FOSTER CITY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
MAJORS DIVISION RULES
Following are the local rules for the Majors Division of Foster City Little League Baseball. A full explanation of all the rules can be found in the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball.
2.0 Safety and Equipment
All male players must be properly equipped with an athletic supporter and cup.
Catchers must wear a mask with throat protector, and catchers helmet during practice, pitcher warm-up and games.
No Adult can catch infield pregame or during the game to warm up the pitcher. Only a player is allowed to catch and they MUST wear a catchers mask with a throat protector at all times.
No one except eligible players in uniform, managers and not more than two coaches shall occupy the bench or dugout area.
For safety bat boys and bat girls are not permitted.
The batter, all base runners and players acting as coaches, must wear helmets at all times.
There will be no on-deck circle. Players may not take warm-up swings either inside or outside the dugout.
There shall be no head-first sliding to a base a runner is attempting to reach. A player is allowed to slide head first back to the base he already legally gained possession of. Example: A runner on first may not slide head first into second on a ground ball. He may, however, dive head first back to first base on a line drive in an attempt not to be put out.
If a batter throws a bat, he/she will receive a warning on the first occasion. On the second occasion it will be an immediate dead ball out and the manager will be notified that the player may not bat for the balance of the game, but may play in the field.
The umpire’s judgment shall be final. No appeals shall be allowed, and no explanation of the judgment shall be necessary. Managers and coaches are expected to refrain from delaying the game by questioning the judgment of the call.
4.0 Regular Season and Playoffs Schedule
Pre-season games will not count towards the standings. Each team will then play all other teams three times during the regular season (15 games). There will be two games per week (1 weekday and 1 Saturday). There will be a double elimination championship tournament at the end of the season.
5.0 Game Lengths
Games are six (6) innings long. If a game is shortened for weather or darkness etc. it is a regulation game if 4 innings have been completed, or if the home team is ahead after 3 and ½ innings. If a game is called before it has become a regulation game and 1 or more innings have been played, it shall be resumed exactly where it left off. For all regular season Saturday games, including the last game of the day, no inning may start after 105 minutes (1 hour, 45 minutes).
6.0 Minimum Play
All Players available for the game will bat in continuous order. Each player on the team must play a minimum of three innings per game (only two innings are required in a shortened game). If a player does not complete minimum play, that player must then start the next scheduled game, fulfill the playing obligation from the last game and at least the minimum play for the current game before being taken out. Violation of the minimum play rules will result in a warning, then a possible suspension of the manager by the League’s Board of Directors.
7.0 12-Year Old Limit
A team cannot have more than eight (8) players who are league age 12.
8.0 Dugout Rules
The home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout and will be responsible for making sure the bases are out and returned after weekday games and the last game on Saturday.
9.0 Pitching Rules
Pitchers in Foster City Little League shall not throw curveballs, sliders or screwballs, except in the Majors Division. In judging these pitches, the umpire shall be governed by the movement of the ball, the ball's spin. The umpire’s judgment shall be final. No appeals shall be allowed, and no explanation of the judgment shall be necessary. Managers and coaches are expected to refrain from delaying the game by questioning the judgment of the call. On the first occasion, the umpire shall call an illegal pitch. The pitch shall become a ball and the pitcher given a warning.
On the second occasion in the game, it will be called an illegal pitch. If the ball is hit, the offensive team may elect to let the play stand or impose the penalty as if the pitch had not been struck at. In either case, the pitcher shall be removed from the pitching position, but may stay in the game in another position and may not return to the pitching position in that game. In addition, the manager shall meet with a committee composed of the league president, Division Rep., Chief Umpire and the Safety Director to insure that no further violations of this rule occur.
The above stated curve ball rule and penalties may be enforced by a committee of not less than three members of the Board of Directors. This committee shall consist of the President who shall chair the committee, and at least two other Board members appointed by the President. Any penalties or sanctions imposed by this committee shall take place immediately following the game in which the incident took place. There shall be no appeal to the full board of this committee's decision.
(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)
(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.
(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when s\he reaches the limit for his\her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:.
League Age Per Game Pitch Limits:
11 -12 = 75 pitches per day
9-10 = 65 pitches per day
8 = 50 pitches per day
Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for
his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one
of the following conditions occurs:
1. That batter reaches base;
2. That batter is put out;
3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.
Rule for Pitching and Catching same game: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
FCLL additional pitching limits per week (passed 3/2/17 by BoD):
The maximum number of pitches that an 11 or 12-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 105.
The maximum number of pitches that a 9 or 10-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 95.
The maximum number of pitches that an 8-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 80.
(d) Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.
(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire.
However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.
(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c).
The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.
(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19. The manager and\or coaches may also be subject to sanctions by the Board of Directors.
(j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)
(k) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (Exception: In the Big League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Pitches delivered in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.
3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest.
Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days.
Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the "calendar week" with regard to pitching eligibility.
10.0 DELAYED STEAL
The pitcher need only be on the mound with the ball, and the catcher in the catcher's box with his/her mask and glove on. The runners shall return to the last base safely reached. The runners are not to stay off the base in an attempt to draw a play. The umpires shall instruct the runners to return if necessary. If a pitcher makes a play on a runner, the umpires will let the play continue and the runners shall be in jeopardy, but eligible to advance if not put out. The purpose of this rule is to speed up play and prevent drawn out pitcher-runner exercises. Umpire should attempt to control this in the spirit of the rule.
There will be two scorekeepers, preferably supplied by the League. If the League supplies only one, the Home team will supply a second scorekeeper who will work at the direction of the League scorekeeper. If no League scorekeeper is available, each of the Home and Visiting teams will supply a scorekeeper, with the Visiting scorekeeper working at the direction of the Home Scorekeeper.
12.0 New Rules
The batter is allowed to run to 1st base if the 3rd strike is dropped by the catcher.