SCOTT CARRIGAN BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
“CAL RIPKEN DIVISION” RULES OF PLAY
l). The Scott Carrigan Baseball Association adopts the "Official
Baseball Rules" as published by the Nation Baseball Congress,
2). The Scott Carrigan Baseball Association farther adopts the
“Cal Ripken Division Rules and Regulation” as monitored
and published by the Babe Ruth Baseball Organization. The Scott
Carrigan Baseball Association and all divisional play will be bound
by said rules of the game including all league and administrative
rules for league organization.
NOTE: Babe Ruth Organization allows for the individual league to
''tailor or modify" the rules of play to adopt special needs
or desires of the individual league. These amended rule allowances
hereby set forth apply to regular season play only and are not applicable
to post season tournament play. Special rules for tournament play
are found in the Cal Ripken Rule Book. All rules will be strictly
enforced and followed.
AMENDED RULES FOR SCOTT CARRIGAN
l). Divisional Set-up - Major League Division will consist of 4
- 10 teams with 11 - 15 players league age eleven (11) - twelve
(12), Minor League Division will consist of league age nine (9)
- ten (10) Rookie League Division will consist of age six (6) -
eight (8) years of age.
2). Major Division play will use Babe Ruth (13) Year Old Division
Major Division will utilize 70' distance between bases. They will
use a 50' distance from pitching rubber to home plate. Pitching
eligibility is limited to six (6) innings per calendar week with
a minimum of two (2) full days rest between pitching appearances
in which the player pitched in three (3) innings or more. (“Old”
Babe Ruth pitching rules for 9 - 12 year olds). Balks will be called.
Leading off is allowed. "Big barrel" bats are permitted.
NOTE. These amended rules are for the Scott Carrigan Spring Season
Tournament play reverts back to Cal Ripken Division Rules. (60'
bases, 46' pitching distance, no leading off, no big barrel bats,
To Begin Play - Each team must have nine (9) players to begin the
game or it will be declared a forfeit. (8 players allowed for Majors
during the 2003 Season). A fifteen minute “waiting time”
from the scheduled start time of the first game will be allowed
before declaring a forfeit A team may not play with less than nine
(9) players anytime during the game. (The fifteen minutes will be
deducted from the game time should the game not be forfeited).
Benching - This rule applies to all divisions. In fairness to all players, no
player may defensively sit out twice before all other players on the team have
Starting Time - Each park’s "official time" (length
of game) shall be kept by the Umpire in Chief. The umpire will announce
the game-start time to the official scorekeeper and each team's
Game Length - Cal Ripken games are set for (1½) one and one-half
hours of continuous play. If during the course of normal play for
whatever reason i.e. lengthy injury, rain etc., play is halted the
umpire at his discretion may add the same amount of lost time to
the official game clock. This rarely happens but if it does then
the additional time given back to the game must be announced to
the official scorekeeper and both managers immediately upon resuming
play. If it is not announced then the additional time will not be
honored at the conclusion of the normal (1½) one and one-half
hours of play. The imposed time limit supersedes a six (6) inning
requirement for game length. When a time limit is imposed there
is no minimum number of innings required to be played for the game
to be “official”.
Any Inning Started Will Be Completed - Common sense would dictate
that if the home team is winning when time expires, the game is
over at that time and there would he no need to finish the inning
or if the home team is winning and does not need to bat.
Any Time Left To Play (Even Seconds) Will Be Utilized-A new inning
officially starts the moment that the third (3rd) out is affected
upon the home team who would have to be batting.
Tie Ball Game – If at the end of six (6) innings or the (1½)
one and half hour time limit, the game is tied, one (l) extra inning
will be played. If the game remains tied after the extra inning,
it is considered a suspended game. The suspended game may be completed
at he end of the regular season if the same two (2) teams are locked
in a tie for first place. The game would resume from the point of
suspension with that week's pitching restrictions applying to the
continued game. Further, payment to the umpires the this continuation
game shall be born by the individual park.
Intentional Walks - There are no exceptions for declared intentional
walks and therefore the pitcher is required to pitch the four balls.
Balks - There will be no balks called in Cal Ripken baseball (Minors
only) If an umpire observes a pitcher's motion or actions that would
normally be ruled a balk then an instructional warning shall be
given to the pitcher and team manager. If the balk ration or motion
is flagrant and continues then the said pitcher may be removed from
the mound (not the game - just the mound). This is the umpire's
Stealing Home – All players may steal home at anytime that
the ball is live and in play. Different parks may opt not to send
their runners from third to home on pass balls or overthrows. This
may be done on a gentleman's agreement between the coaches, however,
any dispute that may arise as a result of a scored run shall be
ruled by the S.C as scored.
Minor League Rule Only - No runner on third base is allowed to steal
home on a pass ball during the first half of the season. (A pass
ball is a pitched ball that the catcher does not or can not catch).
However, a runner may advance from third to home if the pitcher
does not or can not catch the ball from the catcher and the ball
is past the pitching rubber.
Sliding - there is no requirement for sliding at home. On plays
at the plate, the umpire shall have the discretion of calling a
runner safe or out if either player is purposely generating unnecessarily
Protests - All protests will be made in writing and submitted to
the Scott Carrigan Board within twenty-four (24) hours of the protested
game. The Scott Carrigan Board shall serve as the protest committee
for the league. Any protests must be declared at the time of the
incident to the Umpire in Chief and the Official Scorekeeper and
before play resumes (the next pitch is thrown) in order to be honored.
Failure to protest properly will result in non consideration.
Ten Run Rule - If after four (4) complete innings, one (1) team
is ahead by ten (10) runs or more, the game is over. If the home
team is ahead by ten (10) runs or more after three and one-half
(3½ ) innings (visitors have batted four (4) times) the game
is over as the home team does not need to bat again.
Minimum Inning Rule - All Players present at the start of the game
are required to play at least two (2) innings in the field in a
game that consists of four (4) or more innings.
NOTE: To allow for more play, Scott Carrigan allows for the Minor
& Rookie divisions to play with ten (10) players in the field
in defensive positions. Four (4) of the positions must be in the
outfield. Both teams shall have a continuous batting order and at
no more than ten (10) total batters in an inning. When the tenth
batter in the inning comes to the plate, the Official Scorekeeper
will announce - 'tenth-batter'. Said batter proceeds as normal with
the defensive team trying to get the third out if there are already
two outs, or if less than two outs the inning will finish by throwing
the ball home and any player with the ball touching the plate. Any
run that crosses the plate before the plate is touched scores but
all play is stopped when the plate is touched. If the bases were
loaded and the batter walks then one run scores and the play will
Any division that sets up all their teams combining 8-12 year olds
shall play by Major League Rules only.
ROOKIE LEAGUE RULES
Age Restrictions - The Rookie League has been set up for league
age six (6) through eight (8) year olds. (August 1st is the determining
date for age). League age six (6) and seven (7) year olds may not
move up to the minors while a child league age is eight (8) may
have the option to choose to move up. A nine (9) year old may move
down to the Rookie League for further development upon the request
of the coach the agreement of the parent and available space in
the Rookie League. (Nine (9) year olds participating in the Rookie
League are ineligible for tournament play).
End of Play - Play will be stopped when an in-fielder has possession
of the ball in the in-field and holds the ball above his head.
A pitching machine will be used- (Recommended speed is 43-45 mph).
The pitching machine will be placed 46 feet from home plate but
may be moved closer if set at slower speeds. A pitching machine
that can accurately throw regulation Babe Ruth baseballs will be
required. Any hit ball that makes contact with the pitching machine
shall be declared dead. The batter shall be awarded 1st base. Any
runner who is forced to advance may do so one (1) base. The umpire
will feed balls into the pitching machine.
Batted Ball - If a batted ball hits the coach the ball is dead
and it is not counted as a pitch If a batted ball hits a protective
guard or screen placed in front of the pitching machine, the ball
is in play if it remains in fair territory.
Playing Time - Each child must play a minimum of two (2) innings
in the field Free substitutions will be allowed. In the spirit of
the instructional purpose of the league, coaches are strongly encouraged
to play each child at different positions during the season (i.e.
infield and outfield).
Total Number Of Players On Field - Ten (10) - An extra outfielder
will be used and must be positioned in the outfield. The pitcher
position must be fielded behind the front part of the pitching machine
and completely within the area of the pitcher's mound,
Note: A team must field at least nine (9) players at all times or
the game will be declared a forfeit. A fifteen-minute waiting period
will be allotted from the scheduled game time before declaring a
forfeit for the start of the first game. (The fifteen-minutes will
be deducted from the game should the game be forfeited).
Game Length - Six (6) innings or a minimum of four (4) complete
innings (3½ innings if the home team is winnings) for the
game to be 'official'.
A time limit of ninety (90) minutes overrides the inning requirement.
Once an inning is started it will be completed. For the purposes
of time keeping an inning starts as soon as the home team makes
the third out.
Tie Game - At the end of six (6) innings or the (1½) one
and one-half hour time limit, if the game is tied, one (1) extra
inning will be played. If the game remains tied after the extra
inning, it is considered a suspended game. The suspended game may
he completed at the end of the regular season if the same two teams
are locked in a tie for first place. The game would resume from
the point of suspension. Further payment to umpires for this continuation
game shall he born by the individual park.
Ten Run Rule - If after four (4) complete innings one team is ahead
by ten (10) runs the game is over. Three and one-half (3½)
innings if the home team is winning.
Maximum Runs - A maximum of seven runs per inning may be scored.
After the seventh run scores, the inning is automatically over.
Batter - Each batter will be allowed five (5) pitches. If the batter
gets three (3) strikes before the fifth pitch he/she is out. There
will be no called strikes. If a fifth pitch is completely unhittable
due to the pitching machine an additional pitch will be allowed
at the umpire 's discretion. The batter will be allowed additional
pitches if the batter fouls off the fifth pitch or any successive
pitch. There will be no walks or hit by pitches. The umpire will
feed the pitching machine.
Continuous Batting Order - All players will bat whether or not
they are playing the field. Any player arriving late will be put
at the end of the batting order, There will be no automatic outs
if a player leaves the game for any reason. Their position in the
line-up will simply be skipped to the next player and the player
leaving the game may not reenter.
Sliding at Home - Coaches are encouraged to teach their players
how to slide properly but there will be no requirement to slide
at home. At the umpire's discretion, a runner may be called out
if they attempt to run over the catcher or generate unnecessarily
Coaches on the Field - The team in the field will be allowed to
position coaches past the infield in foul territory to instruct
their team. One coach on each foul line will be allowed, At no time
while the ball is 'in-play' will a coach be allowed inside the foul
Instructional League - Coaches are to be reminded. Rookie League
is an Instructional Division at Scott Carrigan Park. Our purpose
is to teach the basics of baseball rules and fundamental skills.
We are to get these children grounded in the basics of throwing,
fielding, catching running bases, sliding properly, hitting etc.
and teaching them in an atmosphere in which they can have FUN while
still being a kid!