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Establishment of the Joseph Ferrall Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dearest friends and family, as many of you have heard we recently lost a true friend to hot stove, Joe Ferrall.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends and to all who knew him.  Joe and his wife Amber met on a ball field playing hot stove baseball together and they have continued the tradition of playing ball as a family with their sons.  We were humbled to have learned that Joe’s family named Alliance Hot Stove Baseball as the beneficiary of donations made in his honor.  As a result of their generosity and yours, we are announcing the establishment of the Joseph Ferrall Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will have as its purpose to provide funding for the youth of our region to play hot stove baseball who might not be able to afford it otherwise.  We truly hope that this can stand as one of the many legacies Joe will have left us and serve to honor his memory, proudly.  

If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can follow the link below or mail a donation to PO Box 2681, Alliance, OH 44601.  Thanks so much for your kindness.  

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The following are new rules for 2022:

1. Balks have been removed for Class HH. See Rule 8.5.N.

2. The coin toss at all regional tournament games has been removed. The team with the lower seed may now choose to be the home or away team. In Classes with only one state bracket, the seeds will carry through the State Semi-finals and State Finals. In Classes with more than one state bracket, a coin toss will be used to determine home and away for State Semi-finals and State Finals.

3.  Administrative policies and procedures as well as tournament rules have been moved to a new document, ADMINISTRATIVE AND TOURNAMENT RULES AND POLICIES” and is located under “Forms” on


The following rule changes were voted on by all Charters at the October 13, 2019 Annual Meeting:

1. Continuous Batting Order - Allow all teams to use a continuous batting order if they choose to do so. Would have to declare at ground rules. If a player is injured during the game they would become an out when it is their turn at bat. This would be for all Hot Stove Classes HH-D. Class I would still be mandated to use the existing rule. The EH would still be an option as well. All players present at the game would have to be used in the batting order. If a player arrives late, they would have to be added to the bottom of the lineup. This would give teams that choose to use it, the ability to get more players in the game. This rule would be used in both regular season and tournament play. Substitution rules must still be met by class while using a continuous batting order. Player matching would not be permitted for teams opting to use a continuous batting order. This rule change has passed.

2. Change 60% Rule - Change the rule that states a double rostered player must play in 60% of played games to at least 50%. The existing rule excludes players that play in over half a team’s games, but often times calculates to 57-58%. The spirit of the rule is to eliminate stacking up a team for tournaments but often a player that played a majority of games cannot play because of the math. This would still ensure the player participates in a majority of the team’s played games and is eligible for tournament play. This rule change has passed.

In addition, the following items will be discussed at the meeting:

Constitutional Change
1. Elimination of the need to appeal a red light if verification of offenses can satisfy the board that previous appeal(s) has addressed the matter(s) driving the red light status. If an applicant receives a red light and successfully appeals to be allowed to coach, then that successful appeal will follow that applicant every year, provided the red light is given for the same offense(s). Applicant would still be required to email the Executive Secretary to be allowed to coach. Any new offenses would require a complete appeal process. This constitutional change has passed.

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