Berks Youth Baseball League Rules

(BYBL)

Updated Tuesday April 2, 2019 by Mifflin Baseball.

These rules are published by the Berks Youth Baseball League.

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Majors

1. Equipment

a. Metal spikes are not permitted

b. Bats- USA Baseball marking or wood bats ONLY

2. Games

a. All games will be 6 innings.

b. There is a limit of 6 runs per inning except for last inning. Note – If a team has scored 5 runs and bases are loaded and a kid hits a ball in gap that play needs to be completed for inning to end. So if all 3 runs score then the team is awarded 8 runs for that inning it does not revert back to 6.

Note: The Umpire has the discretion to announce what he considers the last inning due to darkness

c. No Time Limit - Umpire has discretion to announce the last inning due to darkness and he has to do it prior to the Top of that inning

d. Mercy Rule: 15 runs after 4 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings (3-1/2 or 4-1/2 if home team is leading) (Note: By Mutual agreement of both managers the game may be continued for the entire 6 innings, however the outcome as determined by the ten or fifteen run rule will remain unchanged)

e. Games are played on 70ft. base paths with a 50ft. pitching rubber – measured from back tip of home plate to the back edge of the base or pitching rubber. (Please note when playing at Mifflin bases are 75ft and 53ft pitching mound)

3. Substitutions and Lineup

a. Bat your entire lineup, free substitution in the field.

4. Base Running

a. A courtesy runner should be inserted for the pitcher or catcher with two outs to speed up the game. The substitute runner must be the player on the roster that made the last out in the inning.

b. There shall be a lead line 8 feet from the inside edge of the base. Runners may cross the lead line after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand (leave on release.) Leaving early will result in no pitch being called. After one team warning for leaving early, any subsequent violation by any player on that team will result in the runner being called out.

c. Head first sliding is an automatic out unless returning from a lead or returning to the base after overrunning the base.

d. Stealing of all bases, including home, is permitted.

e. The infield fly rule is in effect.

f. Batters may attempt first base on a dropped third strike if first base is unoccupied or with 2 outs. Other runners may advance at their own risk.

g. The base runner must slide or avoid contact if there is a potential play at a base or home plate. If, at the umpire’s discretion, the runner did not attempt to avoid contact, the runner will be called out.

5. Pitching

a. Pitchers are allowed 85 pitches per game or 4 innings pitched in one game

b. No intentional curve balls. The judgment of the umpire will be based on the breaking of the wrist during the release of the ball. An illegal pitch will be called, and the pitch is a ball in the count. Changeups and knuckle balls are allowed.

c. Once a pitcher has been removed he may not re-enter the same game as a pitcher.

d. No Balks will be called

e. If a pitcher hits 3 kids in one inning pitcher will need to be removed from pitching rest of game

f. A pitcher must be replaced during the second visit to the mound in an inning.

g. The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her per limit, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation for his league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs:

1. The batter reaches base;

2. That batter is put out;

3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 50 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

Note 2: Any player who has played the position of catcher in three or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day

h. One thrown pitch in an inning constitutes an inning pitched

i. Pitchers must adhere to the following rest requirements:

• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

j. The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

k. The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

6. Hitting

a. Free bunting is permitted. Once a batter shows bunt, the batter may not swing at the pitch or he will be called out.

b. Throwing of the bat is not permitted. Teams will be warned once, and subsequent violations will result in the player being called out and possibly ejected from the game.

7. Playoffs Playoffs will be single elimination. The 8th seed and 9th seed will play a play in game and winner of the game will play 1st seed. The 7th seed and 10th seed will play a play in game and winner of the game will play 2nd seed.

Minors

1. Equipment

a. Metal spikes are not permitted

b. Bats- USA Baseball marking or wood bats ONLY

2. Games

a. All games will be 6 innings.

b. There is a limit of 5 runs per inning except for last inning.

Note: The Umpire has the discretion to announce what he considers the last inning due to darkness

c. No Time Limit - Umpire has discretion to announce the last inning due to darkness and he has to do it prior to the Top of that inning

d. Mercy Rule: 15 runs after 4 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings (3-1/2 or 4-1/2 if home team is leading) (Note: By Mutual agreement of both managers the game may be continued for the entire 6 innings, however the outcome as determined by the ten or fifteen run rule will remain unchanged)

e. Games are played on 60ft. base paths with a 46ft. pitching rubber – measured from back tip of home plate to the back edge of the base or pitching rubber.

3. Substitutions and Lineup

a. Bat your entire lineup, free substitution in the field.

4. Base Running

a. A courtesy runner should be inserted for the pitcher or catcher with two outs to speed up the game. The substitute runner must be the player on the roster that made the last out in the inning.

b. Baserunners may steal second or third when the ball crosses home plate. Leaving early will result in no pitch being called. After one team warning for leaving early, any subsequent violation by any player on that team will result in the runner being called out.

c. Head first sliding is an automatic out unless returning from a lead or returning to the base after overrunning the base.

d. Stealing of second and third is allowed, NO STEALING OF HOME at any time.

e. The infield fly rule is in effect. f. The base runner must slide or avoid contact if there is a potential play at a base or home plate. If, at the umpire’s discretion, the runner did not attempt to avoid contact, the runner will be called out.

5. Pitching

a. Pitchers are allowed 75 pitches per game or 4 innings pitched in one game

b. No intentional curve balls. The judgment of the umpire will be based on the breaking of the wrist during the release of the ball. An illegal pitch will be called, and the pitch is a ball in the count. Changeups and knuckle balls are allowed.

c. Once a pitcher has been removed he may not re-enter the same game as a pitcher.

d. Balks will not be enforced

e. If a pitcher hits 3 batters in one inning, the pitcher will need to be removed from pitching rest of game.

f. A pitcher must be replaced during the second visit to the mound in an inning.

g. The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her per limit, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation for his league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs:

1. The batter reaches base;

2. That batter is put out;

3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 50 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

Note 2: Any player who has played the position of catcher in three or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day

h. One thrown pitch in an inning constitutes an inning pitched

i. Pitchers must adhere to the following rest requirements:

• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

j. The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

k. The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

6. Hitting

a. Free bunting is permitted. Once a batter shows bunt, the batter may not swing at the pitch or he will be called out.

b. Throwing of the bat is not permitted. Teams will be warned once, and subsequent violations will result in the player being called out and possibly ejected from the game.

7. Play offs

a. Seeding will be done by wins, losses, head to head, coin flip

b. Every team will make the playoffs

c. #1 seed will receive a bye in the first round