Southeast Portland Little League

Tee Ball Baseball Rules

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



Games may not last more than one hour from their scheduled start time. (LL Rules, VII(h); 4.10(f))


There is no limit to the number of innings that may be played in one hour.

A team’s turn at bat ends after every player in the batting order bats. (LL Rules, 5.07, Tee Ball)

No official or unofficial scores or league standings shall be kept. (LL Rules, VII(h); 1.01, Note)



All teams must use a continuous batting order, meaning that the entire roster of players 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 will be 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))

Only a coach, not players, may put the ball on the tee for each batter.

There are no walks or strikeouts. Batters may swing until they hit the ball in play. (LL Rules, 2.00 Strike, Note)

Batters may not bunt. If a player bunts, it is a foul ball. (LL Rules, 2.00, Bunt, Tee Ball)

After the batter hits the ball, the batter and runners may continue to advance until a player has control of the ball in the infield. If the batter and runner are between bases, they may advance to the next base. On an overthrow, runners between bases may advance only to the next base. (LL Rules 7.13, Note; District 2 Baseball Interleague Rules) (Note: In practice, players advance one base on every hit, rather than multiple bases.)




No pitching by players or coaches is allowed in Tee Ball. (LL Rules III(c), Tee Ball)


The Easton Incrediball (or an equivalent style approved by the board of directors) is the official ball for the Tee Ball division. (LL Rules, 1.09)



Base runners may not lead off or steal and must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit. (LL Rules 7.13, Note; 7.13, Examples 16)


Runners may be called out to reward good defense, but they should remain on their base.

Runners must slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. (LL Rules 7.08(a)(3)) (Note: Most tee ball players will not slide, but they may and should be encouraged to do so if they are able.)



All players present must play in the field. (LL Rules, 4.01(d), Note 1)

Except the pitcher and catcher, any fielder may be stationed anywhere in fair territory. (LL Rules, Note 1; 4.03(c)) Note: Coaches are encouraged to play their players in proper positions.

The infield fly rule does not apply. (LL Rules, 2.00, Infield Fly, Note 2)

Catchers are not required. If a team chooses to have a catcher, the catcher must wear a catcher’s helmet with mask.



The offensive team may have three adult coaches on the field, one in the 1st base coaches box, one in the 3rd base coaches box and one near home plate. (LL rules, 2.00, Base Coach; 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))



Both managers are to umpire each game.

Managers 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. Managers shall have discretion to assess the penalty deemed appropriate given the circumstances.