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Boys Junior Baseball Rules

THE FIELD

Bases will be 60 feet. Pitching distance will be 45 feet.

 

THE UMPIRES

1. The Lions Youth Committee will do everything possible to have competent umpiring.

2. Protests will not be received or considered if they are based solely upon a decision involving the accuracy of judgment on the part of an umpire.

3. A protest based on rule interpretation must be written and filed with the Lions Youth Committee within 24 hours. The decision of the Youth Committee is final.

4. League directors and head umpire will be responsible to call games off in event of rain. Rained out games will be rescheduled as per preseason directions given at coaches meeting.

5. Head coaches (or a single, designated coach) are allowed to respectively address the umpire during the game. Assistants or non-designated coaches are not allowed to talk to the umpires during the game. 

6. Coaches or players harassing umpires, opposing players or opposing coaches - whether from the dugout, anywhere on the field, or out side of the field, will not be tolerated and may result in a suspension of the player or coach. 

 

GENERAL RULES

1. A team fielding fewer than 7 boys will forfeit the game. No picking up players from other leagues.

2. All players will be placed in the batting order. Nine players will be placed on the field at one time. All players will be played in the field for 6 outs.

3. A batter’s helmet will be worn by all players while at bat or on base.

4. A limit of 8 runs may be scored in one inning.

5. A regular season game will consist of 5 innings or less. No inning shall begin after 1 hr. 10 minutes. The next inning shall begin immediately when the third out has been recorded in the bottom half of the previous inning.

6. In a game called by the umpires because of field conditions three innings will constitute a game (2 ½ innings if the home team is ahead). An incomplete game will be finished from where the game was called.

7. The designated home team uses the third base dugout.

8. In case of injury the umpire has the discretion of stopping play and declaring dead ball.

9. All practices should be attended unless excused in advance or in the event of illness. Coaches have the authority to take disciplinary action against the player for failure to show up for practices.

10. We will not observe the ten run rule to end a game

11. The infield fly rule will not be used.

12. There will be a maximum of 3 warm-up pitches between innings. (HUSTLE IN; HUSTLE OUT)

13. It is the responsibility of the home team to arrange for an adult to run the scoreboard.

14. Teams will not take warm up on the infield prior to the game.  Warm up should be in the outfield, the batting cage, etc. Teams may take grounders in foul territory just prior to the game.

15. No picking up players from other leagues.  You must play with players from your roster.



HITTING

1. The strike zone will be from the knees to the shoulders.

2.  Batter cannot run on a dropped third strike.

3. A team gets one warning from the plate umpire per game for throwing the bat. With the second occurrence, the batter will be called out.

4. 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.

 

PITCHING

1. A pitcher is allowed to pitch 2 innings per game.  One pitch constitutes an inning.

2. No intentional walks will be issued.

3. There will be a maximum of 3 warm-up pitches between innings.  (All players should hustle in, hustle out)

4. Once a pitcher has been removed from pitching he will be allowed to re-enter as pitcher 1 (one) time but not in the same inning.

5. The strike zone will be from the knees to the shoulders.

 

BASERUNNING

1. A base runner is not allowed to lead off until the pitched ball reaches the batter.  Runners will be called out when leaving base too soon.

2. The 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 collision with the fielder. If not, the runner is out.

3. Courtesy runner for the catcher is allowed with two outs or 7 runs.

4. A runner on third can steal home only on a passed ball or when he or another runner is being played upon. If the pitcher does not catch the ball thrown from the catcher the ball is live and runners may advance at their risk.  Runners can steal bases from 1st to 2nd to 3rd without a passed ball at their risk.

 

TEAM COURTESY

1. Players are to be seated on the bench, to use good sportsmanship and avoid yelling at the opposing players.

2. Coaches are to exhibit good sportsmanship and character at all times. Bad behavior of coaches might result in a 1 game suspension.  This will be determined by the Lions Club.

3. Line-ups are to be given to the opposing team before the game starts.

4. Clean up the dug out and surrounding area after the game and practice.

 

EQUIPMENT

1. Each coach is responsible for the care of the equipment.

2. Coaches are responsible for return and proper storage of equipment.

3. If a player throws any equipment (hat, helmet, bat, etc.) the team is warned. Upon the second offense the player is ejected.

4. Full catcher’s gear will be worn by the catcher, including catcher’s glove.

 

TOURNAMENT RULES

1. A seeded single elimination tourney will be conducted at the end of the season. The top seeded team will be given choice of home team or visitor.

2. In the event of a regular season tie, a single elimination play-off will be held to determine league champion, if a suitable time can be agreed upon by the opposing teams.

3. Trophy awards will be given individually to league and tourney champions.

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