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Riverside Bradford Baseball League

General Rules (All Divisions)

 
1. Our primary goal is to teach baseball and make it fun.
 
2. Profanity is not allowed by coaches, umpires, parents, or players.  Arguing between opposing coaches, umpires, and/or parents may result in removal from the game.  The head coach is responsible for his assistants, parents, and players.  Any conduct deemed unsportsmanlike by an umpire (e.g., throwing a bat or helmet, profanity) will result in a warning and/or ejection based upon the severity of the action.  If you have a problem, contact your commissioner.  Teach good sportsmanship.
 
3. There is no smoking on any fields at any time.  Spectators and umpires are prohibited from smoking on school property by city permit and strongly discouraged from smoking at all fields.  Violations will result in removal from facility/field.
 
4. Eating is not allowed on the bench or in the playing area.
 
5. After each game or practice, each team is responsible to make sure the fields and spectator areas are clean and not littered with debris.  For games, the home team is responsible for returning all bases and other shared equipment into the equipment bin, unless another game immediately follows.
 
6. The home team will use the first base bench and the visitors, the third base side.
Visitors will take infield practice first, for 15 minutes in the 30 minute period before the start of the game.  The home team will practice for the last 15 minutes and remain on the field to start the game.
 
7. Players must wear full league issued uniforms only, a team cap and socks, where applicable.  If an additional player is called up from a lower division that player must wear his/her full uniform.
 
8. All batters and base runners must wear a helmet.
 
9. All catchers must wear a cup, regardless of gender.  It is recommended that all other players wear a cup.  Anyone catching and/or warming up a pitcher at any location shall wear a mask.
 
10. There will be no batting practice on the playing field one hour or less before game time.
 
11. Recruit parents to help during games and practices.  Two assistants during games allow someone to dress the catcher, warm up pitchers, keep the book and coach the bases with a player when your team is batting.  A Manager and two adult coaches are allowed in the dugout area during games.  A scorekeeper may sit on the bench or outside the playing area.
 
12. Two adults may coach the bases with two players, one player in each box.  Players in the coaching boxes must wear helmets.
 
13. An automatic time-out occurs when a player is hurt during the game.  Base runners will be placed at the umpire’s discretion.
 
14. Intentional walks are not allowed.
 
15. Runners cannot leave the base until the ball crosses the plate (except in the Major A division).
 
16. A steal is defined as advancing a base without the occurrence of a hit, walk, and/or error (excluding an overthrow). This definition applies unless otherwise noted in specific divisional rules.  
 
Example: The runner on first base attempts to steal second base. If the catcher throws the ball into the outfield and the runner advances to third base, then this will count as one steal (of second base) for the offensive team and the runner advances to third base on the overthrow.
 
17. A batter will not square to bunt, straighten up and swing away.  This is considered slash bunting and, due to safety concerns for the fielders, is not allowed.  The batter will be called out, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance.  A second offense by the same player will result in ejection from the game and/or suspension.
 
18. RUNNERS must slide feet first on a close play or avoid collision. There is no headfirst sliding allowed into a base (including home plate). If a runner slides headfirst, they will be called out. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a runner can go back to a base headfirst.
 
If a runner attempting to reach home plate or another base intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player in the area of home plate or a base, the runner will be called out and ejected from the game.
 
19. For Major Minor, Single A, Double A, Major 60, and Major 70:
  • Games will be scheduled to start at 5:30 PM.  No inning shall start after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the start of the game.  At the umpire’s discretion, games will be called due to darkness for safety reasons.
20. Rules pertaining to RB1 Field only when there is a double header scheduled:
  • No inning will start after 7:15 PM if a second game is scheduled under the lights.  The second game will start 15 minutes after the first game ends.
  • There is a 9:45 PM curfew on the lighted field.
21. On-deck batters are not allowed to hold a bat.
 
22. Base coaches cannot touch runners when the ball is in play.  The runner is out.
 
23. A coach may come out twice in one inning to visit with a pitcher, but the third time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher.  A coach may come out three times in one game to visit a pitcher, but the fourth time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher.
 
24. A team may play a game with eight (8) players, but the other team will play nine (9) in the field.
 
25. No player can sit on the bench more than two innings.  Note: If a head coach knows his team will be shorthanded, then contact the Divisional Commissioner to add eligible players from the next level down.  Any player called up to the next level CANNOT pitch and MUST first be approved by the Divisional Commissioner and/or Player Agent.
 
26. When a game is cancelled, the head coaches have two weeks to play the game during the home team’s practice time.  The home team’s coach will initiate this process and contact the umpire-in-chief of the makeup date and time.  If agreement cannot be reached, the commissioner and umpire-in-chief will be consulted.  If the game cannot be made up, both teams take a loss.  If it can be shown that one coach would not cooperate, that team will take a loss and the other team a win.
 
27. No breaking balls (curves, sliders, etc.) will be allowed.  Umpires will call an illegal pitch and a ball and will issue a warning.  A second offense by the same pitcher will result in that pitcher being removed from the mound for the remainder of the game.
 
The following pitching rules apply to ONLY the Single A, Double A, Triple A, and Major A Divisions.
 
28. A coach must remove a pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age division as noted below, but the player may remain in the game at another position:
  • Major A & Triple A 85 pitches per day
  • Double A & Single A 75 pitches per day
When this limit is reached, the pitcher must be removed from the mound. If a pitcher reaches the limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch, until that batter reaches base or is put out.
 
29. Pitchers must adhere to the following rest requirements:
  • 61 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • 41-60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • 21-40 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest must be observed.
 
For example, John Smith throws 75 pitches on Monday.  John Smith is not eligible to pitch again until Friday.
 

Pitcher throws

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

61+ pitches

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

41-60 pitches

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

21-40 pitches

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

1-20 pitches

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

 

Pitcher is next eligible to pitch

 
 
30. A player may not pitch in more than one game in one day.
 
31. A pitcher who delivers 40 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
 
32. The manager and/or scorekeeper 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.  The total pitches for each pitcher must be entered in the scorebook.  The scorebook will be used to determine the pitching eligibility in a subsequent game or games. PITCH COUNTS WILL BE CONFIRMED BY BOTH TEAMS AT THE COMPLETION OF EACH HALF INNING.
 
33. Any pitcher, once removed from the pitcher's position, cannot return to pitch in the same game.
 
34. If a regular season game is tied after 6 complete innings, the game will be recorded as a tie.  Extra innings will only be allowed during the playoffs.
 
35. Bat Rules:  New rules starting in the 2018 season.
 
All bat levels will need to have the USA Baseball Stamp on it. If the bat has a USA stamp on it then it can be used for any of the divisions in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League, all other bats will be illegal. The barrel sizes for these bats will be from 2 1/4-2 5/8 and the new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so players can use bats made with light-weight material as long as the USA stamp is on the bat. All other bats from previous years will now be considered illegal starting January 1, 2018.  
 
Below is what the stamp will look like on the bats.  The Riverside Bradford Baseball League will NOT be supplying baseball bats in the 2018 season. 
 
 
USSSA (U triple S A) - These stamped bats WILL NOT be allowed in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League in 2018.  
 
  • If an illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his/her "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
  • If a player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension hits a fair ball will be ruled out.  No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand.  This is an appeal play.  The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
  • If an illegal bat is discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.
36. Steals are limited to 3 per inning in Single A, Double A, Triple A and Major A.  A steal is defined in rule 16 of the Riverside-Bradford Baseball League General Rules.
 
37. The manager and/or scorekeeper should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game. However, the failure by the scorekeeper 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. Violation of any section of Rules 28 thru 33 can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protests shall be made in accordance with Babe Ruth Playing Rules (see Babe Ruth rule 4.19). 
 
38. All playoff games consist of six innings and will be played to their completion.