2 hour "drop dead" time limit

  • It is my understanding that the two hour time limit on games is to insure that the curfews in regulation x are met when there are multiple games scheduled, allowing time for each scheduled game.

    It is also my understanding that the rule is a league rule,( 2 hour drop dead limit) is this correct?

    Question

    The game is started at 6pm, and the game is called at 2 hours, at the top of the sixth inning leaving the home team without last bats, with no game following. Was the rule in 4.10 met, ( 6 innings for junior/senior division)?

    Was this game called prematurely, making it an incomplete game?

    Can you clarify the rulling for me?



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  • we use a 2 hour no new inning limit

    2:30 drop dead, no new pitches

  • John C, if this is a "league rule" for the drop dead, your league should advise what happens with the game:

    • officially over with the score standing as is at the drop dead time limit
    • revert back to the last complete inning
    • continue as a suspended game on another date
  • well if its an official game, we revert back to the last full inning or if the home team was ahead. I can't imagine a not official game in two hours or better yet 2 1/2 hours of playing time

  • I know it is hard to believe, 2-2,1/2 hours should be enough time; however, there was that one inning.........LOL. Just couldnt catch a break!

    These are older kids 13,14, and 15. They are phisically able to go the distance. Most will be playing High School Ball this time next season.

    Was it not the intent of the rule,( 2 hr-2 1/2 hour ), in the first place only to allow 2 games on any given evening and not keep the kids up past the curfew listed in regulation x?

    My thought is , " Let the kids play ball, and not be in such a hurry to end the game, after all it's not about us it's about the kids!

    i will be getting the official ruling from the league shortly. Thanks for your help.

  • John, what is written in Regulation X is a guideline for when leagues schedule two games on the same field on the same night. It's not written in stone that that is the ONLY time a league may use time limits for games.

    A league can make up its own policies on time limits for games. Typically, time limits are used in Minors and Juniors (which is nothing more than Minors on a bigger field). In Majors and Seniors/Big League, leagues usually require those games to go the full six or seven innings.

    There are a variety of ways a league can set up its time limits. Drop dead like what your league uses is one way. Another is "no new inning after" or "one more inning after" a certain time. What happens with the game's score when it reaches a time limit is also up to the league. John Z provided some options.

  • I agree 100%. The league i am in just this year went from pony 13U, to sanctioned little league Junior/Senior divission. It will be a work in progress, as the board members transition their thinking from little league, t-ball to Major 12 year old rules, to big league 13-16.

    Personally i would like to see,( if they want to stay with time limits outside of curfew), them reverting back to the last complete inning score, and rescheduling the game for completion at a later date.

  • If i get an additional sponsor for my team, do i need to hand the money over to the league, or is it legal to spend the money on my team, as long as they get the reciepts at the end of the season?

  • Sponsorships should be handled at the league level. Otherwise, you'll end up with the "haves" and the "have-nots" between the teams in the league.

  • Manny: "John, what is written in Regulation X is a guideline for when leagues schedule two games on the same field on the same night. It's not written in stone that that is the ONLY time a league may use time limits for games."

    I disagree (sort of) -Yes you can have a time limit in minors and tee-ball but in majors the ONLY time you can have a time limit on a game is on the first night game when there is later game that night on the same field (Regulation X(c)). So, for example, if you have 4 or 5 games scheduled on the same field on a Saturday morning/afternoon you can't put a time limit on the major games - without a Waiver that is!

    As I have said before, many (most) leagues don't bother putting in for the Waiver they "just do it". ;o)

  • Louis is right. Check with your region and they will tell you the same thing. Little League is very protective of majors and time limits.

  • Looking for clarification on this scenario: Division is Minor B

    Ump calls game at 2 hours and home team does not get their at bat in the last inning. Does the score revert back to the last full inning? Or does the visiting team win as they scored to take the lead in their half inning?

  • What was the score at the end of the last full inning? If it was tied, then it ends as a tie unless your league has some sort of tie-breaking procedure, like having the two teams finish the game later from the point when it was called. But if the home team was winning at the end of the last full inning, then you revert back and the home team wins. The only the way the visiting team wins is if they were ahead when the last full inning ended. But since you said they scored to take the lead in the top of the incomplete inning, they aren't going to win this game.