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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. In this manner, we will be able to promote instructional baseball in a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone.

COACH OF RECORD

  1. 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.
  2. The use of this rule will add one (1) point to the total amount of team points.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

DRAFT RULES/POINTS

DRAFT RULES/POINTS DOCUMENT 


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:
  1. 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 pick-off move.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. All judgment calls will be made by the umpires, not by managers, coaches or parents.

BORROWED PLAYER POLICY

 Rather than cancel a game, this policy gives the Manager the ability to use players from other teams to fill out his roster if possible. Regardless of the number of players all regular season games will be played. NO FORFEITS.

Tournament Play:  Teams may start the game with however many players (no grace period) however must finish the game with 9 players to avoid forfeit.

  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.
  3. All borrowed players can play a maximum of two innings in the infield and must bat at the bottom of the line-up.
  4. Borrowed players cannot 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.
  5. During the regular season, teams can start with however many players are present (no grace period). If a roster is less than 9 players that team will only be penalized 1 out total each time the vacant line-up spots come to bat.
  6. Up to 4 borrowed players are allowed during the regular season and 2 during the playoffs, to make a maximum of 10 total players per team roster for Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, and Pony Divisions.
  7. Academy/All Star/Travel ball players (excluding State Players) are allowed only during regular season, but not during play-offs and end of the season tournaments.
  8. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the appropriate Division Director.
  9. Regular Season and Tournament Play:  Borrowed players cannot start the game over a rostered player and must bat last in the line up.

GNBL RECREATIONAL GENERAL RULES

(These rules are in place to cover all applicable divisions).

  1. Players are not to sit back to back innings.
  2. Bat your entire line-up.
  3.  Unlimited substitutions (once a pitcher is removed they may not return to pitch in the same game).
  4. Umpires make all calls.  Head coach of record, you may only address rules and interpretation of the rules, do not attempt to argue judgement calls (*i.e. balls and strikes, out or safe). Any coach found excessively arguing judgement calls will become subject to GNBL Code of Conduct.
  5. Coaches get 1 trip to the mound with each pitcher; on the 2nd trip the pitcher must be changed.
  6. Head Coach (home & visitor) will not be allowed to coach their next game until the game summary from their previous game has been turned in.
  7. Bats used in Pinto-Pony must be 2 5/8" or 2 1/4" and have a USA stamp. Once the plate conference has been conducted, Bats not bearing the USA Baseball logo in divisions Pinto – Pony, will be removed from the field or dugout, and the offending team will incur 1 out per offense and the Head Coach of the offending team will be removed from the game.
  8. The International Tiebreaker rule:  The last batter of the current inning will be placed on second base with 1 out. The next individual in the lineup will be placed at bat and play will continue from that point.  This will continue so forth and so on until a winner is determined. Both Away and Home teams will have an opportunity.
  9. Pitch Count: Regular Season**:   

AGE

DAILY MAX PITCHES PITCH SMART

DAILY MAX PITCHES GNBL RECREATIONAL

 

REQUIRED REST (PITCHES)

 0 Days 1 Days 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days

Pinto

50

40

1-20

21-35

36-50

N/A

N/A

Mustang

75

65

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

N/A

Bronco

85

75

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

Pony

95

85

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

Colt

95

85

1-30

31-45

46-60

61-75

76+

Palomino

105

95

1-30

31-45

46-60

61-75

76+

**Pitch Counts are determined by Division

  1. Pitch Count: Tournament Play (post season):  Follow Pitching T-8 Tournament Pitching in Pony Rule Book page 33. (Follow Pony pitch count matrix posted)
  2. The Pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) rest for the threshold he/she reached during the start of that at-bat, provided the pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to the next batter.  (Pony Rule Change 2020 –rule 10-D and T-B-A)
  3. All Divisions: Tag ups are allowed on caught fly balls and base runner can advance to next base(s).
  4. Regular Season Play:  International Tie Breaker allowed for one inning only and begins at the time limit specified in each Division.  If game is stilled tied after one additional inning, the game will be recorded as a tie.   5 run rule is in effect, unless it is the last scheduled inning where unlimited runs allowed.
  5. All coaches, assistant coaches, board members must complete the required volunteer background check.
  6. Great Neck Baseball Academy Players must register and participate in 51% of the scheduled games in Great Neck Recreation Baseball during the spring season in order to be eligible for the next season.  Great Neck Baseball Academy players are not required to participate in Great Neck Recreational Baseball in the Fall Season, however, are required to register.

**Exception:  Players who make their Middle School Baseball team are not required to play Great Neck Recreation Baseball, however are still required to register.   

***All rules are subject to change with majority board approval.


DEVELOPMENTAL / SHETLAND RULES

Developmental:

  1. Hit off the tee the entire season. 
  2. Every player bats every inning.
  3. No outs, scores, or standings kept.
  4. Usually 10 players on a on roster.

Shetland:

  1. 5 and 6 year olds will be split during spring and combined during fall season.
  2. Every player bats every inning.
  3. No outs, scores, or standings kept.
  4. Usually 10 players on the roster. 
  5. Progress to coach pitch after 3 games. Coach pitch should be from the knee or bucket throwing soft toss. Coach should be pitching from the rubber.
  6. After 4 quick pitches and no hit from batter, allow player to hit from the tee and advance the runners to continue the game. 

PINTO RULES

  1. Games are 1hr and 40 mins. No new inning. If no daylight rule has come into play, finish inning; do not leave in a tie on weekends, if game is tied at the end of 2hrs the International Tie Breaker will be used to determine winner. During weekdays if daylight rule has occurred revert back to last inning for score.
  2. Spring season will have umpire on the field and fall season will have Jr. Umpire.
  3. Division will consist of 7’s and 8’s in separate divisions in the spring and combined ages in the fall, subject to Pony Rule Guidelines, registration dependent.
  4. Copy of your roster with positions and batting order is supplied at the beginning of the game to the opposing team. Coaches need to sign off on it and address issues prior to start of game.
  5. Players cannot play any 1 position more than 2 innings.
  6. Players cannot sit any more than two innings in a game and not back to back innings.
  7. No player can sit out two innings until every player has sat out at least one inning.
  8. Each player must play 1 inning in the outfield.
  9. 6 Pitches unless batter fouls 6th and 7th pitch. Batter is out if 7th pitch is not a fair hit.
  10. 5 runs per inning except 6th inning. 6th inning unlimited runs allowed.
  11. Ball not hit past the dirt / chalk line in front of batter’s box is a foul ball.
  12. Coaches must pitch from the rubber.
  13. With the shorter fences the field ump should be closer to second base.
  14. 15 run rule after 3 innings, 10 run rule after 4 innings.  Game is complete when a team leads by 15 runs after 3 complete innings, 10 or more runs after 3 ½ (home) or 4 innings (visitor).
  15. 7’s - Over throws at the bases, (1 base on overthrow period).  The play stops.   
  16. 8’s - Over throws, the run can advance on each overthrow, one base per overthrow attempt.
  17. Chalk line should be placed midway between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home plate.  During the field of play if the base runner has not passed the midway point once ball is controlled, the base runner must return to previous base.
  18. Per Pony rule, Pitcher may not coach from the pitching mound. This includes batters and base runners.
  19. Control:  Control is defined as an infielder with the ball in hand or glove on the infield when control is achieved and umpire has declared control.  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.

MUSTANG RULES

  1. Games are 1 hr. and 40 mins. No new inning. If no daylight rule has come into play, finish inning do not leave in a tie on weekends, during weekdays if daylight rule has occurred revert back to last inning for score.
  2. No player can sit more than 2 innings per game and cannot sit back to back innings.
  3. No player can sit out two innings until every player has sat out at least one inning.
  4. All players must play a minimum of 1 inning in the infield.
  5. Players cannot play more than 2 innings at one position during the game.
  6. Pitchers and catchers may play 3 innings at the same position collectively, except if pitch counts forces them to stop.  (Example:  If pitcher or catcher has played 2 innings at one position, they are eligible for 1 inning at the other).
  7. Five run limit per inning – except for the 6th inning.
  8. 15 run rule after 3 innings, 10 run rule after 4 innings.  Game is complete when a team leads by 15 after 3 inning complete innings, 10 or more after 3 ½ (home) or 4 innings (visitor).
  9. Running for the catcher is allowed during the game with two outs.
  10. No dropped third strike all season or play-offs.
  11. Pitchers will adhere to GNBL pitch count chart (see chart under general rules) during regular season and follow Pitching T-8 Tournament Pitching in Pony Rule Book page 33. during post season tournament.
  12. Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitcher is removed, he may not return to pitch).
  13. Balks:
    1.  First 5 games of the Season – No Balks are called (Instructional) but players need to be corrected.
    2. Remainder of the Season – Balk is Called and Penalized with one warning per pitcher.
  14. Stealing/Leads:
    1.  The first 5 games of the Season will follow the following modified PONY rule O.2: 
      1. Runners at first and second bases may lead off and steal bases, but shall not lead off beyond the chalk line.  Runners can not steal until the pitched ball has reached or passed the batter.
      2. Runners at third base may lead off, but shall not lead off beyond the chalk line and can NOT steal home.
    2. The remainder of the Season will follow Pony rule O.1 from the Pony Rule Book page 23, which states:
      1.  Runners may lead off and steal bases, as in Official Baseball Rules
  15. Recommended (10’ lead off chalk line).
  16. No stealing home at any time.
  17. Stealing home is allowed only if a play is attempted on any base runner in the field of play.
  18. No stealing home on Pitcher/Catcher exchange.  However, the ball is a live ball and runners can be tagged/thrown out. (i.e. runner tagged out at second if standing off the base)
  19. Coaches:
    1.  Only 3 coaches may be in the dugout or inside the fenced playing area. All coaches must be in uniform.  
    2. Only 2 coaches are allowed in the playing field and must remain in the base coach boxes.

BRONCO RULES

  1. Five run rule except in the 7th inning the entire year. Unlimited runs allowed in 7th inning.
  2. One warning for balks for the first 3 games of the season, then following Pony rules.
  3. Pitchers will adhere to GNBL pitch count chart (see chart under general rules) during regular season and follow Pitching T-8 Tournament Pitching in Pony Rule Book page 33 during post season tournament.
  4. All players must play minimum of 3 innings.
  5. Players are not able to sit two innings back to back.
  6. Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitcher is removed he may not return to pitch).
  7. Games are 1 hr. and 50 mins. No new inning. If no daylight rule has come into play, finish inning; do not leave in a tie on weekends; if game is tied at the end of 2 hrs. the International Tie Breaker will be used to determine winner. During weekdays if daylight rule has occurred revert back to last inning for score.
  8. Mercy rule: Visiting team leads by 15 runs after 4 complete innings or 10 runs at the end of 5 complete innings.  Home team is leading by 15 runs at the end of 4, or 10 runs at the end of 5 or more complete innings.
  9. Courtesy Runner allowed for Pitcher or Catcher with two outs. Base runner will be the last out.

PONY RULES 

  1. Pitchers will adhere to GNBL pitch count chart (see chart under general rules) during regular season and follow Pitching T-8 Tournament Pitching in Pony Rule Book page 33 during post season tournament.
  2.  All players must play at least 3 innings.
  3. Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitcher is removed he may not return to pitch).
  4. Five run rule except in the 7th inning. Unlimited runs allowed in the 7th inning.
  5. Games are 1hr and 50mins. No new inning. If no daylight rule has come into play, finish inning; do not leave in a tie on weekends; if game is tied at the end of 2 hrs the International Tie Breaker will be used to determine winner. During weekdays if daylight rule has occurred revert back to last inning for score.
  6. Mercy rule: Visiting team leads by 15 runs after 4 complete innings or 10 runs at the end of 5 complete innings. Home team is leading by 15 runs at the end of 4, or 10 runs at the end of 5 or more complete innings.
  7. Courtesy Runner allowed for Pitcher or Catcher with two outs. Base runner will be the last out.

 COLT/PALOMINO/THOROUGHBRED RULES        

  1. Pitchers and catchers will adhere to Pony pitch count rules.
  2. All players must play at least 3 innings.
  3. Unlimited substitutions (Once a pitcher is removed he may not return to pitch).
  4. Games are 1hr and 50mins. No new inning. If no daylight rule has come into play, finish inning; do not leave in a tie on weekends; if game is tied at the end of 2 hrs the International Tie Breaker will be used to determine winner. During weekdays if daylight rule has occurred revert back to last inning for score.
  5. Mercy rule: Visiting team leads by 15 runs after 4 complete innings or 10 runs at the end of 5 complete innings.  Home team is leading by 15 runs at the end of 4, or 10 runs at the end of 5 or more complete innings.
  6. Courtesy Runner allowed for Pitcher or Catcher with two outs. Base runner will be the last out.

 

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