2017 Coaching Guidelines
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Coaches Code of Conduct
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Be respectful of our
umpires and young people who are may be umpiring the games. Discuss
any disagreements calmly with the umpire and other coach. The umpire
need only restate their decision one time and it becomes
responsible for their fans. Explain the rules to the players and
parents so that everyone is properly informed. No
un-sportsman like behavior will be tolerated. The person(s)
involved will be brought before the baseball board and could be
removed from the HFG baseball program. No exceptions.
Managers and coaches shall be permitted to warm up pitchers
between innings and prior to the start of the game. Warm up of
pitchers and catchers during the game shall be in an area behind
the fence sheltered from foul balls. Coaches will equally share
the field for pre-game warm up. Players under the age of 16 must
wear face mask when warming up a pitcher.
When not in the field or at bat, players should remain on the
team bench at all times.
All players must be in the batting order and wear a batting
helmet. Managers may rotate and substitute freely (excluding the
pitcher) in the field, but the batting order shall remain
unchanged. Players who arrive after the game has begun must be
placed at the bottom of the batting order.
In postseason, batting out of order will be an automatic
players taken out of the line-up for an illness, injury or
personal matter will not be an out when it’s their turn to bat.
However, if the player is ejected and misses a turn at bat, it
will be counted as an out for the next at bat ONLY. Any
additional innings that the batter misses will be skipped over
and not counted as an out.
Each team will be responsible for fielding two base coaches
during the game.
Base coaches must stay 3 feet away from the field and within 6
feet of the base during play. Coaches may not touch or assist a
player while that specific play is in progress.
number of players
(From the 9-10 Age group and older) To begin a game, a team must
have a minimum of 8 players. Players arriving after the umpire
has started the game may take the field immediately and must be
added to the bottom of the batting order. Each team must finish
the game with at least 8 players. In postseason, a team that
does not finish the game with 8 players must forfeit the game.
To be eligible for post-season play a scorebook must be kept by
all managers similar to that outlined within the Official Rule
Book of the Cal Ripken Division.
Player’s names will be recorded by using last names in the
Intentional walks are not permitted.
Knowingly pitching around a hitter will not be permitted up
through the 11-12 age group. No coach or assistant coach will
advise or encourage a pitcher to pitch around a hitter and if
found violating this rule will be subject to board level
Please refer to specific age groups for additional pitching
Starting time for games played during the week shall be 6:00 PM
with a forfeit time of 6:15 PM. Starting times for games played
on Saturday will vary by age group. The age group schedule will
determine the start time, with a forfeit time being fifteen
minutes after the start time.
No inning shall start after 8:00 PM during the weekday games
official game length
games shall be scheduled for 6 innings or a 2-hour maximum, See
age group for specific rules on official games.
an effort to play the maximum number of innings, the umpire may
invoke all or any of the following SPEED-UP rules:
With two outs, a pinch runner can be used at the coach’s
discretion for the catcher of record or next inning. The
player(s) making the last out(s) will be substituted as the
/ schedule changes
Changes to the schedule after the start of the season can only
be made with the approval of the Age Group Commissioner.
Rainouts or postponements are not automatically rescheduled.
Managers wanting to make up rainouts or postponements must
contact their age group commissioner. The Age Group Commissioner
will coordinate with the field scheduler and the managers will
be notified of a make up date.
Rain-outs or postponements for weather conditions
or field conditions can only be made by the Umpire, age group
commissioner, or either manager of the teams present at the
field. The safety of the players is the primary consideration.
Both managers must agree that conditions are safe to play. If
one manager deems the field unsafe, then the game shall not be
played, and that manager shall be responsible for calling the
age group commissioner to report the cancellation. Due to the
heavy field schedule, there is no guarantee that canceled games
will be made up.
abuse or misuse of equipment (i.e.: throwing the bat), including
the deliberate throwing of the same, by any player or coach
shall result in a team warning. Any subsequent violation shall
result in the offender being immediately ejected from the game
and an out assigned to that batter the next time at Bat.
MANAGERS and COACHES
All Managers must read and sign a Coaches Code of Conduct
Form prior to the start of the season.
Managers and coaches are expected to behave properly and exhibit
sportsmanship. For 9-10 and older, Managers and coaches
are not permitted on the field to discuss a judgment call by the
umpire. With two umpires, one umpire may discuss the
call with the other umpire to make a final ruling. At that point
discussion will cease and the game will continue. Managers,
coaches and parents will not argue ball and strike calls and
will not make comments such as pre-calling a pitch or out/safe.
If there is a concern about a rule interpretation a manager may
address the umpires between innings with the other manager
present. Only the manager is to address an umpire. Coaches and
parents are not to direct any comments toward the umpires.
Managers, coaches and parents are subject to suspension if these
rules are not followed. Anyone ejected from a game will be
suspended for the following game as well.
While in the bench area or on the bases, players may cheer for
their teammates. Common team chants are acceptable and should be
positive in nature. Shouting or yelling specifically to distract
a player on the other team will not be permitted. After warning
has been issued to the player, coach, or fan, the umpire may use
his discretion to eject the warned party.
following shall result in immediate ejection by the umpire:
Foul or abusive language by a player, coach, manager or
Deliberate intentional physical contact with an umpire by a
player, coach, manager, or spectator.
Ejections are not only for the current game but also for 1
additional game (regular or tournament). Ejection is defined as
the offending person(s) must leave the field area or their team
will be subject to forfeit of the game. The Umpire will be
given sole discretion for making the ejection decision. If a
player is ejected, his position in the batting order will count
as an "out" for the next time up only. The ejected player will
not be placed in the batting order for the next game. A hearing
with the League Director and a board member will be required.
Players, coaches or managers who have been ejected for the first
time during the season will be contacted by a board member to
discuss the ejection and the consequences should another
ejection occur. Those ejected for a second time during the
season (regular and tournament) shall be suspended for the
remainder of the season, and may not play or coach again in
Hickory Fountain Green Baseball Program unless a request to do
so is approved by the Hickory Fountain Green Baseball board
Sale Or Use Of Tobacco
The Board of Education of Harford County has established a
Tobacco-Free School Environment Policy (06.01.006). The sale or
use of tobacco of any form is prohibited in school buildings, on
school grounds, in all school system vehicles, and in all school
buses (whether owned by the school system or contracted or
leased) every day, 24 hours a day of the entire calendar year.
Organizations using school property which do not enforce and/or
comply with this policy may be subject to revocation of their
opportunity to use of said property. Smoking is strictly
prohibited on school grounds.
As of January 1, 2012, smoking is no longer permitted on any
Harford County property including Hickory Park and Prospect Mill
There are no protests.