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  1. In House Rules – Baseball

 

  • All Divisions
    • All Players that are present will be included in the batting order
  • All Divisions  
    • No player shall sit out defensively for two (2) consecutive innings.  No player shall sit out defensively for a second time, until all other players in attendance have sat out at least one defensive inning.  (Variance to rule 3.03)
    • Minor A and Above – The Starting Pitcher and/or Catcher are exempt from this rule

Note: Starting Pitcher and/or Catcher is defined as the player that started the game at pitcher or catcher, once they vacate either of those positions, they will no longer be excluded from sitting requirements.

  • Rookie and Above
    • Players may be substituted freely; however, no player but the pitcher may be substituted once an inning has started except for illness or injury. (Variance to rule 3.03)

 

  • All Regular Season Games can end in a tie
    • Playoff games must have a winner

 

  • Time Limits and Run Limits

 

Division

No New

Inning After

Minimum Innings Required

Run Limit

Mercy Rule

T-Ball 1 & 2

1:00

No Minimum

Bat Lineup

 

Rookie 

1:15

No Minimum

5 Runs/3 Outs

15 after 3 

10 after 4

Minor A

1:15

4, 3 ½ if Home team lead

5 Runs/3 Outs

Minor AA & AAA

1:30

4, 3 ½ if Home team lead

5 Runs/3 Outs

Major

1:45

4, 3 ½ if Home team lead

None

50/70

2:00

5, 4 ½ if Home team lead

None

15 after 4

10 after 5

Junior

2:15

5, 4 ½ if Home team lead

None

Senior

2:15

5, 4 ½ if Home team lead

None

 

 

 

 


 

  1. Division Specific Rules - Baseball

 

T-Ball 1 Blast Ball Division

 

The T-Ball 1 Division is considered an instructional division.

 

Defense

  • The defense shall field a maximum of twelve (12) players consisting of six (6) infielders and with the remaining players positioned in the outfield.  (Variance to rule 1.01) 
  • All outfield players shall be positioned in the outfield grass.
  • The pitcher and catcher, if used, must wear a batting helmet when playing defense.  The catcher, if used, shall wear a chest protector and a throat guard, but is not required to use a catcher mitt (variance to rule 1.12).  The throat guard shall be secured to the batting helmet face shield.  The pitcher shall be positioned on the pitching rubber, or in the near vicinity of the pitcher’s mound, and the catcher shall be positioned at the backstop and in line with home plate and the pitcher’s mound (variance to rule 4.03(a) and rule 8.01(f))
  • Players may be substituted freely. (Variance to rule 3.03)

 

Offense  

  • All balls must be hit from a tee; no coach pitching is allowed. 
  • Balls and strikes will not be called in this division.  All batters will continue to bat off the tee until the ball is put in play. (Variance to rule 6.05 and 6.08(a))
  • A batted ball must cross the 10-foot arc around home plate to be a fair ball.  The bat must come in contact with the ball to be considered fair

Runners may advance to 1st base once they have successfully hit the ball from the tee.

 

T-Ball 2 (Coach Pitch/Tee) Division

 

The T-ball 2 Division is considered an instructional division.

 

Defense

  • The defense shall field a maximum of twelve (12) players consisting of six (6) infielders and with the remaining players positioned in the outfield.
  • Each player must play at least one infield position per game.  This shall not include the catcher’s position.
  • All outfield players shall be positioned in the outfield grass.
  • The pitcher and catcher must wear a batting helmet when playing defense.  The catcher shall wear a chest protector and a throat guard but is not required to use a catcher mitt (variance to rule 1.12).  The throat guard shall be secured to the batting helmet face shield.  The pitcher shall be positioned on the pitching rubber, or in the near vicinity of the pitcher’s mound, and the catcher shall be positioned at the backstop and in line with home plate and the pitcher’s mound (variance to rule 4.03(a) and rule 8.01(f))
  • Players may be substituted freely. (Variance to rule 3.03)

 

Offense  

  • All helmets provided by CLL will have face shield but wearing a face shielded helmet will not be required.
  • A combination of coach-pitch and tee will be used in this division.  If the batter has not successfully hit the ball after five pitches from the coach, the batter shall complete their turn at bat by hitting from a tee.
  • Balls and strikes will not be called in this division.  All batters will continue to bat until they hit a pitched ball fair or hit a fair ball off the tee. (Variance to rule 6.05 and 6.08(a))
  • A batted ball must cross the 10-foot arc around home plate to be a fair ball.  The bat must come in contact with the ball to be considered fair.
  • Runners may advance at their own risk until a defensive player has possession of the ball.  The runner may only advance to the base they are going once a defensive player has possession of the ball.
  • Each team’s coach will pitch to their own players

 

Rookie - Machine Pitch (Ages 6-7)

 

The Rookie Division is considered an competitive division.

 

Machine set-up and operation

  • Speed should be set to 32-35 mph for the entire season. 
  • Height should be adjusted prior to the beginning of the game to cross through the middle of the plate and between two and three feet high.  The machine may be adjusted at the discretion of the umpire during the progress of the game.
  • An offensive coach shall operate the pitching machine. All adjustments shall only be made by the umpire during the half inning.

 

Defense

  • The defense shall field a maximum of ten (10) players consisting of six (6) infielders and four (4) outfielders. (Variance to rule 1.01) 
  • Each player must play at least one infield position per game by the fourth inning.  Catcher is considered an infield position.
  • Outfielders must begin the play 15 feet into the grass/outfield.
  • The pitcher shall be positioned no closer than three (3) feet on either side of the pitching rubber, no further than eight (8) feet from the pitching rubber, and shall be even with or no more than five (5) feet behind (towards outfield) the line between first base and third base. 
  • The pitcher cannot move forward of the pitching machine until the pitch is delivered.
  • The catcher shall wear all little league regulation protective gear (catcher glove optional) and be positioned properly behind the plate. (Variance to rule 1.12)
  • There is no infield fly rule in this division. (Variance to rule 6.05)

Offense  

  • All helmets provided by CLL will have face shield but wearing a face shielded helmet will not be required.
  • There will be no “slash” bunts (batter shows bunt then pulls back and swings at the ball)
  • Batters will be allowed five pitches or three swinging strikes.  The batter will be called out on the 3rd swinging strike or on the 5th pitch, if not fouled off. The batter is allowed unlimited foul balls on the last pitch. (Variance to rule 6.05(b)) 
  • Batters will not be walked. (Variance to rule 6.08(a))
  • A batted ball that hits the pitching machine, ball bucket is considered dead, batter and runners advance one base.  A thrown ball that hits the machine is considered dead and batters/runners are awarded the base they are going to.
  • Runners may advance according to the following: (Variance to rule 7.0)
    • No advancement on overthrows 
    • When the ball is hit into the outfield, all runner(s) may advance at their own risk until the ball is fielded by an infielder anywhere in the infield. An outfielder who fields a batted ball within the infield is not to be considered an infielder. The outfield is defined as the grass portion of the outfield no matter the field.
    • When the ball is hit in the infield: all runner(s) may advance no more than one base at their own risk.

 

Managers / Coaches

  • 2 coaches, 1 manager and 1 Machine operator are permitted within the playing area. Only two may be on the field and one must remain in the dugout at all times.  Machine Pitch operator cannot coach runners. 
  • There will be no appeals to umpire rulings.

 

Minor A - Machine Pitch (Ages 8)

 

The Minor A Division is considered an competitive division.

 

Machine set-up and operation

  • Speed should be set to 38-42 mph for the entire season. 
  • Height should be adjusted prior to the beginning of the game to cross through the middle of the plate and between two and three feet high.  The machine may be adjusted at the discretion of the umpire during the progress of the game.
  • An offensive coach shall operate the pitching machine. All adjustments shall only be made by the umpire during the half inning.

 

Defense

  • The defense shall field a maximum of ten (10) players consisting of six (6) infielders and four (3) outfielders. (Variance to rule 1.01) 
  • Each player must play at least one infield position per game by the fourth inning.  Catcher is considered an infield position.
  • Outfielder must begin the play 15 feet into the grass/outfield.
  • The pitcher shall be positioned no closer than three (3) feet on either side of the pitching rubber, no further than eight (8) feet from the pitching rubber, and shall be even with or no more than five (5) feet behind (towards outfield) the line between first base and third base. 
  • The pitcher cannot move forward of the pitching machine until the pitch is delivered.
  • The catcher shall wear all little league regulation protective gear (catcher glove optional) and be positioned properly behind the plate. (Variance to rule 1.12)
  • There is no infield fly rule in this division. (Variance to rule 6.05)

Offense  

  • All helmets provided by CLL will have face shield but wearing a face shielded helmet will not be required.
  • There will be no “slash” bunts (batter shows bunt then pulls back and swings at the ball)
  • Batters will be allowed five pitches or three swinging strikes.  The batter will be called out on the 3rd swinging strike or on the 5th pitch, if not fouled off. The batter is allowed unlimited foul balls on the last pitch. (Variance to rule 6.05(b)) 
  • Batters will not be walked. (Variance to rule 6.08(a))
  • A batted ball that hits the pitching machine, ball bucket is considered dead, batter and runners advance one base.  A thrown ball that hits the machine is considered dead and batters/runners are awarded the base they are going to.
  • Runners may advance to any unoccupied base

 

 

Minor AA - Player Pitch (Ages 9-10)

 

Defense

  • Each player must play at least one infield position per game

 

Minor AAA - Player Pitch (Ages 9-10)

 

The Minor AAA Division is considered an advanced division.