Games are five innings; three complete is an official game. After 90 minutes from the scheduled start time, the inning in progress is completed and one additional inning is played. There is no stealing. A runner caught leading or leaving early may be given one warning per team, and then called out.
If both teams have 11 or more players both must bat 11 (two extra hitters). Play is stopped when a pitcher has ball in mound area (runners who have not advanced at least halfway to the next base when the ball is possessed on the mound must return to the previous base).
Games are six innings; four complete is an official game. After 90 minutes from the scheduled start time, the inning in progress is completed and one additional inning is played.
Stealing: A runner may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate. If a runner leaves early, the play may continue and the runner called out. If safe, the runner and all other runners return to original base. If the pitcher receives the ball around the mound before a would-be base stealer is halfway, the runner must return to base. He may still be called out. A team gets one warning for leaving early, and then it becomes an out.
Minors and Majors
Coaches may make one trip per pitcher each inning. A second trip requires a pitching change. In the Minors, any pitcher may return to the mound as long as they have not left the game. In the Majors, one pitcher per team per game may return to the mound as long as they have not left the game.
Only USA stamped bats are allowed. All players must bat at least once and play six defensive outs. A violation will result in a loss unless the full number of innings not completed. There is unlimited re-entry–players may return to their original spot in the batting order only. Mercy rules: Minors, 10 run lead after three complete; Majors, 10 run lead after four.
Games are six innings; four complete is an official game. After 1 hour 45 min from the scheduled start time, the inning in progress is completed and one additional inning is played. The hidden ball trick is not allowed. A batter-runner may only advance on a third strike not caught if first base is not occupied at the time of pitch and less than two out.
Re-entry: Only starters may re-enter the game for the player who replaced them (once). Coaches may make one trip per pitcher in an inning. A second trip requires a pitching change. Pitchers may return to the mound as long as they have not left the game. The Infield fly rule and balks are called at umpires discretion. Umpires are encouraged to explain balk calls to educate pitchers and players. Mercy rule: 10 run lead after four complete. Bats -3 only; no metal cleats allowed.
Minors, Majors, and Senior League
A game may not start until both teams have nine dressed roster players. A forfeit is called 15 minutes after scheduled start time. If both teams are short, then both take a loss.
All substitutions must be reported to the umpire as well as the opposing manager. All divisions are allowed to bat 10 players (extra hitter, minors two extra hitters). An EH can assume a field position and a position player can become an EH. Any game called for rain or darkness during an inning will be determined by score of last completed inning, if official. Any player or coach ejected from a game must leave the park, or the team is subjected to forfeit, and the ejected player or coach may not participate in the team’s next game.
Extra hitters and all players are only excused from a minimum of six defensive outs if they bat twice (majors), or they bat once and play three defensive outs in the field (minors).
Minors: Pitchers are eligible for eight innings per week
Majors: Pitchers are eligible for nine innings per week
Senior: Pitchers are eligible for nine innings per week
The week is Monday to Sunday. A pitcher who throws three innings or fewer must have one calendar day of rest. A pitcher who throws four or more innings must have three calendar days of rest. One pitch in any inning is an inning pitched. Rest days apply even if the week changes, for example, a pitcher who throws four innings on Saturday may not pitch again until Wednesday. A starting pitcher may not pitch into extra innings. Any violation of pitching rules will result in loss of game.
The home team must supply a line up card and game balls. The home manager must fill out the card with starting line up, list all subs, and give the card to the visiting manager to do the same. Teams should record each other’s line-up from the card. The umpire must have the completed card to start the game.
Players arriving late must check in with the umpire to get on the card. Any players arriving after three complete may not play.
The winning manager must send in a game report within 24 hours of a game with the final score, pitchers’ last names and innings pitched for both teams, and highlights for both teams. Text Mike Kudisch at 857-294-1290 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.