The defensive team may field a maximum of ten (10) players which is a modification to LL Rule 1.01. The positions include: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, Right P, Left P, and four outfielders. If using nine players, the team may only use one pitcher. No more than 10 defensive players may be on the field at one time.
No catcher position is utilized in rookie ball. After the ball is hit, the left pitcher is responsible for covering home plate.
Outfield positions are defined as left field, left-center field, right-center field, and right field. “Short” outfielders are not permitted.
LL Rule 4.03(c) is modified such that outfielders must play approximately 20 feet or more beyond the base path which typically means that players must be stationed in the outfield grass.
The players fielding the pitcher position must stand 35 feet from the back edge of home plate. This spot on the field will be known as the “pitchers mound.” The player fielding the pitcher position(s) may stand 5 feet to the left and/or right so their view of the play is not obstructed by the coach pitcher. Pitchers may not be positioned on the same side.
Infielders should be encouraged to play their own positions. E.g. Pitchers may tag out batters running to first however throwing the ball to first should be encouraged.
Infielders must start their defensive position within 5 feet of the baseline in which they are playing, which is a modification of LL Rule 4.03(c).
An outfielder cannot make an unassisted out in the infield. The outfielder must throw the ball to an infielder who must make the play.
No infield fly rule.
LL Rule 5.02 is modified such that play is stopped either by a play at any base, unless the defensive team attempts to make multiple outs in which case, play will continue until the defense calls for a time out as follows:.
Play is stopped when an infielder has possession (control) of the ball and, while inside of the base path, raises the ball in the air with a fully extended arm. If the fielder raises the ball before the runner reaches 1st base, the runner will be awarded first base.
If when play is stopped a runner has advanced 2/3 of the way (runner A) to the next base then they will be awarded that base.
Exception: If another runner (runner B) is in front of the runner A and that runner (B) had not advanced 2/3 of the way and is required to return to the previous base then the runner A must return to the previous base.
Once the play is officially stopped no additional outs may be made.
Base runners (including the batter) will NOT be granted an extra base on overthrows. In the event of an overthrow, the play is called dead. All runners will be placed on the closest base at the time of the overthrow (see Local Rule 9.12.1). An overthrow is when the fielder has to abandon his/her position to retrieve the baseball or the ball leaves the official field of play.
LL Rule IV is modified so that each player must play at least three (3) innings by the end of the fourth (4th) inning of the game and must have played both an infield and outfield position by that point of the game. No one player can play a single position for more than 2 (two) innings in a game.
A maximum of two defensive coaches are allowed in the field. It is recommended that one coach be placed in the infield and one in the outfield.