Important rule changes for 2017 state championship tournaments - Little League International



Tournament Rule 3a - After entering the batter’s box, the batter must remain in the box with at least one foot throughout the at bat.
- On a swing, slap, or check swing.
- When forced out of the box by a pitch.
- When the batter attempts a “drag bunt” in Baseball [or attempts a “slap” or “slap bunt” in Softball]
- When the catcher does not catch the pitched ball.
- When a play has been attempted.
- When time has been called.
- When the pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound or takes a position more than five feet from the pitcher’s plate after receiving the ball or the catcher leaves the catcher’s box.
- On a three ball count pitch that is a strike that the batter thinks is a ball.

- If the batter leaves the batter’s box or delays play and none of the exceptions apply, the umpire shall warn the batter. After one warning on a batter, the umpire shall call a strike. Any number of strikes can be called on each batter.
Minor/Major Division: No pitch has to be thrown, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance.
Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior Baseball Divisions: No pitch has to be thrown and ball is live.
NOTE: The batter may return their position in the batter’s box and assume the new count at any time during the at-bat, unless such enforced penalty is the third strike.


Tournament Rule 3d - Special Pinch Runner rule change


Twice a game but not more than one time per inning, a team may utilize a player who is not in the batting order as a special pinch-runner for any offensive player. A player may only be removed for a special pinch-runner one time during a game. The player for whom the pinch-runner runs is not subject to removal from the lineup. If the pinch-runner remains in the game as a substitute defensive or offensive player, the player may not be used again as a pinch-runner while in the batting order. However, if removed for another substitute that player or any player not in the line-up, is again eligible to be used as a pinch-runner.