Review the League Charter: View - updated May 7, 2012
Beginning with the 2011 season, Rules 6 through 9 in the NCAA handbook are to be adhered to in regards to 'field of play' rules. These rules are available for your review. Sections within these rules that are crossed out are to be disregarded for MVABL play.
Time Limit Rules
The following rules pertain to the Time Limits imposed anytime there are 3 or more games being played at one field AND the last game is scheduled to start on or after 7pm.
When time limit is in effect, the following will be required:
- No new inning will start after 2 hours and 45 minutes. If an inning ends at the 2:40 mark of a time limit game, you shouldn't expect to start a new inning either. If you are the last game scheduled, you will not have the 2 hour, 45 minute time limit imposed. However, you will be on a time limit, based on the park's restrictions on when the lights need to be turned off (like at AIA) or when the front gate will be locked (like at Rotary).
- It will be up to BOTH coaches to coordinate with the umpire on the start and end times for their game.
- Each coach will have to keep track of the time, so that they can best judge on when the game MAY be called.
- If the umpire feels that the pitcher is trying to delay the game by taking too long to pitch a ball, the Major League rule may be imposed (See Rule 8.04 and 8.05 which states that if there is no runner on base and the pitcher takes longer than 12 seconds to deliver the pitch, a "Ball" will be called for the batter. If there are runners on base, and the pitcher, at the umpire's discretion, unnecessarily delays the game, a "BALK" will be called. If the pitcher continues to delay the game, the umpire has the authority to remove (toss) the pitcher from the game. In which case, a league suspension may incur.
- The umpire will have the FINAL say on when the last inning will take place. Although it would be a courtesy for the umpire to inform BOTH teams prior to the start of the new inning that this will be the last inning, how is he to know if the inning is going to go 1-2-3 for both teams, or run on for half an hour? For example, if there is a half-hour left in the time limit and the new inning starts, but the visiting team keeps the inning alive for 20 of those minutes, the umpire should not be scolded if he is forced to tell the home team that due to the long first-half of the inning, this will be the last inning.
Finally, all games should start at game time!! We are all victim of this, even the first games of the day. There is no excuse to not be ready by the scheduled game time. Most guys should show up an hour or 1/2 hour before game time anyways. I would recommend getting loose when you show up at the park. If there is time for infield practice (note this is not mandatory), the visiting team should run through their drills first, and then give time for the home team to do the same. I would say that if you don't get on the field for practice prior to 15 minutes before your scheduled game start time, you shouldn't even bother with it. One exception: if the umpire is switching between games, you can wait until the umpire is ready before the start of the 2 hour, 45 minute time limit begins.
Everyone should hustle on and off the field. Certain circumstances are out of anyone's control, and the umpires should do their best to inform everyone of the time situation. But it will also be up to the coaches to understand the remaining time left in a game.