RVLL Second Season Rules of Play Summary - 2019
Rules of Decorum:
- Arguing with officials is NOT permitted. Any hostile behavior toward umpires will be disciplined.
- Coaches are reminded that RVLL second season is a developmental program and that playing time should be distributed as equally as possible. Winning games is not the purpose. Player development is the purpose.
- Please ensure that all players do not swing bats in dugouts.
- Coaches - Please remove ALL TRASH from your dugout at the conclusion of each game
- Fields 1, 2, 3 and 4 should have mounds and plate areas covered nightly. There are spike with hammers at each field (in buckets in one of the dugouts) that are to be used to adhere the tarps. Spikes should be installed every other eyelet.
- Practices for second season are not required. If you wish to hold a practice, our fields may be used on Saturdays and Sundays on a first come basis. Please do not use fields for more than 90 minutes.
In general, second season is intended to be a developmental program. We ask that players,
coaches and fans show good sportsmanship at all times. Our umpires are not Major League
caliber and will occasionally make mistakes. Please do not yell at or harass any of our
umpires. Many of our umpires are teenagers learning how to officiate. Please be patient. Any
reports of abuse of officials by any player, coach or fan will be met with expulsion from second
season. No exceptions.
5/6 - Tee Ball:
- All players hit off tee
- Soft core baseballs are used (available in coaches closet behind concession stand)
- Each team bats all players each inning, other team plays field
- Switch sides after team has completed lineup
- One hour time limit for each game
- No score is kept, outs are not recorded
- Emphasis is on teaching the basics of baseball, swinging bat, catching, fielding and running the bases.
- Players may not steal bases or take extra bases on overthrows.
- Coaches should ensure that players are wearing helmets when batting or running bases
7/8 - Kid Pitch / Coach Rescue
- Standard baseball or soft core ball may be used (soft core balls are located behind concession stand in coaches closet)
- Kids pitch with batter either hitting to reach base or striking out on 3 strikes (called or swinging)
- After four called balls, coach for batting team takes over and pitches until ball is hit or strikeout
- Fielding team’s coach calls balls and strikes
- Batting team bats until 3 outs are recorded or five runs have been scored
- Baserunners may advance a single base on overthrows but may not advance to home on either. Runners may NOT advance on passed balls thrown by pitcher
- Coaches should use caution to avoid plays at the plate where hard contact may occur
- Score is kept only to facilitate the five run rule. No formal scores are recorded
9/10 - AA Baseball
- Standard rules regarding pitching and defense apply (nine defenders on the field, kids pitch at all times). Catcher must wear full gear, including dangling throat guard. One hour, forty minute time limit for games. No new inning after time limit reached, may finish active inning.
- Solid core baseballs are used. Balls will be distributed to umpire prior to game
- Teams bat until three outs are recorded or five runs have been scored. This applies to all innings
- LLI pitch count rules apply - 75 max per game with normal days of rest required
- Baserunners may NOT lead off, but can steal after pitch CROSSES THE PLATE
- Infield fly rule IS called, balks are NOT and dropped 3rd strike is NOT
- Score is kept, teams are encouraged to ensure all players receive adequate time at desired positions
- Teams bat their entire roster. No batting order substitutions necessary as all players are in lineup
- Standard rules of baseball apply. Players pitch, 9 defensive players. All players present are in the batting order. One hour, fifty minute time limit for games (no new inning starts after time reached, but may complete the current inning and go over time.
- Solid core baseballs are used. Balls will be distributed to umpire prior to each game.
- Players MAY lead off and steal at any point where the ball is in play.
- Pitchers should each be issued one warning on balks, prior to being called. Runners advance one base on balk.
- Infield fly and dropped 3rd strike ARE called. Dropped 3rd does not apply if there is a runner on 1st at the beginning of the pitch and less than two outs. With two outs, dropped 3rd is in effect even if 1st base is occupied.
- Five run max per team in ALL innings
- Coaches are encouraged to ensure playing time is BALANCED and that pitchers are not overworked. Ideally, each pitcher will throw no more than two innings per game.
Seniors , 14-18
- Standard rules of baseball apply. Players pitch, 9 defensive players. All players present are in the batting order. Two hour time limit (no new inning starts after time reached, but may complete the current inning and go over time)
- Solid core, ‘Seniors’ baseballs are used. Baseballs will be distributed to umpires.
- Infield fly and dropped third are called. Batter cannot advance on dropped 3rd if first base is occupied at the beginning of the pitch and there are less than two outs. With two outs, the batter may advance.
- Balks - umpire should issue one warning per player and then enforce penalty on subsequent violations
- Five run max per team per inning in ALL innings
- Catchers may not pitch if they have caught four innings or more in the same game
- Pitchers may not catch if they have thrown more than 45 pitches