6.01 Fees Must Be Paid.
No association will be permitted
to compete in any NABF tournament unless the franchise fee has been paid
and all other obligations to the NABF
have been complied
with. Franchise fee is non-refundable except under conditions set forth
under Article II, Section 2-A-5. Tournament fees are non-refundable.
6.02 Must Pay Bills. No member will be eligible to
enter regional or national tournament competition until it has paid
all bills or penalty obligations incurred at previous NABF
tournaments. This shall include any claim against a member or franchise
holder for breakage or acts of vandalism. The franchise holder must
be notified of any delinquency within thirty (30) days of the close
of the tournament and all bills must be paid within ninety (90) days
6.03 Tournament Player Contracts and Team Rosters.
Three (3) copies of each team’s player roster and contract for
each player who plans on participating in any NABF
tournament must be clearly typewritten on official NABF
roster/contract forms prior to registration at the pre-tournament meeting.
The contracts must be signed on the back by each and every player who
plans on participating in an NABF tournament. The roster
of each team must be certified correct by an official of the local association
and the team manager.
PENALTY: If the requested player/team information
has been submitted in handwriting and not clearly typewritten, a seventy-five
dollar ($75.00) fine must be levied against the offending team and must
be paid prior to the team’s participation in any game.
6.04 Certification of Tournament Team. Once a team
has been certified to participate in a regional tournament, the Tournament
Director shall mail one (1) copy of each team’s roster to the
NABF Headquarters and one (1) copy to the World Series
Tournament Director. The third copy will be retained by the Regional
Tournament Committee for the duration of the regional competition. Immediately
upon the completion of the Regional Tournament, the Tournament Director
will provide the champion team’s manager with the third copy of
each participating team’s roster/contract forms and a copy of
each participating NABF League’s Eligibility
List of players. The winning team’s manager shall deliver these
rosters and eligibility lists to the World Series Tournament Director.
Once a teams players have been certified for play, no changes are permitted.
(See Rule 6.05)
6.05 Credentials Required. No team shall participate
in any NABF tournament until credentials have been
presented, certified by an accredited franchise representative, and
approved by the Tournament Committee. Once a team has had its list of
tournament players approved by a Tournament Committee, no additional
players may be added to that list for any reason, nor may any ex-professionals
on this approved list be reinstated as amateurs if the players failed
to receive such reinstatement prior to the approval of credentials.
All ex-professional players must be reinstated with the NABF to play
in NABF tournament games.
6.06 Proof of Age Required. Only proof of birth from
the bureau of vital statistics or drivers’ licenses with pictures
and birth dates included will be accepted as proof of age in Rookie,
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, High School, Senior and College tournaments.
6.07 National Tournament Host Team’s Credentials. The
Host Team of an NABF National Tournament shall be assigned by the NABF
Executive Director to a Regional Tournament Committee to which it must
submit, for credential approval, its NABF Tournament
Roster. The player roster must be submitted prior to any Regional Tournament
play in that division.
6.08 Liability Insurance. All teams participating
in NABF regional and national championship play are
required to have a one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) general liability
protection plan. All teams participating must have a copy of their policy
with them at the tournament to be eligible to participate. In addition,
the NABF must be named as one of the insured on the
policy. Coverage should include public bodily injury, property damage
liability per each occurrence.
6.09 Certification of League Teams. On or before June
1 of the current year, the Officer of each franchise holder responsible
for the certification of their teams shall send to the Executive Director
of the NABF the complete names and addresses of all managers of all
respective teams. The Executive Director will then provide the manager
of each team scheduled to represent its franchise in NABF
tournament play with a copy of the Tournament Rules. Team(s) from any
age group may qualify for post season NABF Regional
or National Championship series events through one (1) NABF
franchise organization only.
NOTE: A team, regardless of team name, name change is defined under Rule 12.02. Any modifation of team personnel, or team name for the purpose of circumventing this rule shall not be accepted or permitted.
PENALTY: Disqualification from tournament play and/or
forfeiture of all tournament games played to the opposing team(s).
6.10 Franchise Representative Responsible at Tournament.
Teams must be accompanied to the tournament city by an accredited representative
from the franchise holder, who shall be the spokesman and responsible
for the team to the Tournament Committee.
6.11 Player Under Suspension. No player or team under
suspension by the NABF for violation of the franchise
tournament rules can be eligible to compete in an NABF tournament.
6.12 Expense Fees Forfeited. If a team is declared
ineligible for further competition in a regional or national tournament,
it shall forfeit all rights or claims to expenses normally allowed participating
6.13 League Playing Schedule. On or before July 1st
of the current playing season (year) each franchised holder must submit
a copy of their league playing schedule(s) for all leagues certified
under rule 6.09.
Penalty: Failure to present a verifiable season
schedule will result in the league being ineligible for tournament play.
6.14 Official Team Photograph. Each team participating
in a NABF national tournament shall present a clear photograph of their
respective team, (not less than 8x10 inches) to the tournament committee,
providing identification of their authorized team personnel by first
and last name, in sequence, left to right, front row through back row.
Players not pictured must provide individual picture identification
to the tournament committee. Failure of a team to provide an official
team photograph as described in this rule will disqualify said team
from tournament play.