Escondido National Little League: Fall Ball

Fall Ball 2014

ENLL's Fall League is an instructional league which gives players a chance to maintain and sharpen their baseball skills in the off season. It has an abbreviated 10 week schedule which runs from late Early-September to Late-November. The League is much more informal than the regular season with one or two games a week only and mid-week practices (optional). 

Fall Ball Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Who should play?
Fall Ball has four levels for new and returning upper division players league age 8 and older: 
Minor B: This level is for players that are league age* 7 or 8 who are new or returning to baseball and looking to improve their skills.
Minor A This level is for players that are league age* 8 or 9 or older who expect to play Minor A for the first time in the Spring, or who will be returning to Minor -A from last year.
Majors: The level is for players that are league age* 11 or older who expect to play Majors for the first time in the Spring, or who will be returning to Majors from last year.
Juniors: The level is for players that are league age* 13 or older who expect to play Juniors for the first time in the Spring, or who will be returning to Juniors from last year.
*League Age: League age is considered to be the age of the player as of April 30 of the coming year.

2. When is registration?
Fall League registration will be online at www.eteamz.com/enll. The form and the registration fees must be received by August 4th. Checks for registration fees can be mailed to PO Box listed on the upper right of website or submitted online.

3. How do I sign up to help coach or umpire?
Aspiring managers, coaches and umpires should complete the "Wanna Help" section of the registration form. This is a chance for those who are looking to get coaching experience if you think you might like to manage, coach or umpire during the regular season.

4. When does the season begin/end?
The season generally runs from early September through late November.

5. Why Friday or Saturday games?
To allow those kids who play Soccer and other Fall sports the ability to continue participating in baseball during the off-season.

6. How much does it cost?
$50. Each player receives a team t-shirt and hat. All funds go toward the purchase of equipment, uniforms, facilities and appropriate League related expenses.

7. Are there tryouts?
No, there are no tryouts for Fall League. It is left to the parent's discretion as to which level is appropriate for the player. If you are unsure of which level is appropriate, please contact a Board of Director member with any questions.

More FAQ can be found on the front page of the web site.


Rules

All Divisions of Escondido National Little League Baseball are subject to the Official Rules of Little League, as distributed by Little League International (www.littleleague.org). Each coach is expected to be familiar with the rules for their Division. The following additional rules apply to specified Divisions of Escondido National Little League for Fall Ball.
When coaching Fall Ball, please keep in mind the following principles:
•The purpose of Fall Ball is to provide the kids a fun atmosphere, while developing and improving their baseball skills in a (largely) non-competitive environment that simulates game situations.
•Do not keep score during the regular season.
•No standings are maintained in the regular season.
•Players should play different positions throughout the game.
•Playing time should be equitable.
•It is the responsibility of both teams to set-up and properly manicure the fields before and after games. Please take this responsibility very seriously.
 
Minors/Majors
•Play. The game may be played if one or both teams have only seven or eight players, by borrowing a player(s) from the opposition, or by using only two outfielders.
•During regular season, coaches or parents umpire for their team when in the field. All balls and strikes are called from behind the pitchers mound unless a volunteer is a certified Little League umpire, with proper equipment. Coaches are encouraged to coach from their umpiring position.
•A player may not sit out more than one inning at a time or sit out a second inning until every other player on the team has sat out an inning. In short, everyone should play in the field approximately the same amount of time.
•Free substitution allowed.
•Each team must bat through their roster of available players during the game.
•A pinch runner can be used only in case of injury or use of the bathroom, in which event the last batter to make an out and not on base is the runner. If no outs, the player making the last out on offense in the previous inning is the runner.
•Outfielders must play in the outfield area.
•The maximum number of batters per inning shall be number of batters that have appeared for the game on the day. Three outs or maximum batters, whichever comes first. That means, you bat around once in an inning and that is the end of the inning. (Minors only).
•Minors - No new inning will start after 8:15 p.m. on Friday night. A new inning begins immediately after the third out in the bottom of the prior inning. Any inning starting prior to this time limit will be played in full subject to darkness or weather as determined by the umpire in charge.
•Majors - No new inning will start after 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. A new inning begins immediately after the third out in the bottom of the prior inning. Any inning starting prior to this time limit will be played in full subject to darkness or weather as determined by the umpire in charge.
•Sunday games - No new inning after two hours. A new inning begins immediately after the third out in the bottom of the prior inning. Any inning starting prior to this time limit will be played in full subject to darkness or weather as determined by the umpire in charge.
•Pool Play for Sunday games.  If a team is unable to field 9 players, they players from the team with a Bye are eligible to fill in up to 11 players max.
•Base runners cannot leave a base until the ball is past the plate.
•Pitching. Pitch count rules apply (but due to consecutive out limitations discussed below, may not be relevant)
9-10 year old - 65 pitches max
11 year old - 75 pitches max
12 year old - 85 pitches max
Juniors 95 - pitches max
•Regardless of pitch count, no pitcher may pitch more than six consecutive outs per game. Pitching a maximum of three consecutive outs is encouraged.

Safety
Coaches: This is your primary job!
 
•NO ON-DECK BATTER. No player may have a bat in his/her hands until going to the plate to bat. Please enforce this as you won’t have trained umpires to rely on as you do during the regular season.
•Catchers need to be properly equipped. If no cup, they should not catch under any circumstances.
•Catchers need to wear mask when warming up pitchers or during infield or outfield practice.
•Control your dugout (kids orderly and stay in dugout area behind fence).
•Take the time to teach proper technique for sliding. Also teach that players must slide (feet first) anytime there is to be a play at 2nd, 3rd or home plate.
 
Rain Protocol
•The instructions on weather cancellations and protocol are on the ENLL website.
•Coaches can agree in advance to call off a game but need to remember to contact all players and Fall Ball Commissioner.
•Games postponed are unlikely to be made up.
•Remember, the goals for the fall are to have fun and keep everyone safe.



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