NABA SPRING TRAINING EXPERIENCE
ADDENDUM RULES FOR TOURNAMENT
Addendum Rules to the NABA Manager Rulebook Specifically for the Spring Training Experience:
Batting Order - Each manager has the prerogative to bat as many players in his initial lineup. If the manager wishes to add players to the bottom of the lineup (i.e. hitting positions 11, 12, 13, 14, etc.), he may do so at any time. Added players to the bottom of the line-up may be added as individual hitters or as A/B. Any added player to the bottom of the lineup or pinch hitter must notify the opposing team manager of the batting order change. If no notification is made, and proper protest is made, an automatic out will be assessed to that batter. If a player is pinch hit for, he may not re-enter the game as a hitter, but may stay in the game defensively. Batters may not be deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when they were added to the game. If a team increases the size of their lineup to 15 hitters, they must always have 15 hitters in their lineup.
An exception exists to this aspect of the rule. If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or ejection, a reserve player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the replaced batter’s place. If there are no reserves who can replace the individual, the spot is skipped and all hitters below that position move up.
A team MAY declare at the time that lineups are exchanged prior to the start of play that any batting order position will be occupied by two (2) players in each such batting position. That is, 3A/3B, 10A/10B, etc. The first time that position 3 gets an at bat, 3A would hit and the next time this slot hits, 3B would be up. Then 3A hits the third time this spot in the order comes up, and so on, alternating between these two players throughout the game. Once a team declares the use of this A/B system, it must continue using it for the remainder of the game. Hitters in the A/B position from the batting order may be pinch hit for, just as any other player. An A/B position may be added to the bottom of the lineup at any time during the game. Teams can not add a "B” batter to an existing lineup spot once the game begins.
In the case that a team bats a player not designated on the roster given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, that player, upon proper protest, will be found illegal and declared out after one pitch is thrown. The opposing team may protest this illegal player at the time of the offense. Penalties will not be retroactive and teams may not protest the use of this illegal player once the game is completed. If the team feels the player is not on the team’s tournament roster, then the protest will be heard.
In the case that a team has mistakenly put the wrong numbers for their players on the lineup given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, the team will correct the error(s) with no penalty.
The penalty for a team having a player bat out of turn is an out, if protested before the first pitch.All teams will utilize an extended batting order. All players present will be placed in the batting order during “pool-play” and throughout the playoffs, unless the player present is injured and cannot bat. If the player cannot bat at the beginning of the game, his manager should still list that player on the lineup card as a potential pinch-hitter substitute according to traditional NABA rules. The opposing manager and umpires must be notified of that player’s absence from the batting order. There must be, however, a minimum of 9 batters in the batting order if 9 players are present to play.
Injury Rule for Batting Order - If a player must quit the game or is ejected by an umpire (thereby leaving the field, school grounds, and surrounding areas); the batting order will be shortened without penalty. However, if a team has an ejection or an injury which brings the batting order to 8 batters (NABA rules allow a game to start and end with 8 players), there will be an out taken in the 9th batters place.
Pitching Restrictions - There will be no restrictions place on pitchers in this tournament. For example, pitchers may be removed from the mound and be allowed to return at anytime during the game, including the same inning they were removed from the mound.
Scoring Rule - Once a team has scored 5 runs in an inning, play is halted and the half inning is over. However, if in achieving the 5 maximum runs allowed per inning, an over-the-fence home run is hit with men on base that results in more than 5 total runs, all of the runs will be scored. (For example, if the bases are loaded and four runs have already been scored in a half inning and the batter hits a grand slam over the fence, 8 runs will count.) This rule will apply to all innings except the last scheduled inning and any extra innings that that time allows, when each team may score as many runs as possible. This is necessary to insure that the team that is behind will have the opportunity to catch up during their last inning at bat. In a slowly played game (in which many runs have been scored), if 2 hours and 45 minutes of game time have elapsed and 7 or less innings have been played; the next scheduled inning to be play (regardless of what inning it is) will be considered the final inning and treat that inning as stated above for scoring unlimited runs.
Mercy Rule - The mercy rule will not be in effect at this tournament in pool play, playoffs or Championship games as set forth in the NABA’S manager’s rulebook.
Stealing Rule - Stealing is permitted