United States Baseball League Rules:
The USBL uses the same rules as the MiLB with the following exceptions:
- Salary = All players must earn US$50 per game (with a $1 bonus for each win every month).
- Roster = All teams are required to have a 36-man roster, with at least 10 pitchers.
- Recruitment = All teams can only recruit players with their specific region:
1) Midwest = Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
2) Northeast = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
3) Pacific = Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.
4) Southeast = Delaware, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee.
5) Southwest = Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
- Number of Players in batting order = All teams must have a 10-man batting order in which the DEH and the pitcher must bat.
- Number of Innings = Each team has 3 innings per game; An inning ends when all 10 players are either dismissed or stranded on base; All doubleheaders (DH) will be 2 innings each.
- Scoring System = A player scores a run for every base they reach after hitting the ball; however, they will not subsequently score when moving around the bases on another player's hit unless they manage to steal a base or reach home plate. The equivalent of a home run scores 4 runs + the number of players on base. 1 point will also be awarded for walks.
- Regular Season (60 Games) = Each team plays the other 15 teams in their conference 4 times (2h/2a).
- Post-Season = 20-team 2-stage tournament (i.e. the US Series):
a) The Preliminary Round consists of a 4-team single elimination bracket in each of the 5 conferences.
b) The Semi-Final Round consists of a 5-team round robin tournament where all 5 teams play the other 4 teams once.
c) All host teams can play their games in their respective areas while the other 4 teams must rotate their games among all of the host league's arenas.
- Team Ownership = The city/county governments must own at least 25% of the franchise within their borders.
- The DEH is eligible to be put into the game defensively at any time; If this happens, the batting order does not change.
- The ten (10) players in the batting order can be rotated among the nine (9) defensive positions at the discretion of the coach or manager, and all are eligible for re- entry under the re-entry rule; For example, a manager can move the EH into LF, and the LF now becomes the EH.
- All starting players may be removed and re‐enter the game once, but must re‐enter in their original position in the batting order.
- Non‐starters are not allowed to re‐enter unless an injury occurs.
- When a starter re‐enters, the player in the starter’s batting position in the batting order must be removed from the game and is ineligible for the remainder of the game unless an injury occurs.