2018 Borough Cup Tournament Rules

Updated 7/1/18

(NYCASG reserves the right to amend these rules at any time for specific tournament play)


The Borough Cup Is A Wood Bat Only Tournament

National Federation Baseball Rules (11U/12U/13U/14U) and Little League Rules (8U/9U/10U) will be enforced with the following exceptions.


All Registrations including fees, insurance paperwork and rosters are

due by July 1, 2018.  There will be No Exceptions.




1.    Coaches must be aware of all rules and rule changes and must carry a copy of the Tournament Rules at all times.


2.     Pool Play Time Limits and Home Team Determination

   a)   All 8U, 9U, 10U, & 11U game will be 6 innings and have a strict 1 hour 45 minute time limit.  All 12U, 13U and 14U games will be 7 innings and have a two hour time limit. No inning can start after the       time limit.  The umpires and staff will keep time.

        b)   Home team will be determined by a coin toss in pool play.  The home team will be the higher seed in playoff games

        c)   All 8U, 9U, 10U, and 11U games that are tied after 6 innings or the 1 hour 45 minute time limit will be recorded a tie. All 12U, 13U and 14U games that are tied after 7innings or the 2 hours time limit will be recorded a tie.


3.     Playoffs

        a)   The Number of team advancing to the City Playoffs depends on size of the age group and number of pools. Please check the Borough Cup Website for specfics regarding your division.

        b)   Expected Dates – August 5 and 6, 2017.

        c)   See below for City Playoffs Format.


4.     Scheduling and Game Times

        a)   The Tournament Director and Staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable scheduling requests.

        b)   Game times are as published, unless changed by the Tournament Director.  The Tournament Director or Staff will communicate any revisions to the affected Team Managers.

        c)   The tournament schedule will be posted and updated on our website  BOROUGHCUP.COM


5.     Forfeits

        a)   All teams are to be ready at the scheduled starting time and should be present at least 30 minutes before game time.

        b)   If a team is not on the field and prepared to start at game time, they will be given 15 minute grace period to produce the necessary players. If they still do not have enough players (8 minimum) to play       once this grace period has expired, they will be given a forfeit.

        c)   In case of forfeit the winning team will be awarded a winning score of the average runs they scored in all of their pool games vs. “0” runs allowed.  The losing team will be recorded a 10-0 loss. 

        d)   Any intentional forfeit will result in the forfeiting team being eliminated from the tournament.  The tournament committee will rule on intentional forfeits.  No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner.  This rule could result in a dispute and the tournament committee reserves the right to look at and rule in the fairest possible way.  The committee’s decision will be final! 


6.     Rosters

        a)   All rosters are due to the tournament committee by your first game. After this game, your roster is locked, and no one may be added.

        b)   Team rosters can have a maximum of one (1) manager, two (2) coaches, one (1)  scorekeeper, one (1) bat person, and 18 players.  The bat person cannot be used as a player.

        c)   Roster must include first and last name, address including city, state and zip code, date of birth, telephone number and uniform number.

        d)   Only roster personnel can be in the dugout.

        e)   Once the roster is submitted there will be no changes allowed.  

        f)    A player can play on up to to two competing teams, as long as the two teams are in different age groups and he meets the necessary age requirements.

        g)   Organizations that use players illegally will be immediately dropped from the tournament.

        h)   Tournament officials shall have the right to request a birth certificate for any player, at any time.  Team managers must have copies on hand but if for some reason they do not they are required to supply this proof of age prior to the team’s next scheduled game, and no longer than 24 hours after the request is made (whichever is shorter).  Coaches must be prepared to verify birth dates of all their players. All inquires must be directed to the Tournament Director.  If proof is not submitted in required time frame the team will be immediately dropped from the tournament.  No excuses or additional delays will be tolerated.


7.     Insurance

        a)   All teams/organizations must name Borough Cup as an additional insured and provide proof of such by July 10, 2017.

        b)   In addition, all teams must carry their own liability insurance.


8.     Tournament Fee and Refund Policy

        a)   The 2017 Borough Cup Tournament Fees are as follows:

U8-U12= $600


        b)   The fee is due in full by July 9, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.

        c)   No refunds or credits are offered for rainouts, game cancellations, or forfeits.


9.     Protest

       a)   Protests will be heard and ruled on by the Tournament Committee.  The Committee will only hear protests that relate to specific rules interpretations and not judgement calls made by the umpire (i.e. Tag Plays).  All rulings made by the committee will be final.

       b)  There will be a $200 cash fee to protest. The protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch, play, or attempted play. In the event it is the final play of the game in question, teams must announce their protest before umpires leave the field. Play may not resume until protest is resolved. If play continues there can be no protest.

       c)   If the protest is ruled in the protesting teams favor the $200 will be refunded. All forfeiture monies will be donated to charity.



10.   Official Game

        a)   A 7 or 6 inning game is deemed to be official if the home team is ahead after 3 ½  innings or the visitors are ahead after 4 complete innings.  

        b)   A tie game is considered official after 3 complete innings.


11. Submitting Scores

       With so many games happening across the five boroughs at once, having a well-structured process for submitting scores is critical. Following every game, each team is expected to send the following   information to the Borough Cup in order for your game to become official:

        a)     Final Score, Innings, & Location (i.e.. Team Franco 5 Team Carton 2, 7 inn @ MCU)

        b)     Names, Number, and Total Pitches for each Pitcher on Both Teams- This information will be posted on the website daily to ensure pitch limits are enforced (See Pitching for more Info).

        e)     Not submitting these items before the start of the first game the following day will result in a forfeit.


11.   Weather and Darkness Issues
In case of rain, another weather related issue or darkness games will be suspended and rescheduled for resumption by the Tournament Director and Staff.

        b)   Games may not be made up depending on time constraints.

        c)   In case of scheduling changes it is the team’s responsibility, not the tournament committee’s responsibility, to make sure they are aware of the new schedule or any scheduling changes.  This information will be posted on the tournament website when it becomes available

        d)   The suspended game will be continued from the point of suspension. Each team may use only those players attending the original game and submitted on the starting line-up form.

        e)   Delays of games because of weather may last awhile before a decision can be made to reschedule the game. Every effort will be made to play the games on the scheduled day. The Tournament Director and/or Staff will communicate any changes to the Team Managers.

        f)    Please see our website, for any scheduling changes or notifications.  Please do not call staff’s cell phones unless you have exhausted all other options.


      Note:    No special requests will be honored if rescheduling becomes necessary.  All coaches should make sure they have the tournament phone numbers to call for information.  If games are cancelled the tie breaking procedures (listed below) will   determine Pool winners and play-off/championship qualification.  In the event play is stopped for any reason before or during the Championship round, first place, second place, third place, etc. may be awarded using the tie breaker rules (see tie breaker rules below).


12.   Sportsmanship and Conduct

  a)   Foul or abusive language and unsportsmanlike conduct on the field or in the dugout will not be tolerated.

  b)   The umpires have the responsibility and may within his sole discretion determine to remove those participants and spectators in violation. In cases of severe                                            misconduct, the Tournament Director and Staff may suspend the offending participant or spectator for additional game(s) or the remainder of the tournament.    

  c)   Managers are responsible for the conduct of the team members and the fans. Managers unable to control team members or fans, following a warning by the Umpire (s), may face forfeiture of the game

 d)   Only Managers may question an umpire. Each team will receive one general warning if an assistant coach questions an umpire. All following questions made by any assistant on that team will result in an immediate ejection.

e)   Players and Coaches that are ejected must leave for the remainder of the game in question and may have to sit out the NEXT game or remainder of the tournament.

               f)    Any coach or player who is ejected for the second time during the tournament will be eliminated from participating for the remainder of the tournament.

               g)   Throwing a bat, helmet or any piece of equipment in disgust or in a fit of anger after a call can result in an ejection which shall be determined solely within the umpires’  discretion.  Such determinations are final and may not be appealed.  Each incident will be given further review by the tournament committee to decide whether it is deserving of further disciplinary action.

               h)   If any spectator connected with a team is ejected during a game that person must immediately leave the confines of the field/park and not continue to cause a disturbance.  If person ejected does not immediately leave as directed the game will be declared a forfeit.

13.   Base and Pitching Distances

        Division                Mound                         Bases              Umpires (Pool Play)

        8U                          42 feet                         60 feet                         1

        9U, 10U                 46 feet                         60 feet                         1

        11U, 12U               50 feet                         70 feet                         2

        13U, 14U               60 feet 6 inches           90 feet                        2


14.   Bats

        a)   This is a wood bat tournament only.  No composite, no bamboo, straight wood.

        b)   All bats being used by a team must be made available to the umpire for eligibility for review prior to the game.

        c)   The following is a list of illegal bats.  This list is not meant to be fully inclusive but a guide to reduce problems during in game situations.  Demarini Pro Maple Comp                                     DX243, AAA Baum Bat - AAAPRO Adult, Mizuno Maple Carbon Comp MCMC271, Easton Mako Comp Wood  XL2, Brett Bros - MB110, Rawlings Velo Maple Bamboo SL151, Bamboo Bat - HYBB30L


15.   Hitting Lineup

        a)   Can consist of 9 or 10 batters.  The lineup must be maintained with either 9 or 10 batters once it is established for the entire game.  One EH can be used and will be treated like a position player in the game and can change positions with a fielder and enter the game without limitation.  A DH can also be used for any player but if the DH comes into the game to play the field then the player for                     which he/she was batting is out for the remainder of the game

       b) If needed, teams may start a game with 8 players. In this case, the final slot in the lineup will be counted as an out. If additional players arrive after the game has begun, he/she may be added to the empty spot in the batting order or bench at any time. An out will only be recorded if the 9th player's spot is due up and these additional players have not arrived. Teams whose lineups drop to 8 players as the result of injuries or ejection will similarly take an out in that empty spot.

       c)Line-up must be submitted to home-plate umpire and opposing manager 30 minutes prior to the start of the game and must include players' full names, uniform number and playing position.  Substitutes that attend the games must also be listed.



  16. Base Running

        a)   In the 8U, 9U and 10U 

              i)   Runners may steal every base– only after the ball crosses home plate. If a runner is called for leaving early this will result in a team warning for the first                                               offense, then an out for every other. If the ball is hit when the runner leaves early, the defensive team has the choice of taking the result of the play or have the play be considered a dead ball.

              ii)  There will be no dropped third strike.

        b)   No sliding of any kind running home to first.

        c)   Catcher speed-up rule is in effect with two outs.

        d)   It is the base runner's responsibility to avoid contact with any fielder who has the ball.  Slide or avoid is in effect at all times when fielder is in possession of ball.  Contact without sliding is an automatic out (INTERFERENCE) and intentionally running into a fielder who is in possession of the ball is grounds for ejection.

        e)   Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.  Phantom tags are not allowed, and are considered an obstruction of the runner

        f)    Obstruction and Interference are judgment calls.


17.   Pitching

        a)   The 2016 Borough Cup will follow the PitchSmart Guidelines. They are as follows:






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b) All managers/coaches will be expected to use these throughout the tournament. A pitcher may only go over the limit if they hit their max in the middle of an at-bat, in which case they are allowed to finish the batter before being removed. Between every  ½ inning, both managers are required to confer with the home plate umpire to establish how many pitches were thrown that inning. When a pitcher is replaced, a similar conference will occur to determine his final number.

        c)   The 3rd to 1st pick-off move is legal.

        d)   Pitchers are required to throw the ball to issue an intentional walk.


18.   Scoring

        a)   All teams must keep a score book that contains scoring and pitch counts for both teams. These scorebooks are considered official documents for the tournament,  

              and can be requested by the directors at any time to resolve rules disputes.

        b)   To eliminate scoring disputes, scorekeepers must confer with the umpire and the opposing team’s official scorer at the end of each half inning and pitch count and score.

        c)   If no scorekeeper is available for one team, the team’s scorekeeper that is present will be considered official.  That scorekeeper is still required to confer with the umpire and opposing coach at half inning intervals.


19.   Mercy Rule

        a) The game will end if either team is ahead by 15 runs after 3 complete innings

        b) The game will end if the visiting team is behind by 12 or more runs after 3 1/2 innings or the visiting team is ahead by 12 or more runs after 4 complete innings.

        c)  The game will end if the visiting team is behind by 8 or more runs after 4 1/2 innings or the visiting team is ahead by 8 or more runs after 5 complete innings.                 

        d)  After the 5th inning, if the visiting team goes ahead by 8 or more runs, after the completion of an inning, the game will be declared final.


20.   Re-Entry

              Each player in the original batting order can be removed from the game for a substitute and later reinserted into the game. When re-inserted, the player must be placed back into his same position IN THE BATTING ORDER. This only applies to starters. Players who were not in the original batting order can enter the game, but once removed these substitutes CANNOT re-enter the game.



21.   Trips to the Mound

              The pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound in any inning and after three total trips per game unless the coach is beckoned by the umpire due to possible injury or other issue.


22.   Dug-outs

        a)   During all play, the teams listed as the home team will use the third base dugout

        b)   Similarly, the teams listed as the visiting team will use the first base dugout.


23.   Speed up Rule and Efficient Use of Time

        a)   Is in effect with 2 outs for either the pitcher or catcher. The speed up rule is optional.  The runner is someone not in the lineup and if no one is available then the last batted out. 

              i)   This runner must enter the game between and not during plate appearances.

        b)   There will be three minutes from the final out of the previous half-inning to the start of play in the next half inning.

        c)   Players are expected to hustle on and off the field at all times. Pitchers are permitted to throw 8 warm-up pitches in their first inning of work and 5 in each inning there-after. If a catcher is putting his gear on it is expected that another player (wearing mask) will warm-up the pitcher. Coaches are also permitted to warm up the pitcher, it is not mandatory that coaches wear a mask for warm-ups. Pitchers that enter game due to an injury will receive unlimited warm-up pitches.


24.   Fielding Practice

        a)   Is generally not allowed because games must remain on schedule

        b)   When the hosting organization grants permission; then under the umpire’s discretion teams will be allowed to take fielding practice if time allows.

        c)   If fields are soft and/or soggy infield may not be allowed due to facility requests.


25.   Uniforms

        a)   Each player on a team must have at minimum matching color hats and jerseys/shirts with numbers on the back. To make it simple, everything from the waist up must match!

        b) In the event that a player’s jersey has been lost over the course of the summer, they will be permitted to play in matching colored team apparel with a number taped on the back. At no point during the tournament will a player be allowed to wear a jersey with a different number than the one submitted on the roster before the tournament.

        c) Like players, coaches are to be dressed in team attire for all games. Acceptable apparel includes full uniform, team polo with khaki pants, or team colored shirts with color neutral shorts or sweats. Jeans, camo, graphic tee’s, and other streetwear is not permitted. Umpires and the Tournament Committee have the right to remove any coach from the dugout for not meetings this dress code.

        d) For safety reasons players are not permitted to wear jewelry during the games. Medical alert jewelry and Phiten Necklaces will be an exception to this rule.


26.   Pool Play Tie Breaker Rules

The Borough Cup uses a traditional scoring system to determine pool winners and playoff seeding in which 3pts are awarded for a Win, 1pt for a Tie, and 0pts for a loss.


        a)   Total Points (If teams have played different number of games, Win % will be used)

        b)   If two teams are tied – Head to Head winner

        c)   If three teams are tied – If one team has defeated both other teams, that team  advances.


              If teams have not played or the tie is still not broken we will use tiebreakers in the following order


        d)   Total runs allowed in pool play.

        e)   Total runs scored in pool play

        f)    Total runs allowed subtracting game with most runs allowed in pool play

        g)   Total runs allowed minus two games with most runs allowed in pool play

        h)   Runs scored inning by inning starting with first game until one team has more

              runs after a complete inning starting with pool games


       Note     If pool play ends early due to poor weather we will go to best winning percentage to determine the bracket standings. A minimum of 2 games must be played in pool play to be eligible for the playoff round


27.   City Wide Play-offs

        a)   The City-Wide play-offs will be set up once a schedule is made for each division.

        b)   All teams must be available for all times on both days

        c)  In the event a team declines their invitation due to a conflict, we will take the next best team from the remaining field.

        d)  The higher seed will be deemed the home team in all playoff games.


28.   Championship Play

        a)   All playoff games will remain with a 2 hour time limit.  Championship games will have a 2 hour and 15 minute time limit.

        b)   The higher seed will be deemed the home team in all playoff games.

        c)   The Mercy Rule is in effect.

        d)   If the game is tied at the end of seven innings it will be played to completion.


29. All-Borough Cup Team

       a)  Upon every team's exit from the tournament, each coach has the opportunity to nominate up to 4 players to be a member of the "All-Borough Cup" Team. To support their case, coaches' should provide tournament stastics for every game played. Whether or not we do multiple teams (1st Team, 2nd Team, Etc) will depend on the number of nominess we get.


30.   CPR and First Aid

     a)   Each team must have at least one coach certified in CPR at all games.

     b)   Each team must carry to each game a appropriately stocked first aid kit.


 31. Umpires

a)     The umpire(s) have full control from the time he/she arrives on the field and both teams are present and until the game reaches its full completion.

c)     Each umpire has received extensive notes detailing the rules of the tournament. 

d)     Managers are expected to report any issues (number of umpires, timeliness, competency, demeanor, etc.) with the umpires immediately after a game.  If nothing is reported then it will be assumed that the umpire(s) was/were at the games and did an adequate job.


31.   Miscellaneous

         a)   A player who unintentionally throws a bat after swinging will be warned. This is a team warning.  Any player on that team throwing a bat after the warning will be called out.

         b)   National Federation Baseball Rules (11U/12U/13U/14U) and Little League Rules (8U/9U/10U) apply in all other cases (Please see links on the Borough Cup Website for complete list of these rules).

       c)   If there is any situation not covered in the above rules or by National Federation or Little League Rules the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling and its ruling will be final!