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 in the fall 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.

Below are resources including information about any rule or regulations changes for the current year not included in the print version of the rulebook, significant changes included in the current year’s rulebook, and information about how to purchase the most up-to-date versions of the Little League rulebooks in both print and for mobile.

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    2019 RULEBOOK UPDATES

    Please review these important changes to the 2019 Little League® Rulebooks.
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    2019 RULE & REG UPDATES

    Review updates to the Little League® Official Rules, Regulations, and Policies.
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    2019 BASEBALL AGE CHART

    Review the 2019 Little League age chart - for baseball divisions only.
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    2019 SOFTBALL AGE CHART

    Review the 2019 Little League age chart - for softball divisions only.
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    POLICY STATEMENTS

    Review position statements on various policies that must be observed.
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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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    PURCHASE RULEBOOKS

    Hardcopy and eBook versions of the rulebooks are available for purchase.
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    BAT INFORMATION

    Visit the online resource page dedicated to bat information.
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    PITCHING RULES

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

    In some circumstances it may be necessary to attain a waiver.
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    PATCH REQUIREMENTS

    The Official Uniform Patch is what sets a Little Leaguer® apart.
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    GROW THE GAME GRANT

    Apply for assistance to general league enhancements & developments.
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    LIGHTING STANDARDS

    Review the lighting standards and safety audit.
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