Team Captain Responsibilities

WAKA Captains Information:

All WAKA team captains are approved by WAKA on the basis that they understand & agree to the guidelines listed below. Our primary goal is to make sure all players have fun and stay safe in our social athletic organization. Captains and Co-captains that don't agree to or abide by the guidelines can be removed as a team captain or suspended if there is a serious infraction.


Paper Forfeits:
A paper forfeit results in a ¾ point deduction in the standings. At WAKA's discretion teams with 2 or more paper forfeits may not be eligible to play in the league and national tournament.


Referee Duty:
Each team is required to send base referees as per the league schedule. Captains need to make arrangements for your refs to be at the game and on time. If your team misses ref duty you will receive a paper forfeit. It is expected that teams will send qualified referees who have read and understand the rule book. Referees should be alert and aware of the game, not texting or chatting with other teammates. Referees who sucessfully complete their duties will be entitled to one free beer at the sponsor bar after the game. Please see your head referee for a voucher.


Game Start Time, Equipment & Forfeit Policy:

Games are required to start on time and last no more than 1 hour from the scheduled start time.

All teams must have a minimum of four female and four males to begin a game. After 15 minutes, the game is a forfeit, you may scrimmage but the game will show as a 5-0 loss. Teams may not negotiate deals. As a courtesy to other teams, please try to be on time for games. Not only are you losing playing time, they are as well. Repeat violations of this rule may result in a paper forfeit for unsportsmanlike conduct.

A game will be recorded as a 5–0 loss for any team(s) that forfeits a game prior to the actual start of the game such as in the case where you do not have enough players.

A game will be recorded as a loss with a 12 run differential for any team(s) that forfeits a game after it starts if they declare a forfeit or are forfeited by WAKA. Example... in the case of a team unsportsmanlike conduct, if the score is 6-0 at the time of forfeit it becomes 12-0. If the score is 8-2 the score becomes 14-2. In the case where an injury causes a team to not have enough players at some point past the start of the game will result in a 5-0 loss or the actual score at the time of the injury, if it was a larger run differential.

Games delayed by lightning or other unforeseen circumstances will not have timed added. A game is considered official after 3 complete innings.

WAKA provides the bases and kickballs. Please leave the equipment on the field for the head ref to collect.

Scores are reported by the head referees to the league rep. Any disputes in a score should be made within 72 hours of game time to the the league rep.


Rain-outs:
Games that need to be made up will be replayed at the end of the regular season and in the order that they occur. Sometimes parks may not have any available makeup dates and the season may have to be shortened.


Sportsmanship:
Captains are responsible for the conduct of themselves and their players. WAKA can and will suspend players who violate the rules or do not act in a sportsmanlike manor. If multiple players are acting in an unsportsmanlike manor, the game can result in a forfeit at the discresion of the head ref or league rep.

Teams that intentionally run out the game clock in the late innings by not taking the field in a reasonable amount of time etc may have their game ruled a forfeit. 

Only Captains and Co-Captains can "Discuss" calls with a referee. Please keep discussion of calls short as you will only lose out on game time. 


Park Rules: 
All beverages must be in an opaque cup or container with a lid. Absolutely no cans, glass bottles, funnels or solo cups are allowed at the field or in the parking lot. We suggest you get a bubba keg and pre-fill your beverages at home.

Teams are responsible for properly throwing their trash away after the game.

Pets are not allowed at with inside fenced baseball fields. 

Security, lock you car and keep anything of value in your trunk where it cannot be seen.

The above rules also apply to your guests and you are responsible for them.


Team Rosters:

Captains must have a copy of their official WAKA roster on hand at all times.

WAKA may add players to your team as needed for a maximum of 26 players. Teams must be a minimum of 16 players.

Only registered players who are on your official WAKA roster may play.

WAKA will conduct random roster checks and illegal players will result in a forfeit, the captain being suspended and possibility of not being eligible to play in the tournament rounds.

All players must wear an official WAKA shirt for that league and it must be the correct team color.

Players wearing a cast or walking boot (moon boot) are not eligible to play. Knee braces, ace bandages and wrist casts are acceptable but only at the players own risk. Pregnant women past the 1st trimester is an unnecessary risk and there-for not eligible to play. WAKA reserves the right to make the final decision on any players eligibility to play due to injury, illness or general safety concerns.

Game lineups are final at game start time. Late players should be added to the end of the roster and may only play if the team has not gone thorough the lineup yet. If a player misses his/her spot in the lineup and does not kick they are officially out of the game!

Captains are may exchange lineups before the start of the game. A referee will not accept a lineup challenge unless line ups were exchanged at the beginning of the game.

All players are entitled to an equal amount of playing time as WAKA "owns" the team rights not the captain.


League Bar & Parties:
WAKA is a social organization and fully expects team captains to encourage their players to visit the official league bar and attend the parties. Our bars serve non alcoholic drinks and food for those who choose not to drink.


Help Us Help You:
WAKA urges captains & players to discuss with your league representative any issues that we need to know about. General safety and player satisfaction is our most important goal.