Southeast Portland Little League

Minor Baseball Local Rules

 


The Official Little League Rules and Regulations for Baseball Divisions apply. The following highlights those rules and makes modifications as determined appropriate by the SEPLL Board of Directors.

 

Games/Innings


No inning may start after 1 hour and 45 minutes from a game’s scheduled start time. (LL Rules, VII(h)) NOTE: An inning begins the moment the defensive team makes the third out of the prior inning.  


Innings end after 3 outs or 5 runs, whichever occurs first. (LL Rules, 2.00, Inning; 5.07, Minor League)

 

Batting


All teams must use a continuous batting order, meaning that the entire rosters of players present must be placed in the batting order. (LL Rules, 2.0, Batting Order; 4.04, Note 1, Note 2)


There is no on-deck circle allowed in Little League. Under no circumstances shall any player have a bat in hand until the player is wearing a Little League approved batting helmet, an adult is immediately present, and it is time for the player to bat. (LL Rules, 1.08, Note 1)


Only the first batter of each half-inning is permitted outside the dugout between half-innings. (LL Rules, 1.08, Note 2)


Bat boys and bat girls are not permitted. (LL Rules III(b))

Pitching


SEP takes Little League’s pitch limit rules seriously and will strictly enforce them. Please refer to Section VI of the Little League Rules and Regulations for Baseball Divisions.

 

Adults may not warm up pitchers at the plate, in the bullpen or between innings. If the catcher is not ready, another player with a mask may warm up the pitcher. (LL Rules, 3.09)

 

Coaches


The offensive team is allowed two adult coaches on the field, one in the 1st base coach's box and one in the 3rd base coach's box.  (LL Rules, XIV(c)(d); 4.05)


The defensive team may have coaches on the playing field for instructional purposes.  (LL Rules, XIV(d), Exception)   


A coach or team parent must be in the dugout with the players at all times.  (LL Rules XIV(d); 4.05(2))

 

Umpires


Home teams are responsible for having a home plate umpire at all games. Visiting teams are strongly encouraged to provide a base umpire at all games.


Umpires shall warn or disqualify, with or without a warning, any player for any conduct which presents a safety hazard. This includes losing control of or intentionally throwing bats or helmets, among other actions. Umpires shall have discretion to assess the penalty deemed appropriate given the circumstances.