Delaware Issued Guidelines for the resumption of Competitive or Recreational Baseball & Softball as of 6/15/20
The following is modification to the rules for these sports that would allow them to resume June 15th with social distancing and other safety procedures observed.
All other rules of the sport not listed here are assumed to be in place, subject to the discretion of the individual administrative body. When not actively playing the sport, participants should continue to practice social distancing when not from the same household or party.
• Home plate umpire will stand behind pitcher’s mound (socially distanced from pitcher) in order to call balls and strikes.
• The ball should be rotated out as frequently as it can or should be disinfected between innings.
• Equipment (bats, gloves, catchers gear, etc), should not be shared between players.
• Distancing in dugouts and in stands. • Base coaches should distance from baserunners, players and umpires in field of play.
• No community water cooler • No spitting, chewing gum, or sunflower seeds
• Individual teams should use their own set of baseballs or softballs ( for warm up)
• Spectators are permitted under the gathering rules in place, which can be found here.
SATB Stay Safe Guidelines
Be Safe & Social Distancing Face Masks are not required but must be worn for entrance to Pro Shop, Restrooms or whenever proximity to other guests or staff cannot be avoided! Guests must maintain at least 6 feet separation from others and apply social distancing rules in all public situations.
Face coverings are not required for children age 12 years or younger & children age 2 years or younger must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
Ban on all “physical contact” among coaches, players, fans, staff & umpires. The ban includes “customary game-related activities” such as pregame and postgame handshakes between teams and coaches, as well as in-game celebrations. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying ‘good game,’ without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
Please do not approach staff and direct all tournament related questions to your assigned head coach who may contact the pro shop or the umpire to make inquiries or request a tournament director. The rules are the rules and coaches must inform spectators and parents to remain in a dedicated public area and avoid staff contact. If you feel you cannot abide by the regulations we ask that you do not attend!
Stay Home: If you are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently come in contact with someone who is sick or has traveled to a state or country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment, we encourage you to refrain from any public activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.
Updated Game Rules & Policies
Guidelines & Adjustments for Phase 2 | Effective June 15th
- Concession Stands will be open and operated under take-out restaurant guidelines. Please maintain distance when ordering and awaiting pick up.
- All Bleachers & Public seating will be limited or indicated as not available. Spectators should supply their own chairs / blankets.
- Spectators & teams may not approach a field until it is clear of all other players and staff.
- Due to state capacity restrictions the Pool will remain closed.
- Playgrounds will be closed and we recommend outdoor toys & activities for younger children.
- Tournament tee’s are pre-order only and must be picked up by 4pm the first day of the tournament. Team orders are encouraged for reducing contact amongst staff and guests.
Temporary Game Rule Adjustments
- All games will be 1:50 minutes to provide extra time to disinfect dugouts
- Ban on all “physical contact” among coaches, players, fans, staff, umpires etc
- Pregame meetings with umpire will take place with Social Distancing in place.
- The dugout is provided to your team and coaches are responsible for deciding and informing your team of your rules regarding use. The dugout will be disinfected in between games.
- One umpire per field stationed 6 foot behind the pitcher, not in the customary position behind the catcher.
Parents & Fans Please Direct Inquiries to your Head Coach. Coaches please email questions to [email protected]
Coach, Player & Fan Sportsmanship
Code of Conduct
Sports at the Beach has many years of experience in the youth sports industry and it is our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY that players, coaches & fans experience baseball at it's very best during every SATB tournament. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for disrespect to each other, umpires, guests and staff on and off the field. We expect EVERYONE who attends SATB Tournaments to handle themselves in a manner that displays good sportsmanship and sets a good example for every ball player and participating team. We will not tolerate coaches, players or fans acting out or displaying what we consider unsportsmanlike conduct. Such conduct will result in removal from the game and/or the tournament at the discretion of an SATB Tournament director. It is our responsibility to our guests to maintain a fun and positive baseball experience.
Coaches: it is your responsibility to enforce the code of conduct to your players and fans.
Promote good sportsmanship, both on and off the field.
- Any player ejected from a game will be suspended for the next SIX Innings from that point, likely carrying over into the next game. For example: Ejected in the 4th Inning of Game 1, the Player sits for innings 5, 6, and 7 of Game 1 plus innings 1, 2, and 3 of of the next game. Extra innings count toward meeting the suspension requirement. If by chance the player does not sit the required six innings the player will be removed at the time it is brought to the umpire's attention and an additional 3 innings will be added the suspension. Please note that the Director will have final say on all suspensions.
- Any coach or fan ejected from a game will also be suspended for the next SIX Innings from that point, including those that carry over into the next game.
Sports at the Beach has final say on appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
Coaches, please remind your players to respect the upkeep and beauty of the baseball fields and facilities at Sports at the Beach.
Please Note: These rules are not all inclusive. Common sense should be used at all times: Violations of these Rules may lead to team or individual suspension from tournament play and/or park activities. Parents and family guests of Sports at the Beach assume all risk and danger of personal injury, losses, damages to person or property and all hazards arising from or related in any way to, the events at Sports at the Beach that they are attending.
Sports at the Beach management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the rules and regulations of Sports at the Beach.
UPDATED TEAM CONTACT RULES
We will be adopting the updated USSSA policy of banning “physical contact” among coaches players etc... The ban is effective immediately, and includes “customary game-related activities” such as pregame and postgame handshakes between teams and coaches, as well as in-game celebrations. “Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying ‘good game,’ without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
Official Baseball Tournament Rules
Any rule not covered will convert to American League Major League Rule Book.
The start and end of games will be determined by the following procedure. Sports at the Beach employs a Fairness Rule as outlined below.
Start of Game
Bocce Ball (Courtesy of Ed Bradford) determines Home and Visitors for all Pool Games. Once Seed is determined, Top Seed will have choice of Visitor or Home. A team may start with 6 players and add the remaining players at any time. The spot(s) missing in the batting order will be an out(s).
End of Game
Pool Play games may end in a TIE after the time limit is reached. However, all single elimination games, including the Championship game, must have a winner. All extra innings games, or when Time Limit is reached in Single Elimination, will use the following rule: The new inning(s) will be started with Bases Loaded, utilizing the last 3 batters from the previous inning as the runners. Pool Play games must be within the time limit to continue using this rule. ALL GAMES that go to EXTRA INNINGS or reach the Time Limit will start with BASES LOADED. If a mistake is made by not starting with bases loaded, proceed without.
One run will be added to the winning team for purposes of Runs Allowed/Runs Scored in Pool Play. Ex. Extra Inning starts tied at 5 to 5 and the visiting teams scores 5 and the home team scores 4; the winner is the visitor, but the final score is 6-5 visitor for Pool Play. It is not fair to either team to tack on runs when we start the inning or innings with the bases loaded.
Age, Field, Bat and Inning Determination
During Weekend Tournaments, there is a 2-Hour time limit (unless altered by weather) on all games except the Championship Game. No new inning may start after two hours. For the purpose of determining if a new inning may start, the time is determined at the time of the last out in the bottom of the inning. All games should stop in the bottom of the inning if the Home Team is winning when the time runs out, meaning that the visiting team will not be able to bat. In the event that for some reason, play continues (ie. umpire is unaware of score or time), all runs added to the score will count.
Regardless of age, fifteen (15) runs after three innings, ten (10) runs after four innings and eight (8) runs after five innings. Home team does not bat if ahead by Mercy. Home team will bat if visiting team goes ahead in top of Mercy inning.
All dugout selection is based upon a first come first serve basis; any disputes will be determined by tournament director.
All team rosters are weekend to weekend rosters and may be changed from week to week at the discretion of the organization. Once a team has started a tournament, players may be added to their roster, provided the player is of legal age (legal age is based on age as of April 30th) and has not played for another team of the same age bracket during said tournament. PENALTY: An ineligible player, due to roster rules, shall be removed from the game at the time of notification. There will be NO FORFEITS because of an ineligible player. A substitute may replace the ineligible player if one is available, otherwise an automatic out will take place in the same manner as an injured player. No new players can be added to the roster once Single-Elimination has been begun.
The Sports at the Beach age/division determination runs from September 1 through August 31 the following calendar year. ( On September 1st of every year your team moves up to the next age division. For example: If you played 12U in the summer - you would play 13U as of September 1st.
Sports at the Beach determines the age of a player by an April 30th cutoff.
2020 - 2021 Tournament Season Runs August 31,2020 through August 31, 2021 - The age of the player is determined by their age on April 30th, 2021.
FALL TOURNAMENTS -Starting with Play It Forward the age of the player is determined by their age on April 30th, 2021.
Please note: Sports at the Beach has not changed age determination and is currently NOT following Little League New Age Determination.
No protest will be allowed for judgment calls. Protests will be allowed for rules only and must be decided before restart of play. A $200.00 payment must accompany protest and will be returned if protest is upheld. A Protest is only “Official” if accompanied with a $200.00 fee and done before the next pitch. This same fee will apply for protests of age and Birth Certificates.
International Team Age Rule
The tournament director has the discretion to allow each Country to use their age dates in determining the age of the participants. Example: Some countries use January 1 to determine their age for the season.
Determining Starting Line-up
We want to let the Coach play as many players as he/she wants. The only information needed regarding a "Starting Lineup" is the number of batters. We do not care who plays in the field.
Team may bat 9 players, the entire lineup, or in-between. Once the number of batters is determined, it must remain for the entire game. An injury or ejection will result in an automatic out if a substitute is not available. A substitute is anyone not placed in the batting order. Once a substitution bats or runs for a player, the sub and the original starter are locked into that batting position and either one may bat or run in that position ONLY.
Any player on the roster may play in any defensive position at any time, regardless of being in the batting order. For example - A team may have 18 players: Bat 9 of them and play the other 9 in the field. No one player in a game can assume more than one offensive position.
There are no pitching restrictions; pitching is coach's discretion.
Second visit to the mound per inning will result in removal of pitcher. Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, they may re-enter and pitch after one batter (an inherited batter is considered one batter) is pitched to regardless of whether they left the field or not. We leave this discretion to the coach, but we strongly recommend the USA pitching guidelines. Everyone is competitive by nature, but please keep in mind the health and career of the player and no game is as important as the player remaining healthy.
Dead Ball - No Warnings. The fake to third is not allowed; the new rule for Third Base is the same exact rule for First Base.
9U -12U divisions: Rubber Cleats only
13U and over: No restrictions
8 thru 13U division: No Restrictions
14U division -3 BBCOR bats will be required
15/16U division: Wood Bats only (wood composite bats are acceptable)
17 & Over division: Wood Bats only (wood composite bats are acceptable)
In the 15/16U and 17 & Over divisions, wood bats only; however, wood composite bats are acceptable. Wood composite bats are considered to be a composite handle (i.e. bamboo, birch, etc.) and wood barrel. All composite bats must be inspected and approved by the Tournament Director. If you have any suspicion that your bat does not meet this requirement, please leave it home.
Altered or illegal bats will be removed and player may be ejected.
NONE. Offensive rule takes care of Designated Hitter.
Avoid Contact Rule
A player may not intentionally run over anyone at any time or place on the field. (Umpire's discretion.)
Head First Slide
Permitted at all bases.
Pitches do NOT need to be thrown for an intentional walk.
All Pool Play games played at Sports at the Beach are Official at the end of one (1) complete inning (same rules as if it were a 4-inning complete game) regardless of age or reason for the stoppage (weather, darkness, etc) This ruling is in place due to weather or darkness and to determine standings for Single-Elimination. All Single-Elimination games including Championship are complete after 3 innings.
Determining the Winner
All tournaments will have a Championship Game if possible. In the event of cancelation of a tournament due to weather, a tournament must have two complete games to be Official; we will determine a winner and appropriate finishes based on the following procedure:
In the event that Pool Play has concluded and Single-Elimination has started and we are unable to finish the tournament (usually rain), the places are determined in the following manner:
All teams eliminated in Single-Elimination are eliminated and we proceed to the highest remaining Seeds left standing. The Tie-Breaker system has already determined seeds from the previous day and that is how we will determine a winner. The games played during Single-Elimination have NO BEARING on the final outcome as far as runs allowed, won-lost record and so forth. Games played during Single-Elimination can only eliminate a team. EX. Seed 1 may have played and won while giving up 5 runs and Seed 2 may have played and gave up 0 runs, therefore giving up less runs for the tournament. This IS NOT a factor in determining a winner. The highest seed left standing from Pool Play will be the winner and so forth.
Two Way Tie
Head-to-Head (ONLY applies when 2 teams are tied)
Lowest average runs allowed per game played (if head-to-head, does not apply)
Highest average runs scored per game played
The team that registered for the tournament first will win the tie breaker (We realize that a coin flip would usually take place, but this is easier due to coaches being in different places). Please be clear if your team is involved in a Tie with 3 or more teams that head to Head does not matter unless your team beat both teams.
Three Way Tie or More
Lowest average runs allowed in All Pool Games will determine highest seed, if still tied the Highest Average runs scored will be used and if teams are still Tied then the team that *registered first will win the Tie-Breaker. Exception: If one team beats ALL teams involved, they are the top seed.
*The Tournament Director has final decision when making adjustments to schedule due to game delays or cancelations.
We will be using many different formats during the course of the season. The schedule will show what format we are using for each tournament. The website is real time. As soon as a score is entered in the system, the website updates the standings and brackets.
Determining seeds from Pool Play when all teams do not play an equal amount of games: We will take win-loss percentage and the average of runs allowed determining seeds.
For Example: A team could be 2-0 with 6 runs allowed and be behind a team that is 1-0 with 2 runs allowed. The percentage is the same and the average of runs allowed is lower for the 1-0 team.
There is a possibility that a team does not play all of their Pool Game due to weather or other circumstances, in this case that team and their opponent will be given a 6-6 tie for purpose of determining seeds. This will only be used when a team or teams have not played all of their Pool Play games. We realize that this could result in an outcome that would seem unfair to someone, under the circumstances we have no other choice. In the event that all games are canceled for Pool Play, we record all Pool Play games as a 1-1 tie for purposes of seeding for single elimination play. The seeds will now be determined by order of registration.
In the event that this puts a team into the consolation bracket, we will make every effort to eliminate the consolation bracket when possible. Refund policy will come into effect at the conclusion of the tournament.
8U Rules & 9U "No Leads"
LEADS - 8U No Leads | 9U- No Leads unless specified as an option for select tournaments
STEALING - ALLOWED (all Bases) after the ball crosses plate; leaving early will result in dead ball and an automatic out
BUNTS - ALLOWED
BALKS - No Balks will be called
DROPPED 3RD STRIKES - Batter is Out
PITCHING DISTANCE - 42 feet for 8 U & 44 feet for 9 U
BASES - 70 feet
Basic Little League rules apply - any discrepancies will be handled on a case by case basis by the Tournament Director.
COACH PITCH - No balls and strikes-3 swings and misses will result in an out-a fielder may position him or herself in the area of the coach pitching, but not in front.
LEADS - NO LEADS
10 Fielders are Allowed
Runs per Inning: 5 Runs oer inning until the last. No Limit on Runs in the Sixth Inning.
STEALING - Not Allowed-Leaving early (before pitch reaches batter) is a Dead Ball and an OUT
BUNTS - NOT ALLOWED
BALKS - No Balks will be called
DROPPED 3RD STRIKES - Batter is Out
BASES - 70 feet
Basic Little League rules apply - any discrepancies will be handled on a case by case basis by the Tournament Director.
ALL DECISIONS REGARDING TOURNAMENT RULES ARE MADE FINAL BY TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR