We will follow USA rules with the exception of any specific rules stated here.
Only ASA/USA and or USSSA certified bats are legal for game play. Any violations of the rule will cause this player to be called out and head coach to be ejected from the game.
Home/visitor for pool play will be determined by a coin-flip before the game. Home team will keep the official scorebook. Higher seed has the option (choice) of home/visitor in the elimination rounds.
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. Team should be ready 30 minutes prior to game time.
There are no protests allowed. Coaches have the right, at any time, to call a Director to a field for a rule’s 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. Game time rules still apply during dispute (the clock does not stop). 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.
Coaches have the option of (A) Batting as many hitters in there active roster in the lineup with free defensive substitutions (B) Batting ten using the DP/FLEX option The designated player and flex option can be used provided it is known prior to the lineup becoming official. The designated player is indicated on the lineup as one of the nine hitters in the batting order. The flex player will be placed on the 10th position in the lineup. Eligible players can be listed in the substitute list on the lineup or (C) Batting 9 players.
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.
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 or illness, that player is not eligible to return to the game in any capacity. Game time rules still apply during injury (the clock does not stop) unless injury is severe and at the director’s discretion.
A coach is allowed one mound visit per inning.
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.
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 player who made the last batted out.
Any player/Coach ejected from the game must leave the field /Dugout for the remainder of that game. A second ejection by the same player/coach will result in a meeting with the Tournament Director Player/Coach will be suspended for an additional game. A third ejection will result in dismissal for the remainder of the tournament.
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.
Ages 10u 12u 14u 16u 18u play 7 innings for a complete regulation game.
Teams will play complete games.
In case of weather issues tournament director can set a time limit if needed to get all pool play games in for teams. Game only because of weather would have a time limit that includes finish the inning.
POOL PLAY: If a game is tied after a completed 7 innings one extra inning will be played. If the game is tied after the extra inning, then the game will conclude in a tie.
ELIMINATION PLAY: No games will end in a tie. Must play until winner is determined. Starting in the 8th inning the runner will start on 2nd base. (The previous inning last batted out).
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: There is no time limit.
A run rule will be enforced for all games, including pool play and elimination games. The run rule shall be 15 runs after 3 innings 12 runs after 4 innings or 8 runs after 5 innings. If the home team is behind at the point of the defines 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.
Age as of December 31, 2020 is the determining factor for the team’s age division. Take the oldest player on your team, determine that players age as of December 31, 2020 and that is the age division your team will be required to play.
A team must show up to the first game with 9 players. A team cannot come to the tournament and start their game with 8 players.
There will be no dropped third strike for the 10u age divisions. All other age divisions will have the dropped third strike rule in place.
There will be no infield fly rule for the 10u age division. All other age divisions will have the infield fly rule in place.
10U 35ft mound 60 ft bases (11-inch ball)
12U 40ft mound 60 ft bases (12-inch ball)
14U, 16u, 18u 43ft mound 60 ft bases (12-inch ball)
1. Head to head (If more than 2 teams tied all must have played each other or we use 2nd tiebreaker)
2. Total runs given up in all pool play games. Low number higher seed
3. Coin flip by tournament director
Although we try to work with all teams that enter our events, it is important to understand the problems that are created when a team registers for an event and then does not follow through with their commitment to participate. When you enter a tournament, we make a commitment to you – we expect the same type of commitment in return. These instances not only affect our organization, but every other organization that has made a commitment to play. Therefore, the following Cancellation Policy is in effect:
All cancellations must be received in writing via email, or regular mail. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted.
Teams that cancel out of an event more than 30 days prior to the start of the event, will be issued a credit of ½ of the entry fee minus festival administrative fee. The credit can be used within 12 months for another festival that the team is not currently registered for.
Inside 30 days, there will be a $1200 administrative fee charged, and any credit will be at the sole discretion of the tournament director.
Once a festival is full and “closed,” or a game schedule has been distributed, absolutely no credit will be given. At the sole discretion of the tournament director, a credit may be offered, which can be used for another Homerun tournament during the current year, provided the other tournament is not full and a schedule has not yet been distributed.
If it is necessary to suspend a tournament, after you have played your first game, due to weather or some other unforeseen event, there is no credit.
In case of a festival being cancelled because of covid-19 or any nature disaster teams will be refunded 75% and a credit of 25% for a future festival and or tournament
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