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 10U 46/65 DIVISION PLAYS THE SAME RULES AS THE 11U AND 12U DIVISIONS.
2019 SPRING & SUMMER AGE REQUIREMENTS
7u Born on or after May 1, 2011
8u Born on or after May 1, 2010
9u Born on or after May 1, 2009
10u Born on or after May 1, 2008
11u Born on or after May 1, 2007
12u Born on or after May 1, 2006
13u Born on or after May 1, 2005
14u Born on or after May 1, 2004
15u Born on or after May 1, 2003
16u Born on or after May 1, 2002
17u Born on or after May 1, 2001
18u Born on or after May 1, 2000
2019 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.
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.
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 will be 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 National East and West since they don’t crossover as well. Every team must submit to East Coast a copy of every players birth certificate. East Coast will enforce all rules to protect the integrity of the league.
Players are to be in full uniform once they are on the field. All jersey’s must have a number on it.
All games that are played with East Coast will have the following
*7u-10u games will have one umpire
*10u 46/65 will have two umpires
*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 (Baseball Played at Heaven Games Are $35 a Game Per Team)
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
No protest will be allowed for judgement calls. Protests will only be allowed that has to do with a rule. Protest must be done before the next pitch.
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 not result in an out. 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 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.
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
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.
Games called due to weather by the umpire or the site director will be considered a complete game after 3 innings of play for all age groups during the regular season and playoff games. If a playoff game is suspended before 3 innings because of weather, the game will be resumed as early as the next day. If weather comes into play during a 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
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.
In the 7u-12u divisions the manager is allowed to visit the mound twice in any inning and a maximum of 3 times per pitcher per game without removing the pitcher. Any visit in excess of the allowed visits must be for purpose of making a pitching change. In any case, a visit to the mound resulting from an injury is not to be considered as one of the allowable visits. Once pitcher is removed he cannot pitch again for the rest of the game. 13u and above High School rules apply
7u-10u- No balks
10u 46/65, 11u & 12u- One warning per pitcher
13u and above- No warning
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.
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
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-12U Not permitted except back to a base
13u and above head first sliding is allowed
Pitches do not need to be thrown for an intentional walk
LEADING & STEALING OF BASES
8u-10u- Can lead and steal only after the pitched ball crosses home plate
10u 46/65 and 11u and above- Regular baseball rules apply
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 10u 46/65 and 11u and above.
Does not apply for ages 7u-10u, the batter is automatically out. 10u 46/65 and 11u and above dropped 3rdstrike rule is in effect
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.
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
1) Field dimension- 40’-60’
2) Games are 6 innings
3) 5 run rule per inning per team, 6thinning runs are unlimited
4)NO LEADING OR STEALING IN THIS DIVISION
5) Play will only be stopped when the ball is returned to the pitcher 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.
6) On an overthrow, the runners advance only 1 base at their own risk
7) 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 the last batted out
8) There are no protests in this division.
9) 10 players in the field (4 outfielders). If you only have 9 players then 3 outfielders are permitted. If playing with 4 outfielders you can not throw out a runner going to 1stbase on a batted ball.
10) If a pitcher hits 3 batters in a game he must be removed
11) The first 3 walks in an inning will consist of 4 balls. After 3 walks in an inning, walks will consist of 6 balls for the remainder of that inning
12) Mercy rule is 12 runs after 4 innings
13) No new inning will start after 1 hour and 50 minutes
14) No bunting allowed
15) No infield fly rule
16) No tagging up
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
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
For our 10-game spring league you must play a minimum of 6 games to qualify for playoffs
For our 7u 10 game summer league you must play a minimum of 6 games to qualify for playoffs
For our 16-game summer league you must play a minimum of 12 games to qualify for playoffs
For our 10-game fall league you must play a minimum of 6 games to qualify for playoffs
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
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
10u 46/65 division plays 46’-65’. 6 inning game. Bats allowed are either USA 2 ¾ max or USSSA BPF 1.15 2 ¾ 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