Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2014.

6.3 Baseball

6.3.1 Baseball knockout competitions – W.J. Proud Shield and Girls Knockout Competition

Refer to NSWCHSSA Handbook "Knockout Competitions" - Section 5.2.

(a) Duration of games

All games to be of seven innings duration with no new innings to start after:

Proud Shield: 1 hour 50 minutes progress.
Girls Knockout: 1 hour 30 minutes progress.
Once started the innings must be completed. Should the score be tied at completion, further even innings shall be played until a result is obtained.

(b) Playing field

The playing field shall be laid out according to the following dimensions:

Base Paths Pitching distance
Proud Shield - 90 feet and 60 feet 6 inches
Girls Knockout - 80 feet and 54 feet

(c) One-sided game (Mercy Rule)

The game will be over when one team is leading by ten (10) runs or more after 1 hour of play, and equal innings have been played. Note: If the team batting second is ten or more runs in front when the one hour of play is up, then the innings need not be finished and the game will be called.

(d) Pitching restrictions

(i) No pitcher may pitch more than 100 pitches in a game. He may complete the hitter in which the 100th pitch will be obtained.

(ii) Once a pitcher has pitched 40 or more pitches in a game and is relieved from pitching, he may not catch or return to pitch in the game.

(iii) Players who have pitched in a competition match under the auspicies of the ABF within three (3) days of the knockout match must advise team officials of their official pitch count and adhere to the appropriate rest period for that match.

(iv) If a player is under 14 (13) as of December 31st of that year he cannot pitch or catch in a game during the championships and during Proud Shield games.

(e) Score sheet

(i) A baseball score sheet shall be kept by each team, listing players names, the method by which the batter is out or gets on base and the way in which the batter/runner progresses from first base to second, third and home and the number of pitches a pitcher has pitched. A sub-total of all runs scored shall be kept and compared by both scorers at the end of each even innings.

(ii) Schools are to provide scorers for each game who shall inform the managers and the umpire when a pitcher has thrown 90 pitches, that is, ten (10) pitches to go to the end of his restriction.

(f) Disputes and protests

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Disputes and protests" - section 5.2.7.

(g) Completion of rounds:

All games are to be completed by the due date, if extension is required due to weather, the CHS Baseball convener must be notified by the due date or face disqualification.

(h) Results

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Results" - section 5.2.9

(i) Draw

The draw will be done on a state-wide basis with schools grouped in regions. In semi-finals, the team higher most on the draw shall be the home team except where a country school is participating, when they shall be the home team.  The final will be played at a venue indicated by the CHS Baseball convener.

(j) Equipment and attire

(i) Balls used must be of a standard type approved by the New South Wales Baseball League.

(ii) It is compulsory for "double ear flap" batting helmets to be worn by both batters and base runners. Each school is to supply four helmets.

(iii) Catchers masks must have a throat-guard attachment.

(iv) Uniforms of a standard colour should be worn if at all possible

(k) Blood bin rule

(i) Should injury to a player during a game produce blood, that player must immediately be removed from play until the wound is dressed and the flow of blood stopped, soiled clothing must be replaced or covered. Such a player shall be replaced by another runner or fielder and may re-enter the game in the same position in the line-up following treatment.

(ii) Where no fresh reserve is available a player from the bench may be re-entered.

6.3.2 Baseball State Championships

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "State Championships (team sports) – section 5.3.

(a) Timing of state championships

The state championships should be held in the first or second week after the Grand Final of the NSW Baseball Major League Competition.

(b) Team size

A regional team shall consist of no more than fifteen players.

(c) Selection

(i) The championship will act as the selection trial for the New South Wales Combined High Schools Baseball team.

(ii) In the event of a region not being able to provide a team. but having individual players seeking selection in the New South Wales Combined High Schools team, the names of these players must be forwarded to the Baseball convener and the CHS Executive Officer by the Regional Sports Co-ordination Officer at least three weeks prior to the carnival. These players will then attend the championships and be trialed.

(iii) Eligible students unable to attend the championships may be selected in the Combined High Schools team at the convener's and selectors' discretion.

(iv) Players will be considered for the appropriate age group pitching and fielding restrictions according to their age at December 31st of the year of the tournament.

(v) If a player is under 14 (13) as of December 31st of that year he cannot pitch or catch in a game during the championships and during Proud Shield games.

(d) The draw

(i) The seedings for the championships shall be determined from the results of the previous year as follows:

8 Team Competition which is to be in a Round Robin format based upon seedings from the previous year.

9 Team Competition

POOL A 1st, 4th and 7th
POOL B 2nd, 5th and 8th
POOL C 3rd, 6th and 9th

10 Team Competition

POOL A 1st, 4th 5th, 8th and 9th
POOL B 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 10th

Note: If a convener's team competes at the championships, they shall always be seeded last.

Draw for 8 Team Competition

Day 1
  Ground 1 Ground 2 Ground 3
Time 1 1 v 3 2 v 7 6 v 8
Time 2 3 v 5 4 v 6 8 v 1
Time 3 5 v 7 2 v 4  

 

Day 2
  Ground 1 Ground 2 Ground 3
Time 1 8 v 2 1 v 4 7 v 6
Time 2 6 v 3 4 v 5 7 v 1
Time 3 3 v 2 5 v 8  

 

Day 3
  Ground 1 Ground 2 Ground 3
Time 1 7 v 4 8 v 3 5 v 2
Time 2 1 v 5 3 v 7 2 v 6
Time 3 6 v 1 4 v 8  

 

Day 4
  Ground 1 Ground 2 Ground 3
Time 1 7 v 8 5 v 6  
Time 2 1 v 2 3 v 4  

Note: The host region may alter time slots and grounds, but not the day a particular game is played.

North Coast shall always be drawn to play in Day 4, Time 1 slot.

(ii) When a playoff game is not played the team finishing higher in their pool will take the higher place. If their pool positions are the same, then the ratio of for and against will decide the positions.

(iii) When a wild card is used , the wild card is determined by:

The better win loss ratio
Where this is equal then the better ratio of runs for and against, against the top placed team in their respective pools
Where this is equal, then the better ratio of runs for and against in all games

(e) Duration of games

Games shall be played for 2 hours and this reflected in the official program. No new innings is to commence with less than ten minutes to go before the final finishing time. However, once started, an innings must be completed unless the home team is already leading. Games are a maximum of seven innings.

(i) Tied games play for result within game time limits where time permits.

(f) Regulation game

If a game is terminated by the umpire on account of the weather, darkness or any other cause then it will be a regulation game only if at least five innings have been played, or at least one hour of play has taken place.

If the home team is behind at the time the game is terminated, then the game score will revert back to the end of the last completed innings. If the home team is ahead when the game is terminated, then the score at that time will be the final score.

(g) Tied games

If a game is tied at the end of the completed time, or at the completion of seven innings, then no further play will take place and both teams will be awarded half a win.

If a semi-final or final is tied, then the game is continued with even innings until a result is obtained.

If three teams or more are tied, head to head will establish the order of placings if not applicable then runs will be used.

(h) Abandoned games

It is an abandoned game when the umpire terminates play on account of darkness, weather or any other cause which makes it impossible for further play in the game, and where less than five innings have been completed by each team or less than one hour of play has been completed.

Abandoned games are not taken into consideration in determining a team's final percentage when deciding positions.

(i) Weather interference

(i) The number of games scheduled to be played may be reduced where weather or other conditions prevent the completion of the program within the time available.

(ii) When a number of games are abandoned during a championship, then the game shall be re-scheduled (if possible) so that each team plays as near as possible an equal number of games.

(iii) Any such alterations to the original program of games will be decided at an extraordinary manager's meeting, provided at least 60% of all managers present agree.

(iv) A quorum of 80% of managers shall be required for any such extraordinary meeting.

(j) Playing conditions

The host region will be responsible for the arrangements of the program of games subject to the following conditions:

(i) at the conclusion of the preliminary pool games, positions will be decided on a percentage basis of games:

games won
games played

(ii) where two teams are equal on percentages, then the positions will be decided on the result of the game between those teams. If this game was a tie/ draw, then runs for and against will decide the position

runs against

(iii) where more than two teams are equal on percentages, then runs for and against will decide the positions

runs against

(iv) if a semi-final is washed out then the team(s) proceeding to the final will be those placed 1st in their pool

(v) If a final is washed out, the two teams will be declared joint winners.

(k) Order of benches and batting

The first named team, in the official schedule of games will be regarded as the home team, field first and occupy the third base dug-out or bench.

For the final this will be decided by a toss of the coin between the respective team managers at least one hour prior to the commencement of the final.

(l) Pitching restrictions

(i) A pitcher's game contribution will be classified as: – major – substantial or – minor according to the rules below.

Players who have pitched in a competition match under the auspices of the ABF within three (3) days of the first day of the state carnival must advise team officials of their official pitch count and adhere to the appropriate rest period for that competition.

(ii) The word assignment means that each game in which a player pitches is considered one (1) assignment.

Major Assignment – More than 75 pitches – and not exceeding 100
Substantial Assignment – 40 – 75 pitches
Minor Assignment – Less than 40 pitches

Under 16 years pitchers

Major Assignment – 65 – 80
Substantial Assignment – 30 – 64
Minor Assignment – 1 – 29

Normal rest periods after pitching assignments apply.

A pitcher may complete the batter in which the pitch limits occur, and still be considered as throwing the lower assignment.

(iii) For a major assignment, three (3) days, rest is required before a pitchers next assignment.

(iv) Any pitcher who has pitched a major assignment may only be used as a designated hitter, pinch hitter or pinch runner on his first rest day or on the day of that assignment.

(v) A minor assignment, followed by a substantial assignment on the same day or on consecutive days requires three days’ rest. Players must not play on the same day, however may play the following day. For a substantial assignment, two (2) days rest is required before a pitcher's next assignment.

(vi) No days rest is required after a minor assignment. However, for two successive minor assignments, or minor assignments on two successive days, one extra day's rest is required in addition to any other rest requirements.

(vii) If a pitcher throws in excess of the maximum allowance then the pitches not be credited against the batter at the plate.

(viii) No pitcher may play catcher during his rest period.

(ix) The host region is to provide scorers for each game who shall inform the managers when there are ten pitches to go at the end of each assignment and the umpire when there are ten pitches to go at the end of a major assignment.

(xi) A pitcher who throws in two separate assignments and his total number of pitches add up to less than 40 pitches, this will be considered a minor. If a pitcher throws in three assignments in two days he will automatically credited with a substantial or major based upon the number of pitches thrown according to rule l (iii). Any pitcher after completing a substantial or Major assignment (55 or 65 pitches) cannot go into a fielding position in that game.

(m) Pitcher re-entry

(i) A fielder maybe replaced, during an innings in order to warm up to start pitching the next innings.

(ii) The replacement player must not have already been used in the game, and will replace the current pitcher in the batting line up, if a designated hitter is not being used.

(iii) The current pitcher may take his next at bat, provided it occurs before the next time his team is due to field.

(iv) The fielder who was replaced must start pitching the next innings or he may not take any further part in the game.

(v) The current pitcher may remain in the game as a fielder, depending upon his assignment, in this case both the replacement player and the designated hitter may take no further part in the game.

(iv) If the pitcher is not replaced at the start of the next innings then the replacement is a normal substitution for the fielder, that is, he will take the fielders place in the batting line up.

(n) One-sided game (Mercy Rule):

Game shall be called when one team is leading by ten (10) or more runs after five (5) completed innings.

Note: the bottom half of the innings shall not be played if the Home team is already ten (10) or more runs ahead.

(o) Speed up rules

(i) Courtesy runner for catchers and pitches may be provided at any time, but with two (2) out or one (1) out and double play situations, they must be provided. This runner may be any member of the playing squad.

(ii) Sixty (60) seconds between innings. Minimum of five (5) warm up pitches.

(p) Designated hitter

The designated hitter rule may be used in the CHS Baseball Championships.

(q) Reported players

Should any player or manager be ordered from the game by an umpire for any misdemeanour, the player or manager concerned will appear before a tribunal consisting of the CHS Baseball convener, the championship manager and another member nominated by the manager's meeting.

(r) Selection panel

(i) The panel to select the Combined High Schools representative team, and any other playing awards, will consist of:

CHS Coach
CHS Manager

Two other members to be elected at the sub-committee meeting immediately prior to the state championships.

These four selectors shall consist of at least one representative from each pool.

(ii) If the pools are re drawn during the championships and there is a pool without a member of the selection panel, an additional selector may be added from that pool.

(s) Meetings

(i) Managers of competing regions will hold a meeting prior to the commencement of the championships.

(ii) The CHS Baseball convener shall act as chairperson. Other interested parties may be invited to attend the meeting and join in discussion subject to the chairperson's approval, but only regional managers will have the power to vote on any matter requiring a decision. The chairperson has a casting vote should an equal number of votes be received.

(iii) Minutes from the manager's meeting must be prepared by the region and signed by the chairperson of the meeting. Copies of these minutes are to be submitted to all regional conveners and the CHS Executive Officer.

(t) NSW All schools information

(i) Nominations for NSW All Schools coach and manager

The CHS coach and manager shall be our nominations for the NSW All Schools coach and manager positions. Should either of these not wish to be nominated then additional nominations will be considered.

(ii) Nominations for NSW All Schools Baseball committee

The CHS Baseball convener, coach and manager shall be the CHS nominations for the NSW All Schools Baseball committee. Should any of these not wish to be nominated then additional nominations will be considered.

(u) Coaches uniform

Base coaches must wear a skull cap as per ABF rules.

(v) Equipment and attire

(i) Balls must be a standard type approved by the NSW Baseball League.

(ii) It is compulsory for "double ear flap" batting helmets to be worn by both batters and base runners. Each region is to supply four helmets.

(iii) Catchers masks must have a throat guard attachment.

(iv) Each team shall be attired in regional uniform.

(v) Wood or wood composite bats only to be used by players in the state championships.

(w) Blood bin rule

(i) Should injury to a player during a game produce blood, that player must immediately be removed from play until the wound is dressed and the flow of blood stopped, soiled clothing must be replaced or covered. Such a player shall be replaced by another runner or fielder and may re-enter the game in the same position in the line-up following treatment.

(ii) Where no fresh reserve is available a player from the bench may be re entered.

(x) Anti collision rule. As per Major League rule 7.13

(i) A runner may not run out of the direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or any player, covering the plate. If he does, the umpire can call him out even if the player taking the throw loses possession of the ball.

(ii) The catcher may not block the pathway of a runner attempting to score unless he has possession of the ball. If the catcher blocks the runner before he has the ball, the umpire may call the runner safe.

(iii) All calls will be based on the umpire's judgement. The umpire will consider such factors as whether the runner made an effort to touch the pate and whether he lowered his shoulder or usd his hands, elbows or arms when approaching the catcher.

(iv) Runners are not required to slide, and catchers in possession of the ball are allowed to block the plate. However, runners who do slide and catchers who provide the runner with a lane will never be found in violation of the rule.

 

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