Little League Baseball organization serving Menlo Park, CA and Atherton CA. Volunteer run organization. Majors, Minors, Triple A (AAA), Double A (AA), Single A, T-Ball, Coach Pitch and Challenger Divisions.

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City Championship Rules

version May 2017

 

The City Championship between the respective Majors and Minors division champions of Alpine-West Menlo Little League and Menlo-Atherton Little League shall be held the weekend following each league’s championship weekend. The leagues shall coordinate prior to each season to ensure alignment of schedules. Each league shall host both games every other year.

 

During all City Championship games between Alpine-West Menlo Little League and Menlo-Atherton Little League, including the Majors City Championship and Minors City Championship, the teams shall faithfully observe all Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball as contained in The Official Rulebook unless superseded by the applicable local rules. The local rules of the hosting league shall apply, as set forth below.

 

Number of Players

 

Both teams participating in the Majors City Championship and Minors City Championship games must field a minimum of 12 players for the entire game, comprised of the same players from the regular season squad if possible. If a player is unable to attend all or part of the game for any reason, the player must be replaced by another player of similar ability level, such as another player drafted in or about the same round as the unavailable player.

 

Minimum Playing Time (Supercedes IV(i))

 

Games Hosted by Alpine-West Menlo Little League

 

  • Every player must play a minimum of three defensive (3) full innings.
  • There is no minimum infield play requirement.
  • All players in attendance will bat each time through the lineup (batting the lineup).

 

Games Hosted by Menlo-Atherton Little League

 

  • Every player must (i) play a minimum of four complete defensive innings or 16 outs; and (ii) at least one full inning in the infield by the end of the 5th inning.
    • If the visiting team could have complied with this rule had it played defense in the bottom of the sixth inning (i.e., the home team won the game before it batted in the sixth inning), the visiting team will not be considered to have violated this rule.
  • All players in attendance will bat each time through the lineup (batting the lineup).

 

Penalty: Any team who violates these rules (even unintentionally) shall lose by forfeit.

 

 

Game Day

 

The hosting team is responsible for procuring at least two umpires, an official scorekeeper, and a separate person to manage the scoreboard. The visiting team may choose to procure a shadow scorekeeper, who may check in with the official scorekeeper during the game to ensure alignment.

 

The hosting team sets up the field to be ready for the warm-ups and cleans up and puts away the equipment afterwards including powering down the scoreboard and stowing the scoreboard controller where applicable.

 

When hosted by Alpine-West Menlo, the Home team will occupy the third base dugout.

 

When hosted by Menlo-Atherton, the Home team will occupy the first base dugout.

 

Pre-game Schedule

  • 45 Minutes Before 1st Pitch
    • lineups will be exchanged between the teams, including player names and jersey numbers
    • teams share the use of the batting cage
    • teams share the use of the outfield grass
    • every attempt should be made to split the allotted time equally between the teams
  • 25 Minutes Before 1st pitch
    • Home team takes infield practice
    • Visiting team uses batting cage
  • 15 Minutes Before 1st Pitch
    • Visiting team takes infield practice
    • Home team uses batting cage
  • 5 Minutes before 1st pitch: home plate meeting between coaches and umpires.