2022

FIELDS REQUIREMENTS(FR)

FR#1 - Distances:LEAD OFF(Broncos),BASES & PITCHING Mound

 

 Didget

 Bronco

 Pony

Lead Off 1st Base (Measured from inside edge 0f the first base bag)

  N/A

   8 ft

  N/A

 Pitching Mound (Measured from the front of pitchers mound to point in rear of home plate)

 42 ft

 48 ft

 54 ft

 Bases

 60 ft

 70 ft

 80 ft

 

FR#2 - GAME REQUIREMENTS

FR#2a - Field Preparation

Home team that DO NOT HAVE their fields ready to play within fifteen (15) minutes

of scheduled game time without a reasonable excuse are subject to the following:
1st Violation:

League President will contact town representative to discuss the complaint by the visiting team

and to discuss reason for delay and ensure that this does not happen in future
2nd Violation

Complaint will be referred to the Review Committee per Operating Rule #7 and Final Decision

may be a suspension of coach or forfeiture of game.

 

 

FR#2b - SOP for Games NOT starting on Time

Procedures for All Divisions

1 - If a game cannot start by the league's designated time (Regardless of reason, it will

     become the mutual decision of both coaches, to set a NEW reasonable start time

2 - That decision time MUST BE RECORDED ON BOTH TEAM'S SCOREBOOKS. and

     EACH COACH and the UMPIRE MUST SIGN BOTH SCOREBOOKS.

     This is the NEW agreed start time and No changes can be made after the 

     agreement has been signed.

2 - If a game CANNOT start at 2nd agreed set time then the team unable to play shall

     forfeited. 

 

 

FR#2c - Recordkeeping Requirements

Coach's Responsibilities:
Prior to start of game both score books MUST:

1 - Have the players complete name and shirt numbers recorded (NO abbreviations)

     Note: ORDER BY NAME LINEUP METHOD (OBN) is used by league for subtitution or batting 

     out of order decisions

2 -The use of an illegal player or ineligible player shall result in forfeiture of the game(s) the said player participated in. 
    The player becomes illegal or ineligible ONCE they have been placed in the official (home team) scorebook.

3 - Completion of game, both coaches MUST verify innings pitched by players on both teams, score

     of game and sign the opposing team's scorebook to make final results official.

4 - If a team or teams are using IPads then that MUST be indicated as part of the reporting requirements
5 - If signatures are not on BOTH scorebooks, then the home team's scorebook is considered the

     official record of the game in the event of any disputes.

 

FR#2d - Reporting Score

HOME TEAM COACH is required to:

1 - Report the score

2 - The innings Initails of Pitchers names that pitched

3 - Number of innings pitched by each pitcher

4 - If the the home team used an Ipad that MUST also be reported

5 - Get information reported by 2:00pm the day after the games was played or NOT played if postponed

     by weather

     Note: It is recommended that the visiting team coach verify the accuracy of reported information

     as soon as identified and contact league president with discrepancies before the next game is played.

 

 

FR#3 - LENGTH OF GAME

FR#3a - REGULAR SEASON 

RECOMMENDED THAT TIME LIMIT RULE BE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO

THE START OF A DIDGET GAME (BOD - Review Committee 6/24/09 - Clarification)

 

    Didget

    Bronco

  Pony

Start Times (Only moved with approval of League President)

   6:00pm

   7:45pm (estimated)

7:00pm

Innings 

        6

        6

    7

Mercy Rule

      N/A

    15 after 4

    10 after 5

15 after 5

10 after 4

Time Limit Rule

(BOD 4/15/18) - Starts when 1st batter gets into batters box and NO NEW INNING starts after 2 Hour Time Limit). The 2 Hour rule SUPERCEDES the Mercy Run Rule 

      N/A

     2 Hours

   N/A

Runs per Inning (Except for declared Open Inning)

       4 

       N/A

   N/A

TIME LIMIT RULE

Open Inning (BOD 2/1/14) - Games must be converted to an Open Inning (regardless of the inning) if possible before 7:30pm or 1 1/2 hours from start time - if after 7:30pm then the next inning is the Open Inning)

Applicable

       N/A

   N/A

(BOD 4/7/19)

NOTE: Team behind going into Open Inning will bat first in the top of the inning - if team takes lead then oppossing team will bat in bottom of inning

 Applicable

        N/A

   N/A

    
) -(see TIE game rules for Didget listed below)  

        

DIDGETS - Extended Game due to TIE
1.  Will have a four (4) run rule per inning, except for the last inning, which is considered an OPEN inning.
2.  If an inning is still in progress by the 7:30 end time, that inning will be completed.
     Rule #3 Approved by BOD 4-22-07     
3.  In the event of a TIE at the end of the agreed upon open inning, use the following rules:

     (BOD-Review Committee 6/24/09 - Clarification)
     All innings played to break a TIE will be OPEN INNINGS
     The 1st inning that is played to break a TIE  will have: 
     A) The player in the batting order who is listed PRIOR to the player scheduled to bat will start the inning on 2nd BASE
     B) All innings after the first inning to break a TIE will a have the designated player starting on 3rd BASE.
 Note: The Substitution rule can be used for the player starting on a base  - See Field Rule # 21

 

FR#3b - TOURNAMENT GAMES

(no time limit TOURNAMENT GAMES - All Divisions

(BOD - Review Committee 6/24 / Clarification)       

 

FR#4 - CRITERIA for an OFFICIAL Game             

 

   Didget

   Bronco

DIDGET and BRONCO DIVISIONS - Game is called for ANY REASON after 3 1/2 innings with Home team leading it is considered an "OFFICIAL GAME"

Applicable

Applicable

 

   Pony

 

PONY DIVISION - Game is called for ANY REASON after 4 1/2 innings with Home team leading it is considered an "OFFICIAL GAME"

Applicable

 

 

FR#4a - ADDITIONAL RULES GOVERNING OFFICIAL GAMES
1 - During regular Season if a game has exceeded the Official Inning Requirement and the

     inning is NOT complete, then the game reverts back to the previous completed inning and

     those results are considered OFFICIAL regardless of the current score.  


FR#5 - Information REGARDING UN-OFFICIAL GAMES      

1 -If a game is called, prior to becoming an OFFICIAL GAME the game will be canceled

    and replayed as a new game. 

2 - Innings pitched will NOT be assessed.

3 - Rescheduling of Un-Offical games MUST be approved by the League President.


FR#6 - RULES GOVERNING TOURNAMENT GAMES
1 - The game will be halted and play resumed at the next agreed upon scheduled time and

      game status remains the same. Rescheduling MUST be approved by League President

2 - Both teams MUST record (runners on base, score, pitch count etc)

3 - Game MUST resume exactly where it left off. If this cannot happen then the league President

     MUST be contacted ASAP to discuss.

                                                                 

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FR#7 - EQUIPMENT/ SAFETY

FR#7a - Safety Requirements, Equipment, & Uniforms

DIDGET - BRONCO - PONY:  SAFETY
Catchers will wear helmet, mask, chest protector, protective cup, and shin guards during games.  
BOD APPROVED (4/11/2010): Absolutely NO steal cleats that have BLADES will be allowed in league play.

Football cleats or a plastic cleat with metal piece on bottom that is flat is acceptable
 

Any player warming up a pitcher shall wear a protective mask - NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

BATTING HELMETS (Batters and Base Runners have two options of protective gear approved for league play)
Option 1 - Full helmet with face guards and double ear flaps

Option 2 - Chin Flap Guard (Towns will determine whether to allow their respective teams the use Chin Flap Guard)

(BOD Approved Option #2 on 3/21/21)

 

 

 

PITCHERS PROTECTIVE MASK

At  present time this NOT a mandatory piece of equipment for TriCo Baseball League.

(Is was agreed on by the BOD on 4/6/14): that if a team wished to use a Protective Pitcher Mask

for their players that would be acceptable.


BATS
Bats shall be not more than thirty-four (34) inches in length and not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter at the thickest point.

The bat may be made of metal and must be approved by a nationally recognized youth organization.

SHIRTS
Didget - Bronco: Shirt or jersey is required to have a number located on the back.
Pony: Players will wear full uniforms or jerseys and caps.  Numbers MUST be at least six (6) inches in height on the back of the shirt.

 

 

 

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MAXIMUM PITCHES BETWEEN INNINGS - (BOD APPROVED 4/15/12)
Maximum number of pitches between innings for returning pitcher is FIVE (5)

Maximum number of pitches for a new pitcher is EIGHT (8)


  

 

 

 

Rule #20 - Umpires and Strike Zone

Umpires
Home team will furnish two (2) umpires. 

One (1) may be from the visiting team if necessary.
Plate umpire MUST be a minimum of seventeen (17) years of age.
Review prior to start of game - Umpire's Information

General
Field shall be properly marked per Field Rule #15.
Baseballs of good quality shall be used in the game.


Strike Zone
DIDGET: From the batter's chin to shins (slightly above the ankles).

MUST remain from the outside to the outside of the plate, including the black border.
 

BRONCO and PONY: From the armpits (letters) to the top of the knee and from the outside to the

outside of the plate including the black border.

 

 

 

Rule #21 - Batting, Substitution Rules, Players on the Field, Extra Hitter, Designated Hitter

and ALL PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER BATTING

DIDGET
If a team has ten (10) players at the beginning of a game, the batting order MUST have ten (10) players.
If a team has ten (10) or more players able to play and does NOT bat ten (10), that team will be issued an OUT

for failing to bat ten (10).
If a team has ten (10) players and an injury reduces the team to nine or less players, the team will bat the number

of players in the field without being penalized an OUT.
If a team only has nine (9) players and has a player join the team after the game has started, the new player can

join the field immediately and is placed at the bottom of the batting order.

   If A Didget team ONLY has nine players for the game - they can play with nine WITH NO PENALTY OUT
 

Any of the original ten (10) players may be withdrawn from the game and re-enter once. 

When the player re-enters the game, the player MUST replace the person who was substituted for that player and

he MUST return to his original position in the batting order. 
The substitute player can enter the game twice. 

The second substitution must also be for the same player they substituted for the first time. 
In both substitutions, player MUST occupy the same position in the batting order as the original starting player.
A Starting pitcher may re-enter, but not as the pitcher.

BRONCO
Any of the original nine (9) players may be withdrawn from the game and re-enter once. 

When the player re-enters the game he MUST replace the person who was substituted for him, and he MUST

return to his original position in the batting order.
The ORIGINAL STARTING PLAYER can enter the game AGAIN (no double substitution)
In both substitutions, he MUST occupy the same position in the batting order as the original starting player. 
A starting pitcher may re-enter, but not as the pitcher.
A team failing to field nine (9) players at the agreed start time of the game shall forfeit the game.
If a team starts the game with nine (9) players and they lose a player during the game, they may finish the game with eight (8) players.


PONY (BOD Approved 1/27/08)

  • Any of the original nine (9) players may be withdrawn from the game and can re-enter again (no double substitution).


  • The re-entering player MUST replace the person who substituted for him, and MUST return to his original position in the batting order.


  • A team failing to field nine (9) players at the agreed start time of the game shall forfeit the game.

  • If a team starts the game with nine (9) players and they lose a player during the game, they may finish the game with eight (8) players.

 

 

SUBSTITUTION RULES (APPROVED BY BOD 4/12/15)

ALL OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SUBSTITUTIONS MUST REPORTED IMMEDIATELY AT THE TIME OF THE SUBSTITUTION

BOTH THE UMPIRE AND OPPOSITE TEAM COACH / BOOK KEEPER MUST BE NOTIFIED

Note: If an infraction is found there is no penalty other than the entry will count as part of the re-entry rule

Questions to this matter - contact League President

 

Clarification on Substitution Rule (6/18/18)

  • Once a player has substituted for another player those two players are joined (MARRIED)

  • together for the remander of the game and re-entry can ONLY OCCUR FOR THOSE 2 players

  • You cannot substitute a 3rd player into that spot.

  • Only as a result of injury can a 3rd player be placed into that substitution spot who has not been in the game

 

EXTRA HITTER BOD APPROVED (4/11/2010) EXTRA HITTER RULE (EH) for ALL DIVISIONS:

  • MUST be DECLARED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME.

  • Allows for an extra player to be added to the batting order (in addition to the number allowed as listed below for each division).

  • In electing the EH Rule it also allows any of the players listed in the batting order to play in the field without regard to substitution rules

  • The substitution rule will apply when another player is added to the batting order.

  • Once the EH Rule is DECLARED IT MUST BE USED THROUGHOUT THE GAME.

  • (only injuries as listed below may change that status). PITCHING RULES are STILL IN AFFECT

 

Designated Hitter

  • Can be used in the Bronco & Pony Divisions (NOT DIDGET DIVISION).

  • If the DH is used then the EH CANNOT be used.

  • If EH is used then DH CANNOT be used

 

BATTING ALL PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER  BOD APPROVED (3/21/21):

  • This is available in every division in the league

  • Towns will determine whether to allow their respective teams the option of allowing their teams to use the “bat every player on the roster”

  • Must be declared before the game

  • Can’t Change during a game

  • In event a player cannot bat in the part of the line-up then it will be handled as an “OUT” – No Exceptions

  • If a Courtesy Runner is needed for the Catcher then that will be the last batter called out

  • Substitution is free will between all the players on the roster

  • Note: This does not change requirements for pitchers

 

Rule #22 - Pitching Rules

REGULAR SEASON
All Divisions
Calendar Week Definition
:  Considered seven (7) successive days from MONDAY, 12:01am through SUNDAY, 11:59pm.

  • If a player delivers one (1) pitch or more in an inning, that player shall be charged with one (1) inning pitched.

  • A player who has been withdrawn as a pitcher, but stays in the game in another position

  • shall be permitted to return as a pitcher one time per game. 

  • A game in which an ineligible pitcher has been used in the rules described below, shall be declared forfeited. 

 

PLAYERS ON MULTIPLE ROSTER

  • Players are permitted to play on multiple rosters but ARE ONLY ALLOWED to pitch in one division the entire season.

  • This includes both regular season and league tournament.

  • Those players MUST be listed on the submitted roster at the 2nd Pre-Season meeting usually held in April



BALK RULE - Regular Season & Tournament Games
Coaches are required to review the balk rule with the umpire prior to the start of the game.
 

When a pitcher BALKS, the umpire shall call time out and ask the coach to come out to the mound

and explain to the pitcher what he is doing wrong.
1st Offense:  Warning
2nd Offense:  Balk is called and established baseball rules are followed.

This rule applies to every pitcher that appears in the game.

 

NOTE 1: Enforcement of Offense #2 is in affect for ONLY the Bronco and Pony Divisions

NOTE 2: Balk Rule for Didget Division will ONLY serve as a teaching event and NO runners will advance regardless of 

               how many may be called.

 

(APPROVED BY BOD - 2/4/6/14)

Trico League has adopted the following as a BALK

Movement by the pitcher to 3rd base then to 1st > is CONSIDERED A BALK.
 

Didget Division - Dropped Third Strike Rule
Dropped third strike by the catcher is considered an out.


                                                                                                        REGULAR SEASON GAMES


                                                                                                      DIDGET         BRONCO          PONY
Number of innings allowed to pitch in a game                             5                      6                      7
Number of innings allowed to pitch in a calendar week:             8                      9                    10


Rest Period Between Regular Season Games
DIDGETS and BRONCOS
: Two (2) days rest between pitching assignments in which a player pitches more than three (3) innings.

Each game in which a player pitches is considered an assignment.
PONY: Forty (40) hours rest between pitching assignments in which a player pitches more than four (4) innings.

Each game in which a player pitches is considered an assignment. 

Note: Players in the Tri-County Baseball League MAY PITCH in American Legion games WITH THE APPROVAL

 

of the Pony Player Parents and input from their Pony Coach. Primary focus is ALWAYS ON PROTECTING THE PLAYERS ARM.

5/25/2011 - League President, Ron Williams


 

                                                                                                       TOURNAMENT GAMES


                                                                                                      DIDGET         BRONCO          PONY
Number of innings allowed to pitch in a game                             5                      6                      7
Number of innings allowed to pitch in a calendar week:             12                  14                    16


Rest Period Between Tournament Games
DIDGET - BRONCO - PONY: Forty (40) hours rest between pitching assignments in which a player pitches

more than four (4) innings. Each game in which a player pitches is considered an assignment.

 

CLARIFICATION (BOD APPROVED 4/12/12)

If a Pony Player is asked to pitch at the American Legion level we suggest that both the Legion and Pony coaches

discuss what may be expected of that Pony Player (# innings etc) so an understanding can be established as to what may occur and its affect on the players arm.

We suggest that the player's parents are also part of the conversation.

The final responsibility falls directly unto the parents and what is allowed to occur or what restrictions may be asked of both coaches.

 

 

Rule #23 - Base Running

DIDGET

Players CANNOT lead off any base.

They can steal after the ball has crossed home plate.

 

Penalties: (BOD: APPROVED 2/1/14 the following change to Didget Base running rules)

If base runners leave a base before the ball crosses home plate the following will occur.

1st Offense - All runners will return to their origianl base and the pitch is considered a dead ball.

2nd Offense or more - If any runner leaves a base before the ball crosses home plate the player is called

OUT and the pitch is considered a dead ball. Other runners will return to their original base.

 

BOD: APPROVED 2/1/14 change to Didget Base running rules

ALL BASES ARE CLOSED (including Home Plate) on any balls that are being thrown back to the pitcher (umpire's discretion)

Only Home Plate is CLOSED on passed balls or wild pitches to home plate

If the defensive team makes a play on ANY base runner all bases including home plate will automatically become open.

 

BOD APPROVED (4/2/17) - All Divisions

Courtesy Runners are NOW ALLOWED for the CATCHER ONLY and cand only be a player that is currently

on the bench and NOT in the lineup

 

BRONCO

Base runners CANNOT lead off of first base past the marked eight (8) foot line. This is measured from the inside of the base.

Base runners are NOT allowed to move past the eight foot line until the pitcher makes a move to delivery a pitch to home plate.

Penalties:

1st Offense - All runners will return to their original base and the pitch is considered a dead ball.

2nd Offense - If a runner at 1st base crosses the line a second time during the game, the player is called OUT

and the pitch is considered a dead ball. Other runners will return to their original base.

Players can lead off of any other base without any restrictions.

 

PONY

Regular baseball rules apply.

 

 

Rule #24 - Slide Rule (ALL DIVISIONS)

CRASH RULE (Home Plate Only) - A baserunner must slide at home plate if a play is being made on him.

The plate umpire has the FINAL DECISION on whether there was a play being made on the runner.

PENALTY: Baserunner will be called out.

All umpire decisions are FINAL - NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

 

Rule #25 - Protests

A formal protest during the game can only be related to rules regulating the game - NOT UMPIRES ON-FIELD DECISIONS.

Steps for Protesting:

  • The protest must be made at the time of the infraction, to the plate umpire.

  • The plate umpire informs the opposing coach and scorekeepers that the game is played under protest.

  • All field conditions must be documented (ex: players in the field, pitch county,
    base runners, number of outs.)

  • Any manager, coach, or other adult that withdraws a team from the field, for other than safety reasons, prior to the completion of the game, shall forfeit all rights to a protest.

  • A written protest must be filed with the League's Review Committee within 24 hours, and prior to the start of the next game of both teams.

  • If the protest is upheld, the game shall be replayed from the point of the protested infraction, regardless of who won the original game.

  • If the protest is NOT upheld, the final results of the game remain official.

  • There can be no protest in any case of an umpire's judgment call.

 

 

Rule #26 - Penalties for ejection from the game of ball field or premises due to unsportsmanlike conduct

We expect excellent sportsmanship to occur during all Tri County League events. Sportsmanship includes many parts - attitude, intensity, commitment, and the way we interact with each other.

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL OF US - ESPECIALLY EXAMPLES SET BY COACHES AND PARENTS.

 

No coach, player, umpire, or fan shall engage in any grossly unsportsmanlike conduct, including, but not limited to: throwing equipment

use of profanity, arguing, yelling, or directing remarks to, or at any player, coach, or umpire during or after any Tri County Baseball League events.

 

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THE LEAGUE