Rules & Procedures

Official No Pitch Base on Balls Procedure


This is the official procedure for a no pitch intentional walk as provided by the State Interpreter Tom Clews.

The umpire must wait until the batter has assumed his position in the batter’s box before acknowledging the manager’s request to intentionally walk him (by simply awarding him first base, “Time” is granted the moment the umpire acknowledges the manager’s request). If the manager is premature in his request, the umpire should politely ask him to wait until the above criteria have been met before indicating and/or informing the umpire of his final intentions (as it is for his benefit that he waits until the proper time).

This protocol will insure:

(1) that the batter he intended to walk is, in fact, the actual batter and has not been replaced by a pinch hitter or a player reentering the game
(2) that he has adequate time to consider his options, such as a visit to the mound and/or changing pitchers and
(3) in the event the immediate preceding play may involve some type of appeal, he still has time to make the appeal before choosing to walk the batter (as once the decision to walk the batter has been acknowledged by the umpire, the team loses its right to appeal – the walking of the batter is considered a play).

It would be of great benefit to everyone and a service to our coaches if this protocol was discussed during the ground rules, especially the first couple of weeks of the season. I wish you all a great Spring and Summer season and look forward to seeing you soon.

Tom Clews
MBUA State Interpreter

Below are the following rules for Middle School players

Middle School Rules 1

Middle School Rules 2

The National Federation of State High School

This is the link to the Mandatory Concussion Course required to officiate High School Sports in Massachusetts. All Active Members of the SMBUA must provide proof that they have taken the course for the current school year.