a. Any youth (ages 13 – 15) having turned
thirteen (13) before April 30th and
not having turned SIXTEEN (16) prior to April 30th
of the current year shall be eligible to
participate in competition.
b. Games in which an ineligible player has
been used shall be declared a forfeit.
Any eligible player who is drafted and moves out
of our boundaries may still participate in our
program for the remainder of the current season,
unless this player breaks free from our program.
d. If the number of players falls below
TWELVE (12) (after registration), the manager of
that team must notify the Director of Player
Personnel (Player Agent) within 48 hours, to
receive a replacement, if such replacement is
available, prior to July15th.
e. Each team will have
a minimum of ONE (1) practice per week.
f. All Games Shall be played according to the
official baseball rules with the following
i. A catcher must wear a protective
helmet and mask (including a throat
guard) during all practices and games,
including any player warming up the
ii. No player wearing casts of any
kind, be it for arms, legs, body,
constructed of any kind of material
(fiberglass, plaster, either hard or
soft) shall be allowed to play. The
player shall be allowed to play when the
cast is removed and a release must be
signed by a physician stating that the
player may resume play.
iii. All players must have a Medical
Release Form signed by a parent or legal
guardian prior to the start of any
practices or games.
iv. All batters, and those warming up
at bat, will wear a protective helmet.
v. Any coach not playing players the
correct playing times will be penalized.
First offense = warning; Second offense
= 2 game suspension of the head coach;
Third offense = the head coach will be
g. Protesting Games
i. No protest is allowed on an
Umpire’s Judgment Decision; only with
the interpretation of said rule.
ii. Protest will be present to any
member of the Protest Committee in
writing within 24 hours.
iii. The Protest Committee shall
consist of Three League Offices, as well
as the Umpire-In-Chief (for rule
interpretation purposes only). The
Protest Committee shall be chosen from
the Board of Directors by a Board
Officer. No one on the Protest Committee
shall be involved with the games in
h. Team Requirements
i. The Home Team will occupy the
third base dugout.
ii. Both teams will supply ball
retrievers for foul balls on their side
of the field. If the ball is hit over
the backstop, then the hitting team will
retrieve the ball.
i. All coaches of all teams will be
expected to help during tournament play.
Schedules will be made up well in
advance of the first tournament game day
and times will be posted and each coach
will have his name entered beside the
games that they pick to work.
ii. There will be an official score
keeper in the booth working the
scoreboard each game. The home team will
be responsible for that person. If a
parent cannot be persuaded and the home
team has more than one coach, then one
of the coaches will be in the booth and
a player will be coaching one of the
bases. (this is for regular league play)
j. Pitching Limitations – Refer to Babe Ruth
k. Playing Limitations
i. Two and one half hour (2 ½) time
limit with the following exclusions:
ii. In the first game of two on a
weeknight, no inning shall start after
iii. In the second game, no inning
shall start after 10:30 pm
iv. A maximum delay of 30 minutes is
allowed between games. (The amount of
delay is at the sole discretion of the
Home Plate Umpire)
v. If a game is called because of
weather, curfew, or another reason, it
is the regulation game if FIVE (5)
innings have been completed, or if the
Home Team has scored more runs in 4 ½
innings, then the VISITING Team has
scored in FIVE completed half innings,
or if the HOME Team scores ONE or more
runs in its half of the FIFTH inning. If
the game is TIED, it shall be declared a
vi. Suspended games will be scheduled
at a later date determined by the Board
of Directors. The game will be resumed
from the point of suspension.
vii. Each child shall play a MINIMUM
of two consecutive innings in the field
defensively and bat at least once.
viii. All substitute players must be
entered in the game by the end of the
ix. Players pitching in Middle School
Games, or any official game, J.V., CYO,
etc, innings count for that week.
x. Due to games shortened by weather,
time, etc, Any player not getting the
required time must start the next
l. No available substitutes following player
i. If a player is ejected or becomes
incapacitated and no legal substitutes
are available, then the opposing coach
shall pick the substitute player from
the roster of the team that had the
ejected/incapacity player, thus avoiding
a forfeited game.
ii. Each player MUST play at least
two full and complete games per season.
iii. E/H D/H does not constitute a
Draft Procedures: (Please refer to Babe Ruth
m. Teams will draft in reverse order of the
prior season’s finished (i.e. 4, 3, 2, 1).
n. Each team will draft in each round in
sequence until all registrants are drafted.
o. Brothers and sisters must play on the same
i. Exception: Parental request as
approved by the Board of Directors.
ii. Brothers/sisters of a player
already in the league should be drafted
on the player’s ability. The draft round
as to when this will occur shall be
determined by general consensus of the
coaches at the draft.
iii. Brothers/sisters in the draft
should be picked inconsecutive rounds.
iv. Exception: When players are in a
different league of play, for example,
Player in 13 year old prep league and
older sibling in regular Babe Ruth
p. The Son/Daughter of a manager must be
picked to that respective team. Based on the
player’s ability, the draft round as to when
this will occur shall be determined by general
consensus of the coaches at the draft.
Procedures involving a new team
q. Existing Teams may protect three players
i. The manager or coach has the
option of protecting the Son/Daughter at
this time. If he does not, the
Son/Daughter will be the first (1st)
draft pick. The same policy applies for
more than one child.
ii. The new team must draft a minimum
of four unprotected players.
iii. An existing team, upon losing a
player, may protect one additional
iv. An existing team will not lose
more than one player per round.
v. A new team may draft until it’s
roster matches the team with the least
number of returnees at this point in the
vi. The new team may draft first in
all forthcoming rounds.
vii. Once a team drafts a layer, that
player becomes the sole property of that
team unless it is agreed upon by all
parties involved that it would be the
best interest of the player to be sent
to another team. The Board of Directors
will decide each case.
viii. Player transferring to a
different team because the parent is a
newly appointed team manager.
1. The team that has lost the
player shall be compensated with
an equivalent and appropriate
draft choice, as determined by
the Board of Directors and the
All Star Teams
r. The Board of Directors will appoint the
manager for each team from a list of certified
Babe Ruth volunteers.
s. Team Composition
i. Any Special Tournament teams shall
take into consideration all eligible
players in the league.
ii. All stars will be selected from
an open tryout, if at all possible. The
all-star manager will make the final
iii. The all-star manager has the
option of going back to the individual
team managers to request specific
League Schedule and Playoffs
t. The league will have a minimum of 15 games
during a regular season. Schedule will be set
forth by the Board of Directors prior to the
start of each season.
u. The league may conduct a Championship
v. The form of such tournament (double
elimination, single game, playoff, best of three
series, etc) shall be at the discretion of the
Board of Directors and shall be set prior to the
start of league play.
w. At the end of league play, if a tie
situation should exist, the method for breaking
that tie will be:
i. The teams’ Head-to-Head Record
ii. If the Head-to-Head is a tie,
then there shall be a one game playoff.
x. Players and managers are expected to
maintain a high standard of conduct and
y. Managers and coaches are encouraged, and
expected, to attend all Bourne Babe Ruth
z. A player ejected from one game will be
suspended at a minimum of the next scheduled
game. If a player is ejected from a second game,
the player will be suspended from league play
pending a hearing with the Board of Directors
and the Umpire-in-Chief. Any player or coach
suspended for any amount of time may be brought
in front of the Board of Directors for
disciplinary action. The Board of Directors
shall have final decision.
i. The umpires that were involved in
the ejection will not be on the review
board, with the exception of the
Umpire-in-Chief for rule interpretation
ii. The player may be reinstated, but
a third ejection will result in
suspension for the remainder of the
season, including playoff and tournament
iii. All disciplinary issues will be
referred to the Player Agent.
iv. Any suspension for more than
SEVEN (7) innings may be appealed to the
Board of Directors.
aa. Managers or coaches ejected from a game
will be suspended for one game. The Board of
Directors may take further disciplinary actions.
i. Umpires that were involved with
the ejection will not be on the review
board, with the exception of the
Umpire-in-Chief, for rule interpretation
ii. The review board decision will be
bb. All equipment (hats, helmets, bats, etc)
that are picked up for use must be placed down
in the same manner. Throwing of equipment WILL
NOT BE TOLERATED.
i. The penalty will be automatic
ejection from the game by umpire(s).
ii. The observance of this violation
by a member of the Board of Directors
and not noticed by the umpires may
require the appearance of the manager
and/or the player before the Board of
Directors for a hearing.
cc. Any member of the Bourne Babe Ruth League
that uses abusive language or gestures in the
ball park will be suspended for one game, plus
ejection from the game at the time of the
dd. Any situation that may develop, which is
not covered in these bylaws, will be ruled upon
by the Board of Directors in the best interest
of the league and the youth of our town.
ee. Bylaw Violations
i. Any violation of the bylaws will
be reviewed by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors may take any
action that is deemed necessary. The
Board of Director’s decision is final.
ff. Regular season coaches/managers shall be
selected by the Board of Directors from a list
of certified volunteers, a minimum of two weeks
prior to the league tryouts.
gg. Injuries involving open wounds;
i. Player is to be removed from the
ii. Substitute player must be entered
iii. The injured player will be
unable to return to the game until the
problem has been corrected, and if
necessary, the uniform changed.
iv. The primary exception will be
bloody noses. They may be treated on the
field, if it is possible. After a
reasonable amount of time, if the
problem remains, then the player must be
removed from the game until the problem
has been corrected.
v. Coaches, and anyone else involved
with the injured player, should exercise
Play-off pitching eligibility and game protest rules
hh. All playoffs will be played under the
standard Babe Ruth Tournament Rules and
ii. Protest Procedures – Please refer to Babe
Ruth Baseball Rule Book guideline.
Senior Babe Ruth Provisions
jj. There are currently no special