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Raymond Baseball & Softball Association (RBSA)

13U Baseball Rules

 

(Rev. Feb.2018)

 

 

Age Qualifications

·        The 13U League is open to kids who are between the ages of 11 and 13 as of January 1st of the current registration year.

Field Dimensions

 

·        Pitching rubber: 52 feet from the back of home plate

·        Base path: 70 feet

·        Distance from home to 2nd base: 99 feet

 

Player Participation

·        Each player in attendance of any game must play two continuous innings of defense and bat at least once.

·        The entire roster will be the batting order. All batters must follow the batting order as established by the coach. If there are only eight players the ninth position will not be an out.

·        If a player is placed on disciplinary restriction by the coach, notice must be given to the umpire staff and the opposing coach prior to the start of the game.

·        The two-inning participation rule can and should be waived in event of injury.

·        Players who are not under restriction but not allowed to play innings due to a shortened game will start the next game and play the entire game.

 

Insufficient Number of Players

 

·        A team may start and play with a minimum of 8 players 13U without penalty. No outs will be given for absent batters.

·        If a team has an insufficient number of players at game start time or after the game starts (7 or less), no more than 15 minutes will be given to find eligible pick up player(s). At the end of 15 minutes, the team short of players will automatically forfeit.

·        If a base runner is injured on the field and cannot continue and player number drops below 9 for 13U (American), the player who made the last offensive out will pinch run for the injured runner.

·        Teams are allowed to finish a game with 7 players in the event of an injury and there is no eligible pick up players to be found. No outs will be issued if the injured player is due to bat.

·        Pick up players are permitted to be used throughout the regular season and tournaments as long as the following

·        stipulations are met:

·        The opposing coach and the umpire are notified prior to the start of the game.

·        The Pick-up player may play any position on the field and bat in any order in the line-up.

·        Pick-up players must be from the league lower. (i.e.: 13U pickup from 10U)

·        Pick-up players must be current members of the RBSA or a participating association, in good standing.

·        Players that choose to “play up” as regular players on the roster of a RBSA affiliated team in an older age league are ineligible to play as a pickup player in the lower age group even though they are age eligible.

·        No more than (2) pickup players can play per team, not to exceed a starting lineup. (i.e.: 13) League can pick up two players to a maximum of 9 players)

·        Coaches do not have to play late arriving player(s), if the player(s) arrive after the 3rd inning has been completed.

·        Late arriving team player(s) that have been substituted by a pickup player(s), must replace the pickup player(s) upon arrival, unless the late arriving player(s) have already been suspended due to disciplinary action. All disciplinary actions must follow the guidelines as stated in the RBSA Constitution.

 

Equipment

·        All batters must wear NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved batting helmets with NOCSAE approved face guard. Batters must wear a batting helmet with approved face shield at all times when on the field of play (on deck circle, batter’s box, base paths, or any location where batting is taking place) during all RBSA sanctioned practices or games. This protective equipment shall cover both ears and temples. It is illegal to wear any other headgear when batting or running while participating in RBSA. Chins straps are mandatory and must be fastened at all times when wearing this protective equipment. A team warning will be issued to both teams for any RBSA player not intentionally wearing specified protective headgear on the first offense. Offending player must take corrective action immediately or player will be declared out after the play is over. Player will be declared out immediately on the second offense once the player enters the batter’s box.

·        Baseball cleats are restricted to rubber only.

·        The home team will responsible for providing (2) new game balls, made of leather, at the start of each game.

·        RBSA will provide game balls which shall be issued the beginning of the season

·        Each player must wear a baseball glove. A first baseman may use a glove designed specifically for that position. The catcher’s position glove will be used at the catcher position only.

·        Bats may be made of wood, aluminum, and other materials manufactured specifically for baseball play.

o   Bats used in the 13U shall not have a diameter greater than 2 5/8”.

·        Safety items. Both coaches and the umpire staff must be notified of all medical protective items prior to the start of the game. Prior release from the attending physician must be available for review.

Offense

 

·        There should be 2 umpires supplied for every game.

·        A complete game is 6 innings with all games being official after 4 innings.

·        The offensive side is retired after 3 defensive outs have been recorded.


·        The run rule is in effect in 13U league. A run spread of 15 runs after 4 innings and 12 runs after 5 innings of play. (15/4, 12/5)

·        Run Rule: A maximum of 7 runs can be scored per inning during a game.

·        The dropped 3rd strike rule is in effect in 13U league. On an uncaught third strike with no runner on first base (or with two outs regardless of whether there is a runner on first), the batter immediately becomes a runner. The strike is called, but the umpire does not call the batter out. The batter can then attempt to reach first base, and must be tagged or thrown out. If, at the time of the strike three pitch, first base is occupied with fewer than 2 outs, the batter is out and does not become a runner.

·        Bunting is permitted.

·        Slug bunting (squaring to bunt, pulling back to a full swing position and hitting) is prohibited. The batter will be declared out and a dead ball will result with all runners returning to the base (s) they started from.

 

 

Defense

·        There will be 9 defensive players allowed on the field. They are to be positioned as follows:

o   3 must be positioned in the outfield

o   4 must be positioned in the infield

o   1 must be positioned at the pitcher’s mound

o   1 must be positioned at the catcher’s position

·        There will be open substitutions.

·        The infield fly rule will be enforced in 13U league. The infield fly rule applies when there are fewer than two outs, and there is a force play at third (runners on first and second base, or bases loaded). If a fair fly ball is hit to the infield or outfield and is catchable by an infielder with ordinary effort (based upon the umpire's judgment), the batter is out regardless of whether the ball is actually caught or not.

 

 

Pitchers

 

·        The elevated pitcher’s mound is optional in 13U league.

·        On the second visit to the mound by the coach during any inning, the pitcher must be removed from the position. Any pitcher removed by the coach on the second visit to the mound in the same inning may not return to the pitching position for the remainder of the game. Visits to the mound by the coach will not be charged in the event of an injury.

·        Crossing the baseline and changing pitchers from the dugout are both considered trips to the mound. If not removed by the second visit rule, pitchers may return to the pitching position in the same game as long as they had remained on the field at another defensive position until another batter has batted.

·        Each pitcher will be limited to a maximum of 3 innings per game and 9 innings per week. Innings are not required to be consecutive, however pitchers may only return to the pitching position once per game. The pitching week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. This will not be adjusted in the

event of “makeup “games. Note: 1 pitch thrown in an inning counts as a complete inning.

·        The batter must make a reasonable effort to avoid being hit by errant pitches. Failure to do so in an attempt to “take one for the team” will result in a dead ball.


·        If a pitcher hits 3 batters in any game or 2 batters in a single inning, the pitcher must be removed from the pitching position for the remainder of the game. Per item 12, a dead ball called due to failure of the batter to attempt to avoid the pitch will not count against the pitcher’s hit batter total.

·        Only obvious balks will be called. There will be two warnings issued to each pitcher before a balk will be called and a penalty will be awarded. (Refer to Ohio High School Athletic Association Rulebook regarding balks).

·        The post season tournament will be treated as a week unto itself. The inning count for pitchers does NOT reset to zero for tournaments that continue into the following week.

 

 

Catchers

·        Catchers are required to wear the following:

·        NOCSAE protective head gear and face protection with throat protector

·        Chest protector

·        Shin guards

·        A gender appropriate athletic supporter and protection

·        A mitt designed especially for the catching position

 

Base Running, Stealing & Sliding

·        Runners are allowed to lead off and steal. If a catcher makes an attempt to throw out a runner attempting to steal, the ball will remain live and the runner may advance at his/her own risk.

·        If a pitcher throws to any base, in an attempt to hold a runner, and the ball hits the fielder, the ball is live. If the ball is completely missed by the fielder (overthrow, wild throw), it is a dead ball and all base runners will be awarded one base. The intention of this rule is to develop the pitcher’s pick­off move.

·        Base runners must avoid interference with a fielder in the process of fielding a ball or making a play at a base.

·        Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play.

·        Base runners approaching 2nd, 3rd, or home plate, when a play is imminent, will be declared out if there is a collision between the runner and the fielder attempting to catch the ball or making a tag or force out if no attempt to slide is made.

·        Fielders may not obstruct a base runner in the process of running the bases. If the fielder is not in the process of fielding the ball or making an out attempt directly at a base. OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. The runner will be awarded the base they were advancing to in the event of obstruction.

 

Safety Concerns & Equipment Abuse

·        Any player identified as throwing or abusing any equipment, be it accidental or intentional, will be issued a team violation as follows:

o   FIRST OFFENSE• Team Warning. Both head coaches will be notified.

o   SECOND OFFENSE• Offending player will be called out.

o   THIRD OFFENSE• Offending player will be ejected from the game.


·        Penalties will be assessed to each team independent of any violations by the opposing team. Exception to the above is a player who intentionally throws a bat. This player may be ejected from the game at the discretion of the umpire.

·        A player can be called out and or ejected from the game if the player’s action(s) is to intentionally harm another player, coach or fan.

 

Other General Baseball Rules

·        Coaches must remain in the dugout during play unless they are designated base coaches (1st or 3rd base coach).

·        Only the Head Coach may approach the umpire to clarify a call ask a question.

·        Players should remain in the dugout except when they are playing. Players should not be standing in the dugout opening where they could be hit by a foul ball or errant throw.

·        Time limits:

o   13U league is 2 hours 15 minutes. No new inning will commence after 2 hours 15 minutes from the start of the game, which will begin when the home team takes the field to start the 1st inning. The start time of the game shall be observed by the head umpire and noted in the scorebook by the home team. The umpire will notify the coaches of the last inning if near the time limit and the visiting team is preparing to bat.

·        Games ending in a tie will be recorded as a tie.

·        Situations where dictated by back to back scheduling of games, in which case the umpire will inform both coaches prior to game start time that a time limit is in effect. In this situation no new inning will start within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time of the subsequent game.

·        At the umpire’s discretion, it may be necessary to call a game for safety reasons due to impending weather or darkness. If a game has not gone long enough to be called official (4 innings for 13U), the game will be rescheduled to resume play to completion at the next convenient opportunity. If a game was official in length at the time play was suspended AND the bottom half of the inning has been reached AND the home team is in the lead, the current score is the official ending score and the game will not be rescheduled for completion. For this purpose, 3.5 (13U) innings are sufficient for an official game. Otherwise, games suspended prior to the Completion of a full inning, will revert to the score at the end of the last complete inning unless the last inning resulted in a tie, in which case the game will be rescheduled to resume play to completion at the next convenient opportunity.

·        Games tied at the end of regulation will play a maximum of 3 extra innings as necessary to determine a winner.

·        Games tied after 3 extra innings will be recorded as a tie.

·        Within three minutes of the recording of a 3rd out of any at bat, all players from both teams must be in position and ready to resume play. If, in the umpire’s opinion, resumption of game play is excessively delayed, a team warning will be issued at first offense. At each subsequent offense, the first batter will be awarded first base if it is the defensive team responsible for the delay. Alternatively, the first batter will be declared out if it is the offensive team responsible for the delay. Each team is allowed one warning before penalties will be invoked. When the catcher is on base when the 3rd out occurs, some leniency may be granted by the umpire. However, if the catcher is on base when the 2nd out occurs, a courtesy runner is encouraged to help avoid potential delays in the game.