Rules of Little League

The Rules of the Little League are copyrighted, and as such, are not available on the web. Little League bases its rules on those of Major League Baseball, which are available at www.majorleaguebaseball.com, This page comprises the rules of the North Central Little League, plus a summary of the differences between LIttle League and Major League rules.


Differences Between Little League and Major League Rules

Rule 1.04 - The Playing Field


Rule 1.08 - Benches


Rule 1.10 - The Bat


Rule 1.11 - The Uniform


Rule 2.00 - Definitions


Rule 3.03 - Substitutions


Rule 3.17 - Bench Personnel


Rule 4.05 - Base Coaches


Rule 4.10 - Ending a Game


Rules 4.11 (d) and 4.12 - Regulation Game Called


Rule 4.13 - Doubleheaders


Rules 4.15 - 4.18 - Forfeits


Rule 6.05 - Batter Is Out


Rule 6.10 - Designated Hitter


Rule 7.03 - Home Run


Rule 7.08 - Runner Is Out


Rule 7.13 - Leaving Base Too Soon


Rule 8.01 - Legal Pitching Delivery


Rule 8.06 - Visits to Pitcher


Special Little League Rules

These rules apply to Little League Divisions.

VI. Pitchers

  1. Any player is eligible to pitch, except for minor league players who have attained the league age of twelve.
  2. A player may pitch in a maximum of 6 innings per week, with no more than 6 innings in a game.
    A calendar week is defined as Sunday through Saturday.
  3. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.
  4. A player who has pitched more than four innings
  5. in a day must take three calendar days of rest. The following table shows when a pitcher is eligible to pitch again.
    Pitched on:Eligible Again to pitch on:
    SundayThursday
    MondayFriday
    TuesdaySaturday
    WednesdaySunday
    ThursdayMonday
    FridayTuesday
    SaturdayWednesday

  6. A player who has pitched less than four innings
  7. in a day must take one calendar day of rest. The following table shows when a pitcher is eligible to pitch again.
    Pitched on:Eligible Again to pitch on:
    SundayTuesday
    MondayWednesday
    TuesdayThursday
    WednesdayFriday
    ThursdaySaturday
    FridaySunday
    SaturdayMonday

  8. Little League Majors only: Only three players of league age 12 may be used as pitchers during a calendar week.
  9. Little League Majors only: The total number of innings pitched by 12 year olds shall not exceed 12 innings in a calendar week.
  10. Little League Majors only: No more than 5 pitchers per team shall be used in one game.
  11. Once a player has been removed as a pitchers, he/she may not pitch again in that game.

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