Youth Baseball - Single A Rules

Roster

  • There total number of players on a roster must be at least 9 and a maximum of 12.

  • Rosters should be completed prior to game time and a copy should be made for the opposing team head coach and score table.

 

Equipment

  • Each player will need a bat, helmet and glove.

  • Bat requirements and restrictions

    • Any sized bat that meets standard specifications can be used.  For the safety of all players, coaches from both sides should ensure proper bats are used. 

  • Helmet requirements and restrictions

    • All batting helmets are required to have a facemask attached.

    • Helmets must be approved for play in baseball – bicycle helmets or other helmets may not be used.

  • Real baseballs will be used in this division.

 

General Game Play

  • Outs will be made in this division and if a runner is tagged or there is a force out, that runner must return to the dugout.

  • When 3 outs are made the half inning will be over.

  • There is a maximum of 9 players allowed in the field at any given time.  This includes 4 infielders, 1 pitcher and 4 outfielders. 

  • Each player should play 1 inning in the infield before the end of the 3rd inning.

  • No coaches are allowed in the field of play with the exception of the pitching coach and catching coach when their team is batting.

  • For both fielding and batting, coaches may stand outside the dugout to give players instruction as long as the coaches stay against the fence/dugout as much as possible and do not interfere with live plays.  Coaches must stay within the boundaries of the dugout and may not “roam” to different parts of the field.

  • There is no player catcher in this division and the hitting team should provide a coach as a catcher. 

 

 

Batting

  • Batting orders will be set prior to game play and will be established by each head coach. 

  • Coaches should provide batting lineups to the game official and opposing head coach prior to the start of the game.

  • This is a coach pitch division.  All batters will have a maximum of 6 pitches to hit from their coach or 3 swinging strikes before being out. On the 6th pitch, the player must swing and make contact with the ball or they will be called out.

  • A player may have unlimited foul balls on the 6th pitch.

  • When hitting, all balls must pass the line in front of home plate in order to be considered fair and in play.

  • Players should not throw bats after a hit is made.  It is important at a young age that the players learn this for the safety of all involved.  Please encourage players to place bats down after hitting.

  • All players on the roster, regardless of whether they played the field, will be included in the batting lineup.

 

 

Base Running

  • After hitting the ball, the player should put the bat down, not throw it, and run to first base. 

  • Base runners may advance as many bases as they can until the ball is possessed and controlled by an infielder in the infield, however, any base runners will continue to be live until a runners reaches a base or they are tagged or forced out. 

  • Base runners may not advance any additional bases once the ball is possessed and controlled by an infielder in the infield.

  • In the event of an overthrow, base runners may advance only 1 base past the base where the play Is at, however, base runners will be live during this time and may be tagged or thrown out.

  • Base runners may only advance 1 base on an overthrow per live play.  If another overthrow is made trying to get a runner out in the same live ball situation, the runner may not advance any additional bases.

  • Base runners will remain on the base and may not lead off before the ball is hit.

 

Fielding

  • All players must play at least 1 inning in the infield by the end of the 4th inning. 

  • There is a maximum of 9 players allowed in the field at any given time.  This includes 4 infielders, 1 pitcher and 4 outfielders. 

  • Players should not sit out for more than 1 full inning during the course of the game.

  • Outfielders must be in the outfield prior to every pitch (grass).

  • Outfielders cannot make an out at a base by running it in from the outfield, they must throw it in.

 

Pitching

  • This division requires all pitchers to wear either a fielding mask or a batting helmet with a face mask when playing the pitcher position.

  • The pitcher should be placed on either side of the coach pitcher and should be at least 1 step behind the coach to avoid interference. 

  • Coaches who are pitching must not interfere with the player pitcher at any time and should do their best to avoid contact with all plays on the field.  Umpires will have discretion to call interference in the event that the Coach pitcher interferes with the player pitcher or other players making a play on the ball.  If an umpire calls interference, the batter will be out.

  • Coaches must pitch from the rubber or the line marked on the field.

  • In the event that a ball is hit back to the coach pitcher and it hits the coach pitcher, the play is dead and the pitch will be considered a no-pitch.

 

Game Length

  • Each game will consist of 7 innings or with a time limit of 60 minutes, whichever comes first.  Any inning that is being played must be finished, regardless of whether or not time has expired, as long as the home team is not leading. 

  • If the home team is leading at the bottom of the 7th inning or in the last inning as time has allowed, the game will be over.

  • New innings may not be started after time has expired.