NOVICE 2019 REGULATIONS (UPDATED July 16, 2021)
The following rules are taken in their entirety from the Baseball Quebec (AtomeB) management regulations but include certain modifications. Apart from these rules, those of Baseball Quebec will apply.
The 2021 regulations are subject to change during the season following a consensus between the
coaches and the Suroît.
The Suroît Novice League is a participation baseball league and primarily advocates the
development of young people, fair play, as much parity as possible between the different
teams and equal opportunities for all its participants. All league regulations
will be based on this statement.
2. CANCELLATION IN CASE OF RAIN
The home team coach is responsible for contacting the team coach
visitor when a game is canceled due to rain. Cancellation must be done at
maximum 1h30 before the scheduled time of the game. If bad weather conditions
start during the game, the decision to cancel the game is up to the coaches. Any
restart of game will not take place.
No referee and scorer will be present at the matches. It’s up to the coaches of both
teams to ensure the smooth running of the game and the safety of the players.
4. NUMBER OF PLAYERS
A minimum of 4 players is required for a game. If a team does not present the number
minimum number of players, the players present from the 2 teams can be mixed to play a
friendly game despite everything.
5. DURATION OF A GAME
The games have no maximum rounds. However, no round will start
after 60 minutes from the scheduled time on the match start time unless agreed between the
coaches. Any round that has started must be played in its entirety, with no time limit.
6. GROUND AND EQUIPMENT
◦ The distance between home plate and the ball launcher is 44 feet or 13.41 meters
◦ The distance between the goals is 60 feet
◦ A radius of 10 feet from the back point of the plate and which joins the 2 lines of
foul ball must be traced. A batted ball from the pitching machine or t-ball that
comes to rest or is touched in that territory is considered a foul ball.
◦ A circle 18 feet or 5.56 meters in diameter should be drawn to identify the
pitcher’s mound, where the ball launcher will be located.
◦ The speed of the ball launcher should be between 30 and 32 MPH and can be adjusted at any time
◦ When a batted ball hits the ball thrower, the ball is declared dead and the ball is awarded
first base to the batter. The runners advance so forced
7. DEFENSIVE POSITION
◦ A minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 9 must be on defense. One
maximum of 6 players in the infield. Additional players must meet
in vault position, behind the goals but not necessarily with the feet in the
area delimited as “the outer field”
◦ No infielder may position himself in front of the imaginary line crossing the
◦ The throwers must wear a protective helmet with 2 ears, and stand at the end of the
rear of the circle delimiting the mound.
8. ROTATION OF DEFENSIVE POSITIONS
Players must not find themselves in the same position a second time before everyone else
players did not occupy it. A player must not spend 2 consecutive innings in the field
9. EN OFFENSIVE
◦ An offensive half-inning ends when all batters have presented themselves to the
◦ If 3 outs are made before all the batters come to strike, the batters
continue to come to bat.
◦ Each batter will be allowed 4 pitches from the ball thrower.
◦ If he has not hit after these 4 pitches, the batter will be entitled to the T-ball to complete his
batting tower. No player is out on 3 strikes. The batter therefore remains at bat
on the T-ball until it hits a ball in play.
◦ On the 4th pitch (and following) from the pitching machine, if the batter hits a false
ball, he is entitled to continue throwing from the ball launcher.
◦ Any batted ball from the ball thrower can only result in a double.
◦ Any ball hit on the T-Ball cannot result in more than a single.
◦ If the batter is hit, this pitch is not counted and the player receives a pitch
◦ The so-called “erratic” throws are not counted.
10. END OF THE GAME AFTER A STRIKE
◦ When a slap is struck, play ends when a fielder has attempted or made
◦ The withdrawn runners remain on base and continue to play.
◦ In all cases of an error committed by the defense or a ball out of bounds, it will not be
allowed to advance the runners.
◦ The ball thrower must be operated by a coach of the offensive team. Another
offensive team coach may be at home plate to assist hitters.
◦ The presence of 2 coaches of the defensive team is authorized on the field, these
the last being placed behind the infield players.
◦ If coaches are unintentionally struck by a batted ball or thrown ball, the ball
remains in the game.
◦ At all times, a coach or a parent must be present at the bench of the offensive team.
He makes sure to send the next hitter into the waiting circle and manages safety.
on the bench.
◦ An offensive half-inning ends when all hitters have come to bat.
◦ No points are counted
• The ball used must be 8 1⁄2 inches in circumference (BB85 Louiseville or Rawling
R850). No gymnasium balls or 9 inches in circumference are accepted.
• No goal stealing is allowed.
• No runner may leave his base until the ball has been hit. If there is
offense, the ball is dead and the runner is returned to base.
• At no time can the coach change his batting order except:
◦ If a player arrives late, his name will be listed on the bottom row of the
◦ If a player has to quit, their name will be removed from the list.
• Defensive changes are between innings only.
• The indoor candle rule does not apply.
• No hit is allowed. If there is an infraction, the ball is dead and the pitch is
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