AA Game 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(Green Book) and the procedures of the Little League Operating Manual as published by Little League Baseball unless superseded by these special Supplemental regulations and rules.

Objective of the Game: AA is a semi-competitive division. Scores are kept during the game, but are not reported to the league and no standings are maintained. The purpose of the AA division regular season is to provide training and instruction to the players and not managing to “WIN”.  Managers must always keep this in mind during practices and games.

Game Preliminaries

Safety: The manager must bring first aid equipment and medical release forms to all games and practices. The manager will report all accidents at practice or in a game to the League Safety Officer. Any member may report safety issues to the League Safety Officer.

Field Preparation: Both teams shall jointly be responsible for field preparation prior to the start of each game and for cleanup, takedown and lock up after the game. Instructions specific to each field are available on the league web site. Each team is responsible for post-game cleanup of its dugout. In addition to the standard process, the following AA-specific rules apply:

Pitching circle: On turf or dirt infields, a 9-foot radius is painted/chalked around the pitching rubber. Do not chalk a circle at the Marina Field! Instead, a two-foot imaginary line around the dirt area surrounding the pitcher's mound will act as the circle. It will be an umpire’s judgment call when the pitcher’s helper is touching or inside the imaginary line.

Base path half-way marks: One three-foot line shall be painted/chalked midway between 1st and 2nd, 2nd and 3rd, and 3rd and home plate.

Outfield Cones:  Outfield cones are to be put in the outfield 150 feet from home plate for each AA game on a line delineating the 150 foot mark.  As part of field preparation, cones will be put out along the line approximately every 25 feet.  If a batted ball goes over the cones/line on a fly, it will be a home run.  If a batted ball goes through the cones/line, whether or not the defender plays it, it will be awarded as a double to the batter.  

Warm-ups: The home team should warm up in the corner opposite to home plate at Marlin and Sandpiper and in the Right Field corner at other fields. The visiting team should warm up in the Left Field corner.

Dugouts: The home team should use the first base dugout and the visiting team use the third base side. All Managers, Coaches and Players must stay inside the dugout area. There MUST be one adult in the dugout. Only Managers and Coaches may stand in front of the doorway of the dugout but may not stray more than one arm’s length away from the entrance (except for base coaches and pitching machine operators). Non-compliance will result in removal from the game. Up to four approved volunteers (coaches, parents, or people over 15) are permitted in the dugout. At fields where no fenced dugout exists, this rule shall apply to the “dugout area”.

Base Coaches: The team at bat is allowed coaches at 1st & 3rd base. Players may be base coaches if they wear helmets.

Pitching Machine Operator: Any approved volunteer over 15 years old may be the pitching machine operator.

On-Deck Circle:  The on-deck position is not permitted and on-deck batters may not swing their bats. No player may swing a bat during a game unless they are at bat. The traditional batting donut is not permitted.

Substitutions: Late arriving players shall be added to the end of the roster batting order and both scorekeepers are to be notified.  Minimum play requirements shall not apply to late arriving players.

Game Balls: The home team shall provide two game balls.

Scorekeeping: The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook and reporting the final score to the DC as soon as possible.

Starting and Ending the Game

Number of players: Although AA uses 10 fielders on defense, a team must have at least 9 players to start a game, and 9 players to continue a game. Game with less than 9 players may be rescheduled or canceled by the DC.

Minimum Play:

The minimum play rule shall be four defensive innings for a game featuring six or more defensive innings of play. The minimum play rule is three defensive innings for games featuring five or fewer defensive innings. Minimum play rules apply to all temporary replacement players, unless they arrive late. See Little League rule IV(i) for more.

Every player must sit one defensive inning before any player sits two defensive innings.

Managers shall exchange projected defensive rosters prior to the game.  It is up to the managers to ensure compliance with the minimum play requirements.  If a discrepancy is noted it should be corrected on the spot and within the inning.  Protests regarding prior inning player positions are not allowed.  It will be assumed the players have played in their appropriate positions per the pre-game roster if an inning has passed. Recognizing it’s difficult, both managers should use good judgment and sportsmanship when changes to the pregame lineups are required due to no-shows or injury.

Rotation of Position: All players shall play a minimum of one inning in the infield position (P, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS) and one inning in the outfield or at catcher within the first four innings. No player may play more than two innings at the same defensive position (the four outfield positions are considered four separate positions for this rule). This rule does not apply during the post-season tournament.

Defensive Positions

A team shall field no more than 10 defensive players on the field at once.

The 10th player shall be an outfielder. All outfielders may not line up on the infield dirt (or brown turf at Sandpiper or Marlin) as the pitch crosses the plate.

Pitcher’s Helper: A fielding pitcher shall be positioned with at least one foot in or on the pitching circle as the ball is put in play. The player must be behind or to the side of the machine when the ball is released from the machine.

Roster Batting: This division has adopted roster (i.e. continuous) batting order (see Little League rule 4.04). Special Pinch Runners are not allowed. If a runner is injured, the player making the last out will be the substitute runner. There is no penalty for missing an at bat, and the player will return to the same batting order assignment when ready. Minimum play rules do not apply to injured players. If a player leaves the game for any reason, there is no penalty.

Five Run Limit: A five run limit per inning rule shall apply for the first three complete innings. Note that:

Play never becomes dead because of 5 run limit; continuation is allowed until normal end of play.

Only after a play is dead do the umpires and scorekeepers:

Determine if 5 or more runs were scored by the batting team.
Halt the current half inning per the 5 run limit rule

Score keepers will only record 5 runs for the batting team even if more than 5 runners reached home safely.

10 Run Mercy Rule: The 10 run mercy rule in Green Book section 4.10(e) shall apply.

Time Outs: Only the team manager and coaches are permitted to ask for time from an umpire to visit their players on the field.  They may not enter the field until they have permission to do so.

Time Limit: No new inning can start after 1 hour and 45 minutes. A new inning begins as soon as the previous inning ends. Ties are allowed during the regular season if a new inning cannot be started due to this rule. If the playoff schedule permits, game times during the tournament will be extended so no new inning can start after 2 hours.

Between innings or game stoppage activity: Pitching machine test pitches should be kept to a minimum and a maximum of two; the pitches should only be caught by players wearing necessary safety protection. Managers are not to assist the players in warming up on the field.

Protests: No protests are allowed.

Putting the Ball in Play

Pitching Machine: All teams shall use machine pitch (except for games designated player pitch).

  1. Reporting Pitch Counts:  The home manager or official scorekeeper must report the final score and the pitch counts for all pitchers used in the game to the DC.

Please consult the Green Book for more detail.