Little League Rules: The Basics
Little League baseball is a popular youth sport in North America, and parents of young players often have questions about the rules. Whether you’re a first-year coach or just looking for a refresher course on the rules, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the most important rules that all Little Leaguers should know.
In Whalley Little League every player in the lineup will get to bat in order. This rule ensures that all players get equal playing time and makes it easier to keep track of individual stats This rule can vary between different Little League
There are specific regulations for pitching in Little League baseball as well. A pitcher must must pitch from a distance of 46 feet from home plate for all divisions except for pitch counts for 9-10 year olds which may pitch 43 feet from home plate. The pitch count is also limited depending on the age group; 9-10 year olds are limited to 75 pitches per game, 11-12 year olds can throw up to 85 pitches per game, and 13-16 year olds have no limit, though pitchers cannot throw more than 10 innings in one day. If a pitcher exceeds his/her pitch count limit during an inning, they must be removed from pitching immediately but their spot in the batting order can remain if they wish to stay in the game as a fielder or pinch hitter.
Outs & Inning Limits
In most divisions of Little League baseball, there will be six innings played per game with three outs allowed per inning (however, games may end early due to time restrictions or mercy rules when one team has too large of a lead). An out occurs when three strikes have been thrown by a pitcher or when four balls have been thrown by a pitcher resulting in an automatic walk. Teams switch back and forth between offense and defense after each half inning (when both teams have batted) until six innings have been completed or until one team has scored enough runs to win (in which case it would be an eight run mercy rule).
Little League baseball is an exciting sport that your kids can enjoy playing while learning basic fundamentals at an early age. Knowing the rules helps ensure everyone has fun while playing this great game! Parents should take some time to review these simple guidelines with their children so they understand them before stepping out onto the field for their first game! With this knowledge under your belt, you'll be ready for success! Happy playing!