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La Habra City Little League

La Habra City Little League

Division Rules

Tee Ball (Ages 4 and 5 yrs. old)

No score will be kept:

Tee Ball is a structured division. The manager and Coaches will be given a lesson plan to teach fundamentals each week at practice and during the Saturday games. Small token participation trophies will be given out at the end of the season after the manager turns in Game time: A standard game is 4 innings or 1 hour and 50 minutes- whichever comes first.

First half of the season: The runner when called out stays on the bag and the inning ends when 3 outs are made, or the batting roster is completed.

Second half of the season: The runner when out must now leave the base and the inning ends after 3 outs.

Player time: Each player must play a minimum of 2 complete innings. No player will sit 2 consecutive innings. It is mandatory that each child plays one infield position (i.e. catcher, first, second, third, or shortstop) and one outfield position (i.e. left field, right field, centerfield, and left centerfiel) each game.

The Home team: Furnishes the games balls and the batting tee.

Umpire: Volunteer parents with an approved background check are responsible for umpiring the game.\ The game must only be umpired from behind the pitcher’s mound.

Coaches/parents: All coaches & parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. There is no maximum number of coaches on the field his gear and keys Coaches/parents: All coaches & parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. There is no maximum number of coaches on the field.

Team Mom: The team mom with an approved background check may enter the dugout to watch the players on the bench during the defensive part of the inning and during the offensive part of the inning if there is a female player on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team. is allowed on the bench with the team mom

The batting tee: The offensive team manager is responsible for putting the ball on the tee and must state to the defensive team, “Are you ready?” The coach must remove the batting tee once the ball is hit.

Batters: There are no strikeouts in Tee Ball. All batters will hit the ball.

Tee Ball follows LL rule 4.04 (Batters bat in a continuous line up which means batting the lineup over and over again. There is no default to the fewest number of players. A ball hit off the batting tee must proceed 15 feet into fair territory to be considered a fair ball. If a player bats out of order, the correction will be made immediately and without penalty. No bunting is allowed.

Runners: The runner is allowed 1 base for a single and is allowed only 2 bases for a double. Runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit. No sliding is allowed. The runners may not advance on an overthrow (no exceptions). An overthrown ball is considered a dead ball and all runners must remain on the base they started at. If a runner is called out, the runner must leave the base. In a last batter situation, play stops when the out is made or when the ball is returned to the infield and held by an infielder. The runner must stop when the play becomes dead. An overthrown ball is considered a dead ball and all runners must remain on the base they started at.

Outfield: When an outfielder, makes an attempt to throw the ball, the runner may not advance. An Over thrown ball is considered a dead ball and all runners must remain on the base they started at.

The defensive team: Consists of a maximum 10 players. There will be 4 outfielders evenly spaced inthe outfield. (A rover is not allowed.) Defensive players must be rotated so that no player plays insame position for more than two innings in a game. (Outfield is considered one position i.e. if a playerplays right field for two innings the child cannot play outfield for the rest of the game.)

At the end of the game: Each team is responsible for putting away the benches and picking up and emptying the trash can liner at all fields when full AND ON THE LAST GAME ON SATURDAY.  Failure to do so will result in Board action such as a possible suspension.

MINOR B (Age: 6 & 7) 2020 Division Rules

Minor B is instructional: The score will be kept, but standings will not be recorded. This division is to teach the players all positions (infield and outfield) and the fundamentals of the game. This division will use a pitching machine the entire season. No individual pins or awards or league game balls are to be given to any player at the end of any game. Token participation awards not for placement (certificates, medals, or small trophies) will be given to all players after the managers turn in the equipment and keys after the first game.

Pregame & postgame: Both teams are responsible to set up for the game. Both teams are responsible to rake & groom their fields before & after their weekday game or the last game on Saturday. After the game, both teams will take down the pitching machines & return the field equipment to the shed. All equipment is to be placed back on the shelves & not left on the storage shed floor. All trash needs to be picked up in the dugout & bleacher areas.

Game time: The time limit will be no new inning after 1 hour and 50 minutes. Games must start on time. Time is kept by both managers.

Player time: It is MANDATORY that each player plays one infield (i.e. pitcher, catcher, first, second, third or shortstop) and one outfield position (i.e. left field, right field, center field, and left center field) EACH game. Players must play at least every other inning. No player may play the same position more than two innings in a game. Managers who fail to comply with these rules for any reason, will be given a one game suspension not to exclude removal for the season. Umpire: Volunteer parents with an approved background check are responsible for umpiring the game. The game must only be umpired from behind the pitcher’s mound.

Coaches/parents: All coaches and parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. Coaches must sit on the bench in the dugout and are not allowed to rove in and out of the dugout. 3 adults will be allowed in the dugout at one time (the approved manager and 2 approved coaches). The three coaches who start the game must remain for the entire game. Exception: if a coach is arriving late. 1 additional approved coach may be in the outfield during the defensive portion of the game.

Scorekeepers: Both teams are responsible for the scorekeeping. The scorekeeper must sit in a designated area. Mercy rule will be in effect. The side will retire when 5 runs have beenscored in an inning or 3 outs made. However, the 6th inning is an open run inning. Score sheets must beturned into the snack shack following each game. For La Habra Teams: If score sheets not turned in afterthe week’s games, the director with the knowledge of the President, V.P., & Player Agent can impose a onegame suspension for the manager for each game that a score sheet is not turned in on time.

Team Mom: Must be an additional (background checked) adult in the dugout during offensive playwhen a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugoutwith the team mom. Pitching machine: The division will use pitching machinesthe entire season. There are 5 pitches to each batter. Balls will not be called, but strikes will be called. Ifthe batter hits a foul ball on the fifth pitch, the batter will continue to hit until the ball is hit into fair territory or until the ball is caught or the batter strikes out. The coach has 30 seconds to place the ball in the machine or a strike will be called.

Dead ball: The ball will be considered a dead ball and a no pitch when any of the following occurs;

  1. The baseball strikes any part of the pitching machine,
  2. The baseball lands in the pitcher’s area (in the circle),
  3. The ball strikes a manager or a coach,
  4. When an infielder has control of the ball, while the player is in the infield,
  5. An overthrown ball is considered a dead ball and runners must remain on the base they started at and cannot advance.

*The ball is NOT dead if it is hit through the pitching machine and does not hit any portion of the machine.

Dugout: All dugout gates are to remain closed during the game. Sitting on buckets is not allowed. NO FOOD, SEEDS, CANDY is allowed by any member, player or coach in the dugout or on the playing field. First offense is a warning and the Second offense is an automatic suspension of one game to the manger. Batters: All are required to follow LL rule 4.04 (Batters bat in a continuous line up which means batting the lineup over and over again. There is no default to the fewest number of players.) Tardy players shall be added to the bottom of the batting order in the inning they arrive late. No bunting is allowed and no infield fly rule. If a player bats out of turn, the correction will be made and no out will be called. When the ball is hit in the outfield and goes over the head or passes the outfield, it shall be ruled a ground rule double and the ball becomes a dead ball. Runners already on base may advance accordingly with a two-base max.

Runners: To prevent injury, sliding is discouraged. Managers must pre-approve sliding based on a player’s sliding knowledge/ability. An overthrown ball is considered a dead ball so runners must remain on the base they started at. The defensive team: Consists of a maximum of 10 players (4 outfielders evenly spread with no rover). Defensive substitutions are encouraged. The free substitution rule will be in effect. Defensive changes can be made every inning.

MINOR A (Age: 7 & 8yrs. old)

Instructional Division 2020 Rules  Minor A: The score will be kept, but standings will not be recorded. This division is to teach the players all positions (infield and outfield) and the fundamentals of the game. If this is played competitive, then the score and standings will be recorded. Home plate is closed, and pitch count followed according to the rule book. No infield fly rule. No bunting is allowed. Game time: The time limit will be no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes. Time is kept by both managers Canceled, rainouts, or make-up games will be rescheduled by the Director or Player Agent given managers want to play.

Pregame/postgame: Both teams are responsible to rake and groom their fields before and after their weekday game or the last game on Saturday. After the game, both teams will return the field equipment to the shed. All equipment is to be placed back on the shelves and not left on the storage shed floor to keep it organized. All trash needs to be picked up in the dugout and bleacher areas.

Player time: It is MANDATORY that each player play one infield position (i.e. pitcher, catcher, first, second, third or shortstop) and one outfield position (i.e. left field, right field, center field and left center field) each game. Players must play at least every other inning. No player may sit out more than 2 consecutive innings for any reason. No child may play the same position for more than two innings in a game. Managers who fail to comply with this rule will be given a one game suspension not to exclude removal for the season.

Scorekeeper: Both teams are responsible for the official scorekeeping and pitch counts. The official scorekeeper notes the game time.

La Habra Teams: The score sheets must be turned in to the snack shacks following each game. The director with knowledge of the President, V.P., and the Player Agent may impose a one game suspension for each week’s game score sheets not turned in.

Home team: The home team MUST provide a volunteer or paid umpire (background checked) for the game.

Umpire: Volunteer parents with an approved background check are responsible for umpiring the game.The game must only be umpired from behind the pitcher’s mound. The umpire will announce the start time of the game & local sunset time according to Google. The official game time is kept by the umpire. The umpire determines hittable pitches & is not to be negotiated.

Coaches/parents: All coaches & parents participating on the field or at practices must be backgroundchecked FIRST. The mgr. must consult with the umpire, prior to the start of the game as to when localsunset time is according to Google. 

Team mom: An additional (background checked) adult must be in the dugout during offensive play when a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugout with the team mom.

Dugout: All dugout gates are to remain closed during the game with the remaining coaching staff inside them. On Anderson Field, the coach’s back should be against the pole with only 1 manager outside the dugout. 3 adults will be allowed in the dugout (The approved manager and 2  approved coaches). No sitting on buckets and no roving of coaches in and out of the dugout. The 3 who start the game must remain the entire game, with the exception of a coach that is running late. NO FOOD, SEEDS, CANDY or gum is allowed by any member, player or coach in the dugout or field area. No sunflower or peanut shells are allowed on the ground. Alert guests to obtain a free spit cup at the snack shack. The first offense is a warning. Second offense is an automatic suspension of one game to the manager/coach. No coach/team meetings can take place after the game in the dugout to help the next game get started on time. At the end of the game, teams must vacate the dugouts immediately and groom and water the fields. (NA if no game after.)

Pitchers: Any 9-year-old held back to play in this division cannot pitch. If a batter gets a count of 4 balls, instead of receiving a walk, the manager or coach will pitch overhand the number of strikes remaining to allow the batter a chance to hit. Coaches must pitch from the lower part in front of the rubber within the circle not on the grass.

For example: If the count is 4 balls and 2 strikes, then the batter gets one pitch thrown from the coach to hit the ball. (One pitch to hit or strike out will encourage kids to hit to get on base and not count on being walked on base.)Pitch count will be followed according to the Rulebook. The pitching distance for ALL fields will be 46 feet. Hittable pitches are determined by the volunteer umpire and not negotiable.

Batters: This division will follow LL rule 4.04 (Batters bat in a continuous line up which means batting the lineup over and over again every inning. There is no default to the fewest number of players.) If a batter bats out of turn the correction will be made & no out will be called. 3 outs or 5 runs will retire the side except in the 6th inning which is an open run inning. Clean (free from profanity & explicit lyrics) walk up music is allowed at Murphy Ranch &Whittier, but not at LH.

Runners: The side will retire after 5 runs scored in an inning or 3 outs made except in the 6th open run inning.

The MERCY RULE is: 10 runs after 4 innings and 15 after 3. This must be followed.

Outfield: If a ball is hit to the outfield and goes over or past the outfielder on the fly & makes it to the blacktop driveway @ La Habra Fields, it shall be ruled a home run. If the ball goes over the outfielder and past and rolls or bounces to the black top driveway, it shall be ruled a ground rule double & all the runners may advance accordingly. If the ball is hit over the outfielder and interferes with the Minor B game @ La Habra fields, it is ruled a home run. If it rolls infield it is a live open ball. No runs may score & no base advancements of any kind on any passed balls.

Defensive team: This division will play with 10 defensive players; 4 outfielders evenly spread with no rover. Defensive substitutions are encouraged, but the free substitution rule will be in effect. Defensive changes can be made every inning if the manager chooses to.

AA (Ages 8 & 9 yrs. old)

Competitive Division 2020 Rules AA: It is interleague play with pitch count. The infield fly rule will be called. The MERCY RULE will be in effect (15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after 4 innings). The maximum 5 runs per inning rule will be followed with an open run inning in the 6th inning. The score will be kept, and standings of record will be kept by each league.

Game time: The time limit will be no new inning after 1 hour and 50 minutes and NO DROPDEAD. Sun delays at La Habra fields do NOT count against the no new inning (1 hour 50-minute time limit.) This sun delay time does not count against the time limit. Before daylight savings, 4 innings must be played to be considered a FULL GAME. If this does not happen, the next time these La Habra teams play each other they will finish the first game before playing the second game. This does not include interleague games. Games that are cancelled, rainouts, and make-ups will be scheduled by the Player Agent with the knowledge of the League’s Rep./director on the first available day. (It must be played within 3 weeks of the cancelled game.) If not played within 3 weeks, the Alliance Protest Committee consisting of the D56 UIC & league reps. will decide and rule it a forfeit.

Pregame/post game: Both teams are responsible to rake and groom their fields before and after their weekday game or the last game on Saturday. After the game, both teams will return the field equipment to the shed. All equipment is to be placed back on the shelves and not left on the storage shed floor to keep it organized. All trash needs to be picked up in the dugout and bleacher areas.

Tie games: Refer to Rule 4.12 in the Little league Rulebook (with the exception of extra innings) will be played at ALL GAMES to break the tie if no game after and daylight time permits. This will be determined by the player agent and/or League Rep./League Commissioner/Director that is present prior to the game and told to the umpire at the start of the Game. If it cannot be broken, it shall resume prior to the next time the two teams meet or rescheduled to a later date if needed. The starting game time will be determined by the Director and the Player Agent of each league involved.

Player time: Refer to the Little League Rulebook.

Scorekeeper: The home team is responsible for the official scorekeeper and pitch counts if the other team does not have a pitch count person to verify. The scorekeeper must be in a designated area. All leagues may keep their own official LEAGUE score sheet or book (this should not be the same person and will not be the official score book). The scorekeeper notes the official game time, but the official game time will be kept by the umpire.

La Habra Teams: MUST TURN IN A SCORE SHEET AFTER EVERY HOME AND AWAY GAME AT ANOTHER FIELD. Failure to do so may result in a 1 game suspension.

Umpire: The umpire will announce the start time of the game & the local sunset according to Google at pre-game. The official game time will be kept by the umpire.

Coaches/parents: All coaches and parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. The manager must consult with the umpire, prior to the start of the game as to when local sunset time is according to Google. No coaches or parents may warm up a pitcher in the bullpen on or off the practice or playing field for any reason or at any time before during or after the game. Rule 3.09

Team Mom: Must be an additional (background checked) adult in the dugout during offensive play when a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugout with the team mom.

Dugout: All dugout gates are to remain closed during the game with the remaining coaching staff inside them. On Anderson Field, the coach’s back should be against the pole. 3 adults will be allowed in the dugout...the approved manager and 2 approved coaches. No manager or coach may leave the dugout for any reason without permission from the umpire. No sitting on buckets. At Murphy Ranch and La Habra, water and Gatorade type drinks are allowed in the dugout. NO FOOD, SEEDS, CANDY or gum is allowed by any member, player or coach in the dugout or field area. No sunflower or peanut shells are allowed on the ground. Alert guests to obtain a free spit cup at the snack shack or a $50 fine will be imposed on the league and must be paid to the league prior to the next game played at the field. No warnings. No coach/team meetings can take place after the game in the dugout to help the next game get started on time. At the end of the game, teams must vacate the dugouts immediately & groom and & water the fields. (NA if no game after.)

Pitchers: No pitching concessions will be considered for any games. 8 and 9 yr. old players in this division are eligible to pitch as per Rulebook. Balks will not be called. Pitch count will be followed per rulebook. 10 yr. old players staying back a division may NOT pitch in this division. Any manager or coach guilty of using an ineligible pitcher for any reason will be removed for the rest of the game and suspended for the team’s next physically played game. On the second offense, will not be allowed to coach or manage the rest of the season.

Batters: This division will follow LL rule 4.04 (Batters bat in a continuous line up which means batting the lineup over and over again every inning. There is no default to the fewest number of players.) Three 3 outs or 5 runs will retire the side. Clean (free from profanity & explicit lyrics) walk up music is allowed at Murphy Ranch & Whittier, but not at LH.

Runners: The maximum 5 runs per inning rule will be followed. The 6th inning is an open run inning. The Mercy Rule will be in effect.  

AAA (Ages 10 & 11 yrs. old)

Competitive Division 2020 Rules AAA: It is interleague play with pitch count. The score will be kept, and standings of record will be kept by each league. Pitch count will be followed per the rule book. The infield fly rule will be called. The MERCY RULE will be in effect (15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after 4 innings.)

Pregame/postgame: Both teams are responsible to rake and groom their fields before and after their weekday game or the last game on Saturday. After the game, both teams will return the field equipment to the shed. All equipment is to be placed back on the shelves and not left on the storage shed floor to keep it organized. All trash needs to be picked up in the dugout and bleacher areas.

Game time: The time limit for game is no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes and NO DROP DEAD. Sun delays at La Habra fields do NOT count against the no new inning (1 hour 50-minute time limit.) This sun delay time does not count against the time limit. The official game time will be kept by the umpire.

For Murphy Ranch, Whittier & La Habra: Local sunset time will constitute the end of the game according to Google. Games that are cancelled, rainouts, and make-ups will be scheduled by the Player Agent and with the knowledge of the League’s Representative/Director on the first available day. (It must be played within 3 weeks of the cancelled game.) If not played within 3 weeks, the Alliance Protest Committee consisting of the D56 UIC & league reps. will decide and rule it a forfeit.

Tie games: Refer to rule 4.12 in the Little League Rulebook with the exception extra innings will be played at ALL GAMES to break the tie if no game after and daylight time permits. This will be determined by the player agent and/or League Rep./League Commissioner/Director that is present prior to the game and told to the umpire at the start of the Game. If it cannot be broken, it shall resume prior to the next time the two teams meet or rescheduled to a later date if needed. The starting game time will be determined by the Director and the Player Agent of each league involved.

Player time: Follow the Little League Rulebook: 2 innings and 1 at bat

Scorekeeper: The home team is responsible for the official scorekeeper & pitch counts if the other team doesn’t have one. The official scorekeeper notes the game time. All leagues may keep their own official LEAGUE score sheet or book (this should not be the same person and will not be the official score book. The scorekeeper notes the official game time, but the official game time will be kept by the umpire.

La Habra Teams: MUST TURN IN A SCORE SHEET AFTER EVERY HOME AND AWAY GAME AT ANOTHER FIELD. Failure to do so may result in a 1 game suspension.

Home team: The home team is responsible for the official scorekeeper & pitch counts (if the other team doesn’t have one).

Umpire: The umpire will announce the start time of the game and local sunset time (according to Google).

Coaches/parents: All coaches and parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. No coaches or parents may warm up a pitcher in the bullpen on or off the practice or playing field for any reason at any time before during or after a game. Rule 3.09

Team mom: Must be an additional (background checked) adult in the dugout during offensive play when a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugout with the team mom.

Dugout: All dugout gates are to remain closed during the game with the remaining coaching staff inside them. On Anderson Field, the coach’s back should be against the pole with only 1 manager outside the dugout. 3 adults will be allowed in the dugout. The approved manager and 2 approved coaches (all background checked). No manager or coach may leave the dugout for any reason without permission from the umpire. No sitting on buckets. The 3 who start the game must remain the entire game (except for a coach that is running late). At Murphy Ranch and La Habra, water and Gatorade type drinks are allowed in the dugout. NO FOOD, SEEDS, CANDY or gum is allowed by any member, player or coach in the dugout or field area. No sunflower or peanut shells are allowed on the ground. Alert guests to obtain a free spit cup at the snack shack. Fines of $50 will be imposed on the league, if not followed, and must be paid to the league prior to the next game played at the field with NO EXCEPTIONS. THERE ARE NO WARNINGS. No coach/team meetings can take place after the game in the dugout to help the next game get started on time. At the end of the game, teams must vacate the dugouts immediately and groom and water the fields. (NA if no game after.)

Pitchers: No pitching concessions will be considered for any games. Balks will not be called. Pitch count will be followed per the rule book. Any 12 yr. Old choosing to stay back a division will not pitch in this division. Any manager or coach guilty of using an ineligible pitcher for any reason will be removed for the rest of the game and will be suspended at the team’s next physically played game. On the second offense, the manager/coach will not be allowed to coach or manage for the remainder of the season.

Batters: This division will follow LL rule 4.04 (Batters bat in a continuous line up which means batting the lineup over and over again every inning. There is no default to the fewest number of players.) Clean (free from profanity and explicit lyrics) walk up music is allowed at Murphy Ranch and Whittier, but not at La Habra.

Runners: The maximum 5 runs per inning rule will be followed with an open run inning in the 6th inning.  

Major (Ages 11 & 12 yrs. old)

Competitive Division 2020 Rules Major Division: It is interleague play with pitch count. The MERCY RULE will be in effect (15 runs before 3 innings or 10 runs after 4 innings). The first and second place teams will be determined by the best overall record in each league in the alliance or by their own league bylaws. The District TOC is each league’s first place team. If a tie occurs within a league, head to head competition or a tiebreaker game will be played to determine 1st place.

Pregame/postgame: Both teams are responsible to rake and groom their fields before and after their weekday game or the last game on Saturday. It is both team’s responsibility to set up and take down. After the game, both teams will return the field equipment to the shed. All equipment is to be placed back on the shelves and not left on the storage shed floor to keep it organized. All trash needs to be picked up in the dugout and bleacher areas.

Game time: No new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes & NO DROP DEAD. Sun delays don’t count against the time. At La Habra Fields, there will be a drop-dead game over at 9:45 unless it is a tie and the game will be continued on another day according to the LL Rulebook. At La Habra Fields THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT IF THERE IS NO GAME AFTER THIS GAME. Four innings is considered a complete game. If the game is called & is not a complete game, it shall be continued on the next open day. Rained out, cancelled, & make-ups will be scheduled by the Player Agent or Reps. from the leagues involved on the first available date & within THREE weeks of the cancelled game. If not played, it will go before the alliance protest committee (D56 UIC & the League Reps.) for a forfeit.

Tie games: All fields: Refer to Rule 4.12 in the Little League Rulebook. EXTRA INNINGS will be played to break the tie if light and curfew permits. This will be pre-determined prior to the game by the Player Agent or the League Director in charge at the field and told to the umpire at the start of the game.

Player time: The mandatory playing rule shall be in effect, but it is encouraged that each player gets three innings of defense and three innings of offense.

Scorekeeper: Must sit in a designated area. Is supplied by the team listed as the home team on the schedule and is responsible for pitch counts if the visiting team does not have a pitch counter. Will keep the home field site scorebook. All leagues may have someone else keep a separate league copy/book for pitching purposes, but this is NOT THE OFFICIAL SCOREBOOK & should be kept by a different person. 

LA HABRA TEAMS: SCORE SHEETS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE SNACK SHACK AFTER EVERY HOME OR AWAY GAME. Failure to do so may result in a 1 game suspension.

Umpire: The umpire will announce the start time of the game and local sunset time (according to Google).

Coaches/parents: All coaches and parents participating on the field or at practices must be background checked FIRST. No manager, coaches or parents may warm up a pitcher in the bullpen on or off the practice or playing field for any reason at any time before during or after a game. Rule 3.09

Team mom: Must be an additional (background checked) adult in the dugout during offensive play when a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugout with the team mom.

Dugout: 3 coaches are allowed in the dugout (manager & 2 coaches). All must be background checked. Players, managers, and coaches are not allowed to leave the dugout without permission from the umpire. If caught wandering, dugout gates will be shut, and MAJOR DIVISION WILL BAT 9 W/SUBS the entire season. No sitting on buckets. The 3 coaches who start the game must remain the entire game with the exception of a coach that is running late. At Murphy Ranch and La Habra, water and Gatorade type drinks are allowed in the dugout. NO FOOD, SEEDS, CANDY or gum is allowed by any member, player or coach in the dugout or field area. No sunflower or peanut shells are allowed on the ground. Alert guests to obtain a free spit cup at the snack shack. Fines of $50 will be imposed on the league, if not followed, and must be paid to the league prior to the next game played at the field with NO EXCEPTIONS. THERE ARE NO WARNINGS.

At La Habra: No coach/team meetings can take place after the game in the dugout to help the next game to start on time and to get everyone off the fields before the lights turn off. At the end of the game, teams must vacate the dugouts immediately and groom and water the fields.

Pitcher: Pitch count will be followed per the rule book. Any manager or coach guilty of using an ineligible pitcher for any reason will be removed for the rest of the game and will be suspended at the team’s next physically played game. On the second offense, the manager/coach will not be allowed to coach or manage for the remainder of the season. Balks will not be called.

Batter: Clean (free from profanity & explicit lyrics) walk up music is allowed at Murphy Ranch & Whittier, but not at LH.

Runner: The MERCY RULE will be in effect (15 runs before 3 innings or 10 runs after 4 innings).

Defensive team: All defensive changes must be made by the bottom of the 3rd or the top of the4th inning to ensure all subs are made.    JUNIOR Competitive Division 2020 Rules (Ages 13 & 14 & Freshman 15 yr olds)  District interleague rules will be followed as well as our local rules. Each team will receive 5 minutes of infield pregame practice on Saturday and weekday games only if the preceding game ends early or if only one game is scheduled on that day. Otherwise, the teams should be ready to play their game with no infield practice. The Mercy Rules will be in effect (15 runs after 4 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings).

Placement: D56 TOC placement will be determined by each league’s first place team. Only first place trophies and no second-place trophies will be awarded at the end of the championship game. Standings will be determined by all games played on the interleague schedule. District TOC Placement will be the first-place winner of each league.

IMPORTANT: Any player, manager, or coach removed from a game by an umpire for disciplinary reasons will need to follow the rulebook. Spectators ejected must leave the park & may not return until the game ends. Spectator’s ejected will sit out that team’s next physically played game. Failure to leave may result in that team’s forfeit of that game.

Pregame/postgame: It is the responsibility of both teams to set up, as well as takedown the fields. All field equipment is to be returned to the shed and placed on the shelves & not on the floor. There are no coach talk meetings after any game until the fields are groomed, watered and dugouts are empty and clean.

Game time: 2 hours 15 minutes and NO DROP DEAD and GAME OVER at 9:45 p.m. (city curfew) If the game is not complete, it will be continued on the first available day and the time of the game will be determined by the Player Agent and Division Director. Rescheduled games will be rescheduled depending on time and availability of fields on the first available day by the Division Director and the Player Agent and if interleague schedule permits.

Tie games: ALL TIE GAMES ARE TO BE PLAYED OUT ON ALL GAMES. Exception: The umpire may halt the game if in his judgement the tie cannot be broken due to curfew issues. Curfew is 9:45.

Field rules: League games will be played on 80’ base paths and at 54’ pitching distance until TBA. Then 90’ base paths and at 60 feet 6-inch pitching distance thereafter.

Player time: Refer to the Little league Rulebook.

Scorekeeper: The official scorekeeper must keep score and pitch count in the score shed. Keeps the official scorebook and pitch count records.

LA HABRA TEAMS: SCORE SHEETS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE SNACK SHACK AFTER EVERY HOME OR AWAY GAME. Failure to do so may result in a 1 game suspension.

Home team: The home team will be responsible for keeping the official scorebook, and all pitch count records. The scorekeeper will score keep in the designated score shed.

Umpire: The umpire will announce the official start time of the game.

Manager/Coaches: Both teams must supply a minimum of two new balls each game and one or two good used balls. Have spare good used ones with you just in case. No parent, coach, or manager may warm up a pitcher in the bullpen or on the playing field area at any time or for any reason. Rule 3.09

Team mom: There must be an additional adult in the dugout during offensive play when a female player is on the team. No other small child, that is not on the team, is allowed in the dugout with the team mom.

Dugout: 3 background checked adults are allowed in the dugout (1 approved manager & 2 approved coaches). Players, managers, or coaches are not allowed to leave the dugout without permission from the umpire. WATER IS THE ONLY DRINK ALLOWED IN THE DUGOUT. No FOOD, candy, gum or seeds is allowed in the dugout or the playing field by any player, manager, or coach. A fine of $50 will be imposed on any league manager, coach, or player caught with food or drink other than water in your possession within the confines of the playing field by a board member. The fine must be paid to the league before the next scheduled game at Esteli or you may not return. Please pick up all trash in dugouts and in the bleacher area.

Pitchers: Balks will be called as of the 6th game of the season. Any manager or coach guilty of using an ineligible pitcher for any reason will be suspended from the rest of the game played. They will also sit out that team’s next physically played game. On the second offense, the same coach or manager will be suspended for the next game played par the rulebook.

Batters: Clean (free from profanity & explicit lyrics) walk up music is allowed at Murphy Ranch & Whittier, but not at LH.

SCOREKEEPER and other 2020 RULES for AA, AAA, MAJOR, and JUNIOR DIVISIONS 

The official scorekeepers: Must keep score & pitch count inside the score shed or in a designated area. Must stay impartial. May not text or use any mechanical devices to communicate with managers. Must be 16 years of age or older. To eliminate distraction, no other persons are allowed in the score sheds or in the scorekeeper’s designated area.

Special note: If either team cannot provide these persons in the score booths, then the person acting as the official scorekeeper in the score shed will have the sole authority of the outcome of the game and NOT the managers keeping their own pitch counts or scorebooks. Maximum 5 runs per inning rule EXCEPTIONS:

1.     In AA, before the time changes and 4 innings constitute a game, the 5 run max will be in effect as follows...that the 4th inning or inning that gets to be played will be open run innings only until daylight time changes for La Habra VS La Habra and preseason games only.

2.     During an AA game (after the time changes) and in AAA divisions (when there is a time limit; the max 5 run rule is as follows until the 5th inning...the 6th inning will be an open run inning.

3.     LA HABRA: In any playoff or championship game in AA and AAA divisions, the maximum 5 run rule WILL be in effect in any inning except the 6th inning. In any replayed protest game, all the rules above will apply.

PROTESTS: Follow rule 4.19 in the Rulebook. Email protest to DA Carmella Gaytan at [email protected] and cc your League President. The umpire at the game will also send his report via email to the League President as well as to the DA Carmella Gaytan.

*NOTE: The Protest Committee will consist of the D56, UIC, and the Interleague Representatives and must be decided within 3 days of protest or before that team’s next physically played game.

PLACEMENT: TOC placement will be determined by each league’s first place team.

Contact

La Habra City Little League Baseball Inc.
PO BOX 964 
La Habra, California 90633

Email: [email protected]

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