Since this is still a recreational level, the focus is more on fun than competition
Emphasis on specific skills, Game strategies, Correct catching and fielding techniques. Throwing technique designed to increase velocity and accuracy (while minimizing injury risk). Correct batting technique (body motion and swing). Base stealing
Scores will be kept all season. Score book will be provided and MUST be used by both coaches during games. ALL COACHES MUST KEEP A BOOK
In the regular season, the duration of a game will be the 5th completed inning or such earlier inning that starts 1:35 minutes from the scheduled start time of the game. The final inning, whether it is the 5th inning or such earlier inning as determined by time, shall be announced by the umpires as “the final inning” and that inning shall be played to completion.
In all innings except the ‘final inning,” a team may only score five (5) runs, except if a home run is hit over the fence in which case all runs shall count. In the 5th inning or the inning designated as the “final inning,” there shall be no limit on runs scored.
A game shall be declared final if after each team has had four innings at bat, one team is 15 or more runs ahead.
Games may end in a tie.
All games played will count towards the standings to determine the seedings for the season ending tournament.
Halted Game. In the event a game is halted by weather, such game is official if each team has had 4 full innings at-bat or if the home team is ahead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. If a game has been halted before it has qualified as official, then the game will be rescheduled and will resume from where it was delayed even if less than one inning.
Make-Up Games. All games postponed during the regular season shall be scheduled to be made up by the league. The league will notify both coaches of the time and date.
There is free substitution of players.
All players will bat the entire game.
No player will sit for more than 1 consecutive inning and no player should sit twice before all players have sat once.
Teams will play 4 outfielders on defense.
A team can start a game with less than 9 players. The coaches should make every attempt to field 9 players. If a team has less than 9 players an out WILL NOT occur when that missing player is scheduled to take his turn at bat.
When a team is short less than 9 of players, they may pick up players from our BWBA recreation program only from the level below “Minors” it would be “Machine Pitch”. Any replacement player(s) may only play outfield and must hit at the bottom of the order. If a team made arrangements for a replacement player due to expected absence but ended up with 9 of its players at the start of the game, the replacement player may still play but only with the agreement of the opposing coach. If the 9th player arrives late, the replacement player may continue to play.
Season Ending Tournament
In determining the league champion, a season ending tournament shall be held. The tournament shall be a single elimination format. Seedings for the tournament shall be based upon the regular season record.
The official length of games for all tournament games shall be 5 complete innings, with extra innings for games ending in a tie until a winner is determined.
The 5 run rule shall also not apply in the case of “extra innings”.
A team may play short handed or pick up a player from a younger league only. A replacement player will not be permitted to play if the team has 9 of its regular players at the start of the game. If the 9th player arrives late, he would replace the replacement player in the lineup.
Minors - Rules
The Minor League will follow the Ohio High School Baseball Rule Book except for the following amended ground rules:
The distance between the bases will be 65 feet. The pitching mound distance will be 46 feet
Pitch Count Rules. There will be limitations on the number of pitches that a player may pitch. Please see the pitch count chart. No player may pitch more than 50 pitches per game or pitch on a day he should be rested per the pitch count chart.
The coaches are responsible for monitoring pitch counts and abiding by the pitch count charts.
Umpires will bring pitch count sheets from each teams previous game to verify pitcher eligibility before each game.
A violation will result in investigation and if it is determined by the Board that such violation was intentional, then the game may be forfeited and the coach considered in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Accidental violations will be dealt with as the situation dictates.
Certain players may also be playing for non-rec league teams. The rec coaches of such players shall abide by the pitching limits put on such players by the non-rec coaches. Every effort will be made to identify players with such restrictions prior to the draft.
If a pitcher hits three batters in the total amount of pitches thrown in a game, the player must be pulled from the game. Also if he was your starting pitcher he can’t return to the game.
The umpires shall call balks only for instructional purposes.
There shall be no intentional walks.
Only the starting pitcher of the game may re-enter the game as a pitcher and only if the re-entry is in a different inning from when the pitcher was removed.
No other pitcher may re-enter as a pitcher after removal.
Any overthrow at first base or third base that hits the fence and bounces back in the field of play is considered a live ball. The runner may advance at his own risk.
If the ball goes in the dugout or out of the field of play the ball is dead and the runner advances one base on the overthrow.
Thrown or batted balls that hit a light pole (inside the field of play) and stay in the fenced area are live balls.
Any fair-batted ball that hits a pole (inside the field of play) and goes out of play is a ground rule double.
Any fair-batted ball that hits a wire for overhead lights is a ground rule double regardless where it hits the wire.
Base runners must wait until the ball reaches the plate before leaving the base. In the usual situation, if a base runner leaves early and the pitch is not hit, the runner will be returned to the base except if the play resulted in the runner being out. If the base runner leaves early and the ball is hit, the defensive team can elect either to take the result of the play or to have the runner returned to the base and the pitch being replayed. Repeated violations of this rule may result in runners being called out for leaving early.
Stealing of home is NOT allowed in the Minor League. Runners may not advance to home on a pitch or a throwback to the pitcher, but runners may advance to home on all other baseball plays.
Dropped Third Strike. The dropped third strike rule shall not be enforced; the batter shall be out and runners may advance at their own risk.
Balls in live play that end up stuck in the backstop entitle the runner to a maximum of one base only. The ball is live and the runners may advance at their own risk.
Sliding Required. All players must slide to avoid contact at all bases. It is up to the runner to avoid contact. No runner may purposely collide with a fielder when making a tag. If a collision occurs and the runner did not try to avoid the contact the runner is out and may be subject to ejection from the game if the contact is severe enough. This is a judgment call to be made by the umpire.