Rainout Number

Bellingham Rainout Number 360-778-7055

Changes/Updates for 2018 Season

General Information

  • Jon Dillon and Ian Linterman will continue as Co-Commissioners
  • League name changed to Northwest Washington Baseball League (NWBL)
  • League fees increased to $3500 per team
  • There will be one umpire for approximately 25% of the games and two umpires for approximately 75% of the games - first 18 games will have one umpire and the remaining games, including PST, will have two umpires
  • Team updates: Mudcats disbanded; Mariners changed their name to Rumble Ponies; Whitecaps joined the NWBL as the 7th team
  • Tim Osborn resigned as Lead Umpire; Marty Rasmussen has taken on the role
  • New player inquiries received through website now go to the Co-Commissioners first, instead of all Managers; this change is a first step in moving towards a more equitable distribution of potential new players and a more effective way to grow the league

Game Play Related

  • Age for "over/under" related rules reduced from 28 to 26; age determination for "over/under" rules based on a player's exact DOB and not his birth year
  • Age for using -5 bats reduced from 50 to 45
  • HR at Sherman Anderson field must completely clear netting in LF
  • 4 Run inning rule - after the 4th run has scored, play continues until either a) the runner(s) "give up" and stop trying to advance or b) the defensive team throws the ball to the catcher before a runner passes third base, who forces out advancing runner(s) by touching home plate
  • Before the game, each team may designate players to have courtesy runners; each team must inform the other team and the umpire which players will have courtesy runners, and identify them in their scorebook and on their scorecard
  • Courtesy runners may advance on wild pitches, passed balls, on balls put into play, with two outs and a full count, and when the pitcher elects to throw from the “wind up” 
  • Courtesy runners (except for “catcher courtesy”) may not steal
  • Each team has the option of using a courtesy runner for the catcher when there are two outs; this means that if the catcher for the next inning is on a base with two outs, he may be substituted from the bases with the last batted out so that he can expedite putting on the catcher’s gear for warm ups after the third out
  • The catcher courtesy runner is permitted to steal
  • Regular season games tied at the end of the ninth inning will follow the existing rules of starting any extra inning with a runner on 2nd base
  • Post season games will only implement the runner at 2nd rule if the game is still tied after 11 innings; the 12th inning will start with a runner on 2nd and follow the regular season format
  • Managers must make every effort to be the point of contact and team spokesperson for any and all in-game issues arising between teams and umpires

Protests, Discipline and Ejections

  • Protests 
    • A team may challenge the interpretation, application or violation of a NWBL rule by the opposing team, but may not protest a judgment call or rule interpretation of the umpire
    • The protest must be made at the time of the suspected rule violation (or at the end of the game should the violation occur on the last out or at bat) and the opposing team and umpire must be notified at that time that the game is being played under protest 
    • No protests may be made once the game is complete 
    • A notation of the protest and circumstances shall be made in both team's scorebook
    • The team lodging the protest must send an email to the Co-Commisioners, with a copy to the opposing team’s Manager, within 24 hours of the game or the protest is waived
    • Protests will be reviewed by the Co-Commissioners - NOTE: if the Co-Commissioners are involved in the protest, a Manager(s) from an impartial team(s) will be selected to assist with the review process
    • Once the make-up of Co-Commissioners and/or selected Manager(s) is determined, both teams will be notified and will have 24 hours to submit information for consideration
    • Should the Co-Commissioners and/or selected Manager(s) uphold the protest, penalties will include forfeiture of the game by the opposing team
       
  • Discipline and Ejections 
    • Ejections are to be reported by the affected player’s Manager to the Co-Commissioners within 24 hours or prior to the team’s next game, whichever comes first
    • Co-Commissioners must report the results of all disciplinary actions (penalties leveled, appeals heard, and reasoning behind such decisions) within 48 hours following the disciplinary action
  • Ordinary Ejections 
    • An ejection is considered "ordinary" if specified on the umpire’s report of the ejection or at the discretion of the Co-Commissioners
    • Minimum Penalties for Ordinary Ejections 
      • 1st ejection will result in a 1 game suspension
      • 2nd ejection will result in a 3 game suspension
      • 3rd ejection will result in a 5 game suspension
  • Non-Ordinary Ejections 
    • Ejections not deemed "ordinary" per the umpire’s report of the incident, or at the discretion of the Co-Commissioners, shall result in a suspension greater than the minimum penalty required for an "Ordinary" ejection
    • Extraordinary Verbal Assault and/or Excessive Abuse may occur when a player engages in a verbal discussion with an umpire, player, field personnel or fan, or engages in excessive abuse of equipment, property, the dugout or the premises in general
    • The Co-Commissioners have the discretion to determine the appropriate penalty and should penalize the player in accordance with their actions
    • Minimum Penalties for Non-Ordinary Ejections
      • 1st offense will result in a 5 game suspension
      • 2nd offense will result in a suspension for the remainder of the season
      • Fighting or attempting to incite a brawl, leaving the bench or position during any type of altercation, or physical and/or verbal intimidation - whether directed at an umpire, players, field personnel, fans, or any other person in the vicinity - shall subject a player to suspension, and/or possible banishment from the NWBL on the first offense
  • The Appeals Process 
    • For any penalty, the ejected or penalized player has a maximum of 48 hours to notify the Co-Commissioners of their intent to appeal any disciplinary action
    • Once an appeal has been made, the player may continue to play until such time as his or her appeal is decided on
    • All appeals will be reviewed by the Co-Commissioners
    • Once the appeal is filed by the appealing player, the Co-Commissioners will request information from the appealing player, the respective managers of the teams involved, and will review the umpire's report
    • When collected, the Co-Commissioners will provide this information to the penalized player, who will provide their response and any substantiating reports from supporting witnesses within 48 hours of receipt of the information
    • The Co-Commissioners will render a decision as soon as practical following receipt of the response from the appealing player
    • Unless it is found by the Co-Commissioners that the umpire is obviously biased, great weight will be given to the umpire’s version of the incident
    • In considering a player’s appeal of the facts of the incident and/or the assessed penalties, the Co-Commissioners may consider the player’s past history in the NWBL
       
  • Serving Suspensions  
    • A suspension is to be applied to the next available game(s) for which that player’s team is scheduled
    • This may include carry-over into the playoffs and/or the following season
    • While serving suspensions, a suspended player may not attend their team's games, sit on the bench or be present at the field where their team is playing

(5/20/18)