Bylaws

Little League Bylaws

Hillsboro R3 Little League

Hillsboro, MO 63050

League ID: 0125-0304

 

 

 

The following are the bylaws for Hillsboro R3 Little League.  Our league vows to follow the Little League Official Rules and Guidelines when applicable.  These bylaws are strictly for the instances that Little League gives us discretion to choose our own guidelines.

 

ARTICLE I - DIVISIONS OF PLAY

Tee Ball – Players 4-6 years old (with an option for 7 year olds)

Mini (Machine Pitch) – Players 6-8 years old

Minor (Kid Pitch) – Players 8-10 years old

Major – Players 10-12 years old

Intermediate 50/70 – Players 11-13 years old

Junior – Players 12-14 years old

Senior – Players 13-16 years old

 

*Any player being physically or mentally challenged shall be allowed to play down a division down with the player agent and Board’s approval.

 

*Catchers in all divisions of baseball (except Tee Ball) MUST wear a protective cup

 

*During the regular season, the Tee Ball, Machine Pitch and Minor Divisions will use the “Continuous Batting Order”, which requires all players on the team roster who are present for the game a spot in the batting order.  (Rule 4.04)  The older divisions (Major, Intermediate, Junior and Senior) may choose between the Continuous Batting Order or Substitutions.

 

Tee Ball:

  • The coach shall deliver five (5) pitches and then utilize the tee if necessary

  • Participants 5 and 6 years old are permitted to advance to the Mini Division after participation in Tee Ball for one year.

  • There are no minimum/maximum number of players on a team (recommended 8-10 players)

  • Teams must be dissolved at the end of each season, with all players returning to the player pool

  • A regulation game is three (3) innings or sixty (60) minutes maximum, whichever comes first

  • Once a team has batted the line-up their offensive half is complete

  • Runners can only advance one (1) base per batted ball until the last batter of the line-up, then the bases can be cleared.

  • There are no walks or strike-outs in Tee Ball

  • No player may be on the bench for more than one inning in a row

  • Players may not participate in more than one division

  • No score will be kept in this division

     

    Mini (Machine Pitch):

  • There are no minimum/maximum number of players on a team (recommended 8-10 players)

  • The coach shall deliver 6 pitches or 3 strikes (if the batter fouls or tips on the 3rd strike or 6th pitch then the batter shall continue to see another pitch until they either swing and miss or put a ball into fair play)

  • The pitching machine will be set at 46’-0” from back of home plate. Teams may use a “progressive approach” with the speed of the pitching machine during practices, which means they would start at 38 miles per hour and work their way up.  By Opening Day the pitching machine will be set at approximately 42 miles per hour.

  • There will be a limit of 5 runs scored each half inning unless the games reaches the 6th inning, in which case as many runs will be allowed to score before reaching 3 outs.

  • No stealing or lead-offs are allowed in this division

  • A regulation game is six (6) innings, but a game is complete after four (4) innings or one hour and thirty minutes maximum, whichever comes first

  • There are no walks in this division

  • No more than ten (10) players on the field at one time (6 infielders and 4 outfielders may be played)

  • No player may be on the bench for more than one (1) inning in a row

  • Players may not participate in more than one division

  • Teams must be dissolved at the end of each season, with all players returning to the player pool

  • Score can be kept in this division

     

    Minor League:

  • There are no minimum/maximum number of players on a team (recommended 8-10 players)

  • A regulation game is six (6) innings, but a game is complete after four (4) innings or one hour and forty-five minutes maximum, whichever comes first

  • Stealing bases is allowed in this division.  Runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.

  • No more than nine (9) players on the field at one time (6 infielders and 3 outfielders)

  • This division will follow the “Mandatory Play” rule stated in the Little League Rulebook

  • This division will follow the “Pitching Limit and Rest Requirements” set forth by Little League stated in the rulebook. If a manager is found to be guilty of not following these guidelines he/she will be subject to immediate removal, to be voted on by the Board of Directors.

  • Players may not participate in more than one division

  • Teams will be subject to “tryouts” and the draft at the beginning of each season

  • There are no penalties for “balking” in this division.  This division is learning how to pitch.  Advise them of what they are doing wrong and continue play.

  • There is no “bunting” in this division

  • The “dropped third strike” rule does not apply in this division

  • In the case of an overthrown ball FROM THE CATCHER to a base after a pitched ball, all runners can advance only to the base they were going to.  This rule is in effect because we are trying to teach our catchers to “throw down”, if they are afraid of runs scoring they may be less likely to do so.

  • The ten (10) run rule applies to this division after four (4) completed innings.

     

    Major Division:

  • A player may participate in more than one division

  • No team may have more than fifteen (15) players nor less than twelve (12)

  • Teams will be subject to “tryouts” and the draft at the beginning of each season

  • There are no penalties for “balking” in this division.  Advise them of what they are doing wrong and continue play.

  • A regulation game is six (6) innings, but a game is complete after four (4) innings or one hour and forty-five minutes maximum, whichever comes first

  • This division may play doubleheaders (one per week)

  • This division will follow the “Mandatory Play” rule stated in the Little League Rulebook

  • This division will follow the “Pitching Limit and Rest Requirements” set forth by Little League stated in the rulebook. If a manager is found to be guilty of not following these guidelines he/she will be subject to immediate removal, to be voted on by the Board of Directors

  • The ten (10) run rule applies to this division after four (4) completed innings.

  • Stealing bases is allowed in this division.  Runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.

     

    Intermediate/Junior/Senior Divisions:

  • A player may participate in more than one division

  • No team may have more than fifteen (15) players nor less than twelve (12)

  •  Teams will be subject to “tryouts” and the draft at the beginning of each season

  • A regulation game is seven (7) innings, but a game is complete after five (5) innings or two hours maximum, whichever comes first

  • This division will follow the “Mandatory Play” rule stated in the Little League Rulebook

  • This division will follow the “Pitching Limit and Rest Requirements” set forth by Little League stated in the rulebook. If a manager is found to be guilty of not following these guidelines he/she will be subject to immediate removal, to be voted on by the Board of Directors

  • The ten (10) run rule applies to this division after five (5) completed innings.

     

    ARTICLE II – REGISTRATION AND FEES

  • Hillsboro Little League will offer both Online Registration and In-Person Registrations for each season.
  • HLL has the right to accept registrations until the time of player selection and thereafter, registration may be closed.
  • Registration Fees will be assessed to parents as an obligation continuity of the local league.  The fee will be voted on each year by the Board of Directors.
  • There will be a $100.00 fee per family for duties in the concession stand or other volunteer positions that will be refunded once the family has completed four (4) hours of volunteer service to the league.  If volunteering is not an option, we offer the “buyout” of their duties for $75.00.
  • Current (and active) Board members are required to pay only a $50.00 registration fee per child.
  • Late Registration – If all rosters are full the potential participants name will be placed on a standby/pool list.
  • A late registration fee of $10.00 will take effect the day after online registration closes.

 

ARTICLE III – TRYOUTS AND DRAFTS

Tryouts:

  • Tryouts will typically be held the first Saturday after registration closes. 
  • Tryouts are for all divisions except for Tee Ball and Minis (Machine Pitch)
  • Teams with no tryouts will be sorted via computer (by age groups) to fill teams.  Options will include manager/coach options, brother/sister options, pre-arranged ride options.
  • Any player not able to attend tryouts or any player that registers after registration has closed will be picked on an “as needed” basis and will be assigned to a team.

 

Draft:

  • Drafts will be per division and immediately following that divisions tryout
  • In divisions that utilize the draft, late registrations will be automatically added to the next team (in draft number order) that needs a player to ensure balanced rosters.
  • Trading will only be permissable via Player Agent.  Trading must be done within twenty-four (24) hours of manager’s receiving their roster.
  • Managers cannot select more than eight (8) players in a given age group
  • Players shall never be told the position in which they were drafted
  • There are three (3) approved draft methods per Little League. The managers will decide which option they will use prior to the start of the draft.  Then they will follow the guidelines outlined in the Little League Rulebook.
  • An option is an agreement between a manager and the player agent covering a special condition.  The options that HLL will honor in the draft are as follows: (for specific details use the Little League Rulebook to outline the guidelines of these options)
    • Brothers/Sisters in the Draft
    • Brothers/Sisters of Players Currently on a Team
    • Sons/Daughters of Managers
    • Sons/Daughters of Coaches
    • Ride-Sharing of Players (not in Rulebook, but HLL will honor this request during the draft)

 

ARTICLE IV – POOL PLAYERS

A pool of players from existing regular season teams can be created with players that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season when teams face a shortage of rostered players for a regular season game.  The guidelines of which are as follows:

  1. The league’s player agent will create and run the pool.  The league’s player agent will use the pool to assign players to teams that are short of players on a rotating basis.
  2. Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick and choose players from the pool
  3. Players used from the pool will NOT be allowed to pitch or catch, except during the player’s own regular season scheduled game.
  4. Pool players that are called and show up at the game site MUST play at least nine consecutive defensive outs and bat once.

 

ARTICLE V – PROTESTS

  • The process of protesting is addressed in the Little League Rulebook (Rule 4.19)

  • The HLL Protest Committee will consist of the President, Player Agent of said division,
    Umpire in Chief, and one other Board Member.  If the vote should end in a tie, the President will be the deciding vote.

  • The two (2) coaches involved in the protest will be present at the meeting along with the umpire of the game.

  • The committee will meet within forty-eight (48) hours after the protest has been filed in writing in accordance with Little League regulations

     

    ARTICLE VI – DECORUM and EJECTIONS

    Police Calls:

  • Anyone on a Little League roster that the Little League must call the police on will be off the team for the rest of that season

  • Anyone not on a Little League roster that the Little League must call the police on will be asked to stay away from the fields or stay under control and their name will be put on an ongoing list to be kept in the HLL files.

  • An appeal may be made to the Board of Directors

     

    Ejections:

  • When the manager, coach, or player is ejected from a game, they shall leave the field immediately and take no further part in that game.  They may not sit in the stands and may not be recalled.  Any manager, coach, or player ejected from a game is suspended for his or her team’s next physically played game (Rule 4.07)

  • Any coach or manager ejected a second time in the same season will no longer be a member of the team

  • Any player ejected a second time in a season will be off the team for the rest of that season

  • Any ejection must be reported to the D.A. within 24 hours of the ejection

     

    ARTICLE VII – FALL BALL

  • Hillsboro Little League offers an instructional season called “Fall Ball” to help further the skills and confidence of players.

  • Registration will be available online and in-person

  • There will be a registration fee due upon registration

  • Fall Ball Rules will follow the same guidelines as the regular season

     

    ARTICLE VIII – ALL STARS

    Entering All-Star teams in the All-Star tournament is an option of the local League.  The tournament has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be strictly adhered to.  Once tournament season starts, authority is vested solely in the Tournament Committee in Williamsport.

     

    POSSIBLE CHARTERED TEAMS:

  • 9 year old BB                                      - Minor SB (8-10 years old)

  • 10 year old BB                                   - Major SB (10-12 years old)

  • 11 year old BB                                   - Junior SB (12-14 years old)

  • 12 year old BB                                   - Senior SB (13-16 years old)

  • 50/70 BB

  • Junior BB

  • Senior BB

     

    Eligibility for these teams requires the players to have participated in at least 60% of their regular season games prior to the beginning of tournament play in their respective division.

     

    All-Star teams will roster twelve (12) to fourteen (14) players. Senior division can have up to sixteen (16).   Each team is allowed one (1) manager and two (2) coaches.

     

    PLAYER SELECTION:

    Each eligible player in the division will vote for six (6) roster positions.  The top (6) vote getters will be put on their respective teams.  The manager/coaches will fill in the rest of the team in order to make sure they have enough pitchers/catchers.

     

    COACHES/MANAGERS:

    The All-Star manager is typically the manager with the first place team in their division.  This does NOT guarantee their selection. The manager position will still be voted on by the Board of Directors to ensure that we have the best respresentative for Hillsboro Little League.  The two (2) coaches can be chosen by the Manager.

     

    ARTICLE IX – MISC. BOARD STUFF

  • Recurring Bills: Recurring bills (such as Ameren, AT&T, etc) will be set up on auto payments.

  • Spending Limits: Anything over $50 must be voted on.  $50-$200 can be voted on electronically (via Facebook Messenger or text), anything over $200 must be voted on during a regular board meeting.

  • Term Limits: The term limits of the Board Members are addressed in the HLL Constitution. 

  • Leave of Absence:  Board members are allowed to take a “leave of absence”, not to exceed six (6) months.  At the end of the six months they will be required to rejoin the board or submit a letter of resignation.

  • Absenteeism: Board absenteeism is addressed in the HLL Constitution (Article VI, Section 1c)

     

     

     

     

    These Bylaws were discussed, edited, voted on, and passed

    By the Local League Board of Directors

     

     

    Date:               March 15, 2019                                                                                                          

     

    Printed Name:  Michele Largent

     

    Title:  President

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Hillsboro R3 Little League

Mailing Address PO BOX 311 Field Location 9855 HWY BB 
Hillsboro, Missouri 63050

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