Rules By Division

2022 Season

UpdatedMonday May 2, 2022 byErin Ruppert.

 

 

 Rules by Division

Updated 5/2/22

  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. General Operating Procedures

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. Each team is responsible to have their dugout cleaned

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

    4. 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. 

 

  1. T-Ball

    1. T-ball players wear grey pants.

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

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

    4. Home team brings the tee.

 

  1. Rookies

    1. Rookies players wear grey pants.

    2. DVYSL Rookies will be coach pitch.

      1. Coaches should pitch from a position (standing, half-kneeling, etc) that works best for themselves and their players.

      2. A batter can receive up to 5 pitches during an at bat. If they foul off the 5th pitch, keep pitching until non-fouled off pitch - either a swinging strike or a 5th pitch they don’t swing at.

      3. If a batted ball hits the ball bucket, the ball is dead. Runners may advance.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

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

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

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

    8. On an overthrow, runners may advance a maximum of one additional base at their own risk.

  2. Baseball Minors

    1. Minors Baseball players wear grey pants.

    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. There is no time limite for the Championship Game.

      2. Score will be kept for every game and reported to the Division Head and recorded on SI Play by the home team 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.

      4. Unlimited runs will be allowed as follows:

        1. ​In the 6th inning

        2. In any inning the umpire declares as the last due to time limit.

        3. In extra innings, if necessary.

    3. Any player who is at least 9 years old on April 30th of the current year must attend Evaluations. Players younger than 9 may try out for Baseball Minors. Team placement of any player who does not attend evaluations is subject to the sole discretion of the Executive Board.

    4. There is no limit to steals at home.

    5. No infield fly rule.

    6. No drop 3rd strike.

    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. Following the conclusion of the game, coaches from both teams will sign the home team’s scorebook in agreement on the score, pitch counts, and other relevant information.

      6. Coaches will compare pitch counts after every inning.

      7. 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.

      8. 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.

      9. 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. Minors Softball players wear black pants.

    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. There is no time limit for the Championship Game.

      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.

      4. Unlimited runs will be allowed as follows:

        1. ​In the 6th inning

        2. In any inning the umpire declares as the last due to time limit.

        3. In extra innings, if necessary.

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

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

    5. Facemasks are required for players playing in the field.

    6. No infield fly rule.

    7. No drop 3rd strike.

    8. Pitching

      1. Pitching distance will be 35 feet

      2. Pitchers and catchers are allowed to pitch no more than 4 innings per game and 10 per week. The week runs Sunday to Saturday.

      3. Following the conclusion of the game, coaches from both teams will sign the home team’s scorebook in agreement on the score, pitching, and other relevant information.

      4. 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).

      5. 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.

    9. There will be a total of 9 players on the field. 

    10. Base Running and Stealing

      1. Runners can take a secondary lead.

      2. There are unlimited steals to 2nd and 3rd bases.

      3. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, teams are allowed two attempted steals at home.

      4. For the first three weeks of play, no runner may advance on an overthrow of an attempted throwdown by the catcher.

      5. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, runners may advance on the catcher’s overthrow.

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

      1. No showing bunt, then swinging.

      2. No slap bunts/hits.

    12. Overthrows

      1. For the first three weeks of play, base runners may attempt to take one extra base only at their own risk on an overthrow.

      2. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, runners may attempt unlimited bases on an overthrow.

    13. No continuous walks.

  2. Baseball Majors

    1. Majors Baseball players wear white pants.

    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. There is no time limit for the Championship Game.

      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. School Players

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

      2. Any player who is playing on their school team may only catch 2 innings per game during the school season.

    4. Pitching

      1. 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. 

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

      3. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

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

      7. Balks

        1. Pitchers will be issued a warning during the first 3 weeks of games.

        2. At the beginning of the 4th week of games, no warnings will be given.

  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. Team placement of any player who does not attend evaluations is subject to the sole discretion of the Executive Board.

  2. All 12 year olds will play in Majors.

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

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

  5. No showing bunt, then swinging.

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

  1. Softball Majors

    1. Majors Softball players wear black pants.

    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. There is no time limit for the Championship Game.

      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.

      4. Unlimited runs will be allowed as follows:

        1. ​In the 6th inning

        2. In any inning the umpire declares as the last due to time limit.

        3. In extra innings, if necessary.

    3. 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.

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

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

    6. Any player who is 11 years old must attend Evaluations. Players younger than 11 may try out for Softball Majors. Team placement of any player who does not attend evaluations is subject to the sole discretion of the Executive Board.

    7. Facemasks are required for players playing in the field.

    8. Helmets with facemasks are required while batting.

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