2018 CornBelt "A" Rules

                Volume VIII, April 8, 2019
                        BRONCO RULES AND BI-LAWS

   A. The Corn Belt Baseball League (CBBL) shall consist of 3 divisions - Div I, II, III
      I) 2019 shall consist of 2 divisions, Play everyone in Divison twice, once other.
   B. Any team from a town not recently been in any level of Corn Belt Baseball wishing

      to enter the league must attend and be approved by a vote of the league at the

      annual league meeting in the spring by majority vote.
   C. Each division shall select a Division Director at the league meeting.
   D. A one hundred ($100.00) dollar annual fee shall be paid by each team to the

      league Secretary/Treasurer.
   E. An additional five($5.00) dollar entry fee shall be paid by each new team

      that is from a new town and has been approved to enter the league.
   F. League fees must be paid to the Secretary/Treasurer no later than the 1st of May.
   G. The league Secretary/President shall be paid from the league funds six($6.00)

      dollars per team.
   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,
      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.

   The CBBL shall be governed by the Official Rules of Major League Baseball and Bronco

   Rule book and shall be superseded by specific rules within our own

   league as described herein.(Bronco Rule Book Click Here)
   A. There is drop third strike Now we play Bronco Rules.

   B. Infield Fly rule does apply

   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.

   A. The league shall begin competition whenever each division or a majority thereof

   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

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

   A. A player’s eligibility is based on the ages eleven(11) and twelve(12) 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.
   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.

       III) Once the players play for the adjacent town they can continue to play

            for that town.
   D. No player may be rostered on more than one (1)traveling team and be

      eligible to participate in the CBBL- 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.

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

      no later than May 1st.(Rosters for 2019 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.
       I) A maximum of fifteen (15) players to bat in a continuous batting order.
   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.

   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. Each player on a team’s roster DOES NOT HAVE TO PLAY defense for a minimum

      number of outs. EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE to play every player however.

      Players that arrive late, will be inserting into the batting order in the

      last position.
   D. Each team shall have a continuous batting order consisting of no more

      than fifteen(15) batters.
       I) Teams will have free substitution of the fifteen(15) batters for defense

          only. Batting order must remain the same order. Players who show up late

          are placed last in the batting order, and can bat when their turn arrives.
       II) Teams with more than fifteen(15) players can enter the remaining players

           by the re-entry rule.
       III) Teams have the option to bat their fifteen(15) players or bat as many
            players as the opposing team has in their line-up, and substitute the rest

            of the players into the line-up.

       IV ) If a player is injured during the game and can not continue to play and

            there is no substitute, an out will not be recorded in that players spot.
        V ) If a player is ejected and there are no substitutes,
an out will be recorded

     E. 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)
             a ) 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)
   F. 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

                     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

                     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

   F. A game will consist of six(6) innings for a complete game unless

      rule “H” or “G” apply.
   G. If in the event a game is called because of rain before six(6) innings are

      complete, a five(5) inning game will be a complete game, or 4 1/2 innings

      if the home team is winning. Any game rain out before a fifth (5th) inning

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

      because of darkness before five(5) innings, the game will be suspended and

      resumed from that point to complete a full six(6) innings.
   H. A team which is ahead by ten(10) or more runs after four(4) innings of play,

      or the home team is leading by ten(10) or more runs after three and one half

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

   I. If a team is up by 15 runs, that team could no longer steal any bases, until

      the score falls to less than 15 runs, then they could steal again until the

      score reaches up by 15 again. (New 2019)

   A. All twelve (12) year old players may pitch within the guidelines of
Baseball as

      described by the CBBL, 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 pitcher is allowed 6 innings per week, with a limit of 75 pitches per game.

      If there is a discrepancy between the two teams on how many pitches a pitcher

      has thrown, the two sides would add them together and divide by 2, to get the

      number of pitches. If a pitcher hits the 75 pitch mark in the middle of a batter,

      he is allowed to finish pitching to the batter. Regular rest rule applies. In

      the event of a rain make up game added to the schedule, each pitcher is given

      3 more innings for the week(No More than 40 pitches),
        1) A pitcher is allowed to pitch an additional three(3) innings in a one(1)

           week period if his team was scheduled three(3) regular season games in

           one(1) week.
   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. 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.
   F. The determination of a rest period is based on the starting time of the last

      game that the pitcher had pitched in.
   G. A special allowance is made for MAKE-UP and RAINED OUT games, in which a pitcher

      may pitch an additional three(3) innings a week, provided the pitcher(s) is not

      in violation of the required minimum rest period. The additional innings MUST

      BE USED in the make-up game.
   H. Once a Pitchers is removed from pitching, he can not return to pitch in the same

   I. The pitchers rubber will be 50 feet from the back tip of home plate to the front

      edge of the rubber.

   A. The First Balk will be a warning, and the umpire will tell the offending Pitcher

      what they did, wrong. The next balk by the same pitcher will result in a balk

      one warning is giving to each pitcher once.

   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

   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

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

       1. If there is a Patched Umpire for the plate, there does not have to be a Base


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

   C. 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.

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

   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.

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

   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)
Bat Rule

        A. All (-3) Bats are legal with 2 5/8" Barrel

           **  (-3 bats are recommended)

           All (-4 to -5) Bats can be up to 33" in Length or under

           All (-6 to -9) Bats can be up to 32" in Length or under

           All (-10 to -12) Bats must be 28" in Length or Under

           All Wood Bats are allowed (but why would you use one?)

           All Aluminum Bats with 2 3/4" Barrel Bats are Illegal.

           **  (Only -3 Bats can be used in High School Play and is why -3

                bats are recommended)

      D. The Pitching Rubber is 50 feet

   E. The Bases will be 70 feet apart

   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 Bronco

      BASEBALL RULEBOOK. Protest should be emailed to 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.


   A. The results from each game must be entered on A League Facebook page include

      score and pitchers used, you can also add highlights and Pictures with in

      48 hours of finish of game A Ball Facebook page

      Web Site: 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.

   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.

   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.

   A. Base stealing is allowed. (Steal Line was removed for 2019)(New 2019)

   B. 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..
   C. In the event of a runner off base after a pitched ball and the runner makes an

      attempt to return to the base they were occupying, they must return to that base

      unless a play is made by the defense. No Game Delays

   A. Sunday July 13, 2019 All information below is tenative TBA

      I) Boys should be there in sandwich at the field at 1:15 skills and drills start

         at 2:00 then the game starts at 4:00

      II) Boys get there by 10:15 skills and drills start at 11:00 and then game at

          1:00 this is held in earlville                                                    
   B. 1 sites 2 games
   C. 4 Players per team chosen by their own coach for West Teams 

      4 Players per team chosen by thier own coach for East teams  
   D. Continuous batting order
   E. League will reimburse umpires ($55/Umpire)
   F. Alternate players onto the field
   G. 2 innings maximum a player can pitch
   H. No ten run rule
   I. Game must be 7 innings
   J. Coach from the best records will coach each team
   K. 4 towns per one all-star team (12 players) for maximum players,

      1 team will have 15 players
      Towns/teams for each all-star team will be determined by the board.
   L. Players will receive a Medal for Participating

   A. Tournament Qualifiers
       I) All teams qualify
         a) All teams will be seeded by record
         b) Seeding will be done by the board

         C) Winning percentage times games played

         d) Single elimination tournament
   B. Tournament Play 2019 at Sandwich (Final 4)
       I) Tournament play

          Finals July 2, 2019

          1st Place at 1:00pm

          3rd Place at 3:30pm
   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 nine(9) innings the second week of

          the tournament
          No rest period required for pitchers pitching on Friday then Saturday.

   E. Host Town of final 4 will Be responsible for Providing:

       I) Two Patch Umpires(which League will reimburse cost up to $55(Home) & $45(Bases)

      II) Field in Proper Condition

     III) 1 Dozen Base Balls

      IV) Advance Public Notice

       V) Sound System for Public Address Announcing For Championship Game

      VI) Concessions

     VII) Decorations

   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
   D. All - Star Participants will receive a Trophy