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Fall Ball (sometimes termed "Winter 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 games running from the end of August through October. Game schedules typically consist of one game during the week and one game on Sundays.

All 2019 league age players who wish to play Fall Ball must participate in player evaluations. The only exception are players who will be league age 7 for the Fall Ball season and Majors spring season property players. The 2018 tentative Fall Ball player evaluation schedule is below.

 

2018 Fall Ball - Folsom American Little League

Tentative Player Evaluation Schedule

​August 9 (Thurs) and August 15 (Wed)

​McFarland Park, 1780 East Natoma Street

2019 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 Fall Ball league ages are based on Spring 2019 league ages.
  • Up and Comer Division players (league ages 7 and 8) are not required to attend evaluations.
  • Update: League age 8 players who wish to be considered to play in the Minor Division must attend one of the two evaluations.
  • ​Returning Spring 2018 Majors players are not required to attend evaluations but may elect to do so if they wish to re-enter the draft.
  • All managers and coaches must be approved by the league in order to be on the field during tryouts.
 
 
 

Fall Ball Divisions

There are four divisions of play for Fall Ball including:

JUNIOR DIVISION

The Juniors Division will be comprised of players that will be League Age 13 or 14 in the Spring 2019 Season.

MAJOR DIVISION

The Major Division will be comprised of players that will be league ages 10 through 12 in the Spring 2019 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.

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 2019 season.  They should have at least Double A playing experience or above in the 2018 Spring Season.  This division will provide experience to a more competitive division while continuing to work on instruction and development of the player.

UP AND COMERS DIVISION (New format for 2018)

The Up and Comers Division is comprised of players that will be league ages 7 through 8 in the Spring 2019 season.  The division will emphasize player development through focused training to prepare players for the upcoming Spring 2019 season.  The Up and Comers season will consist of two hour training sessions each Sunday throughout the season.  Each training session will consist of one hour of fundamental training and one hour of inter squad scrimmages.  Players will participate in drills and training stations designed to improve each player’s skills and knowledge of the game.  This program will focus on Single-A Spring Division rules and emphasize player pitching.  There will be no individual teams or games against other leagues.  Each player will receive a FALL shirt and baseball hat.    

 

Individuals who are interested in coaching in the Single A Division during the 2019 season are encouraged to submit a volunteer application.   Perspective coaches can gain valuable experience while assisting league staff during each session.  This is a great opportunity to work together as a community to improve player development in our young players.   

 

Fall Ball Rules

Below are the rule adjustments agreed upon by the D54 leagues participating in the 2017 Fall Ball inter-league play.  Subject to change for the 2018 Fall Ball season.  They are specific to Fall Ball 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 COMERS 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