You Make the Call – With 13 players on a roster what is the minimum requirements for meeting mandatory play?
International Tournament Play: Junior League Baseball/Softball and below. For the purposes of this scenario, a 13-player roster is being utilized.
Jimmy starts the game in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first inning, Jimmy bats. In the top of the second inning, Jimmy is substituted for George. George plays in the top of the second inning and bats in the bottom of the second. In the top of the third, Jimmy is re-entered and plays in innings three and four. In the top of the fifth inning, Larry is substituted for Jimmy. Larry bats in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the top of the six, George is re-entered for Larry and finishes the game. Is this legal?
For this scenario, we reference Tournament Playing Rules (TPR) 9 and 10 (b) and (c):
TPR 9: MANDATORY PLAY: 9-10 Year Old Division, 10-11 Year Old Division, Little League, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League: If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of one (1) at bat. If a tournament has twelve (12) or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.
TPR 10(b): Any player who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game in the SAME position in the batting order.
TPR 10(c): A substitute entering the game for the first time may not be removed prior to completion of her/his mandatory play requirements.
In the scenario, Jimmy is a starter and bats once, thus meeting his mandatory play requirements. George substitutes for Jimmy and bats once. Jimmy is re-entered for George because George has met his mandatory play requirements. Larry substitutes for Jimmy and bats once. George re-entered for Larry because Larry has met his mandatory play requirements. All of the players in this scenario have met mandatory play requirements according to TPR 9. Once players satisfy their mandatory play requirements, to include substitutes, they may be re-entered into the game at any point for any player. Remember that re-entries must occur in the same position in the batting order.
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