2013 SOUTHEASTERN Pony/BABE RUTH LEAGUE RULES OHSA Rules apply except for the following exceptions 1. GENERAL RULES a. All teams participating in the league shall have one (1) vote on league issues at league meetings. The coach, assistant coach or community league representative must be present to vote. b. The Babe Ruth league is composed of team with players’ up to 18 years old. To play as an 18 year old, you must be in high school at the time of registration. The Pony League is composed of players up to and including the age of 14. All ages are based on the age of the players on May 1 c. Team rosters are due before the first season game is played. Changes in the rooster are allowed until June 1. d. All rules are based on Ohio High School Athletic Association Rules. Exceptions to these are listed below. e. League fees are due to the League Director at by April 29 2. UMPIRES a. It is suggested that two licensed umpires are used or one licensed umpire can work behind the plate. Games may be played with only one umpire. b. In the event one licensed umpire is available it will be permissible for each team to agree on one umpire from the audience. PLEASE BE CORDIAL AND SYMPATHETIC TO HIS DECISIONS. c. Umpires are to be arranged by the home team and paid by the home team. d. Please check bats before game to make sure they are legal. 3. GAMES a. Games will be scheduled for each calendar week (Monday through Sunday). These games will be weekday evenings (starting at 6:00 p.m. with allowance to 6:15 p.m.). All weekend games are to be arranged prior to game time. Saturday games will typically be 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. b. Games will be seven (7) innings in length. Extra innings may be played, but no new inning may start 2 ½ hours after game start time. i. Games may exceed the 2-½ hour time limit to complete a current inning. ii. The start of game time begins when the first pitch is thrown. The umpire will announce the start time at the beginning of the game. Each coach will write this time in their scorebook. iii. Ties at the end of seven (7) innings or 2 ½ hours will remain a tie. c. Official Game i. A game is considered an official game if called by the umpire due to weather or darkness after 4 ½ innings if the home team is ahead or 5 innings if the visiting team is ahead. ii. d. e. f. g. h. If a full inning cannot be completed due to weather, darkness, etc., and the game has reached official game status, then the score at the end of the previously completed inning will determine the final score. iii. If a game cannot be completed due to weather, darkness, etc. and it has not reached official game status as outlined above, the game will be played from the point where it was discontinued Both coaches are to report the results daily to the web site ww.sportsmanager.us/BYBA.htm. The results will include the following information: i. Date game played ii. Team names iii. Scores iv. Pitcher’s name and the number of inning each pitcher pitched. Note: One (1) pitch constitutes an inning pitched for the game and the week. A team will be declared the winner if ahead of its opponents by 10 runs after 4 ½ innings if they are the home team or 5 innings if they are the visiting team or at any succeeding corresponding inning. OHSAA Rule! Rain outs, will be handled by the home teach coach. They will contact the visiting team coach and the umpires as soon as possible to inform of a rainout. This should be done as close to 4:30 p.m. as possible. CALL THE UMPIRE FIRST. As soon as possible, the home team coach will schedule a make-up date in cooperation with the visiting team. The reschedule date shall be documented on the web site by submitting the date to the league director who will be responsible to change the date on the web site. If the make up or suspended gamed is not rescheduled with one week, Coaches may request the league director to reschedule the game at any open diamond. Home team will still be responsible for obtaining and paying umpires. Do not forget to secure the services of the umpire(s). Each home team will provide 2 new game balls plus 1 good used ball. Pitchers will not be able to pitch more than 14 innings a week if four games are scheduled or 10 innings if three games are scheduled. The calendar week is Monday through Sunday. 4. PLAYERS a. No games shall be played with less than eight (8) players. The ninth spot will be left blank and counted as an out. Coaches may waive this rule before the first pitch. Should a ninth player appear after the start of the game, then that player shall assume the ninth spot in the batting order. Recognized Pony League players may be brought up to play in Babe Ruth games so you will have enough players, but they must play at least two innings. b. The Batting order will consist of all players (everybody hits). All teams must play all players at least three innings in the field and bat once per game. The exceptions to this are: an injured player and a suspended player that is ineligible because of disciplinary reasons and a run ruled game (all non-starting players must be entered into the defensive lineup in or before the top of the fifth inning). Any players suspended for disciplinary reason shall be identified to the opposing coach and umpires before the game begins. c. Each team can start having practice with their players, except for the players on a school sponsored team. They have to wait until their season is over and they are released by their school. Should a player become injured or unable to complete a game after the start of a game and substitutions have already taken place, a substitute player can take his place. d. The starting pitcher can return once as a pitcher after being removed as the pitcher. No other pitcher may return to that position once removed. e. Bat Throwing 1. A team warning will be issued to the coach after the first incident of a player throwing a bat either intentionally or unintentionally. 2. The second incident will automatically result in an out to the player who threw the bat. 3. All subsequent incidents will result in an out to the player who throws the bat and an automatic ejection from the game. The conduct ejection rule (Section IV(B) does not apply in this case, unless, in the opinion of the umpire, the incident was done with malicious intent. h. No jewelry is to be worn by any player. i. The players must wear the same number the entire season. If a team has more than one jersey, the same number must be used on all jerseys of that player. j. A player must play at least in 50% of the regulator season games to be eligible for post season tournaments. Players injured during the season shall not be subject to this rule as long as the coach makes the league aware of the injury at the time of the injury. 5. Game Rules a. Balk Rule No balk warnings will be issued. Sliding Rule A runner must slide or avoid a fielder in the immediate act of making a play on him. A runner is out when: i. The runner initiates malicious contact. ii. The runner fails to make a legal slide or does not attempt to avoid the fielder on a play at any base. iii. The runner intentionally interferes with a throw or thrown ball. b. Charged Time Outs Three (3) charged trips per game are permitted. After that, the pitcher must be changed with each trip out. c. Obstruction Obstruction will be called when a fielder without possession of the ball denies access to the base the runner is attempting to achieve. Example 1 There is play at the plate and the catch blocks the plate in possession and control of the ball, then this is not obstruction. If the catches does not have possession or control of the ball and blocks the plate, then this is obstruction. Umpires shall make the determination if the catcher has possession and control of the ball Example 2: The pitcher attempts to pick off the runner at first base. The first baseman drops to a knee and completely blocks the runner access to the base before the ball arrives. The first baseman is guilty of obstruction. d. Fielder Interference If the runner interferes with the defense physically or by yelling at the fielders during a play on the ball, the runner shall be called out and runners shall be held at their current position. If a runner is already out and then interferes with another play, then the runner involved in the second play shall be called out. . 6. Awarding of Points The winning team or winner by forfeit will be awarded two (2) points and the losing team will be awarded zero (0) points. In the event of a tie, each team will receive one (1) point. At the end of the regular season, division winners and tournament seedings will be determined based upon the total number of points earned. If a tie still exists between two or more teams, head to head matchups are the first tiebreaker, and records within the division are the next tiebreaker. If a tie still exists, a coin toss will decide the winner. If an unequal number of games are played, the League Director makes the final ruling. 7. Forfeits A forfeit will occur if a. a team cannot field at least eight (8) players. b. a team does not play all players eligible for that day’s game, as stated in Section J. c. a pitcher violates the pitching rules stated in Section M. d. a team refuses to play a game after arriving at the field for any reason other than player or fan safety. e. a team uses a player listed on a travel, select or all-star team roster, or if a team uses any player ineligible to play. f. a player, coach, or fan that has been ejected from the game refuses to leave the field. 8. MISCONDUCT Sportsmanship must be shown at all times by the coaches, players, and spectators. Coaches are responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of their players and spectators. a. If an umpire ejects a player, he must serve a one game suspension by sitting on the sidelines at the next game. A suspension will not be considered served until such time as the player is at the game on the sidelines. b. If an umpire a second time ejects that same player, he will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season. c. If a coach is ejected by an umpire or a league director, he must serve a two game suspension. 9. PROTESTS Notification of all protests shall be made to the league director as soon as the perceived infraction has occurred. The initial notification shall be made by texting, calling or emailing the league director. Texting is preferred. This gets notification to the league director quickly so disputes can be handled in a timely manner. The protest must include the information, which will make the situation clear, what happened, what the ruling was and what rule was violated. Absolutely no umpire judgment decisions will be reversed, such as a ball, strike or out calls 10. Equipment All bats and helmets may be checked by the officials for compliance. 11. FIELDS a. Field markings suggested for games are as follows: i. The batter’s box should be chalked by a four (4) foot by six (6) foot dimension. ii. The foul lines shall be chalked to the infield/outfield cut. iii. The coach’s boxes at first and third bases should be marked. iv. The safety lines to keep the players and equipment off the field of play should be marked. v. The on-deck circle (may be behind safety line) should be marked. vi. Foul poles or cones in left and right fields should be present. b. The field distances are as follows: i. The length between bases will be 80 feet for Pony and 90 feet for Babe Ruth. ii. The pitching rubber will be 54 feet from home plate for Pony and 60’ 6” for Babe Ruth. Note: If the participating pony team does not have a field with these dimensions available, then a 90-foot length between bases and a 60-foot length between the pitching rubber and home plate are acceptable. 12. Speed-up Rule a. Each team may have a courtesy runner for the pitcher and/or catcher at any time. The courtesy runner shall be the last previous out of the inning. The one-foot in the box rule will be enforced. b. Players will hustle on and off the field. c. No team meetings between innings will be permitted. d. The catcher will keep his shin guards on until his turn to bat. e. At the umpire’s discretion, a strike will be called on the offensive team at their next turn at bat if they do not take their defensive positions in a timely manner (within one (1) minute, 45 seconds). f. There will be five (5) warm-up pitches for a continuing pitcher or eight (8) warm-up pitches for a new pitcher.