‘A’, ‘B1’ ‘B’, ‘C1’, ‘C’
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION A LEAGUE STRUCTURE
SECTION B 1 - GENERAL RULES
SECTION B 2 - ROSTER RULES 7
SECTION B 2A - PLAYOFF ROSTER RULES 11
SECTION B 3 - PITCHING RULES 13
SECTION B 4 - SPEED UP RULES 14
SECTION B 5 - PIAA RE-ENTRY / DESIGNATED HITTER / EXTRA HITTER 14
SECTION B 6 - SLIDE RULE 17
SECTION B 7 - TIE BREAKER PROCEDURES 18
SECTION B 8 - POSTPONED GAMES 19
SECTION B 9 - PROTESTED GAMES 20
SECTION B 10 - FORFEITED GAMES 20
SECTION B 11 - GAME EJECTIONS 21
SECTION B 12 - STARTING and ENDING of GAMES (Times etc.) 23
SECTION B 13 - ALLOWABLE BATS 25
SECTION B 14 - CATCH and CARRY RULE 26
SECTION C UMPIRES 27
SECTION D TERRITORY RIGHTS 28
SECTION E BUX MONT ALL-STAR GAMES 32
SECTION F CONNIE MACK STATE ALL-STAR GAME 34
SECTION G END OF YEAR TOURNMENTS 35
SECTION G1 - CONNIE MACK STATE TOURNMENT 35
SECTION G2 - BUX-MONT END-OF-YEAR TOURNAMENT 36
SECTION H - SPECIFIC RULES FOR THE SENIOR CONNIE MACK DIVISION 39
The Bux-Mont League Board of Directors will establish division breakdown on an annual basis.
1. Major league baseball “Official Baseball Rules”, published by The Sporting News, to be followed except as modified by this document. Summer League games CANNOT be played with 8 players – no matter what the reason. A game can be played with eight players in the Spring, Fall and Senior Leagues.
2. PIAA rules are NOT used in Connie Mack Baseball unless specifically stated in this document.
3. It shall be the duty of the home team manager before participation in any league game to instruct his team and coaches in the sportsmanship pledge and require that the members of both teams repeat it in unison prior to each game. (‘A’ ‘B1’ and ‘B’ Leagues Only)
4. Be a gentleman at all times.
5. No smoking in the area that constitutes the playing area, including foul ball and warm-up areas. After one warning during a game: an ejection will occur on the 2nd incident.
6. If a player is removed from a game because of an injury, the player cannot reenter the game. The verbal okay at the game; to re-enter the player by a parent, cannot change this rule.
7. All players must be in uniform. Managers and coaches must be in uniform - ‘A’ and B1 Leagues Only. Managers and coaches do not have to wear spiked shoes. Scorekeepers and trainers do not have to be in uniform. Rostered players who are injured may sit on the team bench, with or without a uniform.
8. Each team must be outfitted with uniforms of the same style and color. The umpire-in-chief has the right to remove a player / coach / manager from the game if he is, in the judgment of the umpire, “out of uniform”. This includes hats.
9. The official Connie Mack patch must be part of each of the players, managers and coach’s shirt. (‘A’ League only). Warm-up shirts must meet the uniform standard, if used as part of the game uniform – they all must be the same color and design and include numbers and patches. If a particular player(s) do not have a patch, they are to wear the shirt of a bench player that contains a patch. If a team does not have enough shirts with patches, the players that do not have a patch on their shirt will count as an OUT at their time at bat. There are no exceptions during the State Tournament.
10. Metal spikes may be worn.
11. Players must use DUAL EAR FLAP helmets when batting; while warming up pitchers; or coaching the bases. Players warming up pitchers must also wear a catcher’s mask. Catcher’s helmets must be either Hockey Mask or Dual Ear Flap style. Shell style helmets are not permitted. The catcher’s mask must have an add-on throat guard or mask extension that replaces the add-on throat guard. The manufacturer of the mask does not have to be the same company that manufactured the catchers’ helmet.
Helmets for adult base coaches are mandatory - for all the B-M leagues. The helmet options for adult base coaches are: 1 or 2 ear flaps or a skull cap. This is a State Connie Mack rule and applies to all levels. This rule does not pertain to Senior Connie Mack.
12. IMPORTANT NOTE: Each Bux-Mont Organization is responsible for the enforcement of the Pennsylvania evening driving curfew.
13. If a non-approved ball is used, it must be replaced with an authorized ball immediately when the error is noticed. If neither team can provide the authorized ball, the game will be suspended unless BOTH coaches agree to proceed with the un-authorized baseball. If the visiting team provides the baseballs, the home team must replace them. NOTE: There are still a few teams that have an inventory of authorized baseballs that were purchased pre-2013. These balls had a Babe Ruth stamping instead of Connie Mack. The old Babe Ruth stamped balls can still be used.
14. The recommended maximum regular season games in one year are:
24 for the ‘A’ League
18 for the ‘B1’ League 16 for the ‘B’ League
16 for the ‘C1’ League 14 for the ‘C’ League
League commissioners will decide each year as to the number of games to be played in the regular season.
15. Total number of points determines league standings:
Tie = 1 point
Loss = 0 points
Points gained as a result of extra games needed to determine a Bux-Mont playoff position are not included in a teams total regular season points and thus DO NOT count toward determining Bux-Mont playoff seeds. “Play-In” games are considered end of year playoff games and not regular season games.
16. Competition is open to all players, ages 12 through 16, who are amateurs, providing that players 16 years of age do not reach their 17th birthday prior to May 1st of the current baseball season. Ages 15 – 16 CANNOT play in the ‘C1’ / ‘C’ League.
17. The Bux-Mont President will announce league entrance fees. All checks should be made to the order of Bux-Mont Connie Mack Baseball.
18. Insurance: All Connie Mack franchises must be covered by an insurance policy, in order to participate in the program. Each franchise must submit proof of the insurance to the Bux-Mont Connie Mack President before they play their first game.
19. Fields should be lined for all games with a non-toxic material. Batting boxes are optional. If a field is not playable due to the lack of fair / foul identity, the umpire-in- charge has the option to postpone the game.
20. The score of the game MUST be e-mailed to the appropriate league commissioner by the WINNING team; before 11PM on the day of the game.
21. There is a one-time $1000 entrance fee for Organizations joining the Bux-Mont League. The fee for organization that do not have an “A Team”, will be higher for each of their B1, B and or C1, C teams each year until they have an “A Team”.
22. During the game, ONLY the ‘A’ team manager (OR HIS PRE-GAME “MANAGER DESIGNEE”) is allowed on the playing field to discuss an umpire’s decision.
23. PIAA Rule on Lightning Delays:
n Wait AT LEAST 30 minutes after last lightning seen or thunder heard.
n If at minute 25, see / hear more activity, start the count over
n Do NOT rely on clear sky, lack of rainfall
n Even if storm moved on, lightning risk may remain because storm can be miles from lightning
n Do not shorten the 30 minute rule
n Do not resume play if any threat remains
n Postpone / suspend if thunderstorm appears imminent
n Darkening clouds
n High winds
n Sudden increase in humidity
n Lightning can strike miles from storm and first strike can be deadly
n May need to suspend even BEFORE first sight of lightning / sound of thunder
n Listen to participants—are they concerned?
n Individuals should not face repercussions or penalty if they leave to seek shelter
The above taken downloaded on 5-28-12 from the PIAA web site: Www.piaa: Assets: Web: Documents: Lightning safety
24. Background checks are required for all adults that work with the Connie Mack youth players. This includes adult score keepers. If an organization does not already have a background procedure; the PA State form found at the web site https://epatch.state.pa.us.
Each organization must send an e-mail to the Bux-Mont CM President with a list of all of the adult names that will be working with youth playing baseball in the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League. The e-mail must be FROM either the Organizations president or the Organizations Connie Mack Commissioner. Individual background reports are not to be provided to the Bux-Mont president.
25. All Summer leagues (Ages 12-16) - including playoffs: As in the Major League rules, at no time can a team play defensive baseball with less than 9 players. Under no circumstances can a manager, coach or umpire decide to ignore this rule.
SECTION B 2 - ROSTER RULES
See Section B3 for pitching rules – regular season and playoffs.
If an organization does not have a team in the ‘A’ league; they are restricted to three (3) sixteen-year-olds on their ‘B1’ twenty player rosters. In addition, an organization without an ‘A’ team can have a maximum of one (1) team in the B1 league. For organizations that enter a team in the ‘A’ league: there is no limit to the number of 16-year old’s on A, B1, and B rosters.
The rosters shall consist of a maximum of 20 players. It is strongly recommended that a team has 20 on the roster.
Players that are on more than one Bux-Mont league roster must be identified as to their main and secondary team. Legion players must be identified on the roster. In addition; the Sr. LEGION ROSTER of these players must be provided with the Bux-Mont Roster or at the latest; before the start of league play.
12-year old’s can be rostered if required.
Rosters must be submitted to the League President before the start of the regular season. Two copies of the rosters for the B1, B, C1 and C leagues are required.
Electronic copies of the rosters can be provided EXCEPT for the ‘A’ League. Originals of the ‘A’ rosters, with signatures, must be provided in paper form to the League President.
‘A’ league rosters can be changed thru June 30.
‘B1’, ‘B’, ‘C1’ and ‘C’ league rosters can be changed thru June 15.
If a team loses a player by injury after June 15 / June 30 that is documented by a doctor’s note; an authorized replacement can be added to the roster. The roster replacement must be approved by the league president or the specific league commissioner.
Players can only be on two CM rosters; one as a ‘regular’ player and the other as a ‘secondary’ player. The one exception to this rule: an ‘A’ league “regular” player that is 16 years old CANNOT be a “secondary” player on another roster.
Players who are on two non-A league rosters as of June 16; cannot be deleted from one of the rosters for the purpose of adding the player to an ‘A’ team: Unless the player deleted can no longer play because of an injury. If a doctor’s note is received, rosters can be changed after June 15/30.
Senior Legion players can only play for CM ‘A’ league teams. If an organization does not have an ‘A’ team, Senior legion players cannot be rostered on any of their other teams. Once a Senior legion player is replaced on a CM ‘A’ roster with another Legion player, he may not be re-added to the CM ‘A’ roster.
2. All rosters may have players that are doubled rostered. A player cannot be on more than two rosters at any given time.
Players that are double rostered (“secondary” rostered) on a “higher league” roster, may not play for their "Regular" team once they have participated in a total of 48% of their “Secondary” team's regular season league games. Playoff games do NOT count toward this minimum number of games. If a team wins by forfeit, the game does not count toward the number of games in the team’s schedule. For example, in a 20-game regular season schedule: if a team wins one game by forfeit, the total number of games played is 19. Thus the 48% is calculated using 19 games instead of twenty. This rule does not pertain to 13-year-old players when the higher-level team is an ‘A’ league team. (Reference the following paragraph.)
Thirteen-year-old players, that are “Secondary” players on an ‘A’ or ‘B1’ league roster, may play for their "Regular" team even if they have participated in a total of 48% of their “Secondary” team's regular season league games.
Once a player plays in at least 48% of his “secondary” teams’ regular season games; he automatically becomes a “regular” on his “secondary” teams’ roster; and a “secondary” player on the roster that he was originally listed as a “regular’. Playoff games do NOT count toward this minimum number of games.
‘A’ league, B1 league, and C1 league players CANNOT be doubled-rostered on a team in their SAME league. B League, and C League players CAN be doubled-rostered on a team in their SAME league.
Fifteen and sixteen-year-old players CANNOT be on a C1 or C league roster.
Fourteen-year-old ‘B1’ players cannot be doubled-rostered on a C team.
Fourteen-year-old ‘B1’ players can be doubled-rostered on a C1 team only IF the organization does not have a B league team.
C1 and C teams can roster a maximum of four (4) fourteen-year-old players.
3. An ‘A’ league team must use ‘B1’ / ‘B’ / ‘C1’ / ‘C’ players that are on their roster rather than postponing a game because all of their “A” players are not available. One of the reasons for a 20-man roster is for this purpose. This includes days that both the ‘A’ team and it’s ‘B1’ / ‘B’ team have games scheduled.
4. A ‘B1’ league team must use ‘B’ / ‘C1’ / ‘C’ players that are on their roster rather than postponing a game because all of their “B1” players are not available. One of the reasons for a 20-man roster is for this purpose. This includes days that both the ‘B1’ team and its ‘B’ / ‘C1’ / ‘C’ team have games scheduled.
5. No team can have more than three 16-year-old players who are also rostered on a Senior American Legion team. A team may double roster Senior Legion players whose ages are 14/15 without regard to the number allowed on the ‘A’ league roster. The Senior Legion players and all 16-year old’s whose MAIN roster is the “A” League roster must participate in 48% of their team’s REGULAR season ‘A” league games to be eligible for the Bux-Mont ‘A’ league end of year playoffs and the State Tournament. (Example: 20 game regular season schedule – the legion player must play in at least 10 games). Only three double rostered SIXTEEN-year-old Senior legion players can be included on the PA State Tourney roster. If a team that has a senior legion player rostered, and wins a game(s) by forfeit, the forfeited game(s) is subtracted from the team’s total games played. This of course is the same for all regular roster ‘A’ players that are 16-years-old. For example, if the team had a 20-game schedule and won one game by forfeit, the 48% requirement would be against 19 games not twenty; which would require 9 games played by the legion player or 16-year-old to be eligible for the playoffs and tourney. Medical exceptions can be brought to the Bux-Mont BOD for the 16-year old’s that are not doubled rostered on a senior Legion team. Medical exceptions will NOT be accepted for review for players that are also rostered on a Sr. Legion team. Only ‘A’ league teams may double roster Senior Legion players. Note: this rule only pertains to Senior Legion players. Junior Legion players do not have to be shown as a double rostered player. Once a Senior legion player is replaced on a CM ‘A’ roster with another Legion player, he may not be re-added to the CM ‘A’ roster.
6. ALL Senior Legion players and all B-M Connie Mack16-year old’s whose MAIN roster is the “A” League, must participate in 48% of their team’s REGULAR season ‘A” league games to be eligible for the Bux-Mont ‘A’ end of year tournament and the State Tournament. Only three SIXTEEN-year-old double rostered Senior legion players can be included on the ‘A’ league and PA State Tourney rosters.
Senior Legion players that are 14/15 years of age may be double-rostered only on an B-M ‘A’ roster. They may also play in the B-M ‘A’ League playoffs and PA State Connie Mack tourney. There is no limit as to how many 14/15-year-old Senior Legion players can be on a State tourney roster.
(Example: 20 game regular season schedule – the legion player must play in at least 10 games). Medical exceptions can be brought to a member of the Bux-Mont BOD for the 16-year old’s that are not doubled rostered on a senior Legion team and whose MAIN roster is the “A” league team. Medical exceptions will NOT be accepted for review for players that are also rostered on a Sr. Legion team; UNLESS THE CM PLAYER HAS NOT PLAYED ANY LEGION BASEBALL IN THE CURRENT YEAR.
Only ‘A’ league teams may double roster Senior Legion players. No team can have more than three 16-year-old players who are also rostered on a Senior American Legion team. A team may double roster Senior Legion players whose ages are 14/15 without regard to the number allowed on the ‘A’ league roster.
Note: this rule only pertains to Senior Legion players. Junior Legion players do not have to be shown as a double rostered player.
7. Each ‘A’ League player must fill out an individual contract provided by A Bux-Mont officer. The contract form is available on the league web site.
8. Team managers must complete a roster containing printed or typed names, date of birth and signatures of each player. Names must be listed in sequence by the last name. The signatures are required on the ‘A’ rosters only. Only one copy of this roster should be submitted to the league president. The president must receive all ‘A’ contracts and rosters before a team plays its first game. The B1, B C1 and C rosters must be handed in before the start of each league. The rosters for all leagues can be changed thru June 30th. E-mails must be dated before 9AM on July 1st.
9. Legible copies (not original) of birth certificates must be attached to all rosters. (‘A’ League only).
10. A 16-year-old that is cut, during an organizations A team try-out may play for another organization without obtaining a release ONLY IF he is then rostered on an ‘A’ / ‘B1’ team with another organization. He can only play for the new organization’s ‘B1’ team if his original organization does not have a ‘B1’ team or is also cut from the B1 team. The16 year must have first registered with his original organization. If this procedure is not followed the player can only play for his original organization.
A 16-year-old from an organization that does not have an ‘A’ team may play for any organizations ‘A’ team without obtaining a release ONLY IF he had not previously been rostered on an ‘A’ team with another organization.
SECTION B2A -PLAYOFF ROSTER RULES
1. All leagues will have end of year Playoffs. There will be no “end of year tournaments”.
2. The Playoff schedule includes Play-In games.
3. The June 30 regular season roster will be the playoff roster for the ‘A’ League.
4. The June 15 regular season roster will be the playoff roster for all of the “Non-A” leagues.
If a team loses a player by injury after June 15 / June 30 that is documented by a doctor’s note; an authorized replacement can be added to the roster. The roster replacement must be approved by the league president or the specific league commissioner.
5. 16-year-old ‘A’ players will need to participate in 48% of their REGULAR roster games during the regular season to be eligible for the B-M and State playoffs
6. If a team loses a player by injury after June 15 / June 30 that is documented by a doctor’s note; an authorized replacement can be added to the roster. The roster replacement must be approved by the league president or the specific league commissioner.
7. Players in the B1/B/C1/C league can play UP (not DOWN) for his secondary team when both his regular and secondary teams make the playoffs; or “laterally in the case of ‘B’ and ‘C’ league players) to his secondary team that is still in the playoffs. A player may pitch for his secondary team with this exception: a B or C player that his double rostered on another B or C team can only pitch for his regular team, while both are in the playoffs. A REGULAR player CANNOT “play down’ on his secondary team that is still in the playoffs.
8. An ‘A’ league team can bring up their “secondary” players at any time during the playoffs, even if the “secondary” player’s “regular” team is still in the playoffs. ‘A’ league “secondary” players’ that play for their ‘A’ team in the playoffs; can continue to play for their “regular” rostered team in the playoffs.
9. As stated previously in the rules; once a player plays in at least 48% of his “secondary” teams’ regular season games; he automatically becomes a “regular” on his “secondary” teams’ roster.
Once 16, 15 and 14-year-old players that are double rostered play in at least 48% of their “regular” rostered teams’ games, (all leagues) they may not play DOWN for their "Secondary" team in the playoffs; whether their regular team is or is not in the playoffs.
10 In the playoffs, a player rostered as a “regular” C league player is eligible to pitch for his “regular” team even after pitching for his “secondary” team in an “upper” league. Note this rule does not pertain to C league 14-year old’s. (Fourteen-year old are not eligible to pitch in the C league at any time). (This rule also listed in section B-3)
Beginning in 2018 the Bux-Mont CM League will switch to the PIAA rule to help protect the arms of the pitchers. We will be counting pitches and not innings – in all leagues – Both regular and playoff games.
1-25 pitches; no rest between games is required
26-50 pitches; cannot pitch for 1 calendar day
51-75 pitches; cannot pitch for 2 calendar days
76-100 pitches; cannot pitch for 3 calendar days
A pitcher cannot exceed 200pitches in a 7day calendar period.
A pitcher may finish pitching to the player at bat when the maximum number of pitches is reached.
Innings pitched in League All-Star games or other leagues do not count toward this limit, HOWEVER, it is hoped that each Connie Mack Manager would keep the health of the pitcher’s arm in mind before allowing him to pitch more than 25 pitches in the All-Star game. I have questions on this.
A pitcher once removed from the game, CANNOT reenter as a pitcher. This is a new State CM rule. He can reenter the game the same as all players, but he cannot pitch in the same game that he previously pitched in.
If a fourteen-year-old is double rostered on a C or C1 team and pitches at least one inning for his regular rostered team, he CANNOT pitch for his secondary C or C1 division team.
A 14-year-old on a ‘B’ roster, can pitch DOWN at the ‘C1’ or ‘C’ level if he hasn’t pitched at the ‘B’ level.
A 14-year-old ‘B1’ player can pitch on a C1 team only until he makes “one pitch” in the ‘B1’ league.
Sixteen-year old’s, who pitch at least one inning in an ‘A’ league game, cannot pitch in a ‘B1’ or ‘B’ game.
A ‘B’ player doubled rostered on another ‘B’ team can ONLY pitch for his main ‘B’ team during the regular season.
Sixteen-year old’s, who pitch at least one pitch for their secondary ‘B1’ team, can no longer pitch for his “regular” ‘B’ team.
Sixteen-year-old ‘A’ league “regular” players: cannot be added as a secondary player on another roster.
A ‘C’ league player doubled rostered on another ‘C’ league team can ONLY pitch for his main ‘C’ team during the regular season. Violation of this rule will result in a forfeit.
‘C1’ and ‘C’ league 13-year-olds that are doubled rostered on a higher league team as “secondary” players, can pitch for both teams during the entire regular season.
3. The balk rule is to be enforced, except in the ‘B’ and ‘C’ League where one warning will be given to each pitcher before the balk rule is enforced. There is no warning in the ‘A’, ‘B1’ and ‘C1’ League. With the “warning” the runners are to be returned to their original base. The pitch does not count as a strike or a ball. The reason for the warning is to teach the young pitchers, especially 13-year-olds, about the balk rule, without punishment to their team. If we let the runner’s advance, which is the rule on a balk call, then it would not be a “warning”. This rule also effective during playoffs.
PITCHNG RULES - PLAYOFFS:
Sixteen-year-old ‘A’ players will need to participate in 48% of their REGULAR roster games during the regular season to be eligible for the B-M and State playoffs.
In the playoffs, a player rostered as a “regular” on a C league team is eligible to pitch for his “regular” team even after pitching for his “secondary” team in an “upper” league. Note this rule only pertains to 13-year-old C League players.
If this rule is broken, the lower level team will lose the game in which the offense occurred.
1. Pitchers will be permitted no more than five pitches between innings except:
a: Starting pitchers get eight warm-up pitches in the 1st inning.
b: Relief pitchers will get eight warm-up pitches when they enter the game.
c. Umpires must enforce this rule.
2. Players must run on and off the field between innings.
3. Catchers and pitchers DO NOT get a courtesy runner.
4. Ten Run Rule is used. Note: if the visiting team goes ahead by 10 or more runs in either the 6th or 7th inning the home team gets to bat in their half of the inning.
5. PIAA rule that gives the defensive team 1 minute to get to their positions from the time of the 3rd out; will be enforced for Bux-Mont Connie Mack games – all leagues. New in 2016
1. PIAA Re-entry Rule is in effect. This rule states that all original starters may be replaced by subs and then the starters may re-enter the game one time. Once replaced, the subs may not re-enter. A starter may reenter without regards to the # of subs that batted in his position since he (the starter) was removed from the game. The starter must re-enter in the same position in the batting order. A starting pitcher may be re-entered as a pitcher as long as he has not been removed for a penalty, for example; being removed from the game after the manager or a coach has a combined total of two conferences on the playing field with their player pitcher during the course of one inning.
‘C’ / ‘C1’ and ‘B’ League only - The free substitution rule is in effect - players may move in and out of positions at the choice of the manager. If a manager elects to use the free substitution option, he must bat all of his players present and cannot remove any from the batting rotation, once he declares he is using the free substitution option. If a player arrives late to the game, he must be placed in the last position of the “free substitution” batting order. Teams may or may not elect to use this rule on a game-to-game basis. If one team chooses to use this option, the other team may or may not use the option. The Manager(s) must declare before the game starts that the free substitution rule be used. If a pitcher is moved to another position during the game by the manager without being removed from pitching by the “2 trip to the mound in 1 inning rule” he may later reenter the game as a pitcher. A player ALREADY in the lineup cannot pinch-run for another player on base.
2. A hitter may be (it is not mandatory) designated for any one starting player (not just pitchers) and all subsequent substitutes for that player in the game. A starting defensive player cannot be listed as the designated hitter in the starting line up. A designated hitter for said player must be selected prior to the start of the game, and his name must be included on the lineup cards presented to the umpire-in-chief and to the official scorer. Failure to declare a designated hitter prior to the game precludes the use of a designated hitter in that game. If a pinch hitter or pinch runner for the designated hitter is used, that player becomes the new designated hitter. The player who was the designated hitter may re-enter as designated hitter under the re-entry rule. The role of the designated hitter is terminated for the remainder of the game when: (1) The defensive player, or any previous defensive player for whom the designated hitter batted, subsequently bats, pinch hits or pinch runs for the designated hitter; or (2) The designated hitter or any previous designated hitter assumes a defensive position. A designated hitter and the player for whom he is batting are “locked” into the batting order. No multiple substitutions may be made that will alter the batting rotation.
3. If a pitcher has been taken out because of the “two trips to the mound” rule (two in the same inning) by the coach, that pitcher may not return to pitch. The pitcher removed for the “two trip to the mound” rule; may re-enter the game later, or go directly to another position. This rule is also in affect for all the Bux-Mont leagues. The penalty for breaking this rule is as follows: the team breaking the rule will lose the game if the error is discovered before the end of the game or before the team’s next game.
4. Extra Hitter (EH) – At each team’s discretion, a tenth hitter (EH) may be used. The EH must be designated on the official batting order card prior to the start of the game. The EH may bat anywhere in the batting order.
If all original defensive players are in the game and an injury occurs, the manager has the option of eliminating the EH. If the EH is eliminated because of injury, the batting position of the injured player does NOT count as an OUT. If a manager elects to continue with the EH, a reserve player that has already been removed from the game may be used to replace the injured player. Players ejected from a game by an umpire, cannot be included as a “Reserve player”. (Reference: Section B10; 1C rule).
In the case where a team must eliminate the EH because a player is ejected or leaves the field for personal reasons, the batting position of this player will be an automatic OUT at the appropriate spot in the lineup. This rule assumes there are no remaining eligible players on the bench. The EH must remain in his original batting position in both of the above instances.
Suspended Game: If the EH was used in the start of the game, the EH can be eliminated in the completion part of the game if the team only has nine players.
EH is just like any other position, and players can be interchanged at positions as long as the lineup order remains the same.
5. A team CANNOT use the DH and EH in the same game.
1. The PIAA slide rule will be in effect except for plays at Home Plate. The “Required Force Play Slide Rule” is to be followed per the PIAA Rule Book. In essence the rule eliminates the “take out slide”.
2. Major league rules will be used for plays at Home Plate. An important provision of this rule is that the catcher cannot prevent the runner from having an open path to home plate. The catcher cannot impede the base runner at any times.
Note: The following paragraph from Rule B11 (ejections) – supersedes any such language in the PIAA or MLB rules.
If ejected from a game by the umpire, the ejected player is suspended for the NEXT game. This includes ejections for base running incidents; ie. collisions that are not considered malicious or flagrant by the umpire.
1. All costs for the tiebreaker games will be split between the teams involved. Umpires will be paid out of the game collection if one is taken. ‘A’ League only.
2. 1st Tie Breaker: Head to Head Competition.
3. 2nd Tie Breaker: Division Record. (When there is two or more divisions in the league)
4. 3rd Tie Breaker – Used when teams have the same number of points at the end of the regular season. This method uses “Winning Percentage” amongst the teams involved in the tie to determine the final standings.
A. Used to determine the final regular season standings involving three or more teams; that end the regular season with the same number of points: League Commissioner makes up a “league standings” of all the teams that are tied. He then creates the won / lost head to head record for the teams involved in the tie.
Example – three-way tie at the end of the regular season:
A “three team standings” is set up using the regular season head-to-head games between the three teams.
Team A 2 wins 1 loss –beat Team B twice and lost to Team C
Team B 2 wins 2 losses – lost twice to team A. They beat team C twice.
Team C 1 win 2 losses – beat team A and lost twice to Team B
Place in Standings
B. TWO WAY TIEBREAKER NEEDED TO DETERMINE LAST SPOT IN THE
If there is a two-way tie and head-to-head is even, the league commissioner has the option of scheduling an extra game to determine the last spot of the playoffs. If an extra game, in the determination of the league commissioner, is not possible due to calendar constraints; the commissioner will then use a coin flip to determine the winner - two-out of three).
Postponed games must be rescheduled within 48 hours of the postponement. The rescheduled game must be played within 10 days of the postponement. ‘A’ / ‘B1’ / ‘C1’ / Leagues only.
During the last two weeks of the season, games must be rescheduled within 24 hours and to be played on the first date that neither team has a scheduled game. A neutral field is to be used if necessary to meet this policy. ‘A’ / ‘B1’ / ‘C1’ / Leagues only.
The home team is responsible for rescheduling the game. The home team MUST notify the League President immediately, of all postponements. Once the home team sets the date for the rescheduled game, the Home Team Manager or Coach must also notify the League President and the umpire assigner immediately of the rescheduled date.
If the home team cannot get its field to meet the requirements of these two rules, the game must be played on a neutral field selected by the league president. Unavailability of the home field is not a valid reason for not scheduling the game to be played within the rules.
If one team manager will not cooperate in the rescheduling, the other manager will call the league commissioner who will reschedule the game immediately. If either or both teams do not show up for the game on the date selected by the commissioner, that team or teams will lose by forfeit.
If these rules are not followed, both teams will receive zero (0) points for this game, as though both teams lost. There is no exception to this policy.
NO game may be rescheduled because a team has a game in another league / tournament without the permission of the league president. Rescheduling and playing a game for this purpose will result in a forfeit.
Games can be rescheduled for “school events” that require many of a team’s “regular” players to be present at the event. A “School event” postponement must be approved by the B-M League president. The league president will determine if the event is a valid one; in which a game can be rescheduled. If approved by the league president, the game must be played within 10 days of the originally scheduled game.
PIAA Rule on Lightning Delays:
n Wait AT LEAST 30 minutes after last lightning seen or thunder heard
n If at minute 25, see / hear more activity, start the count over
n Do NOT rely on clear sky, lack of rainfall
n Even if storm moved on, lightning risk may remain because storm can be miles from lightning
n Do not shorten the 30-minute rule
n Do not resume play if any threat remains
The above taken downloaded on 5-28-12 from the PIAA web site:
SECTION B 9 - PROTESTED GAMES – during the regular season.
1. Protests will be accepted for rules violation only. Protest fee is $100.00 and is required within 48 hours of the protest along with a letter of protest.
Whenever a manager protests a game because of misapplication of the rules, the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch. To be considered an official protest, the scorebook of both teams must have the signature of the chief umpire at the point of the protest.
a. FORFEIT FEE: Pertains to umpires that are not contracted thru the league office. The team forfeiting the game will pay the umpires. If a visiting team forfeits, the money will be paid to the home team.
b. A team that forfeits three games will not be eligible for the league playoffs. In addition, none of their organization’s teams will receive their playoff deposit.
Rules for forfeited games are:
a: The home team must have at least 9 players ready to play at the scheduled starting time of a game. However, a 10-minute grace period will be allowed. Neither manager nor an umpire is authorized to change this 10-minute grace period.
b: The visiting team must have 9 players by the time they take the field in the 1st inning or by the time the 9th/(10th EH) batter is required to bat in the top of the first inning.
c: If a player is injured and there are no reserve players, the managers of the teams involved CANNOT agree to proceed with one team having less than 9 players. “Reserve players” include those players who have already played and have been removed from the game. If 9 players are not available after a player is declared to be injured, the game is over and the team with less than 9 players loses the game by forfeit. Under no circumstances can managers, coaches or umpires decide to ignore this rule.
Players ejected from a game by an umpire, cannot be included as a “Reserve player”.
d. If the field is not available because the home team failed to properly schedule the field, the visiting team wins by forfeit. This assumes both teams are at the field with at least 9 per team, AND at least one umpire is present. If a team does not have 9 players that team loses by forfeit; whether or not the field was properly scheduled.
If an umpire(s) fails to show for a game, the home team does not lose by forfeit. If there are two umpires scheduled and one is present, the game is to be played with only one umpire. If there is not at least one “official” umpire present, the managers cannot agree to play the game with an umpire(s) that is not a member of the Umpire Association chosen and approved by the League Commissioner. (‘A’ League only).
SECTION B 11 – GAME EJECTIONS
1. No profanity allowed on or off the playing field. A player/manager/coach can receive one warning from the umpire about profanity and then must be ejected from the game with the second offense as determined by the umpires. An umpire, at his or her discretion, can eject a player/manager/coach without a warning.
2. Players on the playing field cannot wear jewelry. A team must be given one warning before an umpire can eject any player from the game. Note that only medical alert medallions will be permitted when secured to the player’s body with a minimum of four inches of square gauze tape patch or equivalent.
3. Managers and coaches are responsible for supervision of their players. Any repeated violations of general rules 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9 will, in the judgment of the umpires, constitute misconduct and could result in ejection from the game for the manager/coach. During the game, ONLY the ‘A’ team manager is allowed on the playing field to discuss an umpire’s decision.
4. If ejected from a game by the umpire, the ejected player is suspended for the NEXT game. This includes ejections for base running incidents; ie. collisions that are not considered malicious or flagrant by the umpire.
5. If there is malicious or flagrant contact during a base running incident in the judgment of the umpire, and the runner is ejected from the game, the player will be suspended for the NEXT TWO games.
6. If a manager / coach is ejected they are suspended for the NEXT THREE games. Any manager or coach involved with a fight will immediately have a life time ban of participating in Connie Mack functions.
7. The umpire who ejected the player(s) and manager from the opposing team of the ejected player(s) must call the league commissioner reporting the ejection.
8. The Commissioner will keep records of all ejections.
9. Any player ejected from three (3) games in a season, will be suspended from further participation the remainder of the year, including playoffs.
10. If a player is ejected for fighting while participating in a Connie Mack Baseball event, he will be suspended for three games. The three games will be the next three of his team’s regular season or playoff games; no matter what year these games are played. If he is ejected for fighting the last game of a year; the suspension carries over to the playoffs and or the following year depending how many games are played after the game in which he was rejected. If a player is ejected for fighting a 2nd time in his Connie Mack career, he is permanently suspended from PA Connie Mack baseball.
1. The visiting team must have the field for 15 minutes, beginning no later than 30 minutes before the game starting time, providing the visiting team arrives on time. The
visiting team must be off the field 5 minutes before game time. The home team must be off the field 30 minutes before game time. When a home team does not practice during the normal time period, up to 30 minutes before game time, they do not get practice time after the visiting team is finished.
2. Starting time for twilight weekday games is 5:45 if possible- 6:00 mandatory. Any game with a 6:00 starting time that does not begin by 6:10 is an automatic forfeit. Games will be played until stopped by the umpire with no restriction on when an inning can begin. During the last two weeks in May, the forfeit time will be 6:30 PM to accommodate players arriving late due to school baseball. No Saturday game may start before 10AM. Sunday games cannot start before 1PM unless approved by the league president.
3. During the regular season, lights may be turned on for a twilight game (starting time of 5 – 6:55 PM) IF both teams agree BEFORE the game starts. The umpires must be notified of this decision. (ALL leagues.)
4.More than one game on same field on the same day: (B1, B, C1 and C League Only):
IF THERE IS A GAME SCHEDULED IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN EXISTING GAME a time limit of 2 1/2 hours exists. All games that are tied after 7 innings AND the 2 ½ hours have not been reached, can continue to play up to a maximum of 9 innings.
5. During the regular season, a game will not have a ½ Inning started after 10:45 PM.
6. If a game is stopped before it is an official game, (4 ½ or 5 full innings), the game will be considered a SUSPENDED game and must be continued from the point of stoppage. Games must be rescheduled per Section B-8 of this document.
1. A game in the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League can only be suspended during the 1st 5 innings. Once the game is considered official: (The home team is winning the game after 4 ½ innings; or the visiting team is ahead in the score after 5 innings; or the score is tied after 5 innings.) After the 5th inning, each of the succeeding innings must be completed in full. For example: if a visiting takes a lead in the top of the 6th inning and the home team does not complete it’s turn-at-bat in the bottom of the 6th – the game is complete and the final score reverts to what it was at the end of the 5th inning.
2. Suspended Game: If the EH was used in the start of the game, the EH can
be eliminated in the completion part of the game if the team only has nine
3. Any player not at the original game can bat in any position of a player
that is not at the continuation game or can replace a player that was at
4. Players that are present at both games must bat in their original batting
5. The pitching rule is the status of the pitcher at the time of the
continued game, not the original game.
7. The ten-run rule pertains to all the Bux-Mont leagues. The rule takes affect after the game is “legal” (4 ½ or 5 innings). The home team will get to bat in the 6th or 7th innings if the visitors go up by 10 or more runs in the top of one of these innings. This rule also appears in section B-4.
8. Regular season games may be played on the day of the Bux-Mont All-Star game. However, the game must start no later than 1:30 P.M. and no inning can start after 4:30 P.M. If the all-star game is a day game, no regular season games may be played.
9. Regular season games may be played on the same day as the State All-Star game. However, no regular season game may begin later than 1 P.M. and no inning started after 3:30 P.M.
1. All non-wood bats must be BBCOR certified. If any bat fails to meet this requirement, said bat shall be removed from the game, the batter shall be declared out and the head coach or team manager shall be ejected from the game. For this rule, the managers suspension is one game not three. The head coach or manager is responsible for all equipment in the dugout. This is also the American Legion League rule.
2. The maximum allowable diameter of a bat is based on the PIAA Bat Rule; -3. (‘A’, ‘B1’, ’B’ and ‘C1’ only).
Little League bats may be used in ONLY the ‘C’ League and only by 12 and 13-year-olds. The use of LL bats in Connie Mack must adhere to the following USA Baseball Bat Standard Rule 1.10
“Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play.”
3. If a bat is found to be illegal after a pitch has been thrown to the batter or after being used, and before the 1st pitch to the next batter, the batter using the illegal bat will be declared OUT by the umpire.
Currently, there are three (3) non-wood baseball bats that the NFHS has decertified for use in high school competition. This short list is subject to change. Additional non-wood baseball bats could possibly be added to this list. The decertified bats are the following:
Marucci Cat 52 33" non-wood baseball bat (Decertification notice date: February 21, 2012)
Reebok Vector TLS 32" non-wood baseball bat (Decertification notice date: March 26, 2012)
Reebok Vector TLS 33" non-wood baseball bat (Decertification notice date: March 26, 2012)
Although the ‘catch and carry” rule in Connie Mack is the same as used in Major League Baseball it has been decided to include it with this rule set. Over the years there have been widely different interpretations of the rule. Following is a reprint of Major League rule 7.04 – c. It is to be used in ALL the Bux-Mont Connie Mack leagues. Please note that two of the key words in the rule are “falls” and “legal catch”:
Major League Baseball Rule 7.04-c
A fielder, after catching a fly ball, falls into a bench or stand, or falls across ropes into a crowd when spectators are on the field;
Rule 7.04 – c. Comment: If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should fall into a stand or among spectators or into the dugout or any other out-of-play area while in possession of the ball after making a legal catch, or fall while in the dugout after making a legal catch, the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder fell into, or in, such out-of-play area.
Connie Mack comment: At many of our fields a white or imaginary site line is used to indicate the “out-of-play area”.
SECTION C UMPIRES
1. ‘A’ League only: An umpire association, chosen and approved by the Bux-Mont Board of Directors, will assign the umpires. There will be two umpires assigned to every game.
2. ‘A’ League only. The umpire service must be notified at least one hour before game time to cancel a game without incurring any umpire fee. If the umpires are not called within an hour of game time, they have the right to charge a pre-negotiated fee.
3. B1 / C1 Umpires: The home team must supply a paid qualified umpire for behind the plate and one paid base umpire. No coach of a participating team or relative of a participating player may umpire behind the plate. The home plate umpire must have a watch and his time is official. If an umpire does not show, and both coaches agree, a coach or representative from either team may umpire the game. If possible, and both coaches agree, a coach or representative from the home team may umpire the 1st three and one-half innings and visiting team coach or his representative may umpire the last three and one-half innings. If coaches cannot agree, the game is postponed. During the game, ONLY the ‘A’ team manager is allowed on the playing field to discuss an umpire’s decision.
4. B-C Umpires: The home team must supply one paid qualified umpire for behind the plate and optionally, one paid / unpaid base umpire. No coach of a participating team or relative of a participating player may umpire behind the plate. Plate umpire must have a watch and his time is official. If an umpire does not show, and both coaches agree, a coach or representative from either team may umpire the game. If possible, and both coaches agree, a coach or representative from the home team may umpire the 1st three and one half innings and visiting team coach or his representative may umpire the last three and one half innings. If coaches cannot agree, game is postponed.
If an umpire(s) fails to show for a game, the home team does not lose by forfeit. If there are two umpires scheduled and one is present, the game is to be played with only one umpire.
5. ‘A’ League - If there is not at least one “official” umpire present, the managers cannot agree to play the game with an umpire(s) that is not a member of the Umpire Association chosen and approved by the Bux-Mont Board of Directors. If the game is played without at least one “official” umpire (even if both managers agree to play the game) it will NOT count in the standings. The game must be rescheduled the same as any other postponed game.
1. Any Connie Mack territory of 35,000 or more population may only roster players that reside in their territory unless they have more than one ‘A’ team. Any political subdivision of 35,000 or more may have more than one Connie Mack ‘A’ team. The 35,000 is based on the 2010 census.
2. A franchise agreement will guarantee the control of an area by a responsible person or organization and will be granted by the Connie Mack State organization. The league president has the right to determine the area from which a team may recruit its players. All teams must be certified by the Connie Mack State organization in order to be eligible to participate in the league.
4. Players who have NEVER played PA Connie Mack Baseball
A RELEASE from one organization to another is NOT allowed unless a player has played at least the last 4 years of his Little League career with the organization requesting the release. The 4-year period does not include games played in the “Fall Season” or winter workouts; that an organization might conduct. For this one exception to the NO RELEASE rule, an official written release is required, signed by the team manager AND the Organization’s Commissioner of the area where the player in question resides. The signature of the player’s guardian must also appear on the Release form. The release is not approved until signed by the Bux-Mont Connie Mack president.
5. Players who have previously played PA Connie Mack Baseball
A. If a player changes his place of residence during the off-season and has previously played for a Connie Mack team, he has the option to start the next season with either franchise. The same is true if a player moves after a season has begun, including registration - he has the option the “NEXT” year to play for either franchise. The same holds true for a CM 13-year-old who has changed their place of residence after their 8-12-year-old career is finished; and before the start of his first CM season.
B. A 16-year-old that is cut, during an organizations A team try-out may play for another organization without obtaining a release ONLY IF he is then rostered on an ‘A’ / ‘B1’ team with another organization. He can only play for the new organization’s ‘B1’ team if his original organization does not have a ‘B1’ team or is also cut from the B1 team. The16 year must have first registered with his original organization. If this procedure is not followed the player can only play for his original organization.
E. Divorced / separated parents: Their child may register and play for the Bux-Mont organization of their choice, based on either the address of the mother or father. This special registration action MUST be documented in an e-mail to the B-M League president. The e-mail should include the addresses of both parents and also the school district of the player. If either parent subsequently relocates to a new address, proof of address change also needs to be provided via an e-mail to the league president. With any change of address of either parent; the player may elect to play for the Connie Mack organization that covers either of the parent’s current addresses, assuming the organization has a roster spot available.
F. If a Connie Mack organization in any particular year; ONLY enters a team in the ‘C1’ and/or ‘C’ league, the 14 – 16-year-old players in that organization’s territory may play for any Connie Mack ‘A’, ‘B1’ or ‘B’ team. Any player changing teams for this reason will have a one-time choice of playing Connie Mack in their organizations territory or staying with the organization they played for during the “previous” year.
G. If an organization does not have a ‘C’ or ‘C1’ league, but does have a team(s) in ‘A’, ‘B1’ or ‘B’, their 13-year-old players may elect to play in a ‘C1’ or ‘C’ league for any Connie Mack team. C League players cannot be released to another organization because their organization does not have a C1 team or if they do not make their organizations C1 team. When they are 14 years old, they will have to make the one-time choice of playing Connie Mack in the ‘A’, ‘B1” or ‘B’ leagues of their organizations territory, or staying with the organization they played for as a 13-year-old.
H. The Bux-Mont Board of Directors shall have the power to disqualify, suspend or remove any manager, coach, player or team violating any of these rules. All protests of eligibility of players must be specific and set forth definite proof. This must be in writing and filed with the Board of Directors before the end of the current season including playoffs. The Connie Mack State President shall appoint a three-man committee to act on the issue of eligibility. If a player is found ineligible, he will be disqualified immediately and all games in which he participated will be forfeited.
----- SEE PAGE 31 FOR BUX-MONT CONNIE MACK CHARTER TERRITORIES
I. As of December 2016 the territories are divided as follows:
Abington Abington Township
Central Perk: Townships of Upper Frederick, Lower Frederick and Perkiomen Township. Boroughs of: Schwenksville and Trappe.
Chestnut Hill Springfield Township and the 19118 zip code area .
Deep Run Hilltown and Bedminster townships,
Boroughs of Silverdale and Dublin
Doylestown Doylestown Borough and Twp.: Buckingham Twp. A good portion of “Furlong” is in Buckingham Twp.
Glenside Abington Township, including Glenside zip codes: 19046 and 19095. Does not include Jenkintown Borough.
Harleysville Salford, Lower and Upper Salford Townships, &
Franconia Township. The boundary line thru Franconia and Salford Townships is the PA Turnpike. Harleysville has west of the Turnpike.
Hatfield–Towamencin Hatfield Borough, Hatfield Township and
Hatboro-Horsham: Horsham Township / Hatboro
Jenkintown: Jenkintown Borough, Abington Township
Lansdale Lansdale Borough
Lenape Valley: New Britain borough and township, Chalfont borough
Lower Providence: Lower Providence Township and Collegeville
Montgomery Montgomery Township.
Nor-Gwyn North Wales Borough, Upper Gwynedd Township
Norristown Norristown Borough
Pennridge East and West Rockhill townships and Boroughs of Sellersville and Perkasie
Plumstead Plumstead Twp.
Plymouth Whitemarsh Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships and Conshohocken Borough.
Quakertown Milford and Richland Townships & Quakertown Borough.
Roslyn Abington Township. Does not include borough of Jenkintown
Borough or Glenside zip codes of 19046 and 19095.
Solebury Townships of: Solebury & Amwel. Boroughs of: New Hope and Lambertville.
Souderton Souderton, Telford borough, Salford & Franconia Townships.
The boundary line thru Franconia and Salford Townships is the PA Turnpike. Souderton has east of the Turnpike.
Southampton Southampton Township
Upper Dublin Upper Dublin Township except for the portion of
Oreland which is in Springfield Township.
Upper Moreland Upper Moreland Township
Upper Perkiomen Marlboro and New Hanover Twp.: Boroughs of East Greenville, Green Lane, Pennsburg and Red Hill.
Warrington: Warrington and Warwick townships.
Warminster: Warminster Township
Wissahickon Ambler Borough, Lower Gwynedd & Whitpain
SECTION E BUX-MONT ALL-STAR GAMES
1. ‘A’ League - The breakdown of teams will be determined by the Board of Directors. An example:1st thru 17th place team (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 15, 17 and 19) will compose one team. The second team will consist of the 2nd thru the 18th place team (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.).
2. A team must have refreshment facilities and an amplifier system available to be considered as host to the all-star game.
3. Regular season games may be played on the day of the Bux-Mont all-star game. However, the game must start no later than 1:30 P.M. and no inning can start after 4:30 P.M. If the all-star game is a day game, no regular season games may be played.
4. The all-star manager will be selected based on league standings after all games are completed on the Saturday one week before the all-star game is to be played.
5. ‘A’ League - The number of players from each team will be selected on total points for each team in Bucks and Montgomery as of the completion of games after Saturday, one week before the All-Star game. If there are more than 16teams the breakdown will be determined at a Bux-Mont League meeting before the start of the playing year.
13 Team League:
1st and 2nd place teams - 5 Players
3rd thru 6th place teams - 4 Players
7th thru 10th place teams - 3 Players
11th thru 13th place teams - 2 Players
12 Team League
1st and 2nd place teams - 5 Players
3rd thru 6th place teams - 4 Players
7th thru 10th place teams - 3 Players
11th and 12th place teams - 2 Players
‘B1’, ‘B’, ‘C1’ All-Star breakdown will be determined by the League Commissioners – after the number of teams in each league is determined.
6. Batting orders will be determined by a lottery. Each player will pick a number out of a hat to determine his position in the batting order. The batting order IS NOT to be determined based on what time the player arrives at the field.
7. Pitchers may not pitch more than 2 innings in the all-star game. These 2 innings do NOT count toward the maximum PITCH COUNT rule.
8. There will be no MVP awards at the Bux-Mont all-star games.
9. Two umpires will be assigned to ALL the All-Star games.
1. The Bux-Mont team will play the Lehigh Valley team on a date and place approved by the state board of directors.
2. NOTE: This rule is a STATE CONNIE MACK Rule. If a team does not have ALL of their allotted players attend the game, the team will be fined $100 which MUST BE PAID BEFORE THEIR NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED GAME IS PLAYED. A last minute illness is not an excuse, thus an alternate must be ready to play.
5. Regular season games may be played on the same day as the all-star game. However, no regular season game may begin later than 1 P.M. and no inning started after 3:30 P.M.
1. To be eligible for the State Playoffs / Tournament, American Legion players must have competed in at least 48% of his team’s games Connie Mack games.
2. Any tournament eligible player listed on an American Legion roster and on an ‘A’ team roster must personally sign-in at the site of the tournament either at the 1st or 2nd game of his team’s games. If the legion player has not signed in at his teams 1st or 2nd game, he is ineligible to play in the tournament. This rule is a State Connie Mack Rule and only pertains to American Legion Players.
The Legion players must participate in 48% of their team’s REGULAR season ‘A” league games to be eligible for the State Tournament. They may play in the Bux-Mont end of year tournament with less than 48%.
No team can have more than three 16-year-old players who are also rostered on a Senior American Legion team. There are limits of the number of Senior Legion 14 and 15 year old players that can be rostered on a Connie Mack team.
Legion players may only be doubled rostered on ‘A’ league teams. Once a Senior legion player is replaced on a CM ‘A’ roster with another Legion player, he may not be re-added to the CM ‘A’ roster.
Note: this rule only pertains to Legion players. Junior Legion players do not have to be shown as a double rostered player.
3. The Bux-Mont will contribute a maximum of $700 (in 2018) to the Bux-Mont team that wins the State Tournament and up to $400 (2018) to the team that is the State Tournament runner-up. This money is for the purpose of purchasing awards such as jackets, trophies etc for the for the purpose of purchasing awards such as jackets, trophies etc for the players, manager, coaches and anyone else that was designated an active member of the team. These dollars will only be used if the money allotted by the State Connie Mack Board of Directors is not a sufficient amount to pay for the awards.
4. In 2017 the State Connie Mack organization will contribute up to $700 to the team that wins the State Tournament and up to $400 to the team that is the State Tournament runner-up for the purpose of purchasing awards such as jackets, trophies etc. for the players, manager, coaches and anyone else that was designated an active member of the team.
5. The contributions from paragraphs 4 and 5 will be paid directly to the company that provides the award and NOT to the Bux-Mont organization.
The end of year playoff commissioners of the B1 / B / C1 / C leagues will determine the number of 8 team double elimination playoff brackets that are conducted each year in their leagues. The commissioners CANNOT CHANGE THE PROCEURES LISTED BELOW - for their leagues before the start of the playoffs. The playoff rules are the same as used during the regular season except as listed in these End-Of-Year pages. When available, lights should be turned on to complete the end of year tournaments – all leagues. See paragraph 12 below.
See playoff roster rules under SECTION B2; B2A and B3 of these rules for additional playoff rules not listed in this section.
All teams participating in the tournament must be present at the playing field, no later than 1/2 hour prior to game time.
1. Regular season rules pertain except as specified in Section G2 of these rules
2. Managers, coaches or players who are ejected two times during tournament play will be suspended from further participation in the Bux-Mont playoffs.
3. Any changes in playing personnel while the game is in progress must be brought to the attention of the umpire in addition to the opposing scorekeeper. In the ‘A’ league playoffs, the announcer of the games must also be notified of all changes.
4. The 10 Run Rule is in affect during the Bux-Mont tournament.
5. In case of a weather cancellation once the game begins the ‘A’ league games will be played in their entirety unless a team is winning by 10 or more runs after 4 ½ or 5 innings. The ‘A’ league Play-In game will be considered complete if halted by rain after 4 ½ or 5 innings. All other leagues – the games will be official after 4 ½ or 5 innings, except for their champion ship game.
6. Tournament protest fee will be $100.00. If the protesting team loses a “rule” protest, the $100 must be paid to the league within 7 days of the protest. If they win the protest, the fee does not have to be paid. Tournament protests MUST be decided before the game proceeds by the B-M League president, a Bux-Mont Board official or the tourney/playoff commissioner. If no official is present at the game, the protesting manager is to call the league president or tourney commissioner before the game can proceed. Appropriate cell phone numbers will be provided before the start of the tourney/playoffs. Remember, umpire decisions cannot be protested – only a rule can be protested.
7. A team cannot start or finish a tournament game with less than 9 players. If a player is injured and there are no reserve players, the managers of the teams involved CANNOT agree to proceed with one team having less than 9 players. “Reserve players” include those players who have already played and have been removed from the game. If 9 players are not available after a player is declared to be injured, the game is over and the team with less than 9 players loses the game by forfeit. Under no circumstances can managers, coaches or umpires decide to ignore this rule.
8. Playoff rosters are the same as the regular season rosters on June 30 for the ‘A’ league and June 15 for all other leagues. There will be no combining of regular season teams for the purpose of having a combined playoff roster.
9. Senior Legion players that are doubled rostered can play on both their Senior Legion and Connie Mack ‘A’ league teams during the end of year tournament / playoffs. The only Connie Mack team that a Senior Legion player can be rostered on is an ‘A’ league team. Legion players cannot play on a B1 or B team, either during the regular season or during the Bux-Mont end of year playoffs.
10. When available, lights should be turned on to complete the end of year tournaments – all leagues.
11. All leagues – 2 umpires for ALL games – with this exception: Game 2 and 3(if necessary) of the B-M ‘A’ League Championship series will have 3 umpires assigned.
12. ‘A’ and ‘B1’ League only –
If an ‘A’ / ‘B1’ league team forfeits a game in the BMCM tournament, they will be charged the normal forfeit fee of $100 AND they are eliminated for the remainder of the tournament. In addition, the organization will NOT be eligible for playoffs the following season. This will also apply to either the 1st or 2nd place ‘A’ league team who draw automatic bids to the PA State tournament. If one of these two teams forfeit in the best of three B-M Championship series, the other team will be declared the ‘A’ league champion and the highest seeded team at the time of the forfeit that is still alive in the BM tourney will get the automatic bid to the PA State Tourney. (Rule G2-13 modified 3-4-13). All remaining competing teams will continue to play as normal within the tournament bracket, but essentially will advance one seed with the highest remaining seed receiving the automatic bid. Also, if a BMCM team forfeits a game in the State tournament, the penalty will be the usual fine of $100 AND they will be ineligible for playoffs the following season.
Under no circumstances can a manager, coach or umpire decide to ignore this rule.
THE SENIOR CONNIE MACK DIVISION IS A “WOOD BAT ONLY” LEAGUE
1. Competition is open to all players, beginning with age 17; the Ages of the Hostelley Division are 19– 39; the ages of the Sullivan Division are 17 – 19. The age cutoff date is May 1. With league permission, 16 year-olds and players greater than 39 years old can be rostered.
2. Games are played on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s. Connie Mack ‘A’ rules are in affect, unless otherwise modified for the Senior Connie Mack League.
3. Rosters MUST be provided to the Bux-Mont Commissioner before start of season. Rosters are mandatory. Rosters can be changed through-out the season. Players must be added to the roster before they can participate in a game. An – e-mail to the league president with roster additions / changes are acceptable. If a player is found to be ineligible his team will lose the game that the illegal player participated in. This includes age in both divisions and Legion eligibility in the Sullivan division.
4. “NO ALCOHOL RULE” No alcoholic beverages permitted on or near the fields. The school district / organizations that own the fields will take away our field permits if any alcohol is observed at the games or practices. Coaches are responsible for their fans in regards to this rule. IF A PLAYER IS CAUGHT DRINKING BEER IN OR NEAR THE DUGOUT, he will be suspended for the remaining year on the first offense. If a 2nd offense occurs the player will be permanently banned from Senior CM baseball.
5. The free substitution rule is an option. – Players may move in and out of defensive positions at the choice of the manager. When free substitution is used, all players present must be in the batting lineup. The batting order may not change once the game starts.
6. The EH (Extra Hitter) and DH (Designated Hitter) are also options in Sr. Connie Mack. In the Senior League (Hostelley and Sullivan Divisions) the EH and DH can be used in the same game.
7. Complete uniforms are mandatory for the players. It is highly desired that all managers and coaches also have team uniforms when coaching the bases.
8. Entrance fees paid to the Bux-Mont League will be the same as assigned to Connie Mack ‘A’ League teams ($50). The $50 fee, the umpire fees and game balls are paid out of the entrance fee: Hostelley division entrance fee is $1250: Sullivan division $1150.
9. The Hostelley Division will play at least 14 games. The Sullivan Division will play 12 games.
10.Team insurance coverage is required to play in the league. Proof of such coverage must be provided to the Bux-Mont Commissioner.
11. The team coming out of the winner’s bracket in the end of year tourney undefeated; is the home team in the 1st championship game (# 14 in Sr. Connie Mack) regardless of their tournament seed. If a 2nd game is required in the championship series, the better seeded tournament team will be the home team.
12. The league does have a 10-run rule.
13. When there are two SENIOR CONNIE MACK games scheduled at the same field on the same day, the first game must end no later than 30 minutes before the start of the 2nd game.
14. Teams may play with eight (8) players. There is no automatic out for the 9th player that is not in the lineup. Teams may “borrow” players from the opposing team. A team from an organization that has entered more than one team in the league CANNOT “borrow” a player(s) from one of their “other” teams. This rule is for the regular season and the end of year tourney.
15. Courtesy runners are not permitted, including for the catcher and pitcher.
16. Perky League and Tri County League players, both past and present are NOT eligible to play on a Sullivan Division team. Any infraction will result in the loss of the game by the offending team.
17. Perky League players; Current Division I and II college players and Tri County players AND Penndale and Atlantic coast baseball league players are only eligible to pitch in the Hostelley Division and may not pitch in the Hostelley Division of Senior Connie Mack after they have eight (8) pitching appearances OR 21 innings in their non-CM leagues. Players that play in the Hostelley Division AND either the Perky or Tri County or Division I and II colleges, MUST participate in at least 48% of their Sr. Connie Mack games to be eligible for the end of year tourney.
18. Perky League players; Current Division I and II college players and Tri County rostered players AND Penndale and Atlantic coast baseball league players may NOT be added to a Senior Connie Mack roster during the last 10 days of the regular season thus is not eligible to play in these games. Any infraction will result in the loss of the game by the offending team.
19. Sixteen and 17 year-old legion players may pitch in the Sullivan Division. They must play in at least 8 Sr. Connie Mack regular season games to be eligible to play in the Sullivan Division playoffs. Eighteen and 19 year-old legion players must be listed on a Hostelley Division team if they desire to pitch in the Sr. Connie Mack League.
20. Wooden bats must be used. Beginning in 2015, only wooden bats will be legal.
21. Players from the two finalists in each league will each receive a medal.
22. TEN RUN RULE "If a visiting team goes ahead by 10 or more runs in the top of the 6th inning - does the home team get to bat in the bottom of the 6th inning?" The answer is YES. Of course this is also true of the 7th inning.
23. The visiting team must have the field for 15 minutes, beginning no later than 30 minutes before the game starting time, providing the visiting team arrives on time. The visiting team must be off the field 5 minutes before game time. The home team must be off the field 30 minutes before game time. When a home team does not practice during the normal time period, up to 30 minutes before game time, they do not get practice time after the visiting team is finished.
24. Game lineups should be exchanged before the start of the game, between the two teams.
25. A team from an organization that has entered more then one team in the league CANNOT “borrow” a player(s) from one of their “other” teams. This rule is for the regular season and the end of year tourney.
26 .Players that play in the Hostelley Division of Sr. Connie Mack AND the Perky League; Current Division I and II college players and Tri County leagues AND Penndale and Atlantic coast baseball league players MUST participate in at least 48% of their Sr. Connie Mack games to be eligible for the end of year tourney.
27. Forfeit fee during the last two weeks of the regular season and during the end of year tourney will be $100.
28. Fields with lights will be used for Wednesday end of year tourney games; if at all possible.
Sundays – end of year tourney: The league will attempt to use the playing fields of the higher seeded teams. Tournament Finals will be held at a field with lights if at all possible.
29. Sundays – end of year tourney: The league will attempt to use the playing fields of the higher seeded teams. Tournament Finals will be held at a field with lights if at all possible.
30. Helmets for adult base coaches are recommended. The helmet options are: 1 or 2 ear flaps or a skull cap.
31. Players may wear jewelry in the Hostelley Division of Senior Connie Mack.
32. There are no restrictions on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch during the week.
33. In case of rain or darkness all games are official per major league rules: 4 ½ innings if the home team is winning and 5 innings if the home team is losing. This includes the end of year tourney. Tourney games cannot end in a tie.
34. In the Senior League – there are no exceptions to the regular season ejection rules. Also note that if a player was ejected on the last day of the regular season, his suspension would carry thru to the playoffs. Managers / coaches of course, are suspended for three games. In the Senior League, a player will be suspended for the remainder of the year, including playoffs, if ejected twice in the same regular season year.
Any manager, coach or player that gets ejected during the playoffs will be suspended from the remaining of the playoffs
April 3, 2017