Please read the content below for all rules and regulations of the CVA Travel League and Diamond Duel Series.  Any questions regarding the rules, refund and weather policy should be directed to Derek Flanagan, CVA League Director.


Rosters for teams must be kept current.  Teams need to make sure their rosters are entered into the website the Friday prior to their scheduled league game; if scheduled on Saturday or Sunday.  If team is playing during the week; roster must be updated by midnight the night prior.  Teams can pick up players however that player must be entered into the online roster prior to their first scheduled game and teams must be aware that picking up players can potentially cause a team to move up a level; example team could go from Select to Elite or Elite to Premier. If picking up a player causes the team to move up a level; that is the level the team will be at for the conclusion of the season. Any team who ends up moving up a level after the first week of the season will not be eligible for the regular season championship in their originial division. All teams are required to carry copies of all the players birth certificates to be available IF a question  arises about a players age. Note: Disqualification of championship opportunity only counts in divisions that are split based on level of play. Example: Select division and Elite division within an age group. Select team would now qualify for chance at Elite championship IF moved up based on roster.

District Regulations

A minimum of FIVE teams are required in order for an "area" to have a district.  Each district crowns an individual champion during the season (Spring, Summer, or Fall). Multiple districts in a season can crown an "overall" league champion during the regular season or if necessary the end of season tournament.

Districts of five or more teams can host league games within their district during each league season (Spring, Summer, or Fall).  Each season can either have a "central hub" where games are played each week or Sunday or league teams can host games at their facilities pending approval of the league director.

Each district will be governed by the league director and a possible league commissioner. League commissioner(s) will be assigned their position each season pending the need of the position.

Teams within a district will all play each other once during the regular season. Teams within the district are permitted to schedule "additional dates" to play one another during the regular season; this includes playing on "non-league scheduled dates" or during the week if they choose. Games played on non scheduled weekends will count toward crowning the "district champion" within that age group. However all district teams must play an equal number of games in order to crown the champion.  Example: If team A schedules a game against Team B at their site during the season and both Team A and B end up playing one more game then the remaining teams.  Then that game wouldn't count towards "total games played" during that season.

League Points/Full Time Teams

  Total points will determine seeding for the end of the season tournament and Regular season Champion. Please note these points are only used to determine an "overall" champion.  The Diamond Duel one day series will crown first and second place finishers per each "EVENT".

Win (4 Points) Loss (Minus 1 Point) Tie (1 point), Games Played (2 Points). Most points that can be earned per game are 6pts for a Win and 3 Points for a Tie.   Teams who play "up" an age divison AND win in an age group or two above their current level earn "bonus wins".  All games played regardless of age group or level count as points for that team.

EX: Team Record is 5 and 3. Total Points (33). Please note this because a team who goes 6 and 0 through six games, but hasn't played all the full times teams then decides to “not play” their last two games can still finish below another full time team who has played all regular season games. This point structure eliminates teams from sandbagging at the end of the season.

Updated standings will be posted on the travelbaseballva website; note the standings on the Nations site may be different than the travelbaseballva site due to the point structure above.

Any team who "finds a way" to potentially beat this point structure in order to "win the league" will be disqualified from the league and will not be invited to play the end of the season tournament.  League director also has the right to modify the point structure due to games lost due to weather.

LEAGUE teams are the only teams who have an opportunity to either win the regular season championship or finish runner up.  Once full time teams have played a minimum number of games AND played all other league teams in their age division, then a regular season Champion will be crowned.  Additional regular season games can either determine the final standing for the regular season OR determine if a tie breaker series should be played.  Head to head record vs full time teams will always determine the Champion and runner up. (Minimum number of games must have been played AND all LEAGUE teams must have played each other.)

Tie breakers

District/out of area teams
host  responsibilities and reinbursements

Teams who host "league games" within their District or teams who end up with an opporuntiy to host league games are responsible for the following:
-- name and address of field location provided to league director
-- date(s) field is available; lights at location?; cost of rental of field (IF)
-- field prep and management of site during the entire day games are played along with communication of scores to league director.
-- Scheduling of umpires and communication of rate of umpires
-- Any additional fees associated with the field location including lights, scheduling fee for umpires, etc.

League director can provide any city, school, or park a general liability insurance certificate that will cover a "host team" when official league games sanctioned by Nations Baseball are played.

Any costs of playing games at a "host" location MUST BE communicated to the league director a minimum of 10 days PRIOR to scheduled dates.  Host teams will be reinbursed at the conclusion of the regular season.  All costs affiliated with hosting games MUST BE invoiced to the league director OR NO REINBURSEMENTS will be given. Invoice must be submitted to director no later than 14 days after the last regular season game of each season OR hosting team will not be reinbursed. Director can provide a form to host teams if needed.

Local teams within 45 miles of the CENTRAL HUB can also host league games at their facilities/fields.  All these rules apply to those teams except for the scheduling of umpires.  

League director CANNOT guarantee TEAMS will host league games at their facilities during the season.  Every effort will be made for teams to be able to host at least once during the season, but will always depend on team availability or part time teams coming to play during the season.

Host teams are free to fundraise at league games by running concessions etc. League does not take any profits from teams fundraising at their host fields.
Please note that the tiebreakers for this league are independent of the league and ARE NOT governed by Nations Baseball tiebreaker rules.  Tiebreakers go into affect once minimum games have been played in the Regular season provided all teams in contention have played each other once.  

Tiebreakers are the following: 
1) Record (Win Percentage VS League teams) If all teams tied have played same number of games vs league teams.  Teams number of games includes games within the age division only.
2) Head to Head (If three teams or more go to #3)
3) Head to Head record amongst tied teams only
4) Tie breaking League Championship, Additional games will be scheduled for teams currently tied for the regular season Championship. Teams would play a round robin format (Three or four teams) or Best of Three series if two teams.
(If two or more teams are tied at this point)
Champion will be crowned on first least runs allowed amongst all games played in playoff series, run differental, then finally total runs scored in wins only.

Note: If teams tied for the regular season championship represent separate districts; those teams must be willing to travel anywhere fields can be located to determine a regular season champion. A neutral location will be attempted to be located for the playoff series however cannot be guaranteed.  If a neutral field cannot be located and a playoff team can provide a field for the event; the event will take place at that location.  League director will bring umpires to officiate those events and teams participating must be willing to pay umpires at the plate prior to their playoff games. League director will pay an additional travel expenses to the umpires.

If any team in contention chooses to not particiate in the tie-breaking event; they forfeit and will be automatically placed last amongst tied teams for the regular season. Example: Three teams tied, that team would finish third for the season.

This tiebreaker system is unique to the CVA Fall League and its results are final.  Once teams have played the minimum games guaranteed for the season (SIX) the tiebreaker system will be used if necessary.  If Tiebreakers (1 to 3) have declared the Champion after six games played and/or conclusion of the regular season, then the Champion is crowned; as long as all teams in contention have played each other once. If playoff series is cancelled due to weather and cannot be played, all teams who were willing to particiapte will be crowned co-champions of the league.
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Age Divisions 

All age groups may be broken into two divisions; Select (AA) and Open. Exception is 7u to 10u.  Divisions may be combined.  Divisions will only be broken down if there are at least 12 teams per age group per season. All efforts will be made to balance the schedule. Any team who “sandbags” their true level of play will be either moved up an age group or removed from the event(s).   The purpose of this league/one day series is to be competitive yet instructive at the same time while players learn their new age division.  Teams who wish to play up an age may do so, however you will be matched with the same level in the upper age group. Example: Select (AA) teams would play Select teams and Elite teams would play Elite teams.

To all teams: If this is your first time playing with Nations Baseball, doesn't give your team a reason to sign up in a lower division.  If you are a AA team in USSSA, then you are Select in Nations.  If you are a AAA team in USSSA, then you are Elite in Nations.  League Director has the right at any time to move a team up or down pending the results of their season including results in other associations.

14U/15U/16U/17U/18U Division(s)

14u AGES and up divisions play by high school rules. Please be familiar with those rules (National Federation). Therefore the balk rule amongst others may be different compared to MLB Rules.

Note these age groups may be combined and teams also have option to play every week. High School aged teams commit to a minimum of four dates, but can play up to eight dates (Fall season only). Specific dates of age groups will be set prior to announcement of the league each season. Generally the 15U division will play on ODD WEEKENDS and the 14U and 16u/17u division will play on EVEN WEEKENDS.  If the 17U division has a minimum of 5 teams AND 16u division has a minimum of 5 teams THEN those divisions will be split. 16U would then play on EVEN weekends and 17U would play on ODD weekends. Teams can also play a combination of weekends between both divisions in order to get the minimum games required to play full time.  Example: Team A could play 2 Odd weekends and 2 even weekends or 1 odd weekend and 3 even weekends. Combination doesn't matter, however no team can play 3 Sundays in a row during the season. This controls the scheduling of teams.

Teams can play up an age division to pick up additional games during the season; however those additional dates must be prepaid for. Full time teams only pay $75 to pick up additonal dates plus umpire fees.

All teams in ALL AGE DIVISIONS must be available to play the end of the season tournament in case of tiebreaker games needed to crown a regular season champion. Teams "not available" to play may forfeit their chance at the regular season championship.
Umpires: Fees are "included" in teams entry fee for all league games.  Umpires are paid by league director each week to each organization covering league games throughout Virginia.

Baseballs: Both teams provide two playable baseballs per league game, pre-season game, and end of the season tournament game.  Both teams are encouraged to help with foul balls in order for both teams to keep the game moving. League teams will receive baseballs prior to or by the time the order is shipped.Teams provide baseballs for all games. Teams will be given a minimum of a dozen baseballs for the season only.  Teams can choose to use "league baseballs" for games or not.  All teams are responsible for providing baseballs for all games played regardless of game guarantee per season.

Rules on the field 

Games required to win regular season  AND District Championship

See rules for all age divisions at A PDF file can be downloaded to any smart phone or printed for the teams record.  Note any rule not listed under Nations Baseball will be governed by MLB rules (7u to 13u) and NFHS rules (14u ages and up).

Coaches can discuss any modifications to rules at plate conference prior to each game.  Both coaches must agree on said rule and it will be enforced for that game only.  Example: Balk one warning per pitcher.

Mercy Rule/Scores

Teams must play a minimum number of  games to qualify for the regular season championship.  Teams have the option to play any of the other two day tournaments offered during each season. If weather causes teams to lose more than one week of the regular season, then director will make decision on number of minimum games based on final games played.

District "Group" Champions each district will have an individual champion crowned. The total number of teams may determine who is invited to the end of the season tournament each season. Depending on the number of districts will determine if the runner up etc of the district also qualifies for the end of the season event.

All district champions must be "full-time" teams and also can potentially be crowned the LEAGUE CHAMPION by participating in the end of the season tournament. Note: If the EOS event is needed to break a tie breaker for the regular season champion AND their is multiple districts participating then all champions of the districts "not" playing tiebreaker games will play a double elimination tournament after ALL district champions are formed.
Mercy rule will be 15 runs after 3 innings (2 1/2), 10 runs after 4 innings (3 1/2), 8 runs after 5 innings (4 1/2).   

On dates where teams play two games; team listed first will be home team.  Teams who host single games during the week will be the home team.  All teams are responsible for emailing or texting scores. Email to [email protected] or text 804-721-3598. When emailing or texting scores please list age division and teams.  Please also let me know which team you are.  If by chance I receive two different scores than the home team will be the official score of that game.

Time limits

Time limits are "No new inning can start". These time limits will be used for all league games, pre-season games, and end of the season tournament games.

8U- 75 minutes (One hour and fifteen minutes)
9U to 18U- 100 minutes (One hour and forty minutes)
Note: Time limit may be different for Diamond Duel events compared to league games and will be posted on tournament site.

All games will have a winner if less than six games are scheduled on a field for the day.  Note: Please check format of the event to see if format includes "All GAMES MUST HAVE WINNER" If game is tied after innings or time limit; International Tie Break Rule (Last out starts inning at 2nd base) will apply. Only one extra inning will be played in order to maintain schedule at each location. Example: Time limit expires in 5th inning. If no winner after 6th inning then game would end in a tie.

League play vs Diamond Duel

League play: If you age group is designated as a "league format" then your team will play two or three games on selected dates or weeks each season; with "Special dates" to include three games.  League play will generally in the summer and fall seasons.  The number of games offered per date will be reflected based on number of teams playing and fields available. League play can be combined into the Diamond Duel events so teams play more games against part time or non league teams.

Diamond Duel events: The majority of Spring league dates are formatted into the one day series. This allows "non-league" teams to participate and give league teams different teams to play.  League teams will always get "additional league points" compared to non-league teams. League champions are crowned strictly on record vs other league teams only.  Therefore it is possible for the overall record of the champion to be different compared to the runner up based on "record vs non-league teams". The league rewards teams within the league with a awards package solely on their head to head record amongst league teams only.


League play: IF weather causes dates to be lost, umpire fees for each game will be refunded at the conclusion of the regular season IF makeup dates cannot be played.  Each season will have a different make up date policy. Example: Summer season is the shortest therefore make up games would be played on Sunday the week games are lost if possible. Teams must understand that due to the online payment process; director can only give one refund per payment. Example: If two dates are lost then four games worth of umpire fees would be refunded. Teams can also use amount of refund as "Credit" towards future events during the season or following season.

Availiability form: Teams must commit to a minimum number of dates and games to qualify as a league team and for the league championship.  Note: Minimum number of dates and games may be reduced IF weather cancels two or more dates during the league season. Teams fill out the availability form prior to the season and commit there team to those dates.  Teams who back out of dates; "for any reason" will NOT BE REFUNDED those dates and it may cause their team to be disqualified from winning the league championship.

Right to modify for the best of the league

Please note this policy is in place to protect all the hard work that goes into the day to day operations of the CVA Travel League.  All teams accept the Rules and regulations once they submit any payment to participate in the league.  Questions about this policy must be submitted in writing via email to Derek Flanagan. Director can modify these rules at any time to benefit the players of the league.  Any amendments or rules that are left out are covered in the Nations rules, NFHS rules, and MLB rules.

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Game Guarantee

 Full time teams who play a minimum of six games have met the requirement for the game guarantee. Game guarantee includes pre-season, regular season, State event, and playoff events.  

Teams who opt not to play all four scheduled regular season Sunday dates forfeit their right of the game guarantee.

State tournament is a three game guarantee. Teams who only play one game will receive a 40% refund or can receive credit towards future events.
If teams lose any regular season games to weather; efforts will be made to schedule make-up dates. Example: If teams lose two regular season games due to weather; the following scheduled weekend may include three games.

If weather affects any pre-season games, weekend event, or end of the season tournament; director has the right to modify the format or make a decision based on Nations Baseball or MLB rules. Example: Turn event into a one day single elimination format; modified pool games, etc

General Refund Policy

Any team who withdraws from the league prior to August 30th will receive a full refund minus a $25 admin fee. $75 security deposits will not be refunded. If a team has played any pre-season games, then the amount refunded will be determined based on whether a team has prepaid in full or only paid the security deposit.  Pre-season games are included in the game guarantee of the RW Policy.

Once a team has played one regular season league game or Diamond Duel one day tournament game; no refunds will be given.  After August 30th, any team who withdraws from any league games regardles of whether part time or full time and has NOT played any league games can receive a refund, but will be charged 75% of total entry fee paid. Note: The policy protects all the hard work that goes into setting up the league, scheduling of the umpires, paying for the fields, sanctioning fees, awards, and general administrative work. 

Sportmanship Policy

Please treat this league with dignity and respect; any team who does not show consistent sportsmanship to their opponents or organizations will be asked to leave the league or may be suspended based on specific actions.  These suspensions can include participation in any Nationas Baseball events held in VA and other states. 

Please remember that baseball is a game and these kids just want to have fun while playing a game they enjoy.  Keep it fun and instructive and this will be the most enjoyable league experience, not only for the players, but for everyone as well! 

Modification of this Policy

League director has the right at any time to modify this policy.  Teams looking for "ways to avoid" the above policy is the reason why this ammendment is in place.  League director is willing to work with teams in order for all teams to get the full VALUE of this league.  However, the director will not be taken advantage of just because a team provides any reason WHY they cannot play a specific date, location, team, etc.  Teams need to honor their committment to the league and the dates provided regardless of "other tournaments" being postponed, cancelled, or rescheduled.  When teams submit their pre registration form; those dates will be scheduled for that team on those dates.  If for whatever reason a team is unavailable to play; that team must give as much notice as possible in order for schedule to be updated.  

Derek Flanagan
CVA Fall League Director