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Bronco Division Rules

Rules By Division - Bronco Division


The Board of Directors of South Bay PONY Baseball has adopted the following policies and procedures for South Bay PONY Baseball Specific Playing Rules.

The South Bay PONY Board of Directors is committed to ensure the best possible baseball experience for the members of our league.  League policies and procedures have been established and agreed upon by a majority decision (vote) by the Board of Directors in accordance with the following:

  1.  The best interest of safety for the league;

  2.  The best interest of the majority of the league;

  3.  The best interest of an individual (when it does not conflict with #2);

  4.  The progressive direction and vision for the future of the league (when it does not conflict with #1, #2, or #3)

The following information is designed to define and clarify the playing and administrative rules that will be followed during the 2022 season at South Bay PONY.  Play shall be governed first by:

  1.  Official Baseball Rules: “The Sporting News” edition;

  2.  With only those exceptions which are necessary in a youth program as listed in the Official 2021 PONY Baseball Rules and Regulations book;

  3.  In all instances unless otherwise noted here in the South Bay PONY Specific Playing Rules.

This addendum shall take precedence over any previous version.

These policies / procedures may only be amended by a majority vote of the South Bay PONY Board of Directors prior to the start of the regular season.


Teams shall be composed of no more than fifteen (15) players and should not exceed more than eight (8) players of older age.  The names of these players shall be registered with the league Players Agent. The only exception shall be made in compliance with South Bay PONY Team Placement Policy.


  1. Distance between bases for Bronco shall be 70 feet.

  2. Pitching distance shall be 50 feet.

  3. Distance between home plate and center of second base shall be 99 feet

  4. The Pitcher’s mound provided by SBPL shall be used at both fields for games.



  1. Wooden, metal, graphite or ceramic bats manufactured for baseball play, which are round and not more than 2 5/8”  in diameter at the thickest part, not more than 42 inches in length, are acceptable. 2 3/4” barrels are prohibited.

  2. Rubber soled or rubber cleated shoes are permitted.  Metal cleats are prohibited.

  3. Athletic supporters with cups are required for all male players.

  4. No jewelry shall be worn by any player, except for medical identification.

  5. Cell phones, pagers or any other type of communication devices cannot be used on the field of play. One laptop or tablet device can be used for scorekeeping purposes.



  1. It is REQUIRED that each player on the team play in at least two innings in the field of each game.  A game ending early is no excuse for not playing two innings (i.e., if a game ends early due to drop dead, the two innings rule is still enforced during completed innings.).  If a player does not play two innings, the team forfeits the game.

  2. Each team must bat their entire lineup.

  3. Runners may lead-off and steal bases, as in Official Baseball Rules.

  4. Slide or Avoid Rule:  Players MUST SLIDE or AVOID CONTACT to injure or disrupt a defensive player.
    If the runner elects to slide, the slide must be legal. The runner must slide directly to the base or away from the play. A
    slide with the cleats above the fielder’s knee, or if the umpire determines that a player intended to harm the defensive
    player, is considered malicious contact. The player will be recorded as an out and the player ejected from the game.
    The catcher or other defensive player may not block any base or home plate without possession of the ball. The fielder
    will be guilty of obstruction as in “Official Baseball Rules.”


  1. Pitchers shall not pitch in more than SEVEN innings on the same calendar day.

  2. Pitchers shall be allowed to pitch in no more than TEN innings in any one calendar week. Calendar week begins Monday and ends on Sunday.

  3. Pitchers shall have at least 40 hours rest after pitching 4 or more innings on the same calendar day in Bronco.

  4. As soon as a pitcher delivers one pitch to a batter, the pitcher shall be considered to as having pitched in one inning.

  5. Any pitcher withdrawn from the mound shall not be permitted to pitch again in the same game.

  6. There are no warnings for balks.


  1. Games shall be seven (7) innings. When a game is tied at the end of regulation length, it shall go into extra innings until a decision is reached or the game is called by the umpire.

  2. If the visiting team is leading by at least 10 runs at the end of 5 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 5th inning or later, the game shall be declared complete and the home team shall be declared the winner.

  3. No new inning after 2 hours. Drop dead 2 hours 15 minutes.


  1. How to deal with problems:

    • Parents sign a Code of Conduct form.  If their behavior is inappropriate, ask them politely to stop. If they still don’t cooperate, call the park enforcement officer and walk away.  Notify the league so the league can deal with the parent directly.

    • Any person(s) that interfere with you and/or your team during a game or practice (including unauthorized use of fields) should be dealt with in the same way.

    • Park Enforcement Officer – Brent Malatesta (310)345-1141

    • If P.E. Officer is unavailable, contact the Police Dept. Front Desk (310) 802-5140

  2. We are a ‘Hustle League’ and expect players to run on and off the field.

    • At the discretion of the umpire, a team that does not hurry can be assessed balls or strikes as a penalty for delay of game (Two minutes from the last out of the previous inning).

    • You can designate a substitute runner for a pitcher or catcher if they are on base with two outs so that they can get ready for the next inning.  Designated runner must be the previous out and cannot run for both the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.

  3. Miscellaneous

    • It is ok to play with eight players.

    • Both teams are responsible for set-up and break-down of the fields before and after a game.  This includes cleaning the dugouts after the game.

    • Each team is responsible for one new baseball for each game.

    • No fan may stand or sit within three feet of the backstop during games.

    • Any manager that is ejected from a game will receive an automatic 1 game suspension and review for any further disciplinary action.


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