Jr. Rookie (9U)



Rules


Jr Rookie Rules

Scores will not be kept

 

Defensive Positions:

Player will be placed in the following defensive positions 1st - 2nd - 3rd - SS - CF - LF - RF. Each team has 9 players on it, if every player shows up place an extra child in the infield between 1st / 2nd base or the outfield. A parent can take the catcher's position, 

Rotate Positions:

Participants will rotate one defensive position every other inning.

Everyone Bats:

The offensive team will bat every participant, there is no 3 “outs”. The last hitter can (coaches discretion) clear the bases as if they’ve hit a home-run. Once each participant has batted the teams will switch (unless less than 10 minutes left for time). Helmets are mandatory. 

"Outs": 

"Outs" will be called (eg. thrown ball beats the runner to first base, runner is tagged when not on a base, etc.). The participant that is "out" will just return to the end of the batting line-up 

Helmets:

Helmets are mandatory for all hitters, on-deck batters, base runners and during practice activities that involve batting.

Maximum # of Pitches Per Batter:

In order to keep the game moving along, each batter will receive a MAXIMUM of 5 pitches from their coach, It is recommended that coaches pitch from a kneeling position and pitch overhand at the coach's discretion. Based on the participant’s ability, coaches may pitch underhand. If they have not made contact after 5 swings, a ball will be placed on a batting Tee for them to hit, no exceptions. TEE Placement - Most Tees are made incorrectly, with the ball in the middle of the plate. The ball should be placed on the front of home plate, so the batters are hitting the ball out in front of the plate.

Stealing / Advancing on Overthrows / Lead-offs:

Participants are not allowed to steal bases, advance on overthrows or lead-off. Players can only leave their base once the batter has made contact with the ball.

Extra Base Hits:

If a player hits the ball far enough and is able to get a double, triple or homerun they are encouraged / allowed to, with the base runners in front of them also advancing. Once the play stops, celebrate / acknowledge the great hit by the batter.

Mandatory Equipment:

ALL players must have the following

    • Protective cup (Male and female)

    • Double eared batting helmet with chin strap.

    • Glove

    • Proper foot wear Running shoes / Cleats (absolutely no metal).



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