1. All players must play a minimum of 3 innings. “Equal” play is strongly encouraged. Games are 6 innings long for AA
2. For AA, 10 players are allowed on the field (must use 4 outfielders). 9 players are required for an official game to start for AA
3. The entire team roster bats. All players are to bat in a consecutive lineup, regardless of how many players show up for either team. If a player shows up after the start of the game, they must be added to the bottom of the batting line-up.
4. An inning is over when 3 outs occur, or (4) runs are scored, whichever comes first.
5. The last inning of the game will be played as “open baseball”. The four-run limit rules does not apply. Due to time limits and darkness, it is the umpire’s decision as to which inning will constitute the “last” inning of the game. An umpire can call a game at any time for safety concerns (darkness, weather, etc.)
6. If there are no umpires, coaches should work with each other to find a suitable solution (including parents or alternating coaches)
7. Home team takes the 1st base dugout and is responsible for field prep both before and after each game. Visiting team is encouraged to help.
8. Two adult base coaches are allowed.
9. Games may be limited by time (regulation game is 4 innings). There is a strict 2:15 -hour time limit for Saturday games.
10. With two outs, if the catcher for the team batting is on base, he is to be removed and replaced by the player who made the last out. (This is a big time saver.)
· Coaches will pitch the first 1/3 of the season (up to May 8th) while teaching the players how to pitch. While the coach pitches only ONE pitcher may be next to the mound.
· Kids will pitch with coaches helping the middle third of the season (up to May 30th).
· If the pitcher throws 4 balls, the coach steps in and pitches. If the batter had any strikes prior to the coach pitching, those remain. Basically, avoiding walks is the key. The batter can either hit or strike out.
· Kids will pitch for the last 1/3 of the season..
· If bases are loaded, the pitcher gets 6 balls before a walk is issued.
12. Pitching will follow Little League rules and all pitch counts must be entered into our online system by the manager or a coach. The maximum number of pitches that a player may deliver is based on age. In addition, there is a required rest period based on pitches thrown.
9-10 years old -- maximum of 75 pitches per day
7-8 years old -- maximum of 50 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