Little League Rules, Regulations, and Policies

Each year, Little League® provides its constituent leagues with current Little League rules, regulations, and policies that outline and define the operation of the program. It is important for all Little League volunteers and parents to be familiar with the most up-to-date version of Little League’s Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies. These rulebooks, published for all divisions of Little League Baseball®Little League Softball®, and the Little League Challenger Division® provide the structure and support for local leagues and Districts to provide a meaningful Little League experience for all children in their community.

UPDATED – 3/31/21
All Printed Rulebooks HAVE Sold Out

We apologize for the inconvenience, but all printed rulebooks for Baseball, Softball, and Challenger have sold out. The Official 2021 Little League® Rulebooks can still be purchased as an app download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and also from the Amazon Kindle Store.

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2021 Rulebook Updates

The Little League® Rulebook App has been updated for the 2021 season. Please review important rule and regulation updates, as well as content that has been removed from this year’s printed Rulebooks.

Significant Updates
Appendices
Operating Policies

Helpful Resources

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    BACKGROUND CHECKS

    All local leagues will be required to conduct background checks utilizing JDP.
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    RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

    Residency requirements are mandated for local league registration.
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    PITCHING RULES

    Review pitching rules for regular season Baseball and Softball.
    Learn More
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    WAIVERS OF RULES

    In some circumstances it may be necessary to attain a waiver.
    Learn More

Age Charts

The Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® age charts determine the league age of a player according to the year and month of their birth.