2018 Classification and Refund Policy


 
2018 BASEBALL PLAYING RULES

TIME LIMITS:
5U - 8U 1:15HR or (6 innings).
9U - 12U 1:30HR or (6 innings).
13U - 18U 1:40hr or (7 innings)
All CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES will play time limit plus 1 inning if all innings have not been played.  

PITCHING:
First and foremost is the pitcher's safety when discussing pitching limitations. We highly recommend that all coaches, parents, and mentors adhere to the MLB Pitch Smart Program. While we are working towards our Pitch Smart Compliance Program we will mandate the following pitching restrictions. 8U - 12U (24) outs per weekend, (18) outs per day. 13U - 14U (28) outs per weekend, (21) outs per day. 15U - 18U suggested pitching limits should follow PitchSmart guidelines Using an illegal pitcher will result in an immediate forfeit. Each team gets three "free" defensive conferences during a regulation game; on the fourth, the pitcher must be replaced. Note that if you replace the pitcher during a conference, it does not count as a charged conference. Ruling: An illegal pitcher is over age or not on the teams TSB roster by the cutoff.

BATTING ORDER:  
YOU HAVE 4 CHOICES FOR YOUR LINEUP:
1. BAT 9 STRAIGHT
2. BAT 9 WITH DH
3. BAT 10/PLAY 9 WITH EH
4. BAT THE ENTIRE LINEUP
When using options 1-3, all eligible subs must be listed on the lineup card. Your official lineup must be presented to the opposing coach and the plate umpire prior to the start of each game. When using option #4 and a player is injured or unable to play, the team must take an out for that spot in the lineup. A player that has not batted or played in the field, and is injured, would simply be skipped and taken out of the lineup. You cannot use both a DH and an EH

COURTESY RUNNERS:
For the pitcher and catcher only once they reach first base. A courtesy runner can be used for the pitcher and catcher at any time.
The courtesy runner must be a legal substitute currently not in the game, including starters that have been substituted for but are legally eligible for re-entry. IF YOU ARE BATTING YOUR ENTIRE ROSTER, THE COURTESY RUNNER MUST BE THE LAST BATTER NOT CURRENTLY ON BASE.


SLASH BUNT: Prohibited through 12u. A player cannot show bunt then swing away. The batter will be out and the third base coach will be ejected.

METAL CLEATS:
Prohibited through 8u. Players 9u - 18u can wear metal cleats. No metal cleats are permitted on temporary mounds or any artificial turf fields..

BAT LIMITATIONS:
5u-12u all bats must be marked 1.15bpf, 13u no lighter than -8, 14u BBCOR or (-5), All High School divisions must use BBCOR. (Penalty: prior to the first pitch the bat will be removed from the game. Once a pitch has been thrown to the batter with the illegal bat, the batter is out. Once the next batter receives a pitch, the previous batter that used the illegal bat cannot be protested.)

MERCY RULE:
The game will be stopped after any completed inning once a team has a lead of 20 runs. 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings and 8 runs after 5 innings.

HEAD FIRST SLIDE:
HEAD FIRST SLIDES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN AGES 8U-12U WHEN THE PLAYER IS WEARING A HELMET WITH A FACE GUARD, C-FLAP OR (non-breakaway) or chin strap. This rule does not apply to runners returning to a base. Players not wearing this type of helmet are excluded. Team warning and then a player can be called out if infraction continues. A team warning will be issued to the offending team on the 1st occurrence. Any additional infraction by that team will result in the player being called out with a delayed dead ball situation.

TIE BREAKERS:
If a NON-POOL PLAY GAME ends in a tie we will utilize the following tie breaker.
The last batter from the previous inning will go to 1st base. The next to last batter from the previous inning will go to 2nd base, then the next will go to 3rd base The offensive team will start the inning with (1) out.

POOL PLAY SEEDING TIE BREAKERS:
RECORD
HEAD TO HEAD
RUNS ALLOWED
RUNS
TSB POINTS 
MAX Runs differential per game - 10

DUGOUT:
NO MORE THAN 2 COACHES CAN BE OUTSIDE OF THE DUGOUT WHILE THE BALL IS IN PLAY.

AGE DIVISIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS:
Age Divisions - Your teams age division in 6u-12u is the age of your oldest player as of May 1st, 2018
13u - 18u Age clarrification:
14U Division - Players who turn 15 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 8th grade. Also, any player turning 16 prior to May 1 will not be eligible.
13U Division - Players who turn 14 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to May 1 will not be eligible.

High School age divisions will be the grade level of your player in the highest grade/completed grade as of August 15th, 2018.
AA: A team consisting of no Majors players and no more than 4 AAA players.
AAA: A team consisting of no more than 4 Majors players
Majors: Rosters are open
We will consider the classifications of the most prominent organization in any area if overall team
participation exceeds that of TSB events. The individual tournament directors will make the final
determination on player grade classification in their events.


HOW TO PROTEST A RULES BASED CALL:
Ask the umpire for time.
Tell the umpire you would like to protest his call based on (cite rule from TSB or NFHS) rule.
Contact the director for a clarification.
The TD or the UIC will make a final dertermination based on their interpretation of the rule that you cite. 
(Ruling: The protest must come from a coach currently in the game.)

EJECTIONS:
Any Coach, player or fan ejected from a game will need to leave the field immedately. 
  1. Coaches will recieve an additional game suspension including the current game.
  2. Players will only be ejected from the current game unless the ejection happens in the last inning of the current game.
  3. Fans that are ejeced will tbe out for the duration of the event.



All rules not listed will revert to the NFHS Rules for the current season.
The Tournament Director or UIC will make the final determination on any rule clarifications.