Tri-State Cricket League Rules and Playing Conditions

Version 2012

Desi Rocks


SECTION I. TSCL Common Rules for our mutual understanding:


(1) Each league game will be for 35 over’s.

(2) An individual bowler can bowl a maximum of 7 over’s per game.

(3) A minimum number of 15 overs have to be bowled in each innings to constitute a game, unless a team is all out.

(4) In the first 5 overs, two stationary fielders have to be placed in catching positions at the instant of delivery but not more than 15 yards from the batsman on strike. The umpires have final jurisdiction on the yardage.

(5) In addition, there will be 1 batting powerplay and 1 bowling powerplay of 5 overs each, during which no more than 3 fielders can be more then 30 yards from the stumps The umpires have final jurisdiction on the yardage. Powerplays cannot be taken in the first 5 overs.

Batting team decides when to take their powerplay, if not decided then overs 31-35 will

automatically be the batting powerplay.

Fiedling team decides when to take their powerplay, if not decided then overs 26-30 will

automatically be the bowling powerplay.

(6) In case of a tie in league points, the team with the highest net run rate (NRRa)for the regular league games will be ranked higher.

(7) In case of a further tie between two teams, the winner of the head to head contest will be ranked higher.

(8) Teams to qualify for a playoff berth needs to play at least 80% of its scheduled games including cancelled & forfeited games.

(9) For a player to represent its team in the playoffs, they need to have played at least 3 regular league season games, including cancelled games.

(10) Wednesday midnight (CST) is the deadline for the teams to confirm the game with each other. (Travelling team needs to initiate the contact).

Wednesday midnight is also the deadline for the

designated team sending the neutral umpire to confirm name and qualification level of the neutral umpire.

(11) Games will start at 10:30 AM. (The Home team should have Stumps in place and boundaries

marked by no later then 10:15 am) i.e. the umpires should be at their positions at 10.30 AM.

Accordingly, the toss should take place a minimum 15 to maximum 30 minutes before the 10.30

AM start time.

(12) The League shall supply a suitable number of cricket balls at league cost + Actual shipping cost, to

all league teams, for league games.

(13) Lunch and water is host (HOME) team's responsibility, as per the schedule.

(14) Boundaries need to be marked clearly.

(15) Wide ball marker should be on both sides. 17 inches in from the return crease. ANYTHING down the leg-side is a wide ball. On the line is wide.

(16) Any ball bowled, as a bouncer that passes above the batsman's shoulder height, when he is in an upright position will be called a WIDE BALL.

(If the batsman hits it, the call shall then be changed to No ball).

(17) All foot fault no balls will result in a free hit. The field placement can change from the previous ball (the actual no ball) ONLY if the striker changes.

(18) The batting side in all league games will do the strikers end umpiring. (Square Leg)

(19) A tied game is defined as equal number of runs scored by both teams at the completion of the match regardless of the number of wickets fallen.

All the other ICC rules are applicable that are not addressed in this document. For any other special circumstances, the TSCL committee will be the ultimate authority,



SECTION II. Points System:


(A) Regular Points:

(1) Winner will be awarded 10 points per game and the loser gets zero.

(2) A weather related cancelled game and/or an abandoned game will result in 5 points for each team, unless rescheduled.

(3) A tied game will result in 5 points for each team, plus any applicable Bonus Points.

(4) Winner by Forfeit 10 points – Team that forfeited (minus)-5 points.




(B) Bonus Points: Batting

Bonus batting points will be based on runs scored per over (RPO), unless a team is all out before their allotted overs, in which case RPO will be calculated by dividing runs scored by allotted overs.

2.85 - 3.56 r.p.o = 1 point

3.57 - 4.28 r.p.o = 2 points

4.29 - 4.99 r.p.o = 3 points

5.00 - 5.70 r.p.o = 4 points

5.71+ r.p.o = 5 points


C) Bonus Points: Bowling

1 point for every 2 wickets taken, for a maximum of 5 points.

2 wickets = 1 point

4 Wickets = 2 points

6 Wickets = 3 points

8 Wickets = 4 points

All out = 5 points


SECTION III. TSCL Regular Season Format Playoff Games:

(1) The top 4 teams from the regular season, based on overall points, will play in the League

Championship Play-offs, i.e. team ranked 1 will play 4 and team ranked 2 will play 3 (2 semifinals). The winners of the 2 semi-finals will play a Final to decide The League Champion. The losers will play a Plate Finals Game.

(2) The semi-finals venue will be decided on the basis of the higher point teams having home ground advantage.

(3) Regular Season points will determine the seeding’s for any other tournament to be played within the league.



SECTION IV. General League Penalty Rules:

(1) ALL TSCL games will follow the TSCL code of conduct.

(2) Team being late will be fined an over per every FIVE minutes after the start time.

(Also see rule IV.5, IV.6, V.C.2, V.H and Section VI (5), (6) for other penalties).

(3) Clubs will lose all league points for using a player not legally transferred to their club (i.e.

paperwork must be submitted to the TSCL and approved before they play for the new club)


(5) A team that fails to keep score using the palm cricket software will lose 2 points per game. It follows that teams need to report to the EC if they find a team not using a palm for scoring games.



SECTION V. General League Rules


(A) Attire:

(1) For all TSCL games, cricket players MUST wear whites, no shorts allowed.

(2) Exception to rule (V) (A) (i): Team colors: Colored uniforms will be allowed only if every team member is attired in absolute uniformity. No Red uniforms.

(3) SUBSTITUTES must, if possible, wear the same type of uniform as the rest of the team-whites or colored uniforms


(B) Weather:

(1) The website will be the official web site for the TSCL

(2) Impending bad weather has to be confirmed by 3PM CST the day before the game.

(3) 50% chance of bad weather as reported by will be sufficient for a game to be cancelled.

(4) All weather related disputes will have to be addressed with the EC. However, the Team Captains are encouraged to decide between themselves if the weather forecast causes concern.

(5) No league games will be rescheduled due to bad weather, unless requested by both affected team captains.

(6) The only exception to rule (V) (B) (5) would be if all the games were cancelled due to unplayable weather conditions.

(7) If Rules (V) (B) (6) applies then the two captains in consultation with the TSCL EC will arrange for an appropriate date for a rematch, to be completed before the end of the regular season.



(C) Communication and Captain's Responsibilities:

(1) The Yahoo group's page is the recognized forum for all league wide communications.

(2) Captains or their appointed representative may submit 1 match report per team , per match and receive 1 bonus point , the match report, in order to be awarded the 1 bonus point must be submitted no later then midnight Wednesday after the match. Please send a copy to or .

For match report minimum requirements check the yahoo groups page, under 2009 forms for match report guidelines.

(3) Palm cricket scoring is mandatory; both teams have to carry the Palm containing the PALM CRICKET scoring software. Refer back to Section IV.5 and IV.6 for penalties.

(4) All official communication to the TSCL committee, including score-sheets should be emailed to the following address: (please, note the underscore between tscl and ec in the email address above).


(D) Player Transfers:

Players belonging to TSCL member clubs will be allowed to transfer within clubs belonging to the TSCL provided all the following conditions are met:

(1) The transferred player and the two captains of the teams involved have to agree and officiate the transfer with supported legal documents,

(2) Both clubs have to sign the transfer then send it to the TSCL Secretary. One of the main criteria is the player must have met his financial obligation to his original club before the transfer will be allowed.

(3) Transfer fees if any, will be decided by the TSCL committee.

(4) A transferred cricketer, who does not play at least 3 regular season league games for his new club, will not be eligible to play in the playoffs.

(5) Players 18 and under, may play for any club, any weekend, without penalty for the player or the club. However, rule (I).9 still applies.

(6) Lending players to your opposition on match day if they are short of players, is not affected by this rule. This habit promotes the spirit of cricket, a spirit that we all try to live up to.


(E) Allotted Time For Bowling/Innings:

Please take note of start times and innings finish times. (The palm software does this automatically, please make sure to use your stop play intervals on the palm & that you clock is set correctly on the palm)

(1) The fielding team has 3 hours to bowl its quota of 35 overs including drinks breaks.

(2) Any overs not completed by the allotted time by the fielding side will be deducted from their batting innings. eg: Team A bowling, bowls 35 overs in 3:10,10 minutes over time limit. When team A bats they only receive 33 overs.


(F)TSCL Score Sheets:

(1) FULL/COMPLETE Match Score Cards need to be emailed in the Palm Database format (.PDB) ( on or before Wednesday midnight by (BOTH) teams' captains or representative.

(2) The captains must also decide on the 3, 2 and 1 system of fielding award points and the Man of the Match. (these are 2 separate end of year awards.)


Alternatively, please put this information in the notes section on the palm cricket software under match result).



A forfeit occurs only when a game is not played because of the failure or refusal of one team to participate. In that event, the other team, if ready and willing to play, is the winner.

Any team that forfeits 4 of their league matches will be disqualified from taking any further part in the TSCL competition AND further more, disqualified teams would become associate members the next season for 1 yr. Note: Associate Clubs will have NO voting rights at the AGM.





In addition, each neutral umpire has to file a report with the EC regarding the game that they


We will be using this information to get an understanding of our umpiring across the league with a view to substantially improving our quality of umpiring.

These reports have to be filed at the following email address: on or before Wednesday midnight following the weekend of the game.

Failure to do so will incur a 1 pt reduction for those games’ points to your team’s total points.

Your co-operation in helping the TSCL stamp out sub-standard umpiring is highly appreciated.

In addition the TSCL EC would like the remind the members that per the ICC code of conduct the onus of upholding the Spirit of the game lies solely on the shoulders of the captains & not having neutral umpires available to us, makes it even more vital that captains have an intimate knowledge of the laws of the game and the TSCL



Section VI: Neutral Umpires and their remuneration:

(1) TSCL team will be expected to send the highest TSCL certified Neutral umpires for the league games and their team names will be included in the Schedule. (For eg: HCC plays OU, then OKCSTCC will be the team expected to send the neutral umpire).

(2) Playing teams will pay the neutral umpires, per the payment schedule, BEFORE the toss.

(3) Neutral umpire payment schedule is as followsb:

(a) Neutral Umpire-Level II shall be paid $50 by each team, if the umpire is from out of town

(b) Neutral Umpire-Level II shall be paid $40 by each team, if the umpire is from in town

(c) Neutral Umpire-Level I shall be paid $40 by each team, if the umpire is from out of town

(d) Neutral Umpire-Level I shall be paid $30 by each team, if the umpire is from in town

(e) Neutral Umpire-Level 0 shall be paid $20 by each team, if the umpire is from out of town

(b) Neutral Umpire-Level 0 shall be paid $15 by each team, if the umpire is from in town

(4) Designated Neutral umpires are to be confirmed by Wednesday midnight (per TSCL rules

SECTION 1-10) If the nominated umpire is unable to officiate, the umpire that is sent instead shall be limited to the max amount his level allows, not exceeding the fee that the original umpire would have received.

Example1: level 1 umpire becomes unavailable, level 2 umpire takes his place, his fee is

limited to the level one payout.

Example2: Level 2 umpire becomes unavailable, level 0 takes his place, his fee would be the

level 0 regular fee.

(5) Teams that do not pay the umpire before the toss will be penalized 10 points

(6) Teams that are scheduled to send an umpire and fail to do so will be penalized 10 points per incident




Tri-State Cricket League Executive committee has decided unanimously that, clubs that had not (or still have not) paid their membership dues by 2nd Saturday in April for the current season shall now face the following sanctions.

DUES PAID BY: 2nd Saturday in April - No sanctions. (All deadlines are midnight C.S.T.)

3rd Saturday in April (Late 1 Week) - $25 fine, no bonus points for that weekends games.

4th Saturday in April (Late 2 Weeks) - $50 Fine, no points at all for this weekends games, bonus or win. 1st Saturday in May (Late 3 Weeks) - $75 fine, loss of all accrued league & bonus points to date.

2nd Saturday in May (Late 4 Weeks) - $100 fine + non-voting membership next season.

Non-Payment of Dues & Fines by 3rd Saturday in May, suspension from league for remainder of the season and non-voting membership next season. And Dues + Fines need to be paid at AGM in addition to regular season fees.

The fines must be paid at the same time as the dues.

It is the belief of the TSCL Executive committee that all member clubs must pay their dues in a timely manner. There is no excuse for tardy payment.


To vote at the TSCL AGM each full member club must make a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 (One Hundred Dollars) before the start of the AGM. This deposit will be applied towards that clubs league fees for the upcoming season. This is considered enough to ensure that a club would be a participating league member and have a voting right at the AGM, not withstanding any other criteria for non-voting rights.

1st year clubs are associate members with a right to attend and be heard, but not vote.

(C) TSCL Board of Directors (BOD):

Each Club Participating in the TSCL is entitled to have a representative on the Board of Directors. The EC must be informed of your clubs choice, by forwarding the membership information form with this information filled in or by email to the EC email address by the 2nd Saturday in April. The term of office is 1 year.

The primary role of the BOD would be to not only act as a liaison between the Executive Committee (EC) of the TSCL and the entire membership but also to act in an advisory capacity to the TSCL EC by regular meetings with other members of the BOD.

(D) TSCL Sub-Committee's (SC):

Sub Committees shall be created as deemed necessary by the EC. SC's will be made up of a 3 member panel with one Chair appointed by the TSCL EC. The chair of the SC would then appoint 2 other members from club's other than his own.

(E) League Balls:

TSCL will provide cricket balls on behalf of all the member clubs and therefore take advantage of any bulk buying discounts. The TSCL will NOT take any profit on the balls and will provide them for the same price they were purchased at, + shipping.



aNRR Defination:

Net Run Rate (NRR) is the preferred method of tie breaking in the TSCL which is

calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team, the average

runs per over scored against that team. In the event of a team being all out in less than

its full quota of overs, the calculation of its net run rate shall be based on the full quota of overs to which it would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed.


Example for 1999 world cup:

FOR South Africa;

Across the three games, South Africa scored 678 runs in a total of 147 overs and 2 balls

(actually 147.333 overs), a rate of 678/147.333 or 4.602 rpo.

AGAINST South Africa:

India, 253 (for 5 wkts) from 50 overs,

Sri Lanka, 110 all out from 35.2 overs

and England, 103 all out from 41 overs.

In the case of Sri Lanka and England, because they were all out before their allotted 50

overs expired, the run rate is calculated as if they had scored their runs over the full

50 overs. Therefore, the run-rate scored against South Africa across the first three

games is calculated on the basis of 466 runs in a total of 50 + 50 + 50 = 150 overs, a

rate of 466/150 or 3.107 rpo.

The net run-rate is, therefore, 4.602 Run-rate for 3.107 Run-rate against ===== + 1.495


bNeutral Umpire Fee Schedule (out of town is more then 70 miles each way)



LEVEL II $50 $40

LEVEL 1 $40 $30

LEVEL 0 $20 $15





Source: Tri-State Cricket league

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