Local Tee Ball Rules -Spring 2013
1 The emphasis of t-ball is on instruction and having fun! Good sportsmanship will be stressed. Any questions involving any rules, behavior, etc. should have this as the foundation of that discussion!
2 Little League Rules will govern all play unless stated otherwise in these local rules.
3 There will be no paid umpires. The defensive team shall furnish the umpire for their ½ inning. This umpire may be a parent, manager or coach. They should be familiar with the local T-Ball rules. Umpire calls should not be disputed or argued at any time. Managers should collectively discuss any rule clarification issues.
4 Each game will be 5 innings or 1 hour 15 minutes whichever occurs first. No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 10 minutes.
5 An “official” score will not be kept.
6 All players will bat in every inning.
7 All players are allowed to play defense (max. 5 infielders). Extra players must play outfield and outfielders must be positioned in the outfield grass. Catchers are not allowed.
8 Each player must play the outfield at least once during the game.
9 Teams must bat in a consecutive order. All players shall bat in each inning.
10 If a player becomes unable to bat because of sickness or injury, his place will be skipped in the batting order and no out will be recorded.
11 Any player arriving for a game after the game has started should be placed at the end of the batting order.
12 Players must be rotated on the field. No players may play the same position more than twice in a game.
13 The defensive team is allowed two coaches in the outfield.
14 All Players will hit from the tee. There will be no pitching from coaches. No strikeouts.
15 Coaches will not position a batter’s stance in the batter’s box in order to gain an advantage over the defensive team, i.e. all batter’s feet should be pointed toward home plate.
16 On deck batters are not allowed on the field.
17 All batters and base runners shall wear helmets.
18 Players will not throw the bat. There will be 1 warning only. The second offense on the same individual batter will result in that player being called out, removal from the base and returned to dugout – other runners shall return to their original base positions.
19 Runners will advance 1 base with each batted ball.
20 The pitcher may not make an unassisted out at 1B, 2B or 3B. They must make a throw to the bag.
21 First base outs are made by a ball thrown to the first baseman. The exceptions to this are: a) first baseman fields the ball and tags the bag or the runner; b) First baseman fields the ball and throws to any other player covering the bag.
22 The pitcher may make no more than two unassisted force outs at home plate in an inning.
23 An outfielder may not make an unassisted out at any base. Should this happen, call time and explain to the outfielder how they should throw the ball to a base. Do not record an out and leave the runner on base.
24 If there is a play at home plate, the player MUST slide. Failure to slide at home plate when there is a play on (throw is made and player is covering) will result in the player being called out.
25 Home team lines the field. Pitcher’s circle is 10’ diameter – use string provided. Visitor team rakes the field after the game – pay particular attention to filling in any holes around the infield.
26 Both teams are responsible for cleaning up their dugouts and the field area. Ask players and parents to help. Help keep our park clean!