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Updated Bat Information

Posted by Sandy Harrington at Feb 19, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.

As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

Important Note: These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.


 

At its annual fall meeting in November 2017, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

The Little League® International Board of Directors and Little League International Tournament Committee approved the voting results of the 2018 Little League International Congress Delegates. The results will bring 11 changes to the Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® programs with the goal of enhancing the Little League experience for all participants. Many of the changes focus making Little League games more fun and exciting for all participants, while also providing more opportunities for children and flexibility for local leagues.  

2018 Congress Agenda Full Voting Results

2018 Congress Agenda Rule & Regulation Changes Enacted

2018 Congress Agenda Tournament Rules and Guidelines Enacted

2018 congress Agenda NOT Enacted 


 

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2018 Congress Agenda Discussion Points

Posted by Sandy Harrington at Jan 14, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The 2018 Little League International Congress meets January 19 - 22, 2018.  This year's agenda items include items that propose changes that will affect the following:

REGULATIONS:

- Regulation II - League Boundaries

- Regulation III(c) - the TEAMS and Operating Policies Local League Draft Methods

- Regulation VI(d) - Pitchers

- Regulation VI Note 3 - Pitchers and Rule 4.10(d)

- Regulation VII(a) - Schedules and Tournament League Eligibility

PLAYING RULES:

- Rule 3.03 - All Divisions of Baseball and Softball

- Rule 4.10(e) and Tournament Rule 12 - Regulation Game - All Divisions of Baseball and Softball

- Rule 8.06(a) and (b) - All Divisions of Baseball and Softball

TOURNAMENT RULES AND GUIDELINES:

- Player eligibility - Little League (10-12) and Intermediate Divisions of Baseball

- Player eligibility - Little League (10-12) and Junior Division of Softball

- Tournament Protests - Use of Ineligible Player

- Tournament Rule 9 - Mandatory Play - 8-10, 9-11, 10-12, Intermediate and Junior Divisions of Baseball and Softball

- Tournament Rule 14 - NEW RULE - All Divisions of Baseball and Softball - Provides a tie-breaker method for all divisions of play

For a detailed discussion list of the agenda items, click here.


 

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2018 Rules and Regulations Updates

Posted by Sandy Harrington at Dec 3, 2017 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

At its annual fall meeting this November, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. Click here to find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

*Please note that all rule and regulation changes and clarifications are reflected in the 2018 Little League Rulebooks.


 

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2017 Rule Changes and Clarifications

Posted by Sandy Harrington at May 16, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

As we get closer to tournament season, here's a quick refresher on the new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that took effect with the 2017 season.  On this page you'll find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

Click on the link above to check out all the changes to make sure you're up to speed for the tournaments!