Rules

General Park Rules:

  • No smoking including E-Cigs and Vapors
  • No animals allowed in the park
  • No outside food or drinks (including ice chests)
  • No foul language

Rules Of Play:

  • Play will follow USSSA Rule Book 2018
  • All bats must be stamped USSSA or USA
  • 13u -14u must use -3 or -5
  • 15u & up must use -3

Coaches Conduct:

  • Coaches you are responsible for your actions as well as keeping parents and players actions in line.
  • Coaches can be ejected from the game at anytime an umpire sees fit.  If a coach would like to dispute the ejection he may contact the UIC or Tournament Director onsite.
  • 1st ejection of the weekend – Coach can return next game.
  • 2nd ejection of the weekend – Coach cannot return to the park for the entirety of tournament.

Protests:

  • Rosters should be turned in either online or at the concession stand before the first game.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping birth certificates of all players on roster.
  • If a player is protested due to age, opposing team will have 10 minutes to produce legal birth certificate.
  • The cost of a Protest is $100.00 paid to the director before any formal investigation will take place.
  • Protests must be done during the game not after.
  • Process of protest is as follows:
    • Head coach calls time and addresses home plate umpire.
    • Umpire will call Director over.
    • Head coach of protesting team will give director $100.00.
    • Director will hear out the situation from both head coaches.
    • Director will make a final decision.
    • If team wins protest the $100.00 will be returned to the coach.
    • If protesting team loses, director will keep the $100.00.

Special Rules:

5U & 6U Modified Coach Pitch League Rules
*Any batted ball that hits the pitching coach is dead. The pitch does not count. (See 8.20 below)
*The pitching coach for each team will throw each batter 3 pitches. If the ball is not put into play then the batter can choose to take two more pitches from the coach or the batter can have two attempts to put the ball into play off of the batting Tee.
*Umpires shall 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 defense for the purpose of this rule.
Comment: When a runner stands off a base and “jukes” or “feints” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to advance” and “Time” shall be called.
*Coaches may interchange defensive players.
*Time limit – 1hr 5 min or 6 innings.
*Run Rule –7 runs per ½ inning.
*Regulation 9”, 5oz USSSA baseballs will be used.

USSSA Rules Specific for 5U & 6U Modified Coach Pitch
8.01 Fair Ball Arc: There shall be a twenty (20) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. A batted ball must go past this line to be a fair ball
8.02 Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit
8.03 Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter circle with the front edge at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of home plate
8.04 Pitcher’s Line: There shall be a line drawn from the pitcher’s circle to the safety arc
8.04.A The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher’s line. The Coach can pitch anywhere in-between the 30’ Safety Arc and the 42’ Pitching Circle.
8.04.B The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach while in the pitching position
8.04.C The pitching coach shall position himself as not to be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has been hit.
Rule 8.04.C Penalty: If a coach violates this rule after the ball is pitched, obstruction shall be called.
Rule 8.04.C Additional Penalty: If a coach violates this rule before the ball is pitched, First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of coach as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.
8.05 Pitching Coach: The Pitching Coach shall be an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age.
8.06 The catcher shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s box in a normal baseball manner. If in the Umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving the ball in a normal baseball manner, there shall be a warning issued. If the act continues after the warning, the offending teams’ manager shall be ejected.
8.07 Ten (10) defensive players shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position. All outfielders shall stay behind the baseline.
8.08 The defensive player listed as pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit.
Rule 8.08 Penalty: The play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or no-pitch.
Rule 8.08 Additional Penalty: First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.
8.10 The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.
8.13 Bunting shall not be allowed.
8.15 A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by announcement from the defensive team.
8.16 Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.=
8.17 A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base. If the team batting has not played defense yet and a courtesy runner is used for a player, the player that was run for must assume the catching position the next inning. This scenario only applies in the first inning for the visiting team.
8.18 A team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning.
8.20 When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the following shall apply:
8.20.A If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners shall advance.
8.20.B If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and a no-pitch is declared

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