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Greater West Shore Baseball League Playing Rules

GREATER WEST SHORE BASEBALL LEAGUE PLAYING RULES (updated 2014)

The Greater West Shore Baseball League operates its games following those procedures and regulations established and updated within the Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, with the following rule additions, rule alterations, and rule suspensions as last agreed upon by the GWSBL Board of Directors.

All Levels: 

Tee ball rosters may not have more than fourteen (14) players. Pony, Minor, and Major rosters may not have more than fourteen (14) players nor less than ten (10) players, unless approved by the Greater West Shore Baseball League Board. [Alteration of Babe Ruth Regulations for The Teams]

A single batboy or batgirl is permitted per team. [Alteration of Babe Ruth Regulations for The Teams, Field Decorum, and Rule 3.17]

On deck areas shall be permitted if fenced in on at least three sides to a minimum height of five (5) feet. Only one (1) person may occupy the on deck cage at any time, with warm up swings permitted in this area or on the field when approaching or occupying the batter’s box. [Suspension of Babe Ruth Rule ]

The bat limitation of thirty-three (33) inches in length is suspended. [Suspension of Babe Ruth Rule]

The official Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken shoulder patch is not worn until All-stars [Suspension of Bab Ruth Rule]

Catchers at the Major and Minor levels are required to use a catcher’s mitt. This mitt is suggested for catchers at all other levels of play. There is no restriction on gloves worn by fielders other then the catcher. Catchers are required to wear protective cups, with the cups or athletic supporters suggested for all male players. Additionally, the long model chest protectors are optional for catchers. Catchers must also wear a throat protector attachment on the mask.

At the Major and Minor Levels, a batter carelessly throwing the bat after striking the ball shall receive corrective instructions from the umpire and his coach. If the bat was thrown back dangerously toward the catcher, the umpire may issue a formal warning to the batter. Once an official warning is issued and again throws the bat dangerously as determined by the umpire, the player is not allowed to bat for the remainder of the game (becoming an automatic out in the lineup only if the player remains in the game). However, the play stands and the offending player may be replaced by another team member. If second offense occurs in the middle of an at bat, the hitter shall be declared out, and the ball is dead.

At the Pony and T-Ball, a batter carelessly throwing a bat should be given corrective instructions from the coach. If the player continues to do so and the coaches agree that the player is endangering others, the player may not bat the rest of the game. In all cases at all levels, any plays involving a thrown bat shall stand.

Except in the case of injury, disciplinary action, or arrival after the game begins, rostered players above the Tee ball Level must bat a minimum of one (1) time and play defensively for a minimum six (6) outs during a game, with starters having to meet this requirement prior to being removed for a substitute. If a team does not employ the EH rule and starts with nine (9) players in their batting order, the 6 defensive outs must be consecutive. The at-bat requirement is suspended if the player has played defensively for three (3) consecutive innings or nine (9) consecutive outs. Failure to meet this regulation results in a game forfeit.

Within appropriate boundaries of conduct, managers and coaches of participating teams are not limited in their address or their positioning, nor are they forbidden from warming up pitchers. [In the case of rainout, the home team manager shall notify the visiting team manger (and any umpire or umpire coordinator) no later than 90 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game. If a game is rained out in the minor/major level, the coach for the home team must notify the Scheduling Committee Chairman (SCC) via email within 48 hours of the cancellation. If a makeup date has been agreed to between the two opposing teams it should be noted in the email so that the master schedule can be amended. If no makeup date is supplied to the SCC during this initial contact, the SCC will return the email and set a deadline (48 hours) for the coaches to agree upon a makeup date. If the opposing coaches cannot agree upon a date by the deadline set by the SCC, the SCC will determine a binding makeup date for the game. At the Pony/TBall level, makeup games are recommended but not mandatory, thus the SCC will not be involved in the rescheduling of pony/tball games. However, if a makeup date is set, this date/time and location must be emailed to the SCC ASAP, so that the master schedule can be amended and to assure that another game has not already been scheduled for that date and location. The SCC will not bump a pony/tball game which was originally scheduled at the season's start.

All games will be played when scheduled except in the case of school functions which involve enough rostered players so as to reduce the amount of available players to (8) or less for that game. In such cases the manager of the team requesting that the game be rescheduled must notify the SCC as soon as the conflict is known. The game can only be rescheduled with the consent of the Scheduling Committee.

During a game, no offensive player or team batboy or batgirl may enter the field of play or warm up in the on deck area without a helmet.

Two adult base coaches are permitted at all levels.

Any coach, player, or other individual ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next game. A second ejection is cause for an unlimited suspension until League determination of further action which shall be done in a reasonable time.

Except at the Major level, the infield fly rule is suspended.

Only a Manager and three assistant coaches are permitted in the dugout during games.

Breakaway bases are not mandatory but recommended.

Tee Ball Level:

Games shall consist of at least four (4) innings with all rostered players batting in every inning. Weekdays during the school year, no inning should start after 7:30. At all other times, no inning should start after ninety (90) minutes of play.

Base paths of 60 feet will be used.

Baseballs will not weigh less than five (5) oz.

Coaches are responsible for playing catcher when their team is at bat. No youth catchers.

Teams with less than a full complement of eight (8) players may be loaned a player from the opposing team. There is no minimum number of players needed to field a team A maximum of nine players may play in the field at any one time following standard baseball positioning (all positions filled except catcher). An additional fourth outfielder can be added to this positioning. No infield or outfield by committee. Outfielders must play 15 feet beyond the infield dirt, and cannot cover 2nd base nor run into the infield to make an unassisted force play.

A maximum of three coaches are permitted on the field when their team is on defense.

Batters will hit of a tee at all times. Players are not allowed to place the ball on the tee. Coaches, after placing the ball on the tee, shall alert defensive players by announcing “Ball on the tee,” or “Ball in play.” There are no strikeouts; the batter must hit the ball in play. Bunting is prohibited.

Batted balls must travel at least fifteen (15) feet in order to be in play. Any ball that does not travel past a fifteen (15) foot arc drawn in front of home plate is considered a foul ball.

No base stealing. Base runners may not advance on passed balls or overthrows.

Play stops when the ball is returned to the infield.

Pony Level:

Pony games shall consist of a maximum of six (6) innings.

Weekdays during the school year, no inning shall start after 7:30. At all other times, no inning shall start after ninety (90) minutes of play.

Teams with less than a full complement of nine (9) players may be loaned a player from the opposing team.

Teams may only position three (3) outfielders on defense.

A player may pitch the first two innings game (starting opening day) from the rubber at forty-one (41) feet. Balls and strikes will be called for each batter. A batter receives four balls. The coach comes in to finish the batter. The batter keeps the strike count. Also, if a batter is hit by a pitch thrown by a player, the coach comes in to finish the batter with same strike count. Strikes will be called on the batter when a machine/coach or player is pitching. A batter cannot be walked, but can be struck out, either swinging or looking. Machine pitch will take place from 3rd inning on until end of game. The batter gets 3 strikes swinging or not. NO WALKS!

Teams are retired at bat after three offensive players are legally put out or when (4) four runs have been scored.

A coach of the team at bat shall call balls and strikes while pitching from beyond at least 23 feet from Home plate but no further than 41ft. The pitching machine will be set-up at 41ft. The speed would be set at 35MPH.

Base runners may not leave their base until the ball reaches the plate. Runners may steal 3rd base, providing it is unoccupied. Runners may not advance on an overthrow while attempting to steal. Runners may not steal when a Coach is pitching.

Players may only advance one base from first base on plays made at 1st base. (at their own risk) Otherwise, base runners may advance one base (at their own risk) on overthrows. Play stops when the ball is returned to the pitcher.

Minor and Major Levels

Major level only: A game is conceded upon completion of the 5th inning if one team is down by 12 or more runs. In the case that the home team is winning by 12 or more runs after the top of the 5th inning, the game is conceded.

There is no mercy rule for minor games.

A game may not be started or continued if a team fields less than (8) players. Teams playing with less than nine (9) players must take an automatic out for the unavailable player each time that place in the batting order is reached. Teams starting a game with less than (9) players have the automatic out placed first in the batting order with this slot reserved for the next available player.

Each team is permitted to have four Coaches in their dugout during games.

All teams will be required to use the Extra Hitter (EH) for all games this year if you have 10 or more players show up for game. So everyone will be batting 10 players in their lineup. You can also bat more than 10 players if you wish. If you bat 10 players and only have 10 players that game, and someone gets hurt or has to leave, you can drop down to the remaining 9 players in your lineup with no penalty. Dropping below 9 players because of injury still does cause the penalty of an out for that spot in the lineup, as usual. The only exception to this EH rule is if you only have 9 players show up to play (which isn’t recommended as you run the risk of injury and an out in the lineup if someone gets hurt). If you face a team that only has 9 players, then the mandatory EH rule is waived and you have the choice of batting just 9 players as well, or sticking with the EH, your choice. All EH players must still play the minimum number of innings in the field per game (2 innings or 6 outs), but those innings would not have to be consecutive.

Players may enter and/or re-enter games only once during the game, and may enter at any spot in the batting order, provided his substitute has played the minimum of 6 defensive outs (consecutive outs if batting nine) and one at bat. Only players in the starting lineup may re-enter games, and a starter (player A) re-entering the game for another starter (player B), must then fulfill all conditions of a substitute (one at bat and 6 defensive outs) before Player B can re-enter the game.

Roster alternates may be selected from the next lower level of play, however they are only eligible to participate in a scheduled game where nine (9) or fewer team players are expected to show up, and at a frequency not to exceed 50% of all regular season games. Alternates may not play before a regular roster player, nor may they pitch. In the event that ten (10) or more rostered team players appear, alternates are limited to two (2) innings in the field and one (1) time at bat. A team having a player appear in a game who is playing up a level must notify the other team's scorekeeper when lineups are exchanged prior to the game. The winning team must also list this player's name in the pitching summary when entering the score on the web site. In the event a team has 9 rostered players and one alternate player, the alternate player may not play more than a rostered player. The alternate player may also not play more than 3 innings in this situation.

Written reports stating the reason for a game forfeiture need only be submitted to the League President within 48 hours when the forfeiture was due to a reason other than number of players fielded.

Rule protests must be lodged with the opposing manager before the next pitch or play with coaches making every effort to resolve the dispute before resuming the game. Unresolved protests are reported to the statistician along with the game accounting for League review.

Prior to each game, if a request is made, the opposing managers shall exchange pitching records starting from Friday of the previous week. Records shall include player name and number of innings pitched by date.

PITCHING RULE CLARIFICATION:

1.) A player is limited to no more than 6 innings pitched per week.

2.) The pitching week ends at midnight Saturday.

3.) A player is considered to have pitched an inning even if he only throws one pitch in that inning.

4.) The minimum rest period between games is one day if a pitcher throws 3 innings, and 3 days rest if he throws 4 innings or more. If a player pitches (2) innings or less there is no rest period required. Thus, a player who pitches 4 innings on Saturday must wait until Wednesday to pitch. The end of a pitching week and all innings thrown count (even if a game is rained out in the second inning) does not limit the rest period.

Players may pitch in consecutive games, and may play the catcher's position after pitching in a game. In the event of a restart of a suspended game, a player may pitch when the game is resumed provided the rest period requirements listed above are met. However, a player who pitched in the suspended game and was removed from the pitching position prior to the point when the game was suspended cannot return to pitch when the game is resumed. In other words, when the game is resumed, the only players eligible to pitch are the player who was pitching when the game was suspended, and any player who had not pitched in the suspended game.

Major Level:

During all regular season games, a player or players with a baseball age of 11 years old or younger must pitch one inning per game. For the purpose of this rule, one inning consists of 3 consecutive outs and may be split by getting the last out of one inning and the first two outs of the next inning. Should the pitcher give up 5 or more runs, he may relieved by another pitcher of any age and the team is credited for one inning of the game pitching requirement. A manager may split the 3 consecutive outs between more than one pitcher that meets the age requirement for this rule.

Minor Level:

During all regular season games, a player or players with a baseball age of 9 years old or younger must pitch one inning per game For the purpose of this rule, one inning consists of 3 consecutive outs or when 4 runs have scored (minor league 4 run rule) and may be split by getting the last out of one inning and the first two outs of the next inning. A manager may split the 3 consecutive outs between more than one pitcher that meets the age requirement for this rule.

If an ineligible pitcher is used, a protest shall be filed with the League which will, upon confirming the ineligibility of the pitcher, declare the game a forfeit in favor of the offended team.

If a playing rule protest is upheld by the League during the regular season, the game shall be restarted from the point of such infraction and played to its completion. The protest of any alleged infraction must be lodged within 72 hours of the end of the calendar week in which the action took place. There is no playing rule protest of post-season games, with upheld ineligible player protests resulting in a game forfeit. Protests must be submitted to the League in writing. The League, through its appropriate person or committee, shall render a decision within one week in which the protest was lodged. No protests are permitted on decisions involving an umpire’s judgement.

Until the sixth inning or an agreed-upon last inning, Minor Level teams are retired at bat after three offensive players are legally put out or when four (4) runs have been scored. A game may only be called, or suspended, prior to the 6th inning by the umpire due to darkness or unplayable weather or field conditions. There are no time limits on games, nor are there any curfews enforced at fields’ locations.

The League appoints umpires to officiate only at the Major level. If the league appointed Major Level umpire does not appear at the field within 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the game, the game is to be rescheduled, unless a mutually agreed upon volunteer umpire can be utilized.

Umpires for minor level games are the responsibility of the home team. Umpire minimum age is 13 years; however umpires 13 years old must be accompanied by an umpire of the same age or older. In addition ALL umpires 16 years or younger must have completed a 4 hour training course conducted by a member association or a third party approved by the league.

Major level umpires are hired by, but not representatives of, the League.

All base running violations are penalized directly by the umpire without appeal. When the play is over and, in the umpire’s opinion, the offending runner has made no attempt to rectify his mistake; the umpire shall declare the runner out without appeal.

Game ejections by the umpire must be relayed to the League when the score and pitching totals are reported by the winning team.

BASERUNNING RULES:

On a batted ball, the base running rules are the same for minor and major. If a batted ball is in play, play continues until there is control by the pitcher in the mound area, when the umpire shall call "time" and/or the base runners have stopped their advance. Thus, on overthrows to any base on a play on a batted ball, players can advance at their own risk until the play is dead. If an overthrow goes out of play, the ball is dead and players are awarded 2 bases measured from their location when the ball is released. Thus, on a typical overthrow of first which goes out of play, the player is awarded 2nd because he did not "achieve" first when the ball was thrown.

At the Minor Level, a player may steal bases with the following limitations (minor level clarifications include everything below through the last paragraph about “pitcher in control” – the only base stealing rules for majors are included on the previous page):

1) When the pitcher has control in the mound area, a player who has not started his move to another base may not advance.

2) A runner cannot leave the base until the ball is by (past) the batter.

3) A player can only steal one base at a time.

4) A player can never steal home. These rules mean that a player stealing 2nd may not advance to 3rd on an overthrow at 2nd, and that a player stealing 3rd (or on third, for that matter) can never advance home on an overthrow, a pickoff attempt, etc. In other words, it is one base per pitch maximum, and never home. To clarify this further at the Minor level, a player who has not already stolen a base on that pitch may advance one base on a bad throw back to the pitcher or on a pick-off attempt. These are considered a "stolen base" for that pitch. Similarly, with runners on first and third, the runner on first may advance one base on a pickoff attempt at third, but the runner on third may not advance. With runners on first and second, if the runner on second steals third and there is a play made, the runner on 1st can steal until the ball is in the pitcher's hands in the mound area. To do so legally, he must have already made his break before the ball is in the pitcher's hands (i.e. if he is a few steps off the bag and doesn't start toward second until the pitcher has the ball, he is in jeopardy of being called out if a play is made, and should be sent back if he is successful in the attempt). Finally, the rules allow, "delayed steals" only on a very limited basis. Essentially, once the ball is on its way back to the pitcher, the player cannot advance unless he has already started his move toward the next base, or there is an overthrow to the pitcher. This comes up in two situations. 1.) A player on first or second must make his break before the ball is on its way back to the pitcher, or he may not advance. 2.) A player who walks can take second by rounding the bag and advancing, (i.e. on a passed ball on ball four), but only if the runner has rounded first base before the ball is on its way back to the mound. Note that this rule is slightly different than the "pitcher in control" concept, but this rule interpretation has been in place to discourage delayed steals, as the game could be slowed considerably if the catcher has to walk the runner back each time. Umpires at the minor level have been, and should be instructed to err on the side of disallowing a delayed steal, unless the runner has clearly left soon enough.

A courtesy runner for the catcher is allowed.  

GWSBL Rules Addendum The traditional weighted bat donut is permitted for warm-ups.

Players not in the game defensively may warm-up the right or left fielder and wearing a batting helmet is optional.

The GWSBL Board has determined it is in the best interest of our league to provide the following guidelines pertaining to managing and control of game and playing field. The umpire is responsible for controlling baseball activities within the field of play Managers/coaches are responsible for baseball activities outside the field of play To clarify, it is the responsibility of the manager and staff to monitor their players that are not in the game and on the field of play. Umpires are not to dictate where/how players warm-up, get loose, hold bats, swing bats, etc. Umpires inherit that control once a player enters the field of play. 

Review Committee

For unresolved game protests and reported violations of established playing rules, only need to call one member. Decisions are made within one week. Joe Centurione, Cedar Cliff (Chair), 737-6594 John Pastor, Cedar Cliff Roger Ozio, West Fairview Scott Cavada, Upper Allen

Post Season Committees

Responsible for deciding the GWSBL playoff format, and the post-season schedule for GWSBL-sponsored teams. Upper Allen & Cedar Cliff Assoc. will Participate in Ripken Tournament All-stars Rod Snyder (chair), Cedar Cliff, 856-0759, Dan Law, Cedar Cliff,  Doug Marsico, Upper Allen

Scheduling Committee Dan Law (SCC) – Cedar Cliff, (jdanlaw@verizon.net) 648-8811 Doug Marisco, Upper Allen, doug3esq@aol.com

League Statistician

For Major and Minor teams which have not yet figured out how to input game results directly, see directions below. The Final score is needed, along with pitcher names and innings. Please use electronic mail with questions when possible. Dan Law, Cedar Cliff 648-8811 jdanlaw@verizon.net

Entering Scores on the Web Site

The Greater West Shore Baseball League requires that the winning Major and Minor Level Teams report game statistics within a 48 hour period of game completion. Failure to report in a timely manner results in a $50 fine assessed to the winning team’s league. After a victorious contest, winning managers should post the following information: Game Score Innings Pitched by Player for each team In order to enter game data, a manager or team parent must have administrative access to their own squad’s Web Site (which is a subset of the GWSBL site). If you do not have this access, email Dan Law to receive this information. Once in the ADMIN section of your team, open the SCHEDULES folder on the left hand side of the page. Nested here is the SCORES folder, open this to score the game. A list of played games will appear, click on pencil next to the appropriate contest. Best to first enter a GAME SUMMARY titled PITCHING TOTALS. Here is where the names and innings of pitchers are placed. Please do not make any biased remarks in the summary section. If you want to note Home Runs in that area (in addition to the important pitching results), fine. After successfully adding the summary, you should be returned to the main score menu. Place the game score (winning and losing totals) in the boxes. Hits and errors are welcome but not necessary. You can also enter stats for your team, or return to this page at any other point during the season for logging player performance. The opposing manager also has access to this page and can enter his/her team’s stats (or not). DO NOT give the game a name. If you mistakenly fill in this optional box, the game name appears on the GWSBL home page instead of the score. Depress the “Update” button on the bottom of the page. That’s it. You should now see the official game score on the GWSBL home page and on each team’s page, along with having the standings automatically updated.  

Umpires 2014

Major Level Umpires: GWSBL schedules official umpires for the Major Level through the Cumberland Valley Umpire Association. The GWSBL contact for Major level supplied umpires is Brandon Rowe (576-5404). The Cumberland Valley Umpire Association contact is Ron Lewis (774-3681). Umpires for makeup games will be scheduled, when you reschedule the game with Dan Law. Home Team Manager must contact Ron Lewis 90 minutes before game time to cancel a CV Umpire without a fee. If an umpire is not notified in time and arrives at the field, the Home Team must pay him $20. The 2014 rate for the CV Umpire Association is $40.00 per game for (1) one umpire at the 11/12 year old level (Major Games). CV Umpires should be paid before the game and preferably in cash. If a game is called or cancelled at the field due to weather, the umpire receives $20 for appearing. The rate for an umpire working a rescheduled continuation of a suspended game is $8 per inning.

Minor Level Umpires: The home team is responsible to supply umpires for the 9/10 year old Minor Level. Umpires under 16 years MUST have completed a 4 hour training class provided by the league. Minumum umpire age is 13 years and umpires 13 years must be accompanied by another umpire the same age or older. Please remember that our younger umpires are still learning the game and skill of calling a game. If an obvious mistake or bad call is made, approach this as an opportunity as an adult coach to help the younger umpire learn. Try to discuss it between innings or at an appropriate time. Verbal abuse of our umpires (especially our young adults) will not be tolerated by the league. The suggested fees approved by the GWSBL board for Minor Level Umpires: Adult Umpire (over 18) $40 per game Umpires 13-18 $17 each for two umpires (total $34) One umpire 14-18 years old $20 per game. If a game is called or cancelled at the field then the umpire should receive $15 for appearing.  



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