Following are the local rules for the AAA Division in Foster City Little League Baseball. A full explanation of all the rules can be found in the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball.
All male players must be properly equipped with an athletic supporter and cup.
Catchers must wear a mask with a throat protector and helmet during practice, pitcher warm-up, and games. Catcher chest protector must have the lower extension.
If a player warms up a pitcher during the game, the player MUST wear a catchers mask with a throat protector at all times. Adults can warm up the pitcher pregame and during to speed the game along.
Coaches will be allowed to warm up the pitcher between innings to keep up the speed of the game and prevent injuries to players who may not have experience catching.
No one except eligible players in uniform, managers, and not more than two coaches, shall occupy the bench or dugout area.
For safety, bat boys and bat girls are not permitted.
The batter, all base runners, and players acting as coaches, must wear helmets at all times while on the field.
There will be no on-deck circle. Players may not take warm-up swings either inside or outside the dugout.
There shall be no head-first sliding to a base. A player is allowed to slide head first back to a base he already legally gained possession of. Example: A runner on first may not slide head first into second on a ground ball. He may however dive head first back to first base on a line drive in an attempt not to be put out.
If a batter throws a bat, he/she will receive a warning on the first occasion. On the second occasion it will be an immediate dead ball out and the manager will be notified that the player may not bat for the balance of the game, but may play in the field.
Pre-season games will not count towards the standings. Each team will then play all other teams three times during the regular season, if possible; there shall be a minimum of 12 regular season games. There will be two games per week (1 weekday and 1 Saturday). There will be a double elimination championship tournament at the end of the season.
Games are six (6) innings long. If a game is shortened for weather or darkness etc. it is a regulation game if 4 innings have been completed, or if the home team is ahead after 3 and ½ innings. If a game is called before it has become a regulation game and 1 or more innings have been played, it shall be resumed exactly where it left off. For all games, no inning may start after 105 minutes (1 hour, 45 minutes).
(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. (NOTE: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.)
(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.
(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when s\he reaches the limit for his\her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position.
League Age Per Game Pitch Limits:
11 -12 = 75 pitches per day
9-10 = 65 pitches per day
8 = 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 the following conditions occurs:
1. That batter reaches base;
2. That batter is put out;
3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.
Rule for Pitching and Catching same game: A pitcher who delivers 40 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that game. (Exception: A pitcher who reaches the limit while facing a batter can complete the at-bat and still be eligible ot catch.) A player who catches four innings cannot pitch in that game. (Catching one pitch in the 4th inning counts as catching the 4th inning.) A player who catches any number of innings, and then pitches 21 or more pitches cannot return to catch again in that game.
FCLL additional pitching limits per week (passed 3/2/17 by BoD):
The maximum number of pitches that an 11 or 12-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 105.
The maximum number of pitches that a 9 or 10-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 95.
The maximum number of pitches that an 8-year old may pitch in one week (Monday—Sunday) is 80.
(d) Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (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.
(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.
(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire.
However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.
(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c).
The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.
(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19. The manager and\or coaches may also be subject to sanctions by the Board of Directors.
(j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in AAA. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)
(k) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (Exception: In the Big League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Pitches delivered in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.
3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest.
Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 75 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days.
Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the "calendar week" with regard to pitching eligibility.
A normal baseball defense with 9 players is used, but the entire roster hits. A late arrival goes to the end of the batting order. The strike zone is expanded to promote aggressive hitting and to help develop pitcher confidence. The strike zone will be defined as “The space over home plate, plus two (2) inches on each side, which is between the armpits and mid-calf of the lower leg when the batter assumes a natural stance”.
Bunting and stealing (after the ball crosses the plate) is allowed. All runners must slide on all close plays, especially at home plate and potential force outs at 2nd base. If a runner does not slide on a close play, he/she might be called out at the discretion of the umpire, even if they were safe on the play.
The previous play is dead only when the catcher has his/her mask and glove on, is in the area designated as the catcher’s box, and the pitcher is on the mound. The mound is defined as the sloped part of the pitcher’s area, not the rubber itself.
The catcher cannot block home plate unless he/she has possession of the ball.
Managers have the option of 1 or 2 coaches. There is a maximum of three adult manager/coaches allowed in the dugout during a game. Adult coaches may coach at the bases. The home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
All Players available for the game will bat in continuous order. Each player on the team must play a minimum of four (4) innings per game (only two innings are required in a shortened game). If a player does not complete minimum play, that player must then start the next scheduled game, fulfill the playing obligation from the last game and at least the minimum play for the current game before being taken out. Violation of the minimum play rules will result in a warning, then a possible suspension of the manager by the League’s Board of Directors.
There will be a scorekeeper supplied by the League. If the League supplies only one, the Home team will supply a second scorekeeper who will work at the direction of the League scorekeeper. If no League scorekeeper is available, each of the Home and Visiting teams will supply a scorekeeper, with the Visiting scorekeeper working at the direction of the Home Scorekeeper.