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Are Junior division rules the same as professional Major League Baseball rules? (4/11/2012)
What are the exceptions to MLB rules? (4/11/2012)
Are there playoffs for the Juniors? (4/11/2012)
How do I find the scores and standings for the league? (4/11/2012)

Do I have to wear metal cleats? (4/11/2012)
What kind of bat can I use? (4/11/2012)
What size field do we play on? (4/11/2012)

 


 

Answers

Are Junior division rules the same as professional Major League Baseball rules?
Yes. The Junior division basically follows MLB rules with a few exceptions noted below.

What are the exceptions to MLB rules?
There are a few exceptions to MLB rules:

  • 7 inning games; 4 innings must be complete for an official game.
  • No time limit, but revert to last completed inning if game ends due to darkness, rain, field schedule, etc.
  • Continuous batting order for regular season; 9 man batting order with "married" players for playoffs.
  • Must have a minimum of 9 players.  Teams can borrow from other teams but substitute players can't pitch or catch.

Are there playoffs for the Juniors?
Yes.

  • 8 team playoff.  Double elimination.
  • 9 man batting order with married subs (minimum 1 at bat and 2 innings in the field).
  • 1st and 2nd place teams get trophies.

How do I find the scores and standings for the league?
Each coach sends scores and pitch counts to the Clarendon Hills Little League (CHLL), who is organizing the inter-league play this year. League commissioners will log scores and maintain standings on the CHLL website (www.chll.net)

Do I have to wear metal cleats?
No, you do not need to wear metal cleats and rubber cleats are encouraged. However, metal cleats are allowed in the Junior Division.

What kind of bat can I use?

  • Bats shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. The 2¾ inch in diameter bat is not allowed in any division.
  • In Junior League Baseball, all COMPOSITE-barreled bats must meet BBCOR standards. Because BBCOR standards only are used on 2 5/8-inch bats, this means a composite-barreled bat intended for use in the Junior League Baseball Division MUST be a BBCOR bat with a 2 5/8-iinch barrel. It also means a COMPOSITE-barreled bat with a 2 1/4-inch barrel cannot be used in the Junior League Baseball Division, since there are no 2 1/4-inch bats that meet BBCOR standards. If the bat to be used in the Junior League Baseball Division has a barrel that is made of wood, or metal (alloy, aluminum, etc.), then it only needs to meet the standards for Junior League Baseball bats in Rule 1.10, and it can have a barrel that is less than 2 5/8-inch in diameter.

For more reference, check the League Official Bat and Equipment Guidelines that can be found at the following link.
http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

What size field do we play on?
The season starts with 80' bases and a 55' pitching mound. On May 17th it switches to 90' bases and a 60'6" pitching mound.