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Aug, 2017

League Rules: Majors Baseball

Major Division

Home/Away

  • Home Team (Field first) is first base dugout: Responsible to remove the mound covers, put out bases, and provide at least 5 league-provided game balls. If you are the last game on your field, you are responsible to cover the mound and put the bases back in the stairway.
  • Away team is third base dugout and bats first

UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT

  • Players are expected to wear league provided uniforms and hats. All shirts are to be tucked in at all times.
  • NO METAL cleats or screw in football cleats are permitted
  • Catchers are REQUIRED to wear proper catching gear/equipment – Catcher glove, Helmet with mask, Chest protector, and shin guards will be provided by league. Protective Cups are recommended
  • Batting Helmets are mandatory for hitting but do NOT require safety masks and chin straps
  • No color gloves (fingers) for Pitchers

Game Play

  • 6 innings or 2:30 total game-time limit (whichever comes first)– once an inning begins, it should be finished even if the time limit has expired
    • If an inning ends and there are only a few minutes left before the 2 ½ hour time limit, please don’t start a new inning. Umpires discretion.
  • 3 outs to complete 1⁄2 inning
    • A dropped third strike is in play
  • Once the game begins, no Manager, Coach, or fans shall warm up pitchers. Only players with a face mask (throat guard) on, even in the bullpen
  • Once entered, the hitter must keep one foot in batter box unless play is occurring at the plate (i.e. pass ball, play at the plate). This is designed to keep game play moving.
  • Player must drop (not throw or run with) bat before reaching halfway to first
  • Teams bat through entire line up regardless of number of players (Continuous Batting)
  • All players must be in dugout under the roof at all times. There must an adult coach in the dugout at all times. No player may be “on deck” inside the dugout with a bat in their hands
  • If a coach calls time out he or she must wait until that time-out is granted before leaving the dugout.

RUNNERS

  • The Runners must not take a lead until the ball passes the batter.
  • Players must run in base path, or will be called out.
  • May not interfere with a fielder fielding the ball – interference results in runner being out
  • Must do their best to avoid collisions
  • May not be hit by batted ball in fair play (runner will be out)
  • Feet first Sliding is allowed, no head first sliding is allowed. Will result in automatic out (league rule)

CALLS ON THE FIELD

  • Umpire makes the call.
  • PLAY APPEAL Procedure
    • CALL TIME OUT after play is complete
    • Appeal to be made between head coach and umpire
    • Balls and Strikes may not be disputed

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

  • Profanity/Unsportsmanlike conduct from coaches, players, parents and umpires will not be tolerated at any time
  • Any incident must be reported to any league official immediately
  • Players will be benched by coaches
  • Parents and or coaches will be removed from game
  • League officials are permitted to discontinue player, coach, or parent from league with no refund of fees at any time due to conduct

Regular Season Pitching Rules – Baseball (From the Little League Rule book)

PITCHERS

  1. Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)
  2. A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher. Junior and Senior League Divisions only: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.
  3. The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

League Age:

13-16 - 95 pitches per day

11-12 - 85 pitches per day

9-10 - 75 pitches per day

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

Note 2: Any player who has played the position of catcher in four or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

  • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

(d) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.

(e) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(f) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c). The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

(g) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day.

NOTES:

  • 1 - The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
  • 2 - Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.