2016-2017 Rule Changes


As a result of the District Administrator voting following the recent Regional Round Table Meetings, the following four rule changes will go into effect for the 2016 season:



For 2016 Season:

Item 2: Regulation I(b) and Tournament Manager and Coaches-

All Division of Baseball and Softball:



Beginning with the 2016 tournament season, League Presidents may be eligible to be selected by local league Board of Directors as tournament team manager or coach with written approval from their respective District Administrator. In the event that a District Administrator does not approve the selection, the League President may request the District Administrator determination be reviewed by the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee through the appropriate Regional Office.



Softball Only for 2016 Season:

Item 3: Regulation VI(c), Playing Rule 3.03, and Tournament Rule 10 (Softball)-

Softball Junior, Senior, and Big League:



This allows players within the Junior, Senior, and Big League Softball divisions to be replaced on the pitcher's plate and return to pitch, even if removed from the game, providing they meet the substitution, charged conference, and mandatory play rule(s).



For 2016 season:

Items 7 and 9: Tournament Release of Names and Tournament Team Practice-

All Divisions of Baseball and Softball:



This change allows leagues to release their tournament teams and begin holding tryouts or practices by tournament teams starting on June 1. Teams shall not be released until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members has been established. Previously, leagues could announce their teams on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of their tournament. The Little League group accident insurance underwritten by an AIG member company for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 1. In the event that a tournament would start prior to June 14, a league must obtain a waiver from the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee to announce its tournament team and begin to hold tryouts or practice prior to the new date of June 1.


All leagues are strongly encouraged to continue to provide regular season and special game opportunities for their players after June 1.



For the 2016 Season:

Item 8: Tournament Player Eligibility-

Baseball and Softball 9/10-, 10/11-, 11/12-Year-Old Divisions:



This change expands the tournament opportunities, making these three tournaments open to a three-year range of players, and provides leagues additional flexibility in their player selection. The new age structure will create the 8/9/10-Year-Old Division; 9/10/11-Year-Old Division; and 10/11/12-Year-Old Division.




As a result of the District Administrator voting following the recent Regional Round Table Meetings, the following rule changes will go into effect for the 2017 season:



For the 2017 Season:

Item 1: Regulation 1(a) and IV(c)-

Baseball and Softball Major, Intermediate (50/70), Junior, Senior, and Big League:



This change provides participants at these levels of play the ability to participate in two divisions, provided they qualify under age requirements, Residency/School Attendance Eligibility Requirements, programs, and divisions of play. A player may only be selected to one Tournament team, and must meet tournament eligibility requirements for that specific division.





Mike Walker asked what we will do in Wyoming relative to item 8, which now allows a three year age span for the tournament all-star teams.


We will follow the rules as written!!


That is, if a league wishes to put a 10 year old on their Majors All-Star team, they certainly have the right to do so. I would hope that the leagues would find their 12 year olds to be better on the tournament team; but remember that All-Stars are supposed to be chosen based on ability!!! Refer to the section of the Tournament Rules on pages 116 &117 in the Little League Rule Book, "Selection of Tournament Teams (Recommended Method)".


Remember that this a RECOMMENDED METHOD!!!


The selection method used is determined by the elected League Board-of-Directors for the current season. It is a part of the "Local Rules" which are in effect only for the current season unless readopted by the current year's Board-of Directors.


Each year's Board-of-Directors should adopt the procedure to be used before the season starts so that EVERYONE knows from the very beginning how the All-Stars will be selected.


Personally I am pleased for this rule change because it will enable our smaller leagues to have a better ability to make up an All-Star team so their children may be a part of the Tournament. I also appreciate the fact that if one of our larger leagues has a younger player who has better ability they can reward him with a spot on the All-Star team!!


Bill S.


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