3.0 Player Eligibility


3.01 Major Division (Unlimited). Players of unlimited age are eligible for participation in the Major Tournament.

3.02 College Division (22 & Under). Players who have not reached their twenty-third (23rd) birthday prior to January 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the College Tournament.

3.03 Senior Division (18 & Under). Players who have not reached their nineteenth (19th) birthday prior to May 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the Senior tournament.  In addition, current year high school graduates are eligible.  No player who has reached age 20 is eligible.

3.04 High School Division (17 & Under). Players who have not reached their eighteenth (18th) birthday prior to January 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the High School Tournament.

3.05 Junior Division (16 & Under). Players who have not reached their seventeenth (17th) birthday prior to May 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the Junior Tournament.

3.06 Sophomore Division (14 & Under). Players who have not reached their fifteenth (15th) birthday prior to May 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the Sophomore Tournament.

3.07 Freshman Division (12 & Under). Players who have not reached their thirteenth (13th) birthday prior to May 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the Freshman Tournament (see rule 9.01).

3.08 Rookie Division (10 & Under). Players who have not reached their eleventh (11th) birthday prior to May 1 of the current year are eligible for participation in the Rookie Tournament

3.09 May Play in Other Tournaments. Players may participate in tournaments other than those under the jurisdiction of the NABF, provided such dual participation has the approval of the local governing NABF franchise holder.

3.10 Players Must Appear on Team Roster. No player will be permitted to compete in any NABF tournament whose name does not appear on his team’s roster on or before July 15 of the current year.

3.11A Players In More Than One Association. A player registered to teams in more than one (1) association shall be eligible to participate in a tournament for whichever team he signs his “Tournament Player Contract”. If he signs more than one Tournament Player Contract, he shall be ineligible for any NABF tournament play that season.

3.11B Teams Competing in More Than One Association League(s).Teams Competing in More Than One NABF Franchise League(s).  Any team registered with more than one NABF franchise, playing in an interlocking schedule of games as described under Rules 1.01, 1.02, 1.03 and 1.04 must notify the NABF national office and the Franchise Member(s) in writing (Form Letter) which league they will compete in to qualify for NABF tournament play.  Notification, in writing, must be provided by the team manager to the NABF and respective league(s) officers by June 1st of the current season.  Failure to comply will make such team(s) ineligible for participation in an NABF Regional or National Championship Tournament during the current season.

NOTE: A team, regardless of the team name(s), is defined under Rule 12.02 authorized team personnel (see Rule 4.02 and 6.09).

PENALTY: Failure to Comply with Rule 3.11B and 6.09 will result in forfeiture of ALL games played and the suspension of the team manager and team for one year.

3.12 Playing in an NABF Tournament in More Than One Age Division. Any player will be permitted to play on more than one (1) team representing his franchise in the same age division once his initial team has completed NABF tournament play. Player(s) will be permitted to play on more than one (1) team representing his NABF franchise association league, only in any NABF tournament, provided such player(s) comply with age restrictions set forth under Player Eligibility Rules 3.01 through 3.21 and Certification of Players Rules 4.01 through 4.10, i.e. Junior, High School, Senior, College, Major.
 

          PENALTY: Forfeiture of all games in which the player participated in the second tournament or any tournament thereafter that season.

3.13 Dropping to a Lower Classification. Players certified under rule 4.02 who have played in the Major, College, High School, Junior, Sophomore or Freshman Age Divisions of this Federation may participate in a lower age classification within one NABF franchise organization only during the current season.  All players must comply with age eligibility Rules 3.01 through 3.08.

3.14 Player Tournament Eligibility. All players must be bona fide members of an eligible team in a league that played throughout the current season under the jurisdiction of an NABF franchise holder. In addition, all team personnel must be eligible under the rules of the NABF to participate in a NABF Tournament or sponsored event.

PENALTY: Forfeiture of the game(s) in which the ineligible player, coach or manager participated.

3.15 Playing Under an Assumed Name. The full bona fide name of each player must be given, and if necessary that he play under another name, the name under which he plays must also be given and reason therefore. Any player playing under an assumed name, or one who plays or attempts to play under the name of an eligible player of any team entitled to take part in the elimination of the final tournament series games of the NABF, or who shall himself be eligible, shall subject himself individually to immediate disqualification from further right to play in such series, and all persons connected with the affair shall be disqualified for one (1) year from playing games with any team or player under the jurisdiction of the NABF.

3.16 No Pay Permitted. Any player who receives monetary remuneration or the promise of such for any services under an Amateur Classification shall be deemed ineligible to participate in any league and/or tournament affiliated with the NABF.

3.17 Accepting Pay for Play. Any team paying or player accepting remuneration for playing baseball in any classification under the jurisdiction of the NABF, upon conviction thereof shall be suspended, with the Board of Directors of the NABF determining the penalty for this violation.

3.18 Eligibility is Local Association’s Responsibility. Each association shall be responsible for the eligibility of its team personnel, but no act of an association shall be construed to bar another association from protesting the right of any players, coach or manager to participate in an NABF tournament or sponsored event.

PENALTY: Forfeiture of the game in which the player, coach or manager participated.

3.19 Team Personnel Under Suspension. No team member(s) under suspension by the NABF for violations of NABF rules or sanctions by the NABF Board of Directors can be eligible to participate in an NABF tournament or sponsored event. Failure of any team, league or franchised member organization to comply shall result in further sanctions by the NABF.

PENALTY: Forfeiture of the game in which the team member(s) participated.

3.20 Player Residence Requirement. Teams participating in High School Division (Seventeen and Under), or any age group less than Seventeen and Under, must comply with the following residential requirements:

(A) A resident according to NABF Rules is someone showing proof of permanent legal residence from February 1st of the current year.

(B) A team may not have more than 50 percent of its total player roster who are out of state residents.

PENALTY: Forfeiture of the game(s) in which the team member(s) participated.

3.21 Participating in a higher classification. College Division team(s) registered under rule 1.03(1) taking part in a Major Division league and High School Division team(s) participating in a Senior Division league under rules 1.04(1) may participate at the next higher age classification NABF tournament or sponsored event, without restriction. All team personnel must be eligible under the rules of the NABF. (NOTE: Tournament playing restrictions in Rule 3.12).