2023 – 12U USA- NJ State
Tournament Rules & Field Addresses
*We encourage you to email scan or take a picture) your forms before the tournament.
*If not, you MUST present prior to your first game at the tent by field 1!
2. **Winning Team in each game MUST text/call your score to 732-581-5776 please!
3.Home Team for every game on Saturday will be determined by a coin-flip, with the team traveling the furthest calling the toss. The Home Team scorebook is official. In Sunday playoff games, the Higher seeded team has choice of home/away. (Ex: #2 seed has choice over #3 seed)
4.We will present 1st& 2nd Place awards in each group (12u “Open” division & 12u “C/Rec” division)
5.No smoking allowed within the confines of the playing area! Please keep your bench area clean! After each game, please clean up your garbage before leaving.
6.No pre-game infield warm-ups before games! You may use the outfield grass to warm up
7.Umpires are instructed NOT to take any abuse from players, coaches, parents & fans. If any umpire feels that anyone is being overly abusive towards them, that person will be asked to leave the complex! If that person fails to leave within 2 minutes, their team will forfeit the game & possibly all games for the weekend! Managers are responsible for their players and fans!
8.Teams will be seeded according to pool-play points:
*Points will be used as the 1st criteria when an EVEN number of teams exist & an equal number of games have been played in a bracket:
WIN = 3 pts TIE = 1 pt LOSS = 0 pts
*Teams tied in points will be broken by:
- Head to Head (if only 2 teams are tied); if still tied, then:
- Least number of Runs Allowed in the 3 games. If still tied, then:
- Most number of Runs Scored in the 3 games. If still tied, then:
- Coin Flip by Tournament Director
*if any teams play less games than other teams due to weather issues, odd number of teams in a bracket, etc. then Winning Percentage will be used as their first criteria, followed by Average Runs Against, followed by Average Runs Scored
9.We will use the following Mercy Rule:
*10 runs after 4 innings
* 8 runs after 5 innings
10.In the event of bad weather, the Tournament Director reserves the right to use a Rain Schedule which could limit the number of games played and/or time limit of games and may also declare a game official if weather or darkness become an issue. Any game halted due to weather(example: rain, thunder/lightning, darkness) will have the clock continue. Scores will count and will revert back to the last completed inning, no matter how many innings or how much time has been played. (If home team is ahead, score would not revert if batting in the bottom of an inning)
11. All games, except “Finals” games, are played to 7 innings or to Mercy Rule. However, NO New Inning may start at or after 80 minutes! Once at the 80 minute mark, that inning will be completed, if needed. If the Home Team is batting and is ahead, or goes ahead at any point after 80 minute mark, the game is over. If the Visiting Team is batting at the 80 minute mark, the inning will be completed
*Saturday games can end in a tie. If time remains and full innings have been completed and game is tied, then International Tie-Breaker will be used
*All Sunday Playoff games, except “Finals” games, will also be No New Inning may start at or after 80 minute mark. Any Playoff game that is tied after a full inning at or after the 70 minute mark will start the next inning with the ITB
*Any Sunday Playoff game that ends tied(after 7 innings or time limit) will immediately go to International Tie-Breaker, with the player scheduled to bat last that inning starting as a base runner at 2nd base
*Finals Games only are NO New Inning may start at or after 90 minutes! Once at the 90 minute mark, that inning will be complete, if needed. If the Home Team is batting and is ahead, or goes ahead at any point after 90 minute mark, the game is over. If the Visiting Team is batting at the 90 minute mark, the inning will be completed.
12.No infield or outfield warm ups allowed between innings, except for the 1st inning! Pitchers are allowed 5 warm up pitches in the first inning (or for new pitchers entering the game).
3 warm ups allowed for all other innings.
13.Courtesy Runners are allowed for Pitcher & Catcher anytime. With 2 outs, Courtesy Runner is mandatory for the catcher (first offense, warning. Second offense, an out is assessed to the catcher). Courtesy Runner must be a bench player. If all players are in the batting lineup, then last batted out is to be used
14.There are NO Protests allowed on any call at anytime! All discrepancies or rules interpretations will be settled by the home plate umpire. Umpire may call the UIC, if needed, to settle a rules question.
15.Saturday Pool Play: Teams may bat their entire roster (or any number of players over 9) in any Saturday game, but a minimum of 8 players are needed to play at all times. Any team who plays 8 will have an out assessed each time the 9th batting position is due up. Teams may add to their lineup if a player arrives late.
***Sunday Bracket Play – USA Book Rule – 10 Hitters Max which includes an EP – DP/Flex Optional, for Sunday Bracket Pool Games
*Offensive changes to the batting order must be reported to the plate umpire and opposing team. Defensive changes need not be reported
16.All Starters and Subs may re-enter the game 1 time
17.The DP/Flex Rule can be used for this tournament.
18.Saturday Pool Play:
At this time we have 22 Teams in the Tournament. We will have Four – 4 Teams Pools at the N. Bay Complex in Toms River and One – 6 Team Pool at North Wall LL Complex.
19.Sunday Bracket Play:
Open & B Teams will be Seeded 1-16 and Play in Open/B Bracket
C Teams plus 17th Seed will be Seed 1-6 in C/Rec Bracket
20. Weather Issues
Saturday Rainout – In the Event of a Saturday Washout – The Top 16 Open/B Teams will compete in a Consolation Bracket where all Teams will have a Minimum of 2 Games – Awards will be issued to Winner’s Bracket Champion & Runner-up and Consolation Bracket Champ.
The 5 ‘C’ Teams and 1 ‘B’ Team drawn by Lot will compete in a 6 team Pool with a minimum 2 Game Guarantee.
Sunday Rainout – The Top 4 Seeds in both the Open/B and C/Rec Division will be offered an Opportunity to Return on a Weeknight to Play for the Championship.
Note: if a couple of the Top Seeds cannot make it – we will extend the offer down the line.
If a Makeup Date cannot be worked out, we will issue awards will be presented to the best remaining seeds.
21.Winning Teams are responsible for making sure their winning scores are texted/called in to 732-581-5776 and that they are correctly posted online and at the Tent by field 1
22.No phone calls will be made Saturday night. Check standings and schedules on our website:
North Bay Complex
1643 N. Bay Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
Belmar, NJ 07719
North Wall Little League Complex
2600 Belmar Blvd.
Wall, NJ 07719