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Boys SPRING Baseball Rules

Boys Baseball Rules Summary

Rookies

Minors

Majors

Babe Ruth

Ages (as of May 1st.)

7 & 8

9 & 10

11 & 12

13 & 14

Distance between bases

60'

60'

70'

90'

Distance between rear point of home plate & front edge of pitcher's plate

Machine Pitch

46'

50'

60.6'

Scheduled innings of play

6

6

6

7

Official game

N/A

4

4

4.5

Max. runs per inning (local rule). No unlimited runs in last inning

6

6

6

6

Defensive positions (local rule)

10 (4 OF)

10 (4 OF)

9

9

Outfielder Minimum Depth

Must be 10’ in grass

30' Behind baseline

None

None

Min. Innings played defensively per player

4 (No Player can sit consecutive innings)

4 (2 infield / 1 outfield) no player can sit 2 innings in a row and we EXPECT you to rotate their defensive positions

4 (2 infield / 1 outfield) no player can sit 2 innings in a row and we EXPECT you to rotate their defensive positions

4 (2 infield / 1 outfield) no player can sit 2 innings in a row and we EXPECT you to rotate their defensive positions

Batting (local rule)

All bat

All bat

All bat

All bat

Free defensive substitutions (except pitcher)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pitcher - max. innings per game ( one pitch constitutes an inning)

Machine Pitch no called strikes

2 innings per game/ 3 games max per week

2 innings per game/ 3 games max per week

2 innings per game/ 3 games per week

Times any pitcher can re-enter game as a pitcher

N/A

0

0

0

Balk rule

N/A

N/A

Yes/Warnings

Yes/1 Warning

Infield fly rule

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dropped third strike rule

No

No

Yes

Yes

Leading off (Minors-once the pitcher touches the rubber runners must be on a base, but the runners must not be in the act of running when the pitcher does so)

No

No/until ball crosses the plate

Yes

Yes

Base stealing (Minors - runner can leave after the ball has crossed home plate)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stealing Home

No

No

Player must be batted-in, walked-in or as the result of a “baseball move’”

Players may NOT steal home when the catcher is throwing the ball back to the pitcher after a pitch.

Yes

only once per inning.

Yes

Pitcher pick-off

No

No

Yes

Yes

Sliding

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intentional Walks

No

No

No

No

Bunting allowed

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Courtesy runner (last batter out that inning)allowed for pitcher or catcher at 2 outs.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Time Limit: 2 hours, no new inning after two hours.  Finish the inning you started.

 

Championship games have no time limit

Championship games have no time limit

Championship games have no time limit

Field Rules

5 pitches, you can strike out swinging. If the 5th pitch is fouled off or unhittable and not swung at another pitch will be given

On Deck circle behind batter

On Deck circle behind batter

On Deck circle behind batter

Stopping Runners

Stop at next base when a “baseball move” is made toward the infield from the player in the outfield

Runners must stop when the pitcher has the ball on the mound or near the rubber if no mound is present

Runners must stop when the pitcher has the ball on the mound or near the rubber if no mound is present

Unlimited

Advancing Runners on Over Throws

No

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Extra Innings if Tied under time limit

Yes/time limit

Yes/time limit

Yes/time limit

Yes/time limit

Jewelry is prohibited

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bats Allowed

max 2 5/8” barrel max 33” length.
2 1/4 " BPF 1.15 or wood
USABat stamped or stenciled from the factory.
No stickers.

max 2 5/8” barrel max 33” length.
2 1/4" BPF 1.15 or wood
USABat stamped or stenciled from the factory.
No stickers.

max 2 5/8” barrel max 33” length.
2 1/4" BPF 1.15 or wood
USABat stamped or stenciled from the factory.
No Stickers.

max 2 5/8” barrel max 33” length.
2 1/4" BPF 1.15 or wood
USABat stamped or stenciled from the factory.
No Stickers.


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