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Baseball Playing Rules

DYB plays ny NCS Rules, plus this admendments for league play.

FOREWORD
DYB plays by National Champion Sports Rules plus these amendments for league and tournament play. Playing rules not specifically covered here, shall be governed by the Official MLB Rules of Baseball. If any conflict between any sanctioning body occurs, NCS Rules shall govern over the Official MLB Rules of Baseball. Additionally, the DYB Amendments shall govern over both NCS Rules and the Official MLB Rules of Baseball.

RULE 1.00 - NAME & OBJECTIVE
1.01 The organization shall be known as Dallas Youth Baseball, entity of Dallas Youth Sports.
1.02 The object of DYB is to promote education, leadership, discipline, health, and wellness through sports. To coordinate the providing an opportunity for players and teams to participate in league and tournament competition while also expanding their knowledge and skills of the sport.
RULE 2.00 - ROSTER REQUIREMENTS
2.01 The following rules are for League Play ONLY.
2.02 All teams are required to have their DYS Roster to play any game in league play. Any player who is not on roster, will not be allowed to play. Roster can be in form of copy given, picture taken, and/or online at Team Connect.
2.03 A team who does not have their league roster will forfeit the game, BUT will be required to play the game, with a modified time limit.
2.04 Any team/coach who agrees to play the other team without roster, loses all right to protest the game or players from the opposing team.
2.05 A player can play on multiple teams, in different divisions, but not in same age group.
2.06 Any violations of these rules, your team is subject to forfeit.
RULE 3.00 - PLAYER RECRUITING
3.01 The following rules are for League Play ONLY.
3.02 No team/coach/parent can recruit. Recruiting is when a member for a team encourages, gives monetary, and/or uses the team name to bring player/s to their team.
3.03 If a team is no longer exists, all players must enter draft/player pool.
3.04 If a player chooses to leave a team, he/she must enter the draft/player pool.
3.05 The player can request to be placed on a team, but we will not guarantee that request.
3.06 This rule will not apply to summer league.
3.07 If any person affiliated with your team is found to be engaging in this matter, your team will be subject to play at a higher level within DYB, without that player/s.
RULE 4.00 - INDIVIDUAL PLAYER & TEAM ELIGIBILITY
4.01 Individual Player & Team Eligibility shall refer to NCS Rule 1.01.
4.02 For league play, any team who is a not a school team must use May 1st date of the current year to
determine player and team eligibility.
4.03 For league play, school teams can use the grade exception if all players on the team are from the same school and same grade.
RULE 5.00 - SPORTSMANSHIP & EJECTIONS
5.01 Ejection offenses include but are not limited to NCS Rule 5.00.
5.02 Anyone who is ejected must leave to the parking lot in a timely matter or the team will forfeit the game.
5.03 A player, coach, or fan ejected from the current game will also be suspended from the next scheduled game. That person cannot return to the park for the day, or the next day of schedule games, even if that person is part of multiple teams.
5.04 Appeal. Any individual can ask for reinstatement to a current board member, within 24 hours of ejection. The appeal/reinstatement request must be in writing, addressing the situation, and must state why that individual should be reinstated. The Board will respond within 48 hours of receiving the written appeal. The Board, at its discretion, can chose to verbally deny or grant the appeal without explanation.
RULE 6.00 - PROTESTS
6.01 Umpires will work to settle all situations on the field. Protests will be allowed for age and pitching
violations or rule interpretations only.
6.02 Protests must be declared to the Umpire-in-Chief and then to the League/ Tournament Director before the next pitch following the dispute. If a call to be protested is the last recorded out of a game or on a game ending play, the protest must be declared prior to the umpires and the protesting team leaving the field of play. No protest will be allowed following the game.
6.03 Protest fee is $50.00 cash and must be paid to any league/tournament official for all protests. The fee must be paid before the protest is reviewed by league/tournament officials and will be returned only if the protest is upheld.
6.04 Leagues/tournament officials may develop their own method of fee structure, recording, and setting
protests. Officials will rule on all protests and their decisions shall be final. NCS 8.01
RULE 7.00 - GAME LENGTH
7.01 NCS Rule 7.00. Leagues/Tournaments may have rule amendments; alterations in time limits.
7.02 Game length per division is listed in Chart 7.02. Game shall end when either the full amount of
innings has been played or time limit has expired, whichever comes first. 7.03 In the case of a game being extended because the score is tied at the end of regulation, play shall continue with Time Breaker Rule 8.00. Not active Regular Season play or any Pool Game play.
Chart 7.02
Division-- Time Limit----- Innings----- Complete After
3/4U--------45 mins-------4 innings--------2 innings
5/6U--------1 hour---------4 innings--------2 innings
7/8U--------1hr 15min-----5 innings-------3 innings
9/10U------1hr 30min-----6 innings-------3 innings
11/12U-----1hr 30min-----6 innings------3 innings
13/14U-----1hr 30min----6 innings-------3 innings
7.04 If for any reason the game is to end, the game shall be ruled a complete game after the amount of innings listed per division in Chart 7.02. Reasons include but are not limited to inclement weather, power outage, acts of nature, etc. Any game that does not meet the required innings to be complete shall be cancelled or rescheduled, starting game where last left off. This will be determined by league/tournament officials.
7.05 A Mercy Rule shall be imposed to complete a regulation game when one team's margin of lead is greater than or equal to the listed run differential in the corresponding listed start inning. Mercy Rule listed in Chart 7.05. If the home team meets the mercy requirement before or during
the bottom half inning, the game shall end immediately. 7.05 Comment. A game shall also be rule complete by mercy rule when calculated that the losing team cannot score enough runs to tie or win within the game length inning or time limit. This may supersede the run differential mercy rule listed in Chart 7.05.
Length of Game --- Run Differential --- Start Inning
4/5/6 innings ---------------15 -------------- 3rd inning
5/6 innings ----------------- 8 --------------- 4th inning
6 innings ------------------- 8 ---------------- 5th inning
7.06 Exception. All batters will get one at-bat during league season play. In the case of the game being ruled complete before this has happened, game shall be set up to allow players to have at-bat. Any result of their at-bat shall not count or be recorded.
7.07 5-minute rule for League Play ONLY. A new inning shall not start if there is 5 minutes or less left on the game clock. The game shall be ruled complete. Exception for the championship game.
RULE 8.00 - TIE BREAKER RULE
8.01 For League and Tournament play. Not necessary for pool games, only bracket play. NCS Rule 7.06.
8.02 Utilize the following tie breaker. The last batter from the previous inning will go to 1st base, the next to last batter from the previous inning will go to 2nd base, and the batter before that will go to 3rd base. The offensive team will start the inning with (1) out.
8.03 If game is still tied after tie breaker has been applied then the rule shall be repeated.
RULE 9.00 - PLAYING RULES
9.01 Playing rules shall refer to the Foreword located on Page 2, with any of the following DYB amendments.
9.02 The playing field shall be laid out according to the recommended dimensions listed on Chart 9.02.
9.03 Runs per inning. 7 per inning for all divisions.
9.04 Infield fly rule not in affect for Rookie Division, T-ball Division, and Coach Pitch Division. NCS Rule 9.11.
9.05 No bunting allowed for Rookie Division, T-ball Division, and Coach Pitch Division. NCS Rule 9.19.
9.06 Time Given for Rookie Division, T-ball Division, and Coach Pitch Division. Umpire shall call "Time" after every play and declare the ball dead. "Time" shall be called as soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. "Time" does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule. NCS Rule 9.21. 9.06 Comment. When a runner stands off a base and "jukes" or "feints" back and forth, this is to be interpreted as "not attempting to advance" and "Time" shall be called. 9.06 Comment. It is the Umpire's judgement to determine if the runner is attempting to advance and when "Time" shall be called.
9.07 No leading-off or stealing of bases for Rookie Division, T-ball Division, and Coach Pitch Division. A runner shall be declared out for leaving base before the ball is hit. NCS Rule 9.13 & 9.14.
9.08 Courtesy runner. If you are bating the entire roster, your courtesy runner is the last batter not currently on base. NCS Rule 7.04A.
9.09 For League Play Only. No batter is allowed to slide into first while running from Homeplate. Batter, now runner, must run through the base. Runner shall be called "Out" if violation occurs. 9.09 Comment. Slide attempt is at Umpire's judgment.
RULE 10.00 - ROOKIE BALL DIVISION
10.01 The batter shall be allowed 3 swings. If the batter has not put the ball in-play after the swings, the batter shall be called "Out". If the result of the last swing is a "Foul Ball", the batter shall still be called "Out". 10.01 Comment. The batter must make direct contact with the ball to be considered a "Hit". For example, if the batter hits the "T" while attempting to hit the ball, the ball is indirectly hit and the attempt shall be called a "Foul Ball". No matter if the ball is in fair territory.
10.02 Coaches on Offense. Only 4 Coaches are allowed on the field plus one in/at dugout. One coach at each base guiding the runners and one coach at Homeplate assisting the batter.
10.03 Coaches on Defense. Only 2 coaches are allowed on field. They both must be behind the infield line.
10.04 The coach can move the "T" to adjust for height and is also responsible for moving the "T" when the ball is in play.
RULE 11.00 - T-BALL DIVISION
11.01 The batter shall be allowed 3 swings. If the batter has not put the ball in-play after the swings, the batter shall be called "Out". If the result of the last swing is a "Foul Ball", the batter shall still be called "Out".
11.01 Comment. The batter must make direct contact with the ball to be considered a "Hit". For example, if the batter hits the "T" while attempting to hit the ball, the ball is indirectly hit and the attempt shall be called a "Foul Ball". No matter if the ball is in fair territory.
11.02 Coaches on Offense. Only 3 Coaches are allowed on the field plus one in/at dugout. One coach at each baseline guiding the runners and one coach at Homeplate assisting the batter.
11.03 No coach can touch batter when player is in the box, including using a bat as an extension of himself. The coach can instruct the player verbally. The coach can move the "T" to adjust for height and is also responsible for moving the "T" when the ball is in play.
11.04 Coaches on Defense. Only 1 coach is allowed on field. The coach must be behind the infield line. All other must have the dugout within arm's reach.
11.05 A player may be intentional walk once per game by each team. This shall be done by announcement from the defensive team's Head Coach or Manager. NCS Rule 9.06.
Chart 9.02
Division ------- Base Paths ----- Pitching Distance
3/4U --------------- 60 ft ------------------- N/A
5/6U --------------- 60 ft ------------------- N/A
7/8U --------------- 60 ft ------------------- 40 ft
9/10U ------------- 65 ft ------------------ 46 ft
11/12U ------------ 70 ft ------------------- 50 ft
13/14U ------------ 90 ft ------------------ 60 ft 6 inch
11.06 The field shall include a fair ball arc with the radius of 20 feet from the tip of Homeplate. If hitter does not hit the ball further or at this line then the ball shall be called a "Foul Ball".
11.07 T-ball Pitcher. On initial hit, if a ground ball is hit back to the pitcher, the pitcher must throw the ball to any base (including Homeplate) to make the play, instead of running and tagging the base or baserunner. On any violation of this rule, the runner shall be called "Safe".
RULE 12.00 - COACH PITCH DIVISION
12.01 League Play Only. The batter shall be allowed a maximum of 6 pitches. If the batter has not put the ball in-play after the pitches or if three swinging strikes occur, the batter shall be called "Out". The batter shall remain at bat if the batter fouls the 3rd strike. However, if on the last pitch the result is a "Foul Ball", the batter shall be called "Out".
12.02 Tournament Play Only. The batter shall be allowed a maximum of 6 pitches. If the batter has not put the ball in-play after the pitches or if three swinging strikes occur, the batter shall be called "Out". If the result of the 3rd strike or the final pitch is a "Foul Ball", the batter shall remain at bat. A 3rd strike "Foul Tip" or "Foul Ball" caught by any defensive player, will remain an "Out". NCS Rule 9.05.
12.03 Coaches on Defense. Coaches are not allowed on the field of play and shall coach with the dugout within arm's reach. NCS Rule 9.10.
12.04 The Adult Coach Pitcher may not communicate with batter in any way. Their purpose is only to pitch while on the field as the Adult Coach Pitcher. NCS Rule 9.08.
12.05 When a batted ball hits the Adult Coach Pitcher, the following shall apply: NCS Rule 9.07
12.05A If in the Umpire's judgement, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid
contact, the batter is declared out an no runners shall advance.
12.05B If in the Umpire's judgement, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact,
the ball becomes "Dead" and a no-pitch is declared.
12.06 A player may be intentional walk once per game by each team. This shall be done by announcement from
the defensive team's Head Coach or Manager. NCS Rule 9.06.
12.07 A courtesy runner shall only be allowed for last recorded catcher from previous inning. NCS Rule 9.20.
RULE 13.00 - MODIFIED COACH PITCH DIVISION
13.01 Relatively same rules as Coach Pitch Division with the following changes. Effective 8/29/2014
13.02 Batter will be pitched 3 pitches from the pitching plate. If batter does not strike out, they will be allowed to take one swing from the "T". If result is "Foul Ball", batter is be called "Out".
13.03 Only from the "T" will the arch boundary be in effect to make the ball fair.
13.04 Game will be 1-hour game time limit or 4 innings to play game.
RULE 14.00 - 7U/8U KID PITCH DIVISION
14.01 Balk Rules shall not apply.
14.02 Nine (9) defensive players shall play in the field.
14.03 A batter shall be automatically called "Out" on a dropped / missed 3rd strike by the catcher.
14.04 Runners shall not lead-off but may advance at their own risk once a pitched ball has passed Homeplate. When the runner tries to advance prior to the pitched ball passing Homeplate, the following shall apply:
14.04A If the runner advances safely, the Umpire shall call "Time" and the runner is to return to
the base last legally occupied at the time of pitch.
14.04B If the runner is called "Out", the call shall stand, and the runner is out.
14.04C If the ball is hit, the defensive team shall have the option of taking the result of the play or a no pitch.
14.05 Runners shall not advance from 3rd base to Homeplate unless the runner is batted home or forced by a base by "Walk", hit batsman, or award from the Umpire. Runners shall not advance from 3rd base to Homeplate on passed balls, wild pitches, or dropped / missed 3rd strike by the catcher.
14.06 On a base by "Walk", the batter may attempt to steal second prior to the pitcher and catcher coming set, at the runner's own risk. If a runner is on 3rd base, Rule 14.05 shall still apply.
RULE 15.00 - KID PITCH DIVISION
15.01 Each team will get one "Balk Warning" per pitcher. After warning, each call shall reward runner(s) a base.
15.02 Each team is allowed one Mound Visit within an inning per pitcher. The next Mound Visit will result in the pitcher being removed. NCS Rule 7.02B.
Chart 15.01
Division 7U - 12U 13/14U
1-Day Max 6 innings 7 innings
2-Day Rest > 2 innings > 2 innings

RULE 16.00 - PITCHING LIMITATIONS
16.01 Based on the innings pitched, a pitcher may have required days of rest before they may pitch again. There are also limits on how many innings can be pitched per day. Those
limitations are listed in Chart 15.01 & NCS Rule 7.02.
16.02 Once the pitcher delivers a warmup pitch or a game pitch, they will be charged with a minimum of 1/3 innings pitched. If an out is made, the pitcher will only be charged with the innings that occurred. NCS Rule 7.02D & 7.02E.
16.03 Using an illegal or ineligible pitcher may result in an immediate forfeit and the pitcher being removed from the mound. Additionally, case may result in player and Head Coach being ejected. NCS Rule 7.02A.
16.04 No Pitcher can pitch three consecutive days. NCS Rule 7.02.
RULE 17.00 - BRACKET SEEDING PROCEDURE
17.01 Refer to NCS Rule 3.03.
17.01A 1. Record 2. Head to Head record, with only two teams tied 3.Runs allowed
4. Runs scored 5. NCS points ranking 6. Coin flip
RULE 18.00 - ITEMS NOT SPECIALLY COVERED
18.01 Items not specially covered shall be referred to the Dallas Youth Sports Baseball Coordinator with
guidance from the Executive Director. NCS Rule 8.00.
 
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