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As a parent of a Little Leaguer, you want your child to have a great experience on the field. To ensure that games are played fairly and to prevent any misunderstandings or misinterpretations, it's important to understand the rules and regulations of Little League. In this blog, we'll address some of the frequently asked questions by parents regarding Little League rules.
Wearing Jewelry: Little League rules state that players are not allowed to wear jewelry during games, with the exception of medical alert jewelry. Sunglasses and hair control items such as beads are permitted.
Arm Sleeves for Pitchers: Baseball pitchers can wear arm sleeves, but they must be covered by a solid-colored undershirt. Softball pitchers may also wear arm sleeves, but they are not required to cover them. Both baseball and softball pitchers are not allowed to wear any items on their hands, wrists, or arms that may be distracting to the hitter.
Mandatory Play Rule: During the regular season, all players present at the start of the game must play for a minimum of six defensive outs and bat at least once. However, during tournament play, there are no mandatory play requirements for the Senior League Divisions, and all other teams must adopt a policy of continuous batting order.
Bat Weight: The use of batting donuts is not allowed, but a weighted bat sleeve is permitted.
Pitch Count Regulations: Little League has pitch count regulations in place to protect young arms and ensure player safety. Pitch count rules vary for different divisions, so it's important to check the Regular Season Pitching Rules for more information.
Uncaught Third Strike: An uncaught third strike is when a batter becomes a runner after the third strike, or a swing and miss, is not caught by the catcher. For the runner to be eligible, first base must be unoccupied or occupied with two outs. This rule does not apply in play below the Little League (Major) Division.
Runner at Home Plate: During a play at home plate, the runner must avoid the defensive player, just as they would at any other base. There is no “must-slide rule” in Little League.
Sunglasses on a Hat: Players are allowed to wear sunglasses on the top of their hat.
Face Guard in Softball: A face guard on a helmet is optional for both at the plate and in the field.
Chest Protector for Catchers: Catchers are allowed to wear either a long or short-model chest protector.
It's important for coaches, umpires, and parents to be familiar with Little League rules to ensure that games are played fairly and safely. If you have any further questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to your league's management for clarification.
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