The Farm Leage (Coach Pitch) is a non-competitive league. The purpose of the League is to introduce beginner players to hitting a pitched ball. The following baseball rules are unique to KCLL's Farm League games.
Games are 1 hour and 40 minutes. Play will stop at exactly 1 hour and 40 minutes - even if in the middle of an inning. Teams must exit the field as quickly as possible to allow the next game to promptly start.
Score, statistics and win/loss are not recorded.
Batting order will change each game with each player getting to bat earlier in the rotation each game
Each player will get a turn at bat each inning (bat the rotation)
When the last batter puts the ball in play, the defense must remain in the field until the batter scores or is out.
Each player will play at least two innings in a defensive infield position
No player can sit out more than one inning, unless the player asks to be "rested"
Bases distance will be 50'
Two coaches in addition to the pitching coach are allowed on the playing field on defense
Up to 10 players can play defense (e.g. 5 outfielders)
A coach will pitch to the batter from a kneeling position and a distance that is at the discretion of the coach
A coach will pitch 8 to 10 pitches to a batter. If the batter has not hit the ball in play after 10 pitches, the ball will be placed on a tee for the hitter to hit.
It is incumbent on the Coaches of both teams to keep the game "moving" by having their players ready to bat and/or field - we want as many turns at the plate as possible in the alloted game time
Bases are tight. No base stealing.
There are no umpires in this League. Outs will be called by the defensive Coach nearest the play.
Modified Kid Pitch
At the beginning of each game, the Managers will meet and determine if each team is ready for modified kid-pitch.
Both managers must agree to this format, if not then Coach pitch rules described above will be followed
If both managers agree, the following rules will be followed for the game
A pitcher will throw to a batter 4 pitches from a distance of 40'
There are no balks
If after 4 pitches, the batter has not put the ball in play, a coach will step in and throw 4 pitches from a kneeling position
After the 8th pitch, the ball will be placed on tee for the batter
On offense, each team will bat their lineup twice in rotation (that is, each player will get at least two turns at bat regardless of the number of outs)
After each player has batted at least twice, play will switch to "three outs" or the rotation, which ever comes first.