Pitchers may finish their last batters at any pitch count without effect on days of rest.
New for 2018 and later: A player may not pitch on 3 consecutive days.
Catcher/Pitching rule - the catcher cannot go in to pitch after catching more than 3 innings in a day.
Substitutions - New for 2018 and later: A player in the starting lineup who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game only in the SAME position in the batting order, provided the substitute has completed the Little League mandatory play requirements (one at-bat and 6 consecutive outs in the field), subject to other Little League rules. Please note that Stamford National has a local rule that all players may not sit out more than 3 defensive innings in total (please see details below).
Run Rule - New for 2018 and later: The game ends after 3 innings if one team is in the lead by 15 runs or more (2 1/2 innings if the home team is in the lead). This is in addition to the 10-run after 4 innings rule.
Mound Visits - New for 2018 and later: Upon the 2nd visit by a manager or coach to the same pitcher in one inning, or the third visit by a manager or coach to the same pitcher in a game, the pitcher must be removed as the pitcher. The visit where the pitcher is removed will not count as a visit for the suibstitute pitcher.
New rules - See here for new rules on Little League Inc. website
Bat rules - click here for rules on Little League Inc. website.
Local Rules (added to international rules)
Note that for anything not covered as a local rule, the Little League Rule Book applies.
Majors Draft - Annual re-draft of all Majors division players. All players who have previously been on a Majors team, must be put into an open re-draft pool. All these players plus other eligible players are drafted onto Majors teams. No player is guaranteed a spot on a specific team from year to year, but once drafted all players are guaranteed a spot on one of the Majors teams until they age out of Little League.
Major Division Rules
All players must play -
No player may sit out defensively more than 3 innings in a game (unless the game goes extra innings). Note that it is worded this way, as opposed to a 3 inning play time minimum, in case there is no bottom of the 6th for instance.
Optional EH Rule -
Managers may bat 10 or 11 batters instead of the minimum of 9. Batters 10 and 11 are deemed extra hitters (EH).
Once the decision is made, you remain at that number of batters for the full game.
The only exception is if a player or players must leave the game (injury, religious reasons, etc.) and you are left with fewer than 10 players as a result, your lineup is reduced to match the number of players you have left, without penalty (i.e., no automatic outs). If you start with an EH and you have 10 or more players left, you continue to bat 10.
An EH may bat anywhere in the lineup.
An EH is considered to be "in the game" and therefore can move around freely with position players (e.g., EH could swap spots with the SS mid-inning and it is not considered a substitution). However, being in the lineup as the EH does not count toward the 6 out fielding minimum.
Note: The intent of this rule is to give substitutes additional at bats and managers are highly encouraged, but not required, to use this rule in the regular season.
Intentional Walks - Intentional walks are permitted - note that the pitches do not need to be thrown - the manager can declare the intentional walk prior to the beginning of the at-bat and 4 pitches are added to the pitch count.
Fewest cumulative defensive runs allowed for the season
Fewest defensive runs allowed head-to-head
Should said coin land on its side, both teams drop to last place
3-Way (or more) Tie-Breaker
Head-to-head record among the tied teams
Fewest cumulative runs allowed for the entire season
Fewest cumulative runs allowed among the tied teams during head-to-head games
Home Team During Playoffs
Majors & AAA games:
- Lower/better seed is home team
- Possible exception - for Championship game, team coming out of the winners bracket is home team
- For "if" game (if there is one), home team is determined by coin flip performed immediately after game played on Championship Day
AA games: lower/better seed is the home team
- Home team mans the concession stand, sets up/takes down field
- Visiting team operates the scoreboard/pitch counter
SNLL Game Policies
SNLL Game Cancellation Policy
The president will ultimately make the decision to cancel games based on weather updates and/or playing field conditions. He will also rely on others who are able to check on field conditions and assess whether to cancel or not. Please keep in mind that if the City Parks Department closes the fields we will NOT be playing those days even if the weather is bright and sunny after they close them. For the A division and Tball division, if neither the SNLL President or the City of Stamford have declared games cancelled but the Division Commissioner feels that the fields are unplayable/unsafe or for any other valid reason, he/she may cancel the games for that division. If this occurs, please email the Scheduling Officer and the Information Officer so the proper website updates and game rescheduling can occur.
If there are cancellations, email/text notices will be sent through the website to all players and a note may be put on the home page. If you do not receive a notice through the website and there is no note on the home page, then the game is still on. If the field needs to be worked on, an email will be sent to the manager saying such. We will make the notifications, if applicable, all as soon as the information can be collected and the decision made.
Anytime a field is in need of repair it is the responsibility of the teams playing on that field to ready it (not the Board). This means coaches and parents of both teams are needed. If the coaches cannot get there early to fix the field, the game will be canceled and made up in the next available slot. When there is standing water in the field please do not broom it off. Use the sponge roller or the wet vac to remove the puddles. At all times please refrain from using Speedy Dry whenever possible as we prefer to let the sun dry it out. If coaches cannot get to a particular field after having been given an update that the field needs work, they should notify the president so we can move forward with a cancellation.
If batting practice is taken prior to a game, when the field is in need of repair please find a parent or two to throw batting practice (BP) until the coaches of both teams have finished getting the field ready. Our first priority should be the preparation of the playing field, not taking BP.
Please note that the league does not make the decisions regarding the cancellation of practices. Each manager/coaching staff makes those decisions, hopefully factoring in field conditions. Please note that, in some situations, the City could close the fields whereby all practices on those fields would be cancelled. In the case that the City closed the fields, notifications will be sent and a note may be put on the home page.
SNLL Rain Out / Make up / Reschedule Policy
When a game has to be rescheduled, SNLL will reschedule it as soon as administratively possible. Rescheduled games factor sufficient notice to ensure umpires and teams can prepare, however SNLL will reschedule with the next available slot in the schedule holding to division regular guidelines as much as possible to minimize impacts and changes, but in the end, will err on quicker reschedule time to ensure sufficent availablity if more games become unplayable.
The board in creating the regular season and play off schedule built in days / times to cover rescheduled games. All games at all fields are played / rescheduled at the discretion of SNLL and the City of Stamford.
In any event, teams need to make every effort to play the games as scheduled which means we will:
play in the rain unless the field is not playable or there is lightning (only board / presidents can call a game prior...umpires once the game has started)
the home team is expected to arrive early enough to make the field ready to play; removing excess water, raking, putting down chalk lines, etc - especially when playing the first game after a rainy period.
ask coaches to call up players or parents to cover shortages or absences
However, if the board decides to reschedule a game, the information will be posted to SNLL site in a timely manner (automatic update for schedule changes are available – see earlier post).
Please note, SNLL maximizes full field capacity with games and scheduled practices, however, based on division guidelines and timing, SNLL may cancel practices or move existing games to allow all rescheduled games to proceed in a timely fashion.
Further the division commissioners and impacted managers will be notified of both the cancellation and the rescheduled date. And the team’s schedule page will also have changes posted in a timely manner.
Finally, multiple rain outs (e.g. a full weekend cancelled) require more time to find available slots pushing games out into the season. In the end, SNLL will hold to the policy to the extent possible and your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
SNLL Batting Cage Policy
Batting cages at Scalzi Main Field and Frank Noto Field (WB1) are only to be used under the direct supervision of an official SNLL volunteer. Under no circumstances is anyone under 18 years of age permitted in any batting cage or inside the gate to any batting cage without adult supervision.
Use of the Practice Field and 4 Batting Cages at Scalzi Park and Batting Cage at WB1
Two of the 4 Scalzi batting cages are reserved for Majors and AAA teams playing at the field that evening. The cages are available for an hour starting 90 minutes before game time for teams playing the first or only game of the evening. Both teams should complete batting practice 30 minutes before game time and take infield practice during the 30 minutes before the game starts. Teams playing the second game of the evening have 2 cages from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. If the game start is delayed, the teams waiting to play continue to have use of the 2 assigned cages, but should be ready to take the field immediately upon the conclusion of the preceding delayed game.
The batting cage at WB1 is reserved from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for any Majors or AAA teams playing a game at the field that evening. Both teams should complete batting practice 30 minutes before game time and take infield practice during the 30 minutes before the game starts.
Generally, Majors teams will have access to the cages the night before their Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday games.
Monday night – 4 Majors teams have practices that night at Scalzi (5:00-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m.). They will have the use of 2 cages during their practice slots, alternating with the other team during their 90 minute practice. The other 2 Majors teams could use the remaining Scalzi cages if they have games on Tuesday night.
Tuesday night – The 4 Majors teams playing games at Scalzi on Wednesday night will have use of the Scalzi cages on Tuesday night. Majors teams playing the first game have use of the cages from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and teams playing the second game have use of the cages from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Majors teams playing at WB1 the next night have use of the WB1 cage from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (home team) and 6:30-7:30 p.m. (away team).
Wednesday night – AAA teams without games shall have use of 2 Scalzi cages from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If teams are waiting, please limit use to 30 minute slots. The other two cages will be reserved for Majors games taking place that night.
Thursday night – 2 Majors teams have practices that night at Scalzi and will have use of 2 cages during their practice slot. Remaining cages could be used for other Major teams. Please notify other Major managers of arrival time so teams do not wait.
Friday night – SNLL travel teams playing that night have use of one Scalzi cage prior to their game (4:30-5:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.). The Majors teams have access to the three other cages at Scalzi and one cage at WB1. The first Majors game taking place on Saturday goes to WB1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (home team) and 6:30-7:30 p.m. (away team). The second and third Major games on Saturday have access to the Scalzi cages after 5:30 p.m. The second game on Saturday has priority for the early slot (5:30-6:30 p.m.), although we will have a minimum of 3 cages available at any one time.
Saturday morning – AAA teams have access to the cages from 9:00-11:00 a.m. If teams are waiting, please limit use to 30 minutes.
Generally, the home team always has the first half of the designated session, the visiting team the last.
First priority to the Scalzi Practice Field (the infield beyond the LF fence) is to Majors teams waiting to play that evening and to Majors teams practicing the night before their games. A Majors team holding a practice must wait until the Majors teams with games that evening complete their sessions before taking the practice field, which should be 30 minutes before game time.
Please be courteous, reasonable and cooperative in your use of these facilities.
NOTE: Games re-scheduled for any reason will have a domino effect on the batting cage schedule, so please make sure to check the league website for the current game schedule to avoid confusion at the cages.