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Westchester Baseball Classic

TOURNAMENT RULES

presented by the

Scarsdale Baseball Club

 

Tournament Directors: Brian Walker (914-980-7526) and Joe Feldman (917-364-2422)

 

TOURNAMENT RULES

Unless otherwise noted below, all tournament play will be governed by National Federation of High School rules.

 

INSURANCE

Each team is required to have sufficient liability insurance. Minimal coverage of $1 million is required. You will be required to submit proof of insurance prior to your first game of the tournament.

If possible, please send electronically to Brian Walker at bwalker10583@gmail.com and Glenn Thaler at glennthaler@gmail.com. Otherwise, insurance certificates will be collected on the field by a Bracket Coordinator.

Insurance can be obtained through K&K insurance Group, Inc. in Fort Wayne Indiana. They specialize in insurance for amateur sports teams and leagues. Their number is 800-426-2889 and their web address iswww.kandkinsurance.com. You may also go to www.sportsinsurance-kk.com.

 

ROSTER

Each team is able to carry 20 players. Age is determined by player’s age as of April 30 of this year. Roster forms will be distributed prior to the tournament start. One roster must be submitted to a Tournament Director or Bracket Coordinator and one must be with each coach at all times.

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Birth certificates must be available for validation at the first game by a Bracket Coordinator. Players must be of age and have a legitimate birth certificate available at the start of each game. Birth certificates must remain with each coach at all times.

 

BRACKET FORMATS

Six (6) Teams in a Bracket: All teams will have four (4) games, with the ‎first three (3) being randomly assigned for seeding purposes for a final round that matches teams (#1 vs. #2; #3 vs. #4; and #5 vs. #6) based on points earned in the first three (3) games.

  • Points: Two (2) points will be awarded for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss.
  • Tie Breakers: Tie breakers will be based on the following: 1) head-to-head; 2) least runs allowed; 3) run differential (positive difference between runs scored and runs given up); and 4) coin flip.‎

Eight (8) Teams in a Bracket: ‎All‎ teams will h‎ave four (4) games, with the ‎first three (3) being for seeding purposes for a final round. ‎The eight (8) teams will be divided randomly into two (2) divisions to determine seeding based on points earning in the first three (3) games for a final round in which the matchups will be with the corresponding ranking team in each division, meaning #1 vs. #1; #2 vs. #2; #3 vs. #3; and #4 vs. #4.

  • Points: Two (2) points will be awarded for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss.
  • Tie Breakers: Tie breakers will be based on the following: 1) head-to-head; 2) least runs allowed; 3) run differential (positive difference between runs scored and runs given up); and 4) coin flip.‎

 

HOME TEAM

First Three (3) Games: In the first three (3) rounds, the home team will be determined by a coin flip prior to the game by the umpire, with the team traveling the farthest distance calling the toss.

Final Game: In ‎the final round, the home team will be the team with the most points prior to the game. If the teams have the same number of points, the home team will be determined by a coin flip prior to the game by the umpire, with the team traveling the farthest distance calling the toss.‎

 

GAME START TIME

Game time is forfeit time, unless delay is caused by a Tournament Director or Bracket Coordinator. Game time starts on delivery of first pitch. All teams are obligated to play all games in the tournament, including consolation rounds. In the event of inclement weather, as many games as possible will be rescheduled for Monday, May 28. There will be no refunds of tournament fees.

  • Bench: Home team chooses side of field.
  • Infield Warm-Up: Home team has field until 15 minutes prior to game time. Visiting team has field until game time.
  • Official Start Time: Umpire will note start time to both managers.
  • Foul Ball Retrieval: Each team responsible for retrieving all foul balls on their side of the field.
  • Coaches: Each team is allowed three (3) adult coaches to interact and sit with their team. All other adults must remain away from player bench and backstop.

 

MINIMUM PLAYERS

A team must start game with a minimum of eight (8) players.

  • Penalty: Forfeit

 

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution is governed by the by National Federation of High School rules. A starter may return to the game once, and only in the same spot in the batting order.

 

LINEUPS

Lineups and rosters must be exchanged prior to the game.

 

ROSTER BATTING

Roster batting is allowed for all age groups.

 

PINCH RUNNERS

A pinch runner does not count as a substitute if he runs for the catcher when there are two outs. This is optional. Last batted out is the runner. All other pinch runners are considered substitutions.

 

HEAD-FIRST SLIDING

Head-first sliding is NOT allowed in the 14U bracket, but IS allowed in the 15U and 16U brackets.‎

 

EQUIPMENT

Cleats: Metal cleats are allowed.

Bats: Wood and BBCOR bats acceptable for 15U and16U. Wood bats will be used for 14U.

 

PITCHING AND PITCHING RECORDS

Each pitcher may pitch a maximum of 100 pitches in the tournament. Extra innings count against pitching limits.

There will be no balk warnings.

Pitching record sheets will be distributed prior to game start. Each team must keep a pitching record (keep track of pitch count) for pitchers of BOTH teams.

At the conclusion of a game, each team must sign the opposing team’s pitching record. The WINNING TEAM is required to submit via email the game score and pitching record (name and number of innings pitched) of BOTH teams’ pitchers to the opposing manager and Bracket Coordinators (see below) at the conclusion of the game.

 

BRACKET COORDINATORS

14U: Marc Greenwald (marcgreenwald@quinnemanuel.com)

15U: Dan Bernstein (daniel.bernstein@morganstanley.com)

16U: Steve Smith (stephen.smith@siriusxm.com)

 

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS

A Tournament Director and/or Bracket Coordinator will email coaches 90 minutes prior to game time if games are to be cancelled. If no email is received, the manager and team must show at field in time to start game. Once a game begins, the umpires have sole discretion over suspension or cancellation of the game.

In the event that a game is stopped because of weather or other reason:

  • Before a game becomes a regulation game, it is declared a suspended game and shall be resumed at the exact point of suspension and played to completion (time limit and tiebreaker rules apply).
  • After a game has become a regulation game, it shall be ruled a complete game, with the score reverting to end of previous full inning.

Refund Policy: In the event that weather causes games to be canceled and teams play at least one but fewer than four games, there will be no refunds. If the entire tournament is canceled due to weather, we will credit payment for this year’s tournament to next year’s tournament, minus basic tournament expenses.

 

GAME END TIMES

No inning shall start after two (2) hours following the first pitch.

Regulation game requires losing team to bat five times.

Brackets with championship games will have no time limit in the final game.

 

GAME TIEBREAKERS

If a game is tied at the end of seven (7) innings, California rule will apply. Starting with the top of the next inning and each half-inning thereafter, the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the player who made the last out the previous inning being placed on second base. Both teams will get a chance to bat. If the game is tied, regardless of the number of innings played, the game will be declared a tie if the time limit of two (2) hours to start an inning has been reached. If a game ends in a tie, each team will be awarded one (1) point. Note that extra innings count against pitching limits.

The championship game for each bracket will continue normal play (without extra men on base) until a winner is determined.

 

MERCY RULE

Mercy rule is 12 runs after the losing team has batted five times. If a 12 run lead or greater is achieved in top of the sixth or seventh inning, the losing team is allowed to bat in its half of the inning. If a 12 run lead or greater is achieved in bottom of the fifth, sixth, or seventh inning, the mercy rule is declared and the game is over.

 

EJECTIONS

Any player or coach ejected from a game will automatically be suspended for the next game in the tournament.