League RulesUpdated Monday February 27, 2017 by Spring Hill Little League.
Spring Hill Little League
Majors Division Rules
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.
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
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.