Key Playing Rules and Procedures
While "Little League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules" form the basis for conducting games at each level, there are standard procedures and some key playing rules at each level that warrant mention. Please note the following applies to all divisions
STANDARD PROCEDURES COMMON TO ALL DIVISIONS
1. The home team is responsible for setting out the bases and dragging, watering and lining the field and the visiting team cleans up the field, including dragging, and trash pickups in the dugouts after the game.
2. When there are multiple games in one day (i.e., Saturdays) the home team of the first game will be responsible for setting up the field and the visiting team for the last game will be responsible for putting away bases and other field equipment and dragging the field.
3. The home team takes the dugout on the first-base side of the field, the visiting team takes the dugout on the third base side.
4. Players, managers, and coaches of the participating teams shall not mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands during the game.
5. All players, managers and coaches shall remain in their respective dugouts unless they are batters, base runners, base coaches, or defensive players. No practice swings in or around dugouts are allowed.
6. Each team should be given the same amount of time to warm up prior to the beginning of the game.
7. All batters and base runners must wear helmets. All players must wear cups for protection.
( Pitching Machine division and up.)
8. All catchers must wear a catcher's mask with throat protectors, chest pad, and leg protectors.
9. Catchers warming up pitchers must wear a catchers mask. Coaches must not warm up pitchers. (LL rules )
10. Metal jewelry and watches are not to be worn during practices or games.
11. Long pants and socks are to be worn at all practices and games.
12. Pitchers shall not wear under shirts with long white sleeves, nor use a glove that is white or gray or non-uniform in stitching.
13. Team chatter is permissible; however, using abusive language, chiding an individual, and excessive haranguing will not be tolerated. This includes coaches, parents and other spectators. The lead umpire will issue a warning to the offending team on the first incident. Any additional warning may, at the discretion of the lead umpire, result in a forfeiture by the offending team.
14. Batting line ups are exchanged before the game begins. Ground rules are covered with coaches and umpires before the game.
15. Each team will provide a scorekeeper (except in T-Ball). Scorekeepers are to meet at the end of each inning to compare scores. Home teams are responsible for reporting scores to the Commissioner.
16. The umpire has the final word on all judgment calls. Coaches, players, and parents may not argue with the umpire over judgment calls, but managers may ask for clarification about the rules of the game, or an interpretation of a rule.
17. Clarification of rules are to be discussed by managers and umpires in a moderate and neutral environment, not in a public forum.
|7/8 yr olds
|9/10 yr olds
|11/12 yr olds
If a player pitches:
||5 days rest
||4 days rest
||3 days rest
||2 days rest
||1 day rest
|| no rest
A pitcher who delivers 41 pitches or more cannot play catcher.
Also, a player that plays the position of catcher for 4 or more innings is not allowed to pitch in that game.
MAKE UP GAMES
Makeup games must be scheduled and played before playoffs begin, or before the season ends if there are no playoffs. Games that are not called by the head umpire in accordance with Section 4.00 of the Official Regulations and Playing Rules, that are not forfeited by one of the teams, and that are not played before the playoffs begin or season ends automatically results in a loss for both teams (except for rain outs in softball). Coaches of the teams that are to play makeup games are responsible for scheduling the game and obtaining the umpires. Little League Playing Rules and Regulations are to be observed for all makeup games.
EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS
Equipment will be issued to team managers right after teams are formed. Uniforms will be issued prior to the first game. Managers will be held responsible for equipment and uniforms throughout the season and for their return after the season is concluded. They will be required to sign the equipment out and sign it in when returned. All uniforms are to be laundered and packed for storage. Managers will be held responsible for equipment and/or uniforms that are not returned.
All new purchases of equipment and uniforms will flow through the League President or Equipment Manager and/or Uniform Manager. Purchases made by coaches or other volunteers with the intention of being reimbursed without prior authorization may not be honored.
The PALL Board of Directors has adopted standards of conduct for all participants in Pacifica American Little League. Those standards are spelled out below for players, parents, manager and coaches (including other adult volunteers) and the Little League Board. It is in the interest of all participants to understand and comply with these standards. Any question about these standards should be raised with members of the Board.
To participate in playing baseball regardless of skill level and at a level that is commensurate with the player's developmental level.
To play as a child and not as an adult and to have fun when playing baseball or softball.
To have qualified adult leadership who clearly communicate what is expected of players.
To have adult leadership who are positive role models, who place the emotional and physical well-being of players ahead of any personal desire to win, and who demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship.
To receive proper preparation for playing the game and to learn the skills of playing baseball or softball.
To receive an equal opportunity to strive for success. To learn that winning is not the only measure of success.
To learn to be a member of a team.
To be treated with dignity by all involved.
To participate in a safe and healthy environment.
To attend practices and games on time.
To try their very best at all times, win or lose.
To obey adult authorities (manager, coaches, umpires) and to be respectful at all times.
To learn to be a team player, choosing the team's goals over personal goals.
To be a good sport and to abide by the rules.
To participate in assisting in a meaningful way with the team.
To have an open path of communication to managers, coaches, and Board members and to know what is expected of their child.
To have a responsive and effective process for expressing concerns about the Pacific American Little League program, about team leadership, or about umpiring.
To understand the rules of the game, of each division, and of the league.
To expect support from the Board consistent with the policies and procedures of the league and with local rules.
To participate in some concrete way in the management/support of the team. To communicate effectively with managers and coaches about their children's experiences with baseball.
To support the managers and coaches by ensuring regular and prompt attendance of players at games and practices.
To support the managers, coaches, and other adult volunteers by ensuring that their children are obedient and cooperative at all times.
To treat all volunteers (managers, coaches, umpires, Board members) and players with dignity. To model good sportsmanship. To urge children to try their best.
LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD
To expect the support of players, managers, parents, and other volunteers and to expect compliance with its policies.
To expect all volunteers to put forth their best effort during games, practices, drafts, and other activities.
To expect managers and coaches to abide by its policies, standards, and local rules.
To be treated with dignity by players, parents, and other volunteers.
To effectively communicate and enforce a set of clearly defined policies, standards, and local rules.
To be visible, accessible, supportive, impartial, and objective administrators of the game.
To provide as safe and orderly game environment as possible.
To assist in resolving problems involving players, parents, managers, coaches, umpires, or other volunteers.
To hold players, managers, coaches, volunteers, and parents accountable for their conduct in games and practices.
To strive for the best training of managers, coaches, and umpires possible.
Conflict Resolution Process
The PALL Board hopes that everyone connected with the Little League Program has a fun and positive year. Little League can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in a child and parent's life. There is nothing that quite matches the excitement of a Little League game!
Occasionally, conflicts do arise among participants in Little League. The Board cares very much that conflicts be resolved quickly, objectively, and equitably with the very first consideration being given to the welfare of the children. Therefore, the Board has provided the following Conflict Resolution Process. It is designed for, and should be followed by, all adult participants in the league if a conflict arises.
1. Anyone who disapproves of the actions or attitudes of another should bring it to their attention quickly in a courteous and positive manner. When approached promptly and with sensitivity to another's feelings and frame of reference, many problems quickly become non-issues and a higher level of cooperation and understanding is achieved. The adult volunteer should always be approached discreetly and privately, and the dialogue kept on a person to person level.
2. Disagreements that cannot be resolved in the above manner should be brought to the attention of the respective Commissioner. Commissioners are agents of the Board and are therefore bound to listen to all sides objectively and impartially, to respect each persons privacy in the matter, and to take action that s/he feels most appropriate.
3. Conflicts that cannot be resolved by the Commissioners (or conflicts with the Commissioner) should be brought to the attention of the Little League Board of Directors. A matter of only the greatest concern should be brought to the Board and only after the means above have been exercised in good faith. The Board will, at its discretion, appoint a committee of Board Members who can remain objective to arbitrate the matter. If a Board member is involved in the conflict, s/he shall not be included as an arbiter in the Conflict Resolution Process. When a matter is brought to the Board, all decisions of the Board or its appointed committee will be binding and the matter will be considered resolved.
4. Any action connected with Little League deemed illegal, immoral, or unethical should be reported to the Board of Directors at once. The Board will be called to order on an emergency basis to deal with the problem.