Whitman Baseball & Softball Association FALL Ball Major & Minor League Baseball Divisions
The Whitman Major & Minor League FALL Ball Baseball Divisions will utilize the ”Major League Division” rules, as stated in the “Official Regulations and Playing Rules 2014” book published by Little League Baseball. This listing of rules shall be used to clarify and make some exceptions to the rules for each division.
All towns that choose to participate in the WBSA sanctioned Fall Ball League are required to adhere to these rules, NO EXCEPTIONS
1) PLAYING FIELD
Prior to the start of games, VISITING teams are responsible for wetting down the infield, raking the infield surface, installation of the bases, laying lines and filling any holes on the field; particularly the pitcher’s mound and home plate areas.
Town Park Field – both teams, all divisions, will assist in the preparation of this field.
At the finish of all games and practices, both teams shall be responsible for cleaning their dugouts and equipment areas. They are also responsible for emptying all barrels. Both teams shall also ensure that the concession stand/building and equipment are locked up, as well as ALL appliances used for cooking, heating and warming is safely shut off.
The HOME team shall occupy the first base dugout.
All in town teams will be provided an equipment bag consisting of a first aid kit, catcher’s gear, game balls and practice balls. If any of the equipment is damaged and poses a safety issue, the managers are responsible for contacting the league division director for replacement.
Teams from outside of Whitman participating in the WBSA Fall Ball are responsible for providing their own equipment bags. The equipment bags shall met all of the same safety and regulation Little League requirements as currently outlined within this section.
Players (boys) must wear protective cups during games and practices, with NO EXCEPTIONS.
Players’ bats must be regulation Little League bats of aluminum, wood & composite and must be no longer than 31 inches. Any damaged bats, cracks, dents, etc. must be removed from use during games and practices. Wooden bats can only be used if the handles are taped. All non-wood shall be printed with a BPF of 1.15 or less.
Catcher’s equipment is provided and catcher’s masks must use the “dangling” throat protector provided. Personal catcher’s equipment may be used providing it conforms to the league standard including the throat guard.
Managers must make sure that they have all first aid supplies prior to start of any game or practice along with the medical forms of each player. The medical forms must be at every practice and game along with parental/guardian contact information.
G. All players shall wear their designated baseball uniform, including socks. No uniform shall be altered from its original style, color or intent. Shirts must be tucked in during game play and the umpire may stop play until the player complies.
H. Out of town team uniforms must meet the same criteria as outlined in section G above
I. 7 and 8 year old players within the MINOR League division are required to wear helmets with face shields. For remaining Major and Minor league ages Face Shields are optional. Coaches are required to insure enforcement of this rule for their respective team.
Managers, players and parents are not to argue calls made by the umpire.
Managers and only managers may ask for clarification of a call, provided they call time from the foul line and are granted time. This is at the discretion of the umpire in charge.
Managers are responsible for parents and spectators. Unruly spectator(s) can provoke a warning by the umpire and if the situation is not controlled, the umpire can stop the game.
Managers are asked to assist in calming any situations that arise between parent, player, coach or spectator and the umpire to prevent any problems. If situations cannot be “calmed” call 911, then the Umpire-in-Chief and the director.
Make-up games will be scheduled as soon as possible. Every effort should be made to ensure that neither team is playing back to back days. If this is not possible, then both teams must agree to either back-to-back days or a double-header on a weekend. Games must be cleared with the Fall ball Director, and the Umpiring Director will be responsible for scheduling the umpire.
On nights when games are scheduled, the field must be cleared of all practice sessions by 4:30PM, to allow time for field maintenance, prior to the next scheduled game.
Two Hour Game Limit- If home team is behind in the score at the 2 hr limit, then they are allowed to achieve their last at bat prior to the game being final because of the 2 hr limit threshold
On days of multiple games: Should a game go over the allotted two-hours, the second and/or third game participants will be given twenty-minutes (ten minutes each team) for warm ups.
No games shall be lost due to a forfeit. All games that cannot be played will be rescheduled.
Team Managers are responsible for insuring that final game results are properly entered on the WBSA website within 48hrs of game completion.
Rescheduling of games may be allowed if:
There is a legitimate reason for the rescheduling.
Both managers of the teams involved agree to reschedule.
The director is notified two weeks in advance of proposed rescheduling.
The rescheduling does not produce undue hardship on any other team in league.
5) GAME PLAYING RULES
Mercy Rule: A twelve (12) run lead after (4) full innings, shall constitute a complete game with the score official at that point. All pitch counts will be charged against eligibility. The (12) run rule applies for 3-1/2 innings if the HOME team is leading by 12 or 4 innings if the VISITING team is leading.
EVERY PLAYER MUST PLAY AT LEAST 3 DEFENSIVE INNINGS.
Curve balls are NOT permitted. The pitcher will receive a warning if suspected of trying to throw a curve ball, and his manager will be notified by the umpire. Play will continue until the play is officially over, according to the umpire. The offensive manager will have the option of accepting the play or taking a ball. Should the pitcher attempt to throw a second curve ball in the same game, the pitcher will be removed from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.
Pitch count with respective mandatory days rest take precedence as per Little League 2013 rules.
Pitch Count Limits by Little League Age
Age Max Pitches
7 &8 50*
9 & 10 75*
11 & 12 85*
* Ref G below
Calendar Days Rest Required
# of Pitches in a day Days rest required
1-20 Pitches 0
21-35 Pitches 1
36-50 Pitches 2
51-65 Pitches 3
A player may pitch up to 4 innings in a game and no more than 6 total innings in back to back games, or Little League pitch count whichever comes first.
A pitcher may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (A pitcher can only pitch in one game of a double header, regardless of pitch count)
If a pitcher pitches 41 pitches or more they cannot take the position of catcher for the remainder of that game.
If a player plays catcher for 4 or more innings they cannot pitch for the rest of that game. If a pitcher appears in an inning and throws at least one pitch it counts as a full inning.
The pitcher may not start a new batter once this pitch count has been reached. However, the pitcher may finish the batter if he / she have hit the limit in the middle of a batter
No drop 3rd strikes
All teams will roster bat (continuous batting order).
Each player on the team roster who is present for the game will be required to bat in his/her respective spot in the batting order.
C. Players whom arrive after the start of the game will be added to the end of the batting order.
Stealing of all bases is allowed per Little League 2014 rules (Exception: Stealing of home plate by base runner starting on 3rd base by pitched past balls in Minor leagues is not allowed. All other base runners are allowed to advance as much as possible including over throws to 3rd base)
Note: The runners are not allowed to advance on the base paths once the pitcher is control of the ball within the pitchers circle. If the runner was in between bases and less than half way to the next base, they must return to the base once the pitcher has control of the ball within the pitchers circle. If the runner is more than half way, then they are allowed to attempt to steal the base.
Free substitution is permitted.
B. EVERY PLAYER MUST PLAY AT LEAST 3 DEFENSIVE INNINGS.
6) PLAYOFFS - MAJOR and MINOR LEAGUE
All teams will participate in the playoffs. Playoff tiers shall be used to determine the playoff game schedules. The tiers will be determined by the number of teams in each of the MAJOR and MINOR league Divisions.
The playoff tiers will be determined by the final Win-Loss standings of each team.
The final tier standings will be determined by the Fall-Ball director
Depending on the number of teams participating in the MAJOR and MINOR leagues first round byes may be granted
TIE BREAKER – In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:
Two team tie – Head to Head - Wins vs. Losses
Two team tie – Head to Head – Runs against
Two team tie – The team with the lowest runs against total, league wide
Two team tie – Coin toss
Three team tie – Head to head to head – Wins vs. Losses
Three team tie – Head to head to head – Runs against
Three team tie – Head to head to head – The team with the lowest runs against total, league wide
Playoffs are single game elimination. Loser is out and winner moves on
Pitched innings is reset for each team's first game of the playoffs. After playoffs start, all rules under Game Playing Rules section apply for the duration of the playoffs.
7) END OF SEASON
AFTER THE LAST GAME OF EACH SEASON, ALL IN TOWN TEAM MANAGERS MUST COLLECT EQUIPMENT AND RETURN THEM TO THE WBSA EQUIPMENT MANAGER.
8) PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES (VOLUNTEERS)
Volunteers are asked to help in the best interest of the kids playing the game. Every effort should be made to assist if possible. GET INVOLVED!
Any person interacting with the children on the fields MUST complete and return to the board an Official Volunteer Application, as well as a state mandated CORI Request form.