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Minor 10U / Major 12U Rules


P.O. Box 3419 Virginia Beach Boulevard #169
Virginia Beach, VA 23452




Updated September 2017
Uniform Requirements: All players will receive a jersey & a hat.

Mustang pitching distance 46’bases 60’

Bronco pitching distance 50’ bases 70’




a. Teams will consist of a minimum of eleven and a maximum of thirteen players.

b. Where possible, teams should have an equal number of first and second year players.




  • All 9, 10, 11, and 12-year-old league eligible players must attend tryouts.  Only returning Mustang and Bronco League players, as well as frozen players are excused (see rule #5 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 this 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 exceptions 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 player’s 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 playing agent and the division vice president. 




  • 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 points

Incoming Pinto/Mustang tournament A player-----------3 points

Incoming Pinto/Mustang tournament B player-----------2 points

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 3(E) 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 3(E) 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 established in rule 2(F), will be decided upon prior to the draft commencing as agreed to by the team managers.




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.




  • Only one 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 season’s players, as well as the current season’s frozen players.  However, a sibling of a Manager or Coach of Record’s child is not considered to be a frozen player.
  • Any team having the previous season’s Manager’s child as a returning player may only freeze a new Coach of Record’s child.  Conversely, any team having the previous season’s Coach of Record’s child as a returning player may only freeze a new Manager’s child.
  • In a case where the previous season’s 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 my be redrafted by the same team.
  • Returning league player’s who wish not to return to their previous season’s team for their second season in a respective division, must re-enter the draft.
  • Managers must designate their frozen players to the Player Agent one week prior to tryouts.
  • Exception to frozen player rule:  In the event of a hardship occurrence, whereby the Manager or Coach of Record 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 Coaches of Record whose normal job takes them out of town for short periods of time and/or periodically during the season.  A second Coach of Record will not be designated solely for the purpose of obtaining a third frozen player.




a. 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 be these individuals.

b. 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 player, frozen player, and coach of record issues have been satisfied.

c. Managers are required to name their Coach of Record 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 Coach of Record for that particular season and the team’s 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. 

d. Any manager, Coach or League Official who disregard league rules and bylaws, i.e., arguing with umpires, missing work parties, meetings, duty officer day, fails to return equipment and/or uniforms, etc.  may be subject to the following actions by the leagues’ Executive Committee.:

e. There should be a minimum of three regularly scheduled meetings for Managers and Coaches during the season.  Additional meetings called to handle league matters are strongly encouraged.




a. Managers are responsible for any league equipment, which is issued to them, including uniforms.  Immediately following a teams’ last scheduled game of the season, or within a time frame which is suitable to the Manager and league Equipment Manager, all equipment will be collected and turned over to the Equipment Manager.

b. In the event an item of equipment needs to be replaced during the season, the damaged piece must be turned in to the Equipment Manager before a new item can be issued.






a. Minimum field preparation includes:  chalking of the foul lines and the batter’s box, and preparation of the pitcher’s mound.  The field should also be drug and raked to insure all holes and divots are filled in for player safety.

b. Managers of both teams shall insure the cleanliness of their respective dugouts.     
c. New baseballs will be supplied by the league for every game played.
d. Managers of the teams who happen to have the last scheduled game of a particular day are responsible for securing the field when their game is over.  This includes the bases and lights for their field.
e. Any responsible child or adult may operate the field scoreboard.  Be sure all windows are securely closed and power is off to the score box and overhead lights. 





a. Games are scheduled for six innings.

b. No new inning may begin more than one (1) hour and forty (40) minutes after the official start of the game.  The last inning started will be completed REGARDLESS of time permitting.  No game shall end after the top half of an inning, unless the home team is ahead.  No game shall end unless three outs have been recorded for the final inning.  In the event of a tie score when the final inning is complete, all play will cease for that game.  Tie ball games will be rescheduled for completion only at the Player Agents discretion.  All rescheduled games will resume at the exact point at which the game was called.

c. The Chief umpire for a game will be the home plate umpire.  He or she will keep the official time for the game and notify the managers of the start time, as well as of the final inning to be player, due to time limit.  It is recommended that each team’s scorekeeper may note of the start time in their books. 

d. Mustang league games will allow a maximum of five (5) runs in any one inning, regardless of the score.  This rule does not apply to the sixth inning, or any inning following, during which run scoring is limitless.

e. BALK RULE – during the first half of a season (**) the penalty for a balk shall not be enforced.  When a balk is committed, time shall be called by the umpire, and the pitcher shall receive a warning.  During the second half of a season, the penalty for a balk shall be as follows:  when a balk is committed during any game, time shall be called, and the pitcher shall receive one (1) warning.  A warning is reserved for each pitcher in a game. On the second infraction by the same pitcher during the same game, the balk rule shall be enforced with each base runner advancing one base.
*The Balk rule will not be implemented until the second half of the season, Fall and Spring*

f. BASE STEALING /DROPPED THIRD STRIKE –Base runners may lead off from any base at any time.  Dropped third strike rule will be in effect form the start of the season. 

*Drop 3rd strike will be in effect throughout the entire season*

(**) Definition of first half of a season:  the first half a season shall be that point in time when, at the discretion of League official, all teams have played an appropriate number of games to equal a halfway point in a season.  There shall be a date announced before the season begins as to when the first half is over.

******If one team leads the other by 10 or more runs at the completion of the 4th inning or if the home team leads by 10 or more runs after the completion of the top of the half of the 4th, then the game will end.***********



a. Games are scheduled for seven innings.

b. No new inning may begin more than one (1) hour and fifty (50) minutes after the official start of the game.  The last inning started will be completed REGARDLESS of time permitting.  No game shall end after the top half of an inning, unless the home team is ahead.  No game shall end unless three outs have been recorded for the final inning.  In the event of a tie score when the final inning is complete, all play will cease for that game.  Tie ball games will be rescheduled for completion only at the Player Agent’s discretion.  All rescheduled games will resume at the exact point at which the game was called.

c. The Chief Umpire for a game will be the home plate umpire.  He will keep the official time for the game and notify the managers of the start time, as well as of the final inning to played, due to time limit. It is recommended that each team’s scorekeeper may note of the start time in their books. 

d. Bronco league games will utilize the ten run rule as stated in the Pony Rule            book.

e. BALK RULE:  Bronco games shall be governed by the balk rule used in the current edition of the Official Baseball Rules,“ Sporting News Edition”.

f. BASE STEALING:  Base runners may lead off from any base at any time.

*****If one team leads the other by 10 or more runs at the completion of the 5th inning or if the home team leads by 10 or more runs after the completion of the top of the half of the 5th, then the game will end.*****




a. Games will start on time.  If a previous game runs late for any reason, delaying the start of the next scheduled game, NO infield practice or warm-up shall take place and the game shall start immediately.  Failure of a team to be ready to play on time will constitute forfeiture.

b. Players arriving late for a game are eligible to participate in the game at the discretion of the ballplayer’s manager.  If the late player is permitted to play he will be inserted into the batting order as the very last batter, and will play in the field for at least half of the remaining defensive innings of the game.  A player arriving after the first pitch of the game is considered to be late.

c. During a game, if the umpire feels there is an intentional delay to take advantage of the time limit, he may warn the offending manager.  If the delay continues, a forfeiture of the game may be called against the offending team.

d. 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 both leagues shall play a minimum of three (3) innings in the field.  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 line up cards.  Any team not complying with this rule will forfeit the game played in which this rule was broken.

*A player cannot sit more than 2 consecutive innings*

e. Free substitution in the field is permitted, except for the pitcher’s position.

f. If a manager or coach is ejected from a game for arguing with umpire, or creating an unruly disturbance, he is required to leave the field complex immediately.  A suspension from the next regularly scheduled game will also occur, as well as subjection to board action.

g. PROTESTS:  Any game protest must be submitted in writing to the appropriate league Vice President within forty-eight (48) hours of the occurrence.  The person lodging the protest must make his or her intention to protest known to the Chief Umpire of the game in question prior to the resumption of play at which time the play or rule in question took place.

h. Either the Player Agent or his or her representative will call rain outs as soon as possible.  Once a game is underway, the umpire is responsible for making the decision on calling a game due to weather. 

i. Incomplete games due to weather will be rescheduled by the Player Agent as soon as possible and practicable.  The game will continue from the point at which it was suspended.

j. Any game which results in a tie at the end of a time limit will not be rescheduled by the Player Agent unless it is deemed absolutely necessary by the Player Agent only.  The only tie game which may be rescheduled because of weather is one that did not complete the necessary innings to be considered a complete game (4 for Mustang, 5 for Bronco).  Any completed tie game which is not rescheduled will be considered a half game credit for both teams involved, for standings purposed.  All rescheduled tie games will resume at the exact point at which the game was called.

k. The Player Agent is the only person authorized to reschedule make-up games.  A make up game is the result of a rain out, or some other scheduling conflict.  A tie game is not considered a make-up.  A game played without the sanction of the Player Agent will be considered void and not be counted as part of the record.  Make-up games will be played as scheduled by the Player Agent.  Only under extreme emergency situations and with the consent of the Player Agent will modifications to either the regular schedule or makeup schedule be made.

l. Players throwing equipment (helmet, bat, etc.) or otherwise showing loss of control during a game will be immediately removed from the game by their manager.  If the manager does not remove the player, the umpire may eject the player, which will result in an automatic suspension from the next scheduled game.

m. Players will not be permitted to participate in league play until their financial obligation to the league is fulfilled.

n. Except as modified here and in the current edition of the “Pony Baseball Rule Book”, league playing rules are to be interpreted as stated in the current edition of the Official Baseball Rules, “Sporting News Edition”.

o. Submission of modification or changes to these rules will be considered and approved or disapproved by the Board of Directors.




a. The format of the post-season playoffs is a double elimination bracket.

b. Pitching and playing rules for the playoffs will be the same as contained in the “Pony Baseball Rule Book”, under the tournament rules section.

c. Both Mustang and Bronco will use a 10 run rule during playoffs.

d. Games are played with no time limit and may not end in a tie. 

e. The highest seeded team in each playoff game will be designated the home team.  The championship game home team will be decided by a coin toss.

f. Awards will be given to the League champion and the runner-up at the end of the championship game.




a. At a date during the regular season, when decided upon by the league Vice President but not to be beyond the halfway point, he or she shall call a managers meeting.  Each manager at this time may nominate a total of up to six (6) players from his team, who he feels are tournament caliber players.  League managers can then evaluate the nominees for the remainder of the regular season.

b. All managers will meet in June to select tournament teams.  This meeting will be restricted to the following people:  League Director, League Vice President, Player Agent and Managers.  Only Managers or a duly appointed representative from their team will vote for the tournament players as follows:
1. Deletions from a manager’s nominee list may be made at this time only by a teams’ own manager. Additions to any nominee list may be made at this time by
any manager present.

2. There will be no automatic frozen players on a tournament team.

3. All voting will be conducted via secret ballot with each manager present selecting twelve (12) players from the nominee list.  A team that is not represented
doesn’t get a vote.

4. The Player Agent will compile the votes.  The players achieving a substantial majority of the votes (substantial majority # is determined prior to voting) will be
identified as selected and listed on a board for all to see.  The coaches will then vote again on the remaining players.  Again those players with a majority will be
listed on the board.  This process will continue until a team of 12 is fielded.  A waiting list will be compiled based on the votes remaining. 

5. Should there be a tie between nominees for votes the Player Agent will call for a second vote involving only the nominees who are tied for the
remaining positions on the team.

6. The same voting procedures will take place if a second team is fielded.

7. Each tournament team will consist of no more than twelve (12) players in order to allow for the maximum playing time for all.

8. If only one team is fielded, the manager will have the discretion to increase the roster up to 15 players.

9. Once each team is selected, all players chosen must be contacted by the Player Agent in order to allow them to choose whether or not they will participate in
tournament team play.  Those players chosen who decide not to participate will be replaced by the next highest vote getter.

c. Following tournament team selection, the Vice President shall call for nominations for tournament team manager.  All managers or representatives present will vote by secret ballot for the nominees.  The nominee receiving the most votes (as determined by the player Agent) will be the tournament team Manager.  The Manager will then select his or her coach of Record and Business Manager.

d. If a second team is fielded, the voting process will be the same.

e. The tournament team Manager will be submitted to the Board of Directors within seven (7) days of selection.

f. Player’s selected for tournament teams and who choose to participate on those teams, are required to participate through all levels of play or until the team is eliminate from tournament play.  The only exception will be illness or injury with medical certification.  A player who chooses to leave a team to participate in other activities (vacations, other teams sports, etc.) will be excluded from future tournament teams.

g. For a following season’s draft consideration, the  players selected for tournament teams with a division will be assigned the appropriate IPV for that season’s draft. 

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