RULES FOR THIS TOURNAMENT
1. As of this year, this tournament will use the Little League birth date cut-off rule of April 30. The rule states that if you are 14 years of age as of April 30 of this year, you are eligible to play in this tournament. This rule does imply that there may be young 15 year olds eligible to play. As has always been our policy younger players are also eligible.
2. Games are six innings or one hour & forty-five minutes, whichever comes first. The semi-finals and finals are six innings with no time limit. A new inning starts as soon as the last out is made in the previous inning. Once an inning starts, the inning must be completed. In the event of injury, the official scorekeeper will stop timing until play resumes.
3. A ten-run rule applies after four innings and a fifteen-run rule after three innings. The 10/15 run rule applies in all games.
4. A pitcher may pitch no more than six innings in a day and no more than 12 innings in the tournament. One pitch thrown counts as an inning pitched. Violation of this rule results in forfeiture. The coach of each team must maintain a pitching sheet and record the number of innings pitched by each pitcher from their team.
5. The pitching distance is 57 feet. The basepaths are 80 feet.
6. This is a lead-off baseball tournament. A baserunner may attempt to score on a wild pitch, passed ball or a ball being returned to the pitcher and a batter may attempt to reach first base on a dropped third strike, as in Federation rules.
7. The ball must be returned directly to the pitcher following an out. The pitcher may intentionally walk a batter by indicating that intent to the umpire. There is a limit of three warm-up pitches at the start of an inning or following a change of pitchers. This may be extended at the discretion of the umpire.
8. Players must use a bat diameter of 2 5/8″ or 2 3/4″ — Up to a -10 weight to length differential. Must have USSSA permanent mark on its taper, be a qualified BBCOR Bat or be a Wooden Bat.
9. Metal cleats are permitted. All batters, runners and players serving as base coaches must wear helmets with ear flaps. Catchers must wear throat protectors.
10. The Stars of Tomorrow promotes participation. Teams may bat everyone and use open substitutions, but they can choose to only bat nine and use regular substitution rules (one re-entry per starter or non starter). A team cannot change its choice during the game. No Designated Hitter.
11. If a team has an injury and does not have eligible players left on the bench while batting nine players, then they will be allowed to enter a player who had already been removed from the game. If batting everyone with free substitutions and a player gets injured, the injured player may be dropped from the lineup without penalty, however, the injured player may not re-enter the game.
12. The use of profanity and/ or abuse of tournament officials or umpires will not be tolerated. Those not complying with this rule will be asked to leave the field and their game(s) may be forfeited as determined by the umpire or tournament officials.
The Tournament will consist of a Pool Play Tournament. Teams will be Guaranteed 4 games. Top teams will advance to bracket play.
If two teams are tied at the end of pool play, the winner of their head-to-head game advances. If three or more teams are tied and one team has defeated both or all of the other teams, that team advances. If that is not the case, a three, four or five-way tie goes in favor of the team which has allowed the fewest runs. If three or more teams are still tied, a flip of the coin will determine who advances. Whenever two teams remain tied, the head-to-head winner advances.