Martin County North Little League: Coaches Corner

Monday, March 31
Make up Games for Majors

MAJOR LEAGUE MAKE UP GAMES

Every major league team shall play an equal number of games. This is required because a team’s record will determine the team’s seeding in the championship tournament. Therefore, every game scheduled shall be played.

If at any time a game is postponed, for any reason, then that game shall be played on one of the following days:

 

  • The date of either team’s next scheduled practice; 
  • If the postponed game was originally scheduled on a weekday and cannot be made up at either team’s next scheduled practice, the game will be played as the first game of a doubleheader to be played on the first Saturday that follows the postponed game; or 
  • On a date and time agreed to by the managers in consultation with the League Director (however, unless extreme circumstances exist, the make-up game should not be scheduled on a date later than the Saturday that follows the postponed game). (A make-up game may be scheduled on a Sunday only with permission of the League Director.) A maximum of three (3) games can be played in one calendar week. (Sunday through Saturday) The manager of the home team must inform the League Director of the date and time of the make-up game. The league will attempt to schedule umpires but, if no league umpires are available, the manager of the home team shall be responsible for securing two umpires for the make-up game. The failure of a team to make itself available for a make-up game shall subject that team to forfeiture of the game. This determination will be made by the League Director in consultation with the Executive Committee. In addition, the manager of the forfeiting team may be subject to discipline under the league’s Code of Conduct.

 



Monday, March 31
Pitch Counts; Days of Rest; Underage Pitching

Pitch Count: At MCNLL, we have pitch count maximums that are less than the counts allowed by Little League. Those pitch counts are total number of pitches allowed in one day in minors and majors. In March, those counts are 40 in the majors and 30 in the minors. The number of pitches goes up by 10 each month. The only exception to the count is that a pitcher is allowed to finish pitching to the batter he is facing when he reaches his count. (In intermediate and seniors, the pitch counts are found on page 40 of the Little League Regulations.)

 

Days of rest: This is where many of you get tripped up. Please see page 40 of the 2014 Official Regulations (that is the green and white rule book given to your Team Parent). On that page, please read VI(d) regarding days of rest. This rule absolutely applies to MCNLL pitchers and cannot to be waived. Therefore, if your pitcher threw more than 35 pitches yesterday (Saturday), he must have 2 days of rest (i.e., if he pitched more than 35 pitches yesterday, he cannot pitch until Tuesday). The majors managers need to keep this rule in mind this week, as you all play 2 games in 3 day's time. (Days of rest are different for pitchers ages 15-18.)

If you read all of Regulation VI(d) you will see that the days of rest limits includes an "exception" for the last batter faced. The exception states that if your pitcher hits the pitch limit during an at bat, he may finish the at bat, but -- for purposes of applying the days of rest rule -- the pitch count reverts back to the threshold the pitcher hit during the at bat.

Example: John is pitching to Mike. On the first pitch of the at bat, John throws his 35th pitch. John continues to pitch to Mike and eventually induces Mike to ground out on John's 41st pitch. John is removed as pitcher. Ruling: John needs only one day of rest before he can pitch again because John hit the 35-pitch limit during Mike's at bat and then was removed as the pitcher.

Example: John is pitching to Mike. On the first pitch of the at bat, John throws his 35th pitch. Mike grounds out. John continues to pitch and faces Sam. Sam pops out on the first pitch -- John's 36th pitch of the game. John is removed as pitcher. Ruling: John must have two days rest before he can pitch in another game. 

There are two rules that impact your decisions on how to use a player who is both a pitcher and catcher. Regulation VI(a) states: "Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch ...."

Please remember that one pitch equals one inning.

Therefore, if you plan too use your starting catcher as a pitcher later in the game, he cannot catch more than 3 innings.

A note on Regulation VI(c) states: "A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day."  

 

Under age pitching rule: At MCNLL, we have a local rule that requires every minors and majors team to pitch 8, 9 and 11 year olds a set number of innings, pitches and/or outs each week. This rule cannot be waived. It is the foundation of our overall success. We have the rule in place to help our league continue to develop pitchers. The only way to do that is to work them into game situations. Please read the local rules and familiarize yourself with these mandates.



April Pitch Count Rules



It's April and officially the pitch counts in our minors and majors leagues have changed. In the minors, a pitcher may now throw 40 pitches in a game and in the majors a pitcher may now throw 50 pitches in a game. These rules are league specific for all pitchers, regardless of age. Pitchers at the limit may complete the batter they are facing when they reach the limit.

Please be aware that the April limits will have an impact on the "days of rest rules" that are found in the Little League Rules.

Regardless of age, the days of rest required do not change in April:

Number of Pitches Days of Rest

1-20 none

21-35 1

36-50 2

51-65 3

It is critical that you understand the correlation between our league's local pitch count rules and the Little League days of rest rules. Both rules must be complied with.

Specifically, minors teams are impacted by the 2 days of rest required if a pitcher throws more than 35 pitches. In the MINORS, If you choose to allow a pitcher to throw the maximum of 40 pitches on a Thursday, he cannot pitch on Saturday. If you choose to allow a pitcher to throw 40 pitches on Saturday, he cannot pitch on Monday.

In the MAJORS ..... you will be impacted by the Little League Rules if you allow a pitcher to throw more than 50 pitches. That will require 3 days of rest. So, if you throw a pitcher more than 50 pitches on Wednesday (even if the additional pitches were thrown to complete an at bat) that pitcher cannot pitch on Saturday. If a pitcher throws more than 50 pitches on Saturday, he cannot pitch on Tuesday.

The confusion in this rule occurs when a pitcher hits his limit during an at bat, and the manager chooses to allow the pitcher to finish the at bat.

For example: In a Wednesday night majors game, a pitcher gets to 50 pitches in the middle of an at bat. The manager allows the pitcher to finish the at bat. The batter grounds out on the next pitch -- the pitcher's 51st pitch of the game. The pitcher is removed (consistent with the MCNLL local rule). Because the pitcher threw MORE THAN 50 pitches, he must have 3 days rest (consistent with Little League Rules). This means he would not be eligible to pitch in the team's game on Saturday. (If this happened on a Saturday, the pitcher would not be eligible on Tuesday.)

We require majors managers to keep pitching affidavits. This affidavit should show the number of pitches thrown by each pitcher in each game. That affidavit must be made available to the opposing team's manager in the next game. (In the minors, we ask that managers police themselves.)



Monday, February 24
New Interleague Rules for 2014



Coaches,

There are new inter-league rules for 2014, please read the handouts below. 


Handout: Managers & Coaches

REQUIREMENTS FOR MANAGERS & COACHES

There are several requirements that must be met to manage or coach a team with Martin County North Little League.



  • MCNLL requires our coaches and managers to Umpire games.

  • Martin County and Little League National requires a national background check each year through Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation.  A copy of your drivers license and your social security number will be needed for this purpose.

  • Little League requires completion of the Volunteer Application Form ,MCNLL also requires completion of the Manager/Coach Application Form which includes signing the "Code of Ethics" and a social security number based background check.

The league requires attendance at professionally taught clinics that are sponsored by MCNLL to assist volunteers with safety guidelines, coaching strategies and techniques and with Umpiring skills (from rules of game to position). 


Handout: Mgr/Coach Application 2013

LL Volunteer Application Form

Saturday, October 6
MCNLL MANAGERS ARE REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER UMPIRE

Due to the small number of volunteer umpires, it is necessary to continue the practice of requiring managers and coaches to umpire games. Meeting these requirements is just as important as attending your own games and practices.

1. All teams shall be required to fulfill umpire assignments. Assignments shall be made by team, and it shall be the manager’s obligation to insure that two (2) adults, at least one of whom has received training, are present to umpire each assigned game, unless the umpire schedule or the Umpire-in-Chief (“UIC”) indicates otherwise. Swapping assignments is permissible, however, the initially assigned team retains responsibility for insuring umpires are in attendance.

2. Any team unable to fulfill its umpire assignment for a particular game shall be required to find a replacement from another team in its or any other division, and only refer the situation to the UIC if no replacement can be found.

3. Each manager shall be provided with an umpire schedule, together with a master list of manager and volunteer umpire phone numbers. It shall be the responsibility of the home team manager for each game to confirm, at least 24 hours in advance of their game, that the team or volunteers assigned to umpire will be in attendance. If umpire attendance cannot be confirmed, report this immediately to the UIC.

4. Each team is responsible for providing umpires. Games assigned may be in any division other than your own, baseball or softball.

5. All managers and coaches shall attend either the umpire clinic sponsored by District 17, or a MCNLL sponsored umpire clinic.

6. Youth umpires must be an age that would place them in a division higher than that of game they are umpiring.

7. Umpires should arrive at the game site at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start time. Umpire equipment shall be available at each game site, and uniforms (hat and shirt) shall be provided to teams required to umpire. Standard uniform is hat, blue shirt, gray pants, and black shoes. Please wear gray pants if you have them. Equipment should be left at the game site after the game.

8. The home team scorekeeper for each game shall record the names of the umpires appearing for each game in the scorebook.

9. Failure to fulfill umpire assignments, without a legitimate or allowable excuse, may result in disciplinary action by MCNLL, including suspension. Forgetting, claiming lack of time or ability to umpire are not legitimate excuses.



MCNLL LOCAL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL DIVISIONS

The following are local rules applicable to all MCNLL Divisions:

1. The home team shall always occupy the third-base dugout regardless of posted signs.

2. It is optional for managers and game coaches to carry a current NYSCA certification card.

3. All on field volunteers will be required to wear an ID Badge. This includes all managers, coaches, assistant coaches and team parents (who will be in the dugout). The badge shows that you have a current background check on file.

4. With the exception of tee-ball and coach pitch, only the manager and two designated game coaches (each of whom must be NYSCA certified) may be in the dugout during the games. Team moms, parents, siblings, statisticians and extra coaches are strictly prohibited in the dugouts. The manager may station a parent outside the dugout to assist with player control, but under no circumstances may anyone other than the manager and the two coaches enter the dugout for any reason. Tee-ball & Coach Pitch: In tee-ball and coach pitch, a manager may utilize as many NYSCA certified coaches as are necessary to expedite play and maintain order. In addition, in tee-ball and coach pitch only, a manager may utilize a team mother or other designated parent to assist in the dugout with drinks, equipment, retrieval of bats, and batting order. One approved adult must remain in the dugout with the players during the game.

5. Each manager MUST conduct a parent/guardian meeting prior to the first practice. At the meeting, managers are encouraged to inform parents of your expectations as a manager, both from them and their children. Inform parents of practice schedules, appropriate behavior and any other matters that are deemed appropriate. It is imperative that you meet at least one parent/guardian for each of your players and explain your rules and policies as a manager. In addition, this meeting is the appropriate time to discuss specific game rules that may be unique to your league.

6. Per Little League rules, all players (managers and coaches) MUST stay in the dugout throughout the entire game unless excused for appropriate reasons by a manager, coach or umpire. Players may not leave the dugout to sit in the stands, visit the concession stand or simply abandon their team. Legitimate reasons include restroom breaks, first-aid attention, etc.

7. Report any player who continues to miss practices and/or games to the Player Agent and League Director immediately. This includes players who quit, move, or suffer season-ending injuries. For the Major Division and above: the manager must report to the division director and to the player agent any player who misses 2 or more consecutive practices and/or games. A determination will be made by the league if a replacement player is required. (See page 24 of Policies & Procedures for specific Major League Policy)

8. No players may be added to your roster without prior approval of the Player Agent and the Executive Committee.

9. Prior to the start of every game, both teams shall line up (along the first and third base foul lines) for the reciting of the Little League Pledge.

10. All games at the Major level and higher will utilize the scoreboard when operable.

11. Managers will report all injuries to the Safety Officer within 48 hours via the League Injury Report.

12. Weather cancellations will be announced on the league hotline and website.



Tuesday, November 6
MCNLL Local Tball Rules

1. Only ten (10) batters per inning, regardless of the number of outs. All players shall be in the batting order, however the batting of all players in each inning is prohibited (assuming more than 10 players). Four (4) full innings are required, if time permits. A half inning is over when the tenth batter has batted. The inning is considered completed when an out is made at any base during the tenth batters turn. An out does not have to be made at home plate. Fielders shall remain on the field until play is complete.

2. All players, regardless of number, play in the field for all innings. It is encouraged to rotate each player at a different position every inning.

3. Regular infield is set with all other players in the outfield and on the grass (on large fields, such as PC 1, the outfielders must be placed in normal Little League outfield positions). No extra infielders.

4. Only two defensive coaches are allowed on the field.

5. One offensive coach is allowed at home plate and one at each of the first or third base boxes.

6. No leading off or stealing.

7. Runners must stop when the ball is under control in the infield. If a runner has passed a base or is on a base prior to the ball being in control, he may advance to the next base at his risk. If the runner has not yet reached a base when the ball is in control, he must stop at the next base.

8. No extra base may be taken on any overthrow on a play made by an infielder. The base runner must stop at the base he was running to when the throw was attempted.

9. Games are four (4) innings. No new inning will begin after one and one-half hours from the start of the game. Games will have a one hour and forty-five minute maximum time limit. At the end of all games, coaches must be prepared to leave the field in order to begin next game at its scheduled time. All after game talks should be done outside of field.

10. With the exception of the above, all basic baseball rules shall be followed. (Example: A base runner shall return to the dugout after he has been forced out at a base.)

 



Tuesday, November 6
MCNLL Coach Pitch Local Rules

1. No score of any game shall be kept.

2. Each team must provide two new regulation game balls for each game. Four balls will be used to maintain a steady consistent pace for the game.

3. The pitcher is the umpire and shall make all calls at all bases. Base coaches shall not call “out” or “safe”. There is only one umpire in coach pitch games.

4. Games are six (6) complete innings. (The home team must bat in the bottom half of the last inning.) No new innings shall start after 1 hour and 30 minutes from first pitch. Game play is stopped and game is complete after 1 hour and 45 minutes. Conduct all after game meetings outside of the playing area.

5. Five (5) run maximum or three (3) outs per half inning, whichever comes first.

6. Managers must ensure an approved volunteer is in the dugout at all times.

7. Ten (10) defensive players are permitted. No extra infielders are allowed. (Outfielders must be positioned in the outfield). Every player must play an infield position for a minimum of one inning. The player who occupies the “pitcher” position is required to wear a batting helmet.

8. Managers shall make every effort to play each player an equal number of innings on defense. If a team has 12 players available and the game is 6 innings, then every player on the team shall play five (5) innings on defense. In addition, no player shall sit out on defense for two consecutive innings.

9. One (1) defensive coach may be stationed in the outfield. In addition, one (1) defensive coach shall be stationed at the backstop to ensure the safety of the catcher and batter. Duties will include retrieving and returning baseballs to the pitcher, and safely returning bats to the dugout.

10. The pitching coach shall pitch from no more than five (5) feet in front of the pitching rubber, directly between home plate and the rubber. In exceptional circumstances, the two managers may agree to allow the pitcher to move closer to the hitter. Two (2) offensive coaches may occupy the coaching boxes at first and third base.

11. The entire roster is to be placed in the batting order, regardless of defensive position.

12. Each batter gets seven (7) pitches to put the ball in play. In exceptional circumstances, additional pitches may be given if both managers agree. No more than ten (10) pitches to any one batter. Coaches may elect to “soft toss” after five (5) pitches. An at bat cannot end on a foul ball.

13. Any batted ball that hits the pitching coach is considered “dead”. All runners return and batter starts with a new pitch count.

14. No leading-off or stealing.

15. Runners must stop, and occupy a base once the ball is under control in the infield. A runner caught between bases when the ball is under control, may advance only to the next base and at his own risk.

16. On any overthrown ball, the runner can advance to the base was approaching when the overthrow occurred and a maximum of one more base, however, the runner advances to the extra base at his/her own risk.

Example No. 1: No one on base. Ball hit to the shortstop, which overthrows first base. The runner may advance to second at his own risk. If another infielder attempts to throw the runner out at second and he overthrows second, the runner may not advance beyond second.

Example No. 2: Man on first. Ball hit to third baseman. Third baseman, attempting to force runner out at second base, throws ball into right field. The runner advancing to second may move to third only; the batter may advance to second base



Tuesday, November 6
MCNLL Minor League Local Rules

1. No illegal pitches (e.g. balks) will be called.

2. Maximum of five (5) runs per half inning. Half inning ends after five (5) runs are scored, regardless of number of outs. (Ten run mercy rule – Rule 4.10 (e) shall not apply.)

3. No defensive coaches are allowed on the field. Offensive coaches are allowed at first and third base. If only two coaches are available at game time, a player wearing a helmet may coach the empty base. There must be one coach in the dugout at all times, no exceptions.

4. No new inning can begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the beginning of the game and drop dead time is 2 hours.. At the end of all games, coaches must be prepared to leave the field in order to begin next game at its scheduled time. All after game talks should be conducted on the outside of field.

5. Pitching: Nine year olds must pitch a minimum of 60 pitches per week or four (4) innings, whichever comes first (This requirement can be met in one game). Ten and eleven year olds may pitch all other innings. All players are eligible to pitch in the Minor League. Exception: Little League Baseball prohibits any 12 year-olds from pitching in Minor League games.

6. Minimum play: The entire roster bats (even if player is not in the field). Every player on the roster and present at the game must play three full innings (or half of a game). It is strongly encouraged that every player plays at least one inning in an infield position as long as all safety concerns are addressed. One full inning shall be defined as three offensive outs (or five (5) runs) and three defensive outs (or five (5) runs). The exceptions to this rule shall be in those instances when a game is shortened by weather, time, or an injury causes a player to be removed from a game before he has played the minimum number of innings.

7. Stealing is permitted. However, a base runner may not leave the base he occupies until after a pitched ball has reached the batter.

8. Mandatory Pitch Counts: The following pitch counts shall apply to all games and all pitchers, regardless of age:

Month                  Maximum Pitch Count

March                  30

April                    40

May                     50

A pitcher must be removed when he reaches his pitch count. However, if a pitcher reaches his pitch count during an “at bat,” that pitcher shall be permitted but is not required to complete the “at bat.” The pitch count shall be enforced by the team managers, who are solely responsible for keeping the pitch count. If a disagreement arises on the number of pitches, the pitch count of the pitcher’s manager shall be used. Managers are strongly encouraged to consult between innings on the pitch count. At no time will the umpires be used to enforce the pitch count policy.

Note: Eight and nine year olds will be required to have at least two (2) days rest if he throws more than 30 pitches in one game.

Example: If a nine year old throws 31 pitches on Thursday, he is not eligible to pitch again until Sunday.

This local rule (“Mandatory Pitch Counts”) cannot be waived by the mutual consent of the managers and coaches nor may it be waived by the umpires.

9. For all matters not addressed herein, the Little League playing rules shall govern.



Tuesday, November 6
MCNLL Major League Local Rules

1. Games begin at 6:30 PM on weekdays. Game times for Saturday games are to be determined. If a team does not have nine players at game time, the game may be delayed for up to 15 minutes. If a team is still short of players after 15 minutes, the team with too few players shall forfeit. If a team must forfeit for lack of players, the managers are free to decide whether to play a scrimmage game with the players available.

2. The curfew for all games is 10:00 PM, as provided in the Little League playing rules.

3. There is no per inning mercy rule. The ten-run mercy rule provided in the Little League playing rules is in effect.

4. Mandatory Pitch Counts: The following pitch counts shall apply to all games and all pitchers, regardless of age:

Month                                Maximum Pitch Count

March                                40

April                                  50

May-June                          60

A pitcher must be removed when he reaches his pitch count. However, if a pitcher reaches his pitch count during an “at bat,” that pitcher shall be permitted but is not required to complete the “at bat.” The pitch count shall be enforced by the team managers, who are solely responsible for keeping the pitch count. If a disagreement arises on the number of pitches, the pitch count of the pitcher’s manager shall be used. Managers are strongly encouraged to consult between innings on the pitch count. At no time will the umpires be used to enforce the pitch count policy.

This local rule (“Mandatory Pitch Counts”) cannot be waived by the mutual consent of the managers and coaches nor may it be waived by the umpires.

5. Under 12 pitching rule: Each team must pitch 10 and/or 11 year old players a minimum of two (2) innings (6 defensive outs ), or twelve (12) batters per week. A week shall begin on Sunday and conclude with Saturday’s games.

6. Line-up card: Each manager shall prepare a line-up card to be handed to the opposing manager no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. The line-up card shall contain the name of all 12 players on the team roster, regardless of attendance. If a player is missing or absent, that fact shall be noted on the line-up card. Failure to account for 12 players on a line-up card may subject a team to forfeit the game and may subject the manager to be disciplined pursuant to the league’s Code of Conduct.

7. Score of game: Each majors manager must email the majors director the score of each game and pitching affidavit details within 24 hours of the completion of the game.

8. Mandatory Play: Each player will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.

9. For all matters not addressed herein, the Little League playing rules shall govern.



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