Rules Of Play

Travel Team Rules:  We use GA USSSA rules.  You can access those rules here.

 

All Star Rules:   We use Dizzy Dean rules.

 

See below for Tournament Specific Rules

 

 

Sandlot Smash/Wood Bat Classic (Travel Ball) Specific Rules

  • No time limit on Championship games
  • Games are 1 hour 15 minutes (finish the inning)
  • Maximum 6 runs per inning in all age groups
  • Ties are allowed in pool games
  • Rain Policy:  Any game that is stopped due to weather will be considered complete if 3 innings have been completed or if the home team is winning after 2.5 innings.
  • Home/Visitor is determined by coin flip in all pool games
  • Higher seed is Home Team in bracket play
  • Tie in bracket play:  Both teams start the next inning with last out (from previous inning) on 2nd base
  • Teams provide 2 balls each game (1 new, 1 gently used)
  • All uniforms must have a number
  • Bats shall be permanently stamped with the new USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark, BBCOR.50 Certified Mark, USA Baseball Certified Mark or made of wood.
  • No specific pitching rules (coaches use best judgement to keep everyone safe)
  • Leads and stealing are allowed in 9U/10U
  • Free defensive substitutions
  • 1 minute between innings (have p and c ready to warm up as soon as inning ends)
  • P and C may be run for on bases (use last batted out)
  • If C is not ready when inning ends, a coach should fill in to warm up P
  • At end of game, both coaches must sign the game card provided by the umpire to confirm game score
  • All scores will be updated on our website immediately
  • Seeding rules and parent information can be found below


Seeding rules: 

  1.  W/L Record
  2. Head to head (if only two teams tied)
  3. Runs Allowed
  4. Runs Scored
  5. Coin Flip


Parent information:

  • Gate fees: Adults $5, Kids 6-18 $3, Kids 5U Free. (No gate fee for Friday games)
  • Players and 4 coaches per team are free.
  • Please exhibit good sportsmanship…cheer for your team, but do not engage negatively with the opponent.
  • Getting onto umpires is a baseball tradition, but not at War in the Woods Tournaments.  We are here to be good examples for the children.  We will quickly remove anyone making a spectacle in the crowd.
  • Rainout policy:  If you play zero games due to rain, you will receive 85% of your registration fee back (the 15% covers all start-up costs).  If you play 1 game, you receive 50% back.  Once you play 2 games, there will not be a refund.
  • Daily Gate fees are non-refundable.

 

War in the Woods/Midsummer Classic Specific Rules

  • Rules are Dizzy Dean with a few tweaks for our tourney
  • Teams will provide 1 new and 1 gently used ball to begin each game
  • All uniforms must have a number
  • Game times: 6U, 7U, 8U: 65 minutes…  9U/10U: 75 minutes
  • Rain Policy:  Any game that is stopped due to weather will be considered complete if 3 innings have been completed or if the home team is winning after 2.5 innings.
  • Championship Game:  If games are scheduled after your championship game there is a 65/75 min time limit.  Championship games without a game scheduled after, 6/7/8 play a complete game (run rule can end the game)… 9/10 have a two hour time limit.
  • If the clock runs out, we will finish the inning unless the home team is leading and is up to bat
  • In 9/10U, no pitching stipulations…coaches use best judgement to keep everyone safe
  • In 9/10U, no leading until ball crosses the plate
  • In 9/10U,  runners from 3rd cannot score on pass balls
  • In 9/10U, steals allowed once ball crosses plate (only exception is no steals of home on passed balls)
  • In 9/10U, dropped 3rd strike, batter is still out
  • Ties are allowed in pool games
  • 6 runs maximum per inning
  • In pool games, home team is determined by coin flip by the umpire prior to start
  • In bracket games, home team is the higher seed
  • All ages play with real baseballs, including 6U
  • Bats shall be permanently stamped with the new USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark, BBCOR.50 Certified Mark, USA Baseball Certified Mark or made of wood.
  • Umps will push 1 minute between innings…have your team ready
  • Free defensive substitutions
  • You may bat the entire team in the lineup
  • In coach pitch, 5 pitches maximum per at bat…foul ball on last pitch extends the at bat
  • Catcher may be pinch run for (if you would like) by the last batted out
  • In the event of a tie in bracket play, both teams start the next inning with the last out (from the previous inning) on 2nd base
  • Coaches must sign the game card (umpire will provide) with the final score after the game (this locks in the score for the website)
  • All scores will be updated on the website in a timely manner
  • Seeding rules and parent information can be found below
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