1. Organization League
officers shall be President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. League
shall consist of two conferences with the American
Conference consisting of the North, Central, and East Divisions, while the National Conference shall
consist of the South and West Divisions. Each conference may be further divided into
divisions at the leagues annual meeting. Division directors (one per
division) and league statistician to be appointed annually by league
president. League President has disciplinary authority as merited.
Annual meeting Annual spring meeting shall be held in January.
Announcement of time and place to be published in Green Bay Press-Gazette
and Appleton Post-Crescent for two consecutive Sundays prior to annual
meeting. All league business advisors and managers of record the previous year are to receive
notice via e-mail at least two weeks prior to meeting date. Those business
advisors/managers with no e-mail address listed will have a copy of the
agenda mailed to them.
Additional meetings Additional meetings may be called by league
officers or any three concurring division directors, provided notices are
sent out at least one week in advance to all league managers.
Attendance Each team must be represented at the annual meeting or
notify league president in advance. Team schedule may be jeopardized if not
5. League dues Annual
fee of $100 per varsity team, and $25 per JV team shall be paid to the league secretary-treasurer no later than May
31. A $10 per month late fee will be assessed for late payment. Nonpayment
of dues by the following years annual meeting shall result in a one-year
suspension from league play.
Awards The league will provide conference and league championship trophies. The league will also
provide individual trophies to the top hitter and top pitcher within each
division. Winners of the hitting and pitching awards are determined by
formulas. Award-winners are automatically invited to league banquet.
Hitting A candidate for the hitting award must have a minimum
of two at bats per scheduled league game. For a player having a high batting
average, but not enough at bats, the statistician will add the number of at
bats necessary to reach the minimum on to his total. The average will then
be recalculated. This will still qualify the hitter for the award.
Pitching A candidate for the pitching award must have a
minimum of 1.5 innings per scheduled league game to qualify for the award.
The pitchers will be rated using the following formula:
A. Percentage of wins versus total
C. Strikeouts per inning
D. Walks per inning
E. Hits per inning
The ranking each
qualifying pitcher holds in each category is multiplied by the factor for
that category to arrive at a point total. The points scored for each
category are then totaled, with the pitcher having the least amount of
points receiving the award.
The Official Rules of Major League Baseball will govern at all times, in addition to
the National Rule Book and State of Wisconsin Handbook .
A. The designated hitter
may be used for the pitcher only.
B. Re-entry is not allowed.
runners are not allowed.
D. A 10-run rule is in effect after five innings.
E. Neither coaches or
umpires are allowed to waive any rule(s) by mutual agreement.
8. New Members
New teams must apply for membership at the
annual meeting. Applicant must show proof of adequate facilities, player
pools and financial support.
9. Leave of Absence
If a team serves three consecutive years as
a full member, it can draw up to two consecutive years leave of absence, and
return as a full member, but under guideline for new teams as stated in
Administration Section 8 of these bylaws.
Team Roster Rosters shall
include name and uniform number. Roster must be submitted to league
statistician prior to playing first league game. This will assist
statistician with the league website.
2. Player limit
The league player limit is 18 boys.
be eligible according to National American Legion rules.
3. No Dual Participation
American Legion baseball players shall
not play with any other baseball team while a member of an American Legion
baseball team, except for amateur programs that involve only players of the
same age level as American Legion Baseball, and do not interfere with a
players responsibility to American Legion Baseball. See Wisconsin American
Legion Baseball Rule 2, part C for further explanation.
4. Line-up Cards
team is to have a line-up card available for opponents before any game may
start. This card must have first and last names of each player with starters
Approved balls for league play
are: Diamond DHS-G and D-PRO, Spaulding #1, Reach #0, Wilson #1010, McGregor
#97 and #97C, Rawlings #R0 and #R1, Western Collegiate WA-1 Pro and the
official American Legion Ball. Home team must have at least six new balls
available for each game. They must be all
of the same manufacturer.
Player uniforms are to conform to state
handbook. Manager and coaches must be in uniform. Former pitcher may wear
jacket over uniform except when batting.
All batters and base runners shall wear
double ear flap helmets. Bat boys and bat girls must also wear helmets. Base
coaches must wear a helmet when on the field in accordance with the National
American Legion Baseball Rule 1J.
Catchers are required to wear a safety helmet, throat protector, and
protective cup in addition to normal catcher equipment.
Metal cleats are allowed.
SCORE AND STATISTICS REPORTING
Home team is
2. Reporting Both teams
are responsible for submitting scorecard to league statistician no later
than 48 hours after the game is completed. Teams are also responsible for
contacting newspapers immediately following game with score and highlights.
Consult directory for phone list.
3. League statistician
Statistician will notify respective newspaper and radio stations for
publication on a weekly basis. League standings, weekly scores, leading
hitters and pitchers and any other pertinent publicity items are to be
included in report. As of 2002, mailings will be no longer sent out. All
league information is available at www.frvlegion.com. Teams not returning
scoresheets are subject to fine by league president.
UMPIRES AND PROTESTS
For each home game, the home
team must furnish at least two qualified umpires, 19 years of age or older.
All umpires are required to wear appropriate uniform. Direct relatives of
team member not permitted. Umpires not to smoke on diamond.
Protest Procedure Protest must be made to umpires immediately
following the infraction and before next pitch is made. Protest publicly
announced by umpire-in-chief. Protesting team to send written protest as
well as names, address and telephone numbers of umpires to league president
with protest fee of $15. Letter to be postmarked no mater than 24 hours of
conclusion of game. If not as above, protest not allowed. All protests to be
decided by protest board to consist of league officers and division
directors, but not including division directors of protesting division. A
minimum of three officials will constitute protest board. Their decision
shall be final. Result of protest to be announced as soon as possible but no
later than 10 days after game. Umpire team must file written report with
league president within three days of game.
PLAY AND POSTPONEMENTS
Play A playoff schedule will be
established as determined at the annual meeting. Team must play all of their
scheduled league games to be eligible for the division championship. Any
exceptions must be approved by the league president. If a tie exists, the
following tiebreaker shall be used: 1) head-to-head, 2) least runs allowed
in all league games among tied teams, 3) coin flip.
2. Postponed Games
All postponed games must be rescheduled
within two weeks of originally scheduled game and played as soon as
possible, except at end of schedule where all games must be played within
one week after last scheduled game. Any team that does not complete its
schedule intentionally as above described shall forfeit game to opponent and
be placed on probation the next year. Both teams are responsible for
rescheduling games within above period. If home team cannot obtain
facilities, the game shall be scheduled on a neutral field or opponents
field if a neutral site cannot be found. League games shall not be postponed
for reasons other than rainouts, or if one of the teams is participating in
the WIAA State Baseball Tournament. In this case, teams will be allowed one
day off after the State Tournament.
3. Non-league games
Non-league games may be scheduled with any
other team within league or outside league. League games will take
4. Pre-game practice All league
games shall start at time scheduled. Home team fielding practice shall start
35 minutes before game time and visiting team fielding practice shall start
20 minutes before game time. Five minutes is allowed for introductions and
for umpires and ground rules. There will be no batting practice for visiting
team unless prior arrangements are made.
5. Length of game
All games will be seven innings, with a
10-run rule after five innings.
6. Weather conditions or time
changes Home team to notify
opponent as soon as possible on any changes in time or adverse weather
7. Notification of postponements
League statistician must be
notified within 48 hours by home team if game is postponed or rained out,
and if possible, the makeup date.
Games terminated by umpire due to darkness
shall be treated the same as a rained-out game. (Five innings constitute an
official game. If darkness or rain halts play when game is tied, it is a
suspended game and shall be resumed at the point of suspension at a date
agreed upon by both coaches). In case of rain or interruption due to other
unusual circumstances, any game so affected shall continue from point of
Forfeits are considered a win and a loss.
They are not to be rescheduled for league standing purposes, but can be
rescheduled as a non-league game upon agreement of both coaches.
If a team forfeits a league game the following shall take place: 1.) If the
away team forfeits, they will pay a fine of $150 to the home team. 2.) If
the home team forfeits, they will be asked to pay double the league fee to
enter the league the following season. 3.) All teams that forfeit a league
game will be placed on probation for one (1) year for the first offense, and
five (5) years for the second occurrence. If a team forfeits a league
while on probation, they will be suspended from the league for the following
season, and will need to reapply for admission to the league following the
completion of their suspension.
10. Injury substitutions Must follow National American Legion Baseball Rule.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS (If applicable)
games The conference playoff
hosts will be the team with the highest winning percentage in the regular
season. Should there be a tie in winning percentage, the team with the
least runs allowed in all league games will host. Should there still be a
tie, a coin flip shall be used to determine the host. For the league
playoff, the same criteria shall be applied to determine the host.
2. Length of games
There shall be a 10-run rule after five
innings. State Tournament rules apply when resuming a suspended playoff
If the designated home team cannot get a
facility, the game shall be played at a neutral site. If a neutral site
cannot be found the game shall be played at the next team in line to host.
LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME
An all-star game shall be played
each year, between the American team and the National team. Teams shall be
represented by a division as determined by the league president at the
annual meeting. No free substitution shall be permitted.
The date and site of the game will be
selected at the annual meeting each year.
3. Player Selection
Each team MUST nominate three players. The
top player recommended by a team is automatically selected to the squad,
with the remaining players selected on an at-large basis by the all-star
coaches. No team may have more than two players selected. The at-large pool
will come from the Nos. 2-3 recommendations on the all-star nomination form.
A total of 27 players will be selected for each team.
The league all-star and awards banquet will
immediately follow the all-star game. The host team for the all-star game is
responsible for securing a banquet facility. All-star players are required
to attend the banquet. The league will pay the meal for all-star players,
coaches and league award-winners.
Selection of conferences
and/or divisions are to be based on geographic locations, size of schools
drawn from and usual and/or anticipated tournament classification.
Realignment to be approved by majority vote
of managers present at annual meeting.
1. Amending Bylaws
To amend these bylaws, any
changes must be mailed to each manager at least two weeks prior to the
annual meeting, and approved by the majority vote of those managers present
at that meeting. It is understood that any amendment must have the
written approval of the Department of Wisconsin Baseball Committee.