National Baseball Rules






2019 -2020 Season


August 1st, 2019 – July 31st, 2020


National Championship Sports LLC

 

Eastern Region Office

Central Region Office

Western Region Office

NCS National

2001 East Lamar Blvd, Suite 120

Arlington, Texas 76006


NCS Central

2001 East Lamar Blvd, Suite 120

Arlington, Texas 76006


NCS West

1746 La Cantera Way

Beaumont, California 92223



 


Rule 1.00 National Championship Sports Age Divisions, Classifications, and Participation
Rule 2.00 Participation in the NCS Division 1 Super Series™ National Tournament
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 1.00 National Championship Sports Age Divisions, Classifications, Membership and Participation


Rule 1.01 Age Divisions and player eligibility


Age Division

AGE BASED-

Maximum age for division

 

GRADE BASED-

Grade exception

Grade exception maximum age

5u

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

or

Currently in Pre K

And will not turn 7 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

6u

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

or

Currently in  Kindergarten

And will not turn 9 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

7u

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

or


Currently in  1st

And will not turn 9 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

8u

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

or


Currently in  2nd

And will not turn 10 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

9u

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

or


Currently in  3rd

And will not turn 11 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

10u

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

or


Currently in  4th

And will not turn 12 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

11u

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

or


Currently in  5th

And will not turn 13 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

12u

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

or


Currently in  6th

And will not turn 14 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

13u

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

or


Currently in  7th

And will not turn 15 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

14u

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

or


Currently in  8th

And will not turn 16 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

15u

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

or


Currently in  9th

And will not turn 17 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

16u

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

or


Currently in  10th

And will not turn 18 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

17u

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

or


Currently in  11th

And will not turn 19 years old prior to September 1st , of the current season

18u

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

or


Currently in  12th

And will not turn 20 years old prior to September 1st , 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 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)

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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 National Championship Sports Baseball and Governance 


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

The National Championship Sports Baseball National Board of Directors  

Rick Melendrez Sr - President of Youth Baseball (Beaumont, CA)

Domingo Castaneda (Desoto, TX)

Rick Melendrez Jr (Beaumont, CA)

Don Myers (Ft Worth, TX)

Ed Feldman (Sacramento, CA)


Rule 4.03 Each State/Zone of National Championship Sports is governed by the State Director under the advice of the National Board of Directors. 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 State level. There are no appeals past the State Director. The State 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 - 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

  

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·         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 (-8)

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.)

6.03A 14U D2 and 14U D3 to use up to (-5) bats.

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

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


 

ALL PLAYING RULES WILL BE LISTED ON EACH EVENT PAGE ON THE PLAYING RULES TAB