Rules

    GLOBAL SPORTS ALLIANCE, INC TOURNAMENTS
    AGE DETERMINATION CHART

2022 Season (AUGUST 1, 2021-JULY 31, 2022)
 
13U and above age groups will go by grad year or age of April 30th 2022
18U/2022 17U/2023 16U/2024 15U/2025 14U/2026 13u/2027
 
 
DIRECTIONS:
  • Match the month of your birthday with the year in which you were born.
  • Follow the row to the “AGE” column for your age group for the fall season.
FALL SEASON (AUGUST 1, 2021-JULY 31, 2022):
  • The age of a play on APRIL 30, 2022 will determine their eligibility age for the 2021 / 2022 season.
EXAMPLE:
A player born in Sept of 2007 will play in the 14u age group for the 2022 Season.
 
 
 
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
AGE
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
2014
2014
2014
2014
8u
2012
2012
2012
2012
2012
2012
2012
2012
2013
2013
2013
2013
9u
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2011
2012
2012
2012
2012
10u
2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2011
2011
2011
2011
11u
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
2009
2010
2010
2010
2010
12u
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2009
2009
2009
2009
13u
2007
2007
2007
2007
2007
2007
2007
2007
2008
2008
2008
2008
14u
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2007
2007
2007
2007
15u
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2006
2006
2006
2006
16u
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2005
2005
2005
2005
17u
2003
2003
2003
2003
2003
2003
2003
2003
2004
2004
2004
2004
18u

Machine Pitch Rules

 
 
Game Time Limits:
A.)  A complete game consists of six (6) innings or a game time limit of one hour and forty-five minutes (145), whichever is reached first.
B.)  Pool play games can end in a tie. 
C.)  Elimination games must be played out until there is winner.
D.)  In the event that an elimination game is tied after six (6) innings and the allotted time of one hour and forty-five minutes (145) has expired an “International Tie Breaker” will be put into play.  The last out of the previous inning will be placed on second base with no outs; and this will continue until a team has prevailed.
E.) All game times may be adjusted by the discretion of the site director.
 
Batting rule:
A.)  Teams may choose to bat their entire line-up or list nine, ten, eleven…and so on, with the remaining players listed as substitutions.  If a team lists eleven batters in its line-up, the eleventh batter listed will be used as an “extra defensive player” and is free to substitute freely throughout the game on defense.
 
Defensive Rule:
A.)  A maximum of ten (10) players will be on the field for defense.  If ten (10) are used, four (4) players must take positions in the outfield grass area.  Teams are not permitted to play with three (3) outfielders and position their forth (4th) outfielder as an extra infielder.
 
Coaching: 
A.)  The area directly in front of each dugout will ge considered the “coaches area”.  This area will run the length of the dugout and extend five feet out towards the playing field.  Each team may have one manager and one coach in this area during the game.  (Some fields do not allow buckets on the field so if your at such a location please respect that parks rules and either stand outside or go into the dugout to sit).  
B.)  No coach or manager may walk/down the foul line to coach or manage a player(s).  
C.)  Umpires will have the final “judgement” on awarding or taking away bases should a live ball come into contact with either a coach or any foreign objects that are brought onto the field, such as buckets, folding chairs or stools.
D.)  Each team may have a total of “four” (4) coaches in their dugout during a game.  You may have three coaches and a scorekeeper but not more than four in total.
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.
 
Ejection Rule:
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park, and may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director  and Tournament Director may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
 
Game Play:
A.)  Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players (the defensive team may option to add a fourth (4th) outfielder).  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player is considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard “MUST” be addressed prior to turning it into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once it has been handed to the umpire in chief.
B.)  An inning continues until the offensive team has scored five (5) runs or until the defensive team has recorded three (3) outs. 
C.)  Each batter will be given six (6) pitches, three (3) swings and missed attempts, or a fair hit ball.  Foul balls with two (2) strikes will continue until the batter has either put the ball in play or swung and missed for strike three (3).   
D.)  If the batter does not swing at the sixth pitch and it is deemed a “good pitch” the batter will be declared out on a strike out.
E.)  Any pitch declared a “bad pitch” by the umpire will not count towards the batter’s pitch count regardless of a swing and miss or non-swing.  No pitch can be declared “bad” until it has crossed home plate.
F.)  In the event that a batted ball hits the pitching machine and leaves the area of the machine, it will be a live ball and play will continue.  Should a batted ball hit the operator, the ball will be dead, the batter will be awarded first (1st) base and all runners will advance one (1) base only.
F.)  Under no circumstance will a player reach under, through or into the machine to retrieve a ball.  Should a batted ball come to rest under the pitching machine, get stuck in the pitching machine or any other scenario which may put any player at risk of injury, the umpire will immediately call out, “dead ball”.  The batter will be awarded first base and all runners will advance one (1) base.
G.) Faking a bunt then taking a full swing (butcher boy/slash play) is not permitted.  Penalty: It shall be an immediate dead ball whether or not contact is made. The batter is out and all runners shall return to base(s) occupied at the time of pitch.
H.)  Pitcher must occupy the mound with one (1) foot in the clay on either side of the pitching machine.  Pitchers may not leave the mound until the batter has made contact with the ball.
I.)  Stealing is permitted to second and third base only.  Runners may only attempt to steal once the ball has crossed home plate.  If a runner leaves early and is not put out he must return to his originating base.  Runners may only steal one base per play.  Runners “WILL NOT” be allowed to advance to an extra base on overthrown balls.  Should a runner advance past the one (1) base they are entitled they may be put out.
J.)  To end a play, the defense must stop the lead runner.  This may be accomplished by throwing the ball to the base ahead of the lead runner and either putting the runner out or forcing him to retreat to his last base established.  The defensive team may ask for time out only when all runners have stopped any attempts for advancement.  Time out will not be allowed if the umpire considers the play “live”.
K.)  The infield fly rule is not in effect.
L.)  A courtesy runner may be used for the catcher at any time as long as the courtesy runner being used is a substitute if available or the last recorded out.  The only exception is in the first inning when no outs have been recorded and no substitutes are available a courtesy runner may not be allowed and the catcher/pitcher must run until an out is recorded by the defense.
M.)  Intentional walks are allowed, however, you may only intentional walk the same batter once per game.
 
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements
 
Umpires:
A.)  There will only be one (1) umpire during pool play games.  Elimination games will have two (2) umpires. 
 
Pitching machine:
A.)  The pitching machine will be set between forty and forty-two (40-42) MPH, using the Blue Flame Pitching Machine by Louisville Slugger.
 
Scorekeeping:
A.)  The home team is responsible for the scorekeeping.  The umpire will also keep the game score and will be deemed the final decision on any and all score related issues.
 
Mercy/Run Rule:
A.)  A ten (10) run rule (or mercy rule) will be in effect after four (4) innings of play.
 
Protests:
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the site director.  Only then will the official game clock will be stopped.
C.)   All protest decisions are final.  The Site director and Tournament Director shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges. 
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire”
F.) Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play.  Higher seeds will have the option in bracket play.  The coin flip will also be used in all championship games.
 
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2021 MLB rules and guidelines.

7U – 8U Player Pitch Rules

 
Game Play:
A.)  Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players.  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player is considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard “MUST” be addressed prior to turning it into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once it has been handed to the umpire in chief.
B.)  There will be no balks in this division.
C.)  No leading off.  Runners must be on the base when the pitcher has come to a natural pitching position and cannot leave the base until the ball has crossed home plate.  If any runner leaves the base before the ball passes home plate, the umpire will return the runner back to his/her last base occupied. If the ball is put in play then no runner may advance more than one (1) base beyond the batter runners safely occupied base.
D.)  The infield fly rule is in effect.
E.)   On dropped third strikes with less than two outs and first base open, the batter must be put out.  If first base is occupied with less than two outs then the batter is automatically called out.  With two outs the batter/runner must be put out even if first base is occupied. 

F.) Runners may now advance from third to home on dropped third strikes, pass balls or wild pitches.

G.)  Pitching distance is forty-two (42) feet.
H.)  If an intentional walked is called for, the pitcher will not have to throw four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team’s manager may signal and point the runner to first base.  No players can make this call.
I.) Runners may only steal one (1) base per play.
 
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements.
 
Coaching: 
A.)  The area directly in front of each dugout will ge considered the “coaches area”.  This area will run the length of the dugout and extend five feet out towards the playing field.  Each team may have one manager and one coach in this area during the game.  (Some fields do not allow buckets on the field so if your at such a location please respect that parks rules and either stand outside or go into the dugout to sit).  
B.)  No coach or manager may walk/down the foul line to coach or manage a player(s).  
C.)  Umpires will have the final “judgement” on awarding or taking away bases should a live ball come into contact with either a coach or any foreign objects that are brought onto the field, such as buckets, folding chairs or stools.
D.)  Each team may have a total of “four” (4) coaches in their dugout during a game.  You may have three coaches and a scorekeeper but not more than four in total.
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.
 
Ejection Rule:
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park, and may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director  and Tournament Director may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
 
Scorekeeping:
A.)  The home team is responsible for the scorekeeping.  The umpire will also keep the game score and will be deemed the final decision on any and all score related issues.
 
Mercy/Run Rule:
A.)  A ten (10) run rule (or mercy rule) will be in effect after four (4) innings of play
 
Protests:
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the site director.  Only then will the official game clock will be stopped.
C.)  All protest decisions are final.  The Site director and Tournament Director shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges.
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire
F.) Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play.  Higher seeds will have the option in bracket play.  The coin flip will also be used in all championship games.
 
 
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2021 MLB rules and guidelines.

9U “Closed Base Rules”

 
Game Play:
A.)  Any team not ready to play at official game time will forfeit the game.  No game may start more than thirty minutes prior to its scheduled time, unless arranged by the site director. Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players.  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player will be considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard “Must” be addressed prior to turning into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once handed to the umpire in chief.
B.) Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play.  Higher seeds will have the option in bracket play.  The coin flip will also be used in all championship games.
C.)  There will be no balks in this division.
D.)  No leading off.  Runners must be on the base when the pitcher has come to a natural pitching position and cannot leave the base until the ball has left the pitchers hand. If any runner leaves the base before the ball releases the pitchers hand, the umpire will return the runner back to his/her last base occupied. If the ball is put in play then no runner may advance more than one (1) base beyond the batter runners safely occupied base.
E.)  The infield fly rule is in effect.
F.)  Batters/runners must be put out or forced out on all dropped or missed third strikes and runners may at their own peril seek to advance home on dropped or missed third (3rd) strikes.
G.)  Pitching distance is forty-six (46) feet with sixty (60) feet base path.
H.)  If an intentional walked is called for, the pitcher will not have to throw four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team’s manager may signal and point the runner to first base.  No players can make this call.
 
Fake a Bunt:
Faking a bunt then taking a swing or a “butcher boy/slash play” is not permitted.  Penalty: It is an immediate dead ball, regardless if contact is made or not. The batter is called out and all runners shall return to the base they occupied at the time of pitch.
 
Pitching Rule:
For all six (6) inning games, 12U and under, a pitcher cannot pitch more than twenty-seven (27) outs in a three-day tournament and no more than (18) outs in one day.  Violation of this rule will result in the Manager and player being ejected out of the game. The game will resume. Once removed, no pitcher may return to the pitchers position in the same game.
Please note, Pitchers may not wear on either hand; wrist bands, batting gloves and arm sleeves.  Regardless of color or style.
 
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements.
 
Coaching: 
A.)  The area directly in front of each dugout will ge considered the “coaches area”.  This area will run the length of the dugout and extend five feet out towards the playing field.  Each team may have one manager and one coach in this area during the game.  (Some fields do not allow buckets on the field so if your at such a location please respect that parks rules and either stand outside or go into the dugout to sit).  
B.)  No coach or manager may walk/down the foul line to coach or manage a player(s).  
C.)  Umpires will have the final “judgement” on awarding or taking away bases should a live ball come into contact with either a coach or any foreign objects that are brought onto the field, such as buckets, folding chairs or stools.
D.)  Each team may have a total of “four” (4) coaches in their dugout during a game.  You may have three coaches and a scorekeeper but not more than four in total.
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.
 
Ejection Rule:
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park, and may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director and Tournament Director may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
 
Run Rule:
9U, 10U, 11U and 12U, six (6) inning games: eight (8) runs after five (5) innings, ten (10) runs after four (4) innings and twelve (12) runs after three (3) innings.
 
Scorekeeping:
A.)  The home team is responsible for the scorekeeping.  The umpire will also keep the game score and will be deemed the final decision on any and all score related issues.
 
Protests:
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the site director.  Only then will the official game clock will be stopped.
C.)   All protest decisions are final.  The Site director and Tournament Director shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges.  
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire.
 
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2021 MLB rules and guidelines.

12U & Under Rules of Play

 
Game Play:
A.)  Any team not ready to play at official game time will forfeit the game.  No game may start more than thirty minutes prior to its scheduled time, unless arranged by the site director.  Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players.  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player is considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard “MUST” be addressed prior to turning it into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once it has been handed to the umpire in chief.
B.)  Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play and higher seeds in bracket play.  Coin flips will also be used to determine home team in all championships games.
A.)  Complete games consist of six (6) innings or a game time limit of one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45), whichever comes first.
B.)  Pool play games can end in a tie. 
C.)  Elimination games must be played out until there is winner.
D.)  In the event that an elimination game is tied after six (6) innings or the allotted time of one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45) has expired, the “International Tie Breaker” will be put into play.  This will put the last out of the previous inning on second base with no outs and play will continue until a team has prevailed.
E.) All championship games will have a time limit of two hours and fifteen minutes (2:15).  
F.)  Official games must consist of three complete innings, unless the home team is ahead going into the bottom of the third inning, in which case the home team will not need to bat and the game is official.
SUSPENDED / REGULATION GAMES POLICY
Games that do not make it to regulation (3 complete innings for a 6 inning game or 4 complete innings for a 7 inning game) due to weather / darkness will be considered a suspended game and will be resumed (if possible) from the point of suspension at the earliest time available. If there is not enough time to resume a suspended game, it will be considered complete and official at the end of the last complete inning. Below are some further points to help illustrate this policy:
Pool play / Consolation games:
If a game is suspended prior to being official and there is not enough time to resume – the game would be considered complete at the end of the last complete inning.  If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the game would stand as a tie.
Elimination games:
 A) If one inning hasn’t been completed and the game is suspended and there is not enough time to resume – the higher seed would advance to the next round.
B) If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the higher seed would advance
C) If tied at the end of the last complete inning and the two teams are the same seed from different divisions entering the game – we would revert back to the tie-breaking system in place
D) If the championship game starts and is not able to complete due to weather/darkness and there is no time to resume – the game would be considered official at the end of the last complete inning.
E) If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the higher seed will be named champions.

   

Protests:
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the tournament director.  Only then will the official game clock will be stopped.
C.)   All protest decisions are final.  The Site director and Tournament Director shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges.
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire”.
 
Coaching: 
A.)  The area directly in front of each dugout will be considered the “coaches area”.  This area will run the length of the dugout and extend five feet out towards the playing field.  Each team may have one manager and one coach in this area during the game.  (Some fields do not allow buckets on the field so if your at such a location please respect that parks rules and either stand outside or go into the dugout to sit).  
B.)  No coach or manager may walk/down the foul line to coach or manage a player(s).  
C.)  Umpires will have the final “judgement” on awarding or taking away bases should a live ball come into contact with either a coach or any foreign objects that are brought onto the field, such as buckets, folding chairs or stools.
D.)  Each team may have a total of “four” (4) coaches in their dugout during a game.  You may have three coaches and a scorekeeper but not more than four in total.
 
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.
 
Ejection Rule: 
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park, and may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director and Tournament may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
 
Run Rule:
8U, six (6) inning games: ten (10) runs after four (4) innings.
9U, 10U, 11U and 12U, six (6) inning games: eight (8) runs after five (5) innings, ten (10) runs after four (4) innings and twelve (12) runs after three (3) innings.
 
Metal Spikes:
Are not allowed in any division 12U and Under.
 
Contact Rule:
When a tag play is imminent, the runner must either slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder or catcher.  Runners advancing to a base standing up as to interfere with a throw may be put out for interference and the batter/runner may also be called out.  Runners may dive over, around and under the defensive player in an attempt to reach the base or plate safely.  “No excessive or malicious contact may be made”.
Malicious or excessive contact:  The runner will be called out and ejected from the game and depending on the severity of the play, he/she may also be suspended for the next game or disqualified from the remainder of the tournament.
 
Designated Hitter/Extra Hitter Rule:
Any team may use the DH rule for any player in their line-up.  (Please see the MLB DH Rule 6.10 for detailed definition of the rule).
The “Extra Hitter or Extra Player” rule allows any team to bat ten (10), eleven (11), twelve (12) and so on…., the EH/EP is free to substitute for any of the nine (9) defensive players on the field at any time.  The batting order does not change.  Any team batting their roster affords them the ability to bat their entire roster and have “free substitutions” on defense.  Should a player in the line-up be forced to leave the game for any reason and no legal substitutions are available, his/her spot will be an automatic out every time it comes up in the line-up.
 
Pitching Rule:
For all six (6) inning games, 12U and under, a pitcher cannot pitch more than twenty-seven (27) outs in a three-day tournament and no more than (18) outs in one day.  Violation of this rule will result in the Manager and player being ejected out of the game. The game will resume.  Once removed as a pitcher, they may not return to the pitchers position in the same game.
Please note, Pitchers may not wear on either hand; wrist bands, batting gloves and arm sleeves.  Regardless of color or style.
 
 
 
Bat Regulations: 
High school bat weight and length differential are waived for all 12 and under divisions.  Approved bats are those which are clearly marked with the 1.15 BPF or BBCOR; wood bats are also approved for play.
 
Fake a Bunt:
Faking a bunt then taking a swing or a “butcher boy/slash play” is not permitted.  Penalty: It is an immediate dead ball, regardless if contact is made or not. The batter is called out and all runners shall return to the base they occupied at the time of pitch.
 
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements.
 
Tie Games:
In the event that an elimination game is tied after six (6) innings or the allotted time of one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45) has expired, the “International Tie Breaker” will be put into play.  This will put the last out of the previous inning on second base with no outs and play will continue until a team has prevailed.
 
Courtesy Runner Rule:
A courtesy runner may be used for the catcher or pitcher at any time.  The courtesy runner must be a substitute not in the batting line-up.  If no substitutes are available then the last recorded out will be used.  The only exception is in the first inning where no outs have been recorded, in which case no courtesy runner may be used and the catcher/pitcher must run until an out is recorded by the defense.
Should a courtesy runner be on base when his/her at bat comes up, the offensive team may not replace the “courtesy runner” with another “courtesy runner” but rather his/her position in the lineup will be called out.
Should an illegal courtesy runner be used and the defensive team brings it to the umpires attention, no out shall be called but rather, the correct runner shall be inserted.  This can be done anytime before the runner scores.  Should the runner score and he/she is deemed an illegal runner, he/she will be called out and the run will not count.  **This must be done before the next pitched ball**
 
Intentional Walk rule:
If an intentional walk is called, the pitcher will not have to throw four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team’s manager may signal and point the runner to first base.  No players can make this call.
 
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2021 MLB rules and guidelines.

13U Through 18U Rules of Play

 
Game time limits:
A.)  Any team not ready to play at official game time will forfeit the game.  No game may start more than thirty minutes prior to its scheduled time, unless arranged by the site director. Teams consist of nine (9) defensive players.  A team may start and play the game with eight (8) players, however the ninth (9) player is considered an out each and every time his/her spot comes to bat in the line-up.  No team may add a player to their line up once the official score card has been turned in to the umpire in chief.  Any errors to the scorecard “MUST” be addressed prior to turning it into the umpire in chief.  It becomes an “official game card” once it has been handed to the umpire in chief.
B.)  Home team will be determined by a coin flip in pool play and higher seeds in bracket play.  Coin flips will also be used to determine home team in all championships games.
A.)  Complete games will consist of six (7) innings or a game time limit of one hour and forty-five minutes (145), whichever comes first.
B.)  Pool play games can end in a tie. 
C.)  Elimination games must be played out until there is winner.
D.)  In the event that an elimination game is tied after six (7) innings or the allotted time of one hour and forty-five minutes (145) has expired the “International Tie Breaker” will be put into play.  This will put the last out of the previous inning on second base with no outs and play will continue until a team has prevailed.
E.) All championship games will have a time limit of two hours and fifteen minutes (2:15).  
F.)  Official games must consist of three complete innings, unless the home team is ahead going into the bottom of the third inning, in which case the home team will not need to bat and the game is official.
SUSPENDED / REGULATION GAMES POLICY
Games that do not make it to regulation (3 complete innings for a 6 inning game or 4 complete innings for a 7 inning game) due to weather / darkness will be considered a suspended game and will be resumed (if possible) from the point of suspension at the earliest time available. If there is not enough time to resume a suspended game, it will be considered complete and official at the end of the last complete inning. Below are some further points to help illustrate this policy:
Pool play / Consolation games:
If a game is suspended prior to being official and there is not enough time to resume – the game would be considered complete at the end of the last complete inning.  If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the game would stand as a tie.
Elimination games:
 A) If one inning hasn’t been completed and the game is suspended and there is not enough time to resume – the higher seed would advance to the next round.
B) If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the higher seed would advance
C) If tied at the end of the last complete inning and the two teams are the same seed from different divisions entering the game – we would revert back to the tie-breaking system in place
D) If the championship game starts and is not able to complete due to weather/darkness and there is no time to resume – the game would be considered official at the end of the last complete inning.
E) If tied at the end of the last complete inning – the higher seed will be named champions.
 
Protests:
A.)  All protests must be raised verbally by the offended team manager at the time of play and before the next pitch.
B.)  A fee of $100.00 in cash (refunded if protest is upheld) must accompany the protest and be remitted to the tournament director.  Only then will the official game clock be stopped.
C.)   All protest decisions are final.  The Site director and Tournament Director shall comprise the protest committee for all rule challenges. 
D.)  Should the protest be upheld, the fee will be returned to the protesting team manager and play will resume.
E.)  Only decisions involving the misinterpretation or misapplication of a rule may be protested.  No protests shall be allowed in situations involving the “judgement of an umpire”
 
Coaching: 
A.)  The area directly in front of each dugout will ge considered the “coaches area”.  This area will run the length of the dugout and extend five feet out towards the playing field.  Each team may have one manager and one coach in this area during the game.  (Some fields do not allow buckets on the field so if your at such a location please respect that parks rules and either stand outside or go into the dugout to sit).  
B.)  No coach or manager may walk/down the foul line to coach or manage a player(s).  
C.)  Umpires will have the final “judgement” on awarding or taking away bases should a live ball come into contact with either a coach or any foreign objects that are brought onto the field, such as buckets, folding chairs or stools.
D.)  Each team may have a total of “four” (4) coaches in their dugout during a game.  You may have three coaches and a scorekeeper but not more than four in total.
**Please note that COACHES or PLAYERS may not call “time-out”, they may only ask and the umpire at his discretion may call an official time out.
 
Ejection Rule:
Any player or coach ejected from any game will have to leave the park and  may only return for their next scheduled game.  They may not return to that field even after the final out is recorded and the game is official completed.  Depending on the nature of the ejection, the Site Director and Tournament Director may extend the ejection for the next game or suspend them for the remainder of the tournament.
 
Run Rule:
13U through 18U, seven (7) inning games:  eight (8) runs after five (5) innings, ten (10) runs after four (4) innings and fifteen (15) runs after three (3) innings.
 
Metal Spikes:
Are allowed in any division 13U and over.
 
Contact Rule:
When a tag play is imminent, the runner must either slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder or catcher.  Runners advancing to a base standing up as to interfere with a throw may be put out for interference and the batter/runner may also be called out.  Runners may dive over, around and under the defensive player in an attempt to reach the base or plate safely.  “No excessive or malicious contact may be made”.
Malicious or excessive contact:  The runner will be called out and ejected from the game.  Depending on the severity of the play, he/she may also be suspended for the next game or disqualified from the remainder of the tournament.
 
Designated Hitter/Extra Hitter Rule:
Any team may use the DH rule for any player in their line-up.  (Please see the MLB DH Rule 6.10 for detailed definition of the rule)
The “Extra Hitter or Extra Player” rule allows any team to bat ten (10), eleven (11), twelve (12) and so on…., the EH/EP is free to substitute for any of the nine (9) defensive players on the field at any time.  The batting order does not change.  Any team batting their roster affords them the ability to bat their entire roster and have “free substitutions” on defense.  Should a player in the line-up be forced to leave the game for any reason and no legal substitutions are available, his/her spot will be an automatic out every time it comes up in the line-up.
 
Pitching Rule:
For all seven (7) inning games, 13U and under, a pitcher cannot pitch more than thirty (30) outs in a three-day tournament and no more than twenty-one (21) outs in one day.  Violation of this rule will result in the Manager and player being ejected out of the game. The game will resume.   Once removed, no pitcher may return to the pitchers position in the same game.  14U and older have no restrictions on the amount of outs a pitcher may throw.  Once a pitcher is romoved fromt the pitchers position, he/she may not return to pitch in that game.
Please note, Pitchers may not wear on either hand; wrist bands, batting gloves and or arm sleeves.  Regardless of color or style.
 
Bat Regulations: 
High school bat weight and length differential are waived for all 13 and under divisions with a maximum drop weight of -8 on all bats.  Approved bats are those which are clearly marked with the 1.15 BPF or BBCOR.  The 14U, 16U and 18U divisions are required to meet all high school bat specifications (BBCOR); wood bats are also approved for play. 
 
Re-entry Rule:
Starters can re-enter only one (1) time in a game.  Starters and substitutes are “married” to each other for the re-entry requirements.  **Once a pitcher is removed from the pitchers position, he/she may not return to pitch in the same game.**
 
Tie Games:
In the event that an elimination game is tied after seven (7) innings or the allotted time of one hour and forty five minutes (145) has expired the “International Tie Breaker” will be put into play.  This will put the last out of the previous inning on second base with no outs and play will continue until a team has prevailed
 
Courtesy Runner Rule:
A courtesy runner may be used for the catcher or pitcher at any time.  The courtesy runner must be a substitute not in the batting line-up.  If no substitutes are available then the last recorded out will be used.  The only exception is in the first inning where no outs have been recorded, in which case no courtesy runner may be used and the catcher/pitcher must run until an out is recorded by the defense.
Should a courtesy runner be on base when his/her at bat comes up, the offensive team may not replace the “courtesy runner” with another “courtesy runner” but rather his/her position in the lineup will be called out.
Should an illegal courtesy runner be used and the defensive team brings it to the umpires attention, no out shall be called but rather, the correct runner shall be inserted.  This can be done anytime before the runner scores.  Should the runner score and he/she is deemed and illegal runner, he/she will be called out and the run will not count.  **This must be done before the next pitched ball**
 
Intentional Walk rule:
If an intentional walked is called for the pitcher will not have to throw four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team’s manager may signal and point the runner to first base.  No players can make this call.
 
***IMPORTANT NOTE***:  any rule or rules not specifically outlined within shall fall under the 2021 MLB rules and guidelines.
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