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NATIONAL ADULT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION

2017 Tournament Entry and Eligibility Rules

· Age Requirement: This rule is what makes the NABA philosophy of operating fair, well-organized and enjoyable amateur baseball tournaments possible. In tournaments with 25+, 35+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+ and 65+ divisions, players must have reached their 25th, 35th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th and 65th birthday respectively before the end of the calendar year to be eligible to play on a team within that division. Any exceptions to those rules will be listed in the player eligibility rules below. You must be a minimum age of 18 by the tournament play date to play in any NABA tournament. Women are eligible to participate in any NABA tournament provided they meet the age requirement eligibility rules for their respective divisions. A manager of a team may at any point during a game question the age of opposing team members. We request that all managers have copies of their player's contracts, tournament ID cards, or Drivers License with them during games to afford proof of player eligibility. It is required that all players have a valid picture ID in the event a player's age or identity is questioned. Managers whose players cannot produce identification when requested to offer them by an opposing manager may face possible protest and investigation of their roster. Any player unable to produce a valid ID will be ineligible to continue in the game and any subsequent game until a valid ID is produced. If it is found that the player or players in question is/are ineligible, then the offending team may potentially forfeit the game of the filed protest, and may potentially forfeit all games played up to that point in the tournament, regardless of whether the ineligible player participated in the previous games. The sole decision of this penalty will be the tournament rules committee.

· Concept: All NABA tournaments use the mix'n match concept. All players must have NABA affiliation unless the tournament is indicated to be an "Open" NABA tournament. Simple majority will determine division eligibility (if a roster has 8 - 18AA players and 7 - 18A players, that team must play in the 18AA division).

· Division Selection Requirements: All division determinations are subject to final approval and/or the decision of the Tournament Rules Committee. While most teams have the ability to determine what division they will play in, an over-ruling can and will be made by the National NABA Tournament Rules Committee if one or more of the following applies to the team: 1) You must move up a division if you won a World Championship Tournament in the NABA the proceeding year; 2) Previously played in the past 2 years any NABA tournament and made the playoffs in a respective division; 3) Previously played in the past 2 years in any NABA tournament Championship game in a respective division; 4) Previously played in the past 2 years any NABA tournament and had a record of .500 or better in a respective division; 5) Does not meet the ex-professional player requirement rules stated below; 6) Your team is represented with 4 or more players from a team that won the World Championship the prior year, and 7) If your team deposit is received after a division has completely filled you may be moved to another division. Again, the National NABA Tournament Rules Committee reserves the sole right to align divisions and determine player and team participation and eligibility. If a team drops out of a division upon check-in the NABA will do everything we can to fill the void. However, the NABA reserves the right to begin the tournament without said team and issue a forfeit win to the opposing teams when necessary, and/or to delete a division and add it to another division.

PLEASE NOTE: NABA may choose to combine two divisions for purposes of pool play only provided that every team meets the pro-rule for each division established by NABA. After pool play is complete, NABA may take the records of each team in the combined division and re-seed each team into a higher and lower division based on each teams' record for playoffs and championship games. For example: where a 6 team pool is needed, if 16 teams sign up for the 18A division, and 4 teams sign up for the 18AA division, obviously the NABA cannot create an 18AA division. We may therefore, combine the 16 teams in 18A with the 4 teams in 18AA for purposes of pool play only. After pool play is complete, each team will be re-seeded for the playoffs and championship games. For purposes of this example, if NABA at the World Series has 8 teams in the playoffs for 18AA and 8 teams in the playoffs for 18A, the NABA would take the top 8 teams during the re-seeding to the 18AA playoffs and the next best 8 teams to the 18A playoffs.

Ex-professional Player & College Player Requirements: Players who are under verifiable professional baseball contracts are ineligible to play in NABA tournaments except at the highest level of play of any Open Wood Bat Division. A player must be out of any level of professional baseball (Major League, AAA, AA, A, Fall League, Instructional or Rookie Leagues) for 60 days prior to the start of a World or National Championship Tournament, to be eligible to participate in NABA World and National Championships in the Open Wood Bat Divisions. NABA does consider any independent leagues affiliated with a Major League Baseball Club to be professional baseball per NABA requirements.  If any player has had a contract or has received compensation with any independent league affiliated with a Major League Club as defined above, the player would be required to participate at the highest division offered for their age in the tournament. NABA does not consider independent leagues unaffiliated with Major League Baseball as professional baseball per NABA requirements, unless prior to playing independent baseball they participated in professional baseball. Therefore, any player who received compensation for playing baseball from a baseball organization listed above within the last 60 days prior to the start of a World or National Tournament is ineligible to play in the tournament (except for the Open Wood Bat Division) unless given special permission to participate by the National NABA Tournament Rules Committee. A participant in the NABA tournament is not considered an ex-professional ballplayer if: 1) The player has been out of a contract of any level of professional baseball for 10 complete seasons, and/or 2) The player is 43 years old and has been out of professional baseball for three seasons. Final resolution in such a situation is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Rules Committee. Players who have played or are playing on a college team or college practice squad, including a club college team are eligible to play only in those divisions according to the NABA rules specified below. Any player who has played or is playing with a college team, practice squad or club team in NCAA Divisions I; II; III; NAIA and Junior/Community College must play in the divisions as outlined below. The National NABA Tournament Rules Committee reserves the right to alter these requirements or make special considerations to these rules. A participant in the NABA tournament is not considered a college ballplayer if: 1) the player has been out from playing college baseball for 10 complete seasons. Final resolution in such a situation is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Rules Committee.

The following are eligibility rules for each division, as well as ex-professional player and college player requirements, which must be adhered to:

In the 18 Wood/Aluminum - Open division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.  

In the 18 Wood/Aluminum - Minors division a team may have up to (5) ex-pros on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher and an unlimited number of independent and college players.

In the 18 Wood/Aluminum - Rookie division, no team may have ex-pros on their roster, and may have up to (5) players who have played D1 college baseball on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher. A team may have an unlimited number of college baseball players who have played D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO or Club College baseball. Furthermore, a team may only have up to (3) players who have played independent unaffiliated baseball during the past 5 years with none of those players allowed to pitch.

In the 25 Wood/Aluminum - Open division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

In the 25 Wood/Aluminum – Minors division a team may have up to (5) ex-pros on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher and an unlimited number of independent and college players.

In the 25 Wood/Aluminum - Rookie division, no team may have ex-pros on their roster, and may have up to (5) players who have played D1 college baseball on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher. A team may have an unlimited number of college baseball players who have played D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO or Club College baseball. Furthermore, a team may only have up to (3) players who have played independent unaffiliated baseball during the past 5 years with none of those players allowed to pitch.

EXCEPTION: In the 25 Aluminum or 25 Wood divisions, each team is allowed to have two (2) players under the age limit provided:

  • the (2) players in question are no more than two (2) calendar years younger than the age limit they are playing in, and are NOT ALLOWED TO PITCH.
  • Furthermore, any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in

In the 35 Wood/Aluminum - Open division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

In the 35 Wood/Aluminum - Rookie division, no team may have ex-pros on their roster, and may have up to (5) players who have played D1 college baseball on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher. A team may have an unlimited number of college baseball players who have played D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO or Club College baseball. Furthermore, a team may only have up to (3) players who have played independent unaffiliated baseball during the past 5 years with none of those players allowed to pitch.no team may have ex-pros on their roster, and may have up to (5) players who have played college baseball on their roster with no more than (2) being a pitcher. Furthermore, a team may only have up to (3) players who have played independent unaffiliated baseball during the past 5 years with none of those players allowed to pitch

EXCEPTION: In the 35 Aluminum or 35 Wood divisions, each team is allowed to have two (2) players under the age limit provided:

  • the (2) players in question are no more than two (2) calendar years younger than the age limit they are playing in, and
  • any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in.

In the 45 Wood/Aluminum - Open division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

In the 45 Wood/Aluminum - Rookie division, no team may have player's who meet the ex-pro rule on their roster.

EXCEPTION: In the 45 Aluminum or 45 Wood divisions, each team is allowed to have two (2) players under the age limit provided:

  • two (2) players in question are no more than two (2) calendar years and the month of January of the next year younger than the age limit they are playing in, and
  • any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in

In the 50 Wood - Open division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

In the 50 Wood - Rookie division teams would be declared by using the "Division Selection Requirements" as written above in these rules.

EXCEPTION: In the 50 and over divisions, each team is allowed to have three (3) players under the age limit provided:

  • three (3) players in question are no more than two (2) calendar years and the month of Januray of the next year younger than the age limit they are playing in, and
  • any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in.

In the 58 Wood division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

EXCEPTION: In the 58 and over division, each team is allowed to have three (4) players under the age limit provided:

  • the (4) player's in question are no more than two (2) calendar years and the month of January of the next year younger than the age limit they are playing in, and
  • any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in. No player will be permitted to pitch who is under the age of 57 and no player will be permitted to pitch in the playoffs or championship game who is under the age of 58.
  • any player older than two (2) calendar years and the month of January of the next year must have a waiver from the Tournament Rules Committee to participate in the tournament. 

In the 65 Wood division anyone is allowed to play and it is considered an open division.

EXCEPTION: In the 65 and over division, each team is allowed to have four (4) players under the age limit provided:

  • the (4) player's in question are no more than two (2) calendar years and the month of January of the next year younger than the age limit they are playing in, and
  • any players under age, must be marked on the lineup card for the opposing manager and on the roster at check-in. No player will be permitted to pitch who is under the age of 64 and no player will be permitted to pitch in the playoffs or championship game who is under the age of 65.
  • any players older than two (2) calendar years and the month of January of the next year must have a waiver from the Tournament Rules Committee to participate in the tournament. 

The NABA reserves the right to refuse any player or team permission to participate in a tournament. The NABA reserves the right to add, delete or merge divisions based on the number of teams entered at any time before the tournament, and will give every effort to give teams advance notice, however, the NABA may not be able to do so. If a team planned to enter a deleted division, that team may play in another division or receive a refund minus the deposit, or transfer the balance to another NABA National or World Championship Tournament, provided it is at least 5 days prior to check-in. The NABA also reserves the right to make changes to the rules or make changes in prizes and/or giveaways (but with a substitute or equal or greater value), which would then be effective upon notice to the teams participating in the tournament.

(UP-01/17)
 

NABA Leage Championship Reward Program

Each League across the country will be able to award each league champion in their league with a $500.00 gift certificate to the NABA Phoenix World Series or the NABA Florida World Series every year. This program is for League Champions only, and not for Division Winners.

Obigations to use the discount:

1. Each League President must have verifiable proof of each team being a league champion, and must submit their league champions' to the National Office by the Tuesday after Labor Day in September.
2. If a league champion will not be determined until after Labor Day, then the League President must submit their League Champion the day after they have won the league.
3. An NABA league champion team must advise the NABA National Office of their intent to use the League Championship discount when entering the tournament and making a deposit and NOT at check-in of the tournament. Once a team notifies the National Office they are entering the tournament and will be using the League Championship discount, the NABA National Office will confirm with the League President and provide the team with the discount toward the tournament fees.
4. The league championship team must have a minimum of 8 players from the current league roster to qualify for the discount.
5. The league championship team must have their league roster on the NABA registration system in order to qualify for the discount and for NABA to verify their roster. Any league champion not on the NABA registration system, is ineligible to utilize the discount.
6. The discount is valid for the current year's Phoenix and Florida World Series. It will not be transferrable to any other tournament or team and will not carry over to the following year. It must be used in the year they have won the league championship.
7. No team will be allowed to utilize the discount without informing the NABA two weeks prior to attending the tournament check-in.
8. PLEASE NOTE:  THE NABA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD CERTIFICATE CANNOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANOTHER DISCOUNT AT THE SAME TIME FOR ANY NATIONAL TOURNAMENT OR THE WORLD SERIES.
 
(UP-01/01/17)