NB League 2022

League Rules

ROSTERS:

  • Players must meet age eligibility requirements (May 1st).

 

BASEBALLS:

  • Teams can use any brand for baseballs as long as you are using a good quality baseball.
  • Teams need to split baseballs for each double header.

 

BAT RULES/RESTRICTIONS:

  • 9U-12U all divisions: USA Stamped Bats Only or BBCOR -3
  • 13U: USSSA Bats, USA Stamped Bats or BBCOR -3
  • 14U & 15U-18U MADII: BBCOR -3 Bats or Wood Bats
  • 15U-18U NH, ME & MADI: Wood Bats (Both teams can agree to use BBCOR bats but playoffs will be wood)
  • If a player is found using an illegal bat and gets on base, then he will be called out. If the player is found during the at bat using an illegal bat, then the player must switch bats and will be allowed to finish the at bat.  This is similar to batting out of order.

 

INNINGS:

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

 

CLEATS:

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

 

OPEN & CLOSED BASES:

  • 9U, 10U DI & DII Divisions: 46ft mound, 60ft bases no leading.
  • 10U Elite Division: 46ft mound, 65ft bases leading and stealing.
  • 11U-12U Divisions: 50ft mound, 70ft bases leading and stealing.
  • 13U-18U: 60.6ft mound, 90ft bases leading and stealing.

 

MERCY RULE:

  • 9U-18U: 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings & 8 runs after 5 innings.
  • Home team always gets their last at bat if needed.

 

PITCHING RULES:

  • NB Select will follow the Pitch Smart pitching guidelines. This will be strictly enforced in our league playoffs. Coaches should adhere to these policies as it is in the best interest of the players.
  • Pitch Smart Guidelines
  • There are no warnings on balks besides 10U Elite level for the month of April. There will be one warning per pitcher.
  • If a balk is called then the play is dead. Each base-runner moves up one base.
  • Pitchers cannot fake to third base; it will be considered a balk.

 

INTENTIONAL WALKS:

  • Coaches simply need to tell the umpire that you are intentionally walking the batter and no longer need to throw four pitches. The ball is dead.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS / RE-ENTRY:

  • Re-entry rule. A player can only re-enter in the same batting slot in the line-up. 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.
  • When you move the EH around in the field you do not have to tell the other team what position he is playing each inning.  You only have to tell the other team if your lineup changes.
  • 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 & pitcher at any time.
  • The courtesy runner must be the last battered out or any available substitute that has not entered the game yet.

 

EXTRA INNING RULE

  • If a game is tied after regulation, then one regular extra inning will be played. If still no winner then the game will end in a tie. (Excludes Playoffs)

 

TIME LIMITS FOR GAMES:

  • NB Select has no time limits on games however if both teams agree on a time limit before the game then that is okay.
  • We recommend 2 hours for 9U-12U and 2 hours and 15 minutes for 13U - 18U levels.

 

CATCH & CARRY:

  • There is no catch-and-carry. If a fielder steps into dead-ball territory with both feet, or falls in dead-ball territory, you have an immediate dead ball and base awards (one base).

 

SLIDE RULE:

  • Must slide within reach of base with hand or foot, but not in a path toward the defender (except straight in).
  • No rolling or pop-up slides into fielder; no slide through the base to contact defender (except at home). No raised leg above defender's knee; no slashing or kicking; no malicious contact with fielder.
  • On force play, must slide in direct line between bases.
  • No slide is okay if they move away / do not alter the play

 

9U & 10U NH, ME, MA DIVISIONS (EXCLUDING 10U ELITE):

  • Will follow Little League rules.
  • No drop 3rd strike. The batter is automatically out and the runners can advance at their own risk.
  • There is a infield fly rule.

 

League Structure

9u-12u Divisions

 

MA Regular Season:

April 2nd – May 22nd (8 Weekends)

  • 2 Weekends of Saturday & Sunday double headers
  • 3 Saturday/Sunday double headers
  • 14 Division Games

 

State Playoffs:

June 4th, 5th, 11th & 12th

 

Regional Playoffs:

June 18th & 19th

 

2022 Bat Rules:

9u-12u: USA Bats or BBCOR

13u-14u Divisions

 

MA Regular Season:

April 2nd – May 29th (9 Weekends)

  • 2 Weekends of Saturday & Sunday double headers
  • 3 Saturday/Sunday double headers
  • 14 Division Games

 

State Playoffs:

June 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th

 

Regional Playoffs:

June 25th & 26th

 

2022 Bat Rules:

  • 13u: USSSA Bats (new this year), USA Bats or BBCOR
  • 14u: BBCOR

15u-16u/18u Divisions

 

MA Regular Season:

June 11th – July 10th (5 Weekends)

  • The amount of division games will be determined in September

 

State Playoffs:

July 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st

 

Regional Playoffs:

August 6th & 7th

 

2022 Bat Rules:

  • 15u & 16u/18u DII: BBCOR