Minnetonka Baseball Association is a program of service to the youth of our community. It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation.

Minnetonka Inter-League Community 12/13 & 14/15 Tournament Rules

June 24 to July 1, 2015

 

Coaches: You are responsible for knowing the rules in this document. Many games can be resumed much quicker if the coaches know these rules and have them on the bench for quick referral.

Tournament Coordinators will make efforts to contact you if there are any schedule changes due circumstances such as to weather.

  1. The official schedule is the pool/bracket posted on the MBA Homepage.  It is the responsibility of the coach to know the schedule and field assignments.

  2. Teams shall supply game balls, including (2) new balls per game.

  3. Home team will be determined by a coin toss prior to each pool game.

  4. Home team in bracket play will be top seeded team (best seeded number).

  5. Each team shall have a maximum of 3 coaches plus a scorekeeper in the dugout at any time.

  6. No protests are allowed on subjective calls. Umpire decisions are final. This includes speed-up rules.

  7. Rosters:  each coach will submit a roster to the tournament director prior to the tournament to include name and jersey number for their team for the tournament.  There is a 15 player roster maximum and these are the players you have available.

  8. Teams must start the game with 9 players. If due to injury or illness, a team may finish a game with 8 players. A team reduced to less than 9 players due to injury or other may complete the game with 8 players.

  9. Substitutes: In the event a team has less than 9 players at the official start of the game, an umpire will give the team 10 minutes (from the official start time) to get a substitute player to the field. Only players registered in the tournament can serve as substitutes.

    1. If a substitute player cannot be located and the other team has more than 9 players, the game can be started as an official game. Each inning the last batter from the opposing team would assume a defensive position but would not bat for the team that is short the player.  

    2. Substitute players cannot assume the pitcher or catcher positions.

    3. If a team has less than 9 players 10 minutes after the scheduled start of the game, the game will be recorded as a forfeit.

    4. If one team has 9 players and the other team has less than 9 players ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled start, the game will be recorded as a forfeit for the team short a player.

    5. If both teams are short players, an effort will be made to reschedule the game.

  10. A 15-minute grace period shall be allowed before a forfeit is declared. Forfeiting teams may NOT advance from pool play.

  11. All teams must wear numbered jerseys of identical color. Tape numbers are not acceptable. Coaches/managers do not have to be in uniform. Illegally uniformed players must be withheld from competition until they become legal. (Rule Subject to Tournament Directors final ruling).

  12. Free substitution and batting for all teams will be “round robin” with the entire bench.

  13. The 10-run rule is in effect throughout the entire tournament. Games shall end at the conclusion of 4 ½ innings (home team) or 5 innings (visiting team) if the score differential is 10 or more.

  14. Pitching Rules: Innings Pitched Restrictions

    1. 13 Prep:

      1. Pool:  4 per game, 7 per pool, cannot exceed 8 innings in one day

      2. Bracket:  5 per game, 8 per bracket (cannot exceed 8 in one day) 

      3. Any pitcher may re-enter a game as a pitcher as long as they have not been removed by rule

    2. 14-15  Classic

      1. Pool: 5 per game, 8 per pool, cannot exceed 9 innings in one day

      2. Bracket: 6 per game, 8 per bracket, cannot exceed 9 in one day. 

      3. A pitcher who is removed from the mound can only reenter as a pitcher if they started the game as the pitcher.

    3. VIOLATION of innings pitched restrictions will result in the Head Coach being ejected for the remainder of the tournament. The team will forfeit the game of infraction. The pitcher in violation of rule will be ejected for the game of infraction, and he is also prohibited from pitching the rest of the tournament.

    4. Teams must keep track of innings pitched during each game and verify with the opposing coach immediately following the game. Coaches are also responsible for verifying the number of innings pitched with the tournament director, who will keep a running total throughout the tournament.

    5. One pitch in an inning constitutes an inning pitched.

    6. High school rules apply for legal pitch types.

    7. Balks: a balk will be warned on the first occurrence for Prep.  A balk will be called at the discretion of the umpire for Classic.  A fake pitch will be considered a balk resulting in a dead ball with all runners advancing one base. High school rules

    8. Trips to the Mound: each team is allowed 1 defensive conference (including trips to the mound) PER PITCHER PER GAME On the second trip or defensive conference, the pitcher must be removed from the pitcher position. This is not per inning, but per pitcher.

  15.  Equipment:

    1. Decisions made by the umpire regarding equipment are final.

    2. Metal Spikes:: allowed

    3. Proper helmets must be worn while in the on-deck circle, batting, base running, catching

    4. Bat restrictions:

      1. Prep:   2-5/8” to 2-3/4” size and all bats must have the NEW USSSA Approved 1.15 BPF stamp on its taper and a minus 10 differential or less

      2. Classic:  2-5/8” to 2-3/4” size and all bats must have the NEW USSSA Approved 1.15 BPF stamp on its taper and a minus 5 differential or less

  16. Teams must supply their own first-aid kits. Hosts do not provide training equipment, supplies, or personnel.

  17. Base Running Rules:

    1. High School Rules apply

    2. Runners at all ages must avoid contact with defensive players.

    3. Head first slides are allowed at all ages. Runner must always avoid deliberate contact (all ages) at home plate. Runner will be declared out if contact is direct and intentional.

  18. Game Length- Time Limits: (An inning is completed, the moment the last out of the inning is recorded)

    1. Game length is 7 innings

    2. No inning can start after 1 hour 45 min from the official start of the game.  Any inning legally started plays to the finish of that inning.

    3. Umpires should announce the time the game starts, but are not required to give notice that time limit may occur during a subsequent inning. Coaches shall record the Start Time provided by the Umpire and track game progress against time accordingly. Umpire’s time is official time.

    4. If the home team is ahead and they have not started their at bat, when the time limit has been reached, but the visiting team has completed its at bat, the game is over. The home team does not get the option to continue batting.

    5. Game determination for games ended by time limit, weather or any other event

      In Pool Play:

      § If the time limit has not occurred and the game is tied, a new inning begins immediately after the last out is recorded. If the game is tied after that inning and the time limit has been reached the game ends in a tie.

      § If the home team is batting and leading when the time limit is reached, at least four innings have been completed but the game has not reached maximum innings, the home team shall complete their at-bat.

      § If the game is called final by the Tournament Director due to weather, darkness or other event and at least 4 innings have been completed:

      • If the home team is batting and leading the game is over.

      • If the home team is not leading or the game is tied, the score from the last completed inning where there was no tie, that shall be the final score.

      • If all completed innings were tied, the winner will be determined by a coin flip.

In Bracket Play:

§ If the home team is ahead and they have not started their at bat, when the time limit has been reached or the game stopped, but the visiting team has completed its at bat, the game is over.

§ If the home team is batting and leading when the time limit is reached or the game stopped and at least four innings have been completed – the game is over.

§ There is no time limit for the championship game for bracket play.

If either team deliberately stalls or slows the game, umpire will invoke 20 second rule after first warning (ball or strike called against offending team). If given the aforementioned time constraints, the tournament director sets a hard stop for the game, when the time limit is reached or the game is stopped (called final by the Tournament Director):

• If the home team is batting and leading the game is over.

• If the home team is not leading or the game is tied, the score from the last completed inning where there was no tie, that shall be the final score.

• If all completed innings were tied, the higher seeded team shall be declared the winner.

  1. Courtesy runners are allowed for the current catcher. The catcher must be the current catcher and catch the next inning (must use the player recorded as making the last out.)

    1. Classic League: Players who have participated in the game in any other capacity are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners until all players have participated. If all players have participated, then the courtesy runner will be the last player that made an out.

  2. A player who is batting out of order and has taken a pitch will be replaced by the proper batter, if questioned by the opposing team. It is not an out. The proper batter assumes the current pitch count.

  3. We reserve the right to re-schedule and/or shorten games should inclement weather be pending, or interfere with play.

  4. A game that is suspended due to inclement weather (or for any other reason) may be resumed from the exact point of suspension. The Tournament Director reserves the right to do whatever necessary to complete the tournament, including changing format, shortening or eliminating games, etc.. 

  5. It is the responsibility of each coach to determine if their team advances past pool play and when they play in the bracket portion in the tournament. Tournament staff will not be contacting coaches.

  6. No dogs are allowed at Bennett Park

  7. Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted anywhere on the premises.

     

  8. Pool Play Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules

    1. Head to head

    2. Least number of runs allowed against tied teams

    3. Run differential against tied teams (maximum plus or minus 10 runs per game)

    4. Least number of runs allowed in total pool play

    5. Run differential in total pool play (maximum plus or minus 10 runs per game)

    6. Coin toss