For the SPRING 2021 season – 9/10YO and 11/12YO REC Division:
**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.
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. Teams cannot warm up on the infield prior to the game in foul or fair territory. They must warm up in the outfield.
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.
Field & Game Limits
1. Base paths are 60' for 9/10YO and 70’ for 11/12YOs.
2. Pitcher rubber to home plate is 46’ for 9/10YO and 50’ for 11/12YOs.
3. Game clock will be set to 90 minutes.
START: The game clock will start when the umpires declares the start time to begin.
END: If one minute or more of time remains on the clock when the last out in the bottom half of the inning is recorded, a new inning will start as long as neither team is mathematically eliminated.
4. Music is not allowed to be played once the game starts.
5. The infield fly rule applies.
6. The dropped third strike rule applies only for 11/12YO play.
7. Fake bunting and swinging for a pitch is not allowed and the batter will be called out.
8. There are no bunting limits.
9. There are 3 outfielders, 4 infielders, a pitcher and a catcher on defense.
1. All players must be in the batting order to bat.
2. Coaches use free substitution in the field. 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 must be placed at the bottom of the order.
4. Courtesy runners are to be used for catchers. Use the last batted out as the courtesy runner. The catcher of record is the only one that can have a courtesy runner, not a catcher in the next inning.
1. When on offense, teams can have a 1st base coach, a 3rd base coach and the pitching coach. All other coaches must be in the dugout.
2. When on defense, teams are limited to two coaches being in front of the dugout. All other coaches must be in the dugout. The two coaches 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. An inning is complete when a team scores 7 runs or 3 outs are recorded, whichever occurs first. In the event a team has 8 players (amount needed to start a game), that team may bat up to 9 players in an inning.
2. The home team keeps the official book in the Game Changer app. An adult from the visiting team must operate the scoreboard controller (if any use at the field).
3. The mercy rule is in effect for all games: 10-runs after four innings.
4. There is a 7-run rule limit per inning.
5. League games may end in a tie, except in the tournament. We will use international rules (last batted out for each team starts the extra innings at 2B) to resolve the tie.
1. All bats must have the "USA Baseball 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, which those fields start at 13YO.
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.
1. New pitchers to an inning are allowed EIGHT warm up tosses that include any in front, behind or on the mound.
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. Balks in 11/12YO play are called as they occur after the first warning per pitcher.
Pitch Count Limits Regular Season
1. The "Maximum Pitch Counts" per game are 75 pitches for 9-10YOs and 85 pitches for 11-12YOs. A pitcher will be allowed to finish a batter if they reach their limit during the at bat.
2. 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).
3. Any pitcher reaching 40 pitches in a game cannot pitch the next day (pitch Saturday, cannot pitch until Monday)
4. Any pitcher reaching 55 pitches in a game cannot pitch for two days (pitch Saturday, cannot pitch until Tuesday).
Player Shortage & Sub Rules
1. If you need a Substitute player due to a short roster (less than 10), the opposing team can provide a fielder by inning. If you are short players, it is ok to use an adult in place of the player-catcher to retrieve balls.
2. Teams may start a game with no less than 8 players
3. If a player starts the game and leaves for any reason, they will be skipped in the order.
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.
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. There are no sliding method rules except at home plate. 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.
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.
1. Tie breakers for the standings are as follows:
a. Win percentage
c. Runs Allowed
d. Runs Scores