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Rules & WSLL Bylaws

The full copy of the revised 2018 Bylaws can be found here:
 

Excerpts on some key sections (Pitching regulations and Bats) are below.

Little League Rules

Pitching eligibility will be in accordance with Regulation VI of the official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball.

The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position with the exception of the catcher position.

  • Age 17-18 : 105 pitches per day
  • Age 13-16: 95 pitches per day
  • Age 11-12: 85 pitches per day
  • Age 9-10: 75 pitches per day
  • Age 7-8: 50 pitches per day

Note: If a pitcher reaches the pitch-count limit for their age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base, the batter is retired, or the third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

  • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 51 – 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 36 – 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 21 – 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
  • If a player has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, that player is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

Pitchers league age 15 – 18 must adhere to the following rest requirements:

  • If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 61 – 75 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 46 – 60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
  • If a player pitches 31 – 45 pitches in a day, no (1) calendar day of rest is required.
  • If a player pitches 1 – 25 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

Note: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occur: (1) that batter reaches base, (2) that batter is retired, or (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning of the game.  The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

 

Tee-Ball: Consecutive batting order, Everyone plays defense. No one player can play the same position more than once in a game. An inning is one time through the batting order.

Coach Pitch: Consecutive batting order, Everyone plays defense. No one player can play the same position more than once in a game. An inning is three (3) outs or one time through the batting order.

AA/Rookie: Kid and Coach pitch combination, consecutive batting order, only 9 play on defense, no steals or walks.  An inning is three (3) outs, five (5) runs scored, or one time through the batting order.

Minors: Consecutive batting order, all players must play 3 innings on defense (9 defensive outs).  6 (six) of the defensive outs (2 innings) must be consecutive.  During Minor EOS, minimum defensive innings will revert to 2 inning minimum (6 consecutive defensive outs).

Majors: Continuous batting order.  All players must play 3 innings on defense (9 defensive outs). 6 (six) of the defensive outs (2 innings) must be consecutive.  Regular season only.  All Star Tourney rules will be used for EOS tournament.

Games in which one team has a ten (10) run or more lead after four (3 1/2 if the home team is leading in score) innings of play, will be called at that point (per LL Rule 4.10(e)). For Minors and below only: A five (5) run limit is imposed, which would complete the half inning. The five (5) run limit will not apply in the 6th or final inning or in any extra innings; however, the ten (10) run rule remains in effect, as do applicable time limitations. In addition in the final inning, the half inning will be over if three outs are made or after the team bats 1 time through the batting order.

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Little League Rules

 

Legal Bat Rules - 2018 Season

 

New Bat Rules

Little League has shared updates on new bat regulations for our 2018 season. 

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, there are new USA Baseball Bat standards. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.

You can find more info at:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm