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Franklin All Star Classic Rules

Franklin Baseball Club is committed to enriching the lives of our youth

and fostering a love of baseball by providing a positive, team-oriented 

environment for players of all ages and abilities.

Note: Playing rules not specifically covered herein shall be governed by the FBC In-Park Rules, USSSA Rulebook, and the Official Baseball Rules.

Field and Clock

1)         11U and 12U:    50 ft. mounds, 70 ft. basepaths                     Time limit:  1:45

2)         9U and 10U:      46ft. mounds, 65 ft. basepaths                      Time limit:  1:30

3)         7U and 8U:        43ft. skinned mound, 60 ft. basepaths          Time limit:  1:15

4)         6U:                     50ft. bases                                                    Time limit:  1:15

 

Preliminaries

5)     Mercy rule:  Ten (10) runs after three and a half (3 ½) innings if home team leads, four (4) innings if visitor leads, or if either team is mathematically eliminated.

6)     Maximum Runs per Inning: five (5) runs

7)     Once an inning has begun, during which the time limit expires, that inning will be competed with the following exceptions:

a)     If the visiting team is behind at the conclusion of their time at bat, the game is over.

b)     If the visiting team leads by more than the maximum runs allowed per inning, the game is over.

c)     If the home team leads by more than the maximum runs allowed per inning, the game is over.

d)     If the time limit expires while the home team is at bat and the home team is ahead, the game is over.

i)      For the purposes of this rule, an inning “begins” as soon as the third (3rd) out/maximum run is recorded in the prior inning.

8)     If a game is tied after the time limit expires in pool play, it will be declared a tie and recorded as such. If a game is tied at the end of the sixth (6th) (or subsequent) inning, and time remains, extra innings shall be played until the game is won or the time limit expires. In bracket play, games will play until a winner is determined.  International rules go into effect at end of time limit or 6 innings, whichever occurs first.

9)     The home team shall furnish the official score keeper (bookkeeper) and the visiting team shall furnish the scoreboard operator for each game.

10)  Game sheets, which include pitch counts and score shall be filled out fully and signed by both managers after every game and presented to tourney official.

MANAGERS / COACHES

11)  Each team is permitted to have one (1) manager and three (3) assistant coaches inside the playing fence. Only team personnel (manager, coaches, and players) are allowed inside the playing fence and all team personnel must remain inside the dugout unless they are in an authorized area (the offensive coaching boxes or in the bullpen). 

12)  Line-ups:

a)     Line-ups shall become official at the pre-game meeting between the managers and the umpires.  An out shall be recorded each time a player listed in the line-up is not present to bat.  A player arriving after the line-ups are official may be added to the end of the batting order; the official scorekeeper, opposing manager, and umpires should be notified of this addition.

b)     Each team must have eight (8) players present to play in order to start the game; each team must have eight (8) players present during the duration of the game. However, if a team is playing with eight (8) players, an out must be recorded each time the missing batting order position comes up to bat.

13)  Injured Players:

a)     A player who is forced to leave the game because of an injury suffered during the game shall not return. When an injured player’s turn at-bat comes around, the at-bat will be skipped without penalty (unless, as a result of the absence, the team has now only eight (8) players batting).

b)     If, because of an injury suffered during the game, a player is unable to proceed to a base in which he is entitled (such as home plate on a home run) or has reached safely, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play.  The substitute runner shall be the last batted out.

14) No jewelry is permitted.


THE PITCHER


15)  Balks

a)     11U and 12U:  All balks shall be called.  No warnings given.

b)     9U and 10U:  A balk shall be called if a pitcher, from either the set position or wind-up, once having started his pitching motion, stops during the motion because a batter squared to bunt.

i)       Penalty: There will be no warning.  The ball is dead, and each runner shall advance one (1) base without liability to be put out. With no runners on base, this violation shall be deemed an illegal pitch, for which the penalty is a ball.

ii)     Comment: This is to prevent the pitcher from stopping during a delivery when a batter shows intent to bunt, thereby giving the defense time to recognize and prepare to defend the bunt.

Pitching Limitations

16)  A pitcher may pitch a maximum 4 innings per day to be able to pitch the following day.

17)  A pitcher may pitch a maximum of 6 innings per day

18)  A pitcher may pitch a maximum of 8 innings per tournament

19)  One pitch constitutes an inning

20)  Once a pitcher is removed from the pitching position, they cannot return to pitch in the same game.

21)  Pitching violations constitute a forfeiture of the game.

COACH PITCH RULES 6U, 7U and 8U

22)  Teams shall have an adult pitch to the batters. If an adult is not available a league approved pitcher may be used. With umpire and team consent a game may share a pitcher.  

23)  Batters shall get six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes. If the sixth (6th) pitch is a foul ball, the batter shall receive an additional pitch or pitches until the ball is hit fair or the batter’s turn at bat is completed.  

24)  Coach pitcher must pitch with one (1) foot inside the pitching circle.  

25) The Coach must leave the field immediately when the ball is put in play. This is to be done without interfering with any player on the field. An adult pitcher must make a reasonable effort to keep from being hit by the batted ball (umpire’s judgment), and if no effort is made, the batter shall be declared out. If the batted ball hits the adult pitcher, the ball becomes dead. The batter and any baserunners shall all advance one (1) base. Baserunners do NOT have to be forced.  

26)  The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach any base runners while in the position.  Umpire will give warning, after warning has been given, the umpire will declare the next pitch as a strike. The pitching coach may provide verbal coaching to the batter only from the designated pitching area.  

27) The youth pitcher in coach pitch may wear a helmet and/or a safety mask and stand on either side of the adult pitcher.  Youth pitcher must begin each pitch with one foot inside the circle. 

28) No walks allowed. 

29) The catcher must take a position within the catcher’s box to receive each pitch.

THE RUNNER

30)  11U and 12U – Runners may take a lead off and attempt to steal any base except when official time is called.

a)      6U, 7U, 8U, 9U and 10U – Runners may NOT lead off.  Runners shall not leave the base they occupy until the ball crosses home plate. Runners shall return to their base once the pitcher has control of the baseball and has returned to the mound area.

b)     The ball is dead when the lead runner is no longer attempting to advance and when the umpire declares play to be stopped. Determining if the lead runner is no longer attempting to advance is a judgment call by the umpire. 

31)  No coach shall touch a runner while the ball is in play. The runner is out if the coach physically assists the player. 

32)  No courtesy runners


THE BATTER


33)  11U and 12U– Dropped 3rd strike rule is in effect.  A batter may attempt to take 1st base on a dropped 3rd strike unless 1st base is already occupied by a base runner.

a)     6U – 10U Dropped 3rd strike rule is NOT in effect.

34) . 6U – 8U  

a)     Walks will not be allowed. A batter hit by a pitch will not advance to first base. 

b)     Batters may not bunt or half-swing at the pitch. The pitch will be declared a foul ball and counts as a pitch. 

c)     The infield fly rule shall not be in effect.

35) When a batter throws/slings the bat, the team will be issued a warning. The second (2nd) time it occurs, that batter is declared out. The ball becomes dead and baserunners must return to the base last legally occupied at the time of the infraction.

36)  The bat may not exceed 33” in length. Bat barrels must comply with one (1) of the standards below:

a)     Non-wood bats marked with the Baseball USA stamp with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8” in diameter.

b)     Wood bats with a barrel no larger than 2 ¼” in diameter.

37)   A batter is out for illegal action when the player fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing. The batter is out, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance.

 

 

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