ULLL 2016 Spring Rules – Rookies
VI – PITCHERS
(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.
(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.
(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position.
||85 pitches per day
||75 pitches per day
||50 pitches per day
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 following conditions occurs:
- That batter reaches base.
- That batter is put out.
- The third out is made to complete the half – inning.
- 5th run scores to complete the half - inning.
Note 1: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
(d) Pitchers league age 12 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, 4 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, 2 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, 1 calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
Exception: 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:
- That batter reaches base;
- That batter is retired;
- The third out is made to complete the half-inning;
- 5th run scores 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.
ULLL Local Rules for Rookie Division:
- Each team will be limited to 5 runs per inning or 3 outs whichever occurs first.
- There is a continuous batting order.
- If a player is late for the start of the game, s/he will be added to the bottom of the batting order.
- No new inning may start after two (2) hours from the scheduled starting time of the game.
- No player may sit out defensively more than one (1) inning at a time.
- A coach from the offensive team will provide all pitching in the 1st and 2nd innings. The team manager or coach will pitch to his own team’s batters.
a. Pitches will be delivered overhand from the coach pitch mark, 10 feet closer to home plate than the major league rubber.
b. A maximum of seven (7) pitches or three (3) strikes will be allowed for each batter. If the batter has not advanced within the seven (7) pitches, the batter will be called out. A seventh pitched foul ball does not award the batter another pitch.
c. The umpire will call strikes only when the player swings. Note: A "third strike" coach pitched foul ball awards the batter another coach pitch until the 7th pitch is reached.
d. Batters cannot intentionally bunt coach pitches. Batters who intentionally bunt the ball on coach pitches will be called "out."
- During coach pitched innings, the pitcher shall be positioned with one foot on either side and adjacent to the pitching mound, even with or just behind the pitching plate.
- During coach pitch innings, the catcher shall wear all regulation protective gear including a catcher's glove and be positioned properly behind the plate in the catcher’s box.
- During the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th inning, in any half-inning in which a pitcher has thrown "ball four" to any batter, a base coach from the offensive team (positioned on one knee, approx. 6-10 ft down the appropriate baseline in foul territory) shall provide a maximum of three (3) soft toss pitches to that batter until s/he either hits the ball fair or strikes out. Note that the umpire will continue calling strikes, where each soft toss pitch that is not hit into play (i.e., a fair ball) will be considered a strike. A "third strike" soft toss pitched foul ball awards the batter another soft toss pitch. Soft toss pitches thrown by the offensive team shall not count toward the pitcher’s pitch count. Batters cannot bunt soft toss pitches, nor can base runners steal on soft toss pitches. Batters who intentionally bunt the ball on soft toss pitches and/or runners who steal on soft toss pitches will be called "out." The pitcher shall continue to play the defensive position standing no more than three (3) feet directly in front of the pitcher’s rubber until the ball is hit. Note: If a batter is hit by a youth-pitch, the batter will be awarded first base regardless of the count that inning. If the batter is hit by a soft-toss pitch from the offensive team, the batter will not be awarded first base.
- In addition to the pitch count limitations imposed by Little League, players in the Rookie Division are limited to pitching in one (1) inning per game. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning. Any pitcher that is removed from the mound and replaced by another pitcher is not eligible to return to the mound during the same game. The required rest period for Rookie Division pitchers will be governed by the Little League pitch count rules discussed above.
- During kid pitch innings, no offensive team will be allowed to steal second base. A steal is any base advance that did not begin with a batted ball and includes wild pitches, passed balls and straight steals.
- During coach pitch innings, runners are not permitted to steal.
- Volunteer Umpires – The home team is required to provide one volunteer to serve as the home plate umpire.
a. The volunteer umpire will count pitches and make out and safe calls on the bases.
b. The umpire does not call balls or strikes during coach pitch innings.
c. The umpire will call balls and/or strikes during kid pitch innings.
d. If a second volunteer is identified by the visiting team, that volunteer should serve as a field umpire. If the visiting team does not provide a field umpire, the home team may choose do so.
e. Managers may not serve as the volunteer umpire.