USA Baseball adopts two new rules regarding coaches

April 4, 2008

In accordance with new rules recently enacted by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball has adopted the following two rules regarding coaches participating in all levels of National Team activity as well as participating in USA Baseball sanctioned events.

  1. Coaches must wear a helmet to be on the field. A hard helmet is required; no-flap, single flap, and double flap helmets are permitted, while "skullies" and cap inserts are not permitted.

    During USA Baseball sanctioned events, if a coach comes out to his position without a helmet (as if to begin an inning), the umpire should direct the coach to put on a helmet immediately.

    If the coach does not immediately move to comply with the umpire's direction, the individual is to be ejected from the game.

  2. During USA Baseball sanctioned events, until a batted ball passes a coach, a coach is not permitted to position himself closer to home plate than the coach's box nor closer to fair territory than the coach's box.

    The umpire shall instruct a coach who is not in accordance with this rule to position themselves in an acceptable position immediately.

    If the coach does not immediately comply with the umpire's direction, the individual is to be ejected from the game.