Southern District Baseball league
** All games will be played under the most current official Cal Ripken rule book.
(inclusive of the new pitch count rules imposed for the 2017 tournament play, please see below for pitch counts)
This is a Sunday league and a Southern District required league.
Games will start the first weekend of April and go till May 31st.
Teams will play a minimum of 6 games ( feel free to play more). [We will not have playoffs].
Teams have the choice of scheduling single or Double header games, [no 9 inning games]
Team rosters can change from game to game as long as all players meet the age and Cal Ripken requirements. Remember this league is for Cal Ripken registered players only. There will be sanctions to anyone breaking this rule.
Players will still need to participate in their respective recreation leagues.
All players are required to play 50% of the leagues scheduled games to be eligible for All-Stars. Each travel game played is equal to 1/2 a recreation league game played. Ex. Your league has a 12 game schedule, each player needs to play in 6 games to play All- Stars. So if they play in 6 travel games that will count as 3 (six 1/2 games) of the 6 required games. Now that player only needs to play in 3 Rec games to reach their 6 of 12 scheduled games. All players are encouraged to play in more but that is solely up to each league.
To ensure that all players play Rec games only 6 travel games played count towards eligibility. The rest must be played in their Rec league.
Each home team has the responsibility of scheduling umpires and securing fields.
Teams will split the cost of umpires equally.
Each team will supply 2 new game balls at the beginning of each game and then teams will alternate supplying balls if needed. The addition balls may be used balls as long as they are in good condition.
Any conduct deemed detrimental to the game by the game umpire shall result in a game ejection or forfeiture.
If anyone associated with a team (coach or player) is ejected from a game, that person will have an automatic 1 game suspension, for the following game and will also meet with a league commissioner to determine if any further action is warranted.
BABE RUTH LEAGUE TOURNAMENT PITCHING REGULATIONS
Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball - Tournament Pitching Rules These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition and will completely replace Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05, Paragraph 4
(innings pitch). For the local league season, leagues are still permitted to use pitching limitations as defined in Rule 0.06 and under Local League Options – Pitch Count.
As you may be aware, USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much — particularly at a young age — can increase a pitcher's risk of
injury. In addition, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced that States must implement pitch counts limits for high school pitchers.
Babe Ruth League has historically implemented safety innovations over the years to ensure our participants are provided with a safe, healthy, educational and enjoyable environment in which to enjoy the game of baseball. As we continue to work to keep the game safe and enjoyable for all participants, we feel that protecting youth pitchers’ arms is extremely important. Therefore, we are mandating the following pitcher restrictions and pitcher rest requirements for tournament competition. These requirements are designed to minimize and (or) prevent serious arm injuries to youth players.
There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:
TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS
DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)
0 Days1 Day 2 Days
7-850 1-20 21-35 36+
9-10 75 1-40 41-65 66+
11-12 85 1-40 41-65 66+
13-15 95 1-45 46-75 76+
16-18 105 1-45 46-75 76+
League Age 7-8 - Pitcher shall not deliver more than 50 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
League Age 9-10 - Pitcher shall not deliver more than 75 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
League Age 11-12 - Pitcher shall not deliver more than 85 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
League Age 13-15 - Pitcher shall not deliver more than 95 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
League Age 16-18 - Pitcher shall not deliver more than 105 pitches in the same game or on the same day. Exception: If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.
All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.
Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a preparatory (warm-up) pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests.
Official Pitch Count Record
The Tournament Director must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician. The pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher.), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.
The pitch count statistician must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the mandated rest requirements.
The official pitch count statistician should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible