Playing Rules - All Divisions

Updated Friday June 13, 2014 by Mike Durand.

Games in all divisions of the League shall be played according to the established rules of Major League Baseball, Inc. with the exception of all modifications contained herein:

 

                         1:“MUST SLIDE” RULE: There is not an obligation on the part of any base runner to slide, but if he/she fails to slide and contact occurs with a defensive player in possession of the ball, in the act of receiving a thrown ball, or about to make a tag, said base runner shall be declared out. The decision of any umpire in enforcing this rule is final. This rule shall be enforced in all games in the Mustang Division and Bronco Division. Note that the overriding purpose of this rule is to encourage base runners to avoid bodily contact with defensive players.

 

2: An umpire may automatically eject from a game any player who deliberately tosses a baseball bat, batting helmet, or any other object either in frustration or anger.
 

3: League players ejected from a game for any reason on two separate occasions during the same playing season shall be immediately suspended from further competition and shall be referred to the Executive Council of the League for further disciplinary action. The Executive Council shall render its decision as soon as possible.

 

4: At the discretion of the team manager involved, League players who are absent without prior notification or appropriate reason from three successive playing activities (practices and/or games) shall be prohibited from participating in the next game involving their teams. At the discretion of the team manager involved, League players absent without prior notification or appropriate reason from four or more playing activities shall be immediately referred to the Executive Council of the League for further disciplinary action.

 

5: A League team failing to field at least eight (8) players within ten (10) Minutes following the scheduled starting time of a game shall automatically forfeit said game.

 

  • A: A League team fielding eight (8) eligible players within ten (10) minutes following the scheduled starting time of a game shall be permitted to play said game and its results shall be official. Said team shall be restricted to playing eight defensive players with all, except for the catcher, in fair territory. Said team shall be required to utilize a 9 player batting order, on every rotation through the teams batting order, an automatic out shall be recorded when the ninth batting position is reached.
  • B: In the event that both teams fail to field eight (8) players within ten (10) minutes following the scheduled starting time of a game, the chief umpire shall declare said game to be “No Game” and said game shall be rescheduled for a later date during the same playing season.
  • C: In the event that both teams field only eight (8) eligible players within ten (10) minutes following the scheduled starting time of a game shall be played according to the established regulations of section B of this article and its result shall be official.

 

6: In any instance in which a team fails to have an eligible substitute for a player who is unable to continue play because of illness, injury, ejection, or emergency, the manager of said team shall be permitted to replace said player without penalty. In said instances, “eligible substitute” shall be defined as any current member of said team.

 

7: The 10-Run Rule is in effect in all Mustang Division, Bronco Division, and Pony Division Games. This rule states that if a team is leading its opponent by at least 10 runs as the point when a game is considered to be official, and both teams have been permitted an equal number of opportunities to bat, that game shall be immediately terminated.

 

  • CLARIFICATION 1: The 10 Run Rule can never be enforced in the visitors half of an inning. In instances when the rule is enforced in the home team’s half of an inning, said inning shall not need to be completed.
  • CLARIFICATION 2:In the Mustang Division, teams which trail by a margin of fourteen runs or more prior to an at-bat when a game is considered official shall be permitted to score a sufficient number of runs to legally extend said game. In said instances, “sufficient” shall be defined as the number of runs required to reduce its difficult to nine runs.

 

8: Players in the Instructional Division must play in at least every other inning in the field in every complete game at which they are present. Players in Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony Divisions, must play at least 4 innings in the field (1 in the infield), in every complete game which they are present. During playoffs the manager has the option of playing them only 3 innings in the field (1 in the infield).

 

9: Players in the Bronco Division and Pony Division must bat at least once in every complete game at which they are present.

 

  • CLARIFICATION: Exceptions to Rule 8 and Rule 9 shall be granted only in the event of player ejection, illness, injury, or emergency. Failure to adhere to Rule 8 and Rule 9 will result in automatic forfeiture pending proper submission of game protest.

 

  • 10: Games terminated prior to their full completion for any reason shall be considered as official games according to the following guidelines.

 

  • A: PINTO DIVISION, MUSTANG DIVISION, BRONCO NATIONAL DIVISION, PONY DIVISION/WESTERN SECTION ~ After four full innings of play if the visitors are leading or after three and one-half innings of play if the home team is leading.

 

  • B: BRONCO AMERICAN DIVISION, PONY DIVISION/EASTERN SECTION ~after five full innings of play if the visitors are leading, or after four and one-half innings of play if the home team is leading.

 

11: An official game is terminated with the score tied and both teams granted an equal number of opportunities to bat shall be declared a suspended game and shall be played to its completion from the point of suspension at a later date.

 

  • CLARIFICATION 1: In instances when the visiting team trails and completes its at bat and ties the score, but the home team does not take the lead in its at-bat but does not complete its at-bat, the official game score shall revert to the score at the conclusion of the last full inning of play. In such instances, the home team shall be declared the victor if is able to take the lead in its at-bat.

 

  • CLARIFICATION 2:In instances when the score is tied at the conclusion of a full inning which has reached official game status, but which does not complete the next full inning of play, all action completed in said inning shall be considered as official. In such instances, a suspended game shall be declared and the game shall be played to its conclusion at a later date from the point of suspension. The only exception to this regulation shall be in the event that the home team takes the lead in its half of said inning to win the game.

 

12: The final score of an official game terminated for any reason prior to its full completion with one team in the lead and in which the home team is not granted an equal opportunity to bat shall revert to the close of the previous inning of play.

 

  • CLARIFICATION: League games reverted to a previous inning by this regulation, but which are not official games, shall be declared as “No Game” and shall be replayed in their entirety at a later date.

13: Players who failed to attend games that were suspended and that were then completed at a later date shall be permitted (at the discretion of the team manager) to participate in said completed games even if their participation does not conform to the league’s minimum playing requirements.

 

14: In instances when suspended games are resumed in the same calendar week, pitchers shall be required to adhere to the established pitching regulations of their respective divisions.

 

15: In instances when suspended games are resumed in a different calendar week, pitchers shall be required to adhere to the following regulations:

 

  • A: MUSTANG DIVISION –Pitchers may pitch in no more than three innings.
  • B: BRONCO & PONY DIVISIONS – Pitchers may pitch in no more than seven (six for National) innings.
  • C:Pitchers shall be allowed to pitch in the total number of innings in said suspended games as established above regardless of the total number of innings that they may have pitched or may pitch during the later calendar week. This regulation shall apply on a per game basis.

 

16: Play during any game shall be immediately halted when an umpire determines that a player has been potentially injured. Following attention to the player(s), the chief Umpire shall determine the final progress of all base runners affected by this situation.

 

17: During games scheduled to start at 6:6PM or earlier, no full inning shall commence after 8:00PM, as determined by the chief umpire. During games scheduled to start after 6:00PM, no full inning shall commence after 10:00PM, as determined by the chief Umpire. A full inning commences immediately at the conclusion of the preceding inning of play.

 

18: Pitchers in all divisions of the league are required to pitch to at least one batter in a full at-bat appearance prior to removal from the game as a pitcher. Exceptions to this regulation shall occur only in instances of pitcher injury, illness, ejection, or emergency.

 

·         CLARIFICATION 1: In all applicable divisions of the league, a pitcher shall be considered as having pitched in one inning as soon as the pitcher delivers one pitch to a batter or as soon as the defensive teams record an out.

 

·         CLARIFICATION 2: Unless specifically stated otherwise in these Rules, pitchers in all divisions of the League shall not be permitted to return to that position in the same game once they have been removed as pitchers.

 

19: A team manager or coach shall be permitted to confer with the same pitcher during the same inning during a dead ball period on one occasion only without penalty. The second said conference shall require immediate entry of a new pitcher. This regulation shall be waived only in instances of player illness, injury, or emergency or at the discretion of the chief Umpire.

 

20: Team managers desiring to protest the outcome of any game must do so in writing and submit the protest to any member of the executive council within 24 hours following completion of said game.

 

21: A team manager (or acting representative) who withdraws a team from the playing field under any circumstances prior to the official completion of a game shall forfeit all rights to protest for that game.

 

22: The president, or appropriate, available board member, will postpone games up to one hour before from the Nike Site.  Inside the one hour mark the umpire of each game will have the discretion to stop or postpone any game due to inclement weather.

 

23: The calendar week for League games shall commence at 12:00 midnight on Monday and conclude at 11:59 PM on the following Sunday. Exceptions to this regulation for scheduling purposes shall be granted only by the League President.

 

24: In games during which the chief Umpire declares that the current inning of play shall be the final inning of play for said game, all established divisional rules pertaining to the “final inning of play” shall be applied at that time.

 

25: In the Pinto Division and Mustang Division, all runs scored on home runs which clear an existing barrier on the fly shall be counted even if it results in exceeding the division’s maximum scoring regulations. This regulation shall not apply to ground-rule doubles.

 

26: The League shall recognize “Tie Games” as official results in only the Pinto Division. Tied games in the Mustang Division, Bronco Division, and Pony Division must be completed to resolution at a later date (established in these regulations). In the event that tied games in said divisions are not completed during a playing season, those results shall be eliminated from the seasonal records of the teams involved.

 

27: “Slash Bunting” shall be prohibited in all divisions of the League except for the Pony Division. In such instances, game umpires shall automatically declare the batter as “out” and return all base runners to their last occupied base.

 

28: (Umpires?) will be required to log pitching results at the snack shack prior to their next game. Pony Games should be called in to the Pony Director.

 

29: NO FOOD will be allowed in the dugouts. No player will be allowed to go to the Snack Shack in uniform while his/her game is in progress.

30. The maximum size barrel bat to be used at SIBL is 2 1/4" and has to have a Little League or Pony approved stamp. No wood bats are allowed during games.




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