DeMotte Little League: Little League Rules

Wednesday, April 4
2007 Little League Rule Changes

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REGULATION AND RULE CHANGES FOR 2007


Changes adopted at the Aug. 25, 2006 meeting of the Little League


International Board of Directors are noted in


Item 1


REGULATION I (c) – The League


Each league shall:


9. Conduct an annual background check on all personnel that are required to complete a


“Little League Volunteer Application” prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for


the current season. No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner,


whose background check reveals a conviction or guilty plea for any crime involving or


against a minor. A local league may prohibit any individual from participating as a


volunteer or hired worker, if the league deems the individual unfit to work with minors.


A local league must conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government


sex offender registry data. (Note: The United States Department of Justice National Sex


Offender Public Registry is free and available at www.nsopr.gov. Information on


running background checks that contain not only those on a sex offender registry, but


other crimes of a sexual and nonsexual nature, can be found on the Little League website


www.littleleague.org. )


If no sex offender registries exist in a province or country outside the United States the


local league must conduct the more extensive of a country, province or city- wide


criminal background check through the appropriate governmental agency unless


prohibited by law.


Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of


tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or


Tournament Committee in Williamsport. If a local league becomes aware of information,


by any means whatsoever, that an individual, including, but not limited to, volunteers,


players and hired workers, has been convicted of or pled guilty to any crime involving or


against a minor, the local league must contact the applicable government agency to


confirm the accuracy of the information. Upon confirmation of a conviction for, or guilty


plea to, a crime against or involving a minor, the local league shall not permit the


individual to participate in any manner.


Item 2


REGULATION II – LEAGUE BOUNDARIES


(a) Each league shall determine actual boundaries of the area from WITHIN which it


shall select players. Only those participants whose residence is within the boundaries of


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the league shall be eligible to participate. Residence, for the purposes of this regulation,


is defined in “Residence Eligibility Requirements” in the first section of this book (Pages


14-16). NOTE: Any player who does not reside WITHIN the league’s boundaries must


have an approved waiver issued by the Charter Committee at Little League International.


All waiver requests to the Charter Committee must be submitted in writing by the league


president before the start of the league’s regular season or June 1 whichever occurs first.


Requests must be submitted to the regional office through the district administrator.


These boundaries MUST be described in detail AND shown on a map when making


application for the charter. The local Little League boundaries shall be the boundaries of


the Junior/Senior/Big League. Exception noted for Big League district operating in


Regulation I.


Item 3


Regulation VI – Pitchers:


a. Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the


number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)


b. Junior, Senior, and Big League Divisions only: A pitcher remaining in the


game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the


remainder of the game, but only once per game.


c. The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for


his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at


another position:


League Age 17-18 105 pitches per day


13-16 95 pitches per day


11-12 85 pitches per day


10 and under 75 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 that batter


reaches base or is put out. Note 1. Intentional Walk: Before a pitch is delivered


to the batter, the catcher must inform the umpire-in-chief that the defensive team


wishes to give the batter an intentional base-on-balls. The umpire-in-chief waves


the batter to first base. The ball is dead.


d. Pitchers league age 16 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:


If a player pitches 61 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest


must be observed.


If a player pitches 41 - 60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must


be observed.


If a player pitches 21 - 40 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must


be observed.


If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest must be


observed.


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Pitchers league age 17-18 must adhere to the following rest requirements:


If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest


must be observed.


If a player pitches 51 - 75 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must


be observed.


If a player pitches 26 - 50 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must


be observed.


If a player pitches 1-25 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest must be


observed.


e. Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the


official pitch count recorder.


f. The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher


when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is


responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.


g. The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a


pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in


Regulation VI (c). The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the


pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the


failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure


of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of


his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.


h. Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in


which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.


i. A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in


the Minor League.


NOTES:


1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a


warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter,


shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take


precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential


offender should be notified immediately.


2. Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended


Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.


3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the


game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that


day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.


Example 1: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when


the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is


not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed


the required three days of rest.


Example 2: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when


the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to


pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has


observed the required three days of rest.


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Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when


the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to


pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible


based on his/her pitching record during the previous three days.


Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the “calendar week” with


regard to pitching eligibility.


Item 4


Rule 1.09 The softball used must meet Little League specifications and standards. The


ball shall be not less than 11 – 7/8” nor more than 12-1/8” in circumference and shall


weigh not less than 6-1/4 ounces nor more than 7 ounces. Minor League/Tee Ball the


ball shall be not less than 10-7/8” nor more than 11-1/8” in circumference and shall


weigh not less than 5-1/2 ounces nor more than 6 ounces.


Item 5


Rule 1.10 – The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and


standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or


of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not


be more than thirty-three (33) inches (34 inches for Junior; 36 inches for Big and Senior


League) in length, nor more than two and one-quarter (2 ¼) inches for Little League, 2 ¾


inches for Junior, and 2 ¾ for wood-2 5/8 non wood for Senior and Big League in


diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch


for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a


distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League


Baseball) from the small end. Senior/Big League baseball a bat shall not weigh,


numerically, more than three ounces less than the length (in inches) of the bat (e.g., a 33-


inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces).


Note 1: ……………


Note 2: ……………


Note 3: Beginning with the 2009 season, non wood bats used in divisions of Little


League (league age 12 years old and younger) shall be printed with a BPF (bat


performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Senior and Big League non wood bats shall meet the


BESR (Bat Exit Speed Ratio) performance standard, and such bats shall be printed with a


permanent certification mark.


Item 6


TOUNAMENT PLAYER ELIGIBILITY – Baseball and Softball


Big League - Any player League Age 16, 17 or 18 (14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 – Softball),


with amateur status, who has been a rostered member for one-half the regular season


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games (special games may be counted toward this requirement) by the start of


Tournament Play in their respective District, with the exception of the high school or


college baseball season, on a Big League Baseball Team, or, any player League Age 16


(14, 15, and 16 – Softball), with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible


player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the


middle school, junior high school or high school baseball season, on a Senior League


Baseball Team (Junior or Senior Team – Softball).


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