League Rules

EDMOND ALL- SPORTS, INC.

BASEBALL LEAGUE, TOURNAMENT RULE and NEW POLICIES

Spring 2017

League Rules

1.  Playing rules not specifically covered shall follow the Official Major League Baseball Rules as published by The Sporting News or Major League Baseball.

2.  BASE AND PITCHING DISTANCES are as follows:

3&4 year olds 40’ bases 25’ pitching rubber

5&6 year olds 40’ bases 25’ pitching rubber

7&8 year olds 60’ bases 42’ from front edge of pitching circle

9&10 year olds 65’ bases 46’ pitching rubber

11&12 year olds 70’ bases 50’ pitching rubber

13&14 year olds 80’ bases 54’ pitching rubber

3. There will be a 10 minute grace period given to a team to allow them to complete their roster if needed. Each team must have a minimum of 7 players to start the game. If a team starts with less than 9 players, an out will be recorded each time the missing players should bat. NO EXCEPTIONS! In case of injury, a team can have less than 7 players once the game has started.

4. GAME LENGTH:

14 & under 1 hr. 30 minutes or 6 innings

12 & under 1 hr. 20 minutes or 6 innings

10 & under 1 hr. 15 minutes or 6 innings

8 & under 55 minutes or 6 innings

5. RUN RULE:       20 runs at any point in game (Mercy Rule)

14 runs after 3 innings

10 runs after 4 innings

8 runs after 5 innings

T-ball - 8 year olds -  7 runs per inning

9-12 year olds - 6 runs per inning

13 year olds and up - 5 runs per inning

6. In the event of a run rule game, the winning team will be declared the winner by the score of the game at the time the game is called due to the run rule. However, the game will still be played according to the time limit to allow teams the full benefit of playing time, but no score will continue to be kept. NO NEW INNINGS WILL START IF 2 MINUTES OR LESS REMAIN ON OFFICIAL GAME CLOCK. IF HOME TEAM IS LOSING, HOME TEAM HAS LAST AT BAT. THE UMPIRE HAS THE OFFICIAL GAME CLOCK.  Games can end in a tie.

7. EQUIPMENT AND BASEBALLS: Please refer to www.USSSA.com or our website for the official bat ruling. Each team will be responsible for providing two (2) acceptable (new) baseballs for each game. Game balls must be approved by the umpires. The following baseballs or equivalent must be provided:

3-6 year olds Incredi-ball Safety Ball – 9” or equivalent

7 year olds and up Rawlings RLLB, “Dola” Diamond or equivalent

8. Teams are responsible for shagging their game balls.

9. There are no restrictions on bat weight or bat length. However, any bat marked or marketed as a "coach pitch" bat will not be allowed in league or tournament play due to safety reasons. All bats must met the 1.15 BPF standard, along with have the USSSA marking.  It is the coaches responsibility to make sure the teams bats are in compliance.

First Offense:  If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to USSSA Rule 7.01.C until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out and/or ejection from the game. If the umpire discovers that a bat has been used to put a ball in play and before the next legal pitch, the defensive team will have the choice of the result of play or the batter being called out and all runners returning to the base occupied before the pitch.

Second Offense:  If a team is found in violation of this rule a second time, then the manager will be ejected in addition to the First Offense penalty.

10. HOME TEAM: Will be the team listed on the right side of the schedule and they will occupy the 3rd base dugout.

11. GAME TIME: The game time starts when the umpire calls “batter up.”

12. REPORTING: Home team scorekeeper must be near the home plate umpire during the game, NOT IN THE DUGOUT. The home team is responsible for running the scoreboard. The score card must also list the pitchers and innings pitched (9 year old and up). Both team coaches MUST sign the umpire’s scorecard after the game. The umpire’s scorecard is the official scorecard.

13. UNIFORMS: Ages 7 and up, each player must have a number on the jersey. Duplicate numbers are not allowed.

14. PLAYER SUBTITUTIONS: No player substitutions from teams in our league or outside of our league during league play. You must play with the players listed on your team roster that was filed with EASI.

15. CLEATS: Metal spikes are allowed only for ages 13 and over.

16. ROUGH PLAY: No running over, lowering shoulder or knocking down opposing players at the plate or bases. Penalty: Runner will be called out and may be ejected from the game. No unnecessary rough tags by the catcher or baseman. Penalty: Runner will be allowed next bag. No base blocking. Penalty: Runner will be allowed next base. NOTE: Ejection of any player for rough play is at the discretion of the umpire.

17. BAT THROWING: Batters may not throw the bat. The umpire will give one warning per game per team to the coach. On the second and subsequent occurrences, the batter’s turn will be over and an out will be recorded.

18. PROTEST PROCEDURE: You must notify the umpire before the next pitch. The umpire shall stop the game and summon the UIC. The manager of the protesting team must present $100.00 cash protest fee to the UIC before protest will be accepted. No protest allowed for judgment calls. If you win your protest, the $100.00 will be refunded.

19. ONLY the head coach can submit any complaints.

20. SUSPENDED GAMES: A game is NOT suspended if 2 or more innings have been played. Home team must have last at bat, unless they were winning at the time the game was called.

21. AWARDS:  Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place when there are 4 or less teams in the age division.   Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place when there are 6 or less teams in the age division.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th place when there are 7 or more teams in the age division. All other participates will receive medals.  All awards MUST be picked up by June 22nd at the EASI office.  EASI will not call coaches to remind them of their awards.

22. AGE LIMITS: Age before May 1st of 2017 is how playing age is determined.  A 14 year old can play in the 13 year old age group if they turn 14 between January 1st-April 20 and are currently in the 7th grade.

23. PARK RULES: No outside food or drinks are allowed into the park. Team drinks and snacks are available at a discounted rate at the concession stand. No pets, no use of ANY tobacco products, no skateboarding, rollerblades or bikes. If one of your team members refuses to follow the park rules, their child will not be allowed to play until they comply with the park rules. No one is allowed on the infields when they are not in use.

24. CONDUCT: Any player, manager, coach, or fan ejected from the game by an umpire must immediately leave the complex grounds and may not return for any reason until the next scheduled game. If the same person is ejected a second time, he or she will not be allowed to participate for the remainder of the season. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE GAME. Heckling of the opposing team in any manner is prohibited.

25. WARM UP: No infield practice allowed. Teams may warm up in the outfield and warm-up areas only. There is no batting practice allowed on the field and no soft toss into the fences. You may hit plastic balls or hit into your own net.  Any team that is soft tossing into the fence will receive one warning.  After that team warning, any future problems will result in an automatic forfeit of the game. 

26. COURTESY RUNNERS: A team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher at any time in the inning. A courtesy runner must be someone who is not currently in the game and may appear only once in an inning. If a courtesy runner is determined to be illegal, a legal replacement (if available) will be substituted.

27. FORFEITS: There will be no postponement of games except for an “act of god”. If prior notice is given to the EASI office in writing 48 hours in advance of the scheduled game, a fine of $40 will be accessed to the team and must be paid prior to their next scheduled game. If no prior noticed is given to the EASI office, a fine of $100 will be accessed to the team and must be paid prior to their next scheduled game. The team has the right to an appeal to the Board of Directors. However, the appeal must be submitted in writing and the penalty must be paid. If the Board of Directors waives the penalty, the fine will then be refunded to the team.

28. TEAM ROSTERS: All registration fees must be paid before a participant is eligible to participate in team practices. Any player practicing with a baseball team that have not registered after the official sign up period are to cease practicing and playing with that team. Players that have registration forms on file will be placed on teams before others will be allowed to sign up for teams. Players that have been placed on a team will remain with that coach as long as he is still the head coach or assistant coach for that season. Only exception will be if there is a situation where both the coach and parent are in agreement, or the Board of Directors of EASI that the child would be better off placed on another team. Both parent and coach must sign off on a release form that is available at the EASI office.

29. PRACTICES: There will be one mandatory practice each week. As long as the players show up at practice, then all participants shall play in at least one inning at the following game. Failure to play every child will result in a forfeit.

3 and 4 Year Old T-Ball

1.  The coach is responsible for positioning the tee according to each of his/her batters. The tee can only be positioned one (1) time per at bat, unless the batter hits it and knocks the tee out of position.

2.  The umpire will call “Play Ball” when the ball is on the tee and everyone is ready.

3.  The ball must be put into play due to an act of the bat striking the ball and not as a result of the bat striking the tee. (Note: If the bat strikes any part of the ball, even in combination with the tee, the ball is in play.)

4.  The batter can only address the ball on the tee twice. If addressed three (3) times, a strike will be called on the batter.

5.  Each player will get three attempts to put the ball in play before an out is called.

6.  The batter must hit the ball outside of a 3 foot radius in front of the plate before it is considered in play.

7.  The coach is responsible for removing the tee from home plate after the ball is batted either fair or foul.

8.  Free substitution and full roster batting shall be utilized.

9.  The pitcher must have both feet inside the “pitcher’s circle” until the ball is hit.

10.The batter runner must use the orange portion of the base. A fielder must use the white portion of the base.

11.If a batted ball touches any part of the white portion of the base it is a fair ball. If the ball strikes entirely on the orange side it is a foul ball.

12.All runners, including the batter, may advance one base maximum on infield hits and two bases maximum on outfield hits. A batted ball clearing the outfield fence in fair territory is a home run.

13.When a parent coach, in the opinion of the game official, intentionally interferes with a play, the batter and all other base runners will be allowed to advance the maximum number of bases.

14.The offensive team shall be allowed to position coaches in the first and third base coaching boxes and to place a “batting coach” behind home plate at the screen to assist in positioning and equipping the hitter between pitches.

15.Runners may not steal bases or lead off. The runner must be in contact with the base when the ball is hit.

16.Bunting is not allowed.

17.On balls hit to the infield and remaining in the infield, first base shall be the batters maximum advancement regardless of overthrows, etc. Runners already on base may advance at their own risk, but not further than one base.

18.No infield fly rule.

19.Defensively a parent will be allowed at every position.

20.The pitcher is a fielding position. The pitcher must remain in contact with the pitching rubber until the ball is legally hit.

21.No pitcher may play closer to home plate than the pitcher’s mound.

22.All other players must play in “normal” defensive positions at the time of the swing.

23.Outfielders must play behind the baselines.  There must be a player at all 9 positions.  Any additional players must play in the outfield.

24.In case of an injured player, the umpire has the discretion to kill play and return runners to their last gained base.

5-6 YEAR OLD T-BALL

1.  The coach is responsible for positioning the tee according to each of his/her batters. The tee can only be positioned one (1) time per at bat, unless the batter hits it and knocks the tee out of position.

2.  The umpire will call “Play Ball” when the ball is on the tee and everyone is ready.

3.  The ball must be put into play due to an act of the bat striking the ball and not as a result of the bat striking the tee. (Note: If the bat strikes any part of the ball, even in combination with the tee, the ball is in play.)

4.  The batter can only address the ball on the tee twice. If addressed three (3) times, a strike will be called on the batter.

5.  Each player will get three attempts to put the ball in play before an out is called.

6.  The batter must hit the ball outside of a 3-foot radius in front of the plate before it is considered in play.

7.  The coach is responsible for removing the tee from home plate after the ball is batted either fair or foul.

8.  Free substitution and full roster batting shall be utilized.

9.  The batter runner must use the orange part of the base. A fielder must use the white portion of the base.

10.If a batted ball touches any part of the white portion of the base it is a fair ball. If the ball strikes entirely on the orange side it is a foul ball.

11.All runners, including the batter, may advance one base maximum on infield hits and two bases maximum on outfield hits. A batted ball clearing the outfield fence in fair territory is a home run.

12.On balls hit to the infield and remaining in the infield, first base shall be the batter’s maximum advancement regardless of overthrows, etc. Runners already on base may advance at their own risk but not further than one base.

13.The offensive team shall be allowed to position coaches in the first and third base coaching boxes and to place a “batting coach” behind home plate at the screen to assist in positioning and equipping the hitter between pitches.

14.Runners may not steal bases or lead off. The runner must be in contact with the base when the ball is hit.

15.Bunting is not allowed.

16.The pitcher is a fielding position. The pitcher must remain in contact with the pitching rubber until the ball is legally hit.

17.No pitcher may play closer to home plate than the pitcher’s mound.

18.All other players must play in “normal” defensive positions at the time of the swing.

19.Outfielders must play behind the baselines.  There will be 4 outfielders.

20.The integrity of the game must be maintained at all times. Three defensive coaches are allowed on the field. One stationary coach will be allowed in the outfield and two along the sidelines as long as they stay against the fence in foul territory beyond either first or third base.

21.When a defensive coach, in the opinion of the game official, intentionally interferes with a play, the batter and all other base runners will be allowed to advance the maximum number of bases.

22.No infield fly rule.

23.In case of an injured player, the umpire has the discretion to kill play and return runners to their last gained base.

24.Only 10 defensive players are allowed on the field.

25.Only 3 defensive coaches are allowed outside the dugout in which only 1 can be in the outfield.

 

 

7-8 YEAR OLD COACH PITCH

1.Fair Ball Arc: There shall be a twenty (20) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. A batted ball must go past this line to be a fair ball.

2.Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit.

3.Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter circle with the front edge at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of home plate.

4.Pitcher’s Line: There shall be a line drawn from the pitcher’s circle to the safety arc. The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher’s line.  The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach while in the pitching position.

5.The pitching coach shall position himself as not to be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has been hit.

Penalty:  If a coach violates this rule after the ball is pitched, obstruction shall be called.

Additional Penalty:  If a coach violates this rule before the ball is pitched, First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of coach as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.

6.Pitching Coach: The Pitching Coach shall be an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age.

7.The catcher shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s box in a normal baseball manner. If in the Umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving the ball in a normal baseball manner, there shall be a warning issued. If the act continues after the warning, the offending teams’ manager shall be ejected.

8.Ten (10) defensive players shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position. All outfielders shall stay behind the baselines.

9.The defensive player listed as pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit.

Penalty: The play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or no-pitch.

Additional Penalty: First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.

10.Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of play and shall coach from the dugout.

11.The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.

12.The batting order shall constitute all present players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order.

13.Teams may start a game with eight (8) players. The ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) positions in the batting order shall be declared an out each turn at bat.   If there are only 9 players at the game, then the tenth (10th) position in the batting order shall be declared an out each turn at bat.

Approved Ruling: A ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.

14.Teams may use free substitution on defense but the batting order shall remain the same.

15.Bunting shall not be allowed.

16.The batter shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes. A batter that has received less than six (6) pitches and has a count of two (2) swinging strikes shall have his turn at bat extended on foul balls up to the six (6) pitch limit.

17.A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by announcement from the defensive team. 18.Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.

19.A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base. If the team batting has not played defense yet and a courtesy runner is used for a player, the player that was run for must assume the catching position the next inning. This scenario only applies in the first inning for the visiting team.  Mandatory with two outs.

20.A team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning, including the last inning or record three (3) outs.

21.Umpires shall call "Time" after every play and declare the ball dead. "Time" shall be called as soon as the all runners are not attempting to advance. "Time" does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule. When a runner stands off a base and "jukes" or "feints" back and forth, this is to be interpreted as "not attempting to advance" and "Time" shall be called.

22.When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the following shall apply: A) If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners shall advance. B) If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and a no-pitch is declared.

23.Teams shall have 60 seconds between half innings to change from offense to defense. Should the team changing to defense take longer than 60 seconds in taking its fielding positions, the umpire shall award the batter a ball for each 30 second delay beyond the 60 second time limit. This award shall be loud and obvious. Should the batter receive four such balls, he/she will be awarded a walk. This is the only walk allowed. Flagrant disregard for this rule can also result in ejection of the coach from the game.

24.In case of an injured player, the umpire has the discretion to kill play and return runners to their last gained base.

25.On overthrows, the runner or runners can advance until the lead runner stops advancing. The runner can be thrown out.  Ball becomes dead when the lead runner stops trying to advance. It is in the umpires' judgment which base the back runners are given when ball is called dead.

26.The number of offensive coaches on the field will be restricted to three (3). Further, their placement shall be restricted to the first and third base coaching boxes and the pitching circle. The other coaches shall remain in the dugout area. Coaches may not instruct players from behind the backstop or from other spectator areas. Violation will result in the player being called “out.”

27.A warning will be given to a team the first time a player tosses or throws his bat in a flagrant or detrimental way. Only one warning per team. On the second and subsequent occurrences, the batter’s turn will be over and an out will be recorded.

8 Year Old Exceptions

1.Bunting is allowed, except no bunts of any kind with a runner on 3rd base. When batter shows bunt he must bunt. If he pulls the bat back and swings, the batter will be called out. No runners will be allowed to advance.

9-10 YEAR OLD KID PITCH

9 Year Old Rules:

1.  No infield fly rule. Infielder has to catch the ball.

2.  On a dropped 3rd strike, the catcher has to throw out batter-runner or tag him.

3.  Full roster batting and free substitutions. If the pitcher is removed from the mound for any reason, he will not be allowed to re-enter later in that game as a pitcher.

4.  With 2 outs, mandatory pinch runners for the pitcher and catcher. The runner will be the player who made the last or previous out. The pinch runner cannot be the pitcher or catcher in the game at that time.

5.  Pitchers that pitch 3 innings in one day must take a mandatory 2 days rest. If a pitcher would pitch 3+ or more innings in one day, he will not be allowed to pitch in the next league game. Pitchers can pitch up to 3 innings in two consecutive days.

6.  There will be one warning per pitcher on balks. After that balks will be called.

10 Year Old Rules:

1.  Full roster batting and free substitutions. If the pitcher is removed from the mound for any reason, he will not be allowed to re-enter later in that game as a pitcher.

2.  Pitchers that pitch 3 innings in one day must take a mandatory 2 days rest. If a pitcher would pitch 3+ or more innings in one day, he will not be allowed to pitch in the next league game. Pitchers can pitch up to 3 innings in two consecutive days.

3.  There will be one warning per pitcher on balks. After that balks will be called.

4.  With 2 outs, mandatory pinch runners for the pitcher and catcher. The runner will be the player who made the last or previous out. The pinch runner cannot be the pitcher or catcher in the game at that time.

5.  Infield fly rule will be allowed. It is in the judgment of the umpire and CANNOT be questioned by the coaches or they will be ejected immediately.

11 YEAR OLD and UP

1.  Pinch runner for pitcher and catcher with 2 outs is mandatory.

2.  Pitchers that pitch 3 innings in one day must take a mandatory 2 days rest. If a pitcher would pitch 3+ or more innings in one day, he will not be allowed to pitch in the next league game. Pitchers can pitch up to 3 innings in two consecutive days.

3.  All balks will be called. No warnings will be given.

4.  Full roster batting and free substitutions. If the pitcher is removed from the mound for any reason, he will not be allowed to re-enter later in that game as a pitcher.