Canton Instructional Spring Baseball League
The following rules are for the Canton Little League (CLL) baseball Instructional League division. These were reviewed and agreed on by various members of the CLL board of directors. Our goal is to teach the rules of baseball that are used at this level in order to form a strong base that can be built upon in future play. There are no winners and losers at this level. The focus is on developing baseball skills and knowledge of the game as well as providing a positive experience in being part of a team. Most importantly – HAVE FUN.
- Ensure that all of the kids are having fun.
- Develop the basic skills of throwing, fielding and hitting.
- Introduce rules (e.g. runs, outs, and innings) and concept of positions.
- Do above in a non-competitive environment. No standings are kept.
- Try to keep all players engaged regardless of position.
In-Game Expectations of Managers and Coaches
At all times with parents, players, and other coaches, maintain a sense of respectful decorum
- Ensure that all of the kids have fun and rotate evenly through all of the positions.
- Coaches should prepare lineups and player rotation prior to the commencement of the game.
- In between innings, coaches should assign players to their fielding positions as quickly as possible to avoid any delays in the game.
- The fielding team’s coaches should be in the field to instruct the players. One coach should be behind the pitcher to coach and assist pitching when needed. A coach should be behind the catchers to retrieve passed balls and wild pitches. Another coach should be in the field assisting with infield/outfield positioning.
- The hitting team should have base coaches at first and third. There should also be a coach on the bench watching the kids and maintaining the batting order.
- Coaches act as umpires. Ties go to the fielder. Encourage the players to make plays.
Remember that these are instructional leagues, and thus non-competitive
General Rules and Gameplay
- No inning may begin later than 1 hour and 45 minutes beyond the start of the game.
- Innings turn over after 5 runs or 3 outs, which ever happens first.
- There are no walks or stolen bases.
- Players shall be treated equally throughout the season in terms of playing and position opportunities. There is no discretion allowed with regard to this rule.
- Coaches should rotate players each inning to ensure opportunities for each position are equal, and avoid allowing players to play the same position twice in the same game. For safety purposes coaches should use discretion in placing players at 1B and Catcher.
Learning baseball should involve mistakes. Instruct players on mistakes during the game so that everyone on both teams can develop and grow. It will also help to create a welcoming environment where all players can encourage each other, try their best, and find a sense of belonging.
During any type of hitting drill, including batting practice or hitting off a tee, the batter must wear a helmet. Coaches must ensure players know how to properly hold a bat.
The only time a player should hold a bat is when s/he is batting. When walking with a bat, players should hold it by the barrel, not the handle.
There is no on-deck batter. Players from the hitting team must be on the bench, not climbing fences, playing catch, or engaging in other non-baseball activities.
All players must wear a protective cup in fielding situations, especially when playing catcher.