Lakeshore Senior Baseball League Rules (all Divisions)

Last revision:  February 2021.

No player will be allowed on the field until he / she has completed and signed a registration/waiver form.

Games are seven (7) innings long. There is however a 2H15 time limit. No new inning can start after 2H15  from the  start of the game. The home plate umpire will advise both teams before the start of the “last” inning which will also be an “open” inning.

A batting order, as submitted to the score keeper,  must be respected during the game. A batter caught taking a turn out of order will be called out. A team may remove a batter from the order and must advise the score keeper. The batter removed will be considered to be out of the game.

There are no pitching limits in terms of innings, appearances or games. Once a pitcher is pulled he/she may play at any other position but he/she may not pitch again in that game. Pitchers may pitch as often as they wish as no pitching logs are kept.

Wood or metal bats are allowed. All bats must have -3 oz. spread or less but never more than -3 oz.

All Divisions have a limit of 3 hit by pitches. Once a pitcher hits his/her 3rd batter in a game, he/she is to be removed from the mound but can remain in the game at any other defensive position. This rule is waved for all divisions during the playoffs. If the umpire, in his judgement, believes that a pitcher intentionally hits a batter he may be ejected from the game.

Baseball Quebec house league “gag” rule is in effect for all divisions. No player or coach is permitted to argue a judgement call by an official.

There is a limit of 5 runs per inning with the exception of the “open inning”. If runs in excess of 5 are the result of a homerun these runs will count. It is therefore possible to record as many as 8 runs in an inning if a grand slam is hit with 4 runs already in.

The Mercy Rule of 10 runs is in effect at all times. (regular season & playoffs.) The game ends as soon as there is a difference of 10 runs for a team, provided that the losing team has had 5 turns at bat. The home team will not get a turn at bat starting in the 6th inning should it fall behind by 10 runs.

In the case of player ejections, each case is reviewed by the Executive Committee , and it will be determined whether player(s) warrant a suspension(s).

Baserunners must avoid contact, referred to as Offensive Interference, with defensive players on the bases and at the plate. This is covered under Rules 2.00 and 7.09 in Baseball Canada Rules.

Defensive players must also avoid standing in the path of baserunners unless for fielding a ball. This is referred to as Obstruction. It will be left to the umpire’s judgement to decide if: a baserunner impeded a defensive player’s ability to field a ball, or if a defensive player hindered a baserunner from reaching a base safely.

The catcher is not allowed to block the plate if he/she doesn’t have possession of the ball. Sliding feet first is encouraged, but not always mandatory in order to avoid contact. Light incidental contact can be tolerated, particularly when the baserunner has made an effort to avoid contact. If the contact, according to the umpire, is deemed malicious the player will be ejected from the game.

A minimum of 7 players is required to play an official game. If a team has 7 players present and one player leaves due to injury, ejection, or any other reason the team will lose by default, unless an eligible substitute is readily available.

Players are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time. If a team has less than 7 players at game time, a 15 minute grace period will be granted to field a team. In the case of a default loss, the team will be fined $100.00

The fine must be paid to the league treasurer prior to the team’s next game.

If a player arrives after the game has started, he/she may be added to the bottom of the line-up card. Players are permitted to arrive for a game at any time and likewise, leave a game at any time.

Teams cannot steal with a 10 run lead (or more). A base runner will automatically be called OUT once he/she touches the next base. If a pick off attempt results in a wild throw past the bag the runner is allowed to attempt moving to the next base. Wild pitches and past balls can also allow the base runner to advance, regardless of the score.

If a catcher is on base with 2 outs (or 2 outs occur while the catcher is on base), he / she is to be replaced on the bases by the player who made the last out. (This rule is up to the coach’s discretion during the playoffs only.)

In order for a player to be eligible to play in the playoffs, the player must have played in the designated number of regular season games. (The designated number of games will be determined prior to the start of the season).

All teams must ensure that their dugout is cleaned up at game’s end. Team Managers are responsible for leaving the dugout and surrounding area clean of any trash (plastic bottles, bags, paper, etc.)

Players and/or coaches on the bench are asked to retrieve foul balls that fall outside the field. Under the new Covid Rules of 2020 the defensive team is asked to retrieve foul balls to reduce contact outside the team’s bubble.

Each team will be given two (2) new baseballs at the start of each game. These will not be shared with the opposing team during the game so as to reduce the risk of transmission. Teams get to keep the baseballs after the games.

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