BATTING LINE UP: In-house league play will have a mandatory “bat through” line up. If a player leaves before the game is finished, his position in the batting order will be dropped without penalty to his team. Also, teams will be allowed to play with a minimum of 8 players, but the ninth batter will be an automatic out. Seven players will constitute a forfeit.
Since we use a “bat through” lineup, there are no pinch runners or courtesy runners allowed. If an injury occurs to a player, the player shall be replaced by the last out. If injured player misses next at bat, he shall then be removed from the lineup with no penalty.
MANDATORY PLAYING TIME RULE: Except as provided herein, each player must play at least 2 Complete Innings and must bat at least once in each game lasting four (4) regulation innings or longer.
4 Innings or less, all players must play 2 complete innings.
5 to 6 Innings, all players must play 3 complete innings.
7 Innings or more, all players must play 4 complete innings.
This rule shall apply to players in all leagues and intra-league tournament games.
This rule shall NOT apply to All-Star teams or inter-league games of any kind.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE: The mandatory playing time rule shall not apply to a player who, in a particular game, or in the one (1) week period preceding a particular game has failed to follow and comply with the Code of Conduct for Players and Coaches.
a. ROSTER – COACH’S REPORT: When lineup cards are submitted as part of the pre-game preparation, the coach shall also report any player on his team who will not be subject to the mandatory playing time rule and the reason for his exception from the rule. All players not so reported will be subject to the mandatory playing time rule.
4. VIOLATION: A violation of the mandatory playing rule shall result in the following:
The game shall be forfeited by the team failing to comply with this rule; and
The player or players who did not play for the minimum time required by this rule shall be placed in the starting line-up of his team for the next league or tournament game and shall play throughout the entire regulation game and shall not be removed from the field at any time in that game for a substitute, unless injured.
A second violation of this rule by any coach shall result in the suspension of the head coach of that team for the balance of the season, including tournament games.
C. AUTOMATIC EJECTION FROM GAME: Coaches, players, fans and umpires will be automatically ejected from a game for the following actions:
Causing, contributing, or participating in a fight;
Sliding or making contact with another player with the intent to cause bodily harm as judged by the umpire;
Criticize the umpires, players or coaches in a loud or unsportsmanlike manner including but not limited to: Foul, derogatory or demeaning language.
The enforcement of these rules is left to the judgment of the umpire of the game in which the violation occurs. All ejections will result in a one game suspension not including the game in which the ejection occurred. The League President shall be notified as to any ejection and may require any player or coach to be called before the Coaches Conduct Committee (Executive Board) to explain his actions. The Coaches Conduct Committee with the concurrence of the League President may suspend or dismiss from the League any player or coach for a flagrant violation. Any second violation by any individual will result in an automatic suspension for the remainder of the season including tournament and All-Star competition.
D. TOBACCO USE: Coaches, players, parents, spectators, and umpires will receive a warning for violation of the following rules:
1. The use of ALL tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, Cigarettes, any form of smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, “Vaping” and or “Chew” in any form; is not allowed by any player, coaches and umpires during any event in which players are present, including all games and practices.
E. CODE OF CONDUCT: All coaches, players, umpires, and league officials will be evaluated, and their position as a participant in the Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball program, will be in jeopardy for violation of the following:
Coaches, players, and umpires shall demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times and shall refrain from the use of profanity, the use of taunting gestures or words, displays of temper, or the throwing of equipment, bats, or helmets. The player will be removed from the game, head coach and staff warned. Second occurrence during the same game, the head coach will be removed.
Head Coaches are responsible for their actions and the actions of their assistant coaches, parents and players. Coaches set the tone for the players and parents. Outbursts or unsportsmanlike conduct from coaches, players or parents will not be tolerated. If a spectator is causing a conflict, the plate umpire will warn the coach of the situation. If the person in question continues his/her actions, the plate umpire is to notify the board member on duty. If needed, a board member will be responsible for final resolution which may include removal from the facility.
Coaches shall attend all meetings and clinics or have an adult representative present; support the Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball program; and strive to achieve all objectives of Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball.
All players and coaches must remain inside the playing field during games except in an emergency. Trips to the concession stand or to visit with friends or family are strongly discouraged.
Coaches and players shall adhere to, and enforce, all rules of safety, shall keep the dugouts and playing field clean during games, and shall assist in cleaning the field, dugouts, and ballpark following their games. Not doing so, warning to head coach; second violation, head coach to miss the next scheduled game played.
Coaches shall be responsible for the return of equipment used during the season. Lost or broken equipment should be reported to the Board as soon as possible.
Coaches, umpires and league officials shall serve as positive role models for the Noblesville Babe Ruth baseball players; both on and off the playing field.
Player Code of Conduct shall be primarily enforced by the head coach and assistant coaches.
Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball Board of Directors reserves the right to enforce the Code of Conduct for actions by players, both on and off the field of play, that are considered Conduct Detrimental to the League. The Board shall have full authority to enact disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the league.
Umpires shall also have authority to enforce the Code of Conduct, and may report or refer violations to the Director of Baseball Operations and League President for further disciplinary action in accordance with these Special Local League Rules.
The Director of Baseball Operations and League President shall be notified as to any ejection and may require a player or coach to be called before the Coaches Conduct Committee to explain his actions. The League may suspend or dismiss any player or coach for flagrant violation of the Code of Conduct. A second violation of the Code of Conduct by any individual will result in an automatic suspension for the remainder of the season, any tournament, and All-Star competition.
SCOREKEEPING: Home Team will be responsible for keeping a complete and proper scorebook, including pitching form that will be signed off by both teams (Head Coach or Acting Head Coach) and turned into the Concession Stand before leaving the facility. Penalty for not signing off on or not turning in pitching form: first time, warning; second time, head coach to miss the next scheduled game.
POST-GAME RESPONSIBILITIES: Coaches and players must remember that the League Board of Directors is relying on their help to keep the ballpark clean, neat, and safe for all players at all times. By following the post-game responsibilities, players and coaches are doing their part in maintaining the safety and beauty of Emmerson and Logan Fields. Teams not following these responsibilities will be reported to the Director of Baseball Operations and League President
At the conclusion of each game, teams must comply with the following:
At the end of each game, both teams must pick up all equipment, paper, uniforms, trash, etc. from their dugout and bench areas. If found not in compliance, the head coach will receive warning first time; second violation, the head coach will be suspended for the next scheduled played game.
Coaches and players shall do their fair share of work on diamond and facility. Each week, teams may be assigned to general cleanup and maintenance of the playing field and NBR facility.
Coaches and players completing the last scheduled game of the day/evening may need to assist grounds crew with closing down playing fields prior to leaving the NBR facility. If found not in compliance, the head coach will receive warning first time; second violation, the head coach will be suspended for the next scheduled played game.
H. TIME LIMITS: All regular season games will be played using a 1:45 hour Time Limit. No inning will begin after 1:45 hours from the start of the game, as determined by the home plate umpire. A “hard stop” will be implemented after 2:15 hours. If the home team has not completed its at-bat, the game score will revert back to the previous complete inning. All pitch counts will remain “as pitched” at the time limit, even if the game score reverts back to the previous complete inning.
By definition, an inning begins as soon as the previous inning ends.
The Home Plate Umpire will announce the beginning time to both coaches and the press box if open. The time needs to be part of the Official Scorebook kept by the Home Team Scorekeeper.
If in the Umpire’s opinion the leading team is deliberately delaying a game, the game can be extended past the 2 hour limit.
All games will start at their scheduled time unless field prep isn’t completed or a prior game runs long.
No exceptions to the time limit allowed except for #3 above or at the discretion of the Board Member on Duty due to long weather or injury delays.
Mercy Rule: 12 Runs after 4 innings played, and 10 Runs after 5 innings (and beyond). All players must bat at least one time. If a team is losing by 12 or 10 runs as mentioned in the previous line, all remaining players who have not batted must bat even if it creates additional outs beyond a traditional 3 out inning. Bottom line, this is a league where all players play and bat!
Lightning: First sign of lightning results in a 30 minute delay. If a second strike of lightning appears after the first 30 minute delay, wait an additional 30 minutes. Games will remain in delay until decision by the Board Member on Duty.
Per local rules, a game is considered official at 31⁄2 innings (unless the mercy rules applies, per #6 above) if the home team is ahead and 4 innings if the visitors are ahead.
I. PITCHING RULES AND LIMITATIONS
All Pitching rules will be per the Babe Ruth National Rule Book (see Handout). At the completion of each game, both coaches must complete a pitching form documenting the pitchers used and the number of pitches thrown by each pitcher. The home team is responsible for obtaining coach signatures and emailing the completed form to the League at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL-STAR PLAY DURING LEAGUE PLAY: Any pitcher participating in All-Star competition before the end of regular season (e.g., Memorial Day Tournament) will still be governed by the League pitching rules defined herein.
PITCHING RE-ENTRY RULE: Only the starting pitcher in a game may re-enter the game as a pitcher. Any pitcher entering the game as a relief pitcher and subsequently removed cannot reenter the game in the pitching position.
VIOLATIONS/PENALTIES: All Violations of the Pitching Limits will result in a forfeit.
THIRD/FIRST MOVE: Per Babe Ruth National Rules, there is no pick-off attempt allowed; this is a balk!
LEAGUE CALL-UP: From time to time, teams will need players for a game to fill a “void”. The following rules apply:
13-15 League and 16-18 League teams can only call-up a player if they expect to have 10 players or less.
12 year old players can be called-up to play in the 13-15 League only. 12 year old players must be a member of Noblesville Youth Baseball (NYB) Rec League. 12 year old call-up players are not allowed to pitch or catch in 13-15 League games. Call-up players shall be placed at the bottom of the batting line-up. First priority for 12 year old players is to their NYB team. A list of eligible 12 year old players will be provided to all coaches by the League Board of Directors.
13-15 League players can be called-up to play in 16-18 League games. Call-up players are not allowed to pitch in 16-18 League games. Call-up players shall be placed at the bottom of the batting line-up. First priority for all call-up players is to their 13-15 League team.
There are no limits on the number a times a specific player can be called-up to play.
DRAFT PROCEDURES AND RULES
1. Draft order for both 13-15 League and 16-18 League will be last year’s regular season winning percentage in reverse order (i.e., worst record will draft first). Ties will be broken by a drawing from a hat at the coach’s meeting prior to the draft. Expansion teams will be placed at the top of the draft order. In the event there is more than 1 expansion team, draft order of those teams will be determined by a coin flip. The draft order will start at the top for each round. Keep in mind that every team may not receive a draft pick in every round.
2. A Team draft board will be created, whereby all returning roster players are listed for each team; referred to as the team base number. If expansion teams are included in a given season, those team rosters will consist of head coach child, assistant coach child, and sponsor child, if applicable. The eligibility of each team to draft during a given round will depend on the team base number. Teams with the lowest base number will be awarded a draft selection in that draft round. After each draft selection, the team base number will increase by one player. This process will then continue until all eligible players have been drafted and/or assigned.
Exception: All teams with 11 players or less (based on a roster size of 13 players) will get a first round pick in the draft. This rule is subject to change at the discretion of the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors.
Note that a team may receive another team’s draft pick as compensation for any player that moves from one team to another from year to year due to any circumstance (i.e., head coach, assistant coach, or sponsorship). The compensatory draft pick position will be determined and approved by the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors prior to draft.
If compensatory draft pick is from an expansion team, the team will receive the expansion team’s 2nd overall draft pick position.
If a player is used for a sponsorship roster spot, that player’s family must be sponsoring the team and requires approval by the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors.
c. If a team gives up their pick for compensation and, at the end of a given round, they are not “caught up” in the draft, they will receive the last pick in that round so that the numbers level out. If two teams fall into this category for a given round, resort to their original draft order.
For the 13-15 League, only players that were evaluated may be drafted. After all evaluated players have been drafted, any remaining players will be selected using a hat draw format; where all non-evaluated players’ names are placed into a hat and drawn randomly by the selecting team coach.
Teams will continue drafting players until the maximum roster size is reached; typically, this is a maximum of 13 players for 13-15 League and 14 players for 16-18 League.
The maximum roster size may vary and shall be determined by Babe Ruth National rules.
If there are not enough players to fill out the maximum roster size for each team, the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors will assign players as they are received via registration to the next team according to draft order. The placing of registered players will continue until all league teams have reached their maximum size.
Any additional registered players will be placed on a waiting list. These players will be assigned when teams lose a player (e.g., quitting, moving, injury, etc.). It is the coach’s responsibility to notify the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors when they need a player off the waiting list.
The initial base players on a team roster consists of returning players, head coach’s child, assistant coach’s child, and sponsor’s child, if applicable. There is a limit of one head coach child, one assistant coach child, and one sponsor child that may be put on a team roster automatically during a 2-year period. Exceptions require approval of Director of Baseball Operations and/or League President.
The draft board will be set up prior to drafting. It will list all the base players for each team. There will be blanks where a team gets a draft pick. It is possible for a team to get more than one pick in a round if they are receiving compensation picks for player movement.
The Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors reserves the right to modify draft rules as needed. Any discrepancies or questions during the draft will be handled/answered by the Director of Baseball Operations, League President, and/or League Board of Directors members running the draft.
L. ADDITIONAL RULES AND ITEMS:
All player bats shall be in compliance with Babe Ruth National Bat Rules.
Persons in the dug-out should be limited to the head coach, assistant coach, and scorekeeper. No siblings, friends, or guests may be in the dug-out during games. If found not in compliance
First violation: Head coach will receive warning
Second violation: Head coach will be suspended for the next scheduled game
Any person, be it a coach or player, positioned behind home plate and warming up a pitcher in a catcher’s position (i.e., catching a ball thrown by the current pitcher) is REQUIRED to wear a catcher’s mask - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Fake Bunt - Fake/Slash: A batter is out for illegal action when the player fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, thus eliminating a player from fake bunting the ball. Penalty: Batter is out, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance.
Protesting a play or game situation must occur before the next play unless it is the final play of the game. The protest must be made known by first informing the game umpiring officials, and then filing a formal protest via email by 12noon of the following day with the League President and Director of Baseball Operations.
a. If the game is protested or suspended, the official scorer (home team) shall make a note of the exact situation at the time of the protest or suspension, including the score, number of outs, position of any runners, ball-and-strike count on the batter, lineups of both teams, and any players who have been removed from the game for each team.
b. Comment: If a protested game is ordered to be replayed from the point of protest, it is important that the suspended game resume with exactly the same situation that existed at the time of suspension.
Board Members on Duty are not umpires and will not reverse calls by the umpires. Board Members will not get involved with calls on the field unless a rule confirmation is needed or requested BY THE UMPIRE.
Catching a foul ball inside the imaginary fence on Emmerson field. If caught over the line in control, the ball is in play. If the player falls over the imaginary line and drops the ball, the ball is ruled dead and out of play.
Players cannot play for multiple teams in their same division. As an example, a 13-15 League player cannot play for another 13-15 League team. This applies to all divisions and will result in a forfeit for the team using the illegal player.
In all levels of Tournament play, the Winner’s Bracket team will be designated the home team in the first game of the championship series. For the “if-needed” Championship game, the home team will be determined by the highest seeded team remaining.
If teams have played the same number of games, seeding will be based on the Overall Record. If teams have not played the same number of games, seeding will be based on Winning Percentage.
1st Tie breaker is Head to Head Record
2nd Tie Breaker is Fewest Runs Allowed
3rd Tie Breaker is Highest Runs Scored
ALL TOURNAMENT GAMES WILL HAVE A 1:45 HOUR TIME LIMIT.
All tournament games suspended for any reason (e.g., weather, darkness, etc.) shall resume at the point of stoppage.
These Rules, Conduct, and Responsibilities have been approved and adopted by a majority vote of the Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball Board of Directors. The rules were update on March 19, 2022.
Chris ThomasPresidentNoblesville Babe Ruth Baseball
Mark KellyDirector of Baseball Operations Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball
Joe BurgessDirector of UmpiresNoblesville Babe Ruth Baseball