The mission and purpose of
the Vintage Base Ball Association shall be to preserve, perpetuate, and
promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in
the nineteenth century and other historic eras. This worthy objective shall
be accomplished by the following activities and endeavors:
- Presenting the game of
base ball as it was actually played in accordance with the rules, equipment,
uniforms, field specifications, customs, practices, language, and behavioral
norms of the period.
- Supporting the formation
and strengthening of vintage base ball clubs by sharing vintage base ball
information, setting standards of historical accuracy and participation, and
providing a means to recognize and communicate with other vintage base ball
- Encourage research and
disseminating information in order to recreate the game in keeping with the
highest levels of accuracy and authenticity.
- Educating the public
regarding the character, history, and growth of the game with attention to
the historical context in which it originated and developed.
In order to achieve its
goals and sustain the traditions and values which it seeks to honor and
emulate, the Association and all of its members will conduct all matches,
meetings, and other activities—both on and off the field—according to the
highest standards of sportsmanship, gentlemanly behavior, courtesy, and
respect for others which characterized the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club,
established September 23, 1845.