2015 Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball New Player Application Form

(Chattanooga Region)

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    About the League and Registration

    The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball does not discriminate against any person regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. All skill levels are encouraged, and you must be 18 to play. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What We Do Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball League teams play by 1860s rules and customs, using authentic reproduction wooden bats and lemon peel base balls. No gloves are worn and there is no other equipment used. Each game has 9 innings and we generally play every other weekend from mid April until mid September. Mission Statement The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball promotes living history by bringing the 19th century to life through base ball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s–1880s. We provide cultural enrichment and education programs and activities to youth and adults that emphasize honor, team play, respectful conduct and community pride. Who We Want To Play Any Skill Level / Experience Love for the game of baseball Love for history Love of sportsmanship Commitment Our season ranges from mid April to mid September Teams play 11 games a season Teams travel 3-4 times per year to other team locations (Knoxville, Chattanooga, & Nashville) Teams generally practice 3-4 times prior to season League Fee $100 for New Members (This fee provides the league with funds to purchase insurance, balls, bats, bases, misc equipment) Uniform Differs depending on team, but we try to stay around $150 for complete uniform. Each player is responsible for purchasing their uniform. Other Information The information contained in this form is also available in the 2015 Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball Ballist's Manual. Players must sign, acknowledge, and accept the information in that document to be considered a member of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. Receipt of this form and member dues are for reserving a player's team membership for 2015.

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    Team Preference

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    Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball League & Player Credo

    The Tennessee Vintage Base Ball League (the “League”) is a program of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (TaoVBB) based in Nashville, Tennessee. The teams of the League are integral to the identity of the League and the effort to establish a vintage base ball program in the state of Tennessee. *Club Uniforms Uniforms (shirts, trousers, belts, hats, socks and shoes) must comply with the design and standards set by the League. Each player is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of his or her own uniform and shall do his or her best to keep it clean and in good repair. Shoes and laces must be all black with no visible logos or colors. Black spray paint or other shoe-blackening product will be used to cover any stripes, swooshes or other trademarks or logo, including on the soles. No team member will be allowed on the playing field without his or her hat. Hats are never to be worn backwards or sideways. Shirts must be tucked-in at all times while in the playing area. *Equipment Bats, balls and other equipment necessary to play the game shall be supplied by the League. At TaoVBB’s discretion, captains may be granted permission to keep possession of bats during the playing season, in which case, that captain shall be responsible for all League bats assigned to him or her. Bats that break or become unusable must be turned back in to TaoVBB for replacement. Any bats issued at the start of the season that are not returned to TaoVBB, shall in the sole discretion of TaoVBB, be replaced in kind by the team captain to whom the missing bats were assigned, or replaced by TaoVBB at the expense of the team captain to whom the missing bats were assigned. Should any team member wish to use his or her own bat, it must comply with the style authentic to the 1860s. No modern bats are allowed. Specifically, characteristics such as cupped ends, thin handles, taped knobs, or modern trademarks and logos on bats are not allowed. *Matches Matches shall be played as scheduled except for weather-related delays. Players will arrive at the field and be ready to play by the designated start time. Two matches per game day shall be the expectation. If impending weather or any other circumstance presents a question as to whether or not (i)an active game should be called; (ii) the second game should have an earlier or later start time or be cancelled; agreement of both team captains and any authorized representatives of TaoVBB present at the game shall determine the outcome. In the event team captains cannot reach an agreement, the decision of the authorized representative of TaoVBB shall be final. All team members shall have the right to play their share of games. Team captains shall have the responsibility for making certain that all who wish to play, have the opportunity to do so. No player shall be discriminated against due to age, gender, race or physical ability. *On Field Rules On field rules are based on the historical rules of the 1860s and as modified by the TaoVBB rules committee and can be found on the league's website. *Devices; Personal Property Players are strongly encouraged to maintain the bench area as it would appear in the 1860s. Gym bags, plastic bags, and other modern devices inconsistent with the look and feel of a 19th century game shall remain away from the bench area during play. Water bottles with modern labels shall remain hidden from sight. The wearing of sunglasses on the playing field is not allowed. The use of cell phones, Bluetooth devices, Blackberries, iPods, cameras, ear buds or other electronic devices is not allowed in the playing area, including the team bench. All personal property should be stored out of sight and/or in a secured location. All players acknowledge that any personal property brought to the field is being brought at such person’s risk. The League and TaoVBB shall have no duty or obligation relating to any such property, and none of the League or TaoVBB or any of its employees, agents, officers, directors, members, or other associated persons shall not be responsible for any loss or theft of, or any damage to, any of personal property, irrespective of when such loss, theft or damage shall occur whether on the field or in parked vehicles. *Conduct Team members acknowledge that the conduct of each player while in uniform reflects directly on the TaoVBB, the League and credibility of TaoVBB’s program of living history events. Events are intended to be family friendly and it is imperative that at all times before, during and after a match, team members comport themselves as 19th century gentlefolk, with respect for the game, their team members, all opponents, the TaoVBB volunteers and event attendees. These standards of conduct apply to any and all areas and events associated with the League or TaoVBB such as but not limited to games, exhibitions, special events, meetings, email correspondence, media availability, social media, World Wide Web, etc. Each team captain is responsible for his or her team with regard to appearance and behavior on game day, and has the authority to discharge any team member from the game for rules violation. It is expected that all players will exhibit sportsman-like conduct at all times. Swearing, cursing, badgering, yelling, shouting or intimidating any player, volunteer or attendee at a game, either verbally or physically, is strictly prohibited. In the event that any individual player or team is guilty of egregious departure from sportsman-like conduct, or of repeated occurrences of unsportsmanlike conduct, including by way of example, arguing with the umpire, emotional outbursts, throwing of a bat or other equipment, the League may impose disciplinary penalties. Such disciplinary measures may include, by way of example (but not limitation), expulsion from the match/field, suspension of a player, forfeit of a game, fining the player/team, and/or expulsion from the League of either a player or a team. Players who are removed from the League for violations of conduct rules are not eligible for refund of League fees or costs of any kind. *Team Forfeits: What constitutes a team forfeit is described in the on-field rules. If for any reason a team forfeits 2 matches in the regular season, the following penalties shall be enforced: -Team shall occupy the lowest seed in the season tournament. -If more than one team has 2 forfeits, head to head record between those teams shall determine which gets highest/lowest seed between the two. -Team shall not be eligible to receive team awards. The Board reserves the right to enforce other measures it deems appropriate. If for any reason a team forfeits 3 or more matches in the regular season, the following penalties shall be enforced: -Team shall be ineligible to play in the season ending tournament. -Team shall no longer be deemed in good standing. -Once a team is no longer considered to be in good standing, the team shall be subject to review by the Board of Directors, who reserves the right to relocate or dissolve the team. *Member Attendance: If for any reason a member misses 4 or more matches in the regular season, the following penalties shall be enforced: -Member’s team captain have the option to petition the Board of Directors to classify the player's roster spot as abandoned. If a member’s spot is determined to be abandoned, the BOD reserves the right to enforce the following penalties on the player in question: -No longer be considered in good standing. -Forfeit his roster spot for the remainder of the regular season and end-of-season tournament. -Returning member status for the following season shall be revoked. Shall not be eligible for reimbursement of any league fees. The Board reserves the right to enforce other measures it deems appropriate. *Abandonment Policy In the event a ballist voluntarily relinquishes their roster spot the following must be adhered to: Ballist states intention to relinquish spot in writing to Captain. Captain then informs Board of Directors of vacancy. Board of Directors acknowledges and gives Captain permission to fill vacant roster spot. Captain fills spot through TaoVBB waiting list or, if waiting list is inapplicable, may recruit a new player. Exception to the rule, if there is a league volunteer who would like to join a team. The team captain can reach out to the before reviewing the waiting list. Captain must be cognizant of average age of overall team roster if recruiting. New player must pay league fee based on $10 per remaining game. New player must be fully uniformed before playing. New player would be eligible for reduced returning player fee the following season. *Credo Violations If a member violates the credo: Member shall not be eligible to play in the season ending tournament. Member’s team captain have the option to petition the Board of Directors to classify the player's roster spot as abandoned. If a member’s spot is determined to be abandoned, the BOD reserves the right to enforce the following penalties on the player in question: -No longer be considered in good standing. -Forfeit his roster spot for the remainder of the regular season and end-of-season tournament. Returning member status for the following season shall be revoked. Shall not be eligible for reimbursement of any league fees. The Board reserves the right to enforce other measures it deems appropriate. *Grievances Should any team member have a grievance against a member of his or her own team or another team, he or she shall first attempt resolution through the applicable team captain(s). If a satisfactory resolution cannot be agreed upon between the individuals involved in the dispute, he or she can submit the dispute to Dispute Resolution Committee via a written statement setting forth the nature of the dispute, the individuals involved in the dispute and a reasonably detailed summary of the facts involved. All such submissions shall be delivered to the TaoVBB’s Dispute Resolution Committee via email to dispute@tennesseeevintagebaseball.com Should any team member have a grievance against an official volunteer or agent of TaoVBB or the League, he or she may submit the grievance for resolution by the board of directors of TaoVBB via email to boardofdirectors@tennesseeevintagebaseball.com
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    Acknowledgment, Waiver and Release

    In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball League (the “League”), a program of Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (“TaoVBB”), and intending to be legally bound, I, the undersigned adult participant, individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the minor participant identified below (the “Minor”) and for my and/or his or her or our heirs, successors, assigns and beneficiaries, hereby acknowledge, covenant, and agree as follows: 1) I and/or the Minor are not obligated to participate in the events of the League or TaoVBB and that I and/or the Minor have requested to engage in activities related to the League solely because of my and/or the Minor’s enjoyment of, enthusiasm for, and interest in the activities of the League and TaoVBB and that TaoVBB and the League are willing to allow me and/or the Minor to participate in the League subject to the terms and conditions of this acknowledgement, waiver and release (this “Release”). 2) I and/or the Minor have received all of the necessary instructions and rules related to my and/or his or her participation in League events including the general rules set forth on the application form (and those posted as a downloadable document at www.tennesseevintagebaseball.com) (the “Rules”) and that I and/or he or she will abide by the Rules, conduct myself and/or ourselves in a safe and prudent matter, and will exercise extreme caution, in each case when participating in League events. 3) That participation in sporting events and other League activities present certain risks, both known and unknown, which could present a danger to me and/or the Minor and others including the potential for serious injury or death and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist. I hereby assume the risk of all injuries to me and/or the Minor that may result from participating in the activities of the League. I further covenant and agree that my participation and/or the participation of the Minor in the events of the League shall be deemed as an acknowledgement that the location for a particular event is safe and suitable for my and/or the Minor’s participation. 4) I hereby waive, release, discharge, and covenant not to sue (individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the Minor) the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball League, and each of the teams of the League together with the directors, officers, shareholders, employees, representatives and agents of any of them as well as all officials, volunteers, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct League events (all of the foregoing collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including attorney’s fees) I may suffer or that are suffered by the Minor as a result of, or in any manner related to, directly or indirectly, my, his or her or our participation in any event of the League whether caused by me and/or the Minor, any of the Releasees or caused by third parties or by some other means. 5) I hereby agree (individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the Minor) to indemnify and hold each of the Releasees harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including attorney’s fees) suffered by a Releasee as a result of, or in any manner related to, directly or indirectly, my, his or her, or our participation in League events. 6) I hereby authorize (individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the Minor) the League and TaoVBB to use in any manner my, his or her or our likenesses obtained while participating in League events. I hereby disclaim (individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the Minor) any right to privacy related to the use of such likenesses and also hereby waive (individually and, if applicable, on behalf of the Minor) any and all claims, counterclaims, rights, demands, actions and causes of action, foreseen or unforeseen, actual or potential arising out of, or in any way related to, use by the League or TaoVBB of such likenesses. The foregoing references to my, his or her or our likenesses include any and all forms or reproductions of my, his or her or our image, voice or name, including, but not limited to video, audio or photo, whether recorded or live, printed or broadcast, moving or still. 7) This Release shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee. In the event that this Release shall be void or unenforceable in part, the remaining portions of this Release shall be deemed valid and enforceable.
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