General Supplemental Rules 2019

Belmont/Redwood Shores Little League shall be governed by the current Official Regulations and Playing Rules (Green Book) and the procedures of the Little League Operating Manual as published by Little League Baseball unless superseded by these special Supplemental regulations and rules.

 

The Mission of Belmont/Redwood Shores Little League is to assist youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By coaching the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes. We continue to strive through baseball to teach life lessons, to instill in our children the ideals of respect for the umpires, teammates, coaches and the game itself, and to show good sportsmanship within a fun, positive environment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0) DIVISIONS

 

Teams are fielded in 6 divisions: T-Ball, Farm, AA, AAA, Majors and Intermediate. Farm, AA and AAA are collectively known as Minors. T-Ball may offer two sub-division: T-Ball Rookie and T-Ball Veteran, if registration permits.

 

1) PLAYER SELECTION FOR DRAFTING DIVISIONS (AA and up)

Eligibility:

Intermediate: All 13 year-olds shall be eligible.

Team Size: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) PLAYER SELECTION FOR NON-DRAFTING DIVISIONS (T-Ball and Farm)

 

  1. T-Ball: All players of age 5 will play in T-Ball Rookies, and plays of age 6 will play in T-Ball Veterans, or opt to play in Rookies.
  1. Age 7: Players of baseball age 7 will be automatically placed on a Farm team with no tryout required.
  2. Age 8: Players of baseball age 8 will be asked at registration if they would like their child to be considered for play in the AA division.  If “no” is the response, then the parents will simply complete the registration for their child in the Farm division.  If “yes” is the response, they will be invited to participate in AA tryouts. Participation in the tryout does not guarantee being drafted in AA, and after the draft, parents of 8 year olds not drafted to AA will be notified of their child’s placement in the Farm division.

 

 

 

3) PLAYER REPLACEMENT

  1. Requirement: If a team expects to have less than 10 players available for a scheduled game (11 in AA), the manager must contact the Player Agent to obtain a temporary replacement. If a team expects to have 10 players available (11 in AA), a temporary replacement player is encouraged but not required.
  2. Violation: If a team has fewer than 10 players (11 in AA) at the start of a game, and the Manager did not attempt to contact the Player Agent prior to the game for the purpose of requesting a replacement player, the Manager shall receive a warning for the first offense. For the second offense, the Manager will not be permitted to attend the team’s next game.
  3. Ongoing Replacement: If a player is injured and will be sidelined for some period less than the remainder of the season, temporary replacements may be used to fill his roster slot until he returns, as determined by the Player Agent. More than one replacement player may be used to cover the absence of a permanent player.
  4. Replacement Process: The Player Agent shall make the selection for a temporary replacement from the list of eligible temporary replacements maintained by the Player Agent. The Player Agent will supply the Manager with the name of the replacement player. Only the Player Agent may contact the player about the new assignment. There will be no contact between any member of the team, manager, coaches, players or parents and the lower division team without approval of the Player Agent.
  5. Eligible Players: Any lower division player who is age-appropriate, other than a player who declines a permanent call-up, with the requisite skill level (in the judgment of the Player Agent) is eligible to play in regular season games as a temporary replacement player. 12 year-olds in Majors are eligible for Intermediate. 10 and 11 year-olds in AAA are eligible for Majors. 9 and 10 year-olds in AA are eligible for AAA. 8 year-olds in Farm are eligible for AA.
  6. Duties to lower division team: A temporary replacement cannot be made if participating in the game prevents the player from participating in any games played by his lower division team. Any temporary replacement from the lower division must continue to be dedicated to the lower division team. If the player avoids these responsibilities, the player will be removed from the list of eligible replacement players.
  7. During the Tournament: Temporary replacement players may be used in the league tournament only under extenuating circumstances (injury, illness, unavoidable absence from games) that causes a team’s roster to fall below 10 players. The Player Agent should carefully review requests for replacement players during the tournament and should verify circumstances with the families of absent players. The number of defensive innings played by a temporary replacement player in a tournament game may not exceed the lowest number of defensive innings played by a regular team member.

 

  1. Requirement: All teams must maintain a roster of at least 12 active players. An active player is defined as any player able to play in a regularly scheduled game. Manager shall inform the Player Agent and DC of the need for a permanent replacement player.
  2. Inactive/Lost Players: A player shall be considered inactive/lost and shall be replaced if he/she misses four consecutive regular season games or three weeks of practice with no communication to the Manager. The lost player (if he/she returns) goes back into the pool of eligible players if the player meets the conditions of regulation III(d)-2, Note 2 (medical permission). If another opening develops, the replaced player must get Board approval before being placed back into the division.
  3. Timeline: The replacement must be made within two games after the player is declared inactive/lost by the Player Agent – that means the longest a team may go without a player is six games in total. In cases where it is clear that the player will be lost (e.g. a move out of the area, a season-ending injury, etc.) the replacement should be made more quickly.
  4. Eligible Players: The Player Agent shall make the selection for a permanent replacement from the division’s draft pool or the waitlist (if any). The pool consists of all players remaining from the original draft pool who did not get drafted into that division (and fell to a lower division). If there are no willing or able permanent replacement candidates remaining from these sources, the Player Agent will identify a pool of possible permanent replacement players with the requisite skill, ability and willingness to play in this division from the age-appropriate players in the lower division.
  5. Replacement Process: The Player Agent will supply the Manager with the name of the replacement player. Only the Player Agent may contact the player about the new assignment. There will be no contact between any member of the team, manager, coaches, players or parents and the lower division team without approval of the Player Agent.
  6. Replacement Players: Any replacement player becomes a permanent member of that team and will no longer participate in lower division games.
  7. Impact to lower division team: Any lower division team losing a player through the replacement procedure shall not lose a player through this process again until all other teams in that division have also lost a player. No permanent replacements will be made during the last two weeks of the season or the during the League Tournament, unless the team has been eliminated from their League Tournament.
  8. Permanent Replacements (Intermediate): Given that no other division carries 13 year olds, all attempts will be made to avoid permanent replacements unless candidates are on the waitlist. Due to this, teams will be permitted to fall below 11 players, or rely on a stream of temporary replacements as needed.  If one Intermediate team loses several players, and another has not, players can be moved from one team to another at the discretion of the Player Agent.

 

4) ALL STAR SELECTION PROCEDURE (AAA and up)

Teams: The Intermediate Division may field an all-star Intermediate Tournament Team. The Majors Division may field three all-star teams: the 11-12 Tournament Team, the 10-11 Tournament Team and the Majors Superbowl team. The 9-10 Tournament Team will first be filled with 10 year olds in the Majors Division, and if room be completed with 9 and 10 year olds from the AAA division. The AAA Division may field the Minors Superbowl team.

Selection: The process for selecting players, managers and coaches for the all-star teams shall be as set forth in the league’s Tournament Teams Selection Process document.

 

5) RAIN OUTS

 

City and League Closures: If the field has been closed by the city (as indicated by the fields hotline) or by the league (as indicated via email), then the game must be cancelled. Note: Sandpiper and Marlin are in Redwood City and have a different hotline than Belmont.

 

 

 

6) LEAGUE TOURNAMENT (AA and up)

 

  1. The first tiebreaker will be won-lost record in head to head competition.
  2. The next tiebreaker will be defensive runs allowed in head to head competition.
  3. The next tiebreaker will be average runs allowed against all teams.
  4. If the tie still cannot be broken, a coin flip will be used to determine seeding. The higher (better) seeded team will be deemed the home team in all tournament games.

7) FIELD PREPARATION

Both the home and away team shall jointly be responsible for field preparation prior to the start of each game and for cleanup, takedown and lock up after the game. Instruction specific to each field are available on the league web site. Each team is responsible for post-game cleanup of its dugout. See the field-specific Field Preparation guidelines for more information.


8) GAME RULES

 

Game rules for District 52 Intermediate play will be determined at the District level. For game play rules for Majors, AAA, AA, Farm and T-Ball, see the appropriate division-specific Game Rules document.