Southwest Florida Spring Fling
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Rules of the Game
The Game
The basic rules of baseball apply. Modifications to the rules are used in an effort to
001.0 The Length of the Game
001.1 The length of a game is 7 innings.
001.2 The game is official after five innings where weather or darkness is a factor.
001.3 Mercy Rule: An inning is over when the team batting scores six runs before the 3rd out
promote parity on the playing field and consider the wide range of player's ages.
is made. Note: The mercy rule is a "per inning" rule.
001.3a If a batter hits a home run (a ball hit over the wall or fence), his run and any runners
on base score even if it results with more than six runs scoring in the inning.
001.3b There are no limits to the amount of runs either team can score in the 7th inning.
002.0 The Rules of Baserunning
002.1 Prior to the start of a game, managers must announce to the opposing team if
substitute baserunners will be used.
002.1a After reaching base safely, the runner may request a substitute baserunner.
002.1b The last healthy out (not necessarily the last batted out) is designated as the
002.2 Any player 60 years of age or older, who has safely reached base, may request a
substitute baserunner. This request is voluntary and does not come from the bench.
002.3 A batter cannot be thrown out at first base by any fielder on a base hit to the
002.3a A substitute base runner is not allowed for the batter from home plate since the batter
cannot be thrown out at first base on a base hit.
outfield. An outfield base hit is determined by the judgement of the umpire.
substitute baserunner.