PLAYOFF RULES AND CONSIDERATIONS
 

All of the rules used during the regular season continue to apply, with the following variations or situations worth highlighting:

1. There are no balk warnings for pitchers of any age. (See Rule 10.3.a.) Umpires should be told of this rule during pre-game discussions.

2. Pitching used during the final weekend or week of the season does not count against playoff week pitching limitations, as described below.

3. The "playoff pitching week" for 13 and 14 year old players is defined as starting with the first day of playoffs and continuing until the playoffs are over. Note that even if the playoffs are postponed, resulting in games being played beyond the scheduled completion of the playoffs, the pitching week limitation extends until the entire playoff program (which is a maximum of 4 games for any team) is completed. (See Rule 10.3.b. second sentence.)

4. A pitcher's total innings limitation for his Minuteman Baseball League team is 9 (not 7) during the "playoff pitching week" as defined above. (See Rule 10.3.b. first sentence.) So the easy way to think of this is that each 13 and 14 year-old pitcher has 9 innings to use spread across his team's playoff games, regardless of when they are played.

5. 15/16 year-old pitching limitation for the playoffs. The total number of combined innings pitched by all 15 and 16 year-olds on a team in one game shall not exceed four (4), as measured by Rule 4.5. Additionally, the total of all innings pitched by all 15 and 16 year olds on a team cannot exceed 8 innings in any single pitching week. All other pitching rules remain unchanged.

6. The home team in any playoff game is the team with the highest original seed in its bracket. Therefore, for example, if the #8 seed defeated the #1 seed in the first playoff round, that #8 seed would be the visiting team against the winner of the #4 vs. #5 matchup, regardless of the fact that #8 took over the #1 seed's spot in the playoff progression.

7. Please be aware that the home team in a given game may be scheduled to play on a field in a town other than its own. In fact, two teams from different towns may end up playing on a field in a third town. This can be due to several factors, such as limited field availability, a town's teams requiring more home games than field slots available, team scheduling constraints (such as school trips or end-of-year events).

8. Each manager should be prepared to pay one-half the total umpire fees on the field prior to game time. (See Rule 6.2. second sentence.)

Good luck and have fun!

-- Minuteman Baseball Board of Directors