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All Divisions will follow the National Federation of High School rules except as noted in: RBBA Playing Rules below.

Due to the copyright of the Federation Baseball rules, we are unable to supply a direct link to the rules.

 

2017 RBBA Rules by League/Division - rev 7 March 11, 2017
** Print out rules specific to your League/Division under Handouts **
    Instructional Rookie Pee Wee AL Pee Wee NL Midget AL Midget NL Junior Senior
Field Dimensions Base distance 60' 60' 60' 60' 70' 70' 90' 90'
Pitching distance machine 42' 44' 44' 50' 50' 60'6" 60'6"
Mound no no no no no no yes yes
General Rules Innings 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7
No new inning after 1hr 30min
Immediate end
2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hr 15 min 2 hr 15 min 2 hr 15 min 2 hr 15 min
Players needed to start 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1) 8 (1)
All players must play 6 outs by the end of inning #: 4
3 outs as infielder (2)
4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2)
Wildcat batting order Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes (3)
Max batters per inning 8 8 - 8th batter cannot be walked. 8th batter = 2 outs no no no no no no
Max runs per inning n/a no 5 runs
for innings 1-4
5 runs
for innings 1-4
5 runs
for innings 1-4
5 runs
for innings 1-4
no no
Defensive Conferences n/a 1 per inning
per pitcher
1 per inning
per pitcher
1 per inning
per pitcher
3 per game 3 per game 3 per game 3 per game
Defenisve Substitutions Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4) Unlimited (4)
Mercy Rule n/a 15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
15 ahead after 4
10 after 5
Forfeits allowed No* No (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (6) Yes (6) Yes (6) Yes (6)
Equipment Helmet Cage Req. yes yes yes yes no no no no
Bat weight n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a  -3*  -3*
Bat length 29" maximum n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a * n/a *
Max Barrel Size 2 1/4" 2 1/4" 2 1/4" 2 1/4" 2 3/4" 2 3/4" 2 5/8" * 2 5/8" *
BBCOR Bat Req. n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a  -3*  -3*
Wooden Bats no no no no no no yes * yes *
Metal cleats no no no no no no yes * yes *
Pitching Max pitches or innings/day
whichever occurs first
n/a 50 pitches/game
2 inn/day
4 inn/wk
75 pitches/game
2 inn/day
6 inn/wk
75 pitches/game
2 inn/day
6 inn/wk
85 pitches/game
3 inn/day
9 inn/wk
85 pitches/game
3 inn/day
9 inn/wk
95 pitches/game
4 inn day
95 pitches/game
4 inn day
Intentional walks no no no no no yes* yes* yes*
Balks no no no warning only yes* yes* yes yes
Curveballs (wrist snap) n/a no (7) no (7) no (7) no (7) no (7) yes yes
Baserunning
Batting
Fielding
Infield fly no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Dropped 3rd strike no no no yes yes yes yes yes
Bunting no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Thrown bat Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Bench warning
then Out
Courtesy runner required for catcher w/ 2 outs
(player who made last out)
no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Leading  no (8) no (8) no (8) no (8) yes yes yes yes
Stealing no yes, ball crosses home plate yes, ball crosses home plate yes, ball crosses home plate yes yes yes yes
Advance after steal n/a n/a no yes yes yes yes yes
Stealing home no no yes, on catcher throw to base yes yes yes yes yes
Headfirst slides no no no no no yes yes yes
                   
New Rule for 2017                
* - See Division specific Rules
(1) There will be a 15 minute grace period if a team does not have 8 players.
(2) Failure to comply with this rule or encouraging players to be absent or late shall result in a protest of the game. 
(3) Late arriving players will be added at the end of the lineup card
(4) Unlimited defensive substitution shall be allowed providing the playing time rule has been complied with. 
(5) If a team does not have enough to field nine (9) players on defense, they will use players from the offense to fill out the missing positions.  
(6) A team must have at least eight (8) players when on defense or the game will be declared a forfeit.
(7) No pitcher shall deliberately throw a curve ball. If in the Umpire’s judgment a curve ball is thrown, a no pitch will be declared and a warning issued to the pitcher and manager.
If another curve is thrown the pitcher will be removed from pitching.  Movement on the ball does not constitute a curve ball, the purpose of this rule is to prevent stress on the arm.
(8) Penalty for leaving early will be a strike called on the batter. No runners shall advance.

 

General Rules - All Divisions

Print a copy of this document and carry it with you.  Read it carefully and share it with your assistants, players and parents (as appropriate) so that everyone is fully informed about the rules and other league matters.  

 

• A manager must bring a first aid kit to all practices and games.               

• Games can end in a tie if the time limit has been reached.                       

• The Home Team will:                      

   o Occupy the first base dugout.                  

   o Take pre-game warm-ups last.                

   o Provide 2 new game balls to the Umpire.                       

   o Set up the bases and pitching machine, if necessary.                 

   o Put away the bases and pitching machine if their game is the last one of the day.                   

• If a player leaves the game for any reason, the player’s position in the batting order will be passed over without any penalty to the offensive team.              

• Incomplete games which are terminated by the Umpire for any reason, when the score is tied or if one or more pitches have been delivered, and before the completion of the official number of innings:             

   o Continuation will be resumed at the point that they were stopped.                  

   o All line-ups will remain intact, however, if a player from the interrupted game is not present no penalty will be imposed.                     

   o All players on the roster are eligible to play.                   

   o If a player was not at the original game, the player will be added to the end of the batting order.                  

   o The Home team is responsible for notifying the Division Director of the need for a continuation game and will furnish first and second choice of dates for the continuation game.    

   o If one team does not show up at a rescheduled or continuation game, a win shall be declared for the team that does show.  If both teams fail to show, both teams will be given a loss.            

• In the event of a rainout, the Home team manager must contact the Division Director to schedule the make-up game within one day of the originally scheduled game. Failure to comply will result in the Division Director scheduling a new date and time which will be adhered to regardless of availability problems of either team.               

                       

Protests                     

• No protests are permitted on any umpire judgment calls.  If there is a valid dispute over a rules issue, the protesting team must note the time and exact status in the scorebook (count, outs, runners, inning, etc).                       

• The protest must happen prior to the next pitch.              

• Umpire must initial both scorebooks.                     

• Coach should notify Division Director and VP of Division Play within 24 hours.               

                       

 

 

 

Playing Conditions                

• The City of Rockville will make all decisions regarding playing conditions prior to each game.  They will determine whether or not the field conditions are fit to play with the safety of the players first and foremost in mind at all times.  The City will post a message on the Sports weather line if the game will be postponed or delayed due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions.              

• After the game starts, the umpire is responsible for stops/starts.  The RBBA lightning policy is on the RBBA website under 'Handouts'.                 

                       

Game Results Reporting                   

• The winning team is responsible for notifying the Division Director of the final score.                

• Wins and losses are not recorded in the Instructional Division.                

• Scores are not recorded in Rookie and PW, only a win or loss shown as a score of 1-0.              

                       

Website                     

• Follow the Rockville Baseball Association website (www.RBBA.org)for important news and updates throughout the season.                   

• Games results and scheduling updates will be posted to this site on a timely basis.                    

• Periodic emails will be sent out to all members, please check your SPAM filter and accept info@rbba.org as NOT JUNK.                  

                       

Snack Bar                   

• A full-line concession stand will be in operation for your convenience at Dogwood Park throughout the season.                       

• All coaches may be required to staff the Snack Bar at some point during the season, please plan accordingly.               

                       

Sportsmanship:                     

• We expect that every participant will conduct him/herself at all times in a manner that is appropriate for youth baseball. Accordingly, arguing with or complaining about umpire judgment calls (balls/strikes, out/safe or fair/foul) or any display of inappropriate behavior (to include foul language used) by coaches, managers, players, parents or spectators simply will not be tolerated.  Anyone (except players) in violation of this sportsmanship rule will be asked to leave the premises immediately by the umpire via the head coach.  If after 2 minutes the offending person is not out of sight and sound of the field, the team will forfeit the game in progress (final score recorded as 7 - 0).  An ejected player will be confined to the dugout.  Anyone ejected from a game is suspended from participating or being a spectator at the next game.                   

• Team head coaches/managers are 100% responsible for the conduct of their assistant coaches, players, parents and any other related spectators.  If anyone other than the head coach/manager is ejected by an umpire, the team's head coach/manager automatically will be suspended for the next game.                 

• Team managers should make certain that everyone associated with their team is fully aware of the sportsmanship rules in advance of the season.  The games should be fun for all involved, especially the kids playing in them.         

 

                        

RBBA Fastpitch Playing Rules

 

RBBA follows National Federation of State High School Associations Rules for Fastpitch Softball with several following modifications.  The modifications are intended to address the developmental aspects of the younger leagues, ensure the safety of players and facilitate the equitable participation of all players.

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