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8th Grade Cadets


National Federation of State High School Association and W.I.A.A. rules will apply, with the following exceptions: 

1. This league will consist of current 8th grade players (current school year). 
2. WIAA & National Federation Rules apply. Bats cannot be greater than -3 drop and MUST be 2 5/8” barrel and BBCOR stamped. Wood bats are legal, diameter at thickest part of 2 ¾” or less. Wood composite with a BBCOR are LEGAL.  
3. Distances for bases and pitching rubber consistent with those distances used at all high school diamonds. 
4. Metal Spikes are allowed in the 8th Grade level. 
5. Games are 7 innings 


1. Any team that does not have a representative present for each team at the league-scheduling meeting will not be included in the league schedule for that season. 
2. Each team must allow 15 minutes of infield warm-up on game field before each games, as long as the visiting team is at the field 30 minutes prior to game time. No game will be delayed because visiting team did not arrive at least 30 minutes prior to game time. Penalty for not allowing infield warm-up for visiting team = Home team forfeits. 
3. Both coaches are required to participate in a Pre-Game Meeting with both umpires to review LBL rules, give umps line-up cards, etc. Don’t assume that all umps know our LBL rules, have a copy available. 
4. ALL catchers are required to wear a cup. 
5. Face shields are allowed, but must be clear. 
6. There will be no DH. However, and A.H. (additional hitter) is an option that can be used by teams. Additional Hitter rule can be used in the entire program. A team may insert an Additional Hitter into its line-up. The batting order must remain constant; however, any nine of the ten players can take a defensive position throughout the game. It is not mandatory that a team use an A.H. but failure to declare such a hitter prior to the game precludes the use of an A.H. in that game. 
7. Players are allowed to move up one time (game) during the season and move back down, but this move must first be approved by the Commissioner before game time. This move can only take place to prevent a forfeit! If a player moves up for more than one game, that player must remain on the older team for the remainder of the season. 
8. Unless lights are used, games shall not be scheduled to start later than 6:00 PM. 
9. If a game is called due to lack of daylight, it is considered a suspended game and must be finished, starting exactly where it waswhen called (inning, line-up, score, etc). Both teams are responsible to make sure suspended games are rescheduled and finished. Rain out games will be official games per WIAA and National Federation rules. 
10. WIAA 10 run rule will apply to all leagues after 5 innings (4 ½ if the home team is ahead by 10 runs – does not have to be equal “at bats"). Sudden death rule applies. 
11. Re-scheduling postponed games shall be the responsibility of the home team. Both teams must mutually agree to re-scheduling postponed games before the end of the Regular Season Game Schedule. All rescheduled games must completed by the end of the Rain Make-up Week or the Saturday before Playoff scheduling (no exceptions!). If an agreement is not reached, the league officers must be notified immediately, and they will reschedule the game. 
12. In all rainouts, the visiting team must be notified as soon as possible (2 hour notice if possible). 
13. Umpires: Minimum ages for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Cadet Umpires are 16 years old. 8th Grade Cadet Umpire is 17 years old. Every effort should be made to have at least one (1) WIAA umpire for each game if possible. 
14. Baseballs MUST be supplied by the Lakeshore Baseball League. 
15. Coach Ejection: If a coach is ejected from a game, the coach must leave the park and serve a 1-game suspension for the following game, just like a player ejection. If an Assistant Coach is not present to continue the game, the game will end in a forfeit. 
16. Player Ejection: Player ejections MUST be reported in the space provided on “Report Scores” form on the website Penalty for ALL PLAYER EJECTIONS is to serve a 1-game suspension for the following game . 
17. Fan Ejection: Coaches are reminded to tell their umpires that they have the ability to eject a disruptive fan. Sufficient verbal warning should be given before the ejection takes place. No umpire or coach should physically deal with a disruptive fan. If necessary, Police can be called. 
18. Both teams are required to report scores, innings pitched, and ejections (both player and coach 
19. No artificial mounds. 
20. Problems with field conditions MUST be resolved BEFORE the game starts. Once the game is played, you cannot protest the outcome due to field conditions. 
21. Tie breaking system for LBL Playoffs are as follows: 
#1 Head to Head 
#2 Runs scored head to head 
#3 Runs allowed in league play 
#4 Runs scored in league play 
#5 Determination by Commissioner 

The starting nine defensive players will be designated “players” and any player taking the place of a starter will be designated a “substitute.”  A “starter” may be removed from a game and re-enter once.  He must return to the same spot in the batting order, but may field different positions.  A “substitute” may NOT re-enter the game once he has been removed.
COURTESY RUNNER(taken directly from WIAAWI.ORG)
  1. The team at bat may use courtesy runners for the pitcher and the catcher at any time.  The same runner may not be used for both positions. Neither the pitcher not the catcher will be required to leave the game under such circumstances.
  2. Players who have participated in the game in any other capacity are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners.
  3. A player may not run as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or the catcher and then be used as a runner or batter for another player in that half inning.  Penalty for illegal substitution, such substitute shall be ejected.



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Pitching Restrictions

The pitch count is based on the number of pitches thrown to batters during the batter’s time at bat. Warm up pitches allowed before the game, in between innings or allowed by the umpire in case of injury or game delay do not count.  Pitches are counted and when the number of pitches reaches a certain level, the pitcher must take of the required days of rest. The maximum number of pitches is (see Chart). 

When the pitcher reaches SEE Chart pitches, he may not pitch to another batter. He may only finish pitching to the current batter. The pitching rule applies even though a game is called (ended) by the umpire because of darkness, rain or some other factor before it has become an official game. At the pregame meeting, coaches should have a copy of their pitch count log for any questions about pitcher status. Each team will designate a pitch count person for their team. It is recommended (but not mandatory) that a responsible individual be a separate pitch recorder who will also record pitch counts from an area behind home plate. At the end of each complete inning, coaches (and pitch count recorder if present) will meet at a location, designated by the team host and/or umpire to review pitch counts.  If there is a difference, the coaches must resolve the difference before beginning the next inning. If the counts differ, the following will be used to determine the pitch count:

  • If a pitch count recorder is present and two of three agree, the majority will be considered official.
  • If a pitch count recorder is present and none of the three agree, the pitch count recorder will be considered official.

If a pitch count recorder is not present, the home counter will be considered official. At the conclusion of the game, both head coaches and pitch counter if present will sign the pitch count chart. All baseball teams at all levels will maintain a pitch count log for all pitchers during the school baseball season (regular and Playoffs tournament).  It is not the responsibility of game officials to enforce the pitch count rule. Schools must report violation to the WIAA office following competition. Violations are considered in the same manner as a school using an ineligible student.

The minimum penalty for such violations is forfeiture of the game.

NFHS Adds Pitch Count Restrictions

High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game. 

(Note:  The WIAA Board of Control passed a pitch count for baseball in June.  Click HERE.)

The revised pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 was one of six rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Each NFHS member state association will be required to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during a game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.

“We’re pleased that the rules committee worked in conjunction with the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to find an acceptable and reasonable modification to this rule in order to emphasis the risk that occurs when pitchers overuse their throwing arm,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball.

The Baseball Rules Committee also revised Rule 2-32-2 regarding sliding into home plate. The revised language states: “At home plate, it is permissible for the slider’s momentum to carry him through the plate in the baseline extended.” The committee altered this rule since the physical design of home plate makes it difficult for a runner to break momentum on a slide – as opposed to the other three elevated bases which are elevated.  

The committee also revised Rule 3-3-1, which states the umpire has the ability to give three warnings to a coach or player before he or she is removed from the game.

“Officials now have the opportunity to provide a tiered warning system for coaches or players,” Hopkins said. “It provides the coaches or players with a teachable moment to change their unsportsmanlike behavior in order to stay in the game.”

A new article 6 was added to Rule 8-3 to provide a rules reference for an existing ruling in the Baseball Case Book. The new article reads: “When a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pickoff play, if an out is not made at the end of the catcher’s initial throw, the ball shall be dead and all runners shall return to the bases occupied at the time of the interference.”

The rules committee also approved an addition to Rule 8-4-2, which states that any runner is out when he is physically assisted by a coach. This rule change supports a revision in Rule 3-2-2 Penalty, which states that the runner shall be called out immediately when he is physically assisted by a coach.

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Baseball.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 486,567 boys participating in baseball at 15,899 schools across the country, and 1,203 girls playing the sport in 260 schools.

Rule Changes:

2-32-2c: Clarified when a base runner can slide through home plate in a straight line.

3-2-2 PEN: Clarified when a coach-assisted runner is declared out.

3-3-1 PEN: Developed a three-step process when administering disciplinary action to a player(s) or coach(es) for inappropriate behavior on the bench and in the field.

6-1-6: Clarified that the pitching restriction is based on number of pitches thrown.

8-3-6: Clarified when an umpire hinders the actions of the catcher in a defensive attempt and how baserunning awards are administered.

8-4-2s: A companion rule to support the above-mentioned 3-2-2 PEN modification regarding coaches’ and players’ conduct.

Points of Emphasis

1. Correct use of authenticated marked baseballs
2. Umpires asking assistance from partner on call
3. Positioning of team personnel
4. Legal slides

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