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League Rules

Here are the rules that our board has developed for our various levels of competition.

Junior League | Majors | AAA | AA | A | All-Star | Schedule/Rain Policies

Junior League

  1. Curveballs
    1. There are no rules against the use of curveball when playing JR League. Curveballs should only be thrown when the player has been properly coached on how to throw the curveball..
  2. Courtesy Runner
    1. WPLL coaches are not al-lowed to have courtesy runners. North coaches can option to use a courtesy runner only with 2 outs.
  3. 10-run rule
    1. There is no 10-run rule for WPLL, North and South.
  4. Pitching Limits
    1. Little League pitch counts must be followed.
    2. Scorekeepers should compare books at the end of each inning.
  5. Time Limit
    1. No inning shall start after 2 1/4 hours.
  6. Special Pinch Runners
    1. No special pinch runners will be allowed in any JR league game.  This is the special runner allowed by the LL rule book.
  7. Reentry Rules
    1. WPLL and South players must reenter into the same spot in the batting order after their replacements playing requirements are met.
  8. Season Length
    1. WPLL season will be over by July 4th.
  9. Any other rule questions between leagues will defer to the LL rule book.
  10. Interleague games will count towards league standings.
  11. Pitching.

    Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
    • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, 4 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, 2 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, 1 calendar day of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required.

    The amount of pitches a player has depends on age, for that; refer to the Little League rule book

    Currently (4/2010) the Pitching limnits, by age, are as follows:

    • 13-16 95 pitches per day

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Majors

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. At least 1 required practice per week is required and no more than 2 in a week.
    2. Unlimited optional practices are allowed.
    3. Prior to regular season games – Up to 4 practices per week are allowed.
  2. Pitching Rules
    1. Follow Little League Rules for pitch counts.
    2. Breaking balls will be allowed at the Major level only.
    3. Coaches are responsible for proper instruction. If you don’t know how to teach it, ask or don’t teach it.
  3. Sliding
    1. There is a mandatory slide rule. ~ (Mandatory Slide) – In the case where there is a play at a base, the runner must slide, unless, in the umpire’s discretion, the runner was attempting to avoid contact with the fielder.  If the umpire rules a slide was warranted, the play will result in an out.
    2. Headfirst Sliding is not allowed.  Should a runner safely arrive at a base via a headfirst slide, he/she must return to the previous base and both teams are warned that the next violation will result in an out.  In the case that there are no unoccupied bases to return runners to, the runner will be called out.  The hitter cannot be forced to return to the batters box.
    3. Headfirst Diving – Diving to a base is allowed if in the umpires discretion, the runner was diving rather than sliding.
  4. Third Strike Drop
    1. Rules for 3rd strike drop will be implemented.
  5. Courtesy Runner
    1. There will be no courtesy runner in any game.
  6. Re-Entry Rule
    1. If a player re-enters the game, it must be in the same spot in the batting order, and only after their replacement has played 6 defensive outs and had 1 at bat.
  7. Playing requirements
    1. All players will play 2 defensive innings and have 1 at bat.The defensive innings do not have to be in succession
    2. Teams with 8 players shall not be considered a forfeited game. When the 9th player's spot comes up on the batting order, an out will be applied. When/if the 9th player shows up, they must be added to the bottom of the linup with no penalty.
    3. Games shortened by the 2 1/2-hour limit are an exception. Coaches are encouraged to adjust their lineup for the next game accordingly.
  8. Off field requirements
    1. Players are required to stay in the dugout at all times
    2. The on-deck position is not permitted. Only the first batter of each half-inning will be permitted outside the dugout between half-innings.
    3. Catchers must have a mask on any time they are in a squat catching, weather it is at practice, warming up a pitcher, or between innings.
    4. Coaches are not allowed to enter the playing field and warm up the pitcher.
    5. Parents are not allowed in the dugout during the games.
  9. Game Length
    1. Time limit for games shall not exceed 2 1/2 hours.
    2. There is no 10-run mercy rule for ending games early.
  10. 12 year-old playing Junior League
    1. Any 12 year old player can try out for a Junior League team, however if they tryout for a Major League team, they must play at the Majors level and will not be allowed to change to the Junior League level. All decisions will be permanent and take effect on Majors Draft day.
  11. 12 year-olds playing
    1. Majors WPLL encourages coaches to draft all 12 year-olds, but leaves the final decision up to the Coaches and the Player Agent.
  12. Pitching.

    Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
    • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, 4 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, 2 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, 1 calendar day of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required.

    The amount of pitches a player has depends on age, for that; refer to the Little League rule book

    Currently (4/2010) the Pitching limnits, by age, are as follows:

    • 11-12 85 pitches per day
    • 9-10 75 pitches per day

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AAA

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. At least 1 required practice per week is required and no more than 2 in a week.
    2. Unlimited optional practices are allowed.
    3. Prior to regular season games – up to 4 practices per week are allowed.
  2. Pitching Rules
    1. Pitch counts will be used on all pitchers
    2. Players with a League Age of 12 Years-Old CANNOT pitch
    3. No curve balls are allowed
  3. Stealing
  4. Our board believes that a graduated introduction to stealing and advancing on passed balls and overthrows is in the best interested for the development of WPLL players. Our rule allows 3 games preparation for players to learn the fundamentals of advancing, and also of how to defend against advancing. The board accounted for many factors when creating this rule. Factors included:

    1. Based on the best practices of other league around our state, this method was similar in creating an introduction period before players were allowed to advance at all times.
    2. The extra time allows coaches to develop the fundamentals needed to defend runners advancing as well as develop fundamental baseball skills which will also reduce opportunities for advancing on the bases.
    3. The graduated time of 3 games was chosen because it is a short enough time period that coaches will not abuse the time table by not preparing their team for when advancing becomes legal. Coaches are encouraged to begin preparing their team for stealing from the beginning of the season.
    4. The majority of the season will be played with stealing and advancing because it prepares the player for their next level of baseball. Base running is a fundamental skill and it needs to be practiced in order for the player to be good at it.
    5. For the first 3 games of the season, the board elected to use a dead ball because any version of a live ball created scenarios that could be confusing to players, umpires and fans. It is better for all parties to have a clear rule which can be easily interpreted.
    6. Based on feedback from past coaches, advancing and stealing shortened games, kept kids more involved and active, lowered scores and helped get players ready for higher levels of play. Coaches’ feedback said that this is a fundamental which is taught at the AAA level.
  5. Sliding
    1. There is a mandatory slide rule. ~ (Mandatory Slide) – In the case where there is a play at a base, the runner must slide, unless, in the umpire’s discretion, the runner was attempting to avoid contact with the fielder.  If the umpire rules a slide was warranted, the play will result in an out.
    2. Head first sliding is not allowed. Should a runner safely arrive at a base via a headfirst slide, he/she must return to the previous base and both teams are warned that the next violation will result in an out. In the case that there are no unoccupied bases to return runners to, the runner will be called out. The hitter cannot be forced to return to the batters box.
    3. Headfirst Diving – Diving to a base is allowed if in the umpires discretion, the runner was diving rather than sliding.
  6. Courtesy Runner
    1. Courtesy runners will not be used in any game.
  7. Re-Entry Rule
    1. At AAA players may re-enter in any position in the batting order just as long as his/her sub has played 6 defensive outs and had one at bat.
  8. Playing Requirements
    1. All players will play 3 defensive innings and have 1 at bat. The defen-sive innings do not have to be in succession.
    2. Teams will use a 9 player batting order.
    3. Teams with 8 players shall not be considered a forfeited game. When the 9th player's spot comes up on the batting order, an out will be applied. When/if the 9th player shows up, they must be added to the bottom of the linup with no penalty.
    4. Games shortened by the 2-hour limit are an exception. Coaches are encouraged to adjust their lineup for the next game accordingly.
  9. Off Field Requirements
    1. Players are required to stay in the dugout at all times.
    2. The on-deck position is not permitted. Only the first batter of each half-inning will be permitted outside the dugout between half-innings.
    3. Catchers must have a mask on any time they are in a squat catching, weather it is at practice, warming up a pitcher, or between innings.
    4. Coaches are not allowed to enter the playing field and warm up the pitcher.
    5. Parents are not allowed in the dugout during the game.
  10. Inning Length
    1. No more than 6 runs can be scored in an inning.
    2. In the last inning, unlimited runs can be scored to allow a team to catch up to a team that they were trailing. (The last inning is defined as the 6th inning)
  11. Time Limit
    1. No new inning should be started after 8 p.m. or dark which ever is first.
  12. Pitching.

    Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
    • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, 4 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, 3 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, 2 calendar days of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, 1 calendar day of rest must be observed.
    • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required.

    The amount of pitches a player has depends on age, for that; refer to the Little League rule book

    Currently (4/2010) the Pitching limnits, by age, are as follows:

    • 11-12 85 pitches per day
    • 9-10 75 pitches per day
    • 7-8 50 pitches per day

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AA

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. Teams may meet for up to 2 practices/games per week.
    2. 1 optional practice per week is allowed.
    3. Prior to regular season games – Up to 3 practices per week are allowed.
  2. Pitching Rules
    1. Coaches will pitch for the whole season.
    2. All coaches will throw overhand at all times.
    3. Coaches will pitch from on a knee and from approximately 30-35 ft.
    4. Coaches may move up if need for certain players, but not to the point it makes it easy for the player to hit.
  3. Sliding
    1. Sliding is not required, but coaches are encouraged to coach it.
  4. Courtesy Runner
    1. There will be not courtesy runner in any game.
  5. Playing Requirements
    1. Teams must use a continuous batting order.
    2. There is free substitution in the field.
  6. Game Rules for AA
    1. 3 strikes and you are out. No use of batter Ts.
    2. For the first 5 games of the season, following the 7 pitches or 3 strike limit, a batters T will be used for the hitter to hit off of.
    3. Each batter will see no more than 7 pitches unless there is a foul ball on the 7th pitch.
    4. 3 outs or 10 batters, which ever occurs 1st (must be enforced).
    5. Batters/Runners that have been put out must leave the bases.
    6. Overthrows following any attempt to make a play at any base runners may advance only one additional base after the attempt was made.
    7. 2 hour time limit on games.
    8. There will be no umpire provided for any game, coaches will determine the outcome of every play. Remember, we are here for the kids, not coaches/parents ego.
    9. The batting order must be continuous.
    10. There is free substitution in the field and only 9 players are allowed in the field during the time the team is on defense.
  7. Off field Requirements
    1. Players are required to stay in the dugout at all times.
    2. The on-deck position is not permitted. Only the first batter of each half-inning will be permitted outside the dugout between half-innings.
    3. Catchers must have a mask on any time they are in a squat catching, weather it is at practice, warming up a pitcher, or between innings.
    4. Parents are not allowed in the dugout during the game.
  8. Base Length
    1. Move the bases to 50 feet is required.
  9. Overthrow
    1. Following any attempt to make a play at any base runners may advance only one additional base after the attempt was made.
  10. AA Coaches Following Rules
    1. Coaches may not deviate from the rules. Any deviation may result in disciplinary action by the WPLL board.
  11. Safe Baseballs will be used for all league games.

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A

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. Teams may meet for up to 2 practices/games per week.
    2. 1 additional optional practice per week is allowed.
    3. Prior to regular season games – Up to 3 practices per week are allowed
  2. Sliding
    1. Sliding is not required, but coaches are encouraged to coach it.
    2. Sliding is NOT illegal.
    3. No head first sliding.
  3. Courtesy Runner
    1. There will be not courtesy runner in any game
    2. Injured players may be removed from the bases/batters box with no out counted.
  4. Playing Requirements
    1. Teams must use a continuous batting order
    2. All players will play in the field, however, only the proper infield positions will be allowed, extra players will be in the OUTFIELD only.
    3. Players MUST rotate positions and no player shall play any one position more than one defensive inning per game. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE!!!!!!
  5. Game Rules *** Game rules must be followed by ALL teams***
    1. Teams will bat through the complete battin gorder once per inning
    2. Once the ball is hit, a runner may advance on the bases until a fielder touches the ball. If the runner is between bases at that time, they are to advance to the next base including the last batter.
    3. Outs will not be enforced
    4. No strikeouts
    5. The “T” will be used at all times. Absolutely No Coach Pitch.
    6. Maximum time limit 1½ hour.
    7. If coaches agree, game may be stopped after 1 hour.
    8. There will be no umpire provided for any game, coaches will determine the outcome of every play. Remember, we are here for the kids, not coaches/parents ego.
    9. NO SCORE WILL BE KEPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Off field requirements
    1. Players are required to stay in the dugout at all times
    2. The on-deck position is not permitted. Only the first batter of each half-inning will be permitted outside the dugout between half-innings.
    3. Catchers must wear gear at all times while on the field.
    4. No player other that the current batter shall be holding a bat!!
  7. Base Length
    1. Move the bases to 50 feet is required.

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League Policies

Rainout Makeup Policy

When a rainout occurs the game will be made up the second Saturday following the rained out game, If the rainout occurs during the last 2 weeks of the regular season then the game will be played on the regularly scheduled rainout date.

Schedule Change Policy

If the coach cannot field a minimum of 9 league players, then that coach must notify the scheduling coordinator 10 days prior to the game being played. If possible the game will be made up the 2nd Saturday after the regular scheduled game. The schedule coordinator will make every attempt to re-schedule the game.

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All-Star Player and Coach Selection

The board heard recommendations from several coaches on the how to select All-Star players and coaches. The consensus from the board and the coaches are as follows.

Majors All-Stars (12-11 Year Olds)

The coaches for the 11-12 year-old All-Star team will be chosen by the coaches before the All-Star team is selected. The first concern will be that the coach be available to take time off of work to coach the team as long as is needed. If there is not a consensus between the coaches, the first tie breaker will be the team that finishes as the regular season champion if he cannot do it then it will default to the second place coach. If the head coach cannot coach the team, he can nominate his assistant coach. All coaches must agree on the assistant coach coaching the team. For the selection of the team, all coaches will first write out the 12 players that they feel deserve to be on the team. All players that are on all six coaches lists will automatically be put on the team. All other players will be considered as nominated. The coaches will then discuss and use stats to determine the rest of the roster. Also used in determining the final selections will be players being listed on more than one coach’s All-Star roster.

11-10 year-old All-Stars

The 11 year-old All-Star coach will be selected by the board. The board will develop a questionnaire for a coach interested in coaching the 11 year-old All-Star team to fill out. After looking at the questionnaire, the board will determine who the coach of the team should be. The team will be selected by the Major coaches following the selection of the Major 11-12 year-old All-Star team. All coaches will first write out the 12 players that they feel deserve to be on the team. All players that are on all six coaches lists will automatically be put on the team. All other players will be considered as nominated. The coaches will then discuss and use stats to determine the rest of the roster. Also used in determining the final selections will be players being listed on more than one coach’s All-Star roster.

9-10 year-old All-Stars

The coach for the 9-10 year-old All-Star team will be determined by the board. The board will develop a questionnaire for all coaches that are interested in coaching the team to fill out. After looking at the questionnaire, the board will determine who the coach of the team should be. There will be a tryout for all 10 & 9 year-olds nominated by their coaches. Following the tryout, the team will be selected by a joint AAA and Major coaches meeting. This team will be selected following the selection of the 11-10 year-old All-Stars.

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All-Star Champions

2013
Junior League District 13 Champion
Majors Baseball District 13 Champion
2012
Junior League District 13 Champion
Majors Softball District 13 Champion
9-10 Softball District 13 Champion

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