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7: General Rules and Information

7.1 Rule Books

All managers and coaches shall carry an official rulebook while participating in a game.

7.2 Practices

Practices shall be limited to 4 per week before the season begins and two per week thereafter. Any meeting of three or more team members for instruction of any kind with the manager or coach constitutes a practice. Sunday practices are discouraged. Practicing on the game fields will not be allowed without prior approval by the League Scheduler. Scheduling off campus practices during FBISD “STAAR” testing weeks is highly discouraged.

7.3 Rainouts

Game rainouts will be scheduled on the first open date and time including Saturdays and Sundays without exception.

7.4 Concession Stand Duties

All members are expected to contribute to the operation of the concession stand. The proceeds from the concession stand serve as one of the largest sources of income for the league to continue operating. Failure to meet your teams concession stand could result in a 1 game suspension for the manager up to and including MCLL’s Post Season Tournament games.

7.5 Time Limits

Game clock will begin promptly when Umpire declares “Play Ball”.

Division Time Limit Maximum Time Allowed

T-Ball 1 Hour. A new inning may not begin after 50 minutes of play.

Single A (A) 1 Hour, 25 minutes.

Double A (AA) 1 Hour, 30 minutes.

Minors 1 Hour, 40 minutes.

Majors 1 Hour, 50 minutes when there is a game following, otherwise no time limit.

Juniors 1 Hour, 50 minutes when there is a game following, otherwise no time limit.

NOTE: For Single A thru Minors, no new inning may begin after the time limit has expired. Once an inning is started it must be completed, if the outcome is in doubt. If visiting team is losing by more runs than they are allowed to score in current inning, or if home team in winning and batting when time expires, then the game is stopped and declared official. For Majors, time limit is only applied to games that have another game immediately following on the same field. Otherwise, there is no time limit for Majors games.

NOTE: A new inning cannot be started after 10 p.m. in any division, regular season and/or post season.

NOTE: There are no time limits in any of the divisions during Championship games.

7.6 Game Time Responsibilities

7.6.1 Field Maintenance Responsibilities (Visiting Teams): The following field maintenance work should be completed no less than 20 minutes prior to start of the game.

7.6.1.1 Infield: Use water hose to lightly spray all infield dirt areas. Rake or drag by hand all dirt portions on the infield making sure low areas near bases are level (sliding areas are critical). There should be ½” to 1” loose dirt when complete. Chalk the the dirt section of the 1st and 3rd baselines. The grass sections of the first and third baselines should be painted. Do not chalk the grass!

7.6.1.2 Batters Box: Use water hose to lightly spray the dirt area. Rake or drag by hand making sure boxes are level and area around home plate is level and safe for sliding. Chalk batters boxes and catchers box. Chalk the dirt section of the 1st and 3rd baselines between the batters boxes and the grass. Do not chalk the grass!

7.6.1.3 Pitcher’s mound: Use water hose to lightly spray dirt area. Rake or drag by hand dirt portion until ½” to 1” loose dirt exists.

7.6.1.4 Pitching machines: Set up and run power extension cords per the distances required for your division. The machines must be tested for speed and accuracy before any play shall begin.

7.7 Post Game Responsibilities

7.7.1 Field Maintenance Responsibilities (Home Teams): The following field maintenance work should be started immediately following the conclusion of a game.

7.7.1.1 Infield: Use water hose to lightly spray all infield dirt areas. Rake or drag by hand all dirt portions on the infield making sure all areas are level (sliding areas are critical).

7.7.1.2 Batters Box: Use water hose to lightly spray the dirt area. Rake or drag by hand making sure boxes are level and area around home plate is level.

7.7.1.3 Pitcher’s mound: Use water hose to lightly spray dirt area. Rake or drag by hand dirt into the hole in front of the pitcher’s rubber periodically compacting dirt until the hole is filled.

7.7.1.4 Pitching machines: Remove the pitching machine and power cords and move to the storage container. Make sure the storage container is locked and secure.

7.7.2 Trash pickup (Both teams): Both teams will be responsible for cleaning up their respective sides of the playing fields of all trash and debris, including the dugouts, fence lines and the spectator stands. Managers are expected to request that their parents and fans use the trashcans made available at the fields.

7.7.3 Failure to complete any of the above could result in the following penalties for the manager:

• Written warning from the League

• One game suspension

• One week suspension from all League activities

7.8 Pregame Warmups

There will be no pre-game warm ups in the infield area. All pre-game warm ups are to be done in the outfield of your dugout side of the field. No on field batting practice will be permitted prior to games; however using wiffle balls for warming up batters will be allowed only under the supervision of a manager/coach. All teams are scheduled time in the batting cages prior to their scheduled games.

7.9 Between Game Transition

Teams scheduled to play a game that follows a game just completed shall allow the teams that have completed the common courtesy of gathering their equipment, completing post game requirements, and exiting the field area. The teams scheduled to play can gather their equipment and begin warm ups in the outfield area.

7.10 Batting Cages

Each team will have batting cage time before their scheduled game times.

7.10.1 Visiting Team

The scheduled visiting team will have access to their scheduled batting cage FIRST for 25 minutes beginning at 1 hour prior to their scheduled game start time. If the scheduled game is the first game scheduled for that day, the visiting team is responsible for opening the batting cages, and for the machine pitch divisions, setting up the pitching machines.

7.10.2 Home Team

The scheduled home team will have access to their scheduled batting cage for 25 minutes beginning at 35 minutes prior to their scheduled game start time and following the scheduled visiting team. If the scheduled game is the last game scheduled for that day, the home team is responsible for locking the batting cages, turning off the batting cage lights, and for the machine pitch divisions, taking the pitching machines to the storage container.

7.10.3 Practice Schedule

A batting cage schedule will be developed for practices. The same requirements for care of the pitching machines will apply.

7.11 Protests

All protests, in addition to meeting the requirements of Rule 4.19 (a-f) of the “Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball” shall be accompanied by a $50.00 check delivered to the League President within 24 hours. The check will be returned if the protest is upheld; if not, it will become part of the league revenue. Disagreements with General or Special Rules are not grounds for a protest.

7.12 Batting Helmets

All batters must wear a batting helmet. It is recommended that batters use a full protective face guard (plastic face shield or football style only). The league has helmets available at, and to remain at, the playing fields in several sizes for this purpose. Any batter/runner, in the umpire’s judgment, purposely removing a protective batting helmet shall be called out when, in the umpire’s judgment, all play has ceased, per Little League rule.

7.13 Pitching Helmets

The machine pitch, Single A (A) and Double A (AA), divisions require that the player at the pitcher position wear a protective helmet complete with full protective face guard (plastic face shield or football style only).

7.14 On Deck Batters

No “on deck” batters or circles will be allowed. No bats can be swung in the dugouts or on the field prior to hitting, per Little League rules. As an extension of this rule, the following will also not be permitted:

7.14.1 No batting donuts or weights will be allowed.

7.14.2 No batboys or batgirls will be allowed.

7.15 Major Division Call Ups

Three conditions exist under which a Minors division player may be called up to a Majors division team during the regular season:

• A Majors division player is injured and out for the remainder of the season.

• A Majors division player continuously misses scheduled practices and games without informing his or her manager prior to these absences, and it is determined by the Player Agent that this player has no intention of playing out the remaining regular season schedule.

• A Majors division player moves from the district and the player’s parents provide a letter stating that the player is no longer interested in continuing with Missouri City Little League.

NOTE: A player shall not be called up to the Major division within two weeks of the conclusion of that player’s Minors division regular season schedule.

In all cases, the Majors division manager must notify the Player Agent that a player is no longer on his roster due to one of the reasons stated above. If it is determined by the Player Agent that a call up from the Minors division is in order, all communications between the Majors division manager and the prospective Minors division player, his or her parents, and the affected Minors division manager shall be accomplished through the Player Agent. Once the call up has been completed, the player becomes a permanent member of the Majors division team.

If the open roster position on the Majors division team was originally occupied by a 12 year old, and a 12 year old is available in the Minors division, the call up must be a 12 year old. If there are no 12 year olds in the Minors division, or if the open roster position was originally occupied by an 11 year old, the call up must be an 11 year old. Under no circumstances shall a call up result in more than eight 12 year olds on a Majors division team.

All call ups must be initiated within 48 hours of the determination that a Majors division player has been lost.

7.16 Offensive Timeouts

Only one offensive timeout will be permitted each inning per team.

7.17 Courtesy Runners

Courtesy runners may be used for the catcher.

7.18 Dugout Behavior

7.18.1 A manager or coach may not leave the dugout for any reason without receiving permission from the umpire.

7.18.2 Only umpires can call “time”; managers, coaches and players request “time”. Players, managers and coaches shall remain within the fenced area of the playing field once the game has begun. On-deck batters shall remain behind the protective screen of the dugout.

7.18.3 Any player, manager, or coach not remaining within the fenced area of the playing field once the game has begun will be warned. Further violations from any person on the warned team during that game will result in immediate ejection of the person in violation.

7.19 Caps

Hatpins shall not be worn by any player during games or while attending practices.

7.20 Jewelry

No jewelry of any kind is permitted to be worn during games or while attending practices.

7.21 Thrown Bats

One warning will be issued to the bench. Thereafter, if a batter throws a bat they may be asked to sit out the remainder of the game, at the umpire’s discretion.

7.22 Postponement / Cancellation of Games

If a game cannot be played on the scheduled date/time for any reason other than weather, the manager of the team unable to play must notify the League Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled game time. The League Coordinator will determine whether the game will be rescheduled. If 48 hours notice is not given, the game will be forfeited. A manager’s schedule conflict in and by itself does not constitute a reason for rescheduling a game.

7.23 Sliding

In an effort to ensure the safety of the players in Missouri City Little League, the following rules will be enforced to the maximum extent possible. The “Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball”, rule 7.08(a)(3) 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 the tag.”

No headfirst sliding will be allowed. Returning headfirst back to a base is not interpreted as sliding and will be permitted. Runners sliding headfirst into the next base will be called out. If a runner trips and falls headfirst, the umpire will make a judgment call as to the intent.

7.24 Fake Bunting

In all league divisions faking a bunt on a pitch and then swinging at the pitch is illegal. First offense means the offending player is out and the manager is warned. A second offense in the game and the offending player and manager are ejected.

7.25 Run Rule

Official Little League rules state that at any point after 4 innings have been completed (3-1/2 innings, if the home team is ahead) a team leads by 10 or more runs, the game is officially over. This shall apply to the Majors and Minors divisions. For the Single A (A) and Double A (AA), if at any point after 4 innings have been completed (3-1/2 innings, if the home team is ahead) a team leads by 15 or more runs, the game is officially over. For the Single A (A) and Double A (AA) divisions, at any point after 5 innings have been completed (4-1/2 innings, if the home team is ahead) a team leads by 10 or more runs, the game is officially over. The score sheet should be signed and all scorekeeping should end. If time permits under the minimum time limit and both managers concur, the game may continue for fun/practice; however, pitching rules will remain in effect i.e. any pitches are thrown they will count towards that pitcher's allowable pitch counts. No continuation games can take place if there is an immediate game scheduled on that field.

7.26 Soft Toss

Soft Toss using anything other than plastic balls will not be permitted at any time on the game fields, practice fields, or outside the cages.

7.27 Managers / Coaches

There will be a maximum of three manager/coaches allowed in the dugout, unless decreed otherwise in the divisional special rules.

7.28 Tie-Breaking System

For the end of season tournament, the following system will be used to break ties:

• Head to Head

• Runs allowed in head-to-head games

• Runs allowed for the season.

7.29 Post-Season Rule Changes

7.29.1 At all levels, there is no mandatory infield play rule.

7.29.2 At all levels, players must complete six (6) outs defensively.

7.29.3 For kid pitch divisions, we will adhere to All Star pitching rules.

7.29.4 Championship games have no time limit.

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