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SMYB 4-5-6 Year Old Rules


4-5-6 YEAR OLD BASEBALL LEAGUE [Click Here to Download]

The length of the base paths shall be 60 feet.

Starting the Game:

  • Coaches should cooperate in pregame warmup so games will start on time.

  • The second team listed on the schedule shall be the home team. The home team will use the first base dugout, and will furnish game balls. Home teams will play in the field first; visiting team will bat first.

  • Teams can play a maximum of 12 players in the field per inning. No more than seven (7) players are allowed in the infield during play. One player should line up near the pitcher's mound to field the pitcher position.

  • A coach or parent will serve as the pitcher. There is a catcher.

  • Outfielders must be 10 feet beyond the infield dirt.

  • The coach-pitcher may throw the ball overhand or underhand depending on the level of the batter at bat. The coach pitcher must deliver the ball from the pitching circle.

  • The player-pitcher must wear a protective helmet with face mask when playing the position.

  • All equipment will be kept in the dugout or at least behind the fence near the dugout. The on-deck batter must remain in a designated safety area with helmet on. Coaches should stop play until these safety rules are met.

  • A maximum of three coaches will be allowed in the field while their team is on defense. They will be restricted to the outfield area, or in the case of a possible injury, next to a weak player in the infield.

Play of the Game:

  • Baseball rules apply for making outs in the field, with the exception of the infield fly rule.

  • Every effort should be made to teach the players to throw the ball to the appropriate fielder to put a hitter or base runner out.

  • We will attempt to use youth umpires this season to call out and safe.

  • If a ball is hit in the infield, base runners cannot advance if the ball is thrown and it goes or rolls into foul territory.

  • Stopping Play: When the ball is in the “controlled possession” of a player with the ball, and that player is inside the pitcher's circle or has stopped the lead runner, the play is over. Coaches/umpires should designate with “up-raised hands” and call “TIME” to signal that play is stopped.

  • No one player should sit out a second inning until all players on the team have sat out once already.

  • All players in attendance at the game will be in the batting order and will bat according to that order regardless of if they played in the field or not. There will be no switching of the batting order during a game. Should a player arrive after the game has started, he shall be inserted at the bottom of the lineup.

  • A half inning will consist of three (3) putouts in the field, five (5) runs, whichever comes first.

  • Each batter will be allowed seven (7) pitches to try to put the ball in play. Should the batter swing at three (3) pitches and miss, this batter will have to return to the dugout as an out. There are no walks from four non-swings. Players should be encouraged to swing and make contact. A foul ball on the seventh or subsequent pitches will not result in the batter being called out. A non-swing on the seventh pitch is a strikeout.

  • All players on each team should have the opportunity to bat at least twice per game regardless of whether the game has officially ended.

  • If a batted ball is knocked down by a defensive coach (other than the pitcher) for “safety” reasons, the batter and all runners on base will be awarded two bases. The ball is dead. If the ball hits the coach-pitcher or is knocked down by the coach-pitcher, the play is dead and will be replayed.

  • Coaches are strongly encouraged to swap infield and outfield players in the various innings to give each player a chance to develop at all positions.

Length of Game:

  • Game time is 50 minutes. If the 50 minutes has elapsed before a full inning is completed, the game can continue until the home team has completed its at-bats. Can start a new inning as long as there is more than 5 minutes on the clock.

  • Make-Up Games/Rain Outs:

  • In the event of rain, both coaches should report to the field to discuss playing conditions and rescheduling, if necessary. It will be determined by those coaches involved in the scheduled game to decide whether or not the weather and field conditions allow for a particular game to be played. A league commissioner reserves the right to overrule any decision based on his assessment of the field conditions.

  • The suggested general rule is playing in mist and/or a light drizzle is allowable. A game shall be postponed when there is steady rain and/or standing water in the infield and/or the outfield. Think players' safety first.

  • Obvious attempts to avoid rescheduling the game by one of the teams should be brought to the attention of the commissioner. The commissioner will have the authority to rule the game a forfeit if the situation can’t be resolved.

  • On weekends, if it is deemed that field conditions are unacceptable for the early games, the later games may still be played if the fields can be prepared. Coaches of the later games will be responsible for trying to get the field in shape to play for the later games. Should an early game be postponed, the two coaches can agree to play that game after the last game scheduled that day. A postponement can also be made up on the practice date and time of one of the two teams from that game.

  • If a game is canceled, every effort to make up the scheduled game needs to be made within 2 weeks. Once the season begins, make-up games take precedent over any practices on the Timberlinks Field. However, the practicing coach must be notified by the coach scheduling the make-up at least 24 hours ahead of time. All practicing teams must vacate the fields 30 minutes prior to game time.


  • Coaches and players are required to demonstrate good sportsmanship and congenial fellowship, with the adult leader providing the example. In order to assure this leadership, coaches are required to keep all communications with other coaches, umpires and league officials to a private audible tone. League officials can remove a coach from the game and playing field for unsportsmanlike behavior. NO WARNING NECESSARY.

  • The umpires will make mistakes. Feel free to discuss a situation with them, but by no means should there be any yelling or carrying on directed at the umpires from the coaches, players or people in the stands.

  • Players will be warned ONCE about throwing helmets or equipment. After a second violation, the coach must remove his player from the game.

  • The batter will be warned ONCE for flagrantly throwing his bat after hitting his ball. A second violation will result in the batter being called out.

  • Coaches must make sure that there is no yelling or verbal harassment directed between players or from the stands toward the players.

  • After each game, teams will line up and move forward to shake hands with the opposing team.


  • Scores should be reported to the league commissioner the same day the game is played. The commissioner will keep track of standings for the purpose of seeding for an end-of-season double-elimination tournament.

  • The HOME team for the first Saturday game or 6:00 p.m. weekday game is responsible for lining the field with lining equipment provided in the equipment shed. Baselines from home plate down the first and third baselines and batters boxes are all that are necessary. [Field may already be lined for Saturday games from earlier baseball games, but lines can be redone if necessary.] The visiting team should unlock the restrooms with key located in the equipment shed.

  • The visiting team from the 7:00 p.m. Tuesday game is responsible for dragging the field following the game with dragging equipment provided in the equipment shed. They should also lock the restrooms and return the key to the shed.

  • All teams should clean up trash from their respective dugouts and from the field following the game and prior to leaving the field area.

  • Helmets, bats and tees should be returned to the equipment shed following last game of the day.

  • All helmets must have a facemask.

  • Bats must have the “approved for DYB” stamp to be eligible.

  • A scorebook will be provided for each team. A parent or assistant coach should keep a scorebook in the stands or dugout to ensure proper record of outs, runs scored and innings played. Please make sure the scorekeeper understands the rules of how runs are or are not scored, as in the run does not count on a routine play where the third out is made. No scoreboard is available to be used.

Amended March 2, 2014

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