Rules – Printed and Electronic
Little League International is an organization that is dependant, in part, on revenues generated by the use of its intellectual property. The sale of Little League Rule Books is just one example.
Also, Little League must enforce its intellectual property, primarily its trademarks, or run the risk of losing them. If the market perceives that Little League International will not enforce its copyrights, then it is more likely that Little League will encounter trademark infringements, thus increasing its costs in protecting these very valuable rights.
Additionally, it is extremely important that the rules and regulations of Little League Baseball and Softball be accurate. Allowing other parties to publish Little League rules invites the spread of misinformation.
It should be noted that the Little League rules and regulations are available for purchase in printed form and electronically by anyone.
Of course, Little League International continues to make the rules and regulations available to its local leagues free of cost. One free Rule Book for each team is provided by Little League when the league applies for its Charter each year.