1. Season Resumption Guide
  2. Play

Resuming Regular, Scheduled Games and Rule/Regulation Updates

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The goal of resuming play is to provide as many opportunities for as many children in your community as possible. Every league will have their own unique circumstances with the availability of fields, players, umpires, and volunteers. It’s important to be flexible and strive to provide the most positive experience for all players and families, while also making sure that your league is following all local and state health authority guidelines for social distancing, organized activities, and large gatherings. Here are some best practices to keep in mind as you’re scheduling and playing your games:

  • Set a one-hour and 45-minute (1:45) time limit to allow for multiple games to be played in a day.
  • If you decide to play doubleheaders, leagues can schedule two doubleheaders a week for Major Division and above. Minor divisions can have one double header per week. Doubleheaders will have a three-hour time limit and consist of two, four-inning games. If the second game of the doubleheader finishes prior to the three-hour time limit, teams may continue playing the game until the time limit is met.
  • Strive to schedule as many games as possible based on your availability and local situation.
  • If your league doesn’t already, use a continuous batting order to provide additional at-bats for all players.
  • Discuss using Little League’s approved alternate methods of play and Little League Sandlot Fun Days to provide additional play opportunities.
  • Leagues who continue or start Regular Season play into the Fall will have the ability to utilize the 2020 League Age Chart for players in all divisions of play. If a Local League is operating a traditional TAD (Training and Development) Program or Fall Season, they will have the ability to use either the 2020 League Age Chart or the 2021 League Age Chart.

Regulation and Rules Waivers

For all games, leagues are required to follow the regular season rules and regulations as outlined in the 2020 Little League Regulations, Official Rules, and Operating Policies and on the Rulebook App. However, there are a number of rules and regulations that have been amended to provide more flexibility for the 2020 season, based on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These Approved Rulings can also be found in the Rulebook App.

VIEW APPROVED RULINGS