Rule Changes and Clarifications

Approved Changes from 2018 Congress

Below are a list of regulation and rule changes that have been approved by the Little League International Board of Directors during the 27th Little League International Congress in New Orleans on January 19-22, 2018. These rule changes will be implemented effective immediately.

Please note: These changes are NOT listed in the printed version of the 2018 rulebooks, but have been reflected in the eBook versions.

Updated: Tournament Rule 9 (Mandatory Play) has been updated as outlined below and is effective immediately, but has not been updated in either the printed or eBook version of the 2018 rulebooks.


Playing Rules

Tournament Rules and Guidelines

Approved Rule Changes Effective 2018

At its annual fall meeting in November 2017, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

*Please note that all rule and regulation changes and clarifications are reflected in the 2018 Little League Rulebooks. The information provided below is strictly a summary of the changes.

Operating Policies

Regulation and Playing Rules

Tournament Rules and Guidelines