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Rule 18: LOCAL LEAGUE RULES: AGES 13 & 14

A. First and third baselines shall be 80 feet.

B. The pitching distance from the front of the rubber to the point at the rear or home plate shall be 54 feet.

C. A regulation game consists of seven (7) innings with a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes (per 6(H)) for the fourteen (14) year olds and for the thirteen (13) years olds. No inning shall start after time has expired, unless the game is tied. Only one (1) extra inning shall be played in the event of a tie game once the required number of innings has been played or the time limit has expired. (See Rule 6(H)). The P.A. system for the announcer will be turned off at 10:00 p.m.. In the event a game is called due to inclement weather or other causes, the game will be official if four (4) innings (3 1/2 if the home team is ahead) for the 14-year-olds and for the 13-year-olds have been completed and the score is not tied. If four (4) or more innings (3 1/2 if the home team is ahead) have been played, the last full inning will be the official score. Games shortened before they have become official games shall be resumed from the point of termination. The ten (10) run rule is in effect after a completed inning beginning with the fifth (5) inning, or 4 1/2 inning, if the home team is ahead.

D. All players must play a minimum of six (6) defensive outs over no more than two (2) innings in a regulation game. Exceptions are granted for injured or ejected players. Free substitution for players other than the pitcher is in effect. If a game is shortened due to inclement weather or other causes and a player does not get to play (6) defensive outs this rules does not apply.

E. Each team will have continuous batting. The batting order may not be changed once the game has started. Late arrivals must be placed at the bottom of the batting order. No late arrival may enter the game after the completion of the first rotation of the batting order.

F. If a player is injured or becomes ill during the play of a game, that player's subsequent plate appearances shall be counted as an automatic out, unless a League Director or their representative agrees with the removal. Players who are unavailable for their plate appearance for other reasons will be scored as an automatic out, unless authorization by the League Director is obtained and the opposing coach is notified prior to the game. Players ejected will not be scored an automatic out at their subsequent plate appearances but a player's ejection will carry a suspension from participation at his or her team's next game. All player ejections will be reported to the League Director and reviewed by the Executive Board.

G. If a player is injured, becomes ill or is ejected and has to leave the game and the team only has eight (8) players the team can continue to play without forfeiture. The team can also substitute a pool player.

H. Any runner shall be out if, in the sole judgment of the umpire, the runner intentionally makes contact with a fielder or unintentionally makes contact that impedes the fielder's ability to make a play on the ball. This does not mean that a player is required to slide, although a failure to slide is indicative of intentional contact. Any intentional contact to the fielder will result in an automatic out. Diving back to a base will not be called an out. Head-first slides are allowed in the 13-14-year-league only, but the Executive Board strongly discourages this for safety considerations.

I. Official baseball rules govern leading off bases and stealing.

J. The infield fly rule will be in effect.

K. The catcher must wear a protective cup. The catcher must wear a mask with throat protector at any time he is receiving pitches. The pitcher is required to wear a cup. All infielders are strongly encouraged to wear an athletic supporter with a cup. Cages on the batting helmet are encouraged. Metal cleats are allowed.

L. No one is allowed outside of the dugout except the first base and the third base coaches, the batter and the "on deck" player. All other coaches are required to remain in their dugouts.

M. Pitching will be governed by Rule 19.

N. Eighth grade students who are fifteen (15) years of age will be allowed to play with the 14-year-old division. These players will not be eligible for All-Star selection but do not play under any other restriction.

O. The Executive Board will have the discretion to offer a second option to the players in this age group (“Option B”). Option B will be organized and run as a developmental league for players who are dedicated to developing their baseball skills in a format that is more competitive and serious than that offered in our traditional recreational league setting.  The Executive Board will retain oversight of the administration of the Option B program but it is expected that the coaching and player development aspect of the program will be contracted out to a professional baseball instructor.