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Majors Baseball Rules

Thornydale Little League Majors Baseball Rules

1.      A Conventional batting order will be used for both teams, bat 9/play 9.

2.      Substitution rules will be in effect, as described in rule 3.03. (Starters are married to their spots)

3.      Minimum play rules apply: 6 defensive outs and 1 at bat. No courtesy runners are allowed, may use special pinch runner.

4.      The “10 run rule” will be observed, as described in rule 4.10 (e).

5.      The “dropped 3rd strike” rule is in effect. 6.09 (b)

6.      Intentional walk rule is in effect. The pitcher will have 4 pitches added to their pitch count. 6.08 (a (2) note 2)

7.      Batter must keep a foot in the batters box as described in rule 6.02(c).

8.      All bats must meet regulations as outlined in rule 1.10 in the 2022 Little League Baseball Rules and Regulations, and be approved by the game’s umpires.

9.      Teams must use regulation Little League baseballs and provide 2 new baseballs prior to the start of play, at the plate talk with the plate umpire.

10.   The time limit for all games at this level is no new inning may begin after 2 hrs from the scheduled start with a drop dead time of 2 hrs 15 mins from the scheduled start.

11.   Home plate umpire to be provided and scheduled by the Host League.

12.   The umpires will leave the field if you do not have 8 players at the beginning or during a game, and the game will be counted as a forfeit.  The ninth position in the batting order will be an out. The two teams should then scrimmage against one another, ie practice game.

13.   A rostered adult must be present in the dugout at all times when players are present

14.   Each team is responsible for maintaining their own pitch counts which should be communicated between the teams and plate umpire regularly throughout the game, with meet in the middle if there are discrepancies.

15.   Official scorekeeper to be provided by the Home team.

16. There is no “must slide rule.” The rule is, “slide, or attempt to get around.” The key in this situation is, “the fielder has the ball and is waiting to make a tag.” If the fielder (any fielder, not just the catcher) does not have the ball, and there is a collision, you CANNOT call the runner out. However, if the umpire determines that the runner deliberately attempted to injure the fielder, the umpire could eject the runner for unsportsmanlike conduct. 7.08(a(3)).


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