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2019 Sea Country Classic Rules

Updated June 10, 2019

1)    USA RULES
USA rules will be in effect except as may be described below. Other modifications and clarifications are as follows:

2)    8 & UNDER

a)    Game time = 1:15 no new/1:30 drop dead in Pool Play (game can end in a tie for pool); 1:20 no new in Elimination Play; Championship Game = 1:40 no new or 6 innings, whichever occurs first.

b)    Run Limit = 4 runs per inning for the first 3 innings; unlimited thereafter. Run limit applies in pool play and elimination/championship play.

c)     Pitching distance will be 30 feet. Base paths will be 60 feet.

d)    A Worth RIF 10" ball will be used.

e)    Four outfielders (optional) must remain on the grass until ball reaches the plate.

f)      No coach pitch; walks allowed.

g)    No dropped third strike.

h)    No infield fly rule.

i)      Base Stealing - One base per pitch. No stealing home (home plate "frozen"). Runner may leave the base when the ball leaves pitcher's hand.

j)      All players bat (Round Robin batting).

k)    Courtesy runners are allowed for the pitcher and the catcher. The last recorded out is eligible to be a courtesy runner. If two runners are necessary in the same inning (one for the pitcher and one for the catcher), the last two recorded outs will be used.

 3)    10 & UNDER

a)    Game time = 1:20 no new/1:30 drop dead in Pool Play (game can end in a tie for pool); 1:25 no new (or 6 innings) in Elimination Play; Championship Game = 6 innings.

b)    Pitching Distance will be 35 feet. Base paths will be 60 feet.

c)     A Worth RIF 11" ball will be used.

d)    No run limit during pool play, elimination, and championship.

e)    Pool Play- Teams Must bat Round Robin (all players bat).

f)      Elimination games- teams have the option of batting the entire roster, batting the starting line-up of 9 players, or utilizing the DP/FLEX rule.

g)    Courtesy runners are allowed for the pitcher and the catcher if you are batting the entire roster. If batting 9, or using DF/Flex, USA Rules apply. If batting the entire roster, the last recorded out is eligible to be a courtesy runner. If two runners are necessary in the same inning (one for the pitcher and one for the catcher), the last two recorded outs will be used.

4)    12 & UNDER

a)    Game time = 1:20 no new/1:30 drop dead in Pool Play (game can end in a tie for pool); 1:25 no new (or 7 innings) in Elimination Play; Championship Game = 7 innings.

b)    Pitching Distance will be 40 feet. Base paths will be 60 feet.

c)     A Worth "Dream Seam" 12" ball will be used.

d)    No run limit during pool play, elimination, and championship.

e)    Pool Play- Teams Must bat Round Robin (all players bat).

f)      Elimination games- teams have the option of batting the entire roster, batting the starting line-up of 9 players, or utilizing the DP/FLEX rule.

g)    Courtesy runners are allowed for the pitcher and the catcher if you are batting the entire roster. If batting 9, or using DF/Flex, USA Rules apply. If batting the entire roster, the last recorded out is eligible to be a courtesy runner. If two runners are necessary in the same inning (one for the pitcher & one for the catcher), the last 2 recorded outs will be used.

5)    14 & UNDER

a)    Game time = 1:20 no new/1:30 drop dead in Pool Play (game can end in a tie for pool); 1:25 no new (or 7 innings) in Elimination Play; Championship Game = 7 innings.

b)    Pitching Distance will be 43 feet. Base paths will be 60 feet.

c)     A Worth "Dream Seam" 12" ball will be used.

d)    No run limit during pool play, elimination, and championship.

e)    Pool Play- Teams Must bat Round Robin (all players bat).

f)      Elimination games- teams have the option of batting the entire roster, batting the starting line-up of 9 players, or utilizing the DP/FLEX rule.

g)    Courtesy runners are allowed for the pitcher and the catcher if you are batting the entire roster. If batting 9, or using DF/Flex, USA Rules apply. If batting the entire roster, the last recorded out is eligible to be a courtesy runner. If two runners are necessary in the same inning (one for the pitcher and one for the catcher), the last two recorded outs will be used.

6)    DUGOUT - HOME / AWAY

a)    The team listed first / on top in the schedule will occupy the 3rd base dugout. A team playing back to back games on the same field should not switch dugouts.

b)    Home team will be determined by coin toss at the pre-game coaches meeting (pool, bracket and championship)

7)    RUN AHEAD RULE

a)    The following "Run Ahead Rule" is in effect for all divisions except for 10u/12u/14u Championship games: The game ends if there is a ten (10) run lead after 3 innings, eight (8) run lead after 4 innings or six (6) run lead after 5 innings (2½ 3½ 4½ innings if home team is ahead).

b)    10u/12u/14u Championship games:  The game ends if there is a 12 run lead after 3 innings, 10 run lead after 4 innings or 8 run lead after 5 innings.

8)    GAME SCORE REPORTING

a)    Each team must provide a scorekeeper for each game.  The home team will be the official scorekeeper. 

b)    The umpire in each game in the tournament will have a "Game Card" to report the scores of their games to a tournament representative at each field. It is the responsibility of a representative from each team, at the end of each game, to verify the accuracy of the score. Official scorekeepers should communicate with umpires to ensure consistency between the "Game Card" and the official book.

c)     Pool games may end in a tie. In the event of a tie in the first round of pool play games of a four team pool, the tournament site director will flip a coin with both coaches. The winner of the coin toss will play in the winner's game for the second pool play game. This is only to figure out where to play next. The score is still posted on both teams' pool play results.

9)    DROP DEAD RULE

a)    If the visiting team is up to bat when play drops dead, the score will revert back to the previous inning.

b)    If the home team is up to bat when play drops dead and they are losing the game, the score will revert back to the previous inning.

c)     If the home team is up to bat when play drops dead and they are winning or have tied up the game in that half inning, the score stands and does not revert back.

d)    If home team is up to bat when play drops dead and the visiting team has tied up the game in the top half of the inning, the score will revert back to the previous inning.

e)    If score is a tie for an elimination game, ITB rules will be in effect.

10)          PROTESTS

a)    There will be no protests permitted. All calls made by the umpire will be final.

11)          SEEDINGS FOR ELIMINATION (BRACKET) PLAY

a)    This is a pool play tournament. Teams will then be seeded into a single elimination bracket. Pool play tiebreakers will be determined in the following order:

i)      Win/loss record

ii)    Head to head

iii)  Least runs allowed

iv)  Most Runs scored

v)    Coin toss (Coin toss winner is higher seed and does not select the seed)

vi)  NOTE:  4 team pools are decided by the above tie breaker rules.  The winners of the 1st pool games do not automatically play for the 1 and 2 seeds.

12)          MISCELLANEOUS

a)    Sliding: Sliding is encouraged in all divisions and is required to avoid all collisions. The umpire may call a runner out for not sliding.

b)    Player Attire: No jewelry will be worn during games; medical devices such as bracelets should be taped over if possible and shown to the umpire prior to beginning play. Uniforms shirts must be tucked in at all times.

c)     Players Equipment: All bats must be USA approved and may be subject to approval by the umpire. Helmets must also be USA approved and may be subject to inspection by the umpire and may be thrown out due to visible damage. No metal cleats, with the exception of 14U.

d)    Post Game: Due to tight scheduling, all post game activities (player of the game, cheers) are to take place in center field to allow for field prep for the next game.

e)    Sportsmanship: No taunting the pitcher or batter with "negative" cheers, screaming out or making sudden noises. This is considered bad sportsmanship. The umpire will have the discretion to issue a warning, call a strike on the batter (when batting team is taunting the pitcher) or award a walk (when the defensive team is taunting).

f)      Manager, Coach & Crowd Etiquette: Managers and coaches are responsible for their team, staff and fans both on and off the field. Unruly behavior will not be tolerated. Improper conduct during games or anywhere on the premises may result in team disqualification from the tournament. A no-alcohol policy will be strictly enforced and any person in possession of alcohol will be asked to the leave the field for the balance of that game and the tournament director will consider ejecting the coach and disqualifying the team. Please ask your parents and players to clean-up after finishing a game.

g)    No loud artificial noise making devices or personal (open air) music devices allowed on or near any playing field.

h)    No overnight parking of any vehicles.  Illegal parking or behavior will be ticketed by law enforcement.  Park only in designated parking areas and follow signs directing the flow of parking traffic.

i)      No BBQs at the fields

j)      No pets – i.e. no dogs!