Since 1975, Dunwoody Senior Baseball has provided a place for middle and high school aged boys to play baseball in Dunwoody. Started for boys too old to play Little League, the program has grown to also include a Spring middle school league, Summer colleg

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Playing Rules
(unless specified below, GHSA rules apply)                     

 

Umpires         

Plate Umpire is the Umpire-In-Chief for the game and in full control of the game.  This includes the authority to eject players, managers, coaches, and spectators from the game, the field, the stands or even the park if necessary to ensure the orderly conduct of the game.  Other responsibilities include

  • Starting and finishing time for the game including expiration of time limits
  • Acceptability of equipment used in games
  • Number of warm-up pitches in excess of 4 between innings or for new pitchers.
  • Whether a player is in uniform.  Players must be in complete uniform, shirts tucked in.  No jewelry.
  • Whether a game is to be called on account of darkness, inclement weather, or field conditions once it has started
  • All judgement calls

 

The Plate Umpire’s decision in these matters is final and not subject to protest.

 

Game Length 

Normal Length

  • No inning starts after 2:00 hours.  Once started, innings are completed unless winning team has been determined.  If time has expired and the game is tied, the game ends in a tie.  If time remains and the game is tied, the game continues until a winner is determined or time expires.  In the event of a delayed start due to bad weather, the DSB Officer of the Day may shorten the scheduled duration of a game.

Start Times. 

  • The first game of the day will be considered to have started at the scheduled time unless bad weather requires field preparation or if the umpires are late.

Rain Delays

  • In the event of a significant rain delay, the clock will continue to run.  If more than 15 minutes were lost due to weather, the inning the game shall be official if 4 innings have been played (3.5 if home team ahead).  If last inning cannot be completed, score reverts to score at end of prior inning unless home team was batting.  In this case, score will be whichever score that is most favorable to home team.

Stalling

  • Deliberate stalling on the part of any team is unsportsmanlike and not a part of the real game of baseball.  The umpire may allow an additional inning of play if in the umpire's judgment the other team was deprived of an opportunity to win the game because of stalling.
  • If games are behind schedule, scheduled game time for the following game will be 15 minutes after the end of the previous game.

Slaughter Rule

  • 10 runs after 5 (4.5 if home team is ahead) and 15 runs after 3 (2.5 if home team ahead)

 

Pitching        

  • Players may pitch in all or part of no more than 3 consecutive innings in any game.  
  • Once removed, regardless of the number of innings pitched, a pitcher may not pitch again in that game. 
  • Coaches are encouraged to be aware of pitch counts even within the 3-inning limit.  
  • Coaches are also encouraged to be aware of their players' other baseball involvements and manage their pitchers accordingly. 

Participation

Middle School League Only

  • Fielders - Free substitution in and out of the field.  None of the fielders have to bat.
  • Batting - A team with 10 or more bats 10.  None of the batters have to play the field. Outs are not taken if a team does not have 10.  
  • If a player goes out of a batting slot, they have to go back in the same slot if they come back in.

 

All Other DSB Leagues

Batting Order. 

  • A team should hit everyone in their batting order.  If you’re carrying more than 12, you can hit 12 or everyone but each player must bat at least once during the game.  Outs are not taken if a team has fewer than 9 players available for the lineup. 

Fielding

  • Free substitution in and out of the field.  Players not in the batting order may field.

 

Other Rules

Base Running        

  • Courtesy Runner.  A manager may use a “Courtesy Runner” when the catcher or pitcher becomes a runner.  The Courtesy Runner may be one who is not in the batting order or, if all players are in the batting order, the player who made the last out. 
  • A player may not serve as the courtesy runner for both the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.

Safety Rules   

  • Sliding Required.  Runners must slide when there is a play while advancing to a base (other than 1st) or they will be called out.  Runners will not be called out if there is no collision or incidental contact with the fielder. 
  • If a runner attempts to bowl over a fielder, the runner will be ejected from the game.  If a runner bowls over a fielder and knocks the ball loose, the runner will also be ruled out.
  • Warm-Up Catchers.  Cup and mask required. 
  • Warm-Up Pitchers.  Teams warming up a pitcher down the foul lines must provide a player with a helmet or an adult to protect the warm-up pitcher and catcher from batted balls.
  • Coach on field.  One defensive coach is permitted on the field, but must remain within 6 feet of the dugout.

Batting Cages

  • Teams may use batting cages prior to games.  All batters must have a helmet and only an adult 18-years old or older is permitted to pitch.

Bats    

  • Upper League. GHSA and the NFHS have adopted new rules for bats that limit the bats that can be used. All -3 bats will need to comply with this BBCOR standard.
    Middle School and Spring/Fall Lower League. Bats are approved as follows:
  • Materials: wood, metal, composite materials marked with USSSA 2012 stamp or 1.15 BPF manufacturers stamp. No unmarked metal bats will be allowed. Starting in 2013, a USSSA stamp will be required.
  • Size: -5 or higher for 8th graders, -9 or higher for 7th graders. Note that -9 are being allowed because of greater availability and because this is the standard at NYO, where many of our Middle School players play. All -3 bats must comply with the BBCOR standard approved by high school play. No -3 BESR bat are allowed.

Conduct          

  • The intentional throwing of any bat, helmet, or other equipment shall be grounds for immediate ejection from the game.
  • No manager or coach may use tobacco, alcohol, or any illegal or controlled substance at or near the fields or dugouts. 
  • Any manager or coach ejected from a game will not be permitted to coach during the following game.
  • No manager, coach, player, or spectator shall engage in any conduct deemed inappropriate or detrimental to any player or coach at any practice or game.  This would include profanity, physical intimidation, derogatory comments, or any other conduct in the judgement of the Umpire or Board of Directors deemed inappropriate.  If such action occurs during a game, the umpire may issue a warning and shall take such action as necessary to stop the inappropriate conduct including ejection of person from the game, dugout, the stands, or DSB Park.

Forfeits/Playing with Eight

  • Game is forfeited if a team does not have 8 players at start or at any point during the game.  If neither team has 8, then both forfeit.  Managers may not agree to cancel or reschedule a game.
  • 8 Players.  No out is taken when the turns for the missing 9th /10th players come up.

Protests/Disputes       

  • Discussions.  One Manager or Coach may, after timeout is called and with the permission of the Plate Umpire, approach either umpire for purpose of discussing a disputed call.  The discussion must be mild and brief. 
  • Protests.  If a Manager believes a Game Umpire has misinterpreted a playing rule (as opposed to judgment calls, equipment, field conditions, time expiration and the like), he has the right to protest the Umpire’s decision.  He must announce his intention to protest before the next pitch is thrown.
  • Protest Resolution. Umpires shall halt play and try to resolve the protest with the Duty Officer and both Managers.  If agreement is reached, the protest shall be considered withdrawn, even if the ruling is later determined to be incorrect.
  • If the facts are agreed to but agreement cannot be reached, the Head Umpire, League President or Executive VP if present may be contacted for a ruling. If none are available, the coach may protest the game.  The protest must be stated prior to the next pitch being thrown.
  • The League must be notified by email immediately at the end of the game.  The league will issue a ruling when the facts are presented by the coaches and the umps.

Rainouts/Weather     

  • If the weather is bad, DSB will make every effort to notify coaches and close the field on the DSB web site 2 hours in advance.  The old rainout number is no longer active.