Puritas Fall League – 2014
Team and player registration is now closed. All teams and divisions are full.
Puritas Baseball Fall League Rules and Policies
The rules of Major League Baseball will be applied except in the following cases:
All games will be seven innings in length.
Teams may play with eight players.
There is a 10 minute grace period from the scheduled start of the game to avoid a forfeit. If a team has only eight players at game time, the game will begin.
Any player showing up after the start of the game may only be added to the bottom of the lineup.
The mercy rule will be 10 runs after 5 innings, or 15 runs after 4 innings.
Time Limit: No new inning may start two hours after actual game starting time.
An official game is 4 innings. (3 ˝ if the home team is ahead).
A game that is called due to darkness or weather that is not official, will be made up and started over in its entirety. Games called due to time limit will be considered official regardless of number of innings played.
Official games that end in a tie will have a tie as the game’s final result. If a game ends in a tie after 7 innings and there is still time within the time limit, the game will continue until there is a winner or the time limit is met.
Managers may choose to use a continuous lineup with free substitution. The manager must inform the manager of the opposing team if doing so. If one team decides to use a continuous lineup, the opposing coach is not required to do so. Teams can use free substitution only when using a continuous lineup. Normal Major League pitching rules still apply.
Any pitcher removed from the game defensively may not return as a pitcher, but is eligible to return to any other defensive position. If a pitcher is moved from pitcher and immediately plays another defensive position, he is still eligible to return as a pitcher. A pitcher placed as an AH is considered to have left the game defensively. However, if a pitcher is removed from that position as a result of a defensive conference, he is ineligible to return as a pitcher.
There is no limit on innings pitched by a player.
If not using a continuing lineup:
Teams may choose to use an Additional Hitter (AH). The AH can enter the field.
Starters can re-enter the game once, in their original spot in the batting order and can re-enter at any defensive position or AH. When a starter re-enters, the original substitute may not re-enter and cannot stay in the game. No free substitution.
Metal cleats are permitted in the 13 and 14 & Under divisions ONLY.
There are no bat limits.
There is no Courtesy Runner permitted.
There will be one balk warning per pitcher in the 10, 11 and 12 & Under divisions. No balk warning in the 13 and 14 & Under divisions.
There is no “slide or give up rule. However, there is a malicious contact rule. If, in the judgment of the umpire, a runner deliberately makes contact with a fielder with the intention of possible injury or jarring the ball loose, the runner is out. If the umpire feels the contact was flagrant, the runner will be ejected. If there is a safe and legal slide and there is contact, there is no penalty for the runner.
Teams are responsible for paying the umpire fee of $43 per game. (2 umpires/$43 each).
Each team must supply a new game ball. Game balls must be a travel or high school quality game ball. Most Rawlings, Wilson or Diamond balls are acceptable.
Any team forfeiting at the game will be responsible for both team’s umpire fees. If a manager notifies the league commissioner within 24 hours of their game that they will not have enough players, they will not be responsible for any umpire fees.
Standings will be kept on a point basis:
Win + 5 points; Tie + 2 Points; Loss + 1 Point; forfeit; -3 points.