NORTHWEST BERGEN BASEBALL LEAGUE
ALLENDALE, GLEN ROCK, HO-HO-KUS, MIDLAND PARK, SADDLE RIVER UPPER SADDLE RIVER, AND WALDWICK
NOTE: Except as specifically amended in the Local Rules and Interpretations or in this Appendix, the Pony League (which is for 7th and 8th graders and freshman not playing high school baseball) will be governed by the 2011 National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Associations Baseball Rules Book.
- The maximum barrel diameter is 2 5/8 inches. The maximum length/weight differential for 2 5/8 inch barrel bats will be MINUS 5.
- All 2 5/8 aluminum, composite and 2-piece (aluminum/composite) bats must meet the BBCOR certification standards OR the USSSA Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 and clearly display a BBCOR or BPF 1.15 logo (see images below).
- 2 1/4 inch diameter aluminum bats are permitted without any limitation on length/width differential.
- 2 ¼ inch Composite bats are permitted only when approved specifically by Little League Baseball. Lists of approved bats are regularly updated and available from the official Little League organization website at http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbatssmall.htm. Maximum length is 33 inches. There are no restrictions on weight/length differential.
- Wood bats of any dimension are permitted.
BATTER’S BOX – A strike will NOT be automatically charged to batters that leave the batter’s box in violation of Rule 7-3-1 (page 46). However, an umpire has the discretion to call a strike if in his judgment the batter is unnecessarily delaying a game.
DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENTS – Unless accomplished as part of a pitching change, defensive positions are NOT to be changed in the middle of an inning.
FIELD DIMENSIONS – listed below are the proper field dimensions in feet. In all cases, the distances are measured from the rear point of home plate (closest to the catcher). The distances for first and third base are measured from home plate to the rear of each base (closest to the outfield). The distance to second base is measured from home plate to the center of the base. The pitching distance is measured from home plate to the front edge of the pitching rubber.
Pitching Rubber 1st & 3rd 2nd base
60 ft. 6 in. 90 127 ft. 3 in.
The Rindlaub Field will be eligible for use for regular season play but not for playoffs.
- Maximum pitches – the following restrictions are intended to protect pitchers’ arms. Pitchers will be subject to DAILY and WEEKLY limits on the number of pitches “IN ALL LEAGUES” IN WHICH THEY PARTICIPATE (Pony, travel, club, school leagues, etc.). Players, parents, and coaches are required to communicate accurate information regarding innings pitched to their coaches.
i) Weekly maximum – For the purposes of this rule, the week begins on Sunday morning and ends on Saturday night. Pitches accumulated in a contest declared “no game” WILL count toward a pitcher’s weekly maximum. The maximum number of pitches allowed per week is 125. If a pitcher reaches the 125 pitch maximum in the middle of an at-bat, he may finish pitching that batter and must then be replaced.
ii) Daily maximum –From ALL LEAGUES cumulatively, players may pitch a maximum of 75 pitches in a single day. If a pitcher reaches the 75 pitch maximum in the middle of an at-bat, he may finish pitching to that batter and must then be replaced.
iii) Pitching on Consecutive Days – A Player is NOT permitted to pitch on three (3) consecutive days under any circumstances.
- Days of Rest –
A player who has pitched will be required to take days of rest as follows:
· Less than 21 pitches no days rest required
· 21-45 pitches 1 days rest required
· 46-60 pitches 2 days rest required
· 61-75 pitchers 3 days rest required
- Balks – 1 balk warning per pitcher per game.
- 9th Graders – are not eligible to pitch.
- Violations: Each violation of this rule will result in the player being prohibited from pitching in two consecutive League games involving his team. During each game, it is the responsibility of the both head coaches to monitor the number of pitches by each pitcher and to discuss, in good sportsmanship, any potential pitching rules violations. If an opposing head coach believes a pitcher is attempting to pitch more than is permitted under League rules, he/she must request that the umpire check with the other head coach PRIOR to that player pitching any further. Only head coaches are allowed to request that umpires suspend the game temporarily to discuss a potential pitching violation. If a pitcher is used in a manner that exceeds what is permitted and then it is discovered afterwards, the umpire will prohibit the pitcher from being used for the remainder of the game, but any result from previous pitching will stand “as is”. IMPORTANT NOTE: In an effort to prioritize safety above all else, it is expected that coaches, parents and players will be vigilant about adhering to pitching rules, inclusive of non-league innings pitched. Any coach, parent or player who violates the rules will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the league commissioners.
PLAYER PARTICIPATION – Every player MUST sit out one (1) inning before any player sits out a second inning, unless the coach is disciplining the latter player. HOWEVER, due to the eligibility of pitchers to pitch up to 75 pitches, if a player sits out a second inning before an active STARTING pitcher has sat out at least one inning there is no violation of this rule. However, in the case where any player would be required to sit out more than one (1) inning before a pitcher has sat out one (1) inning the following rules will apply:
- Once a STARTING pitcher is relieved he must immediately satisfy the “sit out” rule. If he is relieved with less than two (2) outs, sitting the remainder of the inning will satisfy the requirement. If there are two (2) outs when relieved, the pitcher must sit out the next full inning.
- If a working RELIEF pitcher does not sit out one inning before he starts to pitch, and all of his teammates sit out at least one inning before he stops pitching, the RELIEF pitcher must sit out immediately after he stops pitching. If he stops pitching with less than two (2) outs, sitting the remainder of the inning will satisfy the requirement. If there are two (2) outs when relieved, the pitcher must sit out the next full inning.
- However, if a working RELIEF pitcher does not sit out one inning before he starts to pitch, and any of his teammates has sat out, or would be required to sit out, a second inning prior to end of the seventh inning of a game, the RELIEF pitcher must sit out the seventh inning of such game. However, if the game is shortened by darkness or inclement weather, the fact that a RELIEF pitcher has not sat out a required inning shall not be deemed a violation of this rule.
Example 1: Player A enters as a RELIEF pitcher in the 3rd inning after playing in the field in innings 1 and 2. While Player A is pitching, all of his teammates are required to sit out at least one inning. If Player A is relieved before the end of the sixth inning, he MUST sit out immediately.
Example 2: Player A enters as a RELIEF pitcher in the 3rd inning after playing in the field in innings 1 & 2. Another player on Player A’s team has sat out more than 1 inning or will sit our more than 1 inning if Player A continues to pitch. If the game reaches the 7th inning, Player A MUST sit out the 7th inning in order to avoid a violation of this rule.
Example 3: Player A enters as a RELIEF pitcher in the 2nd inning after playing in the field in inning 1. Another player on Player A’s team sits out a second inning while Player A is pitching. The game is stopped after 6 innings due to darkness and Player A did not sit out his required innings. This is NOT a violation of this rule because the Player would have had the opportunity to sit out the 7th inning if the game had been completed.
Mercy Rule – a 10 run mercy rule will be in effect following a game becoming an “official” game (i.e 5 innings if visiting team is winning and 4 and ½ innings if home team is winning).
Reporting Scores and Pitch Counts: Following EACH game, the HOME team reports the score via the website and BOTH coaches enter pitchers used and number of pitches for each pitcher via the website. All scores and pitch counts are expected to be reported on the same day, but no later than 24 hours following the end of the game.
Website address: http://www.leaguelineup.com/schedules.asp?url=nbbl
Issues Resolution Process:
- Coaches are strongly encouraged to resolve issues arising before, during and after games with a spirit of sportsmanship consistent with a recreation level league. As stated in the League’s general rules, the primary purpose of recreational baseball is to teach baseball skills and good sportsmanship. Games, as well as practices, are to be used for this purpose. UNDUE PRESSURE TO WIN IS DETRIMENTAL TO THIS OBJECTIVE. Both players and parents are to be monitored in this regard.
- In that light, coaches ARE EXPECTED TO ALWAYS inform opposing coaches that they are in danger of violating a league rule, especially when the safety of players is at risk (e.g. pitching violations, non-allowed bats), BEFORE the violation occurs so that it can be avoided. If a violation of a league rule is discovered afterwards, both coaches and the umpire will prohibit the violation from being continued or repeated for the remainder of the game, but any results from before the violation was discovered will stand “as is”.
- Protests – Protests are highly discouraged by the League Directors as it is believed that the players should be “playing the games”, not the coaches and league directors in discussions over rules violations. Coaches should endeavor, in good sportsmanship, to settle all disputes amicably as quickly as possible to allow games to continue in a timely manner and without compromising the above stated primary purpose of recreation baseball or in any other manner violating their town’s Code of Conduct.
- Protest Process – In the unfortunate event that a Coach feels an issue was not resolved adequately during a game, he/she may submit a protest to the League Directors for consideration. To protest a game, the protesting Coach MUST take each of the following steps for the protest to be considered by the League Directors:
- Inform the home plate umpire and opposing head coach of the protest and the reasons for the protest PRIOR to the next pitch following the incident triggering the protest.
- Submit a detailed, written explanation regarding the protest within 24 hours of the end of the game during the regular season and by the end of the same day as the game during the playoffs via email to the League Directors. Only the head coach may submit the protest.
- Request contact information for the home plate umpire to be included in the report from 4b above and that the home plate umpire also provide a detailed report via email or phone to the League Directors within 24 hours.
The opposing head coach, may at his/her option, submit relevant information in writing regarding the protest via email to the League Directors. That information must be submitted within 24 hours of the end of the game to be considered by the League Directors.
Any other input from coaches, assistant coaches and the umpires will be sought directly by the League Directors at the discretion of League Directors. Players, Parents and any other spectators should NOT be involved in the protest process and will only be contacted at the discretion of League Directors.
- Protest Review Process – League Directors will give careful consideration to all protests and will issue any rulings as quickly as possible and those rulings will be FINAL. Coaches are expected to treat League Directors, all of whom are volunteers, with the utmost respect and, at all times, consistent with their town’s Code of Conduct or be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
- Playoffs – Following the end of the regular season, single elimination playoffs will be held. EVERY team will make the playoffs and play at least one game. Seedings will be based on a points system. In an effort to encourage teams to makeup and play as many games as possible, we will implement a 3-2-1 points system to determine standings. Three (3) points will be awarded for a win, two (2) points for a tie and one (1) point for a loss. If one team is making an earnest effort to make up a game but his opponent is not, the commissioners of the 3 towns not involved shall set a reasonable date for the game to be played. If the 2 teams are from the same town, than that towns’ commissioners will set a date for a makeup. If one team refuses to play, a forfeit (3 pts) will be awarded to the other team. If it is determined that neither team is interested in playing, then no points will be awarded to either team. In the event of a tie, Head-to-Head record will be the first tie-breaker. Second tiebreaker would be based on a coin toss conducted by the League Directors.