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Rules of The Game

LOCAL LEAGUE RULES BY DIVISION

All divisions will follow Little League Rules unless optional rules are modified by these local rules:

CHALLENGER

The purpose of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is to provide a program for mentally and physically challenged youth to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.

1.              Player Eligibility - League ages 4 – 18, or the completion of high school.

2.              New Senior division for Challenger is forming.  Update TBD

3.              Player Assignment - The Player Agent will assign new players to teams based on team size to keep the teams even.  Returning players will remain on existing teams.

4.              Dress - Shirt and hat issued by the league becomes the property of the player after the season.  Players must wear long pants.

5.              Games - A modified game will be 1 hour 15 minutes in duration, with a minimum of 2 innings completed.    All players on the team roster will play both defensively and offensively in every inning.  Little League recommends that no score be kept during games.

6.              Playing Rules - A wide range of abilities of Little League Challenger participants will necessitate variations in not only the rules, but in the philosophy of conventional baseball.

7.              Pitchers - Use of the batting tee or coach pitch with two fielding “pitchers” (one to the left and one to the right of the mound) is strongly recommended.

8.              Player Assistance - Approved managers, coaches and buddies are permitted on the field to assist players when needed.  A “buddy system” is utilized, involving volunteers and/or Little League players to assist selected Little League Challenger participants both on and off the field.

 

T-BALL

The purpose of T-Ball is to provide an introduction of organized Baseball to players whom because of age; size and physical dexterity are not yet eligible for Little League Baseball.  Due to the age and attention span of T-Ball players, managers are highly encouraged to recruit additional parent volunteers to assist in games and practices.

1.     Player eligibility - league age 4, 5 and 6-year olds.

2.     The Player Agent according to age will distribute all players.  To the extent possible requests, written on the registrations form, to be placed on a specific manager’s team and/or to play with other specifically mentioned players will be honored consistent with creating numerically and age balanced teams.

3.     Dress - shirt and hat issued by the league, which becomes the property of the player after the season.  Players must wear long pants.

4.     No runs will count after the third out is made, but runners on base will continue until all players have batted.  The next batter after the third out will be the first batter for the next inning.

5.     The offensive coach will announce “Last Batter!” for the last batter in the batting order who will be retired by touching all bases or by being put out while rounding the bases.

6.     Games will be played on the T-Ball field.  If for any reason they are played elsewhere, 35-foot base paths will be used.

7.     The offensive team may use two adult base coaches.  The defensive team may place four adults in the outfield.  Coaches will:

                a.     (Offensive) Be one (1) manager and one (1) coach only and (Defensive) Be one (1) manager and one (1) coach, plus two other adults.

                b.     Remain within the coaches’ box (offensive) and on the outfield side of the coaches’ box (defensive) at all times.

                c.     There must be an adult in the dugout at all times

8.     All games will be one (1) hour 15 minutes in duration or consist of four (4) innings, time or darkness permitting.

9.     Base stealing is not permitted.

10.  Every player will play the entire game, both defensively and offensively.  If teams are too large for this to occur (14 or more), every player on the roster will participate in each game for a minimum of two defensive innings and bat every inning.  If this rule is not complied with:

                a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               i.     First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game. 

                                             ii.     Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            iii.     Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

11. At a point determined by the Player Agent and Vice President of Baseball pitching by coaches may be added to the game in accordance with Little League rules.

 

COACH/PLAYER PITCH

The purpose of the Coach/Player Pitch Program is to provide training and instruction for players who have exceeded skill requirements of T-Ball and do not qualify for selection to Minor by preparing players by facing live pitching from both adult and player pitchers.

1.              Player eligibility - league age 7 and 8 years old. 6-year old players with 1 spring or fall season of T-Ball can request to move up, if space is available.

2.              Dress - shirt and hat issued by the league, which becomes the property of the player after the season. Players must wear long pants.

3.              The Player Agent according to age will assign all players. At the discretion of the Player Agent, special written requests, made on the official registration form, to be placed on a specific manager’s team and/or to play with other specifically mentioned players will be honored consistent with creating numerically and age balanced teams. In the event that too many requests are made for a particular team or manager, assignments will be made on first come first serve basis, based on date and time of player registration.

4.              A new inning will not be started after one and one half (1 ½) hours, but any inning in progress will be completed and consist of six (6) innings, time or darkness permitting.  All games will end at 2 hours.

5.              Five (5) runs by the offensive team will constitute an inning. The play, which scores the fifth run, should be played to completion, however, only five runs count.

6.              At the beginning of the season until May 1st, all pitching will be performed by a manager, coach or GRLL qualified volunteer.  The adult pitcher must pitch within the location of the pitcher’s mound.  The adult pitcher must also pitch overhand and wear a glove.  One fielding “pitcher” will be used on either the left or the right of the mound. Defensive coaches will ensure those players stay even with or behind the adult pitcher. Coaches will pitch to their own team. Players will have a maximum of five (5) pitches.  There are no called strikes or balls.  If the batter swings and misses 3 times, the batter is out.  There are no walks.  The batter can foul off the 5th pitch and continue to bat until the batter swings and misses or puts the ball in play.

7.              Starting on May 1st, all pitching will convert over to player/coach pitch rules as follows.  A player pitcher and batting team’s adult pitcher will be on the mound.  The player pitcher can pitch a maximum of six (6) pitches or four (4) balls to a batter.  Batters hit by player pitcher pitches will be awarded first base.  If a player pitcher hits 3 batters in one inning, the pitcher must be replaced and will not be able to return as a pitcher that game.  (Coaches must teach batters the correct way to get hit by a pitch by turning into the pitch) The adult pitcher will call balls and strikes on the player pitcher.  (During pre-game meeting, the managers of both teams shall meet to discuss and agree on a liberal strike zone for the player pitcher which will promote hitting.)  If the player pitcher has pitched four (4) balls before their six (6) pitch maximum, the adult pitcher will pitch a maximum of three pitches to the batter.  If the batter fails to put the ball in play in three adult pitcher pitches or gets a third strike swinging, the batter will be out. Any existing strikes in the batter’s count will be carried over when the coach steps into pitch. During adult pitching, the batter can foul off the 3th pitch and continue to bat until the batter swings and misses or puts the ball in play.  There will be no walks.

8.              Managers must ensure that all pitchers follow Little League pitch count rules which will be supplied by the Minor Player Agent. Since there is no Little League pitch count for a 6-year old, 6-year old’s will be limited to 35 pitches per day, 7-8-year old’s will be limited to 50 pitches.

9.              Base stealing is not allowed.

10.           Any batted ball that makes contact with an adult pitcher will be declared a dead ball and the batter will return to batting with the same pitch count.  Any non-batted ball that makes contact with an adult pitcher will be declared a dead ball and all base runners will be awarded the next base.

11. The ball will be dead, and no runners will advance when the ball is returned in the infield to an infielder.

                       a.     It is necessary for the player to control the ball within the area defined by the Infield dirt.

                       b.     If runners are on base, each runner may advance on the play if they are past the halfway point between the bases when the infielder takes possession of the ball.

                       c.     If a runner is less than halfway to the next base at the end of the play the runner must return back to the previous base.

12.           Coach Pitch teams may have four Coaches. The offensive team may use two adult base coaches, an adult pitcher, and a dugout coach.  The defensive team may place two adults in the outfield. There will be no more than 4 adults in the dugout during games.

13.           Base Coaches will:

                      a.     Be one (1) manager and one (1) coach only.

                      b.     Remain within the coaches’ box and away from the batter during play (offensive) and on the outfield side of the coaches’ box (defensive) at all times.

14.           Coach Pitch is an instructional program and no team standings will be recorded or recognized. The home team’s book will serve as the official scorebook.  However, each team is responsible for keeping track of player pitcher pitch counts.

15.           No player can sit on the bench for more than 1 inning at a time. Managers must rotate players off the bench every inning. A player should not be brought back to the bench until everyone available on the team has sat out for an inning. Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and the entire roster will be the batting order. If this rule is not complied with:

                      a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current game’s requirements before being replaced.

                      b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

 

16.           If available, League Volunteer Umpires will be used.  If not available, the home team is responsible for supplying a volunteer umpire.  If the home team cannot supply a volunteer umpire, each manager/coach will be the umpire while their team is on defense.

 

17.           A catcher must use a catcher’s mitt when behind the plate.  If the catcher catches the pitch or keeps the ball in front of them, the catcher will return the pitch back to the adult or player pitcher.  If the pitch gets behind the catcher, a new ball will be used.  The offensive team manager/coach should have 5 balls ready to be used before every batter.

 

18.           No specialized player positions on defense at this level. Players are to be taught to play all positions over the course of the season. Managers will need to use good judgment about using players at certain positions (i.e.1B and P) for the first couple of weeks of the season until first time players get comfortable and skills improve.

 

19.           It is recommended that managers/coaches start training player pitchers at the beginning of the season to be ready for the May 1st switch to player pitching.  The recommended number of player pitchers per team is no less than five player pitchers, and all 8-year old’s.

 

ADVANCED PROGRAM

The Mission of the Advanced Program is to provide advanced baseball training and competition to challenge players to play in a more competitive environment against other local advanced baseball teams to better the league in whole for post-season tournaments.

MINOR BASEBALL

The purpose of the Minor program is to provide training and instruction.

1.     Player Eligibility: Any candidate with amateur status who has played one (1) Spring season in T-ball, one (1) Spring season of Coach/Player Pitch and will turn age 7 by September 1 or will attain the age of 8 years before May 1 through 9 years old. 

2.     Player distribution will be determined by draft. 

3.     Dress - shirt and hat issued by the league, which becomes the property of the player after the season.  Players must wear long pants.

4.     All games will consist of six (6) innings, darkness permitting.  If after four (4) innings, three and one half (3-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of eleven (11) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent. There will be a 5-run rule limit per inning, except the 6th inning. No new inning will begin after 1 hour 30 minutes. 

5.     Base runners will not be permitted to steal unless the catcher fails to field the pitch cleanly or if the pitcher misses the throw back from the catcher.  If the runner steals on a “bobbled” ball he/she is at risk of being put out.  If a player steals on a cleanly fielded ball the rules will be followed as if the player left the base too soon and may be required to return to the base. Dropped third strike is not in effect. At Wrigley Field, player can only steal one base on a passed ball.

6.     The offensive team may use two base coaches.  Coaches will: 

                 a.     Be two (2) adult base coaches or one (1) Manager and one (1) Coach.

                 b.     Remain within the coaches’ box at all times.

                 c.     At least one coach must be in the dugout at ALL times. There will be no more than 4 adults in the dugout during games.

7.     The home team will keep the official scorebook.

8.     No player can sit on the bench for more than 2 innings at a time.  Managers must rotate players off the bench every inning.  A player should not be brought back to the bench until everyone available on the team has sat out for a minimum of 1 inning.  Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and the entire roster will be the batting order.  If this rule is not complied with:

                 a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced. (The Minor Player Agent or the Vice President of Baseball will be available, upon request, to assist any manager who may be experiencing difficulty in complying with this rule).

                 b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for not complying with division rules. The following penalties will be sanctioned for none compliance:

                                               I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

9.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as time, darkness, weather, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.                                                          

10.  The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  The courtesy runner will be the player that was the previous out.  Being a courtesy runner will not automatically qualify as his mandatory time played. 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1.     Player eligibility - league age 10, 11, and 12 years old.

2.     Each team will have 12 players.

3.     All games will consist of six (6) innings, darkness permitting.  If after four (4) innings, three and one half (3-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent. No new inning will begin after 1 hour 45 minutes.

4.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                  a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                  b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

5.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10 run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

6.     The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not currently in the game.  Being a courtesy runner will not automatically enter him in the game as a substitute nor qualify as his mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow his substitute to play; he may become the courtesy runner).

7.     The "Dropped Third Strike" option will be employed as provided in Rule 6.05(b)(2).

 

INTERMEDIATE (50/70) BASEBALL

1.     Player eligibility - league age 11 through 13 years old.

2.     Each team will have 12 players.

3.     All games will consist of seven (7) innings, darkness permitting.  No new inning will start after one hour fifty minutes darkness permitting.  It after four (5) innings, four and one half (4-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent.

4.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                  a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                  b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

 

5.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10 run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

6.     The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not currently in the game.  Being a courtesy runner will not automatically enter him in the game as a substitute nor qualify as his mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow his substitute to play; he may become the courtesy runner).

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1.     Player eligibility - league age 13 through 14 years old. 14-year old’s must try out for the Senior Division.

2.     Each team will have a maximum of 12 players unless approved by the Vice President of Baseball.

3.     All games will consist of seven (7) innings or two hours.  No new inning will start after two hours (darkness permitting).  If after five (5) innings, four and one half (4-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent. 

4.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                 a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                 b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense – receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense – be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense – be suspended for the remainder of the season.

5.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10 run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not currently in the game.  Being a courtesy runner will not automatically enter him in the game as a substitute nor qualify as his mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow his substitute to play; he may become the courtesy runner).

 

SENIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1.     Player eligibility – league age 13 through 16 years old. A returning 14-year-old not selected to the Senior Division, the 14 year old will be returned to their Junior Division Team.

2.     Each team will have a maximum of 12 players unless approved by the Vice President of Baseball.

3.     All games will consist of seven (7) innings or two hours. No new inning will start after two hours (darkness permitting).  If after five (5) innings, four and one half (4-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent. 

4.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                  a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not   completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                  b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense – receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense – be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense – be suspended for the remainder of the season.

5.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10-run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not currently in the game.  Being a courtesy runner will not automatically enter him in the game as a substitute nor qualify as his mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow his substitute to play; he may become the courtesy runner).

 

MINOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL

The purpose of the Minor League Program is to provide training and instruction for those players who by reason of age, experience, ability or other factors do not qualify for selection in Major League Softball.  Minor League managers are reminded that their goal is to prepare each of their players for selection to Majors. Parents of Minor League should be utilized as volunteer umpires.

1.     Player eligibility – league age 7 to 9 years old.  To the extent possible requests, written on the registrations form, to be placed on a specific manager’s team and/or to play with other specifically mentioned players will be honored consistent with creating numerically and age balanced teams. *6-year-old players with one spring season of T-Ball can request to play up. 10-year-old players that are not drafted to, or lack the skills necessary to play in the Major division can request to play down.   Requests to play up/down must be approved by the Softball Player Agent

2.     Dress – shirt and visor issued by the league, which becomes the property of the player after the season.

3.     Player Distribution will be determined by draft.

4.     All games will be one and one half (1 ½) hours in duration (a new inning will not be started after one and one half (1 ½) hours, but any inning in progress will end at one hour forty-five minutes (1 ¾) regardless of what point the game is at) and consist of six (6) innings, time or darkness permitting

5.     Five (5) runs by the offensive team will constitute an inning. 

6.     This is a player pitch/coach pitch division (no machine will be used).  The player will pitch until she has delivered 3 balls to the batter.  At that time the manager/coach will be permitted to pitch until the batter reaches 3 strikes or a base hit.  There will be no walks.  Managers are expected to develop during practice and/or training sessions, a sufficient number of pitchers.  Player pitch will be used at the Player Agent's discretion. This is a player pitch/coach pitch division (no machine will be used).  The player will pitch until she has delivered 4 balls to the batter.  At that time the manager/coach will be permitted to pitch until the batter reaches 3 strikes or a base hit.  There will be no balls called against the manager/coach.  There will be no walks.  Player/coach pitch will be used for ¾ of the season.  During that time the managers are expected to develop during practice and/or training session, a sufficient number of pitchers.  For the last ¼ of scheduled games player pitch will be used at the player agent’s discretion.  All GR vs GR games will be player pitch.

7.     The managers/coaches will pitch to their own team.  There will be no more than 4 adults on the field during games.

8.     The offensive team may use two adult base coaches and a third coach will be permitted on the field to complete the batters pitches.

                    a.     (Offensive) be one (1) manager and one (1) coach only

                                               I.         (Defensive) Be one (1) manager and two (2) coaches, plus one other adult.

                    b.     Remain within the coaches’ box (offensive) and on the outfield side of the coaches’ box (defensive) at all times.

9.     Base runners will be permitted to steal on passed balls delivered by the pitcher and will be able to advance only one base on fielding overthrows, i.e. as explained in rule #10.

                    a.     Base runners will not be permitted to steal on passed balls delivered by the pitcher but will be able to advance only one base on fielding overthrows, i.e. as explained in rule #10

10.  In the occurrence of a fielding overthrown ball which includes a ball thrown from catcher to pitcher the runner may advance at their own risk no more than one base

11.  Runners may not steal home.

12.  Balls and strikes will be called for non-coach pitch divisions.  An 11-inch ball will be used

13.  The umpire will declare the ball dead and no runners will advance when the ball is returned to the pitcher in the pitcher’s circle.

                    a.     It is not necessary for the pitcher to catch or control the ball only that in the umpire’s judgment, the pitcher makes an effort to catch the ball when it breaks the area of the defined pitcher’s circle.

                    b.     Runners that are between bases when the ball is declared dead will be returned to the last base touched safely

14.  Minor League Softball is an instructional program. However, and no team standings will be recorded and/or recognized.  The home team book will count as the official-score book to score the game.

15.  Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and the entire roster will be the batting order.  If this rule is not complied with.

                   a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                   b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                               I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                             II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                            III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

16.  A continuous batting order will be utilized. If this rule is not complied with:

                    a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed and then complete the current game requirements before being replaced.  (The Minor Softball Player Agent or the Vice President of Softball will be available, upon request, to assist any manager who may be experiencing difficulty in complying with this rule).

                    b.     No specialized player positions on defense at this level.  Players are to be taught to play all positions over the course of the season.  Managers will need to use good judgment about using players at certain positions (i.e.1B and P) for the first couple of weeks of the season until first time players get comfortable and skills improve.

17.  If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as time, darkness, or weather, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

18.  The following speed-up rule will be utilized.  When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not yet entering the game as a starter or substitute.  This will not automatically enter her in the game as a substitute nor qualify this time as her mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow her substitute to play; she may become the courtesy runner).

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL

1.     Player eligibility - league age 9 through *12 years old. Players league age 9 or 10, who are not drafted or lack the necessary skills to remain in the Major Division can request to play down to the Minor Softball Division.

* 12-year-old players that are assessed capable by the Player Agent may duel roster to a Major and a Junior division team. Player eligibility - league age 9 through 12 years old. Players league age 9, not selected to the Major Division will be drafted in the Minor Softball Division.

2.     There will be a maximum of 14 players on each team.

3.     All games will consist of six (6) innings, time or darkness permitting.  If after four (4) innings, three and one half (3-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent.  No new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.

4.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                    a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                    b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                                            I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                           II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                         III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

 

5.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10 run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

6.     The following speed-up rule will be utilized: When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not yet entering the game as a starter or substitute.  This will not automatically enter her in the game as a substitute nor qualify this time as her mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow her substitute to play; she may become the courtesy runner).

7.     Major Softball may utilize pool players in accordance with the Pool Play Local Rule.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL

1.      Player eligibility - league age 13 and 14 years old.

2.     There will be a maximum of 15 players on each team.

3.     Dress - the team will be furnished a complete softball uniform, which will be worn in accordance with Little League rules.

4.     All games will consist of seven (7) innings, time darkness permitting.  If after five (5) innings, four and one half (4-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent.  No new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.

5.     Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                   a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                   b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                                            I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                           II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                         III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

6.     If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10 run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

7.     The following speed-up rule will be utilized: When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not yet entering the game as a starter or substitute.  This will not automatically enter her in the game as a substitute nor qualify this time as her mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow her substitute to play; she may become the courtesy runner).

 

SENIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL

1.              Player eligibility - league age 13 through 16-year old. (League age 14 through 16-year-old only if needed due to registration numbers or inter league compatibility.  Every effort will be made to maintain a separate Junior and Senior Division with every 13-year-old playing in the Junior Division).

2.              There will be a maximum of 15 players on each team. 

3.              All games will consist of seven (7) innings, time darkness permitting.  If after five (5) innings, four and one half (4-½) innings if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs will concede the victory to the opponent.  No new inning will begin after two (2) hours of play.

4.              Every player on the roster will participate in each regulation game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least once.  If this rule is not complied with:

                   a.     The player(s) involved will start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirements not completed, and then complete the current games requirements before being replaced.

                   b.     The manager shall be brought before the Disciplinary Committee for the following:

                                                            I.         First Offense - receives a written warning or may be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                           II.         Second Offense - be suspended for the next scheduled game.

                                                         III.         Third Offense - be suspended for the remainder of the season.

5.              If the game is called for reasons beyond the manager’s control, such as darkness, weather, or the 10-run rule, the manager’s penalty portion of the mandatory play rule may not apply.

6.              The following speed-up rule will be utilized: When there are two outs and the catcher is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used for the catcher.  This courtesy runner will be a player not yet entering the game as a starter or substitute.  This will not automatically enter her in the game as a substitute nor qualify this time as her mandatory time played.  In the event all substitutes have entered the game, a player not in the current line-up may become the courtesy runner.  (A starter has been removed from the game to allow her substitute to play; she may become the courtesy runner).

 

POOL PLAY

1.     Pool play will be allowed IAW Little League Rules for Baseball and Fast-pitch Softball. No pool play will be allowed in the Major Baseball Division only for the regular season.  Pool play will not be permitted for any regular season tournament games.

2.     A list of volunteer pool players will be provided by the player agent to the Vice president of Baseball or Softball for approval.   A Manager can request in writing that certain players not be made available for pool play.   Requests will be considered by the Vice President of Baseball/Softball on a case-by-case basis.

3.     The potential need for pool players must be provided by the team manager to the player agent at least 24 hours prior to the game.  Pool players used must be reported in writing or electronically to the Vice President of Baseball or Softball each week by the player agents.

4.     A player may be removed from the pool player list by the player agent if their use is determined to be excessive or unfairly benefits one team.

5.     Pool players cannot be used by a team with 10 or more players on that team’s roster available at game time.

6.     Pool players will not pitch.

7.     Any violation of these rules will be considered under the ineligible player rules of Little League and could result in a Protest.  Repeated violations could result in the responsible manager appearing before the Disciplinary Committee.

 

INTER-LEAGUE PLAY

1.     If any Division of GRLL is required to inter-league with another league, the following minimum conditions will be met:

                    a.     The local rules of each of the other leagues will be provided to the Vice President of Baseball or Softball for review.   Any concerns will be presented to the associated league for discussion.  A decision regarding the acceptance of the rules will be made by the Board of Directors prior to the first scheduled game.

                    b.     A report will be provided by the Player Agent to the Vice President of Baseball or Softball that identifies the general guidelines that the inter-league arrangement will require.  The following is the minimum items that must be addressed in the report:

 

  1. What leagues are involved?
  2. Who will develop the inter-league schedule?
  3. Who will be responsible for umpires and baseballs/softballs for the games?
  4. How will protests be resolved?
  5. Will there be tournaments in the inter-league scheduled?
  6. How will the seedlings be determined?
  7. How will rain-outs and make-up games be tracked.
  8. How will pitching rules be enforced?
  9. How will an official record of each game be maintained to enforce pitching rules and all star eligibility?

                   c.     Inter-league schedules will be approved by the Vice President of Baseball or Softball prior to the start of the season.

                   d.     If inter-league regular season games are played at GRLL fields, at least one team must be a GRLL team.  If in a tournament situation it becomes necessary to have two non- GRLL teams playing at a GRLL field, the player agent or other BOD member must be present to monitor the game.

                   e.     Any ejections of GRLL team members from a game at a remote site must be reported immediately to the division Player Agent and will result in an automatic two game suspension.

                    f.      GRLL players and spectators will represent GRLL professionally and in a sportsman-like manner in all home and away games.  Managers will take extra efforts to ensure trash is removed from all dugouts AND bleacher areas when visiting other fields.  GRLL will not use other field’s tunnels or batting cages without prior permission from the host League.

                    g.     Failure to follow any of these rules could result the appearance in front of the Disciplinary Committee.

2.     Managers are responsible to obtain a copy of the home scorebook.  If a copy can’t be obtained contact the appropriate Player Agent.

 

FALL BALL PROGRAM

1.     The Fall Ball program is an instructional second season that falls under the Training & Development program.  Therefore, the following temporary local rules may be instituted by the Vice President of Baseball/Softball for individual divisions, upon approval by the BOD.

                   a.     Liberal Substitution:  Under liberal substitution a “continuous batting order” will be utilized.   Defensive substitutions can be made without regard to the normal minimum play rules.  No player will sit out of defensive play more innings than 50% of the team.

                   b.     Five-run Rule:  An inning can be ended when the offensive team scores five runs within one inning.

                   c.     Decreased Pitching limits:  These limits are intended to increase the number of pitchers required, therefore, increasing the opportunity for more players to pitch.

                   d.     Training Timeouts:  Liberal timeouts for instructional purposes will be permitted.  The umpire can refuse the timeout request if he feels it is a delay tactic to affect the outcome of the game.

                   e.     The Umpire will issue 1 balk warning per pitcher per game

RESCHEDULING GAMES

At no time will managers or coaches change the date, time, or location of a scheduled game without the written approval of the Vice President of their division.  Games, other than rainout, will only be rescheduled if the team cannot field nine (9) players due to official school athletic or academic functions.  Manager’s written requests to reschedule will include a listing of affected players and the official function.  These must be submitted to the Vice President of BB/SB as soon as the situation is known, but in no case later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled game (unless special circumstances warrant).  Failure to meet these requirements will result in the game being forfeited. No official games will be played with either team fielding less than nine (9) players.  If for any reason, at game time, a team cannot field nine (9) players, the two teams may combine to play a practice game only.   Pitching rules apply.  Rescheduled game dates/times will be determined by the Vice President of BB/SB and be provided to concerned managers and the Chief Umpire.

                  a. The Field Duty board member, or in his/her absence, the senior Board member present will make the determination of field conditions and the calling of games due to inclement weather.  He/She will then call the appropriate Vice President, who will in turn call, the affected managers.  It will also be put on Facebook and the website.

                 b. The first rainout goes to the first rain date/time.

                 c. Otherwise rescheduled games will be scheduled as soon as possible, but, so as not to put any unfair burden on either team.  Coach Pitch and Tee Ball rainout games will not

 be rescheduled unless the total games played for the season would fall below 12 if a game were not rescheduled.

 

INJURIES

1.  Each manager will immediately notify the Safety Officer who will notify the League President and Vice Presidents of Baseball/Softball and Player Agent of any game or practice related injury.  Any player, who has been injured and unable to play, requires a doctor’s medical release prior to returning to play.

2.  Managers will follow up with parents on any injuries, which have the potential for medical treatment or the use of Little League Insurance.  Little League insurance is supplementary and the parent’s primary insurance coverage is required to be used first.  Any additional cost will be covered by league insurance.  To correctly file under Little League Insurance the following procedures must be followed:

3.  The parents must provide the manager with all-medical reports and receipts for care in excess of primary insurance concerning the injury.

4.  Each Manager will have 24 hours to notify the safety officer and will have 48 hours to complete the incident form, that includes information about the injury confirming the name of the injured player, team name, time, date, place, type of injury (no matter how minor), how it occurred, and that it was a valid PALL related injury.  If there is not a form filled out within 48 hours there will be no claim accepted.

5.  Completed injury reports will be submitted to the Player Agent.  Player agents will assist managers, as needed, in the correct completion of injury reports.  Player agents will submit all paperwork to the Safety Officer who will file the claim.

                 a.  All reports must be received by the Safety Officer within 48 hours of injury.  Safety Officer will submit report to LL insurance within 20 days of injury.  The league insurance must be filed within 120 days of the injury.

6.  No player with blood on self/uniform will be permitted to play.

 

EQUIPMENT

1. All league equipment (including uniforms) is the responsibility of the Equipment Manager.

2. The Equipment Manager will maintain a record of all equipment as to location, condition, value, and replacement needs.

3. The Equipment Manager is responsible for the issue, storage, repair, return and advising the Board of Directors of the need for replacement of all League equipment.  Distribution and collection of league equipment will be facilitated by the Equipment Manager through the Vice President of Baseball and Softball.   Any issues pertaining to missing or uncollected equipment will be reported to the President via the Vice President of Baseball/Softball.

4. Managers will be required to sign for all equipment.

 

OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPERS

1.  The home team will provide the Official Scorekeeper for minor divisions and above.  Training for scorekeepers will be provided.

2.  Official score-books for minor division and above will be stored in the equipment shed in the place provided and should be picked up by the home team manager prior to the first game of the day.  Scorebooks will be returned to the place provided in the equipment shed.

3.  For baseball divisions, the official scorekeeper will ensure Pitch Count is tracked for each game in the official scorebook for each pitcher utilized.  The two teams will verify the pitch count between each half inning.     These forms will be provided with the Official Game Scorebooks in the shed.

4.  The official Scorekeeper will have the scorebook signed by both managers after each game.

5.  The home team will coordinate with the visiting team to provide RESPONSIBLE ADULT scoreboard operators and announcers if these systems are to be used.

 

PLAYER REPLACEMENTS DURING THE SEASON

1. If a player is unable to play for an extended period (more than 28 days) of the season due to any injury or health reason, the manager will immediately place him/her on the Disabled List, with a written explanation from his/her doctor or parent.  If placed on the DL, a replacement will be called up from the minors and become a permanent member of that team.  When the injured/ill player is able to return to play he/she will present a doctor medical release and return as a member of the original team.

2.  If a Major team loses a player for any other reason during the season, the manager will draft a player from the Minors to fill the vacancy.

3.  All drafting from the Minors will be done in accordance with the following procedure and will be strictly enforced:

                 a. The Major Manager will immediately inform the Major Player Agent of the situation and need for a replacement. 

                 b. The Major Player Agent will provide the manager a list of eligible Minor League Players.  (The Minor Player Agent will provide the list).

                 c. The manager will “scout” the Minors for a prospective player but only contact Minor managers to get the name of a prospective player. Care should be taken and discretion used to ensure that no player inadvertently hears that he/she may be under consideration.  This could cause severe disappointment and bad feelings if for any reason the move does not occur.

                d. Once the manager has decided on a prospect, he/she will inform the Major player agent who will contact the prospect’s parents. The Major Player Agent will inform the Minor Player Agent, (who will inform the Minor manager), and arrange for the move.  If the parent of the child refuses to move up, they are ineligible for All-Stars.

                e. The manager has up to 14 days from placing a player on the DL or release to draft a player from the Minors.  At that point his/her divisional Player Agent will assign him a player.  The manager may require the new player to attend one practice prior to playing in a game.

                f. Replacement players will not be called up from the Minors within 14 days of Closing Day.

4.  For divisions that do not have a Minor program to draw from, the following procedures will be followed:

               a. Players will be placed on teams in the order that they complete registration

               b. If any team has fewer players than any other team, the first person to sign up will go to that team.  If teams are equal in size, players will be placed on teams in the same order as the draft.

               c. For Minors and below, players will not be placed on a waiting list to keep teams even.  All teams will continue to be assigned players in draft rotation to a maximum of twelve (12) unless approved by the Vice president of Baseball/Softball.

 

ALL-STAR TEAM SELECTION

1.  All-star managers will be selected by a committee chaired by the President and comprised of the Vice President, Vice President of Baseball and Softball, the respective divisional Player Agents and the Secretary.   The manager will be selected based on his/her management and tournament experience, support of the league, knowledge of all aspects of the game, and ability to quickly develop a high performance team to represent the League and be competitive in tournament play.  Only Managers with a history of professional conduct and a demonstrated ability to represent Green Run Little League in a positive manner will be considered.  The manager will choose his/her official roster coaches (two) for board approval.  Due to the short preparation time and the training intensity necessary, other Managers/ Coaches from within the division may be required to be part of the coaching staff.

2.  Each Player Agent will verify, with the Secretary, the eligibility and availability of each player and develop a ballot for distribution.  Availability must be determined by May 4th get an accurate count of potential candidates.  This will determine waiver requests and ultimately, the number of teams fielded by each division.

3.  Little League would gain immeasurably in the eyes of the public if the players themselves selected all tournament teams.  Players relish the challenge of competition, but their anxiety to excel is in balance with an intuitive respect and admiration for teammate and opponent alike who demonstrate superior ability and skill.

                  a. Tournament team candidates should be selected based on their playing ability, eligibility, and availability.

                  b. The following groups will determine selection of the tournament team:

 

1. Players

2. Managers/Coaches          

                 a. They may select in their division only.  (American/National)

3. All Star Selection Committee

                c. Every member of a team is entitled to vote. The Player Agent will provide each manager and coach with ballots at least two (2) weeks prior to Closing Day.  Ballots will be returned immediately upon voting to the division player agents prior to teams leaving the field.  Voting for All Star selection will be completed by May 18th.  Vote counting will be conducted by the Player Agent in the presence of the League President, Vice President, Secretary, and Vice President of Baseball or Softball.  All results will be held in the strictest confidence until official announcement.

4.  Player agents will prepare team affidavits for the President’s signature.

5.  Selection to an All-Star team will require parents to work 3 Bingo’s between June 8th  and December 31, 2019.  Parents will be required to give a $200 deposit that will be refunded once the Bingo commitment has been met.

 

FIELD DUTY

A member of the Board of Directors will be assigned Field Duty for each day games are scheduled.  Scheduling will rotate throughout the members.  The Duty person is the League representative during their duty day and as such has the authority to address any issues which may arise that cannot be handled by individual managers or other participants present.  The field duty person will be responsible for ensuring the complex is secured and cleaned.  Due to past history and events, ALL females must be accompanied by a male while at the fields.

TREASURER

1.  The treasurer is to maintain receipts for all money coming into and going out of the league.

2.  The treasurer will submit written reports at all general meetings a summary of account balances.

 

BINGO

1. The Bingo organization will consist of a Coordinator, CO-Coordinator, Team Leaders and workers.  The Coordinator is appointed by the President of the League and approved by the Board.

2.  The Bingo organization is the primary fundraising group in the League and is governed by the Green Run Little League Constitution and by-laws, and State and Local regulations.

 

UMPIRES

1. Contract umpires may be used for Major League Divisions and above.  Volunteer umpires can be used for all divisions.

2. Volunteer umpires will notify in writing or electronically, the League President, Vice President of Baseball or Softball, Divisional Player Agent, and Chief Umpire within 24 hours of any ejection and the circumstances surrounding it.

3. Volunteer umpires will be in the appropriate protective gear including a chest protector, face mask, shin guards (all provided by the League), closed-toe shoes and present a clean and respectable appearance.

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