End-of-Season Tournament Rules:

Updated Thursday April 28, 2016 by Meridian Youth Baseball.

  • Forfeit: If a team misses a tournament game it will be forfeited. Please contact the tournament director so the opposing team can be notified. In the event the tournament is called due to weather, rescheduled games will be played at the tournament director’s discretion. Failure to field a team will result in forfeit.
  • Pickup Player: If a team cannot field a team of ten players, this rule applies. A team my pick up NO MORE THAN THREE players for the End-of-Season Tournament. The “pick up” player(s) must be on a Babe Ruth Softball Roster for the league they are picked up by and cannot have played or be playing in the end-of-season tournament with another team. A team utilizing pickup players may not have more than 10 total players on their EOS tournament roster.
  • Innings Played: Mandatory play requirements shall be the same as during the regular season. Every player shall play a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1 at-bat per game. All coaches and scorekeepers must be informed before the game of any disciplinary actions and this shall be noted in the scorebook. Failure to meet the minimum play requirement shall be subject to protest by the opposing team and could result in a forfeit. The minimum play requirement does not apply if the game is shortened for any reason. (Note: If the last half inning of a complete game is not played because the home team is ahead, it DOES NOT count as a shortened game)
  • 10U teams will follow the number of defenders allowed, batting order, free substitution, and base running rules used for regular season games.
  • Tournament Awards: Individual awards will be provided to each player in each age division of teams placing first, second, and third.
  • The 10-Run Rule, as described in the “Local League Options” section of the rulebook, will be in effect for all divisions.
  • The Extra Hitter rule, as described in the “Local League Options” of the rulebook, is allowed for the 12U, 14U, and 16U divisions.
  • Nine players will be required to start and finish all End-of-Season Tournament games.
  • Pitching Limitations for each age division are as follows: 10U- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 4 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 1 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 4 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 4 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3); 12U- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 6 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 3 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 6 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 6 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3); 14U/16U- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 7 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 4 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 7 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 7 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3). One pitch thrown in an inning counts as a full inning pitched.
  • Players on regular season rosters who have participated in a minimum of 5 regular season games are eligible to pitch in the End-of-Season tournament. Approval from the District Commissioner is required prior to participation of any player, as a pitcher, who does not meet the above eligibility requirement.

Time Limits:

  • Pitcher Warm Ups – Between innings and new pitchers are allowed 1 minute or 5 pitches.
  • Games – No new inning started after 1 hour 10 minutes. If the score is tied at the end of the game, the winner shall be the team with the most runs at the end of the last completed inning when the score was not tied. If no winner determined, then game shall be continued using the international tiebreaker until a winner is determined.
  • No time limit on the championship games.