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SMYB 7-8 Year Old Rules

Signal Mountain Dixie Youth Baseball Local Rules

“AA” League (7-8 Yr. Olds) [Click Here to Download]

Field Dimensions:

The length of the base paths shall be 60 feet.

Pitcher’s circle shall be 12 feet in diameter around the center of the mound or pitcher’s slab.

Make-Up Games/Rain Outs:

In the event of rain prior to start of the game, both coaches should contact each other to discuss playing conditions and rescheduling, if necessary. Every effort should be made to play the game as scheduled. If decision is made to reschedule, the Home Team coach must communicate with the umpire coordinator and commissioner.

Umpire Coordinator: Randall Johnson (

7/8 Commissioner: Justin Sveadas (

Home teams will be responsible for rescheduling make-up games.

If a game is rained out, it must be made up within 2 weeks.

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.

Make-up games have priority over practices. 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.

Starting the Game:

Coaches should cooperate in pre-game warm up, so games will start on time.

Coaches should understand their field responsibility.

The Home team is the team hosting as shown on the schedule. (ex. @Lookouts)

The home team will use the first base dugout, and will furnish game balls.

Home team is responsible for scorebook, and score box.

Home team is responsible for rescheduling make-up games.

Visiting team is responsible for preparing the field for play, including dragging and lining the field.

After the last game of the day, both teams are responsible for securing equipment and score box, raking infield, locking restrooms and turning off field lights.

Each team is responsible for cleanup of dugouts after each game.

A team must field eight (8) players within ten (10) minutes of scheduled game time, or the game will be declared a forfeit.

A team is allowed to “pick up” two players, in order to field the required eight players, or to balance with the number of players on the opposing team. If a team cannot field eight of their own team members, the game will be declared a forfeit, but can still be played if “pick up” players are acquired and both coaches agree to play.

The pick-ups must be of equal or lower rating (most recent rating) than the player they replace; they must bat last, and they must play in the outfield. If the regular team player shows up, he should replace the pick-up immediately. The coach must inform the opposing coach of the pick-up players being used, and both coaches must be in agreement on the pick-up player selection.

If a team plays with less than nine players, they must list one of the players as “Phantom Outs”. These will be automatic “outs” every time they are scheduled to bat.

Teams must submit their batting order to the opposing coach and to the designated scorekeeper prior to the first pitch of the game.

Any discrepancy noted in runs, batting order, etc., should be “discreetly” discussed with the head coaches and resolved before play continues.

Before a game can start, an official timekeeper must be designated and both head coaches must be in agreement as to the time.

General Rules:

There will be no:

“Infield Fly” rule in effect.


Base stealing.

Called strikes.

Bunts. Penalty: if the ball is hit, batter is “out” and the ball is dead. If the ball is not hit, the pitch will be a called “strike”.

An inning will consist of 7 runs or 3 outs, whichever comes first.

A continuous batting order will be used on offense and free substitution will be used on defense.


No player shall sit on the bench more than 3 defensive outs until all players on his team have sat out 3 outs.

Free substitution will be allowed on defense. A player’s position in the batting order must remain the same.

A continuous batting order will be used. All players present will be listed in the batting order for each game. Players who arrive late will be added to the end of the batting order.

Defensive Play:

Ten (10) players will play defense each inning. No player shall sit on the bench more than 3 defensive outs until all players on his team have sat out 3 outs.

No more than 6 players are allowed in the infield (this includes catcher). Outfielders must be at least 20 feet behind the base paths.

Defensive players should be taught to throw the ball, rather than to roll the ball to a particular base for a put-out. While consideration must be given to the ability of the players involved, obvious attempts to teach players to roll the ball or to attempt any other tactic that is in contrast to generally accepted baseball principles should be discouraged. Continued violations should be brought to the league coordinator’s attention for ruling.

The player pitcher must wear a protective facemask. There is NO exception to this rule.

The catcher must make a bona-fide effort to take a throw from an infielder or outfielder on a play at home plate. Any player may backup the catcher. This does not preclude the pitcher, third baseman or first baseman, from making a cut-off throw at a reasonable position on the field.

A maximum of 3 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 weakplayer

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

If a batted ball is knocked down by a defensive coach the ball is dead, each offensive player may advance to the next base. If the ball hits the “coach pitcher”, or is knocked down by the “coach pitcher”, the play is dead (no runners may advance) and will be replayed and the pitch will not count towards the total pitch count for that batter.

Coaches are strongly encouraged to swap infield and outfield players to give each player a chance to develop at all positions (However, the safety of the players should be first consideration.)

Offensive Play:

Each batter is allowed three (3) strikes or five (5) pitches (whichever comes first) before being called “out”.

Batter will not be called out on a foul ball even on fifth or subsequent pitch unless caught by defensive player.

The coach-pitcher will pitch to his team via the overhand method.

The coach-pitcher must have both feet inside the pitcher’s circle during and after the pitch. The center of the pitching circle (12ft in diameter) will be 46ft from the back edge of home plate. Leniency will be given on this rule for those hitters that will benefit from the coach pitcher being closer, but no closer than 8ft from the front of the pitching circle. There will be a line to mark this spot during games. NOTE: it is recommended that coaches pitch from within the circle to facilitate player development.

After the ball is hit, the pitcher-coach must leave the field and enter the designated box on either the first base or the third base side opposite the ball is hit and must not instruct the base runners.The coach-pitcher must make an effort to pick up the bat and remove it from the field of play.

Any batted ball that does not clear the 5 feet arc beyond home plate will be considered a foul ball.

A runner can continue advancing until (1) the lead runner is stopped, or,(2) the ball is in the “controlled possession” of the pitcher and the LEAD RUNNER either stops or is stopped by the infielder. At that time, umpire will call “Time”.

Runners who have advanced more than half way to an unoccupied base may continue to that base. There will be a chalk hash mark at the half way point.

If “Time” has not been declared and a play is made on a runner, the runners are released to proceed at their own peril.

Any runner is out when he does not slide OR attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. The ball is dead. Other runners will take the bases they had reached, in the umpire’s judgment, when the violation occurred.

On any overthrow at first base, the runners can advance to the next base at their own peril. No more than one base will be granted on an overthrow. We want the kids to become accustomed to making plays while not being penalized by attempting to make a good play, thus rewarding the opposing team multiple bases.

Length of Game:

Game times are 1 hour & 15 minutes. The inning in progress will be completed unless home team is winning.

During weeknights, a new inning shall not start if 7 minutes or less are left in the game. Otherwise, a new inning shall not start if 5 minutes or less are left in the game.

During the regular season, in the event of a tied score at the end of the allotted time or 6 innings, game remains a tie, no extra innings will be played.

The results of each game should be e-mailed to the league commissioner by the winning coach and copied to the opposing coach.

7/8 Commissioner, Matt Bernard:


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 the umpire, other coaches and league officials to a private audible tone. Umpires or league officials will remove a coach from the game and playing field for unsportsmanlike-like behavior. NO WARNING NECESSARY.

Umpires, regardless of age, are to be treated with respect. They will make mistakes. Any coach heard, seen or reported to have raised his/her voice in anger or disagreement with an umpire will be suspended for the next game.

Coaches should refrain from influencing an umpire’s decision or call (this includes gestures, noises, etc.)

Players will be warned once about flagrantly throwing helmets or equipment. After a second violation, the coach must remove his player from the game for the remainder of that 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. All subsequent violations will result in that playerbeing 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 on the first and third base lines, and shake hands as they meet at home plate.


A seeded tournament will be scheduled for the last week of the season (final decision on tournament format will be made with two weeks left in season play). Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams for all tournaments at the conclusion of the tournament.


The league will abide by the 2015 Official Rules & Regulations for Dixie Youth Baseball for all rules and regulations not specifically addressed above.

We will abide by DYB bat specifications. (Technically, any bat that has the words “tee ball” on it are not approved for 7/8 AA use. But, at the discretion of each coach, this can be overlooked in the 7-year-old league based on the player’s size and ability. “Tee ball” bats are not allowed in the 8-year-old league.) 2 ¼” and 2 5/8” barrel bats are legal.

All helmets must have a facemask.

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