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13U-14U Tournament Rules 
 

Tournament Format 
The tournament will consist of pool play among teams in a division, followed by playoffs as detailed on page 5 section “Playoffs.” Please bring schedule conflicts to the attention of the Tournament Director for your age group. Every effort will be made to schedule games around those restrictions.
 
Tiebreakers:
 
Division: 
1. Won-Loss Record with Fewest Number of Forfeit Losses
2. Head-to-Head Results
3. Average Runs Allowed of Games Played
4. Average Runs Scored of Games Played
5. Coin Flip
  
Bracket (In age brackets where there are 3 Divisions for seeding):i
1. Won-Loss Record with Fewest Number of Forfeit Loses
2. Average Runs Allowed of Games Played
3. Average Runs Scored of Games Played
4. Coin Flip
  
Once the tie has been broken among teams, that team is no longer considered tied if the next tie breaker must be used among other teams.
 
Note: Scores from forfeited games will not count for tiebreaker purposes.
 
Teams 
• Team rosters can have a maximum of 15 players
• Players must be of eligible age for their group as of April 30
• No player may be on two rosters in the same age bracket.
• Players may “play up” one age group, and may be registered in both age groups as         long as they are eligible in both groups. 
• No changes to team rosters are allowed
• Teams are allowed one adult manager, two adult coaches and one adult scorekeeper
• No other adults are allowed in the dugout area
 
Team records 
Teams must have the following information with them at all games:
• Complete roster of players including names, uniform numbers, and birth dates
• Listing of team manager, coaches, and scorekeeper with contact numbers
• Copies of team insurance certificate
• Copies of player’s birth certificates 

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Game times and location 
Game times are listed on the schedule (home team determined by coin flip before each game).
No inning may begin later than 2 hours from the official start time of the game. All games will have a hard stop at 2 hours and 15 minutes from the official start time of the game. If
 a team cannot field nine (9) players to start the game, that team will forfeit the game. However, if during the course of the game a team should drop to 8 players the team may continue to play.  Should a team drop to less than eight (8) players that team shall forfeit the game. The umpires, who have the sole authority to decide on game forfeiture, will designate the official start time. Umpires also have the discretion to start the official game time if they feel teams are unnecessarily stalling the start of the game.

A regulation game will be 7 innings. Games should be able to be completed in the allowed time slot, however when necessary, evening games may be ended due to darkness and declared official by the umpire. Extra innings should be played if the game is tied after the regulation innings and the inning can be started before the 2 hour and 15 minutes time limit. If a game is tied at the end of an inning when the time limit is reached, the game will be declared official and will count as a tie during pool play. Playoff games must be continued until one team wins, with no time limit. No game can continue past 11:00 p.m.

An official game is 5 complete innings or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is winning. If a game is stopped by the umpire for any reason and has reached the “official” status, the game will be over and existing score and outcome will be final if it cannot be restarted within the 2 hour and 15 minute time limit allotted for that game. If a game is stopped before it has reached “official” status, it will be resumed when possible at the point where it was stopped.

A 10 run rule will be in effect for all games.  If a team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs at the end of the 5th inning (or top of the 5th if home team is winning) or eight (8) runs after 6 innings the game is over.   For the championship game, the team losing by 10 or more runs at the end of the 5th inning has the option to concede, and the game will be over.

Starting games on time takes precedence over pre-game practice. Batting practice is not allowed on the playing fields. Please be prepared to start your games up to 15 minutes early on weekends in the spirit of fitting all the games for that day in at a reasonable hour.

Inclement weather 
In order to complete all scheduled games, every attempt will be made to play games as scheduled. We will try to cancel games as early as possible before game time. Decisions on canceled games will be posted on our website at www.bridgewaterbaseball.com. Team managers will be notified, when possible, via email, phone call, or text message.  If you have not been contacted by a tournament official and the game has not been postponed on the website, the game will be on until canceled at the field. We apologize if you must make an unnecessary trip to the field, but it is not always possible to make a final decision before game time.
 
After a rainout, managers should contact the Tournament Director to reschedule.  Managers are responsible for checking their e-mail and other messages in a timely manner. Forfeits will apply if a message has been left and your team does not show up for a game or contact the Tournament Director to re-schedule. (We do not want any forfeits, so we will make reasonable efforts to contact you).

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Refund Policy 
Due to inclement weather : 0 games played = 90% (10% would be retained for administration costs , 1 game played = 60%, 2 games played = 30%.
Non weather related : All payments are non-refundable after May 15, 2014.

Safety Rules 
Rules and procedures to promote safety at all times are of paramount importance. The league officials and umpires will have authority to enforce safety rules and to regulate activities on the field, dugout, and stands in order to promote a safe playing environment.

• Only 1 batter is allowed in the fenced on-deck area at a time
• Batters in the on-deck area must have a helmet on at all times
• Player catchers must wear a helmet and facemask when warming up a pitcher
• Only players, manager, coaches and scorekeeper are allowed in the dugout
• No batting practice is allowed on the field
• No soft toss into the fence
• Catchers must wear cups during the game

Uniforms and Equipment 
Only approved Babe Ruth equipment is allowed.  Uniforms must follow general Babe Ruth rules.

Single barrel bats are NOT allowed. Please refer to the Cal Ripken rule book for all bat and equipment rules.

 

Umpires and officials 
All games will have two umpires.  All tournament umpires have completed official training courses and have experience in local leagues. Umpires are granted authority to regulate the game and activities on the field in order to promote safety and fair play. Ensuring a high level of quality umpiring is a high priority of the tournament officials and Bridgewater Baseball. Specific concerns may be directed to the Tournament Director.
 
Tournament officials will be present during all games. They are responsible for all tournament activities, including resolving any issues and assisting teams whenever possible.

Protests 
Only rule interpretations may be protested. All decisions will be made by the tournament officials that are present at that game. All protests must be settled before the next pitch. No protests will be accepted after the next pitch or later in the tournament. Please make sure you ask the umpire to stop the game and call for a tournament official at the appropriate time or the protest may become null and void. A protest fee of $50 (refundable if protest is upheld) must be paid before protest will be considered.

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Playing Rules 
The overall playing rules will follow Official Babe Ruth Rules except where specifically noted below or as determined by tournament officials. Rulings by umpires may be appealed to tournament officials, however, it should be noted that umpires will generally be given significant authority by officials and will only rarely be overruled and only under extraordinary circumstances.

Game Roster 
Each team must maintain a game scorebook and maintain a team lineup that indicates pitcher availability to the opposing team manager and umpire prior to the start of the game. Scorekeepers should reconcile results periodically throughout the game, and should inform opposing scorekeeper of any changes in the lineup as they are put into effect.


Teams must start the game with a minimum of 9 players. Pitchers may not re-enter the pitching position once removed from this position during the game. If for any reason a team is forced to go down to eight players, the game may continue. The first time this unoccupied spot in the batting order comes up, an out shall be declared. After that, the batting order will shrink as if the spot was never there. Any player withdrawals that leave fewer than 8 players will result in an immediate forfeit.

Batting
Bat the entire roster, or play 9 with an optional 10th extra hitter (EH), for all games including playoff games.  We highly recommend that teams bat their full roster of players (if a team brings 12 players to the game we recommend batting 12 players). If a player becomes injured or has to leave the game, that player’s spot in the batting order shall be skipped without an out being charged. Players arriving late for a game will be inserted at the end of the batting order when batting entire roster only.

Player Substitution and Re-Entry (batting entire roster)
There will be free defensive substitutions. No defensive minimum playing time is required for any player

Extra hitter 
Teams may add an optional 10th batter extra hitter (EH) to the batting order, in any location in the order. If used, the EH must be included in the original batting order submitted prior to the start of the game and must remain in the order for the entire game. If a player must leave the game for any reason, that spot in the batting order shall be skipped. Spots may not be added to the batting order once the game has started.

Player Substitution and Re-Entry (With Extra Hitter)
There will be free defensive substitutions. Non-starting players may be substituted in the batting order. The starter must re-enter in the same spot in the batting order. (NOTE: A pitcher cannot re-enter and pitch again, as stated above.) Once removed, a non-starting player may not re-enter the batting order unless there is an injury or illness to another player which would result in fewer than 9 players available to bat. No minimum playing time is required for any player.

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Base Running 
All bases may be stolen, including home.  Metal spikes are allowed.
All runners must slide OR avoid contact at any base, and especially at home, whenever there is a play or throw to the base. Runners who do not slide or avoid contact, will be called out for interference. Umpires are given authority for determining player‘s intention to slide or avoid contact.
Runners may slide head-first into any base except home. Runners sliding head-first into home plate will be called out.  Pitchers and catchers can be run for, regardless of the number of outs. That runner will be the last batted out, or a player that is not in the current lineup. 

Infield fly  
The infield fly rule will be enforced.
 
Pitching Rules 
A pitcher may pitch up to 7 total innings, in consecutive games (1-6, 2-5, 3-4 etc).
One pitch to a batter counts as an inning pitched.  The maximum number of innings for a pitcher is ten innings for the tournament, including playoff games.  The pitching limits are NOT reset for the playoffs.  Any pitching rules contained herein that are violated will result in a game forfeit.
One trip to the mound per pitcher in an inning is allowed. A second trip per pitcher in an inning will result in the removal of the pitcher. A coach must ask the umpire for time before crossing the foul line. (There is no limit on number of trips to the mound per game).  Balks will be called, no warnings will be issued.
 
Playoffs 
Playoffs in all age groups will be single elimination.  There will not be a time limit in playoff games.

Playoff formats will be determined by the Tournament Director and discussed on the pre-Tournament conference call.  The higher seed shall be the home team in all playoff games.  Should the teams both be seeded the same, a coin flip will determine the home team.
 

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If 4 Divisions - Division 1 Winner will play Division 4 Winner & Division 2 Winner will play Division 3 Winner in the first round.  Coin flip for home team in Championship Game.

Rules for coaches 
An adult coach must be used at 3rd base. Either an adult or player may coach 1st base, but players must wear a batting helmet while on the field.
 
Only the team manager may discuss calls with any umpire. Managers are expected to treat umpires respectfully. Questions of rule application may be discussed calmly with the umpire. The umpires judgment calls may not questioned.
 
The team manager is responsible for the conduct of his players, coaches, scorekeeper, and spectators. The use of foul language or abusive treatment of umpires or the opposing team will not be tolerated and the team manager is expected to take appropriate action. Team managers, coaches, and players may be ejected by the umpire without warning for:
 
• Abusive treatment of umpires
• Touching an umpire in any way that would not be considered accidental
• Unnecessarily delaying the game
• Instigating and promoting unsportsmanlike conduct
• Drinking alcoholic beverages within the complex or participating in a game under-the-influence
• Involvement in any physical confrontations
 
Continued violation of these rules following a manager, coach, or player ejection will result in a game forfeit.  All ejections will immediately be reviewed by the Tournament Director to determine if further disciplinary action is appropriate.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of the Bridgewater Baseball complex. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the grounds of the Bridgewater Baseball complex.

 

Updated 1/1/17

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