Instructional Rules

SHEDD PARK INSTRUCTIONAL RULES AMENDED AND ADOPTED 2016

BATTING RULES

  1. BATTERS HIT BALLS PITCHED BY A COACH.
  2. THE BATTING ORDER IS COMPRISED OF ALL PLAYERS ON A TEAM.  NO NINE PLAYER BATTING ORDER.
  3. EACH BATTER MAY ONLY ADVANCE TO FIRST BASE AFTER HITTING A FAIR BALL EXCEPT FOR THE LAST BATTER OF THE HALF INNING WHO’S HIT SHALL ALWAYS BE A "HOME RUN."
  4. THERE ARE NO STRIKE OUTS.  EACH BATTERS SHALL REMAIN AT BAT UNTIL HE/SHE HITS A FAIR BALL.  AT THE COACHES' DISCRETION A TEE MAY BE UTILIZED AFTER THE FIFTH PITCH.
  5. EVEN IF THE FIELDING TEAM CATCHES THE BATTER'S HIT BALL IN THE AIR, TAGS A BASE FOR A FORCE PLAY, OR TAGS A RUNNER THE BATTER/RUNNER SHALL BE AWARDED THE BASE.
  6. IF DESIRED, A TEAM MAY CHANGE ITS BATTING ORDER EACH INNING SO THAT DIFFERENT PLAYERS MAY BAT IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS IN THE ORDER.

BASE RUNNIG RULES

  1. ALL BASE RUNNERS SHALL ADVANCE ONE BASE PER AT BAT EXCEPT WHEN THE LAST BATTER OF THE HALF INNING HITS THE BALL FOR A "HOME RUN" AT WHICH TIME ALL RUNNERS SHALL ROUND ALL BASES.
  2. BASE STEALING IS NOT ALLOWED.
  3. LEADS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

FIELDING RULES

  1. ALL PLAYERS ON EACH RESPECTIVE TEAM PLAY IN THE FIELD EVERY INNING.  EXTRA PLAYERS SHOULD BE EVENLY DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE OUTFIELD.
  2. THE PITCHER AND FIRST BASEMAN MUST WEAR HELMETS WITH FACEMASKS WHILE IN THE FIELD.
  3. THERE IS NO CATCHER.  COACHES SHALL CATCH AND BE SET UP WELL BEHIND THE BATTER.

MISCELLANEOUS RULES

  1. INNINGS END WHEN ALL PLAYERS HAVE BATTED ONCE EACH, THE NUMBER OF OUTS DOES NOT MATTER.
  2. GAMES WILL LAST 3 INNINGS OR ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.  NO NEW INNING MAY START WITH LESS THAN 15 MINUTES REMAINING BEFORE THE START OF THE NEXT GAME.
  3. SCORE IS NOT KEPT.  THERE IS NO WINNING TEAM NOR LOSING TEAM.
  4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS TO HAVE FUN!  THE OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE THE KIDS A GREAT EXPERIENCE PLAYING BASEBALL.

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