Major League

League Rules

*Any rule not amended or listed below will defer to rules based on Cal Ripken (A Division of Babe Ruth Baseball)

  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. 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.
  3. If a player arrives after the start of the game, he/she is to be inserted into the last batting position.
  4. If a player fails to appear at the plate for his/her turn at bat due to an injury or situation beyond the control of the manager, no out shall be recorded provided that seven players remain actively in the batting order.
  5. A forfeit is declared when a team cannot field seven eligible players at any time during the game. (You must start the game with at least 7 players)
  6. All players present at a game must play a minimum of two complete innings on the field of play.
  7. Each team must place nine players in defensive positions on the field unless less than ten eligible players are in attendance, in which case all players present will play the field. (*Must have at least 7 players on the field in defensive positions or the game is a forfeit)
  8. A regulation game is declared over when:
  9. After six full innings of play, the score is tied. The game is officially recorded as a tie. (This rule does not apply to the championship or tournament games.)
  10. The visiting team is ahead after six complete innings.
  11. The home team is ahead at any time after the visitors have completed their sixth at bat.
  12. A game is scheduled for 1 hour and 30 minutes with no new innings to start after 1 hour and 30 minutes. (*This applies to all games, not just the first game of the evening)
  13. A "new" inning automatically begins when the last out is called by the umpire for the previous inning and time has not expired.
  14. A game is declared over according to the ten-run rule when:
  15. The visiting team is behind by ten or more runs at the conclusion of their fourth or fifth at bat.
  16. The home team is ahead by ten or more runs at the conclusion of their fourth or fifth at bat.
  17. Due to time limitations, the following player etiquette is expected:
  18. Players are expected to hustle on to and off of the field of play.
  19. Coaches are reminded that intentionally stalling or giving outs while at bat to make strategic use of the time limit is not consistent with the spirit of the game.
  20. Time lost due to injury, rain delay or late start of a previous game will be added to the next scheduled game time.
  21. When the umpire calls a game due to the time limit, the game is complete and the score stands regardless of the number of innings which have been completed.
  22. The umpire shall keep the official time when the game starts.
  23. If a game is called by the umpire for any reason other than the time limit (weather, darkness, etc.) it will be a regulation game after three and one-half innings have been played if any of the following are true:
  24. The visitors have completed their fourth at bat and are trailing at the moment that the game is called. (Regardless if they are at bat or not.)
  25. The home team has had at least four full at-bats, was behind when they completed their last full at-bat, and remains behind, regardless if they are now further or less behind.
  26. The home team has scored a sufficient number of runs in its half of the inning to tie the game at the moment the game is called. NOTE: This is a regulation game and is recorded in the books as a tie.
  27. If a game is called by the umpire for any reason other than the time limit (weather, darkness, etc.) while either the fifth or sixth inning is in progress, the game is a “suspended game” if:
  28. The visiting team has scored one or more runs to tie the game, and the home team has not yet had its full opportunity to take the lead.
  29. The visiting team has scored one or more runs to take the lead and the home team has not yet taken back the lead, nor have they tied the game. NOTE: The overall result of this rule is that if a game is called when at-bats are not equal between the home and visiting teams, and the visitor’s team gained the advantage of a tie due to that inequality, the home team is given its full opportunity to win the game, or else the game is suspended. In the case where the visitors actually took the lead due to that inequity, the home team must be given its full opportunity to at least salvage a tie, or else the game is suspended.
  30. A suspended game is to be continued from the point of suspension at a time agreed upon by the team managers involved and league officials. All pitching limitations, substitutions, etc are to be as they were at the point the game was suspended.
  31. Other than a game called due to the time limit, all games which do not reach the regulation three and one-half (home team ahead) or four complete innings as outlined previously shall be ruled “no game” are to be made up as a new game. Innings pitched do not count in any way.
  32. Metal cleats are strictly prohibited.
  33. Any player who throws his/her bat or helmet may be ejected from the game.
  34. It is the base runner's responsibility to minimize violent collisions with the fielder at all time and locations along the base paths, whether the fielder is in the act of fielding a hit ball, receiving a put out throw, or awaiting a putout throw, by what ever means available (including sliding) when such a situation arises. Any base runner who does not attempt to minimize the collision (in the umpire’s opinion) in such a situation will be called out. NOTE: When a fielder, in the umpire’s judgment, is obstructing the runner’s advance (without the ball), the runner is awarded that base which he/she would have advanced to had there been no obstruction. If, however the base runner chooses to “steamroll” the fielder rather than minimize the contact, he will be called out and if flagrant, ejected from the game.
  35. Pitching Limitations:
  36. One pitch thrown in any inning is counted as an inning for that particular pitcher.
  37. A pitcher may pitch no more than 3 innings in a single game.
  38. A pitcher may pitch no more than six innings in a calendar week.
  39. A calendar week is Monday through Sunday.
  40. If a pitcher pitches more than two innings in a single game, that pitcher must be rested for no less than two calendar days.
  41. Example: Pitcher who pitched more than 2 innings on Saturday may not pitch on Sunday or Monday. (The end of the calendar week does not affect the two days required rest.) When a pitcher pitches two or less innings in a single game, there is no mandatory rest requirement, although we strongly encourage coaches to rest pitchers after each pitching assignment.
  42. A coach may make only one trip to the mound to talk with his/her pitcher per inning. If a coach makes a second trip to the mound in the same inning (not counting trips due to injuries), the pitcher must be removed from the mound.
  43. A pitcher who is removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher in the same game.
  44. Re-entry: Except for the pitcher as it pertains to rule 17(h), re-entry of starters or substitutes is unrestricted.
  45. 10 run rule
  46. During any inning except the 6th inning, a team cannot score more than 10 runs in that one inning. Upon scoring the 10th run, the offensive portion of the inning ends for that team, even if additional players are still on the bases.
  47. During the last inning of a game, this 10 run rule DOES NOT apply.
  48. Score Book:
  49. A scorebook must be kept for each game and by each team.
  50. Home score book is the official book. (It is strongly encouraged that both teams compare scorebooks between innings to avoid confusion and correct any discrepancies immediately)
  51. The scorebook must be kept neatly and accurately.
  52. Each team must be able to produce an up-to-date scorebook upon request of the CFYB league.
  53. The team book is used to determine player participation and stats for All-Star team selection purposes.
  54. Please be accurate and fair in your recording.
  55. Base-Stealing is allowed.
  56. The ball must cross the plate before a player leaves the base.
  57. If players leave early, teams will be given one warning. The next occurrence by any player on the warned team will result in a player being called out. The pitch will be ruled a dead ball or no-pitch.
  58. Batting Cage Policy (Includes Soft-Toss Net Area)
  59. No one is allowed in the batting cage without adult supervision.
  60. Batting helmets are always required when in the batting cage.
  61. Running on a missed third strike is prohibited.
  62. Bunting is allowed.
  63. Bat regulations:
  64. No longer than 32 inches
  65. No specific weight/length ratio limit
  66. Wood or metal is allowed
  67. Non-wood and multi-piece wood bats must be USABat certified
  68. USSSA/BBCOR bats are NOT allowed at this level
  69. Batting helmets must have a face cage/mask.
  70. Head-first slides into any base are not allowed. A runner shall be considered out if they slide head first. Sliding head-first back to a base is ok.
  71. Base distances are 60 feet.
  72. Front edge of the mound to the back tip of the plate distance is 46 feet.

(Amended 1/17/23)

Tournament Rules

The Major league will conclude their season with a 1-week single elimination tournament that will be held early to mid-June. The tournament seeding will be based on the regular season records. In the case that teams end with the same record the tie-breaker will be as follows:

  • 1. Head-To-Head Record
  • 2. Run Differential
  • 3. Runs Allowed
  • 4. Runs Scored
  • 5. Coin Toss

  1. The home team for each contest shall be the highest-seeded team.
  2. The umpire will call the official time
  3. Games are considered to have started on time unless unavoidable due to a tie, or a rain delay from the previous game.
  4. Games are subject to the following limitations:
  5. The visiting team shall not come to bat at the top of a new inning after 1hour and 30 minutes of the game has already been played.
  6. Exception: A game that is tied after 1 hour and 30 minutes has elapsed, must be played to a final decision.
  7. Exception: If a rain delay interrupts the game, the length of the delay is not counted as a portion of the allowed 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  8. Due to pitching limitations, the time limit will be enforced for all games including games that are the last scheduled game of the day.  
  9. A "new" inning automatically begins when the last out is called by the umpire for the previous inning and time has not expired. NO TIME LIMIT WILL BE ENFORCED DURING THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
  10. When a game is stopped due to the time limit, it shall be considered a complete game regardless of the number of innings played, provided at-bats are equal or the home team is ahead when the time limit elapses.
  11. If a game is tied or the trailing team has less than 4 at-bats and the game is called for darkness or weather, the game will be considered suspended. It must be finished ASAP and will resume where it ended.
  12. Players are expected to hustle on and off the field. Coaches are reminded that stalling for strategic use of the time limit is not consistent with the spirit of competition.
  13. A 10-run rule will go into effect after 3-1/2 innings of play. At bats must be equal. THE 10-RUN RULE DOES NOT APPLY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
  14. Due to time restraints, no infield practice may be taken between games.
  15. Pitching Limitations:
  16. 1 pitch thrown by a pitcher within an inning is considered 1 inning pitched.
  17. A pitcher may pitch no more than 3 innings in a single game
  18. A pitcher may pitch no more than 5 innings in a single day
  19. A pitcher's innings must be consecutive.
  20. Any pitcher who pitches more than 2 innings in a day, must rest for 1 calendar day.
  21. A pitcher may pitch no more than 10 innings during the entire tournament.
  22. Coaches must keep a written record of their pitcher's innings for inspection purposes. The pitcher's innings must be documented on the chart in the concession stand after the game.
  23. All other regular season Major league rules shall apply.
  24. If games are canceled due to bad weather, the entire schedule will be altered. Coaches will be notified by the league commissioner of schedule changes. In extreme cases of bad weather, the tournament format may be changed so the winners may advance. The goal is to conclude the tournament before the July 4th holiday. The Wheaton Field may be used.
  25. One parent from each team should be scheduled to work in the concession stand during their game.

(Amended 1/30/2023)

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