Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball follows the USSSA Official Baseball National By-Laws & Rules
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3 year old
Time limit 1 hour
Every player plays in the field & is in the batting
Every player advances 1 base at a time
If a player has not hit the ball after 7 attempts, they
automatically advance to 1st base
There are no outs
Last batter of the inning – hits a home run and clears
the bases. Please rotate who last batter
is each inning
All players play in the field
Coaches/Parents are the umpires
Teams play as many innings as they can in 1 hour
4 year old
Every player plays in the field & is in he batting
Every player bats and advances 1 base at a time
If a player has not hit the ball after 3 pitches, the
ball is placed on a tee for 4 swings. If
player still has not made contact, then player automatically advance to 1st
Time limit 60 minutes or 6 innings whichever comes first.
However, the game will not end until each player has had an opportunity to bat
at least 1 time.
The home team will complete the bottom half of the final
inning, even if time has expired, provided they are not leading.
Once the game has mathematically been determined, the game
will be officially completed. However,
game will be played until time limit, giving all players the opportunity for
additional at bats.
Every player is in
the batting line-up.
No player is to sit a 2nd inning until every player has sat
The Pitching Coach shall be an adult at least 18 years of
age. Coaches will not be allowed to pitch underhand. Coach can pitch either kneeling or standing.
Umpires shall call
“time” after every play and declare the ball dead when the ball is in control
in the infield. “Time” shall be called as soon as all the runners are not
attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the
purpose of this rule.
Runner(s) may advance one base on an overthrown ball. This
is not a “free” base; instead it must be taken by the runner(s).
Ten defensive players shall play in the field. There will
not be a player catcher. The 10th player can play either in the outfield (5
outfields) or they can play “short” field but has to be on the grass not in the
If both coaches agree, all players may play in the field
with no substitutions. Teams may use free substitution on defense, but the
battling order shall remain the same throughout the game. The batting order for a new inning will start
where the team left off the previous inning.
The batter shall receive a maximum of 6 pitches or 3
swinging strikes. A foul ball is considered a “swinging strike”. Player cannot
strike out on a foul ball unless it is their 6th pitch.
The inning will end when there are 3 outs or maximum of 7
Runners shall not lead-off or steal base. A runner is out
for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
The infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.
Home team is responsible for operating the
scoreboard. Visitor team is responsible
for keeping the scorebook. Both teams
need to verify score between each inning.
1st / 2nd Grade
players play in the field & every team member is in the batting order
(4 players must be in the outfield)
is to sit a 2nd inning until every player has sat 1 inning
Limit: 75 minutes
stops when baseball is in front of the runner
must pitch from the second arch line
must land on or pass the first arch line in order to be fair
play in the field + a catcher behind the plate
Limit: 90 minutes
infield fly rule
steal home on an overthrown baseball by the pitcher
given if the ball leaves the playing field
Limit: 100 minutes