ALYB Rules and Regulations
American Legion Youth Baseball Leagues (A, B, C and D) shall adhere to the Official Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball unless otherwise noted on this page or in the 2018 ALYB Official Playing Rules.
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Regulation I - The League
(a) The league is the only unit of organization.
- The 12U (A League) Division is to accommodate participants primarily league ages 11-12.
- The 10U ( B League) Division is to accommodate participants primarily league ages 9-10.
- The 8U (C League) Division is to accommodate participants primarily league ages 7-8.
- The 6U (D League) Division is to accommodate participants primarily league ages 4-6.
(b) The president shall appoint managers and coaches annually.
(c) The league shall:
- provide all players with a team hat and jersey.
- obtain Accident and General Liability insurance.
- conduct an annual background check on all managers and coaches prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. No individual shall be permitted to participate in any manner whose background check reveals a conviction, guilty plea, no contest plea, or admission to any crime involving or against a minor or minors.
If the league becomes aware of information, by any means whatsoever, that an individual, including, but not limited to, volunteers, players, or hired workers, has been convicted of, pled guilty, pled no contest, or admitted to any crime involving or against a minor or minors, the league must contact the applicable government agency to confirm the accuracy of the information. Upon confirmation of a conviction for, guilty plea, no contest plea, or admission to a crime against or involving a minor or minors, the league shall not permit the individual to participate in any manner.
(d) The Divisions defined above may be composed of not more than ten (10) teams.
Regulation II - League Boundaries
(a) Any child meeting the age requirements for one of ALYB’s leagues is eligible for active player membership. There are no league boundaries in determining if a player is eligible to apply to play American Legion Youth Baseball.
Regulation III - The Teams
(a) The league shall, at least 10 days prior to the first regular game, establish the number of players on each team. Each team in a league shall have as close to the same number of players as possible (normally 10-11), this number being determined by the overall number of players signed up to play at the completion of the application period. No team may have more than 12 players.
(b) Each team is allowed a maximum of eight (8) players of the oldest age at each playing level:
B League – Eight (8) 10-year olds
C League – Eight (8) 8-year olds
(c) Players that apply after team rosters have been constructed will either be assigned to open roster spots by the ALYB Board (if paid in full and spots are available) or placed on a waiting list (if not paid in full or spots are not available). Head coaches with open roster spots after team rosters have been constructed may not actively seek out players to fill those roster spots.
(d) The ALYB Board will determine the final number of players on each team, as well as any potential replacement players needed by a team that loses a player due to injury, illness or other reason that causes them to withdraw from the league.
NOTE 1: No players will be added to a Pony, A, B or C Summer League team roster after June 1st.
NOTE 2: No players will be added to a Legion-drafted A or B Fall League team roster after September 15th. No players will be allowed to be added to community teams once their roster has been submitted and approved.
IMPORTANT: Effective 2018, no teams formed outside of the ALYB draft process will be accepted into the 12U (A League), 10U (B League) and 8U (C League) Summer Leagues.
Regulation IV - The Players
(a) Players may apply for one of the following Divisions based on their age as of April 30th of the current year:
6U (D League) Division: An applicant that does not turn 7 years old on or prior to April 30th of the current year shall be eligible to compete in this Division.
8U (C League) Division: An applicant that does not turn 9 years old on or prior to April 30th of the current year shall be eligible to compete in this Division.
10U (B League) Division: An applicant that does not turn 11 years old on or prior to April 30th of the current year shall be eligible to compete in this Division.
12U (A League) Division: An applicant that does not turn 13 years old on or prior to April 30th of the current year shall be eligible to compete in this Division.
NOTE: Players shall not be rostered on more than one team nor in more than one Division.
(b) Mandatory Play: Every player on a Legion team roster (A-C Leagues) will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time in a six inning game. For the purposes of this rule, “six (6) defensive outs” is defined as: A player enters the field in one of the nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while six outs are made; “bat at least one (1) time” is defined as: A player enters the batter’s box with no count and completes that time at bat by being retired or by reaching base safely.
PENALTY: The player(s) involved shall start the next scheduled game, play any previous requirement not completed and the requirement for the current game before being removed.
The manager shall for the:
A. First Offense – receive a written warning.
B. Second Offense – a suspension for the next scheduled game.
C. Third Offense – a suspension for the remainder of the season.
NOTE 1: If the violation is determined to have been intentional, a more severe penalty may be assessed by the Board of Directors. However, forfeiture of a game may not be invoked.
NOTE 2: There is no exception to this rule unless the game is shortened for any reason (i.e. weather, darkness, or the 10-run rule), at which time the League may elect not to impose a penalty on the manager/coach.
Regulation V - Selection of Players
(a) The selection of players for the various teams within a Division shall be conducted by the ALYB Board utilizing the process outlined below.
(EXCEPTION – Fall League: Teams from surrounding communities are invited to play Fall Baseball with ALYB approved rosters. American Legion coaches may hand select a maximum of six (6) players for their roster prior to the player draft.)
Once all player applications have been accepted, pre-draft team rosters are defined and spring player evaluations are completed, the ALYB Board will assign players to teams in order to achieve the best balance possible within each Division. The ALYB Board will utilize the Player Evaluations provided by coaches at the end of the previous season and the Player Evaluation Ratings from the current spring player evaluations during this process.
Regulation VI - Pitchers
(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. One pitch in an inning is considered an inning pitched.
(b) A League players are allowed to pitch two (2) consecutive innings per game. A maximum of fourteen (14) twelve-year old pitching innings is allowed per week.
(c) B League players are allowed to pitch two (2) consecutive innings per game.
Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19. A team that intentionally uses a pitcher who has exceeded the allowable innings for the game shall forfeit the game. If it is found to be unintentional the pitcher shall be removed from the mound at the time it is discovered that the pitcher is ineligible and the game shall continue from that point.
NOTE 1: The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. ALYB managers and coaches are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
NOTE 2: Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.
NOTE 3: In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that game.
Regulation VII - Schedules
(a) The schedule of games for the regular season shall be prepared by the Board of Directors of the league and must provide for not less than twelve (12) games per team per regular season against other teams within their respective division, exclusive of playoff and tournament games.
(b) All teams will be scheduled to play 1-2 games per week, with regularly scheduled games typically occurring Monday-Thursday evenings. Game times are 5:45 pm and 7:30 pm for A, B and C Leagues (5:45 and 6:45 for D League).
(c) Opening Day for the Summer League occurs on a Saturday in mid-May with the first game starting at 12 Noon.
NOTE: All 6U (D League) teams take part in Opening Day Ceremonies, but games do not begin until the Tuesday immediately following Memorial Day.
(d) Opening Day for the Fall League occurs the Tuesday immediately following Labor Day.
(e) The safety of all players is of utmost importance when considering whether to cancel or postpone games. The ALYB Board prefers to not postpone games if at all possible but poor field conditions or the threat of lightning may result in games being rescheduled for another date and time.
(f) Make up games or the resumption of suspended games will be scheduled by the ALYB Board as needed and may occur on Friday evenings or weekends (NOTE: This may result in a team playing more than two games in a week). A suspended game may be completed prior to a scheduled game involving the same team or teams.
IMPORTANT: Teams may not cancel or reschedule their own games due to a lack of player participation or availability. Please see the rules regarding the borrowing of players for each age group.
Regulation VIII - Special Games
(a) Special Games are defined as any non regular season game, which includes Spring Training Games and Post-Season Tournament Games.
Spring Training Games (Summer League Only)
ALYB will schedule Spring Training Games for A, B, and C Leagues one week prior to the beginning of the regular season. These are practice games that allow teams to prepare for the upcoming season. Players wear old uniforms or practice attire. Any team may also arrange for a practice game any time prior to or during the regular season, provided it does not conflict with another team’s practice time or with any make-up or regularly scheduled games.
A, B and C league teams will take part in a Post-Season Tournament at the end of the regular season. The tournament will be a seeded single-elimination tournament based on the final regular season standings.
Regulation IX - Night Games
(a) No new inning shall start after 9:45 pm (the game will be considered complete unless there is a tie). It will be held that an inning starts the moment that the third out is made, completing the preceding inning.
Regulation X - Awards
(a) At the completion of the final Summer post-season tournament game, all members of A, B, C and D League teams will be provided with awards for participation in the American Legion Youth Baseball Program. Team awards will be provided for regular season champions, post-season tournament champions and post-season tournament runners-up.
(b) The Summer Awards Ceremony will take place on the A League Diamond immediately following the completion of the last A, B or C League Championship game.
(c) At the completion of each Fall post-season Championship game, team awards will be provided for post-season tournament champions and post-season tournament runners-up.
Regulation XI - Field Decorum
(a) The actions of players, managers, coaches, and umpires must be above reproach. Any player, manager, coach, umpire or league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game or any other league activity, is subject to disciplinary action by the ALYB Board.
(b) Uniformed players, news photographers, managers, coaches, and umpires only shall be permitted within the confines of the playing field just prior to and during games. Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted at any level of play. Except for the batter, base-runners, and base coaches at first and third bases, all players shall be on their benches in their dugouts or in the bullpen when the team is at bat. When the team is on defense, all reserve players shall be on their benches or in the bullpen.
(c) The possession and/or use of firearms, tobacco products, cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vapors), controlled substances, and alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited on the playing field, benches, or dugouts. Alcohol is prohibited at the game site.
Regulation XII - Borrowing Players
(a) During the regular and post-season, A League and B League teams may pull players up from an affiliated team at the next lower level only in order to have nine (9) players on the roster with the consent of the opposing coach and the substitute player’s parent. The player shall not play any infield position, must be placed at the end of the batting order and may only be used in a total of three (3) games in a season. At no time should a player miss any portion of their regular team’s scheduled game to play for another team. Any team not having a team with the same sponsor at the next lower level of play will be assigned an affiliated team by the ALYB Board prior to the beginning of the season.
EXCEPTION: In the Fall League, coaches have the option to borrow up to two (2) players from another A or B League team in order to reach nine (9) players.
NOTE: For tracking purposes, umpires will note on the Official Score Sheet any borrowed players being used by either team.
(b) During the regular and post-season, a C League team may borrow a player from another C League team only in order to have nine (9) players on the roster with the consent of the opposing coach and the player’s parent. The player shall not play any infield position, must be placed at the end of the batting order and may only be used as a substitute for any another C League team a total of three (3) times in a season.
NOTE: For tracking purposes, umpires will note on the Official Score Sheet any borrowed players being used by either team.
Regulation XIII - Points of Emphasis
Pace of Play
(a) All games should start as close as possible to their scheduled times. This is especially important for the first game of the evening. Coaches of both teams should be done with their pre-game warm-ups and be ready to start games on time.
Time in between half-innings should be kept as short as possible and teams should be encouraged to hustle on and off the field. Coaches will be reminded to have their catchers ready when going back out on defense.
(b) Umpires have the discretion to restrict any player to the bench for a minimum of one inning as a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Player ejections at this level are rare and should only occur in the most severe of circumstances.
Managers and coaches are not only responsible for their own behavior during games, but also for those of parents, family members and other individuals associated with their team. If an umpire needs to address unsportsmanlike conduct involving a manager, coach, parent, family member or other individual, they shall consider following these steps which shall be directed to the Head Coach of the team associated with the offender:
• Verbal Warning
• Written Warning (Head Coach restricted to the bench for remainder of game)
If a situation is deemed to be of a more serious nature, the game may be delayed while an ALYB Board Member is contacted. Umpires shall not address spectators directly if at all possible when encountering negative comments, behavior, etc.
Double First Base Bag
(c) Proper use of the double first base bag will be monitored as detailed in the ALYB Official Playing Rules – Rule 7.15.
Whenever a play is being made on the batter-runner, the defense must use the white section of the double first base.
Whenever a play is being made on the batter-runner, the batter-runner must use the orange section on his/her first attempt to tag first base.
On an attempted pick-off play, the runner must return to the white section of the base only. This includes a throw from the pitcher, catcher, or any other player, in an attempt to retire the runner at the double first base.
Location of Team Personnel
(d) Managers and coaches shall not sit outside the dugout on buckets, stools, etc.