Youth Rules

Adjusted Rules for 2022 Season

– All age divisions are ALLOWED to slide head first.

– 10U majors will play on 46 foot mounds with 70 foot bases.

– No pitching restrictions for any age groups. We strongly encourage all coaches to follow the pitching guidelines established by USA PitchSmart. These were developed by doctors and professionals at the highest level. Please educate all your players, coaches and parents on the USA PITCHSMART GUIDELINES

If you witness a coach abusing an arm, please send concerns to arlo@gsltournaments.com

– No courtesy runners

– Top bracket games will never use a tie breaker in extra innings. All other brackets will use bases loaded one out tie breakers for games that are tied at the completion of innings or time.

– There is no longer a 15 after 2 run rule. All games will play at least 2 1/2 innings. Only run rules are 12 after 3, 10 after 4 and 8 after 5.

General Game Play

If a rule is not listed on this page, GSL Tournaments will defer to the MLB rule book also known as “big book rules”.

Click here to download an Official Copy of the MLB Rules Book

8U Division will be played on 60-foot bases with a 43-foot pitching distance.  5 run max per inning, there is no run limit in the last inning (If there are less than 15 minutes of regulation and less than 6 innings of the game has been played, the umpire can declare the last inning and open inning (no run limit). If there is still time and innings left after that inning, teams will play one more open inning. 8U division will be played with no leadoff and no dropped third strikes.  Runners may steal when the ball crosses the plate.  Runners are not allowed to score on a passed ball. There are no balks in these divisions.    No metal spikes allowed.  No headfirst slides allowed while advancing to a base.  We do not use little league rules.

9U (AAA/Majors) and 10U AAA divisions will be played on 60 foot bases with a 46 foot pitching distance.  The AAA division will be played with no leadoffs and no dropped third strikes.  Runners may steal when the ball crosses the plate.  There are no balks in these divisions.    No metal spikes allowed.  Headfirst slides are ALLOWED. We do not use little league rules.

10U Majors divisions will be played on 70 foot bases with a 46 foot pitching distance.  The Majors division will allow for leading off and dropped third strikes.  No metal spikes allowed.  Headfirst slides are ALLOWED.

11U and 12U Majors and AAA divisions will be played on 70 foot bases with a 50 foot pitching distance.  Both divisions will play by the same rules and allow for leadoffs and dropped third strikes.  No metal spikes allowed. Headfirst slides are ALLOWED.

13U Majors and AAA divisions will be played on 80 foot bases with a 54 foot pitching distance.  Metal spikes are allowed. Head first slides are allowed.  Both divisions will play by the same rules.

14U Majors and AAA divisions will be played on 90 foot bases with a 60 foot 6 inch pitching distance.  Metal spikes are allowed.  Head first slides are allowed.  Both divisions will play by the same rules.

Balks are live and will be called immediately at all levels where leadoffs and dropped thirds are being played.

 

Baseballs

GSL Tournaments provide all game balls. If teams are not chasing down foul balls and returning them, we will not throw more baseballs into the game.

General Policy

We reserve the right to refuse service to teams.

Age Restrictions

The age cutoff for GSL Tournaments is May 1st.  Any player with a birthday prior to May 1st must play in that years age division or older. Example: a player turning 12 on April 30th will be required to play in the 12U division or older.  A player turning 12 on May 2nd may play in the 11U division or older.  We strongly suggest that players try and play with their grad class rather than their age division for recruiting purposes.

It is the coaches responsibility to have proof of player’s age in the event it is challenged. If there is no proof of age then the player will be removed from the game. If it is determined that the player is illegal, he/she will be removed from the game and the coach will be ejected. If you have a question regarding a players DOB, please stop the game immediately and find a site director. Nothing can be done retroactively.

Bat Restrictions

All 9U – 13U games will be played with USABat Standards approved bats.  All bats must bear the stamp of the USABat licensing mark or be BBCOR (minus 3), (wood bats accepted).

All 14U games will be played with BBCOR bats (minus 3) including AAA and Majors divisions (wood bats accepted).

Each team is responsible for making sure their team bats are legal – this is NOT the umpire’s responsibility. In the case where an illegal bat is used, the batter will be declared out and all base runners returned to their original bases at the start of the at-bat. Subsequent use of an illegal bat will result in the same penalty, along with a coach ejection.

Click here to learn more about the USABat Standard

The first time a team fails to abide by the bat regulations will result in a dead ball, batter is out and the team will be issued a warning. The second time a team fails to abide by the bat regulations will result in the automatic ejection of the head coach.

What will the USABat Standard change and why?

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR Standard that was implemented in 2011, the new USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats. Or, as USA Baseball’s Executive Director / CEO Paul Seiler stated, help “take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game.”

Like the NCAA bat performance tests, the USABat Standard is based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. But in order to address the varying levels of play between youth and high school / collegiate players, the USABat test will use different test balls and test speeds to scale the results.

The BBCOR regulation limits bats to a maximum value of .50 in the NFHS / NCAA test. Currently, the maximum value that these new youth bats will be allowed to achieve, or how that value would exactly compare to the trampoline effect achievable with a BBCOR / current youth baseball bat / wood bat, is not known.

But, unlike the -3 length-to-weight ratio restriction that is required for BBCOR bats, USABat will not have a drop weight limit. Instead of requiring the use of wood bats, which are often found with a -8 length-to-weight ratio at the lightest, younger players will still be able to use bats made from light-weight, highly engineered materials.

With the creation of the new standard, players within the affected organizations will also now be allowed to use bats with either a 2 1/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, as long as they carry the new USABat stamp

Time Limits

9U – 12U games will play 6 innings or 1 hour 45 minutes with no new inning, whichever occurs first.

13U and 14U games will play 7 innings or 2 hours with no new inning, whichever occurs first.

The time starts upon completion of the plate meeting.  It is the responsibility of the coaches to get the start time from the crew chief.

The new inning starts as soon as the third out from the previous inning has been recorded.

In the case that the home team is winning and time is reached while they are batting, the game will be ruled complete.

There is no time limit for championship games.

Tied Games

Pool play games will end at the conclusion of the allotted innings or time regardless of the score.  Pool play games will end in a tie if there is no time left.  Example: a 6 inning game is tied 2-2 at the end of 6 innings and there is 15 minutes left on the time limit, this game will be ruled complete and scored as a tie ball game.

Tied games will go down as half a win and half a loss.

Championship or Top Brackets will play straight up extra innings with NO tie breaker.

All other tied bracket games at the completion of 7 innings or the 2 hour time limit will be played out with bases loaded and 1 out.

Pitching Restrictions

No pitching restrictions for any age groups. We strongly encourage all coaches to follow the pitching guidelines established by USA PitchSmart. These were developed by doctors and professionals at the highest level. Please educate all your players, coaches and parents on the USA PITCHSMART GUIDELINES

If you witness a coach abusing an arm, please send concerns to arlo@gsltournaments.com

Mound Visits – coaches may visit each pitcher once per inning. On the second visit to the same pitcher that inning, the pitcher MUST be removed.

Balks are live and will be called immediately at all levels where leadoffs and dropped thirds are being played.

Mercy Rules

3rd Inning4th Inning5th Inning
12 Runs10 Runs8 Runs

Seeding and Tie Breakers

  1. Win/Loss record
  2. Head to head (only in case of a 2-way tie OR sweep if all tied teams played each other)
  3. Runs allowed
  4. Run differential (min/max of 8)
  5. Runs scored
  6. Fewest runs allowed in a single game
  7. Most runs scored in a single game
  8. Coin flip

We will never revert back to a previous tie breaker once a tie has been broken

When ties are involved, teams will be rewarded half a win and half a loss for a tie.  This will help determine seeding.  Example: 2-1 in pool play is the same as 1-0-2.

Batting Order and Substitutions

Teams will be allowed to use EHs and a DH (for any player)

Teams will have the option of batting any number of players on their roster.  Example: if a team rosters 13 players, they may choose to bat 9, 10, 11, 12 or the entire lineup.  All players not currently playing in the field will be scored as an EH which will represent a position the same way a shortstop or centerfield would.

Teams are allowed free defensive substitutions throughout the game.  A player may enter the game at any time defensively without entering into the batting order.  The only time a player must check in and become an eligible substitute is when replacing a player in the batting order.  Example: a substitute may play left field every other inning without actually taken the place of the starting left fielder in the batting order as long as the substitute is never granted an at bat.

All age divisions will allow re-entry one time for the starter.

Courtesy Runners

There are NO COURTESY runners allowed at any time.

31 Moves

The fake pickoff to third, pickoff to first is not allowed and will be ruled a balk per MLB Rule.

Sportsmanship

All players, coachers and fans will be expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Razzing, heckling, taunting and making disparaging remarks to the opposing team and umpires will not be tolerated.  Any player, coach or fan whose conduct is unbecoming or abusive will, at a minimum, be removed from the premises at the discretion of the Tournament Director, Umpire-in-Chief and umpires. Any individual ejected from the game will miss the remainder of the game, plus the next game. If the same person is ejected for a 2nd time, he, or she, is suspended for the remainder of the tournament. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the game.

Protests

$100 cash (on rule interpretation only)

Must protest immediately, once next pitch is thrown the ability to protest is lost

*Coaches* – Kindly and calmly call time-out and inform one of your umpires that you would like to protest. At that moment, the game will stop. A GSL tournament director and the officials will then handle the situation as quickly as possible.

Refund Policy

No Games Played Full Credit to any 2021 Event.

Any registration fees collected prior to January 1st, 2021 are 100% refundable if the event(s) are cancelled due to Covid-19. Fees collected after January 1st, 2020 will be subject to a $100.00 admin fee.

Events scheduled for March and April are subject to a 100% credit or will have $50.00 admin fee on a refund if the event is cancelled due to rain. Events scheduled between May and July are subject to a 100% credit or a $100.00 admin fee on a refund.

**ANY TEAM THAT PULLS OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT AFTER THE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN RELEASED WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND**
GAME GUARANTEES
1 Game Played $300 Credit to a 2021 event or Refund
2 Games Played $150 Credit to a 2021 event only NO REFUNDS
3 Games Played No Refund or credit
4 GAME GUARANTEES
1 Game Played $400 Credit to a 2021 event or Refund
2 Games Played $200 Credit to a 2021 event only NO REFUND
3 Games Played No Credit or Refund
**ANY TEAM THAT PULLS OUT OF AN EVENT AT ANY POINT WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $200.00 ADMIN FEE PER TOURNAMENT**

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