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LL Youth Baseball Reg Season updates 07

The following is a summary of the changes between the 2007 Little League Baseball and Softball rules and their 2006 counterparts. This summary covers only the regular season rules, not International Tournament rules. In addition, the only Regulation change noted is the one affecting pitchers. Items have been loosely marked as to whether the change represents a clarification from the previous year, or whether it represents an actual rule change.

REGULATION VI (B-H) - PITCHERS RULE CHANGE
Baseball only

Paragraph (b) has been changed to read:
(b) Junior, Senior, and Big League Divisions only: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.
Previously, the rule allowed such a change once per inning.

Important Note: This topic is also referred to in Rule 3.03. Unfortunately, due to an oversight, Rule 3.03 was not updated to match Regulation IV(b), and still contains the old wording. Williamsport has confirmed that Regulation IV(b) takes precedence.

For baseball only, pitching eligibility is now by pitch count, rather than innings. The remainder of the Little League Playing Rule Changes For 2007 Season
NOTES:
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.

2. Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.

Example 1: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required three days of rest.

Example 2: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required three days of rest.

Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous days.

RULE 1.09 - SOFTBALL RULE CHANGE
Softball only

The rule has been changed to read:
Rule 1.09 – The softball used must meet Little League specifications and standards. The ball shall be not less than 11-7/8” nor more than 12-1/8” in circumference and shall weigh not less than 6-1/4 ounces nor more than 7 ounces. Minor League/Tee Ball the ball shall be not less than 10-7/8” nor more than 11-1/8” in circumference and shall weigh not less than 5-1/2 ounces nor more than 6 ounces.
Previously, the eleven-inch softball was used in Majors. Starting in 2007, it will be used in Minors and below, while the 12 inch softball will be used in Majors as well as in Juniors and up.

RULE 1.10 – BASEBALL BATS RULE CHANGE
Baseball only

The rule has been changed to read:

Rule 1.10 – The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches (34 inches for Junior; 36 inches for Big and Senior League) in length, nor more than two and one-quarter (2 ¼) inches for Little League, 2 ¾ inches for Junior, and 2 ¾ for wood-2 5/8 non wood for Senior and Big League in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball) from the small end. Senior/Big League baseball a bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length (in inches) of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces).

The color restrictions are new for 2007. In addition, Senior League bat dimensions now match Big League instead of Junior League. Further, Senior and Big League non-wood bats may now only be 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and must not exceed a "drop" of 3. Big League bats used to be able to be 38 inches long – now they are restricted to 36 inches.

Note 3 has been changed to provide advance warning of an upcoming rule change:

Note 3: Beginning with the 2009 season, non wood bats used in divisions of Little League (league age 12 years old and younger) shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Senior and Big League non wood bats shall meet the BESR (Bat Exit Speed Ratio) performance standard, and such bats shall be printed with a permanent certification mark.rule now reads:

(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position.
League Age
17 – 18 105 pitches per day
13 – 16 95 pitches per day
11 – 12 85 pitches per day
10 and under 75 pitches per day

EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch to that batter until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

Note: Intentional Walk: Before a pitch is delivered to the batter, the catcher must inform the umpire-in-chief that the defensive team wishes to give the batter an intentional base-on-balls. The umpire-in-chief waves the batter to first base. The ball is dead.

(Author’s note – the above has been amended in accordance with the change announced by Little League on March 14th):

(d) Pitchers league age 16 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

• If a player pitches 61 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 41 – 60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21 – 40 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1 – 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest must be observed.

Pitchers league age 17-18 must adhere to the following rest requirements:
• If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51 – 75 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 26 – 50 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1 – 25 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest must be observed.

(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.

(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c). The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no long eligible.

(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

Little League Playing Rule Changes For 2007 Season
NOTES:

1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.

2. Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.

Example 1: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required three days of rest.

Example 2: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required three days of rest.

Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous days.

RULE 1.09 - SOFTBALL RULE CHANGE
Softball only
The rule has been changed to read:
Rule 1.09 – The softball used must meet Little League specifications and standards. The ball shall be not less than 11-7/8” nor more than 12-1/8” in circumference and shall weigh not less than 6-1/4 ounces nor more than 7 ounces. Minor League/Tee Ball the ball shall be not less than 10-7/8” nor more than 11-1/8” in circumference and shall weigh not less than 5-1/2 ounces nor more than 6 ounces.
Previously, the eleven-inch softball was used in Majors. Starting in 2007, it will be used in Minors and below, while the 12 inch softball will be used in Majors as well as in Juniors and up.

RULE 1.10 – BASEBALL BATS RULE CHANGE

Baseball only

The rule has been changed to read:
Rule 1.10 – The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches (34 inches for Junior; 36 inches for Big and Senior League) in length, nor more than two and one-quarter (2 ¼) inches for Little League, 2 ¾ inches for Junior, and 2 ¾ for wood-2 5/8 non wood for Senior and Big League in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League Baseball) from the small end. Senior/Big League baseball a bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length (in inches) of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces).

The color restrictions are new for 2007. In addition, Senior League bat dimensions now match Big League instead of Junior League. Further, Senior and Big League non-wood bats may now only be 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and must not exceed a "drop" of 3. Big League bats used to be able to be 38 inches long – now they are restricted to 36 inches.

Note 3 has been changed to provide advance warning of an upcoming rule change:

Note 3: Beginning with the 2009 season, non wood bats used in divisions of Little League (league age 12 years old and younger) shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Senior and Big League non wood bats shall meet the BESR (Bat Exit Speed Ratio) performance standard, and such bats shall be printed with a permanent certification mark.

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