American Legion Baseball (both senior and junior Legion teams) shall be played in accordance with rules adopted by the National Americanism Commission of The American Legion. All departments (state) and national tournaments will follow the Official Baseball Rules as authorized by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball with exceptions noted below.
Changes to the Official Baseball Rules may be made by the National Americanism Commission and are noted in Rule 1 of The American Legion Baseball rules. These rules generally pertain to matters of safety, equipment and insurance and are made with the welfare of the players in mind. Beginning with 2017 we see the introduction of Pitch Smart pitch count rules. Details can be found in the National and Department of NY rule books.
These rules may be further modified by departments (states) for regular season play only and cannot conflict with national rules. All league and district rules must be annually reviewed and approved by the Department Baseball Committee. No league or district rule may conflict with a department or national rule.
During the regular season, departments may allow senior teams to play seven-inning games with a ten- run mercy rule after five innings of play or 4 1/2 innings if the home team has last at-bat.
During the regular season, departments may allow junior teams to play seven inning games with a ten- run mercy rule after five innings of play or 4 1/2 innings if the home team has the last at-bat.
All national tournaments will follow rules established by The American Legion’s National Americanism Commission.
Both senior and junior teams shall follow these rules with a few exceptions for Junior Legion Baseball, which shall be marked in green.
Senior American Legion Baseball shall be a 19 and under program.
Junior American Legion Baseball shall be a 17 and under program.