The ESBUA Board regrets to inform the membership that former ESBUA umpire John Leflair was killed in a motorcycle accident last week in the Middle Island/Ridge area. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.


As presented at the Interpretation meeting, below is the new P/DH rule. Remember, this new rule only affects the starting pitcher, if so designated. Otherwise, the DH rule has not changed.

The designated hitter and the pitcher may be the same person. If the pitcher opts to bat for himself, he is treated as two separate positions- a pitcher and a designated hitter (abbreviated P/DH on the lineup card)- and may be substituted for as such (ie if a player who starts the game as the P/DH is relieved as the starting pitcher, he may not return to the mound even if he remains in the game as the DH, and he may not play any other position after being relieved as the pitcher. This rule will be provided as another option for coaches to utilize.


1. The starting pitcher is listed as the P/DH on the lineup card. His team gets a 12 run lead after one inning. Can the coach replace the pitcher and put him in left field?

Answer: No, the P/DH rule prohibits the starting pitcher from playing any other position in the field once he is removed from pitching.

2. A coach must list the starting pitcher as the P/DH?

Answer: No, it's the coaches' option to list the starting pitcher as the P/DH.

3. The starting pitcher is listed on the lineup card as P (or 1). Can the coach replace him as pitcher ad have him play second base?

Answer: Yes, because the pitcher was not listed as the P/DH on the lineup card.

4. The coach neglects to list the starting pitcher as the P/DH when the lineup cards are turned into the umpire in chief. Can he make a correction after the first inning?

Answer: No, all lineups are final after they are turned into the the umpire in chief.

5. A coach can still have a designated hitter (another player) for the starting pitcher?

Answer: Yes, the P/DH rule does not change this option.

Western Suffolk Baseball Umpires Association is holding their Interpretation meeting on March 5, 2019, 7:30 pm, at the Hauppauge High School.

If you choose to attend this meeting, make sure that you sign in so that we may verify your attendance at this mandatory meeting.

The ESBUA dinner for 2019 will be on June 17, 2019, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Bellport Country Club.

MODIFIED BASEBALL: National Federation rules


Game Conditions□□

3.   Doubleheaders: The following restrictions apply to the use of doubleheaders:□□

a.    The maximum number of doubleheaders allowed is two.DD

b.    A team may not play three games in two consecutive days. No more than three games a week may be played D

c.    Pitching limitations remain the same D

d.    Each game of the doubleheader is to be six innings. No team may play more than fourteen innings in one day. This allows a maximum total of two extra innings in the event of tie games. D D

4.   Equipment:□□

a.    Catchers shall wear the full protective equipment of helmet, mask with throat protector, chest protector, shin guards, arid cup.DD

b.    Batters and base runners shall wear protective headgear. DD

c. Any player warming up a pitcher, on or off the diamond, shall wear a mask. □□

d.    Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and molded cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport. □□

e.    bats must have a 2-5/8" bat barrel diameter  and a  minus  three differential   between  the length and weight of the bat. (BBCOR)    


5.  Adult coaches must wear a hard-shell protective cap.


Game Rules□□ 

1.   Regulation game shall be seven innings. DD 

2.  A pitcher may pitch no more than 12 full innings in any one calendar week and no more than seven innings in any one game. After pitching four or more full innings in any one game, there must be at least two nights rest before pitching again. When re moved , he may play any other position. DD 

3.   Designated hitters will not be allowed D 

4.   An extra player, referred to as an EP, is m and at ed and mus t be listed on the scoring sheet in the regular batting order. The EP must be used for the entire game. Failure to complete the game with the EP results in the forfeiture of the game (except in case of injury or ejection from game with no eligible players left to enter, the rules permit play with eight players). All 10 players bat, but only nine can play defense each inning. The person designated as the EP (not a defensive player at the start of the game) may at a later time play a defensive position the defensive player is now only a batter for that inning and not a fielder. There will always be one player in the lineup not on the field defensively. The EP may be substituted for at any time, either by a pinch-runner or pinch - hitter who then becomes the EP. The

substitute must be a player who has not yet been in the game. A starter may re-enter the game into his same batting order position.


Section XI Rules 

1.   No new inning may begin beyond two hours from the actuai starting time of the contest.


a.    Game started at 4:10 PM, fifth inning ends at 6: 15 PM. There will not be a sixth inning D 

b.    Game started at 4: 10 PM, fifth inning ends at 6:05 PM. There will be a sixth inning. 2. All coaches

shall be required to wear protective helmets while standing along the 1st and 3rd base lines during games.



A contest will end after a team at the short end of the 15-run rule has completed their fifth at bat

ESBUA now has a Fan Shop apparel store

Check the link at the bottom of the page for the ESBUA apparel you can buy through our store. ESBUA gets a percentage of all proceeds. Support your organization and look great throughout the year!!!

Weekend Procedures Update

Go to the weekend emergency procedures in the menu section.

New Section XI availability system

Section XI has implemented a new availability system, which will be discussed at the general membership meeting. Following is a quick overview from the Section website:


1.  Effective immediately, officials must submit their availability to Section XI electronically on-line

2.  Step-by-step directions are available at #5 on the right ("Availability Instructions").

3.  PRINT OUT a copy of these instructions so that you can refer to them while you are completing your availability on-line.

4.  Even if you have previously submitted your paper "Fall Availability Form", you must now complete and submit your availability electronically in order to be assigned this fall.


5.  If you officiate more than one sport during the season, be aware that you will need to complete Steps 3 and 5 (as outlined in the Instructions) for EACH SPORT.

We appreciate your cooperation during the transition to this new on-line feature.