Library - TN DYB Class A Playing Rules

Updated Sunday March 24, 2019 by Billy Draper.

Class A Playing Rules 

This is a subdivision of DIXIE YOUTH MINOR LEAGUES with maximum tournament playing age six (6) for CLASS A.

All rules not specifically covered below will be regular DIXIE YOUTH BASEBALL and/or National League Baseball rules. These rules are for Local League and Tournament play.


1:01   The Pitching mound may be flat or up to six inches (6”) above the level of home plate.

1:02   Player-Pitcher must wear a protective helmet with a face protector.

1:03   The Catcher must wear all normal protective equipment, including cup.

            The Catcher may play anywhere behind home plate.

1:04   Bats marked DIXIE YOUTH APPROVED ONLY will be allowed to be used in Class A Coach Pitch Tournaments. T-Ball bats must have the Dixie Youth Approval stamp on the bat and may have the BPF 1.15 stamp on them.

1:05  Baseline shall be 60 feet.


2:01  “Pitching Circle” is a circle approximately twelve feet (12’) in diameter, around the center of the mound or pitcher’s slab.

2:02  “Designated Pitcher’s Box” is an area marked of approximately ten feet (10’) from home plate down each baseline and out of the base path.

2:03  “Coach-pitcher” is the offensive Coach who pitches to the players on his team.

2:04  “Player-pitcher” is the defensive player playing the pitching position, except he does not pitch to the batter.

2:05  A “bunt” is defined as an obvious attempt by the batter to bunt the ball, including but not limited to the normal squared around stance.


  3:01 Twelve (12) players will be allowed in the lineup on defense.

  3:02 An inning will consist of three (3) outs or seven (7) runs.

  3:03 A continuous batting order will be used.

  3:04 Six (6) Outfielders will be at least twenty feet (20’) behind bases.

  3:05 If playing with less than 12 required players, the team will have the required six (6) infielders with the remaining players playing the outfield positions.


  4:01 There will be no:

            (A) “Infield Fly” rule in effect;

            (B) Walks;

            (C) Base stealing;

            (D) Called-strikes (Exceptions- see “Bunts” below);

            (E) Bunts. Penalty - if the ball is hit, Batter is out, and                  the ball is dead. If the ball is not hit, a called-strike.

4:02  Time limit is local league option. All tournament games will be played to conclusion. Exception: (Run rule).

4:03  Any time after four (4) complete innings, a fifteen (15) run lead limit will apply, and the game will be called at the end of that complete inning (or upon reaching the 15 run lead, if it is the Home team leading).

4:04  Coaches will be limited to the Coach-pitcher, a Dugout coach, and two (2) Base coaches.

Class A may have one (1) coach in the outfield (Local League Option) regular season play,but NO coach in outfield in tournament play. Base coaches may be either adults or players.

4:05  In tournament play, any protest will be handled by the Protest Committee. If not resolved, the FINAL decision will be made by the District Director and/or State Director.


5:01  The ball will be declared dead when the lead runner is stopped or abandons any effort to advance further. A play on any other runner will release the lead runner if the ball has not been declared dead.

5:02  When a player is struck by a thrown or batted ball and in the opinion of the Umpire the impact of the ball striking the player is sufficient enough to injure or incapacitate the player, the play will cease. At that point, immediate attention will be given to the injured player, all runners will advance to the next base, and then the play will be resumed by the Umpire.


6:0l    Each batter will be allowed three (3) strikes or five (5) pitches before being called out; however, a batter will not be called out on a foul ball (even though it is the 5th or subsequent consecutive pitch) unless it is caught by a defensive player.


7:01   A three feet (3') chalk line perpendicular to the base line will be drawn halfway down the 2nd, 3rd, and home base lines. When the ball is declared dead, the following runners will be allowed the next base if they are past this halfway point and that base is unoccupied.


8:01  An offensive coach will pitch to his own team. He may pitch in any manner-overhand or underhand. This person will be referred to as the "Coach-pitcher."

8:02  In Class A the coach-pitcher shall pitch from a standing position only and from any distance along a straight line from the center of the mound or pitching slab to home plate.

8:03  The coach-pitcher will make every effort to go to the Designated Pitcher's Box off the field after the ball is hit. Interference will be called at the discretion of the Umpire.

               Penalty: Intentional-Batter is out and the ball is dead.

               Unintentional: Ball is dead and the pitch replayed.

8:04  The Player-pitcher must have at least one (I) foot completely inside the pitching circle and not be any closer to the batter than even with the pitching rubber or a straight line drawn across the circle at the pitching rubber distance at the time of the pitch. The player pitcher cannot leave the circle until the ball is hit. Penalty: The offensive coach has the option of accepting a hit or taking a no pitch.

  8:05    If batted ball hits coach pitcher it will be a dead ball - no pitch.


A simple procedure to teach and follow:

(1) If time is OUT: Pitcher takes position on mound ready to deliver a pitch, catcher takes position behind home plate ready to receive pitch, wait for home plate umpire to call or signal that time is IN, pitcher steps off pitching rubber and takes or throws the ball to the player covering the base on which the appeal is to be made,* player with the ball in his possession tags (steps on) the base missed by the runner and state what you are appealing. If more than one runner crossed the base, specify the specific runner (such as "the second runner") that missed the base.

(2) If time is NOT OUT: Any player in possession of the ball takes or throws the ball to the player covering the base on which the appeal is to be made, and proceed at the corresponding point as shown by the * in the above paragraph.

(3) When time is OUT coach will make appeals for 5 & 6 year olds

All District Directors, after drawing tournament brackets, must send the State Director a copy of all brackets and tournament fees, along with the Commissioners & State Directors’ copies of the tournament affidavits.