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Grand Chute Minor League Baseball Rules

Grand Chute Baseball will play by Babe Ruth rules except for the following changes:

 Player Eligibility: Players must be 9 or 10 years old as of April 30th.  Players who are 8 years old can
be “moved up” with parent discresion, if their birth date falls between May 1st and August 31st.  

 Pitcher Inning Limits: Arm safety is of primary importance to the Grand Chute Baseball League. For
this reason there are strictly enforced inning limits for pitchers. Pitchers may not pitch more than two
innings per game. One pitch to a batter during an inning is counted as a full inning.

 Number of Players: Each team fields 10 players (four outfielders).If a team only has 9 players any time
during the game there is NOT an automatic out applied. If a team gets down to 8 players or starts a
game with 8 players, 1 automatic out will be charged where coach deems in batting order (usually last).
Teams may not play with less than 8 players.

 Playing Time/Late Player: Player development is another area of importance to the Grand Chute
Baseball league. Each team is managed to a maximum of 11-12 players so children will need to sit out
limited innings per game. Each child must not sit more than 2 innings per 6 inning game. If there is a
tie and the game goes to extra innings, each child must not sit more than 3 innings.

 Hitting Order and Substitution: Teams must bat their entire roster. Children arriving late to the game
will be inserted as the last batter no matter when the player arrives for the game. There is free
substitution. Players may return to any position on the field once taken out except for the pitcher who
may not return to the mound under any circumstance.

 Game Time: Regulation games are six innings and limited to 1 hour and 45 minutes. No new inning to
start after 1 hour and 30 minutes. Coaches are encouraged to keep game moving swiftly to complete
as many innings as possible. Intentional stalling is discouraged. If game is tied after 1 hour and 30
minutes California Rules will apply.

 California Rules: Visiting team will start with last batter from previous inning on 2nd base with 1 out
and finish top half of the inning; Home team will start with last batter from previous inning on 2nd
base with 1 out and finish bottom half of the inning. If game is still tied repeat above process until
game is decided, there are no ties.

 Run Rules: Games will be stopped when a team is winning by at least 15 runs after four innings and a
10 runs after 5 innings.

 Leading Off and Stealing Bases: Runners may not lead off bases until a pitched ball has crossed home
plate. Team will get 1 warning then an automatic out will be issued. Stealing of 2nd or 3rd base is
allowed once the pitch has crossed home plate. Delayed steals of 2nd and 3rd base are allowed.

 Stealing Home: Base runners may NOT steal home, unless a play/throw is made to third base.
Runners on third may not score from third when a runner at first steals second.

 Base Running and Sliding: Runners must slide on all bases when played upon to ensure child safety. It
will be up to the umpire’s discretion to call the runner out. No head first slides, runners will be
automatically be called out unless going back to a base.

 Blocking Plate and Collisions: Runners must have access to home plate to slide. Blocking the plate by
the catcher and collisions initiated by the runner are not allowed. It will be up to the umpire’s
discretion to call the runner safe (blocked plate) or out (collision).

 Infield Fly Rule: There is no infield fly rule.

 Bunting: Bunting is allowed. Fake bunts are allowed. Swinging bunts are not allowed.

 Throwing bats: Batters may not throw a bat. First time will be a warning. Second time will result in an
out. Third time will result an out and removal of the child from the game.

 Coaching Position: Coaches or assistant coaches should stay in the dugout or field. No coaches are
allowed behind the backstop during their games.

 Coach and Fan Behavior: Sportsmanship is a primary value of Grand Chute Baseball. The head coach is
responsible for the conduct of himself, assistant coaches, players and fans. The umpires will not
tolerate any arguing on the field. Only the head coach can discuss a call made by an umpire. Umpires
have the discretion of ejecting coaches, players and fans from the game without any warning.
Misconduct will require action by the league. First offense will result in probation or 1-3 game
suspension. Second and/or third offenses will results in multiple game suspensions up to the
remainder of the season.

 Home and Visiting Teams: Last team named on the schedule is the home team, has the third base
dugout and is responsible for raking the diamond and putting away the bases if your game is the last
game of the evening. Visiting team will have first base dugout and responsible for putting out bases if

 Rain-Outs: Rain-out of a game will be determined by the two coaches and umpires. Lightening will
result in an automatic delay of the game for 30 minutes. A rain-out should be called to ensure the
safety of the players and protect the fields. A complete game is after when 4 innings or if the home
team is winning after 3 ½ innings. Rain-out games will be rescheduled by the commissioner and start
from the beginning of the game.

 Reporting Game Results: The winning team is responsible for reporting the results of the game
promptly to the league commissioner. The report will include teams competing and final score. The
report should be sent to the losing team’s coach and league commissioner. Report should be sent
within 24 hours of the game finishing. Disputes of the information need to be raised within 72 hours of
the report being sent.

 League Standings: Regular season league standings will be used to determine seedings for the
tournament and order for the following year draft. League standings will be determined by (1) winning
percentage, (2) average runs allowed and (3) average run differential. All rules apply to the league