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FOSTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
MAJORS DIVISION RULES

1.0 Introduction

Following are the local rules for the Majors Division of Foster City Little League Baseball.  A full explanation of all the rules can be found in the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball.

2.0 Safety and Equipment

All male players must be properly equipped with an athletic supporter and cup.

Catchers must wear a mask with throat protector, and catchers helmet during practice, pitcher warm-up and games.

No Adult can catch infield pregame or during the game to warm up the pitcher.  Only a player is allowed to catch and they MUST wear a catchers mask with a throat protector at all times.

No one except eligible players in uniform, managers and not more than two coaches shall occupy the bench or dugout area. 

For safety bat boys and bat girls are not permitted.

The batter, all base runners and players acting as coaches, must wear helmets at all times.

There will be no on-deck circle.  Players may not take warm-up swings either inside or outside the dugout. 

There shall be no head-first sliding to a base a runner is attempting to reach.  A player is allowed to slide head first back to the base he already legally gained possession of.  Example:  A runner on first may not slide head first into second on a ground ball.  He may, however, dive head first back to first base on a line drive in an attempt not to be put out.

3.0 Conduct

If a batter throws a bat, he/she will receive a warning on the first occasion. On the second occasion it will be an immediate dead ball out and the manager will be notified that the player may not bat for the balance of the game, but may play in the field.

The umpire’s judgment shall be final. No appeals shall be allowed, and no explanation of the judgment shall be necessary. Managers and coaches are expected to refrain from delaying the game by questioning the judgment of the call.

4.0 Regular Season and Playoffs Schedule

Pre-season games will not count towards the standings. Each team will then play all other teams three times during the regular season (15 games). There will be two games per week (1 weekday and 1 Saturday).   There will be a double elimination championship tournament at the end of the season.

5.0 Game Lengths

Games are six (6) innings long.  If a game is shortened for weather or darkness etc. it is a regulation game if 4 innings have been completed, or if the home team is ahead after 3 and ½ innings. If a game is called before it has become a regulation game and 1 or more innings have been played, it shall be resumed exactly where it left off.  For all regular season Saturday games, including the last game of the day, no inning may start after 105 minutes (1 hour, 45 minutes).

6.0 Minimum Play

All Players available for the game will bat in continuous order.   Each player on the team must play a minimum of three innings per game (only two innings are required in a shortened game).    If a player does not complete minimum play, that player must then start the next scheduled game, fulfill the playing obligation from the last game and at least the minimum play for the current game before being taken out.   Violation of the minimum play rules will result in a warning, then a possible suspension of the manager by the League’s Board of Directors.

7.0 12-Year Old Limit

A team cannot have more than eight (8) players who are league age 12.

8.0 Dugout Rules

The home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout and will be responsible for making sure the bases are out and returned after weekday games and the last game on Saturday.

No one except eligible players in uniform, managers and not more than two coaches shall occupy the bench or dugout area. 

9.0 Pitching Rules

PITCHERS

(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)

(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.

(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when s\he reaches the limit for his\her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:.

League Age Per Game Pitch Limits:

11 -12 = 75 pitches per day

9-10 = 65 pitches per day

8 = 50 pitches per day

Exception:
Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for

his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one

of the following conditions occurs:
1. That batter reaches base;
2. That batter is put out;
3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Rule for Pitching and Catching same game: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

FCLL additional pitching limits per week (passed 3/2/17 by BoD):

The maximum number of pitches that an 11 or 12-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 105.

The maximum number of pitches that a 9 or 10-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 95.

The maximum number of pitches that an 8-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 80.

(d) 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 day of rest is required.

(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.

(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire.
However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c).

The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.  The manager and\or coaches may also be subject to sanctions by the Board of Directors.

(j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)

(k) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (Exception: In the Big League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)

NOTES:

1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.

2. Pitches delivered in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.

Example 1:
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.

Example 2:
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest.

Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days.

Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the "calendar week" with regard to pitching eligibility.

10.0 Scorekeepers

There will be two scorekeepers, preferably supplied by the League.  If the League supplies only one, the Home team will supply a second scorekeeper who will work at the direction of the League scorekeeper.  If no League scorekeeper is available, each of the Home and Visiting teams will supply a scorekeeper, with the Visiting scorekeeper working at the direction of the Home Scorekeeper. 

If a batter throws a bat, he/she will receive a warning on the first occasion. On the second occasion it will be an immediate dead ball out and the manager will be notified that the player may not bat for the balance of the game, but may play in the field.

11.0 New Rules

The batter is allowed to run to 1st base if the 3rd strike is dropped by the catcher.