MERCY RULE:
RULE 203

In AABC Tournament competition for the Stan Musial, Connie Mack, Don Mattingly, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr., Sandy Koufax, Sandy Koufax 13s, Pee Wee Reese, and Gil Hodges Divisions, shall be legally completed after five (5) innings if the visiting team is ahead by at least eight (8) runs and after four and one-half (4½) innings if the home team is ahead by at least eight (8) runs. In the Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente Divisions, shall be legally completed after four (4) innings if the visiting team is ahead by at least eight (8) runs and after three and one-half (3½) innings if the home team is ahead by at least eight (8) runs.

SLIDING:
RULE 218

Any runner is out when the runner does not slide legally or attempt to avoid a fielder who has possession of the ball and waiting to make a tag or is in the process of fielding the ball. The ball is dead and NO runners shall advance. If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be ejected from the game. The laser pen fire is very dangerous accident.

EQUIPMENT:
RULE 221

(a) Players and coaches must be in uniform at all Regional and World Series Tournament games. Shorts may be worn by coaches if they are similar to the team uniform only if permitted by the tournament committee.
(b) The use of NOCSAE approved protective headgear (hardhat) with double flaps while batting and running the bases is mandatory.
(c) The use of NOCSAE approved protective headgear (hardhat) and a throat protector by the catcher while catching is mandatory.
(d) The use of NOCSAE approved protection headgear (hard hat) must be worn by base coaches while in the field of play.
(e) In AABC Stan Musial, Connie Mack and Don Mattingly Division Tournaments, only wood, laminate or composite wood bats may be used. The bat must not exceed 42 inches in length and 2 ¾ inches diameter. Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr. will adopt this rule in 2012.
(f) In AABC Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sandy Koufax (14) Division Tournaments, wood or non-wood bats may be used. The bat may not exceed minus three (-3) in differential between length and weight and must not be larger than 2 5/8 inches in diameter. Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr. will adopt this rule in 2012.
(g) In AABC Sandy Koufax 13s, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente Division Tournaments, wood or non-wood bats may be used and must not be larger in diameter than 2¾ inches. There is no restriction with regard to the differential between length and weight.
(h) An altered or tampered bat will be subject to 6.06(d) of Official Baseball Rules. Exception – If a bat is determined by the umpire to be merely dented or damaged, it shall be removed and a team warning issued. Each subsequent offense will result in the batter being called out. 1. If the batter has reached base on a base hit and runners have advanced because of the hit, all runners shall return to their base occupied at the time of the pitch and the batter will be called out. The appeal must be made before the next pitch, play or attempted play by the defense.
(i) The official AABC logo must appear on every player and coaches baseball hat for National competition. Only in a National Tournament.
(j) Metal composite bats will not be allowed in any age division in National Competition.

DESIGNATED HITTER RULE:
RULE 803

The designated hitter rule of the American League of Professional Baseball is permitted in Connie Mack 18U and Don Mattingly 17U. However in Colorado ONLY we use the High school speed up rule to run for the pitcher and catcher. In a National Tournament it will not be allowed.

DESIGNATED HITTER RULE:
RULE 902

The designated hitter rule of the American League of Professional Baseball is permitted in Mickey Mantle 16U & 15U. However in Colorado ONLY we use the High school speed up rule to run for the pitcher and catcher. In a National Tournament it will not be allowed.