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Mathews County Little League

Mathews County Little League

Field Responsibilities

Fields should be dragged after EVERY game and EVERY practice. The field MUST be left in playable condition after each game or practice.

Home Team Responsibilities

  • Home Team dugout is on the 1st base side
  • Drag & line the field before each game 
  • Drag the field after the game 
  • Rake / repair pitcher's mound (as needed) 

BOTH TEAMS are responsible for trash in the dugouts and around the field for games & practices. ALL trash must be removed from the fields immediately after each game.

If you identify field equipment needs, include needed items on the game report and/or email
[email protected].
All game time decisions are based on safety and playability. Discretion must be used when determining whether to play or go home. If you step on a wet field and sink at all, the field is NOT playable. If you find standing water anywhere in the infield, the field is most likely not playable. If the field is simply wet, it could possibly be turned over by rake and made playable.
Any time you rake a wet field you should ALWAYS rake toward the mound and NEVER push or rake dirt or water into the outfield.

Coaching Drills & Programs

T- Ball

Often a family’s first introduction to Little League, providing a Tee Ball experience that is grounded in fun, fitness, and fundamentals is key to growing a child’s love for the game.

T-Ball Coaching Tools

Coach Pitch
The Little League  Coach Pitch Program was created to provide volunteer managers and coaches in the Little League Minor Baseball Division with the appropriate direction to organize and efficiently operate practices throughout the season.

Coach Pitch Tools

Positive Coach Alliance
Since 2006, Little League has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide a framework and tools for local Little League volunteers to develop a culture of positive, character-building competition. 

Positive Coach Alliance Tools


Pitch Smart Program

Little League has always placed safety as a top priority, and is continually striving to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. For more than a decade, the Little League program has been at the forefront of promoting arm safety for youth pitchers.

- Pitch Smart Program

Pitch Count Sheet
As you progress from Single A to Majors, keeping track of the pitch count for a pitcher during the game is very important.  This is a sheet that you can have a parent use during the game to keep track of pitch count for you.  Click the link below to download the sheet.

Pitch Count Log

Learn the Basics of Scorekeeping

Baseball and softball scorekeeping involves more than just keeping track of how many runs cross the plate.

To achieve uniformity in keeping the records, the scorer shall conform strictly to the Scoring Rules. The scorer shall have authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules.

If the teams change sides before three are put out, the scorer shall immediately inform the umpire of the mistake.

If the game is protested or play suspended, the scorer shall make note of the exact situation at the time of the protest or suspension, including the score, the number of outs, the position of any runners, and the ball and strike count on the batter.

The scorer shall not:

1) make any decision conflicting with the Official Playing rules, or with an umpire’s decision;
2) call attention to the umpire or of any member of either team to the fact that a player is batting out of turn.

The Basics

The crux of scorekeeping is the system that assigns a number to each player. Don’t confuse these with jersey numbers; these standard numerical symbols used in scorekeeping never change:

1 = pitcher
2 = catcher
3 = first base
4 = second base
5 = third base
6 = shortstop
7 = left field
8 = center field
9 = right field

If you play a 10-player lineup, a “10” would indicate a short fielder or fourth outfielder.

Likewise, there are several symbols used to denote game action. Among them:

1B = single
2B = double
3B = triple
HR = home run
DP = double play
FC = fielder’s choice
E = error
HBP = hit by pitch
WP = wild pitch
PB = passed ball
RBI = run batted in
SB = stolen base
IP = Illegal Pitch (Major Division and below)
BK = balk (Intermediate 50/70 and above)

Trying It Out

To begin, first write down each team’s batting order. They will be exchanged by the two managers and, except for substitutions, cannot change during the game. It’s important to write down player jersey numbers with the batting order, to make sure the proper players bat in the proper order.

The rows correspond to the batting order; the columns correspond to the inning. There is a column for the first inning, the second inning, and so on.

Let’s start with batting in the top of the first. Go to the square in inning 1 that matches up with the leadoff hitter.

  1. Now, let’s assume the leadoff batter grounds out to the shortstop. Remember the scorekeeping symbols? This would be noted 6-3. It was a grounder to the shortstop (6), who threw to first base (3) to record the out. Likewise, a grounder to third base would be 5-3. A flyout to left field would listed as F7. Again, different scorers use different symbols, but if it goes to the center fielder, it goes to the “8” every time.
  2. So, the first batter is out. Now, the second batter is up. Go to his square in the first inning, which is right beneath the leadoff hitter’s square. He hits a single to right field. In his at-bat square for the first inning, denote 1B for “single,” or if you want to be more specific, you could write “1B9” for “single to right field.”
  3. In a paper scorebook, you should draw a line from home plate to first base in his at-bat square, with “1B” or “1B9” noted next to the line. This shows how the batter reached base.
  4. There is a runner on first, one out, and their third hitter is up. He’s the shortstop. He hits a double to right field. This is scored “2B” or “2B9,” and mark a line noting he went from home plate to first to second.
  5. The runner on first, meanwhile, came all the way around and scored on the play. How is that scored? In his at-bat square, denote that he made the entire trip around the diamond, to second, third and then home. Once he made the whole trip, you’ve outlined the whole diamond in his square. Color that diamond in to indicate that he scored a run. And, to show how he scored, add a “6” at the bottom of the diamond, at home plate. Why a 6? That indicates that the “6,” or shortstop, is the one that drove him in. Meanwhile, in the No. 3 hitter’s square, make a notation that says “RBI” so you know he drove in a run.
  6. There won’t be a lot of room for all of this, so if using a paper scorebook, writing small — but legibly — is critical.
  7. There's runner on second with one out. The runner on second tries to steal third and is thrown out. Any idea how that might be scored? It’s most likely 2-5 — the catcher “2” threw to the third baseman, “5,” who tagged him out.
  8. Now there are two outs and the batter is up. They strike out. In this case, they get a “K” — the universal scoring symbol for a strikeout. Or, a backward K indicates the batter looked at strike three without swinging.

Heading to the Bottom

The top of the first is over.  At the end of the half inning, mark a line, or an ‘x,’ at the next batter. This clearly indicates who the leadoff batter will be in the next inning. Then it’s best to add up the runs, hits, errors and, if keeping it, pitches thrown, and mark notations at the bottom of the page. An electronic or a paper scorebook should have a spot for that.

Now it’s on to the bottom of the first. Move to the other half of the book, where you should have the home team’s lineup in place, and you’re ready to go.

Give It a Try

The best way to learn is to jump right in. Watch several experienced scorekeepers, and keep a parallel book, to see what system is best for you. Watching Little League and high school in-person, and professional ball games on television, while paying attention to the scoring decisions, is quite helpful.

As you become more familiar with the specific rules and gain experience, you will become more adept a keeping a well-organized and understandable scorebook. It is not a chore lightly assumed, but it can be fun and will add a new dimension to your enjoyment of baseball and softball.


Mathews County Little League
7138 Buckley Hall Road, PO Box 1001
Mathews, Virginia 23109

Email: [email protected]

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