ULLL 2017 Spring Rules – Majors Division
LOCAL PLAYING RULES
ULLL Local Rules for the Majors Division:
- Batter Keeping One Foot In Batter’s Box
After entering the batter’s box, the batter must remain in the box with at least one foot throughout the at bat.
- On a swing, slap, or check swing.
- When forced out of the box by a pitch.
- When the batter attempts a “drag bunt.”
- When the catcher does not catch the pitched ball.
- When a play has been attempted.
- When time has been called.
- When the pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound or takes a position more than five feet from the pitcher’s plate after receiving the ball or the catcher leaves the catcher’s box.
- On a three ball count pitch that is a strike that the batter thinks is a ball.
Penalty: If the batter leaves the batter’s box or delays play and none of the exceptions apply, the umpire shall warn the batter. After one warning on a batter, the umpire shall call a strike. Any number of strikes can be called on each batter. No pitch has to be thrown, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance. NOTE: The batter may return their position in the batter’s box and assume the new count at any time during the at-bat, unless such enforced penalty is the third strike. (Note: This rule will be mandated during LL tournament play in 2017).
- Special Pinch Runner Rules
Twice a game but not more than one time per inning, a team may utilize a player who is not in the batting order as a special pinch-runner for any offensive player. A player may only be removed for a special pinch-runner one time during a game. The player for whom the pinch-runner runs is not subject to removal from the lineup. If the pinch-runner remains in the game as a substitute defensive or offensive player, the player may not be used again as a pinch-runner while in the batting order. However, if removed for another substitute that player or any player not in the line-up, is again eligible to be used as a pinch-runner. (Note: This rule will be mandated during LL tournament play in 2017).
- Stealing and Relaying of Pitch Selection and Location
Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play. The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire, this behavior is occurring, both the player and the manager may be ejected from the game. (Note: This rule will be mandated during LL tournament play in 2017).
- Eligibility for the ULLL’s End-of-Season Majors Tournament
Each Majors team must play at least twelve (12) complete regular season games to be eligible for participation in the ULLL’s End-of-Season Majors Division tournament.