Minor League Baseball is a final transition to full-fledged baseball for most young players. Working with players through this time of change is a true challenge for managers and coaches.
Team Selection: Minor league players are assigned to teams by the Director of Minor Baseball, with an equal number of players of the same age being placed on each team. Managers and coaches may have their children play on their team (if in the proper age category).
Major League Player Draft: Minor League Baseball players who are 10 (before April 30), or are 11 or 12 years old may attend try-outs for the Major League Baseball program. The tryouts are usually held in March of each year (notice is posted). Players who qualify will be placed on the draft list unless they otherwise stipulate. Those on the draft list may be selected to a Major Division team. Those not selected may be subject to a call-up at a late date.
Game Length: Games are scheduled for six innings. A game will be considered complete under the Mercy Rule if four innings have been completed (or three and one half innings if the home team is ahead) or, of course, if six innings have been completed. The only way a game will not go to six full innings is because of bad weather, time limit, or darkness. In Minors, no new inning will be started after 1 hour 45 minutes. During the regular season attempts will be made to reschedule cancelled games if both managers wish to play the game. This of course will be subject to field availability.
Inning Length: the offensive team will continue at bat until one of the following occurs:
a) they have three outs, or
b) they score three runs in innings 1 thru 5, and 5 runs in the 6th.
c) there is no open inning.
Scorekeeping: The Home Team will provide a trained scorekeeper for each game. This is usually a team parent who has taken the “scorekeeper training” course. The date and location of these clinics will be posted prior to the beginning of the regular season. Managers are responsible for providing a team line-up to the umpire and scorekeeper. At the end of the game the scorekeeper will give each manager a copy of the game score sheet and turn in the other copies to the Director of the Minor League.
Playing Time: Team members will play a minimum of three innings in each six inning game. If a game is called before this is possible, the player(s) who are short of the minimum requirement will be in the starting lineup for the next game.
Player Rotation: Players should play equal amount of time, sitting out approximately equal amount of innings. All players should get a minimum of 50 percent infield time in each game. Players should get an opportunity to play all positions.
Pitcher Warm-up: Once on the diamond, managers or coaches will not warm up pitchers at any time during the game. Team members warming up pitchers must wear full catcher’s equipment for safety and insurance purposes.
Batting Lineup: Over the season players shall be rotated through the batting order in a roughly equivalent manner for games attended. The continuous batting order is mandatory for all Tee Ball and Minor League Divisions.
Pitcher Rotation: The following Little League pitching rules apply at Layritz: a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch (12 yr olds in Minors can not 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) any player on the team roster may pitch (12 yr olds in Minors can not pitch) c) a pitcher once removed from the mound, cannot pitch again during that game.
d) the Manager must remove a pitcher from the mound upon reaching the following limits:
League Age 11-12 85 pitches per day
9-10 75 pitches per day
7-8 50 pitches per day
If a pitcher reaches his limit mid-batter, he may finish with that batter. A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day. e) 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 day of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required.
f) Each league must designiate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch counter
Borrowing Players: Teams may borrow from other Minor League or Rookie Minor League teams to bring their numbers up to 9. The borrowed player is to play outfield and bat last.Amendments as agreed upon at the 2013 Coaches Meeting:If a player is late, sick, or unexpectantly does not show up and you have less than 9 players, you may borrow from the opposing team's bench until your player shows up. Any borrowed players can play any position except pitcher and must bat at after all regular team members (last).
A Word on Minor League Philosophy: Managers and coaches are encouraged to challenge players to try a variety of defensive positions, including pitching. Also, it may be advantageous to use a pitching strategy that concentrates a little less on striking out players and more on creating hits in the game while still having pitchers pitch to the best of their ability. This will provide greater challenge to all players in the defensive role (more hits to field and more runners to watch) and will provide more opportunity for batters and runners to practice in the offensive role. A game that involves mainly walks (or strikeouts) is not much of a learning experience for either team. Remember that Minor League Baseball is still a transition period for most players.
Divisional Championships: To be determined.
All rules applicable to regular season play, apply to the post season Layritz playoffs. In the event a team is selected to play in a tournament or district championship, the team or teams must follow the rules applied to that competition. If you have any questions concerning the rules contained herein please contact the Director of the Minor League for your division of play.
To avoid any confusion, all ties in our In-House Standings will be broken as per the standard defined in the current year Little League Rule book (provided to each team manager at the beginning of the season).