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Land O' Lakes Little League

LOLLL Bylaws

LAND O'LAKES LITTLE LEAGUE

LOCAL RULES, GROUND

RULES & BYLAWS

2020 SEASON

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                  

I. MISSION STATEMENT 
II. AVAILABLE PROGRAMS 
III. MANAGERS/COACHES 
a. Application & Selection 
b. Responsibilities 
c. Conduct – What You Should Expect of Our Coaches
IV. PARENTS 
a. What Our Little League Expects of Our Parents 
b. What Our Coaches Expect of Our Parents 
V. PARK RULES 
VI. CONCESSION STAND 
VII. LOCAL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL RULES 
a. General (All Divisions) 
i. Equipment 
ii. Age Restrictions 
iii. Umpires 
iv. Fields 
v. Rainouts 
b. Time Limits on Games 
c. Number of Players 
d. Minimum Playing Time 
e. Keeping Score 
f. Excessive Scores 
g. Division Playing Rules 
h. Base Running Rules 
i. Forfeits 
j. Protests 
k. On-field Conduct 
l. Player Eligibility & Selection (Draft)
m. Replacement Players 
n. League Champions 
VIII. DISCIPLINARY ACTION PROCEDURE 
IX. ALL-STAR SELECTIONS 
a. Manager Selection 
b. Selecting Players 
i. District (Traveling) All-Star Teams 
ii. In-House All-Star Teams  
X. SAFETY 

Section 1:  MISSION STATEMENT 

 

 

Little League is a program of service to our local youth. It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in the atmosphere of wholesome community participation. The movement is dedicated to helping children become good and decent citizens. It inspires them with a goal and enriches their lives.  It establishes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. 

 

 

The LOLLL Board of Directors shall be governed by the Constitution of the League on record in Williamsport, PA. The LOLLL operating rules and bylaws in this document shall be approved annually by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Following adoption of these rules by the LOLLL Board, they may only be changed upon concurring vote of the majority of the Board. 

 

LOLLL is a chartered component of Little League International. The LOLLL operating rules are constructed in a manner intended to conform to the operating regulations and playing rules of Little League Baseball. Wherever these rules stand silent, the regulations and playing rules of Little League Baseball and Softball shall be followed. 

 

 

Section 2:  AVAILABLE PROGRAMS 

 

 

 BASEBALL T-BALL DIVISION is a co-ed minor league program available for all 

4-5 year old players and 6 year old players who have not completed one season of T-Ball. The T-Ball Division players hit off of a batting tee and are instructed in the basic fundamentals of the game.  This division is intended for players new to the game.  Players will be assigned to teams by the league’s Player Agent or managers will select via an informal draft; therefore, tryouts are not required. 

 

 BASEBALL “MINOR D” DIVISION is a minor league program for 6 and 7 year-old players intended for those with at least one season’s T-BALL experience. This program operates as a Coach Pitch instructional league. Players should be able to throw and catch relatively well and understand the basic fundamentals of the game.  Players will be assigned to teams by the league’s Player Agent or managers will select via an informal draft; therefore, tryouts are not required. 

 

        BASEBALL “MINOR C” DIVISION is a minor league program for 7 to 8 year old players. This program operates as a Machine Pitch instructional league. Players should be able to catch and throw the ball with consistency and who have a basic understanding of the rules of the game.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules. 

 

 SOFTBALL “MINOR C” DIVISION is a minor league program for 5-6 year-old players. This program operates as an instructional league with games being “Coach Pitch.”  

 BASEBALL “MINOR B” DIVISION is a minor league program for 8 through 9 year-old players. This program operates as an instructional league with games being “Player & Coach Pitch.” Players should be able to catch and throw the ball well and understand the rules of the game. Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules  

 

 SOFTBALL “MINOR B” DIVISION is a minor league program for 7-8 year-old players. This program operates as an instructional league with games being Coach Pitch. Players should be able to catch and throw the ball with consistency and have a basic understanding of the rules of the game. Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules. 

 

 BASEBALL “MINOR A” DIVISION is a league program for 8-10 year-old players. This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules. 

 

SOFTBALL “MINOR A DIVISION” is a program for 9-10 year-old players. This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules. 

 

 BASEBALL “AAA” DIVISION is a league program for 10-11 year-old players. This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules. 

 

 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL “MAJOR DIVISION” are programs for 10, 11 and 12 year-old players.  This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules.   

 

 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL “JUNIOR DIVISION” is a competitive program for 13 and14 year-old players. This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules

 

 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL “SENIOR DIVISION” is a competitive program for 14through 16 year-old players.  This program operates as a competitive division using Little League rules.  Players will attend tryouts and teams will be drafted according to Little League rules 

 

Section 3:  MANAGERS/COACHES 

 

APPLICATION

 

All managers, coaches, board members and any other persons who have contact with players or teams must complete an official “Little League Volunteer Application” and satisfactorily complete a background check. 

 

SELECTION

 

All individuals interested in managing or coaching a team must submit an application during registration. Managers/coaches are presented by the league President and approved by the Board of Directors. Final approval of all managers and coaches will be subject to a background check.  

 

Managers and coaches are approved each year for the current season only.  There are no guarantees that a manager or coach who serves one year will be appointed to serve the next year/season. 

 

To avoid conflict of interest and per LOLLL Constitution Article III, Section 3, Members of LOLLL shall not be actively engaged in the promotion and/or operation of any other baseball/softball program.”   

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The most important responsibility of a manager or coach is the safety and welfare of our players.  Our managers and coaches will be held to the highest possible standards when dealing with our players, families, umpires and the Board of Directors. Team managers and coaches are responsible for the following duties: 

 

• Performance & conduct of the team and its spectators at all team functions 
• Knowledge of all the rules developed by Little League and the LOLLL Board. Attendance at all required manager/coach meetings, inclusive of safety   clinic, coaching clinic, annual board meetings and any other mandatory meeting as notified by the LOLLL Board 
• Provide a team parent responsible for coordinating team activities
• Assume responsibility for obtaining and returning all equipment
• Inspect the fields prior to the game and make necessary repairs
• Provide a scorekeeper/scoreboard volunteer at each home game 
• Provide a pitch count volunteer at each visitor game 
• Line the field/batter’s box at each home team 
• Wear your LOLLL issued badge at each practice and game 
• Coach utilizing the LOLLL Double Goal Coaching Philosophy 
• Submit Coaches Applications by the second week of practice.

 

 

  

 

CONDUCT

 

Managers and coaches are responsible for their conduct and the conduct of their team and fans. The Land O’ Lakes Little League Board of Directors recognizes and adheres to a “Zero Tolerance” policy in matters of conduct. Obscene or foul language or gestures from players, fans, coaches or managers will not be tolerated.  Adults are reminded that we are the role models for all LOL players. We encourage positive feedback from our managers, coaches and spectators. Disparaging remarks or verbal abuse directed at managers, coaches, umpires, Board members, volunteers, parents and especially players will not be tolerated. Inappropriate touching and/or handling of players by managers or coaches will not be condoned by the league. Any incident will be brought before the LOLLL President and the LOLLL Disciplinary Committee. 

  

Managers and coaches who come to practice or games under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be sent home and their position in the League reviewed. Use of tobacco by managers or coaches on (or in close proximity to) the playing field or dugout during their regularly scheduled practice sessions or games is prohibited.  Failure to meet these requirements may lead to dismissal from their role in Little League.  

 

 

Section 4:  PARENTS 

 

WHAT LITTLE LEAGUE EXPECTS OF OUR PARENTS

 

• Attend your child's games  
• Be a supportive parent for the manager and team  
• Communicate with the manager only in appropriate ways  
• Cheer for all players on both teams  
• Be a positive role model  
• Be there for your child whether successful or struggling for success 
• Respect and support league volunteers and be prepared to “pitch in” when asked
• Understand that the game is difficult to learn and play  
• Look for opportunities to work your child on the basic skills of the game  
• Be positive and be supportive whether your team wins or loses  
• Be a model of good sportsmanship  
• Never use negative comments towards the players from either team  
• Respect the umpire’s decisions. Refrain from making the umpire’s job more 

difficult than it already is. Be willing to forgive the bad call, the inconsistent strike zone, or the muffed rule. There are no experts in a volunteer Little League organization. 

• Respond to Questionnaires to evaluate Managers/Coaches at end of season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT OUR MANAGERS EXPECT OF OUR PARENTS

 

• Come and enjoy the games. Help us make this fun for all the players on all teams. 
• Allow the managers to run the team. REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS. 
• Please discuss any concerns that you have with the manager after the game and away from the team’s players. 
• Set a good example for our players. Don’t yell at our umpires or opposing players. 
• Volunteer to help us make this a positive experience for your child.  
• There are many small and/or one-time jobs that need to be done both during the season and during the off-season. 

 

Section 5:  PARK RULES  

 

• The following actions are cause for ejection from the park: the use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, fighting or harassment, use of tobacco on (or in close proximity to) the playing fields or dugouts, the use of profanity or abusive language. 

 

• Safety is our primary concern. We therefore prohibit the following: climbing of trees, bleachers or fences, using skateboards, skates, scooters or bikes within the common area of the park, hitting balls into fences or throwing or batting balls in the common area (Wall Ball will not be allowed due to the many injuries that have occurred). Warm-up areas are provided for uniformed players and coaches only. 

 

• Pets are not permitted. 

 

• No food of any kind is allowed in the dugout including gum and sunflower seeds. Players are allowed to drink water or sport drinks in the dugout as long as they are in plastic containers or coolers.  

 

• Each team is responsible for picking up trash in the dugout after each game.  

 

• Spectators who must smoke are asked to extinguish cigarette butts and deposit them in the trashcans. Please do not smoke while sitting in the bleachers. 

 

• There is a 10 pm curfew at the ballpark. 

 

• Little League rescheduled games may be played on Sundays, and will take priority over all other Little League functions. If there are no Little League games scheduled on a given Sunday, the fields can be used for practices on a first come, first served basis. 

 

• There is a one-hour time limit for batting cages on the “old” side of the complex. Reservations can be made at the concession stand beginning on Saturday for the following week. Please limit your reservations to one reserved cage per week. 

 

• The Director on duty, in combination with county employees, is the only one who can call off scheduled games due to rain. Rainouts must be rescheduled during the first available open field date (including Sundays). 

 

 

CONCESSION STAND 

 

• The Land O’ Lakes Little League concession stand is a major source of revenue that we count on heavily to support our program. We are a non-profit organization and our registration fees alone do not cover our expenses. The volunteer spirit of the adult members of this league provides the manpower for the concession stand’s daily operations.  

 

• The scheduling of volunteers should be handled in advance and communicated to the Concession Manager in a timely fashion.  Failure to have the proper concession coverage/volunteers may result in the concession stand needing to be closed down until coverage is provided.      

 

 

 

Section 6: LOCAL BASEBALL & 

SOFTBALL RULES 

 

REGULAR SEASON RULES 

 

GENERAL (ALL DIVISIONS)

 

Local rules are in addition to, or modification of, regular Little League rules. These changes reflect the playing rules, conduct, safety procedures, post-season play, and other management issues pertaining solely to the Land O’Lakes Little League.  NOTE: 

INTERLOCK RULES WILL SUPERCEDE LOLLL LOCAL RULES AS LONG AS THEY ARE APPROVED BY THE LOLLL BOARD. 

 

 

 PLAYER EQUIPMENT 

 

All players must wear consistent uniforms provided by the League.  No uniforms, other than those supplied by the League, are acceptable.  While on the field, all batters, runners and player base coaches must wear an approved Little League batting helmet.  Batting helmets with face masks are strongly recommended for the T-Ball, Minor D, and Minor C Divisions.  Face masks for softball players while in the field are also encouraged but not mandatory.

 

Players may not wear jewelry, rubber wristbands, watches or earrings. All players should wear tennis shoes or all-purpose shoes; no metal cleats are allowed (except for the junior/senior leagues where metal cleats are now allowed).  All male players are required to wear athletic supporters.  Catchers must wear a mask with neck protector, protective cup, helmet, catcher’s mitt, and chest protector whenever behind home plate, including infield warm up before games. Only players wearing an approved little league helmet and catcher’s mask can warm up pitchers in between innings. 

 

Bats must meet Little League specifications and standards.  

 

 UMPIRES 

 

LOLLL will provide paid umpires for Divisions Minor A baseball and higher and for Minor A Softball and higher.  We ask that our Managers, coaches, players and parents treat these umpires with respect. There will be an evaluation form available to the managers to help us maintain a quality umpiring staff.   

 

 

 

 FIELDS 

 

The County may prepare the fields for the first game of the day. If not, it is the responsibility of the home team.  It is the responsibility of the home team to line and rake the field.  Each team has the option of using the field for warm-ups for 10 minutes prior to the game (time permitting). Please remind all players that digging holes on our LOLLL fields is prohibited as they may cause injury to other players. 

 

  RAINOUTS

 

The LOLLL Board will do their best to inform the membership of any cancelled practices or games due to weather conditions. Unfortunately, many times a decision on canceling games cannot be made until the weather runs its course. The Board will follow this procedure in determining a cancellation and notifying the membership: 

 

1. Only two entities can determine a cancelled game due to weather or field conditions; county officials or a director from the LOLLL Board. Managers canceling their games without proper authorization will be subject to a game forfeiture and possible disciplinary action. 
2. When practices or games are cancelled due to weather or field conditions, a Director from the Board will announce the cancellation via an internet email. Parents should assume the game or practice is still being held until they receive an email indicating otherwise. 
3. The Director from the Board will then notify the Director on Duty, the Director of Umpires, and the Concession Director. 
4. If games or practices are cancelled, no one will be permitted to practice at the LOLLL facility. 
5. Practices will not be rescheduled due to weather conditions. Teams may make up their practices at an off-site facility with proper Board permission.. 
6. Games for competitive divisions will be rescheduled on the next available date/field open in the sequence in which they were cancelled. 
7. The Player Agent for the competitive divisions will supervise make-up games and umpires will be coordinated through the Director of Umpires. 
8. The league will do its best to insure that the concession stand will be open for make-up games. 
9. All make-up games rescheduled for weekday evenings will begin at 6:30 PM. 
10. Make-up games rescheduled for Sundays will begin at 1:00 PM and multiple games will run consecutively and immediately following that game. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

 

 

 

 TIME LIMITS ON GAMES  

 

Time limits for each of our divisions are listed below. The Little League rulebook will be used to determine the proper handling of suspended and tie games. Park curfews of 10 pm will be enforced. 

 

• T-BALL & MINOR “D” BASEBALL: A one-hour fifteen minute time limit will be used for all games. The game ends regardless of the number of innings completed. 

 

• MINOR “C Baseball” A one-hour thirty minute time limit will be used for all games. The game ends regardless of the number of innings completed. 

 

• BASEBALL MINOR “B” LEAGUES: A one-hour thirty minute time limit will be used for all games. The game ends regardless of the number of innings completed. 

 

• SOFTBALL MINOR “B” LEAGUE: A one-hour fifteen minute time limit will be used for all games.  The game ends regardless of the number of innings completed.

 

• BASEBALL & SOFTBALL MINOR “A” LEAGUES: A normal game is six (6) 

innings. A one-hour forty-five minute time limit will be used for all games. No new inning may start after the time limit has been completed  

 

• BASEBALL AAA & MAJORS & SOFTBALL MAJOR LEAGUES: A normal game for this division is six (6) innings. No new inning may start after two hours. 

 

• JUNIOR, SENIOR BASEBALL & SOFTBALL LEAGUES: A normal game for this division is seven (7) innings. No new inning may start after two and one half hours from the official start time. 

 

 NUMBER OF PLAYERS  

 

• T-BALL LEAGUES: All players should be used in the field. Standard infield baseball positions will be used (including the pitcher position) with extra players used in the outfield. Managers must rotate infielders and outfields every inning. 
• MINOR “B, C, D BASEBALL & MINOR B SOFTBALL: A maximum of ten (10) players can be used in the field.  If ten (10) players are used, four (4) must be in the outfield. To accelerate the learning process, players should be rotated to play in several positions. 
• BASEBALL & SOFTBALL A, AAA, MAJORS AND ABOVE: The Little League rulebook applies.  

 

 

 

• MINIMUM PLAYING TIME  

 

• T-BALL LEAGUE: Each player shall play the entire game. 
• MINOR “B, C, D BASEBALL & MINOR B SOFTBALL: All players will be in the batting order. In an effort to standardize defensive playing time for all teams, no player can sit out two times before every player on that team has sat out one inning. 
• MINOR A, AAA, MAJOR BASEBALL/SOFTBALL & ABOVE: Little League Rule 4.04 will be adopted for all divisions. A continuous batting order will include all players on the team roster present for the game batting in order. Each player will be required to bat in his/her respective spot in the batting order. However, a player may be entered and/or re-entered defensively in the game anytime provided he/she meets the requirements of mandatory play. NOTE: If a player is injured, becomes ill or must leave the game after the start of play, the team will skip over him/her when his/her time at bat comes up without penalty. If the injured, ill or absent player returns, he/she is merely inserted into the original spot in the batting order and the game continues. Also, if a child arrives late to the game site, he/she will be added to the end of the current lineup without penalty (Rule 4.01). 

 

 KEEPING SCORE  

 

The home team is responsible for providing the official scorekeeper and scoreboard keeper. The visiting team will be required to provide a parent who will track pitch counts. The official scorebooks are kept in the press box. If necessary, an umpire evaluation sheet may be signed after the game by the competing managers.  Note: scorebooks will be kept in the concession stands. The League will conduct annual scorekeeping clinics for those parents interested in volunteering for this function. 

 

BASEBALL PITCHING RULES

 

Little League has instituted a pitch count system to protect our children’s pitching arms. The following rules will apply: 

 

THE MANAGER WILL REMOVE THE PITCHER WHEN SAID PITCHER REACHES THE LIMIT FOR HIS/HER AGE GROUP AS NOTED BELOW, BUT THE PITCHER MAY REMAIN IN THE GAME AT ANOTHER POSITION: 

 

 

 

LEAGUE AGE:

13 – 16

95 PITCHES PER DAY

 

11 – 12

85 PITCHES PER DAY

 

9 & 10

75 PITCHES PER DAY

 

6, 7 & 8

50 PITCHES PER DAY

 

 

 

 

IF THE PITCHER REACHES HIS/HER LIMIT OF PITCHES PER DAY WHILE FACING A BATTER, THE PITCHER MAY CONTINUE TO PITCH UNTIL THAT BATTER REACHES BASE OR IS PUT OUT.   

 

THE OFFICIAL SCORER WILL DOCUMENT PITCH COUNTS PER INNING IN THE OFFICIAL SCOREBOOK. IT IS THE MANAGER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK OFFICIAL PITCH COUNTS AT THE END OF EACH INNING. 

 

SOFTBALL PITCHING RULES

 

MINOR A & B DIVISIONS – A MAXIMUM OF 6 INNINGS PER DAY OR 12 INNINGS PER WEEK WITH ONE CALENDAR DAY REST BETWEEN GAMES

 

MAJOR DIVISION & ABOVE – A MAXIMUM OF 9 INNINGS PER DAY OR 18 INNINGS PER WEEK FOR MAJOR SOFTBALL PLAYERS, AND A MAXIMUM OF 10 INNINGS PER DAY OR 30 INNINGS PER WEEK FOR SOFTBALL JUNIOR PLAYERS.

 

A WEEK IS DEFINED AS SUNDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

 

 

 

Competitive League Standings:  

 

The Information Director will keep records of the game scores and of team standings. These records will be used to determine final team standings. 

 

 EXCESSIVE SCORES  

 

Managers and coaches are expected to do their best to prevent very lopsided scoring games.   

 

DIVISION PLAYING RULES

 

T-BALL DIVISION: The players will use a tee when batting. All players in uniform will bat each inning in a continuous order regardless of the number of outs made. Last Batter Rule: An inning will end when the last batter of the inning gets a fair hit and the base runners cross home plate. All players will be given a defensive position each inning. The defensive positions shall include only five infielders. All players must rotate defensive positions each inning. Runners will only advance one base on a hit ball. The position of catcher will be eliminated for safety reasons. No official score will be kept for this division. 

 

 

 

BASEBALL MINOR “D” DIVISION:  This will be a coach pitch division where each coach will pitch to his/her own team. The coach should stand where he/she feels the batter has the best chance of hitting the ball. Each player will receive a maximum of six (6) pitches from the coach. A tee will be used if the player does not hit the ball into fair territory after six pitches. There will be no walks but strikeouts are allowed. Players will be removed from the bases if an out occurs.  To speed up the game, it is advised to have an additional coach behind the catcher to retrieve wild pitches. All players must play a minimum of three defensive outs in the infield each game. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored in any one inning by each team. If this should occur, the inning is called immediately and the batter at the plate will lead off the next inning. 

 

BASEBALL MINOR “C” DIVISION; This will be a machine pitch division. At some point during the season, a decision will be made to begin player pitching. All players must play a minimum of three defensive outs in the infield each game. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored in any one inning by each team. If this should occur, the inning is called immediately and the batter at the plate will lead off the next inning. 

 

BASEBALL MINOR “B” DIVISION: This will be a combination player and coach pitch division. Each batter will receive a maximum of 5 pitches from a child pitcher. Walks are not allowed but strike outs are permitted. If necessary, a coach will then throw an additional two pitches. The batter will be called out if they have not hit the ball in fair territory after these 7 pitches (unless the last pitch is a foul ball). 

 

Pitch count rules will be in effect. It is the responsibility of each manager to allow many players to pitch during the season. It is therefore required that no pitcher be allowed to pitch more than two innings per game or be allowed to pitch beyond his official pitch count limit. All players must play a minimum of three defensive outs in the infield each game. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored in any one inning by each team. If this should occur, the inning is called immediately and the batter at the plate will lead off the next inning. For safety reasons and to allow as many players as possible to learn the catching position, catchers may not catch more than two (2) innings. These innings may or may not be consecutive. There will be an in-house tournament at the end of the season. 

 

SOFTBALL MINOR “B” DIVISION: 

This will be a combination player and coach pitch division. Each batter will receive a maximum of 5 pitches from a child pitcher. Walks are not allowed but strike outs are permitted. If necessary, a coach will then throw an additional two pitches. The batter will be called out if they have not hit the ball in fair territory after these 7 pitches unless they foul the ball off. The coach should stand where he/she feels the batter has the best chance of hitting the ball. Each player will receive a maximum of six (6) pitches from the coach. There will be no walks but strikeouts are allowed. To speed up the game, it is advised to have an additional coach behind the catcher to retrieve wild pitches. All players must play a minimum of three defensive outs in the infield each game. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored in any one inning by each team. If this should occur, the inning is called immediately and the batter at the plate will lead off the next inning. . For safety reasons and to allow as many players as possible to learn the catching position, catchers may not catch more than two (2) innings. These innings may or may not be consecutive

 

 

 

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL MINOR “A” DIVISIONS AND ABOVE: These divisions 

are all considered competitive and will, therefore, play according to the Little League Regular season rules. We will be using continuous batting orders.  

 

 

  

 

 

BASE RUNNING RULES

 

The Little League batting rules are specified in Little League Baseball/Softball Rules & Regulations Section 7.00.  In past years, there has been some confusion as to when the ball is “dead” and when the runners must return to their bases. The following rules shall be enforced in all of the divisions (Minor B level and above). 

 

• BASEBALL LITTLE LEAGUE RULEBOOK (SEC 7.13) – When a pitcher is in contact with the pitcher’s plate, and in possession of the ball, and the catcher is in the catcher’s box and ready to receive delivery of the ball, base runners shall return to their bases and not lead off until the pitch is delivered and the ball reaches the batter.  

 

• SOFTBALL LITTLE LEAGUE RULEBOOK (SEC 7.08A) – When a runner is off a base after a pitch or as a result of a batter completing a turn at bat and while the pitcher has the ball within the eight (8) foot radius circle, the runner must immediately attempt to advance to the next base or return to the base the runner is entitled. 

 

ALL DIVISIONS: Since we will be using a continuous batting format, Rule 7.14 (Special Pinch Runner) will not be in effect during the regular season. If a base runner becomes ill or injured, the opposing manager may select a pinch runner to complete the inning. 

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONS: 

 

• T-BALL & MINOR “D” BASEBALL: No stealing permitted.  Runners must stop advancing once the ball enters the infield (i.e. crosses the base path), any runner over halfway to the next base when the ball enters the infield, may continue on to that base. 

 

• BASEBALL MINOR “C” DIVISION: No stealing permitted. Base runners may advance one base on an overthrow to first base. Base runners may not advance once the ball is in possession of an infielder or pitcher positioned in front of the lead runner. 

 

 

• BASEBALL MINOR “B” DIVISION: Base runners may advance one base on an overthrow to first base. Base runners may not advance once the ball is in possession of an infielder or pitcher positioned in front of the lead runner. 

 

• SOFTBALL MINOR “B” DIVISION: No stealing permitted for the first half of the season. Base runners may advance one base on an overthrow to first base. Base runners may not advance once the ball is in possession of an infielder or pitcher positioned in front of the lead runner. 

 

 

• MINOR “A”, “AAA”, & MAJOR DIVISIONS: No lead off is permitted.  The runner may steal only after the ball has crossed home plate. Headfirst sliding is not allowed. Runners trying to score must attempt to avoid contact with the catcher. Defensive players covering home plate after a wild pitch or passed ball must have the ball in their possession before blocking home plate. 

 

FORFEITS

 

• T-BALL, MINOR D, C & B BASEBALL & MINOR B SOFTBALL DIVISIONS: It is the intention of the LOL Board of Directors to have the children in our noncompetitive divisions play all of the games listed on the schedule. Therefore, there will be no forfeits of games due to teams having too few players. If a team cannot field ten players on the date and time of the scheduled game, the game will be played with the available players. 

 

• BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL MINOR A, AAA, MAJOR LEAGUE & ABOVE: A 15-minute grace period will be granted for the start of the game if a team cannot field nine (9) players. After 15 minutes from the official start time, a forfeit will occur. The winning team will be awarded a win but the game should be played as a “practice” game with available players. An incomplete or delayed game must be played on the next available date (Sunday included). The only acceptable reasons for rescheduling a game is for school or church functions and those reasons are only valid if the manager cannot field a nine-player team. A 72-hour notification to the League President is required to reschedule games. 

 

 

PROTESTS

 

Protests are described in the Little League Baseball Rules and Regulations.  The umpire and manager are encouraged to resolve the protest immediately. 

 

 

EXCEPTIONS: 

 

• T-BALL, MINOR D, C, & B BASEBALL & MINOR B SOFTBALL DIVISIONS: Formal protests are NOT allowed; Protests must be resolved on the field at the time of play.  The managers are encouraged to resolve the disagreements immediately. If necessary, the Director on Duty will make the final decision regarding a dispute.  Letters describing an ongoing problem should be submitted to the League President with copies to the Player Agent. 
• BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL MINOR A, AAA, MAJOR LEAGUE & ABOVE: If a formal protest is lodged, the protesting manager should request that the official scorekeeper enter the time, inning, team at bat and number of outs at the time of the protest on the official score sheet.  The game is to continue "under protest" and the protesting manager must submit a written description of the play and the basis of the protest to the League President, or his/her designate, within 24 hours of completion of the game. The opposition manager and the home plate umpire must submit rebuttal letters regarding the protest within 24 hours of notification by the League President that the written protest has been received.  The Umpire-in-Chief, the Player Agent, the League President and other designated LOLLL Board members will resolve the protest.  

 

 

 

ON-FIELD CONDUCT

 

Sportsmanship is one of the most important lessons we teach to our children. Improper on field conduct by our managers, coaches, players, parents, or spectators will not be condoned. As a general rule, the LOLLL Board will have a zero-tolerance policy towards rule violations. Any violation of Little League or LOLLL Park Rules, as witnessed and documented by others, will be subject to the following penalties:  

 

• MINOR INFRACTIONS: including but not limited to the use of profanity or the abuse of equipment (i.e. throwing batting helmets or bats in anger) or park facilities (i.e. intentionally damaging fences (soft toss), restrooms, batting cages, dugouts, bleachers, tools, etc.)   PENALTIES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 

 

• FIRST OFFENSE:  

 

• PLAYERS: The player will be ejected from the game. The player will sit in the stands, in uniform, for the next game or until the penalty has been served.  
• MANAGERS/COACHES: The person will be ejected from the park. He/she must meet with the LOLLL Board’s disciplinary committee before they can return to their team. 
• ADULT SPECTATOR: The person will be ejected from the park. 

 

• SECOND OFFENSE: 

 

• PLAYERS, MANAGERS OR COACHES: Referred to the LOLLL Board’s disciplinary committee. Permanent expulsion from Little League is possible.  

 

• MAJOR INFRACTIONS: including but not limited to physical contact with umpires or opposing players, abusive behavior, etc.  PENALTIES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 

 

• FIRST OFFENSE: 

 

• PLAYERS: The player will be ejected from the game. The player will sit in the stands, in uniform, until the penalty determined by the LOLLL Board’s disciplinary committee has been served. Permanent expulsion is possible. 

 

• MANAGERS/COACHES: The manager/coach is ejected from the park.  Referred to the LOLL Board’s disciplinary committee. Permanent expulsion from Little League is possible. 

 

• ADULT SPECTATOR: Ejected from the park and Referred to the Pasco Sheriff’s Department. 

 

Ejections from Little League games are rare and should be handled in a serious manner. It is the responsibility of the Director in Charge and the Umpire in charge to document, on an incident report, the circumstances surrounding the ejection. These reports will be used by the disciplinary committee to determine the severity of the offense and the appropriate punishment. 

 

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY      REGISTRATION

 

 

All players will be assigned/drafted onto teams after player registration each year.  The player pool will consist of all players who are eligible as defined by the rules developed by the LOLLL Board of Directors. The President, with input from the Player Agent, will determine the number of teams per division and number of players per team. (Player applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The LOLLL Board of Directors will establish a deadline for registration. The online registration process will be set up to close registrations at the deadline, but will continue accepting “wait list” applicants. 

based on registration date.)    

 

 

    TRYOUTS

 

Players requesting to play in the Minor B Division or higher will attend the tryout of their choice. 

 

 

DRAFT  

 

The Manager of a team may protect his/her child during the draft. Under no circumstances will a “gentleman’s agreement” be made to protect a coach’s child during the draft. A manager may only obtain a coach’s child by drafting or trading for that player. The draft will be conducted according to the Little League Rule book with NO EXCEPTIONS. 

 

ALL DIVISIONS:  Teams will be drafted new every year. The draft order will be selected by picking numbers out of a hat. The “snake” selection system will be used for all re-drafts. 

 

A manager’s child will be protected according to the following table: If the manager so chooses, this option for their son/daughter may be waived. In this case, the player would be available to the other teams following the round of protection.

 

ROUND

MINOR

“B’

 

MINOR

“A”

MAJOR

BASEBALL SOFTBALL

 

JUNIORS

SENIORS

2

9

11

 

 

 

 

3

8

10

12

 

14

16

4

7

9

11

 

13

15

5

6

8(SB)

10 & 9

 

12

14 & 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Players need to attend a try-out before they can be drafted onto a team. A player who does not attend a try-out will be considered a “hand-out” at draft time and will be randomly assigned to a team, beginning with the team with the next draft pick. 

 

 

BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL MINOR A, MAJOR LEAGUE & ABOVE: 

In the lower divisions, managers in divisions with multiple ages may not select more than 6 players of any one age.  

 

Players refusing to play on the team that they were drafted will be removed from all league rosters and refunded their registration fees.  

 

       

REPLACEMENT PLAYERS 

 

• If a player is injured, moves from the area, or cannot continue playing for a valid reason (determined by the Player Agent for that division), the team will be assigned a replacement player as follows: 

 

• ALL DIVISIONS: The team that is missing a player will be assigned the next available player from the wait list based on registration date and the age of the player.  

 

• No replacement players will be assigned to teams within the final two weeks of the season.  

 

• If a player misses two consecutive scheduled games without notification, the manager must notify the Player Agent within 24 hours from the completion of the second game.  Failure to comply with this rule will result in disciplinary actions.

 

 

 

POOL PLAY RULES

 

- Managers must go to a Player Agent for a pool player 

*Phone calls will be the best source of contact

- Managers cannot get pool players on their own
- Notifications must be at least 24 hours in advance- no exceptions
- Pool players can only play outfield and bat last in batting order  
- Maximum of 3 pool players bringing your total of players to 9 for the game
- If your teams 9th player shows up then your assigned pool player is still required to play the game. 
- Both managers will be notified of the pool player prior to the game by email
- If you were not notified that a pool player is being utilized for your game please notify Director on duty immediately
- If we have exhausted all pool players then it will result in a forfeit 

 

**Failure to follow the rules will result in disciplinary action.**

 

 

Player Agent Procedures:

 

- Type the list according to the date and time of being turned into director on duty.
- Player Agent will not disclose the team name to the parents or player only the date, time and which dugout to report to for the game
- Keep list confidential
- Player Agent will  track who was contacted and who has accepted to pool play in the games

 

 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS  

 

ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

 

 

• T-BALL & MINOR “B”, “C & D” Divisions:  There will be no designated division champion.  

 

• SOFTBALL MINOR “A” & ABOVE, AND BASEBALL MINOR A, AAA, MAJOR LEAGUE & ABOVE: Standings will be kept for all regular season games. A tournament will be held at the conclusion of the regular season to determine the division championship. Team seeding will be assigned according to league standings. Ties will be resolved by a coin flip to determine final seeding. All tournament games will be played without time limits and using the Little League Tournament Rules. The continuous batting rule will not apply during the Tournament. Regular season pitch count & rest rules will be in effect during our tournaments. 

 

• A team’s regular season record shall be determined by the games played with other LOLLL teams within their division. Interleague games played with neighboring communities will not be counted for the divisional standings.   

 

• If the District 25 rules only allow one team per division, the tournament winner will be the team to be entered into the District Tournament. If two teams are allowed, the first place team from the tournament and the first place team from the regular season will be entered. If the same team wins the tournament and the regular season, the second place team from the tournament will be entered. 

 

 

 

 

Section 7:   DISCIPLINARY ACTION 

PROCEDURE  

 

 

 

• Disciplinary action may be commenced against any person involved in the Land O’Lakes Little League program, including, but not limited to LOLLL officers, directors, umpires, managers, coaches, parents, players and those attending Little League Baseball or Softball games and/or functions.  Activities that may be subject to disciplinary action shall include any violation of any Little League rules or regulations, any LOLLL local league rule or policy, or any park rule or policy. Any activity or conduct unbecoming of an individual who is in any way involved in LOLLL may also be subject to disciplinary action.  

 

• Complaints as to improper conduct should be documented (in writing), signed, and handed to the president of the league (or his/her designate). THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT TAKE ANY DISCIPLINARY ACTION UNLESS THERE IS A FORMAL, WRITTEN COMPLAINT. The president shall call a meeting of the LOLLL Disciplinary Committee to determine if the complaint is legitimate and if a disciplinary hearing is appropriate.  In the event that a member of the LOLLL Disciplinary Committee is the complainant, that person shall not be present at this initial determination phase.   

 

 When the Disciplinary Committee makes a determination on whether there is reasonable cause as to the validity of the complaint, the committee chair shall provide written notice to the complainant and the alleged violator stating the substance of the charge and shall request that both parties attend a hearing. The written notice shall state that failure of either party to appear at this meeting will constitute default and such default shall allow the Disciplinary Committee to take appropriate actions. The decision of the committee shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.  

 

 Section 8:  ALL STAR SELECTION 

 

MANAGER SELECTION  

 

The All Star Manager will be selected from the list of regular season managers for each division. MANAGERS WHO HAVE BEEN DISCIPLINED BY THE LEAGUE MAY BE 

DISQUALIFIED FROM MANAGING AN ALLSTAR TEAM. Managers/coaches are presented by the league President and approved by the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

If that person cannot accept this position, the next person recommended will be contacted. It is recommended that the regular season managers be considered for All Star coaches. A Manager will only be considered if he/she is willing to manage the team if their child is not selected. 

 

PLAYER SELECTION 

 

• Players are eligible for all-star teams if they have participated in at least 60% of the team’s regularly scheduled games since they were added to the roster 

 

• The Player Agent (or the designate) will organize the balloting and will maintain team rosters, including alternates. If after selection, a player is unable to participate, the first alternate will be assigned to the team. At no time shall any player know how they were selected to the all-star team, nor should they know how many votes that they received. 

 

• All division players and all division managers will be required to vote for eligible players.  The ballots will be collected and counted by the Tally Committee (two or three people who are not Board members or league managers and who do not have children in the leagues to be counted) assigned by the League President.  The Tally Committee will prepare two lists: the first containing the total number of the manager’s votes (hereafter referred to as the manager’s listing), the second containing the players who received the highest number of the player votes. After the vote is tallied, and before the results are announced, an independent review will be conducted by the President (or his/her designate) to verify that all League rules have been followed. 

 

• Each manager’s vote will count as one point. A child, who appears on the player’s listing top twelve, will receive an additional point. The total point count will determine the twelve players on the All-Star team roster.  Ties will go to the player(s) with the highest number of Manager votes. If after all ties have been exercised, the player with the highest number of kid votes will be appointed to the team. The All-Star manager will not be able to substitute players. 

 

• The Tally Committee will identify two alternates. The Tally Committee will not divulge the names of the alternates. If after selection, a player is unable to participate, the first alternate will be assigned to the team. At no time shall any player know how they were selected to the all-star team, nor should they know how many votes that they received. 

 

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS 

 

Land O’ Lakes All Star teams will be comprised as follows (as Little League dictates based on League registration numbers):

 

There will be one 8/9/10 Baseball Team comprised of the 8, 9 and 10 year old playersfrom the Minor A Baseball Division. The Minor A managers and players will vote for the team.

 

There will be one 10/11 Baseball All Star team comprised of the 10 and 11 year old players from the AAA Division. The AAA managers and players will vote for this team. 

 

There will be one 10/11/12 Baseball Major Division All Star team comprised of all 10, 11 and 12 year old players who played the minimum number of games during the regular season. The Major managers and players will vote for the Major team. 

 

There will be one JUNIOR Baseball Team comprised of all 12, 13 and 14 year old Junior division players. The junior managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

There will be one SENIOR Baseball Team comprised of all 14, 15 and 16 year old Senior division players. The senior managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

There will be one 8/9/10 Softball Team comprised of all 8, 9 and 10 year old Minor A division players. The Minor A managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

There will be one MAJOR Softball Team comprised of all 10, 11 and 12 year old Major division players. The Major managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

There will be one JUNIOR Softball Team comprised of all 12, 13 and 14 year old Junior division players. The junior managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

There will be one SENIOR Softball Team comprised of all 14, 15 and 16 year old Senior division players. The senior managers and players will vote for this team.  

 

 

Section 9:   SAFETY

 

 

INJURIES

 

The manager is responsible for reporting all injuries to the Director on Duty.  Injuries to players, managers, coaches or umpires are to be documented immediately on the accident forms located in the concession stand.  The documentation should include the time, place and circumstances at the time of the injury. Any injured player missing 2 consecutive games must be reported to the player agent within 24 hours following the second missed game. 

 

When a player misses more than seven (7) continuous days of participation for an illness or injury, a physician or other accredited medical provider must give written permission for a return to full baseball/softball activity

Constitution

League ID Number:  03091317

 

LAND O’ LAKES LITTLE LEAGUE CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE 1- NAME

This organization shall be known as the Land O’ Lakes Little League, hereinafter referred to as “Local League.”

 

ARTICLE II- OBJECTIVE

SECTION 1

The objective of the Local League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

SECTION 2

To achieve this objective, the Local league will provide a supervised program under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.  All Directors, Officers and Members shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of prime importance, in accordance with Section 501-(c)-(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, the Local League shall operate exclusively as a non-profit educational organization providing a supervised program of competitive baseball and softball games.  No part of the net earnings shall inure to the benefit ofany private shareholder or individual; no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and which does not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

 

 

 

ARTICLE III- MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1

Eligibility.  Any person sincerely interested in active participation to further the objective of this Local League may apply to become a Member.  

SECTION 2

Classes.  There shall be the following classes of Members:

(a) Player Members.  Any player candidate meeting the requirements of Little League Regulation IV shall be eligible to complete for participation.  Player Members shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of the Local League. 
(b) Regular Members.  Any adult person actively interested in furthering the objectives of the Local League may become a Regular Member upon volunteering, clearing the appropriate background checks, and has an active Land O’ Lakes Little League identification badge.  Regular Members may be issued a current identification badge upon submittal of a completed volunteer application and a back ground check annually.  The secretary shall maintain the roll of membership to qualify voting members.

Only Regular Members in good standing are eligible to vote at General Membership Meetings.  All Officers, Board Members, Committee Members, Managers, Coaches, Volunteer Umpires and other elected or appointed officials must be active Regular Members in good standing.

Note:  Regular members of the league automatically include all current Managers, Coaches, Volunteer Umpires, Board Members, Officers of the Board and any other person who is recognized by the Board as a volunteer in the Local League, including those volunteers with the title Team Parent, and have completed a volunteer application and a background check.

(c) As used hereinafter, the word “Member” shall mean a Regular Member unless otherwise stated.

SECTION 3

Other Affiliations.

(a) Members, whether Regular or Player, shall not be required to be affiliated with another organization or group to qualify as members of the Local League.
(b) Regular Members shall not be actively engaged in the promotion and/or operation of any other baseball/softball program.

SECTION 4

Suspension or Termination.  Membership may be terminated by resignation or action of the Board of Directors as follows.

(a) The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote of those present at any duly constituted Board meeting, shall have the authority to discipline or suspend or terminate the membership of any Member of any class, including managers and coaches, when the conduct of such person is considered detrimental to the best interests of the Local League and/or Little League Baseball, Incorporated.  The Member involved shall be notified of such meeting, informed of the general nature of the charges and given an opportunity to appear at the meeting to answer such charges.
(b) The Board of Directors shall, in case of a Player Member, give notice to the manager of the team for which the player is a Player Member.  Said manager shall appear, in the capacity of an adviser, with the player before the Board of Directors or a duly appointed committee of the Board of Directors.  The at least one parent of the player or legal guardian of the player shall be present.  The Board of Directors shall have full power to suspend or revoke such player’s right to future participation by two-thirds vote of those present at any duly constituted meeting (quorum is required).

 

ARTICLE IV – DUES FOR REGULAR MEMBERS (NOT PLAYERS)

SECTION 1

Dues for Regular members may be fixed at such amounts as the Board of Directors shall determine for a particular fiscal year.  (See Article XI, Section 7 for fiscal year of this league).  Note:  Dues for Regular Members are separate from registration fees for Player Members, which are determined annually by the Board of Directors in accordance with Regulation XIII (c).  If no dues for Regular Membership are collected, Section 2 below does not apply.

       SECTION 2

Regular Members who fail to pay their fixed dues within (choose one)……… (     ) ten (10), (     ) fourteen (14), (     ) twenty one (21), (    ) thirty (30), (other)….day(s) of application to become a member may, by majority vote of the Board present at a Board meeting, be dropped from the rolls and shall forfeit all rights and privileges of membership.

 

ARTICLE V – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

SECTION 1

Definition.  A General Membership Meeting is any meeting of the membership of the league (including Special General Membership Meetings, Section 7).  A minimum of one per year (Annual Meeting, see Section 6) is required.

SECTION 2

Notice of Meeting.  Notice of each General Membership Meeting shall be delivered personally, electronically or by mail to each Member at the last recorded address at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting, setting forth the place, time and purpose of the meeting.  In lieu of the above methods, notice may be given in such form as may be authorized by the Members, from time to time, at a regularly convened General Membership Meeting.

SECTION 3

Quorum.  At any General Membership Meeting, the presence in person or representation by absentee ballot of one fifth (20 percent) of the members (as defined in Article III – Membership) shall be necessary to constitute a quorum.  If a quorum is not present, no business shall be conducted.

SECTION 4

Voting.  Only Regular Members shall be entitled to make motions and vote at General Membership Meetings.  However, the Board of Directors may invite, admit to observe, and recognize guests for presentation or comments during General Membership Meetings.  (Those eligible to take part at meetings of the Board of Directors are described in Article VI, Section 4).

SECTION 5

Absentee Ballot.  For the expressed purpose of accommodating a Regular Member in good standing who cannot be in attendance at the Annual Meeting, or an absentee ballot may be requested and obtained from the Secretary of the League.  The absentee ballot shall be properly completed, signed and returned in a sealed envelope to the Secretary prior to the date of the election.  The Secretary shall present all absentee ballots to the Election Chairman (appointed at the meeting) on the date of the meeting, prior to the voting portion of the election process.

 

SECTION 6

Annual Meeting of the Members.  The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Local League shall be held the first Saturday of August at 10:00 am. Each year for the purpose of electing new Members, electing the Board of Directors, receiving reports, reviewing the Constitution, appointing committees, and for the transaction of such business as may properly come before the meeting.

(a) The Membership shall receive at the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Local League a report, verified by the President and Treasurer, or by a majority of the Directors, showing:
(1) The condition of the Local League, to be presented by the President or his/her designate.
(2) A general summary of funds received and expended by the Local League for the previous year, the amount of funds currently in possession of the Local League, and the name of the financial institution in which such funds are maintained.  The Local League tax returns are filed in the north side press box.
(3) The whole amount of real and personal property owned by the Local League, where located, and where and how invested.
(4) For the year immediately preceding, the amount and nature of the property acquired, with the date of the report and the manner of the acquisition, the amount applied, appropriated or expended, and the purposes, objects or persons to or for which such applications, appropriations of expenditures have been made.
(5) The names of the persons who have been admitted to regular membership in Local League during such year.  This report shall be filed with the records of the Local League and entered in the minutes of the proceedings of the Annual Meeting.  A copy of such report shall be forwarded to Little League International.
(b)   At the Annual Meeting, the Members shall determine the number of Directors to      be elected for the ensuing year and shall elect such number of Directors.  The number of Directors elected, including reelected Directors, shall not be less than twelve (12).
(c) After the Board of Directors is elected, the Board shall meet to elect the officers.  After the election, the Board of Directors shall assume the performance of its duties on the second Monday of August.  The Board’s term of office shall continue until its successors are elected and qualified under this section.
(d) The twelve (12) or more Officers of the Board of Directors shall include, at a minimum, the President, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, one or more Player Agents, a Safety Officer and a Coaching Coordinator.  The Board shall also include a minimum of one manager and one volunteer umpire.  Only volunteer umpires may be elected to the Board.

 

SECTION 7

Special General Membership Meetings.  Special General Membership Meetings of the Members may be called by the Board of Directors or by the Secretary or President at their discretion.  Upon the written request of twenty (20) Members, the President or Secretary shall call a Special General Membership Meeting to consider the subject specified in the request.  No business other than that specified in the notice of the meeting shall be transacted at any Special General Membership Meeting.  Such Special General Membership Meeting shall be scheduled to take place not less than ten (10) days after the request is received by the President or Secretary.

SECTION 8

Rules of Order for General Membership Meetings.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all General Membership Meetings, except where same conflicts with this Constitution of the Local League.

 

ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1

Authority.  The management of the property and affairs of the Local League shall be vested in the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2

Increase in number.  The number of Board of Directors so fixed at the Annual Meeting may be increased at any General Membership Meeting or Special Meeting of the Members.  If the number is increase, the additional Directors may be elected at the meeting at which the increase is voted, or at any subsequent General Membership Meeting.  All elections of additional Directors shall be by majority vote of all Regular Members present or represented by a properly executed and signed absentee ballot filed with the Secretary prior to the election meeting.

 

SECTION 3

Directors Absent from Board Meeting or Duties.  If any Board of Director is absent from three consecutive board meetings or fails to fulfill three scheduled duty shifts, the member shall be notified within two (2) business days of such violation that a meeting shall be held within three (3) business days to discuss the general nature of the violation and given an opportunity at the meeting to answer such alleged violation.  The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote of those present at the meeting, shall have the authority to discipline, suspend, or terminate the Director.

Vacancies.  If any vacancy occurs in the Board of Directors, by death, resignation or otherwise, it may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors at any regular Board meeting or at any Special Board Meeting called for that purpose.

SECTION 4

Board Meetings, Notice and Quorum.  Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately following the Annual Meeting and on such days thereafter as shall be determined by the Board.

(a)   The President or the Secretary may, whenever they deem it advisable, or the Secretary shall at the request in writing of one-third of the Directors, issue a call for a Special Board Meeting.  In the case of Special Board Meetings, such notice shall include the purpose of the meeting and no matters not so stated may be acted upon at the meeting.
(b)   Notice of each Board meeting shall be given by the Secretary personally, electronically or by mail to each Director at lease seven (7) day(s) before the time appointed for the meeting to the last recorded address of each Director.
(c)   Fifty percent plus one of the Members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  If a quorum is not present, no business shall be conducted.
(d)   Only member of the Board of Director may make motions and vote at meetings of the Board of Directors.  However, the Board of Directors may invite, admit and recognize guests for presentation or comments during Board meetings.

 

 

SECTION 5

Duties and Powers.  The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint such standing committees as it shall determine appropriate and to delegate such powers to them as the Board shall deem advisable and which it may properly delegate.

  The Board may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its meetings and the management of the Local League as it may deem proper, provided such rules and regulations do not conflict with this Constitution.

  The Board shall have the power by a two-thirds vote of those present at any regular Board or Special Board Meeting to discipline, suspend or remove any Director of Officer or Committee Member of the Local League in accordance with the procedure set forth in Article III, Section 4 (a,b).

SECTION 6

Rules of Order for Board Meetings.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all Board of Directors meetings, except when same conflicts with the Constitution of the Local League.

 

ARTICLE VII – DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE BOARD

SECTION 1

Appointments.  The Board of Directors may appoint such other officers or agents as it may deem necessary or desirable, and may prescribe the powers and duties of each.  Appointed officers or agents shall have no vote on actions taken by the Board of Directors unless such individuals have been elected to the Board by the membership or have been elected to fill a vacancy on the Board.

SECTION 2

President. The President shall:

(a)   Conduct the affairs of the Local League and execute the policies established by the Board of Directors.
(b)   Present a report of the condition of the Local League at the Annual Meeting.
(c)   Communicate to the Board of Directors such matters as deemed appropriate, and make such suggestions as may tend to promote the welfare of the Local League.
(d)   Be responsible for the conduct of the Local League in strict conformity to the policies, principles, Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, as agreed to under the conditions of charter issued to the Local League by that organization.
(e)   Designate in writing other officers, if necessary, to have power to make and execute for/and in the name of the Local League such contracts and leases they may receive and which have had prior approval of the Board.
(f)   Investigate complaints, irregularities and conditions detrimental to the Local League and report thereon to the Board or Executive Committee as circumstances warrant.
(g)   Be responsible for the proper execution of the annual budget to the Board of Directors.
(h)   With the assistance of the Player Agent(s), examine the application and support proof-of-age documents of every player candidate and certify to residence and age eligibility before the player may be accepted for tryouts and selection.

SECTION 3

Vice President. The Vice President shall:

(a)   Perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President, provided he or she is authorized by the President or Board so to act.  When so acting, the Vice President shall have all the powers of that office.
(b)   Perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board of Directors or by the President.

SECTION 4

Secretary. The Secretary shall:

(a)   Be responsible for recording the activities of the Local league and maintain appropriate files, mailing lists and necessary records.
(b)   Perform such duties as are herein specifically set forth, in addition to such other duties as are customarily incident to the office of Secretary or as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
(c)   Maintain a list of all Regular, Sustaining and Honorary Members, Directors and Committee Members and give notice of all meetings.
(d)   Issue membership cards to Regular Members, if approved by the Board of Directors.
(e)   Keep the minutes of the meetings of the Members, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and cause them to be recorded in a book kept for that purpose.
(f)   Conduct all correspondence not otherwise specifically delegated in connection with said meeting and shall be responsible for carrying out all orders, votes and resolutions not otherwise committed.
(g)   Notify Members, Director, Officers and Committee Members of their election or appointment.

SECTION 5

Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall:

a)   Perform such duties as are herein set forth and such other duties as are customarily incident to the Office of Treasurer or may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
b)   Receive all monies and securities, and deposit same in a depository approved by the Board of Directors.
c)   Keep records for the receipt and disbursement of all monies and securities of the Local League, including the Auxiliary, approve all payments from allotted funds and draw checks therefore in agreement with policies established in advance of such actions by the Board of Directors.  All disbursement by check must have dual signatures.
d)   Prepare an annual budget, under the direction of the President, for submission to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.
e)   Prepare an annual financial report, under the direction of the President, for submission to the Membership and Board of Directors at the Annual meeting, and to Little League International.

SECTION 6

Player Agent.  The Player Agent shall:

a)   Record all player transactions and maintain an accurate and up-to-date record thereof.
b)   Receive and review applications for player candidates and assist the President in verifying residence and age eligibility.
c)   Conduct the tryouts, the player draft and all other player transaction or selection meetings.
d)   Prepare the Player Agent’s list.
e)   Prepare the President’s signature and submission to Little League International, team rosters, including players claimed, and the tournament team eligibility affidavit.
f)   Notify Little League International of any subsequent player replacements or trades.
g)   Administer the divisional player pool.

 

SECTION 7

Safety Officer.  The Safety Officer shall:

a)   Be responsible to create awareness, through education and information, or the opportunities to provide a safer environment for children and all participants of Little League.
b)   Develop and implement a plan for increasing safety of activities, equipment and facilities through education, compliance and reporting.

Note:  In order to implement a safety plan using education, compliance and reporting, the following suggestions may be utilized by the Safety Officer:

1)   Education- Should facilitate meetings and distribute information among participants including players, managers, coaches, umpires, league officials, parents, guardians and other volunteers.
2)   Compliance- Should promote safety compliance leadership by increasing awareness of the safety opportunities that arise from these responsibilities.
3)   Reporting- Define a process to assure that incidents are recorded, information is sent to league/district and national offices, and follow-up information on medical and other data is forwarded as available.

 SECTION 8 

      Coaching Coordinator.  The Coaching Coordinator shall:

a)   Represent coaches/manager in league.
b)   Present a coach/manager training budget to the Board.
c)   Gain the support and funds necessary to implement a league-wide training program.
d)   Order and distribute training materials to players, coaches and managers.
e)   Coordinate mini-clinics as necessary.
f)   Serve as the contact person for the Little League International.

SECTION 9

     League Information Officer.  The League Information Officer shall:

a)   Set up and manage the league’s official website (site authorized by Little League International).
b)   Set up online registration and ensure the league rosters are uploaded to Little League.
c)   Assign online administrative rights to other Directors.
d)   Encourage creation of team web sites to managers, coaches and parents.
e)   Ensure that league news and scores are updated online on a regular basis.
f)   Collect, post, and distribute important information on league activities including direct dissemination of fund-raising and sponsor activities to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, the district, the public, league members, and the media.
g)   Serves as primary contact person for Little League and Active Team Sports regarding optimizing use of the Internet for league administration and for distributing information to league members and to Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

SECTION 10

  Sponsorship/Fundraising Manager:   The Sponsorship/Fundraising Manager shall:

a)   Solicits and secures local sponsorships to support league operations.
b)   Collects and reviews sponsorship and fundraising opportunities.
c)   Organizes and implements approved league fundraising activities.
d)   Coordinates participation in fundraising activities.
e)   Maintains records of monies secured through sponsorship and fundraising initiatives.

 

  Concession Manager:  The Concession Manager shall:

a)   Maintains the operation of concession facilities.
b)   Organizes the purchase of concession products.
c)   Responsible for the management of the concession sales at league events.
d)   Schedules volunteers to work the concession booth during league events.
e)   Collects and reviews concession related offers including coupons, discounts, and bulk-purchasing opportunities.
f)   Organizes, tallies, and keeps records of concession sales and purchases.  Provides a report of such to the Treasurer at the end of every month when the local league is in session.

 

ARTICLE VIII – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECTION 1

    The Board of Directors may appoint an Executive Committee which shall consist of not less than three (3) or more than five (5) Directors, one of whom shall be the President of the Local League.

 

SECTION 2

    The Executive Committee shall advise with and assist the Officers of the Local League in all matters concerning its interests and the management of its affairs, and shall have such other powers as may be delegated to it by the Board, but in no event will the Executive Committee have authority over the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3

    At any meeting of the Executive Committee, a majority of the total number of members then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Committee.

 

ARTICLE IX – OTHER COMMITTEES

SECTION 1

    Membership Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint a Membership Committee consisting of three (3) Directors and other appointed Regular Members.  The Committee shall receive the names of prospective Regular Members, investigate for eligibility and recommend those qualified for election at the regular meeting of the Members or the Board of Directors as the case may be.   

SECTION 2

    Grounds Committee.  (May be combined with Building and Property Committee) The Board of Directors may appoint a Grounds Committee which shall be responsible for the care and maintenance of the playing field(s), buildings and grounds.  It shall operate within the amount appropriated in the approved budget for that purpose.

SECTION 3

    Playing Equipment Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint a Playing Equipment Committee which shall secure bids on the needed supplies and equipment and make recommendations for their purchase to the Board.

    The Committee shall be responsible for the proper issuance of such supplies and equipment and for the repair, cleaning and storage thereof at the close of the season.

 

SECTION 4

    Managers Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint a Managers Committee consisting of five (5) Directors.

    The Committee shall interview and investigate prospective managers and coaches, including those for the Minor League teams and recommend acceptable candidates to the President, for appointment and subsequent approval by the Board of Directors.  It shall, during the playing season, observe the conduct of the managers and coaches and report its findings to the President of the Local League.  It shall, at the request of the President or Board of Directors, investigate complaints concerning managers and coaches and make a report thereof to the President or Board of Directors as the case may be.

SECTION 5

    Umpire Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint an Umpire Committee consisting of three (3) Directors.  The Local League President shall be chairman of any such Committee.  The Committee shall recruit, interview, and recommend to the President for appointment a staff of umpires, including a chief umpire and replacements.  When appointed, the staff of umpires shall be under the personal direction of the Local League President, assisted by the Chief Umpire who shall train, observe, and schedule the staff.  This committee shall also be responsible for background checks of all umpires and ensuring compliance with all district requirements.

SECTION 6

    District Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint a District Committee consisting of the Local League President as chairman and two (2) other Directors.  The Committee shall assist the District Administrator  in interleague district functions including the selection of members of the District Administrator’s Advisory Committee and the selection of the tournament sites and area tournament directors.

SECTION 7

    Auxiliary Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint an Auxiliary Committee consisting of the Local League Treasurer and the two (2) other Directors.  The Committee shall coordinate the activities of the Auxiliary.  It shall review and evaluate auxiliary projects for raising money and disposition of profits, and make recommendations to the Board.  The Board of Directors shall approve in advance all projects and actions of the Auxiliary.

 

SECTION 8

    Auditing Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint an Auditing Committee consisting of three (3) Directors.  The President, Treasurer or signatories of checks are not eligible.  The Committee will review the Local League’s books and records annually prior to the Annual Meeting and attach a statement of its findings to the annual financial statement of the President and Treasurer; or may, if directed by the Board of Directors or Membership, secure the services of a Certified Public Accountant to accomplish such review.

SECTION 9

    Minor League Committee.  The Board of Directors may appoint a Minor League Committee consisting of three (3) Directors.  The Chairman of such Committee shall be the Minor League Vice President and be responsible to the Local League President for the proper conduct or the Minor League operation.

 

ARTICLE X – AFFILIATION

SECTION 1

    Charter.  The Local League shall annually apply for a charter from Little League Baseball, Incorporated, and shall do all things necessary to obtain and maintain such charter.  The Local League shall devote its entire energies to the activities authorized by such charter and it shall not be affiliated with any other program or organization or operate any other program.

SECTION 2

    Rules and Regulations.  The Official Playing Rules and Regulations as published by Little League Baseball, incorporated, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, shall be binding on this Local League.

SECTION 3

    Local Rules, Ground Rules and/or Bylaws.  The local rules, ground rules and/or bylaws of this Local League shall be adopted by the Board of Directors at a meeting to be held not less than one month previous to the first scheduled game of the season, but shall in no way conflict with the Rules, Regulations and Policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, nor shall they conflict with this Constitution.  The local rules, ground rules and/or bylaws of this Local League shall expire at the end of each fiscal year, and are not considered part of this Constitution. (See Article XI, Section 7 for fiscal year of this league.)

ARTICLE XI – FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING

SECTION 1

    Authority.  The Board of Directors shall decide all matters pertaining to the finances of the Local League and it shall place all income including Auxiliary funds, in a common league treasury, directing the expenditure of funds in such manner as will give no individual or team an advantage over those in competition with such individual team.

SECTION 2

    Contributions.  The Board shall not permit the contribution of funds or property to individual teams but shall solicit funds for the common treasury of the Local League, thereby to discourage favoritism among teams and endeavor to equalize the benefits of the Local League.

SECTION 3

    Solicitations.  The Board shall not permit the solicitation of funds in the name of Little League Baseball, Incorporated unless all of the funds so raised be placed in the Local League treasury.

SECTION 4

    Disbursement of Funds.  The Board shall not permit the disbursement of Local League funds for other than the conduct of the Little League activities in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.  All disbursements shall be made by check.  All checks shall be signed by the Local League Treasure and such other officer or officers or person or persons as the Board of Directors shall determine.

SECTION 5

    Compensation.  No Director, Officer or Member of the Local League shall receive, directly or indirectly any salary, compensation or emolument from the Local League for services rendered as Director, Officer or Member.

SECTION 6

    Deposits.  All monies received, including Auxiliary Funds, shall be deposited to the credit of the Local League at Chase Bank.

 

SECTION 7

    Fiscal Year.  The fiscal year of the Local League shall begin on October 1 and shall end on September 30.

SECTION 8

    Distribution of Property Upon Dissolution.  Upon dissolution of the Local League and after all outstanding debts and claims have been satisfied, the Members shall direct the remaining property of the Local League to another Federally Incorporated entity which maintains the same objectives as set forth in Article II of this Constitution, which are or may be entitled to exemption under Section 501-(c)-(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or any future corresponding provision.

 

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

    This Constitution may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote at any duly organized meeting of the Members provided notice of the proposed change is included in the notice of such meeting.

    Draft of all proposed amendments shall be submitted to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, for approval before implementation.

 

This Constitution was approved by the Little League Membership on ______________ (date).

President’s Name:

President’s Signature_________________________________ Date____________________

 

 

 

                  

 

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