Conferences

General Information

If either team is charged with a conference

o Both teams may hold uncharged conferences
o Base runners are not restricted to their bases
o The plate umpire shall notify the head coach and record the inning
o Warm-ups between players already on the field can occur if done in a way that does not delay play except substitutes may not participate in on-field warm-ups and warm-up pitches are not allowed unless a request to an umpire is made and approved

It is not a conference and both teams may hold uncharged conferences with base runners not restricted to their bases when
o Team personnel must tend to an injured or sick player
o Umpires are administering an ejection
o Umpires are resolving a protest
o Teams may be charged if not ready to play after the umpire’s declaration to play

It is not a conference if either the defensive of offensive coach does not request a suspension of play and gives instructions to the players which does not delay the game.

During the administration of a substitution, or time granted for an equipment change
o Both teams may hold uncharged conferences
o Runners are restricted to their bases
o Exception – not restricted during a new pitcher’s warm-up pitches
o Teams may be charged if not ready to play after the umpire’s declaration to play

Defensive Conference

Begins and Ends
The defensive charged conference begins when a defensive team representative:
o Delays the game or requests a suspension of play
o Does this for any reason and delivers a message (by any means) to a defensive player
o Crosses the foul line or consults with any players before telling the umpire of a pitching change
It also begins when a fielder
o Leaves her position and goes to the dugout and…
o Gives the umpire reason to believe she has received instruction
The defensive conference ends
o When the team representative enters dead-ball territory
o It is NOT when the team representative crosses the foul line
o When the player returns to her position

Number per inning
In each half inning the defense is entitled to one conference. If the game is being played under the Media Format rules, there is no limit to the number of conferences in an inning, but the team may not take more than 7 conferences during the game.
o Once it is used an additional conference is allowed for each pitcher entered into the pitching position who has not yet pitched in that inning
o If a conference has been used for the current pitcher, the umpire must be told of a pitching change before the team representative crosses the foul line
o If more than the allowable conferences per inning are taken the team representative who initiates it is immediately ejected

Offensive Conference

Begins and Ends
The offensive charged conference begins when a team representative:
o Delays the game or requests a suspension of play
o Does this for any reason and delivers a message (by any means) to the offense (player or team representative)
The offensive conference ends when the team representative
o Returns to the coach’s box
o Enters dead-ball territory

Number per inning

In each half inning the offense is entitled to one conference. If the game is being played under the Media Format rules, there is no limit to the number of conferences in an inning, but the team may not take more than 7 conferences during the game.
o If more than the allowable conferences per inning are taken the team representative who initiates it is immediately ejected
o If the second conference is charged because runners leave the vicinity of their bases when prohibited from doing so, the head coach is ejected
A charged offensive conference ends when the team representative returns to the coach’s box or dead-ball territory. 6.11.5.3