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Larry Burch
P.O. Box 301023
Escondido, California
Tuesday, March 4
Clarification of Regulation VI

DATE: February 25, 2014

TO: All Field Personnel

FROM: Patrick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development

SUBJECT: Clarification of Regulation VI

In the 2014 Official Regulations and Playing Rules, Regulation VI Note 3 Exception from the 2013 Official Regulations and Playing Rules was inadvertently eliminated.

The note references the exception for games that are suspended with less than one (1) inning completed.

To clarify: The 2013 Official Regulations and Playing Rules Regulation VI Note 3 Exception remains in effect for 2014. In the event that the first inning is not completed, all records including pitching records, batting records, etc. shall be disregarded.

Tuesday, November 26
Important Rule Changes for the 2014 Little League® Season

Important Rule Changes for the 2014 Little League® Season

As we enter into the 75th year of Little League, we want to advise you of several important changes to the rules and regulations that you'll see in the 2014 Little League® Rulebooks. We hope that these changes help make your entire season a successful one, and we look forward to celebrating our Diamond Anniversary with you throughout the year.

Residency and School Attendance Eligibility

In an effort to accommodate for Little Leaguers to play with their classmates, and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located. To verify enrollment, parents will need to bring an official school document, such as a report card or school enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the school for the current academic year, dated before October 1, 2013. Read the full text of the new rule here.

"Little League is always looking for more ways to give all children the opportunity to have the best Little League experience possible," said Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development. "This new rule will provide more flexibility for families to participate in the leagues that best fits their children."

Retaining Birth Certificates for Tournament Eligibility Affidavit

To streamline the tournament eligibility affidavit process, all birth certificates will be returned to parents after the District Administrator approves a team's affidavit. Team managers will no longer be required to carry the birth certificates with the affidavit throughout the tournament season. Read the full text of the new rule here.

"While it is important as ever to ensure that all our tournaments are played fairly and competitively, we believe that this will make our tournament process run smoother, and allows parents to retain these sensitive documents," said Mr. Wilson.

Financial Responsibility for Tournament Travel

For those United States teams advancing through the International Tournament, Little League has amended the financial responsibility for those driving to tournaments. In 2014, all U.S. teams traveling 150 miles or more per one round trip to Section tournaments and beyond will be eligible to receive compensation to defray their travel expenses. These U.S. teams will be eligible to be reimbursed $1 per mile. Read the full text of the new rule here.

Click here to review additional, important rule changes.

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Monday, June 10
Baseball Bat Resource Page available on Little League website
Dear Little League Parents, Coaches, Umpires and Local League and District Volunteers:

As you take to the field this season, Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, which is available through the Little League website.

Click here to find the latest bat information, including the 2013 Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers.

If there is a bat-related issue that requires an explanation the answer is just a click away.

You are encouraged to you use this resource, and refer to it often to review the latest information.

Little League International

Handout: Approved composite bat list for Majors and Minors

Tuesday, January 24
Dropped 3rd Strike and rule 7.13(c) situation
Dropped 3rd Strike and rule 7.13(c)Scenario:Majors division, bases loaded, two outs, and someone leaves early. The third strike gets away from the catcher, and all the runners, including the batter, advance one base. Does the run score?Ruling from Little League:The same principle that applies in Rule 7.13 (c) and 7.13 Example No. 15 will apply in this case. The answer to the specific question in this scenario when the situation occurs, is no.

Here is how it is applied:

* Major Baseball. Regular Season or Tournament.

* Bases loaded. Two outs.

* Any of the three runners on base leaves before the pitched ball reaches the batter.

* The pitch is a third strike, which is not caught by the catcher.

* By the application of the new rule, the batter is now a runner. That means all runners are forced to advance in this case. (This assumes that the local league did not exercise its option to go with the traditional rule for Regular Season play.)

* If the batter-runner or any other runner is put out before reaching the next base, the inning is over. (Since this would be a force-out, no run would score. For instance, the catcher can simply hold the ball and step on the plate before the runner from third can touch the plate, ending the inning.)

* If all runners (including the batter-runner) advance at least one base, the runner who was on third is not permitted to score, and is not called out. That runner simply "goes poof," or is removed from the play entirely. If, on that play, any other runners advance more than one base (because of a misplay, for instance), the batter-runner is placed on first base, and the other two runners are placed on second and third. No run can score on such a play under any circumstance.

Note: If there are less than two outs when the situation occurs, then the batter does not become a runner and the force play does not apply. As such, it’s simply a live ball.

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