Up Coming Rule and By-Law Changes 2021

Rules and Bylaws Proposals
submitted by the Rules Committee

PRC-2 (Amended)

Rule 1 – Pitching Divisions

As Written:

Rule 1.   Junior Cadets (any pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger the entire calendar year).

Junior Cadets may pitch any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty foot (20’) foul line. Note: Junior Cadets may choose to move into the Junior Boys or Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Junior Cadets, once this declaration has been made.

Add wording

Section A – Cadets (See REQUIREMENT 6, for exceptions and additional information)

  1. Cadet Boys (any male pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)

Cadet Boys may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20’) foul line. Note: Cadet Boys may choose to move into the Junior Boys prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Cadet Boys, once this declaration has been made.

  1. Cadet Girls (any female pitcher twelve (12) years old or younger for the entire calendar year)

Cadet Girls may pitch from any place on the extended or full-distance platforms and shall observe the twenty-foot (20’) foul line. Note: Cadet Girls may choose to move into the Junior Girls prior to the age guidelines, but cannot return to the Cadet Girls, once this declaration has been made.

Reasoning:

We have World Championship Divisions for Men, Women, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Men, Senior Women and Elders. It is time to have the Cadets broken into Cadet Boys (or Junior Cadet Boys) and Cadet Girls (or Junior Cadet Girls) as the others are. They can pitch in the WT prelims as one group like the Juniors classes do but should be broken into Cadet Girls and Cadet Boys for the Championships as the Juniors are.

PRC 4 (Amended)

Requirement 3 – Charter/State Information

Section A, # 2

Current reading:

  1. Mixed Play and Handicapping (See also Rule 11, Section E)

The Championship Classes of the Open Men and Open Women Divisions in a State Singles Championship Tournament cannot be mixed play.   All other Divisions and Classes may be mixed at the discretion of the Tournament Officials.      Etc………

PROPOSED CHANGE:

The Championship Classes of the Open Men and Open Women Divisions in a State Singles Championship Tournament should not be mixed play.   If, however, there are fewer than 4 entries in a championship division within the same pitching distance, there may be mixed play, determined by the State’s Ex. Board and Tournament Director, attempting to separate pitching distances and Divisions as much as possible.     

NOTE:  This would also change the wording in Rule 11, Section E.

Rule 11, Section E

Current wording:

…Mixed Classes are not allowed, however, in some Championship Classes/Divisions of State Tournaments and, etc………..

Change to:

Mixed Classes are not allowed at the World Tournament, but in Championship Classes of State Tournaments, within the same pitching distance, mixed divisions that have fewer than 4 entries may be mixed.

REASON:    In many small charters, it is difficult to put together a full championship class, sometimes having only 1 or 2 entries.   This gives these small charters other options, to put classes together that make sense and that work for them, and to prevent a huge spread in ringer % within classes which is not enjoyable for participants AND which often causes dropouts or fewer entries.