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Local Rules - Baseball A

Local Rules - Baseball A (last revised 10/21/2014)

Issue A
Time Limit No inning can start after a game duration set by the interval between games less 30 minutes. No time limit if no game to follow.
Innings per Game 6
Innings Needed for Regulation Game 4 complete innings, or 3 1/2 if home team is ahead.
"Mercy Rule" None. Games played to completion or time limit.
How Inning Ends Three outs; or maximum of 5 runs scored (unlimited runs in declared last inning); or entire lineup has batted
Number of Players Minimum of nine must be available to play for game to start or continue.
Minimum Playing Time per Game Three full innings, 9 defensive outs, one at bat. No player on the bench for two consecutive innings.
Substitution No limits as long as minimum playing time is met.
Age Limits for Pitchers No 12 year olds may pitch.
Pitching Limits For 7 and 8 year olds, 50 pitches per day. For 9 and 10 year olds, 75 pitches per day. For 11 and 12 year olds, 85 pitches per day. For 13 - 16 year olds, 95 pitches per day. Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. For Four calendar days of rest if more than 65 pitches. Three calendar days of rest if more than 50 pitches. Two calendar days of rest if more than 35. One calendar day of rest if more than 20. One game per day per pitcher.
Pitcher / Catcher Substitution A pitcher who has thrown at least 41 pitches in a game cannot play catcher the remainder of the day. A catcher who has caught in all or part of 4 innings cannot pitch the remainder of the day
Pitcher Re-entering as a Pitcher A pitcher once removed from the mound may not return as a pitcher in that same game, or resumption of that game if suspended.
Coach Pitching Coach only
Balks, Illegal Pitch None, illegal pitch penalty not enforced.
Batting Order All players bat continuously. Players who arrive late go to the end of the batting order. Players who leave or are injured are skipped in the order until they return.
Batting Limits Maximum of 4 pitches, or one extra if last pitch is hit foul. Batter is out if uses maximum pitches.
On Deck Batter Not allowed. Players are not to pick up bats inside dugout areas until coming out to hit.
Base Running No advance on wild pitch, passed ball, or return throw from catcher to pitcher.
Leading Off Once pitcher has the ball and is contact with pitcher plate and catcher is ready to receive the pitch, runner must not leave the base until ball has reached the batter. See Rule 7.13 for penalties.
"Must Slide" Rule No requirement for a runner to slide at any base at any time. Interference rules require the runner to take action to avoid contact when a tag is being attempted on them. Obstruction rules require the fielder including catchers to not block access to the baseline or base without possession of the ball.
Headfirst Slide Allowed only when returning to a base. Runner is out if done illegally.
Special Pinch Runner Not allowed
Infield Fly Rule Not in use
Dropped 3rd Strike Not in use
Base Coaches Both coaches boxes must be occupied. Base Coaches may be adults or players or any combination. Base Coaches must not leave dugout until the pitcher has completed warmups between innings. Player base coaches must wear helmets.
Adults in Dugout No more than one manager and two adult coaches at any time in the dugout. At least one adult at all times, especially when adults are in the Coaches Boxes.
Protests None.
Forfeits No forfeits except those approved by Board of Directors action. Suspended or postponed games must be played to completion.
Pre-game Warmups Begin 30 minutes before the game time. Home team has 12 minutes of field time, followed by visiting team for 12 minutes.
Pre-game: Home Drag infield, place bases, chalk infield, provide two new game balls.
Post-Game: Visitor Drag infield. If last game, lock field equipment and secure field.
Post-Game: Both Clean up trash in dugouts and spectator areas. Report game score.
Lineup Cards Four part multiple copy (Original for umpire, one for each team and scorekeeper.)