Rohnert Park Junior Giants League Rules

GENERAL RULES (all divisions)

  1. This league is an instructional league and no score will be kept. This league is designed to be a non-competitive environment for the kids to play the game of baseball.
  2. The league will review any requests to play up/down a division. Requests must be made to the league commissioner prior to the first First Pitch meeting to be considered. Player safety and availability of space in the new division will be the determining factors for any such requests.
  3. The league Commissioner will determine team colors. Teams may decide on an appropriate team name to be posted on their schedule. If a team wishes to be called the “Giants” they must include their color before the name ex. “Green Giants”
  4. After every game, teams will line up and shake hands.
  5. Any fighting or unruly conduct will result in either the player’s ejection or, if necessary, a team’s disqualification.
  6. All players will bat in one continuous batting order; this includes those not playing in the field. Coaches are responsible for making sure that everyone hits in order.
  7. Teams will not be allowed to bat through the batting order more than once in any given inning.
  8. Substitutions can only be made in between innings, unless a player has been injured.
  9. All batters and runners will wear a batting helmet at all times. If a batter is caught without a helmet, a team warning will be given. Any infraction after that, the runner or batter will be out. The on-deck batter must also wear a helmet.
  10. Because Junior Giants is noncompetitive, official umpires are not necessary for games and we encourage coaches to serve in that role. Any call made by a coach is final, and no re-do or replays will be allowed. Base coaches will be responsible for making out/safe calls at the bases. Remember while we wear different colors we are all Junior Giants!

 

RULES FOR T-BALL (5-6 YEARS OLD):

  1. Bases will be 50 feet apart.
  2. All games are five innings or 60 minutes, whichever comes first. The team at bat may conclude their at bat if agreed by the coaches once time expires.
  3. This division uses the provided batting tee for all at bats.
  4. Batters must hit the ball fair. There will be no balls, strikes, or bunting.
  5. The T-ball division will field 12 players at a time. Four outfielders and extra infielders are to be stationed between first and second base position, and between shortstop and second base.
  6. All players must participate in the field each game. It is mandatory that coaches rotate players to different positions. Players may not sit on the bench in consecutive innings and may not return to the bench before all other players have also sat on the bench for an equal number of innings. Players must also play at least 2 innings in the infield (1 if game is less than 5 innings long).
  7. The fielding pitcher must wear a batting helmet and be within 3 feet of the pitching mound.
  8. Once the fielding pitcher receives the ball from his/her teammates, near the pitching mound, the ball is dead and play will stop. Please encourage your teams to play “station to station” and not take extra bases on throwing errors. Runners should only take extra bases on balls hit beyond outfielders.
  9. Outs shall not be called on runners. Defensive players should be congratulated on getting outs but all runners shall remain on bases.
  10. Each inning will conclude with the last batter in the batting order running all 4 bases after completing their turn at bat.

RULES FOR MINORS (7-9 YEARS OLD):

  1. This age group will field 10 players, with the extra player to play in the outfield.
  2. Bases will be 60 feet apart.
  3. All games are six innings or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. An inning in progress when the time limit expires will be completed light permitting. Each inning will conclude with 3 outs or when the entire batting order has hit in the inning.
  4. All players must participate in the field each game. It is mandatory that coaches rotate players to different positions. Players may not sit on the bench in consecutive innings or for more than two innings per game. Players must also play at least 2 innings in the infield (1 if game is less than 5 innings long).
  5. This division will use a pitching machine set to about 35 mph.
  6. There are only five pitches per batter. Note: A pitch is defined as a ball that a child has a legitimate chance of hitting. The final two pitches may be coach pitched if desired. It is encouraged that coaches make this decision based upon appropriate challenge to the batter.
  7. After the 5th pitch, if the batter has not put the ball in play, the batter is out. A foul ball on the 5th pitch will be pitched again.
  8. Any bad pitch made by the pitching machine or coach may be disallowed.
  9. Any batted ball that hits the pitching machine or coach will be ruled a single.
  10. Returning the ball to the fielding pitcher will end the play. Teams are encouraged to take only a single base on overthrows.
  11. A foul tip that goes 6 feet over the catcher’s head and is caught by the catcher is to be called an out, unless it is the last pitch, where no height limit is needed.
  12. Infield fly rule is to be enforced at all times.
    1. The infield fly rule is that whenever there is a runner on first and second, or bases loaded and a fly ball is hit to an infielder who can reasonably expect to catch it the batter shall be called out and runners and not forced to advance but advance at their own risk.
  13. There is no stealing allowed and runners must wait until the ball is struck before advancing. If a runner leaves too early, a team warning will be issued and the runner will be sent back. Base coaches are responsible for making sure this is the case.
  14. If a runner leaves early and the batter gets a hit, the runner is out. The next time any runner who was previously warned leaves early, he/she will be automatically out.
  15. Any slides performed in an effort to take out the fielder or any attempt to interfere with the fielder (putting hands up or running into the fielder) will result in an out.
  16. Runners must attempt to avoid contact and it is highly recommended but not required that they slide on any close play.

 

RULES FOR MAJORS (10-13 YEARS OLD):

  1. This age group will field 9 players, with the extra player to play in the outfield.
  2. Bases will be 60 feet apart.
  3. All games are six innings or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. An inning in progress when the time limit expires will be completed light permitting. Each inning will conclude with 3 outs or when the entire batting order has hit in the inning.
  4. All players must participate in the field each game. It is mandatory that coaches rotate players to different positions. Players may not sit on the bench in consecutive innings or for more than two innings per game. Players must also play at least 1 inning in the infield.
  5. This division will use a pitching machine set to about 42 mph.
  6. There are only five pitches per batter. Note: A pitch is defined as a ball that a child has a legitimate chance of hitting. If a child has a particularly hard time hitting the pitches provided the coach may substitute the final two pitches with a coach pitch.
  7. After the 5th pitch, if the batter has not put the ball in play, the batter is out. A foul ball on the 5th pitch will be pitched again.
  8. Any bad pitch made by the pitching machine may be disallowed.
  9. Any batted ball that hits the pitching machine or coach will be ruled a single.
  10. Returning the ball to the fielding pitcher will end the play.
  11. A foul tip that goes 6 feet over the catcher’s head and is caught by the catcher is to be called an out, unless it is the last pitch, where no height limit is needed.
  12. Infield fly rule is to be enforced at all times.
    1. The infield fly rule is that whenever there is a runner on first and second, or bases loaded and a fly ball is hit to an infielder who can reasonably expect to catch it the batter shall be called out and runners and not forced to advance but advance at their own risk.
  13. There is no stealing allowed and runners must wait until the ball is struck before advancing. If a runner leaves too early, a team warning will be issued and the runner will be sent back. Base coaches are responsible for making sure this is the case.
  14. If a runner leaves early and the batter gets a hit, the runner is out. The next time any runner who was previously warned leaves early, he/she will be automatically out.
  15. Any slides performed in an effort to take out the fielder or any attempt to interfere with the fielder (putting hands up or running into the fielder) will result in an out.
  16. Runners must attempt to avoid contact and it is highly recommended but not required that they slide on any close play.