Game Rules


Coach & Player Conduct Sportsmanship Code (Modified April 29, 2016)

  1. Promote good sportsmanship both on and off the field and to encourage life-long friendships. Any player ejected from a game will be suspended for the next SIX Innings from that point and it most likely will carry into the next game. EX. Ejected in the 4th Inning of Game 1 the Player sits remainder of Game 1 plus the required innings of the next game. 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 umpires attention plus an additional 3 innings. (Director will have final say on all suspensions).
  2. Promote good sportsmanship both on and off the field and to encourage life-long friendships. Any coach or fan ejected from a game will be suspended for the next SIX Innings from that point and it most likely will carry into the next game. EX. Ejected in the 4th Inning of Game 1 the Coach or Fan sits remainder of Game 1 plus the required innings of the next game. If by chance the Coach or Fan does not sit the required six-innings the Coach or fan will be removed at the time it is brought to the umpires attention plus an additional 3 innings. (Director will have final say on all suspensions).
  3. Sports at the Beach has final say on appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
  4. 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.


Official Baseball Tournament Rules

(Modified August 5th, 2016)

Any rule not covered will convert to American League Major League Rule Book.

Time Limit
Start of Game/End of Game
Age Field & Innings
Official Roster
Starting Lineup
Cleat Restrictions
Mercy Rule
Age Determination
Pitching Restrictions
Bat Restrictions
Designated Hitter
Courtesy Runner
Avoid Contact Rule
Head First Slide
Intentional Walk
Official Game
Determining Winner
Tie Breakers
Modified 8U Rules


Time Limit

We have a 2-Hour time limit (unless altered by weather) on all games except the Championship Game during weekend tournaments. 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 (umpire is unaware of score or time) play continues, all runs added to the score will count.

Age Field and Inning Determinations

Age Mound Bases Bat Innings
8 42' 60' No Restriction 6
9 44' 70' No Restriction 6
10 47' 70' No Restriction 6
11 50' 70' No Restriction 6
12 50' 70' No Restriction 6
13 54' 80' No Restriction 7
13 60' 6" 90' No Restriction 7
14 60' 6" 90' Starting in March for the 2016 season, only -3 BBCOR bats will be allowed 7
15/16 60' 6" 90' Wood Only 7
17 and Over 60' 6" 90' Wood Only 7



Mercy Rule

Regardless of age, 15 run after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings and 8 runs after 5 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.

Official Roster

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 sub 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 Pool Play has been completed.

Age Determination

The Sports at the Beach age determination runs from September 1 through August 31 the following calendar year. Sports at the Beach determines the age of a player by an April 30th cutoff. For the 2017 season September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017  the age of the player is determined by their age on April 30th, 2017.

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, regardless of whether Pool Play or 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.
Fairness Rule: 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.

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.

     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.

Pitching Restrictions

NONE (coaches 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.


Dead Ball - No Warnings: NEW for 2013: The fake to third is not allowed, the new rule for Third Base is the same exact rule for First Base.

Cleat Restrictions

  • 9U -12U divisions: Rubber Cleats only
  • 13U and over: No restrictions

Bat Restrictions

  • 8 thru 13U division: No Restrictions
  • 14U division -3 BBCOR bats will be required (starting in March 2016)
  • 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 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.

Designated Hitter

NONE, Offensive rule takes care of Designated Hitter.

Courtesy Runner


Avoid Contact Rule

A player may not intentionally run over anyone at any time or place on the field. (Umpires discretion)

Head First Slide

Permitted at all bases

Intentional Walk

Pitches do NOT need to be thrown for an intentional walk.

Official Game

All Pool Play games played at Sports at the Beach are Official at the end of 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.


No protest will be allowed for judgment calls. Protests will be allowed for rules only and must be decided before restart of play. A $100.00 payment must accompany protest and will be returned if protest is upheld. A Protest is only “Official” if accompanied with a $100.00 fee and done before the next pitch. The $100.00 fee will be donated to the Special Olympics if protest is denied. This same fee will apply for protests of age and Birth Certificates; the BURDEN OF PROOF will lie with the protesting coach.

Determining the Winner

All tournaments will have a Championship Game if possible. In the event of cancellation 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.

Tie Breakers

Two Way Tie

1. Head-to-Head (ONLY applies when 2 teams are tied) 2. Lowest average runs allowed per game played (if head-to-head, does not apply) 3. Highest average runs scored per game played 4. 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. This rule is NEW for 2013, the old rule caused confusion and has been eliminated.


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.


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 a Pool Game due to weather or other circumstances, in this case that team and their opponent will be given a 1-1 tie for purpose of determining seeds. This will only be used in the event of a team that has played no games in pool play. We realize that this could result in an outcome that would seem unfair to someone, under the circumstances we have no other choice. However, if all teams have played at least one (1) game in pool play, the standings will be based on percentages. 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.

Modified 8U Rules & (NEW FOR 2017) 9U "No Leads" (does not apply to 9U Fall 2016 tournaments; 9U in Fall 2016 will play MLB rules - leading, stealing, dropped 3rd strikes)

LEADS - No Leads
STEALING - ALLOWED (all Bases) after the ball crosses plate; leaving early will result in dead ball and an automatic out
BALKS - No Balks will be called
BASES - 60-70 feet
Basic Little League rules apply - any discrepancies will be handled on a case by case basis by the Tournament Director.

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.