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Scheduling Games in the Local Little League

Many local Little Leagues have found that it is best to arranged the schedule so teams play each other twice a week. For instance, Team A plays Team B twice in the first week of the season. In the second week, Team A plays Team C twice, and so on.

Obviously, this works best with an even number of teams. The advantage is in preventing one team from always using the same pitcher against another. Ultimately, the local Little League board of directors is responsible for the schedule.

It is also recommended that the first-half winner plays the second-half winner for the league championship at the end of the season. This gives an advantage to a “quick start” team as well as a “late bloomer.”

Remember to allow for “rain dates.” Many local Little Leagues have found that it is best to set up specific dates on which games rained out will be replayed, in the order in which they were rained out. That way, the schedule of “makeup” games is determined solely by the “luck of the draw.”

Here are some other points to remember when scheduling games:
  • Games are not prohibited by Little League Regulations on any day or date. Each local Little League board of directors worldwide must decide for itself, based on the community standards in which the league is located, if games will not be scheduled on a particular day or date.
  • In most cases, the season must be at least half complete by June 15 (the day Tournament Teams are allowed to be announced) if the league intends to enter teams in Tournament Play.
  • Curfews must be observed without exception.