Our objective is to provide and promote supervised, competitive baseball with the molding of future adults of fine character given prime importance, and the attainment of exceptional athletic skills or the winning of games secondary
The objective at this level is to ensure that every player have a safe and enjoyable playing experience. The emphasis is placed on developing players for the next level. While the score maybe kept, winning is not an ultimate goal.
Managers and coaches from both teams are required to work together during games, with the goal of providing the best possible learning environment.
Method of Play
All players shall be listed in the batting order and the line up is batted through consecutively.
An inning consists of 3 defensive outs, or 5 runs, whichever occurs first.
The defense shall field ten (10) players. The extra player must be positioned in the outfield. All outfield players shall be positioned at least 15 feet beyond the outfield grass cut.
Players arriving after the start of the game will be added to the end of the batting order.
All players shall play a minimum of two (2) innings in the infield during a regular six (6) inning game.
All children must play a minimum of five (5) innings during a regular six (6) inning game.
All runners will wear helmets.
Thrown Bat: Should a batter throw his/her bat, both teams shall receive a warning from any coach. A second incident by any batter shall result in that player being called out.
The batter will face a maximum of 7 hittable pitches from the coach-pitcher, continuing only if the 7th pitch is foul. If the batter does not make fair contact after the 7th pitch, the batter shall be declared out. Three swinging strikes is an out.
2 coaches may be used on-field for defensive instruction, as well as a coach to pick-up the three missed pitches of the previous batter.
Bunting is not allowed.
- No Stealing is allowed at this level.
- On any ball hit that stays in the infield, if the ball is thrown to any base where there is a force play (including 1st base), the runners may NOT advance to the next base. The purpose of this rule is to teach our players to determine force play opportunities, identify the lead runner and make a play to the correct base. Also, on any batted ball that stays in the infield, base runners are allowed to advance one base from the base they started on.
Should the ball be hit into the outfield, the batter and runners may continue to advance until the ball is in control within the infield crown by an infielder and the infielder is in fair territory. Once the ball is in control, the play is NOT dead. Runners still have to get to a base and the defense can make a play without consequence.
Once the ball is controlled by the defense in the infield, the batter and runners may advance to the next base as long as they are more than half way to the next base. Any runner, who is not more than half way to the next base, will be required to return to the previous base. All the base runners must go to a base, and will be doing so at their own peril. If they are tagged by the defense, they are out. If they advance safely and were less than halfway, they will be returned to the previous base as well as any other runners who were less than halfway to the next base.
Lead runners determine progress. Trailing runners cannot force the leading runner to advance to the next base. Lead runner will be assigned the appropriate base and the trailing runner will be sent back to the previous base.
- The coach that is pitching or coaching first base will make all safe & out calls on the field. This is to be decided before the inning starts and must be socialized with the opposing team first. It is suggested that any close plays be given to the runners to avoid controversy.
An official game shall consist of a minimum of four (4) innings, with six (6) innings being the maximum. No game shall last more than two (2) hours maximum.