2017 BAY AREA BABE RUTH LEAGUE BY-LAWS
RULE ONE: League Structure.
RULE TWO: Team rosters.
RULE THREE: Age requirement.
Exception 1: A younger player that is playing with their peers of the same school grade
is NOT considered playing up at a higher level and may play with that team\age group.
Exception 2: A player may not play with their grade level if they are older than the set
age group defined by the cut off date – these players must play with the appropriate age
group and not the grade level of their peers.
B. The coach will furnish a birth certificate of any player upon request of the League officials.
RULE FOUR: Pitching Limitations.
Daily maximum pitches per game for a 13/14/15 year old will be 95 pitches per game; with a rest period as follows: 1-20 pitches (0 days); 21-35 pitches (1 day); 36-50 pitches (2 days); 51-65 pitches (3 days) and 66+ pitches (4 days).
Each team will record their own counts and then match them with the opposing team after every inning, with a final pitch count being agreed upon at the end of the game.
Pitch counts are to be submitted to the Web Person by the winning team when they call in the game scores.
B. A pitcher is allowed a maximum of three (3) appearances per week on the mound..
C. A pitcher is allowed only one (1) appearance in a game
E. Warm up pitches will be as follows:
F. One warning per game per team before a balk is called.
RULE FIVE: Playing Time and Re-entry (both Recreational and Competitive Leagues).
B. Any player may re-enter the game for an injured player provided:
C. Any player suited for a game, but has become injured before the game, shall be
declared injured by his coach before the game and is not required to play. This rule also
applies to any player who is being disciplined by his coach.
D. A designated hitter is allowed, and must be announced at the start of the game.
E. A team may bat their entire roster. Batting order must not change.
The following rules pertain to the Recreational League Only:
B. If a designated hitter is used; it must be announced at the start of the game and he must
bat twice before he is considered to have played nine (9) defensive outs.
C. Any team with 14 or more players for the game need only play 14 players. Extra players
are not subject to the nine (9) defensive outs rule.
D. Teams are not allowed to bring less than 12 players if more are available. If only a
certain number of players are going to be brought to a game, this should be based on
factors not related to ability.
E. If a team bats their entire roster, the defensive play rules still apply.
RULE SIX: Equipment.
A. Diamond Dimension - 60’6” pitching rubber and 90’ bases.
B. All players are strongly encouraged to wear a protective cup. Cup required for catchers.
C. All catchers must wear the stamped NOCSAE approved catchers mask, (hockey mask
type), per WIAA rule.
D. All players must wear a catcher’s mask when warming up a pitcher, including before a
game, in the bullpen, and in between innings.
E. The home team shall furnish 2 new Babe Ruth baseballs in addition to good, useable
F. All bats in the league shall have a length to ounce difference of a maximum of -5 and a
maximum circumference of 2⅝ inches.) Bats must have a non-composite barrel, be
BBCOR certified, or have a USSSA 1.15 BPF.
G. Metal Cleats are allowed.
RULE SEVEN: Additional rule interpretations.
A. Each team must field eight (8) players to start the game and will forfeit with seven (7) or
less. Thirteen year old/7th grade players (or 12 year old 7th graders playing with their
peers) may be used in order to field a team and avoid a forfeit. However the 7th grade
player (either 12 or 13 years old) is prohibited from pitching and shall play only if there
are less than nine 14 15 year olds. A missing player counts as an out in the batting
B. To keep games moving and to prevent suspended games, there will be a maximum of
ninety seconds allowed between each half inning. The only exception being the first
inning where the starting pitcher is allowed twelve warm up pitches.
C. Obvious throwing of equipment is cause for removal from the game.
D. A courtesy runner may be used for the pitcher and/or catcher. The courtesy runner must
be a different player for each position and a player who has not been involved in the
game or is not currently in the game.
E. Ten (10) run rule is in effect after five innings; 4½ innings if the home team is ahead.
F. Games subject to suspension will be treated as follows:
1. Four (4) or less innings….Game will be continued from the point at which it was
stopped. Before departing game area, coaches and each others scorekeepers
will confirm the game information required for continuation of game.
2. Five (5) or more innings (4½ innings if home team is ahead), game will revert
back to the bottom of the previous inning and will be considered a regulation
game at that point.
G. There will be no protests pertaining to game rulings. Coaches may discuss rules with
the umpire in order to arrive at a decision which is appropriate to the game situation.
However, the umpire’s decision will be considered final. Protests involving use of an
ineligible player or unfair use of play-time rules will be decided upon by the League
H. A pitcher does not have to pitch to a batter to issue an intentional walk.
I. Once a batter has entered the batter’s box he may not leave without time being called or
a strike will be called on the batter.
J. Should a runner miss a base, the defensive team must make an appeal before the next
pitch, per WIAA rule.
K. Make up games will be played within ten days of the original playing date (or agreed
upon date if more than 10 days). Either team’s field should be available for
re-scheduling purposes. A later date may be scheduled with the consent of both
coaches and the League President. Violation of this rule will result in forfeitures for both
L. Time Limit – No new inning starts after 2 hours.
M. Inclement Weather – League will follow WIAA rules once games begins and the umpires
will work with each of the coaches to determine if/when play can/should continue.
N. The league is governed by WIAA baseball rules with the exception of the rules stated
herein. The rules stated here shall have precedence over any other rules.
RULE EIGHT: Sportsmanship.
A. An effort will be made to establish good sportsmanship among all teams. At no time will
one team address another by name or position, clap hands while running bases, cause
distraction by being rowdy. Each team should concentrate on supporting and
encouraging its team members. On a close play at all bases every effort must be made
by the runner to avoid a collision. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a runner has malicious
contact with a fielder, he may be removed from the game and be called out.
B. In an umpire’s judgment, if any coach, player, or a team’s fans are acting in an
unsportsmanship-like manner the umpire shall:
RULE NINE: Divisions.
A. League schedule, divisions and playoffs will be determined at league scheduling
meeting. No games are to be scheduled later than the Wed (2016 – July 13) before the
play-off week. No make-up games can be scheduled later than the Thursday before the play-off week. Games not played by this time will be counted as a loss for both teams unless it is documented that one team made an effort to play but the other did not – in this case the League President may award a win/loss to the teams
B. Communities with more than one team will be in different divisions if possible
C. Per League Vote Fall of 2011: Teams will have the option to play in a 14 or 15 year old
open division or in the traditional 14/15 year old recreational division
RULE TEN: Play-offs.
A. There will be play-off games at the end of the regular season to determine the league
Champion. Team records will be final by the Friday prior to the play-off.
2. Four division format:
The team with the best overall record in its division will be considered the winner
of said division. In the event of identical records, the tiebreakers are as follows:
3. Two division format:
4. Three division format:
5. One division format: