SUN PARLOUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATIONSUN PARLOUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
CONSTITUTION (AMENDED SEPTEMBER, 2001)
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Sun Parlour Baseball Association,
hereafter referred to as the Association or S.P.B.A.
ARTICLE II: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
a) To foster and improve baseball in
laid out by the O.B.A. when S.P.B.A. was granted Affiliate status with the
b) To teach the participants the proper skills required to play the sport.
c) To teach good sportsmanship through the medium of competitive play.
d) To develop a positive attitude toward sportsmanship in regard to both winning
e) To help develop the habits and attitudes in youth that are associated with
responsible behaviours through counsel and example.
f) To protect and promote the mutual interests of the members.
g) To institute and regulate competition for determining representatives to the
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
a) Membership in this Association shall be composed of such baseball
Associations, Affiliate members and clubs who shall agree to abide by and comply
with this constitution, by-laws
and rules, and shall be known as Lo
Affiliated Associations or Lo
b) The Association shall have the power to accept or not accept individual clubs
ARTICLE IV: ELIGIBILITY
All players and teams must be eligible according to the rules set down under the
Ontario Baseball Association and the S.P.B.A. Constitution and By-laws.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
Executive Officers and Directors
a) The Executive of the S.P.B.A. shall be the immediate Past President,
President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Third Vice President,
and Fourth Vice President.
b) The Directors of the Association shall be one representative from every
Association or centre that belongs to the Sun Parlour Baseball Association. In
addition, the President may appoint additional individuals to the Executive to
head special committees. These
appointments are subject to ratifi
Directors of the S.P.B.A. Board. (i.e.. Scholarship, Convention, Boundaries, or
Fund Raising are possible areas where a special committee could be needed)
c) Nominations for the Executive shall be made at the Annual Meeting by members
in good standing.
d) The elected Executive shall constitute an Executive Committee.
e) A Secretary and/or Registrar shall be appointed by the Executive annually for
a term of one year (Effective December 1).
t) A Treasurer shall be appointed by the Executive annually for a term of one
year (Effective December 1).
g) An Umpire-in-Chief shall be appointed by the Executive annually for a term of
one year (Effective December 1).
h) The Secretary, Registrar, Treasurer and the Umpire-in-Chief may be paid an
honourarium determined by the Executive at the Annual Meeting. These figures
will appear as an Appendix in the S.P.B.A. By-laws.
i) To be eligible for a
position on the Sun Parlour Executive, the
election must be a bonafide member in good standing of an Affiliated Association
of Sun Parlour.
j) Any elected officer who fails to attend three General
Meetings in a fis
year without reasons that in the opinion of the Board of Directors are
satisfactory shall have automati
Directors shall then take steps to replace the opening.
ARTICLE VI: TERM OF OFFICE
The term of office of the Executive Committee shall be from one Annual Meeting
to the next (one year), with the Annual Meetings being held the last Monday of
September of each year. The Executive shall be elected at the Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE VII: EXECUTIVE MEETINGS
Executive Meetings shall be
President and the first meeting shall be
ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL MEETINGS
General Meetings for all Directors will be
commencing the month of December following the Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE IX: AUDITORS AND FISCAL YEAR
a) "An "external" auditor shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at the
Annual Meeting to review the accounts and present a report for the General
Membership at the January General Meeting following the Annual Meeting".
b) "The accounts shall cover that period of time between January 1 of the year
and December 31st of the same year".
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution shall be made only at the Annual Meeting and
shall be completed by two-thirds of majority of votes of eligible members in
attendance. Amendments to the Constitution shall be received in writing by the
Secretary seven (7) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Amendments to the By-laws
shall be made at regularly held meetings, two-thirds majority of votes required
of eligible members in attendance and each member association shall receive
written notice within seven (7) days prior.
NOTE: Once a matter has been brought before the general membership and voted on,
whether it is defeated or passed it shall not be brought before the general
membership again for a period not less than one year from the presentation date.
ARTICLE XI: GENERAL
The Constitution and By-laws of this Association as shown in this book are
intended as a general guide and
may arise. Therefore, the President in Regular or Special Meetings with a quorum
of the Board, will have the authority to interpret and decide to the best of
their judgment with regard to
all these circumstances or any specific
matter pertaining to any and all clauses contained herein and that their
decision shall be final.
SUN PARLOUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
The Annual Meeting shall be held the last Monday of September in each year. It
a) Minutes from the last Annual Meeting.
b) Reports from all Executive Officers.
c) Amendments to the Constitution.
d) The election of the Executive Committee.
e) The appointment of representatives to the Ontario Baseball Association Annual
Meeting. Convention voting delegates shall be the President, First Vice
President, Second Vice President, Third Vice President, Fourth Vice President in
order, Past President then Secretary or an appointed Sun Parlour representative
if one of the aforementioned is the O.B.A. Rep.
f) Any other business the Executive Committee feels to be of interest to the
a) General Meetings for all Directors shall be held once a month on a regular
schedule (i.e. the 3rd Monday of
the month). Time and/or lo
discretion of the President They shall deal with any business of interest to all
members. Failure to attend 70% of the S.P.B.A. regular scheduled General Meeting
shall result in fines being
accessed to the Lo
b) Additional Special Meetings must be
President bearing the signatures of three or more Lo
c) An appointed representative (Director) from each Association must be in
attendance for each meeting. Attendance at each General Meeting shall be
monitored by the Secretary of SP.B.A. A tally shall be made at the year end. Any
Association that has accumulated, without reason, a 30% absentee level shall be
fined $100.00 per meeting missed (maximum $700.00). This fine will be payable to
the Treasurer of S.P.B.A. before the start of following season.
Executive meetings shall be held at least once a month. The time and place is to
be set by the Executive Committee.
SECTION IV: QUORUM
A Quorum for all Executive Meetings shall be at least three of the Executive
Committee Officers. A Quorum for all General and Annual Meetings shall be those
members present which number five (5) or more.
SECTION V: METHOD OF ELECTION
a) Election shall be done by Democratic policies.
b) The voting shall be done by secret ballot only.
c) All officers to be elected must be present or have sent written consent to
the Annual Meeting.
All teams in our Association playing in any organized league shall play under
Ontario Baseball Association rules and S.P.B.A. Constitution and By-laws, unless
special permission is granted by the Board.
NOTE: These requests are considered on an individual team basis.
SECTION VII: FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
a) Entry Fees: Entry fees for Sun Parlour shall be $80.00 per OBA Team with an additional $75.00 entry fee for the OBA and that SPBA continue to cover the cost to the Associations of any increase above the $100.00 total of SPBA and OBA costs as yearly finances permit. (2000)
b) Fines: Any S.P.B.A. or O.B.A. fines outstanding must be paid immediately to
c) Insurance: All insurance must be paid to S.P.B.A. by June 1st
d) Penalty: Any teams not fulfilling their financial commitment will be
suspended until their fees, insurance, or fines are paid in full to S.P.B.A.
e) All Associations, having been classified to the O.B.A. finals and are the
S.P.B.A. Representatives to the O.B.A. finals, will submit to the S.P.B.A. the
cost of Tournament entry (S.P.B.A. will forward the appropriate fee to the host
SECTION VIII: CLASSIFICATION
a) By May 1st of each year, the S.P.B.A. Executive Committee will classify all
teams from Rookie Ball through Midget by centres using population, so that all
teams from that centre will play
the same classifi
are subject to review and revision by the S.P.B.A. Executive on July. 3rd.
b) The final classifi
Meeting attended by the Directors and Convenors.
c) All Sun Parlour coaches or a representative must attend the Sun Parlour
records. Not submitting this information will result in the highest
d) Teams will be classified on merit and ability.
e) For classifi
from outside their centre (municipality) will add the population of the
municipalities in which those players reside. The registrar will assist with the
documentation of these
situations for classifi
SECTION IX: CONVENORS
A convenor will be appointed by the S.P.B.A. Executive Committee for each of the
T-Ball, Rookie Ball, Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget, Juvenile and Junior
Divisions to settle any matters over
concerns of the particular division. Appeals of convenors decisions shall be
made to the Executive Committee.
A convenor may
to determine number of games played, special rules, etc., within the guidelines
of S.P.B.A. and the O.B.A..
SECTION X: PLAYER ELIGIBIL1TY
All rules which govern eligibility, team eligibility and Association eligibility
will be those set down by the O.B.A. and S.P.B.A. Constitution and by-laws.
a) Teams not furnishing a roster of nine players by the approved deadline shall
not play unless authorized by the S.P.B.A. Executive.
b) S.P.B.A. recognizes that some of the S.P.B.A. teams will want to play in the
AABC or Connie Mack leagues for tournaments, etc.. Approval from S.P.B.A. and
O.B.A. for games or tournaments will have to be obtained.
SECTION XII: PLAYER AND TEAM CERTIFICATES
The team rosters and team entry forms must be delivered to the Registrar of the
Association prior to June 30th of each year for team and player eligible. All
teams must have a minimum roster of 9 players to the Sun Parlour Registrar by
May 31st each year, failure to do so will result in a $50.00 fine. A team
presenting player rosters to the Registrar and requesting approval within two
weeks for the purpose of going to a tournament will be required to deposit
$20.00 to cover the cost of Priority Post and other expenses. In order to
receive direct approval back from the O.B.A. Registrar, a fax number must be
SECTION XIII: CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBILITY
All teams must complete ninety percent (90%) of league games where schedules
consist of twenty (20) games, eighty percent (80%) where schedules consist of
over twenty (20) games in order to be eligible for playoffs and must have made
all reasonable effort, as approved by the Executive Committee to complete those
games which be
forfeiting more than one regular season game shall be ineligible for O.B.A.
playoffs, any forfeit
BOARD: The league convenor will submit a letter to the Executive Committee
advising why a particular team was unable to complete its commitment to S.P.B.A.
SECTION XIV: SUSPENSIONS OR EXPULSIONS
Any Association or member of this Association violating the constitution or
by-laws on refusing to abide by the decision of a General Meeting may be
expelled or suspended until the Annual Meeting. No decision shall be final until
passed by two-thirds majority vote of the members attending the Annual Meeting.
fined by the Executive for knowingly:
1) Permitting betting or improper conduct by players or officers at S.P.B.A.
2) Offering, agreeing, conspiring or attempting to lose an Association game, or
being interested in any pool or wager within.
3) Playing with a Club or Association that has been suspended or expelled or
disapproved by the S.P.BA or O.B.A.
4) Permitting the consumption of alcohol or drugs by players, officers or team
personnel at Association games.
5) Having on their list of signed players a disqualified player.
6) Breaking other rules as set down by the O.B.A. Constitution or by-laws or
S.P.B.A. for suspensions and expulsions.
7) Not notifying the S.P.B.A. Secretary by April of each year the name, address,
telephone/fax number of that years Affiliate Representative.
SECTION XVI: RULES INTERPRETATION
The Executive Committee shall act as a tribunal for the interpretation of
playing rules during regular season play. The tribunal shall render a decision
official notice. The decision of the tribunal shall be final. In the event of
playoff games, no game shall be played until a decision of the tribunal has been
NOTE: Nothing prevents the tribunal from determining a decision without a
hearing should it be in the best interest of Sun Parlour play.
Every by-law from this date shall show a by-law number and year. (This by-law
shall be now referred to as By-law 2-98 of S.P.B.A.)
SECTION XVIII: SUNPARLOUR SELECT TEAMS
a) Team managers for select teams to be decided by May 1st.. If there are two
teams, the 1st team has to make final cuts by August 15th.
b) If any coach disallows his players from trying out for any Sun Parlour Select
Team, he/she may face disciplinary actions.
After Sun Parlour Playoffs, the responsibility for notifi
play is the responsibility of O.B.A. designated convenors.
SECTION XX: PROTESTS
the $50.00 fee must accompany the protest The protest is to be heard in a
reasonable amount of time. S.P.B.A. does not have the power to suspend any
coaches or teams or team personnel without a full hearing with all parties being
heard or the opportunity to be heard.
SECTION XXI: SUN PARLOUR LEAGUE RULES
All Sun Parlour games shall be played under the Official Rules of Baseball and
any Special Playing Rules set out by the O.B.A. and the Sun Parlour Association.
Additional rules that the S.P.B.A. has endorsed for league play:
1) Free substitution Rule or Re-entry Rule: P2-6 in the O.B.A. Rules and
Regulations extended to include Junior. (2001)
2) In Rookie Ball and up, with 2 outs in any inning a designated runner may be
used for the
3) Contact Rule : Refer to P2-13 in the O.B.A. Rules and Regulations.
4) DELETED 2001
5) Two (2) hour time limit for mosquito only. No new inning to start after the
two hour time limit.
6) In a park where a curfew is in effect, the home club is responsible for
informing the visiting club. No game shall be completed unless five (5) innings
are finished. (or 4 1/2)
7) Mercy rule
In all Sun Parlour games a ten (10) run mercy rule shall apply after five (5) or
more completed innings. (or 4 1/2)
8) Uniforms. Refer to P2-S O.BA Rules and Regulations
9) Sun Parlour has declared that the O.B.A. playoff eligibility is dependent on
the length of the schedule. Twenty games or less the teams must complete ninety
percent (90%) of the S.P.B.A. schedule, more than twenty games the amount
becomes eighty percent (80%).
SECTION XXII: FUNDRAISING
three sessions of Bingo to receive $150.00 per session. Cheques to be made out
to the Lo
SECTION XXIII: PLAYOFF REGULATIONS
SECTION XXIV: SCHOLARSHIPS
S.P.B.A. will annually award scholarships to individuals who have displayed an
involvement in baseball and are
pursuing a post secondary edu
A committee will be established to determine eligibility criteria for
SECTION XXV: CLINICS
Any Association wishing to host an Umpire's and/or Coaches Clinic shall apply
through S.P.B.A. and may request from S.P.B.A. to cover the cost of the clinic.
Approval will continue to rest with the Executive of S.P.B.A.