East Toronto Baseball
The most important rule is to have fun while learning new skills,
meeting new people and enjoying baseball.
2. All games will begin as indicated on the ETBA/WABL
6:30 p.m. game start, no new inning after 8:15 p.m. No
Ted Reeves Park South West & Wishing Well Park:
7:00 p.m. game start, no new inning after 8:45 p.m. No
pitch after 9:00 p.m.
Ted Reeves Park North East:
6:45 p.m. game start, no new inning after 8:30 p.m. No
pitch after 8:45 p.m.
At Ted Reeve North East, games may occasionally be
interrupted for 5 to 10 minutes to reduce impact of the
setting sun on the batters vision.
If, in the judgment of the home plate umpire, a coach or
player intentionally delays the game in order to reach
the time limit, the umpire may extend the time limit to
allow the half-inning to finish.
Games may be cancelled by the Home Field Convenor prior
to the game and any
such cancellation will be communicated Two(2) hours
before Game Start. If there is no cancellation by the
Home Field convenor the teams must go to the park as
scheduled. Thereafter, the decision to cancel a game or
any part of a game because of playing conditions is at
the discretion of the umpire(s). All umpire’s decisions
The Wexford-Agincourt website will normally have such
cancellations posted on the main page. The League
convenors (East Toronto and Wexford-Agincourt) will have
the final decision on whether rained out games will be
rescheduled if adequate notice was not communicated to
4. The home team will be determined by the schedule.
(Visitors versus Home)
5. At Wexford and Wishing Well Parks, the
Wexford-Agincourt team will set up the field (put out
bases, rake as necessary, put away bases at game end).
At Ted Reeve park, the East Toronto team will set up the
field. At either park, if there are two teams from the
same league playing, the home team will set up the
6. The home team is to supply the official scorekeeper,
one(1) new Game ball and good second ball for each game.
7. Players are to be present at the game 15 minutes
before game start.
Each team’s Line up should also be exchanged with the
opposing coach fifteen(15) minutes before the
commencement of the Game. A consecutive batting order
must be given to the scorekeeper with the players’
jersey numbers and names at this time as well.
8. No player shall be listed on the game line up if he
or she is unable to play a
defensive position. All players listed on the line up
sheet must bat.
9. Pre-game warm-up: home team has the right to the
playing field five (5) minutes before scheduled game
time. All other warm ups are to take place in the
bullpen or side areas of the diamond before game start.
Minimum Number of Players:
Each team must have a minimum of seven (7) players to
play an official game.
Subject to Rule 11 below, if a team is unable to field
seven players by the
scheduled start time, the game will be declared forfeit
and a score of 7-0 will be
recorded in favour of the non-defaulting team. If the
game is played with fewer than 9 players, the 8th
or 9th batters will NOT be automatic outs.
11. A grace period of 15 minutes will be allowed to
reach the minimum of eight (8) players. Once the minimum
players are reached the game will commence immediately.
Curfew time remains unaffected with the hard stop at 2 hours from
official game time as noted on the schedule.
12. Late arriving players may enter the game after it
has commenced to assume an unoccupied defensive playing
position once time has been granted by the Plate or Base
Umpire. If the team has a maximum number of fielders on
the diamond already, the late arriving player must be
inserted into the defensive line-up the following
13. Late or additional batters must be added to the
bottom of the batting order.
14. All players must bat in the order presented to the
official scorekeeper prior to the start of each game.
Both teams are responsible
for submitting the results of the game to the
within 48 hours or by entering them on the ‘Score
Submission’ page at
www.wexford.baseball.com . Scores not submitted in a
timely manner will be considered a loss for both teams
when determining playoff standings.
16. Substitutions are only allowed at the end of an
inning except in the case of a
pitching change or an on-field injury. A pitching change
must be an on-field substitution.
17. Any player leaving the field during an inning due to
an injury must remain out of the game for the balance of
the defensive inning before re-entering the game in a
defensive position. The player removed for injury may
take their next scheduled turn at bat. A player unable
to take their turn at bat, after being removed from the
field due to an injury, shall be removed from the
line-up and further play in the game (this is not an out
nor is it considered batting out of turn). A batter or
runner may not have a pinch runner unless the injury
occurs during the player’s turn as batter or runner. The
player who represents the last recorded out shall be
18. A 5 run mercy shall apply to all innings.
19. Tied games are allowed during regular season play.
During playoffs and the Championship Game extra innings
can be played subject to curfew and maximum game time
rules. If the game remains tied or the inning cannot be
completed and the home team is trailing, then the tie
will be broken by
reverting to the last winning inning.
In the event that the time limit has been reached,
(subject to resolution of any 'intentional delay' under
rule 1 by the home plate umpire) and the tie cannot be
resolved by reverting to a 'winning inning', then
coaches have the option to continue the game past the
time limit until a winning inning is achieved. At the
end of each inning, either coach, or the home plate
umpire, can elect to suspend the game until a later
date. Such date to be determined by the respective
convenors of the leagues. Pitchers already used in the
suspended game will not be eligible to pitch in the
resumed game, (except for the active pitchers at the
time of the suspension, whose innings pitched in the
suspended game will count towards the resumed game,
subject to the provisions of rule 36).
20. A regulation game consists of 7 innings. A game will
be considered official if
3-1/2 or 4 innings have been completed
or curfew has been reached.
3-1/2 innings will be considered official if the home
team is ahead at the time or any time they are at bat.
21. All Players and coaches will be dressed in a
baseball team uniform as issued by the league (Coaches
uniform being a shirt and a cap). No visible jewelry is
permitted on the diamond. If it is not removable, it
must be taped down and covered for the player’s
22. Only rubber cleats are to be worn on the East
Toronto Baseball Association or Wexford-Agincourt
Baseball League’s playing fields. Metal cleats are
prohibited at all levels of play below Midget.
23. It is mandatory that all players wear a protective
athletic support (Jill for girls or Jock for boys). The
use of mouth guards while playing infield positions
(including pitchers) is strongly encouraged.
24. All Catchers are required to wear full catcher’s
equipment and a catcher’s mitt during the game.
Anyone assuming a squatting or kneeling position to warm
up a pitcher must wear a protective mask.
26. Batting helmets must be worn by all batters, base
runners and batters in the on deck circle. Helmets
cannot be removed when the player is on the field of
play. Any player intentionally removing his or her
helmet while on the field of play (unless time is
called) will be declared out. Chin straps must be
fastened and remain so until the batter/runner is off
the playing field. Any player throwing their helmet
(whether on the field or in the dugout) is subject to
ejection at the discretion of the umpire.
Coaches, parents and players are reminded that house
league baseball at
ETBA/WABL emphasizes sportsmanship, fair play and mutual
respect for players, coaches and umpires.
Parents, coaches and players should consider that
umpires at house league games are typically teenagers
trying to successfully manage a game involving a broad
range of skill levels, temperaments, baseball knowledge
and age ranges (from adult coaches to youngest players
on the field). The umpires are learning and improving a
new set of skills, just as the players are. The standard
baseball rule book is over 90 pages, and each league and
age division imposes additional rules (you are reading
one of about 40 ‘exceptions and clarifications’ to the
standard rules for this age group alone).
Protests will not be allowed for games in the Peewee
Division. If concerns about the quality of judgment or
rule interpretation exist, they should be addressed
after the game, with the appropriate league convenor
28. No smoking or use of tobacco products is permitted
on the playing field, the
dugouts or the immediate vicinity of the dugouts (This
applies to coaches, players and umpires).
29. Absolutely no ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are allowed in the
park or parking lot during the game. This also applies
to street drugs.
Displays of poor sportsmanship by players or coaches
will not be tolerated. Be
reminded, the umpires have the discretion to remove any
coach or player from the game or the field for
disciplinary reasons. Regardless of an umpire’s exercise
of discretion, an “offending” player’s coach has the
discretion to remove the player from the game for
disciplinary reasons. In these circumstances both the
home plate umpire and the opposing coach shall be
notified and Rule 14 will not apply to the disciplined
Examples of conduct subject to discipline:
a) Players caught throwing dirt;
b) Players or coaches deliberately directing
discourteous and/or disrespectful
remarks to the opposing team.
c) Any player not on the field may not play Ball or Run
around. The players
must sit on the bench with the rest of the team unless
they are given
permission to leave the bench by the coach.
Respect for Officials
Any coach or player who abuses and umpire or opponents
either verbally or physically will be ejected from the
game and suspended for the next league or play off game.
Additional suspension may be determined by the Joint
executive committee. The umpire must notify the
umpire-in-chief as soon as possible of any infraction.
All coaches are responsible for their parents and
spectators. If either abuse the umpire or opponents,
verbally, physically or otherwise the coach will be
asked to control this person(s) or they will be ejected
from the park. If the person(s) will not leave the park
and continue to carry on the abuse, the umpire will
forfeit the game to the opposing team.
The umpire must notify the umpire-in-chief as soon as
possible of any such infraction.
Runners are encouraged, but not required, to slide when
there is a potential play at home plate or any other
base. Regardless of whether the runner slides or not,
the runner MUST attempt to avoid contact with the
fielder(s) taking the throw.
As written by Ontario Baseball Association
No player shall maliciously run into another player.
Contact shall be considered malicious if it involves:
a) Intentional excessive force
b) Intent to injure
c) Deliberate attempt by a runner to dislodge the ball
d) A runner making no legitimate effort to reach the
e) A runner who could have reasonably slid or otherwise
avoided contact and
still reached the base
Penalty: Player is ejected from the game and declared
i) Malicious contact is to be penalized whether
committed by an offensive or
defensive player. In the case of a defensive player
being ejected for
malicious contact, the runner will be called safe
according to the result of
the play at the discretion
of the umpire.
ii) The ball is dead and all other runners shall return
to their last legally
occupied base at the time of the contact.
iii) A runner guilty of malicious contact is out even if
the fielder loses
possession of the ball.
iv) A runner guilty of malicious contact after scoring a
run shall not be declared
out, but is still ejected.
v) This rule applies at home plate and all other bases.
vi) A runner may make incidental contact with a fielder
as long it is not
"malicious" as defined above. The rule does not prohibit
contact. It simply
requires player to make a reasonable attempt to avoid
contact, and to
ensure that any incidental contact is not malicious in
vii) If contact occurs where a defensive player blocked
the base path clearly
without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be
called according to
specified below in age related playing rules. If this
obstructed runner uses
this opportunity to collide maliciously with the
fielder, he would be declared
safe due to the obstruction, but still ejected from the
Base distance = 75 Feet
Diagonal dimensions : home to 2nd / 1st to 3rd = 106
Feet and 3/4 inches
Pitching Rubber = 50 Feet
Continuous Batting order shall apply.
Dropped third strike does not result in an out if first
base is unoccupied or dropped third strike occurs when
there are two outs and bases are loaded.
Batter is at liberty to attempt to advance to first base
unless tagged out or
forced out at first base.
All other base runners can advance at their own risk.
All batters at plate or in the on-deck circle must wear
a helmet with a chin strap secured.
Thrown bats will be:
- Warning on First Occurrence
- Automatic out on the Second Occurrence
- ejection from the game upon the Third Occurrence.
A batter may not switch sides of the plate after the
first pitch has been thrown.
Infield fly rule applies
(see baseball rules – definition of terms, and rule
Runners are allowed a full lead off and the ability to
steal the next vacant base at their own risk. Runners
may advance at their own risk on a dropped third strike
in accordance with standard baseball rules 6.09 and
Runners may tag up on a caught fly ball to try and
obtain the next available base at their own risk.
Contact rule is in effect as per Ontario Baseball
Association’s Playing Rules.
Any runner or player who interferes with a ball while
being fielded or an infielder fielding a ball will be
called out by the umpire, as per the standard rules of
Obstruction will be called in accordance with standard
baseball rule 7.06.
Each pitcher shall have 5 warm up pitches upon taking
A pitcher may only pitch 3 consecutive innings during a
Balks are defined in the Baseball rule book under rule
8.05 e) and referred to elsewhere under
rule 8.00 – The
Pitcher. Balks will be called at the PeeWee level on
the first offense. Each pitcher will be given one
warning, and subsequent offences will be called.
Any pitcher who hits 3 batters while in the pitching
position will be removed from the mound and may continue
in the game in another defensive position. If a pitcher
hits a batter intentionally he or she is to be ejected
from the game. One trip per pitcher to the mound will be
allowed by a designated coach during an inning. The
second trip will be to remove the pitcher from the
mound. No extra coaching is to take place at this time.
Pitcher must be replaced from the field.
End of offensive half of the inning:
The offensive half of the inning shall be retired when 3
outs are counted against the team at bat or the mercy
rule takes effect. The mercy is limited to 5 runs per
inning as set out in Rule 17 above.
38. Defensive Positioning:
All Players must play equal playing time. No Player may
sit out a second time until all players have sat out one
inning. No player may sit a third inning until all
players have sat out two innings. No players may sit out
a fourth inning until all players have sat out three
innings. No player may sit out two innings in a row.
Any coach found sitting out players illegally will be
assessed an automatic team out during their next at bat
and have the proper player placed on the field
immediately. Any coach found doing this more then once
in one game will be suspended for the balance of the
game and for the next league or play-off game.
The courtesy rule is in effect that if you have two outs
and your catcher for the next inning is on base, please
inform the umpire and switch your last out into the
running position to insure prompt change over at the end
of your offensive half of the inning.