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Columbus Day Tournament Rules


Tournament will go by NVTBL regular season rules with the exception of what is listed below.

10U - Playing 46-60 rules. No leads, no balks, no dropped 3rd strike.


Pool Play-   No new inning 1 hour and 45 minutes (no drop dead)

Ties are allowed  /  Bocce ball for home team (closest ball to pitching rubber)

Bracket Play-  No new inning 2 hours (no drop dead)

Must be a winner  /  Higher seed selects home team / No time limit in Championship game only

*  There should only be a total of 2 minutes between innings (last out to first pitch).  Have your pitcher and catcher ready.  No meetings on the way out to the field.

*  Start Times-  Game will start when 1st pitch is thrown.  Coaches should agree at start of game with ump.


9u – 12u-  6 innings total for tournament (1 pitch in an inning is an inning).  Pitch/Catch rules apply from regular season.

* Slight alteration on pitch counts to allow for more flexibility and less pitching changes w/ time limits.  

-  40 pitches or less-  0 days rest needed

-  41 pitches or more-  2 days rest needed


13u – VAR-  10 innings for entire tournament allowed

* One pitch thrown in an inning counts as an inning pitched

* You can divide total innings amongst games however you would like

*  Present Pitching Affidavit at home plate conference (get signed after game)

Affidavit can be found below

*  If coach fails to present completed pitching affidavit at plate conference that team may only be allowed to pitch each pitcher a maximum of 2 innings per pitcher. 


All games in pool and bracket play will become official after the team that is behind bats 4 times.  If a game gets canceled prior to that happening the home book should track how much time is left in the time limit for when the game resumes.  It will resume exactly where it left off.


A team may start and play with 8 players once the game is in progress.  The 9th spot in the order will not be considered an out.  You must bat 9 or more players if there are 9 players present.


Teams may bat however many players they would like (9 or above).  All players in the batting order will be considered a part of the line-up and they can substitute freely on defense.  Players cannot play defensively unless they are in the batting line-up. 


Courtesy runners are allowed at anytime for the pitcher or the catcher.  You must use a eligible sub (someone currently on the bench).  If you are batting the entire order then the last batted out can run for your P or C.


If there is an injured player and the team has no eligible subs the opposing coach will select which player will enter the game.


Forfeits will go down as 6 – 0 in the record.


1- Record  2- Head to Head   3- Runs allowed  4- Runs scored  5- Coin flip

*  Head to Head only applies if those are the only teams tied with the same record and runs allowed/scored.

*  Bracket play will be seeded in total (not by pool).


Umpires are to be paid at the HP conference before the game at ALL levels. 

-  8u - 12u-  $32.50 per team ($65 total)

-  13u - VAR-  Pool Play-  $45 per team / Bracket Play- $60 per team

* 13u - VAR teams- We significantly reduced fees for the tournament for teams.  You will be charged $30 total on your Team Accounting Page on NVTBL for assignor fees for the entire tournament.  


13u – Var-  Coaches should bring a rake to prep fields as there are no hosts at fields

Make sure you go to the NVTBL site and understand light/field instructions for your fields

Lights and field care is no different than the regular season in Fairfax County

Fields are not lined by the county or prepped in between games


Coaches will still make pre-game weather determinations just like regular season.  3 hr rule applies.

8u – 12u-  Contact Josh at with any delays or cancellations.  I will contact umps

13u- 18u-  Contact MAC like regular season for umps.  Enter cancellation in report scores link.


Winning team must enter score within 20 minutes of conclusion of game.   Bracket play begins in most divisions on Saturday so this is important.  Missing scores will count as a 6 – 6 tie. 


The winning team must report the score with age group and team names no later than 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game.   

Link to Report Scores -


Winning team must enter score within 20 minutes of conclusion of game.   Bracket play begins in most divisions on Saturday so this is important.  Missing scores will count as a 6 – 6 tie. 


Tournament Info


 WEATHER--A reminder that coaches are still responsible for making pre-game weather determinations.  We will not have staff at fields.  The 3 hour rule is still in play.  You will contact MAC umpires just like the regular season.  Please also e-mail Josh at if there are delays or cancellations so we can update schedules and other teams.   

FIELD PREP--Please bring a rake and be prepared to help with field prep.  FX County does not rake/drag or line fields in between games.  FX County will be mowing/dragging those fields on Thursday/Friday.  They do not line fields as you all know.

TEAM CONTACTS--Just like the regular season, we encourage you to reach out to your opponent before your game.  You can find this info at under Team Contacts.

HOME/VISITORS--Home and Visitors will be determined by Bocce Ball for pool play.  Each team nominates a player to roll a baseball towards the pitching rubber.  Whichever player gets the ball closest to pitching rubber wins.  It can go past the rubber to win.  Pay no attention to the Sports Engine assigned H/V as it auto assigns that and we can't get rid of it on the website.  

SCORES--Report scores within 20 minutes of conclusion of game.  If scores are reported late then the TD may choose to call game a 6-6 tie.  This is especially true for the last games on Saturday as everyone else will be waiting on seedings for Sunday.  We can't finalize that until we have all of the scores.

Post scores here

CREDITS--A reminder that umpire fees are separate so our fees/work doesn't change at all if games are cancelled.  In fact, there is much more work if we get rain.  With that being said, we will still offer a very fair credit program like in years past.  

-  0 games played-  $200 NVTBL credit to account

-  1 game played-  $130 NVTBL credit to account

-  2+ games played-  no credit