PATRIOT LEAGUE BASEBALL: Coaches

Coaches ..... Here's a resource page to help the season run smoothly. First and foremost thanks's for stepping up and running/helping a team. You will put in more time than anyone will ever notice, but it's very rewarding to help a player learn and enjoy the game of baseball.

1.  The Home Team takes the lead in preparing with the visitors helping (puts out bases, drags, waters the infield & marks) the field and the Visitor Team takes the lead in breaking down the field with the home team helping (puts bases away, drags and waters the infield). Have the players help.  You can't do it all!

1b.  On Saturday (or Sunday morning if there are multiple games) both visitor and home managers should help prepare the fields. The last game on Saturdays, (or Sunday) the home team should help the visitor team with putting away equipment, field work, and locking up.

2.  At the Patriot League, the Home Team will occupy the 1st Base dugout.

3.  95 pitches is the maximum number of pitches per day for 13 - 16 year olds.

Note: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements: 
**If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 51  - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 1 - 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

Pitchers league age 15-16 must adhere to the following rest requirements: 
**If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 61  - 75 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 46 - 60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 31 - 45 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
** If a player pitches 1 - 30 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

Note: 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.

4.  If a pitcher reaches the 95 pitch limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch to that batter until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

5.  The Pitching Record Sheet is in the Form & Apps.

6.  Scorekeeper: Each team is required to have a qualified scorekeeper at each game. Home team is the official scorebook, and the visiting team scorekeeper is the spotter. Both scorekeepers should sit together off to the side or directly behind home plate. They should not sit in the stands. All changes are to be done with the umpire in chief. The umpire will notify the opposing manager and both scorekeepers to make changes in both scorebooks simultaneously. The Home scorekeeper will be responsible for the official pitch count. Note: The scorekeeper‘s are a "game official" and contact with Managers and coaches should be limited to their official capacity. The affidavits will be checked before each game for pitcher availability. The Scorebook can also be kept by a coach in the dugout.

7.  A completed pitching affidavit will be carried by each team. The affidavit must be signed by the Home Score Keeper at the conclusion of every game. Each team is responsible for their affidavit. If a completed pitching affidavit is not provided prior to the start of the game to the umpire in chief, the games will be suspended and the manager will be subject to disciplinary action by the league or District.  

8. All players must be listed on the lineup card, even if they are absent. 

9.   All managers must have in their possession a signed medical release for each player on the team roster. Umpires will be checking for medical releases. (if a player requires a treatment of a medical condition it must be present at a game/practice. i.e. inhaler for asthma)   

10.   Sunflower seeds will be permitted in the dugout only, and only at fields that allow them. No seeds will be permitted on the playing field. Penalty: The player will be removed from the game immediately. No seeds at Serra Mesa or Seau Fields.Pitchers cannot wear metal spikes on the portable mound at Seau Field. Rubber/plastic cleats only. 

11.   If playing a night game, no new inning will begin after 9:15 pm. 

12.   If after 5 innings, 4 ½ if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more,  the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. 

13.  Each team is to supply 3-4 baseballs for each game. It is advisable that each team have a supply of balls in case they are needed. Balls used for Junior and Senior league play must be stamped “Senior Little League RS or RST”.  

14.  During the regular season a team may utilize two (2) adult base coaches.  There must  be one (1) adult in the dugout at all times. 

15.  Each manager needs to supply 1 person (parent) from each team for each game to work the snack bar.  If no one offers, the snack will remain closed.

16.  When taking infield and outfield warm up a catcher must wear a catcher's helmet when standing next to the coach.  A coach cannot be a catcher for another coach.   A coach can use a glove and catch for himself while hitting baseballs.

17.  Try to have the helmets and bats outside the dugout prior to game time so the umpire can easily inspect the equipment.   No painting or decals on helmets.

18.  Patriot Baseball teams will use CBO all season.

19.   While the website may show standings, the games of the season will not count for the post season.   The seeding for the playoffs will be drawn, so develop your pitching and team, you will need it all at the end of the season.   The website has the Home Team listed first. 

20.   Field size:     * Juniors     80’ bases       54’ pitching   
                            (April)         90’ bases      60’6” pitching                       
                            * Seniors & Big League     90’ bases       60’6” pitching

21.   If a team will be unable to play their assigned game, the manager shall notify the opposing manager (league rep if you can’t reach the manager) and the District Rep no later than 24 hours prior to game time. 

22.   Forfeited games will not be rescheduled. 

22.  If a game is canceled due to weather or after proper notification, the game may be     rescheduled.  The District Rep must be notified for field availability after both teams agree on a date. 

23.  The host League is required to supply umpires for the game.  It is recommended that     two (2) umpires be assigned for each game.  It is mandatory that at least one (1) qualified  plate umpire be assigned for each game.  The host league  is responsible for providing  the umpires and will forfeit the game if the umpires fail to show up (or the managers can  umpire the game). 

24.  Regulation XIV- Field Decorum: The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and league officials must be above reproach.  Any player, manager, coach, umpire or league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game site or any other Little League  activity, is subject to disciplinary action by the Local League Board of Directors  and/or by the District.    
* Anyone who has disciplinary action pending will not be allowed to play in any game until such disciplinary action is resolved.                       
* Any player, manager or coach ejected from a game will be suspended for the next game.  District 33 may dictate further suspension to include any manager or coach who participates in another level / league. 

25.  Rule Number 4.19- Protesting Game: Any protest must be submitted in writing (and called in) by the manager to the District Rep within 24 hours. 

26. All players must be listed on the lineup card, even if they are absent. 

27.  PATRIOT LEAGUE TOC TOURNAMENT: Pool players will not be allowed in the tournament.   If a team does not have enough players, a forfeit will be declared and the score will be 7-0. The American and National League teams will play a pool play format. The top two teams from each League will advance to a single elimination semi-finals on Championship Saturday.



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