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Rule 5

[Rule change posted on T 7/15/2003] Reasoning After some discussion, the minimum age for playing is 14. When the rules were read and agreed upon at the coaches meeting, the minimum age was 14, so that's what we are going to go with. [Rule change posted on F 04/23/2004] Old wording All members must be church affiliates of at least 14 years of age. Players must be on the roster by July 4th for playoff eligibility. They must also have played in at least 4 regular season games. Please submit your beginning season rosters and any additions during the season via email to Spud. Reasoning Due to the possibility of only playing 8 games this season, it was decided to drop the number of regular season games to be played in from 4 to 3.

Rule 9

[Rule change posted on T 7/15/2003] Old wording The sub system will be used for player entry and exit from the game. Teams can decide how many players and whom they will have in their starting lineup - this should be stated clearly to the opposite teams score keeper (the minimum being as many players are available to start in the field). Any players arriving late can be added to the batter order, but they must be added onto the end of the batting order. Only additional numbers of batters can be added to the lineup at the discretion of the coaches; therefore, a team can never subtract the number of batters from the lineup. If a team chooses to only have a set number of batters in the lineup and they want to replace a batter, they must replace the player in the lineup entirely thus the removed player loses his/her right to bat or play the field. The removed batter must be replaced by a sub that was previously neither batting nor playing the field. Players may return once after being removed from the lineup. No shifting of batting position is allowed between players currently in the lineup. A player currently in the lineup can not sub with another batter currently in the lineup either (thus switching positions). All changes due to subbing or adding players to lineup must be clearly stated to the score keepers before the change can take place. Any questions or clarifications of this rule should be verified between coaches before the start of the game and any unresolved actions will be put before the coaches board. Reasoning Wanted to state in the rules what was discussed in the coaches meeting as best as could be done.

Rule 17

[Rule change posted on T 7/15/2003] Added verbiage Please note that smoking is not allowed at most of these places either. Reasoning In case any one was not informed of this, wanted to be sure that it was covered in the rules.

Rule 19

[Rule added for the 2003 season, posted on T 7/15/2003] Old wording Obscenities are not allowed. Any player heard using vulgar language can be warned or ejected, depending on severity. Reasoning Spelled out the potential punishment in greater detail. [Rule changed at 2004 coaches meeting, by unanimous decision, posted on F 04/23/2004] Old wording of first paragraph Obscenities, vulgar language, and/or using the Lord's name in vain are not allowed. Any player heard using this type of language can be warned or ejected, depending on the severity of the incident. Once a player has been warned, ejection is the next step. Reasoning Due to many factors (witness, children in earshot, ruins a game, etc.), the rule was changed to get rid of the warning and go straight to ejection.

Rule 20

[Rule added for the 2003 season, posted on T 7/15/2003] Reasoning This is the way that we have played, but wanted to be sure to get it in the rules, just to be sure.

Rule 21

[Rule added for the 2003 season, posted on T 7/15/2003] Reasoning This is the way that we have played, but wanted to be sure to get it in the rules, just to be sure.

Rule 22

[Rule added for the 2003 season, posted on T 7/15/2003] Reasoning Needed a way to figure out how ties would be broken during the 2003 season.

Last rule

[Rule changed during the 2007 season, posted on R 05/17/2007] Reasoning We haven't had rule books since I've been in the league. This is no longer a valid excuse.