West Allegheny Baseball League

Instructional League Rules


  1. Visiting team has third base bench, and home team has first base bench.
  2. Field should be dragged (if necessary) and lined. Lines should be placed 45 ft. from first and second, second and third, and third and home. Bases will be at 60 ft.
  3. Visiting team should take the field for warm-ups from 6:00 to 6:15. Home team from 6:15 to 6:30.
  4. Home team brings two (2) NEW balls for the game. We will use the Wilson RIF 5 ball almost exclusively. When the coaches pitch, the RIF 5 baseball is always used.
  5. Selecting Umpires: Each team is responsible for providing an umpire for each game, both home and away. Please make an effort to determine your umpire before coming to the game. Both managers must agree upon selection of the umpires.
  6. Five minutes before game time, managers, coaches, and both umpires meet behind backstop to do the following:
    1. Go over the rules that are peculiar to our league.
    2. Be sure they know the rules on base running. I.e.; leaving the base early, halfway marks etc.
    3. Check outfield conditions and decide whether the ground rule double will apply.
    4. Decide which base each umpire will go to first, (See "umpireís duties")
  7. Home and Visitors must have a scorekeeper and they will confirm with each other at the end of each inning.
  8. The Instructional League will be called West Allegheny Baseball League.
  9. End of Year Tournament will be played. The Scheduler will insert single elimination tournament at the end of season before season starts. Tournament will be played at North Fayette Argenta Fields for the 2004 season. All league managers or coaches should be present for drawing of tournament bracket.
  10. MVP balls should be handed out for each team per each game. Balls will be handed out for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams

  11. League season will start on Monday April 26 thru June 18. End of year tournament will start on Thursday, June 24.

Special Rules

  1. Continuous batting order. Line-up will include all players dressed for the game whether or not players are scheduled to play in the field (defense) in that inning.
  2. Each player must play in the field (defense) for at least three (3) innings. Exceptions only apply if player is injured or ill.
  3. Notify the other team when substitutions are being made.
  4. Manager (or coach) of the offensive team pitches to the offensive team. The pitcher player of the defensive team must stand within five (5) feet of the coach pitcher. The pitcher is not permitted to stand in front of the coach pitcher.
  5. Batters receive only six (6) pitches. (Exceptions apply only on interference calls or a fouled sixth pitch. The player must swing at the sixth pitch.
  6. No sliding. For player safety, base sliding is not permitted. Penalty: 1st offense-umpire issues a team warning. 2nd offense Ėthe umpire calls the player out. Exception: If player slides to avoid a collision, it will not be considered an offense.
  7. Runners must stay on base until the ball is hit. Penalty: 1st offense Ėumpire issues a team warning. 2nd offense Ė the umpire calls out player.
  8. No "put out" plays at home plate. For player safety, a defensive player may not have the ball thrown to him in order to make a "put out" on a runner coming from third base. However, the player may receive a throw to home plate if bases are loaded and a "force out" situation exists. One special situation Ė If the bases are loaded and the ball is hit to the 3rd baseman and the 3rd baseman makes the play of stepping on 3rd base. The runner going home is awarded home. Pitcher is allowed to run home to tag out the runner.
  9. Ball is dead and play stops when:
    1. There is any overthrow to 1st or 3rd base by an infielder. An overthrow from an outfielder is a live ball until an infielder has clear possession in the infield.
    2. An infielder has possession of the ball in the dirt part of the infield with hand in air.
      1. After the infielders have made a play on balls hit within the infield. (Note: infielders are allowed to attempt to make a double play on balls hit in the infield.) See "umpireís duties" note.
    3. Itís thrown, batted, or kicked out of bounds.
    4. Itís lost in the outfield grass, player must signal umpire that ball is lost.
    5. Itís interfered with in any way.
  10. No throwing of the bat.
  11. First offense: Team Warning. Second offense: Batter is OUT! and play is dead.

  12. Infield fly rule does not apply.
  13. Bunting is not allowed.
  14. No deliberate colliding with another player. If a fielder is blocking the runnerís path (without having the ball, the runner is entitled to the base rather than pushing the defender away. However, if the fielder is making the play on the ball the runner must avoid the fielder. If the runner interferes with the fielder while making a play, the runner is out.
  15. If an unauthorized person (coach, pitcher, or umpire) touches the ball during play, an interference call is made and the play is taken over and all runners must return to their original base. This includes a batted ball hitting the offensive coach while on the pitcherís mound. If the coach pitcher interferes on the 6th pitch the player is awarded 2 additional pitches.

15. Each Association must split their roster as even as possible for 8 and 7 year olds. Each Association will setup own rules for drafting.

WABL has the right to make Association even out teams; if the rest of the league feels that team does not fit rule #15.

     Umpireís Duties

 Maintain order during the game. Umpires have complete control over field activities.

  1. First base umpire will:
    1. Keep track of how many pitches have been thrown and notify the batter when the last pitch is to be delivered. Clickers are most helpful.
    2. Make calls on first and second base.
    3. Watch the 45-ft. line between second and third base and also between third base and home plate; in order to decide if a runner is over the line when play is dead.
  1. Third base umpire will:
    1. Make calls at third base and home plate.
    2. Watch mid-marker line between first and second base; in order to decide if the runner is over the line when play is called dead.
    3. Make calls for throwing the bat.

Note: Umpire to call the play dead based on Special Rule #9.

3. Umpires can switch positions at the top of each inning, if they wish to do so.

  1. Umpires will call balls and strikes when the players pitch, switching after each full inning. The umpire will call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher.
  1. Umpires have the following rights:
    1. Eject any player, coach, manager, or spectator for using profane language, throwing objects on the field, or deliberate badgering.
    2. The right to stand firm on any judgment call. Call the play as you see it!
    3. The right to call the managers to the mound for a conference on a rule.
    4. The right to confer with the other umpire over a play not seen. However, if both umpires see a play differently, the one who is responsible for that particular base or line will have the final decision.

Note: The procedure for ejection will be as follows:

1.    First, warn the offenders that you have the right to eject them if they continue the offense.

If they continue ask them to leave the park under penalty of forfeiture.

2.    If the parent refuse to leave the park, the police will be summoned.


  1. If a team is unable to field at least eight (8) players for a scheduled game, that team manager must notify the other manager at least three (3) days before the game and reschedule ASAP.
  2. If a team manager wishes to reschedule for any other reason, he must still notify within three (3) days but it will be up to the other manager to grant or reject his request.
  3. Rainouts and darkness:
    1. At first sign of visible lightening or fast approaching storm, umpires and managers shall suspend play.
    2. If four (4) complete innings have been played (or home team is ahead after 3 Ĺ innings), it shall be a complete game not rescheduled or completed at a later date.
    3. Managers or umpires may temporarily suspend play due to inclement weather if it appears that play may be resumed within 30 minutes maximum.
  4. If one team shows up with only eight (8) players, they may play 8 against 10. The team with eight players will play without a catcher and only 3 outfielders. If one team shows up with only seven (7) or less players and no prior notice was given to the other team, the team with fewer players may lose by forfeiture. But game should still be played by asking players from other team to play for the other team
  5. Mandatory Substitution: If a team has a 15 (or more) run lead at the end of a full inning, that team must field at least two (2) players in the infield who normally play outfield positions. Will continue until the lead decreases to eight (8) runs.
  6. If a team scores 6 runs in an inning, the inning is over and the teams switch, except for the 6th inning and extra innings.
  7. Defensive team is to field ten (10) players. The positions are: pitcher, catcher, 1st, 2nd, 3rd bases, shortstop, left fielder, left-center, right-center, and right fielders. In NO case shall outfielders be positioned within an imaginary line 20 feet behind 1st and 2nd base and 2nd and 3rd bases.
  8. 1st, 2nd, 3rd basemen and shortstop may not stand any close to the batter than two (2) steps (approximately 4 feet in front of an imaginary line strung between 1st, 2nd base and 2nd and 3rd base) regardless of batterís hitting ability.
  9. Defensive pitcher must stand within 5 feet of the coach pitcher but never in front of him.
  10. In case of an injured batter, remove the batter from the line-up.

Pitching Rules 

  1. The total number of innings pitched by a pitcher will be two (2) innings. The third and fourth innings will be the designated innings for the players to pitch.
  2. The pitching distance for the players is 36 feet.
  3. After four (4) consecutive walks or six total walks, a new pitcher must be brought in. Games can get too long if you are waiting for a pitcher to throw strikes. If a pitcher is having problems throwing strikes, switch pitchers. Letís not let them get too frustrated, on both teams.
  4. Only two (2) hit batters per pitcher per game and then the pitcher must be removed as the pitcher. This rule can be waived if both managers agree.
  5. Any player on a team can pitch. A player is allowed a maximum of four innings pitched per week. There is a maximum of 1 inning per game per pitcher. One thrown pitch constitutes an inning pitched.
  6. The game is played in accordance with the league rules. The play is stopped when the umpire calls time.
  7. Both Managers will decide if they want to use the Bruni rule (balls and strikes).

League Fees

1. No League fees

2. All-Star Teams will be representative from each Association.

3. No splitting of concession stand money during regular season. The Scheduler will insert end of year tournament at the end of season, but before the

All-Star Season begins starts. (Type of tournament will based on how many teams play in The West Allegheny Baseball League, teams will pick seeding from hat)

rules from regular season will apply to end of year tournament. All league managers or coaches should be present for drawing of tournament bracket. The

association that hosts the end of year tournament will keep revenue and pay cost to run tournament. The host association will be responsible to man the concession

stand for the tournament.

Managers Responsibilities

1. Home team will be responsible to line field and place bases on field. (Managers will get a key or combo # to equipment shed and concession stand)

2. Home team is responsible to man concession stand. Suggestion, when handling out the schedule, also include a rotation schedule for the concession stand.

3. Home team will be responsible clean up field; place bases back into shed and too clean concession stand.

Board Members

1. Board member is chosen from own Association rules. Example: The Commissioner or at large member from North Fayette will be a member and have authority to make rules.

  1. Each year a Scheduler needs to be pick to schedule end of year tournament and set up schedule for regular season. Lastly, a Commissioner to help organize league affairs.


 These rules are as complete and accurate as possible. However, when situations arise that are not specifically covered by the Little League rules or our special rules, settle them within the spirit of these rules. If a dispute arises and a mutual agreement cannot be made, take the play over rather than argue. The whole intention of this league is to teach fundamental baseball, teamwork, and above all, good sportsmanship. The youngsters learn a great deal by watching our behavior. With these goals in mind, this will be an enjoyable and rewarding season.


Good luck to all.