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Rules of the Game

The Little League Official Regulations and Playing Rules govern Tri-Town Little League play. Modifications to these rules are listed below. These exceptions have been addressed to meet the goals of the league and to ensure that the focus of the game remains on the children that are playing Little League Baseball.

General Rules and Procedures

  • Failure to field a team of 9 players within 15 minutes after the official start of the scheduled game results in automatic forfeiture of the game (Rule 4.16). Officially posted schedules (or changes to approved game schedules) are the implicit source for game dates and times; i.e., word of mouth is not considered sufficient.
  • A team must have 9 players to start a game.  8 players or less will constitute a forfeiture of the game. The official score of a forfeited game is 6-0 (Rule 2.00 Forfeited Game). 
  • In order to promote good sportsmanship, both team’s players and coaches will shake hands at the end of the game. Head Coaches are always responsible for showing good sportsmanship and encouraging good sportsmanship from each player. Head Coaches are also responsible for the conduct of the team’s parents at the game to ensure appropriate fan conduct.
  • The Head Coach should notify the League Commissioner if any player on the team misses 2 consecutive games with unexcused absences. It is at this time that consideration will be given to potential player replacements.
  • An unreasonable number of absences from scheduled practices, scheduled games, or repeated demonstrations of inappropriate behavior by any player on the field warrant disciplinary action (benching) to be administered by the Coach. Parents, Division Commissioner and the League Board must be notified in writing prior to administering discipline. With the Commissioner and Board’s approval, the player may be benched in the next game. Player attendance is mandatory at the game in which the discipline is being administered. The player must be in full uniform and seated on the bench during the game. The opposing Coach and Head Umpire must be notified that disciplinary action is being exercised during this game. Head Coaches are responsible for keeping parents well informed of any such actions.
  • The “Code of Conduct” will be strictly enforced.
  • The Chief of Umpire and opposing Coaches will be informed by the Head Coach prior to every game of any player having a known physical condition or limitation that might require additional safety measures. Examples are heart condition, epilepsy, hearing aids, etc.
  • Games will end in a tie if regulation time has expired and the game is considered complete.  If a game is tied at the end of regulation play and there is still time remaining (as specified in the designated time rule for each league), the game will continue one (1) inning at a time as needed until a winner is determined or the time rule takes effect.  Tied games will count in the standing as ½ game won and ½ game lost.
  • The designated home team is responsible for:
    • Supplying an official scorekeeper.
    • Supplying game balls.
    • The Home Team Coach or Visitor Team Coach if Inter league Play is responsible for reporting the score within the Tri-Town Little League web site.

If a game is called (due to inclement weather, darkness, etc.), it is a regulation game if 4 innings have been completed, or if the home team is winning after 3 and a half innings or if playing time has reached one hour. The score that is reported is the score of the game after the last completed inning. If a game is called before it has become a regulation game, but after more than one (1) inning has been played it will be re-scheduled and resumed exactly where it left off (see Rule 4.10(d) in Little League Rule Book). If one (1) inning was not completed, the game will be completely restarted. Stoppage of games is the umpire’s decision

It is the responsibility of each head coach, before the start of an official game, to get with the Chief Umpire and the opposing Head Coach to cover/agree on the following issues, as a minimum. If this is not done, then no protests will be accepted for these types of game situations:

  • Boundaries of the playing field. i.e., where is the ball out of play?
  • Conditions of the playing field
  • Any specific rules or conditions that the game will be played under.
  • Ground rule double conditions.

·       No Contact Rule: The “no contact” rule is based upon Little League Rule 7.08. This rule explains when a runner is out. Part of this rule states the following: “Any 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.” In other words, if contact is made because a player did not slide, he will be called out. This rule is intended for the safety of all players.

·       Protesting a Game: The guidelines for game protests shall be in accordance with Little League Rule 4.19. The general guidelines for a protest are those conditions where a rule is not being followed or administered correctly.  As such, protests can only be considered for the violation or interpretation of a playing rule. There are no protests in T-Ball.

 

JUDGMENT CALLS, AS DEFINED IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE OFFICIAL REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES IN PARAGRAPH 9.02(a), BY THE UMPIRE ARE NOT GROUNDS FOR A PROTEST.