2015 Little League T-Ball Rules

2015 Ellet Little League T-Ball Rules

 Scheduling

  1.  League play shall be scheduled by the Senior Commissioner and T-Ball Commissioner.

  2.  Scheduled practices shall begin no earlier than April 1st.

  3.  Scheduled practices shall be limited to twice per week.

The regular season begins tentatively first week of April and ends tentatively the last week of June. Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

If Cancelled or suspended games will be rescheduled for Friday if possible, by the T-Ball Commissioner and Senior Commissioner. The T-Ball Commissioner may cancel games due to field or weather conditions before 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., the managers shall decide if the game should be canceled due to field or weather conditions.

 Field Dimensions

  1.  The distance between bases shall be 60 feet.

 The pitching distance shall be 46 feet from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

A.        An infielder must have control of the ball for play to be considered dead. Runners at the point passed the hash mark will advance to the next base. Runners behind the hash mark will return to the previous base

B.  A foul ball area shall be a fifteen-foot arc from the back of home plate to both foul lines.

III.       Coaches

  1.  Offensive coaches shall be positioned at first and third base.

  2.  Two defensive coaches may be used in the field behind the outfielders to instruct players.

If a live ball is touched by a defensive coach, all base runners will advance one extra base.

IV.       Umpire

      The defensive manager or acting manager shall be the umpire at the plate.

B.         The umpire is not permitted to instruct or advise defensive players.

 V.       Scoring of Games

  1.  There shall be no league standings as this is an instructional league.

  2.  There shall be no league tournament.

  3.  Batting lineup sheets will be provided by the Association.

 Game Rules

 A.        Official baseball rules shall apply with the exception of the following rules:

  1.  Games shall consist of four innings. (Games will end when a complete inning has been

    played.

  2. If a batter swings and hits the ball within the fifteen-foot arc at home plate, the ball will

    be dead and a strike called on the batter.

  3. On the 5th swing, if a ball is hit foul, the batter shall not be declared out and shall receive another attempt to hit the ball fair.

  4. Base runners shall not leave their base until the ball moves off the tee.

  5. Each player available for a game must play the field.

  6. Each player available for a game will be inserted into the batting order and will bat.

  7. An inning shall consist of one at bat for each player in the batting order. After all

    players have batted, the inning is retired.

  8. The batter may not swing at the ball until the coach has called “play.”

  9. Lines are in fair territory.

  10. There shall be no infield fly role.

     

  11. Overthrow rule:

 On a ball hit to the infield, the batter/runner shall only be entitled to attempt to advance to first base. No additional advancement is permitted, even on an overthrow. All other base runners may advance no more than one base from the time of the pitch with liability of being put out. In the context of this rule, the "infield" is defined as the area between home plate and first, second and third base.On a ball hit beyond the baselines, runners shall be entitled to attempt to advance to any base with liability of being put out, until the ball is declared dead. Aball can be hit in the air or roll through the baselines. If the ball goes out of play, the results of the play will be determined using the halfway marks.

 

    1.  Time will be called by the coach when the progress of the lead runner has been stopped due to an infielder having control of the ball in the infield or after a play.

    2.  The tee will be placed ten inches directly behind home plate. The tee and home plate   shall be point to point.

    3.  Throwing a bat is prohibited.

      First offense: the coach will issue a warning to the batter’s team.

       All subsequent offenses by the batter will result in calling the batter out and returning the player to the bench.

    4.  A base runner losing his/her batting helmet between bases will advance to the next base only, provided he or she reaches that base safely.

    5.  The defensive shall consist of up to 10 players. If ten players are used, 4 must be in the outfield. No extra infielders. All players on roster must play at least 2 innings.

    6. The game may start provided both teams can field at least eight or more players. If one team does not have eight players, the total number of players shall be divided into two teams so the game can be played.

    7.  The catcher must wear full protective gear during practices and games.

    8.  During the game a catcher will he placed four feet behind the batter by the coach. The catcher shall not move until the ball is hit from the tee.

    9.  The pitcher shall remain on the pitching rubber or directly behind the rubber, but within the twelve-foot circle. They will also be required to wear a face mask for safety.

    10. Bats must be Little League certified. No big barrel bats are allowed. Check the bat link for reference

    11.  A nine inch-rubberized ball shall be used for practice and games.

      12.  Uniforms shall consist of team color T-shirts and hats.