Umpires must be PONY patched to umpire behind the plate, and at
least 16 years old for the bases. A game can be
played with just 1 umpire.
It is the umpire’s decision to call a game at any time due to
darkness. Player safety is always the main concern.
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
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
Mustang games are 6 innings long. Extra innings are allowed.
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.
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
In a play at the plate the runner must slide, or can be called
out. The umpire has sole judgment on the play.
A base runner at 3rd base cannot steal home. However, if the
defense attempts to pick off the base runner at 3rd, the base
runner may advance at his own risk. An attempt to pick off will be defined
as an actual throw or running motion toward the 3rd base
baserunner. A base runner attempting to steal 3rd base from 2nd
base may not advance home on an overthrow from the catcher
attempting to throw the base runner out. A base
runner attempting to steal 2nd while
is occupied may not advance past 2nd,
even on an overthrow. In the previous situation, the runner on 3rd base
may not advance home, unless a play is made on him as described above. A
base runner established at 3rd base may only advance home on a
batted ball or being walked in. No stealing is
allowed when the ball is thrown back to the pitcher and
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
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
batter cannot fake a bunt, retract the bat and make a full swing
at the ball
The pitching distance is 46 feet.
A pitcher is allowed to pitch 5 innings
per week in league play. The week starts on Monday and ends on
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 can throw 4 balls – or – the
defensive coach can motion 4 fingers up to the plate umpire and
direct the batter to be walked without a pitch being thrown.
A pitcher cannot wear wrist bands or batting gloves.
If a pitcher hits 2 batters in an inning or a total of 3 in the
game, he must be removed from the mound.
fly rule is in effect and must be called by the umpire’s
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.
A defender cannot fake as if they have received the ball in an
attempt to fool the baserunner. This could make the runner slide
and possibly get injured.
The following bats are legal for use in
2018 Tri-County Baseball contests:
Any non-wood bat
containing a silkscreened or permanently marked BBCOR label as
detailed in section 1-3-2 of the NFHS baseball rules book or;
Any bat 30 inches
and under that has a greater than minus three drop provided the
bat barrel diameter does not exceed 2 1/4 inches or;
Any bat 30 inches
and under that has a greater than minus three drop and a barrel
diameter no larger than 2 5/8 inches provide that bat contains
the USA Baseball logo or;
Any wood bat that
meets the NFHS standards as detailed in section 1-3-2 and 1-3-3
of the NFHS baseball rules book.
NOTE 1: Any bat 31
inches and over must meet the NFHS bat guidelines and contain the
NOTE 2: Any bat 31
inches and over and has a greater than a minus 3 drop with the USA
Baseball logo is an illegal bat.
NOTE 3: Any non-wood bat
with a barrel diameter greater than 2 5/8" is illegal.
**NOTE 4: Effective with
the 2019 season, no bat with a 2 1/4" barrel will be legal.**
The following are
examples of legal and illegal non-wood bats. This list is not
intended to be all inclusive or all exclusive
All Catcher's masks must either be Hockey Style, or have a
A Mustang player may be called up to play on the Bronco team for
one week. (2 games). The player cannot 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.
REMEMBER NOT TO INJURE A PITCHER JUST TO WIN!!!