Northern California Local Rules

Pitching rule violations

The penalty for pitching rule violations at NCTB tournaments will be: (1) Head Coach immediate ejection; (2) Pitcher removed from the mound and the game (including other positions and batting). It will no longer be an automatic forfeit. 

Tournament entry

You are only guaranteed a spot in our tournament if payment is received either by mail or by paying online. Signing up, but not paying does not guarantee your spot for the tournament. We WILL ACCEPT post-dated checks (date them for 10 days before the event) and will hold such checks until that date, but mark the team paid. We do not accept deposits.

Rain refund policy

0 Games played-Full Refund or credit of tournament fee
1 Game played- 66% refund or credit of tournament fee
2 Games played-33% refund or credit of tournament fee
3 Games played- No refund 
Game started equals a game played

Gate fees

Many venues have gate fees. Please be prepared for gate fees at most parks.

Deadline to drop-out

For regular tournaments, the deadline for paid teams to drop from the tournament is 10 days before. Teams dropping after that but before the Monday prior to the event will be responsible for a $100 late drop fee. Teams dropping on or after the Monday prior to the tournament are responsible for the entire entry fee and will not be refunded.   For 3-day weekend tournaments and all NITs, the deadline to drop without penalty is 14 days before the event.  

Entries of the same team in different locations or divisions in the same event will be treated as separate teams and need to withdraw according to the above policy.

Championship awards in rain-shortened events

We will give out Championship awards if a team has reached the Championship Game only. A tournament is not won by the team with the best pool play record, so in events where no semi-final has been completed, no awards will be distributed.

14 Open, 14 Major, 14-AAA and 15u-18u events

All 14-Open, 14-Major, 14-AAA and 15u-18u Events only allow Wood or BBCOR bats unless specifically stated otherwise.

Team registration

All teams must register with NCTB Baseball to be eligible to play in our tournaments. 

Roster rules

All players must be entered on the official NCTB roster to participate in a tournament. Roster must be turned in at start of weekend to tournament director. (All players on roster must be entered electronically and not written in.)

Tie procedure

If a game is tied after regulation innings or when time limit expires, the following procedures will be implemented for extra innings. The teams will play one extra inning using the IBAF Tie-Breaker, which works as follows:

  • Each team will begin the next inning (and any subsequent necessary extra innings in bracket play) with runners on first and second with no outs, starting with the visiting team, until a winner is determined.
  • At the start of the Tie-Breaker, representatives from both teams will meet at home plate and will indicate (at the same time) to the home plate umpire where their team wishes to start in their existing lineup. Teams have the option of starting the Tie-Breaker anywhere in the lineup.

Note: This is not a new lineup and the order of names on the lineup card does not change, but teams may start at any point in that lineup. This is designed to ensure both teams have an equal chance at having what they consider their best hitters and base runners in a position to score. For example, if the team decides to have the #1 batter hit first, then the last two batters in the lineup would be placed on 1B and 2B; if the team decides to have the #3 batter hit first, the #1 batter would be placed on 2B and the #2 batter on 1B.

Once the players/runners are determined for the Tie-Breaker, the order of subsequent innings will be determined by how the previous inning ended. For example, if the 9th inning ends with the #6 batter having the last official at bat, then the 10th inning begins with the #7 batter at the plate, and the #5 batter on 2B and the #6 batter on 1B.

Time clocks

NCTB tournaments feature time clocks on all games which have time-limits. The time clock should be kept in plain view and time should be started at the END of the plate meeting or when the home team takes the field, whichever comes first. If you believe the clock was started earlier by an umpire, please alert tournament staff immediately and do not allow the game to start! We will correct the umpire and get it right.