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Jul, 2020

Regulations and Rules Waivers for 2020

For all games, leagues are required to follow the regular season rules and regulations as outlined in the 2020 Little League Regulations, Official Rules, and Operating Policies and on the Rulebook App. However, there are a number of rules and regulations that have been amended to provide more flexibility for the 2020 season, based on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These Approved Rulings can also be found in the Rulebook App.

Regulations and Regular Season Rule Waivers

School Attendance Eligibility Requirements

  • Accepts alternative method of verification for Little League School Attendance form when access to school and administration unavailable.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, any school document is acceptable to meet School Attendance eligibility verification.

Regulations I(a)(1), IV(a), and IV(j)

  • Provides leagues additional flexibility options regarding age structure in select divisions.
  • I(a)(1) and IV(a) – Leagues may permit 8-year-olds to participate in the Little League (Major) Division.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, players who are league age 8 are permitted to participate in the Major division provided they have been assessed capable to participate in the division.
  • Softball Only – I(a) Junior/Senior and IV(a) – Leagues may permit 12-year-olds to participate in the Senior League Division.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, players who are league age 12 are permitted to participate in the Senior League Softball division provided they have been assessed capable to participate in in the division.
  • I(a) Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior, IV(a) & IV(j) – Leagues may permit 15-year-olds to participate in the Junior League Division.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, players who are league age 15 are permitted to participate in the Junior League division provided they have been assessed and their skill level is consistent with other players in the division.

Regulation I(b)

  • Permits the Player Agent to manage, coach, or umpires during the 2020 regular season.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, Player Agents will be permitted to manage or coach a regular season team or umpire in any division.

Regulation I(b)

  • Permits the local league Board of Directors ratio to exceed 50% manager/coach representation following the suspension if leagues need to fill Board of Director positions.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, manager/coach representation on the Board of Directors may exceed a minority.

Regulation I(c)(5)

Regulation II(a) and IV(j)

  • Removes the 2020 deadline for Regulation and Regular Season waivers.
    • 2020 A.R. – The June 1 Deadline to submit waiver requests of Regulations (including out-of-boundary players) and Regular Season rules is waived for the 2020 season only.

Regulation II(a)

  • Provides flexibility to leagues resuming play regarding registration of out-of-boundary players whose home league has suspended operations for the 2020 season.
    • 2020 A.R. – Players will be permitted to register and be eligible for selection to a team, in any other league in the District, if their home league has concluded all team activity for the 2020 season; however, players must return to their home league effective 1/1/2021.Due to the unprecedented circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic, Little League will waive the Residency/School Attendance Eligibility requirement for the 2020 Season only. Each local league will have the option to accept any player, whose home league has canceled the 2020 season, into their league for season only, regardless of whether the player lives or attends school within the approved geographic boundary. A league must provide a list of out of boundary players.

      Leagues opting to accept players that do not meet Residency or School Attendance Eligibility requirements, must adhere to the following conditions:

      • Leagues must provide a list of out of boundary players that were permitted to participate for 2020 through a process administered by their respective District Administrator.
      • Must communicate to parents that participation in the league is permitted for the 2020 season only.

Regulation II(d) and Regulation IV(h)

  • Players claimed under Regulation II(d) or IV(h), with supporting documentation and paperwork, who are unable to participate for the 2020 season, will be entitled to retain their eligibility for 2021 and subsequent seasons with their respective league.
    • 2020 A.R. – A player previously claimed under Regulation II(d) or IV(h) with proper supporting documentation and is unable to participate for the 2020 season, will not be considered to have a break in service. The regulation claim will be valid and reinstated for the 2021 and subsequent seasons.

Regulation III(a)

  • Revises the minimum and maximum number of players required per team. Additionally, removes the requirement for teams to carry the same number of players per team for the 2020 season.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, leagues will not be required carry a minimum or maximum number of players on teams or carry the same number of players per team within a division.

Regulation IV(a)

  • Permits local leagues to utilize the 2020 Age Chart for any regular season resumption play through December 31, 2020.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, leagues may utilize the 2020 Age Chart for all regular season play and Special Games through December 31, 2020.

Regulation IV(f)

  • Waives the requirement for players to attend tryouts and/or provide an excuse to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • 2020 A.R. – Tryout attendance will not be required for the 2020 season.

Regulation V(c)

  • Modifies Player Pool guidelines. A league is permitted to use age-eligible players from a younger division who have been accessed capable of participating in the older division as a pool player.
    • 2020 A.R. 1 – For the 2020 season, the alternate Method of Operation/Pool Player system may be expanded to include age-eligible players from younger divisions.
      • Examples:
        • Minor Division up to Major Division;
        • Major Division up to Intermediate (50-70) Baseball Division or Junior Division;
        • Intermediate (50-70) Baseball Division up to Junior Division or Senior Division
        • Junior Division up to Senior Division
    • 2020 A.R. 2 – For the 2020 season, the Player Agent may modify the Mandatory Play minimum as a result of implementing time limits on games.

Regulation VII(d) and Rule 4.12 – Baseball Minor and Major Divisions Only

  • Provides scheduling flexibility for Minor and Major Baseball teams. Leagues will be permitted to schedule and play two (2) doubleheaders per team per week for the Major Baseball division and one (1) doubleheader per team per week for the Minor Division.
    • Major Baseball – 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 Major Baseball season, teams will be permitted to schedule and play up to two (2) doubleheaders per week.
    • Minor Baseball – 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 Minor Baseball season, teams will be permitted to schedule and play one (1) doubleheader per week.

Regulation VII(a) and (g)

  • Removes regular season scheduling and participation requirements.
    • VII(a) – 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, leagues do not need to provide a 12-game (Senior League: 10-game) schedule per team. Teams do not need to play a minimum number of regular season games.
    • VII(g) – 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, regular season play may continue after September 1.

Regulation VII(h) and X(c)

  • Gives local leagues flexibility to implement time limits on games.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, a local league may establish time limits in order to complete their regular season.

Regulation IX(c)

  • Removes Special Games scheduling restrictions.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, Special Games may be conducted after September 1.

Rule 1.11(a)(1) and (2), and 1.11(b)

  • Removes the Regular season uniform and patch requirements for the 2020 season.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, conventional uniforms that do not match nor meet patch requirements may be worn.

Rule 9.04(a)

  • Provides flexibility regarding the position of the plate umpire.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, plate umpires may be positioned behind the catcher or behind the pitcher.

Operating Policies: Duration of Title – Local League Draft Flexibility

  • Permits leagues to conduct a second draft, if there is an unbalance due to player return.
    • 2020 A.R. – For the 2020 season, leagues may conduct a second draft to help rebalance teams following 2020 season suspension.
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