League Rules

Updated Monday February 27, 2017 by Spring Hill Little League.

Spring Hill Little League

League Rules

2017

 

 

 

Majors Division Rules

  1. No coaches outside dugouts on defense.
  2. Only 3 coaches in the dugout at any time.
  3. Refer to the Green Book, Little League rule book for 2017

 

SHLL Minor League Division Rules- 2017

Except for the following additions and clarifications, the Official Little League rules outlined in the 2017 Rule Book will apply.

1.Teams will bat their entire roster. This allows free substitutions but does not waive the minimum playing time of six (6) defensive outs for each player and at least one time at bat.

2.The batting order will be set prior to the start of the game and cannot be changed during the course of the game.

3.Pitchers will adhere to Pitch Count rule in green book regarding number of pitches and rest.

4.Each game will be played with a 5 run maximum per inning per team.

5.Run Rule: Home team wins if up by 11 after 3 ½ innings. Visitor team wins if up by 11 after 4 innings.

6.Players may steal any base as long as they do not leave the base prior to the pitch crossing home plate.

7.Defensive teams may field four outfielders but must play at normal depths (no short fielder or extra middle infielder may be used).

8.Courtesy runner for catcher has to be last recorded out, only if 2 outs.

9.Seven (7) warm up pitches allowed if needed for starting pitcher at the beginning of the game and for any new pitcher coming into pitch after the game has started.  Any pitcher returning to the mound getsa max of five (5) warm-up pitches.  The 5th warm up pitch may be "thrown down" by the catcher to 2nd base.

10.No new inning may start after 1hr 30 minutes. A new inning begins as soon as the third out is recorded in the prior inning.   The umpire will order the countdown clock to be started when ready, but play will not begin until rosters have been turned in.  The clock will not be stopped for any reason other than “Serious Injury.”  If we have to call 911, it’s serious.

11.There are no tie games. Any game with a tie score “that is halted due to weather, curfew (time), or light failure shall be resumed from the exact point at which they were halted in the original game. It can be completed preceding the next scheduled game between the same teams.”  This rule is not eligible for amendment or exclusion per LL Regional Director.

12.There will be no forfeits in Minor League. A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players to play the game or the game must be rescheduled. Substitute players are allowed. Players from the opposing team cannot be used to fill the field at that game. Substitute players will come from a pool of players that have expressed desire to play additional games. The Player Agent will create and run the pool. This rule is not eligible for amendment or exclusion per LL Regional Director.

13.Home team will provide the official score keeper.

14.Visiting team will provide someone to run the scoreboard.

15.Each team is responsible for cleaning up their dugout after each game.

16.After last game of the day, Home team rakes the field, Visitors empty the trash.

17.Games that need to be rescheduled for any reason must be rescheduled by the Division VP.  Should the pitching rules change during the season, the rescheduled games would be played under the rules in effect on the original game date.

18.It will be the winning team’s responsibility to update the game scores on the website.

Please remember that this is considered an instructional league and the purpose is to instruct and teach the fundamentals of baseball to all players regardless of their ability or skill so they can be prepared to advance to the next level of play with confidence and skills as they continue their baseball careers.

SHLL FARM DIVISION RULES- 2017

1.Games will last six (6) innings or 1hr 15 minutes.  Should the time limit run out before an inning is completed, the game will continue until the inning is complete. There are no tie games. Any game with a tie score “that is halted due to weather, curfew (time), or light failure shall be resumed from the exact point at which they were halted in the original game. It can be completed preceding the next scheduled game between the same teams.” This rule is not eligible for amendment or exclusion per LL Regional Director.. No extra innings will be played regardless of time limit. The next inning starts with the last out of the previous inning.

2.Each game will be played with a 5 run maximum per inning per team.

3.Run Rule: Home team wins if up by 11 after 3 ½ innings. Visitor team wins if up by 11 after 4 innings.

4.There will be no forfeits in Farm League. A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players to play the game. Substitute players are allowed. Players from the opposing team cannot be used to fill the field at that game. Substitute players will come from a pool of players that have expressed desire to play additional games. The Player Agent will create and run the pool. This rule is not eligible for amendment or exclusion per LL Regional Director.

5.Pitching coaches must leave the playing field and go to the designated areas along 1st and 3rd base lines while the ball is in play and is not to return to the field until time is called by the umpire. Coach pitchers are not allowed to “coach” base runners until they have left the field. The umpire may call a “No Pitch” if coach doesn’t leave the field in due time.

6.No more than three (3) coaches will be allowed on the field for offense. You may have one (1) dugout attendant in addition to the 3 coaches. You may have one (1) coach in front of your team’s dugout on defense instructing players. The remaining coaches must be in dugout or outside of fence.

7.Male catchers must wear a protective cup when playing the catcher position.

8.All players not fielding or batting must remain in the dugout.

9.There will be no on deck batter.

10.Stealing is not allowed in coach pitch.

11.No head first slides going to a base. Penalty runner is out. Head first is permitted if trying to get back to a base.

12.Runners must make an effort to avoid contact when there is a play at home plate. 

13.Each team will bat the roster and must be continuous.

14.Each player must play at least six (6) defensive outs per game and once at bat.

15.Coach Pitcher should start with one foot on pitching rubber.

16.Players on the infield may not position themselves in the baseline. If runner is out due to obstruction the runner will get the base.

17.Base Runners may not interfere with the defensive player fielding the ball; runner should attempt to run behind the fielder and not into or in front of the fielder if possible. Penalty runner is out. Green Book rules apply for use of double first base.

18.No walks are allowed in Farm League. Each batter will receive 5 pitches. At bat cannot end on foul ball unless declared a pop up to the catcher and is caught.

19.Bunting Rules:

a.Fouled bunt attempts are a strike.

b.A fouled bunt attempt on 3rd strike is an out.

c.Strike will be called if batter holds bat in strike zone while ball crosses home plate

d.Even if no contact with ball is made.

e.One bunt per team per inning. (Must be bunted fair in order to count against the one

Bunt per inning rule.)

f. Umpire will notify scorekeeper when a team uses its one bunt in a given inning.

20.There is no infield fly rule in Farm division.

21.Teams are responsible for getting lineup cards turned in to the opposing teams and the official score keeper to each game. Time will start on the umpires call; play cannot start until both rosters have been turned in.

22.At the end of the season should a tie exist in the standings for first, a playoff will decide first.

23.Rain out games will be re-scheduled by the Division Vice President for Farm League.

24.Home team will provide the official score keeper.

25.Visiting team will provide someone to run the scoreboard.

26.Each team is responsible for cleaning up their dugout after each game.

27.After last game of the day, Home team will rake the field, Visitors will empty the trash.

28.It will be the winning team’s responsibility to update the game scores on the website.

29.Last recorded out can be used as a courtesy runner for the catcher.

 

Tee Ball Division Rules 2017

  1. Games consist of 5-innings or 60 minute time limit
  2. Maximum 5 runs per inning per team
  3. A total of 5 swings (3-coach pitch, 2 off the tee).  After 3 pitches, the batter must take his 2 remaining swings from the tee.  If the batter hits the tee, it is considered part of the ball and called foul.  No at bat can end on a foul ball. 
  4. On any ball hit off the tee, the batter-runner and any runner(s) on base may only be allowed one base.  Play stops once all runner(s) and the batter-runner reach their next base after the hit ball from the tee.  The Batter-runner and/or any base runner(s) are subject to be put out by a tag or force play.  No advancement is allowed on overthrown balls from hits off the tee by any runner(s).  
  5. All players will bat and the batting order must be continuous. 
  6. All players will play in the field defensively, but only 5 can be allowed in the infield at traditional baseball positions. 
  7. Only 1 base will be allowed for any runners on any misplayed thrown ball by the defense, and each runner advances at his/her own risk to the next base.  If a runner overruns the next base, the runner is subject to be tagged out.  If any runner(s) tries to advance to an additional base after a misplayed thrown ball, time will be called immediately, stopping play and all runners must return to the base allowed before time was called.  No more than 1 base may be acquired from 1 misplayed thrown ball.  If there is another misplay on a thrown ball, runners may advance 1 base from the time of throw, at their own risk of being put out.  All other baseball rules apply (interference, running out of their baseline to avoid a tag, passing a preceding runner, etc.). 
  8. A controlled ball by any defensive player in the pitcher’s circle and/or the stopping of the lead runner by the defense at any base, shall stop play, unless the batted ball is fielded within the pitcher’s circle.  In this case, the defense must make a play and/or stop the lead runner from advancing. 
  9. Any runner who has not made it half way to the next base before the ball reaches the pitcher’s circle must return to their previous base.  Stopping the lead runner, with other runners on base stops play, only after all runners have stopped to the base in which the runner was trying to acquire.  The offense cannot initiate a play by any following runners to try to get the lead runner to advance.  If time is called by the umpire, any runner(s) not more than halfway to a base, must return to the base last touched.   
  10. No lead offs or steals.
  11. Any inning started much be completed, unless the home team is winning, and all batters have batted at least once in the game. 
  12. After 45 mins, the umpire will deem the next full inning as the last inning of play.  (Note: play will continue until all batters have batted at least once in the game.  If 3 outs are obtained in the last inning prior to everyone having batted, the bases will be cleared, no further runs will score, and the game will continue until all remaining batters have batted at least once in the game. 
  13. Two coaches may coach the players in the outfield on defense.  They must stay outside the bases, preferably in the grass.  One coach is allowed outside the dugout while their team is on defense. 
  14. The pitching coach must leave fair ball territory during plays.  No coaching can be done until the coach is in foul territory. 
  15. Only the base coaches at 1st and 3rd base and the pitching coach are permitted outside the dugout.  All other coaches (dugout help) must remain inside the dugout, with the gate closed during play.                edited by AN/FEB2017

 

STARS RULES

  1. Games consist 2 times through both teams batting orders. 
  2. The game should not exceed 50 minutes
  3. Score will not be kept.
  4. Batter hits from the tee until he puts the ball in play.
  5. All players will bat and batting order must be continuous.
  6. All players will play in the field but it is recommended only 5 players be allowed in the infield at traditional baseball positions
  7. Only one base per play.
  8. Play stops when the runner reaches the next base.
  9. No lead offs, no steals.

 

These By-laws may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote at any duly organized meeting of the Regular Members provided notice of the proposed change is included in the notice of such meeting. Draft of all proposed amendments shall be submitted to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, for approval before implementation.

These By-laws were approved by the Board of Directors of Spring Hill Little League on December 6, 2016.