EBL Player Policies

Empire Baseball League Policies

On this page you will find the EBL Policies pertaining to Empire Baseball League players. These Policies are presented to players during a number of informational and educational programs throughout the year. All players are responsible for knowing and adhering to the requirements and expectations of each of these Policies, and we encourage players to rely on the PRC as a resource for understanding them.


All Players are prohibited from using, possessing, distributing or selling (or assisting in the distribution or sale of) any Drug of Abuse, Stimulant, and/or Performance Enhancing Substance (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Substances”). Some Prohibited Substances are available for over-the-counter purchase or with a prescription in the United States or other countries.


1. Synthetic Cannabinoids (e.g., K2, Spice, and JWH compounds)
2. Cocaine
3. Narcotics (e.g., Codeine, Fentanyl and its derivatives, Heroin, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone)
4. Methamphetamine (Methylamphetamine)
5. Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)
6. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy)
7. “Bath Salts” (e.g., Cathinone and its analogues, Synthetic Cathinones, and MDPV)
8. GHB
9. LSD
10. Phencyclidine (PCP)

The use and possession of a syringe or any injectable substance (including injection by or of others) by Players in any Club facility, Club-provided housing (including academies and hotel rooms), or while traveling with the Club is prohibited.

A Player who fails to comply with the Drug of Abuse Policy shall be subject to a Season Suspension and removal from the league.


All people working in and around Empire Baseball League must be treated equally -- with dignity and respect -- regardless of race, color, creed, national origin or citizenship status, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender identity, physical or mental disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws (“Protected Characteristics”)

Harassment is any verbal, physical, or visual behavior directed at another individual because of a Protected Characteristic, that (i) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment; or (ii) adversely interferes with an individual’s work performance.

Discrimination is any adverse job-related decision or less favorable treatment of an individual or group because of a Protected Characteristic.


Representing yourself, your Club and the Empire Baseball League – at all times -- as a supporter of these principles.

Not engaging in conduct contrary to these principles, such as (i) making demeaning comments, slurs, insults, or jokes regarding an individual’s or groups’ Protected Characteristic(s); (ii) bullying; (iii) distribution or display of pornography; and (iv) physical, verbal, or visual sexual harassment, or any other harassment, towards any individual associated with the game of Baseball.

Understanding that inappropriate comments or conduct based on an individual’s Protected Characteristic(s) have no place within MLB regardless of whether such words or actions are in the workplace, on social media, in electronic communications, or in casual conversation.

Club personnel will respect one another’s differences, regardless of any Protected Characteristic, and work together to create an inclusive culture in which employees can be their best.

A Player who fails to comply with the Code of Conduct shall be subject to a Season Suspension and removal from the league.


Empire Baseball League takes an absolute stand against domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and recognizes the need to provide assistance and resources to victims and families. In furtherance thereof, the EBL hereby establishes this Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy for its Players (“Policy”). This Policy covers all players signed to a EBL Agreement.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It occurs in heterosexual and same sex relationships and impacts individuals from all economic, educational, cultural, age, gender, racial, and religious demographics. Domestic violence includes, but is not limited to, physical or sexual violence, emotional and/or psychological intimidation, verbal violence, stalking, economic control, harassment, physical intimidation, or injury. Notwithstanding this definition, a single incident of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship, or a single incident of abusive behavior involving a member of a player’s family who is domiciled with him, may subject a player to discipline under this Policy.
Sexual assault refers to a range of behaviors, including a completed nonconsensual sex act, an attempted nonconsensual sex act, and/or nonconsensual sexual contact. Lack of consent is inferred when a person uses
force, harassment, threat of force, threat of adverse personnel or disciplinary
action, or other coercion, or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, unconscious or legally incapable of consent.
Child abuse is any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker
which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or
exploitation of a child who is under the age of 18 or not an emancipated minor, or any act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of such harm to such a child.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Violations
A Player who fails to comply with the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Violations shall be subject to a Season Suspension and removal from the league.



All PLAYERS are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while performing any services for the Empire League, including while traveling (e.g., road games). In addition, except as required by local law, Empire League Entities shall prohibit the possession or use of deadly weapons in any facility or venue owned, operated, or controlled by it. A deadly weapon is any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury to a human or animal or is capable of inflicting death or injury if used in the manner it was designed, including, but not limited to, firearms, explosives, daggers, metal knuckles, switchblade knives, and knives having blades exceeding five inches.

A Player who fails to comply with the Weapons-Free Policy shall be subject to a Season Suspension and removal from the league.