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Rookie Minors Baseball Rules

All Minor baseball and Little League rules apply and in addition, the following:

Pitching:   
Peer to Peer pitching is utilized but from a CLOSER pitching rubber than in Minors (37 feet).  After three (3) balls are pitched to a batter, the opposing (Batting) team's coach will pitch to the batter. If the count is 3 balls and 2 strikes, one more pitch can be thrown.  There are NO walks.  The batter will continue to bat until a strike out occurs or the ball is put into play.  The original pitcher will stand beside the coach for defensive purposes and will return to the mound for the next batter.  A maximum of two innings pitched per game is allowed (one pitch constitutes an inning). After two hit batsmen in the same inning, the offensive coach may request that the pitcher be replaced.

Pitcher Rotation:
The following Little League pitching rules apply at Layritz:
a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch (12 yr olds in Minors can not pitch)Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.
b) a pitcher once removed from the mound, cannot pitch again during that game.
c) the Manager must remove a pitcher from the mound upon reaching the following limits:
    League Age 11-12   85 pitches per day
                      9-10   75 pitches per day
                      7-8     50 pitches per day
If a pitcher reaches his limit mid-batter, he may finish with that batter.
A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
d) If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, 4 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, 2 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, 1 calendar day of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required.
e) Each league must designiate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch counter

Click here to download the "Pitch Count Sheet". 
Click here to download
the "Pitcher Elligibility Form"

Borrowing Players: Players may be borrowed from other Rookie Minors teams, or from the Mini Minor division. You may borrow only enough to bring your team up to nine players. Borrowed players must play outfield and bat last. Amendments as agreed upon at the 2013 Coaches Meeting:  If a player is late, sick, or unexpectantly does not show up and you have less than 9 players, you may borrow from the opposing team's bench until your player shows up.  Any borrowed players can play any position except pitcher and must bat at after all regular team members (last).

Shortage of Players: When the defensive team has fewer than 9 players, they will borrow fielders from the offensive team.

Game Play: A continous batting order is used ( not just the nine defensive players). A Reduced Injury baseball is used as opposed to a regulation hardball. 

Run Limit: Three runs per inning, five runs in the sixth,(and only the sixth, not just the last inning)  may be scored. 

Stealing: Only ONE base on an overthrow is permitted. Base stealing is permitted, BUT NO STEALING AT HOME PLATE IS ALLOWED. (when a runner is advancing to 3rd and an attempt to throw him/her out results in an overthrow, he/she may advance home as one base on an overthrow).

Rotation of Players: Players should play equal amount of time, sitting out approximately equal amount of innings. All players should get a minimum of 50 percent infield time in each game. Players should get an opportunity to play all positions.