The New Providence Green League (Gold and Green B,C) are governed by the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth rulebooks. As a developmental baseball league, NPGL rules and regulations override the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth rulebooks in certain areas. In the absence of an NPGL rule, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth rules apply
Point System for Determining Division Winners:
The NPGL uses a “point system” for determining the regular season division winners for all age groups. This point system rewards playing games, not just winning. Teams will be awarded points as follows:
Win: 4 points
Tie: 2 points
Played loss: 1 point
The team with the most points at the end of the season will be named the regular season champions for their division. Tiebreakers will be determined by 1) Head-to-head play then 2) Point differential. The commissioner reserves the right to award forfeit points. “Single Game Elimination” games, where applicable, will be counted as regular season games.
General Rules - All age levels:
1. Unless otherwise agreed upon by both managers, game time is 6:00 p.m. The Home team shall have use of the field from 40 minutes before game time until 20 minutes before game time. The Visiting team shall have use of the field from 20 minutes before game time until game time. If a field has a limit on the length of the game, the home team manager must notify the visiting manager of the time limit during ground rules, prior to the game.
2. Teams may start games with a minimum of eight (8) players. If players arrive late they may be added at the end of the batting order. If a team’s batting order only contains eight players, an out shall be recorded each time the ninth place in the order comes to bat.
3. Forfeit time shall be 30 minutes after the scheduled game time unless otherwise specified in a rule matrix. If a team does not field the minimum number of players by that time (8) they forfeit the contest.
4. Batting Line-up & Extra Hitters: All uniformed players in attendance are required to be placed in the batting order (Roster Batting).
An injured uniformed player in attendance will not be required to bat unless the injured player enters the game into any position on the field, then that player must bat.
If a player is required to leave the game, his place in the batting order shall be skipped and no out shall be recorded, as long as at least nine (9) batters remain in the team’s batting order.
Roster batting requirement is mandatory. Example: Team A has 11 players, team B has 13 players. Team A is required to bat all 11. Team B is requiredto bat all 13. No exceptions.
5. Re-entry rule/Free Substitution
Free defensive substitution: Teams may make unlimited defensive substitutions (from their entire roster, not just the players in the batting order) except at pitcher. Once a pitcher is removed, he/she may not return as a pitcher (though he/she may play any other position).
Courtesy Runners: To speed the pace of play, a courtesy runner can be used for the Pitcher and/or Catcher of record in a game when there are 2 outs in the inning. The player having made the last batted out will be used for this courtesy. Should the last batted out player already be used, then the player in the order prior to the last batted out will be used.
A courtesy runner may be used for a player injured during the at-bat or inning in which they were injured. The player making the last batted out will be used for this courtesy as well.
6. Mercy Rule: NPGL uses a 12-run mercy rule after the losing team has at least completed its turn at bat in the 4th inning of a 6-inning game, or the 5th inning of a 7 inning game, or in any later inning in a regulation game.
7. Infield Fly Rule: The infield fly rule may be in effect at certain age levels, see the rules matrix for that level. There is no infield fly in 7U.
8. Slash hitting (fake bunt with a pull back and full swing) is strictly prohibited.
9. Pitching Rules: The New Providence Green League employs MLB Pitch Smart pitch-count limits. These are found on the website and/or as an addendum to these rules.
10. GOLD and GREEN Player rules:
Green League eligibility: In order for a player to be eligible to play in the Green League he or she must not be a member of a town's “All-Star”,” “A" or “tournament” team. For 14 year-olds, American Legion is considered to be an “A” team.
A team may use one (1) such player in a game in the event that the team has only 7 or 8 players from its official roster available. In this case, the "A" player cannot pitch and the team's coach must identify the player to the opponent before the start of the game. In the case of a town with only 1 traveling baseball team in the summer, this rule will be considered to have been waived at the time of their entry into the league.
In the case of a Green “B” player playing up for a Gold “A” team, the above rules are in effect. A Gold team can use such a player in a game in the event that the team has only 7 or 8 players from its own roster available. In this case, the "B" player cannot pitch and the team's coach must identify the players to the opponent before the start of the game.
Independent teams based in a town are not considered to be an “A” team for purposes of determining eligibility for the Green league, as long as that team does not enter district tournaments, Cal Ripken tournaments etc. Tournament teams are subject to review by the NPGL rules official to determine eligibility for Green League registration.
Some fields used by teams in NPGL do not conform to Cal Ripken/Little League specifications. For example: fields may be unlined, may have short fences or no fences, may have no mound or a mound of incorrect height, etc. All teams shall play on the field provided by the home team even if irregular field conditions exist, so long as the conditions do not create an unsafe playing environment.
A double first base bag (white in fair territory, orange in foul territory) is permitted but not required. If a double bag is used on the field, the entire base (white and orange) is considered “safe” for base runners.
On-deck batters may be permitted to prepare for their at bat in an enclosed on deck circle or designated other areas. PLEASE NOTE: Local rules will apply for facilities and safety. If a particular field, for safety reasons, does not allow an on-deck hitter to swing a bat then no on-deck swinging is allowed. Coaches are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all players and spectators when allowing an on deck batter to swing a bat.
13. Numbered uniforms, identical in color, are strongly encouraged but not required. Players who are not in uniform may nonetheless play in the game as long as they are on the official roster.
14. Catchers may wear regular fielder’s gloves.
Adults may coach both first and third base.
The use of a protective helmet for adult coaches is recommended.
Players or Base Coaches under 18 YO are required to wear a protective batting or coach helmet while on the field.
The league does not limit the number of coaches on a team.
Coaches may warm up pitchers and players between innings. Any player warming up a pitcher must wear a catcher’s mask or batting helmet.
Coaches may cross the foul line and go to the mound when visiting the pitcher, and may meet with players other than the pitcher and catcher during such visit. A pitcher must be replaced after any coach’s second visit in the same inning.
16. Local Rules: In many cases, participating towns have “local” rules which must be respected. An example of this is time-limit on the length of a game. This is common at fields with lights where the town is trying to play multiple games on a field and/or have a “lights-out” curfew. It is imperative that the home coach notify the opposing coach of any such local rules prior to the start of a game.
17. Lineup & Minimum Playing Time
For all age groups the league requires that that all players present be placed in the batting order (roster batting).
1. Metal Baseball spikes are prohibited.
2. No stealing of home.
3. In 9u, base runners may not take extra base when stealing (Green Only).
4. In 10u, base runners may take an extra base when stealing second but not when stealing third. (Green Only)
5. No balks will be called.
11u-12u Green (50/70)
2. Balks: After 1 warning per pitcher, balk will be called if pitcher stops delivery in mid-motion.
11u-12u Gold (50/70)
2. Balks: 1 warning per pitcher, per game. After 1 warning the balk penalty will be awarded at the umpire’s discretion.
1. Games will be seven innings in length.
2. Metal spikes are allowed in this league unless prohibited by the regulations of a specific town or field.
13u age group; 1 warning per pitcher, per game. After 1 warning the balk penalty will be awarded.
14u age groups; balk penalties are enforced without warning.
Please be aware the schedule is flexible. The coaches in our league have always been very accommodating and they understand the importance of playing games. There are plenty of days built into the season to reschedule games due to conflicts with inclement weather.
We strongly urge you to reschedule your games early to middle of the season in order to avoid missed games at the end of the season. We prefer all of the games to be played...
If your game is suspended and you must continue next day, you must use same players as previous day.
You may not add players to your roster.
“Playoff Mercy Rule” The NPGL mercy rule is STILL IN EFFECT for NPGL Playoff tournament games.
Mercy rule. The league uses a 12-run mercy rule after the losing team has at least completed its turn at bat in the 4th inning of a 6 inning game, or the 5th inning of a 7 inning game, or in any later inning in a regulation game.
REGULAR SEASON GAMES "Official Game”
Q: A REGULAR SEASON GAME is an official game when...
A: 4 innings have been completed of a 6 inning game, or 5 innings are completed of a 7 inning game.
PLAYOFF GAMES "Official Game”
Q: A PLAYOFF SEASON GAME is an official game when...
A: Playoff Games are considered an official game when all Play by dates have been exhausted. Playoff games are scheduled on a Play Date and a Play by Date that usually spans 3 days. If a game has not been completed, the teams must continue playing unti the last Play By date has expired, then 4 innings have been completed of a 6 inning game, or 5 innings are completed of a 7 inning game.
Q: “Who pays the umpire fee during playoffs?”
A: Teams split the fee
8u Green League "TAGGING UP" Rule
Eight “U” players (8u) are not allowed to tag up from any base. “There is no tagging up from any base on a ball hit in the air.”
The key at this age is to develop outfielders that can make basic plays. Catching a fly ball for an 8 year old is difficult enough, now we are asking them to hit a cutoff man and make a play at home. Once again, we want to stress development of the players.
Having players tag up will only promote higher scoring and balls being thrown around the infield. The main objective is for the outfielder to catch the ball and have the infielders go out for the cutoff and get it back to the pitcher. If we can accomplish that; the days of throwing out a runner tagging up is right around the corner. This is only a rule for 8u baseball.
2018 8u-10u GREEN ONLY