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International Tournament Tip of the Day – BONUS TIP


Pitch Counts and Mandatory Play

The Tournament Committee has received several protests in the early stages of the tournament regarding pitch counts in the baseball divisions, and mandatory play in those divisions in which it is required.

It is extremely important, before the tournament progresses any further, that everyone involved thoroughly review and understand the two tips below.

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Pitch Count (Baseball divisions only)

Each Tournament Director MUST designate an individual to keep the OFFICIAL count for the all tournament games at all levels of baseball. This person will track the pitches thrown per game for each pitcher who enters the game. We encourage this individual to update the managers of both teams as to the status of their pitchers throughout the game. Everyone, including the opposing manager, should strive to prevent a pitcher from exceeding the prescribed number of pitches.

However, this does not relieve each individual baseball tournament manager from his responsibility for keeping track of pitches thrown by his/her pitcher. The team manager must be aware of the number of pitches thrown, and is responsible for planning accordingly to eliminate the possibility of a protest.

Overuse of a pitcher is basis for protest and may result in forfeiture by action of the Tournament Committee in Williamsport.

IMPORTANT: ALTHOUGH THE TOURNAMENT AFFIDAVIT MAY LIST THE DATE ON WHICH THE PITCHER IS ONCE AGAIN ELIGIBLE (IN TERMS OF DAYS OF REST), A GAME REST MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED. MANAGERS, AS ALWAYS, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THIS.

The complete rule is located on T-12, 13 of the 2007 Tournament Rules and Guidelines.

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Mandatory Play

The participants on a Tournament Team in the 9-10 Year Old Division; 10-11 Year Old Division; Little League Division; and Junior League Division of baseball and softball must participate in each game for a minimum of three (3) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. There is no mandatory play for Senior League and Big League baseball and softball.

For the purposes of this rule “three consecutive defensive outs” is defined as: A player enters the field in one of nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while three consecutive outs are made.

The definition of “bat at least one time” is: A player enters the batters box with no count (balls and/or strikes) and completes that time at bat by making an out or reaching base safely.

Managers are required to fulfill the mandatory play requirements, which have no exceptions, unless the game is shortened for any reason.

The complete Mandatory Play rule is located on T-14, 15 of the 2007 Tournament Rules and Guidelines.

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