10U GHVBL RULES
Eligibility of Players & Roster Size
Roster size is limited to 20. Rosters must be submitted prior to the season. We encourage expanded rosters to avoid any forfeit. We may allow exceptions to this rule in order to avoid a forfeit.
Teams accepted on basis of driving parity for each division. Coaches are encouraged to place teams in appropriate division based on results in prior seasons and updated team make-up.
Team & Player Post Season Eligibility
TEAMS must play 8 games Spring/Fall in order to be eligible for playoffs (12 in SUMMER). Any exception to this rule will be considered but we ask all teams to make every effort to play games (do not wait to end of season for make-ups) ALL eligible teams are entered into playoff tournament.
PLAYERS (Specific Team Members) must play in at least one-half (50%) of the minimum requirement of games (FOR THE TEAM THEY ARE PLAYING WITH IN THE PLAYOFFS) to be eligible for participation in Post-Season Play. Only exceptions made in situation of injury. 4 games in Spring/Fall & 6 games in Summer
Regular Season Schedule - Rescheduling Games
Teams must work together to schedule regular season games at the preseason scheduling meeting. Teams MAY schedule more than games – BUT FIRST 12 COMPLETED GAMES - Spring/Fall (16 IN SUMMER) count in the Playoff Seeding Standings.
In the case of rainout – please contact opposing coach to make-up game asap – and please inform league director, umpire director, and both teams must agree on time/place – please contact the league Directors to assist if you have difficulty. Rain - Games are considered official after 4 innings – (3 ½ if home team is ahead in 10U, 11U, 12U) - after 5 full (4 ½ if home team is ahead in 13U)
GHVBL Protest Policy - The protesting manager must notify the home plate umpire of a protest before the next pitch is thrown. The umpire must note the point of protest in the scorebook of the protesting manager and then notify the umpire coordinator after the game. All protests must be accompanied by a $25 check made payable to the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League, from the protesting manager, forwarded to and received within 72 hours by the League Director. The protest should include the game situation, the rule being protested, and the teams and umpires involved. If a protest is upheld, the $25 check will be refunded.
Any conduct deemed detrimental to the game by the game umpire shall result in a game ejection or forfeiture.
If anyone associated with a team (coach or player) is ejected from a game, that person will have an automatic one (1) game suspension, for the following game, the first time. In the event the following game is not played due to inclement weather or schedule conflicts, the suspension applies to the next game played; The second time that same person is ejected, the GVHBL Director will review the matter for further disciplinary action. Game umpires will notify the appropriate league director of the suspended player's name and game conduct.
Determining Starting Line-up
We let the coach/team play as many players as he/she wants. The only information needed regarding a "Starting Lineup" is the number of batters. We do not care who plays in the field. Players must stay in same position in batting lineup. We use the "Sports @ The Beach" rule of flexible substitution.
Offensive - Team may bat 9 players, the entire lineup or in-between. Once the number of batters is determined, it must remain for the entire game. No automatic outs unless an ejected player's turn comes up. That is the only scenario that will result in an automatic out. Once a substitution bats or runs for a player, the sub and the original starter are locked into that batting position and either one may bat or run in that position ONLY.
If a player is removed due to injury (and skipped in the lineup - that player MAY NOT RETURN TO THE GAME)
Defensive - Any player on the roster may play in any defensive position at any time, regardless of being in the batting order.
Example - A team may have 18 players: Bat 9 of them and play the other 9 in the field. No one player in a game can assume more than one offensive position.
Line-Up & The Pitcher
There are NO minimum play requirements. For 10U - Pitchers may pitch a MAXIMUM OF 7 INNINGS PER WEEK. Please consider the welfare of your kids and balance their pitching workload with the LL/In-House requirements. Teams must self-manage these circumstances.
Additional PLAYING RULES
Slap Bunt/Slashing. NOT ALLOWED - Successfully batting a ball, after, in the umpire’s judgment, attempting to feint a bunt, shall be treated as an illegally batted ball. Runners return to their bases. (5.09(d)) The batter is out. (6.06(a))
STEALING BASES - 10U (Little League Rules) - May lead/steal upon pitched ball crossing home plate. May steal home. As a result - NO BALKS CALLED IN 10U.
“Courtesy Runners” are permitted with two outs - for Catcher and/or Pitcher (not required). Runner must be last batted out.
No dropped third strike in 10U.
10U - A team trailing the leading team by 10 Runs after 4 FULL innings, (3 ½ with the home team ahead) shall concede defeat immediately. After 4th Inning - 10 runs after FULL inning - home team gets last licks.
EXTRA INNING RULES, TIME LIMITS, TIES
10U - No time limit on games (unless home team has defined slot for game & both teams are communicated to before game), all regular season DOUBLEHEADER games ending in a tie after 6 innings shall go to the “California Rule” (IN SEVENTH INNING) – Last Batted out goes to second base – inning starts with ZERO OUTS. Single games play one extra inning, then California Rule in Inning 8. Continue with California Rule until game completes – OR – game is TIE after 9 innings. Regulation games called due to darkness or weather related MAY end in a tie.
To clarify for 10U – California Rule Starts in INNING 7 in Doubleheader Games – California Rule Starts in INNING 8 in Single Games. TIE Declared after 9 INNINGS except in Playoffs where you play to completion.
Doubleheaders - Teams are given a 15 minute grace period to field 8 players before resulting in a forfeit. In addition visiting teams shall receive at least 15 minutes of field time prior to the game, from first arrival. Inability to field 8 players for a game shall result in forfeit.
ON DECK WARM-UP - On Deck Batter - ONLY IF THERE IS AN ENCLOSED designated area. NO open area on deck batters.
THE BAT RULES
8U, 9U, 10U - (46'-60' Fields) - Bats Must be Little League Regulation & 1.15BPF, Wood, or (USABat) Stamped.
11U, 12U - (50'-70' Fields) - Bats Must be 1.15BPF, BBCOR, Wood, or (USABat) Stamped.
13U & 14U - (60'-90' Fields) - Bats must be BBCOR .50, Wood, or (USABat) Stamped - 13U Fall Exception (May use 1.15BPF)
15U & Above - (60'-90' Fields) - Bats must be BBCOR .50 or Wood