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19-22 MASSASOIT BABE RUTH SUMMER BASEBALL LEAGUE

 

This Summer Baseball League will follow all rules listed in the official Babe Ruth rules and Regulations book and the official Baseball Rulebook except as modified below.

 

This Summer Baseball League will follow all rules listed in the official Babe Ruth rules and Regulations book and the official Baseball Rulebook except as modified below.


 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Though this League remains a 19-22 one, 18 year old baseball age players can be rostered and are eligible to play.


 

BALK RULE CHANGE

 

The rules of Baseball no longer allows a pitcher, who has his foot on the rubber, to fake a throw to third base.


 

PITCHING REQUIREMENTS

 

There is no restriction on number of innings pitched during a week.

 

—One pitch constitutes an inning.

—No pitcher may pitch more than a total of 12 innings within a period of two consecutive days.

—A pitcher may only pitch three consecutive days if they have NO more than three innings on each of the previous two days.

—Under no circumstances can a player pitch on four consecutive days.

 

If a player is a college pitcher, the pitching limit is three innings per game (normal pitching rules apply, i.e., one pitch constitutes an inning, etc.)

 

The manager must keep pitching logs on all pitchers and record it in the scorebook when the pitcher has started and stopped.

 

A pitcher must be removed after the second trip during any inning by a manager and although he may stay in the game, he may not return to the mound during that game.

 

Pitchers must accept all catcher signals with the pitcher’s foot in contact with the pitching rubber.


 

OFFICIAL GAMES

 

An official game is 7 innings.  All games must be played.

 

All games not played are treated as losses in determining final standings.

 

No new inning shall begin after 2 1/2 hours if another game is scheduled to start after game being played.  Games with no game following should be completed.

 

Extra innings will be played if time/darkness allows.

 

All games shall revert to the score of the previously completed inning if called due to weather or time limit.  

 

Winning team receives two points.  In the event of a tie, each team receives one point.  

 

An official game is 5 innings.  If the home team is ahead after 4 1/2 innings, this constitutes an official game.  All games stopped due to darkness or weather and are not official shall be treated as a suspended game and shall be resumed from the point play has stopped.  Any new players in attendance when the suspended game resumes may and will be inserted at the end of the lineup. Original lineup must remain the same. Any players missing will be skipped in the lineup without penalty.   

 

SLAUGHTER RULE

 

If a team is ahead by ten runs or more after completion of either the fifth inning or sixth inning (4 1/2 innings or 5 1/2 innings if the home team is leading) and both teams have had equal times at bat, the game is over.

 

ROSTER

 

A team must have a minimum of eight players in order to begin or continue playing a game.  

 

The purpose of the League is to afford players the opportunity to play baseball, so with that concept in mind, the opposing team will “lend” players to the other team on game day in order that the team will have nine players on the field.   The player(s) lended will not bat for the opposing team. The player(s) lended can rotate, and do not have to be the same player(s) for the entire game. The lended player(s) will not be eligible to pitch for the opposing team. The exception to the above rule is when each team has eight players per side, the game will be played 8 vs. 8.  

 

During the playoffs, teams will play with players from their own roster.  

 

A team’s roster should be set by approximately July 1st.  We are all on the honor system, and it is understood that teams shall not add to their roster later in the season with players not originally on their roster.   

 

LENGTH OF APPEARANCE IN GAME

 

Players arriving late to a game are allowed to play and will be inserted into the lineup at the end of the batting order.

 

All teams shall use a continuous batting order and free substitution in the field is allowed.   

 

A player must play a minimum of three innings in the field in a regulation game (with the home team batting in the 7th inning).  If this does not occur, the game shall be forfeited.

 

If a player is required to leave during the course of the game, his spot in the batting order is skipped over with no penalty to the team at bat providing the player’s manager advises the opposing team’s manager prior to his spot in the batting order being reached.

 

UMPIRES

 

Two patched umpires are required for each game.  If only one umpire is present, teams may agree to play, but the umpire must be at least 18 years of age.  No protest is allowed based on one umpire if the game is agreed to be played.

 

NO ONE shall argue balls and strikes.

 

Managers may have a reasonable time to discuss plays occurring on the field or rule interpretations.  Yelling, swearing, or harassing umpires will not be tolerated and may result in ejection. A player, coach, or manager ejected by an umpire must leave the premises.  

 

A player may be ejected without a warning for throwing equipment or other objects.  Two ejections during the season for a player or manager will result in the suspension of the individual for the remainder of the season (including playoffs).

 

SLIDE RULE

 

Slide or avoid is in effect as ruled by the game umpire.  This rule should be reviewed before each game. A runner will be called out if, in the umpire’s opinion, there should have been a slide on the play.

 

Any attempt to injure another player (lowering the shoulder, spikes high, etc.) is an automatic game ejection.   

 

The catcher may not obstruct the runner’s path to home plate or block home plate unless the catcher is in possession of the baseball.  

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Courtesy runners will be allowed for injured players only.  The substitute runner shall be the player who made the last out.  

 

No hidden ball plays are allowed.

 

Metal spikes are permitted.

 

Diamond D-1 PRO, Diamond D1-NFHS, or Rawlings R100-HS baseballs shall be used.  

 

All bats must be BBCOR .50.  No greater than -3.

 

Traditional matching baseball uniforms must be worn by players, though it is understood (due to the nature of the League) that all matching uniforms may not have been ordered and purchased by the start of the season.  

 

The field shall be properly maintained in order to assure the safety of the players, coaches, and spectators.  Coaches/players/parents from both teams should be prepared to help get the field ready. No batting practice on the field is allowed.  

 

A protest should be noted with the umpire at the time of the event and the umpire shall sign the scorebook.  Due to the size of the League, the protesting manager will email the other League managers (copying the opposing manager of the game in question), and by a majority vote (not including the two managers of the protested game) the issue will be decided.  

 

Head first slide is allowed.  

 

No slashing is permitted.

 

No Alcohol is the policy of the League and will not be allowed at any of the fields used for games.   

 

PLAYOFFS

 

With seven teams participating in the 2019 season, the playoff structure will be as follows:

 

The #1 seed during the season will receive a bye during the first round of the playoffs.  The first round games will be #2 seed vs. #7 seed, #3 seed vs. #6 seed, and #4 seed vs. #5 seed.  The better seed is always the home team. If possible (to be agreed upon by all managers prior to beginning of the playoffs), the Championship Series will be best two games out of three.  Cost of umpire fees will be split by both teams during each playoff game.

 

If two teams are tied in points at end of season, the following tie-breakers will be utilized to determine the better seeding:  

 

#1.  Head to head records between the teams tied in points.

#2. Total runs scored in the head to head games between the tied teams (most runs wins tie-breaker).

#3.  Overall winning percentage of teams involved in the tie.