RULES FOR 2016 BIGSY INVITATIONAL -11/12U
A. TOURNAMENT RULES:
Bigsy Tournament games will be played using the 2016 Regular Season Rules for Little League International. Make sure each coach has a copy of the 2016 Rule Book.
Each team will supply a new game ball for each game.
Home Team will be decided by a coin flip for pool play games. The Home team for bracket play will be the higher seed or coin flip if both teams are the same seed.
The Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
Players play, coaches coach and umpires ump! Verbal abuse to umpires (or the other teams players / fans / coaches) will NOT be tolerated. This goes for coaches / players / fans / parents. If anyone is verbally abusing umpires, or any other inappropriate behavior, they will be asked to leave the park.
B. SCORING RULES:
Due to the age of the players in this tournament, we have added a few rules.
A 10 run mercy rule after 4 innings.
Coaches and tournament bookkeeper/scoreboard operator will confer between half innings to confirm pitch count
Coaches will sign pitch count affidavit after each game.
The following pitch count rules will be used as stated by Little League International:
League age 11 and 12 can pitch a maximum of 85 pitches per day.
If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 21 to 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
If a player pitches 1 to 20 pitches in a day, no rest is required.
Note: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
Note: A catcher who catches in 4 innings will not be eligible to pitch for the remainder of that game.
Note: A player once removed from pitching is not allowed to pitch in that game.
Pitching records will be updated after every game. Make sure everything is correct after each game so we don’t have problems for your future games.
D. DROPPED 3RD STRIKES:
Hitters may attempt to advance to first base on a dropped third strike as permitted by the Little League rule book (Rule 6.05).
E. MANDATORY PLAY:
Each player should play a minimum of 2 innings in the field. No player will sit on the bench for consecutive innings (unless injured) in all games.
F. BATTING ORDER:
Each team will have a continuous batting order (if 12 players you have a 12 player batting order).
Free substitution (following the mandatory play rule of no consecutive innings on the bench).
H. GAME DURATION:
No new inning shall begin 1:40 after the official start of play. This rule will apply for all pool play games and bracket games, with the exception of the two semi-final games (Game #21 & #22), the 3rd Place game (Game #23) and Championship game (Game#24).
A game is considered "official" after 4 innings or 3½ if the home team is ahead.
If a game is tied after six (6) innings or a shortened game due to time limit, weather or darkness, it shall remain a tie during pool play.
If a bracket game cannot reach an "official game" (as mentioned above) before darkness or bad weather, it will resume the following day. These games will resume where they left off and the pitcher of record at the time of the stoppage can resume pitching. Note: If the pitcher of record has thrown 41 or more pitches they cannot resume pitching.
I. POOL PLAY & POOL PLAY TIEBREAKERS:
You will receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss during pool play games.
The score of a forfeited game will be 6-0. The six (6) innings of a forfeited game will count towards the tie-breaker procedures.
If two (2) teams are tied, the tie-breaker is the winner of the head to head game. If the head to head game ended in a tie it will go to the next tie-breaker.
If three (3) teams are tied and there is no clear winner, the first tie-breaker is the “lowest defensive runs allowed average per innings of defense played”. That calculation is the total of defensive runs allowed divided by the number of defensive innings played. Example: 24/18 = 1.33, 30/18 = 1.667. Once the winner is determined, the other two (2) teams will go back to head to head to determine the next place in the pool.
Order of Tie-breakers:
Overall Pool Record
Head-to-head between tied teams
Least Runs allowed per innings played, using all games & innings
Most Runs scored per innings played, using all games & innings
J. FINALS AND CONSOLATION BRACKET PROCEDURE:
The bracket play will be single elimination with a third place game.