9U “Closed Base Rules”
Game Play:
A.)  Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players.  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player will be considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard "Must” be addressed prior to turning into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once handed to the umpire in chief.
B.)  There will be no balks in this division.
C.)  No leading off.  Runners must be on the base when the pitcher has come to a natural pitching position and cannot leave the base until the ball has left the pitchers hand. If any runner leaves the base before the ball releases the pitchers hand, the umpire will return the runner back to his/her last base occupied. If the ball is put in play then no runner may advance more than one (1) base beyond the batter runners safely occupied base.
D.)  The infield fly rule is in effect.
E.)  On dropped third strikes with less than two outs and first base open, the batter must be put out.  If first base is occupied with less than two outs then then the batter is automatically called out.  With two outs the batter/runner must be put out even if first base is occupied.  
****Runners may now advance from third to home on dropped third strikes, pass balls or wild pitches.
F.)  Pitching distance is forty-six (46) feet with sixty (60) feet base path.
G.)  If an intentional walked is called for, the pitcher will not have to throw four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team's manager may signal and point the runner to first base.  No players can make this call.
H.) Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play.  Higher seeds will have the option in bracket play.  The coin flip will also be used in all championship games.
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements
A.)  Coaches must remain inside their respective dugouts while the ball is in play.  No coach is permitted outside their dugout while on defense.  On offense, teams may allow a first base and a third base coach.  Both of these coaches must remain inside their coach’s box.  No other coach is allowed on the field of play while the ball is live.  “Any” coach leaving the dugout while the ball is in play will be automatically ejected from the game and will need to leave the park. 
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.  (MLB Rule 5.01 (b)(5.02)
Ejection Rule:
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park, and may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director and Director of Umpires may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
A.)  The home team is responsible for the scorekeeping.  The umpire will also keep the game score and will be deemed the final decision on any and all score related issues.
Mercy/Run Rule:
A.)  A ten (10) run rule (or mercy rule) will be in effect after four (4) innings of play
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the plate umpire.  Only then will the official game clock will be stopped.
C.)  All protest decisions are final.  The umpire, site director and director of umpires shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges.
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2019 MLB rules and guidelines.


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