Baseball: Boys 2nd-3rd: Rules
DSN Baseball Rules Grades 2nd-3rd
Please remember that you are representing much more than your team. You are representing DSN & the highest of standards that have been set for this organization.
MANDATE: KIDS ARE TO HAVE FUN. COACHES ARE TO BE GOOD ROLE MODELS.
Go over these rules with each other & the umpire before each game; it takes less than one minute. Refer to them when necessary.
- The games are 6 innings long or until time runs out (105 minutes from first pitch), whichever occurs first. In the event of a tie after 6 innings, extra innings will be played if time is permitted within the allotted time slot (approx. 15 minutes or more MUST be remaining to start a new inning. If there are less than 15 minutes the game will be called.) If the game is tie after 7 innings, this rule shall apply again, time permitting. No matter what –for the playoffs –the game continues.
- After 4 complete innings the game is official (rain) or 3 1/2 if losing team already batted. In the event of rain delay – the team will have until their allotted time to possibly resume play in the event the rain subsides & field is deemed by the umpire in playable condition.
- EVERY player on the team must bat.
- There is NO slotting.
- No stealing and no leading off base. Runners can only run AFTER the ball is hit.
- One base maximum per INFIELD
- Two base maximum for any hit that lands on the outfield grass in any way (whether it was a grounder that touched a defenders glove or a fly ball that touched a defender, or if it did not hit any defender) the batter and the base runners have the option to advance for an additional base at their own risk. There are no triples or homeruns. One extra base for an over throw or an errors.
- One base maximum PER overthrow. Runner(s) can try to make it one base past the base he was running to when the throw was made. Ie. Ground ball, runner on way to first, throw to first & ball gets by first basemen – runner can TRY to go to second base but risks getting thrown out. If first baseman opts to try to throw him out at second & HE TOO overthrows, the runner can only advance to the base he was running to (in this instance, 2nd base), but cannot advance another base. In other words, there is only ONE overthrow per play, NOT MORE. If the runner over-runs a base, for which it was dead ball a/p rule above, the runner gets to SAFELY go back to the base. The Umpire decides what base should be awarded if there was a discrepancy as to where the runner was when the ball was actually thrown in.
- The play is deemed dead and all runners must stop when a fielder throws the call to the pitcher. Runners will go to closest base either backward or forwards. This is the umpire’s discretion.
- Bunting IS NOT allowed.
- Tagging up is Allowed
- Since there is no catcher position, a ball hit in front of and close to home plate will be deemed foul. At Hillel's Massry field, the ball must reach the grass.
- Third strike foul tip is a do-over unless the ball is caught and batter is out– REGARDLESS of how high the foul tip was. There is no running to first on a third strike dropped by the catcher.
- All players in the field on defense. Minimum of 6 to start play.
- Outfielders MUST be OUT on the grass & NOT on the infield making a wall around the field.
- The pitcher must be within approx. 3-4 feet of the ‘pitcher's mound ‘around the mound, in any direction
- Fielders cannot switch positions within an inning. Only the pitcher can move to the right or left of the pitcher's mound within an inning.
- There is no intra-inning switching of defensive players positions on the field or from the dugout.
- Catchers cannot block the plate on a throw home; runners MUST slide on a play at the plate.
- Innings may start while catcher is gearing up.
- Maximum 4 runs per inning can be scored. This applies to every inning. Once 4 runs are scored, the inning is over. If a team is out of reach of winning, the game is over.
- Any team can have any adult (or older teenager) pitch to their team or the other team – as the object is to get the ball over the plate and let the kids hit.. There are no balls & strikes being called. Pitcher must pitch from the edge of the dirt of the pitching mound. UNDERHAND PITCHING IS NOT PERMITTED.
- Maximum of 10 GOOD pitches per batter or 3 swinging strikes on GOOD pitches, whichever comes first. Pitches landing before the plate or any other obviously bad pitch should not be counted as one of the 10. Make sure the ump calls it as a no pitch; it is your responsibility to do so. If the batter swings and misses or fouls on a bad pitch, ump should also call it a no pitch and not count it as a strike or a pitch. If a player swings and misses 3 times on 3 GOOD pitches, it is a strikeout, even if the pitcher has not reached 10 pitches yet. If a batter swings and misses on 2 GOOD pitches and doesn't swing on another 8 GOOD pitches, he is out. So its 3 swinging strikes on 3 GOOD pitches or 10 GOOD pitches total, whichever comes first and batter will be out. As in regular baseball. A foul ball is considered a swinging strike except on a 3rd strike.
- For the playoffs and world series a batter will be called out if he swings and missings on 3 pitches (good or bad pitches).
- Parents should not be coaching their child on their own. With permission of the head coach, a parent can become an assistant coach and then the parent can instruct the players. It is confusing to players when they are receiving instructions from a parent, while a coach is instructing something else.
- Offensive coaches are allowed at first & third base, as well as a catcher-coach helping the batter and the pitcher-coach. That's 4 total.
- Defense is allowed 2 coaches in the field, 1 standing between 1st and 2nd behind all the players, and 1 standing between 2nd & 3rd behind all the players. The coaches may instruct the players verbally before and during a play. But no physical contact is allowed at all
- #10 safety balls will be used in play.
- Be nice & respectful to each other. If there is a disagreement, the 2 head coaches & umpire (if necessary) ONLY should quietly talk it over & come to an agreement. If the rule is unclear, the umpire will rule for that call & at the next sports committee meeting we will bring up the situation to make a rule for the future.
- Offensive coaches are not allowed to touch, hold or impede their own players in an effort to stop them, or push them, if they do, that runner will be called out
- As a general rule, every player should play at least 3 innings in the field. Coaches should try not to sit a player out 2 consecutive innings in the field.
- All Players must be in their DSN uniform ( Jersey/ Pant and Hat)
- Cleats are allowed, except metal spikes.
- All players should wear a cup.
- Approved Equipment - Bats (wood & non-wood). DSN follows the same rules as little league baseball with regards to approved bats. You can check their web site for reference. http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment.htm
- A batter throwing the bat is warned first offense. Second offense he is automatically called out.
- A runner is out if hit by a batted ball and as in MLB rules, play is dead immediately. All other base-runners must return to the initial base they were on prior to the hit.
- No head first sliding or the runner will be called out. Headfirst sliding is not allowed, except when going BACK to the base. Any headfirst slide even WITHOUT a play at the base, will be called out.
- For safety reasons No “ON DECK “batters are allowed. The ONLY person swinging a bat should be the hitter.
- Runners may not run out of the base paths or they risk being called out by the ump.
- Pinch Running is prohibited. There are 2 exceptions. 1) If a runner gets injured and cannot run, he must get to first base and then they can have a replacement runner. The replacement runner MUST be the last batted out. 2) If there are 2 outs and your catcher is on base, you should pull him off the base and put a pinch runner in so the catcher can get dressed. The replacement runner MUST be the last batted out.
- If a fielder tags the runner with his glove, however the ball is in his bare hand – runner is NOT OUT.
- We are not playing with infield fly rule.
- Defenders MUST give a clear path for base runners to run to the next base. It is the coach’s responsibility to teach this to his players. A base runner will be called safe if a defender seriously impedes his right to run straight to the next base and the play at that bag is a close call.
- All players & coaches must line up at the end of the game to congratulate one another - one team at first base, one team at third base. Good sportsmanship is a MUST.
- All players, parents & coaches are expected to abide by the DSN code of conduct.
- If a player gets injured and is out-for-the-season with at least 1/3 the regular season games remaining, he can be replaced by a child that is not playing in the league yet. The new player must be of equal or lesser talent. If there is a waiting list, do not just choose the 1st child on the list. Rather, in our competitive leagues to ensure parity and fairness, the new player is the 1stchild on the list that is of equal or lesser talent. For example if the player injured is an average player, and on the waiting list the 1st player is an excellent player and the 2nd player is an average player, then the average player is selected. The talent comparison supersedes the waiting list order.
- No substitute players are allowed. This means if a team is missing a player or a player is injured, a player from a different team or a non-player cannot be added to play in that game
- The Home team has the first base dugout regardless of field. The home team is the second team listed on the schedule. DURING HOT WEATHER BOTH TEAMS SHARE THE SHADY DUGOUT.
- Only DSN Staff has authority to cancel a game before its scheduled time. Coaches have NO authority to cancel a game on their own. Even if both headcoaches agree to cancel, without DSN staff approval the game is on and will not be made up.
- Once a game is underway, only the umpire can postpone the game due to weather or any other potentially unsafe conditions. It is the umpire's decision. If the umpire postpones the game, but headcoaches want to play anyway, they are not allowed to play even without the umpire. Umpire's decision is final.
- If both teams do not have the minimum # of players for a game, it's a double forfeit with both teams earning a loss, and the game will not be made up.
- No regular games, playoff games or World Series can be cancelled, postponed or re-scheduled due to a missing player, regardless of the player's talent level or position on the team.
- No regular games, playoff games, or World Series game can be cancelled, postponed or re-scheduled due to a missing headcoach. Another parent coach must fill in.
- Season tie breakers will be decided as follows
- head to head wins
- Points for vs Points against between the tied teams
- Points for vs Points against all team
- Home team must bat 2nd, whether regular season or playoffs. The home team cannot choose to bat 1st
- VALIDATE each other’s score cards at end of each game – it may be needed for tie breakers
- Playoffs/World Series: With 4 teams. Home team is always the highest ranked team. The first round of playoffs will be held as follows: team 1 will play 4 and team 2 will play 3.