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These are the rules for CYBL 8U Mighty Mite Hybrid Division.
May 24, 2022

A. Personnel
a. Players in the league should be 8 years of age by cutoffs within the rules set by CYBL. Special
requests for players to play down or play up will be considered on a case by case basis after all
qualifying players are registered for the division.
B. Conduct
a. Players are not allowed to call to members of the opposing team in an attempt to distract them.
b. Managers are responsible for maintaining order, discipline and sportsmanship among the
players, coaches, parents, and fans. Managers will be responsible for making sure no smoking is
allowed for their team.
c. Managers must have a copy of the rules with them during all games.
d. Alcohol and/tobacco are not permitted in the playing field or in the bench area before, during
or after the game. Smoking at the fields is strictly prohibited.
C. Teams
a. There will be 4 teams made up of no more than 12 players per team.
b. Team selection will be made by way of commissioner allocation for this year. Going forward, if a
draft is conducted, no more than 2 players/coaches per team are to be allocated at the start of
the draft. Special considerations of player allocation to a particular team outside of the draft
order will be given if agreed upon by all head coaches.
c. Only head coaches are allowed at the draft.
D. Season
a. The season will consist of 9 regular season games beginning June 1 to July 13.
b. The week of July 5 will be used as a makeup game week
E. Play-Offs
a. Playoffs will be a season ending single elimination tournament held the weekend of July 11, and
championship game on July 13 with potential to play through July 16 if rainouts occur.
b. Playoff games will be determined based on the seed of the team. Seeding will come from the
season record. Record ties will be determined by season head to head matchups or as deemed
by the commissioner.
F. Call- Ups
a. When a manager knows there will be less than 10 players at a game, they may use call-ups to
field up to 10 players. The callups must be obtained through the 7U Mighty Mite Division
Commissioner.
b. Players may not be requested by name. The commissioner will maintain a list of call-ups.
c. Call-ups may not play more innings than the minimum number of innings played by any regular
team member.
d. Calls ups must bat after all regular team members in the batting order and play in the outfield when
they are playing in the field.
e. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a forfeiture of the game by the team who violated
the rule.
G. Playing Field and Equipment
a. Bases are 54 ft apart
b. Pitching Mound is 40 ft from home plate in the center of the field
c. No bat restriction on length or diameter
d. Metal cleats are no permitted
e. Uniforms – jerseys, caps, and baseball pants must be worn during the games. All players on the
same team must have the same uniform except for call ups which must be in their complete
uniform.
f. Catchers will be behind the plate with all protective equipment including a protective cup.
g. It is recommended all players wear a protective cup regardless of position played.
H. Game Preliminaries
a. A team must have 8 players to start a game
b. All players present must be in the batting order
i. A late player will be added to the end of the order
ii. If a player leaves the game for any reason, the vacated spot is skipped with no penalty
iii. If the player leaves and returns, they will resume their place in the order with no penalty
c. 10 players will be placed in the field, with 4 outfielders
d. No players may sit defensively more than 2 innings per game.
e. Both coaches must present and identify which players will be sitting which inning at the start of
the game. If this changes during the game, the coach must make the other coach aware.
f. No player may play the pitching position more than 2 innings per game, pitching or non pitching
g. No player may play first base more than 2 innings per game
h. Player rotation in different positions to include outfield to infield is strongly encouraged
i. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a warning from the commissioner, second violation
will result in forfeiture of the game, third violation will be brought to CYBL Board for possible
further disciplinary action.
I. Starting and Ending the Game
a. A regulation game is 6 innings or 2 hours, whichever comes first. A new inning starts when the
last out is made or the 7th run scores in any inning but the last. A new inning cannot begin after
2 hours. Both coaches must agree of the last inning if there is a reason to cease play prior to
the 6th inning which will be announced prior to the beginning of the inning. If both coaches
cannot agree on the last inning, it will be the decision of the umpire and/or commissioner.
b. A legal game is 3 innings.
c. There are no protests at this age level. Any concerns or special circumstances will be presented
to the commissioner.
d. Base Coaches: Adult base coaches will be at first and third in the coaching box
e. 1 Defensive Coach is allowed in the outfield when their team playing defense and 1 coach
behind the catcher to help retrieve missed balls
f. A regular season game can end in a tie. A Playoff game will go into extra innings. If multiple
days are needed for extra innings, the game will be played as if it were on the day the game
started.
J. Putting the Ball in Play
a. The end of a half inning will occur when one of the following first occurs:
i. Three defensive outs
ii. 7 Runs score
b. Only an infielder who controls the ball when on the infield may call time out. The umpire must
recognize and grant the time out to stop play. If the runner is over halfway to the next base, the
runner will get the base in which the runner was advancing to. If the runner is less than halfway
to the next base, they will return to the previous base. This is an umpire's discretion call. If this
results in two base runners on the same base after time has been called, the lead runner will
stay on the base being occupied and the other base runner will return to the previous base.
This does not apply to a fly ball out.
c. Infield Fly Rule does not apply, however, coaches should teach proper fundamentals and treat
the fly ball as if it will be caught.
d. Hidden ball tricks of any kind are prohibited.
K. The Pitcher
a. The team batting will provide an adult pitcher who will stand behind the mound not interfering
with any defensive player or visibility of the defense and or potentially the umpire
b. The team on defense will provide a player pitcher and a player catcher with a coach playing
backup to the catcher who will stand away from home plate to help with throwing the ball back
in the event the catcher misses the pitch.
c. The player pitcher for both teams will be in combination with adult pitching during innings 1-3.
If it is agreed upon by both coaches due to limited pitching, this may be reduced to innings 1-2.
Adult pitching only for innings 4-6.
d. The player pitcher will get 6 pitches or 3 called balls, whichever comes first. After the 6 pitches
or 3 balls, the adult pitcher for the team batting will take the rubber as the pitcher. Upon adult
assuming the pitching position, the former pitcher is still on defense within 6 feet on either side
of the pitching rubber playing the pitching position. The adult pitcher will have 2 additional
pitches to pitch to the batter for the batter to put the ball in play. A batter will continue to hit if
their final pitch is fouled off. (Example: 8th pitch, foul ball 9th pitch, foul ball, 10th pitch foul
ball, 11th pitch didn’t swing, batter is out regardless of where the pitch was located.)
e. The adult pitcher must make every attempt to avoid interference with a ball in play. In the
event, the adult pitcher inadvertently makes contact with a batted ball, the ball will be a live
ball.
f. If a player pitcher hits 2 batters in an inning, that pitcher must be removed for that inning.
g. If a player pitchers hit 3 batters in a game, that pitcher will not be allowed to pitch to batters for
the duration of that game. The player is still allowed to play the pitching position during adult
pitching for innings 4-6 only. Keep in mind, players are limited to the pitching position 2 innings
per game.
h. One pitch constitutes as one inning pitched
i. Pitcher will only get 7 warm up pitches
j. Player pitchers can only pitch 2 innings per game and 3 innings per week.
k. If removed during the inning, Player pitchers cannot reenter enter to pitch to a batter
l. In the event 3 games must be played in a week, pitchers will be allowed 1 additional inning for
that week.
L. The Batter
a. A league approved batting helmet must be worn while hitting
b. The batter gets 8 pitches or 3 strikes to put the ball in play
c. Strikes can be called when a player or adult is pitching
d. A batter may not be called out on a foul ball, if the batter’s last pitch is fouled off the batter will
receive another pitch
e. If the batter fails to put the ball in play in the allotted number of pitches by both player pitcher
and adult pitcher, the batter is automatically out
f. After 3 called or swinging strikes, or 2 foul balls followed by a called or swinging strike, the
batter is out
g. If the batter is hit by a pitch thrown by a player pitcher, the batter is awarded first base. If the
batter is hit by a pitch thrown by an adult pitcher, the pitch is called a ball.
h. There are no walks
i. 1 player is allowed in the on deck circle with a batting helmet on
M. The Runner
a. If a batted ball hits a runner, the runner is out and returns to the bench like any other out.
b. Lead offs and base stealing is prohibited. Any runners caught leaving the base early will be
called out.
c. Batting helmets must be worn while running the bases.
d. Interference will not be called unless it is deliberate and or willful based on the umpire
discretion
e. If there is a play on the runner at any base, the runner must slide or make an attempt to avoid
contact. A play is defined if the defensive player receives a ball within 5 feet of the base. If the
runner does not slide AND there is contact with a player, the runner is called out. Deliberate
barreling at any base will result in an ejection from the game and possible suspension for future
games.
f. A courtesy runner can be used for the catcher only for innings 1-3. The courtesy runner must be
the last out.
N. The Umpire
a. The umpire is the accredited representative of CYBL
b. The umpire will have authority to rule on any situation not specifically covered in the rules
c. The umpire will cover the ground rules and any other rules deemed necessary before each
game
d. Lightning will be determined by CYBL general rules
e. No manager may enter the field of play without asking and receiving timeout from
f. In case of an injured player, the umpire will call timeout/dead ball to allow treatment. The
umpire will decide where the runners will be.
g. There are no protests and all games should be played through
O. Official Scorer
a. The home team will submit scores of each game to the commissioner no more than 18 hours
after the game has ended.
b. The home team will submit names of the pitchers who player pitched during innings 1-3 with
the score of each game. Player pitcher tracking will be used for drafting purposes for Minors
draft.
*Rules not defined in this set will be governed by CYBL and the governing rules adopted by CYBL.

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