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Rules and Bylaws

Local Rules, Ground Rules, and Bylaws

The local rules, ground rules, and bylaws of Rutland Little League are developed, maintained, and approved annually by the Rutland Board of Directors and are not considered part of the Constitution. The local rules of any hometown Little League cannot conflict with Little League Rules, Regulations, or Policies. Local rules, ground rules, and bylaws expire each year (unlike the constitution, which governs the league meetings, etc., until it is amended by the Membership and approved by Regional Headquarters). It is recommended that hometown Little Leagues approve and issue their local rules, ground rules, and bylaws in the winter before the season begins so there is no confusion later on in the season.

Policy on Advancing Players to a Higher Division

Approved by the Board of Directors on January 18, 2018

In an effort to improve the skills of the players in our league, the Board believes that it is necessary to actively promote those players who are ready for higher levels of competition.  As such, the Player Agent, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, shall coordinate a player evaluation each year to determine the pool of players who are prepared for the next division.

Only when there is a need to fill roster spaces at the AAA and/or Little League level in order to draft teams rostering a minimum of 11 players each, will the league consider moving players up to higher division. This need is assessed each year and the decision to move players to fill roster spots is determined by a board vote once registration has closed.  In all cases, an attempt will be made to create rosters of equal sizes.

If it is determined that there is a need to move players up a division, players in AA and AAA will be notified and given the opportunity to evaluate for one of the available roster openings. Specifically, this invitation would be extended to all league age 8-year-olds in the AA division for a chance to advance early to AAA; or all league age 10-year-olds in the AAA division for a chance to advance early to Little League.  In order to advance to a new division early, the player MUST BE EVALUATED.  League age 7-year-olds will not be eligible to advance to the AAA division.

Coaches in the division drafting players up will evaluate the players who would like to be considered, and then rank those players whose skills they deem sufficient to play at the higher level to a pool. If there are more qualified players than there are roster openings, final determination of which players will be selected to those openings will be determined prior to the draft by a vote of the division managers, player agent and independent evaluator.


AA Batting and Lineup Policy

1. Batters will receive no more than 10 pitches to put the ball in play. If after the 9 pitches, the batter has not made contact, the pitcher (coach) will announce that the batter is running on the next pitch regardless of the outcome.

2. Players should be assigned designated positions on the infield and only 1 player may occupy a given position at any time on the infield (including pitcher). Extra players should be distributed across the outfield. Unless there is a safety concern, every player on the team must play the infield during the game, and coaches should make every effort to have equal time for all players between the infield and outfield.

3. After the 1st inning, base runners should be removed from the base if the defense completes an out. Teams will continue to bat through the lineup each inning.

4. Unless coaches agree otherwise prior to the start of a game, beginning with the 5th game:

- Teams bat around in the first inning regardless of the number of put outs. (Runners are NOT removed from the base when they are out per #3 above).

- In the second inning and after, teams shall play 3 outs or one time through the lineup, whichever occurs first.

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