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1. General Local Rules

Updated Monday February 6, 2017 by Trabuco Canyon Little League.

1. General Local Rules (for all Divisions unless otherwise noted)

1.1 Start Date

TCLL is declaring the season officially begins on the first day of regular season play per each respective division..

1.1A Refund Policy

Refunds for Spring Season will be given at the following schedule:

Upper Divisions (Seniors - AA) Full refund minus $25 processing fee up until 1st tryout date. After tryouts, no refund given.

Lower Divisions (Single A-Tball) Full refund minus $25 processing fee up until last Monday in January. No refunds after this date.

Refunds for Fall Season will be given at the following schedule:

Full refund minus $25 processing fee given for all divisions up until last Monday in August. No refunds given after this date.

1.2 Field Maintenance

Home Team prepares pre-game field: rake, drag, water, paint fair/foul lines & batter's box. Visiting Team prepares post-game field: rake, drag and water infield, home plate area and base lines. Both teams shall remove trash from field, dugouts and bleachers on their side. Scoreboard operation is the responsibility of the team whose dugout resides on the same side as the control panel, regardless of home or visitor team.

1.3 Scorebook and Pitching Log (AA and up)

The Home team provides the official scorekeeper who is responsible for keeping score and the pitch count for both teams. Official pitching log originals shall be maintained by the Team Manager. The Official Pitching Log from each team shall be given to the plate umpire along with the line-up cards at the plate meeting. The Official Pitching logs will be given to the official scorekeeper by the plate umpire to retain and complete. The plate umpire must confirm the pitching log's accuracy by signing them at the end of each game. Should any team fail to comply, the manager may be asked to discuss with TCLL Board. Continued violations may result in the TCLL Board determining action including, but not limited to suspending the team manager.

1.4 Ground Rules

Home Plate umpire will define the Ground Rules for the field prior to the start of each game.

1.5 Volunteer Umpire Program

The TCLL Volunteer Umpire Program is open to all qualified volunteers, male or female.  All volunteers must complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form and undergo a background investigation.  Once approved, District 68 will provide extensive training for all of our volunteer umpires in order to make them comfortable and prepared to umpire Little League games.  This training includes Rules Clinics and Mechanics Clinics for our managers, coaches, and umpires.

Attendance at these clinics will provide insight into the playing rules that will be followed during the season.  Umpire mechanics clinic attendance will be mandatory for all umpires. Rules clinic attendance will be mandatory for managers, coaches, and umpires. Note:  Any returning league umpire that achieved veteran status with years of prior umpiring experience has the ability to attend a shortened version of the traditional 4 hour Rules Clinic. This special 2 hour clinic will be put on by District 68 and can only be attended by those designated veteran umpires that the Chief Umpire invites.

Our Volunteer Umpire Program includes participation by Junior Umpires, individuals under the age of 18. However, team compliance with TCLL umpire program points & clinics requirements must be adult umpires. Paying any money to any umpire regardless of age is strictly prohibited and will subject any individual violating this rule to discipline.

Managers wishing to discuss a Rules interpretation related to any call made by a Junior Umpire must contact the adult umpire working the game for clarification of the call. Managers or Coaches are not to approach a Junior Umpire to discuss a call under any circumstances. Any violation of this rule may result in an ejection/disqualification from the game at the discretion of the adult umpire.

There is a Team responsibility for providing Volunteer Umpires throughout the season. It is the managers' responsibility that their team meets all umpire program requirements including Umpire Point System requirements noted below. Should any team not meet any requirements, that team shall be subject to disciplinary action subject to the discretion of league officials. Any exceptions due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the UIC, Division Rep and President.

Discipline shall include but is not limited to:

Single A/AA

1st half umpire points not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

2nd half umpire points not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

If the yearly point totals are met by the end of the regular season, TCLL postseason eligibility will be reinstated.

AAA/Majors

1st half umpire points not met – The team is ineligible for the World Series berth and ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

Yearly points total not met – The team is ineligible for the TCLL World Series berth, the team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament, and the team is ineligible for the district ToC

If the yearly point totals are met by the end of the regular season, TCLL postseason and district ToC eligibility will be reinstated. 

TCLL World Series eligibility will not be reinstated.

All post season eligibility participation is at the discretion of the President of the League.

Single A Division Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 umpires, and the manager attend the Rules Clinic.
  • Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpires Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • Single A games must have one umpire. Home team manager is responsible to provide base umpire for your own game.  It is encouraged that you umpire your own child’s game.
  • Each team must have at least 8 umpire points earned at Single A or above prior to end of the season.

AA Division Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 non coaches designated as umpires.  The manager, 2 coaches and 2 designated umpires must attend the Rules clinic.
  • Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpire Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • Home team manager is responsible for providing plate umpire & visiting team manager is responsible for providing base umpire of your own game. It is encouraged that you umpire your own child’s game.
  • All AA games must have at least 2 umpires at all times.
  • First half - Each team must have at least 18 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Second half - Each team must have at least 18 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Managers will not earn more than 50% of the team’s total points per half.

AAA/Majors Divisions Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 non coaches designated as umpires.  The manager, 2 coaches and 2 designated umpires must attend the Rules clinic.
  • Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpire Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • It is encouraged that umpires not umpire their child's game to extent possible. However, the home team manager is responsible for providing plate umpire & visiting team manager is responsible for providing base umpire of your own game.
  • First half- Each team must have at least 32 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Second half - Each team must have at least 32 umpire points earned at AA or above.

50-70/Juniors/Seniors Division Requirements:

  • Home team manager is responsible for providing a home plate umpire for your own game.

Umpire Point System

The point system is below:

  • 50-70 or Juniors Plate (6 points); 50-70 or Juniors Base (5)
  • Majors/AAA/AA Plate (5); Majors/AAA Base (4)
  • AA Base (2)
  • A Base (1)

Umpire Meetings

We strongly encourage all of our umpires to attend the monthly District 68 umpire meetings. These are known on the web site as “Blue Crew Meetings”.  These meetings will be announced to all umpires once the date, time and location of each is determined by District 68.

Umpire Recognition

At the conclusion of the regular season we will recognize the Points Leaders in the following categories: Umpire Points Leader, Team Points Leader, Junior Umpire Points Leader. The Chief Umpire will also recognize the TCLL Umpire of the Year.  We will also honor and recognize those umpires that earn over 100 points during the regular season. These umpires are our leagues “Iron Man” umpires.

Umpire Registration & Scheduler

This Page is also the home of the “UMPIRE SCHEDULER” that we use. If you are new to this site, please log in and register. This is the scheduling site that all umpires will use to sign up for games and managers will use to verify that their games are covered.  Home team manager is responsible for providing a home plate umpire for your own game.

1.6 Regular Season Game Time Limit

  • For purposes of ending games because of darkness, last pitch time will be posted on the website.
  • The umpire's watch shall be the official time. Any batter in the batter's box at the time of last pitch is permitted to complete their at bat.
  • An inning ends as soon as the third out is recorded on the home team.
  • Once four (4) innings have been played, play will cease at the end of any inning which occurs within ten (10) minutes of last pitch time for games in the Majors Division, and twenty (20) minutes of last pitch time for games in the AAA and AA Divisions.
  • For AAA and AA, the inning also ends when five runs have scored unless last inning. The umpire should declare "last inning" at start of 4th or 5th inning if prior inning ended within 30 minutes of last pitch time. If umpire declares last inning, then the five run limit is waived. If less than four (4) innings have been played, play will continue until last pitch time.
  • For weekend games, no inning should begin within forty-five (45) minutes of the next scheduled game. Reasonable exceptions can be made by the plate umpire if four innings have not been completed or game is tied in an effort to complete game. The plate umpire is responsible to call the game.

1.7 Pool Players - the "Horizontal Pool"

The Player Agent will create and run intra-division player pools for the Senior, Juniors, Majors, AAA and AA Divisions of play, also known as horizontal pools. The purpose of this rule is to prevent forfeitures. The Player Agent will use each horizontal pool to assign players to teams in the appropriate Division that are short of players, on a rotating basis. A team will be deemed to be short of players and at risk of forfeiture of a particular game if and when the manager becomes aware that he is not likely to have ten (10) or more players available to play for the entirety of that regular season game. As soon as a manager becomes aware that his team is short of players and at risk of forfeiture as so defined, he shall contact the Division Representative and the Player Agent and request sufficient horizontal pool players such that he will have ten (10) players who would reasonably expected to participate in the entirety of that game. The pool will be comprised of players from each Division that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season. Pool Players are not available for any post-season tournament games. Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick players from the pool. The first player on the pool list (not on the opposing team) available to play on a given day is assigned to the first team requesting a player. When that player plays, he is then moved to the end of the pool list. The list of players and their order shall be developed by the Player Agent using a random convention (disclosed to the League President), but the list and order shall be kept in confidence by the Player Agent. Pool players may not play pitcher or catcher when in the role of a pool player, but may play all other defensive positions. Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine defensive outs and bat once.

1.8 Manager Approval

An in person interview by an Interview Committee (created by the BOD) will be conducted for each manager applicant for AA, AAA, Majors,  The Interview Committee will forward to the President a list of proposed managers.  AfterThe President will select the President’s approval,managers and the list will be presented to the full BOD for ratification.  For Big League, Seniors, Juniors, Single A, Minor A and Tee ball manager selections, interviews shall be conducted by the Division Representative who may involve other BOD members as the need arises.  The Division Representative will forward to the President a list of proposed managers.  After the President’s approval,The President will select the managers  and the list will be presented to the full BOD for ratification.  The President, with the BOD’s approval, will appoint all managers.

1.9 Coach Approval

League appointed Managers will present their list of prospective coaches to the President as soon as possible following the draft.  The President appoints, with BOD approval, shall appoint the coaches.

1.10 Criminal Background Checks

All Managers and Coaches and any person coming in regular contact during the season or who will be in the dugout with the players must submit to a criminal background check. No Manager or Coach or persons coming in regular contact that has not satisfied this requirement shall be permitted in the dugout or field at any time during practice or games.

1.11 Division Drafts

The selection of players for the teams in divisions that use a draft (AA - Juniors) will use the following procedure:

If you anticipate your child missing a significant number of practices or games, please indicate so at the time your child tries out. This will allow a more fair draft to occur (i.e. NJB Basketball, music lessons, travel baseball, religious lessons, etc.).

Only the Manager, or the Player Agent Pre-approved Replacement, will be allowed to sit on the field during tryouts and attend the draft.

  1. Before the draft, the Player Agent will publish a list of all eligible players for each division's draft. Only those players on the list may be selected. Any player who does not register and attend an evaluation prior to the draft shall be ineligible to be drafted. The Player Agent will provide each manager a list of players who made the previous year's All-Stars Team.
  2. Only the manager, or the Player Agent Pre-approved replacement, the applicable Division Rep, and other persons designated by the President may be present at the draft.
  3. The draft order will be determined by a random draw prior to the commencement of the draft.
  4. The son and/or daughter of a manager shall be drafted in or before the round in accordance with the table below. If there are two siblings of a manager that were to play on the same team, both siblings must be drafted by the round specified for that division (i.e. - AA manager has two kids to be drafted onto his/her team, one League Age 8, the other League Age 9. The manager must draft both kids by the 5th round). Any exceptions to this rule to allow player to be draft after round listed below shall be approved by the Player Agent, Division Rep and President prior to the draft.

Round

5

4

3

AAA, AA

10 and under

11

N/A

Majors

10

11

12

Juniors and 50-70

N/A

13

14

  1. There are NO coaches' picks. If a manager wishes to have a particular coach on his or her team, the manager must select the coach's son or daughter through the draft. Therefore, coaches' children are not protected in the draft.
  2. When there are two or more siblings in a division draft and the first brother or sister is drafted by a manager, that manager automatically has the option to draft the other brother or sister in the next available round. If siblings are drafted in the same division, they will be drafted on the same team unless otherwise requested. They have to be drafted in consecutive rounds. This rule does not apply to manager son/daughter, which is explained above.
  3. The draft will be a serpentine style (i.e. 1-8, 8-1) through the rounds until all teams have selected the pre-determined number of players.
  4. In the event the pre-determined number of players results in an uneven number of players per team, the manager with the first pick in the draft will be required to make the last pick in the draft. The players remaining in the final draft round shall be selected by the managers with the lowest draft pick (in reverse order) respectively, until the last player is chosen by the manager who had the first pick.
  5. Trades shall only be permitted on draft night. At the time the Player Agent declares the draft complete and all trades finished, no further trading may take place. The Player Agent shall have the final word on when the draft is closed and trading must cease. The Player Agent shall also have the final approval of all trades with two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.
  6. No Majors team may draft, or have on their team, more than eight (8) players of any one age group per team.

11A. Draft Eligibility

All players that have previously played in TCLL shall be drafted in the same or a higher division. Players must play in the division appropriate to the typical playing division for their age.

Eligibility for 50-70 is League Age 13-year-olds playing in Juniors and League Age 12-year-olds playing in Majors.  League Age 11-year-olds not drafted to play in Majors will play AAA, League Age 9 and 10-year-olds not drafted to AAA will play AA. Parental requests to play down will NOT be honored, except in the case of safety risk. If a parent believes that a safety risk exists if the player were to play in his/her typical playing division, the parent may appeal to the TCLL Playing Committee (comprised of: the Division Rep of the two affected divisions, the Player Agent, the League President and the Vice President) for special accommodations. Parents of players League Age 7-10-year-olds must make a request to the Player Agent for their child to be eligible to be drafted above the player's typical playing division. Specifically, such a request would be for League Age 7-year-olds to play in Single-A, League Age 8-year-olds to play AA, League Age 9-year-olds to play in AAA, and League Age 10-year-olds to play in Majors. Submitting this request does not guarantee the player will be drafted in the division requested. Unless the request is submitted 7-10-year-old players are not eligible to be drafted in the highest division indicated in the Division Alignment section.

Eligible 10-year-olds may be drafted into the Majors division only within the first 6 rounds of the Majors draft and only as long as there are Majors division roster positions available for all 12-year-old players not yet drafted.

Eligible 9-year-olds may be drafted into the AAA division only within the first 7 rounds of the AAA draft and only as long as there is AAA division roster positions available for all required 11-year-old players not drafted into the Majors division.

Eligible 8-year-olds may be drafted into the AA division as long as all required 9 and 10-year-old players not drafted into the AAA division are guaranteed a place on an AA division roster. The number of AA roster positions available for 8 year olds will be known and announced at the beginning of the AA draft by the Player Agent.

Eligible 7-year-olds may be placed into the Single-A division as long as all required 8-year-old players not drafted into the AA division are guaranteed a place on an A-division roster.

Teams in the Single A-division are formed using the skills evaluation to help balance the teams. Any League Age 7 year old wanting to play in the Single-A division and has not played in Minor A must participate in the skills evaluation to be eligible to play in the Single-A division, but without guarantee. Any League Age 7 year old that participates in the skills evaluation but is not placed on a Single-A division team will be placed on a Minor A team.

1.11B Division Alignment

T-ball - League age 4, 5, 6. Assigned by Player Agent.

Minor A - League age 5, 6, 7. Assigned by Player Agent. Must complete one year of a Little League T-ball program to enter this division as a league age 5 or 6 player.

Single A - League age 7, 8. Assigned by Player Agent. Must complete one year in a Minor A Little League program to enter this division as a league age 7 player. Players not meeting these requirements can request to attend try-out and be evaluated by a committee appointed by the President. To the extent space is available, these players may be placed in this division.

AA - League age 8,9,10. Try-out and draft. League age 8 players must elect to try-out for eligibility. League age 8 players will be eligible for AA after attending a try-out. All league age 8 players electing eligibility to play up may be drafted into AA after all league age 9 and 10 year old players not drafted into a higher division are guaranteed a space. Players below league age 8 are ineligible for this division.

AAA - League age 9,10,and 11. Try-out and draft. League age 9 players must elect to try-out for AAA. League age 9 eligible players can only be drafted if there are enough AAA roster positions for all league age 11 players not drafted into a higher division. Players below league age 9 are ineligible for this division.

Majors - League age 10,11,12. Try-out and draft. League age 10 players must elect to try out for Majors to be eligible to play in this division. All eligible league age 12 players play in this division, all league age 11 players are eligible but may not be drafted to this division. Parent requests for league age 11 players to play in a lower division will not be honored. Players below league age 10 are ineligible for this division.

50-70 - League Age 12, 13. Try-out and draft.

Juniors - League Age 13,14. Try-out and draft.

Seniors - League Age 15, 16. Try-out and draft if multiple teams, otherwise placed. League age 14 players will be eligible at the discretion of the manager and player agent.

Big League - League Age 17,18 Players placed by district.

1.12 Safety of Players

The Manager, or team representative, shall have a copy of the Medical Release forms for all players in their immediate possession at all team functions. Failure to produce such forms upon request of the umpire or any BOD member will result in a postponement of the game or practice and subject the Manager to further discipline as deemed appropriate by the BOD. No manager (or his designated coach) may leave the park after practice until all his players have been picked up or accounted for by a responsible adult.

1.13 Team Rosters / Player Call-Up – the “VerticalInjury/Permanent Absence Pool”

The Major Division rosters will consist of 12 active players. A player missing two (2) consecutive games or a player suffering an obvious injury which will not permit the player to play for two (2) or more games shall be cause for the manager of the team to notify the Division Representative immediately in connection with this rule. Failure of a manager to notify the Division Representative of the loss of a player from his roster will result in disciplinary action that may include up to his removal as the manager of the team. A player who has missed four (4) consecutive games at the Majors level for any reason must be replaced temporarily as provided by this Local Rule.

The Player Agent will create and run an inter-division pool. The Purpose of this rule is to provide players to replace players on Majors Division rosters on a game-by-game basis when a replacement player(s) is needed under the circumstances mentioned hereinabove. The Pool will be comprised of players from the Major Division who are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season. Pool players are not available for any post-season tournament games. Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick players from the Pool. The first player on the pool list available to play in a given game will be assigned to the first Majors Division team needing a replacement player for that game, and the next pool player to the next Majors Division team needing a replacement player that game, until all Majors Division rosters that need a replacement player are filled for a given game. When that player plays, he is then moved to the end of the Pool list. The list of players and their order shall be developed by the Player Agent using a random convention (disclosed to the League President), but the list and order shall be kept in confidence by the Player Agent.

Pool players may not play pitcher or catcher when in the role of a pool player, but may play all other defensive positions. Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine defensive outs and bat once. No players shall be replaced for post season play. A player who is replaced based on an injury shall be eligible to rejoin his prior team at the time he has been cleared to play by his doctor. It is the express intention of Little League Baseball that the Majors Division rosters shall be full at all times. If a player is lost for the season or will not be returning, it is up to the Player Agent with board approval to pull an eligible player from the waitlist or from the AAA division to permanently replace such player. These rules regarding player replacements do not apply to the AAA or AA Divisions. The Player Agent shall have discretion as to whether or not to fill vacancies created in the AAA or AA Divisions.

1.14 Unbecoming Behavior of a Manager, Coach or Player

Any Manager or Coach ejected/suspended from a game SHALL immediately leave the field and the game site for the duration of that game and the subsequent suspension game(s). An ejected player may be allowed to remain in the dugout or the stands to ensure proper supervision. (If the player is allowed to remain in the dugout, no further part in the game is allowed, including warming up players or acting as a base coach.) Game site is defined as follows: Anywhere you can observe the actions on the field or be seen by umpires, players, or spectators. This applies to all District 68 game sites.

1.15 Protests/Disqualifications

The Disqualification Committee will consist of three members: The League President, the Chief Umpire, and the appropriate Division Representative.

Protests and disqualifications require reporting to the League President within 24 hours. Every attempt to comply with this requirement should be made. Failure to meet this timetable may, at the discretion of the League President, render the Protest invalid. Failure to meet the reporting timetable for disqualifications will not render the Disqualification invalid.

1.16 TCLL Make Up Procedure

1.16.1 General Game Postponement Policy

We try to play all games as scheduled, and therefore most delay/cancellation decisions will be made at the field at game time. Generally games are not postponed for light rain or moderate cold; but heavy rain or unsafe and unplayable field conditions that can't be remedied will require postponement.

1.16.2 Weekday Games

If conditions CLEARLY are unplayable by 1 pm, the games will be postponed and this information made available on the web site by 2:15 PM. If no postponement is announced and/or posted by 2:15 PM, all team managers, coaches and players must report to the field. A go/no go decision will be made at the field at game time by the League President or his designated representative.

1.16.3 Weekend Games

Unless the weather is extreme, games will be postponed only on a case by case (time slot by time slot) basis. Therefore managers, coaches and players must report to the field at game time unless the league website contains a message that all games have been postponed for that day. NOTE: a game may be postponed early in the day and later games played. Updated postponement information will be made available on the league website as soon as decisions are made.

1.16.4 Procedures

Play/No play decisions are in the hands of the League President or his designated representative until a game is started. Once a game commences, halt/resume decisions are totally in the hands of the umpires. If a game is called before becoming an official game (rained out, or stopped due to darkness), the respective Division Rep. shall contact the TCLL Field Scheduler to reschedule the game.

1.16.5 Make Up Games

Make up games (not incomplete games) will be played on the first available date on any available field, including Sundays.  Majors' and Minors' (AAA & AA) postponed games automatically will be re scheduled for the first available date on any available field by the Field Scheduler.  Managers, coaches, players and parents are on notice that any game postponed from Monday through Saturday will be played on the first available date, which includes Sundays.  Every attempt will be made to play all games postponed during the week by the Sunday that ends the same pitching week.  Machine Pitch, Coach Pitch and tee ball games usually cannot be rescheduled.

1.16.6 Incomplete Games

All games that have started but need to be completed, will be completed prior to the next scheduled game with those teams.  If teams are not scheduled to play again in that half or during the rest of the season games will be scheduled at the discretion of the League Scheduler.

1.16.7 Exceptions:

No team will be required to play games on more than three (3) consecutive calendar days.

1.16.8 Make Up Games

Games will be made up in the order missed, unless a team has a conflict as noted in the exception above. In such case, the next missed game will move up into the first available make-up date. Playing a make-up game out of order will not be considered a justifiable reason for missing an available make-up date. The TCLL Field Scheduler will schedule all make up games in accordance with the above. The managers of the teams involved shall not make any other agreements or arrangements regarding the scheduling of make-up games. Failure of a team to have enough players to begin a rescheduled game by game time may be grounds for a forfeit. Any forfeit shall require approval of the Board of Directors.

1.17 Tie breakers

A. Two team tie:

  1. Head to head competition for period contested (1st half, 2nd half or season).
  2. Head to head run differential for period contested. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  3. Head to head competition for entire regular season.
  4. Head to head run differential for entire regular season. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  5. Run differential against all teams for the period contested. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  6. Run differential against all teams for the entire regular season. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  7. Coin flip.

B. If three or more teams are tied:

  1. If at any point only 2 teams are left tied, go to "Two-team tie" procedures above
  2. Record of tied teams against tied teams for contested period. In the event teams have not played each other an equal number of times, go to d below.
  3. Run differential between the tied teams for contested period. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  4. Record of tied teams against tied teams for regular season. In the event teams have not played each other an equal number of times for the season, go to f below.
  5. Run differential between the tied teams for regular season. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  6. Run differential against all teams for period contested. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  7. Run differential against all teams for the entire season. Maximum of 7 runs allowed per game.
  8. Coin flip.