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BASEBALL
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR


2014
TOURNAMENT MANUAL

MOLSON BREWERIES BROWNING HARVEY LTD.


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DIRECTORY
Age Limits Page 4

Baseball Atlantic Tournaments Page 4

Baseball Canada Tournaments Page 3

BNL Office Page 17

Pitching Rules Page 5

Pitch Count Page 6

Roster Deadline Page 5

Sponsors Page 17

Tournament Dates & Sites Page 3

Tournament Fees Page 4

Tournament Guidelines Page 7

Mosquito Rules

Runner on Third Base Page 12

Roster Size Page 12

Offensive/Defensive Player Use Page 12

No Base On Balls Page 12

Oversized Home Plate Page 12



PeeWee Rules

Roster Size Page 12

Offensive/Defensive Player Use Page 12
Coaches Page 14

Coin Toss Page 9

Designated Hitter Page 13

Discipline Page 15

Equipment Page 14

Game Length Page 10

Game Procedure Page 10

Host Responsibilities Page 7

Mercy Rule Page 10

B.N.L. Responsibilities Page 7

Player Eligibility Page 8

Pre-tournament Meeting Page 8-9

Protest Procedures Page 15

Re-entry Rule Page 11

Relief Pitchers Page 13

Rosters Page 8

Suspended Games Page 10

Team Dress Page 13

Tie-breaking System Page 11

Tournament Format Page 14

Umpires Page 15-16
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2014 PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

TOURNAMENT DATE SITE

Molson Senior Club Teams June 28-30 Corner Brook




Molson Senior B July 18-20 St. John’s

Molson Junior July 25-27 Mount Pearl



Pepsi Midget AA August 1-3 Mount Pearl

Molson Senior A (Games 1-3) August 1-3 Home of Senior B Winner

Pepsi PeeWee Girls August 1-3 Conception Bay North

Molson Senior A (Games 4-7) August 8-10 Corner Brook


Aquafina Mosquito AA August 8-10 Pasadena

Pepsi PeeWee AAA August 15-17 Grand Falls-Windsor

Pepsi PeeWee AA August 15-17 CBS/Paradise

Pepsi PeeWee A August 15-17 CBS/Paradise

Aquafina Mosquito Girls August 15-17 Grand Falls-Windsor

Pepsi Bantam AAA August 29-31 St. John's

Pepsi Bantam AA August 29-31 Mount Pearl


Aquafina Mosquito AAA August 29-31 Corner Brook

Aquafina Mosquito A August 29-31 St. John’s


2014 BASEBALL CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS
TOURNAMENT DATE SITE

Canada Cup Selects August 6-11 Saskatoon
Junior August 14-18 Dartmouth, NS

Midget August 14-18 Magog, Quebec
Senior August 21-25 St. John’s

Bantam Boys August 21-25 Vaughan, Ontario

Bantam Girls August 21-25 Saguenay, Quebec
PeeWee East September 4-7 Charlottetown, PEI

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2014 BASEBALL ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS
TOURNAMENT DATE SITE

Midget AA August 29-31 PEI

Mosquito AAA September 12-14 Corner Brook

Mosquito AA September 13-15 New Brunswick

PeeWee AA September 13-15 New Brunswick

Bantam AAA September 13-15 PEI

Bantam AA September 13-15 Nova Scotia

TOURNAMENT AGE LIMITS
Mosquito Boys - Born in 2003 or later

Mosquito Girls - Born in 2002 or later

PeeWee Boys - Born in 2001 or later

PeeWee Girls - Born in 2000 or later

Bantam - Born in 1999 or later

Midget - Born in 1996 or later

Junior - Born in 1993 or later

First half of the Tournament Team Fee must be at the BNL office two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. The other half of the fee must be submitted prior to the first game of the Tournament.


Tournament rosters must be at the BNL office one week prior to the start of the tournament.
Teams not meeting these deadlines will not be permitted entry into the tournament.
TEAM TOURNAMENT FEES
Senior - $400.00

Junior - $400.00

Midget - $250.00

Bantam - $250.00

Pee Wee - $250.00

Mosquito - $250.00

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PITCHING RULES - MINOR DIVISION

Baseball Canada’s Pitch Count rules and numbers will be used in the Provincial Midget AAA, Bantam AAA, PeeWee AAA and Mosquito AAA Tournaments.

Innings pitched will be used in the Bantam AA, PeeWee AA and A, and Mosquito AA and A Tournaments. In these Tournaments a player is permitted to pitch in consecutive games and on consecutive days. The pitcher is not required to have any nights’ rest between pitching assignments.

In the Mosquito AA and A Tournaments a pitcher may pitch a maximum of six (6) innings in the tournament (including all playoff games), unless he is pitching in the sixth inning of a tie game. He may then pitch an additional two (2) innings in that tie game.

In the PeeWee AA and A Tournaments a pitcher shall not pitch more than seven (7) innings in a game unless he is pitching in the seventh inning of a tie game. He may then pitch an additional three (3) innings in that tie game.
In the PeeWee AA and A Tournaments, no pitcher may pitch more than a total of nine (9) innings (including all playoff games) unless he is pitching in the seventh inning of a tie game. He may then pitch an additional three (3) innings in that tie game.

In the Bantam AA Tournament a pitcher shall not pitch more than seven (7) innings in a game unless he is pitching in the seventh inning of a tie game. He may then pitch an additional three (3) innings in that tie game.


In the Bantam AA Tournament, no pitcher may pitch more than a total of twelve (12) innings (including all playoff games) unless he is pitching in the seventh inning of a tie game. He may then pitch an additional three (3) innings in that tie game.

Innings pitched by a pitcher in an extra inning game prior to the pitcher's total innings for the tournament being used up (6 in Mosquito AA and A, 9 in PeeWee AA and A, 12 in Bantam AA) are included in the pitcher's total innings for the tournament.

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PITCH COUNT
Mosquito PeeWee

1-25 pitches = no rest required 1-30 pitches = no rest required

26-40 pitches = 1 day rest 31-45 pitches = 1 day rest

41-55 pitches = 2 days rest 46-60 pitches = 2 days rest

56-65 pitches = 3 days rest 61-75 pitches = 3 days rest

66-75 pitches = 4 days rest 76-85 pitches = 4 days rest

Total pitches allowed in a day is 75. Total pitches allowed in a day is 85.
Bantam Midget

1-35 pitches = no rest required 1-40 pitches = no rest required

36-50 pitches = 1 day rest 41-55 pitches = 1 day rest

51-65 pitches = 2 days rest 56-70 pitches = 2 days rest

66-80 pitches = 3 days rest 71-85 pitches = 3 days rest

81-95 pitches = 4 days rest 66-105 pitches = 4 days rest

Total pitches allowed in a day is 95. Total pitches allowed in a day is 105.

1. Any player on the team is eligible to pitch, and there are no restrictions to the number of pitchers a manager may use in a game.

2. Pitchers shall be permitted to have 2 appearances in the same calendar day. If a pitcher requires a rest following the 1st appearance, they cannot return to pitch in the same calendar day.

3. Pitchers cannot pitch 3 consecutive days unless a pitcher's first 2 days combined does not exceed: Mosquito - 25; PeeWee - 30; Bantam - 35; Midget - 40 If a pitcher's day 1 + day 2 exceeds those figures, they require at least 1 days rest. A pitcher cannot pitch 4 consecutive days.

4. The official scorekeeper will calculate the total pitches thrown for that calendar day and determine the required rest starting the next calendar day. Athletes must not exceed the maximum pitch count total for that day.

5. Once a player assumes the position of pitcher, they cannot catch for the remainder of the day.

6. Pitchers shall be permitted to finish the batter if his/her maximum pitch limit has been reached for the calendar day.

7. Intentional walks will be included in Pitch Count totals.

8. Required rest shall be defined in "days" starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. of the next calendar day. If a game continues past 12:01 a.m., those pitches are counted as if pitched prior to midnight. If a game is suspended, when it resumes, it is defined as a different day

9. A pitcher who is removed from the pitcher's position during a game shall not be permitted to return to pitch in the same game even if the pitcher is retained in the game at another position.

10. The manager or coach may make a 2nd visit to the mound while the same batter is at bat in order to remove the pitcher.

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TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES



Baseball NL
A. The provincial association (Baseball NL) will be responsible for the tournament.
B. BNL will name a representative (tournament chairperson) and an umpire supervisor for the tournament. The BNL representative will conduct a pre-tournament meeting, if possible. The representative will be a member of the tournament Protest Committee and will be the control person on the Committee.


  1. BNL will draw up a detailed schedule of the competition two weeks prior to

all tournaments. The schedule will be sent immediately to all teams.
D. BNL will provide the Host of provincial championship tournaments with three dozen baseballs and the tournament awards.

THE HOST
A. The Host shall be responsible for obtaining adequate accommodations for all involved in the tournament. Teams are responsible for their own accommodation expenses.
B. The Host shall provide an official scorer and a pitch count person, if necessary, for each game. All score sheets shall be given to the BNL representative.
C. The Host shall provide two members of the Protest Committee for each game of the tournament. The BNL representative will be the third member of the Protest Committee.


  1. The Host shall be required to have a first aid kit and a supply of ice at all games and, if possible, a trained first aid person shall be in attendance.




  1. The Host will pay umpire game fees and provide any baseballs required beyond the three dozen provided by BNL to the Host.




  1. The Host shall have an Awards Committee determine the Tournament MVP, the Most Spirited Player, the Top Pitcher, the Best Defensive Player, and the Top Batter Award. The Committee shall use the BNL awards guidelines to determine the award winners.

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PLAYER ELIGIBILITY


A. The BNL Constitution shall be the defining document for player eligibility.
B. Only amateurs are permitted to play in BNL tournaments. An amateur is one who does not receive financial reward for playing BNL baseball.
C. Players are permitted to compete in more than one age category tournament in the same year (eg. Bantam and Midget and Junior) but not in more than one tournament in the same age category (eg. Pee Wee AAA and Pee Wee AA). An exception is made for Mosquito AA teams that advance to the Mosquito AAA Tournament

ROSTERS
A. Team rosters must be at the BNL office at least one week prior to the opening game of the tournament.
B. The BNL office must be notified of player additions or deletions in the week prior to the opening game of the tournament.


  1. If BNL has knowledge that a player is ineligible prior to tournament play,

then the player will not be allowed to play in the tournament.


  1. Players may not be added to a team's roster after the tournament has begun.




  1. After the tournament has begun, protests on player eligibility will not be allowed.




  1. A tournament roster may contain an unlimited number of players but a maximum

of eighteen players shall be on the game roster for any particular game.
G. Street addresses are required on the roster form of Senior and Junior tournaments.

PRE-TOURNAMENT MEETING
A. At a convenient time prior to the opening of the tournament, a pre-tournament meeting shall be held (if possible). The time and place of the meeting shall be included in the schedule that is sent to the teams prior to the tournament.
B. Each team shall send at least one representative who shall have the authority to speak on behalf of the team and make decisions concerning his/her team that shall be binding.
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C. At the meeting, announcements and directions may be made affecting any aspect of the tournament. Non-attendance at the meeting shall not be an excuse for non-compliance.


D. In order to make any changes in rules or procedures, there must be unanimous consent of teams. One negative vote shall defeat any proposed change.


  1. Any questions not specifically covered by the rules or procedures may be raised and shall be decided by a majority vote. After the start of the tournament any such matters shall be decided by the BNL representative in consultation with other BNL Executive members present.

F. If a pre-tournament meeting is not held, the BNL representative will meet with a representative from each team prior to each team's first tournament game.




COIN TOSS
A. A coin toss shall be held to determine the home team in all non-playoff games in tournaments involving four, six, or seven teams. In all playoff games the team with the better record at the conclusion of the round robin will be the home team.
B. In a three team tournament a coin toss will determine the home team in the first round. The home team in the first round will be the visiting team when the teams play their second round game. In any playoff games the team with the better record at the conclusion of the two rounds will be the home team.
C. In a five team tournament each team will have two home games and two visitor games designated on the schedule.
D. In the Senior A finals the host team will be designated as the home team.
E. With the exception of the Senior A finals, in any two team series of 3, 5, or 7 games the host shall be the home team for the first game and the visiting team shall be the home team for the second game, etc., with the home team for the deciding game of the series being decided by a toss of a coin between the participating teams.

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GAME PROCEDURE
A. Each team shall arrive at the designated playing field at least one-half hour prior to the scheduled starting time of the game.
B. When time permits, starting 25 minutes before the designated starting time of the game, the home team shall have the field for ten minutes for infield practice.
C. The visiting team shall then have the field for ten minutes for infield practice. This shall be followed by the meeting at home plate among the team coaches.


SUSPENDED GAMES
A. All games that are stopped for any reason shall be suspended and play shall resume at the first available opportunity. All games shall be played to their conclusion.
B. The BNL. representative in consultation with a representative from each team shall decide any scheduling change necessitated by tournament interruption due to rain, etc.


GAME LENGTH
Senior - 7 innings Bantam - 7 innings

Junior - 7 innings Pee Wee - 7 innings

Midget - 7 innings Mosquito - 6 innings

MERCY RULE


  1. A ten run mercy rule shall be in effect after five innings in all tournament games. In the minor division the mercy rule shall be in effect after five innings and, in addition, after four innings if a team is leading by 15 or more runs.

B. All games in the Mosquito AAA Tournament shall have a five run limit per inning except in the final inning of the regulation inning length game and extra innings. All games in the Bantam AA, PeeWee AA and A, and Mosquito AA and A Tournaments shall have a three run limit per inning except in the final inning of the regulation inning length game and extra innings.

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TIE - BREAKING SYSTEM
A. The team with the best won-loss record in the game(s) between or among the tied teams will place higher in the standings.
B. If the tie still persists, the placement of teams will be dictated by the ratio of number of runs against per defensive inning for games between or among the original tied teams.
C. If the tie persists, the placement of teams will be dictated by the ratio of runs scored per offensive inning for games between or among the original tied teams.
D. If the tie still persists, the team having the best win-loss record in games played versus the highest placed team not in the tie, followed by comparison against the next highest placed team, etc. will place higher in the standings.
Note: In a three-way tie for first place only one team will be awarded first place using the formula. The second and third teams involved in the tie will play a playoff game with the winner to advance to a single championship game with the first place team.

Note: When a multiple tie occurs and is only partially resolved, the remaining ties will be resolved by continuing on with the remaining tie-breaking priorities until all four priorities have been exhausted. Then and only then will the remaining tied teams return to priority number one and proceed through the order again.

Note: In 6 and/or 7 team tournaments, the tie-breaking system shall include all games that teams have played in the tournament when the teams have not played each other in the regular schedule of games.

Note: In a four way tie for first place, the four teams will be ranked using the tie-breaking formula. The fourth team will play the first team, the third team will play the second, and the two winners will advance to a single championship game.

Note: When one team has a 4-0 win-loss record and the next two teams have 3-1 records, then there shall be a playoff game unless the two teams have played each other in the tournament.
RE - ENTRY RULE
In the Bantam AAA Tournament, any starting player may be substituted for and returned

to the game one time only. The player must return to his original place in the batting

order. Any pitcher, if removed from the game, may return but may not pitch. Any further

substitutions do not jeopardize the right of re-entry for the original starting player. Any

starting player returned to the game may pitch if he has not previously assumed that

position.


In the Bantam AA Tournament, all players on the roster shall bat in turn.

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ROSTER SIZE AND OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE RULES – MOSQUITO DIVISION

In the Mosquito AAA Tournament, teams shall have a minimum of 12 players on the roster and all players shall bat in turn (regardless of differing numbers of players on teams) and shall be able to freely move in and out of games defensively (except for the pitcher/catcher positions as per pitcher regulations and pitch count regulations). All players shall play a minimum of two defensive innings in each game.


In the Mosquito AA Tournament, all players shall bat in turn (regardless of differing numbers of players on teams) and shall be able to freely move in and out of games defensively (except for the pitcher/catcher positions as per pitcher regulations and pitch count regulations). All players shall play a minimum of two defensive innings in each game.
In the Mosquito A Tournament, all players shall bat in turn (regardless of differing numbers of players on teams) and shall be able to freely move in and out of games defensively (except in the pitcher position where a player can pitch only once in a game). All players shall play a minimum of two defensive innings in each game.


RUNNER ON THIRD BASE – MOSQUITO A TOURNAMENT

In the Provincial Mosquito A Tournament a runner on third base can only advance to home on a batted ball, a base on balls, or a balk.



NO BASE ON BALLS (WALKS) – MOSQUITO A TOURNAMENT
In the Provincial Mosquito A Tournament if a batter has a called ball four, then the batter will instead hit a ball off a batting tee. The batter will have a maximum 2 swings to put a ball in play beyond a 15 foot perimeter in front of the batting tee. If the batter fails to do so, he will be called out. If the batter hits a ball off the tee beyond the 15 foot perimeter, then the batter may only advance as far as first base if he is able to, and any base runners may only advance one base if they are able to.

HOME PLATE – MOSQUITO DIVISION
An oversized home plate is to be used in all Mosquito Division tournament games.

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ROSTER SIZE AND OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE RULES – PEEWEE DIVISION
PeeWee AAA teams must have a minimum of 12 players on the team’s roster.
In PeeWee AA and PeeWee A the minimum roster size is 9 players but teams are encouraged to have a minimum of 12 players on the team’s roster.
In PeeWee AAA and AA, all players shall bat in turn (regardless of differing numbers of players on teams) and shall be able to freely move in and out of games defensively (except for the pitcher/catcher positions as per pitcher regulations and pitch count regulations). All players shall play a minimum of three defensive innings in each game.
In the PeeWee A Tournament, all players shall bat in turn (regardless of differing numbers of players on teams) and shall be able to freely move in and out of games defensively (except in the pitcher position where a player can pitch only once in a game). All players shall play a minimum of three defensive innings in each game.


DESIGNATED HITTER
A designated hitter is not permitted in Bantam, PeeWee, and Mosquito tournaments.

RELIEF PITCHERS
The game umpire-in-chief shall use wide discretion in allowing a sufficient number of

warm up pitches for pitchers entering a game.




TEAM DRESS
A. All teams, including coaches, must be uniformly dressed. All uniforms, including those of coaches, must be numbered. No duplicate numbers shall be permitted. Team dress regulations will be enforced in senior and junior competition. Any player or coach not adhering to team dress regulations will not be permitted to participate.

B. Some flexibility of the dress regulations will be permitted in minor division competition.

C. Teams or team players will not be permitted to participate in tournament games while wearing the uniform of a directly-competing BNL major sponsor.

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EQUIPMENT





  1. In PeeWee competition, bats: maximum 2 and5/8 diameter barrel, and -10 weight/length differential

In Mosquito competition, bats: maximum 2 and ¼ diameter barrel and 32 inches in length

  1. Wood bats only shall be used in Senior, Junior, Midget and Bantam competition.

  2. In PeeWee and Mosquito competition, shoes with metal cleats are prohibited.

  3. All players shall wear double earflap helmets. Chinstraps on helmets are mandatory in the Mosquito and PeeWee divisions.


TOURNAMENT FORMAT
3 teams Double round robin with playoff.

4 & 5 teams Single round robin with playoff.

6 teams Either each team plays four games in the regular schedule against

randomly selected opponents and the top two teams play in the

championship game, or there will be two pools of three teams with crossover games (3A vs. 2B etc.) and a single championship game.

7 teams Either each team plays four games in the regular schedule against

randomly selected opponents and the top two teams play in the

championship game, or there will be two pools of four and three teams with crossover games and a single championship game.

8 teams Two pools: Round robin in each pool; 1st and 2nd place teams in each pool play crossover semi-finals and a single championship game.


COACHES
A. All coaches must meet the requirements of coaches at National and Atlantic Championship Tournaments at each age division level.


  1. All minor division coaches and staff must have completed the volunteer screening process within their Member Association prior to coaching in a minor division tournament and must obtain a certificate of conduct.

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DISCIPLINE
A. Team discipline is a responsibility of the individual teams and its coaches who shall be responsible for the maintenance of discipline. Any breaches of discipline, whether on the playing field or off, shall be dealt with by BNL.
B. A Yellow Card system will be used in Bantam, PeeWee, and Mosquito Tournaments. Coaches and players will be yellow carded for inappropriate behavior and will be ejected if the inappropriate behavior continues. A coach of a minor division team who is ejected from a game will automatically be suspended from the team's next tournament game.


  1. All hazing practices are banned. The use of all tobacco products on field by team members during provincial competition is banned.




  1. Teams that default/forfeit games shall be subject to a financial penalty with a maximum $500 limit and/or a suspension of the offending Member Association in the following year. In the minor division a team which forfeits a game shall not be permitted to play in the tournament playoff games unless the forfeited game was caused by a player ejection that leaves the team with only eight players.




  1. In the Senior/Junior Division a player who is ejected for deliberately injuring or attempting to injure another player shall be automatically suspended for two games.

F. The BNL Disciplinary Code shall be used as a governing document.



UMPIRES
A. BNL shall appoint an umpire supervisor for each tournament. The appointed umpire supervisor shall work in cooperation with the local Umpire Association where the tournament is played.
B. All umpires shall be registered, and approved by the provincial Umpire-in- Chief.
C. Where possible, at least three umpires shall umpire in all games of BNL competition.
D. All umpires shall be suitably dressed in appropriate umpire attire (BNL cap, grey slacks, black or navy blue shirt, crest).

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E. Centers travelling to provincial tournaments shall be permitted to bring with them a registered umpire and these umpires shall be scheduled to umpire during the tournament.
F. As a guideline the minimum umpire fees for tournaments are:

6 or 7 inning games - $25 plate and $20 base




PROTEST PROCEDURES
A. When a protestable incident occurs, the protesting manager must, before the next pitch, inform the game umpire-in-chief that the game is being played under protest.

B. The game umpire-in-chief shall suspend play and inform the manager of the opposing team and the Protest Committee.

C. The spectators shall be informed by an announcement over the public address system.

D. The Protest Committee, the team managers, and the game umpire-in-chief shall retire to a private area away from the teams, spectators, and other persons.

E. The Protest Committee will meet with the game umpire-in-chief, the protesting manager and the opposing manager in that order. The Protest Committee shall have the power to exclude any of those persons while talking to any of the others.

F. The managers and game umpire-in-chief shall leave and the Protest Committee shall discuss the protest.

G. Before ruling on the protest, the Protest Committee may confer with any person whom they believe may be helpful in assisting them reach a decision.

H. The Protest Committee shall rule on the Protest and inform the game umpire-in- chief and team managers.



  1. The spectators shall be informed of the decision by an announcement over the public address system.

J. The game umpire-in-chief shall put the decision into effect and order resumption of play from the point of suspension.

K. No further argument or comment on the protest shall be entertained.

L. Teams shall obey the direction of the Protest Committee or be liable to immediate suspension and forfeiture of the game.
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