North West Region Baseball Rules

Northwest Region Baseball Rules to be used at all Northwest Region events

Rule 1.00 National Championship Sports Age Divisions, Classifications, and Participation
Rule 2.00 Participation in the National Championship Series Elite 16
Rule 3.00 NCS Rankings and Seeding procedures
Rule 4.00 Regions of National Championship Sports and Governance
Rule 5.00 Ejections
Rule 6.00 Playing Field and Equipment
Rule 7.00 Official Playing Rules

Rule 8.00 Items not covered

Rule 1.00 National Championship Sports Age Divisions, Classifications, Membership and Participation

Rule 1.01 Age Divisions and player eligibility

Age Division


Maximum age for division



Will not turn 6 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 7 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 8 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 9 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 10 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 11 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 12 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 13 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 14 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 15 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 16 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 17 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 18 years old prior to May 1, of the current season


Will not turn 19 years old prior to May 1, of the current season

·         1.01A Proof of eligibility (age based)

In divisions 5U – 18U, all players participating in NCS Baseball tournament play shall always have photocopies of their original birth certificate in the possession of their team manager. Upon protest, failure to have a photocopy of the original birth certificate immediately available upon demand shall result in the offending team losing the game(s) and being ejected from the tournament

·         Rule 1.01B Proof of eligibility (grade based)

All grade-based players must have a copy of their birth certificate, current report card, or official school ID with grade, or any official government document stating the grade.

Rule 1.02 Rosters

Rosters are frozen prior to each event on a predetermined date. Players participating on a team’s lineup that are not listed on the roster are considered ineligible and will be removed from the event and the head coach will be ejected from the event. If the ineligible player has pitched during the event, the team would forfeit and be ejected from the event. (see Rule 7.02C)

Rule 1.03 Accuracy of roster

When listing a player on your official online roster, team managers are required to use the players first name, last name (no middle names, nick names, shortened names, slang names, initials, prefixes or suffixes are allowed) and date of birth (in proper format – mm/dd/yyyy) are listed EXACTLY as they appear on his original birth certificate, as a member on an eligible team’s Official Online Roster. Failure to comply with this rule shall result in your team being prohibited from participating in NCS.

Rule 1.04 Illegal Players

A player that is found to be illegal due to an age or grade violation during or after a league or tournament game, shall result in the offending team losing the game(s) team and player being ejected from the tournament; team being placed last in the standings and forfeiting all awards, points, sponsors travel money, and berths that would have been or have been awarded. The illegal player shall be removed from the offending team’s Official Online Roster and additional penalties may be applied.

Rule 1.05 Classifications

• Division 1 is our most competitive division comprised of highly competitive teams from around the Nation.

• Division 2 is for strong regional teams that compete at a high level but are not competitive in Division 1

• Division 3 is comprised of local travel teams

Rule 1.05A State and National Directors have the authority to change a team’s classification at any time.

Rule 1.06 Participation requirements

·         Rule 1.06A All teams participating in National Championship Sports events and leagues must be registered for the current season and sanctioned by NCS.

·         Rule 1.06B All teams must have a team liability insurance policy that meets the requirements of the NCS Region Director and have National Championship Sports listed as additionally insured.

·         Rule 1.06C The team’s manager is responsible for all aspects of the eligibility of the players on his team and that they meet the requirements as set forth by NCS.

         Rule 1.06D Park/Gate Entrances: Most parks will have a physical per person or per team gate fee at the field. Some specialty events or events at certain parks we may charge an online additional separate entry fee.

Rule 2.00 Participation in NCS Division 1 Super Series™ National Tournament

•(coming soon)

Rule 3.00 NCS Rankings and Seeding procedures

Rule 3.01 Calculations of rankings

• Division 3 – 50 points per win, 100 points per semifinal win, 150 points per championship win.

• Division 2 - 75 points per win, 150 points per semifinal win, 225 points per championship win. If brackets are split, the top bracket will receive D2 points, the second and successive bracket(s) will receive D3 points.

• Division 1 - 100 points per win, 200 points per semifinal win, 300 points per championship win. If brackets are split, the top bracket will receive D1 points, the second bracket will receive D2 points and the third and successive brackets will receive D3 points.

Rule 3.02 Points awarded at events will be increased by the stature of the event.

·        Leagues (X1 Points)

       Qualifiers (X1 Points)

       Double Points Qualifier (X2 Points)

·         State or Zone tournaments (X3 Points)

·         NCS Super Qualifiers (X4 Points)

       Region World Series (X4 Points)

·         NCS World Series (X5 Points)

·         NCS Super Series Nationals (X6 Points)

Rule 3.03 NCS Bracket Seeding Procedure

• Record

• Head to head with only 2 teams tied

• Runs allowed

• Runs scored

• NCS Points ranking

• Automated coin flip

Rule 4.00 Regions of National Championship Sports Baseball and Governance 

Rule 4.01 National Championship Sports is split into 3 geographical areas known as “REGIONS”. Regions are comprised of States within the United States of America as follows.

·         Eastern Region – Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

·         Central Region – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

·         Southwest estern Region – Alaska, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

·         Northwest Region-Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho. Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Rule 4.02 National Championship Sports is governed by the Board of Directors.

The National Championship Sports National Board of Directors  

Rick Melendrez Sr (Beaumont, CA)

Domingo Castaneda (Desoto, TX)

Rick Melendrez Jr (Beaumont, CA)

Don Myers (Ft Worth, TX)

Jay Zetz (Sacramento, CA)

Ed Feldman (Brentwood, CA)

Rule 4.03 Each State/Zone of National Championship Sports is governed by the State Director under the advice of the State’s Region Director. All Tournament directors are governed by the State or Zone Director. 

Rule 4.04 Appeals to any rulings or decisions can be escalated to the Region level. There are no appeals past the Region Director. The Region Director’s ruling is final.

Rule 5.00 Ejections

Ejection offenses include but are not limited to:

Rule 5.01 Physical attack on an umpire, tournament official, associate director, team staff, and/or any player or fan prior, during, or immediately following a game played under the authority of National Championship Sports.

Rule 5.02 Players, coaches, managers, or sponsors threatening an umpire, tournament official, associate director, or associate officer with physical harm.

Rule 5.03 Any player, coach, manager, sponsor, director or officer who engages in physical fighting.

Rule 5.04 Using unsportsmanlike conduct or abusive language, symbol tactics, or derogatory or unbecoming acts.

Rule 5.05 Destruction of property, abuse or failure to pay.

Rule 5.06 Receiving money directly or indirectly for playing on a team and/or based on athletic performance.

Rule 5.07 Competing under an assumed, false and/or altered name.

Rule 5.08 Use of any illegal equipment, substance, or falsification of any kind.

Rule 5.09 Tournament hosts have the authority to eject a player, fans or team anytime during a tournament of committing any of the above, but not limited to, listed offenses.

Rule 5.10 Player or coach ejection carries removal from that game and 1 additional game.

Rule 5.11 Coach or manager who is ejected for the second time in a specific tournament is suspended for the rest of the event and subject to further penalties.

Rule 5.12 Malicious contact, players must seek to avoid contact.

Rule 6.00 Playing Field and Equipment

Rule 6.01 The playing field should be laid out according to age specific dimensions. The field must have a protected player dugout. NCS will be played at the following distances:

• 5U - 8U 40x60

9U 44X65

10U: 46x65

• 11U-12U: 50x70

• 13U: 60x90 or 54x80

• 14U-18U: 60x90

Rule 6.02 Banned metal bats

MarucciCat5 MCB2 33/30 BBCORNikeBT0636 CX2light grey

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)WTDXCBR 2129-1729?/21 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)WTDXCBR 2230-1730?/22 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)WTDXCBR 2331-1731?/23 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)WTDXCBR 2432-1732?/24 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 1828-1728? /18 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 1929-1729? /19 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 2030-1730?/20 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 2131-1731?/21 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen SL 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 2232-1732?/22 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Zero Dark  2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 1929-17F129?/19 oz

DeMarini2017 CF Zen Zero Dark 2 3/4? (-10)WTDXCBZ 2030-17F130?/20 oz

DeMariniCustom 2017 CF Zen 2 3/4? (-10)WTDCCBZ17V

DeMariniCustom 2017 CF Zen Balanced (-8)WTDCCBR17V

Dirty SouthKamo BB KA 8 (30/22, 31/21, 32/22, 31/23, 32/24 only)

EastonGhost X (30/20 only) – (USA BASEBALL MARKED)YBB18GX10 30/20   LL18GHX 30/20 Japanese

·         6.02A Any bat that has been altered from its original factory specifications is an illegal bat. Any NCS listed staff member at any time can request to inspect any bat that has been brought onto the property that an NCS governed event is being held. The owner may either:

6.02A(1) Withhold the bat and accept an immediate 5-year ban from all NCS sanctioned events, or:

6.02A(2) Allow the Staff member to inspect the bat and reach a conclusion as to whether the bat might be altered.

(Penalty: If the bat is found to be altered, the owner will receive a lifetime ban from all NCS sanctioned events)

Rule 6.03 Bat limitations

All bats must be marked 1.15bpf, BBCOR or USA stamped

5U-12U no weight restriction

13U no bats lighter than (-5)

14U (D3 ONlY) If a team is participating in a14u D3 only event: - 5 bats are permitted for play.

14U – 18U bats must meet NFHS rule requirements (BBCOR ONLY)


(Penalty: prior to the first pitch the bat will be removed from the game. Once a pitch has been thrown to the batter with the illegal bat, the batter is out. Once the next batter receives a pitch, the previous batter that used the illegal bat cannot be protested.)

Rule 6.04 Metal spiked cleats are allowed only in 13U – 18U

Rule 6.05 Catchers must use a full “hockey style” helmet.

Rule 7.00 Official Playing Rules of the National Championship Series National Tournament

With the exception of all rules listed below, we will revert to MLB rules.

Region and State Level events may have rule addendum's and local rules.
Please check with your event director to verify any additional rule sets that will be followed.

Rule 7.01 Time limits

5U - 8U 1:30hr or (6 innings)

9U - 12U 1;50hr or (6 innings) 

13U - 16U 1:55hr or (7 innings)

18U 2:00hr or (7 innings) 

Rule 7.02 The Pitcher

Pitching limitations

7U - 12U

·         (6) Six innings per day maximum

·         If a pitcher pitches more than (3) innings in a single day they will be required to rest 1 full day.

·         No pitcher can pitch 3 consecutive days.

13U - 14U

·         (7) Seven innings per day maximum

·         If a pitcher pitches more than (3) innings in a single day they will be required to rest 1 full days. 

·         No pitcher can pitch 3 consecutive days.

In an event which has games 3 or more days, the daily max, the 2-day consecutive pitching, the days of rest, and not allowing pitching over three consecutive days are all in effect. 

15U - 19U no pitching limitations

·         7.02A Using an illegal pitcher will result in an immediate forfeit.

       7.02A(1)  Using an ineligible pitcher will result in the head coach being ejected from the game (plus one additional game) and the ineligible pitcher must be removed from the mound. If the use of an ineligible player happens in a championship game the ineligible pitcher and the Head Coach will be ejected. Also, if an ineligible pitcher is used in a championship game, the infraction must be reported to the events National Region Director.

·         7.02B Each team is allowed one visit to the mound within an inning per pitcher. After the one visit is used, the next trip to the mound after that will result in the pitcher being removed.

·         7.02C An illegal pitcher is over age or not on the teams NCS roster by the event’s roster lock date.

       7.02C(1)  An ineligible pitcher is a pitcher that has exceeded their maximum pitching limitations.

·         7.02D Once a pitcher delivers a warmup pitch or a game pitch, they will be charged with a minimum of 1 inning (or fraction of an inning depending on how the individual event is structured).

·         7.02E If utilizing fractions of innings in an event, a pitcher will record a minimum of 1/3 of an inning after (1) one pitch is thrown. If an out is made the pitcher will only be charged with the fractions(s) of innings that occurred.

 (Any modifications to the pitching restrictions must be listed on the each event page prior to the event starting)

        7.02F Balks will be called at all ages, but at 9U, we will give one warning per infraction, "per team". After the warning, balks will be called. Coaches, please ask umpire at plate meetings what they will and will not consider balks at the 9U age division.

Rule 7.03 The Batter

Batting line up

You can bat 9, or bat as many as you would like on your roster in continuous lineup with EH’s. You may use one DH, but that would remove any EH capability from your lineup. 

·         7.03A all eligible subs must be listed on the lineup card. Your official lineup must be presented to the opposing coach and the plate umpire prior to the start of each game.If a player is injured or unable to play, the team must take an out for that spot in the lineup, the first time his spot is up. A player that has not batted or played in the field, and is injured, would simply be skipped and taken out of the lineup. You cannot use both a DH and an EH.

·         7.03B Teams may play an official game with an eight (8) player line-up. If a team plays with an eight (8) player line-up, a ninth (9th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.

Rule 7.04 Courtesy runner(s)

For the pitcher and catcher of record only once they reach first base. A courtesy runner can be used for the pitcher and catcher at any time. The courtesy runner must be a legal substitute currently not in the game or the last batted out. 

·         7.04A If you are batting your entire roster, your courtesy runner is the last batter not currently on base.

Rule 7.05 Mercy Rule

The game will be stopped after any completed inning.

8U-12U 15 runs after 3 innings, 8 runs after 4 innings

13U-18U 15 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings and 8 runs after 5 innings.

Rule 7.06 Tie breaker in tied games (elimination game only)

If a NON-POOL PLAY GAME ends in a tie, we will utilize the following tie breaker. 
The last batted out from previous inning will go to second base. Next batter in the lineup is up to bat, and there are no outs in the inning.

Rule 8.00 Rules not specifically covered

Rule 8.01 The Region, State or Zone director ruling is final.

Rule 8.02 Items not specifically listed will revert to NFHS Rules 

Additional policies regarding entering/paying for events, withdraw policies, refund/credit policies, and code of conduct.

Code of conduct rules

Protocol for all rules questioning

A.) Coaches please do not stop the game on judgement calls, only ruling questions that you think may not be right. If there is a question on a judgement call, if appropriate politely ask umpire for help from their partner. Otherwise, do not stop the game.

B.) If you feel a ruling is not right ask the umpires to stop the game and get onsite director to make official protest before next pitch. Do not wait until after another pitch has been thrown.

Aws coaches/parents conduct policy guidelines:

The following will be enforced at all AWS Sports events.

If anyone breaks the following rules, the td will have the right to remove them:

A.) Every AWS event is staffed with an onsite director.

B.) We are staffed to handle all issues.

C.) Foolish behavior will not be tolerated at AWS events.

Parents not to approach AWS Sports staff regarding on-field issues, we deal with coaches only.

At no time is any parent to approach or confront an umpire. This is cause for immediate removal from the entire event.

All AWS td’s will have an expanded commitment to enforce proper behavior through listed items below.

A.) Ejecting parents and coaches when bad behavior is demonstrated.

B.) Forfeiting the game if the behavior has continued amongst others afterwards.

C.) Removing coaches, parents, or the entire team for the entire event for confrontations in-game or post-game.

D.) Anyone may be removed by the site director or the police detail on site. All altercations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Why is AWS doing this?

A.) To improve and enhance the experience for all who attend our youth events through respectful behavior in the stands and in the dugout by all who attend.

Can I as a coach still debate a call with an umpire?

A.) Are you the head coach? Then yes you can, make sure to do it in a positive manner and do not ridicule or belittle the umpire. When respect is displayed both ways and everyone speaks to each other like adults, positive things happen. Speak to the umpires like you would want your customers speaking to you at your job.

Do you feel a wrong ruling call was made?

All AWS umpires can reach the td. If a ruling is made that you deem to be not correct, then ask the umpire to stop the game and reach the td immediately. They will report to your field and make sure that the correct ruling is made. Do not stop the game on judgment calls, only rulings. Do not question the umpire in charges ruling as he is a walking rule book.

What do we consider a bad behavior?

A.) Any verbal or physical abuse.

B.) Any foul or profane language directed or “perceived to be” directed at an opponent or AWS staff or official. (quiet, under the breath remarks not directed at anyone will be issued a warning)

C.) Relentless questioning or ridiculing an umpire.

D.) We at AWS know that everyone will not always agree with an umpire’s calls. We can promise you that AWS umpires are out there doing the best job that they can do and do not care who wins any game.

On Field Team managers must have full control of their players, coaches and spectators at all times. This means “on” and “off” the field.

At no time will any participant be allowed to smoke or consume alcohol on the fields or in the dugout while participating in an AWS event.

Managers are to report any cheating, unsportsmanlike or derogatory acts by players or spectators to the tournament director.

Managers, coaches, players, sponsors and teams are liable for suspension by not adhering to the tournament rules in effect. This could mean suspension for a game, games, tournament or a longer duration depending on the act of violation.

A player, coach, manager or sponsor may be suspended for fighting, abusive tactics or unbecoming acts.

There should be no action that could reflect adversely on the sponsor, team or division. Teams should remember that the wrong actions of even one player could reflect on the entire team and the various sporting programs.

Report Cheaters - email and

It is the purpose of All World Sports Association- to conduct the best possible tournaments from all aspects. To obtain this goal AWS must have the cooperation of each player, manager, and coach. Teams are guests in the city that the tournament is being conducted. Nothing should occur that would reflect adversely on the teams, players, host city or AWS. Therefore, it is required that all teams in the tournament comply with the following rules:

Thank you and please let us all enjoy watching these kids make incredible memories playing a game we all love and cherish.


All purchases of team insurance and annual team registration are non-refundable. These are purchases for an annual purpose.

Entry/Pull-Out Fees

In each respective age division, the first teams to get confirmed with payment or deposit will be the 1st to play. Always send team name, age, division and tournament location when mailing in payment to ensure your teams spot.

Teams must pay $200 (Deposit) or pay in full to be bracketed or guaranteed into our events, unless confirmed by the lead director.

Late withdraw policy:


A.) Any “confirmed” team (a team marked confirmed, paid deposit or paid in full) that drops out of a scheduled event after an event sells out or less than 8 days prior to the start of that event forfeits their entry fee. If the full entry fee was not paid online this team must pay the full amount before playing any AWS event again.

B.) Any team that pulls out of an event after the pool play schedules have been published will pay the full entry fee and will be fined $200. That fine as well as payment in full must be paid immediately to the AWS home office. Any unpaid fines will result in that team not participating in any event and notification of suspension to all other tournament associations until paid in full.

C)  if your late withdraw kills an entire age division, your team (to the discretion of the director) will be responsible for all lost revenue to the event including but not limited to, lost umpire wages, park rental, loss of gate fees, potential merchandise sales, and potential credits to teams who have lost the opportunity to play due to your withdraw.

 Specialty events such as World Series, States, Midnight Madness, Golden Woody and Holiday Weekends, and "rings events" catagoirized as "DS" you must pull out a minimum off 14 days before the event starts if your team is confirmed, paid with deposit or paid in full. Otherwise you will be responsible for the entire entry fee and any other potential financial loss tournament director incurs due to your late withdraw. Any withdraw which causes additional expense to All World (hotel attrition, additional staff or umpires scheduled, awards) that would be lost due to your withdraw, then your team is fully responsible for that expense.

*If you have to pull out of a tournament after entering make sure to call and email the “listed” lead director and you must make sure to receive a confirmation by email from the director that he is aware you are pulling out.

All teams accept the above policies and guidelines upon entering any AWS tournament.

Any withdraws must be done on the website and can only be done while the automated withdraw capabilities are still available.

? If entering multiple AWS event locations the same weekend:

You must inform AWS 10 days in advance what your final location choice will be. Failure to stipulate to this policy could make you financially liable for all locations you entered unless we can fill your spot/spots.

? If entering multiple AWS event locations the same weekend:

You must inform AWS 10 days in advance what your final location choice will be. Failure to stipulate to this policy could make you financially liable for all locations you entered unless we can fill your spot/spots.

Stay to play specialty Events (Host Hotels): Certain tournaments may be termed as "stay to play". By entering these events, you agree to strictly adhere to all the stay to play mandates and guidelines.


Must follow all park rules.

This includes:

Types of footwear for players

Ice chests

Outside Food

Sunflower Seeds



Gate fee

Any other specific park rule for the site your team is playing at. When entering an event, you are stating your team will abide by park rules for the weekend.

Upon entering our events you are agreeing to our rules and guidelines.

"No-Show" Fee

• Teams that do not show up for any game (thereby shorting another team there game guarantee) will be charged a No Show fee per game. No show fee depends on cost of event and game guarantee. That fee will be given to the opposing team.

No show team may also be subject to suspension.

• Bounced check fee $50 - payable in money order or cashiers check only.

*I agree when paying AthruZ / All World Sports on-line I will not request a chargeback after I have paid. If a refund is owed to me I will contact to request it.

Rain-Out Policy and Act of God Policy

 100% Credit or 90% refund (there may be times of year when we cannot provide refund, our support department will assist you during this process).

• 1 or 2 games played: Divided the entry fee by minimum # of games played.

• Credit amount is the games remaining. Example, for a $400 4GG tournament where only one game is played, the team would be entitled to a $300 future credit.

(Each tournament is different depending on cost of event)

• If the game guarantee is met: No Credit or refund.

• Once a game starts it is considered to be a game played.

• Credit is only good for tournaments run by the same director group and will expire if not used within 2 full years of original entry date


• All World Sports reserves the right to modify game times, tournament location, field dimensions and or event structure due to field conditions, time constraints, team count, safety issues, park rental issues, or inclement weather.

4 GG Disclaimer:

All World reserves the right to alter the format of any standard 4GG events to 3GG should the demand for the event far exceed the number of teams we can accommodate in a 4GG.

Should we change the format to 3GG, the event will become standard 3GG.

Game Guarantee will not alter for 3-day events - weather permitted