Provincial Fastpitch Championships
Altona, MB - May 30 & 31, 2014

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 120-121 of the MHSAA handbook.

Fastpitch:
All preliminary games will be 5 innings; 10-run rule after 3 innings. All semi-final and final games - 7 innings with 10-run rule after 5 innings.

Ties at all stages must be broken by continuation of play until a winner is declared. Tie breakers will be decided by the International Tie Breaker Rule. The last batter at the end of regulation play for the home team, will start the extra inning at second base. Play will continue until a winner is decided.

Pitching distance - 43 feet. (measurement is from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber)

Official batting helmets must be worn while batting and while running bases.

Smoking or chewing tobacco will not be permitted on the field or on the player benches while the game is in progress.

No metal spikes or shoes with detachable cleats are allowed.

Back catchers must wear protective helmet and mask with the attached throat protector. In addition, catchers are to wear the appropriate protective wear. All of this equipment is to fit properly.

Official Ball – Worth Red Dot – Optic Yellow

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). For Fastpitch only the third place team will receive a plaque and bronze 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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