Boys and Girls ages 7 - 8 (experienced 6 y/o allowed to play up).
Rookie (Machine Pitch)
Rookie teams play an inter-locking regular season schedule ( 7 & 8), End of Season Tournament is split into separate tournaments, Rookie 7 and Rookie 8.
Rookie 7 - Players graduate from T-ball moving closer to actual baseball using a machine pitch concept, which results in more action at the plate and in the field, while avoiding the fear of being hit by a player pitched ball. Official scoring is introduced along with standings; however standings will not be used to determine seeding for the End of Season Tournament (3 game round robin determines seeding for single elimination bracket).
Rookie 8- Second year machine pitch continues with the pitching machine concept while the level of competitive play changes and grows accordingly with the players' age, skill level, and experience. (3 game round robin determines seeding for single elimination bracket).
CYBSA SUPPLEMENTAL RULES
RIPKEN ROOKIE DIVISION (MACHINE PITCH) 7 and) 8 Year Olds
- Home team is responsible for setting the pitcher’s rubber, bases, and home plate prior to game time.
- Home team shall choose to occupy either the first base or third base dugout side of the field during the game.
- Each team will provide one volunteer umpire to officiate the game. The two volunteer umpires shall alternate between the position behind home plate and the position on the field every other inning. The volunteer umpires control the game and their decisions are final in all cases. For additional information, please see "How to Ump a Game" handout provided by CYBSA.
- Home team shall provide two new game balls and visiting team shall provide one new game ball to the volunteer umpires for use during the game.
- Each team will provide one volunteer scorekeeper. Volunteer scorekeepers are responsible for maintaining a count of the following items each inning: (1) the number of pitches each batter receives; (2) the number of times each batter swings at and misses a pitch; and (3) the number of outs recorded by the defense, including the number of batters (i.e., ensuring that no more than 10 batters have batted each inning if three outs have not been recorded by the defense). The home team’s scorekeeper shall be the official scorekeeper. The visiting team’s manager and umpire shall sign the home team’s scorebook at the end of each game. Scorekeepers shall compare scores at the end of each inning to verify the correct score.
- The manager of the home and visiting team must report the results of each game to their division’s VP within 24 hours of the completion of each game.
- Only managers and/or assistant coaches may act as base coaches. No players are permitted to act as base coaches.
- Every player present at the game must play a minimum of two innings (i.e., six outs defensively) and bat at least once, time permitting. This rule shall not apply where the 10-run rule is enforced or in the event a player is injured during the course of a game.
- Time out may be requested from the umpire by any player or coach once the ball is in possession of an infielder and all runners have stopped advancing.
- Each team will position ten defensive players, with four players stationed in the outfield (at least 10 feet behind the baselines). In cases where a team cannot position ten defensive players (i.e., is only able to position 8 or 9 players), the opposing team must limit its defensive alignment to 9 players.
- Time Out and Advancement Rule: After a ball is hit or overthrown to the outfield, play stops when the ball is in the possession of the player pitcher (Time Out Rule). A runner may not advance at this point unless he is already at least halfway to the next base at the time play stops. Any runners halfway to the next base may choose to (A) continue to advance at their own risk of being tagged out or (B) return to the preceding base without risk of being tagged out (Advancement Rule).
- In the event the ball is overthrown out of the field of play, play is stopped and the "Advancement Rule” will apply (i.e., no additional bases will be awarded). Overthrown balls still in the field of play are considered “Live” balls and players may advance at own risk
- The offensive inning is concluded after 3 outs have been recorded by the defense or 10 batters have batted. The tenth batter of the inning, once reaching first base safely, must continue to circle the bases until either tagged out or scoring, either of which will end the inning.
- Mid-Season Tournament double elimination brackets will be seeded via blind draw prior to the start of the season, all of the rules in effect for the regular season shall be in effect for the Mid-Season Tournament.
- End-of-Season League Championship Tournament: teams will play three pool-play games to determine seeding for a single elimination bracket, all of the rules in effect for the regular season shall be in effect for the End-of-Season League Championship Tournament. Paid umpires will be provided by CYBSA for tournament games.
- RIPKEN ROOKIE DIVISION (MACHINE PITCH) 7 and 8 Year Olds
- Batters shall receive up to five pitches delivered from a pitching machine operated by their team’s manager (or assistant coach) stationed at the pitcher’s rubber. (Note: all pitches must be delivered to a player catcher, not a coach catcher. The player pitcher can be positioned on either side of the pitching machine. There are no called strikes or balls. If a batter fails to put the ball into play upon the fifth pitch or if a batter swings and misses on any three pitches, the batter is out. Exception: if the fifth pitch is hit foul, the batter may continue to bat until hitting the ball into fair territory or failing to make contact with the pitch thereby striking out. (Note: if a batted ball makes contact with the pitching machine before being touched by a defensive player, it shall be considered a dead ball and the batter shall be awarded first base and base runner(s) shall advance one base.)
- See TABLE 2
RIPKEN ROOKIE DIVISION (MACHINE PITCH) 7 Year Olds and (MACHINE PITCH) 8 Year Olds
|SUBJECT||RIPKEN ROOKIE DIVISION (MACHINE PITCH) 7&8 Year Olds|
|Distance between bases:||60’|
|Maximum innings per game:||6|
|No new inning may start after:||1 hr 30 min has elapsed|
|Regulation game:||4 innings (3.5 innings if home team is ahead)|
|A game called for any reason (e.g., weather, darkness, etc.) after it has become a “regulation game” shall be declared an official game and the score at the end of the last fully completed inning shall be the official score:||Yes|
|Maximum number of runs a team may score in an inning:||10|
|Mercy Rule - game shall end if either team is loosing by:||10 runs (after 4 innings)|
|A regular season game can end in a tie:||Yes|
|Maximum number of defensive players on field:||10|
|Minimum number of players to start and finish a game:||8|
|Automatic outs called for missing (9th) player in batting order:||No|
|If a team cannot field the minimum number of players required to start a game within 5 minutes after the time set for the game to begin, they must forfeit the game: borrow players from opponent and play scrimmage game||Yes, but the game should be played as a scrimmage|
|A team shall bat their entire roster (i.e., the batting order shall include every player on the team roster who is present five minutes before the time set for the game to begin):||Yes|
|A player that arrives late to a game may be inserted at the end of the batting order provided his team’s lead-off hitter has not batted twice in the game:||Yes|
|If a player is removed from the batting order due to injury or illness, an automatic out shall not be charged (that player, however, may not return to the batting order or game):||Yes|
|If a player is removed from the batting order for a reason other than injury or illness (e.g., ejection, player leaves before game ends,etc.), an automatic out shall be charged at that player’s scheduled appearance in the batting order for the remainder of the game:||Yes|
|Free substitution on defense:||Yes|
|Leadoffs, stealing (including home), and advancing on passed balls:||No (i.e., no base runner may leave the base until the batter makes contact with the ball)|
|A dropped third strike is played and not recorded as an automatic out:||No|
|Infield Fly Rule:||No|
|Contact Rule enforced:||Yes|