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8.14 Tie Breaker for Round Robin

8.14 Tie Breaker for Round Robin.
In the event teams are tied with identical win/loss records at the conclusion of group pairings in the NABF Round Robin Bracket Format that determines the participant teams in the semi-final games, the team standings will be determined in the following sequence of team accomplishments:


(1) Best record based upon the completion of games among tied teams.
(2) Ties will be determined by the result of head-to-head game previously played in the respective Round Robin Series between the teams tied for position.
(3) Lowest total runs allowed in games played among tied teams in the Round Robin Series.
(4) Total runs scored in games played among tied teams in the Round Robin Series.
(5) Coin Toss.

Note (A): If item one (1) above qualifies a team for the semi-final, then items two through five will not be required. Once a Round Robin series of games has begun, no other elimination series of games will be placed into effect. A forfeit game is an official game and will be included to determine the standings.

Note (B): When three or more teams are tied for the position with identical records, advancing teams will be determined in the following manner:

(i) Any team that has defeated all of the other tied teams in head-to-head competition will advance as the pool's top seed.
(ii) If two or more teams remain tied after item (i) is assessed for all teams with identical records, any remaining team that has defeated all other remaining teams will advance as the pool's second seed.
(iii) If no team among all tied teams has defeated all other tied teams in head-to-head competition, the tied teams will be ranked in order of runs allowed in pool play games involving head to head competition between the tied teams.  The team that allowed the fewest runs in those games will be the pool's top seed and the team that allowed the second fewest runs will be the pool's second seed. Note that if items (i) or (ii) determine the top seed, then item (iii) will determine only the pool's second seed.
(iv) If two or more teams remain tied after item (iii) is assessed, the remaining tied teams will be ranked     in order of runs scored in games involving the remaining tied teams.  The team that has scored the most runs will be the pool's top seed and the team that has scored the second most runs will be the second seed.  Note that if items (i), (ii) or (iii) determine the top seed, then item (iv) will determine only the pool's second seed.
(v) If two or more teams remain tied after item (iv) is assessed, the remaining seed(s) will be determined by head-to-head competition.

(vi) If two or more teams remain tied after item (v) is assessed, the remaining seed(s) will be determined by coin toss.


Note (C): Wild Card Team Selection: At the conclusion of all scheduled round robin play; and immediately following the selection of the top two (2) teams from each respective group, the tournament committee shall select the required number of Wild Card Team(s) from all third (3rd) place team(s), based upon items 1,3,4 and 5 of Rule 8.14 to determine the team(s) qualified for single elimination finals.

Wild Card team selections are only required for NABF round robin tournament schedules that produce an uneven number of team(s), not conducive for single elimination semi-final play and eliminating the need for byes in the championship finals.


9.13 Pitching Guidelines for 22 Years of Age and Younger

9.13 Pitching Guidelines for 22 Years of Age and Younger.
The NABF recommends MLB/Pitch Smart/USA Baseball’s recommendations on pitch count limits and required rest as found on MLB’s website (m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/pitching-guidelines).

 

     Age                         Daily Max (Pitches in Game)                        Required Rest (Pitches)

 

 

 

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days

4 Days

7-8

50 pitches

 

1-20

21-35

36-50

N/A

N/A

9-10

75 pitches

 

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

11-12

85 pitches

 

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

13-14

95 pitches

 

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

15-16

95 pitches

 

1-30

31-45

46-60

61-75

76+

17-18

105 pitches

 

1-30

31-45

46-60

61-75

76+

19-22

120 pitches

 

1-30

31-45

46-60

61-75

76+

 

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the parent and the athlete to ensure that the player follows the guidelines for his age group over the course of a year-given that he will oftentimes play in multiple leagues with different affiliations covering different times of the year.


10.01 - Regional Tournaments Completed and Suspended Games

10.01 Regional Tournaments Completed and Suspended Games.

(A) Suspended Games: All incomplete games shall be continued from the exact point of suspension.

(B) Completed Games:

(1) If a game is called for any reason it is a regulation game: if five (5) or more innings have been completed with one team ahead, or if the home team has scored more runs in four (4) or four (4) and a fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in five (5) completed
half-innings.

(2) Freshman and Rookie Division If a game is called for any reason it is a regulation game: if four (4) or more innings have been completed with one team ahead, or if the home team has scored more runs in three (3) or three (3) and a fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in four (4) completed half-innings.

(C) Mercy Rule:

(1) Major and College Division.During play in any 9 inning regional tournament game, a team reaching a ten (10) or more run lead over another team in any completed inning after the completion of at least seven (7) complete innings (or in the case of the home team reaching an ten (10) run lead in six (6) or six (6) and a fraction of halfinnings) shall be awarded a victory. During play in any 7 inning regional tournament game, a team reaching a ten (10) or more run lead over another team in any completed inning after the completion of at least five (5) complete innings (or in the case of the home team reaching an ten (10) run lead in four (4) or four (4) and a fraction of half-innings) shall be awarded a victory.

(2) Senior, High School, Junior and Sophomore Divisions.
During play in any regional tournament game, a team reaching a ten (10) or more run lead over another team in any completed inning after the completion of at least five (5) complete innings (or in the case of the home team reaching a ten (10) run lead in four (4) or four (4) and a fraction of half-innings) shall be awarded a victory.

(3) Freshman and Rookie Division. During play in any regional tournament game, a team reaching an eight (8) or more run lead over another team in any completed inning after the completion of at least four (4) complete innings (or in the case of the home team reaching an eight (8) run lead in three (3) or three (3) and a fraction of halfinnings) shall be awarded a victory.

(D) Length of Games:

Major Division 9 innings

Junior Division 7 innings
College Division 9 (7) innings* **

Sophomore Division 7 innings
Senior Division 7 innings

Freshman Division 6 innings
High School Division 7 innings

Rookie Division 6 innings

* The length of games shall be seven (7) innings for the first three (3) rounds of regional play in the College Division. Remaining games will be nine (9) innings under the double elimination bracket schedule.
** The College Division when participating in Round Robin format at Regional level only play seven (7) innings in pool play and nine (9) innings in the semi-final and final games.