Major League Rules
11 & 12 Year Old Division
1. Player Safety
a. Helmets are required to be worn by offensive players and batboys/girls outside of the dugout.
b. A player who intentionally removes their helmet during a live ball will be called out under the judgement of the umpire.
c. Catchers are required to wear a protective cup.
d. Only the batter who is up and the on deck batter are allowed to be swinging bats at any time in and around the dugout.
e. Players must stay in the dugout at all times when not on the field.
f. Only the players, bat boy/girl, manager and two coaches are allowed in the dugout during the game.
g. When there is a play at the plate, the runner must slide. If he does not, he will be called out.
h. If a fielder has the ball and is in position to make a play on a runner, the runner must avoid an intentional collision. If the runner, in the opinion of an umpire, intentionally or maliciously collides with the fielder, he will be called out and may be subject to ejection from the game.
i. No head first slides. A runner will be called out of this occurs. A runner may dive head first going back to a base.
j. No sliding into first base (unless to avoid a collision). The runner will be called out.
k. A player will be given one warning per game for throwing a bat. The next infraction during that game will result in the batter being called out.
l. If lightning is sighted, the umpire must stop the game. If the weather clears, the game may resume.
m. No metal cleats are allowed. Shirts must remain tucked in. Hats must be league issued with the bill facing forward. Players must be in league issued uniforms when playing Lakeshore Youth Baseball.
n. The maximum barrel size for bats is 2 5/8".
o. No jewelry is to be worn during games.
p. No smoking is allowed in the dugout or on the field of play.
q. Managers are responsible for their players, coaches and fans conduct during the game. Any display of temper or intimidation will not be tolerated. Any swearing or other unsportsmanlike conduct will be cause for immediate ejection from the park facility by an umpire or a representative of the LYBSA Board.
r. Managers may only question an interpretation of the rules. Judgement calls by the umpire are final and cannot be argued or protested.
s. In case of an injury to a player, “time” will be called immediately by the umpire to tend to the injured player. Once the injured player has been dealt with, the umpire will make the necessary base awards.
t. The home team’s scorebook will be the official scorebook.
2. Game Details
a. Field will be set 50/70
b. Game length is six (6) innings or one and a half hours.
c. Do not start any inning after one hour and fifteen minutes.
d. A game is official if called for darkness if the home team is ahead after 3 and 1/2 innings or after 4 innings if the visiting team is ahead.
e. Incomplete games will be attempted to be rescheduled and continue from the point where it was stopped.
f. Rainouts will be attempted to be rescheduled.
g. Two umpires will be used for all games. One behind the plate and one in the field.
h. There will be no forfeits. Teams should play with as many players as they have in attendance.
i. The ten run rule will apply after 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead or after 4 innings if the visiting team is ahead. However, games can be called at any time under the agreement of both coaches.
j. For efficient use of time, players should hustle on and off the field.
3. Offensive Guidelines
a. All players will be in the batting order. Any late players will be added to the
bottom of the line-up.
b. Strikes will be called on pitches in the strike zone and on a “swing and a miss”
c. There is base stealing.
d. Runners may advance on a passed ball.
e. There are lead-offs. Runners can leave at anytime.
f. The ball is in play until umpire calls time.
g. Runners may attempt to advance as many bases as possible on an overthrow to any base. (Coaches should be aware of the game situation and use respect in running the bases.)
h. The umpires are part of the field of play. Any ball that hits an umpire is a live ball.
i. If the ball becomes stuck in the fence or goes out of the field of play, one additional base will be allowed.
j. A courtesy runner will be issued to the next innings’ catcher at any time he has reached his base.
k. There will be a maximum of five runs per inning, except in the last inning of play.
l. Any time a coach touches a base runner to assist them, this will result in that player being called out after the play has been called “dead.”
4. Defensive Guidelines
a. Maximum of nine players on the field at any time. Three of these players must begin the play on the grass of the outfield.
b. No player will sit out more than two innings per game. There are no limits on substitutions except live pitchers.
c. The catcher does not need to catch the third strike to be considered an out.
d. There will be no appeals. Examples, a player misses a base and the umpire sees it, the player will be called out once the play is “dead.”
e. No fake tag outs.
f. The infield fly rule is in effect when runners are on 1st and 2nd or the bases loaded with less than 2 outs.
5. Pitching Guidelines
a. Pitchers may pitch a maximum of three (3) innings per day, and not more than nine (9) innings per week.
b. Pitchers must have two days of rest after pitching three innings. One day of rest is needed if less than three (3) innings are pitched.
c. Any number of pitches thrown in an inning is considered an inning.
d. Coaches will be strongly encouraged to participate in the pitching clinics hosted by LYBSA.
e. Pitchers will be given six (6) pitches when entering a game the first time, and four (4) warm up pitches between innings.
f. The manager may make only one trip to the mound per pitcher per inning. The pitcher must be removed on the second visit to the mound.
g. No curveballs or sliders will be allowed.
h. Balks will not be called.
i. If a team intends to give a batter an intentional base on balls, the manager of the defensive team shall notify the umpire and the batter will be awarded first base. This may be done at any time during the at-bat.
6. The Official Little League Rule Book will be used except as noted in these general rules.