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MajorsAAAAAA | Rookie

MAJORS

1) A player who is removed for an injury may not re-enter the game unless he was removed under a valid substitution rule.

2) If in the umpires judgment a team is intentionally trying to delay the game, that game will be played to completion at the next available date. If a team does it more than once they will forfeit the game. An umpire will have to determine that one team was responsible for at least 5 minutes of wasted time.

3) (a) Free Substitution shall be allowed, in compliance with rule (b) below and all players in attendance shall be in the batting order. If a player shows up late he will be added to the end of the batting order. If a player leaves before the completion of the game his turn in the batting order shall be skipped with no penalty.

(b) Each player must play in at least three (3) innings of each game; this includes pitchers. A player who does not start a particular game must be given the opportunity to start the next scheduled game, providing he is in attendance at such game.

4) There will be a first half and second half winner. The first half winner will have the best record in the first half of play and the second half winner will have the best record in the second half of play. The Boys Director (along with the scheduling committee) will determine cutoff dates for first and second half prior to the beginning of the season. (It is possible to be playing a second half game without having finished the first half due to a game that has been interrupted and needs to be completed).

5) Games that are interrupted:

a) Any game that is interrupted prior to the completion of 1 full inning will be rescheduled and started over.

b) If at least one full inning has been played and a game is interrupted for rain, darkness, injury or any other reason and cannot be resumed within 30 minutes, that game shall be declared complete, incomplete or tied by the home plate umpire or a board member

c) In the event a game is interrupted the game shall be considered official after a minimum of 4 full innings have been played (or 3 ½ if the home team is winning). If the game is official, and an inning cannot be completed due to interruption, the winner will be determined by reverting to the last complete inning played.

d) If a game is not official but at least one full inning has been played, the game will be completed on the first available make-up date. The game will begin play at the exact point where it was stopped. Positions and line-ups for the completion of the game must make use of eligible players only.

6) There is no weekend time limit, all games played to completion or subject to rule 5 above.

7) There will be no use of a special pinch runner with the exception of the catcher with 2 outs. In this case the last batted out shall run for the catcher.

8) PITCHING RULES- We will use standard Little League Pitching rules with the exception of the Pitcher Catcher switch rule. A Pitcher may go in to catch after completing his pitches.

 

  AAA

1) A player who is removed for an injury may re-enter the game at anytime

2)(a) Each player must play in at least three (3) innings of each game; this includes pitchers. A player who does not start a particular game must be given the opportunity to start the next scheduled game, providing he is in attendance at such game.

(b) If a game is shortened for any reason, an inning may be deducted for every inning the game is shortened. If the last half of the sixth inning is not required, the sixth inning shall be considered a full inning.

3) Games that are interrupted:

a) Any game that is interrupted prior to the completion of 1 full inning will be rescheduled and started over.

b) If at least one full inning has been played and a game is interrupted for rain, darkness, injury or any other reason and cannot be resumed within 30 minutes, that game shall be declared complete, incomplete or tied by the home plate umpire or a board member.

c) In the event a game is interrupted the game shall be considered official after a minimum of 2 full innings have been played (or 1 ½ if the home team is winning).

d) If a game is official and tied (either the score is tied at point of interruption or an inning has not been completed and is tied due to reverting to last complete inning played) the game will scored a tie.

e) If a game is not official but at least one full inning has been played, the game starts new.

 4) There will be a first half and second half winner. The first half winner will have the best record in the first half of play and the second half winner will have the best record in the second half of play. The Boys Director (along with the scheduling committee) will determine cutoff dates for first and second half prior to the beginning of the season. (It is possible to be playing a second half game without having finished the first half due to a game that has been interrupted and needs to be completed

5) For weekend games, no inning may start after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the start of the game except in the case where there is no game to follow. In that case game shall be played to its completion. After 1 hour and 50 minutes from the scheduled start time you will hear a horn (or 10 minutes before the next game is scheduled to start). At that time the game will be over. Managers/Coaches of that game have no authority to try and squeeze in a few more pitches.

 

  AA

Games that are interrupted for rain, darkness, injury or any other reason and cannot be resumed within 30 minutes :

1(a) In the event a game is interrupted and not an official game it will be rescheduled if possible (unless otherwise notified).

b) In the event a game is interrupted, the game shall be considered official after a minimum of 1 full inning have been played. If the game is official, and an inning cannot be completed due to interruption, the winner will be determined by reverting back to the last complete inning played.

c) If a game is official and tied (either the score is tied at point of interruption or an inning has not been completed and is tied due to reverting to last complete inning played) the game will be declared a tie. A game considered official and tied will be recorded as a tie for the purposes of standings.

2(a) Every player shall be in the batting order for the entire game.

(b) Substitution of fielders shall be made each inning.

(c) No player may sit out a second time until everyone has sat out once. The exception to this rule will be the pitcher, who will be allowed to pitch his full pitch count before taking his turn on the bench.

(d) No player may be out two innings in a row.

(e) ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST 2 INNINGS IN THE INFIELD. Managers/Coaches need to make sure that no child's safety is put in jeopardy (e.g. child playing first base should be capable of catching the throw from other infielders). Pitching is extremely important in terms of speed of game and competitiveness. Players must demonstrate ability to pitch (left to discretion of Mangers/Coaches).

3) A team shall be permitted a maximum of six (6) runs in any 1/2 inning. The 1/2 inning shall end and the other team shall bat. There is no maximum number of runs allowed in the 6th inning and beyond (if necessary). Only exception is if batter hits a homerun OVER THE FENCE (not in the park) in any half inning that totals more than 6 runs scored. All runs count as a result of the homerun. The homerun must be over the fence (not in the park).

4) A player will be able to steal more than one base on any one pitch, regardless of whether or not the catcher or any other fielder commits an overthrow or makes an error on the play and regardless of the number of overthrows or errors made on the play. A player may steal second or third base at any time. A player may NEVER steal home.

5) On an overthrow to a base (not to include stealing of a base), all runners may try to advance, but it shall not be automatic. Once the ball is back to the pitcher standing on the mound, the play is over and time is out until the next pitch unless the runner(s) is not standing on or near a base.  If the runner is in the middle of the base paths the ball is still in play regardless of where the pitcher is standing with the ball.  The umpire will determine when the play is over.  

6) If the pitcher or catcher (or any other defensive player) tries to pick-off a base runner at any base and it results in an overthrow, the base runner IS allowed to advance. Pick-offs will not be permitted if (in the umpires judgment) it's an attempt to delay the game.

8) A team may play with as few as (8) eight players and still be an official game.

9) A player who is removed for an injury may re-enter the game at anytime.

10) For weekend games, no inning may start after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the start of the game except in the case where there is no game to follow. In that case game shall be played to its completion. After 1 hour and 50 minutes from the scheduled start time you will hear a horn (or 10 minutes before the next game is scheduled to start). At that time the game will be over. Managers/Coaches of that game have no authority to try and squeeze in a few more pitches.

 

A

Games that are interrupted for rain, darkness, injury or any other reason and cannot be resumed within 30 minutes :

1(a) In the event a game is interrupted and not an official game it will not be rescheduled.

 (b) In the event a game is interrupted, the game shall be considered official after a minimum of 1 full inning has been played.  If the game is official, and an inning cannot be completed due to interruption, the winner will be determined by reverting  to the last complete inning played.

c) If a game is official and tied (either the score is tied at point of interruption or an inning has not been completed and is tied due to reverting to last complete inning played) the game will be declared a tie. A game considered official and tied will be recorded as a tie for the purposes of standings.

2(a) Every player shall be in the batting order for the entire game.

(b) Substitution of fielders shall be made each inning.

(c) No player may should be out a second time until everyone has sat out once. The exception to this rule will be the pitcher, who will be allowed to pitch his entire pitch count before taking his turn on the bench.

 (d) ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY A MINIMUN OF 2 INNINGS IN THE INFIELD. Managers/Coaches need to make sure that no child's safety is put in jeopardy (e.g. child playing first base or third base should be capable of catching the throw from other infielders). Pitching is extremely important in terms of speed of game and competitiveness. Players must demonstrate ability to pitch (left to discretion of Mangers/Coaches).

(e) A player who is present and does not start a game must start the next scheduled game, if present.

3) A team shall be permitted a maximum of six (6) runs in any 1/2 inning. The 1/2 inning shall end and the other team shall bat. There is no maximum number of runs allowed in the 6th inning and beyond (if necessary). Only exception is if batter hits a homerun OVER THE FENCE (not in the park) in any half inning that totals more than 6 runs scored. All runs count as a result of the homerun. The homerun must be over the fence (not in the park).

4) No player will be able to steal more than one base on any one pitch, regardless of whether or not the catcher or any other fielder commits an overthrow or makes an error on the play and regardless of the number of overthrows or errors made on the play.  You may steal 3B at any time. You may NOT 2B AT ANY TIME.  A player may NEVER steal home.

5) On an overthrow to a base (not to include stealing of a base), all runners can advance as many bases as possible, but it shall not be automatic.  There are no limits on advancing bases on overthrows on batted balls.

THERE IS ONLY 1 OVERTHROW PER PLAY. If a play is being made on a player advancing on an overthrow and an additional overthrow is made, the player may not advance further.

6) If the pitcher or catcher (or any other defensive player) tries to pick-off a base runner at any base and it results in an overthrow, the base runner is not allowed to advance. There is no downside to the defensive team in attempting a pickoff. Pick-offs will not be permitted if (in the umpires judgment) it's an attempt to delay the game.

7) A team may play with as few as (8) eight players and still be an official game.

8) A player who is removed for an injury may re-enter the game at any time.

9) For weekend games, no inning may start after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the start of the game except in the case where there is no game to follow. In that case game shall be played to its completion. After 1 hour and 55 minutes from the scheduled start time you will hear a horn (or 5 minutes before the next game is scheduled to start). At that time the game will be over. Managers/Coaches of that game have no authority to try and squeeze in a few more pitches.

10)  No infield fly rule

11) Bunting is allowed BUT THER IS NO FAKE BUNTING. If a player shows bunt then swings away he shall be called out.

 

Rookie League

  1. No on deck batters permitted. No bats permitted in dugouts. The only person touching a bat is the batter. Bats must be Little League approved and must be stamped ‘Little League’ on the bats.
  2. Catchers must wear shin guards, chest protectors, masks (including throat guard) and a protective cup.
  3. Each game should begin promptly and last for 6 innings. A game will be called prior to 6 innings for the following reasons: Darkness, Inclement weather or The game has lasted 2 hours unless it is the last scheduled game of the day.
  4. It’s the decision of the board member on duty whether games will stop due to darkness or inclement weather. Rainouts will not be made up.
  5. At the Training League level, no official score will be kept and there will be no published standings.
  6.  During the first half of the season, the PLAYERS will pitch starting the first game. No pitcher will throw more than 4 pitches per batter. No child will pitch more than 2 innings per game and must adhere to Little League pitch count rules with regard to the correct amount of rest between games as well as number of pitches per game. 41-60 pitches in a day, 2 full calendar days of rest must be observed; 21-40 pitches in a day, 1 day of rest must be observed; 1-20 pitches, no calendar day of rest is observed.
  7. Each team will be permitted 6 batters OR 3 outs OR 4 runs scored per inning. MIX UP YOR BATTING ORDER EACH GAME
  8. The coach pitcher will also act as umpire for the ½ inning. After the 4th pitch if the batter hasn’t hit the ball into play or struck out the batter’s coach will come in to finish the batter’s turn. Batters will be given 4 strikes. There will be no walks.  Strikes can be called looking or swinging. The 4th strike must be a swing and a miss. A foul ball will not count as a 4th strike. While coaches are pitching, do not encourage the children to swing at bad pitches. One of the most important skills they learn is their own strike zone. If the coach pitching cannot pitch a sufficient ratio of strikes, replace the pitcher with another coach. Do not expect the child to adjust.
  9.  COACH PITCHER MUST PITCH FROM THEIR KNEE and can throw a MAXIMUM of 3 pitches per batter before the batter is out. We must keep the game moving.
  10. Prior to the mid-point of the season, a coaches meeting will be scheduled by the Training League Directors. Second half of the season rules will be discussed. During the second half of the season, strikes and balls will be called in a more traditional manner. Do not try to help a wild pitcher by expanding the strike zone as this is not fair to the child at bat. The decision of the umpire will be final and there will be no arguments with the umpire in the presence of children at any time.
  11. 9 players will play the field at one time. You will position 1 player at the pitcher position to field balls even when coaches pitch. We will only use 3 OF’s in order to maintain regular positioning.   When a player plays an outfield position, he must play an infield position next inning prior to playing another inning in the outfield. No player should play the same position 2 innings in a row.  If a team has less than 9 players for a game, they may recruit up to 3 players from other training league teams for the purpose of fielding a team of nine players.
  12. A child who has been recruited from another team as discussed above will not be allowed to pitch.
  13. The key fielding positions are typically pitcher and first base. No child should play pitcher or first base for more than three innings during the course of a game. The purpose behind this rule is to allow as many children as possible to play in these key spots.
  14. During a game, 1 coach/manager will be permitted on the field when their team is playing the field. If only 1 coach is present, 1 adult must stay in the dugout if there are players remaining in the dugout. The coach in the field should position themselves in the outfield behind the players to aid in their instruction. They should keep the players in their positions and alert them of potential plays.
  15. There will be no base stealing, and no intentional bunting.
  16. Once the ball has been returned to the pitcher’s mound, runners will not be allowed to advance an additional base. If it is not certain whether a runner has started for the next base in time, he should be asked to return to the prior base and not be allowed to advance. The objective of the Training League is to encourage the fielders to throw the ball to make a play and not to push for an extra base. Players may advance one base on a REAL overthrow, described as a ball that does not hit the players glove. PLEASE only take bases the kids would be entitled to if the play was made properly.
  17. There will be no infield fly rule at this level.
  18. No one will be allowed in dugouts other than players, managers, coaches, and board members. No parents, grandparents, siblings, friends are allowed in the dugout. No food is allowed in the dugout. Children may bring a drink into the dugout.
  19. Each manager receives an equipment bag. It is the manager’s responsibility to see that the equipment is returned at the end of the season. Managers and coaches will be asked to provide written evaluations of their players and their team coaches at the end of the season.
  20. Under no circumstance will a Manager, Coach, Parent or Spectator be allowed to verbally or physically abuse any child in the program or interfere with the play of the game. The program has adopted a zero tolerance policy. If there is any form of abuse, it must be reported as soon as possible to a Board Member on duty.
  21. The prime intent of the Rookie League program is to teach the children the fundamentals of baseball & good sportsmanship while having a good time at our fields. Expect different skill level and interest level among your players. Stay positive. Promoting a child’s self-esteem is important especially with weaker players. Managers and coaches have the wonderful opportunity to influence the children’s early perceptions of team sports and the game we love dearly, baseball. Remember, years from now, the kids will not remember the wins and losses but the fun they had at their home town fields.
  22. ALL PLAYERS MUST BE IN PROPER UNIFORM, NO SHORTS, HATS MUST BE WORN AND SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN.

 Rev 4/27/2016