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MOT Little League - Middletown - Odessa - Townsend

2021 Local Rules - Baseball - Seniors

Game Time Limits

  • General Rules
    • All games must start on time.
    • Both managers are responsible for starting on time. Reduce pre-game practice if necessary. If the game start is delayed, the times listed below are still in effect.
    • The lights must be turned off by 10:30 PM per town ordinance.
  • Game Timing
    • 6:30pm or weekend games
      • Time limit is 3 hours.
      • Do not start a new inning with less than 15 minutes remaining in the time limit.
      • If an inning has started and the time limit is reached, finish the entire inning.
    • 5:30pm & 8:00pm weekday starts
      • Time limit is 2 hours and 15 minutes. This is a HARD STOP.
      • Do not start a new inning with less than 15 minutes remaining in the time limit.
      • If the time limit is reached and the game is not over, the score reverts back to the last completed inning.

Game Start Time

No New Inning After

Game Limit

5:30pm

7:30pm

7:45pm

6:30pm

9:15pm

9:30pm

8:00pm

10:00pm

10:15pm


Game Length

  • 5 innings are the minimum for an official game. If the time limit is reached before the completion of five innings (4 ½ if the home team leading), the game is considered final.
  • 7 innings are the maximum.
  • Extra innings are permitted if the score is tied after six innings and the game is within the time limits listed.
  • Ties are permitted.
  • Game ends if either team is ahead:
    • by 15 runs after 4 innings (3 ½ if home team ahead)
    • by 10 runs after 5 innings (4 ½ if home team ahead)
  • Inning Run Limits: There is a five-run maximum rule per team per inning. This applies to all innings played.

Field Maintenance

  • Before the game.
    • Home team takes the 1st base dugout. Visitors take the 3rd base dugout.
    • Visiting team rakes/grooms the field before the start of the game. Home team is strongly encouraged to assist.
    • Fields should be lined.
    • Base paths must be raked parallel to the foul line.
    • Standing water must be raked into the dirt, not to the infield / outfield grass.
    • Each team provides two (2) new official game balls.
    • Home team must supply a coach or parent to umpire the bases if the home plate umpire is under the age of 18. The game will not be played unless there is at least one umpire on the field who is 18 or older. Adults must have passed a background check to be allowed on the field.
  • After the game.
    • Home team rakes/grooms the field at the conclusion of the game. Visiting team is strongly encouraged to assist.
    • Home team locks equipment boxes / shed and turns off the lights if no game follows.
    • Each team emails/texts the following to the division coordinator:
      • Final score.
      • Player pitch counts for both teams. (Coordinator will adjudicate any discrepancies and inform teams of official pitch counts, ineligible pitchers & when eligibility is regained.)
    • All field issues must be reported to the division coordinator.

  • Field closures will be communicated via text, website and/or Facebook.
  • Upon field closure, do not try to work the field or re-open it. Any team caught on an MOTLL field after field closure will forfeit their next game and be given a loss in the standings.
  • First Aid kits and medical release forms must be on hand at every game and practice.
  • All injuries must be noted on the Incident Tracking Form (available on the website) and reported to the Safety Officer within 48 hours. The Safety Officer will work with you on the next steps.
  • Everyone must abide by the MOTLL Parent/Player Code of Conduct and the Coach’s Code of Conduct.

Game Play

  • Continuous batting order.
  • Minimum Player Requirements: Eight (8) players.
  • Player Call-Ups:
    • Borrowed players must be registered to play in MOTLL for the current season.
    • A team may borrow a player from another Senior division team that is not playing at the same time if the team cannot field nine (9) players prior to arrival at the field. Managers must submit a request to their division coordinator. The division coordinator will work with managers to fulfill the request.
    • Player(s) may be borrowed from the opposing team in the event that a team cannot field 9 players. The borrowed player(s) must be positioned as outfielders. The players must be the last player(s) due to bat in the opponent’s half-inning. The player(s) must be replaced in the field in order to take their turn at-bat. To avoid further game delay, the borrowed player(s) should be replaced as soon as a batter has been retired in the half-inning. That retired batter would then replace the borrowed player in the field.
    • A team may only borrow the number players needed to get to minimum number of players required for a game.
    • Borrowed players are not permitted to pitch.
    • Borrowed players must play outfield or catcher.
    • Borrowed players must bat at the bottom of the order.
  • There is no on-deck circle. Only the first batter of an inning may warm up while the pitcher is warming up.
  • Pitcher warm-ups.
    • New pitchers, including the beginning of a game, are allowed a maximum of seven (7) warm-up pitches.
    • Returning pitchers who pitched a previous inning are allowed a maximum of four (4) warm-up pitches.
    • Under no circumstance shall a manager, coach or adult warm-up a pitcher. Any players warming-up a pitcher must wear protective catcher’s equipment.
    • If a pitcher is warming up in the bullpen, the catcher must be wearing protective catcher’s equipment. A player not currently playing in the field must also be standing near the bullpen with a batting helmet on looking for potential balls entering the bullpen.
  • There is a three-minute time limit between half-innings. The batter must be in the batter’s box and the fielders must be in position by then. This rule supersedes the pitcher warm-up count and will be strictly enforced by the umpires.
  • Player must use BBCOR (-3) bats. The BBCOR stamp must be visible on the bat. USA Baseball bats are prohibited.
  • No bat throwing. 1st time a player throws a bat: warning, 2nd time: out.
  • Fake bunting / slash bunting / butcher boy is PROHIBITED. The batter will be called OUT if attempted.
  • Mandatory playing time.
    • All players must play a minimum of two defensive innings prior to the completion of the 5th inning of play.
    • No player may sit more than three innings during a seven-inning game.
  •  Special runners.
    • There are no special / courtesy runners.
    • To improve the pace of games, when your pitcher or catcher is on base with one or two outs, you may replace him/her with a pinch runner. The pinch runner must be the player who made the last out.

Pitching Rules

  • Pitch Counts and Limits
    • Limits and Required Rest are not modified from Little League's Rulebook but are provided here for convenience.

Pitch Count - Age is a player's Little League age.

Age

Maximum Pitches Per Day
(incl. double-headers)

13 – 16

95 pitches



Important: Note required rest differences for 13/14 vs. 15/16 year old players.
 

Required Rest Rules –13yo / 14yo

Pitch Count

Required Rest

1-20

Calendar Days (can pitch next day)

21-35

Calendar Day (can pitch in two days)

36-50

Calendar Days (can pitch in three days)

51-65

Calendar Days (can pitch in four days)

66+

4 Calendar Days (can pitch in five days)



Required Rest Rules – 15yo – 16yo

Pitch Count

Required Rest

1-30

0 Calendar Days (can pitch next day)

31-45

1 Calendar Day (can pitch in two days)

46-60

2 Calendar Days (can pitch in three days)

61-75

3 Calendar Days (can pitch in four days)

76+

4 Calendar Days (can pitch in five days)

 

  • Actual pitches thrown in a calendar day will determine required rest regardless of threshold reached.
  • Pitch limits and required rest (see tables above) are based on players LL age as of the current season.
  • Fall ball: Pitchers are limited to nine (9) outs per game. Once a pitcher has been pitcher of record for nine recorded outs, they must be removed for a new pitcher.
  • Fall ball: Players who will be 17 years old on 8/31/2022 are not eligible to pitch.
  • Any pitcher on a regular season team roster may pitch.
  • Borrowed players may not pitch.
  • Pitchers may NOT pitch on three (3) consecutive days.
  • If a pitch limit is reached, the pitcher may continue to pitch until the end of the current at-bat, or if the third out is made to complete the half-inning. Those pitches will count toward mandatory rest requirements.
  • A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the game, regardless of threshold reached.
  • Any player who has played the position of catcher in four or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day. If a catcher catches one pitch in their 4th inning, they are also ineligible to pitch.
  • Any player who played the position of catcher for three (3) innings or less, moves to the pitcher position, and delivers 21 pitches (13-14yo) or 31 pitches (15-16yo) or more in the same day, may not return to the catcher position that calendar day, regardless of threshold reached.
  • Each team is responsible for keeping an accurate pitch count. Teams must check with the other team after each half-inning to ensure both teams have the same count. Any discrepancies must be resolved as soon as possible. In cases of discrepancies, umpires will determine the actual number of pitches thrown.
  • Notify the umpire once a pitch count limit has been reached.
  • If pitch counts are exceeded, notify the coordinator of the division. Managers exceeding pitch counts may be brought before the Board of Directors for possible disciplinary action.
  • Pitch counts will be tracked by the division coordinator and all managers will be notified of ineligible pitchers and the date they will be eligible to pitch next.
  • Balks will be called with the following considerations:
    • Each pitcher will be given one (1) warning and an explanation of what caused the balk call.  Any subsequent balk calls against that pitcher will result in base runner advancement.

Spring Standings / Tiebreakers / Playoffs

  • Fall ball: There are no playoffs or standings during fall ball.
  • Each team will play 12 games and make the playoffs.
  • Teams will be seeded based on overall record & winning percentage.
  • In the event of a two-way tie, the tiebreakers are:
    • Head-to-Head Record.
    • Record In Common Games.
    • Run Differential in Head – to – Head Games.
    • Run Differential in Common Games.
    • Coin Flip.
  • In the event of a three-or-more-way tie, the tiebreakers are:
    • Record In Common Games.
    • Run Differential in Head – to – Head Games.
    • Run Differential in Common Games.
    • Season Run Differential.
    • Random Drawing.
  • Playoffs will be single elimination.

Last update: 9/14/2021

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