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TEAM SPORTS TOURNAMENTS RULES, POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 
 
A. Player Guidelines
 

In age divisions 14 and below, the player’s age on April 30th determines the player’s eligible age division for the current season. Players can play up an age division but can never play down.

For high school divisions 15U – 18U, participation is based on age and high school grade. High school divisions ( 15u, 16u, 17u and 18u ) have a grade exception rule based on one age up. For example, a 16-year old freshman can play in the 15U - Freshman age division—but not a 17-year old. Age is always first – 15u is 15u – but if you are a freshmen and 16 yrs old, not 17 yrs old, you are eligible to play 15u – Freshmen and so on throughout the High School Division

  • 15U – HS Freshman/Sixteenth
  • 16U – HS Sophomore/Seventeenth
  • 17U – HS Junior/Eighteenth
  • 18U – HS Senior/Nineteenth

 

B. Tournament Guidelines
 
  1. Our Tournaments will use the “Pool Play” format. Teams will be placed in pools where they will play a round-robin within their pool or age group. There will be a 3 game minimum or 4 game minimum depending upon the tournament advertisement. If there are less than 8 teams in a particular age group all teams may be placed in 1 pool or 2 pools that have an unequal number of teams and play a preliminary pool play round consisting of 2 games. Under this scenario teams will be seeded after the 2 games and play a single elimination tournament to achieve the champion.
  2. After pool-play is completed the tournament director will establish a championship play format and possibly a Consolation format to achieve the game minimum for that particular tournament.
    • Tie Breaking Rules are noted in rule 18
  3. The Tournament Director reserves the right to alter the playing format in the event of inclement weather or other unplayable conditions or other events that may arise.
  4. Cancellation policies – should the tournament,  or a particular age group be cancelled prior to the start date and no games are played -- teams will receive a full refund.  Should the tournament start and is cancelled due to weather or some other reason the following refund policy applies --- this policy applies to either a 3 game or 4 game minimum advertised event - no exceptions.  Teams will also have the option of using their refund plus $100 discount ( if less than the tournament entry fee ) to enter another Team Sports Tourament Event.
    • 0 games played 75% refund
    • 1 game played 50% refund
    • 2 games played 0 % refund
  5. Rain-Out Info: Each team must show up 1 hour before their scheduled game time and be ready to play 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. As a general rule, if your pool game is rained out or cancelled we will move to the next game on the schedule and so forth until we can get the games started. The Tournament Director will attempt to give a 1 hr notice if conditions prevent play. The cancelled or rained out game will be made up at the end of the pool play schedule if time permits. The Tournament Director will inform managers or coaches of cancelled games – parents will not be given any information and please don’t be offended if the Tournament Director refuses to speak to a parent regarding any situation that may occur.
  6. Updates can found on the web site at www.ohiobaseball.com or by calling THE WEATHER LINE which will have updated tournament information – please give this information to all members of your team so they can be made aware of schedule changes and cancellations.
     
  7. Early Starts – As stated in Rule # 5 each team must show up and be ready to play 1 hour before their scheduled game time. If the situation permits and games are ahead of schedule the umpire has the right to start the next game 30 minutes early. For example if it is 12:00pm and game time is 1:00pm and previous game has ended the umpire has the authority to start at 12:30pm
  8. Tournament Director reserves the right to alter Tournament Rules with advance notice to teams.
  9. Each team must submit a roster before their first game – there will be no additions to this roster after the start of your first game.
  10. The roster must include a coach’s cell phone number. This will be the number the Tournament Director will use to contact your team. If teams are staying at a local hotel the hotel must be identified and a hotel phone number must be on the roster.
  11. The Tournament Director needs verification of medical coverage for the players on your roster. We have included a Hold Harmless Agreement that each manager must sign. By signing the Hold Harmless Agreement you acknowledge that you have individual medical insurance coverage for your players on the roster you submit to the Tournament Director. This Hold Harmless Agreement must accompany your roster and be submitted before the start of your first game.
  12. If your team does not comply with rule numbers 9, 10 , and 11 above prior to the start of the first game your game may be a forfeit.
  13. All players participating shall have a photocopy of their birth certificate in the possession of their manager. Failure to have the above upon demand will result in the offending team losing the game and the player being ejected from the tournament.
  14. The consumption of alcohol is prohibited at all fields, and viewing areas. There also will be no alcohol consumed in any parking lots of fields or facilities that are used by Team Sports Tournaments. The only exception to this rule is if the facility is a Privately Owned Facility / Park at which time it is at the owners descretion to serve alcohol and concession items. If that is indeed the case the consumption of alcohol will be limited to the area designated by the property owner. Team Sports Tournaments does not have a liquor license and does not profit from any sale of alcohol or concessions at private facilities - the license, sale and profit are strictly owned by the property ownership. Failure to comply with this policy will result in dismissal from the park and possible team suspension from the tournament with no refund. The park rules will used as it pertains to smoking.
  15. PLEASE BE WARNED – Our tournament has “zero tolerance” for any physical or verbal confrontations by players, coaches, fans or anyone else. Upon the first violation, the violating party shall be removed from the facility for the remainder of the tournament.
  16. Insufficient Funds: A $30 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
  17. NO Pregame infield is permitted – this will allow the ground crew to ready the field for the next game. The only exception would be for Showcase events where scouts will request teams take a pre game infield warm up session.
  18. Tie Breaking Procedures:
    The following rules determine which teams advance out of their pools.

    A. Once a tie is broken with three or more teams, teams advance to the next tie breaker rule until the tie is broken. There is no going back to the previous tie-breaker

    B. Tie breakers

    1. Win-Loss Record
    2. Head to Head ( will be considered only if all teams tied have played each other )
    3. Fewest Runs Allowed
    4. Highest Run Differential -- Note: This calculation is determined by taking total runs scored minus total runs allowed. The maximum run differential per game is +8 or –8.
    5. Runs Scored
    6. Coin Flip C. When three or more teams are tied, fewest runs allowed in all pool play games are used in determining all three places. If there is still a three-way tie, the highest run differential is used to determine who advances.
  19. D. When a three-way tie is broken, and the remaining two teams are tied with runs allowed, the next tie breaker is highest run differential in all games - we move forward not back to break the tie

    Rules of the Game

    Local Playing Rules

    All playing rules not locally covered shall be governed by The Rules of Major League Baseball – these can found on line at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/foreword.jsp. The following local tournament rules will apply:

  20. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT TEAMS HUSTLE ON AND OFF THE FIELD ( IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY GAMES DON’T MAKE IT TO COMPLETION WATCH THE TIME IT TAKES BETWEEN INNINGS ). IF IN THE UMPIRES JUDGEMENT THERE IS LACK OF EFFORT FOR TEAMS TO TAKE THEIR POSITIONS ON THE FIELD A BALL CAN BE CALLED ON THE BATTER TO START THE INNING. IF THIS CONTINUES HE CAN GO TO BALL 2 AND SO ON UNTIL HE FEELS THE EFFORT IS BEING MADE.
  21. A. Teams can bat a nine-player lineup, a 10-player lineup using an extra hitter (EH), or roster bat all present uniformed players. The lineup must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.

    If a team uses a lineup that contains 10 players, the player in the EH position, while not actually playing a defensive position, is treated as such for substitution purposes.

    If a team chooses to roster bat, then all players other than the nine defensive position players are extra hitters and can move freely in defensive positions.

    B. In the 15u – 18u age divisions a DH may also be used. The team is permitted to use either or both the EH and DH.

  22. In the 9 and 10-year old division – a dropped third strike by the catcher will be counted as an out. However the ball is not dead and base runners may advance at their own risk.***There will be Lead offs at 9u and 10u. The 9u and 10u division will play Major League Rules with regard to leading off and stealing bases.
  23. Balks – 9u – 12u – 1 warning per pitcher. 13u – 14u 1 warning per team. 15u – 18u – NO balk warning. We  WILL  USE THE NEW MLB 3RD TO 1ST BALK RULE  in 2016 and moving forward.
  24. Courtesy runner for pitcher or catcher at any time is allowed. It must be a player not currently in the line-up. If there are no players available on the bench then last out made is used. Runner cannot be the same for both pitcher and catcher.
  25. 9u - 15u Pool games will have a 2-hour time limit – 16u - 18u Pool Games will have a 2 hr and 15 min time limit. NO inning can start after the 2-hour or 2hr and 15min limitation – however once started the inning must finish. There will be 2 hr 15 min time limit in the Championship Round for all age groups ( Quarter Finals, Semi Finals ) -- THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WILL HAVE 2 hr 45 min time limit – Consolation Rounds will remain at 2 hrs for all age groups. The Umpire will verify start time with the home scorebook. The umpire’s watch then becomes the official time and it is his decision when the 2 hour limit is reached. The clock starts once grounds rules are completed. The 2 hr limit must be reached before the last out of the current inning, not before the first pitch of the next inning to have reached the time limit – example ( the last is recorded at 1 hr 59 min. we are playing another inning ) If the game is tied after the time limit has expired – we will use the “Texas Shootout” format to determine a winner. Texas Shootout – 1 full inning – home team remains home team. Inning starts with runner on 2nd base, 3-2 count on the batter, and all ensuing batters, and NO outs. Play 3 outs – both teams bat. If after a full inning is played the game remains tied – we will play a second inning under the same format and so on until a winner is decided. The Texas Shootout innings count toward innings pitched
  26. Run rule is 15 after 3 innings, 10 after 4 innings, and 8 after 5 in all games. This includes the Championship Round
  27. The following pitching rules will apply – 7 innings per game max – 10 innings max for the tournament. In the 8u 9u, 10u and 11u divisions the per game max is 4 innings with 8 innings max for the tournament.. There are no pitching rules or limitations at 15u, 16u, 17u, or 18u. I trust at this level of play the Coaches have the player's best interest in mind ?? We will use thirds (one out is 1/3 – 1 pitch will be a 1/3 even if an out is not recorded) In the case of a double or triple play there is no penalty for exceeding innings pitched. Please understand that pitch counts should be observed and are more important than innings pitched.

    Penalty for exceeding innings pitched – the manager is removed from the game - and the game will proceed from the point where the violation occurred.

  28. Metal spikes are allowed in the 13-18 age groups – ages 8-12 must use rubber or plastic molded spikes.
  29. GAMES WILL BE SEVEN INNINGS FOR AGES 12U – 18U AND 6 INNINGS FOR 8U – 11U.
  30. A flip of a coin between the two teams determines the home team for each pool play game. For bracket play games, the highest seed is home team, including the championship game unless seeds were not used then a coin flip will decide home team.
  31. Base Distances/Pitching Distances
    • 9u – 10u 65/46
    • 11u – 12u 70/50
    • 13u – 14u 80/54
    • 14u – 18u 60/90
  32. A legal slide can be either feet first or head first. If a runner slides feet first, at least one leg and buttock must be on the ground. If a runner slides, he or she must slide within the reach of the base with either a hand or a foot.

    Runners are never required to slide, but if a runner elects to slide, the slide must be legal.

    If a tag play is imminent, the runner should slide or seek to avoid contact. Jumping over a player is not considered an act of avoidance.

    No player can initiate malicious contact. It is the umpire’s judgment call that determines whether the contact is malicious.

    PENALTY: The player initiating malicious contact is removed from the game. Note: There can be a collision where both players go head over heels that is not malicious contact. The key for malicious contact is intent. Umpires must ask themselves when making the call, “Did the runner deliberately or intentionally run into the fielder to break up the play or cause harm to the fielder?” If the answer is yes, then you have malicious contact, if the answer is no, then it is a clean play and you have nothing. Umpires must be careful when making this call to avoid ejecting players if the intent is not there. Keep in mind that the younger ages are just learning the game, and sometimes there is contact by the runner not sliding and running into the catcher. Remember, the key word is intent.

    If a defensive player is obstructing the runner (judgment call by the umpire), contact by the runner is not illegal unless it is malicious.

  33. Once a pitcher leaves the pitching position (mound) for 1 pitch – he cannot return as a pitcher for the remainder of the game
  34. Bats must be made of an approved material and be smooth and round. There are no bat restrictions in the 9u – 13u divisions. In the 14u division only minus 5 or minus 3 bats area allowed. If a 14u (60/90) team plays up at 15u they must use a minus 3 - BBCOR certified bat.  They will be held to the high school bat restriction rule - 15u and 18u will use the Ohio High School Bat Restriction – minus 3 with a BBCOR Cerification. Any bat - non wood - must be stamped BBCOR for 15u - 18u -- BESR Ceritified Bats are not legal - must be BBCOR Ceritified. All Wood Bats are acceptable - including Wood Composite
  35. Protest fee $100 – cash only. The game will be delayed and a ruling made immediately by the Tournament director. If protest is won $100 will be returned, if you lose the protest you will forfeit your $100.
  36. Intentional walks – no pitches need to be thrown.
  37. Re-entry Rule – a starting player may re-enter the game one time in their original batting order. Substitutes may not re-enter the game once removed.
  38. Players may only be on one roster per tournament, and can only play for 1 team in the tournament violation will result in games forfeited.
  39. Games suspended will begin where they left off. Suspended games can be due to darkness or weather. However, if 4 innings are complete or 3 ½ if the home team is leading the game is considered official. In 6 innings games 3 innings or 2 ½ if the home team is leading. All games called before these limits are reached are considered suspended.
  40. Game time is forfeit time. Teams may start with 8 players and when the 9th player shows he can be inserted into the game in the 9th spot in the batting order. If a team forfeits a game during the tournament they are not permitted to move to on to any Championship Round games - they will be allowed to play Consolation Round Games. All Forfeits will be recorded as 1 - 0.
  41. If a team drops below nine players due to injury, no automatic out is recorded. If a team drops below nine eligible players due to an ejection or any reason other than injury and leaves the game, an automatic out is declared in the batting order position of the player that left the game unless there is an eligible substitute.

    If a team drops below eight players for any reason, the game is ruled a forfeit and is not rescheduled.

  42. Catchers must be properly equipped – umpires discretion.
  43. Batting team is required to retrieve foul balls and HR’s and returns game balls to the umpire – you hit it you get it.
  44. MANDATORY RULE – YOU WILL CLEAN YOUR DUGOUT AFTER YOUR GAME. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN A FORFEIT. WE ARE NOT HERE TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR TEAM.
  45. EJECTIONS - PLAYERS, COACHES, SPECTATORS --- IF ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED ARE EJECTED FROM A GAME THAT PERSON WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE CURRENT GAME AND IF IN THE UMPIRE'S OR SITE DORECTOR'S JUDGEMENT THE VIOLATION THAT CAUSED THE EJECTION IS DEEMED TO BE OF A FLAGRANT OR MALICIOUS NATURE THAT PERSON WILL ALSO BE REMOVED FOR THE FOLLOWING GAME.
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