2020 Baseball Canada Rule Changes

 National Championship Rule Changes

• 1.2.1 (c) –An athlete must be a registered player of the Provincial Baseball Association that his team represents.

(1) To be eligible for reinstatement, an individual must be released by, or retired from, any professional team and not subject to a professional contract by July 1st.

(2) A copy of the release, or letter of resignation, must be provided in satisfactory form to Baseball Canada.

(3) A reinstatement form needs to be provided by the PBA / PSO to Baseball Canada.

(4) Depending on the case, the Executive Director of Baseball Canada may allow a reinstatement after the July 1st deadline.


• 1.4.6 – Team Infractions – Add - The Baseball Canada Representative will deliver the fines or ruling communication personally via a discipline letter to the interested parties.


• 2.1.2 (1) – Protective Headgear – RECOMMENDATION


The double earflap helmet is recommended for all batters at all times, while participating in a training session and a competition. This includes INSIDE THE batting cages WITH A COACH THROWING, automatic pitching machine and T-work.


• 2.1.2 (2) – Protective Headgear – Add to the End - RECOMMENDATION


Any player acting as a catcher IS RECOMMENDED TO wear a complete set of catcher's gear (a helmet, a mask and a throat protector; a chest protector; a jock-strap with a cup for men and a Jill straps for women; shin guards; a catcher's glove) when they are crouching. This include practice and warm-up situations such as the bullpen or between innings.

Any division player or any coach warming up a pitcher must wear a mask, a helmet and a throat protector when he or she are crouching.


Canadian Content Rule Changes

• 5.07 (b) – Change to read - WARM UP PITCHES – When a new pitcher enters the game he shall receive 8 preparatory pitches, unless under emergency circumstances covered elsewhere in OBR. For each additional inning, he shall receive 5 preparatory pitches, the umpire has the discretion to extend this to 8 pitches under special circumstances, i.e. cold weather or extraordinary long inning. Both of these shall not exceed 90 seconds.




The between innings clock will be set at ninety (90) seconds.

Umpire will keep time with stopwatch.

The clock will be in effect for the entire game, including any extra innings.

It will be activated once the last out of the inning has been recorded.

The pitcher must complete and may not exceed 8 warm up pitches within the time.

The catcher will be instructed a throw to second base with 30 seconds left on the clock.

The batter must be entering the batter’s box as time expires or when instructed by the Home Plate Umpire.

The umpire will use discretion when the catcher is a runner or batter / hitter when the half inning ends.


• 6.01(i)(j) - CONTACT RULE - All penalties and enforcement guidelines regarding collisions at home plate and slides at bases apply as outlined in Rules 6.01(i) and Rules 6.01(j) of the Official Rules of Baseball. In addition, any offensive or defensive player who, in the umpire's judgement, makes malicious contact with another player shall be ejected. Contact shall be considered malicious if, in the umpire’s judgement, it is the result of intentional excessive force or there is an intent to injure.


• 6.02 (3) If a pitcher meets the requirements to pitch on consecutive days and the pitcher does not go over the first daily threshold during game 1, they are permitted to have a 2nd appearance in the same calendar day. Pitchers will not be permitted to exceed the maximum daily allowable number of pitches in any two day period.


Pitchers cannot pitch in 3 games during a day.

Example: A 11U pitcher throws 20 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 55 pitches. A 15U pitcher throws 25 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches. A 21U pitcher throws 45 pitches on Day 1. On Day 2, that pitcher is limited to 70 pitches.


• Pitch Count – Additoin:


(A) When a pitcher reaches the maximum number of pitches allowed for a threshold (see table above), he can complete the at-bat without the penalty on days of rest, as long as he does not pitch to another batter. In this situation, the number of pitches corresponding to the threshold reached will be indicated on the pitching log.

The coach or manager needs to acknowledge this to the umpire at this moment prior to the next pitch. Umpire would then notify the scorekeeper.


B) When the pitcher reaches the maximum number of pitches allowed (75, 85, 95, 105 and 115 pitches) during a day during a batters at-bat, he is allowed to complete the at-bat and must be replaced following that batter.


Summary of MLB Rule Changes for Baseball Canada 2020

• Amended Rule 4.03(e) to clarify Clubs’ rights regarding weather conditions.


• Amended Rule 4.04(a) to be consistent with Rule 4.03(e) concerning Clubs’ rights during weather situations.


• Added Rule 5.05(b)(2) Comment regarding a pitched ball touching jewelry worn by a batter.


• Amended Rule 5.06(c)(7) to clarify situations when a pitched ball lodges in or against the umpire’s body, mask, or paraphernalia.


• Amended Rule 5.06(c)(7) Comment regarding a player who intentionally places the baseball inside his uniform for the purpose of deceiving the runner(s).


• Amended Rule 5.09(b)(7) regarding a runner who is struck by a batted ball before it has gone through or by an infielder.


• Amended Rule 5.09(b)(7) (second paragraph) to clarify situations when a runner is struck by an Infield Fly.


• Amended Rule 6.01(i)(1) regarding collisions with the catcher at home plate.


• Added a sentence at the end of Rule 6.01(i) stating that reference to “the catcher” in Rule 6.01(i) also applies to other players covering home plate.


• Amended Rule 7.03(a)(7) regarding forfeits when the team “fails to appear…” following the first game of a doubleheader to thirty minutes in order to agree with Rule 4.08(c).


• Amended Scoring Rule 9.01(a) in several places regarding the Official Scorer.


• Amended Scoring Rule 9.01(c) regarding interaction between the Official Scorer and various personnel.


• Amended Definitions of Terms (“TAG”) with a new sentence at the end of the definition regarding jewelry worn by a player.


• Amended Definitions of Terms (“TOUCH”) regarding jewelry worn by a player or umpire.


• Additional entries were also made to the Index.