2020 EAST COAST TOURNAMENTS SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL LEAGUE RULES

Unless otherwise noted, all league play 7u-12u will be governed by Little League rules. 13u and above will be governed by National Federation of High School Rules.

*7u & 8u modified rules are towards the bottom of this page

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 11U 46/60 DIVISION PLAYS THE SAME RULES AS THE 10U AND UNDER UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

 

2020 SPRING & SUMMER AGE REQUIREMENTS

 

7u Born on or after May 1, 2012
8u Born on or after May 1, 2011
9u Born on or after May 1, 2010
10u Born on or after May 1, 2009
11u Born on or after May 1, 2008
12u Born on or after May 1, 2007
13u Born on or after May 1, 2006
14u Born on or after May 1, 2005
15u Born on or after May 1, 2004
16u Born on or after May 1, 2003
17u Born on or after May 1, 2002
18u Born on or after May 1, 2001

 

2020 FALL AGE REQUIREMENTS

8u Born on or after May 1, 2011
9u Born on or after May 1, 2010
10u Born on or after May 1, 2009
11u Born on or after May 1, 2008
12u Born on or after May 1, 2007
13u Born on or after May 1, 2006
14u Born on or after May 1, 2005
15u Born on or after May 1, 2004
16u Born on or after May 1, 2003
17u Born on or after May 1, 2002
18u Born on or after May 1, 2001

 

 

COACH, PLAYER AND PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT

We expect everyone who plays in our leagues and tournaments to handle themselves in a manner that displays good sportsmanship and sets a good example for every player and participating team. We will not tolerate coaches, players or parents acting out or displaying what we consider unsportsmanlike. If any coach or player gets ejected from a game, it will result in an automatic 1 game suspension. This suspension must be served for that said teams next game.It is our responsibility to our teams to maintain a fun and positive baseball experience. Coaches it is your responsibility to inform your players and parents of our policy. In the interest of maintaining a quality event, the league committee reserves the right to eject any person from the site for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior.

Coaches, please remind your players to respect the upkeep and beauty of our fields and the facilities. Please at the end of each game clear the dugout of any trash. There are no seeds or gum allowed at any of our turf fields. We cannot risk the loss of permits because a field was left a mess and/or you ignored the no seeds or gum policy for turf fields.

*Absolutely no alcoholic beverages allowed at any of our facilities.

 

INSURANCE

Every team is required to have a proof of insurance. A copy of your insurance with “East Coast Tournaments” listed as an additional insured is required.

 

OFFICIAL ROSTER

You must input your roster on the website before the start of season. Max roster size is 18 players. Players can be added to the roster during the regular season up to a pre-determined date which will be announced by the commissioner. Every game you play without a submitted roster on the website could result in a forfeit. If roster still is not submitted at the time we lock the rosters in, you will become ineligible for playoffs. There are no crossover games between the American and National divisions, therefore a player can play in both the American and National Divisions and also the North and South divisions since they don’t crossover as well. If a player is rostered on two different teams during the regular season, come playoff team that player needs to choose what roster he will be on. You cannot be on two different rosters in the playoffs. Every team must submit to East Coast a copy of every players birth certificate.  Teams can ask for proof of age for any player. If proof of age cannot be given, then that player in question could result in not being able to play in that game. East Coast will enforce all rules to protect the integrity of the league.

 

UNIFORMS
Players are to be in full uniform once they are on the field. All jersey’s must have a number on it.

 

UMPIRES

All games that are played with East Coast will have the following 

*7u-10u games will have one umpire

 *11u-14u games will have two umpires
All umpire fees for league play are to be paid on field by both teams. Please note that all championship game fees in every age group are paid by East Coast. All Championship games in every age group will have two umpires. 

Umpire rates are as follows.


7u-10u is $30 a team per game 

10u 46/65 is $60 a team per game
11u & 12u is $60 a team per game
13u & 14u is $65 a team per game

15u & 16u is $70 a team per game

17u & 18u is $75 a team per game

 

PROTESTS
 Protest must be done before the next pitch. No protest will be allowed for judgement calls.  Protests will only be allowed for a decision based on the interpretation of a rule, or the use of an illegal bat or player. Protest must be done before the next pitch. In the case of an ineligible player, the protest must be made before the final out of the game.

 

DETERMINING STARTING LINE-UP
We want to let the coach play as many players as he/she wants. The only information needed regarding the starting lineup is the number of batters. We do not care who plays in the field. You must include last names in your scorebook when exchanging lineups.

Offense: Team may bat 9 players, the entire lineup or in-between. Once the number of batters is determined, it must remain for the entire game. If a player becomes injured during the game and cannot return to the game their spot in the lineup will  result in an out if a substitute is not available. If a player gets ejected from the game, that will result in an automatic out the rest of the game if a substitute is not available. A substitute is anyone not placed in the batting order. Once a substitution bats or runs for a player, the sub and the original starter are locked into that batting position and either one may bat or run in that position ONLY. Once the substitution is substituted he is out of the offensive postion only. He can still play in the field. 

 

Defensive: Any player on the roster may play in any defensive position at any time, regardless of being in the batting order. For example, a team may have 18 players, bat 9 of them and play the other 9 in the field. No one player in a game can assume more than one offensive position.

 

START OF GAME
Each team must supply game balls for every game.* Baseballs can be purchased through East Coast. A coin flip determines home and away teams for all regular season games (all double header games will alternate home and away). A team may start a game with 8 players with no penalty and add the remaining players at any time with no penalty but must be added to the bottom of the order. If a team only has 7 players that said team must forfeit. No game can be played at any time with only 7 players. In the playoffs the higher seed is the home team unless they defer.

*Approved baseballs for the East Coast Summer League

*Rawlings RLLB1

*Wilson 1010

*Wilson 1035

*Diamond DLL 1 and DLL 2

*Pro 9 OL1

 

 

END OF GAME
Games may end in a tie after the time limit is reached. However, all single elimination games, including the championship game must have a winner.   

 

TIME LIMIT
All games (except championship games) will be played with a strict 1 hour and 50-minute time limit. No new inning can start at the 1 hour and 50-minute mark. There are extra innings if game is under the time limit. For the purpose of determining if a new inning may start, the time is determined at the time of the last out in the bottom of the inning. Time will be kept by the umpires. The time will start immediately after the conclusion of the pregame meeting. If the home team is winning as time expires the batter will finish his at bat and then the game will immediately be over.

 

OFFICIAL GAME
  Games called due to weather or darkness by the umpire or the site director will be considered a complete game after 3 innings of play (7u-12) and 4 innings of play (13u and up). The home team must bat the required number of innings if they are losing for the game to be official. The score will revert back to the last completed inning if the game is called in the middle of an inning once its an official game.

If weather comes into play during a playoff or championship game that game will be suspended and finished as early as the next day. 

 

REPORTING OF SCORES 
The winning team must input the final score of games within 24 hours of completion of game

 

MERCY RULE
 8u & above breakdown of the mercy rule
15 runs after 3 innings
10 runs after 4 innings
8 runs after 5 innings
Home team does not bat if ahead by mercy rule.


In a 9-inning game the mercy rule is
15 runs after 5 innings
10 runs after 6 innings
8 runs after 7 innings

 

PITCHING RESTRICTIONS & TRIPS TO THE MOUND

There are no pitching restrictions as far as the pitch count for any age group. 

For ages 7u-12u the pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound (to the same pitcher) in the same inning and a maximum of 3 times in a game per pitcher. NOTE: Once a starting pitcher is removed from the mound, that starting pitcher may only re-enter to any other position other than pitcher during the game and must return to the original lineup spot. 13u and above high school pitching rules apply. 

 

BALK RULE
7u-10u- No balks

11u 46/60 No Balks

 11u One warning per pitcher
12u and above- No warning

 

SLASH BUNTING
Slash bunting is not allowed in any age group. If a player attempts to slash bunt, that player will be called out. If a player attempts to slash bunt a second time in a game, that said player will be called out and ejected from the game.

 

CLEAT RESTRICTIONS
7U-12U division- Rubber cleats or turf shoes
13u and above- Rubber, metal or turf shoes.
Please note: No metal spikes allowed on any turf field

 

COURTESY RUNNER
You may use a courtesy runner for pitcher and catcher at any time. Runner must be last batted out 

AVOID CONTACT RULE
A player may not intentionally run over anyone at any time or place on the field. This call is the umpire’s discretion

HEAD FIRST SLIDE
7U-10U Not permitted except back to a base
11u and above head first sliding is allowed

 

INTENTIONAL WALK
Pitches do not need to be thrown for an intentional walk

 

LEADING & STEALING OF BASES
8u-10u & 11u 46/60 - Can lead and steal only after the pitched ball crosses home plate
 11u and above- Regular baseball rules apply

 

TAGGING UP

Tagging up is not allowed in the 7u & 8u division. All other divisions it is allowed

 

INFIELD FLY RULE
There is no infield fly rule for ages 7u-10u. Infield fly rule is in effect for ages 11u 46/60 and 11u and above.

 

DROPPED 3RDSTRIKE
Does not apply for ages 7u-10u. Batter automatically out.

11u 46/60 and above, dropped 3rd strike rule is in effect

 

NO CONTINUATION OF A WALK

IN AGES 7U-10U THERE IS NO CONTINUATION OF A WALK, MEANING IF A BATTING DRAWS A WALK HE IS ENTITLED TO 1ST BASE ONLY. HE CANNOT ADVANCE TO SECOND BASE ON A WALK.

 

RAIN OUTS
If rain comes into play, we will do everything we can to stay close to the original game schedule. All rainout games will be made up at some point during the season.

 

GAME CANCELLATIONS
All games that are cancelled by the manager must be cancelled 24 hours prior to the start time of game. If this is not done, the cancelling team will receive a forfeit and will be charged the umpire fee’s and the fee that was paid for the field.

 


7U MODIFIED RULES
 Field dimension- 40’-60’

1. THE FIRST TWO AND LAST TWO INNINGS WILL BE COACH PITCH.  EACH BATTER WILL GET 5 PITCHES TO HIT THE BALL. THE BATTER WILL BE OUT AFTER 3 SWINGING STRIKES OR AT THE END OF FIVE PITCHES. IF THE BATTER HAS NOT PUT THE BALL IN PLAY AFTER 5 PITCHES IT IS AN OUT.  THE 3RD and 4TH INNINGS WILL BE PLAYER PITCH (4 BALLS AND 3 STRIKES.). IF A PITCHER HITS 3 BATTERS IN A GAME THAT PITCHER MUST BE REMOVED.

1a. DURING COACH PITCH, THE PLAYER-PITCHER MUST POSITION THEMSELVES TO THE IMMEDIATE LEFT OR RIGHT OF THE COACH WITHIN THE CIRCLE OF THE MOUND.

2.  NO NEW INNING WILL START AFTER AN HOUR AND 30 MINUTES.

3. MAXIMUM OF 5 RUNS PER INNING, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LAST INNING. HOWEVER, THE TIME LIMIT AND  RUN RULE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT.

3a. RUN RULE IS 12 RUNS AFTER 4 INNINGS IN THIS DIVISION

4. NO BUNTING

5. A BATTER HIT BY A PITCH IS NOT AWARDED FIRST BASE IN COACH PITCH. IT WILL COUNT AS A PITCH. IF A BATTER IS HIT DURING PLAYER PITCH THEY WILL BE AWARDED FIRST BASE.

6. NO INFIELD FLY RULE

7.  NO BASE STEALING IS PERMITTED. RUNNERS CAN ONLY ADVANCE ON A BALL IN PLAY.

8. EACH TEAM WILL GET ONE WARNING FOR A RUNNER LEAVING THE BASE EARLY. SECOND VIOLATION OF THIS WILL BE DECLARED AN OUT.

9. THERE WILL BE NO SLIDING INTO FIRST BASE. ALL RUNNERS MUST SLIDE FEET FIRST. HEAD FIRST SLIDES WILL BE CALLED AS AN OUT.

10. PLAY WILL ONLY BE STOPPED WHEN THE BALL IS RETURNED TO THE PITCHER (NOT THE COACH, THE PLAYER) AND IN CONTROL ON THE MOUND. IF THE BASE RUNNERS ARE IN-BETWEEN BASES THEY WILL BE GIVEN THE NEXT BASE IF THE UMPIRE DETERMINES THE RUNNER TO BE HALF WAY OR CLOSER TO THE NEXT BASE.  

11.  ON AN OVERTHROW THE RUNNERS ADVANCE ONLY 1 BASE AT THEIR OWN RISK.

12. SPEED-UP RULE – WHEN THE OFFENSIVE TEAM HAS TWO OUTS, IF THE CATCHER FOR THE NEXT INNING IS A BASE RUNNER, THAT PLAYER MUST BE REPLACED BY EITHER THE LAST BATTED OUT OR A PLAYER NOT IN THE LINEUP.

13. YOU WILL HAVE ONE UMPIRE ON THE FIELD.

14. NO PROTEST WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS DIVISION. 

15. PITCHING DISTANCE REQUIREMENTS: 

A.  PLAYER PITCHING DISTANCE WILL BE A MINIMUM OF 40 

B. COACH PITCHING DISTANCE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 33 FEET AND A MAXIMUM OF 46 FEET

16. OUTFIELDERS: 4 OUTFIELDERS ARE PERMITTED BUT NOT MANDATORY. IF PLAYING WITH 4 OUTFIELDERS, YOU CAN NOT THROW OUT A RUNNER AT 1ST BASE IF HIT IN THE OUTFIELD.

 

8U MODIFIED RULES

1)  Field dimension is 42’-60’
2) Games are 6 innings
3) 5 run rule per inning per team, 6thinning runs will be unlimited
4) 3 steal attempts per inning per team
5) No stealing of home allowed (all other bases are allowed)
6) A player cannot advance to any base on an overthrow on an attempted steal of any base. If a player takes a lead off any base and the catcher or any other player attempts to pick that player off and commits an overthrow, it is a live ball and player can advance to any base except home. A player may only be entitled to home on a continuous play on a batted ball.
7) No continuation of a walk allowed
8) 10 players are allowed in the field (4 outfielders), but not mandatory to have 4 outfielders if you choose not to. 
If playing with 4 outfielders, no outfielder can throw out a runner at 1stbase on a batted ball. If playing with 3 outfielders you can throw a runner out at 1st base on a ball hit to the outfield.
9) If a pitcher hits 3 batters in a game that pitcher must be removed 
10) No bunting allowed
11) No infield fly rule

12) No tagging up

 

STANDINGS, SEEDING AND PLAYOFFS

10 game spring league you must play a minimum of 6 games to qualify for playoffs

5 game spring league you must play a minimum of 4 games to qualify for playoffs

16 game summer league you must play a minimum of 12 games to qualify for playoffs

12 game summer league you must play a minimum of 10 games to qualify for playoffs

10 game fall league you must play a minimum of 6 games to qualify for playoffs

5 game fall league you must play a minimum of 4 games to qualify for playoffs

 

Any team that forfeits a game will not recieve any points. The other team will still get the points.

 

The following system will be used for advancing and seeding into playoffs
1) Points: 3 points for a win, 2 points for a tie and 1 point for a loss. If you forfeit a game you will not receive a point for a loss. 
2) Head to Head: If 2 teams are tied- Head to head winner. If 3 teams are tied- One team must have had defeated both other teams. If so that team advances. If that does not happen move to #3
3) Total runs against
4) Run differential
5) Total Runs for



AGE, DIMENSIONS, INNINGS AND BATS

7u plays 40’-60’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 marking 2 ¼ max or non-composite wood bats

8u plays 42’-60’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 marking 2 ¼ max or non-composite wood bats

9u plays 46’-60’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 marking 2 ¼ max or non-composite wood bats

10u plays 46’-60’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA 2 ¼ max or non-composite wood bats

11u 46/60 division. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾  max or USSSA BPF 1.15 2 1/4 max or non-composite wood bats.

11u plays 51’-75’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 marked 2 ¾ max or non-composite wood bats

12u plays 51’-75’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 marked 2 ¾ max or non-composite wood bats

13u and older plays 60’-90’. 7 inning game. -3 BBCOR or non- composite wood bats. No Bamboo allowed

 

*Please note that BBCOR bats are allowed on any 75ft field or bigger

 

 

 REFUND POLICY  

All deposits are non refundable ( no refund). Non refundable deposits can be used towards any league or tournament.

Any cancelations for any reason is 100% credit to a future league or tournament ( no refund)

 

 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR OUR 2020 SUMMER LEAGUE  

 

East Coast Youth Baseball Covid-19 Guidelines for League and Tournament Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

You cannot arrive to your game no more than ½ hour before game time.This is to reduce the amount of people in one area in between games.


 

Spectators will not be allowed around the area of the backstop or dugouts. Only players 

coaches, and the umpire(s) are allowed on the field of play. Spectators are only permitted to view the game from the 1st/3rd base sides extending to the outfield and in the outfield area.

 

 

 

Do not come to a game if you or any member of your household are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

We all need to be diligent regarding the governor's order requiring quarantine if visiting any of the restricted states. If you know that someone on your team is traveling to any of these states, you must make them aware that when they come back to NY they must quarantine for 14 days.

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-GAME

* Home plate meetings will be limited to the umpire and one (1) coach from each team; all must practice social distancing.  Do not give your baseballs to the umpire at the pre-game meeting. You are responsible for your baseballs. When you go out on defense, your pitcher brings the ball out to the field. After 3 outs your team brings the baseball back into the dugout.

 

*Approved baseballs for the East Coast Summer League

*Rawlings RLLB1

*Wilson 1010

*Wilson 1035

*Diamond DLL 1 and DLL 2



* Please do not share equipment

 

DURING THE GAME 

* The dugout will be extended to behind the dugout to the backstop for both teams. This is to allow rostered players and coaches to practice social distancing throughout the game while their team is up to bat. 

No more than 5-6 individuals are recommended in the dugout at any given time (this is dependent on the size of the dugout). These individuals (players, coaches or any combination) must maintain all social distancing guidelines throughout the game. All other team personnel must practice social distancing in the extended area of the dugout, as referenced above.

 

* No spitting, sunflower seeds or gum allowed at anytime

 

* The umpire will be positioned at least 6 feet behind the pitcher to call balls and strikes

 

* High-fiving and handshaking is not recommended

 

* Players, coaches and umpires are not required to wear a face mask but can if they choose 

 

 

 

POST-GAME

* At the conclusion of the game, players will be asked to forego the sportsmanship line at the end of the game. Instead we are asking for each team to line up on their respective foul line and “tip their cap” as a salute to the other team to promote sportsmanship.

 

**** Please note that we will revisit the umpire position behind the pitcher’s mound throughout the season and if the conditions allow us to, we will allow the umpire to go behind the plate