N.E.B.A.S./ B.A.S./B.T.B.L.League Rules

2013 Spring Rules

BERGEN ALL-STARS RULES (N.E.B.A.S.) Fall 2013

 ELIGIBILITY

Player –

To be eligible to play in the Bergen All-Star League (NEBAS), the player shall:  (1) be  a  permanent resident of the town whose address will fall within the set boundaries of that town.  (2) Or be registered in their town’s endorsed Spring Recreational baseball  program. Exceptions may be considered by NEBAS Board by written request.

UMPIRES:

(2) Two carded umpires for 12u (50/70), 13u, 14u and HS.

(1) One carded umpire for 12u (46/60), 11u, 10u, 9u and 8u. There is no umpire for 7u/8u Coach Pitch.

Umpire fees are paid by the home team.

ROSTER – The roster must be submitted electronically in alphabetical order, by last name, with a maximum of eighteen (18) players. Also include coaching staff info: names, home phone numbers, cellular phone numbers and e mail addresses.

STAFF – Each team may have NOT MORE THAN 4 certified adults in the dugout (manager, 2 coaches and a scorekeeper).

HOME TEAM-The home manager must reschedule all rain-outs and ties, within 48 hours of the occurrence with appropriate notification to the League Commissioner.

SCORES – The manager of the winning team should click the link here to report scores.

(Level of Play), (Name of Winning Team, Name of Losing Team, Score, Date Played).

For example here would be a possible score report:

(Major A, Paramus 4 Maywood 2, March 18, 2012)

Please report  within 24 hours of completion of the game. League standings will be available to all coaches and players on the websites, www.eteamz.com/nebas , www.bergenallstars.wordpress.com.

RESCHEDULED AND CONTINUATION GAMES-If a game is suspended due to weather, curfew or any other matter, AND the minimum number of innings to make a regulation game was not achieved and is continued on another day, each team participating in that continuation game will split the fee(s) for that umpire(s). It’s the responsibility of the two teams to pay the umpire fee(s) for all scheduled games that need to be continued or completed. Umpires will be paid the full fee(s) before each game.

PROTESTS

Protest Committee:

Peter Soumas, email: nebas2014@gmail.com OR HSEliteBaseball@gmail.com. 

A $50.00 fee will be charged for each protest, which is received with protest papers.  This must be filed with the Protest Committee in writing before the date of the protested opponent’s next game.  The fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. Please avoid this at all costs.

Let’s try to settle all matters on the field between the two coaches and the official.

Good Sportsmanship, the cornerstone to any game ‑ “Little League Rule # 4.19 sec (I) Note 2: All Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offenders should be notified immediately.

Example: should a manager, official scorer, league official or umpire discover that a pitcher is ineligible at the beginning of the game, or will become ineligible during the game or at the start of the next inning of play; the fact should be brought to the attention of the manager of the team involved. Such action should not be delayed until the infraction has occurred.”

RULES8u through 12u: The 2013 Little League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules will be the basis for play, with the following exceptions – NOT the Tournament Rules which are located directly behind the “LL” Rules:

1. Baseballs LLB, LLB1, LL1, are all okay for 7u though 12u. . Babe Ruth baseball for 13u, 14u and High School. Both home team and visiting team to supply 2 baseballs per game.

2.  Visiting team will conclude its 15-minute practice 5 minutes prior to scheduled start of game.  Home team has the right to sole possession of the field until 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.

3.  Managers shall exchange lineup cards before the game.  These must include the starting lineup, and uniform numbers and substitutes with uniform numbers.

4.  A team with 8 players may start a game; those with 7 players must forfeit the game 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

5. At the completion of the third out of any half inning a “Time Out” will be observed until the opposing team’s pitcher delivers his first warm up in the following half inning. No conference may be charged during this time out.

6. The use of an Extra Hitter is optional. It must be declared at the lineup exchange. The Extra Hitter or his replacement cannot play defensively and can be substituted for 1 time. Once replaced, the Extra Hitter may not re-enter the game. When the Extra Hitter is used, 10 players must be in the starting lineup.

7.  Bunting is permitted at all times for 9u through HS, except 8u where only one bunt per inning is allowed. There is no bunting at the 7u/8u level ( Coach Pitch Level) .

8.  Infield fly rule is in effect for all levels EXCEPT 8u.

9. Two adult base coaches are permitted.

10. Catcher’s mitt may be highlighted so as to assist the pitcher.

PLAYING ELIGIBILITY

11. A player does not have to play a minimum or maximum number of innings. In “regular play” you only have to field and bat nine (9) players, 10 with an EH, if you chose to. There is no minimum innings or at bats. If you chose “Optional rule” all 12 players must bat in a continuous order. It’s free substitution in the field but there in no minimum number of innings that they have to play but they must be pa rt of the batting order.

SUBSTITUTES

12. A Substitute may replace a starter at any time and for as limited an amount of time as the coach desires, under the following rules:  (a) Starting player may come out and return but ONLY in the same spot in the batting order except if you are using the OPTIONAL RULE of a running batting order with free substitution except pitcher, (b) Pitcher may not return as pitcher, (c) If a substitute comes out, he may not return.

OPTIONAL RULE

13. In regular play, the lineup has 9 players.  When a substitution is made, that player removed from the field can return to the game only one time, and is thereafter out of the game.  He cannot return, except in case of injury to another player, requiring a substitution.  The substitute player must bat in the original player’s position in the lineup.  The substitute can only enter the game once, except in case of injury as stated above.  Using the OPTIONAL RULE, there is free substitution in the field, except for the pitcher.  Every player in the dugout is in the continuous batting order.  The batting order must remain the same throughout the game.

The manager must state that he is using the optional rule before the start of the game.

BEHAVIOR

14.  A team will be warned once in a game if a player throws a bat, helmet or other equipment.  Every incident thereafter will be at the discretion of the umpire as to the team’s offending player being removed from the game. (Umpire discretion, if the offending player throws equipment in anger, immediate ejection can occur)

15.  For use of profanity, there will be no warning.  The offending player, coach or manager will be removed from the game. (Umpire’s discretion and ruling)

16. BASE RUNNING

12u (50/70), 13u, 14u and HS: Stealing is permitted. Leading is allowed.

9u, 10u, 11u and 12u (46/60): Stealing is permitted. No leads allowed.  The runner is out, if in the umpire’s judgment, he leaves the base early.  (No warning will be given by the umpire in calling each player out; this is to be reviewed at the pre-game meeting).

8u: Stealing is NOT permitted. No leads allowed. The runner is out, if in the umpire’s judgment, he leaves the base early.  (No warning will be given by the umpire in calling each player out; this is to be reviewed at the pre-game meeting)

17.  Tagging up on fly balls is permitted.

18. Advancing on a called 3rd strike:

8u through 10u: A hitter may NOT run to first on a dropped third strike.

 11u,12u,  13u, 14u and HS: A batter becomes a runner when a 3rd strike as called by the umpire is thrown in the dirt or dropped by the catcher. provided 1st base in unoccupied with less than 2 outs and also when 1st base is occupied with 2 outs. The runner must be tagged out by the catcher or a throw made to 1st base as a force play.  The batter forfeits the right to advance should he/she leave the batters box area and move into dead territory.

19.  Runners advance one base on any ball thrown that goes out of play, whether or not the ball rebounds into the field.  The key is which base the runner has legally owned AS THE BALL LEAVES the hand of the fielder before it goes out of play, NOT where the runner is as the ball goes out.

20: Special rule for 8u  level only: Play stops when the pitcher has control of the ball and is on the pitching mound, or when the umpire grants a time out. If the runner is more than half way to the next base the runner will be awarded that base. Each field will be marked with a hash mark 30’ feet down from third base. If not, then the umpire will scratch it in. If the runner has passed this mark, when a player has control of the ball and is on the pitching mound, the runner will be awarded home.

21. In the judgment of the umpire, any runner is OUT when the runner does not slide OR attempt to get

around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.  It is the responsibility of the runner to slide in order to reduce potentially injurious contact on all plays at all bases.  NOTE: A player is not out if he doesn’t slide, he’s out only when he creates a collision with the catcher. No contact, no out.

22.  No head first sliding, only when returning to a base. No hurdling over a player on a tag play to avoid tag. This will result in an automatic out.

23.  Courtesy Runner for catcher or pitcher with two outs, the runner CAN be a bench player, who has not been inserted into the game yet, or it will be the player who last batted out, using a courtesy runner is optional to the manager. Once a “bench player” has been inserted into the game, he cannot be the courtesy runner, nor can the child that was removed when the “bench player” was inserted into the game.

PITCHING

24.  8u through 12u and 13u (50/70): A pitcher may pitch note more than 3 innings per game.

13u / 14u (60/90) and HS: A pitcher may pitch note more than 4 innings per game.

24a. Pitching distance:

The pitching rubber for all 13u, 14u and HS will be at a distance of 60 feet, 6 inches measured from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

The pitching rubber for  9u, 10u, 11u and 12u (46/60) will be at a distance of 46 feet measured from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

The pitching rubber for 8u, will be at a distance of 40 feet measured from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

The pitching rubber for the Intermediate 12u (50/70) level will be at a distance of 50 feet measured from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

25.  Managers (or coach) may visit a pitcher 2 times in an inning; the third visit to the same pitcher in an inning will require the pitchers removal. Upon the coaches’ fourth visit to the same pitcher, in a game, that pitcher must be removed as the pitcher.

26.  A pitcher hitting 2 batters in 1 inning or 3 in one game must be removed from the game as the pitcher.

27. 12u (50/70), 13u, 14u and HS : Balks will be called.  This rule should be reviewed by both managers and umpires. As pitchers in Juniors are new to the balk rule, if both coaches agree, one warning may be put in place before a balk is called. This must be confirmed with the umpires. As much as the league is a competitive league part of the responsibility is to teach pitchers the rules.

8u,9u, 10u, 11u and 12u:  No balks called.

28.  No Intentional walks allowed.

29.  The throwing of 1 pitch constitutes an inning pitched. Note: A bounced pitch that hits a batter is a “hit by pitch” and he takes his base.  If the batter swings and hits the ball, it is a live ball.

30. The pitchers glove may not be white in color & may not be altered.

.GAMES

31.  13u, 14u and High School:  A complete game is 5 innings, 4-1/2 if the home team is leading.

8u, 9u, 10u, 11u and 12u: A complete game is 4 innings, 3-1/2 if the home team is leading.

32. All games must be played until a winner is determined.  If a game ends in a tie for reason of darkness or weather, it must be completed as soon as possible from the point at which it was called.

33.  The following is to be reviewed during the umpire / manager pregame meeting: Optional Mercy Rule Little League Baseball 2008 Rule 4.10 (e) DOES NOT APPLY. WHAT DOES APPLY IS:  If after four (4) innings, three and one‑half innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more; the manager of the team with the least runs shall have the OPTION to concede the victory to the opponent. NOTE: (1) If the visiting team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the home team must bat in its half of the inning.

34.  Safety First, in the event of lightning, & in the event of rain, the umpire(s) will have all present leave the field area, turning them over to the supervision of the manager & coaches.  The umpire(s) will wait 20 minutes in the case of rain or in the event of lightning the umpire(s) will terminate the contest.

35.  In case of rain or bad conditions, the home manager will make the decision as to whether the game may begin.  Once the game has started, the umpires make the decision.  League Commissioners must be notified as on page one.

36. Playoff Tie Breakers;

Standings Tie Breakers For Playoffs:

a)    In case of ties, tie breakers will be (i) Head to head competition and (ii) POINT SYSTEM

1 point is awarded for a win

0 point is awarded for a loss

-1 for forfeits or games that were not played

b)         If teams are still tied after the first (head to head) , the team with the most cumulative points for wins will break the tie.  A victory against a team that had a final record of 6-4 would be worth six (6) points.  A victory against a 2-8 team would be worth two (2) points and so on down the line.

c)         If two teams were tied and one team lost to a 7-3 team and the other team lost to a 5-5 team, the team that lost to the 7-3 team would win the tiebreaker.  We believe that is the wrong approach.  We have to look at the wins not losses as the criteria.  Teams should be rewarded for defeating teams with good final records, not losing to them.

d)         After a winner is determined in the event of a three-way tie, that has been decided by the point system, the two remaining teams that are tied will repeat the tie breaker format starting with (i) head to head competition and (ii) POINT SYSTEM.

Example:              Team 1                                                Final Record                        9-1

Team 2                                                Final Record                        9-1

Team 1 Points Team 2 Points
Win vs.5-5 team 5 Loss vs. 5-5 team 0
Win vs. 6-4 team 6 Win vs., 6-4 team 6
Win vs. 6-4 team 6 Win vs. 6-4 6
Loss vs. 7-3 team 0 Win vs. 7-3 team 7
Win vs. 8-2 team 8 Win vs. 8-2 team 8
Win vs. 7-3 team 7 Win vs. 7-3 team 7
Win vs. 2-8 team 2 Win vs. 2-8 team 2
Win vs. 1-9 team 1 Win vs. 1-9 team 1
Win vs. 5-5 team 5 Win vs. 5-5 team 5
Win vs. 1-9 team 1 Win vs. 1-9 team 1
TOTAL 41 TOTAL 43

Team #2 would win tiebreaker by having more points.

36. Please contact Bergen All Stars at 2013NEBAS@GMAIL.COM for any additional information.

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