WPYBLL Rules for 2017

Division Rules





General Rules

  • All players must play in their league-approved uniforms. No lettering or insignia may be placed on the uniforms without board approval. Each player must be in complete uniform (jersey and baseball pants), including mitt, in order to play. Caps should be worn at all times with bill of cap facing forward. Player will be allowed to play when missing a hat. No metal cleats are allowed.
  • Abuse of umpires by coaches, players, or parents is grounds for expulsion from the park after one warning by the umpire. Any coach, player, or parent ejected from a game by an umpire must serve a one-game suspension before returning to active status. A person serving a suspension is not allowed at the ballpark until the suspension is served.
  • A coach may suspend a player for one game for disciplinary reasons. Serious disciplinary problems will be referred to the Board for its decision, which may include suspension for the season.
  • All coaches, parents, and players are expected to adhere to the Sportsmanship Codes of Conduct available on the WPYBL website. The Board may suspend or expel any player, coach or parent for abuses of safety, sportsmanship and league rules.
  • Judgment calls of the umpire may never be protested. Only rule infractions having consequence to the playing and/or result of the game may be protested by a coach.
  • A coach must inform the umpire of his or her intention to protest immediately after the occurrence of the incident in question. A written protest must be sent to the Board prior to the start of the next game along with a $50 fee payable to the Warren Park Youth Baseball Program. If the protest is upheld, the fee will be refunded. It is the Board’s responsibility to decide what remedy is effective in a valid protest.
  • All divisions at WPYBL allow for a girl to have the option of subtracting one year from her age to play in a lower division.
  • An official game in Coach Pitch is three complete innings (2 1/2 if home team is ahead).
  • All games, without exception, must be suspended if there is thunder within 30 seconds from the sighting of lightning. The game then needs to stop until 15 minutes after the last such sighting of lightning. Players, coaches, and spectators must leave the field and get to the fieldhouse, into cars, or other safe areas. Staying at the field or in the dugout is unsafe, and therefore not acceptable.
  • If a game must be suspended because of weather, darkness, or some other reason, the game will continue from the point where the suspended game ended unless the game has become officially complete. When the game resumes, the original batting order must be maintained. Players in the original game who are not able to play in the resumed game will be taken out of the lineup. Players who were not at the original game but are able to play in the resumed game will be added to the bottom of the batting order. Farm players who played in the original game may only play in the resumed game if there are fewer than 10 players.
  • Because it is not possible to provide on-deck circles at the fields that safely separate the players from spectators, no player is allowed to swing a bat while waiting for his or her turn to bat. Players waiting to bat must remain in the dugout or position themselves behind the backstop fence near the dugout. Umpires will give one warning. A second violation will result in the player being called out at his or her turn to bat.
  • The manager of the winning team shall post the final score of the game on the WPYBL website within 24 hours. Any game in which the score is not reported within this time frame will be considered a tie.
  • Runners on base may not stomp feet or do cadence counting, clapping of the hands, or singing of songs with the obvious intent of distracting the pitcher. Umpires will give one warning. If noise continues, the baserunner will be called out.
  • Regular season standings and seeds for tournament are based on winning percentage, with ties counting as half of a win. The tiebreaker for identical records is first decided by results of head-to-head play. A tie in that category sends it to a run differential in head-to-head play. Another tie results in a coin toss officiated by the Division Coordinator.
  • For player to be eligible to play in the postseason tournament, he or she must have played in at least half of the team’s regular season games.


League Summaries


Tball/ Rookie

Coach Pitch

Minor

Major

Junior

Age

4,5,6

6,7,8

9,10

11,12

13,14,15

Innings

NA

6

6

6

7

Time limit
WITH  game after

1 hour

1 hr, 30 min.

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Time limit
NO game after

1 hr, 15 min.

1hr, 45 min.

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Bases

50’

50’

60’

70’

80’

Pitcher mound

30’

35’

44’

50’

54'

Mercy Rule

NA

10 @4

10@ 4

10@ 4

10@ 5

Max Bat Diameter

NA

2 ¼”

2 ¼”

2 5/8”

2 5/8”

Max  weight differential

none

none

none

none

none

Base stealing

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Lead offs

no

no

no

yes

yes

Dropped Third strike

no

no

no

yes

yes

Infield Fly rule

no

no

no

yes

yes

Max runs Per inning

NA

5

5

6

7

*The bases and pitchers mound are measured from the back point of home plate to the front of the pitchers mound. The distance for the bases is from the back point of home plate to the back corner of the base.

Bat Requirements:

We have adopted new 'bat drop' rules for the 2009 season. The drop of the bat is the difference between the length minus the weight. For example, if a bat is 33" long and it weighs 30 ounces, then the drop is -3.

Most bats are labled, but if you're purchasing a bat some subtraction may be required. Example: A bat 30 inches and 18 ounces or heavier is legal but a bat 30 inches and 17 ounces or lighter is not.

Bat Drop Rules by League:
TBall--no restrictions

Rookie and Coach Pitch:
Maximum 2-1/4 barrel...
NO max on drop.

Minor:
Maximum 2-1/4 inch barrel. Maximum drop -12.

Major:
Maximum 2-5/8 inch barrel. Maximum drop -3.

Baseball Glove Sizing Chart

Use the chart below as a general guideline for determining glove size.
Age Position Glove Size
5-6 General 10 to 10 1/2 (youth model)
7-8 General 10 1/2 to 11 (youth model)
9-12 General 11 to 11 1/2 (youth model)


- More Glove Buying Information Here

How to Measure Baseball Gloves
Fielders gloves and first base mitts are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove down the finger along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heal of the glove.

A flexible tape measure has to be used, not a stiff ruler. Measure from the highest point on the glove (normally the index finger). Lay the tape measure across the palm of the glove, so that it folds across and into the indenture, down to the heel of the glove.

Professional baseball has a 12 inch maximum height for a glove, although this rule has not been strictly enforced.

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