5.0 Professional and Semi-Professional Players


5.01 Professional or Semi-Professional Experience.Each franchise holder must submit a complete list of all players with professional or semi-professional experience under their jurisdiction to the Executive Director of the NABF on or before July 20 of the current year. Failure to submit a list of all players with professional or semi-professional experience on or before July 20 of the current year will make a player and the team representing a franchise ineligible for tournament competition.

5.02 Replacement for Players Taken in Military Service. Players taken into the armed forces in any nation through draft, enlistment, or other means, and thereby reducing the number of players on a team’s eligibility list, may be replaced by the local association. Proper credentials or letters must be presented to show the reason and date of leaving. Any changes made after July 15 must be made from the credentials lists of teams in the league in which the player was playing.

5.03 Players With Professional Experience. A player signing a contract to play professional baseball shall be ineligible for NABF regional or national tournaments. Any team using such ineligible players will forfeit all games such player participated in. A player with professional experience may make application for reinstatement after he is given his Unconditional Release, placed on the Voluntary Retired or Military List of a professional team.

5.04 Reinstatement.

(A) Application for Reinstatement. All franchise holders must submit a complete list of all players under their jurisdiction with professional experience, not previously reinstated by the NABF to the Executive Director of the NABF on or before July 20 of the current year, listing player names and dates of birth, city and state of residence, dates of signing, dates of release, and the names of professional teams releasing the players. A copy of each players Unconditional Release, notice of being placed on the Voluntary Retired or Military List must accompany each application.

(B) Reinstatement Fee. A Reinstatement Fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) must accompany each player’s request, payable to the NABF.

(C) Failure to Obtain Reinstatement. Players failing to obtain reinstatement to amateur status from NABF shall be ineligible to participate in regional or national tournaments.

5.05 NABF Executive Director Shall Keep Player Reinstatement Records. The Executive Director of the NABF shall keep a file of all previous players reinstatement records so as to facilitate the annual classification of Players.

5.06 Limit of Reinstated Players. No team competing in the NABF Tournaments shall be allowed more than five (5) reinstated players with professional experience above class A Baseball on its roster, except under the following condition: A player released from professional baseball for five (5) or more consecutive years and reinstated as an amateur player by the NABF, will not fall within the provisions of this rule.

5.07 Ineligible for Reinstatement. No player under contract to, or reservation by, a professional baseball team shall be eligible for reinstatement, except a player on the Voluntary Retired or Military List of a professional baseball team.

5.08 Try-Out Only. A player who has signed a professional contract, but has never played in a regular season, playoff or World Series game of professional baseball may be reinstated as an amateur, and will not fall within the provisions of Rule 5.06 with respect to the five (5) reinstated players, if and only if, said player has a letter from his professional team so stating.

5.09 Semi-Professional. A team on which a member receives compensation for his services as a player or a team playing in a league or class recognized as semi-professional by the NABF.

5.10 Semi-Professional Players. Rules 5.03 through 5.08 and inclusive in their entirety shall apply to all players classified as semi-professional.