UNOFFICIAL REGULATIONS
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (MAJORS) DIVISION, MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, TEE BALL BASEBALL, JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, SENIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, AND BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL

These regulations govern the conduct and operation of chartered Little Leagues.

I - THE LEAGUE

(a) The league is the only unit of organization.
1. The Little League (Majors) Division is to accommodate participants league ages 9-12.
2. The Minor League Division is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate participants league ages 7- 12.
3. The Tee Ball Division is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate participants league ages 5-8, and must utilize the batting tee rather than the pitched ball.
NOTE 1:7-8 year-olds may play in Minor League or Tee Ball depending on the local structure and ability of the players.
NOTE 2: Players shall not participate in more than one division.
NOTE 3: Participants league age 6 are permitted to advance to Minor League Coach Pitch or machine pitch after participation in Tee Ball for one year.

(b) The league shall be governed by a Board of Directors elected from and by the membership, consisting of volunteer personnel.  As a condition of service to the league, all managers, coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players or teams, must complete and submit an official "Little League Volunteer Application" to the local league president.  Annual background screenings must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season.  Refusal to annually submit a fully completed "Little League Volunteer Application" must result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from the local league (see also Reg. I(c)8 and 9.) 
Officers shall be elected by the Board (i.e. president, one or more vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, safety officer and player agent or agents). President shall not manage, coach or umpire. Player agents shall not manage, coach or umpire in their respective divisions. Vice Presidents may manage, coach or umpire provided they do not serve on the Protest Committee.
President, with approval of Board of Directors, shall appoint managers, coaches and umpires annually. Manager/coach representation on the Board shall not exceed a minority. NOTE: All members of the Local League Board of Directors, as well as managers and coaches, whose activities in another youth baseball/softball program are deemed detrimental to the operation of the local league can be removed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. (Tournament Rule variation, Page T-3)

(c) Each league shall:

1. prepare, adopt and submit to Little League Headquarters, a constitution consistent with all rules, regulations and policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
2. be considered as a separate and not as a division of the same league.
3. apply for and, if approved, be issued a separate charter certificate.
4. have separate boundaries as provided for in Regulation II. Limit its boundaries to and draw its players from, an area which includes not more than the population stipulated in Regulation II (g) and (h). (20,000)
5. adopt and play a separate schedule of games as provided for in Regulation VII.  Interleague play and practice with another league(s) may be permitted during the regular season with the approval of the district administrator. The district administrator must verify that all leagues involved in the interleague combination are properly chartered and insured.  Interleague play during the regular season between leagues from two districts must be approved by the regional office.  Leagues involved in interleague play will field separate tournament teams. Players shall not be transferred from one league to another.  Requests to combine for tournament play must be submitted through the district to the regional offices for approval per guidelines established by the Little League.  Districts will be required to submit interleague play forms with all insurance claims that result from interleague play;
6. provide all players with conventional uniforms. Minor League and Tee Ball: T-shirts and caps are recommended, but hand-me-down type uniforms may worn if so approved by the local Board. (The Official Little League Should Patch must be affixed to the upper left sleeve of the uniform blouse in all divisions of play.);
7. obtain Accident and General Liability insurance.
 A. Accident Insurance coverage is mandatory for all players on all rosters as well as managers, coaches and umpires.
B. General Liability insurance is mandatory for the league including its volunteers. The policy must have a minimum coverage of $1,000,000 sing limit bodily injury and property damage. The policy must include cove age for claims arising out of athletic participants.
If insurance is purchased locally, a copy of the policy must be submitted Little League Baseball International Headquarters with your "Charter Application and Insurance Enrollment" form.
8. Require that all of the following personnel have annually submitted a fully completed official “Little League Volunteer Application” to the local league president, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season: Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.. The “Little League Volunteer Application” must be maintained by the president of the local league board of directors for all personnel named above, for a minimum of the duration of the applicant’s service to the league for that year. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament Committee in Williamsport.
9. Conduct an annual background check on all personnel that are required to complete a “Little League Volunteer Application” prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner, whose background check reveals a conviction or guilty plea for any crime involving or against a minor. A local league may prohibit any individual from participating as a volunteer or hired worker, if the league deems the individual unfit to work with minors. A local league must conduct a search of the applicable government operated statewide sex offender registry. If no sex offender registry exists in a State /Province, the local league must conduct a statewide/province-wide criminal background check through the appropriate governmental agency unless prohibited by law. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament Committee in Williamsport.  If a local league becomes aware of information, by any means whatsoever, that an individual including but not limited to, volunteers, players and hired workers, has been convicted of or pled guilty to any crime involving or against a minor, the local league must contact the applicable government agency to confirm the accuracy of the information.  Upon confirmation of the conviction for, or guilty plea to, a crime against or involving a minor, the local league shall not permit the individual to participate in any manner.

Note: Information regarding background checks is available at www.littleleague.org.

(d) The Little League (Majors) Division may be composed of not more than ten (10) teams, if more than 10 teams are requested, application for a divisional format must be made to the Charter Committee through the District Administrator, If approve each division must field a separate tournament team.

(e) Not more than one league will be permitted to operate under the same management without expressed recommendation of the District Administrator to Little League Headquarters and subject to final approval by the Charter Committee.

(f) Mergers, with a combined population of 20,000 or less and where there is sufficient enrollment to maintain separate charters, shall require the recommendation of the District Administrator to Little League Headquarters and be subject to final approval by the Charter Committee.


I - THE LEAGUE: JUNIOR/SENIOR/BIG LEAGUE

(a) Junior League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate youngsters league ages 13 and 14; Senior League is an extension of the local Little League accommodate youngsters league ages 14, 15 and 16; Big League is an extension the local Little League to accommodate youngsters league ages 16, 17 and NOTE: This allows the Local League Board of Directors to place some or all 14 year olds in the Junior League Division OR Senior League Division. It also allows Local League board to place some or all 16 year olds in the Senior League Division OR the Big League Division.
Big League:
Teams from one or more leagues in a district which are currently chartered may join to form a Big League. Any district which can field four (4) teams, must have its own league. Where one district cannot field four (4) teams, leagues in adjoining districts may combine to form a Big League not to exceed ten (10) teams, with approval the Charter Committee.
EXCEPTION: The Big League may be a district-operated program, supervised the District Administrator. Such a district-wide program may draw participants from within the boundaries of each chartered league in the district. However, each Local League wishing to do so may retain its own team/league structure. Note: District Administrators, even if they operate a district-wide Big League program, are not permitted to vote in the election for District Administrator.

(b) The Junior League and Senior League Divisions shall be governed by the Board of Directors of the local Little League. The Board of Directors of the local Little League shall elect a Player Agent and Vice-President for each division and shall approve the appointment of its managers and coaches annually. President shall not manage, coach or umpire.
The Player Agent shall not manage, coach or umpire in their respective division. Vice President may manage, coach or umpire provided they do not serve on the Protest Committee.
Big League:
A local Little League organizing a Big League program of four (4) or more teams shall be governed by the Board of Directors of that league. Where teams of more than one local Little League in a district form a Big League, such league shall be governed by a Board of Directors of representatives of participating leagues. (Local Little League president and player agent may not manage, coach or umpire. Vice President may manage, coach, or umpire provided they do not serve on the Protest Committee.) In the latter event, the District Administrator shall serve as Board Chairman and appoint an assistant to administer the league.

(c) Each division shall operate under the constitution of the local Little League, which is the only unit of organization. (Big League exception noted above.)

Big League:
Each participating local Little League and/or District will:

1. select managers and coaches for its teams;
2. select its players from within the boundaries of the local Little League, or from within the boundaries of chartered leagues participating in the District-wide Big League program;
3. obtain Accident and General Liability insurance.
Accident Insurance coverage is mandatory for all players on all rosters as well as managers, coaches and umpires.
General Liability insurance is mandatory for the league including its volunteers. The policy must have a minimum coverage of $1,000,000 single limit bodily injury and property damage. The policy must include coverage for claims arising out of athletic participants.
If insurance is purchased locally, a copy of the policy must be submitted to Little League Baseball International Headquarters with your "Charter Application and Insurance Enrollment" form.
4. supply uniforms, bats and equipment for its team(s) and contribute proportional costs of baseballs, supplies and operation of program.
5. Require that all of the following personnel have annually submitted a fully completed official “Little League Volunteer Application” to the local league president, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season: Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.. The “Little League Volunteer Application” must be maintained by the president of the local league board of directors for all personnel named above, for a minimum of the duration of the applicant’s service to the league for that year. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament Committee in Williamsport
6. Conduct an annual background check on all personnel that are required to complete a “Little League Volunteer Application” prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner, whose background check reveals a conviction for any crime involving or against a minor. A local league may prohibit any individual from participating as a volunteer or hired worker, if the league deems the individual unfit to work with minors. A local league must conduct a search of the applicable government operated statewide sex offender registry. If no sex offender registry exists in a State /Province, the local league must conduct a statewide/province-wide criminal background check through the appropriate governmental agency unless prohibited by law. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament Committee in Williamsport.
(d) Each division shall be composed of no more than 10 teams.

(e) On or before April 15, the chartered Little League shall apply for and, if approved, be granted permission to operate a Junior League, Senior League and/or Big League program for the year. On or before April 15, the District shall apply for and, if approved, be granted permission to operate a Big League program for the year.

(f) Boundaries for selection of players shall conform to those of the local Little League.
Big League exceptions noted in Regulation I (a).

(g) Each division shall adopt and play a separate schedule of games as provided for in Regulation VII. Interlocking schedules, interleague play or practice shall not be permitted, nor shall players be transferred from one league to another except as provided for in Regulation VII.

(h) Not more than one Junior League or Senior League will be permitted to operate under the same local Little League. However, where a lack of enough player personnel exists and with the recommendation of the District Administrator and approval of the Charter Committee, two or more adjacent chartered Little Leagues comprising not more than 40,000 population of the same district may combine to form one Junior League and/or Senior League. Where two or more leagues have combined to form one Junior League and/or Senior League, a tournament team must be selected from each league, unless an exception is approved by the Charter Committee.

(i) Where two or more Junior and/or Senior Leagues combine, each will make application for charter indicating thereon the number of teams each will field and the need for joint operation. Players from more than one league may be pooled for the purpose of organizing Junior League and/or Senior League teams, with Charter Committee approval.

(j) Where two or more Junior Leagues and/or Senior Leagues combine, the operation shall be governed jointly by the Board of Directors of the Local Leagues. They shall each elect a Vice-President and Player Agent to be in charge of the league(s).

(k) The Vice Presidents will administer the joint Junior League and/or Senior League program subject to the agreement of their Board of Directors and will alternate every other year as Senior Vice-President in charge of the program. The off-year Vice-President will serve as assistant to the Vice-President in charge.

(l) Each Junior League/Senior League will select managers and coaches for its teams.

(m) Each Junior League/Senior League will supply a proportionate number of adult personnel including volunteer umpires.

(n) Each Junior League/Senior League will supply uniforms, bats and playing equipment for its teams and contribute proportionate costs for baseballs, supplies and maintenance of playing field(s). When each league has a field, each will maintain its own.

(o) Each Junior League/Senior League will pay its proportionate share for player accident, liability and volunteer insurance.

II- LEAGUE BOUNDARIES

(a) Each league shall determine actual boundaries of the area from WITHIN which it shall select players. Only those participants whose residence is within the boundaries of the league shall be eligible to participate.  Residence, for the purposes of this regulation, is defined in "Residence Eligibility Requirements" in the first section of this book.  These boundaries MUST be described in detail AND shown on a map when making application for the charter. The local Little League boundaries shall be the boundaries of the Junior/Senior/Big League. Exception noted for Big League district operation in Regulation I.

(b) When there are two (2) or more leagues within a locale, each must have separate boundaries, detailed by a map. No exception to this provision will be made without written approval of Little League Headquarters.

(c) Team boundaries may be permitted where communities making up a league are widely separated, upon application to and approval by Little League Headquarters.

(d) The Board of Directors of the Local League, with the approval of the player involved, reserves the right to continue ass player, any individual (1) whose residence changes from within the boundary to outside the league's boundary or (2) who lives outside the leagues boundaries because of a revision of such boundaries even if the child then resides in the territory of another league. Current Major League, Minor League or Tee Ball players or any sibling whose brother or sister meets the criteria under II(d) may also be retained. Any player meeting (1) or (2) above may be retained for the remainder of his/her career, including Little League, Junior, Senior and Big League competition.
NOTE: A player who qualifies under this regulation and elects not to participate for a playing season is not eligible to be retained for subsequent season.
Regulation II(d) - Processing Procedure
The league president will process a II(d) form.  Once the president completes the form, he/she must compile "residency requirement" verification that each youngster meets the conditions of II(d) as outlined above.  The league president will present this verification to the District Administrator for review.  Once the district administration verifies the documentation meets the regulations the district administrator will sign the II(d) form granting his or her approval.  The league and the district will maintain the form and documentation in their files.  This verification process is only required once during a participant's career.  The league must maintain this form and documentation for this player for the duration of his/her career until the player graduates from the program or breaks service with the league.  Tournament team players will be required to carry a copy of this form and documentation with them throughout the tournament.  If contested during tournament play, the league will be required to produce the documentation.  Additionally, if it is determined at a later date that the player does not meet the conditions of II(d), the player is ineligible for further participation.  Situations in which documentation is not available must be referred to the Charter Committee through the regional office for a decision.  The decision of the Charter Committee is final and binding.

(e) The President (or District Administrator, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) shall, within 14 days after the first regularly scheduled game, give written notice to Little League Headquarters stating the names, dates and conditions pertaining to any player retained under Regulation II (d) and/or IV (h). In the event that such a player is not claimed, the President (or District Administrator, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) of the league shall so notify in writing the player or the President (or District Administrator) of the league within whose boundaries the player now resides.
Such written notice of release shall be given in sufficient time for the player to qualify for tryouts and selection in the league within whose boundaries the player now resides.

(f) Boundaries approved by Little League Headquarters for a chartered league shall be protected. No other league will be chartered to accept player candidates from all or any part of the same territory for that calendar year. When necessary the District Administrator shall have the authority to adjust the league boundaries and be subject to review and approval of the Charter Committee.

(g) The league shall limit its boundaries to, and draw its players from, an area which includes not more than 20,000 population.

(h) When a 20,000 population does not provide an equitable distribution of eligible candidates, the Charter Committee may approve an alternate criterion based upon school enrollment (kindergarten through seventh grade) with total enrollment not to exceed 1,000 students per league.

III - THE TEAMS

(a) The league shall, at least 10 days prior to the first regular game, establish the number of players on each team. Little League (Majors) Division: No team may have more than 15 players (16 for Big League) nor less than 12. Minor League and Tee Ball: No team may have more than 20 players nor less than 12.
The manager of a team must, at least five days prior to the first regularly scheduled game, register the regular team roster. All teams in a particular league must carry the same number of players on their rosters.

(b) No more than the number of players established by the league under Regulation III, Section (a) may be in uniform during any game. Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted.

(c) Little League (Majors) Division: Local League must establish the age structure for the Little League (Majors) Division. At no time shall a team have on its roster more than eight players whose league age is 12. Balance of the team roster shall be comprised of players whose league age is 9, 10 or 11. For Junior/Senior/Big League, It is recommended that the local Little League (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) set a maximum and/or minimum number of participants of a particular league age. (Example: if the league has all 15 and 16 year olds in its Senior League Division, it may have a local rule that states that each team must carry between four and eight players of league age 16.) Minor League: Local League must establish the age structure for the Minor League Division. The Minor League may be sub-divided into Minor League Coach Pitch, Minor League Machine Pitch and/or Minor League Player Pitch divisions, with the method for division determined by the local Little League Board of Directors. A player listed on a Little League (Majors) Division roster shall not be permitted to play with a Minor League team.
Tee Ball: Local League must establish the age structure for the Tee Ball Division. Players league age 5 and 6 are eligible only for Tee Ball. Exception: Participants league age 6 are permitted to advance to Minor League Coach Pitch after participation in Tee Ball for one year.
A player listed on a Tee Ball roster shall not be permitted to play with a Minor League team.

(d) If team manager loses any player(s) on the roster during the current season through illness, injury, change of address, or other justifiable reasons (subject to Board approval), another player shall be obtained through the player agent, to replace the one lost. The playing ability of the child shall not be considered a justifiable reason for replacement. Such replacement must be of such league age as to comply with Section (c) of this Regulation, and must be eligible under all sections of Regulation IV. The Local League (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) should specify in its local rules the number of days allowed for a manager to comply with selection of a replacement. When changes are desired, the following procedures must be followed:

1. Manager shall acquaint the Board of Directors of the Local League (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) with the conditions which necessitate the request for a replacement.
2. if the majority of the Board of Directors (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) agrees that the reasons are justifiable, the manager may call up a replacement who is eligible under Regulation III, Section (c) and all sections of Regulation IV.
NOTE: A league (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) may adopt a local rule prohibiting replacements from the Minor League program onto a Little League (Majors) Division team during the last two weeks of the regular season schedule.
When a player misses more than seven (7) continuous days of participation for an illness or injury, a physician or other accredited medical provider must give written permission for a return to full baseball activity.

(e) Little League (Majors) Division: Managers may release players for any justifiable reason (as in (d) above, subject to Board approval) between the conclusion of one season and seven (7) days prior to the tryout session, but not later than the players selection or draft meeting of the subsequent season. In the event that a player is released, the president of the league (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) shall notify the player agent, and the player in writing. Such written notice of release shall be given insufficient time for the player to qualify for tryouts and selection to another team.
Minor League and Tee Ball: If a team manager loses any players on the roster during the current season through illness, injury, change of address, or other justifiable reasons (subject to Board approval), another player could be transferred within that Division, through the player agent, to replace the one lost, or a player may be obtained, through the player agent, from a list of children who registered after teams were formed.
Note 1: Minor League and Tee Ball players maybe reassigned at the discretion of the local League Board of Directors and player agent in order to provide a balanced training program.
Note 2: Minor League and Tee Ball teams must be dissolved at the end of the current season, with all players being returned to a player pool.

IV - THE PLAYERS

(a) Little League (Majors) Division: Any candidate who will attain the age of 9 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 13 before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in Little League Baseball (Subject to the Local League Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a child who will be 13 years old on August 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a child who will be 13 years old on July31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.
Minor League Division: Any candidate who will attain the age of 7 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 13 before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Minor League Division Baseball (Subject to the Local League Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a child who will be 8 years old on August 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a child who will be 9 years old on July 31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.
Tee Ball Division: Any candidate who will attain the age of 5 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 9 before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Tee Ball Division Baseball (subject to the Local League Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a child who will be 8 years old on August 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a child who will be 9 years old on July 31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.
Junior League: Any youngster who will attain the age of 13 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 15 years before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete. This means that a youngster who will be 15 years old on August 1 or later is eligible to play that year; a youngster who will be 15 years old on July 31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League or tournament play in the Junior League at any time during the calendar year in question.
Senior League: Any youngster who will attain the age of 14 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 17 years before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete. This means that a youngster who will be 17 years old on August 1 or later is eligible to play that year; a youngster who will be 17 years old on July31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League or tournament play in the Senior League at any time during the calendar year in question.
Big League: Any youngster with amateur status who will attain the age of 16 years before August 1 and who will not attain the age of 19 years before August 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete.
This means that a youngster who will be 19 years old on August 1 or later is eligible to play that year; a youngster who will be 19 years old on July 31 or earlier will not be eligible for either Local League or tournament play in the Big League at any time during the calendar year in question.

NOTE: Little League (Junior/Senior/Big League) accident insurance covers only those activities approved or sanctioned by Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
A unit Little League (Majors), Minor League, Tee Ball, or Junior/Senior/Big League team shall not participate as a Little League (Majors), Minor League, Tee Ball or Junior/Senior/Big League team in games with other teams of other programs or in tournaments except those authorized by Little League Baseball.
Little League (Majors), Minor League, Tee Ball and Junior/Senior/Big League participants may participate in other programs during the Little League (Majors), Minor League, Tee Ball andJunior/Senior/Big League regular season and tournament provided such participation does not disrupt the Little League (Majors), Minor League, Tee Ball and Junior/Senior/Big League season or tournament team.
NOTE: Consistent with a manager's ability to conduct the affairs of his or her team, a manager may remove a player from the team, subject to Board of Directors approval (or district approval, if the Big League is administered as a district operation), for the current season if the player repeatedly misses practice or games. If a player is repeatedly missing practices or games, the manager must make the Local League Board of Directors aware of the situation immediately.

(b) Each candidate must present acceptable proof of age to the league president (or District Administrator, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) at least 48 hours before the player selection plan is put into operation. When and if such formal proof of age is not available, the league president shall gather as much documentary evidence as possible and promptly forward it to Regional Headquarters. If, in the opinion of Regional Headquarters, such evidence is satisfactory, a statement to that effect will be sent to the league president (or District Administrator, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) which shall be acceptable in lieu of a birth certificate.

(c) The president of the Local League (or District Administrator, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) MUST certify and be responsible for the eligibility of each candidate previous to player selection. Note: At the time of registration, a player must designate whether he or she will try out for baseball or softball. No player may be on the roster of more than one team in the Little League program.

(d) The "League Age" of each candidate shall be recorded and announced at the player selection to guide the managers in making their selections.

(e) "League Age" is that age attained prior to August 1 in any given season. Thus, a child whose 12th birthday is on July 31 or earlier has a League Age of 12; a child whose 12th birthday is on August 1 or later has a League Age of 11. This principle applies regardless of age.

(f) Little League (Majors) Division and Junior/Senior/Big League: Any candidate failing to attend at least 50 percent of the spring tryout sessions, shall forfeit league eligibility unless an excuse is presented which is accepted by a majority of the Board of Directors (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation).
Minor League and Tee Ball: Any eligible player who qualifies and becomes available after player assignment should be assigned to a team.
NOTE: A Local League should accept registrations until the time of player selections, Thereafter, registration may be closed.

(g) Player roster forms supplied by Little League Headquarters must be completed and filed no later than June 3, 2005. Players claimed under Regulation II (d) and/or IV (h) must be declared on appropriate forms available from Little League Headquarters annually. It is highly recommended that rosters be supplied to Headquarters via the Little League Data Center.  Look for related information online at www.littleleague.org.

(h) If a person had previously lived within the league boundaries for two years while serving that league as a dedicated manager, coach or member of the Local League Board of Directors for two years, his or her sons and/or daughters are eligible to try out and be selected by teams in that league (1) provided such service to the league from which the person has moved has continued, (2) subject to written agreement from the league within whose boundaries they currently reside and (3) supported by a recommendation of the District Administrator, to Regional Director to the Charter Committee.
Regulation IV(h) - Processing Procedure
The league president will process a IV(h) form.  Once the president completes the form, he/she must compile "residency requirement" verification that each youngster meets the conditions of IV(h) as outlined above.  The league president will present this verification to the District Administrator for review.  Once the district administration verifies the documentation meets the regulations the district administrator will sign the IV(h) form granting his or her approval.  The league and the district will maintain the form and documentation in their files.  This verification process is only required once during a participant's career.  The league must maintain this form and documentation for this player for the duration of his/her career until the player graduates from the program or breaks service with the league.  Tournament team players will be required to carry a copy of this form and documentation with them throughout the tournament.  If contested during tournament play, the league will be required to produce the documentation.  Additionally, if it is determined at a later date that the player does not meet the conditions of IV(h), the player is ineligible for further participation.  Situations in which documentation is not available must be referred to the Charter Committee through the regional office for a decision.  The decision of the Charter Committee is final and binding.

(i) Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. Big League: Mandatory play does not apply.
PENALTY: The player(s) involved shall start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirement not completed for Section (i) and the requirement for this game before being removed.
The manager shall for the:
A. First Offense - receive a written warning.
B. Second Offense - a suspension for the next scheduled game.
C. Third Offense - a suspension for remainder of the season.
NOTE 1:If the violation is determined to have been intentional, a more severe penalty may be assessed by the Board of Directors. However, forfeiture of a game may not be invoked.
NOTE 2:If violation occurs in a game shortened by curfew, darkness, inclement weather, etc., the Local League may elect not to impose a penalty.
Minor League and Tee Ball: If a league uses 15 to 20 player rosters they may reduce the Mandatory Rule to three (3) defensive outs and one (1) at bat per game.

(j) Any request for a waiver pertaining to the eligibility of a player must be submitted in writing by the president of the local Little League through the district administrator, to their respective regional director not later than June 3 of the current year.  Requests submitted after that date will not be considered.

 

AGE ALIGNMENT FOR JUNIOR LEAGUE,
SENIOR LEAGUE AND BIG LEAGUE

At the Little League 22nd International Congress in San Antonio, Texas, in 1998, District Administrators voted overwhelmingly to alter the age structure in the Junior League, Senior League and Big League Divisions. The new age structure allows greater flexibility in these divisions and is intended to increase participation.

The objectives are: 1.To allow leagues with enough personnel to have a two-year age structure, while smaller leagues could retain a three-year structure for Senior League and/or Big League, and; 2. To aid in the retention of players in all age groups, particularly 13 and l6yearolds.

Under the new structure, Big League Baseball/Softball will remain available to 16, 17 and 18 year olds. However, with the 14 year olds and 16 year olds being the swing' ages, a league COULD structure its program this way: Junior League 13-14; Senior League 15-16; Big League 16-18.

The table below gives each of the possible combinations allowable under the new regulations. However, if a Local League wishes to allow the Junior Division to include 15 year olds in Regular Season play, it must request permission in writing from the Charter Committee. Under no circumstances will a league be permitted to operate a division that includes 13-16 year olds.

  
             Junior League     Senior League     Big League
  League A      13,14             15,16            17,18
  League B      13,14           14,15,16           17,18
  League C      13,14           14,15,16         16,17,18
  League D      13,14             14,15          16,17,18
  League E      13,14             15,16          16,17,18
  League F       13             14,15,16         16,17,18
  League G       13             14,15,16           17,18
  League H       13               14,15          16,17,16
The structure for Tournament Play in baseball and softball will be: Junior League 13-14; Senior League 14-15-1 6; Big League 16-17-1 8.

V - SELECTION OF PLAYERS

(a) The selection of players for the various teams within a league shall be in compliance with the Little League Draft Selection System as detailed in the Operating Manual.

(b) When a league decides to substitute a selection system for the one advocated by Little League Baseball, Incorporated, a complete description of such substituted system MUST BE PRESENTED in writing FOR APPROVAL when applying for a charter.

(c) Alternate method of operation
To aid leagues that are having a difficult time getting enough players for their regular season teams, the following option is available:

A pool of players from existing regular season teams can be created with players that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season when teams face a shortage of rostered players for a regular season game.

Guidelines:
(1) The league's Player Agent will create and run the pool. The league's Player Agent will use the pool to assign players to teams that are short of players on a rotating basis,
(2) Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick and choose players from the pool,
(3) Players used from the pool will not be allowed to pitch, except during the player's own regular season scheduled game,
(4) Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine (9) consecutive defensive outs and bat once.

VI- PITCHERS

This regulation applies only to the Little League (Majors) Division and Minor League.
(a) Any player on the team roster may pitch. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.

(b) If a player pitches in less than four (4) innings one calendar day of rest is mandatory. If a player pitches in four (4) or more innings, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. A player may pitch in a maximum of six (6) innings in a calendar week, Sunday through Saturday. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.
EXAMPLE -
If a player pitched in four or more innings on (Column A): and is still eligible, that player can pitch again on (Column B):

  
  Column A   Column B
  Sunday     Thursday
  Monday     Friday
  Tuesday    Saturday
  Wednesday  Sunday
  Thursday   Monday
  Friday     Tuesday
  Saturday   Wednesday
(c) Little League (Majors) Division: Only three players of league age 12 may be used as pitchers during a calendar week. All three may pitch in one or more games, but each is limited to a total of six (6) innings within the calendar week and subject to rest periods described in section (b). The total number of innings pitched by 12 year olds shall not exceed 12 innings in a calendar week.

(d) A player once removed as a pitcher may not pitch again in the same game.

(e) Little League (Majors) Division: Not more than five (5) pitchers per team shall be used in one game.
EXCEPTION: In case of illness or injury to a fifth pitcher, an additional pitcher may be used.

(f) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

NOTES:
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Innings pitched in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher's eligibility for that week. NOTE(1): In suspended games resumed in a subsequent week, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their remaining eligibility for the calendar week in which the game is resumed, and provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest. NOTE(2): Innings pitched in games that do not complete one (1) full inning shall not count towards a pitcher's total for that particular pitching week.
3 Little League (Majors) Division: If doubleheaders are played, the limitation of six (6) innings in a calendar week would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitched in the first game of a doubleheader may also pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.

VI- JUNIOR/SENIOR/BIG LEAGUE PITCHERS

(a) Any player on the team roster may pitch.

(b) Junior League and Senior League:
If a player pitches in less than five(5) innings one calendar day of rest is mandatory. If a player pitches in five(5) or more innings, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. A player may pitch in a maximum of nine (9) innings in a calendar week, Sunday through Saturday. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.
EXAMPLE -
If a player pitched in five or more innings on (Column A): and is still eligible, that player can pitch again on (Column B):

  
  Column A   Column B
  Sunday     Thursday
  Monday     Friday
  Tuesday    Saturday
  Wednesday  Sunday
  Thursday   Monday
  Friday     Tuesday
  Saturday   Wednesday
Big League: A player may pitch in a maximum of nine (9) innings in one day but not more than twelve (12) innings in a calendar week. Delivery of one pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning. If the player pitches in less than three (3) innings in a day, no rest is required. If the player pitches in less than five (5) in one day, he/she must have one calendar day of rest. If the player pitches in five (5) or more innings in a day, he/she must have three (3) calendar days of rest.

(c) A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once in the same inning as he/she was removed.

(d) Not more than five (5) pitchers per team shall be used in one game.
EXCEPTION: In case of injury or illness of a fifth pitcher, an additional pitcher may be used.

(e) Violation of any section of this Regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

NOTES:
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after being announced, or after a warm-up pitch has been delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Innings pitched in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games shall be charged against a pitcher's eligibility for that week. NOTE(1): In suspended games resumed in a subsequent week, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their remaining eligibility for the calendar week in which the game is resumed. NOTE(2): Innings pitched in games that do not complete one (1) full inning shall not count towards a pitcher's total for that particular pitching week.
3. If doubleheaders are played the limitation of nine (9) innings in a calendar week (Junior/Senior)
or nine (9) innings in a calendar day (Big League) would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitches in the first game may pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.
4. There is no limit to the number of pitchers of a particular league age group on a team that can be used in a calendar week.


VII - SCHEDULES

(a) The schedule of games for the regular season shall be prepared by the Board of Directors of the league (or district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) and must provide for not less than twelve (12) games per team per regular season, exclusive of playoff and tournament games.

(b) The schedule should provide for not less than two (2) games per week per team.
Junior League and Senior League: Interleague play is permitted provided proper form is submitted to Regional Director through the District Administrator for approval. Big League: Interleague play is permitted within the district.

(c) Where there are two (2) or more leagues in one locality, teams of one league shall not play teams of another league, without approval of the District Administrator, Regional Director and the Charter Committee (see Reg. I (c) 5).

(d) Little League (Majors) Division: A team may play one (1) doubleheader in a calendar week. No team shall play three games in a day. (Exception under condition of Rule 4.12.)
Minor League and Tee Ball: No team shall be scheduled to play two games in one day. (See Rule 4.12).
Junior/Senior/Big League: doubleheaders are permitted.
If two games involving four teams are played on the same day and on the same field, the first game must be completed before the second game starts. (Exception under condition of Rule 4.12.)

(e) The schedule shall be arranged so that at least one-half of the games are scheduled prior to August 1.

(f) Little League (Majors), Junior/Senior/Big League: It is recommended that a split season schedule be arranged with a playoff between the winners of the first and second halves to determine the league champion. Junior/Senior/Big League: When approval is granted for two or more leagues - comprising not more than 40,000 population . to form one Junior League or Senior League, as provided for in Regulation I (h),one regular-season schedule will be prepared by a joint committee from the two or more leagues.

(g) All play must be terminated by the opening date of school for the fall term but no later than September 1st unless chartered for Training and Development Program.

(h) Little League (Majors) Division: There shall be no time limit on games. (Exception under Regulation X (c)).
Minor League and Tee Ball: A Local League may impose a time limit on games regardless of the number of innings played. It is recommended that no league standings be kept, and no championship games be played.

VIII - MINOR LEAGUES

Does not apply to Junior/Senior/Big League.

(a) The purpose of the Minor League program is to provide training and instruction for those candidates who by reason of age and other factors do not qualify for selection in the regular Little League.

(b) The Minor League program is the responsibility and is an integral part of the chartered Little League. It is not and may not be operated ass separate entity. It must be restricted to the boundaries of the Local League and its players are subject to selection by draft by any Little League (Majors) Team of the Local League. Refusal of a player to comply shall result in forfeiture of further eligibility in the Little League (Majors) Division for the current season.
Note: The Local League should establish a policy, approved by the Board of Directors, regarding players who decline to move up to a major league team. Such policy should be distributed at the time of registration and/or tryouts.

(c) No player or team may be deemed to be the property of, or under the jurisdiction or control of, a particular team in the Local League.

(d) A Local League may elect to utilize adult pitch ("Minor League Coach Pitch") or machine pitch ("Minor League Machine Pitch') in Minor League games involving players league ages 7-12. Pitching machines, if used, must be in good working order and must be operated by adult managers and coaches.
Note: As stated in Regulation I, Note 3, and in Regulation Ill (c), participants "League Age" 6 are permitted to advance to Minor League Coach Pitch after participation in Tee Ball for one year.

IX - SPECIAL GAMES

(a) Special Games are defined as games other than league games.

(b) Unless expressly authorized under conditions of this Regulation, games played for any purpose other than to establish a league champion (or district champion, if the Big League is administered as a district operation) or as part of the International Tournament are prohibited. Violation may result in revocation of charter and/or suspension of tournament privileges.

(c) With the approval of the Charter Committee of Little League Headquarters, and on recommendation of the Regional Director and District Administrator, chartered leagues may engage in Special Games during and after the regular season but prior to the opening of the school term or September 1st, whichever comes sooner.

(d) Special Games may be played between:

1. Regular season teams or;
2. All-Star teams using either regular season or tournament rules, but not in combination.
(e) Teams participating in Special Games during the regular season shall be regular season teams only. Tournament teams, regular season teams and Minor League teams involving players below league age 11 may use 9-10 Year Old Division tournament rules.

(f) Tournament teams (All Stars, including the 9-10 Year Old Division) may participate in Special Games only following elimination from the International Tournament.

(g) The league president will be charged with responsibility for conducting special games under all rules, regulations and policies of Little League Baseball.

(h) This rule does not prohibit pre-season practice games between teams in the same division in the same league or the practicing of the league's tournament team against other players in the same division in the same league, provided such practice is done out of uniform.

(i) Tee Ball: Special Games are permissible only with regular season teams. However, they are not recommended by Little League Headquarters. "All Stars" are not authorized.

X - NIGHT GAMES

(a) Little League (Majors) Division, Minor League, Tee Ball, Junior, Senior and Big League games may be played after sundown under artificial lights. This responsibility shall rest with the Local Leagues. In any event, no inning shall start after 10:00p.m. prevailing time (9:00 p.m. for Tee Ball; 10:30 p.m. for Junior and Senior; 11 p.m. for Big League). It will be held that an inning starts the moment that the third out is made, completing the preceding inning.

(b) Artificial lights for Little League games must meet the minimum standards approved by Little League Baseball. (See Operating Manual for standards.)

(c) When league size and limited field availability require leagues to schedule more than one game on the same night and on the same field, the league may be permitted to impose a lime limit on the first game. However, the game must meet requirements of Rule 4.10 or 4.11 to be official.

XI- ADMISSION TO GAMES

No admission shall be charged to any Little League (Majors) Division, Minor League or Tee Ball game. Voluntary contributions are permitted.
Junior/Senior/Big League: Admission charge is permitted.

XII - AWARDS

(a) Value of awards and material gifts to individual players must be in accordance with the prevailing rules of the High School Athletic Association of the state in which the player participates in Little League (Majors) Division, Minor League or Tee Ball play.

(b) No awards shall be made to players on the basis of comparable skills or accomplishments. NOTE: Honor certificates, team pictures, inexpensive medals or pins give adequate recognition and provide lasting mementos from Little League.

XIII - COMMERCIALIZATION

(a) Exploitation of Little League in any form or for any purpose is prohibited.

(b) Solicitation for fund raising by Little League (Majors) Division, Minor League, Tee Ball, Junior, Senior or Big League players in or out of uniform is prohibited, except for one fund raising project annually under adult supervision.

(c) A reasonable Little League participation fee may be assessed as a parent's obligation to assure the operational continuity of the local Little League. It is recommended that no fee be collected. AT NO TIME SHOULD PAYMENT OF ANY FEE BE A PREREQUISITE FOR PARTICIPATION IN ANY LEVEL OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE PROGRAM. It is recommended that parents who are unable to pay a participation fee be encouraged to contribute volunteer time to the league.

XIV - FIELD DECORUM

(a) The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and league officials must be above reproach. Any player, manager, coach, umpire or league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game site or any other Little League activity, is subject to disciplinary action by the Local League Board of Directors (or by the district, if the Big League is administered as a district operation).

(b) Uniformed players, news photographers, managers, coaches and umpires only shall be permitted within the confines of the playing field just prior to and during games. Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted. Except for the batter, base-runners, and base coaches at first and third bases, all players shall be on their benches in their dugouts or in the bull pen when the team is at bat. When the team is on defense, all reserve players shall be on their benches or in the bullpen.

(c) Two adult base coaches are permitted.

(d) A manager or coach shall not leave the bench or dugout except to confer with a player or an umpire and only after receiving permission from an umpire. (Exception: In Minor League and Tee Ball, managers and coaches may be on the field for instructional purposes, but shall not assist runners or touch a live ball. At least one adult manager or coach must be in the dugout at all times.)

(e) The use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited on the playing field, benches or dugouts.

XV - TELEVISION

(a) Televising of regular season play or Special Games is prohibited except for Public Service Television.

(b) The appearance of Little League (Majors) Division, Minor League, Tee Ball, Junior, Senior or Big League players in uniform on television programs without express approval of Little League Headquarters is forbidden. Brief, televised reports on games and activities on news programs are permitted.

XVI- USE OF LITTLE LEAGUE NAME AND EMBLEM

Use of the Official Emblem "LL," "LLB" and/or words "Little League," "Little League Baseball," "Little Leaguer," "Senior League, "Big League," "Senior League Baseball," "Big League Baseball," "Challenger Division," etc., (registered under Federal Certificate in U.S. Patent Office), is granted to chartered leagues and cannot be extended by Local Leagues to any other organization for any purpose whatsoever. These marks are protected both by a special Act of Congress and registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. All rights in and to any and all marks of Little League Baseball, Incorporated are reserved.

XVII- TOURNAMENT PLAY

This regulation applies to the International Tournament, which includes the 9-10 Year Old Division Tournament and the Little League (Majors) Division tournament. Tournament play ("All Stars") for Tee Ball is not authorized.

(a) Tournament team practice or tryouts shall be specified by the Tournament Committee.

(b) The practicing of the league's tournament team against other players in the same division in the same league is permitted providing such practice is done out of uniform.

(c) Tournament rules are published herein.

(d) Unless officially notified to the contrary, each league shall assume full responsibility for expenses incurred in tournament competition.

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Last Updated February 2005