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Thunder Senior Division Rules 2021

Updated: July 26, 2021

The KTBA House League Rules are intended to ensure fair play and safety for all players.
Unless otherwise noted in the KTBA House League Rule Book, the rules from the "Official Rules of Baseball" with any rules adapted by Baseball Canada and Baseball Ontario will be the basic rules of publication for all House League Divisions.
All players and coaches participating in games and/or practices must be registered with the KTBA.
All coaches are responsible to the League Conveners and Executive.
All coaches are responsible for the team, including pictures and all league functions.
KTBA House League rules cannot be changed without Executive approval.
Where KINGSTON House League teams participate in inter-city regular season matches regardless of which team is designated as the home team in the schedule, KINGSTON House League rules apply.
1. The Playing Field, Uniforms and Equipment
1-1 DUGOUTS: The home team will use the third-base dugout and the visiting team will use the first-base dugout.
1-2 THE PLAYING FIELD: KTBA is responsible for laying out the diamond. The field shall be laid out using a measuring tape according to the instructions below, supplemented by Diagrams No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in Appendix A.
1-3 BATS: All players will use Wooden bats. These are subject to the provisions in the Official Rules of Baseball.
Under no circumstances will a broken or cracked bat or a softball bat be allowed in a game or practice.
1-4 BATTING HELMETS: Batting helmets are mandatory while batting and running the bases.
Players in all divisions will be allowed to use their own batting helmets provided that the helmet clearly exhibits that it is NOSCAE approved and is a model with double ear flaps. The use of broken helmets will not be permitted in games or practices. KTBA does not supply batting helmets.
1-5 UNIFORM: Pants must be worn, no shorts, and the Jersey/T-Shirt will be provided.
1-6 CLEATS: Metal cleats or hard plastic cleats are allowed.
1-8 CATCHER’S MASK: Any person warming up a pitcher on or near the playing field before or during a game or practice must wear a catcher’s mask equipped with proper throat protection. This applies regardless of whether the individual warming up the pitcher is in a crouch position or not.
1-9 JOCK OR JILL: All players must wear an athletic support and cup (males) or a jill (females) to participate in any game or practice.
1-11 JEWELRY: Except for Medical Alert Bracelets, Phiten or similar magnetic detachable necklaces and bracelets, NO VISIBLE JEWELRY shall be worn during practices or games by players (stud earrings are the exception).
1-12 ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Players are not permitted to take electronic devices on the field during games and/or practices. Electronic devices should not be used by players in the dugout during a game.
2. Game Preliminaries
2-1 PRE-GAME WARMUP: Teams are encouraged to warm up prior to the start of the game. For pre-game warm up before early games (6:00 pm), the teams shall have use of the outfield, and may also use the infield up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. The KTBA executive encourages warmups and those teams participating in 8:30 pm games are encouraged to arrive early and to conduct a warm up once the first game is done.

2-2PLATE TALK: A representative from each team and umpires shall meet at home plate at the scheduled game time to discuss ground rules. The umpire has control of the game at that point.
2-3 GAME BALLS: The KTBA will provide all baseballs for a game.
2-4 UMPIRES: If no umpires are available at game time, every effort should be made to obtain volunteers from the spectators (if they are registered umpires or registered coaches) or from the coaching staffs. In the absence of umpire safety equipment, the home plate umpire will assume the position behind the pitcher’s mound.
2-5 UMPIRE HARASSMENT: Verbal harassment of an umpire before, during, or after a game will not be permitted or tolerated. Violations of this rule will result in immediate ejection and a suspension of the next game. Based on the severity of the violation or for repeat offenders the KTBA Disciplinary Committee could increase the length of the suspension.
2-6 PHYSICAL ABUSE: Physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic suspension until further notice by the KTBA Disciplinary Committee. The KTBA will co-operate with any police investigation.
2-7 MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS: The minimum number of players for one team in a game is Eight. It is an automatic default if less than eight players are available to play at game time. The game should still be played for the benefit of the players (e.g. teams should be encouraged to lend players to the team in default).

2-8 CALL-UPS:  (REGULAR SEASON - ) Players may be called up from the the other teams. Only KTBA registered Senor League players may be called up. THERE WILL BE NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF CALL UPS REQUIRED TO AVOID A FORFEITED GAME.
Borrowed players 1) may not miss their own game, 2) must bat last in the order, 3) may not result in your team having more than 9 players, 4) cannot play more than your regular players. Called up players are not allowed to pitch for that team
3. Starting and Ending the Game
3-1 START TIMES: The starting time for weeknight games is (6:00 and 8:30 pm unless otherwise advised).
3-2 GRACE PERIOD: There is a 10-minute grace period at the beginning of the game for all age divisions in order to avoid defaults. Game duration is still measured from the original game time.
If thunder roars, go indoors! If any KTBA umpire observes thunder or lightning he will stop the game and instruct all players, coaches and parents that they should seek shelter and move away from diamond. The game will be in this rain delay for 30 min. If the umpire observes thunder or lightning during a rain delay the 30 min clock will start again. The game can not resume until there has been 30 consecutive minutes where the umpire has not observed any thunder or lightning. If the umpire stops the game during an inning the score will revert back to the score at the end of the last completed inning.
3-5 RAIN OUTS: This may be called by the City of Kingston authorities or a member of the KTBA Executive. It is the desire of the KTBA that in the event games are called off due to weather conditions, all efforts will be made to advise the membership at the earliest possible moment. Please check the thunder website, Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as the thunder twitter feed for cancellations. Coaches cannot postpone a game.

4. The Batter
4-1 BATTING ORDER: All players present and eligible to play will be listed in the batting order and will bat in a continuous order throughout the game.
If a player is hurt or leaves, the batting order is still continuous, but that spot vacated by the player will not result in an out.
A player who arrives after the start of the game and who is in the batting order for the game may bat in his/her position as long as his/her turn at bat has not yet occurred. Otherwise, no matter at what time the player arrives, he/she will be placed at the bottom of the batting order.
4-2 DISCIPLINE: No fighting or charging the pitcher will be allowed. This will mean immediate ejection from the game with further suspensions.
5. The Runner
5-1 CONTACT RULE: Runners are instructed to slide or to avoid making contact with a fielder. A player who maliciously runs into another player is to be declared out (unless he/she has scored prior to committing the infraction) and is to be automatically ejected (whether or not declared out). Contact shall be considered malicious if: a) the contact is the result of intentional excessive force, and/or b) there is intent to injure. Malicious contact is to be penalized whether committed by an offensive or defensive player. The umpire shall determine whether contact was avoidable or unavoidable, whether the runner was attempting to reach the base/plate, or attempting to dislodge the ball from the fielder. If the runner a) could have avoided the fielder and reached the base or b) attempted to dislodge the ball, the runner is out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other runners shall return to the last base legally occupied by them at the time of the contact. If the fielder blocks the base path, the runner may make contact, slide into or collide with the fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base/plate. If the collision is flagrant, the runner is called out and ejected. The ball is declared dead. If the defensive player blocked the base path clearly without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be called. The runner is safe and a delayed dead ball is called. If the runner collides flagrantly, he/she shall be declared safe due to obstruction but shall be ejected. The ball is dead. Any unnecessary body contact by either runner or fielder shall be looked upon as an attempt to injure and will mean ejection from the game with possible further ejections.
5-2 Any player unable to take their turn at bat because of injury or other justifiable reason shall be removed from the game. This will not be considered an out or batting out of turn, even if this reduces a team’s line up to 7 players.
5-3 No pinch runners are allowed except for injury. When required, the last player called out will pinch run.
5-4 Any player leaving the field due to injury must remain out of the game for the remainder of the defensive inning or the next defensive inning if the player was a batter or runner before leaving.
6. The Pitcher

6-2 WARM UP PITCHES: A pitcher is allowed no more than 5 warm up pitches with the exception that, in cold weather, the number of pitches is at the discretion of the umpire. It is recommended that pitchers coming into a game warm up on the side before pitching in the game. A pitcher will only be allowed to pitch in 4 consecutive innings, and once removed from the game they cannot re-enter as a pitcher in the same game.

7. The Umpire, Participant Conduct, Ejections, Game Protests
7-1 TIME OUTS: In order to request a ‘time out’, a coach must be in the coaches’ box or the dugout. ‘Time out’ can only be requested after a completed play. The umpire DOES NOT have to grant a request ‘time out’. Any coach that runs onto the field to argue an umpire’s call without first requesting and being granted a ‘time out’ may be subject to immediate ejection without warning.
7-2 GAME EJECTIONS AND SUSPENSIONS: A player or coach shall be suspended for the remainder of the game in which he/she was ejected plus his/her next league or playoff game without appeal. All ejections are reviewed by the Discipline committee who may reduce or add to the automatic game upon receiving umpires report and discussion with ejected person. Any of the following infractions, but not limited to these, substantiated as having been committed either before, during or immediately after any games sanctioned by the KTBA may result in ejection:
(a) Using profane or obscene language directed at an individual
(b) Arguing with a game official or questioning a judgment call
(c) Bumping, shoving, or pushing an umpire
(d) Conducting themselves in a manner deemed to detrimental to baseball, and/or the KTBA
(e) Using tobacco products or consuming of any alcoholic beverages on or near the playing field
(f) Showing disrespect to game officials or KTBA Executive members
(g) Destruction or abuse of KTBA property or others, including the throwing of bats or helmets
(h) Unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the playing field
(i) Taunting, teasing, or bullying players on the opposing team
(j) Verbal harassment/threats and/or physical abuse
Note - it will be the umpire’s discretion whether to first issue a warning to the offending party.
Individuals ejected shall completely leave the vicinity of the ballpark and shall be suspended for one more scheduled game. Please see rule 7.2 a player of younger years under the control of a parent or guardian may remain. The VP of House League will be notified by the Umpire in Chief of any ejections. The KTBA Discipline Committee, in reviewing the ejection report, may suspend the player or coach for additional games.
A second ejection will result in an automatic 3 game suspension. Please see rule 7.2 a third ejection is ruled on by the disciplinary committee. Coaching or playing while under suspension will incur a further 3 game suspension and action by the disciplinary committee. An additional minimum two game suspension will be assessed to any coach who refuses to leave the field after an ejection. There will also be an automatic review by the disciplinary committee for refusing to leave the field after an ejection. While under suspension, a player or coach cannot be involved with the team in any capacity at any KTBA events during the time of suspension. There are to be no conversations with the umpire after an ejection as this would represent "refusing to leave the field" after an ejection. Suspended players/coaches must serve their suspension before taking part in any KTBA team games (i.e. a House League suspension must be served before participating in a Select game and vice versa). Suspensions will be applied to any KTBA sanctioned games.
7-3 GAME PROTESTS: Protests based upon The Official Rules of Baseball and/or KTBA House League Rules will be accepted. However, A PROTEST OF AN UMPIRE’S JUDGMENT CALL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Protests based on the umpire’s interpretation of a rule or an incident shall be lodged by the Head Coach (or acting Head Coach) with the umpire at the time of such infraction. The umpire shall then inform the opposing Head Coach (or acting Head Coach) that the game is being played under protest and the game will continue to its conclusion. The umpire will file a Protest Report with their Crew Chief by noon of the following day.
The protesting team shall file via email a written protest to their Division Convener by noon of the following day. Otherwise, the protest will not be accepted. Protests based solely on technicalities that cannot have had any bearing on the outcome of the game will not be upheld. If an ejection and/or suspension is involved or if the matter is grave enough, the person concerned may be required to attend the HL Protest Committee meeting. The HL Protest Committee shall consist of: Division Convener, VP of House League, and Umpire in Chief, and President. Any of these individuals may send a delegate if they are not able to attend or if their attendance/participation presents a conflict. A deposit of $100 shall accompany all protests and be given to the Chairperson of the House League Protest Committee by noon of the following day. Otherwise, the protest will not be accepted. The protest deposit will be refunded if the protest is upheld. The HL Protest Committee shall meet and hand down a decision as soon as possible. The decision of the HL Protest Committee is final.
Scoring – Senior Division
8-3 MERCY RULE: The Senior division will have a mercy rule of five (5) runs per inning.
8-4 OPEN INNINGS: There is no “Open Inning”. Regardless of whether or not they can catch up to the winning team, losing teams should continue to take their at bats in later innings within the game time limits. All games are to be played to full time limit or 7 innings.
8-5 REPORTING SCORES: Both teams are responsible for reporting the scores to the convener
8-6: Ties during the regular season are allowed.
9. Playoff Rules
9-1: The Division Convener along with the VP of House League will determine the playoff format for their respective divisions. The format will be a best 2 out of 3 games between the 4 teams and then a championship 2 out of 3 to determine the champs.
There will be a mercy rule in place for the playoffs. It will be as follows 15 runs  after 4 innings and/or 10 runs after 5 innings.

9-4: The standings from league play (wins-losses-ties) will be used to determine positioning for the playoffs. If all teams in a division have not played the same number of games, winning percentage will be used to rank the teams.
Winning percentage = [wins + ties/2] / games played
If teams are tied after league play the positioning is determined by:
1. Head-to-Head record between tied teams
2. Difference between runs for and runs against for the entire season
If still tied, a coin toss will determine position in the standings.
9-5: Playoff game times are determined by the VP of House League and the KTBA diamond scheduler.