All games at all Parks will be played in accordance with National Federation of High School (NFHS) rules unless otherwise modified by the following rules.
TB 1. Game Times and Scoring
A. 5 inning games
B. Time limit 1 hr. 15 min.
C. There will be a maximum of five (5) runs allowed in all innings except the fifth in which there will be a maximum of ten (10) runs. Insurmountable lead rule is in effect (Game should end if and when win or tie is impossible)
D. Game may end in a tie and need not be completed unless League standing is impacted. (spring season will not end in a tie, due to Allstar Coaching)
E. Incomplete games (less than 4 inning) need not be resumed unless League standing is impacted.
F. Mercy Rule is 11 runs after 4 innings
TB 2. General Rules
A. Faceguards are mandatory
B. Bats [DYB Rule 1.10]
• 2 ¼” Diameter must be 1.15 BPF stamped bat or USA Baseball approved
• Big Barrel bats (2 5/8) are legal for this Level of play but must also be a 1.15 BPF stamped bat or USA Baseball approved USSA stamp as well, NO 2 ¾ barrel bats.
C. Each team is allowed to have three (3) coaches, which includes the manager. Two (2) coaches are allowed in the outfield while their team is on defense.
D. The adult pitcher must have one foot in the circle while pitching. When the pitch is released, every infielder, including the defensive pitcher, who must be in the circle, may stand in front of an imaginary line drawn between the 1st and 3rd bases. If the ball is fielded inside the circle, he must throw the ball in an overhand motion to a base of his choice. If he fields the ball outside the circle, he may continue to tag a base or any baserunner. The circle will be a 6 ft radius (12 ft diameter) around the 36 ft pitching rubber or pitchers mark.
E. If the adult pitcher is hit by a batted ball or the coach inadvertently interferes with the fielder, the ball is dead and it will be a “no pitch”.
F. Hitting –
• Half season or designated date, five players must be designated as Coach Pitch hitters and CANNOT utilize the tee for that entire game. These can be changed at the next game based on progress of each individual player. These five players can be placed anywhere in the lineup. Once the lineup is set, they will bat in that order for the duration of the game. During Fall ball, this rule will not apply. This is a fundamental season and it is meant to teach them, not discourage them.
• Five (5) pitches to hit the ball will be allowed for each batter.
• The first 3 pitches must be taken from the coach pitch. At the coaches’ discretion, any of the additional 2 pitches may be taken from the tee or from the coach pitch.
• If the fifth pitch is fouled, the batter will be allowed to continue until he swings and misses or the ball is put in play. (Hitting the TEE without contact with the ball is a swing and miss).
• A batted ball that does not travel outside a marked ten (10) foot radius of home plate is a foul ball.
G. Each team to provide their own baseballs. (1 per game minimum per team)
H. Plays not allowed.
• No Intentional walk
• No bunting
• No Infield Fly
• No Leading off from base
• No Base stealing
• No head first slide
I. Free defensive substitutions are permitted provided that minimum play requirements, determined by each team’s Local Association, are met.
J. All players who are eligible to participate shall be placed in the batting order and bat consecutively in that order.
K. All players will be allowed on defense with standard infield and all other players in the outfield.
L. If a team starts play with seven (7) players, an automatic out will be taken for the eighth (8th) position in the batting order for every cycle through the batting order. (No penalty of an out, if loss during the game is due to injury/sickness). At the discretion of the team Manager; If a player arrives late for the game, that player may enter the game and be inserted at the end of the batting order, even if the team has already completed one cycle through the batting order.
M. The play becomes dead when:
• The pitcher or any defensive player has control of the ball inside the pitching circle. Runners will be awarded bases according to their position relative to a line drawn midway between first- second, second-third and third-home bases.
• Any defensive player with the ball standing in front of the lead runner or no more than 1 base ahead can call for time. (Any runner other than the lead runner should be allowed to advance to the next open base before time is granted)
N. A team warning for "slinging the bat" will be issued for the 1st offense. Any player from that team will be called out on any subsequent occurrence.
O. If a player is injured in a game and cannot play, move the batting order up one player. If the player is able to return to play, reenter the player back in same spot in the lineup.
P. An adult catcher, may be allowed when a team is on offense or a kid catcher may be used.
Q. 1st Basemen may run home to make a play or to cover home with or without a catcher present.
R. Outfielders must play in the grass. If they field a ball they must make a throw to the infield.
S. An adult may stand behind a kid catcher if one is being used. They are only there to speed up the game by returning balls that may get past the catcher.
TB 3. Replacement Players
Will be allowed during Regular Season but not Post-Season Tournament play, when your team falls below nine (9) players.
A. Replacement player(s) can be from another REC. team of same Level from your Association or lower.
B. If only one (1) team in your Association, replacement player(s) can be from another REC. team of same Level in your League or lower.
C. Cannot add to more than nine (9) players to a team.
D. The added player(s) must bat last and play in the outfield.
E. No travel league players are allowed to compete, if a coach has recruited his team, that is a travel league, whether they play for a Rec team or not. This coach will be disqualified and will not be allowed to play in the BBL.