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Fall Ball Jamboree Tournament -- Juniors Division information
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Fall Ball Jamboree Tournament -- Juniors Division information
by Tony Arata posted 11/5/2019

Hello Juniors Coaches,
 
I hope this note finds you well.  I wanted to send out a note with some additional clarity about the tournament that is set for next weekend. 

This is a single elimination tournament, with everyone getting at least one game.  Game times will be our normal 90 minutes with no real back end time conflicts for these games (i.e., there is enough time between games so that you guys can complete any inning started before the 90 minute time limit is up).
 
Rules will be the same set of rules I sent around at the start of the season, with some variances and additional items with respect to pitching as noted below.  In our regular season games, we have had a flat “no more than 1 inning” pitching limit in the Juniors division.  Understanding that our kids have now had a fair number of games to take the bump (and we want them more, not less, prepared for pitching success in the Spring 2020 season), we are going to expand the rules slightly on pitching for the Juniors Jamboree tournament. 
 

  • The rule will be that a pitcher cannot pitch in a single game more than the lesser of (i) 2 complete consecutive innings (generally 6 outs) or (ii) 50 pitches in any game. 

 

  • Further, if the pitcher pitches more than 20 pitches in any single game, then he/she is not allowed to pitch in a game on the next consecutive day. Keep this in mind for the first game. Since the games are one day after another, rest periods will not apply.  Bottom line is pull pitchers you want to see play on Sunday before they throw 20 pitches.  That said, if a pitcher has a pitch count less than 20 and a new batter is up, the pitcher can complete that at bat and the additional pitches will not count towards the overall total.  That pitcher will have to be pulled after that at bat if they would like to play on Sunday.  Example:  Pitcher has a pitch count of 19 and new batter gets up.  That pitcher can throw as many pitches as necessary to record the out or have the batter safely aboard and that pitcher can throw the next day.

 

  • The above means that both teams should be keeping track of pitch counts for each of the teams and consult with one another after each pitcher finishes to ensure you both agree on pitch count numbers for the pitchers.  I will ask that all pitch count numbers be sent to me by BOTH sets of coaches after EACH game so that I can independently track this to make sure the rules are being complied with.

 
In the event that your team cannot field at least 8 players to start a game (we’ll wait no more than 15 minutes to start a game to wait for the 8th player to show up), your team will unfortunately forfeit this game.  You may borrow players from other teams that you are not playing.   If you cannot field a complete 8 to start a game and have to forfeit, you should still play the game and have the team missing players borrow them from the other team on defense, but the score of this game would not count and the team that can filed the requisite 8 players will move on.  Borrowed players can not catch or pitch.  Those positions must go to originally rostered players.  Teams can play with 8 or 9 players and be considered a full squad.  If you have 8, you can call in a 9th from another team if you would like.

I will do my best to answer any additional questions, so fire away (and I may answer them for the benefit of the whole coaching group).  

Thanks guys and best of luck.
 
Best,
 

Tony Arata
415.203.8669
 
 
Fall Ball Jamboree Tournament - Seniors Division information and
by Tony Arata posted 11/5/2019

Coaches,
 
I hope this note finds you well. 

I wanted to reach out with a bit of additional information about the Jamboree Tournament that is set for this coming weekend.

Given that we have 5 teams, this will require a “play in” game to the Final Four.  I randomly chose the teams that must play in the Play-In game.  This is a single elimination tournament, with everyone getting at least one game.  Game times will be 90 minutes for the Jamboree, except for the final game, which will be 2 hours.
 
Rules will be the same set of rules I sent around at the start of the season (i.e., the Minors rules), with you all needing to pay special attention to the pitch count rules for your kids over the tournament.  Because there are really no “rest” days between games, you’ll need to plan your pitching accordingly in accordance with these rules (there is a graph in the rules setting forth the pitch count details).  If you have questions about the playing age of your players let me know (we will go by what playing age they will be in the Spring 2020 season).  Rules can be found at the M-A LL website.

Pitching Rules:
 

  • Players that are 11 and 12 can pitch a maximum of 75 pitches in a game.  Players that are 9 and 10 can throw 50 pitches.  
 
  • Further, if the pitcher pitches more than 20 pitches in any single game, then he/she is not allowed to pitch in a game on the next consecutive day.  Keep this in mind for the Friday and Saturday games.  Bottom line is pull pitchers you want to see play the next day before they throw 20 pitches.  That said, if a pitcher has a pitch count less than 20 and a new batter is up, the pitcher can complete that at bat and the additional pitches will not count towards the overall total.  That pitcher will have to be pulled after that at bat if they would like to play on Sunday.  Example:  Pitcher has a pitch count of 19 and new batter gets up.  That pitcher can throw as many pitches as necessary to record the out or have the batter safely aboard and that pitcher can throw the next day.
 
  • The above means that both teams should be keeping track of pitch counts for each of the teams and consult with one another after each pitcher finishes to ensure you both agree on pitch count numbers for the pitchers.  I will ask that all pitch count numbers be sent to me by BOTH sets of coaches after EACH game so that I can independently track this to make sure the rules are being complied with.

In the event that your team cannot field at least 8 players to start a game (we’ll wait no more than 15 minutes to start a game to wait for the 8th player to show up), your team will unfortunately forfeit this game.  You may borrow players from other teams that you are not playing or call up from the Juniors division.   If you cannot field a complete 8 to start a game and have to forfeit, you should still play the game and have the team missing players borrow them from the other team on defense, but the score of this game would not count and the team that can filed the requisite 8 players will move on.  Borrowed players can not catch or pitch.  Those positions must go to originally rostered players.  Teams can play with 8 or 9 players and be considered a full squad.  If you have 8, you can call in a 9th from another team if you would like.

I will do my best to answer any additional questions, so fire away (and I may answer them for the benefit of the whole coaching group).  

Thanks to you all, and good luck!
 
Tony Arata

415.203.8669