BLOOMINGDALE YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (BYSA) LOCAL RULES
All local rules of Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association are sanctioned under the BYSA constitution and Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken guidelines. These rules have been developed to further the objectives of Babe Ruth Baseball Incorporated and Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association. Adherence to these rules, are the responsibility of all Board Members, Managers, Coaches, Umpires, Players, Parents and spectators. It is required that all managers inform their coaching staff, players and parents of these rules. Non-compliance of these rules by anyone involved in the activities of Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association may result in disciplinary actions outlined in guidelines or, if necessary, be brought before the Board of Directors for consideration of appropriate consequences. Note: Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association Constitution and the Babe Ruth Rules control the extent of inconsistency with these rules. Rules and Guidelines apply to both baseball and softball programs.
SECTION 1: GENERAL PARK RULES
The Park used by BYSA is a Hillsborough County Park. All county ordinances applicable to County Parks must be followed. The term “park” as used in these rules includes any offsite game or practice site where a Bloomingdale team is practicing or playing in a scrimmage, interlock, regulation or tournament game.
A. BYSA has a zero tolerance for the following:
B. Prohibited activities:
C. Lightning Prediction System.
BYSA has employed the THOR GUARD Lightning prediction system. When the alarm sounds all players and parents must immediately leave the park and seek shelter in their vehicle. Dugouts and covered bleachers are not suitable shelter; neither is the open parking lot. More information on THOR procedures is in the Safety Plan.
D. Use of park by other baseball organizations
BYSA will not support other baseball/softball organizations playing at Bloomingdale fields unless they are a registered travel team at BYSA. Anyone desiring to start a travel team (1 team per age group) at BYSA must obtain approval through the Travel Committee and meet the following team requirements (table below applies to both baseball and softball teams).
Players eligible to play at BYSA according to boundary restrictions
Players registered and actively playing at BYSA during spring season
minimum of 3 rostered players
12U & up
Organizations/travel teams are also required to comply with Hillsborough County mandates such as background checks, coaching certifications, and insurance coverage. No organization will be supported or granted permission to use the BYSA fields unless these requirements are met. Failure to meet or abide by these requirements will result in removal of access to park.
SECTION 2: REGISTRATION
Registration is done online, through the SI Play system. Each adult should create an account, and each child/player can be added to that family account. Specific registration dates will be posted on the league website, but in general, registration for the spring season will open in November and close in early January. For the fall season, registration will open in July and close in mid-August. Late registrations will not be accepted. More details regarding registration can be found on the league website.
SECTION 3: MANAGERS, COACHES, AND VOLUNTEERS
Note: No coach or manager is guaranteed a future coaching position based upon tenure, prior participation, including as a board member, or sponsorship. All managers and coaches must submit to a background check and obtain periodic coaching certification and qualifications.
SECTION 4: TRYOUTS AND DRAFT ELIGIBILITY