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Greater Midwest Baseball
2018 Baseball Rules

Team Registration

  • All Teams must be GMB sanctioned to be eligible to participate in our 2018 Greater Midwest Baseball Tournaments
  • All Teams must submit their team roster online at www.greatermidwestbaseball.com and submit a printed copy with parent signatures at tournament checkin
  • All GMB Tournaments will follow the Major League Baseball Rulebook (except as noted)

Check-in

  • Please check-in 30 minutes prior to your first game
  • A GMB Representative will be at each ball park to facilitate team checkin
  • Tournament Brackets will be posted at all weekend tournament locations
  • Official brackets and game times are posted on our website

Greater Midwest Baseball Must Have a Copy of the Following Items Before Play Starts

  1. Paper copy of your GMB Tournament Roster with Parent Signatures
  2. Rosters / Waivers can be loaded at www.greatermidwestbaseball.com
  3. Secondary Team Insurance Certificate
  4. Birth Certificates for each player if challenged by opposing team
  • No gate fees or additional charges are collected by GMB
  • Some facilities may charge gate/parking fees – GMB does not charge gate fees
  • Any Tournament Fees That Are Paid Less Than Two Weeks Prior To Start Date Will Be Assessed a $75.00 Late Charge Fee and Promotional Discounts Do Not Apply

Tournament Withdrawal Policy

  • Greater Midwest Baseball will provide a full refund minus a $150 withdrawal fee for any team withdrawing from tournaments up to 21 days prior to scheduled start of the event
  • Tournament Withdrawals Inside of  21 Days From Start Date Forfeit All Tournament Fees
  • GMB Does, If Needed Mix Ages/Divisions To Form Brackets – Tournaments Are 4 Teams
  • No Withdrawal Refunds Are Eligible @ GMB- Etown, GMB World Series, The Nationals. Bluegrass Nationals and Music City Nationals

Rainout Policy

  • 0 games played= full refund minus $60 of tournament fees
  • 1 game played= 50% refund
  • 2 Games Played = full tournament - all tournaments.  No additional refunds.
  • All Refunds (Withdrawal and Rainout) Take 8 to 10 Weeks To Process
  • In The Event of Rain and Cancellations, Trophies and Plaques Are Awarded Only If Championship Game Teams Have Been Established, Awards Are Only Awarded@Park

The Following GMB Rules Apply, All Other Rules Follow Major League Baseball

  • In pool play, a coin flip will determine the home team - teams that forfeit pool play games, regardless of reason, do not advance to bracket play
  • The coin flip will be conducted by the umpiring crew at ground rules 
  • During the bracket play, the higher seeded team will be the home team in all games
  • Time limits are: 1:40 for all ages 10U and above, 1:30 for 9U & 8U Pitch and 1:10 for 8UM
  • Inclement weather could force GMB to modify these established tournament game times
  • Three baseballs per game provided – each team should provide one slightly used ball at ground rules - all teams should chase foul balls or provide replacement baseballs
  • Both teams should keep score books and should report the game score to the home plate umpire between innings. Umpires will maintain official game card all games.
  • Home team will maintain official game book and start time.  Game start time will be announced immediately after ground rules and confirmed with Home team scorebook.

Coaches Have The Following Lineup Batting Options

  1. Bat the Roster and be allowed free defensive substitutions
  2. Play 9 Bat 9 or Play 9 Bat 10 with Free Defensive Rotations with these 9/10 Players
  3. Play 9 with DH for any Defensive Player Position
  • Starters  in Options 2 and 3 may re-enter one time in their ORIGINAL batting position. Substitutes removed from a game are ineligible to return. Teams should report all substitutions to the home plate umpire and opposing score keeper.
  • If At Anytime A Player Does Not Make His Turn At Bat Due To Injury, Sickness and No Sub Is Available, That Turn At Bat is Recorded As An Out. Opposing Coach May Waive This Rule If Approached Prior To That At Bat
  • Teams May Play A Game With 7 Players – The 8th and 9th Batters In The Order Would Be Recorded As An Out With Each Flip Of The Lineup
  • Courtesy Runner at anytime for Pitcher and Catcher. Must be sub if batting 9 or 10 or last batted out if batting roster

Game Procedures – Pool and Championship Play

  • Pool games will end in ties after allotted time has expired - ppol play games that are tied after regulation, will continue if time remaining on clock
  • If elimination games are tied after time expires, GMB Tie-Breaker Rules Are Played - Each team will start with the previous innings last batted on 2nd base with one out
  • The following Pool Play Tie Breakers will be used for seeding in the championship rounds
    1. Head to Head Play
      (If Only Two Teams With Same Record)
    2. Total Runs Allowed
      (Used When More Than 2 Teams Have Same Record)
      (There Is No Head To Head At This Point)
    3. Total Runs Scored
    4. Coin Flip
  • ½ Point Rule Established For Ties In Pool Play Games

9U Pitch Rules

  • Dropped 3rd Strike Rule Does Not Apply
  • No Stealing Or Advancing To Home On Past Ball By Catcher
  • 3rd Base Runner Can Advance To Home If Play Is Made At Any Base
  • 5 Runs / Inning – Unlimited In 6th Inning

8U Machine

  • Max 5 Runs / Inning / Innings 1 thru 5
  • Max 10 Runs / 6th Inning
  • 5 Pitches max to each batter unless umpire deems pitch as not hittable – 3 strikes and out
  • No stealing and no lead offs until ball is hit by batter into play – the runner can leave the base once the ball is hit by the batter
  • Runners can advance on live ball until one infielder has control of baseball inside of dirt infield area within the playing field. Runners Awarded Closet Base On Umpires Judgment
  • Pitchers must start to side of machine  or coach and prior to pitch
  • 8UM - 9 Fielders Including Pitcher / 8U Coach Pitch 10 Fielders (4 Outfielders)
  • In 8U Machine, Batted balls that hit machine are ruled as a dead ball with each runner, including batter, advancing one base
  • No Dropped 3rd Strike / No Infield Fly Rule / No Bunting Allowed
  • Bases 60 ft – Mound 40 ft / 6 Inning Game / 1 Hour 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Innings Will Still Be Played If Time Allows  Even If One Team Can Not Match Runs Allowed
  • Run Rule – 20 After 4 Innings / 15 After 5 Innings

8U Coach Pitch

  • Max 7 Runs/Inning - All Innings
  • 6 Pitches max to each batter unless umpire deems  6th pitch as not hittable
  • 3 Strikes and Out
  • No stealing and no lead offs until ball is hit by batter into play – the runner can leave the base once the ball is hit by the batter
  • Runners can advance on live ball until one infielder has control of baseball inside of dirt infield area within the playing field. Runners Awarded Closet Base On Umpires Judgment
  • Pitchers must start to side of coach and prior to pitch
  • 8U Coach Pitch 10 Fielders (4 Outfielders)
  • No Dropped 3rd Strike / No Infield Fly Rule / No Bunting Allowed
  • Bases 60 ft – Mound 40 ft / 6 Inning Game / 1 Hour 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Coach must maintain 1foot inside pitchers circle (8 ft around rubber) and must leave field of play once ball is hit by batter
  • GMB - Diamond Logo Baseball or Equivalent To Be Used
  • Innings Will Still Be Played If Time Allows  Even If One Team Can Not Match Runs Allowed
  • Run Rule – 20 After 4 Innings / 15 After 5 Innings

8U Kid Pitch Rules

  • Maximum of 5 runs scored per inning - all innings
    Innings Will Still Be Played If Time Allows  Even If One Team Can Not Match Runs Allowed
  • No Lead offs until ball crosses plate or is hit by batter into play
  • No stealing home – Stealing To 2nd and 3rd After Ball Crosses Plate
  • Runners can advance on live ball until one infielder has control of baseball inside of dirt infield area within the playing field
  • No Dropped 3rd Strike / No Infield Fly Rule / No Bat Restrictions
  • Bases 60 ft – Mound 40 ft / 6 Inning Game / 1 Hour 30 Minute Time Limit
  • GMB – Diamond Baseball or Equivalent To be Used

Balks and Intentional Walks

  • In  8U and  9U, one warning per pitcher will be given before a balk is called.
  • In 10U-18U all balks will be called. All balks will be called according to Major League Rules.
  • Intentional Walk’s Will Follow MLB Rules and Policies

Schedule Game Time Starts

All Teams Should Be Prepared To Start Games 30 Minutes Prior To Scheduled Start Time As This Allows GMB To Keep Pace With The Over All Scheduled Tournament


Mercy Game Run Rules

  • 20 After 1 Inning
  • 15 After 2 Innings
  • 12 After 3 Innings
  • 10 After 4 Innings
  • 8 After 5 Innings

Complete Game Rain Rules, All Games Complete After

  • 6 Inning Games – 2 ½ Innings If Home Team In Lead
  • 7 Inning Games – 3 ½ Innings If Home Team In Lead
    In the event rain and if games are incomplete - games will be started over if moved to t he next day due to rain and weather
  • No new inning may start after the time limit has elapsed. A new inning automatically begins after the 3rd out is recorded in the bottom half of the previous inning.
  • The official game time starts after Ground Rules Are Completed – Umpires Will Confirm Official Game Start Time With Home Book ScoreKeeper
  • Championship games have a 2 Hour time if last game of day - run rules are still in effect.

GMB Pitch Limits and Recommendations

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GMB Tournament Directors will not be involved in counting pitches or innings pitched during GMB Tournaments and Events.

The responsibility of managing pitch counts and innings rests with each team’s Head Coach.

GMB endorses the Pitch Smart program, developed by USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. This program is a series of practical, age appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse.

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Pitch Smart

“Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the coach, parent and the athlete to ensure that the player follows the guidelines for his age group over the course of a year”


CLEATS

  • Metal cleats are allowed in the 13U-18U divisions - No metal cleats on portable mounds.

LINE-UP CARDS

  • Each team should prepare a written line-up, listing first and last names and numbers of all players/subs prior to each game. Line-ups must be given to the plate umpire at ground rules. Line-up cards will be provided to each team at check-in.

Slide Rules

  • GMB does not enforce a Mandatory Slide Rule at any base. If a player does not slide to avoid contact and if it is determined by an umpire that the play is ruled malicious with the intent to hurt, the player will be ruled out and ejected for the game in progress

Bat Restrictions

  • 13U & Under must be stamped 1.15 BPF, USA Stamped, BBCOR or WOOD
  • 14U Must Use -5  1.15 Stamped Bats or USA Stamped – BBCOR Bats  Are Allowed
  • 15U and Above Must Use BBCOR or Wood Bats with -3 Drop Ratio
  • 14U Teams Must Use BBCOR  -3 when chosing to play up at 14U/15U Mixed Brackets

Game and Roster Protest

  • Protests shall follow major league procedures on the field and stop play to file a protest
  • No protest of a judgment call or game outcome, and only an incorrect rule interpretation can be protested that impacts the natural course of the game. 
  • Umpire must sign both scorebooks and site the game situation. The manager then has 5 minutes to present his protest, citing the specific baseball or GMB rule to justify his protest to the Tournament Director along with submission of a $200  forfeit fee - cash.  If the manager does not file his protest within the 5 Minute time frame, the protest will be considered as dropped and no action will be taken by GMB or the GMB Site Director.
  • If the protest is won, the Protest Fee is returned. 
  • If the protest is lost, the fee will be forfeited.
  • Game clock does not stop during protest situations
  • Each Team Should Maintain A Copy of their GMB Roster in addition to turning one in at tournament checkin – each weekend. Teams must  first present a copy of their signed team roster and player brith certificates prior to protesting an game opponent’s roster.
  • Non roster players are considered ineligible. Any team using an ineligible player will be assessed a 7-0 forfeit for game in question when roster is protested

Age Chart - PROOF OF AGE 

GMB Does Not Collect Birth Certificates Prior To Tournament Events

  • It is the Managers responsibility to have his players birth certificates or accepted proof of age identification in the case of any question regarding the age of his players - failure to produce birth certificates will result in a forfeit if roster is protested by opposing team
  • At times and at certain parks, GMB will adjust base distances to adapt to park setups and field constraints

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General GMB Roster Rules

All Teams Must Provide A Sanctioned GMB Roster Prior To Game Time and At Tournament Check In.

Teams Should Keep A Copy Of Their GMB Roster and Be Prepared To Present During Game If Opposing Coach Questions A Player. Opposing Coach Should File Official Protest Prior To With GMB Prior To Observing Roster. Play Will Not Be Stopped During Game.

Players Can Be Added and Dropped From Teams Until 1st Pool Game of Tournament Weekend

A Player Can Not Reside on Two Different Rosters

A Player Can Not Play On Two Different Teams In Sam Tournament Regardless Of Age

Teams That Win GMB Tournaments After 7/1/2018 Will Play Under A Frozen Roster Scenario. At That Time  Winning Roster  Players Are Frozen To That Winning Team. These Winning Teams May Still Add Players But Said  Players  Are Ineligible For Other Teams

Teams Found Using Ineligible Players Will Immediately Forfeit The Game Being Protested. Score Will Result In 7-0 Loss


Rules of Conduct – Disruptive Behavior

  • Greater Midwest Baseball strives to provide a great baseball and family atmosphere for its tournament participants and guests.  No unsportsmanlike conduct by participants or fans will be tolerated, and penalty for such behavior will be removal from the grounds for the remainder of the tournament.
  • Coaches are responsible for themselves, their players, and families at all times.  Any suspension/ejection  imposed by umpires or GMB officials will be served during the game in progress and the next tournament game and/or  tournament weekend. Applies for Coaches and Parents. Players are eligible for next game.

Park Rules

  • Please remove all items, including trash, from your dugout promptly at the completion of your game.  Tournament schedules are always tight, so we ask that you clear the dugout first before talking with your team after the game.
  • Food and beverages cannot to be brought into any ballparks.  Water coolers may be brought for your team’s consumption during your game, but we ask that all other items be left at home. Coolers must be placed in team dugout.
  • Failure to comply with park Food and Beverage rules may lead to games being forfeited.
  • No pets of any kind are allowed in any ballpark leased by GMB regardless of park rules.  Please help us insure the safety of our participants and the cleanliness of our facility by leaving your pets at home.

Effective 6/16/17 The Below Demarini 2017 CF Zen Bats

Will Be Considered Illegal In GMB Sanctioned Play

Teams Will Receive Just A Warning On First Infraction, On The Next Infraction and Thereafter, The Batter Will Be Called Out. Players Will Not Be Ejected From Game

Coaches Will Be Ejected From That Game On 2nd Infraction

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