Official Tournament Rules
14u-19u Age Divisions
Age Eligibility: A player’s age for participation in particular Divisions for all tournaments shall be the same as their age on April 30th in the current calendar year; ( i.e. if a player is 16 on or before April 30 they are eligible for the 16u Division), same format for all Divisions.
Home team: For Pool Play games, a coin flip will take place prior to the game. (Exception- If a team is hosting on their field, they will automatically be the home team) During Bracket Play the higher seeded team will be home team.
Tie Breaking Procedures:
- Win/Loss- Winning Percentage
- Head To Head
- IF Three or more teams are tied:
- Mini Standings between three teams
- Winning percentage between three teams of common opponents
- Runs Allowed
- Run Difference (Runs Scored-Runs Allowed)
Uniforms: Players are required to wear a traditional baseball uniform; all jerseys must have numbers, duplicate numbers are NOT allowed, the manager and coaches may wear shorts, wind breakers, jackets or alternate jerseys. DRESSING ON THE FIELD OR DUGOUT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
Helmets: Batters are required to wear a standard batting helmet with appropriate ear-flaps.
Bats: 14u-19u will use wood or wood composite bats.
Ruling: Players utilizing an illegal bat shall be declared OUT; runners will be returned to the base they occupied at the time the pitch prior to discovery, (all other outs recorded during the at-bat shall stand), discovery of the illegal bat must occur prior to the next batter’s first pitch.
Baseballs: Each team will provide two (2) new baseballs to start the game; (each team is responsible to return foul balls from their side of the field).
TEAM COMPORTMENT: Any Manager, Coach, Player, Scorekeeper, or Trainer ejected is required to leave the playing facility immediately. (Manager’s responsibility)
If ejected, you may NOT return to the playing facility until the umpires have left the playing facility; failure to obey this rule will result in suspension from the entire tournament.. Confronting the umpires after completion of the game will NOT be tolerated. Anyone ejected will NOT have to sit out the next game unless he/she is ruled to do so by a USABF tournament official. Anyone ejected a second time during the same tournament WILL be suspended the following game. A third ejection will result in suspension from any remaining games. The USABF defines a suspension as NOT being able to be present at any playing facility; failure to obey this rule will result in your team’s disqualification.
PITCHING RULES: Pitchers are NOT restricted to a maximum number of innings during a tournament. Pitchers moved to other positions may return to pitch; but NOT in the same inning. Pitchers may go to their mouth while on the dirt circle but must, in the umpire’s judgment wipe prior to touching the baseball. Failure to wiping will result in a BALL to the batter and the baseball shall be replaced.
PRE-GAME MEETING: Shall be conducted 5 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. Managers are required to attend. Line-up cards shall be reviewed and approved by the plate umpire. NO changes are allowed after approval, any team members (substitutes) NOT listed on the line-up card are considered ineligible for that game. NO addition of substitutes shall be allowed after the first pitch of the game.
RE-ENTRY: Starters may re-enter ONCE.
DESIGNATED HITTER (DH): One DH for any player per team; the DH is a starter. If entered at a defensive position the DH is terminated.
EXTRA HITTER (EH): One EH per team; the EH is a starter. The EH is treated as a free-sub who bats; if the EH is placed at a defensive position then the player being removed from the field becomes the EH; they switch designations; the batting order does NOT change.
Example: The EH is batting 4th; a DH is used for the pitcher (batting 7th); later in the game the EH is put in to pitch. Ruling: The original EH becomes the pitcher and continues to bat 4th, the original DH or pitcher (manager’s choice) becomes the EH and continues to bat 7th - they switch designations; this particular move also terminates the DH.
Teams using an EH (10 player line-up) must finish the game batting 10 players; if a player is injured or ejected and the team does not have any substitutes the EH may play a defensive position; each time the injured or ejected player’s turn at bat is reached an out will be recorded. Teams must have 9 defensive players on the field to continue playing; if not, they forfeit the game.
COLLISION RULE: When a collision between a runner and a fielder (who is clearly in possession of the ball) occurs - Umpires judge the following: 1) was the collision avoidable (could the runner have reached the base/plate without colliding) or un-avoidable (the runner’s path to the base/plate was blocked) and 2) was the runner attempting to reach the base/plate or attempting to dislodge the ball.
Ruling: If the runner; a) could have avoided the collision, or b) attempted to dislodge the ball; the runner shall be declared out; even if the fielder loses possession of the ball, dead ball and all other runners shall return to the last based touched prior to the collision. Not all collisions result in ejection; however, MALICIOUS CONTACT always results in an out and ejection - UMPIRE JUDGEMENT.
GAME - PACE PROCEDURES:
Intentional Walk: Time shall be called; inform the plate umpire, NO pitches are necessary.
Courtesy Runners: Courtesy runners may be used for the pitcher and catcher at any time; any player NOT in the game at that time or if a team has only the minimum number of players (9/10) then the player who made the last out shall be the runner, courtesy may NOT be removed from the bases to pinch-hit.
Time Limit and Run - Rule:
7 - Innings: (14u-19u) no new inning after 2 hours and a 8-run-rule after 4 ½ or 5 innings.
Championship Games: Time limits do NOT apply but run-rules DO apply.
Inclement Weather Procedures:
In the case of inclement weather a game will be considered completed if the “home” team is ahead after 2.5 innings or 3 completed innings played. The score at the time of completion will be the FINAL score.