7 and 8 yr. old Coach Pitch Rules
1. All players must have reached their 7th but not their 9th birthday by April 30th of the baseball season. Players may choose to play up 1 one division.

2. Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of play and shall coach from the dugout or bench.

3. The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.

4. Ten (10) defensive players shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position. All outfielders shall stay behind the base lines.

5. The batting order shall constitute all present players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order.

6. Teams may start and play a game with eight (8) players.

7. There must be at least 8 players on defense at all times. If necessary, players from the opposing teams can be used. Only LBL registered players may play. No one else will be permitted to fill in for players.

8. Teams may use free substitution on defense but the batting order shall remain the same.

9. No player shall sit out more than one inning consecutively except for disciplinary reasons, injuries or ejection.

10. Players on defense must be rotated. All players must play the infield a minimum of one inning per game (at the coaches discretion when safety is a factor). A player may not play one position more than two innings in any one game.

11. Batters in the 8 YO Division shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes, whichever comes first. Batters in the 7 YO Division shall receive a maximum of eight (8) pitches. If a ball is not put into play after 8 pitches the batter is out.

12. Foul balls may extend an at-bat. I.e. if a batter fouls the final pitch (3rd strike or sixth pitch for 8 yr olds, eighth pitch for 7 yr olds), subsequent pitches may continue the at-bat until the ball is put into play or the batter strikes out.

13. There will be no base-on-balls

14. Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases

15. An inning will end when 3 outs have been made or a maximum of five (5) runs have been scored.

16. The coach pitching the ball shall call "Time” after every play and declare the ball dead. "Time” shall be called as soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. "

17. When a defensive player has thrown the ball to the infield, the play is considered dead. Runners should Advance only to the base they were heading to.

18. On all overthrows, regardless of the location of the ball (fair or foul territory), all playing will stop and all runners will advance only one base. The baseball will then be returned to the designated pitcher.

19. Teams will use Level 5 baseballs

20. Base distance shall be 50ft.

21. All games will consist of a maximum of 5 innings. No inning will begin later than 1 hour and 30 minutes after the start of the game.

22. Teams teams may only bunt 2 times per inning.

23. In order to keep the game moving, it is recommended that a coach or assistant stand behind the catcher to throw back any missed pitches.

24. If it is raining or the weather conditions are not favorable for the pitching machine, a coach will deliver the pitches.

Updated February 2016
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