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CKAA Minors (10u) Baseball Rules and Regulations

Adopted Spring 2022       

1. Field Dimensions:

a. Bases 60’

b. Pitcher’s Mound 46’

2. Time Limit

a. No new inning will start after 1 hour and 40 minutes has elapsed from the official start time.

b. The umpire will declare the official start time at the end of the home plate coaches meeting.

c. The umpire is responsible for keeping the official time.

d. Time limit will apply to all regular season and playoff games except the Championship game (full six innings).

3. Tie Games

a. Regular season games can end in a tie.

b. Playoff games tied after six innings will play extra innings up to time limit,

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c. The Playoff Championship game will not be determined by Texas Tie break but instead use regular baseball extra inning rules.

4. Run Rule

a. 10 run lead after four (4) innings or 8 run lead after five (5) innings.

b. 15 run lead after three (3) innings.

c. A team can score a maximum of seven (7) runs in a single inning.

5. Player Requirements to Start/Finish a Game

a. Each team must have a minimum of eight (8) players at the “official start time” for a game to begin. In the event the minimum cannot be met, the game is considered a forfeit and the win goes to the team that has the required number of players.

b. In the event both teams cannot field the minimum number of players, the game shall be declared a double forfeit.

c. Once the game is started, a team may continue to play even if the number of players falls below eight (8).

d. A player who leaves a game due to injury or illness is skipped over in the batting and is not considered an out when his/her turn at bat arrives.

e. If the player is ejected from the game or leaves for reasons other than injury/illness, an OUT is recorded when his/her turn at bat occurs. An exception will be made only if the opposing coach agrees.

f. If a player arrives after the start of the game, the player will be added to the bottom of the batting order.

6. Pitchers/ Pitching

a. A pitcher and a catcher may not switch positions in the same inning, thus a pitcher may not play the catcher position after pitching and a catcher may not pitch after playing the catcher position in the same inning.

b. A game in which an ineligible pitcher is used is declared a forfeit.

c. Coach from Home Team is required to send/email both teams pitch counts to the Director of Baseball ASAP but no later than 12 hours after a game’s completion.

Official pitch counts and scores will be based on the Home Team scorekeeper’s book. Maximum number of innings pitched per week is 6 Innings.

d. Pitch count rules – Maximum of 6 innings pitched per week – Monday to Saturday

i. Pitch Rest – Age 9-10 - Max daily pitches 75

ii. 1-40 pitches – 0 Days rest

iii. 41-65 pitches – 1 Day rest

iv. 66+ pitches – 2 Days rest

v. Intentional Walks – The pitches may either be thrown or not, however the pitches count in the pitcher’s total pitch count for the game. It is acceptable to verbally declare the intention to walk a batter without throwing any pitches.

7. Playing Time Rules

a. For both the spring and fall seasons, a player cannot sit out a second time (unless disciplinary reasons/injured/sick) until all players have sat out at least one time per six (6) inning game. If your starting pitcher pitches FOUR complete innings, then they do not have to sit. If they do not complete FOUR innings, then they have to sit before someone sits twice. **Violation of this rule will result in a warning, 2nd occurrence will result in Head Coach suspension**

b. No player shall sit two consecutive innings.

c. Each team shall field 10 defensive players (four outfielders) if 10 or more players are present at the game.

d. You can’t start someone on the bench and bring them into pitch/play in the middle of an inning; that will not count as their sit time (unless they already sat a full inning earlier in the game) (unless: injury/sick)

8. Batting/Base Running Rules

a. ALL rostered PLAYERS present at a game will be included in the batting order.

b. Batting helmet face masks are recommended, especially for less experienced players, but NOT required.

c. There are NO slash bunts. Once a player squares to bunt, he/she can only take or bunt that pitch. Infielders may start on the grass or charge the plate at any time but coaches must use their utmost discretion on SAFETY when employing/directing such defense.

d. There is “No Must Slide Rule,” however head first slides while advancing to any base/home plate are HIGHLY discouraged. Head first slides retreating back to a base are allowed.

e. If a runner leaves the base early on a pitch where the ball is NOT put in play, the runner shall return to his/her previous base unless he/she is thrown out by the defense in which case the out stands.

f. If a player leaves the base early on a ball put in play, the following penalties apply based on the impact leaving early has on the play:

i. If the ball is fielded such that a force or tag out can be reasonably made, the runner that left early is OUT as are any other runners thrown/tagged out on the play.

ii. For base hits (1B, 2B, 3B, or inside the park HR), all players on base and the batter can only advance one base.

iii. For a HR over the fence, no penalty applies.

iv. Runner Retreat – Once a player stops his forward progress or retreats back towards a base with the defensive player in front of him with the ball, the play will be deemed dead, unless the defensive player is attempting to throw the ball or make a play. (If the runner retreats towards the base and the ball is being thrown to the pitcher, play is dead). Umpire’s discretion will be used on when  play is dead.

g. Infield fly IS in effect.

h. No balks are in effect.

i. No dropped 3rd strike.

9. Speed up rule

a. Speed up rule can be used. With 2 outs, and either the pitcher or catcher on a base, the offensive coach can exercise the speed up rule. The offensive coach may substitute the last batted out player as a substitute runner for the pitcher or catcher of the last inning. The offensive coach cannot use this rule for a new pitcher or catcher for the next inning being played.

10. Calling “Time Out”  Only the umpire can call “Time Out “Time” will be called by the umpire when, in his judgement, all offensive play has ended or when offensive/defensive players changes need to be made. Only head coaches may request a “Time Out” but cannot call “Time Out.” The umpire does not have to grant a “time out.” However, once a coach has been granted a “time out” then and only then can he/she enter the field of play. Coaches who violate this rule will be confined to the dugout for the remainder of the game. (note: the role of assistant coaches is limited to coaching their players and not appealing rules, etc.)

11. All other Cal Ripken Rules apply.


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