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Darien Little League 2016 Local Rules - Baseball

A.                ADMINISTRATIVE

I.                   Introduction

Darien Little League, Inc. (“DLL”) provides a supervised program of Little League Baseball in accordance with the National Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

II.                Organization

DLL Baseball is organized into several leagues corresponding to the ages and levels of skill of its participants, as follows: Major, Minor, AAA, AA, A and T-Ball Leagues.  The Major, Minor and AAA Leagues are further divided into American and National Divisions.

III.             Operating Manual Guidelines and Official Regulations and Playing Rules

These Local Rules are intended to be interpreted in accordance with the 2015 Operating Manual of Little League Baseball (the “Operating Manual”) and the 2015 Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball (the “Official Regulations”). Any exceptions to the Operating Manual or Official Regulations are specifically noted in these rules.  If there is a conflict between the Local Rules and the Operating Manual or Official Regulations, the Local Rules shall prevail.

B.                 OPERATING GUIDELINES

I.                   Team Schedules

Each of the Leagues will have a round-robin schedule.

At the conclusion of the regular-season schedule, the Major, Minor, and AAA Leagues will participate in post-season elimination tournaments.  A round-robin playoff format will be used for the post-season tournaments.

II.                Player Eligibility

The Player Agents and/or League Commissioners for each League shall be responsible for all team assignments and player allocations.  Consistent with the skill level and safety needs of the participants, player eligibility for the various Leagues shall be as follows:

a.                  Major League Baseball

All players who played in the Major League in 2014 will remain in the Major League for the 2015 season.

No participant is eligible to play in the Major League unless that participant was born between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2005.

All players born between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2003 must play in the Major League unless a specific waiver is requested by the player’s parent and is granted by DLL and Little League Baseball Incorporated.

b.                  Minor League Baseball

Except as set forth above, all players who played in the Minor League in 2012 are eligible to either remain in the Minor League, through participation in the Minor League Draft in 2013 or the Major League Draft in 2013.

No participant is eligible to play in the Minor League unless that participant was born between May 1, 2001 and April 30, 2004.

c.                   AAA League Baseball

All players who played in the AAA League in 2012 are eligible to either remain in the AAA League, through participation in the AAA League Draft in 2013, the Minor League Draft in 2013, or the Major League Draft in 2013 (provided such player meets the age requirements in B 11(a) or B 11(b) above, as applicable).

Any eligible player who desires to play in the AAA League will be assigned to a AAA team.  No participant will be eligible to play in the AAA League unless that participant was born between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2005; 8-year-old third graders will be included in the league and 8-year-old second graders may be admitted in the discretion of the AAA Commissioner and approval of the Vice President of Baseball.

d.                  AA, A and T-Ball Baseball Leagues

No participant is eligible to play in the AA League unless that participant is presently in second grade.

No participant is eligible to play in the A League unless that participant is presently in first grade.

No participant is eligible to play in the T-Ball League unless that participant is presently in kindergarten and will have reached age 5 by May 1, 2015.

III.             Draft Procedures

The Board of Directors of DLL is solely responsible for the establishment of all draft procedures.

Subject to the safety and other considerations set forth below, the procedures for the drafts of the several Leagues shall be based on the schedule attached as Exhibit 1.

a.                  AA, A, and T-Ball Baseball Leagues

There shall be no draft.

b.                  Major and Minor Baseball Leagues

All players who desire to be assigned to a team roster in either the Major or Minor League drafts must attend a designated tryout session for the desired League unless otherwise determined by the Player Agent and Commissioner for such League.

c.                   Reduction of Rosters

In each draft, each team will select or be assigned the exact number of players necessary to fill its roster.

IV.             Player Replacements

The DLL Board of Directors is responsible for the establishment of all procedures relating to player replacements.  Subject to the safety considerations set forth below, the procedures for player replacements in the various Leagues are as follows:

a.                  Temporary Replacements

Managers of teams in the Majors League must fill temporary roster absence by selecting a player from a Player Pool established by the Minors Player Agent and consisting of Minors players.  Managers of teams in the Minor and AAA Leagues may not use players from a lower League to fill a temporary roster absence.  Teams are NOT required to replace absent players, except when necessary, in the Majors and Minors, to field at least 9 players and in AAA, to field at least 7.  To replace absent players, the team’s manager must contact his League’s Player Agent and request a player from an available pool of players.

PLAYER POOL - A player pool of eligible players shall be established by the League’s Player Agent.  Players eligible for the Major League Pool will be selected by the Minors Player Agent.  Players will be selected from the pool as available and on a rotating basis.  Managers may not request specific players from the pool.

POOL SELECTION - The Minor and AAA Player Agents shall create a list, in random order, of all players selected in the 4th round or lower.  When a substitute player is needed, the Player Agent will start at the top of the list and contact players until a player is identified who is available and wants to play.  If a player is contacted and wants to play but is unable to due to a conflict, that player shall remain at the top of the contact list.

Substituting players who are pulled from the Player Pool MAY NOT pitch or play shortstop or first base in any game in which such players substitute, must play the minimum number of defensive innings (3), and are required to bat at least once.  Substitute players must be placed in the lineup at the bottom of the batting order.  No substitute should play in the field for more innings than a roster player who was present at the beginning of the game.

b.                  Permanent Call-Ups

In the event that any team roster in the Major or Minor Leagues shall permanently consist of fewer than twelve players due to illness, injury or otherwise, the Manager shall select a replacement player from a lower League.  The Manager must work with the Player Agent of the lower League, who is responsible for contacting eligible potential replacement players about the opportunity to play up.  Only players who participated in the Major League tryout are eligible to be selected as Major League replacement players.  In the Major League, no team shall have more than two Little League age 10 players on its roster at any time.

In the event that any team roster in the AAA League shall permanently consist of fewer than twelve players due to illness, injury or otherwise, the AAA Commissioner and Player Agent shall select a replacement player from a lower League.

In the Major, Minor and AAA Leagues, once a player is promoted from a lower League, that player shall remain a roster player on the new team for the duration of the season, including playoffs.

c.                   AA, A, and T-Ball Leagues

No player replacements shall be permitted at the AA, A or T-Ball League levels.

V.                Playoff Games

Playoff procedures are set forth in the document entitled “2015 DLL Playoff Procedures.”

VI.             Field Decorum

The conduct of players, managers and coaches during a game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 1.00 and Regulation XIV of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.                  Playing Rule 1.11(1) shall be added so as to read as follows:

All players shall be required to keep their shirts tucked into their pants during a game and to otherwise have a proper appearance.

b.                  Regulation XIV (c) shall be amended so as to read as follows:

In the Major, Minor and AAA Leagues, both base coaches may be adult coaches as long as there is at least one adult manager or coach in the dugout.  In the AAA, AA, A, and T-Ball Leagues, both first- and third-base coaches should be adult coaches.

c.                   Regulation XIV(g) shall be added so as to read as follows:

In all Leagues, no on-deck batters shall be permitted to hold or swing a bat at any time.

d.                  Regulation XIV(f) shall be deleted.

e.                   The definition of BENCH or DUGOUT shall be amended to:  “the seating facilities reserved for players, substitutes, one manager, and not more than three coaches when they are not actively engaged on the playing field.  Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted.”

C.                OFFICIAL REGULATIONS & PLAYING RULES

I.                   Objectives of the Game

The objectives of the game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 1.00 of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

 

 

b.         Playing Rule 1.18 shall be added so as to read as follows:

In the AAA League, the Official Regulations shall be modified as shown in Exhibit 2.

III.       Game Preliminaries and Weather Conditions

All game preliminaries and issues concerning weather conditions shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 3.00 of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.                  Playing Rule 3.01(1) shall be added so as to read as follows:

The Home Team shall have the right to first practice on the playing field, if the same is not being used for another scheduled game, but must complete its practice and vacate the playing field no later than twenty minutes prior to the scheduled time for the commencement of play.  Thereafter, the Visiting Team shall have the right to practice on the playing field, but must complete its practice and vacate the playing field no later than five minutes prior to the scheduled time for the commencement of play.  If the field is available for fewer than thirty-five minutes prior to the scheduled time for the commencement of play, the teams shall share equally the time available, with the Home Team having the right to practice first.

b.                  Playing Rule 3.01(g) shall be added so as to read as follows:

The Home Team shall have the responsibility to place the bases on the playing field prior to the commencement of play and, after the completion of play, shall have the responsibility to return the bases to their designated depository.  At the conclusion of the game, both the Home Team and the Visiting Team shall insure that all refuse has been removed from the playing field and the dugouts.

c.                   Playing Rule 3.10(a) shall be amended so as to read as follows:

Prior to one hour before the commencement of play, the President or League Commissioner shall have the right to cancel any scheduled game due to either inclement weather or the unfitness of the playing field.  In the event that the President and League Commissioner are both unavailable to make that determination, the managers of both teams shall then have the right to cancel any scheduled game, due to either inclement weather or the unfitness of the playing field, at the playing field, before the scheduled commencement of play.  In the event that the managers of the teams cannot agree on the cancellation of any scheduled game, the head umpire shall make the final determination.

d.                  Playing Rule 3.10(b) shall be amended to add the following:

After visual detection of lightning at a field, play shall be suspended in accordance with the 2015 Safety Plan until either thirty minutes have elapsed or the umpire believes it is safe to resume play, whichever is later.

e.                   Playing Rule 3.10(c) shall be added so as to read as follows:

All canceled games shall be rescheduled by the League Commissioner.

IV.       Starting and Ending the Game

All games shall be subject to, and conducted in accordance with, Section 4.00 of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.         Playing Rule 4.04 shall be amended to add the following:

In the Major Leagues, an Extra Hitter position is created.  The Extra Hitter shall be treated in the same manner as any other position for substitution purposes.  Any player who is designated the Extra Hitter must also play a minimum of three innings in the field.  The Extra Hitter position must be used whenever a team has ten or more players present at a game.

In the Minor and AAA Leagues, a consecutive batting order, which consists of the complete roster, shall be used during every game.

In the AA, A, and T-Ball Leagues, a running batting order, which consists of the complete roster, shall be used during every inning.  (A running batting order means all players bat once each inning, regardless of the number of outs made).

b.         Playing Rule 4.10(a) shall be amended so as to read as follows:

In the Major League, if, after five innings (four and one-half innings if the home team is ahead), one team has a lead of fifteen runs or more, the manager of the trailing team shall concede the victory to the opponent.  Note: If the visiting team has a lead of fifteen runs or more, the home team must bat in its half of the inning.

AAA and Minors regular season games will have time limits of 1:15 and 1:30, respectively, measured from the first pitch.  When the home plate umpire announces “Play Ball” at the start of a game, he shall announce the official game start time.  The home team shall record this time in their scorebook.  When the time limit is reached, the current inning will be completed and the next inning will be the last inning of the game.

In the Minor and AAA Leagues, no team shall be permitted to score more than five runs in any inning, except the last inning of play.  The last inning of play is defined as the inning declared as such by the home plate umpire due to the time limit, or the sixth inning, whichever comes first.  In the last inning of play, teams may score as many runs as possible; provided that, in non-playoff games, if the visiting team has scored five runs in its half of the last inning and is ahead by 10 runs or more, the visiting team will  end its batting turn; in that event, the home team can do no more than tie the score in the bottom half of the last inning.

c.         Length of Playoff Games

Every playoff game will be played in its entirety and therefore will not be deemed to be completed unless all six innings have been completed (or five and one-half innings if the home team is ahead after five and one-half innings).  Therefore, if a playoff game cannot be completed due to darkness, inclement weather or for any other reason, the game will be suspended and then resumed at a later date at exactly the same point in the game as when it was suspended.

For the Major League only:  If a player who was on the line-up card for the original day of the game does not attend the resumed game and that absent player cannot be substituted for within the substitution rules, the opposing manager will be permitted to select the substitute for the absent player from any players on the absent player’s team.

e.         Protests

All protests shall be subject to, and conducted in accordance with, Section 4.00 of the Official Regulations (see Playing Rule 4.19) except as set forth below:

i.          Playing Rule 4.19(1) shall be amended so as to read as follows:

Following notice of a protest, the umpire shall consult with the League Commissioner if the League Commissioner is present at the playing field.  If the League Commissioner is present at the playing field and is convinced that the decision is in conflict with the rules, the League Commissioner shall reverse that decision.  If, however, the League Commissioner is not convinced that the decision is not in conflict with the rules, the League Commissioner shall announce that the game is being played under protest.  Failure of the League Commissioner to make such announcement shall not affect the validity of the protest.

If the League Commissioner is not present at the playing field and the umpire is convinced that the decision is in conflict with the rules, the umpire shall reverse that decision.  If, however, the umpire is not convinced that the decision is not in conflict with the rules, the umpire shall announce that the game is being played under protest.  Failure of the umpire to make such announcement shall not affect the validity of the protest.

A Protest Committee, as selected by the Board of Directors, shall hear and resolve any such protest as above, including interpretation of playing rules.  A protest can lead to a penalty up to and including forfeit, to be determined by the Protest Committee in its discretion.

Protests are discouraged.  Teams considering a protest should take all reasonable steps to avoid a protest.  Teams considering a protest must notify the alleged offender of a potential cause for protest immediately upon learning the facts supporting the cause for protest.  Failure to notify the other team immediately is grounds for denial of the protest.

VI.       The Batter

The conduct of batters during a game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 6.00 of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.         Playing Rule 6.05(d) shall be amended to add the following:

The “infield fly” rule shall be in force only in the Major League.

b.         Playing Rule 6.10 shall be added so as to read as follows:

A batter shall be permitted to bunt in only the Major and Minor Leagues.  No player shall be permitted to fake a bunt and then swing on the same pitch.

c.         Playing Rule 6.11 shall be added so as to read as follows:

Any player who, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally throws a bat, will be called out.  A batter who, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally throws the bat will be warned.  The umpire will also administer a warning to the manager of that team.  The team warning will be noted in the official scorebook.  Thereafter, each batter from that team who throws the bat, whether intentionally or unintentionally, will be called out.  If the ball is batted fairly on a thrown bat, the play will be allowed to continue.  Once the play has been completed, the batter will be called out and all runners will return to the base they occupied before the ball was batted with no penalty to those runners.  If the out called as a result of the thrown bat is the third out of the inning, no runs may score.

VII.     Runners

The conduct of runners during a game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 7.00 of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.         Playing Rule 7.14 shall be added so as to read as follows:

A runner shall be permitted to steal a base in the Major and Minor Leagues.  Stealing of third base is permitted in the AAA League in the discretion of the AAA commissioner for all or part of the season in consultation with the Vice President of Baseball.  In the Minor League, no runner is permitted to attempt a delayed steal and a batter is not permitted to attempt to steal a base after receiving a base on balls (i.e., a pitch must be thrown before the runner is permitted to attempt to steal a base) and a runner on first base at the time of a walk is not permitted to attempt to steal third base.  A pinch runner may be used in all Leagues only for a player who, due to injury or illness, is unable to run on the bases.  The pinch runner shall be the player who made the most recent out for the team.  In the event an out has not been recorded in the inning, the pinch runner shall be the player in the batting order furthest away from batting next.  The player for whom the pinch runner runs is not subject to removal from the lineup unless the player is unable to take his or her next regular at bat or resume a defensive position.

b.         Playing Rule 7.16 shall be added so as to read as follows:

In the Minor League, on only an attempted steal, in the case of an overthrow from the catcher, it shall be considered a “dead ball” and no further advancement by the runner shall be allowed past the base that was being stolen.  No runner may steal home base.  For example:

1.                  Runner at first base attempts to steal second base, catcher overthrows the ball past second base, runner may not advance past second base;

2.                  Runners at first base and second base both attempt to steal second base and third base, catcher overthrows the ball past either base, runners may not advance past second and third bases;

3.                  Runners at first base and third base, only runner on first base attempts to steal second base, catcher overthrows the ball past second base, runner on third base may not advance and the runner who was stealing second base must remain on second base;

4.                  Runners at first base and second base, runner on first base attempts to steal second base, catcher overthrows the ball past second base, runner on second base may advance to third base and the runner who was stealing second base must remain on second base.

VIII.    The Pitcher

The conduct of pitchers during a game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Section 8.00 and Regulation VI of the Official Regulations, except as set forth below:

a.         Pitch Count Regulations.

See Exhibit 3.

b.         For the Major League only.

Until May 6, 2015, no pitcher shall be permitted to pitch in more than four innings in any game.  Throwing one pitch in an inning counts as having pitched in that inning.

c.         For the Major League only, Playing Rule 8.05(n) shall be added so as to read as follows:

During the first two weeks of the regular season, the umpire shall give a pitcher one warning before an illegal pitch is called under Playing Rule 8.05.  Any action that led to such a warning will not count (for example, if pitcher “quick pitches” under 8.05(e) during the first two weeks of the season and receives a warning, the pitch will not count as a ball or strike).

d.         For all Leagues other than the Major League, the Penalty under Playing Rule 8.05(k) shall be amended so as to remove the words: “The pitch shall be called a ball.”

Any action constituting an illegal pitch under Playing Rule 8.05 will not count (for example, if pitcher “quick pitches” under 8.05(e), the umpire shall call an illegal pitch, and the pitch will not count as a ball or strike).

e.         For all Leagues other than the Major League.

No pitcher shall be permitted to pitch more than three innings in any game.

f.          AAA Coach-Pitch rules.

For all games played through May 5, 2015, there will be no walks.  After four balls are called on a batter, the coach of the team batting will pitch to the batter.  Any strikes that have already been called on the batter carry forward to the coach-pitch segment of the at bat.  The AAA pitcher remains on the field and fields the pitcher’s position.  After the batter completes the at bat, the AAA pitcher pitches to the next batter. The League Commissioner shall have the authority, in the exercise of his discretion, after consultation with the Vice President of Baseball, to extend the application of this rule, provided the objective of moving AAA towards full kid-pitch during the season is met.

IX.       The Players

The conduct of players during a game shall be subject to, and determined in accordance with, Regulation IV of the Official Regulations except as set forth below:

a.         Regulation IV(i) shall be amended so as to read as follows:

In the Major League, every player on a team roster who is present at the start of the game must participate in the game for a minimum of nine defensive outs, need not be played in consecutive order, and shall bat at least once.  Each such player must play at least one inning in the infield (which includes the pitcher and catcher positions).

In the Minor and AAA Leagues, no player shall sit out a second inning until all players have sat out at least one inning; no player shall sit out a third inning until all players have sat out at least two innings; etc.  No player shall sit out two defensive innings in a row.  Each player who is present at the start of a game shall play at least two defensive innings of that game in the infield (which includes the pitcher and catcher positions).  Penalties for violations are in the discretion of the Commissioner.

 

Exhibit 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARIEN LITTLE LEAGUE

2013 LOCAL RULES

BASEBALL DRAFTS

Major League

The DLL Baseball Major League for 2015 will be comprised of fifteen teams split between two divisions, American and National.  The following program will be used for the selection of players for each team.

Players to be Considered

All players of eligible Little League age (10-12) will be considered for the Major League. 
All 12-year-old players are guaranteed placement in the Major League unless the child poses a safety risk.  All returning players (those who were on a Major League roster in 2014) are guaranteed placement in the Major League.

Draft Program

The team assignment to the two divisions and the drafting order of player selection will be determined by drawing numbers randomly.  Once the draft selection order is determined, teams with odd number selection positions (1, 3, 5, etc.) will be grouped as the American division and the teams with the even number selection positions will be grouped as the National division.

Player Selection

The player pool will be split into two groups with the first group being the “returning” Major Leaguers and the second group being the “rising” Major Leaguers.  All returning Major Leaguers will be selected before any rising Major Leaguer is selected.  The draft selection order will follow a “Z” pattern — the first round will run in order with teams in position 1 through 14 and the second round will run in reverse with teams in position from 14 to 1.  This “Z” pattern will be used for both groups of players, returning and rising Major Leaguers.  The Manager of each team will be responsible for making player selections based on the draft order.  Each team will be required to select the same number of 12 year-olds unless there are an uneven number of 12- year-olds, in which one or more teams selected at random will select one fewer 12-year-old than the other teams.  Each team will be allowed to take a maximum of two Little League 10-year-olds, with no minimum.

Minor League

Paper draft conducted by the Minor League Commissioner and Minor League Player Agent.

AAA League

Paper draft conducted by the AAA Commissioner and AAA Player Agent.

 

 

 

DARIEN LITTLE LEAGUE

 

2015 LOCAL RULES

AAA BASEBALL

1.                  Pitching distance will be 46 feet.

2.                  A minimum of seven players per team is necessary to start and finish a regulation game.  If fewer than seven players are present, the team with insufficient players forfeits the game by a score of 1-0 and may play an umpired scrimmage using players borrowed from the other team.

3.                  Ten players on the field, including four outfielders, may be used for game play.  However, no outfielder may play as an additional infielder.  All outfielders must be positioned on the outfield grass.  No infielder may be positioned closer to the plate than the pitcher.

4.                  No infield fly rule will be called.

5.                  Runners may not advance once the defensive team has thrown the ball to the pitcher while the pitcher is on or close to the mound.  Runners shall be positioned on the base they were closest to at the time the ball reached the pitcher, whether or not the pitcher caught the ball.  If a runner is exactly half way between two bases, then the runner may advance to the next base.

6.                  Runners may advance only one base on an overthrown ball that goes outside the field of play.  Field of play is defined as inside the fence area and extending down the fence line into the outfield.  The runners shall be positioned on the base they were closest to at the time the overthrown ball left the field of play, plus one base.  If a runner is exactly half way between two bases when the ball leaves the field of play, then the runner may advance to the next base, plus one base.

7.                  No stealing before commissioner allows stealing of third in mid-season, no bunting, no balks.  Any action constituting an illegal pitch under Playing Rule 8.05 will not count (for example, if pitcher “quick pitches” under 8.05(e), the umpire shall call an illegal pitch, and the pitch will not count as a ball or strike).

8.                  Running batting order: All players will be in the batting order whether or not they are playing defensively.  No changes to batting order may be made once play begins, except for an injury preventing a player from playing.  Late arriving players must be added to the end of the batting order, irrespective of where team is in the order when the player arrives.

9.                  Free substitution on defense: Defensive players can be changed inning by inning, with players able to re-enter game (no changes during inning except for pitching changes, position changes and for injuries).  No player is to sit for two consecutive defensive innings.  No player to sit out a second inning until all players have sat out at least one inning; no player to sit out a third inning until all players have sat out at least two innings; etc.

10.              Pitcher eligibilityNO EXCEPTIONS:   Pitchers are unavailable to pitch again once relieved by another pitcher.  Pitchers may not pitch two consecutive games in the same day.  If a pitcher hits three batters in an inning, then the pitcher must be taken out of the game.  On the third visit to the pitcher in an inning by a manager or coach, the pitcher must be taken out.  A pitcher may pitch in no more than three innings in a game.  The delivery of one pitch counts as having pitched in an inning.

11.              Any runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball, or a fielder to whom the ball has almost arrived, and is waiting to make the tag.  Head first slides are prohibited and the runner will be called out.

12.              The only player permitted to have a bat is the active batter.  No on-deck batters may hold or swing a bat.

13.              Both base coaches can be adult coaches as long as there is at least one adult manager or coach in the dugout.

14.              Hats must be worn by all players in the field.  Catchers must wear shin guards, chest protector, face mask with dangling throat protector and protective cup.

15.              Throwing the bat (even after making contact):  Any player who, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally throws a bat, will be called out.  A batter who, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally throws the bat will be warned.  The umpire will also administer a warning to the manager of that team.  The team warning will be noted in the official scorebook.  Thereafter, each batter from that team who throws the bat, whether intentionally or unintentionally, will be called out.  If the ball is batted fairly on a thrown bat, the play will be allowed to continue.  Once the play has been completed, the batter will be called out and all runners will return to the base they occupied before the ball was batted with no penalty to those runners.  If the out called as a result of the thrown bat is the third out of the inning, no runs may score.

16.              Substitute runners, except in cases of injury, shall not be allowed.

17.              For all games played through May 5, 2015, there will be no walks.  After four balls are called on a batter, the coach of the team batting will pitch to the batter.  Any strikes that have already been called on the batter carry forward to the coach-pitch segment of the at bat.  The AAA pitcher remains on the field and fields the pitcher’s position.  After the batter completes the at bat, the AAA pitcher pitches to the next batter.  The League Commissioner shall have the authority, in the exercise of his discretion, after consultation with the Vice President of Baseball, to extend the application of this rule, provided the objective of moving AAA towards full player-pitch during the season is met.

18.              Each player who was present at the beginning of the game and remains for the entire game must play at least two defensive innings in the infield.  Pitcher and catcher are infield positions.