Revised: November 2014
SECTION 1 – BOUNDARIES
1) All players must comply with Little League residency rule within the guidelines of the Little League Rule Book. If a league is not available in the area in which the player either resides or attends school, or for certain circumstances the parents of an out-of-boundary player may request a waiver to Little League to play with North Valley. The boundary description of North Valley are as follows:
a. From corner of Lundy Place and N. Capitol Ave go NW on Capitol Ave to Mabury Rd.
b. Turn right on Mabury Rd and go to Jackson Ave.
c. Turn left on Jackson Ave till you reach Miguelita Creek at Independence High School.
d. At Miguelita Creek go right till creek intersects Educational Parkway.
e. Turn right on Educational Parkway and go to Las Plumas Av.
f. Turn left at Plumas Av till intersects with Highway 101.
g. Turn left on Highway 101 and go to Santa Clara St.
h. Turn right at Santa Clara St. and go to Guadalupe Parkway.
i. Turn right at Guadalupe Parkway and go to Airport Parkway.
j. Turn right at Airport Parkway and go to First St.
k. Turn left at First St. and go to Montague Expressway.
l. Turn right at Montague Expressway and go to Trade Zone.
m. Turn right at Trade Zone and go to Lundy Pl.
n. Turn left at Lundy Pl. and go to N. Capitol Ave.
SECTION II – DONATION FEE STRUCTURE
1) Fees collected are donations towards the operation of NVLL. No player will be turned away due to any financial hardship. League President or a designated board officer can approve scholarship or financial assistance.
2) Early Spring Registration fees are based as follows:
a. Tball Division..............................$125
b. Farm/Softball/Minor/Major Divisions...........$150
c. Junior Division..............................$175
3) Early Registration discount fee will be good until the date set forth by the North Valley Board and be posted to all on the NVLL website.
4) Spring Registration (after the expiration date of the Early Registration date) fees are based as follows:
a. Tball Division..............................$150
b. Farm/Softball/Minor/Major Divisions...........$175
c. Junior Division..............................$200
5) Sibling Discount
a. 2nd child...................................$20
b. 3rd child ....................................$20
c. 4th child and more...................$20
6) Payment Plan
a. Registration must be paid in full at time of registration.
b. Any specialized payment plan needs to be approved by the President / Vice-President.
c. If full payment is not made by Opening Day, then that particular player will not receive their uniform until payment is received.
a. Scholarships must be approved by league President.
b. A written letter from the parent/guardian must be submitted to the league President.
c. Bring the following document to substantiate hardship: 1. Last year tax return
2. Proof of unemployment
d. Only league President will review documents.
e. League President will determine the amount of scholarship awarded to player.
f. All parents/guardians that received a scholarship will be required to volunteer additional time/services to the league. Both the parent/guardian and President will agree upon the specific amount that will be volunteered prior to awarding the scholarship.
8) Fundraiser Event
a. A fundraiser event will be taking place each year at NVLL. Each player/family within NVLL will be encouraged to participate in the yearly fundraiser event.
9) League Membership
a. Any person interested in active participation to further the objectives of this Local League may apply to become a member. Membership is not required for your child to play. All volunteers must be an active member.
b. All Managers, coaches, umpires and board members must become members.
c. A membership fee will not be charged.
d. All members will be required to take and pass a background check each year.
10) Snack Shack Duty
a. Parents/guardian will be assigned a minimum of one snack shack duty, two if more than one child is registered in the league.
b. A snack shack duty deposit of $50 will be collected at the time of registration for each player registered in the league (maximum of $100 per family).
c. If a parent/guardian does not complete their designated snack shack duty, then the $50 snack shack deposit will be forfeited by the parent/guardian and will not be returned by the league.
d. Parents/guardians will have the option to buyout of their snack shack obligation for a $50 fee per required duty.
e. If a team does not have the appropriate amount of volunteers (3) fulfill their scheduled date and time for snack shack duty, the then all parents, that did not fulfill their snack shack duty, will have their $50 snack shake deposit withheld by the league and will not be given back to each parent that did not participate in their scheduled snack shack duty.
11) Financial Obligation
a. Any outstanding obligation must be paid before the end of the regular season.
b. If a player’s financial situation has changed and unable to make obligated payment(s) the parent/guardian of that player must meet with the league President. It will be determined by the league President of the appropriate actions/steps to be taken to resolve the financial situation.
c. A player with an outstanding financial obligation:
(1) Will have their end of year trophy potentially withheld at the Presidents discretion.
(2) Will not be eligible for any post season play.
(3) May not be eligible to register for the following season(s) until the previous balance is paid in full.
12) Refund Policy:
a. The registration fee is a donation towards the operation of NVLL. All other donations collected from fundraisers, sponsorships, etc…are not refundable. In order to receive a refund of the registration fee, the parent/guardian of a player must submit a letter to the Board requesting a refund and stating the reason why the player is resigning. No refunds will be processed without this letter. Amount of refund will be based on the following situations. A player, who resigns, quits, dropped or is injured…
a) Prior to team selection a $25 administrative fee will be charged and the remaining balance will be refunded.
b) No refund of the registration fee will be refunded after the player has been placed on a team.
13) Return Check Fee
a. Checks returned for insufficient funds will be charged $25.00
SECTION III - DIVISIONS AND TEAM STRUCTURE
1) Lower Division Baseball
Lower division baseball will encompass the following baseball Leagues: T-Ball, Farm, Minor and Major Leagues. The division age structure for North Valley Little League is created to establish a guideline to place players in their respective leagues by age. The try-outs and draft will determine which league the player will play in based on the Age Structure of NVLL. It may be necessary in the Lower Divisions for inexperience or undeveloped player with lack of skills to be place in a lower league age structure or an exceptional player to play in a higher league. The Safety Officer will recommend with approval by the Player Agent for the player to be placed in a league that best meet the player's ability. The Player Agent will discuss this with the parent(s) or guardian of the player. Safety is always the main objective and must be stressed to both the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the player. Note: A division can be dissolved (i.e. due to lack of players) and will be absorbed into a lower or upper division.
a. T-Ball League:
1. Shall comprise of players whose league ages are 4, 5 and 6 years old.
2. This league is a combination T-Ball and coach pitch.
3. The Player Agent will select teams.
4. Teams will have a minimum of 8 to 10 players.
b. Farm League:
1. Shall comprise of players whose league ages are 6, 7 & 8 years old.
2. The Player Agent will select teams.
3. Teams will have a minimum of 10 to 12 players.
c. Minors League:
1. Shall comprise of players whose league ages are 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old.
2. Twelve year olds in Minors must have District Administrator wavier approval.
3. Team’s rosters will be determined by the Player Agent at time of the draft. It is recommended each team shall have a minimum of 12 players and no more than 14.
4. No twelve years old will pitch in the Minors division.
d. Major League:
1. Shall comprise of players whose league ages are 10, 11 and 12.
2. Team’s rosters will be determined by the Player Agent at time of the draft. It is recommended each team shall have a minimum of 12 players and no more than 14.
2) Upper Division Baseball
Upper Division Baseball will encompass the following leagues: Junior, Senior and Big. The Local League will adopt League "C" age structure option for the regular season as describe in the Age Alignment section of the Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball regulation book.
a. Teams will maintain a minimum roster of 12 players and no more than what Little League regulations states. If a team is not able to maintain a minimum roster of 12 players, than it will be upon the Board of Directors to decided on how to move forward with that particular team.
3) Softball Division
Softball division will encompass all Softball leagues within NVLL. The Local League will adopt the most appropriate age structure option for the regular season as describe in the Age Alignment section of the Junior, Senior and Big League Softball regulation book.
a. Softball division will begin at the Farm league and up.
b. Farm and Minor teams roster will be determine by the Player Agent at time of the draft. It is recommended each team shall have a minimum of 12 players and no more than 15.
c. Major, Junior and Senior teams will maintain a minimum roster of 12 players and no more than 15.
SECTION IV - GENERAL RULES
1) Managers and Coaches: All Managers and coaches must be 18 years or older. They must be recommended by league President, approved by Board of Directors and have a background check. Authorized Managers and coaches must supervise ALL practices and games. All Managers and coaches must dress appropriately (no tank tops, cutoff shorts, and sandals or what the board may deem not acceptable attire).
2) All Managers and coaches in the Minor and Major leagues, and the Upper Divisions will be required to wear coaching attire, set forth by the NVLL board during while managing/coaching their games. Any Manager/coach not adhering to the coaching attire can be asked to leave the field, by any board member, and not return until coaching attire is met.
3) Managers will be responsible to ensure only approved coaches are allowed on the field. A Manager allowing unapproved adult volunteers to help as coaches will be suspended one game. If a second incident occurs, then that Manager will be brought to the NVLL board for further action leading up/to termination.
4) Any use of tobacco or drinking of an alcoholic beverage by any member/volunteer of North Valley Little League, while representing North Valley Little League, in the presence of players, will not be allowed. This includes smoking or drinking an alcoholic beverage within any area able to be viewed from the fields of North Valley Little League. Any member/volunteer seen in violation of this policy will be immediately asked to leave the fields by any Board member of North Valley Little League. If the policy is violated for a second time, it will be upon the Board of Directors to vote on the actions taken against the member/volunteer.
5) Ejection of a coach or Manager must leave the field immediately and take no further part in that game. The umpire(s) have the discretion to stop the game until the Manager or Coach has left the field. Any ejection is an automatic suspension on the team’s next played game. If the umpire files a report to the board, the Board will review the cause of the ejection and may be grounds for a more severe penalty, up to and including suspension for the remainder of the season.
6) Un-sportsman-like conduct: Any physical contact or verbal abuse by a Manager, coach, or player toward an umpire, teammate or to the other team will be automatically ejected from the game. Manager, coaches or players throwing or abusing equipment will not be tolerated and will be subject to ejection from the game at the umpire's discretion.
7) Number of Players to Start Game: T-Ball and Farm may start the game with less than 9 players. Minors, Majors Juniors Seniors and Big must start and play a game with 9 players.
8) Borrowed Players: Minor teams and below may borrow players from the opposing team or a player from the same division if the team does not have enough players at the start of a game. T-Ball and Farm teams may borrow players from the opposing team in order to even out the team.
9) Game Time: Schedule games will start at game time. If after 15 minutes the game has not been started, at the discretion of the umpire, a league official or both Managers when no umpire or league official is available, the game will be called and will go into scorebook as either postponed or forfeited depending on the division rules.
10) Postponed Games: A postponed game is a game not played at the scheduled time. It will be put into the official scorebook as for the reason game was postponed i.e. rainout, field unsafe or situations where Managers or league officials have no control over. Turn-in scorecard with explanation written on back.
11) Rescheduling of Postponed Games:
a. Major or Minor League teams will be played on the first available day and field with at least 48 hours notice. Rescheduled game days will include Friday and Sunday excluding holidays.
b. Scheduled practice games that are postponed will not be rescheduled.
c. Postponed games in T-Ball or Farm will not be rescheduled unless total games played in a season become less than minimum games required by Little League rules.
d. Major division teams or below shall not have games re-scheduled that would cause a double-header (two games in one day) unless absolutely necessary.
e. Game times for Sunday rescheduled games will determined by Player Agent. On all other game times will be the same as regular season game times.
f. The respective District Representatives will reschedule inter-league games.
12) In-complete game:
a. A game that counts towards standings or points and is called before it has become a regulation game but after one or more innings have been played, shall resume exactly where it left off.
b. It will be reschedule IAW the rescheduling of postponed games.
c. A game played with less than one inning is a postponed game (game not played) and will be reschedule IAW the rescheduling of postponed game rule.
13) Time Limit:
a. See division sections of the by-laws for time limits.
b. Umpires have the discretion to stop a game due to darkness or weather. Board officials may advise the plate umpire or inform team Managers if no umpires are being used to stop a game due to darkness or weather.
c. If no umpire is present, A Board officials could advise Manager to stop a game due to darkness or weather conditions.
14) Minimum Play:
a. With the exception of T-Ball, every player on the team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and a minimum of one (1) at bat per game.
b. All substitutes must be in the game by the top of the 4th inning.
c. Minors and Farm division will substitute bench players every inning. If using continuous batting order substitutes may enter and re-enter the game at any time as long as they will have played 9 defensive outs by the end of the game. A game completed in the top of the 6th inning (home team ahead) will have the minimum playtime waive if it would have given the player minimum playing time if the bottom of the 6th inning was completed.
d. Failure of Manager or Coach in charge to comply will result in:
1. First Offense: The Manager will receive a written warning. The player involved shall start the next game and play no less than the mandatory playing time for both games combined.
2. Second Offense: The Manager will be suspended from the next scheduled game. The player involved shall start the next game and play no less than the mandatory playing time for both games combined.
3. Third Offense: The Manager will be suspended for the remainder of the season. This includes post-season play. The player involved, shall start the next game and play no less than the mandatory playing time for both games.
4. If the game is completed in less than six innings and a player did not get their minimum playing time they will start in the next game and play until he or she has met the minimum playing time for both games.
5. If a game is played and completed in 4 innings but less than 6 innings and if all substitute players played an equal amount of time (50%) with the player they sub for then minimum play time is waived. If a player plays less than half played by his or her sub then the player must start the next game in order to make up those inning(s) and play the minimum time for this game before being substituted.
15) Umpire Scheduling:
a. League Chief Umpire will be responsible in scheduling teams to officiate games.
b. When a team is assigned to umpire a game the team Manager will be responsible to assign two umpires. It is the responsibility of the Managers to assign either him, members of the team or any other approved league volunteers.
c. Approved umpires may schedule themselves to umpire a game. These umpires may call the Manager responsible for the game that they will umpire the game. The umpire may bring a second or may request from the Manager a second umpire.
d. Upper division players will be asked to be a junior umpire and assist an adult umpire in a lower division game Major or Minor division games. Players will be asked to do 5 games a season. The Chief Umpire will contact ands schedule junior umpires and will notify the Managers of their assignments. Junior umpires will not officiate a game without at least one adult umpire officiating the game.
e. Managers that do not provide umpires when scheduled will be asked to report to the board. The board will decide on the action taken against the Manager leading up/to suspensions of future games.
f. If a Minor game has no umpire(s), the Manager from each team will umpire the game. No games will be postponed because of umpires not showing up for the game. The Managers may delegate this duty to an approved adult coach or an approved adult volunteer as long as both Managers agree.
g. If an umpire does not show up for a Major game …Managers may agree to umpire the game themselves or an approved umpire may step in to umpire a game. It is strongly recommended that a volunteer umpire be found rather than rescheduling of the game. Both Managers must agree to have either themselves, a coach or an approved volunteer to umpire the game. If one Manager does not agree to umpire a game then the game will be postponed and rescheduled IAW the rescheduling rule.
16) Unexcused Absence and Benching for Big, Senior, Junior, Major or Minor player:
Unexcused absence means Manager or coach was not informed prior to practice or game even if player may have had a valid reason. It is the responsibility of the player and or parent to inform the Manager. Excused absence means the Manager or coach was informed prior to practice or game.
a. The Manager must use discretion in applying this disciplinary action and to file a report of all incidents to the Player Agent. The incident report must have a through explanation of when and reason for player missing practice or game.
b. Manager must inform the parent or guardian verbally each time the player misses a practice or game of the possibility of the player being benched.
c. Manager must turn-in the incident report to the Player Agent or President and the request to bench a player must be approved prior to a player being benched. The form must be completely filled out. An incomplete form may not be approved.
d. A player maybe benched for:
1. Two unexcused consecutive missed practices and or games.
2. Three total unexcused missed practices and or games.
e. If a player after being benched has one more unexcused absent for practice or game…the Manager will detail the incident in writing to the Player Agent. Player Agent will talk to the parents or guardian about the missed practice or game and the possibility of the player being drop from team if one more missed unexcused absence.
f. The Manager may remove a player from the game for un-sports-man-like conduct. Manager must inform the Player Agent in writing of any such action.
g. A player benched for a game shall be charged with three (3) innings played. Manger must inform the umpire of an approved benched player and must be noted in the scorebook.
h. A benched player must be at the game in the dugout to carry out his or her discipline. A no-show will be considered an unexcused missed game and will be reported to the Player Agent in writing.
17) Excused Absence for Big, Senior Junior, Major or Minor player:
a. Document all excused absences…date and reason why.
b. There is no benching of a player for excused absences.
c. A player that has missed a total 4 practices and or games, excused or unexcused will be reported to the Player Agent.
1. Player Agent will call the parent or guardian to learn why player has missed practices and games. Player Agent will determine if player can continue with the team or to be drop from team and season.
18) Missed Practice or Game in Farm and T-Ball Division:
a. There is no benching of a player in Farm or T-Ball division.
b. Manager need to contact parent or guardian to learn why a player has missed a practice or game and document the reasons why.
c. A player who has quit from the team must be reported to the Player Agent.
d. A player who has been absent for 4 practices and or games must be reported to the Player Agent.
e. Player Agent will talk to the parent or guardian to learn as to why the player is not showing up and to inform parent or guardian that another missed practice or game that the player maybe dropped from the team and season.
19) Field Preparations:
a. Home Team:
1. Drag infield.
2. Place bases out.
3. Chalk the infield.
4. Water infield to keep the dust down.
b. Visiting Team: (If visiting team is not from NV the home team will be responsible for post game cleanup.)
1. Place bases back to storage.
2. Fill in holes in the infield, especially pitching mound and home base area.
3. Drag the infield.
4. Water the infield.
5. Put away all equipment into storage and lock the storage box.
20) Injuries: The Manager must report all injuries to the Safety Officer within 24 hours after they happen. Any player with an uncovered open wound, blood soiled uniform, or who is bleeding, cannot play. The game will be halted until the player has left the game and removed from the field.
21) Infield Warm up Prior to Scheduled Game Time: Thirty minutes prior to start of game both teams are entitled to ten minutes of infield practice time. If the field is not prepared and is less than 20 minutes before game time, neither team will be allowed to have infield practice. There is no infield practice for T-Ball.
22) Equipment: Each team Manager is responsible for their team equipment, bats, balls, etc, and shall be turned into the Equipment Manager at the end of the season.
23) Clean-up Area: Both Managers and Coaches are responsible for field cleanliness, i.e., the policing of paper and garbage after his or her game. Each team is responsible for the cleaning of their dugout and bleachers/spectator viewing areas.
24) No consumption of food, or gum chewing by any player or adult volunteer will be allowed while on or about the playing field or in the dugouts. Only consumable liquids or fruit slices are allowed in the dugouts. Sunflower seeds are only allowed in the dugout.
25) Field Maintenance: All Managers and coaches will be asked to assist in field maintenance and/or field preparation of the playing fields at all field locations including practice fields.
SECTION V – PLAYER ELIGIBILITY, TRYOUTS, DRAFT AND REPLACEMENTS
1) Eligible Player Candidates for the draft are those who qualify under Little League definition of residence, are of Little League age and have attended at least 50% of the tryouts.
2) Draft System: North Valley Little League will use the following draft options:
a. For Major Division and above:
1. The draft method shall be “For Existing Leagues - Plan B” as described in the Operating Manual for Little League under the Draft System.
2. If one or more new team is added the Board will determine which option in the Operation’s Manual to be used prior to the draft
b. Minor Division: The draft method will be “First Year of Operation - Plan B ” as described in the Operating Manual for Little League under the Draft System.
c. Player Agent will ensure that no player will be placed in a lower division to that of what they played the previous year.
d. If it will deplete the list of players on the draft and/or waiting list, the Managers will select as many as possible not to exceed the maximum player requirement. Player Agent will determine from the list of registered players how many players the Managers will pick per team staying within the team roster requirements of North Valley Little League’s structure.
e. It is recommended that an ineligible 10-year-old player not be put into the Farm League and be placed on the waiting list for a Minor team until an opening is available in the Minor League.
f. If it looks possible for the Player Agent to create an additional team, then the teams will only draft the minimum -leaving the rest of the players on the waiting list.
1. If another team cannot be formed, the Manager with the next pick in the draft will select the next eligible player in the draft.
2. Ineligible players will not be drafted but will be randomly picked by the Player Agent and be placed on a team until all teams have reached the maximum amount of players per team.
3. Remaining players not selected will remain on the waiting list until an opening becomes available.
3) Mandatory Try-Outs: All Player candidates for a Major, Junior or Senior baseball/softball team must tryout to be eligible for the draft.
4) Ineligible Player Candidates: A player not attending the tryouts becomes an ineligible player and is not eligible for the draft. An ineligible player will be put on a waiting list and be place on a team by the Player Agent.
a) An ineligible player may present to the board a letter as to why the player did not attend tryouts. By a majority vote of Board members may allow the player to become an eligible player.
5) Waiting List: Player Candidates who did not attend the try-outs or those who signed up after the last tryout will be put on a waiting list. The Player Agent will have the option to create another team, to add individuals to an existing team, or to keep the candidates on the waiting list until an opening becomes available.
6) Player who refuses to be assigned a team: A player who declines to be drafted into the Majors or refuses to be picked up during the regular season into the Majors loses eligibility to play at that next level of play for the remainder of that season. Player Agents must take caution to prevent the Red shirting of players.
a) A Manager’s 10 year old son or daughter may have the option to move up or stay down without restrictions imposed. A Manager’s 11 or 12 year old child will have the restriction apply if they declined to be drafted or picked up. If the Safety Officer feels that this player may be a safety risk for the younger players then if the player still refuses to be drafted or move up the matter will be presented to the board for possible termination.
7) Replacement Players: The Manager must notify the Player Agent when a player is lost, not returning, or injury causing the player to miss over three games for the season. A replacement player selected by the Manager and approved by the Player Agent must take place within 14 days after the loss of a player. Failure by the Manager to notify the Local League Board of a player not showing up for practice or games may result in the suspension of the Manager. If a player waiting list exists, they shall be selected before bringing up a player from a lower league.
8) Player Pick Up:
a) Only eligible players in the Minor League can be picked up into the Major League.
b) During the regular season if a player is to be picked up from the Minor league to a Major team the following will be used to select the Minor player:
1. A loss of a Major 12 year old – must pick a Minor 12 year old (if available).
2. A loss of a Major 11 year old – must pick a Minor 11 or 12 year old (if available).
3. A loss of a Major 10 year old - must pick a Minor 10, 11 or 12 year old.
c) If a 12 year old is in the Minor division…..During the last two weeks of the regular season a 12-year-old must be picked up from the Minor League to replace a Major League player, if it is not a Safety issue determined by the Saftey Officer and Player Agents.
d) If during the regular season a player needs to be added to a Senior team he/she will be pulled from the senior waiting list. If no one is left on the waiting list, a fourteen-year-old player may be brought up from the Junior League.
e) If during the regular season a player needs to be added to a Junior team he or she will be pulled from the waiting list.
9) Player Resigns or Quits: A player who quits or resigns from a team becomes ineligible to return to play in the current season. The player may signup the following year as a new player.
SECTION VI – SOFTBALL MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUES
1) All games will be scheduled by their respective Division District Representatives or Player Agent.
2) Two Standings will be maintained:
a) Overall standings among the inter-league teams.
b) Local standings against teams within District 59.
3) North Valley Little League Champions:
a) If there are two or more teams within a league then the team with the best win-loss standings will be the League Champions. NVLL upper division’s baseball 1st place team is determined by their placing in their respected inter-league division. The all-star teams are determined by their placing in the inter-league division.
b) If two teams are tied for 1st place a three game playoff will determine the League Champions and 2nd place.
c) If three teams are tied for 1st place then:
1. A two game playoff will be played where the 2nd and 3rd seeded team plays the first game. The winner plays the 1st seeded team to determine the League Champion and 2nd place.
d) If 4 teams are tied for 1st place a three game playoff will determine the League Champions and other team places.
1. First game: 1st seeded team will play the 4th seeded team.
2. Second game: 2nd seeded team will play the 3rd seeded team.
3. Championship Game: Winner of the first two games will play a one game playoff for the Champion.
e) Seeded teams will be determined by the following precedence:
1. Best overall win-loss record in the district standing.
2. If there is a tie, those teams will draw straws to determine the seeded positions with the shortest straw getting the next seeded position and so on.
SECTION VII – MAJOR DIVISION BASEBALL
1) If the Major league inter-leagues with other leagues, NV league standing will be base on all games played.
2) Standings will be based on a single season…teams play for 1st, 2nd 3rd place and so on for the regular season championship.
3) If there is a tie between any teams for placing, the following order of precedence will prevail to break the tie:
a) Head to head win-loss record among the teams tied.
b) Total scored from all games played head to head against each opponent.
c) Draw of straw to determine seeding among the teams tied.
4) Nine Players To Start Game: Must have 9 players to start a game and cannot borrow from the opposing team or utilize a pool player from the opposing team that is a pool player.
5) Pool Players:
a) A major team may use players from a pool list if they have 9 or less players at game time.
b) A list of pool players will be kept and managed by the Player Agent for all of North Valley Major teams to utilize. The pool has been determined by players and parents who have agreed to be in the pool, and potentially be used for pool play on other teams. If a player or parent does not want to be in the pool of players used, then they will not be on our pool list. Once the pool is finalized, each player will be numbered. (Note/Example: If there are a total of 15 players that have elected to be in the pool, each player will have their own specific number, 1-15).
c) Each player will only be utilized once before a player has a chance/opportunity to be used as a pool player a second time. NVLL will use rounds for pool selection. If a Manager needs a pool player, they will contact the Player Agent and inform the Player Agent that they will need a pool player. The Player Agent will go look at pool list, and then select the next available number/player. If that next number/player is not available for that game, due to having a game of their own that conflicts with the chance of being a pool player on that day, then the next player/number will be selected. The player/number that was passed will be still available for the next selection when a pool player is requested. If a pool player says that they do not want to play that day (for whatever personal or family reason), then they will be scratched from the list as utilized and we will move on to the next player/number. That player will not be available until the next round, and once everyone in that round has been utilized or asked to participate in a game.
d) A team cannot exceed a total of 10 players on the roster that day if utilizing a pool player.
Example: If a team only has nine of their original players, then they can use one pool player. If a team only has eight original players, then they will be able to utilize two pool players. And so on……
e) A pool player cannot start a game, unless you only have eight or less original players, then it will be necessary for a pool player to start a game.
f) A pool player cannot play more outs than any original player on the team. They can play equal amounts of outs, but not more. When it comes to at bats, the same methodology will apply. If a team has eight or less original players at a game, the pool player(s) will bat at the bottom of the order.
g) If a pool player is utilized for a game, then that pool player must play the minimum amount of outs stated in the interleague rules for each field. The pool player must also have one at bat.
h) A Manager or Coach who fails to follow the above rules regarding the use of pool players will be subject to disciplinary actions.
1. 1st Offense: 1 game suspension.
2. 2nd Offense: 3 game suspension.
3. 3rd Offense: Removal/Dismissal as Manager of team for remainder of the season, including TOC and post season play.
6) Forfeit: A team that does not have enough players at game time will be cancel and subject to a forfeit:
a) The official scorebook will reflect the team’s lineup as it was presented to the Umpire in Chief and signed by the Umpire in Chief. Players who did not show needs to be listed as absent in the official scorebook.
b) The game’s umpire(s) or either Manager should notify the board, either verbally or written of the game being cancelled within 24 hours. A non-notification within 24 hours is not a justification for the Forfeit Committee not to review cancelled game.
c) The Forfeit Committee comprised of the Vice President, Chief Umpire and Player Agent will conduct a review within 48 hours after the notification.
d) Game cannot be rescheduled until the Forfeit Committee has reviewed the circumstances of the cancelled game.
1. Unexcused no-show, late at game is some example of reasons for forfeit.
2. Managers need to have letter(s) from parents at the forfeit meeting stating why the player was late or did not show up for schedule game.
3. A cancelled game under review for forfeit that has been determined to have been a justifiable excuse will be change to a postponed game waiting for rescheduling.
e) The Manager of the team that had less than 9 players will be notified of the board review time. The board review will not be conducted till the Manager has been notified of this meeting.
f) In order for the cancelled game to be rescheduled the Manager must provide a valid and justifiable reason for each player absent at the board review.
g) A cancelled game that is going to be rescheduled will follow the rule IAW the Reschedule of a Postponed Game.
7) Games postponed due to field conditions or factors not in control of the league will be rescheduled IAW the Reschedule of a Postponed Games.
8) Protest: Any protest will be handled IAW Little League Rule Book.
9) No Time Limit.
10) Tie Game Halted for Majors:
a) It is to be completed preceding the next scheduled game between the same two teams on a Saturday.
1. The board will coordinate the rescheduling so that this game will be the last game of the day.
b) If there is no more regular scheduled games for these two teams to meet on Saturday before the end of halve or regular season then it will be continued IAW the Rescheduling of Make-up games rule.
11) NV REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
a) Regular season standing will determine seeding into the NV TOC.
b) Regular season standings will determine the team representing NVLL in the annual Slugfest tournament. It will be decided by the Board of Directors, prior to the start of the first game of each season, which date/game will be used as the final date/game to be used to make that determination.
12) NV TOC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
a) A round robin double elimination NV Major Tournament will be held at the end of the regular season.
b) The winner of the NV Major TOC Tournament will represent NV in District 59 TOC’s.
c) If the number of teams are even then the 1st place seeded team will play last seeded team, 2nd seeded team will play the 2nd to the last seeded team and so on if more than 4 teams.
d) If the number of teams in the Major division is an odd number then the 1st seeded team will bye in the first round with the rest of the team following the seeded placement as if a even number of teams.
e) If there is a tie between any teams for seeding, the following order of precedence will prevail to break the tie:
1. Head to head win-loss record among the teams tied.
2. Fewest runs allowed from all games played head to head against each opponent.
3. Draw of straw to determine seeding among the teams tied.
f) Depending upon the number of teams in the division, the board will determine the appropriate round robin double elimination bracket.
g) All rules used/applied during the regular NVLL season will also be applied during the NVLL Tournament of Champions (TOC).
SECTION VIII - MINOR DIVISION BASEBALL
1) All games count. Standings will be kept only for the determination of the seedings for the NVLL Minor Division TOC. (Refer to point 15 below).Head to Head play will be used if there is a tie between two teams with the same record during the regular season. If there is a tie in the head to head play, then the scores of those head to head games will be used to determine the final outcome. The scores of all games will be added together, and whichever team has the most runs scored vs. against will be given the higher seed for the tournament.
2) Any protest will be a clarification of a game rule and must be settle before the next pitch.
3) Maximum Innings Played: Minor games will only play 6 innings max during regular season games. If the game is tied at the end of 6 innings the game will be scored as tied in the scorebook.
4) Nine Players to Start Game: Must have 9 players to start and play during the game. Minor teams may borrow players from the opposing team or a player from the same division if the team does not have enough players at the start of a game. Borrowed player cannot pitch in the game.
5) Teams will play with 10 defensive players. The 10th player must play an outfield position. There will be no buck short position.
6) Five Run Rule: During regular season play the Five-Run-Rule is in effect. After five runs have scored then all play will stop ending the inning and the side retired.
7) Ten-Run-Rule: If after 3-1/2 innings the home team is ahead or the visiting team is ahead after the 4th inning by 10 runs the team that is ahead will be declared the winner and game ends.
8) Continuous Batting Order: A continuous batting order will be played. The entire roster will be entered in the scorebook as the official batting order.
9) Substituting: Rule 4.04 is in effect…players will be sub defensively every inning. No player will sit on the bench for 2 consecutive defensive innings.
10) Postponed Game:
a) Postponed game that count toward standings or points will be rescheduled based on the reschedule rule.
b) Tournament games postponed at the end of season will be rescheduled.
11) Time Slot for Weekday games:
a) Games will start at 5pm or 5:30pm and will end due to darkness if not complete. No new inning will be started after 2 hours and 15 minutes from start of the game. If during the inning, the 2 hours and 15 minutes have passed, both teams will be able to complete that specific inning. If game is closing in on darkness the umpire or board member can call the game for darkness. There should be a 5-10 minute warning that the game will be called if not complete in that time frame. However, it is not mandatory to provide the warning. If game is called due to darkness, then…..
1. If at the bottom of the inning and home team is ahead…home team wins.
2. If at the bottom of the inning and teams are tied game ends in tie.
3. If at the bottom of the inning, home teams is behind, score will revert to last completed inning ending the game.
4. If at top of the inning the score will revert to the last completed inning ending the game.
12) Time Slot for Weekend games
a) Two Game Slot Schedule: No new inning will be started after 2 hours and 15 minutes from start of the game. If during the inning, the 2 hours and 15 minutes have passed, both teams will be able to complete that specific inning. Game stops either at the end of 6 innings or at the end of the time slot (as indicated above), no matter what time the game started. At the end of the time slot…
1. If in the bottom of the inning and home team is ahead…home team wins.
2. If in the bottom of the inning and teams are tied game ends in tie.
3. If in the bottom of the inning, home team is behind, score will revert to last completed inning ending the game.
4. If in top of the inning the score will revert to the last completed inning ending the game.
b) Three Game Slot Schedule: If there is a three game slot schedule, then the three games will follow the same time slots as set for a two game slot schedule. Refer to Section 12.a for guidelines for two game slot schedule.
a) Condition 1: A team at game time that does not have enough players to start a game and unable to borrow a player. The game will be scored 6-0 win for the team that has at least 9 players. The umpire will sign the scorebook to make it official. If no umpire is available both Managers need to sign the scorebook with the remarks as to why the game is a forfeit.
b) Condition 2: If both teams at game time do not have enough players both teams forfeit the game. The score goes into the official scorebook as a 0-0 forfeit. The umpire will sign the scorebook to make it official. If no umpire is available both Managers need to sign the scorebook with the remarks as to why the game is a forfeit.
14) NV Minor Champions
a) A double elimination tournament will be held at the end of the regular season.
b) If division inter-leagues only NV teams will be in NV tournament.
c) The winner of the tournament will be North Valley Minor Champions.
d) Teams will be place into a double elimination tournament bracket base on game points earned during the regular season.
e) The board will determine the appropriate bracket depending upon the number of teams in the division.
f) If there is a tie between any teams for seeding, the following order of precedence will prevail to break the tie:
1. Head to head win-loss record among the teams tied.
2. Total scored from all games played head to head against each opponent.
3. Draw of straw to determine seeding among the teams tied.
g) Any tournament protest must be resolved before the next pitch/play if protesting a call or before the umpire leaves the field if protesting a general rule. If the plate umpire is unable to resolve the protest either the Board President, Vice-President, Chief Umpire or Player Agent may resolve the protest.
h) Rules that change from Regular Season to Round Robin. All other regular season rule applies.
1. No time limit.
2. Maximum 6 innings will not be enforced. Extra innings will be played to determine winner.
3. Five-run-rule is out in the 6th inning or more played.
4. Ten-Run-Rule is in affect in the 4th inning.
SECTION IX - FARM DIVISION BASEBALL
1) The Farm Division is instructional and no standings are kept.
2) Teams can have a maximum 3 coaches on the field and one must always be in the dugout.
3) Coaches will pitch to players in all games until date determined by NVLL Player pitch will begin on the first Saturday in April, unless changed prior by the NVLL President and Player Agent of the division.
4) Games are 6 innings max or 2 hours, whichever comes first.
5) Home team bats in the bottom of the 6th inning, regardless of score.
6) If after 6 innings the game is tied there are no extra innings. Game ends in a tie.
7) Game can begin with less than 9 players. Coaches can borrow players from opposing team. If still less than 9 players coaches can play outfield if necessary.
8) 10 Defensive Players: The extra player shall play in the outfield and not on the infield. The outfield position are left field, left center, right center and right
9) Substituting on Defense: Players will be substituted on defense every inning. No player will sit on the bench for consecutive innings.
10) Continuous Batting order: All players will bat in a continuous batting
11) Five Run Rule: Each inning will end with either 3 outs recorded or 5 runs scored by the offensive team.
12) There is no bunting. However, if a full swing is taken and the ball rolls in the field of play it is a fair ball.
13) Batted balls that hit the coach during coach pitch are considered dead balls and the pitch is redone. If a coach is hit during player pitch the ball is live like it would be with any other umpire.
14) There is no stealing.
15) There is no on-deck circle. Players are not allowed to pick up a bat until it is there turn to bat.
16) Scorebooks are kept for lineup purposes and pitch count purposes (when player pitch)
17) If no umpires are scheduled to work a game the coach calling balls and strikes behind the pitcher or coach pitching will make all the calls at home, second and fly balls. The first base coach will call plays at first base and third base coach will call plays at 3rd base.
COACH PITCH RULES
1) Only Managers or coaches are eligible to pitch during games.
2) The team at bat will pitch to their own players.
3) The batter gets 5 pitches to attempt to hit the pitched ball.
4) Batter is out with 3 swings at a pitch.
5) The batter will be declared out after (5) five thrown pitches
6) Fouling on the last pitch allows for another pitch.
7) A pitch by an adult coach that hits the batter is a dead ball and called a no pitch. The batter continues his time at bat until the batter hits the ball or has 5 pitches.
8) Coaches will pitch at a distant where the batter is comfortable, and has the best opportunity to hit the ball. Coaches may pitch either overhand or underhand and may also be on one knee.
PLAYER PITCH RULES
1) Players will begin pitching in games starting on date determined by league.
2) Pitchers can pitch up to 50 pitches or 6 defensive outs (2 innings), whichever comes first.
3) Once pitcher is removed from game, he/she cannot pitch again that game.
4) Pitcher can pitch in consecutive games but is held to the pitch count rules stated in the “Green Rule Book” provided by Little League.
5) Players that are league age 9 are not eligible to pitch
6) Preferable to have an umpire behind the plate during these games, but if not the defensive team coach will stand behind the pitcher and call the balls and strikes.
7) Pitcher will pitch from the 35’ mark. (About 5 feet in front of current pitching rubber) However, if both Managers agree a player may pitch forward from that mark depending on player size.
8) Player will pitch to batter until ball is in put in play, strike out or 4 balls occur. There are no walks. If 4 balls occur the coach will come in and pitch up to 3 balls. If after the 3rd pitch the ball is not in play the batter is out. If the 3rd pitch is fouled the player will get another pitch as long as pitches are fouled off. Taking or missing a 3rd pitch or beyond will result in the player being out. There are no exceptions or modifications allowed to these rules.
a) When the coach comes in to pitch, strikes from player pitch do not carry over. The coach will get three pitches for the batter to hit the ball.
b) Players cannot advance any more bases once the ball has been thrown with the attempt to go to the pitcher that is standing within 10 feet radius of the pitcher mound. Exception to this rule is there must be one defensive play before the batter-runner has reached first base. At the time the pitcher has control of the ball and within 10 feet of the pitcher's mound; any runner that has advanced more than half the distance to 2nd, 3rd or home base shall be awarded that base.
9) Managers or board officials may stop a game due to darkness or weather.
10) Postponed games in Farm will not be rescheduled unless total games played in a season become less than minimum games required by Little League rules.
11) Protest: Any protest must be resolved before the next pitch. Protest is for clarification of a ruling.
SECTION X - TBALL DIVISION
1) The TBall Division is a beginner division and purely instructional and is solely about having fun and learning a little about baseball (throwing, catching, hitting, basic rules, teamwork and sportsmanship).
2) No outs are recorded and no score is kept
3) Length of game is 3 innings or 90 minutes. Games that start late on Saturday are subject to stop for the next game schedule
4) There is no player minimum required to start the game.
5) Teams can have 3 or more coaches on the field and one must always be in the dugout
6) All players play in the field on defense.
7) There is no catcher
8) Coaches are allowed to be in the defensive field with the players to help them
9) Batting Lineup: All players will bat each inning.
10) There is no on-deck circle and no bats may be picked up before player is called to bat.
11) Balls hit in the infield will allow all base runners to advance one base.
12) Balls hit into the outfield will allow all runners to advance two bases.
13) If a batter is out on the play, he/she can remain on the base.
14) All Players will hit off the tee for the first 3 games.
15) Coach pitch will begin on the first Saturday in April, unless changed prior by the NVLL President and Player Agent of the division. Players must hit off the tee until that date, no exceptions.
16) During coach pitch, the player can choose to hit off the tee instead of being pitched to.
17) Coach can pitch over hand or underhand to player from distance that is comfortable.
18) Batter will receive 4 pitches to hit the ball. If after the 4th pitch the ball is not in play, the batter will immediately hit from the tee.
a) Only if the 4th pitch is fouled can the batter receive another coach pitch. Taking or missing a 4th pitch or beyond will result in going to the tee.
SECTION XII - ALLSTAR SELECTION PROCESS
1) Player Post-Season Eligibility
a) See Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League for player eligibility.
b) All player, Managers and coaches must be in good standing with the league.
1. Any financial obligations must be cleared up with the league.
2. Player is ineligible for post season play if ejected from 2 regular season games. A letter by the player’s parent to the board requesting eligibility may be submitted to waive the penalty. Letter must have what corrective action the parents have taken and how the player has improved his or her attitude that would not disrupt the team.
c) A player who during the regular season was ask to move up a division but declined is ineligible for post season All-star play.
2) All-Star Team Roster: The All-Star teams will have a minimum of 12 but no more than 14 players on the team roster. Big league will maintain a roster of 15 players on the All-star team.
3) All Star Rules
a) Managers, players and parents must attend the All-star meeting by the President and Player Agent on the importance of the All-star postseason play.
b) An All-Star fee of $50 will be assessed to all players selected for the post all-star season to cover equipment and uniform cost.
c) All Star selection will take place and be completed prior to the start of the NVLL Tournament of Championship (TOC).
d) Any players selected to an All-star team who declines to play in the division he or she was selected will not be eligible to play on any other All-star team. The All-star Manager may select from the list of eligible players to replace the player refusing to play.
e) A player, who refuses to move up prior to the first game of All-star tournament, becomes ineligible to play in postseason All-star play and will be replaced.
f) The team Manager may request to remove a player after one unexcused missed practice or game. This request must be approved by the NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent. The Player Agent will notify the parents or guardian of this action taken.
g) A player that becomes in anyway disruptive to the team may be dropped from the team. Managers must us discretion and try to remedy the situation. Manager will inform the parents or guardian of the situation and notify the Player Agent that the parents or guardian were informed of the situation. If the behavior continues the Manager will notify the Player Agent and request to remove the player from the team. This request must be approved by the NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent. The Player Agent will notify the parents or guardian of this action taken.
h) Any dropped player maybe replaced from the list of eligible regular season players. A player maybe picked up from a lower division all-star team if the player has not yet played in an all-star game. The replacement player will be selected by the NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent, along with input from the All Star Manager. Once the replacement player has been selected, the Manager and parent/guardian will be notified by the Player Agent.
4) All-Star Player Selection
a) Little League determines the maximum number of players on the team roster. Restrictions are imposed at different roster number. See Little League Tournament rule.
b) Big League: All-star team is a District run program and team selection is by District guidelines.
c) Senior League: Senior Manager(s) will select the All-star team from the list of all eligible 16, 15 & 14 year old players. Managers will determine how many players will be place on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
d) Junior All-Star Teams: Junior Manager(s) will select the All-star team from the list of all eligible 14, 13 & 12 year old players. A 12-year-old must of have played in the Junior Division. The All-Star Manager will determine how many players will be place on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
e) Major All-Star Teams: Managers from the Major League will select the All-star team from the list of all eligible 12 & 11 year old major players. The All-Star Manager, NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent, will determine how many players will be placed on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
f) Eleven-Year-Old All-Star Team: Managers from the Major League will select the All-Star team from the list of all eligible 11 & 10 year old players. Major players will be selected before any Minor players are selected. The All-Star Manager, NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent, will determine how many players will be placed on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
g) Ten-Nine Year Old All-Stars: Managers from the Major Division will select the All-Star team from the list of all eligible 10 & 9 year old players, with the input from the Minor League Managers. Major players will be selected before any Minor players are selected. The All-Star Manager, NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent, will determine how many players will be placed on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
h) Nine-Year-Old All-Stars: Managers from the minor division will select the All-Star team from the list of all eligible 9 & 8 year old minor players. The All-Star Manager, NVLL President, Vice President and Player Agent, will determine how many players will be placed on the team in keeping with Little League rules.
5) All-Star Manager Selection
a) No Manager or coach will be placed on more than one All-Star team roster.
b) In order to be selected as an All-Star Manager, the Manger must be in good standings with the league.
c) Major League Baseball, Softball and all Upper Division All-Star Manager:
1. The All-Star Manager will be the team Manager of the NVLL league TOC champions of their respective division.
2. If a Manager declines the position, the rule of precedence will be used to ask succeeding Managers who will manage an All-Star team.
d) Eleven-Year-Old All-Star Manager:
1. From the remaining Managers in the Major division, in order of rule of precedence, the next Manager will manage the 11-Year-Old All-Star team.
2. If the Manager declines the position then the next major Manager in-line will be asked and so on until a major Manager accepts the position.
3. If a major Manager does not accept the position the major Managers will recommend either a Major coach or Minor Manager to manage the team.
4. The major coach or minor Manager must be called to confirm he or she will take the position.
e) Ten-Year-Old All-Star Manager:
1. From the remaining Managers in the Major division, in order of rule of precedence, the next Manager will manage the 10-Year-Old All-Star team.
2. If the Manager declines the position then the next Major Manager in-line will be asked and so on until a Major Manager accepts the position.
3. If a Major Manager does not accept the position the Major Managers will recommend either a Major coach or Minor Manager to manage the team.
4. The Major coach or Minor Manager must be called to confirm he or she will take the position.
f) Nine-Year-Old All-Star Manager:
1. Minor Championship Tournament will determine the precedence of order for Minor Managers.
2. If the Manager declines then so on down the line in precedence each minor Manager will be asked.
3. If no minor Manager accepts the position the minor Managers will recommend a minor coach.
Date Board Approved 11/18/14
President North Valley Little League