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Field Prep Guidelines

Before and after all games on Elementary and Middle School fields:

  • HOME TEAM is responsible for dragging and lining the field before the games. 
  • HOME TEAM is responsible for dragging the field after the game.  Rake / repair pitcher's mound (as needed) 
  • VISITING TEAM is responsible for putting bases away (not including home plate).  If there are no base plugs, the bases should be left in place. DO NOT remove any mounts secured by spikes.  For fields configurable with multiple base paths (50', 60', 65' 70'), plug all anchors not in use during games and practices.

All Elementary and Middle School fields should be dragged after EVERY game and EVERY practice. The field MUST be left in playable condition after each game or practice.

Before and after all games at Byrnes Ridge, Tillet, Lyndora, Hanson and Brambleton Park:

Fields at Byrnes Ridge, Tillet, Lyndora, Hanson and Brambleton Park are NOT to be raked or dragged after practices and games.  PRCS will prepare those fields each day prior to use.  There is no upkeep or field work permitted by LSLL volunteers prior to, or after, usage of these fields. 

Protocol for unplayable fields:

Managers are responsible for determining field status (if game-time decision). All game time decisions are based on safety and playability. Discretion must be used when determining whether to play or go home. If you step on a wet field and sink at all, the field is NOT playable. If you find standing water anywhere in the infield, the field is most likely not playable. If the field is simply wet, it could possibly be turned over by rake and made playable.

Any time you rake a wet field you should ALWAYS rake toward the mound and NEVER push or rake dirt or water into the outfield.

If a game is not cancelled prior to showing up and the field becomes unplayable, the Managers are responsible for notifying the LSLL Scheduling Coordinator, [email protected], as soon as possible.  

Field maintenance equipment:

Lock the storage box and lock rake and batter's box template to the fence.  Each elementary and middle school field should have the following equipment/supplies:

  • Storage box with combination locks
  • Bike lock (for rake and batter's box template)
  • 1 field rake
  • 1 small field drag
  • 1 field liner
  • Base plugs (where used)
  • Batter's box template (where used)
  • Marking dust to line the field
  • Umpire gear (where used)
  • Trash bags

If field maintenance equipment or supplies needs to be fixed or replaced, please contact the LSLL Facilities Coordinator, [email protected], as soon as possible.


Role of the Game Coordinator

In the event that two youth umpires are assigned to your game, it is the Home team’s responsibility to provide a game coordinator for the game.  This person should be an adult other than the Manger or Coaches, and should be prepared to execute the following actions and activities.

Rule 9.03(d)(1) - Participate in pre-game meeting with managers & umpire (Rule 4.01). Be at pre-game meeting and contribute if needed. Make sure that your name is in the official scorebook.

  1. Pre-game conference (Manager and 1 player from each team).

a)      Get the ineligible pitchers from the Manager and record these on your line-up.

b)      Review ground rules

c)    Ask Managers “Are your players properly equipped per Little League baseball”. “Are your players using Little League-approved bats?” Ensure that you get a verbal response to each question (“Yes”).

  1. Check that official scorer has the lineups recorded correctly (last name & number important) & knows the defensive rules.
  2. No jewelry allowed (except medical alert bracelets) on players
  3. No spectators or unofficial photographers in foul ball areas or behind plate
  4. Meet official scorekeeper; make sure that he/she notes the name of the UIC for that game in the scorebook (Umpires are not
  5. required and are not encouraged to sign the scorebook at the end of the game).
  6. Game starting time

Rule 9.03(d)(2) - Be present at the game at all times.

Rule 9.03(d)(3) - Oversee conduct of all players, managers, coaches & umpires.

Field decorum – Regulation XIV
Umpire judgment & rule violations/misapplication (Rule 9.02)
Unruly spectators (Rule 9.01 (f))

Rule 9.03(d)(4) - Disqualifications/ejections

Our job is to keep everyone in the game, but there are times when a manager, coach, or player steps over the line and brings ejection upon him or herself. Examples…

  • Use of tobacco (in any form) or alcohol
  • Use of electronic communication with personnel during the game
  • Profanity (directed at an umpire or audible f-bomb)
  • Personal insults directed at an umpire; especially the “Y” word (“You ____!”)
  • Physical contact.
  • Refusal to stop arguing & further delaying the game after umpire has provided adequate opportunity for discussion
  • Leaving position to argue balls & strikes; arguing balls & strikes from the dugout (“sniper fire”)
  • Persistently instructing players to infringe the rules (unsportsmanlike conduct).
  • Persistently arguing or objecting to the decisions of an umpire.
  • Intimidating a youth umpire.
  • Histrionic gestures while expressing disagreement with an umpire’s decision
  • Throwing equipment in disgust over an umpire’s call
  • Anything else that the umpire deems inappropriate (Rule 9.03(4)).

Depending on the severity of the offence, the umpires often use a “3 strike” guideline. Two warnings (for “sniper fire”, staring at the offending person or in direction of dugout is a first warning, verbal request to cease is the 2nd warning), followed by ejection (can restrict to the dugout as an intermediate step prior to ejection). If the offence is severe enough, ejection without prior warning may be appropriate.

See also Rule 4.06 & 4.07

Rule 9.03(d)(5) - Stop play for inclement or unsafe playing conditions. You are the sole arbiter of this.


Safety issues (catcher’s gear, batboys, on deck batters, base coaches, bat throwing)
Reporting to league president (Rule 9.05 (a))

What adult game coordinators CANNOT DO!

• Over-rule any umpire’s decision.
• Remove any umpire from the game (Rule 9.02(d)).


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