It looks like stealing signs isn’t just a problem in the majors.

One of the teams headed to the Little League World Series, which begins later this week, has been accused of stealing signs.

The Barrington, Rhode Island Little League team was defeated by a team from Goffstown, New Hampshire in Saturday’s New England Regional Final. Following the game, the manager of the Barrington team crying foul.

"You can see (runners on second base) leaning in, looking in and they’re doing hand gestures to their kid (at the plate) indicating what kind of pitch it is and where it’s located," Goffstown manager Pat Dutton said, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “You can do that in big league ball, but in Little League it’s unsportsmanlike, it’s dishonorable, and it’s disgusting. They did it the whole tournament and got away with it, and now that’s what’s representing New England in the Little League World Series. It’s just a bad look."

According to a statement made to, Barrington Little League denies the allegations.

"The article in the Union Leader is unfortunate, and its premise false ... We hold our coaches, players, and teams to the highest standards, and do not coach or condone unsportsmanlike behavior of any kind."

Even though it is an unwritten rule about stealing signs in the majors, it is not banned but severely frowned upon. However, Little League clearly forbids the controversial tactic in their rule book.

Per Tournament Rule 3, if in the judgement of the umpire a player/coach/manager/substitute is deemed to be stealing and relaying pitch selection or a location, it is considered unsportsmanlike, and said offender is to be ejected from the game.

Each umpire has the authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or substitute for objecting to judgement call, or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play. The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire, this behavior is occurring, those responsible including any player(s), coach(es), and/or manager shall be ejected from the game.

While the team from Barrington could have put the game under protest due to the tactic, Dutton did not do so but did maintain that his opponents cheated to win.

"It’s just frustrating to see teams and kids having to go about it that way when clearly they were playing better than we were," he said. "They didn’t have to do that. That’s something these kids don’t learn on their own. That’s something that they’re taught. They’re coached to do that."

Unfortunately for Goffstown, it comes off as sour grapes for losing. Had he known about this all game then he should have been alerting the umpires and tournament committee at the time, not going to the media after they lost and were eliminated.

If you remember, at last week’s Canadian Little League Championships, Ancaster’s head coach protested their game against Mirabel Diamond Baseball Little League. That came prior to the game so that it did not look like sour grapes by putting it in following the game.

In the end Little League International cleared the team to play, saying everything was in order. Mirabel would end up crushing Ancaster on their way to the Canadian Regional championship game where they lost to Coquitlam, BC who will represent Canada at the Little League World Series this year.

Little League baseball is about the kids, and while there is a huge international tournament waiting a bunch of them at the end of the season, there are some adults out there still trying to live through their kids at winning the big one.

Barrington will take to the field on Thursday for their first game at the Little League World Series against South Riding, Virginia.