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Last Revised on March 04, 2019

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 the Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and meets. This includes coaches wearing CYM IDs at all practices and matches.

b. Practices, scrimmages and matches are not to be held on Sundays before noon.

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

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

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

2. General Rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Length of games – both regular season and playoff games will consist of 7 innings for C Division, and 6 innings for Y Division.

b. Stopped games – In both divisions, a game that is stopped due to weather, darkness or permit expiration will be considered complete if 4 full innings were played, or if 3 ½ innings were played and the home team is ahead. If fewer innings were 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.

c. Starting new innings – no game may begin a new inning later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.

d. Mercy rule - In the C Division, if a team has a 10 run lead at the completion of 5 innings, the game will be considered complete. In the Y Division, if a team has a 10 run lead at the completion of 4 innings, the game will be considered complete.

3. Game Rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Re-entry rule – A starting player may be withdrawn and then re-enter a game. The player must occupy the same position in the batting order upon return. A substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter the game. Federation Rules govern removal of the starting pitcher if he 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.

b. Batting limit – In Y Division, there is a limit of 10 batters per inning. The 10th batter may be intentionally walked.

i. This rule does not apply in the final inning of a Y Division game, and does not apply in any C Division inning/game.

c. Pitching – a pitcher may pitch no more than 9 innings in a calendar week, which is Monday through Sunday.  If a pitcher delivers 1 pitch in an inning, it will constitute 1 inning pitched.

i. Rest – a pitcher in C Division must have a minimum of 2 days rest between pitching assignments in which he has pitched more than 4 innings.  A pitcher in Y Division must have a minimum of 2 days rest between pitching assignments in which he has pitched more than 3 innings.

ii. Trips to the mound will be governed by Federation Rules.  Questions about infield conferences should be reviewed with the umpire prior to the start of a game.

iii. A game in which an ineligible pitcher has been used will be considered a forfeit.

d. Batting

i. Extra batter – use of the extra batter as a 10th player is at the option of each manager.  If the extra batter is used, the re-entry rule at Section 3(a) will apply to this player.  Once the decision to use or not use the extra batter is made, it applies for the entire game.

ii. Designated hitter – using a designated hitter is optional.  The designated hitter bats for a player in the field, which player does not bat.  The decision to use a designated hitter must be made prior to the start of the game; once the game starts, the designated hitter cannot be started.

iii. Once batting order is established, it does not change.

e. Running Bases – 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.

i. 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 his 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 pitcher and catcher.

4. Equipment

a. It is recommended, but not required, for any contestant wearing dental appliances or braces to wear a mouth guard.

b. The baseball used for games will be the “Babe Ruth” or “Senior League” baseball.  Any brand can be used.  Each team will provide 1 game ball.

c. Only baseball bats approved by the Federation (up to a -3) and displaying the BBCOR seal may be used.

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 based or coaching a base must wear batting helmets.  Chin straps are recommended.

f. Both teams must bring bases to all games.

g. Metal cleats are permitted.

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