In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.
The strength of baseball is that every child can play. Nations Baseball understands that the recreational player is the cornerstone of youth baseball. If kids are provided an affordable opportunity to play, they will build team teamwork and love of the game, not just bat last and play every other inning. We have taken our bulk buying power to provide local leagues with an amazing package that can save thousands of dollars in wasted fees that can go right back into your community. Will we dictate to you with rules and restrictions? No. Your community knows best what your kids need. We provide a structure for you to run your league, the opportunity for tournament play, and some amazing web tools to help run your league. And then we get off your back. Sound good?