It should be understood that Alfred Almond Youth Baseball is not sanctioned by Little League Baseball, and is not
necessarily governed by their rules. Though the league follows what are recognized as the "normal" rules
of the game, we do not necessarily follow any specific rule book as such. It is not the desire of the league to come
up with a rule book to cover any and all situations, but feel there are certain issues that are best put in writing to
curb any misunderstandings. Some of the rules will coincide with the official Little League Baseball rule book,
while some are particular to our league.
Latest rules changes/additions are highlighted in bold.
- No metal spikes are allowed in games.
- We do not encourage head first slides.
- The league recommends boys using athletic supporters and cups.
- On a close play at all bases except 1st the runner must slide or avoid contact. The umpire shall call him out
if he does not comply.
- On-deck batters shall not be on the playing field.
- Out of concern for young arms, coaches are not to encourage curve balls.
- Batters and runners must wear protective headgear. Face masks are optional.
- The home dugout is on the 1st base side of the field. Regardless of who gets there first, the schedule determines
who gets the home dugout.
- Home team is responsible to make sure the field is ready for play (foul lines, batters box, bases, raking, etc.).
- Each team is responsible for leaving their dugout clean after the game.
- If a hit ball goes out of play the batter is awarded a ground rule double.
- If a ball is thrown out of play any runners are awarded the base they were approaching plus one. This is awarded
based on their position at the time the ball left the playing field.
- No more than 10 runs may be scored per inning. At the scoring of the 10th run the inning is over as if there were
- Pitching (taken directly from the official Little League rule book)
If a player pitches in less than 4 innings one calendar day of rest is mandatory. If a player pitches in 4 or more
innings, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed. A player may pitch in a maximum of 6 innings in a calendar
week, Sunday through Saturday. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning. Example
- If a player pitched in 4 or more innings on Monday, and is still eligible, that player can pitch again on Friday.
If a player pitched in less than 4 innings on Monday, that player can pitch again on Wednesday.
- During the month of May, no inning shall begin after 8:00pm. In June, no inning shall begin after 8:15pm.
- If a game is called, it is a regulation game if 4 innings have been completed. The results of the last completed
inning will constitute the final score.
- If a game is called before it has become a regulation game (If 3 innings have been completed it shall be resumed exactly
where it left off; all record, including pitching, shall be counted.) (If less than 3 innings have been completed the
game shall be started over again; no records shall be counted, except for pitching (out of concern for young arms).
- Coaches have the option, if they have less than 9 players for any particular game, to take a child(ren) from t-ball
and still play a regulation game. This, of course, assumes consent of the t-ball players parent(s).
- In league play, any bat meeting any Little League 9-12 year old credentials is allowable.
- Players who attend practice and games regularly, and exhibit a positive attitude will play at least 3 innings every game.
- Each coach is responsible for the behavior of their players during the game. It is strongly encouraged that players
not on the playing field be in the dugouts at all times. (exceptions: those warming up to go in may play catch
behind the dugout, medical reasons, bathroom, on-deck batter)
- We encourage both benches to cheer enthusiastically for their teammates, yet never in a negative manner. Because
of their taunting nature, songs and chants are discouraged.
- Every year, depending on how many boys register, we need to determine how many teams to field. The following are
the possibilities. (55-65; 5 teams) (66-78; 6 teams) (77-91; 7 teams) These figures are based on the thought that
14 players per roster is too many, and 10 players per roster is too few.
- If we need to drop a team, the following scenarios are possible. (If we are lacking a coach, the team without one
will be entered into the draft.) (We can take the team with the least amount of returning players and enter them in the draft.)
(We could take the two teams with the least amount of returning players and combine them.)
- To determine draft status: (New players who either have a sibling already placed on a team, or a parent/legal
guardian as the head coach are automatically placed on that team and are not part of the draft. Any player that
has a family member or friend that wants to assist the head coach will be placed in the draft, and that individual may inquire
with the head coach that drafts him concerning coaching as an assistant.) (Based on the number of kids signed up, determine
how many players each team should have.) (Last year's order of finish will break any ties.)
- After the draft has taken place any new sign-ups will be placed by the commissioner in an effort to balance the
teams out age-wise.