At RBI Tournaments, we are the best specializing “A” to “AA” level Travel teams playing in our tournaments. For the All Star division, we do accept “A”, “B” and “C” level teams. Regarding Travel, we have a very detailed process for vetting teams and their status. The “other” tournaments do not vet teams. Is there a full proof system that exist where “AAA” teams can enter? Not 100%, however our process is very thorough and prevents most all the trophy hunting teams.
When Travel teams sign up, we search GameChanger, and all social media sites to verify a team’s record and the competition they have played against. If the team cannot be found, we still search to see if other teams have recorded games against the teams signing up to play. If no results are found on teams registering after this thorough search, they are given permission to proceed in playing. During the tournament, any team in doubt will be closely monitored to verify their playing level status. If deemed to be a team higher than AA status, then that team(s) will not be eligible to play with RBI Tournaments again unless a team encounters extenuating circumstances such as loss of players.
When a team completes the registration process, they will be listed for all to see. At this point, coaches are welcome to contact info@RBItournaments.com if they see a team that is in question. Keep in mind, some teams start a season with every intention to be AAA, advertise as AAA, but in reality after practices and/or games, they quickly realize their status is indeed AA. This is where RBI Tournaments welcome such teams. We believe in fair competition and take every effort to make that happen so much that if an age group has 10 teams, then Gold and Silver brackets will be created. Most tournaments will only have Gold and Silver brackets with 12 to 14 or more teams. We now offer an “Open Series” twice a month for all levels, however always offer A to AA tournaments each weekend.
How are schedules determined? We first look to accommodate all schedule requests. We then look at the status of what the team selected during registration such as “A” and “AA” levels. From there, we review Game Changer and other sites to review overall records and competition played and in doing so, will lead to validating the level of status teams picked when registering. At this point, we make every effort to randomly match the “A” teams versus the “A” teams and “AA” teams versus the “AA” teams. Keep in mind, when a team does have a schedule request, that can alter the level of play meaning “A” versus “A” or “A” now versus “AA”. RBI Tournaments mission is to offer tournaments to “lower level” travel teams and although we make every effort to match teams to their playing level, “A” teams can and will play “AA” teams.
NEW TEAM RANKINGS & POINTS SYSTEM
RBI Tournaments is excited to announce our new Team Rankings. After each tournament has been completed, our system will automatically calculate Team Rankings based on a point system, which teams can earn a FREE tournament entry. The system ranks each teams depending on how they fare in RBI Tournaments games by using the following criteria:
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 are typically on Saturday, could start Friday. Bracket play always starts on Sunday (NO Saturday Bracket Play unless impacted by weather).
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.
(NOTE: 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.
-Winning Percentage (this is overall record)
-Head to Head (this is thrown out IF more than 2 or more teams are tied with the same record)
-Runs Against (allowed)
-Runs For (scored)
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. In the event a team is “no show” for whatever reason, a 1-o victory will be awarded to the team that is present onsite. Note: Game times could start as early as 8:00AM on Saturday and Sunday; Friday game times start as early as 6:00PM.
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.
2-3 DAY TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY SERIES 1-DAY TOURNAMENT
In the event of natural occurrences to include weather, field conditions, or any other situation that causes a game to be STOPPED and it cannot be physically or reasonably continued, the game 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. For all games, no game will be played out after time limit or inning limit. In elimination play, games have to be played out until there is a winner. When time limit is up & home team is batting & home team is ahead, the game is over regardless of score. 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. For example, if the Visitors are batting in the top of the 5th and they score 3 runs to go up 5 to 4, if the game is stopped, the Home Team will be declared the winner because at the bottom of the 4th, they were winning, 4 – 2. This is based on a Stopped game that cannot be completed for various reasons to include time constraints, not a Postponed or Delayed game that can be continued. If stoppage is required before a game can be considered “official”, and the game cannot be continued: During pool pay, the team winning after the last complete inning, that was played, will be considered the winner, regardless of the inning. During bracket play, the winning team will be the highest seeded team in this scenario. Only Site Directors can Stop a game and consider it an official game. Umpires and coaches cannot.
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. Another example is if age groups have more than one bracket, Gold, Silver, Bronze and bracket games cannot begin, then the top seeds will be declared winners. To further clarify, an age group with 2 brackets will result with Seeds 1 and 2 at the Gold and Silver Winners and Seeds 3 and 4 will be declared runner-ups even if the brackets show otherwise. 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.
Numbers are mandatory, matching uniforms are recommended.
Teams cannot use more than one batting cage at a time. NO STEEL SPIKES IN BATTING CAGES: STEEL SPIKES are allowed in 13U and 14U age groups on the field. 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.
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.
Updated as of September 15, 2021. A legal slide can be either feet first or head first. If a runner slides feet first, at least one leg and buttock shall be on the ground. If a runner slides, the runner shall be within reach of the base with either a hand or a foot when the slide is completed. Illegal slides include: the runner uses a rolling, cross-body or pop-up slide into the fielder. The runner’s raised leg is higher than the fielder’s knee when the fielder is in a standing position and the runner goes beyond the base and makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder. If the runner is sliding into home plate and the umpire’s judgement contact was not avoided by the runner, then the runner will be called out. If the runner is deemed to purposely run into the catcher maliciously, the runner will be ejected from the game.
All ages, 9U through 14U, base runners are permitted to lead-off. The younger age groups, umpires will give balk warnings unless the balk is obvious such as starting a motion and not finishing or dropping the ball. One warning per team, per the type of balk for ages 9U and 10U.
Any player not apart of the continuous batting line-up as well as not in the game, must be used to run for the catcher or pitcher. If using a continuous batting line-up, then the last batted out will run for the pitcher and/or catcher.
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.
Coaches have various batting order options, however if mismanaged could lead to an out if not done correctly. Teams can bat 9-straight, bat 9 with DH, bat 10 and play 9 with EH, bat 10 or 11 with a EH and a DH or the most common method is bat a “continuous” line-up which is betting the entire roster. Continuous batting order allows “free” defensive substitutions. If using substitutions, then a coach must know how add and remove players from the batting order, inform the other team’s score keeper/coach and if not added correctly, the player(s) will result in an out once they enter the batter’s box. Any player not apart of the continuous batting line-up as well as not in the game, must use used to run for the catcher or pitcher. If using continuous batting line-up, then the last batted out will run for the pitcher and/or catcher.
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 15th 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 game or tournament, the player will not be allowed to play, however the team can remain in the tournament. If a coach would like to protest a player’s age, then a formal protest must be with the umpire, which will then alert the Site Director. A protest fee will apply. All coaches are strongly encouraged to bring copies of birth certificates of each player, and players born after the April 15th cutoff that are in the same grade, supporting documentation from the player’s school should also be made available.
Example, a player is 9 years old and will turn 10 before April 15, 2022. That player must begin playing 10U baseball starting in September of 2021 and will no longer be eligible for 9U baseball as of August 30, 2021. The same scenario goes for each age group.
5-6U Division Players who turn 7 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, Kindergarten/1st grade.
7U Division Players who turn 8 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 2nd grade.
8U Division Players who turn 9 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 3rd grade.
9U Division Players who turn 10 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 4th grade.
10U Division Players who turn 11 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 5th grade.
11U Division Players who turn 12 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 6th grade.
12U Division Players who turn 13 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 7th grade.
13U Division Players who turn 14 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 8th grade.
14U Division Players who turn 15 prior to April 15th of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the same grade level this age group is in, 9th 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. 13U age division play on 54 and 80 foot bases. 14U and up play on 60 foot pitching rubber and 90 foot bases which is the same for High School
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 credit to be applied to 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.
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”.