General Prior to ALL games both teams will line up on their respective base lines near home plate. The Home team coach should get out in between home plate and the mound and lead this. They should ask everyone to rise (including fans). He/She should explain what everyone will do below: 1) Take a 30 second moment of silence for pediatric cancer patients throughout the world 2) Say the Pledge of Allegiance
If you have a patient ambassador in attendance you can also have them throw out the first pitch.
You must pay umpires in cash at the home plate conference prior to the game. Umpire pay is: - 8u - 10u- $25 per team, per game * $50 per team per game for semifinals and finals (2 umpires) - 11u - 15u- $45 per team, per game for pool play * $60 per team, per game for bracket play (longer games)
Unless otherwise specified in this document, ages 8-12U will abide by NVTBL rules. www.NVTBL.org Ages 13U through adult will abide by NFHS rules.
There are NO PROTESTS! The umpire’s decision will be final. It’s important that all participating teams remember the purpose of this tournament.
Players may not play on more than one team in this tournament.
Forfeits will be scored as 4 - 0.
A coach or parent ejected from a game is disqualified for remainder of the tournament and shall not be present at the game site for the game. A player ejected from a game will be disqualified for his/her team’s next game, as well.
Only wood bats are permitted for 9u, 10u wood, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, JV. Composite wood bats are allowed but the entire bat must be wood.
In Pool Play, the coin flip determines home/visitors. Home team is in 1B dugout for all games.
In Bracket Play, the higher seed will choose if they want home or visitors. Home team is in 1B dugout for all games.
There is a 10-run Mercy Rule at all levels of play. For 6-inning games, the team that is behind must receive at least four at bats. For 7-inning (and Adult Division) games, the team that is behind must receive at least five at bats.
Pool Play games have No New Inning at 1 hour 30 minutes. Ties are allowed.
Bracket Play games have No New Inning at 2 hours. There must be a winner, so play may continue if the score is tied at the end of the inning at the 2-hour mark.
Both coaches should ask umpire for official start time for each game prior to first pitch.
The first pitch should be thrown within 2 minutes of the last out being made of the previous half inning. Coaches should make every effort to hustle players on and off the field in between innings. There shall be no extended meetings on the way out to the field for defense. If a coach or team is seen deliberately stalling in between innings then the tournament committee may bring about action against that team.
Tournament championship games have no time limit.
No pre-game infield is allowed. Prior to their game, a team may warm up by the field or in the outfield, if it’s available.
Once a pitcher has been removed from the mound by a coach, he may not reenter the game as a pitcher.
There is no DH. Teams are permitted to bat anywhere between 9 players and their entire line-up (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15...). If a team bats its entire lineup, they are entitled to free defensive substitutions. All players in the batting order are considered in the line-up and are available for free defensive substitutions. Any player in the line-up are limited to tournament play rules where a starter may re-enter the game once and substitutes, once removed, may not reenter. No player may ever change spots in the batting order.
Once the batting order has been presented to the plate umpire, it cannot be changed.
No team will be charged an out should a player be forced from the lineup due to an injury or illness. A sub (legal or illegal) may be put into their spot.
Teams may play with eight players at anytime during the game in the event of an injury or missing players. If a 9th player appears, he must be added to the bottom of the order.
A courtesy runner is permitted for the pitcher or catcher at anytime. If you have a legal substitute, then one of those players must run. If batting the entire order, the runner must be the last recorded out. The same player cannot run for both the pitcher and the catcher over the course of a game.
A base runner will be called out for a head-first slide into home plate.
Base runners must slide or avoid contact. If contact occurs and the umpire determines the contact to be accidental, then the runner will be declared out. If the umpire determines that contact was malicious, the runner will be declared out and will be ejected from the game.
Coaches may be positioned within 8' of the dugout entrance when their team is on defense.
On deck batters are permitted behind the hitter at 8u - 12u. On deck batters are permitted on their dugout side at 13u - 16u.
TIE-BREAKERS - Won/Loss Record (3 - 0 team will be seeded higher than a 2 - 0 team if there is an odd number of teams in a pool) - Head to Head (if more than 2 teams are tied and haven't played each other then it goes to next tie breaker) - Runs Allowed (avg. per game) - Runs Scored (avg. per game) - Coin Toss
Coaches may warm-up pitchers between innings.
Coaches should have the following with them at all times for games: - Team Roster for tournament - Copies of birth certificates for all players - Pitching affidavit
All teams must bring their tournament pitching affidavit to the plate conference. Pitching affidavit file is at bottom of this page. The coach is responsible to make sure that the opposing coach signed their affidavit with the innings pitched of each of their players after each game. If a coach loses an affidavit and doesn't bring it to the plate conference then the penalty is that no player can pitch more than 1 inning in that game for their team. If a new affidavit can be made up per the tournament committees coordination of previous games then we will make every effort to do so without penalties.
Pitchers rest rules for all age levels: - Pitching 6 or more innings in a day then pitcher needs 3 days rest - Pitch 4 innings in a day and pitcher needs 2 days rest - Pitch 3 innings in a day and pitcher needs 1 days rest
One pitch thrown in an inning counts as 1 inning.
If a coach violates an innings pitched or days rest rule then the tournament committee will have every right to consider that game a forfeit.
Baseballs- Teams may use the KK supplied logo'd baseballs or a double core cushioned center ball that is a Wilson 1030 equivalent or better. Teams supply baseballs at home plate conference equally.
The winning coach must report all scores within 1 hour of the game ending to: https://fs12.formsite.com/SportsPlus/form173/index.html
8U & 9U Rules
8u is metal bat in 2016. Coaches can agree to use wood bat for pool play games (only if both coaches agree to use wood bats).
8u- 5 runs per inning max thru the 5th inning. 6th inning is unlimited runs.
8u- players cannot score on passed balls.
8u- there will be 4 outfielders.
There are no limit on catchers innings as it relates to pitching.
All games are 6 innings. Games will be played on a 46/60 field and last six innings (if time permits).
No balks will be called.
No dropped third strike.
When a pitcher is in contact with the pitcher’s plate and in possession of the ball and the catcher is in the catcher’s box ready to receive delivery of the ball, base runners shall not leave their bases until the ball has been delivered and has reached home plate.
A base runner that has been determined to have left early or improperly advanced will be returned to the base from which he/she came.
A pitcher may not throw more than 4 innings in one day. Pitchers are limited to a total of 8 innings for the tournament. Pitchers rest rules from above apply.
Games will be played on a 46/65' field and last six innings (if time permits).
There is a metal and wood bat division in 2016.
Balks will be called. Each pitcher is entitled to one warning.
A pitcher may not throw more than 6 innings in one day. Pitchers are limited to a total of 9 innings for the tournament. Pitchers rest rules from above apply.
11U & 12U Rules
Games will be played on a 50/70' field and last six innings (if time permits).
Balks will be called. Each pitcher is entitled to one warning.
A pitcher may not throw more than 6 innings in one day. Pitchers are limited to a total of 10 innings for the tournament. Pitchers rest rules from above apply.
Metal spikes are prohibited for ALL games at Waters Field and South County MS. These are brand new artificial turf fields. No exceptions. Players cannot play in metal spikes. They must have rubber cleats, turf shoes or tennis shoes on to play.
Games will be on a 90-foot diamond and last seven innings (if time permits)
Balks will be called.
A pitcher may not throw more than 7 innings in one day. Pitchers are limited to a total of 11 innings for the tournament. Pitching rest rules from above apply.