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2023 JUNIOR LEAGUE

Wooden Bats Only – bats will be provided

Games for players age 13-15 will be played on Lanman Field at the Seaton Complex

Middle School Distances: 54′ Pitching (no metal cleats allowed)  |  80′ bases  |  250′ fences

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Junior League Rules

THE GAME

  1. Game 1 starts promptly at 5:30PM. Game 2 starts promptly at 7:30PM (or 10-minutes after the completion of Game 1 if running late).
  2. Home team will be last on the schedule.
  3. An official scorebook will be kept at all times by the Home team who will occupy the first base dugout (a team playing a DH will remain in their Game 1 dugout).
  4. A coach may restrict a player’s game time for repeated unexcused absences from games or practices, or, for more severe disciplinary cases. However, such restrictions must be reported to the Baseball Association prior to the start of the game. Please try to avoid this situation whenever possible.
  5. In the event of the manager’s resignation or termination at any time during the season, the board will appoint a new manager.
  6. NO TRADES: with the exception of conflict between coach and parent, or between coach and player. All moves must be approved by the board.
  7. Pitching distance Junior League: 54”; Bases: 80’ (middle school distances).
  8. A re-draft will occur each new season.
  9. Games are 7 innings with the following exceptions: 8-run rule is in effect after 5 ½ innings with the home team ahead, or after 6 innings with the visitors ahead; 10-run rule is in effect after 4 ½ innings with the home team ahead, or after 5 innings with the visitors ahead; 12-run rule in effect after 3 ½ innings with the home team ahead, or after 4 innings with the visitors ahead.
  10. A 1-hour 45-minute time limit will be in effect for all league games. No new inning shall begin AFTER the 1-hour 45-minute limit, but a new inning can begin at any point BEFORE the 1-hour 45-minute limit is reached. A new inning begins immediately, when the third out is made in the prior inning. For tied games after 7-innings or the 1-hour 45-minute time limit, the International Tiebreaker (ITB) / Major League Baseball (MLB) version will be utilized. At the start of each new inning a runner is placed on second base with the intent of accelerating opportunities to score and bringing the game to a speedier conclusion. The runner is the last batter to make an out in the previous inning. The inning will start with -0- outs and a 0-0 count on the batter.
  11. All players must bat and play the field at least 1 full inning in all 7-inning games.
  12. Pitch count rules in effect.
  13. Balks will be called with one warning given.  A called balk is a dead ball.
  14. Offensive Interference is prohibited.  Offensive interference is any action by an offensive player that impedes or interferes with a defensive player making a play.  This does not require contact and can include verbal interference.
  15. Defensive Interference is prohibited.  Defensive interference is any action by a defensive player without possession of the ball, and not fielding the ball, that impedes an advancing offensive player.
  16. Free substitution will be allowed in the field only (Defensive).
  17. If an offensive player is injured, his substitute must come from the bench players who have not been in the batting order. If there are none available, then the opposing coach will select the substitute.
  18. No designated hitter allowed
  19. Extra Hitter (EH) WILL be utilized in the batting order, even if the other team does not have 10 players available. The rule is intended to get more players in the game.
  20. Manager has the option of choosing assistant coaches and scorekeeper.  If a base coach is a minor, that base coach must wear a protective batting helmet.
  21. There is NO required slide rule. The appropriate rule in effect is the CONTACT RULE: If a runner attempting to reach any base (including home plate) intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player in the area of that base, he will be called out on the play and ejected from the game. The objective of this is to penalize the offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner for the obvious purpose of crashing the defensive player, rather than trying to reach a base. Obviously, this is an umpire’s judgment call.
  22. If a player, parent, or coach is ejected from a game they must sit out the next contest played in accordance with IHSA regulations as adopted by the CBA. Ejected players are allowed to sit on the bench. Ejected coaches or parents must leave the premises until the game is over.
  23. Courtesy runner may be used for the catcher only. The courtesy runner must be the last batted out.
  24. Only 1 manager and 2 assistant coaches and 1 scorekeeper will be allowed in the dugout.
  25. Game 1 teams must be warmed up and have infield practice taken by 5:25 PM. Each team will be given 10 minutes for infield practice; home team has the field first and must be completed by 5:15 PM. Game 2 teams must warm up in the area outside of the diamond and be ready to start play 10 minutes after the first game ends. Game 2 teams will only be allowed infield practice if time permits.
  26. No games will start when a team has less than 6 players; a 10-minute waiting period will be granted for players to arrive. Any team not having the minimum 6 players shall forfeit. If both coaches are in agreement, a practice game may proceed with one team having less than 6 players
  27. If a team starts play with only 6 to 8 players and other players show up late, they may enter the game after notifying the umpire and the scorekeeper. They will be placed at the bottom of the batting order.

TEAM PLAYER STATUS

  1. 12-year old “swing-option players” are eligible to play in both Major League and Junior League, simultaneously.
  2. Players will be assigned to teams in a manner approved by the board

UNIFORMS

  1. Basketball shoes, tennis shoes, and rubber cleated shoes are allowed. Metal cleats are permitted, but not by pitchers using the portable mound. A person may not play without shoes, in open-toed shoes, or in street clothes.
  2. All teams MUST wear the sponsor provided uniform shirt and hat. Players should wear baseball pants.

EQUIPMENT

  1. WOODEN BATS ONLY. Bats and balls shall be supplied by the Rec Department, also chest protectors, masks, and shin guards, throat protectors, helmets, and equipment. Players may provide their own equipment.
  2. All catchers must wear shin guards, chest protector, and mask with throat protector, protective cup, and helmet. Any player warming up a pitcher between innings must wear a mask with throat protector, and helmet.
  3. If there is an outfield fence, any ball hit over the fence in fair territory will be considered a home run
  4. A ball hit through or under, or that bounces over the fence will be considered a double
  5. If there is not a fence, ground rules will be discussed prior to the start of the game and will not be questioned after the game starts

RAINOUTS & SUSPENDED GAMES

  1. The CBA will determine if a game is to be postponed. Managers and players should call the rainout hotline at 348-8555.
  1. Games interrupted by darkness, rain, or other conditions before completion are subject to the following rules for suspended games:
    1. If the game reaches the completion of 5 innings (or 4.5 innings when the home team is ahead), the game shall be considered a complete regulation game, so long as the game is not a tie.  If the visiting team is in the lead at the end of the last fully completed inning, that team is the winner.  If the home team is in the lead at the end of 4.5 innings, or the most recently completed inning, if more than 5 innings are complete, the home team is the winner.
    2. Unless the managers arrange for another time to complete the game, a suspended game shall be completed when the teams next play each other.  At that time, the teams should finish the suspended game to the completion of 5 innings, and then play the regularly-scheduled game to the completion of 5 innings.  The suspended game shall continue from the point of suspension.  Any players in the first game but unavailable for the rescheduled time are removed from the batting order without negative consequences.  Any players unavailable for the first game but available for the rescheduled time are placed at the end of the batting order without negative consequences.

PROTESTS

  1. Protests must follow official procedure as prescribed in the president’s handbook. All coaches received a copy of the rules. Remember… protest on interpretation of rules only. NO PROTEST on umpire judgment calls. All protests must be filed with the umpire at the time of the occurrence and before another pitch is made. All protests must also be filed in writing to the Rec Department office by 5:00pm, the next business day. Protests will then be decided by the Board.
  2. Protests on player eligibility must be brought to the attention of the Rec Department in writing by 5:00pm, the next business day. Protests will then be decided by the Board.
  3. Only the managers will discuss the protest with the umpires and any available board members. Anyone else may be ejected for interference. This includes fans.

SPORTSMANSHIP

  1. There will be no use of profane language
  2. There will be no behavior which threatens any player, coach, or umpire by unsportsmanlike conduct. (for example: intentionally trying to strike an individual, throwing a bat or helmet, or verbally threatening another player, coach, or umpire)
  3. Any of these actions may result in ejection and/or expulsion from league play
  4. In flagrant cases of unsportsmanlike conduct, an entire team can be held responsible for the actions and conduct of each individual on the team.
  5. The manager is responsible for the conduct of his entire team, including players, coaches, scorekeepers, AND FANS
  6. If the umpire thinks any case is serious enough, he or she will file a written report with the Rec Department, who will then take further action
  7. Any situation that arises not covered by these rules will be decided by the Director of Recreation and the Board

MANAGER’S DUTIES

  1. Make sure all dugouts are clean and trash picked up after your game
  2. Help umpires cover the mound and home plate if they request assistance
  3. Home team provides official scorekeeper; visiting team provides scoreboard operator. Return scoreboard controller to homeplate umpire before leaving the field.
  4. Managers need to try to make up rainouts; contact the Rec Department for available dates; contact umpire supervisor to schedule umpires.

Pitching Rules

Pitching Chart for Juniors

DateDayTimeVisitorHomeField
5/22/2023Mon5:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
5/23/2023Tues7:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
5/24/2023Weds5:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
5/24/2023Weds7:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
5/25/2023Thurs5:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
5/25/2023Thurs7:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field
5/30/2023Tues5:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
5/30/2023Tues7:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
5/31/2023Weds5:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
5/31/2023Weds7:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field
6/1/2023Thurs5:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
6/1/2023Thurs7:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
6/6/2023Tues5:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
6/6/2023Tues7:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field
6/7/2023Weds5:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologySH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
6/7/2023Weds7:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
6/8/2023Thurs5:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
6/8/2023Thurs7:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
6/13/2023Tues5:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
6/13/2023Tues7:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
6/14/2023Weds5:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
6/14/2023Weds7:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
6/15/2023Thurs5:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
6/15/2023Thurs7:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field
6/20/2023Tues5:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
6/20/2023Tues7:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
6/21/2023Weds5:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
6/21/2023Weds7:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
6/22/2023Thurs5:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
6/22/2023Thurs7:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field
6/26/2023Mon5:30 PMJR3 - First Neighbor BankJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterLanman Field
6/26/2023Mon7:30 PMJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyJR4 - Smallhorn LawLanman Field
6/27/2023Tues5:30 PMJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeJR5 - Advanced OphthalmologyLanman Field
6/27/2023Tues7:30 PMJR4 - Smallhorn LawJR3 - First Neighbor BankLanman Field
6/28/2023Weds5:30 PMJR1 - Kirchner Building CenterSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionLanman Field
6/28/2023Weds7:30 PMSH6 - Shelbyville Jr. LegionJR2 - Jackson Avenue CoffeeLanman Field

Standings for 2023 JUNIOR as of 5/27/2023

Team Name Win Loss GB
JR5 – Advanced Ophthalmology 2 0
JR1 – Kirchner Building Center 1 1 1.0
JR2 – Jackson Avenue Coffee 1 1 1.0
JR3 – First Neighbor Bank 1 1 1.0
JR4 – Smallhorn Law 1 1 1.0
SH6 – Shelbyville Jr. Legion 0 2 2.0

Game Results for 2023 JUNIOR as of 5/27/2023

(Winners in bold)

Date Visitor Home Winner Score
05/22/2023 JR5 – Advanced Ophthalmology JR3 – First Neighbor Bank V 7 – 3
05/23/2023 JR2 – Jackson Avenue Coffee JR1 – Kirchner Building Center H 4 – 6
05/24/2023 JR3 – First Neighbor Bank SH6 – Shelbyville Jr. Legion V 6 – 3
05/24/2023 SH6 – Shelbyville Jr. Legion JR4 – Smallhorn Law H 4 – 12
05/25/2023 JR1 – Kirchner Building Center JR5 – Advanced Ophthalmology H 2 – 12
05/25/2023 JR4 – Smallhorn Law JR2 – Jackson Avenue Coffee H 4 – 11

JR1 - Kirchner Building Center
Coach – Mike Kessler
Bierman, Carter
Goodman, Hendrix
Hays, Christian
Kessler, Drew
Kessler, Ryan
Lock, Lance
Miller, Maddox
Shotts, Tucker
Stewart, Josh
JR2 - Jackson Avenue Coffee
Coach – Garry Gordon
Brady, Tyce
Easton, Case
Eckley, Kaiden
Garris, Balin
Gordon, Wyatt Samuel
Lee, Kahle Max Cobble
Spracklen, Anthony
Taylor-Lutz, Blaine
Way, Dylen
JR3 - First Neighbor Bank
Coach – Jason Walters
Anderson, Luke
Boyce, Jace
Gaines Jr, Robert
Gordon, Camden Alan Glenn
King, Chase
Shaffer, Waylon
Taggart, Grant
Walters, Rohen
Weiss, Isaiah
JR4 - Smallhorn Law
Coach – Garth Flygare
Barker, Chase
Brinkerhoff, Reid
Flygare, Soren
Hodges, Levi
Kennedy, Luke
Myerscough, Tyler
Shafer, Landon
Thompson, Austin
Wilson, Brody
JR5 - Advanced Ophthalmology
Coach – Andrew Helton
Applegate, Russell
Fuller, Brayden
Hanner, Braxton
Helton, Ty Shane
Pine, Jobe
Salee, Maddox
Schrock, Grayson
Schwartz, Drew
Swensen, Kirk
Twigg, Thomas
SH6 - Shelbyville Jr. Legion
Coach – Aaron Clark
Roster Pending

Juniors Photos

Team Photos are not taken at the Junior League level.

RAIN HOTLINE

Is it raining out? Will your team still have a game today?

Call the Rain Hotline at (217) 348-8555

Listen to the voicemail for up-to-date rain delays and cancellations (*not for legion games).

Contact Us

Charleston Parks & Rec. Online

Phone: (217) 345-6897

Rain Hotline: (217) 348-8555

Email: parksandrec@co.coles.il.us

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