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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.

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 is home team in the bracket play.

Bat Rules: 9u -13u must have USA baseball stamp / or the BPF 1.15 stamp on it. The 14u and older age groups use 1 piece wood bats only. No composite / bamboo / or baum bats allow.

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. The inning must be complete even if the home team is winning at the time limit and batting for pool play games. Seeding is the reason this must happen during pool play.

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. The California tie breaker takes effect in bracket games. Each team puts the last batted out on second base with NO outs. 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.









7U- 12U




Scholastic 13U& 14U




Scholastic 15U - 18U




Balk Rules: In the 9u and 10u balks are called. The 11u and 12u, pitchers will receive 1 warning per game. After that, balks will be called. 1 st to 3rd is called a balk.

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 players (All 9 defensive position players) with substitution rules applying. Teams may also bat 10 with an EH and free defensive substitution for the EH player. Teams may also bat their entire roster. The 9u-14u can not use a DH position player. The 15u-18u divisions may utilize a DH position player. You are not allowed to use both.

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

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