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AA Baseball Ground Rules

1. Game duration is 1:30 (1 Hour 30 Minutes). 

A)  There will be a hard stop (finish the batter) at 1 hour 30 minutes unless the game is within reach (tie or win).

B)  AA games CAN end in a tie.                                                                           

C)  Game time begins once the meeting between opposing managers and umpires is completed.  At this time the umpires are now in charge of the playing field.      

2. Games played to a time limit are official.                                                                                                    

3. Run limit of 5 (five) runs per inning.                                                                                                           

A)  10 run rule is in effect after 4 innings (3 ½ if the home team is ahead).

4. Teams will bat with a full (continuous) batting order.

5. There is NO on deck circle.  No swinging of bats outside the dugouts or in the bullpens. 

6. GHLL will NOT apply the “one foot in the batter’s box throughout the at-bat” rule in the AA Division.

7. Dropped third strike and infield fly are NOT in effect.  Slashing is NOT allowed; batters are not allowed to show bunt and pull back and swing.

8. ALL non wood bats MUST have the USA Baseball mark, whether it is 2 1/4 or 2 5/8.

9. Mandatory play is 6 defensive outs on the field and 1 at bat.  No player shall sit 2 consecutive innings on defense (GHLL ground rule for AA).

10. Base stealing is allowed when the ball gets away from the catcher.  This includes scoring from 3rd base.  The base runner(s) must maintain contact with the base until the pitched ball has reached the batter.

11. Runners may advance two (2) bases on a passed ball or overthrow. (Example: Runner on 1st and ground ball hit and overthrown to 2nd base, runner can advance to home. Example: No runners on base, batter hits ground ball and overthrown to 1st base, runner can advance to 3rd base.)

12. There is no “Must Slide Rule” in Little League.  However, any runner is out when he/she does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.  Runners cannot slide headfirst while advancing but are allowed to slide headfirst when retreating to a base. 

13. Pitchers’ limits:                                                                                                                                      
League age 9 – 75 pitches max                                                                                                  
League ages 6, 7, 8  – 50 pitches max                                                                                          

A)  If a pitcher reaches the limit for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until that batter reaches base, is put out, or the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game.                                                                                       
B)  A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.                              

14. Any player who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game   is NOT eligible to pitch on that calendar day.  The catcher receiving one pitch to a batter in the fourth inning constitutes having caught four (4) innings.  Warm-up pitches do not count, only when the ball is live will the pitches count towards innings caught.  A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day unless they are covered by the threshold.

15.   Pitchers rest requirements:                                                                                                           
1 – 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar days of rest is required.                                                     
21 – 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest is required.                                         
36 – 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest is required.                                     
51 – 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest is required.                                     
66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest is required.                                     
A)  A pitcher’s pitch count for the purposes of day(s) rest threshold is determined by the first pitch thrown to a batter.  The pitcher may not start a new batter once the limit imposed in Regulation VI(c) has been met.                                                                                         
B)  Pitchers rest does not begin until MIDNIGHT of the day the pitcher throws.            

●        Example: A player throws 43 pitches on Saturday morning.  That player must observe two (2) calendar days of rest, so he/she is not available to pitch again until Tuesday.

16. A manager or coach may come out twice in one inning to visit with the pitcher, but the third time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher. A manager or coach may come out three times in one game to visit with the pitcher, but the fourth time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher.                                           

17. Pool players must start and play nine (9) consecutive outs on defense.  Pool players may NOT pitch or catch and must bat at the end of the line-up.

18. Teams are allowed three (3) coaches before and during games. TEAM MOM/PARENT IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE DUGOUT.

19. Managers and coaches are allowed to warm up pitchers on the field or in the bullpens.

Each team is responsible for cleaning their dugout and bleachers at the end of their game.


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