British Baseball Federation

BBF ENFORCEMENT PROCESS


By way of background, the British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of baseball. Our reach as the NGB of our sport encompasses many aspects, e.g., officials, rules, enforcement etc. We have an extensive range of disciplinary and enforcement powers to take action against a member and non-members clubs and individuals who are failing or have failed to meet the standards we require. We take any misconduct or abuse on any official, player, coach, fan, very seriously. This BBF below guide is not intended to provide an exhaustive explanation of our actions, investigation and the enforcement process (if warranted): 

  • Withdraw a club’s or teams authorisation or membership to take part in the BBF, related activities or leagues.
  • Prohibit an individual from operating in the BBF. 
  • Prevent an individual from undertaking a specific club or teams activities. 
  • Suspend a club for up to 12 months from undertaking specific baseball activities. 
  • Suspend an individual for up to two years from undertaking specific management functions. 
  • Censure clubs, teams and individuals through public statements. 
  • Impose financial penalties. 

How the Enforcement Process works: 

1. Appointment of Examiners: The BBF appoint investigated examiners of an incident and, if appropriate, send a Notice of Appointment of Examiners to the club, team or individual as soon as practicable. 

2. Scoping: Our initial probe with the club, team or individual(s) are intended to provide a clear indication of why we have appointed Examiners; the scope of the investigation; how the process is likely to unfold and an indication of the possible timing of the key milestones and next steps in the investigation.

3. Investigation work: The appointed investigators carry out the investigation. The mentioned may include, for example, requests for documents or information and interviews with witnesses or persons under investigation. IMPORTANT: You have between now, and the 14th May to provide us with your written account (by email) of what happened and any other information or witnesses to collaborate your account. 

4. Preliminary Findings: If appropriate, the Enforcement team send a document to the club or individual summarising the case as they find it, and giving a period in which the club, team or individual may provide a written response. They can apply for extra time to complete their answer.

5. Options: When the Enforcement team has a sufficient understanding of the case to make a reasonable assessment of the appropriate sanction, a club, team or individual will be informed; However, the club, team or individual will be allowed to appeal (e.g., within seven days of the enforcement action notice and pay a fee). 

Any lack of co-operation will be taken into account in our Enforcement investigation and subsequent enforcement action (if warranted). In your club, team or yourself is under an Enforcement Investigation, we ask you to refrain from any statements publicly relating to the above while our investigation is taking place. We further, remind you any further misconduct will be considered and added to any of our investigations. 

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