SLIDE RULE: Players are often injured
when not necessary. The purpose of the home
plate slide rule is to avoid unnecessary
contact at home plate. However, no player
can block a base including home plate
without having possession of the ball. If in
the umpires judgment, any player blocks a
runners path to any base including home
plate, the umpire should call obstruction on
the defensive player and the base runner
should be awarded the base. If the catcher
is holding the ball before the runner
reaches home plate, the runner must slide or
attempt to go around the catcher. If he runs
into the catcher without sliding or
attempting to go around, the umpire will
call the runner out for unnecessary contact.
If in the umpires judgment the contact was
intent to cause injury, the player will be
ejected from the game. If the ball and the
runner arrive at the same time, the runner
does not have to slide. The catcher must
have possession of the ball before the
runner reaches home plate. If there is
contact between the catcher and the base
runner and the catcher is blocking the plate
without having the ball, obstruction should
be called on the catcher and the base runner
awarded home plate.
TIME LIMITS: Bronco will be two (2)
hours. Pony will be two (2) hours and 15
minutes. No inning shall start after the
If all nine players are on the field
before the time limit is reached, play
If the score is tied when the time
limit is reached, one extra inning will
Games called due to weather or darkness
are considered a complete game:
- If four and one half (4 ½ ) innings
are complete and the home team has
scored more runs than the visiting team.
- If the visiting team has scored more
runs than the home team after five (5)
- If a game in the 6th or 7th
inning is called due to weather or
darkness and an inning can not be
completed the score will revert back to
the last inning.
Exceptions to the time limit: When a game
can not be started on time because of rain
or having no umpires. You can start a game
with one umpire if needed. Otherwise the
time limit should start at the scheduled
starting time. It is the managers
responsibility to have their warm-ups done
and have their team ready to start on time.
Before starting the game, both managers,
umpires and official scorekeepers should
check and agree on starting time.
PLAYERS: Only players from your age
division can be used to avoid a forfeiture.
- You may borrow a player only from the
same age group. No more than three
players can be borrowed.
- You can also use a player from the
opposing team. Any additional player
must play the outfield and bat ninth. If
you borrow a player and your 9th
player shows up, the borrowed player has
to play 2 innings in the field and bat
once and then he would come out of the
game and your player would finish the
- You can start a game with only 8
players and the 9th batter
would be an automatic out
- Continuous batting order is optional
- Bronco players must play two innings
in the field & bat once in a seven
COURTESY RUNNERS can be used for
pitchers and catcher.
- Must be 2 outs in an inning.
- Courtesy runner cannot be an active
lineup player in the game. If using
continuous batting order (Bronco only)
or have only 9 players - the courtesy
runner would be the player that made the
- D.H. can be used for any player in PONY
BALKS Bronco - There will be
one (1) warning on a balk per pitcher until
June 1. After June 1 all balks will be
PITCHING Each pitcher has 10 innings
per week. 7 innings per day. If you pitch 4
innings or more in a day you would need the
40 hour rest rule. One pitch constitutes an
inning. The week starts on Monday and ends
TEN RUN RULE applies to games after
five (5) innings and will be an official
- Rescheduling is the responsibility of
the managers, who must communicate to
the appointed home field scheduler &
to his League Conference Commissioner.
- Must be replayed in the same week.
- If unable to reschedule, the
commissioner will decide when the game
will be played.
- Any rain outs not played will result
in a forfeit to both teams involved.
RAIN DELAYS An additional 15 minutes
will be added to the original time limit. If
a rain delay (s) is longer than 15 minutes,
it will count against the original time
limit. For Pony & above a game with a
rain delay is not to exceed (start a inning
after) 2 hours & 30 minutes. Bronco
& below with a rain delay is not to
exceed (start a inning after) 2 hours &
- You must notify the home plate umpire
& opposing manager that you are
playing the game under protest prior to
the next pitch.
- Manager (s) or coach (es) protesting
the game must communicate immediately to
the Conference Commissioner - Joe
Marshall 744-4054 or 354-4054.
- Must present a letter detailing the
situation within 48 hours.
Metal spikes are not allowed for DuPage River Pony and Bronco Players.