Baseball
Baseball - Youth Recreational
This youth recreation program is available to players for ages of 8 to 15.

Skills Clinic- We are sorry to report, but due to a serious health issue with one of our best club members, we are not able to offer the Skills Clinic this year.


LEAGUES:
 
ALL LEAGUES BELOW ARE BASED ON THE PLAYERS AGE ON MAY 1, 2018

AGE 8 – “H-League Coach-Pitch” : Recreation baseball league which all batters will have the ball pitched to them by an adult (coach) or machine.   The teams in the league will practice at least one night per week, and play all games at Sackett Wright Park in Bellbrook on Friday evenings.  Games will played at the Quad which are the four baseball fields at the north end of the park.  Practices will begin by mid April weather permitting and games will begin the 1st week in May.  The season will end by July 1st.


AGES 9 and 10 – “Rookies" : Recreation baseball league which pitching is done by the players. This league will play other teams in the Greene County Baseball/Softball league currently including Xenia and Jeffersonville.
Teams will play games or practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings and some Saturday games will be scheduled. All home games will be played at Sackett Wright Park in Bellbrook.  Practices will begin by mid April weather permitting and games will begin the 1st week in May. 
There will be a season ending tournament and all teams will be seeded based on their accomplishments and rankings during the season.  Weather permitting, all games including the tournament will be played by July 1st.


This League will playing in the South Dayton Baseball League


AGES 11 and 12 – “Minors": Recreation baseball league. This league will play other teams in the Greene County Baseball/Softball league currently including Xenia and Jeffersonville. Teams will play games or practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturday games will be scheduled. All home games will be played at Sackett Wright Park in Bellbrook.  Practices will begin by mid April weather permitting and games will begin the 1st week of May.
There will be a season ending tournament and all teams will be seeded based on their accomplishments and rankings during the season.  Weather permitting, all games including the tournament will be played by July 1st. 


This League will playing in the South Dayton Baseball League



AGES 13 & 14  – “Majors": Recreation baseball league. This league will play other teams in the Greene County Baseball/Softball league currently including Xenia and Jeffersonville. All home games will be played at Bellbrook Middle School, 3600 Feedwire Rd, Bellbrook, OH. Practices will begin immediately after the Bellbrook Junior High team has completed their season.  Games will begin shortly after and the season will conclude with the league tournament.  All teams will be seeded in the tournament based on their accomplishments and league rankings.  Weather permitting, all games including the tournament will be played by the 1st week in July.

This League will playing in the South Dayton Baseball League
 League Rules for Rookies, Minors and Majors 
2018 SDBL RULE BOOK
INDEX
Page
Preface 2
Purpose & Objectives/Eligibility 3
General Rules/League Structure 5
Responsibility of Managers 5
Player Substitution 7
Player Conduct/Player Equipment 9-10
General Rules / Hazardous Weather / Thirty-minute Rule 12
Game Time Limits 13
LEAGUES – BOYS
Boys Major (Grades 7 and 8) 16
Boys Minor (Grades 5 and 6) 17
Boys Rookie (Grades 3 and 4) 18
Boys Coach Pitch 2 20
Boys Coach Pitch 1 23
Field Dimensions 26
Pitch Limit Program and Chart 28-29
PREFACE
This handbook contains the rules and regulations for the
2018 season of the SOUTH DAYTON BASEBALL
LEAGUE. Every attempt has been made to minimize the
number of rules and to make them fair for all participants.
We urge everyone to take the time to read this handbook so
that there is a clear understanding of the rules and
regulations. Any rule not covered by this SDBL rule book
will be governed by the Ohio High School Baseball Rule
Book.
THE SDBL RULES & REGULATIONS
2018
I. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
The purposes of the SDBL are:
General:
1. To provide boys baseball for as many children as possible in our
community.
Description:
2. To teach basic knowledge of the games and to develop character in the
children by teaching them to play together fairly, abide by the rules and to
win and lose like sportsmen.
II. ELIGIBILITY RULES
Description:
1. Teams will be formed by grade with an exception for players that are age
appropriate for a particular league. For example, a player that is in 7th grade
but turns 13 after May 1.
Registration:
2. The league roster must be distributed to all managers before the player is
eligible to play.
III. GENERAL RULES AND LEAGUE STRUCTURE
Rules:
1. The 2018 Official High School Baseball Rules will be used for boys
baseball except as noted in the individual league rules.
League Structure:
2. Each league will be structured as follows:
BOYS
1. Boy’s Coach Pitch 1: Boys in grades K & 1 (Under 7).
2. Boy’s Coach Pitch 2: Boys who are in grade 2.
3. Boy’s Rookie: Boys who are in grade 3 & 4.
4. Boy’s Minor: Boys who are it grades 5 & 6.
5. Boy’s Major: Boys who are in grades 7 & 8.
Schedule:
3. All baseball leagues will have at least an 16 game schedule. There is no set
number of games guaranteed in any of the league regular seasons and games
that are rained out will not be made up.
Tournaments:
4. In SDBL league tournaments, tie breaker rules will be applied for league
standings; then league standings will determine the tourney seeds.
Violating Rules:
5. Managers, coaches and Board members who violate the SDBL rules will be
subject to review by the Board and may be released from their duties.
Players who violate league rules are subject to suspension by the League
Commissioner until the next Board meeting and for the remainder of the
season, and post season play if such suspension is warranted by the determination
of the Board. No refunds will be issued.
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All Star Games:
6. An All-Star game will be held in those leagues as determined annually by
the Board of Directors. If an All-Star game is to be held, the following rules
shall apply:
A. Playing rules will be the same as SDBL Rules except all pitchers will
be limited to six (6) consecutive outs per game, there will be no time
limit and each game will consist of seven innings.
B. All-Star players for each league are to be selected as follows: (a) two
(2) players from each team will be selected by a secret ballot vote of
the players on each team; (b) the remaining players to be selected from
each team will be selected by the manager of each team. All-Star
rosters will be made up of 12 to 20 players representing competing
divisions within a given league.All teams must be represented on an
equal basis. Exact team roster size and number of participants from
each team will be determined by the League Coordinator.
C. All-Star Managers will be selected as determined by the league
coordinator and managers. The balance of the managers may serve as
coaches.
IV. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MANAGERS
Every effort has been made by the directors of the program to select managers
with the ability to teach the children good-sportsmanship, develop character and
develop basic knowledge of the game. Some specific responsibilities are:
General:
1. The manager must realize that he or she has three (3) primary
reaponsibilites:
A. To do everything possible to encourage the participation and
enjoyment of each registered player.
B. To teach and develop baseball or softball skills.
C. To protect the children from permanent injury frequently caused
by improper playing and throwing techniques (e.g., curve balls,
knuckleballs, etc).
In addition, beginning in the 2015-2016 seasons, the managers must be aware
and abide by the new concussion protocol procedures.
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Discipline:
2. A player may be disciplined by being benched for any scheduled game. The
opposing manager must be notified before the game begins or the player
must play in the game.
Conduct of Coaches:
3. The manager must be in complete charge of his coaches and players at all
times and is responsible for the instruction and enforcement of all CBSL
rules and protection of CBSL equipment.
Treatment of Umpires:
4. Managers, coaches, players, or parents/spectators must not argue with
or be abusive toward umpires before, during or after games. They may
question interpretation of the rules but not a judgement call. The
manager must also ensure that abusive language and unsportsmanlike
conduct directed at umpires and other teams is completely eliminated
on the part of his or her players, coaches, and parents/spectators. An
umpire may remove from the game and park any manager, player,
coach, or parent/spectator for use of abusive language or
unsportsmanship conduct.
Any coach or player ejected from a game for his or her own behavior shall
also be suspended for one (1) additional game. It shall be the responsibility of
the League’s Commissioner and Coordinator to ensure enforcement of this Rule.
Umpires are authorized to order any person violating any of the provisions of these
regulations to leave the park. No person shall fail to obey such an order.
Profanity:
5. Profanity will not be tolerated and will be cause for immediate ejection
from the game. Any parent or spectator who is abusive toward umpires can
cause their team to forfeit the game if not controlled by the manager after
the first warning from the umpire.
Player Participation:
6. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Substitution Rule:
7. Substitutes may be used only when there are less than the normal number of
players regularly fielded in that league at game time. In baseball, nine (9)
for the older leagues and ten (10) for the younger leagues. In all leagues,
substitutes may come from teams in the same league or from a team in the
next lower league as needed. No substitutes from outside the CBSL will be
allowed, A maximum of two (2) substitutes may be used in the leagues
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normally fielding nine (9) players and a maximum of three (3) substitutes
may be used in the leagues normally fielding ten (10) players. For
tournament games, substitutes may be obtained from a team in the same
League or next lower league as needed.
The subs must be used in the outfield and bat in the last position(s) of the
lineup, unless both managers otherwise agree. All teams must have seven
(7) team members and eight (8) total players present to start a game (only
(7) required for high school). Regular team members who arrive late must
bat at the end of the batting order. In the event that a late arriving player
(last in the order) misses their first turn at bat in the order, that player may
enter the game, with the approval of both team managers. In the event of
late arriving players, subs will continue to play after the game has started.
To prevent forfeits, teams may “borrow” players from the opposing team, to
play in the outfield only and will not bat, to allow the team to have (3)
outfielders; (4) in the younger leagues. The “borrowed” players for each
inning will be the player who made the last out from the previous inning;
then the player who made the second to last out from previous inning, etc.
Players that are currently pitching or catching, or players scheduled to
pitch or catch the next inning, can be exempted from playing in the
outfield for this purpose, to allow for adequate bench rest.
Only players playing on a recreation team can be used as a substitute.
Players who are only playing only on a select team, but not on a recreation
team, cannot be used as a substitute.
If a team has less than 7 team players the game shall still be played but the
team with less than 7 team players at the start of the game will be
considered to have lost the game and the opposing team shall record a 1-0
win for purposes of league standings. All pitch counts are counted in such a
game.
Use of Tobacco Products:
8. The use of tobacco or controlled substances is prohibited by anyone on the
playing area or in the dugouts.
Field Maintenance:
9. The managers have the responsibility to see that the players police the area
after the game. The WINNING team manager (or other responsible
ADULT) is responsible for returning the bases to the field box and making
sure the box is organized and locked after each game unless another team is
waiting to play. Also, the winning manager is responsible to rake and tamp
holes dug into pitchers mounds and batters boxes before the next game or if
the last game of the day.
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Game Ball:
10. One game ball will be provided by the home team in all leagues. The
visiting team will provide a new game ball if available or a good used game
ball.
Emergency Procedures:
11. If a player is injured and requires professional assistance, immediately
contact:
A. 911
B. The child's parent(s) or guardian(s).
C. Your League Coordinator. A manager is responsible to file an accident
report for each injury with the League Commissioner. All reports must
be kept on file as a record of injuries by the League Commissioner
Managers Absence:
12. If a manager must leave his team in the hands of an assistant for a scheduled
game, the League Coordinator must be notified of the name, address and
phone number of the person in charge prior to the game.
Protests:
13. PROTESTS, If a manager desires to protest a rule interpretation and not a
judgement call on the part of the umpire, the protest must be made known to
the umpire prior to the next pitch. The protest shall be filed in writing with
the Coordinator of the respective league within twenty-four (24) hours
of the completion of the game. The Rules Committee shall review the
protest and strive to return a decision within one (1) week from the date of
the protest. If the protest is upheld, the game will be restarted from the point
of the protest. All protests must be accompanied by a twenty-five ($25)
protest fee which will be refunded if the protest is ruled in favor of the
manager. All decisions of the rules committee are final.
Reporting Scores, Pitch Counts and Umpire Attendance:
14. Winning managers are responsible to report game scores and umpire
attendance to the league coordinators per league guidelines for the
respective season. Beginning in 2016 season, WINNING managers are
also responsisible for reporting pitch counts along with their game
score. Opposing managers should check and verify pitch counts after
each inning and again after each pitcher is done. Losing team managers
are responsible for verifying pitch count sheets and game score at end
of game.
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V. PLAYER CONDUCT RULES
The following rules apply to all children playing in the SDBL:
Authority:
1. When playing in a scheduled game, the umpire is the final authority. He can
eject a player for using profanity, horseplay or unsportsmanlike conduct. At
all times the manager has final authority, The player must respect his/her
instructions or the player may be benched or dismissed from the team upon
review by the Board of Directors. No refund will be issued.
Tobacco Products:
2. The use of tobacco or controlled substance is prohibited by anyone on the
playing area or in the dugouts.
Participation:
3. All players are to report to all games or practices as scheduled regardless of
weather conditions unless otherwise notified. Failure to consistently report
as requested without a reasonable excuse will be considered sufficient
reason for the manager to request the player's dismissal by the Board of
Directors.
Injuries:
4. Any injury or accident which occurs at a game or practice session is to be
reported immediately to the manager by the player, and to the League
Coordinator by the manager.
Thrown Bat:
5. The throwing (slinging) of a bat shall not be tolerated. On the first occasion
during any game, the team shall be given a warning. On the second
occasion by any player, regardless if that player was the player who threw
the bat on the first occasion, the player shall be called out and the team shall
be given a second warning. On the third occasion during the same game, the
player who throws the bat, regardless if that player had thrown the bat
previously during that game, shall be called out and is subject to ejection
from the game in the discretion of the umpire.
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VI. PLAYER EQUIPMENT RULES
Uniforms:
1. Each player is required to wear their uniform issued by their own
community and responsible for keeping the uniform clean and mended.
The player shall be in complete uniform to play all scheduled games. This
includes a team baseball cap, jersey, and baseball pants. The jersey must
be tucked into the pants before a player is allowed to bat or play in the field.
Allowable
-- Similar white baseball pants as a substitute
-- Cold weather garments, such as long sleeve undershirts, jackets while on
the bench
-- Short necklaces (long dangling necklaces may be a safety concern)
Not Allowable
-- Rings, earrings, and watches
Umpires have the right to not allow a player to participate if not
properly outfitted when safety is a concern.
Spikes:
2. Metal spikes are permitted in the Boy’s Major and High School Leagues
only. Sliding into another player with spikes up (high sliding) is NOT
allowed. Rubber spikes are recommended for all either leagues. Tennis
shoes are acceptable but only recommended for T-Ball.
Protective Equipment - General:
3. It is required that all boys wear athletic supporters and cups for both
practice and league games.
Protective Equipment - Specific:
4. It is required that all catchers wear a catcher's helmet, mask with throat
protector, chest protector, shin guards, athletic supporter and protective cup
in all baseball leagues. It is required that all catchers wear a catcher's mask,
catcher's helmet, throat protector, chest protector and shin guards in the
softball leagues. A player is required to wear a mask to warm up a pitcher in
the softball and baseball leagues.
Batters are required to wear the full helmet as furnished by the league, in
batting practice, as well as during games. Players may wear their own
helmet, but ONLY if it is "NOCSEA approved". This designation will
be molded inside the helmet. The same helmet is to be worn on the bases.
Baseball players shall not be allowed to wear shorts in practice or scheduled
games.
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Bat Limitations:
5. Tthere will be no limitation on bat size or weight of bats in the SDSL.
Hitting Sticks: (beginning 2014)
6. No Hitting Sticks of any size or type will be allowed to be used by any
SDSL team at any SDSL game or practice on or near any baseball or
softball field. This rule was adopted as a safety rule to prevent injuries
due to the use or misuse of hitting sticks.
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VII. GENERAL RULES
Playing Area:
1. The official playing area shall be bounded by the backstop and imaginary
lines extended from the ends of the backstop and running parallel to the foul
lines. In fields without fences, the relation of the ball, not the fielder, to the
imaginary line will determine it being judged in play.
On Deck Circle:
2. In all leagues, the on deck circle shall be marked clearly and used by the on
deck batter, If there is no on deck circle marked, the on deck batter shall
stay a reasonable and safe distance from the batting area.
Field Status/Conditions:
3. The Centerville-Washington Park District is responsible for making field
status decisions. Field status decisions for baseball will be made by:
• 4:15 p.m. on Weekdays
• 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays
• 10:00 a.m. on Sundays
Field status can be checked by clicking on “Field Status” at www.cwpd.org or by
calling 433-2524.
If the Park District posts “game time decision”, the decision will be made by the
two mangers and the plate umpire with each having one (1) vote and majority of
the three (3) votes ruling to play.
Field conditions for communities:
Hazardous Conditions:
4. When hazardous weather conditions threaten the safety of the participants
or spectators, the game shall be suspended until the conditions have
subsided. Only then may the umpire resume the game (see the "Thirty-
minute Rule" below). Any tournament or playoff game stopped by rain,
darkness or any other reason will be considered postponed/ suspended, and
resumed at the point of delay.
• Thirty-minute Rule — From the time thunder or a lightning flash is
detected, play should be suspended for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes
from the last sound of thunder or observed lightning flash. Any
subsequent lightning or thunder shall reset the 30-minute clock.
• Evacuation—While play is suspended under the Thirty-minute Rule,
all participants and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures
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or shelters. A list of the closest safe structures shall be announced and
posted at all athletic venues.
Ground Rules:
5. When the safety of the players is involved, ground rules may be changed if
agreed to by the umpires and managers prior to the start of the game.
6. Game Time Limits:
BOYS BASEBALL
League Games Only (Time limits waived for tournament games)
LEAGUE WEEKDAYS WEEKENDS
COACH PITCH 1 Lesser of 1’15” or 4 innings Same
COACH PITCH 2 1’30” 1’30”
ROOKIE LEAGUE 2 hours 2 hours
MINOR 2 hours 2’15”
MAJOR 2’30” 2’30”
A new inning shall be started if there is ANY time remaining in the
time limit. For purposes of determining the time limit, a new inning will
be considered to have started upon the execution of the third out of the
previous inning, or the sixth run crossing the plate in those leagues with a
six run per inning rule. The umpire's watch will be the official time.
There will be no time limit on All-Star games.
Double Headers:
7. When weeknight doubleheaders are scheduled, in both games no new
inning shall start after two (2) hours. Under no circumstances shall any
game continue after 10:30 p.m.
Legal Game:
8. A complete game shall consist of six (6) or seven (7) innings, depending on
the league involved. In a game called for any reason other than time limit,
four (4) innings shall constitute a legal game and the losing team must have
completed four (4) times at bat. In case of a time limit, the game is legal
after the losing team has had its turn at bat. A legal game that ends in a tie
can be continued if that game will break a tie in the final league standings.
All such games will be continued from the point at which they were
stopped.
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Official Game:
9. If the scheduled umpire(s) fails to appear, the game played will only be an
official game if both managers agree prior to the start on how the game is to
be umpired.
Access to Fields:
10. Scheduled teams shall have access to the playing field one (1) hour prior to
the start of the first game unless the field is being prepared for the game by
the field maintenance personnel. For safety reasons, no batting practice
shall be held anywhere in the park twenty (20) minutes prior to game time.
Forefeits:
11. A manager shall have up to fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled time of
his game to field a team of eligible players or forfeit the game (see Rule IV
– Substitution Rule, for number of players required).
Playing Time/Substitutions:
12. Equal playing time for all players is required. No player will sit the
bench for two (2) consecutive innings. No player will sit twice before
all players have sat one (1) inning.
Rookie - each player must play two (2) innings in the INFIELD within
the first five (5) innings during each game. Only one (1) inning in the
infield in the first five is acceptable only if (a) a game is shortened to
four innings or (b) a large roster size (13+) is present for a particular
game prevents adherence to the rule.
Minors – each player must play one (1) inning in the INFIELD within
the first five (5) innings during each game.
Majors – there is no infield playing time requirement for this league.
If a player expresses exception to playing in the infield, or if safety of
the player is a concern, the manager shall get written consent from the
parents and tell the opposing coach before the game begins, AND email
the consent to the League Coordinator after the game ends.
A violation of this rule will not be subject to a protest; however, a warning
shall be given to the manager for the first rule violation and the possible
removal of the manager for the rest of the year for a second violation of this
rule. A violation in tounament play will be protested to the Rules
Commissioner, who has the authority to remove the team from the
tournament, if so warranted.
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Substitutions must be made prior to the start of new innings on defense.
However, pitchers may be substituted from the bench or the field at any
time. Once a player is removed from the pitching position, the player may
not return to the pitching position in the game. Penalty for violating this rule
shall be forfeiting that game.
Legal Team:
13. All teams must bat through the entire roster. Substitutes must bat at the end
of the batting order following the regular players (Exception: see Rule IV -
Substitution Rule).
Batting Order:
14. In all leagues, when a player is injured or unable to continue playing and is
removed from the game, another player can come in off the bench and take
the injured player's place in the field. If a player is injured or unable to
continue during his or her bat and removed from the game, the batter who
made the last out comes to the plate and assumes the injured batter's count.
The injured batter from that point on is skipped in the batting order unless
he or she is later able to participate, when he or she shall assume his or her
prior batting order position.
Defensive Position:
15. When a defensive player has the ball and is waiting for the runner, and the
runner remains on his feet and crashes into the defensive player, the runner
will be declared out. If in the umpire's judgement, contact was made
deliberately, the player shall be ejected from the game, Any player or coach
ejected from a game shall be suspended for the next played game. The
intention of this rule is to encourage the players to slide.
Contact Rule:
16. When a defensive player blocks the runner from the base without the ball
and the runner slides, he will be awarded the base due to obstruction. If the
ball and the runner arrive simultaneously, the call will be based on the
umpire's judgement. If the runner fails to slide and contact is made, other
than incidental, the runner will be called out. There is no violation of this
rule when there is no slide and there is no contact.
A. This rule does not apply at first base. There is no requirement to slide
at first base.
B. Malicious contact at first base will still be grounds to be called out,
ejected, or both.
Safety Bases:
17. For any fields using a safety base (two first bases), the batter/runner should
use the base in foul territory when running through the base in an attempt to
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beat out a close play at first base. When running out an extra base hit, the
batter/runner should use the base in fair territory. No runners should be
called out for touching the wrong base. This safety base is added for safety
purposes only.
Charged Conferences:
18. With the exception of the Boys Coach Pitch and Boys Rookie League,
required pitching changes will be based on "Defensive Charged
Conferences." A Defensive Charged Conference will be defined as
occurring when time is called for the purpose of a conference by a manager
or coach with any defensive player. A second such charged conference in an
inning with the same player on the mound will result in that player's
removal from the pitching position. Time granted for an obviously
incapacitated player shall not constitute a charged conference. There shall
be no limit on the number of offensive charged conferences.
Incomplete Game:
19. An incomplete game, which has been called because of weather or other
reasons except time limit, and has not attained sufficient innings to be
declared a legal game, will be considered a rain-out. Makeups are subject to
the general rule on in Section III, Schedule.
IX. BOY’S MAJOR (Grades 7 and 8)
Player Participation:
1. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Legal Game:
2. A complete game shall consist of seven (7) innings. Four (4) innings shall
constitute a legal game and the losing team must have at least four (4)
complete times at bat.
Pitching:
3. Beginning in 2016, pitchers will be limited by the number of pitches
they can throw, rather than the number of innings they can pitch.
Pitchers will need a certain number of days rest before they are
permitted to pitch again.
Please see the Pitch Limit Program and Pitch Limit Chart (pp.28-29)
for a complete description of the program.
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Outfielders:
4. This league will play with three (3) outfielders unless otherwise designated
by the Commissioner.
Legal Team:
5. Nine (9) players shall constitute a team, but teams shall be permitted to play
with eight (8) players.
Maximum Runs:
6. The batting team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning. After six
(6) runs have been scored in one inning, all play is stopped and the fielding
team becomes the batting team.
Beginning 2017 season: Last inning Rule Exception: Unlimited runs
allowed only in the 7th inning (final inning) of the game, if time
permits.
X. BOYS MINOR (Grades 5 and 6)
Player Participation:
1. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Legal Game:
2. A complete game shall consist of seven (7) innings. Four (4) innings shall
constitute a legal game and the losing team must have at least four (4)
complete times at bat.
Pitching:
3. Beginning in 2016, pitchers will be limited by the number of pitches
they can throw, rather than the number of innings they can pitch.
Pitchers will need a certain number of days rest before they are
permitted to pitch again.
Please see the Pitch Limit Program and Pitch Limit Chart (pp.28-29)
for a complete description of the program.
Outfielders:
4. It will be mandatory to field four (4) outfielders as long as a team has ten
(10) or more players present, Ten (10) players shall constitute a team, but
teams shall be permitted to play with eight (8) players.
Outfielders must play a reasonable distance behind any base (usually at the
edge of the outfield grass).
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Maximum Runs:
5. The batting team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning. After six
(6) runs have been scored in one inning, all play is stopped and the fielding
team becomes the batting team.
Beginning 2017 season: Last inning Rule Exception: Unlimited runs
allowed only in the 7th inning (final inning) of the game, if time
permits.
NO Dropped Third Strike:
6. Beginning with the 2017 season, if the catcher drops the ball on the
third strike, the batter will be called out and may not advance to first
base.
XI. BOYS ROOKIE LEAGUE RULES (Grade 3 and 4)
Player Participation:
1. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Legal Game:
2. A complete game shall consist of six (6) innings. Four (4) times at bat for
the losing team constitutes a legal game.
Legal Team:
3. It will be mandatory to field four (4) outfielders as long as a team has ten
(10) or more players present. Ten (10) players shall constitute a team, but
teams shall be permitted to play with eight (8) players.
Infield Outs:
4. Outfielders must play a reasonable distance behind any base, as determined
by the umpire prior to the game. A reasonable distance is typically the
edge of the outfield grass. Any batted ball fielded by any outfielder must be
thrown to an infielder to produce an out in the infield, The intent of this rule
is to teach outfielders to throw the ball to the infield.
Pitching:
5. Beginning in 2016, pitchers will be limited by the number of pitches
they can throw, rather than the number of innings they can pitch.
Pitchers will need a certain number of days rest before they are
permitted to pitch again.
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Please see the Pitch Limit Program and Pitch Limit Chart (pp.28-29)
for a complete description of the program.
Maximum Runs:
6. The batting team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning. After six
(6) runs have been scored in one inning, all play is stopped and the fielding
team becomes the batting team.
Beginning 2017 season: Last inning Rule Exception: Unlimited runs
allowed only in the 6th inning (final inning) of the game, if time
permits.
Stealing:
7. Base runners are not permitted to lead off and cannot leave the base until
the ball crosses the plate, The base runner shall be called out for violating
this rule subject to the umpire's discretion. In this league stealing is allowed
only on a pitched ball and only after the ball crosses the plate. Beginning
2016 season, NO STEALING OF HOME PLATE IS ALLOWED,
INCLUDING ON WILD PITCHES OR PASSED BALLS. Base runners
shall not be able to advance on a throw from the catcher to the pitcher after
a pitched ball. On a batted ball, a base runner can continue to advance until
the ball has been returned to an infielder who has possession and calls time
out and time out is granted by the umpire. The game remains live until the
umpire has called time or has declared the ball out of play.
Dropped Third Strike:
8. Beginning with the 2017 season, if the catcher drops the ball on the
third strike, the batter will be called out and may not advance to first
base.
Walks:
9. BASE ON BALLS (WALKS) ARE PERMITTED in this league even
when the bases are loaded. There will be NO COACH PITCH in this
league.
If a batter is hit by a pitched ball, the batter shall be awarded first base.
Bunting:
10. Bunting is allowed in this league.
Infield Fly:
11. The infield fly rule will be enforced in this league.
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XII. BOYS COACH PITCH 2 LEAGUE RULES
A. Player Participation/Substitutions:
Player Participation:
1. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Substitutions:
2. Ten players shall play in the field for each team if 10 or more are present.
Teams are allowed to play 2 players short. A maximum of four (4)
substitutes may be used from other teams to make 10 players. The
substitutes must play in the outfield and bat last. If less than six (6) team
members are on the field at game time, the game is forfeited.
3. Only six (6) infielders are allowed to play the infield (catcher, pitcher, 1st,
2nd, short, & 3rd). The remaining players will be allowed to play in the
outfield, regardless of how many outfielders there are. There should be no
player on the bench while that team is playing the field.
Time at Bat:
1. No balls will be called. No strikes will be called, with the exception of
swinging strikes and foul balls. A batter may be called out on a swinging
strike three ONLY. A maximum of seven (7) pitches may be thrown to
each batter. If a batter fails to hit a fair or foul ball within the seventh
pitch/swing, the batter will be called out. Foul balls will extend the at bat
and no out will be called.
Manager/Pitcher:
2. The manager/pitcher shall remain in the eight (8) foot pitcher's circle. The
manager/pitcher will make every attempt to avoid touching a ball or
interfering with a player. If a batted ball hits the manager/pitcher, the ball
is dead and the pitch is to be taken over. If the manager/pitcher interferes
with a fielding play, the batter shall be declared out and no runners will be
permitted to advance.
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Fielding Pitcher:
3. The fielding team will have a fielding pitcher standing with both feet in the
pitcher's circle to either side of the manager/pitcher. If the fielding pitcher
is obstructed by the manager/pitcher when attempting to field a ball, the
batter shall be declared out and no runner will be permitted to advance.
Bunting:
4. The batter must take a full swing. A batter bunting or intentionally taking a
partial swing will be called out.
Thrown Bat:
5. A batter throwing his bat is subject to the rules set forth in Article V,
paragraph 5.
Infield Outs:
6. Outfielders must play a reasonable distance behind any base.
Any batted ball fielded by an outfielder must be thrown to an infielder to
produce an out in the infield. The intent of this rule is to teach outfielders to
throw the ball to the infield.
Legal Game:
7. A complete game shall consist of six (6) innings. Four (4) times at bat for
the losing team constitutes a legal game.
Field Maintenance:
8. The players of both teams are to clean up the area around the ball diamond
after each game.
On Deck Batter:
9. Only one (1) player is permitted in the on deck circle.
Foul Lines and Pitchers Circle:
10. The foul lines shall be limed and extended ten (10) feet beyond first and
third base. A circle, eight (8) feet in diameter, shall be limed around the
pitching rubber.
Batting Helmets:
11. Helmets provided by the League shall be worn for batting and for base
running.
Fair Ball:
12. Since there is no arc in front of home plate, any ball hit in front of home
plate shall be a fair ball and it should be played as any other fair ball.
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Stealing:
13. Base runners are not permitted to leave their bases until the ball crosses the
plate. Runners doing so will be called out. The infield fly rule is not in
existence in this league. Base stealing is not permitted in this league and
no advancing on a wild pitch or a passed ball by the catcher. A runner may
score ONLY from a batted ball. Even if a play is made on a runner at third
base, the unner may NOT score.
Play Stoppage:
14. Runners may only advance one base if the batted ball does not leave the
infield. If the ball reaches the outfield, the runners may continue to
advance until the ball is returned to the infield in the hand of the an
infielder. At this point, the umpire shall call time so that no runners can
advance or attempt to advance after the call by the umpire. Runners not yet
half way to the next base will be sent back to the previous base.
Maximum Runs
15. The batting team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning. After
six (6) runs have been scored in one inning, all play is stopped and the
fielding team becomes the batting team.
Walks
16. There shall be NO WALKS in this league.
Base Running:
17. No Runners can advance home due to an overthrow. Runners can advance
one base if unoccupied provided it does not force a run home.
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XIII. BOYS COACH PITCH 1 LEAGUE RULES
A. Player Participation/Substitutions:
Player Participation:
1. Every child who shows must participate in each game unless injured, sick or
ejected by the umpire. See VII General Rules, 12. Playing
Time/Substitutions.
Substitutions:
2. Ten players shall play in the field for each team if 10 or more are present.
Teams are allowed to play 2 players short. A maximum of four (4)
substitutes may be used from other teams to make 10 players. The
substitutes must play in the outfield and bat last. If less than six (6) team
members are on the field at game time, the game is forfeited.
3. Only six (6) infielders are allowed to play the infield (catcher, pitcher, 1st,
2nd, short, & 3rd). The remaining players will be allowed to play in the
outfield, regardless of how many outfielders there are. There should be no
player on the bench while that team is playing the field.
B. Playing Rules:
Time at Bat:
1. No balls or strikes shall be called. A maximum of five (5) pitches may be
thrown to each batter. The last two (2) can be either off the tee or coach
pitch. If a batter fails to hit a fair or foul ball within the seventh
pitch/swing, the batter will be called out. Foul balls will extend the at bat
and no out will be called.
Manager/Pitcher:
2. The manager/pitcher shall remain in the eight (8) foot pitcher's circle. The
manager/pitcher will make every attempt to avoid touching a ball or
interfering with a player. If a batted ball hits the manager/pitcher, the ball is
dead and the pitch is to be taken over.
Fielding Pitcher:
3. The fielding team will have a fielding pitcher standing with both feet in the
pitcher's circle to either side of the manager /pitcher. If, the manager/pitcher
interferes with the fielding play, the batter or runner shall be declared out.
Bunting:
4. The batter must take a full swing. A batter bunting or intentionally taking a
partial swing will be called out.
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Thrown Bat:
5. A batter throwing his bat is subject to the rules set forth in Article V,
paragraph 5.
Infield Outs:
6. Outfielders must play a reasonable distance behind any base.
Any batted ball fielded by an outfielder must be thrown to an infielder to
produce an out in the infield. The intent of this rule is to teach outfielders to
throw the ball to the infield.
Legal Game:
7. Beginning with the 2017 season, a complete game shall consist of four (4)
innings. Two (2) times at bat for the losing team constitutes a legal game.
Pitching:
8. The baseball manager or his designee, of the batting team shall pitch from
the pitching rubber. The manager may pitch either underhand or overhand,
depending upon the ability of the batter.
Field Maintenance:
9. The players of both teams are to clean up the area around the ball diamond
after each game.
On Deck Batter:
10. Only one (1) player is permitted in the on deck circle.
Foul Lines and Pitchers Circle:
11. The foul lines shall be limed and extended ten (10) feet beyond first and
third base. A circle, eight (8) feet in diameter, shall be limed around the
pitching rubber.
Batting Helmets:
12. Helmets provided by the League shall be worn for batting and for base
running.
Fair Ball:
13. Since there is no arc in front of home plate, any ball hit in front of home
plate shall be a fair ball and it should be played as any other fair ball.
Stealing:
14. Base runners are not permitted to leave their bases until the ball crosses the
plate. Runners doing so will be called out. The infield fly rule is not in
existence in this league. Base stealing is not permitted in this league and no
advancing on a wild pitch or a passed ball by the catcher. A runner may
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score ONLY from a batted ball. Even if a play is made on a runner at third
base, the runner may NOT score.
Play Stoppage:
15. Runners may only advance one base if the batted ball does not leave the
infield. If the ball reaches the outfield, the runners may continue to advance
until the ball is returned to the infield in the hand of the an infielder. At this
point, the umpire shall call time so that no runners can advance or attempt
to advance after the call by the umpire. Runners not yet half way to the
next base will be sent back to the previous base.
Maximum Runs:
16. The batting team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning. After six
(6) runs have been scored in one inning, all play is stopped and the fielding
team becomes the batting team.
Score Keeping::
17. Beginning with the 2017 season, scores will be kept for games, but
standings will not be kept.
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XVIII. FIELD DIMENSIONS
BASEBALL
HOME TO
LEAGUE PITCHING BASES 2ND BASE
Majors 54' 80' 113' 2"
Minors 50' 70' 99'
Rookie 46' 60' 84' 10''
Coach Pitch 2 46' 60' 84' 10"
Coach Pitch 1 46' 60' 84' 10"
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SDSL
2018 Pitch Limit Program
PROCEDURE AND PENALTIES: Since the purpose of pitch limits is to protect kids
and not gain a cheap win, the following procedures have been implemented. It is vital that
teams follow these procedures precisely. These rules apply only to BASEBALL teams
within the SDSL.
1) Prior to the start of each game, communicate with the opposing team as to who is
eligible to pitch and how much. A checks and balances process is in place by
examination of a team’s record on the web site, where pitching records will be
reported, as well as communication with other coaches that played your opponent in
the days leading up to your contest.
2) Each pitch thrown in the game counts as a pitch. That includes pitchouts, foul balls,
(including those hit with two strikes on the batter), as well as ball four. It does not
include warm-up pitches.
3) Pitch count totals will be compared and verified accurate after each completed inning.
The home team will be responsible for keeping the official count. If a difference in the
pitch count total is recognized, try to resolve the difference in a civil nonconfrontational
manner. If an inconsistency of pitch counting is repeated inning after
inning or a person becomes confrontational, notify the home plate umpire and your age
level coordinator.
4) As a pitcher approaches their maximum daily pitch count limit, ensure that the other
team and the umpire are made aware of the fact and again once they reach the
maximum daily limit. Coaches are encouraged to know when a pitcher is close to
reaching their maximum daily pitch count limit so another pitcher can be properly
warmed-up.
a) EXCEPTION RULE: If a pitcher reaches their maximum daily pitch count limit
while actively pitching to a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch to that batter
until any one of the following conditions occurs: {a}The batter reaches base, {b}
The batter is put out, {c} The third out is made to complete the half-inning. This
exception will cause the pitcher to exceed the pitch count limit by most likely a
few pitches and will most likely be the norm rather than an exception.
b) At the moment the umpire is notified that a pitcher has reached/exceeded their
limit, they are to stop the game and inform the potentially offending coach. It is
only if the coach refuses to remove the pitcher (after completing the batter) that a
penalty could occur. That penalty is forfeiture of the game at the instant of refusal
to remove the pitcher. Note: If you fail to inform the umpire that the pitcher has
reached his limit and do so after the fact, there is no penalty.
5) At the conclusion of every game, teams are to sign off on each other’s pitch count form
to verify accuracy. It is then the responsibility of the winning team to immediately
report both the score, as well as the pitch counts for everyone that pitched in that game.
Failure to post scores and pitching results by midnight two nights following the game
will result in the winning team not getting credit for the win.
6) It is the responsibility of the losing team to verify the accuracy of the score and the
pitch counts entered by the winning team and report any discrepancies to the age level
coordinator.
7) If a coach is found to have exceeded a pitchers limit through late or inaccurate
reporting, they will be notified that their actions have been recorded. Immediately
upon the next occurrence, the coach will receive a ONE game suspension. A second
occurrence will endure a 3 game suspension. Any further occurrences will result in
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that coach being suspended from the league and may not coach in this league until
their appeal has resulted in reinstatement. They shall not be eligible for a reinstatement
hearing until one year following their final suspension.
8) Intentional walk – pitcher does not have to make the pitches, but 4 pitches will be
added to pitch count.
GUIDING OUTLINES: Based on the 2007 advice of Dr. Tim Kremcheck (Beacon
Orthopedic and team surgeon for the Cincinnati Reds) as well as a review of the Little
League, USA and Midwest Ohio Baseball pitch limit determinations, we have adapted the
following chart as a body of RULES (not guidelines) for pitch counts. The higher pitch
maximum is an acceptable guideline for the more mature, stronger, more highly
conditioned athlete, while the lower end of the daily scale should be the guideline for the
less mature, physically weaker, less physically developed athlete.
NOBODY in this league may pitch 3 consecutive days, no matter how little game
competition they have pitched. Any pitcher who delivers 40 or more pitches in a game may
NOT play catcher for the remainder of the game. Additionally, once a pitcher is removed
from the mound, they may NOT return to the mound to pitch for the remainder of that
game.
The Pitch Limit Chart will serve as the official pitch limit chart for the SDSL.
SDSL
Pitch Limit Chart
League Designation Number of Pitches Per Day Days Rest Required
Rookies 20 No Rest Required
21-30 1
31-40 2
41-50 3
51-60 4
Minors 20 No Rest Required
21-35 1
36-45 2
46-60 3
61-70 4
Majors 20 No Rest Required
21-35 1
36-50 2
51-65 3
66-80 4
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