Provincial Baseball Championships
Brandon, Mb - May 29-31, 2014

MHSAA Provincial Baseball

 

Tournament/Field Rules

                                                                       

  1. The team BOLDED in the official draw is the Home Team.  Home team designated 3rdbase dugout.  For playoffs, the home team in the quarter final games will be the 1stplace team.  In the semi-final and final games, the home team will be decided by a coin toss
  2. Games will not end in a tie.  As per Baseball Canada rules for competition, during round robin play if the game is tied at the completion of 7 innings, any subsequent innings will start with runners on 1stand 2ndbase.  The runners will be the final two batting order spots of the previous inning. All playoff games will be played until a winner is decided.
  3. A ten (10) run mercy rule is in effect after 5 innings.
  4. Courtesy runners will not be used.
  5. The Tournament Site Chairman together with MHSAA has the power to amend the draw due to major weather disruption.
  6. Pitching rules will be as per the Manitoba Baseball Association handbook.  Any violations will result in forfeiture of game in which violation had occurred. 
  7. Game Lineups to be provided to the official scorekeeper 30 minutes prior to game time.
  8. Time permitting, infields will be allowed for each team prior to the game.  Starting 25 minutes prior to game time, the home team has an infield/outfield for 10 minutes and then the visiting team for 10 minutes.
  9. The batting cage will be available for each team for 30 minutes prior to each game.  For the teams on Diamond 2, the home team will have the cage 120 minutes prior to game time and the visitor 90 minutes prior to the game.  For the team on Andrews Field, the home team will have access to the cages 90 minutes ahead of the game and 60 minutes ahead of the game for the visiting team.
  10. Protests will be managed as outlined in the Baseball Canada rules for competition.
  11. All other Baseball Canada Rules will apply.

 

1. DEADLINE DATES

ZONE AND INTERZONE PLAYOFFS must be completed by MAY 22. Please inform the MHSAA as soon as your representative has been determined.

WILDCARD APPLICATIONS are due by MAY 21 at 1:00 pm sharp. Wildcards are open to zone semi-finalists and finalists only. Applications must include the following:
- Complete season record of all games played (exhibition, league, tournament). Season Record Form available on the MHSAA website.
- Letter of intent to participate signed by the Principle.
- $75.00 cheque made payable to the MHSAA. (If you are faxing or emailing the application please send along a photocopy or scanned copy of the cheque). If your school has multiple teams applying for wildcard spots, please make sure there is a SEPARATE CHEQUE FOR EACH TEAM. If not selected, your cheque will be returned.

If your application does not include ALL of the above, and/or is late, the application will not be considered. Wildcard game date and location will be determined once the teams have been selected. Automatic wildcard spots may be awarded.

PROVINCIAL ROSTERS must be submitted online on the provincial championship website by MAY 23. You will need to have a team picture, school logo and complete roster information ready in order to enter your information. If roster information is not received by the date indicated you may be subject to a fine.

SEEDING INFORMATION must be received by the MHSAA, by MAY 23, with complete information, or the team may be subject to a $50.00 fine. Seeding information must include a complete season record of all games played, dates and scores. Please use the seeding/wildcard season record form available on the website.

2. FORMAT & RULES

A) FORMAT: both the boys and girls championship will be twelve (12) team round robin with four (4) pools of three (3). There will be a championship play-off with no consolation.

B) RULES: Baseball Canada and Softball Canada midget category rules will be in effect. Special playing rules approved by the MHSAA will take precedence over playing rules in the official rule book.

It is expected that all teams attend Opening Ceremonies and related functions. Non-attendance may result in performance forfeiture. Teams must be in school uniform for the ceremonies.

Uniform Rule: Style and colour of uniform must be consistent throughout the team. If one player wears digger shorts, all players must wear digger shorts. Undergarments or sliders must not extend below mid thigh of the playing shorts. Each team must have matching caps (no commercial advertising allowed on them) and shirts with clearly visible numbers on the shirts. (No commercial or ‘club’ shirts permitted.) Coaches must wear school team cap.

Coaches should be advised that if the uniform rule is not adhered to, the team may not be allowed to compete and may be fined up to $200.00. The school may also be put on probation (probation being that if the school violates the infraction again, the school may be fined $200.00 and be suspended from all MHSAA activities).

Advertising on uniforms must adhere to guidelines as outlined on pages 128-129 of MHSAA Handbook

Baseball:

Only wood bats are allowed.

Pitch Count is in effect for high school baseball.

All games will be seven (7) innings with 10-run rule after five (5) innings.

Official Ball - Diamond

3. AWARDS

The winner will receive the championship banner, championship t-shirt, and 1st place medals (16 each). The finalists will receive the finalist banner, and 2nd place medals (16).

An all star team along with a M.V.P. will be selected.

4. SUPERVISION

At all MHSAA Provincial Championships, interzone and wildcard games, participants must have a teacher from the school division in attendance as a supervisor, or they will not be allowed to compete. In individual sports where it may be unrealistic for one teacher to accompany one student, the zone may designate teacher/supervisors for athletes. This must be a written request, signed by each principal involved, and approved by the MHSAA, well in advance. The designated teacher/supervisor should have a copy of the letter, with them during the championship.

Teachers employed in the school division where they are coaching a team, may be the supervisor for that team. The responsibility rests with the school to ensure that supervisor(s) are fully acquainted with all MHSAA rules, regulations and consequences. Violation of this rule may result in a bond forfeiture up to a maximum of $200.00.

5. INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURE

The MHSAA, in cases of severe weather disruptions, may have to make decisions as to the possible rescheduling of Provincial Championships. MHSAA decisions will be based on Environment Canada Weather reports, the Manitoba Highway reports and weather conditions at the host site.

Information on possible schedule changes will be posted on the host website between 6:30 and 7:00 am on the day of the Championship. Schools will also be emailed any changes. In case of inclement weather, schools should refrain from travelling to Provincial Championships until they receive notification from the MHSAA Assistant Executive Director with instructions and updated scheduling. Schools making a decision to travel prior to receiving notification from MHSAA Assistant Executive Director do so at their own risk and will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, should the event be postponed or changed.

Many schools travel to Provincial Championships on the day prior to the championship beginning. In cases where most schools are already at the host site, the convenor along with MHSAA assistant director will try to modify schedules to accommodate teams that will be arriving later due to weather conditions




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