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MORGAN COUNTY 7 _ 8 BOYS BASEBALL RULES

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             MORGAN COUNTY 7 & 8 BOYS BASEBALL RULES

1.     Base and pitching distances: Bases 60 ft and pitching 40 ft (1-09)
        (See rule 1 below)
2.     No base stealing.
3.     7 & 8 will use the regular diameter baseball.
4.     7 & 8 are to play 6 innings.
5.     7 & 8 games will begin at 5:30pm with a 1 hr and 30 min. time limit. If an
       inning begins before time limit expires, that inning will be completed.
6.     7 & 8 are allowed eight 8-year-old players on the team. The communities
       may review problems that might arise to fill a team.
7.     The minimum number of players on either team shall be required to play at
       least three consecutive outs on defense and complete one time at bat in each
       game played by his/her team. (7 & 8 will still bat a 12 man line up)
8.     7 & 8 are allowed four coaches.
9.     If the game is tied after 6 innings or time limit has expired, the game will be
       called and rescheduled if it makes a difference in league standings. (THIS IS
       FOR SCHOOL NIGHTS ONLY)
10.    A player must be 7 years old before May 1, 2009 to be eligible to play on a 7
       & 8-year-old baseball team. Exception: 6 year olds maybe moved up if
       needed to fill a team (11 players). A maximum of four 6 year old is all that will
       be allowed to move up. If a community has more than one team and moves 6
       year olds up, they have to be split evenly among the teams. It has to be
       offered to all 6 year olds. Special situation that arise are subject to league
       approval.

11.    A team must have 9 players present to start a game or it will be a forfeit. 10
       players (if present) will be used on defense.(for outfielders) The outfielders
       will be positioned 20 feet behind the baseline.


PITCHING MACHINE RULES

1. Pitching machine – The distance from the center of the pitching
   machine to the back of home plate shall be 40 ft. (1-09)
2. The pitcher shall stay behind the line with in 3 foot of the machine, (umpire
   judgment) on either side of pitching coach, until the ball is put into play. The line
   drawn should be 42 ft. 6 in. from the back of home plate. (1-09)
3. A coach whose name appears on the roster of a team will load
   machine and release the pitch in a reasonable time.
4. There shall be no walks.
5. A batter will be allowed 4 pitches to hit or strike out. If he does
   not hit or strike out, the 4 pitches count as an out. A foul on the
   fourth pitch – batter gets another pitch and will continue to
   pitches until out is made or base is reached. (1-09)
6. 7 & 8 will have a maximum of 10 runs or 3 outs per inning.
7. Coach at pitching machine cannot coach runners. But is allowed one offensive
   time out per inning provided the base coach had not already called a time out.
   The pitching coach must remain behind the line unless time has been called.

                                                       Revised: January 14, 2009
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  8. The pitching machine may be adjusted if in the umpire’s judgment it is needed. If
     the machine is throwing 3 out of 5 strikes it is to be considered pitching OKAY,
     and not to be adjusted. ( Exception: Coaches can move the machine up or
     down but are not allowed to trial pitch after this adjustment.)
  9. The speed for the pitching machine will be 40 mph. Each machine will be
     checked by the President of the league to determine the dial setting.
 10. The ball is considered dead all runners advance one base
     when a fair ball touches or hits the pitching machine before it
     touches an infielder including the pitcher. If a thrown ball hits
     the pitching machine or a fair ball after being touched by an
     infielder hits the pitching machine, the ball is alive and in play.
 11. The ball will become dead when all play ceases or infielder holding ball in front of
     lead runner
 12. No infield fly rule or bunting allowed.

7 & 8 LINE UP

7 & 8 will bat a 12-man line up, or may use the option of batting all players present.
Both line-ups will be free substitution.
Addition: DYB Rule All players on every team must play at least 3 consecutive outs on
defense and complete one time at bat in each game played by his/her team.

7 & 8 APPEAL
The pitcher gets the ball from the coach (at pitching machine) and stand at other side of
the pitching machine then the coach tells the umpire what he wants to appeal.

NOTE: ALL COACHES PLEASE REVIEW ALL NEW RULE CHANGES IN FRONT OF
2008 RULE BOOK.




                                                        Revised: January 14, 2009