The Minors “AAA” division is for players ages 8 to 12 that are drafted following tryouts. 12-year olds must waive down to play at this level. This division is an instructional, competitive division. Games are 6 innings. Batting orders are continuous, and players will play a minimum of 3 innings (9 outs) in the field. Players and parents should expect 3 games and/or practices a week.
PR-1: Game Responsibilities
- Provides a scoreboard operator, announcer and pitch counter.
- Responsible for preparing the field before the game.
- open the snack shack
- remove the plugs and insert the bases
- rake and tamp the mound
- rake the infield, home plate area and base paths
- water the infield dirt and batter’s boxes
- chalk the baselines and batter’s boxes
- raise the flag(s)
- set up Scoreboard and speaker (where applicable)
If the field is not ready 30 minutes before game time, the visiting team will help. The visiting team will be allowed to take infield 15 minutes before the start of the game. The home team may forfeit their infield time.
- Provides an Official Scorekeeper-paper book, pitch counter.
- Responsible for repairing the field after the game. (NSLL will fill both roles if playing Interleague)
After Every Game:
- rake the pitcher’s mound
- drag the infield, home plate area, base paths
- water infield dirt, pitcher’s mound and batter’s box areas
- tamp down the pitcher’s mound and batter’s boxes
After the Last Game of the Day:
- remove the bases and insert the plugs
- put away the bases and all rakes
- take down, fold, and put away flag(s)
- Insure the Snack Shack, Bathrooms and Equipment Locker are locked
- Last Game Each Day: Lock Bathrooms/pick up trash
- Last Game Thursday & Saturday: Empty trash cans into large garbage bins at the front of Lu Sutton school behind gate. Replace trash liners in all cans
- No music. No boom boxes and No announcing on the PA is allowed.
- Game time: Scheduled time or up to 30 mins after the end of the previous game.
- Snack shack is staffed separately by NSLL Snack Shack Coordinator in conjunction with Team Parents. Parents may be required to staff games their child is not playing in.
- If both umpires are legal minors, the visiting team will provide a game coordinator. This person acts as a facilitator if there is a disagreement on rules, playing conditions, or matter holding up the progress of a game. If the game coordinator is unable to resolve the dispute, they contact the League Commissioner, League President or VP of Baseball. NSLL will fill this role if playing Interleague
- Each team will provide an Umpire Coordinator; these individuals will be able to step in and umpire a game should there not be a league provided umpire attending the game.
- Each team is responsible for cleaning up their dugout and spectator area, after the game.
PR-2: General Rules
- Managers must notify the League Commissioner and Player Agent before suspending a player, unless circumstances require an immediate suspension. In such cases, a written notice should be furnished to the League Commissioner and Player Agent within 3 days.
- There will be no smoking or tobacco use on NUSD or City of Novato grounds at any time.
- No food or beverages, except water and sport drinks, are permitted in the dugout.
- Noise-makers, horns, cowbells etc. will not be allowed at Novato South Little League games.
PR-3: Game Time Limit
- Regular Season: No inning will start AFTER a game is 2 hrs old unless tied.
○ If the 3rd out is made before the time limit has expired, the next full inning is played in its entirety.
○ If the game is tied after completion of the last full inning started 2:30 hours from start, it will end in a tie.
- Post Season: There will be no time limit during playoff games.
PR-4: Curve Balls
- Pitchers will not be taught curve, sinker or slider pitches. Umpires will call all such pitches as “balls” and warn the manager that continued use will result in removal of manager and the pitcher.
PR-5: Continuous Batting Rule
- A normal baseball defense with nine (9) players is used, but the entire roster hits.
- The inning ends ONLY when three defensive outs have been recorded during the inning.
- All eligible players will be included in the batting order, regardless of defensive assignment.
- The batting order will not change during the game, except due to illness, injury or having to leave the field.
- If a runner is injured, the player who made the last recorded out replaces him. If no out has been made in the game, the last player in the batting order replaces him/her. The replacement player then returns to his/her original position in the order.
- Open substitutions are allowed provided the player being replaced has completed at least one full inning of defensive play in the field.
- A non-starting player may re-enter the game after being replaced.
- If a pitcher is removed from a game, he/she cannot re-enter the same game as a pitcher but may re-enter the game at any other position.
PR-7: Minimum Play Rule
- 2022: Games may begin with 8 players. The 9th place in the batting order will not be considered an automatic out. Games may begin with 7 player if both Managers agree to it.
- No Player, present at the start of the game and listed in the lineup as either a starter or a replacement will remain out of the defensive line-up for more than (2) consecutive innings.
- Any player that does not play 3 defensive innings in a game due to substitutions or early completion must play in the 1st & 2nd innings of the next game, then resume above stated minimum play rule.
- Under no circumstances shall the violation of minimum play regulations result in the forfeiture of a game (Regulation IV-I Note 1).
- For any violation of Minimum Play Regulations, the manager shall be penalized as follows:
- First Offense – receive a written warning, unless offense was intentional, in which case the manager will be suspended for the next scheduled game.
- Second Offense – receive a suspension for the next scheduled game, unless offense was intentional, in which case the manager will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
- Third Offense – receive a suspension for the remainder of the season, unless offense was intentional, in which case the manager will be subject to a permanent ban from the League.
- NSLL will opt-in to Local Rule 3.04. A courtesy runner may be installed for the Pitcher or Catcher when there are 2 outs. The courtesy runner must be the player who made the last out.
PR-8: Pitching Rules
- League Age 12 year old players may not pitch in a AAA game.
- NSLL will adhere to all pitch count rules as described the Little League Official Regulations and Playing Rules (Green Book). Each season NSLL may enact stricter pitch count rules
- 2022 NSLL will enforce Pitch Counts -10 from standard thru April 10. Pitch Count -10 applies to NSLL games only
- 2022 Early Season (2 Inning) Pitch Rule – Individual players will be limited to 6 consecutive outs, in addition to Little League Green Book pitch count rules thru April 10th. The 2 Inning Pitch Rule applies to NSLL teams only.
- The Pitcher shall be removed if 3 HBP batters in a single inning. The home plate umpire may remove a pitcher that hits multiple batters in a game.
PR-9: 10-Run Rule
- Novato South Little League Minor League games are played under the 10-run rule as define
- The game will be considered final when the umpire calls the game after 3 and ½ or 4 innings, or 5 inning have been played. Managers are encouraged to play the remaining innings as scrimmage until the 2-hour time limit is reached. The spirit of this idea is to give minimum play players additional playing time. Managers should:
- Move players to the infield who usually only play in the outfield
- Sit players who usually play all six innings
- Have players pitch who usually do not have an opportunity to pitch in regulation games
- Scrimmage innings must be conducted according to the rules of Little League baseball and local rules established by Novato South Little League.
- Pitch counts WILL COUNT.
- The scrimmage game - cannot exceed 2 hours.
- Umpires will remain at the game until the scrimmage innings or time are complete.
PR-10: 5 Run Limit Per Half Inning
- NSLL will follow the 5-run limit per half inning rule as stated in the Little League Official Regulations and Playing Rules (Blue Book). To be confirmed with Inter league partners
- The 5-run per half inning limit in addition to the roster batter limit (rule 5.07 in the green book) will NOT apply during “Last Inning”. “Last inning” is determined by the umpire when estimating the next full inning will last longer than time remaining
- There will be no per inning run limit in NSLL playoff or tournament games.
PR-11: Pitch Count Reporting
- Novato South Little League will follow the pitch count rules as they are written in the Little League
Official Regulations and Playing Rules (green book).
- Each Manager shall report the following information via email to the other Minor League Managers and the Minor League Commissioner on the day each game is completed:
- Name of all players who pitched in that game
- Number of pitches thrown by each
- The next date each pitcher is eligible to pitch
PR-12: Soft Toss
- Hard balls may not be hit into the fences at any field at any time. Wiffle balls are allowed.
PR-13: Pregame Batting and Warmup
- No "hard ball" batting practice is allowed before games at any NSLL field
- Pitchers at all times must be warmed up (caught) by a Player not a Coach
PR-14: Communications with Umpires
- Before, during, and after the game, only the Managers of each team may communicate with the umpires regarding the conduct of the game or any umpire calls made during the game. Coaches may not question or make comments about umpire calls.
PR-15: Interleague Play
- Each season the NSLL Board will determine whether NSLL AAA teams will play Interleague games against teams outside of NSLL.
- 2021 NSLL will play Interleague games against Novato North Little League
- The scheduling and number of games will be determined each year.
- Rules used in Interleague games will be determined annually – with the default and expectation yearly to be Blue Book rules, incl Continuous batting will be used.
Note - District 3 determines rules used for T.O.C. (2019: continuous batter)
Note - Little League International determines rules for All-Stars (2019: standard substitution) 2019 AAA – Summary of Changes:
2022 AAA – Summary of Proposed Changes:
1 - NSLL Board Approved - Mar 1: PR-8.3: 6 Consecutive Out Rule and lift date April 10
-Individual players are limited to pitch for 6 consecutive outs or Blue Book Pitch limits, whichever comes first thru April 10. Applies to NSLL teams only.
2 - NSLL Board Approved - Mar 1: PR-8.4: Bluebook Pitch count levels dropped by 10. Lift date April 10
-Opening Day - April 10: Pitchers limited to 6 consecutive outs or Blue book pitch counts - 10 pitches
-April 11 - Post Season: Pitchers limited to Blue Book Pitch Count
3 - NSLL Board Approved - Mar 1: PR-7: Games may begin with 8 players or 7 if agreed by both Managers
4 - NSLL Board Approved - Mar 1: PR-7.6: Courtesy Runner allowed for Pitcher or Catcher w/ 2 outs