SENIOR LITTLE LEAGUE
Baseballs licensed by Little League will be printed with one of two designations: “RS”
(for regular season play) or “RS-T” (for regular season and tournament play).
1.1.5 (a)- (a) The pitcher's glove shall be of one solid color other than white or gray, or
if multi-colored, white and light gray shall not be included in the colors
1.16- Each league shall provide in the dugout or bench of the offensive team (seven (7)
protective helmets which must meet NOCSAE specifications and standards. Use of the
helmet by the batter, all base runners and base coaches is mandatory. Use of a helmet by
an adult base coach is optional. Each helmet shall have an exterior warning label.
The helmets provided by each league must meet NOCSAE specifications and bear the
NOCSAE stamp as well as an exterior warning label as noted above. Note: Helmets may
not be painted and may not contain tape or decals unless approved in writing by the
All male players must wear athletic supporters. Male catchers must wear the metal, fibre
or plastic type cup. Catchers must wear approved long or short model chest protectors.
All catchers must wear chest protectors with neck collar, throat guard, shin guards and
catcher’s helmet, all of which must meet Little League specifications and standards.
Catcher’s helmet must meet NOCSAE specifications and standards and bear the
NOCSAE stamp. All catchers must wear a mask, “dangling” type throat protector and
catcher’s helmet during infield/outfield practice, pitcher warm-up and games. NOTE:
Skull caps are not permitted.
“Hockey-style” catcher’s mask must also have the dangling throat protector. (Little
League Casebook and Rules Instruction Manual (2004))
All players standing next to coach hitting infield must also have a mask on whever there
is a bat present. (RIM)
2.00-OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball,
impedes the progress of any runner. A fake tag is considered obstruction. (NOTE:
Obstruction shall be called on a defensive player who blocks off a base, base line or
home plate from a base runner while not in possession of the ball.)
Rule 3.03 - Substitutions
A player in the starting line-up who has been removed for a substitute may reenter the
game once, in any position in the batting order, provided:
1. His or her substitute has completed one time at bat and;
2. Has played defensively for a minimum of six (6) consecutive outs;
3. Pitchers once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers; Junior/
Senior/Big League - A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different
position, can return as a pitcher any time in the remainder of the game, but only
once in the same inning as he/she was removed.
4. Only a player in the starting line-up may re-enter the game;
5. A starter, (S1) re-entering the game as a substitute for another starter (S2) must
then fulfill all conditions of a substitute (once at bat and six defensive outs) before
starter (S2) can re-enter the game.
NOTE 1: When two or more substitute players of the defensive team enter the game at
the same time, the manager shall, immediately before they take their positions as fielders,
designate to the umpire-in-chief such player’s positions in the team’s batting order and
the umpire-in-chief shall notify the official scorer. The umpire-in-chief shall have
authority to designate the substitute’s places in the batting order, if this information is not
NOTE 2: If during a game either team is unable to place nine (9) players on the field due
to illness, injury or ejection, the opposing manager shall select a player previously used in
the lineup to re-enter the game, but only if use of all eligible players has exhausted the
roster. A player ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry.
The batting order shall be followed throughout the game unless a player is substituted for
another. Substitutes must take the place of the replaced player’s position in the batting
order except as covered by Rule 3.03. A league may adopt a policy of a continuous
batting order that will include all players on the team roster present for the game batting
in order. If this option is adopted, each player would be required to bat in his/her
respective spot in the batting order. However, a player may be entered and/or re-entered
defensively in the game anytime provided he/she meets the requirements of mandatory
play. NOTE: If adopted and a child is injured, becomes ill or must leave the game site
after the start of the game, the team will skip over him/her when his/her time at bat comes
up without penalty. If the injured, ill or absent player returns he/ she is merely inserted
into their original spot in the batting order and the game continues. Also, if a child arrives
late to a game site, if the manager chooses to enter him/her in the lineup (see Rule 4.01
NOTE), he/she would be added to the end of the current lineup
When a manager, coach or player is ejected from a game, they shall leave the field
immediately and take no further part in that game. They may not sit in the stands and may
not be recalled. Any manager, coach or player ejected from a game is suspended for his or her team’s next physically played game and may not be in attendance at the game site
from which they are suspended.
4.10 (e)- If after five (5) innings - four and one-half innings) if the home team is ahead,
one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs
shall concede the victory to the opponent. NOTE: (1) If the visiting team has a lead of ten
(10) runs or more, the home team must bat in its half of the inning. (2) The Local League
may adopt the option of not utilizing this rule
If a game cannot be played because of the inability of either team to place nine players on
the field before the game begins, this shall not be grounds for automatic forfeiture, but
shall be referred to the Board of Directors for a decision. NOTE: A game may not be
started with less than nine (9) players on each team.
If during a game either team is unable to place nine (9) players on the field due to injury
or ejection, the opposing manager shall select a player to re-enter the lineup. A player
ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry. If no players are available for rereentry,
or if a team refuses to place nine (9) players on the field, this shall not be grounds for
automatic forfeiture but shall be referred to the Board of Directors for a decision. NOTE:
A game may not be continued with less than nine (9) players on each team
Rule 4.19- PROTESTING GAME
(a) Protest shall be considered only when based on the violation or interpretation of a
playing rule, use of an ineligible pitcher or the use of an ineligible player. No
protest shall be considered on a decision involving an umpire’s judgment.
Equipment which does not meet specifications must be removed from the game.
(b) The managers of contesting teams only shall have the right to protest a game (or
in their absence, coaches). However, the manager or acting manager may not
leave the dugout until receiving permission from an umpire.
(c) Protests shall be made as follows:
(1) The protesting manager shall immediately, and before any succeeding play
begins, notify the umpire that the game is being played under protest.
(2) Following such notice the umpire shall consult with the other umpire(s). If the
umpire is convinced that the decision is in conflict with the rules, the umpire
shall reverse that decision. If, however, after consultation, the the umpire is
convinced that the decision is not in conflict with the rules, said umpire shall
announce that the game is being played under protest. Failure of the umpire to
make such announcement shall not affect the validity of the protest.
(d) Protest made due to use of ineligible pitcher or ineligible player may be
considered only if made to the umpire before the umpire(s) leave the field at the
end of the game. Whenever it is found that an ineligible pitcher or ineligible player is being used, said pitcher shall be removed from the mound, or said player
shall be removed from the game, and the game shall be continued under protest or
not as the protesting manager decides.
(e) Any protest for any reason whatsoever must be submitted by the manager first to
the umpire on the field of play and then in writing to the Local League president
within 24 hours. The umpire-in-chief shall also submit a report immediately.
(f) A committee composed of the president, player agent, league’s umpire-in-chief
and one or more other officers or directors who are not managers or umpires shall
hear and resolve any such protest as above, including playing rules. If the protest
is allowed, resume the game from the exact point when infraction occurred.
NOTE: (1) This rule does not pertain to charges of infractions of regulations such as
field decorum or actions of the league personnel or spectators which must be
considered and resolved by the Board of Directors.
NOTE: (2) All Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent
protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offenders should be
notified immediately. Example: Should a manager, official scorer, league official
or umpire discover that a pitcher is ineligible at the beginning of the game, or will
become ineligible during the game or at the start of the next inning of play, the
fact should be brought to the attention of the manager of the team involved. Such
action should not be delayed until the infraction has occurred. However, failure of
personnel to notify the manager of the infraction does not affect the validity of the
Tournament Play- All protests must be resolved prior to play resuming. Rule 7.14
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. The player for whom the pinch runner runs is not
subject to removal from the lineup. If the pinch runner remains in the game as a substitute
defensive or offensive player, the player may not be used again as a pinch runner while in
the batting order. However, if removed for another substitute that player or any player
not in the line up, is again eligible to be used as a pinch runner
2004 Change-Any player who is not currently in the lineup to act as a Special Pinch
Runner, even if he or she had appeared in the lineup earlier. Prior to this season, once a
player had appeared in the lineup, he or she could not be used as an SPR for the duration
of the game. Thus, for example, a starter who has been removed for a substitute may be
used as an SPR while he or she is on the bench, or a substitute who has entered and then
left the game may be used for an SPR thereafter
Rule 8.01 - Legal pitching delivery
There are two legal pitching positions, the Windup Position and the Set Position, and
either position may be used at any time.
Pitchers shall take signs from the catcher while standing on the pitcher’s plate. Pitchers
may disengage the pitcher's plate after taking their signs but may not step quickly onto
the pitcher's plate and pitch. This may be judged a quick pitch by the umpire. When the
pitcher disengages the pitcher's plate, he/she must drop the hands to the sides.
Rule 9.01(f)-Umpires may order both teams into their dugouts and suspend play until
such time as League Officials deal with unruly spectators. Failure of League Officials to
adequately handle an unruly spectator can result in the game remaining suspended until a