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Boys Minor Baseball Rules

THE FIELD

Bases: 60 ft.
Pitching  Distance: 35 ft.
Game Length:  5 innings or 70 minutes, whichever comes first.  We will play the full 70 minutes and at that time the game will be stopped regardless of which team is batting.

     

GENERAL

  1. Games will be more fun if umpires, coaches and players hustle the game along between innings.
  2. With 2 outs only the catcher may receive a courtesy runner. This allows the catcher time to get on his catching gear, thus speeding up the game.
  3. Once a team bats completely around its order in one inning, it must take the field defensively.
  4. If a team is fielding fewer than 7 players the coaches should organize the teams so that attending players can have a game that day.
  5. Official score will be kept by the home team but league standings (wins, loses) will not be kept.
  6. To better instruct the players, 2 coaches will be allowed on the field.
  7. The infield fly rule does not apply.
  8. Teams will not warm up on the infield prior to the game.  Warm ups should be in the outfield, the batting cage, tennis courts, etc.  Teams may, however, take grounders in foul territory just prior to the game.

HUSTLE IN—HUSTLE OUT.   PLAY BALL!!

HITTING

  1. All players will be placed in the batting order.  Nine players will be placed on the field at one time.  Every attempt should be made so that all players will be in the field for 6 outs.
  2. A batter’s helmet will be worn by all players while at bat, on deck or on base.
  3. The strike zone will be the knees to the shoulders.  Let’s make them hitters!
  4. Bunts are allowed.
  5. Hit by Pitch Rule: A batter will be awarded first base if they are hit by the pitch AND the following criteria is met: (1) The batter made an attempt to avoid being hit by the pitch, (2) The batter was not positioned in the strike zone (and the pitch was a strike), and (3) The batter did not attempt to swing at the pitch. In the case where a batter swings and the pitch hits him anyway, the ball is dead and a strike is called. If the batter does not attempt to avoid the pitch, he is not awarded first base, and the pitch is ruled either a strike if in the strike zone or a ball if out of the strike zone. Player and his coaches will decide if they take first base after being hit by pitch.

 

PITCHING

  1. A pitcher may pitch 12 outs per week.  A pitcher is allowed to appear as a pitcher in only 2 games per week (Monday through Saturday) with a maximum of 6 outs per game.
  2. Once a pitcher has been removed from pitching in a game he will be allowed to re-enter as a pitcher 1 time.
  3. After 3 consecutive walks, or 4 walks in an inning (whichever happens first), the batting team’s coach must come in and finish the inning. The next inning can be started by the same pitcher or different pitcher.  If the coach does not have a pitcher available, he or she should pitch.  When the bases are loaded, after 4 balls are called the batting team’s coach will pitch to the batter. The batter will either strike out or put the ball in play (no walks or hp allowed). Coaches are encouraged to pitch in such a way to avoid the arched “lob ball effect.”
  4. No intentional walks are allowed.
  5. There will be no balks in this division.
  6. The strike zone will be knees to the shoulders.

 

BASERUNNING

  1. The slide rule (Collision Avoidance Rule) will be in effect.  This rule is in force for any runner at any base where the ball is in the glove (in possession) of the fielder and he is attempting to make a tag.  In this instance, the runner must slide or attempt to avoid a collision with the fielder.  If not, the runner is declare out.
  2. No lead offs will be allowed until the pitch crosses home plate.  No stealing will be allowed.  A base runner can’t advance on a passed ball, wild pitch, or any throw back to the pitcher wild or caught.  A runner may advance on a hit, a play on him, or a play on another base runner. 

 

TEAM COURTESY

  1. Coaches and players must respect the game, your opponents, the umpires, teammates, and fans at all times.
  2. Each coach is responsible for care and return of equipment.
  3. ** Please clean up the dugout and surrounding area after practice and games.**

 

NECESSARY RULE CHANGES WILL BE MADE BY THE LIONS CLUB SUPERVISORS.

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