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Coach Pitch Rules

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Machine - Pitch (7-8 Year Olds)



The Machine - Pitch Division is considered an instructional division and while the intent is to play by MLB rules, there are exceptions to the rules that are being made below.  These exceptions are being made to promote instruction, a safe playing environment, and a positive experience for all. The coach has a maximum of 6 pitches, unless the last pitch is fouled off, batter will be called out. The batter is allowed unlimited foul balls on the last pitch. 


Game

  • No new inning may start after 1hour and 30 minutes. Max time is 1 hour 40 minutes.

  • 5 Run Rule.

  • No player shall sit out defensively for two (2) consecutive innings all players must play an infield position before the end of the 3rd inning. No player shall sit out defensively for a second time, until all other eligible players have sat out at least one defensive inning.

  • Standard  “Slaughter Rule” applies.


Defense

  • The defense shall field a maximum of nine (10) players consisting of six (6) infielders and four (4) outfielders.

  • Each player must play at least one infield position per game.  Catcher is NOT considered an infield position.

  • Outfielder must begin the play 15 feet into the grass/outfield.

  • The pitcher shall be positioned no closer than three (3) feet on either side of the pitching rubber, no further than eight (8) feet from the pitching rubber, and shall be even with or no more than five (5) feet behind (towards outfield) the line between first base and third base.

  • The pitcher cannot move forward until the pitch is delivered.

  • Players may be substituted freely; however, no player may be substituted once an inning has started except for illness or injury.

  • There is no infield fly rule in this division.


Offense

  • There will be no “slash” bunts (batter shows bunt then pulls back and swings at the ball).

  • Batters will not be walked.

  • A batted ball that hits the coach pitching, or the machine, is considered dead, batter and runners advance one base.  A thrown ball that hits the coach pitching is considered dead and batters/runners are awarded the base they are going to.

  • The coach has a maximum of 6 pitches, unless the last pitch is fouled off, batter will be called out. The batter is allowed unlimited foul balls on the last pitch

  • Runners may advance according to the following:

    • When a batter puts the ball into play all runner(s) may advance at their own risk until the ball is fielded by an infielder within the infield.  The infield is considered to be inside the baselines.

    • Stealing is not permitted.

    • Advancement of only one base on overthrows and no additional bases can be taken on subsequent overthrows.


Managers / Coaches

  • 3 coaches and 1 manager are permitted within the playing area. Up to three may be on the field and one must remain in the dugout at all times.

  • There will be no appeals to umpire rulings.