2004 Tournament Rules and Guidelines for
Little League Baseball
9-10 Year Old Division Baseball, 11 Year Old Division
Junior League, Senior League and Big League Baseball

Points of Emphasis in Bold Italics

Tournament play started in Little League in 1947. Conduct of tournament play by District Administrators began in 1956 following the first Little League International Congress. Today, responsibility for scheduling and supervising all district tournament games comes under jurisdiction of the District Administrator. Headquarters has the right to appoint Tournament Directors at other levels of tournament play.

The Tournaments of Little League have grown year by year until today they have become the outstanding, in fact, the only exposure that the majority of the public sees. In many cases, they are the criterion by which Little League is judged. Proper conduct at tournament time imposes a large responsibility upon all concerned. Good judgment and exemplary disciplines are demanded if Little League tournaments of the future are to remain worthwhile in the public esteem.

The Little League Baseball Tournament, 9-10 Year Old Division Baseball Tournament, 11 Year Old Division Baseball Tournament, Junior League. Senior League and Big League Baseball Tournaments are authorized by the Board of Directors. Leagues which exercise the option to participate in Tournament Play must pledge they will do so with full knowledge of the rules and in agreement that the rules will be upheld.

In case of violations, tournament privileges may be revoked, but only by the Tournament Committee at Williamsport.

Rules: Except where noted in these Tournament Rules and Guidelines, the Little League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules will be used in the conduct of the 9-10 Year Old Division Tournament, the 11 Year old Division Tournament, the Little League Baseball Tournament, Junior League, Senior League and Big League Baseball Tournaments.

9-10 Year Old Division & 11 Year Old Division: The objective of the 9-10 Year Old Division Tournament & 11 Year old Division Tournament is to provide nine, ten year old players and eleven year old players the opportunity to participate in a baseball tournament at the District, Sectional and State levels at the conclusion of the regular season. Leagues are strongly encouraged to place the maximum number of players (14) on the Tournament Affidavit, thereby giving more children the opportunity to participate.

Responsibility and Chain of Command
It should be clearly understood by Tournament Directors and league presidents that operation of the annual tournaments in Little League come under a different authority and jurisdiction from that normally observed during the playing season, It is, in fact, a whole new ball game. Once the tournament season starts, authority is vested solely in the Tournament Committee at Williamsport.

There will be no waivers or resorting to local rules or other variation unless granted explicitly from Williamsport. To administer the tournament properly and scale down thousands of teams to two finalists in the limited time afforded by the tournament season is an undertaking requiring considerable disciplines. Once the tournament starts, it must proceed without interruption. If protests or disputes occur which cannot be settled by the umpires or Tournament Director through immediate and concise application of the rules, appeal must be made through proper channels promptly to prevent a major blockage or loss of momentum.

Revocation of tournament privileges or forfeiture of a tournament game may be decided only by the Tournament Committee at Williamsport. Should a problem arise that cannot be resolved while a game is in progress, the game must be suspended by the umpire-in-chief and the problem referred immediately to the Tournament Director. If not resolved, if must be referred to the Regional Director. If still unresolved, it will be referred to the Tournament Committee in Williamsport. If the Tournament Committee deems any player to be ineligible, it may result in forfeiture of tournament game(s), and/or suspension or removal of personnel from tournament play, and/or suspension or removal of personnel from further Little League activities, and/or suspension or revocation of the local league's charter. These actions can only be taken by the Tournament Committee in Williamsport.

The Tournament Committee and the individual Regional Directors may appoint agents to act on their behalf, and any person so appointed shall have the authority to act as, and exercise the duties of, the Tournament Committee or the individual Regional Directors.

Knowledge of the rules must be guaranteed before a Tournament Director is declared qualified. All Tournament Directors will undergo a thorough and instructive briefing session prior to taking on their duties, must signify that they understand the rules and regardless of personal feelings, they are in full agreement and can interpret them properly. At the time of the district tournament meeting, it will be required that each league president or the representative in attendance signify that the league and tournament team managing personnel are knowledgeable of Tournament Rules and are in full agreement with these conditions.

Selection of Tournament Teams (Recommended Method)
Little League would gain immeasurably in esteem of the public if all tournament teams were selected by the players themselves. Players relish the challenge of competition, but their anxiety to excel is in balance with an intuitive respect and admiration for teammate and opponent alike who demonstrate superior ability and skill.

1. It is not required that players be selected for the position they occupy during the regular season. For example, a pitcher who is also a good outfielder or infielder may be placed on the roster and used in whatever position the manager deems to be of advantage.
2. Tournament team candidates should be selected upon their playing ability, eligibility and availability. The roster should include sufficient pitching strength to meet tournament schedules.
3. The following plan was presented to the International Congress, Washington, D.C., 1965, as a guideline, taken from the experience of the International Advisory Council. The principle is to have all components of a league determine and participate in fair and democratic selection of the tournament team. This would eliminate many of the complaints, abuses, pressures and charges of favoritism which are directed toward the league president. The following groups should each select its tournament team.
Group 1 - Players
Group 2 - League Officers
Group 3 - Team Managers
Group 4 - Team Coaches
Group 5 - Volunteer Umpires
Every player on the eligible teams is entitled to vote. Each group submits its list of players at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the league. The names are to be read and counted from each of the groups, and the players in the order of total votes received will become eligible for the tournament team. Where more than one player has an equal number of votes to qualify for the last position or positions, final selection should be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at the time of the meeting.
NOTE: Method of selection is to be determined by the Local League Board of Directors.


TOURNAMENT ORGANIZATION

Teams
Each chartered league shall be eligible to enter a team. Alternates are not authorized.
(NOTE: In the 9-10 Year Old Division and the 11 Year Old Division, a league may enter more than one tournament team with District Administrator approval.)

Where two or more charters have combined to form a single program, a tournament team must be selected for each charter composed of players from within its own chartered area. Exceptions can Only be made by the Charter Committee.

Tournament teams and Eligibility Affidavit shall consist of, and must be limited to, a maximum of fourteen (14) players, one (1) manager and a maximum of two (2) coaches.

Big League: Tournament teams may be selected from all league teams in a district or may be a regular season unit team. Teams and Eligibility Affidavit shall consist of, and must be limited to, a maximum of fifteen (15) players, one (1) manager and a maximum of two (2) coaches.
 

Managers and Coaches
The president of the League, the District Administrator or District Staff shall not serve as manager or coach.
Little League: The manager and coach(es) shall be regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Little League Baseball (Majors) Division.
9-10 Year Old Division & 11 Year Old Division: The manager and coach(es) shall be regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Little League Baseball (Majors) Division or Minor League Division.
Junior League: The Managers and coach(es) shall be regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Junior Division or Senior Division.
Senior League: The Managers and coach(es) shall be regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Junior Division, Senior Division or Big League Division.
Big League: The Managers and coach(es) shall be regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Senior Division or Big League Division.
NOTE: An individual that manages or coaches in another youth baseball program is not eligible to be appointed to manage or coach a tournament team in the Little League program at the same age division as defined in Regulation I(a), unless a waiver is granted by the appropriate Regional Director.

Umpires
The Tournament Director shall have full responsibility for providing volunteer Little League umpires for tournament play. Umpires from leagues involved in the game should not be assigned. The District Administrator shall not umpire.

There should be at least two umpires in each game. More are recommended when available.

Tournament Eligibility Affidavit
It shall be the league president's responsibility to review and certify the birth records (league age) and residence (as defined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated) of all players. When the league finally decides on the makeup of the team, names must be entered on the league's Eligibility Affidavit. Once the District Administrator certifies the eligibility affidavit, the tournament team will be required to have in its possession:

1. the tournament affidavit;
2. copies (originals not required) of the records used to verify date of birth for all players on the affidavit;
3. a map showing the actual boundaries of the league, with locations noted for the residences of the parent or legal guardian (court appointed) of every participant named on the affidavit.
4. three or more documents to determine the residency of the parent(s) or guardian for each player named on the tournament affidavit.
IMPORTANT Alternates are not authorized. They shall not accompany the team and shall not be listed on the Eligibility Affidavit.
Eligibility Affidavit must be certified by the District Administrator or his or her designated appointee and presented by the team manager to the Tournament Director before every game. NOTE: The Eligibility Affidavit becomes official once the team plays its first tournament game.

Participation in Other Programs
Players may participate in other youth baseball programs prior to the first game involving the player's team. Once play begins for a tournament team, players named on that team's tournament affidavit may NOT participate in any other youth baseball program until the team is eliminated from tournament play. Junior League, Senior League Big League Division: Participating in other programs during the International Tournament is permitted subject to the provisions of Regulation IV(a) Note 2.

Release of Names
Little League/Junior/Senior/Big League Divisions: The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15 and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for Tournament Teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the announcement of Tournament Team members, whichever is later).

9-10 Year Old Division & 11 Year Old Division: The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament (whichever is earlier), and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privilege by the Tournament Committee.

League Eligibility
In order for a Little League program to be eligible to enter a team or teams into the international Tournament (including 9-10 Year Old Division and 11 Year Old Division) the following must be accomplished no later than May 28, 2004:

1)   The league must be chartered in the division(s) for which they wish to enter a tournament team(s).  (Examples: Chartered in Little League Majors to enter a Major Division team (11-12 year old); chartered in Senior League to enter a Senior Division team, etc.);
2)   All required waivers submitted and approved prior to cutoff date established in Regulation IV(j)  (Examples: Regulation II(d), Regulation IV(h) player out of boundaries, etc.);
3)   All regular season team rosters must be submitted to Little League Baseball in accordance to requirements outlined in Regulation IV(g).
4)   Fees incurred by the league must be paid in full by May 28, 2004.
Failure to meet any of the listed requirements could result in a team or teams being declared ineligible by the Tournament Committee at Little League Baseball.

Player Eligibility
Players are eligible for Tournament Play, provided they meet the criteria established by Little League for residence and the following:

Little League (Majors Division) - Any player League Age 11 or 12, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15 on a Little League Baseball (Majors Division) team, with the exception of the school baseball season.

9-10 Year Old Division - Any player League Age 9 or 10, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the school baseball season, on a:

1. Little League Baseball (Majors Division) team, or;
2. Minor League Baseball team.

11 Year Old Division - Any player League Age 11, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the school baseball season, on a:

1. Little League Baseball (Majors Division) team, or;
2. Minor League Baseball team.

Big League - Any player League Age 16, 17 or 18, with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games by the start of Tournament Play in their respective District, with the exception of the high school or college baseball season, on a:

1. Big League Baseball Team, or;
2. Senior League Baseball Team.

Senior League - Any player League Age 14, 15 or 16, with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the middle school, junior high school or high school baseball season, on a:

1. Big League Baseball Team, or;
2. Senior League Baseball Team, or;
3. Junior League Baseball Team.

Junior League - Any player League Age 13 or 14, who has participated as an eligible player in one-half the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the middle school, junior high school or high school baseball season, on a:

1. Senior League Baseball Team, or;
2. Junior League Baseball Team.
NOTE 1: Consistent with a manager's ability to conduct the affairs of his or her team, a manager may disqualify a player from the team for the current season, subject to the Board of Directors approval, if the player repeatedly misses a practice or games.
NOTE 2: The Big League Baseball, Senior League Baseball and Junior League Baseball Tournaments are divided by age, without regard to the regular season division in which a player participates, as noted above.
CONDITION 1: Participation must be within the chartered league named on the Eligibility Affidavit.
CONDITION 2: A player who is not able to participate in a number of local league regular season games because of participation in a school baseball program will receive an adjustment on the minimum participation in games required under this rule.
Example: If, for any given division, Little League Baseball Team A played 20 regular season games before June 15, and a player missed 10 games because of participation in a school baseball program, that player is required to have participated in only five (5) regular season Little League Baseball games to be eligible for the Little League Baseball Tournament Team.
CONDITION 3: A player may be named to the roster of, and practice with, only ONE Little League International Tournament Team. Once the affidavit is signed by the local league president, player agent and District Administrator (or their representatives), the players listed on the affidavit shall not be eligible to participate on any other Little League International Tournament Team for the current year.
An 11-year-old regular season Major division player, a 14-year old and a 16-year-old may be eligible for one of two (2) tournament teams.  These players may only be chosen for one of those teams, either the 11-year-old tournament team or the Little League Baseball 11 and 12-year-old tournament team.  The 14 year-old may be chosen for the Junior Division tournament team, or the Senior Division tournament team, and the 16-year-old may be chosen for for the Senior Division tournament team or the Big League Division tournament team. But in no case may these players be chosen for both, practice for both or participate with both teams.
Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privilege by the Tournament Committee.

Tournament Requirement for Non-Citizens
A participant who is not a citizen of the country in which he/she wishes to play, but meets residency requirements as defined by Little League, may participate in that country if:

1.  his/her visa allows that participant to remain in that country for a period of at least one year, or;
2.  the prevailing laws allow that participant to remain in that country for at least one year, or;
3.  the participant has an established bona fide residence in that country for at least two years prior to the start of the regular season.
Exceptions can only be made by action of the Charter Committee in Williamsport.

Insurance
Accident: A league shall not be accepted for tournament play unless covered by accident insurance, which includes tournament play. It is strongly recommended that a medical release for each player on the Affidavit be carried by the team manager.
Liability: Liability Insurance must be carried by the league on whose field tournaments are played as well as all leagues who participate in the tournament. 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 on file at Little League Baseball International Headquarters.
 

Replacement of Player, Manager or Coach
Any player, manager or coach listed on the Eligibility Affidavit who is unable to participate because of injury, illness, vacation or other justifiable reason may be replaced by another eligible person. If a player, manager or coach is replaced, that person may not be returned to the Tournament Affidavit. Permanent replacements must be from the league's regular season teams and shall be recorded and approved by the District Administrator or Tournament Director in the space provided on the back of the Eligibility Affidavit. Exception: If a manager or coach is unable to attend a game for a justifiable reason, a Tournament Director could approve a temporary replacement. Temporary replacement of a manager or coach need not be entered on the Eligibility Affidavit.

Playing Equipment
The dimensions and other specifications of all playing equipment used must conform to those set forth in the UnOfficial Little League Playing Rules except for those noted below:
Every member of the team must wear a conventional uniform which includes shirt, pants, stockings and cap. This may be a regular season uniform.
Each team must provide at least six (6) (7 for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball) NOCSAE approved safety helmets with warning labels. The batter, all base runners, (on-deck batter for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) and player base coaches must wear approved helmets.
All male players must wear athletic supporters. Catchers (male) must wear the metal, fibre or plastic type cup.
Catchers must wear a mask with (NOCSAE) approved catchers helmet (skull cap type not acceptable) and "dangling" type throat guard during practice, infield/outfield, pitcher warm-up and games. All catchers must wear approved chest protector and shin guards. Male catchers must wear long model chest protector with neck collar.  Junior/Senior/Big League: Catchers must wear approved long or short model chest protectors.
Shoes with metal cleats or spikes shall not be worn by players, managers, coaches or umpires.  Junior/Senior/Big League: Players may wear shoes with metal spikes.

Schedules
Tournament schedules must be submitted prior to the start of the tournament or June 15 (whichever is earliest), by the District Administrator to the Regional Director for approval. ALL BYES must be scheduled in the first round. No tournament may start until approval has been given.

Schedules for each level (District, Section, Division, State, Regional) must be single or double elimination, or a format approved by the Regional Director.

9-10 & 11 Year Old Division/Little League: A team may play two games in one day with the approval of the Regional Director.

Junior/Senior/Big League Divisions: Teams may participate in a maximum of two (2) games per day.

NOTE 1: Inclement weather may be justification to revert to single elimination in order to complete a tournament on schedule, with the approval of the Regional Director.
NOTE 2: The 9-10 & 11 Year Old Division advances to state level only.
NOTE 3: Consult approved schedules for specific dates. Tournament dates may vary.

Tournament Team Practice
Little League Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball: Tryouts or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15. Tournament team practice may only take place against other players in the same league, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is later).

9-10 & 11 Year Old Division: Tryouts or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament, whichever is earlier. Tournament team practice may Only take place against other players in the same league, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privileges by the Tournament Committee.
 

Selection of Fields
All games shall be played upon Little League fields approved by the Tournament Director. Exception to this rule can only be made with the consent of the Regional Director.
Fields must be enclosed with an outfield fence. The distance to the outfield fence should be 200 feet (300 feet for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball) from home plate. Tournament Directors should not permit portable outfield fences to exceed 200 feet (300 feet for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball). The Tournament Director or assistant shall judge fitness of the playing field before the game starts.

9-10 & 11 Year Old Division, Little League: The on-deck batter's position is not permitted.

Games Under Lights
Games under lights may be scheduled at all levels of tournament play. The District Administrator having jurisdiction must determine that lighting installations meet minimum standards approved by Little League Headquarters.

Curfew
No inning shall start after 11:00p.m. (11:30p.m. for Junior/Senior League Baseball; midnight for Big League Baseball) prevailing time. NOTE: An inning starts the moment the third out is made completing the previous inning.

Starting Time of Games
A game shall not be started unless the Tournament Director or assistant judges there is adequate time to complete the game before darkness or curfew.

Admission Charge
There shall be no charge for admission to Little League Tournament or 9-10 Year Old Division Tournament games. Admission charge is permitted for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball.

CONDITIONS OF TOURNAMENT PLAY

Protests
This rule replaces Rule 4.19.

No protest shall be considered on a decision involving an umpire's judgment. Equipment which does not meet specifications must be removed from the game.

Protest shall be considered only when based on:

A. The violation or interpretation of a playing rule;
When a manager claims that a decision is in violation of playing rules, the following steps must be taken:

1. A formal (verbal) protest must be made to the umpire-in-chief at once by the manager or coach.
2. The umpire-in-chief must immediately call a conference of all umpires working the game.
3. If the problem cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the managers, the umpire-in-chief shall be required to consult with the Tournament Director or District Administrator.
4. If the managers do not accept the decision of the Tournament Director, either manager may elect, without penalty, to discontinue play until the matter is referred to the Regional Headquarters. Either the umpire-in-chief, Tournament Director or District Administrator will call the Regional Headquarters at this time.
5. If the managers do not accept the decision of the Regional Director (or his/her designated agent), either may insist that the matter be referred to the Tournament Committee in Williamsport. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.

NOTE 1 - PROTEST INVOLVING PLAYING RULES NOT RESOLVED BEFORE THE NEXT PITCH OR PLAY SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
NOTE 2- UMPIRES, TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS DO NOT HAVE AUTHORITY TO DECLARE A FORFEITURE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
NOTE 3-PROTESTS BECAUSE OF A TEAM'S FAILURE TO MEET THE MANDATORY PLAY REQUIREMENTS (SEE TOURNAMENT RULE 9) MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE UMPIRE(S) LEAVE THE PLAYING FIELD.

B. The use of an ineligible pitcher;
Ineligibility under this rule applies to violations of Tournament Playing Rule 4. If an ineligible pitcher delivers one or more pitches to a batter, that team may be required to forfeit the game in question, subject to the following conditions:
1. At any time before the umpire(s) leave the playing field, a formal (verbal) protest must be made to the umpire-in-chief by the manager or coach.
2. The umpire-in-chief must immediately consult with the Tournament Director or District Administrator.
3. Either the umpire-in-chief, Tournament Director or District Administrator will call the Regional Headquarters at this time.
4. The Regional Director (or his/her designated agent) will contact the Tournament Committee in Williamsport. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding. Only the Tournament Committee can declare a forfeit.
C. The use of an ineligible player.
Ineligibility under this rule applies to league age, residence (as defined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated), and participation as an eligible player for one-half of the regular season in the proper division.
1. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player are known to the complainant PRIOR TO the game, the following steps must be taken:
(a) The complainant shall present the matter to the Tournament Director and/or District Administrator.
(b) The matter SHALL be resolved with the Regional Director and, through the Regional Director and the Tournament Committee BEFORE the first pitch of the game. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.
2. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player become known DURING a game, and the ineligible player participates in the game, that team shall forfeit the game in question, subject to the following conditions:
(a) A protest may be lodged by the manager or coach with the umpire-in-chief, who shall consult with the Tournament Director or District Administrator.
(b) Tournament Director or District Administrator must contact the Regional Director (or his/her appointed agent), who shall contact the Tournament Committee for a decision. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.
3. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player become known AFTER a game, and the ineligible player participated in the game, that team shall forfeit the game in question, subject to the following conditions:
(a) A protest may be lodged by the manager or coach with the the Tournament Director or District Administrator. Such protest must be made before either team affected by the protest begins another game.
(b) Tournament Director or District Administrator must contact the Regional Director (or his/her appointed agent), who shall contact the Tournament Committee for a decision. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.
NOTE 1: Disqualification of a team or player(s) and/or forfeiture of a game must be the decision of the Tournament Committee at Williamsport, and such decisions will be made prior to the continuation of the affected team(s) or player(s) in further tournament play.
NOTE 2: All officials, including all managers, coaches, scorekeepers, umpires, Tournament Directors, District Administrators, etc., should make every effort to prevent a situation that may result in the forfeiture of a game or suspension of tournament privileges. However, failure by any party to prevent such situations shall not affect the validity of a protest.


Must Play To Advance
A team shall not advance from one level of Tournament to a higher level of tournament play Without first having competed against and defeated a scheduled opponent at the tournament level from which it is seeking to advance. Any team advancing without play must do so with the approval of the Regional Director.

TOURNAMENT PLAYING RULES

The Official Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Big League Playing Rules shall govern tournament play except as noted below:
1. BASEBALLS: Baseballs licensed by Little League with the "RS-T" (regular season and tournament) designation must be used.

2. FIELDS: All fields are considered neutral. The home team shall be determined by the toss of a coin, the winner having the choice.

3. PLAYING RULES: A copy of the Official Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Big League Regulations and Playing Rules and the Tournament Rules and Guidelines must be available at each tournament site and at the time the game is to be played. This is the responsibility of the Tournament Director. Written ground rules established by the Tournament Director or assistant must be reviewed with both managers and umpire-in-chief at least ten (10) minutes before the start of the game. It is suggested the same be available to news media if requested.

4. PITCHING RULES - Little League Baseball, 9-10 Year Old and 11 Year Old Divisions
These rules replace the regular season pitching regulations. Violation of these pitching rules is subject to protest and forfeiture by action of the Tournament Committee in Williamsport, if protested before the umpire(s) leave the playing field.

a. Any player on a tournament team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of eligible pitchers a tournament team may use in a game.)
b. A Tournament pitcher may not pitch in regular season or Special Games while the team is still participating in the Tournament.
c. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched an inning.
d. Pitchers once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers.
e. A pitcher may not pitch more than six (6) innings in a game.
f. If a player pitches in less than four (4) innings in a game, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
g. If a player pitches in four (4) or more innings in a game, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
NOTE: f. and g. also apply between regular season games and the opening of the Tournament as well as resumption of regular season games following Tournament elimination or Special Games following the Tournament.
EXAMPLES:
1.) A player may pitch in four (4) or more innings on Saturday in regular season play, then after two (2) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the first game of the district playoffs on Tuesday.
2.) A player may pitch in four (4) or more innings on Saturday in the final district game, then after two (2) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the next level of tournament play on Tuesday.
h. A player may not pitch in consecutive games within any level of tournament play. Levels are District, Section, State, Division, Region and World Series.
Exceptions:
1. A player may pitch on consecutive days if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous calendar day.
2. A player may pitch in consecutive games if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous game.
3. In a game suspended by darkness, weather or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of the remaining eligibility for that game.
EXAMPLES f. g., and h.:
1.) "A" pitches 6 innings on Thursday, next game is Saturday.  "A" is ineligible to pitch.  "A" needs a game's rest and needs one more calendar day's rest.
2.) "A" pitches 3 innings on Thursday, next game is Saturday.  "A" is ineligible to pitch.  "A" meets one calendar day's rest, but still needs a game's rest.
3.) "A" pitches 1 inning on Thursday, next game is Saturday.  "A" is eligible.  "A" meets all rest requirements.
4.) "A" pitches 4 innings on Thursday, next game is Tuesday. "A" is ineligible to pitch.  "A" meets two calendar day's rest, but still needs a game's rest.
5.) "A" pitches 6 innings on Tuesday.  Team plays a full game on Wednesday, next game is Thursday. "A" is ineligible to pitch.  "A" meets one games rest but needs one more calendar day's rest..  
NOTE: A contest decided by a forfeit does not constitute a "game" for the purpose of this rule, unless at least one (1) complete inning was physically played before the game was forfeited.

4. PITCHING RULES - Junior League and Senior League
These rules replace the regular season pitching regulations. Violation of these pitching rules is subject to protest and forfeiture by action of the Tournament Committee in Williamsport, if protested before the umpire(s) leave the playing field.

a. Any player on a tournament team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of eligible pitchers a tournament team may use in a game.)
b. A Tournament pitcher may not pitch in regular season or Special Games while the team is still participating in the Tournament.
c. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched an inning.
d. 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.
e. A pitcher may not pitch more than ten (10) innings in a game.
f. A player may not pitch on consecutive calendar days.
g. A player may not pitch in consecutive games within any level of tournament play.  Levels are District, Section, Division, State, Region and World Series.
NOTE: f. and g. also apply between regular season games and the opening of the Tournament as well as resumption of regular season games following Tournament elimination or Special Games following the Tournament.
EXAMPLES:
1.) A player may pitch on Saturday in regular season play, then after one (1) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the first game of the district playoffs on Monday.
2.) A player may pitch on Saturday in the final district game, then after one (1) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the next level of tournament play on Monday.
Exceptions:
1. A player may pitch on consecutive days if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous calendar day.
2. A player may pitch in consecutive games if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous game.
3. In a game suspended by darkness, weather or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of the remaining eligibility for that game.
NOTE: A contest decided by a forfeit does not constitute a "game" for the purpose of this rule, unless at least one (1) complete inning was physically played before the game was forfeited.

4. PITCHING RULES - Big League
These rules replace the regular season pitching regulations. Violation of these pitching rules is subject to protest and forfeiture by action of the Tournament Committee in Williamsport, if protested before the umpire(s) leave the playing field.

a. Any player on a tournament team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of eligible pitchers a tournament team may use in a game.)
b. A Tournament pitcher may not pitch in regular season or Special Games while the team is still participating in the Tournament.
c. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched an inning.
d. 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.
e. A pitcher may not pitch more than ten (10) innings in a game.
f. If a player pitches in less than three (3) innings in a calendar day, no rest is required.  If a player pitches three (3) innings or more in a calendar day, one calendar day's rest is required before pitching again.
g. A player may pitch in consecutive games provided less than three innings were pitched the previous calendar day.
NOTE: f. and g. also apply between regular season games and the opening of the Tournament as well as resumption of regular season games following Tournament elimination or Special Games following the Tournament.
EXAMPLES:
1.) A player may pitch on Saturday in regular season play, then after one (1) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the first game of the district playoffs on Monday.
2.) A player may pitch on Saturday in the final district game, then after one (1) calendar day's rest, pitch again in the next level of tournament play on Monday.
Exceptions:
1. A player may pitch on consecutive days if less than three (3) innings were pitched in the previous calendar day.
2. A player may pitch in consecutive games if less than three (3) innings were pitched in the previous game.
3. In a game suspended by darkness, weather or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of the remaining eligibility for that game.
5. FORFEITS: No game may be forfeited or a team disqualified without the authorization of the Tournament Committee. Violations which may result in forfeiture or disqualification must be reported immediately to the Regional Director before further play takes place which would involve a team or teams affected by such action.

6. BENCH/DUGOUT: No one except the players, manager and coach(es) shall occupy the bench or dugout during a game. Base coaches may be players or adults.  Two (2) adult base coaches are permitted at all levels.

7. VISITS: A manager or coach may not leave a dugout for any reason during a game without receiving permission from an umpire. The manager or coach may be removed from the field for the remainder of the game for violation of this rule. When permission is granted the manager or coach will be permitted to go as far as the the mound to confer with the pitcher.  A manager or coach who is granted a time out to talk to any defensive player will be charged with a visit to the pitcher. A manager or coach may come out twice in one inning to visit with the pitcher, but the third time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher. The manager or coach may come out three times in a game to visit with the pitcher, but the fourth time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher. The rule applies to each pitcher who enters a game.
NOTE: Only one offensive time-out will be permitted each inning.

8. INJURY/ILLNESS: If a player is injured or becomes ill during a game, the decision of a doctor (if present) or medical personnel will be final as to whether or not the player may continue in the game.

9. MANDATORY PLAY 9-10 Year Old Division, 11 Year Old Division, Little League, Junior League and Senior League: Every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of three (3) consecutive defensive outs AND bat at least one (1) time.

a. Managers are responsible for fulfilling mandatory play requirements.
b. There is no exception to this rule unless the game is shortened for any reason.  NOTE: A game is not considered shortened if the home team does not complete the offensive half of the sixth or seventh inning (or any extra inning) due to winning the game.
c. Failure to meet the mandatory play requirements in this rule is a basis for protest. If one or more players on a roster do not meet this requirement, it shall result in forfeiture of the game (by action of the Tournament Committee), if protested before the umpire(s) leave the playing field. NOTE: The Tournament Committee reserves the right to impose additional penalties to the tournament team, manager or coach(es) for violation of the mandatory play rule, even if a valid protest is not lodged as defined in this rule.
d. To be assured of meeting minimum participation requirements, all substitutes who have not entered the game previously SHOULD ENTER THE GAME DEFENSIVELY at or before the start of their half of the third inning (visitors) or fourth inning (home). This is the responsibility of the manager.
e. For the purposes of this rule, three (3) consecutive defensive outs" is defined as: Player enters the field in one of nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while three consecutive outs are made; "bat at least one (1) time" is defined as: Player enters the batters box with no count and completes that time at bat by being put out or by reaching base safely.
10. SUBSTITUTIONS: This tournament rule replaces regular season Rule 3.03 for all levels of tournament play.
a. If illness, injury or the ejection of a player prevents a team from fielding nine (9) players, a player previously used in the lineup may be inserted, but only if there are no other eligible substitutes available. The opposing team manager shall select the player to re-enter the lineup. A player ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry.
b. Any player who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game, in the SAME position in the batting order, provided:
1. the player being removed has played defensively for a minimum of three (3) consecutive defensive outs, and;
2. the player being removed has completed one time at bat.
NOTE 1: See the definitions in Rule 9-e above on complying with this rule defensively and offensively.
NOTE 2: A player who has met the above requirements, and is a pitcher at the time he/she is removed, may be removed for a substitute batter (who by the end of the at-bat will have met the above requirements) and re-enter the game as a pitcher once, provided the pitcher was not physically replaced on the mound.
c. A starter and his/her substitute must not be in the lineup at the same time, except as provided in Rule 10-a.
d. Improper substitution is a basis for protest. Protests involving improper substitution not resolved before the next pitch or play shall not be considered.
e. Rule 7.14, Special Pinch Runner will apply during the tournament.
f. Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball only: 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.
Big League only: Rule 3.03,  Designated Hitter, WILL apply during tournament.
11. SUSPENDED GAMES: Any game in which a winner cannot be determined in accordance with the playing rules shall be resumed from the exact point at which it was suspended regardless of the number of innings played.

EXCEPTION: In the event that the first inning is not completed, the game shall be replayed from the beginning and all records, including pitching, disregarded. Incomplete (not regulation) or tie games are considered suspended games.

12. TEN-RUN RULE: If at the end of a regulation game one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. NOTE: If the visiting team has a lead of ten (10) or more runs, the home team must bat in their half of the inning.

13. REGULATION GAME: Each tournament game must be played to the point of being an official game:

a. Regulation games are of four (4) or more innings (five (5) or more innings for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) in which one team has scored more runs than the other (three and one-half (3-1/2) (four and one-half (4-1/2) for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) if the home team is ahead).
b. Regulation games (when a winner can be determined) terminated because of weather, darkness or curfew, must NOT be resumed. This does not mean games suspended or delayed by weather that may still be resumed before darkness or curfew on the same day.
c. If two games are scheduled for the same site, no "time limit" may be imposed on the first game.
14. REPLAYING GAMES: No tournament game may be replayed without specific approval from the Tournament Committee at Williamsport.

15. UNAUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS: No agreements shall be made between managers and/or Tournament Directors and/or umpires contrary to Tournament Rules.

16. ALTERCATIONS: Any player, manager, coach or official who is involved in a physical or verbal altercation at the game site could be suspended or removed from tournament play by the Tournament Committee.

17. EJECTIONS: Any manager, coach or player ejected from a game will be suspended for the next physically played game (See Rule 4.07).  Ejections shall be noted in the tournament team's affidavit on the Team Note page.  Entry should include member's name and date ejected and be signed by the Tournament Director or District Administrator.

OFFICIALS

Scorers
The Tournament Director having jurisdiction shall appoint and provide an official scorer for each game.

The official scorer shall, immediately following each game, enter on the reverse side of each team's Eligibility Affidavit:

1. Date of game.
2. Name of each player who pitched
3. Number of innings pitched.
4. Name of opponent
5. Score of game.
6. Signature of Tournament Director or assistant. This record shall be accepted as official.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Unless officially notified to the contrary by Williamsport, each league shall assume full responsibility for expenses incurred in tournament competition. Participating teams which choose not to accept housing and/or meals provided by the host shall reside and eat elsewhere at their own expense, and shall be responsible for their own local transportation.

Compensation to defray travel expenses for teams traveling beyond district competition will be paid by Little League Baseball, Incorporated, to Local Leagues in the form of a credit toward the next year's fees. NOTE: A maximum of one round trip will be compensated per tournament site at each level of play. Mileage forms must be completed and submitted to Little League Headquarters by September 15, 2001,in order for reimbursement to be paid. EXCEPTION: The Local League president may request, in writing, reimbursement by check. This request must accompany the mileage reimbursement form.

Mileage compensation is $1 per mile. Little League Headquarters, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will make all arrangements and reservations for transporting the regional champions to and from the World Series.


GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT OF TOURNAMENT

The following standards for the conduct of tournament play are for the guidance and information of Tournament Directors and participating leagues. Experience of hundreds of field directors responsible for the conduct of the tournament at all levels over many years is reflected in these guidelines which should be studied carefully and applied totally to assure successful staging of the various levels of play.

District Administrators
District Administrators or their appointed assistants will direct the tournaments. This responsibility may not be delegated to a Local League. The Tournament Director conducts or supervises play up to and including the final game of that level; collects or directs the collection of all funds belonging to the tournament; pays or directs payments from moneys so collected or received; and makes required reports to leagues involved and to the Regional Center.

The league or leagues hosting tournaments may not assume responsibility for, nor physically operate, the tournament. The league or leagues may not retain tournament income, may not make payments from nor obligate tournament funds for any purpose.

At the district tournament meeting the Tournament Rules should be reviewed in briefing league representatives, umpires and others involved in the tournament. Before assigning tournament games, the District Administrators should inspect all prospective sites. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that providing the best possible playing conditions on regular fields is the obligation of the District Administrator.

Tournament Director
A. District, Sectional, Divisional, State or Regional Tournament Director may award an appropriate pennant and pins to participating teams and players. Trophies, home run balls or other types of awards to players are not authorized and may not be presented.

B. Each Tournament Director shall report as follows:

1. Advise each participating league of schedule and time and site of games.
2. Mail completed schedule to the Regional Director showing winners at each level of play.
3. Pay allowable expenses and distribute balance of tournament income to the District Fund and/or leagues on a per-game basis. Where one or more teams travel greater distances than others, a mileage allowance may be paid before distributing the per-game shares.
4. Mail completed financial report to the Regional Director within ten (10) days following final game of each level of tournament.
NOTE: 9-10 Year Old Division and 11 Year Old Division advances to state level only.
Physical Conditions
It is essential that the best possible playing conditions be provided at every level of the tournament. The following conditions are recommended for tournament games:
1. Facilities:
a. Grass outfield (Regional, Divisional, State and Sectional Tournaments). Grass infield (Regional, State and Divisional Tournaments).
b. Outfield fences should be a maximum of 225 feet from home plate, with 200 feet recommended (325 feet maximum with 300 feet recommended for Junior/Senior/Big League Divisions).
c. Outfield fences of safe-type construction, a minimum of 4 feet in height, maximum of 6 feet.
d. Batter's eye 24 feet wide minimum at center field.
e. Backstop not less than 20 feet from home plate.
f. Back drop of 6 to 8 feet of canvas in back of home plate if no press box is in that position.
g. Two foul poles at least 6 feet above the top of the fence.
h. A protective screen in front of dugouts.
i. Lights, if used, must meet minimum Little League standards.
j. Only conventional dirt pitching mounds are approved for tournament play.
2. Groundskeepers services:
a. Grass cut to proper height. No holes or other unsafe conditions.
b. Infield dragged and in playable condition.
c. Markings according to regulations.
d. Bases must be regulation size and properly secured.
3. Additional Facilities:
a. Public address system and announcer.
b. Scoreboard and operator(s).
c. Adequate seating (Sectional - 500; Divisional/State - 1,000; Regional -1,500 minimum).
d. Adequate parking.
e. Policing. Local police departments should be advised of the event and requested to cooperate with league personnel.
f. First aid, medical and ambulance services available.
g. Rest rooms.
h. Baseballs (if not otherwise provided by Tournament Director).
i. Adult volunteer insurance should be provided by each league involved.
NOTE 1: 9-10 Year Old Division and 11 Year Old Division advances to state level only.
NOTE 2: Host leagues may retain concession income.
Assistants and Committees
To assure a successful tournament, it is desirable that the director (particularly at sectional, divisional, state and regional levels) appoint assistants and committee chairmen to undertake the various functions which are essential. The following are suggested:

1. Finance: To solicit donations, supervise collections at games, sale of advertising and programs, etc. Host leagues may not conduct fund raising projects unless approved by the Tournament Director.

2. Housing: Players may be housed in homes where it is possible and offers no conflict. Committee should screen and select homes, brief "foster parents" on feeding, recreation, curfew, religious requirements and time of arrival for practice and games as desired by the managers. Players, managers, coaches and umpires maybe provided hotel or motel accommodations and food allowance.

3. Publicity: Obtain and make available to all news media names of teams, players, time of games and sites, results of games, and other information essential to news media in the interest of promoting the tournament. Addresses and/or telephone numbers of players must not be released to anyone for any purpose.

4. Transportation: Arrangements for meeting teams upon arrival and delivery to points of departure. Arrange for transportation of managers and coaches.

5. Program: When authorized by Tournament Director as a fund raising project, Program Chairman should work with Finance Chairman to assemble material, sell ads, etc. Program should not be published unless self-supporting.

6. Parking and Police: If deemed necessary, arrange for traffic control, parking and related functions.

7. Medical: Have names and phone numbers of doctors, nurses, ambulance and hospital available and arrangements made for their services, if required. If possible, a doctor or nurse should be in attendance.

8. Ceremonies: Arrange for flag raising, welcome, introductions, etc. These should be brief and meaningful.

9. Umpires: Recommended minimum of two, a maximum of six. Services on a voluntary basis. Normal expenses may be provided.

10. Official scorekeepers.

Expenses
Tournament Directors are authorized to pay from tournament income the following costs:

1. Championship pennant.

2. Approved Little League pins for players, managers, coaches (all teams) and umpires.

3. Postage, telephone and out-of-pocket expenses.

4. Housing and food allowance for players, managers, coaches and umpires.

NOTE: Tournament Director should secure, at no cost to the tournament, baseballs (if not provided by host league), umpires, scorekeepers and housing for players.

Radio
Broadcasting of tournament games is permitted with authorization from the Tournament Director. Commercial sponsorship must be consistent with Little League policy. Fees or donations paid for the broadcasting rights must accrue to the tournament fund at that level.

Television
Only Little League Headquarters may authorize the televising (live or taped) of tournament games. The District Administrator or Tournament Director may recommend approval, but may not make commitments or sign any agreement or contracts for the televising of games.

Not later than two weeks prior to the start of the tournament at the level to be televised, the director having jurisdiction shall submit in writing complete details of the proposal to Little League Headquarters. Video taping of games is permissible provided tapes are not sold or used for any commercial purposes.
Brief, televised reports on tournament games and activities on news programs are permitted.

Programs
The District Administrator or Tournament Director may authorize the publication of a program or scorecard as a means of providing additional financing for the tournament at that level. However, they may not execute contracts or other commitments in the name of, or as agents for, Little League Baseball. All funds (net) realized from advertising and/or sale of programs must be applied to the tournament fund at that level.


TOURNAMENT RULES INDEX

Admission charge T-8
Advance, must play to T-10
Assistants and committees T-17
Authority and responsibility T-1
District Administrators T-15
Game Schedule T-6
Eligibility of teams and players T-4 5
Equipment, playing T-6
Expenses T-17
Field Selection T-7
Financial responsibility T-15
Ineligible pitcher, protest/penalty T-8
Ineligible player, protest/penalty T-9
Insurance, accident and liability T-5
Lights, games under T-7
Mandatory Play T-12
Officials T-14
Physical conditions T-16
Practice, tournament team T-7
Programs T-18
Protests T-8
Radio-Television T-18
Replacement of players, manager and coaches T-6
Rules, pitching and playing (tournament) T-10 1 2 3 4 4S 4B 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Starting time of games T-7
Substitutions T-13
Team selection (tournament) T-2
Tournament Director. T-15

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

The following Regional Directors or their appointed agents should be contacted by the Tournament Director when protests cannot be resolved at the tournament level.

U.S. EAST
Director - Don Soucy; Assistant Director - Corey Wright;
Associate Assistant Director - Kim Varasconi
P.O. Box 2926; Bristol, CT 06011
PHONE: 860-585-4730

US CENTRAL
Director - Steve Sorenson; Assistant Director - J.P. Williams
9802 E. Little League Drive; Indianapolis, IN 46235
PHONE: 317-897-6127

US SOUTH
Director - Ted Trivigno; Senior Assistant Director - Jennifer Colvin; Assistant Director-  Tese Willis
P.O. Box 13366; St. Petersburg, FL 33733
PHONE: 727-344-2661

US WEST
Director- Mike Legge; Assistant Director - Dave Bonham; Assistant Director - Brent Stahlnecker
6707 Little League Drive; San Bernardino, CA 92407
PHONE: 909-887-6444

US SOUTHWEST
Director - Mike Witherwax; Assistant Director - Daniel Velte
P.O. Box 20127; Waco, TX 76702
PHONE: 254-756-1816

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