North Bergen Little League Baseball

Game Rules

(May 12)


North Bergen Little League is governed by the rules set forth by Little League Baseball Incorporated with the following modifications.




1 – Pitch count will be announced by the score booth each half inning


2 – Score booth may announce a reminder to coaches when pitcher is about 10 pitches away from reaching limit








****MAJORS NATIONAL ONLY – Adopted Little League Dropped 3rd Strike Rule



1A. Home and Away


When meeting for the 1st time a coin flip determines who is home and away. 


After the first time the teams rotate. If you meet for the 3RD time you flip again.


1A1. The home team shall have the first base dugout.


1B. Forfeit


To avoid a forfeit a game will start with 8 players. The 9th spot in the batting order will receive an out if the 9th player has not arrived. Once the 9th player arrives to the game, he will be implemented into the game on the field and or in the lineup.


On game day, if a team has 7 players or less, the game is forfeited.


A game is officially forfeited after 20 minutes from game time schedule.


1B1. If a team does not have at least 8 players by game time, the game is in the top of the 2nd inning and the team that is short players is losing 2-0 (added March 2011).


1C. Time Limit

There will be a 2 hour time limit for each game. The Umpire or scorekeeper will announce start time of each game. Within 15 to 20 minutes the umpire will make teams aware of time limit approaching.


Majors Only - No new inning may commence at or after 1 hour and 55 minutes of game play.


Minors Only - No new inning may commence at or after 1 hour and 45 minutes of game play.


If the game is tied and is an official game (4 complete innings) the game shall be recorded as a tie.


If the game is tied and is not an official game (less than 4 complete inning) the game shall resume at point of interruption.  Game shall only be played if regular season schedule permits and/or if game has impact on standings.


1D. Five Run Rule for Minors ONLY

Once a team has scored its 5th run in the inning the inning is over. Any runs score after the 5th run as a result of a hit does not count.



In the last inning only, last inning defined as the 6th inning and beyond or the last inning declared by the umpire, 3 outs or the whole line up batting will constitute the end of an inning, whichever comes first (added May 26, 2009).


A home run hit over the fence all runs count, no matter what inning (added March 2011).


1E. Extra Hitter (EH)


If a team has 10 or more players at the game a team MUST use atleast  ONE  EH.

      -note: if a team only has 10 players, and a player cannot play due to injury or family emergency, that player’s spot in the    batting order will be skipped without penalty


A player may only play as an EH 3 times in a given season.


An EH must play 3 consecutive outs on the field.




1F. Minors Only – 4th Outfielder

         A 4th outfielder MUST be used to play on the field if a team has at least 10 players available.  The 4th outfielder MUST play the same Depth as the regular outfields (left, center and right fielders).

         The 4th outfielder CANNOT be used as a 5th infielder or play a shorter distance than the regular outfielders.


1G. Substitution Rules


****MAJORS NATIONAL ONLY (added May 12, 2012)****


Teams with up to 11 players at a game the subs must play at least 3 innings on the field and get at least 1 at bat.


Teams with 12 or more players at a game the subs must play at least 1 inning on the field and get at least 1 at bat.


Majors American and Minors ONLY


Every Player on your roster must get one at bat and play two full innings in the field. The innings on the field DOES NOT have to be consecutive innings. 





All substitutions must be completed by the fourth inning.


FAILURE to adhere to substitution rules will result in the suspension of the team manager for the next scheduled game and possible game forfeiture at the discretion of the board for a second offense.



1H. Bunt and Slash

As soon as the pitcher is ready to pitch on the mound, a batter may NOT square to bunt then pull his bat back to swing away on a given pitch.  By Doing so the batter will be called OUT. 


1I. Courtesy Runner for Catcher and Pitcher


A courtesy runner is allowed for the runner and/or pitcher with LESS than 2 outs.  It is MANDATORY for catcher, optional for pitcher.


1ia: courtesy runner MUST be a player not in the current line up. If no bench player(s) are available then it is the last batter out in the line up. 


1J. Standings Tie Breaker (added 06/12/09)

1 -  Head to Head

2 -  Least Runs given up against the team you are tied with

3 -  Better division record

4 -  Which team beat the best team (record wise)

                  4a- division first then league wise

5 - Least runs allowed in division

6 - Least runs allowed in all games

7 - Coin toss


1K. Rainouts

If a rained out game does not factor into the determination of a division title it may not be made up if timing does not permit.








2A. Pitch Count - We will adhere to the Little League Rule Book (adopted 03/25/12)  

-       For Majors maximum pitches per game is 85

-       For Minors see rule 2F.


2B. Days Rest for a Pitcher - We will also follow the Little League Rule Book (adopted 03/25/12)




- 66 or more pitches in a game - 4 calendars days rest (ie: if you pitch Monday you cannot pitch till Saturday)

- 51 to 65 pitches - 3 calendar days rest

- 36 to 50 pitches - 2 calendar days rest

- 21 ro 35 pitches - 1 calendar day rest

- 1 to 20 pitchers - 0 calendar day rest



2C. Intentional Walk


-       Majors Only – must pitch to batter (pitches will count towards pitch count (added April 18, 2012)


-       Minors Only – automatic intentional walk is allowed ( do not have to pitch to batter, no pitches are added to pitch count)


ALL DIVISIONS - The same player may only be intentionally walked one time per game.



2D: Pitcher/Catcher Rule – We will adhere to the Little League Rule Book (below is what it states)


Regulation VI – PITCHERS in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day. An inning is officially started when the umpire puts the ball in play at the beginning of each half inning.




       ** A 10 year old CANNOT pitch after the 4th inning

               exception: if the 10 yr old is a starter and is pitching a no hitter he/she is allowed to pitch past the 4th inning     






2F. Minors Only


      A pitcher may not pitch more than 3 innings per game or 75 pitches, which ever comes first (added to clarify 04/08/11)



2G. Illegal Pitcher (changed April 4, 2012 )


-If an illegal pitcher is used the COACH gets suspended the next game or if he/she should play the offended team again the suspension would be for that game.


- If an illegal pitcher is used again by the same team the COACH gets suspended again and meets for with the board members. 


- If an illegal pitcher is used again by the same team the pitcher gets suspended from pitching - NOT playing - the next game or if their team should meet   the offended team again he/she gets suspended from pitching in that game.


2H. Removing a Pitcher


Once a pitcher has been removed from the mound the pitcher may not return in the game as a pitcher.


The no-hitter rule exception does not apply to the Minor League.






3A. Playoff Format


  Home and Away is determined by finish in regular season standings.

          The first 4 teams of each division will make the playoffs.

          The first 2 rounds of the playoffs are single elimination.


  3B. Round 1 (1 Game Elimination)

 The 1st place team will play the 4th place team in their division, the 2nd place team                                                                                                                                                                                       


           Winners will advance to play each other in the second round. 


3C. Round 2 (1 Game Elimination)


           The winners within their division in the 1st round will play each.


3D. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (1 Game Elimination)