PINTO NATIONAL DIVISION RULES

Rules by Division - Pinto National Division

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 the majority of the league;

  2.  The best interest of an individual (when it does not conflict with #1);

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

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 2010 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.

Season

The first three weeks will be “exhibition” so as to get all of the teams and players into the swing of Pinto National:

  • One base only on an overthrow

  • The official rule on players bringing a play to completion is that the ball has to get back to the pitcher (or player is close proximity to the pitcher’s mound) before being declared a "dead ball". For the first three weeks, as long as outfielders get it into the infield with the intent to get it to the pitcher, the opposing team will not send runners beyond the base they occupy.

  • There will be NO ten run rule; we want all players to get reps and innings played to build skills

  • After ball four is thrown by a pitcher, in the first three weeks, the hitting team's coach will come out for a coach pitch; the count will remain, and the hitter will either get a hit or strike out; again, the focus is on reps and building skills

Playing Fields

  1. Distance between bases shall be 60 feet.

  2. Pitching distance shall be 38 feet. (see below for more detail)

  3. The pitcher’s mound provided by South Bay Pony shall be used at Field “A” and Field “B” for all games.

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Equipment

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

  2. Athletic protective cups are required for all male players.

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

Playing Rules

  1. The entire roster of players present for the game shall bat in rotation.  Any player arriving late shall be included at the bottom of the batting order.

  2. Bunting is not permitted.

  3. Each player shall play at least every other defensive inning.  No player may sit out two consecutive defensive innings.  Exceptions:  Player leaves game-injury, illness, ejection, planned.

  4. All coaches should consider the first three (3) weeks to be “exhibition” so as to get all of the teams and players understanding the new rules and pitching dynamic of Pinto National. Specifically, for the first three (3) weeks will play using these rule modifications:

    • Coaches will control stealing; limit to training for those players that need help on the concept and enable all players on opposing team to work in at catcher.

    • Players will advance only one base on an overthrow. This will apply plays in the field (see “stealing”).  Player attempting to advance the one base does so at his or her own peril (i.e. - the defensive team can throw them out).  If a second overthrow occurs the ball is dead and runners remain at their base.

    • At the point that a player has possession of the ball within reasonable proximity (5-10 feet-umpire’s judgement) to the pitcher’s mound, the ball shall be considered dead and the runners must return to the occupied base as determined by the umpire. For the first three weeks, as long as outfielders get it into the infield with the intent to get it to the pitcher or playing occupying pitcher mound area, the opposing team will not send runners beyond the base they occupy.

    • There will be NO ten run rule during first 3 weeks; goal is to play maximum time so kids get more innings and experience.

    • After ball four is thrown by a pitcher, in the first three weeks, the hitting team's coach will come out for a coach pitch; the count will remain, and the hitter will either get a hit or strike out; again, the focus is on reps and building skills

  5. At the point that a player has possession of the ball within reasonable proximity (5-10 feet-umpire’s judgement) to the pitcher’s mound, the ball shall be considered dead and the runners must return to the occupied base as determined by the umpire.

    • Until the ball is dead runners may advance at their own peril.

    • An appeal can be made following the play that is to be appealed, at any time before the pitcher makes a pitching motion.  Once the pitching motion has started, the previous play stands as ruled by the umpire.

    • If an attempt to catch a stranded runner at any base is overthrown, that runner may advance, including Home.

    • EXCEPTION:  A back-pick or attempted steal to third base when the ball is thrown by the catcher.  See “No Fault Throw Rule-Catcher”

  6. Runners may steal second and third base, but shall not leave the base they are occupying at the time of the pitch, until the pitch has been hit or has crossed home plate. Once the pitcher has stepped on the rubber with possession of the ball, runners who leave the occupied base before the pitch has been hit or has crossed home plate shall be called out and the pitch shall be considered a dead ball.

    • “No Fault Throw Rule-Catcher”  If the Catcher overthrows to second or third base in an attempt to catch a base runner stealing, the runner must stay at that base. This includes a Back-pick attempt to any base.

    • If a runner is occupying third base and is being held there by a player possessing the ball, he cannot attempt to advance as the ball is thrown to the pitcher.

    • If a runner occupying first base attempts to steal second base and the catcher throws to second base, a runner occupying third base cannot advance to home plate.

    • Home plate is CLOSED to stealing.

  7. ​10 Run Rule will be in effect after the 3rd game (after exhibition).

Pitching Rules

  1. Pitching distance shall be 38 feet.

    • 1 game / calendar week - 35 pitches or 2 innings pitched, whatever comes first

    • 2 games / calendar week - 50 pitches or 3 innings pitched, whatever comes first

      • All players should be encouraged to try pitching, especially during exhibition portion of season (first 3 games)

    • No dropped third strike.

  2. One pitch thrown equals one inning pitched.

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

  4. Three (3) hit batters rule: If a pitcher hits three batters, regardless of the inning, that pitcher shall be removed and replaced with a new pitcher.

Length of Games

  1. No new inning will be started after the 1-hour 30 minute time limit has expired.  The game will end (drop dead) at the 1-hour 45 minute 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.  Final score will revert to the last completed inning.

    • Maximum of five runs per inning except in the sixth or final inning which will be open.

    • Umpire will inform both Managers of the final and open inning prior to the first pitch of that inning.

  2. Ten run rule (after the 3rd game):  If the visiting team is leading by at least 10 runs at the end of four 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 fourth inning or later, the game shall be declared complete and the home team shall be declared the winner.

SBP Unique Rules

  1. You can designate a substitute runner for a catcher only, if they are on base with two outs.

  2. Teams must have 8 players to play.

    • Teams may pull players “up” from our “Pinto American” division to fill in their rosters.

    • Teams may not use players from other “Pinto National” division teams to fill in their rosters.

    • Only registered players from South Bay PONY will be permitted to fill in rosters.

  3. Teams unable to field an 8 person roster will forfeit that game.

    • The league encourages a scrimmage game be played for the benefit of those present.

  4. A team playing with 8 players will omit the ninth batting spot and an automatic out will be called for the first time the vacant batting spot is reached.  No out is recorded thereafter.

  5. Should a player have to leave early for any reason, that player’s position in the batting line-up will incur an automatic out for the first time that batting spot is reached.  No out is recorded thereafter.

  6. Both teams are responsible for set-up and break-down of the fields before and after each game.

  7. Each team is responsible for two new baseballs for each game.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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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