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Rule 15-6: LOCAL LEAGUE RULES: AGE 6

A. First and third baselines shall be fifty (50) feet. There will be an arc fifteen (15) feet from the rear of home plate, in fair territory, extending from the first base line to the third base line. There will be a circle twenty (20) feet in diameter, the center of which will be thirty-nine (39) feet from the rear of home plate and on a line from home to second base.

B. Batters will bat from a coach’s pitch. The coach will pitch from at least 20 ft. from home plate.  The coach should pitch with an overhand motion from either a standing or kneeling position. After the ball has been put in play from the coach’s pitch, the pitching coach must exit the playing field. If a batter hits off of a tee, the pitching coach must exit the playing field prior to the batter hitting off of the tee. Pitching coaches will not coach any base runner or batter once the ball has been put in play. Violating this rule will result the batter/base runner being called out.

C.  Players will be given a total of five (5) pitches from the coach. For the first half of the regular season, players not able to put the ball in play in 5 pitches will not be declared out and will be given an opportunity to hit off of a tee. The tee will be placed directly on home plate. The player swings until a ball is put in fair play. Once the ball is a played ball, the batting coach should remove the tee from home plate for safety reasons. For the second half of the season (after Spring Break), if the player is unable to put the ball in play in 5 pitches, the batter will be declared out.

D. Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the field, one behind the base line between first base and second base, the other behind the base line between second base and third base. The defensive coaches may not touch a ball in play or any defensive player while the ball is in play. A violation of this rule will result in an automatic double for the batter or a replay of the offensive play at the offensive coach's discretion. Each team will keep score.

E. A regulation game consists of no more than five (5) complete innings unless the home team is winning and elects not to play the bottom half of the fifth inning. No inning may begin after one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes. Extra innings will not be played in the event of a tie. If a game is called due to inclement weather or other causes, the final score will be the last complete inning.

F. All players on each team will play defense simultaneously. Only six (6) players may play in the infield (including catcher) and one (1) of these must play in the circle. The circle player must begin each play with at least one foot in the circle. Infielders must play on or behind an imaginary line between first and second bases and between second and third bases. Each team will have a catcher. All other players must be in the outfield, defined as twenty (20) feet behind the base line while the batter is in the batter box. Once the ball is hit, an outfielder can move into the infield to make a play. Coaches are encouraged to play each player in the infield at least one inning a game (has to occur in the first three innings of the game), using their discretion as to the safety of the players with regard to their ability. If applicable and for the integrity of the game and fairness to all children, moving the infield to outfield positions for the tenth batter of the inning is prohibited.

G. An offensive inning ends once the defensive team gets three (3) outs or the offensive team hits ten (10) batters, whichever comes first.  The batting order may not be changed once the game has started. Late arrivals must be placed at the bottom of the batting order.  

H. If applicable, the offensive coach will inform the opposing team's head coach when their tenth batter for the inning is entering the batter's box. If this does not occur, the defensive coach may request the play be played over.

I. If a child starts the game, but is injured, becomes ill, or refuses to play, that player's at bat is not an automatic out provided the League Director or representative agrees with the removal. Once that child is out of the game, he/she may return to the line-up only in their originally designated batting position.

J. The batter must hit the ball, not the tee, to advance. This is an umpire's judgment call.

K. The batted ball must travel beyond the arc, fifteen (15) feet from home plate to be in play.

L. If a player bats out of order, he/she will be called out and any score or advancement of runners will be canceled if this infraction is brought to the attention of the plate umpire before the next batter swings at and/or hits the ball.

M. No planned bunting will be allowed. Bunting the ball on warm-up will be considered a foul ball or in play if it goes beyond the fifteen-foot circle line.

N. The infield fly rule is not in effect.

O. Any runner is out when he makes no attempt to avoid contact with the fielder as a play is being made on him. Any intentional contact to the fielder will result in an automatic out. Head-first slides will result in an automatic out. Diving back to a base will not be called an out.

P. Runners may not leave the base until the ball is hit. If a runner leaves the base too soon, the umpire will immediately declare "dead ball" even if the ball is hit, and the runner will return to the base. The runner will not be called out for leaving the base too soon.

Q. If a base coach physically assists or restrains a base runner, the runner shall be called out.

R. If a runner fails to touch a base, the runner may be called out. If the umpire concurs that the child did not touch the base, then he will call the child out. A defensive coach must appeal the missed base.

S. The offensive team shall have one coach pitching, one coach acting as first base coach, one coach acting as third base coach, and one batting coach/catcher. When the batter is ready to hit, the batting coach must step out of the batter's box. The coach may reposition the batter after each swing that does not result in a played ball. In the judgment of the umpire, coaches should not cause slow play by excessive coaching of the batters or by constantly repositioning the tee.

T. On all batters, except the tenth batter, the regular rules of baseball apply to time outs. It is understood the umpire has complete authority in determining when play should be stopped with runners on base. Play will be stopped when the lead runner is stopped or forced back to the base he has just passed. Any subsequent base runner will be allowed to proceed to the next base if he is more than half way from the previous base. Otherwise he will return to the last base touched. All umpires will be instructed to make rapid decisions on stopping play to insure this rule is consistently applied in all games. Example: A defensive player fields the ball and steps on second base and calls time. A base runner advancing from second base to third base and/or a base runner advancing from third base to home may continue to advance. The umpire will not call “time” until those base runners reach home unless the base runner(s) stop on a base, at which time the umpire will call “time”. If a fielder calls “time” and then attempts to make a play on the advancing base runners before the umpire has called “time”, then all base runners may advance at their own risk.

U. When the offensive team’s tenth batter for the inning is batting, the defensive team may end the inning by recording any legal out or by stepping on home plate with the ball in glove/hand prior to the last batter reaching home plate. Infielders and outfielders, including pitchers, are encouraged to throw to the catcher to affect an out at home plate.

V. To encourage throwing to get a runner out at first base, overthrows to first base are a dead ball and runners may not advance past the base they are running to at the time of the throw. “Overthrows to first base” include any thrown ball to the first baseman, in an attempt to get an out at first base, that gets past the first basemen and goes into foul territory or right field. Overthrows to second, third, and home base result in a live ball, and runners advance at their own risk. Coaches are required to instruct the players to throw the ball to first base, instead of running it. The ball cannot be rolled to another defensive player to affect an out. Other than a 1st baseman, a fielder cannot field and run a hit ball to first base to get a batter out (either by stepping on first base or tagging the runner), unless the fielder fields the ball near first base and his/her natural momentum carries him to the base or in the direction of the runner. A runner out by a ball rolled to the defensive player or out by a fielder who improperly runs the ball to first base will be declared safe.

X. Cages on the batting helmet are required. The circle player (pitcher) must wear a caged helmet and a chest protector while playing in the circle. Metal cleatsare not allowed. Catchers are required to wear a caged helmet and catcher’s chest protector.

     Y.  The outfield fence must be no longer than 140 ft.

     Z.  Regular baseballs will be used in coach pitch.