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Rules


OTC SPORTS ABIDES BY NATIONAL FEDERATION HIGH SCHOOL "NFHS"  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 GAME BASEBALLS UNLESS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED.  

ANY TEAM THAT IS REGISTERED IN ANY OTC SPORTS EVENT AND ALSO SEEN REGISTERED IN ANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS EVENT ON THAT SAME WEEKEND WILL BE REMOVED FROM OUR EVENT. DOUBLE BOOKING IS LYING TO TEAMS IN BOTH EVENTS AND NEVER TOLERATED HERE.

ALL GATE FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE, PAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

ALL TEAMS BE WARMED UP AND READY TO PLAY 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR GAME TIME START.

2020/2021 RULES INDEX:

1. ENSURING ALL RULES ARE RIGHT

2. COACHES/PARENTS CONDUCT

3. AGE CONTROL DATE/GRADE BASED PLAYERS

4. BANNED BATS LIST

5. BAT RULES

6. EVENT REFUNDS/TEAM REMOVAL DEADLINE

7. TEAM AWARDS

8. ROSTER GUIDELINES

9. FIELD DIMENSIONS

10. PITCHING GUIDELINES

11. BATTING LINEUPS

12. COURTESY RUNNERS

13. RUN RULES

14. HEAD FIRST SLIDES

15. SLASH BUNTS

16. HOME TEAM DETERMINATION

17. PROTEST

18. EVENT UNIFORMS

19. GAME TIME LENGTHS

20.  AN OFFICIAL GAME

21. EVENT BASEBALLS

22. SEEDINGS/TIEBREAKERS

23. STEEL SPIKES

24. SCORED GAME FORFEITS

25. COACH PITCH RULES


1. ENSURING ALL RULES ARE RIGHT:

*IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THIS PROTOCOL 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 UMPIRE IN CHARGE. 

E.) THE UMPIRE IN CHARGE 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. 


2. OTC SPORTS COACHES/PARENTS CONDUCT POLICY GUIDELINES: 

I AS THE OWNER OF OTC SPORTS AM SICK AND TIRED OF ADULTS ACTING OUT IN YOUTH BASEBALL AND MY POLICY IS THIS SIMPLE. IF YOU ABUSE OUR UMPIRES OR STAFF AND CAUSE A SCENE THAT THESE KIDS HAVE TO SEE I WILL HAVE THE POLICE DETAIL ON SITE REMOVE YOU AND YOU WILL NOT RETURN. WE DO NOT WANT THOSE TYPES OF PEOPLE HERE.


3. AGE CONTROL DATE/GRADE BASED PLAYERS "2020/2021 SEASON"

*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 BE REMOVED FROM THE EVENT AND NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY OTC SPORTS AGAIN.

*GRADE BASED AGE GUIDELINES BELOW ARE EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON.

* THERE IS A $300 PROTEST FEE TO PROTEST A GRADE BASED PLAYER. 

7U PLAYERS WHO TURN 8 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 1ST GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 9 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 2ND GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 10 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 3RD GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 11 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 4TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 12 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 5TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 13 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 6TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 14 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 7TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 15 PRIOR TO AUGUST 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 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 8TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 16 PRIOR TO AUGUST 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 14U PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE. 

15U PLAYERS WHO TURN 16 PRIOR TO MAY 1ST OF 2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE 9TH GRADE. ANY PLAYER TURNING 17 PRIOR TO AUGUST 1ST IS NOT ELIGIBLE. 15U PLAYERS WHO ARE 15U ELIGIBLE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION REGARDLESS OF GRADE. 


4. 2020/2021 BANNED BATS LIST:

*AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2020 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.




5. PLAYER 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-12U DO NOT HAVE RESTRICTIONS TO THE WEIGHT/LENGTH RATION FOR NON WOOD BATS. 

H.) 13U/14U MUST SWING AN -3 OR -5 NON WOOD BAT OR AN AUTHORIZED WOOD BAT. 


6. EVENT REFUNDS/TEAM REMOVAL DEADLINE:

*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.


**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 WILL PAY A $200.00 FINE. THIS TEAM WILL NOT PLAY OTC SPORTS AGAIN UNTIL THIS FINE IS PAID. 

B.) ANY TEAM THAT PULLS OUT OF AN EVENT AFTER THE POOL PLAY SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP WILL PAY A $300.00 FINE. THIS TEAM WILL NOT PLAY OTC SPORTS AGAIN UNTIL THIS FINE IS PAID.

C.) ANY TEAM WHO FAILS TO SHOW UP AT A SCHEDULED EVENT "OUTSIDE OF AN EMERGENCY" WILL BE FINED $500.00. THIS TEAM WILL NOT PLAY OTC SPORTS AGAIN UNTIL THIS FINE IS PAID. 


**RAIN OUT REFUND POLICY**

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

ALL GATE FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE, PAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

A.) IF THE 1ST GAME HAS STARTED THERE ARE NO EVENT REFUNDS.  

B.) ONCE A GAME STARTS THERE IS NO REFUND FROM ANY UMPIRE PAID AT THE PLATE. 


7. TEAM AWARDS:

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

A.) SEE RULE #20 FOR OFFICIAL GAME RULINGS.


8. ROSTER GUIDELINES:

*ANY ILLEGAL PLAYER WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE EVENT.

*PLAYERS NAMES ON ROSTERS MUST MATCH THE PLAYERS NAME ON THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE. 

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 SITE DIRECTOR MAY MAKE ANY ROSTER ADDITION 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 AND UNFREEZE MONDAY MORNING.

F.) PLAYERS WILL NOT SHOW AS APPROVED ON THE ROSTERS ON THE  FRONT END OF THE WEBSITE UNTIL THE PLAYERS WAIVERS ARE SIGNED.

IF A PLAYERS WAIVER WAS NOT SIGNED AND THAT PLAYER IS PROTESTED AND SHOWS AS "PENDING"  IN THAT TEAMS DUGOUT THE OWNER WILL EVALUATE AND DECIDE WHAT ACTIONS NEED TO TAKE PLACE.

TECHNICALLY A PENDING PLAYER IS ON THE ROSTER THE WAIVER JUST WAS NOT SIGNED.


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 UNLIMITED, ALL PLAYERS LISTED ON YOUR ROSTER WILL PAY THE PLAYER FEE. YOU MAY ADD AND DROP WEEKLY.

E.) TO REPLACE A PLAYER A TEAM MUST EMAIL OTC SPORTS AND HAVE THE ROSTER UNFROZE, ADD THE PLAYER, THEN FROZEN AGAIN. 

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

H.)  NO PLAYER IS ALLOWED PLAY ON TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS WITHIN THE SAME EVENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. RESULT OF INFRACTION IS FORFEIT FOR ALL TEAMS INVOLVED. 

I.) 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. REGARDLESS OF AGE TEAMS WILL ABIDE BY THE RULES WITHIN THAT AGE. 


9. FIELD DIMENSIONS:

*FIELD FENCE DISTANCES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE VENUE.

COACH PITCH - 60FT BASES.

9U-10U PLAY 46/65.

11U-12U PLAY 50/70.

13U - PLAYS 54/80.

14U - PLAYS 60/90


10. PITCHING GUIDELINES: 

*INNINGS PITCHED ARE NOT LIMITED BY INNNGS DAILY ON 2 DAY EVENTS.

*ANY PITCHING VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT OF THAT CURRENT GAME. 

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


2-DAY EVENTS

9U-12U ARE ALLOWED 8 INNINGS TOTAL. 

13U-14U ARE ALLOWED 10 INNINGS TOTAL. 


1-DAY EVENTS

9U-14U ARE ALLOWED 5 INNINGS TOTAL. 


11. BATTING LINEUPS:

YOU HAVE 4 CHOICES FOR YOUR LINEUP.

*BAT 9 STRAIGHT.

*BAT 9 WITH A DH PLAY 9.

*BAT 10 WITH EH PLAY 10. 

*BAT THE ENTIRE LINEUP. NO DH OR EH. 

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

B.) IF A TEAM CHOOSES TO BAT ALL PLAYERS AND A PLAYER IS UNABLE TO TAKE HIS TURN AT BAT DUE TO AN INJURY OR SICKNESS, THAT PLAYER WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY CALLED OUT UPON APPEAL BY AN OPPOSING COACH BY VIRTUE OF THE OFFENSE BATTING OUT OF ORDER.

EXCEPTION: IF A PLAYER IS INJURED OR ILL SUCH THAT HE WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENT, THE LINEUP WILL BE COLLAPSED TO EXCLUDE THAT PLAYER GOING FORWARD. THE TEAM WILL NOT BE PENALIZED WHEN THE INJURED/ILL PLAYER’S TURN COMES IN THE BATTING ORDER. THE PLAYER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENT.

C.) THE UMPIRE AND OPPOSING COACH MUST BE NOTIFIED OF YOUR LINEUP CHOICE AT THE PLATE MEETING.

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 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ARTICLE "B" STATED ABOVE.

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



12. 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.


13. RUN RULES:

*RUN RULES REMAIN IN EFFECT IN ALL GAMES.

12 RUNS AFTER 3 INNINGS

10 RUNS AFTER 4 INNINGS

8 RUNS AFTER 5 INNINGS 


14. 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.) A TEAM WARNING WILL BE ISSUED TO THE OFFENDING TEAM AFTER THE FIRST INFRACTION. ANY ADDITIONAL INFRACTION BY THIS TEAM WILL RESULT IN A DELAYED DEAD BALL OUT.


15. 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. 


16. 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.


17. 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.


18. EVENT UNIFORMS:

A.)WE ARE LENIENT ON UNIFORMS IN FALL BASEBALL ONLY. 

B.)THE UNIFORMS OF ALL TEAM PLAYERS SHOULD BE OF THE SAME COLOR AND STYLE. IF THERE ARE ANY CONCERNS IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE HOME PLATE MEETING.

C.) CATCHERS MAY WEAR A 2-PIECE WITH A HELMET & FACE MASK BUT THE EARS MUST BE COVERED. 


19. OFFICIAL GAME TIME LENGTHS:

*NO DROP DEAD TIME IN ANY AGES.

*ALL SUNDAY SERIES EVENTS ARE 1 HOUR GAME TIMES IN ALL AGES. 

*ALL COACH PITCH - 1 HOUR / 6 INNINGS / RUN RULE

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

*13U - 14U - 1:30 / 7 INNINGS / RUN RULE


A.) 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. 

B.) 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.

C.) THE FINAL SCORE IS THE SCORE WHEN THE OFFICIAL TIME HAS EXPIRED. IN EXTREME WEATHER SITUATIONS WHEN POOL PLAY CANNOT BE COMPLETED ON SATURDAY THE OWNER MAY ADJUST THIS TO MAKE THE EVENT EVEN POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY!

D.) 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.


20. 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 HOME 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 3 1/2 OR 4 INNINGS. THE WINNER WILL BE THE HIGHER SEEDED TEAM.


21. GAME BASEBALLS:

A.) TEAMS PROVIDE THEIR OWN BASEBALLS OF THEIR CHOICE. YOU MUST USE AN OFFICIAL BASEBALL.

B.) EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A REAL BASEBALL IS, THEY ARE THE SAME KIND THAT YOU WANT YOUR TEAM HITTING.


22. SEEDING/TIEBREAKERS:

*BRACKET PLAY SEEDINGS ARE DETERMINED BY THE ORDER LISTED BELOW.

*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.

1.) LEAST RUNS ALLOWED.

2.) RUN DIFFERENTIAL "7 RUNS MAX"

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

4.) IF ALL 3 UP TOP ARE TIED ACROSS THE BOARD THE TEAM WITH MOST POINTS IS HIGHER SEED. 


23. STEEL SPIKES: 

A.) STEEL SPIKES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN AGES 13U & 14U AND NEVER ALLOWED ON TURF FIELDS OR PORTABLE MOUNDS.

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. 


24. GAME FORFEITS:

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


25. COACH PITCH RULES:

*POOL PLAY GAMES*
IF THE TIME RUNS OUT IN THE TOP OF THE INNING THE HOME TEAM WILL ONLY BE AUTHORIZED TO BAT IF THEY ARE LOSING, EVEN IF THEY CANNOT TIE OR WIN THE GAME.
IF THE HOME TEAM IS WINNING IN THE TOP OF THE INNING AND THE TIME RUNS OUT, THE GAME WILL BE CALLED IF THE VISITING TEAM CANNOT WIN THE GAME EVEN BY SCORING 7 RUNS. THE SCORE WILL BE INPUT FROM THE PREVIOUS INNING.
NO INFIELD FLY RULE IN COACH PITCH.
NO INTENTIONAL WALKS ALLOWED. 
NO RUNNER MAY LEAVE THE BASE UNTIL CONTACT IS MADE BY THE BATTER. 

A.) A REGULATION TEAM CONSIST OF 9-10 PLAYERS. NOT ALL COACH PITCH PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY.  LINEUP GUIDELINES ARE LISTED ABOVE UNDER RULE SECTION #10. 

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. UMPIRES WILL DETERMINE IF AN OUTFIELDER IS CONSIDERED TO BE PLAYING IN INFIELD POSITION AND WILL NOTIFY THE COACH IMMEDIATELY.

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 SHALL BE A "10" FOOT ARC DRAWN FROM FIRST "1ST" BASELINE TO THIRD "3RD" BASELINE IN FRONT OF HOME PLATE. A BATTED BALL MUST GO PAST THIS LINE TO BE A FAIR BALL. THERE SHALL BE A THIRTY "30" FOOT ARC DRAWN FROM FIRST "1ST" BASELINE TO THIRD "3RD" BASELINE IN FRONT OF HOME PLATE. INFIELDERS MUST STAY BEHIND THIS LINE UNTIL THE BALL IS HIT.

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, HOWEVER COACHES MAY PITCH FROM THE FRONT OF THE SAFETY ARC IF PREFERRED.

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 DEFENSIVE PLAY IS EMINENT.


THANK YOU FOR PLAYING OTC SPORTS!