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Is there bunting allowed in Minors? (1/20/2012)
Is there an Infield Fly Rule in Minors? (1/20/2012)
What are the base running rules for Minors? (1/20/2012)
How is the batting order handled in the Minors Division? Do players pitch or do coaches pitch? (1/20/2012)

 

 

Answers

Is there bunting allowed in Minors?
No, there is no bunting allowed in Minors?

Is there an Infield Fly Rule in Minors?
No, there is no Infield Fly Rule for Minors.

What are the base running rules for Minors?

  • No leadoffs are allowed
  • No stealing is allowed
  • No runners may advance if the catcher fails to catch a pitched ball (if a runner attempts to advance on such a pitch and is thrown out, he will be declared out).
  • No runners may advance on an overthrow to the catcher or throwback to the pitcher.
  • If a thrown ball strikes a coach who is pitching it will be considered a dead ball and all runners will be allowed to advance one base.
  • A ball hit to any OUTFIELDER (LF-CF-RF) is considered dead when the ball has reached the infield dirt.  The ball need not be received by any infielder or pitcher.  Base runners will be assigned the base they are nearest to at the point the ball lands in the infield.
  • Exception:  If Existing Base runner(s) are still nearest the base they originally occupied, the runner(s) will be allowed to advance a maximum of 1 base at their own risk.
  • Example 1 – Runners are on second and third base only.  The batter hits the ball to left field, the left fielder returns the ball to an infield,  the runner that is on second base is nearest to second base and the runner on third is nearest to home plate.  In this example, the runner on second base may advance to third at their own risk and the runner on third would advance home.
  • Example 2 – No runners on base.  Batter hits the ball to left field, the left fielder returns the ball to the infield as the runner rounds first base.  The batter must remain at 1st base.  If the runner attempts to gain 2nd base and is out at 2nd base, the runner will be deemed out.  If the runner is safe they must return to first base.
  • A ball hit to any INFIELDER (1B-2B-SS-3B-P-C) the runners (both batter and existing runner(s)) may advance only ONE base at their own risk on an overthrow or defensive error.  If a second overthrow occurs, the runners may not advance on a subsequent overthrow.
  • Example - Runner on 1B and the batter hits a ball to SS, the runner goes to 2B and the SS overthrows 1B, the runner can go to 3B and the batter can go to 2B, both at their own risk.  Then if the 1B overthrows 2B, the batter must remain at 2B and the runner must remain at 3B.

How is the batting order handled in the Minors Division? Do players pitch or do coaches pitch?

Batting Rules

•   All 8 year olds must face opposing team’s pitcher
•   6-7 year olds, upon coach’s discretion, may face opposing team’s pitcher provided the coach informs opposing coach at the start of the game and said 6-7 year old must face opposing team’s pitcher for that entire game.


When a Minor Player is Pitching:

•   Pitching Distance is set at 44’
•   Balls and strikes will be called, provided that:

  • No walks are allowed.  If a pitcher throws a total of 4 balls to a batter, the count is cleared and the batter’s coach will pitch a maximum of 3 pitches.  If the batter fails to hit a ball and reach at least 1st base safely on one of the 3 pitches thrown, the batter will be declared out (“strike out”).

When a Coach is Pitching:

•   The batter’s own coach shall pitch to all 6-7 year olds unless the batter’s coach informs the opposing coach at the start of the game that specific 6-7 year old will face opposing team’s pitcher(s) for that entire game.
•   A batted ball that strikes a coach who is pitching will be considered a dead ball.  The batter will be deemed to have hit a single and all other base-runners shall advance one base only.
•   Balls and strikes will not be called.

  • Neither bases on balls nor hit-by-pitch will be allowed
  • Each batter shall receive a maximum of 7 pitches.  The batter will be declared out upon the occurrence of either of the following:

•   If the batter swings at and misses three of the seven pitches (including foul tips): or
•   If the batter has not hit the ball into fair territory after 7 pitches.

•   Coach shall not pitch the ball until the opposing team’s catcher is in position and ready to receive the ball
•   Coaches shall pitch from no closer than the edge of the dirt on the pitcher’s mound.  No coaches are allowed to be on the grass in front of the mound.  Coaches may choose to pitch from their knees or standing up.
•   The opposing team’s pitcher must have at least one foot on the rubber, when the Coach is pitching.