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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR 2017
 Eliminated local rule allowing coaches on defense to be outside the dugout.

             

GENERAL INFORMATION

MISSION STATEMENT OF LOS GATOS LITTLE LEAGUE

Los Gatos Little League's mission is to develop fundamental baseball skills, while positively reinforcing lessons in teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship, both in victory and in defeat.

 

LOS GATOS LITTLE LEAGUE DIVISIONS OF PLAY

Tee Ball Baseball (T-Ball) is open to all 5 and 6-year-old first-time players and, by request to 7 or 8-year-old players, who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  In T-Ball, players begin by hitting off a batting tee but may progress to hitting coach-pitching as the season advances.  The primary goals of T-ball are to have fun, instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball, and allow them to experience the value of teamwork.

 

Minor League Baseball serves to prepare children for eventual selection onto a Majors Division team.  Los Gatos Little League has established three (3) levels-of-play within its Minors Division.  Most of the players will be between 7 and 11 years old, although 6-year-olds with a year of T-ball experience and 12-year-olds, who receive waivers from the District, may also play within our Minors Division.  6 year-olds with one year of T-ball experience are eligible for the Machine Pitch level.

 

Coach Pitch-A:  Many of the players in Coach Pitch-A (CP-A) will be 7 years old, although upon request, 8 and 9-year-olds may enroll.  Also, parents of 6-year-olds with one year of TBall experience my elect to have their children play in CP-A.  In CP-A, coaches reinforce the fundamental skills – batting, throwing, catching, and base running – in a game environment.  Players improve their understanding of how to play the game of baseball.  They learn more about base running, defensive situations, and rules of play. 

Players who register for CP-A have already learned basic skills (batting stance and grip, throwing motion, fielding stance) and should be familiar with the rules of play.  Players should be able to make semi-accurate throws and play catch with each other.  CP-A is comprised primarily of 7-year-olds, but parents of 8 or 9-year-olds with little or no prior experience or who don't meet the developmental guidelines for AA may request CP-A.

 

AA is the first level of player-pitched baseball in Los Gatos Little League.  The majority of players in AA will be 8 or 9 years old.  AA teams may also include some 10-year-olds who are not developmentally ready for AAA and who either choose to play in AA or were not drafted onto AAA teams.  Experienced 7-year-olds may be drafted onto teams if they attend the AA Evaluation Session.  In AA, coaches emphasize the advancement of players’ baseball skills. Players are taught to apply those skills and make their own decisions in live game situations.  AA introduces live pitching from the players as well as base stealing and bunting. 

AA is meant to prepare players for their introduction to more competitive baseball in AAA.

Players entering AA should be able to demonstrate the following skills:  the ability to hit a baseball pitched on a flat line (not lobbed), the ability to catch and throw a ball on a flat line, and knowledge of all field positions and base locations.  Players should not be afraid to catch a baseball or to have a ball pitched to them.  Most children play in AA for two years prior to entering AAA.  Parents of 10-year-olds with little experience and who don't meet the developmental guidelines for AAA may request their children play in AA.

 

AAA introduces players to more competitive play.  Coaches continue to emphasize the development and use of good baseball mechanics for throwing, catching, fielding and batting.  Players develop an increased understanding of how to play in different game situations.  AAA provides a “real” Little League baseball experience and prepares players for the higher level of competitive play in Majors.  Most players in AAA will be 9, 10 or 11 years old.    Little League rules mandate that 12-year-olds may only play in AAA with specific District approval. Players entering AAA should have command of the basic skills of baseball – fielding, catching, throwing, batting and base running.  Players should also understand appropriate actions in game situations, such as when and where to make put-outs, how to steal bases, how to tag-up on fly balls, and how to execute cut-offs.

 

Little League Baseball (Majors) increases the instructional focus on baseball strategies and tactics while continuing to reinforce the fundamental skills.  Majors is the most competitive level of baseball in Los Gatos Little League, and teams are drafted by managers using information from player evaluation sessions.  Most players in Majors will be 11 or 12-years-olds although qualified 10-year-olds may also be drafted onto Majors teams if they attend the Majors Evaluation Session.  Little League regulations mandate that 12-year-olds play in Majors unless they receive specific District approval to play in Minor League Baseball.

 

Challenger Baseball offers boys and girls with physical and mental challenges the opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play and to be a part of a team.  The Challenger Division is a structured athletic program that incorporates “Buddies” from the Majors Division.  Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements. 

OFFICIAL REGULATIONS

LOS GATOS LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (MAJORS) DIVISION, MINOR LEAGUE (AAA, AA, AND A) BASEBALL, AND TEE BALL BASEBALL

These regulations are approved local rulings and interpretations of The Official Regulations, Little League Baseball (Majors) Division, Minor League Baseball, Tee Ball Baseball, Junior League Baseball, Senior League Baseball, and Big League Baseball (LL Regulations).  Where LL Regulations give the local league a choice over certain regulations, these regulations specify the choice made by Los Gatos Little League.

These regulations do not supersede LL Regulations.  As a chartered league of Little League Baseball, we are bound to follow LL Regulations.  These regulations must be read in a manner that makes them consistent with LL Regulations.

These regulations are not numbered sequentially.  Rather, each regulation is numbered to correspond to the LL Regulation addressed.

 

III – TEAMS

(c) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  Los Gatos Little League establishes the following age structures for players:

Little League (Majors) Division:  Majors is open to players of Little League age 9-12.  In accordance with Regulation V(a), all 12 year olds will be drafted onto a Majors team unless a Minor League team is requested by a player’s parent and approved by the Los Gatos Little League Board of Directors and the District Administrator.  Players of Little League age 1011 will be considered only if they participate in Majors tryouts.

Minor League:

•       AAA is open to players of Little League age 9-11.  A player of Little League age 12 may also play in AAA if, in accordance with Regulation V(a), requested by a player’s parent and approved by the Los Gatos Little League Board of Directors and the District Administrator.  In accordance with Regulation VI(j), players of Little League age 12 are not eligible to pitch in AAA.  Players will be considered only if they participate in AAA tryouts.

•       AA is open to players of Little League age 7-10.  

•       Coach Pitch-A is open to players of Little League age 6-9.  6-year olds must have had one (1) year of experience in T-Ball.

•       Tee Ball:  Tee Ball is open to players of Little League age 5-6.  Los Gatos Little League adopts the option, under General Information, Divisions of Play, to include players of Little League age 7 and 8 with no prior baseball experience.

 

IV – PLAYERS

(i) Los Gatos Little League adopts the following minimum play requirements that exceed those established by Little League Baseball:

•       Majors:  Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of nine (9) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.  The defensive outs can be nonconsecutive.  Consistent with rule 3.03, only a player in the starting line-up can be removed from and later re-enter the game (and they may only do so once).  A player in the starting line-up can be removed after they have played six (6) consecutive defensive outs and completed one at bat, and that player can later reenter the game to complete the balance of their required nonconsecutive nine (9) defensive outs.

•       AAA:  Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of four (4) defensive innings, one of those innings in the infield.

•       AA:  For each game, no player on a team roster may sit out two consecutive innings nor may any player sit out more than two innings total.  Every player must play at least one inning in the infield.

•       CP-A:  For each game, each player must play at least one inning in the infield.  If the game is shortened for any reason, and that prevents a player from getting playing time in the infield, that player shall start in the infield for the next physically played game.

•       T-Ball:  For each game, each player must play at least one inning in the infield.  If the game is shortened for any reason, and that prevents a player from getting playing time in the infield, that player shall start in the infield for the next physically played game.  

VI – PITCHERS

(e) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  Los Gatos Little League designates the official scorekeeper as the pitch count recorder.  The scorekeeper may delegate pitch count authority to another adult.  If the scorekeeper makes such a designation, he/she shall notify the umpire-in-chief for the game.

(l) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  Los Gatos Little League imposes the following additional pitching restrictions:

•       Majors:  No pitcher shall pitch more than 6 innings against any given team during the regular season.

•       AAA: No pitcher shall pitch more than 6 innings against any given team during the regular season.

 

VII – SCHEDULES

(i) Minor League and Tee Ball:  Los Gatos Little League imposes the following time limits for its Minor League and Tee Ball divisions:

•       AAA:  If there is a following game, no inning shall begin after two (2) hours have elapsed after first pitch.  Exception:  If a game is being played under this time limit, and if it is tied at the end of an inning after the time limit, play shall continue as if the game has entered extra innings as prescribed in Rule 4.10(b).

•       AA:  If there is a following game, no inning shall begin after ninety (90) minutes have elapsed after first pitch.  Exception:  If a game is being played under this time limit, and if it is tied at the end of an inning after the time limit, play shall continue as if the game has entered extra innings as prescribed in Rule 4.10(b).

•       CP:  No inning shall begin after seventy-five (75) minutes have elapsed after the official scheduled start time.  No game may continue after ninety (90) minutes after the officially scheduled start time:  play will immediately cease even if an inning is in progress or if the game is tied.

•       T-Ball:  No inning shall begin after fifty (50) minutes have elapsed after the official scheduled start time.  No game may continue after seventy (70) minutes after the officially scheduled start time:  play will immediately cease even if an inning is in progress or if the game is tied.

 

XIV – FIELD DECORUM

(a) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  It will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct for any manager, coach, or player to make safe or out calls during a play.  It will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct to make ball, strike, illegal pitch or any other call that is the responsibility of an umpire.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  If there is a following game on the same field, any post-game meetings must be held outside the playing field or dugout.

 

OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES

LOS GATOS LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (MAJORS) DIVISION, MINOR LEAGUE (AAA, AA, AND A) BASEBALL, AND TEE BALL BASEBALL

These playing rules are approved local rulings and interpretations of The Official Playing Rules, Little League Baseball (Majors) Division, Minor League Baseball, Tee Ball Baseball, Junior League Baseball, Senior League Baseball, and Big League Baseball (LL Rules).  Where LL Rules give the local league a choice over certain rules, these rules specify the choice made by Los Gatos Little League.

These rules do not supersede LL Rules.  As a chartered league of Little League Baseball, we are bound to follow LL Rules.  These rules must be read in a manner that makes them consistent with LL Rules.

These rules are not numbered sequentially.  Rather, each rule is numbered to correspond to the LL Rule addressed.

1.00 – OBJECTIVES OF THE GAME

1.01 – NOTE:  Competitive Minor Leagues and above may only use nine (9) players on defense. Non-competitive leagues may elect to play 10 (or more) players on defense. Noncompetitive leagues may elect to disallow bunting and stealing.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  AA, Coach-Pitch and T-Ball are non-competitive leagues.  See Rule 3.17. 

 

2.00 – DEFINITION OF TERMS

An INNING ….  (Minor League Only – a five-run limit is to be imposed, which would complete the half inning).

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For all Minor League divisions, no more than five (5) runs may be recorded in any half inning in which the five-run limit is imposed.  

NOTE 1:  For example, if a batter gets a multi-base hit that drives in multiple runs, no more than the fifth run shall be recorded.  

NOTE 2:  The five-run limit shall not be imposed on the sixth inning, any extra innings played under rule 4.10(b) nor any inning declared by the umpire-in-chief to be the last inning of a game shortened by time limit or lack of daylight.  When an inning is declared by the umpire-in-chief to be the last inning of a game, a team may bat more than one time through the batting order.

 

An OUT ….  

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP-A, no outs shall be recorded.  However, any runner or batter-runner that would be out under the rules of Little League Baseball shall retire.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For Tee Ball, no outs shall be recorded, and no runner shall retire even if a runner or batter-runner would be out under the rules of Little League Baseball.

 

3.00 – GAME PRELIMINARIES

3.01 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING: For AA games, if the umpire is late or an umpire has not been scheduled, coaches are responsible for umpiring fall ball style. A coach from the team on defense shall call ball and strikes from behind the pitcher and make all calls on the field. APPROVED LOCAL RULING: For AA games, no new inning shall be started if there are less than 10 minutes remaining before the start of a following game.

3.13 – The Local League will establish ground rules to be followed by all teams in the league.

APPROVED LOCAL RULINGS for ground rules:  

Balzer and Baggerly Fields

       Any tree branches overhanging the field are out of play.

 

AA Field, refer to figure 3.13(a).

•       The boundaries of the first and third base sides of the field are the long fences extended. 

Balls that go beyond these invisible lines are out of play.

•       The blacktop area, picnic area, and playground beyond right field are out of play.  Fair balls that reach this area on the fly are home runs.  Any other fair balls that reach this area are ground rule doubles.

•       All balls hit to left field are in play.  There is no fence, barrier or area that is out of play. Note:  If the softball field puts up a temporary fence for their field, any ball that goes over or through that fence will be out of play.

 

•       The boundaries of the first and third base sides of the field are the long fences extended.  Balls that go beyond these invisible lines are out of play.

•       The trees on the right field side are a special consideration.  The trunks are in play.  The branches are out of play.

 

 

 

3.17 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  AA is a non-competitive league.  Teams in AA may field ten (10) defensive players.  However, not more than six (6) may take positions in the infield.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  Coach-Pitch and T-Ball are non-competitive leagues.  All players may be given a defensive position.  However, not more than six (6) may take positions in the infield.

 

4.00 – STARTING AND ENDING THE GAME

4.04 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  The Majors division does not adopt the option of continuous batting order.  All other divisions shall adopt continuous batting order. 4.10 – 

(e)   APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  No division shall adopt the Ten Run Rule.

(f)    Tee Ball:

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  T-Ball games shall last for three (3) innings or 70 minutes, whichever comes first.

 

5.00 – PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY – LIVE BALL

5.10 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP and T-Ball, the umpire-in-chief shall call “Time” when, after a ball is put in play to the outfield, the ball is returned to the infield, is in control of an infielder and that infielder makes no attempt to throw the ball to continue play.  Runners already advancing to the next base will be allowed to acquire their advance base.

 

6.00 – THE BATTER

6.05 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For Majors, Rule 6.05 (b)(2) is in effect. LGLL does not elect to use the option of using the Minor League rule for the Majors division.

6.05 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AA, in addition to the means that a batter is out, a batter facing his manager or coach as pitcher is out if he fails to put the ball in play by the fifth pitch.  See ARRPOVED LOCAL RULING on Rule 6.08(a).  However, if such a batter swings and fouls off what would have been the last pitch of his at bat, he is entitled to an additional pitch.  No at-bat will end on a swinging foul ball. 

6.05 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING: For AA, the infield fly rule does not apply.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP, a batter is not out when there is a third strike, bunting foul on a third strike or the batter is touched by the ball while attempting to hit a third strike.  This negates rule 6.05(b), (c), and (e).

6.08 – 

(a) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AA, only two batters per half inning are entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided said runner advances to and touches first base) when four “balls” are called by the umpire.  A pitcher can walk two batters, but can not walk the third batter.  If the pitcher throws four "balls" to a third batter, the Manager or one of the Coaches comes out to pitch and stays in as pitcher the remainder of that half inning. That third batter retain the “strikes” against them, and such batters are still liable to be struck out per Rule 6.05.  Such batters shall receive not more than five pitches from their coach or manager.  See APPROVED LOCAL RULING on Rule 6.05.   NOTE 1:  Nothing in this rule relieves the manager of his duty to ensure that one adult at all times is in the dugout (Rule 4.05(2)).

NOTE 2:  Nothing in this rule allows any team to have more than one manager and two coaches (Rule 1.01).

NOTE 3:  A manager or coach that delivers a pitch to his batter will do so in accordance with Rule 8.  No pitch from a manager or coach may be delivered underhanded.

NOTE 4:  The same pitcher can return to the mound to pitch the following inning.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP-A, in addition to the means by which a batter may become a runner, the batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided said runner advances to and touches first base) when – 

•       there is a third strike, bunting foul on a third strike or the batter is touched by the ball while attempting to hit a third strike.  

•       the batter has received five pitches.  However, if a batter swings and fouls off what would have been the fifth pitch of his at bat, he is entitled to an additional pitch.  No at-bat will end on a swinging foul ball.

 

7.00 – THE RUNNER

7.13 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AA, CP, and T-Ball, no runner may advance until the ball is put into play by the batter.

 

9.00 – THE UMPIRE

9.01 – APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AA, the home team shall provide one adult to serve as an umpire for the game.

APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP-A and T-Ball, managers and coaches on the field shall serve as umpires for the game.

9.03 – 

(b) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For CP-A and T-Ball, whichever coach or manager that currently pitches to the batter, or manages the tee shall serve as umpire-in-chief for purposes of determining when to call “Time” and when to call “Play”.

9.03 – 

(d) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AAA, the home team is responsible for providing an official score keeper. When an adult umpire is not present, this score keeper shall also be designated as the Game Coordinator to meet the requirements of rule 9.03 (d). The game coordinator shall sit in the bleachers behind home plate. The youth plate umpire shall not start the game until the Game Coordinator has been designated. The Game Coordinator shall attend the pre-game plate meeting per rule.

(d) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  For AA, the home team is responsible for providing the Game Coordinator to meet the requirements of rule 9.03 (d). The game coordinator shall sit in the bleachers behind home plate. The youth plate umpire shall not start the game until the Game Coordinator has been designated. The Game Coordinator shall attend the pre-game plate meeting per rule.

9.05 – 

(c) APPROVED LOCAL RULING:  The disciplinary committee shall consist of the President, The Upire in Chief, the VP of Operations and the VP Player Agent. Additional board members may be included if necessary. This committee is responsible for determining penalties for ejected managers, coaches, and players in accordance with rule 9.05 (c).

 

 Player Pool Rules

 A pool of players from existing regular season teams can be created with players that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season.  These pool players will be utilized when team scheduled to play encounters a shortage of players from their existing roster.  The pool of players must be part of the same division for which there exists a shortage.  

 1.     The league’s Player Agent will create player pools for the Majors and AAA Divisions.  In conjunction with the respective Division Commissioners, the Player Agent will assign players to play for other teams in need of players.

 2.     When a manager is certain or suspects that the team will not have enough rostered players to start a game, the managers will submit a request to the Player Agent in order to initiate the pool replacement process.

 3.     All consideration will be given to account for the potential replacement pool player’s regularly scheduled games.  Players in the pool will be requested to play, but it is not mandatory that they accept the assignment.

 4.     Majors Division pool players who are assigned and attend the game must play at least 9 consecutive defensive outs and bat, at least, once and last in the batting order.  They will not be allowed to pitch in the game.  Should a regular 9th rostered player arrive late to the game, he/she should be entered into the game, but the above replacement pool player minimum time must be met.

 5.     In the AAA Division, all the same rules from #4 apply, but the player will stay in the continuous batting order for the entire game.

 6.    Penalties for not adhering to the rules can result in temporary or permanent suspension of the manager

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