Majors, AAA and AA Attendance/Forfeits

Unable to Field a Team - Rule 4.16

Generally and except in Fall Ball, a team with less than 10 players and one official manager/coach present at the designated starting time for a game must forfeit. Borrowing players from the opponent is not allowed. However, during a week where one or more schools in our boundaries have Spring Break and it is NOT the week Alpine LL recognizes Spring Break, the minimum roster size shall be lowered to 9. For playoffs, the minimum roster size shall be 11 players. 

Replacement Players

To avoid forfeits, a player pool will be created and maintained by the Player Agent. This pool can be made up of age-eligible lower division players who are willing to fill in as players for teams that are short players. Pool players will be subject to the three (3) inning minimum playing time rule and shall not be permitted to pitch.

A manager may request from the Player Agent pool player(s) for a game when he/she has reason to believe that he/she will be down to 9 or fewer regular rostered players. The maximum number of pool players allowed per team/game is 2 (except if it is a Spring Break week different then that observed by Alpine LL and then 3-4 pool players may be allowed). See Section 6.4 for the mechanism for use of the Player Pool.

The Player Agent will be the only point of contact with a prospective pool player. Pool players will wear their own team’s regular uniform.

Forfeit - Rule 4.16

The forfeited game will count as a loss. In the event both teams are unable to field nine (9) players, both teams will be charged a loss.

Majors, AAA and AA Pre-game Timing/Warm-up

45 minutes before the first pitch the teams share the use of the batting cage and the outfield grass. Every attempt should be made to split the allotted time equally between the teams. 

25 minutes before the first pitch the home team takes infield practice and the visiting team uses the batting cage. The visiting team can also use the outfield margins (along the foul lines). 

15 minutes before the first pitch the visiting team takes infield practice and the home team uses the batting cage. The home team can also use the outfield margins (along the foul lines). 

5 minutes before 1st pitch, the home plate meeting between coaches and umpires takes place. Each team manager shall select a player team captain for that game who shall be brought out to participate in the plate meeting.

Note: The goal is to make sure the visiting team has a proper warm-up time and is not dependent upon the home team in order to do so. Any time lost due to the infield not being prepared eats into the home team time. Fall Ball may have slightly different timing for warm-ups as the games tend to be scheduled closer together.


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