Players must be 15 years old or younger on March 31, 2017. Passports are required for non-U.S. players. Passports are preferred for U.S. players. If they don’t have one, they will need an original birth certificate and a photo ID. These documents and a copy must be brought to the Managers meeting to be checked by the Tournament Committee. Originals will be returned to the manager with the copies kept by the Tournament Committee. If a player is determined to be too old to participate, and that player plays in a game, that game will become a forfeit.
Teams will be divided into two brackets for the preliminary games. Each team will play each of the teams in its bracket. The 1st place team in each bracket will play the 2nd place team in the other bracket. The two winners will play in the Championship game. The remaining 6 teams will play friendship games on Aug 12 with the host Tournament Committee deciding which teams play each other, with the goal of scheduling games between teams from different countries and different parts of the world.
Bracket A Bracket B
Alameda Mexico Rojo Japan San Diego
Australia Italy Germany Korea
Fresno Blue Fresno Red
If two teams in a bracket have the same win/loss record after the preliminary games, the following criteria will be used to break the tie in the following order:
a) Head to head results
b) Team allowing fewest total runs
c) Teams scoring the most total runs
d) Flip of a coin
If three teams have the same win/loss record and one team is eliminated after going to the fewest total runs allowed tiebreaker, head to head results will be used to determine the first place team.
Home team in 3rd base dugout. The home team for preliminary and championship games is pre-determined on the game schedule. For the friendly games, home team is decided by the flip of a coin.
Each team must be at the field 1 hour prior to the game. A copy of the lineup must be given to the scorekeeper 30 minutes prior to the game, but the lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire at home plate.
Due to time limitations, no infield/outfield will be allowed for any game unless it is on the side or in the outfield while the field is being prepared.
Only players, managers, coaches, scorekeepers, and bat persons will be allowed in the dugouts. Managers, coaches and players must be in uniform to be in the coaches’ box (players must wear a batting helmet).
Games will be 7 innings or a 2:15 hour time limit. No new inning can start after 2:15 hours. If a team is obviously stalling, the umpire can add extra time. For the championship games on August 12, games will continue until there is a winner using the regular extra inning format.
A game will be over after 5 innings if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs.
Pitchers cannot pitch more than 7 innings total in any 2 successive games. If a pitcher pitches at least one pitch in an inning, it shall count as a full inning pitched. If it is determined that a pitcher violated this rule, the game that he pitched in that broke the rule will become a forfeit.
A bat is illegal if its diameter exceeds 2 5/8 inches (non-wood) or 2 3/4 inches (wood), if it exceeds the “minus 3” rule (i.e., a 33 in. bat must weigh at least 30 ounces), or if it exceeds 36 in. in length. All non-wood bats must have a Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR.50) permanent mark. An exception is that aluminum barrel bats will be allowed. The handle can be composite, but not the barrel unless the bat is marked BBCOR.50. A batter is out if he enters the batter’s box with an illegal bat. If the illegal bat is discovered after his at bat, but before the next pitch, the defense can take the penalty or the result of the play. If a cracked or dented bat is removed; there is no further penalty. Note: Alameda will loan legal bats to non-U.S. teams that do not have them.
A team may use a Designated Hitter (DH) for any player as long as it is announced prior to the game.
Jewelry, even if taped, is prohibited, except for religious or medical medals. Casts, splints and braces must be padded.
Any starting player can re-enter, including the DH, into the same batting position. Substitutes who are withdrawn may not re-enter.
A courtesy runner for the catcher is allowed with 2 outs by a player not currently in the lineup.
The defense is allowed three charged conferences per game without penalty. For any additional charged conferences, the pitcher must be removed as the pitcher for the duration of the game. He may play another position. A conference is not charged to check on an injury or if the pitcher is removed during the conference.
The offense is allowed one charged offensive conference per inning.
Batters must keep one foot in the batters’ box throughout their time at bat unless they swing, are forced out by the pitch or a play is made by the defense.
Intentional walks can be declared by the defense at any time in the count with no further pitches thrown.
For safety reasons, baserunners must either slide or avoid contact at the plate and at the bases.
On a force play at any base, baserunners must slide directly to the base or away from the fielder and not interfere with the fielder in any way. Penalty - baserunner is out (even if he would have been safe), the batter is automatically out, the ball is dead and runners return to where they were at the time of the pitch.
The catcher cannot block the plate unless he has the ball. Penalty: Obstruction and the runner is safe.
Two other rules that are unique to U.S. high school rules under which the U.S. teams play
The ball is dead immediately on a balk. It is a “no pitch”. Runners advance one base.
It is legal for the pitcher to fake to third from the pitcher’s rubber.
Umpires can be questioned on rule interpretations only, not judgment calls. After discussion, the decision by the umpires will be final. No protests are allowed except for illegal players or pitchers exceeding their allowed innings. The Tournament Director will decide anything not covered by the above rules.