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 MUSTANG RULES

rev 2/15

GAME:

  • Umpire’s must be PONY patched to umpire behind the plate, and at least 16 years old for the bases.

  • It is the umpires decision to call a game at any time due to darkness. Player safety is always the main concern.

  • A game can be started with only 8 players on a team but, 1 out will be taken each time the 9th batting position is reached (unless both coaches agree not to take the out).

  • Make up games are to be re-scheduled as soon as possible and are the responsibility of the HOME team. If efforts to re-schedule are made but not reached, contact Jamie Wilkey as soon as possible 815-791-6599

  • If a game is called for any reason, it shall be a complete game if four innings have been completed, or it the home team has scored more runs in three innings or three and a fraction innings, than the visiting team has scored in four completed innings.

  •  If a game is called for any reason before it is a complete game, as described above, or when the score is tied, it shall be considered a suspended game and shall be resumed from the point of curtailment at the time scheduled by league officials.

  •  If a game is called for any reason in an uncompleted inning, after having reached complete-game length as described above and the visiting team ties the score or takes the lead in the uncompleted inning, and the home team does not tie the score or retake the lead in its portion of the uncompleted inning, the game shall be considered a suspended game and shall be continued from the point of curtailment at the time scheduled by league officials.

  • Mustang games are 6 innings long. Extra innings are allowed.

  • There is NO time limit concerning game length.

  • There will only be 6 runs allowed per inning until the 6th inning, after which there is no limit. The same applies for extra innings as the 6th inning.

  • Ten run rule is in effect: 15 run rule after 4 innings/10 run rule after 5 innings

  • Team enthusiasm is encouraged. All player chatter must be positive and directed only towards their team and their teammates. At no point can a team chant towards their opponent. Examples include "hey batter-batter swing", "slaughter rule", "yeap", etc. If a team communicates negatively towards their opponent, the team Manager will be warned. If the issue occurs again, the team will forfeit the game and the League Director will address accordingly with the team Manager.

  • All other rules not addressed above are governed by Pony rules.

BASERUNNING:

  • In a play at the plate the runner must slide, or can be called out. The umpire has sole judgment on the play.

  • There will be no stealing of home plate unless a play is made on the base runner. This includes passed balls and wild pitches. “Pump Faking” a throw is making a play on the runner. The play does not have to be on the runner at third, i.e. in a first and third situation a runner stealing second and a play made on the runner stealing, the runner on third can go.

  • No stealing is allowed when the ball is thrown back to the pitcher and mishandled.

  • There is no leading off.

  • A base runner can steal only after the ball crosses the plate.

  • A courtesy runner can and should be used for the catcher only, with 2 outs but is not required.

  • If a runner leaves the base prior to ball crossing the plate and the ball is put into play by the batter, the base runner is out and the hitter is still a live runner.

  • If a runner leaves the base prior to the ball crossing the plate and the ball is not put into play by the hitter, the runner must go back.  

HITTING:

·         Continuous batting order can be used but is not required. If you start the game with a continuous order you must finish that way. Each team can decide before the game and instruct the opposing coach.

·         A batter cannot fake a bunt, retract the bat and make a full swing at the ball.

PITCHING:

  • The pitching distance is 46 feet.
  • A pitcher is allowed to pitch six innings per week in league play. The week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday.
  • If a pitcher throws 4 or more innings he must have 3 days (72 hours) of rest before pitching the remainder of his innings. Time is computed from the start of the game.
  • If a pitcher throws 3 innings or less he is eligible to pitch on 1 day rest (24hours).
  • One pitch consists of an inning pitched.
  • Once a pitcher is removed from the mound and a new pitcher is inserted, he cannot re-enter as the pitcher.
  • The only time a balk can be called is if the pitcher is not in contact with the rubber when delivering the pitch. Three warnings will be given before a balk is called.
  • On an intentional walk, the pitcher must throw 4 balls.
  • A pitcher cannot wear wrist bands or batting gloves.
  • If a pitcher hits 2 batters in an inning or 3 in a game, he must be removed from the mound.

FIELD/DEFENSE:

·         Infield fly rule is in effect and must be called by the umpire’s judgment.

·         A safety base must be used at First Base. Both sides of the base are in play for the runner and defender. If there is no safety base in place before the first pitch is thrown, the home team will forfeit the game.

EQUIPMENT/BATS/MISC:

  • Bat size must conform to current IESA bat standard....Any non-wood bat that has a barrel diameter greater than 2 5/8 inches is illegal. All non-wood bats 31 inches and over in length must meet all of the NFHS standards as detailed in NFHS rule 1-3-2 including: a maximum barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches; maximum length of 36 inches, a Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) silkscreen label on the bat; and in weight, the bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 31-inch-long bat cannot be less than 28 ounces). Non-wood bats 30 inches and under in length which have a greater than three ounce weight vs. length differential may be used provided the barrel diameter does not exceed 2 1/4 inches (e.g., a 29-inch-long bat may weigh 20 ounces and is legal provided the barrel diameter does not exceed 2 1/4 inches). The BBCOR label is not required on this type of bat. Wood bats that are manufactured in accordance with National Federation rules may be used.
·         All Catcher's masks must either be Hockey Style, or have a throat protector.
·         A Mustang player may be called up to play on the Bronco team for one week. (2 games). The player can not play more than 2 Bronco games in one week. If that player is called up to Bronco again he must stay up for the remainder of the year. A Mustang player cannot pitch in Bronco.
TOURNAMENT RULES:
·         Only in Tournament play there will be a 10 run rule after 4 innings.
  • Pitching rules for the tournament are the same as regular season with the exceptions stated below.
    • 1 - In 1st and 2nd place game and 3rd and 4th place game there will be no rest rule in effect.
    • 2- A pitcher may pitch a total of nine innings for the tournament week.

REMEMBER NOT TO INJURE A PITCHER JUST TO WIN!!!

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