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A.    Field Dimensions                             Mound                                      Bases
13-year olds                                        52 feet                                      75 feet
14/15-year olds                                  60 ft 6 inches                           90 feet
 
B.    General Rules
 
The home team will take the field first, will keep the official score book and will be seated on the third base bench.
 
All evening games on non-lighted fields are to start at 5:30 PM.
A regulation game consists of 7 innings, unless:
a.    The score is tied after 7 complete innings, play shall continue until

 
  1. The visiting team has scored more total runs than the home team at the end of a completed inning; or
  2. The home team scores the winning run in an uncompleted inning, or
  3. Nine innings have been completed.
 
C.    Five Run Rule

 
  1. 5 run continuation rule and we will be using the rule amended as follows:
    1. Rule allows for the “natural” continuation of a play and counting of all runs associated with producing the 5th run of an inning (Example:  4 runs across, bases loaded, batter hits grand slam. Team entitled to count all 8
    2. Rule will be in effect for both teams in first 6 innings.   No run limit in last inning.
    3. Maximum number of runs in first 6 innings is 8. Maximum number of runs for a team in a first six innings is 48.
    4. Coaches agree to honor rule and not game the system by stopping the 5th run in an inning if the natural play would have resulted in that run being scored (Example: 2 runs across, bases loaded, batter hits likely homer, but coach stops the 1st base runner at 3rd to extend inning)
 
D.   Equal Defensive Playing Position Distribution.   
1.  Each team will follow the Fair Play rule as stated in policy on the chanathleticassociation.com website and will be in each coach’s manual.
 
E.    Restrictions on Pitchers.
1.  Limitations on the amount of pitching allowed.  A calendar week is Sunday AM to Saturday PM.
a.    13-year olds.  A maximum 7 innings during any calendar week.
       14/15-year olds.  A maximum of 9 innings during any calendar week.
b.    13-year olds.  A player may pitch a maximum of 4 innings in any day.  All pitching must be continuous, that is, a player who has pitched and been relieved may not reassume the position of pitcher.
       14/15-year olds.  A player may pitch a maximum of 7 innings in any day.  All pitching must be continuous, that is, a player who has pitched and been relieved may not reassume the position of pitcher.
 
F.    Pitching Rules
Leading off is permitted and standard Minnesota High School League balk rules will be applied.
 
Balks: The umpire will warn each pitcher on the first instance of a balk, describe to him what he had done wrong, and inform him that the next time it would be a balk and the runners would be allowed to advanced.  We would suggest that you also discuss this with your umpire before the beginning of the game.
 
Minnesota High School Balk Rules
 
  1. If there is a runner or runners, any of the following acts by a pitcher while he is touching the pitcher’s plate is a balk:
    
  1. Turning the shoulders to check runners
  
  1. Any feinting toward the batter or 1st base, or any dropping of the ball (even though accidental) and the ball does not cross a foul line
    
  1. Failing to step with the non-pivot foot directly toward a base (occupied or unoccupied) when throwing or feinting there in an attempt to put out, or drive back, a runner; or throwing or feinting to any occupied base when it is not an attempt to put out or drive back a runner
    
  1. Making an illegal pitch from any position (6-1, 6-2-1a-e)
 
Note: 6-1 reads: The pitcher shall pitch while facing the batter from either a windup position or a set position.  The position of his feet determine whether he will pitch from the windup or the set position.  He shall take his sign from the catcher with his pivot food in contact with the pitcher’s plate. The pitching regulations begin when he intentionally contacts the pitcher’s plate.  He shall not make a quick-return pitch in an attempt to catch a batter off balance.  The catcher shall have both feet in the catcher’s box at the time of the pitch.
 
Note: 6-2-1-a-e reads: Illegal acts include:
 
  1. Applying a foreign substance to the ball
  2. Spitting on the ball or glove
  3. Rubbing the ball on the glove, clothing, or person if the act defaces the ball
  4. Discoloring the ball with dirt
  5. Bringing the pitching hand in contact with the mouth without distinctly wiping off the pitching hand before it touches the ball
    
  1. Failing to pitch to the batter in a continuous motion immediately after any movement of any part of the body such as he habitually uses in his deliver;
and begin play anew.  In (b), a strike shall be called on the batter for violation of 7-3-1.  In (a), (b) and (c), if the pitcher legally delivers the ball, it shall be called a strike and the ball remains alive.  Thus two strikes are called on the batter in (b).  If the umpire judges the batters action to be a deliberate attempt to create a balk, he will penalize according to 3-3-1o
Note: 7-3-1 reads: Delay of game by failing to take his position in the batters box within 20 seconds.  The batter must keep at least on foot in the batter’s box throughout the time at bat.
 
Exceptions: A batter may leave the batters box when:
 
  1. The batter swings at a pitch
  2. The batter is forced out of the box by the pitch
  3. The batter attempts a “drag bunt”
  4. The pitcher or catcher feints or attempts a play at any base
  5. The pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound or takes a position more than 5 feet from the pitcher’s plate after receiving the ball
  6. A member of either team requests and is granted “Time”
  7. The catcher leaves the catcher’s box to adjust his equipment or give defensive signals; or
  8. The catcher does not catch the pitched ball.
 
Penalty 3-3-1o reads: The umpire shall eject the offender from the game.  Failure to comply shall result in game being forfeited
 
  1. Taking a hand off the ball while in a set position, unless he pitches to the batter or throws to a base or he steps toward and feints a throw to second or third base as in (b); or
   
  1. Failing to pitch to the batter when the entire non-pivot food passes behind the perpendicular plane of the back edge of the pitcher’s plate, except when feinting or throwing to second base in an attempt to put out a runner.
   
  1. It is also a balk if a runner or runners are on base and the pitcher, while he is not touching the pitcher’s plate, makes any movement naturally associated with his pitch, or he places his feet on or astride the pitcher’s plate, or positions himself within approximately five feet of the pitcher’s plate without having the ball.
  2. Curve balls, sliders and all other types of legal pitches are allowed.
 
G.   Batting Rules.
1.  Any batter who, after swinging at a pitch, whether the pitch is hit or not, releases the bat in an unsafe manner will be called out and the ball will be declared a dead ball and runners may not advance.
2.  Balls and Strikes:
(2)    the batter swings the bat in an attempt to hit the ball (the umpire will decide if a swing was considered complete or was “checked”) 
      Note: An inadvertent swing which was made during an attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch and was obviously not an attempt to hit the ball is not a strike.
a. A pitch is a foul strike and the ball is dead and runners may not advance if:
       Note: A foul strike requires that the batter makes an attempt to hit the ball, inadvertent contact with the bat made during an attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch or by a pitch which actually passes behind the batter hitting the bat or was otherwise obviously not caused by an attempt to hit the ball will be called a ball and the ball will be called dead.
 
b. A pitch is a strike, the batter is out and the ball is live and runners may advance at their own risk if:
(1)     after having accumulated two strikes, the pitch is a called third strike or the batter swings at and cleanly misses a pitch for the third strike.  (A foul strike does not count as a third strike.)  Note: The catcher must cleanly catch the pitch or the runner may attempt to advance to 1st base if it is unoccupied. 
 
H.    Base Running Rules.
1.  General rules
a.    Unless two are out, the status of a following runner is not affected by a preceding runner's failure to safely touch or retouch a base.
b.    If the third out is caused by any means other than a force play, any runners touching home plate before the actual time at which the third out is achieved will be counted as runs scored.
c.    If the third out is the result of a force play, no runners shall score.
d.    If the third out is the result of an appeal, no runners following the runner who was out on appeal shall score.
e.    If the third out is the result of an appeal, if such third out is the result of a force play, neither preceding nor following runners shall score.
f.     Minnesota High School League rules will apply.
I.     Rules for Stealing and Leaving Base
a. Minnesota State High School League rules will apply.
1.  Rules for Sliding.
a.     The “No Contact Rule” is in effect for all games states that at all times, runners should attempt to avoid contact which could result in injuries.  A base runner will never be called out for a violation of this rule if the runner attempts to make a traditional feet first slide into the base as this is generally the safest approach, but a runner will not automatically be called out for failing to slide if the runner is able to avoid substantial contact by a means other than a slide.
b.     Intentional bulldozing, taking out or lowering of the shoulder by the runner is a violation of the “No Contact Rule” rule and will result in the runner being called out, the ball being called dead and all other runners will be made to retreat to the base occupied at the start of the play, or the next available base if forced to do so.
c.     Players should be taught that sliding into a base is the preferred option and that a defensive player who is blocking the base and is doing so while not in clear possession of the ball is guilty of defensive interference.  So by sliding. even if the runner doesn’t get to the base, he could be called safe due to the defensive interference call.