Baseball Rules

Updated Sunday March 31, 2019 by SWA Baseball.

 

 

BASEBALL RULES

South Williamson County Baseball Association

Rules for SPRING 2019

 

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS

1. A 10 minute grace period in effect before the first game of the day only. The

official game start time will revert back to the scheduled start time.

2. Protests must be submitted to the league commissioner in writing, with $50.00.

When protested event occurs, game will be stopped and umpire will make proper

notation in scorebook held by home team, then game will continue; otherwise,

protest is waived.

3. Any player causing a collision, not avoiding a collision or not attempting to avoid

a collision, at any base, will be called out. In addition, if the collision, in the

judgment of the umpire is deemed intentional, the player will be ejected from the

game.

4. Official time will be kept by the home plate umpire and/or scoreboards where

applicable, start time will also be noted on official home team score book.

5. If time expires and game is tied, there will be one (1) additional inning to play

out the tie. If the game is still tied at the end of the one (1) inning, game ends in

a tie.

6. Mercy Rule - 15 runs after 3 innings (2 1/2 if home team is winning) or 10 runs after 4 innings (3 1/2 if the home team is winning).

7. All field gates will remain closed during play.

8. Can add one (1) player from age group immediately below division in need of a

player only to avoid a forfeit. Extreme caution must be used in determining

child’s ability to play up in older age group. In addition, player must play in the

outfield and must occupy the last batting position.

9. In age groups 9/10 and up there shall be at least 2 umpires per game if for some

reason there is only one umpire then the visiting team shall provide an adult

representative to umpire the bases.

10. Each team shall bat the entire roster except Babe Ruth 13U and older.

11. Free substitution except for Babe Ruth 13U and older. Regular pitching rules still

apply.

12. Bat sizes:

Cal Ripken Division:

a. Diameter no greater than 2 5/8”

b.USA Baseball Marking

7. Note: No coach will be allowed to intentionally delay the progress of a game.

This will be left to the discretion of the umpire(s). Penalty for such an act will

be one warning; second time will result in an automatic ejection of the coach.

 

Coach Pitch 5/6

1. Baselines – 60 feet.

2. A game consists of six (6) innings or 1:15 in length.

3. An inning consists of three (3) outs or seven (7) runs maximum.

4. No player will sit out two (2) consecutive innings.

5. Play stoppage occurs when the lead runner is stopped. (Umpire’s discretion.)

6. Five (5) pitches for each batter; if after five (5) pitches the batter has not successfully hit the ball, the batter will then take two (2) swings from the batting tee.  If the ball does not land in fair play after those two (2) swings, the batter is out.

7. No bunting.

8. No stealing.

9.  The batter/runner will be limited to a one (1) base

advancement on overthrow to first base only; this is not an award – ball is still live.

All other runners may advance until play stoppage occurs when the lead runner is

stopped which is at the discretion of the umpire(s).

10. Defense consists of ten (10) players. Four (4) in the outfield and one (1) catcher.

11. If a team has less than ten (10) players, nine (9) regular positions must be fielded.

12. If a team has less than nine (9) players, a catcher’s position can be not fielded.

13. A team can start and play with eight (8) players and the ninth spot in the batting order

will be an automatic out. Less than eight (8) players will be a forfeit.

14. If a team has enough players to start the game but not all players are present, all

players that will eventually be present will be listed on the team lineup. Once the

player(s) arrive, they will then be added to the batting lineup and placed at the bottom

of the order.

15. No pinch runners, except for injury situations. 

The pinch runner must be the player who made the previous out. (If it is a

new inning it would be the last player to hit the inning before).

 

Rookie 7/8

1. Baselines – 60 feet.

2. A game consists of six (6) innings or 1:30 in length.

3. An inning consists of three (3) outs or seven (7) runs maximum.

4. No player will sit out two (2) consecutive innings.

5. Play stoppage occurs when the lead runner is stopped. (Umpire’s discretion.)

6. Seven (7) pitches or three (3) strikes for each batter; but cannot end on foul ball.

7. Bunting will be allowed. No “slash bunts”.

Once a player shows bunt, they must either bunt or pull back. If a player shows bunt, pulls back, and then hits (swings) or attempts to hit (swing), they will be called out.  The first and third basemen may move forward when the batter presents for a bunt.

8. No stealing.

9. The batter/runner will be limited to a one (1) base

advancement on overthrow to first base only; this is not an award – ball is still live.

All other runners may advance until play stoppage occurs when the lead runner is

stopped which is at the discretion of the umpire(s).

10. Defense consists of ten (10) players. Four (4) in the outfield and one (1) catcher.

11. If a team has less than ten (10) players, nine (9) regular positions must be fielded.

12. If a team has less than nine (9) players, a catcher’s position must be fielded.

13. A team can start and play with eight (8) players and the ninth spot in the batting order

will be an automatic out. Less than eight (8) players will be a forfeit.

14. If a team has enough players to start the game but not all players are present, all

players that will eventually be present will be listed on the team lineup. Once the

player(s) arrive, they will then be added to the batting lineup and placed at the bottom

of the order.

15. A pinch runner can only be used for the player currently occupying the catcher

position. The pinch runner must be the player whom made the previous out. (If it is a

new inning it would be the last player to hit the inning before). The pinch runner can

be used at any time while the catcher occupies a base.

 

Minors – 9/10 Year olds (kid pitch)

1. Baselines – 60 feet.

2. A game consists of six (6) innings or 1:45 in length.

3. An inning consists of three (3) outs or seven (7) runs maximum.

4. All players must play at least two (2) defensive innings.

5. Play stoppage occurs when the lead runner has been stopped (umpires

discretion). Umpire needs to clearly and noticeably stop play when they

determine the lead runner has been stopped. The intent of this rule is to mitigate

the “cat and mouse game” with the pitcher and runner at third.

6. No dropped third strike.

7. Infield fly rule is in effect.

8. Cal Ripken Minor Division 9/10 – A pitcher shall not be permitted to pitch more 75 pitches per game/day. If a player pitches between 1 - 40 pitches, that player needs no rest. If a player pitches between 41 - 65 pitches, that player needs 1 day of rest. If a player pitches 66+ pitches, that player needs 2 days of rest. 

9. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out. 

10. Regular baseball rules on pitcher substitutions.

11. Defense consists of nine (9) on the field.

12. Stealing allowed when the ball passes front edge of home plate.

13. Pitching distance is 46 feet measured from back of home plate to center of

pitching rubber.

14. Bunting is allowed.

15. A team can start and play with eight (8) players and the ninth spot in the batting

order will be an automatic out. Less than eight (8) players will be a forfeit.

17. If a team has enough players to start the game but not all players are present, all

players that will eventually be present will be listed on the team lineup. Once the

player(s) arrive, they will then be added to the batting lineup and placed at the

bottom of the order.

18. Balks will not be called.

19. A pinch runner can only be used for the player currently occupying the catcher

position. The pinch runner must be the player who made the previous out. (If it

is a new inning it would be the last player to hit the inning before). The pinch

runner can be used at any time while the catcher occupies a base.

20. Intentional Walk Rule - An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by hav ing it's coach request that the umpire to award the batter 1st base. This must be done before pitching to the batter. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.  

 

Majors – 11/12 Year Olds (kid pitch)

1. Baselines – 70 feet.

2. A game will consist of six (6) innings or 1:45 in length.

3. Double headers will be six (6) innings or 1:30 in length.

4. Infield fly rule is in effect.

5. Dropped third strike is in effect.

6. A maximum of seven (7) runs per inning will be allowed.

7. Each team will be required to bat the entire roster.

8. Cal Ripken Major Division 11/12 – A pitcher shall not be permitted to pitch more than 85 pitches per game/day. If a player pitches between 1 - 40 pitches, that player needs no rest. If a player pitches between 41 - 65 pitches, that player needs 1 day of rest. If a player pitches 66+ pitches, that player needs 2 days of rest. 

9. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out. 

10. Lead offs are allowed.

11. Balks will be called.

12. Regular Babe Ruth baseball rules on pitcher substitutions.

13. Pitching distance 50 feet from back edge of home plate to center of pitching

rubber.

14. A team can start and play with eight (8) players and the ninth spot in the batting

order will be an automatic out. Less than eight (8) players will be a forfeit.

15. If a team has enough players to start the game but not all players are present, all

players that will eventually be present will be listed on the team lineup. Once the

player(s) arrive, they will then be added to the batting lineup and placed at the

bottom of the order. If a game is started with the minimum number of players, an

out will be charged for the 9th spot until the late player arrives.

16. A pinch runner can only be used for the player currently occupying the catcher

position. The pinch runner must be the player whom made the previous out. (If it

is a new inning it would be the last player to hit the inning before). The pinch

runner can be used at any time while the catcher occupies a base.

17. Intentional Walk Rule - An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having it's coach request that the umpire to award the batter 1st base. This must be done before pitching to the batter. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award. 

 

Babe Ruth – 13 -15 Year Olds

1. A game consists of seven (7) innings or 2:00 in length.

2. Regular Babe Ruth baseball rules.

3. Babe Ruth 13-15 Division – A pitcher shall not be permitted to pitch more than 95 pitches per game/day. If a player pitches between 1 - 45 pitches, that player needs no rest. If a player pitches between 46 - 75 pitches, that player needs 1 day of rest. If a player pitches 76+  pitches, that player needs 2 days of rest. 4. There are no rule limitations for a Babe Ruth 16-18 pitcher. Extreme care should be used so an individual player is not overextended; protect the players arm.

4. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out. 

5. Intentional Walk Rule - An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having it's coach request that the umpire to award the batter 1st base. This must be done before pitching to the batter. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award. 

 

Babe Ruth – 16 -18 Year Olds

1. A game consists of seven (7) innings or 2:00 in length.

2. Regular Babe Ruth baseball rules.

3. Babe Ruth 16-18 Division  – A pitcher shall not be permitted to pitch more than 105 pitches per game/day. If a player pitches between 1 - 45 pitches, that player needs no rest. If a player pitches between 46 - 75 pitches, that player needs 1 day of rest. If a player pitches 76+  pitches, that player needs 2 days of rest. 4. There are no rule limitations for a Babe Ruth 16-18 pitcher. Extreme care should be used so an individual player is not overextended; protect the players arm.

4. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out. 

5. Intentional Walk Rule - An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having it's coach request that the umpire to award the batter 1st base. This must be done before pitching to the batter. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.