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Competitive Team Rules and Information

EBBA Competitve Teams are governed by the LDBA, and Baseball Ontario.
See their sites for more information on rules not seen below.


EBBA Residence Boundaries for Competitive Teams

Click here for boundary map.

Start at Hwy #401 and CNR tracks. 
  • Follow the tracks north to Commisioners Rd. West.
  • West on Commissioners Rd. to Wharncliffe Rd.
  • North on Wharncliffe Rd. to the Thames River. 
  • West along the Thames River to Beaverbrook Ave. 
  • North on Beaverbrook Ave. to Oxford St.
  • East on Oxford St. to Platts Lane.
  • North on Platts Lane to Western Rd.
  • North on Western Rd. to Windermere Rd.
  • East on Windermere Rd. to Richmond St.
  • South on Richmond St. to the North Thames River.
  • Follow the North Thames River south to Huron St.
  • East on Huron to Barker St.
  • South on Barker St. to Cheapside St.
  • East on Cheapside St. to Highbury Ave.
  • Ssouth on Highbury Ave. to Oxford St.
  • East on Oxford St. to the eastern city limits
  • South along the eastern city limits to Hwy #401
  • West on Hwy #401 to the CNR tracks.


Tryouts

  1. No player may try out for any team, unless they are registered with EBBA for the current season.
  2. Any player living outside of EBBA competitive boundaries must first tryout for their home association.
  3. If a player is cut from their home association, they may then tryout for a team in another association, with permission of the LDBA.
  4. A registered EBBA player may workout with a team from another association, but first must obtain a Practice Release from the competitive director. The practice release must then be provided to the other association, and the coach of the team the player is to be working out with.
  5. Under OBA Rules, you are allowed to card up to 25 players. EBBA highly recommends that each team card at least 15 players. The number of players carried on the active roster will be left up the Managers.


LDBA Release Policy

In February 2006, the LDBA Board of Directors passed the following -- "players must register with their home association by March 15 and that all players trying out for Badger teams must register with their home associations by March 1" and further that "LDBA will not allow any further releases and all players without a team will be placed by LDBA on a team for the current playing year".

This motion is still in effect and must be abided by.


Rosters

  1. Each EBBA Competitive team may card up to 25 players, of which a number of these, chosen by the Manager, will make up their active roster. The other carded players will remain in the House League and may be used by the Competitive teams when necessary, as a result of injuries, suspensions, vacations, or other bona fide reasons.
  2. No minor (1st year) player is allowed to be carded on a major (2nd) year team without Board approval.
  3. The OBA Roster must be completed and submitted to the LDBA Registrar prior to a Teams first regularly scheduled game. Penalty for not meeting this requirement is forfeiture of those games scheduled before the roster is submitted.
  4. Final date for submission of Affiliate or ADD ON players or coaches is June 30th. No player shall play in any regular season game before being registered with the LDBA Registrar. Any non-registered player participating in a game shall be considered an illegal player with penalties as set out by the LDBA.
  5. After June 15, of the playing year, if a Competitive Team Manager wished to call up a House League Player on a permanent basis, it must first be approved by the EBBA Board of Directors.

Call-Ups

  1. To call up a player from the House League, or a Competitive Team from a lower division, the player's Manager MUST BE CONTACTED FIRST!
  2. Where conflicts exist in scheduling, the called up player's House League Team will take precedence.
  3. If a player is called up from a lower division, the player must abide by the pinch count rules of the division being called up from. For example, a Rookie player called up to Mosquito cannot pitch, as there is no pitching in Rookie, but a Mosquito player called up to Peewee, may pitch, but must adhere to the Mosquito pitch count rules.
  4. The EBBA Board of Directors MUST approve permanent call-ups after June 15th.


Suspensions

The Competitive Chairman must be notified of all suspensions of players, Managers and Coaches.

Playing Time

All Players MUST play in every game, up to and including Bantam Division. The only exceptions will be if the player is injured, or under Suspension.

Pitch Count Rules

OBA has implemented pitch count rules for 2008, LDBA has decided to follow these rules for all league games as well. There will be a tracking form for teams to use released at a later date, but basically the scorekeeper will now also have to keep track of pitch counts, or assign an "official" pitch count person, and that person will have to inform the umpire and visiting manager when pitch counts have been reached. For more information, go here or go to the Baseball Ontario website.

from P2-10 Pitching Rules
Pitch Count Limitations
f) a pitcher may not pitch more then the following limits in a calendar day.
If the limit is reached while facing a batter the pitcher may complete pitching to that batter.
Minor and Major Mosquito - 70 pitches
Minor and Major Peewee - 80 pitches
Minor and Major Bantam - 90 pitches
Minor and Major Midget, Women - 100 pitches
g) If a pitcher throws more than the following limits in a calendar day he/she cannot pitch
the next day - a player must have 2 nights rest.
Minor and Major Mosquito - 45 pitches
Minor and Major Peewee - 55 pitches
Minor and Major Bantam - 65 pitches
Minor and Major Midget, Women - 75 pitches
h) If a balk is called but the pitcher throws the ball it will count as a pitch thrown,
even if it is not counted as a pitch for ball/strike purposes.
i) The official scorekeeper shall designate the official pitch count recorder.
j) The official pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher
when requested by either manager or the umpire
k) The official pitch count recorder should inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has
delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the
notify the pitcher's manager that the pitcher must be removed.
Note: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer
eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or the umpire fail to notify the manager.
l) If a team has no remaining players eligible to pitch in a game, the opposing coach may
designate a player who has yet to pitch in the game. This pitcher may not throw more
than 30 pitches.
m) Illegal pitching penalty: Where a player throws more pitches than permitted, the player's
team shall forfeit the game. A second violation by a team will result in the manager/head
coach's indefinite suspension.


Coaching Certification

It is required by the OBA that all coaches and managers to be on the field with a competitive team, be certified NCCP 'Trained'. To do so, go to the NCCP website and click on Initiation Coach. The online and in-class portions must be completed to be certified.

Uniforms

  1. Every competitive player, coach, and manager will receive a full competitive uniform. This includes, pants, belt, jersey, and hat.
  2. Full uniform must be worn in all League games, or the player will not be permitted to play.
  3. No piece of the uniform is to be permanently altered in any way.
  4. At the end of the season, jersey's and belt's must be returned to EBBA. Pants and hats may be kept.

Fundraising

Teams are permitted to fundraise on their own, but must first require the approval of the EBBA Board of Directors.


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