The Borough Cup is a Youth Baseball Tournament whose goal is to name one true champion for NYC. When creating pools, the objective is to have all teams only play opponents within their Borough (BK, SI, QU, BX/MN) until the Playoff Round. However, depending on registration in an age group, the submitted blackout dates of our teams, and the availability of our fields, the Borough Cup reserves the right to reorganize pools in order to have a well-functioning and competitive tournament! 






1. Umpires and Coaches must be aware of all rules, including our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines (Posted Separately). To prevent disputes and ensure everything is being enforced properly, Coaches should carry a copy of the Tournament Rules at all times. Rules can be found on our Website. 

2. Tournament Timeline

a) Pool Play-August 1st through August 19th. (Blackout dates Accepted)

b) City Playoffs – August 21st through August 23rd

c) Championships- TBD


3. Pool Play Time Limit, Home Team Determination

a) All U8, U9, U10, & U11 game will be 6 innings and have a strict 1 hour 45 minute time limit.  All U12, U13/14, and U15/16 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 U8, U9, U10, & U11 pool play games that are tied after 6 innings or the 1 hour 45 minute time limit will be recorded a tie. All U12, U13/14, and U15/16 pool play games that are tied after 7 innings or the two-hour time limit will be recorded a tie.


4. Scheduling and Game Times

a) As part of registration, teams will submit a list of blackout dates due July 6th. We CANNOT guarantee all pool play games will be within your Borough. This is completely dependent on registration in your age group. When teams must do additional traveling, we will make every effort to schedule games at a more convenient time (Night Game/Weekends).

b) Once each pool’s schedule has been confirmed by all managers it becomes LOCKED.  Rescheduling for reasons other than weather/field conditions will not take place without the approval of your opponent. 

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 a 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) The Borough Cup was created for the children of New York City. As such, the tournament has strict rules regarding the makeup of one’s roster. In order to be eligible to compete, the majority of the players on a given team must be from the Five Boroughs (Exp. Roster of 10 must have 6 players from NYC).

b) Team rosters can have 21 individuals. This usually breaks down to- one (1) manager, two (2) coaches, one (1) scorekeeper, one (1) bat person, and 16 players. If you wish, YOU CAN HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 20 PLAYERS, but everyone must be present for pool play in order to participate in the playoffs.

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

d) Only roster personnel can be in the dugout.

e) Rosters changes can be made up until the first game, at which point they lock. 

f) A Player Can Play on a Maximum of Two Teams per tournament as long as they are in different age groups.

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

h) Tournament officials shall have the right to request birth certificate/passport 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 inquiries 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.

i) Again, in order to be eligible for the City Playoffs, a player must have appeared in at least one Pool Play game.

j) It is the responsibility of the coaches, not the tournament committee, to make sure all of these items are submitted correctly. In the event a roster related protest occurs, if any of these documents are missing or incomplete, we will automatically side with the complainant. If the issue is still not resolved by the team's next game, they will be asked to leave the tournament.

 7. Insurance

a) All teams/organizations must name Borough Cup Inc. as an additional insured and provide proof of such by July 11th, 2019.

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


8. Tournament Fee and Refund Policy

a) In 2020, the Borough Cup has waived all registration fees. Teams are simply responsible for pay their umpires at each game. The umpire fees are as follows:


-U8-U10: $55 per umpire. 1 Umpire during Pool Play. 2 Umpires During Playoffs

-U11-U12: $60 per umpire. 2 Umpires during Pool Play. 2 Umpires During Playoffs.

-U13-U16: $65 per umpire. 2 Umpires during Pool Play. 2 Umpires During Playoffs.


9. Protests & Consequences

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 MONEY WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITY.

d)  Depending on the nature of the protest, there is the possibility of further consequences. If a protest is upheld due to an umpire’s misinterpretation of the rules, the game will be rescheduled and played to completion from the point of the appeal. If a protest is upheld due to a uniform infraction, the team in violation will receive a warning that their next offense will result in expulsion. If a protest is upheld due to a player being ineligible, whether it be due to age or not being on the roster, the offenders will be immediately dismissed from the tournament.


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:

                 Final Score, Innings, & Location (i.e.. Team A 5 Team B 2, 7 inn @ MCU)


12. Weather and Darkness Issues

a) In case of rain, another weather related issue or darkness games will be suspended and rescheduled for resumption by the Tournament Director and Staff. Remember, a game has become official if the home team is ahead after 3 ½ innings or the visiting team ahead after 4 complete innings. A tie game is considered official after 3 innings.

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) The Borough Cup reserves the right to reschedule games due to extreme heat. The safety of our players is top priority first and foremost, and we ask for flexibility in rescheduling if we must enforce this rule.

g) 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).


13. 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) All Borough Cup Staff Members must be treated with respect and courtesy by umpires, coaches, players and spectators. If enforcement of the rules results in anyone disrespecting a member of the Borough Cup team or the staff of one of our Host Sites, the team associated with that person may risk forfeiture from the game and or expulsion from the tournament.

e) 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.

f) Coaches, spectators or players 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.

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

h) 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.

i) 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.


14. Base and Pitching Distances/Fielding Rules

Division Mound Bases Umpires (Pool Play)

U8- 42 feet 60 feet 1 Umpire (2 Umpires During City Playoffs)

U9 & U10- 46 feet 60 feet 1 Umpires (2 Umpires During City Playoffs)

U11 & U12- 50 feet 70 feet 2 Umpires

U13/14 & U15/16- 60 feet 6 inches 90 feet 2 Umpires





15. Bats

a) The U8, U9, and U10 divisions adhere to the USA BAT GUIDELINES. They are:

• No longer than 32 inches

• No specific weight/length ratio limit

• Wood, metal or composite is allowed

• Non-wood and multi-piece wood bats must be USABat certified

• Barrel diameter for any bat may be no larger than 2 5/8"

b) The U11, U12, U14, and U16 divisions are WOOD BAT ONLY.  No composite, no bamboo, straight wood. 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

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

16. Hitting Lineup

a) Can consist of 9 or 10 batters.  Both DH’s and EH’s are allowed. The lineup must be maintained with either 9 or 10 batters once it is established for the entire game. Re-entry rules apply to substitutions for batters and base runners. In the interest of equal playing time, free defensive substitutions are allowed, with the exception of the pitcher. If a player who was not in the starting lineup comes in to pitch, a corresponding move must be made to the batting order. Given we allow open substitutions, the player removed from the game does not have to be the starting pitcher.

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.


17. Base Running

a) In the U8, U9, and U10- 

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. Team will receive a warning if this occurs. If done again, the batter will be out.

c) Teams have the option of using a courtesy runner for their catcher when there is 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.


18. Pitching

a) The 2020 Borough Cup will follow the PitchSmart Guidelines listed below.




                           0 Days 1 Days   2 Days    3 Days   4 Days




7-8       50           1-20    21-35    36-50      N/A      N/A


9-10     75          1-20    21-35    36-50      51-65    66+


11-12   85          1-20    21-35    36-50     51-65    66+


13-14   95          1-20    21-35    36-50     51-65    66+


15-16   95        1-20    21-35    36-50     51-75    75+


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.

e) In the U11 & U12, one balk warning will be issued to each team per game. After that, all balks will be upheld. There will be no warning for the U13 & U14.


19. 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 Borough Cup Staff at any time throughout the tournament or during a game to resolve rules/scoring 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.


20. 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.


21. 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.


22. 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.


23. Dug-outs (City Playoffs Only)

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.


24. Speed Up Rule and Efficient Use of Time

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

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

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

d) 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.


25. Fielding Practice

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

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

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


26. 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.


27. 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. Tiebreakers are as follows:

a) Total Points (In the event that two teams have played an unequal amount of games, points/gm 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 (RA) in pool play. (In the event that two teams have played an unequal amount of games, total RA divided by games played will be used)

e) Total Runs Scored (RS) in pool play. (In the event that two teams have played an unequal amount of games, total RS divided by games played will be used)

f) Total runs allowed subtracting game with most runs allowed in pool play (Same process as 26.d applies if teams played unequal games.)

g) Total runs allowed minus two games with most runs allowed in pool play (Same process as 26.d applies if teams played unequal games.)

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 city playoffs.


28. City Playoffs/Championship Play

a) The City Playoffs format will be announced following the release of pool play schedules.

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

c) If you cannot participate in the City Playoffs and you don't let the Borough Cup Staff know until after the schedule has been posted or in the event your team drops out or no shows your City Playoff matchup, That squad will NOT BE ALLOWED to join the Borough Cup in 2021.

d) All playoff games will have a two-hour time limit regardless of age group. Championship games will have a 2 hour and 15 minute time limit.

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

f) The Mercy Rule is in effect.

g) There are no ties in the playoffs. Game must be played till completion.


29. 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 an appropriately stocked first aid kit.


30. 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.

b) Only the Borough Cup Staff can overrule an umpire during an argument/dispute

c) Each umpire has attended a mandatory pre-tournament meeting during which they sat through a complete rules reviews and were given the opportunity to ask questions.

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) These rules can be modified/amended at anytime to make more clear.

d) If there is any situation not covered in the above rules the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling and its ruling will be final!