Minors AA Rules
1. SPIRIT OF THE GAME
play baseball to have fun, and it must be our primary goal to make that
happen. When they develop their skills and knowledge of the game and
rules within this context, they will come to love the sport of baseball, and value
the teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship that are an essential part of the
are asked to model exemplary sportsmanship and judgement at all
times. While it is important that friendly competition be
encouraged, for the enjoyment of everyone involved please:
(i) allow all players to
rotate through the 'prime' positions but move them if they struggle;
(ii) replace a pitcher
that is unable to throw a reasonable number of strikes, no team wants to earn
its runs walking and the pitchers have to learn that it's ok to have an off
(iii) do not play too
aggressively or pitch only your most dominant pitchers against a much weaker
(iv) do not run up the
make it clear to your families that any player, coach, spectator or other
person displaying poor sportsmanship shall be ejected from the
game. Once ejected, the offending person must leave the park
immediately or face further disciplinary action.
a. All players must
wear a protective cup, regardless of gender, at all
times. Mouth-guards are recommended to protect teeth and guard from
concussion. No player is permitted to wear any form of jewelry.
b. Personal batting
helmets are strongly recommended for hygienic reasons.
c. Back catchers shall
wear full protective catchers' gear including face-mask, throat mask, chest
protector, shin and knee-pads regardless of whether they are warming up or
playing the game.
d. Players not
occupying the positions of batter, runner or field shall remain in their dugout
at all times.
e. It is recommended
that when Coaches act as a warm-up catcher for a pitcher, they should wear a
protective mask. Coaches should attempt to have another player from the bench
wear the catcher's gear to warm up the pitcher.
a. The home plate
umpire is the ultimate authority during the game and will be treated with due
respect and courtesy.
b. No one, including
all coaches, players and spectators, shall make any comment, directly or
indirectly, to any umpire at anytime except:
(i) as set out in Rule 9
of the Little League Official Playing Rules (where "manager" is
replaced by "head coach");
(ii) to communicate
positive comments; or
(iii) to communicate with
the respective league's Umpire-in-Chief or Coordinator of Umpires.
4. START OF GAME
a. The home team shall
supply at least a home plate umpire and a first base umpire. Said
umpires must be familiar with Little League playing rules and the rules
b. The home team shall
be responsible for preparing the field of play and shall reside in the dugout
adjacent to third base.
c. The home team shall
supply a minimum of two game balls to the umpire. Such balls will be
returned at the end of the game.
d. The home team shall
provide the official scorekeeper and the visiting team will provide a
scorekeeper. Their records shall match.
5. GAME TIME
a. Whereas it is
acknowledged that the start of play begins upon the umpire declaring "play
ball", games shall begin promptly as scheduled.
b. The umpire's watch
shall be deemed correct and will be the official timepiece for the
game. If the umpire does not have a watch, the official scorekeeper
shall keep the official time.
c. Games shall last at
least four (4) innings and not more than six (6) innings. Where the
home team has recorded a greater number of runs scored, the second half of the
last inning shall not be played.
d. One-half inning
shall be complete when either the defensive team records three (3) outs or the
offensive team records five (5) runs. This rule
holds true for ALL innings. When players are pitching, one-half inning
shall be complete when either the defensive team records three outs or the
offensive team records three (3) runs.
e. Coaches should be in
agreement and make this call: When in the umpire's judgment,
weather, darkness or similar conditions make further play impossible, the game
will be resumed where it left of at a date agreed upon by both teams.
f. The time limit for
games will be one hour 45 minutes (105 minutes). That is, no new
inning shall begin beyond that time except to play the fourth (4th)
inning. For the purpose of this rule, a new inning shall be deemed to
begin at the moment of the last out of the previous inning.
g. To speed up the
game, it is suggested that there be no infielder/outfielder warm up before an
inning. The pitcher will take 5-6 warm up pitches
only. When the last out is recorded, have your players hustle
out to their positions and if catcher is not ready, have coach warm up
a. Both teams shall
provide a written roster to the umpire and opposing team prior to the start of
b. Each team shall have
a minimum of seven (7) players to start a game and a minimum of eight (8)
players by the completion of the second inning. Failure to satisfy
these conditions shall result in a game forfeit, and the score will be entered
as six (6) to zero (0) against the forfeiting team. Agreement to
continue to play shall not alter the application of this rule.
neither team is able to field a team, they may agree to replay the game at a
later date as in a rainout situation.
c. Where one team has
more than 9 players and the other less, the team with fewer than 9 players will
be provided with player(s) by the other team to complete its
the team that is short players refuses to accept such player onto its squad,
then rule d. (below) will apply. If the team with more than 9
players refuses to supply the other with player(s) then rule d.
(below) will not apply.
there are fewer than nine (9) batters then each vacant batter position up to
and including the ninth (9th) batter shall be recorded as an out when that
position is due to bat.
e. All players shall
bat in the order provided by the written rosters.
f. The batting order
shall not be altered except to delete a player who leaves the game due to
injury or to add a player that arrives after the beginning of the game to the
bottom of the roster. The home plate umpire and opposing team will be apprised
of any changes to said roster during the course of the game.
g. All players shall
play in the field a minimum of one-half of the game as determined by whole
innings in the field.
h. It is recommended
that players be rotated into prime positions, including pitcher, each game.
a. Coaches shall not be
present on the field of play except between innings, if time is called, or when
they are occupying the position of first base or third base coach when his or
her team is on offense.
b. Coaches can approach
the pitchers mound for discussion with the pitcher three (3) times per pitcher.
However, on the third trip to the mound the pitcher must be pulled. Catchers
may participate in the on-field discussion.
c. Coaches shall remain
in the coach's box, and may not interfere with any batted or thrown ball, or
any batter or fielder. In the case of accidental contact, play will
d. At least one adult
shall remain in the dugout at all times.
e. Coaches shall not
stand behind home plate within or outside the backstop.
a. Scorekeepers shall
record the pitchers' names, the number of pitches by each pitcher and the
number of batters hit, by inning, by each pitcher.
b. Any player may
pitch. There is no limit to the number of pitchers that may be used in a
game. Exception: Any player who has played the position of catcher
for four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that
c. A pitcher once
removed from the mound, may not return as a pitcher. (Pitcher
pitches the first inning, plays another position in the second inning, may not
return to pitch for the rest of game)
d. The pitcher must be
removed when they reach the limit of pitches for their age group as listed
pitches per day
and under 75 pitches per day
Exception: If a pitcher reaches the
limit while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until that
batter reaches a base or is put out. Note 1: Intentional
Walk Before a pitch is delivered, the catcher must inform the umpire
that the defensive team wishes to give the batter an intentional base on
balls. The umpire waves the batter to first base and the ball is
e. All Little League
rules with respect to rest periods shall apply; for example:
- 20 pitches in a day ..no (0) calendar days of rest must be observed
- 35 pitches in a day one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed
36 - 50 pitches in a
day two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed
51 - 65 pitches
in a day three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed
or more pitches in a day four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed
pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches during a game cannot play the position
of catcher for the remainder of that day. A catcher who catches 4 or
more innings cannot pitch for the remainder of that day.
f. A pitcher who
unintentionally hits three (3) batters in one inning or four (4) batters in a
game, shall be replaced as pitcher. A pitcher who intentionally hits
a batter shall be removed from the game.
case where a pitcher, while in motion, stops or drops the ball, the batter
shall be awarded a ball count by the umpire.
a. Where an outfield
perimeter line or fence exists, a ball hit beyond that line continuously in the
air shall be deemed to be a home run.
b. Where an outfield
perimeter line or fence exists, a ball that goes beyond but not continuously in
the air shall be deemed to be a two-base hit. If a defensive player
touches the ball with the intent to propel it across the line, then the ball
shall be live and runners may advance at their peril.
c. All other balls hit
fair shall be live and players may advance at their peril.
d. Batters shall not
advance to 1st base on a dropped third strike.
e. Bunting is not
a. Runners may advance
to home only when the ball is made live by a batter's hitting the ball or when
s/he is forced to advance by a batter walking to 1st base. In other
words, runners may not steal home or advance to home on a back catcher's
pick-off attempt to third base.
b. Player may attempt to "steal" from second to third base at their peril. No other base stealing is permitted.
c. There shall be no
leading off of any base by any runner. The base umpire shall
indicate an infraction of this rule by raising his or her arm.
d. When a runner leads
off and there is no hit, s/he must return to the original base. When
a runner leads off and the ball is put into play, s/he will only advance when
forced to by the batter reaching a base safely. Coaches should insure their
players are aware that there are no lead-offs.
e. Runners shall not
advance once the pitcher has control of the ball within the vicinity of the
pitcher's mound, to be determined at the discretion of the umpire.
f. A runner who safely
crosses first base shall not be tagged out unless s/he makes an intentional
move toward second base. For further clarity, turning left does not
automatically make the move intentional.
g. A runner who
interferes with the initial defensive player attempting to field a hit ball is
out and the ball is dead. Each other runner may advance to the next base to
which each s/he was running at his or her peril.
h. If there is a
legitimate opportunity to put the runner out at home plate, the runner must
slide or avoid (get around) or s/he will be called out.
i. No runner may slide
headfirst except to return to the base previously occupied.
a. Fielders shall allow
runners access to their respective bases unless they have possession of the
b. The infield fly rule
is not in effect.
c. Where a ball is
thrown or rolls out of bounds, either in the infield or outfield, or is
interfered with by any foreign object or person situated out of bounds, then
the runners shall be awarded the base they were running to plus one (1)
additional base from where they were when the overthrown ball was released.
d. If the overthrown
ball remains in the field of play, then the ball is live and runners may
advance at their peril.
e. If the ball is
thrown beyond the outfield perimeter then the ball is dead and runners are
awarded one additional base.
Updated April 2016