Quinsippi Invitational Rules
16U – Pool winners, plus Wild Cards
18U – Pool winners, plus Wild Cards
Coaches: Be sure you are aware of all rules and rule changes. PROSPECTSELECT BASEBALL, INC. reserves the right to amend these rules at any time for specific tournament play. National High School Federation Baseball Rules will be enforced with the following exceptions.
IMPORTANT RULES and INFORMATION
1. Pool Play: A strict two-hour time limit will be adhered to in all Pool Play games. No inning will start after the two hours has elapsed. The umpires will be the official timers for every game. A new inning starts when the last out is made. Each team’s pool games will be predetermined. The home and away teams must adhere to predetermined designation. Prospect Select Baseball will announce prior to the tournament, at schedule release, how the home team will be designated. All pool games tied after 7 innings or the 2 hour time limit (whichever occurs first) will be recorded as a tie. Tie games will not go into extra innings regardless of remaining time. A tie is equal to a ½ win and ½ loss for each team.
2. Championship Round/Playoffs: A strict two-hour time limit will be used in all games leading up to the Semifinal and Championship games. In the semifinal and championship games there will be no time limit. In all championship round games leading up to the Championship game, if tied after seven (7) innings, the game will go to the tiebreaker procedures outlined below. In the Championship game, there is no tiebreaker. This rule is subject to change. The home team in Championship Rounds will be determined by the highest seed. This is the case in all circumstances.
*Teams from the same organization will not play each other in first round of the playoffs. The organization’s lower seed will be moved down one slot. For example, Team Sox is number 3 seed, Team Sox Blue is number 4 seed and Lumberjack Baseball is number 5 seed. Team Sox Blue will now become the number 5 seed and Lumberjack Baseball will now become the number 4 seed. This process will be started once pool winners and wild cards have been established. Exception to this rule is, no team outside of the organization in question will be seeded lower.
Tie Breaker: If after 7 innings in Championship Rounds (excluding the Championship game) the two teams are still tied, the following tiebreaker rules will go into effect. The last three hitters from the previous inning will load the bases. The base runners will be placed as follows:
• Last hitter from previous inning @ 1st Base
• Hitter before him in the lineup @ 2nd Base
• Hitter before that in the lineup @ 3rd Base
• Normal substitution rules apply to these runners.
• The hitting team will start the inning with one out.
• Play continues until one team is ahead at the end of an inning.
3. Forfeits: All games must be started with at least nine (9) players. A game can be finished with eight (8) players, no less than (8). Once a team establishes it has 8 players it must finish the game with 8 players. The player leaving the original lineup cannot return and his spot in the hitting lineup will be recorded as an out. Any team not on the field and prepared to start the game, at game time, will give cause for immediate forfeit. Any intentional forfeit will result in the forfeiting team being eliminated from the tournament without refund. The tournament committee will rule on all forfeits. No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner. This rule could result in a dispute and the tournament committee reserves the right to look at and rule in the fairest possible way. The committee’s decision will be final. In the event of forfeiture, the score is recorded as 7-0
4. Taking Infield: No infield will be allowed during the tournament.
5. Mercy Rule: 12 after 3, 10 after 4, 8 after 5. These rules apply in all rounds of the tournament including Playoffs/Championship round.
6. Trips to the mound: The pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound in any inning.
7. Hitting lineup: Lineups can consist of 9, 10, or 11 hitters. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. The 10th and 11th hitter, if used, will be designated as an EH and XH on the lineup card. XH is a 2nd EH. The EH and XH are the same as any position on the field.
8. In case of rain: Time constraints will determine that status of all rain out games. It is solely the team’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of any scheduling changes. All information will be posted on www.ps-baseball.com as soon as it becomes official.
Note: No special requests will be honored if rescheduling becomes necessary. If games are cancelled, pool winners and championship qualification will be determined by the tie breaking procedures (listed below).
9. Stop in Play: If a game is stopped, the game must resume within 1 hour of the stop in play. If a game is not resumed, it will become suspended or called official. If five (5) innings have been completed, or 4 1/2 innings and the home team is ahead; the game will be official if not resumed within 1 hour.
After 5 complete innings, a tie score will be recorded as a tie in pool play. A suspended game will resume where the game was stopped. If a tournament is stopped before or during championship determination is decided, the tournament champion will be decided by Prospect Select Baseball based on the seeding and tiebreaker processes within the rules (listed below) .
10. Protests: Protests will be heard and ruled on by the tournament committee. The team protesting must make cash payment of $50 at the time of the protest. If the protest is ruled in the protesting team’s favor the $50 will be refunded. The ruling made by the committee will be final. If during the game, protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch. If the protested call ends the game, the protest must be made before the umpires leave the field.
11. Roster and Roster changes: Teams may change their rosters up until they start their first game. A player is eligible to compete in multiple divisions in the same tournament, but cannot play on more than one team per division in which they are eligible. In order to be eligible for playoff participation, the athlete participating in two different divisions must have appeared in at least two pool play games for the team he wishes to compete for. Division of play can be determined by grad class or age cut off. The age cut off will be May 1 of every year. For example, a 17-year-old sophomore is eligible to participate in 16U tournaments. This is determined by the athlete’s graduating class.
12. Pitch Counts: Prospect Select Baseball encourages proper care for all participants. Although there is not a strict pitch count, the best interest of the athlete is always the expectation for coaches and organizations. The NFHS Pitch Count limits provide a framework for arm care, but are not used as the standard for Prospect Select tournaments.
13. Scoring: We recommend that all teams keep a scorebook. The official score of each game will be kept by the umpires. In case an emergency where the umpire cannot keep the official score, the home team will be the official scorer. To eliminate scoring disputes, scorekeepers should check with the official scorer throughout and after the game.
14. Sportsmanship: In the interest of sportsmanship, the tournament committee reserves the right to remove any person(s) from the tournament at anytime for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior. Any coach or player who is ejected for the second time during the tournament will be eliminated from participating for the remainder of the tournament. Person(s) (Player, coaches and fans) ejected from a game must leave facility if deemed necessary by tournament committee.
15. Bat Specifications: Wood Bat, Wood Bat Composite
16. Not covered in the Rules: In the event an item is not covered in the rules, the tournament committee will make the fairest possible final ruling.
Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules.
1. Pool Play Record
2. If ONLY TWO teams are tied and have played each other - Head to Head winner advances.
3. If 3 or More teams are tied and have ALL played each other a equal number of times – Team with the best record against the teams tied will advance. If ALL teams have not played each other go to tie breaker 4.
*For example if 3 teams have the same overall record at 4-2 and all 3 of the teams played each other an equal number of times and one teams record against the other two was 2-0 and another was 1-1 and the other was 0-2. The 2-0 Team will advance.
4. Total runs allowed in pool play. Smallest total wins the tie breaker.
5. If still tied – Total runs scored in pool play. Highest total wins the tie breaker.
6. If still tied – Run Differential - The total difference between a teams score versus their opponents. The largest differential wins the tie breaker. Runs scored – Runs allowed.
7. If still tied – Coin Flip
National High School Federation Baseball Rules apply in all other cases.