Spring: Playoffs/Special Games
At most well-run Little Leagues, playoff games are played between the first- and second-half champions in the same division, so no written permission is needed. A league also could schedule a tournament among all teams in a division. Such games can only be played under Regular Season Rules. (Regulations VII f and IX.)
Any other games require written permission from Regional Headquarters as Special Games. A Special Games Request Form must be approved by the district administrator and Regional Director prior to the games being played.
Special Games includes Tournament of Champions, Strong Team Tournament, City Tournament, County Tournament, etc., as well as any kind of tournament other than games to determine a league Champion. (Regulation IX.)
Special Games may be played under Regular Season Rules or Tournament Rules, but not in combination. Protests in Special Games cannot be referred to Regional Headquarters.
A sample Special Games Request Form is available at www.LittleLeague.org. It must be approved by the district administrator and Regional Director prior to the games being played. A form is available at www.littleleague.org or www.activeteamsports.com.
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