Wade Walker Park
General Park Rules
(Updated February, 2000)
The hierachy of rules for this park is based, first, upon the General Park Rules, then the rules of the AABC Baseball League, and then the Sporting News Edition of Official Baseball Rules.
All leagues will play under an inning limit or time limit as described in the individual league rules. For the purpose of determining time limits, the time does not begin until the first pitch of the game is thrown. The home plate umpire shall call “play ball”, immediately before the game begins, glance at his watch, and report the starting time to the official scorekeeper immediately after the first pitch. In tee-ball, the official starting time shall be the first swing when the tee is in use.
If a tie exists at the conclusion of the maximum number of innings allowed for each league or when the time limit has been reached, the game shall be considered a tie and each team shall receive ½ win and ½ loss for the official record. Sandy Koufax, Micky Mantle and Connie Mack league teams shall each play one additional inning. If a tie exists at the end of this additional inning, each teach shall receive ½ win and ½ loss for the official record.
A fifteen minute grace period shall be allowed for teams to field the required number of players in order for the game to start. This fifteen minutes shall not be considered official game time. A team unable to field the minimum number of players necessary to begin a game after the fifteen minute grace period receives a forfeit and the other team receives a win for the official record.
Any runner is out when he does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. (The fielder may not, however, block the base without possession of the ball.) The ball is dead and other runners take bases they had reached, in the umpire’s judgment, when the violation occurred.
Teams will consist of no more than thirteen and no fewer than eleven players. No player may be put on a team after the draft, unless as a replacement. These roster limits may be higher for teams above the age of 14, as need dictates. The entire roster shall bat in rotation.
For purposes of determining “innings pitched,” one pitch constitutes an inning. The first pitcher to take the mound in the first inning of a game must be the first pitcher of that game.
Violation by the manager of the rule requiring minimum playing time in the field for all players shall result in the offending manager receiving a warning for the first offense and a one game suspension for subsequent offenses. Any affected players must play the entire game defensively in the team’s next game. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit.
No base coach may officially assist a base runner, and if this occurs, the runner shall be called out. In leagues where players pitch; the catcher must use a catcher’s mitt. Metal spikes will not be permitted below the Sandy Koufax league. Players in Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Connie Mack leagues may wear metal spikes.
The throwing of any equipment in anger by a player shall be cause for ejection. There will be no use of profanity by any player or coach. The violation of this rule shall be immediate ejection from the game. Violent and/or profane arguments with umpires by players or coaches will not be tolerated and shall result in immediate ejection. Likewise, violent and/or profane behavior by fans/parents may result in ejection of the fan/parent and child.
Any player, parent, manager or coach ejected from a game shall be ineligible to participate in their team’s next game. If ejected twice during the season they shall be ineligible for further league or tournament play.
A violation of the pitching rules in any league shall result in the suspension of the manager for the next game. The pitcher involved in the offense shall not be allowed to pitcher his next eligible start.
Use of possession of alcoholic beverages within the park shall not be tolerated. Violators shall be subject to arrest. Persons under the influence of alcohol may be barred from the park. The use of tobacco, in the form of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, on the field or in the dugout, by any person is strictly prohibited.
All managers and coaches must be certified by NYSCA, according to county rules. A manager and/or coach may be removed from the field for violating county rules. Certification cards must be presented when requested by a county or park official.
For purposes of determining the “time between games” when considering how long a pitcher must wait to pitch again, the time is calculated from the scheduled start time of the last game to the scheduled start time of the next eligible game. The infield fly rule is in effect in all leagues except tee-ball.
When a game is interrupted, play resumes where the game was stopped. Base runners resume their original base positions. If a runner does not attend the make up game, the player who made the last out assumes the runner’s base. Players bat in the original order. If a batter does not attend the make up game, he is simply skipped over. If a player misses the original game but attends the make up game, he is added to the bottom of the line up.
The home team keeps the official books. The home team is responsible for the scoreboard.
Each team is responsible for cleaning out their dugout. Parents are responsible for cleaning the area around their bleachers.
Each player must play a minimum of two (2) innings in the field.
Protest is allowed for rule violations only. Protest must be declared to the Umpire-in-Chief before the next pitch following the dispute.
An official game shall consist of five innings or the expiration of one hour and fifteen minutes. To be official, a game must go at least two and one half innings if the home team is leading or three full innings if the visiting team is ahead.
A team must have at least eight players to play a game. Players arriving after the game has begun shall be placed at the end of the batting order. All players will play every inning in the field, with no more than six infielders. There must be a catcher behind the plate, a pitcher in the pitcher’s circle and four other designated infielders. The remainder of the team will be in the outfield, two feet beyond the infield’s edge. Each player must play a minimum of two (2) innings in the field.
A coach will pitch to all batters. A batter may receive five swings. If the ball has not been put into play after the fourth pitch, the batter will get one swing with the ball being placed on a tee by the coach. If the ball is not put into play after the fifth swing, the batter is out.
When a ball is hit, a coach who is pitching needs to leave the field of play immediately opposite the direction of the batted ball.
The team on defense may have one coach in the outfield. That coach may not touch any player while the ball is in play. If a violation of this rule occurs, the runner shall be considered safe. The team on offense may have two base coaches and one coach to either place the ball on the tee or pitch.
There shall be a ten-foot circle drawn around home plate. A batted ball, which does not travel outside the circle, shall be a foul ball.
On overthrows to first base, all runners shall be limited to advancing only one additional base. Fielders may not roll the ball to any base in an attempted to put a runner out. If this occurs, the runner shall be awarded the base.
Runners may not lead off or steal bases. A base runner must remain in contact with the base until the ball is hit. If a base runner leaves early, he shall be called out. However, the batted ball shall be considered live.
A ten-foot circle shall be drawn around the pitching rubber. In order to stop play, the pitcher must have control of the ball within the circle. Once under control, the umpire shall stop play. The pitcher may run through the circle in the process of making a play.
Lines shall be placed half-way between first base and second base, second and third base, and third base and home plate. A runner shall be allowed to continue to the next base if he has crossed the line before the pitcher has control of the ball within the circle, and shall be sent back to the preceding base if he has not crossed line. This judgment call shall be made by the umpire and shall not be disputed.
Players must also be stopped by the umpire when the ball is in control of a field and he forces the lead runner to stop or retreat to his base. The umpire may call time or the defensive team may ask for time to be called. Until the umpire calls time; even when requested by the defensive team, play is live.
Robert Clemente League
An official game shall consist of six innings or the expiration of one hour and thirty minutes. To be official, a game must go at least three and ½ innings if the home team is leading or four full innings if the visiting team is ahead.
A team must have at least eight player to play a game. Players arriving after the game has begun shall be placed at the end of the batting order. When the ninth batting position comes up, that shall be considered an out, if the team bats through that position. Each player shall play a minimum of two innings in the field. There shall be no more than ten defensive players.
Players will pitch to batters from a mound positioned at a distance in accordance with AABC rules. A player can steal second and third base after a pitch has crossed homeplate. Players may not steal home, they must be batted in. Batters are allowed to bunt.
Willie Mays League
An official game shall consist of six innings or the expiration of one hour and forty-five minutes. To be official, a game must go at least three and ½ innings if the home team is leading or four full innings if the visiting team is ahead.
A team must have at least eight players to play a game. Players arriving after the game as begun shall be placed at the end of the batting order. When the ninth batting position comes up, that will be considered an out, if the team bats through the position. Each player shall play a minimum of two innings in the field. There shall be no more than nine defensive players.
Batters shall face a pitcher the entire season. Runners may lead off and steal from first, second and third bases the entire season. For the first half of the season, balks will not be called on the pitchers. However, upon observing a balk, the umpire shall instruct the pitcher of the infraction. Balks will be called for the second half of the season.
A dropped third strike shall be played according to the Sporting News of Official Baseball Rules.
A player may pitcher six innings per game, but must rest 48 hours before pitching again. Players can pitcher two consecutive days for up to six innings but must rest 48 hours after he has reached his sixth inning.
Pee Wee Reese League
An official game shall consist of seven innings or the expiration of one hour and forty-five minutes. To be official, a game must go least four and ½ innings if the home team is leading or five full innings if the visiting team is ahead.
A team must have at least eight players to play a game. A player arriving after the game has begun will be placed at the end of the batting order unless the team has already batted around. Then, he may not play, unless a player is injured. Each player must play a minimum of three innings in the field. There shall be no more than nine defensive players.
No player may pitch more than a total of seven innings in two consecutive days. If a player pitches seven innings in one game or if a player pitches in games on two consecutive days, he must wait 40 hours to be eligible to pitch again.
All rules for this league are in effect for the entire season. There are no rule changes for the second half of the season.
Sandy Koufax League
An official game shall consist of seven innings or the expiration of two hours. To be official, a game must go at least four and ½ innings if the home team is leading or five full innings if the visiting team is ahead. If a tie exists at the conclusion of seven innings or when the time limit has been reached, the game will be extended for one additional inning. If it remains tied, each team shall receive ½ win and ½ loss for the official record.
A team must have at least eight players to play a game. A player arriving after the game has begun shall be placed at the end of the batting order unless the team has already batted around. Then, he may not play unless a starting player is injured. Each player must play a minimum of two (2) innings in the field.
There is no run limit in any inning. There is a mercy rule which shall be applied after four and ½ innings.
No player may pitch more than a total of seven innings in two consecutive days, unless he is pitching at a time when the game goes into the extra inning, in which case he may pitch the extra inning without penalty to him or the manager. If a player pitches seven innings in one game orif a player pitches in games on two consecutive days, he must wait 40 hours to be eligible to pitch again.
All rules for this league are in effect for the entire season. There are no rule changes for the second half of the season.
CDSA Draft Rules
1) Players eligible for the draft will be those players who have completed an official registration form.
2) All players will be assigned by age group to the team played for the previous year.
The parent or the manager has the option to determine if a player shall remain on a team.
3) Player’s status is determined as a Assigned Player, Free Agent or Restricted Free Agent.
The definitions are as follows:
· Assigned Player – a player returning to his/her previous team.
· Free Agent – player has no ties to any team/manager. The free agent normally has not played at CDSA, or his/her team no longer exists, or the player has requested an unconditional release from an existing team, or a Manager has removed a player from the team or the player’s team has moved to the next age division
· Restricted Free Agent – players who join the age division in which his/her previous team moved to the previous year or a player who was previously assigned to a team but did not play at CDSA the previous year or years.
4) Each team is allowed to add an ‘out-of-park’ player in exchange for the team’s 1st round pick. For this purpose an ‘out-of park’ player is a Free Agent that has not played at CDSA in the previous year or years and was not previously assigned an existing team.
5) The number of teams and their managers will be determined before the drafts starts.
6) The status and assignment of all players will be reviewed and confirmed before the draft commences. Any conflicts will be handled by the Player Agent.
7) It is expected that a manager’s child will be assigned to his/her team.
8) Each team will begin the draft with a minimum of two players. All teams starting the draft with only two players will be considered a new team. The two players may be recruited by the manager or selected from the draft.
9) Each new team receives an additional draft selection after the 1st round and before the 2nd round.
10) The new teams will draft first to get to the minimum of two players. The draft order will be determined by rule #12 below.
11) After it has been verified that each team has a minimum of two players, the main draft starts.
12) The draft order will be determined immediately before the draft begins by blind draw.
Manager in slot #1 picks 1st
Manager in slot #2 picks 2nd
Manager in slot #3 picks 3rd, etc. until each manager has picked one player. At this time the order reverses and manager in the last slot picks 2nd and manager in the next to last slot picks 2nd, etc. The order of picks continues in reversed direction in each round until all rated players are selected. Teams that have reached the roster limit will cease to select additional players.
13) If registered players did not attend try-outs they will be selected bya blind draw from the hat.
14) Trades are permitted and must be approved by the Player Agent. All trades must be finalized before leaving the draft room. Absolutely, no trades are permitted after the draft is completed.
15) Special Rule (2004 only) – Previous managers returning to CDSA after one year absence may include on his/her roster any player that was assigned to the team the last year played at CDSA. The returning managers will be prohibited from selecting players from the hat. In addition, if a past player was assigned to a CDSA team the previous year, the returning manager must compensate the player’s existing team or come to an agreement with the Manager.
Note: The Player Agent reserves the right as to when selection from the hat is done. By default it is at the end of the draft.
16) The draft for the older age division 13-14 and 1-16 may be customized to meet the league needs.
Any customization must be cleared with the CDSA board and Player Agent.