Baseball Rules

All baseball leagues will follow the NFHS rules. However, there are a variety of “house” rules that apply to each league at OYO. Please refer to the attached rules document which contains the latest Spring and Fall Ball rules in a single document.


2024 Baseball Rules | Updated 02.29.2024


2024 Rules Amendments, Changes or Inclusions
  • 5.10.2 - Junior Rookie and Rookie – On an overthrow from an infield position to first base, all runners are allowed to advance a maximum of two bases from the time the ball is thrown.


  • 5.13 – All Leagues – Catcher Chatter to the Batter in Batter’s Box – Once a pitcher is in contact with the rubber, the catcher may not communicate with the batter until after the pitch (or play) is complete. If a catcher interferes with the batter through verbal communication, the play shall continue as the umpire shall signal Defensive Obstruction and present the option to the offensive team to either accept the outcome of the play or award the batter 1st base and only runners in a force out situation may advance. Note: There shall be one (1) warning per team per game, including Tournament.


  • 6.10 – Minor and Super Major – If a batter fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, the batter is out for illegal action. Note: There shall be one (1) warning per team per game, including Tournament. When the warning is issued, the play is negated as a no-pitch play.


  • 7.06 – Minor – Runners are entitled to advance with liability to be put out once the ball crosses the plate.


  • 8.08 – Charged Defensive Conferences (Part 1) Minor, Super Major and Junior Baseball – A defensive team is allowed a maximum of three (3) charged defensive conferences during a game without penalty. On the fourth 4th) charged defensive conference, and every charged defensive conference after, the pitcher must be removed.  If the game goes into extra innings, each team is given one (1) charged defensive conference without penalty. On the second charged conference in an extra inning, the pitcher must be removed. If a pitcher is removed during a charged conference, that charged conference is not counted.
  • 8.08 – Charged Defensive Conferences (Part 2) – Minor, Super Major and Junior Baseball – If a defensive team has two (2) charged conferences in the same inning with the same pitcher, that pitcher must be removed from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.