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2019 Minor League (9-11 YO)

Major & Minor League Rules

Ages 9-12




  1. League age is determined by the 2019 Little League age determination matrix.

    1. Major League will consist of Little League Age 9-12 Year Olds 

    2. Minor League will consist of Little League Age   9-11 Year Olds

  2. League age 12 year olds must be drafted into the Major League

  3. Skills assessment will be held at the Delta HS Aux gym on
    1. 9 & 10 Year Olds (8 YO petitioners must attend)
    2. for 11 & 12 Year Olds 


  1. Rosters are limited to a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 12 players. 

  2. All players’ information must be printed or typed on rosters provided by the league. 

  3. No team roster is valid until the registration fees are paid to the league.

No changes in the official roster will be made unless approved by the Board, in exceptional cases. Or if a team has insufficient number of players to field a team. 



  1. Six (6) innings constitute a regulation game. 

  2. All bats must have a USA Baseball sticker to be eligible for use.  Barrels may be 2-1/4" or 2-5/8".

  3. A game called for rain or darkness only shall be declared a regulation game after 4 innings, 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead. 

  4. Game time limits:

    1. The beginning of the next inning starts once the third out is made

      1. Major league –no new inning shall start after 10pm (during school or summer)

      2. Minor League – no new inning shall start after 1 hour and 45 minutes

  5. Runs per inning

    1. Major League – there are no maximum number of runs per inning

    2. Minor League – 6 run maximum per inning, the sixth inning is unlimited

  6. In the event of a tie game after the maximum time limit, the game ends as a tie (unless it is a tournament game). 

  7. All players must wear shirts and hats provided by the league.

  8. One coach selected at the start of the game is the only one allowed to speak with the umpire on a disputed play, rule clarification or substitution. 

  9. The home team is responsible for preparing the playing field prior to the scheduled game.

  10. Home team shall supply (1) volunteer to announce the game’s batting rosters and operate scoreboard

  11. The visiting team shall supply (1) volunteer to act as official book keeper (official book will be located in press-box).  

  12. If last game of the day, the visiting team is responsible for raking the field after the game.


UMPIRES:  If only one umpire shows up for a game, coaches will jointly appoint someone (e.g., a parent) as the field umpire.  If coaches cannot agree on the appointee, then only one umpire will be used. Coaches must not make “shadow” calls or other gestures, which might influence an umpire’s call.  For example, coaches must not signal outs or make safe signs before a call is made. An umpire’s judgment call shall not be questioned after it has been made. Coaches may request clarification on the proper application of rules to a specific situation. At their sole discretion, umpires may request help from another umpire, but they are not required to do so.

FIELDING A TEAM/FORFEIT: A team forfeits a game if it does not have eight (8) players and an official coach ready to play within 15 minutes after the umpire’s official start time. A team also forfeits if it does not have at least eight (8) players playing throughout the game.

LINEUP:  Coaches will exchange lineups before the game. Lineups consist of both batting order as well as defensive positions for each inning. Players must be identified on the lineup card by full name and number. Coaches shall identify on their line-up cards players who are not eligible to pitch under the pitching rules below. Line-up cards shall be in a form so that the players are listed in the first column in the order they are batting and their positions by inning are listed in the same row as their name. Substitutions are allowed provided that they are clearly communicated before the substitution to the opposing coach. Minimum playing time and other rules requirements must still be observed.

COACHES:  When a team is at bat, two adult base coaches are allowed on the field. A team may only have three (3) coaches on the field or in the dugout at any given time.  In the event of a coach’s ejection from the game, a player not in the lineup may act as a base coach and must wear a batting helmet.

INNING LENGTH:  An inning is 3 outs, or six runs, whichever happens first. There is not a run limit in the last inning of the game.

BATTING ORDER:  All players present shall bat based on their position in the team’s batting order that is presented to the coach of the opposing team at the beginning of the game. Players arriving at the game after the game has begun shall be moved to the bottom of the batting order and shall remain at that position in the batting order for the entire game. If a player leaves the game, that player will be skipped in the batting order and no out is recorded.  In Minor League, all players are to have battled before the first player bats for the second time.

MINIMUM PLAYING TIME: In each game, all players must have played a total of two full innings with at least 1 at-bat.

BATTING & WALKS: Bunting is allowed. Walks are allowed. Strikes are called. A pitcher may walk a runner home. Intentional walks require the pitcher throwing four pitches (and will be assessed against pitch counts).  No on-deck batters allowed.



A pitcher who reaches the below limit while facing a batter may continue to pitch until that batter either reaches base or is put out. These extra pitches are NOT included for purposes of calculating required rest, provided that the coach notifies the opposing team that he intends to remove that pitcher after the current at bat is concluded.

  • Rest. The number of pitches delivered in a game will also determine the amount of rest the player must have before pitching again:

Player Age

Maximum Pitches per Day

11 - 12


9 - 10


Number of Pitches

Rest Required

66+ Pitches

4 calendar days

51- 65 Pitches

3 calendar days

36 - 50 Pitches

2 calendar days

21 - 35 Pitches

1 calendar day

1 - 20 Pitches

No rest required


**Required rest is calculated in calendar days and not hours or any other measure of time. For example, a pitcher who throws 40 pitches in a game Wednesday morning cannot pitch until Saturday.

NOTE: Protests regarding violation of these rules shall be made upon discovery to the opposing coach and to the umpire. Commissioner of the league shall be notified immediately following the game.  

  • Reporting:  After each game, coaches must confer and agree on the number of pitches thrown for each pitcher who pitched during the game.  The game’s winning coach is to text or call the League Information Officer, Chris Phillips at 765-748-5699 with the game’s score as well as the names of the game’s pitchers and the amount of pitches thrown for each so that we can update the League website.

  • Substitution:  Players once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers. A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. A pitcher that is replaced in the middle of a count inherits the count for purposes of the game. The replacement pitcher does not inherit the pitches for purposes of the Game Pitch Count Limits and Rest rules. 

  • Hit Batters: If a minor league pitcher hits two batters in the same inning or three batters total over multiple innings, he/she must be replaced. That pitcher may not return to the game as a pitcher.  Does not apply to tournament play

  • Mound Visits:  A coach may visit a pitcher on the mound once per inning. That pitcher must be replaced after a second visit to the mound in the same inning. Once the pitcher is replaced, the coach may visit the new pitcher on the mound in that inning once before having to replace the new pitcher. A pitcher must be replaced after a third (total) visit to that pitcher on the mound over the course of the game.

  • Catching After Pitching: A pitcher who delivers more than 40 pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.  NOTE: As a point of clarification, a pitcher can have played the position of catcher prior to pitching more than 40 pitches in a game. 

  • Pitching After Catching: Any player who has played catcher in four (4) or more innings (whether playing in all of an inning or in any portion of an inning) in a game is not eligible to pitch on that day.
    NOTE: As an example, this rule would prohibit a player from playing catcher in the 1st and 2nd innings; pitching in the 3rd inning and then catching in the 4th and 5th innings.

    CATCHING:  The catcher must wear a catcher’s glove and may not wear a fielder’s glove.

    DROPPED 3RD STRIKE:  An uncaught third strike requires a force-out of the batter/runner at first base or that the runner be tagged out.  This rule will only apply to the Major League.  

    LEADOFFS/STEALING/BASERUNNING:  Base runners are not allowed to take leads. Once a pitcher is in contact with the pitcher’s rubber, in possession of the ball and the catcher is in the catcher’s box, base runners shall not leave their bases until the ball has been delivered and has passed home plate. Base runners may advance only after the ball passes home plate. If the pitcher does not control the ball on a throw back from the catcher, runners may steal and continue to take bases until the pitcher has the ball and is in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the catcher is in the catcher’s box. Stealing home is permitted provided that the other rules are followed. Coaches may not physically assist base runners (e.g., pushing the runner off a base or grabbing a runner to stop the runner from taking another base). If a coach physically assists a base runner, the base runner will be called out.  No sliding head first to advance to a base, but is allowed going back to a base.

    PINCH RUNNER:  In the event a runner is injured and cannot continue on base, the pinch runner shall be the last batter out (i.e., not the last runner out). A courtesy runner will also be allowed for any player on base with two outs who will be catching the next inning. This is intended solely to expedite the pace of the game. 

    OUTFIELD: Major League teams will field a maximum of 3 outfielders.  The Minor League may be allowed to field 4 outfielders if the number of players registered in the league requires it.  This decision will be made by the league Commissioner after the league draft and will be communicated to all league coaches prior to the first practice.

    OVERTHROWS:  Base runners may only advance one base on an overthrow that goes out of play. The out-of-bounds line is typically defined as the fence in front of the dugout extended into the outfield unless the out-of-bounds is otherwise clearly marked.  If, and as long as, the ball remains in bounds, there is no limit to the number of bases that the runner may advance.  This rule is applicable regardless of the base being thrown to.

    BLOCKING BASES: See Little League National “Obstruction” Rule 7.06 and Rule 2.00 (definition of “Obstruction”).  This can be found in the Little League rule book.

President Delta Little League,
Jan 12, 2018, 9:23 AM