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Major Division Rules

PITCHING

  • A pitcher can pitch up to 85 pitches per day.
  • If a player pitches 1-40 pitches in a day, zero (0) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 41-65 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 65 or more pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • EXCEPTION: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, s/he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base or is put out.
  • If an illegal pitcher is put into the game a forfeit will be called against the team.
  • Managers and Coaches can view a pitching log that is kept in the score keeper’s box each day.
  • A legal pitch is to a batter.

 

GAME LENGTH

  • A regulation game shall consist of six (6) innings (if time allows) or three (3) innings if the game is called due to time constraints.
  • Tie Game: In order for a game to be declared a tie game by the umpire it must be a regulation game ie. 2.5 or 3 innings must have been played.
  • Weekday games – games at the beginning of the season will be no new innings at 1:30 and kill time at 1:40.
  • Example: First game will start at 4:45 p.m. and there will be no new inning after 6:15 p.m. The KILL RULE will be implemented at 6:25 p.m. Please reference Kill Game Rules to determine the winner of the game.
  • Example: The second game will start at 6:30 p.m. with no new inning after 8:00 p.m. The KILL RULE will be implemented at 8:10 p.m. Please reference Kill Game Rules to determine the winner of the game.
  • Any game that is in the 2nd inning and one of the teams is more than 10 runs ahead and ends due to time, the team that is ahead will be called the winner and no makeup game will be played.
  • Saturday games will be no new innings at 1:40 and kill time at 1:50 all season.
  • The official time keeper is the umpire on the field. If the umpire chooses to give this duty to the score keepers in the score box he/she may do so. In the event of this taking place the official game clock is located in the scorekeeper’s box.
  • Any team delaying the start of the game by more than 5 minutes will forfeit the game.
  • A playoff game will be scheduled at the end of the season if we have a tie for 1st place within the division.
  • The umpire has control of the game and can call the game due to unsafe conditions.

 

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS

  • A minimum of seven (7) players are required to start a game. You have until 5 minutes after game start time to field a team of seven (7) players or the game will be called a forfeit. No automatic outs will be recorded for player eight (8) and player nine (9) if the team does not have players for these positions.
  • The major division plays with a maximum of nine (9) players on the field. Teams are allowed to use players from lower division to complete a team of nine (9) only if there are less than nine (9) players from their own team in attendance. If a team can field nine (9) players using players from lower divisions the lower division player(s) shall not continue to play on the field but will remain in the batting order if a registered team player arrives after the game starts. Teams who invite up players from lower divisions shall not encourage their own players not to show up for their game. If this occurs, a coach will be suspended for the season.
  • If a player started the game and has to leave early, their turn in the batting order will be skipped and no out recorded.
 

RAIN OUTS

  • Rain outs will not be rescheduled. However, the Board will use discretion in case it has been a very wet spring. If granted that rain out games will be played in a given division, then all rain out games must be played in that division.

SUSPENDED GAMES

  • Time or weather-related suspended games will be made up towards the end of the season if possible.
  • All players on the team roster can play in a suspended game even if they were not there for the original game.

TEN RUN LEAD RULE

  • If four and a half innings have been played, and the winning team is ahead by ten (10) runs or more, then the game will automatically be called.
  • EXCEPTION: Any game that is in the 2nd inning and one of the teams is more than 10 runs ahead and ends due to time, that team will be called the winner and no makeup game will be played.

 

SCOREKEEPERS

  • Each team must provide a scorekeeper for each game. If a team does not provide a scorekeeper, the game will be recorded as a forfeit, but will still be played.

STARTING LINEUPS

  • Submit lineup, including all available subs, to scorekeeper and opposing coach fifteen (15) minutes before game time.
  • Lineups must include player’s full name, uniform number and position.
  • Notify scorekeeper of all substitutions.

BATS

  • All non-wood bats must have the USABat marking.
  • No BBCOR .50 bats are permitted.
  • No BPF 1.15 bats are permitted.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Free substitutions, however the batting line-up cannot change.
  • If a player must leave the game early or is injured there is no penalty, (unless the number of players fall below 7, then the forfeit rule would apply).
  • You may field 9 players and must bat all players.
  • If a lower division player plays up a division they can play in any position except pitcher.
  • If a lower division player is asked to play up a division they can play on the field till the 9th regular team player arrives. At this point in time the lower division player must return to the dugout and can only bat in the position the lineup card stated in the beginning of the game. The late regular division player will bat at the bottom of the lineup.
  • If a lower division player is called up and the regular team ninth player shows up prior to the start of the game the lower division player can only bat. Please do not abuse calling up players to just bat.

 

BATTING OUT OF TURN

  • Rules prohibit the umpire and the scorekeeper from calling to attention the fact that a player is batting out of turn.
  • When a player bats out of turn, the proper batter is the player called out, if the opposing team makes an appeal at the correct time. The correct time to make an appeal regarding batting out of turn is after the improper batter has completed his time at bat and before the first pitch to the next batter.
  • If an improper batter completes his at bat and no appeal is made before a pitch to the next batter, the results of the improper batter’s time at bat becomes legal.

 

VALID COACH

  • Any responsible person that presented a Cal Ripken Coaching Certificate may substitute for manager, coach or umpire but must adhere to league rules regarding behavior.
  • A team may have no more than three (3) coaches on the field or in the dugout.

 

TRIPS TO THE MOUND

  • The second trip to the mound to the same pitcher in the same INNING by manager or coach will cause that pitcher’s automatic removal from the game as pitcher.


OTHER THAN THESE LEAGUE RULES, THE RULES SET FORTH BY CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL SHALL APPLY.

 

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