KYSBA Local League Rules. Updated 12/5/21
Extra Player Option: All divisions Baseball and Softball may use the extra player (EP) option as described in the Babe Ruth Rulebooks. The extra player must still play six defensive outs (see Minimum playing time rules) and may not change spots in the batting order.
Continuous batting option: All divisions Baseball and Softball. Coaches may elect to use the continuous batting rule as described in the Babe Ruth Rulebooks which allows every player to bat.
Game Time Limits: Babe Ruth and Majors games will observe a 2 hour time limit. Baseball Minors, Rookies and all Softball games will observe a 1.5 hour time limit. No new inning may start after the time limit. Should a stricter time schedule be necessary (ex. opening ceremonies), the League Director, Vice-President or President, may impose a new time limit and will do so before the game starts.
10 Run Mercy Rule: All divisions Baseball and Softball. Games will be terminated immediately once becoming a regulation game if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs and have had equal times at bat or the home team is leading.
Regulation Games: Games are considered regulation games as defined in the Babe Ruth Rule Books. For a game to be considered a regulation game:
Babe Ruth- 4 and ½ or 5 innings must have been played.
Cal Ripken- 3 and ½ or 4 innings must have been played.
Softball 14/16U- 4 and ½ or 5 innings must have been played.
Softball 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U- 3 and ½ or 4 innings must have been played.
Note: Games called because of the time limit will be considered regulation games regardless of the number of innings played.
Mandatory Minimum Playing Rule: All divisions Baseball and Softball will observe the mandatory minimum playing time rule. All players must play a minimum of six defensive outs and have one at bat.
Re-entry Rule: All divisions Baseball and Softball will observe the re-entry rule option as described in the Babe Ruth Rulebook. Rookies see Local League Rule #17.
Pitching Limitations: All divisions Baseball and Softball will observe the maximum innings pitched allowed per week limitations as described in the Babe Ruth Rule Books.
Pitching Affidavits: All teams are required to submit pitching affidavits to the official score keeper before the start of every game. All pitching affidavits will be signed by the home plate umpire after every game.
Official Score Keepers: The home team will provide the official score keeper. If the home team is not able to provide the official score keeper the visitor team will provide the official score keeper.
Dugout Designation: The home team will utilize the third base dugout. The visitor’s team will utilize the first base dugout.
Majors 70 Foot Playing Rules: Majors will abide by the Cal Ripken Majors 70 foot division official playing rules including leading off, stealing, dropped 3rd strike and balk rules. Metal cleats are not allowed.
Cal Ripken 60 Foot Playing Rules: Cal Ripken Minors will abide by the Cal Ripken 60 Foot Baseball Division Special Base Running Rule as written in the Babe Ruth Rule Book.
-This rule reads: When a pitcher is in contact with the pitcher’s plate and in possession of the ball and the catcher is in the catcher’s box ready to receive delivery of the ball, base runners shall not leave their bases until the ball has been delivered and has reached home plate. Once the catcher has secured the ball and the runner has stopped his forward progress, the runner must immediately return to the base.
Penalty: Delayed dead ball. The runner is allowed to continue, if put out the out stands otherwise the runner is returned to the last base legally touched.
Rookies Inning Completion Rule: A half inning shall be completed when any of the following occur; three defensive outs are recorded, all batters in the lineup bat, or five runs are scored.
Rookies Special Base Running Rule: With a runner on 3rd, no stealing home on a passed ball or overthrow back to the pitcher. Runners are allowed to steal 1-3rd once the ball crosses the plate. Runners can only advance from third to home on a ball batted into play.
Rookies Special Pitching Rule: Player’s will pitch the entire game. When a pitcher has pitched 2 walks in an inning a coach from own team will pitch to own players from the mound for the remainder of that inning. Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken pitching limitations apply during a player's pitch. Regular baseball rules apply to include pitcher stands next to the coach, catcher throws back to pitcher, etc. With the coach pitching, regular balls and strikes rules will be followed with the exception that there will be no walks and no hit batter results allowed. The batter either hits or strikes out.
Rookies Substitution Rule: coaches are authorized to use unlimited substitutions.
Anytime a player, manager or coach is ejected from a game, for unsportsmanlike conduct, a committee composed of three board members will convene within 12 hours of receipt of the ejection report, to review the circumstances of the ejection. If the board determines that the ejection was justified, the ejected individual will be:
First offense, suspended from the next scheduled game.
Second offense, suspended for the rest of the season if during league play, suspended for the rest of the tournament if during tournament play. The participants will forfeit all monies paid for the league/tournament enrollment.
Anytime a family member (parent, manager, coach or spectator) is ejected or is required to leave or be removed from a game, the players of that family member will also be removed from the game. The removed players are not considered ejected but only removed as a result of the unsportsmanlike conduct of the family member.
It is the responsibility of the team manager to address any spectator associated with their team if that spectator is displaying unsportsmanlike conduct. The umpire will not interact with the spectator directly. The umpire will notify the team manager of the spectator unsportsmanlike conduct. At the discretion of the umpire the umpire may notify the manager to give a warning to the spectator displaying unsportsmanlike conduct however a warning is not required.
Softball, orange safety first base (double first base) rules.
A batted ball hitting or bounding over the white portion is declared fair and a batted ball hitting or bounding over the colored portion is declared foul.
Whenever a play is being made by an infielder on the batter-runner, the defense must use the white portion and the batter-runner the colored portion. The batter-runner is out when there is a play being made at first base and the batter –runner touches only the white portion.
On any force out attempt from the foul side of first base, or an errant throw pulling the defense off the base into foul ground, the defense and the batter-runner can use either the white or colored portion.
On extra base hits or balls hit to the outfield, where there is no play being made at the double base, the batter-runner may touch the white or colored portion. Should the batter-runner return the runner must return to the white portion.
NOTE: If the runner returns to the colored portion only and remains there until the pitched ball is released, no pitch is called and the runner is out.
When tagging up on a fly ball, the white portion must be used.
If there is a force play by an infielder on the batter-runner who touches only the white portion of the double base and collides with the fielder about to catch a thrown ball while on the white. Interference is ruled, the ball is dead, the batter-runner is out, and all other runners are returned to the base last occupied at the time of interference.
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Paid umpires are required to attend an umpire clinic, sponsored by KYSBA, during the season performing umpire duties. Other umpire clinics are acceptable if approved by the league UIC.
Paid umpires are required to wear an official umpire shirt, long pants and a blue or black hat. Hats will not be worn backwards on the head. If the hat is not compatible with the protective mask the umpire may omit the hat while umpiring behind the plate.
Umpire equipment to include; chest protector, shin guards and mask will be available for use at each field.
Paid umpires will wear the chest protectors and shin guards beneath the umpire clothing.
Umpires are required to submit their games worked each week on Sunday to the league UIC by 12:00 p.m.
Umpire pay will be processed weekly.
Umpires will sign all pitching affidavits.
Umpires will submit Player/Coach ejection reports to the league UIC within 12 hours of the ejection.