Divisions Ages/Rules

Updated Thursday March 5, 2015 by Tri-Village Little League.

Tri-Village Little League Division Composition

PLEASE NOTE: Your child's manager will contact you by April 1, 2015. At all division levels, teams average two games per week: usually one on a weeknight and one on Saturday. Practices begin April 1 and average two per week until the games start in mid-April, and then practices are once per week. Season ends the last week of school.

 


Youth Division (League Ages 6 and 5)

 

  • NO TRYOUTS. Teams are formulated by the Youth Division Player Agent.

 

Game Participation

Each team’s batting order shall include all team members on the roster. fixed and follow from game to game so that the first batter of each game is the player in the batting order

following the last player to bat in the preceding game, but from time to time the manager shall change the player designated as the first batter in the order. Team members that are absent, benched or injured may be skipped over during a game, but shall remain in the batting order. Injured players may bat in their proper spot in the order at any time during the game that they are able to resume full play and they normally would be up to bat. Injured players may bat in their proper spot in the order at any time during the game that they are able to resume full play and they would normally be up to hit. 

Participation Forms

No Participation forms required

Adult Coaches

Managers and coaches may stand near their batter or defensive players to give advice, but must not interfere with play. The manager or coach must request "time" before attempting to demonstrate a technique or explain a play to the players during the progress of the game. Managers and coaches may coach the offensive team at first and third bases.

Sportsmanship

Managers, coaches, players and spectators are prohibited from calling balls, strikes or outs prior to the umpire making the call. Negative rooting is not allowed. Violation of this paragraph shall be grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion of the offender.

Competition

No score or standings will be kept. Games should last approximately one hour and twenty minutes. The game should be continued until the home team has batted in the bottom of the inning. If that game has to be stopped for any reason, it will not have to be replayed.

Special Playing rules

-Infield fly rule is NOT applicable

-Stealing bases and Bunting are not allowed

-Players (and runners on base) may advance one base after the ball is hit in fair territory.

-An adult will take the pitcher's "mound" with four tee balls and pitch the ball slowly to his/her

team. The distance the adult will stand from home plate can vary for each player; likewise, the pitching may be done overhand, underhand, or from a kneeling position. The batter will have four pitches, which include foul balls and inaccurate tosses, in which to hit the ball into fair play. After four pitches, the Tee must be brought out and the batter will hit the ball off of the Tee. The batting team will have an adult, other than the pitcher, "nearby" so that after the fourth pitch the Tee will immediately be placed on home plate. Upon the Tee being-There shall be no catcher.

-The batter should not be allowed to bunt and may not take a half swing or swinging bunt. If, in the manager's judgment, the batter was not taking a full swing, the batter may be called back. Hitting the tee shall be considered the same as hitting the ball. If the ball goes less than 10 feet, or rolls foul, it shall be called foul.  Exception: No player may field a hit ball within the 10 foot arc. If a hit ball should be touched in this zone, play is stopped and the batter may hit again, i.e., no play.

-There shall be no more than four infield defensive players. All outfield players must be positioned at least 5 feet in the outfield grass. Coaches will be responsible to remind fielders to "stay in the outfield" during the course of the inning. Players shall participate equally at all field positions.

-When a team has scored five runs in one-half inning or the defensive team has obtained three outs, the team in the field will come to bat and the half inning will end.

 

 

Junior Division (League Ages 8 and 7)

 

  • NO TRYOUTS. Teams are formulated by the Junior Division Player Agent.

 

Game Participation

Each team’s batting order shall include all team members on the roster. Injured players may bat in their proper spot in the order at any time during the game that they are able to resume full play and they would normally be up to hit.  At the start of each inning, defensive substitutions can be made. No player shall be on the bench for consecutive innings in a game except in the case of injury, absence or disciplinary action. No player shall play one position more than three innings in any one game. Any position in the outfield shall be considered as one position. The manager and /or coaches shall strive to play each player an equal number of innings in the field.

Participation Forms

No participation forms required

Adult Coaches

Managers and coaches may stand near their batter or defensive players to give advice, but must not interfere with play. The manager or coach must request “time" before attempting to demonstrate a technique or explain a play to the players during the progress of the game. Managers and coaches may coach the offensive team at first and third bases.

Sportsmanship

Managers, coaches, players and spectators are prohibited from calling balls, strikes or outs prior to the umpire making the call. Negative rooting is not allowed. Violation of this paragraph shall be grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion of the offender.

Competition

No score or standings will be kept. The game should be continued until the home team has batted in the bottom of the inning. If the game has to be stopped for any reason, it will not have to be replayed.

Special Playing rules

-Intentional Walks (no pitches thrown) are not allowed.

-Infield fly rule is NOT applicable, Stealing bases and Bunting are not allowed

-Runners will be allowed only one extra base on an overthrow per batted ball. Therefore, the runners will be allowed the base they are going to and may advance at their own risk to an additional base for the overthrow.

-Play shall stop when the defensive team is able to stop the forward progress of the offensive team on the base path or after the one extra base cited above.

-Prior to Memorial Day, an adult will take the pitcher's mound and pitch the ball slowly to his/her team. If the batter does not hit the ball into fair play after 6 pitches the batter is out.

-After Memorial Day, A player will take the pitcher’s mound; Upon ball four being thrown by the player, the manager or coach or other adult designated by the manager of the team at bat will throw from the pitching rubber as many as but no more than 4 pitches to the batter. If the batter does not hit the ball into fair play after 4 pitches the batter is out. (If the fourth pitch is a foul ball, additional pitches will be thrown as long as they continue to be hit foul)

-When a team has scored five runs in one-half inning or the defensive team has obtained three outs, the team in the field will come to bat and the half inning will end.

Pitching Rules

-Any player may pitch, there is no limit on the number of pitchers used in a game

- A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher

- A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day

- A player may not pitch if they have played catcher in 4 or more innings in a game

- A pitcher must be removed when they reach their age group limit

   7-8 year olds - 50 pitches per day  

-If a pitcher reaches their day limit mid-batter, they may finish pitching to that batter.

-After Memorial Day, pitchers may pitch 1 or 2 innings in a game

Pitching Rest

Players must observe the following days rest;

  66 or more pitches – 4 calendar days of rest

  51 – 65 pitches – 3 calendar days of rest

  36 – 50 pitches – 2 calendar days of rest

  21 – 35 pitches – 1 calendar days of rest

  1 – 20 pitches – no calendar days rest required (can pitch next day)

If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold 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 retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Catching Rule

A player who pitches 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day

Farm Division (League Ages 9 and with a limited number of 8s and 10s)

 

  • NO TRYOUTS. Teams are formulated by the Farm Player Agent and Farm Managers through a consensus draft.
  • Eight-year olds are eligible on a space-available basis only. Dependent upon draft and discretion of Player Activity Comm.

 

Game Participation

Each team’s batting order shall include all team members on the roster. Injured players may bat in their proper spot in the order at any time during the game that they are able to resume full play and they would normally be up to hit.  At the start of each inning, defensive substitutions can be made. No player shall be on the bench for consecutive innings in a game except in the case of injury, absence or disciplinary action. No player shall play one position more than three innings in any one game. Any position in the outfield shall be considered as one position. the manager and /or coaches shall strive to play each player an equal number of innings in the field.

Participation Forms

Managers must post player participation and pitching records and scores in the business office at the close of each game. Managers that fail to post will be required to leave the playing field until such time as the posting is completed. Repeated failure to post the required information the day before a team’s next scheduled game is grounds for suspension or removal of the manager.

Adult Coaches

Limited to two adult coaches and a scorekeeper in the dugout.  Only the manager from each team may confer with the umpire or an opposing manager during the games. Such discussions shall be conducted in normal voice and without gestures.

Competition

No standings will be kept. If the game has to be stopped for any reason, it will not have to be replayed.

Sportsmanship

Managers, coaches, players and spectators are prohibited from calling balls, strikes or outs prior to the umpire making the call. Negative rooting is not allowed. Violation of this paragraph shall be grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion of the offender.

Pitcher warm-ups

Managers and coaches may NOT warm up a pitcher when the pitcher is on the mound. Maximum warm up is five pitches, eight pitches if the pitcher has just entered, and the umpire shall direct play to begin once the maximum is reached

Special Playing rules

-Intentional Walks (no pitches thrown) are not allowed.

-Infield fly rule is NOT applicable, Stealing bases and Bunting are not allowed

-Runners will be allowed only one extra base on an overthrow per batted ball. Therefore, the runners will be allowed the base they are going to and may advance at their own risk to an additional base for the overthrow.

-Play shall stop when the defensive team is able to stop the forward progress of the offensive team on the base path or after the one extra base cited above.

-Upon ball four being thrown, the manager or coach or other adult designated by the manager of the batting team, will inherit the strike count and pitch from the pitching rubber until the batter puts a ball in play or strikes out, but in no event will the adult pitcher throw more than FOUR(4) pitches to the batter. If after FOUR (4) pitches the batter has not hit the ball into play, the batter is OUT. (If the fourth pitch is a foul ball, additional pitches will be thrown as long as they continue to be hit foul)

-When a team has scored five runs in one-half inning or the defensive team has obtained three outs, the team in the field will come to bat and the half inning will end.

Pitching Rules

-Any player may pitch, there is no limit on the number of pitchers used in a game

- A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher

- A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day

- A player may not pitch if they have played catcher in 4 or more innings in a game

- A pitcher must be removed when they reach their age group limit

   9-10 year olds -75 pitches per day; 8 year olds - 50 pitches per day  

-If a pitcher reaches their day limit mid-batter, they may finish pitching to that batter

-Prior to Memorial Day no pitcher may pitch more than 2 innings, after Memorial Day no pitcher may pitch more than 3 innings

Pitching Rest

Players must observe the following days rest;

  66 or more pitches – 4 calendar days of rest

  51 – 65 pitches – 3 calendar days of rest

  36 – 50 pitches – 2 calendar days of rest

  21 – 35 pitches – 1 calendar days of rest

  1 – 20 pitches – no calendar days rest required (can pitch next day)

If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold 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 retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Catching Rule

A player who pitches 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day

Intermediate Division (Primarily League Ages 10 and 11, with a limited number of  9s)

 

  • Up to sixteen teams of 12 players.
  • All registered players who played in the Intermediate Division in the preceding year are guaranteed a spot and do not need to tryout. All other players registered for the Intermediate Division must tryout.
  • Nine-year olds are eligible on a space-available basis only.
  • Team selection via draft.

 

Game Participation

Continuous batting order shall be used.  At the start of each inning, defensive substitutions can be made. No player shall be on the bench for consecutive innings in a game except in the case of injury, absence or disciplinary action. The manager and /or coaches shall strive to play each player an equal number of innings in the field.

Season Participation

Each player must play at least two full regulation games during the season. Each player must be out of the line-up for two innings during at least two games at which the player is present for the full regulation game.

Participation Forms

Managers must post player participation and pitching records and scores

in the business office at the close of each game. Managers that fail to post will be required to leave the playing field until such time as the posting is completed. Repeated failure to post the required information the day before a team’s next scheduled game is grounds for suspension or removal of the manager.

Adult Coaches

Limited to two adult coaches and a scorekeeper in the dugout.  Only one adult base coach shall be permitted.  Only the manager from each team may confer with the umpire or an opposing manager during the games. Such discussions shall be conducted in normal voice and without gestures.

Sportsmanship

Managers, coaches, players and spectators are

prohibited from calling balls, strikes or outs prior to the umpire making the call. Negative rooting is not allowed. Violation of this paragraph shall be grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion of the offender.

Pitcher warm-ups

Managers and coaches may NOT warm up a pitcher. Players must wear catcher’s helmet, face mask and throat guard when warming up players  Maximum warm up is five pitches, eight pitches if the pitcher has just entered, and the umpire shall direct play to begin once the maximum is reached

Special Playing rules

-Faking a bunt and then swinging away is prohibited and will result in the batter being called out and runners returning to their bases

-Intentional Walks (no pitches thrown) are not allowed.

-Infield fly rule is applicable

Pitching Rules

-Any player may pitch, there is no limit on the number of pitchers used in a game

- A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher

- A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day

- A player may not pitch if they have played catcher in 4 or more innings in a game

- A pitcher must be removed when they reach their age group limit

   11-12 85 pitches per day   9-10 75 pitches per day

-If a pitcher reaches their day limit mid-batter, they may finish pitching to that batter

Pitching Rest

Players must observe the following days rest;

  66 or more pitches – 4 calendar days of rest

  51 – 65 pitches – 3 calendar days of rest

  36 – 50 pitches – 2 calendar days of rest

  21 – 35 pitches – 1 calendar days of rest

  1 – 20 pitches – no calendar days rest required (can pitch next day)

If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold 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 retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Catching Rule

A player who pitches 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day

Major Division (Primarily League Ages 12 and 11, with a limited number of 10s)

 

  • Teams of 12 players.  Team selection via draft.
  • All registered players who played in the Major Division in the preceding year are guaranteed a spot and do not need to tryout. All other players registered for the Major Division must tryout.
  • All 12 year olds are placed in Majors.
  • Those players (non 12 yr olds) trying out for Majors that are not selected to a Major Division team are then placed in the Intermediate Division draft.
  • Each Major Division team must have at least 6 and no more than 8 twelve year olds.

 

Game Participation

All players shall play at least 2/3rds of the regulation innings played in the field for each game, with exceptions resulting from injury, absence or disciplinary action. At the completion of the second inning and the completion of the fourth inning play will not continue until the managers of both teams report their substitutions to the official scorer. Managers may not substitute at any time in a six inning regulation game (except for injury, absence or disciplinary action) other than after the bottom of the second and fourth innings. If a player arrives late to a game, they may only be inserted into the lineup after the bottom of the second or fourth innings. For extra inning games substitutions may be made after

the bottom of each even numbered inning beginning with the sixth

Season Participation

Each player must play at least two full regulation games during the season. Each player must be out of the line-up for two innings during at least two games at which the player is present for the full regulation game.

Participation Forms

Managers must post player participation and pitching records and scores

in the business office at the close of each game. Managers that fail to post will be required to leave the playing field until such time as the posting is completed. Repeated failure to post the required information the day before a team’s next scheduled game is grounds for suspension or removal of the manager.

Adult Coaches

Limited to two adult coaches and a scorekeeper in the dugout.  Only one adult base coach shall be permitted.  Only the manager from each team may confer with the umpire or an opposing manager during the games. Such discussions shall be conducted in normal voice and without gestures.

Sportsmanship

Managers, coaches, players and spectators are prohibited from calling balls, strikes or outs prior to the umpire making the call. Negative rooting is not allowed. Violation of this paragraph shall be grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion of the offender.

Pitcher warm-ups

Managers and coaches may NOT warm up a pitcher. Players must wear catcher’s helmet, face mask and throat guard when warming up players  Maximum warm up is five pitches, eight pitches if the pitcher has just entered, and the umpire shall direct play to begin once the maximum is reached

Special Playing rules

-Faking a bunt and then swinging away is prohibited and will result in the batter being called out and runners returning to their bases

-Intentional Walks (no pitches thrown) are not allowed.

-Infield fly rule is applicable

Pitching Rules

-Any player may pitch, there is no limit on the number of pitchers used in a game

- A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher

- A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day

- A player may not pitch if they have played catcher in 4 or more innings in a game

- A pitcher must be removed when they reach their age group limit

   11-12 85 pitches per day   9-10 75 pitches per day

-If a pitcher reaches their day limit mid-batter, they may finish pitching to that batter

Pitching Rest

Players must observe the following days rest;

  66 or more pitches – 4 calendar days of rest

  51 – 65 pitches – 3 calendar days of rest

  36 – 50 pitches – 2 calendar days of rest

  21 – 35 pitches – 1 calendar days of rest

  1 – 20 pitches – no calendar days rest required (can pitch next day)

If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold 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 retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Catching Rule

A player who pitches 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day