9U Rules of Play

June 2021

Rules For 2021 RDMBA 9U Rookie Season

  • Stage 2 guidelines on youth sport:


Sport and recreation activities

  • All indoor and outdoor sport and recreation activities are permitted provincewide, including:

    • team sports

    • group practices or training

    • games, competitions and league play

  • Physical distancing is not required during game play or sports practice, but is required outside of play/practice.

  • Masks are required for indoor sports that are primarily low-intensity physical activities (bowling).


  • Spectators can attend indoor and outdoor physical activities and performances:

    • 1/3 venue capacity for indoor activities (arenas, theatres) and for outdoor fixed-seated (grandstand) events

    • 150 people maximum for non-fixed seated events (this limit includes spectators, athletes/performers, production teams, referees and coaches)

    • 2 metres of physical distancing must be maintained at all times


League Rules:

  • Score is not kept. This is a developmental league that focuses on fun and skill & tactical development through on field game play.

  • The 1.5hr time slot allows for up to 30 minute warmup with the game starting by 6:30. (This should allow for each team to bat 3-4 times) Please confirm warmup timeframe with the other coach. Please end the game after a full inning and so we recommend to not start a new inning if you are within 15 minutes of your time slot ending.

  • Bases are to be placed 50 ft apart

  • Coaches or parents pitch to their own team.

    • Pitch from 30-35 ft

    • Coach tries not to be involved in the play and each team should have a player fielding the pitcher position.

    • Coach who is pitching is also the umpire for that half inning. Other coaches can assist but final call is with coach who is pitching.

  • A half inning is:

    • Month of June : everyone bats once

    • Month of July: everyone bats once or 3 outs.

  • Each batter receives 4 swinging strikes (or fouls) or 6 pitches. Then the batting tee comes out and the player gets to hit a ball from the tee in play and run as per any batted ball.

  • There are no walks or hit by pitches.

  • The player can run as many bases after a hit as they can until the ball is returned to the base or infield. There is no stealing of bases or lead offs.

  • Overthrows

    • Month of June : no extra bases shall be taken.

    • Month of July: one extra base can be taken at the runners discretion (they could still be thrown out)


  • For the games in June. A coach or parent should be the catcher. Please set up a minimum 10 ft behind the batter for safety and to easily collect balls on the bounce. For the Stage 3 games we will disperse catching gear for kids to use.

Poor Weather / Cancelling a Practice / Game

  • Coaches from each team will be responsible for contacting each other and deciding if a practice / game is going to be cancelled due to poor weather or diamond playability. If they do decide to cancel, they will contact (phone, email, etc.) their team. With starting at 6:00pm it is preferred that coaches try to make a decision by 5:00 pm but this is not always possible. Thunder / lightening = cancel.

  • The City on occasion will close fields due to excess precipitation. This will be sent by email to all coaches as soon as it is received.

  • Reminder that sometimes weather occurs in game and teams are forced to cancel, therefore parents should remain at the diamond and not leave their children alone.

Tips for smoother game play:

  • Having fun & player safety are imperative, lets not ever lose this as our focus.

  • As long as the adults play by the same rules, the kids will follow. We can’t expect these 7,8,9 year old players to know what to do right from the start.

  • Plan ahead. Plan a drill or two. Plan a batting order. Plan a defensive lineup. Any bit helps.

  • Find a rhythm of rotating players through positions that works for you. Some will rotate every 3 batters and some will rotate after every inning. Just make sure everyone gets equal opportunities please.

  • Coaches, try throwing earlier in the year from one knee, this allows for a flatter ball flight to allow the kids to track it to the bat better. Underhand throwing from closer is a good option too, just try to keep the ball flight flat to help the batter.

  • The coach or parent who pitches to the team, have 4 or 5 balls close to you. Then you can throw to a whole batter without slowing the game down of having the catcher chasing the ball to the backstop

  • Try enlisting a parent to coach 1 st  base & 3 rd base to help baserunners




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