Little League Texas District 16: 2017 New Rules and Changes

Saturday, February 4

Rule Changes for 2017

Playing Rules

6.02(c) – Allows a local league the option to mandate the batters keep one foot in the batter’s box during their at-bat Pg. 92

6.08(a)(2) – Allows a defensive team to intentionally walk a batter in the Minor or Major divisions Pg. 97

8.06(b) NOTE – Clarifies that a pitcher removed and returning to the mound would retain his/her number of visits Pg. 113

9.01(d) NOTE – Provides umpires guidance regarding unsportsmanlike behavior. Additionally, clarifies that the local league may                                                          determine if stealing and relaying of a pitch selection or location is considered unsportsmanlike Pg. 115

9.01(e) – Provides umpires guidance regarding fights and physical altercations Pg. 115

Tournament Rules and Guidelines

Managers and Coaches – Allows a League President to be eligible for selection as a Tournament team coach or manager with written                                                                      approval from their respective District Administrator Pg. 121

Tournament Eligibility Affidavit – Requires tournament teams to complete and carry a Tournament Verification Form for every                                                                                                 player Pg. 122

Release of Names – Allows local leagues to select their Tournament teams as early as June 1 Pg. 123

Player Eligibility – Allows players league age 8, 9, and 10 to have additional year of Tournament eligibility Pg. 124

Player Eligibility – Mandates that players have 60% Regular Season participation prior to the start of Tournament to be eligible for                                                              Tournament selection and participation Pg. 124

Schedules – Requires District Administrators to finalize tournament schedules by June 1 or the start of the Tournament (whichever is                                             earlier). Additionally, mandates Tournament Directors receive permission to alter Tournament schedules                                                                           from the Tournament Committee after it starts Pg. 126

Tournament Team Practice – Allows local leagues to conduct Tournament team try-outs and practices beginning June 1 Pg. 127

Tournament Rule 3(a) – Mandates batters keep one foot in the batter’s box during their at-bat Pg. 131

Tournament Rule 3(d) – Modifies the number of times a team may use a Special Pinch Runner Pg. 132

Tournament Rule 3(e) – Determines the stealing and relaying of pitch selections and location is considered unsportsmanlike Pg. 132

Tournament Rule 10 – Clarifies when a substitute batter may be used for a starting pitcher Pgs. 137-138

Tournament Rule 16 – Provides umpires guidance regarding fights and physical altercations during Tournaments Pg. 139

International Tournament Pool Play Format – Modifies the Tiebreaker Procedure and how to calculate the Runs-Allowed Ration                                                                                                               Pgs. 147-149