The objective of Canton Little League’s Major League is to provide an opportunity for all players of major league age, regardless of ability, to play “Little League” baseball as defined in the official regulations and playing rules of Little League Baseball.
1.1 Number of Teams
There shall be eight (8) teams in the major league.
1.2 Players Age/Team Makeup
All major league teams shall have a roster of twelve (12) players. Canton Little League policy is that all registered players who are of league age twelve (12), shall play in the majors with the following exceptions:
·A player and his/her parents elect to stay in the minors and the request has been approved under Little League International rules.
·No major league team shall have more than eight (8) league age twelve (12) year-olds on a roster in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Little League International. The remainder of the roster shall consist of league age eleven (11) year-olds and no more than two (2) league age ten (10) year olds.
Once drafted to a team, a player shall remain on that team until the player moves up to the Junior League.
1.3 Player Draft
1.3.1 Team Rosters
A draft shall be conducted each year to fill open roster spots on Major League teams. Team draft position shall be determined as follows: The final regular season standings will be the starting point of draft placement, with worst team picking in 1st slot the next season. **However, the Major League Player Agent may make up to a 20% adjustment to the grid (2 columns in either direction based on 10 teams), depending on the strength of players returning to the teams from the previous season (ex: team with 2nd column of picks could be moved to 4th, while 9th column could be moved up to as low as 7th). **The Major League Player Agent may also mandate “out of sequence picks” of any level of adjustment within a round, with the sole purpose of creating league parity. A team’s playoff performance may be a factor used by the Player Agent in determining adjustments to the draft order. (Ex: pick 31 can be switched with 39, if PA feels appropriate for league balance). These picks will be defined to all Managers prior to beginning the draft.
1.3.2 Manager Drafting Son/Daughter
All Managers shall draft their own son/daughter based on the following criteria:
First Round - Player is league age eleven (11) or twelve (12) and played on an “A” level summer baseball team or is at the equivalent talent of a summer “A” player.
Second Round - Player is league age ten (10) and played on an “A” level summer baseball team. Player Agent may adjust up or down if warranted.
Third Round - Player is league age eleven (11) or twelve (12) and did not meet the criteria above.
Fourth Round - Player is league age ten (10) and did not meet the criteria above.
The Major League Player Agent can adjust the draft rounds with the sole purpose of creating league parity or where he feels the slotted round is not appropriate.
1.3.3 Brother/Sister Rule
126.96.36.199 Drafting Brothers/Sisters of Returning Players
All Managers shall draft brothers and sisters of players returning to their roster based on the following criteria:
First Round -Player is league age eleven (11) or twelve (12) and played on an “A” level summer baseball team or is at the equivalent talent of a summer “A” player.
Second Round -Player is league age ten (10) and played on an “A” level summer baseball team. Player Agent may adjust up or down if warranted.
Third Round - Player is league age eleven (11) or twelve (12) and did not meet the criteria above.
Fourth Round - Player is league age ten (10) and did not meet the criteria
**The Major League Player Agent can adjust the draft rounds with the sole purpose of creating league parity or where he feels the slotted round is not appropriate.
188.8.131.52 Drafting Brothers/Sisters for the First Time
When there are two or more family members eligible for the draft, Managers shall take them in consecutive rounds. Managers shall declare their intent prior to the draft that if they take one family member, they intend to take all family members, or all the remaining family members are eligible to be drafted by another Manager. All efforts should be made to insure family members play on the same team. Under no circumstance shall League eligibility guarantee that a Brother or Sister will be drafted to a Major League Team unless they are League age twelve (12) years old.
Each team shall play a regular season schedule and participate in a double elimination tournament at the conclusion of the regular season. The number of regular season games shall be determined at the start of each season, but shall be at least twelve (12) games in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Little League International. Playoff Tournament pairings shall be determined by the Major League Player Agent either based on regular season standings, by lottery, or combination of standings and lottery (This will be discussed during Managers’ meeting and set prior to regular season)
1.5 Pool Players
In the event a manager has knowledge that he will not have enough players to field a team, the use of a pool player will be allowed. The following conditions must be implemented when it comes to the selection of a pool player:
Any player from another Canton Major League team will be allowed to be used as a Pool Player, provided that player does not have a scheduled game that time period for his regular team. Permission of manager is required before pool player is used
Under any circumstances shall Pool Player be allowed to pitch or catch.
Two Pool Players per team per game will be allowed. Should a manager have knowledge of only 7 players showing up at a game, he must instead reschedule the game)
The Manager who chooses a Pool Player must notify the Player Agent within 24 hours after the completion of the game.
Should a manager have knowledge of only 9 players available for a game, he does have the option of adding a Pool Player if so desired.
1.6 Replacement Players
All Major League Teams must carry a full roster of 12 players. In the event that a player: a) does not return as a registered player b) quits during the season, or c) gets injured, a replacement player must be chosen from the waiting list and then the Minor Leagues. Certain criteria must be followed when choosing a replacement player.
No League Age 9 year old player will be allowed to be used as a replacement player.
Only League Age 10 year olds who have made himself (or herself) “draft eligible” by the parents at the time of registration can be considered as a replacement player.
All League Age 11 year olds are eligible to be considered as a replacement playerunless they requested to be in the Minor League at the time of registration.
The Major League in Canton shall play games in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Little League International as highlighted and amended below.
All roster players shall play a minimum of three (3) full innings in the field and at least bat once in every game. All substitutions shall enter the game no later than the start of the fourth inning. For the regular season, each team shall establish a roster rotation such that every player plays one full game in every three games that the player attends. This rule is subject to player attendance and discipline. Players may re-enter a game in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Little League International provided the player he or she is replacing has played the minimum of three full innings.
2.2 Pitching Rules/Pitch Count
The number of pitches allowable under this regulation is based on the pitcher’s age. Specific rest periods are in place when a pitcher reaches a higher threshold of pitches delivered in a day.
In accordance with the Little League International rules, the table below provides the number of pitches that will be allowed per day for each age group during the regular season.
Pitches allowed per day
10 and under
If a pitcher reaches the pitch-count limit for their age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to throw until the batter reaches bas, is thrown out, or the third out is made to complete the half-inning.
The rest periods required are listed below.
Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:
·If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
·If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
·If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
·If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
·If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day. There is also a restriction regarding moving from catcher to pitcher. The restriction is that if a catcher catches 4 innings in a game, then he or she is ineligible to pitch for the entire day.
The Manager is responsible for knowing the pitch count of his players. It is not the responsibility of the Scorer/Umpire to notify the Manager as the pitch count limit is approaching or has been exceeded.
A pitcher shall be removed from the mound after hitting three batters in a game.
2.3 Extra Hitter
If a team has ten (10) or more players present, the Manager shall utilize an extra hitter. The player shall be the extra hitter for**a minimum of three innings** unless a player leaves and there are only nine (9) players available. In that case, the extra hitter shall go into the field and bat in the same spot, skipping over the batting spot of the player that left. A team does not get penalized with an out if a player has to leave and that spot is skipped in the batting order.
** A player may not become the extra hitter again until all members of the team have served as the extra hitter. In other words, a player can only be the extra hitter every six (6) games. Each team will select two players to serve as the extra hitter in current game and identify their selection to the opposing team’s manager and the umpire. The player who is selected as the starting extra hitter for the first three (3) innings must play in the field the fourth through the sixth innings. The extra hitter will be replaced with a member of the team who has already played in the field in the first three (3) innings. The extra hitters will maintain their same spot in the batting order.
For regular substitution of players, the player substitution rules require that the new player in the field will assume the place in batting order of the player he/she is replacing. Prior to any substitution the Manager shall notify the opposing team’s Manager and the Umpire of the intended changes in the field. An exception to the rule shall allow the Manager to freely substitute any of the nine (9) players in the field with the extra hitter without disrupting the batting order provided the substitution is consistent with the rules governing playing time in rule 2.1**
If a team only has nine (9) players, the team shall play the game without an extra hitter for the entire game. If a player comes late, the player must play in the field in accordance with Canton Little League playing rules specified in paragraph 2.1.
2.4 Base Coaches
Managers and Coaches may coach first and third base provided a third coach is with the players in the dugout/ bench.
2.5 On Deck Batter
In accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Little League International, no on deck batters are allowed.
3.0 ALL-STAR GAME
An All-Star game shall be played every year, All-Stars should be voted by players and can vote for any members of their respective team only (not including themselves). The top 3 vote getters on each team will make the All-Stars.
4.1 Player Selection Process
Each Major League Manager shall nominate to the Major League Player Agent any player on his/her team that he/she feels is qualified to play on the Canton Little League Williamsport Team.There is no limit of nominations per team.
The Major League Player Agent shall generate a ballot from the names provided.
Each Major League Manager shall vote for no more than ten (10) players on the ballot. It is hopeful that all Managers will meet and vote at once together. That way any questions on players can be answered with his/her respective Manager in attendance.
A Major League Manager is allowed to write in any name not on the ballot.
The Top Nine vote getters will be asked to become members of the Williamsport Team. (The Major League Player Agent can make the 10th placed vote getter automatic if he feels it is appropriate given the voting results.)
The remaining roster spots shall be filled by the current year Williamsport Manager with approval of the Major League Player Agent. Particular attention shall be paid to players receiving the majority of votes.
4.2 Managers and Coaching Staff Selection Process
After the Williamsport Team has been selected, the Major League Player Agent, with approval of the Canton Little League Vice President and President shall select the Williamsport Manager.
Manager criteria shall include:
·Team play during the regular season
·Team preparation before a game,
·Demonstration by the team of good fundamental baseball knowledge
·Knowledge of Little League International rules
·Major League coaching experience.
Once the Manager is selected, he/she shall select two assistant coaches with the approval of the Major League Player Agent.