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Major and Minor League Governing Rules (To be updated in 2017)

A)    Free substitution of players is allowed during the game. An exception is for pitchers, where the rule reverts back to the Babe Ruth Cal Ripken rule book-  The starting pitcher can come out and then re-enter once as a pitcher.  The pitcher that came in to pitch as a sub pitcher cannot leave the game and re-enter as a pitcher.  

B)    A continuous batting line-up consisting of all of all present, eligible, uniformed players is required. When employing a continuous line-up, free substitution of defensive players is allowed during the game, but the batting order shall remain the same. All players other than the nine (9) defensive position players are Extra Hitters and may move freely in defensive positions with the exception of the pitching position where the rule reverts back to the Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken rule book- The starting pitcher can come out and then re-enter once as a pitcher. The pitcher that came in to pitch as a sub pitcher cannot leave the game and re-enter as a pitcher. Any player(s) arriving after the game has begun, shall be added to the bottom of the batting line-up. When using the continuous lineup and a player has to leave the game for any reason, that position in the line-up will be skipped; the offense will not take an out for that at-bat.

C)    A ten (10) run slaughter rule will be implemented. If a team is leading by ten (10) runs at the end of the 4th inning, the game is over.

D)    A pitcher will be removed from the game if he/she hits 3 batters in a half inning or 5 in a game.

E)     In the Cal Ripken division, the slaughter rule will be in effect if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs in the fourth inning.  In the Babe Ruth division, the slaughter rule will apply if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs in the fifth inning.     

F)     Home Team is responsible for prepping the field before the game, and making sure that their dugout and bleachers are clean after the game. Visiting team is responsible for working the scoreboard, raking the field after the game, and making sure that their dugout and bleachers are clean.

G)    Protests must be made, in writing, at the time of the incident and forwarded to the League President within 24 hours. The plate umpire must also be notified immediately at the time of the incident that the game is being played under protest. The board will review. This DOES NOT APPLY to umpire’s judgment calls, only rule and/or regulation violations. Decisions will be relayed to the Vice President of the affected division.

A)    Disciplinary problems, resulting in the non-participation of a player for a particular game, must be reported to the opposing teams’ coach and the umpire prior to that game. Disciplinary problems during the game resulting in non-participation for the remainder of the game must also be reported to the opposing teams’ coach and the umpire.

B)    Cal Ripken rules dictate that players MUST participate in each six-inning game, regardless of time, to include a minimum of (6) defensive outs and a (1) time at bat. This applies to Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth divisions. Coaches are strongly encouraged to provide more than the minimum requirements to all players and violation of this rule will result in a one-game suspension for the head coach.

C)    Batting Rule: All players present at the game will remain in the batting order.  The batting   order will remain unchanged during the game.

D)    Pitching Rules:

1.      A Cal Ripken Baseball pitcher, regardless of age may pitch six (6) innings  per calendar week.

a)      applies to all games regardless of when played. This includes rescheduled and make make-up  games.

b)      If a pitcher delivers one (1) pitch in an inning he shall be charged for one (1)  inning pitched.

2.      No Pitcher may pitch more than 3 innings in any one game.

3.      The calendar week of Babe Ruth League, Inc. is Monday through, and including Sunday.

4.      A Cal Ripken Baseball pitcher must have two (2) calendar days rest  between pitching  assignments if he pitches in more than two innings in any one  game.

                    Ex: Pitcher pitches all 6 innings Monday (Monday is an example but includes any day of the week including Sat and Sun) he is done for the week.

                    Ex: Pitcher pitches 2 innings on Mon, pitches 3 innings on Wed, he can pitch 1 inning on Saturday or Sunday.

                   Ex: You have a make up game on Sunday, he pitches one pitch in the 3rd inning he must have a two day rest.

5.      No matter what day of the week it is, if you pitch two innings and at least one pitch in a third inning you must have a two day rest.

E)     Any time a player or coach behaves in an unsportsman like manner (throwing equipment, abusive language),he/she may, at the discretion of the umpire, may be removed from the game.

F)     Contact Rule(All Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball Divisions) If a runner attempting to reach home plate intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player in the area of home plate, he will be called out on the play and ejected from the game. The objective of this rule is to penalize the offensive team for crashing the defensive player, rather than trying to reach home plate. Obviously this is an umpire's judgment call. If there is a play at home the offensive player must slide, if not he will be called out, again this is an umpires judgment call.

G)    If player is not at the game by the end of 2nd inning - 1st pitch has been thrown in 3rd inning player CANNOT enter the game- EXCEPTIONS can be agreed upon between BOTH coaches for late arrivals in case of emergencies or school field trips.

H)    The Head Coach is responsible for posting a list of the team’s pitchers and the number of innings each player pitched. Paperwork is to be dropped at the concession stand after each game and must include the pitcher’s name, age, innings pitched and the applicable date and coach must initial .  

I)      Only head coaches may speak with umpires during the game.

J)       The Board suggests that games be rescheduled for the following Sunday. In the event that the participating teams are unable to play the game on that Sunday, the coaches of those teams will work together, and with the counsel of the Coaches Representative, to ensure that the game is made up prior to the close of the regular season, generally during one of the team's scheduled practices. Coaches must ensure that any game reschedule is communicated with their division representative on the Board. A player cannot be penalized due to religious beliefs for not attending the game.

K)    Teams will come back and ONLY finish the game to the end of the time limit that was left from the original game. Umpires will ONLY be paid ONE time for each game, if a game is called and has to be rescheduled the umpire that is scheduled to the “normal” games will also be responsible for finishing the remainder of the make- up game.

L)     The scoreboard will be turned off if one team is leading the other by 15

or more runs. No stealing or advancement of bases on overthrows with a 15 run lead.

SECTION 3 – Major Division Specifics

A) Time limits for Majors-All Major Games will have an 2 hr time limit, this includes weekday and weekend games. No new inning shall start after the 2 hr  minute mark, this allows us to finish an inning and a game at 8:05-8:10. If a game starts at 6:00 then no new inning shall start after 8:00. Umpires watch will be the determined time.

B) Balks for Major Division

1.      The plate umpire will call balks

2.      The plate umpire will discuss with both head coaches before the game and let them know what he considers a balk. In the beginning of the season there will be 'flexibilty' with calling balks- if there is no advantage gained- no balk will be called. The umpire will warn the coach that a balk has occurred (it is balk).Starting the 4th Monday of the season umpires will be calling balks and the balk ruling will be strictly enforced

A)    Major Division- Umpiring commitment

1.      It will be mandatory for all major coaches to field umpire games, they will be required to cover all games. 

2.      Chief Umpire will look at the schedule and assign coaches the days that they will field umpire, if they do not show up they will not be allowed to coach their next game. They can have a parent do the field umpiring. If the coach assigns someone and they do not show, it is still the coaches responsibility and they will not coach their next game. There are no warnings.

B)    Major Division End of season tournament

1.      Single Elimination

2.      No time limit on any games

3.      6 innings if you don’t finish 6 innings come back the next day to finish

4.      Pitching is NOT a rolling 6.:

5.      A ten (10) run slaughter rule will be implemented. If a team is leading by ten (10) runs at the end of the 4th inning, the game is over.

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