The 11 & 12 year old league division of Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. is organized as a baseball tournament program for youth ages 11 & 12. Rules set forth in this book shall govern all tournament play.
100. THE PLAYING FIELD
101. First and third baselines shall be seventy (70) feet from the point of home plate.
102. The distance from the point of home plate to second base and from first base to third base shall be ninety-nine (99) feet.
103. The pitching distance shall be fifty (50) feet from the point of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.
104. The home run distance should be 200 feet. The maximum home run distance shall be 250 feet.
105. The height of the pitching rubber above the level of home plate shall be raised by a gradual slope to six (6) inches. The strike zone shall comply with major league rules.
201. All players must wear a numbered baseball uniform. A uniform consists of a cap, shirt, pants and stockings. Shirts must be tucked inside pants. Team uniforms should be the same color. T-shirts (sleeves) of not more than two colors may be worn with the uniform. Pitchers may not wear T-shirts with white sleeves showing. In all tournament play coaches must wear coordinated coach's shirt and team caps.
202. No metal cleats shall be allowed.
203. A pressure type protective batting helmet with protective face mask, with full ear flaps and chin strap, must be worn by all batters and base runners. A player refusing to wear the protective helmet, after being warned to do so by the umpire, will not be allowed to continue as a player in the game. The substitute will assume the ball and strike count if the player was a batter, or will take his position on the base he occupied if he was a base runner.
204. All players should wear athletic supporters.
205. Catchers must wear a protective cup and throat protector.
206. Catchers must wear a protective helmet or plastic cap with, or attached to, the mask and full catcher's equipment while on defense.
207. The official baseball is the baseball approved by Metro Sports Baseball Board of Directors.
208. There is no bat size restriction for the 12 year old and younger leagues, except that all bats must be unaltered regulation baseball (not softball) bats. For the 13 year old and older leagues, bat restrictions shall be the same as those adopted by the AHSSA (Alabama High School Athletic Association), currently meaning the bats cannot be larger than 2-5/8" in diameter and have no more than a -3 drop in weight to length ratio. Bats that are broken, cracked or dented shall be removed upon discovery without penalty. 209. Any player warming up a pitcher shall wear a catchers mask; there shall be a protective player within close proximity of the pitcher and catcher wearing a batting helmet to protect the catcher and pitcher while they are warming up.
300. SUBSTITUTION RULES
301. Metro Sports Baseball for this age division is played under re-entry substitution. Any starting player (pitcher included) may be removed from the game by being replaced with a substitute, and then return to the lineup one time; however, the starter must replace the first player who replaces him and be inserted in the same position in the batting order that he possessed at the start of the game. The substitute must be inserted in the same position in the batting order as the starter. (NOTE: A substitute who replaces a starting player may be replaced by another substitute. However, in doing so, the starting player and the substitute that replaced the starting player are both out for the remainder of the game. Also, DO NOT VIOLATE PITCHING RULES, see Rule 605.) Once the substitute has been removed from the game he cannot return. The substitute can make only one appearance in the game. EXCEPTION: See Rule 303, A coach must notify the official scorekeeper of each batting substitution when made. Failure of a coach to notify the score keeper of a batting substitution will result in the coach receiving a warning from the tournament director once the opposing coach identifies the infraction. (This rule would nullify the batting out of order rule as described in the major league baseball rule book.) (See Rule 607 regarding failure to report pitching change.) (Rules Committee comments: Failure of a coach to notify the scorekeeper of a substitution only comes into play when an opposing coach, not the scorekeeper, notifies the scorekeeper or umpire of the failure of the coach to announce the substitute. If the scorekeeper or umpire is not notified of the violation by the opposing coach before the inning ends, there is no violation. The scorekeeper/umpire must be notified in the inning the violation occurs, otherwise, it is too late and there is no violation. The opposing coach, not the scorekeeper, is responsible to raise the issue that this rule is violated. If the opposing coach does not raise the issue, the scorekeeper should remain silent on the violation of this rule.)
302. A batter removed from the game because of too many appearances on the field by a coach in one inning, cannot return to the game until this half inning of play has been completed. Should this batter be a substitute player, he cannot return to the game at all, because a substitute can make only one appearance. EXCEPTION: See Rule 303.
303. If a head coach has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured, or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING HEAD COACH must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill, or injured player or players. However, an ejected player cannot return to the game under any circumstances. If there is no one for the opposing head coach to select then the game will be forfeited. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.
304. In the judgment of the umpire, if a defensive player is injured by being hit in the face, throat, or head and cannot continue to play, time will be called immediately and all players awarded one base. Any other injury deemed serious enough in the judgment of the umpire will be handled in the same manner. A coach must not enter the field until time is called by the umpire. NOTE: THIS IS A JUDGMENT CALL AND CANNOT BE APPEALED OR PROTESTED.
400. HEAD COACH AND COACHES
401. Two adults may coach the bases. In all tournament play coaches must wear coordinated coach's shirt and team cap. Each team shall have a head coach and up to three (3) assistant coaches.
402. All players and coaches must remain in the dugout, on the benches, or in the prescribed areas throughout the game.
403. Any coach who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than one (1) time in one inning (not game) per pitcher to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher from the mound. Once removed, the pitcher shall not return to the mound to pitch in that game. See Rule 605.
404. Any coach going onto the playing field to talk to the same batter (or a batter going to the dugout or bench to talk to a coach) more than one (1) time per batter per inning will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make a substitution in the line-up. NOTE: The only exception to Rule
404 is in the case of injury or if the time is called by the opposing team or umpire.
405. Only registered players or coaches of the team are permitted on the coaching lines. The coaches, whether or not they are on the coaching lines, may moderately dispute any decision or may discuss any point with the umpires to the extent allowed by the rules of baseball, but if he at any time makes any derogatory remarks about, or to the opposing players, he shall immediately be ejected from the game.
500. REGULATION GAMES
501. Games shall be six (6) innings duration. In pool play tournament only, if the game is tied after six (6) complete innings of play, the two participating teams shall only play one (1) extra inning. If the game is still tied after the one (1) extra inning is played the game shall end and each team shall be counted with one-half win and one-half loss for seeding purposes. In double elimination tournament, if game is tied at the end of six (6) complete innings of play, extra innings shall be played until a winner is established. A team may concede without penalty. Except for the 10-run rule stated in Rule 503, in order for a game to be a complete game, it must be a full six (6) inning contest, regardless of any delay due to rain, darkness, protest, tie, or any other cause; no other tournament game may be started until the completion of the interrupted game. EXCEPTION: If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs in accordance with Rule 503, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner.
502. In the event a game is halted or delayed before completion due to rain, darkness, protest, tie, or any other cause, it must be resumed from the point of termination when the game is rescheduled by tournament officials, with as nearly the same lineup as possible. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.
503. If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs after four (4) innings have been played, or three and one-half (31/2) innings if the home team (2nd team to bat) leads by at least ten (10) runs, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner.
600. PITCHING RULES
601. A pitcher may pitch fourteen (14) innings in a tournament. Once he has pitched fourteen (14) innings in the tournament he cannot pitch any more in the tournament. Pool play tournaments and double elimination tournaments are considered to be two separate tournaments, therefore, a pitcher may pitch fourteen (14) innings in the pool play tournament and another fourteen (14) innings in the double elimination tournament, however, the innings may not be accumulated for both tournaments.
602. If any pitcher pitches three (3) full innings and then throws to another batter in the same game or day, he will not be eligible to pitch until he has had forty (
40) hours rest, beginning with the time he leaves the pitching mound as a pitcher.
603. If a pitcher pitches no more than three (3) full innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed the fourteen (14) innings rule.
604. A pitcher can pitch in consecutive games in the same day, if he does not violate any of the pitching rules herein.
605. A pitcher shall only make one (1) appearance on the pitching mound per game. Once the pitcher is removed from the mound he cannot return to the mound to pitch in that game.
606. An inning is interpreted to mean the following: If a pitcher pitches to one man and is removed from the pitching mound before he is retired, he is charged with pitching one- third of an inning. If he is removed after retiring one batter, but after he has pitched to the next batter, he is charged two-thirds inning. If he is removed after retiring two batters, but after he has pitched one pitch to the next batter, he is charged with pitching a complete inning.
607. It is not necessary to register pitchers. Any team member may pitch, subject to the other restrictions of the pitching rules. However, any pitching change during a game must be reported by a coach to the official scorekeeper. Penalty for not reporting the pitching change: For the first violation, the head coach shall receive a warning. For a second infraction, the head coach is suspended for the remainder of the game, he must leave the field, and not participate any further in the game. (Rules Committee comments: Violation of this pitching rule must be reported to the scorekeeper by the opposing coach before the coaches sign the pitching log on the back of the team roster forms at the end of the game. The opposing coach, not the scorekeeper, is responsible to report the violation of this rule.)
608. Pitchers are limited to seven (7) innings in any one game or day; however, if the game is interrupted for any reason before becoming official and is postponed for a period of forty (
40) hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to exceed the number of innings allowed per tournament. No pitcher may pitch over seven (7) innings in one (1) day.
609. If a pitcher pitches beyond his allotted innings per game, per day, or per tournament because of a double or triple play there is no penalty. (He was legal when pitch was made.) The pitcher will be removed after the outs are made.
610. Balks will be called by the umpires.
700. FORFEITURE AND PROTEST
701. A team failing to field at least nine (9) uniformed players within fifteen (15) minutes after scheduled game time shall forfeit the game. A forfeit shall count in tournament standings.
702. Playing illegal players or pitchers will result in forfeiture of games in which players or pitchers participate if protested by the opposing head coach or coach. Should both teams use illegal players or pitchers both teams will be credited with a loss. A youth that is not an approved player on the playing roster is an illegal player. If a player belongs to another Metro Sports Baseball team or league and participates in a game in another park he is illegal. A pitcher who has exceeded his allotted number of innings or who has not had his proper rest is illegal, and the game will be forfeited if protested.
703. An ineligible player is one who is legally a member of the team but who is ineligible to play or pitch in a particular game or games because of an infraction of the rules, or because of a previous violation or disciplinary action. It is the duly of the head coach to keep a record of his players and pitchers.
704. The playing of an ineligible player will result in a protest, if protested by the head coach of the opposing team before the completion of the game. The penalty for the playing of an ineligible player will result in the replaying of the game from the point of the infraction if the protesting head coach's team loses.
705. A protest which involves an umpires judgment may not be made. The only legal protest is one that involves a violation or misinterpretation of playing rules, or the use of an ineligible or illegal player or substitute.
706. A protest committee shall be identified prior to each game and their names documented in the official score book. Protests must be made to the umpire in chief who will in turn refer the protest to the Metro Sports Baseball Tournament director. The tournament director and umpire in chief will then call in the members of the protest committee. The protest committee in tournament play shall consist of three (#3) members as follows: A. The head coach of each team will identify an adult who is not an official coach to represent his team in the event of a protest. B, The tournament director or his designee is the third member of the protest committee unless his team is involved, whereby he will identify a neutral adult as the third protest committee member. An official book of major league baseball rules for the current year, as well as a current metro sports baseball incorporated rule book will be immediately available for use by the protest committee.
707. A protest based on the violation or misinterpretation of a rule must be made before the next legal pitch. All other protests including ineligibility or legality of a player, must be made before the team leaves the playing field. Protests must be made to the umpire in chief. The protest committee after hearing the protesting head coach and the head coach of the opposing team shall make a decision and that decision will be final. There will be no appeal of the protest committees decision.
708. Protest may be made only on a misinterpretation of a rule and ineligibility of a player or players and must be in writing specifically identifying the rule/misapplication of a rule that is the basis for the protest. A protest which involves an umpire's judgment may not be made. The only legal protest is one in which violation of playing rules or the use of an illegal, ineligible player or an ineligible substitute is protested. A protest fee of $100 shall be submitted with any protest to the Protest Committee. The protest fee shall be returned if the protest is upheld and shall be forfeited to Metro Baseball if the Protest Committee denies the protest.
709. A Protest Committee shall be identified prior to each game and their names documented in the official scorebook. Protests shall be made to the umpire in chief who shall refer the protest to the Metro Tournament Director who shall immediately assemble the Protest Committee. The Protest Committee shall consist of three (3) members as follows: A) The head coach of each team shall designate an adult who is not a coach to represent his team. B) The Tournament Director or his designee (must be a neutral adult not affiliated with either team's park) will be the third member.
710. Any team head coach or adult who withdraws a baseball team from the playing field prior to the official completion of the game shall forfeit all rights to protest as prescribed in this section. He shall forfeit this game by a score of six to nothing.
801. An affiliated league is required to play twelve (12) games to quality an allstar team for tournament play.
802. Affiliated leagues are encouraged to play an eighteen (18) game schedule, exclusive of exhibition and practice games when possible.
803. Under no conditions shall Metro Sports Baseball or tournament officials set up a schedule of games which would require a team to play more than two (2) games in one day.
900. SPECIAL RULES
901. No spectator shall be allowed on the playing field during the playing of any game. In the event that the spectators swarm on the playing field, the umpire in chief will request to the head coaches that the field be cleared within five (5) minutes under penalty of having the game forfeited.
902. No adult, other than coaches and game officials, will be allowed on the playing field during the game without the consent of the umpires. No persons except the officially registered players of the team, the head coach and the assistant coaches shall be allowed on the bench during the playing of any game.
903. For 11 year old pool play and double elimination tournaments two (2) umpires shall be furnished for each game. A game shall not start until two (2) umpires are present to call the game. For 12 year old pool play tournament, two (2) umpires shall be furnished for each game, A game shall not start until two (2) umpires are present to call the game. For 12 year old double elimination tournament three (3) umpires should be furnished for each game, however, games may be played with only two (2) umpires. No game in a double elimination tournament shall start until at least two (2) umpires are available to call the game. All umpires must be at least 21 years of age or have five (5) years experience as a baseball umpire.
904. A baseball player, head coach, coach, umpire or game official will not be allowed to use tobacco products or profanity during the ballgame. It, in the opinion of the umpire(s), a player, head coach, coach or scorekeeper, conducts himself in an unsportsmanlike manner or commits any act which may maim or injure an opposing player, if deemed deliberate, he shall be ejected from the game. Players or coaches who are ejected may not return to the game. An ejected player or coach must immediately leave the dugout and the playing field and shall not participate further in the game. When a player or coach is ejected he must sit out and not participate in the next scheduled game. If the ejected player or coach attempts to play or coach in the next scheduled game that player or coach is disqualified for the remainder of the tournaments (pool play and double elimination). Metro Sports Baseball Board of Directors and/or the tournament director shall have the authority to remove or eject any coach or player for the remainder of the tournament for any flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct.
905. All ground rules must be given to the coaches prior to the beginning of the game. Only those rules will be honored. Ground Rules cannot be made up as the game progresses. The ground rules must be filed with Metro Sports Baseballs tournament director before the tournament begins.
906. The home team must have their pitcher warmed up and ready to pitch after eight (8) warm-up pitches, or two (2) minutes, immediately after the umpire notifies the teams to play ball.
907. Any runner is out when he/she does not slide or attempt to avoid the fielder who has the ball in the proximity of the base and is waiting to make the tag. If contact is made with the fielder and in the umpires judgment the contact by the runner is deemed to be malicious, then the runner is out and shall be ejected from the game.
908. Head-first sliding into the next base is not permitted and runner shall be declared out; head-first sliding back into a base is permitted.
909. Three (3) strikes is an out--even if the pitched ball is dropped.
910. Eleven (11) and twelve (12) year olds may lead off base and steal bases; eleven (11) and twelve (12) year olds shall play the official rules of baseball as to stealing bases and leading off base.
911. Infield fly rule is in effect.
912. The use of a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher is permitted to speed the game up. The runner must be a player not in the game and does not count as a substitute. The courtesy runner is permitted only for the pitcher/catcher of record (most recently playing that position).
913. The use of an "Extra Hitter" (EH) is allowed by not required. The EH is considered a field position and can be moved around defensively freely however his batting position prior to the start of the game whether they will use the EH position or not and they cannot change once the game begins.
1000. PLAYER'S AGE
1001. Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. competition in the 11 or 12 year old league division shall be open to any approved youth whose playing age is his or her actual age on July 31 of the current year. A player may play up one age in his age division in tournament play. A player cannot play down in tournament play, EXAMPLE: An 11 year old may play with a 12 year old team, however, an 11 year old may not play with a 13 year old team.
1002. Age verification shall be shown at the Metro Sports Baseball's tournament credentials meeting prior to the beginning of all tournament play. Dates of birth shall be certified by a copy of the player's birth certificate or, f requested by Metro Sports Baseball, a certified birth certificate or the original birth certificate. These records must remain with the head coach throughout the tournament and are subject to be inspected by Metro Sports Baseball officials at any time.
1100. PLAYER REGISTRATION
1101. All affiliated parks participating in tournament play are required to file a Metro Sports Baseball Affiliated Park Regular Season Team Roster Form listing all players on each team in each age group league with Metro Sports Baseball on or before May 15 of the current year.
1102. The full name of the player, his date of birth, residence by street, road, etc., shall be included in the registration form.
1103. A youth who does not register in time to participate in affiliated park league player selection systems will be ineligible to participate unless he was sick or injured (confirmed by doctor's affidavit) or a new resident of the community. New residents following the player selection may be assigned to an affiliated park league team provided all head coaches of teams participating in the player pool approved the assignment and with the written consent of the affiliated league president.
1104. Communities participating in Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. must affiliate all teams in each age group league that participate at their park. EXAMPLE: If a community has enough youths to have five (5) teams of 11-12 year old players they must sanction (affiliate) all five (5) teams. They may not choose to affiliate only one (1) team and let the remainder participate in intramural play. Violation of this rule could result in the loss of parks affiliation.
1200. ALLSTAR TEAMS
1201. Each team may consist of a maximum of up to eighteen (18) uniformed players whose names shall have been registered with Metro Sports Baseball not later than May 15. A violation of this rule will make the player ineligible for tournament selections and reason for protest in tournament play.
1202. Each team shall have a head coach and up to (3) assistant coaches. The head coach will be responsible for the team.
1203. Once a player is on a team roster he is not allowed to transfer from team to team, league to league, without a written release from the affiliated league president and approval of the tournament director of Metro Sports Baseball and Board of Directors of Metro Sports Baseball.
1204. A player must be a member of a Metro Sports Baseball affiliated park league team and participate in at least four (4) or more of that teams regular season scheduled games to be eligible for the allstar team. Violation of this rule will make such allstar player ineligible. Head coaches are requested to double check player eligibility.
1205. Affiliated park leagues are encouraged to have at least one (1) player on the all- star team from each team in the league.
1206. Once a player has been named to the allstar team, he cannot be replaced unless he becomes sick, injured, or moves away. No player can be chosen as a bat boy.
1207. An age division league with tower than eight teams may have two (2) allstar teams with the approval of the Metro Sports Baseball Board of Directors or tournament director. An age division league with more than eight teams must have two (2) or more allstar teams.
1208. An age division league may enter an allstar team or a league winner in tournament play.
1209. No player maybe selected for more than one Metro Sports tournament team.
1301. Separate Metro Sports Baseball tournaments will be held each year for 11 year olds only and 12 year olds and under only.
1301(a.) All Metro Sports Baseball pool play and double elimination tournaments shall begin play on a date to be determined by Metro Sports Baseballs Board of Directors.
1302. Tournament protests are covered in Rules 701 through 709.
1303. Metro Sports Baseball's Allstar tournament team roster forms must be completed and signed by the affiliated park president of all allstar teams participating in Metro Sports Baseball tournaments. These allstar team roster forms must include each players name, date of birth, age, address of player, name of players team, and the name and addresses of the coaches. This form along with a copy of each players birth certificate and evidence of insurance (See Rule 1309) must be presented at the tournament credentials meeting. These records are to be inspected by the tournament credentials committee prior to the beginning of each tournament. The tournament director will appoint the credentials committee to inspect these records. These records are to be presented at all tournaments at the request of the tournament director or Metro Sports Baseball officials.
1304. There will be no changes to a Metro Sports Baseball Allstar Tournament team roster after the tournament begins.
1305. Once a team has been certified as being eligible for tournament play the eligibility of the team cannot be questioned; however, the individual player can be disqualified if proven ineligible by violation of any rule governing Metro Sports Baseball players.
1306. No team will be required to play more than two (2) games in the same day during the same tournament.
1307. It is the duty of the head coach to keep a record of his eligible players and the innings his pitcher pitched in the tournament. Coaches shall verify the innings pitched by each player on each opposing team they play immediately after each tournament game on the forms prescribed by Metro Sports Baseball.
1308. Tournaments maybe single or double elimination. This is at discretion of Metro Sports Baseball Board of Directors.
1309. All teams participating in the Metro Sports Baseball tournaments shall be required to present proof of the following types of insurance at the tournament credentials meeting immediately prior to the tournament: (1) Excess Accident Insurance that has a Maximum Medical Limit of at least $50,000. (2) General Liability Insurance on an Occurrence Form (not claims Made) that has a Per Occurrence Limit of at least $1,000,000 combined single limits and that does not exclude "participant liability'. Each team's General Liability insurance policy must name Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. and its Board of Directors as an 'Additional Insured' under the policy.
1310. Tournament brackets shown in this Rule Book shall be used in all tournaments. Games may be delayed or postponed due to weather or darkness, however, a delayed or postponed game shall not be cancelled. All games shall be played in pool play and double elimination tournaments as scheduled.
1311. All teams shall draw for position in the pool play tournament; in double elimination tournament teams shall be seeded (bracketed) according to the results of the pool play tournament. The host team will have the choice of the game time on opening day of the double elimination tournament only, thereafter the host team shall revert to their seeded (bracketed) position. In pool play and double elimination tournament the home and visitor will be decided by the flip of a coin by the head coaches of each respective team prior to the start of the game.
1312. Metro Sports Baseball shall furnish the trophies for the Metro Sports Baseball Tournament CHAMPIONSHIPS. Trophies shall be awarded to each player on the first place team and trophies or medallions shall be awarded to each player on the second place team.
1400. ADMISSION TO GAMES
1401. Admission fees for pool play and double elimination tournament games shall be determined and set by Metro Sports Baseball's Board of Directors.