Bat Rules

Information regarding bats that are approved for Little League Baseball and Softball can be found here.

Becoming a Staff Umpire

Team Umpires interested in becoming a Staff Umpire should contact Jim Coffelt at

Umpire Resource LInks

Below are listed links related to Little League Umpiring that you may find interesting.

Little League Umpires - Home page for Little League Umpires. Join the Umpire Registry at this site.

Little League Resource Center for Umpires - This valuable resource is now available Free at Whether you are a novice umpire or an experienced umpire, the Umpire Resource Center is a valuable tool in improving or honing your umpiring skills.

California Little League District 8 Umpires - California District 8 has developed a very comprehensive resource website for umpires. Website includes Slot Stance; Postioning; Signaling; Rules; Pre-Game; Game Management; Umpire Links; Rules Myths; Videos; Umpire Tips; and Rules Questions.

Umpire Resource Center - Kevin Hunter has created a resource website for umpires, includes Little League Rule Book Index; Little League Rules Myths; Tournament Rules; and Little League Rules Tutorials.

Little League Umpiring - visual training for the beginning umpire.

50 Question Little League Rules Test - I (Jon Hart) have received enough individual requests for a copy of the 50 Question Little League Rules Quiz I use to train my players(and their parents), it would be easier for me to post it here for anyone who wants to use it. I adapted and expanded it from questions in the excellent book Managing Little League by Ned McIntosh. Please give him credit.

Field Decorum – Official Regulations XIV

The following regulations are directly quoted from the Official Regulations and Playing Rules Handbook published by Little League Baseball, Inc., and apply at all levels of play:

(a) The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and league officials must be above reproach. Any player, manager, coach, umpire or league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game site or any other Little League activity, is subject to disciplinary action by the Local League Board of Directors.

(b) Uniformed players, news photographers, managers, coaches and umpires only shall be permitted within the confines of the playing field just prior to and during games. Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted. Except for the batter, base runners, and base coaches at first and third bases, all players shall be on their benches in their dugouts or in the bullpen when the team is at bat. When the team is on defense, all reserve players shall be on their benches or in the bullpen.

(c) One adult base coach is permitted in Major league play; two adults may base coach in instructional leagues provided at least one adult manager or coach remains in the dugout.

(d) A manager or coach shall not leave the bench or dugout except to confer with a player or an umpire and only after receiving permission from an umpire. (Exception: in the instructional leagues, managers and coaches may be on the field for instructional purposes, but shall not assist runners or touch a live ball. At least one adult manager or coach must be in the dugout at all times.)

(e) The use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited on the playing field, benches, or dugouts