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Once a relationship is established, it can also lead to other opportunities for your baseball program. PCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a positive, character-building experience for young athletes. In coordination with Little League, PCA provides additional educational resources and tools to coaches, parents, and local volunteers about teaching life lessons through sports. You can also take a self-assessment of yourself as a coach here. Little League recommends that local leagues recruit, educate, and retain volunteer umpires in a similar fashion as other positions needed to operate a local league.
Many districts and leagues have found successful ways to operate volunteer umpire programs, which help to defray the costs that might normally be passed onto a league. Additionally, Little League offers a variety of umpire training materials, clinics, and seminars for training, as well as the Little League Umpire Registry. The registry allows volunteer umpires to receive regular eNewsletters with rule interpretations and updates, the Little League Umpire online presentation, and and foot Field Mechanics manuals for free.
Umpires are also encouraged to visit Little League University for free, educational content and video tutorials on plate and base mechanics, relevant news stories, and updated rule and regulation interpretations.
Provide your parents with a plan. Once the league has developed a strategy for the season, update parents about everything the league is organizing, including draft procedures, facilities, game schedules, initiatives, education and training, etc.
Be sure to also encourage ideas and suggestions from your parents, as well as welcome volunteers. Additionally, Little League University strives to provide education and information for parents by offering a one-stop platform where they can learn rules and regulations, best practices for supporting players and the local league, and provide feedback directly to Little League International.
Each year, the local board prepares a regular season schedule. The number of teams within each age division will determine if the league can play their schedule in-house or if they will need to add interleague games with surrounding Little League programs.
A league may opt for a combination of the two as well. An interleague schedule benefits small programs looking for teams to play, leagues wanting to increase excitement during the Regular Season, or programs looking to build skill level. It may also help to improve and promote awareness of your baseball program within the community.
Your District Administrator D. A completed interleague form should be submitted prior to the start of the season via the Little League Data Center. Leagues may play any other local Little League program, in the appropriate age division, with appropriate approvals.
While most leagues take a short break after their Tournament season, we would recommend the membership gather for one last meeting to review the concluding season. The membership should feel comfortable giving recommendations and suggesting ideas for the upcoming season. This should allow for enough time to plan and organize committees, if necessary. Search this section Search this section. Vice Presidents Appointing Vice Presidents to oversee local league operations of each baseball division is an important task for any league.
Responsibilities of the Vice Presidents include: If you are loud and critical during tryouts, I know you will be worse during games. Just keep your mouth shut. Believe it or not, being too supportive can be an issue as well. But reserve your celebration during tryouts. I expect they will behave as kids. But I also want the kids who take this seriously. Coaching kids is a lot of work. That work multiplies with poorly behaved kids, and sometimes we can see these things during the tryouts and save ourselves some unnecessary stress.
I want nothing to do with this kid on my team. Kids with bad attitudes often out themselves. That just makes my job of assembling a team easier. There is a fine line here. Yes, I am looking for talent. I need your child to show that talent.
I want them to be confident. But this can be taken too far. You are not helping your kid. But you know what? There is absolutely no advantage to that at a young age. Will your kid be seeing sliders at the age of nine? There is no utility to hitting them from both sides until they get older, so why should I care if they can do it now?
As a coach, I want you to hit as well from one side of the plate as you can. By trying to hit from both sides in a tryout, you are only exposing a weakness. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team or 'All Stars' of 11—year-olds from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament.
All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series travel, meals, and housing are paid by Little League Baseball. In , Little League announced plans to add a new division of play for the season, the Little League Intermediate Division. It is open to players ages 11—13, but may be limited to ages 11—12 or 12—13 by a local league. Players in this division are able to lead off and steal. A modified diamond is available during the regular season.
Little League introduced the Challenger Division in to provide opportunities for children with physical and intellectual challenges to participate in the Little League program. The Challenger Division utilizes a "buddy system" in which Little Leaguers assist Challenger participants in the areas of batting, running and fielding.
Challenger Division games are typically non-competitive in nature. Introduced in , the Little League Challenger Division is for participants ages 4— This division is for participants ages 15 and above no maximum age. Leagues may request permission to play games on a smaller field as well.
As of , nearly 1, Little Leagues in 10 countries around the world offered the Challenger Program providing an opportunity for more than 31, individuals with physical or intellectual challenges to participate in the Little League program. Some major exceptions are outlined in the following sections, and these apply to Little League Minor and Major, ages 7—12 except as otherwise noted. In Canada, rulebook orders requested through LittleLeague. Rulebooks are not available in sporting goods or other stores and must be ordered directly from Little League Baseball, Incorporated or one of its "Regional Centers".
Little League has been criticized for requiring payment to view its rules. A regulation game is 6 innings. If the game is called prior to the completion of six innings, it is considered an official game if four innings have been completed three and a half, if the home team leads ; otherwise, if at least one inning has been completed, it is a suspended game.
In Intermediate Little League, as well as the Junior, Senior, and Big League levels ages 13—18 , a game is seven innings and is official if five innings have been completed. In all divisions except Senior and Big League, every player on the team roster must have at least one plate appearance and play six consecutive outs on defense in each game.
The penalty for a manager violating the rule is a two-game suspension. This rule is waived if the game is completed prior to the usual duration of the game six innings in Little League and below, seven innings in Intermediate Little League and Junior League.
This rule is modified during tournament play. During tournament play, teams that have 13 or more players dressed at the field for a game are mandated to have one 1 "At Bat" during the game per player with no defensive requirement. Teams that have 12 or fewer players dressed at the field for a tournament game require each player to receive one 1 "At Bat" plus six consecutive outs played in the field on defense. The size of the field is dependent on the division of play.
Bats all levels may be made from wood or other materials such as aluminum and must be approved for use in Little League Baseball.
When the pitcher is ready to pitch, a baserunner may not leave the bag until the pitch reaches the batter in Minor League and standard Little League. In the upper levels, including Intermediate Little League, the runner can leave the bag at any time while the ball is in play. If a fielder is waiting at the base with the ball, an advancing runner must attempt to avoid contact.
A runner may not slide head-first except when retreating to a previously held base. In the upper levels, runners must still make an attempt to avoid contact if possible, and may not maliciously initiate contact with a fielder. The upper limit of the strike zone extends to the batter's armpits. In Tee-ball, Minor League, and Little League if ' uncaught third strike ' rule is waived by the local league , the batter is out after the third strike regardless of whether the pitched ball is held by the catcher.
In Little League both standard and Intermediate , Junior, Senior, and Big League, a batter may attempt to advance to first base on a dropped third strike if first base is unoccupied with less than two outs or if first base is unoccupied or occupied with two outs. If the batter is hit by a pitch, the batter gets walked automatically. However, if the batter does not make an attempt to get out of the way of the pitched ball, the home-plate umpire may continue the at-bat.
Players who have been substituted for may return to the game under certain conditions, though a player who is removed as pitcher may not return to pitch. Pitchers in all divisions are limited to a specific pitch count per game and a mandatory rest period between outings. These vary with age. The rest period also depends on the number of pitches thrown. If the pitcher hits too many batters with the ball, or intentionally hits the batter, he is ejected from the pitching spot.
Historically, a pitcher could intentionally walk a batter by simply announcing his intent to do so and not have to actually throw any pitches. Beginning in , the pitcher had to actually pitch the required four balls which were counted against the pitch count. In , the Major and Minor levels of Little League Baseball aligned with a new rule of Major League Baseball and allowed the pitcher to intentionally walk a batter simply by declaration.
The intentional walk adds 4 to the pitcher's pitch count. Local leagues have a certain amount of flexibility.
For example, a league may opt to use the "continuous batting order" rule 4. Leagues may also waive the " ten-run rule " 4. The following is an incomplete list of current and former Major League Baseball players who played Little League Baseball. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Intermediate, Junior, and Senior League Baseball. McGovern Little League Museum. List of Little League World Series champions by division. Little League World Series.
Little League Softball World Series. Junior League World Series softball. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it. Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved August 22, Tax Exempt Organization Search.
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