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Regular Season Rules AA/Minors 2017 – Stamford North Little League (SNLL)



  1. This is supposed to be fun and about the kids – we want 100% of the kids from ALL teams to return next year so please make sure both teams are having fun – when in doubt of any other rule – refer to this rule
  2. First six games are all pitching machine every inning.  The remaining games will be half person / half machine. Innings one, two, and three will be PERSON PITCHED.  The remainder of the game will be machine pitched
    1. Kids will play the pitching position and stand next to the machine
    2. The machine is in play.  A ball that hits the machine is live and in play
    3. The only machine used will be the spring loaded machine
    4. The coaches can best determine who operates the pitching machine (same coach of batting team or opposite)
    5. There are no walks – therefore no balls w/the pitching machine – only strikes
    6. A kid can NOT strike out on a MACHINE PITCHED called third strike if they are not swinging at that pitch – they have to swing
    7. A kid CAN strike out on a PERSON PITCHED called third strike
    8. There are no hit batters with the pitching machine. A kid does not take the base when hit by the machine. We want to encourage them to get out of the way not try to get hit
    10. A kid will be replaced by a coach after any combination of walks (BB) and hit by pitch (HBP) have totaled four in any half inning (BB + HBP=4).  If a player is removed as a pitcher, they are NOT eligible to return as a pitcher the remainder of that game
    11. A pitcher is limited to 50 pitches per game
      1. A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day
      2. If a kid pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (rest), Wed (rest), Thurs (pitch)
      3. If a kid pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (rest), Wed (pitch)
      4. If a kid pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar days of rest is required (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (pitch)
    12. If a kid reaches a day(s) or rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may to continue to pitch until the batter reaches base, the batter is retired, or the third out is recorded to complete the half-inning
  3. Ten kids in the field (4 in the outfield. Outfield is defined by a minimum of ten feet removed from the infield / outfield threshold). A team can play with nine players.  An out will be recorded when the tenth spot in the line-up is to come to bat
  4. Coaches must make every effort to play all kids on the infield for at least one inning
  5. Continues batting order – all kids bat.  The catcher will be run for by the player who made last out if the catcher is on the base paths with two outs
  6. If you have 12 or more kids then every kid needs to sit one inning if a 6 inning game is played (field play only)
  7. If a kid is injured then he or she’s spot in the order is skipped and it is NOT an out – if the kid comes back into the game/order they must slot in at their original spot not the next spot up
  8. 6 inning game or 1 hour and 45 minute time limit.  TOP of the inning must be started prior to the hour and 45 time limit.  No new inning can be started after the hour and 45 min limit UNLESS both coaches agree prior to the 1:45 mark. NOTE: umps should be informed of this exception.
  9. It is the umps decision to call the game due to darkness or rain not the coaches. All baseball activities will be halted if lightening is observed or if thunder is heard
  10. Zero tolerance on arguing w/the umps for any reason (these are kids we are using) – if there is a need for a rules clarification or any reason to discuss something w/the umps please make sure both coaches from both teams are present and the conversation happens between the 3 or 4 (2 umps) of you
  11. Early Termination (eg Ten run mercy rule)
    1. Please play your games to completion even if you have been mercied – it’s about the kids not the W/L. The mercy rule will only apply after three innings have been completed.  The final score will be the score at the time the early termination was determined
    2. A team can score a maximum of five runs per half inning.  If your team and the other team have allowed ‘five runs’ an equal number of times, then, either team can score more than five runs in their respective final at bat. If a team has allowed ‘5 runs’ in any one half inning more than the other team, then that same team cannot come back and score more than 5 runs to win a game in the last inning of play. If your team has NOT allowed ‘5 runs’ but you are down by more than 5 runs going into the last inning then you CAN come back and win the game (no 5 run max applies – last inning of play only).
  12. Kids can run out their hits as far as they can get  – means no max base on a hit – if a kid hits a ball into the outfield and he makes it a triple or home run then that is ok (has to be the result of the hit)
    1. w/the fence at Scofield if the ball gets stuck it’s a ground rule double
    2. Once the ball IS POSSESSED (IN HAND(S) OR GLOVE) BY AN INFIELDER ON THE INFIELD (HAVING ONE FOOT ON THE INFIELD CONSTITUTES BEING ON THE INFIELD) the ball is dead (the ball is live in the outfield and kids can keep advancing until the ball is possessed by an infielder.  Once a ball is declared dead, a kid can NOT advance if they are less than half way to the next base and will be instructed to return to the previous base without a play. A ball is NOT dead if the kid is still juggling it.
    3. KIDS CANNOT ADVANCE BASES ON A WILD THROW IN THE INFIELD (we will probably change this as the season goes and have a one base max – this will allow the kids the importance of holding the ball and not throwing it at all costs as well as making an accurate throw)
    4. Balls hit over the fence at Scofield are an automatic home run
  13. Bats are to remain down and out of the kids hands while on the bench – no warming up w/the bat or “on deck” warm ups – the only time the bat should be in a kids hands is when they are at the plate – if kids are using bats while on the bench this could result in an automatic out – the umps will be told this and it is very important for the kids safety that they are NOT swinging the bats around while on the bench