2019 Tournament Rules!
For game play, we will follow NFHS (National Federation of State High School) rules with the exception of any specific in-house rules stated here and/or the Welcome Packet
For game play, we will follow NFHS (National Federation of State High School) rules with the exception of any specific in-house rules stated here and/or the Welcome Packet
Admission to all of the Youth Baseball Nationals games is included in the team entry fees. There will be NO GATE FEE for the event! We encourage family and friends to come to the complex to cheer on the athletes and show their support.
Age, as of APRIL 30, 2018, is the determining factor for the team’s age division. Take the oldest player on your team, determine that players age as of APRIL 30, 2018, and that is the age division your team will be required to play in.
A customized team award and individual awards will be presented to the championship and runner-up teams in each age division. In addition, customized awards will be presented to the skills competition winners.
9u-10u: One warning per PITCHER, per game before penalty
11u-15u: NO Warnings
Game balls will be provided for all games. Teams are to bring their own practice balls and any other necessary equipment (i.e. catcher’s gear, bats, gloves, etc.). Uniforms are NOT provided at the Nationals. Teams are to provide their own uniforms. Each player on a team should have a unique number displayed on their jersey.
Teams will be able to have ONE team cooler in their dugout during game play. During check-in, we will provide your team with a team cooler tag. This tag must be on the team cooler at all times to be allowed inside the park or dugout. Any cooler without this tag are not permitted. All other baseball and safety equipment are the responsibility of each team.
Coaches have the option of batting their entire lineup (every active, rostered player) with free defensive substitutions or to hit 9 rostered players with the option of using a DH. The DH can be for any player in the Batting Line-Up. If a player is ejected and a team has no substitutes, their future at-bats will result in an automatic out.
Coaches must carry all player’s birth certificates or proof of age on person at all times throughout the tournament. If player’s age is disputed and valid proof of age cannot be produced, said player would be expelled from the tournament until proof is provided.
Myrtle Beach: Metal cleats are legal for 13u, 14u and 15u age groups ONLY. Plastic/Rubber cleats are required for all other age groups. However, metal cleats are NOT permitted on portable mounds. Therefore, 13u, 14u and 15u pitchers will have to change into either tennis shoes or plastic/rubber cleats when pitching.
There will be a mandatory coaches’ meeting approximately 15 minutes following opening ceremonies on Friday night. This meeting must be attended by ALL registered coaches, including assistant coaches. The coaches’ meeting will address all tournament rules, activities, and all team and personal behavior expectations. There will be a sign-in sheet at the meeting that ALL registered coaches will be required to sign acknowledging their attendance. Coach passes will be distributed to each coach after this meeting and each pass can only be obtained by that specific coach.
Courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher allowed at any time. If substitutions exist, the courtesy runner must be a sub. If not, the courtesy runner must be the last batted out. The same runner cannot courtesy run twice in the same inning.
Managers and coaches are not required to be in uniform during the games. However, we do expect the adults on the field to be dressed appropriately. All registered coaches will receive a coaches pass during the mandatory coaches meeting on opening night. Coaches MUST be wearing their pass in the dugout at all times. Nationals tournament staff reserve the right to make an on-site pass inspection at any time. Those found to be abusing their pass are subject to expulsion from the facility.
The dropped third strike rule will apply to all age groups.
2.1 In the event of rain after a game has started, a 6 inning game will be considered complete if 4 innings have been played, a 7 inning game will be considered complete if 5 innings have been played, unless the home team is ahead after 3 1/2 innings or 4 1/2 innings respectively. In this case, that game shall also be considered official. If the minimum number of innings have not been played to consider a game official, then the game will be considered suspended and will be resumed (if possible) from the point of suspension at the earliest time available.
2.2 If the schedule does not permit for the game to be resumed at the point of suspension and there have not been enough innings played to consider the game official, then the higher seed shall advance regardless of the score at the point of suspension. If the game is tied at the point of suspension, and the schedule does not permit for the game to be resumed, the higher seed shall advance.
2.3 If the championship game starts and is not able to complete, and has not reached enough innings for the game to be considered official, then the higher seed will be named champion regardless of score at the time of suspension.
do not play in to a “great” experience for those involved. For this reason, we collect data and ask for team classification when participants register for our event.
Due to the fact that team classification is considered when scheduling the pool play match-ups it is possible for some teams to have a more difficult or easier schedule than others. Therefore, one of the unique factors in seeding determination at the Nationals is a strength of schedule (SOS) factor that plays into the overall seeding of teams for the single-elimination tournament rounds. This SOS factor is based on the make-up of the A, AA, AAA and Major classified teams your team is scheduled to play against during pool play.
In determining seeding, “achievement points” (based on your team’s won/loss performance) will also be added to SOS factor to determine the final seeding. Seeding for the tournament will be posted as early as possible after the completion of all pool play games.
ONLY registered coaches and players are allowed on the field and inside the dugouts. Teams are NOT permitted to have a batboy/batgirl at any time. Registered coaches are required to be wearing their Nationals coach pass at all times in order to be allowed on the field of play and inside the dugouts.
The Nationals has a medical team that will be onsite for the duration of the event. It is important to remember that our medical team are not medical doctors. They will provide basic first aid, determine the severity of injuries and make recommendations as to whether or not a player should see a doctor or go to an emergency room. The staff are employees of the local hospital closest to the facility.
No warm-ups on the infields. All pre-game warm-ups will need to be made in the outfield grass. No soft-tossing into fences.
Home/visitor for pool play will be determined by a coin flip before the game. Higher seed has the option (choice) of home/visitor in the elimination rounds.
When a team chooses to bat the entire lineup, if a player is injured during the game, their spot in the lineup is skipped with no penalty. Once the spot in the lineup is skipped due to an injury, that player is not eligible to return to the game in any capacity.
The infield fly rule will apply to all age groups.
When issuing an intentional walk, it is not necessary to throw a pitch. Decision can simply be communicated with the umpire and the base awarded.
Leads/stealing is allowed in all age divisions.
Only BPF 1.15 stamped bats, BB-COR bats, USA bats, and wood bats are legal for game play for 9U-13U. The 14U age group has the same standards for bats, except all bats used for game play must be a weight drop of -5 or heavier. Only BB-COR and wood bats with a weight drop of -3 or heavier are legal for 15U game play. Any violation of this rule will result in the batter with the illegal bat being called out and the head coach to be ejected for that game. Any bat questions are up to tournament direction discretion. Due to player safety, multiple models of DeMarini 2017 CF Zen (-8) and (-10) bats have been declared ineligible for game play. For a complete list of these illegal bats, please see the following link: http://www.demarini.com/en-us/
If lightning is visible, and is determined to be within a 6 mile radius of the park, the game shall be suspended until it is determined that the lightning has moved a safe distance away. This determination will be made by the medical staff and tournament directors utilizing technology and instruments that measure lightning distance. We may ask that all participants and fans leave the park facilities if it is deemed the lightning is too close. All communications concerning lightning will be relayed via our text messaging service.
The parent or legal guardian of every rostered player will need to complete and sign the Parental Waiver and Release of Liability form located on the team portal page of this website. Once this form has been completed and signed by ALL the parents of rostered players, it needs to be uploaded by MAY 15, 2019.
Parking is FREE and available at designated areas. Be prepared to arrive early should you need to walk from parking lot to baseball field. Limited shuttle service will be available, but we cannot guarantee that the shuttle will be available for your party when you arrive at the park. We are not responsible for any damaged vehicles, theft or loss of property.
Once a pitcher has been removed from the pitching position, he cannot re-enter as the pitcher.
There are no pitching limitations at the Nationals, coaches discretion. We expect all coaches to use good faith in how they utilize their pitchers and the amount of innings and pitches thrown throughout the tournament. Although we do not enforce any specific pitching limitations we expect that all coaches have their own reasonable limitations built in for each of their player’s arms to protect them from overuse.
A team can start with just 8 players ONLY if all other rostered players are injured, sick or otherwise incapacitated. That team will be allowed to bat only 8 with no penalty. If the number of players dips below 8, then an automatic out shall be recorded for those spots in the lineup less than 8.
1.1 In the event of rain after a game has started, a 6 inning game will be considered complete if 4 innings have been played, a 7 inning game will be considered complete if 5 innings have been played, unless the home team is ahead after 3 1/2 innings or 4 1/2 innings respectively. In this case, that game shall also be considered official. If the minimum number of innings have not been played to consider a game official, then the game will be considered suspended and will be resumed (if possible) from the point of suspension.
1.2 If the schedule does not permit for the game to be resumed (at the point of suspension), then that game will be considered cancelled. Cancelled pool play games will not be rescheduled.
1.3 If a game is suspended, but enough innings have been played to consider the game official, and the game is tied at the point of suspension, then that game will stand as a tie. This is the ONLY situation in which a game can end in a tie (as tie-breaker rules are used for games not suspended due to weather).
There are no designated practice areas at Grand Park. However, teams are welcome to utilize any of the open areas at their discretion. There are batting cages available on-site at the complex. The batting cages should ONLY be used by teams yet to play their scheduled game for that day. If your team has completed all of their scheduled games for the day, then we ask that you refrain from using the cages for the remainder of that day to allow for other teams to prepare for their games.
There are no protests allowed. Coaches have the right, at any time, to call a Director to a field for a rules interpretation (Director Call). This does not include JUDGMENT CALLS made by the umpires. This action is to be taken in lieu of protests. In order to properly handle each Director Call, play must be stopped and the Director must be called BEFORE the next pitch. If the disputed call involves the last play of the game, the protesting team must appeal before the umpires leave the confines of the field.
Ages 9U through 12U play 6 innings for a regulation game. Ages 13U through 15U play 7 innings for a regulation game.
A Run rule will be enforced for all games, including both pool play and elimination games. The run rule shall be 12 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings or 8 runs after 5 innings. If the home team is behind at the point of the defined run rule, they will still get their last at-bat. If the home
team is ahead by the run rule they will not bat in the bottom-half of that respective inning. For example, if the home team is already ahead by 10 runs after 3 1/2 innings, they will not bat in the bottom half of the 4th inning and the game will be official.
A slash bunt (aka “butcher boy”) is illegal in the 9U-10U age divisions. The player will be called out immediately if the play is attempted. A slash bunt is defined as a player showing bunt at any time during the pitch and then swinging at that same pitch. This is a legal play for ages 11U through 15U.
Must slide/avoid contact. A player must slide or attempt to avoid contact on all close plays (umpire discretion). If, in an umpire’s judgment, there is intentional contact, that umpire may call the runner out on that play. If the contact is judged as intentional and malicious, that umpire may also eject the player from the game.
Head first sliding is permitted only into first, second, or third base. Head first sliding IS NOT allowed into home plate if there is a play at home plate. If there is a play at home and the baserunner slides head first then that player shall be called out automatically. However, if a player slides head first into home and there was no play at the plate then the team will receive one warning, but no automatic out will be called (umpire discretion on if there was a play at home). Any future head first slides at home will be an automatic out regardless if there was a play at the plate or not.
Re-entry rule (if not batting entire lineup): Starters may re-enter in the same offensive spot once. Substitutes cannot re-enter the game once they have been removed.
All coaches, both head coaches and assistant coaches, will be required to sign the Coaches Code of Conduct. This form is located on the team portal page on this website. Once the form is completed, it will need to be uploaded NO LATER than MAY 15, 2019.
During opening ceremonies and the parade of teams, you will want for your team to be led onto the field holding a team banner. We suggest a 3′ x 5′ banner size.
Each team is required to carry its own general liability and accident medical insurance with minimum general liability of $2,000,000 and minimum accident medical of $100,000. These amounts are below the standard threshold of insurance offered through organizations such as USSSA, BPA, Nations Baseball, etc so it’s likely you already have this coverage in place for your team. Each team will be required to submit a certificate of insurance to our baseball operations staff as soon as possible. The certificate must have Athletx Sports Group, LLC listed as additionally insured in the following format:
Athletx Sports Group, LLC
11221 Plantside Dr
Louisville, KY 40299
Once you have the certificate prepared by your insurance carrier, your certificate should be uploaded to our baseball operations center through the team portal page on this website.
The Nationals official team rosters are to be completed on the provided official roster (Microsoft Excel) document that can be downloaded from the online portal page of this website. Each roster will need to be completed, saved and then uploaded NO LATER than APRIL 15, 2018.
The time limit will start when the first warmup pitch is thrown. No new inning may start after the time limit elapses. The standard time limit for all age groups is 1 hour and 45 minutes. There is no time limit for the championship games. Nationals tie-break rules will apply should a pool play game be tied at the end of the time limit or at the end of the regulation innings. If a game is tied after a completed time limit or regulation innings, one extra inning will be played. If the game is tied after the extra inning, then the game will conclude in a tie. Nationals tie-break rules do not apply to elimination round games. However, time limits will apply in the elimination round up until the championship games on Championship Thursday.
The Nationals official team rosters are to be completed on the provided official roster (Microsoft Excel) document that can be downloaded from the online portal page of this website. Each roster will need to be completed, saved and then uploaded NO LATER than APRIL 15, 2019.
No games played: 100% credit towards 2017 Nationals
1 game played: 30% credit towards 2017 Nationals
2 games played: 15% credit towards 2017 Nationals
3 or more games played: No credit or refund