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League Rules


Please also see the ADDITIONAL RULES that apply to each division separately 

1) The managers and coaches are responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, their players’ parents, and fans, at all times. All individuals are to act within the zero tolerance policy.

2) Swearing or abusive language will not be tolerated. Umpires may eject league personnel or players for flagrant first offenses. Repeat offenders will be dealt with by the HNPYBL Board of Directors. Fans in violation of this rule will be asked to leave the park area and the game will be held up until they comply. Forfeiture may result if action persists.

3) Players may be disciplined by their managers and/or coaches for lateness, absenteeism or personal conduct unbecoming a member of the league. If any player is withheld from a game or removed from a game for disciplinary reasons, the opposing coach must be informed immediately upon making the decision to withhold the player. The president of the league must be informed of the same action within 48 hours.

4a) Players not in full uniform (gray pants, league-issued shirt and hat) will not be allowed to enter the game. This rule shall not be considered in violation if it is the league’s fault, such as improper fitting uniform, etc. Umpires and coaches shall be properly attired.

4b) Metal spikes or football shoes are not allowed. Any player found with metal spikes or football shoes on during the game will be immediately ejected from the remainder of the game. A player being ejected for violating this rule will result in a 1 game suspension to the manager of that team for the next team game played.

4c) Players in uniform must remain in the dugouts during the games whenever they are not batting or fielding. No one in uniform is to be permitted to sit in the stands during a game.

4d) Players must wear an approved NOSCAE helmet; a face mask is required for girls and recommended for boys. It is mandatory that players purchase and use their own helmet and/or facemask.

5) No one is allowed to stand directly behind the home plate screen or shake the fences in order to distract the players.

6) Intentional misuse of equipment (i.e. throwing of helmet, bat, etc.) shall result in the ejection of offender.

7) While accidental and/or incidental contact is allowed, players should avoid contact at bases where plays are being made to the best of their ability. If, in the judgment of an umpire, the contact is flagrant or intentional, he/she will call the offending player out and may eject said player from the game.

8) Judgment calls by the umpire are not to be questioned (out or safe, fair or foul, etc.). Only interpretation of rules can be questioned. All protests must be announced at the time of the incident before play resumes. The umpire must sign the scorebook noting when the coach announced the protest. This rule does not apply to illegal substitution violations. There should be a MAJOR attempt by both coaches to resolve or settle the issue on the field at the time of the incident. If necessary, a board member not involved in the game should be consulted for help with the rule. All protests must be presented in writing, clearly and concisely, to the president of the league, within 48 hours.

9) No manager or coach will argue with umpires. They will not question any calls made by the umpires whether right or wrong unless it is an interpretation of the rules. If the manager questions the ability of an umpire, he will report his opinion to the league Umpire-in-Chief as soon as possible after the game is played.

10) All fans must always remain behind the out of play line. Once the game beginnings, each team will have no more than 3 coaches except for Rookie League where 4 coaches are allowed.

11a) When any manager or his/her assistant is ejected from a game, that person will be suspended from the team's next game. If the same person is ejected from 2 games in the same season, that person will be suspended for one (1) calendar year.

11b) If an umpire ejects any player from any game, that player will be suspended from the team's next game. (The player under suspension will be required to sit on the bench with his/her uniform shirt on and will be required to attend the suspended game in full.) Failure to do so will result in an additional game suspension. If the ejected player’s conduct warrants a more severe punishment, the Board of Directors will meet and further action will be taken.

11c) If a coach is ejected from the game and there is no one to take his/her place, (any league personnel of record may coach said team), a parent of record from that team can coach the remainder of the game.

12) A suspended manager or coach may not participate in the coaching of his/her team in any way during their suspension. They may not keep the scorebook or communicate with their team in any way. They may come to the park and watch the same from the stands, but strictly as a spectator. Once the game is completed, they may talk to their team in the dugout. Any violation of this rule will result in a one (1) calendar year suspension.

13) If a coach is coaching more than one team (ex. Boys 1st Minor Ponytail Minor) and is ejected from a game in 1st Minors and a game in Ponytail, this will be considered by the HNPYBL Board of Directors as two ejections in the same season and will result in a one (1) calendar year suspension.

14) One game suspension is automatic and cannot be appealed. However, one-year suspensions may be appealed before the full Board of Directors of HNPYBL. The suspended manager or coach must sit out until the next scheduled meeting.

2Hour Time Limit Guidelines: On Saturdays and Sundays all games (not Senior Boys) have a 2 hour time limit. No new inning will begin after 1 hour and 50 minutes from the starting time of the game. The exception to this is tie games. Tie games are to be played until a team wins the game. This rule is also in effect for the last game of the day.

Example: 1st game starts at 10:00 a.m.; no new inning can start after 11:50 a.m. unless the game is tied. The first game ends at 12:00 p.m. Umpires will allow a maximum of three (3) minutes per team for warm-up for game 2. Game 2 begins at 12:07 p.m. and no new inning can start after 1:57 unless the game is tied at that time.

All Senior Pony, Major Pony, Minor Pony, Rookie Pony, 1st Minor Boys, 2nd Minor Boys and Rookie Boys will have a 2-hour time limit during the week. No new inning will begin after 2 hours from the starting time of the game. The exception to this is tie games. Tie games are to be played until a team wins the game with the exceptions of Rookie Pony and Minor Pony (See 15b).

15b) Games will be allowed to end in a tie for both Rookie Pony and Minor Pony after completion of nine full innings of play during the regular season.

15c) All Softball and Rookie Boys games will implement the International tie-breaker after 6 complete innings of play to break a tie.


16) HURRY UP RULE: When there are two (2) outs and the catcher for the following inning is on base or reaches base, a timeout will be called and he/she MUST be substituted for by a base runner. The player who made the 2nd out of the inning, whether it was at bat or as a base runner either tagged or forced out, must be the substitute. If the player who actually makes the 2nd out sustains a game ending injury, the player that made the first out becomes the substitute runner. The coach is to instruct the catcher to promptly get his/her gear on, as the rule is designed to speed up the game, eliminating the unnecessary time wasted waiting for the catcher. Failure to use the speed up rule after being presented with it by the opposing coach or umpire will result in the runner being declared out. This will be the 3rd out of the inning.



There will be a seven (7) innings two (2) consecutive games rollover for the Senior Boys and Major Girls levels.

There will be an ten (10) innings two (2) consecutive games rollover for the Senior Ponytail level.

The pitching rotation will be as follows:

There will not be any required number of day’s rest between games. Just the number of innings pitched in the two (2) consecutive games will be used. This rule is in effect for all regularly scheduled, makeup games or a combination of.

The start of each playoff series starts a new rotation. During each series, the above will apply.

Example: Regular scheduled games on Thursday and Saturday, and a makeup on Sunday; Pitcher “A” pitches four (4) innings and pitcher “B” pitches two (2) innings on Thursday. Pitcher “A” can only pitch two (2) innings and pitcher “B” is eligible to pitch four (4) innings on Saturday. If pitchers “A” and “B” pitch on Saturday as described, then on Sunday Pitcher “A” can pitch four (4) innings and pitcher “B” can pitch two (2) innings. If pitcher “A” or “B” does not pitch in Saturday’s game, they could pitch six (6) innings on Sunday.

Each pitcher in 1st Minor boys and 2nd Minor boys will be limited to two (2) consecutive innings per a game per a pitcher.

Each pitcher in Minor Ponytail will be limited to two (2) innings per a game per a pitcher (i.e., the 2 innings do not need to be consecutive).

Each pitcher in Major Boys will be limited to three (3) consecutive innings per a game per a pitcher.

Any violation of the pitching rules shall constitute an automatic forfeit of the game. There will not be any protests and or appeals allowed for a game forfeited under this rule.
Absolutely no called up players will be allowed to pitch.
One (1) pitch to a batter constitutes an inning pitched.

Baseball  - 1st inning for pitcher 8 pitches and then 5 pitches for every inning after for that pitcher. A new pitcher would receive 8 warm up pitches in his 1st inning of pitching.
Softball  - 1st inning for pitcher 5 pitches and then 3 pitches for every inning after for that pitcher. A new pitcher would receive 5 warm up pitches in her 1st inning of pitching. umpire makes a final determination.

17b) Major boys and under: Once a pitcher is removed from the pitching mound, he can not return to the mound to pitch.

17c) The intentional walk will be declared and is automatic. 

18) No game or practice session should be held when weather or field conditions are not good particularly when lighting is inadequate.

19) At first sign of an imminent electrical storm, everyone must vacate the playing field and seek appropriate shelter. Stay away from the fences and backstops. Games are not automatically over, they are suspended. Seek shelter but do not leave the park until the

20) All accident reports are to be turned into the league within (24) hours.

21) No fans or unauthorized people are to be permitted in the dugouts or in the painted area behind the dugout during games.

22a) Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at any league function (practice or game) nor are players in uniform to be in possession of the same while at Shoshone Park. Offenders will be immediately suspended from the league and may not be reinstated until the Board of Directors has reviewed the incident. This rule also applies to all coaching personnel. Any fan found to be in violation will be removed from the park and the game will not continue until the fan has complied.

22b) Smoking and tobacco use at all levels is prohibited on or around the playing field while participating in a game.

23a) If a team needs to call up players to fill out their game roster, they are allowed to have a maximum of 11 players (both regular and called players), for all levels except 2nd Minor Boys, Rookie Boys, Minor Ponytail, and Rookie Pony where you can have a maximum of 12 players. If at the start of the game you have greater than the above limits, you must send home one of the called players.

23b) No called up player is permitted to wear the uniform shirt of the team calling them up.

23c) All called up players must be declared to the opposing coach at the time of the lineup exchange.

24) All batters, base runners and batters on deck must wear a helmet. Catchers warming up the pitchers between innings must wear the mask, protective cup, and helmet. It is strongly recommended that all boys wear a protective cup regardless of what position they are playing.

25) Pitchers must wear a helmet while warming up between innings while in the area around the mound.

26) The home team will be on the 1st base side.

27) Except as noted, all rules in the Official Babe Ruth and Official Baseball rule books accordingly will be in effect for the baseball leagues. Except as noted, all rules in the ASA rule books accordingly will be in effect for the softball leagues.

28) At all levels and divisions of play, each player is required to play one more than half of that team's games during the regular season. If a player fails to do so, that player will not be eligible for playoff games. The league will review all players at the end of the season from the team scorebooks to ensure eligibility for postseason play. Exceptions: Documented medical excuse and split home situations, where one parent/guardian lives out of the area. Any player not meeting playoff eligibility in their own division will not be eligible to be called up to play in the playoffs in any division. The use of any ineligible player will result in an automatic forfeit.

29) There will be a 15 minute grace period for all games. If a team only has 8 players, the umpire will delay the start of the game for up to 15 minutes. If after the 15 minutes the team still has only 8 players, the game will be forfeited unless the 9th player is within the umpires eyesight. The umpire will keep the official time. If the game is declared a forfeit, both teams need to fill out each other's books with their entire roster present for the players to get credit for a game played. The game must be finished with a minimum of 9 players at all times.

30) Players may not wear watches, rings, pins, or other jewelry.

31) All defensive coaches must remain in the dugout on their side of the diamond when their team is on defense. Exceptions: Rookie Boys and Rookie Girls.

32) All teams must keep a handwritten scorebook. Scorebooks should be kept clear and concise. Electronic scorebooks will not be considered an official book of record. The following are required to be noted in your score book:
a. Date
b. Opponent
c. Each player’s last name and first initial. Not first names only.
d. All player substitutions and pitching changes along with the innings the changes were made.
e. Both teams lineups MUST be kept by both teams.
f. The announced start time.
g. All substitutions and pitching changes must be reported to the other team’s scorekeeper/manager and recorded in both scorebooks at the time of the change.

h. Innings pitched by a pitcher must be recorded in each scorebook.
Note: The home team’s scorebook will be used by the umpire as the official scorebook.
Note: All score books are subject to review by any league official.

33) The umpire must meet with the coaches before the game to discuss rules. Pitching eligibility will be exchanged at this time.

34) No throwing of bats is allowed while batting. One team warning and then the batter will be called out.

35) Any player suspended from their house team cannot be called up until their suspension has been served.

36) ROSTER: Teams consistently showing up with an incomplete roster will be monitored by the Division Reps. Players not showing up with consistency will be contacted by the Rep and may be dropped from the program if it is obvious they are not committed to playing. The Reps have the right to contact any roster player in the league at any time during the season. If any player is determined to be no longer playing for the rest of the season, the player agent and division/system rep should be notified immediately when the information is available.

37) No player should be in use of a telecommunications device during the game.

38a) We will be playing with a continuous batting order and free substitution at all levels of play (except Senior Boys). All players present must be entered in the batting order. A late arriving player is added to the bottom of the batting order. A player that has to leave early or is injured is removed from the lineup and skipped when their turn comes up. Their team is not charged with an out. If a player has been ejected, when their spot comes up, the team will take an out. Once removed from the game, a player may not be reentered to the game. Being that all of these leagues are capped in the amount of batters they can have per inning, you will bat the maximum number of hitter in the lineup of the 2 teams or 3 outs are recorded – whichever comes first. (Example: Team A has 12 players and Team B has 10. Both teams will bat no more than 12 batters per an inning.) The maximum amount of batters to be used each inning will be determined with the original lineups given at the beginning of the game and will remain unchanged throughout the entire game. Defensive Playing Time – No player may sit on the bench for 2 consecutive innings in any game. (Exception – injury or illness only).

38b) Playoffs: For all playoff games, the offensive team must commit 3 outs, and will not be capped in the amount of batters they may have in any inning. (See Exception Rule 38c).

38c) Playoffs: There will be a 12 run mercy rule for all divisions. This rule will be in effect once a game is deemed official.

38d) Called up players for all divisions will be allowed to remain in the batting order for the entire game, and they are allowed to play no more than 1 consecutive defensive innings, with a maximum of 3 defensive innings in the game throughout the game if the team has 9/10 of their own players. (Exceptions: injury and ejection if no other rostered player is available). They are required to play a minimum of 2 defensive innings throughout the game.

39) Pitchers are not allowed to wear white sleeves, ragged sleeves or wristbands while pitching. A batting glove on the glove hand is permitted.

40) The home team is in charge of the scoreboard controller, including picking it up and returning it.

41) Call Up Players: All teams can call up players from any team in the immediate division below their division. The called up players must be in the oldest baseball/softball group below them. Exception: Senior Pony may call up 11-year-old players after calling ALL 12-year-old players first and no 12-year -old is available to play in that game.

42) Playoff Seeding: Playoff seeding and regular season champion will be decided based on winning percentage. There will be no regular season co-champions. In the case of a tie for first place, the following tiebreakers will be in effect:

Two team tie (after winning percentage)

  1. head to head

  2. one game will be added to the regular season to determine a winner (coin toss to decide home team).

Three or more team tie (after winning percentage)

  1. winning percentage among the tied teams (based on games versus each other)

  2. if a tie remains between two teams defer to two team tiebreaker process.

  3. if a tie remains with three or more teams, utilize runs against based on games versus remaining tied teams. The two teams with the lowest runs against based on games versus teams remaining will defer to two team tiebreaker.

43) The champion of the winner’s bracket will be the home team for the first game of the championship series. If a second game is necessary, the home team will be determined by a coin toss. Clarification: Higher seed gets 1st base dugout, the lower seed gets the 3rd base side. The umpire flips a coin before the game at home plate. The higher seed makes the call, and the winner has the choice of home or away.

Glossary of Rules

A BALK is an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base.

A BALL is a pitch which does not enter the strike zone in flight and is not struck at by the batter. If the pitch touches the ground and bounces through the strike zone it is a “ball.” If such a pitch touches the batter, he shall be awarded first base. If the batter swings at such a pitch after two strikes, the ball cannot be caught, for the purposes of drop third strike rules. If the batter hits such a pitch, the ensuing action shall be the same as if he hit the ball in flight. A DROPPED 3rd STRIKE is in effect when the catcher drops the 3rd strike, the batter may advance to 1st base if: (1) 1st base is not occupied or (2) first base is occupied with two (2) outs. If there are less than 2 outs and 1st base is occupied, the batter is out and may not advance on a dropped third strike.

An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule. The runners may advance at their own risk. They need to tag up if the ball is caught.

A STRIKE is a legal pitch when so called by the umpire, which:
a. Is struck at by the batter and is missed;
b. Is not struck at, if any part of the ball passes through any part of the strike zone;
c. Is fouled by the batter when he has less than two strikes;
d. Is bunted foul;
e. Touches the batter as he strike at it;
f. Touches the batter in flight in the strike zone; or
g. Becomes a foul tip.

Batting Order: Each player of the team at bat shall become the batter and shall take his/her position within a batter’s box, on either side of home plate, in the order in which his/her name appears in the lineup determined prior to the game. This order shall be followed during the entire game except that an entering substitute shall take the replaced player’s place in the batting order. A batter is in proper order if he/she follows the player whose name precedes his/her in the lineup, even though such preceding batter may have batted out of order. An improper batter is considered to be at bat as soon as he/she is in the batter’s box and the ball is live. When the improper batter’s infraction is first discovered by either team, time may be requested and the improper batter replaced by the proper batter with the improper batter’s ball and strike count still in effect, provided the infraction is detected before the improper batter is put out or becomes a base runner.

Only the defensive team may appeal batting out of order after the batter has completed his/her time at bat. Any outs made on the play stand. An out for batting out of order supersedes an out by the improper batter on a play. While the improper batter is at bat, if a runner advances because of a stolen base, balk, wild pitch or passed ball, such advance is legal. After the first inning, the first batter in each inning shall be the player whose name follows that of the last batter who competed his/her time at bat in the preceding inning.

Penalties for batting out of order:

1. A batter shall be called out, on appeal, when he/she fails to bat in his/her proper turn and another batter completes a time at bat in his/her place.

2. When an improper batter becomes a runner or is put out and the defensive team appeals to the umpire before the first legal or illegal pitch, or, play or attempted play, or prior to an intentional base on balls or before the infielders leave the diamond if a half­ inning is ending, the umpire shall declare the proper batter out and return all runners to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

3. When an improper batter becomes a runner or is put out and a legal pitch or illegal pitch has been delivered to the succeeding batter, or an intentional base on balls has occurred, or all infielders have left the diamond if a half­inning is ending, and before an appeal is made, the improper batter becomes the proper batter and the results of his/her time at bat becomes legal.

4. When the proper batter is called out because he/she has failed to bat in turn, the next batter shall be the batter whose name follows that of the proper batter thus called out.

5. When an improper batter becomes a proper batter because no appeal is properly made as above, the next batter shall be the batter whose name follows that of such legalized improper batter. The instant an improper batter’s actions are legalized, the batting order picks up with the name following that of the legalized improper batter. Note: When several players bat out of order before discovery so that a player’s time at bat occurs while he is a runner, such player remains on base, but he is NOT out as a batter.

Catcher Obstruction: A batter becomes a runner with the right to attempt to score by advancing to first, second, third, and home bases in the listed order when: The catcher or any other defensive player obstructs him/her. The coach or captain of the team at bat, after being informed by the umpire of the obstruction, shall indicate whether or not he elects to decline the obstruction penalty and accept the resulting play. Such election shall be made before the next pitch (legal or illegal), before the award of an intentional base on balls, or before the infielders leave the diamond. Obstruction of the batter is ignored if the batter reaches first and all other runners advance at least one base.

1. Any runner attempting to advance (i.e., steal or squeeze) on a catcher’s obstruction of the batter shall be awarded the base he/she is attempting. If a runner is not attempting to advance on the catcher’s obstruction, he/she shall not be entitled to the next base, if not forced to advance because of the batter being awarded first base. If obstruction is enforced, all other runners on the play will return to base occupied at time of the pitch. The batter is awarded first base, if he did not reach base.

2. If obstruction is not enforced, all other runners advance at their own risk.

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