San Diego Memorial Day Senior Baseball Tournament
- This is a wood bat tournament.
must be 60 years old, or older, by December 31 of the calendar year
(since 2015 tournament, no grandfathering, no exceptions).
Players in 65+
division must likewise be age 65 by December 31.
- A/B Batting lineups (MSBL National Rule
3g) or shared positions (Father-Son rule 3c) are allowed.
- A team manager
may bat as many players as he desires, with a minimum of 10 (subject to
the number of players available, if less than 10). Batters cannot be
deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when
they were added during the game. If a team has only 9 (nine) players and
therefore bats only 9, the opposing team will have the option of batting
9 as well. If a team has more than 9 players and still only bats nine,
they will be assessed an out each time the 10th batting position is
skipped. Batting only 9 players is NOT an offense open to protest.
- A traditional A/B lineup or Shared positions are allowed in the batting lineup. If shared positions are chosen, courtesy
runners will not be allowed. Since shared positions are still not listed in MSBL rules, use this definition from Father-Son rule 3c:
tournament will use the "Shared Position” to enter two players in any
offensive batting order position. Offensive substitution is unlimited
for players sharing the same spot in the batting order once they are
placed there (i.e., a batter and a runner for that batter may occupy
the same position in the offensive lineup; neither player may appear in
any other offensive lineup slot. A shared position in the offensive
batting order may be initiated at any time, at the manager’s
discretion. Managers must notify opposing manager when players in
shared-batting order positions are being switched. There are no
courtesy runners. Use shared lineup position. A player batting in a
"shared” slot may vacate and substitute for an injured player who does
not have a "shared” spot, without penalty of an out.
- In A/B or shared positions, the catcher must still come off the bases when there are 2 out.
- Round robin games are 7 innings, with a
2:15 time limit (no inning can start after 2:15).
- Playoff games are 7 innings, with no
- Base running: Substitute runners will be
allowed for catchers who are currently in the game, and a maximum of three
position players identified by each team at the start of the game.
Substitute runner(s) must be the last batted out.
that will need courtesy runners must have their manager notify the
opposing manager prior to the start of the game. If not so notified,
the opposing manager may deny the request. Each team will be allowed a
maximum of 3 players (other than the catcher currently in the game) per
game who can be run for each time that they reach base. The individual
who runs for these players needing a courtesy runner is not determined
ahead of time. It is always the last batted out who must run for the
person needing the courtesy runner. Once the game begins and the full
complement of 3 courtesy runners has not been used, if a player
sustains an injury, an additional courtesy runner may be used. In the
event a player becomes injured during the game and the maximum number
of courtesy runners have already been designated, a pinch runner must
be used and no courtesy runner will be allowed. If a batter (designated
as needing a courtesy runner) opts to run, or forgets to get a courtesy
runner and subsequently runs, he will lose his courtesy runner for the
remaining portion of the game. The offensive team that is replacing the
courtesy runner has 30 seconds to make the runner change. If the runner
is not replaced within this time period, the original runner must run
and the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter
will be forfeited for the balance of the game. The 30 second time limit
will begin at the time the umpire calls for time to allow replacement
for the runner.
- Balk: Third to First – Like MLB, a move by a pitcher to 3B, then 1B will be a balk.
- Ex-pro status rules are not applicable
for this tournament.
- Any pitcher may reenter the game, as a
pitcher, after leaving the mound as long as reentry does not occur in the
same inning. A pitcher may immediately leave the mound to another player
- Helmets must be worn by all batters,
runners and base coaches (MSBL 1b); each team may have a child batboy/batgirl who
should also wear a helmet.
- No player can play on two different
teams in the tournament.
- Protests. This
is a fun tournament. No protests allowed. If you cannot come to a final
decision between the umpire and managers, the Field Director’s decision is
- In the event of
a conflict between any other sources of information, such as tournament
flyers, any verbal comments or these rules, conflict will be resolved in
this order: (1) this document of exceptions (2) MSBL rules (3) MLB rules
(4) all other written sources.
- Round Robin games will be 7 innings; time limit 2:15; Round Robin
games may end in a tie
- Two points awarded for a win, one for a tie.
- Standings determined by total points, ties resolved by:
- Head-to-head competition
- Total runs allowed
- Coin toss
MSBL Rules (1/1/2017)
MSBL National Tournament Rules (1/1/2017)
League Baseball Official Rules (2017)
Father-Son Rules (2012, for Shared positions
- The tournament committee will re-balance seeds, if any determined
out of line.
- Pairings will be determined by standings.
- Home teams for playoff games will be based on standings at the
end of Round Robin play throughout playoffs. MSBL rules, Home team dugout is first-base side
Rules in force 5/26/2018)
Updated April 2, 2018