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Tournament Tips from 2008


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 1

Again this year, Little League International will be providing Little League Baseball and Softball coaches and managers, along with local and district officials, with daily tips and points of reference for use during the 2008 Little League International Tournament season.

In the coming days, single tips will be distributed via e-mail and also archived on the Little League website at www.littleleague.org/media/tournament_tips_08.asp

To review the 2007 tournament tips click on: www.littleleague.org/media/tournament_tips_07.asp


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 2

League Boundaries are Frozen

As stated in Rule IIg of the 2008 Little League Baseball rulebook, each local Little League’s boundaries will be “frozen” at its current status. “Frozen” means, each league will continue to operate under its current boundaries. The league shall limit its boundaries to and draw its players from an area approved by the District Administrator and Regional Director.

Boundary maps for leagues must be signed and dated by the League President and District Administrator with a copy to be sent to the Regional Office. The approved map on file at the Regional Office is the “official” map, provided it does not encroach on any other chartered Little League’s boundary.

The Charter Committee reserves the right to grant waivers and adjust boundaries where needed. All requests for mergers and to expand league boundaries by adding additional territory must be provided to the Charter Committee through the District Administrator and Regional Director. The decision of the Charter Committee on these requests is final and binding.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 3

CLARIFICATION – Tournament Rule No.2 under league eligibility requirements

Compensatory to scheduling of games under regulation VII (a), tournament rule No. 2 governing league eligibility states the league must have scheduled and played, at minimum, a 12-game schedule (per team) exclusive of playoffs and tournament games for each for each division entering the tournament.

The minimum 12-game schedule is not expected to be completed by June 7.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 4

Tournament Affidavit – Senior League and Big League Baseball

The maximum number of players that can be named on a tournament team affidavit has been increased for Big League and Senior League baseball only.

Big League – The maximum number of players that can be named on a tournament team affidavit is now 17 (increased from 15).

Senior League – The maximum number of players that can be named on a tournament team affidavit is now 16 (increased from 14).

For those 2008 tournament affidavits distributed prior to this change being made, league officials are advised to use the “replacement player’ spots to add the 16th and 17th players.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 5

A Player’s Tournament Eligibility – Percentage of games played – New for 2008

As a result of votes cast by delegates at the 24th Little League International Congress, convened April 2007, in Houston Texas, players are required to participate in 60 percent of his/her team’s regular season games as of June 15, to be eligible for selection to a tournament team.

For Big League-age baseball and softball players, they must be on the roster for 60 percent of the team’s games to be eligible for selection to a tournament team.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 6

Participation in a non-Little League Program is Permitted

The rule that prohibits players from participating in non-Little League programs (dual participation), once Little League tournament play has begun, has been rescinded at all levels of play for baseball and softball.

However, the local Little League retains the right to dismiss a player from a tournament team if the player repeatedly misses games and practices.

It remains Little League International’s position that a local Little League should expect that players it selects for this honor will make playing for the Little League Tournament Team their priority.


 

 

International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 7

Eligibility for Selection to Be a Tournament Team Manager or Coach

A league president may not resign his/her position for the purpose of assuming the duties/responsibilities of manager or coach for a Little League International team.

Any request by a league president to manager/coach a Little League International team must be approved by the Tournament Committee at Little League International, Williamsport, Pa. The Tournament Committee would require support for the request from the district administrator, the local league’s board of directors in concurrence with the league’s other managers and coaches in that particular division stating they are unable to assume one of those positions.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 8

No Continuous Batting Order, 5-run rule in 9-10 and 10-11 Tournaments

In the 9-10 and 10-11 year-old levels of tournament play, the continuous batting order is not mandated. The regular-season requirement that calls for an inning to end after five runs are scored is not in affect.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 9

Avoiding Protests

Tournament officials are reminded to make every effort to avoid potential violations of the mandatory play rule and pitch count.

Tournament officials are equally advised to point out possible violations to the offending teams as they become aware of the potential for any protest situation.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 10

CLARIFICATION - Intentional Walks – Junior, Senior, and Big League Softball

Before a pitch is delivered to the batter, the catcher must inform the umpire-in-chief that the defensive team wishes to give the batter an intentional base-on-balls. The umpire-in-chief waives the batter to first base. The ball is dead.

In all other divisions of baseball and softball, managers can not ask the umpire to “waive” a player to first base with the intent of giving the batter an intentional base on balls (i.e. - walk).

Pitchers are obligated to throw four pitches out of the strike zone to facilitate a walk. In those divisions utilizing the pitch count, these pitches do count.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 11

Pitchers Can’t Play Catcher – Little League Baseball Divisions - New for 2008

In all divisions of Little League Baseball, a pitcher who delivers one or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of the day.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 12

Little League Tournament Affidavit - Residency checklist

The 2008 Little League Baseball Tournament team Eligibility Affidavit includes a residency checklist to aid in collecting the necessary information for eligibility.


International Tournament Tip of the Day – Tip 13

Web-casting, Televising, or Broadcasting Tournament Games by Radio

If you are planning on web-casting, televising, or broadcasting tournament games by radio, a contract supplied by Little League International must be in place.

Visit http://www.littleleague.org/media/index.asp for complete details.


 


 


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