The 2012 ROCKIES
What is the KANGAROO KOURT ?
The KANGAROO KOURT is a set of rules constructed which impose monetary penalties (usually one dollar) for committing any of several listed mental errors or physical mistakes likely to occur during the course of a baseball game. These fines are assessed with a dual purpose:
- TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE TEAM
- TO ENHANCE THE SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF THE TEAM .
All moneys collected are used to subsidize team wants and needs such as: equipment, uniforms, parties, T-Shirts, etc....It's that simple. Many of us are already familiar with this concept through exposure during high school, college or other baseball programs. It will be a fun and beneficial way to increase the team's awareness on the field and also to help with fund-raising.
KANGAROO KOURT RULES & REGULATIONS:
1) All final decisions to impose fines will be determined by the team managers.
2) All fines for the week will be collected after our Sunday afternoon game.
3) A log of all imposed infractions and penalties will be updated each game by a senior member of the team or by the managers.
4) Any violation or content thereof may be altered or omitted at the discretion of the managers.
5) All moneys collected from this system will become part of the team account.
6) Violations and infractions can be added throughout the season at the suggestion of any member of the team pending approval by the team majority. If these new amendments are brought about by a game situation, the player whom has committed the initial infraction in question shall be exempt from any penalties for the FIRST offense. Any same offense thereafter will follow all rules and regulations stated within.
7) Remember, this system is being implemented only after a majority approval by the team. It is meant solely for purposes beneficial to the team. This is not meant to, nor will it ever, cause any sort of "financial hardship" to any member. Any instances of ill feelings, arguments, conflict or negativities experienced as a result of this system will be cause for its abrupt termination at the manager's will. This is a fun and profitable way to increase team awareness, morale and funding and is being done to benefit every member of the team. Any complaints or concerns with the system should be presented to the managers immediately. All issues will be dealt with fairly.
***Kangaroo Kourt Enacted April 30, 2000***
KANGAROO KOURT VIOLATIONS & FINES:
ONE DOLLAR FINES:
- Throwing a bat or any other piece of team equipment.
- Getting picked off.
- Missing any sign.
- Missing a squeeze bunt.
- Failure to make contact on a hit and run.
- Failure to sacrifice a runner over on a bunt.
- Swinging on a 3-0 count when you've been told to "take".
- Making the first out of an inning at third base.
- Running through a base coaches sign to hold, subsequently being thrown out.
- Pitchers walking / hitting a batter after being up on an 0-2 count.
- Arguing with an umpire (managers/coaches exempt).
- Pitchers allowing a hit on an 0-2 count
- Striking out with the bases loaded.
- Loud offensive outbursts in front of fans.
- Failure to cover an assigned base, back-up or cut-off.
- Missing or throwing to the wrong cut-off location.
- Striking out after being up on a 3-0 count.
- Failing to take a strike/pitch at the manager’s request.
- Wearing a shirt of the wrong color (with sleeves or neck showing) under the game jersey.
- Failing to bring/use any piece of issued uniform or necessary equipment to a game (i.e. hat, socks, belt, shirt, pants, glove, cleats)
- A pitcher or catcher committing a balk.
- Leaving a base early while attempting to "tag-up".
- Failure to tag up.
- Failure to touch any base, subsequently being called out on an appeal.
- Failure to slide (“giving up”) subsequently being called out.
- Committing any "interference" violation (i.e. catcher's, fielder's, runner's).
- A base runner being hit by a batted ball, thus being called out.
- Getting “doubled off” – Only when the runner is at fault.
- Making an out as a result of the "hidden ball trick" (runner & base coaches).
- Walking if we are winning by ten runs or more, and you have seen a strike.
- Stealing a base when we are up by ten runs or more.
- Botching a throw or catch during an "around the horn".
- Abandoning any of your gear on the bench after a game/practice, losing it or causing another teammate to secure it for you.
- Verbal lack of game situational awareness i.e., # of outs, count, score…
- Lack of hustle (i.e. failing to run out a grounder or pop-up)
- Allowing a catchable fly ball / pop-up to drop from failure to "take charge" or “call it”. (all involved)
- Stealing without the sign and getting thrown out.
- Pitcher’s overthrow on attempted pickoff, allowing runner to advance.
- Errant throw in a non-play situation i.e., back to the pitcher.
- If an inning is started without a basecoach at first and/or third, the entire bench will be fined. (With the exception of the managers, the first 4 scheduled batters and the current battery).
- Failing to bring the proper jersey / tee shirt (home/away) to a game.
- A pitcher failing to cover first base on a ball hit to the right side of the playing field.
- Over-running or over-sliding a base and being tagged out.
FIVE DOLLAR FINES:
- Ejection from any game for any reason. (Managers exempt)
- Any major temper tantrum which includes an assault on multiple or all categories of team equipment or items in bench area (i.e. helmets, bats, catchers gear, water cooler, bags, baseballs, etc...).
- Striking out more than three times in one game.
- Pitcher surrendering more than three homeruns in one game.
- Being late to or absent from a game without notifying a manager.
- Blatantly disregarding a reasonable request from a manager or captain.
- “The Kyle Philson Rule” -- Forgetting your entire uniform for a game.
- Getting suspended by the league (YBL).
- Failing to bring team water on your assigned date.
- Any rookie failing to assist with the team equipment.
- In the unlikely event that the team DOES NOT make the playoffs, all members will be assessed a fine of five dollars.
*NOTE – There is NO cell phone / pager rule