A Ball Ground Rules

SAN LORENZO VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE “A” GROUND RULES (2018)

(Ages 5, 6, 7 & 8; 5 and 6-year-olds must have played one year of T-Ball) “A” LEAGUE MANAGERS AND COACHES WILL FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE CURRENT YEAR
LITTLE LEAGUE OFFICIAL RULE BOOK AND THE DISTRICT RULES FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, AND ADHERE TO THOSE
AND TO THE FOLLOWING RULES. 

LINE-UPS:
Every team member bats - make your line up to include all players.
Ten players may take the field, with four outfielders (all other positions the same as regulation baseball).
Each player will have a minimum of three innings on the field (in a six-inning game). 

Scores, Scorekeeping, and Standings: 

Score will be kept for the purpose of determining the fourth run of any given half-inning. Final scores will not be posted and standings will not be kept in Single-A. Head scorekeeper’s role will be to identify the end of the inning (by three outs or 5 runs, and to keep the batting order correctly to ensure the inning changes go quickly and the correct batter takes the batter’s box. 

UMPIRES:
Each team will supply one umpire who can be fair and impartial to both teams. Before each game begins, managers, coaches and umpires will discuss ground rules. 

Coaching Behavior:
Poor sportsmanship by managers, coaches, parents, and/ players, derogatory language towards an opposing team or towards a player on the coach’s own team, or harassment of players will result in a warning. If it happens a second time during a game, the game will be forfeited. Chatter (e.g. “hey batter, batter” or “pitcher has a rubber arm”) especially designed to disrupt, is not permitted by players, coaches or parents at any time. It is the manager’s responsibility to inform their players and parents of this. 

BOTH TEAMS:
1. Provide one base umpire 

2. Prepare the field prior to game. Last game of the day returns the equipment to the equipment box or room, and locks it. REPORT ANY MISSING ITEMS TO
DIVISION REP. Refer to Official League Rule book for proper field set up.
CLEAN UP THE FIELD AND BLEACHER AREA AFTER EACH GAME. 

Equipment will be kept in a designated area in or near the dugout. 

3. If game is played at the High School field, each team provides one snack bar worker per team at designated fields. Note: visiting team works the BBQ.
No team may take the field until snack bar workers are present. A delayed game will not get extra time added due to lack of snack bar workers. 

4. HOME TEAM:
Uses first base dugout.
Provides official scorekeeper. No official standings are kept.
PITCHING:
A pitching machine will be used the entire season (2013).
The batter will receive up to 5 pitches.
Three swinging strikes is an out. There are no walks. If the 5th pitch is batted foul, the batter gets another pitch.
If the batter does not swing at the 5th pitch or any after that pitch the batter is out. There is a defensive player in pitching position on the field within the circle. The pitcher/coach must not interfere with the defensive player.
When ball is hit fair, COACH/PITCHER MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH THE OPPOSING TEAM’S ABILITY TO FIELD THE BALL.
If the coach/pitcher intentionally interferes, the batter is out, runners do not advance & the ball is dead. Umpires will call interference.
The recommended pitching distance is to set the front of the pitching machine on the pitching rubber. 

5. RUN RULE:
In inning one through five, each team is limited to 5 runs (2013) maximum per half inning. The half inning ends when the fifth run is scored, at which time the other team takes its turn at bat. If a home run or ground rule double is hit to end the inning, all runs forced to the plate by the hit will score. (E.g. bases loaded, ground rule double is hit, the runners at 2nd and 3rd score regardless of runs previously scored in the half inning.) 

6. The sixth inning is open. There is no limit to the maximum runs scored in this inning. Each team bats until they have made three outs. The exception is when the home team is winning after the visitors have batted, home team need not bat. If it is clear the game will not go six innings due to time or darkness, the last inning to be played becomes the “open inning” as long as both managers and umpires agree before the inning starts. 

7. HOME RUN, GROUND RULE DOUBLE:
HR- A ball is hit past the cones @ 160 feet on the fly.
HR- Fielder catches fly ball, and comes down with it on or past the line of cones. Ground rule double is scored if a ground ball crosses the outfield line, touched or untouched or on a bounce.
Double-First Base at Highlands: If a double base is used at Highlands for safety and preventing collisions: batter/runner must run through first base using the outside, foul, or orange, side of the double base. If a runner is rounding first base, the runner should touch the white, fair, or inner side of the base. 

8. MISCELLANEOUS PLAYING RULES:

a. No on-deck circle. No player other than the batter may have a bat in their hand.

b. No infield fly rule.

c. No stealing, No leadoffs.

d. Play stops when the ball is in the possession of an infield player in the infield area. A runner who has not passed half-way to the next base will be required to return to the previous base. A runner past half-way at stoppage continues at his/her own risk.(2013) 

*The intent is to teach proper base running. 

e. One base only on an overthrow. One overthrow per runner per play. Runners may advance only one base regardless of number of overthrows.

f. Bunting is not permitted.

g. Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the field. 

h. Feet-first sliding only. No headfirst sliding. Runner will be called out for headfirst sliding. 

9. TIME LIMITS: Games have two-hour time limits. No inning may begin after one hour and fifty minutes from the start of the game. Scorekeepers must record the start of the game. If not recorded, the scheduled start time will be considered the start time. 

Weekday games are not limited by time. They are instead limited by available daylight. Games must end if darkness creates an unsafe situation. Umpires are responsible for determining the safety level of available daylight. 

10. DOGS: There are no dogs allowed on school property or at any facility where dogs are clearly prohibited. Dogs are permitted at a game or practice provided they are 1) Leashed, and 2) Kept clear of travelled walkways and paths. Failure to clean up after one’s dog or abide by the above-mentioned rules will result in a revocation of allowing dogs at Little League games. 

Winning is secondary to the concept of sportsmanship, fair play and the instruction of the fundamental skills and rules of baseball. Managers and coaches who continue to lose sight of this fundamental goal will be dismissed and replaced by those who don't. 

Remember, we are here to facilitate a good time, a love of baseball, to teach and to demonstrate the kind of behavior we wish our children to model in society. Please try not to forget this during the course of a game. 

Revised November 2016 


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