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Tournament Rules 2018

  1. All USABL Rules Apply with the exception of the below additions. -- Click here to view the other USABL Rules.

  2. Time Limits:

    • Time Limit Pool Play - All pool play games will have a time limit. No new inning after 1 hour and 40 minutes at the 46/60 and 50/70 levels.  At the 60/90 levels no new inning after 2 hours + 10 minutes.  Extra Innings: If the time has not expired teams will play extra innings until time expires. Games can end in a tie in pool play.

    • Time Limit Playoffs - All playoff games will have a time limit. No new inning after 2 hours at the 46/60 and 50/70 levels. At the 60/90 level no new innings after 2 hours + 25 minutes.  Extra Innings: If the time has not expired teams will play extra innings until time expires. If still tied after the time limited has expired we will use the playoff tiebreaker (See Below)

    • Championship Time Limit - No time limit unless it is deemed necessary by Tournament Director.  Play until there is a winner. The higher seed will be the home team.

    • Playoff Tie Breaker After Time Has Expired - Last batted out from the previous inning will be placed at 1st Base, second, to last batted out will be placed at 2nd base and the third to last batted out will be played at 3rd base. The team at-bat will start the inning with 1-Out. The game will resume and continue every inning like this until one team is ahead at the end of a complete inning.

  3. Tie Breakers

    • Two-Way Tie Breaker: When two teams finish in a tie for a playoff or tournament spot the following tie breaking formula will be used. {Please note you cannot break a 3+ way tie using a 2-way tie breaker, the 3+ way tie breaker must be used in that case}

      • Head to Head

      • Fewest Runs Allowed

      • Runs Scored

      • Coin Flip

    • Three or more tie-breaker: When three or more teams are tied.

      • When all tied teams have played each other and one team has beaten ALL the other tied teams without a loss, that team will be awarded the playoff spot. All teams must have played each other to use this.

      • Fewest Runs Allowed

      • Runs Scored

      • Coin Flip

  4. Home/Away team: A coin flip by the umpire will determine home teams for all pool play games. In playoff rounds, the higher seed will be the home team.

  5. Dugout assignment: The team traveling the farthest will occupy the first base dugout. If there is a dispute the umpire or on site director will choose dugout assignments for the teams.

  6. Between Innings warm up time limit: Teams are limited to 2 minutes between innings to warm up. The 2 minutes starts after the last out in the previous inning. A coach or another player should be prepared to warm up your pitcher if needed.

  7. 8 Run Rule will be in effect for all games including playoff rounds and championship games. All field sizes after 5 innings.

  8. 10 Run Rule will be in effect for all games including playoff rounds and championship games. 10 runs after 4 innings on all field sizes

  9. 15 Run Rule will be in effect for all games including playoff and championship rounds. 15 runs after 3 innings.

  10. 8U Only: Maximum of 5 runs per inning for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd inning only. The 4th, 5th and 6th will be unlimited runs

  11. Speed up rule: It is mandatory to have a player not in the line up or the last batted out run for the catcher with 2 outs. The catcher is defined as the player who will be catching in the following inning.

  12. No pre-game practice will be allowed on the infield. Practice prior to the game will be limited to the outfield.

  13. Rosters: All rosters must be submitted prior to the tournament

    • All players must play in at least 1 pool play game to qualify for the playoff or championship games.

    • If it is a 3 game minimum and the 3rd game is your playoff game we will count that as a pool play game.

  14. Birth Certificates/Proof Of Birth (REQUIRED): All players on your roster are required to carry some sort of proof of birth, typically a passport or birth certificate to the game. If you do not have this at the field and a player is challenge he must be removed from the game if no proof can be provided. If USABL deems that you have an ineligible player it will be an automatic forfeit.

  15. Score Reporting: The winning team shall report the score to either the tournament director via e-mail or the onsite field director. *Please note umpires will be keeping the official score incase of any score disputes.

  16. Tournament Roster Size: 46/60 & 50/70 rosters are limited to 15 players at the 60/90 level rosters are limited to 16 players max

    • Frazier Elite World Series and any showcase tournaments will be allowed a roster of 20 players.

  17. No protest will be accepted with the exception of a roster protest, which will be handled onsite immediately at the field.

  18. Awards: Only the winner of the tournament will receive awards. There are no awards for second place.

  19. Rain Out Policy: If no games are played you receive a 100% refund less $50 to cover administrative fees.

  20. Trips to the mound: 1 free trip per inning (per pitcher), 2nd trip in the inning pitcher must come out.

  21. In all disputes the final decision rests with USABL.

  22. All teams, coaches, players and parents will follow the USABL Code of Conduct.

  23. Pitching Rule: Pitchers at the 8U and 9U levels are limited to 6 innings max per day. Teams must keep accurate records and one pitch counts as 1 inning.

  24. Forfeits in pool play or playoffs - All forfeits will result in 6-0 win (9-12u) or 7-0 win (13-18u). NOTE: Forfeits in a 6-inning game will be ruled a 6-0 win for the opposing team. Forfeits in a 7 inning game will be ruled 7-0 win for the opposing team.

  25. Official Game - 09-12u games called due to the weather by the umpires or the tournament director that cannot be resumed will be considered complete after 4 innings or 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead. If after 4 complete innings there is a tie score then it will remain a tie score if in pool play. 13-18u games called due to the weather by the umpires or the tournament director that cannot be resumed will be considered complete after 5 innings or 4 ½ innings if the home team is ahead. If after 5 complete innings there is a tie score then it will remain a tie score if in pool play. The tournament director reserves the right to declare a game complete.