Tuesday December 12th 2017

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1.       Resolving Ties in Group Standings.  In the event of two or more teams finishing in a tie, either by virtue of identical won-lost records or where teams have played an unequal number of games but the “Games Behind” difference between them is zero, the tie would be broken by using the following criteria in the order given:

a.       The head-to-head results between the tied teams should be used to establish placings;

b.      If still tied, then the team that has conceded the fewest runs in games between or among the tied teams is placed first, the team that has conceded the next fewest number of runs in those games is placed second, and so on;

c.       If still tied, then the number of runs per game conceded by the tied teams across the whole of the competition should be used to determine placings.

d.      If still tied, the tie would be broken by a toss of a coin.

2.       Reporting Final Scores.  The two teams in every game are each required to submit the final scores to the Organisers as soon as possible after the game. 

3.       Pitching Restrictions. No pitching restrictions shall apply, other than those applicable to youth payers.

4.       Rolling Substitutions. Rolling substitutions are not permitted.

5.       Continuous Batting Lineup. Continuous batting lineup is not permitted.

6.       Mercy rule. No Mercy Rule will be in force.

7.       Designated Hitter Rule. Designated Hitter shall be allowed in accordance with BBF rules.

8.       Game Length/Format. The format and length (number of innings) will be as shown in the schedule.

9.       Special rules which apply to the “Single-Inning Games”.

a.       During the “Single-Inning Games” each game will last one inning only.

b.      The game ends when 3 outs are recorded in the bottom of the inning or the home team takes the lead, whichever occurs first.

c.       If 3 outs are recorded in the bottom of the inning and the game is tied, each team is awarded half a win and half a loss in the standings.

d.      The batting order of each team remains unchanged for the duration of the day unless a substitution is made.

e.      A substituted player cannot re-enter the same game, however that player can re-enter a subsequent game.

f.        The batter who was next to bat upon completion of the previous game will be the first batter in the next game with the rest of the batting lineup coming up to bat in order.

10.   Rules Applicable to Timed Games. If a game is designated as a “timed game”, at the start of the game the umpire will inform both managers at what time the game will stop. Umpires will be the official timekeepers of all games. No new innings shall start within 10 minutes of the predefined game finish time. If the predefined game finish time is reached, the umpire will allow this inning to be completed.  This inning will be treated as the final inning with all the implied conditions including: (i) the bottom of this final inning will be played only if the visitors are leading or the game is tied in the middle of this final inning; (ii) if the visitors are in the lead in the middle of this final inning, but the home team takes the lead in the bottom of the inning, the game will end as soon as the home team takes the lead and this will be the final play and the final score.  If the score is level after completing this final inning, then a count back to the last inning in which one of the teams was in the lead will be taken as the final game score.  If still level, the game will be recorded as a tie.

11.   MLB Rules. Any other aspects not covered here shall be regulated in accordance with the current edition of MLB Rules and Regulations as it appears on the MLB website.

12.   Disputes. Any disputes over scores will be ruled by the Organizers, whose decision will be final.

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