2.01 - Before the game begins the umpire shall:
- Require strict observance of all rules governing implements of play and equipment of players;
- Be sure that all playing lines are markedwith lime, chalk or other white material easily distinguishable from the ground or grass;
- Receive from the home club a supply of at least four (4) regulation baseballs. The umpire shall inspect the baseballs and ensure they are regulation baseballs and that they are properly rubbed so that the gloss is removed. The umpire shall be the sole judge of the fitness of the balls to be used in the game;
2.02 - All teams will be ready to begin play within 15 minutes of the scheduled game time. Failure to field an eligible team will result in forfeit or default.
2.03 - An eligible team consists of:
- Eight (8) players or more players to a maximum of (15).
- You must have (8) players on the field to play.
- You must field at least 7 of your own team players.
- You may borrow 1 replacement player (section 2.04), or 2 replacement players to make 9.
- Your 7 players must remain in the game for the entire game.
- You may bat seven(7) players without penalty, but you must field eight(8).
- If at least one (1) RPM is being used as a replacement player for a team that is shorthanded, that team must field at least six (6) of their own roster players.
- Teams may use up to four (4) replacement players per game.
Section 2.03 Comment: If your opponent will not lend you one(1) to play defense or you are unable to locate another currently registered league player you will not have an eligible team.
2.04 - Replacement Players shall:
- be any registered RHMRBL league member.
- be a Registered Part-time Member (RPM).
- play either 1st base or right field (unless allowed otherwise by opposing team), and also must bat at the bottom of the order (last available spot).
The opposing manager must be notified prior to the start of the game that replacement player(s) will be used.
Any use of a replacement player (injury, illness, player must leave early, etc.) once the game has started, without notifying the opposing manager prior to the start of the game, shall be restricted to the following options as determined by the opposing manager:
- allow replacement player to hit and field in the vacated spot.
- allow replacement player to hit 9th and field (no penalty for the vacated spot).
- allow replacement player to field only (no penalty for the vacated spot).
Replacement Player(s) shall not:
- be used to replace an ejected player during the same game.
- be used in a team's last five regular season games without opposing manager's consent.
- be used in the playoffs.
- be eligible to play in substitution if nine (9) roster players are present. At the opposing coach's discretion, the RPM (now a 10th player) may be allowed to continue the game.
2.05 - Forfeit / Default, a team will forfeit if they:
- do not field an eligible team within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time,
- and in the event of a continued game, delayed for any purpose, within the 15 minutes when the umpire states a game will begin or continue.
Section 2.05 Comment: The team(s) will be considered in default and will lose the right to appeal.
2.06 - Qualifying a Replacement Player
- All teams that require a replacement player(s) must request players of The V.P Of Development.
- The V.P. Of Development will determine when and whether to appoint Registered Rostered Members as a replacement.
- Managers and/or players may not email, message, co-ordinate or arrange replacement players on their own.
- The V.P. Of Development will always evenly disperse Replacement Players, preventing specific teams from continuously using the same player(s).
- Opposing managers cannot "unreasonably" withhold consent to allow a player to play.
2.07 - Player Substitution and Re-Entry:
- Any of the nine (9) starting players may withdraw and re-enter provided the starter occupies their same batting position.
- A substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter the game.
- A starting pitcher who is withdrawn may re-enter the game, but not as a pitcher.
- Any available player may replace a player who withdraws due to injury, with preference given to a player who previously occupied the injured player’s spot in the batting order.
Section 2.07 Comment: Any obvious manipulation or abuse of this rule may result in a default and/or suspension of the manager/player. A protest may be lodged and the executive committee will determine what penalty will result.
2.08 - All players have the right to play a half game or minimum of three(3) full innings.
- Regular Season: As a mercy rule is used and other factors affect the length of a game, a starter may be replaced after three(3) complete innings, but not before. Half game players must be inserted no later than the beginning of the fifth inning. A player may be substituted at any time due to illness or injury. No half game player will play more than four(4) complete innings in an eight(8) inning game, unless he replaced an ill or injured player. A starter removed without completing four(4) complete innings due to illness or injury may reenter the game but not before his replacement has played four(4) complete innings. As we cannot guarantee the length of a regular season game the second half players will not be guaranteed neither three(3) nor four(4) complete innings. The manager should make every effort to balance first and second half starts.
- In the playoffs: all players have the right to play a minimum of three(3) full innings.
Section 2.08 Comment: An inning is defined as playing as a hitter and fielder. In a case where the player is either a Designated Hitter or Fielder, these count as half innings (1/2 inning). I.e. Six Innings (6) of Designated Hitter = 3 Full Innings.
2.09 - There will be a DH/DF used during the entire season.
- A hitter may be designated to bat for any fielder. A Designated Hitter for a fielder, if any, must be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards presented to the Umpire.
- The designated hitter may be used on defense and the designated fielder may bat for the designated hitter. No other substitutions may be made for the DH/DF position, unless the DH and DF have both been injured or ill.
- Once a Designated Hitter assumes a position on defense, such move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for that club for the remainder of the game.
Section 2.09 Comment: Any obvious manipulation or abuse of this rule may result in a default and/or suspension of the manager/player. A protest may be lodged and the executive committee shall determine what penalty will result.