Baseball Majors Rules

Updated Wednesday May 17, 2017 by Barrington Little League.

League Objectives:

  • The Majors division is intended to provide a competitive baseball experience in balance with a continued focus on skill development.
  • 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). 
    NOTE: During the playoffs, the mercy rule automatically triggers.
  • Playoff seeding: Playoff seeding will be determined randomly without regard to regular season W/L record.
  • Run limit: There is no per-inning run limit
  • Time Limit: No inning can start after an hour and 50 minutes have elapsed from the game's start.
  • The game ends when no inning can be started because of the Time Limit or when one team is ahead after 6 innings (5 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:
    66-85 pitches in a game
    (10 yr olds only up to 75)
    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.
  • 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.
  • Each player on the team will be included in the batting order regardless of playing a field position (continuous batting order).
  • All batters must wear a helmet with a facemask or C-flap.
  • To reduce the perception of favoritism, managers should allow assistant coaches the opportunity to set the batting lineup at least occasionally.
  • 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: 

  • Every player should play at least 4 innings per game.
  • Players should not sit out two innings in a row.
  • Coaches should be particularly diligent about teaching their fielders not to inadvertently obstruct baserunners.

Baserunning:

  • The ball is live until controlled by the pitcher on the rubber and the catcher is set behind the plate.
  • 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 not allowed, except when returning to a base. 
  • After a dropped third strike with two outs or first base unoccupied, the batter may attempt to reach 1st base.

Stealing:

  • Unlimited steals are permitted per inning, including steals of home.
  • Runners cannot leave the base until the pitch reaches home plate. 
  • Delayed steals are allowed. 

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.

HOME/AWAY DUGOUT DESIGNATIONS:  For all Majors Division regular season & playoff games, the Home Team shall occupy the 3rd base dugout, and the Away/Visiting Team shall occupy the 1st base dugout for each such game.  Individual team designation as either the "Home Team" or "Away/Visiting Team" for each game shall be as listed in the Majors Division Schedule.  Home/Away designation for makeup games shall be as originally designated in the Majors Division Schedule for the game being rescheduled.

  • The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior and grounds for ejection.




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