Wilson Premier Tournament Playing Rules

Coaches: Be sure you are aware of all rules and rule changes. Wilson Premier Baseball reserves the right to amend these rules at any time for specific tournament play. National High School Federation Baseball Rules will be enforced with the following exceptions.


1. Preliminary Play: All Preliminary games will be played with a strict two-hour time limit. No inning can start after time limit has been reached. Time will be kept by the Wilson Premier staff member. For each team's preliminary games, the home team will be predetermined. All pool games that are tied after 7 innings or the time limit will be recorded a tie. A tie is equal to a ½ win and ½ loss for each team.

2. Championship Round/Playoffs: No two teams from the same organization will match-up in the first round of the playoffs. 2 hours and 15-minute time limit will be used in all playoff games except the Semi-final and Championship games. In the Semi-finals and Championship game there is no tie-breaker. This rule is subject to change. The home team in Championship Play will be the higher seed except when there is no seeding. When there is no seeding, the home team will be determined by a coin flip. This is the case even if the schedule says otherwise. Tie Breaker: If after 7 innings or time limit the two teams are still tied the following tie breaker rules will go into effect except for the Semi-final and Championship Games.

  • Last hitter from previous inning @ 2nd Base
  • Normal substitution rules apply to these runners.
  • The hitting team will start the inning with no outs.
  • Play continues until one team is ahead at the end of an inning.

3. Forfeits: All games must be started with at least 9 players. A game can be finished with 8 players. Once a team establishes it has 8 players it must finish the game with 8 players. The player leaving the original lineup cannot return and his spot in the hitting lineup will be recorded as an out. Any intentional forfeit will result in the forfeiting team being eliminated from the tournament. The tournament committee will rule on all forfeits. No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner. One forfeit will result in all games being a forfeit. 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! A forfeit score will be average runs scored for the winning team to 0 for the losing team. The tournament committee will decide when a forfeit is declared

4. Taking Infield: Optional In/Out will be available for both teams before each game.  Each team will be allotted 7 minutes total to complete their routine.  In/Out will begin 15 minutes before scheduled game start time.  Time will be tracked by field manager.  Scheduled away team will take In/Out first.

5. Mercy Rules: 15 after 3, 12 after 4, 8 after 5.

6. Trips to the mound: The pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound in any inning.

7. Hitting lineup: Can consist of 9, 10, or 11 batters. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. The 10th and 11th hitter if used will be designated as an EH and XH on the lineup card.  The EH and XH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned and can be placed in any spot in the hitting lineup. The starting pitcher is allowed to DH for himself and bat in any slot in the order.

8. In case of rain: All rain out games may not be made up depending on time constraints. In case of scheduling changes, it is the team's responsibility, not the tournament committee, to make sure they are aware of the new schedule or any scheduling changes. This information will be posted on the tournament web site when it becomes available. Note: No special requests will be honored if rescheduling becomes necessary. All coaches should make sure the tournament committee has current contact info. If games are cancelled, pool winners and championship qualification will be determined by the tie breaking procedures (listed below).

9. Stop in Play: In a format where there are no pool winners - all games will be finished.  If games are not resumed, they will become suspended or called official. Games that cannot be resumed will be considered an official game, if 5 innings have been completed, or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead. The tournament director can resume the game if there are extenuating circumstances, i.e. lightning detector, working on fields, etc. A suspended game will resume where the game was halted. In the event play is stopped for any reason before or during the Championship round, first place, second place, third place, etc. tournament committee will determine fairest possible outcome.

10. Protests: Protests will be heard and ruled on by the tournament committee. The team protesting must make cash payment of $100 at the time of the protest. If the protest is ruled in the protesting team’s favor the $100 will be refunded. The ruling made by the committee will be final. Protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch if during game, or before umpires leave field if after a game.

TEAMS DEPARTING BEFORE THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THE PLAYOFFS If this happens we will take the next best team. The Tournament Director will rule in the fairest possible way.

11. Roster and Roster changes: If a player is listed on more than one roster, the player listed will make a decision as to which roster he is legally on. This decision is up to the individual player. No player can appear in a tournament game for more than one team.

12. Sportsmanship: In the interest of maintaining a quality event, the tournament committee reserves the right to eject any person from the site for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior. Any coach or player who is ejected for the second time during the tournament will be eliminated from participating for the remainder of the tournament.

13. Bat Specifications: Wood bat only.  Wood and wood composite bats are legal.

14. Pitching: The MLB balk rule will be enforced. When a balk is called it is NOT a dead ball. The 3B to 1B pickoff move is illegal. Also, in the windup position, a pitcher is permitted to have his "free" foot on the rubber, in front of the rubber, behind the rubber, or off to the side of the rubber. Wilson Premier will be PitchSmart compliant. All pitching limitations will be listed online.

15. Not covered in the Rules: In the event any item is not covered in the rules, the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling and that ruling will be final!

16. Field Dimensions: All games will be played on 60x90 fields

17. Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules:

  • Once a team has advanced, you do not return back to the top.  For example, once rule 4 has been reached, rule 3 will not be used to determine next team.
  • Overall record (winning percentage)
  • If two teams are tied - Head to Head winner
  • If three teams are tied – If one team has defeated both other teams, that team advances. If not go to #4.
  • Total runs allowed in preliminaries.
  • If still tied – Total runs scored in preliminaries.
  • If still tied – Total runs allowed subtracting game with most runs allowed in preliminaries.
  • If still tied – Total runs allowed minus two games with most runs allowed in preliminaries
  • If still tied – Runs scored inning by inning starting with first game until one team has more runs after a complete inning starting with the first game of preliminaries.

Pitch Smart Rules

1.     Below is the maximum number of pitches allowed per day in Wilson Premier tournaments.  Players will be required to rest said number of days when reaching pitch limit.  Official pitch counts are tracked by WP Field Scout unless communicated otherwise.  Teams are encouraged to also track their pitch counts for both teams.  Limits apply to specific tournament age division, not player age.  

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Daily Pitch Max


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2.     Once a pitcher reaches his daily maximum limit, he must be removed from the game.  If a pitcher reaches the maximum limit of pitches in a game during a batter’s plate appearance, the pitcher may continue in the game until such plate appearance or the inning ends, whichever comes first. There is no team penalty for this, but the pitcher must adhere to prescribed pitch counts for the remainder of the event. 

3.     If a pitcher throws a pitch in a game sooner than the mandatory days’ rest, he becomes an illegal player. If there is a protest of an illegal player, the game will be deemed a forfeit. Head Coaches are responsible for knowing the mandatory days’ rest for their pitching staff.

4.     A pitcher is only allowed to pitch in one game per day unless pitcher throws 20 or fewer pitches in first game. In that case, pitcher may pitch in 2nd game of day.  Pitch totals for both games combined will require prescribed daily limits and required rest.  No Pitcher is allowed to pitch 3 games in one day.

5.     No pitcher is allowed to pitch 3 days in a row regardless of pitch counts.