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					                                  Town of Harrisburg
                               Youth Baseball & Softball
                            Spring 2011 Rules & Regulations

Article 1    Eligibility
Section 1.   The following dates will be the age cutoff date for the 2010 season. The players’ age on
             that day will determine what age group they participate in.
             Girls Softball – January 1, 2010                   Boys Baseball – May 1, 2010
Section 2.   The following divisions will be offered for league play this year:
             Boys Baseball: Ages 7-8                   Girls Softball: Ages 7-8
             Boys Baseball: Ages 9-10                  Girls Softball: Ages 9-10
             Boys Baseball: Ages 11-12                 Girls Softball: Ages 11-12
             Boys Baseball Ages 13-15                  Girls Softball: Ages 13-15
Section 3.   A younger player may participate in an upper age division. They can only move up one
             division ( EX: a 9-10 player can move up to 11-12 but not 13-15). However, after one
             game in the upper age division, he or she will be ruled ineligible to participate in his or
             her respective age group.
Section 4.   A player cannot participate in more than one organized baseball/softball league or
             division sponsored by the cosponsoring agencies of the Cabarrus County Youth
             Baseball/Softball Leagues.
Section 5.   The league coordinator will approve each player’s age by use of birth certificates at the
             start of each season. Each player must be on the team roster before the first game to
             be eligible to play in a league game.
Section 6.   A new player may be added to a team roster after the cutoff date with the approval of
             the league coordinator.

Article 2    Team Composition
Section 1.   Teams will be selected by Draft.
Section 2.   Each league coordinator is responsible for conducting their registration and drafts in
             accordance to Athletic Policy Manual.
Section 3.   It is the responsibility of the league coordinator to conduct drafts, registration, and for
             placing players on the teams. Parents with questions or concerns should speak to their
             coordinator with the concern when it arises.

Article 3    Duties of the Coach
Section 1.   Must wear photo ID badge at all practices and games or be subject to dismissal from
             duties. Be at least 18 years of age.
Section 2.   The coach is responsible for exchanging lineups before each game with the other team
             and to meet with the umpires before the game starts.
Section 3.   It is the duty of the head coach to maintain proper conduct among his team and fans at
             all times.

Article 4    Game and Weather Postponements
Section 1.   In case of inclement weather on practice days, the coach should contact the players on
             the team. A coach should use reasonable judgment during threatening weather and
             remove his team from the field if necessary. Coaches/Parents can also call the 704-455-

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             2903. All decision for weather will be made by 4pm. After 4pm decisions will be made at
             park or by coach contacting parents.
Section 2.   For game day cancellations, it is the duty of the Town of Harrisburg Parks & Recreation
             Department to cancel games when playing conditions are not adequate. The Parks &
             Recreation Dept. should contact all coaches by email or by phone by 4:00 pm. The Parks
             & Recreation Department will contact the official booking agent. Each coordinator
             should then call or email their respective coaches who are responsible for contacting
             their players.

Article 5    Jurisdiction of Rules
Section 1.   The Town of Harrisburg Parks & Recreation & Cabarrus County Parks & Recreation has
             the jurisdiction Town of Harrisburg League Rules. They have the authority to make
             amendments to the rules in order to obtain the program objectives.

Article 6    Officials
Section 1.   The town of Harrisburg contracts out officials. It booking agents responsibility to submit
             invoices to Town of Harrisburg and then town sees that the Officials are paid.
Section 2.   The Town of Harrisburg is responsible for the booking agent and seeing that the Town of
             Harrisburg/Cabarrus County Youth Baseball League Rules and Regulations are available
             and understood to their umpires.
Section 3.   After a game has begun, assigned league coordinators and league officials will be
             responsible for discontinuing the game for any reason.
Section 4.   All officials should report ejection of a player or coach to the home site coordinator.
             Each site has an ejection letter that is to be signed at the end of the game. The Umpires
             should then contact the league coordinator of the ejected player or coach.
Section 5.   In the event that only one official is present for a game, that official must start the game
             on time and play until the second official arrives. The game cannot be protested when
             only one official is present.

Article 7    Code of Conduct
Section 1.   Coaches should always keep in mind that they are setting examples in sportsmanship
             and fair play and should conduct themselves accordingly. Constant yelling and abusive
             behavior toward players on either team is strictly prohibited.
Section 2.   Any coach not carrying out the duties and responsibilities and policies as established by
             the league will be subject to dismissal from the league.
Section 3.   A coach will be suspended indefinitely for playing ineligible players.

Article 8    Protests
Section 1.   Only protests that involve an interpretation of playing rules or the use of an ineligible
             player will be permitted. Judgment calls cannot be protested.
Section 2.   Procedure for protests is:
               Notify the umpires that protest is being filed.
               Umpire should stop play.
               Notify the umpires exactly what is being protested.
               Umpires should then contact head of officials.
               Head of Officials will contact league director.
               League Director will give information to the Oversight Committee.
               A protest fee of $50.00 is payable to the home site coordinator/protest committee.


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                    The Oversight Committee should rule on the within two days of the protest
                    If protest is denied, coach will forfeit the fee. If ruling is upheld, the fee is
                     refunded.
Section 3.      Any coach who wishes to protest should do so carefully considering the impact of poor
                relationships and ill feelings that could arise from the process.

Article 9       Practice Guidelines
Section 1.      Practice sessions are held in accordance to the Co-sponsorship Agreement between
                Town of Harrisburg & Cabarrus County. Practices should be approved the Harrisburg
                Parks & Recreation Department.
Section 2.      Teams may have non-mandated practice during school holidays. Coaches violating
                practice schedule will be subject to dismissal from coaching indefinitely. All practices
                and games must take place on town/county approved playing facilities. No practices are
                to be held prior to 6:00 PM on school days.
Section 3.      Players must attend practices to be eligible for games. Any player not attending
                practice and shows up for the game that week is subject to the coach’s option to play or
                not. A coach must announce to the home plate umpire before the game which players
                are being held out for missing practices. The coach must also notify their coordinator of
                the situation prior to the game and state that the player did not attend practices during
                the week.

Article 10      Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Section 1.      Players, coaches, and fans should conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all
                times. This includes before, during, or after a game. Players and coaches who are
                ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct (throwing equipment, arguing, etc.) will be
                suspended for 7 days. A second ejection during the season will result in an indefinite
                suspension from all Harrisburg/Cabarrus County Youth Athletic Leagues.
Section 2.      Any player, coach, or fan that is ejected from a game or facility for fighting, profanity, or
                threatening others will be suspended indefinitely from all facilities for all Cabarrus
                County Youth Athletic Leagues.
Section 3.      If a player, coach, fan, or official’s actions become harmful and disruptive to the
                program, they face being suspended from their remaining games for that season.
Section 4.      A player or coach who pulls a team off the field for any reason will be suspended
                indefinitely. If the suspension occurs in the last game of the season, an indefinite
                suspension will occur.
Section 5.      No player, coach, official, or fan shall at any time lay a hand on, push, shove, strike, or
                threaten to strike another player, coach, fan, or official before, during, or after a game.
                Officials include umpire, scorekeeper, coordinators and designated volunteers,
                department staff personnel, other players, coaches, or fans. This will result in an
                indefinite suspension from all Harrisburg/Cabarrus County Youth Athletic Leagues,
                facilities, and programs.



             National Federation of High School Athletic Association Rules and Regulations
                           Boys Baseball (9 -18) & Girls Softball (Ages 9-18)

        All leagues ages 9 & up are straight up baseball/softball with the following exceptions:

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Team Composition
A team must have seven (7) eligible players to avoid a forfeit. Any team that has seven players may pick
up a maximum of two (2) players for the 11-15 BB / SB divisions and three (3) players for the 10 and
under divisions from other teams in the league to avoid forfeit. Pickup players must be from the same
age group and be on a team in the league. If the team’s players arrive after the game has started they
must replace the pick up player immediately. Pick up players cannot be pitchers while playing as a pick-
up. Players that are picked up should play right field and bat last in batting order. If there is a second
player they should bat last and then play leftfield. In the 9-10 division, associations playing together for
regular season may decide to use 3 or 4 outfielders.

Grace Period
A team will be allowed a 10-minute grace period when they have less than seven players. If a team does
not seven of its own players after 10 minutes have passed the original game time, then the game shall
be declared a forfeit.

Shoes
Youth divisions 9-10 and 11-12 must wear rubber molded cleats if wearing baseball style shoes.
Ages 13 & up for baseball and softball are allowed to wear metal cleats.

Infield Fly Rule
The infield fly rule is in effect for all age groups.

Appeal Plays
High School Federation Rules apply to all appeal plays.

Time Limits

 AGE DIVISION             TIME LIMIT                LENGTH OF GAME         OTHER
 3-4 T-Ball               50 minutes                3 innings              Whichever comes first
 5-6 T-Ball               50 minutes                4 innings              Whichever comes first


 AGE DIVISION             TIME LIMIT                LENGTH OF GAME         OTHER
 7-8 BB                   1 hour, 15 min            6 innings              Whichever comes first
 7-8 SB                   1 hour, 15 min            6 innings              Whichever comes first
 AGE DIVISION              TIME LIMIT            LENGTH OF GAME         OTHER
 9-12 BB & SB              1 hour, 30 min.       6 innings              Whichever comes first
 13-15 BB                  2 hours               7 innings              Whichever comes first
 13-15 SB                  1 hour, 30 min.       6 innings              Whichever comes first

 AGE DIVISION                                    RUN LEAD
 9-15 BB & SB                                    15 runs after 3, 10 runs after 4


Time limits are enforced from when the first pitch is thrown. The official scorekeeper is responsible for
recording the time. Once an inning has started, it must be finished, provided the home team is behind


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when it is their turn to bat. No new inning shall be started when there is less than 10 minutes
remaining in the time limit.

Participation Rule (All age groups for baseball and softball)
The entire roster of players shall be batted and each player must play the field in every other inning.
Failure to abide by the participation rule will result in the head coach being suspended for one game. A
second offense during the season will result in the coach being removed from their duties.

Regulation Game
It is a regulation game if four or more innings (9-12 division) or five innings (13-18 division) have been
completed if the game is called because of darkness, curfew, etc. Any game that is tied at the end of
regulation play will not continue pass the time limit. The game will be declared official as a tie. If the
home team is winning then the bottom of the inning does not have to be completed after the game has
reached regulation game status.

Base Stealing and Sliding
9-10 Baseball: Runner cannot leave base until the ball crosses the plate. Penalty: Runner is removed
from the base with no out. Ball becomes dead immediately and declared no pitch.
No head first sliding is allowed at home plate. Penalty: Runner is out and ball remains live. Dive backs
are not considered headfirst slides.
9-10 Softball: Runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate. Penalty: Runner is
removed from the base with no out. Ball becomes dead immediately dead and declared no pitch.

Jewelry
No player is allowed to wear jewelry while playing. This includes watches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets,
etc. of any kind. When it is discovered, the player will be asked to remove it. Failure to remove it will
result in player being removed from game. Taping over jewelry is not an option.

Game Balls
Provided by Bethel when at Bethel and Harrisburg when at Harrisburg.

Balls and Bats
Baseball Bats: The big barrel bat is legal for ages 9-15.
Softball Bats: All age groups must us National Federation High School approved bats.
Baseballs: 9-10 and 11-12 can use any approved Little League specification. 13-15 may use any
approved National Federation Approved Baseball.
Softballs: 9-10 can use any approved 11-inch softball and 11-12 and 13-15 can use any National
Federation Approved Softball. Must be of optic yellow color.

Third Strikel
High School Federation Rules Apply with the following exception:
9-10 baseball: Third strike passed ball – batter is declared out and cannot advance, ball remains live and
the runners on base may advance.
9-10 Softball: A foul ball on the third strike is a foul ball. Batter will remain at bat until they strike out or
reach base by any other legal way.
Equipment



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All batters, runners, and on-deck batters must wear helmets at all times. Penalty: removal from game
for refusal to wear it. Catchers should wear protective equipment: mask, shin guards, chest protector,
athletic supporter, throat guard, and catchers’ helmet during all practices and games.
Mouthpieces are mandatory for softball (all age groups) for 2009. A game face can be used in place of a
mouthpiece.
Faceguards on helmets are mandatory for softball (all age groups)..


Curfew Times
Age Group                 Weekday Curfew                  Weekend Curfew (Friday - Saturday

8 & under                 8:45 pm                         9:45 pm
9-10                      9:45 pm                         10:15 pm
11-12                     9:45 pm                         10:45 pm
13-15                     10:15 pm                        11:00 pm (No Change)


        AGE DIVISION                      BASE PATHS                        PITCHING DISTANCE
9-10 Baseball                                65 ft.                                 46 ft.
11-12 Baseball                               70 ft.                                 50 ft.
13-18 Baseball                               90 ft.                            60 ft. 6 inches
9-10 Softball                                60 ft.                                 35 ft.
11-12 Softball                               60 ft.                                 40 ft.
13-15 Softball                               60 ft.                             60 ft. 6 inch

Baseball / Softball Pitching Rule (Baseball Ages 9-15 and Softball 11-15)

Softball
There is no limit to the number of innings a pitcher may throw in a calendar week (Saturday – Sunday).

9/10 Baseball
Pitchers shall not pitch more than 3 innings in a calendar day
Pitchers shall not pitch in more than 5 innings in a calendar week
Pitchers shall have 36 hours of rest after pitching two innings on the same calendar day.
11/12 Baseball
Pitchers shall not pitch more than 3 innings in a calendar day
Pitchers shall not pitch in more than 6 innings in a calendar week
Pitchers shall have 36 hours of rest after pitching three innings on the same calendar day.
13/15 Baseball
No pitcher can pitch more than 10 innings in a one week period (Sunday-Saturday). Pitchers that pitch
more than 3 innings must rest 36 hrs. Once pitcher toes rubber it is considered an inning, so please keep
that in mind.




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Tournament play
9/10 Baseball
Pitchers shall not pitch more than three innings in a calendar day
Pitchers shall not pitch in more than six innings in a calendar week
Pitchers shall have 36 hours of rest after pitching three innings on the same calendar day.
11/12 Baseball
Pitchers shall not pitch more than four innings in a calendar day
Pitchers shall not pitch in more than seven innings in a calendar week
Pitchers shall have 36 hours of rest after pitching four innings on the same calendar day.
13/15 Baseball
Remains the same as regular season

Once a pitcher toes the rubber that is considered an inning pitched.


Softball 9-10
There is no limit to the number of innings a pitcher may throw in a week. Pitchers are PROHIBITED from
using the fast pitch windmill motion while pitching during all 9-10 year old division games. If used, the
penalty is a dead ball, illegal pitch and a ball is called on the batter.

The arc of the pitch must be a minimum of 4 ft. and no more than 10 ft from the point of release.




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                                               Town of Harrisburg
                                 7-8 Year Old Coach Pitch/Instructional League
                                                    Baseball
                                         Fall 2010 Rules & Regulations

National Federation Rules Apply with the following exceptions:

        A.   Baseball – regular approved hard baseball.
        B.   Small barrel bats are to be used.
        C.   Regulation game is 6 innings
        D.   Time limit is one hour and fifteen minutes.
        E.   Fifteen (15) run lead will apply after 3 innings (2 and ½ if home team is winning)
        F.   Ten (10) run lead will apply after 4 innings (3 and ½ if home team is winning).
        G.   Base paths will be 60 feet.
        H.   Pitching distances will be set at 40 feet with an 8 ft. circle from the pitcher plates.
        I.   The coach/pitcher must pitch within the pitchers circle.- Note: Coach pitching must have one foot in
             circle when pitching.- Penalty: 1st Time- Warning 2nd Time- Batter is Out
        J.   When ball is batted or bunted Coach/Pitcher must go to a knee.
        K.   Player pitcher must have one foot inside pitching circle at the batters contact. Player pitcher must stand
             beside of coach pitcher until ball is batted. PENALTY: Batter will be awarded first base. Other runners
             advance if forced to.
        L.   Each batter gets 5 pitches or 3 swings unless the last pitch/swing is fouled. There will no walks or free
             bases.
        M.   All coaches must pitch overhand. Once the ball is batted the coach must move the nearest sideline
             until all play is dead. If the ball is bunted, the adult pitcher must take a knee in the pitcher circle.
        N.   Each team may only score a maximum of 5 runs for the first inning. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings the
             team leading may always score 5 runs even though the lead could be greater than 5 runs. The team
             that is behind when batting after the first inning, may always be able to score as many runs as possible
             to even the score, and then score 5 additional runs in those innings. The 6th inning or any additional
             innings played are unlimited scoring innings. At fifteen minutes before end of game the umpire will
             announce LAST INNING. Scoring for teams will be unlimited unless visiting team gets a 10 run
             lead. If home bats and comes back and ties the game, the game will end a tie.
             Tournament Play Only- Play another inning and play international rule (Runner on second base-
             Must be last batter) Max Runs in extra innings is 7 runs. Repeat until there is a winner.

        O. All team player will bat in a set batting order.
        P. Teams are to bat the entire roster. Players may be removed from defensive lineup during the game.
        Q. You must have 10 players. You must have at least 7 players to start or finish a game or it will be
           declared a forfeit.
        R. Bunting is permitted. No fake bunts allowed. A player showing bunt may not fake bunt and swing in an
           effort to hit the ball. PENALTY: Batter is out and the ball is dead.- No limits on bunting
        S. Batted balls unless called foul by the umpire, is alive and in play until the defense stops the progress
           of all runners and the umpire calls tie out. The ball remains dead until the next batter.
        T. Any player who arrives late may enter the game immediately but must be added as the last name of the
           batting order.
        U. Only one batter allowed in the on deck circle. All other players must remain in the dugout.
        V. Ten players will play when a team is in the outfield on defense.
        W. Defensive substitutions may occur at the coach’s discretion.
        X. To be able to continue or start a game a team must have at least 8 players or the game will be ruled a
           forfeit.
        Y. Teams finishing with less than 10 players must still provide a catcher in the catcher position.

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Z. Only 6 infields may be used.
AA. Four outfielders will be used and outfielders may not cover any base for a put out.
BB. The catcher must be properly equipped. The catcher must play his position himself no more than six
    feet from home plate at the start of the pitch.
CC. A safety line will be 30 feet from home plate. No player may be inside of the safety line on contact of a
    batted ball. PENALTY: Batter will be awarded first base.
DD. There is no infield fly rule.
DD. There is no base stealing.
EE. All runners shall be in contact with their bases and shall not leave their bases until the batter has hit the
    pitch. If a runner leaves the base before the ball is hit, the umpire shall signal to indicate the violation at
    the time it occurs. The runner is out upon leaving the base early and the ball becomes dead
    immediately.
FF. Offensively, only base coaches and the coach pitcher will take positions on the playing field during a
    game. The base coaches only may instruct the base runners. The coach/pitcher is not allowed to
    instruct base runners.
GG. Defensively, a coach may be positioned on each foul line in the outfield-coaching box. An outfield-
    coaching box must be marked halfway from the outfield fence and first/third base. The outfield coach is
    confined to coaching the outfielders only. A coach in violation of the coaching box rule will be confined
    to the dugout. At no time may the coach step onto the playing field except in case of obvious injury.
HH. Speed up rules will be used for the catcher only. The last batter that made an out may run for your
    catcher at anytime, but it is not mandatory.
II. A play will be called dead and time called when the advancement runners is stopped. This is a
    judgment call by the umpire.
JJ. Calling Time- No outfielder can call time. Players that call time must be in the field of play and not in
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                                            Town of Harrisburg
                                    Girls Softball Coach Pitch Ages 7-8
                                       Fall 2010 Rules & Regulations

Team Composition
A total of 10 players play defense in the field: 6 infielders (including a catcher wearing approved
equipment) and 4 outfielders. Outfielders must start behind the base paths and must not cross the
baselines. An outfielder cannot freeze a play, acquire a time out, or make the first play on a base
runner. The ball must be thrown to an infielder to make a play at a base or on a runner.

A team must have 7 players in order to avoid a forfeit. A team may pick up to a total of 3 players to
make 10 but at any time a roster player arrives, the pick-up player(s) must be removed immediately.
Pickup players must come from their league and age-group to play. If a team consists of less than 10
players, no out is assessed when that spot comes up in the lineup. If a team starts and due to illness or
injury a batter is removed from the lineup for the remainder of the game, there is no out assessed when
that spot comes up in the order.

Grace Period
A team will be allowed a 10 minute grace period when they have less than 9 players. If a team does
have eight players after 10 minutes have passed the original game time, then the game shall be declared
a forfeit.

Game Length
Time limits are enforced from when the first pitch is thrown. This time will be recorded by the official
scorekeeper and not the umpire.

The length of the game shall be as follows: 6 innings in length or 1 hr. & 15 minutes, whichever comes
first. Once an inning has started, it must be finished, provided the home team is behind when it is their
turn to bat. No new inning shall be started when there is less than 5 minutes remaining in the time
limit. (Updated 9/22/10)

Run Lead
The following run leads will be in effect:
15 run lead after 3 innings; 10 run lead after 4 innings.

Regulation Game
It is a regulation game if 3 or more innings have been completed and the game is called because of
darkness, curfew, etc. Any game that is tied at the end of regulation play will not continue pass the time
limit. The game will be declared a tie and an official game. IF the home team is winning, then the
bottom of the inning does not have to be completed after it has reached regulation game status.

Run Limit


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The “tie-plus-five” scoring rule shall be in effect for tie 7-8 coach pitch softball division. Each team may
only score a maximum of 5 runs in the first inning. During the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, the lead team may
always score 5 runs even though the lead may be greater than 5. The team that is behind when batting
after the first inning may always be able to tie the game and score an additional 5 runs to go ahead by 5.
At fifteen minutes at the before end of game the umpire will announce LAST INNING. Scoring for teams
will be unlimited unless visiting team gets a 10 run lead. If home bats and comes back and ties the game,
the game will end a tie. Tournament Play- Play another inning and play international rule (Start last
batter at second base.)


Curfew Time
All games must be stopped at curfew times. There are no exceptions. This includes game on non-school
fields.

Pitching
The pitcher/coach must start his pitch having one foot within the 12-foot diameter circle starting at the
35 foot pitching rubber. A total of 5 pitches can be thrown. If a batter swings and misses 3 times, the
batter is out. The fifth pitch may be fouled or tipped indefinitely. There are no bases on balls or hit by
pitcher advancements to first base.

The pitcher/coach needs to leave fair territory when the ball is live. If the pitcher/coach makes contact
with a live-batted ball, the ball is dead, play is stopped, and the play will not exist; meaning no pitch
counted against the batter. Any intentional interference of a batted ball by a pitcher/coach will result in
a dead ball and the batter is out. This shall be at the discretion of the umpire. The pitcher/coach must
remain in foul territory until the play is stopped and the umpire awards time. The pitcher/coach must
not entice a player to throw them the ball in any way. If this situation occurs, it will result in an out.

The pitcher/player must start the play behind the 35-foot pitching rubber on either side.

Participation Rule
The entire roster of players shall be batted and each player must play the field in every other inning.

Ineligible Players
The use of an ineligible player will result in a forfeit and an indefinite suspension of the coach.

Infield Fly Rule
There is no infield fly rule for this division.

Base Advancement
Base stealing is not allowed. A runner can only advance one base at-risk on an overthrow at 1st or 2nd
base. However, the ball is still live and the runner can be thrown out at 2nd base or 3rd base. A runner
can ONLY advance home from third on a batted ball or if forced. A runner on third may NOT score
because of an overthrow at any base. Umpires will have final judgment on these calls.

A runner advancing to second bases because of an overthrow at first may not continue to third if the
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The umpire shall call time once the lead runner’s progress is stopped. This is a judgment call and cannot
be appealed. Baiting throws is not allowed. A runner who baits a fielder into making a throw to a base
shall be removed from the base with no out assessed.

If a runner leaves the base before the ball is hit, they are removed from the base but not charged with
an out. There is no appeal from the coach. The bases runner is out if they leave the baseline to avoid a
tag. This is a judgment call by the umpire and cannot be appeal. The base line is 3 feet and is
established by the base runner.

Coaches should encourage base runners to slide (not mandatory) feet first, if the catcher is inside the
home plate circle. Coaches are encouraged to have their catcher move out of the circle if there is no
play to avoid any incidents. No head first sliding is allowed at any base. PENALTY: runner is out. Dive
backs are considered a head first slide.

Appeal Plays
No appeal play is necessary. The umpire will call the infraction when the play becomes dead.


Substitution Rule
Does not apply since all players bat and are rotated into the field of play. Substitutions for the pitcher
and catcher can be done at anytime they are on base, but are not mandatory. Only one offensive
timeout can be called per inning. One defensive timeout may be called per inning during any dead ball
situation.

Jewelry
No player is allowed to wear jewelry while playing. This includes watches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets,
etc of any kind. Taping over the jewelry is not an option. When it is discovered, the player will be asked
to remove it. Failure to do so will result in player being removed from the game.

Equipment
All batters, runners, and on deck batters must wear helmets at all times. PENALTY: removal from game
for refusal to wear it. Catchers should wear protective equipment: mask, shin guards, chest protector,
athletic supporter, throat guard, and catcher’s helmet during all practices and games. Rubber molded
cleats are mandatory. No steal cleats can be worn.




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                       HARRISBURG PARKS AND RECREATION
                       ADDENDUM RULES AND REGULATIONS
                                            (updated 9/2/10)

Leagues that have the same level of play available at the county level should utilize the same rules as the
county. They can be more restrictive if the changes are in the interest of player safety and
development.

Teams playing in town that are not playing in the county must get the same number of games they
would if playing in county.

Umpires must be familiar with the rules used in the league. A meeting should be required pre season
with league officials and umpires that may officiate a game to insure they are familiar with the rules.
Baseball-only umpires should not be used for softball.

Age Cutoffs by Sport

SPORT                               SPRING                               FALL
Softball                            January 1, current year              January 1, current year
Baseball                            May 1, current year                  August 31, next year Unless
                                                                         adjustments are needed to fill
                                                                         teams
Soccer                              August 31, current year              August 31, current year
Basketball                          August 31, current year              August 31, current year


Responsibilities:
    Coordinator will submit all documentation regarding coach/player ejections/technical’s for
       archival purposes
    Committee will review/resolve all coach/player appeals of ejections/technical.
    Committee will review/resolve any parent issues with coordinators
    Coordinators can submit any issues to the committee for resolution
    Committee will handle any issues a coordinator cannot/should not resolve
    Committee will have the sole responsibility to change any process created by the Harrisburg
       Athletic Committee after its termination
    Changes to any process will be submitted to the committee for review and a decision

Tournament
All tournaments will be single elimination.
No seeding will occur accept to separate the number 1 and 2 teams for starting in the same bracket.
This should not be communicated to the coaches.
There are no pick up rules during tournament play. A team will forfeit unless they have the minimum
number of players.

Base Running



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Base Runner must stay in contact with base for 9/10 Baseball. There is no lead offs. 11-15 Baseball plays
High School Rules.

Umpires
Umpires will be required to read the Harrisburg rules prior to each game officiated and carry a copy with
them during the game.

Baseball Time Limits that are not covered in county rules:
3/4 50 minutes or 3 innings
5/6 50 minutes or 4 innings
Mandatory Play for all teams.




                                       EJECTION PROCESS

Player/Coach Ejection
A player/coach ejected from the game for any reason by an official must immediately leave the facility
and will automatically receive a 1 week suspension.
             Events that caused the ejection will be recorded by the official and submitted to the
               coordinator.
             The suspension will remain in effect until the Rules Committee investigates and either
               over turns the suspension or increases it.
             If the police are called as a result of the ejection the player/coach will be suspended
               indefinitely.
             The suspension includes practices as well as all team affiliations.

Ejections are at the sole discretion of the umpire officiating the game.

Coaches and players who have been ejected should be temporarily suspended until an investigation can
be done and a meeting with the Rules Committee.

The punishment shall fit the crime. If a misunderstanding has occurred, all parties will be advised of a
warning. This includes umpires as well. If unacceptable actions have occurred, an appropriate length of
suspension or revocation of privileges will be applied. If a major infraction has occurred, or the coach,
player, or parent is a repeat offender, permanent suspension may occur.




                                              5/6 T-Ball
                                                Rules




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  INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE POLICY AND RULES – Harrisburg Parks & Recreation
Guidelines (and first time coaches primer) for 5-6 year old and 3-4 year old TeeBall
(This version compiled by Tim Howard -> 704.516.4298)

It is the intent of this Instructional program to teach 5-6 year old children the fundamentals of
baseball in a non competitive, learning environment. This allows enjoyment for all children,
regardless of athletic abilities or knowledge. All Harrisburg Parks & Recreation coaches must
ensure that the game stays on this level. With that said, the following are guidelines that
everyone is expected to uphold to the best of their ability. These are not meant to be steadfast
rules to be used for scrutiny over each play, but to generally help everyone understand the spirit
of the HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION instructional league.

While these policies are targeted to the 5/6 year old level, they should be taken into
consideration by the coaches of the 3/4 pee-wee camps. Understanding these guidelines will
help you to better prepare the kids in your camp for the next level of play.

Remember to teach the kids sportsmanship through example. Good Luck and have fun!!!

General League Administrative:

It is the responsibility of the teeball coordinator to ensure that every team has a representative
who understands the current rules and HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION guidelines.
These guidelines must be verbally reviewed with a representative from each team. The
coordinator must provide several opportunities for coaches to attend a review of the
rules/guidelines.

The teeball coordinator is responsible for explaining the proper base distances and how to
check that they are set correctly on each field. In addition, the coordinator should demonstrate
how to adjust the bases if they need to be re-aligned for teeball distances. This is especially
important since there will not be officials at the games and may be covered at the mandatory
coaches meeting.

The teeball coordinator is responsible for ensuring that each team has a consistent practice
schedule. In addition, each coach will be informed of whom to contact regarding poor field
condition (especially hazards…rocks, holes, fire ants, etc.)

The teeball coordinator is responsible for providing a reliable phone number to each coach. It is
imperative that someone with HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION authority can be
reached at that number and is able to settle disputes (field double-bookings, rule disputes,
injured player assistance, etc.)

The teeball coordination should manage an incident reporting procedure in the event of an
injury. An incident report could be made available to coaches to fill out in the interest of
understanding the nature of the incident so that it may be prevented in the future. The spirit of
the form should be to identify potential problems with the field, equipment, etc. and to make the
coordinator aware of the incident.

All weather cancellations/reschedules will be communicated on the HARRISBURG PARKS &
RECREATION website. Cancellations/reschedules should be communicated to the team by the
coach.

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Practices should be held for about 1 hour. Be aware that there may be a team using the field
immediately prior or after the practice.

 Each game will have a 1 hour time limit and your „reservation‟ for the field ends at the end of
that hour. A game may be halted at any time both coaches agree. A game must be halted and
the dugout cleared by the completion of the hour for which the field was reserved. If your game
is delayed, you are still responsible to be off of the field in time for the next scheduled game.
Please respect all of the families of the teams who have the field next. Consider your impact on
other parents and their ability to see their child play or to get to later games.

There will be no "official" Umpires used for the games. Given that this is an instructional league
without „competition‟, there is no need to pay someone to be present to make calls/decisions.

There will be no official score kept. The concept of strikes, outs, runs, etc. will be loosely
reference between the coaches and the teammates, but will hold no real value. The focus of
this league is to teach the kids the skills needed to play the game. The concept of a „game‟ is
important, but secondary to the kids learning of these skills. The competitive league is reserved
for the next level of play.

All concerns with the rules/guidelines or their interpretation should be brought to the attention of
the Instructional League Coordinator.

General Team Administrative:

Calling parents at the beginning of the season can be a daunting task, especially for the first
time coach. It is important, however, for the coach to introduce himself/herself to the parents of
the team and to let the parents know the scheduling and logistics of the season. When initiating
a call, introduce yourself by first and last name and explain that you are a coach for one of the
5/6 year old tee ball teams. State that their child will be playing on your team, when practices
have been scheduled by HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION and any additional
information that you may have in regards to the game schedule. After this, you may want to
share any information on your background and/or thoughts about the upcoming season. Be
sure to field any questions by the parents and then move to the next family on your roster. This
call does not need to be a „formal‟ exercise that causes you anxiety and can be kept as concise
as you feel comfortable.

All coaches must attend a mandatory meeting with the teeball coordinator to review and
understand the HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION guidelines. Teams may be denied
uniforms/field assignments/practice schedules, etc. until this requirement has been met.

It is the responsibility of the head coach to maintain proper conduct among his team and fans at
all times. They are responsible for addressing negative „chatter‟/etc. If the opposing coach is
uncomfortable with the handling of a situation (or lack thereof), he or she should discuss it with
the coach of the team with the offending players/fans. If the opposing coach is still unhappy
with the resolution, the situation should be escalated to the teeball coordinator. All coaches
should respect one another and remember that everyone on the field is a neighbor within
Harrisburg.

Since practices and games will not have officials, the coaches should not wait on
HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION officials if they perceive threatening weather to be

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dangerous to their players. Each coach has the ability to end a practice or game anytime they
believe their players may be in harms way.

Team players should be discouraged from making negative remarks (unsportsmanlike) toward
the other team. This includes counting „strikes‟, excessive celebrating of an „out‟, etc.
Excessive can be representative of any comments directed at making the opponent upset
and/or beyond simply congratulating/encouraging the participating defensive players.

The coach must wear his or her photo ID badge at all practices and games. The photo ID
badge must be worn in such a way that the front of the badge is facing out to the public.

County rules state anyone on the field with the kids must be badged and teams should identify
potential help during their initial calls. This will allow HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION to
complete the background process and badge photo. This age group will require more help than
just the head and assistant coaches (Especially earlier in the season). By asking parents of the
kids on your team to volunteer, those parents can get a badge and help run practices and help
direct the kids during the games.

Each team should consider asking for a volunteer to be the „Team Mom‟ (or Dad). This
individual will be responsible for organizing some of the administrative responsibilities for the
team (as outlined below). This individual must complete a background check, have a picture
taken for a badge and wear the badge to each game.

Snacks may be arranged for your team, if it is desired. Typically, teams have chosen to provide
a healthy snack after each game and would not have anything organized for practices. The
Team Mom may ask the families of the team to volunteer to bring a snack once the season
schedule has been posted. Inclusion of this activity is purely optional.

End of year party/trophies are not required, but left up to the discretion of each individual team.
If your team chooses to do such, it may be organized by the „Team Mom‟. If you need a contact
for trophies, a trophy vendor will setup a tent at the fields in the middle of the season. Here,
teams have been able to see the different trophies that are available, get a catalog and acquire
pricing and contact information. Typically, trophies will take a couple weeks to receive after they
are ordered. Trophies are not included in the HARRISBURG PARKS & RECREATION
dues/fees and must be paid for by each individual team.

Each team must provide a minimum of two(2) hours of help in the concession stand during the
season. This should be coordinated between the team mom and the teeball coordinator.

Each coach is encouraged to provide a first aid kit for his or her team. This kit should include
bandages, ice packs, ace bandages (to hold the ice packs in place) etc. The kit should be kept
with the team‟s equipment and be present at every practice and game.

General Rules for Games:

The home team will occupy the dugout on the 1st base side. The visiting team will occupy the
dugout on the 3rd base side.

The visiting team will bat first/The home team will bat last.


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General guidelines have the home team as being responsible for providing the tee for the game.
The visiting team should provide the game ball(s).

        Batting:

All players shall bat during each offensive half of each inning. All players bat in a set batting
order.

Each batter will be given three(3) pitches in „coach pitch‟ type play at the 5/6 age group, after 3
pitches, the batter will attempt to hit the ball off the tee until the ball is put into play. In the 3/4
age group, the batter will attempt to hit the ball off the tee until the ball is put into play. There
are no strike-outs or walks. Note: Near the end of the season 3/4, coaches are allowed to
engage their teams in „coach pitch‟ type play. Both team‟s coaches must agree to this style of
play before the game begins. All players in 3/4, however, are not required to be pitched to, if
they prefer to hit off of the tee.

A batter must be aligned as to address home plate as in conventional baseball. Rotating the
batter as to aim the direction of the ball is not permissible outside of the player‟s normal batting
stance. (i.e.-It is alright for a player to have a consistently open or closed stance, but that should
not be adjusted for a specific turn at bat in the interest of gaining an offensive advantage.)

There is no bunting. All balls must travel beyond the required 10 foot dead ball circle. There may
be games where the 10 foot line is not visible, in this case the offensive coach will address the
runner and defense to let them know when the ball is foul.

A team‟s batting order will be set by the head coach in such a way that each player will be given
the opportunity to hit at different spots in the lineup from one game to the next. One easy way
to ensure this is as follows: The batting order will be set at the first game and the batters will be
rotated one position each game. The batter that hit last in any given game will bat first the next
game and all other batters will shift down one position in the batting order. In addition, some
coaches like to flip the batting order from one inning to the next within a single game. This is
also perfectly alright as long as the actual order is re-arranged from one game to the next.

Throwing a bat is prohibited. Although this is usually unintentional, the child‟s coach should
remind the batter to drop, not throw, the bat while the opportunity presents itself. Keep in mind
that kids in older age groups will be called out due to the risk of someone getting hurt, so this is
an important rule for you to teach your kids.

Helmets are required for anyone batting or running bases.

        Base Running:

After a player bats, he or she should run through first base and stop. Each player should run to
one consecutive base with each hit. Once the end of the batting order is reached, all offensive
players remaining on base should circle the bases to „score a run‟ at home. Note: After the first
half of the season has been completed, coaches may agree to allow batters who have a „big‟ hit
to take an extra base. Each base-runner should only take one extra base, however, as to not
„clear the bases‟ until the last batter. This rewards the offensive player without demoralizing the
other team. The head coach from each team must agree to this style of play before the game
and it is up to the offensive coach to direct the batter to take an extra base. (Defining a „big‟ hit

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is up to the discretion of the participating coaches, but should be loosely defined as a hit that
travels further than the last line of defensive players and into the grassy outfield.)

„Leading-off‟ and „stealing‟ are absolutely prohibited. At least one of the runners feet should be
in contact with their respective base until the ball is put into play by the batter.

Base coaches are not allowed to touch a base runner except in the spirit of fun (e.g. a high five)
or in case of an injury.

        Defense:

All players will play every inning.

 Defensive teams may field the following position:
1 pitcher, first base, second base, short stop, third base and the rest of the players play in the
outfield. All infielders are to play a normal infield alignment. While it is important to teach the
players the various positions and to refer to them by name throughout the season, it may be a
bit unrealistic to restrict the children to these positions at this level of play. The children are not
strong enough hitters to have the defense set so far back from home plate. In addition, if a
team will have 5 players in the infield and 6 in the outfield, at least half of the team will never
touch the ball and will quickly lose interest in the game. The spirit of learning these positions
should be incorporated throughout the season, but the defense may be organized differently.
This, of course, is only to allow more opportunities to engage each player, to teach them how to
protect their area, and to increase the opportunity to teach the players to back each other up as
opposed to being a „ball hog.‟ Care should also be taken as to not put any children in harms
way.

 A helmet with a face shield will be provided to each team. This helmet may be worn by the
pitcher for protection since he or she is the closest player in the line of balls batted off of the tee.

Defensive "shifts" are not allowed.

A base-runner shall not be chased down for an „out‟. All plays should be made by throwing to
the appropriate base (recommended 1st base only, but up to the discretion of the coaches), the
fielder catching the ball and touching the base. A „tagged-out‟ situation should only occur if a
runner runs into the area where the ball has been fielded and he or she is in reach of the
defensive player. In the spirit of instructional play, however, the base-runner should continue to
the destination base and the defensive player should be complimented on a „heads-up‟ play.
(The base-runner is not „out‟)

A defensive player is expected to throw the ball to the intended teammate. It is important for the
players to learn proper throwing techniques, so rolling the ball to base intentionally is prohibited.
Underhand throws, however, are acceptable for players that are too close in proximity for a 6-
year old to „unleash‟ an overhand throw.

Even if the runner has long since reached first base, the child who fielded the ball should be
encouraged to throw it to first. This is simply to engrain some basic skills on what to do once
the child has fielded the ball. It also allows additional defensive activity as the first baseman
exercises his or her role at that position.


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Two coaches may be positioned on the field to assist in positioning their fielders. Should a
coach be hit with a ball, play should continue as normal.

No defensive plays shall be made at home plate. At this age level, all players should be allowed
to „score‟. There are plenty of skills that need to be learned (and mastered). There is no
„catcher‟ position at this age level for a reason and making a play at home plate is to be saved
for the higher age groups. This can be further illustrated by a team guarding home plate once
the last batter hits. All four base-runners are required to circle the bases and have no
opportunity to make base-running „decisions‟. If the offense cannot „hold-up‟ their players, then
the defense cannot make a „forced-out‟ at home. Obviously, this ignores the fact that there is no
concept of outs or runs, anyhow, so the rule is simply “No defensive plays shall be made at
home plate”.

Defensive players should remain in position until the last batter has crossed home plate. This is
simply a courtesy to the other team and exudes good sportsmanship.

Players and coaches from each team should shake hands with the other team after each game.
Players and coaches should be encouraged to greet each other with „good game‟.




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