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Morgantown Pony Baseball League

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Pinto

MORGANTOWN PONY BASEBALL LEAGUE
PINTO DIVISION
LOCAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The purpose of the Pinto Division is to teach the basic fundamentals of baseball. All coaches and parents are reminded that these are 6, 7, and 8 year-old boys and girls, not major league players.
Even though play is based upon the “Official Rules of Major League Baseball”, some variations to those rules have been made to allow players to develop their skills. As coaches, you are encouraged to not only teach your players at practice, but also during the games. If it becomes necessary during a game to help a child with their batting, base running, or fielding, all coaches are encouraged to not only help their players, but also the players from the opposing team.
First and foremost, everyone involved with the Pinto Division, from parents to coaches, should remember that we are here for the kids. Parents should show respect for all coaches, players, and other parents. The use of profanity or abusive language by parents, coaches, or players will not be tolerated. Anyone involved in unsportsmanlike conduct will be subject to disciplinary action by the league board.
If at any time during the season any parent, coach, or player has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Pinto Division Director, [email protected]
Good luck to everyone and may you have a safe and enjoyable season.
PINTO DIVISION PLAYING RULES
1. Players shall be evaluated and drafted onto their teams in accordance with the procedure set in place by the Morgantown Pony Baseball League.
2. Pinto playing fields will be set up in accordance with PONY recommendations where possible. In addition to this, a 10 foot diameter circle will be inscribed around the pitching mound.
3. Bats may be no larger than 2 5/8 inches in diameter at its thickest point. Effective January 1, 2018, all bats MUST be certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat. T-ball bats may NOT be used.
4. The batter, players in the on-deck batting area, and baserunners shall be required to wear batting helmets at all times.
5. Catchers are required to wear proper protective equipment including a mask with throat guard, chest protector, shin guards, and approved headgear. Coaches should encourage all male players to wear athletic supporters.
6. The entire roster of players present for the game shall bat in rotation. If a player fails to bat in their batting position for any reason except for injury, an out will be recorded. If a player misses an at-bat due to injury and returns to the game, they must do so in their original batting position. Any player who shows up after the start of the game will be inserted into the last batting spot.
7. No player may sit for more than two (2) defensive innings until all players have sat for two (2) defensive innings, unless injured. It is strongly encouraged that all players experience playing in the outfield and in the infield.
8. Ten (10) players shall be used defensively. The positions shall be as follows: pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, left-center, right-center, and right field. Outfielders shall be positioned 20 feet behind the baselines when the pitch is being made. The act of pitching to the batter will be conducted by a coach-pitcher, and not by the player occupying the pitcher position.
9. No player participation rule applies. Free substitution on defense, including pitching position.
10. Batters are not permitted to bunt or softswing at the ball. PENALTY: Pitch is a strike and the ball is dead.
11. A batter shall be declared out after failing to hit a fair ball after six pitches are delivered by a coach-pitcher. The batter is out if there are three (3) strikes before the sixth pitch. Missed swings are counted as strikes, as are foul balls and foul tips. A batter is not out on a foul ball or foul tip even if it is the sixth pitch.
12. The catcher must assume the catcher’s position behind the plate. (There is no dropped third strike rule).
13. Baserunners are not permitted to steal bases and shall remain in contact with the base until ball is hit. PENALTY: Runner may be warned one time, as warning is then issued to both teams. If a runner is off the base and the ball is hit, the runner is out and the ball is in play. If the ball is not hit, the runner must return to the base and the ball is dead.
14. There is no infield fly rule.
15. A batted ball will be live until an infielder has possession of the ball (possession constitutes ball in glove on the infield, i.e., within 10 feet of the baselines) the umpire shall call “Time.” In the event that a runner is between bases when possession on the infield occurs, he must return to the previous base if he has not reached the half-way point between the two bases. The infielders can still make a play on the advancing runners and the runner must secure the base that they are going to. (i.e., just getting to half-way doesn’t make a runner safe). Runners being sent back to their last touched base by coaches or the umpire, may not be tagged out.
16. Runners may only advance one base on any balls overthrown in an attempt to register an out. Runners advance at the risk of being put out. Defensive players should be encouraged to make plays at 2nd base where feasible. The overthrow rule is in place to encourage
players to make the “extra” throw after the overthrow. There is no additional penalty since there is a maximum of one base on the first overthrow.
17. If a batted ball hits the coach-pitcher, the ball is dead. The batter is awarded first base and all runners may advance one base. The coach-pitcher must make every attempt to avoid a batted ball. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a coach-pitcher intentionally makes contact with a batted ball, the ball is dead, the batter is out, and no runners may advance. If a live ball hits the coach-pitcher, or in the umpire’s judgment the coach interferes in the fielder’s attempt to make a play, the ball is dead and lead runner is out.
18. A batter who throws the bat while swinging will receive a warning for the first occurrence. A second occurrence will cause the batter to be out and play will be stopped. The ball will be ruled dead.
19. Runners must slide in an effort to avoid contact with defensive players at home plate. If a runner fails to slide and a collision occurs between the runner and any defensive player with the ball or receiving the ball, the runner shall be out. A defensive player shall not block the plate when no play is being made at home. If a collision occurs when no play is being made at the plate, the runner shall not be out. The catcher, or any other defensive player, must receive the ball out in front of the plate and tag the runner, or proceed up the 3rd base ling to tag a runner.
20. No defensive player shall stand on a base when no play is being made at that base or in any other manner obstruct a runner from advancing to the next base. If in doing so, the defensive player obstructs an offensive player from advancing to the next base, obstruction shall be called and the runner may advance to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction.
21. Any runner is out when he runs more than 3 feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely.
22. The following rules govern the use of a coach-pitcher:
a. The coach-pitcher shall have one foot within the circle when pitching.
b. The player fielding the pitcher’s position shall take position always to the rear coach-pitcher, and on the left or right side of the coach-pitcher with one foot in the circle until the batter makes contact with the ball.
c. Coach-pitcher must throw the ball overhand. No kneeling or pitching from the knee is allowed.
d. Coach-pitchers, may not wear white long sleeved shirts, wristbands, jewelry, or any other distracting article.
23. Players are not permitted to pitch.
24. A team must start a minimum of 8 players or the game will be forfeited. The player must be present and able to play to be “starting.” If you do not complete the game with the same number of players started, the absent batting position will be an automatic out every time it comes up (i.e. if the player leaves the game after it is started). The only exception would be for a player injured in the game and unable to complete their at-bat because of this injury.
25. If a defensive team has less than 10 players, that team may elect to eliminate the catcher position and fill the remaining positions.
26. Once play has begun, the game shall be played to regulation length (six (6) innings) or five (5) and a fraction if the home team is leading unless called because of 10-run rule. Maximum five (5) runs per inning except in the sixth or extra inning which is open.
27. If a game goes into extra innings, it shall not exceed nine (9) innings in length.
28. If a game is called for any reason, it shall be a complete game if four (4) innings have been completed, or if the home team has scored more runs in three (3) and a fraction innings than the visiting team has scored in four (4) completed innings. i.e. home team is still winning after the visiting team has batted in the fourth inning. Exception: all tournament games must be fully completed.
29. If game is called for any reason before it is a complete game as described in Rules 26 and 28 above, or when the score is tied, it shall be considered a suspended game and shall be resumed from the point of curtailment at the time scheduled by the league director.
30. If a game is called for any reason in an uncompleted inning, after having reached complete-game length as described in Rules 26 and 28 above, and the visiting teams ties the score or takes the lead in the uncompleted inning, and the home team does not tie the score or takes the lead in its portion of the uncompleted inning, the game shall be considered a suspended game and shall be continued from the point of curtailment at the time scheduled by the league director.
31. 10 run rule:
a. If the visiting team is leading by at least ten (10) runs at the end of four (4) or more complete innings, the game shall be declared complete and the visiting team shall be declared the winner. If the home team is leading by at least 10 runs after the
visiting team has completed batting in the 4th inning or later, the game shall be declared complete and the home team shall be declared the winner.
32. Once a game is stopped for lightning, it cannot be resumed until 30 minutes after last cloud-to-ground lightning strike. Teams must vacate the entire field to wait the 30 minutes. Teams CANNOT wait in the dugouts.
33. Each team shall be limited to one timeout per half inning.
34. Both teams shall keep an official scorebook of each game. Scores must be reported, by both coaches, to the league director within three (3) hours of the completed game.
35. When a team is batting, a coach may be permitted on the playing field as a 1st base coach, 3rd base coach, or a coach-pitcher. Only one other coach/scorekeeper will be permitted in the dugout to keep players organized. At no-time are there to be more than four (4) coaches on the field and in the dugout (this includes scorekeepers). No coaches will be permitted behind the backstop during play.
36. When a team is in the field, two (2) coaches are permitted on the field, beyond the baselines to provide verbal instruction to the defensive team. Said coaches must position themselves in the outfield. A coach will be allowed behind the catcher to return the ball to the coach-pitcher and speed up the game. Again, no more than four (4) coaches on the field and in the dugout at one time (this includes scorekeepers).
37. Players, managers, and coaches shall remain in the dugouts, on the benches, or in the prescribed areas throughout the game.
38. The use of cell phones in the dugout or on the field by coaches shall be prohibited. Exception, if you have a job that requires you to be “on call”, notify the umpire prior to the beginning of the game.
39. No coach, manager, or player shall argue with an umpire. A spectator, player, or coach who uses profanity will be removed from the game at the umpire’s discretion. See Code of Conduct.
40. Coaches should explain to their players that any verbal communication or “chattering” during games should not be overly aggressive or negative toward the other team’s players, and they should take reasonable steps to eliminate any such overly aggressive or negative verbal communication. If the offended team feels that the other team’s behavior has crossed that threshold, the head coach should civilly and quietly discuss their concerns with the opposing head coach without any unnecessary involvement with the parents or children. If the offended team feels that the behavior is too offensive to continue, they should contact any present board member for discussion. If none are present, they can complete their game under protest, or make a decision to terminate the game. In that event, the board will need to make a decision as to the final result of the game after investigation. (i.e. game considered cancelled or a loss/win by the respective teams).
41. A bat or helmet thrown in anger will result in ejection from the ballgame as determined by the umpire. The umpire shall notify the league director.
42. Penalties for Coaches: Violations of these rules shall be reported to either the league director or the safety committee by the umpires. Violations may result in the coaches being suspended and/or forfeiting the game.
43. Any coach or player removed from a game by an umpire for conduct prohibited above, will be suspended for the team’s next game, tournament games included.
44. All uniforms must be MPBL issued only.

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Morgantown, West Virginia 26507

Email: [email protected]

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PO Box 1382 
Morgantown, West Virginia 26507

Email: [email protected]
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