2014 Major/Bronco Rules of Baseball
This league is structured as the next level of competitive play in the in the program. Scores are to be kept during these games and reported to the HOTLINE, so that standings can be kept for the league
Umpires continue to be an important part of the game in the Major/Bronco league. It is important for the Managers and Coaches to stress the importance of having respect for all of the umpires that officiate in these games. It is also more important to stress to the parents that they have to abide by the code of conduct that they signed as part of the requirement for their young men to play in this league.
- All umpire decisions are to be respected. These decisions are final. No protests of umpire calls are allowed. Only Managers and Coaches can request any clarification of a rule. The umpire has the authority to eject from the game any Manager, Coach or player who outwardly disagrees with a decision made by the umpire. Managers, Coaches or players may not question any called ball or strike. Managers, Coaches or players may not offer advice to an umpire during a game.
- Intimidation of umpires in not allowed, they are there to make this youth sporting event possible. They are an important part of the Major/Bronco baseball program and should be respected as such. Any concerns with umpire performance will be directed to your Baseball Commissioner.
Field Requirements & Equipment:
- Bases are to be 70’
- Pitching mound is to be 48’
- Baseballs, batting helmets, & catchers gear is supplied
- WIA players must wear a faceguard on their helmet
- No metal spikes are allowed
- Players must wear protective cups
- There are no Bat restrictions in this league
- If the game is called because of weather, notify the HOTLINE and a time slot will be given for the next available field opening.
- Games will NOT be rescheduled due to a lack of players
- Any regular season rained out games that are not made up by the playoffs will result in a loss for both teams in the standings.
- No game will be played before noon on Sunday.
- You must have eight (8) players to start the game. Forfeit time is 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the game.
- You can use up to two (2) substitute players brought up from a lower league to play a game.
- These substitute players can only play in the outfield and must be last in the batting order.
- The same substitute player can only play twice for the same team in a season.
- These substitute players will not be allowed to pitch.
- These substitute players cannot play more innings than a roster player.
- The games are seven (7) innings in length.
- An official game will be declared after the losing team has batted four (4) times.
- Should play be called during the fifth, sixth or seventh inning, the score will revert back to the score at the conclusion of the last complete inning.
- There can be extra inning games on a weeknight if daylight levels permit.
- If the trailing team has batted four (4) times and is trailing by 12 or more runs, then the game is over.
- Any game suspended because of inclement weather or darkness, before the end of 4 innings, the game shall be resumed from the point it was suspended.
- No inning will start after 1 hour 50 minutes from the start of the game. If extra innings are started, but the game runs into darkness or the time limit, then the game will revert to the score at the end of the last completed inning.
- It is the responsibility of the Manager to act as or designate someone to keep his or her scorebook for the game. It is recommended that both teams check regularly during the game to ensure that both books reflect the same information.
- It is not the responsibility of the Umpire to ensure that the scorebooks are accurate.
- Stealing any base is permitted in the Major/Bronco.
- The 1st half of the season (before Memorial Day) runners cannot leave their base until the ball leaves the pitchers hand.
- The 2nd half of the season (first game after Memorial Day) leadoffs will be allowed
- The first violation will result in that team being given a team warning.
- Any subsequent violations by that team will result in the runner(s) being called out.
- Taunting (intentionally distracting) or interfering with the pitcher will not be allowed. The first offense will bring a warning; second offense will bring ejection from the game.
- NO stealing home on the pitch
- Runner may take home on overthrow to any base or passed ball
- A base runner that misses a base during a play and a proper appeal to the umpire is made; the runner will be called out after completion of the play. Everything else that happened on that play will stand.
- If the base runner, which missed the base, is the last out, then no succeeding runner’s score will count.
- The base should be accessible to the runner at all times.
- A base runner must approach each base so as to avoid contact with the fielder by either sliding, retreating or surrendering.
- The penalty for violating the no contact rule is solely up to the umpire. It can range from a team warning and the runner being called out, to ejection from the game and possible suspension.
- The defensive player may not block the base path so as to impede the runner from reaching the base. This is a judgment call by the umpire and is final.
- A courtesy runner will be allowed for the catcher when there are 2 outs. This will allow the catcher to put on the catchers equipment and prepare for the next inning. This player must play the catcher position in the next inning. The courtesy runner must be the last batted out.
- Coaches shall not interfere with the base runner in any way while the ball is in play or the runner will be called out.
- All WIA runners and batters must wear helmets and faceguards.
- There will be a continuous batting order of all players present.
- If a player becomes ill or is injured after being listed in the batting order, then that player may be skipped in the order without penalty.
- If a player has been ejected from the game, then an out will be declared when it is that player’s turn to bat.
- The batting order can be switched from game to game.
- Dropped third strike rule will be in effect.
- Bunting is permitted.
- Fake bunting is allowed
- Fake bunting then swinging (Slashing) is not allowed. First offense will bring a warning; second offense will bring ejection from the game.
- Suicide Squeeze is not permitted
- Safety Squeeze is allowed
- There is free substitution of players from inning to inning to all of the fielding positions except the pitcher’s position (see pitching rules).
- Infield Fly Rule will be in effect.
- Every player will play the infield at least once every game.
- A player may not sit on the bench twice until every player has sat out once and a player may not sit on the bench three times until every player has sat on the bench twice.
- Any infielder who fake tags a runner when no throw is made will be ejected from the game. An out will be declared when it is that players turn to bat.
- The 1st half of the season (before Memorial Day) there are no balks
- The 2nd half of the season (1st game after Memorial Day) balks will be called on the pitchers
- One warning per pitcher, the umpire will explain to the coach and pitcher why the balk was called
- The pitcher cannot wear a white long sleeved shirt, white batting glove or white fielding glove when pitching.
- No jewelry can be worn.
- If the pitcher hits two (2) batters in one inning or three (3) batters in a game they must be replaced.
- NO Curve Balls will be allowed
- The catcher may not talk to or distract the batter.
- A pitcher may not pitch more than:
- Three (3) innings in one game
- Four (4) innings on one day.
- Five (5) innings on consecutive days
- Seven (7) innings in one week (Sun – Sat)
- Eight (8) innings in one week if you have three games (as long as the first two points are met)
- Little League Guidelines
- 11 & 12 – encouraged to allow only 75 pitches per day
- Intentional walks are allowed, NO pitches will be thrown
- All innings pitched in one game must be consecutive
- One pitch in an inning will count as one full inning pitched.
- On the second trip to the mound, in the same inning, the pitcher must be removed.
- A pitcher gets eight (8) pitches to warm up in their first inning, then six (6) pitches for each consecutive inning.
- Any violation of these rules will result in a forced rest of that pitcher for 7 consecutive days from the date of infraction.
- There are no protests. Refer your complaint to the league Director, Commissioner or Umpire Director after the game.
- The Manager is to provide their team’s roster, including the player’s name, number and batting order, to the other team prior to the start of the game.
- Both teams will call in the score to the score reporting hotline the day of the game.
- Home Team should take the 3rd base dugout.
- The home team has the entire field ½ an hour before the start of the game and the visiting team has the entire field ¼ of an hour before the start of the game. Please start all games on time, so that everyone gets use of the fields.
- Play is not over until the umpire calls time.
- Thrown equipment:
- Any equipment that is thrown by a player will result in a warning. All subsequent infractions by a player will result in that individual player being ejected from the game. An out will be declared for each subsequent at bat by an ejected player.
- All umpire decisions are to be respected. These decisions are final. No protests of umpire calls are allowed. Only Managers and Coaches can request clarification of a rule. The umpire has the authority to eject from the game any Manager, Coach or player who outwardly disagrees with a decision made by the umpire. Managers, Coaches or players may not question any called ball or strike. Managers, Coaches or players may not offer advice to an umpire during a game.
- Intimidation of umpires in not allowed, they are there to make this youth sporting event possible. They are an important part of the baseball program and should be respected as such. Any concerns with umpire performance will be directed to the Umpire Director or the Baseball Commissioner.
- It is the Managers responsibility to ensure spectators do not interfere with the umpires or players. Possible repercussions could include forfeiture of the game and/or disciplinary action.
- A Manager shall never pull their team from the field in protest. This will result in action from the committee.
- Spectators should maintain a safe distance behind the backstops and should refrain from interfering with the players. It is the Managers responsibility to see that this is enforced.
- No tobacco is allowed on the field or in the dugout. The use of tobacco products (smoking or chewing) is prohibited on all playing fields.
- Profanity is NOT allowed by a Manager, Coach or Player. Using profanity will result in ejection from the game. If a player is ejected for using profanity, then every subsequent at bat by this player will be declared an out.
There will be a Double Elimination Playoff at the end of the season
- The committee will identify a date before the end of the season. On that date the teams will be seeded by record. If there is a tie the following tie breakers will be in effect. It is ultimately important to all of your games rescheduled if cancelled due to weather.
Coaches, players, and parents must be prepared to possibly play everyday during the playoff brackets.
Tie Breakers for Playoffs (2 teams)
o Head to head record
o Runs allowed when they played each other
o If they did not play each other, the team that allowed the average fewest runs per game for the season, excluding forfeits and including concessions.
o Coin Flip
Tie Breakers for Playoffs (3 or more teams)
o Best winning percentage among teams with the same record.
o Team that allowed the average fewest runs per game for the season, excluding forfeits and including concessions.
o Coin Flip
Seedings will be by record, with the best record determined by the above method, being the #1 seed and the other winner being the #2 seed. The rest of the teams will finish the seeds determined by the above method. .
Home team will be the highest seed (#1 being the highest). There will be no reseeding with the exception being if a team makes the championship game through the winner’s bracket and is facing a higher seeded team, the team that made the championship though the winner’s bracket will retain home field in the first game. If a second game is required the winner of the first game will have home field advantage.
All Star Game
- Major /Bronco All Star Game will be held in early June.
The number of eligible all star players per team will be determined by the Major/Bronco committee
All star players picked from the same team may be split up onto different all star teams.
There is no time limit for the All Star game. The All Star game will be 7 innings in length.
There is no slaughter rule for the All Star game.
- A player may not pitch more than one inning.