Rules / Bylaws

MTBA is affiliated with National MSBL and we will be going be the National MSBL Rules.  The national MSBL rules can be found by click on this link...
MSBL National Rules

Below are local MTBA rules that differ from national

1. Batting Line-up

- A team must bat at least 11 positions (teams may a/b positions) if that many players are available.
- If one team has less then 11 positions the opponent may bat the same number of positions as the other team. ex If team A has 10 players and team B has 12. Team B can bat 10 positions if they chose.
- As stated teams can bat an a/b position in the order as long as they bat the maximum number of positions.

-A team must have a minimum of 8 players to play a game. In the event a team has 8 players they will take an out every time the 9th player comes to bat. If a team falls below 8 players it is considered a forfeit and the game is over.

-If a team starts with 9 players and falls to 8 players for any reason an out is taken the first time that player comes to bat

2. Field Maintenance/Cleanliness

-All teams are required to help with field maintenance after games, and in some instances before games. This includes raking/caring for the mound and home plate. Smoothing of baselines. Dragging the field, chalking the field, making sure your dugout is clean, making sure stands are picked up and trash thrown away.

-Failure to do so will result in manage/player suspension, team suspension/forfeiture, and if the problem persist removal from the league 

3. Uniform/Registration

- All players are required to be registered with the league prior to playing in any game. Allowing an UN-registered player to play will result in manager suspension. Managers will provide the league with a roster with numbers to the league.

-All players are required to have a uniform to play as well after an allowed grace period.

4. Professional Eligibility

-Any player who played MLB/high level professional baseball must be out of professional baseball for 5 calendar years from last game played

-Any player who played affiliated (rookie, A, AA, AAA) must be out of professional baseball for 3 calendar years from last game played

-Any player who played unaffiliated minor league baseball must be out of professional baseball for 1 calendar year from last game played

5. Player movement

-Per national rules players may not change teams during the year or leave a team and play on a new team the next year without consent.

-The league does allow exceptions based on circumstances and if compensation can be reached, which may include draft picks, returning jerseys/equipment or financial compensation for property not returned.

6. Draft Order

-The draft order is determined by the play-off finish from the previous year, with new teams added after the returning teams.

-New teams will get the first set of picks in the second round only

7. Playoffs

-The playoffs are set by ranking all teams by winning percentage. The number of teams will determine number of byes and format will dictate flow. Format will be determined at the pre-season meeting

-Time limit is 3-hours and mercy rule is in effect. 15 after 5 and 10 after 7.

-If tied after 9 innings or time limit, 1 extra inning will be played. If still tied then every following inning will start with the last batter from previous inning on 2nd base (courtesy runner rule applies).

-Teams must "answer the bell" on schedule with their own roster, no substitutes from other teams or any kind are allowed.

-Every effort will be made to play all games but if rainouts/cancellations become a problem the board will determine if rounds need to be skipped.

8. Mercy/Timing Rules

-Mercy rule is 15 run after 5 inning and 10 run difference after 7 innings played for all games.

-Regular season  will have a 2 hour and 45 minute time limit.  Play-off games will have 3 hour limit

-Games are to start on time, it is the players responsibility to be ready to play.

-Sunday games clocks will start promptly at scheduled game time or 20 minutes following the conclusion of the previous game if the game runs long.

9. Field/dugout rules

-Absolutely no alcohol or tobacco products within the confines of the field and if the field is affiliated with a school no alcohol or tobacco on the premises, period

-No kids or non-team personnel in the dugout for any reason during the game. The dugout is for players and one adult score keeper if the choose.

-Failure to follow these rules will result in a severe suspention

The main focus of this league is to have fun.