Autumn Baseball League
Opening day Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
at 10 am
Registration starts now and
ends Sunday, Aug. 27th, 2017
IMPORTANT UPDATE - SEE SECTION 5; #34: ATTENTION ALL 50/70 & 60/90 TEAMS AND especially the RI Teams using "Federation Rules":
Pitchers while on rubber cannot fake a pickoff to 3rd then throw to first. This is a Major Baseball League Rule.
Established in 2000 by Lucas Bomback & Herman Bomback
283 Linden St., Fall
River, MA 02720
508 496 7371
SEE SECTION 5, #13
CORI AND MANAGEMENT CHECK: ALL
TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INTERNAL ISSUES. THE LEAGUE (ABL) IS NOT
LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERSONNEL OR TEAM PROBLEMS, ISSUES, LITIGATION OR UNMENTIONED SITUATIONS or for THOSE WHO HAVE
NOT TAKEN OR CANNOT PASS A CORI TEST. TEAM LEADERS AND MANAGERS MUST SCREEN,
CORI AND APPROVE ALL MANAGERS, COACHES AND PERSONNEL ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEAM. THIS IS NOT THE AUTUMN BASEBALL LEAGUE'S RESPONSIBILTY
AND THE ABL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE.
By playing in this league and have read these bylaws as required, all
team personel, parents, players, et al, agree on the above and have read and signed the Parents' Waiver, the ABL Registration
& Waiver and the Medical Release Form and relieves the Autum Baseball League and it's personnel including Herman Bomback
from all liability and further more agree that the team(s) you have entered in this league are independent and not controlled
or managed by the ABL.
Table of Contents
First Aid Kits
Reporting a Win or Tie email addresses:
Rules and Regulations: ABL Rules, MLB Rules, LL Rules
EXTRA INNINGS AND TIED GAMES rule.
Delayed, Postponed and Suspended Games.
INNINGS TO BE PLAYED FOR COMPLETE GAME.
GAME 2 POINTS ONLY.
EXTRA INNINGS AND TIED
Rescheduled, rained out games or game that could not be completed
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY / CUTOFF DATES / 40% RULE
Playoff umpires shall be assigned by the Umpire n Chief
18 (max.) MAN ROSTER/Post season eligibility 18 Man Roster must be submitted by mid season; the date is to be announced
8 Player Rule, Extra Hitters and Batting Line-up Rule
Extra Hitters and Batting Line-up Example
Substitution Rule (offense and defense)
Trips to the mound
Sliding Section 6, Gen. Rule 26
Innings a pitcher is allowed to pitch
ABL does not use the Little League Catcher to Pitcher Rule.
Section #4: 8U
- no stealing home (see Section 6: #22) / 9U and older
are allowed to steal home.
8U 10 defensive players allowed
Playoff Eligibility SUBMIT 18 MAN ROSTER BY MID SEASON...This date is to
be announced by Commissioner.
Pinch Runner Rule
Game Times, Rescheduling
games, Managers/Umpires responsibility, night game curfew times.
POSTPONING (CANCELLING) Game because of the weather
1. ABL's game rules, Major League Baseball & Little League Rules
2. Standings: The Point System.
3. Game reporting protocol/procedure
4. One Win Gets 2 Points Only Rule. / Penalty
5. Once game begins home plate umpire is in charge of
6. Home team score book is final in contested decisions.
7. Hidden Ball Trick Rule.
8. Player Multi-Team Rule
10. Ball Park Size Regulations for 13U, 14U, 16U & 19U
11. Disbanded teams: Rules for players to join other teams.
12. Player proof of age / Pre season submit rosters to Commissioner
13. CORI and Management Check
(IMPORTANT: MUST READ)
14. Deliquent League Registration Fee Rule
15. Play by the ABL RULES.
16. Mercy Rule
17. Head to Head Rule (if necessary) For playoff seeding.
18. Keep Copy of Rules during the games.
19. Bylaws May Be Modified by the Commissioner
and/or Rules Committee during the season.
20. 8U Teams are Allowed 10 Defensive Players.
21. 8U Teams Cannot Steal Home. 9U and older can steal home.
22. 8U Teams Can only Score on a Batted Ball.
22.1 8U 4 run rule.
23. The Infield Fly Rule is used by ALL DIVISIONS.
24. Illegal Bat Use Penalty
25. BAT RULE (see Sec. 4)
26. Force-Play-Slide Rule
27. 11U thru 19U: Uncaught/Dropped Ball 3rd Strike
28. Required Umpires for all age groups.
29. Trophy distribution
30. All Divisions are required to use 2 eared helmets.
32. UMPIRE RULES: dress code, number to be hired, relationship
with coaches and players, PROTESTING UNQUALIFIED UMPIRES.
33 Coaches must account for
all games and game information in their scorebooks and save for the entire season... Save ALL
information of each game played.
34. ATTENTION ALL 50/70 & 60/90 TEAMS AND especially the RI Teams who uses "Federation
Rules": Pitchers while on rubber cannot fake a pickoff to 3rd then throw to first. This is a Major Baseball League
35. (2017) METAL CLEATS RULE
36. COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE "CONCUSSION IN
SPORTS" ONLINE FREE COURSE.
GO TO http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037 TO TAKE THE COURSE.
37. POST SEASON: COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
CONTACTING AND PAYING UMPIRES
THE ABL RECCOMENDS
TEAMS TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE ASSISTANT COACH and CONSEQUENCES.
REMINDER: GAMES ARE MAINLY SCHEDULED ON SATURDAYS AND
MAY ALSO BE SCHEDULED OR RESCHEDULED ON SUNDAYS. TEAMS WISHING TO RESCHULE GAMES MAY ALSO DO SO ON WEEKDAYS...
ALL RESCHEDULED GAMES MADE BY THE TEAMS HAVE TO HAVE MUTUAL AGREEMENT.
BAT RULES MODIFICATION SINCE 2015
QUALITY OF BASEBALLS
CODE OF CONDUCT
Autumn Baseball League 2017
The Rules & Protest Committee: Herman Bomback,
Mark Bomback,, Steve Caron, Thomas Tanous, Dee Mongeon, Attorneys Arthur Frank, James H. Barrett, Kevin Phelan,
Mark Azar, Fall River City Councilor Ray Mitchell, George "Sneaker" McDonald and Louie LaGace.
Deadline for registration – Sunday, August
Entrance fee is $285 per team and required to be paid to the League on or before the deadline date.
Registration closes SUNDAY, August 27, 2017.
MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: Autumn Baseball League
Insufficient funded checks will be charged $50.00
Checks must be accompanied with registration.
Teams may be omitted from schedule if fee is late. Late fee:
BY SIGNING THE APPLICATION and WAIVER FORMS YOU ARE ACCEPTING
ALL LIABILITY RESPONSIBILITY.
Team managers, coaches, and parents willingly
and voluntarily accept and assume all medical and liability risks of participation.
Each independent team, manager(s), coaches and parents or combination, shall be responsible for any and all liability. The ABL shall share no responsibility resulting from injury or any other reason.
COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE "CONCUSSION IN SPORTS" ONLINE FREE COURSE. GO TO http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037 TO TAKE THE COURSE.
Teams are required
to have First Aid Kits at games.
Reporting a WIN OR TIE:
GAME RESULTS MUST
BE REPORTED TO COMMISSIONER. The report must be sent to AutumnBaseBallLeague@Live.com by the winning team.
Game Results Report at AutumnBaseballLeague@Live.com;
WITHIN A 72 HOURS OF THE END OF GAME. Failure to report within 72 hours could
result in no credits awarded for the win(s).
Rules and Regulations: The Autumn Baseball League
(the ABL) shall be played in accordance with the rules adopted by the Rules Committee of the ABL.
8U, 9U, 10U, 11U(46/60), teams shall use Little League Rules
except for ABL modifications.
11(50/70), 12U 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U, 19U & Adult Division use current
Major League Baseball League Rules. See 2017 Rules in URL below :
Delayed, Postponed and Suspended Games:
THE GAME MUST CONTINUE UNLESS AN ACT OF NATURE PREVENTS
IT FROM CONTINUING. i.e. LIGHTNING, EARTHQUAKE, RAIN, SUNSET or ANY OTHER REASONABLE CIRCUMSTANCE. IF THE GAME IS ENDED BECAUSE OF THESE
CIRCUMSTANCES A COMPLETE GAME IS DEFINED AS:
1.) 4 INNINGS IN A 6 INNING GAME
2.) 5 INNINGS
IN A 7 INNING GAME:
3.) 7 INNINGS IN A 9 INNING GAME
IF A GAME IS CALLED AND THE GAME HAS
NOT MET THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF INNINGS TO MAKE IT A COMPLETE GAME THEN THE GAME MUST START OVER.
IF A GAME IS CALLED AND THE GAME HAS MET THE
REQUIRED AMOUNT OF INNINGS BUT IS TIED THE GAME IS COMPLETE. Recorded as a tied game... (added 9/18/14)
Innings to be played:
8U - 12U Divisions: All
games shall be 6 innings. A complete game shall be a minimum
of 4 innings.
In the event of an "if necessary" game in post season then 10U,
11U & 12U divisions will play 7 innings. (complete game 5 innings)
13U, 14U, 16U & 19U Divisions: 9/18/14 (corrected to
All games shall be 7 innings (complete game 5 innings)
One game shall earn 2 points
EXTRA INNINGS AND TIED GAME
RULES: there's no time limit on ABL games.
In the event of a tied game, extra innings must be played to break the tie. If game is being played in the extra innings and cannot be continued because of inclement weather or darkness,
then the score shall stand after the last completed inning. It’s the umpire(s)
decision and not the coaches. The umpire is in charge once the game begins. If the game is tied, then each team is awarded one point.
Rescheduled, rained out games (or game that
could not be completed):
Teams must agree on a make up date within a week. If an
agreement to reschedule cannot be made then the Commissioner may have to decide on the makeup date.
If a team does not have enough players by game time, the team shall have a 15 minute grace period. The second game shall start no earlier than 20 minutes and no later than 30 minutes after
the 1st game. If a team does not have enough players to start the second game then a 15 minute grace period
is allowed. In this case, the max time between games will be 45 minutes.
If the team doesn't have enough players at the time of
the second game, then the second game is forfeited.
If both teams do not have enough players to start a game then
both teams shall forfeit and no points will be issued unless the teams mutually agree to reschedule.
Call the Commissioner if this event occurs. 508
Playoff umpires shall be assigned by
the ABL Umpire n Chief and paid for by BOTH teams.
Coaching staff cannot umpire games within their
8U & 9U only: All home teams are responsible
for qualified adult umpires, baseballs and field preparations. Min. of 2 umpires are recommended. PATCHED
UMPIRES MAY BE OF RESPONSIBLE AGE. A MINIMUM OF ONE PATCHED UMPIRE IS REQUIRED
AT EACH GAME. A MINIMUM OF 2 PATCHED UMPIRES ARE RECOMMENDED. Proper dress required.
10, 11, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U, 19U & 20 + division:
Adult and mature umpires must be used during the game. Two
umpires are required. Proper dress required. DO NOT to use a close friend, relative of a player or person connected to the teams
playing. Umpires must be neutral. All umpires must have earned an umpire’s
certificate as credentials.
(2017) GAMES COULD BE FORFEITED IF PROTESTED AND
PROVEN A RELATIVE, FRIEND, PARENT OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEAM OR PLAYERS UMPIRES THE GAMES
Player Eligibility / Cutoff dates
/ Maximum ages for Divisions
Teams must submit rosters by mid season. The Commissioner shall annouce the date. )
shall be locked in for the remainder of the season including post season. No other player is allowed
to play in games after this time.ALL TEAMS MUST SEND THE COMMISSIONER A COPY OF THEIR ROSTER BY
MID SEASON TO PROTECT YOUR TEAM FROM ROSTER PIRACY AND FOR PLAYER
ELIGIBILITY FOR SECOND HALF SEASON PLAY.
players maximum are eligible for the latter part of season and post season.
date of sending in rosters shall be determined by the Commissioner... Deadline is on or after mid season.
Players cannot play on multiple teams in the same Division.
Coaches are required to keep rosters updated with the Commissioner during
the entire ABL season.
AGE CUTOFF DATES FOR 2017:
8U - if player's 9th birthday is on or after April 1st then player is
eligible for U8. (If age 10 this year, not eligible)
9U - if players's 10th birthday is on
or afte April 1st then player is eligible for 9U. (If age 11 this year, not eligible)
10U - if player's 11th birthday is on or after April 1st then player is eligible for 10U. (If age 12 this
year: not eligible)
11U (46/60 & 50/70) - if player's
12th birthday is on or after April 1st then the player is eligible for 11U. (If age 13 this year, not eligible)
12U (46/60, 50/70, 60/90) - if player's 13th birthday is on or after April 1st then player is
eligible for U12. (If age 14 this year: not eligible)
13U (60/90) - if player's
14th birthday is on or after April 1st then player is eligible for 13U. If age 15 this year, not eligible)
14U - if player's 15th birthday is on or after April 1st then player is eligible for U14. (If age 16 this
year: not eligible)
16U - if player's 17th
birthday is on or after April 1st then player is eligible for U16. (If age 18 this year: not eligible)
17U - if player's 18th birthday is on or after April 1st then player
is eligible for 17U. (If age 19 this year: not eligible)
changed in 2017: 19U - if player's 20th birthday is on or after April 1st then player
is eligible for 19U. (If age 21 this year: not eligible)
20+ - No age limit
Only the team manager is designated to confront the umpire on
disputes. This person shall be named prior to the game. If there is a violation then that person may be warned and may be ejected for the second violation. The umpire has the option of either or both.
Disagreeing with the umpire is allowed but acting disrespectfully is not allowed.
All team personnel shall be civil and respectful. The maximum penalty
shall be ejection from the league. The rules/protest committee shall make the
IF A PLAYER, COACH OR MANAGER IS EJECTED FROM A GAME, THEN HE/SHE SHALL LEAVE
THE BASEBALL PARK PREMISES FOR THE REST OF THE GAME. THE NEXT GAME, THE OFFENDER CANNOT STEP ON BALL FIELD BUT CAN WATCH
THE GAME FROM OUTSIDE THE BALL PARK NOT IN DUGOUT.
There is a
$100 protest fee...
If the decision is upheld then you shall get a refund...
If you lose the decision, no money is returned...
All protests shall be reported
to the umpire in charge with details of the game situation and must be presented to the Commissioner in
print or email with a $100 check made payable to the Autumn Baseball League within 24 hours of the game. Fee
shall be returned if the protest is upheld (won). Fee shall not be returned if protest
is not upheld (lost).
Any protests upheld by the committee
shall be replayed at exact point of protest of the game.
Only protest involving interpretations of official rules of baseball shall be considered. The protesting
manager must notify the head umpire and opponent of protest. Umpires must give their contact information by writing
it in the book and indicating in the book where the alleged infraction occured during the game. Protests must be made
before the next ball is pitched. A written report with all information (including umpires contact information) must be
sent to ABL Commissioner within 24 hours, either personally handed over or emailed at email@example.com.
8 Player Rule, Extra Hitters and Batting
***The minimum number of players in the batting lineup shall be 9. The maximum, your entire team. Any player(s) in the
lineup over 9 shall be considered Extra Hitters (EH). Once you choose one of the above or a number in between and the game
commences, you cannot change.
***Exception…If a team can only field 8 players
at game time, then the 9th position shall be recorded as an out. If
later in the game the 9th player arrives, that player shall be inserted in the ninth position to rectify the problem. Extra
Hitters: If you elect to use all of your players in your line up and one (or
more) gets injured then there will be an open spot in the line-up which shall be recorded as an out.
Extra Hitters and Batting Line-up Example:
If you place all of your players in the lineup you’re at risk. If
a player or players gets injured and cannot play because of an injury or a player ejected, then that vacant spot(s) shall
be recorded as an out(s). A minimum of 8 players is allowed in line-up. No game is to be played with less than 8. The
team with less than 8 players in lineup shall forfeit the game.
Substitution Rule (offense and defense):
ALL DIVISIONS: There is
no mandatory or minimum amount of playing time for the players. The manager is
not obligated to play everyone. Free substitution is allowed. When a batter is taken out of a game and later re-entered, the batter must re-enter in his or her original
position in the batting line up.
to the mound:
One trip to the mound: If the pitcher is
removed from his pitching position and goes to the bench then
he/she cannot return to the mound however he/she can return to another
position any time during the game.
If a pitcher is relieved after the 1st trip and immediately takes another
position in the field then later in the game he/she can return
to the pitcher's position. This procedure is allowed only once
per pitcher per game.
trips to the mound in the same inning with the same pitcher, the pitcher must be removed.
One visit to the mound per inning per pitcher is allowed.
On the 2nd visit in one inning the pitcher must be removed from the pitcher's position and cannot return to that position
for the remainder of the game.
* For 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U, 19U & 20+only...Concerning
the 2nd trip to the mound, in the same inning, same pitcher and the same batter the pitcher has to be removed
and the coach is ejected from game. (this is a Major League Baseball Rule)
***Note: Major League Baseball rule - if coach makes 2 trips
to the mound in one inning with the same batter then the pitcher must be removed and the coach ejected. The mound circle
or grass fringe once crossed is considered a trip. The coach can participate in the next game.
If the pitcher is removed from
the mound (after the first visit) and is placed in another defensive position then he is entitled to return to the mound.
(This move will be allowed only once per game per pitcher)
if at any time that player is benched immediately after getting relieved, then he cannot return to the pitchers position
during the game but allowed to play any other defensive position.
The player can return
to the mound if he/she immediately goes to a defensive position and NOT sent to the bench after being relieved.
If he/she gets relieved
and goes directly to the bench then he cannot return to the mound in that game.
Bottom Line: A player
can make 2 (separated) appearances on the mound per game in the event he is immediately placed in a defensive postion after he's relieved...
BUT if he is removed from the mound then benched then he CANNOT take the mound for the rest of the game. (Repeated 3 times
just to emphasize the point)
A pitcher can be relieved/removed
and returned to the pitchers position once per game.
If the player returns to his pitchers
position in the same inning he was removed, he may have warm-up pitches if needed.
Moreover, if the coach visits the pitcher again in the same inning then the pitcher is removed permanently from the
pitcher’s status for that game.
Modified in 2017
No slash bunting in the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U & 12U Divisions (will
be recorded as an out.
Slash bunting is allowed in 13U, 14U, 16U 17U, 19U and 20+ Divisions but not
>>>ALL DIVISIONS: Slide
or avoid contact. If there is a collision without sliding and
the defensive player has the ball and or getting ready to make the play, the runner is out. NOTE for all divisions: If defensive player is
blocking the plate without the ball or not attempting to make a play then the runner has a right to advance to the base even
if a collision occurs the umpire shall call defensive interference.
8U - 13U:
RUNNER IS OUT WHEN RUNNER SLIDES HEAD FIRST WHILE ADVANCING. IF A RUNNER SLIDES HEAD
FIRST INTO THE BAG BECAUSE (1) OVER RUN THE BASE OR (2) DURING A PICK OFF THEN THE RUNNER SHALL
NOT BE CALLED OUT FOR THE HEAD FIRST SLIDE. If the Umpire calls a runner out for a head first slide, the ball is still live.
Go to page 7: Slide Rule
>>>14U, 16U &
2007 NCAA rules Section 6 General Rules #26. Head first sliding is permitted
but not recommended.
Innings a pitcher is allowed to throw
(more importantly Managers
should keep a pitch count):
If pitcher throws at least one pitch in an inning and is taken off
the mound, he's charged for an entire inning pitched.
ABL does not use the Little League Catcher to Pitcher Rule.
as of 10/31/2013: Pitcher re-entry does count as an appearance.
8U, 9U, 10U & 11U: (2015: 10U and 11U allowed 7 innings per day) 8U
& 9U pitchers cannot pitch more than 6 innings in one given day. A
pitcher cannot pitch more than 8 innings in any 3 consecutive days and cannot make more than 3 appearances during the 3 consecutive
12U & 13U: A pitcher cannot pitch more than 7 innings in one given day. A pitcher cannot pitch more than 10 innings in any 3 consecutive days and cannot make more than 3 appearances
during the 3 consecutive day period.
14U: A pitcher cannot pitch
more than 9 innings in one given day. A pitcher cannot pitch more than 12 innings
in any 3 consecutive days and cannot make more than 4 appearances during the 3 consecutive days.
16U: A pitcher cannot pitch
more than 9 innings in one given day. A pitcher cannot pitch more than 14 innings
in any 3 consecutive days and cannot make more than 4 appearances during the 3 consecutive days.
17U, 19U: A pitcher cannot
pitch more than 10 innings in one given day. A pitcher cannot pitch more than
16 innings in any 3 consecutive days and cannot make more than 4 appearances during the 3 consecutive days.
20+ : Use
Major League Baseball Rules
ABL does not use the Little League Catcher to Pitcher Rule
8U - No stealing home (See
Section 6: #22)
8U - 10 defensive players are allowed (10th player shall be an outfielder
If time permits, each team shall be allowed to have pre-game infield/outfield
warm-up. Visitors first.
Just prior to the game, both team managers shall meet at home plate to review
the park rules and should but not necessary give the umpire their line-ups. If lineups are given to the umpires then
all changes should be conveyed to them.
Teams must submit rosters by mid season
to the Commissioner.
FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY DISQUALIFY THE TEAM FROM POST
These players shall
be locked in for the remainder of the season including post season. No other player is allowed to participate
in games after this time.
The mid season specific
date of sending in roster shall be determined by the Commissioner.
18 players are eligible per team for the latter part of season including post season.
Players cannot play on multiple teams in the same Division.
are required to keep rosters updated with the ABL.
PINCH/COURTESY RUNNER RULE:
THE RUNNER WHO IS REPLACED CANNOT
RE-ENTER THE SAME GAME, ALTHOUGH, IN THE EVENT OF AN INJURY AND WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE OPPOSING MANAGER AND HEAD UMPIRE,
THAT INJURED PLAYER MAY BE AVAILABLE TO RE-ENTER ONLY IF THE TEAM
NEEDS THAT PLAYER TO MAINTAIN THE MINIMUM OF EIGHT PLAYER LINEUP.
THE UMPIRE AND OPPOSING MANAGER SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE INJURED PLAYER IS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO PLAY, HOWEVER,
THE UMPIRE SHALL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION. THIS RULE IS PARTIALLY CREATED TO
PREVENT FORFEITS. THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE CHILD SHALL BE THE MAIN CONCERN. COACHES: TO PREVENT THIS SITUATION, MAINTAIN
ENOUGH PERSONEL ON YOUR ROSTER.
Game Times & Rescheduling
games, Managers/umps responsibility:
2 DAYS AFTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE, each team must review the schedule. If teams
see any conflicts then the teams must report it to the Scheduling Committee for review as well as contact the opposing team's
management for compromise.
the season commences, the schedule stands. It can be modified only if both teams and
the league agrees.
TEAMS MUST REPORT ANY CONFLICTS IN THE
SCHEDULE WITHIN 2 DAYS AFTER DEADLINE.
1. 1. If you wish to change the original scheduled time and place, then you must notify your opponent, umpires and Commissioner at least 24 hrs. ahead of scheduled game time. The opposing
team must agree with the change. If no mutual agreement of the change of time then the original scheduled time and place
team shall be home team for both games of double headers, supply the baseballs and responsible for the hiring and paying umpires.
The second game of the double header shall begin a minimum of 20 minutes and
a maximum of 30 minutes from the end of the first game.
& Rescheduling games, Managers/umps responsibility:
all games are initially
scheduled for Saturday mornings.
If you wish to change the original scheduled time and place, then you must notify your opponent,
umpires and Commissioner at least 24 hrs. ahead of scheduled game time.
The opposing team must agree with the change. If no mutual agreement of
the change of time then the original scheduled time and place shall stand.
2. Curfew / Night games. No inning shall start after:
8U, 9U, 10U, - no inning
starts after 8 pm
11U, 12U - no inning starts after 9 pm.
13U, 14U, 16U, 17U - no inning starts after 10 pm.
19U, 20+ - no inning starts after 11 pm.
team shall be home team for both games of
double headers, supply the baseballs and responsible for the hiring and paying umpires.
second game of the double header shall begin a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes from the end of the first
of Game because of the weather:
home team must notify their opponent at least 2 hours*** before game time concerning a postponed game because of rain or any
Call 3 hours*** before game time, if the game is to be called off and if (VISITING) team traveling
is more than 50 miles away. THE MILEAGE SHALL BE DETERMINED BY USING MAPQUEST.
teams are traveling, this rule would prevent a team from needlessly making a trip. A WORD TO VISITING TEAM: YOU SHOULD
NOT RELY ON THE HOME TEAM TO CONTACT YOU... BE PROACTIVE AND CALL THE HOME TEAM MANAGER TO BE SURE.
No game can be called
off more than 24 hours prior to game unless both teams agree. See Section 5, General Rules #5.
Home team is responsible to decide whether or not the game shall start in the event of
inclement weather. Once the game begins, then the home plate umpire is in charge
and controls the game and the home team is responsible for paying the umpires.
8U - 11U use Little League Bat Rules.
12U(60/90) ABL BAT RULE:
Bats 2 1/4" and no larger than 2 5/8" in diameter and meet either and are stamped with BBCOR or BPF 1.15. Also
wood bats are allowed. BESR is an outdated standard and will not be allowed
and older: Wooden Bats Only. NO METAL OR BAMBOO BATS ARE TO BE USED.
playoff and finals protocol:
The team with the most points shall host the first 2 games and shall be
home team for those games. The third game shall be hosted by the opponent involved
and shall be the home team.
The first 2 games of playoffs and World Series shall be hosted by the top
seeds. The top seeds will be home for both games.
If scheduling permits, and if the Rule Committee agrees, all teams could qualify
for tournament competition. This shall be determined pre-season.
1. 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U(46/60), teams
shall use Little League Rules unless superceded by ABL Rules.
11(50/70), 12(60/90), 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U, 19U & 20+ use
current Major League Baseball League Rules. Unless ABL Rules supercede...
See 2016 Rules in URL below :
See Section 1 under 2017 Bylaws.
2. The ABL uses the point system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 for a loss. A team that forfeits gets 0 points and their opponent shall receive 2.
If both teams cannot field enough players or cannot play for any reason, then each team receives 0 points.
3. The winning team
must report the result of the game to get credit (points). If the game ends in
a tie then both teams must report. If both teams forfeit, then the home team
must call the commissioner with an explanation. YOU HAVE 72 HOURS TO REPORT
THE SCORES…IF THE REPORT IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN THE 72 HOURS THEN THE WINNING TEAM WILL NOT RECEIVE THE POINTS. Send the results to AutumnBaseballLeague@live.com
4. One win gets 2 points only. No exceptions. A complete game
must be played to earn points.
to #4 and effective as of Oct. 9th, 2014:
If a game report is received indicating 4 points and it is found that only one game was
played then the following rules shall be enforced:
A. (2017) Penalty: BOTH TEAMS FORFEIT; NO POINTS AWARDED.
5. Home team is responsible
to decide whether or not the game shall start in the event of inclement weather.
NOTICE: (2017) - PRIOR TO THE SEASON ALL TEAMS MUST HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THEIR UMPIRES REGARDING HOW
MUCH MONEY IS TO BE PAID IN THE EVENT THE GAMES ARE CALLED OFF FOR WHATEVER REASON.
Once the game begins, then the home plate umpire is in charge
and controls the game. (2017)- AS STATED ABOVE: IF THE UMPIRE SHOWS
UP TO THE GAME, THE HOME TEAM OWES THE UMPIRES MONEY. HOME TEAMS MUST HAVE THE UMPIRE'S AND UMPIRE IN CHIEF'S CONTACT
INFORMATION IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION, DELAY, POSTPONEMENT OR OTHER REASONS.
6. Home and Away teams'
scorebooks will be used if necessary to resolve any arguements or disputes and may be reviewed by the Rules Committee.
KEEP YOUR BOOK ACCURATE.
7. Hidden ball trick
is allowed. (except for 8U or any games on the 46/60 field)
Pitchers can be on the mound but cannot straddle or appear
to be on or near the rubber creating an illusion or deception to the runner or batter.
It’s the umpire’s call concerning level of the deception. The
umpires call shall be indisputable.
8. Playing on multi-teams: No player is allowed to play for more than one team in each Division. However, a player is allowed to play on more than one Division concurrently. Example: A 10 year old may play for a U10 team and a
U11 team during the season. The player cannot play on two teams within a Division.
9. Trades: If a player
desires to be traded, then the manager from which that person currently plays for must release that player in writing
or both agree and confirmed with the Commissioner, otherwise if there is a dispute, and the teams cannot agree, then the rules
committee shall review the case.
10. FIELD DIMENTIONS: 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U, 19U & 20+ DIVISIONAL TEAMS PLAY ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SIZE FIELDS.
11. IF A TEAM BECOMES INSOLVENT OR DISCONTINUES
DURING A SEASON, NO PLAYER FROM THAT TEAM CAN PLAY FOR ANOTHER TEAM, WITHIN THAT DIVISION, DURING THAT SEASON WITHOUT PRIOR
APPROVAL OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE MANAGERS WITHIN THEIR DIVISION.
12. PLAYER IDENTIFICATION: MANAGERS MUST KEEP BIRTH CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE DURING EACH GAME.
ALL TEAMS MUST SEND THE COMMISSIONER A COPY OF THEIR ROSTER BY MID SEASON TO PROTECT YOUR TEAM FROM ROSTER PIRACY. DATE TO TURN IN ROSTER IS TO BE DETERMINED
BY THE COMMISSIONER.
A PLAYER CANNOT PLAY FOR ANOTHER
TEAM IF THE PLAYER HAS PARTICIPATED IN AT LEAST ONE INNING. IF PLAY HAS NOT PARTICIPATED AT ALL THEN HE/SHE HAS
THE FREEDOM TO JOIN ANOTHER TEAM.
If a player actually participates
at least a part of an inning then that player cannot
join another without approval of his manager.
On the other hand, if a player is on the
roster BUT HAS
NOT played at all during the season then that player can join another team
if he wishes. His
manager cannot block the transfer BUT proof is needed to support this action.
This is one of the reasons I ask all managers
to keep complete and accurate books to help prove your case.
AND MANAGEMENT CHECK: ALL TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INTERNAL ISSUES. THE LEAGUE (ABL) IS NOT LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERSONNEL
OR TEAM PROBLEMS, ISSUES, LITIGATION OR UNMENTIONED SITUATIONS or for THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN OR CANNOT PASS A
CORI TEST. TEAM LEADERS AND MANAGERS MUST SCREEN, CORI AND
APPROVE ALL MANAGERS, COACHES AND PERSONNEL ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEAM. THIS IS NOT THE AUTUMN BASEBALL LEAGUE'S
RESPONSIBILTY AND THE ABL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE. By playing in
this league an have read these bylaws as required, all team personel, parents, players, et al, agree on the above and
relieves the Autum Baseball League and it's personel including Herman Bomback from all liability and further more agree that
the team(s) you have entered in this league are independent and no associated with the ABL.
- DELIQUENT LEAGUE FEES: IF
REGISTRATION FEE IS NOT PAID THEN THE TEAM(S) SHALL NOT
BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY.
15. All teams in each division must play by these ABL rules.
- The 10 run mercy rule is used when required…(6 inning game – must complete 4 innings) (7 inn
/ 5) and (9 inn / 7)
- HEAD TO HEAD:
In the year 2009 the league elected to use the “Head to Head” method of breaking a tie to
determine playoff eligibility or playoff seeding. If teams are still tied after Head to Head then the team that gave
up the least runs IN
AGGREGATE during the head to head game(s) shall be the upper seed. In previous
years teams that were tied at the end of the season would play a one game tie breaker.
Because time is a factor, the weather may be cold and the sun sets much earlier the “Head to Head” method
shall be used. A playoff game will be played only if using the head to head method
results in a tie. If both teams agree, a flip of a coin may be used.
- Keep these rules with you during games. Review them with the umpires.
- Anytime during the season bylaws may be modified by the Rules Committee for the betterment
of the league and players.
20. 8U - teams are allowed
4 outfielders (10 defensive players)
21. 8U - teams CANNOT steal home.
9U and older are allowed to steal home.
8U can only score on a batted ball
22.1 8U 4 Run Rule:
Four runs maximum per inning per team may be scored. Last inning is open.
10 run lead after four inning (3 ½ if home team is ahead) will be considered a complete game. Home team must get its last at bat, if the home team
is losing by 10 or more.
23. The infield fly rule
is used in all Divisions
24. Illegal Bat Penalty
ABL penalty for use of illegal bat for all Divisions
1st violation: The batter is out for use of illegal bat when the batter is discovered using an illegal bat prior to first pitch
of the next batter.
violation: The batter is out for use of illegal bat when the batter is discovered using
an illegal bat prior to first pitch of the next batter.
violation: The batter is out (same as above) and the manager is ejected.
violation: The batter is out (same as above) and the assistant manager is ejected.
If no assistant manager then the game is forfeited.
violation: The game is forfeited.
25 BATS see Section 4
26. Force-Play-Slide Rule:
Force Play Slide Rule: SECTION 4. The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of all players.
This is a safety as well as an interference rule.
Whether the defense could
have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains
to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs.
On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground before the
and in a direct line between the two bases. It is permissible for
slider’s momentum to carry him through the base in the baseline
Exception—A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the
slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making
or altering the play of the fielder. Interference shall not be
“On the ground” means either a head-first slide or a slide with one
and buttock on the ground before the base.
“Directly into a base” means the runner’s entire body (feet, legs,
and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.
Contact with a fielder is legal and interference shall not be called if
runner makes a legal slide directly to the base and in the baseline
contact occurs on top of the base as a result of a "pop-up" slide, this contact
Actions by a runner are illegal and interference shall be called if:
The runner slides or runs out of the base line in the direction of the
and alters the play of a fielder (with or without contact);
The runner uses a rolling or cross-body slide and either makes
with or alters the play of a fielder;
The runner’s raised leg makes contact higher than the fielder’s knee
in a standing position;
The runner slashes or kicks the fielder with either leg; or
The runner illegally slides toward or contacts the fielder even if the
makes no attempt to throw to complete a play.
(1) With less than two outs, the batter-runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall
be declared out and no other
runner(s) shall advance.
(2) With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and
no other runner(s) shall advance.
(3) If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be
ejected from the contest.
A.R.—If the bases are loaded with no outs, a double-play
attempt is made, and
is called, all other runners must return to their original bases.
Note: On a force play, with a two-man umpiring system, if the plate umpire
does not have a potential play at the plate, he should move toward the base
to observe the runner going into second or third base. In this situation, the
base umpire must follow the throw and may not see the true effect of the lead
27. 11U thru 19U: UNCAUGHT/DROPPED THIRD STRIKE RULE
IN EFFECT FOR THE ABL 11U and
In baseball, an uncaught third strike (often inaccurately referred to as a dropped third strike) occurs when the catcher fails to cleanly catch a pitch for the third strike. A pitch is considered uncaught if the ball touches the ground before being caught, or if the ball is dropped after being
grasped (see also catch). In Major League Baseball, the specific rules concerning the uncaught third strike are addressed in Rules 6.05 and 6.09 of the Official Baseball Rules.
On an uncaught
third strike with no runner on first base or with two outs, the batter immediately becomes a runner. The strike is called, but the umpire does not call the batter out. The umpire may also actively signal that there is "no catch" of the pitch. The batter may then attempt to reach first
base and must be tagged or thrown out. With two outs and the bases loaded, the catcher who fails to catch the third strike may, upon picking up the ball, step
on home plate for a force-out or make a throw to any other fielder.
One intent of
this rule is to ensure that a defensive player fields the ball cleanly in order for that team to record an out. It was thought
that it was not enough that the offensive player be unsuccessful at the plate in order for an out to be made; a defensive
player must be successful as well.
the outcome of an uncaught third strike, the pitcher is statistically credited with a strikeout. Because of the uncaught third strike rule, it is possible for a pitcher to register more than three strikeouts in an inning, a feat which has been accomplished in Major League Baseball 56 times.
If at the time of the strike three pitch, first base is occupied with fewer than two outs, the batter is automatically out and cannot become a runner. This is to
prevent the defense from deliberately dropping a third strike pitch and getting a double or triple play as a result, because
of the possible force play at second, third base, or home plate in this situation.
In Little League divisions Tee-Ball and Minor League the batter is out after the third strike regardless of whether the pitched ball is caught
cleanly by the catcher. In Little League (or the Major Division), Junior, Senior, and Big League divisions a batter may attempt
to advance to first base on an uncaught third strike. Little League Major Division Softball as well as many other youth baseball
leagues, such as the USSSA also follow the rule.
A batter who does not realize his situation on a third strike
not caught, and who is not in the process of running to first base, shall be declared out once he leaves the dirt circle surrounding
28. 8U, 9U - 1 umpire minimum, 2 recommended.
10U, 11U, (46/60), 11U (50/70), 12U(46/60), 12U(50/70),13U, 14U, 16U, 19U: 2 umpires required per game
29. Championship awards a to be presented
at the end of final game of World Series.
30. All Divisions are required to use 2 eared helmets.
(2017) Refund Policy: Once the scheduling process has started, no refunds shall be granted. Scheduling begins between 10 days / 2 weeks before opening day.
32. (2017) UPIRE REQUIREMENTS:
IF THE 10U AND OLDER DIVISIONS, INCLUSIVE, DO
NOT HAVE 2 UMPIRES THEN THE OPPOSING TEAM(S) WILL HAVE GROUNDS TO PROTEST TO REPLAY THE GAME.
IF THE UMPIRE(S) ARE NOT PROPERLY DRESSED AND USING
IMPROPER EQUIPMENT THEN THE OPPOSING TEAM(S) WILL HAVE GROUNDS TO REPLAY THE GAME AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TEAM IN VIOLATION.
IF AN UMPIRE IS FAMILY RELATED, CLOSE FRIEND, AND/OR A COACH THEN THE OPPOSING TEAM(S) WILL HAVE GROUNDS TO
PROTEST FOR A FORFEIT.
33. Coaches must account for all games and game information in their scorebooks and save for the
entire season... Save ALL information of each game played.
34. ATTENTION ALL 50/70 & 60/90 TEAMS
AND especially the RI Teams using "Federation Rules": Pitchers while on rubber cannot fake a pickoff to
3rd then throw to first. This is a Major Baseball League
(2017) METAL CLEATS RULE: 11U AND UNDER - CANNOT WEAR METAL CLEATS.
COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE "CONCUSSION IN SPORTS" ONLINE FREE COURSE. GO TO
http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037 TO TAKE THE COURSE.
37. POST SEASON:
HOME teams are required to contact Umpire
in Chief by Tuesday for umpires and baseballs supplied by
the ABL but read the details.
Attention: ABL Playoff and World Series teams!
1. the HOME/HOST team must contact the ABL umpire in chief to
2. HOME & VISITORS MUST have available the umpires' and Umpire n Chief's personal contact information in case of any postponements
a. BOTH TEAMS are responsible for the umpireS' pay (if
any) in the event of any postponements, delays,
b. in the event of postponements,
delays or cancellations, BOTH TEAMS have he responsibility of calling the umpires to notify them of
give umpires ample time to prevent them from showing
up to your ball park.
If the umpires go to the field without being contacted then BOTH TEAMS shall owe umpire fees. The ABL is not responsible for this fee.
NOTE: TO PROVE THAT YOU CONTACTED
THE UMPIRES TO REPORT A CANCELLATION, DELAY, POSTPONEMENT ETC., USE TEXT MESSAGING WHICH WILL HAVE THE DATE AND TIME TO PROVE
WHEN CALL WAS MADE. UMPIRES MUST BE INFORMED WITHIN THE ALLOTED TIME REQUIRED BY OUR RULES...
3. The ABL only pays the umpires their fee for working World Series games and
not in the event of a
postponement, delay or cancellations. The umpires must be notified early and/or
in a reasonable time frame prior to the called off or delayed game OTHERWISE the BOTH TEAMS are responsible for payment.
4. World Series: Baseballs are provided by the ABL however...
a. teams must arrange for pick
up of the baseballs at the ABL Headquarters or an prearranged location.
b. if teams do not pick up
baseballs then BOTH teams must supply the
c. the ABL offers 3 baseballs
d. if more are needed then each team supplies equally.
ABL RECOMMENDS TEAMS TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE ASSISTANT COACH.
IF MANAGER OR SINGLE/LONE COACH HAS TO LEAVE THE FIELD AND CANNOT RETURN IMMEDIATELY THEN THE TEAM RISKS FORFEIT.
& High School Divisions:
An 18 year old player can only take the position if he is
declared a player coach prior to the game. If not reported to the umpire in charge prior
to the game and
the manager is ejected then the team forfeits.
COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO
PASS THE CORI
TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION DURING THE GAMES.
REMINDER: GAMES ARE MAINLY SCHEDULED ON SATURDAYS AND
MAY ALSO BE SCHEDULED OR RESCHEDULED ON SUNDAYS. TEAMS WISHING TO RESCHULE GAMES MAY ALSO DO SO ON WEEKDAYS...
ALL RESCHEDULED GAMES MADE BY THE TEAMS HAVE TO HAVE MUTUAL AGREEMENT
BATS (read rule in Section 4)
QUALITY OF BASEBALLS:
use baseball that are appropriate for the age group, i.e. Little League ages must have Little
League approved., middle school ages must be Senior LL or Babe Ruth approved and the High School age group or older must us
high school or better approved baseballs.
ABL Code of Conduct:
No board member, manager, coach, player
shall, at any time:
◆ Lay a hand upon, push, shove, strike, or threaten to
strike an official.
Be guilty of heaping personal verbal or physical abuse
upon any official for any real or imaginary belief of a
decision or judgment.
◆ Be guilty of an objectionable demonstration of dissent
at an official’s decision
by throwing of gloves,
helmets, hats, bats, balls, or any other forceful
◆ Be guilty
of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the
play of a game against the body of an opposing player.
◆ Be guilty
of a physical attack upon any board member,
official manager, coach, player or spectator.
◆ Be guilty of the use
of profane, obscene or vulgar
language in any manner at any time.
◆ Appear on the field of play, stands, or anywhere
the Little League complex while in an intoxicated state.
Intoxicated will be defined as an odor or behavior
Be guilty of gambling upon any play or outcome of
any game with anyone at any time.
◆ Smoke while in the stands
or on the playing field or
in any dugout. Smoking will only be permitted in
designated areas which will be 20 feet
spectator stands or dugouts.
◆ Be guilty of publicly discussing with spectators in a
abusive manner any play, decision or a
personal opinion on any players during the game.
◆ As a manager or coach,
be guilty of mingling with
or fraternizing with spectators during the course of
◆ Speak disrespectfully
to any manager, coach, official
or representative of the league.
◆ Be guilty of tampering or manipulating any
rosters, schedules, draft positions or selections, official
score books, rankings, financial records or procedures.
Challenge an umpire’s authority. The umpires shall
have the authority and discretion during a game to
the offender according to the infraction up to
and including expulsion from the game.
The Board of Directors will review all infractions of the
Code of Conduct. Depending
on the seriousness or
frequency, the board may assess additional disciplinary
action up to and including expulsion from
ABL NON-DISCRIMINATION RULE:
The Autumn Baseball League (aka ABL) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and
to ensuring that participation in the ABL are based on individuals’ desires
to play ball, abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and
applicable laws, it is therefore the Autumn Baseball League's policy not to discriminate
on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin,
race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of,
or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any of the Autumn Baseball League's programs schedules or
activities, including with respect to coaching terms and conditions. Such a policy
ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are
The ABL has zero-tolerance for discriminatory
behavior. The ABL Umpires in Chief have been notified of the ABL's policy on discrimination and have notified their
umpires, to the best of their abilities, that this type of conduct shall not be tolerated. The ABL policy to handle
any such discriminatory activity, offensive discriminatory statements and/or physical aggression shall face immediate
ejection from the ball park and surrounding area.
Team managers are ultimately responsible
for the control and actions of the players and assistant coaches. Once the first ejection has been rendered and if the
discrimination continues then the team shall be informed that the unfinished game shall be recorded as a forfeit. If
there is a game 2 of a double header scheduled that day then that game shall also be forfeited.
As stated in the ABL bylaws regarding
appeals, if you wish to appeal this decision by the umpires, you must submit your appeal to the Commissioner within 24
hours of the event with a check payable to the ABL for $100. Once the appeal is received then the Commissioner shall
review the report and consult the umpires of the incident. If you win
the appeal, you shall received your money back, however, if you lose the appeal then the money is not refunded.