The 2014 6-4-3 Ultimate Challenge Tournament kicks off in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday, June 6. Age divisions for the weekend tournament include 16U and 18U.
The 16U and 18U games will be played at Aviation Sports Complex (Field 1), The Walker School located at 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA 30062, Woodstock High School located at 2010 Towne Lake Hills S Drive, Woodstock, GA 30189, and Hillgrove High School located at 4165 Luther Ward Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127.
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National Federation rules will govern play except where otherwise provided in these rules.
Major League Baseball (MLB) rules govern pitching visits and changes (pitcher will be replaced on the second visit in any inning).
Umpires will be provided with game cards to record pitching changes and final scores. The head coaches are required to sign the card at the conclusion of each game.
All games will have a time limit of 2 hours. The championship games will have no time limit, but mercy rule does apply.
Teams will provide game balls for each game (at least 2 new and 1 used ball).
International Tie-Breaker (runner who was the last batted out of prior inning will be placed at second base) will be used for all pool games which end in a tie after regulation and prior to the expiration of time. A pool game can end in a tie. In the semi-final and championship games, should the game remain tied after regulation play, International Tie Breaker will be used until a winner is declared.
Mercy Rule: 16U/18U: 15 runs after 4 innings; 10 runs after 5 innings; 8 runs after 6 innings.
Coin flip will determine the home team for all games.
Teams may utilize a DH and/or an EH for lineups. Teams may also bat all players in a game. If a team elects the DH/EH they must use a roster substitute as courtesy runners. If a team elects to bat their lineup they will use the last batted out as courtesy runners.
Players in 16U and 18U may use -3 BBCOR metal bats or wood bats at their discretion.
Pitching: For 16U and 18U – seven innings maximum for the tournament. One pitch constitutes an inning pitched. If a pitcher pitches more than 3 innings in one day, then they cannot pitch in the next consecutive day of play.
Tie-Breaker: Teams will be ranked according to the following tie-breaker system – Record; Head-to-Head; Run Differential (+7 / -7); Runs Allowed and Runs Scored.
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director reserves the right to modify any aspect of the tournament / game format.
If a coach is ejected from a game and leaves the field immediately and without incident, then they will be able to coach in the team’s next scheduled game. If a coach is ejected from a game and fails to immediately leave the field and/or causes an incident, then they will not be permitted to participate in any remaining games of the team for the remainder of the tournament. All decisions are at the discretion of the umpires officiating the game in which the ejection occurred and the Tournament Director.
Protests: A team may file a protest on rules violations or player eligibility only. Protests will not be accepted regarding any judgment calls made by umpires. Only the Head Coach of a team will permitted to file a protest. To file a protest, a one hundred dollar ($100.00) cash payment will be made to the Tournament Director, along with an explanation of the rule violation in question, within thirty (30) minutes after the end of the game in which protest is associated. Upon filing of the protest, the final ruling will be within one (1) hour. If the final decision supports the team filing the protest, then the $100.00 protest fee will be returned to the team and the appropriate sanction will be invoked. If the final decision does not support the team filing the protest, then the protest fee will be forfeited.