|9/10 Division Information|
Recommended for those who have played at the competitive lower level for Rookies (8 year-olds).Scores and team standings are kept, and playoffs are held. Players pitch from a 42 foot distance. The emphasis is again on baseball instruction, sportsmanship, and having fun. Most baseball rules are followed (modified appropriately for the age group - such as no leading or stealing) and outs are recorded. Every player bats during the game and all players are rotated throughout the field.
“Ground Rules” for 9-10 Division
1. 10 fielders on the field (P, C, 4 IF, and 3-4 OF). If you only have 9 players, use 3 outfielders. If you only have 8, your decision. But, you must have a player play the catcher’s position.
2. The Strike Zone is just below the armpit to the bottom of the knee and about 1-ball width in either side of the plate. It's a big strike zone.
3. You bat through the entire lineup (all players)
4. If a player arrives after the game has started, he must bat last in the lineup for the rest of the game.
5. Unlimited substitution. Players can go in and out of the game as often as you like. Strive for equal playing time.
6. Max bat size allowed is a 2-5/8 inch barrel.
7. Bunting is not allowed.
8. If the ball goes past the imaginary fence line, it is out of play.
9. No infield fly rule. This rule was introduced in 1895 in response to infielders' intentionally dropping pop-ups to get multiple outs by forcing out the runners on base, who were pinned near their bases while the ball was in the air. For example, with runners on first and second and fewer than two outs, a pop fly is hit to the third baseman. He intentionally allows the fly ball to drop, picks it up, touches third and then throws to second for a double play. Without the Infield Fly Rule it would be an easy double play because both runners will stay near their bases while determining if the ball will be caught. (Wikipedia)
10. The umpires will be the players from the 13/15 yo division. They will stand behind the catcher. These umps have graduated from a certification program.
11. Three strikes – called, swinging, and fouled
12. Caught fly ball.
14. Tagged base.
15. A dropped third strike.
16. 4 balls = walk to first base
Stealing and Advancing
17. Stealing of bases is not allowed.
18. Leadoffs are not allowed.
19. You cannot advance on a dropped third strike, wild pitch, or passed ball.
20. You cannot leave the base until the ball is hit. If a runner leaves the base early, the ball is dead and the play is done over.
21. On an overthrow that goes out of play (past the imaginary fence line), the runner is awarded an advance of one base. If the ball hits the fence, it is still in play.
22. After the batter makes contact and the ball is in play, runners may advance until the pitcher has possession of the ball on the mound. The pitcher does not have to be standing on the rubber – just on the dirt area surrounding the rubber:
- If a runner is advancing to the next base when the pitcher gains possession, the runner is entitled to the next base if he is more than halfway to that base
- If he is halfway or less than halfway to the next base when the pitcher gains possession, he must return to the preceding base. (This is an umpire’s judgment call).
- If the pitcher makes a play on the runner after gaining possession, the ball is in play and runners may advance.
23. The length between home plate and the pitchers mound is 42 feet.
24. Pitchers may pitch a maximum of 2 innings per game and must have a two-day rest between pitching. One pitch in an inning constitutes an inning pitched. If you remove a pitcher from the mound after 1 inning, he cannot re-enter and pitch later in the game.
25. After hitting two batters in a game, a pitcher must be removed.
26. The coach must change pitchers if he makes two trips to the mound in the same inning.
27. No intentional walks.
28. First base will be awarded if the batter is hit by a pitch.
29. No balks.
30. The first time a bat is thrown by any batter, a warning is given to the batter and to both managers. The second time a bat is thrown by any batter (whether he is from the same team or the opposing team of the first instance), that batter is declared out and all runners return to their original base.
31. If a play at a base or home is close, you must slide. No barging or barreling-over the other player.
Length of Game and Innings
32. Games are 6 innings long, except if cut short by darkness or 8:00 time limit. Playoff games must be played until completion.
33. Games will start at 6:00 - on time. If a team does not have enough players (8) by 6:00, you have a 15-minute grace period before it can be called a forfeit. This is a coach’s judgment.
34. The top-of-the-inning cannot be started after 8:00 (except for the playoffs).
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