Chapter 2: The Players

Updated Tuesday April 18, 2017 by Boys Baseball of Aurora BBA.

CHAPTER 2

The Players

 

SECTION 201

ELIGIBILITY

 

201.1 Registration.  Players must register with the Player Agent no later than the date of the alternate evaluation to be included in the player draft for the Pony, Major and Minor League levels.  Players can register at any time for the other levels and Fall Ball, but will be placed on teams at the discretion of the Board if joining after initial formulation of teams.

 

201.1.1 Birth Certificate.  Proof of birth date in the form of a Birth Certificate shall be presented at time of registration for those boys entering the league for the first time.  Those who are found to have falsified their application may be suspended from the program.

 

201.1.2 Late Registration.  Players who do not register by the date of the alternate evaluation may only be placed on a team by Board approval.  No players will be allowed to register after the start date of regular season games.

 

201.1.2.1 Placement Procedures.  Once the Board has determine that a late registrant is eligible a lottery will be conducted by the Board of Directors to determine the order in which teams will have an opportunity to pick the player.  All teams at that particular level will be in the lottery regardless of roster size and number of players at the age level.  The draft will continue in the order of the lottery until the player is selected by a team or the list of teams is exhausted.  This process will be repeated on a player by player basis for each player being added to the league after the alternate evaluation.

 

201.1.3 Player Gender.  Both males and females will be allowed to participate in all Sessions and Levels of Boys Baseball of Aurora.

 

201.2 Eligible Players.  Eligible players for the draft shall include the following: those who complete the evaluation process, those who were excused prior to the evaluation process, those who had a legitimate reason for not attending the evaluation process including but not limited to: illness, transportation problems, or other emergencies.  Those who have no legitimate excuse will be eligible only after all others have been drafted or added to team, and will be drafted in accordance with the Late Registration Placement Procedures 201.1.2.1.

 

201.3 Player Pool.  The President shall maintain a current, up to date list of pool players and make it available to managers who have lost players.  The pool shall consist of boys who attended the evaluations but were not picked in the players draft and those boys who were unable to attend the player evaluations but who had an excused absence.  Players that are late to register will not be eligible for the pool.

 

201.4 Injuries.  Any injury to a player, manager, coach, bat boy or umpire during a League sanctioned event must be reported to the Player Agent and President no later than the day following the incident.  This is a requirement for insurance purposes.  Any injury occurring to a player outside of a League sanctioned event shall be reported to the Player Agent and the President if it is expected to cause the player to miss games for more than two (2) weeks.

 

SECTION 202

SELECTION

 

202.1 Returning Players.  Players returning to a team at the same level as the played at the previous year shall be automatically placed on that team’s roster.  Managers shall contact all returning players on their team and alert the league of any boy who is not planning to return.

 

202.1.1 Returning Players on Disbanded Teams.  Players returning to the League from teams that have been disbanded, shall be required to tryout.  These players shall be selected and placed on teams, they shall not be allowed to go into the Player Pool.

 

202.1.2 Returning Players Who Previously Quit.  A player who quits a team one year and registers again the following year may, at the option of the manager, and with the approval of the Board, be placed on his original team without that team having to use a draft pick.

 

202.1.3 Returning Players Wanting to Re-Enter Draft.  A player who wishes to re-enter the draft for the purpose of being placed on a different team must register and apply in writing to the Board, stating the reason for the desire to change teams.  The manager of the original team will be required to give information regarding the situation, including his thoughts about the player returning to his team.  A final decision will be made by the Board.

 

202.2 Player Draft.  The League shall conduct a draft of all eligible and registered players for the Summer Sessions at the Pony, Major and Minor Levels. 

 

202.2.1 Pony Draft.  At the player selection draft meeting, each manager will select players pursuant to the player selection plan adopted by the League.

 

1.  No team can take longer than five minutes to select a player.  If they do, they lose the selection until all teams have picked for that round.

2.  Notwithstanding player selection plan, during the last round of the draft all thirteen year olds shall be selected prior to any remaining fourteen year olds selected.

3.  The night of the draft, only after the draft is completed, a team may choose on additional player at the team’s option.  All players chosen this round shall remain with their team for duration of their Pony Level career.

4.  The selection of an additional option round as described above will be worst to best record previous year, no lottery draw.

5.  All players not chosen at the player selection draft shall be placed in a pool.  Players remaining in this pool shall be subject to an auxiliary draft one week prior to the start of the regular season.

6.  No managers or coaches are allowed to talk of trades or possible trades in front of players of their own or rival teams.  Trades will not be made unless approved by the Board and all trades must be by 11:59 pm on the night of the draft.

 

202.2.2 Major Draft.  The League shall conduct a draft of eligible, registered players. The order of selection in the first round of each phase shall be by drawing. The order of selection in the second round will be the reverse of the first round.  Thereafter each odd numbered round will be by drawing and each even numbered round will be the reverse of the previous round.

 

202.2.2.1 Major Draft Phases.  Only 12-year olds will be eligible for the first phase of the draft with enough rounds to allow each team to reach the desired number of 12 year olds, subject to the minimum and maximum allowed.  In the second phase, teams may draft either 11 or 12 year olds, subject to the same limitations.  A draft round shall only occur if the number of remaining players is greater than the number of teams still needing a player to reach their minimum number required.   Otherwise, these boys will be placed in the Player Pool.

 

202.2.3 Minor Draft.  The League shall conduct a draft of eligible, registered players. The order of selection in the first round of each phase shall be by drawing. The order of selection in the second round will be the reverse of the first round.  Thereafter each odd numbered round will be by drawing and each even numbered round will be the reverse of the previous round.

 

202.2.3.1 Minor Draft Phases.  The Minor Draft will be conducted in four phases: I - 10-year olds; II - 9-year olds; III - 8-year olds; IV - all ages.  Two rounds will be conducted in each of the first three phases, during which each team may draft players up to the MAXIMUM allowed of each age group.  Thereafter, in each of the three phases, additional rounds will be conducted only for those teams needing additional players to reach the MINIMUM number required for that age group.

 

1.  Phase one:  Only 10-year olds are eligible.  Teams with one or more 10-year old Option Players will not draft in round 2.

2.  Phase two:  Only 9-year olds are eligible.  Teams with one or more 9-year old Option Players will not draft in round 2.

3.  Phase three: Only 8-year olds are eligible. Teams with one or more 8-year old Option Players will not draft in Round 3.  Teams with two or more above named Option Players will not draft in rounds 2 or 3. Teams with one 8-year old Manager Option or Coaches Option Players will not draft in round 2. Teams with two or more above named Option Players will not draft in round 1 or round 2.

                               4.  Phase four:  Players of all age groups are eligible. 

 

Enough rounds will be conducted to bring all rosters up to the minimum number required by the league, subject to the minimum and maximum allowed for any age group.  A draft round shall only occur if the number of remaining players is greater than the number of teams still needing a player to reach their minimum number required.   Otherwise, these boys will be placed in the Player Pool.

 

202.3 Option Players.  Any boy enrolled in the player evaluations may qualify for one of the follow Option Picks as an Option Player.  All Option Players, other than Brother Options, must participate in player evaluations.  The default round assignment for players will be determined by the following rules, unless the Board moves a player up or down in the draft.

 

202.3.1 Brother Option.  A player who has a brother on a current roster shall be placed on his brother’s team per the following conditions.  For boys to be considered brothers, four of the five following criteria must be met: boys must share one common parent, boys must have the same last name, boys must live at the same address, boys must attend the same school, or boys must have the same contact phone number.  Birth certificates will be required to consider Brother Options.

 

202.3.1.1 Pony Level.  If a thirteen year old brother tries out and his fourteen year old brother is already on a team, then the Board shall determine which round the younger brother will be picked.  If a fourteen year old brother tries out and his fourteen year old brother is already on a team, then the Board shall determine whether the brother trying out will be a first round pick or a fourteen year old draft pick.  If the brothers are both thirteen years old, when the first brother is chosen then the other brother must be chosen by that same team in the next round.  If one brother is thirteen years old and the other is fourteen years old then the following conditions will apply.

 

1.  If the thirteen year old is a first round pick, then the fourteen year old is that team’s fourteen year old draft pick.

2.  If the fourteen year old is a first round pick, then the thirteen year old is that team’s second round pick.

3.  If the fourteen year old is a fourteen year old round pick, then before the second round begins the Board will disclose which round the thirteen year old will be chosen.

4.  If both brothers are still available at the last pick of the second to last round then that team shall automatically receive the brother options and its draft will be complete.  If there is a team, however, which needs an extra player in the final round then that team shall automatically receive both brothers.

 

202.3.1.1.1 Three or More Brothers.  In the event of three or more brothers a special meeting of the Board shall be convened.

 

202.3.1.2 Major Level.  He shall be a 4th round pick in Phase 2. If a team is able to claim two Brother Options, they will use their 3rd and 4th round pick.

 

202.3.1.3 Minor Level.  Placement will depend on age of Option Player and Phase of Draft.  See Section 202.2.3.1 for detailed placement information.

               

202.3.2 Manager Option.  A player whose father is a Manager, shall be placed on his father’s team per the following conditions.

 

202.3.2.1 Pony Level.  The manager of a team takes his son in the round that corresponds to the number of consecutive years he has been in the league.  The Board, however, has the right to adjust a manager’s son to a later round, based on the player’s ability.

 

202.3.2.2 Major Level.  He shall be a 2nd round pick in Phase 2.

 

202.3.2.3 Minor Level.  Placement will depend on age of Option Player and Phase of Draft.  See Section 202.2.3.1 for detailed placement information.

 

202.3.3 Sponsor Option.  A player whose father is a Sponsor, shall be placed on his father’s team per the following conditions.

 

202.3.3.1 Pony Level.  The head of a sponsoring firm may have his son and or grandson placed on sponsored team in the round that corresponds to the number of consecutive years of sponsorship.  Sponsors selection takes preference over Managers selection if both occur in the same round.

 

202.3.3.2 Major Level.  He shall be placed on his father’s team as a 5th round pick in Phase 2.

 

202.3.3.3 Minor Level.  Placement will depend on age of Option Player and Phase of Draft.  See Section 202.2.3.1 for detailed placement information.

 

202.3.4 Coach Option.  A player whose father is a Coach, shall be placed on his father’s team per the following conditions.  The player’s father must have been coaching on the team to which he will be assigned for the four (4) previous seasons and is included as a coach in the current season.  To qualify as a coach, one must be listed as such on the team roster sheet, have passed a background check performed by the League and be active in more than 50% of the games played by the team.  In addition he must not be listed as a coach with any other team in the League.

 

202.3.4.1 Pony Level.  The Coach of a team with three (3) consecutive completed years’ affiliation with a BBA team takes his son in the second round.  Four years of coaching results in a third round pick, etc.  Consecutive completed years of service must be substantiated and approved by the Board.

 

202.3.4.2 Major Level.  He shall be a 2nd round pick in Phase 2.

 

202.3.4.3 Minor Level.  Placement will depend on age of Option Player and Phase of Draft.  See Section 202.2.3.1 for detailed placement information.

 

202.3.5 Hardship Option.  A player who has a hardship requiring placement on a particular team will be considered on a case by case basis by the Board.

 

202.3.6 Permission to Add Option Players.  Options shall be granted only after receipt of the Option Application Form and only after approval of the League.  Approved applicants shall not participate in the tryouts.

 

202.3.7 Moving Option Players in Draft.  The Board shall have discretionary power to move any Option Player up or down in the draft order.

 

202.3.8 Maximum Number of Options.  A team will be limited to three (3) total option picks in every draft.

 

202.3.9 Equal Application Based on Relationship.  Option player rules listed as father shall equally apply to mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother and sister.  Option player rules listed as brother shall equally apply to sister.

 

202.3.10 Requiring Moving Player from a Team.  A new manager will be allowed to remove         his son from the roster of another team and add the son to his own roster.  A team losing a    player as a result of this action shall be allowed an extra pick of the same age group in that          year’s draft.  The pick will be in the first round of that age group and the position of the pick in    that round will be equal to the round in which the player was picked in the previous year’s draft                         (i.e. If the player was picked in the 3rd round in the previous draft, the pick awarded to the team                                 would be the 3rd pick in the 1st round of the corresponding age group).

 

202.3.11 Late Option Requests in Pony.  Option requests must be submitted to the Board no later than 24 hours before the start of the draft.  Once that time has passed no requests may be made.  Any team that makes a verbal or written request for an option pick or any other request for a concession / consideration regarding a player trying out for the Pony Level after the time designated above shall automatically lose its 1st round pick in that year’s draft, including any option for that round already approved.  Any lost pick will be made up in a supplemental round at the end of the draft.

 

202.4 Adding New Teams.  If the League adds new teams, the new teams shall draw for position in the first round of the draft and shall be allowed an additional pick at the end of the first round of the draft.  They shall, beginning with the second round, be allowed two picks each time it becomes their turn to draft.

 

202.4.1 Pony Level.  A new team qualifies one of its Coaches’ son/s if they have notified the Board at least one week in advance of the first try-out date.  A new team shall have the first seven (7) picks of the fourteen year old players and the first choice of the thirteen year old players.  If more than one new teams comes into the Pony Level in the same year, the Managers of those teams will alternate picks among them to select their fourteen year olds and then first thirteen year old.