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How ENYTB Regulates Player Movement Between Teams

    Why Voluntary Release Systems Are Doomed To Fail

    Why Voluntary "Release" Systems Are Doomed To Fail


    From its inception (1996) through 2012, ENYTB relied on a voluntary release system to regulate player movement among its member teams. All clubs "enjoyed" 100% roster protection i.e., all internal player movement was regulated by requiring the player to obtain a "release" (permission slips) from his current team's owner before he was allowed to change teams. Releases were discretionary i.e., once a player requested a release, the club had the option of granting or denying the player's request.

    In addition, in order to provide all members with so-called roster protection, ENYTB banned its members' from tampering with another member's rostered players.

    (B) Generic Flaws With Any Release System

    Allowing "normal" player movement while enforcing a ban on tampering, is a delicate dance that borders on the impossible, as our experience gave witness to.

    In terms of addressing the needs of "unhappy" players the release system was fairly effective.

    In terms of the club owner, the release system was not very effective at all. Tampering was rampant. Tampering can be very destructive to any league because it undermines the viability and competitiveness of existing teams.

    DEFINITION: Tampering: Cannibalizing a fellow member's roster through improper contact with his player(s).

    It is not difficult to imagine a variety of stealth or "under the radar" ways to tamper w/o leaving any fingerprints. And, parents, thinking the grass is greener, and sensing little or no risk, often not only succumb to the overtures of the tamperer but cooperate in hiding the fact from the league that tampering took place.

    Enforcing the league's ban on tampering proved to be problematical at best. For every "official" tampering complaint and "conviction", there were numerous instances of suspected tampering that went unpunished either because the member couldn't prove their strong suspicions or, when push came to shove, they just didn't want to stir the pot.

    For these reasons, any voluntary release system is largely an honor system. The problem with all honor systems is that the honorable follow the rules while everyone else "games" the system to gain an unfair advantage i.e. cheat. In the end, to effectively enforce a ban on tampering would take significant resources, far more than this or any amateur youth league has at its discretion. That is the unfortunate reality of the situation. Thus, a voluntary release system only fools us into thinking we have roster protection when in reality, there are members enticing players to attend their tryouts and to request their release from their current team in order to play for them.


    The lesson is that short of banning player movement altogether, absolute protection against tampering/recruitment/enticement is not attainable in the real world of amateur youth travel baseball.

    The corollary to that lesson is that we are better off with a system that offers limited but "REAL" roster protection than a system that promises 100% roster protection but delivers none.

    ENYTB's new roster protection system does just that by imposing CAPs (or limits) on how many overall players any one team can take from the league player pool (all other team's rosters) in the current year as well as on how many players any one team can take from any other team in the current year and over the common lifetime of both teams.

    The CAP system is more than sufficient to allow all normal player movement, but it effectively restrains the most aggressive recruiters from going to the extreme and taking w/o limit. In the end, not every player will be able to change teams to his first choice, but every player will have plenty of teams to choose from if he truly wants to change teams.

    NOTE: ENYTB also recognizes that there is no sure way of determining whether a player seeking to change teams was tampered with or not. Thus, to make sure that every "untampered" player that wants to change teams is free to do so, ALL players who want to change teams must be allowed to do so. Therefore, like it or not, recruited players must be eligible to change teams the same as anyone else. In effect, this means tampering is no longer illegal in ENYTB.

  • Effective 2013 Season - ENYTB Adopts Team Player Caps To Regulate The Extent To Which Teams Can Take Players From Their Fellow Members
  • ENYTB Player Classification
  • Limited Members - Restricted Applicability Of RFA Credits
  • Intra-Club Transfer Rules


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