Baseball Minor League Friendship Tournament 2018 -  June 5 & 6 - Tournament Rules

Rules for Regular Season League Play in the Minor Leagues apply to this tournament with the following exceptions:

  1. Tournament will be Machine Pitch
  1. A coach for the batting team will feed the pitching machine.
  2. Batters will be given max. (6) pitches per plate appearance or (3) swinging strikes.
  3. Balls in the dirt prior to reaching the plate will be a no pitch however; if a player swings it will be called a strike.
  4. An at-bat will not end on a foul ball, an additional pitch will be granted.
  5. Caught foul tips are considered outs if on a 3rd swinging strike or the 6th (or greater) pitch.
  1. Pitching machines will be set at approx 40 mph. Tournament director may adjust the speed of the machine if too slow or too fast for the tournament. Pitching  machine will be operated by the coach of hitting team.
  2. Pitching machine is in play. If the ball hits the pitching machine and rolls foul before the base it is a foul ball. If it stays fair, then rolls foul after the base, then it is a fair ball.
  3. 70 minute time limit will be used with the umpire and scorekeeper responsible for calling a game. No inning will start after the 70 minutes has elapsed. Championship game has no time limit.
  4. Teams can pull up rookie league players to avoid forfeits and those players are not required to play entire tourney.
  5. The 10 run rule will be in effect after the 4th inning is completed. 3 ½ if the home team is leading. The 5 run rule applies for the tournament. If a team is leading they are allowed to add 5 more runs in an inning. If a team is behind they are allowed to catch and pass opposing team by 5 runs. This rule does NOT apply to the last inning.
  6. Bunting is NOT allowed.
  7. Players may not advance when the ball is thrown back to the pitcher from the catcher.
  8. Players may advance ONE base (at their own risk) on a passed ball only, with the exception of home plate.  Ball must be batted to advance runner home.
  1. A passed ball is defined as one that ends in foul territory, outside the batter’s box and out of reach of the catcher in their normal crouched position.
  1. Ties
  1. Any pool play game can end in a tie.  No extra innings even if time remains.
  2. All seeded games will use the International Tiebreaker if tied after 6 innings or the time limit has been met.
  3. Third place Game (21) & Championship Game (22) use the International tiebreaker after 6 innings.  No time limit.

  1. All rules above may be adjusted prior to tourney start. Any changes made will be presented to each coach prior to start of their first tourney game. Common sense will be the final rule.  

International Tie Breaker

Pool Play Standings / Rankings

  1. Wins/Loses
  2. Head to Head
  3. Average Runs Allowed - 10 run max per game
  4. Run differential
  5. Coin Flip