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2018 CornBelt "A" Rules
Volume VII, March 18, 2018
BRONCO RULES AND BI-LAWS
1. The CORN BELT "A" BASEBALL LEAGUE
A. The Corn Belt Baseball League (CBBL) shall consist of 3 divisions - Div I, II, III
I) 2018 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 and Forty($140.00) dollar annual fee shall be paid by each team to the
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, email@example.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 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Rule book and shall be superseded by specific rules within our own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.
4. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
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 2018 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.
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. 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
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
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
no substitute, an out will
not be recorded in that players
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
C. A pitcher is considered to have made an appearance after having thrown
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.
8. CBBL BALK RULE
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.
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
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
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
league baseballs. MUST BE SENIOR LEAGUE STAMPED OR HIGHEER
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
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)
C. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
C. A league protest committee does have the authority to declare the game a forfeit.
14. GAME RECORDS
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: www.rockcreekball.com
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.
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.
A. Base stealing is allowed, each field will have a steal line marked at each base.
The Steal Line will be 10 feet from back edge of each base, and be at least
2 feet long, No Base Runner will be allowed to lead off with any foot on the line
or be past the line before a ball is pitched. Violaters over the line, if they
steal and the umpire catches them must return to the previous base.
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
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
D. If a pitcher goes from the wind up, the runner does not have to use the steal line,
only if the pitcher pitches from the stretch the runner has to stay behind the line
19. ALL-STAR GAME
A. Sunday July 8, 2018
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
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 2017 at NEWARK/Sandwich (Final 4)
I) Tournament play shall run from July 2 with the
Finals July 8, 2015
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
II) Pitchers may pitch a total of nine(9) innings the second week of
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
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