BROADWAY SHOW LEAGUE RULES AND GUIDELINES
The purpose of the Broadway Show League is to provide enjoyment and recreation for people working in the Theatre. The following rules and guidelines are intended to ensure an enjoyable, rewarding, and safe season for everyone involved.
The producers of current Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows or Governing Boards of Theatrical Unions and Organizations shall be eligible to sponsor teams. All team Sponsors will be represented by a Manager, who will be responsible to be knowledgeable of the following rules. All team applications must be accompanied by the annual League Fee and a letter from the sponsor that states the following:
"As the Sponsor of ( Team Name), I (we) agree to abide by the rules of the Broadway Show League and agree not to hold the League and it's representatives liable in the case of injury to any of our players. I/we assert that our Manager is an employee of our show or organization. I/we agree to stand by the decisions of the current League Advisory Board, and will only challenge such decisions through avenues described in the League rules and guidelines."
The team manager must be directly connected with the show, union or organization. The Manager of a team may not be Commissioner of the League at the same time.
A player will be eligible if he or she meets one of the following criteria:
The Broadway Show League 2009 Season is tentatively scheduled to begin
FEES: There shall be a $750.00 Registration Fee, which once a team has been accepted into the Broadway Show League is not refundable under any circumstances. Each team shall pay $22.00 per umpire per game and $4.00 per each extra inning. (Subject to change annually)
THE LEAGUE HAS MEDICAL INSURANCE through the A.S.A. (As of May 2001). Individuals are responsible for their own safety, so don't take foolish chances. Individuals will not hold the Governing Board liable for injuries occurring on the field of Play. A player must first use their primary policy. Players without insurance coverage may take full advantage of the Show League policy.
1) Official Rosters are to be typed (signature optional) and are due the Wednesday before Opening Day. This roster should include the job, position or affiliation that makes each player eligible.
2) Final team rosters with signatures must be typed and submitted no later than before play begins on Game 3 of the regular season. Teams may not take the field until the signed rosters are handed to the Commissioner. Names can be added only with the Board approval after that date.
3) Requests for the adding of names to the roster must be submitted to the Commissioner in writing. Requests for new players added after the third week of the season will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
4) Players may not play in the playoffs unless they have played in a minimum of three (3) games during the regular season.
5) Rosters will be strictly adhered to. Identification of any "ringers" will lead to forfeit at the discretion of The Commissioner.
The Commissioner and the Advisory Board will consider requests prior to the start of the season from managers for grandfathered eligibility status of persons who do not meet the criteria listed above but who have been playing in the League for many years. Each case will be considered on its own merit and the decision of the Commissioner and the Advisory Board will be final.
Grandfather status is granted to players who have been actively employed on or off Broadway and/or played on Broadway Show League teams for at least 10 years. Individual cases are subject to the Commissioner’s discretion. Do not assume a player is grandfathered without checking with the League's Commissioner.
NO PLAYER MAY PLAY FOR MORE THAN ONE TEAM IN ONE SEASON
All managers are advised to check the eligibility of every player prior to taking the field in a game. If a manager has a question about the eligibility of a player, the manager should check with the Commissioner for a ruling prior to using the player. IGNORANCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED A VALID EXCUSE FOR ANY INFRACTION OF THE ELIGIBILITY RULE.
Any eligible player may play for any show team. However managers are encouraged to give first opportunity to those who are directly connected to their show to play in the game. Organizations and Union teams must field from their eligible members and office employees. League eligible women may play for any team.Among those who are not eligible to play in the Broadway Show League
Should any team be found to have fielded an ineligible player, that team is subject to forfeiture of all games in which the ineligible player has played (no matter when the infraction is discovered) - Any person associated with the Broadway Show League may report a suspected infraction of the eligibility rule at any time and the report will be investigated by the Commissioner and/or the Advisory Board. The identity of the person making the report shall be held in total confidence.
Affiliated Player: Anyone who since January 1st of this year, has worked on the show whose team they wish to play on, in any capacity, either for the house, on stage or backstage, or in the respective production office. Any current Union member is also affiliated to that Union’s team. Union members currently employed by a show are strongly encouraged to play for that show.
Unaffiliated Player: A league eligible player according to the statement above (see “Player Eligibility”), who is not currently holding a position on a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.
Teams may have an unlimited number of affiliated players and a maximum of FIVE (5) unaffiliated players on their roster.
GENERAL RULES: Unless specifically stated, ASA Slow Pitch rules apply.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:
PITCHING: Revised May 1, 2004 after consultation with Advisory Board and Head Umpire.
A runner on base cannot take a lead until the pitcher has released the ball.
Until the ball makes contact with the bat, three (3) outfielders must be at least twenty-five (25) feet behind the point that the infield dirt meets the outfield grass. The fourth outfielder can be positioned anywhere. This applies to all batters.
The criteria for playoff seeding shall be team record. Head to head results break ties.
The schedule and system will be based on the completion of the regular schedule.
GROUND RULES: Ground Rules Will Change based on reconfiguration of fields in 2007
The Broadway Show League prides itself on fielding teams with players of varied athletic ability. Because of this, good sportsmanship is held in high regard, and the following rules will be strictly enforced on and off the field, at any event sponsored by the Broadway Show League.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
Results of such behavior can include ejection from a game and suspension from games and/or seasons or more.
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE:
Managers are responsible for the behavior of their players. Verbal abuse, physical assault, menacing will not be tolerated. Umpires will be encouraged to remove from the game any player or manager whose behavior is disruptive, abusive or not in the spirit of good sportsmanship. The umpire's word is final. Any player or manager who engages in physical violence will be subject to suspension for not less than the rest of the season, and after June 1 subject to suspension for the entire next season. Any player or players that menace, threaten, or assault the Commissioner, members of the Advisory Board, or any Umpire shall face all criminal charges and their TEAM shall be banned from playing in the LEAGUE for one season at least, that TEAM being not only the name of the organization or show, but also the players of said team, with no more than two of them allowed to play together on any other Broadway Show League team the following season.
An Umpire may forfeit a game to any Team should a player refuse to leave the field after ejection. An Umpire may forfeit a game to the opposing Team when he feels the conduct of a Team to be consistently in violation of the spirit of good sportsmanship. An Umpire may request to the Commissioner or a member of the Advisory Board that a forfeit be awarded, even after the game's conclusion.
PROTESTS and APPEALS:
Protests must be declared to the Umpire at the time of the occurrence.
The protesting manager must submit the protest in writing to the Commissioner, postmarked no later than midnight of the same day and accompanied by $25.00 which will be returned if the protest is upheld, or at the discretion of the Commissioner.
Appeals to protests must be in writing on Company stationary and delivered to the League Commissioner within 10 business days of notification. The decision of the Commissioner and the Advisory Board is final and binding.
COMMISSIONER AND ADVISORY BOARD:
The Advisory Board is made up of 5 elected individuals. There is a Commissioner, who runs the League's day to day operations, and has a major role in the direction and enforcement of the rules of the league. The Commissioner election is held bi-annually. In order to run for the office of League Commissioner, all prospects must have served at least one term on the league’s advisory board. There are three advisors and one alternate.