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                    2016 Corn Belt "B" Rules

                   Volume IX, April 3, 2016
                           LITTLE LEAGUE RULES AND BI-LAWS

1. The CORN BELT "B" BASEBALL LEAGUE
   A. The Corn Belt "B" Baseball League (CBBBL) shall consist of how every many Division's

      The league managers vote on.
   B. Any team wishing to enter the league must attend and be approved by a vote of the

      league at the annual league meeting in the spring.
   C. Each division shall select a Division Director at the league meeting.

   D. Each town will have one vote on league matters, no matter how many teams in has.
   E. A one hundred and Thirty Five ($135.00) dollar annual fee shall be paid by each team

      to the league President.
   F. An additional five($5.00) dollar entry fee shall be paid by each new team that

      has been approved to enter the league.
   G. League fees must be paid to the League no later than the 1st of May.

   H. Any additional fees shall be assessed if and when as they become necessary.
   I. All correspondences to the League should be done by email, rockcreekball@aol.com
      ONLY Phone in EMERGENCY
   J. There are No Complaints to be addressed to the League concerning Rules or

      Umpires, that should be handled on the Field.

      ANY COMPLAINT WILL COST $50 a complaint.
2. LEAGUE RULES
   The CBBBL shall be governed by the Official Rules of Major League Baseball and Pony

   Baseball Rule book, Little League Rule Book and Corn Belt "A" League and shall be

   superseded by specific rules within our own league as described herein.
   A. As per Little League Rules, there is no drop third strike in Corn Belt "B" Baseball.

   B. There is no Infield Fly rule in effect in Corn Belt Baseball. But teams can not

      drop the ball on purpose in an attempt to turn a Double Play. If the Umpire

      discretions is that it was on purpose he shall call time and call the batter

      out, and all base runners return to their bases.

   C. No "Slash Bunt" Rule For safety reasons, a batter is out for illegal action when

      he/she fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing. This would eliminate a A-Ball
      player from fake bunting and “slap-hitting” the ball.

3. SCHEDULES
   A. The league shall begin competition whenever a majority thereof
decides.
   B. Every effort should be made by each division to play as many of their scheduled

      games as possible, prior to the League Tournament, to decide the Division

      Championship.
   C. A minimum of twelve(12) games required to decide a division champ.

   D. Game days for 2016 are Tuesday & Fridays, with Saturdays being for rain make ups.
4. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
   A. A player’s eligibility is based on the ages nine(9) and ten(10) years

      old, whose birth date occurs prior to May 1st. Younger players may

      participate at a coaches and/or parents discretion or to complete a team’s

      roster if necessary. Eleven (11) years old will only be eligible for "B" Ball,

      if the team brings it the the leagues attention at the first meeting of the year

      and each team votes on it.(But can play any position except pitcher).

      It is recommended they play "A" Ball.
   B. Boundary lines determining a players team shall be based on high school

      district or park district providing the player resides at a permanent

      address within that area.
   C. Players living within a town’s districts or school’s area that DOES NOT

      have a team may participate in an adjacent town’s program provided-
       I) The player(s) have been approved by the three(3) league officers
       II) And also by a majority of the coaches within the division.
   D. No player may be rostered on more than one "B" Ball team and be

      eligible to participate in the CBBBL- with the exception of playing on

      a little league and farm league team within the same program.
   E. Any team guilty of a roster violation(s) will be subject to forfeiting

      all games in question.

 

5. ROSTERS
   A. Roster sheets must be completed in full and given to the Division Director

      no later than May 1st.(Rosters for 2015 must be emailed to League office

      to Be Posted ONLINE for every teams viewing)
   B. Rosters shall be limited to a maximum of twenty(20) players.
   C. A MAXIMUM of TWENTY (20) players may be suited in uniform for a game.
   D. Any and all roster changes must be submitted in writing to the Division

      Director at least one(1)week prior to a player’s participation in order

       to be eligible for play.


6. LINEUPS AND PLAY
   A. A team must field a starting line up of no less than eight(8) players in

      order to start the game.
   B. A game may continue with eight(8) players with an OUT being recorded whenever

      the open spot in the batting order comes up. A game started with eight(8)

      players and has no substitutes and a player is ejected during the game, the

      game shall end and the offending team will forfeit the game.
   C. The entire roster shall bat in order.
(See Rule 6-L)
   D. A game will consist of six(6) innings for a complete game unless

      rule “E” or “F” apply.

   E. If in the event a game is called because of rain before six(6) innings are

      complete, a four(4) inning game will be a complete game, or 3 1/2 innings

      if the home team is winning. Any game rain out before a fourth (4th) inning

      is complete the game will be replayed from the beginning. If a game is called

      because of darkness before four(4) innings, the game will be suspended and

      resumed from that point to complete a full six(6) innings. No new inning will

      start after 8:15pm.
   F. A team which is ahead by eleven(11) or more runs after four(4) innings of play,

      or the home team is leading by eleven(11) or more runs after three and one half

      (3 1/2) innings, shall be the winner.

   G. There will be a maximum of five(5) runs per inning, at which time the other team

      will bat, no matter how many outs there are. In the sixth(6th) inning there is

      a maximum of ten(10) runs, unless the score is tied, in which case the 5 run

      rule will be in effect.

   H. Free substitution for all players is allowed.

   I. Each Player on the Roster must play at least Two(2) defensive inning.

   J. Each team will use four(4) outfielders; three(3) if a team has only 9 Players.

   K. Bunting is Allowed. There is no Fake Bunting, and pulling the bat back to swing

      A Batter will be called out if the do so.

   L. Teams have the option to bat their (15) players or bat as

        many players as the opposing team has in their line-up & substitute the rest of

        the players into the line-up (see substitution rule)
             1 ) Any players dressed at the game and not in the batting

                 line-up must be substituted into the line-up for at

                 least (2) innings of defense.(Only if they are not in

                 the batting order)
   M. Re-Entry:
       I) Any starting players may withdraw and re-enter once, provided such player

          occupies the same batting position whenever he is in the line-up. A

          substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter.
       II) All re-entry must be reported to the umpire and/or scorekeeper at time

           of re-entry.
       III) IMPROPER RE-ENTRY: an act of an improper re-entry is handled as a protest

            by the offending team. Improper re-entry is a violation after a pitch is

            made. Examples of improper re-entry are:
             a) Starter who re-enters in an incorrect batting position.
             b) Starter who re-enters a second time.
             c) A substitute who re-enters the game after his removal of the game.

                Effect Sec.6E III
                 1) If an improper re-entry is discovered by the defense while the

                    player is playing offensively, the following penalties will be

                    enforced:
                     A) If the improper re-entry is discovered while he is at bat,

                        player is ejected and a proper substitute assumes any

                        accumulated balls and strikes.
                     B) If the improper re-entry is discovered after he has completed
                        his turn at bat but before a pitch has been made to a

                        succeeding batter he is called out and the player is ejected

                        from the game. All base runners, if they had advanced, must

                        return to the base occupied at the time the improper re-entry

                        took a position in the batter’s box.
                     C) If improper re-entry is not discovered until a pitch is made

                        to the next batter or the improper re-entry enters as a

                        substitute runner, player is ejected. All play that occurred

                        while the improper re-entry was in the game will stand.

                 2) If an improper re-entry is discovered by the offense while the

                    player is playing defensively, the following penalties will be

                    enforced:
                     A) If the improper re-entry is discovered after he makes a play

                        on a fair batted ball (catch or throw) or a play on a foul fly

                        ball before the next pitch, revert back to the previous pitch,

                        the batter and each base runner are advanced one base. The

                        improper player is ejected.
                     B) If the improper re-entry is discovered after a pitch which did

                        not result in a batted ball on which the improper player made

                        a play, the improper player is ejected (This includes the

                        pitcher)



7. PITCHING
   A. All players may pitch within the guidelines of PONY LEAGUE

      Baseball as described by the CBBBL, but must use innings limit listed below.
   B. A pitcher is allowed to pitch in any combination, at total of no more than six

     (6) innings, in a one(1) week period, beginning at midnight Sunday.

      Each team is allowed Three (3) additional innings for rain outs and reschuled

      games where your team would play 3 games in one week. The additional three (3)

      innings must be used in the rain out/make up game ONLY.
   C. A pitcher is considered to have made an appearance after having thrown

      one(1) pitch.
   D. A pitcher is considered to have pitched one(1) inning after having thrown

      his first pitch.

   E. Violation of Article 7. PITCHING B. shall result in forfeiture of all games

      that said pitcher has pitched in the week of the violation.
   F. A pitcher must be given a minimum of forty-eight(48) hours rest after having

      made an appearance,unless he has pitched three(3) innings or less the previous

      night, before pitching in the next game.
   G. The determination of a rest period is based on the starting time of the last

      game that the pitcher had pitched in.
   H. A PITCHER MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE MOUND AND RETURN, PROVIDED HE HAS NOT BEEN

      REMOVED FROM THE GAME DEFENSIVELY.(The Pitcher May Re-enter only Once Per Game)
   I. The pitchers rubber will be 46 feet from the back tip of home plate to the front

      edge of the rubber.

   J. Nine(9) & ten(10) years olds who pitch in "A" ball cannot pitch in "B" ball.

   K. Strike Zone is from the shoulder to slightly below the knee and 2" inches on

      either side of the plate based on the batters upright Standing position.


 

 

8. CBBL BALK RULE
   A. The CBBL DOES NOT acknowledge a balk rule. However, the pitcher shall be required

      to maintain contact with the pitching rubber. All nine(9) fielding players shall

      be required to be positioned inside the foul lines when the pitcher begins his

      delivery motion.
   B. Any violation of this rule shall require the umpire to call a ball WITHOUT warning.

 

9. GAME TIME AND FORFEITS
   A. All game times for weekday games are 6:00pm(some night games start at 8:00pm-

      check schedules) A 6:30pm forfeit time shall require a late team to either take

      the field or begin batting at 6:30pm (8:30pm for night games)
   B. This rule should be enforced by the home plate umpire.
   C. Any game scheduled for Saturday shall start by a mutual agreement between both

      coaches.
   D. Any and all scheduled dates and game times which can not be played MUST be

      rescheduled as soon as possible, by MUTUAL agreement, between the coaches involved.

      The specifics of rescheduling MUST be submitted in writing to the Division Director

      by the home team manager.

   E. There is a 2(two) hour time limit on all games, an inning can not start after 8pm

      An inning starts right after the 3rd out is recorded



10. UMPIRES
   A. The Home team shall be responsible for providing two(2) umpires.

   B. The Umpires should be at least Sixteen (16) years old.

      Umpires will be 16 years or older unless they have participated in at least two hours

      of classroom/practical training in an approved Corn Belt training program.

   C. A Patched umpire must be used for all Playoff games

   D. If the assigned umpire or umpires fail to attend the game,

      both managers must agree on selection of their replacement.
       1. If an agreement can not be reached by the managers acting
responsibly, they are

          both to report by phone or in person to the league office. League office will

          decide if the game should be rescheduled. If the game is played, it is final.
       2. Game may begin with only 1 umpire present, both teams can
agree on a Base Umpire,

          before the game begins. Once the game is played the game is final.

11. BALLS
   A. Home team is responsible for providing two(2)(minimum)new leather little

      league baseballs.
   B. Additional balls must be made available and provided as the home plate umpire

      deems necessary, in order to keep the game moving and to insure the safety of

      the players.

12. EQUIPMENT
   A. All umpires shall be required to enforce ALL PONY LEAGUE RULES regarding

      equipment.
   B. Catchers should be properly protected with a complete set of certified

      regulation gear (including a throat protector, helmet, facemask, chest protector,

      shin guards, and protective cup)
   C. The bat shall be no longer than thirty-two(32) inches in length and the barrel

      shall be no bigger than two and one quarter (2 1/4) inches in circumference.

13. PROTESTS
   A. In the event of a protest, the game must be protested at the time of the play

      or call in question.
   B. The protest must be confirmed at that time and done so in writing and submitted

      to the league President within twenty-four(24) hours as described in the PONY

      BASEBALL RULEBOOK. Protest should be emailed to rockcreekball@aol.com There is

      a $50.00 protest fee, that will be returned if the protest is upheld. You will

      forfeit the protest fee if your protest is Denied.
   C. A league protest committee does have the authority to declare the game a forfeit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. GAME RECORDS
   A. The results from each game and pitchers innings pitched must be submitted to

      facebook page within 48 hours after the game. (NEW FOR 2011)

      Or emailed to rockcreekball@aol.com Highlights

      can also be sent, to be included on the highlights page.
      Web Site: www.rockcreekball.com for standings.
   B. Every team will be responsible for filing a game report. The winning team must

      report the game to get credit for the win. Failure to do so will result in the

      winning team getting credited with a tie instead of the win.

15. PLAYOFF GAME
   A divisional playoff game (if necessary) must be played on the next available

   scheduling date, within one(1) week, on a site to be determined by the board.

16. MANAGERS AND COACHES
   A. All managers and coaches shall be responsible for the conduct and sportsmanship

      of his own players both on and off the field.
   B. Coaches other than adults need to wear protective helmets while coaching the bases.

17. BASE RUNNING

      A. Bases are 60 feet apart.

   B. A runner who leaves the base before the pitch crosses the plate can only advance

      one(1) base farther than the batter. If played on and is out the out stands.

      However, the runner must return to the base with one(1) warning, next occurrence

      removal from base with no out being called.
   C. Base stealing is allowed, only after the pitch crosses the plate.
A runner can

      steal or advance on a pass ball/wild pitch for only one base after reaching base,

      on the base steal attempt the runner is not allowed to advance on an overthrow

      (this encourages the catcher to try and throw out the runner)

   D. Base runners must avoid contact. If contact will be made, the runner must slide.

      If the runner fails to slide and avoid contact, he is out. If the shoulder is

      dropped and the runner intentionally runs into the fielder, he is automatically out

      and ejected.
   E. After a pitch not hit and the ball is back in the pitchers possession, base runners

      must return to their base.
   F. No advance by a base runner on throw back to the pitcher.
   G. No advancement from 3rd by a base runner on an overthrow at 3rd base.

      This DOES NOT INCLUDE if the ball goes out of play on the overthrow. When ball is in

      control in the infield, there is no advancement by a base runner. If the base runner is

      between bases when the ball becomes controlled, and the runner does not stop he can

      continue to the base they were running to and is liable to be tagged out as a result,

      but once the runner stops or makes any motion to head back to the base they just came from,

      they must return to that base while the ball is in control on the infield.

      Common courtesy and sportsmanship shall apply

      (This is MANDATORY FOR ALL TEAMS TO INFORM THE UMPIRE Before the GAME STARTS THAT

      THERE IS NO ADVANCEMENT FROM THIRD ON ANY OVERTHROW, as long as the ball does not

      go out of Play)

19. ALL-STAR GAME
   A. 2016 All-Star Game see minutes

   B. Continuous batting order 3 Players from each team
   C. League pays for umpires
   D. Alternate players onto the field
   E. 2 innings maximum a player can pitch
   F. No ten run rule
   G. Game must be 6 innings
   H. Coach from the best records will coach each team
   I. Players will receive a Medal for Participating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



20. END-OF-SEASON-TOURNAMENT
   A. Tournament Qualifiers
       I) All teams qualify
         a) All teams will be seeded by record
         b) Seeding will be done by the board

         c) 2015 seeds will be Winning Pct. times games Played, then head to head

            then Runs against

         d) All seeding is Final
   B. Tournament Play 2015 TBD

       I) First rounds are played at the high seed, with home town furnishing umpires

      II) Semi-Finals and Finals are at one Host site in 2014 will be at highest seed

     III) 2015 Tournament all games are at the HIGHER seed, and top four must pick up

          Trophies from League President or Leo's Trophies
   C. Tournament Pairings
       I) See Bracket

   D. Tournament Pitching
       I) Pitchers may pitch a total of six(6) innings in the first week of

          the tournament
      II) Pitchers may pitch a total of six(6) innings the second week of

          the tournament

     III) For 2015 Pitchers may pitch a total of six(6) inning in the first week of

          the tournament. Play in Game teams are allowed to

          pitch 9 innings in the 1st week if your team is a play in game.
        

   E. Host Town of final four will Be responsible for Providing: (Not Applicable for 2015)

       I) Two Patch Umpires(which League will reimburse cost up to $35(Home) & $25(Bases)

      II) Field in Proper Condition

     III) 1 Dozen Base Balls League will purchase

      IV) Advance Public Notice

       V) Sound System for Public Address Announcing For Championship Game

      VI) Concessions

     VII) Decorations


21. AWARDS
   A. 1st place Team Trophies will be awarded to Division winners
   B. 1st - 4th Place Team Trophies will be awarded at the Post Season Tournament
   C. Individual trophies will be award to the top 4 finishing teams in the Tournament

      16 per team
   D. All - Star Participants will receive a Trophy