New rules released for 2012 season

Little League has released new rule updates for the 2012 regular season and 2012 International Tournament. See for the complete list. Most of the changes are clarifications, but there are a few significant playing rule changes.

As announced a few weeks ago, using an illegal bat can now result in a out for the batter. The revised bat rules announced a few weeks ago are included as well.

Also, newly announced, in the Majors division there is now a dropped third strike rule, although local leagues may opt out during the regular season. There will be a dropped third strike rule for 10-11 Year Olds, 11-12 Year Olds, and all higher levels during the tournament.

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