Rules

Carroll County Men’s League Baseball is governed by the Official Rules of Baseball with the following exceptions and modifications below:

PLAYERS

AGE REQUIREMENT
All players in Carroll County Men’s League Baseball must be eighteen (18) years of age as of April 1, 2014 for the 2014 Season. There is no maximum age limit.

PLAYER FEE
For the 2014 season, new players must pay a $200 fee. The fee for returning players is $150. Each year this fee is re-evaluated.

PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to compete in the CCMLB Playoffs, a player must bat in seven (7) regular season games.

LANGUAGE
Player in the CCMLB should refrain from using offensive and/or vulgar language at all times. Both teams will be warned for the 1st offense and a 2nd offense is an automatic ejection.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND SMOKING
At no time should a player use alcohol, drugs or smoke while on the property of a field being used by Carroll County Men’s League Baseball. This is a no tolerance policy.

Any violation of this rule may result in being removed from the league and will be brought to the Office of the CCMLB President for a ruling.

THROWING OF EQUIPMENT
Throwing of any equipment, ie. bat, helmet, glove, etc., in an obvious aggressive and/or frustrated manner in the judgement of the umpire will warrant one (1) team warning followed by ejection for a second (2nd) offense.

PLAYER EJECTIONS
Any player ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the following game and the Office of the CCMLB President will review the incident to see if further action is required.

PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY
All persons associated with the League are held to high standards and are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is responsible, promotes League values and is lawful. Those who engage in conduct that endangers the CCMLB organization or the public, or that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the CCMLB, will be subject to discipline.

Discipline may be imposed in any of the following circumstances:

• Criminal offenses, including those involving performance-enhancing substances, alcohol or other substances of abuse;

• Serious incidents of violent or threatening behavior among employees;

• Possession of a weapon in any workplace setting, or in violation of any applicable law;

• Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of others; and

• Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the CCMLB, its teams or players.

Your team and the League must be advised promptly of any incident that may violate this policy, particularly if there has been an arrest or criminal charge.

PLAYING THE GAME

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS
Each team is required to have a minimum of 8 players dressed for a game. If the minimum number is not reached the game will be forfeited to the opposing team with a final score of 2-0.

If a team has at least 8 players, both teams can mutually agree to allow 1 player from either the opposing team or league to play for the team which is lacking the 9th man.  That borrowed player will be allowed to play a defensive position only and, when that player’s at bat comes up in the order, the at bat will be recorded as a defensive out.

If a team cannot meet the minimum requirement a penalty of $100 must be paid to the CCMLB general fund. The only exception is if the Manager of the team forfeits the game six (6) hours before the scheduled start of the game.

There is a fifteen (15) minute waiting period after the scheduled start time.

If a game during the course of a game a team cannot field the minimum number of players, the game will end and be forfeited.

REPLACEMENT PLAYERS
Player used to fill the minimum number of players outside of the league will not be permitted.

MERCY RULE
A ten (10) run mercy rule is in effect for all regular season games after the end of the 5th inning. There is no mercy rule in effect for the playoffs.

LINEUP

EXTRA HITTER AND DESIGNATED HITTER
The Designated Hitter is not used in the CCMLB. An Extra Hitter (EH) may be used in the batter order to give a bench player an opportunity to hit.

SUBSITUTIONS
Coaches may substitute players in the field as much as needed.
In the batting lineup, a player may be removed and re-inserted into the same batting position only one time.

MINIMUM PLAY RULE
Managers must make every effort to play all eligible players who attend the game a minimum for 9 outs in the field and 1 at bat.

ON THE FIELD

BATS
Only ash and maple bats are permitted.

UMPIRE INTERACTION
The only players allowed to question an umpire’s call is the Manager or Assistant Coach. No other player may engage in discussion with the umpire that disrupts the progress of the game.

3RD TO 1ST PICK-OFF
Pitchers are still allowed to fake a pick-off attempt to 3rd base and throw to 1st.

SLIDING
Runners are not allowed to leave the base path as defined by the rules of baseball to slide and make contact with a fielder with the intention of disrupting the play. This is a judgement call make by the umpire and cannot be argued.

PLAYS AT THE PLATE/BASES
Making intentional contact with the catcher or any player
home plate is prohibited.

If a fielder does not have the ball it is the responsibility of the fielder to stay out of the path of the runner.

If a fielder does have the ball it is the responsibility runner to avoid contact with the fielder. If the runner makes intentional contact with a fielder he will be called out. The only exception is if a fielder move into the path of a runner to draw contact, the runner will be declared safe.

This is a judgement call make by the umpire and cannot be argued.