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WSBB Mustang Rule Amendments
The following amendments have been adopted by WSB for play in the Mustang Division:
Each player on the team shall play at least two innings of each six inning game. No player may sit more than two consecutive innings, unless being disciplined by the manager, who must inform the parents of the player of such action.
When a hitter unintentionally throws their bat, the hitter will be warned. On the second offense, the batter will be called out. On the third offense, the batter will be called out and ejected from the game. On the second and third offenses, the ball will be considered dead.
: A pitcher that throws more than 35 pitches in a game may not then play the catcher position in that game (Threshold Rule Applies). A player that plays the catcher position more than two innings in a game may not then pitch in that day. A player that plays catcher and then enters the game as pitcher, may not catch again in that game.
Balks are not enforced in Mustang division.
No new inning will begin after 2 hours from the game’s scheduled start time on a weeknight or if there is a following game scheduled that would be impacted. If no scheduled game would be impacted, no new inning will begin after 2½ hours from the game’s scheduled start time. Games will drop dead after 2 hours, 15 minutes after the start of the game on a weeknight. During the league EOS tournament, time limits will not be in effect.
Scorekeepers should notify the manager concerned if an ineligible player or improper batter is about to be used in the game. If the scorekeeper fails to prevent the mistake, the normal consequences follow according to the OBR and PONY rules.
Each team will supply a scorekeeper. The home team shall provide the official scorekeeper.
It is a principle of WSB is not to protest games. Discussions regarding interpretations of our rules will occur between the umpires on the field at the time of play and the head coach from each team. The final decision will be made by the Home umpire.
. When time has been called, a coach or manager may request that the umpire clarify a ruling or interpretation of the rules. The umpire may grant this request, but is not obligated to do so. If the umpire chooses to discuss the ruling with the manager, the umpire retains final authority and may end the discussion at any time. Judgment calls may not be questioned or mediated.
Mustang division pitchers shall pitch from 46 feet, regardless of age.
. When the pitcher has control of the ball and is in contact with the pitcher’s plate, the runner may not leave the base they are occupying. Runners may leave base when a pitched ball crosses home plate. Runners who leave the base early will return to the base--the pitch will be considered a dead ball and the offending team will be warned. Upon subsequent violations of this rule, runners will be called out and the pitch shall be considered a dead ball.
Once a runner, coming off third base after a pitched ball, ceases advancing towards home plate, the runner is obligated to return to third base at his or her own risk. If the defensive team attempts to make a play on a runner or loses control of the ball (passed ball, dropped ball or overthrow, etc.) that runner may then proceed home, without retagging, at their own risk.
Base runners must “
slide or avoid
” when coming into a base where a defensive player is attempting to make a play on the runner. A runner who fails to “slide or avoid” may called out by the umpire.
Head first sliding
is not allowed, except when diving back to a base. Players sliding head first will be called out.
Defensive players must not interfere with base runners if there is not a play to be made. If a defensive player presents a fake tag in an attempt to cause the offensive player to slide, the offending team will be warned. Upon subsequent violations the defensive player will be ejected from the game.
The entire roster will be batted and there is free substitution in the field.
. If the Offensive team is tied with or ahead of the defensive team, the offensive team may score only five runs per inning. After five runs, that half of the inning will be considered complete. If the offensive team is behind, it may score until it goes ahead of the defensive team by five runs. More than five runs may be scored in an inning if the additional runs score due to a ground rule double or home run batted fairly over the outfield fence. In the sixth (final) inning, the run limit rule operates the same way except the limit is eight instead of five.
Mercy Rule - 15 after 4, 10 after 5
. If the home team is ahead by 15 runs after 3 1⁄2 innings, or the visiting team is ahead by 15 runs after 4 complete innings, it shall be considered a completed game. Play will stop unless both managers agree to continue play. After 4 1⁄2 innings a 10-run mercy rule is in effect.
Dropped Third Strike Rule
in effect for Mustang games.
Infield Fly Rule
is in effect for Mustang games.
All bats must have a USA Bat stamp.
There is no longer barrel size restrictions. For more info refer to
2019 Important Dates