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4 PENALTIES, FINES & APPEALS

.1 Disciplinary Action

.1 DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
This section outlines the process to be followed should a player or team be under suspicion of breaking the rules in any way.

The onus of proof is on the accuser to provide the committee the specifics of the incident.  The following is required:

    • Full name of the accused player or team;
    • Team that player is on, if not mentioned above;
    • Rule infraction, with outline of how said rule was not be followed correctly;
    • Time, date and location of the incident; and
    • Proof, which can include witness statements, photos of equipment, etc.

Once this is received, the league committee will then meet with all parties involved, within seven (7) days of notification, to hear all aspects of the situation and assess any penalty deemed necessary.

Resolutions can range from, but are not restricted to, the following:

    • Being declared a non-issue;
    • Being declared a misunderstanding;
    • Giving an official warning;
    • Levying a monetary fine;
    • Suspensions of varied length (player and/or team); or
    • Removal from the league.

 All issues will be documented and logged.  Past infractions will always be taken into consideration, if they apply.


.2 League Fees

.1 LATE LEAGUE FEES
League fees must be submitted on or before a given date that is decided at the beginning of each season (See section 1.1.3).

.2 Forfeiting Games

.1 UNABLE TO FIELD A TEAM
If you are unable to field a team for any game, you receive an automatic forfeit on your season record.
.2 FORFEIT SCORING
A forfeit will be scored as a loss for the team that is unable to field a team. The team that they were scheduled to play against will be awarded a win for that game.
.3 FAILURE TO NOTIFY
If you are knowingly unable to field a team for any game, you must give at least ten (10) days’ notice to the other team involved, as well as to the league president. Proper notification will result in the game being classified as “not played”, or the equivalent of a rained out game. Failure to give this notice will result in a forfeit and subject to Disciplinary Action under section 4.1.1.

.3 Reporting Game Information

.1 DEADLINE
If a team fails to report their score by the deadline (See section 2.2.4), their score will be recorded in the standing as a forfeit loss. In the event that both teams fail to report a game score, both of the teams will receive a forfeit loss, with no win awarded.
.2 NEW PLAYERS
When reporting games scores, team reps must also notify the scorekeeper of any new players added to their rosters. Notification must include name and birth date of the new player. Players will not be officially considered added to the roster until they have been reported to the league. Failure to notify may result in players not gaining enough games to qualify for tournaments or playoffs.

.4 Illegal Players

.1 REMOVAL FROM LEAGUE
A team caught with an illegal player, will be removed from the league for the remainder of the season and be placed on the bottom of any established wait-list to join the league again.
.2 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
A team representative has the right to question the opposing team representative in regards to a player’s eligibility (age restrictions, previous suspensions, qualifications, etc.). The team in question will then have 48 hours to prove the eligibility of that player to the league to avoid penalty.
.3 ONUS OF PROOF
It is up to the team that has the player in question to prove to the league that their player is eligible to play. The team must be able to produce records to prove the player’s age, or that they have played the proper number of games.

.5 Illegal Equipment

.1 FIRST OFFENCE
Any player caught using illegal equipment for the first time will automatically be out, receives a verbal warning, and the league executive will be notified.
.2 SECOND OFFENCE
Any player caught using illegal equipment for the second time will be immediately removed from the game. Their position in the lineup will be an out for the remainder of the game, and the league will be notified.
.3 THIRD OFFENCE
Any player caught using illegal equipment for the third time will be immediately removed from the game and their position in the lineup will be an out for the remainder of the game. They will also receive an automatic suspension from the league, and must successfully petition the executive and team representatives before being permitted to re-join the league.
.4 TEAM PENALTY
A team found to be using illegal equipment (through an official appeal process) will forfeit the game in question.

.5 Appeals

.1 GAME PLAY
Game play appeals will not be allowed during the regular season. Any call made, either by the catcher or a base coach, is final and should be treated as such.
.2 ILLEGAL PLAYER
A team representative may bring forward an appeal to the league executive in regards to a player’s eligibility.
.3 ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT
A team representative may bring forward an appeal to the league executive in regard to illegal equipment.
.4 EXECUTIVE ROLE
The executive will handle all appeals with due dispatch and will advise all teams involved of their decision as soon as possible.