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Rules

TBS Policies

  • Entry fee is non-refundable.
  • Teams must provide a "Certificate of Liability Insurance".
  • Birth Certificates – Team Manager must have player proof of age (birth certificate) available prior to all games. The tournament has invited you because of your ethics and skills. However, any team may request the Tournament Director to validate any player's age.  A team unable to provide such proof will prevent the player from participating until proof can be provided. Playing with an ineligible player will result in the forfeit of all games played.
  • Admission during the National Championships for persons 16 years of age and older will be $10 pay day per person for a National Championship Pass. Seniors, military and Children 10 – 15 years of age will be $8 per day per child for a National Championship Pass. Children 9 years of age and younger are admitted FREE. Admission applies to everyone except participating uniformed players and a maximum of three coaches per team.  You will be able to pick up ALL your passes at check-in, the night before the tournament. ALL PASSES ARE WATER PROOF AND MUST BE WORN ON THE WRIST AT ALL TIMES. Discounted week long passes will be available at the gate.
  • Teams will NOT be allowed to add players for this event! Roster is required when submitting entry form. Player must have participated in a minimum of 20 games during the current season. Proof, line-up card/scorebook with player in batting order, is the responsibility of the Team Manager if challenged.
  • While we do not allow teams to ADD players, we do allow them to REPLACE up to TWO ELIGIBLE players who cannot make the event.
  • DO NOT ADD ANY REPLACEMENT PLAYER TO YOUR ROSTER. THIS MUST BE APROVED BY THE DIRECTOR.
  • Replacement player must come from state you used to register.
  • Only games with a recognizable sanctioning body AND/OR league will be counted towards a team's requirements. Scrimmages will not be counted as "games".
  • For the National Championship Tournament – In 11u, 12u and 13u all teams are scheduled for four (4) games in a pool play format with championship bracket play to follow. In 8u, 9u and 10u all teams are scheduled for THREE (3) games in a pool play format with championship bracket play to follow.
  • Pool games can end in a tie. The standings will reflect the tie. In bracket play, if games are tied at the end of regulation or the time limit has expired, we will put the last BATTED out on 2nd base with no outs. This will be repeated every inning until we get a winner.
  • Ties in standings will be broken in the following order. Head to head play, runs allowed, runs scored, run differential, and flip of the coin. For run differential tiebreakers, all scoring will be capped at 8 (eight) runs. Once we have thrown out a tie-breaker, you can go back. For example if there is a three (3) way tie for a pool winner and "head to head" cannot decide the outcome, then "runs allowed" will decide first and second. We will NOT go back to "head to head" with the remaining two teams at any point.

Code of Conduct:

  • The head coach is responsible for the behaviour of his team, coaches, parents, and fans. Unruly behaviour (continuation after warning) will cause team to forfeit game.
  • The umpires are in charge of the game. Excessive arguing or abuse will not be tolerated. The umpire's decision on any judgment call is final. Rule interpretation can be discussed with a Tournament Director. Ejection will merit a one game suspension minimum or permanently expelled from park based on discretion of Tournament Director after consulting Chief Umpire.
  • Ejection of a player will result in suspension for the remainder of that game and the next scheduled game. Any second offense will result in being banned from the complex for the remainder of the tournament.

Game Rules:

  • Game time is forfeit time. Please have your team warmed up and ready to play.
  • BAT POLICY
  • We will adopt the 2021 approved Sanctioned bat policy for this event. All bats must have the 1.15 stamp.
  • The following bats have been banned for play in  TBS events beginning June 1, 2017. This will also include the "re-tooled" versions as well.
  • WTDXCBR 2129-17 2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8″ (-8) – 29″/21 oz
  • WTDXCBR 2230-17 2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8″ (-8) – 30″/22 oz
  • WTDXCBR 2331-17 2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8″ (-8) – 31″/23 oz
  • WTDXCBR 2432-17 2017 CF Zen Balanced 2 5/8″ (-8) – 32″/24 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 1828-17 2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4″ (-10) – 28″ /18 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 1929-17 2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4″ (-10) – 29″ /19 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 2030-17 2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4″ (-10) – 30″ /20 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 2131-17 2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4″ (-10) – 31″ /21 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 2232-17 2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4″ (-10) – 32″ /22 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 1929-17F1 2017 CF Zen Zero Dark  2 3/4″ (-10) – 29″ /19 oz
  • WTDXCBZ 2030-17F1 2017 CF Zen Zero Dark 2 3/4″ (-10) – 30″ /20 oz
  • WTDCCBZ17V Custom 2017 CF Zen 2 3/4″ (-10)
  • WTDCCBR17V Custom 2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)
  • 13U – nothing greater than -5 is allowed.
  • Rosters for 8u-12u will be limited to 15
  • Rosters for 13u will be limited to 18 players.
  • Pool Play - Flip for home team.
  • In bracket play - the higher seed HAS CHOICE.
  • Home team MUST keep the "official book". Pitching cards for each game will be filled out by the umpire and require both coaches' signature. The results will be posted after each game. Once posted, it is final. It is also the responsibility of the visiting team to review pitching form.
  • Line-ups required fifteen (15) minutes before game time to the official scorekeeper.
  • Each team can bat 9, 10 or their entire roster – nothing in-between (i.e. 14 players on roster can't bat 13) If you choose to bat entire roster and a player cannot make his plate appearance for any reason, an out will be recorded for that spot in the lineup.
  • Catchers must wear hockey style masks that cover the ears.
  • No balk warnings! Fake 3rd to 1st is a balk.
  • All balks result in a dead ball
  • Metal cleats are NOT ALLOWED at Elizabethtown. Moulded or turf shoes are recommended,
  • Coaches must wear tennis shoes or cleats on field (NO SANDALS)! Coach must also wear a team shirt with logo, jersey or shirt with team colors.
  • 9u and 10u will play 46/65. 11u and 12u will play 50/70. 13u will play 60/90.
  • All 8u games will be six (6) innings with a 1:30 time limit. No inning will start after this time. 2:05 time limit in the championship game.
  • All 9u thru 12u games will be six (6) innings with a 2hr time limit. No inning will start after this time. 2:20 time limit in the championship round.
  • All 13u games will be seven (7) innings with a 2 hour time limit. No inning will start after this time. 2:30 time limit in the championship round.
  • Teams advancing to bracket play will be determined by the number of teams in a specific age group from year to year. The final determination will be announced at the coached meeting. The championship format will be a double elimination format while the challenge cup format will be single elimination with consolation games.
  • In the 8u-13u age groups the run rule will be fifteen (15) after three (3), ten (10) after four (4) and eight (8) after five (5) innings of play.
  • Pitching guidelines are as follows: 8U, 9U and 10U will be allowed 10 innings for the duration of the event. These innings are to be used at the manager's discretion. One out is equal to 1/3 of an inning. No more than six (6) innings in one day.
  • Pitching guidelines are as follows: 11U and 12U will be allowed 11 innings for the duration of the event. These innings are to be used at the manager's discretion. One out is equal to 1/3 of an inning. No more than six (6) innings in one day.
  • Pitching guidelines are as follows: 13U will be allowed 12 innings for the duration of the event. These innings are to be used at the manager's discretion. One out is equal to 1/3 of an inning. No more than seven (7) innings in one day.
  • Courtesy Runner for catchers and pitchers at coach's discretion. In all cases, the courtesy runner must be the player that made the last out, if there are no bench players, or a player that is not in the batting order. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Mandatory slide rule at all bases. A player must try to avoid contact. Failure to do so will be at the discretion of the umpires.
  • NO SLASHING ALLOWED
  • $100.00 cash non-refundable protest fee.

Park Rules:

  • Pre-game warm-ups: All team warm-ups will only be allowed in designated warm-up areas (sheltered batting cages provided), or in the outfield. No pre-game practice on any mound or plates. No pre-game in-field practice.
  • NO COOLERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BALL PARK.
  • NO PETS ALLOWED!!
  • NO SMOKING WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PARKS!
  • IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RE-FORMAT THE TOURNAMENT. NO FEE REFUND WILL BE ISSUED FOR GAMES MISSED.

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