Majors (NL) Rules

Majors (NL) Rules

Rules of Little League International apply as found in the Baseball Rule Book. 

There is a mercy rule if one team is leading by 10 or more runs after 3 1/2 innings. 
 
LL regulation changes for pitching and catching 

Regulation VI  PITCHERS in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read, in part:

(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

 

Summary and Implementation: Beginning immediately, this prohibits a player who has played the position of catcher in any part of four innings in a game from being used as a pitcher at any time on that calendar day. This applies to all baseball divisions, and will apply to the International Tournament as well.

 

Regulation VI (k) in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read:

(k) Pitching in more than one game in a day:

Minor League and Little League - A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day;

Junior League and Senior League - A player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day. (Exception: If the player pitched 31 or more pitches in the first game, that player may not pitch in the second game on that day);

Big League - A player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.


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New for 2012 Season

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New for 2012 Season

Rule 6.05(b) in the Baseball Rule Book has been amended to read:

6.05 - A batter is out when -
(b) Little League Majors/Junior/Senior/Big League
(1) a third strike is legally caught by the catcher;
(2) a third strike is not caught by the catcher when first base is occupied before two are out. 

Summary and Implementation: During the 2012 season, for the Major National League Baseball Division, players may advance on a third strike that is not caught in flight by the catcher. FHLL has opted not to use this rule for Majors American League.  In Tournament play, the rule will be implemented as noted above for the Majors National League Division.

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