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General Rules

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT

1.     All players (except T-Ball) should wear protective cups.  Catchers must wear protective cups and head gear at all games and practices . Pitchers must also wear Heart-Guards.

2.     No steel spikes are allowed in the Al Morrison Program with the exception Mantle Leagues.

3.     Uniforms will consist of a matching hat and shirt.  Complete uniforms must be worn to all games.  Shirts are to be tucked in at all times.

4.     Jewelry of any kind may not be worn by players.

5.     Pitchers may not wear shirts with long white sleeves.

6.     Managers are responsible for all equipment issued to them.  Equipment that needs to be exchanged or replaced must be done with the Equipment Director.  At the last game equipment must be turned into the League Equipment Director or a Board Member. 

7.     Altering of equipment to gain an unfair advantage in the Al Morrison Baseball League is strictly prohibited.

 
GAME LENGTH / INCLEMENT WEATHER

1.     The official game time starts with the first pitch.

2.     The second game of a double header night game must start by 8:30 p.m.

3.     Time lost to a ball players serious injury will be made up at the umpires discretion.

4.     Teams will be allowed a ten (10) minute grace period after the official starts the game to field enough players (7 players available will cause the game to start) before a forfeit is declared.

5.     Rain delays will stop play with no time lost unless the game is a double header night game.  All games will have a time limit. (please see time limit rules within each league specific rules)   It is possible to tie.

6.     Inclement Weather. The Board Member in Charge or designated representative has the decision to start and re-start delayed games.  Decisions will be made by 4 p.m. of game day (earlier if possible).   If the games are canceled, a text message will be sent to all parents that participate in the texting service and all Coaches will be sent an additional text.   Parents should contact their coach if there is a question about the status of the game.

7.     Umpires have the final decision to halt play once the game has started.

8.     Both managers must call their League Commissioner for rescheduling of rain out or suspended games within four (4) hours of the cancellation.  Managers must play the game on the rescheduled date or forfeit.

*NEW*  TOURNAMENT PLAY RULE ONLY

International tie breaker rules will be used for any extra innings in tournament games.   In each ½ of the inning, the batting team will start with a runner at second base (the last official batter of the previous inning).   Each ½ inning will start with 1 out.  The game will be played to completion in this manner.

 

MANAGER / COACH PROTOCOLS & CONDUCT

1.     There will be a total of no more than four (4) coaches in any dugout.  Those coaches are 1 st base, 3rd base, manager and scorekeeper.

2.     Home team manager will be the official scorekeeper. The home team manager will be responsible for reporting scores to the webmaster.   Text the information to Russ Bivins 815 973-3394.

3.     Manager must notify opposing team manager of any disciplinary action to his players during the exchange of line ups.   If in game disciplinary action is needed it will be reported to the umpire who is responsible to notify the opposing teams manager/bookkeeper.

4.     Future, Bronco and Koufax managers must sign the pitch count record at the end of the game.

5.     Managers are responsible for the condition of their dugout.  Continued littering of the dugout may result in a one game suspension.

6.     Silenced or Vibrating Cell phones are now allowed in the dugouts .  However, a ringing cell phone is cause for ejection.   If you need to use your cellphone it is proper to move to the spectator area.

7.     The use of tobacco in any form by players or coaches in the dugouts, on the benches, or on the playing field is prohibited.

8.     Any coach ejected from a game MUST leave the playing/spectator area of their field and give no further direction for the current game.   An ejection will also draw a SUSPENSION for the next game that includes not being in the playing/spectator area for that game.

9.     Any coach ejected from more than one game may be removed from the Al Morrison Baseball program.

10.   Managers and coaches are not allowed outside of the coachs box after the game begins except in the case of injury to a player or to make repairs on the field (replace bases, mound visits, etc.)

11.   Coaches may not enter the playing field to talk to umpires.   They may ask for a conference with the umpires and the opposing manager.  The umpire will have the decision on conducting a conference.

12.   A coach restricted to the dugout shall be ejected for further misconduct.

13.   Any Bronco or Koufax manager may protest a game in accordance with MLB Rules.  The actual protested play must be declared to the umpire before the next pitch.  A protest will be acted upon by a quorum of board members excluding any involved.  All protests must be submitted in writing along with $25.00 fee and received by a league official within 24 hours of the games start time.  (The $25.00 fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.)

14.   Managers are responsible for their players and fans sportsmanship and conduct.

 
PRE -GAME PROTOCOLS

1.     The team listed first on the schedule is the visiting team. They must occupy the first base dugout.

2.     All warm ups are to be in the outfield area.

3.     No soft toss into any fence with hardballs.  Wiffle balls only.

4.     During the pre-game conference, both teams are to remain in their dugout or bullpen area until the pre-game conference has been completed.

5.     Teams must start play with a minimum of seven (7) players and will take two (2) outs at the bottom of the order.  Refusal to play will result in a forfeit.

6.     No trades will be allowed.

7.     Late players may be inserted into the line-ups at any time once the game starts but must be placed at the bottom of the batting order.

 
PARENT / FAN CONDUCT

1.     The Al Morrison Board respectfully requests that no outside food be brought onto the complex premises.  We are a not for profit organization that relies on our Concession Stand sales to pay for our umpires and concession stand staff.  Thank you for your compliance to this request.

2.     There will be no smoking allowed at the Al Morrison Baseball Complex during Al Morrison functions. 

3.     The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the fields or in the spectator areas.

4.     Managers are responsible for their players and fans sportsmanship and conduct.

5.     The Umpire or Board Member has the authority to stop a game until the offender in the crowd is removed or kept quiet. Abusive language or conduct is cause for ejection from the game.

6.     Please be aware of the Dixon Park District Unattended Youth Policy: The Dixon Police Department will be contacted by the staff member (or volunteer in charge) to pick up any unattended youth remaining at a site longer than one-half hour following the completion or cancellation of an activity.



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