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					REGULATIONS FOR UMPIRES
UMPIRE’S RESPONSIBILITIES ................................................................... 3
   GAME RESPONSIBILITIES ................................................................................. 3
   REPORTING PROCEDURES ............................................................................... 3
   PROTESTED GAMES ............................................................................................. 3
   BLOOD RULE ............................................................................................................ 4
GROUND REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................... 5
   PLAYING FACILITIES .......................................................................................... 5
   DIAMOND DIMENSIONS ...................................................................................... 6
PLAYER REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................. 7
   MINIMUM REQUIRED PLAYERS ..................................................................... 7
   UNDERAGE PLAYERS .......................................................................................... 7
   PLAYING ADDITIONAL GAMES ...................................................................... 7
   GRADE HIERARCHY ............................................................................................. 8
   TEMPORARY RESIDENT RESTRICTIONS ON PITCHING .................... 8
   BYE SITUATIONS .................................................................................................... 8
UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS ............................ 9
   UNIFORMS ................................................................................................................. 9
   EQUIPMENT .............................................................................................................. 9
   Balls ............................................................................................................................ 9
   Bats ........................................................................................................................... 10
GAME REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................ 11
 COMMENCEMENT OF GAMES ....................................................................... 11
 TERMINATION OF GAMES .............................................................................. 11
   Termination due to weather or light failure ......................................................... 11
   One Sided Games – Mercy Rule ............................................................................ 12
 TIME LIMIT FOR GAMES ................................................................................. 12
 TIME DELAY REGULATIONS (“SPEED UP RULES”) ............................. 13
   Batters ...................................................................................................................... 13
   Designated Base Runner......................................................................................... 13
   Innings Changeover ................................................................................................ 13
   Pitcher visits ............................................................................................................ 14
   Offensive Visits ........................................................................................................ 14
 FINALS ....................................................................................................................... 14
   Time Limits.............................................................................................................. 14
   Tied Score ................................................................................................................ 14
SPECIFIC OFFENCES ........................................................................................ 15
   Physical Confrontation ........................................................................................... 15
   Tobacco .................................................................................................................... 15
   Audible Obscene Language / Gesture ................................................................... 15
   Indecent Language / Abuse / Gesture towards Umpire / Official ...................... 15
   Equipment Abuse .................................................................................................... 15
   Bringing the game into Disrepute .......................................................................... 16
   Contact with an Umpire ......................................................................................... 16
RULES FOR JUNIOR MATCHES ............................................................... 17
RE-ENTRY RULE ................................................................................................... 17
SLIDE RULE (FORCE PLAY) ............................................................................ 17
PITCHING RESTRICTIONS FOR JUNIORS ................................................ 18
 Pitching Assignments .............................................................................................. 18
 Rest Periods ............................................................................................................. 18
 Curve Ball Restrictions........................................................................................... 19
BATTING IN LOWER GRADE JUNIOR GAMES........................................ 19
UMPIRE’S RESPONSIBILITIES

GAME RESPONSIBILITIES
Umpires must:

         Sign both game report and score book in ink;
         Indicate no reports have been made by writing “No Report” or drawing a line
          through the Report section;
         Indicate on game reports if a report has been made;
         If making a report, follow the procedures for reports.

All grades are to have a min of TWO umpires. The plate umpire and the base umpire are
both to be provided by the home team. In the event of a Nationally Accredited plate
umpire being available, only 1 club umpire will be required to do the bases.

Umpires in Chief (Plate Umpire) must be situated behind home plate and wear the
necessary equipment ie. Uniform top (Green Shirt if Level O or first year Level 1), face
masks chest plate, leggings, protective cup, enclosed footwear and dark grey umpiring
pants, grey baseball pants or similar. Singlets, shorts, thongs and sandals are not
permitted. Umpires in chief are not permitted to umpire from the mound during regular
fixtures.



REPORTING PROCEDURES
All reports by an Accredited Umpire shall be made on the Official Report Form obtained
from the BWA web-site (under the Governance heading). The report shall include as
much information as possible, including reason for report, time, date, place, name,
grade, and club of persons involved. Umpires are to indicate whether they believe the
report warrants further action but this recommendation is not binding on the P&D
Chairman or Tribunal. The umpire should contact the Umpire‟s Adviser and inform him of
the report preferably before submitting it to BWA.

An electronic or written copy of the report shall be forwarded to the General Manager of
BWA by 5.00pm on the next working day after the occurrence of the reported incident.

In grades where the official report form is unavailable, the person umpiring the game
shall:

(1)       Report incident in writing and the scorer/s must note ejection on game report;
(2)    Send the report to the BWA General Manager by 5.00pm on the next working
day after the occurrence of the reported incident.



PROTESTED GAMES
Where a Club Manager, Coach or Official protests a game, claiming a violation of Rules
and/or Regulations, notification must be received by the Chief Umpire at that time in the
game and before the next pitch or the next out is made. The Chief Umpire shall ensure
each team scorebook is notarised and signed accordingly. (Signing at completion of the
game is acceptable).
BLOOD RULE
If any player bleeds during a game, then the umpire shall stop the game whilst the player
receives first aid treatment. A reasonable amount of time, at the discretion of the
umpire, shall be given to stop the bleeding and dress the wound. Prior to re-
commencement of play the bleeding must have been stopped, all contaminated clothing
and equipment replaced or cleaned and wound covered;

If the bleeding cannot be stopped in a time considered reasonable to the umpire, or if the
bleeding re-occurs then the player must be removed from the game;

Only Little League, Under 14 and Under 16 age group players will be eligible to
re-enter the relevant game in accordance with the re-entry regulation.
GROUND REQUIREMENTS

PLAYING FACILITIES
The following are the MINIMUM requirements necessary for all levels of baseball played
under the control of BWA. Clubs must ensure all equipment meets safety standards for
players, officials and spectators.

(a) Base paths, including 1st base tramlines to be clearly marked.

(b) 1st and 3rd foul lines clearly marked for a min of 50m from 1st and 3rd bases
    respectively

(c) Flagpoles, a min height of 1.5m are to be positioned at the extremities of the foul
    lines.

(d) 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases and pitching rubber to be pinned.

(e) A back net (min size 4m wide x 3m high) to be positioned at a min of 15m from home
    plate for the main diamond and 10m from home plate for other diamonds. Back nets
    for Under 12, Under 14 & Under 16 to be a min height of 1.8m.

(f) A designated "dead ball" line from the edges to back net and parallel to the 1st and
    3rd base lines (white line marking is acceptable, however it is preferred that
    spikes/posts supporting a rope/cord are used).

(g) The club's main diamond to have a min distance from home plate along the foul lines
    to the home run fence of 99m and from home plate to centre field of 110m.

(h) Diamonds other than the main diamond to have a min distance from home plate to
    the home run fence of 90m.

(i) Seats, or benches for at least 10 people at each bench area.

(j) Shade for all players on the home and visitor's bench.

(k) Provision of a table, chairs and shade for the scorers.

(l) Access to both male and female toilets within reasonable distance of the diamond.

(m) All State League clubs are to have a min of 2 pitching mounds and Minor League
    clubs 1 pitching mound available for use at each game day.

(n) All State League club grounds must have a completely enclosed home run fence on
    the main diamond.

(o) Pitching mounds must be used when available in ALL grades. Mounds are
    compulsory for Under 18.1; Under 16.1 and U14.1.

(p) Sufficient L screens for pre-game batting practice for all teams
DIAMOND DIMENSIONS
Little League:
60 feet (18.29) base paths and 46 feet (14.02m) pitching distance

Under 14 Division 1 and 2
Under 16 Division 3 and 4:
80 feet (24.38m) base paths and 54 feet (16.45m) pitching distance

Under 14 Division 3 and 4:
70 feet (21.34m) base paths and 50 feet (15.24m) pitching distance

Under 16 Division 1 and 2
Under 18
Women
Seniors
90 feet (27.43m) base paths and 60 feet 6 inch (18.44m) pitching distance
PLAYER REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIRED PLAYERS

The minimum number of players to avoid forfeiture in nine (9) for State League, AAA,
Provincial League, A Grade and Under 18 Division 1.

For all other grades, the minimum number of players required is eight (8).



UNDERAGE PLAYERS
No player under the age of 8 is eligible to play in the Baseball WA competition.

All Under 18 (DOB 1990, 1991), Under 16 (DOB 1992, 1993) Under 14 (DOB 1994,
before 1 May 1995), Little League (DOB after 1 May 1995) players are bound by pitching
and catching restrictions that apply to that age group for the whole season, irrespective
of any grade they play.

Junior players may play up by 1 age category from their appropriate age grouping,
however a junior player must turn 15 before being permitted to play in a senior
competition:

      Little League (Born after 1 May 1995 and at least 8 years old) may only play as
       high as Under 14s;
      Under 14s (DOB 1994 and born before 1 May 1995) may only play as high as
       Under 16s;
      Under 16s (DOB 1992, 1993) may only play as high as Under 18s until attaining
       their fifteenth birthday when they can play in open competition



PLAYING ADDITIONAL GAMES
A person who has previously played in a lower grade during that day shall not enter a
second game until the start of the fourth innings, except in the circumstances below:

      Any player who has previously played in a lower grade on that day, cannot be
       included in the starting line-up of the second game but may enter their second
       game upon any injury to a player in the starting line-up. However, any other
       player on the bench who has not previously played on that date, must enter
       before the entry of that player.

      Where State League has two (2) scheduled games on the same day, player(s)
       from lower grades may be included in the starting line-up of the second
       scheduled State League game

      A junior player may be named in the starting line-up in a second game of the
       same day in a higher age category, but not to the exclusion of a registered player
       on the bench.

No person can play in more than two (2) games on a single day.
GRADE HIERARCHY

OPEN GRADES: SL, AAA, PL, A, PLR, SL Soc, PLR2, D, PLR3
YOUTH: Under 18 (A), Under 16, Under 14 and subsequent Divisions.
Women‟s grade



TEMPORARY RESIDENT RESTRICTIONS ON PITCHING
A temporary resident cannot pitch in two consecutive games of the same grade nor can
they pitch in any other game irrespective of grade during the intervening period between
those two games. A team is not allowed to pitch more than one temporary resident in a
game;



BYE SITUATIONS
Where a bye situation occurs for any team, a player who has played in that team (grade)
during the previous round of fixtures is ineligible to play in a lower grade UNLESS the
person has played a greater amount of regular season games in that grade or lower
before the bye;
UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

UNIFORMS

The uniform rule applies to any participant occupying a position within the playing area
including the dugout/bench at any time from pre-game diamond work to the conclusion
of the game.

All participants MUST be attired as a MINIMUM as below:

(i)     Club Cap
(ii)    Club Playing Top – including unique numbers no smaller than 15cm (seniors only)
(iii)   Club Baseball Pant

Caps, Playing Tops and Pants MUST be uniform amongst ALL participants of that game,
Optional additional uniform Items (Warm-Up Jackets, Slickers etc.) must appear
consistent with the sport, failure to comply may result in the individual‟s removal from the
game

Coaches taking infield / outfield warm up must be in uniform;

The wearing of an eared helmet (min 1 leading ear) is compulsory for batting and base-
running. All helmets must be uniform in colour for each grade and in good condition.

Double-eared helmets must be worn at all times by batters and base runners in the
Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Little League grades.

All bat boys / girls must wear a double-eared helmet;

Any fielder may wear a non-shiny helmet the same colour as the club's cap;

Any person warming up a pitcher shall wear a face mask and a helmet no matter
whether in the bullpen or on the playing field. The face mask will have a throat guard
attached to it unless the throat guard forms part of the mask;

No player in Little League, Under 14 or grades is permitted to wear metal sprig footwear
in any official BWA Competition of their age group. The sole must be of a fully moulded
design ie. NO screw-in sprigs.



EQUIPMENT

Balls

The Home Team (including games at Baseball Park) will supply new balls as approved
by the Board, for games in each grade;

State League teams are required to supply 4 approved baseballs per game.
All other grades are required to supply 2 approved baseballs per game.

Match balls of the approved type and quality must be replaced immediately and as
necessary to complete the game with the required number of balls;
Games will not commence without the required number of approved balls.

Approved Balls:

Little League
Tower TBOL or higher
Diamond Ace Little League or higher
Easton 500 or higher
Wilson A1010

U14
Tower TBOL or higher
Diamond Ace Little League or higher
Easton 500 or higher
Wilson A1010

U16, U18, Provincial League, A-D Grade
Diamond Ace Minor League or higher
Easton 600 or higher
Wilson A1010

State League & AAA
Diamond Ace Major League
Easton 700 or higher
Wilson A1010

Bats

Players participating in State League, AAA, and Under 18 shall ONLY use wood or wood
composite / laminated bats conforming to the Official Rules of Baseball. The maximum
allowable bat size: (difference between length and weight of a bat eg a 33 inches 28
ounce would have a –5), is a maximum barrel size of 2.75” and a maximum length of
42”.

Provincial League and all lower grades, U18.2 also have a - 5 bat differential, Max barrel
2.75”, max length 42” but the bats may be either conventional wooden type, wood
composite, aluminium, ceramic or carbon graphite.

For Under 16, Under 14 and Little League, bats may be either conventional wooden
type, wood composite, aluminium, ceramic or carbon graphite. The maximum allowable
bat sizes for each category is as follows: (difference between length and weight of a bat
eg a 33 inches 28 ounce would have a –5) and barrel size for each level is as follows:

Under 16                     - 8 bat differential, Max barrel 2.75”, max length 34”
Under 14                     - 8 bat differential, Max barrel 2.75”, max length 34”
Little League                - Max barrel 2.25”, max length 33”
Minor League/T Ball          - Max barrel 2.25”, max length 33”
GAME REQUIREMENTS

COMMENCEMENT OF GAMES

The Manager of each team shall hand to the Umpire-In-Chief, five minutes before the
official commencement of the game, 2 copies of an official line up sheet listing the
starting line up, their order at bat and position in the field;

All games will start on time irrespective of whether teams have completed their pre-
game warm ups, unless preceding game or games cause a legitimate delay. If the same
Umpires are involved then a min of 30 minutes between games is required.

It is the home team manager‟s responsibility to ensure that the diamond is available for
the visiting team to warm up for a period of seven (7) minutes, twenty (20) minutes
before the scheduled starting time. The home team is entitled to warm up on the
diamond for a period of seven (7) minutes, twelve (12) minutes before the scheduled
start time. In the event of the diamond not being available for the visiting team twenty
(20) minutes before the scheduled start time, the visiting team is entitled to take its full
seven (7) minutes by using time normally allotted to the home team. Neither team may
continue warming up past five (5) minutes before the scheduled starting time.



TERMINATION OF GAMES

Termination due to weather or light failure

During any game played under the auspices of BWA any BWA Official (employee),
Board Member, or Umpires Adviser is empowered to terminate a game if in their
judgement weather, darkness, or other conditions are such that players and/or
spectators are exposed to a significant risk of injury

Subject to Clause 3.10 (c) of the "Official Baseball Rules", any State League fixture that
has progressed far enough to be classified a regulation game as described in clause
4.10 (c) of said Rules and is terminated due to rain, darkness, light failure or weather,
will be considered a completed game at the point of termination;

Any game that has not commenced or become a regulation game as referred to in
103.8(a) will be called an abandoned game;

Notwithstanding the above, any game that has become a regulation game and:
   Is then terminated due to the aforesaid conditions; and
   The relevant inning is incomplete; and
   One of the following situations applies:

(i) The visiting team has scored one or more runs to tie the score, and the home team
has not scored;
(ii) The visiting team has scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team
has not tied the score or retaken the lead; or
(iii) The home team has scored one or more runs to tie the score;
the game will be continued and completed from the point of termination at the first
opportunity the same two teams are next scheduled to play, or at a date determined by
the General Manager or designated committee;

In the case of light failure during night games, time lost up to a max of 30 mins shall be
added to the scheduled completion time. If the light failure is during the first game of the
night, the second game will commence 20 mins after the completion of the first game.

One Sided Games – Mercy Rule

Seniors - The game shall be called when one team is leading by ten (10) or more runs
after five (5) completed innings in a seven (7) innings game, or after seven (7)
completed innings in a nine (9) innings game.

Juniors – The game shall be called when one team is fifteen (15) or more runs ahead
after three (3) completed innings or (10) or more runs after five (5) completed innings in
a seven (7) innings game, or after seven (7) completed innings in a nine (9) innings
game.

NOTE: Juniors - If time allows it is recommended the two teams continue to play after
the mercy rule has been applied without any further scoring (except for pitch counts)
until the allotted time has been reached. The result of the game will stand according to
when the mercy rule was enforced, but the players will be able to continue to play to the
completion of their allotted time. Extending the game should enable coaches to use
different players at different positions.



TIME LIMIT FOR GAMES
In other than State League games, three innings played shall constitute a regulation
game for time limit games;

When the time limit has been reached in a time-restricted game, the innings currently
being played shall be immediately declared the last innings of the game, with any rules
normally applying to the ninth innings of a regulation game, being applied to that innings;

Where the time limit has been reached in a time restricted game, and the declared last
innings of the game has been completed with both teams possessing an equal score,
the game shall be declared a "Tied Game";

Where both teams have an equal score at the completion of designated innings and the
time limit has not been reached, play shall continue until one team leads after equal
innings have been played, providing the time limit for the game has not been exceeded.

An innings is deemed to have commenced immediately after the third out is made in the
previous innings.

The time limit applicable to each Grade are:
   SL and PL – Sunday Games                                         9 Innings
   SL – 1st game of DH and Night Games                              2.0 hrs or 7 innings
   AAA, Provincial League, A                                        2.5 hrs or 9 innings
   PLR, PLR2, B, C, D, U/18, U/16.1, Women                          2.0 hrs or 9 innings
   U/18, U/16, U/14                                                 2.0 hrs or 7 innings
   U/16, U/14 Night Games                                           1.5 hrs or 7 innings
   Little League                                                    1.5 hrs or 7 innings

Termination of night games due to an enforced curfew. No new innings shall commence
should there be 10 minutes or less remaining for the time schedule for completion of the
game. Time and game will be called at the scheduled completion time and should the
game be incomplete it shall revert back to the last fully completed inning.

If time limit games are not started on time, the full time allotted should be played as long
as the game does not commence more than ten (10) minutes late.



TIME DELAY REGULATIONS (“SPEED UP RULES”)
The intention of these Regulations is to eliminate unnecessary time wasting during
games.

Batters
Batters must:

       Move directly into the Batters Box;
       Not vacate the Batting box once the Pitcher has received the baseball.

GAME PENALTY: Pitcher can pitch. Each pitch is called a strike.

NOTE: Should the Batter in the opinion of the Chief Umpire be wasting time, and the
      Pitcher refuses to pitch, the umpire shall call a "ball" on the batter.


Designated Base Runner
In State League games there will be NO designated runners.

In all other grades, a designated runner may replace the pitcher or catcher but only
when there are two (2) outs.

Any registered player may be a designated base-runner provided the person is not in the
starting line-up but must be nominated before the start of the game and if replaced,
notified in the same manner as a substitute player.

The person cannot be a base-runner in any grade lower than which they are qualified to
play at anytime during the season.

If all players have participated, any player not in the current line-up may be used.

When only nine (9) players are available the last batter out must be the designated
runner.
Innings Changeover
Max changeover between innings shall be 60 seconds. The Chief Umpire will call "ball
out".
If the pitcher is not ready within the allocated time the Chief Umpire shall call “Play Ball”
and indicate “One Ball” on the batter if in the opinion of the Umpire the Pitcher continues
to delay the game.

If the Batter is not ready within the allocated time, the Chief Umpire shall call "Play Ball”
and indicate "one Strike" on the Batter.

A "Ball" or "Strike" will be called by the Chief Umpire for each subsequent 10-second
delay.

Pitcher visits
Only one infielder at any time, (excluding the Catcher), can go to the mound, and only
one such visit per innings will be allowed.

Penalty - The infielder will be removed from the game and replaced

Offensive Visits
Offensive visits will be limited to three per game. An offensive visit shall be called any
time an offensive player or coach delays the game for any length of time to talk with
another offensive player or coach. An offensive player may be a hitter, base runner or on
deck batter.

Penalty - The person adjudged by the Chief Umpire to be the offending person shall be
removed from the game



FINALS

Time Limits

The time limit applicable to final round fixtures are:-

   State League; Provincial League                           9 innings
   AAA, A                                                    9 innings
   PLR 1; PLR 2; B; C; D; Women                              2.5 hours or 9 innings
   U/18; U/16                                                2.5 hours or 9 innings
   U/14                                                      2.0 hours or 7 innings
   U/12                                                      1.5 hours or 7 innings

Tied Score

In the event of a tied score play shall continue until 1 team leads after equal innings
have been played.
SPECIFIC OFFENCES

Physical Confrontation

Any players engaging in physical confrontation, including holding, wrestling, punching,
striking, kicking and fighting, WILL BE ejected from the game and reported by the
officiating umpire/s in accordance with the MELEE RULE

Replacement players must be notified to the umpire and must be available to
immediately play and must have been previously listed on the Umpire‟s copy of the line-
up sheet.

Teams unable to continue the game because the ejections do not permit compliance
with the number of players required to play that grade will forfeit the game. Both teams
must nominate their substitutions before play can continue after a melee situation. If both
teams are unable to field the required number of players, neither team will be awarded
premiership points.

Tobacco

The chewing or smoking of any tobacco product on any baseball ground by any
participant is strictly prohibited.

Penalty – ejection from the game

Audible Obscene Language / Gesture

Any player / coach who uses audible obscene language or makes an obscene gesture
can be ejected from the game and reported.

Upon the first incident of this nature during a game, the umpire shall issue an official
warning to the player AND a team warning to the coach. If in the judgement of the
umpire, the offence is deemed serious enough, the umpire may dispense with the
warning and immediately eject and report the player or coach.

Any subsequent incident in the same game by any person from the team receiving an
official warning SHALL be ejected from the game.

Indecent Language / Abuse / Gesture towards Umpire / Official

Any player / coach who uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene
gesture towards an umpire or official SHALL be ejected from the game and reported.

Equipment Abuse

Any person deemed by the umpire to have abused equipment during a game MAY be
ejected from the game and reported.
Bringing the game into Disrepute

Any BWA Official (employee), Board member, Umpires Adviser or umpire in control of
any game played under the auspices of Baseball WA is empowered to report any
person, club, player or club official who, in his or her opinion has engaged in conduct
that can reasonably be deemed:

(i)           Detrimental to the best interests of baseball; or
(ii)          Likely to bring the game of baseball into disrepute.

Such authority includes any practice game in which an accredited umpire officiates.

Contact with an Umpire

Any player, coach, spectator or official making contact with an officiating umpire
including the prolonged invasion of personal space SHALL be reported by the umpire for
engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct
RULES FOR JUNIOR MATCHES

RE-ENTRY RULE

A designated hitter cannot be used in Under 14 or Under 16 grades. Exception, a
pitcher who has completed a major assignment may continue to hit, despite not being
able to play in the field, only when their team has the minimum 9 players.

Any member of the starting line up may be removed from a game and replaced by a
substitute so long as the substitute takes the same line up position as that of the
replaced player;

If the original member re-enters the game he or she will replace the substitute and
resume the same position in the starting line up;

A substitute once removed from the game may not re-enter the game in any capacity
except „speed-up runner‟;

A pitcher may not re-enter in a BATTERY position;

Where only nine players are available the last batter OUT will be the „speed-up runner‟.



SLIDE RULE (FORCE PLAY)
The intent of the force play slide rule is to ensure the safety of the defensive player and
is to be enforced when a play is being made on a runner at any base:

The runner shall slide directly into the base and not beyond the base. The slide may be;
head first; or with one leg and buttock on ground.

Contact is allowed if the runner; makes a legal slide directly to the base; or is on the
ground at the time of contact and the fielder moves directly down the line between the
two bases to attempt a play. Interference shall NOT be called.

It is an illegal slide if; the runner slides or runs away from the base line in the direction of
the fielder; he runner uses a rolling, “across the body” or “pop-up” slide into the fielder.
(A pop-up slide is only legal if the runner does not make contact with, or alter the play of,
the fielder); the runner‟s leg is raised higher than the fielder‟s normal standing position
knee height; the runner goes beyond the base and makes contact with, or alters the play
of, the fielder. For the purposes of this regulation going “beyond the base” may be
deemed to occur irrespective of whether the player remains in contact with the base; the
runner lashes or kicks the fielder with either leg or arm.

Penalty - If a slide is deemed to be illegal, the runner shall be called out.
          If the illegal slide has occurred on a forced play, irrespective of what base is
          involved, the batter runner shall also be called out due to the “interference” of
          his team mate whether or not the fielder attempts to complete the play

NOTE: If “interference” is called, other runners shall not be allowed to advance.
Example: bases loaded, no outs. Double play attempt at second base and interference
is called. The runners at second and third must return to their original base
PITCHING RESTRICTIONS FOR JUNIORS
The umpire has the authority to police the pitching rules below.

Pitching Assignments

 Assignment              Little League       Under 14         Under 16          Under 18

Major                        61-75             61-80              71-90          81-110


 Substantial                 41-60             41-60              41-70          41 – 80


 Minor                   Less than 41       Less than 41     Less than 41     Less than 41


It will be the responsibility of the scorer to notify the Chief Umpire and each team when a
pitcher is within 10 pitches of the max allowable number;

A pitcher who throws a major assignment may not be permitted to play in the field for the
remainder of the day or the following day after the completion of his pitching assignment

A balk pitch delivered to the plate whether it be hit safely or not shall be considered to be
Valid for the purpose of recording the “number of pitches”.

Rest Periods
Pitchers governed by age restrictions are required to observe the following rest
periods.

               Assignment                              REST PERIOD

                                             3 Days from Pitching or Catching
                 Major                           1 days rest from playing

               Substantial                   2 Days from Pitching or Catching

                 Minor                                      NIL

                                     A: Minor followed by a Substantial or Minor to
                                     total a MAJOR (Cannot exceed the major limit):
                                        3 Days rest from pitching and catching
      Back to Back Outings in
      Same Game,                     B: Minor followed by a Substantial or Minor to
      on the Same Day, or on         total a SUBSTANTIAL
      Consecutive Days                  2 Days rest from pitching and catching
                                     C: Minor then Minor to total a MINOR:
                                       No rest required.
Clarification – Major Assignments - This rule is to be applied such that if a pitcher throws
a MAJOR assignment or two assignments in the same game, on the same day, or
consecutive days, regardless of the number of pitches thrown during the major
assignment, he/she will not be able to play a defensive position throughout the
completion of that game, or any other game to be played on the same day, or any game
played the next day. The mandatory rest period commences immediately following the
removal of the pitcher from the mound, with the count on the required rest days
commencing with the next day being the first day of rest. A pitcher who is on required
rest following a major outing may continue to hit only (Little League) , but may not play a
defensive position

A pitcher may not throw a second assignment in the same game, on the same day, or on
consecutive days if they have thrown a substantial or major in their first outing.

A pitcher cannot pitch more than two outings in a calendar day.

Curve Ball Restrictions
Pitchers in Little League and Under 14 grades may not throw the curveball. First
instance: warning given. Subsequent infringement by same pitcher, Plate Umpire will
call “Balk”. If the ball is not batted then the pitch shall be called a “Ball”. If the pitch is hit
by a batter, then normal rules of Baseball will apply. Where the ball is batted and an out
is made at 1st, then the batter runner is not out. The pitched ball will count towards the
pitcher‟s count.;



BATTING LINEUP IN LOWER GRADE JUNIOR GAMES
Teams competing in Division 3 and 4 junior competitions will be bat all of their players in
the lineup. Defensive changes are permitted at any time but only 9 players can play
defence at any one time.

				
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