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WBA League Rules

Chief Umpire:

Pete Lopez 619.922.3961

1.  Uniforms, BP, Helmets, Bats, and Baseballs

1a        All teams must have full baseball uniforms consisting of caps, jerseys, and

            baseball pants.   Each player's uniform must be of similar design to his

            teammates' uniforms.  All jerseys must have numbers. 


1b        If the home team takes batting practice on the field it is common courtesy to give the visiting team                  the same option and at least 25 minutes to take batting practice on the field as well.


1c.       All batters and runners must wear helmets (no exceptions).  One earflap is

            allowed as long as it faces the pitcher.


1d        It is optional for coaches to wear helmets while coaching bases


1e        Wood, composite, Baumbats, or similar bats are allowed.  No metal

            bats allowed.


1f         Home team must provide all baseballs.


1g        Each team will pay for one umpire per game.  

2.     Game Length, Run Rule, Tie Games, and Rain Outs

2a        All games are scheduled for nine innings except doubleheaders which are a 9 inning and a 7 inning                  game. In the case of darkness or lights that have to be off at a certain time , a game will be                              considered complete after five innings.  Umpires will have final say on whether it is too dark to play.              Non-league games are at the discretion of the home team.


2b.       Extra-inning games are decided by the international tie-break with a runner starting on second base.


2c.       The run rule is Mandatory for league games only.  If a team is down by 10 or more runs after their at-              bat in seventh inning the game is over.



2d.      Tie games will be completed the next time those two teams play again no matter where the game is                 played.  The tie game will be played before the regularly scheduled game.    If the two teams in                       question do not play again, the game will go down as a tie. 

           However, if the game means something in the standings the game will be replayed in its entirety.


2e.       Rainouts will be decided by the home team before the game is played, but once the game is started,               the umpires will then make the call.  Rainouts will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience by both             teams involved.  They will then notify the league schedule-maker who will then notify the umpires. 



3.       Teams, Lineup Cards, and Players   

3a        Team rosters are limited to 30 eligible players for each game.


3b        Each team is required to provide two copies of the lineup card to the home plate

            umpire prior to the start of the game.  The lineup card must list last name and

            number.  Substitutes must be granted upon request. 

            Managers must notify the home plate umpire who, in turn, will notify the opposing

            team of all substitutions.  Umpires will manage the lineup card.  It will be the

            official card for protests and batting out of order complaints.


3c        Home team is official book. If Home team does not have a book then visiting team takes over.


3d        Team must have nine players to start a game.


3e        No player under contract with one team can play for another in league play unless they are released                from the team that has the player contract. If a team needs an actual contract the league can send you              a template.


3f         A Player wishing to change teams must first receive his release from his original team.

            The release should be emailed or a texted to the league office.  The player will be considered                          ineligible until the league office acknowledges they have received the release.   


4.       Players and Manager Ejection’s        

4a        An umpire has sole discretion to expel any player or manager from the game.

            The umpire must report the name of the player expelled to the league office.

            The player expelled is not required to sit out the next game unless they are

            expelled for fighting, verbally assaulting/threatening, or physical contact with an umpire or coach. 


4b        Fighting with another player is an automatic two-game suspension.  The umpire must then submit a                report to the league office for further review by the league officers in case a much longer suspension              is warranted.  Physical contact with an umpire by a player or coach is automatic four-game                              suspension. The umpire must then submit a report to the league office for further review by the                        league officers in case a much longer suspension is warranted.


4c        Managers that are expelled are not required to serve a one game suspension. 


4d        If a player or coach is suspended, it is for league games only.  Non-league games

            do not apply.


4e        Rules 4a thru 4d include inter-division games, but the suspension is for league games only.


5.      Protests and Appeals

5a        If a manager wants to lodge a protest, a $100.00 protest bond must be paid to the

            league at the time the protest is filed.  In the event the protest is upheld, the

            $100  deposit will be refunded to the protesting manager.  However, if the

            protest is denied, the manager will forfeit the protest bond.  Protests must be

            received by the league office within 24 hours of the official game time.  The

            protest form must be used. Pete Lopez, head of the San Diego Umpire Association

            will be the protest judge and form a 3-man committee.


5b        There will be no appeals process for players, managers, or general mangers.  The league ruling on                  protests and suspensions is final.



6.     General League Rules

6a        The League champion is determined by a 1 or 3 game playoff.  The top teams in each division                      (North and South) will play a 1or 3 game playoff for the WBA Championship.  The Team with the                   better overall league record is the one seed.  Please see tiebreaker scenorios below.


6b        The tiebreakers for playoffs  are as follows in order.: Overall league record (see above) then head to                head, then record within one's division and lastly, if needed, runs allowed against each other.  If they              still remain tied then  it is a coin flip. The number one seed is the home team in game's one and three              or just game one of  a winner take all game



6c       The forfeit time for each game is 15 minutes after the game were to start.  If it is a

           doubleheader, the second game forfeit time is 30 minutes after the first game was

           forfeited.  This is written this way so both teams and umpires do not have to wait around.

           If both games are forfeited each umpire will be paid $50.00 for the day.  The team

           that forfeits the game or games will be responsible for paying both umpires. If it is a

           non-league team that forfeits the game the WBA team is responsible for trying to collect

           the umpire fees and if they do not they are responsible for paying the umpire. If you call

          and cancel the game at any time the day before the game the umpires will not be paid.      


6d        Umpires will not be paid extra for extra innings unless they have to come back on a different date to                finish the game.  They will then be paid per inning at a pro-rated amount for one game.  In turn,                      umpires will receive a full game's pay for any game that is not completed before

            nine innings.  


6e        The 2023 NCAA rulebook will be in effect.



6g        Each team in the WBA must have liability insurance or have a liability waiver form turned into the                  League office. Also, each team must have the Western Semi-Pro Baseball Association added as an                  additional insured under their liability policy.  The league address is 3517 Caminito Sierra 303,                        Carlsbad, CA 92009.


6h        Any team that leaves the league and either becomes an independent or joins another league

           will not be allowed back into the league or play in any league tournaments for 3 years.  This

           rule also applies to teams that do not finish the season.  Only unanimous consent by the Board of

           Directors can overturn this rule. If a team shuts down for a season or two this rule does not apply.


6i         Teams in the WBA will not be allowed to schedule games with teams that are in debt to the league.                This includes former WBA teams and Independent teams.  If a team in the WBA plays one of the                    owners/teams below one league loss will be added to their total.  Please ask the league office for the                list if you have any questions.



6j         All teams must pay their league fees by June 15th or be assessed a 10% penalty.  If your team is not                paid up by July 15th another 10% penalty will be added. If you have not paid your league fees by the              end of year your team will not be able to play in any NBC events until that debt is paid.



6k        All rules in this document are Western Baseball Association rules. Any

            rules not covered herein shall be covered by 2022 NCAA Rulebook.










Western Baseball Association

Protest Form



Name:  ______________________________________________________________



Team Name:  _________________________________________________________



Opposition:  __________________________________________________________



Umpire's Name: (Plate) ____________________  (Field)  ______________________



Date of Game:  ________________________________________________________



Field Game was Played on:  ______________________________________________



Rule being Protested:  (Give Page, Rule, and Paragraph) 





Summary of Circumstances:









Signature:  _____________________________________________________________

Word Copy of the Rulebook Below

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