11.0 Forfeits and Protests

11.01 Forfeit for Non-Appearance. Any team failing to arrive for a scheduled tournament or a team forfeiting an NABF Regional or National Tournament game for nonappearance (insufficient players) shall be barred from further play in that tournament. The minimum penalty for such a forfeiture shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) imposed on the team’s franchise; the maximum penalty shall be forfeiture of the NABF franchise held by the association which sent the team.

11.02 Failure to Appear for Tournaments. Any team intentionally failing to appear or abandoning an NABF Regional or National Tournament in progress will be subject to NABF sanctions. Such sanctions may include one or more years suspension
for the team and/or team’s supervisors and/or fines levied on the team’s supervisors or the NABF franchise held by the association which sent the team.

11.03 Protests on Interpretation of Playing Rules and/or NABF Tournament Rules. Protests on matters involving the interpretation of playing rules and/or NABF tournament rules must be made in writing to the Official Scorer at the time of the alleged infraction of the rules.  The manager must notify the chief umpire and official scorer that the game is being played under protest from that point on.  A duplicate of the written protest must be presented, along with a fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), to the Chairman of the Tournament Committee within one (1) hour after the protested game has been completed.  Protests shall contain the date, time and place of game; name of the teams; name of the chief umpire and official scorer; and the rule or section of the rule or rules violated; and all the essential facts involved in the matter under protest.  The chief umpire must also make out a signed statement of the official scorer at the time of the alleged infraction of the rules, and it is the manager’s responsibility to inform the chief umpire of his obligation to do so.  The original score sheet with all the this written information on it shall be presented to the Chairman of the Tournament Committee at the hearing of said protest.  The chief umpire and the official scorer must attend the hearing.  Should the protest be upheld, then the fee shall be returned, otherwise, it shall be forfeited to the treasury of the NABF.

NOTE: :  No Protest of NABF Tournament Rules can be made after the fact.

11.04 Eligibility Protests. Protests on the eligibility of any team player or players must be made in writing and accompanied by a fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).  The written protest and fee must be presented to the Chairman of the Tournament Committee within one (1) hour after the completion of the game under protest in which the team player or players participated.  Proof of ineligibility must be presented by the protesting team.  If the protest is upheld the fee shall be returned and the game awarded to the protesting team.  The team player or players proven guilty of violating Rules of Eligibility shall be immediately suspended.  If the protest is denied, then the one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) fee shall be forfeited to the treasury of the NABF.