The defensive team may field a maximum of ten (10) players which is a modification to LL Rule 1.01. At nine players one has to be the catcher, at ten the 10th can be the 4th OF. If using ten players, the team must use four (4) outfielders – no short outfielders or second pitcher are allowed.
If no catcher position is utilized teams may only field 9 players (4 outfielders, pitcher, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS). No short outfielders or second pitcher are allowed.
Outfield positions are defined as left field, left-center field, right-center field, and right field.
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 player 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 pitchers position may stand 5 feet to the left or right so their view of the play is not obstructed by the coach pitcher.
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.
Catcher (not the pitcher) will take all throws to the plate (except when catcher is chasing down a ball). Coaches are encouraged to start teaching Catchers the various tasks of their position.
Catcher Rule Variation: While MCLL encourages the utilization of the catcher position during all games, coaches may mutually agree to not utilize the catcher position (both or just one team). In such an instance all plays at home plate will be considered a “force out” so long as a runner that is on third base is more than 2/3rds of the way down the third baseline. In such an instance, a defensive player will only need to touch home plate. A runner may still be forced out or tagged out regardless of how far down the base path they have advanced.
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 in accordance with the next paragraph.
Play is also 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 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 8.10.2). An overthrow is when the fielder has to abandon his/her position to retrieve the baseball.
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. The Catcher position counts as an infield position.
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.
A coach or player is allowed to call time-out once per inning.