AA/Minors Spring 2022 – Stamford North Little League (SNLL) Rules
ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF SNLL
Mission ~This is supposed to be fun and about the kids – we want 100% of the kids from ALL teams to return next year so please make sure both teams are having fun – when in doubt of any other rule – refer to this rule.
Schedule ~ Each team will play approximately 15 games including playoffs. First six games are all machine pitched. Some games will be half kid pitch / half machine. Innings one, two, and three will be kid pitched. The remainder of the game will be machine pitched. Amount of games with kids pitch will be determined once schedule is set. For example: If there are 12 regular season games, games 7,8 and 9 will be 50% kid pitched with Coach Rescue.
Rosters~ A team can play with nine players. A team can play with eight players but an out will be recorded when the ninth spot in the line-up is to come to bat unless that team is down by 5 runs or more.
Machine Pitch Guidelines
NO CHILD IS PERMITTED TO TOUCH MACHINE
Kids will play the pitching position and stand next to the machine. One foot must always be in contact with the dirt near the mound
The machine is in play. A ball that hits the machine is live and in play
The only machine used will be the spring loaded machine
The coaches can best determine who operates the pitching machine (same coach of batting team or opposite)
There are no walks with pitching machine – therefore no balls with the pitching machine – only strikes.
Machine pitch will have called strike one and called strike two. A batter can NOT strike out on machine. called third strike if they are not swinging at that pitch – they MUST swing for a third strike with machine.
There are no hit batters with machine pitch. A kid does not take the base when hit by either a coach or the machine. We want to encourage them to get out of the way not try to get hit
Umpires will determine strikes-coaches should not influence in any way
A ball that bounces in front of home plate or hits home plate is a ball unless the batter swings
A kid pitched ball that bounces and then hits the batter is a ball
Kid Pitch Rules
Kids will pitch from 40 feet. Measure before game.
A kid CAN strike out on a KID PITCHED called third strike
A pitcher is limited to 50 pitches per game
A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day
If a kid pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (rest), Wed (rest), Thurs (pitch)
If a kid pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (rest), Wed (pitch)
If a kid pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar days of rest is required (eg Mon (pitch), Tues (pitch)
If a kid reaches a day(s) or rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may to continue to pitch until the batter reaches base, the batter is retired, or the third out is recorded to complete the half-inning
A coach will pitch to a batter anytime a batter reaches four balls or if a player is hit by a pitch. There will be no walks. The pitcher will return to face the next batter.
If a pitcher goes to four balls and/or a hit batter 4 times in the same inning, the coach will pitch the rest of the inning.
A kid can NOT strike out on a CALLED 3rd strike if its coach rescue.
POSITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Each team will field 10 players in the field – 4 infielders, 4 outfielders, a pitcher and a catcher.
Players will rotate in and out of their positions and no player may sit out 2 consecutive innings, unless for disciplinary reasons, which then must be reported via verbal and in writing to the AAA Commissioner within 24 hours.
All players should be play a minimum of 2 innings in the infield unless deemed unsafe prior to season/game. Catcher is not considered infield.
Players can play a maximum of 4 innings at any one position, except the pitcher, who is governed by pitch count rules. We encourage to always exercise best discretion in placing players in positions and not to allow a player to play more than 2 innings in a row at any one position so that possibly 3 players may play at a designated position to further enhance the educational aspect for said player as we are an instructional and developmental league.* Catcher is not considered infield
If you have 12 or more kids then every kid needs to sit one inning if a 6 inning game is played (field play only)
No Infield Fly Rule
Only the First Base Coach for the hitting team, the Third Base Coach for the hitting team, the coach operating the pitching machine and the coach who sits at the END of the backstop to help return baseballs, is allowed on the field or near the field of play (eg down the foul lines). NO EXCEPTIONS
NO ONE is allowed BEHIND OR ON THE BACKSTOP
Continuous batting order – ALL kids bat. The catcher will be run for by the player who made last out if the catcher is on the base paths with two outs
If a kid is injured then he or she’s spot in the order is skipped and it is NOT an out – if the kid comes back into the game/order they must slot in at their original spot not the next spot up
6 inning game or one hour and 45 minute time limit (from GAME start time). TOP of the inning must be started prior to the one hour and 45 time limit. No new inning can be started after the one hour and 45 min of game START TIME UNLESS both coaches agree prior to the 1:45 mark. NOTE: umps should be informed of this exception. There is no time limit for playoff games. ALL six innings must be played in playoff games
It is the umps decision to call the game due to darkness or rain not the coaches. All baseball activities will be halted if lightening is observed or if thunder is heard
Zero tolerance on arguing with the umps for any reason (these are kids that are umping) – if there is a need for a rules clarification or any reason to discuss something with the umps please make sure ONLY MANAGERS from both teams are present and the conversation happens between the 3 or 4 (2 umps) of you. NO polling the audience for help
If a CLEAR (ie objective) mistake was made, the umpire can change his call. You should NOT convince an umpire he made a mistake or to overturn his call. The MANAGERS (NOT COACHES) and the umps will discuss plays in question. If the MANAGER did not see the play he CANNOT ask other coaches, parents, players, fans, etc. what happened to aid his discussion with the umpire
Early Termination (ie 15 run mercy after three innings or 10 run mercy after 3 ½ innings). Please play your games to completion even if you have been mercied – it’s about the kids not the W/L. The mercy rule will only apply after three FULL innings have been completed. The final score will be the score at the time the early termination was determined
A team can score a maximum of five runs per half inning. If your team and the other team have allowed ‘five runs’ an equal number of times, then, either team can score more than five runs in their respective final at bat. If a team has allowed ‘5 runs’ in any one half inning more than the other team, then that same team cannot come back and score more than 5 runs to win a game in the last inning of play. If your team has NOT allowed ‘5 runs’ but you are down by more than 5 runs going into the last inning then you CAN come back and win the game (no 5 run max applies – last inning of play only).
Kids can run out their HITS as far as they can get – means no max base on a hit – if a kid hits a ball into the outfield and he makes it a triple or home run then that is ok (has to be the result of the HIT)
a. w/the fence at Scofield if the ball gets stuck it’s a ground rule double
b. Once the ball IS POSSESSED (IN HAND(S) OR GLOVE) BY AN INFIELDER ON THE INFIELD (HAVING ONE FOOT ON THE INFIELD CONSTITUTES BEING ON THE INFIELD) the ball is dead (the ball is live in the outfield and kids can keep advancing until the ball is possessed by an infielder. Once a ball is declared dead, a kid can NOT advance if they are less than half way to the next base and will be instructed to return to the previous base without a play. A ball is NOT dead if the kid is still juggling it.
KIDS CANNOT ADAVANCE BASES ON A WILD THROW IN THE INFIELD
Balls hit over the fence at Scofield are an automatic home run
Bats are to remain down and out of the kids hands while on the bench – no warming up w/the bat or “on deck” warm ups – the only time the bat should be in a kids hands is when they are at the plate – if kids are using bats while on the bench this could result in an automatic out – the umps will be told this and it is very important for the kids safety that they are NOT swinging the bats around while on the bench
Base Path distances – are 60 feet
The HOME team shall prep the field (including raking infield dirt, placing bases, lining batter's box and foul lines). The HOME team is also responsible for opening up the field if it is the first game at that field (including opening all necessary locks), or closing up the field (including locking up, turning off lights, etc.)
The home team will have the first base bench/dugout and the away team will have the third base bench/dugout.
The HOME team supplies at least two new games balls to the umpire.
All batters and baserunners must wear batting helmets.
All batting helmets must have face guards.
Catchers must wear protective gear, including mask with throat protection, chest protector and shin guards.
Winning team shall promptly enter on website directly, or submit by text to the AA Commissioner (203-921-7640), the final score of each game.