Rules: 7 & 8 year olds
The 7 & 8 year old league division of Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. is organized as a baseball tournament for youth ages 7 & 8. Rules set forth in this book shall govern all tournament play. All Tournaments play shall be machine pitch.
PLAYER'S AGE Metro Sports Baseball competition in the 7 or 8 year old league division shall be open to any approved youth whose playing age is his/her actual age on July 31 of the current year.
100. GENERAL RULES
101. Each team will be allowed four (4) adults in the dugout, one (1) head coach and three (3) coaches.
102. Two adults may coach the bases if they choose to do so. In all tournament play, coaches must wear coordinated coaches shirt and team cap.
103. Each team shall consist of twelve (12) uniformed players but only ten (10) players will play defense in the field.
104. Head coaches may not sign new players after May 1 of the current year. A violation of this rule will make the player ineligible for tournament play.
105. Playing illegal players will result in forfeiture of the game.
106. An ineligible player is one who is legally a member of the team but who is ineligible to play 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 duty of the head coach to keep a record of his players and pitchers.
107. The playing of an ineligible player will result in a replay of the game from the point of the infraction.
108. No spectator shall be allowed on the playing field during the playing of the game.
109. Only officially registered players of the team, the head coach and assistant coaches will be allowed on the bench and field during the game.
110. If any player, head coach or assistant coach conducts himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner he/she shall be removed from the game and playing field. This includes the baiting or heckling of umpires and opposing players from the bench.
201. NO METAL CLEATS SHALL BE ALLOWED.
202. 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.
203. A pressure type protective batting helmet with protective face mask, with full ear flaps and chin straps, must be worn by all batters and base runners. Any batter who bats without his headgear is out after the first (1st) pitch. Any player running the base who deliberately removes his headgear in umpires decision is out.
204. Catcher must wear face guard and helmet and full catchers equipment.
205. Equipment must be kept in dugout.
206. A first (1st) baseman's mitt may be used by the first (1st) baseman and the catcher only.
207. All players must be in full baseball uniform (cap, numbered shirt, pants, socks) with shirt inside of pants.
300 PLAYING FIELD
301. The coaches box is to be a minimum of 3 feet wide and 6 feet long and no closer than 3 feet to the base path.
302. First and third baselines shall be sixty (60) feet from the point of home plate.
303. The pitching circle will be ten (10) feet in diameter and the center will be forty (
40) feet from the back of home plate. The center of the pitching machine shall be centered over the front of the pitching rubber.
304. Minimum homerun distance will be 1
401. All players (12) on the team will bat in continuous order. If one team is unable to field the required number of players (12) for the scheduled game, that team will not be forced to forfeit a game solely because it cannot provide the required number of players for a game. However, the following action will be taken: The game shall be played with the deficient team playing all members possible. A team with less than the required number of players (12) shall submit a blank in its batting order for each player less than the n a place selected by the team head coach and that team shall be charged with an out at each occurrence where each blank comes up in the batting order; except no out shall be charged if a player cannot play due to illness, injury, or circumstances that would be deemed "an excused abscence" at school. The Tournament Director shall have the final discretion to determine "an excused abscence." An out will be charged for an "unexcused abscence" or for an ejected player. It a player is injured during the game and is unable to continue to play in the game in the judgment of the home plate umpire, no out shall be charged to that team. An injured player shall not return to that game once he/she is deemed injured by the home plate umpire.
402. An offensive batter will receive seven (7) pitches before being declared out. He/she may be called out on three (3) swinging strikes. If seventh (7th) pitch is fouled he/she may continue to bat. If seventh (7th) pitch is fouled and caught it is an out. If the 7th pitch or 3rd strike is bunted foul the batter is out. There will be no intentional walks.
403. NO BUNTING shall be allowed; half swings, as judged by the umpire, will be called a bunt. PENALTY: A strike will be called on the batter. If on the third strike, the batter will be called out.
404. After one (1) warning per game per player for slinging his bat, the batter will be out, a dead ball called, no runners can advance.
405. Any base runner leaving the base before the ball reaches home plate is out (umpire's decision). The ball is considered dead and a no pitch. If a runner misses a base, it will bean appeal play to the umpire. (See appeals and protests).
501. Only ten (10) defensive players will play in the field. Four (4) outfielders, twenty (20) feet behind basepath until ball is hit.
502. The defensive player listed as pitcher will stay in the ten (10) foot circle until ball is hit. He/She can have one foot outside of the circle. PENALTY: Offense gets choice of play or re-bat.
503. No infield fly rule.
504. Play shall be stopped by the defensive team heading off or stopping the front runner. Any other runner may continue at his/her own risk. Any play made on a runner other than the front runner will release the front runner. Other runners may continue.
505. One defensive coach may be out of the dugout at the open end, to instruct his/her defensive players.
600. PITCHING RULES - MACHINE PITCH
601. An offensive coach will operate the pitching machine and pitch to his own batters. He/She may only talk to the runner between home and first base and between third base and home while the ball is in play. PENALTY: After one (1) warning the coach willbe replaced.
602. Any batted ball that hits the pitching coach or pitching machine will be a dead ball and a no pitch. It the coach intentionally (in umpires judgment) allows the ball to hit him/her the batter will be out and a dead ball called. No runner may advance.
603. The pitching machine will be set at 32 MPH when the ball crosses home plate.
604. The defensive player listed as pitcher will stay in the ten (10) foot circle until the ball is hit. He or she may have one foot outside of the circle. PENALTY: The offensive team get the choice of the play or re-bat.
701. There will be a maximum of one (1) offensive and one (1) defensive time out per inning with each time out being no more than one (1) minute in length. The scorekeeper will keep a log of time-outs.
702. The umpire may call time-out for injury or protest. These time-outs will not be charged to a team.
703. 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 judgment of the umpire will be handled in the same manner. The coach must not enter the field until time is called. NOTE: THIS IS A JUDGMENT CALL AND CANNOT BE APPEALED OR PROTESTED.
704. Tournament play will be six (6) full innings.
705. Ground rules will be covered and agreed upon between coaches and umpires before each game.
706. Free substitution of defensive players is allowed at any time during the game. However, a substitute player will not bat in the batting order position of the starting player that he replaces in the field. The substitute player shall bat in his or her original position in the batting order submitted at the beginning of the game. The batting order shall not be changed during the game. A defensive substitute can replace a defensive substitute, however, a substitute always bats in his/her original batting order position submitted at the beginning of the game.
707. There is a maximum of ten (10) runs per inning in tournament play.
708. 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.
709. No adult 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 coaches shall be allowed on the bench during the playing of any contest.
710. A baseball player shall not be allowed to smoke or use tobacco products. THIS INCLUDES ALL COACHES, UMPIRES AND GAME OFFICIALS ON THE PLAYING HELD.
711. A baseball player, head coach, coach, umpire or game official will not be allowed to use tobacco products or profanity during the ballgame. If, in the opinion of the umpires, 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.
712. 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.
713. Head-first sliding into the next base is not permitted and the runner shall be declared out; head-first sliding back into a base is permitted.
714. Three (3) strikes is an out--even if the pitched ball is dropped.
800. APPEALS AND PROTESTS
801. If a question should arise as to the interpretation of the playing rules, only the head coach may appeal.
802. An appeal play will be handled in this manner. The head coach will make his/her appeal to the plate umpire, who will consult the base umpire. The head coach must identity the correct player by name or number and also the correct base involved in the play, no second chance if he/she names the wrong player or base. If he/she is correct, the baserunner is out.
803. If any coach should protest the game he/she should make this known to the head umpire and scorekeeper. Protest must be settled before the next pitch.
804. 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. 805. 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.
900. PLAYER REGISTRATION
901. 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.
902. The full name of the player, his date of birth, residence by street, road, etc., shall be included in the registration form.
903. A youth who does not register in time to participate in affiliated park league player selection systems will be ineligible to participate in tournament play unless he was sick or injured (confirmed by a doctor's written 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 affiliated park player pool approve the assignment and with the written consent of the affiliated park president (See Rule 1001,)
904. Communities participating in Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. must affiliate all teams in each age group league that participate at their park. For example: If a community has enough youths to have five teams of 7 & 8 year old players they must affiliate and pay for all five teams with Metro Sports Baseball. They cannot choose to affiliate only one team and let the remaining teams participate in intramural play. Violation of this rule could result in the loss of a park's affiliation.
1000. ALLSTAR TEAMS
1001. A player must be a member of a Metro Sports Baseball affiliated park league team and participate in at least four (4) 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.
1002. Affiliated park leagues are encouraged to have at least one (1) player on the allstar team from each team in the league.
1003. Each team shall consist of twelve (12) uniformed players who meet all the eligibility requirements. If a player becomes injured or sick and cannot participate, the Coach has the option to replace that player or wait for the injured/sick player to return with no penalty. If the Coach chooses to replace the injured/sick player, the replacement shall be for the remainder of the Tournament (it is a permanent replacement for the remainder of the tournament). The replacement player must meet all the eligibility requirements and must not be on any other Metro all-star team roster. If a player moves away, is "unexcused absent" or otherwise quits the team, that player must either be replaced prior to the next game or the team must take an out each time that empty spot comes up in the batting order. The replacement player must meet all the eligibility requirements, must not be on any other Metro all-star team roster, and becomes a permanent replacement for the remainder of the tournament.
1004. An age division league with fewer than eight teams may have two (2) allstar teams with the approval of 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.
1005. An age division league may enter an allstar team or a league winner in tournament play.
1006. No player may be selected for more than one Metro Sports tournament team.
1101. Separate Metro Sports Baseball Tournaments will be held each year for 7 year olds only and 8 year olds and under only. Each tournament will play machine pitch only.
1101(a.) All Metro Sports Baseball pool play and double elimination tournaments shall begin play on a date to be determined by Metro Sports Baseball's Board of Directors.
1102. Players may participate up in an older age group, but will not be allowed to participate in a lower age group.
1103. 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 player's name, date of birth, age, address of players, name of player's team, and the name and addresses of the coaches. This form along with a copy of each player's birth certificate and evidence of insurance (See Rule 1105.) 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.
1104. Age verification will be shown at the Metro Sports Baseball tournament credentials meeting prior to all tournaments. Dates of birth shall be certified by a copy of the player's birth certificate or, if 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.
1105. All teams participating in a tournament shall be required to present proof of the following types of insurance: (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 teams General liability insurance policy must name Metro Sports Baseball, Inc. and its Board of Directors as an Additional Insured under the policy.
1106. 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.
1107. Games shall be six (6) innings duration. Except for the 12-run rule stated in Rule
1108, 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 twelve (12) runs in accordance with Rule 1108, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. 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-halt loss for seeding purposes. In double elimination tournament, if game is tied at the end of six (6) complete innings, extra innings shall be played until a winner is established.
1108. If a team is leading its opponent by at least twelve (12) runs after four (4) innings have been played, or three and one-half (3_ innings if the home team (2nd team to bat) leads by at least twelve (12) runs, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner.
1109. 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 Metro Sports Baseball officials, with as nearly the same lineup as possible.
1110. Allstar teams must have twelve (12) players, one (1) head coach, and three (3) coaches on the team.
1111. 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.
1112. No team will be required to play more than two (2) games in the same day in the same tournament.
1113. In all tournament play teams must use a baseball approved by Metro Sports Baseball.
1114. In pool play tournament all teams will draw for position. 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 of the double elimination tournament only, thereafter the host team game time will revert to the position of their seeding. In pool play and double elimination play the home and visitor team will be decided by a flip of a coin by the head coaches of each respective team prior to the start of the game.
1115. In pool play and double elimination tournament two (2) umpires shall be furnished for each game. A game shall not start until there are two umpires available to call the game. All umpires must be at least 21 years of age or have at least five (5) years experience as a baseball umpire.
1116. The 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.
1200. ADMISSION TO GAMES
1201. Admission fees for pool play and double elimination tournament games shall be determined and set by Metro Sports Baseballs Board of Directors.