Local Rules

Local Rules

WEST VAN LITTLE LEAGUE

LOCAL RULES COMMON TO ALL DIVISIONS, CURRENT AS OF 2016 SEASON

Generally, official Little League rules govern games played within West Van Little League. These Local Rules highlight certain official Little League rules to coaches, managers, players and parents, clarify areas on which the official rules are silent, and make local interpretation. In the event of conflict between WVLL Local Rules and the official Little League rules, official rules prevail. Coaches are expected to be conversant with all rules.

  1. Safety rules
    1. All players not batting, running, fielding or coaching at first or third base must remain in the dugout unless excused by the umpire. On fields at which there are no dugouts (Eagle Harbour East), players must remain behind the backstops. No practice swings may be taken in or behind the dugout.
    2. All coaches and managers must remain in the dugouts when not acting as base coaches except as provided in these local rules.
    3. One adult must be in the dugout at all times.
    4. All male players must wear a cup and all female players a jill strap.
    5. All batters, runners and player base coaches must wear batting helmets. The home plate umpire has the authority to refuse to permit anyone not complying with this rule to bat or run the bases.
  2. Common rules, all Divisions
    1. Home team for each game is designated on the game schedule. Home team is responsible for preparing the field for play, by setting out bases, raking the infield and pitcher’s mound, lining the field, setting out umpire gear, etc. The Visiting team is responsible for raking the infield and pitcher’s mound after the game and returning all gear and tools to the equipment box. Teams playing a visiting Bowen or District 5 team, and Bowen teams playing at home, are responsible for preparation and cleanup.
    2. Each team shall email the Division Coordinator and the Head Coaches and Managers of all teams in the Division the names of each player who pitched, their League Age, and how many pitches each delivered, on the same day the game is played.
    3. Players shall keep their jerseys tucked and shall wear their hats straight at all times.
    4. A team shall have at least 8 players in the batting order by the time the 8th spot comes up, or must forfeit the game. The umpire shall NOT call an automatic out for the ninth batting spot in the order. Late arrivals are inserted at the bottom of the batting order.
    5. If a batter throws a bat, the home plate umpire shall warn both the batter and the coach immediately the play is over; a subsequent thrown bat by the same player shall result in the batter being immediately called out, the ball being called dead and all runners returning to their original bases.
    6. Home runs, ground rule doubles & batted balls remaining in play:
      1. If the boundary is demarcated by an OUTFIELD FENCE
        1. A batted ball that clears the fence without first touching the ground in the field of play, whether or not it has been touched by a defensive player (for example, by bouncing off a glove or the player's body), shall be ruled a home run.
        2. A batted ball that touches the ground at least once in fair territory AND then clears the outfield fence shall be ruled a ground rule double.
      2. If the boundary is demarcated by a SERIES OF CONES IN THE OUTFIELD:
        1. A batted ball that lands beyond the boundary without first touching the ground in the field of play, whether or not it has been touched by a defensive player, shall be ruled a home run.
        2. A batted ball that touches the ground at least once in fair territory AND has not been touched by a defensive player, AND then continues past the boundary of the field of play shall be ruled a ground rule double.
        3. A batted ball that touches the ground at least once in fair territory and HAS been touched by a defensive player BEFORE reaching the boundary of the field of play and then continues past the boundary shall remain in play unless, in the umpire’s sole discretion, the ball is unplayable (for example by entering a wooded area), in which case the umpire will award a ground rule double.
    7. Time Limits
      1. Division Coordinators set per-inning run limits, and communicate them to the teams in that Division.
      2. After consultation with the coaches, the home plate umpire shall make the sole determination whether to call the game due to darkness or weather.
      3. Games are scheduled for six innings. Tie games may continue playing if coaches agree and field availability and light allow. Otherwise, games are called and 1 point shall be awarded to each team.
      4. Four completed innings (3½ if the Home team is winning) are required to constitute a complete game.
  3. Cancellation
    1. Coaches are encouraged to use common sense in cancelling a game on account of weather with enough notice to prevent needless travel. 
    2. In the event of cancellation the Home coach shall immediately notify the Umpire, Field and Division Coordinators.
    3. Coaches shall diligently attempt to reschedule cancelled games; in the event rescheduling is not possible, each team shall receive 1 point for the lost game.
    4. The home plate umpire shall make the sole determination on suspending or cancelling a game that has commenced. In the event of lightning, the home plate umpire must immediately call the game and umpires, players and coaches shall immediately move away from backstops, metal dugouts, etc.