1. Teams may start a game with seven (7) players or less. But, to continue beyond the first inning, they must have at least eight (8).
Rule 3.J A team must have eight (8) players for an official game & may borrow a player from an opposing team with the opposing team manager's consent or may borrow a player from another team, also with the opposing manager's consent. If the team's ninth player arrives after the start of the game, the borrowed player reverts back to his team.
Rule 2.e.L There will be a 15-minute grace period before a forfeit is enforced due to lack of players. If at the end of the 15 minutes, a team has less than eight (8) players, that team will be the visiting team & bat first. If this team still has less than eight (8) players at the end of that half inning, the game will be considered a forfeit. This will allow the game to begin while waiting for additional players.
2. The start time of a game is the scheduled time, NOT the time the first pitch is thrown.
Rule 2.f-L All regular season games in the 18+/25+ divisions will consist of nine (9) innings & will have a 2 1/2 hour time limit. Games in the Bill Hyland 35+/45+ Leagues will also be nine (9) innings in length, however no inning may start after two (2) hours from the start of the game. The time limit begins at the scheduled start time, not when the game actually begins. (For example, a 1:00 game begins at 1:00 & will end at 3:30.) The only exeption is if a delay occurs because the umpires are late. If the umpires are late, the time limit begins when the umpire says "Play Ball". Doubleheaders can only originally be scheduled for two teams to play each other, not for a team to play two different teams in one day during the regular season. Certain circumstances may arise where a team may play two different teams in one day. This will only be allowed as part of a rescheduled event given that all parties are in agreement. There will be 15 minutes between doubleheader games.
3. If a team has eight (8) or nine (9) players, the opposing manager has the option of only batting eight (8) or nine (9) in his lineup. There are no penalties or automatic outs for only hitting eight (8) or nine (9) if that is the number the team has available.
4. Regardless of the number of players in the hitting lineup, if a player in the lineup is injured & cannot continue, the first time the injured player's position comes up, it is an automatic out. There is no penalty for the position being skipped in future occurrences.