Okaloosa Men's Baseball League
Rules and Regulations
CREATED FEBRUARY 26, 2002.
1.c. The OMBL is a wood bat league. Only wood and composite wood bats are allowed for all league-sponsored events. Metal bats are NOT allowed in any league play.
2.a. All regular season weekend games may be scheduled for nine innings. All league championship tournament games will be scheduled for 9 innings (for both weekend and weeknight championship games). Nine inning games will have a 3 hour and 15 minute time limit. All regular season weeknight games will be scheduled for 7 innings, with a 2 hour and 30 minute time limit. A game will be called for time if the “next inning” has not begun (defined as the third out made in the bottom of the current inning) and the time limit has been reached, except in the case of a tied game, as described in paragraph 2c. All league championship tournament games will be played to completion. A time limit shall not be applied to any championship tournament game.
Rain or Time Limit- Regular season games played to 5 innings will be considered complete. All league championship tournament games must be played to 7 innings to be considered complete. The umpires may suspend, cancel or call a game if, in their opinion; the safety of the players is compromised due to rain or field conditions.
If a lead change occurred in the top of the final inning where the inning (after 5 complete innings) was not completed due to weather, then that game will be recorded as a tie. For league championship tournament games, if a lead change occurs as above, the remainder of the game will be rescheduled and played to completion.
If a game is stopped having played less than 3 full innings (18 total outs) the game and all stats will be thrown out and replayed at a later date. If 18 or more outs have been recorded the game will resume from that exact point (including pitching count on the batter) at a later date.
2.b. If there is a 10 run discrepancy at the end of 7 innings (or 6 and a half innings where the home team has the lead), the game will be ruled complete at this point. Seven inning games will be played to completion, subject to the time limit rule, and are exempt from the 10 run mercy rule. This rule will not pertain to championship tournament play.
2.c. Any incomplete games stopped early due to rain will be re-scheduled by the league and managers involved and may be made up at any time not conflicting with previously scheduled games. Both managers, who will ensure the league is notified of the time and place of the make-up game, must agree to all make-up games. Make-up games should be played within the next ten days following a postponement.
Games that are tied at the end of regulation should be played to their conclusion when possible. If there is a scheduled game following the game in question, no more than 2 extra innings will be allowed. The game will be concluded from that point at a later date, to be agreed upon by the managers and league. If no game is scheduled to follow, it should be played to its conclusion. Championship tournament games will be played to conclusion, regardless of whether or not a game is scheduled to follow.
Final league standings will be determined by won/lost percentage. Tied records will be decided by head to head competition first, followed by run differential, least runs allowed, most runs scored, and finally, by coin toss.
2.d. In the event of rain, it is the responsibility of the managers of the scheduled teams to determine field condition and possible cancellation of game at least 1 hour before scheduled game time. It is the home team manager’s responsibility to notify the head
umpire as soon as possible.
3.a. A player is eligible to participate in an official league sanctioned game on the dates on or after his 18th birthday. High school students are not eligible to play in the league.
3.b. Team rosters must be submitted to the league by opening day. These include league and player fees, proof of date of birth and player waiver forms. Managers may not change rosters after the first league game. The board reserves the right to accept late arriving players at any time throughout the season. The board will have final say as to which team the player shall be allotted to.
3.c. All players, prior to participating in a game, must have signed waiver forms on file with the league.
3.d. A team manager may bat as many players as he desires, with a minimum of 10 (subject to the least number of players available if less than 10 on one team). Batters cannot be deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when they were added during the game. Batting lineups may not be reduced once official play has begun.
3.e. A manager may add batters to the bottom of the lineup at any time. If a batter is pinch hit or run for (except under courtesy runners as outlined in section 5), the player may not re-enter the game as a hitter but may remain in the game as a fielder or pitcher. Each team has a hitting and a defensive lineup that are independent of each other. Players may play in either lineup or both.
3.f. Offensive substitution (Shared Batting Lineup Position). One (1) additional batter may be added to one or more positions in the batting lineup, provided that player has not previously appeared in the lineup. The starting (initial) batter in the lineup must be declared to the opposing manager before the start of official play. Players in a shared position must alternate consecutive at-bats throughout the game and may not substitute as runners for each other (If a shared batter becomes a base runner, that batter/runner must remain as the runner).
3.g. If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or commitment and no reserve is present, that spot is skipped and all batters move up accordingly, with no penalty to the affected team. If a player is ejected from a game, his slot is an automatic out unless a reserve player not previously entered into the game as a hitter has filled it. A game will not be allowed to end on an automatic out. In the case where the automatic out would have otherwise concluded the game, that position will be skipped in the lineup without penalty and the next batter will be allowed to hit.
3.h. Minimum Players on the Field
Regular season: A team must have 7 original players for an official game and may borrow up to 2 players from the league with the opposing manager’s consent. Borrowed players can only fill an outfield position in left or right field (he may not occupy center field). A team must be able to field at least 8 total players or forfeit the game. If the team’s 8th or 9th player arrives after the start of the game, the borrowed player is replaced. A manager may borrow players to create a maximum of 9 total players. Additional borrowed players in the batting lineup are not allowed.
Championship tournament: A team must have at least 8 original players for an official game and may borrow one player from the league. Borrowed players for tournament play can only fill an outfield position in left or right field (he may not occupy center field) and may not bat. The ninth (vacant) batter position in the borrowing team’s lineup will incur an automatic out in that batting position, with the single exception that a tournament game will not end on an automatic out. In the case where the automatic out would have otherwise concluded the game, that position will be skipped in the lineup without penalty and the next batter will be allowed to hit. If the borrowed player is from the opposing team, that player can bat in his original team’s batting order. Furthermore, the lending manager may elect to offer a different player in order to accommodate the player’s availability to hit in the batting order (of his original team).
If either team has less than the minimum required, they will forfeit. If both teams have less than the minimum, it is a double forfeit.
3.i. All players may be substituted for defensively, at any time, without affecting the player’s offensive status in the lineup. If the pitcher is removed, he may re-enter to pitch as long as he remains in the defensive lineup. The removed pitcher may play any other position. A pitcher may re-enter as a pitcher a maximum of one time during the game.
3.j. No player may switch teams without the consent of both managers and the league Board of Directors. If this does not meet with approval, the player must sit out the remainder of the season.
3.k. Final team rosters should have no less than 12 players.
Speed up rule for the Pitcher is optional and for the Catcher is mandatory.
When there are two outs, the speed-up rule is in effect. The courtesy runner will be the last batter/runner that is not on base.
An injury runner may be designated before the game starts with the approval of the opposing manager. If a courtesy runner is used for an injury runner, the courtesy runner will be the last batter/runner that was made out.