South Buffalo Baseball Association

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-All week night games begin at 6 pm.

-Saturday games are played at 9am, 12pm, and 3 pm.

-Any and all changes must be approved by the appropriate division coordinator and require 48 hours notice.  Make up games will be scheduled on Sundays if necessary.


-All games will consist of 7 innings. Extra innings will be played in the event of a tie after 7 complete innings.

-A game will be considered complete after 5 full innings.

-If a game is stopped before 4 complete innings, (or before it is considered a complete game), the game will resume from the point of stoppage when it is rescheduled. If the game is stopped after 4 & ½ innings and the home team is leading it will be consider a complete game.  If the home team is losing, and has not yet recorded 3 outs while batting in the 5th, or if the score is tied, it will resume from that point when rescheduled.  The umpire will record all information (the umpire and both coaches should make sure they have the identical information needed).  Exception: If the game is a playoff game.

– All playoffs games will last 7 innings unless there is a tie in which case complete extra innings must be played until one team has scored more runs by the end of the extra inning.

Mercy Rule– Winning team ahead by 10 runs after 5 innings. Game is official.

Time Limit– Two hours. No inning shall start after 2 hours from the start of the game.

Field Protocol– No batting practice on the field within ½ hour of the game.  Visitors get the field for 15 minutes one half hour before the game.  Home team receives the field the last 15 minutes prior to the game. The home team is responsible for supplying, and returning the bases for each game.


-All teams will play 9 players in the field, with 6 players in the infield and 3 in the outfield.

-A team can play with 8 players if they are short.  If the 9th player or any subsequent player arrives, they will bat last in the lineup.

-In the event a team cannot field 9, substitute players can be temporarily assigned from the division below.  A coach will be given 15 minutes to acquire players.  If they cannot field 8 players before their inning in the field starts, that team will forfeit the game.

-In the event that substitutes play, they can only play when the team is unable to field 9. The substitute(s) are required to play in the outfield and bat last in the lineup.  Substitutes must be SBBA players from the SB1division.


-The pitching rubber will be 60 feet and 6 inches from the point of home plate.

–A pitcher can pitch no more than 3 innings per game (only one pitcher per team is allowed to pitch the maximum of three innings), unless the game goes into extra innings. Then anyone can pitch.  Coaches should take care in not overusing and/or abusing their pitchers arms.

-In the event that a player does pitch 3 innings, the first 2 of those innings must be consecutive.

-It is each coach’s responsibility to keep track of the innings pitched by a pitcher.

-Pitching one pitch to a single batter constitutes an inning pitched.

-Pitchers are to have 5 warm up pitches before the inning starts.  Relief pitchers can warm up until the umpire deems necessary.

-Intentional walks are not automatic.  The pitcher must throw the pitches.


-The pitcher, while touching the rubber makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such a delivery.  If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his foot past the back edge of the pitchers rubber, he is required to pitch to the batter, except to throw to second base on a pick-off play.

-The pitcher, while touching the rubber feints a throw to first base and fails to complete the throw.

-The pitcher, while touching the rubber fails to step directly towards a base before throwing to that base (requires a pitcher, while touching the rubber, to step directly toward the base before throwing to that base).  If a pitcher turns, or spins of his free foot without actually stepping or if he turns his body and throws before stepping, it is a balk.  A pitcher is to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base but this does not require him to throw (with the only exception being to first base) because he steps.  It is possible, with runners on 1st and 3rd, for the pitcher to step toward 3rd and not throw, merely to “bluff” the runner back to third.  Then seeing the runner on first start for second, turn and step toward and throw to first base.  This is legal, however if the runners on 1st and 3rd, the pitcher while in contact with the rubber steps toward 3rd and in practically the same motion “wheels” and throws to 1st base, it is an obvious attempt to deceive the runner at 1st base .  Such a move is practically impossible to complete and still step directly toward 1st base before the throw.  This is a balk.  Of course, if the pitcher steps off the rubber and then makes such a move, it is not a balk.

-The pitcher, while touching the rubber throws or feints a throw to an unoccupied base, except for the purpose of making a play.

-The pitcher makes an illegal pitch; a quick pitch is such a pitch.  Umpires will judge a quick pitch, as a pitch delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter’s box.  With runners on base, this is a balk, with no runners it is the pitch is called a ball.  Quick pitches are dangerous and not permitted.

-The pitcher delivers the ball to the batter while he is not facing the batter.

-The pitcher makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch while he is not touching the rubber.

-The pitcher unnecessarily delays the games.

-The pitcher, without having the ball stands on or astride the pitcher’s mound or while off the rubber feints a pitch.

-The pitcher after coming to a legal pitching position removes one hand from the ball other than in an actual pitch, or throwing to a base.

-The pitcher, while touching the rubber, accidentally or intentionally drops the ball.

-The pitcher delivers the pitch from a set position without coming to a complete stop for one complete second.  The set position is defined as starting with the legs and hands separated and ending with the hands and legs together.  Once together the pitcher must stop for the count of 1.

-If a balk is ruled, the ball is dead, and each runner shall advance one base without the liability of being put out, unless the batter reaches first on a hit, error, base on balls, hit batter, or otherwise, and all players advance at least one base, in which case the play continues without reference to the balk.

-On a balk call and wild throw, the runners may advance one base and any more will be at their own risk.

-Hidden ball tricks are not allowed and are to be interpreted as a balk.


-South Buffalo Baseball Assn. uses a “Continuous Batting Order”.  Coaches will allow every player present for the game to bat and each player will play at least 2 innings in the field.

-In the event that a batter is injured while at bat, the next batter in the order takes his/her place and assumes the previous batters count (game continues).  If a player is unable to continue the game, the next time he/she is scheduled to bat, the team will simply skip over said player without penalty, and continue the game (this rule also applies to players forced to leave due to family emergencies, etc.).  In the event the batting order is reduced to 8 players then the ninth spot is considered an automatic out.

-In the event that a player is injured while running, the last recorded out by that team may be used to substitute for the injured base runner.

-Bunting/ fake bunting is allowed.

-When hit by a pitch, the batter will be awarded first base.

-If a batter swings at a pitch with the intent to hit the ball and is hit by the pitch, it is still counted as a strike.

-Home plate and the foul lines are fair territory.  If a batted ball hits either one and stays fair, it is ruled a fair ball.

-Home plate or any base cannot be blocked without control of the ball.  This is obstruction.

-No runner will be allowed to run into another player.  They must either slide, go back to the base from which they came, or give themselves up for an out.  A player who violates this rule will be called out and if, in the umpire’s judgment, it was intentional, the player will be ejected from the game.

-A warning will be issued for the first time a player throws a bat.  Subsequent violations will result in the batter being ruled out.

-No pitch will be ruled in the event of catcher’s interference and the batter will be awarded 1st base.

-Stealing of all bases is allowed.

-The last recorded out may be used as a pinch runner in the event of injury OR for the pitcher or catcher.


When a ball is popped up in the infield in fair territory and there are less than 2 outs with runners on (1st and 2nd) or (1st, 2nd, or 3rd), the umpire will indicate that the “infield fly rule” is in effect.  The batter shall be ruled out and the runners may advance at their own risk.


-With less than 2 outs and 1st base unoccupied -or- 2 outs, the batter will have to be tagged out or thrown out in the event that the 3rd strike is dropped by the catcher.


-Plastic spikes are preferred, however, metal spikes are allowed.

-Bat barrel size must not exceed 2-5/8″.  Bats must not have a length/weight drop ratio greater than -3 (ex: a 31″ bat with a 2 5/8″ barrel cannot weigh less than -3 or 28oz.).


-The head Coach is the only person able to file a protest.  The protest must be filed at the time of the perceived infraction. Judgment calls are not grounds for protest.   Only rule violations are. The head coach must ask the umpire for time out and notify the home plate umpire that he/she is filing a protest of the play just finished.  The home plate umpire will note on both home and visitors scorebook the point of the protest (batter’s count, outs, innings, score, remaining time in the game, position of the base runners prior to the play that just resulted in the protest) and will require both coaches and all umpires to sign the scorebook.  Play will then resume.

In the event that the umpire refuses to acknowledge the protest then the Board Member in charge must be notified immediately.  That Board Member will then document the point of the protest (batter’s count, outs, innings, score, remaining time in the game, position of the base runners prior to the play that just resulted in the protest) and report to the rest of the Board, by phone, email or in person. The Board will then decide if there is ground for a protest. If they decide there is they will contact both teams involved.

The head Coach filing the protest must provide the Division Coordinator a written protest describing the basis for the protest within 48 hours of the end of the game being protested.  It will then be reviewed by the South Buffalo Baseball Assn. Board for a ruling.

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