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Tom O'Hara
Fax: 631-435-2187
PO Box 174
Brentwood, New York
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Brentwood Travel Baseball Tournament Rules

Brentwood Travel Baseball (BTB), Inc. Tournament Rules and Regulations 

BTB will be functioning under American League Rules with the following exceptions: Please Note:  Brentwood State Park Facility Gates Will Open (60) Minutes Prior To First Scheduled Game and All Off-Site Locations (If Applicable) Will Also Open (60) Minutes Prior To First Scheduled Game.

Inclement Weather Policy- All information regarding weather related delays will be available on the homepage of our website at .  Each team will also be required to give a valid mobile phone number for text alerts regarding weather and other delays.  

Tournament Coordinator- A tournament coordinator will be on site at all times.  The tournament coordinator is responsible for interpreting facility rules as well as making decisions regarding the weather before the game has begun. All decisions made by coordinators are final. NOTE: When the coin-flip and/or ground rules are completed with the coaches and umpires, the umpires will be officially in charge of the playing field and from that moment they shall have sole authority to determine when a game shall be called or suspended on account of weather or the condition of the playing field. The Umpires and Tournament Coordinator will work together in resuming play. All decisions made by the umpires and Tournament Coordinator will be FINAL.  

Rosters and Waivers- Rosters and waivers must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the event by email, mail or fax.  Players may only be on one roster per age division and may not change teams in the same age division during the course of the tournament. Rosters and waivers will be checked and finalized two (2) days prior to tournaments start. Rosters will be available for all team managers to view, upon request to the Tournament Director, by that team’s manager. No player may be added to the roster for any reason once the tournament has begun. 

Birth Certificates- Birth certificates do not have to be submitted to BTB, however coaches MUST HAVE copies of all players birth certificates on hand at all tournament games. Any issues regarding a player’s age MUST BE addressed by a coach prior to or during a tournament game.  Questioning a player’s age following the completion of a game is NOT an acceptable form of protest.  Birth Certificates will be checked and certified upon your arrival to your first tournament game. NOTE: Any team violating this rule will automatically receive a forfeit for such game and any other game (said player) had played in previously. The violating team will also be subject to any other disciplinary actions taken by the BTB Rules Committee.  

Team Insurance- Each team is required to carry its own insurance, naming, “Brentwood Travel Baseball, Inc.” as insured, as well as submit a certificate of insurance prior to tournament play.  Proof of insurance also must be faxed, emailed or mailed to BTB a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event.

No Alcohol or Tobacco Products- No alcohol or tobacco products will be permitted within Brentwood State Park.  Failure to comply with this regulation will result in removal from the complex.  Additionally, chewing gum and/or sunflower seeds are not permitted at Brentwood State Park in efforts to preserve our turf playing surfaces.   

Home/Visiting Team:  In tournament pool play home and visitor will be decided by a coin flip unless otherwise dictated.  During playoffs and Championship rounds the higher seed will be the home team.

Dugout Rule- Only 3 coaches and 1 manager will be permitted in each dugout.  No parents, scorekeepers, children or batboys will be allowed in dugouts at any time. Failure to comply with this rule will result in suspension of play until rectified.  

Foul Balls- Multiple games are played at the same time during the tournament. We ask for all players, coaches, parents & spectators to be aware of foul balls at all times. We would also ask to please return ALL foul balls to their proper fields.

Tie Breakers- In pool play games if the score is tied at the completion of 7 innings or the time limit has elapsed, the game will end in a tie.  The following system will be used for advancing and seeding out of pool play. 

  1. Pool play overall record (winning percentage)
  2. If (2) teams are tied- Head to Head Winner.  If still tied move to #4
  3. If (3) teams are tied- If one team has defeated both other teams, that team advances.  If not move to #4.
  4. If there is no head to head between teams then use total runs allowed in pool play to determine pool winner.  Then the two teams tied refer back to head to head to determine second place.  If there is no head to head between those two teams go to runs allowed for those two teams to determine second place.
  5. If still tied- Total runs allowed in pool play
  6. If still tied- Total runs scored in pool play
  7. If still tied- Total runs allowed subtracting game with most runs allowed in pool play
  8. If still tied- Total runs allowed minus two games with most runs allowed in pool play
  9. If still tied- Runs scored inning by inning starting with first game until one team has more runs after a complete inning starting with pool games
  10. If still tied- Coin Flip

Umpires- All tournament games will be played with 2 umpires. Coaches will be given the opportunity to evaluate each umpire by completing our Umpires Evaluation Form if they so choose. 

Baseballs/ Equipment- During tournament play Brentwood Travel Baseball will provide umpires with game balls for pool play and playoffs.  Balls are to be returned to umpire following the completion of each game. NOTE: Each team will designate a coach for the retrieval of all balls hit out of play on their side of the playing field.  

Admission- Admission to Brentwood State Park tournament play is free of charge.  We encourage family, friends and other spectators to attend all Brentwood Travel Baseball/Brentwood State Park events. 

Protests- There will be a $100.00 fee for all protests. No protests shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire. Whenever a manager protests a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules, the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch, play or attempted play. If the protest involves the use of an illegal player, the team manager is to inform the umpire of the protest, have the umpire sign the book at the time of the protest and inform the tournament coordinator of such actions. The tournament coordinator will be responsible for interpreting facility and roster rules. In all protests, the decision of the Brentwood Travel Baseball Tournament Committee will be final. NOTE: A protest arising on a game-ending play, or involving the use of an illegal player, MUST be filed before the umpires leave the field after a game.  

Coaches/ Players Dress Code- Coaches are not required to wear uniforms during league play.  Coaches must be dressed appropriately while on the field of play or in dugouts.  Coaches must wear clothing that distinguishes them from other parents and spectators.  Coaches that fail to comply with this policy will be restricted from the dugout area.  Players are all expected to be in matching uniforms with uniform numbers.  Players who do not have a matching jersey with number will not be permitted to participate, unless authorized by the tournament committee, or tournament director.  NOTE: Players or Coaches ARE NOT PERMITTED to stand outside the dugout at anytime during the game unless they are coaching first or third base while on offense.  

Lineups ALL Divisions- (Team managers may use the following options when choosing line-ups)

1-      A team may use a nine (9) player line-up.

2-      A team may use a nine (9) player line-up, with the option of batting a designated hitter (DH). The DH may bat for anyone in the line-up and will be considered a starter for re-entry purposes.

3-      A team may use a ten (10) player line-up, utilizing one (1) extra-hitter (EH) and bat anywhere in the line-up.  EH may change positions and/or rotate from EH to the field at the coach’s discretion. 

4-      A team may use an eleven or more (11+) player line-up, utilizing as many extra-hitters (EH’s) and bat anywhere in the line-up.  EH’s may change positions and/or rotate from EH to the field at the coach’s discretion. Note: if a team places all of their players into the line-up (no substitues) and a player leaves the game due to injury, ejection or for any other reason, that spot in the batting order, when reached, becomes an automatic out every time. 

Comments: Line-ups MUST be given to the home plate umpire before each game. Once line-ups are exchanged, they will be official throughout the game and if any player in that said line-up gets injured, ejected or removed from the game for any other reason, and no substitute is available, an out will be recorded each time that position in the batting order is reached. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.      

Re-entry Rule: Starters may re-enter the batting order once after being removed from the game and MUST re-enter in the same line-up position. NOTE: If a starting pitcher is removed from the line-up, that starting pitcher may re-enter to any other position other than pitcher during the game and must return to the original line-up spot. MLB Rule 3.03 Comment: A pitcher may change to another position only once during the same inning while on defense; e.g. the pitcher will not be allowed to assume a position other than a pitcher more than once in the same inning. Once a pitcher is removed from the game as a pitcher he/she may not return to the pitchers position at any point throughout the rest of the game.Substitutes will not be available for re-entry.   

Mercy Rule Notes: In 13U-18U divisions:-      (10 runs after 4 innings) & (8 runs after 5 innings). 

a-      If the visiting team (who is not ahead by 10 or more runes after four (4) complete innings) goes ahead by 10 or more runs in the top of the fifth (5th) inning, the home team will be entitled to their at-bat in the bottom of the inning.

b-      Once a team goes ahead by 8 or more runs, after all teams have had five (5) equal at-bats, the game will end at that Point (a.k.a. Sudden Death). 

Avoiding Contact/Sliding Rule- At all levels of play contact must be avoided.  If contact is not avoided the base runner will be called out.  If an umpire decides a players approach to a base or home plate is malicious the base runner may be ejected from the game.   

MUST Slide Rule: (13u – 18u Divisions Only) In the 13u – 18u divisions, Head First Sliding is permitted at all bases but not recommended at home plate. Additionally, a runner MUST SLIDE when a play is being made on him at HOME PLATE or any base for that matter. PENALTY: Runner will be called out and all runners will return to their bases occupied at time of violation (additional penalty may be imposed by the umpire depending on the situation).  

Time Limit- All POOL PLAY games are played under the following time limits1-      In the 13u -18u divisions, there is a two (2) hour time limit. The time of game will start once the home plate umpire calls play and notifies the home team (official scorebook) of the start time (generally at the conclusion of ground rules). No inning may start after the time limit elapses, or seven innings are completed.2-      In ALL DIVISONS: If a POOL PLAY game is tied after the time limit expires, that game will end in a tie. Comments: The official time will be kept on the field by the umpires. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.  Playoff Time Limits: Time limits will be enforced in all playoff games as well. NOTE: Mercy rules will still be in effect for all playoff and championship games.  *Brentwood Travel Baseball reserves the right to amend the time limit rule at any point of a particular tournament in order to provide better service for our customers and players. 

Between Innings- Players are expected to hustle on and off the field at all times.  Pitchers are permitted to throw 8 warm-up pitches in the first inning of work and 5 in each inning there-after.  If a catcher is putting his gear on it is expected that another player (wearing mask) will warm-up the pitcher.  Coaches are also permitted to warm up the pitcher, it is not mandatory that coaches wear a mask for warm-ups.  Pitchers that enter game due to an injury will receive unlimited warm-up pitches. 

Intentional Delays- Intentionally delaying a game is unsportsmanlike and will not be tolerated at Brentwood State Park.  The umpire as well as the tournament coordinator reserves the right to eject players and/or coaches do to intentional delay.  In extreme cases, BTB staff reserves the right to declare a forfeit to the responsible team. 

Lineup Cards- Each team must provide their own line-up cards.  A copy MUST be given to the opposing team as well as the umpire prior to each game. Lineup cards must include all rostered players name and uniform number. This policy will be STRICTLY ENFORCED effective in the 2010 tournament season, as the umpires will now be IN-CHARGE of keeping the official line-up cards.  

On Deck Batter- All on-deck batters must stay in their teams designated on deck location outside of the playing field. There will be an artificial on-deck batting circle provided. No on-deck batters will be permitted on the field of play. 

Official Scorebook- The home team will be responsible for keeping the official scorebook.  

Jewelry- For safety reasons players are not permitted to wear jewelry during the games (i.e. necklaces, rings, bracelets, etc.) Medical alert jewelry will be the only exception.    

Number of Players- There is no roster limits for Brentwood Travel Baseball Tournament Events.  

Official Regulation Game Procedures: (13-18U will play seven (7) innings) If a game is called, it is a regulation game when the following occurs.1-      In the 13u – 18u divisions:  When four (4) innings have been completed or the visiting team has completed four (4) at bat innings and the home team is ahead.Comments: Playoff & Championship games must be played in its entirety (within time limit) and will be considered a suspended game otherwise, with the game resuming from the point of interruption.  

SUSPENDED GAMES: If a started tournament game is suspended (for any reason), the game must be replayed from its point of interruption. NOTE: If a suspended game DOES NOT complete one (1) full inning, that particular game will be re-played in its entirety.  

League Lightning Rule:  As soon as lightning is visible ALL GAMES must be stopped. Play may continue after a 10-minute wait.  If there is a second lightning incident (within the first delay) another 10-minute wait will incur. If the delay exceeds 30 minutes or a 3rd lightning strike occurs, the tournament committee will make a decision as to resume play or suspend those particular games. NOTE: Once one game is stopped, due to weather related incidents at Brentwood State Park or its offsite locations, all fields are to suspend playing action. Any decisions made by the umpires and/or tournament committee will be final.   

Pitching Restrictions- Brentwood Travel Baseball does not enforce any pitching restrictions for tournament play.  

Trips to Mound- The pitcher must be replaced on the second (2nd) trip to the mound in any inning.

Cleats- Rubber cleats, sneakers and/or turf shoes are required for ALL AGE GROUPS.  METAL CLEATS ARE PROHIBITED AT BRENTWOOD STATE PARK!  NOTE: If a player is to be found wearing metal cleats, that player will be given ample enough time to change into the proper footwear, however, the umpires we will not stop the game clock for this. This means that the offending player must be substituted for and all substitution rules will be applied accordingly. 

Suspension- Any player, coach parent or spectator that is ejected from a game, will be subject to a further suspension by the BTB Tournament Committee. The tournament Committee reserves the right to remove/eject any person from the facility and/or its off-site locations for unsportsmanlike behavior. Any player, coach parent or spectator that is ejected for the second time, during the same tournament, will be eliminated for the remainder of the tournament.

Bat Restrictions- 1-      In the 14u division, -3 BESR Certified metal bats are mandatory (wood bats permissible) and in the 18u division, wood bats are required.

Courtesy Runner- A team may choose to use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher only. The courtesy runner must be the last batted out. Available substitutes (those players not in the game) may not be used as a courtesy runner, unless officially entering the game as a substitute.    

Intentional Walk- All ages must throw four (4) balls for an intentional walk. 

Infield Fly Rule- The infield fly rule will be in effect for ages 13u and up.  

Balks-  In the 13u – 18u divisions, balks will be called with no warnings given. 

Coolers- Coolers will not be allowed within the gates of Brentwood State Park.  A Concession Stand is available during Tournament Play.   

Intentional Forfeits- Forfeits will be handled on a case by case basis, but will always be marked as a 7-0 score.  Intentional forfeits are grounds for team suspensions from future BTB events.  Please keep in mind that teams are paying to play their games, not to take forfeits.  Forfeits jeopardize the integrity of the facility, as well as the team that is forfeiting.  In the event that an intentional forfeit plays a role in playoff seeding or playoff entry the Tournament Director reserves a right to make judgment on which team advances.  

In the event any item is not covered in the rules, the tournament committee will make the final decision. **Brentwood Travel Baseball reserves the right to amend any rule at any point of a particular tournament in order to provide better service for our customers and players.

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