Baseball Rules

Revised – September 5, 2019

These rules are for clarification or to note exceptions to CIF rules.

CIF rules apply to any situation not included here.


  1. Elementary games will be 6 innings or 1ó hours. Junior high games will be 7 innings or 1 hour, 45 minutes.
    No new inning may start after the time limit. There is no time limit on the championship games. Time limits
    remain in effect for all other playoff games, but additional innings shall be played beyond the time limit to break a tie.
  2. All games must end on a completed inning unless the home team is ahead. If time expires in the middle of an inning, that inning must be completed. In the event of darkness or rain, the score will revert back to the last completed inning.
  3. Tie scores will cause extra innings only if the time limit allows.
  4. In all elementary divisions, there will be free substitution in the field.
  5. In all junior high divisions regular substitution rules will apply. The reentry rule will be in effect.
  6. Underhand divisions may play with up to 10 fielders. All other divisions will play with 9. A team must have 8 players to continue a game.
  7. If one team scores 10 runs in an inning, that half of the inning will be over. The only exception is the last inning.
  8. Mercy Rules:
    Elementary: 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings.
    Junior High: 15 runs after 4 innings, 10 runs after 5 innings.
  9. There may be no questioning of an umpire’s strike zone.
  10. If any coach, manager, or other non-player in the bench or dugout area is ejected, the game is immediately declared a forfeit. If that individual is an adult, they must leave the premises immediately. If the ejected individual is not an adult, they should be moved away from the field, under the supervision of a responsible adult. The game will not continue, even as a practice game. No exceptions!


  1. Bat diameter:
    All junior high divisions may not exceed 2 5/8”, 34”, no more than a drop -5.
    All elementary divisions may not exceed 2 5/8”, 32”, no more than a drop -10.
  2. Distance between bases shall be 60’ for all elementary divisions, 75’ for all Junior High divisions.
  3. The pitching rubber will be 55’ for junior high divisions, 46’ for elementary A divisions, and 40’ for elementary B divisions.
  4. Home team is responsible for the official scorebook and scorekeeper.
  5. Each team must provide two new game balls to the umpire prior to the game.
  6. All divisions use a 9” Little League (hard) baseball.
  7. Catchers must wear a protective mask and helmet in all divisions. Catchers are required to wear shin guards and chest protectors in all overhand leagues.
  8. Each player must have jerseys of the same color, shorts/pants of the same color, and matching socks. All uniforms must have numbers, at least 4” high, on both the front and back. Any player not in a full, complete uniform may not play. No exceptions!
  9. Metal or detachable cleats may not be worn. Rubber (molded) cleats are permissible.
  10. There is no restriction at all about what type of glove can be worn at any position.
  11. The minimum size of the field to host home games will be 150’ foul lines.
  12. Jewelry may not be worn. It is not acceptable to place tape over jewelry. Players wearing any jewelry (covered or not) may not participate. No exceptions!


  1. In all elementary divisions, the team with the fewest number of players must bat everyone. The other team has the option of batting the same amount or their entire lineup. Players not in the batting line-up may be substituted into the batting line-up, however, the replaced player is out of the batting line-up for the rest of the game.
  2. Junior High divisions may use a designated hitter (DH). Refer to CIF rules for substitutions and changes.
  3. A player leaving early will be charged an out when his spot in the line-up comes unless there is an available substitute. Succeeding times this spot is skipped and no out is charged. This rule does not apply when a player is injured.
  4. Batting helmets are mandatory for batter and base runners and student base coaches. A player who intentionally throws a helmet off while running will be automatically out. Other runners may continue to advance at their own risk.
  5. Players must slide into home if a play at the plate is imminent. Failure to do so results in the runner being declared out.
  6. Flagrant contact at any base will result in the player being ejected from the game.
  7. Any player who throws the bat will be given a warning. The second time he will be called out.
  8. There will be no dropped third strike rule. If the 3rd strike is dropped or missed by the catcher, the runner is out and may not advance to first base.


1. In all elementary divisions, pitchers are limited to nine outs per game. In junior high divisions, pitchers are limited to twelve outs per game. A pitcher who is replaced may not return in the same inning. He may return in following innings as long as he has outs remaining.