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GNBL CODE OF CONDUCT

Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in action being taken as appropriate to continue to ensure our players are provided with the highest possible level of instruction, competition and fun.

By registering to play at GNBL players, coaches and parents/guardians agree that:

  1. Inappropriate, unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated in our league at any time or place in all levels. People (players, coaches and spectators) may be removed from the game or be asked to leave the fields if they cannot follow the guidelines.
  2. Sportsmanship is the willingness to accept the discipline and dedication that sport demands for the development of individual and team skills. One must also recognize that while victory is the goal of competition, the competition is more important than the final score.
  3. Our league philosophy recognizes that sportsmanship is the willingness to play the game within the rules and to appreciate the efforts of opponents, officials, coaches and administrators who make the game possible.
  4. Arguments about a judgment decision by an umpire are futile and unproductive. Players and spectators will not argue with or question the judgment of an umpire. It is the manager’s responsibility to control the actions of their players, coaches, and spectators. If incidents occur, it is incumbent that the manager take immediate action with the player or spectator, regardless of whether they believe the player/spectator may be correct or not. By our actions, we are teaching players the proper behavior that we expect. We must do all we can to ensure that what they see is what we desire they learn.
  5. Managers have a right to discuss calls based on the implementation of the Rules of Baseball, not on the merits of judgment. When addressing an umpire, managers will maintain a level of decorum required of a professional. Outbursts, physical contact, ranting and raving will not be tolerated.
  6. In this manner we will be able to promote instructional baseball in a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone.

COACH OF RECORD

The purpose of this rule is to let two people share the responsibility and decisions of running a team. It is not designed to recruit players. Only the Head Coach or C.O.R may return to a team as the Head Coach the following year.

The use of this rule will add one (1) point to the total amount of team points. Team points are determined by adding all of the individual player’s points together. C.O.R. must be declared to the division director before the first day of try outs.

C.O.R. can only be used once every two (2) years, or once per division, for both the Manager and Coach. If C.O.R. is used in a Managers freshman year than no point is given in his sophomore year.

No player can be pulled from an existing team so his parent can be a C.O.R. All returning players have the option of going back in the draft.


NO COLLISION RULE

A runner trying to advance to a base must either slide or attempt to go around a fielder, if that fielder has the ball in his possession.  A runner colliding into a defensive player, in an intentional attempt to jar the ball loose, will be called out and ejected from the game.

It is the judgment of the umpire as to whether a collision intentionally violates this rule. This is not a “must slide” rule but rather a no collision rule.

The restrictions on sliding are as follows:

Pinto, Mustang and Bronco players must slide feet first into every base.  Headfirst slides will be an automatic out, with no ejection from the game.  Players may dive, headfirst, back to any base on an attempted pickoff move.

Pony and Colt players can slide headfirst into any base except home plate.  Headfirst slides into home will be an automatic out, with no ejection from the game.

Defensive players cannot block the base path or a base without possession of the ball.  The right of way belongs to the runner.  If contact is made, the runner will be awarded the base.

All judgment calls will be made by the umpires, not by managers, coaches or parents.


DRAFT RULES (pdf)


BORROWED PLAYER POLICY

This rule was originally enacted in the Pony Division (13-14 year olds) to deal with the many players that participate in both Rec. Ball and School Ball. Rather than cancel a game, the Manager may use players from other teams to fill out his rooster.

  1. The Manager of each team is a representative of GNBL and will do his/her best to fulfill their commitment to play their scheduled games. The following guidelines will be used throughout the Great Neck Baseball League.
  2. The Manager will have to know in advance how many players will not be at his next game. At this time he may call players from other teams. It is recommended that you recruit players from teams you are not playing that day. All borrowed players can play a maximum of two innings in the infield and must bat at the bottom of the line-up.
  3. Borrowed players can not pitch or catch for your team. Every team has a player or two who would like to pitch, but never gets a chance. Now would be a good time to make that happen. You can only use players in your division. They must be registered with the Great Neck Baseball Rec League and in the proper age group.
  4. The Pony Division (13-14 year olds) can play the entire game with 8 players.  Bronco (11-12 year olds) can start with 8 but must have 9 players by the start of the 6th inning or the game is a forfeit. In both Pony and Bronco the 9th position is an automatic out if only 8 players are used.  Mustang and Pinto  (7-10 year olds) must have at least 9 to start and 9 to finish.
  5. UP to 4 borrowed players are allowed during the regular season and during the playoffs.
  6. Breaker/All Star players are allowed only during regular season, not during play-offs/tournaments.
  7. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the Division Director.

GNBL PINTO RULES

  • We will have Saturday umps for the older division once again.
  • 3 strikes and the batter is out
  • 3 outs and the half inning is over
  • 5 runs per inning except the last inning.  Last inning is all you can score
  • Ball not hit past the dirt is a foul ball
  • Have I mentioned you must pitch from the mound on every pitch
  • Kids cannot play any 1 position more than 2 innings a game.  (your best arm cannot sit on shortstop the whole game, and your worst arm cannot catch the whole game)
  • Kids cannot sit any more than 2 innings per game (Think Volleyball rotation)
  • Base coaches make the out calls, if a conference is needed the field coach is the other ump.  The pitcher is not involved.
  • With the shorter fences the field ump should be closer to second base.
  • Over throws At the bases. (1 base on 1 overthrow)
  • If any player is throwing to a base that a runner is attempting to reach and the ball is overthrown, the runner has a chance to advance at his own risk to the next base.

Using 1st as an example:

  •  nobody on, ground ball to short
  • Batter runner takes off and the throw from short is wide, the batter runner can continue on to second at his risk.
  • He may reach second safely as the first basemen turns gets the ball and returns to the infield.
  • He may be thrown out, as the ball really did not go very far and the first basemen picked it up and tossed it to second in time for a tag out.
  • He may also be thrown out by a hustling right fielder.
  • He cannot move on to third, 1 base per 1 throw.
  • If the first baseman chucks it over the second basemen’s head the runner can now move to third.  But only third no matter where the ball is.  1 base per overthrow.

Control:

  • Control is defined as an infielder with the ball in hand or glove on the infield.  Does not mean your left fielder running it in to the pitcher, it also does not mean your infielder at the outfield fence.
  •  When control is achieved, runners are put on the bases they have acquired.  This does not mean play is stopped.  Runners must reach base safely after control is achieved, they can be thrown out after control.
  •  Consider control like the start of the end of a play.
  • Every player at the game is batted in the lineup,  1 – to whatever.
  • You are on your honor –  the HOME book is official.
  • if a child leaves after the start of a game we skip them, it happens.
  • if a child shows up late after the game has started they are added to the end of the line up.
  • If it is brought to your attention by the opposing team after the at-bat has finished said batter is out.
  • If it is caught by your team during the at bat correct it with a simple time out.

We play a 10 run mercy rule after 4:

  • If either side is ahead by 10 or more after 4 innings the game is over.
  •  If the home team is ahead then the bottom is not batted.

  • MUSTANG RULES


    BRONCO RULES

    • Five run rule except in the 7th inning the entire year.
    • One warning for Balks in April, then starting in May follow Pony Rules.
    • No more than 4 innings pitched per game, no more than 7 innings pitched in a day; no more than 10 innings in one calendar week.
    • 40 hours rest is REQUIRED after 4 innings pitched in a day
    • 10 run rule after the 5th inning
    • All players must play minimum of 3 innings
    • Bat the entire line up.
    • Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitchers is removed he may not return to pitch).
    • Coaches, teaching sportsmanship, team play and respect for the game should be the most important part of your job.

    PONY/COLT RULES

    • Maximum 3 innings per pitchers per day in April, 4 innings in May/June
    • All players must play at least 3 innings
    • Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitcher is removed he may not return to pitch)
    • Every player bats in order
    • Five run rule except in the 6th inning on.
    • During the play offs follow Pony official rules
    • Teaching sportsmanship, team play, and respect for the game is the most important part of our job
    • as coaches. Remember winning is not the most important thing. Lets all try to set good examples,
    • have fun, and teach the kids something about baseball.

    Great Neck Baseball League

    Great Neck Baseball League, PO Box 3004
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
    Phone : 757-716-8573
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