Teams are randomly assigned as home and visitor. This will be reflected in the schedule. During the playoff round, the higher seed will be considered the home team.
The decision of the Tournament Director is final.
No inning can start after 8:15 P.M. (non-lighted fields) 10:00 P.M. (lighted fields). The Umpire in Chief and/or the Tournament Director shall stop play if conditions warrant. The inning starts at the time of the last out of the previous inning. For the 5:30 weekday game on Grouten, no inning can start after 7:30 PM.
Both managers MUST complete the pitch count information on the FYBL web site. Pitch counts shall be entered in the “Comments” sections of the “Results” page. The winning manager must record the winning score immediately following the game.
It is each team’s and league’s responsibility to have proper and safe equipment and to ensure each member on the roster has proper insurance.
Official 2021 regular Major Little League playing rules shall govern tournament play with exceptions as noted.
Unsportsmanlike conduct such as, throwing of bats, gloves, helmets, hats, and harassing opponents is NOT permitted.
First occurrence – Umpire shall give a verbal warning to the entire team.
Second occurrence (by any member of the team) – Umpire has the discretion to eject the player in question.
Continuous batting order applies to the entire roster on every team. Each team will field 9 players (3 outfielders only). Each player must play a minimum two innings in the field. In the event a player does not meet the minimum playing requirements, the player shall play the entire next game in the field.
Due to the continuous batting order, no one can enter the game as a pinch runner unless the player is injured. If injured, the last player who was out will be the pinch runner. If a player gets injured during an at bat and cannot continue, the last player who was out will replace the batter with the current count.
Dropped third strike will not be enforced.
Stealing of home will be allowed.
Managers/Coaches/Assistants are NOT allowed to warm up pitchers in between innings. Only players are able to warm up pitchers wearing a catcher’s mask. This is a Little League rule and will be enforced.
Ending a Game
If a game is called due to darkness or rain, the score at the previously completed inning will determine the winner. If the home team is winning in an incomplete inning, the home team shall be the winner. In this situation, the team is released from the 2 inning playing rules.
4 innings must be complete, if the home team is losing. 3 ½ innings must be completed if the visiting team is losing.
9 players qualify as a team for play. If a team cannot field 9 players, the game will be delayed ten (10) minutes from the official start time in order to field a team. If, after a 10 minute wait, a team cannot field an official team, they will forfeit the game.
2018 Little League Pitch Count Rules apply.
The table below gives an overview of the number of pitches that will be allowed per day for each age group.
Pitches Per Day
9 – 10
7 – 8
Exception: 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.
A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
If a player catches in 4 or more innings, they are not eligible to pitch in the remainder of the game.
The following is the required rest for pitchers:
# of Pitches
66 or more pitches
4 calendar days rest
51 – 65 pitches
3 calendar days rest
36 – 50 pitches
2 calendar day rest
21 – 35 pitches
1 calendar day rest
1 - 20 pitches
No calendar day rest required
A pitcher who reaches his/her imposed days of rest threshold while facing a batter to continue to pitch until the current batter has been retired or reaches base. For example, if Bob has 19 pitches and faces a new batter and pitches 6 pitches to the new batter. His total pitch count is 25, but his days of rest will be based on 20 pitches (so no rest needed in this case).
All pitching from the mound @ 46 feet
Manager must remove pitcher when pitch limit is reached – pitcher may finish batter to which he is pitching.
Teams should agree on pitch count between innings
Both teams should count pitches for each team, compare between innings and at the end of the game.
All pitch counts must be entered onto the FYBL web site after immediately following each game.
A player once removed from the mound may not return as a pitcher in the same game.
Violation of these rules is subject to protest and can result in forfeiture by action of the tournament director.
Manager may visit same pitcher twice in one inning – third time Manager must remove that pitcher.
Composite Bats – Follow Little League Rules
This tournament follows Little League rules regarding composite bats. The list of approved bats is on the Little League website (dated 5/13/2015). If you have composite bats, it is the responsibility of the team’s manager to demonstrate that a bat is on the Little League approved list. If the manager cannot demonstrate it is, the bat will be removed from play. If a bat is deemed to be ineligible, it must be removed from the dugout. If that bat is used during the game, the player and manager will be ejected from the game.
Proper on Field Conduct
The below items are intended to reinforce proper Little League etiquette as outlined in the rules.
No ball/strike calls, on field decisions as they relate to safe/out calls, etc. are to be challenged by any Manager/Coach. It is the umpire’s discretion to remove a player/coach from the game if these calls are challenged. This includes what I call “Chirping” from the dugout. “Chirping” is grumbling about plays/calls from the dugout loud enough for the umpire to hear.
If a Manager wishes to clarify a call based upon LL Rules, they must call time out after the play and politely ask the umpire about the call/ruling. Regardless of the outcome, the Manager must accept that decision and not further challenge the umpire.
Managers/coaches are also responsible for the conduct of their players and parents. Anyone who is disrespectful to the umpire or any opposing player or coach should be removed from the game or the stands. The umpire has the ability to make that decision as well.
Maximum of 3 coaches are to be in the dugout. No one is allowed behind the batter’s box. No other parents or coaches are allowed in the dugout. During the game, all coaches must remain in dugout (or coach bases). No coach should stand in front of dugout on the field of play.
If poor sportsmanship/conduct is witnessed by the Tournament Director or a member of the Farmington Youth Baseball Board of Directors, we reserve the right to remove that person from the game.
We will be using teenager umpires for some of our games. These umpires have umpired Major Leagues games in our regular season and have the experience to do Lindquist games. Please treat our teenager umpires (and all umpires) with respect.
Exchange lineups before the start of each game – latecomers may be added at time of arrival to the end of a lineup. Note: latecomers lose their right under the minimum playtime requirement.
All scheduling is subject to change. Farmington All-star games shall take precedence on field.
The tournament Director will arrange make-up games.
Infield fly rule will be in effect.
Maximum Runs Per Inning – A maximum of 5 runs per inning for U10, 6 runs per inning for U12 can be scored in any inning (including the 6th inning and later).
Mercy Rule - If the team losing has been up at least 4 times and cannot tie the game by end of 6 innings, game will be over. So, for U10, 11 runs after 4 innings and 6 runs after 5 innings; for U12, 13 runs after 4 innings and 7 runs after 5 innings
If a live ball goes under a fence or stuck in a fence, the closest player shall wave his hat, the ball is dead and the umpire shall award the batter/runners the bases allowed by rule.
No donuts or weights of any kind are to be used on the bats or in the on deck area. Little League has no on deck area. Bats are only to be swung at home plate.
We all want to win, but let’s not forget to have some fun too. This tournament is for the players and we want them have a great time playing baseball.
If there are any problems, please let the tournament director know as soon as possible and they will do their best to resolve to your satisfaction. We hope you and your players have a fun, safe, and positive experience at Lindquist this year!
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