MAJOR LEAGUE HOUSE RULES 2021
UpdatedThursday April 8, 2021 by KCRBL.
- DISCIPLINARY OPTION
Regular season only, not playoffs, coach may bench a player for arriving late frequently or for being disruptive or unruly after being spoken to. Player is to remain in the batting order but will not play for up to 2 innings or may be removed if continuing to be disruptive. Coach must announce the disciplinary option to the umpire and opposing coach.
- STOPPAGE OF PLAY
a. Two-hour limit: No new inning can begin after two hours.
b. Dead stop: KCRBL does not have a dead stop timing rule.
c. Once play begins, the umpire(s) shall have the sole authority to call a game for darkness or rain. In such a case, the game score will be the score at the end of the last completed full inning.
d. If less than four innings were completed, then the game shall be continued at another rescheduled time from the time of stoppage.
- FIVE-RUN RULE
a. An inning shall end upon the batting team scoring five runs.
Exception: All runners that score from an outside-the-park (over the outfield fence in fair territory) home run count (e.g., Team A has scored four runs and has a runner on base when a home run is hit. Therefore, both the runner and the hitter score, giving Team A six runs in the inning).
b. The five-run rule shall apply to all but the last scheduled inning of a regular-length game (i.e., the sixth inning of a regularly scheduled six-inning game)
On occasion, doubleheaders comprise two four-inning games. The five-run rule applies to all innings of both games, with no exceptions.
- TEN-RUN RULE
A game shall end upon a team leading by ten (10) or more runs at the completion of any inning after the third inning.
- FIFTEEN-RUN RULE
A game shall end upon a team leading by fifteen (15) runs at the completion of two-and-a-half or three innings (score is 15-0 after three consecutive five-run-rule innings).
- CONTINUOUS LINEUPS
Every player shall bat in the lineup, free defensive substitution of players during the game.
- MUST-PLAY RULE
All players on a team’s roster for a game must play a minimum of two (2) innings in the field on defense.
- ROSTER GAME MINIMUM
a. Teams may play eight (8) players without taking an out in the batting order (e.g., Team A has seven players. The #8 spot in the batting order is an automatic out).
b. Less than 8 players will result in a no game, or forfeit.
c. A team may “call up” a player from the level below to fill a roster spot temporarily. The name of the player must be communicated with the other team prior to first pitch.
- HIT BATTERS—SAFETY
If a pitcher hits three (3) batters in one inning, he/she shall be removed from the mound for the remainder of the game.
- TIE GAMES
If a game is tied at the end of six (6) innings, the game shall end in a tie.
- PITCHER LIMITATIONS (Updated for 2021)
a. KCRBL follows the PitchSmart Pitch Count Limits and Required Rest Recommendations (https://www.mlb.com/pitch-smart/pitching-guidelines) Note: Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball now allows leagues to follow pitch-count requirements such as those in the PitchSmart program.
b. The maximum pitches in any (1) game by one pitcher is 85.
c. Coaches must follow the rest chart, which is the number of days rest required after throwing the listed number of pitches.
1-20 pitches: 0 days rest
21-35 pitches: 1 day rest
36-50 pitches: 2 days rest
51-65 pitches: 3 days rest
66+ pitches: 4 days rest
d. Only the starting pitcher may re-enter as a pitcher during a game and can only re-enter as pitcher once.
- JAW GUARDS (aka C-flaps)
Players are allowed to use batting helmets with jaw guards, or C-flaps, when batting.
a. All bats used in league play, and practices, must have the USA Bat designation on them.
b. Coaches should ensure their players use no unapproved bats. This is a liability issue for the league.
c. During games, officials can stop the game and have unauthorized bats removed from play.Coaches can ask officials to inspect bats.
- JEWELRY (New national Cal Ripken rule for 2019)
Jewelry is prohibited. Players shall not wear jewelry. Medical alert and religious bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body to remain invisible. Wireless communication devices are not allowed. However, Electronic Scoring Devices are permitted. No device on the field or in the dugout may be used as a means of communication.
a. All coaches must report pitching assignments within 24 hours of the played game.
b. Home team must report score within 24 hrs. of played game.
c. All reporting is through the league’s website.
- HEAD-FIRST SLIDES
a. Head-first slides are not allowed when advancing to home plate. The sliding runner is out and play continues until the ball is dead.
b. Runners may slide head-first into any other base whether it is a return to a base (e.g., diving back on a pickoff attempt) or advancing to a base.
- All other rules are as per 2021 Cal Ripken Baseball League rule book.
a. Playoffs are single elimination, using tournament rules.
b. All games are six innings in length.
Once play begins, the umpire(s) shall have the sole authority to call a game for darkness or rain. In such a case, the game shall be continued at another rescheduled time from the time of stoppage.
c. Five-Run Rule and Ten-Run Rule apply.
d. Fifteen-Run Rule (new national Cal Ripken tournament rule for 2019)
Any game must be terminated immediately if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs after two and one half (2 ½) or three (3) innings and each team has had equal times at bat.
e. No playoff game shall end in a tie. Extra innings will be played as necessary until one team has scored more runs than the other at the completion of an inning.
f. Team eligibility is the four teams with the four best records (format of 4 vs. 1, 3 vs 2).
For a season that has only five team; all five teams make the playoffs (format of 5 vs 4, 4/5 winner vs 1, 3 vs 2).
For a season with fewer than four teams, all teams make the playoffs.