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2012 CENTRAL AREA YOUTH LEAGUE - RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

This program is for the benefit of the boys and girls. It is intended to teach them the proper fundamentals and basic strategies for baseball and softball. At the same time,

 

It should promote sportsmanship, fellowship, safety and well-being of each player,

regardless of the skill level, thereby providing wholesome activities for the youth of the Central area.

 

The League Commissioner or his designee, appointed by the Board of Directors of CAYL, will enforce the rules and regulations of these leagues. All inquiries concerning rule interpretation will be directed to and settled by the Commissioner or his designee.

 

 

 

Rule 1: AGE REQUIREMENTS

 

T-BALL                       Girls     4,5,6, & 7 years olds          Boys     4,5, & 6 years olds

 

BASEBALL                 D-Minor (Select & Draft)                7 & 8 year olds

                                   D-Major (Select & Draft)               9 & 10 year olds

                                   C League (Select & Draft)           11 & 12 year olds

                                   B League                                    13 & 14 year olds

 

 

 

 

SOFTBALL              Coaches Pitch                                7 & 8 year olds

                                    Fast-Pitch                                      10 & under

                                    Fast-Pitch                                      12 & under

                                    Fast-Pitch                                      15 & under

 

 

LEAGUE AGE is the age the child will be on MAY 1ST for the boys and JANUARY 1ST

for the girls of this year. However, in T-BALL with a child’s first year of eligibility, he/she is allowed to play if they will be 5 years of age by December 31st of this year.

 

A player may compete with only one CAYL team. If he/she should desire, any child may choose to play in the division one level higher than his/her age dictates. However, once a player has moved into the higher classified division, he/she may not in that year return to the lower league from which he/she is moving.

 

  

 

RULE 2: ROSTERS:

 

The Commissioner will designate rosters. If at all possible no team will have more than 15 players and no less than 12 players

 

Any child found intentionally giving false birth date information enabling the child to participate in the wrong division; will be ruled immediately ineligible for play the remainder of the season. All games he/she participated in will be ruled as forfeited  in favor of the opponent.

 

 

 

RULE 3: FIELD DIMENSIONS

 

T-BALL:        BASES       FAIR CIRCLE        SAFETY CIRCLE       O.F. CIRCLE

 

                        55 ft                   20 ft                              30 ft                               65 ft

 

The fair ball line will be marked with a 20 ft semicircle (from home plate) in fair territory. A batted ball must cross the line to be ruled fair.

 

The safety line will be marked with a 30ft semicircle (from home plate) in fair territory.

Infielders must say behind these lines until the ball is hit. (Penalty if fair /dead ball, all runners and batter ruled safe)

 

Outfielders must stay behind the outfield line until the ball is hit.

 

 

BASEBALL                          BASES                          PITCHING

 

D-MINOR                               60 ft                                 20-40 ft

D-MAJOR                               65 ft                                 46 ft

C LEAGUE                             70 ft                                 50 ft

B LEAGUE                              80 ft                                 54 ft

 

SOFTBALL                          BASES                          PITCHING

 

COACHES PITCH                 60 ft                                 34 ft

10 AND UNDER                    60 ft                                 34 ft

12 AND UNDER                    60 ft                                 40 ft

15 AND UNDER                    60 ft                                 40 ft

 

  

 

RULE 4: TIME LIMITS:

 

T-BALL                                               1 HOUR OR 5 INNINGS

 

D MINOR                                           1 HOUR 5 MINUTES OR 5 INNINGS

 

D MAJOR                                           1 HOUR 20 MINUTES OR 5 INNINGS

 

C LEAGUE                                         1 HOUR 30 MINUTES OR 6 INNINGS

 

B LEAGUE                                          1 HOUR 40 MINUTES OR 7 INNINGS

 

GIRLS COACHES PITCH                 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES OR 5 INNINGS

 

GIRLS 10 AND UNDER                    1 HOUR 20 MINUTES OR 5 INNINGS

 

GIRLS 12 AND UNDER                    1 HOUR 20 MINUTES OR 6 INNINGS

 

GIRLS 15 AND UNDER                    1 HOUR 30 MINUTES OR 7 INNINGS

 

 

No game shall begin earlier than 5 minutes before the scheduled start time unless both head coaches agree. Coaches, please have players  warmed up and game ready when the prior game ends.

 

Ten players are required for T-BALL, D-MINOR, and COACHES PITCH. A team that has only nine players at game time may start with nine players. If a tenth player shows up, the coach must put them in the tenth position in the batting order. Until the tenth player is added an out is called each time that spot come up to bat. If due to injury your roster is down to eight players, the injured player’s position in the batting order is also an automatic out.

 

Nine players are required for D-MAJOR, B & C LEAGUES, girls 10 and UNDER, 12 and UNDER, 15 and UNDER. A team that only has eight players will be allowed to stat the game. If a ninth player shows up, the coach must put him/her into the ninth spot in the batting order. Until the ninth player is added and out is called each time that spot comes up to bat. In fast pitch softball ten players are allowed to play but not required. If a tenth player is used they must be treated the same as the other nine starters as far as participation rules.

 

If a team cannot field the required number of players by game time (WHEN THE UMPIRE CALLS PLAY BALL) forfeiture to the opponent is called. When forfeiture is called, should the teams desire to play a practice game, team short of players may borrow sufficient players only from the team against they were scheduled to play. The practice game will end ten minutes before the next scheduled game time. If a game is not scheduled to follow the practice game, the game will last for the scheduled time limit.

 

An inning which is started before time expires, must be completed. For the purpose of this rule, an inning is started when the third out is made the previous inning.

 

If after the regulation number of innings, there is a tie and there is time left in the game, the tie breaker rule will be put into play until the tie is broken or time runs out. The “Tie Breaker Rule”        is the last batter out in the previous inning assumes the position at second base before the batter comes to bat. If at the end of game time, there is still a tie, both teams will have a ½ win and ½ loss.

 

 

 

RULE 5: PLAYER PARTICIPATION RULES:

 

T-BALL:  Each coach must play every player listed in the official scorebook a minimum of three consecutive outs in the field.

            All other leagues :      Every player listed in the official scorebook a minimum of three consecutive outs in the field on defense and bat at least once in the game.

            Free substitution rule : Starters and Subs may reenter game provided the batting order does not change.  

            Discipline rule: If a player is being disciplined, this must be reported to the plate umpire & official scorekeeper and marked in official records prior to start of game. Only players present at game time will be listed in the official scorebook. A player showing up after game time does not fall under the player participation rule and is played at the coaches discretion.

 

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF  PARTICIPATION RULE IS FORFEITURE

  

 

 

T-BALL RULES

 

1)   BATS :MAXIMUM DIAMETER IS 2 1/4 INCHES

                 MAXIMUM LENGTH IS 32 INCHES

2)   Every player present at game time must be listed on line up card and must bat in that

    order. Late players will be added to bottom of line up.

3)   The umpire should adjust the tee height for each player, and then place the ball o the

     tee. The umpire makes sure everyone is ready and then says “PLAY BALL” . If the  

     batter swings before the ump calls ”PLAY BALL” , the play is dead and one strike is

     called.

4)   The catcher should retrieve all balls thrown in from the field and hand them to the

     umpire who will place the ball on the tee.

5)   Batters must take a full swing at the ball. If on the third strike the ball is batted foul,

     the batter is out.

6)   If the ball is batted fair but remains within the 20 foot semicircle the play is dead and

     a strike is called.

7)   A fair ball is any ball within the first and third base boundary lines and past the  20

     foot semicircle, regardless of whether the batter hot the ball or the tee. A ball landing 

     on the line is considered to be a fair ball.

8)   Safety line: infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit (Penalty—if fair/

     dead ball all runners and batters ruled safe).

9)   A player is not permitted to steal or take a lead off a base (penalty player is called

       out).

10) Once a player has secured possession and control of the ball and is in the infield area

       (inside base paths to home plate) and does not attempt to make a play on an

        advancing runner, play will be called DEAD by the umpire . The runner will be

        allowed to advance to the base provided he/she has crossed the halfway mark

        between the bases.

11) If the ball is overthrown at first or third base, the ball is considered in play and all

       runners may advance at risk of being put out. An overthrown ball that goes out of the

       field is dead and allows runners to advance only one base.

12) Coaches are not permitted to assist any player while at bat or in the field unless time

       out is called by the umpire.

13) Players are allowed to slide into any base.

14) SCORING : Only the runs score before the third out and 11th batter is made shall

       count. After the third out is recorded or the seventh run scores the rest of the team

       shall bat in order but the runs that score shall not count. When the last batter in the

       order bats and play is stopped, that half of the inning is over.

15) It is the responsibility of the umpire to remove the tee from home plate area any time

       a play may be made  or any time a runner may attempt to score.

16) Umpires will call “time” after every play and declare the ball “dead”. Time shall be

       called as soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. Time does not have

        to be called by the players.

17) PLAYING POSITIONS:

           

1.      The playing positions will be the same as slow pitch softball

2.      The pitcher is for defensive purposes only

3.      no player may be inside or standing on the infield safety line till the bal is hit, at which time the player may enter the restricted area to play the ball

4.      The catcher should stand next to the umpire and to the opposite of the batter

5.      The four designated outfielders must be behind the outfield circle. They cannot be within the infield area until after the ball has been hit. They must not obstruct the runners

6.      unless they have the ball in possession

 

 

  

BOYS  D MINOR / COACHES PITCH

 

1)      BATS: ANY BAT THAT HAS COACHES PITCH, CP  STAMPED  OR ENGRAVED OR MARKETED FOR COACHES PITCH IS NOT ALLOWED FOR USE IN CAYL OR USSSA PLAY.

2)      The ball will be pitched by a coach from within the mound area with one foot on or straddling the pitchers line.

3)      All pitching coaches must avoid being hit or interfering with play of the defensive players. If in the umpires judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to get out of  the way of a defensive player, the batter is called out . no runners allowed to advance

4)      Batted balls: If in the umpire’s judgment the coach did make a legitimate attempt to get out of the way, then the ball becomes dead and a no pitch is declared. If in the umpires judgment the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to get out of the way, the ball becomes dead, and the batter is called out and all runners must return to last base occupied.

5)       The pitching coach cannot coach the batters or runners while on the field.

6)      All catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet, mask, chest protector and shin guards.

7)      The player in the defensive position of the pitcher must stay behind the pitching rubber until after the ball is hit or crosses the plate.

8)      There will be twenty foot semicircle drawn from 1st baseline to 3rd baseline in front of home plate. A ball must pass this line to be fair. Balls not passing the line are considered foul balls. If a defensive player touches the ball prior to crossing the line it is a foul ball.

9)      No walks will be allowed. The batter must hit the ball and three strikes are allowed.

10)     Each batter is allowed six pitches to hit. If on the sixth pitch the batter does not hit the ball fair he is out.

11)     Maximum is 7 runs scored per side per inning or ten batters.

12)     No head first slides and players must slide as to a play being made at a base.

13)     The batter cannot advance on dropped third strike

14)     A base runner is not permitted to steal or take a lead off a base (penalty is base runner is out).

 

 

  

GIRLS COACHES PITCH

 

1)    BATS: ANY BAT THAT HAS COACHES PITCH, CP  STAMPED  OR ENGRAVED OR MARKETED FOR COACHES PITCH IS NOT ALLOWED FOR USE IN CAYL OR USSSA PLAY.

2)    The ball will be pitched by a coach from within the mound area with one foot on or straddling the pitchers line.

3)    All pitching coaches must avoid being hit or interfering with play of the defensive players. If in the umpires judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to get out of  the way of a defensive player, the batter is called out . no runners allowed to advance

4)    Batted balls: If in the umpire’s judgment the coach did make a legitimate attempt to get out of the way, then the ball becomes dead and a no pitch is declared. If in the umpires judgment the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to get out of the way, the ball becomes dead, and the batter is called out and all runners must return to last base occupied.

5)    The pitching coach cannot coach the batters or runners while on the field.

6)    All catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet, mask, chest protector and shin guards.

7)    The player in the defensive position of the pitcher must stay behind the pitching rubber until after the ball is hit or crosses the plate.

8)    There will be twenty foot semicircle drawn from 1st baseline to 3rd baseline in front of home plate. A ball must pass this line to be fair. Balls not passing the line are considered foul balls. If a defensive player touches the ball prior to crossing the line it is a foul ball.

9)    No walks will be allowed. The batter must hit the ball and three strikes are allowed.

10)  Each batter is allowed six pitches to hit. If on the sixth pitch the batter does not hit the ball fair he is out.

11)  Only one foul ball is allowed with the third strike. The next strike or foul is out.

12)  Maximum is 7 runs scored per side per inning or ten batters

13)  No head first slides and all players must slide as to a play being made.

14)  The batter cannot advance on dropped third strike.

15)  A base runner is not permitted to steal or take a lead off a base (penalty is base runner is out)

 

 

 

BOY’S  D Major

 

1.      All base running will be governed by USSSA BASEBALL rules.

2.      FOR THIRD BASE ONLY: After a pitched ball and the catcher has control of the ball, and the base runner has stopped his forward motion, the base runner must return to third base.

 Explanation--             

            A)      BASE RUNNER MUST RETURN TO BASE ONCE HE STOPS HIS FORWARD MOTION TO HOME PLATE

            B)      BASE RUNNER CAN BE PLAYED UPON WHILE RETURNING TO THIRD BASE

            C)      IF BASE RUNNER IS PLAYED UPON, BASE RUNNER CAN ADVANCE OR RETURN.

3.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

4.      USSSA pitching rules will be followed

5.      No pitcher will be allowed to return to the mound after being replaced as a pitcher not even the starting pitcher.

6.      The balk rule will be in effect

7.      No head first slides except back to the bag and if a play is being made the base runner must slide.

 

 

 

BOY’S  B LEAGUE

 

1.      All base running will be governed by USSSA BASEBALL rules.

2.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

3.      USSSA pitching rules will be followed

4.      The balk rule will be in effect

5.      Base runners may slide head first.If a play is being made the base runner must slide..

 

  

 

BOY’S  C LEAGUE

 

1.      All base running will be governed by USSSA BASEBALL rules.

2.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

3.      USSSA pitching rules will be followed

4.      The balk rule will be in effect

5.      No head first slides except back to the bag and if a play is being made the base runner must slide..

 

  

 

GIRLS 10 &UNDER

 

1.      The base runner is allowed to steal but must stay in contact with the occupied base until the ball is pitched (penalty for leaving early the runner is out and the play is dead. The pitch stands as called ball or strike.

2.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

3.      Any pitcher that is still a legal player can return to the mound and pitch

4.      An eleven inch optic yellow ball will be used

5.      No head first slides and if a play is being made the base runner must slide.

6.      The batter is not allowed to run on a dropped third strike, the ball remains alive for the purpose of throwing advancing runners out.

7.      Runners are only allowed to steal one base at a time even on overthrown balls.

8.      Runners are not allowed to steal home on a passed ball, unless a play is made on her when she is returning to third base.

 

  

 

GIRLS 12 &UNDER

 

1.      The base runner is allowed to steal but must stay in contact with the occupied base until the ball is pitched (penalty for leaving early the runner is out and the play is dead. The pitch stands as called ball or strike.

2.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

3.      Any pitcher that is still a legal player can return to the mound and pitch

4.      An twelve inch optic yellow ball will be used

5.      No head first slides and if a play is being made the base runner must slide.

6.      The batter is allowed to run on a dropped third strike.

 

 

 

GIRLS 15 &UNDER

 

1.      The base runner is allowed to steal but must stay in contact with the occupied base until the ball is pitched (penalty for leaving early the runner is out and the play is dead. The pitch stands as called ball or strike.

2.      Any team that scores seven runs in one inning, the inning is over regardless of outs   

3.      Any pitcher that is still a legal player can return to the mound and pitch

4.      An twelve inch optic yellow ball will be used

5.      No head first slides and if a play is being made the base runner must slide.

6.      The batter is allowed to run on a dropped third strike.

 

  

 

RULE 6: GAME RULES

 

 

USSSA RULES WILL BE APPLIED TO ALL LEAGUES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FOLLOWING CAYL RULES

  1. No infield practice is allowed before or between games. Warm ups may be done outside the fence area prior to scheduled game times. NO SWINGING BATS outside the fenced playing fields.

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  3. Any time a batter slings a bat he /she is subject to be called out without warning.

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  5. When a team is in the field the defensive coaches must remain in the dugout. Any player designated as a base coach must wear a batting helmet

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  7. Lineups including full name and number will be given to scorekeeper in writing  ten minutes prior to scheduled game time.

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  9. Every substitution must be reported to the scorekeeper by the coach at the time of substitution. If the score keeper determines a player has not been reported, the scorekeeper shall immediately notify the umpire. This does not include a legal player who is merely batting out of turn. Batting out of turn must be appealed by the opposing coach. The scorekeeper reports only the player who was not properly reported as a substitute by the coach.

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  11. Any pitching change must be reported to scorekeeper

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  13. Under the substitution rule, a starter and a substitute may enter the game an unlimited amount of times but must occupy the same position in the batting order.

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  15. Should a starting player who has not been substituted for be injured and all substitutes on the bench have been entered into the game, any player not currently in the lineup at the time of the injury may be entered into the injured player’s position in the batting order. The injured player may reenter the game after one inning of play if his injury should allow it. However, the player who became the substitute for the injured player remains the injured player’s substitute and must be removed from the game. (in other words the injury substitute cannot be moved back to his original batting order: he remains in the batting order where he was placed as substitute for the injured player).

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  17. All players are required to wear a team uniform. All players will wear rubber soled shoe or cleats

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  19. All catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet, mask, chest protector, and shin guards. The exception is T-BALL where the catcher is only required to wear a helmet.

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  21. CAYL equipment must not be painted and turned in at end of season.

              

 

SPORTSMANSHIP

  

1.)    Any player that throws his/her bat or helmet shall be ejected from game.

2.)    No player, coach, fan, shall ride, abuse, heckle, or make uncomplimentary remarks to any opposing player, team, official, scorekeeper or park official. Any individual violating this rule, at the desecration of the umpire and or Commissioner may be ejected from the game and or park.

3.)    The coach is responsible for controlling his/her players, assistant coaches, parents, and fans. The Head Coach will be ejected if he doesn’t control his team or fans. If the team or fans still cant be controlled the game shall be forfeited to the opposing team.

4.)    No smoking or tobacco use will be allowed on the field of play or in the dugouts by coaches, players, or umpires.

5.)     No alcoholic beverages are allowed in park or parking area.

 

  

 

SCOREKEEPERS AND GAME PROTESTS

  

1.)    NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO QUESTION THE SCOREKEEPER EXCEPT THE UMPIRE.       

2.)    The official scorekeeper and scorebook will be supplied by CAYL. The official scorekeeper must report to the field ten minutes prior to game time. Conferences with the scorekeeper will only be allowed before the game, between games, during an official time out, or after the game.     The umpire must be present during such conferences.  

3.)    The Head Coach must go to the plate umpire if he believes the scorekeeper has made a mistake on the score.

4.)    A protest may be filed when a coach claims that an umpire’s decision is in violation of these rules. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgement calls by the umpire. In all protested games the decision of the CAYL Board is final.

5.)     Whenever a coach protest a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules, the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch is made or a runner is retired. A protest fee of  $25.00 cash must be paid to the umpire at the time of the protest.

6.)    Even if it is held that the protest decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the opinion of the CAYL Board the violation adversely affected the protesting team’s chances of winning the game. The protest fee will be forfeited if the protest is disallowed.

7.)    A protest must be made immediately after the play or ruling in question occurs, before play resumes. If the game ends on the play or ruling in question, the protest must be made to the Commissioner (or his designee) within thirty minutes of the game ending.

                                               

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