Flower Mound Youth Sports Association

FMYSA Baseball Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules - 2018

Pitching Limits

THE FOLLOWING PITCHING LIMITATIONS is in effect. See max innings chart:

Age Division Max 1 Day to
Pitch Next Day
Max 1 Day 3 Day Max
9U - 12U 3 6 8
13U - 14U 3 7 8
15U & Up Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited


  • Balks will be called.

    • Additional Balk Rule (i.e. MLB Rule change 2017). It is a balk if the pitcher, while touching his plate, feints a throw to first or third base and fails to complete the throw: Pitchers may still feint a throw to second.


  • One pitch to a batter equals one inning.

  • A second visit to the same pitcher in the same inning will cause the pitcher's automatic removal from the mound (not the game).

  • When a pitcher takes his position at the beginning of each new inning he shall be permitted to pitch a maximum of six (6) warm up pitches. When in relief of another pitcher, the new pitcher is permitted to pitch a maximum of eight (8) warm-up pitches (during which time game play is suspended; time is not suspended, just gameplay.)

  • Any pitcher who engages the pitching rubber and throws a warm-up pitch is considered "in the game" and must throw at least one pitch to a batter before being removed.

    • One pitch to a batter equals one inning.

  • Head Coach or Team Manager must sign the scorecard at the conclusion of the game. This becomes the official record of the game. Scorecards are kept in the TD's office.

Run Rules

  • All games, including championship games, will be played with a "Run Rule" in effect:

    • 20 runs after 1 inning

    • 18 runs after 2 innings

    • 15 runs after 3 innings

    • 10 runs after 4 innings

    • 8 runs after 5 innings

  • 7U/8U games only:

    • Limited to seven (7) runs per inning

    • Mathematical eliminations apply


  • Teams may bat their entire roster.

  • Teams may use an EH to bat 10.

  • Teams may bat 9.

    • If not batting the roster, standard substitution rules apply and only eligible subs may be used as courtesy runners.

  • 7U & 8U teams must start the game with 10 players. They may play with 9 and take an out when the 10th batter is due up. If falling below 9 players (for any reason) the game shall be forfeited.

  • 9U & Up teams must start the game with 9 players. They may play with 8 and take an out when the 9th batter is due up. If falling below 8 players (for any reason) the game shall be forfeited.
  • A team batting its entire roster has open defensive substitution (pitcher excluded, pitching limit rules apply). A pitcher may only make one appearance per game but may play other defensive positions.

  • If a player is removed from the game for illness or injury there will be no out recorded for his spot in the batting order, the lineup is simply compressed. If a player is ejected from a game for malicious contact or any other unsportsmanlike act, the following penalties will apply:

    • If roster batting, the ejected player's position in the lineup shall be declared an out

    • If batting 9 or 10 with EH, the ejected player may be replaced by an eligible substitute.

      • If there are no eligible substitutes available, the position in the order shall be declared out.

Game Lengths & Times

  • Pool, Bracket & Championship games:

    • 7U/8U = 6 innings, or 1hour and 15 minutes

    • 9U/10U = 6 innings, or 1 hour and 30 minutes

    • 11U/12U = 6 innings, or 1 hour and 40 minutes

    • 13U & up = 7 innings, or 1 hour and 45 minutes

  • Pool play games may end in a tie*. (See seeding)

  • Run rules apply in all games.

  • Bracket Play - Tie-Breaker: If a game is tied after all innings have been completed (or at time limit), the "California Tie-Breaker" rule will go into effect. Each team puts the batter who is scheduled to bat last in that respective half of the inning on second base with one out and we play out a full inning. This happens until the tie is broken and the game is complete.

  • Championship games: run rules apply, NO California Tie-Breaker; there are time limits for Championship games (normal game times).

  • Tournament Director may invoke a modified tie-breaker, including Championship games.

  • Tournament Director may invoke shorter time limits, including Championship games.

Seeding for Bracket Play

  • Won-Loss (winning percentage value = win/tie/loss)

  • Runs Allowed

  • Runs Scored

  • Coin Toss

  • Home team is determined by coin flip for all pool play games and by seeding for bracket play games.

  • Please note: "Head to Head" only applies when only two teams are tied that have played each other.


  • Dugouts are first come, first served.


  • Pool Play Games. A "Coin Flip" determines home/visitor.

  • Bracket Play. The Highest Seeded Team is the Home Team.

Rules Protest

  • Any official Rules Protest or Roster Protest shall require a $100 "protest fee". Only the Head Coach may file a protest. If you win the protest, the $100 protest fee is returned.

  • Any official protest must occur at the time of the alleged rules violation.

    • Game clock is stopped and tournament director is called to the field.

  • No protest can be accepted after play has continued.

  • Judgment calls cannot be protested.

Courtesy Runners

  • A team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher at any time.

  • Teams are encouraged to use a courtesy runner for the catcher when there are two (2) outs in an inning.

  • When roster batting the courtesy runner shall be the last out (not necessarily the last batted out).

  • When not batting the roster, only eligible subs may courtesy run.

  • The same player may NOT courtesy run for the pitcher and the catcher in the same inning.

7U/8U Only:

  • Pitches per at bat: Batters shall have 6 pitches; strike out within the 6, continuous foul balls on the 6th pitch.

  • Defensive positions: there are 10 defensive positions for these ages.


  • All ejections are "plus one" meaning the player or coach ejected from a game shall not be eligible to compete or coach in the next scheduled game.

  • Any player ejected shall be asked to leave the playing area immediately (he may sit in the stands, but not the dugout), but is not required to leave the facility unless directed to by the Tournament Director.

  • Any coach ejected shall leave the facility immediately and may not return until eligible to coach again (see "plus one" rule).

  • "Plus one" eligibility for the player or coach may be reviewed by the Tournament Director, and the "plus one" rule may be upheld or suspended at the Tournament Directors discretion.

  • Umpires are to report all ejections (player, coach or fan) to the Tournament Director and indicate ejections on the official scorecard.


  • Umpires will handle unsportsmanlike conduct on the field of play. If an umpire has a problem with a fan or parent outside the field of play, the umpire shall go to the coach/manager of that team and request the coach/manager to handle the problem. If the coach/manager fails to handle the problem, then the umpire will eject the coach/manager from the game; he may also eject the fan or parent if he deems it necessary. Coaches/managers - you are responsible for the sportsmanship and conduct of your players, assistant coaches and parents.

  • The Tournament Director may remove a parent, fan, player, coach/manager from the facility at any time if he observes unsportsmanlike conduct; this includes verbal abuse of umpires.

  • Demonstrate Good Sportsmanship at all times!


  • Teams supply their own baseballs. Two new game balls per game.

Metal Cleats

  • Metal cleats may be used by 13U and above only.

  • No metal cleats may be used on any "turf surface" including, Batting Cages, Soft Toss Stations, temporary pitching mounds or bullpen catchers pads.

Bat Rules

  • Updated 2/1/18 - FMYSA will permit the usage of bats that meet USSSA and USA bat standards. Along with these, we will also continue using the BBCOR bats. Please see the following explanation and guidelines for USSSA, USA, and BBCOR bat standards.

    USSSA bat standard: USSSA has a formal 1.15 BPF standard for baseball bats used in 14U and below (allowing diameters of up to 2 ¾"). FMYSA will continue to allow the use of these bats in all FMYSA sanctioned events in 14U and below.

    USA bat standard: The new USA baseball bat standard (USABat) applies to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play. This was implemented January 1, 2018. All bats used in Little League, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie or AABC will only accept bats stamped with the USA Baseball stamp. All players 14U and below must have 2-5/8" barrels and be marked with the USABat stamp. This new bat standard has created a new "wood-like" response in aluminum bats.

    BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution): BBCOR is the standard currently governing adult bats used in high school and collegiate baseball play. BBCOR measures the trampoline effect of the bat. All BBCOR bats carry the "BBCOR Certified .50" mark on the bat. These bats must carry a length to weight ratio that is no greater than -3 and a barrel diameter that does not exceed 2 -5/8".

    FMYSA will permit usage of USSSA and USABat for play 14U and under. BBCOR certified bats are required for play 15U and above. This applies to all bats used during play of all events sanctioned by FMYSA.

    Please visit the following links for further information about all 3 bat standards:

    USSSA - (scroll down to Licensed Equipment and New Bat Rules)

    USABat -

    BBCOR -

  • Penalty for use of an illegal/altered bat: The batter is out; runners may not advance on a hit ball; the bat is ejected from the game; and further use of such bat by any player on the team will result in the ejection of the player from the game; and disqualification of the team manager (head coach) from the tournament.

Additional Bat Restrictions

  • COACH PITCH BATS: Baseball bats that are designed, labeled or marketed, as "Coach Pitch," bats MAY be used ONLY in 7U and 8U Coach Pitch events! They MAY NOT be used in any PLAYER PITCH events.

  • Bats that bear the warning "Not for use with regulation OR REAL baseballs" may NOT be used as our tournaments are played with real/regulation baseballs.

  • Penalty for use of an illegal/altered bat: The batter is out; runners may not advance on a hit ball; the bat is ejected from the game; and further use of such bat by any player on the team will result in the ejection of the player from the game; and disqualification of the team manager (head coach) from the tournament.

Pitching & Base Distances

  • 7U - 8U Pitching 40, Bases 60

  • 9U - 10U Pitching 46, Bases 65

  • 11U - 12U Pitching 50, Bases 70

  • 13U Pitching 54, Bases 80

  • 14U All Star Pitching 54, Bases 80

  • 14U and up Pitching 60.6, Bases 90

Rosters & Insurance for Weekend Tournaments

  • Rosters shall be submitted at check in. The tournament will provide a Roster Template, or you may submit a roster from another sanctioning body. All Players Must Be Listed on the Roster submitted for the Tournament. All Players Must Be Eligible to compete in the Age and Division you are competing in for the Tournament.

  • A copy of your team insurance shall be submitted at check in.

  • Both the ROSTER and the INSURANCE MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE START of your first tournament game.

  • The Roster & Insurance must be physically turned at the location designated by the Tournament Director. (TD will send out the designated locations prior to the start of each tournament.)