The current edition of the Babe Ruth League - Official Rules and Regulations and Official Playing Rules shall govern all play except, as added, amended, modified, waived or clarified by the local rules set forth below. Any conflicts or issues regarding play shall be raised to the Windsor Baseball League Elected Board for resolution. Coaches are expected to be aware of and abide by the Official and Local Rules. Any conflicts or issues regarding play shall be raised to the Windsor Baseball League Elected Board for resolution.
GOAL: The primary goal of this level is one of training and preparation in the mechanics, skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship of baseball.
Field dimension: 60' base path, 40' distance to home plate
No score is kept except for batting order, no standings, no playoffs
10 players on the field (4 outfielders)
Minimum play is 4 innings. Players will rotate between infield and outfield so that each player plays the infield at least 2 innings per game
No player shall sit out more than one defensive inning
5 runs per inning or 3 outs
No bunting, stealing or infield fly rule
No sliding head first at anytime during the game
* - 7 year olds may be placed in this level if 1) they have played one year of Rookie and 2) if there is still room for placement after all 8 year olds have been placed
GAME TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
Games will be played at Mattie 2 (farthest field from parking lot)
All games are limited to 4 innings or 105 minutes (1 hr 45 min).
No new inning may begin after 1 hr 30 minutes (90 minutes) from the official game start time.
Uses the 1st base dugout
Takes infield/outfield first - twenty (20) minutes prior to the game time
Weeknights and last Sat game, puts away bases, drags the field.
Uses the 3rd base dugout
Takes infield/outfield second - ten (10) minutes prior to the game timepRE
Preps field weeknights and first Sat. game.
Provides game balls. (safety softball level 5?)
THOSE PERMITTED ON THE FIELD/DUGOUT:
Players on the official rosters of the participating teams (no siblings, parents, friends or scorekeeper).
Only one (1) Coach and two (2) Asst. Coaches or 3 adults total, are allowed on the field or in the dugout. Note: Coach may not manage or observe from the stands or behind the backstop during the game.
Field prep volunteer(s) prior to the beginning of the game;
A Coach may request 'time' to instruct his team or player(s) at any time
BASIC GAME RULES
Playing time: Equal playing time for ALL players is a priority. No player may sit on the bench more than one inning. (See attached Matrix for substitution help).
Base runners may attempt to get extra base on a base hit to the outfield however, once ball is thrown back to infield, PLAY STOPS. Runner must stop forward progress.
Base runners may not advance on an 'overthrow' on a defensive play. Players should be encouraged to attempt to make the proper defensive play to develop basic skills.
Base runners must attempt to slide or go around a defensive player in possession of the ball in an attempt to avoid collision. Failure to make such an attempt will result in the runner being given a warning.
BUNTING IS NOT ALLOWED.
BASE STEALING IS NOT PERMITTED. Base runner shall not take a secondary lead until ball crosses plate.
One (1) coach must be in the dugout at all times
A defensive Coach shall be 'Umpire' and make the calls at home plate and 3rd base.
The offensive Coach shall be umpire and shall stand behing pitching mount and field calls.
Number of players: Defensive team shall consist of ten (10) players, offense shall consist of all players present for the game.
Inning: an inning shall consist of FIVE (5) runs or three (3) outs, whichever comes first.
Scorekeeping: There will be no official score kept except as needed to record runs, outs and minimum play.