League Rules

Little League Ontario District 8 House League Rules:

All divisions will play following the rules of Little League, with the following exceptions and/or additions:

All Levels:

  1. Minor and major division games are limited to 2 hrs, light permitting. No new inning shall begin after 1-3/4 hrs.
  2. The mercy rule is in effect: 10 runs after four innings, 3 ½ if the home team is ahead.
  3. There is a 5 run per inning maximum and no unlimited last inning.
  4. If a game is forfeited due to insufficient players the teams are encouraged to play a 4 inning game with blended teams in order to justify costs associated with running a game and most importantly the trip of the visiting team.
  5. The pitcher may not wear sunglasses and position player may wear non mirrored sunglasses.
  6. A pitcher must be removed from the game if he/she hits 2 batters in an inning or 3 batters in a game.
  7. If there is a play at home, players must slide. Avoidable collisions at home will not be tolerated and the base runner will be called out.
  8. There is no head first slides but diving back to a base is acceptable.
  9. Double headers are permitted but teams are to be given at least ½ hr (30min) between games.
  10. Under the safety code for little league, with respect to all eyeglasses: “Parents of players who wear glasses should be encouraged to provide safety glasses.”
  11. Over age players may not pitch. Over age players may play the position of catcher for a max of 3 innings per game. The remaining Innings of the game the catcher must be proper age for that division.

Minor Division:

  1. Games are 6 innings and 2hrs in length and no new inning shall start after 1-3/4 hrs.
  2. Pitchers can only pitch two consecutive innings.
  3. Batters are out on the third strike.
  4. There is no stealing home unless a play is made on a runner at any base, but may advance at their own risk until they reach 3rd base.
  5. There is no “leading off” and base runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses home plate.
  6. Base runners may not advance on a passed ball back to the pitcher.
  7. Coach’s may field up to 10 players defensively and use a “continues” batting order.
  8. Mississippi will continue to use the “T” after four balls during their home games, when playing their own teams. Pembroke/ Petawawa, Perth, Renfrew and Madawaska Valley will not.
  9. On Deck batters are not permitted, except for the first batter between innings and the start of the game.

Major Division:

  1. Games are 6 innings and 2hrs in length and no new inning shall start after 1-3/4 hrs.
  2. Pitchers can only pitch three consecutive innings.
  3. Batters are out on the third strike.
  4. There is no stealing home unless a play is made on a runner at any base, but may advance at their own risk until they reach 3rd base
  5. There is no “leading off” and base runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses home plate.
  6. Base runners may not advance on a passed ball back to the pitcher.
  7. On Deck batters are not permitted, except for the first batter between innings and the start of the game.

Junior / Senior / Big League Divisions:

  1. Games are 6 innings and 2hrs in length and no new inning shall start after 1-3/4 hrs. Games may go longer on the agreement of both coach’s and the umpire daylight permiting.
  2. Pitchers can only pitch three consecutive innings. Once removed as pitcher they may not return to that position for the remainder of that game.
  3. Batters can run on a dropped third strike.
  4. Stealing home is permitted.
  5. Leading is permitted and baulks on pitchers will be called by the umpire.
  6. Base runners may advance on a passed ball back to the pitcher.
  7. On Deck batters are permitted.

Note: Pitching rules are meant to be to fall within LL rules and a pitcher may not pitch more than the pitch count stated in the LL rule book.