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Tee-Ball Rules

Montgomery County Little League (MCLL)

2017 League Rules

Baseball Tee-Ball Ball Division

Ratified 2017-01-15


MCLL will be governed by the rules set forth by “Little League Baseball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies”, also known as “The Green Book” unless noted and modified below. Please be familiar with the official LL rules. The rules below are primarily to help clarify common areas of confusion or set a local rule that varies from a Little League rule. Rules related to safety, good sportsmanship and the proper teaching of fundamental baseball skills should receive the highest priority.

  1. Team Composition:

    1. Each team will contain only those players officially registered and listed on the Team Roster provided to the head coach by the league.

    2. These rules have been developed to provide for consistent play under a structured athletic environment. They are not designed to stress competition. The purpose of the Tee-Ball division is to help kids learn the fundamentals of the game, to acquire basic baseball skills, and to develop good sportsmanship attitudes while having fun in a healthy and positive outdoor environment. Following the league rules is just one of the life skills stressed under the Tee-Ball program.

    3. Official score and league standings will not be maintained in Tee-Ball. Coaches may keep track of their individual team’s performance (score books are provided) for internal instructional purposes only. We do not want to encourage unbalanced playing time or other inappropriate behavior generally caused by a box score. This is an instructional league and all actions must be done with the individual player's growth and development in mind.

  2. Equipment:

    1. Only Little League approved and/or MCLL provided equipment should be used except for the fielder’s glove, batting helmets (NOCSAE certified), personal bats and shoes which each player should provide for their individual use.

    2. Official Playing Rule 1.10 is modified so that no wooden are allowed or any bats with a barrel over 2 1/4”.

    3. Batting donuts are not allowed to be used.

    4. Metal cleats also will not be allowed. Plastic/rubber cleats or tennis shoes are permitted.

    5. Any non-adult personnel occupying a coach’s box must wear a helmet.

  3. Field Dimensions:

    1. Bases 50'; pitcher's mound 32'.

    2. Out-of-bounds line is the imaginary line paralleling the base path from the corner of the backstop to the outfield fence, unless otherwise instructed by the umpire(s) (or mutually agreed upon by both head coaches).

    3. Home team shall occupy the 1st base dugout.

  4. Game Length:

    1. Three full innings. Four innings if time allows and both team managers agree.

    2. No inning shall start after one hour and 15 minutes after the start of the game (games begin every 1 hour & 30 minutes).

    3. Half innings are over after the opponent's full team has batted.

  5. Offensive Team:

    1. Offensive team is required to announce the last batter to the opposing team. The inning is over when the defensive team makes an out after the last batter hits the ball or that runner makes it all the way to home.

    2. Players will swing until a fair ball is hit (no strikeouts).

    3. If a defensive play is made and the base runner is called out, that runner must leave the base.

    4. All bases must be cleared when the defensive team makes three outs.

    5. The ball is considered dead if the tee (not the ball) is hit. The offensive coach assisting batters at the tee will call out “Dead Ball” and the batter will try again.

    6. All balls hit beyond 10' in front of home plate are live.

    7. Helmets must be worn by all batters and runners.

    8. Bunting, lead offs, stealing and sliding are not permitted.

    9. Any player throwing a bat will be warned and then if it happens again he or she will be called out.

    10. Runners cannot leave the base until the ball is hit.

    11. Pinch runners will be used only for injured players.

    12. Runner must touch all bases. This is the perfect time to teach the runner the proper way to touch the base that they missed.

    13. Base runners (including the batter) will not be granted an extra base on overthrows.   

    14. Runners will be granted an extra base on out-of-bounds throws to third base. There remains unlimited advancement on overthrows when ball is in-bounds.

    15. Only the batter is allowed to handle a bat. All other players must remain on the "bench". An assistant coach or parent must monitor this requirement to avoid injuries.

  6. Defensive Team:

    1. Defensive team will consist of all players. Minimum of eight players are required to start a game or continue a game. Coaches will play all players for each inning, playing the normal infield positions and placing all other players in the outfield. Outfield is defined as the grass area behind the infield dirt.

    2. A player will play an infield position at least once during each game and a player will not play more than two consecutive innings at an infield position each game.

    3. Players may not be substituted or change positions for a particular batter. Players can change positions between batters.

    4. Infielders must play their own positions. The Catcher will take all throws to the plate when there is a play at home (except when catcher is chasing down a ball). Pitcher may tag out batters running to first on a limited basis, however, throwing the ball to first must be encouraged. (Having a catcher is at the discretion of the manager considering safety first. The catcher should be placed behind the coach managing the T, and wear a helmet at all times.)

    5. Catcher must wear a batting helmet when playing behind the plate.

    6. Except on last batter (see rule 5.1.), play is stopped by either returning the ball to the pitcher's mound or attempting a play at any base. Pitcher need not catch the ball for play to stop. Ball need only cross the "plane" of the pitcher's circle to stop play. Runners more than 3/4 way to a base will be awarded that base.  Runners less than 3/4 way must return to the previous base.

  7. Umpires/Coaching:

    1. Umpiring responsibilities will be shared evenly by the teams.

    2. The head coaches are to maintain complete control of the game and must have good knowledge of the rules and ethics governing Tee-Ball.

    3. A meeting between the two head coaches is recommended to fairly resolve any questionable play.

    4. The offensive coach will remove the tee and bat after each hit.

    5. Play is stopped when a coach has called "time".

    6. Coaches will stop play immediately upon an injury to any player. Base runners will be awarded only the next base. All defensive players and runner will sit down at their positions during the injury timeout.

    7. The hitting team will have 1st and 3rd base coaches. A second base coach may be used when necessary.

    8. The defensive team may only have two coaches in the field of play but parents are encouraged to assist their child in the outfield.

  8. Field Conditions:

    1. In the event of inclement weather, please call 301-765-8787 to hear the latest field conditions. This line is maintained by Montgomery County and should be updated by 4:00 PM on weekdays, 8:00 AM on Saturdays, and 11am on Sundays.

    2. Fields are grouped by clusters. The listing of clusters can found on the “Rainout Policy” link from the Information tab on the main MCLL website (www.mclittleleague.org.)

    3. If there is no message canceling the games, teams are to report to the field. After that time, the decision to cancel games due to field or weather conditions shall be made by the umpire. Any team failing to report to the field will lose the game by forfeit.

    4. All rescheduled games MUST be scheduled through the Division commissioner.

  9. Conduct:

    1. Please remember that our primary purpose at this age group is to teach the players the basic rules and fundamentals of the game in a safe and positive environment. Only positive reinforcement should be used by a coach, player or parent. As a coach, please also remember that YOUR conduct is being watched by players, parents and coaches on BOTH sides of the field. Concerns regarding conduct by a coach, player or parent should be brought to the attention of the Tee-Ball Commissioner immediately.

    2. A written incident report must be submitted within 48 hours of the incident. Incident reports can be found on the MCLL web site (www.mclittleleague.org) under “Coaches/Incident Report”.

      1. http://www.mclittleleague.org/coaches/incident-report

    3. Please review the complete Code of Conduct policy on the MCLL website to obtain a full understanding of MCLL’s expectations of conduct.

  10. Additional Information and Training

    1. Little League International has a number of additional training materials for parents and coaches at http://www.littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/TeeBallDivision.htm