BFA Nationals 2021 Rules
Unless otherwise stated in this handbook, the rules shall be those of Major League Baseball.
April 30, 2021 is the age cut-off date. That is, whatever age your daughter is by April 30 will determine what her age is for the tournament.
All BFA Nationals participants must adhere to USA Baseball bat standards (USABat).
12u and 10u divisions: Must use bats that bear the USA Baseball mark. Wood bats must be a single piece and can be used with or without the USA Baseball Certification Mark.
14U, 16U, and 19U divisions: Only bats with the USABat seal, BBCOR certified, or solid wood bats are allowed.
More details on USABat standards: usabaseball.com/bats
Coaches are strongly advised to follow USA Baseball’s Pitch Smart guidelines. See chart on page 9.
10u: 60-foot base paths, 46-foot pitching distance
12u: Division A: 70-foot base paths, 50-foot pitching distance
12U Division B: 60-foot base paths, 46-foot pitching distance
14u: Division A: 90-foot base paths, 60’6’’ feet pitching distance
14U Division B: 80-foot base paths, 54-foot pitching distance
16u: 90-foot base paths, 60’6’’ foot pitching distance
19u: 90-foot base paths, 60’6’’ foot pitching distance
Coach Visits to the Mound
The pitcher must be removed when the manager makes their second trip to the mound in the same inning (three in a game). Umpire discretion on trips for injury.
All runners must attempt to avoid contact with a fielder on ALL plays. Failure to do so will result in the player being called out and could result in an ejection from the game. The umpire has final say as to whether the runner made sufficient effort to avoid a collision. When in doubt, players should slide.
Headfirst slides into all bases/home are allowed ONLY in 14u-19u.
Teams can bat 9, 10(EH) or bat the entire lineup. If teams bat the entire lineup, free substitutions are permitted. The Extra Hitter (EH) can play anywhere on the field.
Players re-entering the game must go back in the same spot in the batting order that they left. Subs cannot re-enter the game.
Ripken Baseball will serve as the Official Scorekeeper for each game.
No game will be played under protest. The umpires on the field will decide all questions of rule interpretations, with final judgment made by Tournament Official or delegate.
No infield practice before the game is permitted. Teams must be ready to play 15 minutes after completion of previous game. Games are subject to start early to make up time.