2018 Playing Rules Have Been Updated
Inter County Playing Rules for 2017
The Inter County Playing rules for the coming season will be released soon. If you have changes or amendments to our current rules we are still accepting those changes. Please submit those changes through your local ICBA rep or to the Inter County Secretary. A copy of the 2017 rules is available for viewing or downloading by clicking on the link below:
For issues not covered off by the ICBA playing rules are then referred to the Ontario Baseball Playing rules. A copy of those rules are available at Baseball Ontario. You may reach those rules by clicking on the link below:
For a copy of the Official Baseball Rules please click below:
For a copy of the Baseball Canada Rules please click the link below:
2017 Pitching Rules
The ICBA uses the Ontario Baseball rules governing all pitching within the Inter County. It is imperative that coaches and managers are familiar with the rules governing their division they are currently playing. The rule is available by clicking the link above for more information.
Thunder & Lightening Rule Governing Play in the Inter County
The Inter County follows the Ontario Baseball Guidelines with regards to Thunder and Lightening. Please become familiar with the directions below.
When thunder roars, GO INDOORS!
If you can hear thunder, you can get hit by lightning. Take shelter immediately. If you cannot find a sturdy, fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing, get into a metal-roofed vehicle. Stay inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
Direct strikes are responsible for only 5% of lightning-related deaths and injuries. Two other types of hazardous phenomena are caused by lightning. Ground current and side flash account for 60 to 80% of lightning-related injuries and deaths. A ground current is set up when lightning hits the ground, spreads out and sends a current through a victim. Side splash occurs when lightning hits a tall object, travels partly down the object and then jumps to a nearby victim.
The link below is available for viewing or downloading by clicking on it:
The link below provides a short video on how to prepare prior to a game starting in storm conditions:
The following link provides information around lightening and Lightening Safety
Player/Coach Ejection Guidelines
Ejection Guidelines for Coaches
This guideline handles expectations for teams with regards to ejections both player and coaches.
How Many Innings Constitutes A Game?
All Inter County games are 7 innings except Midget Tier 1 which is 9 innings. Games are also under time limits and those times may be revealed in the ICBA Playing rules of 2017. Games 7 innings in length will be considered a complete game if 4 innings have been played or 3 1/2 innings played if the home team is ahead and the game is called either for weather or darkness. Only 9 inning games will use major league baseballs rule of 5 complete innings or 4 1/2 if the home team is ahead.