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2018 Rule Changes & Clarifications

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At its annual fall meeting this November, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

*Please note that all rule and regulation changes and clarifications are reflected in the 2018 Little League Rulebooks. The information provided below is strictly a summary of the changes.


Communicating Through Online Media [Baseball, Softball, Challenger]+
Appendix G - Age Chart [Challenger]+


Waiver for Regulation I(d) and III(c) – The League/The Teams [Baseball]+
Regulation I(c) – The League [Challenger] +
Regulation I(c)(9) – Background Checks [Baseball/Softball]; Regulation I(d)(7) [Challenger]+
Regulation II(h) Note 1 – League Boundaries [Challenger]+
Regulation IV – The Players [Baseball]+
Regulation XIV(a) – Field Decorum [Baseball, Softball, Challenger]+
Regulation XVI – Use of Little League Name and Emblem [Baseball, Softball, Challenger]+
Playing Rule 1.10 – The Bat [Baseball, Challenger]+
Playing Rule 1.10 – The Bat [Baseball, Softball]+
Playing Rule 1.15(a) – The Glove [Softball]+
Playing Rule 1.15(c) and 8.02(a)(2) – The Pitcher [Softball]+
Playing Rule 4.04 – Starting and Ending the Game [Baseball/Softball]+
Playing Rule 4.07 – Starting and Ending the Game [Baseball/Softball/Challenger]+
Playing Rule 8.01(q) – The Pitcher [Softball]+
Playing Rule 8.01 NOTE/8.05 NOTE 1 – The Pitcher [Softball]+
Playing Rule 9.01(d) Note – The Umpire [Baseball/Softball]; Playing Rule 9.01(e) Note [Challenger]+


Responsibility and Chain of Command [Baseball, Softball]+
Schedules [Baseball, Softball]+
Tournament Rule 3(e) [Baseball]; Tournament Rule 3(f) [Softball]+