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What rules do we play by?
In 2012 Lakeland City Baseball became an independent recreational baseball league, unaffiliated with any other organization. LCB has established its own rules, regulations and policies which are updated and published annually. These have been carefully crafted and are designed to be consistent and have the players' safety as a primary concern. Be aware that our playing rules are different in many aspects to the game played by Major League Baseball. The MLB-style game is for adults, while this game is for young people. In any case, LCB is committed to a strict following and interpretation of the rules we have adopted.
Are big-barrel bats allowed?
Big-barrel bats (those bats with a diameter greater than 2-1/4") are NOT permitted for use in Tee Ball through Major League.
Are composite-barrel bats permitted?
Bats with composite barrels are permitted in certain circumstances. For Major League and below there is a list of approved bats, and for Junior League, bats with composite barrel must meet the BBCOR .50 standards and be permanently labeled as such. For more information click on the "Bat Rules" link on this website's menu.
Are wood bats permitted?
Yes, wood bats are permitted at all age levels provided they are within the specifications indicated in the rules.
Is base-stealing permitted?
Base-stealing is NOT permitted by rule in Tee Ball and Coach Pitch. Base-stealing in Training and Minor League IS permitted only after the pitched ball has reached the batter. Base-stealing is permitted at any time during time-in play in Major and Junior Leagues.
Are runners permitted to "lead off" a base prior to the ball being pitched?
In Tee Ball through Minor League runners must remain in contact with the bag until the ball has been pitched and reaches the batter. Leading off is permitted in Major and Junior Leagues.
Does my child have to use baseball cleats?
Baseball cleats are not required but are strongly recommended. Metal cleats are only permitted in Junior League.
What's so bad about coaching at the fence?
"Coaching at the fence", which could also be called "coaching from the stands" is where a parent or fan is actually calling out advice and direction to the players during a game. At LCB we strongly discourage this practice and the board member on duty will address the issue with whoever engages in this behavior. The team manager is responsible for coaching the players during the game. Hearing a parent or fan give instructions from across the fence is distracting to the player and diminishes the authority and effectiveness of the manager and coaches. It is also a safety concern since a player will naturally turn to hear the voice of his or her parent, and should that happen while a ball is headed in their direction injuries may occur. Parents and fans are there to cheer, not coach. Please let the managers and coaches do their job on the field, and if as a parent you want to coach, do it at home in your backyard. Your kids will love you for it.
What is the tobacco and illegal substance use policy at LCB?
In LCB's Rules, Regulations and Policies, under Conduct, it is clearly stated that all participants in the league, from managers to players, board members to parents and fans should be good examples of conduct, integrity and sportsmanship at all times. This includes a ban on the possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs anywhere in the park complexes. In addition, managers and coaches are prohibited from the use of any tobacco products (including smokeless, spit and chew varieties) during any game or practice. In addition, the City of Lakeland, who owns the properties we play on, bans the use of these substances within the park complexes. Penalties can range from the person's removal from the park complex to suspension.
Explain the overthrow rule
The overthrow rule applies to Tee Ball, Coach Pitch and Training League. The rule is designed to stop play after the runner advances one base if an overthrow or an infield error occurs.

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