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Grand Chute Minor League Baseball Rules (2019 Revision)

 

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

 

Pitcher Inning Limits:  Arm safety is of primary importance to the Grand Chute Baseball League.  For this reason there are strictly enforced pitch count limits and mandatory rest rules (see attachment).

 

Number of Players:  Each team fields 10 players (four outfielders). If a team knows it will have less than 10 players at the start of a game, it can pull a player up from the Rookie league.  Pulled up players need to play the outfield and bat last in the order.  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 13 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 in the field. 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 targeted for 1 hour and 20 minutes. No new inning can start after 1 hour and 15 minutes. Coaches are encouraged to keep games moving swiftly to complete as many innings as possible.  We will allow 8 warm up pitches for a new pitcher and then 5 between innings.  Intentional stalling is not allowed.  If game is tied after a completed inning after the 1 hour and 20 minute time limit then California Rules will apply  A courtesy runner is required if the catcher is on base with 2 outs.  The courtesy runner should be the last out of that inning.

 

California Rules:  Visiting team will start with the last batter from the previous inning on 2nd base with 1 out and finish the 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 three innings and 10 runs after 4 innings.

 

On Deck Batters: To protect players from being hit by foul balls, on deck batters are not allowed on the field to warm-up. 

 

Leading Off and Stealing Bases: Runners may not lead off bases until a pitched ball has crossed home plate. Team will get 1 warning and 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. A runner that “starts” at third may only score on a batted ball or a bases loaded walk.  A runner starts at third if he is at third and a pitch is thrown.  A runner may score from third if he arrives there from another base, the ball is still in-play and time has not been called.

 

Base Running and Sliding:  Runners must avoid contact.  Sliding is encouraged 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. Runners at third cannot be picked off.

 

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. 

 

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 result 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 needed.

 

Lightening Delays and Rain-Outs:  Observing lightening will result in an automatic delay of the game for 30 minutes.  Rain-out of a game will be determined by the two coaches and umpires. A rain-out should be called to ensure the safety of the players and protect the fields.  A complete game is after 4 innings are completed or if the home team is winning after 3 ½ innings.  Rain-out games will be rescheduled by the commissioner.  Regular season games will start over.  Tournament games will start from when it was stopped.   

 

Reporting Game Results: The winning team is responsible for reporting the results of the game promptly to the league commissioner and entering the results into the website the night of the game. The report will include teams competing, final score and pitch counts. The report should be sent to the losing team’s coach as well.    Disputes of the information need to be raised within 24 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 tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Grand Chute League Pitch Count Limits and Mandatory Rest Rules

In an effort to protect young players from elbow and shoulder injuries, The Grand Chute Baseball League has adopted important rules in 2018 to limit the number of pitches a pitcher can throw in a game and how much rest the pitcher must take before another pitching appearance.

 

Pitch count limits for 2018 and beyond

League Age

Pitches Allowed Per Day

Major League (11-12 year olds)

85

Minor League (9-10 year olds)

75

Rest periods

 

Age

Daily Max (Pitches)

Required Rest (Pitches)

Required Rest (Pitches)

Required Rest (Pitches)

Required Rest (Pitches)

Required Rest (Pitches)

 

 

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days

4 Days

9-10

75

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

11-12

85

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

 

  • Each team must designate an official pitch count recorder.  The home team will be the official pitch count recorder for all games.
  • The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager. The pitch count recorder will announce official pitch counts to each manager after the end of each inning.
  • The pitch count recorder should notify managers when their pitchers are 5 pitches away from a rest period threshold. Failure of the pitch count recorder to notify the manager does not relief the manager of his/her responsibility to remove the pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible to pitch.
  • Pitch counts need to be sent to the commissioner (along with game scores) the night of the game.

 

Other important rules

  • Pitcher to catcher ban: any pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game may not go behind the plate to play catcher for the remainder of the day. 
  • Multiple games: Players who throw more than 20 pitches in a game may not pitch in multiple games per day.
  • Completion of pitching to batter: If a pitcher reaches the maximum pitch-count limit for their age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base or is retired.