Rookie Baseball Rules

- The coach feeds the pitching machine, which throws the ball over the plate every time, at a speed determined to be hittable for the average player.
- A 9” safety baseball will be used.
- The coach acts as the umpires and feeds to their own team.
- Best to keep a pail of five balls by machine and have catcher throw balls to the backstop until next batter.
- Coach should let batter see the ball and feed the machine in the same motion every time to help batter get timing.
- The pitcher plays to the side of the pitching machine wearing a helmet.
- The operable number of swings allowed is five, and use of the pitching machine guarantees five pitches in the strike zone.
- Players move from one position to another each inning.
- Teams should have 10 – 12 players.
- A game is usually 4 or 5 innings or 1 ½ hours long.
- Running stops when pitcher has the ball in the pitching area and on the 10th batter the pitcher or catcher must have ball on home plate.
- Batter receives 5 hittable pitches from a pitching machine. A pitch that is over the batter's head or bounces in the dirt is not considered to be a hittable pitch unless the batter swings. After 5 hittable pitches, a batter is out.
- There is no stealing, passed balls, or wild pitches. Batters cannot walk and a batter who bunts is automatically out.
- A runner may not leave the base before the batter makes contact with a pitch. On any infraction, the ball is immediately dead and no runners may advance. Each team is allowed one warning, with any further violations by that team resulting in the runner being declared out.
- An inning ends after three outs or ten batters. If the 10th batter is at-bat with less than two outs, the catcher or pitcher must have the ball and touch home plate to end the inning. Any runs scoring before this would count, including runners who legally tagged up on a caught fly ball.
- The defense may use four outfielders.
- There is a safety circle surrounding the pitching machine. Only the offensive coach is allowed inside this safety circle. The pitcher is the only player who may give the ball to the coach.
- If the offensive coach interferes with any attempted play by the defensive team, the batter is out and runners return to their last legally occupied base.
- If the pitcher enters into the safety circle and touches a batted ball, the ball is dead, the batter runner is awarded first base, and other runners will advance, if forced.
- If a fair, batted ball hits the pitching machine, comes to rest in the safety circle, or hits a defensive coach, the ball is dead. The batter is awarded first base and other runners will advance, if forced. This rule applies even on the last batter.
- If the pitcher enters into the safety circle to touch a thrown ball, the ball is dead. All runners will be awarded one base beyond their last legally occupied base at the time the ball entered the safety circle.
- The infield fly rule does not apply.
- Everyone on the roster bats.

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