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League Rules

ELITE BASEBALL LEAGUE RULES

EBL will follow the MIAA High School Rules with the following modifications.

SCHEDULE:
Schedules will be made by New England Elite Baseball League.
• Each team must play all games on schedule.
• Teams have the liberty to schedule tournaments or outside games.
• Only division games count towards your team’s record for playoffs.

ROSTERS:
• 9U-14U: Due March 25th.
• 15U-18U: Due May 31st.
• Players must meet age eligibility requirements (May 1st).
• A player can only be on one roster. In a non-division game, if a team is short a player they can use another player from your program but they can only play up. (Example, you can't use a division I player in a division IA or II game). In a division game or playoffs, you can only use your players on your roster.

MERCY RULE:
• 9U-12U: 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4.
• 13U-18U: 15 runs after 3 & 4 innings, 10 runs after 5.
• Home team always gets their last at bat if needed.

INNINGS:
• 9U-12U: 6 innings. (Official game is 4 innings)
• 13U-18U: 7 innings. (Official game is 4 innings)

PITCHING RULES:
• There are no Pitching restrictions in regular season.  There will be pitching restrictions in the playoffs. This will be released before playoffs.
• There are no warnings on balks for any age level except for the 10U Division I level in the month of April, 1 warning per pitcher.
• If a balk is called then the play is dead. Each base-runner moves up one base.

• Pitchers can not fake to third base, it will now be considered a balk.

BAT RULES/RESTRICTIONS:
• 9U-13U all divisions: USA Stamped Bats Only or BBCOR -3
• 14U Division I, IA , II & 15U Division II: BBCOR -3 Bats or Wood Bats

• 15U Division I, 17U Division I & 18U Division I: Wood Bats Only

BASEBALLS/RESTRICTIONS:
• Teams can use any brand for baseballs.
• 9U-12U: Diamond DOL-1 quality or better.
• 13U-18U: Diamond DBR, DCR, DOL-A quality or better.

REPORTING SCORES
• Scores must be reported no later than Monday of each week.

CLEATS:
• 9U-12U: Plastic cleats.
• 13U-18U: Metal or plastic cleats.

UMPIRES:
• Home Teams responsible for scheduling umpires.
• Teams will split cost of umpires.
• 9U-18U: Two patched umpires.

OPEN & CLOSED BASES:
• 10U Division I: 46ft mound, 65ft bases leading and stealing.
•  9U & 10U Division II: 46ft mound, 60ft bases no leading.
• 11U-12U: 50ft mound, 70ft bases leading and stealing.
• 13U-18U: 60.6ft mound, 90ft bases leading and stealing.

SUBSTUTITIONS/RE-ENTRY:
• Re-entry rule. A player can only re-enter for the same player that went in for him and then that player he goes back in for is done for that game. You can not re-enter for a different player. You can never hit in 2 different spots in the line-up during a game.
• Re-entry for a pitcher: In the event a pitcher is substituted with a pinch-runner or hitter, the pitcher may re-enter the game immediately as long as another pitcher does not throw a pitch. If he re-enters after someone else throws a pitch, he will not be allowed to pitch in that game.

BATTING ORDER:
• The batting order must consist of at least 9 players. Teams can use an EH and a DH in the same line-up. Teams also have the option of using as many EH’s as they want.
• If a player is injured while using a continuous batting order and that players spot in the batting order comes up, an out is recorded and then they can continue with the batting order.
• A team must start a game with 9 players but can finish with 8 players.

COURTESY RUNNER:
• Teams can use a courtesy runner for the catcher.

INTENTIONAL WALKS:
•  Coaches simply need to tell the umpire that you are intentionally walking the batter and no longer need to throw four pitches.

STANDINGS:
• Only 4 division double-headers will count towards standings for 9U-12U. Only 6 division double-headers will count towards standings for 13U & 14U.  Only 4 division double-headers will count towards standings for 15U & 17U.   

DIVISION GAMES:
• Only the Division Games will count towards playoffs.‚Äč 

PLAYOFF SYSTEM:
• Playoff set-up for what teams will make the playoffs will be posted once all teams are registered for the 2020 season. 
• Tie Breaker system will be runs allowed, runs scored in division games, then same format with the last division double header.
• Brackets: Each division will consist of a Gold & Silver Brackets
• Weekend #1: All teams will play a double header on Saturday & Sunday by seedings.
• Weekend #2: Top 6 teams will advance to the single elimination round on that Saturday. Sunday will be the Championship Games.
• All playoff games must be completed. If any playoff game is called because of weather or darkness, this game must be continued from the exact spot when it was called. 

DIVISIONS:
• EBL will determine how teams are placed in each division by reviewing previous records & written requests.

Extra Inning (TIE-BREAKER SYSTEM):
• If a game is tied after all innings have been completed, the "Tie-Breaker" will go into effect. Each team starts with the bases loaded and one out.  The last 3 batters from the previous innings are the base runners. This will continue until you get a winner. (Excludes championship games)