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KKLL Local By-Laws

KKLL Local By-Laws

Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Little League will follow the laws and rules established by Little League International.  Local rules will be set where KKLL is able to do so.

Mission Statement

The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Little League aspires to provide our children with a fun, safe, and challenging environment to learn and play the games of baseball and softball.  Our objective is to teach children how to play winning baseball and softball without compromising the more important qualities of team play and sportsmanship.  We seek managers and coaches with good character and integrity to set examples and help teach life lessons that have value beyond the playing field. We are committed to creating a culture in which coaches, parents, fans, umpires and athletes work together to achieve our mission.

Draft Rules

Players are drafted by the managers of their respective leagues.  The managers observe the players’ at evaluations and pick the players they want on their team to fill a roster of 10-13 players.  Majors’ managers pick players ranging in age from 9 to 12.  However, the number of 9 and 10 year olds is limited by the number of spaces available based on the 11 and 12 year olds registered to play.  As an example, if there are a total of 53 players aged 11 or 12 who want to play Majors, then KKLL will field a total of six teams in Majors with a total of 60 players.  Since the 11 and 12 year olds are guaranteed spots on Majors teams, there will be room to draft 7 players who are 9 or 10 years old.  Minors’ managers pick players ranging in age from 8 to 11, with limited spots available for 8 year olds.  A 12 yr old may play in the minors, upon request and board approval.  All 9 and 10 yr olds are guaranteed a spot in the Minors division unless drafted in Majors.

 Majors Baseball

  • Draft order is determined by random draw.
  • Draft is conducted in a snake pattern – first to last, then last to first.
  • Players listed as Minors can be drafted onto a major league team or be brought up to a Majors team later in the season, if space becomes available and the player and parent give permission.
  • All League Age 11 and 12 year olds will be guaranteed a spot in the Majors with the exception of those who request to play in Minors and those who may be safety issues in Majors.
  • After the number of League Age 11 and 12 year olds is determined, the number of League Age 9 and 10 year olds that can be drafted is determined.

Majors Softball

  • Teams are compiled based on the number of players that have signed up.
  • KKLL Board members will vote on the # of regular season rosters (at least 12 players with the option of 13 per roster).
  • KKLL Board members will vote on the # of All-Star rosters (at least 12 players with the option of 13 per roster).
  • Teams will be balanced based on talent.

Minors Baseball

  • Draft order is determined by a random drawing.
  • Draft is conducted in a snake pattern – first to last, then last to first.
  • After the number of League Age 9-11 year olds is determined, the number of League Age 8 year olds that can be drafted is determined.

Minors Softball

  • Teams are compiled based on the number of players that have signed up.
  • KKLL Board members will vote on the # of regular season rosters (at least 12 players with the option of 13 per roster).
  • KKLL Board members will vote on the # of All-Star rosters (at least 12 players with the option of 13 per roster).
  • Teams will be balanced based on talent.

All Star Selection Process

  • All players that are registered with KKLL for the regular season and have appeared in at least 70% of their team’s regular season games are eligible to be selected to an All-Star team.  None of the players are pre-selected or guaranteed a spot on any team.
  • Players must submit a signed “commitment” letter to their regular season manager by the due date.  Any exception to this deadline must be reviewed and approved by the KKLL President.  Generally, players missing this deadline are not considered unless there is a shortage of players needed to field a team.
  • Once all player letters are received, KKLL reviews them for eligibility and determines how many teams we can field.
  • Players are chosen during a confidential, managers-only meeting, usually on the last weekend of the regular season.  Teams cannot be announced prior to June 1.  Managers should carefully observe players on opposing teams throughout the regular season.

The voting process is as follows for Majors/Minors Baseball

  1. Managers will take into consideration of all player votes.  Player votes are presented to the Mangers during the selection process
  2. Managers cannot vote for players on their team during the first vote.
  3. The first vote is made prior to any discussion. By secret ballot, each manager selects a number of players equal to the determined roster size for that team.
  4. Any player voted unanimously after the first round (with the exception of his manager’s vote) or receiving all but one of the eligible votes is selected to the team.
  5. The number of remaining spots is determined.
  6. The remaining candidates are discussed, with each manager speaking about the candidates who played for his regular season team.
  7. Questions and concerns about remaining candidates are discussed.
  8. By secret ballot, each manager selects enough players to fill the remaining roster spots.
  9. Any player receiving all or all but one of the eligible votes is selected to the team.
  10. The number of remaining spots is determined.
  11. Repeat steps 5 through 9 until the roster is filled.
  12. If a round of voting is completed and no player receives enough votes and the roster is still not filled, the next round will be determined by simple majority until the roster is filled.
  13. Ties for the final roster spot have to be resolved through discussion and voting.

Selection of Baseball All Star Managers and Coaches

  1. Managers and coaches are not selected until after the player voting described above is completed.  No player is selected to a team because his parent is a coach.
  2. After the players are selected to their teams, the League President appoints the Manager for each team.
  3. The KKLL Board approves the managers.
  4. The managers select their official assistant coaches.
  5. In order to be eligible, a coach must have coached during the KKLL regular season.  This is a Little League Int’l rule.

KKLL Local Rules

Majors/Minors Baseball League

  1. There will be a 10-run rule, which would end a game prematurely if there were at least a 10 run differential between the two teams at the end of any inning including or after the 4th inning. 
  2. 4-innings total of playing time for each player, in a 6-inning game.

Minors Baseball League

  1. The last inning will be determined by the Umpire, there will be no 5-run limit rule during the last inning.
  2. No stealing home under any circumstance during the first 6 games of the season.
  3. Minimum of 2-innings infield/4 innings total of playing time for each player, in a 6-inning game.

 

Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Little League

P.O. Box 1116 
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Email : [email protected]
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