Rules & Regulations
2013 LBA Recreational League
Rules and Regulations
The most current version of the Official High School Baseball Rule Book will be the official playing rules of the LBA recreational leagues and tournaments within the framework of the following regulations:
Regulation A. - Uniforms and Equipment
1.) Uniforms shall be only those issued by the LBA and shall consist of a cap and shirt.
2.) Players are responsible for purchasing their own footwear, pants and matching protective cups/supporters.
3.) Pants can be white, gray or pinstriped.
4.) Every member of the team shall have the same color of pants belts, socks and/or stirrups. - The head coach makes the final decision regarding the colors and styles of the team's apparel and accessories with the exception of the LBA-issued cap and shirt. Note: Belts are not required for pants that do not have belt loops.
5.) Players not in uniform at game time shall not play.
6.) Metal cleats are prohibited in Recreational divisions 12U and under.
7.) There are no bat restrictions for any recreational age group with the exception of softball bats.
8.) Male Catchers must wear matching protective cups/supporters. - All male players are encouraged to wear such protection.
9.) Female Catchers must wear pelvic protectors. - All female players are encouraged to wear such protection.
10.) Catchers' helmets must include ear protection separate attached throat protector. (Provided by the league.)
11.) Wood bats must have a safety grip of cork, tape or composite material that does not extend more than 18 inches from the bottom knob. Smooth tape is prohibited.
Regulation B. - The Playing Field
1.) 8U Division: The diamond shall be a 60' square with the front of the pitching rubber set at 40'' from the back point of home plate.
2.) 10U Division: The diamond shall be a 65' square with the front of the pitching rubber set at 46' from the back point of home plate.
3.) 12U Division: The diamond shall be a 70' square with the front of the pitching rubber set at 50' from the back point of home plate.
4.) 14U Division: The diamond shall be a 80' square with the front of the pitching rubber set at 54' from the back point of home plate.
Regulation C. - Participation Rules
1.) A team's batting lineup shall consist of every eligible player on the team who is present at game time.
2.) All players in uniform who are not injured or being disciplined at game time shall play a minimum of three defensive innings of the game, unless the game is called-off by the Mercy rule, weather, for player safety or game time limit.
3.) Late arriving players may play only if their team has not yet batted through its original lineup. Late players must be placed at the bottom of the batting order.
4.) There must be a minimum of eight eligible players from a team's roster present at game time for the game to begin.
5.) A team can finish a game with no less than seven players.
6.) A Courtesy runner is allowed if there is an injury to a base runner. The player who made the last out, regardless of which inning, must replace the injured player.
7.) If an injury prevents a player from continuing play, the injured player will be scratched from the lineup and that batting position will not be an out, even if it drops the team to below nine players.
8.) There are no designated hitters.
9.) If a player is ejected, that player is out for the remainder of the game of which the ejection took place, plus the next game. There will be no other penalty against the team unless this action drops the team to less than nine players. If there are less than nine players remaining after an ejection, the ejected player's batting position will become an out each time the position is due at bat.
10) The maximum innings a pitcher is allowed to pitch per game is as follows:
a. 8U Division: 3 innings
b. 10U Division: 3 innings
c. 12U Division: 4 innings
d. 14U Division: 4 innings
11.) As soon as a pitcher throws one pitch in a given inning, he/she is considered to have pitched one inning.
12.) A pitcher may return to the mound once in a game IF AND ONLY IF that player has pitched less than the maximum innings allowed per game.
13.) Only two conferences at the mound are allowed per pitcher and are considered defensive conferences. The second defensive conference within a given inning requires removal of the pitcher for the remainder of the game as pitcher.
14.) All conferences are limited to one minute.
15.) A charged conference is one that involves a coach (or his/her non-playing representative) and a player.
Regulation D. - Special Rules for the 8U Division
1.) Six run limit per inning: Inning ends when the sixth run crosses the plate, regardless of whether or not there were additional players on base.
Regulation E. - Special Rules for 8U and 10U Divisions
1.) Stealing or leading-off of bases is not permitted.
a.) Lead-offs will be called out and may not be appealed.
2.) Base runners may only advance on a hit ball, a walk or a penalty.
3.) A dropped third strike is an automatic out. The batter may not run to first.
4.) There is no balk rule.
Regulation F. - Game Length
1.) All games will be a maximum of 6 innings in length.
2.) Official game time starts after the pre-game conference. The umpire notifies the home team scorekeeper of the Start Time.
3.) No new inning shall start after the completion of 1 hour, 45 minutes.
4.) A new inning starts immediately following the final out of the previous inning.
5.) A game will be considered official after one of the following conditions have been met:
- 3 1/2 innings of play if the home team is ahead
- 4 innings of play if the visiting team is ahead
- the time limit has been reached.
6.) Only inclement weather or issues relating to player safety can postpone a game. If a game is stopped before it is official, the game will be re-scheduled and will be played as a new game.
7.) The umpires, in conjunction with the Field Directors, will determine game stoppage.
8) "The Mercy Rules": 15 run difference after 4 innings of play. 10 run difference after 5 innings of play.
9.) If a game ends in a tie, then each team will be awarded one-half game toward league play.
10.) If an injury results in a delay of over 5 minutes, the umpire may, at his/her discretion, choose to extend the game time equal to the time of delay.
Regulation G. - Conduct
1.) All Parents, Step-Parents and Legal Guardians are required to read and sign the LBA Parent Code of Conduct Form. This form outlines our expected standards of behavior for those required to sign as well as all spectators at LBA games.
2.) Any player ejected from a game by an umpire will have the ejection reviewed by the LBA Board of Directors to determine whether the player's actions warrant any additional penalty. The umpire will complete a written report for the Board to review.
3.) At a minimum, a player who is ejected will miss the remainder of the game from which he/she was ejected plus the team's next game.
4.) Any coach ejected from a game by an umpire will have the ejection reviewed by the LBA Board of Directors to determine whether the coach's actions warrant any additional penalty or other disciplinary action. The umpire will complete a written report for the Board to review.
5.) At a minimum, a coach who is ejected will miss the remainder of the game from which he/she was ejected plus the team's next game.
6.) TOBACCO / CANNABIS / ALCOHOL / ILLICIT DRUG USE ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY: There will be no use of any tobacco or cannabis products, alcohol or illicit drugs inside the baseball facilities. Violation of this rule may result in ejection from the facilities, (law enforcement summonsed for alcohol/illicit drug use) and subject to a hearing with the Board of Directors to determine whether the offender's actions warrant any additional penalty, disciplinary action, membership revocation or termination.
Regulation H. - Tournament Rules
1.) Pitcher innings - 6 innings for the entire tournament, 3 per game. Each pitcher will get an additional inning in the championship game.
2.) 15 run difference rule after 3 innings, 10 run difference rule after 4 innings.
3.) $50 protest fee - Tournament Director/Board of Directors shall have final decision on all tournament rules and interpretations. If protest is upheld then the $50 fee will be returned.
4.) Tournament games cannot end in a tie except to be postponed by the LBA lights-out policy of 11:00 p.m.
5.) California Tie Breaker Rule - Each team puts the batter who is scheduled to bat last in that half of the inning on second base and play out the inning. This happens until the tie is broken and game is complete.
Regulation I. - Game Protests
Protest Fee: $50 cash (on rule interpretation only).
Regulation J. - Other
1.) The home team is the official scorekeeper.
a. Eligible Scorekeepers, from the home team
- Coach- Assistant Coach- Designated Coaching Helper- LBA Parent Member or Parent Member family member over the age of 16
2.) The visiting team is responsible for providing a scoreboard operator.
a. Must be age 18 or above and must leave his/her vehicle keys with Security or Field Director as collateral while in possession of the scoreboard controller.
b. A recovery charge of $500 will be the responsibility of the scoreboard operator if the controller is returned in a damaged or non-functioning state due to neglect or vandalism.
3.) Coaches and players are responsible for cleaning their dugout after each game and for getting off the field and out of the dugout in a timely manner so the following game can begin.
4.) "Bat Boys" or "Bat Girls" are prohibited.
5.) Only three coaches/helpers from each team are allowed inside the field and dugout during a game.
6.) Any team using a player or players who are not registered with the LBA will forfeit all games won with such player(s). The offending team's head coach must attend a disciplinary hearing with the LBA Board of Directors.
7.) The official copy of Rules & Regulations shall be kept and maintained on-line at: http://lovelandbaseball.org/custpage.php?cid=67
8.) Rules & Regulations shall be amended only by the LBA Board of Directors and cannot be amended by any other agreement.
9.) Rules & Regulations are subject to change at any time without notice.
Amendment 1. - Exception to LBA Regulations
The 17U Division will participate within the Ft. Collins Baseball Club (FCBC) recreational league. All games will be played by FCBC Rules. The preceding regulations do not apply to 17U Division LBA teams.