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GREENSBURG YOUTH BASEBALL    

2018 GAME PLAY RULES    Rev M 1/23/18

 

The Greensburg Youth Baseball League (GYBL) will follow all governing rules set forth by Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Youth Baseball Organization. In coordination and with approval from Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth baseball, some rules have been adopted to better serve our league structure. These exceptions and changes from the standard rulebook are listed below and will supersede the Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth rule book. The standard rulebook should be used in all other rules interpretations.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL / TEE BALL

1)      The entire roster bats for each team.

2)      All players participate on defense

3)      Two coaches are permitted on the field during their team defense. These coaches should position themselves on either side on the field behind the infielders and in front of the outfielders.

4)      A designated coach of the offensive team will deliver up to three pitches to each batter in order for the player to deliver a fair batted ball. After three pitches regardless of pitches swung at, taken or foul balls. A batting tee will be placed on home plate. The batter will them make as many attempts as needed to hit a fair ball.

5)      If the defense makes a put out of a batter, or base runner the player will be counted as an out and removed to the dugout. The offensive team will continue to bat regardless of outs recorded.

6)      Runs will not be counted.

7)      Pitching can be from any distance greater than 20ft, and should be delivered with an overhand motion.

8)      1 hr time limit.

 

ROOKIE:

1)      The entire roster bats for each team.

2)      All players participate on defense.

3)      A designated coach of the offensive team will deliver pitches from a distance of no less than 35ft.

4)      Coaches must exit the field of play after a batted ball.

5)      Pitching coaches are not permitted to coach their players around the base path, a warning will be issued. The second offense will result in a dead ball. This is reserved for the designated base coaches.

6)      The coach should take a position on the designated line or pitching rubber. The pitch should be delivered with an overhand pitching motion, allowing one stride forward upon delivery.

7)      Five pitches maximum are to be delivered to each batter. There is no penalty for three strikes prior to hitting a fair ball. At the conclusion of five pitches if the batter has not hit a fair ball the batter will be considered out.

8)      There is no penalty for a foul on the last pitch. A batter can continue to hit fouls per regular baseball rules.

9)     Time will be called when, in the umpire’s judgement, the infielder has possession of the ball within the base path, and they demonstrate the intention to stop play.  If the runner has not advanced past the designated half way mark on the base path and the umpire calls time, the runner must return to the last occupied base.  It is the umpire’s judgement on whether or not the runner advances or returns to the previous base. 

10)  There is an overthrow rule on 1st base only.  If an overthrow occurs the ball is dead and the runner advances to 2nd as long it does not score a runner.  A runner cannot advance to home on an overthrow.

11)  The pitchers helper player must take a position to either side or behind the coach pitching at a distance no great than six feet from the designated pitching position.

12)  Five runs maximum per inning with exception of the last inning. The last inning is unlimited runs. The last inning can be any inning other than the sixth if indicated by the umpire due to time limits. If an inning is designated to be the last inning it must be indicated to each coach prior to the beginning of that inning.

13)  A mercy rule will be in effect for the following: 20 after 4, and 15 after 5.

14)  Game play will be six innings

15)  Time limit 1hr 15 minutes. (See time limit rules below)

16)  Mandatory use of courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs, the runner will be the last batted out.

17)  Big Barrel Bats (greater than 2 1/4) are not permitted.

 

MINOR:

 

1)      The entire roster bats for each team.

2)      Ten players on defense.

3)      Pitchers can pitch a maximum of three innings per game.

4)      The starting pitcher only can re-enter as a pitcher provided they have not exceeded their three inning max.

5)      One pitch is considered an inning.

6)      No infield fly rule.

7)      A mercy rule will be in effect for the following: 15 after 4

8)      A maximum of seven runs can be scored in a single inning. With the exception of the last inning which is unlimited runs.  

9)   Game play will be five innings.

10)  Time limit 1hr 30 minutes. (See time limit rules below)

11)  Mandatory use of courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs, the runner will be the last batted out.

12)  Big Barrel Bats (greater than 2 1/4) are not permitted. 

 

 

MAJOR:

 

1)      The entire roster bats for each team.  

2)      Nine players on defense.

3)      Pitchers can pitch a maximum of three innings per game.

4)      The starting pitcher only can re-enter as a pitcher provided they have not exceeded their three inning max.

5)      One pitch is considered an inning.

6)      Infield fly rule is in effect.

7)      Lead offs are permitted

8)      Balks will be called. (One warning per pitcher per game)     

9)      Dropped third strike rule has been removed.

10)  Mercy rule of 15 after 4 and 10 after 5

11)  Game play will be six innings

12)  Time limit 1hr 45 minutes.  (See time limit rules below)

13)  Mandatory use of courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs, the runner will be the last batted out.

14)  Big Barrel Bats (greater than 2 1/4) are not permitted. 

 

BABE RUTH:

 

1)      The entire roster bats for each team

2)      Nine players on defense.

3)      Pitchers can pitch a maximum of four innings per game.  Catchers can catch a maximum of four innings per game.

4)      The starting pitcher only can re-enter as a pitcher provided they have not exceeded their four inning max.

5)      No run rules per inning.

6)      Mercy rule of 15 after 4 and 10 after 5

7)      Big barrel 2 ¾ inch bats are allowed.

8)      Metal spikes are allowed.

9)     Game play will be seven innings

10)  Time limit 2hrs.

11)  Mandatory use of courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs, the runner will be the last batted out.

 

SUBSTITUTION RULES FOR MINOR, MAJOR DIVISIONS.

 

GYBL game line ups use the entire roster for a batting line up so each player is considered a starting player. If a team loses a player from their lineup due to injury or any reason other than ejection the player is simply skipped in the batting order without any penalty. For defensive purposes no player can sit two innings in the same game until all players have sat out an inning in that game. For some leagues this will never happen due to roster sizes. For example: Player A sits out the first inning he would go in the second inning and remain in the game and cannot be taken out again until all players have sat at least one inning. If you have cycled through all of your players and need to sit players in the later innings it is OK to sit a player for a second inning. The players name and number that is taken out on defense must be communicated to the home plate umpire and the opposing teams score keeper. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a forfeit.

 

BABE RUTH DIVISION: Due to teams having large rosters and limited pitching the substitution rule has been modified for this division. Pitchers and catchers do not have to be removed as part of the normal rotation. They can stay in for their max of four innings continuously. If this method is chosen the player playing the pitching or catching position when removed would take his turn on the bench and then be part of the substitute rotation. (Remember no player can sit a third inning until everyone has sat two inning even the pitcher and catcher.)

 

TIME LIMITS:

Games are to be played until the time limit expires. If an inning starts it will finish. The home plate umpire should announce to both head coaches the start time of the game. Coaches should note the time in their scorebook. The umpire should announce the time left to play at the end of each half inning. (NO INNING WILL START WITH LESS THAN 5 MINUTES REMAINING IN THE GAME.) (If time is called with less than 10 minutes left in the game the game clock will be stopped. Any obvious attempt to delay a game by a player or coach in order to gain a victory will be considered un-sportsman like. The umpire shall deliver a warning to the offending person. A second infraction will result in the removal of the player and or coach.)

 

ROOKIE& MINOR: Due to rules mandating max runs per innings prior to the last inning, with unlimited runs in the last inning.  It may be necessary to announce the last inning prior to the actual last inning. The umpire can only call last inning prior to the actual last inning if there is less than ten minutes left in the game. This must be communicated to both head coaches. If an inning is declared the last inning other than the true last inning this inning will have unlimited runs. If the last inning call is given regardless if there is time left on the clock after the called last inning the game is over.

 

Game scenario: A game that starts at 6:00 with a one hour and 30 minute time limit, and is scheduled for five innings.

 

Ex # 1 At the end of the fourth inning the time is 7:22 there is only eight minutes left in the game. The umpire would announce the last inning. One more inning would be played with unlimited runs. Regardless if time is remaining after this inning the game is over.

 

Ex #2 At the end of the fifth inning the time is 7:18 there are twelve minutes left to play. The game will finish the scheduled amount of innings.

 

MAJOR & BABE RUTH: There will be no run restriction per inning. Teams can score unlimited runs every inning. (Coach’s please show some class with this rule.) Games will now be played for the entire time limit:

 

Ex: A game starts at 6:00 with a 1 hour and thirty minute time limit, scheduled for 5 innings. At the end of four innings the time is 7:18 the home team is winning 7-4. The game would continue with the visiting team batting. If the time would expire prior to the visiting team completing their at bat the game the game will continue. If the visiting team does not tie or take the lead the game is over. If the visiting team takes the lead or ties regardless if time ran out the home team would bat.

 

Ex: Same scenario with eleven minutes left in the game the home team is winning 7-4.  The visiting team comes to the plate and takes the lead 8-7. Their half inning ends with time left on the clock. The home team comes to the plate and scores two runs to take the lead before time expires. The game would be over, with the home team winning the game 9-7

 

FIELD RULES:

 

1)      There is no batting practice prior to games

2)      Plastic whiffle balls may be hit in the outfield prior to games as part of team warm ups.

3)      Five minutes of infield practice will be given to each team prior to the game. The visiting teams should take infield first. (Infield practice can be denied by umpires if games are running late.)

4)      Seven warm up pitches will be given to each starting or new pitcher.

5)      Five warm up pitches between innings for existing pitchers.

6)      If an umpire feels that a team is taking too long in between innings getting a catcher or pitcher in position, the umpire can begin calling balls. Time between innings shall not take longer than two minutes. The same holds true for a batter that is not ready for his turn at bat and the umpire feels the game is being delayed. The umpire can order the pitcher to pitch and strikes will be called regardless of the location of the pitch.

7)   The pitcher shall not take more than 30 seconds between pitches. Any pitch taking longer than 30 seconds will result in the umpire calling a ball.

8)  The home team will be the official score book. (Coach’s should confirm scores between innings.)

9) Any player that is ejected from a game for any reason will be suspended for a minimum of the players’ next game. Any coach that is suspended from a game for arguing with an umpire, will be suspended from their teams’ next game also. Any coach or player suspended, for major infractions such as fighting, un-sportsman like conduct, code of conduct violations will be subject to board review for suspensions.

10)  This is a NON SMOKING facility. No smoking anywhere at the facility this includes walkways and parking lots.

 

FORFEIT RULES FOR ROOKIE, MINOR, MAJOR, AND BABE RUTH

1.    A minimum of eight players is required to start a game. Any less will be considered a forfeit.

2.      Teams with less than 8 players are permitted to use a player from the league below in order to play the game.  This player is only allowed to play in the outfield and must bat last in the lineup.  This only applies during league play and will not be allowed during the tournament.  This must be approved by a board member and documented in the scorebook of the home team. 

 

OFFICIAL GAMES:

 

1)      Games ending due to bad weather or any other reason will be handled per the following.

2)      Rookie & Major games are official games after 3 ½ innings, Minor after 2 ½ innings, and Babe Ruth after 4 ½ innings. Example Minor league game. Home team is winning 5-2, the visiting team has already batted three times. This is an official game.

3)      Suspended games: A game ending in a tie after it has reached the official game limit will be suspended and picked up where it ended.

4)      Rescheduled, any game that is ended prior to reaching official game status will be rescheduled and restarted.

 

Original Date:  3/28/07    

 

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