Greater Manassas Baseball League is a volunteer organization serving the youth of the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Clifton and Centerville.

Sponsored By:   Omnisystems, Inc
Manassas, VA
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Greater Manassas Baseball League
Annual April Fool's Day Tournament
Official Tournament Rules


NOTE: All managers are required to check in at the tournament table located at the GMBL COMPLEX snack bar (regardless of whether you play your first game at GMBL or Dean) at least one hour prior to the start of your first game.  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.



           8U DIVISION:                 46/60:      Kid Pitch

           9U DIVISION:                 46/60:      Kid Pitch

10U DIVISION:               46/60:      Kid Pitch

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

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

13U DIVISON:                60/90:      Kid Pitch (w/ leads)

14U DIVISION:               60/90:      Kid Pitch (w/ leads)



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

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

Play 2 official games: no credit or refund



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


E.G. Smith Baseball Complex

9651 Godwin Drive

Manassas, VA 20110



Age divisions of each player are determined as of April 30, 2021.  There are no age waivers granted for this tournament.  No exceptions. 



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.



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


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

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

             *Exception – if team is playing the following game on same field, they may stay in same dugout. 

*  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.

* All managers (home and visiting) are required to check in at the tournament table at their complex 1 hour prior to the start of their game to detect a home team and collect game balls.



In all divisions with 8 teams or less, the championship seeded bracket will be a normal single elimination bracket.

In divisions with 9 teams, the championship bracket will include the top 7 seeded teams after pool play.  Seeds 8 and 9 will play in a consolation game.

In divisions with 10 teams, the championship bracket will include the top 8 seeded teams after pool play.  Seeds 9 and 10 will play in a consolation game.

In divisions with 11 teams, the championship bracket will include the top 7 seeded teams after pool play.  Seeds 8 and 11 will play in a consolation game.  Seeds 9 and 10 will play in a separate consolation game.

In divisions with 12 teams, the championship bracket will include the top 8 seeded teams after pool play.  Seeds 9 and 12 will play in a consolation game.  Seeds 10 and 11 will play in a separate consolation game. 

In divisions with 13 or more teams, the championship bracket will include the top 8 seeded teams after pool play.  All teams seeded lower than 8 will form a second "silver" bracket.  These brackets will then play 2 completely separate championship brackets from there on out.  A Gold bracket winner/runner-up will be named.  A Silver bracket winner/runner-up will be named.  The winners will not face each other.



There will be a slaughter rule in effect.  There is no  per-inning run limit for ANY age division.


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)




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.  Affadavits may not be requested after a games' conclusion.  Only an opposing team's manager may request documentation.



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.



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 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.


Head-first sliding allowed at all bases.



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 will go down as 7 – 0 in the record.



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



  • ANY USABAT OR ANY USSSA BAT WITH 1.15 BPF MARKING WILL BE ALLOWED FOR 8U-13U.   USA & USSSA decertified bats will not be allowed.  14U-15U MUST USE BBCOR DROP 3 BATS.  Wood bats allowed in all divisions.
  • 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)



        (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.



The winning team must report the score IMMEDIATELY after the conclusion of the game.  Scores are to be reported by the winning team to the tournament table at the complex you are playing at.  In addition, each team MUST email a picture or screen shot of their scorebook (digital scorebooks acceptable) 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: 



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



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.



These are the following guidelines that will be set in place going forward for our tournaments in accordance with Phase 2 of the Virginia Government Reopening .
1- No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to the virus in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the facility, park, or sports complex where the event is held.  Coaches are asked to check in with each player to make sure they meet this criteria prior to warm-ups.
2- Physical distance should be maintained by all coaches, participants, and spectators, with the exception of incidental contact or contact between members of the same household. Follow social distancing guidelines whenever possible.
3-The only spectators attending the tournament should be parents, guardians or caretakers and their accompanying children.
4-Every team will follow the local and state guidelines, as well as facility requirements. Event guidelines for all team activities must be followed at all times. Any person or persons that is not following the guidelines will be asked to correct the issue.  If they refuse to the team they are affililated will forfeit the game(s).      
5-The manager meetings at home plate will include a coach from each team and the umpires. There should be no unnecessary people at the meeting besides these listed. One plate meeting per team at each game.
6- Teams are encouraged to disinfect all hard surface areas (bench, bat racks, etc.) upon first arriving at a dugout. Teams are required to clean, remove trash, dispose of trash per each game at appropriate receptacle. Supplies will be provided for these purposes.  Dugouts will be used however the teams will be provided with an extended dugout area roped off into bleachers/picnic area.  If you wish to have shade in the extended area, please bring your own team tents.
7-No shared water coolers in the dugouts that are provided by parks or teams. Players will need to bring their own personal cooler instead. No sharing of water bottles.  Players and coaches are encouraged to wear masks, but it is not required.
8-There will be no handshakes/high fives at the end of the game, and no group gatherings between teams on the field. Team members will tip their caps to the other team, from across the field after the game. 
9-Park restrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis, however please always wash or sanitize your hands as often as possible.
10-It is mandatory that all players and umpires use their own equipment while participating. This includes gloves, bats, helmets, etc.
11-Minimize the number of people in the bench area at all times, and have players spread out in the area to follow distancing protocols.
12-NO sunflower seeds or gum at any facilities.
13-Award ceremonies will be contactless, meaning coaches will be given the trophies and then they will hand them out. Pictures would be appreciated, and you can send them via email or text.
14-Umpires will use their discretion as to where they feel comfortable umpiring from. 
15-Stands will be closed off, so all spectators will have to bring their own chair/canopy and sit outside the fence along the 1st or 3rd base sides, as well as around the outfield fence. Social distancing protocols are to be followed.
16-Players are allowed parents/guardians and accompanying children to attend games.  Once games are finished teams and families are required to leave the field once the game is complete.
17-The coach operating the pitching machine during games will wear gloves and need to change them every inning.  Gloves will be supplied. 
18-GMBL will continue to update guidelines when we move into the next phase, or as they are posted. We feel that the guidelines will help us maintain a healthy environment for players, coaches and support staff.
19-Waivers will need to be signed for each coach and player on the roster of the team.  The waivers will need to be submitted to the GMBL Tournaments email before your first game. 
We can only hope to all be together soon enjoying weather, family, friends and great baseball. Until then we will work with our state and local governments to move forward safely within the guidelines and procedures given to us.