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GENERAL GAME RULES

1.     A player removed from the mound as pitcher may not return to the mound later in that game to pitch again except for Mantle League.

2.     An intentional walk is automatic and counts as 4 pitches toward pitch count, upon declaration by the defensive team in Future and  Bronco Leagues .  Coach must request an automatic walk.

3.     Umpires do not have to grant time outs.  A time out cannot be used to stop a play until the pitcher has the ball.  The only exception is for injuries.

4.     Pitch count rules are to be follow as specified per league.   Pitch count rules are printed on the pitch count form.

5.     One defensive conference is allowed per inning, excluding Coach Pitch T-Ball.

6.     Future and Bronco on deck rules. At the batting team manager's judgment, the on deck batter maybe allowed to warm up in the on deck circle behind the batter. Do not abuse this rule to use up game time, if the umpire determines abuse of this rule he may confine on deck batters to their dugout.

7.    Defensive and offensive obstruction will be a point of emphasis this year for player safety.  Injuries by collision of players is a major concern.  A Defensive player may not remain in a base path without possession of the ball, this includes standing on a base or home plate while the ball is in play.  As a example, coaches should teach their first baseman to step toward the pitcher's mound when there is not going to be a play at first base.  Once the runner rounds first base the first baseman can return to the base.  A catcher should be taught to be in front of home plate to catch a throw on an attempted play at home plate, once the catcher has the ball he may enter the baseline to apply a tag.  Likewise, an offensive player should slide on plays at a base or plate to avoid contact, the offensive player will be called out on plays where it is deemed by the umpire that the runner should have slid to avoid contact.  Coaches, instructing your runners to slide will avoid head on collisions.

Any additional rules will be given to the coaches from the respective commissioners of their league.

Batting Cage Rules

1.     No more than 2 people are allowed inside a batting cage at a time.   If Under 18 (or any high school student regardless of age) must wear a protective helmet.

2.     Cages are first come first serve basis (however, Dukes Baseball has priority in the cage closest to the Mantle Field)  Batting cages are limited to 1 per team (if another team is present and wants to use a cage)
 
 
INSTRUCTIONAL T Ball LEAGUE RULES

This is a completely instructional league, no score is kept, all players play every inning defensively and bat in a continuous order.  The emphasis is on teaching the very basics of the game ie running bases, throwing the ball, catching the ball, not throwing bats, positions on the field, etc.

1.     Managers will bat half their rosters each inning.

2.     There is no five (5) run rule in this league.

3.     There will be no score keeping or record keeping in this league.

4.     There will be a four (4) innings or one (1) hour time limit for each game.

5.     There can be no more than four (4) players and the pitcher in the infield.

6.     Players in the outfield must be no closer than 100 feet from Home Plate.

7.     Late players will be added to the bottom of the batting order.

8.     Runners must stay on the base until the ball is hit.

 
Coach Pitch T-BALL LEAGUE RULES

emphasis continues on learning the game and hitting live pitching from the coach.  This league has 2 parts, regular season where no scores are kept, coaches umpire their own games, players must move defensive positions each inning and all players play defense each inning including batting in a continuous order.  The second part is a competitive tournament in which the following changes are made, scores are kept and a champion will be declared, first use of umpires, players are allowed to play the same position (so higher skilled players will play more important positions). This is the player's first experience with emphasis being placed on winning.  (all players are still required to play defense and bat in continuous order)

1.     The base paths shall be fifty (50) feet .  The minimum distance to the outfield fence shall be 150 feet

2.     There can be no more than four (4) players and the pitcher in the infield.  Infielders will play in their "normally" expected position, No Defensive Shifts are allowed.

3.     Players in the outfield must be  no closer than 100 feet from Home Plate.  An arc will be placed 10' from home plate, a ball is considered foul if it doesn't cross this line when struck. 

4.     All players will play the entire game unless injured or being disciplined.

5.     Late players will be added to the bottom of the batting order.

6.     Not more than five (5) runs can be scored per half inning.

7.     Runners must stay on the base until the ball is hit.

8.     *Pitcher will start on the right or left side of pitchers mound where the rubber is and will remain there for the inning. At no time can they move to the other side of the mound till the next inning starts.

8.     During regular season a defensive player cannot play the same position more than one inning. (must rotate positions every inning)

9.    The base runners can continue to advance while the ball is in the outfield. Once the ball has broken the plane of the infield, the base runners can advance to the next base if they are past the white line. If they are behind the white line they must go back the base.

10. During the tournament, a game is considered official at the completion of the 3rd inning. 

11. **New 2020 On a hit that stays in the field of play, the hitter will only be allowed to advance to 2nd base (a double).  Runners on base will only be allowed to advance 2 bases on a hit ball.  On a hit that clears the fence, a home run will be awarded.  This is for all games including tournament.

 
FUTURE LEAGUE RULES

emphasis continues on learning the game and advancing skill levels (first time it becomes more like real baseball)  Kids pitch to kids, there is a regular season champion and then a tournament is played based on seeding and a tournament champion will be crowned.  We attempt to limit the teams to 11 players because they are still all required to play the field every inning and as they improve skills in the outfield it becomes more and more crowded and difficult to learn outfield positions properly.

1.     The base paths shall be sixty (60) feet and the pitching rubber shall be forty-six (46) feet from home plate.   The minimum distance to the outfield fence shall be 150 feet

2.     All players must play the field and bat the entire game unless injured or being disciplined.

3.     There can be no more than four (4) players and the pitcher in the infield.

4.     Players in the outfield must be no closer than 110 feet from Home Plate.

5.     Runners may steal, but may not leave the base until the ball has crossed the plate.  A runner at third cannot advance to Home on a Passed Ball or Wild Pitch.   *The intent of this rule is to stop the advancement to home only on Passed Balls or Wild Pitches.    (Base runners occupying 1st or 2nd may advance on PB or WP) If the defense makes a play on a runner at any base following the pitch or the throw from the catcher to the pitcher is mishandled the ball will be considered live and all base runners may advance from any base at their peril.

6.     During a pitch, runners who are not on the base before the ball has crossed the plate shall be called out and the pitch will be a no pitch.

7.     After a walk,  the runner must remain at 1st base until next legal pitch.  (regardless of any other live action as a result of the walk)

8.     "Mercy Rule" Game will be considered completed after either team leads by 15 runs after 4 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings (this rule is secondary to the time limit rule). If the home team is leading, the game will end at the point where the fore mentioned run lead is met.   There is a five (5) run limit per half inning except for the sixth inning.  The defensive team must record three (3) outs in the sixth inning regardless of the number of runs scored.

9.    No new inning shall start after 2 hours.  It is possible to tie. The next inning is considered "started" at the 3rd out of the previous inning.

10.   Teams will be limited to a maximum of 12 players.

11.  Courtesy Runner for the Catcher will not be allowed. The only  time a courtesy runner can be employed is for an injury. (the runner will be the player that made the last out) Note:  Since all players at this level play offensively there are no players available to be a pinch runner, so pinch runners are not allowed.

12.  All teams must complete an umpire evaluation after each of their own games.  It should be completed by the Head Coach or his appointee.

 
BRONCO LEAGUE RULES

emphasis continues on skill development and more emphasis is put on how to win and how to accept losses.  There is a regular season champion and tournament champion.  We still try to limit the teams to 11 players specifically because this is the first time only 9 fielders are allowed (coaches are instructed to make every attempt to have each player play at least 2 innings on defense and hopefully 3 innings.

1.     The base paths shall be seventy (70) feet and the pitching rubber shall be fifty (50) feet from home plate.

2.     All teams must bat all players in a continuous batting order.

3.     Game will consist of 6 innings

4.     No New Inning shall be started after 2 hours.  It is possible to tie.  The next inning is considered "started" at the 3rd out of the previous inning.

5.     All others rules will be in accordance with MLB Rules.

6.     "Mercy Rule" Game will be considered completed after either team leads by 15 runs after 4 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings (this rule is secondary to the time limit rule). If the home team is leading, the game will end at the point where the fore mentioned run lead is met. 

7.     Teams will be limited to a maximum of 12 players.

8.    Courtesy Runner for the Catcher will not be allowed. The only  time a courtesy runner can be employed is for an injury. (the runner will be the player that made the last out) Note:  Since all players at this level play offensively there are no players available to be a pinch runner, so pinch runners are not allowed.

9.   All teams must complete an umpire evaluation after each of their own games.  It should be completed by the Head Coach or his appointee.

 
KOUFAX LEAGUE RULES

We enter teams into Byron Park District league, we follow their rules.  Al Morrison does not run this league.  This league follows IHSA High School Rules since it is generally 8th graders, incoming Freshman and a few younger Sophomores.   Emphasis changes more to winning and higher skill development needed to advance to High School Baseball.  The rules dictate the teams must field and bat 9, but allows all players to bat in the regular season.  There is not an innings played on defense requirement, although we recommend to our coaches that all players should be given opportunities to play in the field.  We also emphasize to the coaches to make sure players have the defensive skills to be able to protect themselves in infield positions as they are now facing batters that can hit the ball much harder because of size and age.  There is a regular season champion and tournament champion.

     The Koufax league will follow the Byron League Rules.  Byron Rules 2019


MANTLE LEAGUE RULES

1.     At the last game, UNIFORMS and equipment will be turned into the League Equipment Director or a Board Member. 

*****Safety Notice for Parents & Coaches*****

As children begin their

sports careers, it's important to help them learn about their equipment and

safety issues and establish good habits.  One thing young players (&

even coaches!) may need help with is learning to put their batting helmets on

properly & which size to use.   Helmets should be pulled down

with the bill of the helmet even with the eyebrows & pushed all the way

down on their heads, much like a regular baseball cap.  When worn this

way, the players drastically reduce the chance of being hit in the face,

temple, and forehead with a ball or a bat.  They are also able to focus on

running the bases rather than trying to keep the helmet on their

head.   Another benefit is that the ear pads should help keep hair

pulled back inside the helmet instead of in the face (especially for

girls).  Smaller heads may need a cap underneath the helmet, but both cap

and helmet should be placed correctly.  If your child needs a larger

helmet in order to fit properly, please see a board member so your team may get

the proper equipment.  And please don't be afraid to speak to your coach

before or after games/practices if you see a child not wearing helmets

properly!  





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