League By-Laws

Updated Sunday December 3, 2017 by Sam Farnsworth.

West Marin Little League Bylaws                 Last Updated: November 30, 2017

 

 

  1. MISSION STATEMENT

 

The primary objective of West Marin Little League (“WMLL”) is to provide the children of our community with an opportunity not only to have fun and develop good fundamental baseball skills, but to develop the skills of sportsmanship, teamwork, and, commitment.  Towards this end, WMLL will provide a supervised program of developmental baseball games and instruction under the rules and regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. All WMLL directors, managers, coaches, officers, agents and other volunteers shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of happy, healthy, productive future citizens is of prime importance.

 

 

  1. LOCAL RULES

 

The rules described herein are intended to supplement, not replace, the rules and regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated and the WMLL Constitution.  These rules may be amended by a majority vote of the Board.

 

 

  1. WMLL PROGRAMS 

 

WMLL strives to offer a comprehensive, articulated instructional program to all players from 5 to 15.  Players can expect to spend one or two years at each level, and progress to the next division when it best serves their developmental needs.  Because Little League’s “League Age” is determined using a different date than California schools use to determine grade placement, it is sometimes the case that children in the same class will be playing in different Little League divisions.   A player’s age or grade will not always be the sole indication of his/her most suitable Little League division placement.  If a player has exceptional baseball skills and maturity, or a clear need for additional skills development, and would, in the opinion of the WMLL Player Agent, benefit from playing in a different division than his/her age or grade would seem to indicate, WMLL reserves the right to place the player in the Division deemed most appropriate.  The goal is to create the narrowest possible range of ages and skills within each division.

 

In general, with the above-mentioned exceptions, the divisions tend to break down like this:

  • Tee Ball – Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade (depending on age, needs, and current skills))
  • Entering Farm – 1st and 2nd Grade (depending on age, needs, and current skills)
  • Returning Farm – 2nd and 3rd Grades (depending on age, needs, and current skills)
  • AA – 3rd and 4th Grades (placement by assessment)
  • AAA – 4th 5th and 6th Grades (placement by assessment)
  • Majors – all 12 year olds, 5th, 6th, and 7th Grades (placement by assessment)
  • Juniors – all players League Age 13, 14, and 15

 

  

  1. PLAYER FEES AND REFUND POLICY

 

All player fees are due at the time of registration unless a designated WMLL representative approves an alternative arrangement.   Financial aid will be provided for any player whose family is unable to contribute financially, but this must be arranged in advance of season starting.

 

A full refund will be granted up to three days after tryouts for Minors, Majors, and Juniors Divisions, and until February 7th for Rookie, Farm, and Tee Ball. Any refunds after this point will need the Board of Directors’ approval and will be at a reduced rate.

 

 

  1. PARENT PARTICIPATION

 

West Marin Little League is an entirely volunteer-run organization.  All adults are expected to contribute some of their time and resources to put back into the program for the benefit of each and every player in our League.  Without the constructive involvement of parents and community-minded individuals, the opportunity for an enjoyable and beneficial youth sports experience will have limited success.

 

All managers, coaches, Board of Directors members, and any/all other volunteers who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players or teams, must annually complete and submit the official “Little League Volunteer Application” to the local league president.   Annual background screenings must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season.   Refusal to annually submit a fully completed “Little League Volunteer Application” will result in the immediate removal of the individual from coaching in the local league games or practices.

 

The WMLL Manager/Coach Selection Process shall govern the requirements for and process by which managers/coaches are reviewed, approved and assigned to each division.

 

 

  1. PLAYER ASSIGNMENT

 

League

All players with a League Age from 5 to 14 who register in advance of the cut-off date are guaranteed a spot on an appropriate team.

 

Players who are League-aged 9-14 (and any 8 year-olds desiring to play AA Minors) are required to participate in all appropriate assessments in order to allow for the most suitable player placement, and the best possible balancing of teams by age and current ability.

 

The Player Agent and Baseball Operations Committee oversee and manage all Player Assignment activity.

 

Tee Ball

  • The VP of Tee Ball assigns players to teams.
  • At this level, WMLL will make an effort to accommodate parent requests for team and teammate assignments, although the VP will weigh such requests against the need to maintain a balance of ages on each team.
  • Teams will be 10 players maximum.
  • Team assignments are finalized by the end of February and parents are notified of their child's assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

Entering Farm

  • The VP of the Entering Farm Division assigns players to teams.
  • At this level, WMLL will make an effort to accommodate parent requests for team and teammate assignments, although the VP will weigh such requests against the need to maintain a balance of ages on each team.
  • Maximum roster size:  10 players.
  • Team assignments are finalized by the end of February and parents are notified of their child's assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

 

 

 

 

Returning Farm

  • The VP of the Returning Farm Division assigns players to teams.
  • At this level, WMLL will make an effort to accommodate parent requests for team and teammate assignments, although the VP will weigh such requests against the need to maintain a balance of ages on each team.
  • The VP will consult with the Player Agent and team managers in an effort to balance teams in terms of skill levels and ages.
  • Maximum roster size:  11 players.
  • Team assignments are finalized by the end of February and parents are notified of their child's assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

AA/AAA (Minors)

  • All players league age 9, 10, and 11 who did not participate the previous season at the Majors level must attend the AA-AAA skills assessments.  The league will evaluate players’ current throwing, fielding, running, batting, and other skills as part of the criteria and process to determine appropriate Division placement and allow for optimal team balancing.
  • All eligible players who complete their registration on time, and who are League Age 9 or 10 are guaranteed placement on either a AA or AAA team.
  • All eligible players who complete their registration on time, and who are League-age 11 are guaranteed placement on a AAA team.
  • Players who are League age 8 must attend the AA-AAA assessment to be considered (if determined to be an appropriate placement and if space is available) for placement in the AA division
  • Players who are League-age 7 will NOT be considered to be eligible for AA.
  • Players who are League-age 8 will NOT be considered to be eligible for the AAA draft
  • Every player will participate in assessments in order to determine where (s)he is best suited to play.
  • Following the evaluations, the AA and AAA managers draft players to determine rosters. (See “Draft”).   
  • Maximum roster size:  12 players.
  • Roster assignments are completed in February, at which time parents will receive notification of their child’s team assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

Majors

  • All eligible players (Players that are League age 12, players who have played previously in the Majors, and any League-aged 10- or 11-year-old player wishing to be considered for the Majors draft ) who complete their registration on time are required to attend Majors assessments/tryouts.  Players will be evaluated on current throwing, fielding, running, batting, and other skills as part of the criteria and process to determine appropriate Division placement and allow for optimal team balancing.    
  • Any player League-age 10 or 11 who has not previously played in the Majors will be required to participate in both the AA/AAA and Majors assessments
  • Following tryouts, the Majors managers draft players to determine rosters. (See “Draft”)
  • All players who are age twelve (12) are assured a place on a Majors team, regardless of current skill level, unless the player's parents agree their child would be better served with a season in the Minors. (Note:  Should a twelve (12) year old play Minors, he or she is not permitted to pitch.)
  • Players ages ten (10) and eleven (11) who try out for Majors but are not placed into the Majors draft pool are released to the Minors where they are drafted as part of the AA/AAA team assignment process.
  • Players who are League-aged 9 will not be considered for the Majors draft.
  • Players will be notified in the weeks after tryouts as to their league assignment (Majors vs. Minors).
  • Team roster size:  12 players.
  • Roster assignments for Majors and Minors are completed by late February, at which time parents will receive notification of their child’s team assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

Juniors

  • All eligible players who complete their registration on time and who are League Age 13, 14 and 15 are guaranteed a spot on a Juniors team, but are required to attend assessments to allow for the best possible balancing of skills across the division.
  • Following assessments, the Juniors managers draft players to determine rosters. (“See Draft”)
  • Every Juniors-age eligible player will be assigned to a team, regardless of current skill level.
  • Roster assignments are completed by late February, at which time parents will receive notification of their child’s team assignment.
  • Teams are dissolved at the end of each baseball season.

 

 

  1. DRAFT

 

The goal of the draft is to create teams within each division that are as equally balanced as possible.  It is the sincere hope of WMLL that no team will be substantially stronger or weaker than any other.

 

Draft Committee

The Draft Committee will be made up of Player Agent, WMLL President, WMLL Vice President and the VP’s of the AA, AAA, and Majors Divisions.

 

Draft Pools

Following the Assessments/Try-outs, the Draft Committee will determine the draft pools for Majors, AAA, and AA based on player performance, current skill level, League age, pitching/catching/position ability, past recommendations from coaches, and roster spaces available at each level of play.

 

  • If possible, each division will contain an even number of teams to avoid “byes”.
  • Every effort will be made to place players into the division which will offer the greatest opportunities to play with players of similar ability.
  • Any player who played the previous year in a division is guaranteed a spot on a roster in that division and cannot be “bumped” to a lower division:
  • All players who are League-age 9 are guaranteed a spot in the AA pool and may not be “bumped” by an 8-year-old player.
  • All players who are League-age 11, or who played the previous season in AAA are guaranteed a spot in the AAA pool.
  • All players who are League age 12, or who played the previous year in Majors are guaranteed a spot in the Majors pool.
  • Any 10-year-old player selected to a Majors team must be drafted in rounds 1-5 of the Majors draft.  If a 10-year-old player is not drafted in rounds 1-5 of the Majors draft, that player is transferred to the AAA player draft pool. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that a 10-year-old playing on a Majors team is a rare occurrence, limited to truly exceptional players and/or players who pose a potential safety risk to other players by remaining in AAA.

 

Once Player Draft Pools have been determined, individual player evaluation scores and assessment scores will be made available to the VP of each Division and the draft will be scheduled by the Player Agent at a time when all or most Division Managers are able to attend.

 

If one or more managers are unable to attend the agreed-upon draft event, (s)he may send a proxy.  All draft choices made by that proxy will be considered officially approved by the manager for whom (s)he is standing in.

 

 

Draft Night

In advance of each Division’s draft, the Draft Committee will rank players within that pool, based on their assessment scores and any additional factors deemed by the Draft Committee to be worthy of consideration.

 

Each Division’s managers will draft players ONLY from the pool provided by the Draft Committee, but managers are not obligated to draft in the order set out by the committee.

 

Each team may designate one Manager and one “Attached Coach” (if desired) whose child(ren) will be guaranteed spots on the team managed/coached by their parents.  Prior to the draft, players whose parent(s) is(are) “attached” to each team will be assigned a draft round based on the ranking determined by the Draft Committee.

 

Examples:

1) Johnny is ranked the #2 player in the Majors draft.  Johnny’s mother is managing the Giants.  Johnny is the automatic 1st round draft pick for the Giants.

2)  Jimmy is ranked 30th in the AAA pool.  There are 10 teams to be drafted.  Jimmy’s dad is the “attached coach” for the Reds.  Jimmy is the automatic 3rd round draft pick for the Reds.)

 

Under no circumstance shall two parent-coaches of exceptionally strong or exceptionally weak players be allowed to coach together if, in the opinion of the Draft Committee or WMLL President, this would result in a skill imbalance within the division.

 

Prior to the draft, the Player Agent randomly draws lots to determine the “draft order” to be followed.

 

Traditional drafting will follow a “snake” format by which first-round players are selected by managers in the order determined by this random draw; second round players are selected in reverse order; third round in draft order; fourth round in reverse order; etc. (with all managers’ and coaches’ children placed during appropriate draft round as outlined above).

 

The Draft Committee may (at their sole discretion) assign a certain number of players to each team, prior to the start of the draft and then complete the draft by way of traditional draft to facilitate creating teams that are as equally balanced as possible.

 

Because the draft pools are established by the Draft Committee, and all players designated for each Division will be guaranteed a spot on a roster and cannot be “bumped”, all players will be drafted together, regardless of status as “returners”, in order to ensure the most even distribution of skills regardless of previous year’s placement.

 

Every effort will be made to ensure that every team includes an equitable number of proficient pitchers and catchers.  During the draft, players selected are identified as having pitched or caught in the previous season.

 

Every effort will be made to ensure that, whatever the outcome suggested by the “draft order”/”reverse draft order” procedure, no team ends up with a disproportionate number of “bottom of the lineup” players.   The Player Agent, in conjunction with the Draft Committee, may also reserve the right to better balance the teams by assigning the final round of players.  This action would ideally be supported by all managers in attendance, along with the Division VP.

 

No Majors team may have more than 8 players who are league-age 12.

 

The goal is for every team to eventually have 12 players, but spaces may be reserved during the initial draft process to allow for late registrants.  During seasons with exceptionally high enrollment, it may not be possible to accommodate late registration.

 

Trades: After the draft is completed, one-for-one in-Division trades may be conducted up until the time the teams are announced.  All trades shall be approved by the Player Agent and VP of Division.  If the VP and/or PA have a potential conflict, trades will be approved/not approved at the discretion of the WMLL President (or WMLL Vice President in the event of a potential conflict with the WMLL President).

 

 

  1. LATE REGISTRATIONS

 

Should players register after the registration deadline, every effort will be made to facilitate their inclusion, if possible, on a space-available basis.  Late registrants are required to attend assessment days and will be considered equally with players who registered on time.

 

Should players register after the assessments have taken place, but before the Draft, members of the Draft Committee or their designee(s) will make every attempt to assess these players in order to place each in the most appropriate draft pool on a space-available basis.

 

Should additional players register after the drafts have taken place, they will be assessed and placed into the appropriate “reserve pool”.  If there are available roster slots, and/or the League agrees to increase roster size to 13 to accommodate additional players, the “reserve pool” players will be assigned to teams one week before opening day with the intent of better balancing the existing teams.

 

  1. REPLACEMENT PLAYERS

 

Should a team lose enough players during the season to drop their roster below 11 players (to 10 or fewer), replacements may be sought from the division below with Player Agent approval.  Every attempt to avoid this will be made so as to incur minimal disruption to any affected WMLL programs.  Every attempt will be made to limit the replacement of Majors levels players with 10 year old players.  As noted above in section 7, 10 year olds in Majors should be a rare occurrence and limited to truly exceptional players who could pose a safety risk to other players by remaining in AAA.

 

 

  1. PRACTICE

 

Practices are scheduled by each team’s Manager and will be held on Division-appropriate WMLL fields.  The allocation of practice fields will be overseen by the WMLL Registrar, and teams will be assigned practice times and venues based on manager preference in “reverse draft order”.

 

 

  1. PLAY

 

Tee Ball

  • Game length: 3 innings or 75 minutes
  • Pitching:
    • Ball is hit off a tee
    • players advance one base per hit
  • Batting:
    • Players bat from tee
    • All players bat once in every inning
    • Outs are not recorded
  • Minimum Play:
    • All players will participate in every inning in the field
    • Players will play in both the infield and the outfield and be equitably rotated through all positions
  • Scoring:  No score is kept
  • Standings: No standings are kept
  • Playoffs:  No playoffs
  • Umpires:  No umpires
  • Maximum team size:  10, 9 is preferred.

 

Entering Farm

  • Game length: 4 innings or 90 minutes
  • Pitching:  Coach Pitch
  • Batting
    • All players bat once in every inning
    • Outs are not recorded
    • A batter is given 8 pitches.  If (s)he can’t connect with any of them, (s)he will hit from a tee to complete the at bat.  An alternative, if agreed upon, is to run out the next contact, whether fair or foul.
  • Minimum Play:
    • All players will participate in every inning in the field
    • Players will play in both the infield and the outfield and be equitably rotated through all positions

 

  • Scoring:  No score is kept
  • Standings: No standings are kept
  • Playoffs:  No playoffs
  • Umpires:  No umpires
  • Maximum team size: 11
  • Slashing: No “slashing” (showing bunt, pulling back and swinging) is permitted

 

Returning Farm

  • Game length: 4 innings or 90 minutes
  • Pitching:
    • 1st half of season: Coach Pitch
    • Second half: Machine Pitch
  • Batting:  Continuous batting order; three outs
  • Minimum Play:
    • All players will participate in every inning on defense
    • All players will be developed in all positions.
  • Stealing:  No stealing
  • Scoring:  No score is kept
  • Standings: No standings are kept
  • Playoffs:  No playoffs
  • Umpires:  none
  • Maximum team size: 11
  • Slashing: No “slashing” (showing bunt, pulling back and swinging) is permitted

 

AA Minors

  • Game length: 6 innings
  • Complete game: 4 innings (3 ½  if “home” is up) or two hours
  • Time Limit:
    • No new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.
    • Both managers and the umpires will discuss and agree upon which inning will be the final inning, before the final inning begins.
    • No new inning will ever begin within 15 minutes of sundown.
    • All games will be stopped immediately if, in the opinion of the umpires and/or any member of the Board, play has become unsafe due to darkness or weather conditions.
  • Pitching:
    • 1st half of season: Machine Pitch
    • Second half: Player Pitch
    • During the transition phase games may utilize both machine and player pitch.
    • Transition of machine to player pitch to be determined at the discretion of the managers and league VP.
  • Batting:  Continuous batting order; three outs
  • Minimum Play:
    • Nine players in the field on defense
    • All players will participate in an equal number of defensive innings
    • No player will play more than half his/her innings in the outfield.
    • No player will play more than two innings in any position.
    • If disciplinary or attendance issues arise, Manager may enforce Little League minimum play for an individual player, but must notify the player agent of this and discuss with parents of child prior to affected game(s). Manager must also note this in their roster and notify the opposing manager prior to the start of the game(s).
  • Scoring:  Score is kept for individual games
  • Five-run rule:  No more than five runs may be scored in a single inning, with the exception of the “final inning” and/or any extra innings.  If a game’s final inning will be the 4th or 5th, “Final inning” must be called by the umpire before the start of the top half of the final inning in order for the 5-run rule to be removed.
  • Mercy Rule:  If, after 4 complete innings (3 ½ if “home” team is leading), one team is up by 10 or more runs, they shall be declared the winner.
  • Stealing:
    • No stealing.
    • A single base may be taken on an overthrow.
    • No scoring on passed balls, wild pitches, or throws back to the mound.  Runners shall be batted in.
  • Standings: Standings do not affect playoff seeding
  • Playoffs: Seeded double-elimination or seeded single-elimination tournament is preferred. Managers must fully complete player evaluations by the league deadline for their team to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. Regular season record determines home team throughout the playoffs. Field/Snack Shack duty to be shared evenly.
  • Umpires:  All games will be umpired, usually by a single umpire
  • Maximum team size: 12
  • Slashing: No “slashing” (showing bunt, pulling back and swinging) is permitted
  • Early Season Pitching Limits: In addition to the pitch count and other restrictions outlined by Little League, during the first 6 games of the season: no pitcher shall pitch more than 2 innings in a game and no more than 3 innings in consecutive games.

Playoff Pitching Equalization: During the playoffs, all players (regardless of age) will be subject to the daily pitch limit of the youngest player currently in the AA division.

 

AAA Minors

  • Game length: 6 innings
  • Complete game: 4 innings (3 ½  if “home” is up)
  • Time Limit:
    • If no game follows, there is no time limit.
    • If there is a game following, no new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.
    • No new inning will ever begin after 15 minutes before sundown.
    • All games will be stopped immediately if, in the opinion of the umpires and/or any member of the Board, play has become unsafe due to darkness or weather conditions.
  • Pitching:  Player Pitch
  • Batting:  Continuous batting order; three outs
  • Minimum Play:
    • Nine players on defense
    • All players will participate in a minimum of 4 defensive innings.
    • No player will participate in a 6th inning until all players have participated in 5.
    • No player will play in the outfield for more than half his/her innings.
    • No player will play the same position for more than two innings with the exception of pitcher and catcher.
    • If disciplinary or attendance issues arise, Manager may enforce Little League minimum play for an individual player, but must notify the player agent of this and discuss with parents of child prior to affected game(s). Manager must also note this in their roster and notify the opposing manager prior to the start of the game(s).
  • Scoring:  Score is kept
  • Five-run rule:  No more than five runs may be scored in a single inning, with the exception of the “final inning” and/or any extra innings.  If a game’s final inning will be the 4th or 5th, “Final inning” must be called by the umpire before the start of the top half of the final inning in order for the 5-run rule to be removed.
  • Mercy Rule:  If, after 4 complete innings (3 ½ if “home” team is leading), one team is up by 10 or more runs, they shall be declared the winner.
  • Stealing:
    • Stealing is allowed (per LL International, no “leading off”).
    • No stealing on dropped third strike for the first half of the season.
    • No scoring on a passed ball, wild pitch, bad throw back to the mound from the catcher, or blown throw-down to second for the first half of the season.
    • After the break, runners may attempt to score on a passed ball, wild pitch, or fielding error.
    • Runners must return to their bases when the pitcher is standing on the rubber and in possession of the ball, and the catcher is ready to receive a throw.  The catcher does NOT have to be in a squat.
  • Standings: Standings are kept
  • Playoffs:  Seeded double-elimination tournament is preferred. Managers must fully complete player evaluations by the league deadline for their team to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. Regular season record determines home team throughout the playoffs. Field/Snack Shack duty to be shared evenly.
  • TOC:  AAA Division champion will represent WMLL in District 3 TOC in the Minors division
  • Umpires:  All games will be umpired, usually by a team of two umpires (if available).
  • Slashing: No “slashing” (showing bunt, pulling back and swinging) is permitted
  • Early Season Pitching Limits: In addition to the pitch count and other restrictions outlined by Little League, during the first 6 games of the season: no pitcher shall pitch more than 2 innings in a game and no more than 3 innings in consecutive games.

 

Majors

  • Game length: 6 innings
  • Time Limit:  Time Limit:
    • If no game follows, there is no time limit.
    • If there is a game following, no new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play.
    • No new inning will ever begin after 15 minutes before sundown.
    • All games will be stopped immediately if, in the opinion of the umpires and/or any member of the Board, play has become unsafe due to darkness or weather conditions.
  • Pitching:  Player Pitch
  • Batting:  Continuous batting order; three outs
  • Minimum Play:
    • Nine players on defense
    • During the regular season, all players will participate in a minimum of 4 defensive innings and all players shall play at least 1 of their defensive innings in the infield.
    • During the post season, all players will participate in a minimum of 3 defensive innings and all players shall play at least 1 of their defensive innings in the infield.
    • If disciplinary or attendance issues arise, Manager may enforce Little League minimum play for an individual player, but must notify the player agent of this and discuss with parents of child prior to affected game(s). Manager must also note this in their roster and notify the opposing manager prior to the start of the game(s).
  • Mercy Rule:  If, after 4 complete innings (3 ½ if “home” team is leading), one team is up by 10 or more runs, they shall be declared the winner.
  • Stealing:  Stealing is allowed.  Runners may attempt to score/advance on a passed ball or wild pitch.
  • Dropped Third Strike: Advancing on dropped third strike is allowed when first base is unoccupied and less than two outs.
  • Standings: Standings are kept.
  • Playoffs:  Seeded double-elimination tournament is preferred. Managers must fully complete player evaluations by the league deadline for their team to be eligible to participate in the playoffs. Regular season record determines home team throughout the playoffs. Field/Snack Shack duty to be shared evenly.
  • TOC:  Division champion will represent WMLL in District 3 TOC in the Majors division.
  • Umpires:  All games will be umpired, usually by a team of two umpires (if available).
  • Slashing: As allowed by Little League rules.
  • Early Season Pitching Limits: In addition to the pitch count and other restrictions outlined by Little League, during the first 6 games of the season: no pitcher shall pitch more than 2 innings in a game and no more than 3 innings in consecutive games.

 

Juniors

  • Game length: 7 innings
  • Time Limit:
    • If no game follows, there is no time limit.
    • If there is a game following, no new inning will begin after two hours of play.
    • No new inning will ever begin after 15 minutes before sundown.
  • All games will be stopped immediately if, in the opinion of the umpires and/or any member of the Board, play has become unsafe due to darkness or weather conditions
  • Pitching:  Player Pitch
  • Batting:  Continuous batting order; three outs
  • Minimum Play:
    • Nine players on defense
    • During the regular season, all players will participate in a minimum of 4 defensive innings.
    • All players will be given an opportunity to develop in multiple positions.
    • If disciplinary or attendance issues arise, Manager may enforce Little League minimum play for an individual player, but must notify the player agent of this and discuss with parents of child prior to affected game(s). Manager must also note this in their roster and notify the opposing manager prior to the start of the game(s).
  • Scoring:  Score is kept
  • Mercy Rule:  If, after 5 complete innings (4 ½ if “home” team is leading), one team is up by 10 or more runs, they shall be declared the winner.
  • Five-run rule:  There is no five-run rule.
  • Stealing:
    • Stealing is allowed.
    • “Leading off” is allowed.
  • Dropped Third Strike: Advancing on dropped third strike is allowed when first base is unoccupied and less than two outs.
  • Standings: Standings are kept
  • Playoffs:  Seeded double-elimination tournament is preferred.
  • TOC:  Division champion will represent WMLL in District 3 TOC in the Juniors division.
  • Umpires:  All games will be umpired, usually by a team of two umpires (if available).
  • Balks:  A pitchers will be warned the first time (s)he performs an illegal move during a game.  A balk will be called on subsequent illegal moves (see Little League rule 8.05).

 

Note: Exact time of sundown will be confirmed by Managers and Plate Umpire in advance of every early-season game, and the exact time restriction for “final inning” will be agreed upon.

 

 

  1. PROTESTS

 

In accordance with Little League Rule 4.19 (a), protests shall be considered only based on the violation or interpretation of a playing rule, the use of an ineligible pitcher, or the use of an ineligible player.  No protest shall be considered on a decision involving an umpire’s judgment.

 

Right to Protest

In accordance with Little League Rule 4.19(b), only the managers (or in the managers’ absence, the coaches) of contesting teams have the right to protest or speak with an umpire during a game.  Should a Manager choose to speak with an umpire during a game, time out shall be called and the Manager for the other team will be included in the conversation.

 

Protest Process

WMLL follows Little League rule 4.19 in its entirety.

 

 

  1. FIELD PREPARATION

 

The home team is responsible for field preparation and clean up before each regular-season game and the visitors are responsible for clean-up of their own dugout.

 

Prep

  • Unlock restrooms
  • Remove tarps
  • Drag, water, and chalk field
  • Prepare mound (if needed)
  • Set up bases
  • Set up pitching machine (if used)

 

Clean up

  • Put away bases
  • Repair mound and plate area
  • Replace tarps
  • Put away pitching machine (if used)
  • Clean up dugouts
  • Drag field
  • Secure lockbox/tower/shed
  • Lock up
  • Police area

 

Every effort will be made to schedule “home” games for Pt. Reyes, Bolinas, and Valley teams at their “home” fields.).  Field representatives from each area shall be required to maintain the local home fields in play-able condition throughout the season.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. SNACK SHACK

 

The Snack Shack is both an important source of revenue for WMLL and a service to the baseball community, allowing fans and players to access refreshments during games.

 

  • The Shack will be staffed by the “home” team.
  • The Shack will be open not later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Only adults will be allowed to oversee the running of the shack.
  • One minor will be allowed in the Shack at any given time, and only under direct supervision of an adult.
  • No minor shall operate the grill, or be responsible for or provide to the public hot beverages or food of any kind.

 

 

  1. DECORUM

 

Although we do not anticipate unsportsmanlike behavior from our players, coaches, managers, parents, or spectators, the presiding umpires and/or any WMLL Board member in attendance will immediately address any inappropriate actions that may take place at any game played on WMLL fields.  Inappropriate actions/behaviors include:

 

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct of any sort
  • Managers, coaches, players, or spectators “calling” balls/strikes, fair/foul balls
  • Arguing with umpires
  • Aggressive actions or remarks
  • Coaching from the stands
  • Jeering, ridiculing, and/or taunting

 

  1. SAFETY

 

Player safety is an imperative. League, district and Little League policies and rules must be followed at all times.

 

In addition:

  • Use of the bullpen at any time requires that an additional person protect the players in the bullpen. This person must wear a batting helmet and have a glove.
  • During games, no player may have a bat in his/her hands unless they are walking from the dugout to the home plate or vice versa.
  • Before games, no batting practice will occur outside of the permanent cages.

 

  1. SCORE KEEPING 

 

In divisions where score is kept, the home team scorebook and pitch count will be the official game score-keeping book and pitch count. Pitch count and score will be confirmed with both sides at the end of every inning and any discrepancy will be settled before the start of the next inning.  Scorekeeping shall be done in accordance with Little League rules. The League Information Manager will keep records of the game scores.

 

 

  1. UNIFORMS

 

No uniforms, other than those approved by the WMLL, are acceptable.  WMLL will provide hats and jerseys/game shirts to all divisions of play. Socks, belts and baseball pants will be provided by each player’s family.  The Majors and Minors Division jerseys are the property of WMLL and must be returned at the end of the season.  Any jersey that is not returned or is damaged beyond normal wear and tear will have to be paid for in full by the player’s family.  Tee-Ball, Entering Farm and Returning Farm players may keep their game shirts.  All players may keep their hats.

 

 

  1. EQUIPMENT

 

WMLL will provide baseball equipment for each team, with the exception of individual player equipment (gloves, cleats, pants, batting gloves, etc.).  Should players prefer to use personal bats, catcher’s gear, helmets, and/or pitching protection, they are free to do so, provided that the gear is approved for play by Little League International.

 

Managers shall be personally and financially responsible for returning all equipment and uniforms at the conclusion of the season only by the process prescribed by the VP of Equipment and/or the Division VP.

 

 

  1. RAINOUTS

 

The Board will make decisions regarding the playability of our fields.  The procedure for determining rainout games is as follows:

  • The Board will review weather and field conditions on or before each gameday.
  • The Board will determine if some or all games should be rained out.
  • Rainouts will be communicated by the Board to the league via the website and/or email.

 

Regardless, all games will be stopped immediately if, in the opinion of the umpires and/or any member of the Board, play has become unsafe due to darkness or weather conditions.

 

The rescheduling of rainouts, suspended or incomplete games is the responsibility of the impacted managers, using the following process:

  • Games can be scheduled during open field time, impacted team practice times, or other teams practice times (only with the approval of Division VP).
  • Managers should identify and agree to a new date, time and location for the game. 
  • Managers submit this information for approval by the Division VP and League scheduler.
  • Upon approval, the League scheduler will update the schedule.
  • Schedule changes will be communicated via the website and/or email.

 

 

  1. SCHEDULING

 

All games will be scheduled, in advance of Opening Day, by the Registrar and/or his/her assigns.  Every effort will be made to make schedules available to the public at the earliest possible time.

 

  • Games will be scheduled for all divisions on consistent days of the week over the course of the entire season.
  • Scheduling will be done in the best interest of the League as a whole, without “preference or priority” given to one division over another.
  • All teams within a division will play the same number of games.
  • Every effort will be made to provide each team with the same number of “home” and “away” games.
  • Every effort will be made to schedule teams at preferred venues for their “home” games.
  • When possible, teams will be assigned a similar number of games at each venue.
  • Responsibility for the equitability of the game distribution lies with the appropriate Division VP.
  • Teams shall not make changes to scheduled games, days, or times without the approval of the Division VP and the Scheduler.
  • Games that are not played, and are not subsequently re-scheduled may result in a loss of points towards standings.

 

 

 

 

  1. PLAYER POOL

 

The player pool is a supply of players who are ready and able to temporarily fill out the lineup of a team that is unable to field the minimum number of players required for a game during the regular season.  For AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors, the minimum number of players required for a game is eight (8).   Should a team be unable to field 8 players, the manager may request a player from the pool.  Should a team that is only able to field 8 players prefer to field a full 9, the manager may request a player from the pool.

 

The pool is made up of players drawn, on a volunteer basis, from all teams in the league, by division. A list of players interested in becoming pool players will be collected from each manager and assembled by the Division VP and/or Player Agent.

 

If a team finds itself short on players at the time of the game, and the opposing team has more than 9, managers may agree to place one or more players from the team with ‘extra” players on the team with too few players in order to allow the game to be played.  Every effort will be made to ensure that temporarily “traded” or “borrowed” players will do their best to play with full commitment for the team to which they are assigned.

 

  • Pool players/temporary “trades” are prohibited from pitching and catching.
  • Pool players/temporary “trades” must be placed last in the batting order.
  • The player pool is intended solely to give a team enough players to play the game, not to give bench depth.
  • Under no circumstances will a pool player be added as the 10th player on a team.
  • The VP of Division and/or Player Agent will assign pool players as objectively and blindly as possible.
  • The player(s) supplied by the pool ideally will not make the receiving team significantly better or worse (although there may be instances when the pool player enhances a team’s performance or detracts from a team’s performance simply as a result of the draw).
  • There will be no player pool for playoff games.

 

 

  1. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

 

Disciplinary action may be commenced against any person involved in the WMLL program,

including but not limited to WMLL officers, directors, umpires, managers, coaches, parents, players, and those desiring to attend games and/or functions.

 

Activities that may be subject to disciplinary action shall include any violation of the guidelines contained in the Little League Operating Manual, official Little League Rules and Regulations, WMLL Bylaws, or WMLL Constitution.

 

Any individual who is in involved in any way with WMLL may also be subject to disciplinary action for any activity or conduct which the WMLL Disciplinary Committee or the WMLL Board determines to be detrimental to the best interest of WMLL and/or Little League Baseball.

 

Any violation of Little League or WMLL pitching or catching restrictions, regardless of intent or other factors, may result in the suspension or removal of the team Manager and/or Coaches in addition to any further disciplinary action determined by the WMLL Disciplinary Committee and/or the WMLL Board.

 

 

 

Disciplinary Committee

A Disciplinary Committee consisting of the League President, Vice President, Umpire-in-Chief, Player Agent and relevant League Commissioner shall investigate and determine the merit of allegations that may require disciplinary action.

 

Filing of Charges

To initiate an investigation by the Disciplinary Committee, the following steps shall be followed:

 

  • The Complainant shall file a written complaint setting forth the grounds upon which the complaint is based.
  • The complaint shall contain necessary information so that a proper investigation of the charges can be made.
  • The complainant must sign the complaint and deliver it to the attention of at least two of the following officers: the WMLL President, the relevant League Commissioner, and/or the Player Agent.
  • The complaint must be filed within three (3) calendar days following the occurrence of the alleged 24 violation. (Note: Upon the request of the complainant, his or her name will be held in confidence.)

 

The WMLL Disciplinary Committee may, of its own accord, initiate an investigation absent a formal written complaint if the Disciplinary Committee becomes aware of conduct or activity which it regards as potentially detrimental to the best interest of WMLL and/or Little League Baseball.

 

Notification of Charges

If the Disciplinary Committee finds merit in the allegation or otherwise finds evidence of conduct or activity that is detrimental to the interests of WMLL or Little League Baseball, the President or other designated Board member shall, within three (3) days of receipt of the complaint alleging the need for disciplinary action or, within three (3) days of the Disciplinary Committee’s initiating its own investigation, give written notice to the alleged violator stating the substance of the charge in concise terms and requesting that the alleged violator appear at a hearing before the Disciplinary Committee or the Board.  Based on the nature of the allegation, the Disciplinary Committee shall make the determination regarding whether the hearing should occur before the Disciplinary Committee or the Board.  Such a hearing should be held no later than ten (10) days from the date of the notice. The notice shall contain a statement that failure to appear at the hearing shall constitute default and an admission of the conduct alleged in the complaint.  The notice also shall state that such a default shall allow the WMLL Board or Disciplinary Committee to discipline the alleged violator as it deems appropriate, including suspension or removal from the WMLL program.  In no event shall any hearing member have any direct involvement with the alleged violation.

 

Decision of the Board

If the hearing is before the Board, then the Board must be represented by a valid quorum as stated in the WMLL Constitution.  If the hearing is before the Disciplinary Committee, then three quarters of the Committee members must be present at the hearing.  At the conclusion of the fact-finding hearing, the Board or Disciplinary Committee shall adjourn for deliberation.  If a minimum of two-thirds of the Board members present at the hearing or a minimum of two-thirds of the members of the Disciplinary Committee present at the hearing find that adequate grounds exist for disciplinary action, then the President or designated Board member shall issue a written decision setting forth the rule, regulation or policy violated, and the sanction ordered as a result of the violation. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, reprimand or censure, or dismissal or suspension from any further WMLL activities.

 

Emergency Disciplinary Action

Under emergency circumstances, when immediate action must be taken to protect the welfare of any individual involved in any WMLL program, the President or any person specifically designated by the President may suspend an individual from further participation in WMLL activities.  Following emergency suspension, a complaint shall be made as set forth above and a hearing shall take place in the usual manner.

 

  1. ALL STARS

 

All-Stars are selected, based on current skills, performance during the season, attitude, commitment, current skills at specific positions, pitching performance, and manager/peer recommendations and nominations.

 

All final selections will be made by the All-Stars Selection Committee.  The All-Stars Selection Committee will be made up of the WMLL President, WMLL Vice President, Player Agent, and appropriate Division VP.

 

If sufficient players are available, WMLL will name All Star teams in each of four divisions:  9/10; 10/11; Little League (11/12); and Juniors.  All Star Rosters are comprised of a minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of twenty (20) players.  These selected players will be made public on the announcement date designated by Little League International.  All selected All-Stars will practice together and be considered full and equal members of their respective teams.  From this group of honored players, a smaller “roster squad” (not to exceed 14, per LLI) is selected in each division to represent WMLL in the appropriate District 3 All Star Tournament.

 

In advance of the selection process, team managers will check the availability of all players who, in the manager’s estimation, is a potential nominee.  Players who will be available for most practices and all games will be given priority consideration.  In rare instances, players with personal or family commitments which preclude their full involvement will also be considered.

 

Player Selection Process

  • Each manager will submit a list of all eligible players (s)he feels would be effective at the All-Stars level to the appropriate Division VP, with a brief explanation for his/her choices.
  • VP shall then consolidate the nominee names into a single document for redistribution to the League's managers (the “All Star Ballot”).
  • Each manager will consider the nominees and rank the number of players equal to the Roster Size (as determined by the All Star Committee).
  • Each manager shall return his/her completed All Star Ballot to the VP, who, along with the Player Agent, shall then tally the votes and generate the results.
  • The All Star Committee shall then meet to make final team selections.
  • No later than after the first two weeks of practice, each All-Stars Team manager will determine, after conversation with the Player Agent, the composition of the Roster Squad.
  • In both team selection and Roster Squad selection, all else being equal, preference will be given to the player with the higher “League Age”.

 

Eligibility

All Star eligibility is limited to qualified athletes who:

  • Reside within WMLL league district boundaries or have received an approved waiver from Little League
  • Have played in the required number of regular-season games
  • Are of the appropriate age

 

 

No Mandatory All-Stars

No players will be granted “Mandatory All-Star” status.  All eligible ten (10) year old players who successfully make a Majors team and play as a Majors player for the entire regular season are automatically placed upon the 9/10 Division nomination list.

 

Manager and Coach Selection Process

Selection of all managers and coaches for All-Stars will be made by the All Star Committee in the following way:

  • All regular-season staff will be invited to express interest in managing and/or coaching.
  • All interested managers’ and coaches’ names will be compiled.
  • Final staff selections will be made from this list by the All Star Committee based on regular-season performance, temperament, experience, availability, and overall understanding of Tournament requirements and rules.

 

 

  1. WMLL Awards

 

Dave Geoffrion Award

This award is given annually at the Opening Day ceremony.  It is awarded by the previous year’s winner.  The award recognizes and individuals commitment and dedication to WMLL.  All are eligible and past awardees have been coaches, managers, snack shack coordinators, and Board Members.

 

The Phil Torres Award

This award recognizes one of our outstanding youth umpires.  The award is in memory of Phil Torres who was a both a WMLL and District 3 umpire.  Phil was know for taking a keen interest in the kids playing and he was passionate about his umpiring responsibilities.

 

 

The Gerry Gomez Scholarship Fund

This award recognizes a former longtime member of the WMLL Board who not only volunteered his time but also made generous financial contributions to WMLL.  To honor Gerry’s legacy, we have named our scholarship fund after him. These funds, which are available through the generosity of our sponsors and participant families, will be to assist those families who want to participate in our league but are facing financial difficulties.