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POLICIES

SUBMISSION TO RULES: Every player releases and waives any and all rights of judicial or non-judicial review of the judgment of the Commissioner.

Managers must be "on the look out" for violations of these policies and must be "visibly" pro-active in responding to violations so that the managers clearly sets an example for his team and the opposing team is aware of the efforts of the managers to promote these policies. If the opposing manger, and umpire or other league official legitimately has to bring violations of a manager's attention, then that manager ALREADY may have failed to fulfill his responsibilities.

  1. CHECK-IN AND PLAYER PLACEMENT: Under NO circumstances should a manager allow a player who has not checked in, or not gone through out non-roster player placement process, play in a game. Any player who knows that their manager has violated this policy should IMMEDIATELY bring the violation to the attention of the manager and, if the manager fails to take action, then to the attention of the Commissioner. Not only do violations hurt parity, but also they are unfair to the other players and may voilate the REQUIREMENT of our insurance carrier that ALL players sign waivers.

  2. TEAMS LARGELY RUN THEMSELVES: ALMOST ALL DECISIONS INVOLVING SPECIFIC PLAYER SHOULD BE PLAYER INITIATED DECISIONS, SUCH AS THE DECISION TO HAVE A COURTESY RUNNER. The manager really should NOT have much to do other than to set the pitching rotation and setting the batting order.

  3. "PLATOONING": We often recommend that the manager determine the number of players beyond 9 and then "platoon" those players additional players at specific positions allowing those players to themselves determine which innings they will play. EVERY player must be prepared to make sacrifices, within "bounds", to help his team win games that can be won. On any team, there will be some players who clearly are ABOVE the "team average" in ability. The players should play every inning of every game that is not a "blow-out". Also there will be some players who clearly are BELOW the "team average" in ability. The players should NOT EXPECT to play every inning of every game that is not a "blow-out". In "blow-out" games, in either direction, these roles should be reversed, at least until it is no longer a "blow-out" game. "Platooning" is the traditional and acceptable means of balancing these competing interests in normal games.

  4. THE DECISION TO HAVE A COURTESY RUNNER MUST BE INITIATED BY THE RUNNER. NO manager and NO player should "ask" a player if he wants a courtesy runner. There is no way that the player will not feel that he is "letting his team down" if he says "no".

  5. BUNTING. Under NO circumstances should a batter "show bunt" in circumstances in which bunting is NOT CLEARLY APPROPRIATE. A batter should NEVER "show bunt" only to try to "get into the head" of the pitcher. This "invites" retaliation by the pitcher.

  6. CLAPPING WHILE BASERUNNING. Runners, especially runners at third base when the pitcher is pitching from the wind-up, should NOT try to "get into the head" of the pitcher by clapping or stomping their feet. This "invites" retaliation by the pitcher.

  7. BLOW-OUT GAMES REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE. Blow-out pose the biggest risk to friendships between player on different teams. In a blow-out game, common "baseball etiquette" is VERY important.

  8. BASE RUNNING IN BLOW-OUT GAMES. The team winning should play "station-to-station" base running where they will not advance unless forced or unless the very unusual circumstances when to NOT advance would be a larger embarassment to the losing team.

  9. RUNNING-UP THE SCORE IN BLOW-OUT GAMES. This may be one of the most common sources of bad feelings between teams and players on different teams. Playes should not encourage or coach their teammates to do anything that looks like "running up the score"

  10. NO SUGGESTIONS OF TRANSFER OR LITMITED PLAY: NO manager and NO player should EVER suggest to another player that thae other player should get a courtesy runner, take himself out of a game, not show up for a game, or transfer off the team. ANY VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO SUMMARY DISCIPLINE.

  11. SCOREBOOKS:We discourage the use of scorebooks because players feel like they are being graded and it often becomes the source of a false sense of accomplishment or of failure. We believe that our managers know enough about baseball and have enough baseball intuition to make scorebooks an unnecessary detriment. Most of our managers only keep tract of runs inning by innning. Scorebooks seem to NOT serve any legitimate useful purpose.

IN SUMMARY, many players participate in our League for much different reasons. Not all are dgtermined to play, and have their teammates play the highest quality baseball possible. Some players just want to take the field with baseball friends no matter how they play. Almost all of our players worry little about the score as long as everyone is having fun.

THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST. EVERY participant is expected to use COMMON SENSE and COMMON COURTESY in ALL dealings with ALL other players, on and off the field.