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2019 D League Rules

Dubuque Independent League Baseball

2019 Rules for D Level

The D level of the Dubuque Independent League is the entry level into playing organized baseball. Winning and losing should not be what is important, but teaching players the necessary skills to play baseball should be the focus. League standings will not be kept for the D level.

The following rules pertain to the D level only and take the place of any similar rules used by other levels of the Dubuque Independent League.

l .         All teams will use a line up and players will bat round robin. (this is mandatory) This means all players will bat before the 1st batter bats a second time. All players must bat and play the field during the game. Only 1 1 fielders should be on the field unless agreed to before the game by the coaches.

2.                 Bats used at the D level may be no greater than 2 5/8 inches in diameter. There are no other restrictions on eligible bats at this level.

3.                 There are no walks and a batter can strike out, the batter will be given 4 strikes.

4.                 The coach will pitch to his or her own team and the coach will be the only one that will call strikes.

5.                 In the event of an overthrow or multiple overthrows during the same play, only I base will be taken. Remember this is an instructional level.

6.                 Once a ball is making its way into the infield the play is stopped. Making its way into the infield is defined as the outfield player having control of the ball. A runner may advance to the next base only if they have passed the previous base before the fielder gains control of the ball.

7.                 When a team scores 5 runs in their one half of the inning then that team's portion of the inning is over and the other team will then bat.

8.                 Outfielders must all be positioned on the grass until contact is made with the ball. When the game is being played on one of the larger fields, coaches should use judgment to position players at an equivalent depth to the age appropriate fields.

9.                 The length of a game is determined by time not innings. There is no limit to the amount of innings you play in your time frame. No new inning can start after I hour and 10 minutes of play.

10.             First base coach will umpire first base.

3rd base coach will umpire 3rd base.

Outfield coach will umpire 2nd base.

l l .      There is no stealing and home plate is closed. A runner may not lead off until the ball is hit by the batter. There is no bunting at the D level.

12.            One dozen balls will be provided by the league. These are the balls that will be used for all games.

13.            The pitcher shall be required to wear a protective face mask or shield which shall be supplied by the individual teams, unless otherwise supplied by the Dubuque Independent League.

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