Intermediate Ground Rules

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Sugar Land Little League


The Little League Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules shall
govern the “Playing Rules” for the Intermediate Division.

The Sugar Land Little League Intermediate Division Ground Rules listed below are additional,
modified, or detailed explanations of the “Playing Rules” for the Intermediate Division, only.

1. SCHEDULED GAME START TIME: All games shall begin promptly at the scheduled start time. If a team is unable to field at least 9 players by the game’s scheduled start time, then the game will be rescheduled by both managers' agreement.  If the game cannot be rescheduled, the game will be canceled.

2. CURFEW: No new inning will begin after the 2-hour time limit.  No new inning will begin after 10:00 pm and no game will be played after 10:30 pm.

3. LENGTH OF GAMES: All games shall consist of seven (7) innings (6 ½ if the home team is ahead) unless the game is shortened by the umpire due to time, weather, etc.; or lengthened due to a tie. The ten-run rule applies after 5 innings (4-1/2 if the home team is ahead).  All shortened games must consist of at least 5 innings (4 ½ if the home team is ahead) to be considered a complete game unless the time limit has expired, and the inning has been completed. Games tied after 7 innings will be considered complete and recorded as a tie.

4. RUN RULE: There will be no run rule per inning.  The ten-run rule applies after 5 innings (4-1/2 if the home team is ahead).

5. LENGTH BETWEEN INNINGS: Teams shall change positions as rapidly as possible at the end of each inning. Play should resume within 2 minutes after the last out of the previous half-inning. The Pitcher may take up to 8 warm-up pitches in between each inning, if within the 2 minutes.

6. RAIN-OUTS: Rain-out games shall be rescheduled by the League Division VP. In the event a team cannot field enough players on the initial makeup date and notifies the Division VP and Opposing Manager 24 hours prior to the scheduled game time, a second date will be set. If said team cannot make the 2nd makeup date, that team shall forfeit – the game score will be recorded as 7-0.

7. COACHES: Each team is allowed, 1 manager and 2 coaches.  Base coaches will consist of 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 player (the player must wear a helmet and may only coach 1st base).  No defensive coaches will be allowed on the field.

8. METAL CLEATS: Metal cleats may not be worn.

9. BATTING ORDER: Each team will use a continuous batting order with unrestricted substitutions.  The mandatory play rule applies, see rule #11.

a. Note on Rule 6.02-c: SLLL has chosen to implement this option regarding the batter remaining in the box with at least one foot throughout the at-bat.  There are exceptions to this rule…please see Rule 6.02-c in the 2020 LL Rule Book.

10. PLAYERS: The Intermediate division is for league age 11/12/13 players.

11. MANDATORY PLAY: Each player on the team’s roster and present at the start of the game shall play a minimum of six (6) outs and may not sit more than (2) innings in a row. The penalty for violating the mandatory play rule will be assessed to the Manager as follows:

>1st Offense – Manager suspended from the next scheduled game,
>2nd violation – Manager suspended from the following two games,
>3rd violation – Manager will be removed from the league as a manager.
[EXCEPTION: for weather, shortened games, illness, injury]

12. DUGOUT ASSIGNMENTS: The Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout while the Visiting team will occupy the 1st base dugout.

13. PITCHERS & CATCHERS: Pitchers removed from the game as a pitcher may return to the mound as a pitcher later in the game (as long as he moved to a different defensive position), once per game, as long the pitcher has not reached the maximum daily pitch count. Pitchers that throw 41 pitches cannot play the position of catcher the remainder of the day. Catchers that catch 3 full innings cannot play the position of pitcher the remainder of the game; and catchers that catch less than 3 innings and then pitch, cannot return as a catcher the remainder of the game.

a. League Age 11 and 12-year olds must pitch a combined 6 outs per week.

b. Pitchers must not pitch more than the Little League rules allow…

>13-year league age – maximum 95 pitches
>12-year league age – maximum 85 pitches
>11-year league age – maximum 85 pitches

c. Pitch count rest days will comply with the Rule Book as follows: 66 or more pitches – (4) calendar days rest
51-65 pitches – (3) calendar days rest 36-50 pitches – (2) calendar days rest 21-35 pitches – (1) calendar day rest 1-20 pitches – (0) days rest

14. BALKS: For the first (3) games of each team’s season, if a balk occurs, each pitcher shall be provided a warning (all action shall be ruled “dead” when the warning is given) by the umpire.  After the initial warning, all subsequent balks for that same pitcher shall be called in occurrence to Little League rules.  Starting with the 4th game of each team’s season, balks will be called in accordance with Little League rules with no warning.

15. PROTESTS: Only rule infraction protests will be allowed. All disputes must be settled within 5 minutes, by the Lead Umpire. The Manager may, with rule book in hand and permission from the Lead Umpire, question a call regarding a ruling. The Umpires' decision at the end of 5 minutes is final. JUDGEMENT CALLS CAN NOT BE PROTESTED.

16. ON-DECK BATTER: The next batter in the line-up is allowed to be outside the dugout in the designated “on-deck” area. The designated “on-deck” for both teams shall be on the 1st base side (visitors’ dugout) if a left-handed batter is batting, and the 3rd base side (home dugout) if a right-handed batter is batting. If no runners are on base, the on-deck batter shall retrieve passed or foul balls for the umpire and/or opposing team’s catcher.

17. BUNTS: Bunts are allowed.  No batter shall be allowed to fake bunt and then swing the bat.  In the event of this occurrence, the batter and his/her team shall be warned the first time.  After the first warning each subsequent occurrence will result in the batter ruled out and the 3rd base coach will be ejected from the game.


a. The home team shall be responsible for making sure the field is prepared before each game (putting out bases, marking the field, lightly watering, etc.)

b. The home team shall provide the official scorekeeper and the visiting team shall provide the scoreboard operator and official pitch counter. After the game, the scorekeeper & pitch counter shall have both Managers and Umpires sign the scorebook & pitch count.

c. Both teams are responsible for picking up the trash in their respective dugouts.

d. The visiting team is responsible for raking and watering the field after the game.

19. INJURY REPORT: An injury report must be filled out for every injury, no matter how minor.  Forms can be found in the concession area or ask the Board Member on Duty. The incident must be reported to the league Safety Officer within 24 hours of the injury.

20. END OF SEASON PLAYOFFS: Playoffs will be determined by the League VP.

21. TOURNAMENT “ALL-STAR” TEAMS: An All-Star team will be selected according to SLLL rules.

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