Farms Baseball Rules

Uniforms:Players must wear the team cap and shirt; baseball pants are required. No shorts are allowed.  Players must wear that hat forward facing.  Shirts must be tucked in.  All male players must wear a protective cup.  All players must also wear a heart guard.
 Coaches:During the game a maximum of 3 coaches will be allowed on the field.  Coaches must remain in the coach’s box when on the bases. No base coach may lift, restrain, or place a runner on a base while the ball is in play. The player will be called out as a penalty for this violation as per LLB rules.  One coach must remain in the dugout.
 Game Time:Each game should last 6 innings and will have a two-hour time limit.  If the score it tied after 6 innings, then the game may continue until the two-hour time limit is reached.
 10 Run Rule:After four innings if either team is winning by 10 runs or more the game will end.  If the home team is winning by 10 runs after 3 ½ innings then the 10 run rule will be in effect.
 Playing Time:All players in attendance are to bat in sequence and must play at least (6) consecutive outs in the field. No player should sit out defensively more than one inning unless every player on the team has sat out at least one inning, and so forth.
 Innings:An inning will consist of the batting team making 3 outs or scoring 5 runs.  The only exception to this rule is the 6th inning in which there is no limit to the number of runs scored.
 Leaving the Base:Players may not leave the bag until the ball reaches the batter.  If a player leaves the base early they will be sent back to the previous base that they started at or on a batted ball may be called out at the umpire’s discretion.
 Infield Fly:The infield fly rule may be called at the umpire’s discretion.
 Bunting:Bunting is allowed.
 Dropped 3rd Strike:The batter may NOT advance on a 3rd strike that is not caught by the catcher.
 Advancing Home:A team may only successfully advance to home 1 time per inning on a play not initiated by the batter.
Situations that count as advancing home:
  • If a ball goes by the catcher and the runner on 3rd advances home
    • If the runner on first steals 2nd and the catcher throws down allowing the runner on 3rd to advance home
      • If the catcher throws the ball past the pitcher allowing the runner from 3rd to advance
 No Umpires:In the event that no umpire shows up for the game then each team will submit one representative to umpire the game. The representative does not have to be a coach but must have passed the mandatory background check.  One shall call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher’s mound, and the other shall cover the infield as a base umpire.  Those officials will rotate after each FULL inning of play in an effort to make the officiating consistent.
Pitching Limits:Little League pitching limits are in effect:
    • Little League Age 11: 85 pitches
      • Little League Age 9-10: 75 pitches
        • Little League Age 7-8: 50 pitches

        If a pitcher reaches the limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until that batter reaches base, is put out, or the inning ends.

 Pitcher's Rest:The following rest requirements are in effect:
    • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 66 pitches or more in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

     

    If the pitcher crosses the threshold while pitching to their last batter, then they may return to the previous threshold.

    If a pitcher starts a batter with 34 pitches and throws 5 more pitches before leaving the mound they would need to observe 1 calendar day or rest even though they fell into the 2 calendar day threshold.

 Pitch Counts:
Pitch counts should be tracked by both teams and confirmed between innings.  All pitch counts must be submitted via the website or email the same day of the game.
 Pitcher Substitutions:Pitchers removed from the mound may play another defensive position, but may not return as a pitcher.
Also, a pitcher who throws 21 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day.
 Catcher Substitutions:Any catcher that catches more than 3 innings may not pitch in that same game.
 Catcher Baserunners:Catchers that reach base may be substituted the last out for as a baserunner once there are two outs in an inning.  The catcher is immediately to begin putting the catchers gear on.

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