Clubs have been fined for not playing full strength sides in the EFL Trophy, but rewarded for playing young players in league games.
The five-year-old, who has a terminal brain tumour, was named on the Rochdale substitutes bench for the Checkatrade Trophy match against Hartlepool.
Rochdale will name five-year-old fan Joshua McCormack on their substitutes' bench for the Checkatrade Trophy match against Hartlepool United.
At least 16 of Tuesday's 24 games in the Checkatrade Trophy drew attendances of less than 1,000 and only Chelsea and Luton drew more than 1,500.
The record for the longest penalty shootout in England was broken on Tuesday as Chelsea's under-23 side defeated Oxford United after 34 spot-kicks.
English Football League boss Shaun Harvey has blamed a "perfect storm'' for the poor start to the revamped EFL Trophy but is convinced it can work.