2017 TOURNAMENT RULES
Tournament follows National Little League Rules – “The Green Book” (2016 as modified by 9/10 tournament rules)
The following rules are designed to help the Manager and players to receive a fair amount of playing time, since this is a tournament team of 9 year old players.
Age of Players: All players must be “Little League” age 9 or younger
Continuous Batting: All players will bat in order. There is no changing of order. If a team has 15 players, then they will bat 1 through 15.
Stealing: Stealing is allowed and there shall be no limit on the number of steals per inning. A player stealing a base MAY advance on an overthrow. Example- if a base runner attempts to steal second base and the catcher throws the ball into center field the base runner MAY attempt to advance to third base.
Pitching: Follow National LL 9/10 Tournament rules in the “green book” page T-12 section 4. Teams entered into other tournaments must follow National Rules for # pitches thrown per game/per day. Pitchers are allowed to warm up in the bullpens. PLAYERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO THROW CURVE BALLS
Number of Players: All teams must play with a minimum of 9 players. If a team fields only 9 players and one is injured, then the team can play with 8 and the “out” will be given in the missing players position at bat.
Free Substitution: All players can be substituted in the field without penalty.
Game time: Any team 15 minutes late for the start of the game will forfeit the game.
Visiting Team: Will take field practice 35 minutes prior to start of the game.
Home Team: Will take field practice 20 minutes prior to start of game.
Sportsmanship Rule: No chanting, cheering, comments, insults or noises of any kind while the pitcher is on the rubber and about to throw a pitch. After pitch is thrown, words or encouragement are fine.
On Deck Batters: No on deck bat swinging allowed.
Bunting: No “slash” bunting allowed.
3rd Strike: The batter is out on a called third strike, even if the catcher drops the ball.
Coaches: Only 3 coaches are permitted in the dugout during defensive innings and 1 coach must remain in dugouts during offensive innings.
Game & Pitch Count Reporting:
- After each game the two managers must go over pitch counts for each player on each team to make sure you are in agreement. It is a good idea to do this after each inning.
- The winning manager must report the score of the game and the pitch counts via email to
. You must also copy in your email the other manager on the losing team. This should be done by 9PM on the day you played your game. We may have a few night games and if that happens the winning manager must report by 11PM.
Playoff Tie-Breaker: If teams are tied in terms of seeding or entry into the playoff round, tie breakers will be: 1) head to head, 2) Lowest Runs Allowed Ratio per section IV of the Green Book Tournament rules page T-26, 3) win/loss vs. common opponent and 4) coin toss.
All other Rules are according to the National Little League “Green Book” Rules