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The Facebook platform, unlike any other method of communication Little League uses, gives parents and volunteers a chance to interact with Little League International staff and with other parents and volunteers worldwide in ways not previously possible.

To date, thousands of topics have been discussed on the various Little League Facebook pages. Little League International staff members have personally answered thousands of questions. However, it has been the Little League Facebook community that has made this communications initiative so successful.

Below is a sampling of recent discussions...

  • Week 1
    • → Can an 11-12 Year-Old Pitch in Minor Division Baseball?

      Edward Cazares (Original Question)

      If an 11 year-old or 12 year-old player is allowed to stay down and play in the Minor division are those older players allowed to pitch to the younger players?
      I need to know if this is written anywhere.
      I appreciate your help!
      Thanks; Big Ed!

      Carl DuBois

      12 year olds cannot pitch in Minors per Regulation VI (j).
      (j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection.)

    • → Losing an “Adult” Base Coach

      Luke Modrovsky (Original Question)

      So, if a team is guilty of an illegal bat, the penalty is losing an "adult" base coach. So, does this mean someone could still put a player on the base to coach?

      Tom Ebel

      Yes, a player still gets to base coach.

      John G. Zaneski

      In Little League, you must have 2 base coaches. So, if you lose an adult, a player needs to go out there.

      Tom Ebel

      John - You actually don't have to use any base coaches if you choose. If they want to only use one then one it is. I know Rule 4.05 says they SHALL station two base coaches, but as an umpire if I ask about the boxes being empty, and the manager says they aren't putting them out, I am not going to make him stop the game. We will go on without them.

      Rita Dybdahl Cline

      Shall" means just that.

      Manny Aponte

      Tom, Rita is correct. In LL (unlike other organizations), a team cannot leave a coach's box empty. You have to hold the game up until the manager puts coaches out there.

      Little League International

      To all - Good discussion. Here's the best way to think about this rule:
      At the start of any game, a team may have two adult base coaches. That is, provided the team has enough adults to fill those roles. The infraction only means that a team loses the ABILITY to have two adults as base coaches, reducing that number to one for the remainder of the game.
      Keeping that in mind, here's how the "illegal bat" penalty (in addition to the other aspects of the penalty) for baseball divisions is applied in each of the cases below, with a one-time infraction ...
      1. Team has three adults (a manager and two coaches). Infraction occurs. That team can only have one adult as a base coach from that point forward in that game.
      2. Team has two adults (a manager and a coach). Infraction occurs. That team can only have one adult as a base coach from that point forward in that game, even if another coach shows up.
      3. Team has one adult (a manager). Infraction occurs. That team, for as long as it only has one adult, would only be able to have players as base coaches. If one adult coach shows up, that person can be a base coach. If two adult coaches show up, that team is limited to only having one adult base coach.
      So the penalty is not applied to any one person. For example, in No. 1 above, the team could, on an inning-by-inning basis, rotate its three adults through the one adult base-coaching position it is allowed, throughout the remainder of the game. Again, the penalty only removes the ABILITY to have two adult base coaches - reducing that number to one for the rest of the game.
      And yes, it is required in Little League to have base coaches at both positions, as noted in the rules.

    • → Does Interleague Play Count Toward All-Star Eligibility?

      Paula Heath-Mendoza (Original Question)

      If we do interleague, do those games count towards the 12 scheduled games to qualify for All-Stars? We have two leagues in town. One league has 4 major teams, and the other league has 6 major teams. we do interleague, but need to know if all games qualify for All-Stars, or just the games you play against your own league? Need to know this before we make schedules.

      Mike Hirschman

      First, 12 (games) isn't the rule. It is a percentage of the number of games (currently 60%) that the team plays that defines player eligibility. The number of 12 is what constitutes a minimum schedule (Regulation VII a).
      Next, interleague counts just like any regular-season contest. Special games are where things can get dicey, because those don't necessarily count towards your regular season standings.

      Paula Heath-Mendoza

      Can you define Special Games for me so I'm clear with this?

      Rick Fontana

      But, for your league to be tournament eligible, you must have scheduled and play a minimum of 12 games per team in each division that has tournament players.

      George Davis

      IX-Special Games
      (a) Special Games are defined as games that:
      1. are non-regular season games and,
      2. are not Little League International Tournament games and,
      3. involve only teams from chartered Little League programs, and,
      4. have been approved in writing by the regional office.
      Now, that is for baseball. Softball is a little different.

      Dave Poe

      @Paula - yes, your interleague games count since they are part of your regular-season schedule. It appears the two leagues decided that they did not have enough teams of their own to make a decent schedule, therefore, they decided to interleague. There is a form that must be filed with the District Administrator by both league Presidents.
      @Mike - Rick is correct. You have to schedule AND play 12 games to be tournament eligible (League Eligibility - item 2 - page T-5).

  • Week 2
    • → League-Age Six... Kid-Pitch?

      Nevin Kilmer (Original Question)

      Am I dreaming, or did I see somewhere that six-year-olds cannot face kid pitch? I am against this, but need info to tell a parent that wants a player to be moved up to Minor League kid-pitch. He is presently in a Rookie League machine-pitch. Did not actually see it in the rulebook, but thought it was in there. Thanks.

      Mark Smith

      @Nevin - Regulation I, Page 22 of the baseball rulebook covers structure.
      What Regulation I says is that six-year-olds play Tee Ball which can be hitting off a tee or coach pitch, and a six-year-old that has played one year of Tee Ball can move up to Coach-Pitch or Machine-Pitch.

      Nevin Kilmer

      Thanks. I think the Note 3 under Regulation I (a) will be helpful...Can't believe I missed that.

      Louis Barbieri

      Little League now allows four-year-olds in Tee Ball.
      That does NOT mean that a five-year-old who played a year of Tee Ball as a four-year-old is allowed to move up to Machine- or Coach-Pitch Minors, only six-year-olds, may move up. If you want a five-year-old to move up you would need a waiver.

    • → Would Like to Poll Little Leagues on Trophies Awarded to Players

      Amy Taylor D'Amico (Original Question)

      I'm a parent volunteer that currently sits on the board of our local league. We are starting to discuss trophies for players. I'll give a little history. Up until last year all players (winners or not) received some sort of trophy. It could have been a little trophy for playing, or a medal with a ribbon to wear over their necks. Last year, only those in Tee Ball and International (tournament) levels got trophies. The Minors and Majors only received a trophy if their team won within our league play.
      What does your league do? Do they give out trophies, or anything for all levels of play for the kids? To give them something to show that they played that particular year?

      George Davis

      My league does not give out any trophy. If one of our teams win a district flag we will get the team and coaches jackets.

      Louis Barbieri

      The local leagues around here generally give a small "participation" trophy/medal to all participants up through Minors (some up through Majors).
      Normally, the older kids could care less if they got another trophy/medal.
      Generally, division champs get a trophy/medal in all competitive divisions.
      Tournament teams all get trophies/medals.
      Depending on how far a Tournament team advances, the players could end up with a shirt or jacket.

      Joe Szczepanski

      We give small participation medals for all (Majors and below). First place at season's end gets first-place medal in lieu of the participation medal. First- and second-place winners of our season-ending tourney get trophies. Though, most kids above 11 couldn't care less about the medals.

      Charlotte Ross

      Our league gives out t-shirts for the TOC (tournament of champions) for the Minors and upper divisions. Team Moms will usually arrange with their team's parents for lower divisions.

      Brian Hanlon

      (Our league) gave participation trophies for years. About five years ago we cut out Majors and only gave trophies to Minors and Tee Ball. I think the league has since cut them out entirely.
      At the end of the day, if you have to bump the registration fee up by $5-6 to cover the cost of each trophy, do you really gain anything?

      Mark Smith

      Tee Ball gets a participation award. Trophies for regular-season finish and playoffs at Majors and Minors get trophies.

      Bill Davis

      We're in favor of participation trophies for all Majors and below.

      Ray Green

      We have a trophy that is given to the Major team that wins our league championship. That team returns (trophy) the following year and gives it to the new champion. Other than that … no trophies.

  • Week 3
    • → Resuming a Suspended Juniors Division Baseball Game

      Dale Freeman (Original Question)

      Here is the situation: Game ends in the bottom of the fourth inning due to darkness (game started late due to a high school game). The home team leads 5-4, with two outs and a runner at second base. Both teams only had nine players, so no one sat. When we resume the game, we resume from that point. Here are the questions and points on which I am seeking confirmation:

      1. Confirm: Every kid who pitched is eligible to return, assuming proper rest after any intervening game. (Nobody came out of the lineup in this game) I am also assuming that the pitchers of record could continue as well, and that it is not considered a "return."
      2. Question: If a kid in the resumed game throws, say, twenty pitches, (to bring his GAME total to, say, 45, adding the 20 he pitched in the original game) and we play the next day, is he eligible? I think the answer is YES because totals, other than MAX totals (which will apply in the resumed game taking into account pitches in the suspended game), are based on DAY, not game.
      3. Confirm: Same kid as in #2, he is also eligible to catch in the resumed game even after throwing 20 pitches (to bring his game total to 45) since that restriction is day-based, not game-based.
      4. Confirm: However, a kid who caught innings one, two and the top of inning four would be ineligible to pitch if he catches in the top of the fifth inning because that rule states, "Any player who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day". (A side note and this has been discussed, catching three innings in a Game 1 of a DH, and then two innings in Game 2 - can the kid pitch?)

      Thanks in advance.

      Regina C. Boyd

      Were you the umpire or just the manager making sure?

      Game resumes just where it left off. If the pitcher has met rest requirements, he/she can pitch.

      See Rule 4.10(d). Regulation VI (a) which states: Exception: "Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day." Can you figure it out? The game starts on another calendar day, so … When is the game rescheduled? How many pitches did the pitcher pitch?

      The same Regulation VI, paragraph three in the notes section states: NOTES: "In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted MAY continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest. EXCEPTION: In the event the first inning is not completed, all records including pitching records, batting records, etc. shall be disregarded. EXAMPLE 1: A league-age 12 player delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher IS NOT eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest. EXAMPLE 2: A league-age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest." If the pitcher only threw 20 pitches, then he can pitch the next day (starting over), because 20 or less pitches is zero days of rest. As to the last scenario, you say the catcher only caught in innings one, two and four (I assume did not catch in inning three), so since the next game is on ANOTHER calendar DAY, he can catch or pitch.

      So for number two, if the pitcher only threw 20 pitches and the game is continued for another day (if the game is resumed the next day), the pitcher can pitch because he threw 20 (between 1 - 20), and that requires zero days of rest.

      So, for number three, the answer is "yes," because it is another calendar day. Do the managers care about these players' arms? Just curious …

      Mike Hirschman

      Without reading the other posts…

      1) With nine players, yes... no one has left the defensive nine.
      2) As for pitch counts, you would toss out what was thrown in the original game so long as you aren't playing the next day or within the set rest period. (i.e. started Monday, resumed Wednesday, a kid that needed two days after Monday's suspension is still out) What comes into play would be any games immediately preceding the suspended game and then the number of pitches thrown IN THE SUSPENDED GAME in relevance to the team's next game(s). So, even if he threw 95 in the first game (say, it was on Friday) and had four days off in between (now Wednesday)... he could throw another 95 in this one (assuming this is Seniors). That is also going to include for any RETURNING/RE-ENTERING pitcher. But, if you played another game on Monday and someone threw 65 pitches, that pitcher is not eligible in the suspended game, EVEN IF HE IS THE PITCHER OF RECORD.
      3) To your third point, yes, all of the catchers become eligible again.
      4) For a.... I would want Headquarters' opinion. By the intent of the rule, I would let him catch. But by the wording of it, he would not. For b, your doubleheader question, when he catches four innings in a single game, he can't pitch the rest of the day. So, if he only caught three in the first game of the DH, he has full eligibility until he catches four innings in game two.

      Little League Baseball and Softball

      Yes. He would be ineligible to pitch if he caught in the fifth inning.

    • → Head first slide, legal or not?

      Edward Cazares (Original Question)

      My question is regarding Junior and Senior Baseball ages 13-16.

      Is a head-first slide allowed in regular play to any base with no bizarre circumstances?
      If someone could provide me with a rule that would be great. This is a great place to find these types of answers. I've given up on all the other forums. Thank you in advance and so far my league is having a great season!

      Regards,
      Big Ed!

      Rick Fontana

      It's allowed in Juniors and above. Refer to rule 7.08(a)(4).

      Rita Dybdahl Cline

      Junior and Senior Baseball is almost 100% baseball like the pros. You can't take out the second baseman or the catcher, like the pros do, and head-first slides are allowed.

    • → Scorekeeping Question

      Jeff Johnston (Original Question)

      Just a quick question on scorekeeping and the dropped third strike rule. How does that go in the book (whether the batter/runner was out or safe)?

      If the batter is safe at first, are the pitcher and batter both charged with a K and then an error on either pitcher or catcher?

      If the batter is out, do both get charged with a K and then mark it as either 2U or 2-3 put-out?

      In the grand scheme of things this doesn't matter at all - just curious.

      Thanks,
      Jeff

      Joe Szczepanski

      Not sure if this is correct, but I mark a K and then an error on the player making the error. It's usually, the catcher. But, sometimes the pitcher or catcher and first base get the error.

      Tom Ebel

      Jeff - you have it pretty much right. Pitcher gets credit for the K no matter what. Catcher gets an E2 if the player makes it safely to first base. If an out is made it is recorded as U2 or 2U. if the batter is tagged and 2 - 3 is thrown, out at first.

  • Week 4
    • → "Longevity Awards"

      Maria Loomis Shaffer (Original Question)

      This year our League will be presenting awards (medals) to all the kids that have played 5 or more years in our Little League. (I got the idea from this Discussion Board) I'm not sure if "longevity" would be the most appropriate word. Maybe commitment, endurance … Any ideas would be appreciated.

      Kirk Adams

      We call them "Lifers." Our league does a special spotlight on all of the second-year Major Division players that have played from Tee Ball through Majors in our weekly newsletter. We interview the kids with questions about their favorite Little League memory, team, teammate etc. We put their current and past pictures in the article.

      George Davis

      We hand out awards for players who played from Tee Ball through Senior League. We hand them out on opening night.

      Mark Cook

      We have "longevity awards" for kids who have played Tee Ball through Senior League, as well. They get a wooden bat that is engraved with their name and the years they played in our league.

      Maria Loomis Shaffer

      All are very cool ideas! The medals that we are giving out are going to be engraved. I'm just not sure if they should be engraved "longevity" award or, if anyone had a better idea.

      Joe Coffey

      Our league has an award for kids who play at least 10 years in our programs. It is named after a young man who did so and then later died serving in Iraq. Hopefully you don't have such an example in your community, but too many do.

      Other ideas may be naming the award for a long-time dedicated volunteer. Our league has a handful of folks who do a disproportionate amount of work around the place - and their kids are all grown and gone. Not the league president or anything like that - but definitely the folks who make the place tick. Maybe this is an opportunity to recognize those folks if you have any such special volunteers.

    • → The Game Called Because of Darkness

      Jason Reich (Original Question)

      We had a game go into the top of the 7th inning, with a runner on first and the batter had a 2-0 count. The game is going to be resumed on Sunday. Is the game resumed with a runner on first and the batter with a 2-0 count, or does it revert back to the end of the last full inning? If you know the rule, please, let me know. If you can give me the rule number, that would help also.

      Kyle Telleson

      Refer to rule 4.12. You pick it up at the point it was halted.

      Rich Lyons

      The only time you go backwards is if you don't complete the entire first inning.

    • → 60 Percent Rule

      Dan Flynn (Original Question)

      Is the rule that a player must play in 60 percent of scheduled games to qualify for All-Stars in place at the Juniors level as well?

      Have some kids on a high school team that cannot play Juniors until their school season is over. This may place them in the second half of the Juniors schedule.

      Louis Barbieri

      There is an "Exception" to the 60 percent participation rule for players on school teams.

      So, for example, a Junior Player on a LL Team misses 12 of his LL team's 20 games because he is playing on the high school team, then he needs to play in 60 percent of the eight (8) remaining games (5 games).

      School team participation is the ONLY Exception, if a player misses games due to any other reason (eg: injury) and does not participate in 60% of the team's games a waiver is required to be allowed to play All-Stars.

    • → Retouch After a Foul Ball

      Dave Poe (Original Question)

      Can someone explain this rule to me? My understanding is that while required, there isn't a penalty. I'm only asking because I had an umpire tonight that was hung up on it.

      Thanks in advance.

      Brian Hanlon

      I'm with you, I have always been taught that as long as play is relaxed, the runner returns to the proximity of the base and there is no advantage to the offense if an actual touch is not required.

      Rich Ives

      The rule is quite simple. It's part of 5.09(e).

      "The umpire shall not put the ball in play until all runners have retouched their bases."

      The onus is on the umpire. Therefore there is no penalty to the runners. If the umpire feels the runners are close enough, he can put the ball in play - which is frequently done. It's there to make sure the runners are back where they belong and it's the umpire's job to see that it happens.

  • Week 5
    • → Started a Major Division game with nine players and someone was injured.

      Erik Reisser (Original Quesiton)

      My Major Division team started a game with nine players. One player was injured in the third inning and had to leave the game/field. Is this an automatic forfeit?

      Rich Ives

      No, the Board of Directors gets to decide. Refer to Rule 4.16.

      Louis Barbieri

      Rich is correct, it's up to the Board of Directors if the game gets continued or you forfeit.

    • → Local Rules and By-Laws

      Mark S. Rees (Original Question)

      When the local Board of Directors creates local rules to supplement the Little League rules, and the Board of Directors approves them, does anyone at the Regional or National level approve them? Or is local Board approval all that is required?

      Thanks!

      Mike Hirschman

      Constitution / Bylaws: Yes.

      Local rules: That's a tricky subject because it used to be that they had to go all the way up the chain of command and I am not sure that it really happens very often anymore.

      Your District Administrator needs to see them for sure. They should go to the regional office as well just to be officially on file.

      Keep in mind that your local rules can NEVER supersede a rule or regulation and can only modify. For example, you can set a local curfew that is earlier than the rulebook curfew because of a local policy that says your lights have to be off at 9:30 pm. But you shouldn't (and yes, I know everyone still does it) put in a local rule that allows for a courtesy runner for the catcher with two outs because there is a specific rule that says "courtesy runners are not permitted." (That would be Rule 3.04.)

      Louis Barbieri

      In Little League, the terms By-Laws, Local Rules and Ground Rules are the "same" and they do NOT require approval of anyone other than the local Board of Directors.

      That said, many District Administrators ask for them to make sure they do not conflict with any Little League Rules/Regulations. However, review by the District Administrator is NOT a Little League requirement.

      Look here: Bylaws, Local Rules & Ground Rules

      Manny Aponte

      Agree with the others. Once approved by the local Board of Directors, they are good to go.

      That said, if you discover that a local rule is not proper because it conflicts with Little League rules (like Mike's courtesy runner example), you could raise the issue with the Board of Directors. If they take no action, you could let the District Administrator or a member of his or her staff know. The District Administrator should put a little pressure on the Board of Directors to change the illegal local rule.

    • → Uncaught Third Strike Question

      Jerry Jenkins (Original Question)

      I am looking for some clarification after an incident in a game. Pitcher throws a curveball that bounces before it crosses the plate and the batter swings for strike three and runs to first base. Catcher catches the ball, cleanly after the bounce and umpire calls the batter out with no attempt from the catcher to retire the batter running to first. Time is called and the umpire states he saw the ball bounce, but the catcher caught it. From my understanding of a dropped third strike, the catcher must catch the ball cleanly before it hits the ground. Can anyone give me a reference in the rulebook or where I can refer the umpire to find a ruling? The Umpire in Chief was in attendance and did not seem to know the correct interpretation himself.

      Dale Freeman

      Refer to Rule 6.05, instructor comment: "Now in all divisions of baseball and softball, with the exception of Minor League and Tee Ball, players may advance on a third strike that is not legally caught in flight by the catcher." if it bounces, it is not legally caught in flight.

      John G. Zaneski

      Jerry, your understanding of the rule is correct.

      Dale has provided the appropriate rule. The third strike pitch must be legally caught for the batter to be out "easily." If the pitch hits the ground and then is caught by the catcher, the pitch is not considered to be legally caught or not caught in flight.

      If the third strike hits the ground and is caught by the catcher because the pitch hit the ground, this would be considered the uncaught third strike. If there are two outs or no runner at first base, the batter may try to get to first.

      Because of the misapplication of the rule in your game, you could have lodged an appeal and won the appeal.

  • Week 6
    • → Can you Play All-Stars in a Non-Little League Boundary Area?

      Tom Raven (Original Question)

      My 12-year-old is playing in XXXX Little League in XXXX. We live a mile outside of the XXXX boundary in an area that has no Little League (a non-boundary area). Is there a way he can still be eligible to play in All-Stars?

      John G. Zaneski

      Tom, if you do not live within a Little League boundary, officially, you should not be playing in that Little League, unless the league was able to obtain an appropriate waiver/approval from Little League.

      That being said, local leagues do want kids to be able to play baseball/softball, and on their own they'll sometimes allow them to be part of their regular-season teams.

      When Tournament time comes around affidavits are completed by the leagues for their tournament teams. The affidavits are reviewed and approved by District officials, who are to make sure all the "t's" are crossed and "i's" are dotted. If waivers are required for players, they must be with the affidavits or the player will not, or should not be allowed to be a part of that Little League tournament team.

      Joe Szczepanski

      Tom -
      As John says, your league should have obtained a waiver to allow your child to play in their league. If they did obtain a waiver, the approval would specify if they are approved for regular season only or for regular season and tournament play. If they have not applied for a waiver, it's still not too late. I think the deadline is June 6th of this year. There was a discussion bumped up a couple of days ago that was a reminder to make sure the waivers were in on time. I will see if I can find it and bump it up again.

      Check with your league. If they have the waiver it will answer your question. If your league doesn't they will need to apply for one.

      Tom Ebel

      Tom - I also believe that the waiver has to be ruled on by June 6th so check with your leagues Board of Directors and get them to file that waiver ASAP, if it hasn't already.?

    • → Intentional Walk Rule

      Tom Raven (Original Question)

      What is the current intentional walk rule for Little League Major Division?

      Joe Szczepanski

      You have to pitch to the kid. No free pass.

      John G. Zaneski

      I believe the "wave to first" was around for only one year in Majors, then removed. The pitcher must throw four balls.

      @Tom … Yes, NO "fake throws" or illegal pitches, or the pitcher runs an easy chance for an ejection.

      Tom Raven

      Thanks John and Joe. This is helpful.

  • Week 7
    • → 12 Games or Not?

      Tony Reid (Original Question)

      If a league does not play 12 regular-season games, can that league represent and enter a team for All-Star tournament play?

      Paul Crane

      Refer to Page T-5 of the Little League Baseball rulebook, this is explained under league eligibility (2). The league must have scheduled and played, at a minimum, a 12 game (per team) regular season exclusive of playoffs and tournament games for each division entering tournament. See Reg. VII. The schedule shall be arranged so that at least one-half of the games are scheduled prior to June 15.

      If these conditions are not met then you would need to request a waiver (better hurry).

    • → Funding

      Amy Taylor D'Amico (Original Question)

      Does anyone have suggestions on where to find funding for field renovations and enhancements? We are going to 50/70 and we would also possibly need new lights.

      Maria Loomis Shaffer

      Good question, Amy. Our League would love to put up lights on our Junior/Senior field, but trying to raise the money through fundraisers (at least the ones that we have used) seems impossible. Although a few months back, a Triple A team in our area had a contest between all the local youth baseball programs and they renovated one field for the top three winners. If there is a professional baseball team in your area, you may want to contact them.

      Renae Rauscher

      I suggest that you look into grants. We have done many improvements to our fields (installed lights, etc.) using grant money from various organizations. The smaller, local grants are much easier to work with when compared to a state or federal-funded grant, such as a community block grant.

      Good luck! Fundraising is so hard, when every organization under the sun is trying to raise money by going to the community and asking for donations constantly.

      Mike Hirschman

      Amy … One thing a lot of folks don't know is that banks are required to reinvest a certain level of profits back into the community. There will be a lot of loopholes and paperwork, but I've seen them write some decent-sized checks.

      As others mentioned with grants, depending on your property setup (ownership, lease, etc.), you can sometimes find state and federal grant money for matching programs under "Green Acres" type programs. You spend 5k, they give you 5k.

      Little League International

      Musco Lighting's project planning team will work with leagues to find local resources, grants, and other incentives to increase savings. They will provide a free copy of "Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions," or will help with developing a plan to meet your lighting needs, call Musco at 800-825-6030.

    • → Do Tournament (All-Stars) managers/coaches need to have a child on the team?

      Chip Dyer (Original Question)

      Many of our veteran board members believe this to be true. But, being new to the board, I wanted proof so I looked in the Operating Manual and Rule Book but I see no requirement for the manager or coach to have their own child on the tournament team.

      Brian Hanlon

      You are correct; this is not a requirement of coaching a tournament team.

      Depending on the level they are managing there might be a requirement for the manager to have coached regular season in the same division. For example, 11-12 team manager must have managed or coached Majors in regular season.

      John G. Zaneski

      There's no requirement for a manager or coach to have a child on a regular-season or tournament team. In fact, there's no requirement for a volunteer to even have a child associated with his/her Little League.

      As a parent, I wanted to be able to watch and or assist with my children in all their activities. If I had a child on a 9/10 tournament team, I most likely wouldn't want to manage/coach the 10/11 team, as their game/practice schedule may coincide with each other and I'd be missing my child's games.

      Mark Smith

      There is no such requirement. In my local league we had a gentleman that managed regular-season and tournament teams for years without a child on the team.

    • → All-Stars

      Dave Landis (Original Question)

      What, if any, are the provisions for playing All-Stars if you cannot attend all of your teams' games (e.q., due to injury)?

      Thanks

      Richard Thomas Furlong Sr.

      Go to the Little League rule book and refer to Page T6 for you answer.

      Mike Hirschman

      You are required to play in 60 percent of your games. Currently, missing games because of a scholastic baseball program is permissible.

  • Week 8
    • → Adding Players to Tournament Roster

      Mark Smith (Original Question)

      I received the following question tonight…
      "Is there anything in the rules that would prohibit a team from adding additional players to the affidavit after tournament play has started?"

      Say they only list 10 initially, and then after a couple of games want to add one, or two more. If they win districts and want to add additional players prior to moving on, what then?

      I know they can't exceed the roster limit for the level, and they can't have "alternates" or practice 12 players and only roster 10.

      Louis Barbieri

      If the team has "open" roster spots they can add players (players must obviously meet all qualifications - age, residence, participation) up to the point where the roster is "full" (based on age/division of play).

      Once the roster is "full," then you get into player "replacements" where one player is "dropped" from the team (cannot come back) and he/she is "replaced" by another player (again, replacement must meet all qualifications).

      John G. Zaneski

      You may add players during the tournament. New players can be authorized by the game director at your game site or a district staff member at the game. Just see them as soon as you get to the site. You may need to touch base with your District Administrator also.

      Mark Smith

      Yeah, that's the answer I provided, I was just looking for confirmation. Thanks!

      Dave Poe

      To add to what John G. said, "Yes", they can be approved by the Tournament Director at the game site, but the District Administrator also needs to be informed ASAP. The DA is expected to have the affidavits that were approved and need to have any amendments to them.

      To add to what Lou said, for Juniors Division and under, you can only have 14 players rostered. Once you want you to add a 15th player, you must eliminate one of the prior 14, to remain at a maximum roster size of 14.

    • → Coaches in Dugout/Base coaching

      Michael Romero (Original Question)

      I read somewhere (not the official rule book), that regardless of the number of players that a team has, three adults are allowed in the dugout; one manager and two coaches. Also, two adult base coaches can be used. Is there an actual rule that allows this? If so, can "local" tournament rules override the Little League rules regarding this matter? Thanks.

      John G. Zaneski

      You "shall" have two base coaches per the Little League rulebook (a regular season rule that also applies in tournaments). It can be two adults, two players, or one adult and one player.

      "Local" tournament rules CAN NOT override the International Tournament Rules.

      If you're having a "Special Tournament," the host of the tournament can possibly add in their own rules, but you'd need to check with whoever runs the tournament in question. (These rules do not supersede a Little League rule, however.)

      Here's a link to the LL International Tournament Rules for baseball:

      Baseball Tournament Rules

      From the Tournament Rules -
      "Tournament teams and Eligibility Affidavit shall consist of, and must be limited to, a maximum of fourteen (14) players, one (1) manager and a maximum of two (2) coaches."

      "6. BENCH/DUGOUT: No one except the players, manager and coach (es) shall occupy the bench or dugout during a game. Base coaches may be players, or adults. Two (2) adult base coaches are permitted at all levels subject to playing rule 4.05 (2)."

  • Week 9
    • → Special Edition of "Best of Facebook" featuring Patrick W. Wilson, Director of the Little League International Tournament.

      Little League Baseball & Softball (Intro)

      Welcome everyone! We're here with Patrick Wilson, Little League International's Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, and International Tournament Director.

      Pat will be here until 3 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

      A little background on Pat...

      After graduation from Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg, Pa.) in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Pat came to work at Little League International in 1993. Pat is a native of Williamsport, Pa., where he played in the Maynard Little League.

      What are your questions?

      John Bono (Question)

      If you win a game by 10-rule, but do not get a chance to have all of your players meet the mandatory play requirement, do you forfeit the win?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ John - The 10-run rule alleviates the responsibility for a team to meet the mandatory play requirements. So there is no penalty. However, I encourage you to make every effort to get all the players into the game in these instances.

      John Bono (Question)

      Special pinch-runner rule 7.14 with regards to Tournament Play - So you can pinch-run for each player - one time per game - with anyone not currently in the game? Whether, or not, they have or have not met the mandatory play requirement?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ John - In answer to your second inquiry, yes and yes. I would add that this is available only once each inning for a team.

      Sue Bueti (Question)

      I've been told that any game that ended via the 10-run rule was officially considered a "forfeit," and that we have to call the regional Headquarters to get any forfeits confirmed. Is that true?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Sue - A team winning via the 10-run rule is used only to determine a regulation game. It is not considered a game that needs to be forfeited by the Tournament Committee in Williamsport.

      Ron Walsh (Question)

      Player 'A' is a starter. Player 'B' enters the game after player 'A' has met his mandatory play requirement. Once both players have met their mandatory play requirements, can one essentially be a fielder and one a batter? Multiple substitutions after both have played their requirements.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Ron - The answer is yes. Once a starter and his/her substitute meet mandatory play, they are eligible to be subbed freely in their spot in the batting order.

      Kris Mangrum (Question)

      What is the age requirement to be a coach for all-stars? If a team has been using a middle school player that helps in practices and such, would he/she be allowed to coach in the International Tournament? Why, or why not? Thanks.

      Michael Kling (Question)

      Is this a proper substitution scenario?

      Player 'A' starts the game and plays three or six defensive outs (for this question/example it doesn't matter, he will achieve Mandatory Play eventually), but does not complete a time at-bat. Player 'B' is substituted for Player 'A' in the batting order and bats once. Player 'B' is substituted for Player 'C' defensively. Player 'B' plays six consecutive outs. Player 'C' re-enters the defensive lineup. Player 'A' is re-entered in the batting lineup and achieves minimum play by batting.

      I have read and re-read the Tournament rules many, many times over the last several postseasons and this is not expressly prohibited.

      As a corollary … Once all players have met Minimum Play, are teams "allowed" free defensive substitution?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      Player 'B' cannot be removed from the lineup until he bats and plays six (6) (or three (3), depending on the roster size) consecutive defensive outs.

      Player 'A' cannot return to complete his mandatory play until Player 'B' completes his mandatory play.

      If Player 'C' is properly inserted into the lineup, after Player 'B' meets mandatory play, then Player 'A' cannot re-enter until Player 'C completes the appropriate mandatory play.

      To answer the corollary, once all players have met mandatory play, players can be substituted freely, but only in their spot in the order.

      James Rector (Question)

      I was told I needed to turn over my son's original birth certificate for him to be eligible to play in the international tournament. Does Little League assume responsibility for lost birth certificates?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ James - You don't have to "turn over" your child's original birth certificate. This document must be reviewed in the Tournament Affidavit Screening Process, done by the District Administrator. After your child's original document(s) are reviewed, the team needs only to carry copies of the originals throughout Tournament Play.

      Jodi Grimbilas (Question)

      Mr. Wilson –

      Having recently gone through the terrible experience of having our son denied a waiver to play on the 2012 tournament team of the league he has played for since he was 7 years old (because we live outside of the town) – I am wondering when will Little League ("LL") reconsider its rules on the issue?

      In today's world, families have many different situations to consider and not every situation fits within these rules. I understand rules are important – but nobody benefitted by the decision by LL in this case. In fact, the result of the application of the rule was the devastation of an 11-year-old boy, who is a talented baseball player, but now cannot play for any team this summer or next year for that matter.

      What made matters worse, was that he was allowed to play on the 9-10 tournament team last year - so he was totally confused (as were we). As I understand it, the decision may have been solely based on the idea that 11-12's can go to "Williamsport." If that is what this is all about, then there are more serious issues to be reviewed. There are hundreds of teams that compete and the likelihood of our local team going to Williamsport would not have justified that decision. The town league barely had enough kids try out for the tournament team. In the end, the question is who did the decision benefit? We believe it benefited no one, but it certainly hurt an innocent young boy who just wanted to play ball with his friends.

      We are working parents that volunteer for the league in coaching, umpiring, and snack shack duties, help the Board, and go the extra mile to make baseball a positive experience for our kids and other kids within the community. We have been very appreciative of our local little league as the Board has been supportive of our son.

      We are disappointed in the decision of the Little League organization. We watched our son sob inconsolably when he was told he couldn't play. It is a hard lesson for him to learn particularly when it is a game he loves so much and he has no control of where we must live. Above all, we hope that Little League will be more concerned about its mission to encourage and develop the love of baseball for young players and review its rules and their effect.

      Thank you for reading my letter - your response is appreciated.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Jodi - This forum is intended to answer general questions. However, if you can email me the name of the league, city and state, and provide your phone number, I will research the situation and get back to you. My email is pwilson@LittleLeague.org

      Bonnie McManus (Question)

      In order to meet their 60 percent of games played must a rostered Big League softball player meet that 60 percent while playing in Big League games or can they be shifted to a Senior League team as a pool player in order to get their 60 percent in?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Bonnie - Games played as a pool player do not count toward participation in determining a player's eligibility.

      Max Lauritzen (Question)

      Proof of residency … Can an Illinois real estate tax bill paid in two (2) installments dated June, 2012 showing 2011 assessment and location permissible to use?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Max - How are you? It's difficult to determine without seeing a copy of the bill. The intent of the rule is to show documentation that was in force between Feb. 1, 2011 and Feb. 1, 2012. So, hypothetically, if the tax bill/assessment was in force in 2011, then it would meet the criteria.

      Evan Wagner (Question)

      What is the penalty if a bat is found to be illegal and has been used in the game already?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Evan - Rule 6.06 (d) outlines the penalty for use of an illegal bat. To accurately determine if an illegal bat has been used, it must be discovered when the batter is up to bat, but prior to the next batter entering the box.

      Part of the penalty is, for a first violation, removal of an adult base coach, and Manager ejected for the second violation.

      The first and second violation is per team, not per bat.

      Rose Kovacic (Question)

      This also goes with Max Lauritzen's question ... we often accept school records. The ones they bring us are the ones they just received in the mail from school's end. They contain all of the grading periods for school for the year. Can we accept those or should they be from last year either the first two grading periods for this 2011-2012 year or ending for 2011?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Rose - Based on the situation you described, it does not appear the document was dated on or before Feb. 1. So with that criterion, an end-of-year school record would not meet the criteria established.

      Bonnie McManus (Question)

      Thank you. Next question... can a Big League player play on a Senior All Star team? She was pool played and pitched for both during the regular season.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Bonnie - A 16-year old Big League Softball player is eligible to participate on the Senior League tournament team. However, she must have played in (not just rostered) 60 percent of the games during her Big League season.

      Austin Lagesse (Question)

      What are the MANDITORY lines that need to be marked, painted, or chalked when it comes to tourney play for district and sectionals or even beyond that?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Austin - The foul lines, the catcher's box, the batter's boxes, the coach's boxes, the running lane (and in softball the pitcher's circle), must be marked -- off the top of my head.

      Austin Lagesse

      Thanks, because when I line field those are all lined exactly as in diagram 1 and 2 but the league doesn't appreciate all that "extra" stuff as they put it where as in 1. It's a must (which our own president didn't even know the runners lane and catcher's box and 2. In tourney play it just makes the field look that much nicer.

      Wayne Willis (Question)

      Can a pitcher in the starting line-up in Little League (Majors) be removed from the game after getting a hit and being injured advancing to a base in the top of the first inning before pitching a pitch for the visiting team, then re-enter the game as a pitcher later in the game?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Wayne - No. The pitcher must complete pitching to a batter before being removed. If removed because of illness/injury, he/she is precluded from pitching for the remainder of that game.

      Rose Kovacic (Question)

      Dear Mr. Wilson: I am the District Info Officer for our District. We have two situations:

      (1) Player moved into league boundary after February 1st (April) was allowed to play and now they want to be on All-Star team, the father of said child also managed a team. I said no because there would be no paperwork to meet the residency requirement during the LL time frame. Is he eligible? Should the home league have requested a waiver because of his inability to produce residence documents within their boundaries at time of sign up?

      (2) Player who lived in a league's boundary moved to another part of their boundary (town) and now has no proof of residency for their former address. This league has many communities that are part of their boundary. There was also mention of a hardship where a lot of papers were burned and they can't produce paperwork?!!!! Are they eligible for all stars?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Rose - These are specific instances where the players in question MAY have the ability to meet residency requirements. However, it would not be appropriate to me in either scenario to answer without knowing more. I'd be happy to have someone from our Operations Staff to talk you through determining if these players are eligible. I can be reached by email at pwilson@LittleLeague.org

      Tim Ingram (Question)

      I have a couple questions:

      (1.) Why does proof of residence need to be from 2/1/2011 and 2/1/2012? What would happen if a player moved into a league after 2/1? Would they not be able to play in the tournament?

      (2.) What is the reason for such early start dates? In NY the start dates are 6/21 for district play with Little League softball completing by 6/27. There are still players in school during this time with final exams and graduation ceremonies being held. A few years ago nothing started until around June 30. The district I am in has 30 leagues and to try and get all games played during this short time frame is tough.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Tim - To answer question 1, if a player moved after Feb. 1, 2012, your Regional Office can work with you if justified, to obtain Tournament Eligibility, for the player in question. For No. 2, I think you answered your own question...the fact that your district has 30 leagues is probably your justification for starting early. With that many leagues and games, I am sure your District Administrator is trying to get everything completed in time for Sectionals.

      James Rector (Question)

      Scenario - A player's parents are divorced and they have joint custody. The dad moved in with his fiancé into our district in January 2012. The parents decided to have the kid play in our district as he would be at his dads more throughout the summer. He made the 11/12 tournament team but there is no proof of residency dated prior to February 2012. What should be done in this situation or can there be anything done?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ James - The player in question, and his father, are going to have to provide three forms of proof of residence. In the absence of that, the player would not be eligible.

      Brian Rayle (Question)

      Player 'A' starts a game and bats and plays six (6) outs. Player 'B' is substituted for player 'A' and he bats and plays defense. While playing defense player 'B' is moved to pitcher. I know that player 'A' can then enter the game to bat and Player 'B' re-enter to play defense, but can he still remains as the pitcher? He technically wouldn't have been removed from the mound defensively right?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Brian - The answers are yes, and yes. That's just for Majors and below.

      Jim Reid (Question)

      If a kid is not on our affidavit can they sit in the dugout?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Jim - No. Sorry.

      Nancy Gwaltney Stopper (Question)

      If a team starts a district tournament with 12 players on the affidavit, can they ADD a player for a total of 13 when there is no injury or other reason to replace a player?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Nancy - Yes. The player must be eligible by age, residence and participation. All three items need to be reviewed by the District Administrator or the Tournament Director on site before the player is allowed to participate. In the case of participation, a letter from the President of the local league attesting to the player meeting the 60 percent guideline will suffice. (And thanks for your participation on this forum in the past couple of years.)@ Nancy - Yes. The player must be eligible by age, residence and participation. All three items need to be reviewed by the District Administrator or the Tournament Director on site before the player is allowed to participate. In the case of participation, a letter from the President of the local league attesting to the player meeting the 60 percent guideline will suffice. (And thanks for your participation on this forum in the past couple of years.)

      Nancy Gwaltney Stopper (Question)

      Can a pitcher wear sunglasses while pitching?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Nancy - There is no rule that would prohibit it.

      Jason Pridgen (Question)

      What is the penalty for leaving the base early? Say runner on first leaves first to early and is safe on a fielder's choice thrown to second?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Jason - If it was determined by the umpire that the runner left the base early, the runner must be returned to first base.

      Jim Reid (Question)

      What if we have to start a game with nine (9) players and have an injury? Can we finish with eight (8)?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Jim - It is not permissible to finish the game with eight players. The situation must be referred to your respective regional office.

      Tammy Worland-Lisby (Question)

      We also deal with the 'school record' issue. Our problem is very much the same, but slightly different. One particular school system we deal with does not date their report cards that are mailed to child's home. It simply says, for instance, "2011-2012 School Year". It does contain, however, all four grading periods (Aug-May). So, the dilemma we face with parents and leagues is that the document is not 'dated', but does have grades that were in effect from Feb. 1, 2011 – Feb. 1, 2012. However, it also contains grades from after Feb. 1, 2012. Is the proper move here not to accept the school record, because the date of the document is 'implied'?

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Tammy - The situation you described does not meet the residency eligibility criteria. I would recommend you do not accept the document.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      That concludes this session of "Ask the Tournament Director."

      Thank you to everyone who submitted questions.

      I wish you all well and best of luck this tournament season.

      Patrick W. Wilson, International Tournament Director

  • Week 10
    • → Injured Player

      Roger Snyder (Original Question)

      I thought this was discussed recently, but I don't see it after going back though almost a week of messages.

      I looked this up, but what I've seen is contradictory. (Maybe because the rule has changed? Or it is different for regular season and tournament play?)

      If a player is injured, and unable to play in a game, can he sit on the bench in the dugout with his team?

      I've seen that no, an injured player is ineligible and isn't allowed in the dugout, but the rules also talk about people wearing casts, "including" managers and coaches, are not allowed on the field. And an umpire guide talks about injured players being allowed in the dugout if in uniform.

      It doesn't matter that much, but the kid, hurt while trying to catch a fly ball, would like to be with his team. Thanks.

      Brian Hanlon

      This is strictly a guess but if the player is on the team affidavit I would allow it, however, I seem to recall instances where the injured player can not be in full uniform and he can not participate as a base coach.

      John G. Zaneski

      An injured teammate may be in the dugout, but he/she can't be a base coach, as Brian indicated. I'd suggest letting the opposing team, game director, and umpires know of the injured player.

      Roger Snyder

      Thanks folks.

      "I'd suggest letting the opposing team, game director, and umpires know of the injured player."

      That was our plan. We want no confusion about players who can play, MPR, etc. Particularly since this player looks fine, but whose Dr. recommended he not play in the next game (he crashed into a fence, and was checked out, but they want to be safe).

    • → Use of Electronic Scorekeeper App in Tournament Dugout

      Bill Hagel (Original Question)

      So, since LLI has endorsed and/or partnered with GameChanger (an online electronic scorekeeping application) does this mean coaches can use electronic devices to keep score in the dugouts during the International Tournament?

      John G. Zaneski

      Bill, if they're using them for scoring purposes, it's not a problem. If the electronic device is being use for communication, that's a problem.

      3.17 -- "....The use of electronic equipment during a game is restricted. No team shall use electronic equipment, including walkie-talkies, cellular telephones, etc for any communication with on-field personnel, including those in the dugout, bullpen, or field

      Penalty: If, in the umpire's judgment, any player, manager or coach uses an electronic communications device during the game, the penalty is ejection from the game. NOTE 1: A manager or coach is permitted to use a scorekeeping and/or pitch‐counting application on an electronic device without penalty, provided such device is not used to receive messages of any sort..."

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Bill - This was added to the rules on Nov. 4, 2010. Use of such devices is not limited to licensed products.

      Rule 3.17 now reads, in part:
      "A manager or coach is permitted to use a scorekeeping and/or pitchcounting application on an electronic device without penalty, provided such device is not used to receive messages of any sort."

      Bill Hagel

      Thanks John. So - my iPAD (the device I use GameChanger on) also can receive emails. Since the device CAN do both (scorekeep and recieve emails) is it illegal? Or do you actually have to be caught using it to communicate with the outside world before you are (likely) ejected?

      Nancy Gwaltney Stopper

      I would recommend putting your device in airplane mode if it can receive emails, so there is no doubt.

      We had a manager ask if his scorekeeper could keep Gamechanger outside the dugout and he could just access from his device - that was a quick, "NO!"

      John G. Zaneski

      Bill, I'd go along with Nancy's suggestion and use "airplane mode." If you would be caught "communicating" you could be subject to ejection.

      Mike Hirschman

      Ahhhhh... but if you are using the live scoring portion of the App, you can't put it in airplane mode.

      Kyle Telleson

      How, in the real world, is anyone going to check electronic devices for communication? They can't, so everyone is on the honor systems from now on. I mean someone could be streaming live video from centerfield of the catchers' signs to a coach in the dugout, and there's zero chance of anyone knowing this. Add in IMs in another window, letting you know about batting out of order, and emails from that Mom nagging you about her son not playing shortstop, and you get where I'm going with this.

      Unless someone is actually blabbing on a phone, let's not even bother trying to put this electronic genie back in the bottle. It's not happening.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @All - We agree with Kyle. The mere presence of a communications device in the dugout is not a violation.

      Using a communications device to communicate with someone outside the dugout (and by that we mean messages, not the sort of communication inherent in the live scoring application) is a violation, however.

      Umpires have enough to worry about without wondering if a manager is responding to his/her spouse in a text message about picking up milk on the way home from the game. But if the manager is frequently using the device at the expense of the attention he/she should be paying to the game, it becomes a problem.

  • Week 11
    • → Can All-Star Players Wear Their Regular Season Uniforms?

      Jamie Kidd (Original Question)

      I think I saw the answer on here last week, but for the life of me I can't find it...

      Thanks in advance.

      From page T-8 of the Little League rule book.

      Playing Equipment
      The dimensions and other specifications of all playing equipment used must conform to those set forth in the Little League, Junior League, Senior League, Big League Baseball Playing Rules except for those Noted below: Every member of the team must wear a conventional uniform which includes shirt, pants, stockings and cap. This may be a regular season uniform.

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Jamie - Absolutely they can! This has been the case in Little League for more than six decades.

      For leagues that may have trouble raising funds to outfit Tournament teams, this is a great way to save money, and ease the burden they may be putting on parents.

    • → Another Weather-Related Pitching Question

      Dan Waterman (Original Question)

      Situation: top of 2nd inning, bases loaded, 2 outs. I remove my starting pitcher and replace him with player A. I'm announcing the changes to the official scorekeeper and player A is throwing his warm-up pitches when the game is halted by lightning & rain.

      Questions:
      1. Can I decide to use different pitcher (not player A) when play resumes?
      2. If I do use a different pitcher (not player A), has player A been burned for the game, since I did make the switch with the official scorekeeper, but A has NOT thrown a pitch?

      Additional feedback (what would you do?)
      In the top of the 2nd inning, bases are loaded with 0 outs. My starter then strikes out 2 batters and his pitch count hits 47. I was committed to only throwing him 50 pitches, so he would only require 2 days of rest. I can either leave him in for the remaining 3 pitches and hope for a 3 pitch strikeout, or an out from a batted ball, or pull him out so I can bring in a new pitcher with a fresh count on the batter. I ended up pulling him at 47 pitches, because I was worried about him throwing 2 balls and a strike and the new pitcher not only having the pressure of a bases loaded situation, but also inheriting a 2-1 or 3-0 count. What would you experts do? It ended up working out, with the delay the decision to pull him was much easier.

      Thanks for your input!

      Little League Baseball & Softball

      @ Dan - Once a substitute pitcher has delivered one warmup pitch, that pitcher must complete pitching to one batter before being removed. There is no waiver of that if the game is suspended before the substitute pitcher delivers a pitch to a batter.

      The only way this could happen is if, 1. The substitute pitcher is absent from the resumption of the game, and would thus be considered "injured or ill" for the purposes of the rule, or, 2. The substitute pitcher is actually injured or ill at the time of the resumption. In either of these cases, that player would not be permitted to pitch for the remainder of the game.

      We'll leave the strategy question to others.

      Dan Waterman

      Thanks for the response LLBS. I was pretty sure that's how it was and it was the kid I wanted pitching in THAT situation, just with the weather delay I started overthinking the situation a little bit.

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