11-12 Year Old Majors Rules
Goal: This level of baseball is to introduce the game of baseball as played in the MLB with several exceptions for player safety. Players are also expected to begin finding a position suitable for them at this level of play.
1.00 - The Playing Field
1.01 The base paths will be 70 feet in length and pitchers rubber will be 50 feet from the home plate.
2.00 - Equipment
2.01 Players at this level are expected to have a glove. Gloves will not be provided by the league and are required to play in the field.
2.02 A team bat will be provided by the league. This bat will be shared by the team and is not personal to anyone. You may use your own bat provided it meets the current bat regulations, which regulations are posted on MTBSA's website.
2.03 It is the responsibility of the player to bring their own helmet to every game and practice. If a player forgets their helmet, they will not be permitted to bat during the game or practice unless a replacement is found.
2.04 The baseball used in this division of play is the little league baseball. This is the only ball to be used at this level of play.
2.05 Cleats are required at this level of baseball. Metal cleats will not be permitted and only rubber cleats are allowed.
2.06 Athletic cups are highly recommended, not required at this level. Catchers are REQUIRED to wear cups at this level.
2.07 No shorts or jewelry should be worn during practices or games to ensure player safety.
3.00 - Coaches/Managers
3.01 Coaches and Managers as well as any helping parents must always set a good example of sportsmanship for players and spectators.
3.02 Coaches will meet before the beginning each game to go over ground rules and cover any questions with the umpire(s).
3.03 Injured player MUST be attended to immediately. If necessary, emergency forms must be filled out and can be found online under coach resources. Coaches should have these forms printed out at games and practices to ensure full details are enclosed. Commissioners should be contacted if an event like this occurs. First aid kits and ice packs will be provided to coaches prior to the season. Additional kits will be located in the field boxes. If items are needed, please contact the commissioner.
3.04 Coaches are responsible for communicating all practices, games, and events to their team and parents in a timely manner.
3.05 Remember to keep it simple. Every coach should be more concerned with the players learning how to play the game rather than who wins or loses.
3.06 Each Team is allowed: One manager, two assistants, and a scorekeeper on the bench during games.
3.07 There are no managers in the field of play coaching during games.
3.08 Managers and umpires have the right at any time to eject a parent, player, or spectator from the field and/or complex at any point. If any ejections take place a form must be filed with the commissioner for future notice. Recurring events could result in permanent ejection from any field or park.
4.00 - The Game
4.01 Rainouts will be cancelled and rescheduled by the commissioner and can be viewed on the website. Players MUST show up to their scheduled game/field time (unless notified before hand) and any cancellations may be done up to 15 minutes after the start time of the game.
4.02 Game length will be a 120 minute max or 6 innings, whichever comes first (weather permitting)
a) If there is a game following the immediate game on the schedule, no inning will start after 105 minutes (1:45) from the start of the game -- even if the game extends beyond 120 minutes.
b) If there is no game scheduled to follow the immediate game, no inning will start after 120 minutes (2:00) -- again even though the game itself may extend beyond the 120 minutes.
c) All games (except playoff games in the event the teams are tied after 6 innings) are still subject to a maximum of 6 innings.
4.03 Score WILL be kept at this level of play and standings will be posted on the site. The home team's manager is responsible for timely recording the score on the site.
4.04: If a game is called, it is a regulation game if: (1) four innings have been completed; or (2) if the home team has scored more runs (resulting in a win for the home team) in at least three half-innings than the visiting team has scored in four completed half-innings.
5.00 - Offense
5.01 Each player is placed in number sequence for the batting line-up. Players bat until 3 outs are recorded or 7 runs are scored. An exception is the sixth/last inning when runs are unlimited until 3 outs are recorded. If a player cannot bat his/her turn, the batting order continues without penalty. The last inning will be determined by the umpires and coaches previous to the inning's beginning based on time and darkness.
5.02 At bats are consisted of 3 strikes or 4 balls. Kid pitch will record walks if four balls occur.
5.03 All balls in fair territory are in play.
5.04 When the ball is hit into the outfield, the batter may run to any base at their own risk. All balls are in play and will be handled like MLB baseball.
5.05 If the batter throws the bat, he/she will be given one warnings. After that, he/she will be called out. This is the responsibility of the coaches/umpires.
5.06 All balls are in play until ruled out of play by the umpires. (Out of play is determined and set by the umpires and will be discussed prior to the games start). Once a ball is ruled out of play the runner gets the base they were running to plus one extra base at the point the ball was released from the fielders hand.
5.07 Bunting will be allowed at this level of play. If a players steps on the plate and makes contact during a bunt they will be called out. Bunting a foul ball on a third strike WILL be recorded as an out.
- For the safety of the infielders - In the event that a player squares to bunt, he must either make an attempt to bunt the pitch, draw the bunt back or take the pitch. If the batter swings away after squaring to bunt, the batter will be called out and all runners will be returned to the base they had prior to the pitch being thrown.
5.08 Stealing will be permitted at this age group. Teams may steal unlimited times during each inning. This includes steals and attempted steals. You may steal home at this level. No headfirst slides will be permitted into homeplate or any base unles the runner is attempting to return to the base he occupies. If a runner slides into homeplate or any base he will be ruled out.
- Players must slide, give themselves up or avoid contact when going into any base. In the event of any type of collision caused by the runner attempting to get to the base, the runner is automatically out and all other runners will return to the base they occupied last. It is up to the umpire to rule whether the runner effectively avoided the contact and therefore is safe at the base they were running to. Catchers may not block the plate at any point unless the catcher has the ball and is attempting to make the out.
- Remember SAFETY is a priority.
5.09 A 2 out courtesy runner may be used for a catcher. If he is on the bases w/2 outs, you can pinch run for him with the player who was the last batted out so he can get ready to play the next inning. If a courtesy runner is used, make sure the catcher is getting ready.
5.10 Leadoffs are permitted at this level. Pick offs are permitted and runners may steal or take larger leads at their own risk. This follows MLB rules.
5.11 Infield fly rule is in effect.
5.12 A batter may attempt to reach base on a dropped third strike.
5.12 Protests can be submitted and the umpires are required to sign the scorebooks of each team at the time of the protest.
5.13 The following is NOT ALLOWED: pinch hitting; and a batter advancing past first base on a walk.
- - Defense
6.01 No coaches may be used to assist the defense.
6.02 The defensive team will field up to 9 players. This includes a pitcher, catcher, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, SS, LF, CF, RF. A team must have 7 players minimum in the field.
6.03 A player may not sit twice before everyone has sat once.
6.04 A team must have at minimum, a pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, short stop, and third base and one outfielder. The minimum to play the field is 7.
6.05 The defensive team may get a batter out by catching a fly ball OR tagging 1st base before the batter gets there.
6.06 Runners on base may be forced out or tagged out per regulation baseball rules.
6.07 Outs are now permitted at home plate. To ensure safety of the players, catchers may not block the home plate for any play at the plate.
6.08 The catcher must position himself in the catcher position at all points to ensure safety. Catchers who do not stay in the correct catching position may be asked to switch positions by the umpire.
7.00 - Pitching
7.01 Pitching will consist of ONLY kid pitch.
7.02 Pitchers must pitch from the rubber.
7.03 A player can pitch 3 innings max. One pitch in an inning qualifies as one inning. Coaches will determine if a pitcher is throwing an excessive number of pitches. Pitch Counts will be kept and pitches may not exceed 70 pitches. If 70 pitches are recorded in the middle of an at bat, the pitcher may finish the at bat. Pitchers may only pitch 7 innings in a rolling week.
- A rolling week is a week that is always 7 days and consists of Monday to Sunday inclusive, Tuesday to Monday inclusive, etc. If you are trying to decide how many innings a pitcher has in the rolling week, look back 7 days and count the innings pitched in that 7 day span.
7.04 If a pitcher hits 3 batters during a game the pitcher must be pulled. You may replace him with another pitcher or have the batting teams coach complete the inning. This could be a coachs decision based on how much control the pitcher is showing
- It will be up to the coaches to determine whether they feel the batter had made an attempt to get out of the way, or was crowding the plate as to why he was hit. If you (the coaches) determine that the batter did not make an attempt to get out of the way, it will not count as a hit batsman
- Once a pitcher is pulled from the mound, wether at the conclusiong of an inning or durring the inning, he cannot return to the mound in that game.
7.06 Balks will be called at this level of play. Pitchers will receive one warning per game and any time after that, runners will advance one base in the event of a balk.
7.07 Intentional walks are not permitted.
8.00 - Play-Offs
8.01 All teams will make the play-offs (We will also have an All-star game)
8.02 Each team's final team records will determine the tournament bracket seeding with the following tie-breaking rules in place for two or more teams with the same record
- Final Season record
- Head-to-head record against the team you are tied with
- Total number of runs given up
- Coin toss
Any issues regarding rule clarity will be settled by managers of the game and later reviewed by the commissioner and VP of Baseball. No rule should hold up progress of a game, compromise.
Any rule not specified in the above sections, may result to Official MLB regulations.
Revised as of 4/19/2018.