Riverside Bradford Baseball League
Single A Division Rules
1. The pitching distance is 43 feet at this level. Pitchers must be in contact with the rubber when they release the ball. If not, then the umpires will call an illegal pitch and a ball.
2. At the umpire’s discretion, a pitcher may hit only two batters in an inning and three in a game. Velocity, control and intent will be factors.
3. The batting order is continuous and the on-deck batter at the end of a game will bat first in the next game. A team must have the same order throughout the season, changing only once during the regular season and once more during the playoffs. The commissioner must be notified prior to any changes.
4. The umpire will issue one warning per team about throwing the bat. A second offense will result in an out.
5. Catchers and fielders cannot block a base. The runner must have access to the base. Obstruction will be called at the umpire’s discretion.
6. Runners can advance on all overthrows when the ball stays in play. Runners cannot advance when the pitcher has the ball on the mound OR if the catcher has the ball near home plate and the runner has retreated to the last occupied base, allowing a throw to the pitcher. A runner has retreated if the runner steps back/moves toward his/her last occupied base. The umpire will decide if the runner has retreated. Note: If a play is made on a runner who has retreated toward his last occupied base and the ball is overthrown, the runner may now advance at his/her own discretion. The mound is defined as the circle, of 10-foot diameter, surrounding the pitching rubber. The umpire will use their best discretion.
Example 1: After the pitch, the runner on third base comes off the base a few feet in the direction of home plate (i.e., takes a lead). The catcher has the ball and the third base runner steps back toward third base. The runner cannot advance to home plate when the catcher throws the ball to the pitcher. In this case, the runner has retreated by moving back to the third base.
Example 2: After the pitch, the runner on second base comes off the base a few feet in the direction of third base (i.e., takes a lead). The catcher has the ball and the second base runner holds his/her ground or continues moving toward third base. The runner can attempt to advance to third base when the catcher throws the ball to the pitcher. In this case, the runner has not retreated to the last occupied base.
Example 3: After the pitch, the runner on third base aggressively comes off the base in the direction of home plate (i.e., takes a lead). The catcher has the ball and the third base runner steps back toward third base. The catcher throws the ball to the third baseman, but the ball is overthrown. The runner now has the opportunity to advance to home plate at his/her own discretion.
7. Three successful steals will be allowed per inning. A team can only advance home once per inning on a successful steal.
8. The infield fly rule will NOT be enforced.
9. A maximum of five runs per inning is allowed. In the sixth inning, the team behind by more than five runs can score enough runs to tie the game but not go ahead. In the event runners score more than five runs due to a hit, the play will run its course but only five runs will be counted.
10. Umpires make final determination on ALL RULES. Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League rules prevail on any situation not covered above.