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Washington Baseball

National League

National League objective-Teach advanced fundamentals of the game.

  • Games are Tuesday/Thursday
  • Ages 12, 13, & 14
  • Stealing
  • Bunting
  • Real baseball

  

GENERAL

A. The “Manager’s Code of Ethics” will serve as a guide for the expectations for all managers and coaches. Managers or coaches in violation in the code of ethics will face discipline by the Washington Baseball Board of Directors.

B. Any situation not listed under the current rules or bylaws will be dealt with on an individual basis by the Washington Baseball Board of Directors.

C. Eligibility for each division as defined in the USSSA Baseball (equals player’s age, in full years, as of April 30).

D. Pre-Game Warmup: Unless otherwise mutually agreed, the home team will have the field for warmup from 6pm-6:15pm. The visiting team will have the field for warmup from 6:15pm-6:30pm.

FIELD DECORUM

A. The actions of all players, coaches, managers, umpires, parents, relatives and any other visitors must be above reproach. ANY PERSON, IN THE OPINION OF THE UMPIRE(S), NOT ACTING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE WASHINGTON BASEBALL WILL BE REQUESTED TO LEAVE THE PLAYING AREA. Failure to comply with the umpire’s ruling may result in forfeiture of the game by the team involved. The umpire and both managers shall make a full written report of any such incident available to the Commissioner of the division within 24 (twenty-four) hours of the conclusion of the game. Further disciplinary actions may be taken by Washington Baseball Board of Directors, including additional suspension for Team Manager.

B. Any umpire not acting in the best interests of the Washington Baseball may, after review by the Commissioner of the Division and the Umpire-in-Chief, be suspended from officiating for a period of time up to and including permanent suspension.

C. The umpire shall report any player, coach or manager ejected from a game to the Commissioner of the Division. Any such ejection will automatically result in the suspension for the remaining games that day and a minimum of one (1) subsequent game date. Depending on the severity of an original infraction, additional game – or longer – suspensions and/or disciplinary action(s) will be at the discretion of the Washington Baseball Board of Directors. During the suspension, the player, coach and/or manager may not enter the confines of the park or recreational area that supports the field of play.

D. Only uniformed players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted within the confines of the playing field just prior to, and during, the game.

E. With the exception of the batter, on-deck player, base coaches, and base runners, all players must be on the bench while their team is at bat.

F. Only managers and coaches are allowed to coach the bases. EXCEPTION: In the absence of enough coaches to properly coach the bases in any given game, the manager may appoint an adult as a substitute coach for that game. The name of the substitute must be reported to the umpire prior to the game.

G. A manager or coach may not leave the vicinity of the bench except to confer with the umpire or one of his players, or to serve as a base coach.

H. No use of tobacco products or alcoholic beverages is permitted by managers, coaches, parents, fans, etc. on or near the playing field, the bench, or the dugout.

I. Players or coaches throwing batting helmets or bats are subject to ejection from the game.

J. Sportsmanship:

     1. Substantial emphasis will be placed on good sportsmanship. Teams (managers, coaches, and players) cannot make any derogatory remarks or gestures to any official or member of the opposing team, parents, fans, etc.; or attempt to distract them while making a defensive play; or, while batting, by either talk or actions. Umpires will be encouraged to eject anyone from the game not complying with this rule.

     2. Any offensive player hollering at a defensive player in order to cause a mistake can be called “Out” for interference.

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

A. All players must be in the full uniform supplied by the league, including caps, for each game, otherwise they will not be allowed to play. It is expected that managers and coaches attire be consistent, and clearly identifiable as part of the team they represent.

B. Players in the American League Division (9-11 years old) may not wear metal cleats. Metal cleats are permissible in the National League Division (12-14 years old).

C. Catchers are required to wear all protective equipment while catching per current Michigan High School rules. A catcher’s mask must be worn by the catcher or any other player designated to warm up the pitcher on or off the field.

D. All batters and base runners, and players who act as base coaches, must wear batting helmets.

E. The umpire(s) shall not allow a player to enter the batter’s box without a batting helmet.

F. It is recommended that all players wear protective cups.

G. Beginning with the 2019 Washington baseball season, the league will be adopting the USA baseball bat standards for all divisions. Bats that do not have the USA Certified Baseball (USABat) certification are not permitted to be used during league practices or games.

     League umpires and managers from opposing teams may request to inspect team bats during a stoppage of play during a game if an illegal bat is suspected. If a bat that is not permitted is used during a game, the batter will be called out immediately. If a batter is discovered to have used an illegal bat after they have reached base safely, all runners will return to their original base(s) and the batter will be called out.

     If a team continues to violate this rule and uses illegal bats in game play after a single violation, the team may be required to forfeit the game(s) when illegal bats were used as determined by the division commissioner.

     Please click here to find more information on the this USA bat certification, legal, and illegal bats.

H. Prior to the start of each game, the home & visiting team must provide one new leather covered ball to the home plate umpire. Baseballs allowed to be used will be Riddell BB-LL2 model baseballs only to be used during league games. Each team will be supplied new game balls to be used for each game by the league at the beginning and at mid-season.

Deliberate substitution of inferior baseballs into a game by a manager, coach or team, will immediately be removed from game play. If this action is determined to be deliberate by the lead umpire to receive a game advantage/disadvantage, the Washington Baseball Board of Directors will determine further penalty to the team that may lead to suspension or possible forfeiture of game(s) were illegal baseballs were used.

PITCHING

A. Pitching Limits:

American League (9-11 year olds)

●       A pitcher may only pitch a maximum 7 innings per week. A week is defined as Sunday-Saturday. 

●       If a player pitches 4 innings (or more) on any one calendar day, he must rest 2 (two) full calendar days (at a minimum) before pitching again in another game.

     ○       For example, a pitcher pitches in a game on Monday, the player will not be able to pitch until Thursday (at the earliest) of that same week.

●       If a pitcher throws one pitch in an inning, an inning will be charged to that player.

●       Innings pitched for a pitcher in a game that is suspended due to inclement weather, time limit, etc. will be charged against the pitcher for that week.

National League (12-14 year olds)

●       A pitcher may only pitch a maximum of 8 innings per week. A week is defined as Sunday-Saturday.

●       If a player pitches 5 innings (or more) on any one calendar day, he must rest 2 (two) full calendar days (at a minimum) before pitching again in another game.

     ○       For example, a pitcher pitches in a game on Monday, the player will not be able to pitch until Thursday (at the earliest) of that same week.

●       If a pitcher throws one pitch in an inning, an inning will be charged to that player.

●       Innings pitched for a pitcher in a game that is suspended due to inclement weather, time limit, etc. will be charged against the pitcher for that week.

Coaches are required to submit innings pitched records for their team to the league by 12pm the following calendar day after a game. An inning pitched tracker will be made available to coaches to review to ensure coaches are following the innings pitched limits. Coaches that fail to enter innings pitched for their players, the league may request the player(s) in question not pitch in the next scheduled game.

In the event that there is an illegal pitcher used during a game, the player will be removed from the pitching position upon discovery of the infraction and the last pitch will be counted as a ball. Managers are responsible for submitting proper pitching records to the Commissioner of the Division. Any violation will result in disciplinary action recommended by the Commissioner of the Division and approved by the Washington Baseball Board of Directors.

B. Violations of any the above rules will result in disciplinary action recommended by the Commissioner of the Division and approved by Washington Baseball Board of Directors.

C. In a pitcher’s first appearance of a game, he will be allowed a maximum of 8 (eight) practice pitches. At the beginning of each subsequent inning, a pitcher will be allowed a maximum of 5 (five) practice pitches.

Balk Rule

With runners on base, the pitcher must attempt to pitch from the set position.

The balk rule shall be in effect for both the American and National divisions. This rule has been modified to allow each pitcher 2 (two) warnings per game before the violation is called.

E. Pitching Mound Distances

Pitching mounds distances for the divisions are:

●       American League Division: 46 feet

●       National League Division: 54 feet

RUNNERS

A.  A courtesy runner may be used for the pitcher or catcher who is currently in the game (not a new pitcher or catcher who will enter the game when batting teams returns to the field) by a player who is the last batter out.

B. A base runner deliberately running into a defensive player, including the catcher, will be ejected from the game and will be called out. It is the equal responsibility of the defensive team to avoid a collision on the field. It is up to the umpire(s) to decide whether a collision is deliberate or not.

C. Leadoffs by base runners are permitted for both American & National League Divisions. In the American League Division leadoffs are only permitted by the base runner once the pitched ball crosses home plate. Until then, the runner must remain on the base. In the National League Division, leadoffs are permitted at any time once the base runner reaches base safely.

D. In the American League Division, a base runner may only advance/steal a base once a pitched ball passes the catcher in the form of a wild pitch or passed ball. The base runner may only advance one base maximum on this play.

In the National League Division, a base runner may steal a base at any time once the base runner reaches base safely.

     Base stealing of 2nd and 3rd base is permitted, as a safety precaution attempting to steal home on a pitch is prohibited. For purposes of this rule, “attempting to steal home on a pitch” does not include any advance made by a baserunner (1) after a catcher has failed to securely control a pitched ball, nor (2) immediately after a catcher has made any throw following a pitch, including a return throw to the pitcher or a throw attempting to retire any baserunner, nor (3) in a “suicide squeeze bunt” attempt, nor (4) running on the pitch with the bases loaded, two outs and a 3-2 count. Penalty is declaring the offending baserunner and batter out and returning any other baserunners to their positions at the time of the pitch.

E. During an offensive play, play will end when the ball is returned to the pitcher on the pitcher’s mound. Runners will not be permitted to advance to another base once in the ball is secured by the pitcher. In the event runners advance to another base, they will be required to return to the previous base.

PLAYING MINIMUMS

A. Teams should field 9 defensive players for both the American & National Leagues should a minimum of 9 or more players be on the active roster for that game. Teams are encouraged to rotate players in different defensive positions throughout the course of a ball game.

CHAMPIONSHIPS AND POST-SEASON PLAY

A. Team standings will be determined by total wins during the season. The team with the most wins will be the first place team; the team with the second most wins will be the second place team, etc. In the event of a tie between any positions, the tie will be decided in the following manner, in the order shown:

     1. Records against each other

     2. One playoff game, or, if a playoff game can’t be played:

     3. Runs against each other

     4. A flip of a coin, by draw, if three-way tie exists

     5. If above steps do not resolve ties, final tie-breakers will be at the Commissioner of the Division discretion.

B. Teams must complete their regular season games including any make up/resumed games, prior to beginning of the post-season.

FORFEITURES

A. Each team must have a minimum of 8 (eight) players to start and finish a game. If team is unable to field the minimum required players during a game due to injury, ejection, etc. the game will be considered a forfeit and the opposing team with the minimum required players will receive the win for the game regardless of the score at the time of forfeiture.

B. 10 (ten) minutes grace time will be allowed before a forfeit is called. EXCEPTION: After the grace period has expired, the visiting team may take its first at bat with less than 8 (eight) players. If 8 (eight) players are not present by the time all present team players have batted or by the time the visiting team must take the field, the game is forfeited. If any game is started with 8 (eight) players, outs are awarded in the normal manner (with no penalty for the ninth batter). If a ninth player should subsequently report to the team, that player must be inserted into the lineup in the ninth position. However, if a game has begun and subsequently the roster of any team is reduced to 8 (eight) for any reason, an out will be called each time the removed player was to bat.

C. Failure to appear for a scheduled game will result in a forfeit.

D. It is the home team’s responsibility to reschedule a game that has been cancelled due weather, field conditions, etc. Failure to reschedule a make-up game will result in a forfeiture of that game if the Commissioner of the Division is not notified.

MISCELLANEOUS

A. The umpire in charge may cancel a game due to weather. Umpires, with the agreement of one manager, may also cancel a game or end a game early that is already in progress due to weather conditions.

B. The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook. The winning team is responsible for submitting the completed score to the Commissioner of the Division within 24 hours of the scheduled game.

NOTE: Games may be played with 2, 1 or no umpires. In the event of no umpires, if both teams agree on substitute person(s) to officiate a game, the game becomes official.

Game Length

1. American League Division will play 6 (six) innings.

2. National League Division will play 7 (seven) innings.

3. An abbreviated game shall be counted as official if 4 (four) innings played in the American League - or 5 (five) innings played in the National League. A game with less than 4 innings played (American League) - 5 (five) innings played (National League) will continue from the point of suspension if called for any reason (i.e. rain, lightning, etc.). No game will be started over from the beginning.

Mercy Rule

1. Teams are only allowed to score a maximum of 5 runs per inning. After the fifth run is scored in an inning and the baseball is secured by the defense, the half of the inning will end. After the third inning, if any team is winning by 15 (fifteen) or more runs, the game shall be called and awarded to the leading team. If at any time after both teams have batted 5 (five) or more complete innings, and a team is leading by 10 (ten) or more runs, the game shall be called and a victory awarded to the leading team. In these cases, if behind, the home team is always entitled to its at-bat.

Game Time Limit

  1. American League - All games will be scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and will be scheduled to end at 8:15pm for the American League division. No new inning will be started at 8:15pm or later. Any game that is active at 8:15pm will end after the following: 3rd out of active inning is recorded, the winning run for the home team is scored, or play is suspended due to the account of darkness by the lead umpire.
  2. National League - All games will be scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and will be scheduled to end at 8:45pm for the National League division. No new inning will be started at 8:45pm or later. Any game that is active at 8:45pm will end after the following: 3rd out of active inning is recorded, the winning run for the home team is scored, or play is suspended due to the account of darkness by the lead umpire.

Base Distances

The base distances for each division are as follows:

●       American League Division: 65 feet

●       National League Division: 80 feet

Injuries

1. If a player becomes injured, and all substitutes have been used, a “courtesy substitute” may be inserted for the injured player. The opposing manager will pick the “courtesy substitute”.

2. This rule does not apply if a player leaves the game for any other reason, including ejection from the game.

Conferences

1. Each team, when on offense, may be granted not more than 1 (one) charged conference per inning to confer with the batter, base runners, etc. The umpire shall deny any subsequent offensive team requests for charged conferences.

2. Each team, when on defense, may be granted not more than 2 (two) charged conferences per inning. In extra-inning games, each team will be granted 1 (one) additional conference each inning while on defense. Prior to accumulating 2 (two) charged conferences, a conference is not charged if the pitcher is removed as pitcher. After 2 (two) charged conferences, or for any charged conference in excess of 1 (one) in each extra inning, the pitcher must be removed as pitcher for the duration of the game.

Lineup Cards

1. Lineup cards must be prepared in triplicate (for umpire and both team managers) and must show players’ last names (with first names or initials if necessary). All subs must be listed on the initial lineup cards to be eligible to participate in the game. All substitutions (including courtesy runners) must be reported immediately to both plate umpire and the opposing team’s manager or scorekeeper.


Sliding Restrictions

1. There are no sliding restrictions, other than those imposed by the league, and, in there is no prohibition on “head first” slides. Umpires may not enforce any sliding restrictions, beyond what is stated in league rules, based on their own desires or on their experience in any other program.

On Deck Hitter

1. To minimize risk of injury, the on-deck hitter must stand in the area to the back side of the current batter (1B side for LH hitter, 3B side for RH hitter).

2. All on deck hitters must be wearing a batting helmet while on-deck. If the on-deck batter does not have a batting helmet, the game should be stopped immediately and the player must return to the bench.

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