A. Rosters: If required, each team is to have an online roster at www.westhoustonbaseball.com before they can be scheduled for an event. Commencement of play designates acceptance of your opponent’s roster. Any team having a fraudulent roster will be immediately suspended from play and reported to the Tournament Director. The only roster protest allowed after a game begins is the use of a player that does not appear on the roster at all. The changeable roster may consist of a maximum of 15 legal players. Roster batting shall be defined as 12 players batting in the line-up. Any player who participates in the tournament must be listed on the roster.
B. Protests: The only protest that will be allowed is concerning a rules infraction or a roster violation and a $100 cash retainer shall be given to the Tournament Director. If a protest is upheld, the retainer shall be refunded. If it is not, no refund shall be given. No protest shall be allowed on any judgement calls.
C. Sportsmanship: Unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. Umpires will handle unsportsmanlike conduct on the field of play; managers are expected to handle situations with fans or parents. Failure of a manager to immediately resolve a situation will result in the manager’s ejection. Umpires will maintain control and have the authority to eject or remove players, coaches or fans from the facility. Razzing, heckling, chanting or making disparaging remarks or noises directed at opponents in any manner is prohibited. Shakers or noise makers are not allowed. For the safety of all players and to maintain integrity of the game, organized cheering or chanting is not allowed while the pitcher is preparing to deliver the pitch or as the ball is pitched. Like all rules, enforcement is subject to umpire judgment. Foul and abusive language will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Cursing or throwing equipment is grounds for an automatic ejection. There is a zero-tolerance policy for making threats or taking physical action. Any occurrence will be immediately reported to the proper authorities.
D. Ejections: Any manager, coach, player or fan ejected from the game must leave the area and may not return until the next scheduled game, subject to league/Tournament directors review and approval. If the same person is ejected a second time, he or she will not be allowed into the park for the remainder of the tournament. Failure to comply will result in forfeit.
E. Reentry Fee: Any manager or coach ejected from a game may be required to deposit a $100 cash reentry fee with the tournament director to participate in the next scheduled game. This fee will be returned provided that the same individual is not ejected a second time during the event.
F. Method of Play: 6u competition will be played with a batting tee; the tournament director will specify the type of baseball to be used. 7u and 8u competition will be “Coach Pitch”.
G. Home/Visitor: In Open League games, Home team will be determined by the schedule. In tournament pool games, Home team will be determined by a coin toss. The Home team will provide an adult to be the official scorekeeper. The Visiting team will provide a person to work the scoreboard.
H. Dugouts: For Open League games and tournament pool play, dugouts are first come, first served. For bracket play, the Home team will normally occupy the 3rd base dugout, but may elect to occupy the 1st base dugout if the previous game’s team is leaving. When a team plays back-to-back games on the same field, they will remain in their dugout, and their opponent will occupy the other dugout.
I. Practice: Infield or batting practice on the field of play is not permitted.
J. Game Balls: For tournaments, all teams will receive two baseballs for pool games. For bracket play, teams will provide umpires with one new “brand name” leather baseball (Pro-9, Wilson, Diamond, Rawlings, etc.) at the beginning of each game. If balls are not returned in a timely manner, umpire will alternate dugouts (home team first) replacing baseballs. Umpires will provide baseballs for Open League games.
A. While on offense, only the batter and the on-deck batter can be outside of the dugout fence.
B. A bat boy/girl may leave the dugout to retrieve a bat after all playing action is completed. All bat boys/girls must wear a helmet with two earflaps when not in the dugout.
C. While on defense, there can be no equipment outside the dugout; this includes the on-deck circle.
D. Catchers are required to wear helmets that protect both ears and the back of the head. Either throat protector or mask protecting the throat must be worn. Skullcaps are not permitted. Catchers are required to wear a protective cup.
E. Players shall not wear jewelry. The umpire will ask the player to remove the jewelry. Play will not resume until the jewelry is removed or the player is replaced. This is not an ejection or an out. Medical alert bracelets/necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body to remain visible.
F. The use of cell phones is prohibited on the playing field by players, coaches or umpires.
G. Slash Rule: There will be no slashing at 12u and below. The penalty shall be an ejection of the manager, the batter will be called out and the ball is dead, with no advancement of the runners.
H. Bat Rule: defines material and demensions
A. Umpires are responsible for keeping the score by inning, the number of outs recorded per pitcher and the final score. Umpires are to print legibly so that there is no question on the above information.
B. After the game, umpires are to take the game cards to the tournament director. Umpires may choose to leave the field immediately and not approach managers to sign game cards.
C. Managers have thirty (30) minutes after their game ends to verify the final score and pitching records. Failure to verify within the allotted time means that you agree with the contents on the card as written by the umpire.
D. Once the 30 minutes has passed, the manager states that the information on the card is true and correct. There will be no changes to game cards after the managers verified this information. Any violation of tournament pitching rules will result in a forfeit of the game where the violation occurred.
E. Tie Breakers / Pool Play. The method of pool play, seeding and advancement will be determined by the Tournament Director based on teams location, strength and no play requests.
G. Advancement to the Semi-Final games will be based on seeding and number of teams entered in a particular age division. If possible, the top 4 seeds will play in the Semi-Finals; however, a situation could occur in which only the top 2 seeds would play in the Finals.
H. All 7 inning forfeits will be scored 7-0. 6 inning forfeits will be scored 7-0