Updates and Changes to Little League® Rules and Regulations for the 2016 and 2017 Regular and Tournament Season Play
Throughout the winter of 2016, Little League® International held meetings with District Administrators, Assistant District Administrators, and other volunteers at each of our nine regions throughout the world. At each of these meetings, updates and changes to Little League Rules and Regulations were discussed, and at the conclusion of the meetings, these potential new rule and regulations were amended to reflect the direct input from the attendees at these meetings.
The amended agenda was then distributed to District Administrators to vote on whether or not Little League should adopt these new rules and regulations. In total, 463 District Administrators voted on these 10 items, which were then discussed, along with implementation strategies, at the annual spring meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors.
ITEMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY FOR THE 2016 SEASON:
Beginning with the 2016 tournament season, League Presidents may be eligible to be selected by local league Board of Directors as tournament team manager or coach with written approval from their respective District Administrator. In the event that a District Administrator does not approve the selection, the League President may request the District Administrator determination be reviewed by the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee through the appropriate Regional Office.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(b) and Tournament Manager and Coaches
This allows players within the Junior and Senior League Softball divisions to be replaced on the pitcher's plate and return to pitch, even if removed from the game, providing they meet the substitution, charged conference, and mandatory play rule(s).
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation VI(c), Playing Rule 3.03, and Tournament Rule 10
This change allows leagues to release their tournament teams and begin holding tryouts or practices by tournament teams starting on June 1. Teams shall not be released until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members has been established. Previously, leagues could announce their teams on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of their tournament. The Little League group accident insurance underwritten by an AIG member company for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 1. In the event that a tournament would start prior to June 14, a league must obtain a waiver from the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee to announce its tournament team and begin to hold tryouts or practice prior to the new date of June 1.
All leagues are strongly encouraged to continue to provide regular season and special game opportunities for their players after June 1.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Release of Names
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Team Practice
This change expands the tournament opportunities, making these three tournaments open to a three-year range of players, and provides leagues additional flexibility in their player selection. The new age structure will create the 8/9/10-Year-Old Division; 9/10/11-Year-Old Division; and 10/11/12-Year-Old Division.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Player Eligibility
ITEMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THE 2017 SEASON:
This change provides participants at these levels of play the ability to participate in two divisions, provided they qualify under age requirements, Residency/School Attendance Eligibility Requirements, programs, and divisions of play. A player may only be selected to one Tournament team, and must meet tournament eligibility requirements for that specific division.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(a) and IV(c)
ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED AS OF THE 2016 VOTING RESULTS:
The following items did not receive enough support from the District Administrators to be adopted as a new Little League Rule or Regulation.
Read the full text and voting results of these proposed rule and regulation changes what will not be implemented based on the 2016 voting results.
This proposed item would have restricted the use of an on-deck batter in the Intermediate (50/70), Junior, and Senior League Divisions of Baseball and Softball.
This proposed item would have allowed a local league to determine if they implement this rule for the Regular Season; however, batters would have been mandated to keep at least one foot within the batter's box throughout their at-bat after entering the batter's box during the Little League International Tournament under Tournament Rule 3.
This proposed item would have eliminated a Minor/Major Baseball Division Player from fake bunting and “slap-hitting” the ball.
As Little League International continues to evaluate all levels of play within the program, this proposed item for discussion evaluated the current structure of Little League Teenage Divisions in both baseball and softball. Amendments proposed to adjusting Little League’s Teenage Divisions were broadly discussed and debated throughout the regional meetings. The only consensus was potentially going from three divisions to two divisions for players ages 14 to 18. Little League International will to discuss and evaluate the future structure of its teenage divisions. At this point, no action will be taken to amend the structure of the teenage divisions.
Read the full text and voting results of the proposed change to Regulation IV(a).