Overview Machine Pitch using a diamond with baselines of 70 feet in length – hence MP70.
Target Market Regional centres with well-established Tee-ball programs.
Rules Rules associated with Little League-Majors shall apply except as follows:
70 foot base paths
Louisville Slugger BlueFlame pitching machine – front of machine to be 46 feet from home plate
200 foot home run “fence” (cones)
Unlimited batting line-up – that is batting order length same size as squad size
60 minute game duration – inning in progress to be completed
No ‘warm up” pitches by machine operators
Machine operator to be from the batting team
No mercy rule
The batter is out on the 3rd strike whether caught by the catcher or not
No player may spend two consecutive defensive innings on the bench
OFFENSIVE INNING (6 run rule) a. An offensive inning is complete with a 3rd out or a 6th run. The offensive inning will end at the completion of the play where the 6th run was scored. More than the maximum of 6 runs may have been scored during the final play, however only 6 runs will be recorded for the inning. b. This rule will not apply in the 5th or 6th inning (or extra innings).
Should a player be given permission by the home plate umpire to be removed from a game due to injury or illness, then the batting line-up closes to fill the gap (no automatic out) and mandatory participation rules will not apply to the removed player.
Northern Championship – to be held in conjunction with the North West Tee-ball Championship