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Carrollton-Farmers Branch Baseball Association

POSTSEASON RULES


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Rules

Bat Rules

BATS

  • CFBBA uses USSSA rules regarding bat length and weight, see the excerpt below.  

  • See the USSSA rules site for the complete rules.

  • All bats for age divisions 13/14 and younger must be permanently stamped with the new USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark (Chart 7.01.C), or BBCOR.50 Certified Mark or made of wood and manufactured by a licensed USSSA manufacturer(see image below). 

  • PLAYERS IN THE 13/14 DIVISION MUST USE A MAXIMUM DROP 8 (-8) BAT WITH THE OFFICIAL USSSA 1.15 BPF MARK PERMANENTLY STAMPED.

  • NO drop rule on the bats in 11/12 age divisions & below.


First Offense

  • If the Umpire discovers that a bat does not conform to USSSA Rule 7.01.C until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out and/or ejection from the game. If the Umpire discovers that a bat has been used to put a ball in play and before the next legal pitch, the defensive team shall have the choice of the result of play or the batter being called out and all runners returning to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

Second Offense

  • If a team is found in violation of this rule a second time, then the manager shall be ejected in addition to the First Offense penalty.

3/4 Blastball Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • The main objective is to have fun. Games will last no longer than 50 minutes. No inning shall start after 50 minutes. A game is over at 50 minutes regardless of whether or not the inning has been completed.

  • No umpire

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes (if the field is not already painted)

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team:

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

MINIMUM PLAYING TIME

  • Each team shall bat the entire roster each inning.

  • Each team shall bat a minimum of two times.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

OFFENSE

  • The ball shall be placed on the tee by the coach.

  • The tee shall be placed on or slightly in front of home plate

  • The batter is allowed to swing at the ball until the ball is put into play in fair territory.

  • Any ball that does not travel past the home plate dirt and into the infield grass is considered a foul ball.

  • Throwing the bat is discouraged.

  • Runners shall run all bases, one base per batter. When the last batter of the inning hits, all base runners should advance to home.

DEFENSE

  • All players on the roster will play in the field defensively.

  • It is up to the coach as to how players are positioned.

  • On each play an attempt should be made to get the batter out at first base.

PLAYING FIELD

  • The distance between bases shall be 50 or 60 feet depending on the field

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: 50 mins

  • Mercy rule: n/a

MANAGERS AND COACHES

  • For the offensive team, coaches/parents should be positioned in both the first and third base coaching boxes and at home plate to assist the batter. If necessary, a coach may be placed at second base or assist the player running to their base.

  • A max of five volunteers are allowed on the field to assist the batters. Volunteers can be coaches, older siblings, grandparents etc. 

  • For the defensive team, a max of five volunteers are allowed on the field to help position players. Volunteers can be coaches, older siblings, grandparents etc. 

EQUIPMENT

  • For batting, a foam Blastball (or similar) bat shall be used.

  • For the ball, a Blastball shall be used.

  • Gloves are optional

  • Cleats are optional

  • Baseball pants are options (shorts are acceptable)

5/6 Tball Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Games will last no longer than one hour. No inning shall start after one hour. A game is over at one hour regardless of whether or not the inning has been completed.

  • No umpire

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes (if the field is not already painted)

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team:

  • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

  • No score will be kept on the scoreboards.

MINIMUM PLAYING TIME

  • Each team shall bat the entire roster each inning.

  • Each team shall bat a minimum of two times.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

OFFENSE

  • The ball shall be placed on the tee by the coach. The tee shall be placed on or slightly in front of home plate

  • The batter is allowed to swing at the ball until the ball is put into play in fair territory.

  • Batters are not permitted to bunt or swing easily at the ball. Any ball that does not travel past the home plate dirt and into the infield grass is considered a foul ball.

  • Base runners are not permitted to steal or leadoff base and shall remain in contact with the base until the ball is hit.

  • When the batted ball has been returned to the infield area if a runner is already attempting to take the next base they may continue towards that base at their own peril.

  • In the case of an overthrown ball, runners shall remain at the last base they occupied before the overthrow. In other words no advancement on an overthrow is allowed.

  • If tagged or forced out when running the bases, the runner shall return to the dugout.

DEFENSE

  • There is no catcher position. Home plate is a free base. Baserunners are not subject to being forced out at home.

  • All players on the roster will play in the field defensively. However, only five players are allowed to be positioned in the infield (pitcher, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B). The remaining players shall be positioned in the outfield area as it designated for the field being played on (i.e. in the outfield grass).

  • If the pitcher fields the ball and elects to try to make the out at first base he must throw the ball to the first baseman. He is not allowed to run down the runner going to first or allowed to tag the first base bag. He may tag other bases or runners while they are attempting to advance past first base.

  • To encourage rotation of players, no player shall remain at the same defensive position more than two consecutive innings.

MANAGERS AND COACHES

  • For the offensive team, adult coaches should be positioned in both the first and third base coaching boxes and at home plate to assist the batter.

  • For the defensive team, three adult coaches are allowed on the field to help position players.

PLAYING FIELD

  • The distance between bases shall be 60 feet.

  • The pitcher should be positioned approximately 38 feet from home plate.

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: 60 mins

  • Mercy rule: n/a

EQUIPMENT

  • A soft T-ball shall be used.

  • All bats used shall be marked specifically for use in T-ball.

  • Batters and base runners shall wear batting helmets at all times.

  • At all times during the game, every player on the field shall wear baseball pants and a team jersey and hat.

  • Rubber cleats are allowed (not mandatory); metal cleats are NOT acceptable.

5/6 Mod Coach Pitch Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification]. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Games will last one hour and fifteen minutes.

  • Each team shall have a minimum of 8 players. If sufficient players from one team are not available, pool players may be used to bring the rosters of each team up to the minimum of ten players. Know your pool player rules.

  • One umpire per game.

    • Judgment calls are final and cannot be disputed or protested.

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes

    • Must complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger team.  Effective Spring 2023

      • Failure to have someone available to complete the scorebook / GameChanger will result in the loss of home team advantage.

      • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team: 

    • Responsible for manning the electronic scoreboard controller.

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

EVERYONE

  • Let the umpires know which division your team is in and go over the rule caveats.

  • Provide two game balls to the umpire.  If balls are fouled off, umpires may ask for additional baseballs.  Please have a couple of gently used baseballs ready.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger for your team. CFBBA will update Sports Connect with the score from the home team's GameChanger.

  •  Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  Effective Spring 2023

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

FORFEITED GAMES

  • All teams involved in a scrimmage due to forfeiture will vacate the playing field at least one half hour before the next scheduled game.

  • Umpires are not allowed to remain for any scrimmage which may result from forfeited games.

  • A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within the grace period must forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with only 8 players, the missing ninth player will be an automatic out until they enter the game. This occurs in the ninth batting position.

  • Teams are allowed a fifteen minute grace period after the regularly scheduled game time to field the required number of uniformed players. The clock starts running when the umpires/coaches start the plate meeting.

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field, umpire availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • All games will finish the inning unless the home team is winning.

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

MINIMUM PLAYING TIME

  • Each player must play a minimum of two (2) defensive innings, but these do not have to be consecutive.

FULL ROSTER BATTING

  • Full roster batting will be used in this age group.

    • If a player becomes injured or unable to play, his spot in the order will not be considered an out unless the batting roster falls below 9 players.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

POOL PLAYERS

  • Pool players are allowed to be used if a team has less than nine rostered players available.  The pool player must be registered in CFBBA.

  • You can only use pool players to bring your lineup to nine players.

  • Pool players must wear their normal team jersey.

  • Pool players cannot pitch or catch and must bat last.

  • If at any time during the game one or more of the players on the standard team roster show up the non-roster players will be replaced with the roster players.

  • League age requirements are in effect.

  • Players registered to play in an AA division may not pool play in a single A division.

  • Players registered for a single A division may pool play for a team in the AA division of their own age group.

PLAY INTERRUPTION

  • Team huddles are allowed at the umpire's discretion. Umpires should discourage such huddling when it tends to delay a game.

COACHES LEAVING COACHING BOX

  • No coach is allowed to leave his coaching box or dugout and enter the playing field without first receiving permission from an umpire. The coach's box is defined by the length of the dugout and the foul line.

APPEALS / PROTEST

  • What is an illegal player? Some examples…

    • Not using the pool player rule appropriately

    • A kid pitcher that has pitched over the allowable amount.

    • Using pool players in post season

  • If you are not sure of a player situation, please reach out to your age group VP for help.

  • Please keep in mind head coaches are responsible for all rules.

  • If you feel your opponent is using an illegal player, please complete the following steps:

    • Notify the umpire that you will finish the game but under protest. 

    • Gather as much evidence as you can. i.e., photos, line up, Game Changer etc.

    • After the game, email your age group VP.  Send them all that you have.

    • Your VP & the Board of Directors will try to determine if an illegal player was used.

  • Consequences if you are found to have an illegal player:

    • 1st offense:  team forfeit & head coach receives a warning.

    • 2nd offense: team forfeit & head coach receives a 2-game suspension.

    • 3rd offense: team forfeit & head coach will be suspended for the season.  UPDATED Fall 2023

EJECTIONS

  • Any coach who requests time and then once it is granted proceeds to question, dispute, argue, or in any way displays disapproval with a judgment call such as, but not limited to, balls, strikes, safe, out, fair, foul, obstruction, interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, or balks, etc shall be removed from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • The parking lot is the closest the ejected person can be to the field. For failure to leave, the head umpire has the option of forfeiting the game to the other team.

  • Any ejected coach or manager is subject to suspension from the next game played by that team at the age group VP & league president's discretion.

  • Any coach or manager ejected for a second time will be suspended for 4 games beginning with the next game.

  • The third time a coach or manager is ejected, the coach or manager will be removed from their position as coach or manager for the remainder of the season.

  • If a manager or coach makes any physical contact with an umpire in an effort to show disagreement with a decision:

  • That manager or coach shall be ejected from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • A minimum four-game suspension comes into effect beginning with the next game.

  • Any subsequent ejection for physical contact will result in the coach / managers dismissal for the season.

  • Control of spectators is the direct responsibility of coaches and their respective teams.

  • If an umpire warns any spectator to refrain from continuous verbal or physical disagreement/harassment, the coach or manager of the spectator's team is directed to control his spectator. The individual will be warned that continued action will result in his or her ejection.

  • If ejected, the individual(s) and the coach must leave the premises within 2 minutes or the game will be forfeited.

PLAYER SUSPENSION

  • A player ejected from the game is subject to a one game suspension, subject to appeal to the age group VP & Divisional Presidents.

  • A player ejected for a second time will be suspended for 2 games, beginning with the next games played by the players team.

  • Ejected players are required to remain in the dugout.

  • Suspended players are required to serve their suspension in the dugout during the games for which they are suspended.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

SUNGLASSES

  • Only prescription sunglasses are allowed while a player is at bat or pitching.  All other fielders may wear standard sunglasses.

OFFENSE

  • The batter shall be declared out after failing to hit 6 balls:

    • 4 coach pitches followed by 2 swings placed on a tee OR

    • 5 coach pitches followed by 1 swing placed on a tee OR

    • 6 coach pitches.

  • Extra pitches will not be given if the coach fails to throw strikes.

  • Any player hitting from the tee, the ball must travel to the infield grass and shall be restricted to a single, regardless of the batted ball or an overthrow. All other base runners may only attempt to advance one base.

  • Batters are not permitted to bunt or swing easy at the ball. Any ball that does not travel to the infield grass from home plate shall be considered a strike.

  • Base runners are not permitted to steal or lead off a base. They shall remain in contact with the base until the ball is hit.

  • Late arrivals to a game shall be placed at the end of the batting order.

  • 5 run rule per inning.

  • Mercy rule is 10 Runs after 4 innings.

  • In the case of an overthrown ball, runners can advance one base. In other words, an overthrow at 2nd the runner can advance to 3rd and play stops. (This is not allowed if hit from the tee.)

DEFENSE

  • Ten defensive players are allowed on the playing field; However, only six players are allowed to be positioned in the infield (catcher, pitcher, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B). The remaining players (up to four) shall be positioned in the outfield area as it designated for the field being played on (i.e. in the outfield grass).

  • The catcher shall be in the normal catcher's crouch position while the batter prepares to swing.

  • To encourage rotation of players, no player shall remain at the same defensive position more than two consecutive innings, and no player shall remain in the infield more than four innings.

  • If the pitcher fields the ball and elects to try to make the out at first base, he must throw the ball to the first baseman. He is not allowed to run down the runner going to first or allowed to tag the first base bag. The pitcher may tag other bases or runners while they are attempting to advance past first base.

  • A player shall not remain on the bench (defensively) in consecutive innings.

  • When the batted ball has been returned to the infield area if a runner is already attempting to take the next base they may continue towards that base at their own risk. This is a judgment call and the umpires call will be final.

  • The “pitcher" must wear a batting helmet and stand parallel to the coach pitcher with one foot in the dirt and one foot in the grass.

PLAYING FIELD

  • For the offensive team, adult coaches should be positioned in both the first and third base coaching boxes as well as the pitcher's mound to pitch the ball.

  • For the defensive team, as many as three adult coaches are allowed on the field to help position players. (One coach behind the plate to help the catcher) Never touch the ball in play!

  • For postseason tournament play - No coaches are allowed on the field for the defensive team.

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: 75 mins

  • Mercy rule: 10 runs after 4 innings

  • 5 runs per inning - non-cumulative

  • Game time starts on umpire's call (usually the start of the plate meeting).

  • Forfeit will be recorded as a 6-0 game.

  • When a game is tied at the end of regulation time, it is considered a tie game and will not be played off in extra innings unless time remains in time limit. Tie games count in the standings as 1/2 win & 1/2 loss.

PITCHING

  • The distance between bases is 60 feet with the pitching mound at approximately 38 feet from home plate.

  • The pitching coach shall take a position standing or kneeling at 38 feet and must throw the ball OVERHANDED. His foot must be in contact with the pitching mound, if no pitching mound the umpire will designate one.

  • If a batted ball strikes the coach and remains in fair or foul territory, the ball is a NO PITCH AND ALL RUNNERS RETURN TO THEIR BASE PRIOR TO THE PITCH. That ball does not count against the batter's pitch/swing count.

EQUIPMENT

  • A soft T-ball shall be used.

  • All batters and base runners shall wear batting helmets at all times.

  • Catchers shall wear full catchers gear, including helmet, mask, chest protector, shin guards and a protective cup. (Catchers gloves and protective cups are not provided)

  • At all times during the game, every player on the field shall wear baseball pants and a team jersey and hat.

  • Each team should provide two game balls per game.

  • Rubber cleats are allowed (not mandatory); metal cleats are NOT acceptable.

7/8 A & AA Coach Pitch Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Coach pitches up to 6 pitches to batters with an umpire. There are NO walks. If the player fails to put the ball in play he is out and must return to the dugout.

  • One umpire

    • Judgment calls are final and cannot be disputed or protested.

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes

    • Must complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger team. Effective Spring 2023

      • Failure to have someone available to complete the scorebook / GameChanger will result in the loss of home team advantage.

      • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team: 

    • Responsible for manning the electronic scoreboard controller.

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

EVERYONE

  • Let the umpires know which division your team is in and go over the rule caveats.

  • Provide two game balls to the umpire.  If balls are fouled off, umpires may ask for additional baseballs.  Please have a couple of gently used baseballs ready.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger for your team. CFBBA will update Sports Connect with the score from the home team's GameChanger.

  • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  Effective Spring 2023

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

FORFEITED GAMES

  • All teams involved in a scrimmage due to forfeiture will vacate the playing field at least one half hour before the next scheduled game.

  • Umpires are not allowed to remain for any scrimmage which may result from forfeited games.

  • A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within the grace period must forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with only 8 players, the missing ninth player will be an automatic out until they enter the game. This occurs in the ninth batting position.

  • Teams are allowed a fifteen minute grace period after the regularly scheduled game time to field the required number of uniformed players. The clock starts running when the umpires/coaches start the plate meeting.

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field, umpire availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • All games will finish the inning unless the home team is winning.

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

MINIMUM PLAYING TIME

  • Each player must play a minimum of two (2) defensive innings, but these do not have to be consecutive.

FULL ROSTER BATTING

  • Full roster batting will be used in this age group.

    • If a player becomes injured or unable to play, his spot in the order will not be considered an out unless the batting roster falls below 9 players.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

POOL PLAYERS

  • Pool players are allowed to be used if a team has less than nine rostered players available.  The pool player must be registered in CFBBA.

  • You can only use pool players to bring your lineup to nine players.

  • Pool players must wear their normal team jersey.

  • Pool players cannot pitch or catch and must bat last.

  • If at any time during the game one or more of the players on the standard team roster show up the non-roster players will be replaced with the roster players.

  • League age requirements are in effect.

  • Players registered to play in an AA division may not pool play in a single A division.

  • Players registered for a single A division may pool play for a team in the AA division of their own age group.

PLAY INTERRUPTION

  • Team huddles are allowed at the umpire's discretion. Umpires should discourage such huddling when it tends to delay a game.

COACHES LEAVING COACHING BOX

  • No coach is allowed to leave his coaching box or dugout and enter the playing field without first receiving permission from an umpire. The coach's box is defined by the length of the dugout and the foul line.

APPEALS / PROTEST

  • What is an illegal player? Some examples…

    • Not using the pool player rule appropriately

    • A kid pitcher that has pitched over the allowable amount.

    • Using pool players in post season

  • If you are not sure of a player situation, please reach out to your age group VP for help.

  • Please keep in mind head coaches are responsible for all rules.

  • If you feel your opponent is using an illegal player, please complete the following steps:

    • Notify the umpire that you will finish the game but under protest. 

    • Gather as much evidence as you can. i.e., photos, line up, Game Changer etc.

    • After the game, email your age group VP.  Send them all that you have.

    • Your VP & the Board of Directors will try to determine if an illegal player was used.

  • Consequences if you are found to have an illegal player:

    • 1st offense:  team forfeit & head coach receives a warning.

    • 2nd offense: team forfeit & head coach receives a 2-game suspension.

    • 3rd offense: team forfeit & head coach will be suspended for the season.  UPDATED Fall 2023

EJECTIONS

  • Any coach who requests time and then once it is granted proceeds to question, dispute, argue, or in any way displays disapproval with a judgment call such as, but not limited to, balls, strikes, safe, out, fair, foul, obstruction, interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, or balks, etc shall be removed from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • The parking lot is the closest the ejected person can be to the field. For failure to leave, the head umpire has the option of forfeiting the game to the other team.

  • Any ejected coach or manager is subject to suspension from the next game played by that team at the age group VP & league president's discretion.

  • Any coach or manager ejected for a second time will be suspended for 4 games beginning with the next game.

  • The third time a coach or manager is ejected, the coach or manager will be removed from their position as coach or manager for the remainder of the season.

  • If a manager or coach makes any physical contact with an umpire in an effort to show disagreement with a decision:

  • That manager or coach shall be ejected from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • A minimum four-game suspension comes into effect beginning with the next game.

  • Any subsequent ejection for physical contact will result in the coach / managers dismissal for the season.

  • Control of spectators is the direct responsibility of coaches and their respective teams.

  • If an umpire warns any spectator to refrain from continuous verbal or physical disagreement/harassment, the coach or manager of the spectator's team is directed to control his spectator. The individual will be warned that continued action will result in his or her ejection.

  • If ejected, the individual(s) and the coach must leave the premises within 2 minutes or the game will be forfeited.

PLAYER SUSPENSION

  • A player ejected from the game is subject to a one game suspension, subject to appeal to the age group VP & Divisional Presidents.

  • A player ejected for a second time will be suspended for 2 games, beginning with the next games played by the players team.

  • Ejected players are required to remain in the dugout.

  • Suspended players are required to serve their suspension in the dugout during the games for which they are suspended.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

SUNGLASSES

  • Only prescription sunglasses are allowed while a player is at bat or pitching.  All other fielders may wear standard sunglasses.

BATTERS AND BASE RUNNERS

  • Shall wear batting helmets at all times

CATCHERS

  • Shall wear full catchers gear, including helmet, mask, chest protector, shin guards and athletic cup.

OFFENSE

  • Batting: Coach pitches up to 6 pitches to batters, if 3 strikes swinging then batter is out.

  • A and AA Division - If the final pitch is a foul ball, the batter is awarded another pitch. Multiple foul balls are allowed on the final pitch.

  • If a batter is hit by the coach, no base is awarded, but a pitch is charged to the coach

  • If a batted ball hits the coach pitcher, it shall be declared a “no pitch”, and no one is charged with the pitch

  • No bunting

  • The ball must travel past the start of the infield grass or it is considered a foul ball.

  • Base Running: When a ball is hit to the outfield, once it comes back into the control of any infielder on the infield, if the runner is already attempting to advance to the next base they can continue at their own risk. This is a judgment call by the umpire and is final.

  • No lead offs, stealing or dropped third strike rule.

DEFENSE

  • Player positions:

    • A Division - No one may play the same position more than 2 innings consecutive and 4 innings total on the infield. This includes pitcher and catcher - in other words don't leave the same kids in the outfield all the time.

    • AA Division - No position requirements

  • Play 10 on field (4 outfielders in umbrella - no rovers).

  • The kid pitcher must wear a batting helmet and stand parallel to the coach pitcher with one foot on the dirt and one foot in the grass.

  • Once the ball is hit the coach pitcher must exit the field as quickly as possible. (past the foul lines on the 1st or 3rd base foul lines.

  • If the pitcher fields the ball and elects to try to make the out at first base, he must throw the ball to the first baseman. He is not allowed to run down the runner going to first or allowed to tag the first base bag. The pitcher may tag other bases or runners while they are attempting to advance past first base.

  • Balls hit to the outfield

    • When a ball is hit to the outfield, once it comes back into the control of any infielder on the infield, if the runner is already attempting to advance to the next base they can continue at their own risk. This is a judgment call by the umpire and is final.

  • Overthrows

    • A Division - No more than one base on an overthrow and only one overthrow allowed (runner cannot continue to next base on the second overthrow).

    • AA Division - We encourage the kids to try to make a play, so only one base on an overthrow per play (if 1st base is overthrown, the runner advances to second and a throw is made there and goes out into left field, the runner can run to third and so on).

BASE RUNNING

  • Courtesy runners

    • Pitcher of record (pitcher who was pitching when last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed. Exception: no courtesy runner in 7-8 Coach Pitch.

    • Catcher of record (catcher who was catching when the last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed.

    • Runner will be last batted out, or next to last out if pitcher or catcher is the last out, exception: in 13-14 if the roster is not being batted then you will use a bench player. Bench player still can enter game in another spot. See USSSA rule

  • Malicious contact rule will be enforced. Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and the catcher. Attempting to jump, leap, or dive over the fielder or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact. Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties. Penalty: Runner is called out and may be ejected from the games at the discretion of the umpire. This is a judgment call and cannot be protested.

  • Head first sliding is allowed but not recommended.

PLAYING FIELD

  • The distance between bases is 65 feet with the pitching mound at approximately 46 feet from home plate.

  • The pitching coach shall take a position standing or kneeling at 40 feet (6 feet in front of the mound) and must throw the ball OVERHANDED. UPDATED Fall 2023

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: six (6) innings, or 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Mercy rule: 10 runs after 4 innings

  • 5 runs per inning - cumulative is in effect

    • For example, teams that only score 3 in the first inning can score up to 7 in the second inning.

  • Game time starts on umpire's call (usually the start of the plate meeting).

  • Forfeit will be recorded as a 6-0 game.

  • When a game is tied at the end of regulation time, it is considered a tie game and will not be played off in extra innings unless time remains in time limit. Tie games count in the standings as 1/2 win & 1/2 loss.

SUSPENDED GAMES

  • If a game is called for any reason before it is a complete game, it is considered a suspended game and will be resumed from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the league.

  • Suspended games may not be rescheduled if it is determined that those games have no effect on the final standings.

  • If a game is suspended and cannot be rescheduled, it will be considered complete if three innings have been played or if it is the bottom of the third and the home team is ahead.

END OF SEASON RANKING

  • Final team standings will be calculated by best overall win/loss/tie records over the season (winning percentage), in the Spring season only.

TIE BREAKERS

  • In the event of a tie for 1st Place, tie breakers will be determined as follows.

TWO TEAM tie breaker:

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best win/loss/tied records in games between the two teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best win/loss/tied record in games played within the teams division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

THREE OR MORE TEAMS tie breaker:

  • If two teams remain tied after a third team is eliminated during any of the following steps the tiebreaker reverts to the two-team format.

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best combined win/loss/tied record among the teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best combined win/loss/tied record in games played with the teams in their division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber cleats are allowed (not mandatory); metal cleats are NOT acceptable. 

9/10 A & AA Kid Pitch Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • This is the first introduction to pro style baseball. At this level, the basic fundamentals of the game are further reinforced and refined. This is also the first time the kids are exposed to pitching, leading off and stealing bases, pick-offs, and dropped third strikes for the AA division.

  • Two umpires per game

    • Games may, due to umpire absence, be limited to one umpire.

    • Judgment calls are final and cannot be disputed or protested.

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes

    • Must complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger teamEffective Spring 2023

      • Failure to have someone available to complete the scorebook / GameChanger will result in the loss of home team advantage.

      • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team: 

    • Responsible for manning the electronic scoreboard controller.

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

EVERYONE

  • Let the umpires know which division your team is in and go over the rule caveats.

  • Provide two game balls to the umpire.  If balls are fouled off, umpires may ask for additional baseballs.  Please have a couple of gently used baseballs ready.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger for your team. CFBBA will update Sports Connect with the score from the home team's GameChanger.

  • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  Effective Spring 2023

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

FORFEITED GAMES

  • All teams involved in a scrimmage due to forfeiture will vacate the playing field at least one half hour before the next scheduled game.

  • Umpires are not allowed to remain for any scrimmage which may result from forfeited games.

  • A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within the grace period must forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with only 8 players, the missing ninth player will be an automatic out until they enter the game. This occurs in the ninth batting position.

  • Teams are allowed a fifteen minute grace period after the regularly scheduled game time to field the required number of uniformed players. The clock starts running when the umpires/coaches start the plate meeting.

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field, umpire availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • All games will finish the inning unless the home team is winning.

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

FULL ROSTER BATTING

  • Full roster batting will be used in this age group.

    • If a player becomes injured or unable to play, his spot in the order will not be considered an out unless the batting roster falls below 9 players.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

POOL PLAYERS

  • Pool players are allowed to be used if a team has less than nine rostered players available.  The pool player must be registered in CFBBA.

  • You can only use pool players to bring your lineup to nine players.

  • Pool players must wear their normal team jersey.

  • Pool players cannot pitch or catch and must bat last.

  • If at any time during the game one or more of the players on the standard team roster show up the non-roster players will be replaced with the roster players.

  • League age requirements are in effect.

  • Players registered to play in an AA division may not pool play in a single A division.

  • Players registered for a single A division may pool play for a team in the AA division of their own age group.

PLAY INTERRUPTION

  • Team huddles are allowed at the umpire's discretion. Umpires should discourage such huddling when it tends to delay a game.

COACHES LEAVING COACHING BOX

  • No coach is allowed to leave his coaching box or dugout and enter the playing field without first receiving permission from an umpire. The coach's box is defined by the length of the dugout and the foul line.

APPEALS / PROTEST

  • What is an illegal player? Some examples…

    • Not using the pool player rule appropriately

    • A kid pitcher that has pitched over the allowable amount.

    • Using pool players in post season

  • If you are not sure of a player situation, please reach out to your age group VP for help.

  • Please keep in mind head coaches are responsible for all rules.

  • If you feel your opponent is using an illegal player, please complete the following steps:

    • Notify the umpire that you will finish the game but under protest. 

    • Gather as much evidence as you can. i.e., photos, line up, Game Changer etc.

    • After the game, email your age group VP.  Send them all that you have.

    • Your VP & the Board of Directors will try to determine if an illegal player was used.

  • Consequences if you are found to have an illegal player:

    • 1st offense:  team forfeit & head coach receives a warning.

    • 2nd offense: team forfeit & head coach receives a 2-game suspension.

    • 3rd offense: team forfeit & head coach will be suspended for the season.  UPDATED Fall 2023

EJECTIONS

  • Any coach who requests time and then once it is granted proceeds to question, dispute, argue, or in any way displays disapproval with a judgment call such as, but not limited to, balls, strikes, safe, out, fair, foul, obstruction, interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, or balks, etc shall be removed from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • The parking lot is the closest the ejected person can be to the field. For failure to leave, the head umpire has the option of forfeiting the game to the other team.

  • Any ejected coach or manager is subject to suspension from the next game played by that team at the age group VP & league president's discretion.

  • Any coach or manager ejected for a second time will be suspended for 4 games beginning with the next game.

  • The third time a coach or manager is ejected, the coach or manager will be removed from their position as coach or manager for the remainder of the season.

  • If a manager or coach makes any physical contact with an umpire in an effort to show disagreement with a decision:

  • That manager or coach shall be ejected from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • A minimum four-game suspension comes into effect beginning with the next game.

  • Any subsequent ejection for physical contact will result in the coach / managers dismissal for the season.

  • Control of spectators is the direct responsibility of coaches and their respective teams.

  • If an umpire warns any spectator to refrain from continuous verbal or physical disagreement/harassment, the coach or manager of the spectator's team is directed to control his spectator. The individual will be warned that continued action will result in his or her ejection.

  • If ejected, the individual(s) and the coach must leave the premises within 2 minutes or the game will be forfeited.

PLAYER SUSPENSION

  • A player ejected from the game is subject to a one game suspension, subject to appeal to the age group VP & Divisional Presidents.

  • A player ejected for a second time will be suspended for 2 games, beginning with the next games played by the players team.

  • Ejected players are required to remain in the dugout.

  • Suspended players are required to serve their suspension in the dugout during the games for which they are suspended.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

SUNGLASSES

  • Only prescription sunglasses are allowed while a player is at bat or pitching.  All other fielders may wear standard sunglasses.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber cleats only, NO metal cleats allowed

BATTERS AND BASE RUNNERS

  • Shall wear batting helmets at all times

CATCHERS

  • Shall wear full catchers gear, including helmet, mask, chest protector, and shin guards and athletic cup.

PLAYING FIELD

  • Base distances

    • The distance between the bases is 65 feet with the pitching mound at 46 feet from home plate.

OFFENSE

  • Sporting News Baseball rules apply

  • 9-10 A only. R3 (runner at third base) may not advance home on a passed ball, wild pitch, a steal or an errant throw by the catcher back to the pitcher. If, in the umpire's judgment, any of these scenarios are used by R3 to score then the umpire(s) shall call "TIME" and the run will not score and all runners will return to their bases occupied at the TIME of PITCH. 

  • Bunting is allowed; however, slash bunting is not. 

    • Slash bunting is when a batter shows intent to bunt, then draws his bat back and takes a swing at the pitch. 

    • If in the umpire’s judgment, a batter tries to slash bunt (whether there is contact or not), the ball will be declared dead, no one can advance and the batter will be called out. There is no warning for this rule. A batter who shows bunt must either bunt the ball or take the pitch. 

    • A second offense by a team in the same game will result in that player, as well as the head coach, being ejected.

DEFENSE

  • Pitching Limits

    • Three (3) innings per day, 7 innings per week, 40-hr rest rule applies

  • Balks

    • 9-10 A - No balks will be called. Umpire will give instruction to the players

    • 9-10 AA - Flagrant balks will be called after a pitcher is given 1 warning.

  • Dropped Third Strike

    • 9-10 A - No dropped third strikes.

    • 9-10 AA - There WILL be dropped third strikes.

BASE RUNNING

  • Courtesy runners

    • Pitcher of record (pitcher who was pitching when last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed. Exception: no courtesy runner in 7-8 Coach Pitch.

    • Catcher of record (catcher who was catching when the last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed.

    • Runner will be last batted out, or next to last out if pitcher or catcher is the last out, exception: in 13-14 if the roster is not being batted then you will use a bench player. Bench player still can enter the game in another spot. See USSSA rule

  • Malicious contact rule will be enforced. Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and the catcher. Attempting to jump, leap, or dive over the fielder or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact. Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties. Penalty: Runner is called out and may be ejected from the games at the discretion of the umpire. This is a judgment call and cannot be protested.

  • Head first sliding is allowed but not recommended.

PITCHING

  • Pitch scoring: The week begins Monday at 12:01 am.

  • One pitch DOES NOT constitute an inning

  • Pitching rule violations are subject to game forfeitures as deemed necessary by the league, as well as player/coach suspensions under the discretion of the league.

  • The 40-hour rest rule does apply in league play. Any pitcher pitching 3 innings (nine outs) in a day may not return the next day to pitch.

  • Pitchers warm up:

    • Start of game: 8 pitches

    • New Pitcher: 8 pitches

    • Between Innings: 5 pitches or 1 minute (umpire's discretion)

    • If a player receives the allowable 8 warm-up throws as a relief pitcher but does not face a single batter the player is not credited with an inning pitched.

    • If a player pitches in an inning and does not record an out the player is not credited with any outs.

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: Six (6) innings, or 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Mercy rule: 

    • 9-10 A - 10 runs after 4 innings 

    • 9-10 AA - 15 after 3 & 8 after 4

  • Run limits:

    • 9-10 A - 5 runs per inning (non-cumulative)

    • 9-10 AA -no per inning run rule

  • Game time starts on umpire's call (usually the start of the plate meeting).

  • Forfeit will be recorded as a 6-0 game.

  • When a game is tied at the end of regulation time, it is considered a tie game and will not be played off in extra innings unless time remains in time limit. Tie games count in the standings as 1/2 win & 1/2 loss.

SUSPENDED GAMES

  • If a game is called for any reason before it is a complete game, it is considered a suspended game and will be resumed from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the league.

  • Suspended games may not be rescheduled if it is determined that those games have no effect on the final standings.

  • If a game is suspended and cannot be rescheduled, it will be considered complete if three innings have been played or if it is the bottom of the third and the home team is ahead.

SCOREBOOK

  • Home team shall maintain the official scorebook in case we have a suspended game or a question from the umpires. If the home team does not have someone to keep the official scorebook, they will forfeit their home team status.

END OF SEASON RANKING

  • Final team standings will be calculated by best overall win/loss/tie records over the season (winning percentage), in the Spring season only.

TIE BREAKERS

  • In the event of a tie for 1st Place, tie breakers will be determined as follows.

TWO TEAM tie breaker:

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best win/loss/tied records in games between the two teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best win/loss/tied record in games played within the teams division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

THREE OR MORE TEAMS tie breaker:

  • If two teams remain tied after a third team is eliminated during any of the following steps the tiebreaker reverts to the two-team format.

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best combined win/loss/tied record among the teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best combined win/loss/tied record in games played with the teams in their division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber cleats are allowed (not mandatory); metal cleats are NOT acceptable. 

11/12 A & AA Kid Pitch Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Knowledge of the overall concept of baseball including more in depth strategy is learned while players continue to refine their baseball skills in a competitive atmosphere.

  • Two umpires per game

    • Games may, due to umpire absence, be limited to one umpire.

    • Judgment calls are final and cannot be disputed or protested.

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes

    • Must complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger team. Effective Spring 2023

      • Failure to have someone available to complete the scorebook / GameChanger will result in the loss of home team advantage.

      • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team: 

    • Responsible for manning the electronic scoreboard controller.

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

EVERYONE

  • Let the umpires know which division your team is in and go over the rule caveats.

  • Provide two game balls to the umpire.  If balls are fouled off, umpires may ask for additional baseballs.  Please have a couple of gently used baseballs ready.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger for your team. CFBBA will update Sports Connect with the score from the home team's GameChanger.

  • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  Effective Spring 2023

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

FORFEITED GAMES

  • All teams involved in a scrimmage due to forfeiture will vacate the playing field at least one half hour before the next scheduled game.

  • Umpires are not allowed to remain for any scrimmage which may result from forfeited games.

  • A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within the grace period must forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with only 8 players, the missing ninth player will be an automatic out until they enter the game. This occurs in the ninth batting position.

  • Teams are allowed a fifteen minute grace period after the regularly scheduled game time to field the required number of uniformed players. The clock starts running when the umpires/coaches start the plate meeting.

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field, umpire availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • All games will finish the inning unless the home team is winning.

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

FULL ROSTER BATTING

  • Full roster batting will be used in this age group.

    • If a player becomes injured or unable to play, his spot in the order will not be considered an out unless the batting roster falls below 9 players.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

POOL PLAYERS

  • Pool players are allowed to be used if a team has less than nine rostered players available.  The pool player must be registered in CFBBA.

  • You can only use pool players to bring your lineup to nine players.

  • Pool players must wear their normal team jersey.

  • Pool players cannot pitch or catch and must bat last.

  • If at any time during the game one or more of the players on the standard team roster show up the non-roster players will be replaced with the roster players.

  • League age requirements are in effect.

  • Players registered to play in an AA division may not pool play in a single A division.

  • Players registered for a single A division may pool play for a team in the AA division of their own age group.

PLAY INTERRUPTION

  • Team huddles are allowed at the umpire's discretion. Umpires should discourage such huddling when it tends to delay a game.

COACHES LEAVING COACHING BOX

  • No coach is allowed to leave his coaching box or dugout and enter the playing field without first receiving permission from an umpire. The coach's box is defined by the length of the dugout and the foul line.

APPEALS / PROTEST

  • What is an illegal player? Some examples…

    • Not using the pool player rule appropriately

    • A kid pitcher that has pitched over the allowable amount.

    • Using pool players in post season

  • If you are not sure of a player situation, please reach out to your age group VP for help.

  • Please keep in mind head coaches are responsible for all rules.

  • If you feel your opponent is using an illegal player, please complete the following steps:

    • Notify the umpire that you will finish the game but under protest. 

    • Gather as much evidence as you can. i.e., photos, line up, Game Changer etc.

    • After the game, email your age group VP.  Send them all that you have.

    • Your VP & the Board of Directors will try to determine if an illegal player was used.

  • Consequences if you are found to have an illegal player:

    • 1st offense:  team forfeit & head coach receives a warning.

    • 2nd offense: team forfeit & head coach receives a 2-game suspension.

    • 3rd offense: team forfeit & head coach will be suspended for the season.  UPDATED Fall 2023

EJECTIONS

  • Any coach who requests time and then once it is granted proceeds to question, dispute, argue, or in any way displays disapproval with a judgment call such as, but not limited to, balls, strikes, safe, out, fair, foul, obstruction, interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, or balks, etc shall be removed from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • The parking lot is the closest the ejected person can be to the field. For failure to leave, the head umpire has the option of forfeiting the game to the other team.

  • Any ejected coach or manager is subject to suspension from the next game played by that team at the age group VP & league president's discretion.

  • Any coach or manager ejected for a second time will be suspended for 4 games beginning with the next game.

  • The third time a coach or manager is ejected, the coach or manager will be removed from their position as coach or manager for the remainder of the season.

  • If a manager or coach makes any physical contact with an umpire in an effort to show disagreement with a decision:

  • That manager or coach shall be ejected from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • A minimum four-game suspension comes into effect beginning with the next game.

  • Any subsequent ejection for physical contact will result in the coach / managers dismissal for the season.

  • Control of spectators is the direct responsibility of coaches and their respective teams.

  • If an umpire warns any spectator to refrain from continuous verbal or physical disagreement/harassment, the coach or manager of the spectator's team is directed to control his spectator. The individual will be warned that continued action will result in his or her ejection.

  • If ejected, the individual(s) and the coach must leave the premises within 2 minutes or the game will be forfeited.

PLAYER SUSPENSION

  • A player ejected from the game is subject to a one game suspension, subject to appeal to the age group VP & Divisional Presidents.

  • A player ejected for a second time will be suspended for 2 games, beginning with the next games played by the players team.

  • Ejected players are required to remain in the dugout.

  • Suspended players are required to serve their suspension in the dugout during the games for which they are suspended.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

SUNGLASSES

  • Only prescription sunglasses are allowed while a player is at bat or pitching.  All other fielders may wear standard sunglasses.

PLAYING FIELD

  • Base distances

    • The distance between the bases is 70 feet.

  • Pitching Mound

    • The pitchers mound is 50 feet from home plate.

BATTERS AND BASE RUNNERS

  • Shall wear batting helmets at all times

CATCHERS

  • Shall wear full catchers gear, including helmet, mask, chest protector, and shin guards and athletic cup.

PITCHING

  • Pitch scoring: The week begins Monday at 12:01 am.

  • One pitch DOES NOT constitute an inning

  • Pitching limits

    • Seven (7) innings per day

    • Ten (10) innings per week

    • 40 hour rest rule applies

  • Balks

    • If a right handed pitcher steps toward third base and then throws or fakes a throw to first it will be considered a balk. 

    • Flagrant balks will be called after a pitcher is given 1 warning in the A division

    • Flagrant balks will be called with no warning in the AA division.

  • Pitching rule violations are subject to game forfeitures as deemed necessary by the league, as well as player/coach suspensions under the discretion of the league.

  • The 40-hour rest rule does apply in league play. Any pitcher pitching 3 innings (nine outs) in a day may not return the next day to pitch.

  • Pitchers warm up:

    • Start of game: 8 pitches

    • New Pitcher: 8 pitches

    • Between Innings: 5 pitches or 1 minute (umpire's discretion)

    • If a player receives the allowable 8 warm-up throws as a relief pitcher but does not face a single batter the player is not credited with an inning pitched.

    • If a player pitches in an inning and does not record an out the player is not credited with any outs.

OFFENSE

  • Sporting News Baseball rules apply

  • Bunting is allowed; however, slash bunting is not. 

    • Slash bunting is when a batter shows intent to bunt, then draws his bat back and takes a swing at the pitch. 

    • If in the umpire’s judgment, a batter tries to slash bunt (whether there is contact or not), the ball will be declared dead, no one can advance and the batter will be called out. There is no warning for this rule. A batter who shows bunt must either bunt the ball or take the pitch. 

    • A second offense by a team in the same game will result in that player, as well as the head coach, being ejected.

BASE RUNNING

  • Courtesy runners

    • Pitcher of record (pitcher who was pitching when last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed. Exception: no courtesy runner in 7-8 Coach Pitch.

    • Catcher of record (catcher who was catching when the last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed.

    • Runner will be last batted out, or next to last out if pitcher or catcher is the last out, exception: in 13-14 if the roster is not being batted then you will use a bench player. Bench player still can enter game in another spot. See USSSA rule

  • Malicious contact rule will be enforced. Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and the catcher. Attempting to jump, leap, or dive over the fielder or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact. Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties. Penalty: Runner is called out and may be ejected from the games at the discretion of the umpire. This is a judgment call and cannot be protested.

  • Head first sliding is allowed but not recommended.

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: Six (6) innings, or 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Mercy rule: 

    • 9-10 A & AA - 15 after 3 & 8 after 4

  • Run limits:

    • 9-10 A & AA -no per inning run rule

  • Game time starts on umpire's call (usually the start of the plate meeting).

  • Forfeit will be recorded as a 6-0 game.

  • When a game is tied at the end of regulation time, it is considered a tie game and will not be played off in extra innings unless time remains in time limit. Tie games count in the standings as 1/2 win & 1/2 loss.

SUSPENDED GAMES

  • If a game is called for any reason before it is a complete game, it is considered a suspended game and will be resumed from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the league.

  • Suspended games may not be rescheduled if it is determined that those games have no effect on the final standings.

  • If a game is suspended and cannot be rescheduled, it will be considered complete if three innings have been played or if it is the bottom of the third and the home team is ahead.

END OF SEASON RANKING

  • Final team standings will be calculated by best overall win/loss/tie records over the season (winning percentage), in the Spring season only.

TIE BREAKERS

  • In the event of a tie for 1st Place, tie breakers will be determined as follows.

TWO TEAM tie breaker:

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best win/loss/tied records in games between the two teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best win/loss/tied record in games played within the teams division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

THREE OR MORE TEAMS tie breaker:

  • If two teams remain tied after a third team is eliminated during any of the following steps the tiebreaker reverts to the two-team format.

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best combined win/loss/tied record among the teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best combined win/loss/tied record in games played with the teams in their division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber cleats are allowed (not mandatory); metal cleats are NOT acceptable. 

13/14 Kid Pitch Rules

RULES

  • CFBBA will follow the most current USSSA Baseball and Sporting News major league rules. The following CFBBA rules/notes will override the above books.

  • If you have any questions regarding the rules, [please reach out to your age group VP for clarification. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • This continues to help players gradually increase their skills and strength as they prepare for high-school baseball.

  • Two umpires per game

    • Games may, due to umpire absence, be limited to one umpire.

    • Judgment calls are final and cannot be disputed or protested.

PREGAME REQUIREMENTS AND SCORING

  • Home team:

    • Home team for the first game of the day sets up the bases if not already set

    • Chalks the base lines and batters boxes

    • Must complete the scorebook via the league created Game Changer team. Effective Spring 2023

      • Failure to have someone available to complete the scorebook / GameChanger will result in the loss of home team advantage.

      • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP.  

    • Assigned the 1st base dugout.

  • Visiting team: 

    • Responsible for manning the electronic scoreboard controller.

    • Assigned the 3rd base dugout.

EVERYONE

  • Let the umpires know which division your team is in and go over the rule caveats.

  • Provide two game balls to the umpire.  If balls are fouled off, umpires may ask for additional baseballs.  Please have a couple of gently used baseballs ready.

POSTGAME REQUIREMENTS

  • Home team complete the scorebook via the league created GameChanger for your team. CFBBA will update Sports Connect with the score from the home team's GameChanger.

  • Remember the final score and scorekeeping (plays, batting, outs etc.) must be recorded in GameChanger, just as you would on the old paper books. If one of those items (score & scorekeeping) are missing, the home team will receive an automatic forfeit. Note: Teams that have more than one Game Changer (the leagues and your own) please have someone doing both of your GameChangers or at a minimum the leagues Game Changer. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to your VP. Effective Spring 2023

  • Home team of the last game puts up the bases (FB Fields Only)

FORFEITED GAMES

  • All teams involved in a scrimmage due to forfeiture will vacate the playing field at least one half hour before the next scheduled game.

  • Umpires are not allowed to remain for any scrimmage which may result from forfeited games.

  • A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within the grace period must forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with only 8 players, the missing ninth player will be an automatic out until they enter the game. This occurs in the ninth batting position.

  • Teams are allowed a fifteen minute grace period after the regularly scheduled game time to field the required number of uniformed players. The clock starts running when the umpires/coaches start the plate meeting.

POSTPONED / RESCHEDULED GAMES

  • Games will only be rescheduled if postponed or canceled due to weather.

  • Make-up games are rescheduled based on field, umpire availability and blackouts.

GAME PLAY

  • All games will finish the inning unless the home team is winning.

  • 5 minute rule: no NEW inning may be started with 5 minutes or less remaining in regulation time.

FULL ROSTER BATTING

  • Full roster batting is optional in this age division (13/14 only)

  • The way this rule works is as follows:

    • You can either choose to bat your full roster or you can just bat your active line up of 9 players.
    • If you choose to just bat your active line up you will need to list any other players that you may want to sub in as substitutes on your line up card.
    • When batting your active line up you may opt to utilize a designated hitter (DH) and this person can bat in place of anyone that is playing defensively in the field. 
    • If the DH player ever comes into the game defensively he will have to assume the batting spot for person he is replacing on defense and another person will need to be designated as the DH.
    • When using substitute players they must assume the same spot in the batting line up as the person they are replacing. Starting players are allowed to re-enter the game one time after being substituted. Players that were originally starting out as a substitute on the roster are not allowed to re-enter the game if they are pulled out.
    • Example; If John is originally a substitute player and he goes in for Bill at 2nd base in the 3rd inning, and then in the 5th inning they pull John out and put Bill back in, this means John is no longer eligible to come back into the game.

ROSTER ADDITIONS

  • A player may not be added to a roster in-season without prior board approval.

  • Any player added to the roster of a team after the first game of the season is ineligible to pitch or catch without board approval. All roster additions must be approved by the age group vice president.

  • Paperwork on all roster additions must be provided before the player plays in a game, with the exception of pool players. 

  • Players can only play on one team in CFBBA.

  • A player may play on a CFBBA team and another team that does not play in CFBBA (such as a select or traveling team). CFBBA is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that arise due to playing on multiple teams.

POOL PLAYERS

  • Pool players are allowed to be used if a team has less than nine rostered players available.  The pool player must be registered in CFBBA.

  • You can only use pool players to bring your lineup to nine players.

  • Pool players must wear their normal team jersey.

  • Pool players cannot pitch or catch and must bat last.

  • If at any time during the game one or more of the players on the standard team roster show up the non-roster players will be replaced with the roster players.

  • League age requirements are in effect.

  • Players registered to play in an AA division may not pool play in a single A division.

  • Players registered for a single A division may pool play for a team in the AA division of their own age group.

PLAY INTERRUPTION

  • Team huddles are allowed at the umpire's discretion. Umpires should discourage such huddling when it tends to delay a game.

COACHES LEAVING COACHING BOX

  • No coach is allowed to leave his coaching box or dugout and enter the playing field without first receiving permission from an umpire. The coach's box is defined by the length of the dugout and the foul line.

APPEALS / PROTEST

  • What is an illegal player? Some examples…

    • Not using the pool player rule appropriately

    • A kid pitcher that has pitched over the allowable amount.

    • Using pool players in post season

  • If you are not sure of a player situation, please reach out to your age group VP for help.

  • Please keep in mind head coaches are responsible for all rules.

  • If you feel your opponent is using an illegal player, please complete the following steps:

    • Notify the umpire that you will finish the game but under protest. 

    • Gather as much evidence as you can. i.e., photos, line up, Game Changer etc.

    • After the game, email your age group VP.  Send them all that you have.

    • Your VP & the Board of Directors will try to determine if an illegal player was used.

  • Consequences if you are found to have an illegal player:

    • 1st offense:  team forfeit & head coach receives a warning.

    • 2nd offense: team forfeit & head coach receives a 2-game suspension.

    • 3rd offense: team forfeit & head coach will be suspended for the season.  UPDATED Fall 2023

EJECTIONS

  • Any coach who requests time and then once it is granted proceeds to question, dispute, argue, or in any way displays disapproval with a judgment call such as, but not limited to, balls, strikes, safe, out, fair, foul, obstruction, interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, or balks, etc shall be removed from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • The parking lot is the closest the ejected person can be to the field. For failure to leave, the head umpire has the option of forfeiting the game to the other team.

  • Any ejected coach or manager is subject to suspension from the next game played by that team at the age group VP & league president's discretion.

  • Any coach or manager ejected for a second time will be suspended for 4 games beginning with the next game.

  • The third time a coach or manager is ejected, the coach or manager will be removed from their position as coach or manager for the remainder of the season.

  • If a manager or coach makes any physical contact with an umpire in an effort to show disagreement with a decision:

  • That manager or coach shall be ejected from the game and required to leave the confines of the playing and spectator areas.

  • A minimum four-game suspension comes into effect beginning with the next game.

  • Any subsequent ejection for physical contact will result in the coach / managers dismissal for the season.

  • Control of spectators is the direct responsibility of coaches and their respective teams.

  • If an umpire warns any spectator to refrain from continuous verbal or physical disagreement/harassment, the coach or manager of the spectator's team is directed to control his spectator. The individual will be warned that continued action will result in his or her ejection.

  • If ejected, the individual(s) and the coach must leave the premises within 2 minutes or the game will be forfeited.

PLAYER SUSPENSION

  • A player ejected from the game is subject to a one game suspension, subject to appeal to the age group VP & Divisional Presidents.

  • A player ejected for a second time will be suspended for 2 games, beginning with the next games played by the players team.

  • Ejected players are required to remain in the dugout.

  • Suspended players are required to serve their suspension in the dugout during the games for which they are suspended.

JEWELRY

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry, except for medical information/identification.

SUNGLASSES

  • Only prescription sunglasses are allowed while a player is at bat or pitching.  All other fielders may wear standard sunglasses.

PLAYING FIELD

  • Base distances

    • The distance between the bases is 80 feet.

  • Pitching mound

    • The mound is 54 feet from home plate.

BATTERS AND BASE RUNNERS

  • Shall wear batting helmets at all times

CATCHERS

  • Shall wear full catchers gear, including helmet, mask, chest protector, and shin guards and athletic cup.

PITCHING

  • Pitch scoring: The week begins Monday at 12:01 am.

  • One pitch DOES NOT constitute an inning

  • Pitching limits

    • Seven (7) innings per day

    • Ten (10) innings per week

    • 40-hour rest rule applies

  • Balks

    • If a right handed pitcher steps toward third base and then throws or fakes a throw to first it will be considered a balk. 

    • Flagrant balks will be called

  • Pitching rule violations are subject to game forfeitures as deemed necessary by the league, as well as player/coach suspensions under the discretion of the league.

  • The 40-hour rest rule does apply in league play. Any pitcher pitching 3 innings (nine outs) in a day may not return the next day to pitch.

  • Pitchers warm up:

    • Start of game: 8 pitches

    • New Pitcher: 8 pitches

    • Between Innings: 5 pitches or 1 minute (umpire's discretion)

    • If a player receives the allowable 8 warm-up throws as a relief pitcher but does not face a single batter the player is not credited with an inning pitched.

    • If a player pitches in an inning and does not record an out the player is not credited with any outs.

OFFENSE

  • Sporting News Baseball rules apply

  • Bunting is allowed; however, slash bunting is not. 

    • Slash bunting is when a batter shows intent to bunt, then draws his bat back and takes a swing at the pitch. 

    • If in the umpire’s judgment, a batter tries to slash bunt (whether there is contact or not), the ball will be declared dead, no one can advance and the batter will be called out. There is no warning for this rule. A batter who shows bunt must either bunt the ball or take the pitch. 

    • A second offense by a team in the same game will result in that player, as well as the head coach, being ejected.

BASE RUNNING

  • Courtesy runners

    • Pitcher of record (pitcher who was pitching when last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed. Exception: no courtesy runner in 7-8 Coach Pitch.

    • Catcher of record (catcher who was catching when the last out of the prior inning was recorded) anytime is allowed.

    • Runner will be last batted out, or next to last out if pitcher or catcher is the last out, exception: in 13-14 if the roster is not being batted then you will use a bench player. Bench player still can enter the game in another spot. See USSSA rule

  • Malicious contact rule will be enforced. Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and the catcher. Attempting to jump, leap, or dive over the fielder or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact. Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties. Penalty: Runner is called out and may be ejected from the games at the discretion of the umpire. This is a judgment call and cannot be protested.

  • Head first sliding is allowed but not recommended.

REGULATION GAMES

  • Games duration: Seven (7) innings, or 1 hour 50 minutes

  • Mercy rule: 

    • 15 after 3 & 8 after 4

  • Run limits: 

No per inning run rule

  • Game time starts on umpire's call (usually the start of the plate meeting).

  • Forfeit will be recorded as a 6-0 game.

  • When a game is tied at the end of regulation time, it is considered a tie game and will not be played off in extra innings unless time remains in time limit. Tie games count in the standings as 1/2 win & 1/2 loss.

SUSPENDED GAMES

  • If a game is called for any reason before it is a complete game, it is considered a suspended game and will be resumed from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the league.

  • Suspended games may not be rescheduled if it is determined that those games have no effect on the final standings.

  • If a game is suspended and cannot be rescheduled, it will be considered complete if three innings have been played or if it is the bottom of the third and the home team is ahead.

END OF SEASON RANKING

  • Final team standings will be calculated by best overall win/loss/tie records over the season (winning percentage), in the Spring season only.

TIE BREAKERS

  • In the event of a tie for 1st Place, tie breakers will be determined as follows.

TWO TEAM tie breaker:

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best win/loss/tied records in games between the two teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best win/loss/tied record in games played within the teams division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

THREE OR MORE TEAMS tie breaker:

  • If two teams remain tied after a third team is eliminated during any of the following steps the tiebreaker reverts to the two-team format.

  • First Tie Breaker = Head-to-head (best combined win/loss/tied record among the teams)

  • Second Tie Breaker = Best combined win/loss/tied record in games played with the teams in their division.

  • Third Tie Breaker = Difference of runs scored vs. runs allowed.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber cleats are allowed on all fields. 

  • Metal cleats: are allowed on all fields except McInnish 7. 

    • Per The City of Carrollton: this field has an artificial mound and rubber cleats must be worn.  

 
  

Contact

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Dallas, Texas 75381

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