MacIntosh Youth Baseball League
Serving the Towns of
Ayer – Bolton – Groton/Dunstable – Harvard - Littleton – Pepperell – Shirley –Townsend/Ashby
Minors Summary of Rules for 2017 Season
This document serves to clarify some of the more important rules of Minors baseball and to emphasize the philosophy and goals of the league. Coaches should have a copy of the Cal Ripken Baseball rules – unless noted in this document, these rules will be followed for all games
Minors is intended for players whose ages are 8, 9, and 10. The objective of this league is on player development and on teaching players the fundamentals of the game.
1) Team rosters will have a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 15 players.
2) If both teams have 10 or more players present, both teams will play with four outfielders: left field, left center field, right center field and right field. Should there be an unequal amount of players between teams (e.g. 9 on one team and 10 on the other), coaches can agree to play 9 against 10 (defensively).
- Minor teams are allowed to play with 8 players without having to forfeit.
- If a team cannot field at least 8 players within 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the game, the game will count as a forfeit for that team (loss).
- Forfeits will be scored as 6-0.
3) Minor Teams that cannot field enough players for a game may “CALL UP” players from a Rookie division to play in regular season games. CALL UP players WILL BE ALLOWED to pitch but must not neglect their responsibility to the team on which they are rostered. During playoffs CALL UP players will not be allowed. Teams must play their roster only.
- If during the season a situation arises (i.e. injury) that requires a team to “ADD” a player to their roster, it MUST BE approved by the MAC board. Once approved that player must be removed from any other roster, meaning they can no longer “play down” on their previous team.
4) Every team member will be in the batting order and bat.
5) All players must be in the game for 6 consecutive defensive outs. This rule applies to regulation 6 inning games. Failure to comply with this rule will result in an automatic forfeit by the team not complying. However in a shortened game (darkness, weather, etc.) failure to comply will not result in an automatic forfeit.
6) Free substitutions are allowed between innings but each team member will remain in the batting order. Players that have already pitched earlier in the game cannot be substituted back into the pitching position.
7) The guideline for defense is that all players be given the opportunity to play at least 1 infield inning per game.
8) Any player intentionally throwing the bat will be out and the ball dead. Play stops and the runners will return to their original occupied bases and the player will be removed from the game.
Games & Scoring
1) All coaches must read and sign the Macintosh League Coach Code of Conduct. Any violation of the Coach Code of Conduct will result in an investigation by the local town board and/or the Macintosh League Board. If the violation is substantiated, action may result in discipline ranging from verbal reprimand to expulsion from the Macintosh League.
2) There are no protests at this level. All issues should be resolved at the field in the interest of getting the game played.
3) In the event of inclement weather the Home team coach is responsible for calling both the umpire and visiting team coach, at least 2 hours prior to the start of the game.
4) All regular season games will start promptly at the scheduled time, no inning will be started after 2 hours and 15 minutes has elapsed since the official start of the game as determined by the umpire.
- IMPORTANT: The umpire has full authority to call the game earlier than the time limits above due to weather, darkness or any other mitigating circumstance. The umpire should make every effort to notify both teams of the official start time at the commencement of the game. (Example: Monday game – The umpire announces to both managers that it is 6:02 pm according to his watch and no inning will be started later than 8:17 pm)
5) Both teams will be able to have the playing field for a 15-minute warm up before the game begins. Visiting teams should allow for travel time and arrive 30 minutes before game time for their warm ups. The home team will warm up first but MUST ALLOW the visiting team to begin their warm up 15 minutes before the start of the game. NO PRE-GAME, ON FIELD BATTING PRACTICE IS ALLOWED.
6) The home team is responsible for paying the umpire(s) and for supplying 2 new game balls. The home team is also responsible for ensuring the field is in safe condition for play (e.g. no holes in the batters box or pitching mound, the area around the bases is raked, etc).
7) Each game has a 6-inning limit unless the game is tied, in which case extra innings must be played. All regular season games will play to their natural end (including extra innings), unless the allotted time for the game is reached (2 hours 15 minutes) or game is ended because of darkness.
8) Each inning has a limit of 4 runs. When the fourth run scores, that half of the inning ends and the team at bat takes the field. This rule does not apply to the 6th or last inning. In the last inning both teams are allowed to score unlimited runs.
9) Each team will be responsible for cleaning the trash out of the bench area after each game.
10) If the game is pushing up against the time limit or other factors (i.e. darkness), the umpire will determine which inning will be the “last” inning and notify both coaches before it is played.
- Both coaches should support any junior umpires in calling a game due to darkness or inclement weather that jeopardize the safety of the players. If a Mac League senior umpire is calling a game near-by then the junior umpire and coaches may consult with the umpire in to determine if the game should continue.
11) If after (4) innings, 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the victory must be conceded to the winning team. Once conceded the game will continue to its natural end (i.e. 6th inning) and free substitution will be allowed for both teams. In the event the team trailing by 10 runs declines to concede, such decline should be reported to the Mac League Board. All pitching stats after the conceded game will still have to be recorded and will count against the weekly pitching stats.
IMPORTANT: After a game is conceded, official scoring will not be kept.
- Exception: Playoff games will end as soon as the game is conceded.
12) The winning team is responsible for reporting the score of the game no later than 24 hours after completion or prior to their next game whichever comes first.
● Both teams must also report the number of innings pitched by all players regardless of a win or loss. Enter first name, last initial, uniform number and total innings pitched in the comments section. This information will be used by the Macintosh League, Local Leagues and other teams to insure compliance to pitching limitations rules and the safety of the kids.
13) All playoff games must be completed to their natural end. In the event a game is not completed it shall be considered a suspended game. Exception: See Games not played of this section.
Games Not Played
- All teams will all have 14 regular season games and are encouraged to play all games.
- If a game is canceled, both coaches need to arrange a make-up date within 10 days of the original scheduled game or the end of regular season.
- The Home team shall have the opportunity to arrange a home field first. If the Home team cannot schedule a field within 5 days, the Visiting team will try to schedule the game on their field (with the original Home team still being the Home team).
- If neither team can schedule the make-up game within 10 days, the Home team must notify their Town Coordinator. The Town Coordinator will work with the League Director to schedule the game.
- In any event, the League Director must be notified with 48 hours of the cancellation.
- Games not played and unreported will be counted as a loss for both teams.
1) Distance of pitching mound to home plate will be 46 feet. The mounds should be measured off at the beginning of the season. All players should pitch from the pitching rubber during the game.
2) Regular season pitching rules will follow the Macintosh League Pitching Limitation Regulations. In Summary:
- 6 innings per week, 1 pitch constitutes an inning but not more than 3 innings in one game.
- Week is Monday thru and including Sunday
- 2 calendar days rest when pitching 3+ innings
3) Pitching substitution may be done during an inning. Substitutions DO NOT NEED TO BE 1 FOR 1.
Example: Johnny is pitching, Billy is playing 1st base and Bobby is playing right field. Johnny is replaced by Billy, Billy is replaced by Bobby and Bobby is replaced by Johnny.
4) A new pitcher gets 8 warm up pitches, returning pitchers only get 5 warm up pitches between innings. (this is intended to speed up the game)
5) If a pitcher hits 3 batters in an inning or 4 in a game then that player must be removed from the pitching position.
6) Once a pitcher has been removed from the pitching position, that player cannot pitch again for the duration of that game. This rule applies to both regular season and playoff games.
7) No pitcher in the Macintosh League playoffs shall be allowed to pitch in more than six innings in any two successive playoff games. All players have full eligibility at the start of league playoffs. (Pitcher eligibility is not re-set again after playoffs begin.)
8) Only coaches, assistants or team members will be allowed to warm up the pitcher. (everyone must wear a catcher's mask)
Rain Outs / Incomplete Games
1) Prior to the start of the game, the home team is responsible for calling off a game because of rain. All efforts should be made to cancel the game 2 hours prior to the start (so that teams/umpires can be contacted appropriately). Should a game be canceled, it is the responsibility of the home team to reschedule the game (which includes securing a new umpire).
2) A game is a regulation game after the fourth inning has been completed or, if the home team is ahead, after the completion of three and a half innings. A game postponed before or in the first inning will be restarted at an agreed upon time. A game postponed after the second inning is started and before the fourth inning is completed will be resumed for the point at which it stopped. All records, including the pitching shall be counted (and the batting orders, where possible, should be kept intact).
3) After the first pitch is thrown, a game can only be canceled by the umpires.
4) Distance of pitching mound to home plate will be 46 feet. The mounds should be measured off at the beginning of the season. All players should pitch from the pitching rubber during the game.
Batting and Base Running
1) Players hit by a pitch will be awarded first base - a batter must take first base (if a batter is hurt and unable to run, he/she may be replaced by the last person that got out).
2) Bunting is permitted. One fair bunt per team, per inning. All other established baseball rules are in effect (for instance, a foul bunt with two strikes is considered a strikeout).
3). There shall be no slashing. Slashing is defined as: The pitcher is on the pitching rubber and the batter fakes a bunt to draw the infielders in and then the batter swings away. The pitcher does not need to be in his windup, the ball does not need to be struck. This is a safety issue, with the batter showing bunt, the charging third baseman does not stand a chance of protecting himself against a line drive off an aluminum bat. Penalty: Batter is out and ball is dead. A second offense will result in the batter being ejected.
4). A base runner may advance only one base on an error. Multiple errors will not result in an extra base. For example, if the pitcher throws the ball over the 2nd baseman’s head, the runner may advance to 3rd, but if another fielder throws it over the 3rd baseman’s head immediately following, the runner will not be awarded another base.
5) Runners must slide into 2nd, 3rd, and home if there is a play at the base. The catcher cannot block the plate or the baseline without possession of the ball. Headfirst slides are not allowed.
6) Base stealing will be allowed in a modified format. These rules include:
● 3 steals per team per inning our allowed
● Players may steal more than 1 base in an inning
● A player may not advance to another base on a catching overthrow (runner leads at their own peril)
● A player may not steal home
● Stealing on a passed ball constitutes a stolen base (provided the runner takes the base)
● Players may only leave the base when the ball goes past the batter. A base runner leaving as determined by an umpire will go back to the base (see Cal Ripken rules governing base stealing).
1) The infield fly rule will not be in effect when two or more runners are on base.
Equipment and Attire
1) All batters, base runners must wear a batting helmet. Youth Base Coaches Must Wear Helmets.
2) Players must not wear watches, rings, pins, jewelry or other metallic items. Pitchers may NOT wear sweatbands on their wrists. Exception: Medically Relevant Bracelets.
Umpires / Sportsmanship
1) Umpires will call balls and strikes and all safe/out calls on the bases. Neither coaches, parents or players may dispute any call by an umpire at any time. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in the coach being removed from the league for this and all future seasons. If a coach has a question on a rule interpretation, he/she may raise it with the umpire after the inning – however, an umpire's decision is final and binding. Even if you are not in agreement with the umpire, arguments will not be tolerated. It is extremely important to note that the players will be watching you and your actions and you will be setting an example.
● Note: coaches are encouraged to raise any issues and/or problems with an umpires’ performance to both the MAC League Board and umpire coordinator immediately following the game.
2) One of the most important things we are trying to teach the players is good sportsmanship. Coaches should not accept the kids throwing helmets, arguing with umpires, heckling the other team or other similar types of behavior. If/when these types of incidents occur, the coach needs to deal with it immediately.
3) At the end of each game, players are encouraged to shake hands with the other team.
4) Cal Ripken prohibits taunting of opposing players, coaches, or umpires. The rule states that “No manager, coach, or player, shall at any time, whether from the bench or the playing field or elsewhere use language which will in any manner refer to or reflect upon opposing players, manager, coach, an umpire or spectators.” If your team is on the receiving end of any taunting, you should have the umpire put a stop to it immediately. If the umpire is unable or unwilling to do so, issues of this sort should be brought to the attention of the MAC League board immediately.