Bishop Little League Local Rules (By-Laws)

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

Remember, as a volunteer with Bishop Little League, you pledge to:
Teach all children to play fair and do their best,
Respect the decisions of the umpires,
Praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.

 

1. Managers and coaches are required to sign the Bishop Little League Coach's Code of Conduct.
2. Managers and coaches are responsible for all league equipment assigned to their team and will be billed according to new prices for equipment that is not returned within thirty (30) days of the end of the season.
3. Managers and coaches are required to attend coaching clinics, tryouts, and meetings offered by Bishop Little league. All Minor, Major and Junior Division managers and/or coaches are required to attend all division drafts and All-Star selection meetings.
4. Any manager, coach or player ejected from a game shall not be at the game site for the remainder of the game and their next physically played game, NO EXCEPTIONS. If an ejected Manager or Coach is scheduled to be the board member on duty when their ejection game is to be served, the ejected Board Member shall find another board member to assume their duties. The plate Umpire shall report the ejection to the President within 24 hours. The ejected person shall report the circumstances of the ejection to the President within 24 hours. NO EXCEPTIONS. Ejection penalties are as follows:
° First ejection = 1 game suspension.
°Second ejection = 3 game suspension and a review by Bishop Little League Board of Directors (BOD) which could result in removal from the team.
°Third ejection = automatic removal from team as player, manager and/or coach permanently.
°If the offense occurs in the last game of the season, the proscribed suspension will be effective for the following season or the next season that the violator participates in.
5. Managers, coaches, and umpires shall be dressed in an appropriate manner. Shirts, jackets, caps, and/or hats depicting alcohol, a sexual nature, tobacco, or illegal substances are prohibited. No sandals or open-toed shoes are permitted in dugouts or on the field.
6. If a player gets injured or quits, the manager or coach must immediately notify the Player Agent and Safety Coordinator.
7. No team has a decided advantage. Teams may not practice before the draft.
8. No necklaces, earrings, jewelry, or watches, except medical alert devices.9.   No player shall use ANY kind of electronic device in the dugout during games or practice. This includes cell phones, iPods, Air Pods, etc.
10. The breakaway bases, Pitcher’s mound (field 2) pitching machine (AAA) and mound tarp (field 3) is the responsibility of the first
home team to put out, and the last home team to put away. All home teams shall run the scoreboard and provide an official scorekeeper. Home teams shall be on third base side dugouts and away teams shall be on the first base side dugouts.
All managers and/or coaches must double check the fields for equipment before leaving the premises.
11. Any equipment, deemed illegal by an umpire, must be immediately removed from the dugout, and may not be returned to play for the duration of the season.
12. If any division player declines to move up a division when a vacancy occurs, that player forfeits the opportunity to move up for the remainder of the season. However, the Board of Directors (BOD) reserves the right to waive the transfer policy on a case-by-case basis.

Divisions of Bishop Little League are as follows:
° Tee-Ball league age 4-5
° AA (Coach Pitch) ages 6 - 8
° AAA (Machine Pitch) ages 7 – 11
° Minor League-ages 7-12 (special exceptions required for 12-year-olds)
° Majors League ages 10-12
° Juniors League ages 13 – 15

13. Parents are not permitted to talk to players on the field or in the dugouts. Players are not to leave the dugouts during games except to use the restroom.
14. All cheering must be done in a sportsmanlike manner by all league coaches, players, and parents. Unsportsmanlike actions shall not be directed in any way towards the opposing teams or players. No celebratory objects, including hats, capes, flags etc. are allowed in the dugout or on the field.
15. No outside music or PA system are allowed. Bishop Little League Board of Directors (BOD) shall run PA systems during board
ran functions including, but not limited to, baseball clinics, Tournament of Champions “TOC” and All-Star games.
16. No food or snacks, including gum, are allowed in dugouts or on the field. Sunflower seeds are allowed in the dugout only. Managers are responsible for ensuring dugouts are clean and ready for the next team to use after all games and practices.
17. All-Star players are nominated and voted on by Managers/Coaches and Bishop Little League Board of Directors (BOD).
18. Bishop Little League Board of Directors (BOD) selects and approves all Managers/Coaches and the All-Star Manager and Coaches for Minors, Majors, and Junior Divisions. Attendance at coaching clinics, as well as disciplinary actions and input from members, including players, will be taken into consideration.
19. Pool Players: The Player Agent will establish a pool of players available to be used when teams face a shortage of rostered players for a regular season game. Bishop Little League has established the following rules for assignment and play of pool players: (1) Pool players may only be assigned by the Player Agent. Managers may only be assigned a pool player through the Player Agent. The manager must contact the player agent for assignment of a pool player. (2) Pool players shall wear the uniform of their rostered team. (3) If a pool player has agreed to an assignment, they must be allowed to play that game even if the team regains the missing player. (4) Pool players shall only play outfield for the duration of the game. (5) Pool players shall bat last in the batting order. (6) teams shall only have up to two 2 pool players per game.

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

Tee-Ball Rules

1. T-ball games are three (3) innings, with a time limit of 1 ½ hours.
2. No score is kept in T-ball.
3. Home team will put out bases and provide game balls and batting tee. Bases will be put out at approximately forty feet. (40)
4. Players will play a new position every inning. Each player must be given the opportunity to play at least one inning in the outfield, and one inning in the infield.
5. You must bat your bench and reverse the batting order every inning.
Example: First inning batting order 1-10, second inning, 10-1 and third inning 1-10.
6. A batter/runner must stop at first base on balls hit. Base runners shall advance one (1) base only, regardless of fielding or throwing errors. The last batter in each half inning shall be allowed to run full bases, including anyone on base in front of them.
7. There is only one (1) player per position: one pitcher, one first baseman, etc. All other players will fill in the outfield and must be in the outfield at approximately twenty (20) feet from the base paths. No catcher.
8. The defensive pitcher must have both feet on the pitching plate until the ball is hit.
9. There must be one (1) to two (2) adults in the dugout when the team is on offense.
10. No sliding in T-Ball.
11. Coaches umpire their own games, be fair with your calls. If you're not sure on a call, get together and make the best call with no arguing. Poor conduct by any adults during games is subject to disciplinary action by Bishop Little Leagues Bord of Directors.
12. Provided Bishop Little League has their completed volunteer application form, you are allowed as many volunteers on the field as needed.

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

AA Rules Coach Pitch

1. AA (coach pitch) are three (3) innings, with a time limit of 1 ½ hours.
2. No score is kept in AA (coach pitch).
3. Home team will put out bases and provide game balls and batting tee. Bases will be put out at approximately forty feet. (40)
4. Players will play a new position every inning. Each player must be given the opportunity to play at least one inning in the outfield, and one inning in the infield.
5. You must bat your bench and reverse the batting order every inning.
Example: First inning batting order 1-10, second inning, 10-1 and third inning 1-10.
6. A batter/runner must stop at first base on balls hit. Base runners shall advance one (1) base only, regardless of fielding or throwing errors. The last batter in each half inning shall be allowed to run full bases, including anyone on base in front of them.
7. There is only one (1) player per position: one pitcher, one first baseman, etc. All other players will fill in the outfield and must be in the outfield at approximately twenty (20) feet from the base paths.
8. The defensive pitcher must stay behind the pitching plate but may move to either side to see around the pitcher/coach.
9. The adult pitcher shall pitch overhand and within approximately fifteen (15) feet of home plate and on one knee. The batter is allowed five (5) good pitches only. After the fifth pitch the tee must be brought out. However, the batter may continue batting after the 5th pitch, as long as the batter continues to hit foul balls.
10. There must be one (1) to two (2) adults in the dugout when the team is on offense.
11. No sliding in AA.
12. Coaches umpire their own games, be fair with your calls. If you're not sure on a call, get together and make the best call with no arguing. Poor conduct by any adults during games is subject to disciplinary action by Bishop Little Leagues Bord of Directors.
13. Provided Bishop Little League has their completed volunteer application form, you are allowed as many volunteers on the field as needed.

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

AAA MACHINE PITCH

1. AAA (machine pitch) games are four (4) innings, with a time limit of 2 hours. No new innings shall begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes of play.
2. Score is kept in AAA. Home team is the official score keeper. As soon as three (3) outs are recorded or five (5) runs are scored, the score keeper MUST inform BOTH teams that the inning is over. Home team is the official book for disputes.
3. Home team is to provide game balls and set up of pitching machine. The pitching machine shall be placed with the back leg of the machine against the pitching rubber.
4. Each player must be given the opportunity to play at least one inning in the outfield and one inning in the infield.
5. Continuous Batting Order shall be used. The batting order will remain the same throughout the entire game. The batter is allowed five (5) good pitches from the machine (ONLY  5). After the fifth pitch, the Tee MUST be brought out. However, the batter may continue batting after the 5th pitch, as long as the batter continues to hit foul balls. No Bunting and no infield fly rule in AAA.
6. One (1) base is allowed on a hit ball in the infield and two (2) bases are allowed on a hit ball past the outfield. Once the ball is back to the infield, all play SHALL stop. No stealing of bases in AAA
7. There is only one (1) player per position: one pitcher, one first baseman, etc. All other players will fill in the outfield and must be in the outfield at approximately twenty (20) feet from the base paths. Catcher, if team chooses, is for defensive plays only, no pitching to the catcher.
8. The defensive pitcher must stand behind and to one side of the coach feeding the ball to the pitching machine.
9. There must be one (1) to two (2) adults in the dugout when the team is on offense.
10. Sliding is allowed, feet first only.
11. Coaches umpire their own games, be fair with your calls. If you're not sure on a call, get together and make the best call with no arguing. Poor conduct by any adults during games is subject to disciplinary action by Bishop Little Leagues Bord of Directors.
12. Provided Bishop Little League has their completed volunteer application form, you are allowed as many volunteers during practices as needed. However, during games, only three (3) coaches on the field for defense and four (4) coaches on the field for
offense; coach/pitcher, coach/catcher, first base coach and third base coach.
13. A batted ball that hits the pitching machine is a dead ball. The batter is awarded 1st base, and all runners advance if forced, all others remain on the base that they already occupied.

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

Minor League

1. Minor League games have a (2) hour time limit. No new inning shall begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes. If the game ends in a tie, it remains as a tie.
2. Score is kept in Minor League. Home team is the official score keeper. As soon as three (3) outs are recorded, five (5) runs are scored or CBO has been completed, the score keeper MUST inform BOTH teams that the inning is over. Home team is the official book for disputes.
3. HOME team manager will obtain game balls from the Board Member on duty for each game.
4. Each player will play a minimum of six (6) defensive outs. Continuous batting order shall be used. The batting order will remain the same throughout the entire game. Play ten (10) players on defense at a time; this means four (4) outfielders; one (1) left field, one (1) left center field, one (1) right center field & one (1) right field. If a violation results intentional or negligent disregard of this regulation by the manager and or if there is a pattern of violations regardless of a shortened game, the manager shall be disciplined by the Board of Directors.
5. Pitch count must be kept and verified with the opposing team at every ½ inning. The final counts of the game must be recorded on the pitching affidavit and signed before leaving the field. All pitch count violations will be reported and handled by the Board of Directors.
6. On-deck batters are not allowed. All bats and equipment must be kept inside the dugout. No swinging bats outside of dugouts.
7. An inning will end once three (3) defensive outs are made or five (5) runs are earned. No open innings.
8. No straight stealing, the ball must be a clean passed ball. A ball that is behind or out of reach of the catcher is a clean passed ball.
9. Provided Bishop Little League has their completed volunteer application form, you are allowed three (3) coaches, this includes the manager, in the dugout. Two (2) adult base coaches are allowed if there is one (1) adult coach in the dugout.
10. All scheduled games count towards your win/loss record. Games will not be rescheduled for any reason other than inclement weather or facility safety/functionality concerns. Bishop Little League Board of Directors will reschedule games at the earliest convenience.
11. Bishop Little League Board of Directors will use a point system for determining league Tournament of Champions standings. Two (2) points will be awarded to the winning team of each game. One (1) point will be awarded to each team for a tie. No points are awarded to the losing team of any game.

If there is a rule that you do not find in Bishop Little League's "Local Rules", it is already published in the Little League Rule Book. It is the Responsibility of all coaches to KNOW the rules in the rule book.

Major League

1. Major League games are seven (7) innings, with a time limit of 2 1/2 hours. No new innings shall begin after 2 hours and 45 minutes of play.
2. Each Half inning (except 6th inning - Majors; 7th inning intermediate and above) is complete when: Three (3) outs are recorded. TEN (10) runs have scored. CBO has been completed.
3. Score is kept in Major League. Home team is the official score keeper. The score keeper MUST inform BOTH teams that the inning is over. Home team is the official book for disputes.
4. HOME team manager will obtain game balls from the Board Member on duty for each game.
5. Each player will play a minimum of six (6) defensive outs. Continuous batting order shall be used. The batting order will remain the same throughout the entire game. If a violation results intentional or negligent disregard of this regulation by the manager and or if there is a pattern of violations regardless of a shortened game, the manager shall be disciplined by the Board of Directors.
6. Pitch count must be kept and verified with the opposing team at every ½ inning. The final counts of the game must be recorded on the pitching affidavit and signed before leaving the field. All pitch count violations will be reported and handled by the Board of Directors.
7. On-deck batters are not allowed. All bats and equipment must be kept inside the dugout. No swinging bats outside of dugouts.
8. The mercy rule will be in effect, per Little League Rules. Ten (10) runs after four (4) innings; Fifteen (15) runs after three (3) innings.
9. Dropped third strike: If the catcher fails to catch the ball on a third strike, and first base is open, or there are two outs, then the batter becomes a runner.
10. Provided Bishop Little League has their completed volunteer application form, you are allowed three (3) coaches, this includes the manager, in the dugout. Two (2) adult base coaches are allowed if there is one (1) adult coach in the dugout.
11. All scheduled games count towards your win/loss record. Games will not be rescheduled for any reason other than inclement weather or facility safety/functionality concerns. Bishop Little League Board of Directors will reschedule games at the earliest convenience.
12. Bishop Little League Board of Directors will use a point system for determining league Tournament of Champions standings. Two (2) points will be awarded to the winning team of each game. One (1) point will be awarded to each team for a tie. No points are awarded to the losing team of any game.

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