COBRA Baseball

Coalition of Babe Ruth Athletes

8U (Rookie) Division Rules

Sep 2018



A.   An offensive coach will work the pitching machine. 

B.Speed set at approx. 43pmh.  

C.1 new & 1 good used Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, or as OK’d by umpire, baseball per team must be provided.

D.Home team keeps the official book. 

E.$30/umpire, split between teams. 

            B.  Batters will be given 4 pitches or 3 strikes per at bat

            C.  Defensive coaches can not be in fair territoryand must be stationed beyond 1stbase or 3rdbase.

            D. There will be no bunting arc, as per BR and OBR.

            E.  The player that assumes the pitcher’s position must remain within the “mound,” defined as a5ft. radius on one side or the other of the machine, ​until the ball is hit.​ If the pitcher violates any of these requirements, then (1) the play will stand, even if the pitcher is involved in the play, and (2) the umpire will warn the violating pitcher’s manager that if the same pitcher violates one or both requirements again, he will have to be removed from the pitcher’s position. The player can assume another position but cannot re-enter as a pitcher in that game. 

            F.  The ball will be declared dead (time out) by the umpire when the defensive team stops the lead runner and all succeeding runners abandon their effort to advance. 

            G.  A batted ball shall be considered dead when, before being touched by a fielder, it hits the pitching machine, sandbag or pitching coach. The batter shall be awarded 1st base and on-base runners shall advance only if forced. A thrown ball that hits the machine, sandbag or pitching coach is a live ball. 

            E.  Players must be in the batting lineup to play defense.  Teams may bat the entire lineup and use free defensive substitution throughout the game.

            F. Teams may use up to 10 players on defense (4 outfielders) but may play with 9 players if only 9 players are available.  If only 9 players are used, the 10thposition will be an OUT.

            G.  If a team starts with 10 or more (because they are hitting entire lineup) batters and drops below 10 batters, the missing batter will be counted as an out.  For example, if a team hits all 12 of their players in the lineup and one player leaves, there’s no penalty.  If a team bats 11 (everyone) and two players leave, the 2ndto leave will count as an out.

            H. If a team starts with 10 batters and drops below 10, the missing batter will be counted as an out.

            I. Bats must have USABat logo or be appropriate size made of wood.

            J. There will be no new inning after 1:30 (on hour and thirty minutes)           

            K. There is a four (4) run per inning limit for innings.

    There will be NO limit to runs scored in the 6thinning.

            L.  There will be one umpire per game during Sunday Play.  All or part of the tournament may use 2 umpires.

            M.  No intentional walks are allowed.

N.  No infield fly rule. 

O.  No “hit by pitcher(machine) rule. 

P.  No base stealing. Book rules apply to leaving the base early. 

            Q.  Dead ball appeals are allowed by the manager or any player.

            R.  Courtesy runner (someone not in the game or, if all players hitting, last batter due to hit) is encouraged for catchers but is​ mandatory​ with 2 outs or 3 runs scored. 

            R.  Any rule violation must be corrected immediately and escalated to the appropriate division coordinator for review and possible sanctions.  Any resistance to correcting violations may be seen as violation, for example: defensive obstruction, offensive interference, or un-sportsman-like conduct; as appropriate, and penalties applied as seen fit by the game’s officials.


1.  Seeding is based on the following:

                                    a.  Most wins (without consideration for percentage or losses)

                                    b.  Head-to-head results

                                    c.  Record against common opponents 

                                    d.  Winning percentage

                                    e.  Runs allowed

                        2.  The tournaments should be scheduled for 2 days if possible

                        3.  Teams should be required to play no more than 3 games in a day

                        4.  Teams will be assigned to troops based on seeding

                        5.  Double elimination will be used to advance teams from each troop

                        6.  Time limits will remain in effect during troop play

                        7.  Finals can be single elimination

                        8.  Time limits may be extended at a pre-determined point in the tournament

9.  The Championship game can NOT have a time limit

10.  Run rules always remain in effect

                        11.  Speed-Up Tiebreaker will be used if a game is tied after the required number of innings or time has expired.  Rules are:

                                    a.  Batters start with 1-1 count

                                    b.  Last player due to bat will start at 2nd base

                                    c.  Play continues until a team leads at the end of an inning

                        12.  Modifications to this format can be made if needed (i.e. due to rain)