Game Stoppers

The following are extracts from selected 2018 Baseball and Softball Playing Rules. Any violation of these rules must be corrected before a game can start or resume. This list is not all-inclusive, as there might be other situations that might lead to a game being stopped.


Managers and Coaches

Rule 1.01: Each team shall have only one manager and two rostered coaches (a total of three) present during the game.

Rule 2.00: The MANAGER is an adult appointed by the president to be responsible for the team’s actions on the field, and to represent the team in communications with the umpire and the opposing team. (a) The manager shall always be responsible for the team’s conduct, observance of the official rules, and deference to the umpires.

Rule 2.00: The COACH is an adult appointed to perform such duties as the manager may designate. NOTE: If two coaches are appointed, the second coach may be age 16 or older.

Rule 2.00: A BASE COACH is a team member in uniform or an adult manager and/or coach.

Rule 3.09: Managers or coaches must not warm up a pitcher at home plate or in the bull pen or elsewhere at any time. They may, however, stand by to observe a pitcher during warm-up in the bullpen.

Rule 4.05: The coaches shall not leave their respective dugouts until the pitcher has completed his/her preparatory pitches to the catcher.

Rule 4.05: Base coaches shall be eligible players in the uniform of their team; a manager and/or coach.

Rule 4.05: Base coaches shall be a manager or coach only if there is at least one other adult manager or coach in the dugout.

Appendix B: Only players, managers, coaches, and umpires are permitted on the playing field during play and practice sessions.



Rule 1.11: Players must not wear jewelry such as, but not limited to, rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, not any hard cosmetic/decorative items. EXCEPTION: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition is permissible.

Rule 1.17: All male players must wear athletic supporters.



Rule 1.08 Note 1: The on-deck position is not permitted in Little League (Major) Division and below. Fenced-in areas MAY NOT be used for an on-deck batter.

Rule 1.08 Note 2: Only the first batter of each half-inning will be permitted outside the dugout between half-innings in Little League (Major) Division and below. The next batter should be ready with a helmet on, but may not pick up a bat until it is his/her turn at bat.

Rule 1.16: All helmets which must meet NOCSAE specifications and standards. Use of the helmet by the batter, all base runners and base coaches is mandatory. Use of a helmet by an adult base coach or any defensive player is optional. Helmets must have a non-glare surface and cannot be mirror-like in nature. Each helmet must bear the NOCSAE stamp and shall have an exterior warning label.



Rule 1.11 (a) (3): Any part of the pitcher’s undershirt or T-shirt exposed to view shall be of a solid color.

Rule 1.11 (a) (3): Baseball: The pitcher’s undershirt sleeves, if exposed, shall not be white or gray. Neoprene sleeves, if worn by a pitcher, must be covered by an undershirt.

Rule 1.15 (a): Baseball: The pitcher’s glove may not, exclusive of the piping, be white or light gray, nor, in the judgement of an umpire, distracting in any matter,

Rule 1.15 (a): Softball: The pitcher’s glove shall be of one solid color or multi colored as long as the color(s) are not the color of the ball being used in the game.

Rule 1.15 (b): Baseball: The pitcher may wear a batting glove under the pitcher’s glove provided the batting glove is not white, gray, or optic yellow.

Rule 1.15: Softball: (c) Pitchers shall not wear any item on the pitching hand, wrist or arm. A pitcher may war items on the glove hand, wrist or arm (not pitching arm) of a solid single color: black, white, gray, or a uniform color. EXCEPTION: A pitcher may wear a compression sleeve on the pitching arm of a solid, single color: black, white, gray, or a uniform color.

Rule 1.15: Softball: (d) A pitcher may not wear a catcher’s mitt or first baseman’s mitt.



Rule 1.12: Baseball: The catcher must wear a catcher’s mitt.

Rule 1.12: Softball: The catcher must wear a mitt. This might be a first baseman’s mitt or a fielder’s glove.

Rule 1.17: Male catchers must wear the metal, fiber, or plastic type cup.

Rule 1.17: All catchers must wear chest protectors with neck collar, throat guards, shin guards, and catcher’s helmet, all of which must meet Little League specifications and standards.

Rule 1.17: All catchers must wear a mask, “dangling” type throat protector, and catcher’s helmet during infield/outfield practice, pitcher warm-up and games. The “Hockey Style” helmet is authorized for use at all levels of play. The “dangling” throat guard must still be attached properly.




Rule 1.09 Note: Baseball licensed by Little League will be printed with one of two designations: “RS” (for regular season play) or “RS-T” (for regular season and tournament play).



Rule 1.10: Baseball: The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. [Bat Rules]


Objections, Appeals and Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Rule 9.01(d): Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or substitute for objecting decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field.

Rule 9.02(a): Any umpire’s decision which involves judgement, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach, or substitute shall object to any such judgement decisions.

Rule 9.02(b): If there’s reasonable doubt that any umpire’s decision may be in conflict with the rules, the manager may appeal the decision and ask that a correct ruling be made. Such appeal should be made only to the umpire who made the protested decision.

Rule 9.02(c): If a decision is appealed, the umpire making the decision may ask another umpire for information before making a final decision. No umpire shall criticize, seek to reverse, or interfere with another umpire’s decision unless asked.