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3 PLAYER GUIDELINES/RESPONSIBILITIES


.1 Age Restrictions

.1 BIRTH YEAR
Players must attain the ages indicated during the calendar year that the season takes place in (i.e. - A male player who is 29 years of age may play in the league as a 30 year old, as long as he will be 30 years of age on or before December 31 of that year).
.2 MALES
Men must be 30 years of age or over. (Exception: See section 3.1.4)
.3 FEMALES
Women must be 21 years of age or over.
.4 UNDERAGE EXEMPTIONS
Teams may add 2 male players to their roster that are over the age of 25 years and under the age of 30 years.
.5 PROOF OF AGE
All players must be able to prove their age in an inquiry.

.2 Pregnancy

.1 SAFETY CONCERNS
Any player that is visually or knowingly pregnant is not allowed to play in the league, due to safety concerns.

.3 Qualifications

.1 MID-SEASON TOURNAMENT
In order for a player to qualify for the mid-season tournament, they must have played a minimum of three (3) games in that season, prior to the tournament.
.2 PLAY-OFFS
In order for a player to qualify for the play-offs (round robin and tournament), they must have played a minimum of 30% of the games in that season, prior to the beginning of the round robin.
.3 EXCEPTIONS
Any player looking for an exception to any of the qualification rules will have to make their case with the executive. Exceptions will be dealt with on an individual basis.

.4 Conduct

.1 FIGHTING
There will be absolutely no fighting allowed. All players directly involved in a fight will be automatically suspended for the remainder of the current season, including play-offs. A disciplinary meeting will be held by the executive to determine if further suspensions will be required. A further disciplinary hearing will be held by the executive, with the players involved, to decide the eligibility of those players to return to the league.
.2 ALCOHOL
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the diamonds, in the ballpark, or in the parking area.
.3 SMOKING
Please note the following changes to the smoking rule. Also know that, due to this printed warning, the league will not be responsible for any players, or spectators, who are caught smoking in a restricted area. As per the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: “Starting January 1st, 2015, smoking is no longer allowed at publicly-owned outdoor sporting areas, spectator areas, sporting areas and public areas within 20 metres of any point of the edge of the sporting or spectator areas.”
.4 CODE OF CONDUCT
Players must represent the league with as much respect and professionalism as possible. A code of conduct guideline is available in Appendix 2.

.5 In Game Responsibilities

.1 PITCHER
The pitcher must start their delivery with both feet fully inside the two pitching lines. All pitches that the pitcher throws must have a minimum arc of 6’, and a maximum arc of 12’ for female batters who have requested it.
.2 BATTER
[Revised] A female batter who wishes to have a maximum arc of 12’ on their pitches must make that request prior to stepping into the batters’ box, prior to their first at-bat. If the batter makes that request after any number of pitches, those pitches already thrown will count, and the maximum arc will be enforced on any further pitches in the at-bat.
.3 CATCHER
[Revised] The catcher calls strikes, foul balls, and out of play balls. They are also responsible for calling a batter out for stepping on or over the front or back line of the batter’s box. The catcher is the umpire in the absence of an umpire (i.e. - all regular season games), and their call is the final word.
.4 BASE COACHES
Only players on the team roster may be used to umpire or coach the bases.
.5 FIRST BASE COACH
The first base coach is responsible for calling plays at first base and at the home lines (commitment line included). They also need to keep an accurate pitch count (ball/strikes and total pitches), call pitches that are outside the arc limits (too low/too high) and call illegal pitches in the event that the pitcher is not standing within the pitching lines.
.6 THIRD BASE COACH
The third base coach is responsible for calling plays at second and third bases. They can also be asked about the runner from third crossing the commitment line.

.6 Other Leagues

.1 NO CONFLICTS
Any player is eligible to play in the league, regardless of their participation in another league, as long as they are in compliance with all other league rules and guidelines.