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Tournament Rules

​The Truth Tournaments (TTT) will follow NFHS Rules unless otherwise specified below.

Registration
All teams wishing to play in The Truth Tournaments must complete the online registration form and then within 15 days of the tournament start date, each team member must complete online waiver, roster and provide a certificate of insurance listing the following as the additional insured. 
The Truth Tournaments
429 Duquesne Ave.
Trafford, PA 1508


***Forfeit Note: Forfeit Time is Game Time.  Any Team that forfeits CAN NOT advance to the Championship Rounds and are not eligible for any refund.  At the discretion of the Tournament Director that team may also be removed for the remainder of the tournament.  Games will be scored 5-0. GAMES CAN START WITH 8 PLAYERS***

Hotels
Out of town teams are required to stay at approved hotels and are required to book reservations through our online booking service.

Eligibility
Age cutoff is April 30th for all teams.
Players cannot be double rostered in the same age division.  Each team is responsible providing a copy of an official state-issued birth certificate in the event of a protest.  If a team is unable to provide proper documentation, that team shall forfeit all games.

Time Limit
All tournament games in pool play and playoffs will have a time limit. Championship games will not. The time limits are as follows:
8U-12U:  1 hour and 45 minutes
13U-18U:  2 hours
No new inning can start after the time limit. If a new inning has started prior to the time limit, then that inning will finish. If the home team is winning after the top half of inning and the time limit occurs, the game is over. If both teams are tied at the end of regulation, and the Time Limit has not expired, proceed to extra innings. If games are tied after the Time Limit expires, they will be recorded as a tie. (This includes Consolation Games and Consolation Brackets)

In Playoff Games (Championship Bracket), no new inning can start after the time limit. If a new inning has started prior to the time limit, then that inning will finish. If the home team is winning after the top half of inning and the time limit occurs, the game is over. If both teams are tied at the end of regulation, and the Time Limit has not expired, proceed to extra innings. If games are tied after the Time Limit expires in Playoff Games (Championship Bracket) we will use the California Tie Breaker. Each Team will start the inning with their last batted out on 2nd base and the batters will have an 0-0 count. Each Inning will proceed this way until the tie is broken.
No Tie-Breakers or Time Limits in Championship Games.


***TIME LIMITS MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER AND/OR TOURNAMENT FORMAT***

Playoffs/Tie Breakers
Seeding results will be available at on our website when Pool Play Games have been completed.
In the event that teams are tied after pool play, the following process will be followed:

1.  Head to Head (only if 2 teams are tied. 3 or more, go to next tie breaker)
2.  Fewest Runs Allowed (may be averaged if there is an uneven amount of games played)
3.  Runs Scored (may be averaged if there is an uneven amount of games played)
4.  Coin Flip
***There will be no re-seeding in the playoff brackets***

Pitching
Responsibility lies with the Coaching Staff.
​Failure to follow pitching rules will result in an automatic ejection of the Head Coach.

8U, 9U, 10U:  3 Innings per game
11U, 12U:  4 Innings per game
13U, 14U:  5 Innings per game
15U & Older:  No per game limit

Balks
There will be no balk warnings in any age division
(FAKE TO 3RD, THROW TO 1ST, IS A BALK). 

Re-entry
DEFENSIVE:
Each team will be allowed unlimited substitutions in the field.
A player does not have to be in the batting order to play in the field.

OFFENSIVE:
You may bat nine players, your entire lineup, or anywhere in between.
Upon starting the game, the number of batters must remain the same for the entire game.
If you bat your entire lineup and a player should get ejected, injured or sick then an out will be recorded in that spot.

If you are NOT Roster Batting, NFHS substitution rules apply.

Games can start with a minimum of 8 players per team.  

Home Team
In pool play a coin flip will determine the home team.
In the Playoffs and the Championship, the higher seed will have their choice to be home or away.
​If two teams should have the same seed, then a coin flip will determine home team.

Scorekeeping
Each team's manager must prepare 1 written copy of his lineup listing first and last names and numbers of all players and substitutes prior to each game.
Lineups then must be provided to the opposing team’s manager.
The Official Scorebook is to be kept by the home team.  Both teams are to confer after each inning to confirm the score.
A completed Scorecard (kept by the umpire) must signed by a Representative from each team after each game.  Please make sure this is done so that we can make sure we stay on top of the scores, and post the results accurately.  Failure to provide representative signature at the completion of each game could result in inaccurate score recording.  In the event of an inaccurate score recorded with no team representative signature, Scorecard will be final.

Slide Rule
In the event of a close play the runner must avoid contact.  If the Umpire determines that the Player slid to intentionally make contact then he is out and so is the player as to where the defensive player was trying to make the play.  All close plays and slides are at the umpire’s discretion.

Baseball Cleats
7U-12U, PLASTIC/MOLDED CLEATS ONLY
13U, NO METAL SPIKES ON ANY TURF SURFACE
14U-HS, NO METAL SPIKES ON ANY TURF SURFACE

***Failure to follow this rule can result in a game forfeit and/or dismissal from the tournament***

Bat Restrictions
7U-8U Coach Pitch cannot exceed a 2 1/4" Barrel and must be a BPF 1.15.
8U Kid Pitch - 13U there are no bat size restrictions.
14U-HS will follow NFHS School Rules and use a BBCOR certified bats only.

***Failure to follow these rules can result in a game forfeit and/or dismissal from the tournament***

Protests
Judgment calls by the umpire cannot be protested, rules only.
The protesting coach must tell the umpire and the opposing team's manager that he is going to protest the game at that specific point in the game.
You cannot protest after that point in the game. Play the game out.
A $100 cash protest fee must be presented to the Site Director at the time of protest.
A protest is only "Official" if accompanied by the $100 and done before the next pitch.Protests include questioning a player's age.
If the protest is upheld, then the $100 will be refunded and the game will be replayed from the point of the protest.
Burden of Proof lies with the Protestor

Entry Refunds
There will be no entry refunds for withdrawal from a tournament within 45 days of the start of that particular event.  If a team registers, pays, and then drops out prior to the 45 days, they can either transfer their entry to another TTT event or receive a refund less a $150 administrative fee.
Refunds due to weather postponement will be calculated by the number of games played.  If payment was made with a Credit Card, the payment will be refunded minus the 3% Processing Fee.

Weather refunds as follows:
0 games played:  Entry fee minus a $150 administrative fee
1 game played:  50% Refund
2 games played:  No Refund
**Teams also have the option to transfer their entry into a future TTT or West Penn Elite Tournament**

Dugouts
Please help keep the tournament fields and common areas clean.
Please be sure to pick up all your team's trash after the game.
ONLY 2 COACHES AND A SCOREKEEPER, OR 3 TOTAL COACHES, ARE ALLOWED IN THE DUGOUT AT ANY TIME.
​HEAD COACH IS ONLY ONE ALLOWED TO DISCUSS ISSUES WITH THE UMPIRE.


Ejections
NO WARNINGS will be given to Coaches, Players, or Fans for unsportsmanlike or unruly behavior.
Upon ejection, the Coach, Player, or Fan must completely leave the premises.  Failure to comply will result in a team forfeit.
Any Player ejected from more than one game will not be permitted on the premises for the rest of the tournament.
COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR FANS.  IF A FAN IS EJECTED FROM ANY GAME, THE HEAD COACH WILL BE EJECTED FOR THAT GAME ONLY
Should a Coach, OR FAN, be ejected from 1 game, he will not be permitted to participate in the rest of the Tournament as a Coach, or a Fan, and will not be permitted on any Tournament Game Site for the duration of the Tournament

Official Game
All games are official after the completion of the 1st inning. If a game should be called due to darkness, weather, etc. and it is the middle of an inning, then the game will revert back to the score from the previous inning if the first inning has been completed. If there are ample game slots left, the game may be re-scheduled to resume!!!

Tournament Format Alterations
WPE reserves the right to alter, change, or abbreviate Tournament Formats and Rules, when necessary.  This includes, but not limited to, shortening times limits in order to maintain the game schedule and to ensure all games are played.

Intentional Walk
Coach must notify the home plate umpire and the hitter will be granted 1st base.

Baseballs
Game Balls will be provided by TTT or all events with the exception of Early Bird Knockouts Round 1, 2 & 3.
***PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PLAYERS RETRIEVE FOUL BALLS!!!  IF YOU RUN OUT, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL BALLS***

Courtesy Runners
Courtesy Runners for Pitcher and Catcher AT ANY TIME.  Must be a Player off the Bench/Player not in the Batting Order.  If you are batting your entire lineup, then you may use the LAST BATTED OUT.  Please remember the purpose is to SPEED UP THE GAME!  If the Courtesy Runner is not ready with his helmet and at the entrance to the field at the time the Batter reaches the base, the Umpire reserves the right to refuse the Courtesy Runner option if it slows the speed of the game.  Please have a Coach or Player ready to warm up the Pitcher.

Division Rules
Coach Pitch & 8U will play Little League Rules
9U and Older will play leads and steals.

8U:  43' Mound/60' Bases, 6 Inning Game, 1 Hour 45 Min time limit

9U & 10U:  46' Mound/65' Bases, 6 Inning Game, 1 Hour 45 Min time limit

11U & 12U:  50' Mound/70' Bases, 6 Inning Game, 1 Hour 45 Min time limit

13U:  54' Mound/80' Bases, 7 Inning Game, 2 Hour time limit

14U-18U:  60'6" Mound/90' Bases, 7 Inning Game, 2 Hour time limit

Mercy Rule
20 after 1 / 15 after 2 / 12 after 3 / 10 after 4 / 8 after 5
Run Rules apply to all games.
Championship Games - No 8 Run Rule. Must be 20, 15, 12, or 10.

**8U - Little League Rules/No Stealing Home./No Leads/Steals are allowed after the ball crosses home plate / Runners cannot advance on a dropped 3rd Strike / Infield Fly Rule IS in effect.**

Umpires
There will be 2 umpires for all games in 10u-18u divisions.
If there is not a Tournament Representative on site, the Umpires will serve as the on-site Tournament Representatives.

Pre-Game Infield/Outfield
There will be no infield/outfield practice prior to tournament games.
Hitting whiffle balls, or any type of ball, into NETS, FENCES, etc. is not allowed on any part of any field.
Please hit outside the FENCES into your own pop up net!


Special Start Requests
Before entering a tournament, make sure your team has NO conflicts on the listed Tournament Dates.  TTT cannot accommodate any special game time requests!

Many of our tournaments are hosted on High School/College Campuses, & Community Parks.  These locations do NOT permit players, parents, or fans to consume alcoholic beverages or smoke on the premises and we will enforce these policies at our events.  Please remind your fans and players to respect these policies, as improper conduct will be dealt with as needed and can result in Forfeit.  TTT has a Zero Tolerance and Law Enforcement Officials will be called.
Ejection may take place for the remainder of the game or tournament at the Tournament Director’s discretion.