1. Official Game: An official game must be started with a minimum of eight (8) Active players per team or the team must forfeit. To avoid a forfeit the team may ask two or more (2+) Active players from another team in order to field a team of (9) players, which must be documented on the back of the official line-up card, and signed by both team coaches/managers. You may not add a tenth player. If a player from your team shows up, he/she must replace the pick-up player. The pick-up player must bat in the 9th position in the batting order. Teams with 9 players will take the automatic out for the 10th position in the batting order.
2. Grace Period: Teams have a 10 minute grace period to field a team of 9 players. The 10 minute grace period time will come ‘off’ the game clock during this time.
3. Uniforms: Every player on a team must have like shirts with a number on his or her uniform. There will be a 2-week grace period after the start of the season for teams to secure uniforms. Teams must still have numbers as part of any temporary uniform.
4. Jewelry: No jewelry is allowed. Jewelry that cannot be removed must be covered (tape).
5. Cleats: No metal cleats/spikes permitted.
6. Official Ball: The official game ball will be furnished by BCSA based on choice of NAGAAA for the yearly World Series.
7. Bats: All bats must be ASA certified. Any player caught with an illegal bat will be called out and disqualified from that game. Bats for league play MUST be approved by the Memphis Park Commission yearly and must have an approval sticker. NO EXCEPTIONS !!!
8. Home Team: The home team will be determined by random schedule assignment. The SECOND team listed on the schedule will be the home team. The home team will keep the official score book and check with the opposing team after each inning to ensure each team has the same score. The home team will always be located in the 3rd base dugout.
9. Scorebook: Each team must have a scorekeeper and lineup provided 5 minutes prior to start of game.
10. Line Up Cards: Please have first name, last name, and jersey number on the lineup card. Subs should be listed on the appropriate area of the card. You DO NOT have to list their playing position. NO FIRST NAMES ONLY ON THE LINEUP CARDS.
11. 1-1 count: Each batter will start at the plate with a 1-1 count. Batter will be allowed a courtesy foul.
12. Designated hitter: A line-up may contain two (2) designated hitters for a total of 12.
13. Homerun Rule: Two (2) over the fence home runs per team. All others will be recorded as an out.
14. Courtesy Runner: One courtesy runner is allowed per inning. Runner must be the last batted out.
15. Game length: Game length is 55 minutes or 7 innings. No new innings can begin after 55 minutes. Please check game start time with home plate umpire. Umpires will also have a timer that will count down from 55 minutes, and this clock will start after the exchange of lineups when the umpire states for teams to “take the field”. If the home team is ahead and batting at the end of time, the game is over. If the visiting team is batting, the inning will be finished.
16. Mercy Rule: Each team will be limited to scoring no more than six (6) runs per inning for the first three (3) innings. Beginning with the 4th inning each team will be allowed unlimited runs. A game will be called if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after 4 innings or 12 or more runs after 5 innings.
17. Injuries: Any player with an open, bleeding wound MUST leave the game immediately until the bleeding has been stopped or has been properly bandaged. The umpire has final authority to allow or not the player to continue in the game. The game may be halted for a maximum of 5 minutes to allow the player to comply without penalty (no time will come off the game clock). After 5 minutes, a substitute must take the place of the injured player. A substitute for this or any other injured player must take the same position in the batting order as the injured player. The injured player may come back into the game for the substitute player.