Rules For New Players:
JEWELRY: Jewelry is prohibited. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry, but if worn, they must be taped to the body so as to remain visible. (Excerpt from National Federation Rules.)
UNIFORMS: Shirts provided by league must be worn and be tucked in. Hats provided by the league are optional. Visor and headbands, white or the same color as the shirt may also be worn.
SCORING: This will be considered an instructional league. Emphasis must remain on the instructional aspects of the program.
BASES: 50 feet
LENGTH of GAME: The length of each game shall not exceed four innings. Coaches may decide to shorten the length due to time considerations or darkness to ensure the safety of the participants. No inning shall begin once the game has exceeded 75 minutes
PITCHING: The pitching distance will be 25 feet. Players from opposing teams will pitch to the batters. After a determined number of balls, the coach of the batting team can come out to complete the pitching. The intent is to keep the game moving.
CATCHER: The purpose of the catcher is to introduce this position to the young players. Teams will suit up a catcher for every game with the intent to have players develop in this position. A coach will stand behind the umpire to retrieve any pass balls to keep the speed of the game.
OFFENSE: The intent of the game will be to put the ball into play, encouraging offensive, defensive, and base running skills. Hitters and runners may advance as far as possible on each hit. After a batter has reached base or been put out, the play becomes dead with the ball is in the pitcher's hands on the pitching mound (within approximately ten (10) feet of the center of the infield There are no leadoffs and no stealing. All batters and runners must wear helmets with chin straps. Each inning will conclude after each player on the team has batted.
DEFENSE: To familiarize the players with the game itself, coaches are encouraged to utilize a normal infield line-up while placing extra players in the outfield so that all available players up to ten players are always on the field during defensive sequences. In the spirit of instructional play, coaches should give each player an opportunity to play at each position during the course of the season.
WEATHER FGS & OHYA: has the responsibility to the players, coaches, and parents to safeguard them from severe weather during a game. In the event of severe weather (severe weather is deemed as such; weather that may cause harm and danger to a player, parent or coach, such as high winds, hail, heavy rain or lighting visible.) If visible lighting is present all players shall be moved to an area such as an enclosed lighting facility, or to the vehicles of the parents. Players shall not be allowed to return to the field until fifteen minutes from the lighting strike. Should a second lighting strike occur within the first fifteen minute time the time (15 minutes) restart from the second strike. If during this period a third strike occurs and the forecast is not improving the coach from the home team shall notify the visiting coach and umpire (if available) that the game is called. If at any time the home coach indicates that the weather is playable and the opposing coach or umpire disagree the game shall be called.
*Safety of the player comes first.
*If at any time a coach feels that another coach is putting the risk of harm to the players, parent or coaches that coach should notify the President of OHYA at to file a complaint. OHYA and its coach’s are responsible for the safety of its players.
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