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North Kingstown Wickford Little League

Division Rules

T – Ball  Division  Facts

1.  This is strictly T-ball, i.e., players must hit from a Tee.
2.  Teams will meet twice a week for 90 minutes.
3.  Each meeting will start with practice stations  (throwing station; hitting station; fielding station; base running station).
4.  Each meeting can end with a 1 or 2 inning “game” where players are put into fielding positions while players from the other team hit           through the order once before allowing the other team to hit.

Emphasis is on Training & Development: proper throwing technique; proper hitting technique; learning how to run the bases; fielding ground balls; catching.

AA Division Rules


This is strictly a COACH pitch league. Kids are not allowed to pitch during games. There will be no exceptions.
2.  Games will be played on Saturdays (90 minute time limit).
3.  Team practices will be held during the week – one per team (Friday night league-wide skills night to be discussed). Practices should be      broken down into skills stations (i.e. throwing (pitching), hitting (i.e. batting tee, batting cage), fielding).

Game Rules:
Coaches pitch to the kids (no kids are allowed to pitch). Kids still play the catcher position.
Innings break down:
First inning – teams bat through the order.
Second inning (and remaining innings) – teams bat until three (3) outs (strikeouts do not count – this is a skills based instructional      league).
No player should bat more than once an inning.
Both teams should get an equal number of at bats – this may be difficult (or impossible) if one teams has many more players than      the other (in some cases of imbalance, it may be prudent to “share” players to even things out – remember, we do not keep score      nor have standings).
If a batter reaches three (3) strikes, he/she does not strikeout – a batting tee should be used. Walks will not be permitted – we need to      encourage the kids to swing the bat. A hit batsman should also be encouraged to get back in the box and hit – obviously, there will be      times where, in the best interest of the player, he/she is allowed to take first base.
No stealing allowed.
Batting orders will be based on jersey numbers – reversed every game (No. 1 bats first in game 1, and last in game 2…..etc.). The goal      should be to have each player bat twice. If a team is close to having everyone bat, the coaches may agree to extend an inning to allow         it.

AAA Division Rules


The AAA division is player pitch for ages 9-11 (see # 1 under ‘rules’ for exceptions)
Players are drafted to teams by AAA coaches
There is a regular season (April-early June) and playoffs (early June)
There are 2-3 games and 1-2 practices per week depending on field availability and coach schedules


The Minor League AAA Division playing rules shall follow those for the Major League, except as follows: 

1.  AAA Division shall consist of primarily player’s league age 9- 11. Entire AAA Division will be re-drafted annually. Exceptions for 8-year-      old players can only be made with the unanimous approval of the President, Player Agent, and player’s former coach. Returning        players are not required to try out and are guaranteed a spot on an AAA team. All 10 and 11-year old’s that have not previously played      in AAA that try-out are guaranteed a spot on the team.
All games are 6 innings unless extra innings are required, or game is shortened due to rain or darkness. Four complete innings        constitute a complete game.
3. A Minor League AAA inning shall not exceed 5 runs. The inning ends after 3 outs or 5 runs except the last inning where the five-run rule     may be suspended in the last half inning for either team.
4. Weeknight games should start at times designated by the Commissioner. New innings shall not start after 7:30 pm prior to Memorial     Day and 7:45 thereafter, unless the game is being played under the lights at Wilson Park.
5. All team members must play at least 3 innings in the field of a regulation game.
6. Fielding changes can be made at any time.
7. To keep the league fun and competitive for all teams, pitchers are limited to 3 innings per game, no exceptions. 12 years old cannot     pitch in the Minors per LLB rule.
. Umpires utilized in this Division are youth at least League Age 13.
. For each team - 1 manager and 2 assistant coaches in the dugout.
10. Home team preps the field and Away team after the game rakes the field, put bases away, mound cover etc.
11. Home teams on AAA field are on 1st base side, on Majors Field are on 1st base side
12. Time rule- during the week to complete a game (6 innings), the top of the 6th needs to begin before 1 hr. and 50 min. For a weekend       game, the top of the 6th needs to begin before 2hrs to play the full 6 inning game. Excludes playoff games.
13. Stealing rule- 4 total steals per inning (3 on the bases and 1 steal of home).  If there is a double steal, kid on 1st & kid on 2nd, steal at the same time to 3rd & 2nd, it counts as (1) steal. You are allowed 1 successful steal of home per inning.  If you have used your 3 steals on the bases in an inning and then you use your steal of home, the other baserunners cannot advance because you have already used your 3 steals.  If there is a double steal and one baserunner steals home, it counts as your 1 steal of home.
14. Over throw rule- a baserunner may only advance 1 base on an over throw error. There is no advancement of any baserunner on an       overthrow error to the pitcher from the catcher.
15. Pitching rule- a pitcher is only allowed to pitch 3 innings in AAA. If a pitcher faces 1 batter in their 3rd inning, its considered a full          inning. Pitch count rest rules per 2018 LL Handbook:

                66 or more pitches in one day – rest 4 calendar days                     
51-65 pitches in one day – rest 3 calendar days
                36-50 pitches in one day – rest 2 calendar days                              
21-35 pitches in one day – rest 1 calendar day
                1-20 pitches in one day – rest no rest required

Majors Division Local Rules

1.  NKWLL Major League shall consist of players’ league 9-12. 9 year old player eligibility shall refer to Rule E-8. Major division shall be re-         drafted annually as approved by player agent and president.
2.  Major league teams shall have a roster of twelve players, unless otherwise approved by the Executive Board.
Batting order- A continuous batting order will be used and include all roster players available. As such, players not present at the start      of the game will be placed at the bottom of the order upon arrival. An injured or ill player leaving the game will be skipped in the        batting order without penalty. If able, the injured or ill player may re-enter or is inserted into their original spot in the order.
Mandatory play- All players shall play a minimum of nine (9) outs in the field during the regular season official game; all players shall      play a minimum of six (6) outs in the field during the playoffs. All provisions of Rule IV(i) shall apply.
Ten (10) Run rule-Rule 4.10(e) will be used, but will require (5) five innings in place of the stated four (4) innings.
Make up games- next available date as determined by League Commissioner. Little league regulations on use of doubleheaders also      apply.
If a game is tied after 6 innings, one additional inning will be played. If the game is still tied after the 7th inning has been played, the      game will end in a tie. In the playoffs a tie game continue until a winner is determined.
Drop 3rd strike- catcher must throw down to 1st base, if 1st base is unoccupied or if 1st base is occupied with two outs.
Note: A batter forfeits his/her opportunity to advance to first base when he/she enters the dugout or other dead ball area.
Pitch count- All managers will keep accurate counts of pitches in order to comply with LLB Pitch Count Rule. At the end of each game,      both managers will record their pitchers of record for the game and the number of pitches thrown in the Pitching Affidavit Book        located in the concession stand. Two infractions in which the manager does not record the required data will result in a one game        suspension.

Pitcher’s league age/pitches per day:
11-12  85 pitches per day
9-10    75 pitches per day
7-8      50 pitches per day

Pitchers 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 day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

NOTE: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
If a catcher, catches more than 3 innings he cannot go into to pitch for the reminder of that game.