Most high school baseball games are scheduled for 7 innings, but in the event one team is up by ten runs or more after 5 innings, the team that is ahead is declared the winner. This format follows the tradition of the ten-run rule taking effect two innings prior to the end of a regulation ball game.
The mercy rule is a provision in the rules that terminates a game early if one of the two teams has taken a substantial lead, considered to be insurmountable, after a minimum number of innings have been played.
The Mercy Rule in USSSA Baseball
In a six-inning game, there is a 15-run rule after three innings. There is also an 8-run rule after four innings. If you are playing a seven-inning game, there are three run differential options – 15 runs after three, 12 runs after four, or 8 runs after five.
The WCAL does use a 10 Run Rule for JV and Freshman games. JV and Freshman games are limited to 9 innings. D Equipment 1. All equipment must adhere to National Federation (NFHS) Standards and Rules.
FORCE-PLAY SLIDE RULE
Runners are never required to slide, but if a runner elects to slide at any base, it must be legal. A legal slide can either be feet first or head first. If a runner slides feet first, at least one leg and buttock shall be on the ground.
However, in high school baseball, you are not allowed to run over the catcher. The catcher stands there in front of the runner blocking the bag. The runner’s only option is to go around the catcher. A collision with the catcher is an automatic out.
RUN RULE: If at the end of three (3) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: four innings], two and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: three and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of fifteen (15) runs or more, the manager of the team …
SECTION 79. By conference rule, or mutual consent of both coaches before the contest, a game may be stopped only after seven innings if one team is ahead by at least 10 runs. Each team must play an equal number of innings unless shortened because the home team needs none or only part of its half of the final inning.
In the MLB, a game will end early due to weather if one team is ahead after 5 innings (or 15 outs) have been completed by each team. Whoever has the most runs after those 15 outs will be declared the winner.
History of the rule
If the player was placed on outright waivers during the subsequent season and went unclaimed, he would be offered back to his previous team for $25,000. The 2021 Rule 5 Draft was canceled when the 2022-26 CBA was agreed to. Read a complete history of the Rule 5 Draft here.
The ball became dead upon touching the batter and no runners may advance unless forced by the batter’s award.
Although the intensity of the JV team may vary from place to place, most junior varsity teams consist of players who are in their freshman and sophomore years in school, though occasionally upperclassmen may play on JV teams. For this reason, junior varsity teams are also often called freshman/sophomore teams.
An unearned run is any run that scored because of an error or a passed ball. Oftentimes, it is the judgment of the official scorer as to whether a specific run would’ve scored without the defensive mishap. The purpose of the unearned run is to distinguish which runs a pitcher is at fault for allowing.
NFHS rules are specific and very clear – runners are never required to slide. However, if they choose to slide then the slide must be legal. A player can legally slide either feet first or head first. If a player chooses feet first, then at least one leg and buttock shall stay in contact with the ground.
How do I spot obstruction? - Fielders without the ball often stand on a base or in the base path. Doing so does not make them guilty of obstruction. They’re not obstructing unless a runner’s advance or path is altered.
In all rule sets (NFHS, NCAA, pro), there is no requirement for players to slide. If a player slides, however, it must be a legal slide. On the double play at second base, the runner must either peel off away from the base to not interfere with the throw or slide legally.
Runners are never required to slide, but if a runner elects to slide, the slide must be legal. (2-32-1, 2) Jumping, hurdling, and leaping are all legal attempts to avoid a fielder as long as the fielder is lying on the ground. Diving over a fielder is illegal.
Definition. The baserunner is not allowed to deviate from his direct path to initiate contact with the catcher (or any player covering the plate). Runners are considered to be in violation of this rule if they collide with the catcher in cases where a slide could have been used to avoid the collision.
a. When a runner is called out for crashing into a fielder holding the ball, the ball becomes dead. Each runner must return to the last base touched at the time of interference.
Sometimes the other team will take offense to a batter that swings at a pitch with a 3-0 count in certain situations. Generally, the unwritten rule about the 3-0 count states that batters should not swing on a 3-0 pitch when it is late in the game and the batter’s team is up by several runs.
4-2-2 The game ends when the team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the seventh inning, or any inning thereafter if extra innings are necessary. If the home team scores a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, or in any extra inning, the game is terminated at that point.
There is a 8-goal mercy rule; if you are down by 5 goals at the start of the second half the game will end. If at any point in the second half you go down 8 goals you will continue to play out the game. 5.
Overrunning first base - When running to first base, a player can overrun first base and still be safe. They must not make an attempt to run to second. Once they make the attempt to run to second, they can be tagged upon returning to first base.