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Rules & Guidelines

DSYSA Baseball Rules Hierarchy

DSYSA Baseball Rules will be applied with following priority hierarchy.

1. DSYSA Local Rules Then

2. Centex Rules Then

3. MLB Rules

If you notice a gap in the rules or feel you need something clarified locally please let the board know.

DSYSA Local Rules

DSYSA Local BAT Rule 8U

(New Spring 2021)

We are modifying the Centex bat rule for our recreational league to allow 2-3/4" diameter bats in 8U rec games. When we get into All-stars our 8U team will need to adhere to the 2-5/8" rule but we wanted to make it easier for parents to get bats locally that their kids can play with in both 8U and 10U. 

DSYSA Local Pitch count Rule

Max # of pitches per week:

10U - 75 pitches
12U - 85 pitches
14U - 95 pitches

Note: A pitcher may finish a current batter if the weekly pitch limit is reached during an at bat.

Recommendation: If you pitch or plan to pitch a player 40+ pitches in a game please also don’t throw him in at catcher in the same game. 

The above rules/recommendations are about arm care to avoid potential injury.


We will have slightly modified run rule from Centex. 
6U, 8U and 10U - Maximum 5 Runs per inning
12U - Maximum 6 Runs per inning
14U - Open


We will have slightly modified game length rule from Centex. The time limits will be set as follows:
6U and 8U - 1:00 (one hour)
10U - 1:15 (one hour and 15 minutes)
12U  - 1:30 (one hour and 30 minutes)


Stealing home on a pitch is not allowed. You can steal on a passed ball once it crosses home plate as that is no longer part of the pitch, but a live ball.

DSYSA Playing Time RULE

No player may sit consecutive innings in a game.

6U and 8U - In addition to the rule above ALL players must sit once before ANY player sits twice.

Exceptions will be allowed due to injuries and illness.

Minimum Team Size

The required # of rostered players for all teams to make a game official is six (6) players. Additional players may be borrowed from the opposing team (preferred) or DSYSA summer league players within the same age group (or lower) to field a complete defense. The following requirements will apply to non rostered players:

  • Additional fielder does not hit.
  • Additional fielder does not play in the infield.

Catcher Position for 8U

Catcher will play off to the side of the plate and wear a helmet vs. full catcher's gear. 

Centex ALL STAR League Rules

We are now apart of Centex All Stars and will be following their set of rules. DSYSA has some local rule modifications that supersede these rules as are noted above. 

Also here are a couple rules contained within the link below we want to highlight.

For 8U Coach Pitch Centex rules "batters receive five pitches or three strikes per at bat. If a foul ball occurs on the 5th pitch the batter will continue..."

Bat Rules - all bats must be labelled with either BBCOR, 1.15 BPF (USSSA) or USA baseball stamp. For ages 8 and under the diameter may not exceed 2-5/8". For 9 and older it cannot exceed 2-3/4" 

There DSYSA local rule allowing 2-3/4" bats supersedes this rule for 8U in rec play but in All-Stars our 8U teams will follow the Centex rules.

Batted ball must pass the 10-foot arch in front of home plate. This rule applies to the 6U division only.

Centex All Star Rules (2019) *OLD

Last Season's rules. 2021 Coming Soon.