4.0 Certification of Players

4.01 Investigation of Players Eligibility. The Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting may appoint a representative in each association holding a franchise in the NABF, whose duty it shall be to investigate the eligibility of players on each team of his association eligible to play in the tournament, and who shall certify by affidavit that each and every player on said team is eligible under the rules of this Federation.

4.02 Certification List Due. The secretary of each association must certify an eligibility list from each team in his league at least fifteen (15) days prior to the registration date of the Regional Tournament in which his association intends to participate. Only players on the certified eligibility list shall be eligible for NABF tournament play. An association may not register a team or player in more than one (1) division. Players certified by each association (franchise member) must have played with his team in a minimum of four (4) games in the league which his team represents. This rule includes the extra players, who must be selected from teams in the same league as the representing team. Any violation of this rule will cause the player(s) to be dropped from competition and the previous games played will be forfeited. The minimum penalty for violation of this rule by a franchise shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) imposed on the franchise; the maximum penalty shall be forfeiture of the NABF franchise held by the association which sent the team.


4.03 Team Registered in More Than One Age Division League. An association may not register a team in more than one (1) age division with the following exceptions: In a combination age league having both High School Division teams and Senior Division teams as described under Rule 1.04 and/or College Division teams and Major Division teams as described under Rule 1.03 playing in the same NABF sanctioned league. Player(s) registered in such a sanctioned league will be permitted to participate in either NABF division tournament(s) on team(s) representing their league only, certified under Rules 4.02 and 6.09 without restriction or penalty under Rules 3.12, 4.08 and 4.09; provided, however, that all other NABF rules are met, including age requirements.

4.04 Certification of Extra Players. Only players registered and certified under Rule 4.02 by each respective NABF association league will be considered for extra players. Before the first day of the tournament the Secretary or Representative of the local association shall certify to the Executive Director or Tournament Director of the NABF, the names of six (6) additional players. These players may be used by the team with which they are certified as extra players allowed by these rules. The eligibility of such extra players shall be the same as that of the players on the championship team.

Any team that advances to either Regional or World Series Play, whose submitted roster is not at the maximum number of players and who advances to the next level of tournament play, would be allowed to add extra players, which shall not exceed a total of six (6) players from their franchise and such players could play for more than one team.  No team shall drop players and add replacement players.

4.05 NABF Executive Director to List Certified Players. The Executive Director of the NABF must furnish a printed team roster of all players certified to him as eligible for the Major, College, Senior, High School, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman and Rookie Division Tournaments, to each association of the NABF participating, before the opening round of that tournament. The Executive Director may delegate this responsibility to the Tournament Director.

NOTE: Each league’s certified list of players for each team registered under rule 6.09 must be submitted to the national office of NABF or as designated in the tournament instruction packet fifteen days before the start of the respective tournament assigned (see Rule 4.02). Failure to comply with rules 4.02 and 6.09 will result in disqualification from tournament play.

4.06 Must Play Games. Player(s) certified by each association (franchise member) must have played with his/her team in a minimum of four games in the league which his/her team represents. This rule includes the extra players who must be selected from teams in the same league as the representing team. Any violation of this rule will cause the player(s) to be dropped from competition and the previous games played will be forfeited. The minimum penalty for violation of this rule by a franchise shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) imposed on the franchise; the maximum penalty shall be forfeiture of NABF franchise held by the association which sent the team.

4.07A Limit of 21 Players-Rookie, Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Divisions. Teams participating in NABF tournaments shall be limited to twenty-one (21) players, which shall not include more than six (6) extra players.

4.07B Limit of 25 Players-High School, Senior, College and Major Divisions Only. Teams participating in NABF High School, Senior, College and Major tournaments shall be limited to Twenty-Five players which shall not include more than six (6) extra players from their respective league.

4.08 Roster and Extra Players for College Division Teams Playing in a Major Division League. A College Division team playing in a Major Division League must have at least twelve (12) players who are eligible for the College Division tournament play.
All ineligible (over-age) players who played for the team during the season must be removed from the College Division Team’s Eligibility List. The ineligible players will be on the team’s roster in the Major Division and eligible, therefore, for Major Division NABF tournament play as extra players. Up to six (6) eligible extra players may be selected from Major Division teams as well as other College Division teams in the League.

NOTE: The manager must realize that the extra players will be ineligible for additional NABF tournament play with his/her or any other team in his/her League during the current season.

4.09 Roster and Extra Players for High School Division Teams Playing in a Senior Division League.A High School Division team playing in a Senior Division League must have at least twelve (12) players who are eligible for the High School Division tournament play.
All ineligible (eighteen [18] year old) players who played for the team during the season must be removed from the High School Division Team’s Roster List. The ineligible players will be on the team’s roster in the Senior Division and eligible, therefore, for Senior Division NABF tournament play as extra players. Up to six (6) eligible extra players may be selected from Senior Division teams as well as other High School Division teams in the League.

NOTE: The manager must realize that the extra players will be ineligible for additional NABF tournament play with 
his/her or any other team in his/her League during the current season. (NOTE: Tournament Playing Restriction in Rule 3.12.)

4.10 Player Agreement/Contract. Each player registered to participate in any NABF tournament is required to sign the agreement located on the reverse side of the Official NABF Tournament Roster; confirming he/she is a bona fide member under the rules of the NABF; and all information pertaining to him/her is accurate, including full name, date of birth, complete home address and contact information.

PENALTY: If Player Agreements/Contracts are not completed or are not clearly typewritten, a fifty dollar ($50.00) fine must be paid prior to that team’s participation in any NABF tournament game.