There are growing concerns surrounding the little league and its decision-makers. Little League International recently announced that it is mandating criminal background checks for all volunteer coaches. In addition, it is implementing new eligibility requirements for players as well as new rules to help with gameplay.
The new rules are expected to come in the coming weeks. For one, local leagues can mandate batters to place a foot in the batter’s box in the regular seasons. Also, intentional walks can be carried out by announcing such decisions to the umpire instead of throwing four balls. On the other hand, umpires can eject a manager or player if they determine either the player or manager is stealing signs.