FOSTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE
BYLAWS GOVERNING THE OPERATIONS AND
PROCEDURES OF THE LEAGUE
*Updated and Adopted by Approval of the Board of Directors 2018-19. Updated Majors and AAA draft procedures approved by Board of Directors November 7, 2019.
FCLL is a chartered member of Little League International, Inc. and acts in accordance with its rules and regulations.
FOSTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE BYLAWS
OBJECTIVE: The objective of Foster City Little League shall be to implant firmly in the children of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow up to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.
Section 1. CALL FOR CANDIDATES. The Board of Directors is responsible for announcing the dates and place where League Representatives will receive player registration applications. The league must provide ample opportunity for all players eligible to register in Foster City per Little League National guidelines. Such notice shall be conveyed in a manner deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors and may include announcements distributed in schools, local newspapers, email, flyers posted throughout the city, and other electronic media. Every person who is eligible to play in the League has the right to register prior to the drafts (if applicable) taking place. Applications received after the drafts will be accepted at the discretion of the board. The FCLL Board of Directors shall establish the draft date for Intermediate, Majors, and AAA Players. The draft process is outlined in Section 6 below. Players in the AA, A, T-ball, and Wiffle Ball divisions are not drafted.
These rights will be protected and are a condition of charter.
Section 2. REGISTRATION. On the dates announced for registration, the Player Agent and/or other authorized league representatives shall be prepared to receive a completed registration form signed by the parents or guardian of the player and the required registration fee. The parent and/or guardian must also provide a birth certificate or a valid passport to verify a player's age for all new player registrations, and proof of residence or school attendance in Foster City. A player's "League Age" is the player's age as dictated by Little League National guidelines. Certification Documents will be accepted per Little League rules.
Section 3. ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES. Once a player's parent and/or guardian has completed and signed a registration form, the player is then considered to be an eligible candidate for participation in the league. For AAA, Majors and Intermediate players, any player failing to attend a scheduled player evaluation session shall lose the status of a candidate unless said player presents an excuse, which is accepted by the President, Player Agent and Division Rep. A candidate may appeal this decision to the Board of Directors.
The following is a current breakdown of the ages and divisions for players in Foster City Little League. The league attempts to provide an environment conducive for the development of all children in the program. With the safety, wellbeing and development of the player in mind, there is flexibility within Little League policy to place players in different divisions based on their age and abilities as determined by former and current managers, with the approval of the impacted Division Representatives, Player Agent and President.
League Age Division
4 Wiffle Ball
5 T-Ball 1
6 T-Ball 2
7 Single A
8 Single A or AA
9 AA or AAA
10 AAA or Majors
11 AAA or Majors
12 Majors or Intermediate
13 Intermediate or Juniors
Section 4. PLAYER AGENT'S LIST. Prior to the player evaluations, the player agent shall make a list showing the names and league age of each candidate. Prior to the player draft, and after all manager and brother/sister options have been exercised, a final player agent list of all players who have qualified as eligible candidates will be presented to all managers before the draft takes place. This list must be maintained by the player agent and is the basis for future player replacement.
Section 5. PLAYER EVALUATIONS During the evaluations, each player shall be given the opportunity to demonstrate their skill level, typically by (1) batting/bunting (2) fielding fly balls (3) fielding ground balls (4) throwing and (5) running the bases as the field conditions permit. Each manager and coach will grade the players and use these grades as a basis for their draft selections. A player may take part in only one evaluation session, unless he/she becomes injured or sick during his/her initial evaluation. All players 10-12 years of age must complete a player evaluation.
· Players ages 13 and 14 will be eligible to play on the Juniors team, if applicable, but subject to availability and selection by the Coach and administrators of the Juniors team.
· Players age 13 who do not play on a Juniors team may only participate in the Intermediate Division Evaluations, if applicable. Players age 12 may elect to participate in the Intermediate Division Evaluations, if applicable, but otherwise must participate in the Majors evaluations.
· Players age 11 may apply to try out for the Intermediate Division, if applicable, subject to the approval of a committee consisting of the President, Player Agent and Intermediate Division Rep. The committee will consider the following factors: 1) whether the player has the skill level, experience and maturity to compete in the Intermediate Division; 2) whether the player has been playing with a tournament level team that competes in 50/70 tournaments; and 3) whether the player would be continuing to play with his peers with whom he has been playing on a tournament team by playing in the Intermediate Division.
· Players ages 11-12 must participate in the Majors Division Evaluations, except for 11 and 12 year olds who participate in the Intermediate Division Evaluations. 10 year old players may try out for Majors upon approval by President, Player Agent and Division Rep, typically granted if the player is expected to be at the 90th percentile or better in their age assigned division and 50th percentile or better in the requested division and demonstrates the emotional maturity needed to play in the requested division.
· Players ages 9-10 will participate in the AAA Division Evaluations; except that a 9 year old may elect to play in the AA Division, and a 10 year old may request approval to participate in the Majors Division Evaluation. 8 year old players may try out for AAA upon approval by President, Player Agent and Division Rep, typically granted if the player is expected to be at the 90th percentile or better in their age assigned division and 50th percentile or better in the requested division and demonstrates the emotional maturity needed to play in the requested division.
If an 11 or 12 year old player who participated in the Intermediate Division Evaluations is not drafted to an Intermediate Division team, he/she will then be placed in the Majors draft. Players age 13 will be considered a “Must Draft” for the Intermediate Division. An 11 year old who is not drafted by a Majors team will go into the AAA draft and will be a “Must Draft” player. Any 12 year old who tries out and is not deemed a safety risk by the Majors Division Rep and Player Agent must be drafted onto a Majors team (per Little League International rule). No 11 or 12 year olds will play in the AA Division, unless the President, Player Agent and Division Reps from AA, AAA and Majors determines that in the best interest of the child, it would not be safe for him/her to play in the AAA or Majors division. There are no player evaluations for T-Ball, A and AA Divisions.
Section 6. DRAFT AND PLAYER PLACEMENT.
An Intermediate coaching team may consist of a manager and one coach selected before the Draft. The children of the manager and coach shall be coach options for their respective teams.
If there is one team, the manager and coach will select between 11 and 14 players for the team.
If there are two teams, the managers and coaches for the two teams will meet and try to come to agreement on which players will play on which team. It is assumed that both teams want to be as strong as possible; there will be no “A” and “B” teams.
To ensure fairness in the player selection process, if rosters are selected without a draft, all Intermediate team rosters shall be subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors.
If the two managers cannot come to an agreement on the rosters, players will be selected by a serpentine draft. The players who participated in player evaluations will be stack ranked by a committee of at least three Board members who have significant knowledge of the players, and it is preferable that they observed the player evaluation sessions. Each team can draft between 11 and 14 players. The teams do not have to have the same number of players.
The current draft procedure is as follows:
· New teams are formed each year; complete annual redrafting;
· Up to two adults per coaching team (pre-draft);
· Draft positions for Manager / Coach children;
o Rank order of Manager/Coach child determines the draft position that child will occupy
For example: a Manager/Coach child ranked 12th when there are two teams would occupy the 6th round pick for that team.
o If two Manager/Coach children from the same team are ranked in a manner that would place both in the same round, one will occupy the prior round and one will occupy the following round.
o If two Manager/Coach children from the same team are ranked in a manner that would place them both in the first round, one will occupy the first round and the other will occupy the 2nd round.
o Manager/Coach children who do not try out will occupy the first or second draft pick at the discretion of the Player Agent and Division Rep.
o Managers/Coaches without a child in the league will not be provided with a player option.
· Team draft order will be assigned by the average ranking of Coach Options (highest ranked Coach Options drafting last), and will follow a serpentine pattern.
· Rating ties will be broken by the Player Agent, in consultation with the Division Rep;
· Players 13 years old will be considered a “Must Draft”;
· Returning Intermediate players must be drafted in the Intermediate Division.
Revised ByLaws re Draft Order adopted by BoD November 7, 2019
Following the player evaluations and on a date announced by the President, aka Draft Day, all Majors managers will gather with the Division Representative, Player Agent and President for the purpose of the players' draft. Each team shall have 12 players. Teams will draft in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.
The current draft procedure is set forth herein and shall be administered at the discretion of the Player Agent, Division Rep and President with the goal of having teams as balanced as possible:
· New teams are formed each year; complete annual redrafting;
· All players are evaluated and the league creates one rank ordered player list based on submitted rankings – one from each team, and additional independent raters if available;
· Up to two adults per coaching team (pre-draft); A third and fourth coach may be nominated by the Manager after the draft, subject to Board approval.
Draft positions for Manager/Coach children – Coach Options:
Draft position of Coach Options is determined first before draft order of the teams, as follows:
· Rank order of Manager/Coach children determines the draft position that child will occupy. (For example: a Manager/Coach child ranked 10th in a division of 6 teams would occupy the 2nd round pick for that team.)
· If two Manager/Coach children from the same team are ranked in a manner that would place both in the same round, one will occupy the prior round and one will occupy the following round. (For example: a team with Coach Options ranked 8th and 10th in a division of 6 teams would have the 8th occupy the 1st round and the 10th occupy the 3rd round pick for that team.)
· If two Manager/Coach children from the same team are ranked in a manner that would place them both in the 1st round, one will occupy the 1st round and the other will occupy the 2nd round.
· Manager/Coach children who do not try out will occupy the first or second draft pick at the discretion of the Player Agent and Division Rep, unless a lower position would be more fair under the circumstances.
· Managers/Coaches without a child in the division will not have a player who is a Coach Option.
Using a serpentine draft, each team’s draft order will be based on the position of their Coach Options as follows:
a) Teams with a Coach Option in the First Round will be assigned the same Draft Position as their Coach Option such that, using the serpentine format, their Second Pound pick will balance out the draft picks in the first two rounds. (For example: in a draft of 6 teams, a team with the 1st ranked player will draft in the 1st Draft Position which gives them the last pick in the Second Round, etc.; a team with the 6th ranked player will draft in the 6th Draft Position which gives them the first pick in the Second Round, etc.; or, a team with the 3rd ranked player will draft in the 3rd Draft Position and get the fourth pick in the Second Round, etc.);
b) A team without a Coach Option in the First Round but with one in the Second Round will take the Draft Position in the order of the ranking of their Coach Option as if they had a corresponding Coach Option in the First Round. (For example: in a draft of 6 teams, the team with the 12th ranked player will draft in the 1st Draft Position such that they receive the 1st draft pick of the First Round; a team with the 10th ranked player will draft in the 3rd Draft Position such that they receive the 3rd draft pick of the First Round; or, a team with the 8th ranked player will draft in the 5th Draft Position such that they receive the 5th draft pick of the First Round, etc.) If the Draft Position they would be assigned is already occupied by a team with a First Round Coach Option, the team with the Second Round Coach Option will take the next closest available Draft Position with the goal of achieving balance between the First and Second Rounds.
c) If there is one team that has neither a First or Second Round Coach Option, that team will be placed in the remaining available Draft Position after the teams from a) and b) have been assigned. If there are two or more teams without a First or Second Round Coach Option, those teams’ Coach Options will be average ranked and placed according to those rankings with the lower ranked team(s) taking the highest available Draft Position (highest meaning closest to the first draft position).
d) The final draft order must be approved by a majority vote of the Division Rep, Player Agent and President. The draft order will be announced at the Draft and shall not be disclosed to the coaches prior to Draft Day. There shall be no protesting the draft order by the coaches, but a majority of Board Members and Coaches present at the Draft can vote to correct an error that is identified before the Draft begins.
Rating ties will be broken by the Player Agent, in consultation with the Division Rep (and also the President if necessary);
· The League may also seek two independent raters to also rank order players to augment player and team ratings;
· 11 and 12 year olds must try out for Majors;
· 10 year olds may declare AAA only; No 9 year old may play in Majors;
· No 13 year olds may play Majors by Little League rule;
· Returning Majors players must be drafted in the Majors Division or higher.
Once the rosters of all Juniors, Intermediate and\or Majors teams have been filled, the remaining names will be presented to the AAA Division Representative for the purpose of the AAA draft.
Teams will draft in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.
The current draft procedure is as follows:
The AAA Draft shall follow the same format as the Majors draft, except that AAA teams shall have 11 players per team.
Rating ties will be broken by the Player Agent, in consultation with the Division Rep.
· The League may seek two independent raters to rank order players to augment team ratings;
· 11 and 12 year olds must try out for Majors.
· 10 year olds may declare AAA only.
· Returning AAA players must be drafted into the AAA division if not drafted into the Majors division.
No FCLL volunteers may ask or otherwise pressure a drafting Coach or Manager into drafting or not drafting specific players. If a Manager or Coach has been found to have violated this rule in the judgment of the President, Player Agent and Division Rep before the draft, the team assigned to that Manager or Coach will be drafted by an FCLL Board member to be chosen by the President, Player Agent and Division rep. If a Manager or Coach has been found to have violated this rule in the judgment of the President, Player Agent and Division Rep after the draft, that Manager or Coach will be prohibited from managing or coaching a team in post season play. The Manager or Coach can also be prohibited from managing or coaching during the regular season for an indefinite time at the discretion of the FCLL Board of Directors.
Any players not selected on either a Majors or AAA team will be placed on a AA team by the AA representative. All 11 and 12 years olds must play in the Majors or AAA and all 10 year olds with at least two years of AA experience must play in AAA, except for special circumstances involving the safety of the child, with the prior agreement of the impacted Division Representative, Player Agent and President.
There shall be no draft for the AA, A or T-Ball divisions. These teams will be assembled by the Division Representative. It should be stressed that these three divisions are non-competitive, therefore there shall be no concern about a "stacking" of teams, though every effort will be made to create balanced teams.
Section 7. DURATION OF TITLE. Each player acquired by a Majors team shall be the property of that team for one season, unless subsequently traded or released. The Board of Directors shall reserve the right to continue as a player any child whose residence changes after becoming a member of the league. However the best interests of the child, and consultation with the parents and the President of the new league shall be taken into consideration by the Board in exercising this right.
Section 8. TRADING. Trading is only allowed under the following circumstances. All trades must be made through the Player Agent and the other League officials present at and overseeing the Draft.. All trades, if allowed, are player for player only. Trading is allowed in the Majors and AAA divisions, but only immediately after the Draft selections have been made and before the Draft meeting is adjourned. The Player Agent must monitor any attempts by managers and parents to manipulate the system and thus create an imbalance in the league. ALL TRADES MUST BE FOR JUSTIFIABLE REASONS. A player wanting to be traded for the purpose of getting off a losing team, or wanting to play with his/her best friends, will NOT be considered justifiable reasons for requesting a trade.
Section 9. SECRECY. For the protection of all players, managers and coaches MUST NOT reveal the scores or ratings of any player taking part in the player evaluation. In addition, managers and coaches MUST NOT reveal the position in which any player was drafted for the season, or the votes received in the All Star balloting. Violation of this rule shall be considered a serious infraction by a manager or coach, and not considered in the best interest of the program. Statistics may be kept by a teams' coaching staff, but are not to be released to any player or parent in the league.
Section 10. LATE SIGNUPS. The Player Agent is responsible for handling all late sign-ups. Late signups will be accepted for the Majors and AAA Divisions until the drafts have commenced. With the exception of a 12 year old who must be allowed to play in the Majors unless a waiver is completed (per Little League National Rule), any player who does not sign-up and attend a player evaluation prior to the draft shall be placed on a team if space is available at the discretion of the impacted Division Representatives, Player Agent and President. Late signups for the AA, Single A and T-Ball Divisions will be accepted if there is space available on the teams, as determined by the impacted Division Representative and Player Agent.
The Board has the power to levy a "Late Registration Fee" in an amount agreed upon by majority vote.
Section 11. AGES AND DIVISIONS. [moved to section 3]
Section 12. REPLACEMENTS. When a player in the Majors or AAA division is lost to a team during the playing season, the manager of the team losing a player shall promptly notify the Player Agent. The Player Agent will then advise the President and the Board of Directors. If the loss of the player is deemed justifiable and approved, the Player Agent will send a letter of release to the player and the parents stating the player is released from the team. This action creates a legal opening for a replacement player on the roster. The manager will then have two games to fill the vacancy on the team. Failure to fill the vacancy after two games is grounds for a manager's dismissal. No player replacements are allowed within the last two weeks of the regular season. The vacancy must be filled by any qualified player, except those protected as Managers or Coaches options, or Brother/Sister options (unless the parents approve the split). A “qualified” player is one who was eligible and tried out for that division. The replacement player then becomes a member of that team for the remainder of the season. No AAA team may lose more than one player to the Majors division per season unless every team has lost a player. No AA team shall lose more than two (2) players in any one season.
Section 13. OPTIONS. There are three kinds of options in Little League baseball, a Manager's option, Coach's option, and a Brother/Sister option. These exist at both the Majors and AAA level.
A team in the Majors Division has one official manager and one official coach. If either the coach or manager does not have a child or relative on the team, no option is granted for that manager or coach.
Brother/Sister option. When a parent declares that his/her children shall be considered as brother/sister options, and a manager selects the first brother/sister under this option agreement in the draft, the manager must automatically draft the brother or sister in the draft round where that brother\sister is ranked. If a brother\sister option is ranked in a manner that would place him\her in the same round as one of the team’s Manager/Coach options, one will occupy the prior round and one will occupy the following round.
A manager must declare his option and his coach's option prior to the player evaluations. This is important because the player evaluations should not be a means for selecting a coach by taking the parent of the most talented player in the player evaluations. The coach should be chosen for his/her ability to assist the manager in working with the team and teaching the game of baseball, and not as a simple way of protecting a good player spotted in the draft. The Board of Directors will confirm each manager and coach, as a pair, prior to the player evaluations.
Section 14. MANAGER AND COACH SELECTION. In order to manage in Foster City Little League, a person must first fill out an "Application to Manage" form during the registration period. The President, in consultation with the Division Reps and the Player Agent, will then have the power to name the managers for the Juniors, Intermediate, Majors and AAA Divisions. Managers in the AA, Single A and T-Ball Divisions shall be appointed by the President with the advice of the Division Representative. The Board of Directors has the right to approve or disapprove any appointment made by the President. The selection of managers and coaches is in the jurisdiction of Foster City Little League, and is not subject to intervention from the District, Region or Little League Headquarters.
It is strongly suggested that Intermediate and Majors division managers and coaches should have at least two (2) years previous managing or coaching experience as an "official coach." Managers and coaches in the AAA division should have at least one (1) year of previous managing or coaching experience as an official coach. An official coach is defined as a coach or manager who has previously been approved by the Board of Directors. There is no seniority or tenure in serving as a manager or coach. Per Little League rules, a manager's appointment expires on September 15th.
All manager and coach candidates are held in high regard for their willingness to be considered. It is also expected that successful managerial and coaching candidates will place their emphasis on teaching the skills of baseball and sportsmanship to all their players, regardless of talent. Managers and coaches are required to display sportsmanship in their dealings with their players, players' parents, other managers and coaches, umpires and members of the Board of Directors.
All managers and coaches will be subject to continual evaluation by the Division Rep. and other Board members throughout the season, and through end of season peer reviews and PCA feedback forms. The evaluation process is necessary to insure that only the best and most qualified managers and coaches are in leadership positions.
The Manager shall be responsible for the conduct of his or her players, team parents, and team volunteers at all league games and practices. The manager must demonstrate that he/she has an appreciation of the philosophy of Little League Baseball, and must cooperate with the Board of Directors and others in making the program of mutual benefit to all players.
All managers MUST show by example that they respect the judgment and position of authority of the umpire, and at the same time instill in their players a respect for authority of adult leaders in the league. The manager must exercise a leadership role, but at the same time leave the game in the hands of the players. The manager must, within Little League rules, provide an opportunity for every player to take part in every game. The Manager must also encourage players at every opportunity. The Manager must know the playing Rules of Little League Baseball and be able to interpret them correctly. The Manager must make every possible effort to correct any violation of the rules before they occur to prevent any protest situation. It is also recommended that all managers have a basic knowledge of first aid and safety.
All managers and coaches must be aware that the Board of Directors, by the power vested therein and within the League’s constitution, has the power to remove any Manager or coach from his/her position if his/her actions are viewed as detrimental to the team or to the wellbeing of the league. The manager or coach does have the right to a hearing before the board in such cases, as outlined in these bylaws.
Because the goal of Little League is constant education, managers and coaches may be required to attend special training classes or seminars provided by Foster City Little League.
In the AA, Single A and T-Ball divisions, there shall be one manager per team, but no limit to the number of coaches that may volunteer.
In the Intermediate, Majors, and AAA divisions, there shall be no more than three (3) League approved adults in the dugout at any one time. The Manager shall be one of the three coaches, if available. In the AA and Single A divisions, there shall be no more than four (4) adult volunteers in the dugout at any one time.
Section 15. SCHOLARSHIPS: The President of the league has the authority to offer full or partial scholarships to qualified players. The President shall use whatever financial criteria he/she deems appropriate in determining if a player and his/her family qualifies for a scholarship. The scholarships are good only for one year, but may be renewed.
Section 16. ABUSIVE FANS: Fan control is primarily the responsibility of the managers. If the umpire feels that a fan or fans are disruptive, abusive or overly rude, the umpire should request that the manager deal with the fans. If the manager is unwilling or unable to handle the situation, the umpire should warn the fan/s that they are subject to ejection from the field area. If they remain a problem, the umpire should stop the game, insist that the fan leaves the field, stands and spectator area to a distance so as to be unable to influence anything in the field/stands area. The umpire will not allow the game to proceed until the offender has complied. As soon as a fan has been warned, the umpire should seek a friendly party to find a league official, who will then come to the field as a witness. Abusive fans shall not be cause to forfeit the game or cause a penalty to either team.
Section 17. PITCHING
17. A PITCH LIMITS
To protect the health of the pitchers in FCLL, the Board has adopted some pitch count limits that are stricter than those in the Little League Rule Book.
League Age Per-Game Pitch Limits [FCLL]:
13-14 = 95 pitches per day; 11-12 = 75 pitches per day (in the Majors Division)
9-10 = 65 pitches per day; 8 = 50 pitches per day
Exception: If a pitcher reaches the Regulation VI (c) limit as modified herein for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1) that batter reaches base; 2) that batter is put out; 3)the third out is made to complete the half-inning.
Rule for Pitching and Catching same game [LL]: A pitcher who delivers 40 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that game, except when the final at-bat started with the pitch count under 40 pitches. A player who catches four innings cannot pitch in that same game. A player who catches three innings and pitches 21 or more pitches cannot return to the catcher position, unless the final at bat started with the pitch count under 21 pitches.
FCLL additional pitching limits per week [FCLL]:
· The maximum number of pitches that an 11 or 12 year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 105 (in the Majors Division).
· The maximum number of pitches that a 9 or 10-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 95.
· The maximum number of pitches that an 8-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 80.
Days of Rest [LL]: Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements, consistent with Little League Rules:
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
Exception: If a pitcher reaches a day of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1) that batter reaches base; 2) that batter is put out; or 3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar days of rest for the threshold he\she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter.
17.B CURVE BALLS
Pitchers in Foster City Little League are allowed to throw curve balls in any division.
Section 18. DELAYED STEAL: The pitcher need only be on the mound with the ball, and the catcher in the catcher's box with his/her mask and glove on. The runners shall return to the last base safely reached. The runners are not to stay off the base in an attempt to draw a play. The umpires shall instruct the runners to return if necessary. If a pitcher makes a play on a runner, the umpires will let the play continue and the runners shall be in jeopardy, and eligible to advance if not put out. The purpose of this rule is to speed up play and prevent drawn out pitcher-runner exercises. Umpires should attempt to control this in the spirit of the rule.
Section 19. SCOREBOARD: The electronic scoreboard is used as a convenience and to enhance the enjoyment of the game for the spectators and participants. It is not an official record of outs, balls, strikes, runs, etc. The only official record of these lies with the official scorekeeper.
Section 20. SCOREKEEPING: The scorer’s bench is to be occupied only by the designated official scorekeeper, one designated game announcer, and one designated assistant scorekeeper. The umpires should be diligent in not allowing spectators and/or coaches to sit in the scorer's bench, as this might create a disruptive influence on the players, umpires and other coaches. There shall be no cheering, coaching or any other form of spectator participation from the scorer's bench. Scorebooks from the games are not to be removed by anyone, except for that division's representative, and are not to be altered after the game by anyone without the prior permission of the league President or Division Representative. If no official scorekeepers are available at game time, the home team is responsible for keeping the official book. If the home team refuses to keep score, the visitor’s team may assume the role of official scorekeeper and will become the home team.
Section 21. HELMETS: All players of the team at bat shall wear a helmet when on the playing field, including batting, running, coaching or warming up. The helmet shall not be removed, even briefly, without an umpire's permission.
Section 22. THROWN BATS: This rule amends the Official Little League Rules and Regulations. This rule applies to bats thrown accidentally, but in a potentially dangerous manner. On the first occasion, the play continues until the ball is dead. The umpire will call time and warn the player in the presence of the manager. The scorekeeper will also make a notation in the scorebook. On the second occasion in the same game, the act of throwing the bat accidentally by the same player will constitute an immediate dead-ball out. No runners may advance. The player shall be removed from the lineup as a batter, but shall be allowed to play in the field as a defensive player. The umpire’s judgment shall be final. No appeals shall be allowed, and no explanation of the judgment shall be necessary. Managers and coaches are expected to refrain from delaying the game by questioning the judgment of the call. This rule is intended to prevent injury and emphasize safety.
Section 23. ALL STAR SELECTIONS:
Being named to an All Star team in Foster City Little League is a privilege and not a right. It should reward those players who had a successful season, and are being recognized for their efforts. ALL ATTEMPTS WILL BE MADE BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO TAKE POLITICS OUT OF THE ALL STAR SELECTION PROCESS.
The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the District Administrator, shall determine the number of All Star Teams representing Foster City in specific divisions.
The Player Agent shall be responsible for conducting the All Star selection process. All Intermediate, Majors and AAA managers will submit a list of eligible All Star candidates to the Player Agent at least 10 days prior to the All Star selection process. To become an eligible candidate, each player and parent/guardian, must complete and sign an affidavit stating that the nominated player will be able to take part in all practices and all games for the duration of the All-Star tournament. If a player fails to submit a properly completed form, he/she will NOT be considered for any All Star Team.
Conditions for qualifying: Players must have participated in 60 percent or more of regular season games played (per Little League rules).
After the season ends the Division Representative and Player Agent shall convene a meeting of Intermediate, Majors and AAA managers. Each Intermediate, Majors and AAA manager, in separate meetings, will give a brief summary of each All Star candidate that played on their team. The summary should include, but not be limited to, position(s) played, batting skills, fielding skills, baseball knowledge and attitude/team player attributes.
Each manager will then rank the eligible candidates in rank order. The rankings will be tallied and the top 10 players in each district league will be identified. The respective District All Star manager for each age group will then select the remaining players from the eligibility list, regardless of ranking. Managers will not rank or vote for All Star candidates from their own team.
Majors managers will not vote for the 9/10 District All Star team or Minor Super Bowl Team because they do not have the requisite knowledge base to make that decision, unless the Majors Manager is the 9/10 District Manager or Minor Super Bowl manager. If managers had players on their team that played on their team and are candidates for the District or Super Bowl Team, they or their designee must appear at the meeting to represent the performance of those candidates during the Majors season.
ALL STAR PLAYER SELECTION:
The First Ten (10) players in the following age groups, as selected by the division managers, shall receive a spot on the Foster City District All Star Team.
The Ten year-old All Star District Team shall be selected as follows: Any 10 year-old in Majors who puts in for the 10/9 District All Star team shall be automatically admitted to that team with the following exception: If the majority of majors managers, based on the totality of the skills of the boy in question, feel he is not suited for the District Team, they may vote by majority rule to have the 10 year-old player assigned to the Super Bowl Team.
The first ten 11 year-olds, as selected by the Majors managers, shall play on the Foster City 11 year-old District All Star Team.
The first ten 12 year-olds, as selected by the Majors mangers, shall play on the Foster City 12 year-old District All Star Team.
If there is one Juniors or one Intermediate team, all players from that team shall be on the All Star team. If there are multiple teams, the first ten 12, 13 or 14 year olds will be selected to the team.
After the first 10 players are selected to the appropriate team, the 10, 11 and 12 year old District All Star Managers shall have 2 or more selections from the remaining eligibility list of players and shall have complete discretion as to which players they take off of the eligibility list.
Managers shall have the discretion to take their own son on the team or take an eligible 9 year-old player for the 10 year old District All Star Team, or an eligible 10 year-old player for the 11 year-old District All Star Team, or an eligible 11 year-old player for the 12 year-old District All Star Team, but subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
ALL STAR MANAGER SELECTION:
(a) The All Star teams’ managers shall be appointed by the League President, and approved by the Board of Directors. An All Star manager should possess some or all of the following qualities:
1. Experience in managing or coaching teams in the upper divisions;
2. Demonstrated success in coaching;
3. Respected by his\her coaching peers and by the Board of Directors;
4. Character that will represent Foster City Little League well at the tournament;
An All Star team manager must meet certain qualifications. A “qualifying manager” is one with a son\daughter\relative playing in the league who is eligible to play on that manager’s All Star team. It is not required that the player was on the same team that the manager coached during the regular season.
(b) To assist the President in making the appointments, s\he may follow the guidelines in this section in selecting the managers:
The Manager of the Intermediate (or higher) District All Star Team will be the manager of the regular season Intermediate team. If there are multiple Foster City Intermediate (or higher) teams, the All Star team manager will be the manager with the best head-to-head record versus other Foster City teams. In the event of a tie, it will go to the manager with the best overall record in the regular season. If there is no manager willing or able to manage the District Team, the managing position shall be offered to the 2nd coach on the Intermediate team based on head-to-head record or, if tied, regular season record.
The manager of the 11/12 year-old District All Star Team can be selected as the “qualifying manager” with the best record during the regular season of the Majors division. If there is no manager willing or able to manage the District Team, or that meets the manager selection criteria set forth in section (a), the managing position can be offered to the 2nd coach on each Majors team based on regular season ranking.
The manager of the 10/11 year-old District All Star Team can be selected as the “qualifying manager” with the best record during the regular Majors division season. If there is no manager willing or able to manage the District Team, or that meets the manager selection criteria set forth in section (a), the managing position can be offered to the 2nd coach on each Majors team based on regular season ranking.
The manager of the 8/9/10 year-old District All Star Team can be selected as the “qualifying manager” with the best record during the regular Majors division season. If there is no manager willing or able to manage the District Team, or that meets the manager selection criteria set forth in section (a), the managing position can be offered to either the 2nd coach on each Majors team based on regular season ranking or to a qualifying AAA manager based on regular season ranking.
Section 24. Amendments. Amendments to these bylaws are allowed, but only with the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors. The entire board must be notified of the voting to change these By-Laws with at least three (3) days’ prior notice.
Section 25. Waivers. Temporary waiver of one of these bylaws is allowed, but only with the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors. The entire Board must be notified of the voting to waive a bylaw with at least three (3) days’ prior notice. Each specific waiver of a section of these bylaws must be explicitly voted upon by the Board of Directors. Votes may be tendered in person or by written, phone or e-mail proxy.