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North Carolina District 3
Spring 2021 Local Rules – Baseball
Intermediate 50/70 | Junior League | Senior League
 
**Unless specified below, the 2021 Little League Rule Book applies.
 
1) Nine (9) players minimum to start a game.
 
2) During regular season play, teams may choose to bat a continuous batting order with all players present or may choose to bat 9 players with substitutes.  Teams may choose this option at the beginning of each game, but neither team may change their choice once a game has begun.  If one team chooses to utilize a continuous batting order, the other team may still bat a normal 9 player lineup.
 
3) Every rostered player present must play six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least once.
 
4) No new inning can start after 2-hours and 15-minutes.
 
5) A regulation game is 7-innings.  Teams are permitted to play 5-inning double-headers.
 
6) Mercy rule:  15+ runs after 4-innings; 10+ runs after 5-innings
 
7) A courtesy runner for the catcher or pitcher of record is allowed when there are two (2) outs.  The courtesy runner should not be in the batting lineup unless a team has only 9 players in attendance.  In that case, the courtesy runner must be the player who made the last out.
 
8) Baseball Bat Rule 1.10 – Reference: https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-rules/
•      Intermediate (50/70):  USA Baseball, BBCOR, or solid one-piece wood bats permitted
•      Junior League:  USA Baseball, BBCOR, or solid one-piece wood bats permitted
•      Senior League:  BBCOR or solid one-piece wood bats permitted
 
9) Pitcher days of rest requirements:
 

League Ages
14 and under

Days Rest

 

League Ages
15-16

Days Rest

     

1-20 pitches

0 days

 

1-30 pitches

0 days

     

21-35 pitches

1 day

 

31-45 pitches

1 day

     

36-50 pitches

2 days

 

46-60 pitches

2 days

     

51-65 pitches

3 days

 

61-75 pitches

3 days

     

66+ pitches

4 days

 

76+ pitches

4 days

     
 
10) Maximum number of pitches allowed per day:
 
League Age.....Maximum
11-12...........85 pitches per day
13-16...........95 pitches per day
 
11) If a pitcher reaches a limit noted above while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until one of the following threshold exceptions occurs:
•      That batter reaches base;
•      That batter is put out;
•      The third out is made to complete the half-inning.
 
12) If a player delivers 41 or more pitches, and is not covered under the threshold exception, the player may not play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day.
 
13) A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to another position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.
 
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.
 
15) Balk Warnings:
•      Intermediate (50/70):  1 balk warning per pitcher.
•      Junior League:  1 balk warning per pitcher.
•      Senior League:  NO balk warnings.
 
Other Local Rules
*Home team is responsible for scheduling umpires & notifying visiting team & umpires of any cancellation.
*Home is repsonsible for reporting the final score of each game to Scores@lknll.com.
*Each team is to supply a minimum of 2 (Senior League approved) balls per game.
*Special pinch runner is only for a team batting 9.
*For organizations that have multiple team, players can be shared among the teams; however, a player can only pitch for the team that he is on the permanent roster.  For example, a player that is listed on the roster for Team A can play for Team B as a fill-in player, but he cannot pitch for Team B.