Last Updated: September 4, 2017

House League Rules

 

                              

House League Rules        

 

FAIR PLAY POLICY FOR RECREATIONAL HOUSE

 

1) There should be equal innings for all players. At various times during the season and at the end of the year the total innings every player plays should be very close. This is meant to be innings available to play (minus not being able to play due to injury/away/discipline/etc).

2) Batting order should be varied so all players get to bat first, second etc.

3) There should be equal opportunity to try various positions (pitcher/catcher/infield/etc). There are of course safety issues here and a coach must feel the player can try a position without getting hurt but if a player would like to try pitching, let them try. We realize new players may struggle with new positions but that's how they learn and we do have the five run rule plus the "no walk" rule in Rookie and Mosquito. The whole idea is to develop players and let them have fun.

4) In recreational ball all players in the line-up bat and there is free substitution at the start of each inning.

5) Baseball Nova Scotia has recognized the need for fair play and made a special category for House teams to play in Provincials. The rules are basically the same as in our House leagues (free substitution/everyone bats/5 run rule/etc). One difference is that Provincials keep track of pitch count instead of innings pitched. Entries for provincials must be made by July 1st through Baseball Nova Scotia.

 

The concept of fair play reduces the emphasis on winning "at all cost" and focuses more on letting the players have fun and having them develop their skills. THIS GOAL SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE UMPIRES. While we have made great progress in this area in the past WE STILL AREN'T THERE YET. We continue to have some coaches, parents and players verbally abuse our young umpires and ONE IS TOO MANY. Please remember, just as our young players make mistakes in learning the game so will our young umpires. Be patient, be encouraging and BE HELPFULL.

 

We ask every team to have a coach or manager keep a chart sheet of every game showing which players were available to play a game, the positions players played and how many innings each player played. This should be available to parents/players/Home Association if they ask.

 

11U MOSQUITO

NO PETS ARE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY AT THE LES MAYO FIELDS

1) Games are 6 innings long. All games will be a maximum of 2 hours 20 minutes long. No new innings will start after 2 hours 15 minutes. If games start late they will still finish 2 hours 20 minutes from the original scheduled start time. The end time does not change. If a game is not completed at the end of regulation time the score will revert back to the last full inning played. However, if in the last playable inning (does not have to be the open inning), Home team ties or takes the lead the score does not revert back to the last full inning played. The game will continue until the time limit.

2) The 10 run mercy rule is in affect after 5 full innings or 4 and a half if home team is ahead.

3) There is a 5 run limit per inning except the last inning which is open (need 3 outs to end the inning).

4) A team needs 7 players to play an official game. There is a 15 minute grace period but if a team has 7 players at game time then the game is to start on time. Players arriving late to the game (no matter what inning) are to be added to the bottom of the batting order. If a team has less than 7 players it forfeits the game. Teams are then to even up with players and play a scrub game.

5) If a game has a tied score at the end of regulation play then the game stays a tie game. This is for regular season play only and not playoffs.

6) Double ear flap helmets with chinstraps must be worn at bat, on deck and on bases.

7) A helmet and mask are to be worn by players/coaches warming up the pitcher.

8) All players are in batting order.

9) Bat size for this division shall not be more than 32 inches in length or no more than 2 1/4 inches in barrel diameter. There is no weight restriction for aluminum bats. Wood bats are permitted with no restrictions.

10) For the first offence of a batter throwing a bat (umpires call) the batter will be called out and given a warning. If the batter does it a second time during the game they will be called out and ejected from the game. If a bat (or any equipment) is thrown in anger it will be an automatic ejection for the player.

11) Unlimited and free substitution is allowed at the beginning of each inning except for the pitcher (rules #12-15).

12) PITCH COUNT  Daily pitches 1-25  no rest  

                                                      26-40  1 day rest

                                                      41-55  2 days rest

                                                      56-65  3 days rest

                                                      66-75  4 days rest

                                                      daily maximum 75 pitches

A days rest is considered midnight to midnight. Please check the BNS handbook section 10 for further clarification of pitch count rules.

13) If a player pitches in a game they cannot catch in that game but if a player catches first in a game then they can pitch in the same game.

14) If a pitcher hits a batter/batters three times in an inning the pitcher must be removed from the mound and cannot pitch again in that game. The removed pitcher can continue to play in a different position.

15) Overage players are NOT ALLOWED to pitch or catch. There is a maximum of 2 overage players permitted on a team. Only one year overage is permitted.

16) Catchers rule is in effect to speed up the game. If a catcher is on base and there are two outs they are to be replaced by the player who made the last out so that the catcher can get their gear on.

17) There is no lead offs or stealing until the ball reaches the batter. Since there are no lead offs there are of course no balks. Illegal pitches can still be called at the umpire's discretion.

18) The rule of NO STEALING HOME. 
    1) There is no stealing of any base when the coach (adult) is pitching.
    2) Players are allowed to steal 2nd and 3rd when the pitcher is pitching. A player can only make the attempt to steal once the ball reaches the batter.
    3) If a player is stealing 3rd and the catcher throws it wide to the third baseman, the runner is allowed to go home if they are able to (as long as the runner has not stopped on or after third). This IS NOT a steal of home it is a continuation of the advancement to 3rd base.
    4) If a player, on a hit, is running to 3rd and there is an overthrow to third the runner can go home( as long as the runner has not stopped on or after third). This is NOT a steal it is a continuation of play.
    5) If a player is STOPPED ON THIRD the only way they can get home is by a hit ball or, if the bases are loaded, the batter is hit by a pitch. If a player rounds third base then comes to a stop he is considered STOPPED at third. A player cannot round third then stop to wait to see where the play will be. Once a player stops they must go back to third. A player must make it back to third without being put out.  
     6) If a runner rounds third and gets caught in a rundown, WITHOUT STOPPING, then play will continue and the rundown will be played out.

19) NO WALK RULE
The rule is designed so that there will be no walks during games. Player pitchers pitch to a batter until the batter gets to a 3 ball count. As soon as that happens one of the batter's coaches (usually the 3rd or 1st base coach) runs out to the mound to pitch (NOT LOB the ball) to the batter. The PLAYER PITCHER MUST STAND WITHIN FIVE FEET on either side of the coach as the coach pitches. As soon as that batter is done the coach runs back to his position and the normal player pitcher then begins pitching to the next batter.

When coaches come in to pitch there will be a 5 PITCH MAXIMUM (including foul balls). The pitching coach must pitch from the mosquito pitching rubber. Pitching coaches must pitch overhand NOT underhand. The batter is not allowed to bunt when the coach is pitching.

If the pitching coach hits a batter with a pitch, the batter is not automatically given first base. The pitch is just considered one of the 5 coach pitches.

If the pitching coach throws a pitch that is not called as a strike it is simply called a no pitch and the count remains at three balls and the coach pitches again, there is no ball four and no walk. If the count is three balls and two strikes and the pitching coach throws a strike (swinging or called by the umpire) then the batter is out. If, after the 5th coach pitch, the batter has not hit the ball or has not been called out with 3 strikes the batter is automatically out.

If the batter gets a hit when the coach is pitching then the pitching coach must make every attempt to immediately get off the playing field in order not to interfere with the play. If an umpire feels the pitching coach has interfered with the play then the batter may be called out.

HELPFUL HINT -
It's not easy for coaches to pitch to the batters. They have a tendency to try to throw TOO EASY to their batters. This results in a slow arc pitch (lob) coming in to the batter.  It's very hard to throw strikes down the middle to these small players but when pitching try to keep your speed up enough so the ball comes in on a fairly straight line. It will make it way easier for your batters to hit. Have fun and good luck.

20) An AVOID CONTACT rule is strictly enforced. Base runners must make every attempt to not have any contact with fielders on plays at the bases/home plate. On accidental contact the runner MAY BE ruled out, on contact ruled intentional or negligent the runner is ruled out and is out of the game. Contact ruled intentional may lead to game suspensions. 
At no time are fielders/catchers allowed blocking the bases/plate. This includes straddling or standing with both feet on the bases/plate.

21) There is a maximum of only THREE coaches/helpers on the field or in (around) the dugout during a game.

22) ONLY ONE COACH PER TEAM IS ALLOWED TO ASK THE UMPIRES ABOUT A CALL. That coach is to be named before the game begins when Coaches and Captains are called to the plate. Players are not to be named as the person to approach the umpires. If a non-named coach or player approaches the umpires it is an automatic ejection. If the named coach is ejected that team has lost the right to have a coach approach the umpires.  Coaches will only be permitted to cross the foul lines to assess and/or assist injured players or ask for a ruling clarification. No player, coach, manager, trainer or any other team rep shall address an umpire to debate/question a judgement call by an official. This will result in an automatic ejection.

23) During vacation time there might not be enough players to field a team. Instead of forfeiting a game the coach can call up players from your division or the division below. You can only call up enough players for a fielding team of nine. CALL UPS MUST BE PLACED LAST IN THE BATTING ORDER. CALLUPS CANNOT PITCH OR CATCH. If you call up more players then they have to sit out unless a player from the regular team is, for some reason, unable to continue the game. Only house league NOT Rep players can be called up. You cannot call up a player if it going to interfere with their house league schedule or practices. Sometimes a player who you weren't expecting shows up unexpectedly. Please discuss this with the opposing coach as it is a bit unfair to have a call up being told they are no longer needed. COACHES ARE TO NOTIFY THE OPPOSING COACH, BEFORE THE GAME, WHO THEIR CALL UPS ARE.

24) A protective cup (boys) or a jill (girls) must be worn by all players during games or practices.

25) Shorts, tights, yoga pants, etc. are not permitted. All players must wear ball pants or sweat pants.

26) No tobacco products (smoking) allowed on the field or around the dugouts.

27) No jewelry to be worn except for medic alert bracelets.

28) All players/coaches are asked to pick up any garbage in or around their dugout at the end of each game.

29) Violations of house league rules/BNS rules could result in a forfeit game score.

30) If an umpire deems that a team/coach/player(s) have deliberately delayed (or slowed down) a game so the score will revert back to the last full inning played then the umpire will immediately notify us after the game at  sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com  The coach will be notified with a warning and if it should happen again the offending team will have the score posted as a forfeit game.

31) Home team is responsible to email (or call 865-5586) scores in within 24 hours of game time to sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com

32) It is the responsibility of the Home team (contact your association) to reschedule any make up games. Field time in most areas is limited so try to do the best you can. Only games that are rained out (field conditions) or canceled due to a tournament (maximum of 2 games) etc. will be rescheduled. Games canceled due to not enough players, coaches, etc. will be posted as a forfeit. If you need to cancel a game please let me ( Christine) know in plenty of time. When you do reschedule a game please let me know so it can be posted in the Bulletin Board on the website. This way coaches who are rescheduling games can check so there will be no conflicts. When another coach or myself contact you with a make up and your team is unable to make it then the game will be posted as a forfeit. Try to give a weeks notice for a make up game. There will be some exceptions like do not schedule a make up on a long weekend etc.

33) We ask that everyone follow the FAIR PLAY policy.

 

   
   
 

13U PEEWEE

 

NO PETS ARE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY AT THE LES MAYO FIELDS.

1) Games are 6 innings long. All games will be a maximum of 2 hours 20 minutes long. No new inning will start after 2 hours 15 minutes. If games start late they will still finish 2 hours 20 minutes from the original scheduled start time. The end time does not change. If a game is not completed at the end of regulation time the score will revert back to the last full inning played. However, if in the last playable inning (does not have to be the open inning), Home team ties or takes the lead the score will not revert back to the last full inning played. The game will continue until the time limit.

2) There is a limit of 5 runs per inning except for the last inning which is open (must get 3 outs).

3) If a game has a tied score at the end of regulation play then the game stays a tie game. This is for regular season only not playoffs.

4) The 10 run mercy rule is in effect after 5 innings of play (4 and a half if home team is leading).

5) Teams must have at least 7 players to start an official game, 15 minutes grace is allowed but if 7 players are present at game time the game will start on time. Players that come late to a game (no matter what inning it is) are allowed to play and are just added to the end of the batting order. If a team does not have 7 players the game is a forfeit. Teams are asked to then even up and play a scrub game.

6) All players are in the batting order.

7) Bat size for this division shall not be more than 32 inches in length,  no more than 2 3/4 inches in barrel diameter and have a weight /length differential of no more than -10. Wood bats are permitted with no restrictions.

8) For the first offence of a batter throwing a bat (umpires call) the batter will be called out and given a warning. If the batter does it a second time during the game they will be called out and ejected from the game. If a bat (or any equipment) is thrown in anger it will be an automatic ejection for the player.

9) There is unlimited and free substitution at the beginning of each inning except for the pitcher (rules #10-13). 

10) PITCH COUNT   Daily pitches   1-30    no rest

                                                         31-45     1 day rest

                                                         46-60     2 days rest

                                                         61-75     3 days rest

                                                         76-85     4 days rest

                                                         daily maximum 85 pitches

One days rest is considered midnight to midnight. Please check the BNS handbook section 10 for further clarification on the pitch count rules.

11) If a player pitches in a game they cannot catch in that game but if a player catches first in a game then they can pitch in the same game.

12) If a pitcher hits a batter/batters three times in an inning the pitcher must be removed from the mound and cannot pitch again in that game. The pitcher can continue to play in a different position.

13) Overage players are NOT ALLOWED to pitch or catch. There is a maximum of only 2 overage players permitted on a team. Only one year overage is permitted.

14) Catchers rule is in effect to speed up the game. If a catcher is on base with two outs they are to be replaced by the batter who made the last out so the catcher can get their gear on.

15) No jewelry to be worn except for medic alert bracelets.

16) An AVOID CONTACT rule is in effect. Base runners must make every attempt to not have any contact with fielders on plays at the bases/home plate. On accidental contact the runner MAY BE ruled out. On contact ruled intentional or negligent the runner is ruled out and is out of the game. Contact ruled intentional or negligent may lead to game suspensions. At no time are fielders/catchers allowed blocking the bases/plate. This includes straddling or standing with both feet on the bases/plate.

17) A protective cup (boys) or a jill (girls) must be worn by all players during games or practices. 

18) Double ear flap helmets with chinstraps are to be worn while on deck, at bat or on the bases.

19) Shorts, tights, yoga pants, etc. are not permitted. All players must wear ball pants or sweat pants.

20) A helmet and mask are to be worn by players/coaches warming up the pitcher.

21) Lead-offs and stealing is allowed. Consequently balks will be called at the discretion of the umpire(s).

22) During vacation time there might not be enough players to field a team. Instead of forfeiting a game the coach can call up players from  your division or the division below. You can only call up enough players for a fielding team of nine. CALL UPS MUST BE PLACED LAST IN THE BATTING ORDER. CALL UPS CANNOT PITCH OR CATCH. If you call up more players then they have to sit out unless a player from the regular team is, for some reason, unable to continue the game. Only house league players NOT Rep players can be called up. You cannot call up a player if it going to interfere with their house league schedule or practices. Sometimes a player who you weren't expecting shows up unexpectedly. Please discuss this with the opposing coach as it is a bit unfair to have a call up being told they are no longer needed. COACHES ARE TO NOTIFY THE OPPOSING COACH, BEFORE THE GAME, WHO THEIR CALL UPS ARE.

23) There is a maximum of only 3 coaches/helpers on the field or in (around) the dugout during a game.

24) ONLY ONE COACH PER TEAM IS ALLOWED TO ASK THE UMPIRES ABOUT A CALL. That coach is to be named before the game begins when Coaches and Captains are called to the plate. Players are not to be named as the person to approach the umpires. If a non-named coach or player approaches the umpires it is an automatic ejection. If the named coach is ejected that team has lost the right to have a coach approach the umpires. Coaches will only be permitted to cross the foul lines to assess and/or assist injured players or ask for a ruling clarification. No player, coach, manager, trainer or any other team rep shall address an umpire to debate/question a judgement call by an official. This will result in an automatic ejection.

25) There will be no tobacco products (smoking) on the field or around the dugouts.

26) All players/coaches are asked to pick up any garbage in or around their dugout at the end of each game.

27) Violations of house league rules/BNS rules could result in a forfeit game score.

28) If an umpire deems that a team/coach/player(s) have deliberately delayed (or slowed down) a game so the score will revert back to the last full inning played then the umpire will immediately notify us after the game at  sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com  The coach will be notified with a warning and should it happen again the offending team will have the score posted as a forfeit game.

29) It is the responsibility of the Home team to email (or call 865-5586) scores in within 24 hours after a game to sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com

30) It is the responsibility of Home team (contact your association) to reschedule any make up games. Field time in most areas is limited so try to do the best you can. Only games that are rained out (field conditions) or canceled due to a tournament (maximum 2 games) etc. will be rescheduled. Games that are canceled due to not enough players, coaches, etc. will be posted as a forfeit. If you need to cancel a game please let me (Christine) know in plenty of time. When you do reschedule a game please let me know so it can be posted in the Bulletin Board on the website. This way coaches who are rescheduling games can check so there will be no conflicts. When another coach or myself contact you with a rescheduled game and your team is unable to make it then the game will be posted as a forfeit. Try to give a weeks notice for a make up game. There will be some exceptions like don't reschedule a make up on a long weekend.

31) We ask that everyone follow the FAIR PLAY policy.

   
   

15U BANTAM

NO PETS ARE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY AT THE LES MAYO FIELDS

1) Games are 7 innings. All games will be a maximum of 2 hours and 20 minutes long. No new inning will start after 2 hours 15 minutes. If games start late they still finish 2 hr. 20 min. from the original scheduled start time. The end time does not change. If a game is not completed at the end of regulation time the score will revert back to the last full inning played. However if in the last playable inning (does not have to be the open inning), Home team ties or takes the lead the score does not revert back to the last full inning played. The game will continue until the time limit.

2) There is a 5 run per inning limit except the last inning which is open (must get 3 outs).

3) The 10 run mercy rule is in effect after 5 innings (4 and a half if home team is leading).

4) Teams must have 7 players to start an official game, there is a 15 minute grace period for players to arrive but if a team has 7 at start time the game will start on time. Players arriving late (no matter what inning it is) are allowed to play and go in the last spot in batting order. If a team does not have 7 players they forfeit the game and you are encouraged to "even up" and play a scrub game.

5) If a game has a tied score at the end of regulation play then the game stays a tie game. This is for regular season play only and not playoffs.

6) All players bat in the line-up.

7) Aluminum bat size for this division shall not be more than 34 inches in length, no more than 2 5/8 inches in barrel diameter and have a weight/length differential of no more than -3 for boys or -5 for girls. Wood bats are permitted with no restrictions.

8) For the first offence of a batter throwing a bat (umpires call) the batter will be called out and given a warning. If the batter does it a second time during the game they will be called out and ejected from the game. If a bat (or any equipment) is thrown in anger it will be an automatic ejection for the player.

9) There is free and unlimited substitution at the beginning of each inning except for the pitcher. (Rules #10-13)

10) Overage players are NOT ALLOWED to pitch or catch. There is a maximum of only 2 overage players permitted on a team. Only one year overage is permitted.

11)  PITCH COUNT  Daily pitches  1-35     no rest

                                                        36-50   1 day rest

                                                        51-65   2 days rest

                                                        66-80   3 days rest

                                                        81-95   4 days rest

                                                        Daily maximum   95 pitches

One days rest is considered midnight to midnight. Please check the BNS handbook section 10 for further clarification on the pitch count rules.

12) If a player pitches in a game they cannot catch in that game but if a player catches first in a game then they can pitch in the same game.

13) If a pitcher hits a batter/batters three times in a inning the pitcher must be removed from the mound and cannot pitch again in that game. The removed pitcher can continue to play in a different position.

14) Catchers rule is in effect to speed up the game. If a catcher is on base with two outs they are to be replaced by the batter who made the last out so the catcher can get their gear on.

15) Lead-offs and stealing is allowed. Consequently balks will be called at the discretion of the umpire(s).

16)  Double earflap helmets are to be worn while on deck, at bat or on the bases.

17) A helmet and mask are to be worn by players/coaches warming up the pitcher.

18) An AVOID CONTACT rule is strictly enforced. Base runners must make every attempt to not have any contact with fielders on plays at the bases/home plate. On accidental contact the runner MAY BE ruled out, on contact ruled intentional or negligent the runner is ruled out and is out of the game. Contact ruled intentional may lead to game suspensions. 
At no time are fielders/catchers allowed blocking the bases/plate. This includes straddling or standing with both feet on the bases/plate.

19) There is a maximum of only THREE coaches/helpers on the field or in (around) the dugout during the game.

20) ONLY ONE COACH PER TEAM IS ALLOWED TO ASK THE UMPIRES ABOUT A CALL. That coach is to be named before the game begins when Coaches and Captains are called to the plate. Players are not to be named as the person to approach the umpires. If a non-named coach or player approaches the umpires it is an automatic ejection. If the named coach is ejected that team has lost the right to have a coach approach the umpires.  Coaches will only be permitted to cross the foul lines to assess and/or assist injured players or ask for a ruling clarification. No player, coach, manager, trainer or any other team rep shall address an umpire to debate/question a judgement call by an official. This will result in an automatic ejection.

21) If you are short players instead of forfeiting a game the coach can call up players from your division or the division below. You can only call up enough players for a fielding team of nine. CALL UPS MUST BE PLACED LAST IN THE BATTING ORDER. CALL UPS CANNOT PITCH OR CATCH. If you call up more players then they have to sit out unless a player from the regular team is, for some reason, unable to continue the game. Only house league players can be called up NOT Rep players.  Sometimes a player who you weren't expecting shows up unexpectedly. Please discuss this with the opposing coach as it is a bit unfair to have a call up being told they are no longer needed. You cannot call up a player if it going to interfere with their house league schedule or practices. COACHES ARE TO NOTIFY THE OPPOSING COACH, BEFORE THE GAME, WHO THEIR CALL UPS ARE.

22) Shorts, tights, yoga pants, etc. are not permitted. Players must wear ball pants or sweat pants.

23) A protection cup (boys) or a jill (girls) must be worn at all time during games or practices.

24) Players are allowed to wear metal cleats.

25) No jewelry is allowed except for medic alert.

26) There will be no tobacco products (smoking) on the field or around the dugouts.

27) All players /coaches are asked to pick up any garbage in or around their dugout at the end of each game.

28) Violations of house league rules/BNS rules could result in a forfeit game score.

29) If an umpire deems that a team/coach/player(s) have deliberately delayed (or slowed down) a game so the score will revert back to the last full inning played then the umpire will notify us immediately after the game at sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com  The coach will be notified with a warning and should it happen again the offending team will have the score posted as a forfeit game.

30) It is the responsibility of the HOME TEAM to email (or call 902-865-5586) scores in within 24 hours after a game to  sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com

31) It is the responsibility of the home team (contact your association) to reschedule any make up games. Field time in most areas is limited so try to do the best you can. Only games that are rained out (field conditions) or cancelled due to a tournament (maximum 2 games) etc. will be rescheduled. If a game is cancelled due to not enough players, coaches, etc. the game will be posted as a forfeit. If you need to cancel a game please let me (Christine) know in plenty of time. When you do reschedule a game please let me know so I can post it on the Bulletin Board on the website. This way coaches who are rescheduling games can check so there are no conflicts. When another coach (or myself) contact you with a date for a rescheduled game and your team is unable make it then the game will be posted as a forfeit. (try to give at least a week notice for a make up game) There will be some exceptions, like don’t reschedule a game for a long weekend etc.

32) We ask that everyone follow the FAIR PLAY policy.

18U MIDGET

NO PETS ARE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY AT THE LES MAYO FIELDS

1) Games are 7 innings. All games will be a maximum of 2 hours and 20 minutes long. No new inning will start after 2 hours 15 minutes. If games start late they still finish 2 hr. 20 min. from the original scheduled start time. The end time does not change. If a game is not completed at the end of regulation time the score will revert back to the last full inning played. However if in the last playable inning (does not have to be the open inning), Home team ties or takes the lead the score does not revert back to the last full inning played. The game will continue until the time limit.

2) It is the responsibility of the HOME TEAM to email (or call 902-865-5586) scores in within 24 hours after a game to   sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com

3) There is a 5 run per inning limit except the last inning which is open (must get 3 outs).

4) The 10 run mercy rule is in effect after 5 innings (4 and a half if home team is leading). 

5) Teams must have 7 players to start an official game, there is a 15 minute grace period for players to arrive but if a team has 7 players at start time the game will start on time. Players arriving late (no matter what inning it is) are allowed to play and go in the last spot in batting order. If a team does not have 7 players they forfeit the game and you are encouraged to "even up" and play a scrub game.

6) If a game has a tied score at the end of regulation play then the game stays a tie game. This is for regular season play only and not playoffs.

7) All players are in the batting order and everyone must play a minimum of at least 3 innings.

8) Bats for this division must be wooden with no metallic components. There are no weight or size restrictions.

9) For the first offence of a batter throwing a bat (umpires call) the batter will be called out and given a warning. If the batter does it a second time during the game they will be called out and ejected from the game. If a bat (or any equipment) is thrown in anger it will be an automatic ejection for the player. 

10) An AVOID CONTACT rule is strictly enforced. Base runners must make every attempt to not have any contact with fielders on plays at the bases/home plate. On accidental contact the runner MAY BE ruled out, on contact ruled intentional or negligent the runner is ruled out and is out of the game. Contact ruled intentional may lead to game suspensions. Unless there is a play at the bases/plate the fielders (catcher) ARE NOT ALLOWED to block the bases/plate.

11) There is free and unlimited substitution at the beginning of each inning except for the pitcher. (rules #12-14)

12) PITCH COUNT   Daily pitches   1-40   no rest                             

                                                         41-55   1 day rest

                                                         56-70   2 days rest                   

                                                         71-85   3 days rest

                                                         86-105   4 days rest

                                                         Daily maximum  105 pitches

A days rest is considered midnight to midnight. Please check the BNS handbook section 10 for further clarification of pitch count rules.

13) If a player pitches in a game they cannot catch in that game but if a player catches first in a game then they can pitch in the same game.

14) Overage players are NOT ALLOWED to pitch or catch. There is a maximum of only 2 overage players permitted on a team. Only one year overage is permitted.

15) A helmet and mask are to be worn by players/coaches warming up the pitcher.

16) Lead-offs and stealing is allowed. Consequently balks will be called at the discretion of the umpire(s).

17) There is a maximum of only THREE coaches/helpers on the field or in (around) the dugout during the game.

18) ONLY ONE COACH PER TEAM IS ALLOWED TO ASK THE UMPIRES ABOUT A CALL That coach is to be named before the game begins when Coaches and Captains are called to the plate. Players are not to be named as the person to approach the umpires. If a non-named coach or player approaches the umpires it is an automatic ejection. If the named coach is ejected that team has lost the right to have a coach approach the umpires.  Coaches will only be permitted to cross the foul lines to assess and/or assist injured players or ask for a ruling clarification. No player, coach, manager, trainer or any other team rep shall address an umpire to debate/question a judgment call by an official. This will result in an automatic ejection.

19) It is the responsibility of the home team (contact your association) to reschedule any make up games. Field time in most areas is limited so try to do the best you can. Only games that are rained out (field conditions) or cancelled due to a tournament (maximum 2 games) etc. will be rescheduled. If a game is cancelled due to not enough players, coaches, etc. the game will be posted as a forfeit. If you need to cancel a game please let me (Christine) know in plenty of time. When you do reschedule a game please let me know so I can post it on the Bulletin Board on the website. This way coaches who are rescheduling games can check so there are no conflicts. When another coach (or myself) contact you with a date for a rescheduled game and your team is unable make it then the game will be posted as a forfeit. (try to give at least a week notice for a make up game) There will be some exceptions, like don’t reschedule a game for a long weekend etc.

20)  During vacation time there might not be enough players to field a team. Instead of forfeiting a game the coach can call up players from your division or the division below. You cannot call up any players from AA or AAA Rep teams. You can only call up enough players for a fielding team of nine. If you call up more players then they have to sit out unless a player from the regular team is, for some reason, unable to continue the game. CALL UPS MUST BE PLACED LAST IN THE BATTING ORDER. CALL UPS CAN'T PITCH OR CATCH. Sometimes a player who you weren't expecting shows up unexpectedly. Please discuss this with the opposing coach as it is a bit unfair to have a call up being told they are no longer needed. You cannot call up a player if it going to interfere with their house league schedule or practices. COACHES ARE TO NOTIFY THE OPPOSING COACH, BEFORE THE GAME, WHO THEIR CALL UPS ARE.

21) No shorts, tights, yoga pants, etc. are permitted. Players must wear ball pants or sweat pants.

22) A protective cup (boys) or a jill (girls) must be worn by all players during games or practices.

23)  There will be no tobacco products (smoking) on the field or in/around the dugout.

24)  No jewelry is allowed except for medic alert.

25) Any team can apply to go into Provincials.

26) All players /coaches are asked to pick up any garbage in or around their dugout at the end of each game.

27) Violations of house league rules/BNS rules could result in a forfeit game score.

28) If an umpire deems that a team/coach/player(s) have deliberately delayed (or slowed down) a game so the score will revert back to the last full inning played then the umpire will immediately notify us after the game at  sackvilleminorbaseball@outlook.com  The coach will be notified with a warning and should it happen again the offending team will have the score posted as a forfeit game.

29) We ask that everyone follow the FAIR PLAY policy.