2020 EAST COAST TOURNAMENTS SPRING, SUMMER AND
Unless otherwise noted, all tournament 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
2020 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
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.
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 tournament. Max roster size is 18 players. If a roster is not submitted before your first game that game and any thereafter will be a forfeit until roster is submitted. Please keep in mind that if you forfeit any games during pool play you are automatically ineligible for playoffs. A player can be on a roster for two different age groups as well as in the same age group but not in the same division. A Player must play in at least one pool play game to be eligible for the playoffs. If a player is rostered on two different teams in the same division, that player will become ineligible to play in any games as well as 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.
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 (Championship games will have 2 umpires)
*11u-18u games will have two umpires
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.
START OF GAME
All baseballs are provided by East Coast. A coin flip determines home and away teams for all pool play games. In the playoffs, the higher seed is the home team unless they defer. Teams may start a game with 8 players with no penalty. If the 9th player joins the team he/she may be added to the empty spot in the batting order at any time. If a team begins the game with 9 players and 1 player is ejected the team may continue but must take an out in that batter’s place in the order if there is not a substitute player available. If an injury occurs and a team is left with only 8 players and no sub is available then an out will be recorded for the remainder of the game. NOTE: Once a game is started, any additions that are made are considered a substitution
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 the rest of the game 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.
- END OF GAME
In pool play games if the score is tied at the completion of 6 innings (8U-12U) or 7 innings (13U-18U) even if time limit has not been surpassed, the game will end in a tie.
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.. 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 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.
REPORTING OF SCORES
The winning team must input the final score of games immediately after completion of game. Scores can also be texted to 516-851-2612.
7u & 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.
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.
7u-10u- No balks
11u - One warning per pitcher
12u 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/SLIDING RULE
The base runner must slide or avoid contact at a base when a play is being made on him. He cannot interfere with a fielder making a play. His slide must be on a direct line between the bases. On the violation, the ball is dead, and the runner and the batter-runner are out. If an umpire decides a player’s approach to a base or home plate is malicious, the base runner may be ejected from the game. NOTE: This is an umpire’s judgment call. Because it is a judgment call it cannot be argued or protested.
HEAD FIRST SLIDE
7u-10u head first sliding is not permitted except back to a base.
11u 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
11u and above- Regular baseball rules apply
INFIELD FLY RULE
There is no infield fly rule for ages 7u-10u. Infield fly rule is in effect for ages 11u and above.
No tagging up in the 7u & 8u divisions. Tagging up permitted in all other divisions
Does not apply for ages 7u-10u, the batter is automatically out. 11u and above dropped 3rdstrike 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.
If weather comes into play, we will do everything we can to stay close to the original game schedule.
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 any player in the field try’s to pick off a player that is leading off a base, that ball is a live ball and the 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 in the field (4 outfielders)
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
- ALL POOL PLAY GAMES (IN ALL DIVISIONS) WILL HAVE A TIME LIMIT OF 1 HOUR & 50 MINUTES.
- Once the ground rules and lineup exchange are completed, the umpire will announce the start time after the pregame conference is complete. No inning may start after the time limit elapses, or six innings (7U-12U) or seven innings (13U-18U) are completed.
- ALL DIVISIONS: If a POOL PLAY game is tied after the innings limit or the time limit expires, that game will end in a tie.
- PLAYOFFS AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: Playoff games still have a time limit. All championship games will not have a time limit, however, once 8 full innings are completed in the 8U-12U divisions and 9 full innings are completed in the 13U-18U divisions, the game will go to the following tie breaker rules for both playoff and championship games:
1. The last 3 hitters from the previous inning will load the bases. The runners will be placed as follows:
- Last hitter from the previous inning at 1st base
- Hitter before him in the lineup at 2nd base
- Hitter before that in the lineup at 3rd base
2. Normal substitution rules apply to these runners.
3. The hitting team will start the inning with 1 out.
4. Play will continue like this until one team is ahead at the end of an inning
The following system will be used for advancing and seeding into
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, 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 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
3 game minimum tournaments
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COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR TOURNAMENTS
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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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