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Single A (Baseball)

Managers/Coaches outside dugouts while batting

Two adults are allowed on the field the first half of the season, only one the second half (if needed). On offense, two base coaches and a “sweeper” batting coach is allowed, in addition to the Manager/coach pitcher as required. The sweeper coach assists the catcher in getting past balls back to the pitcher. The batting coach can give direction between pitches, but not during a pitch (e.g., to swing or not).


Moving or rotating players

As Minor A is a developmental division, it is strongly encouraged to move players every 2 innings (minimum) in order to give player the opportunity to experience different positions. As an exception, first base and pitcher should be assigned to players with enough fielding skill to prevent serious injury. In addition, when playing short-handed (less than 10 players), managers are allowed more discretion in rotating players to maintain fair game.


Defensive Coach(es)

Up to two coaches will be allowed in the field while on defense to give direction/teach during the game the first half of the season. The second half only one coach will be allowed, and having both coaches in the “dugout area,” using verbal and hand signals is strongly encouraged.


Player outside dugouts

All players not on the defensive team or the batter must remain in the dugout area. No food in the dugouts. Seeds, gum and fluids are OK.


Protests

A protest cannot be called by a judgment made by any umpire. Protests are reserved for rule interpretation only. Notify the official scorekeeper that you are placing the game under protest. Notify the home plate umpire. Write an "official" report of the circumstances surrounding the incident that involves the protest. Submit it to the V.P. and/or Player Agent within 24 hours.


Courtesy

Be courteous and respectful to each other and to those umpiring at all times. If you have a real problem with something, someone is doing or appears to be doing, talk it over with them privately. Do not accuse and/or shout it across the field. Each manager is responsible for his team’s parents. Poor sportsmanship and any demonstrations thereof will not be tolerated in CLL.


Base running

Players will be allowed to take extra bases while the ball is in play. Play will stop and the ball will be considered dead when the defense gets the ball to any infielder or the pitcher as a defensive play. The ball DOES NOT have to be caught or “in the control” of an infielder. The ball simply has to “reach the player.” If a defensive player is attempting to make a play (i.e., applying a tag or run-down), then base runners can attempt to advance. This rule is to prevent the learning of poor base running judgment (e.g., singles routinely being turned into triples). 


Minimum Playing Time

One half of the game is the minimum for all players unless there are extra innings. Playing time in extra innings is at the manager’s discretion. If a game is shortened for darkness, time limit or rain, any child that does not have the required half game will start the next game and will remain in the field (during defensive play) until he has met the remaining balance of his half game from the previous game plus the half game for the current game. Try to make your substitutions after the second inning (at least that way the playing time should equal out for all the players who are being moved in and out). Keep track of their innings played.


Batting Through the Lineup

 All players bat in order as listed on the lineup sheet. Players can be substituted in and out of the "field" but the batting order remains as originally listed.


“Infield Fly” Rule

No “Infield Fly” rule will be applied at this division


Base Stealing

No base stealing will be allowed


Base Running

Players will be allowed to take extra bases while the ball is in play. Play will stop and the ball will be considered dead when the defense gets the ball to any infielder or the pitcher as a defensive play. The ball DOES NOT have to be caught or “in the control” of an infielder. The ball simply has to “reach the player.” If a defensive player is attempting to make a play (i.e., applying a tag or run-down), then base runners can attempt to advance. 


Balls Out of Play

When a batted ball is goes out of play by an infielder (i.e. into a dugout, over the fence, etc.), and it is the first play by an infielder, the runner is entitled to the base he is going to only. The base he is going to shall be determined by where the player was standing when the ball was pitched, not where he happens to be when the ball actually goes out of bounds. The most common occurrence is when a batter is attempting to reach first base and infielder throws the ball into the dugout or out of bounds. The base runner is awarded first base only, not second.


Bunting

No bunting allowed. Any hit that travels less than ten feet will be considered a foul ball. A chalk line will mark the foul territory in an arc in front of home plate.


Five-run limit per inning

Exceptions are: (1) If there are two outs and runners on base and a ball is hit for an on-the-fly home run, all runs are scored and the batter is given credit for hit; and, (2) The 6th inning is an unlimited run inning. 


Catcher

A player that is in the catcher’s position may use a fielder's glove behind the plate in order to facilitate him catching the ball more frequently in speeding up the game. If a catcher misses frequently misses pitches while wearing a traditional catchers glove, the umpire can stipulate that the catcher use his/ her fielding glove


Defensive Alignment

In order to give as many players as possible an opportunity to play we will allow ten defensive players on the field. The extra player has to play as a fourth outfielder (no rover or player at 2nd base).

Time Outs

A home run is any batted ball that clearly travels past the markers (approx120 feet) on the fly or a fair batted ball that allows the batter to circle the bases safely. A chalk line, cones, or other markers must be placed in the field approx 120 feet from home plate (twice the base length). Home runs shall be called by the closest field coach/umpire.


Inability to Field a Team of Nine

Called by manager’s on both teams on day-of-game At a minimum games should be called off 30 minutes before official game time, leaving time to notify parents and players . Canceled games should be played on the first available day both teams can accommodate. 


Complete Game

A game is six innings. Four innings is considered a complete game when time expires. If the Home Team (team due up last) is ahead in the score, a complete game can be called after 3-1/2 innings if time has expired. Games that are tied after the agreed upon last inning and/or time has expired can play extra innings if mutually agreed to by both the teams and umpire and does not impede the next scheduled game; else the game will resume at the next scheduled meeting of the teams


Pitching

The first half of the season, Managers/Coaches will pitch overhand from the rubber. The coach may move up a few feet closer if the player/coach requires. The division can be player-pitch. Players will pitch until the count reaches four balls. After a player pitches four balls, the manager/coach will pitch until the ball is batted fairly or three strikes. Balls and strikes will be called, but no walks. (See Kid Pitch Section).


KID-PITCH RULES (when kid-pitch option is used)

i.      Plate umpire will call balls and strikes. Called strikes count towards a strikeout.

ii.      After four balls, the offensive team coach will pitch to his/her own players assuming the count. Called strikes will continue to count toward strikeouts.
 
 
iii.      Pitcher can to throw for 2 innings as long as L.L Pitch Count Rules are followed. Managers and coaches will monitor their Pitchers well-being very closely, and will remove the player from pitching if in their judgment they are experiencing undue physical or emotional stress regardless of pitch count or innings pitched. All other LL rules regarding pitchers apply.
 
iv.      If one team runs out of pitchers, both sides will continue game under standard coach pitch rules, except called strikes will continue to count toward strikeouts.
 
v.      All catchers must wear a protective cup.
 
vi.      The strike zone is defined as the width of the plate, including the black trim portion plus one ball width on each side, and from the batters armpit to the top of their knees when in a normal batting position. For example, a batter in an extreme crouch does not in effect “shrink” their strike zone.
 
vii.      Rule regarding a batter struck by a kid-pitcher will be normal Minor Division LL rules. If a batter is struck by a coach-pitch, no free pass is awarded; pitch is considered a dead ball and does not affect the count.
 
viii.      A pitcher must be removed from pitching if they hit three batters.

Umpiring

Home team will provide the plate umpire, while the visitors will provide the bases umpire, unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time. In championship game Continental local umpires will be the acting officials .