Local League Rules
Babe Ruth & Babe Ruth Prep
- All batters, base runners, on-deck players, and batboys/batgirls must wear helmets.
- All male players must wear athletic supporters. Male catchers must wear cup-type supporters.
Dugouts / Supervision
- Only players and coaches are allowed in the dugouts. One adult must be in the dugout at all times in all leagues.
- Two adult base coaches are allowed provided there is one adult in the dugout.
- Each team is allowed one manager and two coaches. Three adults maximum are allowed per dugout. The league board of directors will consider exceptions.
- If a runner attempting to reach any base intentionally and maliciously runs into the defensive player, he/she will be called out and ejected from the game.
- It is the runner’s responsibility to avoid contact if possible.
- There is no must-slide rule. However, the mandatory no-contact rule will be strictly enforced.
- Umpires can call interference on defensive players that impede runners when a play is not possible by that defender causing the interference.
- Each eligible player must play a minimum of 9 defensive / 9 offensive outs per game which includes an at bat.
- If a game is shortened for any reason, thus preventing a player from completing his required innings he shall start the next game and be allowed to complete the minimum requirement (for the game in which he is starting). Innings missed because of a shortened game do not have to be made up.
- This rule is superseded only if the manager utilizes the “EH” as explained below.
Minimum Player Requirements:
- Games cannot start with less than 8 players. An automatic out will be registered every time through the batting order for the team who plays with less than nine players.
- Teams who cannot field a team of eight players at game time must forfeit.
- Standard Substitution
- Teams simply batting nine and using standard substitutions will follow Babe Ruth substitution rules keeping in mind playing time rules.
- Re-Entry Rule: Any of the 9 starters, if withdrawn, may re-enter the game once provided he occupies the same position in the batting order. A substitute may not re-enter.
- Bat Entire Lineup
- Teams can bat the entire line up but then all players must abide by minimum innings play rule set forth in opening paragraph. Free defensive substitutions are allowed. Injured players will be simply removed from line up and unable to return.
Extra Hitter (EH):
- The manager(s) of the respective team(s) may elect to add a tenth hitter to the batting order. The “EH” can bat anywhere in the batting order. This player will be indicated in the lineup as the “EH,” and he shall play the entire game as an “offensive” player.
- He cannot play in the field, unless for injury reasons his team is forced to play defense with less than nine players on the field. The “EH” may be removed from the lineup for injury reasons only. If this occurs, the “EH” spot in the order will be left open and no penalty will be assessed.
- The team managers must inform each other as well as the umpire before the game starts if they will be using the “EH.” Once the game starts, a manager cannot change his mind.
- Babe Ruth Prep & Babe Ruth League Game Rules (Play by the book except as previously stated and/or noted by the following)
- No fake bunts allowed!
- A pitcher, once removed, may re-enter as a pitcher provided he has remained in the game at another position and has not gone to the bench. If the player removed as a pitcher goes to the bench, he may re-enter but must do so at a different position.
- If a pitcher pitches in more than three innings in any particular game, he cannot pitch again that week until two full days have passed. (Example: If he pitches in more than three innings on Monday, he cannot pitch again until Thursday.)
- A pitcher is limited to seven innings per week. The penalty for using a pitcher in excess of seven innings in a week is a forfeit.
- If a makeup game is scheduled for Saturday and a pitcher pitches more than three innings, he is still required to rest for two full days.
Infield Fly Rule
- Infield Fly Rule will be called
3rd Strike Rules
- Dropped third strikes are live balls, and the batter can advance to first base providing:
- First base is unoccupied or
- First base may be occupied, but there must be two outs.
- No inning will begin after the time limit is reached (even if tied), but any inning in progress will be complete. The next inning begins when the third out of an inning occurs for time limit purposes.
- If the game is part of a double-header, no new inning will start after 1 hour and 50 minutes. If the game is the only one scheduled for a particular day, the time limit is 2 hours. This is regardless of the number of innings played.
End of Game Situations / Tie Breaking Procedures
- Games can end in a tie.
- If a game is called due to weather, light, or other reasons before the end of the fourth inning (3 ½ if the home team is leading) or with the score tied, play will be continued on the first available makeup date.
- The International Tie-Breaker Rule will be used in the event of extra innings. Under this rule, each team starts the inning with the player who completed the last official at bat as a base runner on second base. Each subsequent inning will start the same until a winner has been determined. (2) innings maximum played before a tie is called.
Prep Field Dimensions:
- The distance from the pitcher’s rubber to home plate in the Babe Ruth Prep division shall be 55 feet and the bases shall be 75 feet apart.
- There is no arguing with a judgment call by an umpire. A judgment call involves balls or strikes, fair or foul, safe or out. Only a rule interpretation may be argued.
- If a manager wishes to question a rule interpretation, they must follow these steps in order:
- Call a time-out.
- Calmly discuss with the umpire and the opposing team’s manager the rule interpretation in question.
Playing Up a Level
- Younger players can be “invited” to play up a level on an “as needed” basis to complete a roster for a particular game.
- The invited player’s team cannot be playing at the same time.
- The invited player cannot displace a rostered player that is present.
- The invited player cannot pitch for the inviting team.
- The opposing manager must be informed of the decision to use an invited player before the start of the game.
- A team cannot use an invited player unless their regular roster is below ten players.
- A team using an invited player cannot have more than ten players in their lineup for that game.
- The intent of this rule is to prevent forfeits.
- Although permission from the invited player’s regular manager(s) is not necessary, an invited player’s parents shall be asked for permission. The invited player’s regular manager(s) should be notified at some point but not necessarily before the game in question.
- At the Babe Ruth level, if the invited player is the tenth player, he can only be used as an extra hitter.
Player, Manager, or Fan Ejection:
- Any player, manager, or fan that is ejected from the game must leave the premises with a minimum distance of 500 yards from the entire complex.
- First Offense
- If a manager, coach, or player is ejected from a game for any reason, he or she will receive a one-game in dugout suspension with a letter of reprimand from the league.
- Second Offense
- Players will be suspended for three games.
- Further offenses will be evaluated by the league board of directors on a case-by-case basis.
- Managers and coaches may be dismissed from their position for the remainder of the season.