All Leagues

Updated Tuesday January 3, 2017 by Brookwood Athletic Association Baseball & Softball.

ASSOCIATION RULES

General Rules

Cancellation of games due to bad weather will not be made prior to three (3) hours before game time, and in some cases, may be made as late as game time. Make up games will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

The home team will furnish an adult (19 or older) scorebook keeper for each game who shall be the official scorebook keeper. The visiting team will be responsible for supplying an adult (19 or older) to be in charge of the scoreboard.

The use of any tobacco product is prohibited in the dugouts or on the playing field.

One (1) umpire is furnished for Tee Ball and Pee Wee. Two (2) umpires will be furnished for Minor and higher leagues.

Any call by an umpire that is solely a matter of judgment and does not involve a rule interpretation is final.

Any protest will require a fee of $100, which will be refunded if the protest is upheld. All protests must be made in writing. Protests and fees must be presented to BAAB within 24 hours. No judgment call by an umpire may be protested.

Any manager, coach, player, or parent who is ejected from a game must immediately leave the playing field and proceed to the parking lot. That person will not be allowed in the dugout or on the playing field for at least a one game suspension (the next game). All ejections will result in a review with the BAAB board within 24 hours to determine if further action is required.

All players, managers, coaches, and parents are responsible for picking up and disposing of all trash in the dugout and spectator areas of the field after every practice and game.

Equipment Rules

Each team will furnish the umpire one (1) new, league approved, baseball appropriate for each game.  Each team should also have two (2) additional balls in good condition available if needed.

Players must furnish their own bats and batting helmets (with face mask for all age groups except Colt and GGBL), both of which must comply with league standards.

Bats

1.10  2 3/4” Barrel Bats:
All 2 ¾” barrel bats are prohibited.

Illegal Bat Penalty:
A batter who uses an illegal bat shall be called out and all runners shall return to the bases occupied by them at the time such batter took his position in the batter’s box if protested by the opposing team manager prior to the first pitch to the next batter. A batter uses a bat when he takes the first pitch from a pitcher during any time at bat. The bat becomes illegal when the batter receives the first pitch during his turn at bat. He does not have to hit the ball. Batter will be called out and any runners must return to the base they occupied prior to the first pitch to the batter.

1.10–(a) All 2 ¼” bats will meet the following specifications:
ALL 2 ¼” BATS
(1) 2 ¼” wood bats are approved for play in all age divisions.
(2) 2 ¼” barrel non-wood bats which are manufactured to achieve a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less through the life of the bat are approved for play. They need to have the 1.15 stamp. Non-wood bats include aluminum/metal alloy bats and bats made with composite materials.
(3) All 2 ¼” composite and alloy/aluminium barrel bats manufactured by a licensed bat company which are clearly stamped “BPF 1.15” will be legal for league and tournament play if it has manufacture date stamp of 2011 or later.
(4) Wood bats do not have to bear any markings.
(5) Any bat stamped for T-Ball cannot be used in games played in the AA, AAA, Majors or “O”Zone divisions due to the manufacturing standards for such bats.
(6) All bats shall not be less than 25” nor more than 33” in length. (Exception: 24” bats may be used in Peanut play only).
(7) The handle of any bat may have a gripping material not to exceed 16” from the knob.
(8) The handle of wood bats shall be no less than 7/8” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter and the barrel no more than 2¼” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter.
(9) A wood bat must be a safe, solid, one-piece, rounded stick of flame treated or natural finish, hardwood construction.

COMPOSITE BATS
(1) All 2 ¼” composite barrel bats manufactured by a licensed bat company which are clearly stamped “BPF 1.15” will be legal for league and tournament play if it has a manufacture date stamp of 2011 or later.
(2) 2 ¼” composite barrel bats manufactured by a licensed bat company which does not have a “BPF 1.15” will not be legal for league and tournament play.
(3) The handle of composite bats shall be no less than ¾” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter and the barrel no more than 2¼” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter.
(4) A composite bat must be a safe unit of multi-material construction.

ALUMINUM / METAL ALLOY BATS
(1) Newly manufactured aluminum/metal alloy 2 ¼” bats are required to have “BPF 1.15” stamped on the bat. Older aluminum/metal alloy 2 ¼” bats which do not have the BPF 1.15 stamp on the bat are allowed if stamped approved for play in Little League or Dixie Youth Baseball®.
(2) The handle of aluminum/metal alloy bats shall be no less than ¾” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter and the barrel no more than 2¼” plus/minus 1/32” in diameter and may be made with composite materials.
(3) An aluminum/metal alloy bat must be a safe, one- or two-piece construction of hollow aluminum, metal alloy or magnesium.
(4) Aluminum/Metal Alloy bats with “plugged” barrel ends must be manufactured so that the rubber, vinyl or other type “plug” is mechanically and permanently affixed to the bat.
(5) The knob on the handle of an aluminum/metal alloy bat must be permanently attached.
(6) The term “one-piece construction” shall be defined to include the permanently affixed plug and attached knob described above for aluminum/metal alloy bats.
1.10(b)– 2 5/8” Barrel Bats
Subject to restrictions by local league or state organizations, 2 5/8” barrel bats are legal in all leagues of BAAB Baseball if they have a BPF 1.15 stamp on the bat. Note: If a 2 5/8” barrel bat is a -3, the BBCOR certification must be stamped on the bat.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2018, all 2 5/8” bats and 2 ¼” bats must meet new performance standards established by USA Baseball, the national governing body of amateur baseball in the United States.

Catchers
All catchers must wear a chest protector, protective helmet with mask and throat guard, shin guards, and protective athletic cup.  A throat guard is required for all types of catcher’s helmets, excluding the “hockey-style” helmets.

All players must wear a team approved uniform and cap for all games. No player may wear metal cleats (except Colt or GGBL players) or jewelry.

All offensive players leaving the dugout for the field area must be wearing a helmet and must continue to wear the helmet until they are back in the dugout.

Managers/coaches (home and visitor) of the final game or practice each day are responsible for the return of the scoreboard control console, any field equipment, and pitching machines to the storage rooms located in the concession stands. Home team managers/coaches are responsible for mound maintenance after the final game of the day.

Helmets and Facemasks - Peanut through Pony League


In the Peanut, Tee Ball, Pee Wee, Minor, Major, and Pony Leagues, batters must wear an approved batting helmet with a facemask. Chin straps are optional. In the Colt League the face mask is optional.

Manager Certification
Every manager must attend a baseball/softball coach’s certification clinic by the start of the regular season in order to remain eligible to coach.  It is recommended that all coaches attend these clinics as well.

If a manager does not fulfill the above requirement, they will not be approved by the BAAB Board as a manager or coach the following season.

BAAB will provide opportunity to attend a clinic sponsored by BAAB each year.  Generally, the clinic will be held before the regular season starts.

Playing Rules

Age Division Time Limit Max Innings   Scoring Limits Bat Slinging Rule
Tee Ball 55 minutes 5 innings Innings 1-4 = 5 runs
Inning 5 = 10 runs
Inning 6 onward = 5 runs
Player
Pee Wee 1 hour 15 mins 5 innings Innings 1-4 = 5 runs
Inning 5 = 10 runs
Inning 6 onward = 5 runs
Player
Minor 1 hour 25 mins 5 innings 5 runs per inning Team
Major 1 hour 40 mins 6 innings 7 runs per inning Team
Pony/Colt 1 hour 50 mins 7 innings None Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


No new inning will be started once the time limit is reached. If the home team is ahead and batting at any time once the time limit is reached, the game is over. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, it will remain a tie (except for tournament games).

There is no mercy rule for regular season games.  If there is time left on the clock, play will continue regardless of the score.  In tournament games, a game can be called complete at any time that it is mathematically impossible for the winner to change or by mercy rule.

Any game that could determine a tournament champion can be played in its entirety with no time limit at the discretion of the League Director.

Each team will be allowed a minimum of five minutes of infield warm-up before a game once the fields are ready for play and the teams have had reasonable time to access their dugout.

Sliding to reach a base safely will be allowed for all age divisions. Slide attempts must be made to reach base only. No head first sliding will be allowed except when a player is not wearing a helmet with a facemask. Any slide, which in the judgment of the umpire, is made to “take out” a defensive player will result in the sliding player being called out and possibly ejected from the game.

The slinging of a bat in a fashion that, in the umpire's judgment, could cause injury to other players shall result in the offensive team being warned that any further incidents by any batter shall result in that batter being called out for Minor league and older.  Such a play would be a dead ball situation and no runners shall be allowed to advance.  It will be a per-player warning in Tee Ball and Pee Wee.

A team must field a minimum of eight (8) players. Less than eight (8) players shall constitute a forfeit. In the event a team should lose players, due to any circumstances, below the number of nine (9) or begin the game with eight (8) players, an out shall be called every time the vacated spot in the batting order is reached. (This applies to the 9th spot only). Tee Ball is the exception. No out will be called for vacated spots in the batting order.

Rosters exchanged prior to game start should include all starters and potential substitutes. If a player that is listed on the roster arrives after the start of a game, they can be placed in the game only if they bat at the end of the batting order (unless an out was taken in their original slot).

Each team will have a fifteen (15) minute grace period to field a minimum of eight (8) players.

Players may shout encouragement or chatter to their own teammates. Opposing players should not shout any comments toward the other team.

No player will sit on the bench during consecutive innings (exceptions include illness, injury, discipline, or other circumstances that have been communicated to the opposing manager).  All players will play a minimum of two (2) defensive innings per game (6 outs) when mathematically possible. Each player will bat in a continuous batting order. Batting order does not change for defensive substitutes. There is no penalty if a player has to miss a turn due to injury or other legitimate reasons. Intentional violation of this rule will result in a forfeit and the manager being placed on probation. The opposing manager should be notified before the team bats.

Teams with less than 9 players can use as many as 3 pick-up players to complete a 9-player line-up.  The players must be a registered Brookwood player from that age group or younger.  A pick-up player must exit the game if a regular team player arrives to replace him.  A pick-up player can be added at any point through the third inning of the game.  The opposing team has an option to provide a pick-up player if no other pick-up player is available.  If both teams are playing with only 8 players, neither team will be required to take an out for the 9th batting slot.  A pick-up player cannot be added to replace a player ejected from the game.  Pick-up players are not required to wear matching jersey.  No pickup players are allowed in post-season tournament.  Every effort will be made to complete post-season games with the original roster. If this is not possible, pickup players will be allowed, if both managers agree. This rule is implemented to allow players who show up to have the opportunity to play ball.  It will be expected that all managers will abide by the spirit of the rule and not abuse it.

Umpires will enforce and interpret Local rules. Umpires will use judgment in deciding safety issues regarding play. Rules not specifically covered herein will automatically revert to the most current Major League Baseball rules.

All managers, coaches, and players are to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Brookwood Baseball Code of Conduct. Any infraction which results in an ejection from a game will also result in an automatic one game suspension for that person. The ejection will then be reviewed by the League Director, BAAB Board of Directors, and Head Umpire to determine if further action is deemed appropriate.  A second ejection can result in suspension for the remainder of the season following a review by the BAAB Board of Directors.

Anyone who charges an umpire or does not request and receive a timeout from an umpire, or displays unsportsmanlike conduct may be ejected from the game.  If ejected, the person must leave the immediate playing field and the stands area within two (2) minutes.  Failure to leave the area, or causing additional disruption, may result in the forfeiture of the game.