WATERFORD TOWNSHIP LITTLE LEAGUE
2013 LOCAL RULES
LEVEL: 4yr oldl
AGES: 4 / Co-ed. Must turn 4 before May 1. This date applies to both boys and girls.
TRYOUTS: There are no tryouts at this level.
DRAFT: Each team will pick a number at random. Odd number rounds will begin with team number 1 selecting first and the team with the highest number selecting last. The selection order in the even number rounds will start with the highest number team selecting first and continue in descending order with team number 1 making the final selection of the round. If a team selects a player who is paired with another player or players (including siblings), the coach must use his next pick to select those other players.
- IMPORTANT NOTE! All managers must have an approved Little League Volunteer form on file with the WTAA Safety Officer and Approval from Waterford Twp Police Dept. before the draft begins. Managers who do not meet this requirement will be prohibited from drafting a team. In those cases, the WTAA representative overseeing the draft will choose players for that team.
No trades are permitted after the draft is completed and all of the managers have left the draft. Any exception to this rule must be first approved by the WTAA Baseball Board and then the Board of Directors.
Managers must contact their players no later than 2 days after the draft is completed.
TEAM REQUESTS: At this level, all requests to play with certain other players (i.e. siblings and/or friends) are to be honored.
STANDINGS / PLAYOFFS / POST-SEASON: Games scores and wins/losses are not to be kept at this level (see Playing Rule #7). There are no standings, playoffs or post-season tournaments.
1. Regulation games are to be 3 complete innings or 1 hour, whichever comes first.
2. All players available at the beginning of a game must be in the regular batting lineup. A player arriving late will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. Every player shall bat each inning.
3. The batting order must be rotated each game so that the same kids are not always batting near the top or bottom of the order. COACHING TIP â€“ Use the playerâ€™s numbers as the batting order and rotate it each game. As an example, for game 1 of the season, the player with uniform number 1 would bat first and the player with the highest number would bat last. For game 2, the player with uniform number 2 would hit first and player number one would hit last. Game 3, player number 3 bats first and number 2 bats last, and so on. This not only makes it easy for the coach to remember the batting order for each game, itâ€™s very easy for the kids to know whom they bat after. By the time you get through the season, each kid would have bat in all parts of the lineup. COACHING TIP #2 â€“ When your team is up to bat, have the kids lineup in the dugout/bench area in the proper numerical order for that game.
4. No more than 6 kids should play in the infield â€“ P, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B and one additional player between 2B and SS (behind the P, near second base). There are no catchers at this age. All other kids should play outfield. There shall be only 1 pitcher at all times. COACHING TIP â€“ Rather than putting up to 6 kids in the outfield, if you have enough adult help, consider only putting 3 kids in the outfield. Take the other 3 kids out of the game and out to open space beyond the field with a coach, who can spend the inning throwing grounders, pop-ups etc to them. This allows the kids more touches of the ball than they would get standing in the outfield with 5 other kids.
5. Each player must play an infield position at least one inning per game and an outfield position at least one inning per game. Pitcher is considered an infield position. Each player may play a maximum of one inning a game at the pitcher position and a maximum of one inning a game at 1B.
6. Base coaches, 1st and 3rd, shall be adults. WTAA encourages coaches on the fields to be helping out kids from both teams.
7. Each Â½ inning will end after all players have had 1 at bat, regardless of how many outs are made or runs are scored.
8. Under no circumstance will scores be kept by managers, coaches, parents, or players, or announced to the players either during or after the game.
9. When at bat, a team shall have an adult coach at the home plate area. When runners are in scoring position, the coach at home plate will be responsible for removing the batting tee from the plate area after each hit ball.
10. The coaches shall act as game â€œumpiresâ€. When outs are made, the runner who is out may still remain on the base and continue on the bases until they eventually cross home plate or the inning is completed due to everyone having a turn at bat.
11. Batters must come to the â€œreadyâ€ position before swinging at the ball. Batters must take a full swing. Bunts or half swings are not allowed.
12. An arc line, 10 feet from home plate, will be marked or approximated on the field between the first and third base lines. A batted ball will be called foul if it does not cross the arc line. Any batted ball which does cross the arc line will be fair and in play regardless of whether it was a â€œcleanâ€ hit or some of the tee was hit by the bat.
13. A coach may not â€œtossâ€ the ball to the batter as opposed to placing the ball on a tee at this level. All balls must be hit off a tee.
14. There will be no strike outs. Each batter will take as many swings as necessary to hit a fair ball.
15. Runners may not lead off base and cannot leave the base until the ball is hit.
16. The defensive pitcher must have both feet on or behind the pitching rubber (or area the rubber would normally be located) when the batter hits the ball.
17. In the interest of safety and fair play, no infielders (other than the pitcher) may be positioned closer to the batter than 5 feet from the 1st/2nd or 2nd/3rd base lines (inside the bases) when the batter hits the ball.
18. All outfielders must be positioned and remain in the outfield area. They may not come into the infield area after the ball is hit.
19. Outfielders cannot make force or tag plays. If done, the runner is safe. Outfielders must throw the ball to the infielder to record a force or tag play for an out.
20. Up to three coaches may be on the field with their team assisting and coaching defensive play, with a maximum of 2 in the infield area. The other coach can be placed in the outfield.
21. The batter and all runners may only advance one base at a time. No additional bases are rewarded for overthrows by the defense.
22. The home team is responsible for providing and setting up the bases and batting tee as well as providing the game balls.
23. Bases shall be set up at 50 feet.
24. The Home team will take the 1st base dugout/bench area. The Away team will take the 3rd base dugout/bench area.25. Both Home and Away Teams are responsible for leaving the field in good condition after the game or practice. This includes putting away all bases, batting T, balls and putting all trash in the trash cans. The fields should be raked and left in a good manner for the next team to play