Juniors/Seniors Baseball Rules

Updated Wednesday May 17, 2017 by Barrington Little League.

League Objectives:

  • The Juniors division is intended to provide a competitive baseball experience and prepare players for high school baseball.
  • Game scores and league standings will be maintained and all official little league rules will be honored. 
  • Players should expect to play only one or two positions in order to become as proficient as possible.

Game Scoring & Playoffs:

  • Mercy Rule: If a team is losing by 10 runs or more after completing their fourth half-inning at-bat, that team has the exclusive option of exercising the mercy rule and ending the game (not the other team or the umpire). 
  • Run limit: There is no per-inning run limit
  • Time Limit: No inning should start after 2 hours and 20 minutes from the start of the game.
  • The game ends when no inning can be started because of the Time Limit or when one team is ahead after 7 innings (6 1/2 if the home team is ahead).
  • All-Star team: Team managers and the Division Director meet at the end of the season to select an All-Star team.

Pitching & Catching:

  • Pitch counts: Both teams must maintain an official pitch count for all pitchers and compare them between innings, averaging any differences.  Pitchers must strictly adhere to mandatory rest days requirements:
    66-95 pitches in a game 4 calendar days rest before pitching again
    51-65 " 3 "
    36-50 " 2 "
    21-35 " 1 "
    1-20 " No rest days required
  • Coaches may keep pitchers in up to their pitch count limits, however, using 2+ pitchers a game should be a goal.
  • A pitcher may be switched to a different position in the field and then return at a later point in the game as a pitcher.  This can be done only once per pitcher, per game.
  • Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
    Note 2: Any player who has played the position of catcher 4 or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day. CLARIFICATION: This rule prohibits a player who has played the position of catcher in any part of four innings in a game from being used as pitcher in that same game.

Batting:

  • Little League has strict and specific regulations about the types of bats that can be used.  Please see their bat rules page and pay particular notice to the list of approved Little League bats.  Note:  All composite bats, no matter the barrel size, must be marked as BBCOR compliant.
  • Each player on the team will be included in the batting order regardless of playing a field position (continuous batting order).
  • All batters must use a helmet with a full cage or C-Flap
  • NOTE: Slash-bunting is allowed (i.e.,, when a player squares to bunt, they can pull their bat back, but they cannot then attempt to hit the ball (a slash bunt).

Fielding: 

  • Players should play a minimum of 4 innings in a full 7 inning game.
  • Coaches should be particularly diligent about teaching their fielders not to inadvertently obstruct baserunners.

Baserunning:

  • Sliding is always okay, although runners can simply avoid the tag as well. If contact is made and the runner does not slide, the runner is automatically out. 
  • Head-first slides are discouraged but allowed. 
  • Metal cleats are allowed.
  • After a dropped third strike with two outs or first base unoccupied, the batter may attempt to reach 1st base.

Stealing:

  • Runners can take leads and steal bases in accordance with full little league rules

Umpiring, balls & strikes:

  • Only team managers are allowed to speak to the umpire. Coaches must relay their concerns through the manager.
  • The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior and grounds for ejection.
  • Managers should not contest judgment calls by the umpire. Umpires will make mistakes, but that's part of the game. It is critical for coaches to model the best possible sportsmanship for their players. 
  • A manager may approach an umpire if a rule has been overlooked. However, any interpretation of such rule must be left to the umpire. 
  • All coaches and managers must stay in the dugout, off the field, unless coaching a base.
  • Umpires will arrive 30 minutes prior to the games.  If an umpire is not at the field please contact Rick Cunningham at 401 447-4981.  Umpires have been made aware of all house rules and will follow them accordingly.
     

 




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