Tournament Withdrawal Policy

All teams that drop will face full price charge for the tournament if you drop the Tuesday of the tournament after 5:00 pm, before the event or after schedules are posted, which ever comes first. All special play request must be submitted before the same. Please note that these request are not guaranteed to be honored and will be accommodated only if possible.Thanks for playing Houston Baseball Tournaments (HBT) Sports and USSSA Baseball..

 

Scorecards

Team Managers are responsible for signing the umpire's scorecard after each game to verify accuracy.  The umpire's card indicates winner/loser, game score and pitching records.  This card is used by the tournament director as backup data for seeding and pitching records. 

 

These cards will be considered accurate once turned in whether your signature is on it or not.  Please make sure to do this immediately after each game.  The umpires will not stand around and wait on you.

 

Tournament Rules at Big League Dreams

 

Gate Policy
Patrons 13 and older pay $5 upon entry and will receive a token worth $1 off for the restaurants
Players participating in a sport will pay $1 upon entry and will receive a token worth $1 off for the restaurants
Spectators 12 and under will be admitted free

 

  1. All teams must have online roster and team insurance.
  2. All teams MUST have copies of Original Birth Certificates for EACH PLAYER (photo copy ok) upon request.
  3. In the event of bad weather, Tournament Director may change tournament format and length of games at his discretion to complete the tournament.
  4. Tournament director may change tournament format to run tournament more smoothly and accomodate the number of teams for that weekends tournament.  This is because the number of teams vary from weekend to weekend.

 

Refund Policy:   

 

Age divisions:

 

MAJOR LEAGUE RULES SHALL APPLY. MODIFICATIONS LISTED BELOW

 

Bats:

 

Steel Cleats:

 

Pitching rules: - USSSA Pitching Rules apply 7u-14u

 

Batting and Re-enter:

 

Big League Dreams- Time Limits:

 

Extra inning in Playoffs/elimination games

 

Run Rule:

 

Home Team Determined by:

 

Protest:

 

Intentionally walk a batter:

 

Courtesy Runner:

 

Ejection:

 

Game Baseballs:

 

Machine Pitch rules (7u, 8u): This is just like real baseball but with a machine and no leadoffs.

 

Coaches Pitch Rules:

 

Playoff seeding in the following order: Head-to-head, Runs Allowed, Runs Scored, Coin Flip. If three or more teams are tied after pool play, then the first tie breaker will be runs allowed.

Check-in one hour before first game. Be ready to play 30 minutes before any of your games.

 

 

 

OPEN BASE DIVISIONS – Major League Rules

CLOSED BASE DIVISIONS – No leadoffs. If runner leaves early, Little League rules apply. First time, runner goes back if possible. 2nd time, runner will be out.

 

Fast Pitch Softball - We will use USSSA Fastpitch rules unless noted exceptions below apply.

 

Pitching Distance - 
8u / 10u - 35 Ft
12u - 40 Ft
14u - 18u - 43 Ft

Ball - Optic Yellow - 5u - 10u Will use 11" ball 12u and up will use the 12" Ball

 

Pregame - Teams will be allowed to warm up in the outfield area should time permit.  You should have your girls ready to go prior to the game using the empty spaces between the fields.  You are not guaranteed warm up time on the field prior to your game.  Game time is just that.  No infield practice will be allowed in the infield area before the game.

 

Tie breaker
Big League Dreams only - in the event of a tie during bracket play, we will use the Texas Shootout method.  Last 3 batters from the previous inning will be placed on the bases with one out recorded.

 

Time Limits
Will be determined based on format of tournament.

 

NFHS Ligthning

Suspend play for at least 30 minutes and vacate the outdoor activity to the previously designated safer location immediately. b. 30-minute rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or lighting in witnessed* prior to resuming play.

 

When mobile devices are available . Vacate field within 10 miles of strike . All coaches are ultimately responsible for the safety of their teams. Coaches can pull their team off the field anytime they feel it’s unsafe to play.