TWILIGHT BASEBALL LEAGUE RULES
Twilight RULES – there are some changes with PITCHING, BATTING LINE-UP, COURTESY RUNNER rules for 2015.
- I’ve talked to a # of college coaches and they fear their players are not monitored in summer ball activities. Players throwing too many pitches/innings, not doing their work in between starts at field, etc.. the pitching rule of no more than 4 innings in a single game scheduled. If team has a DoubleHeader scheduled, then a pitcher can throw 6 innings on the day.
- Extra Hitter in batting line up: coach can use up to 2 extra hitters in batting line up. This season we have more college players involved as well as a big group of players just graduated from college and still looking to play. This Extra Hitter will give manager the ability to get 2 more players involved in game offensively. I highly suggest with 7 inning games scheduled, managers use the extra hitter(s) to get more players involved in the game, especially the first 2 weeks of the season.
- Courtesy Runner - a player that is not in the starting batting line up (excluding the pitcher), may be used to run for the catcher. This can be done with 0 outs in 1st inning. The same person has to be used to run for the catcher until a manager decided to put that courtesy runner into the game. Once that happens, a manager can use a different roster player that hasn’t been in the game or have the catcher run for himself. Just another way to get another player involved in the game offensively and speed up the game in between innings while catchers are putting their gear on after last out in inning.
The Twilight League uses the Sporting News edition of the Major League baseball rules with the following exceptions or additions:
- The National High School Federation re-entry rule. Note that once a pitcher has been removed from the game he may not re-enter to pitch. If he is kept in the game by playing another position, he may come back to the mound.
- The American League DH rule which allows the DH to only hit for the pitcher. The pitcher has no hitting spot and only becomes a hitter if the DH goes to a position. The pitcher then assumes the hitting spot of the player taken out of the game.
- The college slide and collision rule.
- A team may finish a game with 8 players (automatic out for empty slot in order). If another roster player arrives, he may go into the empty slot to hit.
- A team that has used all of its substitutes may replace an injured player, who is incapacitated, or an ejected player with 1st, a player, who already has played, or 2nd, if no player is available, a non-roster player, either to be approved by the opposing coach. This player may not pitch.
- If one team has a ten run lead after 7 innings of a nine inning game, the game shall terminate. NO 10 RUN RULE EXISTS FOR A 7 INNING GAME.
- A team will be allowed a grace period of 15 minutes if 9 players are not present at game time. If a doubleheader is scheduled and one team does not have 9 players within the 15 minute time frame, a forfeit will be declared for that game and the umpires and teams will wait 45 minutes after the original starting time of the 1st game before a forfeit is also declared for the 2nd game.
- A team who does not have 9 roster players available for a scheduled game may use a non-roster player who is at least 18 years old. This non-roster player may not pitch.
- Use of profane language, throwing equipment, , slamming bats or helmets, persistent heckling from the opposing bench, or other similar actions are cause for immediate ejection from the game.
- Penalty for player ejections (3 strike policy)
- First time ejected-suspended for 1 game
- Second time ejected-suspended for 3 games
- Third time ejected-suspended for the remainder of season
- When a pitcher is ejected from a game, in addition to the above policy, that pitcher may not pitch for 7 days.
- Upon ejecting a player, manager, or club personnel from a game, the umpire will have the offender removed from the playing area which includes the field, bench area, bullpen, and any other area included within the live ball area. The ejected player must be out of sight and sound.
- Penalty for fighting at any time (before, during, or after game)
- First time-suspended for 10 games
- Second time-suspended from the league for life
- Curfew for a single 9 inning game (11:30 pm)