Play in the Mountaineer Baseball Association is governed by Official Baseball Rules: “The Sporting News” edition and PONY Baseball. The rules contained in this section are only those exceptions to Official Baseball Rules and PONY Baseball, which are necessary to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.
1. Coaches cannot deliberately tell players to stay home.
2. When a team arrives at a game with more than eight players in the higher age bracket, no more than eight players in the higher age bracket may be in the line-up at one time.
3. Each player that arrives for the game will be required to play two consecutive innings; six offensive outs and six defensive outs, and have at least one plate appearance. Penalty will be forfeiture of game. EXCEPTION: Unless late arrivals to the game arrive after the 4th inning.
4. Additional Hitter: The AH can be used with the following guidelines.
A. A player may be used in your line-up as an AH. An unlimited number of players may be used as an AH. The AH may be placed at any of the 10 batting positions, but once established shall remain in the same batting position for the entire game. The AH may enter the game in a defensive position but shall keep his original batting position in the line-up. The player coming out of the game defensively then becomes the AH, but must bat in his original batting position. An AH must be substituted for in the line-up.
B. If any player is not able to finish the game, and no substitute is available due to all players being in the line-up as an AH, then that player not able to finish will simply be skipped in the batting order with no automatic out.
C. A coach does not have to use the DH or AH, but once the game starts the coach cannot then decide to use an AH or DH.
5. Pitching distance will be 46 feet.
6. No infield fly rule is used.
7. No ten or twelve run rule is used.
8. In the first five innings, after a team has scored its fifth run, this shall complete that half-inning regardless of the number of outs to be made. EXCEPTION: If the last batter up hits a home run over the fence and the home run results in more than five runs scoring for the inning, then all runners scoring that inning will count. Otherwise, once the fifth run touches home plate the inning is over.
9. Pitching rules: Pitchers are limited to 3 innings maximum per game and 5 innings maximum per day. One pitch thrown in an inning constitutes an inning pitched. Rest period for pitchers is determined by the number of pitches thrown – refer to PONY rulebook for rest period requirements.
10. Runner may steal bases. (Refer to PONY rulebook)
A. NO runner from third may steal home, or advance from third unless forced to advance because of a walk, the batter hits a fair ball or a foul ball is caught.
B. A player becomes “a runner at third base” when the defense prevents his advance.
11. The re-entry rule can be used.(Refer to PONY rulebook.)
12. No dropped third strike.
13. If there is “A Play at Home Plate” the runner MUST slide or he/she is out. “Play at the Plate.” The purpose of this Rule is for the protection and safety of the runner and defensive player. A runner proceeding from third base to home must slide at home if the defensive player is over home plate or in close proximity to the plate (i.e., able to contact the plate with foot, hand or glove from his current location) and either possesses the ball or has a legitimate opportunity to catch the ball as the runner approaches home plate. If under these circumstances the runner fails to slide, he/she shall be “out.” The above rule contemplates that the umpire will use proper discretion in interpreting the Rule. However, if in fact a collision occurs between a non-sliding runner and a defensive player in close proximity to home plate as described in the circumstances above, the runner is “out.”
14. If the home team is losing by 10 or more runs at the end of the bottom of the 5th inning, they will bat again in the top of the 6th inning.