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LEE COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE TBALL/COACH PITCH RULES 2021-2022


The Lee County Little League T-ball/Coach Pitch program is for boys and girls with a league age of 4 to 6 years old, who want to learn the fundamentals of Baseball and have fun! In T-ball/CP, players hit a ball off of a batting tee and have the option for the coach to pitch to them. The primary goals of T-ball/CP is to have fun, to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball/softball, and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. For any matter not specifically mentioned below, the Little League official regulations and playing rules shall be used.

Any volunteer that helps, whether it is in the field or the dugout, MUST have a background check. There should be at least one adult in the dugout at all times, but no more than two. No more than four total from each team on the field/in the dugout at all times.

During practice, ALL players are pitched to by the coach and they hit off of a Tee. During game situations, ALL players must be pitched 5 balls in an attempt to hit off the coach. If by the fifth ball the batter does not hit, the tee shall be used. If a player fouls-off a ball, they shall try again. 

Coaches are responsible for making sure the game starts at a scheduled time. A late start means the following game will start late as well. There is no mandatory number of players for a game to start. There are no winners or losers in T-ball. No runs or outs are recorded during the game. There are no Little League umpires for the game. Coaches will act as umpires. Remember, T-ball is for learning and having fun.

Time limit is 55 minutes or two innings (two times at bat for each team), whichever comes first. No new inning will start after 45 minutes. This is so the next game can start on time. A half inning is over once all players on a team have batted. Do not record the number of runs or outs in an inning, but if a runner is out, they must return to the dugout. 

Bat the entire order, beginning to end and then end to beginning. This is to ensure that the same player does not bat last every time. The batting order shall be changed each game as well. NO on deck batters.

There can be two adult base coaches, one coach handling the batting tee, and one coach pitching the ball. There should be no more than two adult defensive coaches and two offensive coaches (this includes the person in the dugout). There is no limit on the number of swings it takes to hit the ball off of a Tee. The coach handling the batting team is to move the tee from home plate anytime a runner is coming home.

The ball must travel 10 feet to be a live ball. An arched line, 10 feet from Homeplate, should be drawn from foul line to foul line. One base per hit. A batter/runner may not advance on an overthrow to a base.

Defensively, all players must enter the field. They play standard infield positions (minus a catcher; there is no catcher in TBALL) and the remaining spread out in the outfield. Outfielders must play behind the base lines until the ball has been hit. Try to teach your players to play their position. Don’t crowd the ball and teach them to throw to first base or tag their closest base to get an out. 

If a live ball is fielded by the pitcher, he or she may not tag the batter or run with the ball to first. This is an instructional league, so instruct your players the proper way to play the game. Very seldom will a pitcher/player do this in older leagues. Tackling, crowding, or pushing is frowned upon and coaches need to do their best to ensure their players don’t do so. 

No team can cancel or reschedule a game, only league officials may do so. Rain outs will be called by Little League officials no earlier than 3 PM on the day of the game. Rain outs will be called only when the field is too wet or unsafe to play on, not because it “may“ rain. Notice will be sent out by a league representative and posted on our league webpage. If fields are too wet to practice, a field closure notice will be sent out, and posted to Facebook. However, coaches should not expect notification earlier than 3 PM. 

Leave the fields the way you found them, as well as the dugouts. Make sure all league equipment used is taken care of, kept clean, and put back the way it was found. All equipment use requires a deposit and return-by-date to ensure return of deposit! Should equipment come up missing, lost, or is damaged, please notify your Tball rep immediately. 

Players must have their own helmet, bat, and glove. Cleats are optional in T-ball. Please ensure that any child playing pitcher has a face guard/mask on their helmet. It is recommended that all helmets have a face mask. Please ensure all bats have the T-ball/LL stamp/sticker; this will be checked prior to the first game!

League age for tball for Lee County consists of 4 to 6-year-olds. The actual age may vary, meaning a three-year-old turning 4 will be allowed to play as determined by the Little League baseball age chart. With that being said, a three or four-year-old MAY NOT play the position of pitcher.

Please keep an open line of communication with your T-ball rep. If there’s any cause for concern or an issue regarding player safety, please contact your player rep to discuss the situation.

It is encouraged to use the GroupMe app to ensure parents/guardians and the coaches have an open line of communication for notices regarding the team. You must add your Division Rep. to your Group Me/Communication group. Please share the rules with parents to avoid any causes for concern or to answer any questions.

**Please get familiar with our league web page and follow us on Facebook. Most notices, news, and updates will be sent by email and/or text and also posted on our webpage/Facebook.. 

HAVE FUN AND PLAY BALL!


DISTRICT 13 INTERLEAGUE RULES FOR 2021 (subject to change)

DISTRICT 13 INTERLEAGUE RULES FOR 2022    Updated 04/10/2022

These Interleague Rules are in effect for the 2022 season, and replace all prior years’ rules.  

PeeWee (Machine Pitch) Softball and Baseball:

·        Game time:  1 hour, 15 minutes – finish the inning. (There is no requirement for there to be a declared winner for an official game.)

·        A game may not be played or continued with less than eight (8) players on each team.  All efforts should be made to acquire an eighth player through their respective player pool.  A pool player can play any position.

·        The pitching machine speed will be set at the minimum arc of the ball pitched.  The machine should be adjusted any time deemed necessary by an official.  The standard machine speed shall be 40 mph/46 feet for baseball, and 35 mph/35 feet for softball.

·        All players occupying the Pitcher’s circle MUST wear a helmet WITH facemask.  The Pitcher should not leave the circle or switch sides of the machine until the ball leaves the pitching machine. If they do, it’s a dead ball with no pitch.

·        All batted balls hit into fair territory are considered live. This includes balls that hit the pitching machine.

·        If a batted ball cannot be fielded safely from the area of the pitching machine, a field official should declare “TIME”.  The batter and all base runners are advanced one base from the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

·        Continuous batting order MUST be used – i.e. all players bat in order. Mandatory play is 1 at bat and 6 defensive outs (they do not have to be consecutive). Free subs, they are not married to each other. (their position stays the same in the lineup but you can move them anywhere in the field)

·        An “at bat” will consist of a maximum of three (3) swinging strikes or five (5) pitches, whichever comes first.  If the fifth pitch is fouled, the batter will continue their turn at bat until a pitch is missed, taken or put into play. Bunting is allowed.

 There will be two 6 foot diameter circles placed 3 feet from the minor mound, on each side. The pitcher needs to occupy one of the circles, they cannot leave the circle until the ball passes through the machine. 

·        All overthrows are deemed live and in-play, and players advance at their own risk. The ball is live until the pitcher reaches either circle with the ball then the volunteer will call time.

·        There will be a line drawn in between 1st & 2nd and between 2nd & 3rd and between 3rd and home. Whichever side of the line the runner is on when the volunteer calls time, they must advance or go back to the base. 

·        There is a 5-run limit per half inning.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation play or the time limit, the game remains a tie.

·        If the score differential is 15 runs or greater at the end of 3 innings (3 ½ if the home team is leading), OR 10 runs or greater at the end of 4 innings (4 ½ if the home team is leading), the game shall be ended with the team leading declared as the winner.

·        With two (2) outs, a pinch/courtesy runner MUST be utilized for the Catcher.  The pinch runner must be any player who is not in the game defensively.  If there are no extra players, the player who made the most recent out shall be the pinch/courtesy runner.

MP: there is no stealing in MP.

Minor Softball and Baseball:

Game time:  1 hour, 45 minutes – finish the inning or 6 innings (whichever comes first). However, no new inning shall start within 5 minutes or less of the time limit. There is no requirement for there to be a declared winner for an official game.) 

A game may not be played or continued with less than nine (9) players on each team.  Inability to field nine players is not an automatic forfeit as per Little League rules, but shall be referred to the District Administrator for a decision. POOL PLAY

There will be NO coach pitch in the Baseball Minor Division.  In Softball, and only before April 11, after the batter receives a 4th called Ball, then the Coach may pitch the remainder of that batter’s at-bat. 

Coaches will NOT be allowed to catch pitchers at the plate, bullpen or elsewhere during the game.   This is a Little League rule – no exceptions.

·        There is a 5-run limit per half inning.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation play or the time limit, the game remains a tie.

·        If the score differential is 15 runs or greater at the end of 3 innings, OR 10 runs or greater at the end of 4 innings.The game shall be ended with the team leading declared as the winner.

·        Continuous batting order MUST be used – i.e. all players bat in order. Mandatory play is 1 at bat and 6 defensive outs (they do not need to be consecutive). Free subs, they are not married to each other. (their position stays the same in the lineup but you can move them anywhere in the field)

  • With two (2) outs, a courtesy runner MAY be utilized for the Catcher.  This is not mandatory. The runner would be the player who received the last out. 

Little League (Major) Softball and Baseball:

Game time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (finish the inning) or six (6) innings, whichever comes first. However, no new inning shall start within 5 minutes or less of the time limit.

A game may not be played or continued with less than nine (9) players on each team. Inability to field nine players is not an automatic forfeit as per Little League rules, but shall be referred to the District Administrator for a decision. POOL PLAY

·        There is a 5-run limit per half inning.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation play or the time limit, the game will continue until there is a declared winner.

·        If the score differential is 15 runs or greater at the end of 3 innings, OR 10 runs or greater at the end of 4 innings. The game shall be ended with the team leading declared as the winner.

·        Continuous batting order MUST be used – i.e. all players bat in order. Mandatory play is 1 at bat and 6 defensive outs (they do not need to be consecutive). Free subs, they are not married to each other. (their position stays the same in the lineup but you can move them anywhere in the field)

Coaches will NOT be allowed to catch pitchers at the plate, bullpen or elsewhere during the game.   This is a Little League rule – no exceptions.

Stealing: 

  • Softball- runner can leave the base once the ball has been released by the pitcher

  • Baseball- runner can leave the base once the ball has reached the batter/home plate

DROP THIRD STRIKE RULE: Majors

  • a batter may attempt to advance to first on a drop third strike ONLY if 1st base is not occupied

    • if 1st base is occupied, the only time a batter can advance is if there are two outs

·        There will be NO courtesy runner in the Major Division.

Junior Softball and Baseball:

Game time: 2 hours (finish the inning) or seven (7) innings, whichever comes first. However, no new inning shall start within 5 minutes or less of the time limit.  

A game may not be played/continued with less than nine (9) players on each team. Inability to field nine players is not an automatic forfeit per Little League rules, but shall be referred to the District Administrator for decision. POOL PLAY

Continuous batting order MUST be used – i.e. all players bat in order. Mandatory play is 1 at bat and 6 defensive outs (they do not need to be consecutive). Free subs, they are not married to each other. (their position stays the same in the lineup but you can move them anywhere in the field)

Coaches will not be allowed to catch pitchers at the plate, bullpen or elsewhere during the game. This is a Little League rule – no exceptions.

There is a 5-run limit per half inning. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play or the time limit, the game will continue until there is a declared winner.

 If the score differential is 15 runs or greater at the end of 4 innings, OR 10 runs or greater at the end of 5 innings.The game shall be ended with the team leading declared as the winner.

–Sliding head first is only allowed in the Junior divisions. Diving back to a base is allowed in any division. *You do not HAVE to slide, however if you make malicious contact, you will be ejected/out

–Stealing

  • Softball- runner can leave the base once the ball has been released by the pitcher

  • Baseball- runner can leave at their own discretion

  • Baseball: Juniors is the only division where you can lead off when stealing a base

–DROP THIRD STRIKE RULE: Juniors

  • a batter may attempt to advance to first on a drop third strike ONLY if 1st base is not occupied

    • if 1st base is occupied, the only time a batter can advance is if there are two outs

·        There will be NO courtesy runner in the Intermediate or Junior Divisions.


 

PLEASE ADVISE!!!

We do not offer Senior League which is the league ages of 15 and 16 years old. 
Please disregard these age groups on the charts and if your player's birth month and year fall under 15 or 16 years old, they are not eligible to play. 

2022 Softball Age Chart

2022 Baseball Age Chart- league age and actual age may differ

Contact

Lee County Little League (TX)
P.O. Box 427 
Giddings, Texas 78942

Phone: 979-212-1914
Email: [email protected]

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