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Bulletin: Significant Rule and Regulation Changes for 2016

Update as of 11/13/2015 - 2016 Baseball Regulation IV - The Players

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Bulletin: Significant Rule and Regulation Changes for 2015

Update as of 11/16/2014 - 2015 Baseball Regulation IV - The Players

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Little League® International Congress Delegates Approve New Regulations to Improve the Future of Little League Baseball and Softball

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Bulletin: Significant Rule and Regulation Changes for 2014

 

 

Update as of 12/26/2013 - Information on Residence Eligibility Requirements and Regulation II.

Modified residency to include players to attend a school physically located in the league boundaries.

 

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Below are the topics that have been changed for the 2014 Season.

 

Residence Eligibility Requirements and Regulation II -- All Programs

Modified residency to include players to attend a school physically located in the league boundaries.

 

Regulation IV (g) - Player Data -- All Programs

Revised wording to have player data submitted on April 1.

 

Regulation VII (b) - Regular Season Minimum -- Challenger Division Only

Revised language to require a Regular Season be a minimum 4-game schedule.

 

Playing Rule 3.11/4.13 - Doubleheaders -- Challenger Division Only

Revised wording to allow a doubleheader to be played in a calendar week.

 

Tournament Eligibility Affidavit -- Baseball and Softball Only

Removed wording mandating a Tournament team carry copies of players' birth certificates.

 

Financial Responsibility -- Baseball and Softball Only

Revised language concerning travel of 150 miles or more to the Section level and beyond for one roundtrip for U.S. league only.

 

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Bulletin: Significant Rule and Regulation Changes for 2013

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By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
December 20, 2012

Little League International has announced the full list of significant changes to the rules and regulations of the program. These changes will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Among the new baseball regulations is description of the Little League Intermediate (50/70 Baseball Division – Note: Regulation IV (a).

A list of all the significant changes, along with a summary and explanation of the changes, is below:

 

REGULATION CHANGES

 

Regulation I(c)(9) has been amended to read, in part: (pg 24) Background Checks

Applies to: All Divisions

NOTE 1: Each year, Little League International provides each league 125 free criminal background checks that exceed the minimum standard required in this regulation. Information on how to utilize this benefit, as well as how to conduct background checks, can be found on the following Little League website: Child Protection Program

NOTE 2: The United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry is free and available at www.nsopr.gov.

IMPORTANT: 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.

NOTE: Information regarding background checks is available on the Little League website: Background Check Information

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, this modifies Note 1 and 2 to highlight the reverse in laws of four states with regards to sex offender registries, and the free criminal background checks Little League strongly recommends.

Regulation III(d) Note 3 has been amended to read, in part:  (pg 31) Concussions

Applies to: All Divisions

NOTE 3: If a medical professional, Umpire in Chief, the player's coach, the player's manager or the player's parent has determined a player sustains a possible concussion, the player must be, at a minimum, removed from the game and/or practice for the remainder of that day. The league must also be aware of its respective state/ provincial/municipal laws with regards to concussions and impose any additional requirements as necessary. His/her return to full participation is subject to:

1.      The league's adherence to its respective state/provincial/municipal laws,

2.      An evaluation and a written clearance from a physician or other accredited medical provider and

3.      Written acknowledgement of the parents

Little League International strongly encourages all leagues and teams to not only comply with any applicable state/provincial/municipal laws, but also, to review the information and training materials on concussions that are available free of charge on the Centers For Disease Control website, accessible from the link below. This link provides concussion information from all 50 states: State Concussion Info

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added regarding the recommended procedure a league should follow when a player sustains a possible concussion.

Regulation IV(a) has been amended to read, in part:  (pg 32) 50/70

Applies to: Baseball Rule Book

Intermediate (50-70) Division: Any participant who will attain the age of 11 years before May 1 and who will not attain the age of 14 years before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Intermediate (50-70) Division. This means a participant who will be 14 years old on May 1 or after is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 14 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league or tournament play in the Intermediate (50-70) Division at any time during the calendar year in question.

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A 12 year old player who is otherwise eligible under all conditions would be eligible for selection to the Major League, Intermediate (50-70) Division or Junior League tournament team.

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A player may be selected to participate in one or more regular season games on 1. a Major League team and/or an Intermediate (50-70) Division team, OR; 2. an Intermediate (50-70) Division team and/or a Junior League team. If a player participates in sixty (60) percent of the Regular Season games in each division (Majors and Intermediate (50-70) Division) as of June 15, he/she will be eligible to participate in the Major or Intermediate (50-70) Division for tournament play. If a player participates in sixty (60) percent of the Regular Season games in each division (Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League) as of June 15, he/she will be eligible to participate in the Intermediate (50-70) Division or Junior League for tournament play.

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If a player only participates in sixty (60) percent of the Regular Season games in one division (Major, Intermediate (50-70) Division or Junior League) as of June 15, he/she is only eligible to participate with that particular division in tournament play.

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A player may only be selected to and participate on one (1) tournament team.

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Any player who is league age 12 must be permitted to play in the Major Division. The local league cannot force any player who is league age 12 to play in the Intermediate (50-70) Division if the league offers the Major Division.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, a transitional division of play for baseball players 11 to 13 years of age using 50 foot pitching distance and 70 foot base paths was added.

Regulation IV(g) has been amended to read, in part:  (pg 34) Data to LLHQ

Applies to: All Divisions

Player, manager and coach data must be supplied to Little League International annually. Leagues may submit information from registration by April 1, 2013 or team rosters by June 5, 2013. Players claimed under Regulation II (d) and/or IV (h) must be declared on appropriate forms available from Little League Headquarters annually. It is highly recommended that data be supplied electronically in approved formats to Headquarters via the Little League Data Center. Look for related information online at www.LittleLeague.org/DataCenter.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, wording was revised requiring leagues to submit player, manager and coach data to Little League International annually by April 1.

 

RULE CHANGES

 

Rule 8.01(f) has been amended to read:  (pg 85) Pitcher must indicate which hand

Applies to: Baseball Rule Book

A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he/she intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his/her glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher's plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he/she has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he/she has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added mandating a pitcher must indicate which hand the player intends to pitch with to a batter.

 

TOURNAMENT RULE CHANGES

 

Tournament Eligibility Affidavit Rule has been amended to read, in part:  (pg T-4) Each tournament team must have twelve (12)

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

Once the District Administrator certifies the Eligibility Affidavit, the tournament team will be required to have in its possession:

1.      The Eligibility Affidavit;

2.      A map showing the actual boundaries of the league, with locations noted for the residences of the parent or legal guardian (court appointed) of every participant named on the affidavit;

3.      Tournament verification form for each player;

4.      Copies (originals not required) of the records used to verify date of birth for all players on the affidavit;

5.      Three or more documents to determine residency of the parent(s) or guardian for each player named on the tournament affidavit;

6.      Waivers (i.e. II (d), IV (h), Charter Committee, etc...)

IMPORTANT: Alternates are not authorized. They shall not accompany the team and shall not be listed on the Eligibility Affidavit.

Eligibility Affidavit must be certified by the District Administrator or his or her designated appointee and presented by the team manager to the Tournament Director before every game. Each Tournament Team must have twelve (12) eligible players for the District Administrator to certify.

EXCEPTION: A District Administrator may certify the Eligibility Affidavit for those teams that provide a justifiable reason for not having twelve (12) players.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised regarding the documentation a league needs to provide within their Eligibility Affidavit for each tournament team and the minimum players selected to a roster without a justifiable reason.

Release of Names Rule has been amended to read:  (pg T-4)

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament within their respective division (whichever is earlier), and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

IMPORTANT: Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privilege by the Tournament Committee.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised allowing leagues to release the names of players selected for the Tournament team June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of tournament within their respective division (whichever is earlier).

Player Eligibility Rule has been amended to read, in part:  (pg T-6) Exception to (60%) requirement.

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

EXCEPTION: The local league board of directors may permit a player to be eligible for selection, who does not meet the 60 percent (60%) requirement, if they provide a physician's note documenting an injury or illness prior to or during the current season prohibiting his/her participation and such note releases the player for the balance of the Regular Season and/or Tournament Play.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added an exception to league eligibility that local league board of directors may permit a player who do not meet the 60 percent (60%) requirement to be eligible for selection if they provide a physician's note documenting an injury or illness prior to or during the season prohibiting participation.

League Eligibility Rule has been amended to read, in part:  (T-5)

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

4) All regular season team rosters, player registrations and coach assignments must be submitted to Little League International in accordance with the requirements outlined in Regulation IV (g), not later than April 1, 2013.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added wording making it mandatory to submit player and coach information to Little League International by April 1, 2013, as a condition of eligibility.

Tournament Team Practice Rule has been amended to read:  (pg T-8)

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

Try-outs or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament within their respective division. Tournament team practice may only take place against other teams within the same or contiguous districts in the same division, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

IMPORTANT: Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privileges by the Tournament Committee.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised allowing Tournament team try-outs or practices on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of tournament within their respective divisions (whichever is earlier).

Tournament Rule 3(a) has been amended to read, in part:  (pg T-12) penalties to the player and manager for the use of an illegal bat

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

In all Tournament levels and divisions, the penalty for use of an illegal bat [see Rule 6.06 (d)], if discovered before the next player enters the batter's box following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat, is:

        i.          The batter is out (NOTE: The manager of the defense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline this portion of the penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play), and;

      ii.          The manager of the team will be ejected from the game, the batter who violated the rule will be ejected from the game, and the offensive team will lose one eligible adult base coach for the duration of the game.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added language imposing additional penalties to the player and manager for the use of an illegal bat.

Tournament Rule 4(e) has been amended to read, in part:  (pg T-13) Pitcher Threshold

Applies to: Baseball Rule Book

EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed above for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, revised wording allowing a pitcher who reaches his/ her imposed days of rest threshold while facing a batter to continue to pitch until the current batter has been retired or reaches base.

Tournament Rule 9 has been amended to read, in part:  (pg T-16) Mandatory Play

Applies to: Baseball & Softball Rule Books

MANDATORY PLAY: 9-10 Year Old Division, 10-11 Year Old Division, Little League, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League: If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of one (1) at bat. If a tournament has twelve (12) or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, revised mandatory play minimum for tournament teams with thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game.

 

 

First Regional Round Table Kicks Off in California

 

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The first Regional Round Tables began this morning at the San Bernardino Hilton, a two-day event that will help guide the direction of the Little League movement for the next two years.

All District Administrators (DA) and Assistant District Administrators (ADA) in each of the regions are invited to attend. The Western Region Round Table drew more than 210 attendees.

The agenda for each regional round table includes educational components as well as rules and regulation sessions. The agenda was developed from a survey completed by DAs and ADAs in that region. The survey allowed DAs and ADAs to submit a list of topics that they would like to see covered at the round table sessions.

DAs and ADAs are participating in the interactive regional round tables every four years, giving them a voice and a forum every two years when combined with International Congress events. Previously, volunteers in the field only had this opportunity once every three years.

Following the round tables, the Little League International Rules Committee will develop the agenda of potential changes to the Rules and Regulations. That agenda will be voted on by District Administrators worldwide on a date to be announced. Any item that receives a two-thirds majority vote will automatically go to the Little League International Board of Directors, which would decide whether or not it will be implemented.

"We're very pleased with the turnout at this first round table session," Patrick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development. "Our volunteers realize that one of the benefits of membership in Little League is the ability to have a voice in changes to the rules and regulations. Since District Administrators are elected by and from the ranks of local volunteers, and the represent the interests of those leagues, every Little League volunteer is a part of this process."

The regional round table events are conducted by members of the Little League Regional Staff and Little League International Staff.

For a list of the Sponsors and Licensees that will be exhibiting at the various round tables, click here: http://www.littleleague.org/districtadmins/RegionalRoundTables/SponsorsLicenseesAttending.htm

Information on the other upcoming regional round tables can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/districtadmins/RegionalRoundTables.htm

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Dan Kirby, Little League's Vice President of Risk Management, led off the seminar with presentations on ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), background checks, and concussions.

 

2012 LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE AGENDA

Potential changes to the Rules and Regulations are in red.

As of 1-27-2012

 

A downloadable PDF version of these potential changes is available as well:  2012 WR Roundtable Agenda

Item 1— Affects Regulation II — LEAGUE BOUNDARIES — New Regulation — II (i)

The Board of Directors of the local Little League may enroll a player whose residence is outside the league's boundaries, but only under all three of the following conditions: (1) the player has residence within another chartered Little League's boundaries, and (2) the league where the player resides releases and waives all current and future rights to the player for regular season and tournament, and (3) the District Administrator approves the request. NOTE: A player who qualifies for and exercises this waiver, then elects not to participate for a playing season, is not eligible to be retained in future seasons.

Regulation II (i) Processing Procedure All Levels of Play

The league president will process a II (i) form. Once the president completes the form, he/she must receive written notification from the league where the player currently resides as outlined above. The league president will present this form and written notification to the District Administrator for review and approval. Once the District Administrator verifies the documentation meets the regulations, the District Administrator may sign the II (i) form granting his or her approval. The league and the district will maintain the form and documentation in their files. This verification process is only required once during a participant's career. The league must maintain this form and documentation for this player for the duration of his/her career until the player graduates from the program or breaks service with the league. Tournament teams with players qualifying under this regulation will be required to carry a copy of this form and documentation with them throughout the tournament.  If contested during tournament play, the league will be required to produce the documentation.  Additionally, if it is determined at a later date that the player does not meet the conditions of II (i), the player is ineligible for further participation. Situations in which documentation is not available must be referred to the Charter Committee through the regional office for decision. The decision of the Charter Committee is final and binding.

Synopsis: This regulation would allow leagues to register players who live in another chartered Little League's boundaries, with written consent from both league presidents and the District Administrator.

 

Item 2 — Affects Regulation IV (a) — THE PLAYERS — Baseball

50/70 Division: Any candidate who will attain the age of 11 years before May 1 and who will not attain the age of 14 before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the 50/70 Division (subject to the local League Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a child who will be 14 years old on May 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a child who will be 14 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League play or Tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.

Synopsis: This would create a new baseball division with a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths for 11-13 year olds.

 

Item 3 – Softball

 

Item 4 – Affects Rule 6.06 – Major League Baseball and Softball

A batter is out for illegal action when –

(d) he/she fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing.

Synopsis: This would eliminate a Major player from fake bunting and "slap-hitting" the ball.

 

Item 5 – Softball

 

Item 6 – Affects Tournament Release of Names – Major, Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball and Softball

Release of Names

The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament (whichever is earlier), and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).  Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privilege by the Tournament Committee.

Synopsis: This would align the date on which leagues are allowed to release the names of their Tournament Team with the current 9-10 and 10-11 year old divisions.

 

Item 7 — Affects Tournament Player Eligibility — All Division Baseball and Softball

Any player League Age (specific), who has participated as an eligible player in 60% of the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the school softball season, on a: 

               1. (Specific) division

Exception: The local league Board of Directors may allow a player to be eligible for selection, who does not meet the 60% requirement, if they provide a physician's note documenting an injury prior to or during the season prohibiting his/her participation.

Synopsis: This would allow a player who has not met the 60% Regular Season participation to be eligible for selection to a Tournament Team if they acquire (obtain/attain) a physician's note documenting an injury.

 

Item 8 — Affects Tournament Player Eligibility — Major Baseball and Softball

Players are eligible for Tournament Play, provided they meet the criteria established by the Little League "Residency Eligibility Requirement," "Participation In Other Programs" and the following:

Little League (Majors Division) - Any player League Age 10, 11 or 12, who has participated as an eligible player in 60 percent of the regular season games as of June 15 on a Little League Baseball/Softball (Majors Division) team, with the exception of the school baseball/softball season.

Synopsis: This would allow League Age 10-year-olds to be eligible for selection to the Major Division Tournament team.

 

Item 9 — Affects Tournament Team Practice — Major, Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball and Softball

Try-outs or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Tournament team practice may only take place against other teams within the same or contiguous districts in the same division, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).  Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privileges by the Tournament Committee.

Synopsis: This would align the date on which leagues are allowed to begin their Tournament Team practice with the current 9-10 and 10-11 year old rule.

 

 

Bulletin: Significant Policy, Rule, and Regulation Changes for 2012

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A downloadable PDF version of these changes is available as well:
2012 Rule Changes

Little League International today announced the full list of significant changes that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, to the policies, rules and regulations of the program.

In order to give timely information to parents and leagues, some of the changes were announced several weeks ago. One change, in the bat regulations, has been further updated since the first announcement. The update clarifies the penalty for using an illegal bat.

A list of all the significant changes, along with a summary and explanation of the changes, is below:

 

2012 CHANGES FOR POLICY, RULE, AND REGULATIONS

As of 11-23-2011

POLICY

Residence Eligibility Requirements for all divisions of play has been amended to read, in part:

Residence shall be established and supported by documents, dated or in force between February 1, 2011 (previous year) and February 1, 2012 (current year), from THREE OR MORE of the following categories to determine residency of such parent(s) or guardian:

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this requires players’ parents or guardians to provide residency documentation dated or in force between February 1, 2011 (previous year) and February 1, 2012 (current year). This means, for instance, that a Driver’s License that was issued a number of years earlier, but was in force between the dates noted, is acceptable. However, a utility bill that is dated outside of the dates noted, is not acceptable.

 

REGULATIONS

Regulation I(c)(9) for all divisions of play has been amended to read, in part:

Note 1: The United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry is free and available at www.nsopr.gov.

Note 2: Little League International currently provides each league with access to 125 free criminal background checks per year. Due to the refusal of the states of Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan & Virginia to provide sex offender registry data to the records check provider, the free criminal background checks no longer meet the minimum Little League requirement of a nationwide search of the sex offender registry. Sex offender registry data for the four states listed above are currently only available through the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry (www.nsopr.gov) and/or through the individual state’s sex offender registry website.

In addition to meeting the minimum requirement of checking the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, (www.nsopr.gov), Little League strongly encourages all leagues to also utilize the national criminal records search available through the Little League website. This additional criminal records check may provide additional important information regarding the criminal records of individuals whose crimes do not require that they be listed on a sex offender registry. For example, convictions for assault, battery, theft or drug offenses would not result in a report to sex offender registry.

Information on how to utilize this benefit, as well as how to conduct back ground checks, can be found on the Little League website at www.littleleague.org/learn/programs/childprotection.htm

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this modifies Note 1 and 2 in Regulation I(c)(9) to highlight changes in the laws/procedures of four states with regard to sex offender registries, and the free criminal background checks Little League strongly recommends.

 

Regulation I(a) – THE LEAGUE in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended in part, to read:

Senior League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate youngsters league ages 13, 14, 15 and 16; Big League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate youngsters league ages 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this expands the Senior Baseball Division to include 13-year-olds, and expands the Big League Baseball Division to include 15-year-olds.

 

Regulation II(g) in the Challenger Division Rule Book has been amended to read:

A player may participate in the Challenger Division only in a league’s boundaries in which he/she does not reside provided (1) the league he/ she wishes to participate in accepts the player; (2) the league, if any, where the player resides provides a written release of the player and (3) the district administrator provides written approval for the player to participate. Copies of the releases must be maintained by the league in which the player is participating.
NOTE: If the player does not reside in any league’s boundaries, only the written approval of the district administrator is required.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this allows Challenger Division players residing outside a league’s boundaries to participate in the league if the specific noted requirements are met.

 

Regulation IV(i) in the Baseball and Softball Rule Books, applying only to the Senior League Division and below, has been amended to read:

Every rostered player present at the start of a game will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. For the purposes of this rule, “six (6) defensive outs” is defined as: A player enters the field in one of the nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while six outs are made; “bat at least one (1) time” is defined as: A player enters the batter’s box with no count and completes that time at bat by being put out, called out by an umpire or by reaching base safely.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this modification defines the requirements of mandatory play.

 

PLAYING RULES

Rule 1.10 in the Baseball and Challenger Division Rule Books has been amended to read:

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.
Little League (Majors) and below: it shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less.

EXCEPTION: For the 2011-2012 Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. A list of approved and licensed composite bats can be found on the Little League website at www.littleleague.org.

Junior League: it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Senior/Big League: it shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
In all divisions, wood 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. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: Junior/Senior/Big League: The 2¾ inch in diameter bat is not allowed in any division.
NOTE 2: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
NOTE 3: The bat may carry the mark “Little League Tee Ball.”
NOTE 4: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼ inch bat ring must be used for bats in the Tee Ball, Minor League and Little League Baseball divisions. The 2 5/8 inch bat ring must be used for bats in the Junior, Senior and Big League divisions of baseball.
NOTE 5: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. Penalty – See Rule – 6.06(d).

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, language was added prohibiting the use of composite bats for the Major division unless approved and licensed by Little League International and modified the Junior, Senior and Big League bats regulation noting the new BBCOR bat standard.

 

Rule 1.11(j) in all rule books has been amended to read:

Players must not wear jewelry such as, but not limited to, rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, nor any hard cosmetic/decorative items. This rule applies regardless of the composition of such jewelry, hard cosmetic item or hard decorative item. (EXCEPTION: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permissible.)

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, the added language prohibits players from wearing any jewelry, regardless of composition.

 

Rule 2.00 in all rule books has been amended to read, in part:

An AT-BAT, for the purposes of meeting the requirements of Mandatory Play (if applicable), is when a batter assumes the position of a batter with no count and is put out, called out by an umpire or reaches base. An at-bat for scorekeeping/ statistical purposes is defined in the publication, “What’s the Score?”

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this defines an at-bat for the purpose of mandatory play.

 

Rule 2.00 in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

An ILLEGAL BAT is a bat that has been altered or a bat that is not approved for play because it does not meet specifications with regard to length, weight, barrel diameter, labeling or performance standard for the division in which it is used.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this defines an illegal bat for the purpose of rule 6.06(d). As a result, a bat that is, for instance, cracked or damaged because of normal use, would not be considered “illegal” and could not result in the batter being called out for using it, but it still must be removed from play.

 

Rule 6.05(b) in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read:

6.05 - A batter is out when -
(b) Little League (Majors)/Junior/Senior/Big League –
(1) a third strike is legally caught by the catcher;
(2) a third strike is not caught by the catcher when first base is occupied before two are out. Minor League and Tee Ball: A third strike is caught or not caught by the catcher. Option: A local league may elect to apply the Minor League and Tee Ball rule for the Little League (Major Division) for the regular season.

Summary and Implementation: During the 2012 season, for the Major Baseball Division, players may advance on a third strike that is not caught in flight by the catcher. However, local leagues may opt to use the Minor League and Tee Ball rule noted above, for the Major Baseball Division, instead. This option applies only for the regular season. In Tournament play, the rule will be implemented as noted above for the Majors Division. The rule for tournament play in 10-11 is noted below.

 

Rule 6.06(d) in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read:

A batter is out for illegal action when -
(d) The batter enters the batter’s box with one or both feet entirely on the ground with an illegal bat (see bat specifications rule 1.10) or is discovered having used an illegal bat prior to the next player entering the batter’s box.
Note: If the infraction is discovered before the next player enters the batter’s box following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat:
1) The manager of the defense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play.
2) For the first violation, the offensive team will lose one eligible adult base coach for the duration of the game.
3) For the second violation, the manager of the team will be ejected from the game. Any subsequent violation will result in the newly designated manager being ejected.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 season, this imposes penalties for the use of an illegal bat in a game.

 

TOURNAMENT RULES AND GUIDELINES

Responsibility and Chain of Command in the Baseball and Softball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

The Tournament Committee also reserves the right in its sole discretion to impose any of the above penalties if, in its judgment, any player, manager or coach displays unsportsmanlike conduct or repeatedly/willfully violates any rules, regulations or policies contained herein during the game, at the game site, or at any event related to the International Tournament. The decision of the Tournament Committee is final and binding. The committee also reserves the right to impose any penalty the committee deems appropriate if the committee determines action is necessary to correct a situation brought to its attention, regardless of the source of that information. The decision of the Tournament Committee is final and binding.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 International Tournament, this allows the Tournament Committee to impose penalties if a player, manager or coach repeatedly/willfully violates any Little League rules, regulations or policies.

 

Release of Names in the Softball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

9-10 Year Old Division/10-11 Year Old Division/Little League: The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament (whichever is earlier), and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 International Tournament, this permits the Little League (Majors) Softball division to release names on June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament, whichever is earlier.

 

Tournament Team Practice in the Softball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

9-10 Year Old Division/10-11 Year Old Division/Little League: Try-outs or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Tournament team practice may only take place against other teams within the same or contiguous districts in the same division, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 International Tournament, this permits the Little League (Majors) Softball division to conducts try-outs and begin practice on June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament, whichever is earlier.

 

Curfew in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

No inning shall start after midnight prevailing time (12:30 a.m. prevailing time for Junior League; 1:00 a.m. prevailing time for Senior/Big League). NOTE: An inning starts the moment the third out is made completing the previous inning. NOTE: Neither Tournament Directors and officials nor tournament teams are permitted to circumvent the curfews established above by continuing, suspending and restarting or starting a game after curfew has been reached and play is required to be terminated.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 International Tournament, this prohibits suspended games to be continued after curfew.

 

Tournament Rule 3 in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

NOTE: In the 10-11 Tournament Division, the batter may advance on a dropped third strike (6.09(b)). These rules will not apply for the 9-10 Tournament Division.

Summary and Implementation: For the 2012 International Tournament, the 10-11 Year Old Tournament Division players may advance on a dropped third strike.

 

 

2011 Season and Older News Below:

 

Little League International Issues Update Regarding Composite Bats:

Below is a link that will take you to the policy and a list of approved bats.

 

Please click on link for bat information.

 

 

 

2011 Rule Changes Updated

2011 Rule Book Covers

Little League International, the world’s largest and most-respected youth sports organization, has made the significant changes to the 2011 Policies, Rules and Regulations available in a PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation – which contains a summary of each change, and the exact wording of the changes as they will appear in the 2011 Rule Books – is available at this URL:
http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2011-BBSB-RuleChanges-ppt.ppt

A PDF version of the changes can be found here:
http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2011-BBSB-RuleChanges.pdf

Changes for Baseball only:

Please click for 2011 Baseball Rule and Regulation Changes.

 

 

2010 Congress in Kentucky Passes, Board Approves, 17 of 19 Agenda Items

I have attached a PDF file with all proposed rule changes with the vote results and when that item will take effect if passed. 

Please click this for the PDF download.

 

2010 Rule and Regulation Changes for Regular Season and Tournaments.

Please click for Rule and Regulation Changes.

 

 

Tom Hicks Youth Baseball Coaches Clinics

They are offering baseball coaches clinics.  For more information or you can go directly to their web site look under schedule for time and places.

Tom Hicks Youth Baseball Camps

They are offering baseball camps for Easter, Summer and Winter.  For more information or you can go directly to their web site.

 

 

Little League requires background checks for all volunteers.  All volunteers must fill out a new application each year.

Click here to get the newest application.
Click here for web site resources for background checks.
Click here to go the information page at LittleLeague.org
Click here to read a letter from Steven Keener of Little League.
 

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