11U Rules

North Shore Baseball Association 11U Division Rules

Electronic Copy – Revision 1 (February 2017)

NOTE: These are the general rules for the 11U Division. When in doubt, always refer to the BC Minor rule book.

 

  1. SPIRIT OF THE GAME

Kids play baseball to have fun, and it must be our primary goal to make that happen. When they develop their skills and knowledge of the game and rules within this context, they will come to love the sport of baseball, and value the teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship that are an essential part of the game.

Coaches are asked to model exemplary sportsmanship and judgment at all times. While it is important that friendly competition be encouraged, for the enjoyment of everyone involved please:

    1. Allow all players to rotate through the ‘prime’ positions but move them if they struggle;
    2. Replace a pitcher that is unable to throw a reasonable number of strikes, no team wants to earn its runs walking and the pitchers have to learn that it’s ok to have an off day;
    3. Do not play too aggressively or pitch only your most dominant pitchers against a much weaker team; and
    4. Do not run up the score unnecessarily.

Please make it clear to your families that any player, coach, spectator or other person displaying poor sportsmanship shall be ejected from the game. Once ejected, the offending person must leave the park immediately or face further disciplinary action.

  1. SAFETY
    1. All players must wear a protective cup, regardless of gender, at all times. Mouth-guards are recommended to protect teeth and guard from concussion. No player is permitted to wear any form of jewellery.
    2. Personal batting helmets are strongly recommended for hygienic reasons.
    3. Back catchers shall wear full protective catchers’ gear including face-mask, throat mask, chest protector, shin and knee-pads regardless of whether they are warming up or playing the game.
    4. Players not occupying the positions of batter, runner or field shall remain in their dugout at all times.
    5. It is recommended that when Coaches act as a warm-up catcher for a pitcher, they should wear a protective mask. Coaches should attempt to have another player from the bench wear the catcher’s gear to warm up the pitcher.
  1. UMPIRES
    1. The home plate umpire is the ultimate authority during the game and will be treated with due respect and courtesy.
    2. No one, including all coaches, players and spectators, shall make any comment, directly or indirectly, to any umpire at any time. No coach shall indirectly try and change the call made by the umpire. Failure to abide by this may result in forfeit of game.
  1. START OF GAME
    1. The home team shall supply at least a home plate umpire and a first base umpire. Said umpires must be familiar with BC Minor rules and the rules contained herein.
    2. The home team shall be responsible for preparing the field of play and shall reside in the dugout adjacent to third base.
    3. The home team shall supply a minimum of two game balls to the umpire. Such balls will be returned at the end of the game.
    4. The home team shall provide the official scorekeeper and the visiting team will provide a scorekeeper. Their records shall match.
  1. GAME TIME
    1. Whereas it is acknowledged that the start of play begins upon the umpire declaring “play ball”, games shall begin promptly as scheduled.
    2. The umpire’s watch shall be deemed correct and will be the official timepiece for the game. If the umpire does not have a watch, the official scorekeeper shall keep the official time.
    3. Games shall last at least four (4) innings and not more than six (6) innings. Where the home team has recorded a greater number of runs scored, the second half of the last inning shall not be played.
    4. One-half inning shall be complete when either the defensive team records three (3) outs or the offensive team records five (5) runs. This rule holds true for ALL innings.
    5. Coaches should be in agreement and make this call: When in the umpire’s judgment, weather, darkness or similar conditions make further play impossible, the game will be resumed where it left of at a date agreed upon by both teams.
    6. The time limit for games will be one hour 45 minutes (105 minutes). That is, no new inning shall begin beyond that time except to play the fourth (4th) inning. For the purpose of this rule, a new inning shall be deemed to begin at the moment of the last out of the previous inning.
    7. To speed up the game, it is suggested that there be no infielder/outfielder warm up before an inning. The pitcher will take 5-6 warm up pitches only. When the last out is recorded, have your players hustle out to their positions and if catcher is not ready, have coach warm up pitcher.
  1. ROSTERS
    1. Both teams shall provide a written roster to the umpire and opposing team prior to the start of the game.
    2. Each team shall have a minimum of seven (7) players to start a game and a minimum of eight (8) players by the completion of the second inning. Failure to satisfy these conditions shall result in a game forfeit, and the score will be entered as six (6) to zero (0) against the forfeiting team. Agreement to continue to play shall not alter the application of this rule.
    3. If neither team is able to field a team, they may agree to replay the game at a later date as in a rain out situation.
    4. Where there are fewer than nine (9) batters then each vacant batter position up to and including the ninth (9th) batter shall be recorded as an out when that position is due to bat.
    5. All players shall bat in the order provided by the written rosters.
    6. The batting order shall not be altered except to delete a player who leaves the game due to injury or to add a player that arrives after the beginning of the game to the bottom of the roster. The home plate umpire and opposing team will be apprised of any changes to said roster during the course of the game.
    7. All players shall play in the field a minimum of one-half of the game as determined by whole innings in the field.
    8. It is recommended that players be rotated into prime positions, including pitcher, each game.
  1. COACHES
    1. Coaches shall not be present on the field of play except between innings, if time is called, or when they are occupying the position of first base or third base coach when his or her team is on offense.
    2. Coaches can approach the pitchers mound for discussion with the pitcher three (3) times per pitcher. However, on the third trip to the mound the pitcher must be pulled. Catchers may participate in the on-field discussion.
    3. Coaches shall remain in the coach’s box or pitching position, as appropriate, and may not interfere with any batted or thrown ball, or any batter or fielder. In the case of accidental contact, play will continue. Intentional contact may result in the coach being removed from the game at the umpire’s discretion.
    4. At least one adult shall remain in the dugout at all times.
    5. Coaches shall not stand behind home plate within or outside the backstop.
  1. PITCHERS
    1. Scorekeepers shall record the pitchers’ names, the number of pitches by each pitcher and the number of batters hit, by inning, by each pitcher.
    2. Any player may pitch. There is no limit to the number of pitchers that may be used in a game. Exception: Any player who has played the position of catcher for four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.
    3. A pitcher once removed from the mound, may not return as a pitcher. (Pitcher pitches the first inning, plays another position in the second inning, may not return to pitch for the rest of game).
    4. The pitcher must be removed when they reach the limit of pitches for their age group. Please go to BC Minor Baseball pitching rules (Rule 23).
    5. A first year player (Grade 4) MUST pitch at least 2 full innings. It does not have to be the same player for both innings. Should a team fail to satisfy this requirement during a game and/or playoff game, the result will be a forfeit.
    6. A pitcher who unintentionally hits three (3) batters in one inning or four (4) batters in a game, shall be replaced as pitcher. A pitcher who intentionally hits a batter shall be removed from the game.
    7. Balks shall be ruled a no pitch without effect on the batter’s count.
  1. HITTING
    1. Where an outfield perimeter line or fence exists, a ball hit beyond that line continuously in the air shall be deemed to be a home run.
    2. Where an outfield perimeter line or fence exists, a ball that goes beyond but not continuously in the air shall be deemed to be a two-base hit. If a defensive player touches the ball with the intent to propel it across the line, then the ball shall be live and runners may advance at their peril.
    3. All other balls hit fair shall be live and players may advance at their peril.
    4. Batters shall not advance to 1st base on a dropped third strike.
    5. Composite 2 ¼ allowed (Refer to BC Minor rules).
    6. Bunting is allowed in 11U Division. A bunt is considered as strike if missed or fouled. A batter that fouls a bunt on a strike 3 is out.
    7. Batter cannot run on a third strike dropped by the catcher.
    8. Catcher interference rule is in effect.
  1. RUNNING
    1. Runners may advance at their peril, either on a hit or stealing, only after the ball has crossed the front edge of home plate.
    2. There shall be no leading off of any base by any runner. The base umpire shall indicate an infraction of this rule by raising his or her arm.
    3. When a runner leads off and there is no hit, s/he must return to the original base. When a runner leads off and the ball is put into play, s/he will only advance when forced to by the batter reaching a base safely. Coaches should insure their players are aware that there are no lead-offs.
    4. Runners shall not advance after the pitcher has control of the ball on the pitcher’s mound.
    5. A runner who safely crosses first base shall not be tagged out unless s/he makes an intentional move toward second base. For further clarity, turning left does not automatically make the move intentional.
    6. A runner who interferes with the initial defensive player attempting to field a hit ball is out and the ball is dead. Each other runner may advance to the next base to which each s/he was running at his or her peril.
    7. If there is a legitimate opportunity to put the runner out at home plate, the runner must slide or be ruled out.
    8. No runner may slide headfirst except to return to the base previously occupied.
  1. FIELDING
    1. Fielders shall allow runners access to their respective bases unless they have possession of the ball.
    2. The infield fly rule is not in effect.
    3. Where a ball is thrown or rolls out of bounds, either in the infield or outfield, or is interfered with by any foreign object or person situated out of bounds, then the runners shall be awarded the base they were running to plus one (1) additional base from where they were when the overthrown ball was released.
    4. If the overthrown ball remains in the field of play, then the ball is live and runners may advance at their peril.
    5. If the ball is thrown beyond the outfield perimeter then the ball is dead and runners are awarded one additional base.
    6. Upon pitcher having control of the ball on the mound, the play is dead.
  1. PLAYOFFS
    1. All 11U teams compete in the playoffs.
    2. Playoff format is all teams divided into even pools, with top teams from each pool advancing to semi-finals, with the semi-final winners competing in a final game.
    3. A team’s competitor will be determined by the standings at the end of the regular season.
    4. Trophies or medals will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd place teams.

 

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