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Kearsarge Mountain South 2017

General League Rules:

1. Games begin according to the time on the schedule. The home team should warm-up 1/2 hour before the game time. The visiting team, 15 minutes before game time. If a visiting team is more than 15 minutes late without calling, the game is a forfeit. All games for 9 and older age groups shall last no longer than two (2) hours during the regular season. If last game of the day, and there is an agreement prior to the game with the Managers and Umpires, the game can be extended more than the time limit of 2 hours. Everyone needs to be in agreement PRIOR to start of game. If the two (2) hour limit is in use then no new 1/2 inning may start after the two (2) hour time has been reached. The final score reverts back to the last complete inning. There are NO time limits for Playoff Games. Rookie games shall last no longer than one hour and thirty minutes (1 1/2 hours).
The home manager and director are responsible for postponing a game for weather conditions at least two hours prior to game time, as a courtesy to the traveling team. Please notify the visiting team in time to allow for travel time.
3. Eight warm-up pitches at the start of the game and for each new pitcher entered into the game. Five warm-up pitches or a maximum of 1 minute for subsequent innings.
4. Hat and shirt are minimum uniform for play; shirts will be tucked in. Players must wear their hats/visors.
5. All additions and subtractions to your roster during the season must be brought to the attention of your director as they occur, but no later than Opening Day. If a child is not listed on your roster, he/she is an ineligible player. If the child is allowed to play, the game will be considered a forfeit. (The real issue is the liability exposure we incur.) Additions during the season must be presented to the KMS board for approval prior to being added to the roster.
6. A team may start a game with a minimum of 8 players. If an injury should reduce the number of players below 8, then successive spots in order will be automatic outs. For 10U softball there is no automatic out if a team starts with 9 players.
7. ALL BASEBALL CATCHERS MUST WEAR A CUP.
8. All offensive players on the field shall wear a batting helmet.
9. A player will be ejected from the game for throwing a bat or helmet after being warned the first time. The ejection will take place on the second offense.
10. The base runner will be called out if the runner does not make an effort to avoid a collision with a fielder making a play.
11. Field or bench chatter toward the opposing team is not allowed. Supporting one's own team or players is encouraged.
12. Position infielders at a safe distance from the batter. A few steps in front of the bases at the most.
13. NO ARGUING WITH UMPIRES. MAKE SURE ALL ASSISTANT COACHES AND PARENTS KNOW THIS RULE.
14. Tobacco, alcohol, and abusive language are not allowed within the players' bench or anywhere inside the field.
15. Season will end by a specified date prior to playoffs starting. Make up dates should be rescheduled within 2 weeks of a canceled game and prior to the start of playoffs. All make up games must be rescheduled through the home team's town director.
16. Once the game has started, the home plate umpire will postpone or stop play due to weather conditions. DO NOT PLAY IN THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS.
17. Only the team players, a maximum of three (3) rostered coaches and one (1) scorekeeper will be allowed to sit on the team benches.
18. Team score books with player’s last name and first initial must be kept, and will be turned in to the president at the end of the season. These are required for all-star games.
19. No limit on practice games. Practice games are independent of league pitching rules.
20. All players must play a minimum of six outs in the field and have one time at bat per game. An at bat for the purpose of minimum playing time is either putting the ball in play, striking out or walking. If a child does not meet the minimum play rule, he/she must start and play the first 4 innings in the next game. The opposing manager should circle the name of that child in the score book so the manager of the next game will know that the child must start the game. During the regular season for 10u and below coaches should allow for equal playing time.
21. Playoff dates will be determined prior to the start of the Season. Playoffs shall be held for the 9 &10 and above age groups in a double elimination format.
22. Seeding of teams will be via random pick before the start of the season.
23. There shall be open All-Star tryouts commencing in May for each age group Boys 9, 10, 11, & 12. Girls 10U, 12U. Each town has the option to make a town 8u All-Star team that will play in scheduled jamborees. See All-Star Selection for how an All-Star team is selected for the other age groups. Players must play for a team based on their age if a team is offered. If a team is not offered they may play in the next older age group.
24. For 11 and older age groups both baseball and softball will adhere to the rule book for the interpretation of the infield fly rule.
25. For 11 and older age groups. Mandatory use of an Extra Hitter (EH) if both teams have at least 10 players during the regular season games. If a team only has 10 players and an injury occurs the 10th spot in the order will not be an automatic out. If only one team has at least 10 players that team has the option to use an EH if both team managers agree prior to the start of the game.


General Base Running Rules:

1. Continuation play for a batter that has walked and is rounding 1st base.
2. Defense cannot block base paths without the ball unless they have control of the ball. This includes the catcher. Coaches should teach catchers to sweep tag runner.
3. SLIDING IS NOT REQUIRED BUT AVOIDING COLLISION IS!! If a defender has the ball in the base path or on a base, the runner must either slide or avoid colliding. If the runner collides, they are called out and warned to avoid collisions.
4. Coaches teach defenders to stay off of the bases if the play is not at that base. If they stay on the bases they are taking away the inside corner of the base which runners use to cut corners. Umpires watch for and advise the coaches on this infraction. 5. Please see Babe Ruth 70' base path rules and 12U baseball league rules.

Softball League Rules:

Rookie League Rules
1. Four runs scored per inning, maximum.
2. Maximum Ten (10) players on the field at traditional positions, including catcher and four outfielders. Players will rotate positions each inning.
3. All Players bat through the lineup.
4. An inning shall consist of either 3 outs or 4 runs.
5. The managers or assistant coaches can pitch to his/her team. The manager has the option of using a pitching machine.
6. No stealing.
7. A maximum of a double will be allowed on well-hit ball to the outfield. No advancement on overthrows.
8. A maximum of 5 pitches per batter, whether the pitch is in the strike zone or not. Foul balls count as a pitch. If the last pitch is fouled off the batter shall get another pitch.
9. A 10" RIF (reduced injury) ball must be used.
10. The fielders play the traditional baseball positions. Use four fielders in the outfield. Only one player at the pitching position.
11. Keep the infielders at a safe distance from the batter. A few steps in front of bases at the most.


10U, 12U and 16U Softball

1. Ten inning limit per week for all pitchers during the regular season.
2. Bunting is allowed at all levels.
3. Dropped 3rd strike applies to 11-12, 13-16 levels.
4. Pitching week is Monday through Sunday.
5. The pitcher will be removed from pitching if she has hit a total of two (2) batters during a game. If a ball hits the ground prior to hitting the batter it shall not count towards removal of the pitcher.
6. There are no time limits for playoffs. All 10U and 12U playoff games will be played to the full 6 innings (5-1/2 if home team is leading after the top of the 6th) or to extra innings if a winner is not determined after the completion of 6 innings. Games suspended due to weather or darkness will continue from point of discontinuation.


10U Softball
1. Games are 6 innings; a legal regular season game is four complete innings. No extra innings to break ties during regular season play. Playoff games will be played to the full 6 innings (5-1/2 if home team is leading after the top of the 6th) or to extra innings if a winner is not determined after the completion of 6 innings.
2. A maximum of 4 runs may be scored per team per inning. The 6th inning will be an open run inning.
3. The pitching distance is 35 feet. The softball size is 11 inches.
4. The pitcher is limited to 3 innings per game.
5. Stealing is allowed only after the pitched ball passes plate. Only one base may be stolen. this includes home. A runner will be called out if they left a base early. Provided a runner has not stolen a base, base runners may advance one base only on a passed ball back to the pitcher provided the ball is out of the control of the pitcher outside the pitcher’s circle. 
6. Ten players in the field. Four of the players must be in outfield positions.
7. The catcher may not roll the ball back to the pitcher after a play. She is encourage to throw the ball to the pitcher, but may walk the ball to the pitcher.

Batting Rule
Goal: To have the players participate from the start of the game.
Rule: All players on the team should be placed in the batting order. The players not playing in the fields will be marked in the score book "BP" (bench player). All players who are replaced in the field by a bench player shall remain in the batting order at their original spot. Exceptions: The coach has the right to bypass this rule for any player in violations of team rules. Please notify opposing manager prior to the start of the game. If a player is unable to continue play (due to illness or injury), their spot in the batting order will be skipped and no penalty will occur to the team (i.e. automatic out).
Notes:
1. Regular season play: All players will have equal playing time in the field. Free substitutions for fielders will be allowed.
2. The above rule (equal playing time and free substitution) does not apply in the playoffs. Coaches will follow the rule for number of players in the batting order and substitution as set forth in Babe Ruth rule book.


12U Softball
1. Games are 6 innings; a legal regular season game is four complete innings. No extra innings to break ties during regular season play. Playoff games will be played to the full 6 innings (5-1/2 if home team is leading after the top of the 6th) or to extra innings if a winner is not determined after the completion of 6 innings.
2. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored per team per inning . The 6th inning will be an open run inning.
3. The pitching distance is 40 feet. The softball size is 12 inches.
4. The pitcher is limited to 3 innings per game for the first half of the season (until May 17th).
5. After mid-season (May 17th) a pitcher may not pitch more than 6 innings per consecutive games and not to exceed 10 innings per calendar week during regular season games.
6. Stealing is allowed on release of the pitch. A runner will be called out of they left a base early. The rule is in effect for both the regular season and playoffs.
7. During playoffs a pitcher may not pitch more than 6 innings per two consecutive games. The playoffs are a new start to the pitching limit so the previous regular season games do not count toward the pitching limit. The 10-inning rule (rule 5) does NOT apply during playoffs.
8. Dropped third strike applies during regular season and playoffs
9. Infield-fly rule applies during regular season and playoffs.


16U Softball
1. Games are 7 innings; a legal regular season game is 5 complete innings. No extra innings to break ties during regular season play. Playoff games will play 7 complete innings (6-1/2 if home team is leading after the top of the 7th). or to extra innings if a winner is not determined after the completion of 7 innings.
2. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored per team per inning. The 7th inning will he an open run inning.
3. The pitching distance is 43 feet. The softball size is 12 inches.
4. The runner may leave the base on the release of the pitch when stealing.
5. Any Kearsarge Mountain Player who also pitches on a High School softball team (Varsity or JV) will be only permitted to pitch four (4) ( innings per game in a Kearsarge Mountain game during both regular season and playoffs.
6. Dropped third strike applies during regular season and playoffs
7. Infield-fly rule applies during regular season and playoffs.6

Playoffs - Pool Play 10u - Updated 6/6/2017 3:49
1. 90 Minute Games, no new inning after 80 minutes
2. During Pool Play 5 Runs max per innings 1-3, unlimited in innings 4-6.
3. During Semi Finals and Finals: the game will be a full 6 inning game, 5 runs per inning with an unlimited 6th.
4. Minimum Play time rules:
    - Pool play will be a 1 inning 1 at bat minimum, if a player does not get in for that time, they must play 2 innings and 2 at bats at the next game.
    - Semis and Finals will be the regular 2 and 1 that was used in the season.

5. Pitching Rolling 6 over 2 games; resets on Sunday
6. Tie breaker rules for pool play seeding will be based first on Head to Head record, if still a tie then fewest runs given up, if still tied it will be based on run differential.
7. Coaches need to sign off on the home book and pitching
8. Illegal Substitution is a forfeit

Playoffs - Pool Play 12u  - Updated 6/6/2017 3:37
1. 90 Minute Games, no new inning after 80 minutes
2. During Pool Play 6 Runs max per inning, unlimited in the 5th and 6th.
3. During Semi Finals and Finals: the game will be a full 6 inning game, 6 runs per inning with an unlimited 6th.
4. Pitching Rolling 6 over 2 games; resets on Sunday
5. Minimum Play time rules:
    - Pool play will be a 1 inning 1 at bat minimum, if a player does not get in for that time, they must play 2 innings and 2 at bats at the next game.
    - Semis and Finals will be the regular 2 and 1 that was used in the season.
6. Tie breaker rules for pool play seeding will be based first on Head to Head record, if still a tie then fewest runs given up, if still tied it will be based on run differential.
7. Coaches need to sign off on the home book and pitching
8. Illegal Substitution is a forfeit