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OTC SPORTS ABIDES BY NFHS RULES "HIGH SCHOOL RULES" WITH THE EXCEPTIONS LISTED BELOW.

ALL 7U-8U RULES ARE LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RULES PAGE. 

BOOM BOXES/MUSIC ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY OTC SPORTS EVENT!

ALL TEAMS PROVIDE 2 BASEBALLS PER GAME. 

RULES INDEX:

0. ENSURING ALL RULES ARE RIGHT

1. COACHES/PARENTS CONDUCT

2. AGE CONTROL DATE/GRADE BASED PLAYERS

3. BANNED BATS LIST

4. BAT RULES

5. EVENT REFUND POLICY

6. TEAM AWARDS

7. ROSTER GUIDELINES

8. FIELD DIMENSIONS

9. PITCHING GUIDELINES

10. BATTING LINEUPS

11. COURTESY RUNNERS

12. RUN RULES

13. HEAD FIRST SLIDES

14. SLASH BUNTS

15. HOME TEAM DETERMINATION

16. PROTEST

17. EVENT UNIFORMS

18. GAME TIME LENGTHS

19.  AN OFFICIAL GAME

20. EVENT BASEBALLS

21. SEEDINGS/TIEBREAKERS

22. STEEL SPIKES

23. SCORED GAME FORFEITS

24. 7U/8U RULES


0. ENSURING ALL RULES ARE RIGHT

IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THIS THEN DO NOT COME TO US ABOUT A RULE THAT YOU THINK WAS WRONG. 

A.) ALL OTC SPORTS FIELD UMPIRES HAVE RADIOS.

B.) FOLLOW THIS PROTOCOL AND ALL RULINGS WILL BE MADE RIGHT. 

C.) DO NOT STOP THE GAME ON JUDGEMENT CALLS ONLY RULING QUESTIONS THAT YOU THINK MAY NOT BE RIGHT.

D.) IF YOU FEEL A RULING IS NOT RIGHT ASK THE UMPIRES TO STOP THE GAME AND RADIO THE UIC. 

E.) THE UIC WILL REPORT AND GET THE RULING RIGHT. 

F.) DO NOT QUESTION OUR UMPIRES IN CHARGE THEY ARE WALKING RULE BOOKS AND THE BEST AROUND. 

G.) WE WILL ALWAYS GET ALL RULINGS RIGHT, IF THIS PROTOCOL IS USED. 



1. OTC SPORTS COACHES/PARENTS CONDUCT POLICY GUIDELINES: 

WHAT IS STATED BELOW IS ENFORCED AT ALL OTC SPORTS EVENTS.

IN 2018 8 TEAMS WERE BANNED FROM OTC SPORTS.

IF ANYONE BREAKS THE RULES BELOW THEY WILL BE REMOVED. 

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.) NO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED, STATED BELOW IS THE WARNING. 

D.) FOOLISH BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT ANY OTC SPORTS EVENT. 

E.) FOLLOW OUR PROTOCOL BELOW AND ALL WILL BE SMOOTH. 


AT NO TIME IS ANY PARENT TO APPROACH THE OTC SPORTS STAFF, WE DEAL WITH COACHES ONLY.

 AT NO TIME IS ANY PARENT TO APPROACH OR CONFRONT AN UMPIRE.

THIS IS CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM THE ENTIRE EVENT.


ALL OTC SPORTS STAFF MEMBERS WILL HAVE AN EXPANDED COMMITMENT TO ENFORCE PROPER BEHAVIOR THROUGH

A.) EJECTING PARENTS AND COACHES WHEN BAD BEHAVIOR IS DEMONSTRATED.

B.) FORFEITING THE GAME IF THE BEHAVIOR HAS CONTINUED AMONGST OTHERS AFTERWARDS.

C.) REMOVING COACHES, PARENTS, OR THE ENTIRE TEAM FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT FOR CONFRONTATIONS IN-GAME OR POST-GAME. 

D.) ANYONE MAY BE REMOVED BY THE SITE DIRECTOR, UMPIRE IN CHARGE, OR THE POLICE DETAIL ON SITE. ALL ALTERCATIONS WILL BE DEALT WITH ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.


WHY IS OTC SPORTS DOING THIS?

A.) TO IMPROVE AND ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND OUR YOUTH EVENTS THROUGH RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR IN THE STANDS AND IN THE DUGOUT BY ALL WHO ATTEND. THESE ARE KIDS OUT HERE COMPETING/HAVING FUN WHILE PLAYING BASEBALL WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND PEERS. OTC SPORTS WILL ENSURE THAT IT IS ENJOYABLE FOR ALL.


CAN I AS A COACH STILL DEBATE A CALL WITH AN UMPIRE?

A.) ARE YOU THE HEAD COACH? THEN YES YOU CAN, MAKE SURE TO DO IT IN A POSITIVE MANNER AND DO NOT RIDICULE OR BELITTLE THE UMPIRE. WHEN RESPECT IS DISPLAYED BOTH WAYS AND EVERYONE SPEAKS TO EACH OTHER LIKE ADULTS POSITIVE THINGS HAPPEN. SPEAK TO THE UMPIRES LIKE YOU WOULD WANT YOUR CUSTOMERS SPEAKING TO YOU AT YOUR JOB.


DO YOU FEEL A WRONG RULING CALL WAS MADE?

ALL OTC SPORTS FIELD UMPIRES HAVE RADIOS. IF A RULING IS MADE THAT YOU DEEM TO BE NOT RIGHT THEN ASK THE UMPIRE TO STOP THE GAME IN RADIO OUR UMPIRE IN CHARGE AND HE WILL REPORT YOUR FIELD AND MAKE SURE THAT THE CORRECT RULING IS MADE. DO NOT START THE GAME OR JUDGMENT CALLS, ONLY RULINGS. DO NOT QUESTION THE UMPIRE IN CHARGES RULING AS HE IS A WALKING RULE BOOK. 


WHAT DO WE CONSIDER A BAD BEHAVIOR?

A.) ANY VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE.

B.) ANY FOUL OR PROFANE LANGUAGE.

C.) RELENTLESS QUESTIONING OR RIDICULING AN UMPIRE. 

D.) WE AT OTC SPORTS KNOW THAT EVERYONE WILL NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH AN UMPIRES CALLS. I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT OTC SPORTS UMPIRES ARE OUT THERE DOING THE BEST JOB THAT THEY CAN DO AND DO NOT CARE WHO WINS ANY GAME. OUR UMPIRES DO NOT DICTATE THE OUTCOME OF A GAME, PLAYERS AND COACHES THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE GAME DO.

THE MISSION OF OTC SPORTS IS TO BRING ATHLETES AND FAMILIES TOGETHER THROUGH GREAT COMPETITION AND DEVELOPMENT WHILE CREATING AMAZING LIFELONG MEMORIES THAT WILL BE CHERISHED FOREVER.

THANK YOU AND ENJOY THESE CHILDREN PLAYING THE GREATEST GAME ON EARTH.


2. AGE CONTROL DATE/GRADE BASED PLAYERS:

OTC SPORTS PROVIDES AN AGE CALCULATOR ON OUR WEBSITE.

THE AGE CONTROL DATE IS YOUR AGE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30, 2019.

ALL GRADE BASED PLAYERS MUST HAVE A REPORT CARD OR WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL TO PROVE THEY ARE A GRADE BASED PLAYER.

IF YOU ARE A GRADE BASED PLAYER DO NOT PLAY IN ANY EVENT WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION LISTED ABOVE.

IF YOU ARE QUESTIONED AND DO NOT HAVE IT OR IF YOU ARE PLAYING AS AN ILLEGAL PLAYER YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY OTC SPORTS AGAIN.

GRADE BASED AGE GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018/2019 SEASON.

7U PLAYERS WHO TURN 8 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 1ST GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 9 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 7U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

8U PLAYERS WHO TURN 9 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 2ND GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 10 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 8U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

9U PLAYERS WHO TURN 10 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 3RD GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 11 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 9U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

10U PLAYERS WHO TURN 11 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 4TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 12 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 10U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

11U PLAYERS WHO TURN 12 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 5TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 13 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 11U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

12U PLAYERS WHO TURN 13 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 6TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 14 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 12U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

13U PLAYERS WHO TURN 14 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 7TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 15 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 13U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE.

14U PLAYERS WHO TURN 15 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 8TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 16 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 14U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 


3. 2018/2019 BANNED BATS LIST.

AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2019 THE FOLLOWING BATS ARE DEEMED ILLEGAL IN ALL OTC SPORTS EVENTS. 

THE CFZEN -10 2 3/4 BARREL BAT (WTDXCBZ)-18 HAS BEEN GRANTED PLAY.




4. BAT RULES

A.) BAT RESTRICTIONS ARE EXTREMELY ENFORCED.

B.) MUST BE BASEBALL BAT

C.) USA BATS ARE APPROVED.

D.) ALL BATS MADE COMPLETELY OF WOOD THAT ARE NOT ALTERED OR DEFECTIVE ARE LEGAL.

E.) BBCOR CERTIFIED BATS ARE LEGAL UNLESS OTHERISE BANNDED BY NFHS. 

F.) ALL OTHER BATS MUST BE STAMPED 1.15 OR HAVE A CERTIFIED BESR RATING IMPRINT. 

G.) 7U-14U DO NOT HAVE RESTRICTIONS TO THE WEIGHT/LENGTH RATION FOR NON WOOD BATS. 

H.) 14U MUST SWING -3 OR -5.  


5. EVENT REFUND POLICY:

THE OTC SPORTS EVENT REFUND POLICIES SET IN PLACE BELOW ARE TO PROTECT US AND THE HOURS OF WORK THAT WE PUT INTO OUR EVENTS. IN THE PAST WITH NO STRICT RULES IN PLACE WE HAVE BEEN HEAVILY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF AND THAT WILL NO LONGER HAPPEN.

THE OWNER OF OTC SPORTS WILL MAKE ALL DECISIONS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. WE ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT. 

REFUND POLICY PRE-EVENT

A.) ANY TEAM THAT DROPS OUT OF A SCHEDULED EVENT LESS THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THAT EVENT FORFEITS THEIR ENTRY FEE. IF THE ENTRY FEE WAS NOT PAID ONLINE THIS TEAM MUST MAIL A CHECK FOR THE FULL AMOUNT BEFORE EVER PLAYING OTC SPORTS AGAIN.

B.) ANY TEAM THAT PULLS OUT OF AN EVENT AFTER THE POOL PLAY SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED WILL PAY THE FULL ENTRY FEE AND WILL BE FINED $100. THAT FINE MUST BE PAID IMMEDIATELY TO THE OTC SPORTS CORPORATE OFFICE. ANY UNPAID FINES WILL RESULT IN THAT TEAM NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY EVENT UNTIL PAID IN FULL. 

RAIN OUT REFUND POLICY

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

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

B.) 1ST GAME 3 1/2 INNINGS COMPLETED = 50% CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR NEXT EVENT.

C.) 2ND GAME STARTED = 0% REFUND. 


6. TEAM AWARDS

NO AWARDS WILL BE ISSUED IF POOL PLAY IS NOT COMPLETED. 

IF AN EVENT IS CANCELLED IN BRACKET PLAY DUE TO WEATHER AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN BASED ON TEAM SEEDING AT THE TIME THE TOURNAMENT IS CANCELED UNLESS THE GAME IN PROGRESS AT TIME OF THE POSTPONEMENT IS AN OFFICIAL GAME OR 3 1/2 INNINGS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. 3 1/2 COMPLETE INNINGS IS CONSIDERED A COMPLETE GAME. 


7. ROSTER GUIDELINES:

ANY ILLEGAL PLAYER WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE EVENT.

A.) PLAYER NUMBERS ONLINE DO NOT HAVE TO MATCH PLAYERS PLAYING. THEY NEVER WILL.

B.) PLAYERS NUMBERS ON LINEUP SHEETS MUST MATCH PLAYERS NUMBERS PARTICIPATING. 

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

D.) ROSTERS WILL NOT PERMANENTLY FREEZE YEAR ROUND.

E.) ROSTERS WILL FREEZE ON MIDNIGHT BEFORE THE START OF EACH EVENT EXCEPT FOR THE WORLD SERIES.

F.) ALL ROSTERS FOR ANY TEAMS PLAYING IN THE WORLD SERIES WILL FREEZE ON JULY 1.


PLEASE READ OVER THIS CAREFULLY

A.) EVERY TEAM THAT PARTICIPATES IN AN OTC SPORTS EVENT IS REQUIRED TO CREATE AN OTC SPORTS WEB ACCOUNT AND TEAM DUGOUT WHERE THEIR ROSTER WILL BE POSTED.

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

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

D.) ROSTER LIMITS ARE 15 PLAYERS MAX. YOU MAY ADD AND DROP WEEKLY.

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

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

G.) A REPLACED PLAYER COMES OFF OF THE ROSTER COMPLETELY AND CANNOT PARTICIPATE THE ENTIRE EVENT.

H.) A PLAYER MAY PLAY ON 2 TEAMS IN 2 DIFFERENT AGES.

I.) NO PLAYER MAY PLAY ON TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS WITHIN THE SAME EVENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS THIS WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT FOR BOTH TEAMS.

J.) ANY TEAM WHO CHOOSES TO PLAY UP ONE AGE MUST USE PLAYERS IN YOUR OWN AGE.  IF YOU CHOOSE TO PICK UP OLDER PLAYERS WHILE PLAYING UP YOU MUST SANCTION A NEW TEAM IN THAT AGE. 



8. FIELD DIMENSIONS:

FIELD FENCES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE VENUE.

9U-10U PLAY 46/65.

11U-12U PLAY 50/70.

13U - PLAYS 54/80.

14U - PLAYS 60/90


9. PITCHING GUIDELINES: 

INNINGS PITCHED ARE NOT LIMITED DAILY.


WORLD SERIES EVENT

9U-12U ARE ALLOWED 10 INNINGS TOTAL. 

13U-14U ARE ALLOWED 12 INNINGS TOTAL. 


2-DAY EVENTS

9U-12U ARE ALLOWED 10 INNINGS TOTAL. 

13U-14U ARE ALLOWED 12 INNINGS TOTAL. 


1-DAY EVENTS

9U-12U ARE ALLOWED 10 INNINGS TOTAL. 

13U-14U ARE ALLOWED 12 INNINGS TOTAL. 


ANY PITCHING VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT. 

ALL INNINGS PITCHED WILL BE LOGGED ON GAME CARDS AND CAN BE CHECKED AT TEAM CHECK IN.



10. BATTING LINEUPS:

YOU HAVE 4 CHOICES FOR YOUR LINEUP.

1.) BAT 9 STRAIGHT.

2.) BAT 9 WITH A DH.

3.) BAT 10 AND PLAY 9 WITH A DH. 

4.) BAT THE ENTIRE LINEUP. 

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

B.) A LINEUP IS ONLY COLLAPSIBLE IF A PLAYER IS INCAPACITATED OR BODILY FLUIDS ARE EXPOSED. IN ALL OTHER SITUATIONS THE PLAYER WILL BE OUT EACH TIME HE COMES UP TO BAT. ANY PLAYER SKIPPED OVER FOR THIS REASON WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY THE REST OF THE EVENT.

C.) 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.

D.) ALL GAMES MUST START WITH NO LESS THAN 8 PLAYERS, IF YOU ONLY HAVE 8 PLAYERS THE 9TH BATTER WILL BE AN OUT. 

E.) 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.

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



11. COURTESY RUNNERS:

A.) FOR THE PITCHER OR CATCHER ONCE THEY REACH 1ST BASE. 

B.) A COURTESY RUNNER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IF A PICTH HAS BEEN MADE TO THE NEXT BATTER.

C.) 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 REENTRY.

D.) IF YOU ARE BATTING YOUR ENTIRE ROSTER, THE COURTESY RUNNER MUST BE THE LAST BATTED OUT.

E.) 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.



12. RUN RULES:

RUN RULES REMAIN IN EFFECT IN ALL GAMES.

12 AFTER 3

10 AFTER 4

8 AFTER 5 



13. HEAD FIRST SLIDES:

A.) HEADFIRST SLIDES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN AGES 8U-12U WHEN THE PLAYER IS WEARING A HELMET WITH A FACE GUARD, C-FLAP, OR NON-BREAK AWAY CHIN STRAP.

B.) THIS RULE DOES NOT APPLY TO A PLAYER RETURNING TO FIRST BASE.

C.) PLAYERS NOT WEARING THIS TYPE OF HELMET ARE EXCLUDED.

D.) AFTER 1 INFRACTION A TEAM WARNING WILL BE ISSUED TO THE OFFENDING TEAM. ANY ADDITIONAL INFRACTIONS BY THE TEAM AFTER THE WARNING WAS ISSUED WILL RESULT IN A  DELAYED DEAD BALL OUT SITUATION.



14. SLASH BUNTS:

A.) SLASH BUNTING IN ALL AGES IN ALL OTC SPORTS EVENTS IS BANNED. 

B.) THE PENALTY FOR A SLASH BUNT ATTEMPT WILL RESULT IN AN OUT, CONTACT OR NO CONTACT. 



15. HOME TEAM DETERMINATION:

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

B.) IN ELIMINATION GAMES THE HOME TEAM WILL BE THE HIGHEST SEEDED TEAM.

C.) THE HOME TEAM WILL FURNISH THE OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER.

D.) THE OFFICIAL BOOK MUST BE A SCORE BOOK IN WRITING  NOT A MOBILE DEVICE.


16. PROTEST:

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

B.) YOU CAN ONLY PROTEST PLAYER ELIGIBILITY.

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



17. EVENT UNIFORMS:

WE ARE LENIANT ON UNIFORMS IN FALL BASEBALL. 

THE UNIFORMS OF ALL TEAM PLAYERS MUST BE OF THE SAME COLOR AND STYLE.

LOOK THE PART AND TAKE PRIDE IN THE WAY YOUR TEAM PRESENTS ITSELF AT ALL OTC SPORTS EVENTS. 



18. OFFICIAL GAME TIME LENGTHS:

NO DROP DEAD TIME IN ANY AGES.

ALL SUNDAY SERIES EVENTS ARE 1:00 GAME TIMES IN ALL AGES. 

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

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

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

13U - 14U - 1:45 / 7 INNINGS / RUN RULE

A.) NO GAME WILL BE PLAYED OUT AFTER TIME LIMIT OR INNING LIMIT.

B.) IN ELIMINATION PLAY ALL GAMES HAVE TO BE PLAYED OUT UNTIL THERE IS A WINNER. IF THERE IS A TIE AFTER TIME/MAX INNINGS HAS EXPIRED WE WILL GO INTO THE INTERNATIONAL TIEBREAKER PLACING THE LAST BATTED OUT ON 2ND BASE WITH 0 OUTS. 

C.) WHEN THE TIME LIMIT HAS EXPIRED AND THE HOME TEAM IS BATTING, AND THE HOME TEAM IS AHEAD, THE GAME IS OVER REGARDLESS OF THE SCORE AND WE WILL NOT COMPLETE THE INNING.

D.) THE FINAL SCORE IS THE SCORE WHEN THE OFFICIAL TIME HAS EXPIRED. 

E.) UMPIRES WILL KEEP THE OFFICIAL TIME. CHECK WITH HIM THROUGHOUT THE GAME TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TIME COORDINATES WITH HIS AND THERE WILL BE 0 ISSUES.



19. AN OFFICAL GAME:

A.) IF ANY EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO WHATEVER REASON ALL GAMES BEING PLAYED 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 WHOLE TEAM WAS LOSING AFTER 3 1/2 INNINGS.

B.) 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.

C.) IN POOL PLAY IF THE GAME IS CANCELED PRIOR TO THIS POINT THE SCORE WILL BE THE SAME AS IT WAS AT THE END OF THE LAST COMPLETED ENDING.

D.) IN BRACKET PLAY IF THE GAME IS CANCELED PRIOR TO THIS POINT. THE WINNER WILL BE THE HIGHER SEEDED TEAM.



20. EVENT BASEBALLS

YOU MUST USE AN OFFICIAL BASEBALL. EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A REAL BASEBALL IS. THEY ARE THE SAME KIND THAT YOU WANT YOUR TEAM HITTING.



21. SEEDING/TIEBREAKERS

BRACKET PLAY SEEDINGS ARE DETERMINED BY THE ORDER LSITED BELOW

1.) LEAST RUNS ALLOWED.

.2.) RUN DIFFERENTIAL "7 RUNS MAX"

3.) MOST RUNS SCORED "7 RUNS MAX".

4.) COIN TOSS. 

IF NO COACHES ARE PRESENT FOR THE COIN TOSS WE WILL VIDEO IT AND TEXT IT TO BOTH TEAMS.

WE INSTALLED THE 7 RUN MAX BECAUSE WITHOUT TEAMS WOULD TRY AND SCORE 40 RUNS TO HAVE AN EDGE. 


22. STEEL SPIKES: 

THIS IS STRICTLY ENFORCED

A.) STEEL SPIKES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN AGES 13U & 14U.

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

C.) NO STEEL SPIKES MAY BE WORN ON PORTABLE MOUNDS. I SUGGEST THAT ALL PITCHERS CARRY IN ALTERNATIVE SHOE TO ALL OTC SPORTS EVENTS. 

D.) UMPIRES WILL NOT ALLOW A PITCHER TO WEAR SPIKES ON ANY PORTABLE MOUND. 



23. GAME FORFEITS:

A.) ALL FORFEITS ARE SCORED 7-0 FOR THE WINNER.



24. 7U-8U COACH PITCH RULES

A.) A REGULATION TEAM CONSIST OF 9 PLAYERS. ALL PLAYERS ON EVERY ROSTER MUST BE IN THE STARTING LINEUP AND HIT.

B.) TEAMS CAN USE EITHER 9 OR 10 DEFENSIVE OF PLAYERS. 1 PLAYER MUST PLAY THE PITCHING POSITION AND 1 PLAYER MUST PLAY THE CATCHING POSITION. FOR TEAMS USING 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS 4 PLAYERS MUST PLAY THE OUTFIELD POSITIONS.

C.) TEAMS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 8 PLAYERS TO START AND FINISH A GAME BUT MUST TAKE AN OUT FOR THE 9TH PLAYER. IF THE LINEUP DROPS BELOW 8 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 THEN THE FINAL SCORE WILL BE LOGGED 7-0 IN FAVOR OF THE TEAM THAT DID NOT FORFEIT. 

D.) THERE WILL BE A 30FT SAFETY ARC FROM THE BACK TIP OF HOME PLATE AND FROM THE 1ST BASELINE TO THE 3RD BASELINE. A BASEBALL MUST PASS THIS LINE TO BE CONSIDERED A FAIR BALL. 

E.) ALL FIELDERS MUST STAY BEHIND THE SAFETY ARC UNTIL THE BASEBALL IS HIT.

F.) THERE IS A PITCHING MARK 40 FEET FROM THE BACK TIP OF HOME PLATE THAT THE PITCHING COACH MUST PITCH FROM.

G.) THERE IS A CIRCLE DRAWN WITH A 10FT RADIUS WITH THE PITCHING RUBBER IN THE MIDDLE. THIS EQUATES TO THE FRONT OF THE CIRCLE BEING AT 30FT,  THE PITCHING COACHES MARK AT 40FT, AND THE BACK OF THE CIRCLE AND 50FT. THIS IS A SAFETY AREA FOR THE PLAYER ASSUMING THE PITCHING POSITION. 

H.) THE PITCHER CANNOT LEAVE THE PITCHING CIRCLE UNTIL THE BASEBALL IS HIT. IF THE PITCHER LEAVES THE CIRCLE EARLIER THE PLAY CONTINUES. AFTER THE PLAY HAS ENDED THE OFFENSIVE TEAM HAS THE OPTION OF TAKING THE RESULT OF THE PLAY OR EXCEPTING A NO PITCH AND THE RESULT OF THE PLAY AS BEING OVER.

I.) IF THIS OCCURS A SECOND TIME WITHIN THE SAME GAME BY THE SAME PLAYER THEN HE IS REMOVED BY THE UMPIRE FROM THE PITCHING MOUND THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME.

J.) EACH BATTER IS ALLOWED 6 PITCHES OR THREE STRIKES. IF A BATTER HITS A FOUL BALL ON THE 6TH PITCH HE IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE BATTING UNTIL HE EITHER DOES NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH THE BALL OR PUTS IT IN PLAY. A NO SWING ON THE 6TH PITCH IS AN OUT. 

K.) MAX 7 RUNS OR 3 OUTS PER INNING.

L.) A BALL HIT IN FAIR TERRITORY THAT HITS A COACH PITCHING IS DECLARED A FOUL BALL IF THE UMPIRE IN HIS JUDGMENT DECLARES THAT THE CONTACT WAS ON UNINTENTIONAL. IF IN THE UMPIRES JUDGMENT HE DECLARES THAT THE COACH INTENTIONALLY MAKE CONTACT WITH THE BALL THE BATTER IS OUT.

M.) BUNTING IS NOT ALLOWED "DUH"

N.) UMPIRES WILL CALL TIME AFTER EVERY PLAY WHEN IN THEIR JUDGEMENT THE PLAY IS DEAD.

TIME WILL BE CALLED AS SOON AS 1 OF THE 3 OCCUR

1.) THE LEAD RUNNER STOPS ATTEMPTING TO ADVANCE.

2.) THE BALL IS IN THE POSSESSION OF A FIELDER IN THE INFIELD.

3.) NO DEFENSE OF PLAY IS EMINENT.



THANK YOU FOR PLAYING OTC SPORTS!