CONNECTICUT LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
RULES and REGULATIONS
Arrival times and pregame activities:
- Tournament brackets will be drawn by the
District Administrators at the State meeting held in late May or early June.
Brackets to be drawn are:
- 9/10 Baseball………………Section 1 and Section 2
- 10/11 Baseball…………….Section 1 and Section 2
- 11/12 Baseball…………….Section 1 and Section 2
- Junior League Baseball….Section 1 and Section 2 or State
- Senior League Baseball…..Section 1 and Section 2 or State
- Big League Baseball……...State Tournament
- 9/10 Softball………………Section 1 and Section 2
- 10/11 Softball……………..Section 1 and Section 2 or State Tournament
- 11/12 Softball……………..Section 1 and Section 2
- Junior League Softball…..Section 1 and Section 2 or State
- Senior League Softball…..Section 1 and Section 2 or State
- Big League Softball………State Tournament
- Tournament sites (Districts) and dates will be finalized at that
meeting. No changes to the dates can be made without approval of all the
District Administrators involved in that tournament.
- All sites MUST have an ASAP approved Safety Plan
- Host leagues for all divisions except Big League divisions should be
finalized no later than June 15th. Big League divisions by
- Tournament directors/contact person for each section/state
tournament will be announced by June 15th. July 5th
for Big League divisions.
- Responsibilities of Host District/League/Site
- Prepare field for play
- Provide official scorer.
- Should provide announcing system for announcements and player
- This includes a means of playing the National Anthem
- Have an American Flag displayed.
- LL Pledge recited prior to start of game
- Provide person to be Tournament Site Director
- This will be the District Administrator or his designee
(preferably a District Staff member or League President)
- Provide food and a cold drink for all players, managers/coaches and
umpires after the game.
Teams need to arrive at the site at least 45 minutes prior to the
scheduled start time except of the first game of a Section or State
Tournament. Failure to arrive on time may cause the team to lose their
right to participate in the coin toss. They may also lose their practice
The Site Director will assemble the managers and have a coin
toss for determination of Home Team and dugout.
- First game of a Section or State Tournament: Arrangements
shall be made by each team to have the Tournament affidavit package
including all back-up
documentation and medical forms
at the tournament site at least 90 minutes prior to game time.
This will give the Site Director time to review the affidavit
package and resolve any issues found during the review. (Note: A
specific site may require affidavit review a day or 2 prior to the
scheduled start date.)
No team shall be allowed on the
infield area of the field ONE (1) hour prior to game time or as
determined by the Site Director. This will give the Site Director
ample time to prepare the infield.
Infield warm-up: Visiting team – 30 minutes prior to game time
- The team traveling the further distance to the site shall
call the toss.
- Winner of the coin toss gets his/her choice of home/visiting
team OR which dugout they wish to be in.
NOT BOTH !!!
Home team – 20 minutes prior to game time.
Each team will provide the Site Director or Official Scorer with
3 copies of a line-up no later than 30 minutes prior to game time.
One copy for the official scorer, one copy for the opposing team and
one copy for the home plate umpire at the pre-game conference if
requested. The line-up becomes official at the pre-game conference
when presented to the home plate umpire. The line-up will include:
Unless supplied by the site, each team shall supply Little League
approved game balls according to the following schedule.
- first & last name, number and position of each starting
- first & last name and number of all substitute players
- first & last name of the manager and coaches (3 maximum)
Ten (10) minutes prior to game time, the announcer will:
- Baseball…11/12 divisions & lower….THREE (3) balls per game
- Baseball…all upper divisions………..FOUR (4) balls per game
- Softball…all divisions……………….TWO (2) balls per game
- Any home run ball awarded to a player will be replaced by the
If space is available, batting practice can be held at the
tournament site, but not on the field on which the game will be played.
No batting practice, including soft toss, 45 minutes prior to game
- make any announcements necessary
- introduce any special dignitaries
- introduce the players, manager and coaches
- introduce the umpires
- play the National Anthem
- say the Little League Pledge.
- Managers, coaches and league officials are responsible for the
behavior of their fans. Little Leaguers are supposed to have fun at
their games. There should be no intimidation of players, managers,
coaches, umpires, officials or fans. Spectators must be kept under
control by their respective teams. Little League promotes good
sportsmanship. Managers and coaches should inform their fans that
they represent their team, their families and their city/town.. They
should be respectful at all times.
- The scorebook must be kept in the dugout.
- Once a game begins, the manger or coaches for a team may not be
replaced by any other adults without pre-game permission of the
tournament director/official. This must be stated at the pre-game
- Managers, coaches and league officials may wear shorts. Shorts must
be Bermuda style. No jeans, no cutoffs or gym style shorts will be
allowed. Collared shirts (golf style) must be worn. They must not
resemble their team’s uniform shirt. All players must have Little
League patches on their uniforms.
- There shall be no eating meals in or around dugouts during the game.
Sunflower seeds and gum are allowed. Discard gum in garbage receptacles.
Clean out respective dugouts after each game.
- No smoking in or around dugouts and/or field areas. Respect all
leagues’ rules regarding smoking. No alcoholic beverages are allowed
at any ballpark.
- No one may leave the dugout without a granted timeout or approval by
- Managers are the only team officials allowed to question umpires
about playing rules and their interpretation. A timeout must be
requested by the Manager in order for the manager to leave the dugout to
question the umpire. Judgment calls are not open for discussion or
- No base coach shall change coaching boxes in the middle of an
inning. No base coach shall switch to/from another base coach
(player/adult) in the middle of an inning. Adult coaches may be used in
both coaches’ boxes provided there is an eligible third coach in the
- Communication devices are not allowed to be used in the dugout
during tournament play. Any communication devices in the dugout must be
turned off. (If the manager/coach is waiting for an important call,
he/she must give his communication device to someone outside of the
dugout.) If any coach /manager uses any communication device during the
game, that person will be ejected from the game and he/she will be
unable to attend the next game.
- Any player who is ejected must remain in the dugout until the game
is completed. Any manager/coach who is ejected must leave the park or
the field area. The field area is defined by the tournament
director/official. The player and/or manager/coach ejected from a game
will automatically be unable to be present at the park for the next
- No adult/manager/coach can ever warm up a pitcher anywhere at the
- No sticker or paint can be applied to any helmet without written
permission from the helmet manufacturer.
- There will be no on-deck batter for 11/12 divisions and below.
- No jewelry can be worn, (exception: medical). This includes plastic
- Air horns, cowbells and other similar devices shall not be used at
- All Official Little League playing rules for regular season and
modified by the Tournament rules will be enforced. Note that the
tournament rules augment and modify the regular season rules; they do
NOT replace them. All managers/coaches are responsible for knowing
the tournament rules.
- At the start of the game, if a tournament team has thirteen (13) or
more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team
roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of three (3)
consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. At the start
of the game, if a tournament team has twelve (12) or less eligible
players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall
participate in each game for minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive
outs and bat at last one (1) time.
- A starter may be replaced before this has been met but must meet
all of the requirements before the game is completed.
- If a game is shortened for any reason (weather, 10-run rule,
etc.) the mandatory play rule does not apply.
- While warming up pitchers, all players acting as catchers must wear
a mask with a dangling throat guard,
Additionally, all male players acting as a catcher must wear a metal,
fiber or plastic type cup. These requirements also apply to infield
- One offensive conference may be called per half inning. An offensive
conference may be taken "free" if a defensive trip by the other team is
taking place. In a defensive conference, the entire team may be
- The warning for illegal bat use will be given by the umpire during
pre-game meetings with managers and umpires. Once the warning has been
given, if at any time in the game a player uses an illegal bat, the
manager of the team may be ejected by the umpire for unsportsmanlike
Calling off/rescheduling games
- Due to tight tournament schedules, extra effort will be made to play
all games on the designated day. Games can be called off by the
Tournament Director with consultation with the District Administrator up
to TWO (2) hours prior to game time if weather conditions warrant. All
teams should report to the site unless otherwise contacted regardless of
the weather conditions in your area or the weather forecast.
- If a game is called, the Host site will contact the teams involved
as well as the State Umpire Assignor and/or the umpires directly.
- Continuously bad weather conditions may cause the tournament to
revert to a single elimination tournament. This decision will be made by
the District Administrator or his/her designee after discussion with the
- The host league may take a collection or run a 50/50 raffle at each
game. The host league will keep the monies derived from this except for
the Championship Game which will be turned over to the host District.
- Championship Series collections or raffles will be split 50/50 with
the host (League and/or District) and the State Little League
These tournament rules & regulations were adopted at the State DAs’
meeting on April 23, 2006.
These tournament rules & regulations were amended at the State DAs’
meeting on June 1, 2008.
Amendment for LL pledge Sept 2009
Amendment for 4.d. Nov. 2010
Amendments for 5.o, 6.b. & 6 e. May, 2011
- Umpires for all divisions will be assigned by the State assignors.
Umpires shall arrive at games properly equipped. (Rulebook p. 82; 9.01
a. – note)
- The State assignor shall work with the District administrators
and/or his designee in supplying umpires for State Tournaments.
- Each District Administrator will advise the STATE ASSIGNORS BY
July 7th whether or not his/her district will be able to
supply umpires for State Tournament games. The DA will, also,
provide a contact name from his/her district for assigning umpires.
- Once assigned a game, the District will provide a minimum of 2
umpires (preferably 4) for each game assigned. If the commitment
cannot be fulfilled 2 days prior to game day, contact the State
assignor immediately so that other arrangements can be made.
- Failure to provide scheduled umpires at a game without notice,
shall result in those umpires losing any State Championship Series
assignments for that year and a review for the following year. The
DA shall be notified of those umpires.