-out tournament and may require play-downs to
be played from July 19-21, 2013 with the championship tournament being played from August 2-5, 2013. The
published chart for OBA Elimination Tournaments may provide for predetermined byes in early rounds (not
exceeding the fourth round) of the OBA Elimination Tournament. Thereafter, byes are to be awarded as follows:
i. No team shall receive a back-to-back bye in successive rounds.
ii. No team shall receive a second bye until all remaining teams have received their first bye.
iii. If more than 1 team is eligible for a bye the undefeated team shall automatically receive the bye.
iv. If more than 1 team is eligible for a bye, the bye team will be determined by means of a draw
with the first team drawn receiving the bye, and the remaining teams drawn to fill each game slot
from top to bottom as drawn.
j) A local host shall not use any special or local rules in any OBA Elimination Tournament or game(s).
k) Teams must be prepared to play on the Friday, if necessary. In all series up to and including Bantam, no game
shall start after 9:30 p.m. on any day and no new inning may begin after 12:59 a.m. (or such earlier time as may
be provided by local by-law).
l) 18 players are eligible to be included on OBA Elimination Tournament rosters for Peewee, Bantam and Midget. For
Junior and Senior rosters at OBA Elimination Tournaments 25 players will be allowed. (For Baseball Canada
Championships, rosters for Peewee, Bantam, Midget, and Junior are limited to 18 players. The Senior roster for
Baseball Canada Championships may include 21 players).
m) Coaches must have a copy of their OBA approved roster with them in case it is required during the tournament.
n) The tournament host will maintain a sign-in list for all umpires used in the tournament and forward the sign-in list
to the Tournament Chair with the Tournament Report.
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o) Teams must be given a minimum of 30 minutes from the time of completion of the last game that they played,
until the start of their next game. If a team must travel from another location, appropriate travel time shall be
added to the 30 minute period.
p) Barring extenuating circumstances, if 1 team is not able to start a game, within 30 minutes of the scheduled
starting time for such game, the game will be forfeited to the other team and the offending team will not be
allowed to continue in the tournament. The game will count as a game played and not count as a bye in the
tournament and the published chart shall not be changed.
q) The home team will be decided by a coin toss prior to each OBA Elimination Tournament game with the team
from the municipality furthest away from the tournament site calling the toss.
r) Awards shall be presented to the champions and finalists.
s) The OBA Convenor’s Report and specified attachments must be mailed (postmarked) to the OBA Tournament
chair within 10 days following the tournament.
P7 EXHIBITION GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS
Section P7.1 PLAYING NON-REGISTERED TEAMS AND PLAYERS
a) Any registered team or player shall automatically suspend themselves upon playing with or against any team or
players which are not registered with the OBA without first securing written permission from the OBA Board of
Directors or the OBA Office; except where an entire team is playing an exhibition game(s) with teams up to and
including Midget age, permission may be granted by the secretary of the Affiliated Association to which the team
belongs.
b) Any OBA team participating in a non-OBA sanctioned tournament without permission of the OBA shall be liable
for a fine of up to $500 and may be suspended from further participation in any OBA sanctioned tournament and
the OBA play-offs.
Section P7.2 EXHIBITION GAMES AND OUT OF PROVINCE PLAY
a) All teams registered with the OBA, which desire to participate in exhibition games, must first secure the
permission of their Local Association and Affiliated Association. (Any game or tournament that has not been
sanctioned by the OBA is defined as an exhibition game. Local Associations and Affiliated Associations may
approve exhibition games where their own member teams are playing against each other within their own
boundaries.)
b) Teams wishing to play an exhibition game(s) outside the Province of Ontario must first secure the permission of
their Local Association and Affiliated Association and submit same to the OBA Office for approval.
c) Teams wishing to play an exhibition game(s) involving a team(s) from outside the Province of Ontario must first
secure the permission of their Local Association and Affiliated Association and submit same to the OBA Office
for approval.
d) In an exhibition game(s) teams may only use players who have signed OBA approved rosters. Except with the
permission of the management of the team with which the player is rostered, a team may not use pick-ups in an
exhibition game.
e) Applications can be made to the OBA Board of Directors to make exceptions to the rule.
Section P7.3 OPEN, INVITATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES
a) Any team, Direct Entry, Local Association or Affiliated Association, wishing to hold a tournament where 3 or
more teams are competing, must first apply for permission to hold same from the OBA Board of Directors. A fee
of $50.00 must accompany each application only if teams are from outside the area Affiliated Association. This
application must have been approved by the Affiliated Association secretary in the area from which it came. If
more than 1 series (e.g. Minor and Major) is held, a $50.00 fee must be paid for each series.
b) Upon receipt of each of the items in a) above, the OBA Tournament Chair will consider the tournament request
and, if approved, the OBA office will forward a tournament package to the tournament host.
c) The OBA Tournament Chair shall have the power to appoint an OBA Representative to any OBA sanctioned
tournament.
d) A list of all OBA sanctioned tournaments will appear on our website, www.baseballontario.com.
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e) A declared representative from an Affiliated Association must first honour its OBA Play-off and Affiliated
Association obligations before participating in a tournament.
Any team not fulfilling its commitment to any OBA sanctioned tournament may be fined and/or suspended from
further participation in any OBA sanctioned tournament and the OBA Play-offs provided that this information is
provided to the OBA Tournament Chair in writing. The fine for a team not fulfilling its commitment to a
tournament is $500. Any fine collected (after any appeals) is to be split 50/50 between the OBA and the
tournament host.
f) Non-OBA teams registered in Ontario may compete in open, invitational or international tournaments, only if
permission of the OBA Tournament Chair is requested. Such non-OBA teams must provide proof of accident
and liability insurance to the tournament host prior to being permitted to play in the tournament.
g) The Host Committee must notify each application of acceptance or rejection into the tournament within 10 days
following the final deadline date. Failure to comply with such provisions may lead to the tournament not being
approved the following year.
h) A final date for applications for acceptance to the OBA sanctioned tournament must be in the hands of the Host
Association at least 21 days in advance of the first date of the tournament.
i) Before distribution to the teams by the Tournament Host Association the complete schedule must be forwarded to
the OBA Tournament Chair at least two weeks prior to the tournament for approval. Failure to comply with such
provisions may lead to the tournament not being approved the following year. Failure to comply with this section
will result in a $200 fine.
j) The Complete schedule of tournament games must be sent to each participating team at least one week prior to the
first game.
k) Any special or local rules must be sent to the OBA Office and approved by the OBA Tournament Chair prior to
distributing same. A copy of these rules must be sent to each team along with the tournament schedule. No local
rules shall contravene any OBA playing rule or tournament rule. Failure to comply with this section will result in
a $200 fine.
l) Where a tournament is cancelled prior to any game being played the total tournament entry fee must be refunded
to all teams. Where a tournament is cancelled after games have been played the teams will be refunded on a pro
rata basis for the games not played.
m) No special concessions will be granted to any team(s) participating in any of these tournaments.
n) The tournament host is responsible for ensuring that each umpire is properly carded. Teams may request that the
umpires produce their umpiring card prior to the game to prove certification. Teams may not protest a game based
on the carding of the umpires during or after a game.
o) No tournament game shall start before 8:00am on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, and no tournament game shall start
later than 9:30pm on any night. Where the published schedule has a team starting a game at 8:30 pm or later, then
the team cannot be scheduled to play earlier than 9:00 am on the following day.
p) Teams must be given a minimum of 30 minutes from the time of completion of the last game that they played,
until the start of their next game, without jeopardy of forfeit. If a team must travel from another location,
appropriate travel time shall be added to the 30 minute period.
q) Barring extenuating circumstances, if 1 team is not able to start a game within 15 minutes of the scheduled
starting time for such game, the game will be forfeited to the other team.
r) No team may play more than 3 games in a calendar day without its written consent. A suspended game shall count
as a game played on both the day it commenced and the day it is completed if 3 or more innings have been played
each day. If less than 3 innings are played on the day it is completed, it will not count as a game played on that
day.
s) In tournaments where tie breaking rules are required, the following tie breaking rules will be used for each
placement independently:
i. head to head record among tied teams;
ii. team with the smallest runs against ratio (runs allowed / number of defensive innings played) in
games among tied teams;
iii. team with the smallest runs against ratio (runs allowed / number of defensive innings played) in
all games;
iv. team with the highest runs for ratio (runs scored / number of offensive innings played) in games
among tied teams;
v. team with the highest runs for ratio ( runs scored / number of offensive innings played) in all
games;
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vi. coin toss
t) The OBA Convenors Report and specified attachments must be mailed (postmarked) to the OBA Tournament
Chair within 10 days following the tournament.
u) If these rules are not adhered to, the tournament shall not be approved or, if already approved, the host association
may be fined $200.00 and the tournament may not be approved the following year.
v) The OBA Tournament Chair shall provide, immediately, to the Affiliated Associations a listing of any and all
disciplinary problems with managers, coaches, players or other team personnel, as reported by the tournament
convenors.
w) Tournament hosts may determine what awards they give to teams and/or players entering their tournaments,
provided, however, that cash prizes may only be given to teams (not players) at Junior or Senior tournaments.
Q1 APPROVED PLAYING RULES OF T-BALL
Section Q1.1 GENERAL
a) The Game:
T-Ball is a game of baseball between 2 teams of 11 players, under the direction of a manager and coaches played in
agreement with the Official Playing Rules (Q1-1 d) under the authority of an umpire or umpires on a recommended TBall
field.
It is designed to get young people interested in the game of baseball by stressing and maintaining active participation
of all the players; with mandatory alternation of players at a game (Q1-4 c), with the offensive team utilizing the 11
players as batters to score as many runs as possible and the defensive team using 2 extra outfielders to make as many
outs as possible in accordance with the rules.
b) Insurance:
Liability insurance must be carried by all T-Ball leagues. Proof of Liability insurance must be sent to the OBA Office.
c) Official Playing Rules:
T-Ball is a game of baseball played in accordance with regular baseball rules with the incorporation of the rules
contained in this booklet and OBA Playing Rules and Regulations.
d) Rosters:
See OBA Rules. Min. - 11. Max. - 25.
e) Field Decorum:
i) The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and league officials must be above reproach.
ii) The use of tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs in any form is prohibited on the playing field, benches or in dugouts.
iii) Players or coaches while participating in a scheduled game are not permitted to deliberately harass or direct
discourteous remarks at the officials or any member of the opposing team.
iv) Managers, coaches or players engaged or persisting in conduct contrary to the spirit, principles and objectives of
good sportsmanship in T-Ball, shall receive a single warning from the umpire. If the offences continue, offender
or offenders will be removed from the game.
v) Anyone removed from the game must leave the playing field and the spectator area. Failure to do so could result
in a forfeiture of the game (Q1-4 b).
Section Q1.2 EQUIPMENT
a) Uniforms:
Uniforms shall consist of a sweater, cap, pants and socks and must be worn by all players and coaches while
participating in a game. Sweaters shall be individually numbered.
b) Gloves:
i) The catcher may wear any type of baseball glove.
ii) The first baseman shall be permitted to wear a trapper or fielder’s glove.
iii) All other members of the fielding team must wear fielder’s gloves.
c) Helmets:
Each team must supply at least 6 double ear-flapped protective helmets with chinstraps. They must be worn when the
players are at bat, while running the bases, while acting as batboy and while in the next batter’s circle. Chinstraps
must be worn as designed by the manufacturer.
d) Footwear:
Shoes with metal cleats are prohibited. Shoes with moulded rubber cleats may be used.
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e) Catcher’s Equipment:
The catcher’s equipment shall consist of a chest protector, shin guards, facemask and helmet, which must be worn
during practices, game warm-ups and regular games. A metal, fibre or plastic cup-type athletic support must also be
worn.
f) It is recommended that all players wear athletic supports of the plastic cup-type.
g) The Ball:
The ball shall weigh not less than 5 oz. or more than 5.25 oz. It shall measure not less than 9 in. or more than 9.25 in.
in circumference. OBA Approved Balls.
h) The Bat:
The bat shall be round and made of wood or aluminium. It shall not be more than 33 in. in length. It shall not be more
than 21/4 in. in diameter at its largest part and not less than 1 1/16 in. in diameter at its smallest.
i) The Batting Tee:
The batting tee shall be a stand that will be placed on home plate for the purpose of holding the ball for the players to
swing at. It should be portable and adjustable to the height of the player’s choice. Each team may use its own tee
when at bat. Safety must be a key element when selecting a batting tee.
j) The Playing Field:
i) The distance between all bases shall be 60 ft.
ii) The distance between the point of home plate and the pitcher’s rubber shall be 50 feet.
iii) Batter’s boxes shall be 3 ft. wide and 6 ft. long. The inside line shall be parallel to and 4 in. away from the side of
home plate. It shall extend 3 ft. in front of and 3 ft. behind the centre of home plate.
iv) The coach’s box shall be 4 ft. wide and 8 ft. long, and shall not be closer than 6 ft. to the base lines.
k) The infield arc is a line dividing the infield playing area from the outfield. It has a 50 ft. radius from the centre of the
playing line (Q1-3 a) extending from foul line to foul line.
Section Q1.3 DEFINITIONS
a) A “playing line” is an imaginary line running directly from first base to third base, which is a guide for the plate
umpire to determine a fair hit ball.
b) A “forfeited game” is a game declared ended by the umpire for violation of the rules. The score will be recorded 5-0
for the offended team.
c) A “fair hit ball” is a legally batted ball that in the plate umpire’s opinion will or could have firmly crossed the playing
line (Q1-3 a) in fair territory, even if it is fielded before crossing the line.
d) A “dead hit ball” is a legally batted ball that, in the umpire’s opinion will not or could not have firmly crossed the
playing line, even if fielded in front of the playing line. This excluded a ball put into play by an illegal swing (Q1-3 l).
If the ball is caught in flight by the defensive team, the batter is out and the ball is in play until time is called.
e) A “strike” is when:
i) the ball is swung at by the batter and is completely missed.
ii) the ball is a dead hit, fouled or put into play by an illegal swing (Q1-3 l) by the batter when he/she has less than 2
strikes.
f) An “illegally batted ball” is when the batter hits the ball, either dead, fair or foul with one or both feet on the ground
entirely outside the lines of the batter’s box (Q1-3 k).
g) A “fielder’s choice” is when any defensive player has control of the ball in the infield area (Q1-3 h) and in the
judgment of the plate umpire there is no attempt to make a play on any of the base runners, time will be called, and
the base runners, in the judgement of the umpires, will be held on the base they last occupied or the unoccupied base
they were approaching when time was called. A player raising his/her hand with the ball therein above his/her head
will not automatically attain a call of time by the umpire.
h) The “infield area” is the area, in the judgement of the plate umpire, in which the defensive infielders would normally
play in performance of their duties. It also includes the adjacent foul territories which are encompassed by the playing
line being extended to the playing field boundaries.
i) An “appeal” must be made before “play” is called for the next batter; in the case of the last batter, it must be made
before the last defensive player is off the field.
j) A “lead-off” is when a runner is off his/her base when the batter hits the ball off the tee.
k) The “batter’s box” is an area on each side of home plate, within which the batter shall have both his/her feet during
his/her time at bat.
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l) An “illegal swing” is when the batter does not take a full swing or chop swings downward at the ball. This is
considered bunting and is contrary to Q1-4 a). (Penalty see Q1-5 n).
Section Q1.4 GENERAL RULES
a) In T-Ball there shall be no pitching to the batter, therefore there will be no base-on-balls awarded; there is no bunting
and the infield fly rule does not apply.
b) Each team shall have a starting line-up of 11 players. If at any point during the game a team cannot field the
11 players, the game will be forfeited to the opposing team.
c) All players listed in the game line-up in which their team is participating must be scheduled to play at least 2 innings
of a 5 inning game. It is compulsory that players play a complete inning when alternated and must be put in at the
beginning of an inning.
d) 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time, the manager must give a copy of his/her batting line-up for each of the
5 innings to be played to the opposing manager and the official scorekeeper. A player must be listed to bat in the same
batting position for each inning until substituted. He/she may return to the same or any other batting position in the
line-up following the inning in which he/she was substituted. No changes to the line-up will be permitted in the first 3
innings of the game, except in the case of injury or sickness. (A player substituted for because of injury or sickness
may not re-enter the game until the following inning.) Prior to the start of the fourth and/or subsequent innings, valid
additions or changes to the line-up must be made before the plate umpire calls play for the first batter at the beginning
of that inning. All line-up changes must be reported to the plate umpire, official scorekeeper and the opposing
manager. If a player is listed on the game score sheet but is not in attendance at the game when his/her scheduled
time at bat or his/her turn to take a defensive position occurs, the offending team shall forfeit the game. Late arriving
team players who are not listed on the home score sheet may only be inserted into the line-up to play the fourth and
fifth innings at the manager’s discretion (Q2-4 c).
e) The “batting orders” must be followed for each inning. A batter who fails to bat in his/her proper batting position shall
be declared out on an appeal by the defensive team, if another player completes a time at bat in his/her place.
However, the proper batter may take his/her place in the batter’s box at any time before the improper batter becomes a
runner or is put out and any strikes will be assumed by the proper batter. If the improper batter becomes a base runner
or is put out and the proper appeal is made the plate umpire shall:
i) declare the proper batter out,
ii) nullify any advances or scores made by the base runners because of a ball batted by the improper batter, and
iii) the next batter will be the player in the batting position following the player who was called out because of
missing his/her turn at bat.
If the appeal is made too late then the improper batter becomes legal and the player in that batting position is
considered to have completed his/her turn at bat. The next batter will be the player in the next batter position in the
line-up.
f) If at the time a game is scheduled to begin, a team does not have a minimum of 11 eligible players, a maximum
extension of 15 minutes will be allowed before the plate umpire declares the game forfeited to the non-offending
team.
g) If 15 minutes past the scheduled game time, neither team can field 11 eligible players the umpire shall declare a
double forfeit.
h) Each “defensive team” shall have:
i) a catcher who shall play a position normally taken by the catcher behind home plate, far enough back so he/she
does not interfere with the batter while batting,
ii) a pitcher who shall play in the infield and must assume a set position with both feet on the pitcher’s rubber until
the ball is hit,
iii) a first baseman, a second baseman, a third baseman and a shortstop who shall play in positions regularly played
by these infielders and they shall not cross the playing line until the ball is hit. Penalty - in the event a defensive
player, in the judgement of the umpire, does cross the playing line before the ball is hit the umpires will call time
immediately and the ball is dead,
iv) 5 outfielders who shall play in the area regularly played by outfielders, and
v) a maximum of 4 adults in the dugout.
i) The “offensive team” shall have no more than 2 adults in the dugout and will be allowed only 2 coaches in the
coaching boxes (1 near first base and 1 near third base) for a total of 4. Coaches and managers shall:
i) be adults,
ii) remain within the dugout or within the coaches boxes at all times,
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iii) not physically assist any runner while he/she is in play (in the event he/she does, the base umpire will call the
runner out at the time of the infraction), and
iv) talk to members of his/her own team only.
j) A “regulation game” will consist of 5 complete innings, provided 1 team has scored more runs than the other. If the
score is tied at the end of 5 innings, play is continued until 1 team has scored more runs than the other in an equal
number of innings or when the home team has scored the winning run in the last inning. In the event the umpire
terminates the game before the end of the fifth inning and there has been at least 3 completed innings played, the score
will revert back to the last completed inning. In the event that a league game is tied after 3 or more completed innings
and halted by the umpire, it shall be scored a tie. In the event that a league game is halted before 3 complete innings,
it shall not be considered a regulation game and will be replayed from the beginning at a later date. In tournament
play, if a game is halted before it is a regulation game but at least 1 inning has been completed, the game will continue
from the exact point play was halted.
k) Protesting a Game:
The managers of the contesting teams only shall have the right to make protests. A protest will not be considered on a
decision involving umpire’s judgement but only when based on the violation or interpretation of a playing rule, an
eligible player or if a player does not play at least 2 innings of a 5 inning game. Protests shall be made as follows:
i) The protesting manager shall immediately and before any further play begins, notify the plate umpire that he/she
is playing the game under protest.
ii) Following such notice the umpires shall consult with each other and if they are convinced that the decision is in
conflict with the rule the decision shall be reversed. If, however, after consultation they are convinced that the
decision is not in conflict with the rules, the plate umpire shall announce that the game is being played under
protest and play will continue.
iii) Protests made due to the use of an ineligible player or a player not playing enough innings may be considered
only if made to the plate umpire before the last batter of the final inning or half inning has completed his/her turn
at bat.
iv) Any protest for any reason whatsoever must be submitted in writing within 48 hours after completion of the game
by the protesting manager and the plate umpire to the proper league officials who shall deal with it as they see fit.
See OBA Rules and Regulations.
In tournament play, all protests are settled on the playing field before any further play continues. The umpires shall
consult with each other and if they cannot resolve the protest between them, they shall call in the tournament umpirein-
chief or protest committee and this decision is non-appealable.
Section Q1.5 PLAYING RULES
a) To begin the game, the plate umpire shall instruct the home team to take their positions in the field, place the tee of
the batting team on home plate and call “play” for the first batter of the offensive team.
b) The batter becomes a base runner when:
i) he/she hits the ball hard enough to cross the playing line in fair territory (Q1-3 a and c).
ii) the catcher interferes with him/her while he/she is attempting to hit the ball. The batter is awarded first base, the
ball is dead and no runner may advance except those forced by the batter becoming a base runner. In the event
that the batter, in spite of the interference, hits the ball fairly (Q1-3 c) and reaches any base safely and all runners
have advanced at least 1 base safely, then the interference is disregarded. In the case of catcher interference on
the last batter while he/she is attempting to hit the ball, the ball is dead, no runners may advance and the last batter
is allowed to continue his/her turn at bat with the same count. In the event the last batter, in spite of the catcher
interference, hits the ball fairly and reaches home plate safely, the ball is alive and the catcher interference is
disregarded. However, in all cases of catcher interference, the offensive manager has the option of accepting or
refusing the catcher interference.
c) A batter is out when:
i) his/her fair hit, dead hit, foul fly or fly ball put into play by an illegal swing is caught by a member of the
defensive team. The ball is alive and in play until time is called.
ii) he/she hits the ball illegally. The ball is dead and runners may not advance (Q1-3 f).
iii) he/she has 3 strikes called on him/her. The ball is dead and runners may not advance (Q1-3 e).
d) A base runner is out:
i) on a force play.
ii) when he/she is tagged.
iii) when running off his/her baseline to avoid a tag.
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iv) when he/she is hit by a fair batted ball, either on or off his/her base, before the ball has touched or passed an
infielder trying to make a play on the ball not including the pitcher. The ball is dead and no runner may advance.
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e) Lead-offs:
No player on the offensive team, while a base runner, shall take a lead-off from the base he/she is on until the batter
has hit the ball from the tee. When any runner has taken a lead-off, the base umpire shall indicate same by dropping a
red flag. Play is permitted to continue and all runners are in jeopardy. At the end of the play when time is called, any
outs will stand and all other runners will return to their original bases and the batter, if not put out will return to bat
with the same count. In the event that lead-off occurs on the last batter, play will continue and all legal runs are
allowed to score except player(s) who lead-off.
f) If a fielder intentionally drops a fly ball or line drive, when first base is occupied, the force is removed and the base
runner must be tagged.
g) Overthrows:
Base runners may advance when a ball is overthrown to any base until such time a defensive player has control of the
ball in the infield area and there is no attempt to make a play (Q1-3 g and h). In the event the overthrown ball leaves
the playing field, the base runners shall be permitted to advance to the base they were approaching when the ball was
thrown plus 1 more base. Runners with last batter status (Q1-5 i) are allowed to continue to score.
h) The offensive team’s turn at bat ends when:
i) the last batter has 3 strikes.
ii) the last batter has hit the ball illegally (Q1-3 f).
iii) when the catcher (only) touches home plate with the last batter’s fair hit ball (Q1-3 c) in his/her possession. The
ball must be thrown over the playing line (Q1-3 a) at least once on its way to the catcher unless the fair hit ball
was fielded in front of the playing line. The pitcher, only, is allowed to assist the catcher in the home plate area.
Penalty - In the event a defensive player other than the pitcher, in the judgement of the umpire crosses into the
home plate area, the umpire will call time and allow all legal runs to score.
iv) base runner with last batter status (Q1-5 i) is hit by a fair hit ball either on or off his/her base before the ball is
touched by an infielder or has passed an infielder, excluding the pitcher, the ball is dead and no runs may score.
v) the last batter’s fly ball is legally caught and there are no runners on the bases.
i) Last Batter Status:
Any players on the offensive team who are base runners when the last batter is at bat are regarded in the same manner
as the last batter and no defensive play can be made on them on the bases. They are all forced to home plate when the
last batter has hit the ball fairly (Q1-3 c).
j) In the event the last batter’s fair hit ball leaves the playing field by going over the outfield fence, either in flight or
bouncing over, it will be considered a home run and all runners having last batter status will be allowed to score.
However, if the ball goes under or gets caught in the outfield fence and in so doing interferes with the fielder’s
chances to field the ball, all base runners will be allowed to score but not the batter.
k) In the event that the last batter of the offensive team is out on a fly ball, the players who are base runners shall be
permitted to score, provided they are on the base when the ball is caught or they retouch it after the ball is caught
before touching the next base. These runners have to score prior to the ball being returned to home plate.
l) In the event that the last batter of the offensive team or any base runner with last batter status is obstructed in any
manner by any defensive player while running the bases, it shall be the discretion of the umpire as to how far he/she
would have advanced had there been no obstruction.
m) A run does not count when a runner with last batter status:
i) reaches home plate after the plate has been legally touched by the catcher.
ii) has led-off and reaches home plate safely.
iii) has not tagged up and reaches home plate safely.
n) Illegal Swing:
When a batter puts a ball into play by an illegal swing (Q1-3 l) the plate umpire shall indicate same by dropping a red
flag; play is permitted to continue and all runners are in jeopardy. At the end of play, when time is called, all outs will
stand and all other base runners will return to their original bases. The batter, if not put out, will resume his/her turn at
bat with a strike added to his/her count (no third strike can be applied, Q1-3 e ii). In the event the last batter puts the
ball in play by an illegal swing it shall be considered a dead ball unless caught in flight by a defensive player.
Section Q1.6 UMPIRES
a) Once the batting line-ups have been exchanged the plate umpire takes charge of the game and takes his/her place
behind home plate.
b) The decisions of the umpire shall be final; however, the managers of each team shall be entitled to ask for permission
to approach the umpires for an interpretation of the rules. No umpire shall overrule any other unless invited into
consultation.
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c) The umpires are the only ones that can call “time”.
d) To resume play after time has been called, the plate umpire will call for the next batter, and after the next batter has
stepped into the batter’s box, the umpire will place the ball on the tee and call “play”. The batter is then allowed to hit.
e) In the interest of safety, the plate umpire must remove the tee from home plate to prevent any interference with a play
at home plate. Failure to do so will be no cause for the umpire to change the results of the play.
f) The plate umpire must call out all strikes, dead hits and foul balls as quickly as possible. He/she must also indicate an
illegal swing by dropping a red flag.
g) The plate umpire shall notify opposing managers of any changes or additions to the original line-up as reported to
him/her (Q1-4 d).
h) Base umpires shall:
i) judge the position of the runners when the ball is thrown out of the playing area (Q1-5 f),
ii) watch for and indicate lead-offs (Q1-5 d) and inform the plate umpire which runner(s) lead-off if they have last
batter status (Q1-5 j),
iii) watch for and inform the plate umpire of runners that do not retouch when the last batter’s fly ball is caught (Q1-
5j) and
iv) hold up runners when time is called (Q1-3 g).
i) All umpires must make sure the fielders are all behind the playing line and the pitcher is in his/her proper position
before play is called for the next batter.
j) It is the duty of the plate umpire, after he/she has been notified, to call out “last batter”. Failure to do so does not
nullify the play.
k) The plate umpire may terminate a game before its completion for reasons of darkness, bad weather or dangerous field
conditions, etc.
l) The umpires shall have the authority to rule on any situation not covered specifically in the Official Playing Rules.
Q2 THE APPROVED PLAYING RULES OF ROOKIE BALL
Section Q2.1 REGULATIONS
All OBA Rules & Regulations pertaining to membership, territorial rights, registration, players signing, fees, insurance,
classification, OBA Play-offs, and tournaments shall apply as stated in the current version of the Constitution of the OBA
as amended each year at its Annual Meeting.
The Approved Playing Rules of Rookie Ball apply to both Junior and Senior Rookie Ball.
Section Q2.2 DIAMOND LAYOUT
a) The pitching machine is placed directly in front of home plate at a distance of 44 ft.
b) An 8 ft. diameter safety circle shall be marked off directly in front of home plate and its centre shall be 44 ft. from
home plate. No player is permitted to enter the safety circle, which is considered a dead ball area. Enter means that
any part of the body enters the safety circle.
c) Electrical cord must run along or under the ground from the pitching machine to the electrical source.
d) In addition to electrical pitching machines, Louisville Slugger UPM 45 Blue Flame Pitching Machines are approved
for OBA Rookie Ball play. It is recommended that a radar gun be present to confirm the machine settings produce
pitches at the speed contemplated by Q2.3 f). Note: A tournament may use either electric or mechanical machines,
but not both.
Section Q2.3 PLAYING RULES
a) A team shall comprise of a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 25 players, all signed to team rosters of the
series and classification of the team entered. Each team must have at least 1 manager and/or 1 or more coaches signed
to a team roster clearly marked manager or coach and who shall be responsible for that team.
b) Each team shall have a catcher, a first baseman, a second baseman, a third baseman, a shortstop, a left fielder, a right
fielder, 1 pitcher and 2 centre fielders in the line-up. A team may play as long as it has 9 players at the game. If it
drops to 8 or few players at a game, then the game is forfeited to the other team.
c) The pitcher must stand beside the pitching machine outside of the safety circle and behind the release point of the
pitching machine. Lines shall be drawn from the release point to 4 ft. beyond the circle. The pitcher must have both
feet on or within 4 feet behind the white line until the ball is released from the machine. Once the ball is released
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from the machine, the pitcher may move in front of the line, but may not move through the circle. The machine shall
be 44 ft. from home plate. Only the pitcher may return a live ball to the operating coach with runners on base. The
pitcher must wear a NOCSAE approved batting helmet with a facemask and chinstrap attached as designed by the
manufacturer. Neither the pitcher nor any other player may in any way break the plane of the 8 foot diameter circle
around the machine whether stepping on the circle line or reaching into the circle while in an attempt to field a ball.
Play will be called dead and 1 base will be awarded. All other forced runners will move 1 base.
d) Infielders can ask for time in the infield area. Time will be given at the umpire’s discretion when continuous action
from the play has stopped. NOTE: The ball does not have to go back to the pitcher before an infield may ask for
time. Continuous action ends when the defense stops trying to field the baseball, and the offense stops trying to
advance.
e) Until the ball is fed into the machine, outfielders shall position themselves at least 15 feet beyond the basepaths.
f) The pitching machine speeds cannot be altered except at the end of an inning. Any tampering with the machine speed
by the coach feeding the machine shall result in the coach’s immediate ejection. If the machine speed is erratic, it shall
be corrected by the umpire. (This may be done at any time.) Machine speed is a maximum of 40 mph and a minimum
of 35 mph. Height can be adjusted at any time.
g) All Rookie Ball baseball games shall be 7 innings or until a winner is declared. 5 innings shall constitute an official
game.
h) Each batter shall receive a maximum of 5 strikes as called by the umpire. The batter shall not be called out if the 5th
strike is called a foul ball. If a ball crosses the plate over the batter’s head or bounces into the dirt, the umpire will not
count it as a strike unless the batter swings at the pitch.
i) Batters cannot walk or bunt. (Bunts are automatic outs.)
j) There shall be no passed balls or wild pitches.
k) Base Runners cannot leave the base until the batter makes contact with the ball. If an infraction occurs, the ball will
be declared dead and runners may not advance. One (1) warning will be issued and for any further infractions
Thereafter the runner will be called out. (Each team may receive 1 warning). No stealing allowed.
l) If a batted ball hits the pitching machine or any adult in the playing field, then the ball is declared dead and the batter
is awarded first base with the corresponding move of any base runners who may be forced to move. The coach
feeding the machine must not interfere with any play being made by the defensive team. Otherwise, the batter will be
called out and the runners will be returned to their base of origin. In case of the third out the side is retired.
m) When a thrown ball hits the pitching machine or the cord within the circle, then the ball is declared dead and each
base runner (including the batter-runner) shall advance one base from the time the ball becomes dead.
n) The plate umpire shall be behind the catcher. The second umpire is the traditional base umpire.
o) The on deck batter, the batter and base runners must wear a prescribed protective helmet with flaps covering both
ears. Chinstraps are mandatory and will be worn as designed by the manufacturer. Helmets may not be changed
except after the inning has been completed, or the player has been retired or has crossed home plate.
p) Shoes with metal cleats are prohibited.
q) All catchers are required to wear a mask with throat protector, helmet, chest protector, shin guards, cup and cup type
supporter during the game and during any warm-up, machine set-up, etc.
r) In addition to wooden bats, metal bats shall be allowed in OBA play. Except with respect to diameter, these bats shall
meet the dimensional requirements specified in Rule 1:10 of the Official Rules of Baseball. The maximum diameter
of the bat barrel may be 2 ¾”.
s) All players in uniform (OBA rostered) must be put in a continuous batting order, with the bat person being the
exception.
t) A coach/manager may only communicate positive instructions to his/her players on the field.
u) Up to 3 games may be played in 1 day.
v) An inning will be 3 outs or a maximum of 7 runs.
w) The infield fly rule does not apply.
x) The coach operating the pitching machine is required to wear a baseball helmet. The coach operating the pitching
machine may instruct the batter before feeding the machine, but shall not instruct runners during the play. Penalty:
the coach shall be warned. If the action continues, the coach will be removed from the game.
y) Batters at Rookie Ball must drop the bat and not throw it (intentionally or unintentionally) upon hitting the ball.
Penalty, each team shall be entitled to one warning per game. After the warning, any further offences by a team shall
result in the batter being declared out, the ball being dead and runners returning to their bases.
z) Once time has been granted by the umpire, the ball is returned to the Offensive Coach within the pitching circle. At
this time, the plate umpire should say “Play” to make the ball live. The defensive pitcher may ask the offensive coach
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for the ball so he/she can make an appeal by tagging the base or the runner and indicating to the umpire the runner
missed the base/left early/etc. The offensive coach must give the ball to the defensive player when requested. As per
the Official Rules of Baseball, appeals must be made while the ball is live on either the base that was missed by a
runner or the runner – as long as the defense indicates clearly than an appeal is being made.
Section Q2.4 APPROVED BALLS FOR ROOKIE BALL
Any baseball approved for Mosquito play.
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APPENDIX “A”
GUIDELINES FOR AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS
1) Affiliated Associations shall agree by and comply with the Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of the OBA
according to Article 1.03 a) of the Constitution of the OBA.
2) Send a copy of the Constitution of the Affiliated Association to the OBA Office.
3) Send a list of the Officers, along with their names, addresses and telephone numbers, of the Affiliated
Association to the OBA Office within 30 days of the Annual Meeting of the Affiliated Association.
4) Send a copy of the Affiliated Association’s Annual Financial Statement to the OBA Office within 30 days
of the Annual Meeting of the Affiliated Association.
5) Send a copy of all minutes of meetings of Affiliated Associations to the OBA Office within 30 days of the
meeting.
6) Notify the OBA Office as to the date, time and place of the Annual Meeting of the Affiliated Association
30 days prior to the meeting.
7) Pay annual affiliation fees, certificate tax and other fees according to Article 2.02 and 2.03 of the
Constitution of the OBA.
8) Determine team classifications according to Article 2.04 of the Constitution of the OBA.
9) Process playing rosters according to the Constitution of the OBA.
10) Notify the OBA Chair of each series as to the play-off representatives from the Affiliated Association.
11) Approve tournament requests prior to submission to the OBA.
12) Approve clinic requests prior to submission to the OBA.
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APPENDIX “B”
AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS
Algoma Baseball Association ........................................................................................................................................... ABA
Central Ontario Baseball Association ............................................................................................................................ COBA
Eastern Ontario Baseball Association ............................................................................................................................ EOBA
Hamilton and District Baseball Association .................................................................................................................. HDBA
Inter-County Baseball Association .................................................................................................................................. ICBA
London District Baseball Association ............................................................................................................................ LDBA
North Bay Baseball Association .................................................................................................................................... NBBA
North Central Baseball Association ............................................................................................................................... NCBA
National Capital Amateur Baseball Association ......................................................................................................... NCABA
Niagara District Baseball Association ........................................................................................................................... NDBA
Southern Counties Baseball Association ........................................................................................................................ SCBA
Sun Parlour Baseball Association ................................................................................................................................... SPBA
Timmins Area Baseball Association .............................................................................................................................. TABA
Toronto Baseball Association ........................................................................................................................................... TBA
Thunder Bay Baseball Association ................................................................................................................................. TBBA
Western Counties Baseball Association........................................................................................................................ WCBA
Western Ontario Baseball Association ......................................................................................................................... WOBA
York Simcoe Baseball Association ................................................................................................................................. YSBA
AFFILIATED ASSOCIATION BOUNDARIES
TERRITORIAL RIGHTS
ABA ALGOMA BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at, but excluding Massey on #553, then North on Highway # 553, excluding all area on said Highway,
then on a straight line due West to Highway #129, then North on #129, including the Town of Chapleau, then
on Highway #101 to Wawa and Lake Superior, then South along Lake Superior to Sault Ste. Marie, then East
along Highway #17 to Massey.
COBA CENTRAL ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
(Formerly Halton County Baseball Association)
Starting at Lake Ontario, North along the Etobicoke Creek (Peel/York County Border) to Highway #50, then
North on Highway #50 (excluding Bolton) to Highway #9, then West on Highway #9 (including Orangeville)
to County Road leading to Fergus, then South on Highway #6, (excluding Guelph) to Highway #24, then South
on Highway #24 to Highway #99 (excluding all centres), then East to Hamilton City Limits (excluding
Dundas) to Lake Ontario, then East along Lake Ontario to starting point.
EOBA EASTERN ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
The territory governed by the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and approved by the Ontario Baseball
Association shall begin at Lake Ontario and the Rouge River, north along the Rouge River to Highway 2;
thence east along Highway 2 including the City of Pickering and the Towns of Ajax and Whitby to Region of
Durham Road 23; thence north along Durham Road 23 to Highway 48; thence north and east along Highway
48 to Highway 35; thence North on Highway 35 to Minden; thence east on Highway 121 to Bancroft; thence
south on Highway 62 to Madoc; thence east on Highway 7 to Sharbot Lake; thence south on Highway 38 to
and including the City of Kingston, Howe Island, Wolfe Island, and Amherst Island; thence west along the
shore of Lake Ontario including Prince Edward County to the starting point at the Rouge River.
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HDBA HAMILTON & DISTRICT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at Lake Ontario, West along the Northern Boundaries of the City of Hamilton (including Dundas),
South along the Hamilton-Wentworth Region boundary (including Ancaster) and East to Lake Ontario
(including Glanbrook and Stoney Creek).
ICBA INTER COUNTY BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at Highway 2 (Governors Road) and Highway 19 (Plank Line), excluding Thamesford; then east on
Highway 2 to Oxford County Road 6 (Foldens Road); south on County Road 6 to County Road 12 (Sweaburg
Road); then East on Sweaburg Road and south on Rural Road (Cedar Line) to Curries Road, east on Curries
Road to Muir Line (Brant-Oxford County Line); north on Muir Line to Highway 53; then east on highway 53,
including Brantford, to the boundary of Greater Hamilton; then northwest along the boundary to Highway 99;
west along Highway 99 to Highway 24; then north on Highway 24 including Cambridge, Guelph and all
centres on Highway 24 to Highway 7; thence west on Highway 7 including Bridgeport, Kitchener, Waterloo,
New Hamburg and Stratford to Highway 19; then south on Highway 19 to Highway 2. Please note: St.
Thomas Junior and Senior remain in the ICBA.
LDBA LONDON DISTRICT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at, but excluding Port Bruce on Lake Erie, North on County Road 73 (Imperial Road) to County Road
45 (John Wise Line); west on County Road 45 to County Road 35 (Springwater Road); north on County Road
35 to County Road 52 (Ron McNeil Line); East on County Road 52 to County Road 73 (Imperial Road); North
on County Road 73, across Highway 401, north to Highway 2 (Dundas St.); East on Highway 2 to Highway
19,including Thamesford; North on Highway 19 to Highway 7, then west on Highway 7, excluding St. Mary’s
to Highway 81 including Strathroy to and along County Road to Christena on Highway 2 to and including
Melbourne, then south along County Road leading to and including Port Talbot on Lake Erie.
NBBA NORTH BAY BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at the Northern most point of Highway #539-A, but excluding any location on it and going due East to
Temagami on Highway #11 to the Ottawa River, then South along the Ottawa River to the Northern boundary
of the National Capital Senior Baseball Association, thence along the Northern boundary of Algonquin Park to
the York Simcoe Baseball Association’s Northern boundary, then due West on Highway #518 to Highway #69,
but excluding any location on Highway #69, then due North to Warren, and excluding any location of this line
including Warren.
NCBA NORTH CENTRAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at Massey on the West, then North to the end of Highway #553, then due East to the end of Highway
#539-A, then South through a point on Highway #17 at Warren to a Southern limit on Highway #69, excluding
Parry Sound, then due West from Georgian Bay to include all of the Manitoulin Islands.
NCABA NATIONAL CAPITAL AMATEUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
The territory governed by the National Capital Senior Baseball Association shall be the newly incorporated city
of Ottawa. Also included are the Counties of Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew,
Russell and Stormont. The legal description of the territory (by the Province of Ontario), shall be: the most
southerly shores of the Ottawa River to the north; the Ontario-Quebec border, to the east; the most northerly
shores of the St. Larence River, to the south; the most easterly boundaries of Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and
Addinton and the most easterly boundary of Nipissing, to the west.
NDBA NIAGARA DISTRICT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at the Niagara River, then South along the Niagara River to Lake Erie, then West along the shore of
Lake Erie to and including Port Maitland, then North along County Road to Highway #3, then along Highway
#3 (including Dunnville and Cayuga) to Highway #54, then North on Highway #54 to Highway #6 (excluding
Caledonia), then North on Highway #6 to the Boundary of the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth, then East and
South along the boundary of Hamilton-Wentworth to Lake Ontario, then East along the shore of Lake Ontario
to the Niagara River.
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SCBA SOUTHERN COUNTIES BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at Port Maitland, north along County Road to Highway 3, excluding Dunnville and Cayuga, to
Highway 54; then north on Highway 54 to and including Caledonia; then north on Highway 6 to the boundary
of the former Region of Hamilton-Wentworth; then west along the boundary of Hamilton-Wentworth to
Highway 99; then west along Highway 99 to Highway 24; then south on Highway 24, excluding Brantford;
then west along the former Highway 53 to Muir Line (Brant-Oxford County Line); south on Muir Line to
Curries Road; west on Curries Road and north on Rural Road (Cedar Line) to Sweaburg Road (Oxford Rd 12).
Turn west on Sweabrug Road to Oxford Road 6 (Foldens Road). Turn north on Oxford Road 6 to Highway 2
(Governors Road). Proceed west on Governor's Road, excluding Thamesford, to County Road 73 (Elgin
Road); south on County Road 73 to Elgin County Road 52 (Ron McNeil Line); west on County Road 52 to
County Road 35 (Springwater Road); south on County Road 35, across Highway 3, to County Road 45 (John
Wise Line); then East on County Road 45 to County Road 73 (Imperial Road); south on County Road 73 to
Lake Erie, including Port Bruce.
SPBA SUN PARLOUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting and including Essex County, the entire Townships of Romney and Tilbury East and that part of
Raleigh Township, West of Kent County Road #6 and South of Kent County Road #14 of the County of Kent.
TABA TIMMINS AREA BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
For the purpose of boundaries, the T.A.B.A. considers the Kirkland Lake area to be, the Town of Kirkland
Lake and all communities and rural areas within 25 mile radius plus the city of Timmins and all communities
and rural areas within 25 mile radius of that city.
TBA TORONTO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Everything within the boundaries of the County of York which is South of Steeles Avenue and Markham Town
Road or an Easterly extension thereof.
TBBA THUNDER BAY BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at, and including White River on Highway #17, then North to, and including, Manitouwadge,
Caramac, and Long Lac, then on a line due West on Highways 11 and #580, thence West from the terminus of
Highway #580 to, and including English River, thence South on a straight line (91’) to the International
Boundary, then east along the Boundary and Lake Superior to, and including Heron Bay, then East on a
straight line to White River.
WCBA WESTERN COUNTIES BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Includes all territory East of the following boundaries, starting at Kent County Road #6 and Kent County Road
#14 of the County of Kent to the following Eastern boundaries, starting at and excluding Port Talbot on Lake
Erie, North on County Road, to Highway #2, East on Highway #2 to and excluding Christena, then North along
County Road to Highway #81, then North along Highway #81 excluding Strathroy to and excluding Grand
Bend on Lake Huron.
WOBA WESTERN ONTARIO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at and including Grand Bend on Lake Huron, South on #81 to #7, then East along #7 (and the St.
Mary’s by-pass to include St. Mary’s) and excluding Stratford, New Hamburg, Kitchener and Waterloo to #6,
then North on #6 (excluding Guelph but including all other centres) to and including Fergus, then Northeast
along county road to #9, then East to but excluding Orangeville, then North on #10 to Georgian Bay including
all centres except Shelburne.
YSBA YORK SIMCOE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION:
Starting at Steeles Avenue and Regional Road 50, North on Regional Road 50 including Bolton to Highway
#9, West on Highway #9 to and including Orangeville (which is bounded by the area of Regional Road109 on
the south, Regional Road 25 on the west, Highway 89 on the North and Regional Road #10 on the east), then
North on Regional Road 10 to Georgian Bay including Shelburne, but excluding all other centres, then Easterly
along the shoreline to and including Parry Sound, then East along Count Road 518 to Sand Lake, then due East
to Algonquin Provincial Park boundary, then South along boundary to Regional Road 60, then Southerly along
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