While WYB tries to automate as much of the administration as we can, we do need the coaches help with the following items:
- Receive equipment before the season and return it after
- Complete the concussion test and register as a volunteer on the website
- Attend the safety meeting, tryouts, and the draft.
- Communicate with parents in case of rainouts, practices, and game expectations.
- Assist in finding umpires for your games if none are provided by WYB. This can be as easy as having a parent help out.
GAME ADMINISTRATION SUMMARY
During the regular season players must have batting helmets with masks or c-flaps.
There must be a league approved adult in the dugout at all times and kids need to stay in the dugout at all times unless they are warming up.
Home team has 1st base dugout and sets up bases, chalks the field and supplies 2 game balls and supplies the home plate umpire.
Visiting team rakes the field after the game and puts bases away, plugs the post, and supplies the base umpire. Base paths need to be raked up and down and NOT across. Do not rake dirt into the grass (this creates lips).
GAME RULES SUMMARY
Game length will be 6 innings or 1:45 during the school season or double headers. No new inning shall start after 1:45 (please note exact game start time so this can be determined). If both Managers agree & darkness is not an issue, they can mutually agree to go beyond the time limit to get a full 6 innings in. If either wants it over after 1:45, no argument shall follow as this is the rule! Please use good discretion with this & work together.
Run Rule: a game will be finished when after 4 innings complete a team is up by 15 runs (3 1/2 complete if home team is winning) & finished when after 5 innings complete a team is up by 10 runs (4 1/2 complete if home team is up).
Minor League only: A max of 5 runs can be scored per team in every inning except the last inning, in which both teams are allowed unlimited runs. If time or darkness will become an issue, both Managers need to meet, discuss, & declare an inning to be “the last” if anything other than the 6th.
Majors: Drop third strike, ball is in play. Minors, dropped third strike is a strikeout, runners may advance.
When taking a lead after a pitch, once the player stops progress (creeping) towards the next bag, that player may NOT steal & must return to the previous base. Players cannot leave the base until the pitch has reached the batter. Rule 7.13 pages 102-104 describes violations of this rule. Stopping progress towards the next base (creeping) I don’t believe that exception is written in the Little League rule book, but not creeping is a local “gentlemen’s agreement” we’ve had in the past in that situation! We all know that at this age, stealing becomes a huge part of the game. This agreement allows the pitcher to look runner back and get them to stop, which forces them back. This way, the pitcher no longer has to worry about the runner until the next pitch.
Umpires. Most of the umpires that we get to help out in our games are also parents of kids involved in the game. I’d like you all to remind these volunteers that while we all appreciate their help. Please avoid arguments with the umpires. You can discuss rules with them, but you should not raise your voice at any time if you disagree with a call.
PITCHING/CATCHING RULES-the rule book describes Pitch Counts
- 1-20 pitches in a day is zero days rest
- 21-35 pitches is one calendar day rest
- 36-50 pitches is two calendar day rest
- 51-65 pitches is three calendar day rest
- 66-75 pitches is four calendar day rest
- Max Pitch count in Majors is 85 pitches, Max pitch count in the minors is 75 pitches.
- If the threshold is reached during a batter, the pitcher is allowed to finish the batter.
- If a player catches in 4 or more innings he/she is not allowed to pitch in the same game.
- If a pitcher makes 41 pitches in a game, he/she is not allowed to play catcher in the same game.
- The visiting team is the official pitch count recorder. The home team is the official score book. With both of these, both teams should keep track & compare as often as needed to ensure accuracy.