COACH PITCH Rules:
1. PLAYING FIELD AND EQUIPMENT
1.1 Bases: The bases are set 60 feet apart.
1.2 Pitcher’s Mound: The pitching mound shall be in the center of the infield 40 feet from home plate.
1.3 Bat: There is no restriction on bat diameter or length-weight differential.
1.4 Cleats: Metal Cleats are not permitted.
1.5Catchers: Any player crouching behind home plate must be wearing the proper protective equipment, including a cup.
1.6 Regulation League Baseball will be used.
2. DEFINITION OF TERMS
3. GAME PRELIMINARIES
3.1. A team must have at least eight (8) players present.
3.2. A maximum of ten (10) players may be placed in the field with four (4) outfielders.
4. STARTING AND ENDING THE GAME – TIME LIMIT
4.1. A regulation game is 6 innings or 1.5 hours, whichever comes first. A new inning starts when the last out is made.
4.2. A legal game lasts at least 4 full innings.
4.3. Base Coaches: There may be adult coaches in the first and third base coaching boxes when the team is at bat.
4.4. Defensive coaches are not allowed in the field during play or in the outfield. A coach may call time out to instruct the players by requesting time from the umpire.
5. PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY
5.1. The end of a half inning will occur when one of the following first occurs:
5.1.1. Three (3) defensive outs are made.
5.1.2 or team batting scores (7) seven runs.
5.2. Time out may be called only by an ump after lead runner has been stopped and ball is in control of an infielder. The umpire must recognize and grant the time out to stop play.
5.3. The infield fly rule does not apply.
5.4. The hidden ball trick is illegal.
6. THE BATTER
6.1. A league approved batting helmet must be worn while hitting.
6.2. The batter gets eight 6) pitches to put the ball in play.
6.3. A strikeout consists of three (3) swinging strikes. A strikeout is counted as a defensive (team) out. A batter may not be called out on a foul ball.
6.4. Bunting is not allowed.
6.5. A hit batter is considered a ball. The batter does not take first base.
6.6. Only one player is allowed in the on-deck circle. The remaining offensive players should be on the bench.
7. THE RUNNER
7.1. If a batted ball hits a runner, the runner returns to the bench and it is counted as a defensive out. The batter is awarded first base.
7.2. Lead-offs and base stealing is prohibited.
7.3. Batting helmets must be worn while running the bases.
7.4. Interference will not be called unless it is deliberate and/or willful.
7.5. If there is a play on the runner at any base, the runner must slide or avoid contact. A play is when the defensive player is within 5 feet of the base with the ball or in place to receive a thrown ball. If the runner does not slide and there is contact with the defensive player, the runner is called out (a defensive out). Deliberate barreling at any base will result in ejection from the game.
7.6. A player who has made an out cannot remain on the base and must return to the bench.
8. THE PITCHER
8.1. The team at bat will provide an adult who will pitch the ball with an overhand delivery.
8.2. The player playing the pitcher position must be within 6 feet of the adult pitcher.
8.3. The adult coach must make every attempt to avoid interference with a ball in play.