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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

22nd LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL 
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

Congress History and Purpose
More than a thousand Little League volunteers from around the globe attend the Little League Baseball International Congress, held once every three years. The purpose of the Congress is to chart the course of the world’s largest organized youth sports program.

Nearly 500 of those attending are volunteer District Administrators, who serve as liaisons between the local leagues and International Headquarters. District Administrators are elected by their constituent leagues to provide support, and to represent their interests as delegates to the International Congress.

The primary purpose of the Congress is to amend Rules and Regulations and Tournament Rules and Guidelines. In the years leading up to each Congress, volunteers from dozens of nations submit their ideas for changes to a steering committee, and an agenda is prepared.

The delegates meet in round table discussions, making any necessary changes in the proposed amendments, then vote on the changes on the final day of the Congress. A two-thirds vote is required for passage. Those amendments receiving the necessary vote are then presented to the International Board of Directors (Rules and Regulations) or the Tournament Committee (Tournament Rules and Guidelines) for final approval.

Delegates and their Assistant District Administrators will also attend training seminars and informational assemblies at the Congress. Little League provides transportation to and from the Congress for all U.S. delegates, as well as half of each delegate’s room rate and a per diem.

Also at the Congress, delegates from the eight regions in the world (four U.S. regions and four international regions) vote on a representative nominee for election to the Little League International Board of Directors. These eight field representatives will serve on the board for three years until the next Congress.


AGENDA OF PROPOSED CHANGES 
TO RULES AND REGULATIONS

RULES

Item 1 – Would affect Rule 1.11(h) – Junior and Senior Baseball

Should Rule 1.11(h) – Junior and Senior Baseball be amended to read:
Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are permitted.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to allow Junior and Senior Baseball players to utilize metal spikes.

Item 2 – Would affect Rule 3.03(c) – Junior and Senior Baseball

Should Rule 3.03(c) – Junior and Senior Baseball be amended to read:
A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once in the same inning as he/she was removed. NOTE: This change would affect tournament play as well.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to bring the Junior and Senior League Baseball rule in line with the Big League Baseball rule.

Item 3 – Would affect Rule 4.04 – Little League Baseball and Softball

Should Rule 4.04 – Little League Baseball and Softball be amended to read:
The batting order shall be followed throughout the game unless a player is substituted for another. Substitutes must take the place of the replaced player’s position in the batting order except as covered by Rule 3.03. Little League (Majors) Division: A league may adopt a policy of a continuous batting order that will include all players on the team roster present for the game batting in order. If this option is adopted, each player would be required to bat in his/her respective spot in the batting order. However, a player may be entered and/or re-entered defensively into the game anytime provided he/she meets the requirements of mandatory play.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to allow individual leagues to adopt a policy to utilize a continuous batting order and substitute without restriction in the field. Substitution of a pitcher during the game would be governed by rule 3.03.

Item 4 – Would affect Rule 4.05 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Rule 4.05 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball be amended to read:
The offensive team shall station two base coaches on the field during its time at bat, one near first base and one near third base. Base coaches shall be eligible players in the uniform of their team; or one (1) adult manager or coach. An adult manager or coach is only permitted to occupy the first or third base coaches box if there is at least one other adult manager or coach in the dugout.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to require one adult to remain in the dugout with the game participants at all times at all levels.

Item 5 – Would affect Rule 4.05 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball except Big League

Should Rule 4.05 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball except Big League be amended to read:
The offensive team shall station two base coaches on the field during its time at bat, one near first base and one near third base. Base coaches shall be eligible players in the uniform of their team; or one (1) adult manager or coach; or both base coaches may be adult managers or coaches.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to allow two adult base coaches at all levels of play within the program.

Item 6 - Would affect Rule 4.07 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Rule 4.07 – All Levels of Baseball and Softball be amended to read:
When a manager, coach or player is ejected from a game, he/she shall leave the field immediately and take no further part in that game. He/she may not sit in the stands and may not be recalled. Any manager, coach or player ejected from a game is suspended for the next scheduled game.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to require a manager, coach or player to be automatically penalized with a one-game suspension for an ejection.

Item 7 - Would affect Rule 6.06 – Little League Baseball and Softball

Should Rule 6.06 – Little League Baseball and Softball be amended to read:
A batter is out for illegal action when –

(d) he/she fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to eliminate a player from fake bunting for safety purposes.

Item 8 - Would affect Rule 7.14 – Little League Baseball

Should Rule 7.14 – Little League Baseball be amended to read:
Once each inning a player who has not appeared in the batting order may be used as a special pinch runner for any offensive player. The player for whom the pinch runner runs is not subject to removal from the lineup. If the pinch runner remains in the game as a substitute offensive player, or batter, the player may not be used again as a pinch runner.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to add the flexibility of using a special pinch runner at the Little League level. The special pinch runner is currently used in Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball. Additionally, this change allows managers more opportunities to get players in the game.

REGULATIONS

Item 9 - Regulation I – The League - Would affect Junior, Senior and Big League Girls Softball

Should Regulation I (a) be amended to read:
Junior League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate girls league ages 13 and 14; Senior League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate girls league ages 13 –16; Big League is an extension of the local Little League to accommodate girls league ages 14-18.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to provide greater flexibility in the teenage divisions of the softball program.

Item 10 - Regulation I – The League – Would affect all levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Regulation I (b) be amended to read:
President may manage, coach or umpire provided he/she does not serve on the Protest Committee nor serve as Tournament Team manager or coach.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to allow the league president to manage, coach or umpire with restrictions.

Item 11 - Regulation I – The League – Would affect all levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Regulation I (d) be amended to read:
Remove the 10-team limit restriction. (Maintain 20,000-population limit and 1,000-students-per-league limit.)

Clarification
The intent of this rule lifts the 10-team limit in the major league divisions. The current population limits will remain in place.

Item 12 - Regulation II – League Boundaries - Would affect all levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Regulation II (d) be revised to read:
(d) The Board of Directors of the Local League, with the approval of the player involved, reserves the right to continue as a player, any individual (1) whose residence changes or (2) who lives outside the league’s boundaries because of a revision of such boundaries even if the child then resides in the territory of another league. Current Major League, Minor League or Tee Ball players or any sibling whose brother or sister meets the criteria under II (d) may also be retained. Any player meeting (1) or (2) above may be retained for the remainder of his/her career, including Little League, Senior and Big League competition. NOTE: A player who qualifies under this regulation and elects not to participate for a playing season is not eligible to be retained for the subsequent season. Additional information: Approval of this change would eliminate paragraph IV (h).

Clarification
The intent of this change is to allow all players, major or minor, to qualify under regulation II(d). All qualified players’ siblings would also be included in the waiver. The intent is to eliminate the need for a IV(h) waiver.

Item 13 - Regulation III – The Teams – Would affect all levels of Baseball and Softball

Should Regulation III(d) be amended to read:
(d) NOTE: (2) If a player is not going to be replaced on the team roster because of illness or injury of a temporary nature, and the player receives medical treatment from a licensed physician, that player must supply written authorization to the player agent from the treating physician that the player can resume participating with or without restrictions.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to require injured participants to be cleared by a physician before returning to practice or games.

TOURNAMENT

NOTE: Agenda items receiving 66 2/3 percent of the delegates’ votes will be forwarded to the International Tournament Committee for consideration.

Item 14 - Release of Names – Would affect Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Big League tournament play.

Should "Release of Names" be amended to read:
The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 21 and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for Tournament Teams will not go into effect until June 21, or the announcement of Tournament Team members, whichever is later).

Release of Names – 9 & 10 Year Old Division of tournament play
The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 21, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament (whichever is earlier), not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for Tournament Teams will not go into effect until June 21, or the announcement of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).

Clarification
The intent of this change is to shorten the time between the announcement of the tournament team and the beginning of tournament play. This change will also allow leagues to extend their regular seasons. The date to begin tournament team practice would be affected by this change.

Item 15 - Protests – Rule (C). 2. and 3. – Would affect 9 & 10 Divisions of Baseball and Softball tournament play

Should Protests – Tournament Rule (C). 2. and 3. be amended to read:
2. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player become known DURING a game, and the ineligible player participates in the game, that player’s team shall forfeit the game in question, subject to the following conditions:

3. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player become known AFTER a game, and the ineligible player participated in the game, that player’s team shall forfeit the game in question, subject to the following conditions:

Clarification
The intent of this change is to bring the 9 and 10 Division protest rules in line with the other levels of play. This change would allow a protest to be lodged up until the beginning of the next game involving either team.

Item 16 - Rule 4. PITCHING RULES – Would affect 9 & 10 Divisions of Baseball and Softball tournament play

Should Tournament Rule 4. PITCHING RULES be amended to read:
f. A player may not pitch in more than six (6) innings in a game.

g. A player may not pitch on consecutive calendar days. This also applies between regular season games and opening of the Tournament as well as resumption of regular season games following the Tournament elimination or Special Games following the Tournament.

EXAMPLE: (1) A player may pitch on Saturday in regular season play, then after one (1) calendar day’s rest, pitch again in the first game of the district playoffs on Monday.

EXAMPLE: (2) A player may pitch on Saturday in the final district game, then after one (1) calendar day’s rest, pitch again in the next level of tournament play on Monday.

EXCEPTIONS:

A player may pitch on consecutive calendar days if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous calendar day.

In a game suspended by darkness, weather or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of the remaining eligibility for that game.

h. A player may not pitch in consecutive games within any level of tournament play. Levels are District, Section, Division, State, Region and World Series. Note: A contest decided by forfeit does not constitute a "game" for the purposes of this rule, unless at least one complete inning was physically played before the game was forfeited. (Forfeits are only by decree of the Tournament Committee in Williamsport).

EXCEPTION: A player may pitch in consecutive games if only one (1) inning was pitched in the previous game.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to bring the 9 and 10 Division pitching rules in line with the other levels of play. However, 9 and 10 year olds would be limited to 6 innings per game.

Item 17 – Rule 9. MANDATORY PLAY – Would affect Junior and Senior Baseball and Softball tournament play

Should Tournament Rule 9. MANDATORY PLAY be amended to read:
Every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of three (3) consecutive defensive outs OR bat at least one (1) time.

Clarification
The intent of this change is to require mandatory play at the Junior and Senior tournament level.

Item 18 - Rule 10. SUBSTITUTIONS – Would affect Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball and Softball tournament play.

Should Tournament Rule 10. SUBSTITUTIONS be amended to read:
c. Any player who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game once, in the SAME position in the batting order.

Clarification
This change allows substitutes to re-enter the game in Junior, Senior and Big League. Additionally, managers will have more opportunity to get players in the game.

Item 19 - Rule 13. REGULATION GAME – Would affect all levels of baseball and softball tournament play

Should Tournament Rule 13. REGULATION GAME be amended to read:
Each tournament game must be played to the point of being a complete game:

Complete game is one that is played a full six (6) innings [five and one-half (5 ½) if the home team is ahead]; seven (7) innings [six and one-half (6 ½) if the home team is ahead in Junior/Senior/Big League].

b. Suspended games [a winner cannot be determined when six (6) full innings have been played; seven (7) full innings for Junior/Senior/Big League] terminated because of weather, darkness or curfew, must be resumed. A game suspended or delayed by weather that may still be resumed before darkness or curfew on the same day should be continued until the game is completed.

Clarification
This change requires all games to be played to the point of a complete game. A complete game is a full six (6) innings [five and one-half (5 ½) if the home team is ahead] in Little League; seven (7) innings [six and one-half (6 ½) if the home team is ahead] in Junior, Senior and Big League.


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Lance Van Auken, Director of Media Relations and Communications
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