8.06 Coach Pitch Specific Rules –
8.06.A Fair Ball Arc: There shall be a twenty (20) foot arc
drawn from first (1st) baseline
to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. A batted ball must
go past this line to be a fair ball.
8.06.B Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn
from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate.
Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit.
8.06.C Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter
circle with the front edge set at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of
8.06.D Pitcher’s Line: There shall be a line drawn from the
pitcher’s circle to the fair ball arc.
8.06.D.1 The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle
the pitcher’s line.
8.06.D.2 The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically
coach while in the pitching position
8.06.D.3 The pitching coach shall position himself as not to
be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has
Rule 8.06.D Penalty: If a coach violates this rule after the
ball is pitched, obstruction will be called.
Rule 8.06.D Additional Penalty: If a coach violates this rule before
the ball is pitched, First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of coach
as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.
8.06.E The catcher shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s
box in a normal baseball
manner. If in the umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving
the ball in a normal baseball manner, there will be a warning issued. If the
act continues after the warning, the offending teams’ manager will be ejected.
8.06.F Ten (10) defensive players shall play in the field with
four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield
position. All outfielders shall stay behind the baselines.
8.06.G The defensive player listed as pitcher shall not leave
the pitching circle until the ball is hit.
Rule 8.06.G Penalty: The play continues. After the play has
ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or
no-pitch. Rule 8.06.G Additional Penalty: First Offense: Warning; Second
Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the
8.06.H Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of
play and shall coach from the dugout.
8.06.I The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any
8.06.J The batting order shall constitute all present players
on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be
inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall
bat before returning to the top of the batting order.
8.06.J.1 Teams may start a game with eight (8) players. The
ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) positions in the batting order will be declared
an out each turn at bat.
Rule 8.06.J.1 Approved Ruling: A ninth (9th) & tenth (10th)
player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up
as soon as they become available.
8.06.K Teams may use free substitution on defense but the batting
order shall remain the same.
8.06.L Bunting shall not be allowed.
8.06.M The batter shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches
or three (3) swinging
Rule 8.06.M Comment: A batter that has received less than six
(6) pitches and has a count of two (2) swinging strikes shall have his turn at
bat extended on foul balls up to the six (6) pitch limit.
8.06.N A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game
by announcement from the defensive team.
8.06.O Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases. A runner is
out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
8.06.P A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous
inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous
out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be
the previous batter not on base.
8.06.Q A team may score a maximum of seven (7) runs per
inning, including the last
inning or record three (3) outs. 8.06.R Umpires shall call
“Time” after every play and declare the ball dead. “Time” shall be called as
soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be
called by the defense for the purpose of this rule.
Rule 8.06.R Comment: When a runner stands off a base and “jukes”
or “feints” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to
advance” and “Time” shall be called.
8.06.S When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the
following shall apply:
8.06.S.1 If in the umpire’s judgment, the coach did not make a
legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners
8.06.S.2 If in the umpire’s judgment, the coach did make a
legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and a no-pitch is