MOUNTAIN BROOK ATHLETICS
RULES AND REGULATIONS
7th & 8th Grade League
The official rules of baseball with amendments and changes outlined in the Metro Sports official Rule Book guide and the special rules stipulated below are in effect:
1. Nine (9) defensive players will play in the field.
(a) During the game, all players not assigned to a field position must remain in the dugout.
2. In the event a team does not have enough members present to field seven (7) players within fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled starting game time, that team forfeits the game.
3. A “Borrowed Player” rule is in effect for this league, meaning a team may borrow up to two players from another team to have enough players to play the game; however the borrowed player(s) have to bat last in the batting order and are only allowed to play right and left field.
4. Play may be suspended due to the sunshine hazard at the pitcher’s mound, but the game clock does not stop during the sunlight hazard delay.
1. Batting Order: Continuous, all players will bat in the order submitted to the game commissioner.
2. Offensive players must remain in dugout at all times unless they are in the batter's box, on base, or in the "on-deck" circle.
1:01 A pitcher is limited to pitching nine (9) innings in a week (based on playing two games). The week runs from Sunday to Saturday. If three games are scheduled in a week, all other pitching rules remain unchanged, but the number of innings allowed increases to twelve (12) innings that week.
1:02 If any pitcher pitches four full innings and then throws to another batter in the same game or day, regardless of whether the batter is retired by the pitch, the pitcher 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. This rule should not be confused with the weekly innings rule, since the rest period DOES extend into the next week. For example, if a pitcher pitches 4.33 innings on Saturday and finishes at 6:00pm, he is not eligible to pitch any innings until 10:00 AM Monday.
1:03 If a pitcher pitches no more than four (4) innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed the maximum weekly innings rule ( 9 innings if two games are scheduled, 12 innings if three games are schedlued).
1:04 A pitcher can pitch in consecutive games in the same day, if he does not violate any of the above rules.
1:05 A pitcher shall not return to the mound and pitch in a game once he has been removed. However, he can play any other position during that inning and game.
1:06 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 of an 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.
1:07 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 36 hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to conflict with the number of innings per week.
1:08 No pitcher may pitch over seven (7) innings in one day.
1.09 If a pitcher pitches beyond his allotted innings per game, per day, per week, or per tournament because of a double or triple play there is no penalty. (He was legal when the pitch was made). The pitcher will be removed after the outs were made.
1:10 Any player warming up a pitcher shall war a face mask
1. Base runners are allowed to lead off during the pitch, there will be base stealing in accordance with Metro Sports Baseball Rules.
2. Any runner not on a base is at his peril.
3. No coach may assist a base runner while the ball is in play. If a coach assists a base runner while the ball is in play, the runner is automatically out.
4. The infield fly rule is in effect.
5. Any runner is out when he does not slide or attempt to avoid the fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. If a base runner remains on his feet and deliberately crashes into the fielder who has the ball and is waiting on the base runner, rather than slide or make an attempt to avoid being tagged out, the umpire shall declare the runner out and that runner shall be ejected from the game.
6. If a player is injured during a game and cannot run the bases, a pinch runner (the most recent batter not on a base) can be substituted to run for the injured player.
MANAGERS AND COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. There will be one (1) manager and no more than two (2) coaches (total of three ) allowed on field during the games.
2. Defensive coaches should remain in dugout except during a time out.
3. The manager or coach is responsible for turning in a batting order to the game commissioner ten(10) minutes before game time and to the opposing team's manager.
4. During games all equipment must be kept in the dugout when not in use.
5. Do not allow players to throw and catch or swing bats in any area of the complex except on the playing field and inside the batting cages. Players and spectators have been hit by balls and bats by players throwing balls and swinging bats on the sidewalks, etc. of the baseball complex. Player warm-ups are only allowed on playing field (Field #1) and inside the batting cages.
6. Discipline must be maintained at all times. During the game all players not assigned to field positions must remain inside of the dugout. No one is allowed on roof of dugout, and throwing rocks and ice is strictly prohibited.
7. TEACH YOUR BOYS GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND PRACTICE IT YOURSELF ON THE FIELD. Do not let your players "bait" opposing players by calling them by their name or any pet name. The umpire and/or game commissioner is empowered to eject players, coaches, and managers for throwing equipment, using profanity, or displaying unsportsmanlike conduct.
8. Unsportsmanlike conduct from parents subjects the parents to ejection from the complex. Game commissioners and coaches should attempt to control any unsportsmanlike conduct by parents.
TIME LIMITS AND INNINGS:
1. Games are scheduled to be seven (7) innings and last two (2) hours. Five (5) complete innings (4-1/2, if home team is leading) must be played to constitute a regulation game. A game officially begins when the umpire declares "Play Ball".
2. No inning shall be started after 1 hour and 45 minutes. If an inning is in progress when the two (2) hours is reached, the inning must be completed. If a game is tied after seven (7) innings and the game time elapsed is less than two (2) hours extra innings will be played.
3. In regard to the time limits, an inning begins upon the third out of the preceding inning. Example, the third inning begins (for time limit purposes) when the third out is made in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
4. If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs at the end of the 5th inning (4 1/2 if home team is leading), or any inning thereafter, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner.
5. Umpires will keep the official game time.
6. Should a game have to be suspended longer than thirty (30) minutes due to weather or other circumstances, it will be considered a complete game if five (5) innings (41/2, if home team is leading) have been completed. If the suspension occurred in the 5th, 6th or 7th inning, the score will revert back to that of the last completed inning. If a suspension does not last longer than thirty (30) minutes, the game will be continued and the time limits will be adhered to. Any suspension time is counted as time elapsed for the game and no inning will be started after two (2) hours. If the game is not considered complete, it will be replayed from the point where the suspension occurred. If game is not made up, game will be considered a tie game.
7. Tie games shall be classified as one-half won, and one-half lost.
1:01 Any manager or coach who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than one (1) time in one inning, per pitcher, (not game) to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher from the mound. Under the re-entry substitution rule, the pitcher may return to the mount after the side has been retired, if eligible.
1:02 Any manager or coach going onto the playing field to talk to the same batter (or batter going to the dugout or bench to talk to the manager or coach) more than twice in one time at bat will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make a substitution in the lineup. NOTE: the only exception to rule 1:01 and 1:02 is the case of injury, or if the time is called by the opposing team or umpire.
a) Each offensive team is allowed one (1) time-out per inning.
b) Injuries and equipment adjustment problems will be considered umpire time-outs and will not be counted against the teams.
1. Coaches and players may wear shoes with metal spikes. A complete uniform (team hat, team shirt, socks covering the legs, baseball pants) must be worn in the game in order for the player to play. Shirt-tails must be tucked in at all times. T-shirts with white sleeves showing are not permitted. Team hat must be worn properly on head of player. No player is permitted to bat in practice or in a game without an official batting helmet. Catchers must wear special catcher's equipment at all times when behind the plate. Any player warming up a pitcher must wear a face mask. All runners must wear batting helmets while on base. On-deck batter must wear batting helmet. A player will receive one warning about uniform violations. A second uniform violation by the same player in a game will result in his ejection from that game.
UMPIRES AND COMMISSIONERS:
1. (a) Coaches, players and parents will not argue with the umpires. If there is a problem with an umpire, consult the League Commissioners after the game. There will be no protests of a game or of an umpire's call.
(b) The umpires and/or game commissioners are empowered to eject players, coaches, and managers for throwing equipment, using profanity, or displaying unsportsmanlike conduct such as heckling opposing players, arguing with umpires, etc.
(c) Game commissioners and umpires are in charge at all times. Their decisions are final and may not be disputed, appealed, or protested.
2. Players will not razz, taunt, or interfere in any way with opposing team players. Infield chatter andencouraging your pitcher is okay, but nothing directed at the opposing batter or pitcher is allowed.
3. Only adults are allowed in the commissioner's box, no children. Cheering and coaching is not allowed in the commissioner's box during play of the game.
4. Game commissioners and umpires are urged to move play along as quickly as possibleparticularly between innings; if defensive team's catcher does not have on his equipment, urge a coach to warm up the pitcher between innings; players should be urged to run on and off the field at all times.