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2022 Fall T-BALL 5/6

1.  Games consist of 5-innings or 60-minute time limit

2.  Maximum 5 runs per inning per team

3.  A total of 5 swings (3-coach pitch, 2 off the tee).  After 3 pitches, the batter must take his 2 remaining swings from the tee.  ** Even if the 3rd pitch from the coach is fouled off, the next swings are from the tee. **  If the batter hits the tee, it is considered part of the ball and called foul.  No at bat can end on a foul ball. 

4.  On any ball hit off the tee, the batter-runner and any runner(s) on base may only be allowed one base.  Play stops once all runner(s) and the batter-runner reach their next base after the hit ball from the tee.  The Batter-runner and/or any base runner(s) are subject to be put out by a tag or force play.  No advancement is allowed on overthrown balls from hits off the tee by any runner(s).  

5.  All players will bat, and the batting order must be continuous. 

6.  All players will play in the field defensively, but only 5 can be allowed in the infield at traditional baseball positions. 

7.  Only 1 base will be allowed for any runners on any misplayed thrown ball by the defense, and each runner advances at his/her own risk to the next base.  If a runner overruns the next base, the runner is subject to be tagged out.  If any runner(s) tries to advance to an additional base after a misplayed thrown ball, time will be called immediately, stopping play and all runners must return to the base allowed before time was called.  No more than 1 base may be acquired from 1 misplayed thrown ball.  If there is another misplay on a thrown ball, runners may advance 1 base from the time of throw, at their own risk of being put out.  All other baseball rules apply (interference, running out of their baseline to avoid a tag, passing a preceding runner, etc.). 

8.  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.   

9. No lead offs or steals.

10. Any inning started much be completed, unless the home team is winning, and all batters have batted at least once in the game. 

11. After 45 mins, the umpire will deem the next full inning as the last inning of play.  (Note: play will continue until all batters have batted at least once in the game.  If 3 outs are obtained in the last inning prior to everyone having batted, the bases will be cleared, no further runs will score, and the game will continue until all remaining batters have batted at least once in the game. 

12. Two coaches may coach the players in the outfield on defense.  They must stay outside the bases, preferably in the grass.  One coach is allowed outside the dugout while their team is on defense. 

13. The pitching coach must leave fair ball territory during plays.  No coaching can be done until the coach is in foul territory. 

14.  The player pitcher must have 1 foot in the dirt, even with the pitching rubber, until the ball is hit, and wear a face mask.

15. Only the base coaches at 1st and 3rd base and the pitching coach are permitted outside the dugout.  All other coaches (dugout help) must remain inside the dugout, with the gate closed during play. 

16.  If a ball is hit to the pitcher’s mound (dirt area) or to the left side of the field, a player must make a throw attempt to 1st base, if the play is at first base, and shall not run-down runner at 1st base.  If a ball is hit to the right of the pitcher’s mound (dirt area), the pitcher may run to 1st base.
17. If a batted ball strikes the pitching machine or pitching coach, it is considered a dead ball and the batter shall take 1st base. Any runners currently on base will advance one base only if forced.

18.  In the Fall, games can end in a tie.

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

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

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

22.  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. 

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

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

25.  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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