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Last Revised on January 08, 2016

1. Practice Schedule/Scrimmage Games

A. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure that For the Sake of God’s Children policies for Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and games.

B. Three (3) practices and/or scrimmages are permitted per week.

C. Practices are to be no longer than two (2) hours in duration.

D. Scrimmages noted in line “a” above are any games other than a CYM scheduled game or tournament game.

E. Practices are NOT to be held on Sunday mornings.

F. It is strongly recommended that teams have at least one individual certified in CPR present at all practices and games. The individual may be a parent, coach or parish volunteer and the certification should be current and should have been completed by and accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association)

2. Game Rules

National Federation of State High School Association - Exceptions/Additions

3. General Rules for Baseball

A. For regular season, games will consist of seven (7) innings for “C” Division and six (6) innings for “Y” Division(s). For all Divisions a game that is stopped due to weather, darkness or permit time being expired will be considered a completed regulation game if four (4) full innings have been completed. It will also be considered a completed game if three and a half (3 ½) innings have been completed and the home team is ahead. If less innings have been played, the game will be considered a suspended game and will be played at a later date from the point where the game was stopped. Coaches for both teams are to have the umpire sign their scorebooks noting the point and reason the game was stopped. In the “C” Division, if a team has a ten (10) run lead at the completion of five (5) innings, the game will be considered a completed, regulation game. The “Y” Division(s) will be four (4) innings.

B. Re-entry Rule - Any starting player(s) may be withdrawn and then re-enter a game. The player must occupy the same position in the batting order from which he/she vacated. A substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter the game. The provisions of Federation Rules govern removal of the starting pitcher if he/she is withdrawn while on the mound pitching. However, if the starting pitcher is replaced using a batter (DH) or base runner (Courtesy runner), he/she may re-enter the game immediately as the pitcher.

C. For “Y” Division(s), there will be a limit of ten (10) batters per inning. The tenth (10th) batter may be intentionally walked. This rule will not apply during the last inning of the game and for all “C” Division games. On Saturdays and Sundays, more than one game will be scheduled at many fields. No game may begin an inning later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.

D. When inter-divisional play occurs and a “Y” team plays a “C” Division team, “C” Division rules will apply.

4. Pitching

A. A pitcher may pitch no more than nine (9) innings in a calendar week. A calendar week will be Monday through Sunday. (NOTE: The rule that allowed 7 innings plus 3 extra innings in one game has been eliminated).

B. If a pitcher delivers one (1) pitch in an inning, that will constitute one (1) inning pitched.

C. A pitcher in the "C" Division must have a minimum of two (2) days rest between pitching assignments in which he/she has pitched more than four (4) innings.     (Example - a pitcher in the "C" Division, who pitches in more than four (4) innings of a Sunday game, may not pitch again until Wednesday.) A pitcher in the "Y/O" Divisions must have a minimum of two (2) days rest between pitching assignments in which he/she has pitched more then three (3) innings. (Example - a pitcher in the "Y/O" Division, who pitches in more then three (3) innings of a Sunday game, may not pitch again until Wednesday)

D. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used as specified in above section shall be declared forfeited.

E. Trips to the mound as per Federation Rules. Any questions a coach has about infield conferences should be reviewed with umpire prior to the game.

5. Batting

A. The use of the extra batter (EB) as a tenth (10th) player is optional to each manager. If the "EB" is used, the re-entry rule (See 3B above) will apply to this player also. Once the decision is made, it remains in effect for the entire game.

B. The use of the designated hitter (DH) rule is optional. The "DH" bats for a player in the field. The player in the field does not bat. IF A COACH WANTS TO USE THE "DH", THE DECISION MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME. Once the game starts, the “DH” cannot be started. See Federation Rules.

C. Once the batting ORDER is established, the batting ORDER NEVER CHANGES.

6. Running Bases

A. Courtesy Runner - A courtesy runner is optional for a pitcher and catcher at any time. The courtesy runner for the catcher is strongly recommended to assist in speeding up play by allowing the catcher to return to the dugout and put on the equipment. The courtesy runner must come from a player on the bench who has not been in the game or is not currently in the game. If a team is using all available players in the game and there are no substitutes, the player that made the last out can be used as the courtesy runner. The same courtesy runner can be used more than once in a game and in the same inning (i.e., A pitcher and catcher bat and reach base in the same inning). The same courtesy runner can be used for both.

B. A base runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. If the runner maliciously runs into the fielder, the runner will be ejected from the game.


A. In the "C" play-offs, all games will consist of seven (7) full innings. In the "Y" playoffs, all games will consist of six (6) full innings.

B. Suspended games must be played from the point the game was stopped. Coaches for both teams are to have the umpire sign their scorebooks noting the point and reason the game was stopped.

C. Pitcher Rules for playoff competition for all divisions will be the same as regular season Pitching Rules (See Section 3 above)

D. Violation of rules above will result in a forfeit of the game.

E. CYM baseball section 3c will apply for playoffs.

8. Equipment

A. It is recommended that anyone wearing metal dental appliances such as braces wear protective mouth guard.

B. The baseball used for games will be the “Babe Ruth” or “Senior League” baseball. Any brand of “Babe Ruth” or “Senior League” baseball can be used. Each team will provided one (1) game ball.

C. Effective January 1, 2012, only baseball bats approved by “Federation” (up to a -3) and displaying the BBCOR seal may be used in CYM baseball games.

D. All catchers must wear a mask with throat protector, chest protector, head protector, protective cup and shin guards.

E. Players who are batting, waiting on-deck, running the bases or coaching a base must wear batting helmets. Chinstraps are recommended.

F. The home team is responsible for the bases.

G. Metal cleats are permitted beginning in spring 2007.

Related Policies:

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266