STARS AND STRIPES BASEBALL RULES

Unless noted prior to the event, Modified USSSA Baseball Rules will be used with the following notations. High school games are played by TSSAA rules

Stars and Stripes Baseball reserves the right to enforce particular tournament rules.


  1. Protests shall be allowed for age, pitching violations or baseball rule interpretations only. Protests must be declared to the Umpire and then to the Tournament Director/ Site Director before the next pitch following the dispute. If a call to be protested is the last recorded out of a game or on a game ending play, the protest MUST be filed prior to the Umpires and the protesting team leaving the field of play. No protest shall be allowed following the game. Tournament officials shall rule on all protests and their decisions shall be final. The Protest fee shall be $100.00 CASH. The fee shall be returned only if the protest is upheld.
  2. Game time: Starting time is forfeit time, unless delay is created by STARS AND STRIPES BASEBALL. Have your team ready to play 15 minutes before game start time. Game time starts at completion of coin toss.
  3. Home team will be determined by coin flip, and will be required to keep the official book. Visiting Team will keep score board
  4. A team may start with a minimum of 8 players (9 coach pitch) but team must take an out at the vacant batting order position, unless they declare to be visiting team prior to the coin flip. In ages 9 and up, Coach pitch can play with a minimum of 9 players.
  5. Championship games: Are time limit. Run rule is still in effect.
  6. Pitching Rules: Innings per tournament
One day max to pitch next day One (1) Day Max Three (3) Day Max
7u-12u 3 innings / 9 outs 6 innings / 18 outs 8 innings / 24 outs
13u-14u 4 Innings / 12 outs 7 innings / 21 outs 9 innings / 27 outs
15u-18u TSSAA        10(2-day)

✱ Scorecards must be signed by both team managers to eliminate inning validation problems. (Managers, please help with this process.)

✱ if pitching rules are violated and the infraction is detected, the situation will be reviewed. Consequences may include elimination of a team from the event, coach and/or players ejection.

7.  Infield warm-ups – All teams are encouraged to warm-up as much as possible before game time

8.  Baseballs: Teams must provide all game balls. Estimated two new balls and one used ball per game. (Diamond, Rawlings, or other acceptable.)

9.  No steel cleats in the following age groups: 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, 11s, 12s. No steel cleats on portable mounds.

10.  Uniforms: numbers required, matching uniforms recommended.

11.  Tie Breaker System: If a game is tied after all innings have been completed (or at time limit), the “International” tie breaker rule will go into effect. Each team puts the batter who was the last out respective half of the inning on second base (one (1) out, no count) and plays out the inning. This happens until the tie is broken and the game is complete.

12.  Teams can bat all players with free substitutions, or bat 9 with a EH (extra hitter). DH can be used in high school games.

13.  Bats must be made by a certified manufacture, with a BPF of 1.15 or less, in 14u bats must be drop -8 or heavier. In High School divisions all bats must be BBCORE.

14. Rosters must be available upon request by the tournament director/site director. With a copy of the player’s birth certificate, and current picture. If a team violates the roster rules, Consequences may include elimination of a team from the event, coach and/or players ejection. If a team decides to protest the team’s roster, the protest must be made after the player receives his first pitch during first at bat.

15.  Tournament Director shall have final decision on all tournament questions