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Majors

The Majors is a highly competitive division consisting of players from the ages of 10 and 12. Teams are built through a draft process with an ideal target of 12 players a team, though the size and number of teams depends on a number of factors including the number of returning players, age and ability. Each player must play a minimum of 4 innings in a full six-inning game, scores and standings are recorded. 

Managers and coaches focus on developing individual and overall team skills over the course of the season. Each season, we attempt to play the National league in an inter-town league play. The season concludes with playoffs, all-stars and the tournament. 

Key Rules for the Majors

  • Major League Division play is governed by the Official Little League Rule Book & DALL Code of Conduct.
  • The "Dropped Third Strike" rule is in effect.
  • Pitch counts are kept by both teams.  Each manager is required to input the pitch count totals for each player that pitched during a given game in to the “Pitch Counter” online software
  • In the event there is a ten run score differential at the end of a regulation game (four innings or 3 1/2 if the home team has the lead) the game will be considered complete as it relates to the standings. The teams can agree to continue the remaining innings and finish the game without it affecting the standings assuming there is enough time/daylight.  In the event of the ten run rule Coaches are encouraged to use this opportunity to involve players that otherwise might not get a chance to play certain positions.

Ideal Skill Set

  • Good Sportsmanship as outlined in the Player Code of Conduct
  • Develop batting mechanics (bunting, driving, making adjustments to speed etc.) and pitch selection.
  • Pitching emphasis is to continue developing pitch variety with good mechanics and injury prevention/arm care.
  • Catcher skills include developing pitch-calling skills, accurate throws to all bases, minimize pass balls, etc.
  • Develop fielding strategies based on skills.
  • Knowing where to make the throw and getting it there.
  • Develop accurate throws from outfielders to proper cutoff person.
  • Reading signals from Coach/Manager and implementing directives.
  • Arm strengthening and accuracy through practice (long toss).
  • Working as a team to get outs.
  • Continued development of the basics while adding complex drills
  • Work on players weaknesses
  • Develop confidence at several positions

General Pitching Rules for Major Division

Regular Season Pitching Rules - Baseball

(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.

(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 

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) 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 1: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day. Note 2: Any player who has played the position of catcher in four or more innings in a game is not eligible to pitch on that calendar 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 days of rest must be observed.

  • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.

(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c). The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

(j) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)

(k) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. 

NOTES:

  1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.

  2. Pitches delivered in games declared “Regulation Tie Games” or “Suspended Games” shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

  3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest. 
    Example 1: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest. 
    Example 2: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest. 
    Example 3: A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days. 
    Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the “calendar week” with regard to pitching eligibility

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Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

Phone: 978-762-6700
Email: [email protected]

Danvers American Little League

PO Box 216 
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

Phone: 978-762-6700
Email: [email protected]
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