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Rules as shown in the Little League Rule book are in effect except as listed in the following rules. The Rules can only be changed with approval of the MBSA Board of Directors. Manager/Coaches cannot change the rules under any circumstance.
Only managers and coaches approved by the MBSA may supervise the players in games and practices. While parents may assist, there must be an approved manager or coach in-charge.
All Managers and Coaches MUST wear their Manalapan Township volunteer badge and abide by the “Manalapan Parks and Recreation Volunteer Code of Conduct” and have read and agree to the “Manalapan Parks and Recreation Background Check Policy”. Managers are responsible for the acts of their coaches and parents.
Games and practice dates/times can only be scheduled or rescheduled by the league Commissioners. All incidents should be reported immediately.
If the Managers cannot resolve an issue during a game, they must contact the commissioner OR Associate Commissioner immediately.
All Managers must have a copy of the rules with them at every game.
1. Any manager, coach or player ejected from a game must sit out the next game. A second ejection will result in a three game suspension and a MBSA board hearing.
2. There are no protest all decisions made by the umpire on the field are final.
3. All players must adhere to and wear designated MBSA uniform attire or they cannot take the field.
a. Players must wear an athletic supporter/cup and plastic cleats; metal cleats are prohibited. Heart guards and safety glasses are recommended. It’s the parent’s sole responsibility to ensure their child is wearing all recommended safety gear. .
b. No jewelry can be worn.
c. Catchers must wear all equipment, no skullcaps are allowed.
d. Players are allowed to wear school jersey’s and pants (except for the team cap) if they are coming directly from a school game.
4. Each game will be 7 innings. However, you cannot start a new inning after 2 hours and 15 minutes has elapsed. You may complete an inning if it has already started and is now beyond the 2.5 hour time limit.
a. If the game is tied after 7 innings an 8th inning may be played with time permitting based on the rule above.
b. An official game is 5 innings (4.5 if the home team is winning)
c. Maximum of 8 runs per . inning
i. The 8 run maximum rule does not apply during the 7th inning or 8th inning (see 4.f.i)
ii. Playoff exception: The 8 run maximum rule per inning does not apply
d. Mercy rule: 12 runs ahead after 4.5 innings if the home team is winning and 5 complete innings if the visiting team is winning.
e. A game is considered complete after 4.5 innings if the home team is ahead or 5 innings if the home team is behind. If the 6th is started but not completed the game reverts to the prior inning. If the game ends due to the time limit or darkness it is an official game.
i. Playoff exception: Games must go a full 7-innings to be considered official with the exception of the mercy rule (4.d) which still applies.
f. Games can end in a tie
i. Playoff exception: Games cannot end in a tie. Games still tied after 8 full innings or that reach the standard time limit (whichever comes first) are considered suspended and must be completed the next day. Managers should follow the process in (5) for suspended games.
5. Suspended games are games that end in a tie or end before they are official. Suspended games must be resumed from the point of suspension. Keep your book and batting orders for both teams not just yours.
6. You can start a game with 8 players and must finish a game with 8 players. If you start a game with 8 players and 1 player leaves you forfeit the game.
7. Players cannot sit out more than one inning in a row and must play at least 4 innings in the field (7 inning game).
a. Except for the pitcher free substitution is in effect.
b. Once a pitcher is removed he may not return to the mound to pitch in the game.
8. All players must hit in the lineup with free substitutions in the field.
9. A player injured or leaving the game will not be recorded as an out in the lineup.
10. A player arriving after the game starts will be inserted at the bottom of the order.
11. Any player that warms up a pitcher either before an inning or in between innings must wear a protective mask.
12. Pitch count/inning rules can be found in the MBSA Pitching Rule Supplement. Specific division rules supersede the supplement.
Pitching Rule Supplement Exception:
a. Standard pitch count rest rules apply and can be found in the pitching supplement.
b. Pitcher can pitch a maximum of 7 innings per game and 7 innings per week and is subjected to the pitch count and rest rules. The baseball week begins on a Sunday and ends on Saturday.
c. If the pitcher hits 2 batters the same inning or 3 in the same game the pitcher must be removed.
13. A manager or coach may make two trips to any one pitcher in any one inning. On the third trip that pitcher must be replaced. The pitcher can take any other position but may not pitch again in that game.
14. The batter is allowed try and advance to first base on a dropped third strike. Standard rules apply.
15. Intentional walks are permitted. The pitcher must pitch to complete the walk.
16. Bunting is allowed
17. Balks: One warning per pitcher per inning will be given. A second infraction will result in a balk. Under no circumstances can a runner score on a balk.
18. Infield fly rule is in effect. (see Notes below for infield fly rule)
19. With two outs, a Manager should put in a courtesy runner for a player currently running the bases and is scheduled to play the position of catcher the next . inning to keep the game moving. The runner must be the last batted out.
20. The team on offense should have a 1st and 3rd base coach. The manager may appoint a third coach to manage the bench. Players serving as base coaches must wear batting helmets.
21. If there is going to be a play at a base (except going into first) the player MUST SLIDE.
22. Base Running:
a. Leads are allowed.
b. Runners must slide or avoid except for home where sliding is mandatory. Runners that do not slide will be called out.
c. Sliding headfirst is allowed except for home plate.
d. If a runner slides headfirst at home he will be called out.
e. No barreling by a runner or fielder is allowed. A warning will be given the first time. 2 occurrences by the same player during the same game will result in the player being ejected for the remainder of the game. When the runner is the offender an automatic out will result. When the fielder is the offender the runner is safe.
23. There is no bat throwing at any time. If a player throws a bat, there must be a warning given. After the warning, please notify the parent.
24. Ask your parents if they want their child to wear a caged helmet prior to the start of the season. If a caged helmet is worn it is replaced by a standard helmet if the batter reaches base.
25. Only approved little league bats may be used (max barrel size 2.”). Any bats not meeting this specification must be removed from play immediately. . A list of approved bats can be found on our website.
26. The team on offense should have a 1st and 3rd base coach. The manager may appoint a third coach to manage the bench. The manager has the option of allowing one player to coach a base. The player must wear a batting helmet when coaching a base.
27. Home team shall always use the first base dugout.
28. Batters, base runners and player base coaches MUST wear helmets.
29. Any player charging the mound will be ejected from the game.
30. Let parents know they need to get to the field 15-20 minutes prior to game time. All coaches and managers should be on time as well. As they get older, warm up period becomes more and more important.
a. Infield fly rule: The infield fly rule applies only when there are fewer than two outs, and there is a force play at third (runners on first and second base, or bases loaded). In these situations, if a fair fly ball is a hit that, in the umpire's judgment, is catchable by an infielder with ordinary effort, the batter is out regardless of whether the ball is actually caught in flight. The rule states that the umpire is supposed to announce, "Infield fly, if fair." If the ball will be almost certainly fair, the umpire will likely yell, "Infield fly, batter's out!" or just "Batter's out!" Umpires also typically raise one arm straight up to signal to everyone that the rule is in effect.
Any fair fly ball that could have been caught by an infielder with ordinary effort is covered by the rule regardless of where the ball is caught. The ball need not be caught by an infielder, nor must it be caught in the infield. For example, if an infielder retreats to the outfield in an effort to catch a fly ball with ordinary effort, the Infield Fly Rule would be invoked, even if an outfielder ultimately caught the ball, and even if no infielder attempted to make a play on the ball. Similarly, a fly ball within the infield that could have been caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, but is caught by an outfielder, would also be covered by the rule.
On a caught infield fly, a runner must tag up (i.e., retouch, at or after the time the fly ball is first touched by a fielder, the base the runner held at the time of pitch) to be eligible to advance, as on any catch. If the infield fly falls to fair ground untouched, or is touched and dropped, runners need not tag up. In either case, because the batter is out, the force play on other runners is removed.
Effective after the Spring 2015 Season: All players have to participate in 50% of their team's games in order to participate in the divisional playoffs. Rare exceptions due to the injuries or other unique circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President overseeing the affected division.
13-14 Team Jerseys
13-14 Team Caps
3 Coach Caps
1 First Aid Kit
8 Ice Packs
1 Score Book
2 dozen practice balls
2 dozen game balls