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Official Tournament Rules
 

Halloween Havoc 2022 TOURNAMENT RULES and INSTRUCTIONS

 

NOTE: All managers are required to check in via email no later than 5pm on 10/26/22.  All COI's must be submitted in the check in email, and payment should be verified.  You MUST provide a valid COI (Certificate of Insurance) for your team.  Failure to provide a valid COI will make your team ineligible to participate in the tournament without refund of money.  Also, you need to submit your complete roster.

Check in email: GMBLtournaments@gmail.com

 

FIELD SIZE

           8U DIVISION:                 46/60:     Kid Pitch

           9U DIVISION:                 46/60:      Kid Pitch

10U DIVISION:               46/60:      Kid Pitch

11U DIVISION:               50/70:      (w/ leads)

12U DIVISION:               50/70:      (w/ leads)

13U DIVISON:                60/90   

14U DIVISION:               60/90   

15U/16U DIVISON:         60/90

 

WEATHER RELATED REFUND POLICY:

Play 0 official games:  100% credit;  85% refund

Play 1 official game:     75% credit;   50% refund

Play 2 official games: no credit or refund

 

CHECK IN:

* All managers are required to check in via email no later than 5pm on 10/26/22.  All COI's must be submitted in the check in email, and payment should be verified.  Also, you need to submit your complete roster to include names, dates of births and jersey number.  Check in email: GMBLtournaments@gmail.com

 

INSURANCE (COI) INFO:

A valid COI must be submitted in advance of each teams' first game.  COI's should list the following as additionally insured:

GREATER MANASSAS BASEBALL LEAGUE

E.G. Smith Baseball Complex

9651 Godwin Drive

Manassas, VA 20110

 

AGE DETERMINATION:

Age divisions of each player are determined as of April 30, 2023.  There are no age waivers granted for this tournament.  No exceptions. 

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATES:

It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to carry birth documentation for all of the players on their roster at all times during the tournament.  Birth certificates, passports, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League ID cards, state IDs or any other government issued documents are sufficient (must list full name and birth date).

Age verification can ONLY be requested by opposing manger or tournament representative.  Parents cannot protest the ages of other players.

If the team is unable to provide sufficient documentation, the team will forfeit the current game with a score of 7-0, and will not be permitted to start another game without the appropriate documentation.

Managers may request the age verification of players on another team, only before or during a game AGAINST THAT TEAM.  Age verification may not be requested after a games' conclusion.  A tournament representative may request documentation at any time.

 

GAME PLAY FORMAT:

Pool Play-       No new inning start after 1 hour and 45 minutes (no drop dead) for 8U-12U

                     No new inning start after 2 hours (no drop dead) for 13U-15U/16U

      Home teams are pre-determined and noted in schedule.  They are the bottom team on the schedule. 

      Home team gets third base dugout, visiting team gets first base dugout

           *Exception- if a team is playing in the following game on the same field, they should stay in the same dugout

 

Bracket Play-  No new inning start after 1 hour and 45 minutes (no drop dead) for 8U-12U

                    No new inning start after 2 hours (no drop dead) for 13U-15U/16U      

                    NO NEW INNING/DROP DEAD TIME LIMIT FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

       Must be a winner / Higher seed is home team / No time limit in Championship game only

       *  There should only be a total of 2 minutes between innings (last out to first pitch).  Have your pitcher and catcher ready.  No meetings on the way out to the field.

*  Start Times-  Game will start when 1st pitch is thrown.  Coaches should agree at start of game with ump.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FORMAT:

In all divisions, championship seeded bracket will be a normal single elimination bracket.   Some divisions will have consolation games. 

 

SLAUGHTER RULE:

There will be a slaughter rule in effect.  There is no per-inning run limit for 9U and above.  In 8U, there is a 5 run limit per inning.

8U-15U/16U:

15 runs after 3 innings (2 ½ if home team is ahead)

10 runs after 4 innings (3 ½ if home team is ahead)

8 runs after 5 innings (4 ½ if home team is ahead)

 

PITCHING LIMITATIONS:

8U – 12U-  6 innings for entire tournament allowed (8 innings if team is playing in championship game)

13U-15U-  9 innings for entire tournament allowed (11 innings if team is playing in championship game)

* One pitch thrown in an inning counts as an inning pitched

*Once a pitcher is removed from that position he MAY NOT return to the game as a pitcher (even in the same inning).

* You can divide total innings amongst games however you would like

*  Present Pitching Affidavit at home plate conference (get signed after game)

*  If coach fails to present completed pitching affidavit at plate conference that team may only be allowed to pitch each pitcher a maximum of 2 innings per pitcher.

*  Managers may request the pitching affadavit of another team, only while pitcher in question is the pitcher of record.  Affidavits may not be requested after a games' conclusion.  Only an opposing team's manager may request documentation.

 

SUSPENDED GAMES:

All games in pool and bracket play will become official after the team that is behind bats 4 times.  If a game gets canceled prior to that happening the home book should track how much time is left in the time limit for when the game resumes.  It will resume exactly where it left off.

 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS / BATTING ORDER:

A team may start with either 9 or 10 (with EH) or the entire roster in the line-up.  Once the game is in progress, a team may play with as few as 8 players due to injury, however, any vacated spot in the batting order will be an out each time it comes up in the game.  No team may drop below 8 players in the lineup.

Teams may elect to bat 9, or 10 (with EH) or the entire roster.  All players in the batting order will be considered a part of the line-up and they can substitute freely on defense.  Players cannot play defensively unless they are in the batting line-up.  The EH will be treated like any other defensive position for substitution rules.  Any batter not in the lineup to start the game MUST be subbed in for a dedicated player, and take their position in the batting lineup.  Those players are then married.  The starting player can re-enter the game ONCE.  The substitute player cannot re-enter the game once removed.  

PLEASE NOTE: Each player is only allowed to be rostered on ONE TEAM entered in this tournament.  If it is discovered that a team uses a player rostered on more than one team, both teams will forfeit each game that the player appeared in.

 

COURTESY RUNNERS:

Courtesy runners are allowed at anytime for the pitcher or the catcher.  You must use any player not currently in the batting order or the last batted out if batting the entire lineup.

SLIDING:

Head-first sliding allowed at all bases.

 

INJURY:

If there is an injured player and the team has no eligible subs the opposing coach will select which player will enter the game.

 

FORFEITS:

Forfeits will go down as 7 – 0 in the record.

 

MOUND VISITS:

1 per defensive inning or 2 for the game (per pitcher) without a change.

 

ADDITIONAL RULES:

  • ANY USA BAT OR ANY USSSA BAT WITH 1.15 BPF MARKING WILL BE ALLOWED FOR 8U-12U.  Wood bats allowed in all divisions. USA & USSSA decertified bats will not be allowed.  13U can use USA, USSSA with 1.15 BPF or BBOCR DROP 3 BATS.  14U MUST USE BBCOR DROP 3 BATS or wood bats.
  • Metal cleats are allowed in 13U-15U only
  • No noise-makers allowed.  Umpire will warn offending team once.  Second violation will result in manager ejection.
  • C-Flaps are allowed on helmets
  • 8u-12u no slash bunting allowed(i.e. Fake bunt then swing.  Result regardless of contact or not is dead ball, runners return, batter is automatically out)

 

TIE-BREAKERS:

        (a)    Won-loss record; 2 points for win, 0 for loss, 1 point for tie

        (b)    Head to Head (if applicable)

        (c)    Runs allowed

        (d)    Runs scored

        (e)    Coin toss

*Please note that you are asked to make every effort to field a team for each game.  If you fail to field a team you will forfeit the game.  We will award 2 points to a team that is forfeited against, scoring zero runs allowed and 7 runs scored.  The forfeiting team will be awarded zero points, 7 runs allowed and zero runs scored.

 

REPORTING SCORES:

The winning team must report the score IMMEDIATELY after the conclusion of the game.  Winning team team MUST send an email with age group and team names included, within 30 minutes of the end of their game, or the game will be considered a 7-7 tie.

Email to send scorebooks: 

 

PROTESTS:

There are no protests in this tournament.  The umpires ruling shall remain final in all scenarios.

 

 SPORTSMANSHIP:

Good sportsmanship is always expected.  Our umpires will strictly enforce the rules of good sportsmanship.  If a manager/coach/player is ejected from the game, he will automatically be suspended from the next two games.  If a parent is ejected from the field or complex, his player is also ejected.  Both are suspended for 2 games.

The complex is a drug/alcohol/tobacco free complex.  Any violation of this will result in IMMEDIATE removal from the complex by the individual for the remainder of the tournament.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Mangers are responsible for making their team parents aware of this.

There are no grills, or open flames allowed on the complex. 

8u Kid Pitch Specific Rules:

No stealing of home.  5 run limit per inning.  Can steal 2nd or 3rd once the ball crosses home plate.  No leads.