Fall: Local Rules, Ground Rules, and Bylaws
The local rules, ground rules and bylaws for a well-run local Little League should be brief, should be developed, maintained and approved annually by the Board of Directors, and should NOT be considered part of the Constitution. Some of the local rules, ground rules and bylaws at a well-run Little League are included in “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League”.
None of the local rules at a well-run Little League will conflict with Little League Rules, Regulations or Policies. Also, they don’t re-state any existing Little League Baseball and Softball Rule, Regulation or Policy, as this invites conflicting interpretations. (The Official Rules and Regulations as published or amended each year by Little League International are always the final word.)
Local rules, ground rules and bylaws expire each year (unlike the constitution, which governs the league meetings, etc., until it is amended by the Membership and approved by Regional Headquarters). A well-run Little League gets it out of the way now – in the off-season – so there is no confusion later on.
A few examples of Local Rules, Ground Rules, and Bylaws a local league should consider – none of which may conflict with Little League Rules, Regulations and Policies – are:
- Draft policies for each division
- Whether or not to use the 10-run-rule in some or all divisions
- Details on which team is home, and which is visitor
- Responsibilities for parents regarding field maintenance, concession stand duties, etc.
- Umpire policies and scheduling
- Pre-game field preparation (such as lining the fields)
A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League/2010-2011.htm
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