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League Rules

A. GENERAL LEAGUE FORM RULES:

1. Every team is limited to a 15 player roster. Rosters must be submitted to the league prior to the start of each season (Spring, Summer and Fall). Any changes made to the original roster must have league approval and be submitted to the league. All rosters must be submitted via the online Bonzi Team page @ www.TheBigsLeague.com. Parents must acknowledge the player waiver form upon registering their player.

2. A roster will consist of an Official Bigs Roster form filled out in its entirety, ALL rostered player birth certificates and roster form must be present at every game. It's the team manager responsibility to obtain a fully completed roster.

3. A ROSTER OR A PLAYER'S AGE MUST BE CHALLENGED PRIOR TO THE FIRST PITCH THROWN. A manager has the right to challenge a team's roster or a player's age before the start of a game. In the event there is an issue with a player or team and an attempt was made to contact the league or the league is not present please have the umpire time stamp the score book. Rosters that were submitted to the league will be compared with the players at game in question. The league will not review any requests once the game has started and or losing after the first pitch is thrown. It's the team manager responsibility to have at each game an Official Bigs Roster in Bonzi Team filled out in its entirety and ALL rostered player birth certificates on hand. If a player's age is challenged and proper documentation is not provided that player must sit until proper documentation is supplied. The League will not review any cases if a roster cannot be provided.

4. All managers, coaches, players and participants must sign an official Bigs waiver form in its entirety. Permission for participation will not be granted without signed waiver forms. It's the team manager responsibility to have every manager, player and parent signatures on official Bigs roster forms. Failure to provide official Bigs roster forms by requested dates can and will lead to the removal of that team or organization.

5. All teams participating in The Bigs League sports events must provide proof of insurance. The Bigs League must be a certificate holder, listed as an "Additional Insured". Failure to provide proof of insurance will lead to the removal of that team or organization. Policy must at a minimum have the coverage listed below:

GENERAL LIABILITY

$ 2,000,000………General Aggregate

$ 2,000,000………Products/Completed Operations Aggregate

$ 1,000,000………Personal & Advertising

$ 1,000,000………Each Occurrence

$100,000………Fire Damage

$5,000………Medical Expenses (spectators)

$500………Deductible per property claim

$500………Deductible per bodily injury claim

B. GENERAL PLAY RULES FOR AAA, AA AND A 8U THRU 18U:

1. Major league rules apply with these restrictions listed below.

2. A maximum of 15 players per roster. Any player not on an official roster cannot play. The same player cannot play on two different teams in the same division.

3. The age cut off for all divisions follows the Little League age chart for that respective year. Players will play "up" in the fall season to prepare for the upcoming spring season. Example: If your player played 13u in the Spring/Summer 2018 season, they would play 14u in the Fall 2018 season.

A player cannot play in a division lower than their age. A player may play up 1 division. Players are NOT permitted to play up 2 divisions.

5. All teams must have matching uniforms with numbers. Two players cannot wear the same numbers without permission from the opposing manger. In the event of a protest, the manager with the two players with the same number must choose 1 player to participate. A player without a full team uniform cannot play unless opposing manager agrees. This must be agreed upon before the first pitch is thrown

6. A minimum of 8 players are needed to start a game but each team must bat at least 9 players if they are present.

7. Unlimited EH's are permitted but they must maintain their position in the batting order. EH's are permitted to substitute freely defensively. NO DH's are permitted.

8. No batting out of order. An opposing manager can challenge a player batting out of order while at bat or before the first pitch is thrown to the next batter. Managers cannot challenge batting out of order once a pitch is thrown to the next batter. If found batting out of order the batter can be ruled out or warned. This is agreed upon by both managers before the start of the game. If the batter out of order is stopped before the first pitch is thrown to them, the correct batting order will resume with no penalty.

9. Courtesy runners are permitted for the pitcher or catcher with 2 outs. Courtesy runners must be last batted out.

10. When batting only 9 players. Substitutions are permitted but the starter can only re-enter once and must re-enter in the same spot in the batting order. Substitutions cannot re-enter a game once they are replaced.

11. Injured player- If an injured player cannot bat and no viable substitution is available, that injured player will be ruled an automatic out and the next batter due up in the line-up shall bat. An out will be recorded for the remainder of the game for that injured player at bats.

12. All base coaches must be adults (18 or older) and listed as members on the Bonzi Team roster.

13. Only 3 coaches as well as 1 scorekeeper are permitted in a dugout. All participants in a dugout must be a BIGS League listed member and have acknowledged the BIGS roster via Bonzi Team member registration.

14. Home and away teams are required to provide 2 NEW game grade baseballs to the umpire prior to the start of the game. In the event additional balls are required it will be the home team manager responsibility to provide them.

15. Home team is required to turn the field over to the visiting team 15 minutes before the start of the game unless other arrangements are agreed upon between both opposing managers.

16. The official start time of a game is when the first pitch is thrown.

17. Bunting is permitted at all levels EXCEPT 8U

18. NO FAKE BUNT OR SLASHING ALLOWED FOR 46/60, AND 50/70 DIVISIONS. Fake bunt or slashing is permitted for 60/90 divisions ONLY. If a player performs a fake bunt or slashes form 46/60, 46/65 or 50/70 divisions, the ball will be ruled dead and the batter will be called out. Both managers are required to report this to the league. If a second offense occurs the manager will face a suspension and or an ejection from the league.

19. Infield fly rule applies to all levels except 8UA and 9UA

20. Dropped third strike rule applies to AAA, AA and A 11U thru 18U divisions ONLY.

21. METAL SPIKES ARE PERMITTED FOR AAA, AA and A 13U-18U DIVISIONS ONLY.

22. BASE STEALING IS PERMITTED IN ALL DIVISIONS WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS

  • a) 50/70 and 60/90 have no restrictions
  • b) FOR ALL 46/60 DIVISIONS - There will be NO leading. Ball must cross the plate before an attempt is made to steal a base. If a runner is caught leaving early they will be called back to the base with a warning. Each team will receive 1 warning and any player caught leaving early after that will be ruled an out.

A. 8UA and 9UA 46/60 DIVISION RESTRICTIONS:

• A runner cannot steal on an overthrow from the catcher to the pitcher.

• A runner is limited to one stolen base per attempt.

• A runner can steal 2nd and 3rd bases.

• A runner on 3rd can only advance home by a batted ball or HBP/ BB with bases loaded.

• NO steals to home permitted.

• NO Leading

B. 8UAAA and 9UAAA 46/60 DIVISION RESTRICTIONS:

• A runner is limited to one stolen base per attempt.

• A runner can steal 2nd and 3rd bases.

• A runner on 3rd can attempt a steal home once per inning otherwise the runner on 3rd can only advance home by batted ball or HBP/BB with bases loaded.

• NO Leading

23. Head first sliding is permitted for ALL divisions EXCEPT 8UA and 9UA divisions.

24. Runners cannot intentionally run into any defensive players. Runners must slide or attempt to avoid contact at all times. In the event contact is made the runner can be called out and or ejected from the game. MLB rules are to be used with plays at home plate. These rules are at the umpires' discretion.

C. FIELD DIMENSIONS AND PITCHING RULES BY DIVISION:

1. All fields are required to have a pitching mound. In the event the home team does not have or cannot provide a pitching mound, it is the home team manager responsibility to notify the visiting teams manager. The opposing team manager can then within reason request the game be moved to their field. Please abide by ALL opposing field requirements and regulations. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS A SAFETY CONCERN!

2. FIELD DIMENSIONS ARE TO BE AS LISTED:

• 8U = 40/60

• 9U AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS = 46/60

• 10U AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS = 46/60

• 11U thru 12U AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS = 50/70

• 13U thru 18U AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS = 60/90

3. MAXIMUM pitch count or Maximum innings pitched. WHICHEVER IS ACHIEVED FIRST. 1 PITCH THROWN CONSTITUTES 1 INNING PITCHED.

• 46/60 AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS:

8U AAA, AA and A = 50 pitches or 4 innings

9U AAA, AA and A = 65 pitches or 4 innings

10U AAA, AA and A = 75 pitches or 4 innings

11U AAA, AA and A = 85 pitches or 4 innings

• 50/70 AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS:

11U AAA, AA and A = 85 pitches or 4 innings

12U AAA, AA and A= 85 pitches or 4 innings

• 60/90 AAA, AA and A DIVISIONS:

13U AAA, AA and A = 85 pitches or 5 innings

14U AAA, AA and A = 95 pitches or 5 innings

15U/16U & 17U/18U AAA, AA and A = Managers discretion

4. Both away and home teams must keep an accurate pitch count after each inning. If a pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count in the middle of an "at bat" that pitcher can finish that "at bat".

5. Balks apply to 50/70 and 60/90 divisions only. One warning per pitcher for 9U through 13U AAA, AA and A divisions ONLY. NO warnings for 14U-VARSITY AAA and A divisions.

6. A pitcher will be removed when they hit three batters in an inning or four batters in a game. Pitchers may not return to the mound once they have been removed for any reason.

7. A manager visit to the mound for the same pitcher twice in one inning or three times in a game will result in that pitchers removal.

D. BAT RULES AND RESTRICTIONS BY DIVISIONS:

THE BIGS LEAGUE WILL BE FOLLOWING USA BAT RULES WITH RESTRICTIONS FOR THE 2018 SEASON(S). PLEASE CHECK THE BIGS LEAGUE BAT RULES BELOW FOR MORE INFO.

For safety reasons, umpires who are assigned to work The Bigs League games have the right granted to them by the League to require a batter to use a heavier bat based upon the physical size of the batter.

THE BIGS LEAGUE WILL BE FOLLOWING USA BAT RULES WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS:

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by The BIGS League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in The BIGS League 12u Division and below (46/60), 11u & 12u (50-70) Division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat - USA Baseball's Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF - 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2 inches for these divisions of play.

9u-12u (46/60) DIVISIONS:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

11u & 12u (50-70) DIVISIONS:

It shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

13u, 14u, 15/16u & 17/18u DIVISIONS:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces (-3) less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

For the "new" 13u Fall season only, players will be allowed to use a -5 USA Baseball stamped bat. This is to allow players to adapt to a big barrel bat, as we want to set our players up for success and not discourage them. This will give them the opportunity to get use to the bat and make adjustments to their training over the winter months where they will be required to use a standard -3 USA Baseball bat for the Spring season. Most players will be playing middle school baseball at this point and be required to use a -3 USA baseball bat anyway. No 2 ¼" Little League bats will be allowed at the 13u level.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.

NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2.

NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.

E. INNINGS, MERCY AND RUN RULES PER DIVISION:

1. ALL games are:

7 innings (11u-18u) for single games and 6 innings for Double Headers (DH).

6 innings (8u-10u) for single games and 5 innings for Double Headers (DH).

2. ALL divisions will play with a 12 and 10 run mercy rule

12 run mercy rule after the losing team bats 5 times.

10 run mercy rule after the losing team bats 6 times.

3. A 5 RUN RULE WILL APPLY FOR 8U and 9U AAA, and A, DIVISIONS ONLY

  • No more than 5 runs per team per inning with the exception of the 6th inning. Runs are unlimited in the 6th inning.

F. UMPIRE SCHEDULING:

1. Umpire scheduling will be done by the home team manager. In the event a home team will play away, it is the responsibility of the team manager playing their original home game away to secure umpires. Other arrangements can be made but must be agreed upon by both managers. If a manager playing a home game away fails to secure umpires and if both teams are present on field that manager will be subject to forfeit if game cannot be made up.

2. Umpires required for field dimensions

• 46/60 = 1 UMPIRE

• 46/65 = 2 UMPIRES

• 50/70 = 2 UMPIRES

• 60/90 = 2 UMPIRES

3. The cost of the umpire or umpires is to be split evenly between both teams prior to the start of the game.

4. Carded umpires only. In the event the umpire does not show, opposing managers have the option to enlist a mutually agreed upon adult. If agreed upon NO protests shall be submitted to the league.

G. GAME CANCELLATIONS, TIME CHANGES, MAKE-UPS, CURFEWS & FORFEITS:

1. Games interrupted by weather or darkness with less than 3 full innings played will be re-played in their entirety. Games with more than 3 full innings played will resume from the point of interruption. An official game is when the losing team bats 5 times. 5 inning rule will apply regardless of game start time. Managers must have the umpire sign both scorebooks with the official innings and scores for ANY interrupted games.

2. Curfews are not permitted by rule. Managers have the option of agreeing to a curfew prior to the start of a game. If agreed upon, the managers must have both scorebooks signed with official start time and curfew time by the umpire. Be advised, if a curfew takes place and a full inning is not played the score will revert back to the previous inning assuming 5 full innings have not been played. Curfew games will be official regardless of innings played.

3. The cancellation of games due to weather will be at the home team manager discretion. It is the responsibility of the home team manager to give an ample amount of notice to the opposing manager. It is the responsibility of the home team manager to reschedule the game within 48 hours. The new date and time must be mutually agreed upon by both managers.

4. All cancelled games must be made up in the order they were cancelled. If a date cannot be found, the canceling team will be given a loss and the opponent team will be given a win. If rescheduling a canceled game becomes a problem please contact the league.

5. If a manager needs to change the time of a game, it is that manager responsibility to contact the opposing manager with no less than 5 days' notice.

6. If a team forfeits a game they are required to pay a $60 fine. That team will NOT be eligible to play until the fine is satisfied. Not paying the fine will lead to the removal of that team from the league for that season. The team forfeiting will not be awarded points for standing purposes.

***THESE RULES APPLY FOR PLAYOFFS AS WELL***

H. STANDINGS AND GAME REPORTING:

1. Managers from the winning team are responsible for inputting the game results into the Bonzi Team page for that game. Score results MUST be entered within 48 hours after a regular season game has been played. Failure to do so will result in a 1 point deduction from that managers team standings. Each manager will use the username and password they created to register their team to enter game results on their Bonzi Teeam page via www.TheBigsLeague.com website.

2. Website standings do not reflect actual standings. The website cannot differentiate tie breakers. They will be adjusted accordingly for playoff purposes. *NOTE the BIGS points system below or in the right column on the standings page.

3. Teams cannot play more than 10 games that count towards standings unless approved by The Bigs League.

4. Last day for regular season play will be at The Bigs League discretion.

5. Final standings will be based on a point system as follows:

• WIN = 3 POINTS

• TIE = 2 POINTS

• GAMES PLAYED = 1 POINT

7. The following shall be applied in the event of a tie:

• Head to Head

• Most wins overall

• Fewest losses

• Fewest runs allowed

• Most runs scored

I. PLAYOFFS:

1. Registration paid in full

2. Roster must be uploaded prior to Opening Day.

3. To be eligible for playoffs a team must have had 80% of their regular season games completed. (Subject to change depending on seasonal weather)

4. Points will be awarded for forfeits on a case to case basis

5. All playoffs are single game elimination

6. All higher seeds will host all Playoff, Semi and Championship Games.

7. Divisions with 5 or 6 teams - All teams will make playoffs with 1 & 2 receiving Round 1 Bye. 3 vs 6 and a 4 vs 5 , winners play to play in Round 2 followed by Championship format. (Subject to change depending on seasonal weather)

8. Divisions with 7 or 8 teams - Top 6 teams make playoffs with 1st and 2nd seeds receiving a bye. 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. Winner of 4 vs 5 will play 1st seed. Winner of 3 vs 6 will play 2nd seed. Championship will follow. (Subject to change depending on seasonal weather)

9. Divisions with 9 or more teams - Top 8 teams within the entire division make playoffs with 1vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5 format. The highest seed remaining would play the lowest seed. Example - The highest seed always matches up against the lowest seed throughout the playoffs. SUBJECT TO CHANGE

10. Multiple Divisions within the same age group will be considered 1 Division. Example: West & East OR National & American. Top teams within the division (same age group) will advance to playoffs. Teams will advance based on points throughout or within the division.

11. Playoffs must be played on scheduled dates and times no. In the event a team is unable to participate, then that team will be removed and the playoff schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Teams that cannot play on the scheduled playoff dates must notify The Bigs with no less than 5 days' notice. The Bigs league has the right to modify the playoff schedule as needed based on weather or unforeseen events.

12. Playoff scores MUST be entered to TheBigsLeague.com site within 24 hours after the game has been played by the WINNING manager.

K. EJECTIONS, SUSPENSIONS AND PROTESTS:

1. Ejections and suspensions will apply to managers, coaches, players and parents. Bad sportsmanship will NOT be tolerated. This includes acts of improper language, disputing of call in a non-professional manner, taunting, physical gesture, fighting, the throwing of equipment etc. If and when a call is to be disputed ONLY one manager is permitted to dispute a call on the field at one time. Anyone other than the manager on the field will be warned and or ejected. Any misbehavior from the people mentioned above will be warned and or ejected. If an ejection takes place the league will be notified by the umpire on duty. Anyone can contact the league in regards to an ejection.

2. The league will be notified of all ejections and reviewed. Progressive penalties will be implemented for each occurrence and are as follows:

• 1 game suspension for 1st offense

• 3 game suspension for 2nd offense

• Removal from league for 3rd offense.

3. In the event a parent gets ejected, the player of that parent will serve the penalty

4. If a game is protested the umpire is required to sign both scorebooks. The umpire will notify the league. Anyone can contact the league with a protest. ALL protests must happen before the game or when an occurrence happens. Protest after the game has been completed will not be reviewed.

L. COACHES CODE OF ETHICS:

RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS

1. The coach must never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players. Winning should be the result of preparation and discipline with emphasis placed on the highest ideals and character traits.


2. Coaches shall instruct players to play within the written laws of the game and within the spirit of the game at all times.


3. Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsman like behavior to players.


4. Coaches should not tolerate inappropriate behavior from players regardless of the situation.


5. Demands on players' time should never be so extensive as to interfere with academic goals and progress. Motivation for excellence should include academics as well as athletics.

6. Player development and the growth of the player through participation are essential to the growth of the sport. Additionally, the coach must behave in such a manner that the principles, integrity, and dignity of the sport are maintained.

RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME


1. Coaches should be thoroughly acquainted with and demonstrate a working knowledge of the laws of the game of baseball. Coaches are also responsible to ensure that their players understand the intent as well as the application of the laws.


2. Coaches must adhere to the letter and spirit of the laws of the game. Those coaches who circumvent the rules to gain advantage have no place in baseball.


3. Coaches are responsible for their players' actions on the field and must not permit them to perform with the intent of causing injury to opposing players.


4. If coaches permit, encourage, or condone performance that is not in the letter or spirit of the laws, they are derelict in their responsibility to players, parents, The BIGS League and the sport worldwide. The coach must strive constantly to teach good sporting behavior.

5. Therefore, it is extremely important for players and coaches to present themselves appropriately at all times.

M. RECOMMENDATIONS TO COACHES:

1. It is recommended Managers and Coaches wear hats and shirts similar to those of the team they represent.

2. Athletic pants or shorts consistent with team colors are recommended. Jeans and cargo shorts are not recommended.

3. Athletic shoes or sneakers are recommended. It's recommended they be in good repair, laced and tied. Sandals are not permitted.

4. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the playing field as well as the players' bench area.

THE BIGS LEAGUE HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR MODIFY ANY OR ALL RULES AT ANY GIVEN TIME.