Whether volunteering for the first time or returning to the dugout for another season, Little League® Managers and coaches are encouraged to thoroughly review the Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies.
Every year, the rules and regulations that govern Little League are applied in order to provide an organized and enjoyable experience for everyone in the program.
As you prepare for the season, you are encouraged to give additional attention to Rules 3.03 and 7.14, along with Regulations IV and VI.
Rule 3.03 – Player Re-entry
Rule 3.03 states references “player re-entry.” The rule states: A player in the starting lineup who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game once, in the same position in the batting order. Review this rule for a complete description as it applies to baseball and softball.
Rule 7.14 – Special Pinch-Runner
Rule 7.14 references the “special pinch-runner.” The rule states: That once each inning, a team may utilize a player who is not in the batting order as a special pinch-runner for any offensive player. A player may be removed for a special pinch-runner one time per game. Review the rule for a complete description as it applies to baseball and softball.
Regulation VI – Pitchers: Pitch Count
Regulation VI – Pitchers states that: Any player on a regular season team may pitch. Baseball players operate under a pitch count to determine eligibility, and days of rest between pitching appearances. Softball utilizes innings pitched to determine eligibility, and days of rest. Review the regulation for a complete description as it applies to baseball and softball.
Regulation IV (i) – Players: Mandatory Play
Regulation VI – Pitchers states that: Every rostered player at the start of a game will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. Review the regulation for a complete description as it applies to baseball and softball.
The official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies books are distributed to local leagues and districts, with additional copies available for purchase through the Little League Online Store.