2019 Spring League Rules (Click on division for rules.)
2018 Fall League Rules (Click on division for rules.)
Lower Minor (Rookie)
Upper Minor (Minor)
Spring 2018 Night Game Policy (Updated 4/17/18)
Code of Conduct for Fans (New 3/4/18)
The Board has put these rules in place to develop good baseball fundamentals and habits that will serve the players well as they progress.
- The rules that limit runner’s advancement in rookie and minors are put in place because the majority of the players running skills at these level are more advanced than majority of players throwing/ catching/tagging skills (which could all be involved in stopping runner advancement).
- We want the coaches to rotate players around and give everyone chances at different positions (if safe for the child) and having limits on running helps coaches accomplish this goal.
- Players still get ample opportunities to run bases. More emphasis is put on running the bases after solid hits, not fielding/throwing/tagging miscues.
- Players are learning to run bases in a way that will serve them well as they face players with better defensive skills (as opposed to teaching to try to get into pickles and keep working out of them). Players that are taught at a young age to run the bases recklessly will be poorer base runners as they get older as they eventually won’t get away with that type of base running; it may take them a while to break bad habits they learned at a young age.
- History has shown us that if don’t have limits on running at these levels, some coaches abuse the situation by running players when defense already has the ball and is close to the runner. This behavior has the effect of poor habits being taught, but these same coaches get excited if this gimmick type of play results in an extra base or scores them a run.
- We emphasize that coaches continue to teach fielding, throwing, catcher quick-release and throwing footwork, back-up assignments, prep steps, hustling, tagging, catching skills, mental skills (like knowing when to hold the ball and when to hold it as a chance for an out is not there) that are all part of sound defensive teachings. The point is that these skills take a while to learn where as running is an easier skill for children to learn.
- The games will be more fun for kids by limiting runner advancement as there is more emphasis on hitting the ball and fielding and throwing and making plays without as much of a fear of failure. Failure is how children learn. If players are afraid to fail (because they know that making a throw to 1st base on a comebacker may be misplayed, which could lead to a runner running wild), then players are less likely to grow defensively (they may just hold onto the ball instead of trying to make a play to stop runner from possibly getting a bunch of extra bases).
- For Minors and the steal limit, if we had no limit then often runners would easily steal 2nd and 3rd base so there wouldn’t be as many situations where team could get a force at another base. Truly stealing a base as move on in baseball is a skill and isn’t close to a 100% success rate as it is with majority of runners vs. catchers in minors recreational ball. When players “steal” a base in minors, they really aren’t learning a baseball skill (other than possibly sliding to avoid a tag on a rare close play) as the real skill in stealing a base is proper lead and reading pitcher’s moves. Allowing some “steals” in minors, but having a limit, increases chances of the defense and offense being presented with a variety of game situations (variety of where runners are at time start play), and this is better for development. If we had no “steals”, then a weaker offensive team (maybe even facing a strong pitcher) wouldn’t likely have many runners that got past 1B.