2017 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS BASEBALL RULES (Grand Slam Sports Tournaments abides by "National Federation" rules for all age divisions with the following exceptions in the 9-U through 15-U age divisions. 16-U & 18-U age divisions will play strictly by NFHS rules)
PITCHING RULES: 8-INNINGS for 9-Under through 12-Under & 10-INNINGS for 13-15-UNDER in a regular event. 14-INNINGS for 9-U through 15-U AGE DIVISIONS IN ALL WORLD SERIES EVENTS. NO pitching limitations for 16-U & 18-U teams. THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS as to the number of innings a pitcher can pitch in a day and still pitch the next day.
BATTING ORDER: You have 4-choices for your lineup: (1) Bat 9-straight, (2) Bat 9 with DH, (3) Bat 10/Play 9 with EH or (4) Bat the entire lineup (Continuous batting order with FREE Defensive Substitutions applies). A team must start the game with at least 9-players but can finish a game with 8-players. LINEUPS ARE ONLY COLLAPSIBLE if a player is incapacitated during a game and will not be available for the balance of the event. If you do not have an eligible substitute to replace a player that is injured, ejected or cannot bat for any reason, it is an AUTOMATIC OUT when that players turn comes up in the batting order. The official Grand Slam lineup card must reflect the option chosen and ALL eligible substitutes MUST BE LISTED. If a player is NOT listed on the lineup card, to include substitutes, they will NOT be eligible to play in that particular game.
COURTESY RUNNERS: For the Pitcher AND Catcher ONCE they FIRST reach base! A courtesy runner will not be allowed if a pitch has been made to the next better. The courtesy runner MUST BE A LEGAL SUB currently NOT IN THE GAME, which includes STARTERS that have been substituted for but are eligible for re-entry. IF you are batting your entire roster, the courtesy runner MUST BE THE LAST BATTED OUT! If a team only has one substitute or only 1-out has been recorded, the courtesy runner will revert back to the last batted out if the substitute is on base or the last batter in the lineup if the last batted out is on base
MERCY RULE FOR ALL AGE DIVISIONS: 12 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings, 8 runs after 5 innings. Run Rule remains in effect in ALL Game’s, including CHAMPIONSHIP!
HEAD FIRST SLIDE: Head First slide is NOT allowed in 12-U age divisions & under when the player is wearing a helmet with a face guard; C-flap or chin strap. Players NOT wearing this type of helmet may slide head first. Head first slide is determined when a player is advancing towards a base. A team warning will be issued after the initial infraction. Any infraction thereafter will be deemed an out on the player violating this safety rule. This will be a delayed dead ball scenario.
FAKE BUNT/SWING RULE: A Fake Bunt and then Swing in age divisions 9-U through 13-U is NOT ALLOWED! Penalty for a fake bunt and then swing will result is an OUT! No contact with the ball is required for an out to be called.
HOME TEAM DETERMINATION: Home team is determined by flip of the coin at the home plate meeting. For Elimination games, the home team will be the HIGHEST SEEDED TEAM with the exception being in a Double Elimination bracket where the UNDEFEATED team in the championship game will be the home team regardless of seed. A coin toss will be done in the “IF” game in a Double Elimination bracket to determine the home team. The home team may have their choice of dugout, unless, the other team is currently occupying that dugout in a preceding game. The home team will furnish the official scorekeeper and the visiting team will furnish the scoreboard operator. A FREE SCOREKEEPERS PASS is given to each TEAM! NO game will start until there is an official book and scoreboard operator.
PROTESTS: There will be a $300.00 fee payable in cash for any protest. You can ONLY Protest a RULE INTERPRETATION or PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
UNIFORMS: Uniforms of all team members should be of the same color and style. Duplicate jersey numbers are highly discouraged. Any uniform discrepancy must be brought up at the plate meeting prior to the start of the game. The umpire(s) will determine if a team can gain advantage based on a uniform violation. If in the umpire's judgement he/she deems the players dress to be inappropriate, the player can be removed from the game until he/she conforms with the requirements set forth.
BATS: Must be a baseball bat. All bats made completely of wood, that are not altered or defective are legal. BBCOR certified bats are legal unless otherwise banned by the NFHS Association. All other bats must be stamped 1.15 BPF or have a certified BESR rating imprint. For the FALL SEASON ONLY, 14-U may use -3 or -5. Age groups 8-U through 13-U do not have a restriction on the weight/length ratio for non-wood bats. The 14-U through 18-u age divisions can use non-wood bats but they must be BBCOR certified and have a weight/length ratio of -3. The penalty for use of an illegal bat will be governed by NFHS rules. UPDATE regarding the Demarini Zen Bats. The following is from the Demarini website and specifies retooled bats that are now eligible for Grand Slam play. The bats MUST be retooled and clearly marked to be eligible.
CONDUCT: If any manager or head coach is thrown out of any game by the umpire, that manager WILL NOT be eligible to coach/manage in his/her team's next scheduled game. The Tournament Director and/or UIC can override this rule by letting the manager coach in his/her next game if he/they so choose. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED.
GAME LENGTH/OFFICIAL GAME: 8-U-12-U = 6 innings or 1:40; 13-U-18-U= 7 innings or 1:50; NO DROP DEAD TIME LIMIT! No game will be played out after time limit or inning limit. In elimination play, games have to be played out until there is a winner! When time limit is up & home team is batting & home team is ahead, the game is over regardless of score! We will NOT complete the inning. The Final score is the score at the end of the time limit! Umpires will keep official time. NO Time Limit in Championship Games after JUNE 1st. From August 1st to June 1st we will stick with the individual age division time limit for ALL games including the Championship game to try and avoid late finishes on a Sunday night prior to a school day on Monday.
OFFICIAL GAME: In the event of natural occurrences to include weather, field conditions, or any other situation that causes a game to be STOPPED and it can not be physically or reasonably continued, the game will be considered an official game if the teams have played 3 1/2 innings with the Home Team winning or 4 complete innings if the Home Team was losing after 3 1/2 innings. If stoppage is required after the 4th inning, the winner will be determined based on the last inning both teams completed an equal number of times at bat. For instance, if the Visitors are batting in the top of the 5th and they score 3 runs to go up 5 to 4, if the game is STOPPED, the Home Team will be declared the winner because at the bottom of the 4th, they were winning, 4 - 2. This is based on a STOPPED game that cannot be completed for various reasons to include time constraints, not a POSTPONED or DELAYED game that can be continued. If stoppage is required before a game can be considered "official", and the game cannot be continued: During pool pay, the team winning after the last complete inning (that was played) will be considered the winner, regardless of the inning. During bracket play, the winning will be the highest seeded team in this scenario. Only Tournament and/or Site Directors can STOP a game and consider it an official game.
BASEBALLS: Each team must provide (2) two new baseballs per game. Grand Slam will provide 2-New DIAMOND baseballs for all games in the WORLD SERIES.
TIE BREAKERS: Games can end in a tie in EVERY GAME except ELIMINATION GAMES! In Elimination games, IF the game is still tied after regulation play (ALL 6 or 7-innings), one more regulation inning will be played. IF the game is still tied after this regulation inning, the International tie-breaker will be utilized by placing the last batted out on 2nd base to start the inning with no outs. Tie Breakers for seeding purposes are as follows: 1. Head-to-Head (IF applicable), 2. Least Runs Allowed, 3. Run Differential (7-Run Max), 4. Most Runs Scored (10-Runs Max) and 5. Coin Toss. In the event of a 3 or more way tie, we will determine the Highest Seed using the aforementioned tie-breakers and after the WORST team according to these tie breakers has been eliminated and seeded, we will then revert back to the FIRST tie-breaker and go from there. This will allow us to use Head-to-Head as a tie-breaker once we get down to 2-teams. Note, Head-to-Head will ONLY be used once we are down to the FINAL two teams in the event of a 3-or more way tie.
AGE CONTROL DATE is your age on or before April 30, 2017. Effective for the 2016/2017 season >> In the 14-U age division, players who turn 15-years old prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 8th grade. The only exception will be if the player turns 16-years old prior to May 1 of the current season. In the 13-U age division, players who turn 14-years old prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. The only exception will be if the player turns 15-years old prior to May 1 of the current season.
STEEL SPIKES ALLOWED ONLY in 13-U AGE DIVISION AND ABOVE & USE OF AN ILLEGAL PLAYER or the use of an ILLEGAL PITCHER in a game will result in immediate forfeiture.
EACH TEAM MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF TEAM INSURANCE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN A GRAND SLAM SPORTS TOURNAMENTS, INC. EVENT. To purchase team insurance, contact http://www.esportsinsurance.net/grandslam
9U & 10U age divisions play on fields with 46 foot pitching rubber and 65 foot bases.
11U & 12U age divisions play on fields with 50 foot pitching rubber and 70 foot bases.
13U age division play on EITHER 54 foot pitching rubber and 80 foot bases OR 60 foot pitching rubber and 90 foot bases. Each Tournament Director has the authority to determine which field size to use in their respective 13U events.
14U & up play on 60 foot pitching rubber and 90 foot bases.
AWARDS IN THE EVENT OF RAIN where play CANNOT be completed, Awards will be given based on TEAM SEEDING relative to either side of the bracket at the time the tournament is called off unless the game in progress at the time of postponement is an official game where 3 ½ innings have been completed!
ROSTERS (ALL Rosters FREEZE on May 1 of the current season)
1. A regulation team consists of nine players. All players on roster must be in starting lineup and hit.
2. Teams can use either nine or 10 defensive players. One player must play the pitching position, and one player must play the catching position. For teams using 10 defensive players, four players must play outfield positions.
3. Teams must have a minimum of eight players to start and finish a game but must take an out for the ninth player. If the lineup drops below eight players, the game is declared a forfeit at that point with the final score being the score at the time of the forfeit UNLESS the team that has to forfeit is winning the game at the time, in this case, the final score becomes 6-0 in favor of the team that did not forfeit.
4. There is a 30-foot safety arc from the back tip of home plate and from the first-base line to the third-base line. A ball must pass this line to be considered as a ball in play (fair ball)
5. Fielders must stay beyond the arc until the ball is hit.
6. There is a pitching plate 40 feet from the tip of home plate from which the coach may pitch from or a coach can choose to pitch inside the pitchers circle as long as one foot remains inside circle when pitch is thrown.
7. There is a circle drawn with a 10’ radius with the pitching rubber in the middle. This equates to the front of the circle being at 30-foot, the pitchers plate at 40-foot and the back for the circle at 50-foot from home plate This is a safety area for the player in the pitching position. The defensive player listed as the pitcher cannot leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit. If the pitcher leaves the circle early, the play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or accepting a no-pitch and ruling of the play as over. If this occurs a second time by the same pitcher, that player is removed from the pitching position for the remainder of that inning. If it occurs any time after that by the same player, then he or she is removed from the pitching mound the remainder of the game.
8. Each batter is allowed six pitches or three strikes. If a batter hits a foul ball on the sixth pitch, he or she is allowed to continue batting until he or she either does not make contact with the ball or puts the ball in play.
9. There are a maximum of seven runs or three outs per inning.
10. A fair batted ball hitting a coach pitcher is declared a foul ball if the umpire rules that the coach pitcher’s contact with the ball was unintentional. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a coach pitcher intentionally makes contact with a batted ball, the batter is out, and no runner can advance.
11. Umpires call time after every play and declare the ball dead. Time should be called as soon as all three of the following occur:
a. The lead runner stops attempting to advance.
b. The ball is in the possession of a fielder in the infield.
c. No defensive play is imminent.
EVENT REFUND POLICY
1. ALL Grand Slam World Series; Grand Slam Battle at the Beach & Grand Slam Memorial Day Beach Blast events are NON-REFUNDABLE EVENTS regardless of when a team drops out. This rule supersedes all others below for these events.
2. If a tournament is completely cancelled due to weather or other Acts of God, each team will be refunded their entry fee minus a $75 administrative fee. There are a lot of expenses that go into promoting, planning and having everything ready for a tournament.
3. If a team plays at least one game and the tournament is completely cancelled due to weather or other Acts of God, each team will refunded HALF of their entry fee.
4. If a team completes their SECOND GAME and the tournament is completed cancelled due to weather or other Acts of God their will be NO refund.
5. If a team drops out prior to 7-days from the official start of the tournament, the team will be refunded their entry fee MINUS a $125 administrative fee.
6. If a team drops out of an event LESS than 7-days from the official start of the tournament, the team will receive NO REFUND.