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Tournament Rules

General Rules and Game Length

  • Games are governed by WIAA High School Rules (with exception of any rules listed below): 

  • No Pitch Count  

  • Games will be 7 innings in length.

  • Game time starts after home plate meeting.

  • 1 hour 45 minute time limit with no new inning starting after 1 hour 45 minutes. A new inning is considered started as soon as the 3rd out of the previous inning is recorded.

  • Time limit is in effect for all games EXCEPT championship games.

  • Pool play games can end in a tie - If the game is tied after the time limit, it will end in a tie. The inning being played at the expiration of time will still be completed. (For example, time expires in the top of the 6 and the game is tied, the 6th inning will still be completed.) If the game is tied when regular innings have been completed, but there is still time remaining, we will use the following rule for every 1/2 inning until there is a winner or time expires.

  • There are no ties allowed in bracket play. After the expiration of the time limit in bracket play, we will use the following rule for every 1⁄2 inning until a winner is determined...

    • Each batter will start with a 1-1 count

    • The last batted out will start on 2nd base

    • The inning will start with 0 out

  • Run Rules - 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings, 8 runs after 5 innings. Run rules are in effect for all games including championship games

  • Tournament director reserves the right to modify the number of games, length of games,or time limit on games as necessary due to weather, field conditions or any other scheduling issues.

  • Games can start up to 30 minutes early depending on how the tournament is going. All teams should be onsite and ready to play up to 30 minutes before their scheduled game time.

Tie Breakers and Bracket Play

  • Tie Breakers - If a tie breaker is needed, the following tie breakers will be used in this order...

    • Overall Record

    • Head to Head (2 teams only)

    • Least number of runs allowed

    • Total runs scored

    • Coin flip

  • Pool play games will be used to determine final seeding.

    • Higher seed will be the home team.

 Batting Order / Substitutions

  • If a team does not have 9 players to begin the game, a forfeit will be recorded. 

    • A forfeit will go down as an 7-0 victory for opposition. 

    • If a player arrives late, they may be added to the order in the last spot.

  • Courtesy runners

    • allowed at any time for the pitcher and catcher of record. The courtesy runner shall be the last batted out unless you are not using a continuous batting order.

    • If you have legal substitutes on the bench, you must designate one as courtesy runner for the pitcher and one for the catcher.

  • Batting Order

    • Continuous Batting Order - All players bat, free defensive substitutions for all players. A player arriving late must be listed on the lineup card and can be entered at the bottom of order when they arrive.

    • Extra Hitter - 10 players are listed in the batting order and these 10 players can be substituted freely on defense. DH and EH is allowed. All other players are subs and subject to NFHS substitution rules.

    • Nine Hitters - 9 players are listed in the batting order. DH is allowed. All other players are subs and are subject to NFHS substitution rules.

  • Injuries

    • If a player becomes injured (umpire has final decision as to whether or not a player sustained an injury) and is not able to play, their spot in the batting order may be skipped and will not result in an out.

    • Once a player misses an at bat due to injury, they must be done for the remainder of that game.

 Bat Restrictions

  • U8-12U

    • 1.15 BPF Stamp or USA Baseball Stamp

    • No other restrictions

  • U13

    • BPF 1.15

    • Max Drop 8

  • U14

    • BPF 1.15 or BBCOR

    • Max Drop 5

  • U15-U17

    • BBCOR

    • Max Drop 3


  • If a coach gets ejected, he shall miss the rest of that game as well as the next game.     

  • If a player is ejected, he will miss the game he is ejected as well as the next game.  

    • If the team is batting the entire lineup or has no substitutes available, the ejected player will remain in the batting order and an out will be recorded when the batting order reaches that player for the rest of the game.

  • Tournament director reserves the right to suspend a coach or player for the remainder of the tournament.

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