Mike's Memorial Lake County Travel Baseball Major YBL League
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MML League Rules


Revised 2-5-18

The league will play using National Federation of State High School Rules with the following exceptions or modifications below.  Additionally, please refer to our Procedure Manual, which can be found in your Clubhouse for further information and clarifications.

1) Pitching and Base Length Distances

Age Pitching Rubber Base Length

U7 & U8 40’ 60’

U9 & U10 46’ 65’

U11 & U12 50’ 70’

U13 54’ 80 or 60’6” 90

ALL TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE ARE REQUIRED TO INSURE ANY FIELD THEY USE FOR THEIR HOME GAMES MEETS OUR FIELD DIMENSION REQUIREMENTS. Federation rules apply when protesting field dimensions.

2) Game length and time limits:

U7 No inning will begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes, unless game is tied

U8, U9 & U10 No inning will begin after 2 hours, unless game is tied

U11, U12, U13 & U14 No inning will begin after 2 hours 15 minutes, unless game is tied

GAMES CANNOT END IN A TIE. All games must be played until a winner is determined, regardless of time.

The next inning is considered to begin the moment the previous inning ends.

3) Pitch Count and Balk Rules

 

U13-U14 REST U11-U12 REST U9-U10 REST U7-U8 REST
65-85+ Pitches 3 days 60-75+ Pitches 3 days 45-60+ Pitches 3 days 40-50+ Pitches 2 days
50-64 Pitches 2 days 45-59 Pitches 2 days 31-44 Pitches 2 days 31-39 Pitches 1 day
31-49 Pitches 1 day 31-44 Pitches 1 day 15-30 pitches 1 day 1-30 Pitches 0 days
1-30 Pitches 0 days 1-30 Pitches 0 days 1-14 pitches 0 days

 

                   

A pitcher can finish the at bat if he hits the max pitch count for his age level.  The finishing the at bat rule only applies to the max pitch count for each age level.  A pitching change needs to be made mid-at bat to avoid a pitcher surpassing 1 or 2-day rest limit.

Each team must keep a pitch count for every pitcher for both teams and confirm each half inning to avoid any disputes over the count.  Should a dispute arise, the pitch count total of the pitcher’s team will be used. 

Each team must keep a pitch count log for all league games.  Both team’s coaches must sign the log at the completion of each game.  Your team’s pitching log from past games must be made available to the opposing team if requested. 

Balks will be called at all age levels, expect U7 & U8. At the U9 level, a balk will result in a dead ball, no penalty. At the U10 level, if a balk is called play continues and the batting team gets choice of result of play or dead ball.  At the U11 & U12 level, one warning per pitcher will be issued before penalties will be enforced.

A pitcher must be removed upon the 2nd visit to the mound in the same inning or on the 4th visit to the mound in the game and then on every subsequent visit after the 4th, regardless of how many pitchers a team has used.

4) Courtesy Runners

With 2 outs a courtesy runner for the catcher is OPTIONAL.  A courtesy runner for any other position or with less than 2 outs is not allowed.  For the away team, in the top of the 1st inning, should the player listed as the catcher on the lineup card be on base and there be 2 outs, a courtesy runner for that player is allowed.   

5) Mercy Rule

Any team leading by 10 or more runs after 5 innings, 4 ½ if the home team is winning, will be declared the winner. U7-U10 leagues have a second run rule of 15 or more runs after 4 innings, 3 ½ if the home team is winning.

6) No Slide Rule

 It is strongly suggested you review Federation rules concerning the no slide rule.

7) Fake Bunt is Not Allowed

The fake bunt, swing away is not allowed. Any player doing so will be called out and may ejected from the game, at the umpire’s discretion.

8) Batting Order and Defensive Substitutions

All teams are required to bat their entire roster of players in attendance for the game. Free defensive substitutions are allowed for all positions except pitcher. Once a pitcher leaves the mound he cannot return to the mound in that game. Any player who leaves a game due to injury and is unable to continue, in the opinion of the umpire(s), will have his spot in the batting order passed over without penalty.

All teams must start a game with at least 9 players and must complete a game with at least 8 players.

Any player arriving late for the game MUST be inserted into the batting order as the batter leading off the next inning his team bats. The player will remain in that spot in the lineup for the duration of the game.

Any player who needs to leave a game early shall have his position in the batting order passed over without penalty. Once a player’s spot has been passed over, the player cannot return to the game under any circumstances.

9) Player Eligibility

No player can be older than their respective age bracket prior to May 1st of the current year, date will be September 1st for 2019 U7 teams.  An opposing team can request verification of a player’s age by protesting the player’s participation in the game with the umpire. The protesting coach would then need to contact the Commissioner’s office within 24 hours of the completion of the game and provide the opposing player’s full name and jersey number. The team with the questionable player has 48 hours from the time the Commissioner’s office notifies the coach of the protest to provide a copy of the birth certificate to the Commissioner. Failure to do so will result not only in a forfeit for the game in question, but for all games the player(s) in question have played in previously.

The Commissioner has the right to request an original certified copy of the birth certificate, if the authenticity of the copy provided is in question. The player(s) in question have 5 days to provide an original certified copy from the date of the Commissioner’s request. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of any and all games played by the player in question.

Players can be added and dropped from your roster throughout the season.  However, only players listed on the roster on June 10th are eligible to participate in the league playoffs.

Players are allowed to be rostered on more than 1 team that participates in the MML as long as both teams are not in the same league.  Players are prohibited from playing down competition levels.  A player may only play up from the competition level of his primary team.

Any player who is enrolled in high school is ineligible to play in the league, regardless of their age. WE DO NOT GRANT ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE!

10) Ejections

Players

Any player ejected could also be suspended, in addition to the game he was ejected from.

Coaches

1st ejection for the season, coach who is ejected for inappropriate conduct will receive at a minimum a one game suspension.

2nd ejection for the season, coach who is ejected for inappropriate conduct will receive at a minimum a two game suspension.

3rd ejection for the season, coach who is ejected for inappropriate conduct will be suspened for the remainder of the season and may possibly be banned from coaching in the league again.

Please review Federation rules regarding assistant coach’s communicating with umpires.

Spectators

Any spectator who is ejected for inappropriate conduct will receive at a minimum a two-game suspension.  Coaches are responsible for the conduct of the spectators in attendance at the game to support their team.  Umpires will first warn the coach of the team if spectator's conduct is inappropriate.  Coaches are expected to immediately address the issue with the spectator(s) who are behaving inappropriately after the warning is issued.  If the inappropriate conduct continues the umpire may eject the spectator(s) without additional warning.  If the spectator(s) do not leave the immediate area surrounding the field in a timely manner, the umpires may award a forfeit victory to the opposing team.  There is no circumstance where a spectator should ever interject themselves into the game to warrant being ejected from the park.

The league will review all ejections, to determine if a longer suspension is warranted. The Commissioner will be the final arbiter of the length of any suspension or expulsion.  There is no appealing either the initial mandatory suspension or any longer suspension issued.

ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS HAD TO ACCEPT A CODE OF CONDUCT PRIOR TO THEIR CHILD BEING ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LEAGUE.  COACHES PLEASE MAKE YOUR PLAYER’S FAMILY MEMBERS AWARE OF THE CONCEQUENCES OF UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT TOWARDS THE UMPIRES OR OPPOSING TEAM MEMBERS. REMIND THEM OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A GOOD ROLE MODEL AND DISPLAY GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.  LASTLY, THE HEAD COACH IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSBILE FOR THE CONDUCT OF HIS ASSISTANT COACHES, SPECTATORS AND PLAYERS.

11) Social Media Posts

No coach, player or family member of a player or coach of a team is allowed to post derogatory comments about an opposing team, coach, player or umpire on social media. Any coach violating this rule will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game. Any family member of a player or a player who violates this rule will result in the player being suspended for at least 1 game. Anyone found to a repeat violator will result in the coach or player being suspended of the remainder of the season and potentially result in the coach or player being banned from participating in the league permanently. 

PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR DEROGATORY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS.

12) Rules Concerning Equipment

Metal spikes are allowed at the U13 and U14 age levels only, but turf shoes or plastic spikes are recommended for all age levels.

There are no bat restrictions regarding length, diameter or drop.  Bats are not required to carry any specific certification mark.

Any field the uses a double first base or safety base, the base is considered one giant base, accessible to both the fielder and runner

13) Playoff Seating Tiebreakers

2 Teams Tied

First tiebreaker: head to head

Second tiebreaker: run differential in games against each other

Third tiebreaker: run differential for season (for all U7-U9 leagues, this tiebreaker does not apply, 3rd tiebreaker is coin-toss) 

Fourth tiebreaker: coin-toss.

3 or More Teams Tied

Run differential for season, any remaining ties will be broken by coin toss.

No team will be rewarded for playing less games or not playing their entire schedule.  Win total is the sole number used to determine tiebreakers above.  For example, a team that finishes 9-9 that won its sole game against a team that finishes 9-6 will be awarded the high seed as both teams had 8 wins and the 8-8 team beat the 8-6 team in their head to head game.  Furthermore, if the 9-9 team and the 9-6 team split their head to head games and the 8-8 team has a better run differential, they will be the higher seed.  This same rule applies to ties involving 3 or more teams as well.

14) ALL LEAGUES U11-U14 Play Federation Rules With Our Modifications and Exceptions

15) Special rules for U7-U10 leagues

All U7 Leagues

Baserunners are not allowed to advance on an errant throw by the catcher to the pitcher or on pass balls or wild pitches. 

Baserunners are allowed to lead off the base when the pitch enters the hitting zone, but not allowed to steal.

A batter who has been walked and has become a base runner CANNOT advance past 1st base as a result of the walk.

The strike zone will be two ball width wider than home plate on the outside and the inside and one to one and a half ball width below the knees. Umpires will be encouraged not to call the high strike. The widened strike zone is in place at this age level to reduce potential walks.

The catcher is expected to regularly throw the ball back to the pitcher to develop this skill and not hand the ball to the pitcher after each pitch to avoid errant throws. When appropriate a catcher can still hand the ball to the pitcher.

All U7-U8 Leagues

Teams are allowed to bat through their lineup only 1 time per inning. If 3 outs have not been made by the time a team has batted around, the half of the inning will end. Any runners on base will only be allowed to advance as many bases as the hitter advanced on the last at bat of the inning. Dead ball will be called when play is made on any base runner or an infielder has secured the baseball and is in the infield.

If teams have a different number of players, to determine the "bat around number", use the larger of the 2 numbers.

All U8 Leagues

Runners can advance on passed balls or wild pitches to 2nd base or 3rd base, but CANNOT score from 3rd base on a wild pitch, pass ball or errant throw by the catcher to the pitcher.  The only way a base runner can ADVANCE PAST 3rd base is a batted ball in play or there is a base loaded walk or a bases loaded hit by pitch.  These are the only 3 ways a base runner can ADVANCE PAST 3rd base.

A batter who has been walked and has become a base runner CANNOT advance past 1st base as a result of the walk, unless there is an errant throw by the catcher to the pitcher or the pitcher does not catch the ball cleanly.

The strike zone will be one ball width wider than home plate on the outside, one to two ball widths wider on the inside and one ball width below the knees. Umpires will be encouraged not to call the high strike. The widened strike zone is in place at this age level to reduce potential walks.

The catcher is expected to regularly throw the ball back to the pitcher to develop this skill and not hand the ball to the pitcher after each pitch to avoid errant throws. When appropriate a catcher can still hand the ball to the pitcher.

All U8-U9 Leagues

Leading off or stealing is allowed when the ball enters the hitting zone. A runner leaving early will result in a dead ball. The same runner leaves early twice during the same appearance on base, will be called out. No advancing on dropped 3rd strike, no infield fly.  

All U10 Leagues

Leading off or stealing is allowed when the ball enters the hitting zone. A runner leaving early will result in a dead ball. The same runner leaves early twice during the same appearance on base, will be called out. Players can advance on a dropped 3rd strike and infield fly rule will apply.

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