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Cal Ripken Baseball Major/70 Division; Babe Ruth 13-15 Division; Babe Ruth 16-18 Division – Rule 8.05(c)

Comment: Requires the pitcher, while touching his plate, to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base. If a pitcher turns or spins off of his free foot without actually stepping or if he turns his body and throws before stepping, it is a balk.
A pitcher is to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base, and is required to throw (except to second base) because he steps. It is a balk if, with runners on first and third, the pitcher steps toward third and does not throw, merely to bluff the runner back to third; then seeing the runner on first start for second, turn and step toward and throw to first base. It is legal for a pitcher to feint a throw to second base.
(d) The pitcher, while touching his plate, throws, or feints a throw to an unoccupied base, except for the purpose of making a play;
(e) The pitcher makes an illegal pitch.


Cal Ripken Baseball is a community based program for 5 year olds through 12 year olds. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group.

Link to Cal Ripkin Rule Book

 

LEAGUE DIVISIONS:
 
Newtown Babe Ruth shall operate with the following divisions:
Age as of April 30, per Babe Ruth rules.
 
Cal Ripken Division:

 

  1. T-Ball – 5 & 6 year olds
  2. Rookies – 7 year olds
  3. Minors – A (8 year olds)
  4. Minors – AA (9 year olds)
  5. Minors - AAA (10 year olds)
  6. Majors – National (11 year olds)
  7. Majors – American (12 year olds)

 
Below are general guidelines used for each division.  These guidelines are not all inclusive. 

5/6's General Guidelines

 

  • The spring season starts in mid April. The fall season starts in early September
  • Parents are expected to register their child online using the Newtown Babe Ruth website
  • When registering your child, please use any notes or comments field to indicate if there is a day of the week on which your child is unable to practice
  • Each team has one “game” per week.  These will be on Saturday with starting times ranging from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Each team will have one practice per week on a day that is most convenient for the coach.  Practices usually start around 5:00 PM or 5:30 PM
  • This age group is coach pitch/batting tee
  • Once scrimmages/games begin, general rule is a batter is allowed five to ten swings at a pitched ball. After which, the ball should be placed on a tee
  • Safety is our top priority. All batters will wear helmets, no batters in the on-deck circle, and all fielders will be behind the pitcher’s mound
  • Running batting order, meaning, all batters bat each inning
  • No score is kept and no outs are recorded.  But, teams may play such that if clean outs are made, runners return to the bench
  • Batters/runners can only advance ONE base at a time
  • A player can use his/her own bat and/or helmet, but league provided bats and helmets are available
  • Equipment is located at each field in yellow equipment boxes behind the backstops (batting helmets, bases, batting tees, etc.)
  • Each player should have their own glove
  • Cleats are helpful but not necessary at this age
  • Each player will be provided with a uniform (hat, shirt, pants, and socks for the spring season) (hat, shirt, and socks for the fall season)
  • We are required/expected to rake the infield after each use.  Parents are expected help with this
  • In the event of inclement weather, the Parks and Rec department will announce if the fields are closed
  • We strongly suggest everyone signup for the auto notifications from Parks and Rec…here is the link:  http://www.newtown-ct.gov/subscriber


7's General Guidelines
 

  • Safety is our top priority. All batters will wear helmets, no batters in the on-deck circle and all fielders will be behind the pitcher’s mound
  • A strong focus is placed on skill development via practice and drills.  Eventually moving to a game format
  • This age group is coach pitch. Coaches should pitch from a minimum of 38 to 40 feet. This allows proper reaction time and ability to see the ball
  • Five swings and batter is out
  • Batters/runners can only advance one base on infield hits
  • Batters can take an extra base on a pure hit to the outfield. (only doubles)
  • No advancing on errors (overthrows to base, etc)
  • Running batting order.  Each team can bat all batters unless 3 outs are recorded in the inning
  • No score is kept
  • A maximum of  10 players will be in the field. Including 4 outfielders.  Outfielders will be positioned on the outfield grass
  • Playing time will be evenly distributed.  Each player will play 1 inning at a position then rotate to another
  • Players should play both infield and outfield positions (safety is the overriding consideration)
  • Equipment is located at each field in yellow equipment boxes behind the backstops (batting helmets, bases, batting tees, etc)
  • Cleats are helpful but not necessary at this age
  • A player can use his/her own bat but league provided bats are available
  • Each player will be provided with a uniform (hat, shirt, pants, and socks for the spring season) (hat, shirt, and socks for the fall season)
  • We are required/expected to rake the infield after each use. Get some parents to help with this and it should only take about five minutes
  • In the event of inclement weather, the Parks and Rec department will announce if the fields are closed


8 Year Old League Rules

GENERAL

  • All weekday games start at the time designated by the division directors on the published schedule and should not run more than 2 hours.
  • All weekend games must conclude within the assigned time slot.
  • All games will end at the bottom of an inning.
  • The coaches will umpire games. A coach stationed behind the pitcher's mound will call balls, strikes and outs.
  • There will be no infield fly rule in effect.
  • Each half inning prior to the sixth inning (unless an inning such as the fifth is declared to be the final inning by BOTH coaches prior to the start of the inning) will end when the first of either of two situations occurs:
    • Three outs are recorded
    • Eight players have batted
  • The sixth or last inning will end when three outs are recorded OR every player in the line-up has batted
  • The fielding team may have one coach in the outfield during play


BATTING

  • The batting order will consist of all players attending the game
  • Players CANNOT reach base via a walk or hit by pitch
  • Bunting is NOT permitted
  • Slash bunting is NOT permitted (i.e., showing bunt and then swinging away)
  • Strikeouts are allowed.  When a coach is pitching, a called third strike should not be called as an out


FIELDING

  • A Maximum of 10 players, including four outfielders, will play the field at one time
  • At no time will a team be permitted to begin or continue play with less than 8 players in the field
  • EVERY player must play at least three innings, and no player may sit out the first three innings
  • No player is permitted to play the same position for more than 2 innings per game and every player must play at least one inning in the infield per game
  • Play is suspended when the ball is returned to the pitcher on the pitcher's mound


PITCHING

  • All pitchers should strive to pitch from the pitching rubber.  Players with less arm strength can move forward, but at no less than 40 feet (6 feet forward of the rubber), but he opposing coach must agree to this
  • Coaches:
    • To start the season, coaches will pitch to their own team for the entire game
    • After several weeks (as determined by the division director), coaches will pitch to their own team for the first several innings (number to be determined throughout the season) of each game
    • The pitching coach will call balls & strikes
    • During this time, a player must be stationed next to the coach to field the pitcher's position
  • Players:
    • After the coach pitch innings, a player will pitch to each batter until ONE of the following situations occurs:
      • Four balls have been called.
      • The batter has struck out.
      • The batter has been hit by a pitch
      • The batter has hit the ball into play
    • Once four balls have been thrown or a batter has been hit by a pitch, the hitting team's coach (already positioned on the mound) will pitch the remainder of the at bat while the pitcher will continue to field the position
    • Players may pitch in a maximum of two innings per game. One pitch thrown during any inning of a game constitutes one full inning pitched
    • A player once removed from pitching may not pitch again in the same game
    • A pitcher must be replaced immediately after hitting two batters
    • For every inning pitched, a player must rest a day before pitching again (e.g., one inning pitched requires 1 day's rest while 2 innings pitched requires 2 days' rest)


BASERUNNING

  • Feet-first sliding is always permitted, while head-first sliding is only permitted when returning to a base
  • Runners must make every attempt to avoid contact with the catcher on plays at the plate
  • Players may advance only 1 base on an overthrow, even if the ball would otherwise still be considered in play. The runner will not be given the extra base on a ball still in play but must earn it. There will not be more than one overthrow advance PER BATTER
  • Leads are not permitted. If a runner is determined to have left a base prior to a pitched ball crossing home plate, the following will occur:
    • All runners will be returned to their original bases
    • If the pitch is not hit into play, the pitch will stand
    • If the pitch is hit into play, the pitch WILL NOT COUNT and the batter will return to continue the at bat
    • Stealing is NOT permitted
    • Runners may not steal any base on a wild pitch or passed ball


SAFETY

  • On Deck batters may not swing or even hold a bat
  • Batter & base runners must wear batting helmets at all times
  • Players may not be used as base coaches during the game
  • Clean balls should be used at all times. Ultimate responsibility for a clean ball lies with HOME team
  • Protective athletic cups are REQUIRED.  No exceptions

 
9's Team Selection

Minors (AA and AAA):
All players registered in these divisions shall participate in evaluations held prior to the spring season to determine their skill level relative to other players in their division.  These evaluations shall be age-appropriate and will be used for team selection purposes only.  The division director and the head coaches in each division shall conduct evaluations for their division and serve as evaluators.  All players shall be evaluated in pitching, catching, hitting and throwing categories.  If it is the intention of a division director to forego this requirement due to the fact that he/she feels there is adequate information available to ensure the league’s objective of team parity, they must obtain Board Approval in advance.
 
Once preseason evaluations are completed, the division director, with the assistance of all head coaches in his or her division, shall compile the information obtained from these and any prior player evaluations to establish the rankings of players within the division.  This information shall be distributed to the head coaches for the sole purpose of team selection. 

We strongly suggest everyone signup for the auto notifications from Parks and Rec…here is the link: http://www.newtown-ct.gov/subscriber

THE 9 YEAR OLD PROGRAM

Coach’s Expectations
As stipulated in the coaches’ code of conduct, each manager is expected to act in an appropriate manner at all times.  Each coach is expected to read and accept the Coaches’ Code of Conduct and adhere to its spirit.  In addition, the younger ages require that coaches also adhere to the following

  • Promote an environment of fun and learning
  • Safety as the number one priority
  • Communicate expectations to parents.  It is very important that parents understand what is expected of them and their children and foster an environment of inclusion.  Get everyone involved as much as they are able
  • Sportsmanship should not only be shown, but taught to your players.  Newtown Baseball is known around the state and region as an exemplary program that plays the right way.  This is taught at the youngest ages
  • Children and coaches are required to wear their uniforms for practices and games in a manner that shows pride in their town and themselves
  • Coaches should police their own parents.  If there is ever an issue with a parent that cannot be addressed by a coach, it should be brought to the attention of the division director


9 Year Old League Rules (In addition to the Cal Ripken rule book)

GENERAL

  • All weekday games start at the time designated by the division director on the published schedule and should not run more than 2 hours.  6 Innings is a regulation game, but fewer innings will be played in many cases due to time constraints
  • All weekend games must conclude within the assigned time slot
  • All games will end at the bottom of an inning and no new inning should start after 1 hour and 45 minutes into the time slot
  • An Umpire will be assigned to all games.  Coaches and Parents need to treat the umpire with respect.  There is a no tolerance policy with umpire abuse
  • The infield fly rule is NOT in effect
  • Each half inning prior to the sixth inning (unless an inning such as the fifth is declared to be the final inning by BOTH coaches prior to the start of the inning) will end when the first of either of two situations occurs:
    • Three outs are recorded
    • 5 Runs have scored
  • The sixth or last inning, will end ONLY when three outs are recorded OR as agreed by both coaches, in the case of a mercy.  There is no limit to the amount of runs that may be scored in the final inning
  • Mercy Rule: There is an 11 run mercy rule in effect after 4 innings.  Also, if a team is leading by 7 runs or more, they may not steal anymore


BATTING

  • The batting order will consist of all players attending the game. If a player arrives late, he must be inserted at the end of the order
  • Players CAN reach base via a walk or hit by pitch.  The umpires will be instructed to have a very wide strike zone. We want to encourage the kids to be aggressive at the plate, not wait for a walk
  • Bunting is permitted
  • Slash bunting is NOT permitted (i.e., showing bunt and then swinging away).  This is a dangerous play and the batter will immediately be called OUT
  • Strikeouts are allowed
  • There is NO advancing to first on a dropped third strike.  The batter is out and cannot go to first


FIELDING

  • A Maximum of 9 players will play the field at a time.  Outfielders must play at a normal depth (15 or more feet onto the grass) and no short fielders or creeping in, is allowed
  • At no time will a team be permitted to begin or continue play with less than 8 players in the field
  • If a team is short players, the other team will lend a right fielder to the team, which fielder will be the person who recorded the last out or in the case of the 1st inning, the last batter in the order
  • EVERY player must play at least three innings
  • A player may not be benched for two innings until every other player has been benched for one inning (second benching may be in the same inning that a player is benched for first time)
  • No player is permitted to play the same position for more than 2 innings (except catcher) per game and every player must play at least two innings in the infield per game.  This may be waived in a case where serious injury may be caused to lesser skilled players
  • Play is suspended when the ball is returned to the pitcher on the pitcher's mound

 
PITCHING

  • All pitchers must pitch from the pitching rubber
  • A player once removed from pitching may not pitch again in the same game
  • The division will use the Pitch Guidelines


BASERUNNING

  • Feet-first sliding is always permitted, while head-first sliding is only permitted when returning to a base
  • Runners must make every attempt to avoid contact with the catcher on plays at the plate, or any fielder
  • Players may advance only 1 base on an overthrow, even if the ball would otherwise still be considered in play. The runner will not be given the extra base on a ball still in play but must earn it. There will not be more than one overthrow advance PER PLAY
  • Leads are not permitted. If a runner is determined to have left a base prior to a pitched ball crossing home plate, the following will occur:
    • All runners will be returned to their original bases
    • If the pitch is not hit into play, the pitch will stand
    • If the pitch is hit into play, the pitch WILL COUNT, but the runner can only advance as many bases as the batter. Example, if the batter hits a single, the runner on first who left early, must stop at second.  If a runner on second leaves early on a single, that runner must stop at third
  • Stealing is permitted once the pitched ball has crossed home plate
  • Home plate is gated.  A runner is not permitted to go home on passed balls or wild pitches.  A runner is allowed to go home on overthrows or “plays” that are being attempted to get him/her out, i.e. the catcher throws down to third to try and pick the runner off and the throw goes into the outfield.  The runner can attempt to go home


SAFETY

  • On Deck batters may not swing or even hold a bat
  • Batter & base runners must wear batting helmets at all times
  • Players may not be used as base coaches during the game
  • Clean balls should be used at all times. Ultimate responsibility for a clean ball lies with HOME team
  • Protective athletic cups are STRONGLY recommended, but are required for anyone playing Catcher
  • Bench parents are mandatory. When assistants and coaches are coaching the game, someone needs to ensure the safety of all the kids on the bench

2015 GENERAL RULES FOR 11 & 12 YEAR-OLD PROGRAM (In addition to the Cal Ripken rule book)

  1. 6 innings is a regulation game, but fewer innings may be played in the case of a time restraint

 a. No inning can start more than 2 hours and 10 minutes after game start time

b. Games must end 2 ! hours after start time

c. Home team (established by the schedule) will occupy 3 rd base dugout at Glander 2.

d. Each team will provide one baseball at the start of the game, but the ultimate responsibility for providing clean baseballs lies with the Home team

  1. The batting order will consist of all players (running order).
  2. 9 players will play in the field (3 outfielders). Outfielders must play a minimum of 10 feet from the back edge of the infield. A player may not be benched for two innings until every other player has been benched for one inning (second benching may be in the same inning that a player is benched for first time).
  3. A team may play with 8 Players. The other team should supply a right fielder (which player shall be the last player to make an out, or the last batter in the order for the first inning). If a team only has 7 players, then it is a forfeit.
  4. Pitchers
    1. All pitchers must pitch from the pitching rubber
    2. A player once removed from pitching may not pitch again in the same game
    3. The division will use the Pitch Guidelines
  5.   Each player must play the infield for a minimum of 2 innings and Players may not play more than two innings at any one position (except catcher and pitcher where limit is 3 innings).
  6. Stealing is permitted (incl. Home) unless a team is leading by 7 or more runs. Runners may still advance on wild pitches regardless of score.
  7. There are no restrictions on overthrows, unless the ball is out of play. Runners may advance at their own peril.
  8. Teams will bat until three outs have been recorded.

10. There is no mercy rule.

11. Balks are called. 1 st offense is a warning, subsequent offenses result in awarding the runner(s) a base. Umpires may use discretion for “minor” infractions.

12. No slash bunting

13. The infield fly rule is in effect.

14. SAFETY:

a. Helmets must be worn by hitter and on deck batter

b. On deck hitters may not swing a bat, unless in a secured area

c. NO PARENTS IN DUGOUTS OR BACKSTOP AREA