Babe Ruth Rules

Updated Thursday July 7, 2016 by Somerset Baseball League.


Babe Ruth – games are played on a 60/90 diamond; the pitching rubber is positioned 60’6” from home plate and base paths are 90 feet long. All regulation games are 7 innings in length; extra innings are permitted in a tie after 7 innings.

Lineupall Babe Ruth teams will use a continuous batting order.

Bunting – all Babe Ruth players are permitted to bunt while at bat.

Slash Bunting – is prohibited in the Babe Ruth League. The batter is declared out and the base runners are sent back to their last occupied base if it is attempted.

Leading – leading is permitted in the Babe Ruth.

Stealing – stealing is unlimited in the Babe Ruth.

Must Slide Rule – a runner does not have to slide unless there is a play being made on that runner. If the runner does not slide and makes contact with the defensive player in possession of the ball or in the process of receiving the ball, then that runner will be declared out (the purpose of this rule is to avoid injury).

Infield Fly Rule – infield fly rule is in effect in the Babe Ruth league.

Limited Runs – unlimited runs scored in the Babe Ruth league.

Mercy Rule – 10 run rule after five innings (3½ inn. if home team has the lead or 4 inn. if away team has the lead). Mercy rule also applies to every inning after the 4th inning.

Balks – balks are called on pitchers in the Babe Ruth league.

  • 100 pitch limit
    • 1-30 = 0 days rest
    • 31-50 = 1 days rest
    • 51-70 = 2 days rest
    • 71-85 = 3 days rest
    • 86-100 = 4 days rest

Mound Visits – a coach/manager is allowed one trip per inning without penalty. The second trip in an inning will require a pitching change. The umpire can rule “not an official trip” in the case of an injury.

Playing Time – Player safety is top priority in this rule. Each player should play at least two innings in the infield during a seven-inning game. A player should not sit more than twice per seven-inning game. *Playoff playing time is tournament rules (each player must play at least two innings on the field).

Absent Players – If a team does not have enough players they can be given an outfielder (last out from the last inning plays the outfield). If a player arrives late, then that late player is inserted into the bottom of the lineup.

Make Up Games – games will be rescheduled on the leagues next scheduled off day. If weather is still inclement or field is unplayable, then its postponed to the leagues next scheduled off day; etc.

Game Reports – all managers must post pitch counts and scores on the SBL website within 24 hours of completion. If pitchers are not accounted for then those pitchers will not be allowed to pitch again until their previous outing is posted.

Scorebook – all managers must give opposing team their lineup prior to the start of the game. Batting out of order is an out. Pitch counts are tracked by the coaches and recorded in the scorebook.

Scoreboard – the home team is responsible for providing a parent volunteer to operate the scoreboard during game play.

Bat Boys – bat boys are not allowed due to safety concerns.

Dugouts – home team has 1st base dugout and away team has 3rd base dugout.

Game Balls – home team is responsible to provide the umpires with game balls.

Field Maintenance – home team preps the field prior to game time and away team rakes and removes the bases post game.

Trashall trash must be picked up after games/practices to keep facilities clean.

Food – not allowed in the dugout or on the field at any time during game play.

Late Game – games scheduled to start at 5:45pm or earlier cannot begin a new inning 15 minutes before sunset.

Ejected Player – any player who throws a bat, helmet, glove, or any other object will be ejected from the game. A player ejected more than once from a game will be suspended from further competition as decided by the division director and SBL President.

Suspended Player/Coach – any player/coach displaying unsportsmanlike behavior will be ejected from the game. The player or coach ejected from the game will also be suspended for their teams next played game and will not be allowed near the field.

Parent Code Of Conduct – any parent displaying unsportsmanlike behavior during the game will be removed from the field area. If the unsportsmanlike behavior still continues then their child will be removed from the game and asked to leave the complex.

Snack Shack – Parents will be required to volunteer at the snack shack approximately 5 hours per child throughout the season.  If a team is unable to produce a parent to volunteer on any given night the game will still be played, but the team will receive a loss for the league standings.

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