It’s the responsibility of your league’s coaches and umpires to review the current year’s Little League® rulebooks to make sure games are played fairly, and the season proceeds as smoothly as possible. While parents may not need to study up on the fine details of many of the rules, there are a handful of regulations that parents have asked for some clarity on. To avoid any misconceptions or misinterpretations, take a look at some of the more frequently asked questions parents have raised.
Can a player wear any jewelry on the field?Players are not permitted to wear jewelry such as, but not limited to, rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. The only exception is jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition. Sunglasses are permitted.
Are pitchers allowed to wear arm sleeves?A baseball pitcher can wear an arm sleeve, but it must be fully covered by an undershirt. And, any part of the pitcher’s undershirt that can be seen must be a solid color, and the sleeves cannot be white or gray. A softball pitcher may wear and arm sleeve, but is not required to cover it. Also, a pitcher cannot wear any items on his/her hands, wrists, or arms which may be distracting to the hitter. So, if your child plays baseball and wants to use an arm sleeve on the mound, keep a long-sleeved dark-color undershirt on hand.
What exactly is the mandatory play rule?During regular season play, every rostered player present at the start of a game will participate in each game for a minimum of six defensive outs (basically, two full innings in the field, however those six outs do not need to be consecutive) and bat at least one time for regular season games.
For tournament games, mandatory play is adjusted slightly. During tournament play, there is no mandatory play requirements for the Senior League Divisions. At all other levels, if a tournament team has 13 or more eligible players in uniform at game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of one at bat. If a tournament team has 12 or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one time.