Alliance Old-Timers Baseball Association adopted May 2009
Rules for 2009
The purpose of this manual is to standardize special league rules, policies, goals,
philosophies and to inform the members of Old-timers baseball the process to conduct a
baseball season in any given year. These rules are in place help Board members, coaches,
parents, members and new and incoming members in the process taken to conduct a
successful season. It is important that everyone adheres to these rules for the success of
This document is a revision of the manual adopted by the board in the 1993 season and
will be reviewed and revised on a yearly base’s or as the board sees fit. Any questions
about this manual must be directed to your Commissioner or a board member. Any
change request must be in writing and given to a board member.
This manual addresses baseball and hope to add girl’s softball in the near future.
Old-Timers meetings: Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of the month at
7:00 pm at the high school, all coaches and parents are encouraged to attend. For more
information’s on meetings go to www.allianceyouthsports.com and visit the Old-Timers
Description of volunteer list:
Board member: Oversee the organization in its entirety and Interacts with the
community on behalf of the organization.
League commissioner: Individual in charge of a specific league. Oversees the teams of
Manager: Individual in charge of team-he/she is responsible for there team and their
Coach: Individual(s) who assist the manager.
Team Father: Helps organize parents to help in cleanup day or any other work.
Team Mother: Lines up parents to work in the concession stand when it is their team’s
As of 2008 Coaches must be certified by Babe Ruth League/ Cal Ripken League.
Visit www.ripkencoaching.org/ or allianceyouthsports.com the Old-Timers page for more
information. The Old-timers League will reimburse coaches for there certificate fee.
All rules, reglationons, goals, policies and time schedule outlined in this manual will be
followed by Hemingford Baseball or any other organization which joins the Alliance
Old-timers Baseball Association.
1. Provide a quality summer baseball program for the youth of Box Butte County
between the ages of 4 and 15 years of age.
2. Provide a baseball program which will teach the fundamentals, skills and rules
3. Provide a baseball program that will teach the values of good sportsmanship
and team concept.
4. Provide quality leadership in the form of coaches, umpires and membership.
5. Provide a safe place to participate.
6. Provide equipment essential for playing baseball.
7. Provide a youth oriented program dedicated to good citizenship,
sportsmanship and a respect for the game and promoting what is for the good
of our young citizens.
1. Striving toward a strong, healthy body, mind, heart and soul.
2. Respect for the competition, your teammates, your coaches, your family and
3. Understanding and respect for those in authority, the umpires and the league
4. Striving toward the understanding that teamwork, and not individual gain, is
truly something of value.
5. Acknowledging defeat and victory with humility and pride that you gave
100% all the way.
6. Acknowledging that your “actions” with speech, emotion and attitude reflect
not only yourself, but your team as well.
7. Adhering to the fact that “it is not whether one wins or loses the game, but
how one played the game”.
8. The most important, glorifying GOD in all things, thanking Him for the
liberty to live in such a great country and the ability to play such a great game.
1. Players shall be assigned to leagues based on their age determined as of April
30th. Each player may be required to produce a copy of their birth certificate. The
leagues shall be as follows.
5/6 year old T-Ball $30
7/8 year old Pee Wee $35
9/10 year old Minor league $45
11/12 year old Cal Ripken $50
13-15 year old Babe Ruth $50
Any Family with more than 2 players will pay a maximum of $100 for all
children playing in the league.
2. Each player must pay a registration fee before the player is allowed to play in a
league game unless the player has a signed waiver from the Commissioner of that
3. Late fees may be applied.
4. Those families which have financial difficulties may request help in making their
payments. Old-timers are committed to allow all families equal access.
5. A player with a known medical abnormality must have a written statement
From a doctor stating that baseball activity will not adversely affect or pose an
additional health hazard to the player before the player will be allowed to
6. Each league shall have a Commissioner as appointed by the board of
7. Player Move-up policy: The league will allow a player to move up to the next
league as long as they adhere to the following requirements.
A. A player may only move-up one year from there current qualified age.
An 8 year-old can play in the 9-10 year-old league. 10 year-old can play in the
11-12 year-old league and a 12 year-old can play in the 13-15 year-old league.
B. The player requesting to move-up must without any exception be approved by
a board member of the league. The board will use the try-out process to evaluate
1. Coaches and players are to refrain from arguing. The umpire’s decisions are final.
2. Managers and coaches will be a role model for players. Consequently, he/she must
be in control of himself/herself and the team at all times. Coaches must control
their emotions, display fairness and teach good sportsmanship at all times. A “WIN
AT ALL COST” attitude will not be tolerated by the Old-Timers League.
3. There shall be no distractions from opposing coaches or players in the bench or
dugout area. The first violation by anyone on a team during a game will result in a
warning from the Umpires. A second violation by the same or any other member of
a team will result in ejection of the offending player/coach.
4. No profanity, foul language, throwing of equipment or any unsportsmanlike actions
shall be tolerated during any game from coaches or players. A violation of this rule
may, at the sole discretion of the umpire, subject the offender to ejection from the
game or forfeit of the game by the offender’s team if the offender refuses to leave
5. No tobacco products shall be used at any practices or games by umpires, coaches
or players participating in the game. Any person violating this rule will be warned,
and if the noncompliance continues, excluded from practice or the game.
Grievance, Discipline and Dispute Resolution process:
1. If a complaint is logged with a league President by a member of the organization,
Commissioner, coach, player, parent, or fan pertaining to any player or coach, the
complaint shall be handled as follows.
Step 1. Upon a first complaint against a person, the responsible league
Commissioner shall handle and resolve the complaint unless the
commissioner in his or her discretion elects to refer to matter to step 2.
Step 2. Upon a referred or additional complaint, the matter shall be
brought before a Disciplinary Review Committee appointed by the
president. A Disciplinary Review Committee shall be composed of one
officer, one other member of the board and the responsible Commissioner.
In addition you may be required to put your concern in writing by a league
2. A Disciplinary Review Committee shall conduct any investigation and/or
conferences they deem appropriate in the time frame that they choose to act. The
committee shall have the sole discretion to affect any remedy to resolve the matter
even to the extent of totally disqualifying a player from playing any further and/or
dismissing a coach for the balance of the season. The decision of the Disciplinary
Review Committee is final and no further appeal shall be allowed.
3. A “complaint” may include, without limitation, improper behavior by a coach or
player such as criminal activities (baseball related or not), baseball activities on a
field (whether home or away), activities at or around tournaments (away or
home), activities around a baseball field (whether home or away), actions which
reflect adversity upon the organization, or any similar actions which are taken by
player(s) and/or coach(s), separately or jointly. Whether alone or combined with
other individuals whether or not the others are involved in the baseball program.
4. There shall be no protest of judgment calls. If a coach desires to protest a rule
interpretation by an umpire, the umpires and the coaches of the teams involved
shall review the applicable rules. However, if evidence is not presented which will
cause the rule to be changed within 5 minutes of the original call, then the original
ruling shall stand. Game time shall be suspended during the review time.
Organization of teams:
1. The President along with each Commissioner shall set up and arrange the league
teams for each season.
2. Except for t-ball and pee-wee, it is the organization’s policy to achieve the most uniform and
completive teams in each league. The following suggested procedure shall be used unless a
league Official, Commissioner and the league coaches agree to another procedure:
a. The commissioner and coaches shall meet and impartially select team members.
Every effort will be made to equalize the skill level of the teams through a tryout and
b. All league teams will consist of no more than 12 players. A maximum of 2 preferred
players per team are allowed in all leagues.
c. Each team shall be entitled to the preferred players assigned to the coaches of that
team. All other players shall be divided into groups equal to the numbers of teams to
be selected using a procedure to balance the skill level of the teams. After teams have
been made it is possible to add a 3rd coach to the team the player has been assigned.
d. There shall be absolutely no team preferences for late registrations.
e. This procedure is not subject to the dispute resolution process provided for above.
f. Siblings and players traveling from the same town may be placed on the team in
keeping with skill level.
1. All bats must be official league baseball bats. No fungo or weighted bats will be permitted. Bats for
12 year-old and younger leagues shall not be more than 33 inches in length, nor have a bat barrel in
excess of 21/4 inches. No softball bats will be permitted.
2. Shoes with metal cleats or spikes are not permitted by any player or coach in all 12 year-old and
3. Full protective headgear must be worn by all batters and base runners, including bating helmet face
masks (when provided).
4. All catchers shall be required to wear throat protectors and male catchers shall wear protective cups.
Failure to comply will result in that player not playing or being allowed to play catcher. Catcher’s
mask must also be worn between innings when warming up pitchers.
5. Any player abusing baseball equipment will be dealt with accordingly. This may include suspension
from the present or future game.
6. Coaches should encourage players to put their names on caps and other personal equipment. Lost
and found will be in the appropriate concession stand.
General playing rules:
1. Official Baseball Rules, as modified by Babe Ruth or Cal Ripken League Rules, will be followed
except as otherwise provided for in these Rules.
2. These Rules apply to all practice, regular season and tournament games except when tournament
rules conflict with these Rules.
3. There shall be no unnecessary contact by either a base runner or a defensive player.
a. Defensive players shall position themselves ahead of or behind the base path at all times
unless fielding a hit ball.
b. In all 12 year-old and younger leagues. Base runners must slide to avoid a collision on a
close play, except at first base. The umpire will determine whether the player is counted
out and/or ejected from the game.
4. Hidden ball tricks are not allowed.
5. Dead ball areas in a non-enclosed field shall be designated by the umpire, but not less than a line
from the corner of the backstop to the protective fence in front of the player’s bench and
extended out indefinitely.
6. Official baseball Rules 6.02 and 8.04 concerning delays or stalling or stalling by the batter and
pitcher shall be strictly enforced.
1. All games will be played as scheduled, unless postponed because of weather. Postponement
for any other reason must have the agreement of both head coaches and have the approval of
the league commissioner. Coaches are encouraged to have players on the field 30 minutes
2. Old-timers baseball shall arrange for Umpires for all league games.
a. Old-timers baseball shall hold a clinic each spring for those interested in being Jr.
Umpires. Those attending in that year and in the prior year shall be included on the Old-
Timers approved Umpire list.
b. The coach of the home team shall be responsible for the Umpires at each game.
c. In order to encourage attendance at the Umpire clinic, those attending shall receive
priority in Umpire selection. Coachers are not to use umpires who did not attend the
Umpires Clinic without a good faith effort to exhaust the list of trained umpires.
d. Coaches are not to use immediate family members of coaches or team members to
3. Official scoring of games shall be kept by the home team.
4. Game times will be as scheduled by the league Officer or Commissioner. In addition:
a. No inning can start after 1 hour 30 minutes has elapsed from the start time in all 12 year-
old and younger leagues (except for t-ball and pee-wee). No inning can start after 1 hour
50 minutes has elapsed from the start time in all 13 year-old and older league. The next
inning begins at the time of the third out of the prior inning. Notwithstanding any other
inning requirements contained in these Rules, A game which reaches the time limit shall
be considered as an official game.
b. Official time of the beginning and ending of play is determined by the plate umpire and
recorded in the home team score book. The head coach of the home team shall be
responsible for recording the start time in the score book.
c. A game is considered a 9-0 forfeit if not started within 15 minutes after the scheduled
game time where a team is not present or does not have the required number of players.
5. Games in each league are scheduled to last the following number of innings or the applicable
time limit, whichever occurs first:
9/10 year-old: 6 innings
11/12 year-old: 6 innings
13-15 year-old: 7 innings
Extra innings will be played to determine the winner in case of a tie if the time limit has not
yet expired. If time has expired, the game will end in a tie.
6. A game shall be considered as regulation after the following numbers of innings for each
9/10 year-old 4 innings (3 ½ innings where the home team is leading)
11/12 year-old 4 innings (3 ½ innings where the home team is leading)
13-15 year-old 5 innings (4 ½ innings where the home team is leading)
Subject to the applicable game time limit, a game which is suspended due to weather or
darkness prior to it becoming a complete game shall be continued at the point of suspension.
7. The following mercy rules shall be in effect in leagues where the score is kept.
a. A team which is ahead by 10 or more runs at the time the game is considered a regulation
game shall be considered the winner.
b. Subject to the applicable game time limit, a game which is called due to runs may, by
agreement of the umpire and the coaches, continue as practice only.
Make up games will generally be made up on Fridays. Schedule with your commissioner so
they can provide umpires.
8. Each Commissioner of the 9/10, 11/12, 13-15 league may consider the following for a league
play off or champion.
a. Each regular season league shall be determined base on season records. Where a league
plays games with teams outside of Old-Timers baseball, then only the games against
other Old-Timers baseball teams shall be considered. Ties shall count in the standings as
a ½ win ½ loss. In the event of a tie for the league championship, the tie shall be broken
by considering the following factors:
i. Head to head games.
ii. Total season run differential with a maximum of 10 runs per game.
iii. Least amount of runs allowed.
iv. Playoff game (or coin flip if the coaches of both teems agree.
b. A league may also hold a tournament to determine a tournament champion if scheduled
by the league Commissioner. Games will be played using league rules. The championship
game can be played with no time limit.
Use of players:
1. Any player missing practice without an excuse may be excluded from playing in the following
game by the player’s head coach. If this occurs or if a player is present and not playing for any
other valid reason (i.e., injury or discipline), the opposing coach shall be notified and the reason
for the player not playing shall be noted in the official score book.
2. No pitcher shall be allowed to pitch more than number of innings listed below:
12 year-old and younger: maximum of 6 innings per week, but if more than 3 innings are
pitched in one game, then the pitcher must then have one full day rest.
13 year-old and older: Babe Ruth rules shall apply.
For the purposes of this rule, the delivery of 1 pitch in an inning shall constitute an inning.
3. If a team has only 7 or 8 players available for a game, a team may 1st use players from the opposing
team, 2nd a coach may use players from within the same league. Any borrowed players must play in
the outfield and bat last in the batting line up.
4. Teams may play with no less than 7 players. If a team has less than 9 players, the “at bats” for the
missing No. 8 and/or No 9batters shall be placed at the end of the lineup and considered as “outs”.
All-star and Traveling Teams:
See State Tournament team selection. Adopted by Board Jan. 2003.
Rules applicable only to the T-ball League.
1. Field size:
a. Distance between bases is 60 feet
2 Once the game starts, each team shall bat an equal number of times until the end of the inning which
occurs after 1 hour from the start of play has elapsed.
3 No score or win- loss records will be kept.
b. A team’s entire lineup shall bat each inning.
c. The ball will be hit off an adjustable tee. This is not a coach pitch League, In a effort to keep
the attention of players (especially defenders) the ball will be hit off a Tee allowing the game
to be played both in a timely manner and potentially giving more times at bat for both teams.
d. When the batter is ready to hit, the batter shall step up to the tee, but not swing until a
defensive coach has indicated that the defensive team is “ready”.
e. A batter will have an unlimited number of swings to get the ball in play in fair territory.
f. The batter must drop the bat in close proximity to the batter’s box after hitting the ball. Any
batter who throws the bat will be warned and the next offence will be called out.
2. A batted ball which does not leave the infield is dead after a play has been made. A ball batted into
the out field is a dead after it reaches the infield area.
3. Base runners:
a. Leading off and base stealing is not permitted.
b. Unless subject to a force play, a runner advancing to second, third, or home base may not
proceed to the next base unless they are past the half-way point between bases before the ball is
c. Base runners will not be allowed an extra base on overthrows to any base.
d. Running outside of the base line to avoid being tagged will cause the runner an automatically
4. Teams must announce when their last batter is up to bat. The inning is over when the last batter is
played into a dead ball situation.
a. All players will play in the field each inning. The infield shall consist of 6 players (pitcher,
catcher, 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base and shortstop). All other players will play in the outfield.
b. Fielders shall rotate positions each inning. No player may play the same position more than
once during the game.
c. Catchers must always wear a helmet provided by the League.
d. Coaches may be stationed beyond infielders in order to provide instructions to all defensive
players. The coaches in the field will also act as base umpires.
6. This is a controlled scrimmage league and play may be stopped to give players assistance or
7. No infield fly rules.
8. The batter must drop the bat in close proximity to the batters box after hitting the ball. Any batter
who throws the bat will be warned and the next offence will be called out.
Rules Applicable Where a Pitching Machine is being used:
1. A coach on the batting team will operate the pitching machine. The pitching machine and its
operator are considered part of the playing field. If a hit ball hit’s the pitching machine and goes foul
before passing first or third base it will be considered as a foul ball.
2. The pitcher must me positioned no closer than 5 feet of the pitching machine and to one side (no
closer to the home plate than the machine) when a pitch is made.
3. There will be no walks or “called” strikes. Each batter will be given a maximum of 5 hittable
pitches. Except that batter will not be out on a foul ball unless caught. An uncaught foul ball on the
last pitch will result in a additional pitch (or pitches where the batter continues to hit uncaught fouls).
Pitches thrown by the machine which are clearly not hittable shall not add to the number of pitches
unless the batter swings at the pitch.
4. Care must be taken to keep players out of the 10 foot circle around the pitching machine.
5. Rules applicable only to the 7/8 year-old League:
1. The diamond shall be laid out with bases 60’ apart and the pitching machine at 38’ from the home
plate. The speed of the pitching machine should be set at 32 mph, but may be adjusted during the
game as necessary to maintain the strike zone.
2. An inning at bat will be played until the entire team has batted through once.
3. Playing time:
a. Batting/offence: All players present must be listed in the team’s batting order and shall
bat even if not currently playing a defensive position.
b. Fielding/ Defense: No player is permitted to sit on the bench more than one inning until
all players have sat out one inning, unless a special situation warrants otherwise (i.e.,
injury or discipline). All players should start an equal number of games to the extent
4. Out will be kept, but 3 outs do not stop play for a half inning. The inning ends upon all players
entitled to bat having batted. When the last batter for the inning comes up to bat, it will be assumed
that there are 2 outs so that only 1 out needs to be recorded to retire the side.
5. Base stealing is not allowed. Runners may not lead off base until the ball crosses home plate. If a
runner attempts to steal and a pitch is not hit, the runner must return to the base that the runner was
before the pitch. If a runner leads off or attempts a steal and the pitch is hit, the runner may only
advance to the base in front the base reached by the batter, assuming that the runner reached that
6. Intentional bunting is not permitted. However, if the batter takes a full swing, then the hit shall be
played regardless of the distance that the ball travels.
7. On an overthrow to the infield, all runners may advance to the base they were going to at the time
of the overthrow. An overthrow is a ball that is thrown to but not caught by the baseman of
catcher. (The purpose of this rule is to prevent coaches from indiscriminately running players to try
to force bad throws to score runs).
8. Play is stopped as soon as (a) a hit ball that is not hit out of the infield area is held up by an
infielder showing that they do not intend to make a play on any runner, or (b) a ball that is hit out
of the infield area is thrown back into and reaches the infield area. At that point, all runners must
then stop at the base to which they were going at the time that the ball reaches the infield area. The
ball will then be thrown to the pitcher or the umpire. For purposes of this rule, the “infield area”
shall be defined as the field area which extends 6 feet beyond the 1st to 2nd and 2ed to 3rd base lines
extended into foul territory.
9. 10 defensive players shall be positioned before a play of hit in their normally associated positions.
The 10th player must play in the outfield.
10. All fielders must change their positions each inning with no more than 2 innings per game being
played in the outfield. Except for catcher, no player may play the same position more than once
during a game.
11. The batter must drop the bat in close proximity to the batters box after hitting the ball. Any batter
who throws the bat will be warned and the next offence will be called out.
12. No Infield fly rule.
Rules applicable only to the 9/10 year-old League.
1. The diamond shall be laid out with bases 60’ apart and the pitching plate at 46’ from home plate
2. Each team will be allowed only 3 outs each time at bat.
3. Playing time:
a. Batting/offence: All players present must be listed in the team’s batting order and shall bat
even if not currently playing a defensive position.
b. Fielding/ Defense: No player is permitted to sit on the bench more than one inning until all
players have sat out one inning, unless a special situation warrants otherwise (i.e., injury or
discipline). All players should start an equal number of games to the extent reasonably
4. Base stealing is allowed. However, runners may not lead off base until the ball crosses home plate. If a
runner improperly leads off and then steals a base, and the pitch is not hit, the runner must return to the
base the runner was at before the pitch. If a runner leads off or attempts a steal and the pitch is hit, the
runner may only advance to the base in front of the based reached by the runner, assuming that the
runner reached that base safely.
5. When there are runners on 1st and 3rd base, and the runner on first attempts to steal second, and the
catcher throws to second to try and put out the runner, the base runner on third base cannot come home
unless the runner on third base is played on.
6. Fielders must not play more than 3 innings per game in the outfield or at Catcher.
7. Balls which stay within the fenced area of enclosed field are “live” and not subject to any limit on bases
for overthrows unless otherwise nonplayable or restricted as per these Rules or Official Baseball Rules.
8. Pitching: Any pitcher whom hits 2 batters in the same inning shall be removed as pitcher only.
9. Coaches should remain attentive to their pitchers! Should a pitcher become wild and/or hitting batters,
He/she should be removed as a pitcher only. Pitch count must also be taken in to consideration. This is a
safety rule which must be followed.
Rules applicable only to the 11/12 year-old League:
1. The diamond shall be laid out with bases 70’ apart and the pitching rubber shall be set at 50’ from
the home plate.
2. Stealing and leadoff is permitted.
3. 9 defensive players shall be on the field at one time. Although, each coach may use a EH (extra
hitter), free substitutions can be made defensively between the EH and the 9 starting players. If you
start the game with a EH you must finish the game with the EH.
5. In order to encourage the use of younger pitchers Coaches are strongly recommended to use 11 year
old pitchers during games. No restrictions will be in place, however Coaches are encourages to use
there best judgment.
6. Coaches should remain attentive to their pitchers! Should a pitcher become wild and/or hitting
batters, He/she should be removed as a pitcher only. Pitch count must also be taken in to
consideration. This is a safety rule which must be followed.
7. All other Cal Ripken League Baseball Rules shall apply.
Rules applicable only to the 13-15 Year-old League:
1. In order to encourage the use of younger pitchers, coaches are strongly recommended to use 13 year-old
pitchers during games. No restrictions will be in place, however Coaches are encourages to use there
2. Coaches should remain attentive to their pitchers! Should a pitcher become wild and/or hitting batters,
He/she should be removed as a pitcher only. Pitch count must also be taken in to consideration. This is a
safety rule which must be followed.
3. All other Babe Ruth League Baseball rules shall apply.