I. Rules: The official CIF rules for baseball will be used.
II. Season of Sport
League teams shall participate as per Sac Joaquin Section
The following exception are in effect for the Trans Valley
League: Pitchers and Catchers
Section Bylaw Article 5 General Rules 504.8 Preseason Dead
Periods #3 Note: For baseball and softball, pitchers and catchers
may practice (no bats and no fielders) the week prior to the start of
2. There shall be no “Limited Periods” as stated in Section Bylaw
Article 5 General rules
504.9 Limited Periods a, b, c, d, e, f, and g.
*Note: 504.9 Limited Periods h. Out of Season and i. Summer Rules, are
III. Coaches on Bases: Coaches must be in uniform to coach from
the coaching boxes.
IV. Number of Officials: Varsity league games require two
umpires. JV games require only one official.
Varsity games will be played with only one official if necessary.
The specified waiting time for the full complement of officials is
thirty minutes. If only two officials show up, they will split to
cover varsity and JV games. Refer to TVL
V. Starting Time: Starting time will be 3:30 p.m. After
daylight savings, starting time will be 4:00 p.m. Night games may be
scheduled. Regularly scheduled day games shall be finished under
the lights if available. (8/01)
VI. Warm up: The home team must have completed its use of the
field for warn up purposes fifteen (15) minutes before game time.
The visiting team shall have the use of the field for warm up purposes
fifteen (15) minutes before game time.
VII. Postponements: Postponed games are to be scheduled for the
next available date.
VIII. Official Ball: CIF approved.
IX. Tied and/or Suspended Games:
A. Tied and/or suspended games during the first
round are to be completed the day of the second round game between the
same two teams. The game is to be continued from the point of
suspension. The regularly scheduled game is to start 15 minutes
after completion of the suspended game or sooner if both coaches agree.
B. Tied and/or suspended games during the second
round of league play are to be completed from the point of suspension,
at the home team’s field, on the next available date. (10/20/98
C. Pitching rules apply to the week that the game is
D. Immediately after a tie or suspended game the two
coaches will compare scorebooks to make sure they are consistent.
Home team book is official.
X. League Champion: TVL Champion will be decided by best win-loss
record. In case of a tie for first place, there will be
XI. Determination of section playoff seeding:
A. Head to head record within the tie. The
team with the best head to head record within the tie shall represent
the league as the higher seed in the section playoffs.
B. Point total. Each team will be assigned a
point value based on their league record at the end of the
season. The best record will receive7 points, second best 6
points, continuing down to the worst record receiving 1 point.
Teams with the same record will split the total points for the spots
that they represent. Example: two teams finish tied for first at
13-1 would be assigned a point value of 6 1/2 points each, 1/2 of
7+6. Points are accumulated for each win based on this assigned
value of the teams played in league. Seeding would then be
decided by the highest point totals of the teams involved in the head
to head tie.
C. Team least scored upon. Team with the least
total runs scored against them in league play, with a max of 10
D. Coin flip. If any teams
contending for a playoff spot are still tied after stages (A), (B) and
(C) have been completed, there will be a coin flip by the
XII. Awards: Refer to TVL Constitution--Financial Section
XIII. Honorable Mention: Only those student athletes
receiving a nomination (according to the bylaws for each sport)
for all league shall be considered honorable mention There will be no
additional nominations for this honor.
A. No batting practice before a league game once the school day
ended. No pitching machines. No live pitching in a
batting cage. Use of wiffle balls OK. Soft toss
B. Batting practice in a batting cage is allowed during JV game
if played before the varsity game on the same field. Equal length
of time to be agreed upon by the coaches the week prior to the games.
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