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Bellevue East Little League Local Rules - Baseball
(Updated March 2017 - Subject to Change)

 

Tee-Ball Playing Rules

  1. Base paths are set at approximately 60 feet.
  2. A 60 minute time limit for each game shall be in effect. Innings shall not be started after this time limit has been reached. However, an incomplete inning shall be completed before a game is finished.
  3. Each team shall bat its entire roster. An inning shall be over once both teams have batted all players.
  4. There are no strike outs at this level of play.
  5. Defensive outs can be made, the batter/runner returns to the dugout.  The offensive coach is the umpire.
  6. Base runners may advance only one (1) base for each fair ball that is hit.

The Tee Ball level of baseball is designed to provide an introduction to baseball & softball. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of baseball/softball, good sportsmanship, and learning to play within a team environment. There are no competitive demands on players. Tee Ball is a FUN-FIRST level of play!

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Single-A Playing Rules (Coach Pitch)

  1. The home run line is set at 140 feet.
  2. The base paths are set at 60 feet
  3. There is a 1 ½ hour time limit for each game. Innings shall not be started after this time limit has been reached. However, an incomplete game shall be finished before the game is called.
  4. Three outs or five runs shall end the inning.
  5. Each team shall bat its entire roster and play every player in its defensive alignment on the field (no one sits out). If a player arrives after the game has begun, the manager shall add the player to end of the batting order.
  6. The coach will pitch to all players from a distance of at least 30 feet. The total number of pitches a player can receive is 8.
  7. A strike shall be called when the batter swings at the pitched ball, not for a ball pitched into the strike zone that the batter does not swing at.
  8. A batter will not be awarded first base when struck by a pitched ball.
  9. A batter cannot receive a base on balls.
  10. Base runners and batters are only allowed to advance on a hit ball.
  11. Runners are only allowed one base.
  12. If the adult pitcher, out of reflex, catches a ball or interferes with a play, that ball is a dead ball, and is declared ‘NO PITCH’; this does not count towards the batter.
  13. If a player leaves the game because he/she is departing the game, injured, or for disciplinary reasons, and then re-enters the game, he/she shall be re-inserted into the defensive alignment anywhere the manager chooses, but must be placed back in the original batting order position.

The Single A level of baseball is by league definition “Advanced T-Ball.” The use of a real (RIF) baseball and the emphasis on hitting a pitched ball is helping to prepare the players for the minor leagues and beyond. Emphasis should be on the fundamentals of baseball, good sportsmanship, and playing as a team. There is no pressure to perform. This is supposed to be FUN!

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Double-A Playing Rules (Coach Pitch - Advanced Rules)

The Double-A level shall conform to the playing rules in the current Green Book Minor League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules with the following exceptions:

  1. Base paths are 60 feet.
  2. The home run line is set at 140 feet from home plate with cones.
  3. The Ground Rule Double is in effect (a ground ball that rolls past the home run line is considered a double). Any base runner is allowed to advance a maximum of two bases on a ball that rolls past the Home Run Line.
  4. Games are 6 innings or time limit.
  5. Games will have a 90 minute time limit.  Incomplete innings can be finished if started before the 90 minute time limit.
  6. Each team shall bat their entire roster. There are ten (10) players in defensive positions on the field. Regular infield plus 4 outfielders.
  7. The four (4) run limit or three (3) outs (whichever occurs first) shall end that half of an inning. (except for the last inning when three (3) outs end play unlimited runs will be allowed in the playoff games).
  8. The Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball will be used for the entire season.
  9. A arc will be drawn 6 feet in front of home plate from foul line to foul line. Any ball that does not pass the arc is considered a foul ball. There are no bunts or swinging bunts.
  10. The coach will pitch to all players from a distance of at least 25 feet. All strikes either across the plate or swung at counts as a strike. Three strikes are an out. This must be enforced. The player is pitched a max of 6 pitches unless a foul ball is on the 3rd strike.
  11. All players shall play in the field a minimum of 9 defensive outs per game.
  12. One position is the pitcher, who will. field all balls to that spot and not the coach. The pitcher will start off in between the offensive pitching coach and the 46 foot mound. If the ball hits the coach pitching, it is a dead ball and everyone advances 1 base
  13. Outfielders must be at least 20 feet behind the bases and the imaginary semi-circle of the outfield at the start of each pitch.
  14. Runners can advance on overthrown balls all the way to third base. No runner can score on an overthrow made when starting at first or second base. A runner once he reaches third can only score on a hit ball. The only exception is if the ball hit while the runner was on first or second is still in the outfield in playing territory. Runners on first or second can score while the ball is in the outfield but not once the ball enters the infield. All runners must stop when the ball is thrown to the offensive pitching coach. Players are encouraged to try to throw runners out at each base with no penalty occurring of a runner advancing home on a missed ball by a player or an overthrow by a player while making these attempts..
  15. The catchers position is a position for defensive purposes. The coach behind the plate can throw back any deadball to the offensive pitching coach.
  16. All players should be encouraged to run on and off the field and no more than 2 minutes should pass for play to resume.
  17. If the catcher for the next defensive inning is on base he may have a courtesy runner to put on the catchers gear when there are 2 outs in a inning in order to speed up the game.

At the Double A level of baseball, emphasis should be on the fundamentals of baseball, good sportsmanship, and playing as a team. There is no pressure to perform. This level of play is supposed to be FUN.

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Triple-A Playing Rules

The Triple-A level shall conform to the playing rules in the current Green Book Minor League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules with the following exceptions:

  1. There are ten (10) players in defensive positions on the field. Four (4) outfielders will be used.
  2. All players shall play in the field a minimum of nine (9) defensive outs per game. Any player who does not complete the minimum due to time or weather restraints shall start the next game and complete the outs he/she missed plus his/her outs of that game. Note: the outs need not be consecutive. (Coaches – please no deviation from this rule.)
  3. This rule only applies if there is a game scheduled to follow on the same day. Full innings may not be started after 2 hours of play. Hard stop is at two (2) hours and 30 minutes. If the game cannot be completed in 2 hours and 30 minutes the score will revert back to the last completed inning and the team with the most runs will be declared the winner. In case of a tie all the way back to the first inning, a tie is declared.
  4. The Four (4) run limit or three (3) outs (which ever occurs first) shall end that half of an inning, except for the last inning when unlimited runs will be allowed and three (3) outs end play. The umpire shall determine the last inning.
  5. The home team will supply the plate umpire and the visitors will supply the field umpire (unless an umpire has been provided by the league).
  6. If Needed. The umpire shall watch the time and try to determine which inning is the last inning within the two (2) hours and 30 minutes and notify both managers before that inning begins (unless 6 innings have been completed within the time limit).
  7. The home team shall provide the official score keeper. The visiting team is in charge of cleanup.
  8. There will be a BELL AAA Tournament with all teams around Memorial Day but not during the holiday weekend
  9. Games can only be rescheduled if the team will be missing enough players at a school required function that would drop them below 7 players or due to a rainout.
  10. There will be no stealing of bases until April 20th.
  11. All teams bat in a continuous batting order. Everyone bats that shows up to the game. Late arrivals are placed at the bottom of the line-up.

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Coast Playing Rules (Interlock)

The Coast level shall conform to the playing rules in the current Green Book Minor League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules with the following exceptions:

  1. Teams will play the dimensions of whatever the field is. If there is fence, that will determine a homerun. If there is no fence then any ball is in play.
  2. Full innings may not be started after 2 hours 15 minutes of play if there is a game waiting. (This would apply to Saturday games except the last one of the day). This applies to play not interrupted by official “Time” called for weather, darkness or other unforeseen circumstances. Otherwise, all games will be played until they are complete through 6 innings.
  3. Game rescheduling shall be done by the field coordinator and game scheduler. The first available field that the 2 teams have open dates will in most cases be when the game will be rescheduled. Games can only be rescheduled if the team will be missing enough players at a school required function that would drop them below 8 players or due to a rainout.
  4. The five (5) run limit or three (3) outs (which ever occurs first) shall end that half of an inning except for the last inning when three (3) outs end play (unlimited runs will be allowed). The umpire shall determine the last inning.
  5. All players shall play a minimum of nine defensive outs per game. Any player who does not complete the minimum due to time or weather restraints shall start the next game and complete the outs he/she missed plus his/her outs for that game. Note: the outs need not be consecutive (minimum playing time will be strictly adhered to).
  6. All teams bat in a continuous batting order. Everyone bats that shows up to the game. Late arrivals are placed at the bottom of the line-up.

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Majors Playing Rules

Majors rules shall conform to the playing rules in the current Green Book Official Regulations and Playing Rules for All Divisions of Little League Baseball

  1. Umpires: when the assigned umpire is not available and the League staff is unable to obtain a substitute, opposing teams will each supply an umpire (coach, parent, etc.), mutually acceptable to the team managers. Home team supplies the plate umpire and the visitors supply the field umpire. When the league supplies the plate umpire, he/she may (at his discretion) want a team field umpire from the home team and/or the visiting team.
  2. All managers will play players for at least nine (9) defensive outs. Note: the outs need not be consecutive.) Any player who does not complete the minimum due to time or weather restraints shall start the next game and complete the outs he/she missed plus his/her outs for that game.
  3. Game rescheduling will be done by the field coordinator, game scheduler. The first available field that the 2 teams have open dates will in most cases be when the game will be rescheduled. Games can only be rescheduled if the team will be missing enough players at a school required function that would drop them below 8 players or due to a rainout.
  4. All teams bat in a continuous batting order. Everyone bats that shows up to the game. Late arrivals are placed at the bottom of the line-up.
  5. Slash bunts are not allowed.