This level of baseball introduces player pitching to ready them for the Minors level.
- To have fun!
- To teach good sportsmanship and team spirit.
- To teach the importance of individual and team development.
- To practice catching, throwing, pitching, fielding, and base running.
Schedules are Mon 600-800pm and Sat (times tbd as interlock games permit). No times during Easter or May long weekends.
- The base paths will be 60 feet in length and the pitcher’s mound will be 38 feet from the home plate.
- A regulation game is six innings long.
- Each team will have 3 outs or a maximum or 3 runs per at bat per inning.
- A tie game will not continue after six complete innings in a regularly scheduled game.
- No inning can start after 7:45pm until the May long weekend. After then it will be up to the umpires to determine the length of play due to darkness etc.
- All players should be playing infield and outfield equally.
- Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of 6 defensive outs and bat at least 1 time. It is recommended that starting player be substituted with spares as soon as possible.
Once spares have met mandatory play the starting players may re-enter the lineup in any of the defensive line-up positions. Spares may not re-enter.
- Batting – Every player bats whether they are on the field for defence, or not. To make sure that everyone gets their fair number of times at bat, you must either rotate the line-up so a different player bats first, or better yet, use a continuous loop so that the batter after the last batter of each game, becomes the first batter of the next game.
- Each team must follow the pitching rules as outlined in the Little League rule book (a copy of which has been included in your manual) and complete the pitching record that is kept in a binder upstairs in the clubhouse. The scorekeeper must enter the pitching information into the binder at the end of each game.
All Minor baseball and Little League rules apply with the following additions:
Peer to Peer pitching is utilized but from a CLOSER pitching rubber than in Minors (38 feet).
After three (3) balls are pitched to a batter, the opposing (batting) team’s coach will pitch to the batter. However, if the count is 3 balls and 2 strikes, 1 more pitch can be thrown. The count is then reset.
There are no walks. The batter will continue to bat until a strike out occurs or the ball is put into play. The original pitcher will stand beside the coach for defensive purposes and will return to the mound for the next batter.
A maximum of 2 innings pitched per game is allowed per player (one pitch constitutes an inning).
After 2 hit batters in the same inning, the offensive coach may request that the pitcher be replaced.
Players may be borrowed from other Rookie Minors teams, or from the Mini Minor division. A team may borrow only enough to bring the team up to 9 players. Borrowed players must play outfield and bat last.
Shortage of Players
When the defensive team has fewer than 9 players, they will borrow fielders from the offensive team.
A continuous batting order is used (not just the nine defensive players). A Reduced Injury (level 5 soft) baseball is used as opposed to a regulation hardball.
Three runs per inning and 5 runs in the 6th (and only the 6th, not just the last inning) may be scored.
Stealing is not allowed in Rookie Minor games. The emphasis is on trying to get more batters through each inning before the 3 run limit. Therefore coaches should be teaching their players to learn to swing at only the good pitches.
Sliding is permitted provided coaches have instructed their players on proper sliding technique.
Rotation of Players
Players should play an equal amount of time. All players should get a minimum of 50% infield time in each game. Players should get an opportunity to play all positions during the season.
Games are played through 6 innings, but no new inning is to begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes of play.
Scheduled games will have plate and base umpires.