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RULES AND REGULATIONS

2020 Dirt and Diamonds & Boys of Summer - Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules Lake Shore Baseball 2020 - Tournament Series

Checks should be mailed to:

Lake Shore Youth Baseball

PO Box 1117

Pasadena, MD 21123

**Please be sure to list your Team Name, Age Group and Tournament Name on Check

 

*Refunds are given by check only. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

 

Federation rules except for modifications listed below.

NO FIRST TO THIRD PICKOFF PLAY (MLB RULE FOR THIS)

AGE 

LEADS

STEALING

Steal Home

Head First Slides

Bunting

Slash

Infield Fly

Dropped 3rd

8U

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

9U

NO

As Ball Crosses Home

YES

NO

YES

NO

NO

NO

10U

NO

 As Ball Crosses Home

YES

NO

YES

NO

NO

NO

11U

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

12U

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

13u & Up

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

All teams please carry a copy of your insurance, birth certificates or state issued ID cards, and rosters throughout the tournament. The head coach must certain that the score is reported and confirmed with the umpire upon completion of each game. 

Any weather related updates, cancellations etc. will be posted on website.


Refund Policy:

Full refund minus administration fees ($75) if no games are played. 75% refund if one game is played. No refund if two or more games are played. Every effort possible will be made to get games in. Also April 1 is the deadline to withdraw your registration for the Dirt and Diamonds event. There will be no refunds for any reason except weather after April 1st. May 1st for Boys of Summer

Payment

Payment must be received to secure a team's place in tournaments.


FOR 2020 TOURNAMENT PLAY

  • Baseballs and Umpires Included
  • 3 game guarantee for ALL Teams
  • Two Umpires for All Championship Games ages 8-11
  • Two Umpires for All Games ages 12-14u

For all tournaments:

Age

Bases

Pitching

Min. Games

Price per Tourney

8

60 feet

40 feet

3

$500

9

60 feet

46 feet

3

$500

10

60 feet

46 feet

3

$500

11

70 feet

50 feet

3

$500

12

70 feet

50 feet

3

$600

13

90 feet

60ft 6 inches

3

$600

14

90 feet

60ft 6 inches

3

$600

 

Rosters:
 

All teams are required to carry with them at all times a copy of their official roster, a copy of each player’s birth certificate or state issued ID card, and a copy of their insurance.


In the event of a player’s age challenge the challenging team must present a $100 challenge fee to a Lake Shore representative, then the challenged team must show the player’s birth certificate or valid State-issued ID with birth information. If player is found to be to ineligible the player will be removed from tournament, the head coach will be ejected from the remainder of the tournament. If the challenge is successful the coach will be refunded his $100 if not it will go to the LSYB general operating fund.  There will be NO FORFEITS because of an ineligible player. A sub may replace the ineligible player if one is available, otherwise an automatic out will take place in the same manner as an injured player.

A player may appear on ONLY one roster at a time. Any player found to be participating with more than one team shall result in the second team’s disqualification, and suspension of the player for the remainder of the tournament.

Lineups:

All teams have the option of the following lineups:

  • Teams may bat 9 batters
  • Teams may bat 10 batters. An (EH) may be used in the batting lineup. If you start with an (EH) you must finish with an (EH), or take an out at that at-bat.
  • Teams may bat entire roster. In this case if a player is unable to bat for any reason an out is declared for that player each time he is unable to take his turn at bat.

For 9u -12u only, when batting their entire lineup, if a player is unable to bat at any time solely due to on field injury, then no out will be call but the player is no longer eligible to play in the rest of game offensively or defensively.

Each team must announce their options when exchanging line ups with other team at pregame conference with umpires.


Reentry Rule:
Teams may substitute for defensive positions (except pitcher) as many times as they wish, as long as the batting order remains the same. A player does not have to play the field in order to bat. Conversely, a player does not have to bat to play the field. Once a player has been placed in a slot of the batting order, the player may only bat in that slot.


Time Limit:
All games will be 6 innings and no new inning will start after 1 hour and 30 minutes with a drop dead time of 1 hour and 45 minutes for all seeding games. Elimination games will be 6 innings and no new inning will start after 1 hour and 30 minutes. The International Tie Breaker Rule will go into effect in the event there is a tie after the completion of the last ruled inning as a winner must be declared. 

A new inning begins when the last out of the previous inning is made. The tournament directors have right to put in drop dead times if games begin to run behind on any day.

Games call before a full inning is complete because of weather, darkness, or other pertinent matters will revert back to the previous inning for the score. If the game has not reached official game status by reverting back to the previous inning, the coaches will mark their books and the game will be considered a complete game. A game is considered to have reached official status at the completion of 4 innings (3 ½ if home team is leading). Games ending in ties due to darkness, time or weather after 4 innings will remain as ties. However, a game called due to the time limit is an official game regardless of the number of innings completed. If a game is stopped for any reason (weather, lightning, or darkness) before the game is official, the game is suspended and will be resumed from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the Tournament Director. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, if there is not a feasible time to resume the game, the game will be considered complete at the end of the last complete inning and the team that is winning at that point will be the winner.

No time limits for Championship games, but mercy rules still apply.


Home/Visitor:
Home team will be determined by coin flip in all pool round/robin play games. Higher seed will have choice for all games on Sunday.


Intentional delays:

The umpire and tournament directors reserve the right to eject any player, coach or fan for intentionally delaying a game. A forfeit may be enforced at the tournament director’s discretion.


Protest:
No protest!! Judgment calls are final. A coach may politely ask the umpire who made the call to clarify a rules interpretation. The umpires on the field will make a final decision on the field.


Tiebreakers:
Tiebreak rules will apply to determine all seeding after round robin play.

Tiebreak rules will apply for division winners, wild card winners and seeding for playoffs.

Tiebreakers are as followed in this order:

  • Win Loss Record
  • Head to Head record (if only 2 teams are tied)
  • Least amount of total runs allowed
  • Lowest single game runs allowed
  • 2nd lowest single game runs allowed
  • Coin flip


Scorebooks:
The home team will be the official scorebook. The visiting team is encouraged to maintain a book also.


Mercy Rule:

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 1/2 if home team is ahead).


Pitching:
Pitching limits are coaches discretion with the exception of 8u which is 3 innings per game.

  • Once a pitcher is removed from the mound they may not return to pitch in the same game.
  • 11U and 12U - Each Team is allowed 1 balk warning per game. No balk warnings for 13U and Up. 
  • One pitch constitutes a full inning pitched for all pitchers.
  • Coaches should use sound judgment in determining who is allowed to pitch each game.

Bats:

  • Any discovery of an illegal bat will result in immediate ejection from the game.
  • No Rolled or Shaved Bats allowed.
  • No Heating of bats
  • 8-12u may use BPF 1.15 or new USA bat rules (effective 2018) Metal bat. All bats must have a branding, label, or stamp proving BPF 1.15. USABat, BBCOR and Wood bats are allowed.
  • 13u. All bats must have a branding, label, or stamp proving BPF 1.15 or BBCOR on it. There is length to weight ratio maximum of -8 (8 ounces). Wood Bats are allowed.
  • 14u & Up. All teams must use BBCOR -3 bats that are legal according to the National High School Federation.Wood bats are also allowed.


Courtesy Runners:
 

A courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher is allowed with two outs. The runner must be a player not in the game or was last out. The same courtesy runner cannot run for the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.


Ejections:
 

Coaches and fans ejected from a game must exit the park immediately and not return for the rest of that game plus their next scheduled game. Players may stay with their respective teams but may not participate in rest of that game plus the next scheduled game provided they display a sportsmanlike manner for the duration of the game.


Dugouts:
 

Teams that are hosting game sites for the tournament have first priority when choosing their dugouts for all games in the tournament at their host site. Dugouts are on a first come first serve bases for Friday and Saturday after that. If an agreement cannot be made then teams should flip a coin to determine who has first choice. On Sunday the higher seed shall pick their dugout unless the other team is hosting a game site at their home field.


Pregame Infield:
 

There will be NO infield warm-ups before any scheduled game. Please allow the field crews to work on the fields between games if they choose to.


Start of game: 
 

All teams are expected to be at fields ready to play ½ hour prior to game time. Please be prepared to start games early if field, umpires and teams are ready to play. Teams must have 9 players to start game NO exceptions. Teams may finish with 8 players (out taken for vacant spot in lineup).

Reporting scores:
 

Each home plate umpire will be given an official tournament score sheet before each game. At the pre-game conference between the umpires and both head coaches, the home team head coach will be responsible for the score sheet and have it completely filled out by the end of the game. At the end of the game the home team head coach will return the score sheet back to home plate where the home plate umpire and the both head coaches will then ensure that the proper score is recorded on the score sheet. The two head coaches and the home plate umpire will then print and sign their names in the space provided. The home plate umpire is then responsible to call in the correct score off the score sheet to the tournament headquarters. At the end of the home plate umpires day the umpire will return the completed score sheets to the proper zone coordinator.

It is very important that each team head coach ensure that these forms are filled out completely and correctly after each and every game. Coaches must carry with them a copy of the complete schedule for their age bracket at all times. Coaches must have the correct game number when filling out the official tournament score sheet. Failure to follow these procedures could result in both teams having to forfeit their games at the tournament director’s discretion.

Special Considerations for 8U Divisions

Live Play Rule- For base running purposes, play does not begin or resume (“live play”) until the batter hits the ball officially in play.  Neither a base-on-balls nor being hit by a pitch (walks) constitutes “live play” for these purposes.

Dead Ball Rule- For base running purposes, play ends or ceases (a “dead ball” occurs) when the pitcher has control of the ball within a 10’ radius around the rubber (umpires discretion). At this point in time, the umpire must determine the position of the base runners at the moment of the “dead ball.” Base runners who have reached at least a point midway (30 feed) between the bases may advance to the next base. Base runners who have not yet reached the mid-way point must return to the preceding base.

If the pitcher attempts a continuance of play by attempting to throw-out an advancing runner after the ball has been returned to him (from a fellow player) within the “infield area” the pitcher has forfeited a “dead ball” and has officially resumed the ball in play, allowing players to advance. A “dead ball” will not occur again until the ball returns back to the pitcher in the “infield area”.

Walks of any kind, bases on balls or batters hit by a pitch, are considered “dead ball” activities.  Runners do not advance except as typically caused by the walk itself

Special Considerations for 9U and 10U Divisions

Live Play Rule- For base running purposes, play does not begin or resume (“live play”) until the pitcher delivers the ball that crosses home plate or the batter hits the ball officially into play.

Dead Ball Rule- For base running purposes, play ends or ceases (a “dead ball” occurs) when the pitcher has control of the ball within a 10’ radius around the rubber (umpires discretion). At this point in time, the umpire must determine the position of the base runners at the moment of the “dead ball.” Base runners who have reached at least a point midway (30 feed) between the bases may advance to the next base. Base runners who have not yet reached the mid-way point must return to the preceding base.

If the pitcher continues a play by attempting to throw-out an advancing runner after the ball has been returned to him (from a fellow player) within the “infield area” the pitcher has forfeited a “dead ball” and has officially resumed the ball in play, allowing players to advance. A “dead ball” will not occur again until the ball returns back to the pitcher in the “infield area”.

Base-on-Balls for Batter – A batter turned runner on their ball-4 pitch for a base-on-balls is not allowed to advance beyond first base on an cleanly fielded pitch by the catcher that is returned cleanly to the pitcher.  Other runners on base are allowed steal or advance, but in this case the batter turned runner is not allowed to advance beyond first.  If the ball-4 pitch gets away from the catcher, or away from the pitcher on the return throw from the catcher, or either the pitcher or catcher attempts a pick-off then the batter turned runner can advance.  The intent of this rule is to prevent teams from taking unfair advantage of the inexperience of 10U and under players.  This prevents a batter turned runner continuing to run to second after reaching first when another runner is on third. 

RULES 8U 9U 10U 11U 12U 13U 14U
Bases 60 feet 60 feet 60 feet 70 feet 70 feet 90 feet 90 feet
Pitching Distance 40 feet 46 feet 46 feet 50 feet 50 feet 60ft 6in 60ft 6in
Leading No Crosses Plate Crosses Plate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stealing No Crosses Plate Crosses Plate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stealing Home No Crosses Plate Crosses Plate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dropped 3rd No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Infield Fly No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Balks None None None Yes - 1 Warning Per Team Yes - 1 Warning Per Team Yes Yes
Cleats Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Metal Metal