2020 12U CRAB LEAGUE RULES
MLB rules will be followed if not specifically addressed below.
Field Dimensions- 50ft pitching distance with 70ft bases. Leading/stealing/bunting allowed. NO SLASH BUNTING ALLOWED. Infield fly rule in effect.
Game Length - (6) inning games on weekends and (7) inning games for weekday play. Two (2) hour and 15 minute time limit - NOT drop dead. No new inning shall start after 2 hours and 15 minutes. Home Team keeps official time (not HOST). Extra innings are allowed as long as time limit has not been reached. Four (4) innings shall constitute an official game or three and one half (3 1/2) innings if the home team is leading for (6) inning games. Five (5) innings shall constitute an official game or four and one half (4 1/2) innings if the home team is leading for (7) inning games. If a game is stopped for any reason (weather, lightning, or darkness) and is unable to be resumed it will fall under one of two suspended game rules. Games that are stopped prior to (4) full innings or (3 1/2) innings for (6) inning games or (5) full innings or (4 1/2) innings for (7) inning games with the home team ahead will be considered incomplete. An incomplete game will be rescheduled and resumed from the exact point that it was called. Any used pitchers can not be reused and the batting order must stay the same. Games stopped at anytime after completing (4) full innings for (6) inning games or (5) full innings for (7) inning games will be considered complete. The final score will be determined by the following. For example in a (6) inning game, if a game is stopped at anytime in the 5th inning or beyond the score will revert back to the score at the end of the previous full inning of play. FOR EXAMPLE: The visiting team is losing 4-2 after (4) full complete innings. In the top of the 5th inning the visiting team scores (5) runs and is leading 9-2. In the bottom of the 5th prior to the third out the game is called due to weather. The score reverts back to the completed 4th inning and the home team would be declared the winner at 4-2.
Protests- Umpires decision will be final.
Official Team Roster and Birth Certificates - Each team should have available a copy of a birth document or proof of age in case of a player age protest. Once a CRAB league player plays in his first CRAB league game he is ineligible to participate in another CRAB league game for another CRAB league team unless granted by the board.
Umpires- Home field location will be responsible for setting up and canceling umpires for the games played at that location. (2) umpires per game will be scheduled. Umpire fees will be split with each team paying for one.
Baseballs - Each team will be responsible for one (1) new game ball per game then alternate a new or fairly new ball into the game if needed. Example of game balls would be Diamond DCR/DCR-1, Rawlings RCAL/RCAL-1 or equivalent.
Mercy Rule- A fifteen (15) run lead after 4 innings or a ten (10) run lead at 5 innings. The home team does not bat in the bottom of that inning if ahead by the 15 or 10 run rule.
Forfeited Game - The final score of a forfeited game will be 10-0. The forfeiting team will be responsible for all umpire fees for the forfeiting game. They will also be responsible for a $150 forfeit fee paid to the league.
Collision Rule- All runners must slide or otherwise attempt to avoid a fielder who has possession of the ball and is waiting to make a tag. If a runner does not slide and there is no collision and the umpire rules the runner safe, then the runner is safe. Head first slides allowed but discouraged on straight steals.
Jewelry - No jewelry worn by players except for medical purposes. Phiten necklaces are allowed.
Number of players - Can start the game with 8 players but must finish with no less than 8 players. Game time is forfeit time. Players will be inserted to the bottom of the lineup if they arrive past the start of the game.
Injury - If a player is injured and must leave the game then that spot in the lineup will be skipped with no penalty. If an injury occurs during an at-bat and the player can't continue the at-bat, the next batter will take over that at-bat and assume the count. If injury occurs while on the base paths the last recorded out will take the place of the injured player on the bases. Once a player is removed from the game due to an injury, that player is not eligible to return to the game in any capacity once his next at bat is skipped.
Ejection - If a player is ejected from a game, that spot will be recorded as an out on his next at bat only. Any ejected player, coach, or manager may not play or coach in his next "DIVISIONAL" scheduled game. Within one (1) day the manager of the team that the ejection occurred on shall email the 12U CRAB Commissioner (Craig Carpenter) with the details of the ejection. A 2nd ejection occurring during the season by the same player, coach, or manager will result in a suspension for the remainder of the CRAB League season.
Pitching Rules- 3 inning max per game per pitcher. One pitch constitutes an inning pitched. Any pitcher who enters a game and throws a pitch to a batter, is now the pitcher of record. Any pitcher withdrawn from the mound may not return to that position in the same game even if removed on a first visit. Any coach who goes onto the field of play (2) times in an inning to confer with a pitcher must make a pitching change. This resets for each new pitcher. The only exception is due to injury or equipment damage.
Bat Restrictions- No barrel restrictions. Bats MUST be stamped "USA Baseball" or "USSSA Baseball bpf 1.15"
Line Up- Can bat anywhere from 9 up to entire roster. Once the number of batters is established it must remain the same throughout the game. All players have free defensive substitution except a pitcher cannot re-enter later in the same game as a pitcher. A substitute is any player not in original batting order. As soon as a substitute bats or runs for another player, the substitute and original starter are locked into the batting lineup slot and either one may bat or run in that lineup position only.
Courtesy Runner- With two outs may run for pitcher or catcher of record. Last batter out will be courtesy runner.
Balks– No balk warning. Step to third and throw to first will be a balk.
Dropped Third Strike- The catcher must catch the third strike when there are less then (2) outs and first base is not occupied or the batter may attempt to reach first base. The catcher must catch the third strike which would result in the third out when first base is occupied or not or the batter may attempt to reach first base.
InField Fly- In effect.
Cleats- Rubber cleats.
Board Evaluation: Any team that performs less then .500 for their entire schedule and is 10 runned including any forfeits more then (5) times during the season will be under board evaluation for the following year