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2019 - Rules and Guidelines

The Regular Season Official Rules and Regulations as published by Little League Baseball, Inc.  will apply to all games. We will use the Minor League Rules for the 8-10-Year-Old tournament games and the Little League Rules for the 10-12-Year-Old games, except as modified below.


The following District 9 rules and guidelines will apply to all games:

1.      Managers and coaches should come from the same level as the players.

2.      Team rosters:

a.   To be eligible, a player must have been a duly registered member of the league during regular season for which he/she is participating, and appropriate age for the tournament.  Questions regarding eligibility of players should be referred to the District Administrator for his attention as soon as they arise. 

b.      Minimum of 9 on the roster (*maximum is optional) – *must meet minimum play rule (Regulation IV (i) each player must play 6 defensive outs and bat once – teams are strongly encouraged to play each player for a minimum of 9 defensive outs)

c.      The League President is responsible to ensure that all players on their teams are legal by age and residency.  Age is determined by their 2019 league age for the spring season.  There are NO age waivers for these tournaments.

d.      Players selected to the 8-10, 9-11, 10-12 or Intermediate All Star teams are not eligible to participate in the Fun Tournament.

e.      Both age groups, 8-10 and 10-12, will use Continuous Batting Order that will include all players that are present for the game. Each player will bat in his/her respective spot in the batting order throughout the game unless injury or other acceptable reasons make this impossible. If a player is injured while at bat they will be replaced by the next batter and that batter will assume the existing count.  If a player is hurt while on the bases they will be replaced by the last batter not currently on base.  A player may enter and/or re-enter the game defensively anytime provided he/she meets the requirements of mandatory play (six defensive outs).

f.       During the course of the tournaments, teams may request permission from the District Administrator to add additional players to a team roster.  League presidents must certify in writing that any such player has (1) met all requirements to participate in the Fun Tournaments regarding registration in the league and age, (2) not been a member of any other 2019 Fun Tournament team prior to being put forward to be added to this team, and (3) not been a member of any 2019 All Star team.  The request should include the reasons for requesting the addition, and decisions of the District Administrator are final.  Once added as a member of the team, such additional players will be considered permanent for the duration of the tournament.

3.      Teams must be at the assigned field at least 45 minutes prior to their game time. Pre-game preliminaries will begin exactly 30 minutes prior to game time and will consist of the following:

a.      As soon as both managers or team representatives are present (but no later than 45 minutes prior to game time), a coin flip will take place to determine home team. Home team will occupy the first base dugout.

b.      Batting cages will NOT be available for use at the game sites (host league all star teams may use their own batting cages, provided the activity does not disrupt ongoing games.)  No batting practice of any sort or swinging of bats will take place at the game site. This includes soft toss, whiffle balls, hit sticks, etc.

c.      30 minutes prior to game time, the home team will take the field for 10 minutes of practice.  The visiting team will completely clear the field, including the bullpen (if bullpen is on the field.)

d.      20 minutes prior to game time the visiting team will take the field for ten minutes of practice.  The home team will completely clear the field, including the bullpen (if bullpen is on the field.)

e.      10 minutes prior to game time, the PA announcer (if available) should introduce the players, managers, coaches, umpires and the Tournament Director (the Umpire-in-Charge will act as the Tournament Director). As they are introduced, the players should line up along the base lines and remain there for the Little League pledge.

4.      There will be a four run maximum in the first through the fifth innings. The inning ends when the third out is recorded or the fourth run crosses the plate, whichever occurs first.  If the 4th run scores on a home run, allow the runners to run the bases, but in no case will more than 4 runs be counted in an inning. There will be an eight run maximum in the sixth and any extra innings. The 15-run after 3 innings/10-run after 4 innings (slaughter) rule – 4.10(e) will also apply.  In the 10-12-year-old tournament, rule 6.05(b) will be used, allowing a batter to attempt to advance to first base on an uncaught third strike.  The penalty for rule 6.02(c) - one foot in the box - will NOT be enforced, but umpires will encourage batters to comply with the rule and not wander away from home plate.

5.      Both the 8-10 and 10-12-year-old tournaments will be a straight double elimination format.  Every effort will be made to complete the tournaments on this basis, but D9 reserves the right to alter the format if weather makes it impossible to complete the tournaments within the allowed timeframe.

6.      Host leagues should be responsible for the following:

a.      Field preparation

b.      Having the concession stand open and manned (as available)

c.      Announcers for all games (if PA system is available)

d.      Scorekeepers for all games (as available – if host cannot provide, each team will provide one volunteer to assist at the scorer’s table)

e.      In situations where there is no scorer’s table, the home team scorekeeper is the official scorekeeper, responsible for maintaining the official record of the game.  Visiting team would provide the official pitch counter, who would coordinate with home team after each half inning to ensure consistency in pitch count

f.       Pitch Count person for all games (can be same person as announcer)

g.      Each team will provide three new Little League approved baseballs for each game.

h.      Providing water/Gatorade for umpires.

7.      Umpire procedure - All leagues who enter teams will be responsible to provide umpires:

a.      The District Chief Umpire Consultant will schedule leagues to provide umpires for all games including the playoff games.

b.      A minimum of two umpires should be assigned to each game.

c.      Qualified Junior Umpires may be used, but an Adult Umpire or Adult Game Coordinator must be assigned by the league providing the umpires for the assigned game.

8.      District 9 will be responsible for game scheduling and umpire scheduling. No trophies will be given, although certificates will be awarded to the champions and second place.

9.      Any protest will be resolved immediately by the Tournament Director - the Umpire-in-Chief for all but the Championship games.  There are no appeals to the District Administrator.

10.  All players on a team should be in matching uniforms. They may wear matching T-shirts and jeans. Hats may be from their regular season teams and need not match.

11.   District 9 would like to stress the fact that this IS NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AN ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT. The main objective of the District in providing these events is to offer an enjoyable and exciting experience for the players and their families. The vast majority of those who participate in Little League do not get the opportunity to play on an All-Star team and this tournament gives them the opportunity to participate in an organized event at the District level. For the players who are fortunate enough to be selected to an All-Star team in the future, these tournaments will give them valuable experience that will benefit them at that time.

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