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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 | Softball All Levels | All-Star | Schedule/Rain Policies

Junior League

  1. Breaking Balls/Curve Balls
    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. Coaches are responsible for proper instruction. If you don’t know how to teach it, ask or don’t teach it.
    3. Make sure the player is ready to learn.
  2. Courtesy Runner
    1. WPLL coaches are not allowed to have courtesy runners.
  3. 10-run rule
    1. There is no 10-run rule for WPLL league games.
  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 ½ hours. Unless there is a tie and there is enough light to play another complete inning.
  6. Special Pinch Runners
    1. No special pinch runners will be allowed in any JR league games.
  7. Reentry Rules
    1. WPLL 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.

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Majors

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. At least 1 mandatory 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. 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.
    4. Make sure the player is ready to learn.
  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. 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.
  4. Uncaught 3rd Strike
    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 spot comes up in batting order, an out will be applied.  When/if the 9th player shows up, he/she must be added to the bottom of the batting order with no penalty.
    3. Games shortened by the 2 1/2-hour limit or light 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 warm up pitchers.
    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.

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AAA

  1. Practice Requirements
    1. At least 1 mandatory 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. Players with a League Age of 12 Years-Old CANNOT pitch
    3. No curve balls or breaking balls are allowed where the spin of the ball is manipulated by the twisting of the arm.
  3. Stealing
    1. Stealing/Advancing on passed balls is allowed after 3 game dates. If a team has a bye, it counts as a play date.
    2. After 3 game dates, runners may advance if the defensive team overthrows the pitcher after the ball has been hit into play.
    3. Once the pitcher has the ball, the runner must return to the base immediately.
  4. Sliding
    1. There is a mandatory slide rule in affect for the Major’s and AAA levels
    2. 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.
    3. Headfirst Diving – Diving to a base is allowed if in the umpires discretion, the runner was diving rather than sliding.
  5. Courtesy Runner
    1. Courtesy runners will not be used in any game.
  6. 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.
  7. Playing Requirements
    1. All players will play 2 defensive innings and have 1 at bat.
    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 spot comes up in batting order, NO out will be applied.  When/if the 9th player shows up, they must be added to the bottom of the batting order 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.
  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 warm up pitchers.
    5. Parents are not allowed in the dugout during the game.
  9. 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)
  10. Time Limit
    1. No new inning should be started after 8 p.m. or dark whichever is first. Unless there is a tie and there is enough daylight to play another inning.

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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. First 5 games of the season, if a hitter has not put the ball in play following his 7th pitch or 3 strike limit, a T will be used for the hitter to hit off of. Thereafter, 3 strikes and you are out. No use of batter’s T.
    2. Each batter will see no more than 7 pitches unless there is a foul ball on the 7th pitch.
    3. 3 outs or 10 batters, which ever occurs 1st (must be enforced).
    4. Batters/Runners that have been put out must leave the base.
    5. 1 ½ hour time limit on games.
    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. No umpire for any game. Coaches will determine the outcome of every play. Remember, we are here for the kids, not coaches/parents ego.
    8. Up to 10 players are allowed on the field during game play. Extra players added to the field must be in the outfield.
  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. AA Coaches Following Rules
    1. Coaches may not deviate from the rules. Any deviation may result in disciplinary action by the WPLL board.
  10. Safe baseballs will be used for all league games.
  11. For safety reasons, there will be NO running around the bases for the last hitter of an inning.

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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 no 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 batting order once per inning
    2. Once ball is hit, a runner may advance the bases until a fielder touches the ball. If the runner is between bases at the time, they are to advance to the next base. This includes the last batter.
    3. Outs will not be enforced, but can be counted.
    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.
  8. For safety reasons, there will be NO running around the bases for the last hitter of an inning.

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Softball All Levels

Divisions of Play:
Ages 6-9 =Coach Pitch~ AA~ Rookies
Ages 9-12 *8 years olds can option up= AAA~
Ages 9-12= Majors

Review Pitching Rules:
Majors ~ 18 innings per week~ No more than 9 innings per game. 9 per day in a double header situation.
AAA~6 innings per week~ 6 innings per game. 6 per day in a double header situation.

Time Limits:
There will be a 1 hr and 45 minute time limit.  Time begins at the scheduled game time.
Majors~ 4 innings will constitute a complete game
AAA~ 3 innings will constitute a complete game
We will revisit the time limit in May when daylight hours are longer.

Stealing:
There is stealing allowed at Majors and AAA levels; runners must slide to avoid a collision.
Majors~ Batters can run if the 3rd strike is not caught by the catcher – provided first base is not occupied OR there are two outs.

Run Limit Per inning:
Majors~ A limit of 7 runs per inning will be imposed
AAA~ A limit of 5 runs per inning will be imposed
* There are unlimited runs allowed in the last inning of the game, as long as each team has the opportunity to score unlimited runs.  In the event that this is not possible the official score of the game will resort back to the previous inning.  The last inning is either the 6th or designated by umpire prior to the top of said inning.
* There is NO 10 run rule after ANY inning~ play will continue.

Batting Order:
Majors~ Limited to a 9 batter line-up
AAA~ Continuous batting order.  All players will bat in the line-up whether or not playing defense. Inning will end after 3 outs or 5 runs score, not after the last girl has batted.
AA~ Continuous batting order.  All players will bat in the line-up whether or not playing defense. Inning will end after 3 outs or all players have batted.

Hit by Pitch:
There is NO rule to remove a pitcher after she has hit a batter with 1 or more pitched balls.  Coaches are encouraged to work with the pitchers, and ensure the safety of all players.  Coaches will be open for discussion during the game regarding the effectiveness of the current pitcher.

Coaches:
There will be a MAXIMUM of 3 coaches per team. 
There will be NO parents, siblings, or spectators allowed in dugouts.  Players are to remain in the dugout, not in the stands.
Home team will choose their dugout.
*No sunflower seeds are allowed in the dugouts on the Dora Burt field in Medical Lake.

Game Time:
Majors and AAA~ Teams play the contest with 7 or more players.  If playing with less than 9, team must take an out when vacant positions in lineup come to bat.
AA~ Teams will play irrelevant of the number of players present for the game.

All other rules are enforced by the current Little League rule book.  Call to cancel games by 3:00 PM

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.

Tie Game Policy

When a game is tied at the conclusion of a time limit for the Majors and AAA, the game will follow the Little League rule book for suspended games. The suspended game will be scheduled to conclude 1 hour prior to the next time the two teams play. If the teams are not scheduled to play again, the game will be scheduled to conclude on the rainout date at the conclusion of the season.

Assistant Coach Policy

For any new player in the draft, the parent is not allowed to be present as a coach at Try-Outs or at the Draft.

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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

2014
Junior League District 13 Champion
9-10 Softball District 13 Champion
2013
Junior League District 13 Champion
Majors Baseball District 13 Champion
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