MSCR Youth Coach Pitch Rules

Players on each team will bat two times and play defense two times per game.  If time permits then teams will be allowed to continue playing (up to 45 minutes total in length.)  Each game MUST start and end on time, so coaches should write out their batting order before the game begins.

There are 12 positions on defense, including (6 Infield, and 6 Outfield).  If possible, players should have the opportunity to play both infield and outfield positions during the game.  There catcher position is NOT used in the MSCR youth baseball program.

All batters and base-runners MUST wear helmets on offense at all times in the field of play (Helmets are provided by MSCR).

Inning length is once around the batting order…so MSCR Coach Pitch leagues do not follow the Three Outs Rule.   More Information about the end of an inning is listed below under Last Batter of the Inning.

Every hit in Coach Pitch is a single, and after hitting the ball the player will run to first base.  Even if a fielder makes an out on the hitter at bat, the hitter will still run to first base and stay on first base regardless of the outcome of the play.

All base runners will advance only one base at a time after each hit by the batter.

An MSCR staff member will be the designated pitcher (or possibly a volunteer coach).  If the batter is unsuccessful after three swinging strikes, the ball will be placed on the batting tee for the batter to hit.  The batter will continue to be at bat until the ball is playable.  A playable ball is any ball hit in fair territory.  When used, the batting tee will be placed approximately one foot behind home plate.  

Throwing of the bat, as a completion of the swing, will result in one warning for each player per game.  The second violation will result in the ball being ruled dead and the batter being ruled out and not allowed to run the bases. (Coaches should stress the importance of not throwing the bat while completing the swing).

MSCR will not keep track of outs or scoring because there will be no standings.  This league is an Instructional league that is based on Participation by all players to improve general baseball skills.

Players cannot “steal bases” in Coach Pitch, and all base runners must wait to run until after the ball is hit.

To end a live play, the ball must be returned to the youth player at first base.  The youth player will then put the ball in to the bucket located near first base.  Any balls hit to the pitching area should be fielded by a youth pitcher, not the adult pitcher.  The youth pitcher should be in a stationed at the pitchers cone a few feet away from the adult pitcher.

The Last Batter of the Inning should be announced to both teams, as the last batter of the inning.  In order to end the inning once the ball is in play it must be thrown to the player at first base.  

The base length for this program is 60 feet.  And the pitcher’s plate is 35 feet from home plate.

Players should supply their own fielder’s glove, if possible.

The MSCR Supervisor will provide the following…balls, bats, tees, and helmets.

Every attempt will be made to play all games.  No rain dates have been scheduled.  If the dirt is too wet to play on, a field will be set up on the grass.  If it is raining at the start of the game, the decision to play the game will be made by the MSCR Site Supervisor, in consultation with the volunteer coaches.

MSCR’s Weather Line Number is (608) 204-3044 (Ext 2).