Age date is May 1. To be eligible a player’s 7th birthday must be May 1 or later. Birthdates of all players are to be listed on the Tournament Waiver Forms.

If any rules issues arise not covered in this document, umpire will defer to NCHSAA rulebook (NFHS rules).

Coin flip to determine home and visiting team for each game.

Games will be four innings or one hour in length. Inning begins with the end of the play by the last batter in the line-up of the home team. If any time remains on the clock we will start and complete a new inning (all visitor and home team players will complete their turn at bat for a new inning regardless of score).

Teams may be composed of 8-15 players. All defensive positions are to be represented. Tenth player will be in outfield. The player occupying the position of pitcher must stay at the marked pitching “mound” (42 feet) until the ball is hit.

Each team will use a continuous batting order and bat 10 players per inning.

The player playing the position of catcher must wear a helmet with faceguard and dangling throat protector. When a coach is pitching, the catcher will be positioned behind the umpire until the ball is hit.

Bases will be placed 60 feet apart.

Ball will be deemed live from time of contact until umpire declares “TIME”.

​​Ball will become dead at umpire discretion (generally when in possession of an infielder and runners are no longer trying to advance, i.e., when natural play has stopped).

An arc will be drawn at a distance of 10 feet from the 1st to 3rd base line. A ball not completely crossing this line will be considered a foul ball.

Offensive player may use a tee or have coach pitch. Strikes will be counted by umpire and, at two strikes, pitching is prohibited and ball will be placed on tee. When using a tee, once the batter has entered the batter’s box, the umpire will adjust the tee, place the ball on the tee, and announce “Play”. The batter, then, will not be allowed to take practice swings or to line up the ball. Team warning will be issued and subsequent violations will be called a strike.

A teed ball will be considered foul and a strike called when:

1. the batter contacts only the tee with a swing
2. a batted ball does not cross the 10 foot arc
3. a normal foul ball is hit

A strike will be called when:

1. batter swings and misses a pitched ball
2. batter swings and completely misses ball and tee on teed ball

A batter can strike out when, with a count of 2 strikes, batter swings and completely misses ball and tee. Any foul balls with a count of two strikes are treated normally (at-bat continues).

A swing that contacts both tee and ball simultaneously will be considered a batted ball.

No official scores will be recorded. Score and outs will NOT be kept on the scoreboard. However, runners called out will be removed from the bases.​​

A maximum of five adult coaches/scorekeepers will be allowed in dugout. One coach must remain in the dugout at all times. No bat boys/girls allowed.

Offensive coaches: two allowed in 1st and 3rd base coaching boxes. One allowed in pitcher position. If a batted ball hits the offensive coach in pitcher position the ball will be dead, no pitch. The offense coach is subject to interference rules.

Defensive coaches: two allowed in foul territory at least 15 feet beyond 1st and 3rd base coaching boxes. One allowed in outfield, this coach must remain in the outfield at all times (violation will result in team losing this defensive coaching position for remainder of game). If a batted or thrown ball hits a defensive coach the ball will be live. If a defensive coach touches a defensive player no outs on the play will be allowed (delayed dead ball).

Head first slides will result in an automatic out.

No lead offs: if detected, player leaving base before ball is hit will be called out (delayed dead ball).

No bunting (dead ball and strike called).

No on-deck batter allowed anywhere.

Infield fly rule will NOT be in effect.

One offensive and one defensive time out allowed per inning.

All players on each t-ball team will receive a medal at the conclusion of their tournament play.

We will use use low impact (RIF) baseballs (e.g., Starr-1). Teams to supply two baseballs/game. Choice of game ball determined by umpire, not offensive or defensive team.