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BASEBALL RULES

THESE RULES ARE NOT TO BE REGARDED AS A CHALLENGE FOR CLEVER COACHES WHO ARE LOOKING FOR LOOPHOLES AROUND THE RULES. THE INTENT IS TO PROVIDE AN ACCEPTABLE FRAMEWORK FOR PARTICIPATION OF ALL TEAMS, COACHES AND INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN GAA.

GAA Local Rules:

LEAGUE RULE
ALL LEAGUES
Ride share request will only be honored in 4U only.  This is done in part to ensure fair and balanced teams once participants reach age groups that are chosen by a draft process.
ALL LEAGUES
Bats up to 2 5/8 inches in diameter will be allowed in all age divisions.  They must have USA Baseball stamped on the bat, or be BBCOR certified (stamped on the bat). 
ALL LEAGUES

No metal cleats in any division (Exceptions are 14U and 16U)

ALL LEAGUES

The entire roster of players present for the game shall bat in rotation in all Divisions

ALL LEAGUES It is recommended that each player on the team play defensively in at least two innings of each game in all Divisions 
ALL LEAGUES If an inning has begun more than 5 minutes prior to a time limit expiring, it is played to its natural conclusion.  No new inning will start within 5 minutes prior to the conclusion of the game.
ALL LEAGUES If the score is tied at the end of regulation in League play, no extra innings are played.  A tie is a tie. 
ALL LEAGUES

If a game is called for any reason, it shall be a complete game if the time limit has expired or five innings (four in 6U, 8U and 10U) have been completed, or if the home team has scored more runs in four (three in 6U, 8U and 10U) innings or four (three in 6U, 8U and 10U) and a fraction innings, than the visiting team has scored in five (four in 6U, 8U and 10U) completed innings

ALL LEAGUES The number of league games played per season will be based upon available dates for the league. 
ALL LEAGUES Make-up games and Post season tournaments are excluded from the two game limitation (one game for 6U) 
ALL LEAGUES If a coach is ejected from a game, they must sit out the next game and appear before the GAA Executive Board 
ALL LEAGUES All-Star Team coaches are selected by the GAA Executive Board 
ALL LEAGUES A team failing to field at least eight uniformed players within 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time of a game, or at any time during the game, shall forfeit the game. If a team is playing with less than nine, an out is taken at the ninth spot in the batting order. 
ALL LEAGUES

A player must play in the catcher position in the following divisions: 6U modified, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U.

4U

Two full innings are played 

4U

No score is kept 

4U

No outs are recorded

4U

One base on an overthrow

4U

Last batter of a half inning clears the bases

4U

Parents and coaches are allowed on the field

4U

All players on the roster play defensively each inning 

6U

Once play has begun in a game, the game shall be played to a one hour time limit for 6U or regulation length (six innings), whichever comes first, unless the home team is leading and does not need its half of the final inning. Maximum five runs per inning except in the sixth inning, where they may score ten runs. Run rule is 10 runs after 4 innings.

6U

No game shall begin after 8pm local time.  No inning should begin after 9:15 local time

6U

Two adult coaches may be stationed on the playing field, in the outfield grass, to provide verbal instructions to the defensive team.

6U

Each player will receive one warning for throwing the bat.  The second time in a game the batter throws the bat, the batter is out

6U

Defensive position can only be played in two consecutive innings before the player must play somewhere else

6U

Outfielders must throw the ball into the infield. An outfielder may not run from the outfield and tag a runner or base to record an out.

6U

If the ball is hit and fielded inside the Pitcher’s Circle, the fielder must throw to a base to record an out, not run down a base runner.

6U

A coach cannot set the tee or physically position the player in the batter’s box

6U

On an overthrow at 1st base, the base runner can only advance one additional base.  A play can be made on that runner advancing to the next base.

6U

The coach will pitch from 1 knee 30 feet from the batter.  If the coach gets hit by a batted ball during the at bat:  1st time is a foul ball, 2nd time is an out.

6U

The batter will receive a maximum of 4 pitches from the coach. There are no continuous fouls.  If no ball is put in play, the batter will receive 1 swing off of the tee. If on that swing, the ball is not put in play, the batter is out.

6U

The batter and all runners on base may only advance one base if the ball is hit from the tee. Runners may not advance on an overthrow if the ball is hit from the tee.

8U

Ten players shall be used defensively. The four outfielders must be positioned 15 feet behind the baselines when the pitching motion is made.

8U

The player fielding the pitcher’s position shall take position always to the rear of the pitching plate, and on the left or right side of the coach-pitcher with one foot in the Pitcher’s Circle when the pitch is made.

8U

Once play has begun, the game shall be played to a one hour and fifteen minute time limit or regulation length (six innings), whichever comes first, or five and a fraction if the home team is leading.  Maximum five runs per inning except in the sixth inning, where they may score ten runs.  Run rule is 10 runs after 4 innings.

8U

No game shall begin after 8pm local time.  No inning should begin after 9:15 local time

10U

Free substitution on defense, excluding the pitching position.  Once removed, a player may not return to the pitching position.

10U

*Runners may lead off and steal bases.  This change has been made starting with the Spring 2022 Season.*

10U

Once play has begun, the game shall be played to a one hour and thirty minute time limit or regulation length (six innings), whichever comes first, or five and a fraction if the home team is leading.  Maximum five runs per inning except in the sixth inning, where they may score ten runs.  Run rule is 10 runs after 4 innings.

12U & 14U

Free substitution on defense, excluding the pitching position.  Once removed, a player may not return to the pitching position.

12U & 14U

Once play has begun, the game shall be played to a one hour and forty-five minute time limit or regulation length (seven innings), whichever comes first, or six and a fraction if the home team is leading. Run rule is 15 after 3 innings, 12 after 4 innings, 10 after 5 innings.

 

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