Babe Ruth League
Manager and Coach - General Guidelines
1. The manager must always be mindful that Schererville Baseball is for the kids, not the egos of the parents, managers or coaches.
2. The manager is responsible for his or her conduct, the coaches and the players at practice and during games both in the field and in the dugout.
3. In the manager’s absence, a rostered coach assumes the manager’s responsibilities.
4. In the event of inclement weather Schererville Baseball will adhere, with in reason, to the Schererville Parks and Recreation Lightning rediction and Warning System. Warning system is located at Rohrman Park.
5. Equipment bags must be turned in by the date determined by Executive Board. Failure to do so will result in o points being earned for that season by either the manager or the coaches.
1. There shall be NO pitching. The batter must hit the ball off a tee.
2. The player occupying the defensive position of pitcher must remain in contact with the pitchers rubber until the ball is hit.
3. Each player present for the game must be rotated through all positions equally.
4. All players present for the game will bat once each inning, in the original batting order, regardless of outs.
5. Bunts (including swinging bunts) are prohibited. A batter who does not take a full swing may be called back.
6. A batter shall be allowed unlimited swings and there shall be no strike outs.
7. Runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit. After the players have advanced as far as possible, time shall be called and the ball shall be placed on the tee for the next batter.
8. A regulation game shall be the completion of four innings or the expiration of one and one half (1 ½) hours. All games will end in a tie and no statistics will be kept. Rescheduling of games shall be done in accordance with the applicable rules and procedures.
9. Managers and coaches may stand near their batter or defensive players to give instruction, but must not interfere with play. The managers and coaches must call time before attempting to demonstrate the technique or explain a play to the players during the progress of the game.
10. Offensive managers or coaches shall umpire home plate. The defensive managers and coaches shall umpire the bases.
11. There shall be no protests.
12. At least one parent or guardian must be present at all practices and games
The objectives of the Rookie League are to insure an enjoyable experience for all participants and to develop all players to the best of their ability. This league is a machine pitched to increase the repeatability and the number of hittable pitches. Managers shall expose all players to a variety of positions and experiences throughout the season. The Rookie League will follow Cal Ripken Division Rookie League Rules and Regulations with modifications listed below.
1. Each batter receives a maximum of 5 pitches, unless they foul off the 5th pitch. If they foul off the 5th pitch, the hitter continues to receive pitches until they put the ball in play or strikeout. If the hitter takes the fifth pitch they are called out regardless of the number of strikes, unless declared a NO PITCH.
2. The pitching machine operator may declare a NO PITCH if and only if the ball is absurdly un-hittable. The intent of this rule is to give 5 reasonably hittable pitches. In the event that ball does not reach the plate, or is well outside the strike zone, this can be declared a NO PITCH.
3.There are no wins or losses in this league and no stats will be kept, as such the "home" team will always bat last.
4. As balls are not counted, there will be NO WALKS issued.
5. A batted ball striking the pitching machine or pitching machine operator will be declared a dead ball. The batter is awarded first base. Each runner that would be forced to advance, will advance one base.
6. No bunting is permitted.
7. Runners should be encouraged to take an additional base on an overthrow. This will teach them to turn towards the advanced base and for the fielder to pursue the overthrown ball. Only a single base advancement, at the runners risk, per over throw, if the fielder does not throw the ball after retrieving and bringing back to the field of play, the runner may not advance another base. If the fielder retrieves the ball and over throws the fielder at the base where the runner is headed, another base may be taken.
8. Ball must be controlled by an infielder: (Catcher counts) to stop the play and advancement of the runners. It is encouraged that the infielder in control be the one where an out could be made. For, example if the ball is hit towards third and no out could be made at third, the third baseman should be throwing to first and the first basemen needs to control the ball to stop the runner.
9. No stealing or leading offs are permitted.
10. No infield fly rule.
11. A half inning shall end when the defensive team records three outs or all of the offensive team's players had an at-bat, whichever occurs first. The last batter does not run around the bases until he/she reaches home plate. Once the ball has been retrieved and returned to the pitcher mound the half inning is OVER. Runners are cleared and defensive team becomes the offensive team.
12. Each game will be assessed a 1 hour 45 min time limit. No inning shall begin later than 1 hour 45 minutes after the beginning of the game.
13. All players must have the protective face guard on their batting helmets.
14. No bats larger than 2 ¼ in size.
The Minor League will Follow Cal Ripken Minor League Rules and Regulations with the modifications listed below: Failure to follow rules #1 and #2: your team will FORFEIT the game and the Manager will be SUSPENDED for that team’s next game. If you are caught a 2nd time for the same rule you will be SUSPENDED for 1 year meaning you will not be allowed to Manage or Coach any team in SBL next season.
1. No player shall sit 2 innings on defense until every other player has sat at least one inning (no player shall sit 3 innings until every other player has sat at least 2 innings). This rule excludes the starting pitcher and his immediate replacement. However, if either of these pitchers has not sat by the 4th inning, the pitcher must sit the next full inning immediately following his removal from the#1 position.
2. Every player shall play the infield (positions 1-6) for at least one inning per game prior to the 5th inning. This rule is NOT exempt in the case of slaughter rule game. The only exception to this rule is when a parent specifically requests their child not to play the infield. Thus it is the responsibility of both mangers to communicate during the game to prevent any infractions of these rules.
3. A pitcher may pitch up to 3 innings in any given game. One pitch is considered an inning.
4. No player may re-enter into the #1 position (pitcher position) after being removed from that position.
5. No balks or intentional walks.
6. Pitcher must be removed if he hits two (2) batters in one (1) inning or three (3) in a game.
7. STEALING HOME: A player may not straight steal home in any situation, except if an attempt is made to pickoff a base runner or a pass ball/wild pitch.
8. STEALING A BASE: A player may only take one base on a steal attempt and may not advance to the next base on an overthrow. No Delayed steals
9. NON-OVERTHROWS: A player may only take one extra base on any overthrow (the base he is going toward plus the next base). If the ball leaves the field of play, a player may still only take the base he was going towards plus one base. The judgment of the umpire is the FINAL decision.
10. Each game will be assessed a 1 hour 45 min time limit. No inning shall begin later than 1 hour 45 minutes after the beginning of the game.
11. Managers and coaches shall be permitted in the coaching boxes.
12. Games that are postponed because of weather will be rescheduled by the Commissioner. The managers of the teams affected must notify the commissioner of the rain out.
13. If there is an injury sustained by a base runner the courtesy runner is the player who made the last out (MANAGERS - this rule is for safety and not to be used as a strategy. Please do not take advantage of the rule).
14. Slaughter rule is fifteen (15) runs after three and one-half (3 1/2) innings, ten (10) runs after four and one-half (4 ½).
15. Games may be played with 8 players but the 9th batting position will be an out. Once a 9th player arrives, this player will bat in the 9th spot in the order and there will no longer be an automatic out for that spot in the line-up.
16. Reference continuous batting order rule.
17. There will be IN-FIELD FLY called.
18. Fake Bunt/Swing away. Also known as "butcher boy". Is illegal in all Schererville Baseball Leagues
19. All players must have the protective face guard on their batting helmets
20. No METAL Cleats
The Major League will Follow Cal Ripken Minor League Rules and Regulations with the modifications
* The league does not want games to be delayed by Balks being called. It is the MANAGERS DUTY TO EXPLAIN AND TEACH THE PITCHERS. In the event a pitcher cannot make the proper adjustments in a game situation and that pitcher has been warned, The Manager must replace the pitcher.
Example: Runner on 1st attempts to steal 2nd. Catcher throws ball into Centerfield. Runner may advance to 3rd, but cannot advance home unless other team makes a play on runner going from 2nd to 3rd.
No Player shall sit 2 innings on defense until every other player has sat at least one inning (no player shall sit 3 innings until every other player has sat at least 2innings).
Babe Ruth Playing Rules
Schererville Baseball shall follow the official Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth rules except as noted below.
General Rules for Babe Ruth 13 thru 15 year olds.
1. Any player registering in Schererville for the first time shall be considered a new player
2. The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and league officials must be above reproach.
3. Uniformed players, managers, coaches and umpires only shall be permitted within the confines of the playing field and dugout just prior to and during games.
4. Batboys and /or batgirls are not permitted.
5. Except for the batter, base runners, the player on-deck and coaches at first and third bases, all players shall be in their dugouts or in the bullpen when their team is at bat. On deck batter shall be able to use either side of the field as their on deck for safety reasons.
6. When the team is on defense, all reserve players shall be in their dugouts or in the bullpen warming up.
7. Managers and coaches shall be permitted in the coaching boxes.
8. A manager or coach shall not leave the dugout except to confer with a player or an umpire.
9. The use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited on the playing field, benches and dugouts.
10. A runner will be ejected from the game if he attempts to cause harm to any fielder (this is a judgment call by the umpire).
11. Players shall wear their complete uniforms at all times while on the field. All shirts must be tucked in at all times.
12. Spectators are not allowed behind the backstop.
13. Games that are postponed because of weather will be rescheduled by the Commissioner.
Babe Ruth Rules
1. Pitchers may pitch up to seven (7) innings per week in league play (Max 4 innings in one game). One pitch to a batter constitutes an inning pitched. There is NO number of hit batters before a pitcher has to be removed from the game. If an Umpire feels that it becomes a safety issue he will have the right to have the pitcher removed from the position.
2. Players that are on a Schererville Traveling Team are allowed to pitch 3 innings in traveling team games, bringing the players total innings per calendar week to 10 innings. Pitching on a Schererville Traveling Team does not affect the number of days rest before the next regular season’s game.
3. A courtesy runner is prohibited. The only time a courtesy runner will be allowed is when there is an injury and the runner must be the player who made the last out. Failure to abide by this rule will result in the offending team’s forfeiture of the game.
4. If a player leaves a game do to injury and is not able to return when it's his turn to bat, it is an out. If a player has to leave because of a prior commitment (school, church, etc.) then his spot in the order will be skipped over without it being an out.
5. All teams must start the game with at least 9 players, If a player becomes injured during the game, the team may finish with 8 players. If this happens, the player who was injured will be an automatic out in that batting position. Teams may also have the option to pull a player from the stands of equal rating to finish the game if this situation was to present itself. If a player shows up after a start of the game he may be added to the end of the batting order only.
6. No international tie breaking rule if the game proceeds into extra innings. Play it out if time permits.
7. Slaughter rule is as follows: 15 runs after four and one-half or five innings, 10 runs after five and one half or six innings.
8. Each game will be assessed a 2 hour time limit. No inning shall begin later than 2 hours after the beginning of the game.
9. We abide by a continuous batting order.
10. ALL PLAYERS MUST SIT ONE INNING BEFORE ANY PLAYER SITS TWO INNINGS. ADDITIONALLY ALL PLAYERS MUST SIT 2 INNINGS BEFORE ANY PLAYER SITS 3 INNINGS.
11. Teams with identical records at the end of the season will be determined in the final standings (inhouse games only) by the following:
A. Head to head competition
B. Total runs allowed in competition
C. Total runs scored in competition