Minor League Playing Rules (Amended and Updated: 2016)
The Shedd Park Baseball Organization Minor League adheres to the rules specified in the most recent edition of the official Babe Ruth / Cal Ripkin handbook with the following exceptions:
- The batting order is comprised of all players on a team. We do not use a nine man batting order.
- No slashing is allowed at bat. (A slash is a fake bunt followed by a swing)
- No “waggling” of the bat is allowed in front of the catcher during the pitcher windup or pitch.
- For regular season games: Each player may bat only once per inning. In the event that a team bats around and its last batter comes to the plate, then the next out (if any) will be treated as the last out in the inning. This means that the inning may end with less than 3 outs. Note that if this happens, and the inning ends with less than 3 outs, any unscored outs are not charged to any pitcher.
Base Running Rules
- Players may not slide headfirst into any base. Players may dive (headfirst) back into a base they have passed, or if they are leading and need to get back to the base.
- Slide or Avoid: Any runner attempting to reach any base must avoid contact with any fielder in the area of the base or slide into the base. The runner will be called out as a penalty for failure to slide or avoid contact. If in the opinion of the umpire the runner intentionally and maliciously runs into a fielder, then the runner will be called out and ejected from the game.
- Base runners may not score by stolen base or on a passed ball; they may only score as a result of a batted ball or by being forced by a base on balls or hit by pitch.
- Playing time requirements:
- For a 6-inning game, each player must play at least 4 innings in the field.
- For a 5-inning game, each player must play at least 3 innings in the field.
- For a 4-inning game, each player must play at least 2 innings in the field.
- The pitching week begins on Saturday and ends on Friday.
- Pitchers may pitch no more than 3 innings on consecutive days and no more than 6 innings in a week.
- One pitch in an inning constitutes a full inning pitched.
- A manager or coach may make 2 trips to the mound per inning per pitcher, but must remove the pitcher on the third visit to an individual pitcher.
- There are no curve balls allowed.
- Managers and coaches are strongly encouraged to maintain a pitch count on each individual pitcher during games. A total of 70-80 pitches are recommended number to suggest a change in pitchers.
- Adult Coaches are allowed to coach from the Coach’s boxes.
- Players may coach in the Coach’s boxes provided they wear a batters helmet.
- Concerning games between teams with differing number of players:
- A team having only 8 players must take an out in place of the missing ninth batter each time around the batting order.
- A team having 7 players or less forfeits the game.
- Using non-rostered players:
- In the interest of playing games and avoiding forfeits, non-rostered players may be used in regular season games to give an undermanned team enough players to play a game. The opposing team is not required to give consent and "call ups" shall be from a lower (not equivalent) division, registered Shedd player.
- Teams should not make use of non-rostered players to gain a competitive advantage.
- Non-rostered players may not be used in playoff games.
- Non-rostered players may not play in a game if enough rostered players are available.
- Non-rostered players must play a corner outfield position and bat last.
- Any time that a non-rostered player is used, the league president must be notified (either before or after the game). League presidents will monitor the use of non-rostered players and take appropriate action if needed.
- The preceding rule and all of its sub-parts applies only to games in which both teams are Shedd Park teams, meaning that it does not apply to Senior League games involving teams from other parks.
- Any Manager or Coach who is ejected from any game for any reason will be “suspended indefinitely” until such time as the Board of Directors addresses said ejection. The directors will meet as soon as is practical after the ejection.
All Star Game
- The Minor League All Star Teams will consist of all 10 year olds in the league.
- Pitchers may pitch a maximum of two innings and will not be charged with any innings pitched for the week.
- The game will be a 9-inning game.
- The manager of each team will be the Junior League Manager whose team leads each league (American/National). The remaining managers will make up the coaching staff for each team.
Post Season Play
- All teams will participate in post regular season play.
- Seeding will be determined by order of finish for the regular season totaled on the last available playing date prior to the first scheduled playoff game. All rainouts, ties, or other unfinished games must be cleared up by that day. In the event of identical records between teams, the following tie breaking rules will be in effect.
- Results in head to head games.
- Record in games against each team in order of finish.
- Lowest runs against.