Local Rules

Intermediate Division (Ages 11-13)

LOCAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

All Rules in the current season Official Little League Rule Book shall apply unless effectively modified herein.

1. The Home team shall occupy the dugout on the first baseline side.

2. Time limit: Games will have a 2-hour time limit. A new inning may not start after 1 hour and 45 minutes of play has been completed. The home team shall be permitted to complete the bottom of an inning after 1 hour and 45 minutes has been played, regardless of the score.

3. There shall be a mercy rule applied in Major Division games. The game shall be declared over when one team has attained a lead of ten or more runs after 4 innings of play.

4. Scores, Records and Standings are kept.

5. Each player must play a minimum of 6 defensive outs and bat once per game. Coaches are encouraged to distribute playing time evenly amongst players. The continuous batting order must be played throughout regular season this will allow the manager to substitute players defensively without restriction. ABSOLUTELY NO ON DECK BATTERS OR HIT STICKS ARE ALLOWED DURING GAMES.

6. Game play changes sides after three recorded outs.

7. SLL has initially adopted “Option 2” to regulation VI, which defines the number of “Calendar Days” of rest which must be observed, as follows:

Pitches/dayCalendar days of rest
66-85 max (age 11 - 13) / 66-75 max (age 9-10)4
51-65 (age 11-12) /41-60 (age 9-10)3
36-50 2
21-35
1-20
1
0

8. After EVERY Game, a team manager/coach must e-mail [email protected]  to report pitching stats. It shall be the duty of the League Information Officer to report the following: Date and teams that played Names and ages of players from their team that pitched. A count of the number of pitches and innings for each pitcher Managers that fail to do so will be subject to possible relief of their manager’s positions.

9. Team Managers shall organize their pitching staff to optimize the use of every pitcher. Managers shall strive to equally divide innings available between 11,12 & 13 year olds, developing ALL players.

10. Collisions must be avoided. Runners must slide to avoid the tag of the fielder and must slide to avoid a collision at the plate. Players shall be called out if they fail to do this.

11. A Player shall be called out for a headfirst slide to acquire a base. Players may slide headfirst when going back toward a base.

12. Players shall not intentionally slide into a fielder to interfere with the play. The slide must be to the base, and not past it. Players will be called out (Umpires take note).

13. Base stealing is permitted once a pitched ball reaches home plate. Leading is not permitted when the pitcher is in contact with the pitchers MOUND and is holding the ball.

14. No batter may be issued an Intentional Base on Balls, by any means.

AAA Division (Ages 9 and 10 some 8’s)

LOCAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

All rules contained in the current Official Little League Rule Book shall apply, unless effectively modified herein.

1. The Home team shall occupy the dugout on the first baseline side.

2. Time limit: Games will have a 2-hour time limit. A new inning may not start after 1 hour and 45 minutes of play has been completed. The home team shall be permitted to complete the bottom of an inning after 1 hour and 45 minutes has been played, regardless of the score.

3. There shall be no mercy rule applied in AAA Division games. Games will be played up to the prescribed time limit. This is done to encourage equal playing time.

4. Record and score will be kept with the condition that coaches continue to emphasize fundamentals, using the score as a teaching tool to highlight successes and areas for improvement.

5. Each player must play a minimum of 3 innings in the field per game & must start every third game defensively. Playing time should be distributed evenly amongst players.

6. Teams MUST use a continuous batting order. ABSOLUTELY NO ON DECK BATTERS OR HIT STICKS ARE ALLOWED DURING GAMES.

7. A maximum of 5 runs or three outs per inning, whichever comes first, will be allowed.

8. SLL has initially adopted “Option 2” to regulation VI, which defines the number of “Calendar Days” of rest which must be observed, as follows:

Pitches/dayCalendar days of rest
65-75 max (age 9 - 10)4
51-65 (age 9-10) /41-50 max (age 8)3
36-50
21-35
2
1
1-200

9. After EVERY Game, a team manager/coach must e-mail Jose Ramos or Noel Cocca at [email protected] to report pitching stats. It shall be the duty of the League Information Officer to report the following: Date and teams that played Names and ages of players from their team that pitched. A count of the number of pitches and innings for each pitcher. Managers that fail to do so will be subject to possible relief of their manager’s positions.

10. Team Managers shall organize their pitching staff to optimize the use of every pitcher. Managers shall strive to equally divide innings available between 9 and 10 year olds to develop ALL players.

11. Collisions must be avoided. Runners must slide to avoid the tag of the fielder and must slide to avoid a collision at the plate. Players shall be called out if they fail to do this.

12. A Player shall be called out for a headfirst to acquire a base. Players may slide headfirst when going back toward a base.

13. A player must slide into the base, and not past it to interfere. Players will be called out (Umpires take note).

14. Base stealing is permitted once a pitched ball reaches home plate. Leading is not permitted when the pitcher is in contact with the pitcher’s plate and is holding the ball.

15. Unlimited base stealing is allowed except home plate teams may steal home on pass balls only 2 times per inning.

16. No batter may be issued an Intentional Base on Balls, by any means.

End of season tournament tie breakers will be determined by California rule 2 extra inning 1st inning team will place their last batted out on second base to start inning and will start with 1 out should game still be tied after 1 extra inning then 2nd extra inning teams will start with their last batted out on 3rd and 1 out. Should game remain tied after 2 extra innings then teams will return the following day to play game again…

AA Division (Ages 7 & 8, some 6’s)

LOCAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

Each team will play no more than two league games per week.  

  1. Games shall be 1 hour and 45 minutes or six (6) innings, whichever comes first.
  2. Teams shall send their entire roster to bat one time each inning with a maximum of 10 batters allowed before changing sides. At mid-season teams are allowed and encouraged to play three defensive outs before changing sides.
  3. Each team will consist of no more than 13 players, aged 7 & 8 (age 6 only w/Board approval).
  4. Friends, family and pets ARE NOT permitted on the field or bench during any game!
  5. Coaches shall pitch to their own team and must throw overhand. Coach-pitchers must avoid “lobbing” the ball and throw appropriate velocity. This reinforces proper hitting mechanics.
  6. The Coach-pitcher, and adult first- and third-base coaches shall serve as umpires. Be reasonable and fair. Ties always go to the runner. Keep it FUN for the kids.
  7. No more than 9 players shall be on the field at one time: 1 pitcher, 1 catcher in full equipment, 4 IF’s, & 3 OF’s.
  8. A continuous batting order must be used. Players shall bat even if they did not play the field that inning.
  9. A Manager may not rearrange the batting order during a game. Players arriving late shall be added to the bottom of the order.
  10. First half of season there shall be no strikeouts. All outs must be made by the defense on the base or by catching a fly ball. However, if a player refuses to swing at “good” pitches, or swings and misses at more than 8 pitches the player shall be given the option of hitting from a tee or being retired. An at Bat will be extended for any pitch hit foul. At Mid-season it is allowed and encouraged to let player moving up in division the following spring to pitch to batters. For the first 3 innings of game players will pitch then for remainder coaches will continue. Different pitcher per inning MUST BE USED. If pitcher throws 4 balls in a row the coach will finish the batter, then the player will resume. At this point strike outs are allowed the coach pitcher will call balls and strikes.
  11. Batters shall be reminded not to throw bats and shall be first warned and later removed from the game for repeat offenses. Batters should not be limited to 1 base on a clean hit to outfield.
  12. No player will sit on the bench more than one (1) inning in a row.
  13. Players shall get an opportunity to play all positions on the field, infield, outfield, pitcher, and catcher. Managers/Coaches should see that player get an equal amount of playing time an equal number of at bats.
  14. Pinch runners are not allowed except for injuries. A substitute runner will be the last batted out.
  15. Outs will be called to recognize a play that results in a retired runner or batter. Once called out, that player shall return to the bench.
  16. Initially emphasis should be made on the throw to first base. As the season progresses, managers should instruct infield players to throw to retire the “lead runner” for a “force out.”
  17. Managers should instruct outfield players to throw ball to cut off man and then to pitcher or straight to pitcher to end the play.
  18. Managers should instruct infielders to stand clear of base paths and not to block bases, especially first basemen where there is an increased risk of collision and injury.
  19. When the last batter of an inning reaches first base safely the play is over.

NOTE: Volunteer and code of conduct forms MUST be filled out for anyone other than coaches and players to be on the field NO EXCEPTIONS. ABSOLUTELY NO ON DECK BATTERS ALLOWED.

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