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Squirts

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Squirts provides the next step for children to learn the game of baseball. Boys and girls in 1st and 2nd grade can participate in this league. Since it is primarily an instructional division,emphasis is placed on havingf un and on skill development. Soft incrediballs are now pitched by coaches for more consistent balls for players to hit. Volunteer coaches are needed to assist the teams. All games will be umpired by the coaches and coaches are also allowed on the field to coach and teach all players how to play the game.

Because a strong emphasis is placed on making the game fun and enjoyable, as well as informative, no scores are kept. Also, reasonable requests for pairings/groupings are honored to the best of KMBA’s ability.

Games/Practices will be scheduled for the teams 2 nights per week. All practices will be run by the team coaches after some initial support from KMBA personnel. All games are 1 hour long.

KMBA will provide each child with a shirt and cap. Parents are responsible for providing a baseball glove, and shoes. Other equipment is supplied.

League Commissioner

1.2.1 For any issues or concerns regarding the league, please send an email to  or contact the league commissioner listed below:

Jeff Gruber 507-358-7324

1.3 League Sponsors

1.3.1 Please support all of KMBA’s sponsors.

2 Behavior and Conduct

2.1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct

2.1.1 This league strives to promote good sportsmanship by its players, coaches, umpires, and fans. Any un-sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Occurrences can result in the suspension of a player or coach at the discretion of the KMBA board.

3 Coaches & Players

3.1 Coaches

  1. 3.1.1  While coaches are volunteers, a $30 stipend is available for coaches which can be applied towards their sons/daughters registration fee.

  2. 3.1.2  A background check will be done on all coaches.

  3. 3.1.3  Coaches shall be responsible for the collection and return of equipment supplied by KMBA. Any equipment not turned, the coaches will be charged a prorated fee.

  4. 3.1.4  Hoffman batting rules will be used. Every player present will be listed in the scorebook before the game starts and will bat in that order without change. Late arriving players must be added to the bottom of the batting order. Coaches will use the KMBA rotation schedule provided.

  5. 3.1.5  No player may coach first base or third base.

  6. 3.1.6  Unlimited substitution shall be permitted.

  7. 3.1.7  The designated volunteer coaches must supervise teams at all times on or off the playing field.

  8. 3.1.8  ‘Spring training’ practices will be held the 1st 4 weeks of the season. The coaches and KMBA volunteers will teach the players correct techniques to be used throughout the year.

  9. 3.1.9  The designated volunteer coaches must supervise teams at all times on or off the playing field. KMBA would like all coaches to help develop fundamentally sound players from all teams by helping them correct mistakes made on the field and on the bench.

3.2 Player Eligibility

  1. 3.2.1  To be eligible to participate, a player must be in 1st or 2nd grade during the 2011/2012 school year.

  2. 3.2.2  Players should notify their coach if they are going to miss a game or practice.

3.3 Players

  1. 3.3.1  Each player will play at least 2 innings in the field, and an even rotation of players is expected to be set up by the coach. No child should sit out more than one consecutive inning.

  2. 3.3.2  The defensive team shall consist of 10 players. 4 players to be in the outfield. No “short fielder” is allowed.

  3. 3.3.3  For instructional purposes, coaches from the defensive team shall be permitted on the field.

  4. 3.3.4  Players must remain on the bench when not playing the field.

  5. 3.3.5  All infielders shall play at a normal position. (Even with or behind the base paths).

  6. 3.3.6  Players my not wear metal spikes. Only tennis shoes, rubber soled, or rubber cleated baseball shoes will be permitted.

3.4 Catchers

3.4.1 Catchers will be required to wear a batting helmet in the field for protection.

3.5 Batters  

  1. 3.5.1  A team bats until they either get 3 outs, or 9 players have batted. Once the 9th batter is up, he will bat as if there are 2 outs.

  2. 3.5.2  Players must remain on the bench when not batting.

  3. 3.5.3  The batting teams coach will pitch to his team (no pitching machines). There will be no base on balls in the Squirts league.

  4. 3.5.4  The coach, will, “Throw” 5 pitches to the batters. It will be an out if there is no hit within 5 pitches. A 6th pitch will be allowed if a batter fouls the 5th pitch. The batter is then out of he does not hit the 6th pitch into play. The batters will not be allowed to bunt the ball.

3.6 Base Runners

  1. 3.6.1  The players will only advance one base on an overthrow, and then the ball will be dead.

  2. 3.6.2  There will be no leading off or stealing bases.

4 League Rules and Regulations

4.1 General

4.1.1

4.1.2

4.1.3 4.1.4

Rules and regulations are not to be changed during the regular playing season. However, suggestions for the modifications or revisions of these rules for future years are welcome if submitted in writing along with the reasons for the proposed change(s).

In the event that temporary emergency changes must be made, they must have Board approval and written notification will be given to the managers involved one week prior to their enforcement.

All players are required to stay in the dugout unless they are on defense, at bat, or in the on deck circle. There will be no running in and out of the field area or standing by the fence during play.

Only balls issued by KMBA will be used. Bats and helmets will be provided.

4.2 Games

  1. 4.2.1  Home team is the 2nd team listed on the league schedule & home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.

  2. 4.2.2  The official ball will be a synthetic covered incrediball.

  3. 4.2.3  Each child will need there own glove and shoes, but the bats and balls are furnished by the league.

  4. 4.2.4  The teams will not keep score, and the game will be played for one hour..

  5. 4.2.5  No infield fly rule.

4.3 Field

  1. 4.3.1  The bases will be a distance of 60 feet apart.

  2. 4.3.2  A 10 foot radius will be drawn from the 1st baseline to the 3rd baseline. A ball is fair if it goes beyond this line

  3. 4.3.3  No throwing bats. If the bat is thrown completely outside of the 7 foot radius bat circle, the batter will be declared out and the runner may not advance.

4.4 Teams

4.4.1 It is the intention of this league to field teams composed of 11 to 13 players. The league board reserves the right to modify the quantity of teams being fielded in an effort to provide the most positive playing experience for the players and create the most functional organization possible. Maximum number of players on a team is 15.

4.5 Injuries

  1. 4.5.1  In the event of an injury incurred after the start of the game which (temporarily) prevents a player from running the bases, a courtesy runner may be used.

  2. 4.5.2  The courtesy runner shall be the player making the team's last previous out, or if no outs have been recorded in the game, it shall be the last player in the batting order.