Rule #1 Innings Pitched (ALL LEAGUES)
A. A starting pitcher may only pitch four innings in one game. He may not enter another game in the same week until after two complete innings.
B. A starting pitcher may not pitch more than twelve innings in any one week.
C. A starting pitcher may not start another game in the same week.
D. A starting pitcher may leave the game as long as he has pitched to six batters, 3 consecutive outs, or one complete inning.
E The starting pitcher may leave the game and re-enter the game one time.
F. The playoffs and championship each start a new week no matter which day of the week they begin.
Rule #2 Substitutes
A. A substitute pitcher may not pitch more than 12 innings in any one week.
B. A substitute pitcher may not leave a game and re-enter that same game. He may change positions without penalty.
C. A substitute pitcher must pitch to at least 3 batters, 3 consecutive outs, or 1 complete inning.
D. Any substitute player that has been taken out of the game may return to the game in the event of an injury and there is no one else on the bench who has not played in the game yet.
Rule #3 Pitching Rubber
Jack Hyles League pitching rubber 56 ft 6 in
Major League pitching rubber 46 ft
Minor League pitching rubber 40 ft 6 in
Instructional league 26 ft
Rule #4 Base Lengths
Jack Hyles League 80 ft
Major League 65 ft
Minor League 55 ft
Instructional League 45 ft
Rule # 5 Games Called Because of Weather
A. The chief umpire or the commissioner has the authority to call a game for weather related conditions.
B. If lightning bolts are sighted, any coach or umpire is to stop the game immediately.
C. The game will be finished at the earliest possible date.
D. If the game has not been finished by the playoffs, the team that was ahead at the end of the last complete inning will be declared the winner. If the game was tied at the last complete inning, the game will be considered a tie.
E. If a game is postponed before the required number of innings to be considered a complete game, the make-up game will be played from the exact point of the postponed game.
F. During the playoffs or championship, make-up games are difficult or impossible to make-up. The team that was ahead at the last full inning of play in an official game will be the winner.
G. Games will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date, regardless of the availability of players or coaches.
H. Pitchers will have to follow the pitching rules, for innings pitched, during the week that the game is made up.
Rule # 6 First Baseman
The first baseman may wear a fielder’s glove.
Rule #7 Games Called Because of Darkness
A. In the event a game is suspended because of darkness, the game will be completed at the earliest possible date. It will be played from the exact point of the suspended game.
B. If it has not been finished by the playoff series, the team that was ahead at the end of the last complete inning will be declared the winner.
C. If the game was tied at the last completed inning, the game will be considered a tie.
D. During the playoffs or championship, make up games are nearly impossible to make up. The team that was ahead at the last full inning of play in an official game will be the winner.
E. Games will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date, regardless of the availability of players or coaches.
F. When a suspended game is played, the pitchers must still obey all the pitching rules concerning innings pitched per week for the week in which the make-up game is played.
G. Games cannot be rescheduled on Saturdays without approval of the pastor.
Rule #8 Complete Games
League Normal Game Complete Game Ten Run Rule
Jack Hyles Seven Four Innings Applies after Four
Major Six Four innings Applies after Four
Minor Six Four innings Applies after Four
Instructional Five Three innings Does not apply
Rule #9 Adult Coaches
A. First and third base coaches may be adult coaches. They must fill out a league application.
B. Adult coaches must be approved in advance.
C. Coaches will go through a screening process with the sex offender registry and a criminal background check.
D. Coaches must wear a plain solid color shirt that is the same color as the uniform color and wear an official team hat. Shirts must be tucked in and neat. Pants may not be obvious work pants and must be neat and clean. Work pants or stained pants are not allowed.
Rule #10 Complete Team
A. A team may play with eight players without penalty.
B. A team may also play with seven players, however each time the eighth batting order comes up, and the umpire shall automatically call him out.
C. A player may enter the game late so long as his spot in the batting order has not come up.
Rule #11 Swinging Third Strike
A batter may run to first base if the catcher misses a dropped third strike, provided 1st base is not occupied. This rule applies only to the Major League, and Jack Hyles League.
Rule #12 Tagging Up
A. A base runner that leaves the base before the pitched ball has reached the plate shall be called out by the umpire. This is an appeal play.
B. A base runner that leaves too soon after a fly ball has been caught will be called out. This is an appeal play.
Rule #13 Failures to Properly Tag a Base
When a base runner fails to properly tag a base, the team on defense must appeal the out to the umpire. (This is not an appeal in the instructional league)
Rule #14 Starting Time
A. Starting time is 6:00 p.m.
B. In the event that a team does not have enough players to start (7), the team must be able to play 30 minutes later or forfeit the game. If a team has 7 players, the game must start at the designated time or as soon as they reach 7 players.
Rule #15 Balks
Balks will only be called in the Jack Hyles League.
Rule #16 Innings Played
A. All players must play at least two innings (6 defensive outs and 2 innings at bat). Exceptions are games called because of the ten-run rule, darkness, or because of rain before the player has the opportunity to play the final two innings.
B. Players who do not play the required two innings because of any of the above circumstances, must start the next game and play four consecutive innings.
C. Players who come to a game late or leave early are not privileged to the benefits of this rule.
D. Coaches do not have the option of not playing a player in a game and then starting that player in the next game.
E. In the event that it is determined that a coach purposely violated this rule, the game will be forfeited. And the player who did not play must play the entire next game.
F. Opposing coaches may protest a game when a player has not played the required two innings. The protest must be made before the first batter of the next to last inning of a normal inning game, completes his at bat. The player will then be put into the game and be required to play 4 innings of the next game.
G. If the protest comes after the first batter, the player in question will be placed in the game at the point of the protest and the player will play the entire next game.
Rule #17 End of Play
A. The pitcher must be on the mound with the ball for the play to end.
B. When the pitcher goes to the mound, the runner must tag his base again. Once a runner has tagged up, he cannot leave the base again without penalty.
C. The runner will be called out for leading off too soon if he leaves the bag.
Rule # 18 Sliding
A. Runners must slide into base or home. This rule does not apply when a play is not being made on the runner.
B. If contact is made and the runner failed to slide, it will be considered malicious contact and the runner is out.
C. The catcher may not block the plate unless he has possession of the ball. This rule will not be applied if there is no contact or incidental contact.
D. Lack of contact presupposes that there was not a legitimate play on the runner, and the runner will not be called out for a failure to slide.
E. Runners do not have to slide when running to 1st base. Contact by a fielder will be considered obstruction.
Rule #19 Bunting
Bunting is allowed in all leagues except the Instructional League.
Rule #20 Consecutive Walks
A. A pitcher can only walk three consecutive batters.
B. The fourth batter must stay up until he hits the ball, strikes out, or is hit by a pitched ball.
C. The sequence will start over after the fourth batter.
D. If the fourth batter is hit by a pitched ball, the next batter must stay up until he also gets a hit, strikes out, or is hit by a pitched ball. This rule applies to subsequent batters if they also get hit by a pitch.
E. This rule does not apply to the minor league because the coaches pitch after ball four.
Rule #21 Throwing Bats or Equipment
A. Players are to take their helmet off and put it into the helmet bag or give it to an on deck batter when bases are loaded.
B. Any other action, that causes the helmet to end up on the ground, whether intentional or accidental will result in an ejection from the game. This includes an accidentally dropped helmet.
C. This rule will be applied on the first offense. No warning will be given or required.
D. Any other equipment that is thrown in anger, such as a catcher’s helmet, gloves, or bats will be cause for automatic ejection on the first offense. There will not be any warning given for these offenses.
E. When a batter is ejected during the last 2 innings of a game, he will also be ejected during the whole next game also.
Rule #22 Leaving the Batters’ Box (speed-up rule)
A. Batters are required to remain in the batter’s box. The batter may receive instructions from his coach, only after the coach has called timeout and the umpire has granted time. Penalty: A strike will be called by the umpire.
B. When a coach does call timeout, he will be charged with an offensive conference. (One per inning)
C. Exceptions to rule #23 A
(1) When the batter swings at a pitch.
(2) The batter is forced out of the box by a pitch.
(3) The batter attempts a bunt.
(4) The defense feigns or makes a play on a base.
(5) The pitcher leaves the mound.
(6) Timeout is granted by the umpire.
(7) The catcher leaves the catcher’s box.
(8) The catcher does not catch a pitched ball.
Rule #23 New Batters
A. The batter must be up to the plate within 20 seconds of the time the pitcher receives the ball. (Major League and Jack Hyles League only) Penalty: Strike will be called.
Rule #24 Pitcher (speed-up rule)
A. At the beginning of the game, the pitcher may take 8 warm-up throws, completed from one minute of his first practice throw.
B. Between innings, the pitcher may not have more than 5 pitches to be completed within one minute. The minute starts when the third out is recorded in the last half inning. Penalty – ball
Rule #25 Standings
A. In the event that a game cannot be made up before the playoffs and there is a tie in the standings, the following tie breakers will be in effect:
1. The team that has the best record against the tied team or teams.
2. The team that allows the least amount of runs scored against them by the team or teams with which they are tied.
3. The team that has the least amount of runs scored against them by all teams within their league.
4. A sudden death playoff game. The first team that leads at the end of a completed inning will win.
Rule #26 Lineups
A. Both teams must give their lineup to the umpire as well as each other.
B. Changes to the lineup will not be official until the umpires, as well as the opposing coach, have been notified.
C. Changes made to the lineup without proper notification will be considered illegal.
D. There are no designated hitters.
Rule #27 Strike Zone (All Leagues)
A. A ball will be called a strike if it is thrown in the air and crosses the plate between the armpits and mid-calf, and if any part of the ball goes over any part of the plate.
B. The purpose of this rule is to liberalize the strike zone, minimize walks, and maximize hitting.
C. Umpires may widen the strike zone at the beginning of a new inning so long as they inform both coaches of their intentions.
Rule #28 Player Uniforms
A. Players must wear a complete team uniform. No modifications are allowed. This includes shirt, hat, pants, and socks.
B. Uniforms must be properly worn before and during the game. Penalty: The player cannot enter the game until the beginning of the third inning of play.
C. Players must be fully uniformed during pregame warm-ups, 30 minutes prior to the game.
Rule #29 Conferences
A. A coach is allowed two defensive conferences per inning.
B. On the third conference he must replace his pitcher.
C. A coach is allowed one offensive conference per inning.
D. If a coach calls a timeout for a conference, the coach who did not call timeout may have a non-chargeable conference, as long as he is finished at the same time as the chargeable conference.
Rule #30 Intentional Walks
A. Intentional walks are not permitted.
B. If an umpire suspects an intentional walk the batter will be treated as if there have already been three consecutive walks.
Rule #31 Legal Bats
A. Instructional League the bat has an imprint that says approved for T-ball or Little League.
B. Minor or Major League any wooden bat or the imprint says BPF 1.15
C. Jack Hyles League the imprint says BPF 1.15, BESR-3, BBCOR or any wooden or bamboo bat.