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7.03 Forfeited Games

7.03 Forfeited Games

(a) (4.15) A game may be forfeited to the opposing team when a team:

(1)  Fails to appear upon the field, or being upon the field, refuses to start play within five minutes after the umpire-in-chief has called “Play” at the appointed hour for beginning the game, unless such delayed appearance is, in the umpire-in-chief’s judgment, unavoidable;

(2)  Employs tactics palpably designed to delay or shorten the game;

(3)  Refuses to continue play during a game unless the game has been suspended or terminated by the umpire-in- chief;

(4)  Fails to resume play, after a suspension, within one minute after the umpire-in-chief has called “Play;”

(5)  After warning by the umpire, willfully and persistently violates any rules of the game;

(6)  Fails to obey within a reasonable time the umpire’s order for removal of a player from the game;

(7)  Fails to appear for the second game of a doubleheader within twenty minutes after the close of the first game unless the umpire-in-chief of the first game shall have extended the time of the intermission.

(b) (4.17) A game shall be forfeited to the opposing team when a team is unable or refuses to place nine players on the field.

(c) (4.16) A game shall be forfeited to the visiting team if, after it has been suspended, the order of the umpire to groundskeepers respecting preparation of the field for resumption of play intentionally or willfully is not complied with.

(d) (4.18) If the umpire-in-chief declares a game forfeited he shall transmit a written report to the League President within 24 hours thereafter, but failure of such transmittal shall not affect the forfeiture.