Rules

NFHS Baseball Rules

Batting Lineup: Teams may bat:
1.) A nine (9) player line-up, or a nine (9) player line-up with a Designated Hitter (DH), or
2.) A ten (10) player line-up with an Extra Hitter (EH), or a 10 player line-up with a DH and EH, or
3.) A continuous line-up of all present, eligible, uniformed players. (No DH allowed)
Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.

Courtesy Runners: Courtesy runners will be allowed for the pitcher or catcher at any time. The courtesy runner must be a player not currently in the game or if the team is batting all players, the last out shall run.  A courtesy runner may only run one time per inning.

Innings/Time Limit: 7 inning games. No new inning may begin after 2:30 and final inning must be completed.
Note: If a game is called due to weather, light failure or other acts of God and cannot be resumed it is a regulation game if four (4) innings have been played or if the home team has scored more runs after three and one half (3 1/2) innings the game shall be declared a complete game.

Run Rules: 15 run lead after 4 innings, 10 run lead after 5 innings.

Bat Rules – Must be USSSA, USA or be a BBCOR bat and no bats greater than (-8).
Withdrawn and/or Non-Compliant Baseball Bat Models

Pitching Rules: There are no pitching limits but coaches are encouraged to use good judgement.  Here are the High School (Sub-Varsity) pitch count/rest requirements as a guideline.

Sub-Varsity – First 30 Days of Season
Pitches and Required Rest
50-70 needs 3 Days Rest
29-49 needs 2 Days Rest
1-28 needs 0 Days Rest

Sub-Varsity- After 30 Days
Pitches Required Rest
61-85 needs 3 Days Rest
36-60 needs 2 Days Rest
26-35 needs 1 Day Rest
1-25 needs 0 Days Rest
*Required Days rest is a complete calendar day