I’m coming from a centre outside of ICBA. What do I need to do?
· Players located outside of the Inter County boundaries must have a local and affiliate release before they are able to move into the Inter County. If they have those two items, they will then be allowed into the ICBA local that is closest to their current residence, as the crow flies. If they wish to play for a team located elsewhere within the Inter County then they must contact the ICBA registrar to obtain the necessary pass-through releases.
If I have moved, do I need to change locals?
· If you move from your current home association to another association (ie. were residing in Cambridge but have moved to Guelph) you may remain with your current association without a release. If at any time you leave your current association’s rep program, then your new home association falls in line with your new address.
How long does it take to get a pass-through release?
· Once a copy of the release from your current home association/affiliate is received, the ICBA Secretary/Registrar will begin the pass-through request process. All locals have 48 hours to respond to the pass-through request. Locals have the right to deny a pass-through if they wish to have the player try out for one of their teams.
I’ve requested a release but don’t have it yet. Can I still tryout or practice with a new team?
· Players may not try out, practice, or be a part of any event organized by a local that does not currently hold their playing rights, with the exception of ICBA All-star teams. Failure to abide by these rules may subject the player, or local association to suspensions and/or fines.
My local has denied my release request. Now what?
· Players that are denied a release from their home association have the right to appeal that decision to the Inter County Baseball Association (ICBA). This appeal must be in writing to [email protected] along with a copy of the release denial and reasons cited by the local association. The ICBA will then hold a hearing with both the player/parent(s) and local association and then render a decision. If the player/parent(s) and/or local association is not in line with the ICBA ruling they may further appeal the decision to the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA). This appeal must be sent to the OBA office along with all written material surrounding the appeal. OBA has 30 days to hold a hearing and make its decision, which is final and binding.
I’m wanting to play for an EBLO team. Do I need a release?
· No release is required to try out or play if the player is signed with the team prior to the deadline as set annually by the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA). After the deadline, regular release rules apply.
I’m wanting to play for a PBLO team. Do I need a release?
· Under a current agreement between the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) and the PBLO league, players do not require a release to play for a PBLO franchise. Please note: This information is specific to the 2024 playing season and may be subject to change.
I’m wanting to play for an alternative program (CPBL, Fergie Jenkins, etc.). Do I need a release?
· No releases are required for these programs at this time.