Minor A Playoff Rules
KERRISDALE LITTLE LEAGUE
MINOR A PLAYOFF RULES
For Minor A Playoff Games, all rules from regular season play are in effect, with the following exceptions:
- Home and Away Teams will be determined by a coin toss between the coaches before the game. Both teams must assign volunteers to set up the field.
- Run limits will be 2-2-4-4 in the first 4 innings, but the 5th inning will be “unlimited” and not once through the batting order. For the 5th inning (and any extra innings), 3 outs must be made.
- The Mercy Rule is not in effect.
- Games cannot end in a tie. If the score is tied after 5 complete innings, extra innings must be played. Each extra inning will be played with the “California Rule” in effect. The California Rule dictates that each half inning starts with a runner on second base and one out. The runner on second base must be the last batter from the previous inning. Play continues until one team is ahead at the end of an inning.
- All pitchers must pitch from the pitching rubber (i.e. there is no painted “rookie” line in front of the rubber). For the first 2 innings, only rookie pitchers are permitted.
- If the game is shortened due to poor weather or darkness, 4 innings will have to be played (3 ½ if the home team has the lead) to constitute a complete game.
- For complete rules on how to handle a game that is halted due to weather or darkness, see Rule 4.00 “Starting and Ending the Game” in the LL rule book (pages 81-88 in 2017 edition).
- Both teams must track pitch counts for both teams, and these numbers must be reported to the Minor A Coordinator within 3 hours of the end of the game. Particular attention should be given to whether or not a pitcher crosses a threshold while facing their final batter. The total number of pitches thrown should be reported as usual but when a pitcher crosses a threshold (20, 35, 50 and 65) while facing their final batter, the pitch count should be reported with an asterisk beside it and an indication of the number of pitches at the beginning of the final batter. For example, if a pitcher throws 39 pitches in a game, but started their final batter at 34 pitches, pitch count would be reported as 39* (started final batter at 34).
Other issues that coaches are asked to pay particular attention to:
- Back catchers must wear all catching equipment, including the catcher’s mitt - fielder’s gloves are not permitted.
- Runners must not be advanced once the ball has been returned to the infield and is in the possession of a defensive player. The runner must be at least 50% of the way to the base they are attempting to advance to when the ball is controlled by a defensive player in the infield; otherwise, they should be returned to the base from which they were advancing. Umpires will be asked to enforce this rule, but coaches must also play a role in honoring it and not attempting to flout it.
- Runners can only advance one base on an overthrow and runners cannot continue to advance on single or multiple overthrows.