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Rising Stars 12u Rules



1.       Base paths are 70’ with a pitching rubber of 50’.

2.       Any player turning 13 before May 1, 2023 is ineligible. Please be prepared to provide proof of age.

3.       Players registered with a Dubuque Independent League Baseball league team must play with the team they are registered under.

4.       Nine players in the field.

5.       Infield fly rule will apply.

6.       Player limit is 14. Your roster may be changed with the Tournament Director before your first game. After the first pitch of your first game, your roster is frozen.

7.       All batters, runners, and bat boys must wear helmets with ear flaps.

8.       Bats must be USSSA or USA Baseball stamped- 2 3/4" IS ALLOWED.

9.       No steel spikes are permitted. Rubber cleats are allowed

10.   Games are five (5) innings in duration. No new inning may start after one hour and 15 minutes. NO EXTRA INNINGS IN POOL PLAY. Ties are ties and are part of the strategy.

11.   Championship game of championship bracket is six (6) innings with no new inning can be started after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

12.   If your team is ahead by 10 runs at the completion of 3 innings, you are declared the winner.

13.   Designated hitters are not allowed.

14.   Bunting will be allowed. Once a batter squares away to bunt, he must bunt or take the pitch.  If the batter takes a full swing, he will be called out.

15.   Runner may score on a passed ball, wild pitch, or a ball returned to the pitcher from the catcher

16.   When a base runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who is attempting to make a tag with the ball or if he maliciously runs into a fielder and is not obstructed, he will be called out and removed from the game

17.   Teams must bat round robin with set batting order with free substitution in the field.


(1)  All players are in the game and they are batting.

Example: If a coach has 14 players at a game, all 14 bat in a set order for the whole game.

(2)  A coach cannot elect to bat less than the number of players he has at the game.

Example: If a coach has 14 players, he cannot bat a lesser number of players.

(3)  During round robin, coaches cannot have one player pinch run for another player

(all players are already in the game).

(4)  a courtesy runner is allowed for the pitcher and catcher at any time.

(a)  A courtesy runner must be used for the catcher when there are 2 outs.

(b)  During round robin, the courtesy runner will be the player who made the last out.

18.   A team can start with one less player than would constitute a full lineup. The spot would be an automatic out each at bat. If another player arrives late, he/she must bat in the last position.  (e. g. 12U would start with 8 players and the 9th at bat would be an automatic out.)

19.   If weather interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire, it is a complete game after 4 innings or 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead.

20.   Extra inning/tiebreaker rule (Championship/Consolation brackets only) – At the top of next inning each team will start with a runner on second base. That runner will be the last official at bat from the previous inning. This rule will remain in effect until the game is decided. If the runner gets injured, he is replaced by the player who made the last out of the last inning.

21.   No player or coach shall at any time touch or abuse an umpire. At no time will abusive language or harassing be tolerated. If a player, coach or umpire uses foul language he is to be suspended immediately.


23.   Pitching Rules:

a.    The number of innings a player can pitch will be determined by the following chart:

Age Group

One Day Maximum to pitch The next Day

One Day Maximum

Tournament Maximum

10U and 12U








Innings are calculated based on number of outs. 1 out is 1/3 an inning. 

b.    Innings will be tracked on the score sheet which is signed by both teams at the end of each game.  Managers need to check in on Day 2 to verify each player’s eligibility. Violation of this rule will result in forfeiture.

c.     No more than four (4) warm-up pitches between innings or eight (8) after a change of pitchers.

d.    Ball must be returned directly to the pitcher after an out is made.

e.    Pitchers may walk a batter simply by advising the umpire of this fact

f.      There are balks, one team warning per game. Runners may lead off. Batter can run on dropped third strike. Runner may steal any base, including home.

g.    Once a pitcher is taken out he cannot pitch again in that game. He may play any other position.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to modify game length, time and round completion as needed for time and weather purposes

NOTE: Absolutely no carry-in coolers are allowed in the complex. Individual water bottles are permitted


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