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Summer Baseball Cactus League K-1st: Rules

DSN Summer Baseball Rules Grades K-1

The rules written in Blue are specific to K-1st. The Rules writing in black are the same for all ages.

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.


Coaches must bring a copy of these rules to their games for reference.


  • The games are 5 innings long or until time runs out a new inning can not start with less then 70minutes (Total game time is 85 minutes, or if ump or weather delay, from the first pitch). 15 minutes or more must remain within the allotted time slot to begin a new inning.  That means 9AM game cannot start another inning once its 10:10AM. The 1030AM game cannot start another inning once its 11:40AM. 
  • If there are less than 15 minutes, the REGULAR SEASON game is over even if it's a tie. In the event of a tie after 5 innings, extra innings will be played if time is permitted within the allotted time slot. If the game is tie after 6 innings, this rule shall apply again, time permitting. If it’s a tie game and time is over, the game is declared a tie and does not get continued. 
  • For PLAYOFF games all rounds, games do NOT end due to time.  For playoffs, we play 5 complete innings even if time is late. The only situation for playoffs that a game can be ended before 5 innings is due to weather, as in next paragraph.
  • Weather issues: After 3 complete innings, game is official (rain) or 2 1/2 if losing team already batted. For regular season, rain can end a game and it will not be continued at a different time, even if it’s a tie. For playoff games, rain can end a game as well. If the playoff game is tied, it will be resumed either later in the day or prior to the next round of the playoffs. In the event of a 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. 10-minute rule still applies.
  • If during a game by the 3rd inning the score is 12-0(or out of reach) but there is still time left for the kids to play. Both coaches can agree to continue playing the game so the children get the best experience from it. If that happens at the time of the decision to continue the game the score at that moment will be the FINAL score. No matter how many runs are scored after that it will not have any effect on that previous final score or outcome of the game.

For 2018, Playoffs and World Series will be played as follows

The league will be divided into 2 divisions with 6 teams in each division, there will be a World Series winner in each division.

  Round 1:
2nd Seed and 1st Seed Bye
6th Seed vs 3rd Seed
5th Seed vs 4th Seed

 Round 2
4th Seed vs 1st Seed
3rd Seed vs 2nd Seed

World Series
2nd Seed vs 1st Seed

Hitting/Base Running

  • 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 hit regardless of errors, overthrows, passed or missed balls etc. 
  • Two base maximum for any hit that lands on the outfield grass on a fly.  The runner can opt for up to a double but he is at risk of being thrown out.  There are no triples or homeruns. No extra bases for over throws or errors.
  • If a runner illegally tries to take an extra base that he is not allowed to go for (i.e., tries to get a double on a ball that stays in the infield), he cannot be tagged out for his attempt to go to the next base. For example, base hit in the infield, runner mistakenly tries to stretch it into a double and he gets tagged in between 1st and 2nd base, he is not out. Once he reaches his last legal base, his movement is dead. If the defense tries to make a play on the illegally advancing runner and they overthrow the ball, runners cannot advance on that overthrow bec/ that runner's movement is dead once he reached his last possible base that he is allowed to get.  
  • If a runner legally tries to take an extra base that he is allowed to go for (i.e. tries to get a double on a ball that lands on a fly on the outfield) and he attempts to go for the additional base, then he can be tagged out either on his way to the additional base or returning to his initial base.  If it was not an intentional move to the next base (i.e. his momentum makes him run past 1st base), then he cannot be tagged out. Runners should be taught not to overrun 2nd or 3rd base. If they do it in intentionally, and they are tagged, they are NOT out. But if they are showing attempt to legally go to the next base and they turn back, they can be tagged out 
  • Bunting IS NOT allowed. 
  • Tagging up is NOT Allowed 
  • Since there is no catcher position, a ball hit in front of and close to home plate will be deemed foul. DSN will draw a painted line that marks where the ball must reach to be fair. If that line is not painted for whatever reason, umpire should draw a line in the dirt.


  • All players in the field on defense.  Minimum of 6 to start play. 
  • Other than the pitcher, all infielders can be no more than 2 large steps in front of the 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd base paths. The 1st baseman stands next to 1st base. The 3rd baseman stands next to 3rd base. The 2nd baseman stands in between 1st and 2nd not in front of a white chalk line drawn by DSN. The shortstop stands in between 2nd and 3rd not in front of the white chalk line drawn by DSN.  The shortcenter plays next to the actual 2nd base. The remaining players are outfielders and can play 3-4 feet behind the base paths.  DSN will draw lines which they cannot stand in front of. The outfielders do not need to be actually on the outfield grass as very few balls will reach there. As for the child playing the pitcher position, he 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. Only if a player needs to go the bathroom or gets injured, can another play be moved into the vacant spot intra-inning.  
  • Adults will play as Catchers 


  • 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.  UNDERHAND & OVERHAND PITCHING IS PERMITTED. 
  • This rule may be revised mid-season based on results: Maximum of 10 GOOD pitches per batter or 8 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 8 times on 8 GOOD pitches, it is a strikeout, even if the pitcher has not reached 10 pitches yet. If a batter swings and misses on 8 GOOD pitches and doesn't swing on another 2 GOOD pitches, he is out. So its 8 swinging strikes on 8 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. 


  • Parent spectators 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 an assistant coach or Headcoach 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 bases behind ALL the players, and 1 standing between 2nd & 3rd base behind ALL the players. The coaches may instruct the players verbally before and during a play. But no physical contact is allowed at all.
    • The defensive coaches should stay in their set position throughout the inning and during the play.
    • COACHES & PARENTS ARE FORBIDDEN TO TOUCH A PLAYER DURING A PLAY FOR MANY REASONS, EVEN THIER OWN CHILD.  If an offensive coach or parent touches their player during play, the umpire will declare the player out, even if it didn't have a material effect on the play.
    • If a defensive coach or parent touches their player during play, the umpire can award the offensive team a base.   
    • Coaches are only to use VERBAL instructions, no pushing, pulling, holding or turning players around. It is the responsibility of the Headcoach to make his assistants aware of this very important rule. 


  • #10 safety balls will be used in play.


The Basics


  • 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 touch their player, that runner will be called out.


  • All Players must be in their DSN uniform ( Jersey/ Pant and Hat)
  • Cleats are allowed, except no 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.


  • 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.  
  • 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.


  • The Home team has the first base dugout regardless of field. The home team is the second team listed on the schedule
  • Home team must bat 2nd, whether regular season or playoffs. The home team cannot choose to bat 1st
  • Playoffs/World Series: Playoff pairings layout to be decided. 
  • 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.  

Missing Player

  1. If a player gets injured and is out-for-the-season with at least ½ 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.
  2.  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