Pineview Ground Rules - All Leagues

Updated Monday March 14, 2016 by BEN BARRS.

Pineview Ground Rules - All Leagues

ALL LEAGUES

PINEVIEW SPORTS COMPLEX ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

1 PINEVIEW, in association with Lexington County Recreation and Aging

Commission (LCRAC), is committed to providing a safe and drug-free

environment in which our children can learn and play. LCRAC requires that all

managers and coaches, that serve voluntarily, must undergo a criminal

background check and uphold the Code of Ethics, which states “I will provide a

sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol and I will

refrain from their use at all youth sports events”. In conjunction with LCRAC,

PINEVIEW will enforce the ZERO TOLERANCE Drug Use Policy for all

managers, coaches, Board members and volunteers and spectators, as outlined

below;

1.1 The use of any illegal substance, alcoholic beverage or tobacco product, within

the confines of the PINEVIEW Youth Sports Complex, by any manager, coach,

player, umpire or League Official or spectator is prohibited. PENALTY: The

offender will be asked to immediately dispose of the offending substance. Should

the offending individual refuse to immediately dispose of the offending substance

he/she will be asked to leave the complex property. If necessary, a Lexington

County Law Enforcement Officer will be called by a League Official and asked to

escort the offender off the premises. Each occurrence will be documented and

kept on file for no less than two (2) years. The first offense will result in an

immediate suspension from all PINEVIEW activities for seven (7) consecutive

days. After serving the seven (7) day suspension, the offender can resume

participation in PINEVIEW activities. The second such documented occurrence

will result in expulsion from all PINEVIEW activities for the remainder of the

calendar year. Expelled managers, coaches, players, umpires and League Officials

must submit a written request to the Board of Directors for consideration of

renewal of participation privileges for the following year. Please refer to the

LCRAC’s Zero Tolerance Policy

1.2 The use of any illegal substance, tobacco product or alcoholic beverage, within

the confines of the PINEVIEW Youth Sports Complex, by any person, is

prohibited. PENALTY: The offending individual will be asked to immediately

dispose of the offending substance. Should the offending individual refuse to

immediately dispose of the offending substance he/she will be asked to leave the

complex property. If necessary, a Lexington County Law Enforcement Officer will

be called, by a League Official, and asked to escort the offender off the premises.

Please refer to the LCRAC’s Zero Tolerance Policy

1.3 This supersedes any previously stated agreement, arrangement, or ground

rules on this subject.

SECTION TWO

ALL LEAGUES

1. Teams are responsible for cleaning up their dugouts and policing the area from

in back of the dugout to home plate, inside and outside of the fence, immediately

following completion of their game and before the next game starts, if a game

follows immediately. Failure to do so could result in the suspension of the

manager(s) for the next scheduled game.

2. The home team will provide an adult to operate the scoreboard. If an adult is

not provided, the scoreboard will be TURNED OFF.

3. NO GLASS CONTAINERS OR FOOD are allowed in the dugout area at any

time during games. All equipment not in use by players will be kept inside the

dugout area. Dugout gates will remain closed during games.

4. GAME SCHEDULES will be as follows:

4.1 OZONE LEAGUE Regular season games will be played Monday through

Saturday.

4.2 MINOR LEAGUE Regular season games will be played Monday through

Saturday.

4.3 COACHES PITCH Regular season games will be played Monday through

Saturday.

4.4 T-BALL and WEE-BALL Games will be played on Saturday.

4.5 PAL Games will be played on Saturday.

5. In the event of inclement weather, the appropriate League Commissioner will

be responsible for determining the starting time of ball games and whether a

game will be played or called. If a game is interrupted by rain, there will be a

minimum thirty (30) minute waiting period before the umpire officially calls the

game. SEE DYB OFFICIAL RULES & REGULATIONS, RULE 3.10 (c). SEE DYB

OFFICIAL RULES & REGULATIONS, RULE 4.10 FOR DEFINITION OF A

REGULATION GAME.

GAMES CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER in Ozone and Minor

Leagues will be made up using the following guidelines: (1)on the first available

open date following the cancellation (including Wednesday and Sunday), (2)

based upon umpire availability, and (3)league commissioner approval.

Rescheduled games will not interfere with regular scheduled season games.

EXCEPTIONS: No team will have a four (4) game week. No team will play three

(3) games in one day.

GAMES CANCELLED due to inclement weather in Coaches Pitch, T-Ball, and

PAL will be re-scheduled by that League’s Commissioner and/or Assistant

Commissioner in the order in which they were postponed.

6. ANY GAME CALLED because of rain or other reasons shall resume play from

the point at which it stopped. Team scorebooks will be signed either by the

Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Umpire or League Representative at the

time play is suspended.

7. Managers will give the opposing manager a complete lineup of all players

assigned to their team no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled

game time. There will be no penalty for the failure to provide the lineup in a

timely manner, but continual disregard of the courtesy could result in

disciplinary action to be taken against the offending manager by the Board of

Directors.

7.1 The lineup will consist of: (a) batting order

(b) first and last name - NO NICKNAMES

(c) position

(d) uniform number

(e) absentee player(s) and reason for absence

7.2 No absent player will be allowed to participate after the first pitch, unless

agreed upon by both managers. The official scorekeeper will need to be informed

of any such changes. A team can start with eight (8) players and end with eight

(8) players.

7.3 Manager, coaches or scorekeeper will inform the opposing coach of any

change made during the game.

7.4 Game rosters will be prepared only on scorebooks provided by the League.

7.5 PLAYER SUBSTITUTION TO PREVENT FORFEIT: A manager may borrow

player(s) from another team within their league and division to prevent a forfeit.

A team may start or end a game with a minimum of eight (8) players. This

substitution rule only applies if the team does not have the minimum number of

players present. Furthermore, the borrowed players must play outfield positions

and bat at the bottom of the lineup. (Amended March 2014)

8. Managers will not carry inactive players on their rosters in order to keep from

selecting another player. When a player becomes inactive, he may be dropped

and, if necessary, a replacement player may be selected within three (3) days.

NOTE: Before a player can be dropped a Manager must submit a written request

to the Player Agent and the request must be submitted for Board approval.

EXCEPTION: See Section Three, Major League, Rule 3; Section Four, Minor

League, Rule 3; Section Five, Coaches Pitch, Rule 1.

8.1 Eligible reasons for dropping a player from a team may be as follows, but are

not confined to:

8.1.1 INJURY which will prevent playing for a period of five (5) or more weeks.

8.1.2 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES such as, but not confined to:

(a) Causes trouble at practice

(b) Refuses to play the position assigned (provided they are qualified)

(c) Causing trouble among other players

(d) Gets angry, quits playing, and leaves the game or field.

8.1.3 FAILURE OF PLAYER TO ATTEND PRACTICE OR GAMES. Any player

who misses a total of three (3)or more games or a total of five (5) or more

practices may be dropped, with proper documentation.

8.1.4 NO PLAYER WILL BE DROPPED FOR PLAYING ABILITY. However a

player may be dropped for safety concerns, as a precaution.

9. The reason for a player quitting must be provided in a written statement by the

team manager and filed with the Player Agent within 72 hours of quitting. The

Secretary will keep record.

10. The Board of Directors must approve all managers and coaches, before the

season gets underway, on a yearly basis. This includes all managers and coaches

approved from the previous year. Assistant coaches must have coached with the

same team for one (1) year prior to the season before his son/daughter or

grandchild can be considered for that team. Any exceptions to be considered

must be filed in writing and will be ruled on by the Board of Directors.

11. There will be a coach’s pool, to be made up of coaches that have been

approved but not assigned to a team. Each team in Ozone and Minor Leagues and

Coaches Pitch (not applicable to T-Ball) will have the option of selecting one

individual to act as an alternate coach. Alternate coaches will be governed as

follows:

11.1 An alternate coach must meet League criteria for coaching and must be

approved by the Board of Directors.

11.2 An alternate coach is not recognized by Dixie Youth Baseball and cannot

qualify as an All-star coach.

11.3 Serving as an alternate coach does not qualify as serving the one (1)-year

eligibility standard of an assistant coach.

11.4 An alternate coach cannot participate or coach in any manner (on the field or

behind the fence) when regular coaching staff is available.

11.5 An alternate coach will act only as a substitute coach for his team and cannot

substitute for any other team.

11.6 The league will not purchase a shirt or hat for alternate coaches.

PENALTY: Any breach will result in the violating alternate coach’s immediate

removal from the coach’s pool. No replacement alternate coach will be allowed

for that team for the remainder of the season.

12. The following rules of Conduct and Sportsmanship will be strictly adhered to:

12.1 The use of profanity or profane gestures by any spectator, manager, coach,

umpire, player, or League Official is prohibited. PENALTY: Removal of manager,

coach, umpire, player, or League Official or said individual will be brought before

the Board of Directors for appropriate disciplinary action. Spectator will be asked

to cease the improper behavior. Should spectator refuse, he/she will be asked to

leave the Complex and, if necessary, Lexington County law enforcement will be

contacted by a League Official for removal of the spectator.

13. Any manager or coach that is asked to leave a game by an umpire (otherwise

known as ejected) will be placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar

year. Immediately after being ejected, the coach and umpire will complete an

incident report and submit it to a board member. If the coach feels that the

ejection was unjust, he/she can request the board to review the reports before

suspension. If the coach does not feel a Board review is needed, the suspension

will start with the next regularly scheduled game following the ejection. The

Board of Directors will then decide if additional action, up to, and including loss

of coaching privileges at Pineview for the remainder of the calendar year. Refusal

to appear before the Board, and /or to comply with the Board’s ruling, or failure

to complete the required incident report will result in the removal of the manager

or coach from their team for the remainder of the calendar year. This includes

any and all organized activities held during the current calendar year, including

Fall Ball. This action will remain on the manager/coaches file for no less than two

years following the year in which the probation/removal took place. Any coach

suspended from a game shall not warm-up the team or enter the playing field for

any reason. The suspended coach must sit in the left or right outfield and beyond

the bullpen during the game.

14. No umpire will officiate a game in which his/her child is a participant, unless

there is no one else available.

15. Only team members, one manager, and two (2) coaches will be allowed in the

dugout during a game. EXCEPTION: See Section Five, Coaches Pitch, Rule

Three; Section Six, T-Ball, Rule Two. The team manager and coaches are the only

authorized team representatives. All managers and coaches must be at least

eighteen (18) years of age prior to the start of the season in which they wish to

volunteer. Any exceptions must be approved by the Board of Directors. Absentee

coaches may only be substituted with League-approved coaches. EXCEPTION:

See Section Two, All Leagues, Rule 11.5.

16 .League Officials may visit the dugouts for a short period of time during games

for the purpose of monitoring the conduct of players and coaches.

17. Base-line coaching:

17.1 Coaches on the base-lines shall consist of:

(a) Eligible players in uniform with protective head gear; or

(b) League approved adult team coaches.

17.2 Base line coaches cannot be exchanged or change from one coaching box to

another during play. Only between innings can base line coach exchanges occur.

EXCEPTION: See DYB Official Rules and Regulations, Rule 4.05 (b), NOTE 1.

17.3 Base line coaches must occupy their coaching box. Base line coaches will not

leave a coach’s box except:

(a) When time out is called, or after a wild throw or foul ball

(b) When relieved of base coaching duties.

18. Managers and coaches are not permitted to position themselves behind the

backstop while the opposing team’s pitcher is on the mound.

19. Players are to remain behind the fence in the dugout during the game. The

team manager and one (1) coach may occupy a designated area in front of their

dugout. No unauthorized persons or equipment will be permitted inside the

dugout.

20. All batters, “on deck” batters and base runners and players serving as base

line coaches will wear protective head gear with straps (batting helmet). In the

event a base runner loses the full protection of the batting helmet, the player will

not be permitted to proceed beyond the base to which he/she was advancing. All

catchers will wear throat protection attached to the catcher’s mask and a

protective cup and supporter.

21. The following guidelines will govern the advancement of runners:

21.1 Fair territory hits:

21.1.1 A ball bounding in fair territory, which proceeds to go through an open gate

on the field, will be scored as a ground rule double. The batter, and all base

runners, will be awarded two (2) bases from their previously held positions.

21.1.2 A ball bounding in fair territory, which lodges in the fence, will permit the

batter and all base runners, to advance at the risk of being retired by the defense,

a maximum of two (2) bases from their previously held position

21.1.3 A ball hit bounding in fair territory, which then proceeds to go under or

through the fence will be scored as a ground rule double. The batter, and all base

runners, will be awarded two (2) bases from their previously held positions.

21.1.4 A ball bounding in fair territory, which then bounces over the fence, will be

scored as a ground rule double. The batter, and all base runners, will be awarded

two (2) bases from their previously held positions.

21.1.5 A fly ball, in fair territory, that clears the outfield fence and then strikes an

obstruction outside the fence (e.g., light pole, scoreboard, etc.) and lands back

onto the field of play will be ruled an automatic homerun for the batter.

21.1.6 A fly ball, hit in fair territory, which first hits on the top of the outfield

fence and continues over the fence will be ruled an automatic homerun for the

batter.

21.1.7 A fly ball, hit in fair territory, which first hits on top of the outfield fence

and bounces back into the field of play will be considered a live ball and will allow

the batter and all base runners to advance at the risk of being retired. If caught

before touching the field of play, it will not be counted as an out, but a live ball.

21.2 Overthrows:

21.2.1 An overthrow at first base, third base, or home plate from which the ball

remains on the playing field will be a live ball. All base runners can advance at the

risk of being retired.

21.2.2 An overthrow at first base, third base, or home plate from which results in

the ball going over, through, under or lodging in the fence or dugout will be ruled

a dead ball. Play will be stopped and all base runners will be awarded two (2)

bases; the base to which they were advancing, plus one (1) additional base.

21.3 A pitched ball that passes the catcher and goes through, or lodges in the

fence (backstop), will advance base runners only to the base to which they were

proceeding.

22. Selection of post-season tournament coaches and players will be governed by

the following guidelines:

22.1 All League Officials and coaches agree that the manager(s) of the regular

season pennant champions, in their perspective league(s),should manage their

league’s All-star teams. The regular season pennant champions will be the team

with the best overall win-lose record. In the event of a tie, the manager of the

team that won the overall season play-off will be considered the manager of the

all-star team. The all-star manager will be allowed to pick the assistants of his

choosing. Any selected assistant must be a League approved coach appearing on a

DYB registration affidavit for that season. Ozone and Minor League all-star teams

are allowed one (1) manager and two (2) coaches. Coaches Pitch all-star teams

are allowed one (1) manager and three (3) coaches. If the first place team

manager declines, the second place manager may be offered the position and be

allowed to select he/her assistants.

22.2 The All-star team selections shall be selected in accordance with Addendum

A to the By Laws.

22.3 Any player of league age 10 and under must be registered on a minor league

team during the regular season to be eligible to participate in Minor league

tournaments unless pulled up to Ozone at the request of the Pineview Board of

Directors.

22.4 In the event the first place manager declines or is ruled ineligible to coach

the All Star team, the second place manager will be offered the position and so on

down the line until an acting manager accepts (3rd, 4th, Etc.) At no time will an

assistant coach be considered for the position of All Star manager in lieu of an

acting manager who was removed or declines the All Star team. (Amended June

2012)

23. ALL SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL BE ADHERED TO BY ALL

MANAGERS AND COACHES

23.1 It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a protective cup and supporter for

their children. If the child is catching, it is mandatory (see DYB rule 1.17e), and if

they are playing any other position it is highly recommended, but not mandatory

(see DYB rule 1.18b)

24. No manager or coach shall manage for more than one team, or in more than

one league, per season. EXCEPTIONS: A manager or coach may, at any time,

participate in the PAL League in conjunction with his/her regular duties in any

other League. A coach or scorekeeper may assist in the T-Ball League in

conjunction with his/her regular duties in any other League.

25. The Pineview Board of Directors will not sanction, approve, or acknowledge

any practice, called or otherwise, held during the off season. Any coach or

manager who calls a practice, voluntary or otherwise, will do so at his/her own

risk. Any liability for injuries to players, parents, or bystanders will be strictly the

responsibility of that coach or manager.

26. All players will wear league issued uniforms while on the playing field during

regular season play. Manager/Coaches will be required to wear their league

issued coach’s shirt and team hat or no hat at all while on the playing field during

regular season play or all-star participation. Any exceptions will be made on an

individual basis, by the individual league Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner

in which the manager or coach participates, or the Board President.

27. No player will be allowed to wear jewelry during a game. This would include

watches, necklaces, and earrings. The first time an umpire sees someone with

jewelry on both teams will be warned. If, after a warning is issued, an umpire sees

another player with jewelry on then the player in question and that player’s

manager will both be ejected from the game. In addition, according to our ground

rules, the manager will be suspended from the next game as well.

28. Batter who slings the bat (at the discretion of the umpire) after hitting the ball

will receive a warning for the first offense. The second offense will result in the

batter being called out.

29. The Manager shall be responsible to maintain order with his spectators. The

head umpire will approach the Manager if he feels someone(s) is disordering as a

warning. If the inappropriate behavior continues, then the head umpire may

remove the spectator(s) and the Manager may be brought before the Board for

possible disciplinary action. The Board has the authority to call Lexington County

Law Enforcement to remove the spectator(s) per DYB Rule XII (E).

30. Anyone proposing a bylaw must be present at the yearly general meeting for

it to be voted on. (Added June 2012)

31. Parents or a guardian of a player may provide a written request to the President, Vice

President or Secretary to issue a release from the Pineview League to be reviewed and

approved by majority of the Board of Directors. (Added March 2015)

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