Laguna Little League By-Laws
UPDATED 12/2/16

In most cases, any questions you have about the rules of the game will be addressed in the Little League Rule book. The by-laws address all areas left up to the local board and any grey areas within the rules.

Please read these by-laws.

I. General

A. No outside food, drinks, cups, ice chests or coolers.

B. No Pets/Animals inside the Laguna Little League ballpark and parking area

- Service animals will be allowed. Any aggressive behavior by the service animal will result in animal being removed from the premises permanently. Owner shall cleanup/pickup after their animal. Failure to do so will result in permanent removal from the ballpark. Owner of Service Animal shall clean up after the service animal or owner subject to suspension of animal privilege.

C. Laguna Little League is a smoke free facility, this includes all electronic cigarettes. Repeat offenders will face ejection from ballpark in accordance to Little League suspension guidelines.

D. Motorcycles, two, three and four wheeled vehicles, skateboards, bicycles, Heelies and rollerblades are not permitted inside the ballpark.

E. Team Responsibilities for both the Home team and the Visiting team:

Both team coaches will walk the field before the game looking for glass, gopher holes or any object that could be unsafe. Drag the infield before the game, set up bases and line the field Home team shall provide the official scorekeeper. Visiting team shall provide the official pitch counter. Both the Scorekeeper and the Pitch Counter must reside in the score booth. No scorekeepers in the dugout or on the playing field. Each team will clean the dugout after each game. Coaches of the last game will put away the bases, rake and water the field.

F. Uniforms: No additions, alterations or changes of any kind can be made to the uniforms provide by the league. Names cannot be placed on the backs of the uniform shirts. Player names and numbers can be added to the back of each player hat at the team's expense.

G. All teams are required to volunteer. Each player is required to volunteer for 2 hours. The Concession Stand Manager will coordinate the schedule for volunteers. Teams may elect to “buy out” some/all of the required volunteer hours at a rate of $20 per kid/player. This will allow the League to pay a worker to take the place of the volunteer..

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II. Discipline:

A. No manager or coach may take action against a player without written consent of the BOD.

B. If a player is suspended and no parent or adult guardian is present at the game the officer of the day shall take charge of that player until an adult is contacted to come and take the player home..

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III. Game-General:

The official League Age is determined for baseball and softball by Little League International’s rules and age chart. See the Little League rule book or go to www.littleleague.com <http://www.littleleague.com> for full details.

A. League Ages:

1. T-Ball baseball ages 4 – 6. Baseball & Softball

2. Minors Coach Pitch Division, Ages 6-8. Baseball & Softball

i. 6yr olds with one (1) year of T-Ball can play in Coach Pitch.
ii. 6 year olds are eligible for the Minors Coach Pitch Local All-Star Tournament.
This is a local district tournament and is NOT sanctioned by Little League International (LLI).
LLI will not support any questions or complaints at the Section, State, Regional or National level.

3. Minors Kid Pitch Division - Ages 8-10. Baseball & Softball
i. 8 year old can play “UP” in Minors, pending tryouts and approval of the Minors Kid Pitch Player Agent.
ii. 8 year olds are eligible for Minor Kid Pitch division All-Stars.
iii. Ages 11 & 12 are eligible for Minors Kid Pitch subject to the Minors Kid Pitch Player Agent and BOD review.

3. Major – ages 10-12. Baseball & Softball

4. 50/70 Intermediate Baseball, ages 11-13
i. 11yrs are subject to tryouts and 50/70 Player Agent evaluation

5. Juniors – ages 12-14 (15 with league approval)
i. 15 year olds can play in Juniors, but cannot pitch
ii.15 year olds are NOT eligible for Juniors All-Stars

6. Seniors – ages 13 - 16, Baseball & Softball
i. Seniors play starts after High School season ends
ii. All-Stars ages 13-16 are eligible provided the player meets the minimum play requirements.

B. The number of innings played & time limits:

1. T-Ball: 5 innings or 45 minutes

2. Coach Pitch: 6 innings or 1 hour 45 minutes

3. Minor: 6 innings or 1 hour 45 minutes
i. 4 innings required to complete game, time limits apply to week night games when a game is scheduled after.

4. Majors: 6 innings or 1 hour 45 minutes
i. 4 innings required to complete game, time limits apply to week night games when a game is scheduled after.

5. 50/70 Intermediate – 7 innings or 1hr 50 minutes
i. 5 innings required for a complete game

6. Juniors: 7 innings or 2 hours
i. 5 innings required for a complete game

7. Seniors: 7 innings or 2 hours
i. 5 innings required for a complete game


C. Practice of teams will not exceed 10 hours per week. This includes game times.
No team may practice in uniforms after the season starts.

D. No later than 10 minutes before the scheduled game start time, the manager of each team will give two copies of the batting order to the umpire and the umpire will hand it to the official scorekeeper. The batting order is to be complete, to include all players with first and last names, position, and shirt numbers. The manager must list the reason (e.g. injured, out of town, etc.) for a player who is not on the official line up.

E. All teams, T-ball through Majors, will bat through the lineup. In all divisions except T-ball, defensive players will alternate every other inning (Players cannot be on the bench for two consecutive innings). In T-Ball all players will play defense.

-- MAJORS – JUNIORS PLAY “BAT 9 PLAY 9” AT MID SEASON

F. The official scorekeeper will keep and update a team pitching record on file at the field. The official scorekeeper, umpire, and a manager from each team will initial the pitching record after the game is over and has ended. The official scorekeeper will check the pitching record before the pitcher pitches to insure the pitcher is eligible. If the pitcher is ineligible, the official scorekeeper will notify the manager and umpire. The ineligible pitcher is then replaced with an eligible pitcher. The minimum age for scorekeeper is 16 years of age.

G. In the Minors Coach Pitch division, if the game is tied after the allotted innings have been completed, the game will count as half win and half loss for each team.

H. For Minor Kid Pitch, Major, Juniors and Seniors divisions, if the game is tied after the allotted innings have been played, the umpire will continue the game for one additional inning. If the score is tied after the additional inning is completed, the game is over with a half win and half loss to each team.

-- This is subject to the weeknight time limit.

I. Games that are cancelled or incomplete shall be played on a make-up day that the player agent or board of directors has designated. A 24hr notice is required to reschedule any game.

J. Any division may be subject to inter-league play.

h. In all division two adults may be base coaches. In Minors, Majors Juniors and Seniors one player may be a base coach.

i. In the prep division, if the game is tied after the allotted innings have been completed, the game will count as half win and half loss for each team.

j. For Minor, Major, Junior and Senior divisions if the game is tied after the allotted innings have been played the umpire will continue the game for one additional inning. If after the additional inning is completed and the score is tied, the game is over with a half win and half loss to each team.

k. Games that are cancelled or incomplete shall be played on a make up day that the player agent or board of directors has designated. A 24 hr notice is required to reschedule any game.

l. Any division may be subject to inter-league play.


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IV. T-Ball

IV. T-Ball -
T-Ball is a non-competitive division:

A. T-Ball Division: Ages 4 - 6 based on Baseball League Age Guidelines

1. There is no official score during all T-ball games. A team lineup is still required to be given to the opposing coach/manager.

2. Only 6 players may be in the infield. All others must stay on the outfield and must play the outfield positions.

3. On an overthrow to any base by an infielder one base will be awarded to each base runner, play stops and time is called.

4. The coach of the defensive team may be on the playing field, but must remain in the outfield (No more than 2 coaches).


5. On the 7th batter, when players have advanced as far as possible, time is called and that half inning is over.

6. The coach/manager must rotate player positions each inning; this is to include First Base and Pitcher.
No player shall play the same position 2 consecutive innings

7. The team will bat 7 batters or 3 outs, whichever comes first through the entire batting roster.

8. When batting the ball, the ball must clear the foul line arch.

9. There are no strikeouts. The batter bats until the ball is hit.

10. The pitcher must throw the ball to attempt the out. Chasing the batter runner down is not allowed.

11. Both coaches/managers are required to set up the field and take down the field for games, as well as
walk the field prior to each game to inspect for possible hazards.


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V. Minors Coach Pitch Division:

A. This is a non-competitive division of the Little League Minors division. Score is kept and we allow 9 players on the field with an outfield rover. (Total of 10 defensive players in the field).

B. The entire season will be coach pitch. The coach will pitch the ball using an overhand throwing motion (for softball, the pitcher will pitch using an underhand pitching motion), and stand in the pitcher's circle while delivering the pitch. The coach pitcher shall do his best to exit the playing field in the opposite direction of the live ball in play.

C. The umpire will not call balls but will call swinging strikes. If a batter gets 3 strikes the umpire will call the batter out. Upon the 5th pitch, if the batter hits a foul ball not resulting in a put out of the batter, 1 additional pitch will be allowed. If the batter fouls the 6th pitch it will count as an out. (6 pitches max)

D. If the pitching coach catches or is struck by a batted ball, the ball is dead. All runners will return to the base they occupied and the batter returns to bat. (Same count).

E. If a ball thrown by a fielder trying to throw out the batter at first base hits a pitching coach, the ball is dead. All runners go back one base and the batter is out.

F. The pitching coach cannot coach base runners, but he can help the batter up to the time he throws a pitch. Then he must be quiet and not use hand gestures.

G. The defensive pitcher (Defensive player standing at the pitcher position), must remain inside the circle (10ft circle) and behind the rubber.

H. No runner may steal a base on a wild pitch, passed ball, or on a throw from the catcher to the pitcher.

I. The 5 run rule will be in effect. The visiting and home teams can only score five runs each inning through the 3rd inning. Open scoring will begin at the top of the 5th inning.

J. If a defensive player throws the ball to first base and it results in an overthrow, the runner can advance one base only. If the defense attempts to throw the runner out at second base and an overthrow occurs, the one base limitation does NOT apply and runners can advance at their own peril.



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VI. Minor Kid Pitch Division:

A. The 5 run rule will be in effect. The visiting and home teams can only score 5 runs each inning through the third inning. Open scoring begins at the top of the 4th inning.

B. A time limit of 1:45 will be imposed on any weeknight game in which a Minor/Major game is scheduled immediately after.

1. Once the game reaches 1:30, the umpire will notify both
managers/head coaches the last inning is under way.

2. At 1:45 minutes the game will be halted, regardless of the completion of the inning.
Only for weeknights games per above.

3. If the inning is NOT complete, the game will revert back the previous completed inning,
regardless of the total completed innings.

4. If game is halted with less than 4 innings, Little League rules will apply.

C. All players at the game will be in the batting lineup.

D. No player may be on the bench for two consecutive defensive innings.

E. In inter-league games, the rules of the host league apply.


VII. Major Division:

A. First half of the regular season, ALL players at the game will be in the batting Lineup. After the mid-point in the season, lineups will change to “play 9/Bat 9”. Little League player substitution rules apply.

B. During the first half of the regular season, NO players may be on the bench for two consecutive defensive innings. After mid-season, Little League player substitution rules will apply. Minimum play requirements are 2 consecutive innings and 6 defensive outs. Subs brought in a game will start in the next game.

C. In inter-league games, the rules of the host league apply.



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VIII. 50/70 Intermediate Division, Juniors, Seniors Divisions:

A. During the first half of the regular season, ALL players at the game will be in the Batting Lineup. After the mid-point in the season, Lineups will change to “Play 9/Bat 9”. Little League player substitution rules apply.

B. During the first half of the regular season, NO players may be on the bench for two consecutive defensive innings. After mid-season, Little League player substitution rules will apply. Minimum play requirements are 2 consecutive innings and 6 defensive outs. Subs brought in a game will start in the next game.

C. In inter-league games, the rules of the host league apply..



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IX. Complaints or Protests:

A. All judgments (e.g. foul, fair, strikeout and safe) calls by the umpire are final. The Laguna Little League board does not accept protests of judgment calls.

B. Irregularities that are contrary to Little League baseball / Senior baseball handbook or Laguna Little League By-Laws and constitution can be protested. Only a team&Mac182;s manager may protest. Little League Official Regulation and Playing rules rule 4.19 and 10.10 (b) (3) apply to all complaints and protests with the following additions and addendum:

i. If protesting a rule violation, the protest must be filed with a $25.00 fee. If the protest goes in
favor of the one filing, the fee will be returned. If the protest goes against the one filing the protest,
the fee will remain with the league.

ii. The complaint or protest may be given to the officer of the day in lieu of the president. However,
the complaint or protest must be in writing and the fee of $25.00 attached.

iii. The President, upon receiving the complaint or protest, presents it to the Laguna Little
League board for resolution.

iv. If the Laguna Little league board decides they need to hear statements from both parties involved,
the president will call a special meeting. The Laguna Little League board secretary notifies the
complainant, and the defendant of the special meeting within 3 days of the meeting.

v. Should the complainant fail to appear at the special meeting, the complaint or protest is
automatically dismissed. Should the defendant fail to appear, the board may make a decision
on the basis of the evidence and statements before them.

vi. If neither party can appear at the special meeting they should contact the secretary and
ask to have it rescheduled.

vii. The board accepts statements only from people having firsthand knowledge.

viii. The board decisions are final.




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X. Division Championship Rules:

A. The season played, as a whole, is not divided into seasons. The division champion is determined by the win loss record of the season. (Note: T-ball does not have a championship play off. Each player receives recognition for participating).

B. If teams have identical overall record, the team with the best head to head record is the winner. If teams have identical head to head records, the teams will play a game to decide the championship. The player agent will schedule the game with the concurrence of both managers as to the date and time. The player agent will flip a coin to decide the home team. If at the end of regulation play, the game is tied, extra innings will be played until the tie is broken. The winner of this game is the championship team.

C. Inter-League games do not count on regular season standings..



XI. All Star Teams:

A. The All-Star Manager/Head Coach will be determine by all the coaches in their respective division with supervision by the Player Agent. The BOD will have final approval pending review. The criteria required for approval:

1. Field work, concession, volunteer participation

2. Overall attitude

3. Fundraiser support

4. Parent complaints/support

5. Must be in good standing with the League

B. The manager of the all-star team may select 2 additional coaches to assist with board approval. Assistant coaches must have completed background check, be in good standing with the league and listed on the regular season roster of any team from their respective division.

C. All-Star teams will be selected in all divisions except T-Ball division.

D. All personnel involved in the selection process shall not name or divulge the identity of any players selected for the All-Star teams until authorized by the BOD or per rules set forth in the Little League Rule Book.

E. The Player agent shall make a list of all eligible players and provide that list to the selection committee.

F. The selection committee will be each division manager and one (1) assistant that are in good standing with the league..

G. The selection committee will select the team through open discussion. No secret ballots or selections will be allowed. No predetermined teams or lists will be allowed.

H. An All-Star fee will be assessed once the All-Star teams are selected. As part of this fee, an All-Star uniform and trophy will be provided to each player.



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XII. Managers

A. Managers/Head Coaches must attend scheduled clinics, field workdays and umpire training as stated by the BOD.

B. Managers/Head Coaches must have car insurance.

C. No Manager/Head Coach, once approved by the board, shall call players to register. This could be construed as recruiting.

D. All Managers/Head Coaches are encouraged to obtain a team sponsor.

F. Managers/Head Coaches will be expected to help maintain the fields from the time they are approved a manager.

H. Each team will be required to have two trained scorekeepers who will keep score at all home games.

I. Managers/Head Coaches will be responsible for fundraising money for their team.

J. No Manager/Head Coach shall leave the field until all players have been picked up by a parent or legal guardian. This includes all practices, team parties and game days.


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