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2020 Hoover Tyler Little League Local Rules and Division Protocols

 

A. Player Registration Fees

  1. Fees for Junior League players are affixed at $145 per player.
  2. Fees for Intermediate Level players are affixed at $145 per player.
  3. Fees for Major and Minor A players are affixed at $125 per player.
  4. Fees for Minor B players are affixed at $115 per player.
  5. Fees for T-Ball players are affixed at $100 per player.
  6. Fees for families with multiple players are reduced by $10 for second player thereafter.
  7. For those families who are unable pay the current registration fee, the President shall have a Committee to review the waiver of such fees and require volunteer participation in the League (L/L Regulation XIII(c).
  8. Refunds must be approved by the President.

B. Player Participation

  1. Junior Division (competitive) - Players who are of Little League playing age 12 and 14 are eligible to play in the Junior Division.  Team rosters shall not normally exceed 14 players unless approved by the President or Player Agent.
  2. Intermediate Division (competitive) - Players who are of Little League playing age 11 to 13 are eligible to play in the Intermediate Division.  Team rosters shall not normally exceed 14 players unless approved by the President or Player Agent.
  3. Major Division (competitive) - Players who are of Little League playing age 9-12 are eligible to play in the Major Division.  Team rosters shall normally not exceed 13 players unless approved by the President or Player Agent. All Players age 12 will play at the Major level unless a waiver is obtained from District 8.
  4. Minor A Division (competitive) - Players who are of Little League playing age 7-11 are eligible to play in the Minor A Division.  Maximum team size will be determined by the Board of Directors based on the number of players signed up.  7-year olds must have played at least 1 season of Minor B or equivalent to be capable of playing at the Minor A level.  7-year olds will not qualify to play on an Allstar team.
  5. Minor B Division (non-competitive) – Players who are of Little League age 6-10 are eligible to play at this level.  A player age 6 may play in the Minor B Division if player has played one (1) year a Little League T-Ball Division or equivalent. Team rosters shall not exceed 12 players unless approved by the President & Player Agent. 
  6. T-Ball (non-competitive) - This is the beginning level of play and only players of Little League age 4-7 are allowed to play at this level.  Team rosters shall not exceed 12 players unless approved by the President & Player Agent.

C. Adult Participation & Umpire Duties

  1. As a condition of service to the League, all managers, coaches, Board of Director members, and any other volunteers who provide regular service to the League and/or have regular access to, or contact with players or teams, must complete and submit an official "Little League Volunteer Application" to the local League president every year.
  2. All Volunteer applicants must submit to a background check before the volunteer can assume his/her duties for the current season.
  3. Refusal to submit a fully completed "Little League Volunteer Application" shall result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from working around the players and other minors of the local League. (L/L Regulation I (b) & (c).
  4. The league will not permit "any person to participate in any manner, whose background check reveals a conviction or guilty plea for any crime involving or against a minor" (L/L Regulation I (c) 9).
  5. Umpire Duties of Managers (instituted 2020 season)
    1. Managers are responsible for supplying a team of two umpires (home plate and bases) to the following number of games:
      1. Majors: provide umpires for a minimum of 3 Minor A games
      2. Minor A: provide umpires for a minimum of 3 Major games
      3. Minor B: provide umpires for a minimum of 2 Minor A games
    1. Managers are encouraged to draft their assistant coaches as a partner in the umpiring requirement
    2. Managers will self-schedule their games at the start of the season.
    3. The league and/or District 8 will offer training sessions for all umpires.
    4. Managers are responsible for securing replacement umpires if they are not able to meet a commitment.
    5. If the manager does not fulfill a commitment, the board will take whatever action it deems appropriate, including the possibility of a 1-game suspension.

D. Skills Assessment (Tryouts)

  1. The Player Agent will conduct two (2) Skills Assessment sessions at the beginning of each season. These Skills Assessment shall take place in January and/or February.  An optional practice session is recommended before the commencement of the official Skills Assessment sessions.
  2. Every player of playing age 7-12 must participate in at least one try-out session in order to be eligible to play at the Major or Minor A Division level; however, if the Board believes a player possesses adequate skills to play at this level and missed the Skills Assessment session for a legitimate reason, they may waive this requirement (L/L Regulation IV (£)).
  3. If there is more than one Intermediate and/or Junior Division team, there will also be two Skills Assessment Sessions for prospective players.  These sessions will be held at a full-size diamond.

E. Drafts

  1. Drafting of players will occur only at the Major and Minor-A Division levels, and the Intermediate and/or Junior level if there is more than one team. The Player Agent and team managers will meet and confer regarding the selection of teams for the Minor-B and T-Ball divisions with the Player Agent making any final decisions.
  2. Drafting of Intermediate, Junior and Major Division players will follow a recurring "last through first" place system as determined by the prior year's finish.  Example: 2004 season finish - A's 1st place, Dodgers 2" place, Yankee's 3rd place, Giants 4th place, Rockies 5th place, Red Sox 6th place.  The Draft order will be - Red Sox, Rockies, Giants, Yankees, Dodgers, A's.  This order will continue until each team reaches its maximum level of players as above.  If a team does not carry from a previous year, the managers and Board will discuss options, including following the draft rules for Minor A. 

    Bonus Picks (Majors Division Only): Each manager requiring 8 or more players prior to the draft to complete the roster will be allowed on bonus pick at the completion of round 4.  If more than one manager is allowed bonus picks under this section, the order of the rotation will be identical to that being followed in the draft.
  3. Drafting of Minor-A Division players will begin with a "blind draw" for the draft order (example - place six (6) numbers in a hat and have each manager select a number).  The results of the draft order will also allow the manager to select his/her team name.  The drafting of Minor-A Division players will follow the "serpentine method." Example: 1-2-3-4-5-6; 6-5-4-3-2-1, etc.  This order will continue until each Minor-A team selects 1 fewer than the maximum players as indicated above. The final player may be placed on each team by the Player Agent.  This process allows the League to accommodate any older player who signs up late, or a Minor-B player whom the Player Agent determines should play at this level.  All Minor-A teams shall carry the maximum roster by the end of the second week of play.
  4. No player can be drafted to the Major Division Level unless that player has participated in at least one (1) year of competition at the Minor-A level with the exception of Little League Aged 12 Player.  Any exception to this rule shall require a majority vote of the Board quorum present at any Board meeting.
  5. Limit of players at certain ages: It is intention of the Board that no Majors or Minor A team have more than 8 players at each age level.  The Board, acting through the Player Agent, has the authority to modify this limit depending on enrollments in a given year.

F. Trading of Players

  1. The trading of players at the Junior, Intermediate, Major, or Minor-A Division level is allowed in accordance with Little League Operating Manual.  However, this practice is discouraged because of the precedent and issues that may arise from trades.

G. Loss of Players/Teams

  1. A manager of a Junior, Major, or Minor-A Division team who loses a player for a justifiable reason (i.e., illness, injury, moves) shall notify the Player Agent of such fact within one week of learning of such loss. Failure to do so shall result in a one-game suspension for that manager. *The playing ability of the player "shall not be Considered a justifiable reason" (LL Regulation III (d).
  2. A manager of any Division level team who has a player who misses two or more consecutive games, or three or more consecutive practices, shall immediately notify the Player Agent of such fact.  The Player Agent shall contact the player and parent/guardian to determine the reason.
  3. If the Board approves the loss of a player at the Junior, Major, or Minor-A Division level, the manager shall be required to replace that player within one week after Board approval. Failure to do so shall result in a one-game suspension for said manager.
  4. If a Major Division team loses a player, and the loss is approved by the Board, the Manager must select a replacement through the Player Agent within 10 days.  Failure to do so shall result on a one-game suspension for that manager.  The replacement player must come from the Minor-A Division in accordance with the By-Law provisions D-2 & E-4.
  5. If a Major Division Manager selects a replacement player through this process, and the selected player refuses to move up to the Major Division level, that player will be ineligible to move up to any other Major Division team for the remainder of that season.  In addition, no player on a Minor-A Division team can be forced to move up within five games of the end of the regular playing season.

H. Increase/Decrease in the Number of Junior, Intermediate and Major Division Teams

  1. If it becomes necessary to increase the number of Junior, Intermediate, or Major Division Teams, the Board will approve such increase and determine the number of teams to add and how to go about an expansion following Little League Rules and Regulations.
  2. If it becomes necessary to decrease the number of Junior, Intermediate, or Major Division Teams, the Board will approve such decrease and determine which team is to be eliminated (normally this would be the team with the least amount of returning players).
  3. Those players on the eliminated team will be placed into a special draft that will be conducted before the regular season draft begins. Once all players from the eliminated team have been selected, the regular draft will begin. No player from any eliminated Major Division Team shall be returned to the Minor-A level under any circumstance.

I. Playing Time & Batting Order (Regular Season/H-T Playoffs/T.O.C’s)

  1. Playing time for Junior, Intermediate, Major and Minor A Division players shall follow Little League Regulation IV (i) that requires a minimum participation time of six defensive outs and one at-bat. Managers should make every effort to allow three innings of play.  Should players not receive minimum play in a game, they must start the next game and play any previous requirements not completed, and the required play for this game, before being removed (LL IV(i)).
  2. Every player on a T-Ball or Minor B team shall participate in the field on defense according to the local division rules.
  3. The batting order for the Junior and Intermediate teams shall follow the normal batting order process, in which the starting 9 players bat in the order.
  4. The batting order for the Major Division teams shall include every person on the roster (continuous batting) for the first half of the season. Thereafter, batting order procedure will be used as determined by the Managers and the Board. . If the League decides on a 9-player batting order then minimum play must be 6 consecutive outs and one at-bat (LL IV(i)).
  5. The batting order for the Minor-A, Minor-B, and T-Ball Divisions shall include every person on the roster (continuous batting).

J. Game Time Limits

  1. Junior, Intermediate, and Major Division games shall be called at the discretion of the Chief Umpire.
  2. Minor-A Division games shall last no longer than 6 innings or two (2) hours, whichever occurs first.
  3. Minor-B games shall last no more than five innings or one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes, whichever occurs first.
  4. T-Ball games shall last no more than four innings or one (1) hour, whichever occurs first.

K. Protesting Games

  1. There are no protests allowed at the Minor-B or T-Ball level.
  2. A protest at the Minor-A level shall involve the Chief Umpire, any assistant umpire, and the League President or his/her representative.  In the event there is only one field umpire, the President shall appoint another Board member or uninvolved parent to comprise a three-person protest committee. The protest shall be resolved before the game resumes.
  3. A protest at the Major Division level shall be made in accordance with Rule 4.19 (t).  Every effort will be made to resolve the protest before the game resumes. However, if it cannot be made at that time, the game will resume until the protest committee can meet on the matter.

L. Hoover Tyler Little League Playoff Format

Note: Playoffs apply only to Junior, Intermediate, Majors, and Minor A divisions.

  1. Any competitive division that has more than one team for the regular season shall determine a Local Champion by a double elimination playoff (Regular Season Rules will be in effect). The exact playoff schedule will be determined by the number of teams in the division.
    1. Teams in the respective division shall be seeded based on their regular season record, including all games participated in via interleague play.
    2. Tiebreaker procedure.
      1. In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the following tiebreakers will determine the final seeding.
        1. Head-to-head record
        2. Local league record (if division participated in interleague play)
        3. Margin of victory (Entire regular season)
          1. Margin of victory shall be calculated as the total number of runs scored during the regular season minus the number of runs allowed.
    3. One or more teams may receive a 1-game bye in accordance with a double-elimination format as determined by our scheduling program.
  2. If only 1 team participates in the regular season in the Junior, Intermediate, Majors and/or Minor-A division, that team shall be declared the Local Champion for their respective division and shall advance to District 8 Tournament of Champions (TOC’s).

M. Hoover Tyler Little League-Local Championship Team

  1. Local Champions in the Junior, Intermediate, Majors, and Minor-A division shall advance to the District 8 Tournament of Champions (TOCs) as Hoover Tyler Little League’s representative.
    1. If more than one team participates in the regular season in the Junior, Intermediate, Majors and/or Minor-A division, a playoff shall be used to determine the local champion.

N. All-Star Manager Selections

  1. Minor A, Major, Intermediate, and Junior level coaches and/or managers interested in managing an All-Star team must submit an application to the current league Vice President and President no later than May 15th indicating their age level preference (8-10, 9-11, 10-12, Intermediate and Junior).
    1. Prospective All-Star managers may apply for more than one All Star team.
  2. All interested coaches/managers must be in good standing within the league, according to the following criteria:
    1. All prospective All-Star managers must be from the official list of approved managers/coaches for the current season.
      1. All volunteer paperwork has been turned in and approved.
    2. All prospective All-Star managers must exhibit the ideals of fair play in keeping with the spirit of Little League Baseball.
    3. All Prospective All-Star managers must have participated in a minimum of 60% of their team’s regular season games in some capacity (Manager/Asst. Coach).
  3. The Board of Directors will review the All-Star Manager applications and vote on individual team Managers at a meeting of The Board of Directors no later than May 30th.
    1. If only one application is received for an individual age group, that applicant shall be deemed the All-Star Manager for that particular team upon board approval.
    2. If more than one application is received for an individual All-Star team, the managing positions will be selected by a democratic voting process (ballot, silent, open, or other mutually agreed upon process).
      1. Prospective managers who are also current board members may contribute a vote.
      2. In the event of a tie between two (2) or more prospective All-Star managers, a re-vote must take place between the tied applicants.
        1. In the event that the voting is still tied between two (2) or more applicants, the League President will select three (3) board members, or President plus two (2) board members to determine the winner by a vote of the three. Voting will be in a manner consistent with the original vote.
  4. Selected All Star Managers must select two official coaches and submit their names in writing to the League President, Vice President and Player Agent by May 31st.
    1. Official coaches must be approved Little League coaches for the current season and meet all the guidelines previously set forth for All Star Managers.

O. All-Star Team Player Recommendations and Guidelines

  1. Rules and Guidelines for all All-Star Divisions (8-10, 9-11, 10-12(Little League), Intermediate and Juniors).
    1. All players aged 8-14 (League Age) playing in the Minor-A, Major, Intermediate and Junior divisions are eligible for All Stars.
      1. Players must have played in a minimum of 60% of their team’s regular-season and postseason games to be eligible.
      2. Players must be in good standing with the league.
      3. Players must have completed the All-Star registration process by May 15th to be eligible.
      4. Players may participate on one (1) All-Star team per season.
      5. Each team will consist of a minimum of twelve (12) players and a maximum of fourteen (14) players. Little League Baseball encourages 14 players.
    2. Junior All-Star Team. Players aged 12-14 are eligible for the Junior All Star team provided they played a minimum of 60% of regularly scheduled Junior division games.
    3. Intermediate All Star Team. Players aged 11-13 are eligible for the Intermediate All-Star team provided they played a minimum of 60% of regularly scheduled Intermediate division games.
    4. 10-12 (Little League) All Star Team. Players aged 10-12 who played in the Major division are eligible for this team.
    5. 9-11 All Star Team. Players aged 9-11 from both the Major and Minor-A division are eligible for this team.
    6. 8-10 All Star Team. Players aged 8-10 from both the Major and Minor-A division are eligible for this team.
  2. Player Recommendations
    1. Regular season managers will submit an official Player Recommendation form to the league President and/or Vice President no later than May 22nd. Managers will be supplied with all requisite forms and player eligibility information by the Player Agent no later than May 17th.
      1. Managers may only recommend players from their current division.
      2. Managers may only select players from the provided list of eligible players.
      3. Managers may recommend up to three (3) players from their own team.
      4. Managers may recommend up to nine (9) players total.
      5. Managers are encouraged to take into account each player's current season        performance and adherence to Little League Baseball’s code of conduct.
  3. All Star Player Selection
    1. All Star Player Recommendation forms will be presented by the League President and Vice President at a meeting of the Board of Directors to the Board of Directors no later than May 30th.
      1. The league Secretary and Player Agent will tally the player recommendations when provided by the league President and/or Vice President. Recommendations will be categorized by number (#) of recommendations for each player in the following categories.
        1. Category 1, players recommended unanimously in their division.
        2. Category 2, players recommended by a majority (50% or more) in their division.
        3. Category 3, players recommended by a minority (less than 50%) in their division.
        4. Category 4, eligible players who did not receive a recommendation.
    2. The Board of Directors will approve the All-Star Player Recommendations and categories of players.
      1. Elected All Star Managers will be provided a list showing the results of the player recommendations no earlier than May 31st to prepare for the selection process.
    3. In consultation with the elected All Star Managers and Coaches for each All-Star team, along with the League President, Vice President or a designated Board Member will meet to select individual All-Star teams, from the Board of Directors’ approved list of players, no later than May 31
        1. Players in Category 1 who received recommendations unanimously must be selected by an All-Star Manager first (Major Division Category 1 players aged 12 must be selected for the (10-12) Little League All Star Team).
        2. Players in Category 2 who received a majority of the recommendations shall be selected after all Category 1 players have been selected.
        3. Players in Categories 3 and 4 shall be selected after all players in Categories 1 and 2 have been selected. Players in Category 3 who received at least 1 recommendation should be considered before selecting a player in Category 4 who did not receive a recommendation.
      1. The League President, Vice President or other designated Board Member must approve each team final All-Star roster. Players may be notified no earlier than June 1st.
      2. The Player Agent will provide each All-Star Manager with complete contact information of their All-Star roster, as well as a checklist of required documents from each player’s family no later than June 1st.

P.  Disciplinary Measures

  1. All managers and coaches are expected to participate in League efforts to maintain or improve the League including annual field maintenance days.  In addition, all managers and coaches are expected to participate in umpiring duties when so required.  Failure to comply with these requirements shall result in a one-game suspension unless a reasonable explanation is given.  The decision to suspend shall be left to the discretion of The Board of Directors. Any affected manager or coach shall have the right to appeal such suspension to the Board in person or in writing.
  2. Any manager, coach, or player ejected from a game shall suffer a one-game suspension in accordance with Little League rule 4.07.
  3. Any spectator ejected from the game shall leave the premises immediately (game will be suspended until individual complies). Failure to comply with these requirements shall result in a one-game suspension unless a reasonable explanation is given.  The decision to suspend shall be left to the discretion of The Board of Directors. Any affected individual shall have the right to appeal such suspension to the Board in person or in writing.

Q.  Field Prep Responsibilities for Games

  1. Home manager (pre-game):
    1. Set out one trash can with liner near each dugout
    2. Drag all dirt areas and water the infield dirt
    3. Chalk the baselines and batter’s boxes
    4. Install bases
    5. Minor B: setup and test pitching machine
  2. Visiting manager (post-game):
    1. Put away bases
    2. Empty and put away both trash cans
    3. Minor B: put away pitching machine

Division Protocols

MAJOR Division

  1. No non-team member may serve as a batboy.
  2. Protests are allowed at the Major division level
    1. The two managers must try to resolve the issue with the umpires
    2. If the umpires and managers cannot resolve the issue, the game can be protested and brought before the protest committee
  3. All ejections from the game will cause the offending manager, coach, or player to also be disqualified the next regular season game (per Little League regulations).
  4. Visiting and managing teams must complete their field duties as laid out on the schedule.
  5. The 10-run rule after 4 innings and the 15-run rule after 3 innings are in effect.
    1. There is a 10-run limit per inning.  The inning is immediately over after the 10th run crosses the plate, regardless of any other action, such as a home run, that would normally allow additional runs to score. This rule will be in effect when interleague games are hosted at Hoover Tyler.
  6. A complete game will be after 4 full innings, or 3.5 if the home team is winning.
  7. The home team will supply an official scorekeeper for each game.  In the case of discrepancy between scorebooks, this book will have the final word. GameChanger will be utilized for official scorekeeping.
  8. The umpire will decide when to call games due to darkness or weather.
  9. All rainouts and continued games must be made within the next two Saturdays.
  10. All teams failing to make up their games within the given period will be assessed a win for the purposes of next year’s draft.
  11. All teams must have a minimum of 2 adults (managers & coaches) on the field at all times.  One adult must be in the dugout area at all times.
    1. In the event a manager or coach is removed from a game and one or less adults remain, the remaining manager or coach may choose another adult to assist them.  If no managers or coaches remain, the game will be declared a forfeit in favor of the team that did not have all of their staff removed from the game.
  12. No players are allowed to go to the snack bar during the game.
  13. All players and managers must ask/notify the umpire to depart the field and dugout area.
  14. All male players are required to wear an athletic supporter.
  15. All male catchers must wear a protective cup.
  16. Managers cannot be held responsible for the conduct of their fans, but
    1. At the first regular season game, before the first pitch, the manager must talk to the fans about appropriate fan behavior.
  17. A runner is automatically out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.  This applies to all bases.
  18. Managers must notify the Player Agent and President if any player is absent for more than 2 consecutive games.
  19. Any person who is helping at practices must submit a volunteer application and have a background check done, or else they may not participate.
  20. First half of season shall use continuous batting.  After the first half of the regular season, it will be the Major Manager’s and the Board’s discretion to use continuous batting or Nine (9) player roster with substitutions.  However, both opposing managers in a game must decide before each game whether to use the continuous batting or Nine (9) player roster with substitutions format.
  21. Each team is eligible to enter the playoffs games regardless of season Win-Loss record.  Season Win-Loss record will only be used to seed the teams into the tournament schedule.
  22. After back-to-back Major games, a flip of a coin will determine who will be Visitor and Home.

MINOR A Division

  1. Continuous batting order will be utilized throughout the regular season and playoffs games.
  2. No non-team member may serve as a batboy.
  3. No non-team members are allowed in the dugout or on the field during games.
  4. Protests are not allowed at the Minor A division level
    1. The two managers must try to resolve the issue with the umpire.
    2. If the umpire and managers cannot resolve the issue, then the UIC of the game (plate umpire) will make the final decision before the next pitch.
    3. All protests must be resolved before the next pitch.
  5. All ejections from the game will cause the offending manager, coach, or player to also be disqualified for the next regular season game (per Little League regulations).
  6. Visiting and managing teams must complete their field duties as laid out on the schedule.
  7. The 10-run rule after 4 innings and the 15-run rule after 3 innings are in effect.
  8. The 5-run rule limit per inning is in effect. The inning is immediately over after the 5th run crosses the plate, regardless of any other action, such as a home run, that would normally allow additional runs to score.
  9. A complete game will be after 4 full innings, or 3.5 if the home team is winning.
  10. Minor-A Division games shall last no longer than 6 innings or two (2) hours.
  11. The home team will supply an official scorekeeper for each game.  In the case of discrepancy between scorebooks, this book will have the final word. GameChanger will be utilized for official scorekeeping.
  12. The umpire will decide when to call games due to darkness or weather.
  13. All rainouts and continued games must be made up within the next two Saturdays.
  14. All teams must have a minimum of 2 adults (managers & coaches) on the field at all times.  One adult must be in the dugout area at all times.
    1. In the event a manager or coach is removed from a game and one or less adults remain, the remaining manager or coach may choose another adult to assist them.
    2. If no managers or coaches remain, the game will be declared a forfeit in favor of the team that did not have all of their staff removed from the game.
  15. No players are allowed to go to the snack bar during the game.
  16. All players and managers must notify/ask the umpire to depart the field and dugout area.
  17. All male players are encouraged to wear a protective cup.
  18. All catchers must wear a protective cup.
  19. Managers cannot be held responsible for the conduct of their team's fans, but before the first regular season game, the manager must talk to the fans about appropriate fan behavior.
  20. Each team is eligible to enter the playoffs games regardless of season Win-Loss record.  Season Win-Loss record will only be used to seed the teams into the tournament schedule.
  21. Managers must notify the Player Agent and President if any player is absent for more than 2 consecutive games.
  22. A runner is automatically out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.  This applies to all bases.
  23. Any person who is helping at practices must submit a volunteer application and have a background check done, or else they may not participate.

MINOR B Division

  1. Only players and authorized adults are allowed in the dugout or on the field during games.
  2. No non-team member may serve as a batboy/batgirl.
  3. Protests are not allowed at the Minor B division level.
  4. Players must remain at their field/dugout during the entire game
  5. One adult must be in the dugout at all times.
  6. All players must ask their manager or coach for permission to depart the field or dugout area to use the restroom. No other reasons are permitted.
    1. Players must be escorted to the restroom and back.
  7. All male catchers must wear a protective cup. All male players are encouraged to wear a cup.
  8. Managers and coaches are allowed to go anywhere on the field during play.
  9. Manager and coaches may wear a full baseball uniform while on the field during play.
  10. Before the first regular season game, managers must talk to parents and other family members about appropriate game behavior.
  11. Any person who is helping at practices and/or games must fill out a volunteer application and pass the league background check.
  12. The on-duty board member will decide when to call games because of darkness or inclement weather.  Safety must be the main concern at all games.
  13. Managers must notify the Player Agent and President if any player is absent for more than two consecutive games.

Minor B Game Play Protocols

  1. Emphasis is placed on playing the game fairly and for fun, not for the win. Game scores are not kept and should be de-emphasized - we all win.
  2. Games shall last no more than five complete innings or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. No new inning may begin with less than 15 minutes remaining.
  3. There are no tiebreakers or make-up games.
  4. Coaches pitch to their own team.
  5. The offensive coach pitcher or their designee shall act as the umpire while their team is batting.
  6. Stealing and bunting is not permitted.
  7. Defensive alignment and minimum defensive play:
    1. Up to 10 defensive players are allowed on the field, including a catcher.
    2. Only one player is allowed on the infield grass, positioned on either side of the pitching mound.
    3. Four infielders may be positioned anywhere on the dirt, but coaches should teach the traditional infield positions and position their players accordingly.
    4. A “rover” may be positioned on the dirt behind second base at the edge of the outfield grass.
    5. All players must play a minimum of two consecutive innings on defense and no player can sit out more than one inning.
      1. NOTE: It is understood that not all players will sit out each game, and games might not last longer than two innings. Coaches are responsible for rotating their rosters throughout the season so that a player does not sit out again before all other players on the team have sat out.
  8. Runners may, at their own risk, attempt to advance a maximum of one base on an overthrown ball that stays in play.
    1. If any runner safely reaches an extra base in such a situation, play is then stopped and any additional overthrows are ignored. Other runners who are in the process of advancing one base during the play are allowed to continue to that base.
    2. Runners are not entitled to advance merely because an overthrow has occurred.
    3. Overthrows that go out of play are subject to the regular baseball rule 7.05 (g).
  9. On a batted ball in play, the batter and any runners will typically advance base-to-base unless put out by the defense.
  10. The batter and runners may advance two bases on a hit that reasonably warrants extra bases. Coaches shall not take advantage of defensive inexperience to advance runners additional bases. Triples and inside-the-park home runs are not allowed.
  11. Batted balls that hit the coach pitcher, or any piece of the pitching machine, or the ball bucket (if used) are considered fair balls and in play. Play on!
  12. First Half of Season:
    1. Batting will be continuous, with each player batting in every inning, even if not playing defensively.
    2. If a batter does not hit the ball into fair territory after five (5) pitches, then the batter will receive a base on balls (walk).
    3. Batters cannot strike out in the first half of the season.
    4. If a runner is put out by the defense, the runner is removed from the bases. Batting continues even if there have been three outs.
  13. Second Half of Season:
    1. Batting will be continuous, with all players present placed into the batting lineup.
    2. If a batter does not hit the ball into fair territory after five (5) strikes, then the batter will be counted as an out (strikeout). Foul balls are counted as strikes only until the batter has four strikes.
    3. The offensive team bats until one of the following occurs: a) the defensive team records three outs or b) some combination of defensive outs and strikeouts results in three outs or c) five runs have scored.
    4. Batters cannot be given a base on balls in the second half of the season.

TEE-BALL Division

  1. Two GOALS: FUN and SAFETY!!
  2. Soft Tee-balls will be used for games and practices.
  3. Batters will hit balls placed on Tees.  Coach pitch will be optional in the Tee Ball Division for the final 3 games of the season, at the discretion of the Manager. 
  4. If the option of Coach Pitch is used, the entire team must be pitched to.
  5. If a player does not put the ball in play after five pitches, the tee shall be brought out and that player is to hit from the tee during that at bat.
  6. No non-team member may serve as a batboy.
  7. No non-team members are allowed on the field during games.
  8. Emphasis is placed on playing the game FAIRLY and for FUN, not for the win.
  9. Game scores should not be kept - we all win.
  10. There are no tiebreakers or make-up games at Tee-ball.
  11. All teams must have a minimum of 2 adults (managers & coaches) on the field at all times.  Additionally, one adult must be in the dugout area at all times when the team is batting.
  12. Managers and coaches are allowed to go anywhere on the field during play.
  13. No players are allowed to go to the snackbar during the game.
  14. All players must ask their manager or coach for permission to depart the field and dugout area.  Keep track of your players.
  15. There will be no traditional catchers at the Tee Ball level. A player may serve as a catcher with the assistance of a coach.
  16. Managers must notify the Player Agent and President if any player is absent for more than 2 consecutive games.
  17. Stealing is not permitted at the Tee-ball level.  Bunting is not permitted at the Tee-ball level.
  18. The on duty board member, in consultation with the League President, will decide whether to call games off due to inclement weather.  Have parents call the HTLL Hotline (number posted on website), if they are not sure whether game will be played or not.
  19. All players will bat in the line-up (Continuous Batting) and play all defensive innings.
  20. 1 hour game time limit, or 3 innings, whichever comes first.
  21. One half inning is when all members of the team have batted.  There is no limit on the number of outs, and baserunners are not removed from a base if put out by the defense.
  22. The team manager and coaches may wear a full baseball uniform on the field during play.
  23. To end the play, the ball is thrown to the pitcher.  The pitcher then throws the ball to the catcher.
  24. There are no strikeouts or walks.
  25. Managers are responsible for field prep and clean-up duties – separate attachment.
  26. Any person who is helping at practices or games must submit a volunteer application and have a background check done, or else they may not participate.
Hoover Tyler Constitution

Coaches Code of Ethics and Conduct


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