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OTC SPORTS RULES OF THE GAME
OTC SPORTS ABIDES BY NFHS RULES WITH THE EXCEPTIONS LISTED BELOW


OTC SPORTS COACH/PARENT CONDUCT POLICY GUIDELINES:

WHAT YOU READ BELOW WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED EVERY EVENT.

A.) EVERY OTC SPORTS EVENT IS STAFFED WITH A SITE DIRECTOR AS WELL AS AN UMPIRE IN CHARGE.

B.) WE ARE STAFFED TO HANDLE ALL ISSUES. 

C.) THERE WILL BE NO WARNINGS HANDED OUT FOR OUR BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES BELOW. 

D.) WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW IS THE WARNING. 

E.) FOOLISH BEHAVIOR WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED AT ANY OTC SPORTS EVENT. 


All OTC Sports Staff & Umpires will have an expanded commitment to enforce proper behavior through:
1. Ejecting parents, coaches, and possibly their respective players when parents demonstrate bad behavior (i.e parents actions could cause coaches and/or players to be ejected. 
2. Forfeiting the game if the coach cannot help the parent(s) to demonstrate good behavior.
3. Removing coaches or parents for the entire event for confrontations in-game or post-game.
4. Anyone removed may be removed by the Site Director, Umpire In Charge, or the Police on detail. 

WHY IS OTC SPORTS DOING THIS?
1. To improve and enhance the experience for all who attend our events with respectful behavior in the stands and in the dugout by parents and coaches. 

CAN I AS A COACH STILL DEBATE A CALL WITH AN UMPIRE?
 1. Are you a Head Coach? Then yes sure you can, do it in a positive manner and do not ridicule or belittle the umpire. Lets display respect both ways and speak to each other like adults. Speak to the umpire like you would want customers speaking to you at your job. 
At no time will any parent confront an umpire. This is cause for IMMEDIATE removal from the event. 

WHAT DO WE CONSIDER BAD BEHAVIOR?
1. Verbal or physical abuse. 

2. Foul or profane language. 

3. Relentless questioning and ridicule of an umpire. 

4. We at OTC Sports know that everyone will not always agree with an umpire, I can promise you that our umpires are out there doing the best job that they can. Umpires do not dictate the outcome of games, players and coaches throughout the course of the game do. Yet it's always easiest to blame the umpire. 

OTC Sports purpose is to bring athletes and families together through competition & create amazing lifelong memories that will be cherished forever. 

Thank You & enjoy these children playing the Greatest Game On Earth. 


AGE CONTROL DATE:

IS YOUR AGE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH, 2018.

OTC SPORTS PROVIDES AN AGE CALCULATOR ON OUR WEBSITE.
EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2017/2018 SEASON: All grade based players must have a copy of their current report card or official school ID with grade or any official government document stating the grade.
IF YOU ARE A GRADE BASED PLAYER DO NOT PLAY IN AN EVENT WITHOUT THIS, IF YOU ARE QUESTIONED AND DO NOT HAVE IT, OR IF YOU ARE PLAYING AS AN ILLEGAL PLAYER,  THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS BELOW WILL BE TAKEN. 
Any player found to be illegal due to an age or grade violation during or after an OTC Sports event will not play in any OTC Sports event again. The team will forfeit all games and payments. And it would be really embarrassing for all involved. Cheaters always get caught.  






BATS:

BAT RESTRICTIONS ARE EXTREMELY ENFORCED.

MUST BE A BASEBALL BAT.

NEW USA BATS ARE APPROVED FOR USE. 

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.

AGES 8U-13U DO NOT HAVE A RESTRICTION TO THE WEIGHT/LENGTH RATIO FOR NON-WOOD BATS.

THE 14U AGE GROUP MUST SWING A –3 or -5.

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REFUND POLICY: 

THESE OTC REFUND POLICIES BELOW ARE SET IN PLACE TO PROTECT US AND THE HOURS OF WORK WE PUT IN TO RUN GREAT EVENTS. IN THE PAST WITH NO STRICT RULES IN PLACE WE HAVE BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF AND THAT WILL NO LONGER HAPPEN. TY

Refund Policy Pre-Event:

A). ANY TEAM THAT PULLS OUT OF A SCHEDULED EVENT LESS THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE EVENT FORFEITS THEIR ENTRY FEE. IF THE ENTRY FEE WAS NOT PAID ONLINE THIS TEAM MUST MAIL A CHECK FOR THE FULL ENTRY FEE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY FUTURE OTC EVENT

B). IF A TEAM PULLS OUT OF ANY OTC EVENT AFTER THE POOL PLAY SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP, THAT TEAM WILL PAY THE FULL ENTRY FEE AND WILL ALSO BE FINED $100. THIS FINE MUST BE PAID IMMEDIATELY TO THE OTC CORPORATE OFFICE. ANY UNPAID FINES WILL RESULT IN THAT TEAM NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY FUTURE OTC EVENTS UNTIL PAID IN FULL.

OTC Rain Out Refund Policy:

IF ANY EVENT IS SHORTENED OR CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER, THE FOLLOWING REFUND POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OTC EVENTS.

A). NO GAMES PLAYED = 100% CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR NEXT OTC EVENT.

B). 1ST GAME 3 ½ INNINGS COMPLETED = 50% CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR NEXT OTC EVENT.

C). 2ND GAME STARTED = 0% REFUND.

THE STATE DIRECTOR WILL MAKE ALL DECISIONS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. 

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ROSTER RULES:

IN EXTREME SITUATIONS THE OWNER OF OTC SPORTS MAY MAKE EXCEPTIONS AFTER EACH SITUATION IS EVALUATED. 

ROSTERS WILL NOT PERMANENTLY FREEZE YEAR ROUND.

ROSTERS WILL FREEZE ON MIDNIGHT BEFORE THE START OF EACH EVENT.  

ALL ROSTERS FOR ANY TEAMS PLAYING THE WORLD SERIES WILL FREEZE ON JULY 1ST. 

A). EVERY TEAM THAT PARTICIPATES IN AN OTC SPORTS EVENT IS REQUIRED TO CREATE AN OTC SPORTS WEB ACCOUNT AND TEAM DUGOUT.

B). ALL TEAMS MUST HAVE COPIES OF ALL ACTIVE AND PARTICIPATING PLAYERS BIRTH CERTIFICATES ON HAND AT EVERY EVENT.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE BIRTH CERTIFICATES WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT OF ALL GAMES AND PAYMENTS. 

C). EVERY TEAM THAT PARTICIPATES IN ANY OTC SPORTS EVENT MUST HAVE THEIR ROSTER ONLINE.

THESE ROSTERS WILL FREEZE AT MIDNIGHT PRIOR TO THE EVENT START. 

D). ROSTER LIMITS ARE 20 PLAYERS. 

E). A TEAM MAY REPLACE UP TO 2 PLAYERS ON THIS ROSTER AT ANY TIME UP TO 15 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START WORLD SERIES PROVIDED THE TEAM CAN SHOW PROOF THAT THE PLAYERS BEING REPLACED CANNOT PARTICIPATE DUE TO EITHER A FAMILY EMERGENCY OR INJURY.

TO REPLACE A PLAYER A TEAM MUST CONTACT OTC SPORTS AND HAVE THE ROSTER UNFROZE, ADD THE PLAYER, THEN FREEZE AGAIN. OTC SPORTS WILL LOG AND MONITOR ALL WORLD SERIES ROSTER ADDS. 

IN WORLD SERIES PLAY NO "MAJORS" PLAYERS MAY BE ADDED TO ANY "AA" ROSTER.

ANY TEAM CAUGHT VIOLATING THIS WILL HAVE THAT PLAYER REMOVED. 

F). A REPLACED PLAYER COMES OFF OF THE ROSTER COMPLETELY AND CANNOT PARTICIPATE.

G). ONCE A PLAYER IS FROZEN ON A TEAM'S ROSTER, THAT PLAYER MAY NOT BE LISTED ON ANOTHER TEAM ROSTER OR BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR ANOTHER TEAM IN AN OTC SPORTS EVENT IN THE SAME AGE UNLESS THE MANAGER FROM THE ORIGINAL TEAM RELEASES THAT PLAYER.

THIS MUST BE DONE IN EMAIL TO OTC SPORTS. ONCE THIS PLAYER IS RELEASED HE MAY NOT BE ADDED BACK TO HIS PREVIOUS TEAMS ROSTER.

IF THAT MANAGER REFUSES TO RELEASE THE PLAYER OTC SPORTS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO RELEASE THE PLAYER.

A PLAYER MAY BE ON 2 DIFFERENT ROSTERS IN 2 DIFFERENT AGES. 

H). A PLAYER WHO IS FROZEN ON ANOTHER TEAM'S ROSTER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RELEASED IF THIS PLAYER GOES TO PLAY FOR ANOTHER TEAM IN ANOTHER AGE DIVISION, PROVIDED THIS PLAYER IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN ANOTHER AGE DIVISION. 

IF ANY COACH INTENTIONALLY VIOLATES OUR ROSTER REGULATIONS HE WILL NOT COACH IN ANOTHER OTC SPORTS EVENT AGAIN.

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PARTICIPATION RULES:

NO PLAYER MAY PLAY ON 2 DIFFERENT TEAMS IN THE SAME EVENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS THIS WILL RESULT IN A TEAM FF FOR BOTH TEAMS. ANY TEAM PLAYING UP MUST ONLY USE PLAYERS OF THAT TEAMS AGE, IF YOU CHOOSE TO PICK UP OLDER PLAYERS WHILE PLAYING UP YOU MUST SANCTION AN OLDER TEAM AND PLAY UNDER THAT TEAMS NAME. 

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PITCHING RULES:

2-DAY EVENTS

AGES 9U-12U ARE ALLOWED TO PITCH 8 INNINGS TOTAL PER EVENT.

AGES 13U—14U ARE ALLOWED TO PITCH 10 INNINGS PER EVENT.

TOTAL INNINGS PITCHED ARE NOT LIMITED ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.

1-DAY EVENT

AGES 9U-14U ARE ALLOWED TO PITCH 5 INNINGS MAX PER EVENT.

ALL PITCHING WILL BE  FILED ON SIGNED GAME CARDS AT TEAM CHECK IN AND INNINGS PITCHED CAN BE CHECKED HERE.

DIRECT ALL PITCHING INQUIRIES TO THE SITE DIRECTOR.

ANY VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT. 

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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

4. BAT THE ENTIRE LINEUP

CONTINUOUS BATTING ORDER WITH FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITUTIONS APPLIES “ONLY PERTAINS TO ENTIRE LINEUP”. WE RECOMMEND ALL ELIGIBLE SUBSTITUTES BE LISTED.

A LINEUP IS ONLY COLLAPSIBLE IF A PLAYER IS INCAPACITATED OR BODILY FLUIDS ARE EXPOSED. INALL OTHER SITUATIONS THE PLAYER WILL BE AN OUT EACH TIME HE COMES UP TO BAT. ANY PLAYER SKIPPED OVER FOR THIS REASON WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY THE BALANCE OF THE TOURNAMENT. 

(IF YOU BAT ALL OF YOUR PLAYERS AND ONE GETS HURT, INJURED, DEPARTS, ETC, IT IS AN AUTOMATIC OUT WHEN THE PLAYERS TURN COMES UP IN YOUR LINEUP) THE UMPIRE AND OPPOSING COACH MUST BE NOTIFIED AT THE PLATE MEETING OF YOUR LINEUP CHOICE.

YOU MUST START WITH 8 PLAYERS, THE 9TH BATTER WILL BE AN OUT. 

ALL ELIGIBLE PLAYERS MUST BE LISTED ON THE LINEUP WHEN IT IS SUBMITTED AT THE PLATE MEETING.

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 THE PLAYERS TURN COMES UP IN THE BATTING ORDER.

THE OFFICIAL EVENT LINEUP CARD MUST REFLECT THE OPTION CHOSEN AND ALL ELIGIBLE SUBSTITUTES MUST BE LISTED.

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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 BATTER.

THE COURTESY RUNNER MUST BE A LEGAL SUBSTITUTE 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 THAT BATTED OUT IS ON BASE.

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RUN RULE FOR ALL AGES:

RUN RULE REMAINS IN EFFECT IN ALL GAMES INCLUDING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

12 RUNS AFTER 3 INNINGS

10 RUNS AFTER 4 INNINGS

8 RUNS AFTER 5 INNINGS

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HEAD FIRST SLIDE:

HEAD FIRST SLIDES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN AGES 8U-12U WHEN THE PLAYER IS WEARING A HELMET WITH A FACE GUARD, C-FLAP OR (NON-BREAKAWAY) OR CHIN STRAP. THIS RULE DOES NOT APPLY TO RUNNERS RETURNING TO 1ST BASE. PLAYERS NOT WEARING THIS TYPE OF HELMET ARE EXCLUDED. TEAM WARNING AND THEN A PLAYER CAN BE CALLED OUT IF INFRACTION CONTINUES. A TEAM WARNING WILL BE ISSUED TO THE OFFENDING TEAM ON THE 1ST OCCURRENCE. ANY ADDITIONAL INFRACTION BY THAT TEAM WILL RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING CALLED OUT WITH A DELAYED DEAD BALL SITUATION.

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SLASH BUNTS:

SLASH BUNTS IN AGES 9U-13U IS NOT ALLOWED.

THE PENALTY FOR A SLASH BUNT WILL RESULT IN AN OUT.

NO CONTACT WITH THE BALL IS REQUIRED FOR AN OUT TO BE CALLED.

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HOME TEAM DETERMINATION:

HOME TEAM IS DETERMINED BY THE FLIP OF A COIN AT THE HOME PLATE MEETING.

FOR ELIMINATION GAMES, THE HOME TEAM WILL BE THE HIGHEST SEEDED TEAM.

THE HOME TEAM WILL FURNISH THE OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER.

THE OFFICIAL BOOK MUST BE A BOOK NOT A MOBILE DEVICE.

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PROTEST:

THERE WILL BE A $300 FEE PAYABLE IN CASH TO THE SITE DIRECTOR FOR ANY PROTEST.

YOU CAN ONLY PROTEST PLAYER ELIGIBILITY.

IF YOUR PROTEST IS LOST SO IS YOUR $300 FEE.

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UNIFORMS:

LENIANT IN FALL BALL.

THE UNIFORMS OF ALL TEAM MEMBERS SHOULD BE OF THE SAME COLOR AND STYLE.

NO DUPLICATE JERSEY NUMBERS ALLOWED.

IF IN THE UMPIRES JUDGEMENT HE DEEMS THE PLAYERS DRESS TO BE INAPPROPRIATE, THE PLAYER CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE GAME UNTIL HE CONFORMS TO THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH.

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CODE OF CONDUCT:

OTC SPORTS DOES NOT TOLERATE FOOLISH BEHAVIOR!

WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY BEHAVIOR THAT WILL SCAR THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE KIDS THAT ARE OUT HERE TO COMPLETE AND HAVE FUN.

IF ANYONE CROSSES THE LINE AND TOTALLY DISRESPECTS THE GAME OR ANYONE OF ANYTHING AFFILIATED WITH THE EVENT WILL BE ESCORTED OUT OF THE PARK IMMEDIATELY BY THE ON-SITE POLICE.

WE DON’T TOLERATE MISCONDUCT!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THIS! AS ADULTS, WE MUST SET EXAMPLES FOR THESE YOUR MEN AND WOMEN THROUGH OUR ACTIONS.

IF ANY MANAGER OR HEAD COACH IS THROWN OUT OF A GAME BY THE UMPIRE, THAT MANAGER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO COACH/MANAGE IN HIS/HER NEXT SCHEDULED GAME UNLESS AN EXCEPTION IS MADE BY THE UIC/SITE DIRECTOR.

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GAME LENGTH

7U COACH PITCH = 1 :00/6 INNINGS/RUN RULE

8U COACH PITCH = 1:15/6 INNINGS/RUN RULE

9U-12U = 6 INNINGS/1:30/RUN RULE

13U-18U = 7 INNINGS/1:40/RUN RULE

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. IF THERE IS A TIE AFTER TIME IS UP OR MAX INNINGS ARE PLAYED WE WILL GO TO THE INTERNATIONAL TIE BREAKER PLACING THE LAST BATTED OUT  ON 2ND WITH NO OUTS.

WHEN TIME LIMIT IS UP AND THE HOME TEAM IS BATTING, AND HOME TEAM IS AHEAD, THE GAME IS OVER REGARDLESS OF THE SCORE. WE WILL NOT COMPLETE THE INNING!

FINAL SCORE IS THE SCORE AT THE END OF THE TIME LIMIT.

UMPIRES WILL KEEP THE OFFICIAL TIME.

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OFFICIAL GAME:

IN THE EVENT OF ANY NATURAL OCCURRENCES TO INCLUDE WEATHER, FIELD CONDITIONS, OR ANY OTHER SITUATION THAT CAUSES A GAME TO BE STOPPED AND IT CANNOT BE PHYSICALLY OR REASONABLE CONTINUED ON THAT DAY OR ANY DAY AFTERWARDS, THE GAME WILL BE CONSIDERED AN OFFICIAL GAME IF THE TEAMS HAVE PLAYED 3 ½ INNINGS WITH THE HOME TEAM WINNING OR 4 COMPLETE INNINGS IF THE HOME TEAM WAS LOSING AFTER 3 ½ 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 INNING AND THEY SCORE 3 RUNS TO GO UP 5 TO 5, IF THE GAME IS STOPPED, THE HOME TEAM WILL BE DECLARED THE WINNER BECAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE 4TH, THEY WERE WINNING, 4 TO 2.

In POOL PLAY, if the game is called prior to this point, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last COMPLETED INNING. In BRACKET PLAY, if the game is called prior to this point, the winner will be the highest seeded team.

THIS IS BASED ON A STOPPED GAME THAT CANNOT BE COMPLETED FOR VARIOUS REASONS TO INCLUDE TIME CONSTRAINTS, NOT A POSTPONED OR DELAYED GAMES THAT CAN BE CONTINUED.

ONLY TOURNAMENT AND/OR SITE DIRECTORS CAN STOP A GAME AND CONSIDER IT AN OFFICIAL GAME.

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BASEBALLS:

MUST BE AN OFFICIAL BASEBALL! NO SOFT CORES. YOU KNOW WHAT A REAL BASEBALL IS. THE KIND YOU WANT YOUR TEAM HITTING.

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SEEDINGS/TIEBREAKERS:

GAMES CAN END IN A TIE IN EVERY GAME EXCEPT ELIMINATION GAMES.

IN ELIMINATION GAMES, IF THE GAME IS STILL TIED AFTER REGULATION PLAY THE INTERNATIONAL TIE-BREAKER WILL BE UTILIZED BY PLACING THE LAST BATTED OUT ON 2ND BASE TO START THE INNING WITH NO OUTS.

TIEBREAKERS FOR SEEDING PURPOSES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A). LEAST RUNS ALLOWED

B). RUN DIFFERENTIAL (7-Run Max)

C). MOST RUNS SCORED (7-Runs Max)

D). COIN TOSS.

IF NO COACHES ARE PRESENT, WE WILL VIDEO THE COIN TOSS AND TEXT TO ALL THE HEAD COACHES INVOLVED.

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STEEL SPIKES:

ONLY ALLOWED IN  AGES 13U AND ABOVE!

ANY SPIKES THAT ARE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN SHARPENED WILL RESULT IN THAT PLAYER BEING REMOVED FROM THE EVENT. 

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ILLEGAL PLAYER/PITCHER:

ANY PLAYER THAT ACTIVELY PARTICIPATES IN A GAME WHO IS NOT ON THE OFFICIAL ONLINE ROSTER IS CONSIDERED AN ILLEGAL PLAYER. 

THESE ACTIONS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE.


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FORFEITS:

ALL FORFEITS ARE SCORED 7-0 FOR THE WINNER

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2018 OTC SPORTS EVENTS 7U/8U CP RULES

  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. Bunting is NOT allowed.
  12. Umpires call time after every play and declare the ball dead. Time should be called as soon as all three of the following occur: 
  13. The lead runner stops attempting to advance. 
  14. The ball is in the possession of a fielder in the infield.
  15. No defensive play is imminent.