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Mustang Division Rules

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Policy / Purpose Statement

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 2018 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 2018 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

Playing Fields

  1. Distance between bases for Mustang shall be 60 feet.

  2. Pitching distance shall be 46 feet.

  3. Distance between home plate and center of second base shall be 84 feet 10 inches

  4. The Pitcher’s mound provided by SBPBL 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. NO tee ball bats allowed.

  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.

Playing Rules

  1. The entire roster of players present for the game shall bat in rotation with unlimited field substitution or

  2. Any player in the starting lineup who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game one time.

    • Players shall return to the line-up in their original place in the batting order. While more than one substitute may be used in that position before the starting player is returned, no substitutions shall be made that shall alter the original batting rotation of any of the starting or substitute players.

    • Once removed from the lineup a pitcher may return to the lineup but shall not pitch again in the same game.

    • It is recommended that each player on the team play in at least two innings of each game

  3. In any instance in which a team does not have an eligible substitute for a player who becomes ill, is injured, or ejected from the game by the umpire, the player last removed from the lineup by the manager or coach, who is otherwise eligible to play, shall be used as a substitute.

    • When a team’s last available substitute enters the game as part of a multiple substitution, the manager shall advise the umpire and official scorekeeper which player is to be considered “the last player removed from the line-up.”

    • In this instance only, the substitute player shall take the batting position of the player they replace, even though it may be a different batting position than the one he or she previously occupied.

    • This rule applies to all players, including starters. Runners may lead-off and steal bases, as in Official Baseball Rules.

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

Pitching Rules

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

  2. Pitchers shall be allowed to pitch in no more than eight innings in any one calendar week.

  3. Pitchers shall have at least 40 hours rest after pitching on the same calendar day in: MUSTANG: Three innings.

  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.

Length Of Games

  1. No new inning will be started after the 1-hour 45 minute time limit has expired.  The game will end (drop dead) at the 2 hour mark.  At that time, if an inning is incomplete, the incomplete inning will not count and any runs counted during that inning will be voided.

  2. Maximum of five runs per inning except in the sixth or last declared inning by the umpire which is open.  There are no ‘continuation runs’ allowed.

SBP Unique Rules

  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.

  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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