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American Legion Baseball announces 2022 rule changes

By Ron Edwards, 01/05/22, 8:00AM MST



Below is a summary of the major rule changes.  The wording may or may not be identical to the wording in the National Rule Book.


Rule 1.R.3. Pitching Rule – Remove the word “scheduled” and to read “If a pitcher throws 45 or fewer pitches in game one of multiple games on the same day, he may return to pitch in game two, up to 105 pitches total for the day. If a pitcher were to throw more than 45 pitches in game one, he would be ineligible to pitch in game two.”

Rule 1.J. Fake Tag – Insert new rule to read “A fake tag is an act by
a defensive player without the ball that simulates a tag. A fake tag is considered obstruction.”

Rule 3 & 4 Player Recruiting – Combined total enrollment of high
schools cannot exceed 7,500 for 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

Rule 9.A. National Tournament Registration – To read “The
department championship team must be certified to the Americanism Commission by the authorized department baseball official no later than 11:59 p.m. July 30, 2022. However, departments that fly to regional sites must certify their department champion no later than 11:59 p.m. July 28.”

Rule 9.J.2. Suspended Games – Add paragraph “2. Pitch Count Rule 1.R. applies to suspended games.”

Rule 9.K. Minimum Active Players – Change the word “transfer” to “bring up” and to read “Teams with fewer than 12 players are permitted to bring up players registered on their affiliated Junior American Legion Baseball team roster to the senior team in order to have 12 players but may not bring up a player to exceed 12 players.”