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Mon-Yough Church Dartball League

Official Rules

(M-Y-C-D-L) Ratified August 13, 2012

1. Opening Rules
The name of the League is the Mon-Yough Church Dartball League. An opening Prayer is to be given before the games start. All rules shall be enforced by team Captains.

2. Playing Board
The official board, approved by the M.Y.C.D.L. officials, shall be used. All playing boards made after the start of the season must comply with "Playing Board Regulations" (published separately) as to size, shape, color scheme, etc. Sufficient board lighting (spotlight) is required. Board and playing conditions may be checked and approved by League officials upon request from a team Captain. If three different complaints are received by the League President regarding the same board, the Captain of that team will be notified and has one month to correct the situation.

3. Darts
Darts may or may not be painted.  If painted, the darts should be painted with at least one coat of varnish or paint (Enamel, Latex). No other material can be added to the paint or put on the dart prior to/or during the painting. Only regulation M. Y. C. D. L. approved darts may be used. The purchasing of board/or darts can be done through League Treasurer.

4. Long Single
A one (1) inch diamond will be painted black and outlined with wire in the middle of the single. When a dart lands in the black area any player on base will move up two bases. This means players on second and third will score. A player on first will go to third. A player must be on first and/or second for another player's hit to register as a long single. The player hitting the black diamond is given credit for RBI's if any and a single.

5. Pitching Distance
Twenty-five (25) feet from the pitching line to the board. A player who throws with a stepping motion must stand far enough behind the line as to not step on or over the line when throwing the dart. A player who sets himself up at the line must not place his foot on the line at all. If at any time a player begins to touch the line the player must reset himself back behind the line as to not touch the line when throwing. Stepping on/over the line is an infraction. A player committing the infraction of stepping on/over the line will be given 2 warnings by the opposing team captain. The opposing team captain must see and call this infraction of his own accord. If it happens a third time - then an out will be called. This will be per NIGHT not game. All this is under both teams captains discretion. All warning and final out calls will be agreed on by both team captains. The team captains or designee's are responsible for the umpiring of the line.

The pitching line must be 4 feet to the left from the center of the board and 4 feet to the right from the center of the board.  A batter must position himself/herself so that at least one foot is behind the line when throwing and not outside (to the left or right) the eight-foot line.  A player refusing to position himself within the batter box will get one warning; if after a warning is given the player still refuses to reset himself inside the 8 foot line will be called out.   

6. Games and Forfeit Times
Game time is 7:30 P.M. with 8:00 P.M. being forfeit deadline.

7. Free Practice Darts
Any player who did not play in the previous game, may throw (5) five darts when that player comes up to bat; even if that player took his/her pre-game practice darts.  If a player misses his/her team’s allotted practice time before the game they are NOT permitted to throw five practice darts before their first time at bat in the first game.

8. Cancellations
Cancellations are to be avoided, if at all possible. If they must occur, the canceling team must notify their opponent at least 24 hours ahead of game time unless the reason is due to inclement weather. The canceling team must also notify the League Secretary and President by normal game time. The League President/Vice-President has the authority to cancel all games due to inclement weather. Rescheduling of missed game is to be done within one week. Games must be made up within 30 days of the cancellation or on the designated day on the schedule (if the schedule has one). Note: if the league officers’ have to schedule a makeup game on the days reserved for makeups, it will have priority. The other makeup game between the 2 teams will have to be rescheduled.

9. Umpires
Umpire duties are to call balls, strikes, and outs. They will refrain from all movement and unnecessary noise. The Umpire will stand an arm's length away from the board, at least 2 feet. If a call of a dart was not made or understood or if the call of the dart was wrong the umpires cannot change that call or make a call of a dart after another dart has been thrown. All calls should be agreed with by both umpires before the next dart is thrown.

10. Shouting Behind the Line
There will be no heckling or unnecessary noise of any kind on or from behind the throwing line. There will be no walking around and/or abrupt movements with the intention to distract a player who is ready to through a dart, from players and or spectators in front of the throwing line. (No exceptions) Please use courtesy at all times and enforce this rule.

11. Number of Players
A playing team shall consist of a maximum of nine and a minimum of seven players. No games will be played if a team does not have the minimum 7 players. The seventh player must be John Doe. (an automatic out). If less than nine players are present for a team, the opposing team has the choice of playing an equal number. The number may only be changed, after the game starts, if the original short-handed team increased its number of players. All team members present at start or during game must be used to make a nine member team. If it is necessary for a nine person team to remove a player and no pinch hitters are available, the person removed must leave the playing area. If game continues, the missing player is not considered an out at his time-of-bat.

12. Dart Hitting Obstruction, Off Board or Sticking into Another
If thrown dart sticks into the ceiling, ceiling beam or object attached to the ceiling or deflects from such but does not stick into the playing board the batter is out. Any dart hitting the ceiling, ceiling beam or objects attached to ceiling which deflect from ceiling and sticks into the playing board is in play. One dart sticking into another dart is the same as the dart, which has been struck. The board playing area is defined as any part of the board between the outside wires.  Any dart hitting within board playing area and dropping off is considered 'no dart'. Hitting outside playing area and falling off is considered an out. Any dart sticking in the wire and making that call difficult, the call that will be made will benefit the batter. (REMEMBER) The Umpires’ decision is final.

13. Physical Contact with Batter
Physical contact with batter by opposing team member is prohibited. Batter who is contacted with will be given one base for interference or his dart, whichever he chooses. Runners do not advance unless forced.

14. Batting out of Turn
Batting out of turn, the scheduled batter is out and the next scheduled batter takes his/her turn.

15. Error
On an error all runners advance one base and the batter is credited with a single.

16. Sacrifice
A sacrifice is an OUT when NO runners are on base and/or when there are two outs. Otherwise, the batter is out and all runners advance one base.

17. Double Play
When dart hits double play with less than two outs and with one or more runners on base, runner nearest home and batter are both out (two outs). Any runners left on base do not advance. When double play is hit with two outs or with no runners on base, the batter is out (one out).

18. Walk
On a walk the batter is awarded first base. Runners only advance if forced.

18 a. Intentional Walk
A captain may intentionally walk an opposing player before he/she begins to throw.  Each team may use the intentional walk once per game.  The intentional walk will be considered a hit and an at bat.

19. Player - Playoff Eligibility
Players can not switch teams once the season starts.  Practices before the season first game do not count. A player must throw a dart for a team in a regular game to count as playing for that team. If a team disperses during the season and some players want to join another team it will have to be approved by the league officers and team captains at a special meeting. A player must play in at least 21 regular league games to be eligible to play in playoff competition. Captains are responsible for keeping accurate team statistics.

20. Weekly Results
The home team is responsible for calling the game results to Corresponding Secretary the night of the game.

21. Season Length and Playoffs
The season will be played from September till April with a Holiday Break in December.  There will be no halves.

There will be a League Championship and Shaughnessy series.  The League Championship series will consist of the top three finishing teams.  The remaining teams will play for the Shaughnessey championship.


                                           League Championship Format:
           A: The team finishing first will be the Number 1 seed.  The second finishing team, seed 2 and third finishing team seed 3. 

            B. Round 1: Seed 1 will have a bye. Seed 2 will host Seed 3 in a best of three** series.

            C. Championship Series:  It is a best of seven games.  The series will consist of 2 nights, four games the first night, three the second night.  The first night the games will be played at Seed 1’s home field.  The second night (if needed) will be played at the other team’s (seed 2 or 3) home field.  In the Championship Series only, this is the way home team will be determined- Games 1 and 2, seed one is home team.  Games 3, 4, and 5 lower seed (2 or 3) is home. Games 5 and 6, seed one is home team.

 

Shaughnessy Championship Series

The remaining six teams will be seeded according to winning record.  The two highest seeded teams have a bye for the first round of the playoffs. 

A.    The first two rounds of the playoffs will be a best of three series. The parings of the first round of the remaining six teams are; seed 6 at seed 3, and seed 5 at seed 4.

B.     Round 2: The team seeded 1 will host the lowest seeded team left among the seed 3-6. The team seeded 2 will host the second lowest seeded team left among seeds 3-6.

C.     Round 3 or championship game: The highest seeded team will host the lowest reaming seed in a best of 5 played during two consecutive nights.                          

 

 TIE BREAKERS:
                    First:  Head to head winning %
                   
 

22. Final Season Statistics
Within two weeks after the end of the regular season (excluding the playoffs) each team must submit their season team statistics as well as any High RBI, and High Average to the league President. Failure to do so will result in a $5.00 fine, which must be paid before the start of the next season. To qualify for Rookie of the Year, a player must have played a minimum of 36 games with M.Y.C.D.L. The statistics of the year that they reach the 36th game will be used for their Rookie of the Year candidacy.

23. Homeless Teams
Teams playing without home churches, when designated as home team, must pay host church $5.00 per night. The team must also provide refreshments and clean up the playing area (as designated by host church) after completion of games.

24. League Voting
Each team is permitted two votes (either by Officer, Captain and/or Team Representative) at League meetings. Representatives must be present to cast a vote.  League President can represent his team, but can only cast 1 vote.

25. Rule changes 
No league rules will be changed during the season except by a majority vote of team representatives present during a special meeting called by the president. All league rules will be reviewed prior to season beginning so all rules are understood and clear.

26. Individual Trophies

Individual trophies will be awarded in these categories.

A.    Highest Average

B.     Most Hits

C.     Most RBIs

D.    Most Singles

E.     Most Doubles

F.      Most Triples

G.    Most HRs

H.    Most DPs

I.       League Championship MVP

J.       Shaughnessey Championship MVP

To be eligible for Individual Trophies A-H, a player must have 235 at bats in the season.  

 

     27. Hall of Fame Eligibility

A person is ELIGIBLE for the Hall of Fame if they have played in the league 15 years and has the most impressive career statistics. 

 

28.All-Star Nominations.

 

Each team may select up to three persons to represent them in the annual All-Star vs. Hall of Fame game during the Holiday Break.    The captain should inform the league secretary of his picks one week prior to the All-Star game.  Only those players will be eligible to play in the All- Star game. 

 

 

 

***Rule changed August 13, 2012