SUMMER LEAGUE PLAYOFF RULES AND CONSIDERATIONS
 

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

1. 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  is completed. (See Rule 10.3.2. second sentence.)

2. A pitcher's total innings limitation for his Minuteman Summer League team is 9 (not 8) during the "playoff pitching week" as defined above. 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.

3. No player (13 or 14 yrs old) may pitch more than 7 innings in a Summer League Tournament/Playoff game.  Additionally, a player (13, 14 or 15 yrs old) is not allowed to pitch on back-to-back days if the player has pitched 3 or more innings on the first day.  Thus, for example, a player pitches 3 innings on Tuesday, that player may not pitch on Wednesday.

4. 15 year-old pitching limitation for the playoffs. There will be a 4 inning maximum per game (with a limit of 8 total innings pitched by all 15 year old players) for the first 2 games (Round 1 and Quarter-Finals on Tuesday and Wednesday), then a second 4 inning maximum per game (with a limit of 8 total innings pitched by all 15 year old players) for the second 2 games (Semi-Finals and Finals on Thursday and Friday) .  See below for examples of pitching 15 yr olds.

Some examples of using 15 year old pitchers

Pitchers / game

Tuesday
innings

Wednesday innings

Thursday  innings

Friday innings

 

 

 

 

 

Player A

2

4

0

4

 

 

 

 

 

Player A

4

0

4

0

Player B

0

4

0

4

 

 

 

 

 

Player A

3

0

0

3

Player B

1

3

0

1

Player C

0

1

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

Player A

1

1

1

2

Player B

1

1

1

0

Player C

1

1

1

2

Player D

1

1

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

5. 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.

6. 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.)

7. Playoff games are not required to be played to completion (7 or more full innings).  If a game is stopped by the umpire(s) after a game becomes official (4 1/2 innings with home team ahead or 5 innings with the home team behind), the game is over.  If a game is stopped before it becomes an official game, it shall be resumed from its point of discontinuance and played until a winner is declared.  The 12 run mercy rule is in effect as described in Rule 11.8 in the rule book.

Good luck and have fun!

-- Minuteman Baseball Board of Directors