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ARTICLE I

THE LEAGUE

Section 1.1 League Name

The name of this organization shall be the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League, referred to herein as “ENYTB” or “the League”.

Section 1.2 League Purpose

The purpose of the League shall be to increase participation in amateur baseball in the eastern region of upstate New York and adjacent areas through the offering of a well organized travel league program featuring independent team ownership, ease of entry, flexible scheduling, competitively balanced play and abundant opportunities for participation in sanctioned National Championship Tournament Series (NCTS) play.

Section 1.3 Member Status

Membership in the League shall be available to any individual and/or organization, who owns one or more teams and qualifies under the membership rules set forth in this Constitution and By-Laws.

The League confers to its Full Franchise members the maximum territorial and participation rights. Full Franchise memberships are reserved for larger organizations that maintain long-term multi-team programs with repeat participation in the younger age divisions defined as aged 15 and younger. The full qualifications for a Franchise membership and the rights conferred thereto are defined in Article XI.

To encourage League participation, the League established four additional membership classes with lesser qualifications: Co-Franchise (see Article XII); Sub-franchise (see Article XIV); Limited Franchise (see Article XIII); and, Restricted Franchise (see Article XV). Each of these membership classes confers lesser territorial or participation rights than the Full Franchise.

In those instances where the population in a franchise area is sufficient to support more teams than an existing Full Franchise member can accommodate, the League offers the Full Franchise member two options whereby he can share his membership privileges with another member: the Co-Franchise and the Sub-Franchise.

A Co-Franchise membership is equivalent to a Full Franchise membership in every way except one - territorial exclusivity i.e., by definition, a co-franchise shares territorial rights within its core area with another co-franchise. The membership rights of a co-franchise are equal in every respect to those of its co-franchise partner. Except as a condition of merger with another league, a co-franchise arrangement is voluntary on the part of the full franchise member.

Instead of a co-franchise, a Full Franchise member may prefer a "sub-franchise" arrangement. The latter offers the advantage that all territorial rights remain exclusive to the franchise, including rights to restricted free agents and the right to release players from either the franchise or the sub-franchise. In some ways the sub-franchise can be viewed as an extension of the franchise. When establishing a sub-franchise the franchise also may impose restrictions on the sub-franchise such as how many teams it can register in a single age division or which age divisions it is allowed to register teams in. Sub-franchise agreements are permanent i.e., once given they can not be withdrawn. They can however, be amended at anytime by mutual agreement.

The League has established the older age divisions beginning at 16U as "open competitive". By definition, the special territorial rights conferred to Full Franchises do not extend to the open competitive age divisions. Because of that, the League can offer open membership in these age divisions, meaning that individuals and organizations can register teams in the league at ages 16U and older without regard to the existence of other League members. New teams are of course restricted to players who are free agents within the league. The latter includes players that have not previously participated in the league as well as league players that have been previously released. These memberships are termed Limited Franchises because they limit the member's participation to the open competitive age divisions only.

The final membership category is the Restricted Franchise. This category is applicable to clubs with one or more teams at ages 15U and under, that either do not qualify for a Full Franchise or lie within the franchise area of a Full Franchise member who does not wish to share his franchise area under a Co-Franchise or Sub-Franchise arrangement.

Restricted memberships are granted by the League whenever such participation would not result in any significant harm to an existing member.

(1) If the applicant's roster includes only free agents residing in an open area, membership is granted.

(2) Membership is also granted if the applicant's roster includes free agents or restricted free agents residing in an existing franchise area but either:

(i) the local member(s) is inactive in the age division of the new team(s), or

(ii) the applicant stipulates that it will restrict its roster to players not offered a roster position by another league member.

NOTE: This excludes players with contested releases.

Restricted members are required to obtain League approval for each registered team.

Common to all member classes is the right to vote, certain broad roster protections from one year to the next, as well as a guarantee that any individual team, once started in the League, is entitled to continue in the League from one year to the next, provided it remains in good standing with the League. The qualifications for each member status and the rights conferred thereto are further defined and elaborated upon in Articles XI thru XV.

Limited League participation options may be made available to League qualified non-members as well. A qualified non-member team is any team whose player roster includes only free agents (see Article XVI for definitions of player terms in regards to member’s rights).

Section 1.4 Sportsmanship and Conduct

All League members and participating non-members shall conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of sportsmanship at all times and to fully comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the rules of conduct set forth below.

1. It is the manager’s duty to be in control of his players and coaches at all times in order to prevent any unsportsmanlike act toward opponents, officials or spectators.

2. Managers must teach their players to respect the dignity of the game, officials and opponents.

3. Managers must confine their discussion with game officials to the interpretation of the rules and NOT challenge umpire decisions involving judgment.

4. “Bench jockeying” is not allowed and will not be tolerated. Managers are to prohibit any personal or malicious remarks, cursing or obscene language toward opponents, umpires or spectators.

5. Managers must refrain from any personal action that might arouse players or spectators to unsportsmanlike behavior.

Anyone who experiences or witnesses an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct by any person associated with any ENYTB participating team should report the specific details to the League President. All offenders shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Executive Board’s Sportsmanship Committee, which shall have complete authority in the disposition of all such matters. Decisions of the Sportsmanship Committee may be appealed to the full Board.


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