House League Operating Rules (Dorchester Baseball)

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CBA House League Operating Rules Regular Season
(revised 2018)

All players must play in their own age grouping unless otherwise approved by the Committe.

In general we follow the rules of professional baseball and as modified by the most recent edition of the
Ontario Baseball Association Playing Rules. Further exceptions are listed that apply to all age divisions and
on the appropriate page where they apply to a specific Division.

Division Pitching Rubber Between Bases

Pee Wee
55' - 65’

All regular season games start at 6:00 p.m. sharp unless scheduled otherwise or advised otherwise by the
Division Convener. Umpires will be instructed to allow a 15 minute grace period to a team not having the
required number of players to begin the game. Teams may play with a minimum of 7 players, with automatic
outs for the 8
th and 9th batter....unless both teams agree to waive this rule. Players arriving late will be added
to the bottom of the batting order irrespective of the inning when they arrive.

Division Full Game Min Innings for
Official Game
Curfew Time
Limit “No New
Inning after”
Mercy Rule per
Mercy Rule
Rookie 5 innings 2 ½ 3 1hr 30 min* 3 outs or 10 batters none
Mosquito 6 innings 3 1/2 4 1hr 45 min * 5 runs in any inning
except the 6
th inning
10 runs after 4 innings
Peewee 7 innings 4 1/2 5 1hr 45 min * 5 runs in any inning
except the 7
th inning
10 runs after 5 innings
15 runs after 3 innings
(all per Baseball Ontario 2.7(g))
Bantam 7 innings 4 1/2 5 1hr 45 min * 7 runs in any inning
except the 6
th &7th
10 runs after 5 innings
15 runs after 3 innings
(all per Baseball Ontario 2.7(g))
Midget 7 innings 4 1/2 5 2hr None 10 runs after 5 innings
15 runs after 3 innings
(all per Baseball Ontario 2.7(g))

Junior 7 innings 4 1/2 5 2hr None 10 runs after 5 innings
15 runs after 3 innings
(all per Baseball Ontario 2.7(g))
(For Divisions denoted with an “*”)…TIME LIMIT - Any inning starting before the Curfew limit is
reached must be completed to end the game.
For example only… in a Mosquito game the last inning will be the completion of the 6th inning or any
inning that starts before curfew (eg. game starts at 6:00 pm. curfew is 7:45 pm,) regardless of being past
the curfew time.

There will be NO extra innings during the regular season. Ties will stand with each team receiving one
point. Extra innings may be allowed in a playoff or tournament game.

All players will play a minimum of THREE innings per game. The three innings can NOT be all played in
the OUTFIELD unless the player wants them to be. The only exception will be game ejection, injury or
absence. The batting order must ROTATE from game to game so that every player has an opportunity to
bat in each position. Every player shall have the opportunity to learn as many positions as they wish and
NOT be limited to only ONE position.

No player shall maliciously run into another player. Contact is considered malicious if it involves:

Intentional excessive force
Intent to injure
Deliberate attempt by a runner to dislodge the ball
A runner making no legitimate effort to reach the base
A runner who could have reasonably slid or otherwise avoided contact and still reached the base
Penalty: Player is ejected from the game and declared out.This rule is to be enforced using the following
Malicious contact is to be penalized whether committed by an offensive or defensive player. When a
defensive player is ejected under this rule, the runner will be called safe or out according to the result of the
play. The ball is dead and all other runners shall return to their last legally occupied base at the time of the
A runner guilty of malicious contact is out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball.
A runner guilty of malicious contact after scoring a run shall not be declared out, but is still ejected from
the game. This rule applies at home plate and all other bases.
Incidental contact between players is allowed, as long it is not malicious as defined above. The rule does
not prohibit contact, but requires players to slide or make a reasonable attempt to avoid contact.
When a defensive player blocks the base path while not in the act of fielding, obstruction shall be called
according to the provisions of Rule 7.06(b). If this obstructed runner collides maliciously with the fielder,
he would be ejected from the game. However, the obstructed runner could be called safe due to the
obstruction according to the provisions of Rule 7.06(b).

Any Junior/Juvenile, Midget, Bantam, Pee Wee or Mosquito team that will be short of players for a game,
may for that game, call up a player or players from the division immediately below, provided the player or
players is/are registered with the same organization. See the specific age division page for call up listings.
Players cannot be called up if their registered team is scheduled to play. The participation rule will apply:
i.e. regardless of the number of players at the game, regular and call ups will play a minimum of 3 innings.

There may sometimes be a need, due to health reasons, to compensate for a child who is unable to run, bat,
etc. The Manager should discuss this with the Convener, who will review this with the Committee and
notify all Managers, so that the Committee's decision is conveyed before Games are played.

When the catcher is on base and there are two out, then the player who became the second out of the inning
may take the catchers place on the base last occupied by the catcher. The catcher shall be defined as the
player who last played the position, or the player who will play catcher in the next defensive inning. This
rule is intended save time by allowing the catcher to put equipment on before taking his defensive position.

The HOME TEAM Manager is responsible for checking his/her diamond playing condition when rain
occurs. If the diamond is not suitable for play, he/she must notify the Umpire Assignor and visiting team
Manager no later than TWO HOURS before game time. As well, after all players are notified, the Home
Team Manager is responsible for rebooking the game within 2 weeks and it must be played before August
1. Home Team manager must confirm this with the Division Convener. Note: where a game is to be
rescheduled, the Local Association’s Umpire Assignor and Groundskeepers should be notified by the Home
Team coach. (See Sec.23, Rescheduling Games)

When a team has a player ejected then the ejected or injured player's spot in the batting order will be
removed but not counted as an automatic out. If a team starts with 9 players and has a player injured or
ejected, then they can finish with 8 but the 9th player's spot in the batting order will be an automatic out.
Players or coaches ejected from games are subject to an additional minimum 1 game suspension If a player
or coach is ejected, umpires must submit an Ejection Report and send it to Convenor.

An Umpire has the right to suspend a game at his/her sole discretion. This could occur when a situation
arises with which the Umpire is not comfortable continuing a game. This could be caused by a team and/or
its supporters. In this case, the Umpire will declare the game suspended and the incident reported to the
Convener who in conjunction with the Committee will determine if the game is to be resumed at a later date
or forefited by the offending team. Managers are urged to avoid these situations as they are not conducive
to the method of operation of the Program and may also lead to suspensions.

Ejection from a game for a Manager, Coach, or player will result in a one game suspension. The suspension
is to be served during the next scheduled game. A second ejection will result in a three game suspension
and after the third ejection, the offending party must appear before the Committe to show cause why he/she
should be allowed to remain in the program.

Standings will be computed on the basis of 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie. Ties in the standings at
the end of the regular season will be broken only to determine the Pennant Winner (all Divisions except
Rookie) or if they affect the play-off pairings. Such ties will first be broken by, head to head outcome, if
no, then runs for/against (each other), if no, then coin toss. If more than two teams are tied, a suitable
formula for breaking the tie will be put into place by the Commitee, in consultation with the Division

No protests of an Umpire's judgment will be accepted or considered. The Manager of a protesting team
shall state to the Plate Umpire ‘I Protest’ and state reasons for same. The protest must occur at the time of
the dispute and before another pitch is thrown. The plate Umpire will then announce that the game is being
continued under protest. Separate statements from the Manager of the team involved and the plate Umpire
of the game in question must be submitted in writing to the Division Convenor within 24 hours of the
completion of the game in question. A $50.00 deposit must accompany the Manager's report, returnable
ONLY if the protest is upheld. All decisions made by the Committee are FINAL. If a protested game is to
be replayed, the Committee will set the time, date and place of the game.

Double Headers will only be played under extenuating circumstances and only with the approval of the

The home team will keep the official score in their Scorebook listing all players participating in the game.
After the game, both Managers must sign the Scorebook. The Visiting Team shall be responsible for
recording pitch counts for both teams and have available should the Convener request them. The Home
Team's Manager must then call in or email the score to the Division Convener. Any Ejections of Players,
Managers, Coaches or others, are to be reported to the Convener immediately after the game.

The playoff structure for each division will be determined by the Committee in consultation with the
Division Conveners.

All players and coaches will be supplied with a full uniform (coaches wear uniform supplied) and the
uniform (including league approved hats) shall be worn in all games played. Repeated failure to wear a
league a supplied uniform item may be cause for suspension. No open toe shoes allowed on the field.

All players in all divisions with the exception of catchers will supply their own gloves. Players in all
divisions shall wear athletic supporters with protective cups. Female players shall wear pelvic protectors.
Players must not voluntarily remove the helmet. Penalty first offense - warning; second offense - ejection.
For Rookie and Mosquito there are no bat restrictions or limitations.
For Pee Wee we allow a max barrel of 2 3/4” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA
Baseball Model with BBCOR “wood like” BPF. For this division using up to a minus 10 length/weight
differential is permitted.
For Bantam wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite bats
include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood
composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.
metal bats with a max barrel of 2 5/8” with (i) a 1.15 BPF (Bat Performance Factor) or (ii) USA Baseball
Model with BBCOR “wood like” BPF will still be allowed. For this division using up to a minus 5
length/weight differential is permitted.
*** BANTAM ONLY- Beginning in 2019 only wood and wood composite bats will be allowed. ***
For Midget and Junior wood bats, bamboo bats and wood composite bats will be allowed. Wood composite
bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood
composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.
Steel cleats can only be worn at the Midget and Jr House league levels.
(Mos to Midget) If helmet has snaps then a strap must be worn.
Game Balls - home team to supply a minimum of 2 new game balls for each regular season game
and additional balls as required to complete the game.

No team may cancel a game with less than 24 hours notice (48 hours for Friday/Saturday/Sunday
games) for any reason, except weather.
The Home Team is responsible for making arrangements of all rescheduled games. This is to be completed
within two weeks of the original scheduled game and it must be played before August 1. The home team
will offer the visiting team 3 makeup dates with only one of these being on a Saturday or Sunday, with the
exception of teams that have Sunday as their home night. The offered dates will be sent to the visiting
coach’s and the Series Convenor’s e-mail. The visiting coach/team has 72 hours from being offered to

accept one of the offered dates. Failure to accept one of the dates will result in forfeiture of the game to the
Home Team. The Visiting Team will accept by e-mail copying the Series Convenor.
If there is a conflict with all 3 dates, then the Series Convenor will make the decision to have the Home
Team provide 2 more dates. (Playing multiple games in one week, Monday’s following tournaments, etc.
are not reasons to refuse dates)”
Note: Where a game is to be cancelled or rescheduled, the Local Association Umpire Assignor and
Groundskeepers should be notified by the Home Team coach.

Managers and Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns and only if necessary contact the division
Convener, who will then consult the Committee before any action is taken. The following is a list of steps
which need to be taken in making a complaint:
1. Wait 24 hours (cooling off period).
2. Parents with a complaint are to first contact the Manager, and then if necessary the Convener.
The Manager with a complaint is to first contact the Convener.
3. Once contacted by a Parent or Manager, the Convener will attempt to contact the other party to
the complaint. Convener will then explain both sides of the complaint to the Committee.
The Convener will advise both parties of the Committe’s response.

(Exhibition Play, League Play, Play-Off's, Tournaments, and Championships)
For purposes of this rule....a pitch is a pitch thrown to a batter that results in a ball or strike… subject
to the balk rule i) below. It does not include warm-up pitches. Unless otherwise agreed, the Home team
will be the official scorekeeper and Visiting team, the official pitch count recorder.
Baseball Ontario Section P2.1 PITCHING RULES (adapted for House league play)
a) Any player advancing to play in a higher series shall be restricted to the pitching rule of the
series in which he/she is registered.
b) In Mosquito games, the number of trips to the mound by manager/coach shall not be
limited except when the umpire rules that the purpose of the trip is to delay the game.
c) In Peewee games, a 3
rd trip by a manager/coach to the same pitcher in the same inning
shall result in the pitcher’s automatic removal from the pitching position.
d) In Mosquito and Peewee games, a pitcher once removed from pitching, regardless of the
number of trips to the mound by the manager/coach, may continue in the game at another
position, but shall not be permitted to return to pitch in that game.
e) From Bantam to Jr a 2
nd trip by a manager/coach to the same pitcher in the same inning
shall result in the pitcher’s automatic removal from the pitching position. The pitcher, once

removed after the 2nd trip in an inning, may continue in the game at another position but
shall not be permitted to return to pitch in that game.
f) i.) A pitcher may not pitch more than the following limits in a calendar day. If the limit is
reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may pitch to the earlier of : (i) the completion of
that batter or (ii) the end of the inning.
Pitchers and managers shall follow the following guidelines:
Required Rest shall be defined in “Days” starting at 12:01 am and ending at 11:59
pm of the next calendar day.
ii.) Combined, a pitcher may not pitch more innings than the following limits in the
regular season. This applies only to the regular season.
Mosquito 35 Innings
PeeWee 40 Innings
Bantam 45 Innings
Midget 60 Innings
Jr Open
g) Where a team has multiple games on the same day, if a pitcher throws more than the
following limits during a game or in combination of one or more games, the pitcher may
not pitch again in a subsequent game that day:
Mosquito 45 pitches
Peewee 55 pitches
Midget and Jr
65 pitches
75 pitches
h) A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher
for the remainder of that game. Any player who has played the position of catcher in four
or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch in that game.
Age Daily Max
(Pitches in Game)
Required Rest (Pitches)
0 Days 1 Days 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
Mosqito 70 1-25 26-40 41-55 56-65 66+
Pee Wee 80 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76+
Bantam 90 1-35 36-50 51-65 66-80 81+
Midget/Jr 100 1-40 41-55 56-70 71-85 86+

i) The Visiting Team scorekeeper shall be designated the official pitch count recorder.
j) The official pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when
requested by either manager or the umpire.
k) The official pitch count recorder shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has
delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the
pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. Note: It is the responsibility of the
manager to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible, even if the pitch
count recorder and/or the umpire fail to notify the manager.
l) If a balk is called but the pitcher throws the ball it will count as a pitch thrown, even if it is
not counted as a pitch for ball/strike purposes.
m) Intentional Walks will be included in Pitch Count totals.
n) If a team has no remaining players eligible to pitch in a game, the opposing coach may
designate a player who has yet to pitch in the game. This pitcher may not throw more than
30 pitches. If the limit is reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may pitch to the earlier
of (i) the completion of that batter, or (ii) the end of the inning.
o) Illegal pitching penalty: where a player throws more pitches than is permitted under fabove); or pitches without the rest required by f-above); or pitches on 3 consecutive days
in violation of p-below); or pitches and catches in the same game in violation of h-above),
the penalty shall be the immediate ejection of the Head Coach and removal of the pitcher
from the pitching positions.
p) Pitcher cannot pitch 3 consecutive days unless a pitcher’s first 2 days combined does not
Mosquito: 25
Pee Wee: 30
Bantam : 35
Midget: 40
At Junior level there is no restriction on pitchers pitching on 3 consecutive calendar
q) Pitches shall count on the calendar day on which the pitch is thrown. An exception shall be
made where a game commences on one day and is played continuously past midnight.In
that case, the pitches shall count as being thrown on the day on which the game
commenced. In the case where a game is suspended, for whatever reason, on one day and
resumed on a second day, pitches shall count on the calendar day on which the pitch is
thrown (i.e. both parts of the game shall be considered on separate days). Where weather
or other reasons cause the delay or postponement of a game or games, the time of the delay
can count towards the nights rest required under f) and can constitute a break in the 3
consecutive day rule under p).
r) The pitching limits apply to every pitcher. For an ambidextrous pitcher, the limits and
restrictions of P2.10 apply to the pitcher and not to each individual arm. For clarity, the
pitches thrown with the right arm and left arm on a calendar day are added together to
determine whether a pitch limit has been reached.

s) 8.06 c) of the Official Rules of Baseball does not apply where a coach/manager goes to the
mound to remove a pitcher in order not to exceed the pitch limits of P2.10 g)”
Note: For this to apply, the second trip must be after the last pitch which could be thrown
without exceeding the particular pitch count limit of P2.10f). For example, after the 55
pitch but before the 56th pitch at Peewee.
t) A pitcher that wears a compression sleeve, must be of a solid colour and may not be white
or grey.
u) There is no provision in the Official Rules of Baseball governing the removal of a pitcher
who hits X number of batters. If the umpire believes the pitcher is intentionally throwing at
a batter (and he doesn't need to hit him for this one), the umpire can eject the pitcher or
issue a warning.
MLB rules 8.02d: If, in the umpire’s judgment, the pitcher is intentionally pitching at
the batter, the umpire may elect either to:
1. Expel the pitcher, or the manager and the pitcher, from the game, or
2. may warn the pitcher and the manager of both teams that another such pitch will
result in the immediate expulsion of that pitcher (or a replacement) and the manager.
In addition an umpire may remove a pitcher at any time should he/she feel that a
pitcher is not in control to such an extent that batters are in jeoprady.

When thunder roars, go indoors! As soon as thunder is heard, the potential to be struck by lightning is
present. Baseball Ontario mandates that at first sound of thunder, play is to be suspended and all participants
are to seek shelter until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.

In 2016, Baseball Ontario introduced a new tool for umpires to assist with game management - the bench
restriction. This rule allows an umpire to restrict a coach or manager to their bench for the remainder of the
game when they commit minor violations.


The use and possession of electronic devices on the playing field is now prohibited by all participants. This
includes the following devices:
Mobile phones

Smart watches & Fitbits
Penalty: Players, coaches, and managers will be instructed by the umpire to immediately remove them from
the field of play. Failure to do so will result in ejection. Umpires who use electronic devices on the field
during the game are subject to suspension and potential loss of accreditation. Exception: Dedicated watches,
stopwatches and electronic pitch counters/indicators are permitted.
Important Note: It is critical for the safety of all participants that everyone is focused on the field of play
while the game is in progress. The use of electronic devices during a game is distracting and dangerous.
Even between innings, it is still unsafe to lose focus and become distracted. The intent of this rule is to keep
everyone safe.

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