Thursday, April 24, 2014    This is in honour of all the hard work Wayne Webber has done over the years!  
These Tadpole rules are intended to supplement and / or highlight the Official Rules of Baseball. A copy of the Rule Books is necessary to fully understand the game. Any rule not listed under house rules BC Minor rules will apply.

Tadpole Rules (Revised 2013)

This format is designed to get young people interested in the game of baseball, by stressing and maintaining active participation of all the players with emphasis placed on teaching the fundamentals of baseball.

To emphasize the need for an appropriate level of competition in this division, the season will start an with exhibition series, where no official scorebook shall be maintained and no standing kept.

  1. Coaches:
    1. Home team coaches are responsible for the following:
      1. To prepare and line the field.
      2. To return the bases, pitching machine and Umpire''s equipment to the box provided, and to ensure that the box is locked.
    2. Visitor team coaches are responsible for supplying and setting up the pitching machine.

  2. Games:
    1. Each game to consist of 5 innings April 01 - May 15. Increasing to 6 innings May 15 to end of playoffs time permitting.
    2. If after 4 complete innings, one team is ahead by 12 runs, the game is over.
    3. If a game is called due to darkness or weather conditions, the final score will be the score at the end of the fourth inning. If less than four innings completed, the game is cancelled.
    4. All evening games will start promptly at 6:00 pm. (5:30 pm is an option at the start of the season).
    5. No new inning may start more than 2 hours and 15 minutes after start time of game. (This rule is in effect all season.)

  3. Infield Measurements:

    1. Pitchers rubber............. 42 feet
    2. Bases......................... 60 feet
    3. Batters boxes shall not be used. (during spring season)

  4. Pitching Rules:

    1. If a pitcher hits 2 batters in an inning, he must be replaced, unless the Umpire determines that the batter could have avoided being hit through reasonable effort.
    2. If the pitcher walks 3 batters in a row, he/she must be replaced.
    3. The pitch count rules apply for all pitching, Pitchers may only pitch one inning of each game period use the basic Mosquito rules as a guide. (Rule 23.01) A pitching week is from Monday to Sunday inclusive.
    4. Pitchers may play in back to back games if the pitch count is 30 or under at 31 and above they would need one days rest between games even in tournament play. (Rule 23.01 BC Minor)
    5. Any player who has delivered 1 pitch to a batter shall be considered to have pitched one inning. Once a pitcher is taken out he cannot pitch again, but may be used in any other position.
    6. A pitching machine will be used after two completed pitched innings. (use the Jugs pitching balls)

      1. The pitcher shall play to the 1st base side of the machine, even with the plate rubber.
      2. Strikes and balls are to be called, with no maximum number of called balls.
      3. Position the pitching machine so the throwing arm is in line with where a pitcher would release the ball during a pitch at 42 feet.
      4. Coaches or their designates will feed the balls into the pitching machine for their own team, and may adjust the height of the machine to their own liking for each player.
      5. Dead Ball Zone - The ball needs to come into contact with the pitching machine or its operator. All batted balls that are judged by the Umpire to have hit the machine or its operator shall be declared "DEAD BALL" by the Umpire. The ball will be alive and in play, unless so announced.
           vi. If the ball when hit runs through or near the pitching machine without contact with the machine or its operator it will be deemed a fair ball and in play. To be safe the standing         pitcher must be protected by the operator to avoid running into the machine safety of the players is the main concern.
    7. Players shall pitch the first two innings of each game.

      1. During these first two innings, there will be a 2 run limit imposed (rather than the normal 4 run limit).
      2. Different pitchers must be used in each of the two innings pitched, with normal pitching rules regarding hit batters & walks still applying. Thus, teams may be required to use a total of four or more pitchers in a game.
      3. In the third inning, when the pitching machine is being used, the pitcher shall play to the 1st base side of the machine, even with the Pitching rubber.
      4. A regulation hard ball shall be used during all games.
          v.   When a pitcher starts at 38 or 42 feet the pitcher must remain at that distance for the entire game after the first pitch is thrown.

  5. Playing Rules:

    1. All players in attendance will be placed on the batting order, and will bat in turn, regardless of whether they field in the inning.
    2. 10 Players on the field at one time, with the extra player as a rover playing in the field. A minimum of 7 players are required for the game to not be forfeit.
    3. If a team is short of players, T-ball players may be called up to supplement a team. To do so requires the T-ball players'' coaches approval. As well, T-ball players may ONLY play up a division for a maximum of three games a year. When a player is called up, the commissioner must be informed by the Tadpole coach.
    4. Unlimited defensive substitutions are allowed.
    5. The batter runner must touch only the outside square of the safety bag at first base. The fielder must touch only the inside square of the safety bag to effect an out.
    6. Basemen should play off their base so as not to interfere with runners.
    7. Shortstops must field 2 feet on either side of the base line.
    8. Running with the ball to tag runners is not permitted except over short, reasonable distances (maximum 20 ft.). The intent is to eliminate a fielder running all over the diamond tagging out runners without bringing other defensive players into the game. If the batter is chased and tagged out, the runner will be called safe and awarded the base.
    9. No LEAD OFF.
      If the baserunner leaves his base before a pitched ball crosses the plate, and the ball is hit in fair territory, the baserunner shall be called out. The ball remains in play and the batter will be allowed to advance as normal.
    11. The batter is not permitted to run on a dropped 3rd strike.
    12. STEALING. Runners may advance if there is an attempt to throw a runner out. The play is live until the ball reaches the mound area. However, if there are runners at 1st and 3rd base, the catcher may attempt to throw a runner out at second base but the runner at 3rd Base runner at third must be hit home or walked to score. No Stealing bases on a throw back to the pitcher from the catcher.  The ball must cross home plate before player is allowed to advance. Once a player has stopped at third base he must wait to be hit or walked home.(frozen at third)
    13. No BALK BALLS shall be called against the pitcher.
    14. Any runner that overruns the preceding runner is out.
    15. The Umpire shall call "TIME" when the pitcher has the ball in his possession while in the infield - or if a thrown ball enters the "Dead Ball Zone" . If a runner is between bases, he may advance to the next base.

      Note: A team has the choice of making an out on a runner or throwing the ball to the pitcher to end play. If the defensive team uses the pitcher to end play, they have elected to allow all runners to continue to the base they are proceeding to.

      The pitcher is allowed to participate in making an out once he receives a batted or thrown ball. The Umpire will wait to ensure the pitcher''s intent, prior to calling "TIME".

      If the pitcher drops the ball, or attempts to throw the ball in an attempt to put the runner out, the ball remains in play and the runner will be allowed to advance as normal.

    16. Maximum 4 runs may be scored per offensive inning, except in (1) the first two innings while players are pitching, when there will be a run limit of 2 and (2), in the last inning which is open. Additional runs scored on the play in which the 4th run is made, will not be counted. 
    17. An open inning will onlly occur if time permits - it is NOT to be called prior to final inning of the game
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