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2018 MBA COMMUNITY TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES

Community 7

IF A RULE IS NOT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED WITHIN THESE “COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT RULES,” ALL REGULAR SEASON RULES ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN EFFECT

Tournament Format: 

The teams were randomly assigned to a seed in the Bracket at the start of the season by the Tournament Director. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games. This is not double elimination; it’s a tournament that guarantees two games. Teams that win their first game or win based on the tiebreaker rules, continue to the Champions Series bracket. All other teams will proceed to the Consolation Series bracket. From that point on, all future games played are “win you advance, lose you go home” (an exception being Game #8 and the 3rd place game).

Game Length: 

The games shall be played to three (3) innings (approximately 60 minutes).  If weather shortens the game, the League Director and / or Tournament Director shall convene with the coaches to make a decision, but first of which will be the score after each full inning of play, depending on when the game was interrupted.

Game Rules (no deviation unless determined by the League/Tournament Director):

Eligibility - This is an MBA in-house tournament, so all player assigned to your roster are eligible to take part in the tournament. Replacement players may not be used in the MBA In-House Tournament.  Teams must field players from their regular season rosters. Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Batting Order – Teams will bat in a continuous batting order. The batting order can be reset prior to the first tournament game only then this new batting order must be followed throughout the remaining tournament games (i.e. the on deck batter for the last out of any particular game will be the lead off batter the next game). Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Player Fielding Rotation – Regular season rules dictate player rotations in the field. Players must be rotated to different positions after each inning and must be given equal time in the infield and outfield. A player cannot play a single position in two consecutive innings and no more than two total innings over the course of the tournament.  Coaches should make every attempt to allow each player to play each position throughout the tournament (the maximum number of innings a team can play in the tournament is 12, each team has 10 or 11 players, so each player should be given an opportunity at each position if possible).

Scoring – Scores will be kept and there will be winners and losers for each game played. There will be a 5 run max per inning.  As such, each team shall identify an official scorebook keeper for their respective team. It is recommended that coaches/scorekeepers compare their scorecard after each half inning to confirm accuracy.  At the completion of each game, they shall tally the score for each team and compare numbers, and agree on an official game score (as noted later, home runs and doubles are allowed, if a home run is hit with runners on base and pushes the number of runs scored in the half inning above five runs, the team will only be awarded 5 runs for that half inning (i.e. the maximum allowable score per game could be 15).

 

Tie Breakers – Tie breakers shall be determined in the following order, until a winner can be determined:

  1. Total fielding outs achieved per team,

  2. Total amount of extra base hits,

  3. Total amount of fly balls caught (fly outs) per team, and

  4. Best of three coin toss (In rotating order, Head Visitor Coach flips, Head Home Coach calls, coin must be flipped in the air and land free and clear on the ground flat in order to be valid).

     

Pitching – Seven (7) maximum sling pitches, followed by unlimited soft tosses/coach pitching by the same coach operating the sling, until the batter puts a batted ball into play. Once the batter receives the maximum seven (7) sling pitches, then all balls batted into play from a soft toss or coach pitch, shall be excluded from being an extra base hit, and shall be limited to a single, meaning the batter can only achieve first base, and all base runners shall be limited to one base from where they were at the time of the hit. Note: There will not be any strikeouts or walks awarded to any batter.

Fielding – Only fielders assigned to an infield position can make a play at a base. Outfielders may not cover a bag for a force play or make a tag on a base runner unless it occurs on an overthrow. If a team has less than nine players, that team must first field a player at each of the six infield positions before placing players at an outfield position.

Batted Balls – In order for a batted ball to be considered “in play” it must travel beyond a six-foot arc, to be drawn prior to each game and acknowledged as such by both head coaches. If it does not travel beyond the six foot arc, it will be counted as one of the SEVEN (7) maximum pitches allowed for each player, and if it happens on the 7th pitch, then pitching shall continue as if it was a foul ball. In the event a batted ball strikes the pitching sling, a bucket or the coach operating the sling before the ball is touched by a defensive player, the ball will be declared a dead ball and the play shall be replayed.  This is considered a replay and the pitch does not count as one of the seven pitches.

Home Runs will be awarded! A Home Run will be awarded in the event of a ball hit in the air and lands “untouched” by an opposing player making the effort to catch the ball, beyond the white chalk line/arc (home run zone). Home Runs will count as one run, unless there are runners on base, in which case each base runner will also count as one run.  Grand Slams are possible!!

Home Runs and Doubles are not allowed on pitches made by soft toss and or coach pitch. Home Runs and Doubles can only be achieved by balls put into play from pitches made by a pitching sling.

Outs Per Half Inning – There will be three (3) outs allowed for the batting team, each half inning. Once the fielding team achieves three (3) outs, that half inning will be over without question. 

Base Running – Current year Community 7 rules apply, except as previously noted:

  • Home Runs,

  • Balls hit to the outfield grass (i.e. batter and other base runners allowed to advance 2 bases, at their own risk) and

  • Elimination of “last batter” (i.e. 3 outs or 5 run per inning limit).

 

In the event a home run worthy hit ball is caught in the air, like any other caught fly ball the batter is out and all base runners are “live”. In the event a fielder touches the ball in the air in an effort to make a play on the ball, even in the outfield or grass area (home run zone), then what would have been a home run is not, yet it is now a “live” ball with the possibility of the runners advancing one extra base, but again, all runners are “live” and able to be tagged or forced out.

 

2017 MBA COMMUNITY TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES

Community 8

IF A  RULE IS NOT ADDRESSED WITHIN THESE “COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT RULES,” ALL REGULAR SEASON RULES ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN EFFECT

Tournament Format: 

The teams were seeded in the Bracket based on their regular season record. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games. This is not double elimination; it’s a tournament that guarantees two games. Teams that win their first game or win based on the tiebreaker rules, continue to the Champions Series bracket. All other teams will proceed to the Consolation Series bracket. From that point on, all future games played are “win you advance, lose you go home” (an exception being Game #6, Game 7 & Game 9 and the 3rd place game).

Bracket Placement:

The seeding and tie breakers for bracket placement are as follows:

  1. Regular Season Record

  2. Regular Season head-to-head result(s)

  3. Runs against head-to-head

  4. Runs against for the entire season

  5. Coin Flip

     

Game Length: 

Regular season rules regarding time limits for game play will be utilized with the exception of the Championship, 3rd place and Consolation Championship games; there will be no time limit on those three specific games. If weather shortens the game, the League Director and / or Tournament Director shall convene with the coaches to make a decision, but first of which will be the score after each full inning of play, depending on when the game was interrupted.

In the Championship, 3rd place & Consolation Championship games the unlimited run inning will be the sixth inning, regardless of time.

 

Game Rules (no deviation unless determined by the League/Tournament Director):

Eligibility - This is an MBA in-house tournament, so all player assigned to your roster are eligible to take part in the tournament. Replacement players may not be used in the MBA In-House Tournament.  Teams must field players from their regular season rosters. Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Batting Order – Teams will bat in a continuous batting order. The batting order can be reset from the regular season prior to the first tournament game only. The “new” batting order must be followed throughout the remaining tournament games (i.e. the on deck batter for the last out of any particular game will be the lead off batter the next game). Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Player Fielding Rotation – Regular season rules dictate player rotations in the field. Players must be rotated to different positions after each inning. A player cannot play a single position in two consecutive innings and every player must at least have 2 innings in the infield in an official game. Coaches should make every attempt to allow each player to play each position throughout the tournament. A player must not be scheduled to play more time in the outfield/bench than the infield for a six inning game. For a 12-person team, the scheduled playing time for each player should be exactly 3 innings in outfield/bench and 3 innings in the infield. For teams with fewer players, some players may play more infield than outfield/bench as long as no player is in the infield more than 1 inning longer than any teammate.

Home Team Designation – The higher seed (i.e. 1 being the highest seed) will be the home team and they will occupy the third base dugout and be responsible for the scoreboard.

Scoring – Scores will be kept and there will be winners and losers for each game played. There will be a 5 run max per inning for all innings of the tournament except for the “last inning” as called by the umpire or the sixth inning; whereas those innings are unlimited run innings.  As such, each team shall identify an official scorebook keeper for their respective team. It is recommended that coaches/scorekeepers compare their scorecard after each half inning to confirm accuracy.  At the completion of each game the coach / score keeper must enter the score on the MBA web-site to ensure brackets are updated timely for subsequent games.

Tie Score – In the event of a tie score after complete game requirements have been met (time limit, or 6 innings, or weather or darkness), the game will be declared a tie with the higher seeded team moving to the next round of tournament play. If a game has a tie score and completed 6 innings before the time rule limit then the game will be allowed to continue to a new inning to try and break the tie.

The exception to this rule will be the Championship, 3rd place, Consolation and Championship semi-final games:

* Games will be allowed to continue play until the next completed inning (both Visitor and Home team batting) in which one team finishes with the lead.

** In the event of a tie after the six innings of play, each subsequent inning of play will be “unlimited runs” until a winner is decided.

   

2017 MBA COMMUNITY TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES

Community 9

IF A  RULE IS NOT ADDRESSED WITHIN THESE “COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT RULES,” ALL REGULAR SEASON RULES ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN EFFECT

Tournament Format: 

The teams were seeded into Pool’s based on their regular season record. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games from there Pool. Teams within a Pool is provided the same day’s rest as other teams within the same Pool. The winner of each of the 3 Pool’s advance, and the next highest team (i.e. Wild Card) will advance to the semi-finals. This is not double elimination; it’s a tournament that guarantees two games. Teams which advance from Pool Play, move to the semi-finals.

Pool Placement - The seeding and tie breakers for the Pool Placement are as follows:

  1. Regular Season Record (system calculated win percentage)

  2. Regular Season head-to-head record (could be 0, 1 or two head to head games)

  3. Fewest total runs against head-to-head

  4. Fewest total runs against for the entire season

  5. Most total runs scored for the entire season

  6. Coin Flip

     

Pool Winner(s) – In Pool Play, a tied game will be recorded as a tie. The Pool winner will be determined based on the following:

  1. Teams with the most points as recorded based on Wins, Ties, Losses (W=2 pts, T=1 pts, L=0 pts). The score of a forfeited game will be recorded as a 6-0 for six innings. These will count towards the tie-breaker procedures.

  2. If two teams are tied at the end of Pool Play games, the Pool Winner tie breaker is:

    1. Winner of Tournament head-to-head game (if applicable)

    2. Lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played (i.e. total defensive runs allowed for both Pool Play games divided by total defensive outs recorded for both Pool Play games. If an inning was “ended” due to the 5 run per inning limit, there would be less than 3 defensive outs for that inning).

    3. Most offensive runs averaged per innings of offense played (i.e. total offensive runs allowed for both Pool Play games divided by total outs recorded for both Pool Play games. If an inning was “ended” due to the 5 run per inning limit, there would be less than 3 outs for that inning).

  3. If three teams are tied at the end of Pool Play games, the Pool Winner tie breaker is first 2.b. noted above (i.e. team with the lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played), then 2.a noted above, then 2.c noted above.

  4. Regular Season Seeding (as determined for Pool Placement above)

Game Length: 

Regular season rules regarding time limits for game play will be utilized with the exception of the Championship game; there will be no time limit on that specific game. If weather shortens the game, the League Director and / or Tournament Director shall convene with the coaches to make a decision, but first of which will be the score after each full inning of play, depending on when the game was interrupted.

In the Championship game the unlimited run inning will be the sixth inning, regardless of time.

Game Rules (no deviation unless determined by the League/Tournament Director):

Eligibility - This is an MBA in-house tournament, so all player assigned to your roster are eligible to take part in the tournament. Replacement players may not be used in the MBA In-House Tournament.  Teams must field players from their regular season rosters. Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Batting Order – Teams will bat in a continuous batting order. The batting order can be reset from the regular season prior to the first tournament game only. The “new” batting order must be followed throughout the remaining tournament games (i.e. the on deck batter for the last out of any particular game will be the lead off batter the next game). Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Player Fielding Rotation – Regular season rules dictate player rotations in the field. Players (with the only possible exception of the pitcher and catcher) rotate to different positions after each inning and given approximately equal time in the infield, outfield and bench. No player will be on the bench twice before all players have been on the bench. Each Player will play infield at least twice in the first 5 innings. No player may play the same position more than 3 innings in a game (including Pitcher).

Home Team Designation – The higher seed (i.e. 1 being the highest seed) will be the home team and they will occupy the third base dugout and be responsible for the scoreboard.

Pitch Counts – MBA regular season Pitch Count and Rest Rules apply. All teams will record their pitchers’ pitch counts throughout the game and make them available upon request.  After the game completion, each team will report their pitchers pitch counts to the League Director and Tournament. A Pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches cannot play catcher for the remainder of that day.

Scoring – Scores will be kept similar to the regular season. For Pool Play there will be wins, ties and losses for each game played. There will be a 5 run max per inning for all innings of the tournament except for the “last inning” as called by the umpire or the sixth inning; whereas those innings are unlimited run innings.  At the completion of each game the coach / score keeper must enter the score on the MBA web-site to ensure brackets are updated timely for subsequent games.

Tie Score – In the event of a tie score after complete game requirements have been met (time limit, or 6 innings, or weather or darkness), the game will be declared a tie in Pool Play.

The exception to this rule will be the Championship, 3rd place and semi-final games:

* Semi-final games will be allowed to continue play until the earlier of the 2 hour time limit is up or until next completed inning (both Visitor and Home team batting). in which one team finishes with the lead.

** In the event of a tie after the six innings of play for the semi-finals, each subsequent inning of play will be “unlimited runs” until a winner is decided or until the 2 hour time limit is up. Then the tie breaker will revert to the lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played.

2017 MBA COMMUNITY TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES

Community 10/11

IF A  RULE IS NOT ADDRESSED WITHIN THESE “COMMUNITY TOURNAMENT RULES,” ALL REGULAR SEASON RULES ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN EFFECT

Tournament Format: 

The teams were seeded into Pool’s based on their regular season record. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games from there Pool. Teams within a Pool is provided the same day’s rest as other teams within the same Pool. The winner of each of the 3 Pool’s advance, and the next highest team (i.e. Wild Card) will advance to the semi-finals. This is not double elimination; it’s a tournament that guarantees two games. Teams which advance from Pool Play, move to the semi-finals.

Pool Placement - The seeding and tie breakers for the Pool Placement are as follows:

  1. Regular Season Record (system calculated win percentage)

  2. Regular Season head-to-head record (could be 0, 1 or two head to head games)

  3. Fewest total runs against head-to-head

  4. Fewest total runs against for the entire season

  5. Most total runs scored for the entire season

  6. Coin Flip

     

Pool Winner(s) – In Pool Play, a tied game will be recorded as a tie. The Pool winner will be determined based on the following:

  1. Teams with the most points as recorded based on Wins, Ties, Losses (W=2 pts, T=1 pts, L=0 pts). The score of a forfeited game will be recorded as a 6-0 for six innings. These will count towards the tie-breaker procedures.

  2. If two teams are tied at the end of Pool Play games, the Pool Winner tie breaker is:

    1. Winner of Tournament head-to-head game (if applicable)

    2. Lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played (i.e. total defensive runs allowed for both Pool Play games divided by total defensive outs recorded for both Pool Play games. If an inning was “ended” due to the 5 run per inning limit, there would be less than 3 defensive outs for that inning).

    3. Most offensive runs averaged per innings of offense played (i.e. total offensive runs allowed for both Pool Play games divided by total outs recorded for both Pool Play games. If an inning was “ended” due to the 5 run per inning limit, there would be less than 3 outs for that inning).

  3. If three or more teams are tied at the end of Pool Play games, the Pool Winner tie breaker is first 2.b. noted above (i.e. team with the lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played), then 2.a noted above, then 2.c noted above.

  4. Regular Season Seeding (as determined for Pool Placement above)

     

Wild Card Team – In determining the Wild Card team. The remaining 9 teams will be determined based on the following:

  1. Teams with the most Tournament Pool Play points as recorded / noted above for Pool Winners.

  2. Team with the largest Pool Play Tournament run differential (total offensive run average per innings of offense played) minus (total defensive run average per innings of defense played).

  3. Regular Season Winning Percentage (as determined for Pool Placement above).

Game Length: 

Regular season rules regarding time limits for game play will be utilized with the exception of the Championship game; there will be no time limit on that specific game. If weather shortens the game, the League Director and / or Tournament Director shall convene with the coaches to make a decision, but first of which will be the score after each full inning of play, depending on when the game was interrupted.

In the Championship game the unlimited run inning will be the sixth inning, regardless of time.

Game Rules (no deviation unless determined by the League/Tournament Director):

Eligibility - This is an MBA in-house tournament, so all player assigned to your roster are eligible to take part in the tournament. Replacement players may not be used in the MBA In-House Tournament.  Teams must field players from their regular season rosters. Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Batting Order – Teams will bat in a continuous batting order. The batting order can be reset from the regular season prior to the first tournament game only. The “new” batting order must be followed throughout the remaining tournament games (i.e. the on deck batter for the last out of any particular game will be the lead off batter the next game). Any violation of this rule may result in forfeiting their game.

Player Fielding Rotation – Regular season rules dictate player rotations in the field. No player will be on the bench twice before all players have been on the bench. Each Player will play infield at least twice in the first 5 innings. No player may play the same position more than 3 innings in a game (including Pitcher).

Home Team Designation – The higher seed (i.e. 1 being the highest seed) will be the home team and they will occupy the third base dugout and be responsible for the scoreboard.

Pitch Counts – MBA regular season Pitching Restriction Rules apply. Therefore a pitcher may pitch a maximum of 3 innings per game; 6 innings total for the MBA 10/11 Community Tournament.

Scoring – Scores will be kept similar to the regular season. For Pool Play there will be wins, ties and losses for each game played. There will be a 5 run max per inning for all innings of the tournament except for the “last inning” as called by the umpire or the sixth inning; whereas those innings are unlimited run innings.  At the completion of each game the coach / score keeper must enter the score on the MBA web-site to ensure brackets are updated timely for subsequent games.

Tie Score – In the event of a tie score after complete game requirements have been met (time limit, or 6 innings, or weather or darkness), the game will be declared a tie in Pool Play.

The exception to this rule will be the Championship, 3rd place and semi-final games:

* Semi-final games will be allowed to continue play until the earlier of the 2 hour time limit is up or until next completed inning (both Visitor and Home team batting). in which one team finishes with the lead.

** In the event of a tie after the six innings of play for the semi-finals, each subsequent inning of play will be “unlimited runs” until a winner is decided or until the 2 hour time limit is up. Then the tie breaker will revert to the lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played.