Below are the official rules of Greater Hamden Baseball, by age group.
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- There will be a continuous batting order for 12 players.
- No walks.
- Batters hit by a pitch will not be awarded first base.
- No called strikes or balls.
- Each batter receives a maximum of 5 swings or 10 pitches before they are called out (strike out, 5 swings or 10 pitches) or hit the ball.
- A foul ball hit on the 5th swing or the 10th pitch results in another pitch until they hit or strike out on the 11th pitch. Another foul results in another pitch and so on.
- When the 10th batter is up the coach will notify each team that play will continue as if there are 2 outs.
- On balls hit to the outfield with a runner on third base with two outs, if an infielder holds up the ball to stop play, the runner on third will be conceded and scored.
- Balls not hit past a semi-circle around home plate for 10 feet are considered foul. Balls that hit the pitching coach are considered dead and the pitch will be done over.
- No bunting and no infield fly rule.
- No leading or stealing.
- A player can slide to avoid contact to another player at 2nd, 3rd, and home, but no sliding allowed at first base.
- Courtesy runner is allowed when a player is hurt. That runner will be the previous player who was out.
- Overthrows resulting in the ball going out of play will result in the base the runner is going to plus one.
- The umpires will rule on runners in progress as the play ends. Runners will continue to advance until the ball is controlled and held in the air by an infielder. Runners past the midpoint will be granted the next base. A runner who has advanced past the halfway point between 3rd and home will count as a run scored. A defensive player may elect to continue the play. This will result in the play not being called dead until the play is complete.
- Once the ball is controlled by an infielder and held in the air, the play is over and no further play can be made. The player in control of the ball must be standing while holding the ball in the air.
- The umpire is the final say.