Rules By Division

Updated April 2021

UpdatedFriday April 30, 2021 byErin Ruppert.

Rules by Division

Updated 4/30/2021

  1. Code of Conduct

    1. Umpires (Our Head Umpire is John Christopher)

      1. Their decision is final and no arguing with the Umpires will be tolerated. 

      2. No player will ever question a call to an umpire. 

        1. If a player disrespects an Umpire, it will be up to the coach to discipline the player. Repeated disrespect to an umpire could lead to a player’s suspension.

      3. Coaches cannot argue with an Umpire.  Coaches can talk to umpires and ask for an explanation or clarification. 

        1. If a coach thinks that a call was incorrectly called, politely ask for help from the second umpire.

      4. Any coach thrown out of a game will be SUSPENDED for the following game.  

      5. If there are issues please come see a Division Head to discuss.

      6. Only one warning will be given to a coach, after that it will be suspension, this applies to any warning.

  2. If a game is played on the main field at Milford Ball Field, each team is responsible for providing one volunteer to manage the concession stand. Teams will submit their concessions schedule in exchange for uniforms at the start of the season.

  3. T-Ball

    1. Games are to last 6 innings up to 1 hour. 

    2. A half inning ends when a team has batted 6 batters or had 3 outs, whichever comes first.

    3. Every player bats and every player plays the field.

    4. Home team brings the tee.

  4. Rookies

    1. DVYSL Rookies will be coach pitch.

    2. Innings and score

      1. The game will be 6 innings or will conclude at the end of the inning after the game has lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.

      2. Score will be kept for every game. 

      3. 5 runs per inning will be permitted for any team. The fifth run will complete the hitting team’s half inning.

    3. Player Roster:

      1. Offensively, all players are in the batting order.

      2. Defensively, Rookies play with the traditional 9 fielders.

      3. With each new inning, the coach must rotate the extra players in the field and new players sit on the bench for the next half inning.

    4. Ball hit out of the infield on the ground batter is limited to a double.

    5. Ball hit out of the infield in the air batter is limited to a triple.

    6. Ball hit over the outfielder’s head no limit to the number of bases.

  5. Baseball Minors

    1. Home team is responsible for the pre-game and post-game maintenance to the field

      1. Batter’s box and baselines lined

      2. Set up and remove portable mound when applicable

      3. Find a volunteer to run the scoreboard when at Milford Ball Field

      4. Drag and rake of field (after game).  Rake if field needs it before game

    2. Each team is responsible to have their dugout cleaned

      1. Garbage thrown out and if seeds on ground—swept

    3. Rain Outs

      1. Home team makes the call.

        1. Division Head needs to be contacted at least 1 hour 15 minutes before the game is to begin.

        2. The Division Head will contact the head Umpire

        3. Please remember that our schedule is tight, and rainouts will be tough to make up.  If it is not thundering and lightning or pouring at game time, the game should be played.

        4. If it rained all day and our field needs work to play, please try and get there early to fix the field. 

    4. Innings and score

      1. The game will be 6 innings or will conclude at the end of the inning after the game has lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.

      2. Score will be kept for every game and reported to the Division Head and recorded on SI Play upon completion of the game. 

      3. 7 runs per inning will be permitted for any team. The seventh run will complete the hitting team’s half inning.

    5. Any player who is at least 10 years old on April 30th of the current year must attend Evaluations. Players younger than 10 may try out for Baseball Minors.

    6. There is no limit to steals at home.

    7. Pitch Counts

      1. For the first 3 weeks of games, the pitch count limit is 50 pitches. If a pitcher reaches 50 they can finish the batter they are pitching to but need to be taken out after. 

      2. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, the pitch count limit increases to 60 pitches. Same rule applies.

      3. Pitch count limit is 65 for playoffs.

      4. The timing of the pitch count increase can be changed with unanimous agreement by the coaches in the division and the approval of the Division Head.

      5. All pitching information MUST be submitted to the Division Head after each game using the system communicated at the start of the season. Pitching information is pitch count for every pitcher.

      6. Failure to report pitch count before the next game, or if it goes over the limits, will be warned the 1st time. Subsequent failures to report or going over will result in the coach being suspended from coaching the following game.

      7. We follow the Pitch Smart guidelines for rest between outings for pitchers.

  1. 1 umpire during the season

  2. 2 umpires during the playoffs

  3. Every player must have at least one at bat and play in the field for 6 outs per full game.

  4. Anything not addressed in these Rules is to follow official Cal Ripken Rules.

  1. Softball Minors

    1. Home team is responsible for the pre-game and post-game maintenance to the field

      1. Batter’s box and baselines lined

      2. Find a volunteer to run the scoreboard when at Milford Ball Field

      3. Drag and rake of field (after game).  Rake if field needs it before game

    2. Each team is responsible to have their dugout cleaned

      1. Garbage thrown out and if seeds on ground—swept

    3. Rain Outs

      1. Home team makes the call.

        1. Division Head needs to be contacted at least 1 hour 15 minutes before the game is to begin.

        2. The Division Head will contact the head Umpire

        3. Please remember that our schedule is tight, and rainouts will be tough to make up.  If it is not thundering and lightning or pouring at game time, the game should be played.

        4. If it rained all day and our field needs work to play, please try and get there early to fix the field. 

    4. Innings and score

      1. The game will be 6 innings or will conclude at the end of the inning after the game has lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.

      2. Score will be kept for every game and reported to the Division Head and recorded on SI Play upon completion of the game. 

      3. 5 runs per inning will be permitted for any team. The fifth run will complete the hitting team’s half inning.

    5. No player will sit out for more than two consecutive innings.

    6. Facemasks are required for players playing in the infield.

    7. Helmets with facemasks are required while batting.

    8. Pitching

      1. Pitching distance will be 35 feet for the duration of the season.

      2. Coaches will pitch until 3 weeks into games. Upon the beginning of the 4th week of games, players will pitch until a hit, a swing out or 4 balls. If 4 balls are pitched, the coach will pitch until a hit or swing out occurs. 

    9. There will be a total of 10 players on the field (4 outfielders). 

    10. Runners can take a secondary lead, but stealing is not allowed. 

    11. No bunting until the beginning of the 4th week of games. 

    12. Ball hit out of the infield on the ground, batter is limited to a double.

    13. Ball hit out of the infield in the air, batter is limited to a triple.

    14. Ball hit over the outfielder’s head, no limit to the number of bases. 

    15. Overthrow Rule

      1. For the first 3 weeks of games, base advancements will apply as follows ONLY on overthrows to 1st:

        1. If bases are empty and there is an errant throw to first, runner can continue to second at their own risk.

        2. If there is a runner on first, that runner may advance to third on the overthrow at their own risk, batter can advance to second at their own risk

        3.  If there is a runner on second only , she can score if they were already advancing to third base at their own risk, batter can advance to second at their own risk

        4. If runners are on first and second, runner on second can score on the overthrow at her own risk, runner on first can advance to third at her own risk, batter can advance to second at their own risk

      2. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, players may advance on overthrows to any base as follows:

        1. Bases empty, overthrow to first stays the same as above

        2. Runner on first, overthrow to 1st/2nd is errant that runner can attempt to make it to 3rd, batter can attempt 2nd

        3. Runners on 1st and 2nd, overthrow to 1st/2nd/3rd, runner on 2nd can score at their own risk, runner on 1st can attempt to make it to 3rd, batter can attempt to make it to 2nd

        4. Runner on 2nd only, attempted throw to 1st/3rd, runner can score at their own risk, batter can attempt to make it to 2nd

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  2. Baseball Majors

    1. Home team is responsible for the pre-game and post-game maintenance to the field

      1. Batter’s box and baselines lined

      2. Find a volunteer to run the scoreboard when at Milford Ball Field

      3. Drag and rake of field (after game).  Rake if field needs it before game

    2. Each team is responsible to have their dugout cleaned

      1. Garbage thrown out and if seeds on ground—swept

    3. Rain Outs

      1. Home team makes the call.

        1. Division Head needs to be contacted at least 1 hour 15 minutes before the game is to begin.

        2. The Division Head will contact the head Umpire

        3. Please remember that our schedule is tight, and rainouts will be tough to make up.  If it is not thundering and lightning or pouring at game time, the game should be played.

        4. If it rained all day and our field needs work to play, please try and get there early to fix the field. 

    4. Innings and score

      1. The game will be 6 innings or will conclude at the end of the inning after the game has lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.

      2. Score will be kept for every game and reported to the Division Head and recorded on SI Play upon completion of the game. 

    5. Pitch Counts

      1. No player who is playing for their school team may play at pitcher or catcher until their school season is over.

      2. For the first 3 weeks of games, the pitch count limit is 65 pitches. If a pitcher reaches 65, they can finish the batter they are pitching to, but need to be taken out after. 

      3. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, the pitch count limit increases to 75 pitches. Same rule applies.

      4. The timing of the pitch count increase can be changed with unanimous agreement by the coaches in the division and the approval of the Division Head.

      5. All pitching information MUST be submitted to the Division Head after each game using the system communicated at the start of the season. Pitching information is pitch count for every pitcher.

      6. Failure to report pitch count before the next game, or if it goes over the limits, will be warned the 1st time. Subsequent failures to report or going over will result in the coach being suspended from coaching the following game.

      7. We follow the Pitch Smart guidelines for rest between outings for pitchers.

 

  1. Any player who is at least 11 years old on April 30th of the current year must attend Evaluations. Players younger than 11 may try out for Baseball Majors.

  2. Every player must have at least one at bat, and play in the field for 6 consecutive outs.

  3. For the first three weeks, leading is limited to 8ft. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, leading is unlimited.

  4. No showing bunt, then swinging.

  5. Anything not addressed in these Rules is to follow official Cal Ripken Rules.

  1. Softball Majors

    1. Home team is responsible for the pre-game and post-game maintenance to the field

      1. Batter’s box and baselines lined

      2. Find a volunteer to run the scoreboard when at Milford Ball Field

      3. Drag and rake of field (after game).  Rake if field needs it before game

    2. Each team is responsible to have their dugout cleaned

      1. Garbage thrown out and if seeds on ground—swept

    3. Rain Outs

      1. Home team makes the call.

        1. Division Head needs to be contacted at least 1 hour 15 minutes before the game is to begin.

        2. The Division Head will contact the head Umpire

        3. Please remember that our schedule is tight, and rainouts will be tough to make up.  If it is not thundering and lightning or pouring at game time, the game should be played.

        4. If it rained all day and our field needs work to play, please try and get there early to fix the field. 

    4. Innings and score

      1. The game will be 6 innings or will conclude at the end of the inning after the game has lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.

      2. Score will be kept for every game and reported to the Division Head and recorded on SI Play upon completion of the game. 

      3. 5 runs per inning will be permitted for any team. The fifth run will complete the hitting team’s half inning.

    5. Pitching restrictions

      1. No player may pitch more than 10 innings per week. Weeks begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. One day’s rest is required between pitching appearances.

      2. All pitching information MUST be submitted to the Division Head after each game using the system communicated at the start of the season. Pitching information is the number of innings pitched for every pitcher (one pitch = one inning).

      3. Failure to report pitch count before the next game, or if it goes over the limits, will be warned the 1st time. Subsequent failures to report or going over will result in the coach being suspended from coaching the following game.

      4. Pitching distance will be 40 feet.

    6. Every player must have at least one at bat, and play in the field for 6 consecutive outs. 

  1. Any pitcher or catcher playing on the school team may only pitch or catch 2 innings per game during the school season. 

  2. Dropped third strike, batter is able to go to first if unoccupied, except with 2 outs.

  3. Any player who is 10, 11 or 12 years old must attend Evaluations. Players younger than 10 may try out for Softball Majors. 

  4. Facemasks are required for players playing in the infield.

  5. Helmets with facemasks are required while batting.

  6. Bunting

    1. Bunting is allowed.

    2. No showing bunt, then swinging.

    3. No slap bunts for the first 3 weeks of games. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, slap bunts are permitted.

  7. Leading and Stealing

    1. Leading is allowed

    2. Stealing second or third base is allowed from the beginning of the season. 

    3. Steals home are limited to 2 per game at the beginning of the season, to be increased to unlimited at the beginning of the 4th week of games.

    4. Leading and stealing is permissible only after the ball has been released by the pitcher.

  8. A game can be started with 8 players and must be ended with at least 9 players. 

  9. Anything not addressed in these Rules is to follow official Babe Ruth Rules.