Baseball

1. GOVERNING RULES

1.1 All baseball competition in the CIF Central Section shall be conducted in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association's Baseball Rules, along with the CIF Central Section Rules recommended by the Section's Baseball Advisory Committee and approved by the Board of Managers.

1.2 The CIF Central Section Baseball Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each league who shall be selected by his league president.

1.2.1 The Chairman of the Advisory Committee is appointed by the CIF Central Section President.

1.3 Baseball leagues will participate in a tournament type of playoff for the CIF Divisional Championships.

2. GENERAL RULES

(Items in addition to those listed in the section on rules and regulations as applied to all CIF approved sports.)

2.1 Length of all games shall be seven (7) innings or as specified in the National Federation Rule Book, as the High School Regulation Game.

2.1.1 STATE PITCHING RULE - Thirty outs and 3 appearances in a calendar week throughout the season, Monday through Saturday

  1. Innings pitched in a no game, i.e., rain out, power failure, etc., shall count towards the total.
  2. If the 30th out involves a double or triple play, the team will not be penalized.
  3. An appearance is defined as a pitcher pitching at least one pitch.
  4. Any violations constitutes a forfeit of the contest.

2.2 The game ball for play-off baseball games, shall be selected by the home team coach from the following:

  1. WILSON A1010
  2. WILSON A1010BPROSST

2.3 The aluminum, solid wood or laminated bamboo bats, may be used, provided they meet the specifications of the current National Federation Rule Book. Beginning January 2003, all non-wood bats must meet the BBCOR performance standard. Bats will be required to have the BBCOR mark on the bat.BESR bats are no longer legal.

2.4 Field specifications shall be as outlined in the current National Federation Rule Book.

2.5 The definition of a "regulation game", as determined by the current National Federation Rules, shall be used when games are called by the umpire because of rain, darkness, etc.

2.6 Leagues or Sections may establish their own rules on games called because of ties, rain, darkness, etc. It is recommended each league should set up its own rules on tie games according to their budgets, transportation and other facts they alone can control. Each league should establish these rules prior to the beginning of the season. If no league rules are established, the current National Federation rules shall be followed.

2.7 The speed-up rule may be used if requested by both coaches prior to the game. If requested, they may agree to use all the speed-up rules or agree to use any part of the speed-up rules. (See National Federation Rule Book for details of rule.)

2.8 In tournament play, any game called because of rain, darkness, etc., shall be considered a suspended game and shall be continued from the point of suspension at a later time, subject to the rules governing the game.

2.9. Doubleheader games played with the same or different opponents on the same day, will be considered as two games.

2.10 No player may coach from first or third base who is not in uniform and was not named on the certified eligibility list exchanged prior to the game.

2.11 It is required that each player wear a two earflap protective cap when at bat or when he is a base runner. Catchers must wear any helmet or helmet and mask combination shall have full ear protection (dual ear flaps) face mask, a body protector and a protective cup when catching.

2.12 The home team book is the official score book and the home team is responsible for furnishing a qualified scorer.

2.13 The home team is responsible for telephoning box scores to the news media.

2.14 Coaches MUST wear a protective helmet if they coach from the coaching boxes

2.14 UNIFORMS -The home team is to wear THE APPROPRIATE uniform as designated by the NFHS rule book for that sport. All uniformsmust be properly numbered. In case of schools having the same uniforms, the home team shall change. A game allowed to be played with improper uniforms shall be reported to the Central Section office by the lead official.

Penalty for wearing illegal uniforms. The offending school will receive a warning from the Section office. And future occurrences will result in forfeits. ( Approved Boar of Managers 2010)

3. ELIGIBILITY

3.1 All participants must meet the State and Central Section CIF eligibility rules.

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 
A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.
B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).
Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).

3.2

APPEALS PROCEDURE – First and Second Ejection

All appeals MUST come from the school Principal or his/her designee. Only misidentification and misapplication of a rule may be appealed. NO JUDGMENT DECISIONS by officials may be appealed

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Second ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Third ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

 

4. SEASON OF SPORT

4.1 The season of sport of Baseball is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool contest (practice game, league game or tournament) and ends with the last regularly scheduled league game except for those qualifying for the playoff contests.

4.2 The first day to start organized team practice for interscholastic competition will be specified by Central Section.

4.3 There shall be no interschool contest held, except as specified by Central Section.

4.3.1 An interschool scrimmage may be held as specified by Central Section.

4.4 A school shall be limited to 28 games per season per team. Playoff contests are excluded in this computation.

4.4.1 Maximum number of contests per week is two, except for tournaments and postponed games. A third game in a week may be played on a Saturday as long as it is not an additional contact. (Board of Managers 4/21/04)

4.4.2  NO TEAMS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS; BEACHES; ETC., DURING THE "CONDITIONING TWO WEEK PERIOD" PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON.

5. CLASSIFICATION

5.1 Baseball team classifications are Varsity, Junior Varsity, Frosh/Soph., Frosh.

6. OFFICIALS

6.1 Assignments must be made from the appropriate Official's Association: Two officials for Varsity and at least one official for JV or Frosh/Soph. games.

7. CONDUCT

7.1 Contrary to certain aspects of professional baseball, the players and coaches of Central Section baseball teams, are expected to accept the umpire's decisions and to refrain from un-sportsmanlike gestures and remarks to opposing players and umpires. It is the responsibility of the coach to control un-sportsmanlike actions and remarks on the part of his players or the players on the bench.

7.1.1 When a coach is ejected from a game for any reason, the game will be forfeited at that point unless his school has another certified person to take charge.

8. PLAYOFFS--- THE WILSON BASEBALL MUST BE USED IN THE PLAY-OFFS

8.1 Game play rules.

8.1.1 Divisional Playoff

8.1.1.1 Playoffs will include six divisional playoffs. The Divisions will be determined by the approved Section Divisional placement procedure.

8.1.1.2 The divisions will furnish the top 16 teams for the playoffs. The selections made by the three Area Supervisors, Section Assistant Commissioner and the Section Commissioner.

The following criteria will be used with 1 point being given to each category. The team who earns the most points against the other team will receive the higher seed. This criteria is to be used if there is a tie between two or more teams are being considered for a certain seed.( Approved, Board of Managers, Jan. 2008)

COACHES MANDATORY RANKINGS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SEED

HEAD TO HEAD

OVERALL RECORD

RECORD VS. COMMON OPPONENTS

MAXPREPS STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

PLACE IN SAME LEAGUE

MAXPREPS RANKINGS

8.1.5 All playoff games are governed by the Federal Rule Book.

8.1.6 A coach (in uniform) may occupy either first or third base in coaching box.

8.1.7 If a game is suspended, and it is official game, and no winner is determined, the contest will be continued from the point of stoppage until completion.

8.2 OFFICIALS

8.2.1 Officials for playoffs, shall be appointed by the Supervisor of Officials for baseball from the respective area.

8.2.2 Three officials may be used for all playoff contests.

8.2.3 Pay scale for officials shall be as prescribed by the current Central Section fee schedule for Baseball.

8.3 PROTESTS

8.3.1 A commissioner or his designated representative, shall be in attendance at the Section's final playoff contests. In case of a protest, he will rule immediately and the game shall continue.

8.4 PRELIMINARY, QUARTERFINALS AND SEMIFINALS

8.4.1 Sites must meet the following specifications:

The field must be well-groomed with a fence completely surrounding the field. The designated home team grandstand must be large enough to accommodate a crowd of 200-300 people.

8.4.2 By mutual agreement, schools may play on lighted fields or neutral fields which meet the above requirements. Game time is 4:30 p.m., if the field is not lighted.

8.4.3 In all rounds batting practice may be taken. Host schools shall send the visiting team a schedule of batting and infield practice, so the visiting team can arrive in time.

8.4.4 Only theWILSON A1010/WILSON A1010BPROSSTbaseball must be used for play-off contests shall be furnished by the host school.

8.5 DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

8.5 Divisional championship games can be played on any home site, as long as it is approved by the League Commissioner or Section Commissioner and meets the necessary requirements.

  1. Fence completely around the field
  2. Appropriate grandstand to host crowds of both schools.
  3. Well groomed field with restrooms.
  4. Area blocked off for admission to be charged.

8.5.1 When possible a printed official program should be sold. The format of this program should allow for advertisements to be sold to business firms. Some business firms which do business throughout the entire section, could be solicited each year. Also, some firms which advertise on a national scale will furnish, free of charge, program blanks in which team rosters may be printed. CIF Section office will provide program covers when requested.

8.5.2 WILSON A1010baseballs will be furnished by the Section.

8.5.3 Batting practice will be done outside or away from the main playing field.

8.6 FINANCES

8.6.1 Admission charges shall be as determined by CIF. (See playoff admission prices in Awards and Entry Fee Addendum.)

8.6.2 Recognized Expenses: A flat rate is provided by the Section. Any extras must have prior approval from the Section Office.

  1. Host schools will provide tickets and arrange with participating schools for pre-sale. Different colored tickets should be used for each different admission price. Pre-sale should be cut off two days prior to the playoffs and tickets returned to the host school for general sale.
  2. Non-participating schools may order a minimum number of tickets from host schools up to two days prior to the game.
  3. Regular CIF passes, league and school passes are not to be honored for admission to playoff games. CIF "Lifetime" passes, CIF Playoff Passes, special State-Issued passes and special League Commissioner's supervision passes will be honored. (Each school in Central Section has 2 complimentary playoff passes.)
  4. Only actually working news media representatives assigned to cover the games will be admitted, providing they contact the host school in advance for admission and equipment arrangements.
  5. Field Rental (if necessary) must be approved by League Commissioner and Section Commissioner.
  6. Supervision: Crowd control is to include proper supervision and adequate seating.

8.6.3 Host high school is responsible for financial statement receipts and expenditures along with reasonable justification for same.

  1. CIF Central Section Financial Statement Forms for playoff games will be sent to the host high schools involved. The completed form is to be submitted to the CIF Central Section Commissioner withinthirty daysafter the playoff contests.
  2. For all games, net receipts will be divided three ways: 30% to each participating school and 40% to the CIF Central Section.
  3. Loss, if incurred, to be shared equally by the participating schools.

8.6.4 Meals and travel expenses are not allowed as game expenses.

8.7 AWARDS

8.7.1 CIF Central Section will provide trophies as prescribed by the Awards Committee. (See awards chart)

8.7.2 The Area Supervisor or his designated representative shall present the CIF Awards immediately following the contest if requested by host school.

9.0   FORFEITS

NEW FORFEIT RULE PENALTY

 

 If an ineligible student participates in a contest, or contests, the school must forfeit

the contest, or contests, and the ineligible student shall not compete in any sport until

his/her eligibility is attained.

 

     If it is determined that an ineligible student competed due to the failure of the School 

Administration to properly notify those responsible for playing the student, an appeal by 

the Principal may be directed to the Section Commissioner regarding the forfeiture of

the game, or games.  The appeal must be in writing, stating specifically the circumstances surrounding the oversight in playing the student.  The final decision regarding the appeal will be determined by the Section Commissioner. 

 

Criteria for consideration of appeal:

 

  1. What caused the ineligible player to participate in the contests(s)

  2. Score of contest(s)

  3. Amount of participation in contest(s) by ineligible participant

  4. What part of did the ineligible student have on the outcome of the contest(s)

 

Notification of the use of an ineligible player MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY, and appealed within in 5 days of the infraction.

 

Notification of an alleged infraction by another school, MUST also be reported IMMEDIATELY, to allow the offending school an opportunity to respond.

 

10.0   PITCH COUNT RULE

 

 

10.1.      PITCHING LIMITATION RULE – 30 OUTS

              Sections shall adopt the following baseball pitching limitation rule: 30 outs and/or three (3) appearances in a calendar week through the season.

              A.           The calendar week begins on Monday.

              B.           Innings pitched in a no game (i.e., rainout, power failure, etc.) shall count toward the total.

              C.           If the 30th out involves a double or triple play, the team will not be penalized.

D.           An appearance is defined as a pitcher pitching at least one (1) pitch. If a pitcher is removed from the mound to another position or to the dugout and later returns to pitch in the same game, the pitcher will be charged with a second appearance.

              E.           Any violation constitutes a forfeit of the contest.

 

10.2.      PITCHING LIMITATION RULE – PITCH COUNT

In addition to 10.1 above, Sections shall adopt the following baseball pitching limitation rule with respect to pitch count and required days of rest:

 

Pitch count limits and required rest:

Level

Maximum Contest Pitch Limit

0 Days

Rest

Required

1 Day

Rest

Required

2 Days

Rest

Required

3 Days

Rest

Required

Varsity

110

Pitches

1-30

Pitches

31-50

Pitches

51-75

Pitches

76+

Pitches

Freshman; F/S; JV

90

Pitches

1-30

Pitches

31-50

Pitches

51-75

Pitches

76+

Pitches

 

A.           A pitcher may finish the current batter if the Maximum Contest Pitch Limit is reached during that at-bat

   B.           Pitches thrown and appearances made in a no game (i.e., rainout, power failure, etc.) shall count toward the totals.

C.           At the end of each half inning, the head coaches will confirm and both team books will record the pitch count for all pitchers who threw a pitch in that half inning. In the case of a discrepancy, the home book is considered the official book.

D.           Each school must keep a record of all pitches thrown by each of their players in each game and make this available to their respective Section Office upon request.

E.           Any violation constitutes a forfeit of the contest.

 

Questions & Answers:

 

Q: If a pitch count mechanism is used that is visible to both teams, do the coaches still need to confirm the pitch count every half inning?

A: No. If the mechanism (i.e. scoreboard add-on, flip chart behind home plate, etc.) can be seen by both teams, the coaches may use that as verification of the pitch count.

 

Q: How is a day of rest defined?

A: A day of rest is defined as a calendar day. For example, if a pitcher throws 76 or more pitches in a Monday game thus requiring three-days rest before being allowed to pitch again, those days of rest would be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday allowing that pitcher to pitch again on Friday.

 

Q: If a pitcher exceeds the maximum number of allowable pitches with respect to the required days of rest while finishing a batter, how are the required number of rest days calculated?

A: The required days of rest is determined by the actual number of pitches thrown. For example, if a pitcher starts a batter with 48 pitches, finishes the batter with 53 pitches and is then removed from the game, that pitcher would be required to rest for two days before making another appearance.

 

Q: What, if any role, do the umpires play in the confirmation and recording of the pitch count after each half inning?

A: The umpires are asked to ensure that the teams are exchanging the required information but the actual recording of the pitch count is up to the head coach from each school.

 

Q: If an intentional walk is issued to the batter and no pitches are delivered to home plate, are those pitches counted towards the pitcher’s total number?

A: No. Those pitches would not count towards the pitcher’s total number

 

Q: In the case of balk, when does a pitch count towards the pitcher’s total number?

A: A pitch would only count if the ball is delivered to the batter.

 

Q: If a batter is awarded timeout by the umpire but the pitcher still delivers the ball to the batter, does that pitch count towards the pitcher’s total number?

A: No. That pitch would not count towards the pitcher’s total number.

 

 

Q: Does the Pitch Count reset each Monday like the 30 Out Rule?

A: No. While the 30 Out Rule will reset each Monday, the Pitch Count Rule will not. For example, if a pitcher throws 76+ pitches in a game on Saturday, they would have to rest on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before being eligible to pitch again on Wednesday.

 

Q: May the same pitcher appear in two different games on the same day?

A: Yes. However, they may only do so if they threw 30 pitches or less in the first game and are not required to rest. Also, they may not throw more than 110 pitches total for the day.

 

 

10.3.    OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo.

              (Revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council)

 

10.4.    PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

              It is required that adult base coaches wear a protective helmet. Play will not continue until compliance with this rule is met. It is recommended that the helmet meet NOCSAE standards. 

              NOTE: NFHS rules govern use of protective equipment by a player/student.

              (Approved January 2015 Federated Council)