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Majors Baseball Rules


The Majors division is the premier baseball division in the Keystone Little League program. The Majors division is for
league age 10–12-year-olds. Its focus is on advancing players baseball skills in a competitive environment.
Development should remain a focus, but Majors will be more competitive and include an end of season tournament.
The winner of the KLL Majors tournament will have the opportunity to play in the District 6 Majors Tournament of
Champions (TOC) event. Majors players will be selected for the 10U KLL All Star, 11U KLL All Star and 12U KLL All
Star teams. (Postseason Tournaments and All-Stars do not apply to Fall League)

Coaches and/or volunteers should keep score and track player pitch counts. Standings are not kept and wins/losses
are not recorded during the Majors regular season.

Game Length:

Games are six (6) innings or 2 hours in length, whichever comes first, and no new inning can start after 1 hour 45
minutes. There are no forfeits in the regular season of Majors. The manager of a team in need of player(s) (up to 9
players) should contact their Player Agent or they may coordinate with the other manager to borrow a player or players.

A Mercy Rule is in effect for Majors. Managers may end the game if one team is ahead by 15 runs after 3 innings, 10
runs after 4 innings, and 8 runs after 5 innings.

Pitchers are allowed 1-minute or (up to) 8 pitches, whichever is less, for warm-ups between innings. Coaches may
catch the warm-up pitches in non-TOC and non-All-Star games.

Player Roster:

Each attending player shall bat (continuous batting order). Each player shall play at least 9 defensive outs in the Majors
regular season (6 defensive outs in tournament play). This regular season requirement is not in force for time shortened
game or a Mercy Rule game [Exception: all players must play at least 6 defensive outs if four full innings are played].

Base Running, Stealing, and Sliding:

Stealing bases and intentionally bunting are permitted. Players may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate
(breaks the plane of the front of the plate). Head first sliding is not permitted except when a runner is returning to a
base. For safety purposes, sliding is encouraged whenever a play is being attempted at a base.


Pitch counts must be strictly followed. Please see the Little League Rulebook for current pitch count rules. Per the
2023 LL Rulebook (with clarifying edits):
(a) Any player on a team may pitch.
Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game (this means
any portion of four (4) innings), is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.

(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below,
but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

League Age
11 – 12         85 pitches per day
9 – 10 75 pitches per day
6 – 8 50 pitches per day

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch
until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is put out; 3. The third out
is made to complete the half-inning. NOTE: A pitcher who delivers his/her 41st pitch (or more) of the day to start an at
bat cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

(d) Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements**:
- If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 51 - 65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 36 - 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 21 - 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

**Days of rest is determined by the pitch count at the beginning of the last batter faced, not total pitches thrown.

The home team is responsible for keeping the official pitch count in Little League play. In Majors, managers (or coaches
/ volunteers) on both teams are encouraged to track pitch counts and help monitor fatigue and/or injury.

On-field Coaches:

The offensive team shall station two coaches on the field during play, one occupying the first base coach’s box and
one occupying the third base coach’s box. A coach must be in the dugout at all times. No other coaches from either
team are allowed to be on the field during play. All dugout gates must be kept closed. No on-deck batters are allowed
out of the dugout per Little League rules.


Umpires are to be treated with respect and compassion at all times. Umpires have the right to remove coaches from
the game without warning and pause or stop a game based on coach, parent, or fan behavior.

During the regular season, Majors may have one umpire assigned to work a game. One umpire (behind the plate)
may not be able to cover all plays from the optimal angle. Managers and coaches on the field are expected to
support the Umpire’s efforts to make the correct call to the best of their ability from the vantage point where they are
located. Berating of Umpires by Coaches, Parents, or Players will not be tolerated and could lead to dismissal from
the Park.

Field Preparation:

The home team is responsible for the lining of the field before the game. Both teams shall fill in holes in the batter’s
box and on the pitcher’s mound, water the field as necessary, and/or perform any other maintenance needed to
ensure safe playing conditions (including raking the field). Please use courteous common sense as the Away Team
and assist the Home Team if they are short on Coaches/Volunteers.

Post-Game Duties:

Teams must ensure that their dugout and bleacher area are cleaned up after the game. Home team should rake the
areas around the bases and other out high traffic areas of the field.

If you are holding a player meeting after the game, please clear your dugout and move outside the field of play for your
meeting - if there is another game scheduled after your game.

**** If a rule is not addressed herein, please see the Little League Rulebook for the applicable T-Ball, Minors, or
Majors rules.
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