9U - 15U COBRA Rules


COBRA Baseball
Coalition of Babe Ruth Athletes
9U & 10U (Minor) Division Rules
Sep 2018

            A. Players must be in the batting lineup to play defense.  Teams may bat the entire lineup and use free defensive substitution throughout the game.
            B. Teams may use up to 9 players on defense, but may play with as few as 8.  If only 8 players are used, the 9thbatting position will be an OUT.
           C. If a team starts with 9 or more (because they are hitting entire lineup) batters and drops below 9 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 three players leave, the 3rdto leave will count as an out.
            D. Pitching limits
                        1. 9U-12U is 40 pitches, finish the inning 
                        2. 13U-15U is 50 pitches, finish the inning
                        3.  ALL divisions – no re-entry for pitchers

            E. Bats
1.  9U-12U - USABat stamped bats and properly-sized wooden bats may be used, per official Babe Ruth rulebook
2.  13U-15U – USABat stamped bats, bbcor bats, and properly-sized wooden bats may be used, per official Babe Ruth rulebook

            F. Time Limit is 1:30 minutes, no new inning for ALL divisions.
            G. Per inning run limitis no more than 4 runs per inning for ALL divisions.
                 There will be NO limit to runs scored in the 6th inning.
            H. Umpires
1.  9U-12U - There will be one umpire per game during Sunday Play.  All or part of the tournament may use 2 umpires. Pay is $40/umpire.
2.  13U-15U – May use a single umpire for Sunday Play, but will normally use 2 for Sunday Play and the Tournament.  Pay is $45/umpire.

            I. 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.
J.  Home team keeps the official book.
K.  Mercy rule is 12/3, 10/4, 8/5 for ALL divisions.
            1. 12 after 3 innings (2 ½ if home team leads)
            2. 10 after 4 innings (3 ½ if home team leads)
            3. 8 after 5 innings (4 ½ if home team leads)

L. Courtesy runner (someone not in the game or, if all players hitting, last batter due to hit) is encouraged for catchers but is‚Äč mandatory‚Äč with 2 outs or 3 runs scored (9U-12U) or 5 runs scored (13U-15U). 
M.  The infield Fly Rule IS in effect.

1.  Seeding is based on the following:
                                    a.  Most wins (no 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/day
                        4.  Teams will be assigned to troupes based on seeding
                        5.  Format will be announced before final Sunday Play
                        6.  Time limits will remain in effect during troupe play
                        7.  Finals maybe single elimination
                        8.  Time limits may be extended or eliminated at some point during the tournament, with advanced notice to all teams.
9.  Run rules always remain in effect
10.  Pitching – Item D remains in effect unless it is decided and announced BR Pitching Limits will be used during the tournament. 
11.  If there is a tie 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)