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If the pitcher throws 20 or fewer pitches in a game, he can pitch the same day. A pitcher can finish a batter upon meeting the maximum amount of pitches for each limit pertaining to different days of rest. An example of this would be if a pitcher reaches 40 pitches when throwing against a batter. The pitcher may be scored at 50 pitches and finish pitching to that same batter. Another example of this would be if a pitcher starts a new batter with a pitch count of
Only one offensive time-out, for the purpose of a visit or conference, will be permitted each inning. As pertains to runners, the provisions of 7. If a fielder after making a catch steps into a dead ball area, but does not fall, the ball is alive and in play and runners may advance at their own peril;.
The ball is dead, and no runners may advance. After the penalty, the batter may take a proper position, and the regular ball and strike count shall continue, but if the batter does not take the proper position before three strikes are called, that batter shall be declared out. A fielder, in order to make a catch on a foul ball nearing a dugout or other out-of-play area such as the stands , must have one or both feet on or over the playing surface including the dugout and neither foot on the ground inside the dugout or in any other out-of-play area.
Ball is in play, unless the fielder, after making a legal catch, falls into a dugout or other out-of-play area, in which case the ball is dead. The ball is dead and no runners may advance.
The ball is dead and no runners may advance;. The ball is dead and runner or runners shall return to their original base or bases; A.
PLAY 1 Baker bats.
With the count 2 balls and 1 strike, a the offensive team discovers the error or b the defensive team appeals. In either case, Abel replaces Baker, with the count 2 balls and 1 strike. PLAY 2 Baker bats and doubles. The defensive team appeals a immediately or b after a pitch to Charles.
PLAY 3 Abel walks. Baker walks. Charles forces Baker. While Edward is at bat, Abel scores and Charles goes to second on a wild pitch. Edward grounds out, sending Charles to third. The defensive team appeals a immediately or b after a pitch to Daniel.
Charles must return to second base because the advance to third resulted from the improper batter batting a ball. The proper batter is Frank. The defensive team appeals a immediately or b after a pitch to George. George is the proper batter to lead off the second inning; b Henry stays on third and three runs score. Irwin is the proper batter. Who is the proper leadoff batter in the second inning? Daniel was an improper batter and if an appeal is made before the first pitch to Abel, Abel is out, Daniel is removed from base, and Baker is proper batter.
There is no appeal and a pitch is made to Abel. Edward can replace Abel at any time before Abel is put out, or becomes a runner. Edward does not do so. Abel flies out, and Baker comes to bat. Abel was an improper batter, and if an appeal is made before the first pitch to Baker, Edward is out, and the proper batter is Frank. There is no appeal, and a pitch is made to Baker.
Charles is the proper batter. Charles flies out. Now Daniel is the proper batter, but Daniel is on second base. Who is the proper batter? The proper batter is Edward. When the proper batter is on base, that batter is passed over, and the following batter becomes the proper batter.
This rule is designed to require constant vigilance by the players and managers of both teams. There are two fundamentals to keep in mind: The scorekeeper shall inform the manager that a player has batted out of order. There shall be no penalty and that player shall not have another turn at bat, but shall resume the normal position next time up.
The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out provided said runner advances to and touches first base when —. If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball.
If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if that batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched. If a play follows the interference, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the interference penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play. However, if the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, the play proceeds without reference to the interference; A.
If a runner is trying to score by a steal or squeeze from third base, note the additional penalty set forth in Rule 7. Runner s who are forced advance and any runners not forced will return to their bases at the time of the pitch. If a fair ball touches an umpire after having passed a fielder other than the pitcher, or having touched a fielder, including the pitcher, the ball is in play. Such hit entitles the batter to a home run when all bases have been legally touched.
A fair fly ball that passes out of the playing field at a point less than feet [ Intermediate Division: However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than feet [ Intermediate Division: A runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when that runner touches it before being retired.
The runner is then entitled to it until retired or forced to vacate it for another runner legally entitled to that base. In advancing, a runner shall touch first, second, third, and home base in order.
If forced to return, the runner shall retouch all bases in reverse order, unless the ball is dead under any provision of Rule 5. In such cases, the runner may go directly to the original base.
Two runners may not occupy a base, but if, while the ball is alive, two runners are touching the base, the following runner shall be out when tagged. The preceding runner is entitled to the base. Each runner, other than the batter, may, without liability to be put out, advance one base when —.
When a runner is entitled to a base without liability to be put out, while the ball is in play, or under any rule in which the ball is in play after the runner reaches an entitled base, and the runner fails to touch the base to which that runner is entitled before attempting to advance to the next base, the runner shall forfeit the exemption from liability to be put out and may be put out by tagging the base or by tagging the runner before that runner returns to the missed base. The ball is in play;.
The ball is dead. When such wild throw is the first play by an infielder, the umpire, in awarding such bases, shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the ball was pitched; in all other cases the umpire shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the wild throw was made;.
The ball is dead;. If the batter becomes a runner on a wild pitch which entitles the runners to advance one base, the batter-runner shall be entitled to first base only but can advance beyond first base at their own risk if the ball stays in play. In Tee Ball , the runner or runners will be permitted to advance at their own risk on an overthrow that remains in play, but not more than one base.
The ball is in play, and the award is made based on the position of the runner at the time the ball was touched. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base last legally touched by such runner, before the obstruction. Any preceding runners forced to advance by the award of bases as the penalty for obstruction shall advance without liability to be put out;. This is a judgment call. If the defensive player blocks the base plate or base line clearly without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be called.
The runner is safe and a delayed dead ball shall be called. If, with a runner on third base and trying to score by means of a squeeze play or a steal, the catcher or any other fielder steps on, or in front of home base without possession of the ball, or touches the batter or the bat, the pitcher shall be charged with a balk, the batter shall be awarded first base on the interference and the ball is dead. A runner who is adjudged to have hindered a fielder who is attempting to make a play on a batted ball is out whether it was intentional or not ;.
A batter-runner cannot be tagged out after overrunning or over sliding first base if said batter-runner returns immediately to the base. The runner shall not be called out for failure to retouch the base after the first following pitch, or any play or attempted play. This is an appeal play. Base runners can legally retouch their base once a fair ball is touched in flight and advance at their own risk if a fair or foul ball is caught. However, if a following runner is retired on a force play, the force is removed and the runner must be tagged to be put out.
The force is removed as soon as the runner touches the base to which that runner is forced to advance, and if oversliding or overrunning the base, the runner must be tagged to be put out. However, if the forced runner, after touching the next base, retreats for any reason towards the base last occupied, the force play is reinstated and the runner can again be put out if the defense tags the base to which the runner is forced;. The ball is dead and no runner may score, no runners may advance, except runners forced to advance;.
If a runner is touching a base when touched by an Infield Fly, that runner is not out, although the batter is out. If a runner is touched by an Infield Fly when not touching a base, both runner and batter are out. If two runners are touched by the same fair ball, only the first one is out because the ball is instantly dead. With two out, the interference puts the batter out and no score counts;. If attempting to run to second the runner is out when tagged.
If, after overrunning or oversliding first base the runner starts toward the dugout, or toward a position, and fails to return to first base at once, that runner is out, on appeal, when said runner or the base is tagged;. It does not apply to the ordinary play where the runner misses the plate and then immediately makes an effort to touch the plate before being tagged.
In that case, the runner must be tagged. Such runner shall be declared out for the interference of a teammate or teammates;. Such runner shall be declared out for the interference of a teammate;. The umpire shall call the runner out for interference and also call out the batter-runner because of the action of the runner. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner;. In no event shall bases be run because of such interference;.
If no play is being made on the assisted runner, the runner is out and play continues delayed dead ball. If a fair ball goes through or by an infielder and touches a runner immediately back of said infielder or touches the runner after having been deflected by a fielder, the umpire shall not declare the runner out for being touched by a batted ball.
In making such decision, the umpire must be convinced that the ball passed through or by the infielder and that no other infielder had the chance to make a play on the ball. If in the judgment of the umpire, the runner deliberately and intentionally kicks such a batted ball on which the infielder had missed a play, then the runner shall be called out for interference. A runner is not permitted to take a flying start from a position in back of, and not touching, the base ;. Play A — Batter hits the ball out of the park, or hits a ground rule double, and misses first base ball is dead.
The runner may return to first base to correct the mistake before touching second.
Appeal play. Play B — Batter hits a ground ball to shortstop, who throws wild into the stands ball is dead. Batter-runner misses first base but is awarded second base on the overthrow. Even though the umpire has awarded the runner second base on the overthrow, the runner must touch first base before proceeding to second base.
Any appeal under this rule must be made before the next pitch, or any play or attempted play. No appeal can be made if the ball is dead. If the violation occurs during a play which ends a half-inning, the appeal must be made before all the defensive players have left fair territory on their way to the bench or dugout.
If an otherwise proper appeal is being made by a player who has to go into foul territory to retrieve the ball in order to make an appeal or if the appeal is being made by the catcher who may never have been in fair territory at all , the appeal will be adjudged to have been properly executed.
Successive appeals may not be made on a runner at the same base. If the defensive team on its first appeal errs, a request for a second appeal on the same runner at the same base shall not be allowed by the umpire. For example, if the pitcher threw to first base to appeal and threw the ball into the stands, no second appeal would be allowed.
If there is more than one appeal during a play that ends a half-inning, the defense may elect to take the out that gives it the advantage. An appeal should be clearly intended as an appeal, either by a verbal request by the player or an act that unmistakably indicates an appeal to the umpire. A player, inadvertently stepping on the base with a ball in hand, would not constitute an appeal.
The ball must be live and in play. The players, coaches, or any member of an offensive team shall vacate any space including both dugouts needed by a fielder who is attempting to field a batted or thrown ball. Interference shall be called and the batter or runner on whom the play is being made shall be declared out. If, upon appeal, the preceding runner is the third out, no runners following the preceding runner shall score. If such third out is the result of a force play, neither preceding nor following runners shall score.
Little League Major and Minor League: Base runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit. If a play is made on the runner and the runner is out, the out stands. If said runner reaches safely the base to which the runner is advancing, that runner must be returned to the base occupied before the pitch was made, and no out results;. If a play is made and the runner or runners are put out, the out or outs will stand. If not put out, the runner or runners must return to the original base or bases or to the unoccupied base nearest the one that was left; In no event shall the batter advance beyond first base on a single or error, second base on a double or third base on a triple.
The Umpire-in-Chief shall determine the base value of the hit ball. If three runners were on the bases and the batter reaches first base safely, each runner shall advance to the base beyond the one they occupied at the start of the play except the runner who occupied third base, that runner shall be removed from the base without a run being scored.
If at the conclusion of the play there is an open base, paragraphs a and b will apply. All runners on base will be allowed to score when the batter hits a clean triple or home run, regardless of whether any runner left too soon. Runners on first and second, either leaves too soon, batter reaches first safely, runners go to second and third.
Runners on first and second, either leaves too soon, batter hits clean double, runner on first goes to third, runner on second scores. Runners on first and third, either leaves too soon, batter reaches first safely, runner on first goes to second, runner on third remains there.
Runners on first and third, either leaves too soon, batter hits a clean double, runner on first goes to third, runner on third scores. Runners on second and third, either leaves too soon, batter reaches first safely, neither runner can advance. Runners on second and third, either leaves too soon, batter hits a clean double, runner on third scores, runner on second goes to third.
Runners on first, second, and third, any runner leaves too soon, batter hits clean double, runners on second, third score, runner on first goes to third. Bases full, any runner leaves too soon, batter reaches first safely on any ball bunted or hit within the infield, all runners advance one base except runner advancing from third. Runner advancing from third is removed, no run is scored and no out charged. If on the play, a putout at any base results in an open base, runner who occupied third base returns to third base.
Bases full, any runner leaves too soon, batter received a base on balls or is hit by a pitch, each runner will advance one base and a run will score. When an umpire detects a base runner leaving the base too soon, that umpire shall drop a signal flag or handkerchief immediately to indicate the violation.
For purpose of these examples, it is assumed that the batter-runner remains at the base last acquired safely. Once each inning a team may utilize a player who is not in the batting order as a special pinch-runner for any offensive player. A player may only be removed for a special pinch-runner one time during a game. The player for whom the pinch-runner runs is not subject to removal from the lineup. If the pinch-runner remains in the game as a substitute defensive or offensive player, the player may not be used again as a pinch-runner while in the batting order.
However, if removed for another substitute that player, or any player not in the line-up, is again eligible to be used as a pinch-runner. Does not apply if the local league adopts the continuous batting order.
Procedures for Use of a Double First Base: The double base may be used for first base only. The base must be rectangular, with two sides not less than 14 inches and not more than 15 inches, and the other two sides not less than 29 inches and not more than 30 inches.
The longer sides shall face toward home plate and the right field corner. Half the base shall be white entirely over fair territory and half shall be orange or green entirely over foul territory.
When using the double first base, the following rules must be observed:. A batted ball that hits the colored orange or green section without first touching or bounding over the white section shall be declared foul. If there is a play on the batter-runner, and the batter-runner touches only the white portion and the defense appeals prior to the batter-runner returning to first base, it is treated the same as missing the base.
Batter-runner is out. On extra-base hits or other balls hit to the outfield when there is no chance for a play to be made at the double first base, the batter-runner may touch either the white or colored orange or green section of the base. If properly appealed, the batter-runner is out. One foot is permitted to extend behind or on the base into foul territory, as long as the front foot is touching the white section of the base.
If properly appealed, runner is out. Runners may extend a foot behind the white portion of the base, but must maintain contact with the white section until the ball has reached the batter.
This includes a throw from the pitcher, catcher, or any other player, in an attempt to retire the runner at the double first base. An errant throw into the three-foot running lane could still result in an obstruction call. Also, the batter-runner must still avoid interference with the fielder attempting to field a batted ball.
There are two legal pitching positions, the Windup Position and the Set Position, and either position may be used at any time. This may be judged a quick pitch by the umpire. From this position any natural movement associated with the delivery of the ball to the batter commits the pitcher to pitch without interruption or alteration. The pitcher shall not raise either foot from the ground, except that in the actual delivery of the ball to the batter, said pitcher may take one step backward, and one step forward with the free foot.
From this position the pitcher may:. The pitcher may not go into a set or stretch position. In Little League Major and below the pitcher need not come to a complete stop. See Penalty for illegal pitch under Rule 8. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter, or the pitcher incurs an injury.
The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands.
Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the Umpire-in-Chief. For violation of this part of the rule the umpires shall immediately call a ball and warn the pitcher that repeated violation of any part of this rule can cause the pitcher to be removed from the game.
However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batter, or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation. The pitcher is allowed to rub off the ball between the bare hands;. For violation of any part of Rules 8. Call the pitch a ball and warn the pitcher. If a play occurs on the violation, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire of acceptance of the play.
Such election must be made immediately at the end of play. A pitcher may use a rosin bag for the purpose of applying rosin to the bare hand or hands. Neither the pitcher nor any other player shall dust the ball with the rosin bag; neither shall the pitcher nor any other player be permitted to apply rosin from the bag to their glove or dust any part of the uniform with the rosin bag.
If, after warning by the umpire, such delaying action is repeated, the pitcher can be removed from the game. If such pitch is repeated during the game, the umpire shall eject the pitcher from the game.
When a pitcher takes a position at the beginning of each inning, that pitcher shall be permitted to pitch not to exceed eight preparatory pitches to the catcher, or other teammate acting in the capacity of catcher, during which play shall be suspended.
Such preparatory pitches shall not consume more than one minute of time. If a sudden emergency causes a pitcher to be summoned into the game without any opportunity to warm up, the Umpire-in-Chief shall allow the pitcher as many pitches as the umpire deems necessary. When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 20 seconds after the pitcher receives the ball. The intent of this rule is to avoid unnecessary delays. Rule 8. The penalty for Rule 8.
With runners on base, Rule 8. The pitcher, after coming to a legal position, removes one hand from the ball other than in an actual pitch, or in throwing to a base;. The pitcher delivers the pitch from the set position without coming to a stop. Little League Major and Minor League — 8.
A batter hit by a pitch shall be awarded first base without reference to the illegal pitch. The ball is dead and no runners will advance. The pitch shall be called a ball even if the pitch is not actually thrown. If the pitch is delivered and a play follows the illegal pitch, the play shall be allowed to continue as a delayed dead ball. Upon completion of the play, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the illegal pitch penalty and accept the play.
However, if the batter hits the ball and reaches first base safely, and if all base-runners advance at least one base on the action resulting from the batted ball, the play proceeds without reference to the illegal pitch. Rule 2. Pitch NOTE: The ball is dead, and each runner shall advance one base without liability to be put out unless the batter reaches first on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base in which case the play proceeds without reference to the balk.
When a balk is called and the pitch is delivered it will be considered neither a ball nor strike unless the pitch is ball four 4 awarding the batter first base and forcing all runners on base to advance.
When a balk is called, if the pitch is delivered, a pitch shall be charged against the pitch count regardless of whether the batter put the pitch into play. However, on a balk that is called on a pickoff attempt or in an instance that the pitcher does not deliver the pitch, no pitch shall be charged to the pitch count. Umpires should bear in mind that the purpose of the balk rule is to prevent the pitcher from deliberately deceiving the base runner. However, certain specifics should be borne in mind:.
This is not to be interpreted as throwing to an unoccupied base. Delayed dead ball. This rule, which applies to each pitcher who enters a game, governs the visits of the manager or coach to the pitcher at the mound. If a manager visits Pitcher A once in the first inning, then makes a pitching change in the same inning, Pitcher B would be allowed two visits in that inning before being removed on the third visit.
If a manager visits Pitcher A twice in the first three innings, then makes a pitching change in the fourth inning, Pitcher B would be allowed three visits in that game before being removed on the fourth visit, subject to the limits in a above. A manager or coach who is granted a time out to talk to any defensive player will be charged with a visit to the pitcher. The manager or coach should advise the umpire of such a conference, and the umpire should monitor the conference.
The umpire shall be responsible for the conduct of the game in accordance with these official rules and for maintaining discipline and order on the playing field during the game.
Plate umpire must wear mask, shin guards, and chest protector. Male umpire must wear protective cup. Each umpire has authority to order a player, coach, manager, or league officer to do or refrain from doing anything which affects the administering of these rules and to enforce the prescribed penalties. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play.
Failure of league officials to adequately handle an unruly spectator can result in the game remaining suspended until a later date. No player, manager, coach, or substitute shall object to any such judgment decisions.
Such appeal shall be made only to the umpire who made the protested decision. This umpire may take any position on the playing field which will enable said umpire to discharge all duties usually behind the catcher, but sometimes behind the pitcher if there are runners.
The Game Coordinator must not be a manager or coach of either team in the game, and cannot be assigned as Game Coordinator for more than one game at a time. If the Game Coordinator disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play;. Said Game Coordinator shall not call the game until at least thirty minutes after play as suspended. The Game Coordinator may continue suspension as long as there is any chance to resume play.
This supersedes Rule 3. At that time, the Game Coordinator can alert the plate umpire to stop the game, and at that time enforce any part of 9. This umpire usually is designated as the Umpire-in-Chief. After consultation, the Umpire-in-Chief shall determine which decision shall prevail, based on which umpire was in the best position and which decision was most likely correct.
Play shall proceed as if only the final decision had been made. In the case of a player, the manager shall appear with the player in the capacity of an advisor.
The members of the Board present at the meeting shall impose such penalty as they feel is justified. The Board may impose such penalties that it feels are warranted, but may not lessen the requirements of Rule 4. Carry your Rulebook. It is better to consult the rules and hold up the game long enough to decide a knotty problem than to have a game protested and possibly replayed. See Diagrams. The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
All definitions in Rule 2. The umpire shall be the sole judge of the fitness of the balls to be used in the game; d be assured by the league that additional balls are immediately available for use if required; e have possession of at least two alternate balls and shall require replenishment of such supply of alternate balls as needed throughout the game.
Such alternate balls shall be put in play when — a ball has been batted out of the playing field or into the spectator area; a ball has become discolored or unfit for further use; the pitcher requests such alternate ball. In sequence- a The home team manager shall give the batting order in duplicate to the Umpire-in-Chief; b Next, the visiting manager shall give the batting order in duplicate to the Umpire-in-Chief; c The Umpire-in-Chief shall make certain that the original and duplicate copies are the same, then provide a copy of each batting order to the opposing manager.
Illegal pitch — ball called on the batter see Rule 8. If the game is called during an incomplete inning, the game ends at the end of the last previous completed inning in each of the following situations: The visiting team scores one or more runs to tie the score in the incomplete inning, and the home team does not score in the incomplete inning.
The visiting team scores one or more runs to take the lead in the incomplete inning, and the home team does not tie the score or retake the lead in the incomplete inning. Rule 4. The protesting manager shall immediately, and before any succeeding play begins, notify the umpire that the game is being played under protest. Following such notice the umpire shall consult with the other umpire s. If the umpire is convinced that the decision is in conflict with the rules, the umpire shall reverse that decision.
If, however, after consultation, the umpire is convinced that the decision is not in conflict with the rules, said umpire shall announce that the game is being played under protest. Failure of the umpire to make such announcement shall not affect the validity of the protest. The umpire shall not put the ball in play until all runners have retouched their bases; f a fair ball touches a runner or an umpire on fair territory before it touches an infielder including the pitcher, or touches an umpire before it has passed an infielder other than the pitcher.
Runner hit by a fair batted ball is out; NOTE: A batter is out when — a a fair or foul fly ball other than a foul tip is legally caught by a fielder; A. A third strike is caught or not caught by the catcher.
To put the batter out, the defense must tag the batter or first base before the batter touches first base. The manager of the defense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the penalty and accept the play. For the first violation, the offensive team will lose one eligible adult base coach for the duration of the game.
For the second violation, the manager of the team will be ejected from the game. Any subsequent violation will result in the newly designated manager being ejected. The ball is in play; e two bases, if a fielder deliberately throws a glove at and touches a thrown ball. The ball is in play; f two bases, if a fair ball bounces or is deflected into the stands outside the first or third base foul line; if it goes through or under a field fence; through or under a scoreboard; through or under shrubbery or vines on the fence; or if it sticks in such fence, scoreboard, shrubbery, or vines; g two bases when, with no spectators on the playing field, a thrown ball goes into the stands; into a bench whether or not the ball rebounds into the field ; over, under, or through a field fence; on a slanting part of the screen above the backstop; or remains in the meshes of a wire screen protecting spectators.
When such wild throw is the first play by an infielder, the umpire, in awarding such bases, shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the ball was pitched; in all other cases the umpire shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the wild throw was made; A. Any preceding runners forced to advance by the award of bases as the penalty for obstruction shall advance without liability to be put out; b If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until no further action is possible.
A runner who is adjudged to have hindered a fielder who is attempting to make a play on a batted ball is out whether it was intentional or not ; c that runner is tagged, when the ball is alive, while off a base; EXCEPTION: However, if the forced runner, after touching the next base, retreats for any reason towards the base last occupied, the force play is reinstated and the runner can again be put out if the defense tags the base to which the runner is forced; f touched by a fair ball in fair territory before the ball has touched or passed an infielder.
With two out, the interference puts the batter out and no score counts; h passes a preceding runner before such runner is out; i after acquiring legal possession of a base, the runner runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game. Batting: Each player must bat during theiroffensive half the inning.
This is a safetyissue and MUST be enforced. All players that are batting oron the bases must be wearing a helmet. Ball in play: a. There will be NO outs even if the player is thrown out at first base.
As each batter hits during the inning, players will move up one base at a time. When the last batter comes up and hits the ball that batter and all of the base runners will come home.
There will be no doubles, triples, or home runs regardless of how far the ball is hit e. There is NO stealing or leading. No more than 2 coaches in the field Rotate players around to different positions atthe start of every inning.
Do not keep players at the same position for every inning of a game. Outfields must play on the grass of the outfield and not on the dirt of the infield Before every batter hits have the players getinto their ready positions with hand and glove ready and watching the batter. A catcher will not be used during the games. All players play in the field.
The focus of fielding at this level should be on catching the ball and making a throw to first base. No more than 2 days of contact per week including games and practices. Mini- Minors Division 1. Rules of Game: a. Remember that games MUST end at the time specified in the schedule. No Score will be kept c. Innings will last until there are 3 outs or until the team has batted through the entire order.
There will be no open innings at this level. Coaches will have a set batting order to ensure that all players are given an opportunity to bat at least twice during a game. Please adhere to the little league rules in regards to the batting order. Continuous batter order will be used. Second half of season coaches will coach the defense from the bench as much as possible. Play complete innings to ensure that each team gets the same number of at bats.
If time is running short end the game rather than starting the first half of an inning. Pitching: a. Batter will swing Coaches are encouraged to pitch in front of mound The pitcher cannot stand in front of coach pitcher- They must stand to the side of the coach b.
There is no out on a foul ball. Prior to this time coaches may start working with the players during practices to determine which players can reach home plate. During player pitch, the player will throw 3 pitches per batter. If the ball is not hit the coach will then pitch 4 pitches.
If the ball is not hit the batter is out. If a pitcher hits 2 consecutive batters in an inning or 3 batters in a game, the coach must substitute that pitcher. NOTE: Only players that are able to reach the plate will be selected to pitch during games. The key objective is to develop a pitchers ability to reach the plate and to allow batters to get used to non-coach pitching Players will pitch in accordance to little league guidelines.
Please consult rule book 6 years and under are NOT allowed to pitch 3. Batting: a. Each player must bat if available continuous batting order. Batting order is to remain in place throughout the game. This is a safety issue and MUST be enforced. All players that are batting or on the bases must be wearing helmet. Players can hit singles, doubles, triples or home runs.