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Babe Ruth

Overview: Competitive and instructional 90ft diamond program for 13, 14 and 15 year old players.
Director: David Berkley

Needham Babe Ruth Home Rules (rev 1/2014) Senior League
Violation of Home Rules 2 and 3 will result in a forfeiture of the game

Home Rules - these are modifications to Babe Ruth League, Inc. rules

  1. Free Substitution is permitted

  2. Pitchers can only pitch seven (7) innings per week in Babe Ruth games (Monday through Sunday).

    No player may pitch more than ten (10) innings per week in total including any and all non-Babe Ruth games, such as high school, middle school, Legion or AAU. Coaches are asked, if appropriate and to extent information is available, to accommodate school programs in scheduling pitching during the regular season. This rule shall not be applied retroactively, for example, if a pitcher pitches seven (7) innings one day for a Babe Ruth team and subsequently, pitches more than three (3) innings for another team, the Babe Ruth team will not be treated as violating the rule. Also note if a player pitches more than three (3) innings in another league, the two (2) day rest rule will apply before being eligible to pitch in Babe Ruth.

  3. Once a pitcher is removed he cannot pitch again during that game.

  4. No team shall forfeit a game for having less than 9 players and both teams have at least 7 eligible

    players. The opposing manager shall provide a sufficient number of fielders to field a complete team in the first inning. All players provided shall only bat for their team. In each inning thereafter the selection of a player or players necessary to field a complete team shall be the last batter(s) in their teams previous at bat. The supplied players can play any position as designated by the receiving team Manager with the exception of pitcher. Only registered players of Needham Little League’ Babe Ruth league are eligible.

  5. Balks: each pitcher will receive 1 warning per regular season game. Full balk rule applies in the playoffs.

  6. Substitute Managers: In the event that a manager is not able to attend a scheduled practice and/or game, only his/her Board-approved coaches may substitute as manager. In the event that no Board-approved coach is available, the manager must coordinate with the League Director to arrange for a Board-approved coach to take over for that game and/or practice. It is ultimately the responsibility of the League Director to make his best effort to find approved coaches to cover games so that the players are not penalized by a game cancellation. In no instance may the manager independently authorize a non-Board-approved coach to take over in his/her absence.

  7. Games are 7 innings (6 if part of a double header). If a game is suspended due to darkness, weather, etc., prior to reaching official game status, the game shall be continued at a later date prior to the start of the playoffs. Failure to complete such game shall result in a loss for both teams. OFFICIAL STATUS is 41⁄2 innings if home team is ahead (3 1⁄2 innings for a double header), or 5 innings (4 innings for a double header) if with the visiting club ahead or tied.

  8. Playoff games will be played at least 7 innings until a winner is determined at the end of a full inning (absent unavoidable circumstances).

  9. No team shall be permitted to have more than one manager and three assistant coaches, for a total of four (4) coaches on the field or in the dugout/bench areas per game. In addition, coaches who are not coaching first or third base during the game must be behind the bench fence or, if applicable, the dugout.

  10. No hidden Ball play.

  11. Babe Ruth uses the MIAA “must slide rule.” A runner must not deliberately run into a fielder, and

    must slide or avoid the fielder. The base runner may run around the fielder provided that, in the opinion of the umpire, he has not left the base path.

Special Rules and Regulations - these are optional rules as permitted by Babe Ruth League, Inc. that our league follows

  • ?  All players will bat in a continuous batting order. Player rotation can only occur in the field and not in the batting lineup. Players arriving after the start of the game will bat at the end of the order.

  • ?  Each Player must play at least 3 innings in the field and have 1 at bat (absent unavoidable circumstances) .

  • ?  Players must play in a minimum of 50% of the regular season games unless he is unable to do so for medical reasons to be eligible for the playoffs

  • ?  Mercy Rule: Where the run deferential between the two teams is 10 runs or more after the game has reached official status, the losing team manager may direct the plate umpire to declare the game complete, in which event the winning team is declared the winner.

  • ?  Each playoff round constitutes a new week with regards to pitching rules.

    Reminders of Babe Ruth Rules

    Pitching: A Player may pitch no more than 7 innings per week (week starts Monday)1 pitch in a given inning constitutes a pitched inning. Mandatory 2 full day rest after pitching more than 3 innings in 1 calendar day regardless of league. Example: if a player pitches 4 innings on Saturday, he cannot pitch until Tuesday of the following week.


    The bat may not exceed 34” in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8” in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

    Non-Compliant Bats - Refer to: http://www.baberuthleague.org/media/14304/BATRULES2014.pdf?utm_source=streamsend&utm_me dium=email&utm_content=20027479&utm_campaign=December%2520Batter-Up

    If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his “at bat” the bat is simply

    removed from play and the “at bat” continues.
    A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out. No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand. This is an appeal play. The “at bat” will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
    Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.