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Concord Youth Baseball League

Pony Rules 2024

 Updated 6/6/2024 
Age cut-off (birthday) 4/30
# of weekly games* 2-3
# 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 None
Mercy rule 15 runs after 4 complete innings
10 runs after 5 innings
If a regulation game is terminated early due to weather 
A complete game is when 3.5 innings have been played (3 outs) and the home team is winning. If after a completed top of 4th is played and the away team is winning, then it is NOT a complete game because the Home team did not receive their last at bat. Furthermore the Home team needs to complete their last at bat (3 outs) for a complete game when losing. Unless, coaches agree on a game being complete AFTER 3.5 innings have been played due to a blowout. A incomplete game needs to be continued where the play stops (outs, runners, pitch counts) to the best of the 2 teams ability.

Moreover, teams can only use pitchers that were active for the original date the game was played. This includes the pitch counts. EXAMPLE: Little Bobby was ineligible to play on Tuesdays game due to pitching on Monday. Tuesdays game needs to be continued due to lightning. They reschedule the game for Saturday AM, Little Bobby still cannot pitch.

End-of-season playoffs** Yes
Fence distance No restrictions
Pitching mound distance (raised or flat) 60'
Base distance 90'
Game balls 9 in./5 oz., 2 provided by home team
Preferred number of Umpires per game 1 umpires (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 one level down, cannot pitch, but can play anywhere in field, no sharing across teams in the division.
Metal spikes allowed Yes
Non-permitted attire by pitcher No white sleeves, sunglasses (prescription ok), batting glove under mitt, jewelry
Pitching restrictions (pitch count)
Pitches/Days Rest
1-30 = 0
31-45 = 1
46-55 = 2
56-70 = 3
71-90 = 4
No more than 90 pitches (can finish batter)

Only 3 innings per game for 15 year olds.  1 pitch counts as full inning.

Pitching rolls week to week, DOES NOT reset over weeks.  Rest days cross weeks, and must be adhered too.
Pitcher re-entry as pitcher No
Pitches permitted Any
Pitcher warm-up by coach Yes
Intentional walk Advance runner, don't pitch PITCHES do not count towards pitch count total if not thrown.
Balk Yes
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, Drop 5 recommended, -8 accepted due to 13 year old restrictions.
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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