LOCAL RULES 2018 Edition Approved: February 11, 2018

 
LOCAL RULES 2018 Edition Approved: February 11, 2018
LOCAL RULES

          2018 Edition
   Approved: February 11, 2018
LOCAL RULES 2018 Edition Approved: February 11, 2018
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Table of Contents
1   General League Policy .......................................................................................................................... 3
2   Divisions of Play.................................................................................................................................... 6
3   Selection of Managers & Coaches........................................................................................................ 7
4   Player Assessments .............................................................................................................................. 9
5   Rostering of Players............................................................................................................................ 11
6   Game Preliminaries ............................................................................................................................ 14
7   All-Stars .............................................................................................................................................. 20
8   Appendix ............................................................................................................................................ 25

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1     General League Policy
      The purpose of these Local Rules is to establish regulations by which all participants can have a
      structured, enjoyable experience within Lake Norman Little League (“The League”). These rules are
      not meant to replace any rules in the Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies of Little
      League, including updates to Regulations and Playing Rules adopted at the 2018 Little League
      International Congress (see Appendix 8.12). These Local Rules, voted upon and adopted by the
      Board of Directors, shall be considered the general league policy of The League, per constitution
      section 10.03.

1.1    Seasons
       The League offers recreational play during two seasons each year (spring and fall) in addition to
       fielding All-Star teams to compete in the summer Little League tournaments. Spring registration
       opens January 1st of each year, practices begin in early March, and the season concludes by the
       first weekend in June. All-Star play runs through the month of June with opportunities to advance
       to the state tournament and beyond in July and August. Fall registration opens July 1st of each
       year, practices begin in late August, and the season concludes by the first weekend in November.
       Each season consists of a game schedule approved by the Board of Directors.

1.2    Registration Fees
       The League requires a registration fee for each player participating in a recreational program. The
       fee may differ by program depending upon specific costs associated with those programs. The
       fee is collected each season during the registration process. The registration fee will be set at the
       time of the annual budget by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

1.3    Sponsorships
       The League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by the dedicated efforts of our league
       volunteers and the generosity of our corporate sponsors. Sponsors recognize that The League is a
       mainstay for our community’s youth, teaching the merits and benefits of teamwork, competition,
       and the love of the game. As such, corporate sponsors join The League each year to make a
       positive impact on the youth of our community. The League offers various sponsorship
       opportunities for any level of donation. The sponsorship levels and associated fees are proposed
       by the Sponsorship Manager, established at the time of the annual budget by the Finance
       Committee, and approved by the Board of Directors.

1.4    Financial Hardship Scholarships
       Thanks to generous league sponsors, The League offers partial and full scholarships utilizing the
       local school system free lunch program (or other similar proof of need) as a guide. Under no
       circumstances will a player be denied the opportunity to participate due to financial hardship.

1.5    Team Equipment
       The Equipment Manager issues each manager a team equipment bag containing catchers gear,
       batting helmets, practice balls, game balls, score book, and a Little League rule book. Machine-
       pitch teams are issued a mechanical pitching machine. Tee Ball teams are issued a batting tee.
       Managers are responsible for the general upkeep and safekeeping of this equipment throughout
       the season. Equipment must be cleaned and returned per instructions provided by the
       Equipment Manager at the conclusion of each season. The League reserves the right to charge an
       equipment bag deposit fee to be refunded upon return of cleaned equipment in good working
       order with normal expected wear and tear.

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1.6   Team Names
      Tee Ball teams will be named after college teams. Baseball teams will be named after
      professional Minor League or Major League Baseball teams. Softball teams will be named after
      professional fastpitch softball teams. If a division has only one team (i.e., teenage divisions of
      play), the team will be named “Lake Norman”.

1.7   Uniforms
      Recreational team uniforms are included with each player’s registration fee and will consist of the
      following.

             Jersey: includes last name, number, sponsor name or logo, and Little League patch
             Hat: professional team replica or “LKN” branded hat, visor, or headband
             Socks
             Belt: provided for all divisions except Tee Ball

      Baseball / softball pants are to be provided by parents. The league standard is for teams to wear
      white game pants, however, each team has the option to select a color choice that coordinates
      with the team uniform.

1.8   Pictures
      Team pictures will be scheduled with a professional photography company each season and will
      consist of all players, the manager, and all coaches. Team pictures are incorporated into sponsor
      plaques presented to each team’s corporate sponsor to thank them for support of The League’s
      activities. Additionally, parents will have the option of purchasing a variety of picture products
      provided by the photography company. Pictures are a league fundraising activity and it is
      expected that managers, coaches, and players fully support and attend their scheduled picture
      shoot.

1.9   Awards
      In the spirit of creating lasting memories of the Little League experience, The League presents
      awards at the conclusion of each season.

                   Recipient                                    Award
                   Tee Ball participants                        Little League medals
                   Regular season divisional champions          LKNLL medals
                   Tournament champions and runner-ups          LKNLL trophies
                   Over-the-fence homers                        Ball holder trophies
                   All-Star state champions                     Plaques and rings

1.10 Volunteer Application & Background Checks
      All potential managers, coaches, and volunteers who have repetitive contact with players are
      required to complete a volunteer application annually which grants permission for a criminal
      background check. Information gathered for background checks and results are considered
      confidential, protected from public disclosure, and not used for any purpose beyond determining
      volunteer eligibility. The volunteer application process opens January 1st each year. Volunteers
      must be approved prior to representing The League in any capacity. Any flagged background
      check will be investigated by the Safety Officer and President to determine if the applicant meets
      Little League requirements to participate as a league volunteer. Approved volunteers whose
      background check is subsequently flagged during the calendar year will be suspended to allow

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     time for The League to investigate and make a final determination on continued volunteer
     privileges.

1.11 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
     Per Little League Regulation XIV (a), the actions, on or off the field, of players, managers, coaches,
     umpires, and league officials must be above reproach. Any player, manager, coach, umpire, or
     league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of
     unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game site or any other Little League activity including through
     online or social media, is subject to the Three Strikes Policy. Additionally, any parent or guardian
     who willfully violates the Parents Code of Conduct shall also be subject to the Three Strikes
     Policy.

1.12 Three Strikes Policy
     The Three Strikes Policy shall be administered by a Protest Committee established by the League’s
     Board of Directors. Suspensions resulting from this policy cannot be appealed. Any failure of an
     individual to serve a suspension ordered by the League will be deemed a new offense.

     (1) First Offense
         Automatic 1 or 2 game suspension based on severity to be determined through a review by
         the Protest Committee. The individual will be brought in front of the Protest Committee to
         review the incident. The incident will be added to the individuals’ record. If a coach gets
         ejected from a game, the acting team manager WILL ALSO be suspended. Suspensions will
         be determined by the Protest Committee but will not be for the same games.

     (2) Second Offense
         Automatic 1 or 2 game suspension based on severity to be determined by a review by the
         Protest Committee and/or possible suspension for remainder of the calendar year. Individual
         must submit a letter of apology and appear before the Board of Directors for reinstatement as
         a league approved volunteer.

     (3) Third Offense
         Lifelong ban in The League. The District Administrator and Little League’s Regional Office will
         be notified of this action.

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2     Divisions of Play
      The League offers recreational baseball and softball programs for players league ages 4-16. All
      players are required to register for the division as determined by their league age. League age
      ranges are typical for these programs to keep participants playing age appropriate ball. Age ranges
      often overlap, allowing players who need a little more time to develop to play down in a division, or
      play up in a division if they are ready to advance and if approved by the League Board.

                    Baseball Divisions     Baseball         Softball Divisions     Softball
                                           League              (girls only)        League
                                            Ages                                    Ages
                  Tee Ball                   4-6         Tee Ball                    4-6
                  Minor League:                          Minor League:
                   A “Cactus”                6-7         “Rookies”                 6-8
                   AA “Grapefruit”           7-8
                   AAA                       8-9          “Minors”                 8-10
                   AAAA                      9-11
                  Little League              10-12       Little League              10-12
                  “Majors”                               “Majors”
                  Intermediate 50/70         11-13
                  Junior League              12-14       Junior League              12-14
                  Senior League              13-16       Senior League              13-16

2.1    Petition to Play Up or Play Down
       Parents may petition for their child to play up or down a division of play based on the following
       general guidelines. All petitions are heard by the Player Agent for review and approval. The
       general policy is to not allow a player to skip a division.

       Petition to Play Up: Parents may petition for their child to play up an age level division if the
       player has previously completed a season in the registered division. At league age 5, parents may
       petition for their child to play up in the Minor League if the player previously completed a season
       in Tee Ball. At league age 7 and up, parents may petition for their child to play up a division if the
       player has previously completed a season at the lower division.

       Petition to Play Down: Parents may petition for their child to play down an age level division if
       the player has not previously participated in an organized baseball/softball program or the
       parents are concerned about the child’s safety at the age-appropriate division. League age 12-
       year-olds, not eligible to pitch in the Minor League divisions, are required to be drafted in the
       Majors division or higher unless special circumstances warrant a Little League District evaluation
       and waiver. League age 11-year-olds are also not eligible to pitch in the Minor League divisions
       with the exception of AAAA Baseball.

       Process: For players petitioning to play up, the player’s skills assessment score will be compared
       to the player pool for the higher division and must be in the top 25% of those scores for the
       petition to be considered. If the petitioning player is in the top quartile, the player can be added
       to the higher division’s draft pool. Players petitioning to play up and not drafted in the higher
       division will return to the lower division’s draft pool. For player petitioning to play down, the
       player’s skills assessment score and the parent’s concern regarding safety will both be considered
       to make a final determination.

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3     Selection of Managers & Coaches
      Volunteers do not have tenure regardless of their years of service. In order to serve, a manager or
      coach must be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors annually. Prior
      service does not guarantee re-appointment.

3.1    Appointment
       Appointment of managers and coaches shall be based on an evaluation by the Coaches
       Committee and the President with the following as guidelines.

            Demonstrated commitment to The League and to the mission of Little League.
            Attendance at regular and special coaches meetings.
            Support of and participation in The League’s activities, including but not limited to:
                  Past conduct with their team both on and off the field
                  Cooperation with The League’s Board representatives
                  Assistance with fundraising (i.e., team pictures; league nights)
                  Maintenance and upkeep of facilities and league property
                  Active participation on Board committees
                  Cooperation and conduct with umpires
                  Timely and complete pick-up and return of league equipment

3.2    Goals and Expectations
       The League supports managers and coaches throughout the year with clinics and mentoring from
       Division Commissioners and experienced coaches. These clinics and mentoring opportunities are
       intended to reinforce the goals and expectations of managers and coaches as established by the
       Board.

       (1) Communicate Clearly with Parents
             Expectations of coaches, players, and parents
             Practice and games schedules
             Proper equipment needed (i.e., glove; cup; softball face mask; bat; etc.)

       (2) Reinforce Fundamentals
             Throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running
             Position play – infield, outfield, backing up and cutoffs
             Proper pitching mechanics
             Competitive play and SPORTSMANSHIP

        (3) Pursuit of Two Goals
            In alignment with the key principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance, managers and coaches
            are expected to pursue two goals: (1) Teaching Life Lessons through baseball and softball,
            and (2) Winning. The following points provide a framework for building a positive, character-
            developing culture on each team and throughout The League.

              EFFORT
               Emphasize the importance of effort. Explain why effort matters so much, not just in
               sports, but in other aspects of life. Reward players for their effort. Encourage players to
               sustain or increase their effort throughout the season.

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    LEARNING
     Motivate players to acquire new baseball/softball skills, as well as communication and
     teamwork skills that will serve them elsewhere in their lives. Teach players how to
     speak and behave as people of principle and character.

    MISTAKES ARE OK
     Be patient with mistakes, keeping verbal and non-verbal reactions to mistakes in check.
     Implement a mistake ritual, such as the physical gesture of “brushing it off” when
     mistakes are made.

    FILLING THE EMOTIONAL TANK
     Deliver five (or more) specific, truthful pieces of praise for each specific, constructive
     criticism or correction. Provide a positive, upbeat, optimistic, fun environment. Give a
     lot of high-fives and fist-bumps, and encourage players to do that for each other.

    HONOR THE GAME
     Show respect for ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self). Explain the
     importance of each element to players, well enough and often enough that they
     exhibited that behavior on and off the field. Treat umpires respectfully. Model and
     explain self-control techniques to players.

    GO ABOVE AND BEYOND
     Get to know your players as people. Help your players deal with obstacles in their lives,
     such as family strife or academic challenges. Really sit and listen with full eye contact
     and provide the best advice you can. Honestly do your best to make as substantial a
     difference as possible in these young lives.

There are no absolutes in how we assess our success in teaching life lessons. But we should be
able to accomplish a majority of these goals. If you cannot, consider spending some time taking
the Little League Double-Goal Coach Online Course and having conversations with other
coaches, counselors, and community leaders whom you respect.

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4     Player Assessments
      The purpose of player assessments is to provide managers skill-based information on the player
      pool to support an objective draft with the goal of achieving divisional parity.

4.1    Players Evaluated
       All players participating in the Minor League divisions and above are required to be evaluated
       unless otherwise notified by The League. Tee Ball players are not required to participate in player
       assessments.

4.2    Location & Timing
       Player assessments will be held at a local park 2-3 weeks prior to the start of each season. The
       League will publish “Skills Day” date(s) on The League’s website and notify parents by email with
       the schedule.

4.3    Assessment Team
       The Player Agent is responsible for the proper evaluation of all players. The Player Agent will
       schedule volunteers to support the assessments. At a minimum, the following individuals are
       required for a successful Skills Day:

              Division Commissioners
              Board Directors
              Managers & Coaches
              Registration Volunteers
              Players

4.4    Volunteer Responsibilities
       Prior to the beginning of each assessment time slot, the Player Agent will meet with volunteers to
       explain the evaluation process and assign responsibilities. An evaluation rating sheet will be
       provided to each evaluator. Registration volunteers will check players in and distribute
       assessment numbers from the evaluation sheet to be placed on the front of each player’s shirt.

4.5    Warm-ups
       Once checked in, players will assemble on the warm-up field. After warm-ups, players will be
       grouped and remain with their group throughout the evaluation station rotations. The Player
       Agent will explain the evaluation process and guide players to their assigned station to begin.

4.6    Evaluation Stations
       Evaluation stations will be setup for each skill being assessed.

       (1) Fielding and Throwing
            Players will be positioned between third base and shortstop.
            A coach will hit up to five grounders to each player who will field the ball, then throw the
               ball to a coach at first base.
            Players will be evaluated on their infield fielding and throwing skills.

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      (2) Outfield
           Players will be positioned in the outfield.
           A coach will hit up to five fly balls and line drives to each player who will field the ball,
             then throw the ball to a coach.
           Players will be evaluated on their outfield fielding and throwing skills.

      (3) Hitting
           A coach will pitch 5-10 pitches to each player.
           Players will be evaluated on their hitting skills.

            If a player is not planning to try out for pitching or catching, they are excused from Skills Day
            after completing the above skills assessment rotations.

      (4) Pitching and Catching
           Players will throw 8-10 pitches from the mound to a catcher.
           Players will be evaluated on their pitching and catching skills.

      The Master of Ceremonies will make routine announcements regarding times and rotations.
      Evaluators will record ratings based on each player’s individual skill level as compared to other
      players within the same grouping. Upon completion, evaluators will submit their rating sheets to
      the registration volunteers for tabulation.

4.7   Rating Scale
      Players will be evaluated at each evaluation station on a rating scale of 0 to 5 using the following
      as a guideline.

        0                      1             2                   3                 4                      5

                   Beginner                      Intermediate                      Advanced
             Lowest skill level            Average skill level             Exceptional skill level
             Does not make                 Makes consistent contact        Consistently hits line
              consistent contact hitting     hitting                          drives to outfield
             Poor throwing &               Good throwing & catching        Very good throwing &
              catching mechanics             mechanics                        catching mechanics
             Rarely pitches strikes        Often pitches strikes           Routinely pitches strikes
                                                                              with above average
                                                                              control

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5     Rostering of Players
5.1    Rosters
       Team rosters are established in accordance with Regulation III(a) of the Official Regulations,
       Playing Rules, and Policies of Little League. Tee Ball players are assigned to a team. All other
       players are drafted to a team roster. At the conclusion of each season, all teams are dissolved
       and players are returned to a player pool.

5.2    Evaluation Rankings
       Following player assessments, the Player Agent will provide each Division Commissioner with the
       results, ranking players based on an overall calculated evaluation score. This information will be
       reviewed by each Division Commissioner, then provided to each manager. The player ranking
       sheet will be utilized as a tool for coaches during each divisional draft and to evaluate parity
       across teams upon draft completion.

5.3    Conducting Drafts
       The Player Agent or a delegated Board representative will conduct and monitor each divisional
       draft in an effort to achieve overall team parity for each division of play. The Division
       Commissioner will assist the Player Agent in conducting the draft. Drafts shall be completed
       within one week following Skills Day.

5.4    Draft Participants
       In addition to the Player Agent, Division Commissioner, and other Board representatives, each
       manager and up to one coach per team are allowed to attend and participate in the draft process.

5.5    Secrecy Requirement
       Evaluation rankings developed from skills assessments are confidential, and neither players nor
       parents shall ever be informed of their evaluation ranking or position in which they were drafted.
       Also, managers and coaches must not communicate with any players, parents, or others outside
       of the league representatives involved directly in the draft prior to receiving their final roster. If
       there is a question regarding a player’s registration data, the Player Agent or designated Board
       representative will contact the parents for verification. Willful violation of this secrecy
       requirement, at the discretion of the Board, will be considered an act detrimental to the league
       and will be addressed per the Three Strikes Policy.

5.6    Player Selection Process
       The League’s player selection process for all divisions except Tee Ball will follow the Alternative
       Method for Plan B (Redraft) each season, with the following exceptions:

             The draft order will be determined by random draw.
             The draft will follow a serpentine pattern.
             Managers may nominate one coach prior to the draft for approval by the President.

       All eligible players for a division will be included in the draft pool. When the number of available
       roster spots remaining is equal to the number of undrafted returning divisional players, only
       returning players may be selected.

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5.7   Options on Children & Siblings
      The following options are available to managers during the player selection process.

      (1) Siblings in the Draft Pool
          When a player with sibling in the draft pool is drafted, the manager automatically has the
          option to draft the sibling on the next turn.

      (2) Manager’s Children
          If a manager has children eligible for the draft and wishes to draft them, the manager must
          submit the option in writing to the Player Agent at least 48 hours prior to the draft. The
          manager is required to exercise the option at or before the close of the specific draft round,
          depending on the League Age of the children.

      (3) Coach’s Children
          If a manager’s approved coach nominee has children eligible for the draft and the manager
          wishes to draft them, the manager must submit the option in writing to the Player Agent at
          least 48 hours prior to the draft. The manager is required to exercise the option at or before
          the close of the specific draft round, depending on the League Age of the children.

      (4) Draft Rounds
          If an option is submitted in writing for the child of a manager or coach, such candidate must
          be drafted in or before the draft round indicated by the division and player league age.

          Draft       A        AA       AAA       AAAA     Majors      Int.      Jrs.      Srs.
         Round
            5         5         6        8, 9     9, 10     9, 10       11        12      13, 14
            4         6         7        10        11        11         12        13       15
            3         7         8        11        12        12         13        14       16

5.8   Slotting of Manager Options
      Once the draft order is determined, approved manager options will be slotted on the draft sheet
      in the appropriate draft round as defined for the division of play and league age of the player.
      The draft sheet will be made available to all in attendance for review.

5.9   Player Selection Recommendation
      As a general rule in drafting players, it would serve managers well to follow the guideline of
      selecting solid pitchers, then catchers, then hitters.

5.10 Player Conflicts
      Managers are asked to review the player ranking sheet for practice night conflicts prior to drafting
      a player. All practice night conflicts must be resolved prior to the release of final rosters.

5.11 Draft Process
      The draft will follow a serpentine order. Once the draft commences, each manager has one
      minute (60 seconds) to announce their draft pick. If no pick has been announced when time
      expires, the next highest ranked player will automatically be picked for that manager and placed
      on the draft sheet.

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5.12 Trades
     Following the draft, managers may trade players up until the final rosters are due to the Player
     Agent. All trades must be for justifiable reasons, player for player only, by mutual agreement of
     the managers, through the Player Agent, and approved by the Board. All trades must be
     completed within 48 hours following the draft.

5.13 Players Requesting Release
     Players selected for a team who then refuse to play on that team are not eligible that season to
     play for another team within the division and shall be reassigned to a lower division team.

5.14 Final Rosters
     Final rosters will be provided to managers by the Player Agent within 48 hours following the
     trading deadline.

5.15 Welcome Communication
     Upon receipt of their final rosters, managers must immediately (within 24 hours) contact their
     team with specific team information, including practice plans. Reference the example team
     welcome letter located in the Appendix.

5.16 Players Dropping from Roster
     Managers must notify the Player Agent and Division Commissioner immediately when a player
     drops from a roster due to a family move or otherwise.

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6     Game Preliminaries
6.1    Field Reservations / Permits
       Field reservations / permits provide The League with priority use of town facilities over other
       groups within the prescribed dates and times. League sanctioned activities generally include:

              Skills evaluations
              Coach and player clinics
              Team practices and scrimmages
              Regular and post-season tournament games
              All-Star tournament team practices and games
              Any other activity approved in advance by the Board.

6.2    Number of Games
       The schedule of games for the regular season will be prepared by the Board and will provide for at
       least 12 games (10 games for Senior League) per team against other teams within their respective
       division, exclusive of end-of-season divisional tournament games. The Tee Ball schedule will
       provide for 8 games per team per season.

6.3    Number of Players
       In Tee Ball, all players in attendance may participate each inning on defense and may bat once
       each inning.

       All Baseball teams must field a minimum of nine (9) defensively players each inning. In the A
       (Cactus), AA (Grapefruit), and AAA Minor League Baseball Divisions, teams may field four (4)
       outfielders for a maximum of ten (10) defensive players each inning. In the Majors Baseball
       Division and below, any team that has only eight players available may borrow one defensive
       player from the opponent each inning to field nine defensive players. The borrowed defender
       must be the opponent’s last batter in the order for that given inning and must occupy an outfield
       position. No out shall be recorded for the missing ninth batter when the team of eight players is
       batting. Little League rule 4.16 governs play for the Intermediate, Junior League and Senior
       League Baseball Divisions.

       All Softball teams must field a minimum of nine (9) defensively players each inning. In the Minor
       League Softball Divisions, teams may field four (4) outfielders for a maximum of ten (10) defensive
       players each inning. Any team that has only eight players available may borrow one defensive
       player from another Lake Norman age-eligible team or the opponent each inning to field nine
       defensive players. If the borrowed defender is from the opposing team, she must be the
       opponent’s last batter in the order for that given inning and must occupy an outfield position. No
       out shall be recorded for the missing ninth batter when the team of eight players is batting.

       If any Baseball (Majors and below) or Softball team has less than eight players available for a
       scheduled regular season game, the manager must notify the division commissioner and the
       opposing manager at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule the game for another date. If a
       manager fails to make this notification 24 hours in advance or arrives at the game with less than
       eight players, the game shall be forfeited. End of season tournament games are not eligible to be
       rescheduled.

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6.4   Umpires
      In Tee Ball, coaches shall act as umpires and maintain control of the game at all times. All
      machine-pitch baseball games and all softball games will be assigned one umpire. All player-pitch
      baseball games will be assigned two umpires.

6.5   Dugout Assignments
      Unless otherwise marked on the dugout fence, the third base dugout shall be the home team
      dugout.

6.6   Pregame Warm-ups
      Teams are not allowed to take batting practice on the field prior to any game, with the exception
      of soft toss into portable nets. Teams may utilize batting cages for up to 15 minutes each. Infield
      practice must be completed 5 minutes before game time with each team allowed 10 minutes of
      infield practice (visitors are to practice first).

6.7   Game Start Times
      Weeknight games typically start at 6:30 pm or 8:15 pm. Divisions participating in a district regular
      season schedule may deviate from this due to traffic concerns. The starting time for weekend
      games shall be decided by the Board when the schedule is adopted each season.

      The umpire will announce the game start time prior to the first at bat and will be the official
      timekeeper. The official scorekeeper shall note the game start time in the scorebook. In the case
      of game stoppage for any reason, the game clock is not stopped.

6.8   Start of a New Inning
      A new inning shall be considered underway immediately upon the last out or last batter of the
      previous inning. Once an inning is started it will be played to completion. A new inning shall not
      be started after the time limit has expired, except in the event of a tie. If a regulation game is tied
      and the time limit has not been reached, extra innings will be played. If a game in extra innings is
      still tied after the time limit expires, one additional inning shall be played. If no winner is
      determined, then the game will be final and recorded as a tie.

6.9   Weather Cancellations
      The Division Commissioner will notify managers at least 30 minutes prior to game time of a
      cancellation due to weather. Cancellations due to weather within 30 minutes of game time shall
      be called at the field of play. Cancelled games will be rescheduled for the earliest available date.
      During all league sanctioned activities, managers shall abide by the Lightning Policy and
      Procedures found in the appendix.

6.10 Home Team Responsibilities
      The home team manager must provide field equipment (i.e., batting Tee, pitching machine, game
      balls) for use by both teams during the game. In addition, the manager in all divisions above Tee
      Ball must provide an official scorekeeper to maintain the official game record, and a scoreboard
      operator if field is equipped with a scoreboard. After the conclusion of the game, the home team
      manager must submit the final game score and pitching records to the Division Commissioner
      within 12 hours.

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6.11 Trash Pickup
     All participants are responsible for cleaning up trash from the field, dugouts and bleacher areas
     after each game.

6.12 Approved Volunteers Allowed on the Field
     A maximum of four (4) approved league volunteers (manager, coaches, team parent) shall be
     allowed to participate with each team during games. An approved league volunteer must be in
     the dugout at all times. Two base coaches are allowed on the field during the game to coach first
     and third base. The fielding team is allowed one coach on the field directly in front of the dugout.
     The fielding team for Tee Ball and machine-pitch baseball divisions is allowed two coaches behind
     the outfielders during play to direct the defensive players. Otherwise, coaches are not allowed in
     fair territory, nor allowed to engage umpires until the play is dead and time is called by the
     umpire.

     Parents and spectators are not allowed in the dugouts or on the field at any time unless invited to
     help prepare the field for play or to help an injured player. All parents and spectators are asked
     to remain outside the ball field fences and not sit or stand behind the back stop or behind the
     dugout fences.

6.13 Coach Pitching
     In Tee Ball, a coach-pitcher is allowed to deliver up to five (5) pitches per batter. Another coach is
     advised to assist the batter, retrieve pitched balls not put into play, and to set the batting tee in
     place as needed.

     In the “Rookies” softball division, a player-pitcher will pitch during the first two innings of play,
     then a coach-pitcher will pitch the remainder of the game. During the first two innings of play,
     the batting team is allowed a coach-pitcher to deliver up to three (3) pitches to a batter each time
     the player-pitcher reaches four (4) balls on the batter. Balls and strikes do not carry forward from
     the player-pitcher to the coach-pitcher. The batter will be ruled out if the ball is not put into play
     after three pitches. The batter is entitled to subsequent pitches if the last pitch is fouled off and
     not caught for an out. Once the batter puts the ball into play, the pitching coach must stop
     coaching and allow the base coaches to communicate with the base runners. The player-pitcher
     shall return for subsequent batters. During the coach-pitch innings (3rd inning and beyond), the
     pitching coach may deliver up to five (5) pitches to each batter. The batter will be ruled out after
     three strikes or if the ball is not put into play after five pitches.

     In the “Minors” softball division, the batting team is allowed a coach-pitcher to deliver up to three
     (3) pitches to the batter following four balls to the batter and after there have been three (3)
     previously walked batters in the inning. The batter assumes the strike count when the coach-
     pitcher enters to pitch. The coach may continue to deliver pitches if the batter fouls off the last
     pitch and it is not caught for an out. The player-pitcher returns to pitch with the next batter. The
     coach-pitcher returns each time four balls are delivered to subsequent batters during that inning.

6.14 Machine Pitching
     The Louisville Slugger Ultimate Pitching Machine is utilized by all machine-pitch divisions of play.
     A coach must operate the pitching machine. The pitching machine operator may only coach the
     batter while the batter is in the batter’s box. The pitching coach may deliver up to five (5) pitches
     to each batter. The batter will be ruled out after three strikes or if the ball is not put into play
     after five pitches. The batter is entitled to subsequent pitches if the last pitch is fouled off and

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      not caught for an out. Once the batter puts the ball into play, the pitching coach must stop
      coaching and allow the base coaches to communicate with the base runners.

6.14.1 Pitching Machine Settings
       Pitching machine settings differ slightly depending upon the machine model being utilized (blue
       or black machine). The table below provides the proper spring, release lever, and micro
       adjustment settings as well as the pitching distance for each machine-pitch divisions of play.
       Pitching distance is measured from the back tip of the plate to the front bar of the machine.

                                                                     MICRO         PITCHING
                DIVISION        SPRING      RELEASE LEVER
                                                                   ADJUSTMENT      DISTANCE
            A “Cactus”             3       4 (blue) / 3 (black)         3           30 feet
            AA “Grapefruit”        8       4 (blue) / 3 (black)         3           46 feet

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6.15 Mandatory Play Rule
     This mandatory play rule applies to all divisions of Baseball and Softball, Majors Division and
     below. This rule exceeds the requirements outlined in Little League Regulation IV section (i) for
     Mandatory Play and applies to every rostered player present at the start of a game except for
     disciplinary reasons, injury, or sickness. Players will participate in each game batting in a
     continuous batting order, must play two innings defensively by the fourth inning, and must play a
     minimum of four innings defensively in a six inning game. No player may sit out defensively
     consecutive innings, nor may any player sit defensively twice before another player sits.

     PENALTY: The player(s) involved shall start the next scheduled game, play any previous
     requirement not completed for Mandatory Play, and the requirement for this game before being
     removed.

     The manager shall for the:

         (a) First Offense – receive a written warning.
         (b) Second Offense – be suspended for the next scheduled game.
         (c) Third Offense – be suspended for the remainder of the season.

     If the violation is determined to have been intentional, this unsportsmanlike conduct by the
     manager may be addressed per the Three Strikes Policy.

6.16 Defensive Positioning
     Tee Ball: No infielder may start the play any closer than 10 feet in front of first and third base.
     The player positioned at pitcher must start with both feet on the pitching rubber. The pitcher
     cannot leave the pitching rubber before the ball is hit. Outfielders must be positioned in the
     outfield grass prior to the start of play. Infielders shall be encouraged to throw the ball to the first
     baseman to make plays at first base rather than rolling the ball or running with the ball to make a
     play. Outfielders may not make a play on the infield, but rather, must throw or hand the ball to
     an infielder. Defensive players shall not chase after a runner in order to record an out. Except in
     a normal rundown, defensive players are expected to throw the ball to make a play on the runner.

     Minor League Machine-Pitch Divisions: The defensive pitcher position player must play to the
     right or left side of the pitching machine within one foot of the pitching machine. The pitcher
     should only move forward once the ball has been hit. The pitcher should attempt a throw to a
     base or home plate to record an out.

6.17 Defensive Rotations
     Tee Ball: Managers shall rotate Tee Ball players defensively so that they do not play the same
     position more than once per game. Managers are also encouraged to rotate players during
     innings if opportunities present themselves to align players at positions where batted balls are
     often fielded (pitcher, first base, second base).

     Softball (Minor League) and Baseball (AAA division and below): No player may play more than
     three (3) innings at the same position in one game, including pitchers and catchers.

6.18 Player Disciplinary Rule
     A manager may refuse to play a player for disciplinary reasons. The manager must notify the
     Player Agent and Division Commissioner within twenty-four (24) hours of the occurrence of

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     disciplinary action. In addition, the manager must notify the player and parents of the disciplinary
     action as well as the opposing team manager.

6.19 Base Runner Advancement Restrictions
     Base runner advancement on batted balls and overthrows differs by division of play. These rules
     are instituted to encourage teaching players to make the proper play without concern early in
     their development about runners advancing at-will.

     Tee Ball Advancement Rule:

          Tee Ball base runners advance only one base at a time with the exception of the last
           batter of the inning who is allowed to round the bases. There are no base runner
           advancements on overthrows of any base.

     Advancement Rule A:

          This rule applies to the A “Cactus” Minor League Baseball Division.
          Base runners may not advance once an infielder has possession of the ball in the infield
           unless the base runners are more than halfway to the next base. There are no base
           runner advancements on overthrows of any base.

     Advancement Rule B:

          This rule applies to the AA “Grapefruit” Minor League Baseball Division and Rookies
           Minor League Softball Division.
          The fielding team must stop the lead runner or get the third out. Once forward progress
           of the lead runner is stopped, time is called. Any trailing runner more than halfway to the
           next base may advance if the next base is open. Base runners may attempt to advance
           only ONE BASE TOTAL at their own risk on overthrows of any base, even if a subsequent
           throw is also an overthrow.

     Advancement Rule C:

          This rule applies to the AAA Minor League Baseball Division and Minors Minor League
           Softball Division.
          Base runners may not advance unless they are more than halfway to the next base once a
           fielder has possession of the ball on the pitching mound (baseball) or within the pitching
           circle (softball). On a batted ball put into play, base runners may attempt to advance only
           ONE BASE TOTAL at their own risk on overthrows of any base, even if a subsequent throw
           is also an overthrow. No advancement to home base is allowed on an overthrow from
           the catcher in an attempted pick off.

     Advancement Rule D:

          This rule applies to the AAAA Minor League Baseball Division and Majors Baseball
           Division.
          Base runners may not advance unless they are more than halfway to the next base once a
           fielder has possession of the ball on the pitching mound. Base runners may attempt to
           advance at their own risk on overthrows of any base.

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7     All-Stars
      The League participates in Little League International’s All-Stars tournaments at the completion of
      each spring season. Players from each team are nominated for the opportunity to represent The
      League as All-Stars and compete against other leagues within North Carolina District 3 during the
      month of June with the potential to advance to the State Tournament in July. At the Little League
      “Majors” Division and above, teams that win the State Tournament advance to the Southeast
      Regional Tournament where the winner advances to the World Series.

                                             Tournament                   Location
               Baseball      Little League Baseball World Series          Williamsport, PA
                             Intermediate 50/70 Baseball World Series     Livermore, CA
                             Junior League Baseball World Series          Taylor, MI
                             Senior League Baseball World Series          Easley, SC
               Softball      Little League Softball World Series          Portland, OR
                             Junior League Softball World Series          Kirkland, WA
                             Senior League Softball World Series          Lower Sussex, DE

7.1    Tournament of Champions (TOC)
       The District TOC is considered a “special games” tournament for our local district only with no
       advancement. The tournament typically begins the second Saturday of June and concludes by the
       following Friday with no advancement. The tournament consists of 3-4 pool-play games followed
       by a single elimination championship bracket for the top four teams. Teams play one game per
       day unless weather delays result in the necessity to schedule multiple games on a given day.
       Game schedules and locations are set by Little League officials. Weekday games are in the
       evening (6:00 pm and 8:00 pm start times). Weekend games are held all day and into the
       evening.

7.2    TOC Player Eligibility
       All players who have participated in at least 60% of the regular season games in the divisions
       outlined during the Spring Season are eligible for the tournament provided:

            (1) The player meets the Little League age specific criteria outlined below;

                – AND –

            (2) The player resides or attends a school located within the league boundary, OR the player
                has a Little League Waiver providing regular season privileges on file with The League.

              TOC Division     League Age    Participation Divisions
                  6’s              6         Minor League Division
                  7’s              7         Minor League Division
                  8’s              8         Minor League Division
                  9’s              9         Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                 10’s              10        Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                 11’s              11        Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                                             Majors Division, Intermediate Baseball Division,
                  12’s              12
                                             or Junior League Softball Division

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7.3   District Tournament
      The District Tournament is the first stage of Little League’s International Tournament.
      Tournament games typically begin the fourth Saturday of June and conclude by the following
      Friday. District champions (and typically runner-ups in machine-pitch) are invited to advance to
      the State Tournament in July. At the Majors Division and above, teams that win the State
      Tournament advance to the Southeast Regional Tournament where the winner advances to the
      World Series. District Tournaments consist of a double elimination format. Teams play one game
      per day unless weather delays result in the necessity to schedule multiple games on a given day.
      Game schedules and locations are set by Little League officials. Weekday games are in the
      evening (6:00 pm and 8:00 pm start times). Weekend games are held all day and into the
      evening.

7.4   District Tournament Player Eligibility
      All players who have participated in at least 60% of the regular season games in the divisions
      outlined during the Spring Season are eligible for the tournament provided:

          (1) The player meets the Little League age specific criteria outlined below;

              – AND –

          (2) The player resides or attends a school located within the league boundary.
               (Note: players that do not meet the residency or school attendance requirement and
                  have a waiver granting regular season privileges only are not eligible for the District
                  Tournament and beyond.)

             LL Division      League Ages     Participation Divisions
                 6-7              6-7         Minor League Division
                 7-8              7-8         Minor League Division
                 8-9              8-9         Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                8-10              8-10        Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                9-11              9-11        Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Division
                                              Majors Division, Intermediate Baseball
               Majors            10-12
                                              Division, or Junior League Softball Division
            Intermediate         11-13        Intermediate Division
            Junior League        12-14        Junior League or Senior League
            Senior League        13-16        Junior League or Senior League

      *Note: For Junior Tournament eligibility, Senior League players must have played in a minimum of
      8 games.

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7.5   Documentation Requirements
      All players selected to participate in All-Stars must provide the following documentation. The
      League encourages parents to complete the School Enrollment Form as the simplest method of
      providing residency proof, assuming the player attends a school within the league boundary.

          (1) An ORIGINAL Birth Certificate (copies are not acceptable) to be returned to the parents
              at the completion of summer All-Stars tournament play
          (2) Tournament Player Verification Form, completed and signed by a parent/legal guardian
          (3) Medical Release Form, completed and signed by a parent/legal guardian
          (4) Residency Proof:
                  a. School Enrollment Form, completed and signed by a parent/legal guardian and
                      the player’s school administrator,
                      – OR –
                  b. One or more documents from EACH of these three groups:

7.6   Commitment Requirement
      It is considered an honor to be selected to participate as an All-Star representing The League.
      Because only a select few are chosen for this opportunity each year, The League requires parents
      to fully understand the commitment required and to submit the Postseason Commitment Form
      prior to their child being considered for All-Star participation. All-Star practices begin immediately
      following The League’s regular season championships and often occur daily leading up to
      tournament play. Missing a few practices and even a game does not necessarily prevent selection
      to an All-Star team; however missing an entire week takes an opportunity away from another
      player who could commit to preparing with the team.

7.7   Uniforms
      All-Star Uniforms must be purchased by parents of players participating on an All-Star team and
      will consist of the following.

           Jersey: Navy/Columbia Blue color scheme; jersey number on the front and back; “Lake
            Norman” across front; player’s last name displayed on the back of the jersey; Little
            League patch on the sleeve.
           Practice Shirts / Alternate Jersey (2): Lake Norman branded dri-fit practice shirts with
            jersey number on the back; Little League patch on the sleeve. These may be worn by
            teams as an alternate to the jersey if necessary.
           Hat: “LKN” fitted hat/visor/headband.
           Socks: color to match team colors.

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           Belt: color to match team colors.
           Pants: white pants with navy piping (baseball) or black pants (softball) to be provided by
            parents.

7.8   Selection of Players
      Managers, coaches, and players may nominate up to five players from their team for All-Stars.
      All-Star nominees are then voted on by managers, coaches, division commissioners and board
      directors. The board will then decide if teams can be formed from these results or if tryouts for
      any specific All-Star teams is necessary.

7.9   Selection of Managers & Coaches
      The Coaches Committee will nominate managers and coaches from the eligible divisions of play
      outlined below. Managers and coaches are not required to have a child selected to a team to be
      on an All-Star staff. Final approval of each manager and coach will be made by the President.

         TOC’s    District All-Stars             Eligible Managers & Coaches
          6’s     -                              Minor League Division
          7’s     6-7-Year-Old Division          Minor League Division
          8’s     7-8-Year-Old Division          Minor League Division
          9’s     8-9-Year-Old Division          Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Divisions
          10’s    8- to 10-Year-Old Division     Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Divisions
          11’s    9- to 11-Year-Old Division     Majors or Minor League Player-Pitch Divisions
          12’s    Majors Division                Majors Division
           -      Intermediate Division          Intermediate Baseball Division
           -      Junior League                  Junior or Senior League
           -      Senior League                  Junior or Senior League

7.10 Tryouts
      If All-Star Tryouts are required to finalize a team roster, The League will establish and
      communicate dates for this to occur by the end of May each year. Multiple age-specific tryouts
      may be scheduled to finalize the rosters. Although Little League provides flexibility with split age
      ranges for each of the divisions, it is The League’s intent that the Majors team be made up
      primarily of 12-year-olds, the 9- to 11-year-old team be made up primarily of 11-year-olds, and so
      forth. Final team assignments will be determined by The League.

      (1) Tryouts Session #1:
          Players will be evaluated on the following skills:

            SPEED: home plate to first base timed and recorded
            ARM STRENGTH: players throw from right field to third base. Throws will be graded on
             distance & accuracy.
            ARM ACCURACY: three balls are thrown to the outfielder at different angles/depths.
             Players must track down fly ball, then find and hit the cut-off man or throw accurately to
             third base.
            FIELDING/THROWING: five balls are thrown to the fielder:
                 o INFIELD: balls are thrown directly at the player, to the player’s glove side, and to
                     the player’s backhand. Additionally, the player will field a hop and a slow roller.

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                   o
                   OUTFIELD: balls are thrown directly at the player, to the player’s glove side, and
                   to the player’s backhand. Additionally, the player will field a shallow fly and a
                   deep ball.
           HITTING: Players will get approximately 10 swings.

     (2) Tryouts Session #2 (Specialty Positions) – if required:
         This session only applies for the 8-9-year-old Division and above. If the league determines
         that this session is required, specialty players (pitchers, catchers, & first basemen) will be
         asked to attend this tryout session.

           PITCHERS: throw bullpen, banana routes, etc.
           CATCHERS: block pitches, recover, throw down to bases, throw vs. runners
           FIRST BASEMEN: work bananas and picks from left side of the infield

     (3) Tryouts Session #3 (Scrimmage) – if required:
         If the league determines that this session is required, up to 20 players will be notified and
         invited to participate in a scrimmage game. The scrimmage will be conducted and coached
         like a real All-Star game. Players are expected to demonstrate game situational knowledge
         and compete at the highest level possible. Pitchers will throw a maximum of three outs or to
         five batters total (whichever occurs first). Game situations may be created by the coaching
         staff each inning.

7.11 Player Notifications
     Per Little League guidelines, the release of names of players selected to The League’s All-Star
     Teams shall not be made before June 1st and not until the availability and eligibility of all
     prospective team members has been established. All parents of players nominated for All-Stars
     will be notified via email. Tournament teams shall consist of a maximum of fourteen players, one
     manager, and two coaches. Senior League teams may have up to sixteen players.

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8     Appendix
8.1    Player Agent Responsibilities
       The Player Agent is an officer on the Board. The Player Agent shall:

            Receive and review player registrations and assist the President in verifying residence and
             age eligibility.
            Conduct player skill evaluations, the selection of players (drafts), and all other player
             transaction or selection meetings.
            Record all player transactions and maintain an accurate and up-to-date record thereof.
            Prepare team rosters and the tournament team eligibility affidavit for the President’s
             approval and submission to Little League.
            Notify Little League of any subsequent player replacements or trades.
            Assign all players in the Tee Ball divisions with the assistance of the Division
             Commissioner.

8.2    Division Commissioner Responsibilities
       Each division has a volunteer Division Commissioner (DC) approved by the Board who is a
       member of the Coaches Committee. The DC is a liaison between the Board and managers. The
       DC shall operate in accordance with Little League rules and these policies. Responsibilities that
       the DC may carry out include:

            Assist with determining the appropriate number of divisional teams.
            Recruit and nominate managers and coaches for the division.
            Assist the Safety Officer to assure volunteers are approved following a comprehensive
             background check.
            Send welcome communication to managers and obtain practice night requests to be
             provided to the Master Scheduler.
            Review Local Rules with managers and coaches.
            Distribute Board communications to managers and consolidate responses.
            Assist the Player Agent with skill evaluations, the selection of players (draft), and
             coordinating trades.
            Assist the Equipment Manager in getting equipment picked up and returned by managers.
            Communicate practice schedules, game schedules, and in-season schedule changes to
             managers.
            Participate in coaching clinics.
            Distribute uniforms to managers.
            Attend and observe games when possible. Be the go-to person for families in the division
             with questions, concerns, or problems. In the event of serious problems, escalate the
             issue to the Coaching Coordinator, Vice President, and President.
            Set up and put away scoreboard controllers, if available.
            Monitor pitching rules and adherence of managers and coaches to these Local Rules.
            Collect and input game scores on the league website.
            Coordinate post season tournament games.
            Assist in monitoring and coordinating pictures.
            Assist with opening day and championship night activities.
            Collect end of season player evaluations from managers.
            Support the needs of the Safety Officer for completion of the annual ASAP submittal.

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8.3   Baseball League Age

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8.4   Softball League Age

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