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Milford National Little League Rules, Regulations and Requirements

This is not nor is it intended to be an official document. The purpose is to compile general rules and regulations both written and unwritten in an easy format for managers and coaches. Where applicable we referenced the Little League Rule book
and our own Bi-Laws. Anything not covered here please refer to the Little League Rule Book or the
Milford National Lou Gehrig Bi-Laws.
These Rules are for the Major and Minor Leagues only. They are not applicable to the Senior Divisions

Game Official
Other Rules
Score Books
Pitching Rules (Farms and Majors)
Coach Pitch Rules


  1. Uniforms
    1. Coaches
      1. All coaches must be registered league members.
      2. League Shirts must be worn by all coaches on the field and in the dugout. You can wear previous year’s shirts or sweatshirts, etc with the MNLGLL logo
      3. Cutoff jeans or pants are not permissible
    2. Players
      1. Players are required to wear their league supplied hat, shirt, and socks. The player must provider his/her own white baseball pants. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
      2. Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted. Shoes with molded cleats are permissible. We recommend that the Tee Ball Players wear sneakers but cleats may be worn. LLRB pg 53 rule 1.11-h
      3. Players must not wear watches, rings, pins, Jewelry or other metallic items. (EXCEPTION: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permissible) LLRB pg53 rule 1.11-j
  2. Equipment
    1. Bat
      1. All non-wood bats must be approved by Little League for use. Click here for the current list
      2. The bat shall not be more than 33 inches long nor more than two and 0ne quarter (2 1/4) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less LLRB pg 52 rule 1.10 Little League (Majors) and below
    2. Helmets
      1. Batters must wear protective NOCSAE helmets during practice as well as during games. LLRB Appendix B
      2. Batter/catchers helmets should not be painted unless approved by the manufacturer. LLRB Appendix B
    3. Personal Protection
      1. All male players must wear athletic supporters. Male catchers must wear metal, fiber, or plastic type cup. LLRB pg 54 1.17
    4. Catchers Equipment
      1. All catchers must wear approved chest protector with neck, throat guard, shin guards and catchers helmet, all of which must meet little league specifications and standards. LLRB pg 54 1.17
  3. Fields
    1. Concession Stands
      1. For all games played at Ralph Clarkson 1 and Lou Gehrig, each team is to have 1 parent in the concession stand at all times.
      2. Anyone volunteering in the concession stand at Ralph Clarkson must be at least 18 years of age, 14 years for Lou Gehrig. This is because of the grill at Ralph Clarkson.
    2. Dugouts
      1. The home team must be in the first base dugout and the road team in the third base dugout.  Please make sure you follow the schedule in regards to home and road teams.
      2. After each game please make sure they are picked up and the trash emptied.
      3. All bats, helmets, Catchers equipment, etc shall be stored in the dugout. No equipment shall be outside the dugout and the dugout doors will be closed during game play.
    3. Coaches
      1. Only three (3) registered members my be present in the dugout for Major or Minor game; four (4) for a Coach Pitch or Tee-Ball. There are no mascots or batboys allowed. Players and coaches are not allowed to leave the playing area at any time during the hat collection and latrine visits. MNLGLL Bi-Laws Section D Rule 3
    4. Cleanliness
      1. It is every league member’s responsibility to keep our fields clean, please pick up and discard any loose papers, trash, etc.
    5. Hat Collection
      1. The home team must do a hat collection in the 4th inning of each game (3rd inning for Tee-Ball). This must be done for the small fields and big fields.  For those that are new, the hat collection is when you send 2 or 3 players out to the spectator stands and they collect money in their hats.  On the big fields, the kids can bring the money right to the stand.  On the small fields, the players should give the money to the coaches who can then turn the money in at the end of the game.  This is a good source of income to the league, and is essential that this is done for EVERY game played this season.
  4. Website
    1. Game Scores
      1. It is the responsibility of the winning team to update the games final score on the website, please do it in a timely manner.
    2. Pitch Count
      1. Each team must update their pitching statistics no more than 24 hours after a game has ended. NOTE: The home team score book is the official record
  5. Game Official
    1. Per Little League rules there will be an umpire at each game over the age of 18. If umpires are under the age of 18 you will act as the head umpire and mediate any disputes.
    2. Upon arrival check in with all managers and umpires, let them know that you are on site. Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the first pitch.
    3. You are required to stay on site until the completion of your scheduled games. Please remember that you are responsible for both fields at the site that you are game official for.  In the rare case that there is no game on the small field, please ensure no one is playing "pickup" games on the field.
    4. In the event of a serious injury to a player, gather any information and report back to Shawn Murray and Bill Sheehan.
    5. Your responsibilities also include:
      1. Hat Collection – Make sure the collections are done and brought to the snack stand. It should be done by the home team in the 4th inning at both fields.
      2. Snack Stand – Make sure parents from both teams are in the snack stand; assist with any problems or questions they might have.
      3. Bathrooms – Make sure they are open, have toilet paper and are picked up.
      4. Fields - Keep the field and bleacher areas clean by picking up any loose trash.
      5. Fans – Address any fan or visitor issues.
    6. After the games are over:
      1. Trash cans need to be emptied.
      2. Make sure coaches from both teams rake and prep the field and empty dugout trash cans.
      3. If it’s the final game of the day gates and doors need to be locked.
      4. Locate Garbage cans for city pickup (if applicable)
  6. Safety
    1. Medical Forms
      1. A medical form will be filled out for every player and kept with the each team’s Medical kit along with the accident notification forms.
    2. Accident Notification Forms
      1. If an injury occurs to a player during a game, practice, or league event the manager should let Shawn Murray or Bill Sheehan know as soon as possible, a Little League Baseball And Softball Accident Notification Form must be filled out and submitted within 24 hours.
    3. Fields
      1. Dugouts
        1. All bats, helmets, Catchers equipment, etc shall be stored in the dugout. No equipment shall be outside the dugout and the dugout doors will be closed during game play.
      2. On-deck position
        1. Regulations prohibit on-deck batters. This means no player should handle a bat, even while in an enclosure, until it is his/her time at bat. LLRB Appendix B
  7. Other Rules
    1. League Age
      1. Is the age attained prior to May 1 in any given season. Thus, a child whose 12th birthday is on April 30 or earlier has a league age of 12; a child whose birthday is on May 1 or later has a league age of 11. The principle applies regardless of age. LLRB pg 35 IV-e
    2. Playing Requirements
      1. Every rostered player present 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. LLRB pg 36 section IV i
    3. Request Players From a Lower Division
      1. You must email the Player Agent at least 24 hours before the game; He will give you eligible player names and phone numbers.
      2. If you are going to have 10 or more players at the game, you are not permitted to have players from the lower division.
      3. If you have 9 regular players and 1 call up player, the 9 regular players MUST get more playing time than the call up player.
    4. Warming Up Pitchers
      1. Coaches are not allowed to warm up pitchers. LLRB pg 44 XIV (f)
      2. Catchers must wear a catcher’s helmet, face mask and throat guard in warming up pitchers. This applies between innings and in bull pen practice. LLRB Appendix B
    5. Sliding
      1. Except when returning to a base, head first slides are not permitted. LLRB Appendix B
    6. Game Time Limits
      1. There is a 2 hour time limit on all 5:30pmgames when there is a 7:30pm game following it and for most Saturday games. The only time there is no 2 hr time limit is when there is no game following the one being played.  Also, there is no 2 hr time limit for major games. The way our rules read is that no inning can begin after 1:45has elapsed. So, if the 5th inning just ended and 1:45has elapsed, the game is over.  However, if you are entering the bottom of the 5th, you must finish the inning. This is another item managers should agree upon (start time) before the game.
      2. Games that end in ties (darkness, 2 hr limit, etc…) will count as ties in the standings.  In terms of winning percentage, ties will count as half a win.  So, a team with 7 wins and 1 tie will have 7.5 wins. Tiebreaking procedures in standings will be sent out toward the end of the season, if necessary.
    7. Rainout/Make-up Games
      1. When games are rained out, they will be placed on the first Sunday time slot. The only exception is that there are some open time slots during the week at some fields. If two teams are off on those days, the games will be placed there. Teams will never be scheduled to play a double header.
  8. Fundraising
    1. Raffle Tickets
      1. Each Little League family is required to sell 20 Raffle Tickets. Managers are required to handout, collect and return the Funds to the league by the dates set.
    2. Sponsorship
      1. Each Mangaer is required to get a sponsor for his team.
  9. Score Books
    1. Requirements
      1. We will be required to have scorebooks from the regular season to prove that players played in the minimum amount of games to qualify for tournament teams.
      2. Coaches must sign the other book after each game.
    2. Pitching Records
      1. The official pitching record is kept in the score books.  Please remember to bring a counter with you to all games.  It is suggested that coach’s check with each other after each inning so there is no confusion.  The home book is official the official record.
  10. Pitching Rules
    1. Any player on a regular season team may pitch (Note: there is no limit to the number of pitchers that may be used in a game).
    2. A Pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.
    3. The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position.
      League Age          Pitches                
      11 - 12              85 pitches per day
      9 - 10                75 Pitches per day
      7 - 8                  50 Pitches per day 

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in regulation (c) for his/her age while facing a batter the pitcher can continue to pitch until the batter is out, reaches base, or the final out of the half inning is made.

 Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play catcher for the remainder of that day.

 Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) Calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) Calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day two (2) Calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day one (1) Calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 1 - 20 pitches in a day no (0) Calendar days of rest must be observed.

  1. Special Rules for the Coach Pitch Division
    1. All players in attendance are to bat in sequence and must play at least (6) consecutive outs in the field. Teams may play a maximum of ten defensive players at a time, with four outfielders.
    2. Players must wear the team cap and shirt; baseball pants are required. No shorts are allowed.
    3. All games are to be played within the two hour time limit.
    4. Any game that ends in a tie should continue to play until a winner is determined or the two-hour time limit is reached.
    5. Strike Outs:
      1. No Tee is to be used in the Coach Pitch Division
      2. A batted ball must travel to and remain upon the infield grass or it is a foul ball.
      3. Called strikes
        1. After the sixth pitch, the umpire will get into position and call a reasonable strike zone for all remaining pitches until the batter puts the ball in play or has accumulated three strikes for an out.
    6. Running rules:
      1. A runner is allowed one base on any overthrow that goes out of the field of play. If, on an overthrow that goes out of the field of play, a runner is heading towards a base, they get that base plus the next base.
      2. On an overthrow to first base (only) the player who hit the ball (only) must stay at first base.
      3. After a ball is hit runners can advance until the ball is in the possession of an infielder and that infielder is in the infield. To be considered to be “in the infield,” the infielder cannot not be in foul territory and he or she must be inside the outfield grass. Runners more than halfway to the next base can advance to that base at their own risk. If a runner is less than halfway to the next base and the infielder holds the ball then the umpire should return them to the prior base once play is stopped.
      4. No runner may advance on a wild pitch or passed ball.
      5. A pitched ball hit over the fence for a Home Run will be counted as such.
    7. No more than 5 runs may be scored in an offensive inning, except during the sixth inning during which there is no limitation on the number of runs. Exception: if a Home Run results in more than five runs being scored, all such runs shall count regardless of the inning.
    8. During the game a maximum of two (2) defensive coaches are allowed on the field. Exceptions can be made by prior agreement between both teams before the game. Defensive coaches must remain in the outfield at all times.
    9. Managers and coaches must remain within the coach’s box. No base coach may lift, restrain, or place a runner on a base while the ball is in play. The player will be called out as a penalty for this violation as per LLB rules.
    10. Pitching will be performed by a coach of the offensive team. The pitcher must not attempt to assist or interfere with the ball once it is put into play. Should this happen, the umpire will call “No Play” and return all players to their previous positions. Coaches must begin their pitching motion no more than 10 feet in front of the regular LLB pitching rubber.
    11. There is no base stealing, bunting, or leading as prescribed by LLB rules.
    12.  The Infield Fly rule will be suspended for the Coach Pitch Division.
    13. Defensive Pitchers must be positioned behind or even with the pitching rubber; he or she must be within approximately 10 feet of the rubber, and he or she must wear a helmet while playing the Pitcher’s mound.
    14. Tag-up plays are allowed as per LLB rules.
    15. Defensive outfielders should be positioned at least approximately 10 feet behind the edge of the infield grass. No outfielder may make an out directly by tagging a runner or a base. An outfielder must deliver the ball to an infielder for the infielder to tag the runner or the base.
    16. In order to promote parity at the time of the draft, each Coach Pitch manager, at the end of each season, including Fall Ball, shall submit to the Player Agent a list of his or her players ranking those players from 1 to 5, with 1 being the best. Such lists shall be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Executive Board to ensure that it accurately reflects the skills of each player. Once reviewed said list shall be distributed to the incoming Coach Pitch managers at the draft. This list shall be confidential and shall be returned by the managers to the Player Agent at the completion of the draft.
    17. All players new to the Coach Pitch Division must attend a preseason tryout. Players who do not attend the preseason tryout shall be ineligible to be drafted at the draft, and shall be assigned to teams as needed by the Player Agent