OVIEDO BABE RUTH TEE-BALL RULES AND REGULATIONS (Updated 2/2015)
All major league baseball rules and regulations apply within the Tee-ball division with the following local modifications and exceptions: (Reference Cal Ripken Division or ‘Old Bambino’ League Rules and Regulations)
1) There may be as many as fifteen players on a team. Consequently, as many as fifteen players
may play in the field and have a position in the batting order.
2) Batting: The coach throws, either underhand or overhand, three pitches to each batter. If the batter fails to hit one of these three pitches, then the tee is brought out and the batter remains at bat until the ball is hit into fair play.
3) An inning is completed when the 7th Batter for that team has batted.
4) Players may not advance a base on an overthrow.
5) Only five players are allowed in the infield at any point in time. These are the traditional positions: first base, second base, shortstop, third base and pitcher. Catching is to be handled by the coaches.
6) Positioning of infielders: First and third base play in their traditional positions. The shortstop and second basemen are allowed to move forward up to a point where an imaginary line exists between the pitcher’s rubber and first and third base. In other words, when standing on the pitching rubber, if you draw a line from there to first base and from there to third base, you have your legal field of play. A player may not position himself past this line. He may position himself anywhere behind the line, however.
7) The pitcher shall position themselves with 1 foot in dirt and 1 foot in the grass in the pitching mound area on either side of the rubber but no closer to home than the pitching rubber (same position as in Rookie Division). He/She should not go directly behind the pitching mound but be off to either side. Under no circumstances is the pitcher allowed to position themselves in front of the dirt pitching circle or in front of the pitching coach. Due to safety concerns, this rule must be strictly adhered to.
8) Positioning of outfielders: Outfielders must be positioned in the outfield grass in any configuration you choose. They must not be allowed to take their position in the dirt area. We also strongly recommend that they stay in the outfield (grass) area (unless they are making a play at a base) so as to avoid collisions with base runners. See rules for defensive interference.
9) Who's eligible to make a play at home? NOBODY on a runner from 3rd base. If there is a runner on 3rd base, no players are allowed to run home and tag him or the home plate for an out. It is preferred that the defense tries to attempt the play at some other base. If the defense does get the runner going to home, he is automatically safe and the run is counted. The only
time any play is allowed to be made at home is if the runner is starting at a base other than 3rd base (i.e.: runner on 2nd, batter hits ball to the outfield and runner from 2nd tries to score – the defense is allowed to try to tag him out going to home).
10) Who's eligible to make a play at first? The first baseman and "any" outfielder. Either of these two positions may tag first base or tag the runner to make an out. All other positions, including the second basemen and pitcher, must throw the ball to make an out.
11) Who's eligible to make a play at third base? The third baseman and "any" outfielder. Either of these two positions may tag the runner or tag the base to make an out. All other positions must throw the ball to make an out. The shortstop is also allowed to tag a runner going from 2nd to 3rd but if he/she tries to make a force play at 3rd base, he/she must throw the ball (and not run and tag the base).
12) Who's eligible to make a play at second? Anybody!!!! Any player, regardless of position, may
tag the base or tag the runner going to second base.
13) Pitching coach hit by the ball: If a ball hits the pitching coach, the play is ruled dead and played
over. This is also true if the ball hits one of the coaches in the outfield.
14) Ball hits a base runner: The runner is not out and play continues as though it normally would
if the ball had not hit the runner.
15) How far can a runner advance? As long as the ball is still in play, a runner can continue to advance to the next base. He may not advance on an overthrow. If the runner is more than half way to the next base when the ball is determined dead, (see number 16 below) then he/she is entitled to that base. If he/she is not, then he/she must go back to the previous base.
16) When a ball is considered dead: For the offensive team, the ball is dead when the ball arrives in the infield (dirt area). The ball does not have to be in the control of an infielder. Quite simply, when the ball passes over the beginning of the dirt area (where the dirt and grass meet) whether in the air or on the ground, it is considered dead for the offensive team. If the runner is half way or more, he/she can advance to the next base. However, he/she must earn it. The defensive player is entitled to get the ball and tag a runner that is not on the base. If the runner is less than halfway, he/she will return to the previous base. However again, the ball for the defensive person is still live until play has stopped and time is called. If a defensive player gets the ball and tags a runner off the base, the runner is out. If a runner over runs a base, he/she can be tagged out. We want to teach the kids to get to the base and stay on it. Therefore, teach them to run to the next base and then stop, do not stop halfway and just stand there. If the ball was in the dirt (and considered dead for the offensive team), the runner will just return to the previous base (after time out is called).
17) How many coaches allowed in the outfield? Two!! One in left field and one in right field.
18) Is bunting allowed? No!! In order for a ball to be considered a live ball, it must travel beyond the dirt circle that surrounds home plate. In absence of a dirt circle, use 15 feet as your
determining point. This determination, under any circumstances, is to be made by the pitching coach.
19) Coaches are allowed on the field at the beginning every inning to set up their players in their positions. This must be done in an expedient manner so as not slow down play. Once the inning has started, a coach may not go on the field to move his kids to different positions. This must be done verbally. The only exception to this rule is if a child is upset and it's obvious that he/she needs tending to, then by all means take care of the child.
20) Interference on the base path: If a fielder gets in the way of a base runner, then the base runner
is entitled to that base.
21) Game length: Each game window is scheduled for approximately 1 1/2 hours for T-Ball. A new inning cannot be started after one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15) from the official start time of the game. The teams must be off the fields at 1 hour and thirty (1:30) minutes from the official start time, regardless as to what the situation is at the time. T-Ball games are also limited to 4 innings or less (most will last 3 innings). If the innings are complete before the time limit is reached, the game is considered as finished. When the game is over please leave the field to allow the next teams time to get ready for their game. The start time of each game is as it reads on the schedule. For instance, if your game is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM, then 9:00 AM is the official start time. If your game does not get started until 9:10 AM your start time is still considered as 9:00 AM and your new inning time limit is 10:15 AM and off the field time is 10:30 AM. T-Ball is the first group of games for the day. If they delay the schedule, then every game all day long gets delayed so please be there early to start the game at your scheduled time. Teams will be arriving at 10:30 AM to begin their warm-ups for the next set of games.
22) Positioning of Player (Minimum Requirement): It is required that you move you players to different positions such that each player must play in the outfield at least 1 inning per game. This gives all of the kids the opportunity to play both infield and outfield positions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The idea for T-Ball is to teach the kids the fundamentals and have fun learning the game. We do keep score but the only reason for that is to know when 6 runs have been reached and it’s time to switch. There are no won/lost records kept. Move the kids to different positions. Let them all get their chance in the infield. Make sure they all enjoy the game. There is no loser and winner in T-Ball, both teams are winners if the coaches let the kids have fun and don’t become overly competitive. Remember - this is a non-competitive division.
REMEMBER... THIS GAME IS FOR THE KIDS TO LEARN AND HAVE FUN.