The Japan Amateur Baseball Association met on Friday to discuss changes to the way they handle player transfers to and from Independent League teams.
The following items were decided:
Players that leave Independent League teams will not be able to sign with Industrial League teams for at least one full season after they leave the Indepent League team.
Industrial League players that went to college and have less than 2 years playing time and players that went to high school and have less than 3 years playing time will be allowed to sign with Independent League teams provided they leave their respective Industrial League teams on good terms and that they get that in writing. Players that don't receive the proper paperwork will not be allowed to return to the Industrial League.
Industrial League players must inform their teams of when they try-out for Independent League teams.
These updates to the rules are being made because the Industrial League has been losing players to the Independent League as of late. What's more, it seems that some players are ignoring the rules, which in turn has led to organizational problems amongst various Industrial League clubs.
It seems to me that the JABA has realized that they can't stop the flow of Industrial League players into the Independent League and has taken more of a "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" mentality.
The new rules will go into effect on January 1st.
Interested parties can also read the actual rules (in Japanese) at the JABA site (pdf).