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SMLLA's Local Rules

Local Rules - Spring Season

In addition to the Little League® Official Rules (aka the "Green Book"), the SMLLA Board and our Divisional Commissioners have instituted some local rules and clarifications for each of our Divisions.  These are documented below. ***Little League Age Limits & Rest Rules Still Apply for our Pitchers!!!

Local Rules
by Division
for 2023
Juniors 54/80 (District 52) Andy Ward During pre-season, pitchers may throw a maximum of 50 pitches in a game. For the first month of the regular season, pitchers may throw a maximum of 70 pitches in a game
Majors, PCL, & Minors Majors: Pete Schuit
PCL: Andy Ward
Minors: Alex Kaminaris
Majors: March 65, April 75, May 85
PCL: 50
Minors: 50
Cal League Jason Humphrey 40 Pitches or 2 Innings
Single A Andrew Armstrong N/A
T-Ball Jason Humphrey N/A
Wiffle Ball Jim DeMartini N/A
Courtesy Runner for Pitcher and Catcher
A courtesy runner will be allowed for pitchers and catchers of the NEXT inning when there are 2 outs.  That courtesy runner must be the last recorded out.  For PCL, Minors, Cal, Single A - If there is no next inning because the time limit has hit and the current inning is deemed the last inning, a courtesy runner will not be allowed.  For Single A, this applies to Catcher and not pitcher.

SMLLA Divisional Rules - Quick Reference

Last updated 1/31/2023

Gameday Requirements

All coaches who are on the field for Game Day must be Badged. If you are short a coach/manager, you may ask any badged coach from any team to help. Make sure you have a minimum of 3 coaches, unless you want to use a player to coach a base (a helmet is required). You must use a coach/manager for the dugout (even if you have only 1); players may coach the bases, but not the dugout. Limits by Division:

Wiffle Ball Unlimited - Parents can be on the field
T-Ball, Single A, and Cal

1 Manager and 3 Coaches (4 total)

 *1 Coach policing the Dugout at all times 

 *Coaches may be on the field on defense

Minors, PCL, Majors and Juniors 1 Manager and 2 Coaches (3 total)

Please keep other parents off of the field.

For Single A and above:

  • Home teams do Field Prep – before and after the game!  Trinta Field Prep Manual
  • Visiting teams are responsible for Scorekeeping and man the Booth.  Detailed information on Scorekeeping Requirements.
  • Pitch Counts - Pitch count violations are serious! Please be aware of your kids ages and the pitch count rules for your Division. 
  • Please also be aware of the Pitcher Rules for your  Catchers (you can’t catch if you throw 40+ pitches, you can’t pitch if you start catching the 4th inning). Pitch counts and days rest are on the website and should be printed on your badge.
  • Pitch all your pitchers at some point. Try to rotate and develop 4-6 pitchers regularly, if possible.  Slowly ramp up those arms in the preseason and first month of the season.
  • Umpires - Do not under any circumstances bully or influence the kid umpires.  The only adult on the field talking to an umpire is a Manager (assistant coaches can’t talk to umpires).  If your assistant coach has an issue they come to you as the Manager who than talks to the umpire.
  • Player Pool – Please give the Player Agent 3 days if you can.  The Player Agent will do everything they can to get you a player.  A team should never have to forfeit. You can use a pool player if you have 10 or less. You can only use 2 to get you to 9 to start a game. Start with 9, end with 8 is ok.  Start with 8 is a forfeit so let’s reschedule if you know this will be a problem way in advance. 

Local Rules - Fall Ball

In addition to the Little League® Official Rules (aka the "Green Book"), the SMLLA Fall Ball Team & Managers have agreed on some local rules and clarifications for each of our Divisions.  These are documented below.


Rules Link
Majors Fall Ball Rules Addendum
Minors/PCL Coming Soon
CAL Coming Soon


The Player Pool

SMLLA opts to use a 'Player Pool' to aid Teams who are short players on game days. This helps Teams avoid forfeits or the need to reschedule. When managers have a need for an upcoming game, they reach out to the SMLLA Player Agent who assigns a Pool Player (or two) for their game. Pool players come dressed to the game in their regular uniform. 

USA BAT Standard

Little League Baseball® adopted the USA Baseball bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018.  All players in Majors and below (4-12) must have a bat with the USA logo.  See the USA Bat Website for more information.  

For our Juniors Division (ages 13 & 14):
Bats meeting the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) standard may be used in the Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior divisions (54-80).  USA Bats may also be used at this level.

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