Rocker B Ranch Baseball TOURNAMENT Rules


RESPECT THE OFFICIALS

  • Coaches or fans that disrespect the officials will be ejected and will not be allowed to return for the weekend or for future events. 

  • Contact the site director if there is an issue.

  • Rocker B Ranch does not have a protest fee, if you have a question about a rule or player we will assist you.

  • The site director and umpires ruling is final. 

TIME LIMITS

  • 5U - 8U: 1:15 HR or 6 innings

  • 9U - 12U: 1:30 HR or 6 innings

  • 13U - 18U: 1:40 HR or 7 innings

  • Championship games may vary

  • These time limits may be adjusted on a tournament to tournament basis. 


FORFEITS

  • Teams who forfeit during pool play will be ejected from the tournament and will not be placed into the championship bracket.

BATTING ORDER

  • Teams who forfeit during pool play will be ejected from the tournament and will not be placed into the championship bracket.

You have the following 4 choices for your lineup:

  • BAT 9 STRAIGHT

  • BAT 9 WITH DH

  • BAT 10/PLAY WITH 9 WITH EH

  • BAT THE ENITRE LINEUP

  • When using options 1-3, all eligible subs must be listed on the lineup card. Your official lineup must be presented to the opposing coach and plate umpire prior to the start of each game. When using option 4 and a player is injured or unable to play, the team must take an out for that spot in the lineup. A player that has not batted or played in the field, and is injured, will be skipped and taken out of the lineup. You cannot use both a DH and an EH.


COURTESY RUNNERS

  • A courtesy runner can be used for the pitcher and the catcher at any time, once they reach first base. The courtesy runner must be a legal substitute currently not in the game, including starters that have been substituted for but are legally eligible for re-entry.

  • IF YOU ARE BATTING YOUR ENTIRE ROSTER, THE COURTESY RUNNER MUST BE THE LAST BATTER NOT CURRENTLY ON BASE. 


METAL CLEATS

  • Prohibited through 12U.

  • No metal cleats are allowed on temporary mounds or artificial turf fields. 


EJECTIONS

  • Any coach, player or fan ejected from a game is required to leave the field immediately.

  • Coaches will receive an additional game suspension including the current game. Players will only be ejected from the current game unless the ejection happens in the last inning of the current game. Fans that are ejected will be out for the duration of the game.


COACH PITCH RULES

  • The pitching coach must straddle or be behind the pitching rubber that will be set at 42' when releasing the ball. The pitching coach cannot coach any player while he is inside the foul lines and avoid contact with any ball in play. One warning will be given, on the second offense the coach will be removed. The player playing the pitching position must stay behind or beside the offensive coach pitcher until the ball is hit. When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the following rules will apply. If in the umpires judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners shall advance. If in the umpires judgment, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and no-pitch is declared.

  • Ten (10) defensive players will play in the field with four (4) outfielders which must stay in the grass outfield until the ball has been hit.

  • No lead off or stealing. No bunting. No infield fly rule is ever in effect. 

  • Free substitution on the defense.

  • Teams will bat their roster and the batting order will remain the same throughout the game. 

  • Players may not be intentionally walked.

  • Umpires will call “time” after every play and declare the ball dead. “Time should be called as soon as the lead runner is not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule.

  • Pitching rules: Coach Pitch – 6 pitches or 3 swinging strikes. Batter will continue batting if his last strike is fouled off. The offensive side is retired when 3 outs or seven runs are scored.

  • The defensive player listed as pitcher cannot leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit. Penalty: The play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or no-pitch. If a player violates this rule on his first offense he will be warned. On his second offense he will be removed from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.

  • A team may use a courtesy runner for the catcher anytime he gets on base. The courtesy runner must be the last batter not currently on base.

  • Two defensive coaches can be outside of the dugout while the ball is in play. No "outfield coaches".

  • Coaches are responsible for their team's fans/parents. If a parent or fan is ejected from the game, the head coach will also be ejected.

  • Batting out of order:
    First offense in a single game - When a team is found to be batting out of order by the defensive team or an official, the correct batter will be placed at the the plate assuming the the incorrect batters count. 
    Second offense in a single game - When a team is found to be batting out of order by the defensive team or an official, the incorrect batter will be called out after they have received a single pitch and the correct batter will be placed at the plate.


PITCHING RULES

  • 8U:

    • Coach pitch

  • 9U:

    • 25 pitches or less they are allowed to pitch the next day

    • 26-45 pitches they need 1 days rest

    • 46+ pitches they need 2 days rest

    • Max 80 Pitches in 1 day

  • 10U:

    • 25 pitches or less they are allowed to pitch the next day

    • 26-45 pitches they need 1 days rest

    • 46+ pitches they need 2 days rest

    • Max 80 Pitches in 1 day

  • 11U:

    • 25 pitches or less they are allowed to pitch the next day

    • 26-45 pitches they need 1 days rest

    • 46+ pitches they need 2 days rest

    • Max 80 Pitches in 1 day

  • 12U:

    • 25 pitches or less they are allowed to pitch the next day

    • 26-45 pitches they need 1 days rest

    • 46+ pitches they need 2 days rest

    • Max 80 Pitches in 1 day

  • 13U:

    • 25 pitches or less they are allowed to pitch the next day

    • 26-45 pitches they need 1 days rest

    • 46+ pitches they need 2 days rest

    • Max 90 Pitches in 1 day

  • These rules are in the best interest of the safety of our players. 

  • Coaches and scorekeepers are in charge of knowing the number of pitches that their player have made.  Any discrepancy will be decided by the umpires and tournament director.  


INTEGRITY OF TEAMS AND PLAYERS

  • Each coach takes full responsibility to ensure compliance of players (age and amateur status) and to make sure all tournament rules are met. 

RAIN/GAME MODIFICATIONS

  • We will do our best to ensure all gamers are played according to schedule. In case of rain, games will be shortened to 5 innings or 1 hour and 15 minutes. If a game still cannot be completed within that time limit, the game will be cancelled. Scores for partly played games will be based on the last completed inning. 

IN THE EVENT OF A TIE

  • Sunday games will be determined with the International Tie Breaker

    • The batter coming to bat will start with runners at 2nd base and 3rd base. There will be 1 out. For example, if the lead-off hitter is up the 8 and 9 hitters will begin on 2nd and 3rd base. Each team will have an opportunity to score in the International Tie Breaker. 

    • Teams will notify the umpire where they would like to start in the lineup. 

    • POOL PLAY SEEDING TIE BREAKERS

      • HEAD TO HEAD 

      • RUNS differential

      • RUNS allowed

      • RUNS SCORED

      • COIN TOSS

TOURNAMENT RULES

  • The manager is responsible of knowing when pitcher must be removed.

  • 3 Game Guarantee

  • OPEN Roster

  • Player Age: Players must be appropriate age on or before AUGUST 31ST. 

  • Team Insurance must be provided 7 days prior to tournament start date.

  • If there is a tie when the allotted time has expired, there will be a Tie Breaker. 

  • RUN RULE

    • 15 after 4 innings

    • 10 after 5 innings