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2018 Iron & Oil Baseball
RULES & POLICIES
Major League Rules
Major league rules are in effect and can only be modified by this document. Leading, stealing,
dropped third strike, and infield fly rule are in effect.
All teams registered for the Core Athletics tournament must submit a completed roster form,
waiver forms signed by each family, and proof of insurance before playing any games.
Must meet age requirement.
3. Game Length
7 innings - unless the Mercy Rule is invoked or the time limit is reached.
4. Mercy Rule
The mercy rule is as follows: 15 runs after 2 innings, 12 runs after 3 innings,10 runs after 4
innings or 8 after 5. The trailing team must complete the at bat in the inning to constitute a
completed inning for purposes of this rule.
5. Time Limit
If a new inning has started prior to the time limit, that inning will finish. No new inning can start
after the time limit 2:00. Games can end in a tie (in pool play only) if the time limit
expires, and both teams have batted in the inning. The game will be considered a complete
game after the home team bats in the bottom of the third inning, and the third inning is
Teams should be prepared to play 30 minutes prior to the listed start time for each game,
except for the first games each day at each field.
A team will forfeit if they do not have at least 8 players present by 15 minutes after the game
should have been started. Forfeits are scored as a 10-0 victory for the team with enough players.
The official start time is determined by the umpires before each game.
If 10 innings is reached on Sunday (Pool A v sPool B)then we will institute the last batted out on second base, 1-1 count on the hitter and zero outs.
6. Official Game
All games are official after the completion of the 3rd inning. If a game should be called due to
darkness or weather, and it is the middle of an inning, then the game will revert back to the
score from the previous inning if the third inning has been completed.
7. Format Alterations
Iron & Oil reserve the right to alter, change, or abbreviate tournament formats and/or rules,
8. Playoffs/Tie Breakers
Pools will be determined by the number of teams in the age group. A minimum of 2 pool games
will be played by each team. 1-5 seeds advance to the championship bracket and 6-9 seeds
move to the consolation bracket.
In the event that teams are tied after pool play, the following process will be followed:
A. Head to Head (only if 2 teams are tied. 3 or more, go to next tie breaker)
B. Fewest Runs Allowed
C. Run Differential (max 10 per game)
D. Runs scored
E. Coin Flip
There are no pitching limits. Please take care of your athletes.
Once a player is removed from the mound, he/she cannot return to the mound in the same
game. The second trip to the mound in the same inning results in the removal of the pitcher.
There will be no warnings on balk calls.
**THE FAKE TO 3RD, THROW TO 1ST, IS A BALK!!!
11. Intentional Walk
Must make the pitches.
Defensive: Each team will be allowed unlimited substitutions in the field if batting the entire
roster. If not batting the entire roster, substitution rules apply.
High School Division and 15U
You may hit a maximum of 10 players and a minimum of 9.
You may bat nine players, your entire roster, or anything in between. After the start
of the game, you cannot change the number of batters you have - it must remain the same for
the whole game. If you bat your entire roster and a player should get thrown out of the game,
and no substitute (a player not in the batting order) remains, you must take an out in that spot in
the order. If a player is removed due to an injury, no out is recorded in that player’s spot in the
Once a sub bats or runs for a player in the batting order, those two players are locked into that
position. From then on, one of those two must hit/run in that spot only. Re-entry of the starter
A courtesy runner is allowed for the catcher only with 2 outs. If batting the entire roster, the
courtesy runner must be the last recorded out.
13. Home Team
In pool play, a coin flip will determine who the home team is. In playoffs and the championship,
the higher seed will have their choice of being the home team or visiting team. If two teams
should have the same seed, then a coin flip will determine home team.
A. Lineups must be provided to the opposing team’s manager and to the press box.
B. The Official Scorebook is to be kept by the home team. Both teams should confer after each
inning to confirm the score.
C. Scores from completed games should be recorded and signed off so they can be
posted online and sent out to everyone.
D. Tournament schedule and results will be posted at itournamentbrackets.com.
15. Slide Rule
In the event of a close play, the runner must avoid contact. The umpire has the discretion to eject a
player from the game if the action is deemed to be purposeful.
On double plays, a runner must slide straight into the bag, not past the bag, or to the side to
make contact. If a player does make contact sliding past the bag or to the side, then that player
and the runner, to where the defensive player was trying to make the play are out and the
sliding player may be ejected. All close plays and slides are at the umpire’s discretion.
16. Baseball Cleats
Metal spikes are allowed
All batters are required to wear a helmet, and all catchers must wear a mask, chest protector,
shin guards, and athletic cup.
18. Bat Restrictions
Wood bat tournament
A. Judgment calls by the umpire cannot be protested, only rule disputes.
B. The protesting coach must tell the umpire and the opposing team’s manager that he is going
to protest the game at that specific point in the game. You cannot protest after that point in the
game. Play the game out.
C. A $100 cash protest fee must be presented to the Tournament Director within 24 hours
D. If the protest is upheld, then the $100 will be refunded, and the game will be replayed from
the point of the protest.
E. All protests are handled by the Tournament Director, and his/her decision is final.
20. Entry Refunds
There will be no entry refunds for withdrawal from a tournament within 21 days of the start of
that particular event. The $100 deposit is non-refundable. Refunds due to weather
postponement will be calculated by the number of games played. The weather refunds will go
0 games played: Entry fee minus a $100 administrative fee
1 game played: 50% Refund
2 games or more played: No Refund
Please help keep the tournament fields and common areas clean. Please be sure to pick up all
your team’s trash after the game. Only coaches, 1 scorekeeper, and players are permitted in
St. Bonventure – NO GUM-SEEDS in DUGOUT and No DRINKS on TURF –
Metal spikes are allowed at both facilities.
A. NO WARNINGS will be given to coaches, players, or fans for unsportsmanlike or unruly
B. Upon ejection, the coach, player, or fan must completely leave the premises. Failure
to comply will result in a team forfeit.
C. Any player or fan ejected from more than one game will not be permitted on the premises for
the rest of the tournament.
D. Should a coach be ejected from 1 game, he/she will not be permitted to participate in the
rest of the tournament as a coach or a fan, and will not be permitted on any tournament game
site for the duration of the tournament.
2 umpires will be provided for all games.
24. Field Dimensions
15u and UP - 60’6” mound and 90’ bases
12u - 50' mound and 70' bases
All tournament team – Championship – MVP
26. Between Innings
If the offensive team is not ready within the 90-second time limit, the umpire shall call a strike. If
the defense is not ready, a ball shall be awarded to the batter. Umpires judgment allowed.