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Winterball (sometimes termed ‘Fall Ball’) is a great opportunity to build on the accomplishments of the spring season.  The main focus is player development, allowing players some additional practice and game experience to hone their skills going into next season.

The number of teams and games depends on the number of players that register, and the number of managers and coaches that volunteer.  Practices generally start mid August, with the first games played near the end of August.  Games are typically one during the week and one on Sundays, running through October.

2017 Winterball Tentative Evaluation Schedule

2017 Winterball - Folsom American Little League

Player Evaluation Schedule

August 9 and August 11 - McFarland Park

2018 League Age

Registration

Warm Ups

Player Evals 

Start

Player Evals 

End

8/9s

5:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

10's

5:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

11/12's

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

All managers and coaches must be approved by the league in order to be on the field during tryouts.

 
 
 

There are four divisions of play – here is a brief description of them:

UP AND COMER'S DIVISION:

Players in this division are comprised of players that will be league ages 7 through 8 in the Spring 2018 season.  The 'Up and Comer's' Division will have a feel similar to the Single-A Spring Division, following similar rules, and emphasizing kid pitching.

MINOR DIVISION:

The Minor Division rules mirror the AAA Spring Division.  Players in this division are comprised of players that will be league ages 9 through 10 in the Spring 2018 season.  They should have at least Double A playing experience or above in the 2017 Spring Season.  This division will provide experience to a more competitive division while continuing to work on instruction and development of the player.

MAJOR DIVISION:

The Major Division will be comprised of players that will be league ages 10 through 12 in the Spring 2018 Season.  Players in this division should have AAA or Majors division playing experience in a spring season, or at least two seasons of AA.  This division will have a feel similar to the Majors division in the spring, following similar rules, play time, and emphasizing competitive games.  League age 10 players that are new to baseball, or haven’t played at least AAA in the spring season, should sign up for the Minor division.

JUNIOR DIVISION:

The Juniors Division will be comprised of players that will be League Age 13 or 14 in the Spring 2018 Season.

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Below are the rule adjustments agreed up on by the D54 leagues participating in the 2016 Winterball inter-league play.  Subject to change for the 2017 Winterball season.  They are specific to winterball only - for the spring season green book with FALL bylaw adjustments apply.
 
(Unless specifically noted below green book rules apply.)
 
Junior Division – follows spring season green book rules with the following exceptions: 
  • Time Limit - no inning will start after 2 hours
  • 10 Run Rule - When one team is leading by 10 or more runs after five complete innings, the game will be considered over.  
    • If the visiting team goes up by more than 10 in the top of the 5th (or later) inning, the inning will be played to completion
    • If the home team goes up by 10 or more in the bottom of the 5th (or later) inning, the game will be over at the point the home team is leading by 10 or more. 
Major Division – follows spring season green book rules for Major division with the following exceptions:
  • 5 run max per inning
    • last inning unlimited: umpire must declare last inning before away team bats
    • Any inning that starts after one hours and forty minutes of game play will be declared the last inning (or the sixth inning is the last)
  • Time limit:  No new inning will start after one hour and fifty minutes
  • Standings are not kept
  • Dropped third strike is in play
  • Infield fly rule applies
  • Continuous batting order – everyone bats
  • Sliding at home is not mandatory (but encouraged)
 
Minor Division – follows spring season green book rules for AAA division with the following exceptions:
  • Dropped third strike rule does not apply - on strike three the batter is out
  • 5 run max per inning
    • last inning unlimited: umpire must declare last inning before away team bats
    • Any inning that starts after one hour and forty minutes of game play will be declared the last inning
  • Time limit:  No new inning will start after one hour and fifty minutes (or the sixth inning is the last)
  • Non lighted fields – sunset is end of game; prior to that is umpire discretion
 
Up and Comer Division – follows spring season rules for Single A division:
  • Max 10 players in the field (4 outfielders)
  • Coach pitch after 3 balls
  • Coaches are allowed on the field
  • Five run max per inning (or three outs)
  • Every pitch a coach throws is a strike, regardless of pitch quality. 
    • Player gets 1 coach pitch if the player has two strikes when the coach takes over, 2 coach pitches at 1 strike, 3 coach pitches at 0 strikes