WATERFORD TOWNSHIP LITTLE LEAGUE
2013 LOCAL RULES
LEVEL: Minors Baseball
AGES: 09-10. All players who are age 11 will play in the Majors. At the discretion of the WTAA Board of Directors, some players who are age 11 may be assigned to the Minors Baseball division, based upon their level of experience and/or their overall level of ability. Each teamâ€™s roster will consist of twelve players. To the extent that additional players are needed to round out the rosters at eleven (12 maximum), a small number of players age 08 may be drafted into the Majors level. To be eligible for the Majors, a player who is age 08 must make the scheduled league tryout. Any player who is 08 that does not attend the tryout will be ineligible for the Minors draft.
TRYOUTS: All players need to attend a tryout.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE! All managers must have an approved Little League Volunteer form,Rutgers Certification form and Approval from Waterford Twp Police Department on file with the WTAA Safety Officer 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. The manager will also need to have a Rutgers license prior to the teamâ€™s first practice.
Each team Manager may designate only 1 assistant coach prior to the draft. Any other assistant coaches may not be named until the completion of the draft. Only those with approved Little League volunteer form, and Approval from Waterford Twp Police Department on file and with the WTAA Safety Officer prior to the start of the draft are eligible to be designated as an assistant coach. No exceptions. The assistant will also need to have a Rutgers license prior to the teamâ€™s first practice.
Before any player selections are made, children of managers and coaches (with approved Little League volunteer forms on file with the WTAA Safety Officer) will be â€œslottedâ€ into the appropriate round based on their ability level. If the coaches canâ€™t come to an agreement over which round to slot a player into, the WTAA Baseball Board representative attending the draft shall make that determination.
If a team selects a player who has a sibling in the draft pool, the manager must claim that sibling. The sibling would be slotted into the appropriate round based on their ability level. If the coaches canâ€™t come to an agreement over which round to slot that sibling into, the Player Agent or other WTAA Baseball Board representative shall make that determination.
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: Only requests for siblings to play together are required to be honored. All other requests to play with friends or a specific coach do not need to be honored. There are no exceptions to this rule. Simply stating that a player is a neighbor, friend or â€œI coached him/her last yearâ€ does not guarantee a manager exclusive rights to that player in the draft.
SCHEDULE: All games MUST be played as scheduled. Once the schedule is approved by the WTAA Board of Directors and distributed to each manager, no games will be permitted to be rescheduled for any reason that is not weather/field condition related. If you canâ€™t make a game, have one of your coaches run the team for you. If you still canâ€™t cover the game, it will be forfeited.
STANDINGS / PLAYOFFS: All in-house games will count towards the standings. After each game, the winning manager must email the Director (and copy the losing teamâ€™s manager) with the result of the game as well as a list of the pitchers used by each team and their respective pitch counts. Teams will receive 3 points for each win and 1 point for each tie. At the end of the season, the teams will be seeded based on their point totals. A double elimination playoff will be held, with the winning team being declared our League Champion. This could change depending on if there is inter-town play assigned by the district. Regardless, we will make sure a Waterford champion is established.
POST-SEASON: District Team. The player selection process will be set by the WTAA Baseball and Executive boards. This process may allow players, managers, coaches and WTAA Board members to vote on the players to be selected. The Manager and coaches for this team will be selected by the WTAA Baseball and Executive boards. â€œAll Star Gameâ€ will be played at the end of the regular season. Each manager will select a specific number of players to participate. This number will be determined by the number of teams in the League.
1. The game duration is 6 innings, with a time limit of1hr 45 mins. No new inning may begin after two hours. The next inning begins the moment the last out is recorded in the previous inning.
2. A continuous batting line-up will be used with all available players in the batting order.
3. A 9 year old must pitch at least one complete inning or 3 consecutive outs each game.
4. A maximum of 9 defensive players may be on the field at one time. The maximum number of infielders shall be 6, this includes the pitcher and catcher.
5. The side is retired after 3 outs have been made or 5 runs have been scored. The 5 run limit applies to ALL innings, except the LAST inning and/or any extra innings.
6. Each player present for the game not playing defensively in one inning must be substituted defensively in the next inning. No player should ever sit out two innings in a row in a regular season game.
7. There is free substitution of defensive players.
8. The 10 run rule is in place after the team that is behind completes their fourth at bat.
9. Courtesy runners are allowed for catchers and pitchers at any time.
10. The infield fly rule is not in effect.
11. Intentional walks are strictly prohibited.
12. Stealing: 1st Half of the Season â€“ Each Team is permitted ( 5 ) successful steals per inning, including home plate. A double steal counts as (2) steals and a triple steal on the same pitch is considered (3). Wild Pitches / Passed Balls / Delayed Steals / and Overthrows back to the pitcher are all considered steals. If a team is winning by more than 5 runs, no stealing is permitted. 2nd Half of the Season â€“ Stealing will be unlimited. If a team is winning by more than 5 runs, no stealing is permitted.
13. Each team may have no more than one manager and two coaches in the dugout and field. For purposes of this rule, any adult on the field or in the dugout is considered a coach (i.e. scorekeeper).
14. The Home team is responsible for setting up the bases, lining and raking the field before the game and providing the game balls.
15. The district is responsible for scheduling umpires.
16. The Away team is responsible for putting the bases away, raking the field after the game, and making sure equipment is locked away. Both teams are responsible for their dugouts. Make sure all trash is picked up and put in the trash cans.
17. The Home team will take the 1st base dugout/bench area. The Away team will take the 3rd base dugout/bench area.
18. Infield practice before the game will be evenly divided as follows: The Away team may take the field for 15 minutes, starting 35 minutes before game time. The Home team may take the field for 15 minutes, starting 20 minutes before game time. If a preceding game or weather delay does not allow for 30 minutes of infield practice, the available time will be divided evenly amongst the Away and Home teams.
19. All other rules will be governed by the 2013 Little League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules.