League Rules

The League is comprised of 11 teams that will collectively compete as the Foothills Major Baseball Association.


WAIVERS
Any player who enters the FMBA facility must have completed an Online Registration and Waiver prior to participating in any league events such as games or practices. For emergency players, a waiver must either be completed online or in hard copy prior to engaging in any baseball related activities. Any team which has allowed a player to partake in a practice or similar training without having the Online Registration and Waiver completed will face discipline from the FMBA Executive. Any team found to have allowed a player, who has not completed the Online Registration and Waiver, to be entered onto an official lineup submitted prior to any game (regardless of whether that player has participated in said game), will be subject to an automatic forfeit of the game in question.

There is zero tolerance for non-compliance of completing this Online Registration and Waiver.


GAME RULES & REGULATIONS
The League will be governed by the Official Rules of Baseball & Rules & Regulations adapted or amended by Baseball Canada & Baseball Alberta. This means that each team must be in possession of a rule-book and the Baseball Alberta Handbook for 2008. Baseball Alberta can be contacted at 780-427-8943 to order. All team members must fill out the registration & waiver form which the team manager will submit to the league.

Special Rules
a) All games seven innings – regulation game 4-1/2 – 5 innings.
b) Ten run mercy rule after 5 innings, 4-1/2 innings if home team is ahead.
c) Mandatory courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs. This shall be either the last out, or a designated courtesy runner.
d) Re-entry rule for injury only. Re-entering player may not pitch.
e) No automatic base on balls. Batter must be pitched to.
f) Designated hitter can be used for the pitcher only.
g) Only wooden bats will be used in league play.
h) The game balls are supplied to each team by the league. Starting in 2010, the league standard will be the Rawlings ROML (MLB spec) for all games. No substitutions will be permitted.

Tie-Games
Tie games will continue to determine a winner until weather or darkness halts further play. If tie is not broken during regular season play, the tie game will result in award of half a game to each team. During play-offs, the game shall be continued at the next available date.

Batting Order & Substitutes
Line-up cards presented to the plate umpire & the scorekeeper shall be printed clearly & include playing positions & uniform numbers. All substitutes & their numbers should be included at the bottom. Team managers shall be clearly noted for the purpose of visits to the pitcher. Please remember that a player’s number identifies him to the official scorer & the stats will be accumulated to that number. Players switching uniforms should notify the scorer.

Ejections/Suspensions – all team members
First ejection – suspension for the remainder of the game in progress. No appeal.
Second ejection – suspended for remainder of game in progress plus the first game following the ejection. No appeal.
Third ejection – will result in an indefinite suspension until written appeal is reviewed by the appeals committee.

Any violent offense, such as, but not limited to physical contact with an official, fighting with the opposing team or physically threatening an official will result in immediate suspension until reviewed by the appeals committee. The review must be conducted within 72 hours.
The Appeals Committee consists of three people, the president, vice-president, umpire in chief and, in cases of conflict (where members of a team appealing are committee members) then they shall stand down and by a selected non partisan member.
Actions following a game which would result in an ejection/suspension while a game was in progress will result in the same suspensions noted above.

Ejections will be reported by the umpire involved & e-mail to the League President or his designate within 24 hours of each incident.

Pre-Game Infield Practice
30 minutes before game time – 10 minutes for Home Team
20 minutes before game time – 10 minute for Visiting Team
5 minutes before game time – Umpires & Managers’ plate meeting.

No Batting practice (Soft Toss) against park chain link fence

When the umpires arrive five minutes before the scheduled game time, all infield practice shall immediately terminate in order to get the game in on time.

A game in progress, field maintenance or bad weather are the only situations that should delay starting a game on time. Maintenance always pre-empts infield practice.


Field Maintenance
The FMBA has two full-time grounds crew members who take care of the field before all games Monday to Friday. However after each game on Friday night, all Saturday games and Sunday games with the exception of after the 6pm Sunday game, all teams must do the following:

HOME TEAM:
Repairs and prepares the pitching mound and batters box for the next game. This includes replacing clay in any “holes”, watering and tamping the clay until it is hard again. There are rakes and a tamper and the water hose in the shed.

VISITING TEAM:
Quickly water the infield, then drag it in a circular motion, then spray it again. Drag and line the infield if necesary. Dragging shall be completed using the golf cart and metal drags, as well as the large metal rakes. There is line chalk stored in the shed for the lining of the foul lines.


Postponements
The Umpire Assigner to be notified by the Home Team Manager or grounds keeper at least 2 hours prior to game time, when an early decision is made not to play as scheduled (bad weather) or unplayable field conditions.

Umpires arriving for a game without notification of postponement will assume that team members are also arriving for a decision on playing conditions. Umpires arriving unnecessarily will have to be compensated. Teams will reschedule games with the League Scheduler who will arrange for umpires through the Umpire Assignor. Notification to the Umpire Assignor must be at least 48 hours prior to re-scheduled games.


Forfeitures
Games will be forfeited to the opposition by a team failing to field nine players in uniform within 15 minutes of the scheduled game time. 15 minutes extra will be allowed if a player is on the way. All forfeitures will be enforced by the Umpire in Chief & be reported to the official scorer. Each forfeiture by virtue of a team not having enough players to start a game will cost the offending team $100 taken from the refundable bond put up by each team. All forfeiture bonds must be replenished within seven (7) days, otherwise the team will be suspended from the league. Remaining credits in the bond fund will be refunded to each team at season end if desired. Other forfeitures will be enforced in accordance with Baseball Canada Baseball Rules.

Forfeits will be scored as a 7-0 loss, one run for each inning of a standard game. However, if a forfeit occurs in the middle of an official game in which the forfeiting team is losing, the score will be recorded as it stands at the point of forfeit.


Tobacco Usage
Please be advised that umpires may be required to apply Baseball Canada’s zero tolerance of tobacco product use at all Baseball Alberta & Baseball Canada sanctioned events. Therefore it should be established at the plate meeting whether this rule will be being enforced.

On-Field Etiquette
1) Double-eared batting helmets to be worn by all batters and runners.
2) Bat-boys must wear protective double-eared helmets at all times.
3) Catchers to wear hard skull caps.
4) Only one on-deck batter when play is under way.
5) Bats in the on-deck circle only.
6) Bats are to be safely stored in the dugout or bat rack unless being used by the on-deck batter. No bats left lying on the ground.
7) All team equipment in the dugout, not on the top step or outside.

All players, coaches and managers should be in uniform and in the dugout.

Scorekeeping:

Score Sheets

  • Instructions for HOME TEAM to submit final scores to the league:
  • The HOME team is responsible to keep track of the score throughout the game.
  • All that is required is the FINAL SCORE
  • The AWAY and HOME managers will sign off on the scoresheet following the conclusion of the game
  • The AWAY team can keep track of the score as well for comparative purposes but this is not necessary and will be up to the teams that are playing
  • The SCORESHEETS will be placed back in the binder in the completed games section
  • The HOME team (manager or captain) is responsible to email Matt Wilpert, VP Operations with the final score so it can be uploaded to the FMBA website (Matt’s email can be found on the FMBA website under the Executive & Team Contacts tab)
  • The contents of the email should simply include the DATE, NAME of TEAMS and FINAL SCORE

Standings
Final standings will be determined by team record. If teams have the same record, then the higher seed will be determined by the following tie-breakers.
1) head-to-head games among teams involved.
2) If tie remains, then the differential of runs for and against between teams involved
3) If tie remains, then the differential of runs for and against among teams involved vs. other divisional opponents
4) If tie still remains then a coin flip will determine the winner


Playoffs
As of 2009, the playoff format is the top 8 teams in the regular season standings qualify for the playoffs. These teams will be seeded 1 through 8 with the highest playing the lowest. There will be three rounds each being a Best of Three, with teams being re-seeded after every round, the highest seed being the home team for the first and third games.

Playoff Eligibility

1. Effective for the 2020 FMBA season, to be eligible to compete in the FMBA playoffs, a respective player must have accrued;

(the “Eligibility Requirements”)

    • 15 Plate Appearances (PA) throughout the corresponding FMBA regular season; OR
    • 10 Innings Pitched (IP) throughout the corresponding FMBA regular season

EG: Player X has 22 FMBA PA’s and 4 FMBA IP’s in 2020 – Eligible for playoffs.

EG: Player Y has 14 FMBA PA’s and 9 FMBA IP’s in 2020 – Ineligible for playoffs.

2. Player(s) who fail to satisfy the Eligibility Requirements due to an injury suffered during the current FMBA regular season shall be deemed eligible to compete in the FMBA playoffs if the player satisfied the Eligibility Requirements in the preceding FMBA regular season.

EG: Player X misses all of 2020 FMBA season due to injury – in 2019, Player X had 22 FMBA PA’s and 4 FMBA IP’s – Player X is automatically eligible for 2020 FMBA playoffs.

EG: Player Y only accrues 14 FMBA PA’s and 9 FMBA IP’s in 2020 FMBA regular season due to injury. In 2019 Player Y accrued 5 FMBA PA’s and 1 FMBA IP – Player Y is ineligible for 2020 FMBA playoffs.

3. Each FMBA team may submit a “Special Application” on behalf of any player who, for other personal circumstances, fails to meet the Eligibility Requirements. This application will be made to the FMBA Executive, who shall exercise its discretion to rule whether the respective player shall be deemed eligible for the FMBA playoffs in according with the following:

a. Special Applications” must be submitted with the respective FMBA team’s Playoff Roster, pursuant to section four (4) below;

b. Each ‘Special Application’ shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the seven (7) voting members of the FMBA Executive and shall be decided by a majority vote, with the following considerations:

    1. Any voting member of the FMBA Executive who is affiliated with the team who has submitted the ‘Special Application’ shall be recused from casting a vote for the Special Application; and
    2. Any voting member of the FMBA Executive who is affiliated with the opposing team (if the opposing team is known at that time) of the team who has submitted the ‘Special Application’ shall be recused from casting a vote for the Special Application; and
    3. If the vote of the eligible FMBA Executive members results in a deadlock, the FMBA Executive shall appoint a non-voting FMBA Executive to cast the deciding vote.

4. Prior to the FMBA playoff schedule being released, the managers of each FMBA team who may reasonably qualify for playoffs will receive an email from the FMBA President requesting their full ‘Playoff Roster’ to be submitted as follows:

  1. Each FMBA Team who has qualified for the FMBA Playoffs must submit their Playoff Roster, containing all eligible players in accordance with sections (1) or (2) above, to the FMBA President prior to the start of FMBA playoffs;
  2. Any Special Applications pursuant to section three (3) shall be submitted concurrently with the Playoff Roster;
  3. Each Playoff Roster will be reviewed and approved by the FMBA Executive;
  4. Discrepancies on whether a player has met Eligibility Requirements shall be determined by statistics on the FMBA website, which shall be considered official by the FMBA Executive in order to determine eligibility;
  5. All Playoff Rosters shall be approved by the FMBA Executive prior to the start of Game 1 of the FMBA Playoffs;
  6. Once a Playoff Roster is approved, there shall be no additions or changes to any Playoff Roster for the remainder of the FMBA playoffs;

5. If any FMBA team or player is found by a majority vote of the FMBA Executive to have contravened the spirit of these rules through engaging in any of the following;

    1. Manipulation of player statistics; or
    2. False scorekeeping of player PA or IP; or
    3. Dishonesty or deceit regarding player injury; or
    4. Any other clear and flagrant attempt to contravene these rules;

The respective FMBA team shall be penalized by forfeit of their current playoff series.

6. The Calgary Dinos FMBA Team is currently structured as a U21 program, where players who no longer meet the age requirements ‘graduate’ and ideally will join a secondary FMBA team. (i.e. as a feeder system for FMBA calibre players).

As the Calgary Dinos in their current form as a U21 team will have significant variations in their roster throughout the season, the FMBA Executive has agreed to allow for an exemption of the above rules to the Calgary Dinos until such time as the team no longer functions as a U21 program with a clear dedication toward ‘feeding’ players to other teams within the FMBA.

This exemption will be reviewed on an annual basis by the FMBA Executive.


Facility Regulations
The City of Calgary has established Bylaws which govern appropriate activities and behaviour in the City of Calgary parks and facilities. All users are required to abide by these bylaws and any regulations made under them.
Dogs are not permitted inside the field premises under any circumstances.

Individuals are responsible for the actions of those who use the facility.