Youth Baseball Rules Addendum
Be sure you are aware of all rules and rule changes. Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) reserves the right to amend these rules at any time for specific tournament play. National High School Federation Baseball Rules will be enforced with the following exceptions.
1. Youth Bat Specifications:
Penalties for illegal bats will be assessed as per the NFHS rule book. 1st violation - Batter is pronounced out (if discovered before a pitch to the next batter) & head coach is restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game. 2nd violation (Same Game) - Batter is pronounced out (if discovered before a pitch to the next batter), and the head coach is ejected. Subsequent violations: the batter is pronounced out (if discovered before a pitch to the next batter), and the head coach is ejected. When a batter is pronounced out for violation of bat rules, the defense may take the penalty or result of the play. The head coach penalties apply in either case.
Red flag events will follow the following rules however event directors reserve the right to modify rules as needed in the best interest of the event. Directors will always rule in the fairest possible way. For White or Blue flag events, please check the bat restrictions tab per event.
All bats must have a branding, label, or stamp proving BPF 1.15.
USA Bat, BBCOR and Wood bats are also allowed.
All bats must have a branding, label, or stamp proving BPF 1.15, and the length/weight ratio varies by division.
USA Bat, BBCOR, and Wood bats are also allowed.
13U Major & Open: -5 or -3
13U AAA/AA: -8 or -5
Please see the specific event home page for the bat type being used.
Metal/Composite or Wood bat
Please double check your event's specific bat restrictions, as some events have stricter bat restrictions.
Wood bats must be composed of a single piece of wood.
Please see the specific event home page for the bat type being used.
14U Open & Major: -3 BBCOR
14U AAA/AA: -5 or -3
Metal/Composite bat or Wood bat.
Length/weight ratio must be -3 and stamped BBCOR.
Wood bats must be composed of a single piece of wood.
Please see the specific event home page for the bat type being used.
The following are the only wood composite bats allowed:
- 5150 Composite Pro Wood WC5150
- Big Stick R243CH
- Big Stick R243CS
- VELO Composite Wood R110CV
- VELO Composite Wood R110CH
- VELO Composite Wood R110CR
- VELO Composite Wood Y151CV
- Rawlings Composite 243MBS
- Rawlings Composite 243CUS
- Rawlings Composite 110CMB
- Rawlings CompositeY151CB
- Rawlings Maple/Bamboo Composite 271 MBC
- Rawlings Maple/Bamboo Composite SL151G
- AAA Pro Maple Baum Bat (Gold & White editions)
- AAA Pro Ash Baum Bat (Gold & White editions)
- Models: D243, D271, I13, D110
- AP5 Hybrid Pro Model
Pinnacle Sports/Bamboo Bat
- All models allowed.
Safety and integrity of the game are two major factors at Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) events, and with the implementation of the following changes, we are taking the next steps in providing an updated and premier experience on the baseball field. While these bats are currently still certified by their manufacturers, the performance of these bats over the extended life span continues to become increasingly unsafe for our participants.
Effective January 1, 2021, the following bats may not be used in TBT events:
- 2015 Demarini CF7 (-5)
- 2015 Easton XL1 (-5)
- 2016 Demarini CF8 (-5)
- 2016 Demarini CF8 (-8)
- 2016 Demarini CF8 (-10)
- 2017 Demarini CF Zen Balanced (-8) **
- 2017 Demarini CF Zen SL 2 3/4" (-10) **
- 2017 Demarini CF Zen Zero Dark 2 3/4" (-10) **
- 2017 Demarini CF Zen - Balanced (-5)
- 2017 Demarini CF Insane - End loaded (-5)
- Louisville Slugger Blue Meta Composite (33/30 model only)
- 2018 Dirty South Kamo BB KA 8 (30/22, 31/21, 32/22, 31/23, 32/24 only)
- (Easton) Ghost X (30/20 only - USA Baseball Marked)
**Re-tooled models of these bats may be used in TBT play. Once returned from the manufacturer, these bats will have updated model numbers and new orange end cap and stickers indicating the corrected performance standards. **
DEFINITION OF AN ALTERED BAT
“A bat which has been subjected to change in its physical makeup outside the original manufacturers product.”
At any point, a TBT Director or UIC may request to inspect a bat that is at a TBT sanctioned event. If the owner/user refuses to allow the requesting body to inspect the bat the owner/user accepts an automatic three-year suspension from TBT sanctioned events. Alternatively, the owner/user can allow the bat to be inspected so a conclusion can be formed as to whether the bat was altered.
The owner/user of the bat has the responsibility of having knowledge of whether a bat is altered.
DAMAGED, WORN, OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE ON BATS:
Bats that are damaged in any way, including but not limited to cracked, warped, missing a knob/cap, having a rattle, etc., are not legal for TBT sanctioned events.
Bats may not have any certifying markings or graphics worn off the bat. Bats that have certifying or identifying markings worn off the bat shall be removed from play.
No substance shall be added to the bat barrel. The barrel of the bat and all identifying marks or graphics shall be free of any foreign obstruction. If a foreign substance is discovered as being used or identifying marks on the bat are not visible, the bat shall be removed from play.
2. Youth Pitching Regulations:
The MLB balk rule will be enforced. When a balk is called, it is NOT a dead ball. A called balk will remain a LIVE ball. The balk is not considered an automatic dead ball.
The fake to third and throw to first play remains LEGAL for TBT Youth events. Also, in the windup position, a pitcher is permitted to have his “free” foot on the rubber, in front of the rubber, behind the rubber, or off to the side of the rubber.
- 7U-8U: Daily max is 15 outs OR 50 pitches.
- 9U-10U: Daily max is 18 outs OR 75 pitches.
- 11U-12U: Daily max is 18 outs OR 85 pitches.
- 13U-14U: Daily max is 21 outs OR 95 pitches.
The pitcher may finish the batter upon reaching the daily pitch count limit. I.E. A 13U pitcher begins the batter at 94 pitches he may finish the current hitter and then must be removed from the game.
- 7U-14U: Each Player is allowed 24 outs over a 3-day period.
- If a player records more than 9 outs in a day, they are required 2 days’ rest.
- 100 Pitch maximum over 2-, 3- or 4-day events
- 140 Pitch maximum over 5+ day events
- Players can pitch in more than one game in a day if they do not exceed daily limits.
The pitcher may finish the batter upon reaching the event pitch count limit. I.E., A 13U pitcher begins the batter at 99 pitches he may finish the current hitter and then must be removed from the game.
Once a player has been removed from pitching, they may not return to the mound in the same game.
No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days, regardless of pitch counts.
No pitcher shall appear in three games in the same day, regardless of pitch counts.
The definition to be utilized for the purpose of the pitching restrictions for end of a day shall be any time of night or day that the facility is closed, and teams have a break in playing prior to the next day’s games.
Pitchers who record outs or pitch in a game that is forfeited will still have those outs/pitches counted toward their limitations.
3. Pitching Violations:
The pitcher must be replaced on the mound immediately upon notice of a violation, not a forfeit.
4. Game Procedure:
- 9U-10U: All games will be played on 46x65 fields.
- 11U-12U: All games will be played on 50x70 fields.
- 13U: Games will be played on 54x80 or 60x90 as specified per event.
- 14U: All Core events (Red Flag) will be played on 60x90.
TEAMS DEPARTING BEFORE THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THE PLAYOFFS!
If this happens, the second-place team out of the pool or the next best team. The Tournament Director will rule in the fairest possible way.
- Game times may vary by state or region. Directors reserve the right to adjust game lengths to benefit the event. Directors will rule in the fairest way possible.
- 14u Games are 1 hour 40 minutes.
- 11-13u Games are 1 hour 40 minutes.
- 9-10u Games are 1 hour 30 minutes.
- 6-8u games are 70 minutes.
- No inning can start after the time limit.
- Time will be kept by the TBT Field Director.
- For each team’s pool games the home team will be predetermined.
- A tie is equal to a ½ win and ½ loss for each team.
- Applicable to Red Events only: No two teams from the same organization will match up in their first playoff game unless the game is affected by a bye (Applicable to brackets with 9+ teams).
- The home team in Championship Play will be the higher seed except when there is no seeding. When there is no seeding, a coin flip will determine the home team. This is the case even if the schedule says otherwise.
- Director reserves the right to enact pool protection at their discretion. If two teams have previously matched up in pool play, lower seeds may be switched to provide teams with new opponents for the first round of bracket play.
- Texas Tie Breaker, last 3 hitters on base with 1 out.
- Balk is the MLB ruling (NOT a dead ball)
- The base runners will be placed as follows:
o Last hitter from previous inning @ 1st Base
o Hitter before him in the lineup @ 2nd Base
o Hitter before that in the lineup @ 3rd Base
o Normal substitution rules apply to these runners.
o The hitting team will start the inning with one out.
o Play continues until one team is ahead at the end of an inning.
Championship games will be played with regular extra innings through the 7th inning. Starting in the 8th inning, the last three hitters from the previous inning will load the bases with 1 out.
Championship games will be played with regular extra innings through the time limit. If the time has expired, the last three hitters from the previous inning will load the base with 1 out.
EFFECTIVE 3/9/2020: Time limits will apply for Semi-final games respective to each age group.
A team should do everything within their power to start the game with 9 eligible players. Should a team not be able, to begin with 9 players, a game may begin with 8 players, with the 9th lineup spot being an automatic out. A game can be finished with 8 players. If there are no eligible subs, the player leaving the original lineup will be recorded as an out until he is able to return. Any intentional forfeit could result in the forfeiting team being eliminated from the tournament. The tournament committee will rule on all forfeits. No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner. This rule could result in a dispute, and the tournament committee reserves the right to look at and rule in the fairest possible way. The committee’s decision will be final! A forfeit score will be the average runs scored for the winning team to 0 for the losing team. Only the Head Director can call a forfeit.
6. Taking Infield:
No infield will be allowed during the tournaments.
7. Mercy Rules:
- 15 after 2
- 12 after 3
- 8 after 4
- 15 after 3
- 12 after 4
- 8 after 5
Metal cleats cannot be worn for divisions 12U and younger. Metal spikes may be worn in divisions 13U and older.
Any player catching must wear all necessary protective gear, including a catcher’s helmet with a facemask, throat guard (separately attached or built-in), chest protector, shin/leg guards, and an athletic supporter. Note: Players in 12U and younger divisions must wear a catcher’s helmet that fully covers both ears.
PitchCom is legal to use in Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) Events.
9. Trips to the mound:
The members of the coaching staff (including the manager) can make one mound visit per pitcher per inning without needing to remove the pitcher from the game. If the same pitcher is visited twice in one inning, the pitcher must be removed from the mound.
- You may bat 9,10,11 players or your roster.
- You must declare at the start of the game, and once the first pitch has been thrown, the lineup is locked, and the number of batters may not be changed.
- May start game with 8 players, 9th player spot is an out when he comes up in the lineup.
- DH Allowed
- If used, the 10th and 11th hitters will be designated as an EH and XH on the lineup card.
- The EH and XH may bat at any spot in the order.
- The EH and XH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned.
- The starting pitcher is allowed to DH for himself and bat in any slot in the order but must be listed as a P/DH on the lineup card.
- The team can bat its entire lineup.
Roster Batting Rules:
o Batter: If a batter cannot fulfill his time at bat due to injury or illness, that player will be eliminated from that entire game. His spot in the batting order will be an automatic out each time.
o Runner: If a runner cannot continue his time on the bases, that player will be substituted under the Courtesy Runner rule for Roster Batting. He will not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the game. His spot will be an automatic out.
- Ejection or Injury
o A player ejected while roster batting will result in the team losing that player for the entire game. His spot in the batting order WILL BE AN AUTOMATIC OUT EACH TIME.
- Courtesy Runner – Roster Batting
o The Courtesy Runner shall be the player making the last batted out.
11. In Case of Rain:
All rainout games may not be made up depending on time constraints. In case of scheduling changes, it is the team’s responsibility, not the tournament committee, to make sure they are aware of the new schedule or any scheduling changes. This information will be posted on the tournament website when it becomes available. Note: No special requests will be honored if rescheduling becomes necessary. The tournament format is subject to change at any time if deemed necessary and will be determined based on the fairest outcome for all teams. All coaches should make sure the tournament committee has current contact info. If games are canceled, the tie-breaking procedures will determine pool winners and championship qualifications (listed below).
12. Stop in Play:
If a game is stopped, the game must start within 1 hour of the stop in play. If games are not resumed, they will become suspended or called official. Games called by umpires that cannot be resumed within 1 hour will be considered an official game if 4 innings have been completed or 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead (13U-14U: after 5 innings or 4 1/2 if the home team is ahead). After 4 complete innings, a tie score will be recorded a tie in pool play. The tournament director can extend the 1 hour if there are extenuating circumstances, i.e., lightning detector, working on fields, etc. A suspended game will resume where the game was halted. In the event play is stopped for any reason before or during the Championship round, first place, second place, third place, etc. will be awarded based on TBT Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules.
Judgment calls are not eligible for protest. Protests for pitching limitations are permissible for non-DiamondKast events only. Protests will be heard and ruled on by a tournament committee. The team protesting must make a cash payment of $100 at the time of the protest. If the protest is ruled in the protesting team’s favor, the $100 will be refunded. The ruling made by the committee will be final. Protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch if during the game or before umpires leave the field after a game.
14. Roster and Roster changes:
All players should be listed on the official roster prior to the first game. If a player is listed on more than one roster, the player listed will decide as to which roster, he is legally on. This decision is up to the individual player. No player can appear in a tournament game for more than one team, including separate age groups. Once the player has appeared in a game, the player may NOT participate with another team in the same weekend, regardless of age division or classification.
- The team’s manager is responsible for all aspects of the players' eligibility and that they meet the requirements.
- A player who is in violation of the age eligibility shall be considered an illegal player.
- If, anytime during a tournament game, a player is discovered illegal due to an age violation or participating on more than one team in the same tournament, the team is subject to forfeit. The first team a player participates for is their official team. *This does not apply to Pitch Smart violations.
- Participating players shall have photocopies of their original birth certificates (US) or passports (International) in possession of their team manager. Electronic copies of ID documents are accepted. Failure to have a copy of a birth certificate in the event of a protest could result in suspension for the remainder of the event until such a document can be produced for the team or individual. A driver’s License is permitted. For events classified by graduation year or grade level, transcripts/report cards from a player's most recent academic semester shall be in possession of their team manager.
We recommend that all teams (home and visitor) keep a scorebook. The official scorebook and lineup card for the game will be kept by tournament staff; in case of an emergency where staff cannot keep the book, the home team will be the official scorer. In a situation where tournament staff and the home team cannot score, the visitor would become the official book. All subs should be reported to the umpires. To eliminate scoring disputes, scorekeepers should check with the official scorer during and after the game.
- Lineup cards must be fully filled out with players' first names, last names, positions, and accurate jersey numbers. All substitutes should be listed with accurate jerseys numbers. Failure to produce a complete lineup card can result in games not starting on time. Lineup cards are to be given to the official scorekeeper before the home plate meeting.
To maintain a quality event, the tournament committee reserves the right to eject any person from the site for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior. Such behavior shall include but is not be limited to:
- Physical attack on an umpire, tournament official, associate director, associate officer, and/or any player or fan prior, during, or immediately following a game played under the authority of TBT. Assault on an official is a felony in some states.
- Players, coaches, managers, fans, spectators, or sponsors threaten an umpire, tournament official, associate director, or associate officer with physical harm.
- Any player, coach, manager, sponsor, fan, spectator, director, or officer who engages in physical fighting.
- Using unsportsmanlike conduct, abusive language, symbol tactics, or derogatory or unbecoming acts.
- Destruction of property or abuse or failure to pay.
- Competing under an assumed, false and/or altered name.
- Tournament hosts have the authority to eject a player, fans, or team anytime during a tournament for committing any of the above-listed offenses.
- A player, spectator, fan, or coach ejection carries removal from that game only.
- Any spectator, coach, manager, or player who is ejected for the second time during the tournament will be eliminated from participating for the remainder of the tournament.
- Any event that results in a physical altercation (before, during, or after a game) could result in a forfeit for both teams. The tournament committee reserves the right to remove teams from playoff contention.
- Any participant that is ejected by an umpire after a contest is completed must sit the next scheduled game. If it is the tournament's last game, the offender may be required to sit in the team's next game.
17. Courtesy Runners:
Courtesy runners can be used for the Pitcher and Catcher at any time but must be a VALID SUBSTITUTE. In addition, the same substitute CAN NOT run for more than one position (Pitcher or Catcher) in the same game. Additionally, if a team is batting their entire lineup, the courtesy runner will be the last batted out. If the last batter not on base is unavailable (i.e., he is the catcher or pitcher), the designated runner will roll back until such time as a possible substitute can be found.
18. Legal Slide:
A legal slide can be either foot first or headfirst. If a runner slides feet first, at least one leg and buttock shall be on the ground prior to contact with the fielder. If a runner slides head first, the runner’s arm/arms and torso must be on the ground prior to contact with the fielder.
19. Jumping Over A Fielder:
A runner leaving his feet to avoid a fielder that is either in possession of the ball or in the act of fielding is illegal. The ball is dead, and the runner is called out. No runners may advance from the last base legally occupied at the time of the illegal act. The runner does not have to contact the fielder, and the fielder does not have to control the ball for this to be considered an illegal act.
Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) shall utilize officials who are registered with TBT and administer the contest in accordance with TBT rules and expectations.
21. Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules:
1. Pool plays overall record (winning percentage)
2. If two teams are tied Head to Head winner
3. If three teams are tied – If one team has defeated both other teams, that team advances. If not, go to #4.
4. The least total runs allowed in pool play.
5. If still tied – Total runs scored in pool play.
6. If still tied – Total runs allowed subtracting game with most runs allowed in pool play.
7. If still tied – Total runs allowed minus two games with most runs allowed in pool play.
8. If still tied – Runs are scored inning by inning starting with the first game until one team has more runs after a complete inning, starting with pool games.
9. Second place teams will always be taken ahead of 3rd place teams for wild cards, 3rd place ahead of 4th place, etc.
22. Not covered in the Rules:
In the event any item is not covered in these rules or NFHS rules, the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling, and that ruling will be final!
8U Tournament Rules:
8U Kid-Pitch Tournament Rules
- No lead offs
- No stealing home. A runner starting a play at 3rd base may ONLY advance home on a batted ball or when forced home by a walk, hit batter, or another force play (bases loaded).
- Walks are considered a "Dead Ball" situation, meaning the batter may only take 1st base, and any forced runners may only advance one base.
- A runner starting from 1st or 2nd Base may advance home as a batted ball continuation of a play (there is not a mandatory "red light" at 3rd Base for a play in motion).
- A RUNNER STEALING FROM 2ND TO THIRD BASE MAY NOT ADVANCE TO HOME ON AN OVERTHROW BY THE CATCHER. HE MUST STAY AT 3RD BASE. A runner may leave the base only after the ball crosses the plate: 1st Offense = Dead Ball/warning; 2nd Offense = Dead Ball / offending runner is called out, other runners return to previously occupied bases, no ball/strike charged to batter).
- The batter may not run on dropped 3rd strike.
- ONE Successful bunt per inning. No "butcher boy" allowed (Show bunt, pull back to swing).
- No balks.
- No infield fly rule.
- 7 run limit per inning until the last inning (unlimited runs), which will be declared with less than 15 minutes on the clock at the start of the new inning. This will allow both teams to have a fair and even shot at getting unlimited runs in their last at-bat.
Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) Machine Pitch Specific Rules, Field Set Up, and Guidelines
Field Set up
- Pitching Machine: The front leg shall be set at a distance with the FRONT LEG of forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of the home plate. This will make the machine 44 feet.
- Recommended pitching machine speeds: 38 M.P.H. – 44 M.P.H.
- Bases: Bases will be set at 60 feet
- Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn from the first (1st) baseline to the third (3rd) baseline in front of the home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit.
1. The time limit for all games is 1 hour and 20 minutes. Time begins after the 1st pitch. The time limit could change in case of tournament interruptions. All teams should be prepared to start their game up to 10 minutes early in case we are ahead of schedule. (This will help the tournament keep on time).
2. Run spreads for all games: 12 runs after 3 innings; 8 runs after 4 innings.
3. Roster Batting will be required during the ENTIRE tournament. Regardless of the number of players you have.
4. Teams may start and end a game with no less than 8 players. A team will take an out in the absent 9th and 10th position each time they are due at bat.
5. For all Pool Play games- The home team will be determined by coin flip. In Bracket Play games, the higher seeded team will be home. In the event both teams are seeded the same during bracket play, we will have a coin flip. Dugouts are not assigned.
6. Each batter will receive a max of six pitches or three swinging strikes. Pitches that are deemed unhittable by the umpire will not be counted. If a player fouls off the 6th pitch it will be recorded as an out.
7. The team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning, including the last inning or record three (3) outs.
8. The infield fly rule and dropped third strike rule shall not be enforced.
9. Teams may play with 10 players on defense, 4 outfielders. The outfielders must remain behind the baseline until the ball is put into play.
10. After every play, umpires shall call “Time” and declare the ball dead. “Time” shall be called as soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule. When a runner stands off a base and “jukes” or “fakes” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to advance,” and “Time” shall be called.
11. A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by an announcement from the defensive team.
12. No runner may leave the base until the ball has been hit. Runners shall not lead off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
13. Teams may bunt a maximum of two (2) times per inning. Fake bunts shall be prohibited. A batter that “shows” bunt is committed to an attempt to bunt or take the pitch. A batter who swings after showing bunt shall be called out, and no runners may advance.
14. A courtesy runner for catcher may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base.
15. When a batted ball hits the pitching machine, the ball is dead, and the batter is awarded one base, with each runner advancing one base.
16. The defensive player listed as the pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit. First Offense: Warning--- Second Offense: Removal of the player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.
7U-8U Tournament Rules:
Texas Baseball Tournaments (TBT) Coach Pitch Specific Rules, Field Set Up, and Guidelines
Field Set Up
- Fair Ball Arc: There shall be a twenty (20) foot arc drawn from the first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of the home plate. A batted ball must go past this line to be a fair ball.
- Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit.
- Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter circle with the front edge at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of the home plate.
- Pitcher’s Line: A line will be drawn from the pitcher’s circle to the safety arc.
o The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher’s line. The Coach can pitch anywhere in-between the 30’ Safety Arc and the 42’ Pitching Circle.
o The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach while in the pitching position.
o The pitching coach shall position himself as not to be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has been hit.
o Penalty: Obstruction shall be called if a coach violates this rule after the ball is pitched.
o Additional Penalty: If a coach violates this rule before the ball is pitched, First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of the coach as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.
1. Pitching Coach: The Pitching Coach shall be an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age.
2. The catcher shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s box in a normal baseball manner. If, in the Umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving the ball in a normal baseball manner, a warning will be issued. The offending team’s manager shall be ejected if the activity continues after the warning.
3. TTen (10) defensive players shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position. All outfielders shall stay behind the baseline.
4. The defensive player listed as the pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit.
1. Penalty: The play continues. After the play ends, the offensive team can take the result of the play or no-pitch.
2. Additional Penalty: First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.
5. Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of play and shall coach from the dugout.
6. The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.
7. The batting order shall constitute all present players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order.
1. Teams may start a game with eight (8) players. The ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) positions in the batting order shall be declared an out each turn at bat.
2. Approved Ruling: A ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.
8. Teams may use free substitution on defense, but the batting order shall remain the same.
9. Bunting shall not be allowed.
10. The batter shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes.
11. A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by the announcement from the defensive team.
12. Runners shall not lead off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
13. A courtesy runner for only the previous inning may be used for the catcher of record. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base. If the team batting has not played defense yet and a courtesy runner is used for a player, the player that was run for must assume the catching position the next inning. This scenario only applies in the first inning for the visiting team.
14. A team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning.
15. The game is over when the opposing team is mathematically eliminated from scoring enough runs to win or tie the game. (Run Rules still apply)
16. After every play, umpires shall call “Time” and declare the ball dead. “Time” shall be called as soon as all runners are not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule.
1. Comment: When a runner stands off a base and “jukes” or “feints” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to advance,” and “Time” shall be called.
17. When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the following shall apply:
1. If the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact in the Umpire's judgment, the batter is declared out, and no runners shall advance.
2. If the coach made a legitimate attempt to avoid contact in the Umpire's judgment, the ball becomes dead, and a no-pitch is declared.
Youth Age Restrictions (Fall 2021/Spring 2022 season and beyond):
Players born on/after May 1, 2008, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 7th grade who turns 14 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2008, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2009, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 6th grade who turn 13 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2009, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2010, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 5th grade who turn 12 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2010, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2011, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 4th grade and who turns 11 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2011, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2012, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 3rd grade who turns 10 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2012, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2013, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 2nd grade who turn 9 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2013, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2014, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in the 1st grade who turn 8 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2014, to be eligible.
Players born on/after May 1, 2015, are eligible. ONLY TWO school grade exemptions per team will be allowed for players who are in Kindergarten and who turn 7 years old before May 1st, 2022. However, those players must be born on/after January 1, 2015, to be eligible.