Instructional League

League Rules

  1. Any profanity, physical or verbal abuse, or uncooperative attitudes by any coach or assistant coach will be grounds for immediate dismissal by the Chippewa Falls Youth Baseball Board of Directors.
  2. Coaches are allowed to be on the field during the game with the players but should not run the bases with the players.
  3. There are no umpires. Coaches will make all of the calls. Primary calls are made by the batting team coach at the plate as he/she is in the typical umpire position. Coaches should use discretion to get assistance from opposing team coaches in the field if they are not in a position to make the call.
  4. The home team prepares the field, this includes the batter box, foul lines, and on-deck circle.
  5. All players present at a game are expected to wear their league-provided hat and team shirt/jersey during games. Baseball pants are recommended but not required at this level.
  6. All players present at a game must be in the batting rotation at all times, unless injury prevents that player from taking his/her turn at bat.
  7. If a player arrives after the start of the game, he/she is to be inserted into the last batting position.
  8. If a player fails to appear at the plate for his/her turn at bat no out will be taken. Skip that players at bat for this inning.
  9. It is recommended that the batting order is rotated during the season so that all players experience batting at each portion of the lineup and so all kids get close to even at-bats for the season.
  10. All players present at a game must play in the field of play.
  11. Metal cleats are strictly prohibited.
  12. All teams will use the league-provided mechanical pitching machine found in the field shed. No coach pitching is allowed.
  13. For the first half of the season each at-bat will consist of 5 pitches from the pitching machine. If the batter is unable to hit a ball in fair play during those pitches a tee will be placed on home plate and the at-bat will continue with the batter hitting the ball off of the tee instead of being pitched to. For the second half of the season, each at-bat will consist of 5 pitches from the pitching machine. If the batter is unable to hit a ball in fair play during those pitches the batter will be considered a strikeout. The exception is if the batter hits a foul ball on the fifth pitch the at-bat would continue until the batter can hit a fair ball or misses completely.
  14. The ball must travel 10 feet or it is a foul strike (the batting coach should make the call immediately to avoid confusion).
  15. Players are allowed to take extra bases if the ball is hit well enough to the outfield. However, once the ball is on its way back toward the pitcher or a play at a base, runners should not advance any further. Play is considered dead when the ball is on its way to the pitcher or the infield has the ball secured.
  16. There are no walks.
  17. No base stealing and no advancing on overthrows.
  18. Any batter or on-deck player must be wearing a helmet while on the field.
  19. Batters throwing the bat after swinging will get ONE warning. After that, they will be called out for any remaining at bat where they throw the bat or endanger other players by not setting the bat down at the batter's box.
  20. Depending on the size of the teams, all players will play in the field. Players should be fielded at pitcher, 1B, 2B, 3B, and SS with the remaining fielders playing the outfield positions. Catcher is optional depending on the number of players on the team. It is recommended to rotate positions every 1-2 innings.
  21. Players are expected to play normal fielding positions with the exception being the outfield due to the number of players on the team.
  22. Infield positions, including the pitcher, are to remain at their positions until the ball is hit.
  23. If a catcher is used they must wear full catcher gear and should be positioned in a normal catcher position.
  24. The half-inning is considered over when the batting team scores 4 runs, or the fielding team gets 3 outs.
  25. Games are limited to approximately 1 hour. Finish any full inning started. The standard game should be 3-4 innings. Do not start a new inning if the 1-hour time limit has elapsed. Keep the games moving and delays to a minimum. This helps keep the kids focused.
  26. Rainouts may be rescheduled in agreement with the opposing coaches. Contact the league commissioner for available time slots.
  27. Softcore style youth baseballs are used.
  28. No official scoring is kept.
  29. Mound to plate distance is 46 feet.
  30. Base distances are 45 feet.


 (Amended 1/14/2024)

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