Minor League Rules
9 & 10 Year Old Division
a. Helmets are required to be worn by offensive players and batboys/girls outside of the dugout.
b. A player who intentionally removes their helmet during a live ball will be called out under the judgement of the umpire.
c. Catchers are required to wear a protective cup.
d. Only the batter who is up and the on deck batter are allowed to be swinging bats at any time in and around the dugout.
e. Only adults are allowed to operate the pitching machines.
f. Players must stay in the dugout at all times when not on the field.
g. Only the players, bat boy/girl, manager and two coaches are allowed in the dugout during the game.
h. When there is a play at the plate, the runner must slide. If he does not, he will be called out.
i. If a fielder has the ball and is in position to make a play on a runner, the runner must avoid an intentional collision. If the runner, in the opinion of an umpire, intentionally or maliciously collides with the fielder, he will be called out and may be subject to ejection from the game.
j. No head first slides. A runner will be called out of this occurs. A runner may dive head first going back to a base.
k. No sliding into first base (unless to avoid a collision). The runner will be called out.
l. A team will be given one warning per game for throwing a bat. The next infraction, during that game, will result in the batter being called out.
m. If lightning is sighted, the umpire must stop the game. If the weather clears, the game may resume.
n. No metal cleats are allowed. Shirts must remain tucked in. Hats must be league issued with the bill facing forward. Players must be in league issued uniforms when playing Lakeshore Youth Baseball.
o. The maximum barrel size for bats is 2 ¼” with the 1.15BPF label or you can use 2 5/8" with USA Baseball label.
p. No jewelry is to be worn during games.
q. No smoking or tobacco of any kind is allowed in the park, at any time.
r. Managers are responsible for their players, coaches and fans conduct during the game. Any display of temper or intimidation will not be tolerated. Any swearing or other unsportsmanlike conduct will be cause for immediate ejection from the park facility by an umpire or a representative of the LYBSA Board.
s. Managers may only question an interpretation of the rules. Judgement calls by the umpire is final and cannot be argued or protested.
t. In case of an injury to a player, “time” will be called immediately by the umpire to tend to the injured player. Once the injured player has been dealt with, the umpire will make the necessary base awards.
2. Game Details
a. Game length is six (6) innings or one and a half hours.
b. Do not start any inning after one hour and fifteen minutes.
c. A game is official if called for darkness if the home team is ahead after 3 and 1/2 innings or after 4 innings if the visiting team is ahead.
d. Incomplete games will be attempted to be rescheduled and continued from the point where it was stopped.
e. Rainouts will be attempted to be rescheduled.
f. One umpire will be used throughout the season.
g. The pitching machine speed will be 64 rpm at the start of the season. Halfway through the pitching machine portion of the season, the speed will be adjusted to 68 rpm.
h. There will be no forfeits. Teams should play with as many players as they have in attendance.
i. The ten run rule will apply after 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead or after 4 innings if the visiting team is ahead. However, games can be called at any time under the agreement of both coaches.
j. The pitching machine is adjusted at the beginning of an inning, except under umpire discretion of four consecutive errant pitches. If a no pitch is called and the batter swings, it remains a no pitch.
k. For efficient use of time, players should hustle on and off the field.
3. Offensive Guidelines
a. All players will be in the batting order. Any late players will be added to the bottom of the line-up.
b. Strikes will be called on pitches in the strike zone and on a “swing and a miss”
c. Runners may advance on a passed ball.
d. Stealing of home plate is not allowed, nor may a player advance to home plate on a passed ball.
e. There are no lead-offs. Runners can not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.
f. If a player leaves a base early, he must return to the previous base if open.
g. The ball is in play until the pitcher hands the ball to the umpire at the pitching machine or the umpire calls time.
h. If a base runner is not halfway to the next base when the play is called “dead”, he must go back to the previous base if open.
i. Runners may attempt to advance one base on overthrow to first base.
j. Runners may attempt to advance as many bases as possible on an overthrow to any other base. (Coaches should be aware of the game situation and use respect in running the bases.)
k. Hitting the pitching machine or umpire is considered a live ball on any batted ball.
l. If the ball becomes stuck in the fence or goes out of the field of play, one additional base will be allowed.
m. A courtesy runner will be issued to the next innings’ catcher at any time when he has reached his base.
n. There will be a maximum of five runs per inning, except in the last inning of play.
o. Any time a coach touches a base runner (to assist) will result in that player being called out.
4. Defensive Guidelines
a. Maximum of ten players on the field at any time. Four of these players must begin the play on the grass of the outfield.
b. The pitcher is required to wear a helmet with a face mask, when using the pitching machine.
c. No player will sit out more than two innings per game. There are no limits on substitutions except live pitchers.
d. The catcher does not need to catch the third strike to be considered an out.
e. At the time of the pitch, no defensive player may be forward of the pitching machine.
f. The pitcher must be placed on the non-wheel side of the machine.
g. There will be no appeals. Examples, a player misses a base and the umpire sees it, the player will be called out once the play is “dead.”
h. No fake tag outs.
i. The infield fly rule is in effect when runners are on 1st and 2nd or the bases loaded with less than 2 outs.
5. Pitching Guidelines
a. Live pitching will be used during the regular season.
b. Pitchers will be allowed to pitch 2 innings/ 30 pitches maximum per game.
c. Coaches are strongly encouraged to participate in the pitching clinics hosted by LYBSA.
d. Pitchers will be given six (6) pitches when entering a game the first time, and four (4) warm up pitches between innings.
e. The manager may make only one trip to the mound per pitcher per inning. The pitcher must be removed on the second visit to the mound.
f. No curveballs or sliders will be allowed.
g. Balks will not be called.
6. The Official Little League Rule Book will be used except as noted in these general rules.