FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The ABL recently had a coaches meeting (March 31st) followed up by an ABL Rules Committee meeting concerning
modifications to our ABL bylaws and as a result:
Little League bat rules shall be adopted for the 8U through 12U inclusive divisions. Wooden
and/or bamboo bats (no metal) are to be used by the 13U and older groups. These new bat rules have been
discussed and agreed upon at the coaches and Rules Committee meetings and this bat rule shall be binding.
Umpires during playoffs: The only change here is that the umpires will be assigned by the league during
the playoffs and not by the teams. However, both teams are still responsible for paying the umpires as in
Games will be scheduled for Saturday mornings and possibly a few afternoons by the scheduling committee.
If BOTH teams agree, the games may be rescheduled. Again, all games will be originally scheduled on Saturday mornings
and a few afternoons (see #4).
If multiple teams use the same field, the ABL must be notified in writing in pre season (email) ASAP to
avoid any scheduling conflicts. In this case games may be scheduled on Saturday afternoons.
All 8U through 12U division games shall be 6 innings. We are going to eliminate the (single) 7 inning game
rule. Exception: in playoffs and finals if teams split in the 2 of 3 series tournament then the tie breaking game
shall be 7 innings.
Each division shall have (or hope to have) a "Divisional Players' Agent" to assist with the monitoring
of team rosters.
The Divisional Players' Agents will be responsible for the filing/recording of
the teams' rosters and assist in any trades to be made among or between teams. Players' Agents cannot assist
in any trades within their own Division.
Photos, names, birth certificates, jersey numbers are a few of the bits of information that may be recorded
to monitor and regulate rosters.
At the end of 1/2 to possibly 3/4 of the season (date to be announced) the rosters
will be closed and at this point, names cannot be added.
The penalty for adding a player or players after the above announced date: forfeited game(s)
The 50% playing rule may have to be deleted from the ABL bylaws.
The maximum roster count per team for playoffs and finals shall be 15.
Players' Agents are responsible for verifying and collecting birth certificates (copies), photos of
players and/or team photos and then sending this information to the ABL for filing.
Teams should send in rosters
as early as pre season and keep it updated during the season with the Players Agent of their respective Division.
Another reason for keeping your team roster updated is to prevent pirating or player defection.
Teams must keep and record all games in scorebook to settle any possible disputes or protests. The ABL
bylaws currently state that the home team's scorebook is the last word but this season (2015) both books shall be considered.
The ABL will allow for 3 forfeits during the season. After 3 forfeits the maximum penalty may be suspension
for the rest of the season. However, all situations shall be reviewed by the Rules Committee to determine the
intensity of the penalty.
Two doubleheaders will be scheduled for opening weekend (Labor Day Weekend) and Columbus Day Weekend).
Please spread the good word about the Autumn Baseball League and I'm looking forward to another exciting and
competitive Fall season.