Rookie Rules

UpdatedThursday April 11, 2019 byVicky Jackson.

Rookie Rules

2019 Rookie Rules

Your 1st 4 games all batters will hit off the Batting-T: Strikes and Balls apply

Keep in mind: This division is Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

(Typically 46' Pitching Distance)

·         Focus on learning baseball rules, general techniques, and teamwork

·         Do not exceed 60 combined innings pitched in any 12 month period (Parents protect your player)

·         Make sure to properly warm up before pitching

·         Set and follow pitch-count limits and required rest periods; Manager and coaches will be suspended if violated

·         Avoid throwing pitches other than fastballs and change-ups

·         Avoid playing for multiple teams at the same time

·         Avoid playing catcher while not pitching

·         Catchers shall not pitch after catching in a game under any circumstances

·         Players should not pitch in multiple games on the same day

·         Parents Monitor for other signs of fatigue; be sure to ice the pitcher after every game pitched

·         Pitchers once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers

·         No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days, regardless of pitch counts


Daily Max (Pitches in Game)

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·         Before each game the game rules shall be reviewed with umpire and manager/coach; game time limit 1:30 and 15 minutes between each game.

·         Umpires are to keep games moving

·         both teams are responsible for field prep: setting of mound, bases, pitching machine, field dragging, field lining and dugout clean up;

·         please don’t hold team meeting until dugout clean up takes place there is only 15 minutes between each game

·         the final game of the day, both teams shall be responsible to return pitching mound, bases, pitching machine, Chalker’s and chalk to the shed and lock it

·         a game is complete if time is left after 3 complete innings

·         Over throw to 1st base runner shall be awarded one base

·         Attempt to pick off runner on overthrow the ball is live and runner can advance to next base

·         No Walks on a 3-2 Count the Coach will pitch 2 pitches only, if the batter hits the ball it is a live play; Manual Pitching machine can be used (must be agreed upon at coaches meeting before game)

·         Once pitcher reaches/touches the mound play is dead

·         3rd base runner must be hit in or walked in; runner cannot advance on an pickoff attempt at 3rd base; Catcher can attempt to pick off runner, but runner cannot advance on an overthrow: NO sliding home

·         Outfield must throw ball to infield, infield must throw to base to end play (no time out in rookies)

·         Make the play, tag the base, if at home plate touch the plate do not block home plate

·         Catcher will attempt to make the play; make the play tag home plate

·         Pitching Log is to be kept and signed by plate Umpire at the end of each game; please keep logs; each team shall use a dual pitch count counter and should confer with each other after the inning  

·         Coaches/managers in violation of pitching restriction will be suspended and game standing results in a loss


Scorekeeping must be reported after every game. Login to siplay to do so