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2021 Skinner Strong Invitational Tournament Rules
This event has a 4-game guarantee (Weather Permitting)
BRACKET PLAY RULES:
18U Bracket Play Rules: 3 Pool Winners and 1 Wild Card.
16U Bracket Play Rules: 2 Pool Winners and 2 Wild Cards.
14U Bracket Play Rules: All teams make playoffs and are seeded from Pool Play Record.
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 2 hour limit will be adhered to in all Pool Play games. The game clock will begin immediately following the home plate coaches meeting prior to the game. No inning will start after 2 hours has elapsed. The umpires will be the official timers for every game. A new inning starts when the last out of the previous inning is made. Each team’s pool play schedule will be predetermined. DURING ALL POOL PLAY GAMES AT PROSPECT SELECT TOURNAMENTS, THE TEAM LISTED SECOND (EITHER ON THE RIGHT OR THE BOTTOM) IS THE HOME TEAM. Teams must adhere to this predetermined designation. 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.
2. 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. If the teams decide to play a scrimmage following the forfeit decision, the forfeit result will stand regardless of the scrimmage outcome.
3. Taking Infield: No infield will be allowed during the tournament.
4. Mercy Rule: 12 after 3, 10 after 4, 8 after 5
5. Trips to the mound: The pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound in any inning.
6. 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.
7. 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 and social media platforms 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).
8. 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). *As a note, the results of any game cancelled after becoming official will revert back to the last completed inning.
9. 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.
10. 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. All games in which an ineligible player participates will be deemed a forfeit loss for the team on which he plays. 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 is the players age on or before May 1, 2022. For example, a 17-year-old sophomore is eligible to participate in 16U tournaments. This is determined by the athlete’s graduating class.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Sportsmanship: In the interest of sportsmanship, the tournament committee reserves the right to remove any person(s) from the tournament at any time 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.
14. Bat Specifications: Wood Bat, Wood Bat Composite
15. 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.
National High School Federation Baseball Rules apply in all other cases.
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Once payment for an event is received no refund will be issued
Once a tournament starts, the first pitch is thrown, no refunds will be given. 20% credits will be awarded to team(s) who play less than 25% of their originally scheduled games.