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8u Player Pitch Rules

1.  PLAYING FIELD AND EQUIPMENT

1.1  Bases: The bases are set 60 feet apart.

1.2  Pitcher’s Mound: The pitching mound shall be in the center of the infield 43 feet from home plate.

1.3  Bat: There is no bat restriction

1.4  Cleats: Metal Cleats are not permitted.

1.5  Catchers: Any player crouching behind home plate must be wearing the proper protective equipment, including a cup.

1.6  Regulation League Baseball will be used.



2.  GAME PRELIMINARIES

3.1. A team must have at least eight (8) players present

3.2 No dropped 3rd strike rule….batter out


3.  STARTING AND ENDING THE GAME – TIME LIMIT

4.1.   A regulation game is 6 innings or 1:45, whichever comes first.  A new inning starts when the last out is made or the 5th run scores in any inning before the 6th inning.

4.2.   A legal game lasts at least 3 full innings.

4.3.   Base Coaches: There may be adult coaches in the first and third base coaching boxes when the team is at bat.

4.4.   Defensive coaches are not allowed in the field during play or in the outfield.  A coach may call time out to instruct the players by requesting time from the umpire.

4.5.   If managers agree….games are allowed to play coach pitch innings in order to finish their games

4.6.   There will be a 15 after 4   and 12 after 5 mercy rule in affect.

 

4.  PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY

5.1.   The end of a half inning will occur when one of the following first occurs:

5.1.1.      Three (3) defensive outs are made.

5.1.2.      The team at bat scores 5 runs with the exception of the 6th inning when there is no limit on the runs.

5.2.   The hidden ball trick is illegal.


5.  THE BATTER

6.1.   A league approved batting helmet must be worn while hitting.

6.2.   Only one player is allowed in the on-deck circle.  The remaining offensive players should be on the bench.

6.3.   There is NO BUNTING



6.  THE RUNNER

7.1.   Lead-offs and base stealing is prohibited.

7.2.   Batting helmets must be worn while running the bases.

7.3.   Interference will not be called unless it is deliberate and/or willful.

7.4.   If there is a play on the runner at any base, the runner must slide or avoid contact. 

7.5.   There is NO ADVANCEMENT allowed on non batted balls


7.  THE PITCHING

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8.1.   Players may only pitch (3) innings per game

8.2.   No Balks