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Ground Rules

*Managers to meet with umpire before start of game to discuss ground rules, length of game, how many players in both lineups

*Players late arriving to game must be put at the end of the batting order.

*6 inning game

*1 hr 45 min no new inning (consult umpire and both coaches are to agree on last inning if game is to be shorter than 6 innings before visiting team is up to bat.)

*Drop dead 2 hour limit

*warmups allowed in between innings

*there are no pinch or courtesy runners allowed

*address collision rule before every game

*infield rule applies

*drop third strike applies

*fielder must have ball in possession before being in baseline to tag runner out, no blocking of bases

In House Rules

*3 innings max pitching per game split anyway (one pitch is an inning)

*5 run rule per inning, except unlimited last inning

*continuous batting order with a minimum of nine. Must take an out in lineup for every batter less than nine. These positions can be spread out in the lineup.

*no mercy rule for in-house games

*stealing allowed when pitcher releases ball and is unlimited

There is no mandatory slide rule.

In reference to Rule 7.08(a)(3) in the Little League Baseball and Softball Rulebooks:

A runner is out when the runner does not slide, or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make a tag.  There is no “Must Slide” rule.  The rule is slide or attempt to get around.  The key in this situation is “the fielder has the ball and is waiting to make a tag.”  If the fielder (any fielder, not just the catcher) does not have the ball and there is a collision, you CANNOT call the runner out.  However, if the umpire determines that the runner deliberately attempted to injure the fielder, the umpire could eject the runner for unsportsmanlike contact.

Other notes:

- Options for the runner to avoid contact include slide, give up, go around or go back to previous base

- No fielder shall ever stand on a base or in the baseline without the ball, even if the throw is in the air

*pitcher is allowed 2 hit batters in an inning and can come back later in the game but is not allowed to pitch after hitting a 3rd batter. The batter must make an attempt to move out of the way if able to do so.

*No player is to sit out more than 2 innings per game and no player shall play more than 3 innings at the same position.

Field and Manager’s Responsibilities

*Home team is responsible for field setup and take down, raking of field if last game on schedule

*Home team is to supply 2 game balls

*Visiting team is responsible for score board volunteer

*Pitching distance is 40 feet from front of rubber to back of home plate

*Bases are at a distance of 60 feet

*If safety base is to be used, players must run through the orange base

*If game is to be cancelled, home team is responsible to cancel in system do not delete game….make sure notify team, umpires is selected at the bottom of the screen to cancel

Managers, Coaches and Player Conduct

*Managers are responsible for players, coaches and parents conduct

*Balls, Strikes, and out calls are not to be argued at any point.

*If an issue arises where a rule needs to be clarified, both managers may calmly meet at home plate to discuss the interpretation of the rule.

*Teams are able to cheer for their own team and not against the opposing team. There are no cheers when the pitcher begins her windup.

*The overall safety of the teams is the manager’s primary responsibility. If Lightning or inclement weather are approaching the game must be stopped and players removed from the field immediately.

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La Grange Little League

La Grange, Illinois  

Email: [email protected]

La Grange Little League

La Grange, Illinois  

Email: [email protected]
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