Katy Pony Baseball

Basic Ground Rules - Rec League

IN ALL DIVISIONS INFIELD OR BATTING PRACTICE ON THE FIELDS OF PLAY IS NOT PERMITTED PRIOR TO A GAME.  TEAMS MAY USE THE OUTFIELDS FOR THIS.  NO HARD BALLS ARE PERMITTED TO BE HIT AGAINST THE FENCES PRIOR TO THE GAME.  VIOLATION OF THESE COULD RESULT IN EJECTION OF THE MANAGER (HEAD COACH) PRIOR TO THE GAME.

Shetland 4-5 (T-Ball)
- 4 innings max, no inning begins after 1 hour
- 5 runs max per inning
- Batter allowed as many swings as needed to hit the ball
- Base runners limited to one base and cannot advance on overthrows
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter).

Shetland 6 (T-Ball)
- 5 innings max, no inning begins after 1 hour 5 minutes
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- 5 runs max per inning
- Batter allowed 5 swings to hit the ball
- “Time” is called when the ball is in the possession of an infielder and all play on the runner(s) has ceased
- When the ball is declared dead, base runners not permitted to advance beyond the base running to
- Run rule (mercy rule) is 11 runs after 3 innings
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter)

Pinto 7-8 (Coach Pitch)
- 6 innings max, no inning begins after 1 hour 15 minutes, games may end in a tie
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- 5 runs max per inning, unlimited runs in 6th inning
- 6 pitches; if 6th pitch is a foul, batting continues
- Bunts or soft swings will be ruled a strike
- “Time” is called when the ball is in the possession of an infielder and all play on the runner(s) has ceased
- When the ball is declared dead, base runners not permitted to advance beyond the base running to

- Run rule (mercy rule) is 10 runs after 4 innings
- Coach pitcher cannot direct or coach players while on the mound
- Person shagging balls behind the catcher cannot talk or coach while on the field
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats, no t-ball bats, no "coach pitch" bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter)

Mustang 9-10 (Kid Pitch)
- Pony Baseball Rules, 46' pitching, 60' bases
- 6 innings, no inning begins after 1 hour 20 minutes, games may end in a tie
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- Extra innings possible if game tied and time remains
- 5 runs max per inning, unlimited runs in 6th inning or later
- No squeeze play; bunts not allowed with runner on 3rd base
- Excessive leadoffs at 3rd is a safety issue and the runner may be declared out
- Pitch Smart guidelines followed for pitch count and days rest required
- Balks called and enforced after 1 warning per pitcher
- Balks result in an immediate dead ball, "no-pitch", with umpire time-out to explain infraction
- Managers allowed to participate in balk discussion; no mound trip charged if done immediately
- Run rules are 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 after 4, 8 after 5
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats, no t-ball bats, no "coach pitch" bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter)

Bronco 11-12
- Pony Baseball Rules, 50' pitching, 70' bases
- 7 innings, no inning begins after 1 hour 35 minutes, games may end in a tie
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- Extra innings possible if game tied and time remains
- 5 runs max per inning, unlimited runs in 7th inning or later
- Pitch Smart guidelines followed for pitch count and days rest required
- Balks called and enforced after 1 warning per pitcher
- Balks result in an immediate dead ball, "no-pitch", with umpire time-out to explain infraction
- Managers allowed to participate in balk discussion; no mound trip charged if done immediately
- Run rules are 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 after 4, 10 after 5, 8 after 6
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter)

Pony 13-14
- Pony Baseball Rules, 54' pitching (front rubber), 80' bases
- 7 innings, no inning begins after 1 hour 40 minutes, games may end in a tie
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- Extra innings possible if game tied and time remains
- Pitch Smart guidelines followed for pitch count and days rest required
- Balks called and enforced without warning
- Balks result in an immediate dead ball, "no-pitch", with umpire time-out to explain infraction
- Managers allowed to participate in balk discussion; no mound trip charged if done immediately
- Run rules are 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 after 4, 10 after 5, 8 after 6
- Metal cleats allowed
- See Bat Rules (bats must be certified; no softball bats; bats must not exceed 42" in length or 2 5/8" in diameter)

Colt 15-18
- Pony Baseball Rules, 60' pitching (back rubber), 90' bases
- 7 innings, no inning begins after 1 hour 40 minutes, games may end in a tie
- Game over when time limit reached and additional play will not change outcome
- Extra innings possible if game tied and time remains
- Pitch Smart guidelines followed for pitch count and days rest required
- Balks called and enforced without warning
- Balks result in an immediate dead ball, "no-pitch"
- Minimum number of players is 7; no penalty when playing shorthanded
- Run rules are 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 after 4, 10 after 5, 8 after 6
- Metal cleats allowed
- High school bat rules enforced -- see http://www.nfhs.org/activities-sports/baseball/                         

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