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TOURNAMENT RULES AND POLICIES

TOURNAMENT RULES
* Teams must be at the field 45 minutes before their game. If the previous games end early, the next game will start in exactly 15 minutes. Teams must be ready to play or they forfeit.
* The Worthington Wood Bat Tournament is an invitation event. If your team or organization has had a history of verbal abuse towards umpires, players, fans, coaches, high school volunteers or tournament employees or a history of players, fan's or coaches being ejected from games on a regular basis your team or organization will not be invited to play in our tournament. The final decision will be up to the tournament director's. All decisions are final with no exceptions and no appeals!
* Home team will be determined by coin flip only during the Pool Play games. During the Championship and/or Elimination Rounds, the "home" team will always be the higher seed. If both teams are the same seed, then a coin flip will be taken (unless the teams have previously played and, if so, "head-to-head" tie-breaker shall be used for the "home team"). The umpires do not need to be present for the coin flip.
* Umpire to announce the start time of the game. It is the responsibility of both coaches to determine start time with umpire.
* Games suspended by rain will be handled by the umpire. Each coach will be told how much playing time is remaining and when the game will resume.
* Emergency contact number - Each team must have, at least, one (1) emergency contact number where they can be easily reached during the tournament.
* Tie game or two hour time limit: If, at the end of regulation pool play or both teams are tied after two hour time limit. A tie is awarded to both teams.
* Game two (2) hour time limit starts on delivery of first pitch.
* All Teams will play 3 pool play games and a consolation or championship game. These teams may or may not be in your pool. Team with best record will advance to championship play.
* The tournament will follow the ‘Ohio High School Rules’ with the following (Exception: Catchers will be allowed to use helmet type of their choice. Ex. Skull Cap and Mask, Hockey style mask, etc.)
* Exception: An eight (8) run mercy rule is in effect, after 4 ½ innings, if the home team is in the lead. At any point after 4 ½ innings and the home team is behind, you must complete the inning.
* Speed up Rule - A runner can be used for the pitcher and catcher upon reaching base (mandatory with 2 outs). This player must be someone not in the game or the team’s last batted out.
* Each team will be required to check the website daily for updates on standings during the tournament.
* Baseballs - All teams must provide two (2) new baseballs to the home plate umpire prior to the start of the game. The baseballs should be of high school baseball quality. Each team must provide used baseballs as needed during the course of the game. Coaches please see that each team retrieves foul balls on their respective sides.
* Physical confrontation - This tournament has "zero tolerance" for any physical confrontations by players, coaches, fans or anyone else. Upon the first violation, the violating party shall be removed from the facility and the tournament. Once again, absolutely no physical confrontations will be permitted, tolerated and/or found to be acceptable.
* No pre game warm up is allowed on the infield.
* All teams need to be prepared to play Thursday morning.
* Pool Play will be completed by Friday night. The top teams will advance to championship play, while other will play a consolation game.
* If any team forfeits a pool play game they are automatically eliminated from championship play!!!
* In the event of a tie in pool play to determine a pool winner or wild card team, (1st) tie-breaker is head to head, (2nd) lowest runs allowed, (3rd) Run differential, (4th) Flip of a coin, in the case of a three-way tie, head to head will be eliminated.
* All decisions made by the umpire are final. Any player or coach who abuses an umpire will be ejected from that game and the next game. A second ejection of a player or coach means removal from the tournament! Team forfeiture in the event an ejection is made and the ejected party refuses to leave the playing facility, the Tournament Director, at his sole discretion, may elect to declare a forfeiture of the game and/or tournament. The tournament director shall have final decision on all tournament ejections.
* Bats: All players must use wood or wood composite bats only. No metal bats allowed. Part wood and part metal bats are not allowed.
* All forfeits result in a 7 to 0 victory in the score book.
* DH can be used as OHSAA rules. EH and roster batting are prohibited during the tournament.


TOURNAMENT POLICIES
* All teams that attend the Worthington Wood Bat Tournament must stay in a tournament designated host hotel. If you do not stay in a tournament approved hotel you will not be able to participate in the tournament.
* Rules and Tournament Schedule. - In the event there are any changes and/or modifications to the Rules and/or Schedule, said changes/modifications will be posted on the website and it is the responsibility of all coaches to regularly check for any changes and/or modifications.
* NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED in the parking lots or fields at any time!
* If the Worthington Wood Bat Tournament is canceled due to inclement weather, refunds will be issued as follows: If no games are played a full credit for next year’s Worthington/Phoenix Wood Bat Tournament will be issued. This credit will be carried over to the following year only. If one game is played a half credit towards the Worthington Wood Bat Tournament will be issued for next year’s tournament. If two are games played there will be no credits, transfers or refunds for the next year’s tournament.
* Refund Policy: -Withdrawal more than 45 days prior to the tournament- In all cases, a team must provide written notice to Worthington Wood Bat Tournament about their intent to withdraw from the tournament. If this notice is received at least 46 days prior to the tournament, Worthington/ Wood Bat Tournament will refund the entry fee less a One hundred and Fifty Dollars ($ 150.00) administrative fee. Withdrawal less than 45 days prior to the tournament - There are NO refunds for any withdrawal within forty five (45) days of the Worthington/Phoenix Wood Bat Tournament.
* All team, coach and player information will be kept confidential. The Worthington Wood Bat Tournament will not share any information with a 2nd party.
* Right to modify and amend – Worthington Wood Bat Tournament retains exclusive right to modify and/or amend these Rules and Regulations for Worthington/Phoenix Wood Bat Tournament. Each team is required to review the Rules and Regulations prior and during this tournament.
* Tournament admissions- Admissions will be charged at some field locations but not all. Admission fee will be up to the individual site. The Worthington Wood Bat Tournament does not set the gate fee nor do they get any of the gate fees. All money will go to that particular school’s baseball program. Tell your parents that if play is in doubt due to inclement weather, wait to enter the park because no gate refunds or rain checks will be issued. There is “Zero” tolerance for any verbal or physical abuse between parents, coaches, players and the particular volunteer working at that location. Any altercation of this nature will result in the removal of all fans of that team, as well as the team and the coaches themselves form the ball park, the tournament, and all future tournaments.