Choo Choo Clipboard Rules - Travel Baseball Rules NORTH - 2018-02-26
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Choo Choo Baseball - Travel Baseball Rules
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Coach Pitch OnlyUpdated June 20, 2019
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5u6u7u8uCP8uKP9u10u11u12u
13u - 16u
14u and up
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Base Distance6060606060656570709090
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Mound40464650506060
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Pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher's line and can pitch anywhere in-between the 30' Safety Arc and the 42' Pitching Circle.
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Time Limit1:151:151:151:151:301:301:301:301:301:301:30
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Championship TimeAdd 10 minutes to All Championship Games
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Innings66666666677
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Max Runs per Inning77777------
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8uKP ONLY - Until the last inning, then unlimited runs allowed upon announcement by the umpire
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Mercy RuleMath Elimination15 runs after 3 innings; 10 runs after 4 innings; 8 runs after 5 innings
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Dropped 3rd StrikeNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Infield FlyNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Leading OffClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedOpenOpenOpenOpenOpenOpen
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BalkN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AYesYesYesYesYesYes
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For 9u - 12u: Fakes to 3rd are Balks (including fake to 3rd, throw to 1st)13u-16u Fake to 3rd is NOT a Balk
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8uKP - Balk is only for a Start and Stop in Motion
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Absent/Injured Hitter OutOutOutOutOutOutOutOutOutOutOut
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WalkDead Ball
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Intentional WalkNoNoNoNoVerbal at anytime during at bat
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Steel CleatsNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
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Time Called During Play
Coach Pitch lead runner stops, and back runner retreats
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Pitcher ONLY Face Mask
Required Pitcher ONLYNo Requirement
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Fake Bunt (Slashing)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
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BuntN/A in Coach Pitch; 8uKP Only: Limit 1 Successful bunt per inning (Coach pitch 20' arc fair ball, 30' arc for players) (2nd bunt = out)
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Bats
Approved bats only; USSSA BPF 1.15 or USA Bat Standard or legal wood bat.
BBCOR -3 or Wood
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13u players must use bat no lighter than drop 5 (-5). If a team is playing up an age group, they must comply with older divisions rules.
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Slung Bat1 Warning per player, then player out
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Head First SlideLegal if No: Face Mask, C-Flap, or Chin Strap
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Bucket Seat/BenchYes - 1 defensive coach within proximity of dugout on the outside of the fence
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Pitching LimitThere is no limit on innings pitched; however, coaches are required to protect their player's arms.
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Remove PitcherFederation (3)
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Defensive Visits3 visits per game
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PitcherRemoved once per inning. Must stay in lineup.
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Courtesy RunnerA courtesy runner is allowed for pitcher & catcher of record. Last Batted Out if CBO (Continuous Batting Order); eligible subs if traditional lineup
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Batting Order DH or EHCoach Discretion
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Start <9 PlayersMust start with 9 unless the opposing coach agrees to allow short-handed team to start with 8. Teams can finish with 8
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Tie Breaker (Pool)Record, Head-to-Head, Runs Allowed, Run Differential, Runs Scored, Coin Flip
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Head-to-head tie-breaker is for TWO TEAM ties only. If 3 or more teams are tied, then the first tie-breaking criteria jumps to runs allowed, ..., and never reverts back to head-to-head.
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Tie Breaker (Bracket)International Rules - No outs, runner on 2nd (Last batted out)
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Warm-up PitchesNew Pitcher - 8 pitches, Returning Pitcher - 5 pitches
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Rule Interpretation Protest
$100 Cash
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Home Team DesignationIn pool play, a coin toss determines the home team. In bracket play, the higher seed is home. Home team keeps the Official Scorebook.
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Home Team ResponsibilitiesHome team must confirm final score with the Base Umpire immediately upon completion of the game.
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Required baseballs for playEach team will provide 2 new baseballs for each game. If additional balls are required due to balls going out of play, the team at bat must supply the additional balls.
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Final Score Confirmation All Managers/Head Coaches must meet with the Base Umpire immediately after the game to confirm the score.
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Rain-Out PolicyIf a game is cancelled due to weather: 7U-12U, 3 innings (2.5 with home team leading) is a complete game. 13U-16U (3.5 with home team leading) is a complete game.
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If a tournament is rained out during bracket play, and if everyone has NOT completed the first game of bracket play, then seeding is the determining factor.
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If every team has completed at least 1 game of bracket play, then the tiebreakers go into effect: record, runs allowed, run differential, runs scored - in bracket play only. A team that receives a bye in any round receives a winning score of 7-0 for that round.
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Coach Pitch
Each Batter Will Receive 6 Pitches. Batters CANNOT Foul Out.
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Rain Delay PolicyOnce a game is an Official Game, there is a 45 minute window to resume the game. After 45 minutes, the game is Final.
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Umpire EjectionsThe ejected party has 2 min. to leave the field and may not return to the field for the remainder of that game only unless deemed flagarant. 2 ejections by the same person in the tournament will result in removal from park. Penalty for not leaving = Team Forfeit
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New InningA new inning shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the 3rd out as long as time remains on the clock.
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ForfeitsForfeits are scored as 7-0.
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Base Set of RulesNational Federation of State High School Associatiobs (NFHS) - www.nfhs.org/ebooks
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