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Concord Youth Baseball League

Major Rules

Updated as of 5/22/2024

Age cut-off (birthday)
# of weekly games* 2
# of innings per game 6
Game start time 6:15 or 6:30PM
Game time limit 2 hrs., start last inning before 8:15pm (8:30pm) & finish, max. end time 8:45pm (9pm)
Run limit per inning 7 runs/inning, unlimited last inning
Mercy rule 15 runs after 4 completed innings and 10 runs after 5 completed innings. Teams can continue to play but the game is officially over if one of the 2 above happens. The umpire can choose to stay but is not required to stay after the game is Officially over.
End-of-season playoffs** Yes
Fence distance No restrictions
Pitching mound distance (raised or flat) 50'
Base distance 70'
Game balls 9 in./5 oz., 2 provided by home team
Preferred number of Umpires per game 1 umpire (certified)
Minimum number of players to start game 8
Mandatory play time 6 defensive outs (does not need to be consecutive)
Call-ups permitted From same age division or one level down
Metal spikes allowed No
Non-permitted attire by pitcher No white sleeves, sunglasses (Non-Reflective ONLY ), batting glove under mitt, jewelry
Pitching restrictions (pitch count) Pitches/Days (24 hours) Rest
1-25 = 0
26-40 = 1 
41-50 = 2
51-65 = 3 
66-80 = 4 (Max but can finish batter)
Pitcher re-entry as pitcher Yes, as long as they are not taken from the game completely. Pitch Count will continue with re-entry.
Pitches permitted Fastball & change-up
Pitcher warm-up by coach Yes
Intentional walk Advance runner, don't pitch
Balk Yes (1st balk is a warning)
Hit batter limit Replace pitcher on 3rd hit batter
Visits to mound 1/inning, pitcher must be replaced on 2nd visit in same inning
Catchers - # of defensive innings Unlimited
Catchers required equipment Catcher's mitt, cup, chest protector, helmet (throat guard optional)
Catchers permitted to pitch Yes
Catchers pitching restrictions None
# of outfielders 3
Bat restrictions Max. 2 3/4" diameter w/"official" baseball marking
Continuous batting order Yes
On-deck batter Permitted inside fence on side of batter or per field rules (donuts ok)
Lead offs Yes
Steals/advancements limit (not on a play) Unlimited
Dropped 3rd strike Yes
Head-first sliding No (dive-back permitted)
Courtesy runner Use last out to run for pitcher/catcher when there are two outs
Infield fly rule Yes

Additional notes:

·       OHSAA rules apply if not specified by above

·       Background checks for coaches are the responsibility of each community

·       All players must be registered through community recreation leagues (but can live in a different community)

·       Roster limits are at the discretion of each community league

·       Recreation team rosters should be as balanced as possible if more than one team in a respective division

·       Community league boards may place players one level higher than their age group if they deem it appropriate

·       Umpires are to be scheduled/paid for by the home team

·       Recreational teams will play a minimum of 12 games in a regular season, plus playoffs



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Concord Youth Baseball League

9401 Mentor Ave, Box 128
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Email Us: [email protected]
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