MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION
CITY OF GAITHERS BURG
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURE
BAS EBALL LEAGUE RULES
It is the philosophy of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation that the Baseball League is to
provide the opportunity for every willing participant to join a team, be provided with solid leadership, a proper
learning environment, and a equal chance to play in the practices and games. The emphasis shall be on
participation, good sportsmanship, and personal development, without neglecting the value of the skill and
benefit of competition.
PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS
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Classification: Machine Pitch: Grades 2nd, 3rd, (E,N) 2 , 3 , 4 (W)
Player Pitch: Pee Wees Grades 4, 5 (E, N toget her)
Midgets Grade 6, 7 (E, N together)
Juniors Grades 8, 9 (all together)
Players must play within their grade level or may play one grade above their c urrent grade level (but not
below grade level) when deemed appropriate by the player, coach and League Director. Violation of the
Eligibility rule will result in forfeiture of all games that the illegal player participated in.
A. All players must submit a completed registration form, signed Spectator Guidelines form and have
paid the registration fee BEFORE they can participate in league activities.
B. All teams must have a minimum of 10 registered players and a maximum of 18 registered players.
The League Director reserves the right to require a team to register beyond the maximum or to place excess
players on short-handed teams.
A. Any youth who either resides or attends school in Montgomery County is eligible for registration and
will be assigned to a team in accordance wit h his/her grade level and middle school district, pending
sufficient registration to form a team and the recruitment of a volunteer c oach. Non -County residents will be
accepted on an individual basis for an additional fee. Persons who attend a privat e school may participate
with that school or with the public school area in which they reside.
1. A player may play on one Montgomery County Recreation Department league team only.
2. No player may be added to a team roster after the third game of the regular season. A player
who wishes to be added to a roster after this deadline must be approved by the League
B. Cutting or releasing players is prohibited. No eligible player will be "cut" or released unless,
1. the coach feels a player's safety is in jeopardy because he is physically incapable to compet e, or;
2. the player is causing disciplinary problems for the coach and team. The above will hold true if a
player c omes to a game and is not played by the coach. The coach must notify the League Director
in writing in either case above.
C. All players must be duly registered as noted in Registration above.
TEAM COACH RESPONSI BILITIES:
There shall be on record with the Department League Director, the name of at least one adult team coach,
over the age of 21. No adult shall represent more than one team in a division. The team coach shall:
A. Be responsible for the accuracy of all records submitted to the League Director.
B. Accept joint responsibility with players and parent/guardian for the eligibility of each player.
1. Will maintain disciplinary control of their players at all times that they are under their jurisdiction.
2. Will set an example of proper conduct for his/her players to follow.
3. Will conduct himself towards opposing play ers as he/she would toward his/her own players.
4. Will maintain control of the spectators without denying the spectators their right to sportsmanlike
conduct such as cheering, as long as these actions do not become derogatory, abusive or
defamat ory in nature.
5. Will make certain that their players observe all rules of good sportsmans hip, and shall prohibit
"riding" of opponents, and unnecessary rough play that is likely to cause injury.
D. Reporting scores -(Grades 2 & 3 only) - Winning team coaches are responsible for calling in the
score of the games the following day to the League Director.
E. Be present at all games and practices or have a designated qualified adult present.
F. Have his or her starting line-up prepared for the opposing coach prior to the start of the game and
have a designat ed official scorer if home team.
Official game uniforms shall consist of Recreation T-shirts and baseball caps. Players must wear long pants
or baseball pants. No player shall wear shoes with metal spikes or metal cleats. No jewelry is permitted.
NOTIFICATION OF POSTPONED GAMES :
A. Inclement weather - In the event of inclement weat her on the day of a practice or game, coaches,
officials, players and staff should call 240/777-6889 for Mont gomery County Fields and 301/330-0050 for
City of Gaithersburg fields. A recorded message will announc e practice and/or game cancellations. The
recording will be available after 3:00 p.m. weekdays and after 7: 30 a.m. on weekends. If the recording has
no announcement by y our scheduled practice or game time, you should report to the field at the scheduled
time. The coach and umpire may determine whether the field is playable. Standing water on the field renders
a field unplayable.
B. Make up Games - Games cancelled due to inclement weather or field conditions will be re-
scheduled as time and available fields allow. The League Director will det ermine when rain-out games are to
be played. Failure to comply may result in forfeiture by one or both teams.
A rained-out game in progress will be re-scheduled providing it did not complete the minimum
regulation number of innings. The game resumes from the point of postponement when called by the
Incidents concerning interpretation of League Regulations or Playin g Rules will be settled by the team
coaches and umpires at the time the incidents occur. Protests will be accepted only regarding player
eligibility. Protests must be submitted to the League Director in writing within two (2) working days following
the game in question.
A. Use of ineligible play ers - A team that used in a game or games of this League, a player who, by
these league rules and regulations, is ineligible for competition, shall forfeit each game in which the ineligible
player was used.
B. Forfeits declared by Umpire - The Umpire-in-Chief shall declare a game forfeited by a team that:
1. Does not field a team of seven (7) players within fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled starting
time of a game.
2. Commits repeated, serious or flagrant violations of the playing rules, League rules and
C. If a team forfeits three (3) games during the regular season, it may be dropped from the schedule.
SCHEDULI NG OF GAMES:
A. The League Director shall schedule all regular and make up games.
1. Requests for scheduling considerations must be submitted to the League Director in writing by
the date specified in the Coaches’ letter. There is no guarantee that these requests will be
honored. Scheduling considerations are limited to co nflicts that may cause the team to forfeit
due to lack of players, such as religious holidays or events, or duly scheduled school field trips,
graduation or test dat es. Changes would only be made within t he confines of the League and
during the hours the Department has permitted facilities.
a. The League Director will make every effort to prevent conflicts when a coach manages more
than one Montgomery County Recreation Department team, however it is strongly advised
that each such team have an assist coach who can act in the absence of the head coach
should a conflict occur.
b. Teams participating in more than one league must submit t heir non-Rec reation game dates
in writing to the League Director by the deadline for consideration.
B. Games cancelled due to inclement weather or field conditions will be re-scheduled as time and
available fields allow. The League Director will det ermine when rain -out games are to be played. Failure to
comply may result in forfeiture by one or both teams.
C. A rained-out game in progress will be re-scheduled providing it did not complete the minimum
regulation number of innings. The game resumes at the point where it left off when called by the umpire.
The Home Team is responsible for keeping the Official scorebook. Scorebooks must be kept accurately.
Opposing coaches, umpires, or the League Director have the right to inspect score sheets at any time.
Official scorekeeper will:
notify scorekeeper on opposing team of all substitutions;
check the game score with opponent's scorekeeper aft er each half (1/ 2) inning.
STARTI NG THE GAME:
Games are expected to begin promptly and as close to starting time as possible. Five (5) minutes before
game time, coaches will meet with the umpires at home plate. At that time they will:
A. Introduce each ot her.
B. Review the ground rules (specifically out of play) and any other questionable rules and
C. The home team is listed second on the schedule and is responsible for placing their bases prior to
D. Each team will announce who their respective scorer is.
E. Each team will provide one new game ball.
F. When umpires fail to appear within 15 minutes of starting time, coaches shall designat e a
responsible yout h or adult to umpire the game.
A. Rules of good sportsmanship will be followed at all times. (see Code of Ethics.)
B. The Official Rules of Baseball shall govern all play except as specifically modified in these Rules
C. League structure -s hall be decided after the teams are formed. The League Director will schedule all
games. League structure will depend on the number of teams in each division.
D. Tie games - if score is tied at the end of game, it will stand as a tie. Tie games will begin from the
point of the tie, as re-scheduled by the League Director at the earliest possible date, only if it has a
bearing on the league championship.
E. Ejections/Suspensions -
1. Any play er, coac h, or spectator who is ejected from a game is automatically banned from
participation in the following played game. A ny play er, coach, or spectator who is ejected from a
second game is automatically banned from participation for the remaining games of the season and
must schedule and attend a meeting with the League Director before being reinstated to
Montgomery County Recreation Department activities. (see Disciplinary Policy, G.1-2.)
2. A spectator who is ejected from a game by an official, or who approac hes an official in a negative
manner before, during or after the conclusion o f a league game, shall be suspended for at least two
(2) additional games (the next league games play ed by that team). (see Disciplinary Policy, G.1 -2.)
3. If the head coach present at the game where a spectator has been ejected was warned by the
official(s) about the individual's behavior, that coach shall be suspended for at least one (1) game
(the next league game played by that t eam). When such action is taken, t he c oach is also required
to schedule and attend a meeting with the league director before he/she can be return to any
Montgomery County Recreation Department activities. (see Disciplinary Policy, G.1-2.)
Game play will be governed by the official rules of baseball except as modified by Montgomery County
Recreation Department League rules.
A. Length of Game:
To be a complete game, 4 full innings must be completed, 3 1/2 if the home team is ahead. A ny
game called after the minimum regulation number of innings has been played shall be considered a
1. Machine Pitch (Grades 2 and 3):
Each game shall be 7 innings, or no more than 2 hours of playing time.
2. Machine Pitch (Grade 4):
Each game will be 8 innings.
3. Pee Wees and Midgets (Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7):
Each player pitch game will be 6 innings or no more than 2 hours of playing time. Machine pitch
(4 western) shall be 8 innings or 2 hours maximum.
4. Juniors (Grades 8 and 9):
Each game will be 7 innings or no more than 2 hours of playing time.
5. When the time limit has been reached, the inning must be completed, or the half inning if the
Home Team is ahead. Fifteen minutes prior to the time limit, the umpire will announce to both
coaches "last inning". No new inning will begin after this announcement.
1) Catchers must wear a mask, chest protector, throat protector, shin guards, helmet, and an athletic
supporter. A violation of this rule shall result in forfeiture.
2) Any player may re-enter the game unlimited times. When a pitcher is removed during an inning, he
may not pitch again until the next three batters have had their at bat.
3) Machine Pitch, Pee Wee, Midget and Juniors (Grades 2-9) may play with 10 fielders, 4 of them must
play in the outfield (no short fielders or extra infielder). This is elective, not mandatory, for the Junior
4) Playing Time:
a) Machine Pitch - play er must play a minimum of 2 full innings on defense by the 5th inning.
b) Player Pitch- player must play a minimum of 2 innings on defense by the 4th inning.
5) Machine-pitch -the pitcher plays defens e on either side of, but not in front of the pitching machine.
a) When a struck ball makes cont act with the pitching machine, t he play is called "dead" and is
replayed as often as needed. This is considered "no-pitch".
b) When a player's throw strikes the machine, the ball is dead. All runners are advanced to the
base that they were approac hing at the time the ball was thrown.(ie. the batter is awarded first
base when a throw to first hits the machine.
c) "Time" can be requested by a player with t he ball under cont rol, in the mound area, or by the
catcher with cont rol of the ball, to stop play in Machine -pitch.
1) All players who are in attendance will be placed in a continuous batting order. This batting order will
remain in effect throughout the game. Play ers arriving late must be added to the bottom of the
batting order (2-9). If a player is injured and is unable to keep playing, the player will be skipped in
the batting order.
2) There is no warning for "throwing", "dropping", or "slinging" the bat, it is an automatic out. Base
runner(s) must return to their original base. Multiple violations will result in ejection from the game.
3) Machine Pitch, Pee Wee (Grades 2 - 5)- The dropped third strike rule does not apply.
4) Machine-pitch - swinging strikes (a swing and a miss) only ar e called. Each batter receives up to six
(6) pitches to hit a fair ball. The batter is not out on the third foul ball unless the ball is caught. Batter
receives one additional pitch if the last pitch is not in the strike zone. If the sixth pitch is fouled off,
the batter is out. A tipped ball is a foul ball.
5) Machine Pitch - Bunting is not allowed. A bunted ball shall be a strike.
6) Midget and Junior divisions: The infield fly rule will be in effect. When in force the batter will be
called out and a “dead ball” will be declared. All runners will return to their respective bases.
7) Third strike rule: A ball dropped by the catcher on the third strike will be a live ball and the batter
may advance to first base provided that first base is unoccupied. This rule will be suspended and
the ball will be dead and the batter out if his/her team is ahead by 10 or more runs . Suspension of
rules once a team is leading by 10 runs will take effect only during the time that a team has a 10 run
lead. Once the lead falls below 10 runs, all rules are in effect. Suspension of rules also applies to
the team with the lead only.
8) A runner, hit by a batted ball while the runner is on base and the ball is deemed in fair territory, will
result in a live ball.
1) Pitchers are prohibited from throwing curve balls (exception: in the opinion of the umpires, if it is the
"natural delivery" of the player.)
2) Pee Wees and Midgets - A pitcher shall be limited to pitching no more than three (3) innings (nine
outs) in any one game. Juniors: five (5) innings limit per game.
3) Machine Pitch - The coaches are responsible for feeding the balls into the pitching machine for t heir
team. Adjustments to the machine must be agreed upon by bot h coaches. (40 mph is
4) Machine Pitch, Pee Wee, Midget (Grades 2 - 9) -No Balks will be called.
E. Base Running:
1) Coac hes may put a pinch runner in the game for the catcher. Machine Pitch, Pee Wee (2nd -5th
grade) - the player who made the last out. Midget and Juniors (6-9 grade) – a pinch runner must be
used when the batting team has two outs. The pinch runner must be the player who made the last
2) A pinch runner may be allowed for an injured play er as long as they meet the above requirement for
a pinch runner. An injured player may re-enter the game one time.
3) Balls hit into unplayable areas in fair territory (as determined at the pre-game meeting) will be
considered ground rule doubles.
4) When the umpire calls time or grants time, all runners 1/2 way to a base may advance to the next
base and not be put out. All runners not 1/2 way must return.
5) Machine Pitch -Sliding is not allowed (West 4th also).
6) Machine Pitch (2nd and 3rd Grades) - Advance only 1 base on all overthrows.
7) Machine Pitch, Pee Wee, Midget and Juniros (2nd-9th grade) - there is no stealing of Home but if a
catcher makes a throw for a runner stealing second or third then the ball is live and the man on third
may attempt to advance and score.
8) Machine Pitch, Pee Wee (2nd - 5th grades) -the infield fly rule shall not be used.
9) Pee Wee, Midget and Juniors: stealing is permitted from first to second, and from second to third.
Runners may not lead. Runners cannot leave the base until the pitched ball has crossed home
plate. If the runner leads before the ball has crossed the plate, the runner will be called out for
10) Midget and Juniors: Stealing will be suspended for any team whose lead is currently 10 or more
runs. Suspension of rules once a team is leading by 10 runs will take effect only during the time that
a team has a 10 run lead. Once the lead falls below 10 runs, all rules are in effect . S uspension of
rules also applies to the team with the lead only.
11) Pee Wee, Midget, Juniors -No intentional roughness or "take-out plays." The runner must "give
himself up" or slide. The runner must slide coming to home plate whenever there is the potential for
a play to be made at the plate. If a play er fails to slide to avoid a collision at any base, or when there
is a potential play at home plat e, the runner is called out and will be ejected.
12) A runner, hit by a batted ball while the runner is on base and the ball is deemed in fair territory, will
result in a live ball.
13) If a base runner is hit by a batted ball while running around the bases, the ball is to be declared
dead. The runner hit by the ball is declared out. The batter is awarded first base and all ot her
runner’s must return to their original bases or move up one base if forced to do so.
14) Players are not allowed to steal home unless the ball is put in play by the catcher i.e. pickoff attempt
or attempt to throw out someone stealing second.
F. Limitation On Runaway Games:
Once the team at bat scores five (5) runs in its half of an inning, the sides change regardless of the number
of outs at the time. This rule is NOT in effect during the last designat ed inning. If a team is ahead by 10 or
more runs aft er the 4th inning, the game will end upon agreement of t he losing coach. If the losing coach
disagrees, the game may be played to completion or to the time limit, whichever comes first.
G. Field Dimensions will be modified as follows:
Machine Pitch: 46 foot pitching distance and 60 foot base distance.
Pee Wee: 46 foot pitching distance and 60 foot base distance.
Midget: 52 foot pitching distance and 70 foot base distance.
Junior: 52 foot pitching distance and 70foot base distance.
Junior: Exception when playing at Cabin John #1: 60 ft. pitching and 90 ft. bases.
1. The MCRD team with the best won/lost record at the end of regular league play will receive the
2nd-3rd Grades: Individual Participation A wards
4th-7t h Grades: Division Winner Patches
8th-9t h Grades: Division Winner Trophies
2. In the case of teams ending the s eason wit h a tied record, the team that won in head-to-head
competition will be declared the winner.
3. There will be no post season playoffs for Montgomery County Department of Rec reation teams.
DISCIPLINARY POLI CY
A. Alcohol - is not permitted at any game site by coaches, players, or spectators. If alcohol is present ,
umpires are directed to have it removed from the game site immediat ely. Failure to comply with this rule will
result in forfeiture to the opposing team.
B. Intentional Roughness - there shall be no intentional roughness on the part of any player durin g the
course of a game. Penalty: If minor infraction, and first offense - a warning shall be issued by the umpire to
the offending player's coach. If major infraction, or second offense of a minor infraction - immediat e ejection
of the offender from the game.
C. Unsportsmanlike conduct - there shall be no unsportsmanlike gestures, talk, language, taunting,
baiting or profanity. Penalty: If minor infraction, and first offense during a game - a warning shall be issued
by the umpire to the coach of the offending team. If major infraction, or second minor infraction - immediate
ejection of the offender from the game.
D. There shall be no bickering or complaining about an umpire's decision. Penalty: Warning, then if
continued, ejection of the offender from the game. If the violation is of a team nature, after appropriate
warning from the umpire, the game shall be forfeited to the opposing team.
E. Spectator Behavior -it shall be the coach's duty to control the spectators supporting his team. If such
spectators cannot be c ontrolled, and act so as to defeat the purpose of the leagues, or interfere wit h the
proper conduct of the game, the umpire shall first warn the manager, and, if the situation is not corrected,
the umpire shall declare the game a for feit to the opposing team. (see The Game, E.3)
F. Adult Supervision -t here shall be at all times during any scheduled team practice or game, one adult
21 years or older present with the team. This adult shall be responsible for the management and c onduct of
each team participating. If the ejection from a game of an adult or adults shall cause a violation of this
requirement, the game shall be declared a forfeit to the opposing team.
G. Ejections/Suspensions -
1. The umpire shall submit a written report concerning any and all ejection of players, managers,
coaches, or spectators to t he League Director within twenty -four (24) hours. A second such ejection
of any one individual in any one season shall require that individual to miss any remaining games.
(see The Game, E.1-3.)
2. A manager, coach, player, or spectator who is ejected from a game, or who has been suspended
by action of the League Director, shall, before, during and immediately following the game remain at
least 100 yards from the playing area during the term of his/her suspension. (see The Game, E.1-3.)
H. Appeal Process:
Any protest decision on rules interpret ation by the League Director may be appealed by eit her team
manager. This appeal shall be submitted in writing and shall be in the possession of the League Director
within 72 hours of the protest decision. This appeal shall be acted upon by a three member APPEALS
Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Coaches Code of Ethics
It shall be the duty of each Coach to:
1. Read, sign, and return Coaches Code of Ethics to the League Director.
2. Comply with the philosophy, policies and procedures of Montgomery County Department of
Recreation. Respect all employees and volunteers involved in t he program. Remember th at each coac h is
a representative of the Rec reation Department.
3. Remember to encourage and compliment players when t hey show improvement, play with extra
effort, or simply need kind words. Do not unduly criticize players in front of spectators or other players.
Criticism should be constructive in nature.
4. Abide by a doctor's decision in all matters of players health, injuries, and ability to play.
5. Not allow a play er to ent er or re-ent er a game if there is any doubt as to the seriousness of an injury.
6. Not use tobacco related products while in the presence of players.
7. Refrain from using profanity and abusive language while acting on behalf of the Recreation
Department as a volunteer coac h.
8. Never use any physical means against spectators , play ers, officials, or other coaches. Refrain from
criticizing any of the above verbally or by gesture.
9. Accept decisions of officials as being fair and performed to the best of their ability. A coach will
never go onto the playing field while t he game is in progress to disput e a call. Any questions or rule
interpretations should be handled during time-outs/bet ween innings in a proper manner.
10. Not consume alcoholic beverages and/or appear under the influence of same.
11. Be responsible for ensuring that players on his/her team and team spectators are aware of number
7, 8, 9 and 10 above.
12. If a coach is ejected, he/she must sit out the following game.
13. Remember that one of our primary goals is to teach our play ers good sportsmanship.
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