The purpose of the Major League is to learn and enjoy baseball in a safe, fun and positive atmosphere. Coaches should promote sportsmanship, teamwork and fundamental play.
Under no circumstances are coaches, players or spectators allowed to argue with an umpire. Talking calmly with an umpire about a play, call, or rules is the responsibility of the coaching staff.
Games are six (6) innings. No new inning may start after ninety (90) minutes. A new inning is considered started after the third out of the home team is registered. The home-plate umpire is the official timekeeper.
A half inning is completed when the third (3rd) out is recorded on the field.
Games that are tied after six (6) innings may play extra innings provided that time limit has not expired. No new extra inning may start after the time limit.
Games that are tied after the time limit will end in a tie.
All players in attendance will be included in the batting order.
Each player must play six (6) defensive outs per game.
Nine (9) players are to be used on defense. Eight (8) players are required to play a game.
There is free substitution, except for pitchers. Once a pitcher is removed from pitching, they cannot return to the mound in that game.
Each pitcher may pitch a maximum of two (2) innings per game. No pitcher may pitch more than or forty (40) pitches in any one game.
Each pitcher may pitch a maximum of three (3) innings per calendar week (Monday-Sunday). No pitcher may pitch more than or sixty (60) pitches per week.
If a pitcher delivers one pitch in an inning, that pitcher shall be charged with one (1) inning pitched.
The pitcher may finish pitching to the current batter if they reach the pitch count partway through the at bat.
Any player, who has played the position of catcher in three (3) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day. Receiving one pitch in an inning constitutes an inning caught. A pitcher who delivers the cap of forty (40) in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
This rule applies to regulation, rescheduled, and SALL tournament games.
Each team is limited to three (3) innings pitched by twelve (12) year old players per six (6) inning game.
Warm ups between innings are limited to five (5) pitches, or one (1) minute. Mid-inning pitching changes may warrant more warm up pitches at the umpire’s discretion.
Bunting is legal. Fake bunt/slash bunt is not allowed. A batter may not fake a bunt and then swing away. A fake/slash bunt will result in an automatic out.
The infield fly rule is in effect.
Balks will be called.
Batters may advance on a dropped third (3rd) strike.
There is one (1) free mound visit per pitcher, per inning. The pitcher must be removed at the second mound visit.
Runners may lead off base.
Runners may steal at will.
Overthrown balls on steal attempts are live. Runners may advance at their own risk.
Runners must avoid contact with fielders. Head first slides are not allowed. Runners that initiate contact, or slide head-first will be called out.
There is a ten (10) run rule in effect. If after four (4) innings (3.5 for the home team) a team is ahead by ten (10) runs or more, that team is declared the winner.
No metal spikes. All players must wear long pants. SALL recommends and encourages all male players to wear protective cups. Catchers must wear a protective cup and use a catcher’s mitt.
In the spirit of participation and sportsmanship, intentional walks are not allowed and there is no stealing once a team is ahead by ten (10) runs.
Any bat barrel larger than 2 ¼” must have the authorized USA Bat stamp.
Severe Weather: At the sound of a severe weather siren, other official warning, or at first sight of lighting, the game in progress shall be stopped immediately. In the case of rain or wet fields, the coaches are responsible for assessing the playing conditions and making the appropriate decision.