RBI Tournaments offers tournaments for “A” to “B/C”. If we have enough “B/C” teams, then a separate bracket will be created for just those teams. If 10 teams are signed up in one division, we will have 2 brackets, Gold and Silver. If an age group has 18 teams, then Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets will be created. For age’s 5-6U and 7U, we award trophies for 1st and 2nd place teams. For 8U and higher, teams receive championship rings.
IT IS REQUIRED THAT ALL TEAMS PROVIDE PROOF OF INSURANCE BEFORE PARTICIPATING. Coaches or Team Admins can log into their dashboard and click the TEAM INSURANCE button by their team and then Add Insurance.
Brackets make with a 4 Team Pool and Pools can consist of a minimum of 3 teams. Pool games do not have Pre-determined Home and Away teams. All Pool games are determined by a coin toss and the winner of the toss can select Home or Visitor. In Bracket play, the Home team is determined by the higher seed. This is Single Elimination as every team will be entered and seeded in a Single Elimination Bracket. For 1-day tournaments, all teams will play 2 games guaranteed. Teams will play 2 pool play games and the top 2 seeds will advance to the championship games. If we have 8 teams in one age group, then bracket play will have Gold and Silver brackets.
Pool games typically start on Saturday and based on demand or requests, can possibly start Friday evenings.
Rings will be the primary award and team plaques provided to 1st and 2nd place teams in each age group. RBI Tournaments will have special events where awards can change such as championship belts awarded to 1st place teams.
Teams will provide their own game balls per game. Any leather 5.9 ball is allowed comparable to DOL1’s.
Pool games, flip a coin to determine home team. Winner of coin toss has the right to pick Home or Away. Bracket play the Home team is the higher seed. If more than 2 teams have the same record, then Head to Head is thrown out. Bracket Play:-Winning Percentage (this is overall record), then Runs Against (Allowed) and if still tied, then Runs For (Scored). Last tie breaker is a Coin Toss.
On rule interpretation and player eligibility only, protests must be made to the umpire and to one of the Tournament Directors during the inning the event takes place. Protests will be resolved prior to play being resumed. The umpire may charge a visit to the mound to the protesting team. There will be a $300 protest fee in cash for any protest.
Game time starts after completion of coin toss. Based on demand and popularity, the director can start games on Thursday. Game schedules will be released Tuesday or Wednesday of game week.
Home team is determined by flip of the coin at the home plate meeting as the home team as the option of selecting to Home or Away for Poll games. For Elimination games, the home team will be the HIGHEST SEEDED TEAM unless they choose to be the visiting team. The home team may have their choice of dugout, unless, the other team is currently occupying that dugout in a preceding game. The home team will furnish the official scorekeeper and the visiting team will furnish the scoreboard operator. NO game will start until there is an official book and scoreboard operator.
HOME TEAM FINISHES LAST AT BAT IF TIME RUNS OUT AND VISITING IS AHEAD. Run Rule is still in effect. Home team will be determined by higher seed. Tourney Director can change the game time to the regular time limits from pool games if delays were caused during the day pushing game times back. So for example, 8PM Championship game is pushed back to 10PM based on inclement weather, then Championship game times can be changed.
Higher seed will be home team unless they choose to be the visiting team.
Ties will count for Pool Play games – extra innings will not be played in pool play. In the event of a tie after 6 inning and/or time limit for elimination games – The next inning will start with one out and the last batted out will start at 2nd base. This will be the structure for each new inning that is required until the game is won. DURING POOL GAMES, TIME RUNS OUT WITH TEAMS TIED, GAME ENDS IN A TIE.
In the event of a rain out where the games cannot be made up, winners will be declared based on highest seed from pool play that advanced the furthest, either in pool or bracket play. No refunds after 2 games have been played. In the event of rain where 2 pool games cannot be played, 1 pool game will determine seeding into bracket games. In the event of inclement weather where pool games are impacted and all scheduled games cannot be played, the top 1st and 2nd seeds of each bracket will be assigned to the championship games (assuming bracket games are to be played). As a last resort if where Sunday games cannot be played at all, trophies will be awarded to the top 2 seeds or the top 2 remaining teams. For example, if the 1st seed played a bracket game and was upset by the 4th seed, however the next round of games are rained out, the 4th seeded team became one of the top two teams remaining and would be awarded a trophy. The format may be changed to lesser time limits or fewer innings to complete the tournament. Coaches and players accept these conditions when entering the tournament. RAIN: In the event of rain, lightning or light failure a game is considered complete after 3 innings have been played (or 2½ if the home team is ahead at that time). If pool games are not completed, awards will be not be issued.
In case of inclement weather and game formats are changed to get the games in, then RBI Tournaments reserves the right to implement the following:(A) Reduced game times(B) Implement 1 pool game to seed then move to bracket play. If for some reason a team played 2 games, then the first game will count toward the bracket play and second game will not count. Based on how many teams are participating in particular age group, a team that has already played their pool game(s), may be asked to play an additional pool game to ensure all teams play at least one game. The team being asked to play this additional pool game, it will not count toward their bracket and/or standings.(C) RBI Tournaments reserves the right to implement drop dead time limits. This means once the time limit runs out, the game is over. Home team will not bat last. No new inning may start after the time limit elapses. The time begins from the time of the first warm-up pitch of the game to the last out of an inning. Games can go into extra innings as long as the time limit has not expired. Pool play games can end in a tie. If we do play with a drop dead time limit, the game will end at the designated time and the result will be the score regardless of where we are in the game. We will not revert back to any previous full inning. Intentionally delaying a game is considered unsportsmanlike conduct and will not be tolerated. No pitching changes during the last inning as the new pitcher must enter at the top of the inning. No coach or mound visits during the last inning. If the umpire perceives the game is being delayed, he will add the time back on the clock and the coach will be subject to ejection for the game as well as the next game.
These teams that play regular seasons games can enter but with contingent of Director’s approval. These are considered Rec teams for their leagues.
Numbers are mandatory, matching uniforms are recommended as we understand after Rec season ends that uniforms can take time to be ready.
Teams cannot use more than one batting cage at a time.STEEL SPIKES: Are ONLY allowed in 13U and 14U age groups. NO steel spikes are allowed on the portable mounds or any of the batting cages. If a team is wearing steel spikes in the cages, they will lose cage privileges.
RBI Tournaments reserves the right to combine age brackets. (Example: 9U with 10U All Stars). This decision will be based on the number of teams that enter into each age group division.
It is the responsibility of each team’s manager to challenge pitching violations by notifying the Umpire and then filing a protest with the tournament director. A protest may be filed at any point after the pitcher in violation records any out beyond his legal limit AND while the pitcher in violation is in the game as the pitcher of record. If such violation is the last recorded out of the game, the protest MUST be filed prior to the Umpire and the teams leave the field of play.8 innings for 9-Under through 12-Under and 10 innings for 13U to 14U. There are NO limitations as to the number of innings a pitcher can pitch in a day and still pitch the next day.
As per NFHS rules, each team is allowed three charged visits to the mound within a game. A charged visit is a trip in which the manager or coach does not remove the pitcher. After the three charged visits are used, every trip to the mound will result in the pitcher being removed. A visit is not “charged” when the manager removes the pitcher from the mound. Remember, charged visits are cumulative for the entire game (visits are not tracked “per pitcher”). No restrictions on visits per inning.
The following rules are in place for 2018 and will be evaluated throughout the season. Must be a baseball bat. If using a wood bat, they cannot be altered or defective. BBCOR certified bats are legal unless otherwise banned by the NFHS Association. All other bats must be stamped 1.15 BPF or have a certified BESR rating imprint. Age groups 9-U through 12-U do not have a restriction on the weight/length ratio for non-wood bats. The 13-U age group swings either a -8 for March and April tournaments to transition into drop -5 stamped 1.15 BPF or have a certified BESR rating imprint bat or -3 non wood bat that must be BBCOR certified starting May 1st. 14-U through 18-u age divisions can use non-wood bats but they must be BBCOR certified and have a weight/length ratio of -3. The penalty for use of an illegal bat will be governed by NFHS rules. USA Bats are allowed.
No player is allowed to participate on more than one team for each event. For example, organization rosters have to designate players on one specific team in conjunction with their submitted rosters. In addition, no player is allowed to play on more than one team even if those teams are in different divisions, or age groups. PENALTY FOR THIS VIOLATION IS TEAM FORFEIT OF ALL GAMES IN WHICH THE PLAYER PARTICIPATED IN WITH SAID TEAM.
When a team discovers that a team does not have a player on their On-Line Roster as being Active prior to their game (pool or bracket). A Protest must be filed. The Ineligible Player when discovered will be ejected from the Game at that time, Ejected Players spot would become an OUT in the Batting Order and Remain an OUT, for the remainder of the game. No Substitutions will be allowed for the Ineligible Player that has been ejected. The Head Coach will also be Ejected for that game and carry an Additional One (1) Game Penalty. The Ineligible Players may be added to the Team’s Roster at the Completion of that Team’s Game. That player WOULD BE ALLOWED to play in his team’s next game if properly added. The intent of this Rule is not to eject the Entire Team or Players from tournaments. This error is a coaching or administrative error and not a player error. Teams can pick up rec players, but they must on on the roster prior to the game and the player taking the field or batting. (Note: some players may not show on the online roster but be on the master roster which means the waiver for the players was not signed as of yet. If this occurs, have the Site Director bring the master roster under the team’s profile up to confirm).
April 28th or before will be the designated date to determine ages. Failure to provide documentation, upon request, could result in an age/rules violation. The coach could be ejected from the tournament, the player will not be allowed to play, however the team can remain in the tournament.
5-6U Division Players who turn 7 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 2nd grade. Also, any player turning 10 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 8U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
7U Division Players who turn 8 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 2nd grade. Also, any player turning 10 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 8U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
8U Division Players who turn 9 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 2nd grade. Also, any player turning 10 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 8U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
9U Division Players who turn 10 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 3rd grade. Also, any player turning 11 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 9U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
10U Division Players who turn 11 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 4th grade. Also, any player turning 12 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 10U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
11U Division Players who turn 12 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 5th grade. Also, any player turning 13 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are11U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
12U Division Players who turn 13 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 6th grade. Also, any player turning 14 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 12U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.1
3U Division Players who turn 14 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 13U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
14U Division Players who turn 15 prior to April 29th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 8th grade. Also, any player turning 16 prior to April 29th will not be eligible. Players who are 14U are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
A Fake Bunt and then Swing in age divisions 9-U through 13-U is NOT ALLOWED! Penalty for a fake bunt and then swing will result is an OUT. No contact with the ball is required for an out to be called.
One (1) successful bunt per inning for Coach Pitch ages 6-8 is allowed ages; second bunt in the same inning will be an out. Ages 9U and up, bunting is allowed with no restrictions.
9U and 10U age divisions play on fields with 46 foot pitching rubber and 65 foot bases. 11U and 12U age divisions play on fields with 50 foot pitching rubber and 70 foot bases. 13-14U age division play on 54 and 80 foot bases.
In the event if the tournament is cancelled while in progress, final standings will be determined in the following way:
1) For there to be any final standings, all teams in a specific division MUST finish at least one pool play game. The final standings will be based on the first completed game for every team, utilizing the criteria section for seeding to bracket play
2) If all pool play games are completed, the division will be seeded in the normal fashion prior to bracket play, and the bracket seeding becomes the official final standings. If not bracket round is completed, awards will only be given to the #1 and #2 seeded teams in each age group. Therefore, a team that may be 1st in the silver or bronze brackets will not be rewarded over a team that went 2-0 and is 3rd seed as an example. The top 2 seeds are rewarded.
3) If the event is stopped during bracket play, the last fully completed round for the bracket will determine the official standings based on the seeded teams that would advance to the next round from the fully completed bracket round. If no bracket round is completed, awards will only be given to the #1 and #2 seeded teams in each age group.
If a tournament is cancelled due to rain prior to any games being played, all teams will receive a full refund toward a future or can be applied toward a future tournament. If one game is started or completed and the tournament cannot continue, then the team receives ½ of the team entry. If a team second game is started or completed, there is no refund. There will be a $75.00 administration fee charged for complete rain outs
If you communicate 15 days before the tournament start date, a full refund will be given. If you communicate 10 to 14 days before, 50 percent of your fee will be returned. If you call 9 or fewer days before, no refund will be given. Online payment service charges are non-refundable.
If a team withdrawals the week of the event, there is a $150 fee.
In case of an Ejection in the lineup and you have No Eligible subs are available that position will be an Out each time at bat.
If any manager or head coach is thrown out of any game by the umpire, that manager WILL NOT be eligible to coach/manage in the team’s next scheduled game. The Tournament Director override this rule by letting the manager coach in next game based on extenuating circumstances.
After the Game is over the final score must be approved by each teams Head Coach and the teams Official Score Keeper, and the Umpires. Both Signatures of the Teams Head Coach and Official Scorekeeper are now required of both teams on the Score Card. This is to verify the correct score, pitching, home runs of that game. Once the Score Card is signed by both the Head Coach and Scorekeeper, that Score is now the Official Score of that game. Failure to sign the Score Cards by either team or teams is consenting that the Score Card is Correct and that no revisions will be made.
If the director deems cheating of any nature occurs such as using illegal players, the use of radio signals on the field, the use of any electronic device to steal signals or gain an advantage, will result in the immediate rejection of the head coach for the tournament. The team will be allowed to continue unless the team violates the rules again, which at that point will result in the team being expelled.
Dropped 3rd Strike is in affect for all age groups with the exception of 8U. Drop dead 3rd strike allows the batter to advance to first base on a dropped 3rd strike in 2 scenarios: first base is unoccupied, or there are 2 outs. All runners may advance at their own risk.
Infield Fly – occurs when there are less than 2 outs, a force play can be made at 3 or more bases, and a fielder drops a fly ball that could have been caught with routine effort. The batter will be called out, and the force play is removed. Runners may advance at their own risk, and must be tagged to be called out. The umpire’s judgment will determine “routine effort”.