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2022 Fall Minors Player/Machine Pitch Rules

1.     The pitching machine will be used for the 1st 2 innings. 

2.     While the machine is in use Time is called when the lead runner is stopped, regardless of which player has possession.  The offense cannot initiate a play by any following runners to try to get the lead runner to advance.  If time is called by the umpire, any runner(s) not more than halfway to a base, must return to the base last touched.   

3.     Stealing IS allowed while the machine is in use, but not until the ball crosses home plate.

4.     While the machine is in use the batter will receive 5 pitches or 3 strikes, whichever occurs 1st.  If the 5th pitch is fouled off, the batter will remain at bat.

5.     Pitchers may only pitch a MAXIMUM of 2 innings per game (6 consecutive outs).

6.     No child may sit for more than 1 inning per game unless all other children on the team have sat out for 1 inning

7.     Maximum of 3 Adults in the Dugout for the Fall season.

8.     While on defense, 1 coach may be outside the dugout, but must remain within the confines of the dugout gates.  Coach must make every reasonable effort to avoid an overthrow and a fielder making an attempt to field a ball.

9.     Teams will bat their entire roster. This allows free defensive substitutions but does not waive the minimum playing time of six (6) defensive outs for each player and at least one time at bat. 

10.  ** There is NO on deck spot for batters **

11.  The continuous batting order will be set prior to the start of the game and cannot be changed during the game unless a player shows up late (added to bottom of batting order) or a player leaves the game due to injury/removal from game for any reason.  No player may return to game in any capacity unless approval is given by league official.  

12.  Pitchers will adhere to Pitch Count rule in the rulebook regarding number of pitches and rest.

13.  Each game will be played with a 5 run maximum per inning per team.

14.  Run Rule: 15 runs after 3 innings (2 ½ for home team, 3 for visiting team), 10 runs after 4 innings (3 ½ for home team, 4 for visiting team).

15.  Drop 3rd strike:  A batter may not advance on a drop 3rd strike.

16.  Players may steal any base but may not leave the base prior to the pitch crossing home plate.

17.  Defensive teams may field four outfielders.  Outfielders may play any depth as long as they fully remain in the outfield until ball is put in play.

18.  Courtesy runner for catcher must be last recorded out in that inning and only if 2 outs.

19.  All games shall have a 1 hour 45-minute time limit. No new inning may start after 1hr 30 minutes. A new inning begins as soon as the third out is recorded in the prior inning.   The umpire will order the countdown clock to be started when ready, but play will not begin until rosters have been turned in.  The clock will not be stopped for any reason other than “Serious Injury.”  If we have to call 911, it’s serious. Home team shall finish their at bat if losing at expiration of time or game ends if scoring winning run after expiration of time.  

20.  In the Fall Season, games can end in a tie.

21.  There will be no forfeits in PLAYER PITCH. A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players to play the game or the game must be rescheduled. Substitute players are allowed. Substitute players will come from a pool of players that have expressed desire to play additional games. The Player Agent will create and run the pool. *** A team can ONLY use the player pool to meet the 9-player threshold.  No team should add players from the pool to reach 10 players ***

22.  Home team will provide the official score keeper- GAMECHANGER

23.  Visiting team will run the scoreboard- REQUIRED for EVERY GAME

24.  Home team is responsible for post-game field maintenance- removal of bases/install foam inserts

25.  After each game, each team is responsible for cleaning up all trash on their side of the field (dug-out and stands) and place in trash receptacles. This includes all bottles on the ground, wrappers, etc. 

26.  Games that need to be rescheduled for any reason must be rescheduled by the Division Commissioner or information officer.

27.  It will be the winning team’s responsibility to email [email protected] with the score of the game.

28.  Please remember that this is considered an instructional league and the purpose is to instruct and teach the fundamentals of baseball to all players regardless of their ability or skill so they can be prepared to advance to the next level of play with confidence and skills as they continue their baseball careers.

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