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General Rules for All In-House Leagues

 

  1. Learning the Fundamentals/Competition – while every athlete needs to learn how to compete, our league was established primarily to provide children with a wholesome learning experience by teaching them to play as part of a team, to build character, and to learn baseball fundamentals.  The pressures of competition should not be stressed over the learning experience.  Winning or losing a game, or the score of a game, should be secondary to providing your team a positive learning experience.

 

  1. Sportsmanship – All coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship at all times.  Poor sportsmanship may result in the coach, player, parent or spectator being removed from the game, the field, or permanently barred from participation in the league.  Ultimately, the head coach of each team will be held accountable for the sportsmanship exhibited or not exhibited by himself, his assistants, his players, his player’s parents, and his team’s spectators.  If one of the above crosses the line, it will be expected that the head coach will take the necessary action to stop the behavior at the time, and in the future.

 

  1. Chatter – all chatter is to be directed towards each team's own players and not to any opposing player. Each team may receive one warning; subsequent violations will result in the ejection of all offending players, coaches or parents/fans.

 

  1. Safety

 

  1. All players must wear a hard protective cup for their safety.  No soft cups are permitted.
  2. Protective headgear must be worn by all players while at bat, while a base runner, while standing in the on-deck circle and retrieving foul balls during games. Any player who removes his/her helmet before reaching the dugout may, at the discretion of the home plate umpire, be called out. All batboys/batgirls must wear protective headgear at all times. 
  3. Mouthpieces are to be recommended to all parents.  Any player warming up a pitcher at home plate or anywhere else on the field shall wear a mask, including a throat protector. Pitchers may not warm up on the field mound prior to game time.

 

  1. Sliding – all players must slide “feet first” on any play at any base involving potential contact by a base runner with a defensive player. Failure to slide in these situations constitutes a put out of the runner. 

 

  1. Footwear – rubber cleats only in all leagues, except Junior League, where metal cleats are permissible. 

 

  1. Uniforms – all players are required to wear their team caps and shirts provided to them by the league – “home team” wears white, “visiting team” wears blue.

 

  1. Umpires – regardless of result of a call, personality or otherwise, umpires should always be treated with respect.  This principle is of upmost importance and should be engrained in the young player’s head from the very first game.

 

  1. Smoking and Alcohol

 

  1. No smoking is permitted by anyone, including head coaches, assistant coaches, umpires, or parents on the field, in the bench areas, or anywhere in the area immediately around the field. All Wake County School fields and the North Wake Baseball Complex at The Factory prohibit smoking on the premises.
  2. No Alcohol is permitted. Alcohol may not be consumed on the field, in the bench area, anywhere near the field, or in the parking lot; prior to, during or after a game or practice.  No one may be in any of the above areas under the influence of alcohol or drugs that was consumed prior to their arrival at the facility.

 

  1. Field Responsibilities

 

  1. Other than when playing at the North Wake Baseball Complex at The Factory, the home team is responsible for the preparation of the field prior to the game, including but not limited to:  dragging the field, putting out the game bases, chalking the field.
  2. Other than when playing at the North Wake Baseball Complex at The Factory, the visiting team is responsible for field cleanup after the game, including but not limited to:  removing game bases and putting old bases out, locking tools/equipment in sheds, picking up of all trash lying anywhere in the field area.
  3. Each team is responsible for cleanup of their dugout at all fields.

 

  1. Continuous Batting Order – a continuous batting order will be used and all players attending a game must take their regular turn at bat during the game. The batting order will remain fixed during the game with defensive fielding assignments having no effect on the batting order. Late arrivals will enter the batting order at the bottom of the lineup card. Should a player leave the game (e.g., due to injury), all players below that player in the batting order will move up one slot and maintain their same batting order. If the player who left the game returns and is re-inserted into the game, he/she must enter into the same batting position as he/she originally occupied, with the players below him/her in the batting order moving down one slot into their original positions in the batting order. If a batter leaves the game due to injury, the next batter in the lineup starts with a 0-0 count.  No player may change positions in the batting order during a game.  Any player who bats out of turn (receives one pitch) is automatically out and all base runners must return to the bases they occupied before the offending batter came to the plate, provided a defensive coach or player calls time out and appeals the player batting out of turn prior to the next batter receiving one pitch. Without such appeal, the result of the out of turn at bat stands.

 

  1. Official Scorebook – the home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook.

 

  1. Scoreboards – Where available, the home team is responsible for operating the scoreboard (or arranging for a parent to operate the scoreboard).

 

  1. Ground Rule Double – a batted ball that bounces over the outfield fence or lands in an outfield area declared out of bounds is a ground rule double. Base runners may advance two (2) bases.

 

  1. Dead Balls – a ball caught in the screen behind home plate is a dead ball and the runners are entitled to the base to which they are advancing (in leagues where advancing is permitted). Any ball that goes through the fence in an area where the fence is in need of repair is a dead ball and the runners may advance one (1) base.  Other out of bounds areas shall be discussed and agreed upon by the opposing coaches and the home plate umpire prior to the game.

 

  1. Weather – the home team, after talking with the umpire (in Minor, Major and Junior Leagues), decides whether to start a game if rain is threatening. If the game is interrupted by rain, a fifteen (15) minute delay will be allowed, except by mutual agreement of the coaches to postpone or end the game. Following the delay, the game may be resumed or terminated in the discretion of the umpire (or by agreement of both coaches in Tee-Ball and Rookie Leagues). If the game is terminated in the middle of an inning by rain and it has become a regulation game, the final score will be the score that existed at the end of the last completed inning of play. If the game fails to become a regulation game (i.e., 4 innings or 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead), it must be replayed as a new game. Warning, coaches in Minor, Major and Junior Leagues should protect their pitchers! The innings pitched by a player will count in those leagues, even if the game is called for weather.

 

General Rules for Tee-Ball (ages 5-6) and Rookie (ages 6-7)

Softball Tee-Ball (ages 5-6) Rookie (ages 7-8)

 

  1. Official Game – a minimum of nine (9) players will be required to start and continue a game.  If one team has less than nine players, they must forfeit the game; or attempt a reschedule if their opposing team is willing, and fields are available.  Each team will have ten (10) minutes after the scheduled start time of a game, to see if they can get the minimum of nine players to start the game.

Softball- a minimum of 9 players will be required to start and continue a game. If one team has less than 9 players, it is up to the coaches’ discretion (both teams) to play an official game. Both coaches must contact the commissioner stating the agreement.

 

  1. Length of Game (Tee-Ball) – a game will consist of five (5) innings or one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes (less time if schedule dictates), whichever comes first.  No new inning may start after one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes from the time the game began, nor ten (10) minutes before a scheduled start of a following game, unless a delay is encountered due to weather.  Games rained out prior to four (4) complete innings will be rescheduled, starting over.

 

Softball: No new inning will begin after 75 minutes has elapsed

 

  1. Length of Game (Rookie) – a game will consist of six (6) innings, or two (2) hours (less time if schedule indicates), whichever comes first.  No inning may start after one (1) hour and forty-five (45) minutes from the time the game began, nor ten (10) minutes before the start of a following game, unless a delay is encountered due to weather.  Games rained out prior to four (4) complete innings, will be rescheduled, starting over.

 

Softball: No new inning will begin after 75 minutes has elapsed

 

  1. Baseballs – each team is to provide at least one new game ball per game.

 

  1. Baselines – no player may be positioned on a baseline. Defensive infield players shall not stay on a base nor stand in the path of runners.  Defensive infield players shall play in front of or behind the base so as not to cause a collision between offensive and defensive players.

 

  1. Baseline Collisions – all base runners must attempt to avoid a collision with defensive players.  If a defensive player is standing in the baseline, the offensive player must go around.  Base runners may not intentionally collide with defensive players, when taking a base.  Runners must avoid contact, and slide into a base to do so.  Base runners that intentionally collide with a defensive player will be called out.

 

  1. Bats – no Big Barrel bats are allowed.

 

Softball- Any approved and legal softball bat is permitted. Softball bats can be composite as long as it is stamped with an ASA logo.

 

  1. Throwing the Bat – any batter who throws the bat will be issued one warning from the plate umpire.  If the same batter throws the bat a second time, he shall be called out for the second and each additional occurrence of throwing the bat.

 

  1. Closed Bases – runners cannot leave the base until the batter has hit the ball.  Any runner leaving the base before the ball is hit will be called “out” by the umpire having authority over the particular base.   No stealing, no advancing on a passed ball or on a ball returned to the “pitcher/coach”.  

 

  1. Ball Hitting Pitcher/Coach – if a ball comes into contact with the pitcher/coach, the ball is dead, and replayed.  All runners will return to their bases.  A pitcher/coach is responsible for getting out of the defensive players way, after the making of his pitch.

 

  1. Base Coaches – each team should have a base coach at first and third base.  The coaches shall not physically touch the base runners (push or direct to the next base) while the ball is in play.  Base coaches should not allow runners to advance after play is complete.

 

  1. Overthrows – when there is no fence or if the ball enters a dugout, one base is awarded on an overthrow.  Where there is a fence available, play the ball off of the fence.  Once the ball is under control in the infield, the runners may continue advancing to the next base if they are over half way there.  If not, they must come back to the previous base.  If the defensive player makes an attempt to throw the runner out, the ball has become live again and play resumes.  Please note:  coaches are encouraged to be conservative when having their runners advance on overthrows.  We want to teach proper baseball techniques.  We do not want to encourage teams to throw the ball around due to overly aggressive base running by the opposing team.

 

  1. Defense – the defensive alignment will include 10 players, 6 in the infield (pitcher, catcher, third base, shortstop, second base and first base), and 4 in the outfield (left field, left center field, right center field, right field).  Each team is to make defensive substitutions and changes each inning.  The other team does not need to be notified of these changes.

 

 

  1. Protests – no protests will be allowed.  Questions regarding rule interpretations and calls should be discussed between innings and settled on the spot.

 

  1. Catchers – catchers will occupy the usual catching position, wearing full gear (mask and helmet, chest protector, and shin guards, cup). It is strongly suggested that you teach your catcher proper techniques:  set up behind the plate, crouching on both feet, provide a target, bare hand behind the back.

 

  1. Pitchers – the pitcher should stand within the white circle near the pitching rubber or adjacent to the coach/pitcher inside the circle.  Pitcher may leave the white circle, to make a play on a hit ball.  The pitcher should be placed near the back of the circle when a stronger hitter is at the plate.

 

Softball: A circle with a radius of 8 feet is to be drawn around the pitching rubber. The defensive pitcher must remain in the circle until the batter strikes the ball (both feet inside)

 

 

  1. Infielders – infielders should play in the standard positions for their infield spot.  No infielder may stand directly in the baseline.  Teach your infielders to stand in front of or behind the baseline.  All infielders should be taught to not block the base runners path, either at the base, or in the baseline, when not in the action of receiving the ball.  Intentionally interfering with a base runner, will result in the umpire awarding the runner the base.

 

  1. Outfielders – outfielders should be positioned 4 across in the outfield, evenly spaced (preferred), or three across, with one rover or short fielder like in softball.  No outfielder may throw to first base on a ground ball in an attempt to retire the hitter.  Throws should go to the cutoff man, or to defenders occupying other bases.  An outfielder MAY throw to first base, after catching a fly ball, in an effort to double up a runner who left first base without tagging up.  This is the ONLY exception.

 

  1. Minimum Playing Time – if a team has 12 or more players in attendance at a game, all players are required to “sit out” a minimum of one inning (i.e., no player can be in the field every inning) and all players shall be in the field at least four (4) innings during the game, as well as take his or her regular turn at bat.

 

  1. Maximum Defensive Time – no player shall occupy a defensive position for more than two (2) innings per game and no player shall “sit out” for two (2) consecutive innings.  In addition, all players shall occupy both infield and outfield positions in each game.

 

  1. Defensive Coach – one (1) defensive coach may be allowed on the defensive field at a time (positioned in the outfield).

 

  1. 5-Run Rule ( T-ball Only)  – a team’s at bat will end at the earlier of three (3) defensive putouts or five (5) offensive runs scored.  

 

  1. Tee/Coach Pitch – CORRECT.  Rookie does not use a tee….  a coach will either pitch the ball to players on his team or adjust the batting tee for each player on his team.  Pitching will occur from a minimum distance of 20 feet from the plate.  For more advanced hitters, the coach may choose to pitch from further back. Each batter will be allowed eight (8) pitches from a coach or have the ball placed on the batting tee to get the ball into play.  There are no called strikes or swinging strikes.  A foul ball on the last pitch will result in an additional pitch.  The umpire behind the plate will count the pitches.  After the seventh (7th) pitch, he will advise the batter and pitcher that the following pitch is the last pitch.  If the batter cannot hit a pitched ball, then coaches should use the batting tee.

 

  1. 12 Foot Arc – the field shall include a 12-foot arc in front of home plate.  Any ball hit into fair territory is in play as long as it is hit out of the initial 12-foot arc.  Any ball that does not get out of the 12-foot arc area will be considered a dead ball and replayed at no penalty to the batter.

 

  1. No Walks or Bunting

 

  1. No Infield Fly Rule

 

  1. Stopping Play – when no additional defensive play is being attempted, the field or plate umpire will call time and the play will cease.  The umpire will raise his hands at this time and direct runners to the appropriate base. If the runner is more than halfway to the next base, he/she shall be awarded that base. If the runner is less than halfway to the next base, he/she shall return to the base he/she came from.  In the event of non-agreement between umpires on the runners position (half-way or not), the home plate umpire’s call will have priority.

 

Additional/Modified Rules for Tee-Ball League (ages 5/6)

 

  1. Equal Opportunity – Coaches are encouraged to provide each player equal time at each defensive position and as an equal a number of at-bats as possible.

 

  1. Close Calls – All close calls should be in favor of the runner.

 

  1. Recommended Outfield Alignments

 

10 Players – LF, LC, RC, RF

11 Players – LF, LC, CF, RC, RF

12 Players – LF, LC, RC, RF (2 bench)

13 Players – LF, LC, CF, RC, RF (2 bench)

 

  1. Additional Field Coaches – 1 fielding coach can stand in outfield to help keep players focused.  Coach cannot touch his players and shall not interfere with any live ball. If a live ball comes in contact with the fielding coach, the ball is considered dead.  The batter will be given second base.

 

  1. Umpires – one umpire is provided by each team (from among parents or other spectators).  Generally, the home team is responsible for the home plate umpire, and the visiting team is responsible for the base umpire.  Coaches should ensure that the umpires are familiar with the rules of play, prior to the start of the game.  An on field defensive coach, pitcher, or base coach shall not serve as an umpire for the game.

 

Additional/Modified Rules for Rookie League (ages 6/7) Softball Rookie (7-8)

 

  1. 5-Run Rule – a team’s at bat will end at the earlier of three (3) defensive putouts or five (5) offensive runs scored.  In the sixth inning, the run limit becomes 10 for both teams.  If the home team is leading, entering the bottom of the sixth inning, they will bat, only if the visiting team wants them to.

 

  1. Umpires – one umpire is provided by each team (from among parents or other spectators).  Generally, the home team is responsible for the home plate umpire, and the visiting team is responsible for the base umpire.  Coaches should ensure that the umpires are familiar with the rules of play, prior to the start of the game.  An on field defensive coach, pitcher, or base coach shall not serve as an umpire for the game.

 

  1. Coach Pitch – a coach will pitch to his own team.  It is suggested that he pitch from the rubber, a distance of 45.  For weaker hitters, he can move closer, with the minimum distance being 20 from the plate.  Each batter will be allowed 8 pitches, or 3 swinging strikes (there are no called strikes), whichever comes first.  If the batter does not swing at the 8th pitch, he is out no exceptions.  If the batter fouls off his third strike, or his 8th pitch, he gets another pitch.  The umpire behind the plate is responsible for keeping track of the pitch count.

 

Softball- Coaches will pitch from the pitching rubber that will be set at a distance of 35 feet. Once the ball is released, he/she cannot be involved with coaching until time is called. A coach may not deceive any defensive player to get the ball thrown before time is called. Penalty: all runners will return to last base.

 

Each batter will be allowed 6 pitches, or 3 swinging strikes, whichever comes first.

*In the event of a game using a machine to pitch, each batter will be allowed 6 machine thrown pitches.

 

If the batter does not swing at the 6th pitch, she is out no exceptions. If the batter fouls off her third strike she gets another pitch. The plate umpire is responsible for keeping track of the pitch count.

 

  1. No 12-Foot Arc – any ball hit into fair territory is in play.

 

  1. Stopping Play – a play ceases, when an infielder has the ball firmly in his possession and he is facing the infield with no intention of making a further play.  The umpire (not the coach) will raise his hands at this time and direct runners to the appropriate base. If the runner is more than halfway to the next base, he/she shall be awarded that base. If the runner is less than halfway to the next base, he/she shall return to the base he/she came from.  In the event of non-agreement between umpires on the runners position (half-way or not), the home plate umpire’s call will have priority.

 

 

  1. Minimum Playing Time – if a team has 12 players at a game, each player is required to sit out one inning.  If a team has 13 players (or more) at a game, then some players will need to sit out 2 innings.  No player should ever sit out more than 2 innings.  Note:  do not penalize players who come to practice, show up on time, have good attitudes and work hard, by making them sit out more than others just because they are weak players.

 

  1. Defense – all players must play a minimum of 2 innings at any of the five (5) primary infield positions (P, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B).  All players must play a minimum of 1 inning at any of the four outfield positions.  No player may play more than 2 innings at any one position, over the course of the game, regardless of whether those innings are consecutive or separated.

 

  1. Lineups – Coaches will exchange lineup cards prior to the start of every game (which should include positions to be played each inning).

 

Minor – ages 8/9 Softball ages 9-10

 

  1. General Rules – except where explicitly modified by these rules, Major League Baseball Rules and Official Cal Ripken Baseball Rules and Regulations will be followed.

 

Softball- except where explicitly modified by these rules, Little League Softball Rules and Regulations will be followed

 

  1. Age – Minor League players must be either nine (9) or ten (10) years old on or before April 30th of the calendar year. A player may be asked to produce a copy of his/her birth certificate before the start of league play if there is any question about his/her age.

Softball- birthdate cut off is January 1

 

  1. Umpires – [the home team is responsible for providing the field umpire. While the league will arrange to have a plate umpire present for regularly scheduled games, the home team is responsible for notifying the umpire's booking agent in case of a rainout or cancellation and is responsible for arranging for a plate umpire for make-up games. The home team coach is responsible for signing the umpire's worksheet thereby indicating that the umpire worked the game.] [Is this still the rule?]

 

  1. Lineups/Pitching – the coaches will exchange lineup cards prior to the start of every game. Each pitcher must be designated and the number of innings pitched in the current week must be reported. The date of the last game must also be reported for the pitchers pitching in this game. Games in which an ineligible pitcher is used shall be declared forfeited by the offending team.

 

  1. Baseballs – each coach shall provide the umpire with one (1) new baseball and one (1) good used baseball prior to the start of the game.

 

  1. Official Game – A minimum of eight (8) players will be required to start and continue a game. Less than eight players will constitute a forfeiture of the game. Each team will have no more than fifteen (15) minutes past the game starting time to field a team. After that time, the offending team will forfeit the game by a 6-0 score. If both teams forfeit, the game may be rescheduled at the discretion of the league commissioner.

 

Softball- a minimum of 8 players will be required to start and continue a game. If one team has less than 8 players, it is up to the coaches’ discretion (both teams) to play an official game. Both coaches must contact the commissioner stating the agreement.

 

 

  1. Length of Game – league regulation game will last for six (6) innings of play, or two (2) hours, whichever comes first. If the home team is ahead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the game is complete. The game will also be considered complete after four (4) innings, or three and one half (3) innings if the home team is ahead, and the time limit has expired or weather conditions have halted the game. Extra innings in case of a tie will be allowed as long as the time limit rule is not exceeded.  No inning may start after 1 hour and 50 minutes from the official starting time of the game. The official starting time shall be the originally scheduled start time or 15 minutes after the end of the preceding game, whichever is later. Any inning started must be played to completion, even if the two-hour time limit is exceeded, unless the umpire due to weather conditions has called the game.

 

Softball- No new inning will begin after 1 hour and 50 min. Drop dead time at 2 hours and 10 min. The status of the game at the last completed inning will constitute the final score as long as an official game has been completed.

 

  1. 5-Run Rule – in innings 1-5, a team's turn at bat ends at the earlier of three (3) defensive putouts or five (5) offensive runs scored, UNLESS the top of the inning has not been completed by the 1 hour 50 minute time limit. In that event the inning will be treated like innings 6+. In innings 6+, there is no limit on the number of runs scored and a team's turn at bat ends when the defense has made three (3) putouts.

Softball- same rule applies but with 120 minute time limit

 

  1. 10-Run Rule – a game may be terminated once it becomes a regulation game if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs and each team has had equal turns at bat or the home team is leading. Termination is solely at the option of the trailing team's head coach.

 

  1. Tie Games – in order for a game to be declared a tie game by the umpire, it must be a regulation game (at least four (4) complete innings must have been played). Extra innings may be played as long as the time limit rule is not violated. 

 

  1. Defense – the defensive fielding positions will include the regular six (6) infielders plus three (3) outfield positions (a total of nine (9) players on the field).

 

  1. Playing Time – each player may not sit out more than three (3) innings per game in the field defensively and will not sit out more than two (2) consecutive innings in a game. A player may NOT occupy the same defensive position on the field for more than 4 innings. Each player must play at least one inning at an infield position. Exceptions would be for disciplinary reasons or injury.

 

  1. Re-Entry Rule – the re-entry rule will be used for all defensive field positions except the pitcher. A non-pitching player may be entered into, removed from, or removed to, any defensive position at any time during the game, and as often as the coach chooses.

 

  1. Special Pitching Rules

 

  1. no pitcher may pitch more than six (6) innings per week. The week begins at midnight Sunday night (12:00 am Monday).

 

  1. No pitcher may pitch more than two (2) innings per day.

 

  1. If a player pitches two (2) innings in a game, that player may not pitch again for 40 hours (calculated from the time of the pitchers first pitch of that game), even if the next day begins a new week.

 

  1. One (1) pitch thrown in an inning counts as one (1) inning pitched.

 

  1. A pitcher may not re-enter the same game at the pitcher position.

 

  1. No intentional walks.

 

  1. No pitcher my throw any type of pitch other than a Fast ball or change up.

 

Softball- No pitcher may pitch more than 4 innings per game with no limit per week. 1 pitch thrown in an inning counts as 1 inning pitched.

 Balk: The only illegal pitch that will be called is when a pitcher starts her delivery towards home plate but does not deliver the ball. If this happens, an illegal pitch will be called and a ball will be awarded to the batter and any base runner will advance one base to include home.

Pitch- all pitchers will deliver the pitch in a windmill fast pitch. The ball is permitted to cross the pitcher’s hip a maximum of 3 times. Ball must be delivered on or before the third passing of the hip.

            Pitcher’s Rubber: 35 feet

 

 

  1. Mound Visits – a coach may make one trip to the mound per inning per pitcher. On the second trip to the mound in the same inning for the same pitcher, the pitcher must be removed from the game as a pitcher. At that point he/she becomes a non-pitching player and may occupy any other defensive position on the field. When a coach goes to the mound, all players must remain at their positions unless summoned to the mound by the coach. Only the players summoned may come to the mound.

 

  1. Ineligible Pitchers – any game in which an ineligible pitcher is used (throws one (1) pitch) shall be declared forfeited to the non-offending team. The opposing coach must make appeal to the umpire during the game or to the League Commissioner within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game.

 

  1. Foul Third Strike – the batter is not out on a foul tip unless the catcher catches the foul tip for a third strike.

 

  1. Dropped Third Strikes – the batter may NOT advance to first base on a dropped third strike.

 

  1. Throwing the Bat – throwing or slinging the bat is prohibited and the batter is out. However, the umpire may first issue one warning per team, in which case the play stands. If the batter is called out, no base runner may advance.

 

  1. Lead-offs/Stealingthe goal of this league is to develop more high quality catchers and pitchers and the rules below are intended to help facilitate that goal.

 

  1. No runner lead-offs are allowed until the ball has passed home plate.

 

  1. Delayed Stealing is allowed, base runners must remain on base until the ball crosses home plate.

 

  1. If the league is split into “A” and “B” the following additional limitations shall be placed on teams in the “B” league:

 

  1. Players may steal 2nd or 3rd base only, straight steal or on a passed ball.

 

  1. Players may not steal or advance to home plate on a passed ball or an over throw by the catcher to any base.

 

  1. Runners may only advance 1 base on a delayed steal even if the ball thrown by the catcher goes into the outfield on the attempted pick-off.

 

  1. If there is a player on 1st and 3rd and the player on 1st steals, the player on 3rd may not advance under any circumstances ( unless batter hits the ball)  including bad throws by the catcher into the outfield.

 

  1. Runners may not advance to the next base on an attempted pick-off, of a leading runner, by the catcher, even if the throw goes into the outfield. The runner must try to get back to the bag they were leading from safely. (This means no intentional “pickles”).

 

  1. Throw back to the pitcher is live and runners can advance 1 base (including to home plate) at their own risk on a bad throw to the pitcher. If there are multiple bad throws as part of the same play, runners cannot advance an additional base.  The runners cannot advance if the throw is to the pitcher and he just drops the ball.

 

  1. Courtesy Runners – if the catcher or pitcher of record (the player who was at the position during the last pitch thrown by his/her team while on defense) is on base with two (2) outs, the last player to have been put out may be substituted (although substitution is not mandatory) as a runner. If pinch-run for, that player must catch or pitch, as applicable, in the subsequent defensive half-inning.
  2. Softball- Infield fly rule WILL be in effect for this division

 

  1. Protests – to be valid, any protest must be announced to the umpire and opposing coach immediately at the time of the dispute. Written notice and detailed explanation of the protest must be turned in to the League Commissioner within 24 hours. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment calls by the umpire.

 

  1. Scorebooks – scorebooks must be accurate and complete. The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook. Scorekeepers should confer with each other during the game to ensure compatibility of records. Coaches are to check the scorebook after each game.

 

  1. Discipline – a player may be withheld from a game for team discipline reasons if the League Commissioner is notified and agrees as to the reason. Parents must be notified in advance of the game.  The League Commissioner, with approval from the NWCBA President or Vice President, may impose a suspension on any head coach, assistant coach, player or parent/fan for unsportsmanlike-like conduct or the failure to abide by the rules above. The suspension for the first violation is two (2) games; for the second violation, ten (10) games; and for the third violation, permanent expulsion from the league.  Additionally, any player or coach ejected from a game will be subject to the following penalties:

 

  1. Coach – first offense will result in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; a second offense will result in disqualification for the remainder of the season.

 

  1. Player – first offense will result in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; any subsequent offenses will result in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next three (3) games.

 

  1. Replacement Players – if a player moves from the area or is injured, he/she may be replaced. The Commissioner's decision to choose replacement players is final. An injured player, upon recovery, may rejoin the team provided that the total number of players does not exceed the player limit.

 

  1. End-of-Season Tournament – following the completion of the Spring season, there may be a league tournament in which all teams will compete (if the league is split into “A” and “B” divisions, each division will compete in its own division-based tournament). There will not be a season ending tournament at the end of the Fall season.

 

Major – ages 10-12 Softball ages 11-12

 

  1. General Rules – Major League Baseball Rules (Sporting News edition) will be followed except where explicitly modified by these local (NWCBA) rules.

 

  1. Age – players must be at least eleven (11) years of age and not have reached thirteen (13) years of age as of April 30th of the year in which the spring season is played. A player may be asked to produce a copy of his/her birth certificate before the start of league play if there is any question about his/her age.

 

Softball- years of age as of January 1 in which spring season is played.

 

  1. Umpires – [the home team is responsible for providing the field umpire. While the league will arrange to have a plate umpire present for regularly scheduled games, the home team is responsible for notifying the umpire's booking agent in case of a rainout or cancellation and is responsible for arranging for a plate umpire for make-up games. The home team coach is responsible for signing the umpire's worksheet thereby indicating that the umpire worked the game.] [Still the rule?]

 

  1. Lineups/Pitchers – the coaches will exchange lineup cards prior to the start of every game. Each pitcher must be designated and the number of innings pitched in the current week must be reported. The date of the last game must also be reported for the pitchers pitching in this game. The game is not official until the first pitch is thrown. Games in which an ineligible pitcher is used shall be declared forfeited by the offending team.

 

  1. Baseballs – each coach shall provide the umpire with one (1) new baseball and one (1) good used baseball prior to the start of the game.

 

  1. Official Game – a minimum of eight (8) players will be required to start and continue a game. Less than eight players will constitute a forfeiture of the game. Each team will have no more than fifteen (15) minutes past the game starting time to field a team. After that time, the offending team will forfeit the game by a 6-0 score.

 

Softball- a minimum of 8 players will be required to start and continue a game. If one team has less than 8 players, it is up to the coaches’ discretion (both teams) to play an official game. Both coaches must contact the commissioner stating the agreement and have the agreement of the Head Umpire.

 

 

  1. Length of Game – a regulation game will last for seven (7) innings of play, or two (2) hours, whichever comes first. If the home team is ahead entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the game is complete. The game will also be considered complete after four (4) innings, or three and one half (3½) innings if the home team is ahead, and the time limit has expired or weather conditions have halted the game. Extra innings in case of a tie will be allowed as long as the time limit rule is not exceeded.  No inning may start after 1 hour and 50 minutes from the official starting time of the game. The official starting time shall be the originally scheduled start time or 15 minutes after the end of the preceding game, whichever is later. Any inning started must be played to completion, even if the two-hour time limit is exceeded, unless the umpire due to weather conditions has called the game.

Softball- rule applies with a 120 minute time limit. No new inning after 1 hour and 50 min. Drop Dead applies at 2 hours and 10 min.

 

  1. 5-Run Rule – in innings 1-6, a team's turn at bat ends when five (5) runs have been scored or three (3) putouts have been made by the defense, whichever comes first, UNLESS the top of the inning has not been completed by the 1 hour 50 minute time limit. In that event the inning will be treated like innings 7+. In innings 7+, there is no limit on the number of runs scored and a team's turn at bat ends when the defense has made three (3) putouts.

 

  1. 10-Run Rule – a game may be terminated once it becomes a regulation game if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs and each team has had equal turns at bat or the home team is leading. Termination is solely at the option of the trailing team's head coach.

 

  1. Tie Games – in order for a game to be declared a tie game by the umpire, it must be a regulation game (at least four complete innings must have been played). Extra innings may be played as long as the time limit rule is not violated. Tie games will be played at the end of the season only if the outcome of the game has bearing on the league standings for tournament play. A tie game is replayed as a new game.

 

  1. Defense – all players must play a minimum of three (3) innings per game in the field defensively. Exceptions may occur as a result of rain/time-shortened games or for disciplinary reasons.  A player my not occupy the same defensive position on the field for more than a cumulative total of 4 innings.

 

  1. Re-Entry Rule – the re-entry rule will be used for all defensive field positions except the pitcher. A non-pitching player may be entered at, removed from, or moved to, any defensive position at any time during the game.

 

  1. Special Pitching Rules:

 

  1. No pitcher may pitch more than six (6) innings per week. The week begins at 12:00 am Monday and ends Sunday at 11:59 pm.

 

  1. No pitcher may pitch more than three (3) innings per game.

 

  1. One (1) pitch thrown in an inning counts as one (1) inning pitched.

 

  1. If a player pitches three (3) innings in a game, that player may not pitch again for 40 hours (calculated from the time of the pitcher’s first pitch of that game), even if the next day begins a new week.

 

  1. No intentional walks are allowed.

 

  1. A pitcher may not re-enter the same game at the pitcher position.

 

  1. Pitchers are allowed to throw fastballs and change-ups ONLY.  No curves, knuckles, etc.

 

Softball- No pitcher may pitch more than 4 innings per game with no limit per week. 1 pitch thrown in an inning counts as 1 inning pitched.

 Balk: The only illegal pitch that will be called is when a pitcher starts her delivery towards home plate but does not deliver the ball. If this happens, an illegal pitch will be called and a ball will be awarded to the batter and any base runner will advance one base to include home.

Pitch- all pitchers will deliver the pitch in a windmill fast pitch. The ball is permitted to cross the pitcher’s hip a maximum of 3 times. Ball must be delivered on or before the third passing of the hip.

Pitcher’s Rubber: 40 feet

 

 

  1. Mound Visits – a coach may make one trip to the mound per inning per pitcher. On the second trip to the mound in the same inning for the same pitcher, the pitcher must be removed from the game as a pitcher. At that point he/she becomes a non-pitching player and may occupy any other defensive position on the field. When a coach goes to the mound, all players must remain at their positions unless summoned to the mound by the coach. Only the three (3) players, including the current pitcher may meet at the mound per trip.

 

  1. Ineligible Pitchers – any game in which an ineligible pitcher is used (throws at least one pitch) shall be declared forfeited to the non-offending team. The opposing coach must make appeal to the umpire during the game or to the League Commissioner within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game.

 

  1. Catchers – all catchers must wear a helmet, mask w/ throat guard, chest protector, and shin guards while playing defense behind the plate (a catcher may remove his/her helmet/mask to field a pitch that has been taken by the batter or to field a batted ball).

 

  1. Dropped Third Strike – the batter may advance to first base on a dropped third strike if either the base is unoccupied at the time of the pitch w/ less than two outs, or when there are two outs, regardless of runners on base.

 

  1. Throwing the Bat – throwing or slinging the bat is prohibited and the batter is out. However, the umpire may first issue one (1) warning per team, in which case the play stands. If the batter is called out, no base runner may advance.

 

  1. Infield Fly- Softball- the infield fly rule WILL be in effect for this division

 

  1. Courtesy Runners – if the catcher or pitcher of record (the player who was at the position during the last pitch thrown by his/her team while on defense) is on base with two (2) outs, the last player to have been put out may be substituted (although substitution is not mandatory) as a runner. If pinch-run for, that player must catch or pitch, as applicable, in the subsequent defensive half-inning

 

  1. Protests – to be valid, any protest must be announced to the umpire and opposing coach immediately at the time of the dispute. Written notice and detailed explanation of the protest must be turned in to the League Commissioner within 24 hours. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment calls by the umpire.

 

  1. Scorebooks – scorebooks must be accurate and complete. The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook. Coaches are to check the scorebook after each game.

 

  1. Discipline – a player may be withheld from a game for team discipline reasons with the approval of the League Commissioner. Parents must be notified in advance of the game.  The League Commissioner, with approval from the NWCBA President or Vice President may impose a suspension on any head coach, assistant coach, player or parent/fan for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Additionally, any player or coach ejected from a game will be subject to the following penalties:

 

  1. Coach – first offense results in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; second offense results in disqualification for the remainder of the season.

 

  1. Player – first offense results in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; any subsequent offenses result in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next three (3) games.

 

  1. Replacement Players – if a player moves from the area or is injured, he/she may be replaced. The Commissioner's decision to choose replacement players is final. An injured player, upon recovery, may rejoin the team provided that the total number of players does not exceed the player limit.

 

  1. End-of-Season Tournament – following the completion of the Spring season, there may be a league tournament in which all teams will compete (if the league is split into “A” and “B” divisions, each division will compete in its own division-based tournament). There will not be a season ending tournament at the end of the Fall season.

 

Junior – ages 12-15 Softball ages 13-15

 

  1. General Rules – Major League Baseball Rules (Sporting News edition) will be followed except where explicitly modified by these local (NWCBA) rules.

 

  1. Age – players must be at least eleven (12-15) years of age and not have reached sixteen (16) years of age as of April 30th of the year in which the spring season is played. The League Secretary may request birth certificate before the start of league play.

 

Softball- years of age as of January 1 of the year in which the spring season is played.

 

  1. Umpires – [while the league will arrange to have a plate and field umpire present for regularly scheduled games, the home team is responsible for notifying the umpire's booking agent in case of a rainout or cancellation and is responsible for arranging for a umpire’s for make-up games. The home team coach is responsible for signing the umpire's worksheet thereby indicating that the umpire worked the game.] [still the rule?]

 

  1. Lineups/Pitchers – the coaches will exchange lineup cards prior to the start of every game. Each pitcher must be designated and the number of innings pitched in the current week must be reported. The date of the last game must also be reported for the pitchers pitching in this game. The game is not official until the first pitch is thrown. Games in which an ineligible pitcher is used shall be declared forfeited by the offending team.

 

  1. Baseballs – each coach shall provide the umpire with one (1) new baseball and one (1) good used baseball prior to the start of the game.

 

  1. Official Game – a minimum of eight (8) players will be required to start and continue a game. Less than eight players will constitute a forfeiture of the game. Each team will have no more than fifteen (15) minutes past the game starting time to field a team. After that time, the offending team will forfeit the game by a 6-0 score.

 

Softball- a minimum of 8 players will be required to start and continue a game. If one team has less than 8 players, it is up to the coaches’ discretion (both teams) to play an official game. Both coaches must contact the commissioner stating the agreement and have the agreement of the Head Umpire.

 

 

  1. Length of Game – a regulation game will last for seven (7) innings of play, or two (2) hours, whichever comes first. If the home team is ahead entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the game is complete. The game will also be considered complete after four (4) innings, or three and one half (3½) innings if the home team is ahead, and the time limit has expired or environmental conditions have halted the game. Extra innings in case of a tie will be allowed as long as the time limit rule is not exceeded.  No inning may start after 1 hour and 50 minutes from the official starting time of the game. The official starting time shall be the originally scheduled start time or 15 minutes after the end of the preceding game, whichever is later. Any inning started must be played to completion, even if the two-hour time limit is exceeded, unless the umpire due to environmental conditions has called the game

Softball- Rule applies with a 120 minute time limit. No new inning after 1 hour and 50 min. Drop dead rule applies at 2 hours and 10 min.

 

 

  1. 10-Run Rule – a game may be terminated once it becomes a regulation game if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs and each team has had equal turns at bat or the home team is leading. Termination is solely at the option of the trailing team's head coach.

 

  1. Tie Games – in order for a game to be declared a tie game by the umpire, it must be a regulation game (at least four complete innings must have been played). Extra innings may be played as long as the time limit rule is not violated. Tie games will be played at the end of the season only if the outcome of the game has bearing on the league standings for tournament play. A tie game is replayed as a new game.

 

  1. Minimum Playing Time – all players must play a minimum of three (3) innings per game in the field defensively. Exceptions may occur as a result of rain/time-shortened games or for disciplinary reasons. A player my not occupy the same defensive position on the field for more than a cumulative total of 4 innings.

 

  1. Re-Entry Rule – the re-entry rule will be used for all defensive field positions except the pitcher. A non-pitching player may be entered at, removed from, or moved to, any defensive position at any time during the game.

 

  1. Special Pitching Rules:

 

  1. No pitcher may pitch more than eight (8) innings per week. The week begins at 12:00 am Monday and ends Sunday at 11:59 pm.

 

  1. No pitcher may pitch more than five (5) innings per game.

 

  1. One (1) pitch thrown in an inning counts as one (1) inning pitched.

 

  1. If a player pitches three (3) innings in a game, that player may not pitch again for 40 hours (calculated from the time of the pitcher’s first pitch of that game), even if the next day begins a new week.

 

  1. No intentional walks are allowed.

 

  1. A pitcher may not re-enter the same game at the pitcher position.

 

  1. Pitch Count Limits:

 

  1. 75 pitches per game

 

  1. 125 pitches per week

 

  1. Pitch count limits pertain to pitches thrown in games only.  These limits do not include throws from other positions, instructional pitching during practice sessions, and throwing drills, which are important for the development of technique and strength.  Backyard pitching practice after a pitched game is strongly discouraged.

 

Softball- Softball- No pitcher may pitch more than 4 innings per game with no limit per week. 1 pitch thrown in an inning counts as 1 inning pitched.

 Balk: The only illegal pitch that will be called is when a pitcher starts her delivery towards home plate but does not deliver the ball. If this happens, an illegal pitch will be called and a ball will be awarded to the batter and any base runner will advance one base to include home.

Pitch- all pitchers will deliver the pitch in a windmill fast pitch. The ball is permitted to cross the pitcher’s hip a maximum of 3 times. Ball must be delivered on or before the third passing of the hip.

            Pitcher’s Rubber: 43 feet

 

  1. Mound Visits – a coach may make one trip to the mound per inning per pitcher. On the second trip to the mound in the same inning for the same pitcher, the pitcher must be removed from the game as a pitcher. At that point he/she becomes a non-pitching player and may occupy any other defensive position on the field. When a coach goes to the mound, all players must remain at their positions unless summoned to the mound by the coach. Only the three (3) players, including the current pitcher may meet at the mound per trip.

 

  1. Ineligible Pitchers – any game in which an ineligible pitcher is used (throws at least one pitch) shall be declared forfeited to the non-offending team. The opposing coach must make appeal to the umpire during the game or to the League Commissioner within 48 hours of the conclusion of the game.

 

  1. Catchers – all catchers must wear a helmet, mask w/ throat guard, chest protector, and shin guards while playing defense behind the plate (a catcher may remove his/her helmet/mask to field a pitch that has been taken by the batter or to field a batted ball).

 

  1. Dropped Third Strike – the batter may advance to first base on a dropped third strike if either the base is unoccupied at the time of the pitch w/ less than two outs, or when there are two outs, regardless of runners on base.

 

  1. Throwing the Bat – throwing or slinging the bat is prohibited and the batter is out. However, the umpire may first issue one (1) warning per team, in which case the play stands. If the batter is called out, no base runner may advance.

 

  1. Continuous Batting Order – general rules apply, however if a player leaves the game for reasons other than injury, the batting order does not change and an automatic out will be charged each time that player’s turn comes around.

 

  1. Courtesy Runners – if the catcher or pitcher of record (the player who was at the position during the last pitch thrown by his/her team while on defense) is on base with two (2) outs, the last player to have been put out may be substituted (although substitution is not mandatory) as a runner. If pinch-run for, that player must catch or pitch, as applicable, in the subsequent defensive half-inning

 

  1. No Standing in Base Paths – the home plate umpire may eject any defensive player who stands in the base path without the ball.
  2. Infield Fly- Softball- the infield fly rule WILL be in effect for this division

 

  1. Protests – to be valid, any protest must be announced to the umpire and opposing coach immediately at the time of the dispute. Written notice and detailed explanation of the protest must be turned in to the League Commissioner within 24 hours. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment calls by the umpire.

 

  1. Discipline – a player may be withheld from a game for team discipline reasons with the approval of the League Commissioner. Parents must be notified in advance of the game.  The League Commissioner, with approval from the NWCBA President or Vice President may impose a suspension on any head coach, assistant coach, player or parent/fan for unsportsmanlike conduct. Additionally, any player or coach ejected from a game will be subject to the following penalties:

 

  1. Coach – first offense results in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; second offense results in disqualification for the remainder of the season.

 

  1. Player – first offense results in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next game; subsequent offenses result in disqualification from that game and his/her team's next three (3) games.

 

  1. Replacement Players – if a player moves from the area or is injured, he/she may be replaced. The Commissioner's decision to choose replacement players is final. An injured player, upon recovery, may rejoin the team provided that the total number of players does not exceed the player limit.

 

  1. End-of-Season Tournament – following the completion of the Spring season, there may be a league tournament in which all teams will compete (if the league is split into “A” and “B” divisions, each division will compete in its own division-based tournament). There will not be a season ending tournament at the end of the Fall season.

[6/5/17]