Rookie League Rules (Amended and Update 2016)
The Shedd Park Baseball Organization Rookie League adheres to the rules specified in the most recent edition of the official Babe Ruth / Cal Ripkin handbook with the following exceptions (Amended and Updated 2016):
- The batting order is comprised of all players on a team. We do not use a nine man batting order.
- For regular season games: Each player may bat only once per inning. In the event that a team bats around and its last batter comes to the plate, then the next out (if any) will be treated as the last out in the inning. This means that the inning may end with less than 3 outs. Note that if this happens, and the inning ends with less than 3 outs, any unscored outs are not charged to any pitcher.
- For playoff games: Each player may bat an unlimited number of times per inning. An inning does not end until there are three outs.
Base Running Rules
- Base stealing is not allowed.
- Any runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.
- Playing time requirements:
- For a 6-inning game, each player must play at least 4 innings in the field.
- For a 5-inning game, each player must play at least 3 innings in the field.
- For a 4-inning game, each player must play at least 2 innings in the field.
- Teams may use four outfielders. All outfielders must be on the outfield grass when the ball is pitched. None of the four outfielders may be used as a shortfielder.
- We do not use the infield fly rule.
- The catcher must be in the proximity of where a catcher normally stands and the catcher will wear full complement of catching gear (catcher's mask, chest protector, glove and shin guards).
- Manual pitching machines shall be used and operated by either the umpire or coaches.
- Each batter shall receive five (5) pitches.
- If a pitch is grossly outside of the strike zone it shall not count as a pitch. This shall be determined at the umpire's discretion.
- If a batter fouls off the fifth or any subsequent pitch they shall remain at bat until they either get a hit or have a third strike/fifth pitch called on them.
- Play is dead when the pitcher is standing in the area of the mound with the ball and all base runners have come to a stop in the area of a base.
- A team may not begin or continue a game with less than seven players. The penalty is forfeit.
- Official games that end in a tie are considered final.
- A new inning (meaning the top of an inning) may not be started later than fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the next game.
- Team management consists of one manager, two coaches and one scorekeeper.
- Concerning games between teams with differing number of players:
- A team having only 8 players must take an out in place of the missing ninth batter each time around the batting order.
- A team having 7 players or less forfeits the game.
- Using non-rostered players:
- In the interest of playing games and avoiding forfeits, non-rostered players may be used in regular season games to give an undermanned team enough players to play a game. Consent of the opposing team is not required and "call ups" shall be from a lower (not equivalent) division, registered Shedd player.
- Teams should not make use of non-rostered players to gain a competitive advantage.
- Non-rostered players may not be used in playoff games.
- Non-rostered players may not play in a game if enough rostered players are available.
- Non-rostered players must play a corner outfield position and bat last.
- Any time that a non-rostered player is used, the league president must be notified (either before or after the game). League presidents will monitor the use of non-rostered players and take appropriate action if needed.
- This rule and all of its sub-parts applies only to games in which both teams are Shedd Park teams, meaning that it does not apply to Senior League games involving teams from other parks.
- Any Manager or Coach who is ejected from any game for any reason will be "suspended indefinitely" until such time as the Board of Directors addresses said ejection. The directors will meet as soon as is practical after the ejection.
All Star Game
- The Rookie League All Star Teams will consist of all 8 year olds in the league.
- A pitching machine will be used and shall follow standard Pitching Rules as noted above.
- The game will be a 6-inning game.
- The manager of each team will be the Rookie League Manager whose team leads each league (American/National). The remaining managers will make up the coaching staff for each team.
Post Season Play
- All teams will participate in post-season play.
- Playoff teams are seeded in order of regular season point totals. A team receives two points for each game won during the regular season. A team receives one point for each game tied during the regular season. In the event that two or more teams have identical regular season point totals, then the following tie-breaker procedure will be used to determine the higher seeded team:
- Most points in all regular season games.
- Most points in head to head games.
- Most points in games within division.
- Coin flip.
- The higher seeded team in any game in any round of the playoffs will be the home team. If there is a best of three series, then the higher seeded team will be the home team in games one and three of the series.
- A team is eliminated from the playoffs after one loss except for the championship series, which is the best of three games.