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Tournament Rules


Coaches: Please make sure you and your program are aware of all rules and any rule changes. The Connecticut Sportsplex may change or make amendments to any of the rules. We follow Major League National league rules with some exceptions.

Age Requirements: A player's age is determined by using the following date: May 1, of the current year.  ALL FALL TOURNAMENTS MUST PLAY OF MAY 1ST THE FOLLOWING YEAR

Roster Restrictions: A roster can have up to 25 players on any roster. Rosters must be submitted either online or handed into the tournament office prior to the start of your teams first game. Players may play on more than 1 roster per division, SUBJECT TO TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR APPROVAL. PLAYERS ARE FREE TO PLAY ON MORE THAN ONE ROSTER PER TOURNAMENT ASSUMING THEY ARE AGE APPRORIATE (IE, A PLAYER WHO IS 12, CAN PLAY ON A 12U ROSTER AND 13U ROSTER).

Insurance: Connecticut Sportsplex LLC, 216 Foxon Road North Branford CT 06471 MUST be named as an additional insured and e-mailed with roster and/or handed into the tournament office .

Protest Fee: Teams must pay $100 protest fee prior to the next pitch being thrown. The protests can only be on rulings. Umpire judgements are not subject to protests. If you win the protest, you get the $100 back.

Game Time: The official start time is to be recorded on the official scorecard by the umpire at the end of the ground rules. Teams are asked to be prepared to start early pending field openings .

Home Team: The home team is determined by a coin flip at ground rules for pool play games. The better seed has the option of home/away team in the bracket play.

Bat Rules: 9u -12u must have USA baseball stamp / or the BPF 1.15 stamp on it or -3 Bats must be BBCOR. 

                   13u Division - Bat must have the BBCOR Stamp (If it is a -3), or the USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp or be USA Baseball Stamp (Bats can ONLY BE -3/5/8)

                  14u Division and Older - Bats must be 1 Piece Wood Bats Only. NO BAUM BATS, 2 PIECE COMPOSITE WOOD, OR HYBRID BAMBOO WOODS

Time Limits: The time limits for a 6-inning game is 1 hour 45 minutes. The time limit for 7 inning games is 1 hour 50 minutes. The time limit will carry on all the way until the championship. There is no time limit in the championship game. If the home team is batting and winning the game when the time limit hits, the game will be considered complete.

Run Rules: 6 inning Game - 15 after 3, 8 after 4

        7 inning Game - 15 after 3, 12 after 4, 8 after 5

Tie Breakers: ALL pool play games end in a tie regardless of if there is time on the clock. 

                        Bracket Play Games: The California tie breaker takes effect in bracket games. Each team puts the last batted out on second base with NO outs. If the game is tied at the completion of the game (6 or 7 inning game) and there is STILL time on the clock the game will go straight to California tie breaker. If the game reaches time limit and there is a tie, the game will go straight to california tie breaker. Championship games will play out straight baseball.

Pitching Restrictions and Limits: in the 9u-14u there are pitching restrictions.  All pitching goes by 1/3's of an inning. See chart below.

Pitcher must get pulled on 2 nd trip in inning. The pitcher may not re enter into the pitching position during the game once pulled.

AGE

DIVISION

ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO

PITCH THE NEXT DAY

ONE DAY

MAXIMUM

THREE DAY

MAXIMUM

7U- 12U

9 OUTS OR LESS

18 OUTS

24 OUTS

Scholastic 13U& 14U

9 OUTS OR LESS

21 OUTS

24 OUTS

Scholastic 15U - 18U

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Balk Rules: In the 10u division balks are not called, however, clear and obvious balks will be returned to the count and situation prior to and will be used as a "learning". The 11u and 12u, pitchers will receive 1 warning per game. After that, balks will be called.  13u and older will not receive any warnings. 1 st to 3rd is called a balk. The Balk will record as an automatic dead ball. 

Playing Field: 9u - 46'65' closed bases

                         10u - 46'70' leading and stealing

                         11u-12u 50'70' leading and stealing

                         13u-18u  60'90' Leading and Stealing

Baseballs: All baseballs will be supplied for tournaments. We ask that teams chase foul balls as well as throw balls back into the right field of play if a ball enters another field.

Pregame Warm Ups: No full infield can be done before the game. Ground balls up the line can be used as well as hitting fly balls into the outfield. Teams may utilize the batting cages outside. We ask that teams respect all other teams utilizing the cages outside.

Weather Delays & Procedures: The CT Sportsplex will make every effort to play all games as scheduled. In the event of weather, the tournament director will have final decision on format and what is considered a complete game. The tournament format may be changed if necessary to complete the tournament.

Line Up: Teams may bat 9 batters (All 9 defensive position players), 9 Batters with a DH, 10 Batters using an EH, 10 Batters using a DH and EH, or your entire roster. If you have 14 players on your bench and you choose your entire roster, it MUST be all 14 players. The starters may be subbed back into the game 1 time. Subs that come into the game off the bench are done once removed from the game. EH players can freely substitute into the field as needed.

                 You may start a game with 8 players. The 9 th position gets recorded as an out. If an injury occurs you will forfeit the game. If you receive a 9 th player, that player can get put into the lineup without penalty at whatever point he/she shows up to the field.

Courtesy Runners: Courtesy runners may be used at any time for pitcher and catcher. They can only be used 1 time per inning for both the pitcher and catch. If you have players on the bench it must be a bench player. If no players on the bench, it must be the last BATTED out.

Tie Breakers in Standings:1) A teams overall record

  2) Head To Head If 2 or more teams are tied and not everyone played   against everyone, the tie breaker will automatically go to #3

                                                  3) Runs Allowed

                                                  4) Runs Scored

                                                  5) Coin Toss

CT Sportsplex Baseball Tournament Refund Policies:

If your team is registered and paid in FULL and pulls out of tournament with 1 (one) months notice: Full Refund in the form of check

If your team is registered and paid in FULL and pulls out of tournament with less then 1 (One) Months Notice but also before the schedule is released: Full Refund in form of CREDIT to future event

If your team is registered and paid in FULL and pulls out of the tournament after the schedule is released: NO REFUND

For weather related policies:

FULL RAINOUT - 100% credit into future event

If one game is played: 50% credit into future event

If 2 or more games played: NO REFUND or Credit

IN THE EVENT OF A PANDEMIC OR CRISIS SIMILAR TO COVID-19, ALL REGISTRATION MONIES ARE IN THE FORM OF CREDIT ONLY. NO CASH REFUNDS.

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