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MSBA Major Rules

MSBA Major Rules

Updated 3-26-2018

We will follow all rules as defined in the Babe Ruth League Inc. Baseball Rules and Regulations. MSBA is allowed under League 

regulations to modify or change rules to accommodate recreational league play. Please take a moment to read over the Rule Book and familiarize yourself with them. Also, each manager is mandated to bring the rule book to each game in case there are issues, which arise. Below we listed some of the more common rules pulled out directly from the Babe Ruth League rule book, including the MSBA local rules.


1. All managers must take the Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way Training Course. We request that assistant coaches (at least two per team) take the course.

2. Adults who have been finger printed or scheduled to be fingerprinted are the only people permitted to be on the field, in the dugouts or batting cages during practices and games.

3. One manager or coach must stay at the field/snack stand area until the snack stand is closed. This is for protection of our team moms and ladies auxiliary that work to close the snack stand each night. It's usually dark when they finish so please stay

to ensure their safety.

4. In the event of inclement weather, the managers of each team should talk in advance (by phone or email). If decided to cancel, please be sure it is raining in Maple Shade and the fields are a washout. If unsure of field conditions call the division representative or the league president who contact information is on Finally, once a decision is made to cancel, you must contact the Director of Rules/Umpires, again from the website to cancel umpires and snack stand coverage. Also, notify your division representative to update website and reschedule the game. All cancelled games must be rescheduled the Sunday following the cancellation.


5. Games cannot be cancelled for reasons other than inclement weather unless the cancellation is approved by the MSBA board.


1. Teams will field nine (9) players.

2. A team can play with eight players. The ninth batter in the lineup will be an automatic out. Players arriving late may be inserted at the end of the lineup without penalty. Forfeiture will result if only seven players are available.

3. Call-ups Provides an option to the managers to ensure a complete team of nine (9) or more players and provide a learning experience for interested players preparing to move up to the next level. Managers must call the Minor Division Rep when in need of a call-up player. The Minor Division Rep will assign player/players for the game.

4. Teams must bat their full roster in rotation.

5. Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for three innings in a complete game.


1. One umpire per game will be provided by the MSBA.

2. Each team must provide at least one ball per game.

3. Both teams must e-mail or call in game results to the division representative.

4. Game Location of the Major games will be played at Fellowship Field.

5. Field Maintenance: The home team will take the lead on the pre-game set-up (i.e. lining the field, raking). Both teams must share in the clean-up following the game (i.e. raking, filling the holes in infield and pitcher's mound, putting away the bases, closing all gates and removing all trash).


1. A game will comprise of six (6) innings unless the following occurs:

2. A game is terminated and 4 innings have been played (3 1/2 innings if the home team is leading)

3. A game is terminated by the game time limit rule which is: a new inning may not begin after 2 hours and 15 minutes from the official start time which will be announced and monitored by the game umpire.

4. A game can end in a tie. One point will be awarded for a tie.


The start of a new inning, for the purpose of this 2 hours and 15-minute rule, is defined as the last out of the previous inning. Therefore, if the last out of an inning is recorded before the 2 hours and 15-minute mark, the next inning is to be played regardless of the fact that the first pitch of the new inning may not be delivered until after the 2 hours 15-minute mark.

5. 12 run Mercy Rule is in effect after four (4) innings (3 1/2 if the home team is leading). Coaches may elect to continue the game but the prior results will stand. All pitching rules will be in effect for completed game.

6. Games that are suspended prior to one of these occurrences due to weather or darkness will be rescheduled and will resume at the point of suspension.


Darkness will be determined by the dusk to dawn light sensor on clubhouses. Time from when light comes on to when game is called will be discussed prior to the game by the umpire.

7. Games that are called before it has become a regulation game, but after 1 or more innings are played shall be resumed exactly where it has been left off.

8. A game that is called during an incomplete inning, however, it is long enough to be an official game goes back to the last fully completed inning unless home team is leading.


1. Pitcher regardless of age may pitch six (6) innings per calendar week. Calendar week is Monday thru including Sunday. One pitch in an inning will be charged with an inning pitched.

2. Pitcher must have two calendar days rest between pitching assignments if pitches in more than two (2) innings in any one game. Each game in which your pitcher pitches is considered an assignment.

3. Once a pitcher is removed, the pitcher may not pitch again in the same game.

4. If a pitcher is taken out during warm up pitches before the inning is started, pitcher will not be charged an inning.

5. Starting May 1st each pitcher will receive one warning of a balk per game. Each sequential balk will result in penalty. The penalty will be the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base without liability to be put out unless the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter or otherwise and all other runners advance at least one base, in which case the play proceeds without reference to the balk. See Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules (8.05).

6. A manager may come out twice in one inning to visit the pitcher. If the manager comes out a third time in same one inning, then the pitcher must be removed.

7. A manager may come out three times in a game to visit the same pitcher, but the fourth time the pitcher must be removed.

8. A pitcher that has hit three batters in one game must be removed.

9. A game that was called in one week and rescheduled to resume in the middle of the game a pitcher has the ability to pitch whatever allotted innings the pitcher has left in that new week, based on the rules above. However, a pitcher that was removed in the original game may not come back and pitch in the rescheduled game.

10. Pitcher may wear a batting glove on the non-pitching hand under the glove provided the batting glove is not white, grey or yellow. No sweatbands allowed on wrists. No white long sleeve shirt under pitcher's jersey is allowed.

11. All teams are required to maintain appropriate records to support pitcher's eligibility as described above.


1. All players will bat in continuous lineup.

2. A batter shall be called out when failing to bat in his/her proper turn, on appeal. Note: A batter batting out of turn can step out of the batter's box any time in the count to let the proper batter bat. The proper batter will assume the count at that time. See Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules (6.07 BATTING OUT OF TURN).

3. A batter who leaves the game due to injury will be skipped in the lineup without penalty as long as there are nine players remaining in the lineup.

4. Throwing the bat after three warnings will constitute an out by the batter. Even if it's a third out, runs will score based on the outcome of the hit. Note: If a batter hits a player or umpire prior to his final warning, the batter may be called out at the discretion of the umpire.

5. The batter becomes a runner when the third strike called by the umpire is not caught providing first base is unoccupied or first base is occupied with two outs. If the batter leaves the dirt area around the plate he is out and cannot run to first.


1. Leads and stealing of all bases is legal at any time unless time is called.

2. Runners must either slide or veer into 2nd, 3rd, or home if a play is imminent. Failure to do so will result in, at the umpire's discretion, an out call and possible ejection from the game.

3. If a runner misses home plate and makes no attempt to come back to home plate before getting into the dugout that runner forfeits the chance to tag home plate and the catcher can appeal for an out at home plate.

4. If a runner passes another runner in going around the bases that runner will be called out.

5. If two runners occupy the same base the trailing runner can be tagged out. The preceding runner is entitled to the base.


1. Infield fly rule is in effect. An infield fly is a fair ball which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when first and second or first, second and third bases are occupied before two are out.

2. If the catcher hits the batter's bat with his/her glove during a pitch, the batter will be awarded the base for interference and runners on base will advance one base.

3. Obstruction is the act of interfering with a runner without having the ball in one's possession. If a defensive player blocks the base or baseline clearly without possession of the ball obstruction shall be called. Penalty is one extra base awarded to the runner.

4. A fielder cannot use his cap, hat, mask, etc. to field the ball. The runner will be awarded a base if this happens.


1. See the parent code of conduct, constitution, and by-laws of the Maple Shade Baseball Association.

2. Any issues on the field should be immediately reported to the division rep and a board member to be discussed within 24 hours of the infraction.

3. Managers and Coaches ejected from a game must leave the premises.


1. Two points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for loss.

2. The playoff format will be determined by the Maple Shade Baseball Board.


"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants.  Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."

To follow up our previous correspondence and information posted on the Babe Ruth League website, the following details on all baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for local league and tournament play.  Such descriptions are included as part of the Babe Ruth League Rules and Regulations.

The bat may not exceed 33"in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 1/4" in diameter.  Only 2 1/4" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed.  Wood 2 1/4" barrel bats are allowed.

Babe Ruth League, Inc All Divisions. If any bat in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball cannot be clearly identified for its make and model to determine the barrel composition, then the bat should be removed from the game.

Click Here  to read about the USABat Standard to be used beginning on January 1, 2018.


Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball program or activity.

* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue)have failed recent performance standard compliance testing. Effective immediately and until further notice, Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue), including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity. 
* The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the following bats: Marucci CAT-52 33-inch model, CAT-52 34-inch model, and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models 
Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model 
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Louisville Slugger TPX Dynasty -12, (black/red/grey) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty bat (Model - YB12D -- (black/red/grey) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity. 
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk (blue) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk bat (Model - BTKYB, blue) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.


  • If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
  • A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out.  No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand.  This is an appeal play.  The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
  • Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game. 

If you have any questions on approved or non-compliant bats, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.  

Please, have fun and remember, this is for OUR KIDS not us !!!!!


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