PLAYER PITCH RULES 7U/8U
- Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter circle with the front edge set at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of home plate.
- Pitcher’s Line: There shall be a line drawn from the pitcher’s circle to the safety arc.
- The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher’s line.
- The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach while in the pitching position
- The pitching coach shall position himself as not to be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has been hit.
Penalty: If a coach violates this rule after the ball is pitched, obstruction will be called.
Additional Penalty: If a coach violates this rule before the ball is pitched,
- First Offense: Warning;
- Second Offense: Removal of coach as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.
THE CATCHER shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s box in a normal baseball manner. If in the umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving the ball in a normal baseball manner, there will be a warning issued. If the act continues after the warning, the offending teams’ manager will be ejected.
TEN (10) DEFENSIVE PLAYERS shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position. All outfielders shall stay behind the baselines.
The defensive player listed as pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit.
Penalty: The play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or no-pitch.
- First Offense: Warning
- Second Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.
Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of play and shall coach from the dugout.
The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.
The batting order shall constitute all present players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order.
Teams may start a game with eight (8) players. The ninth (9th) player in batting order will be declared an out each turn at bat. Only the 9th Player will be out.
Approved Ruling: A ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.
FREE SUBSTITUTION Teams may use free substitution on defense but the batting order shall remain the same.
BUNTING is not allowed in Coach Pitch.
6 PITCH RULE The batter shall receive 6 pitches if necessary. If a batter strikes out swinging in 3 pitches, he is out and does not get more pitches. However, a batter may receive additional pitches if:
a. the batter fouls tips the 6th pitch that does not go directly into the mit and caught, they shall have his turn at bat extended on foul balls until either there is a swinging missed strike, no swing at all, or the ball is put in play.
b. If the batter does not swing at the 6th pitch, he is OUT. No more pitches.
INTENTIONAL WALKS A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by announcement from the defensive team and only one player may be intentionally walked in an inning.
LEAD OFF/STEALS Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
COURTESY RUNNER for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base. If the team batting has not played defense yet and a courtesy runner is used for a player, the player that was run for must assume the catching position the next inning. This scenario only applies in the first inning for the visiting team.
TIME LIMIT 1hr 20 mins or 6 innings. No open innings.
RUN RULE 15 runs after 4 innings, 8 runs after 5 innings.
MAX RUNS PER INNING A team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning, including the last inning or record three (3) outs. Umpires shall call “Time” after every play and declare the ball dead. “Time” shall be called as soon as the all runners are not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule.
Comment: When a runner stands off a base and “jukes” or “feints” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to advance” and “Time” shall be called.
BATTED BALL HITS THE PITCHING COACH the following shall apply: If in the umpire’s judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners shall advance. If in the umpire’s judgment, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and a no-pitch is declared.
NON-COVERED RULES in the event any item is not covered in the rules, the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling and that ruling will be final.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND SEEDING
DIVISIONS (7u/8u)- OPEN Divisions
POOL PLAY each team will receive 2 pool play games
BRACKET PLAY all teams will make bracket play on Sunday and be seeded based on pool play results
SINGLE ELIMINATION BRACKET PLAY all bracket play games will be single elimination until a champion is determined.
Note: Format is subject to change based on number of teams and event type
TIE-BREAKER in the event of a tie in Pool Play record, the following tie-breaker rules will be enforced to determine the seeding in bracket play:
(1) record (2) head-to-head (3) runs allowed (4) runs scored (5) run differential (6) coin flip