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Stow Youth Baseball I-League: Instructional Baseball for 6-7 year olds

I-League is advanced coach pitch, hybrid program that transitions kids from coach pitch to kid pitch.  The I-League is intended for advanced six year olds and seven year olds that could use another year of coach pitch before moving up to H-Gold (kid pitch for 7-8 year olds).  This league increases the focus on individual player skills and development, as well as increase exposure to game situations.

Main Features of I-League

  • Players ages 6 and 7 as of May 1st will be eligible for the league.
  • Score will be kept, but not posted.
  • No standings kept at this age level.
  • A complete game will be 6 innings.
  • A new inning will not start after 1.5 hours
  • 10-12 games per season
  • 1 week night practice and 1 game on Saturday in April.
  • 1 week night game and 1 game on Saturday in May and June
  • Field Dimensions will be the same as H-Gold
    • The base distance is 60 feet.  Home plate to second 84 feet 10 inches
    • Pitching distance is 40 feet.
  • On defense, a team can field 10 players consisting of 6 infielders and 4 outfielders.
  • The coach will not be a field player; they will only be to deliver the ball to the plate
  • Coaches will pitch overhand to their team, from 40 feet.
  • Each team will use a continuous batting order.
  • Each half inning will conclude after each batter has had one plate appearance, or 5 runs were scored or 3 defensive outs were made (whichever comes first).
  • As in H-Gold, there will be no stealing and runners are not permitted to lead off from a base.
  • Up to 2 coaches may be on the field for defensive instruction.  One coach in the outfield and one coach assisting the catcher.
  • There will be no All-Star game.
  • There will be no more than 13 players per team
  • No umpires at this age, coaches are umpires
  • Composite bats are not allowed.  There are no other bat restrictions.
  • All managers and coaches must have a background check and pass a concussion certification.

H-Gold rules will apply otherwise, with the following exceptions: Players will play no more than two innings at one position and every player will play a minimum of two innings.  It is imperative at this age that players be given the opportunity to try different positions and grow their interest in the game, and in SYB.  Play will stop once an infielder makes a play on the batter or baserunner and baserunners will not advance on overthrows.  Play also stops from the outfield once the ball is throw to a cut-off player in the infield, but the runner may advance to the base they were running to on the throw from the outfield.

Outs and Completed Innings:  A batter will be allowed 8 pitches to hit the ball.  Each batter will be permitted to have 5 swinging strikes or foul balls.  There are no walks and no hit by pitch base runners.  Eight pitches without a hit, or a combination of 5 swinging strikes and foul balls, will be considered a “personal” out.  An at bat will not finish on a foul ball.  If the coach is having difficulty getting a pitch into a reasonable area to hit the ball, up to 2 more pitches will be allowed (no more than 10 total for an at bat).  A tee will not be allowed.  Each team needs to get three defensive outs to consider it a completed inning, or the five-run rule, or a complete run through the batting order.  No batter shall bat twice in an inning.  Personal outs (strike-outs) are not considered defensive outs.  There will be no challenges of missed bases for defensive outs allowed.  Thrown bat will be a warning, second time will be considered a defensive out.

Coaches: Two defensive coaches may be on the field, in addition to the Offensive team’s pitcher, during the inning.  One defensive coach will assist the catcher and another defensive coach may be in the outfield.  Coaches may not interfere with the baseball or field of play at any time.  The offensive team should have a first and third base coach in addition to the pitcher.

 

(DOWNLOADABLE RULES CAN BE FOUND UNDER SYB HOME / DOCUMENTS TAB)

 

 

STOW YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE RULES

KENT YOUTH BASEBALL

2018 SUMMER SEASON – FINAL H-G

H GOLD LEAGUE RULES

 

  1. The Ohio Hot Stove Baseball League Rules are to apply, unless SYB specifies the rule for league play.

 

  1. Pitching distance: 40 ft.  Base distance: 60 ft.  Home to second base: 84 ft 10 in.

 

  1. The maximum number of players per team will be 13, unless special circumstances (i.e. siblings) require the League VP to make an exception.

 

  1. A pitcher in H-Gold League may pitch 6 innings in any 60-hour period. The 60-hour period will be from game time to the next scheduled game time. This includes all pitchers that have participated in that game. There are no exceptions.

 

  1. Innings shall be determined by the number of put-outs per inning (3 per inning). One pitch constitutes 1/3 inning appearance.

 

  1. An H-Gold pitcher shall not pitch more than three (3) innings in one calendar day. In order to measure pitcher usage, each manager/coach shall report pitch counts for each pitcher to their league VP for every game.

 

  1. In H-Gold there are no bat restrictions on youth bats, except no tee ball bats allowed. Tee ball bats are defined as those bats clearly marked as “tee-ball” on the bat. If the markings on the bat are too worn to determine whether it is marked as a tee ball bat,  it will be assumed to be an illegal bat. Penalty – If illegal bat detected BEFORE ball is put into play (i.e. while batter still in batter’s box), replace the bat and warn the batter and manager.  If AFTER the batter reached base, the batter is called out and all base runners return to previous base. There is no penalty if the illegal bat is detected and removed from the game prior to the first pitch in an at bat is made.

 

  1. A manager cannot tell the umpire that he wants a batter intentionally walked. The pitcher must throw at least 4 pitches to the batter.

 

  1. The hidden ball trick is not allowed. PENALTY: A Balk is declared, all runners advance one base. No warning shall be given.

 

  1. In H-Gold bunting is not allowed.

 

  1. Infield fly rule will not apply.

 

  1. There will be no stealing or leading off. (If a base runner attempts to steal a base or leads off, he will be called out.)

 

  1. Base runner can only advance when a batted ball is hit fair or he/she is forced to advance.  Example: a base on balls. (No stealing is permitted).

 

  1. Once the pitcher has the ball and is on the mound, all play stops.

 

  1. If a runner is more than halfway to the next base at a dead ball, or when the pitcher gets the ball on the mound (umpire discretion), he may advance to that base.

 

  1. No running on dropped third strike. Batter is out whether catcher catches ball or not.

 

  1. Six (6) innings shall constitute a regulation game.

 

  1. The number of times a manager may talk to a pitcher is liberalized at the umpire’s discretion (not to exceed 5 trips per game per pitcher). Any change of a pitcher during an inning constitutes a trip to the mound for the pitcher being removed.

 

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during a defensive half inning and moved to the bench, he may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound to another defensive position on the field during a defensive inning, and remains in the field during that inning, he may re-enter as a pitcher during the game, but only once per game.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during the offensive inning (his team at bat), he can only re-enter the game as a pitcher once.  For example, pitch 1st inning, does not pitch 2nd inning, can pitch 3rd inning, and then next time removed from pitching he cannot re-enter as pitcher even if he has inning left per rule #6.

 

  1. A half inning constitutes 6 runs or 3 outs per team, until ALL innings are played.

 

  1. Each team must play 10 players in the field, 4 as outfielders.

 

  1. A two-hour time limit is placed on each game. No new inning starts after 2 hours.

The 2-hour limit is from the actual start time of the game. The teams may finish the inning they are playing at the 2-hour mark.  If prior inning ENDS before the 2-hour mark, the NEXT inning may be started even if first pitch not thrown before 2-hours.

* Tied games should be played out as darkness permits.

* If at the end of the 2-hour time limit the game is still tied and darkness is not an issue (i.e. there is daylight remaining), the game continues until the tie is broken. Each inning must be completed (home team gets to bat) for the tie to be broken.

* If darkness ends the game before a winner is declared, the game will end as a tie for the purposes of the standings. If the two teams and managers wish to complete the game anyways, they will need to make arrangements (and pay) for field setup and an umpire on their own.

* If a game is suspended due to whether or other circumstance (except for as darkness as outlined above) and is continued at a later date, the same continuing 2-hour time limit still applies.  For example, play 1½ hours then rain suspends game.  When finishing a game another day, no new inning will start after ½ hour.  Suspending the game does not “buy more time” in which to finish a game. In order to be fair, all games and teams are subject to the same time limit.

 

The umpire is the official time keeper (by his/her watch) and will have the exact start time and will log the start time onto the home team’s scorebook.  It is up to the teams to ask the umpire the start time of the game.

 

  1. Violation of any SYB or Ohio Hot Stove rule shall be subject to forfeiture of game.

 

  1. RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM PITCH COUNT PER DAY

 

7-8 years old         50 Pitches Per Day

 

The purpose of this recommendation is in order for managers and coaches to be aware that at this age level, your athletes are still developing and can be subject to greater levels of stress in performing activities that we adults take for granted. It is encouraged that you attempt to develop as many pitchers as possible, and to let the greatest number of kids to pitch as is possible.

 

H MAROON LEAGUE RULES

 

  1. The Ohio Hot Stove Baseball League Rules are to apply to H-Maroon League games, unless SYB specifies the rule for league play.

 

  1. Pitching distance: 46 ft. Base distance: 60 ft. Home to second base: 84 ft 10 in.

 

  1. The maximum numbers of players per team will be 13, unless special circumstances (i.e. siblings) require the league VP to make an exception.

 

  1. A pitcher in H-Maroon League may pitch 6 innings in any 60-hour period. The 60-hour period will be from game time to the next scheduled game time.  There are no exceptions.

 

  1. Innings shall be determined by the number of put-outs per inning (3 per inning). One pitch constitutes 1/3 inning appearance.
  2. An H-Maroon pitcher shall not pitch more than three (3) innings in one calendar day. In order to measure pitcher usage, each manager/coach shall report pitch counts for each pitcher to their league VP for every game.

 

  1. Seven (7) innings shall constitute a regulation game.

 

  1. Run Limit – 7 runs maximum per half inning, except for the last inning.  The “last” inning includes the 7th, all extra innings, or any earlier inning declared the “last” by umpire, due to impending darkness or weather, if done so at start of inning.         Note: SYB rule is simplified version of Hot Stove rule, see rulebook for tournament.

 

  1. Dropped 3rd strike the batter is out.  The base runners may advance at their own risk.

 

  1. Per OHSBL rule 7.14, a player cannot lead-off or steal until pitch passes home plate.

The umpire will call time when:

  1. All play comes to a logical conclusion (umpire’s judgment), i.e. the lead runner stops (change of direction is considered a stop).  All runners will return to last base touched.  Runners must remain on their base until the next pitch.
  2. The lead runner is stopped, no play being made on any runners, i.e. play comes to a logical conclusion.  The umpire will place the runners on their last occupied base.  This does not void any legal advances that must be made.

 

This rule is not intended to stop all stealing, but its intent is to control it by not allowing it to occur until the pitch passes home plate. Time out will be called when, in judgment of the umpire, the play is over.  Whether or not time was called, the umpire may still return runners to their proper bases if in the umpire’s judgment they had improperly advanced after the play was over. A throw back to the pitcher is not a live ball.

 

Penalty: When the runner leaves early, the ball is dead, the runner is called out and the count continues on the batter.  This is considered an immediate dead ball. No player can advance.  This is considered an umpire’s judgment call.

  1. SYB only:  A runner on third base can NOT steal home, UNLESS there is a wild pitch/passed ball, OR the defense makes a play on a base runner.
  2. SYB only:  A batter advancing to first base on a walk can NOT steal second until after the next pitch, UNLESS the defense makes a play on a base runner.

 

  1. Baseball bat restrictions (conform to OHSBL Rule 1.10):  use aluminum or wood baseball bats that are 2 ¾ of an inch maximum diameter and difference between weight (in ounces) and length (in inches) cannot be greater than 10.  (e.g. 31” bat must weigh at least 21 ounces).  NO composite or two-piece bats allowed.

Penalty – batter is out if illegal bat is used, or detected in batter’s box, whether or not batter made contact.  All base runners return to base occupied at time of pitch. There is no penalty if the illegal bat is detected and removed from the game prior to the first pitch in an at bat is made.   

 

  1. A manager cannot tell the umpire that he wants a batter intentionally walked. The pitcher must throw at least 4 pitches to the batter.

 

  1. The hidden ball trick is not allowed. PENALTY: A Balk is declared, all runners advance one base. No warning shall be given.

 

  1. In H-Maroon batter is allowed to bunt.

 

  1. A manager or coach may take one trip to the mound per inning for each pitcher used, but not for purpose of delaying game.  A second trip to same pitcher in same inning causes the pitcher’s automatic removal as a pitcher for the remainder of the game. THIRD VISIT IN THE GAME AUTOMATIC REMOVAL OF THE PITCHER AS A PITCHER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME. Any change of a pitcher during an inning constitutes a trip to the mound for the pitcher being removed.

 

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during a defensive half inning and moved to the bench, he may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound to another defensive position on the field during a defensive inning, and remains in the field during that inning, he may re-enter as a pitcher during the game, but only once per game.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during the offensive inning (his team at bat), he can only re-enter the game as a pitcher once.  For example, pitch 1st inning, does not pitch 2nd inning, can pitch 3rd inning, and then next time removed from pitching he cannot re-enter as a pitcher even if he has inning left per rule #6.

 

  1. Violation of any SYB or Ohio Hot Stove rule shall be subject to forfeiture of game.

 

  1.  In SYB league play only (non tournament) you can use 4 outfielders.

 

  1.  RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM PITCH COUNT PER DAY

 

  1. years old          65 Pitches Per Day

 

The purpose of this recommendation is in order for managers and coaches to be aware that at this age level, your athletes are still developing and can be subject to greater levels of stress in performing activities that we adults take for granted. It is encouraged that you attempt to develop as many pitchers as possible, and to let the greatest number of kids to pitch as is possible.

 

 

  1.  A two-hour time limit is placed on each game. No new inning starts after 2 hours.

The 2-hour limit is from the actual start time of the game. The teams may finish the inning they are playing at the 2-hour mark.  If prior inning ENDS before the 2-hour mark, the NEXT inning may be started even if first pitch not thrown before 2-hours.

* Tied games should be played out as darkness permits.

* If at the end of the 2-hour time limit the game is still tied and darkness is not an issue (i.e. there is daylight remaining), the game continues until the tie is broken. Each inning must be completed (home team gets to bat) for the tie to be broken.

* If darkness ends the game before a winner is declared, the game will end as a tie for the purposes of the standings. If the two teams and managers wish to complete the game anyways, they will need to make arrangements (and pay) for field setup and an umpire on their own.

* If a game is suspended due to whether or other circumstance (except for as darkness as outlined above) and is continued at a later date, the same continuing 2-hour time limit still applies.  For example, play 1½ hours then rain suspends game.  When finish game another day, no new inning will start after ½ hour.  Suspending the game does not “buy more time” in which to finish a game. In order to be fair, all games and teams are subject to the same time limit.

 

The umpire is the official time keeper (by his/her watch) and will have the exact start time and will log the start time onto the home team’s scorebook.  It is up to the teams to ask the umpire the start time of the game.

 

21. Violation of any SYB or Ohio Hot Stove rule shall be subject to forfeiture of game.

 

G LEAGUE RULES

 

  1. The Ohio Hot Stove Baseball League Rules are to apply to all games, unless SYB specifies the rule for league play.

 

  1. Pitching distance: 50 ft.  Base distance: 70 ft.  Home to second base: 99 ft.

 

  1. Baseball bat restrictions (conform to OHSBL Rule 1.10):  use aluminum or wood baseball bats that are 2 ¾ of an inch maximum diameter and difference between weight (in ounces) and length (in inches) cannot be greater than 10 (e.g. 31” bat must weigh at least 21 ounces).  NO composite or two-piece bats allowed. 

Penalty – batter is out if illegal bat is used, or detected in batter’s box, whether or notbatter made contact.All base runners return to base occupied at time of pitch. There is no penalty if the illegal bat is detected and removed from the game prior to the first pitch in an at bat is made.   

 

  1. The maximum numbers of players per team will be 13, unless special circumstances (i.e. siblings) require the league VP to make an exception.

 

  1. A pitcher may pitch 8 innings in any 60-hour period. There are no exceptions.

 

  1. The 60-hour pitching rules shall be from scheduled game time to next scheduled game time. This includes all pitchers that have participated in that game.

 

  1. Innings shall be determined by the number of put outs per inning (3 per inning). One pitch constitutes 1/3 inning appearance

 

  1. A pitcher shall not pitch more than four (4) innings in one calendar day. In order to measure pitcher usage, each manager/coach shall report pitch counts for each pitcher to their league VP for every game.

 

  1. Violation of any SYB or Ohio Hot Stove rule shall be subject to forfeiture of game.

 

  1. Seven (7) innings shall constitute regular game.

 

  1. Run Limit – 7 runs max per half inning, except for the last inning.  The “last” inning includes the 7th, all extra innings, or any earlier inning declared the “last” by umpire, due to impending darkness or weather, if done so at start of inning. (SYB Only)        

 

  1. A manager cannot tell the umpire that he wants a batter intentionally walked. The pitcher must throw at least 4 pitches to the batter.

 

  1. A manager or coach may take one trip to the mound per inning for each pitcher used, but not for purpose of delaying game.  A second trip to same pitcher in same inning causes the pitcher’s automatic removal as a pitcher for the remainder of the game. THIRD VISIT IN THE GAME AUTOMATIC REMOVAL OF THE PITCHER AS A PITCHER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME. Any change of a pitcher during an inning constitutes a trip to the mound for the pitcher being removed.

 

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during a defensive half inning and moved to the bench, he may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound to another defensive position on the field during a defensive inning, and remains in the field during that inning, he may re-enter as a pitcher during the game, but only once per game.

*If a pitcher is removed from the mound during the offensive inning (his team at bat), he can only re-enter the game as a pitcher once.  For example, pitch 1st inning, does not pitch 2nd inning, can pitch 3rd inning, and then next time removed from pitching he cannot re-enter as a pitcher even if he has inning left per rule #8.

 

 

  1. The hidden ball trick is not allowed. PENALTY:  A Balk is declared, all runners advance one base. No warning shall be given.

 

  1. In G League, one balk warning will be issued per pitcher.  On subsequent balks by same pitcher, the runners will advance one base.  For SYB league play only (see OHSBL for rules to apply during tournament play).

 

  1. A two-and-one-half hour time limit is placed on each game. No new inning starts after 2.5 hours.

The 2.5-hour limit is from the actual start time of the game. The teams may finish the inning they are playing at the 2-hour mark.  If prior inning ENDS before the 2-hour mark, the NEXT inning may be started even if first pitch not thrown before 2-hours.

* Tied games should be played out as darkness permits.

* If at the end of the 2.5-hour time limit the game is still tied and darkness is not an issue (i.e. there is daylight remaining), the game continues until the tie is broken. Each inning must be completed (home team gets to bat) for the tie to be broken.

* If darkness ends the game before a winner is declared, the game will end as a tie for the purposes of the standings. If the two teams and managers wish to complete the game anyways, they will need to make arrangements (and pay) for field setup and an umpire on their own.

* If a game is suspended due to whether or other circumstance (except for as darkness as outlined above) and is continued at a later date, the same continuing 2.5-hour time limit still applies.  For example, play 1½ hours then rain suspends game.  When finish game another day, no new inning will start after ½ hour.  Suspending the game does not “buy more time” in which to finish a game. In order to be fair, all games and teams are subject to the same time limit.

 

The umpire is the official time keeper (by his/her watch) and will have the exact start time and will log the start time onto the home team’s scorebook.  It is up to the teams to ask the umpire the start time of the game.

 

 

  1. Violation of any SYB or Ohio Hot Stove rule shall be subject to forfeiture of game.

 

18. RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM PITCH COUNT PER DAY

 

11-12 years old     75 Pitches Per Day

 

The purpose of this recommendation is in order for managers and coaches to be aware that at this age level, your athletes are still developing and can be subject to greater levels of stress in performing activities that we adults take for granted. It is encouraged that you attempt to develop as many pitchers as possible, and to let the greatest number of kids to pitch as is possible.