Pacer Youth Baseball

2016 Lakeridge Youth Baseball Sluggers Rules

It is PYB's expectation that all coaches will follow the rules listed below. Any alterations to the rules listed, must be approved by the league coordinator.

  1. Safety Rules
  1. All offensive players (hitter, base runners and on deck hitter) must wear helmet while on playing field.
  2. Only one on deck hitter is allowed to swing a bat. On deck hitter should warm up in a designated area. The "safety zone" area should be clearly marked or exist behind the backstop. A coach or designated parent must supervise the on deck area.
  3. Catchers must wear protective catcher's gear and cup.- NO CATCHERS IN 2016… Have coaches collect missed balls behind home plate -
  4. Base runners must avoid contact with fielders making a play on the ball or attempting to tag the runner. The fielder has the right away. The intent is to prevent collisions, however, good baseball fundamentals should be taught so that the runner does not run out of the baseline.
  5. Please instruct all batters not to throw the bats after they make contact. Early in the season, a parent should be designated to monitor.
  6. For fields without dugouts, create a designated area that all players sit in while waiting their turn to hit. All players must be seated on a bucket, blanket or roped off area, while the game is being played. Players should not be visiting with Mom/Dad, siblings or playing with friends away from the action. Build the team atmosphere through focus on teammates that are hitting.
  1. General League Rules
  1. No official score is kept.
  2. An inning will immediately end when one of the following happens:
  • 3 outs (Only Last 2 weeks of season)…TBD
    • After an out is made- batter returns to dugout
  • 5 runs (Only Last 2 weeks of season)…TBD
  • Everyone on the bench has hit.
  1. Sluggers games will be 75-80 minutes. No new inning can be started 80 minutes after the start of the game. 2016- There is a 2 hour window on Saturday games - PLEASE BE OFF THE FIELD BY 10:30 am - so next group can prep and warm up.
  2. Typically, each game should last 4-5 innings.
  3. Players should be rotated each inning. Come prepared with a lineup so during the course of the season, each player will have the opportunity to play each position. For the beginning of the Sluggers season, players who might not be alert and are susceptible to injury should not be used at pitcher or first base.
  4. Base coaches are used as umpires at first base and third base. Please get players used to being called out, and respectively/promptly return to digout.
  5. There is no leading off and no stealing.
  6. Bases must be kept in their original position and not moved closer to the batter. 60' base path.
  1. Hitting Rules
  1. Offensive coach will pitch to the hitter. The hitter will get 5 pitches to put the ball in fair territory. If the batter is not successful, the tee will be placed on home plate and the batter will hit the ball off the tee.
  2. A ball hit off the tee must travel 10 feet from the tee in fair territory. If it does not, it is a foul ball. Arc (chalk) will be used in some cases (or call foul)
  3. There are no strikeouts, walks or bunting.
  4. First 2 weeks of season- base runners advance 1 base only - in week 3 of season- work on multiple base running (Limit to 2). This will help in Rookies league.
  5. No advancing on overthrows.
  6. The last inning of the game, the teams will bat the entire line up, without respect to how many outs are made or runs are scored. (Only Last 2 weeks of season) - until that time - bat entire lineup each inning
  1. Fielding Rules
  1. 10 players are to play in the field. The 10th player (rover) can be used in the outfield.
  2. Only one pitcher is allowed. The pitcher should be in contact with the rubber (if applicable).
  3. Coaches are allowed in the field to position players and maintain concentration (especially outfield).
  1. Suggested Resources
  1. www.freebaseballlineups.com. Website instantly creates fair defensive lineups for your team. Allows Manager to block certain players from pitcher or first base if safety is an issue.