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ROOKIE DIVISION LEAGUE RULES

Updated September 2017

Uniform Requirements:  All players will receive a shirt and a hat.
WHITE PANTS (ELASTIC WAIST OR BELT LOOPS), BASEBALL SOCKS, MOLDED CLEATS, BATTING HELMET, GLOVE,
stamped USA BAT & ATLETIC CUP.

Distances: Bases Lengths - 60 feet
                      Machine Pitching - 45 feet
                   Coach Pitching - 38 feet

1. TEAM COMPOSITION

 

a. Teams will consist of a minimum of ten (10) players.
b. Players will be drafted to teams by the Coaches. Returning players will remain on the roster of the team they played on the previous year. The remaining of registered players will be dispersed so that the numerical total of seven and eight year olds are as even as possible.
c. Players on a waiting list will be assigned by the Player Agent as openings occur.

2. TRYOUTS

 

  • All 6 through 8 year-old league eligible players must attend tryouts. Only returning Pinto League players, as well as frozen players are excused (see rule #4 for explanation of frozen players).
  • Any returning league player who does not wish to play for his or her previous years’ team may elect to return to the draft, but must attend tryouts. Players who take this course of action must declare to the Player Agent their desire to re-enter the draft. This must occur prior to the actual draft day. A player opting for the action may not be re-drafted by the previous season’s team, even if that team has a new coach.
  • Returning league players who dropped from a team anytime during the previous season will be placed in the draft and must attend tryouts. There will be no exception to this rule.
  • Returning league players whose previous team has been dissolved will be placed in the draft. They will also be required to attend tryouts. A team is dissolved only if the registration #’s dictate a lower number of teams, not if the manager moved on.
  • Any player who does not attend tryouts, will become a “blind draft pick”. Players in this category will be chosen during a draft round determined by the Player Agent prior to the commencement of the actual draft.
  • League players who register after the draft, will be placed on a waiting list, regardless of whether or not they played for a league team the previous season. Players on the waiting list will be placed on teams if, or as openings occur.
  • Waiting list players will be assigned to a team with an opening by the Player Agent and the Division Vice President.

3. MANAGERS AND COACHES

 

a. Any manager, coach or league official who disregards league rules and by-laws, i.e., arguing with the umpires, missing working partied, missing meeting, missing duty officer assignment, failure to return equipment and/or uniforms, etc., can be subject to the following actions by the Executive Committee:
(1) First Violation; Written notification to the Executive Committee by League Vice President.
(2) Second Violation; Suspension for the next regular scheduled game.
(3) Third Violation; Indefinite suspension.
b. There will be a minimum of one managers and coaches meeting during the season. Additional meetings may be scheduled.
c. Team Managers shall be selected for an upcoming season by the League Vice President, Executive Director and Player Agent. The replacement for a manager during a season shall also be made by these individuals.
d. Managers who will be filling a vacant teams roster for an upcoming season shall draw for a vacant team conducted by the Player Agent. Drawing for vacant teams will take place only after all returning players, frozen players, and coach of record issues have been satisfied.
e. Managers are required to name their Coach of Records (COR) at least one week prior to the draft. It is the Managers’ responsibility to notify the league Vice President and the League Player Agent of his or her choice. If any team fails to have a Coach of Record identified by the date of the league tryout, then that team will not have a COR for that particular season and teams draft order will be adjusted accordingly. A COR may only be chosen from a player new to the league or rising from a lower division. A COR may not be chosen from a returning player even if that player has returned to the draft either voluntarily or involuntarily.

4. FROZEN PLAYERS RULES

 

  • Only 1 playing child of a Team’s Manager and Coach of Record may be frozen to any team. Thus, there may be no more than (2) frozen players on any team at any time. This includes the previous seasons players, as well as the current seasons frozen players. However, a sibling of a Manager or Coach of Records child is not considered to be a frozen player.
  • Any team having the previous seasons Managers child as a returning player may only freeze a new Coach of Records child. Conversely, any team having the previous seasons Coach of Records child as a returning player may only freeze a new Managers child.
  • In a case where the previous seasons Manager or Coach of Record no longer desires to participate in that capacity, and his or her child desires to remain on the same team, that child shall be counted as a frozen player. In the event the new Manager does not desire to designate the player in question as a frozen player, than that player must re-enter the draft, but may be redrafted by the same team.
  • Returning league players who wish not to return to the previous seasons team for their second season in a respective division, must re-enter the draft.
  • Exception to the frozen player rule: In the event of a hardship occurrence, whereby the Manager or COR of a team is transferred out of town (i.e. military deployment or transfer), or has a medical condition which would render him or her incapable of carrying out the managerial duties for the team, the Executive Committee of the league will make a judgment based on the conditions as to allow or disallow a third frozen player on a team roster. This exception does not apply to Managers and CORs whose normal job takes them out of town for short periods of time and/or periodically during the season. A second COR will not be designated solely for the purpose of obtaining a third frozen player.

5. DRAFT PROCEDURES

 

  • The league draft will be conducted using a point value system. In order to determine the draft sequence for each team, each player will be assigned a point value, hereby known as the INITIAL ASSIGNED POINT VALUE. The INITIAL ASSIGNED POINT VALUE for a player is broken down as follows:
All travel teams-----------------------------------------------4 points
Returning tournament A player-----------------------------4 points
Returning tournament B player-----------------------------3 points
Incoming frozen player new to Lynnhaven--------------- 3 point
Returning non-tournament player---------------------------1 point
a. The highest INITIAL ASSIGNED POINT VALUE for any player will take priority over lower point value for that same player.
b. Each and every tournament-selected player from any league will have points assigned to his/her in accordance with paragraph 3A above, even if the player declined to participate.
c. Upon the assignment of INITIAL POINT VALUES, the following point system will be used throughout the draft:
First round draft pick-----------------------------------3 points
Second round draft pick--------------------------------2 points
Third round draft pick (and beyond)-----------------1 point
d. Team draft order will be established using the lowest to highest system. That is, the team whose total of INITIAL POINT VALUE is lowest, will have the first draft pick. The next lowest total IPV will pick next and so on. This order of draft will continue until parity is achieved, or such time that all teams’ point values are within two (2) of the team who started with the highest total INITIAL POINT VALUE. In the case of two or more teams having the same IPV before drafting begins, the team with the fewer number of players will draft first. If two or more teams have an equal number of players and points, lots will be drawn from a hat to decide which team drafts first, and so on.
e. Standard draft procedures begin when parity is achieved per rule 5(D) above. The team with the highest total INITIAL POINT VALUE will then choose, starting the next round, followed by the second highest point value, and so on. In the case of a tie rule 5(D) will apply. In the case of parity begin achieved prior to a team making its first draft selection, round 2 will begin with the team(s) not having picked in round 1 until all get a pick. The order will then be followed by highest to lowest of the remaining teams. Each subsequent round will maintain that same order.
f. Once any team has picked a total of up to one less player than the roster limit, as established by the Player Agent, that team will not draft again until the final draft round. This procedure ensures that every team will have a last round draft pick. The final draft round will reverse and go from lowest to highest.
g. The draft round for “blind draft pick” players, will be decided upon prior to the draft commencing as agreed to by the team managers.

6. DRAFT ATTENDANCE

 

a. The draft will be conducted in a closed session with ONLY the following persons authorized to be present:
i. Managers or, if unable to attend, their designated representative;
ii. Coaches of Record;
iii. Respective Mustang and Bronco Player Agent, Executive Director, and Vice President.

7. EQUIPMENT

 

a. All managers are responsible for the league equipment issued to them, including uniforms. Immediately after the teams last scheduled game of the regular season the manager will collect all equipment and return it to the equipment manager.
b. In the event an item of equipment needs to be replaced during the season, the old piece of equipment must be turned in before a new item can be issued by the Equipment Manager.
c. Players assigned to play the pitching position, must wear a league issued heart guard and face mask.

ALL PLAYERS MUST USE A USABAT STAMPED BASEBALL BAT FOR ANY PLATE APPEARANCE DURING ALL GAMES AT TRANT FIELD.  USE OF AN ILLEGAL BAT WILL RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING CALLED OUT AND ALL RUNNERS RETURNING TO BASE AT THE TIME OF FIRST PITCH.  THE MANAGER WILL RECEIVE A WARNING AND AFTER THREE WARNINGS FOR THE USE OF ILLEGAL BATS, WILL BE REMOVED AS MANAGER OF THE TEAM FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.


8. FIELD PREPARATION

 

a. BOTH TEAMS will prepare the field for play at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each game. Infield and/or batting practice will not begin until the field is ready for play.
b. Minimum field preparation includes:
(1) Chalking the base and foul lines
(2) Outlining the batters box
(3) Drag and rake field to insure all holes are filled in for player safety
c. Managers of both teams will ensure the cleanliness of their respective dugouts after each game.
d. New baseball will be provided for each game by the league.
e. Managers of both teams are responsible for securing the field when they play the last game of the day. This includes bases and lights.
f. The home team is responsible for operating the scoreboard or keeping the official score book. An adult or responsible young adult shall be present at all times. Only the scorekeeper is permitted in the press box.

9. PLAYING RULES

 

a. Except as modified herein and in the current edition of the “Pony Rules and Regulations for Pinto League Baseball”, game playing rules are as stated in the current edition of OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES, published by the National Baseball Congress, Inc.
b. A coach of the team at bat or designated person will pitch to each member of his team in the regular batting rotation. The coach/pitcher WILL NOT become involved in the normal play of the game. This requires leaving the field of play once the batter has hit the ball. After the umpire declares the ball is dead and calls time out, the coach/pitcher may return to the pitching mound. Violation of this rule, in the judgment of the umpire, may result in offensive interference. (See rule 9 (e).
c. Each batter will be given up to five (5) pitches, or three (3) strikes to put the ball into play. A players turn at bat will not end on a foul ball unless caught by the defensive team.
d. A batted ball touched by the coach/pitcher in any, will be ruled a dead ball, no pitch, and the batter will not be penalized. The batter will resume their at bat at the point where it left off. (Same count/number of pitches prior to dead ball).
e. The coach/pitcher will be charged with offensive interference if, in the judgment of the umpire, the coach/pitcher interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders, or confuses any fielder attempting to make a defensive play. The umpire will rule it a dead ball, the batter is out and no runners will advance.
f. Continuous batting order rule will apply to all games. All players on the roster, present for the game, will bat in order regardless whether playing the field or not. Players arriving late for a game will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. A player is deemed “late” after the first pitch of the game. Violation of this rule will be recorded as an out.
g. Bunting is not allowed. Umpires will rule the batter out for bunting.
h. A batter throwing the bat, after hitting the ball, in the judgment of the umpire, will be given a warning, and a “w” will be inserted into the official score book alongside the batters name. In the event the same batter throws their bat again in the same game, the umpire will rule the batter out, and no base runners will be allowed to advance.
i. If a batter choices not to bat, an out will be recorded, and the game will proceed as normal.
j. Players leaving the game prematurely, as a result of an injury, may be removed from the batting order. The team will not be assessed an out due to the absence of the player from the lineup, and the player may be allowed to re-enter the game. However, players being removed as a result of discipline by either manager, or parent, will be assessed an out each time the player would be scheduled to bat. Disciplined players, will not be allowed to re-enter the game. In both cases, the opposing manager must be notified of any changes in the batting order.
k. Base runners leaving the base before a pitched ball is hit by the batter will be given a waning. In the event, during the same inning, the base runner leaves a base before a pitched ball a second time, the base runner will be called out.
l. Base runners may advance only one (1) base on an overthrow at anytime, regardless of whether the ball goes into foul or fair territory during the overthrow. The base runner is advancing at his own risk, and regardless of whether another overthrow occurs, the base runner will advance only one base. Once the umpire has defined the ball to be dead, the umpire will instruct the base runners to their designated bases. If in the judgment of the umpire, the base runner is more than halfway to the next base, at the time of the overthrow, the base runner will be awarded he next base, if not the base runner will return to the previous base.
m. Coaches will not physically assist base runners while the ball is in play. Violations will result in a dead ball, the base runner is out, and not other runners will advance.
n. No team will score more than five (5) runs in an inning. IF there are less than three outs when five runs are scored, the teams will change sides. This rule does not apply to the sixth inning, or extra innings. FALL BALL ONLY: The 6th inning will be changed from unlimited runs to a 5 run rule inning.
o. No Ten (10) –Run rule will apply.
p. Teams with less than nine (9) players available at the starting time of a game will forfeit. There is no grace period. Managers are encouraged to have players arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled game time.
q. Defensive teams will consist of nine (9) players.  

 A Pitcher, Catcher, 1st Base, 2nd Base, 3rd Base, Shortstop, Left field, Center field, and Right field.  The pitcher will stand to the side of the Coach Pitcher and no more than two (2) feet behind and must have at least one (1) foot in the dirt.  The Pitcher will at all times, while on the field, wear the protective heart guard and face mask that will be supplied by the league.


****Only the umpire has the authority to call “Time” when he deems the play to have ended.  To have “Time” called by the umpire, the defensive team must have the ball in a position on the field that stops the offensive base runners from advancing.  If base runners are still moving, the play is considered live and “Time” will not be called until the play is completely over.


Lynnhaven Boys Baseball uses Junior Umpires for our Pinto Division.  They are identified by their blue shirt that reads “Junior Umpire” on the back.  Once the game has begun, they are in complete control of the game.  All calls made by the Junior Umpire are official.  Please respect these gentlemen and adhere to their calls.  

r. It is the intention of the league to give every player as much playing time as possible. Every player on the roster will bat in a continuous batting order regardless of whether they are playing in the field or not. All players in the league shall play a minimum of three (3) innings in the field. No player will sit out 2 consecutive innings. Managers shall strictly enforce this rule and play all players except those being disciplined. Any manager planning to hold a player out of a game for any reason must inform opposing manager of his or her plans, as well as the reason for the action prior to the start of the game and on the lineup cards. Any team not complying with this rule will forfeit the game played in which this rule was broken.
s. Two (2) coaches maximum will be allowed to instruct defensive players from behind the outfielders during the first half of league play.
t. If a manager, because of discipline or health reasons, is not going to play a player in a game, they must inform both the league official and the opposing manager of the reason prior to the beginning of the game. It is the responsibility of the managers to retain copies of their own and opposing lineups for the duration of the season.
u. A regulation game will be of six (6) innings or duration of time, which ever is first.
v. No new inning will start more than one (1) one and twenty (20) minutes after the official start of the game.
w. Extra innings may be played in case of a tie. Maximum of two innings, time permitting.
x. If the games is called for any reason, other than the duration of time, i.e., weather, it is considered a complete game if; four innings have been completed or, the home team has scored more runs in three innings than the visiting team has scored in four innings. Rescheduling of any game, for any reason, will be at the discretion of the Player Agent.
y. Any games protested, must be submitted in writing, to the Pinto League Vice President within 48 hours of its occurrence; in addition, the manager lodging the protest, must inform the umpire of the game in question prior to resumption of play.
z. The league strongly encourages coaches to rotate players between playing infield positions and outfield positions.

10. POST SEASON PLAYOFFS

 

a. All teams will qualify for post-season play.
b. Playoff format will vary from year to year depending upon the number of teams in the league. After the number of teams participating in the league is established, and prior to the beginning of the regular season, league officials will announce the format for the post-season playoffs.
c. The team with the higher seed will be designated the home team, excluding the League Championship Game which will use a coin flip for designation of the home team.
d. Awards will be given to both the Playoff Champion and the runner up players.
e. The following rule changes will be in affect for the Post Season:
(1) No coaches will be allowed to assist defensively on the playing field.
(2) Enforcement of the pitching distance, (38’).
(3) No warning will be given to; base runners leaving the base before a pitched ball is hit by the batter, or batters throwing the bat after hitting the ball.
The umpire will rule the base/runner batter out.
(4) In the event of a tie, the duration of time of the game will be disregarded; extra innings will be played up to a maximum of eight
(8) innings. If after eight (8) innings of play and the score still tied, the two teams will resume play as soon as the schedule allows.

11. ALL-STAR COMPETITION

 

a. The manager of each division all –star team will bet the regular season divisional champion. Assistance will come form the remaining managers in their respective divisions. Managers not part of the coaching staffs are encouraged to assist in umpiring the game.
b. The all-star game will consist of seven (7) innings, no time limit, game.
c. All members of the all-star teams will be required to play an equal number of innings as possible in the field.
d. Player selection will be as follows:
(1) A list of all-star players from each team must be received by the league Vice President no later than 48 hours following the last regular season game.
(2) The manager of each team will select two (2) players for the all-star team. List should include the player’s telephone number and address. A copy will be given
to the Player Agent.
(3) The all-star teams from both divisions will be announced immediately following the league Championship Game.
(4) All-star players will not include tournament team players.
e. Any deviation from the above process must be approved by the Pinto League Vice President.

12. TOURNAMENT TEAM

 

a. At the half way point in the regular season, the league Vice President will call a meeting of all managers. Each manager may nominate up to, but no more than six (6) players from their team, whom they feel are tournament caliber players. The list will include nominated player’s uniform numbers for easy identification. Managers have the entire second half of the season to evaluate the nominees.
b. Managers will meet in June to select the tournament team. This meeting will be restricted to the following persons; League President, League Executive Vice President, League Vice President, Player Agent, and Managers. Managers not able to attend may have an assistant coach representative. ONLY MANAGERS will vote for the tournament players.
c. Any additions/deletions to the player nominee list may be made at this time. Six players per team rule remains in effect. Managers will make comments on behalf of their players. After discussions the voting process will follow as such:
(1) There will be no frozen players.
(2) Voting will be conducted by secret ballot.
(3) Each manager will select twelve (12) players.
(4) The Player Agent will compile the votes. The top twelve vote getters, receiving a predetermined percent of manager’s votes, are for a second vote involving only
the players who are tied for the remaining position(s) on the team.
(5) Once the tournament team has been selected, the Player Agent will verify that the selected players qualify for tournament play (i.e.; boundaries). Those not
qualified will be dropped form the tournament team and the managers will vote in their replacement(s) from the list, prior to selection of tournament team manager.
(6) After the tournament team has been selected, players choosing not to participate, will be replaced from the list of nominees.
(7) The tournament team will consist of no more than twelve (12) players to allow each player maximum playing time.
(8) The same voting procedures will take place if a second team is field.
d. Once the tournament team had been selected, the Vice President will ask for nominations for tournament team manager. League Managers will be given first consideration for selection.
(1) The managers will vote by secret ballot for the nominees. The nominee with the most votes (counted by the Player Agent) will be the tournament team
manager.
(2) The tournament team manager will then select his coach, and business manager.
e. If a second team is fielded, the voting process will be repeated.
f. Tournament team manager’s names will be submitted to the Board of Directors within seven (7) days for approval.
g. Players named to the tournament team roster will be required to participate through all levels of play, or until the team is eliminated. The only exceptions will be illness or injury with medical certification. Player(s) leaving the team to participate in other activities will be excluded from future tournament teams.
h. The tournament team will be announced at the conclusion of the League Championship Game. Managers are asked not to inform players of their selection to the tournament team. The Player Agent or the tournament team’s business manager will contact parents to inform them of their child’s selection and ask for their commitment to the tournament team.

13. GENERAL

 

a. No ballplayer will receive their uniform, or be placed on a team without their financial obligation fulfilled to the league.
b. Players throwing equipment, or otherwise showing loss of control, will be immediately removed from the game, by the manager. If the manager does not remove the ballplayer, the umpire may eject the ballplayer form the game. The umpires will inform the league Vice President of this action. (If the umpire ejects the ballplayer form the game, the ballplayer will be suspended form the next scheduled league game).
c. Changes will be considered and approved/disapproved by the Board of Directors.
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