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2022 Bylaws

Overview of updated bylaws for 2022
Article 4 REGISTRATION, FEES, AND TRYOUTS: Section 4A
Article 12 MINOR DIVISION (AAA): Section 12A-12N
Article 13 MINOR DIVISION (AA): Section 13A-13N

Petaluma American Little League, Inc. 

A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION  

2021 BY-LAWS (Local Rules)  

Article 1 

NAME This organization shall be known as the Petaluma American Little League, hereinafter referred to  as PALL.  

Article 2 OBJECTIVE  

SECTION 2A: The objective of PALL shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the  ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy  citizens.  

SECTION 2B: To achieve this objective, PALL will provide a supervised program under the Rules and  Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. All Directors and Officers shall bear in mind that the  attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future  citizens is of prime importance.  

SECTION 2C: The Board of Directors will be elected from the General Membership at the General  Membership meeting in October. If a Board member misses three (3) consecutive meetings, the board  may vote to dismiss the member.  

SECTION 2D: Volunteer Eligibility: As a condition of service to the league, all managers, coaches,  Members of the Board of Directors and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide  regular service to the league, and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players or teams, must  annually complete and submit an official “Little League Volunteer Application” to the local league  president. Annual background screenings MUST be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her  duties for the current season. Refusal to annually submit a fully completed “Little League Volunteer  Application” must result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from the local league. (See  Regulation 1 (b) and 1 (c) 8 and 9.) 

Article 3 DIVISIONS SECTION 

SECTION 3A: PALL operates with 8 divisions, with the Minor Division split into 3 divisions. These are: 

1. T-ball Division Ages: 4 - 5 years of age. 6-year olds with no experience can play with BOARD  APPROVAL. 

2. Mini Division Ages: 5 - 7 years of age (A) 

3a. Minor Division Ages: 7 - 9 years of age (AA) 

3b. Minor Division Ages: 8 - 11 years of age (AAA) 

4. Major Division Ages: 10 - 12 years of age 

5. Intermediate Division Ages: 13 years of age. 12-year olds may play with BOARD APPROVAL. 6. Junior Division Ages: 13 - 15 years of age 

7. Senior Division Ages: 14 - 16 years of age 

SECTION 3B: In the event of low registration, PALL will refer to Little League’s combined Division of  Play. The ages PALL sets forth for these divisions are: 

1. T-ball Division Ages: 4 - 5 years of age. 6-year-olds with no experience can play with BOARD  APPROVAL. 

2. Mini Division Ages: 5 - 7 years of age. 8-year-olds with no experience can play with BOARD APPROVAL. 3. Minor Division Ages: 8 - 11 years of age. 7-year-olds with experience can play with BOARD APPROVAL. 4. Major Division Ages: 10 - 12 years of age. 9-year-olds can play with BOARD APPROVAL. 5. Intermediate Division Ages: 13 years of age. 12-year-olds can play with BOARD APPROVAL 6. Junior Division Ages: 13 - 15 years of age 

7. Senior Division Ages: 14 - 16 years of age 

Article 4 REGISTRATION, FEES, AND TRYOUTS SECTION 

Section 4A Registration: PALL on-line registration shall be held annually from November to Mid January. Walk-in registration will be held in January. Proof of birth (birth certificate), 3 proofs of address, 

OR a school waiver if necessary, provided in compliance with Little League guidelines. Must be shown or  player will be unable to play in a league game. Returning Players must register at this time and present  the same proof.  

SECTION 4B Fees and Refunds: The player participation fee will be established by the Board of  Directors. At no time will payment of any fee be a prerequisite for participation in PALL. All refunds are  subject to Board approval.  

SECTION 4C Sponsorship Fees and Packages: The sponsorship fees and packages will be  established by the Board of Directors. 

SECTION 4D Tryouts Ages 4 to 6: Tryouts are not conducted for player candidates that are ages  4 - 6 years of age. The player agent assigns players to teams. 

SECTION 4E Tryouts Ages 7 to 12: It is required that all player candidates (including Manager’s  hold or other option players), ages 7 through 12, attend tryouts. In order to be selected for a Major  team, ALL returning Major players MUST try out. Any child failing to participate in at least 50% of the  tryout session shall lose the status of a candidate unless the child presents an excuse, to the Player  Agent, which is accepted by the Board of Directors. Players who are otherwise required to attend  tryouts and who do not attend tryouts will not be eligible for an All-Star team, unless there are not  enough players for that age group in the Major Division to fill the team. 12-year olds who do not attend  tryouts will be placed on a waitlist for the major division. 8 - 11-year olds who do not attend tryouts will  be assigned to a team in the lowest division for their age, but not a division lower than they played the  previous season. NOTE: All 12-year olds must be drafted to a Major Division team. 

SECTION 4F Tryouts Ages 13 to 16: It is required that all player candidates (including  Manager’s hold or other option players), ages 13 and 16, attend tryouts. Any child failing to attend at  least 50 % of the tryout sessions shall lose the status of a candidate unless the child presents an excuse  which is accepted by the Board of Directors. Players losing eligibility as a draft candidate will be assigned  by the player agent to a Junior League team at the Conclusion of the player draft with approval by the  Board of Directors: Petaluma Combined Intermediate Leagues – See Combined Rules Petaluma  Combined Junior Leagues – See Combined Rules  

SECTION 4G Tryouts Ages 15 to 16: See Combined Rules 

Article 5. DRAFTING PROCEDURES SECTION 

SECTION 5A Draft Plan: The Major Division will use Draft Plan “B alternat” of the Little League  Operating Manual. The Junior 13-14, Intermediate 13, Minor AAA 8-11 and Minor AA 7-9 Divisions will  use the serpentine method. The Minors Single A 5-7 Machine Pitch and T-Ball 4-5 teams will be assigned  by the Player Agent after the Minor AA 7-9 draft. NOTE: All candidates who are league age twelve (12)  must be drafted to a Little League Major Division team. For draft plan B, the order of draft for ALL  Division teams in the first round shall be determined by a draw. The order of draft for each round  thereafter shall be the reverse of that followed in the immediately preceding round (i.e., the team with  the first pick in round one, picks last in round two, and first again in round three, etc.).  

SECTION 5B Late Registration Ages 7 to 12: Any player who registers to play after drafts  have occurred is considered a late registrant and may be placed on a team based on their age as per  section 4E. Late registrants must play two (2) games before becoming eligible for a call-up to a Minor 8- 11 Division or Major League team. All late registrants must be approved by the Board of Directors. 12- year olds will be placed on a wait list until an opening occurs in the Majors.  

Late Registration - Ages 13 to 14: There will be no late registrations allowed after the Draft without  Board Approval  

SECTION 5C Age of Players Selected: Seniors Division teams are made up of 14, 15, & 16 yr  olds, Junior Division teams are made up of 13,14 & 15 yr olds (15 yr olds are allowed to play in the  Juniors Division however they are not eligible to pitch or play in all-stars). Intermediate Division is made  up of 13 yr olds & 12 year olds, Major Division teams are made up of 10, 11 & 12-year olds. AAA is made  up of 8, 9, 10 & 11-year olds. AA is made up of 7, 8, & 9 year olds. A is made up of 5, 6, & 7 year olds. T Ball is made up of 4 & 5 year olds. 

SECTION 5D: Under no circumstances shall the draft be discussed with either the player or parents  prior to or following. Draft positions of each player MUST remain confidential at all times. Such actions  shall result in disciplinary actions that could result in immediate dismissal from the league.  

Article 6. PLAYERS SECTION  

SECTION 6A Loss of Player: If a team loses a player for injury, illness, moving, etc. for the  remainder of the season, the Manager must notify the Player Agent within 24 hours of the event and  the President will send a registered letter to the player releasing him/her. The manager must replace 

the player through the Player Agent by the fourth game after the player loss or the Player Agent will  make the replacement. Note: Failure by the manager to advise the player agent of any player’s  continued absence, 5 consecutive unexcused absences from team events (practices, games, etc.), will  result in at least a one game suspension for the manager. An injured player may miss up to six regularly  scheduled games. Board Approval is needed to retain players who will miss more than six (6) games due  to injury. If the released player is of qualified age, he/she will be returned to the draft pool and will be  eligible to be drafted by any team at the following year's draft.  

SECTION 6B Refusal to be called up: Any Minor Division player who refuses to go to the next level of play will lose their eligibility at the next level for the remainder of the current season. A player refusing to be called up to the Majors will be moved to the team from where the called-up player is  chosen. No Call-ups from the Minors will be allowed in the last two weeks of the regular season.  

Article 7. LOCAL RULES - GENERAL SECTION 

SECTION 7A Game Schedules: Game schedules and starting times shall be subject to the Board  of Director approval. Rainouts, cancellations, and tied games will be played in the order of their  cancellation as related to league schedule. The Board of Directors may allow exceptions. As soon as a  manager or coach becomes aware that they cannot field a team for any reason they shall contact the  Division Rep, President or Scheduling Coordinator in person or by telephone no later than 24 hours  before the upcoming game. A courtesy call should be made to the opposing Manager. A violation of this  rule may lead to forfeiture (discretion of the Board of Directors).  

SECTION 7B League Champions:
Minor 7-9 Division (AA): League Champion shall be  determined by a tournament at the end of the season with seeding to be determined by random draw.  The tournament format shall be determined by the President and Player Agent of the league.  

Minor 8-11 Division (AAA): League Champion shall be determined by a tournament at the end of  the season with seeding to be determined by random draw. The tournament format shall be determined  by the President and Player Agent of the league.  

Major League: League Champion will be determined by a tournament at the end of the season with  the seeding to be determined by overall regular season record. Tournament format to be determined by  the President and Player Agent.  

In the case of a tie, the 1st tiebreaker will be head-to-head record, 2nd will be overall runs allowed.  If an inter-league schedule is adopted, all inter-league games on the schedule count in the standings. 

The Major Division champions have the option to represent PALL in the CA District 35 TOC and play in  the Petaluma City Championship with the other teams.  

A coin flip shall precede any playoff games to determine the home team.  

Intermediate Division: The PALL team with the best overall record at the conclusion of the season is the  Champion. (see combined rules)  

If an inter-league schedule is adopted, all inter-league games on the schedule count in the standings. In  the case of a tie, the first tiebreaker will be head-to-head record. If head-to-head record is tied, overall  runs allowed will be used. Petaluma Combined League: See Combined League Rules  

Junior League: The PALL team with the best overall record at the conclusion of the season is the  Champion.  

If an inter-league schedule is adopted, all inter-league games on the schedule count in the Standings.  

In the case of a tie, the first tie breaker will be head-to-head record. If head-to-head record is Tied,  overall runs allowed will be used.  

Petaluma Combined League: See Combined League Rules  

SECTION 7C Special game forms: At the beginning of the season, the President will fill out a  special game request form and forward it to the California District 35 administrator to start the approval  process.  

SECTION 7D Managers and Coaches: The President will send out and accept Manager  applications. From the applications the President will make the selections and present the selections to board for approval. 

SECTION 7E Base Coaches: At all levels, two adults may act as base coach if they wish, but one  coach must remain in the dugout at all times. If only two coaches are present at the game, one must  remain in the dugout at all times, and a player, wearing a helmet for protection, must act as one of the  base coaches. If only one coach is present, he/she will remain in the dugout the entire game, and  players will act as each base coach. No more than 1 Manager and 2 coaches will be allowed in the  dugout in all levels.  

SECTION 7F: Use of Tobacco or Alcohol: Use of tobacco or alcohol will not be tolerated at any PALL  facility at any time. Any member of PALL, who observes anyone using tobacco or alcoholic beverages in  the grandstand, or on the premises, surrounding area, this includes E-Cigarettes and Vapor pens etc.,  will require that person to cease, or to leave the premises or area immediately. Any manager or coach  who violates this rule will be removed from service immediately. 

SECTION 7G Grievance Process: 

1a. Any individual who has been removed from a game by an umpire for disciplinary reasons will be  required to appear before the PALL Grievance Committee (appointed by the Board of Directors) before  they will be allowed to return to the playing field. The Grievance Committee will meet as soon as  possible. The individual shall appear before the Grievance Committee, with the Player Agent, within 7  days of ejection or be subject to additional suspension. All individuals removed from a game by an  umpire for disciplinary reasons will serve a mandatory one-game suspension per Little League baseball  rules; however, the Grievance Committee shall have the discretion, upon Board of Director’s approval,  to impose a more severe sanction based on the severity of the conduct. 

2a. Any grievance, outside of game ejection, must go through the Player Agent. The Player Agent will  meet with the Grievance Committee within 5 days of the formal (written) complaint to discuss what  action should be taken. The Grievance Committee will recommend action, if any, to the Board of  Directors for final approval. A response to the complaint and/or action taken will be conducted within  10 days. 

SECTION 7H Pool of Players: 

Regulation V(c) 

1a. The Player Agent will create and run the pool of players. The Player Agent will use the pool to assign  players within their respective division to teams that are short of players. The Board of Directors, upon  BOARD APPROVAL, may allow “age appropriate” Minor Division players (who have been assessed  capable) to be eligible for Major Division Player Pool, participate, and return to their respective Minor  Division team. 

2a. Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick and choose players from the pool  within their respective division. 

3a. A pool player will not be permitted to pitch in the game in which they are a pool player. 

4a. Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine (9) consecutive  defensive outs and bat once. 

Article 8 

See Interleague Rules - SENIOR DIVISION SECTION 8A See Combined Rules  

Article 9 

See Interleague Rules - JUNIOR DIVISION SECTION 9A See Inter-League Rules 

Article 10 INTERMEDIATE DIVISION 

See Interleague Rules - INTERMEDIATE DIVISION SECTION 10A See Inter-League Rules  

SECTION 10B: There will be no less than 10 players and no more than 15 players rostered on  a team. 

Article 11 LOCAL RULES - MAJOR DIVISION SECTION

SECTION 11A: All little league rules will be followed. 

SECTION 11B Batting Order: A 9-player batting order shall be use for game play according to  Little League Rules Section IV (i).  

SECTION 11C Dropped 3rd Strike: A batter is out when (1) a 3rd strike is legally caught by the  catcher; (2) a 3rd strike is not caught by the catcher when first base is occupied before two are out.  

SECTION 11D Scorekeeping and Pitch Counts: In the absence of an official scorekeeper, the  official scorebook for a game will be the Home team scorebook. The official scorekeeper shall be the  official pitch counter for each game. Pitch Count Data sheets shall be kept with each team’s scorebook  and must be completed at the end of each game.  

SECTION 11E Clinics: It is Mandatory that at least one representative from each team attends all  Rules, Safety and Umpire Clinics each year. If a team fails to attend one or more of the clinics, that  team’s manager shall be required to serve a (1) one game suspension during the regular season.  

SECTION 11F Field Setup/Cleanup: Home Team is responsible for getting the field ready for the  game. Those duties include but not limited to unlocking the gates to the field and dugouts, chalking of  base lines and batter’s box. Putting up protective pad for backstop. Setting up bases.  

The Visiting Team is responsible for field clean up after the game. Those duties include but not limited to raking and dragging the field. Taking out and putting the bases away. Locking the dugouts, gates and  equipment box when done. 

SECTION 11G “Courtesy” Runner: During the Regular Season, when there are two (2) outs, a  “courtesy” runner may come in for the catcher. The “courtesy” runner must be a player on the bench  not in the game, if there are no bench players then it is the last player to make an out. 

SECTION 11H Number of Players Per Team: Teams will draft 11 players to their roster to  start the season. Each team will have no less than 10 players and no more than 12 on their roster. The  number of players on a roster shall not vary by more than one (1) between teams. 

SECTION 11I Length of Game: Major division games will not have a time limit. They will play a  minimum of 6 innings. 

SECTION 11J Less Than 9 Players: Games can start and finish with 8 (eight) players. If the  absent player is up to bat, that player will be skipped without further penalty. 

Article 12. LOCAL RULES – MINOR DIVISION (AAA) 

SECTION 12A Instructional League: Minor 9-11 Division (AAA) is intended to introduce  competitive play while balancing Instruction and fundamentals. Managers and Coaches should keep this  in mind as they develop the skills of all players on their team. The roster of each team will be  determined by a draft conducted at the beginning of the season. Once an official team roster is set at  the beginning of the season, it cannot be modified except to fill an absence through a player agent from  a lower division or waitlist. 

SECTION 12B Playing Time: No player will remain out of the defensive line-up for two (2)  consecutive innings. Managers and coaches shall rotate defensive players. 

SECTION 12C Batting Order: A continuous batting order shall be used across games (the batting  order starts off where it ended the previous game). Managers can make single full lineup adjustment on  April 15th. This will be their continuous lineup for the rest of the regular season. Managers can use a  new batting lineup for each playoff game. 

SECTION 12D Scoring: During the first 4 innings of a game, a team is limited to scoring five (5) runs  per inning. If an out-of-the-park home run is hit, all runners on base, plus the batter, will be allowed to  score and the batting team is allowed to finish the play, but a maximum of 5 runs will be recorded. 

Beginning in the 5th inning, there shall be no run limit for either team Rule, 4.10(e): If at the end of  three (3) innings (two and one-half innings if the home team is ahead), one team has a lead of fifteen  (15) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the  opponent. If at the end of a regulation game (4 completed innings) one team has a lead of ten (10) runs  or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. The  home team, if behind, must bat in its half of the inning. 

SECTION 12E Base Stealing: Players may steal second and third on any pitch. Players may  advance to home on a passed ball or wild pitch but may not steal/delay steal home. However, a player  may run home if the pitcher misses the throw back from the catcher. 

SECTION 12F Walks: There shall be no intentional walks allowed. 

SECTION 12G Courtesy Runner: During the Regular Season, when there are two (2) outs, a  “courtesy” runner may come in for the catcher. The “courtesy” runner must be the last out. 

SECTION 12H Length of Game: No new inning --defined as starting at the completion of the last  out in the prior inning—shall begin after the game has been in progress for 2 hours. The game start time  will commence on the first pitch and be monitored by the game’s umpire. No exceptions. Games can  end in a tie. There is no time limit for playoffs and tournament play as these games cannot end in a tie.  Games should start on time and as scheduled. Any team that cannot field a team, needs to notify the  opposing team and league Board 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so, will result in a forfeit. The eight player rule in effect for the 2022 season. The 9th player (missing from the game) will be placed in the  9th position of the batting order and be recorded as a “skip” in each batting rotation. Games in progress may be suspended or called by the adult umpire on the field or board member due to weather or  Darkness Rule. Makeup games will be rescheduled as soon as possible. 

SECTION 12I Playoffs: A playoff format will be determined by the president and player agent. The  format will be based on the number of teams in the Minor (AAA) Division. Home field advantage will be  determined by a coin flip conducted prior to the beginning of the first pitch at the plate meeting with  the umpire who will flip the coin. 

SECTION 12J Playoff Seeding: Seeding is to be determined by random draw.

SECTION 12K Umpires: Adults or youth umpires maybe used, the youth umpire(s) shall be older and or in at least one division higher than the players they are umpiring. When a youth umpire is  umpiring a game, an adult umpire or an adult will be appointed as a game coordinator. All disputes  against a call made by the youth umpire will go directly to the adult umpire on the field or appointed  game coordinator. Managers are only allowed to talk with the adult umpire or game coordinator regarding the youth umpires call and ask them to clarify or to dispute calls that are made by the youth  umpire. Adult umpires or adult game coordinator should listen to the dispute and then privately meet  with the youth umpire to discuss the dispute. The adult umpire or game coordinator will then make the  final ruling and let the manager know what the ruling is. Any manager, coach, parent, player, that  displays inappropriate behavior, bad language or aggression that is directed at the youth umpire may be  ejected from the game by the adult umpire on the field or game coordinator and would be subject to  discipline from the Board. It is strongly recommended that playoff and championship games be umpired  by adults and not youth umpires. 

SECTION 12L Scorekeeping and Pitch Counts: In the absence of an official scorekeeper, the  official scorebook for a game will be the Home team scorebook. The official scorekeeper shall be the  official pitch counter for each game. Pitch Count Data sheets shall be kept with each team’s scorebook  and must be completed at the end of each game. The intentional Walk is NOT allowed in any Minor  Baseball Division.  

SECTION 12M Clinics: It is Mandatory that at least one representative from each team attends all  Rules, Safety and Umpire Clinics each year. If a team fails to attend one or more of the clinics, that  team’s manager shall be required to serve a (1) one game suspension during the regular season.  

Section 12N Field Setup/Cleanup: Home Team is responsible for getting the filed ready for the  game. Those duties include but not limited to unlocking the gates to the field and dugouts, chalking of  base lines and batter’s box. Putting up protective pad for backstop. Setting up bases.  

The Visiting Team is responsible for field clean up after the game. Those duties include but not limited to  raking and dragging the field. Taking out and putting the bases away. Locking the dugouts, gates and  equipment box when done. 

Article 13. LOCAL RULES - MINOR 7-10 DIVISION (AA) SECTION

SECTION 13A Instructional League: Minor 7-9 Division (AA) is intended to introduce  competitive play while balancing Instruction and fundamentals. Managers and Coaches should keep this  in mind as they develop the skills of all players on their team. The roster of each team will be  determined by a draft conducted at the beginning of the season. Once an official team roster is set at  the beginning of the season, it cannot be modified except to fill an absence through a player agent from  a lower division or waitlist. 

SECTION 13B Playing Time: No player will remain out of the defensive line-up for two (2)  consecutive innings. Managers and coaches shall rotate defensive players. 

SECTION 13C Batting: A continuous batting order shall be used across games (the batting order starts off where it ended the previous game). Managers can make single full lineup adjustment between  the 5th and 6th game also between the 10th and 11th games of the season. This will be their continuous  lineup for the following 5 game stint. Managers can use a new batting lineup for each playoff game.  

SECTION 13D Scoring: During all innings of a game a team is limited to scoring five runs per inning.  If an out-of-the-park home run is hit, all runners on base, plus the batter will be allowed to score and the  batting team is allowed to finish the play, but a maximum of 5 runs will be recorded. The Run Rule,  4.10(e) does not apply for the AA division’s regular season. For playoffs the Run Rule 4.10(e) will apply  for the AA division. 

SECTION 13E Base Stealing: A player may only steal one (1) base on any pitch. A player may only  steal one (1) base per attempt and may not advance to an additional base on a defensive error. A player  may steal home only when the catcher overthrows the pitcher (the ball lands behind the pitcher  whether underthrown, overthrown or off of the pitcher’s glove where the ball lands behind the pitcher).  A player that steals or attempts to steal home under any other term(s) will return to third base and will  not be called out, whether they were tagged out by the defensive team or not. The ball is dead when  this illegal steal or attempt to steal by the base runner occurs. 

SECTION 13F Walks: There shall be no intentional walks allowed. 

SECTION 13G Courtesy Runner: During the Regular Season, when there are two (2) outs, a  “courtesy” runner may come in for the catcher. The “courtesy” runner must be the last out.

SECTION 13H Length of Game: No new inning --defined as starting at the completion of the last  out in the prior inning-- shall begin after the game has been in progress for 1:45 hour. A game officially  ends after 2:00 hours. The game start time will commence on the first pitch and be monitored by the  game’s umpire(s). Games can end in a tie. There is no time limit for playoffs and tournament play as  these games cannot end in a tie. 

SECTION 13I Playoffs: A playoff format will be determined by the president and player agent. The  format will be based on the number of teams in the Minor (AA) Division and final season standings.  Home field advantage will be determined by a coin flip conducted prior to the beginning of the first  pitch at the plate meeting with the umpire who will flip the coin. 

SECTION 13J Playoff Seeding: Seeding is to be determined by random draw. 

SECTION 13K Umpires: Adults or youth umpires may be used, the youth umpire(s) shall be older  and or in at least one division higher than the players they are umpiring. When a youth umpire is  umpiring a game, an adult umpire or an adult will be appointed as a game coordinator. All disputes  against a call made by the youth umpire will go directly to the adult umpire on the field or appointed  game coordinator. Managers are only allowed to talk with the adult umpire or game coordinator  regarding the youth umpires call and ask them to clarify or to dispute calls that are made by the youth  umpire. Adult umpires or adult game coordinator should listen to the dispute and then privately meet  with the youth umpire to discuss the dispute. The adult umpire or game coordinator will then make the  final ruling and let the manager know what the ruling is. Any manager, coach, parent, player, that  displays inappropriate behavior, bad language or aggression that is directed at the youth umpire may be  ejected from the game by the adult umpire on the field or game coordinator and would be subject to  discipline from the Board. It is strongly recommended that playoff and championship games be umpired  by adults and not youth umpires. 

SECTION 13L Scorekeeping and Pitch Counts: In the absence of an official scorekeeper, the  official scorebook for a game will be the Home team scorebook. The official scorekeeper shall be the  official pitch counter for each game. Pitch Count Data sheets shall be kept with each team’s scorebook  and must be completed at the end of each game. The intentional Walk is NOT allowed in any Minor  Baseball Division.  

SECTION 13M Clinics: It is Mandatory that at least one representative from each team attends all  Rules, Safety and Umpire Clinics each year. If a team fails to attend one or more of the clinics, that  team’s manager shall be required to serve a (1) one game suspension during the regular season. 

Section 13N Field Setup/Cleanup: Home Team is responsible for getting the filed ready for the  game. Those duties include but not limited to unlocking the gates to the field and dugouts, chalking of  base lines and batter’s box. Putting up protective pad for backstop. Setting up bases. The Visiting Team  is responsible for field clean up after the game. Those duties include but not limited to raking and  dragging the field. Taking out and putting the bases away. Locking the dugouts, gates and equipment  box when done. 

Article 14. LOCAL RULES – MINI 6-9 DIVISION (A) SECTION 

SECTION 14A Objective: Minor 5-7 Division (A) games are an extension of practice--low key and  non-competitive. Focus is on fundamental skills and sportsmanship. Accordingly, game scores and  league standings are not maintained. 

SECTION 14B Field Setup/Cleanup: Home Team is responsible for getting the filed ready for  the game. Those duties include but not limited to unlocking the gates to the field and dugouts, chalking  of base lines and batter’s box. Putting up protective pad for backstop. Setting up bases. 

The Visiting Team is responsible for field clean up after the game. Those duties include but not limited to  raking and dragging the field. Taking out and putting the bases away. Locking the dugouts, gates and  equipment box when done. Coaches will umpire their own games. 

SECTION 14C Length of Game: Games will last six innings or 90 minutes whichever occurs first.  

SECTION 14D Batting: A Pitching machine will be used during the entire length of a game. The  batter may only take four (4) pitches without swinging and will be limited to three (3) swinging strikes.  This would then be a seven (7) pitch max per batter. Foul balls will count as swings. 

SECTION 14E Bunting: Bunting is not allowed in Minor 5-7 Division (A).  

SECTION 14F Bat Safety: Remind all players that after swinging the bat, it is NOT to be thrown. A  player (at the discretion of the coach) will sit out the next inning or miss the next at bat if a bat is  thrown. 

SECTION 14G Pitching: A pitching machine shall be used for this division. Coaches (must be at  least 18 years of age and a registered coach or manager) will only be allowed to feed balls to the  pitching machine.  

SECTION 14H Batting Order: A continuous batting order shall be used across games (the batting  order starts off where it ended the previous game). Managers can make single full lineup adjustment  between the 5th and 6th game and also between the 10th and 11th games of the season. This will be  their continuous lineup for the following 5 game stint. Managers can use a new batting lineup for each  playoff game.  

SECTION 14I Ball in Play: Play stops when ball is in possession of an infielder or catcher. Runners  must return to their base if they have not reached the halfway point of their next base, when the  infielder or catcher takes possession of the ball. However, play must continue if runners are forced to  advance to next base. For example, with a runner on first, and a ground ball to second, defense must attempt to get the runner out and not hold on to the ball to retain runners at first. (Coach) Umpires will  raise their hands and declare when play is over (i.e.,” Dead Ball”)  

SECTION 14J Positions: 10 defensive players will be allowed on the field including a “pitcher”  player position, Left field, Left-Centerfield, Right field, and Right Centerfield. (there cannot be 5  infielders, i.e., a fielder on 2nd base). Outfielders should be standing on the outfield grass.  

SECTION 14K Substitutions: Defensive substitutions will be made every inning in order to keep  the attention of the players. No player shall be out of the game for 2 consecutive defensive innings.  Managers are encouraged to develop players at all positions by rotating each game or each inning.  

SECTION 14L: Defensive Coaches may be on the field of play to assist their players. One coach must  be in the dugout at all times when team is batting.  

SECTION 14M Clinics: It is Mandatory that at least one representative from each team attends all  Rules, Safety and Umpire Clinics each year. If a team fails to attend one or more of the clinics, that  team’s manager shall be required to serve a (1) one game suspension during the regular season.  

SECTION 14N Offensive Ball Hits Machine or Bucket of Balls: If the batter hits the ball  and the ball hits the pitching machine or the bucket of balls – it is a dead ball and considered a single. 

The coach feeding the machine must raise their hands in the air and declare the ball is dead (i.e. “dead  ball”) to prevent the defense from running towards the ball and advance the runners one base. 

SECTION 14O Less Than 9 Players: Games can start and finish with less than 9 players. If the  absent player is up to bat, that player will be skipped without further penalty. 

*NOTE: 2020 season articles 15 and up will all move up 1 number as T-Ball was added in as Article 15. 

Article 15. LOCAL RULES - T-BALL DIVISION SECTION 

SECTION 15A Objective: T-ball 4-5 Division games are an extension of practice--low key and non competitive. Focus is on fundamental skills and sportsmanship. Accordingly, game scores and league  standings are not maintained. 

SECTION 15B Field Setup/Cleanup: Home Team is responsible for getting the field ready for  the game. Those duties include, but not limited to, unlocking the gates to the field, and setting up bases  and tee. 

The Visiting Team is responsible for field clean up after the game. Those duties include, but not limited  to, removing the bases and tee from the field, locking the gates, and returning the tee and bases. 

SECTION 15C Length of Game: Games will have a 1-hour time limit. 

SECTION 15D Bat Safety: Remind all players that after swinging the bat, it is NOT to be thrown. A  player (at the discretion of the coach) will sit out of the next inning if a bat is thrown. 

SECTION 15E Positions: 10 (or less) defensive players will be allowed on the field with no more  than 6 players in the infield. 

SECTION 15F Field Size: Base paths will be 50 feet. 

SECTION 15G: Defensive coaches may be on the field of play to assist their players. One coach must  be with the dugout or with the batting line-up at all times when their team is batting.

SECTION 15H Clinics: It is Mandatory that at least one representative from each team attends all  Rules and Safety Clinics each year. If a team fails to attend one or more of the clinics, that team’s  manager shall be required a one (1) game suspension during the regular season. 

Article 16. ALL-STARS: SENIOR DIVISION (Ages 14-16) 

SECTION 16A: See Petaluma Combined Senior League Rules  

Article 17. ALL-STARS: JUNIORS, INTERMEDIATE, MAJORS,  AAA, & AA Teams (AGES 9-13) 

SECTION 17A Manager: Managers and Coaches shall apply for the Junior, Intermediate, 11/12,  10/11, 9/10, AAA, & AA Teams. The Manager Selection committee designated by the board of directors  will make recommendations from the pool of applicants to the President. The President will present  their pick to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Board of Directors has the right to refuse the  position to any Manager based on his performance/behavior during the regular season.  

In the event there is a combined league for any division, manager and coach selection shall be according  to Petaluma Combined League Rules.  

SECTION 17B Coaches: The designated All-Star Manager recommends their choice of Coaches to  the President. The President and the Board of Directors approve the coaches of the All-Star Team.  

SECTION 17C Selection Process: Each coach will nominate 6-10 Players from their own team,  for majors each coach can nominate 6 players for each age group. If a coach doesn’t nominate a player  that other coaches feels needs to be nominated that player will be nominated. If more than 10 players  have been nominated the mangers will vote on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest on the  nominated players to form the team. The vote will go in rounds taking the top vote getters in each  round until 10 players have been selected. The designated All-Star Manager and Coaches may select up  to 5 additional team members to complete the roster. The Junior Team is selected during a meeting  with all the Jr. Division Managers, Player Agent and President. The Intermediate Team is selected during  a meeting with all the Intermediate Division Managers, Player Agent and President. The 12U, 11U and  10U teams are selected during a meeting with all the Major Division Managers, Player Agent and 

President. The AAA & AA Teams are selected during a meeting with all the AAA & AA Division Managers,  Player Agent and President.  

If there are enough players available to fill a team in a division/age group no player can move up without the Board of Directors approval. 

In the event there is a combined league for any division, manager and coach selection shall be according  to Petaluma Combined League Rules. 

SECTION 17D Eligibility: All players who have played in 8 of the regularly scheduled season games  are eligible for the All-Star team. Special eligibility conditions apply to players who missed scheduled  games due to participation in High School baseball. See operating manual for details.  

Article 18 FIELD LIGHTING  

Section 18A Use: Field lights shall be used exclusively by PALL teams for game play and practices. All  other requests for field lighting shall be submitted and approved by the board of directors prior to their  use.  

Section 18B Curfew: Field Lighting shall be activated at dusk and remain on until either the game  or practice has concluded or 10:30pm whichever comes first. No new inning shall begin after 10pm. A  mandatory “Lights Out” shall be no later than 10:30 according to the requirements of the City of  Petaluma.  

Section 18C Lighting Malfunction: If during any game the Field Lighting System malfunctions or  shuts down, game play shall be temporarily delayed for 15 minutes and the system reset. If after the 15  minutes the system cannot be fully restored, then game play shall be suspended, and the remaining  innings rescheduled.  

Article 19 

DISBURSEMENTS No league officer, agent, or volunteer shall disburse any PALL funds or enter into any  contract in excess of $250.00 without approval of the Board of Directors. The President shall not  disburse any PALL funds in excess of $500.00 without Board of Directors approval. The Executive Committee may approve the dispersal of funds when a decision on an expenditure or contract is urgent  and cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled board meeting.  

These by-laws were reviewed and adopted by the Petaluma American Little League Board of Directors on (see board meeting minutes).  

President’s Name - Chase Parker
President’s Signature
Date   


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