RCBA Rules 2015

These are additional rules to the generally accepted rules of baseball that the Royal Canadian Baseball Association has adopted over the years.

  1. All games are for fun.
  2. All disputes to be handled by the captains only.
  3. Home team is determined by the schedule.
  4. The game is nine innings long unless weather or sunset create a condition where it is unsafe to play. Team captains must agree to play to the end of an inning or take the score from the last complete inning.
  5. A team must have eight players by the end of the third inning, including three girls otherwise the game is considered a forfeit.
  6. Up to 12 players on the field at a time. A team must play 3 girls every inning, 1 of whom must be in the infield (1b, 2b, 3b, SS).
    • If there are only 3 girls and one gets injured during the course of the game, then when that girl's turn in the batting order comes around, it will be considered an automatic out. As well, if down to 2 girls, then one is required on the baseline and one in the outfield. If down to 1 girl, then she is required to play on the baseline.
    • If the team does not have 3 girls prior to the start of the 4th inning due to absence (not injury), that team automatically loses by default.
    • If a team has fewer than 3 girls during the first 3 innings, each time it is the absent girl's turn in the batting order, it will be considered an automatic out.
  7. In the outfield you are allowed a maximum of 3 rovers.
  8. As per City of Toronto insurance regulations all players must be at least 18 years of age.
  9. Players must play half a season in order to be eligible for the playoffs. If a players has played fewer than 7 games, then that person must be brought forward as an exception to the league.
  10. Pitch to your own team - 3 pitches to each batter.
  11. There is a "Bunt Line", the circumference of pitchers mound from home plate, that a ball must travel by in order to be alive. If it doesn't cross the line, it's considered a strike. If the fielding team decides to play it within the boundary while it's rolling, it's alive.
  12. Pop ups If a back-catcher catches a popped up ball in foul territory, it is considered a strike. If caught in fair territory, it is an out.
  13. Bats All bats MUST be USSSA certified and say USSSA 1.20 BPH regardless of any other certification on the bat. Any ASA bat certified prior to 2004, is an illegal bat. If an illegal bat is identified at any point in the game, it must be removed. One warning will be issued - any additional warnings will result in forfeit.
    Balls Softballs used are 'Hot Dot', supplied by the league to all teams.
  14. Bat throwing will result in one warning, then an out.
  15. The batting order must remain consistent throughout the game. All players must bat.
  16. A pinch runner may be employed if the batter reaches base safely. The runner must be the person of the same gender most recently called out. Pinch runners are not allowed from home plate.
  17. Runner from home to 1st base when called safe, must turn (left or right) in foul territory and remain in foul territory to return to 1st base safely. If the runner turns in fair territory, to return to 1st, the player can be tagged out.
  18. Lead-offs - There are no lead offs allowed. You can only leave the bag when the bat makes contact with the ball (foul balls included). If you leave the bag before the batter hits the ball or if you leave and the batter swings and misses the ball for a strike that is considered a lead off. The first time doing so will result in a warning, any other time will result in an out, no limit. There are no warnings in the playoffs for leading off - it will be an automatic out.
  19. When a fly ball is caught, a player must "tag-up" and then may advance.
  20. Infield Fly rule will be enforced. Please ensure your team understands the rule. (Please see addendum at bottom of this page for an explanation)
  21. No sliding. If a player slides into any base, the player is out. If you overrun second or third base, you may be tagged out. You must slow down safely in order to stop in time and avoid sliding. The intention is that you must be in control when running the bases, and avoid unsafe actions. Falling back to a base without any momentum would not be considered unsafe in most situations. Common sense should prevail.
  22. Defensive players may not interfere with the base runners unless they are making a play on the ball, this includes staying clear of bases and base paths when not making a play. If a runner is called out due to interference by a defensive player not in the play, they are safe.
  23. The infield cannot move within the base paths until the ball is hit.
  24. When a female is batting, the 4 deep outfielders cannot move in or encroach until the ball is hit. The demarcation point will be in line with orange pylons down the 1st base and 3rd base lines. Captains to determine the exact position for each field. 1st and 3rd base umpires must call any infractions.
  25. Any base coach must not intentionally interfere in any way with the ball (or the batter is out), runner or defensive player, whether in foul or fair territory.
  26. To avoid collisions at home plate: when a player is running home they are to run behind home plate, avoiding any contact with home plate. Any player will be called out if contact is made with home plate.
  27. To avoid collisions at 1st base:
    • when a player is running to first base they may not be tagged by the fielder. Fielder may touch bag only.
    • fielder when covering 1st and fielding a grounder to 1st must refrain from running across the 1st base bag and interfering with the batter running to 1st base. If any contact is made by the fielder with the runner, the runner shall be considered safe.
    • if the fielder touches the safety portion (orange section) of the 1st base bag before the batter, the batter is considered safe.
    • if the fielder touches the safety portion (orange section) and then touches the white portion of the of the 1st base bag before the batter, the batter is considered out.
    • please make sure that infielders who are not in the act of making a play stay off the bases and basepaths and out of the way of baserunners.
  28. Once a player steps on or over the commitment line on the way home they must continue. Returning to third base will be considered an out.
  29. For all overthrows, everyone advances one base unless you are playing at a diamond where there are fences behind first and third base that keep the ball in play.
  30. A ball hit near an obstacle (i.e. building, tree, etc.) will be considered to be a ground rule double unless it is very clear to all parties the ball is playable.
  31. Riverdale East, Out of play area. Captains to agree before the game where the out of play line is situated. If a foul ball is caught beyond the out of play line, it is considered a strike unless it is the 3rd pitch. Out of play lines for the remaining fields are those that are in line with fences.
  32. Pitcher and live/dead balls
    • Pitcher must attempt to move out of the way. If the batted ball hits the pitcher, it will not count as an out, but as a dead ball and a strike. All runners return to their original base.
    • If a ball is being thrown in to a bag/home and pitcher is hit by the ball, the play is dead and all runners will return to the most recent bag crossed. For example, a runner trying to make it home and the pitcher is hit, that runner will return to third.
    • Only an infielder may throw the ball to the pitcher. If an outfielder throws the ball to the pitcher, the pitcher does not have to catch the ball, if they choose not to catch it, it is considered a live ball.
  33. When a fielder catches a fly ball or an infielder makes an out at a base on a throw, the batter or runner is considered out even if the fielder drops the ball in the transfer of the ball from glove to hand when making another throw. i.e. double play ball from 2nd to 1st. The fielder must have control of the ball in the glove when caught.
  34. Umpires
    • 1st base umpire (1st base coach) calls first and home, 3rd base umpire (3rd base coach) calls third and second, including the commitment line. The catcher calls the foul balls.
    • In the finals, there will be 3 umpires as opposed to 2. 1st base, 3rd base and home (calling foul balls).
    • Any play not seen by the umpire(s) will automatically go to the offence.
  35. Mercy Rules
    • Maximum of 9 runs in an inning. The last inning is open and unlimited.
    • After the 7th inning a team that is losing by 15 or more runs has the option to call a halt to the game.
  36. Rain Outs - 4:30 PM will be the time IF games are to be cancelled. The commissioner will send an email out at that time based on weather forecast and field conditions. IF no cancellation email is sent out and you do not show up for the game, you will have defaulted the game and given a loss.

Infield Fly Rule


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created: 2004-02-15
modified: 2017-05-04