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Major 70 Rules


Major 70 (Ages 11-13)

The Major 70 Division is considered advanced divisions 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 a safe and positive experience for all.


  • No new inning may start after 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Max time is 1 hour 50 minutes.

  • 5 Run Rule.

  • No player shall sit out defensively for two (2) consecutive innings. No player shall sit out defensively for a second time, until all other eligible players have sat out at least one defensive inning, excluding the starting pitcher and catcher.

    • Starting Pitcher and/or Catcher is defined as the player that started the game at pitcher or catcher, once they vacate either of those positions, they will no longer be excluded from sitting requirements.

  • Standard “Slaughter Rule” applies.


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

  • Pitchers can only pitch 2 complete innings per game.


  • All players that are present are included in the batting order.

  • A courtesy runner may be used to run for the pitcher and catcher of record. Runner must be last out recorded (either in current inning or last inning).