Pee Wee Rules

Pee Wee Rules




Unless otherwise noted in these rules, Little League Baseball rules are applicable.


1.                      FIELD

a.        Distance between each base is 52 feet.

b.       Coach pitching will take place at a position from in front of the pitching mound, at the discretion of the Coach Pitcher (see 3 below-Pitching).

c.         The home run line starts 100 feet along each of the base lines from the home plate and 110 feet to the centre field line.


2.                      OFFICIAL GAME

a.        A complete game is 4 innings.  During the regular season, there are no extra innings if the game is tied after 4 innings.

b.       During the regular season, a maximum of 4 runs may be scored in an inning.

c.        Each team must field a minimum of 8 players and a maximum of 10.


3.                      PITCHING

a.        Each coach or other qualified person (Coach Pitcher) will pitch to the players on their team using only balls supplied by the league.  If the ball hits the Coach Pitcher or the Pitching machine it is a dead ball and the batter gets first base. The Coach Pitcher should not be involved in any fielding or coaching.

b.        There are no walks to batters.  A batter who is hit by a pitch is not entitled to take first base.  If a batter is hit by a ball in the strike zone, it is called a strike.  Otherwise, if the batter is hit, it is a ball.

c.      Until the end of April, there will be 5 strikes to the batter before he/she is out.  In May and June, there will be 4 strikes before he/she is out.


4.                      GROUND RULES

a.       A home run must clear the home run line in the air (automatic home run).

b.       A ground ball hit over the home run line is a maximum of 3 bases (must be earned).

c.       A ground ball that does not travel over the home run line is a maximum of 2 bases (must be earned).

d.       Once the fielder has the ball and is in the motion of throwing, the running will not advance any further.

e.       On a ball hit to an infield player (who may be at normal depth just outside the baseline), the maximum a base runner can advance is one base (must be earned).

f.        There is no infield fly rule.  Infield flies will be played like any other hit ball.

5.                      FIELDING

a.       Each player must have equal play in the field.  It is strongly recommended that each player field at least 3 innings per game, at least 1 being in an infield position, and that all players rotate through the various positions.  The only exception being for safety reasons. A player can play a maximum of 2 innings at one position.  Coaches, please do not have your best players always playing the key positions.  These players also need to play in the outfield.

b.       FHLL Pee Wee Division has an EQUAL PLAY Policy.  Each player, regardless of his or her skill level, will be given equal opportunity to participate in each game.  Position allocation will be rotated so that each player gets the same degree of exposure to play each position.  When safety is a concern, coaches can skip the rotation so that a player is not exposed to unnecessary danger.  However, that player should be placed in the next most involved position that the coach feels comfortable placing them in. Safety issues should be discussed with and explained to the parent and player involved.  Furthermore, if a weaker player has to be replaced for safety reasons, then they should be replaced by the next player set for that position, not another stronger player.  Coaches can deviate from the rotation, i.e. sit a player out for disciplinary reasons, however this should rarely happen.  If discipline is an on-going problem, then the coach should notify the coordinator.

c.        There must be four outfielders in the field whenever a team has 10 or more players.  The outfielders must be placed in the outfield rather than positioned as extra infielders. Outfielders should play at normal outfield depth (at least half way between infield and home run line) and not creep in so that they are just outside of the infield.  When a ball is hit to the outfield, encourage the outfielder to throw the ball to make an out rather than run in and touch the bag themselves. 


6.                      BATTING

a.       A helmet must be worn at all times by each player when at bat or on base.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

b.       All players must bat in the batting order, which is established prior to the start of the game.  It is suggested to create a batting order and then rotate the first batter to last the next game and move everyone up one position.  That way kids will learn they always bat behind the same player and everyone will get a chance to bat first in a game. 

c.       There is NO bunting.

d.       All players are expected to sit on the bench in order of the batting rotation.

e.       There are NO on-deck batters.  The player who is at bat should be the only one holding a bat.


7.                      BASE RUNNING

a.       Lead-offs and stealing are NOT permitted.  Runners may proceed only when the ball is hit.  Unless a runner leading-off is put out in normal play, he will be sent back to his/her base unless it has become occupied.  If occupied, the runner leading-off will be called out.  (Note: this is different from normal Rulebook 7.13 which requires all runners to go back only to an unoccupied base).  This Pee Wee rule is designed to teach runners not to lead-off.

b.       A run may be scored only on a hit, or fly-out (runner must tag-up).

c.       At the time the ball leaves the fielders hand, no players may advance past the base they are running to at that moment.  A player may not advance another base due to an overthrow.  Note: the fielder must have fielded the ball and completed the action of throwing it towards the general vicinity of the base or the infield.

d.       Should a player forget to run and is being forced by another runner, the player may proceed to the next base after the ball has been thrown by the fielder-this base must be earned. This is the only exception to the above rule.

8.                      HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

a.        The home plate umpire is supplied by the league and the home team supplies the base umpire.  The home team is responsible for paying the plate umpire.

b.       The home team lines and grooms the field both before and after the game and provides the umpire with 2 game balls.  The field must be lined and ready for play at least 30 minutes before the game time.

c.       The visiting team gets use of the field for warm-up 20 minutes before the game time: the home team gets use of the field 10 minutes prior to game time.


8.                               SCOREKEEPING

a.       Each team must have a scorekeeper to keep a record during the game. The final score should be agreed upon by each scorekeeper.  The home team scorekeeper is the official scorekeeper for the umpire.

b.       Both managers must email the final score to the coordinator.


9.                               POSTPONED GAMES

a.       It is the coaches responsibility to contact each other to declare a rain-out.  The home team is responsible for contacting the umpire coordinator to cancel the umpire as well as the division coordinator to reschedule.

b.       There should be no talk of forfeiting games due to lack of players.  Teams can borrow from each other to make the minimum 8.


10.                           COACHING

a.       Coaches are allowed to coach first and third base when their team is at bat but are restricted to the coaches box.  Other than the Coach Pitcher, coaches are not allowed on the field during play.

b.      Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team parents.

c.      Coaches will ensure that a respectful and positive game atmosphere is upheld.  In the event of a dispute over any rule, call or procedure, the concerned coach will ask for a time-out and privately discuss the concern with the opposing coach, base umpire and head umpire.  There should not be any open discussion of disputes that players and or parents can hear.  It is important to note that the umpires for the Pee Wee division are 11/12 yr olds most likely in their first year.  They will make mistakes.  However, we ask that you please respect their  calls.   This is not a competitive division.  Missed calls will not affect any outcomes as there are no standings, no league titles etc. 


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