Coaches' Packet & Information
Major league USSSA baseball rules are followed with a few exceptions for play at The Sandlot.
Teams must supply 2 new baseballs per game. Teams should shag balls on their side of the field. On deck hitters should shag foul balls to the backstops to help catchers and umpires.
Pitching: USSSA baseball pitching rules are encouraged. Actual innings and pitch count are left up to the players’ coaches.
Bats: The bats on the USSSA Withdrawn and/or Disallowed Bat Model List are not allowed to be used at The Sandlot for safety reasons. There are no other bat restrictions. https://www.usssa.com/docs/2018/Withdrawn-Non-CompliantBaseballBats4-12-18.pdf
Scorekeeper: The home team is the official book for the game. The scorekeeper must be identified prior to the game to the home plate umpire and visiting team. Score should be verified with each scorekeeper and home plate umpire every half inning.
Coach Pitch: Players get 3 swinging strikes or 5 pitches. If a player hits a foul ball on 5th or subsequent pitches, he will receive an additional pitch. One defensive coach is allowed in the field. All other coaches are to remain in the dugout area.
Games tied at the end of regulation may end in a tie. Because of the large number of teams wanting to play at The Sandlot and the need to stay on schedule, we do not play extra innings.
Foul and abusive language is not tolerated by fans, coaches, or players. It is the coaches responsibility to handle their fans. The tournament director has the right to remove any or all fans from the park and forfeit the team involved. Coaches ejected are also ejected from the following game unless allowed by the tournament director.
Protest: We don't have protests at The Sandlot. In the event of a rule dispute, interpretation will be made by the home plate umpire and/or tournament director. The tournament director has final say. Age and grade based status are per USSSA rules.
In the event of rain, the tournament director may alter time limits, reduce the number of teams playing, or make any other decision that would help complete the tournament.
Rainout numbers are for HEAD COACHES ONLY: Brad Longley (417) 466-5653 or Tom Cox (417) 737-3548
Rain refund: 1 game played – 50% returned, two games played – No Refund.
FREE ADMISSION for coaches, players and fans. Coolers are allowed into the facility. Gas and/or charcoal grills are NOT allowed under any circumstances!
Absolutely NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the park! Smoking/Vaping are ONLY allowed in the parking lot.
14U & up 1 hr 40 min, max 7 innings
13U 1 hr 30 min max, 6 innings
11U & 12U 1 hr 30 min, max 6 innings
9U & 10U 1 hr 20 min, max 6 innings
8U 1 hr 15 min, max 5 innings
*No inning will begin with 5 min or less remaining
Run Rule: 12 after 3, 8 after 4.
Pool Play Tiebreaker: Least runs allowed. Head to Head. Run Differential. Coin Toss.