POWERLINE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Rules and Appeals/Sanctions
Approved: April 18, 2019
All rules as per Baseball Alberta Rulebook with the following modifications:
League committee shall consist of one representative per team
Regular Season Play
- Games are seven innings. Five complete innings constitutes a game. A ten-run mercy rule is in effect after five complete innings.
- Tie games will be broken if at the umpire’s discretion conditions are safe to continue to play. A full extra inning must be completed for the game score to count. If due to darkness or other conditions, as per the umpire’s discretions, a game must be stopped in the middle of an inning, the score will revert back to that of the last completed inning played.
- A game will not start unless a team can field a team of eight players.
- A fifteen-minute grace period will be given from the scheduled start time. If a team cannot be fielded (as per rule #3) by this time, the game will be forfeited.
- Players must be at least sixteen years of age to play, unless given written permission by the league committee prior to game time.
- Rainouts must be made up as soon as possible. In the event that a rained-out game cannot be made up due to scheduling difficulties, no points will be awarded.
- Any game that will have an effect on the playoff standings must be played.
- Only wood or wood composite bats are allowed in league and playoff games. Aluminum bats are prohibited. If a player is found to have used an illegal bat prior to the following batter completing his at bat, the offending player will be called out and runners will return to their previous positions.
- Each team is to submit a roster containing a maximum of twenty-one players to the league website by the first Friday in June. Only players on the submitted roster will be allowed to play for that team in subsequent league games and playoff games.
- Regular substitution rules apply.
- Only players listed on their team roster (as per rule #9 in Regular Season Play) will be eligible to compete in the playoffs.
- If two or more teams are tied in the standings at the completion of the regular season schedule, the following sequence shall be applied to determine the placement:
- Points earned (two per win, one per tie)
- Number of overall wins
- Head-to-head record between the tied teams
- Runs scored in games between the tied teams
- Coin flip
- If the fifth and sixth placed teams are tied at the end of the regular season, a coin flip will decide which team will play in the Wild Card Game.
- Playoff games are seven innings. A ten-run mercy rule is in effect after five complete innings.
- Tied playoff games will be broken if at the umpire’s discretion conditions are safe to continue to play. A full extra inning must be completed for the game score to count. If due to darkness or other conditions, as per the umpire’s discretions, a game must be stopped in the middle of an inning, the score will revert back to that of the last completed inning played.
- If a playoff game does not complete five innings, the game will be replayed on the next available playoff date with the game to be started as a new playoff game with the score and lineups reset. Playoffs Rule #5 and Rule #6 apply to the new game. (Example: Armena leads Holden 5-3 in the fourth inning when the game is stopped due to umpire’s discretion. Armena and Holden will reset the game to 0-0 in the top of the first inning on the next available playoff date. Lineups for the new game will also be reset).
- If a playoff game completes five innings, but is called due to the umpire’s discretion during a tie game or before the completion of seven innings regardless of the score, the game will be resumed on the next available playoff date with the game score from the last complete inning remaining intact, however the game will be reset to the top of the first inning and the lineups will reset as well. Playoffs Rule #5 and Rule #6 apply to the new game. (Example: Armena leads Holden 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning after scoring three runs when the game is stopped due to the umpire’s discretion. Armena and Holden will reset the game score to the last completed inning carrying that game score into the top of the first inning of the new game. Lineups for the new game will be reset).
- Appeal committee consists of one representative from each team.
- Minimum three representatives with power to vote is needed to hear an appeal.
- Teams involved in the appeal will not be allowed to vote.
- A $100 appeal fee must be posted. This fee is returned if the appeal is successful and forfeited if appeal is denied.
- Notice of appeal must be filed with the league President as soon as possible and with a reasonable time. Forty-eight hours after the end of the game is considered within reasonable time.
- Sanction committee consists of one representative from each team.
- Minimum three representatives with power to vote needed to rule on sanctions.
- Team/Teams involved in the situation will not be allowed to rule on sanctions.
- Sanction committee shall have unlimited authority to levy penalties.
- Notice of intent to seek sanctions must be filed as per #5 in Appeals section.