2017 Competitive Baseball Rules

2018 Competitive League Baseball Rules

2018 USSSA Rules

2018 Competitive League Baseball Rules

Highlighted and league specific rules below

  1. Time Limit - All games are a 1:45 time limit. No new inning may begin after 1:45 minutes; home team will always have the opportunity to bat if behind.
  2. Official game - If a game is called due to weather, darkness etc… and 1 hour has elapsed the game will be considered final. Games that did not reach the 1 hour limit will be considered a suspended game, and rescheduled. Games may end in a tie.
  3. Players - A team may start or end a game with 8 players. An automatic out will not be charged for the missing ninth player. Games can start with 8 players and finish with 7, with an out awarded in the position of the departed player. Teams may not start a game with 7 players. If 8 players are not present at game time the game will be forfeited.
  4. Batting/Substitution - All teams will use a continuous line-up, all players other than the nine (9) defensive position players are Extra Hitters and may move freely in all defensive positions. Any player(s) arriving after the game has begun, shall be added to the bottom of the batting line-up. When using the continuous lineup and a player has to leave the game for any reason other than an injury, that position in the line-up becomes an out when that at bat comes around. Injured Player - With any injury that requires the removal of a player from a game, the player must have a written permission form from a parent (or legal guardian) and a doctor to resume play. A player that leaves the game due to injury or illness will not be allowed to re-enter the game.
  5. Pitching - A pitcher- once removed - may not be re-enter as a pitcher. A pitcher will be allowed 5 pitches to warm up between innings. This rule does not apply to new pitchers warming up prior to their first appearance. New pitchers shall have 8 pitches to warm up. All divisions will follow USSSA pitching restrictions below 7.05.C.1
  6. Baseballs - Home team will supply 2 10-30 Wilson USSSA baseballs for each game.
  7. Bats - 14's must use a BBCOR or wood bat. 9 - 13yrs. any bat permanently stamped with the official USA or USSSA Baseball logo is legal to use in any USSSA baseball event.
  8. Cleats - Metal cleats are only allowed for the 13 & 14yr. old divisions
  9. Warm-Ups - No warm-ups will be allowed on the infield.
  10. Tobacco/Alcohol/Smoking - Use of tobacco, tobacco-like products or smoking within 250 feet of the dugout is prohibited for all players, coaches, spectators and team personnel (scorekeepers, attendants, etc.)
  11. Coaches outside of dugout - When a team is on defense all coaches must be in the dugout. No buckets are allowed outside the dugout. When a team is on offense only 2 coaches are allowed outside the dugout: The first and the second base coach only.

  12. Noisemakers - Noisemakers that may interfere with the playing of the contest are strictly prohibited. Drums, cowbells, whistles, megaphones, similar noisemakers, air horn, and noise making activities are prohibited.
  13. Suspensions & Ejections - A coach or other person associated with the team, who is ejected from any league game, will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) additional league game. All players who are ejected from any league game will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) additional league game.

USSSA Highlighted Rules


7.03.B An imposed Mercy (run) Rule shall be used to complete a regulation game when one team's margin of lead is greater than or equal to the listed run differential in the corresponding listed start inning. In enforcing this rule, the home team shall not bat if they are winning and the mercy requirement is met prior to the bottom half of the listed inning. Similarly, if the home team is batting and meets the mercy requirement in the bottom half of a listed inning the home team shall cease batting and the game shall end.

LENGTH OF GAME

RUN DIFFERENTIAL

START INNING

6 Innings 9,10,11 &12 yr.olds

15

3rd Inning

6 Innings 9,10,11 &12 yr.olds

8

4th Inning

7 Innings 13 &14 yr.olds

15

3rd Inning

7 Innings 13 & 14 yr.olds

12

4th Inning

7 Innings 13 & 14 yr. olds

8

5th Inning

7.04.A An intentional walk may be issued upon announcement from either the pitcher or catcher. The four (4) pitches need not be thrown.
7.04.C Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and / or catcher. Attempting to jump, leap, or dive over the fielder and / or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact. Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties.
7.04.C Penalty: The runner shall be called out and may be ejected from the game at the umpire's discretion.
7.05.A Leagues and tournaments shall adopt the following rules pertaining to the visit of the manager or a coach to the pitcher. This rule limits the number of visits a manager or a coach may make to any pitcher in any one (1) inning;
7.05.A.1 A second (2nd) visit to the same pitcher in the same inning will cause this pitcher's automatic removal from the pitching position;
7.05.A.2 The manager or a coach is prohibited from making a second (2nd) visit to the mound while the same batter is at bat.
7.05.A.3 A manager or a coach is considered to have concluded his visit to the mound when he leaves the eighteen (18) foot circle surrounding the pitcher's rubber.
7.05.B A player removed from the pitching position (starting pitcher or subsequent relief pitcher) may not return to the pitching position for the remainder of the game. The defensive team may correct this rule infraction at any time by substituting a legal pitcher without penalty.

7.05.C.1

DIVISION

ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO

PITCH THE NEXT DAY

ONE DAY

MAXIMUM

2 DAY

MAXIMUM

7U - 12U

3

6

8

13U - 14U

3

7

8

7.05.C.4 MANDATORY DAYS OF REST;
7.05.C.4(a) A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.
7.05.C.4(b) A player that pitches eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days MUST rest the next day.
7.05.C.4(c) A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total quantity of innings pitched) MUST rest the next day
7.05.C.7 For purposes of pitching limitations rules, a pitcher is in violation of the rule if he records any out above the legal pitching limits pursuant to these rules.
Rule 7.05.C.7 Exception:
Exceeding the maximum innings allowed in the case of a double or triple play shall not be counted against the pitcher
Rule 7.05.C.7 Penalty: Any violation of USSSA Rules 7.05.C.1 - 7.05.C.7 shall result in immediate forfeiture of the game.
7.05.D
It is a balk if the pitcher, while touching the pitching rubber, feints a throw to first or third base and fails to complete the throw: Pitchers may still feint a throw to second.

 
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