Minors/Majors/Jrs RulesUpdated Friday April 28, 2017 by Knapp Ranch Baseball.
Knapp Ranch Baseball
Minors, Majors, Juniors
1.Baseball Rules – Minors, Majors and Juniors
Note to coaches: Due to the fact that this is a children’s league, we are affected by school vacations, normal childhood illnesses, school projects, and family crises. Lack of players is not a valid reason for rescheduling. It is a normal aspect of league play and it affects all the teams.
The league will draw up the official playing schedule on which date, time, game location and names of visiting and home teams will be designated. Games may be rescheduled only for reasons that are concerned with standings (for playoff positions). League official will complete any rescheduling.
a) Trophies will be available on closing day and will be exchanged for the teams’ equipment. No exceptions.
b) Disciplinary actions taken to enforce proper player conduct and/or to encourage full participation on the part of player may only be taken when communicated to the division representative, coaches, and parents.
c) “Zero Tolerance” – There is no appeal for a player, coach, or spectator that is ejected by the Umpire.
d) Coaches under age 18 must wear a helmet while on the field during games and practices.
The objectives of the Program are to foster, promote, regulate, develop, and conduct league baseball play; to promote clean sportsmanship, fair play and good conduct among affiliated club members; and to organize and promote such league baseball programs as will result in the greatest good, being guided by the policies established by the Parents of Knapp Ranch Baseball Board of Directors. These program rules are modeled on the standard High School Baseball Rules of Play. Any rule discussed below will supersede the rule covered in the standard National Federation of High Schools rulebook. The Knapp Ranch Baseball Rules Committee will interpret any rule which gives rise to question.
2. Uniforms and Equipment
a) A player must wear shoes at all times during the course of a game. A player may wear tennis shoes, rubber or plastic cleats, or rubber-soled shoes. Metal cleats and removable cleats are not allowed. Metal cleats may be worn in the Junior Division ONLY.
b) Helmets must be worn by batters and base runners at all times on the field of play. Any batter or base runner who removes his helmet before entering the dugout or the alley leading to the on deck cage shall be warned by the umpire, and that warning shall be entered into the official score book. A second violation by that player will result in his ejection from the game. If the ejected player was a base runner, an out will also be recorded. The only time a batter/base runner may remove his helmet is when time has been called or after the third out. A helmet that unintentionally falls off in the normal course of play is not a violation.
c) After uniforms have been issued, a player must be in complete uniform in order to compete. Complete uniform consists of the team hat, team jersey, baseball pants (optional) and legal shoes. A player’s shirt must be tucked into pants at all times during the game. Failure to comply leads will result the exclusion of the player from the game until the player complies. Uniforms may not be altered from their original state at the time of issue (Other than the addition of a name to the upper rear of the jersey). Players may not play with an altered uniform. A player who alters their uniform will be suspended until they reorder and receive a new uniform at their expense. Examples of alteration include, but are not limited to, removing the sleeves, significantly cutting any part of the jersey, dying or altering the colors in any way.
d) Catchers must wear headgear (covering the ears), mask, with throat protector, chest protector, shin guards and a protective cup at all times while catching. It is recommended (not mandatory) that all players wear a protective cup while playing in a game.
e) BATS: 2 5/8" barrel bats are LEGAL in the Majors and Junior divisions only. If a 2 5/8" bat is a -3, it must be BBCOR certified. Senior League bats with a drop greater than 3 (-5,-7,-9) are legal in the Majors and Juniors divisions only and must be stamped with a USSSA approved stamp with a BPF of 1.15 or less. 2 1/4" bats are LEGAL in all divisions, if they are manufactured to a Bat Performance Factor of 1.15 or less. In addition the bat must be labeled approved for play in PONY or Little League Baseball" and stamped "BPF 1.15" and the year manufactured. Recognizing that some bats may not have the year manufactured on the bat, it still must have BPF 1.15 stamped on the bat. Wood bats are legal in all divisions with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8 in Majors and Juniors and 2 ¼” in all other divisions". Bat material is factored into the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) testing protocol as well as the BBCOR testing protocol. Subsequently as long as the aforementioned "marks" are on the bat that is the indication they have passed the appropriate testing protocol and are approved for play. 2 5/8” bats are NOT LEGAL in the Minors division. 2 ¾” barrel bats are NOT LEGAL at any level of play.
f) If an illegal bat is used, the batter is ruled out.
3. General Rules
a) No coach or manager will be allowed to act as the official scorekeeper unless he or she is not actively involved in the game as a coach. No game will be canceled without the prior approval of the division representative or a Member of the Parents of Knapp Ranch Baseball Board. Requests for cancellation must be received prior to 3:00 PM on the day of the game. After that time, it will be up to the discretion of the umpire.
b) Five minutes before the start of the game, both managers must give line-ups to the official scorekeeper. Also a line-up card must be presented to the Umpire before the game. At the time they are presented the line-up becomes official. Players NOT physically present should NOT be listed in the line-up.
c) No team shall employ any tactics to stall or speed up the game. Penalty after one warning is forfeiture of the game.
d) The use of doughnut bat weights is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If used before or during a game both the player and manager will be ejected.
e) A copy of the Player Registration Form will be kept by each team as this also serves as the Medical Release Form, and will be needed if medical care is required.
f) Each team is responsible for providing a First Aid Kit and cold compress (ice or chemical cold compress) at all practices and games. If neither team has a First Aid Kit and cold compress at a scheduled game, the game will not be played, and will be considered a double forfeit.
g) Only games that affect the final standings at the end of the season will be rescheduled.
h) Intentional Walks will be limited to one per player, per game. There will be no more than two (2) intentional walks per team in one game. In these instances, no pitches will be thrown in the Minors or Majors divisions. The catcher or manager must request the walk from the umpire. The Juniors division will follow the same rules as the Minors and Majors divisions except that there will be no requested walk to the umpire allowed. The pitcher must deliver 4 pitches.
i) If a player has to leave during a game due to reasons unrelated to injury, the coach of the team of the departing player must notify the Umpire and the opposing coach before the game begins. In this situation, the team shall take one out and only one out the next time the player comes to bat. If there is no notification prior to the game, then it will be an out each time that the player’s turn to bat comes up.
j) If a player has to leave during a game due to injury, the coach of the team of the departing player must notify the Umpire and the opposing coach upon the departure of the player. In this situation, the team shall take one out and only one out the next time the player comes to bat.
k) If a team loses a player prior to the halfway point in the season, the coach is required to notify the appropriate Knapp Ranch Baseball division representative immediately, and another player (if available) will be provided for the team. The Vice President with the division rep and the Executive members of the Board will be the body that approves a replacement player. A player will not be added to a team after the half way point of the season, however the coach must still advise the division rep of the lost player. In order for a replacement player to be eligible to pitch, he must have tried out and either been on the original draft list or placed on the official waiting list. This does not apply to All-Stars.
l) Base paths and pitching distances:
Minors 60’ bases & 42’ pitching mound
Majors 70’ bases & 48’ pitching mound
Juniors 80’ bases & 56’ pitching mound
4. Rules of Play
a) A team must bat all players present, in strict order.
b) Late players are to be added at the bottom of the line-up. Batting orders are fixed when presented to the official scorekeeper and umpire. Players not physically present should not be listed on the batting order.
c) All games shall start at the scheduled time. In the event either team has less than eight (8) players ready to play, a ten (10) minute grace period will be permitted for such team to field eight (8) players. If a team cannot field eight (8) players within the grace period, the game shall be forfeited to the other team; if neither team can field a minimum of eight (8) players, a double forfeit shall be declared and both teams credited with a loss. In the event of a forfeit, a practice game will be played with the remaining players. The team short of players shall use players from the opposing team if possible to complete their line-up. Once a game begins, a team can continue playing until it is reduced to five (5) players, if the loss of players is a result of injury, illness, family emergency, or ejection. A team must have at least six (6) players in the game.
d) Minor, Major & Junior divisions will consist of a nine (9) player regulation defense.
e) The Home team will sit in the third base dugout and the Visiting team will sit in the first base dugout.
f) As soon as the pitcher starts his warm-up, only the batter, base runners, on-deck batter shall be permitted out of the dugout. Normal exceptions include approval by the manager to use the restroom, to get a drink of water, or for official purposes.
g) The offensive team may have coaches at 1st and 3rd bases. All other managers and coaches will remain in their respective dugouts, unless on official business such as providing line-up changes to the official scorekeeper or the opposing team.
h) Thrown Bats:
In minors, one warning will be issued to both teams when any player, in the judgement of the umpire, carelessly throws their bat in a manner that has the potential to injure any player, official or spectator. On any subsequent occurrence by either team the ball will immediately be called dead, the batter declared out and any runners that advanced on the play will return to the base legally held at the time of the pitch.
In majors or juniors no warning will be issued. On the first occurrence when, in the judgement of the umpire, a player carelessly throws their bat in a manner that has the potential to injure any player, official or spectator the ball will immediately be called dead, the batter declared out and any runners that advanced on the play will return to the base legally held at the time of the pitch.
a) Pitching: Any pitcher who assumes the mound must pitch at least one (1) at bat, except if the pitcher is injured. It is mandatory for the scorekeeper to record the innings & outs pitched per individual. (See playing rules section number 16 for additional information on scorekeeping). A Pitching rule violation will result in a one (1) game suspension for the coach and a one (1) game pitching suspension for the player. Sunday is first day of the week for pitching rules.
b) A pitcher may pitch only eighteen (18) outs per week for the Minor and Major divisions, and twenty-one (21) outs for the Junior division. Additionally, the pitcher may pitch a maximum of twelve (12) outs per game in all upper divisions. A pitcher once removed from the mound shall not pitch again in the same game. The number of warm-up pitches for the starting pitchers is eight (8), and six (6) after the first inning. All warm-up pitches are to be completed in a one (1) minute time-period. A relief pitcher will be given eight (8) warm-up pitches also within one (1) minute time. If a pitcher is injured, the reliever will be allowed as many pitches, within reason, as needed, all warm-ups are subject to the umpire’s discretion. Additionally Knapp Ranch baseball will utilize pitch counts in addition to the weekly innings counts in order to assure the health of pitcher’s arms. The following pitch counts will be used:
Minors: 50 pitches per game
Majors: 60 pitches per game
Juniors: 80 pitches per game
If a pitcher reaches the pitch count in the middle of an at-bat, the pitch counter (as defined below) will inform the umpire, who will inform both coaches, and the pitcher may complete the at-bat.
The league will provide someone to keep pitch counts during the game. This count will be official and is uncontestable. If in the event no pitch counter shows up the scorekeepers for both teams will keep counts for all pitchers. In the event that the pitch counts of both scorekeepers do not agree the official scorekeeper (home team) will be the official count. Scorekeepers will inform the umpire when the count reaches 10 prior to the limit and the umpire will inform both coaches verbally.
c) Pitchers are not permitted to wear anything on their hands or arms, i.e. Band-Aids, tape or jewelry. Also the sleeves worn under the uniform shirt will NOT be white or gray.
d) No distracting items or colors may be worn, i.e. bracelets, earrings, necklaces. Medical Alert jewelry must be taped to the body, as to be noticeable
e) If a manager or coach makes two (2) visits to the same pitcher in the same inning, that pitcher will be replaced.
f) A pitcher’s “out” count in a make-up game shall revert back to the week the game was originally scheduled.
g) In the Major & Junior divisions, balks will be enforced. When called, instruction by the umpire will be given.
h) If pitcher hits two batters in one inning, or three batters in one game, the umpire has the discretion to remove the pitcher.
i) Minors will have three games at the beginning of the season that will be counted as preseason games and will not go against the final standings. During these three games no walks will be issued. Instead, when a batter has been issued 4 balls by the pitcher the coach of the batting team will take the mound and will issue the number of pitches equal to the number of remaining strikes to the batter (0 strikes will get 3 pitches, 1 strike will get 2 pitches, 2 strikes will get 1 pitch). Any batted ball that is declared foul on the last pitch will be awarded another pitch and this will continue until the batter: hits a fair ball, swings and misses, or allows the pitch to go by without offering at it.
6. Length of Game
a) No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 45 minutes for the Minor and Major divisions, and 2 hours for the Junior division. A new inning begins when the third out of the previous inning is recorded. The umpire will notify the official scorekeeper of the starting time of each game, It will be noted in the official score book. The umpire’s watch will be the official game watch.
b) Six (6) innings for the Minor and Major divisions will be the total number of innings in a game. Seven (7) innings will be the total number of inning in the Junior division. If the score is tied, extra innings may be played, provided the “time limit” has not expired. A game ending in a tie score shall be counted as ½ win and ½ a loss for each team.
c) A game shall be considered “official” when 3 innings have been completed or the time limits in 6a have been reached. (2 ½ if the home team is ahead), 4 for Majors and Juniors (3 ½ if the home team is ahead). If a game is called before it is an “official” game, it will only be rescheduled if necessary for league standing.
d) A Mercy Rule will be in effect as follows:
MINORS: Mercy rule on ALL games - 10 runs / 3 innings
MAJORS: Mercy rule on ALL games - 10 runs / 4 innings
JUNIORS: Mercy rule in ALL games - 10 runs / 5 innings
7. Leading Off
a) In the Minor division, base runners must be in contact with the base and cannot leave until the pitch crosses the plate. When the pitcher has the ball and steps on the pitchers plate, the base runners must immediately advance or retreat. If a base runner does not immediately commit at that point the umpire will declare the base runner “out”. If a return throw to the pitcher from the catcher is overthrown the ball is dead and runners may not advance. Exception: If a runner is attempting to steal second and a throw from the catcher is made in the general direction of 2nd base, regardless of intent, the umpire shall rule this to be a throw to second and an attempted play on the runner rather than a return throw to the pitcher.
b) In the Major and Junior divisions lead offs are allowed. The High School Rules of Baseball are in effect. Balks will be called and enforced.
8. Stealing Home
a) Minor division: A runner shall not be permitted to steal home. A runner attempting to steal home illegally will be declared “out” if he/she touches or passes home plate. A runner may score from third base on:
i) A walk, -if forced (or)
ii) An illegal pitch or catcher’s interference if forced (or)
iii) A fair hit ball (or)
iv) A foul or fair fly ball caught, the runner tags up properly (or)
v) A play on him at third, or another runner (a throw or an attempt by the pitcher to make an unassisted put out constitutes a play. The pitcher must be in possession of the ball and leave the mound toward a base runner)
b) In the Major and Junior divisions, stealing home may be attempted at any time.
9. Dropped Third Strike
a) In the Minor division, a batter is out on a third strike, which is dropped or not caught by the catcher. Any runners on base my advance at their own risk, except to home plate.
b) In the Major and Junior divisions, the batter may attempt to advance to first base on a dropped 3rd strike by the catcher.
10. The Infield Fly Rule
a) The Infield Fly Rule will be used in the appropriate situation, in all the upper divisions
11. Substitution Rule
a) No player will sit out two (2) innings consecutively (except in the event of illness or injury). An infraction of this rule will result in a warning to the coach, from the division representative, and the player in question will start the next game he/she is present at and play three (3) consecutive innings. A second infraction of the rule will result in a one (1) game suspension, of the manager or coach.
b) Monitoring of player time is the responsibility of the scorekeeper of each team. The coach will report which players are substituting in each inning to their scorekeeper. Scorekeepers are to meet in between each inning to verify the score as usual and at the same time share the names/numbers of the player that was substituted in the prior inning. Any infraction of the substitution rule follows the disciplinary rules already in the Knapp rules. Note that there can be more than one infraction in a single game, which could potentially result in a suspension
a) Collision plays are not permitted by either the offense or the defense. The base runner will automatically be called out if he/she deliberately (in judgment of the umpire) runs into a catcher or fielder holding or in the immediate act of fielding the ball. A base runner that performs a legal slide is not considered colliding in a deliberate manner. Players, whether sliding or running the base path, should always attempt to avoid collision for the safety of both players. Players violating this rule may be ejected from the game for un-sportsmanlike conduct. The catcher or other defensive player must be in possession of or in the immediate act of receiving the ball to block plate or obstruct the baseline. Player violating this rule may be ejected from the game for un-sportsmanlike conduct.
b) The base runner must make an effort to avoid a fielder in the immediate act of fielding the ball. Failure to do so, resulting in collision, the ball will be ruled dead. The lead runner (closest to Home) is out and no runners may advance except those forced to by the batter becoming a runner and achieving first base.
13. Safety, Conduct and Misc.
a) Any player warming up the pitcher, during a game or in practice must wear a catchers mask and helmet.
b) The Home team for each game shall provide a scorekeeper to keep the official scorebook. If the home team is unable to provide the official scorekeeper, then the visiting team shall designate the official scorekeeper. A second failure to provide the official scorekeeper will result in the forfeiture of the game. The official scorekeeper is responsible for recording runs, out, balls, strikes, hits, etc. The official scorekeeper is also responsible for recording the number of outs pitched by each pitcher, and when a pitching change is made, and recording the players from their team that sit out defensively each inning. It is the responsibility of the manager or coach to report every pitching change to the official scorekeeper, and the other teams manager, when the changes are made. In the event of any discrepancy, the umpire will have final say.
c) At the completion of the game, the official score card must be signed by the official scorekeepers or head coaches and the plate umpire. The plate umpire will deposit the official score card in the designated score card box. Official scores and inning pitched by each pitcher are to be included on the card.
d) The umpire will explain local ground rules to both managers/coaches before the game begins, in the Pre-game meeting at Home Plate.
e) Any person under the age of 18, serving as a base coach, must wear a helmet at all times while on the field of play.
14. Conduct of Participants and Spectators:
a) Any player guilty of un-sportsmanlike conduct will be removed from the game. Taunting and defamatory talk is considered un-sportsmanlike conduct.
b) Should a team display un-sportsmanlike behavior after appropriate warnings, they will forfeit the game.
c) The managers and coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators. Should their conduct become uncontrollable in the judgment of the game official, the game will be called and the offending team will forfeit the game.
d) Spectators, players, managers, coaches or other participants will not stand behind the backstop, and will be asked to move.
e) Derogatory or negative comments directed towards the other team or individual players and/or chanting in unison in a negative or abusive manner directed at an opposing player or team will be considered un-sportsmanlike conduct.
f) Any use of vulgar, defamatory, or foul language is grounds for ejection; a warning may be given, but is not necessary depending on the seriousness of the infraction.
g) Any actions, in the judgment of the umpire(s), that sets a poor or bad example to the players or shows severe inappropriate behavior is grounds for ejection from the game.
h) Un-sportsmanlike conduct of any type is grounds for ejection without warning.
i) Intentional and unintentional throwing or abuse of equipment is grounds for ejection of the player, manager, and coach in question. Warnings may be given but are not required. (“Equipment” is any item of equipment even if the offending player owns it.)
j) The Umpire may eject players, managers, coaches, or spectators for un-sportsmanlike actions before, during or after a game. Ejection means a one (1) game suspension, for the next game played by that team, (if ejection is after a game, the ejection would affect the next two (2) scheduled games for that team.) The Knapp Ranch Baseball Board may suspend individuals for longer periods of time, if the infraction warrants this action.
k) Arguing a judgment call with an umpire is prohibited and is grounds for ejection. You may discuss the call with the umpire in a manner as not to set a poor example to the players and spectators of both teams.
15. Season Playoffs
a) All pitching rules from regular season apply EXCEPT there is NO WEEKLY maximum number of outs that a pitcher may pitch. The twelve (12) outs per game rule still applies. Sunday is the first day of the week in regards to pitching.
b) If necessary there will be a tiebreaker in the league standings to determine the teams in the playoffs and their order. Fourth place ties are resolved first, then third place, second place, and first place.
Best record (wins, losses and ties) against each other.
Best overall record against other finalist teams.
Best record against first place team.
Best record against second place team.
Best record against third place team.
Best record against fourth place team.
c) The Mercy Rule will not be in effect during playoffs. The time limit will be in effect for all games but the Championship Game. There will be no time limit for the Championshi[ Game. If the game is tied at the end of the time limit, then one extra inning at a time will be played until the tie is broken. The Championship Games will have NO Mercy Rule, NO Time Limit and it will be played out. Home Team designation during Post season Tournaments will be determined by the team standings as of the end of the regular season. This will be the governing rule unless altered in writing by the Knapp Ranch Baseball rules committee and published prior to the start of the tournament.
16. Knapp All-Stars
a) The Knapp format for All Star player candidates will be as follows:
i) The candidates from each team will be decided by the votes of both the coach(s) and the players of the team.
ii) Each team will submit 4 All Star player candidates to the division representative.
iii) Each candidate must complete and turn in the All Star candidate paperwork.
b) The Knapp All Star player selection will be as follows:
i) A list of the All Star candidates will be disbursed to each coach within the division. The coach will vote for 10 of the player candidates, none of which can be a candidate from their own team. The All Star coach and the division rep will make the final selections for the All Star team.
ii) The All Star candidates will be notified with the results. (On a team or not).
iii) The format for All Star coach candidates will be as follows:
1) The division rep will present to the board a list of coach candidates at May’s board meeting. The board will make the final decision.
2) All head coaches will nominate 2 coaches other than themselves from among the HEAD coaches in their respective division. These nominations will be used as a guide only and are not a vote. The Knapp Ranch Board will make the final selections for Head Coach. Ability, sportsmanship, coaches nominations and ability to represent Knapp Ranch Baseball in a positive manner will all be used to determine the final choice for Head All-Star coach.
17. Duties of the Umpire
a) Each umpire is the representative of the league and is authorized and required to enforce all of the above-mentioned rules. Each umpire has the authority to order a player, coach, manager or team to refrain from doing anything that affects the administering of these rules and to enforce the prescribed penalties.
b) Each umpire has the authority to rule fairly on any point not specifically covered in these rules.
c) Each umpire has the authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or spectator for arguing any judgment calls, or for un-sportsmanlike conduct or vulgar language and to eject and disqualify such persons from the playing field and general area of the baseball diamond being used. If an umpire ejects a player while a play is in progress, the ejection will take effect at the end of the play. Time will be called and the ejection will then be enforced.
d) Each umpire has the authority to eject from the playing field any persons whose duties permit his presence on the field, such as grounds crew members, ushers, photographers, newspersons, broadcasting crew members, etc.
e) Any umpire’s decision, which involves judgment such as, but not limited to, strikes and balls, fair or foul, safe or outs is final. No player, manager, coach or spectator will argue a judgment call.
f) If there is reasonable doubt that any umpire’s decision on a specific rule, the manager may appeal the decision to the umpire that made the objectionable decision.
g) If a decision is appealed, the umpire that made the decision may, if asked confer with his partner for information before making a final decision. No umpire will criticize, or seek to reverse or interfere with another umpire’s decision unless asked to do so by the umpire making it.
h) Should a base runner not touch a base, and the umpire sees it, at the play’s end, he shall call time and call the runner out, no appeals.
18. Procedure for Protesting a Game
i) The Umpire must be notified that the game is being played under protest.
ii) Such protests must be announced by the manager/coach of the team protesting, to the Umpire and noted in the Official Score Book, prior to the next pitch. The Umpire must notify the opposing manager/coach. Such protest will affect that game only.
iii) The protest must be submitted in writing before 6p.m. of the next working day to the division representative. Please be concise and to the point in writing the protest, we cannot make any judgment on personal opinions. The protest committee can judge the facts on rules only. The coaches and umpires involved will be interviewed and a decision will be rendered. The decision of the protest committee will be final.
iv) Any team that fails to send a representative to the pre-season mandatory Rules Meeting will forfiet their right to file a protest.
19. Draft Rules
a) All players must be evaluated before being placed on a team. Every effort will be made to allow coaches to view make-up evaluations.
b) Players will be placed on teams through a draft system, which will be determined by the Parents of Knapp Ranch Baseball, and will utilize whatever method is deemed by the Parents of Knapp Ranch Board to provide the best balance and fairness to the entire league.
c) Players added after the draft must be taken from the waiting list and evaluated by the division representative. Only players that are evaluated at the same skill level will be used as a replacement player. In the event the space being filled is in lieu of a last round pick the fill in player must be rated at the same skill set as those in the last two rounds of the draft. Any player added after the draft is ineligible to pitch during that season.
d) All players are required to register for the appropriate division, based upon player age as of May 1 (Jan. 1 for Juniors) for the current year. For Spring Season applicants, age is based on the current Spring Season. For Fall Season applicants, age is based upon the following Spring Season.
o Exception: Players who have played two Spring Seasons in one division at Knapp Ranch Baseball, but are not yet old enough for the next division, may register for the next division up if desired. For example, players who have spent two years in Coach Pitch, but are not old enough for Minors, may register in Minors.
Requests to “play up” one division will be considered by the Board, based upon the following (except as permitted above):
· All requests to “play up” are at the discretion of the Board.
· Players shall be evaluated in both the age-appropriate division and older division.
· Players must rank in the top three rounds of the older division, to be eligible to be moved up.
· Moving up is subject to space availability, after all registered players whose ages fall within the division’s age range are accommodated.
· No player shall be allow to “play up” more than one age division.
Players may play down one division only if they have either physical and/or mental special needs. The executive board of The Parents of Knapp Ranch Baseball will review requests and determine their validity. Players who play down may not pitch in the lower division
e) The following protocols will be used to balance the draft order in the event that two coaches children are rated into the top rounds: