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Updated 09/09/22

Spring 2023 season – 9/10YO & 11/12YO Rec Divisions

**Rules violations are to be identified at the time of infraction. We expect coaches to work together throughout a game to minimize any issues.

**In case of rain, see our Rain out Policy link for how games are completed.

**If playing on turf, coaches are ejected for the game or practice for sunflower seeds or gum. Players are given one team warning before players are ejected. Two ejections for a team in a game or for the season will result in that team being removed from use of turf for the rest of the season.**

We will provide game balls and will provide catcher's gear. Any use of non-league provided catcher's gear must follow what we supply - one piece catcher's helmet, chest protector and shin guards. 

Coach/Parent Behavior
1. Any parent or coach ejection will result in an ejection for the current game and the next game. Ejection for arguing after the game will result in an ejection for the next 2 games.

2. If ejected, the person must leave the park. Failure to do so to include a delay to do so will result in a ban for the rest of the season or tournament. A return to the park by a banned or ejected person prior to the timing allowed to return will result in the removal of the team from our league without any refund.

3. If an umpire’s call needs to be discussed, that must occur only by the head coach. Assistant coaches coming onto the field to discuss or argue a call with an umpire will be ejected from the game.

4. Any parent that comes onto the field to argue a call or play will be immediately removed from the park and will be banned from the league and facilities indefinitely.

5. Any person involved in fighting will be immediately removed from the park and will be banned from the league and facilities indefinitely.

6.  Use of profanity, cursing or any offensive language not suitable for children will result in an immediate ejection and removal from the park. Determination of not suitable will be at the official's discretion.

1. Only 1-piece catcher's masks are allowed. 

2. Teams are to only use the game balls we provide, all unused at the start of the game.

Before the Game

1.  Games and practices will be cancelled due to weather on the decision of the league. Rescheduled games have priority over any practice schedules. We will provide 48-hour notice on rescheduled games.

2.  Please have your team warm up in the outfield prior to the game with no use of the infield – fair or foul territory – before the game. We do this to preserve the game prep that occurs to the field.

3.  Teams are to be in the dugout area ready to start the game five minutes prior to the scheduled game start.

4.  There will be a meeting at home plate 10 minutes prior to the game start between the umpires and head coaches. The coach that attends the plate meeting will be the only coach that communicates with the umpire throughout the game concerning rule interpretations. Rule interpretations are ok to discuss with umpires. Judgement calls may not be disputed.

5. Before the game starts, teams are to have all their equipment in the dugout and kept there for the entire game.

Field & Game Limits

1.  Base paths are 65' for 9/10YO and 70’ for 11/12YO.

2.  Pitcher rubber to home plate is 46' for 9/10YO and 50’ for 11/12YO.

3.  No new inning will start after 90 minutes. When the third out occurs in the bottom of an inning, a new inning will occur if any time remains, and the losing team could score enough to tie or win the game.

4.  There is a 6-inning limit per game.

5.  Music is not allowed to be played once the game starts.

6.  The infield fly rule applies.

7.  The dropped third strike rule applies only for 11/12YO play.

8.   Fake bunting and swinging for a pitch is not allowed and the batter will be called out.

9.  There are no bunting limits.

10. There are 3 outfielders, 4 infielders, a pitcher and a catcher on defense. Players must be in their position as shifting is not allowed.

11. In 11/12YO play, each team will receive a warning for the first team balk and then balks are called after that as they occur.

Score keeping
1.  An inning is complete when a team scores 5 runs or 3 outs are recorded, whichever occurs first.  

2. The visiting team is responsible to have an adult keep the scoreboard controller and the home team is responsible to have an adult keep the official book.

3.  The mercy rule is in effect for all games: 10-runs after four innings.

4. A game will be halted at any point that the opposing team cannot score enough runs to tie or win the game.


1. All bats must have the "USA Baseball" factory stamp to be used. All other bats are illegal and must be removed from play. There are no exceptions.

2.  A drop 3 bat is only allowed on 60/90 fields.

3.  Use of an illegal bat, not following the above, results in an out called. This is treated as a dead ball where runners return to the base prior to the ball batted into play.

Stoppage of Play
1. This is a stop the runner format but once the pitcher is on the mound, the ump can stop the play.

Player Participation
1.  All players must be in the batting order to bat.

2.  Coaches use free substitution in the field although players are not to sit consecutive innings in the field meaning a player can play 1B in the 1st, sit in the 2nd, play 1B in the 3rd but cannot sit the 1st and 2nd.

3.  Players arriving after game time are to be placed at the bottom of the order.

Coach Participation & Positioning

1.   No more than 4 coaches can participate to coach during a game.

2.  When on offense, teams can have a 1st base coach, a 3rd base coach and one coach in front of the dugout. All other coaches must be in the dugout.

3.  When on defense, teams are limited to one coach being in front of the dugout. All other coaches must be in the dugout. The one coach standing in front of the dugout must remain in front of the dugout and not towards home plate or a base or the outfield.


1.  New pitchers to an inning are allowed EIGHT warm-up tosses that include any in front, behind or on the mound. In case a pitcher is replaced due to injury or illness, the new pitcher will be given additional pitches to properly warm up.

2.  Existing pitchers are allowed FIVE pitches after their second and following innings.

3.  If three batters are hit during the game by a pitcher, that pitcher must be pulled from pitching and cannot return to pitch later in the same game.

4.  The pitcher must be pulled on the 2nd trip to the mound in the same inning.

5.  A pitcher may re-enter the same game unless he was pulled due to 2nd trip in same inning.

6. Pitching limits are as follows:
     a.  If a pitcher pitches 35 or less in a game, they must have 1 calendar day of rest (pitch 35 on Saturday, they can pitch Monday)
     b.  If a pitcher pitches 50 or less in a game, they must have 2 calendar days of rest (pitch 50 on Saturday, they can pitch Tuesday)
     c.  If a pitcher pitches 65 or less in a game, they must have 3 calendar days of rest (pitch 50 on Saturday, they can pitch Wednesday)
     d.  The "Maximum Pitch Counts" per game are 75 pitches for 9-10YOs and 85 pitches for 11-12YOs. Any pitcher reaching the game count limit cannot pitch in league play for the next 4 calendar days (pitch limit on Saturday, cannot pitch until Thursday).
     e.  For a, b, c, d: A pitcher will be allowed to finish a batter if they reach their limit during the at bat.
     f. No pitcher can appear in games across three days regardless of pitch counts.
     g. Counted pitches are those thrown to a live batter and excludes warmups.

Player Shortage & Sub Rules
1.  If you need a Substitute player due to a short roster (less than 10), use a player from the existing rec division or a younger division (8YO and younger). An "open division" player cannot sub in rec play.

2. A sub may play any position except pitcher or catcher and may bat anywhere in the lineup as 5th or later.

3.  Subs must wear their team's uniform and not the uniform of the team they are subbing for. Subs from other teams are to be identified prior to the start of the game.

4.  Subs cannot be added to the lineup card once the game starts.

5.  Teams cannot sub using a player outside of our league. Penalty for any violation - Head coach suspension for next two games. Team loss recorded as 5-0.

6.  Teams may start a game with no less than 8 players. If a team starts a game and during the game gets to only 7 players, the game will be halted.

7.  If a player starts the game and leaves for any reason, they will be skipped in the batting order.

Base running
1.  Lead offs are allowed are allowed for 11/12YO play, but not 9/10YO play. In 9/10YO play, the runner cannot advance off the base until a thrown pitch passes home plate. If a player leaves early, a team gets one player warning, and then each player thereafter is called out. This is a judgement call by the umpire and not a call that can be challenged.

2.  Any base can be stolen. Once the pitcher is on the mound, the play is considered stopped until the next pitch.

3.  Players must attempt to avoid contact. A Player can be called out if contact is not avoided; this is a judgment call by the umpire.

4.  On any play at home plate, players must slide feet first, if sliding and avoid a collision with the catcher. If not sliding, they must also avoid a collision. The catcher may block the plate only if he has the ball. A head-first slide at home is recorded as an out.

5.  A base runner is required to do whatever is needed to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball. A runner is out for running out of the baseline, only when attempting to avoid a tag.

End of Season Tournament Seeding
1.  The seeding for the tournament will occur in the following order:
a. Win percentage
b. Head-to-Head
c. Runs Allowed (across all games)
d. Runs Scored (across all games)


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