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Registering and penciling in a Team does not guarantee participation unless fully paid.

Only full payment will guarantee your team a spot for an event if it is not sold out already. 

Making a Down payment does not guarantee your team a spot against a team that has made full payment for same event. Full payments come first.


BIGTIMER BASEBALL LOCAL RULES (8U - 18U DIVISIONS)


***Specific Local Rules for each event are emailed to "Email of record" for each Teams Manager. Specific local rules supersede the following rules.


Team Seeding will be decided as follows:
1. Record
2. Head to Head - bypassed if 3 or more teams have same record.
3. Runs allowed
4. Runs Scored
5. Strength of schedule


METAL CLEATS ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON A 
PORTABLE MOUND.

WE WILL PENALIZE THE OFFENDING TEAM BY ISSUING BALKS OR RUNS EVERY TIME


METAL CLEATS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN AGES 

12U AND BELOW



Mandatory Team Check in:
One hour before your first game time, unless team opted for early check in through email. Your team must have the following items: (A)An Official Team Roster Form.  (B)Valid team insurance with team name as insured, (C)Copies of birth certificates for all participating players. **Please Note: Any player without birth certificate is not eligible to play until copy of birth certificate, or some other acceptable proof of age is produced and approved by tournament director. Player age documentation must be present with team manager for the duration of any given tournament. 

 


Managers, upon completion of all pool play games in your division, please check the official Bigtimer baseball tournament seeding posted online at our official BIGTIMER BASEBALL website to confirm your team's seeding for the playoff round. Only the seedings posted on the  website brackets/seeding page are official. Managers please note that if you should feel that your seeding is in error please contact the tournament director immediately by email, text,  phone or in person at a tournament site. 
 

 

Pitching Limitations:  

Game cards track pitching and scores for games and are official.


A second trip to the same pitcher in the same inning will cause this pitcher’s automatic removal, 

 

Players are permitted to play on only one team during a weekend tournament.

Any team using an illegal player shall be subject to discipline ranging from forfeiting a game, ejection from tournament, etc...

Teams should have non-duplicating numbers on their jerseys at least 4 inches in size.

Players are prohibited from warming up on a full infield, no matter what the facility.  Warm ups off the field, in outfield grass or in foul territory only!

Clear Violation of warming up rule will likely make your team 

Visitors for next game played

Major League Baseball Sporting News rules shall apply.  

Click HERE for Sporting News Rules

15U & up: no pitching restrictions
    
Official Infield Dimensions for  Bigtimer Baseball tournaments are as follows:

(exception to dimensions are possible on rare instances)

*8U: 40 ft mound, 60 foot bases  
9U-*10U: 46 feet mound 65 ft bases,            
11U/12U: 50 ft mound 70 ft bases
13U: 54 ft mound 80 ft bases 

54-80:  Rec league teams are eligible to play in the 54-80 division(13u travel teams playing against 14u players on a rec league team roster), must be verified. e.g. pony team with four 14 yr olds on their roster)
14U & up: 60.6 ft. mound 90 ft bases


*Late in season distance for some ages may be played up an age group.


16U AND 18U:

 BOTH DIVISIONS ARE A COMBINATION OF 15U/16U AND 17U/18U TEAMS. WE WILL SEPARATE DIVISIONS WHEN POSSIBLE. 

e.g.: IF FOUR 15U TEAMS AND FOUR 16U TEAMS ARE PAID WE WILL SEPERATE DIVISION INTO AN EXCLUSIVE 15U AND AN EXCLUSIVE 16U,  OTHERWISE WE WILL COMBINE ALL 15U TEAMS AND ALL 16U TEAMS IN ONE DIVISION

To intentionally walk a batter, a coach simply needs to inform the umpire and point to first base.  No pitch needs to be thrown.

Base Running

Courtesy runners will be allowed for the pitcher or catcher at any time.  The courtesy runner must be a player not currently in the game or if the team has no players on bench, the last out. A courtesy runner may only run one time per inning, if designated runner is P or C, then we go to next option. No outs recorded in game, then designated runner is last batter up to bat at present time. Slide or avoid is in effect at all times when fielder is in possession of ball. 

HEADFIRST SLIDE INTO HOME PLATE WITH POSSIBLE CONTACT 

IS AN OUT IN 8U-13U DIVISIONS. 

Hitting

Teams may elect to bat 9 players AND/OR bat 10 players with the 10th player being an EH.  The EH is considered a defensive player and may switch in and out defensively.  Teams may also bat their entire roster. If a team bats entire roster or has no subs when a starter is injured, an out is recorded each time the injured player's spot comes up to bat. Once a player is removed from a game due to injury, he may not return. Starters may re-enter only one time in their original spot on the line-up.

*******Only 15U AND UP:   Choice of batting 9 or 10 batters using an EH. EH is considered a defensive position and can play the field at any time. Use of a DH for any player in the order is optional. DH sustitution follows the standard NFHS DH rule. Both DH and EH may be used at the same time. Re-entry rule for starter only.


Teams may play with 8 players with an out being taken each time the 9th spot comes up. A 9th legal player may be added any time during the game.


Bat Restrictions 14U-18U


14U BAT RULES:  MUST USE EITHER -3 BAT THAT IS BBCOR HIGH SCHOOL REGULATIONS OR -5 BAT WITH 1.15 STAMP ON IT, OR WOOD BAT.

15U – 18U must conform to the NFHS 

(National Federation of High School Association) 

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2013, 15U and Above Division of Play (15U – 18U scholastic divisions). All bats for scholastic 

divisions 15U – 18U must conform to the NFHS (National Federation of High School Association) 

Must be NHSF approved with the appropriate certification mark, or Be a Wood Bat.



All 13U bats must Must have BPF 1.15 stamped on bat, NO NEED FOR NEW USSSA STAMP,  No softball bats.
The penalty for use of an illegal bat will be an automatic out and ejection of player. The 2nd team offense will also result in ejection of manager. 3rd offense is forfeit 

See local rules for more info.

Standard Length of Game, subject to 

revisions on certain local events.

8U: Play 6 innings with no new inning after 1 hour 45 minutes
9U-12U: Play 6 innings with no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes 
13U & up: Play 7 innings with no new inning after 1 hour 50-55 minutes

One day divisions: length of games are shortened to fit in a one day format. 


UMPIRES WILL IMPLEMENT DROP DEAD TIMES OR SHORTEN TIME LIMITS WHEN NEEDED FOR INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENTS, MANAGERS ARE INFORMED AT PLATE MEETING. WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT THE LAST GAME OF THE DAY.

DROP DEAD TIME LIMIT RULE: INNINGS ARE NOT COMPLETED- SCORES REVERT BACK TO LAST INNING WITH NO TIE SCORE

Once an inning begins, it must be completed(UNLESS DROP DEAD). However, if the home team is ahead and batting when time expires, the game is over and the inning is not completed, all stats to that point count. If time expires in a tie game during pool play, the game is called a tie.

Bigtimer Baseball reserves the right to modify the length of games due to issues involving limited visibility or park curfew.    Every effort will be made to finish the tournament but in cases of rain, darkness, unforesen situations, or other acts of God, the tournament director reserves the right to shorten games or modify schedules in order to finish the event. We must protect the integrity of a Championship game or last game of the day.

Miscellaneous

The home team will be determined by a coin flip throughout pool games. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team will be the Home team. During a championship game, the Home team will be determined by coin flip. Each team may provide a scorekeeper but all changes must go through the home plate umpire, who is the official scorekeeper. For verifications Home team scorebook is official Scorebook.


EJECTIONS

All conversations with an umpire should be conducted after a time-out has been called and be handled in a calm and professional manner.  Verbal abuse of the umpire will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from the game. Physical assault, threatening and or referencing to do bodily harm to an umpire will be pursued through law Enforcement.


Managers are responsible for themselves, the coaches and the spectators of his team: Balls and strikes can not be argued or protested and continuous complaining may result in ejections.

9.02
(a) Any umpire’s decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to,
whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether
a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object
to any such judgment decisions.
Rule 9.02(a) Comment: Players leaving their position in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted. They should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game.



Any Manager,  Coach, Player or Spectator ejected from the game could be required to sit out the next game.  After being ejected, a Manager, Player, Coach, or Spectator must vacate the Baseball field premises of the current game and the next game in which he is suspended. Any Manager/Coach caught continuing to Coach after being ejected or suspended will be suspended for an additional period of time. Any player ejected from a game is subject to a one game suspension at the tournament director's discretion.

Managers are responsible for the conduct of his Coaches, players and fans at all times. Managers are subject to ejection if his Coaches, players or fans are out of control.


PROTESTS

To protest a game, the manager needs to ask for timeout before next pitch. The manager then needs to pay 100.00 cash to umpire and inform umpire that the umpires interpretation of a rule is under protest.  Once the protest has been made, the game clock will stop and the protesting manager will get a ruling from a tournament director. If the protest is upheld, the $100.00 shall be immediately refunded. If the protest is denied, the CASH shall be forfeited. All protests must initiate through the home plate umpire before being brought to the tournament director. The game clock can only be stopped for a protest or other extenuating circumstance(umpire-director discretion).

BIGTIMER BASEBALL reserves the right to change venue of tournaments 

within a local area.

 

 

Tournament director reserves the right to alter format of any event in order to finish event in a timely manner, we will always look to preserve the last game of day will be played out. This includes shortening minimum game guarantees, placing a consolation game on championship day to meet the game guarantee of tournament, modifying game schedules, time limits and innings per game if necessary. Additionally, every effort will be made to finish tournament but in case of rain, darkness or any other situation arising that restricts the liberal use of field space, director reserves the right to shorten games and/or modify game schedules in order to finish event. Playoff games will be played until a winner is determined. Please do not sign up for any event if you believe that every tournament at Bigtimer Baseball will run perfect. There is no Travel Ball tournament in the universe that can guarantee perfection.

 

Wherever stated clearly: "Local BIGTIMER BASEBALL rules" supersede 

ALL Rules including Official Sporting News Rules.

LOCAL RULES 

(15U - 18U DIVISIONS)

NFHS


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOL (NFHS)
rules shall apply: Bigtimer baseball California adheres strictly to National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)
rules for all tournament play in the 15U THRU 18U divisions with the following exceptions:
A) No pitching limitations in high school age divisions.
(Managers please use common sense with the safety of your pitcher in mind).
B) Mandatory runner for catcher with two outs.
C) Courtesy runner for pitcher and catcher at any time. Same runner cannot run for both pitcher and catcher at any time. Runner must be last out or someone not presently in the line up.

Line Ups

15U – 18U, Choice of batting 9 or 10 batters using an EH. EH is considered a defensive position and can play the field at any time. Use of a DH for any player in the order is optional. DH sustitution follows the standard NFHS DH rule. Both DH and EH may be used at the same time. Re-entry rule for starter only.
a team starting with 8 players does not take an out in the 9th spot.


Brand New baseballs will be provided, to minimize this expense, we do ask that each coach be responsible in retrieving baseballs on your side of the field during their games. Used balls will be put into game if Managers are not retrieving Foul balls consistent with standard practice.

 

 

BIGTIMER BASEBALL Baseball Rules & Guidelines

Team Manager 
Manager is responsible for bringing a legal team to all tournaments. 

BIGTIMER BASEBALL reserves the right to reclassify teams at any time. Poor Sportsmanship will not be allowed.

Managers are responsible for players, coaches, and team spectators at all times: on field, at the park ,or hotel.
A)    Profanity of any kind will not be tolerated.
B)    Only Defensive Team can have Coaches on a bucket in foul territory against fence area near defensive teams dugout. On Offense one Coach is allowed at each Coaches Box @ 1st and 3rd bases. We will rule as if ball went into dugout if an Umpire believes live ball hit a bucket.
C)    No Taunting, throwing helmets or throwing bats--- ejections will be in play.
D)    If disputes or problems arise, only managers can talk to umpires or you may make a protest with tournament director,
E) Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated!

Teams, coaching staff, and spectators may not engage in verbal or physical dispute w/ other team at any time. Cheer on and encourage your own team and don’t direct negative language towards another team or the umpires.  

Noisemakers are not allowed (ie: cowbells, air horns)
have team insurance and have a legal roster  prior to first game.

  Entry/Pull-Out Fees
1st to pay = 1st to play.
 
Teams that pull out less than 10 days before an event are responsible for the entire entry fee.
Teams pulling out of a tournament after the brackets are online or when the event entered is sold out, are responsible for the entire entry fee.
 
If we can replace your team after brackets have been completed, your team will only be subject to a late $100.00 pullout fee.
Some brackets for special events my be done as early as 12 days in advance of tournament start. If having to pull out of a tournament after entering please make sure to call and email us!
 
 "No-Show" Fee and placement on "Wall of Shame":
Teams that do not show up for a game (thereby shorting another team their game guarantee)
will be charged at least a 100.00 dollar No Show fee.  

 No show team may also be subject to suspension 
and exposed on the "Wall Of Shame".
 
 $100.00 fee for all bounced checks and payments:
Do not submit a check for payment, unless your account can cover the money. 
ITS THE LAW!!

 Rain-Out Policy
0 games played: Full Future Credit or 90% refund.
 
1 or 2 games played: Divided the entry fee by minimum # of games played.
Credit amount is the games remaining.
For example, for a $400 4GG tournament where only one game is played,
the team would be entitled to a $300 future credit
Each tournament is different depending on cost of event!!

If the game guarantee is met: No Credit or refund.

***Once a game starts it is considered to be a game played. A game played is considered a game completed with regard to rain-outs and awards determinations.

***Awards will be given to all teams that have earned a place in the championship game only. the higher seed will be awarded 1st place and the lower seed will be awarded 2nd place.
 
BIGTIMER BASEBALL reserves the right to
modify game times, tournament location and or structure due to
field conditions, time constraints, safety issues, park issues, or inclement weather 

All teams accept the above and below policies and guidelines 

upon entering any Bigtimer Baseball event.

  
Bigtimer Baseball Rules
Unless noted prior to the event, MLB Rules will be used
with the following notations. 
All teams must have insurance.
 

1. Age Requirement: ONLINE AGE CALCULATOR

 
2. Rosters: May not exceed 22 players, during the tournament.
A player may only play on one team per weekend, not multiple teams on the same weekend. Once you start a weekend on one team you must finish w/ that team. 
 
3. Protest Fee: $100 cash due at time of protest. 
 
4. Game Time: Starting time is forfeit time, unless delay is created by BIGTIMER BASEBALL, park, or weather. Game time starts at the call of home plate meeting
Umpires will record starting time on official game cards handed out by BIGTIMER BASEBALL
5. Home Team: Determined by coin flip or seeding. Home team is the official score-book.
 
Please check official score every inning.
If the home team cannot keep official book, then it is deferred to visiting team.
 
6. Player Minimum(TD discretion): A team can start with a minimum of 8 players and can finish with 8.
If starting w/ 8 players then An automatic out is taken in the 9th position.
If 9th player arrives they may insert in the 9th position and continue playing w/ no penalty. You may not add a 10th if he shows.
 
7. Championship Games:
Run rules and "international tiebreaker rules" are still in effect.
 
8. Pitching Rules: 
Innings per Tournament for two day event.

AGE 


Column A 

max innings in one day, to pitch next day


Column B

max innings in one day 


Column C

max inninngs in 2 day tournament

8U-12U

3

6

8


13u-14u

3

7

8

15u & up

No Limitations

No Limitations!!!

No Limitations!!!


*One out will be considered 1/3 of an inning pitched. One pitch is not an inning pitched, you must record an out.
*Eight warm-ups to start game, five thereafter.
Seven for relief pitcher entering game, and as many needed due to injury to prior pitcher
*If pitching rules are violated and the infraction is detected at any time during the event, the situation will be reviewed by BIGTIMER BASEBALL staff along w/ UIC and consequences may include: forfeiture of game in question, elimination of team from the event, etc...



ONE DAY SHOOTOUT  MERCY RULES

9U THROUGH 14U 
6 INNING GAMES: 
15 RUN RULE AFTER 2ND INNING
12 RUN RULE AFTER 3RD INNING
8 RUNS AFTER 4TH INNING

ONE DAY SHOOTOUT PITCHING RULES

9U THROUGH 14U
ALL PITCHERS CAN  PITCH A TOTAL OF 6 INNINGS MAX.

 
 
9. Infield Warm-Ups: All teams are encouraged to warm-up as much as possible prior to game time.
No pre-game infield warm-ups
(unless director allows for special circumstances or events). You may take ground balls in foul territory on the skirts of the infield and outfield.
 
10. Steel cleats are prohibited in these age groups: 8U 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U.
 
11. Uniforms: Matching uniforms recommended.
 
12. Adverse Weather: Bigtimer Baseball Tournaments may be played in adverse weather conditions.

Tournament format may be changed to lesser time limits or fewer innings to complete the tournament Teams accept these conditions when entering the tournament.
 
13. Decisions: Tournament Director shall have final decision on all tournament questions.
 
14. Hotels/Motels/Condos:
Teams that leave unpaid bills or damages will be removed from the tournament and may be put on BIGTIMER BASEBALL "Wall of Shame".
 
15. Pitcher or Catcher may have a courtesy runner at anytime (Last out or bench player).
 
16. Tie-Breaker System: Pool play or One Day Shootout games can end in a tie.
 
 17. All age groups can have at least one EH (Extra Hitter) if they choose to bat more than 9 players.
EH must be declared at the start of the game -- an EH (10th) hitter may NOT be added after the starting lineup is submitted.
EH is considered a defensive position, you may substitute on defense w/out letting umpire know unless the substitution is in pitching.
You may bat your entire roster that shows that day or the regular 9 or 10 like rules state. (Example: You may not hit 12 of the 14 players that show that day in any game. Must be everyone or regular 9 or 10)
 
 
18.RE-ENTRY:  You may re-enter for starters one time , except on the mound.
A player may not re-enter pitching once he has already pitched in that game.
 
19. No one may be in the dugout unless on the roster ( i.e. bat boys, coaches)
 
20. No swearing, use of profanity, foul language, or corruption of the game of any kind will be tolerated by any one person 
(coach, player, fan). Person/s in question will be removed from the premises for that event and possible future BIGTIMER BASEBALL events.
Remember you are seen as a person of authority to the ballplayers so please act like a responsible adult!!!
 
21. No chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, or smoking of any kind are allowed around BIGTIMER BASEBALL events.
We are trying to be a great example to these ballplayers!!!
No alcohol of any kind allowed around kids events unless purchased from the park or complex hosting the tournament.
 
22. Runner must avoid contact going into any base by sliding or diving around. Runner cannot run over defensive player, bowl over,  jump or dive over defensive player. For safety reasons player will be ejected for remainder of that game. They may play in the next game. Runner can not slide/dive into defensive player.
 
23. Ejections: Any player ejected will be removed from the game in question but allowed to play in the following game,
unless the act is deemed as unsportsmanlike and malicious by the umpires
and BIGTIMER BASEBALL staff. If that is the case, the player will sit out the next game.
 
Any coach ejected will be removed from the game in question and not be allowed to coach in the following game
(onsite tournament director may be able to override following game suspension after conducting an investigation). 
We expect coaches of youth baseball teams to know the consequences of their actions.
 
25. Pool Play Tie Breakers: see schedules page
Any division that has an amount of teams that does not conform to an equal distribution of pool games, then one named team would play an extra pool game and the worst game of their pool play would not count toward record for seeding.
 
26. If a player shows up to a game late, and he is on your team roster, he can enter the game as a substitute regardless of whether the coach added him onto the lineup card. All players that start the game in the dugout must be listed on the lineup card to be eligible to enter the game
 
27. Play Hard & Have Fun!

LOCAL RULES FOR 8U DIVISION ONLY 1-9

1. No Balks are called, Umpires will offer instructional to pitcher.

2. A batter is automatically out on a dropped / missed third (3rd) strike by the catcher.

3. Runners shall not advance when the pitcher is on the pitching rubber with the ball in **pitchers possession and the catcher is in position to receive a pitch.

** Runners can advance on a batted ball hit to the pitcher and when a “Time out” has not been called.

4. Runners cannot lead-off or Steal,  Can advance at own risk  once a pitched ball has passed home plate.

5. Runners must stay on the base when the pitcher is in the pitching position and the catcher is in the catching position. If the runner leaves the base early, the umpire places the runner back on the last base occupied unless the runner was put out. This is not an appealable play. If forced, the runner advances one base ahead of the batter-runner. If the ball is put into play, the defense has the option of taking the play or placing the runner or runners back on base and the batter back in the batter’s box. 

5. Runners cannot advance from 3rd base to home, cannot steal home.

6. The only way the runner can advance from 3rd base to home plate is if  batted or forced home.

7. Bunts are allowed

8. No advancing on dropped 3rd strikes

9. Infield fly rule applies


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 BIGTIMER BASEBALL
CONDUCT/GUIDELINES
It is the purpose of BIGTIMER BASEBALL- to conduct the best possible tournaments from all aspects. 
To obtain this goal BIGTIMER BASEBALL must have the cooperation of each player, manager, and coach.
Teams are guests in the city that the tournament is being conducted.
nothing should occur that would reflect adversely on the teams, players, host city or BIGTIMER BASEBALL. 
Therefore, it is required that all teams in the tournament comply with the following rules:
Team managers must have full control of their players, coaches and spectators at all times. 
This means “on” and “off” the field.
 In case of disputed play or decision, team managers may consult the game officials. 
The other players, coaches or sponsors are to be kept out of the discussion.
 At no time will any participant be allowed to smoke on the fields or in the dugout while participating in an BIGTIMER BASEBALL  event.
 At no time will participants be allowed to drink or have in their possession any alcoholic beverage on the field
while participating in any BIGTIMER BASEBALL event.
 Managers are to report any unsportsmanlike or derogatory acts by players or spectators to the tournament director.
The purpose here is to prevent any serious situation from developing that would be harmful to the tournament.
 Managers, coaches, players, sponsors and teams are liable for suspension by not adhering to the tournament rules in effect. 
This could mean suspension for a game, games, tournament or a longer duration depending on the act of violation.
A player, coach, manager or sponsor may be suspended for fighting,
abusive tactics or unbecoming acts that are detrimental and not in the best interest of BIGTIMER BASEBALL and tournament play.
Teams should be careful of their conduct. There should be no action that could reflect adversely on the sponsor, team or division.
Teams should remember that the wrong actions of even one player could reflect on the entire team and the various sporting programs.
Any report by a hotel or motel management, where any team competing in BIGTIMER BASEBALL championship play is staying,
of destruction of property or abuse of hotel or motel property will be dealt with very sternly. 
Team managers and sponsors may not be warned other than through this notice. 
Failure by a team to pay Lodging bills can result in team disbarment from future BIGTIMER BASEBALL play.
Bounced check fees are $100 (payable with Cashiers Check or Money Order)
 

 All teams accept our BIGTIMER BASEBALL Rules  & Guidelines upon entering any tournament.

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