9. MANDATORY PLAY:
Applies to Every Division Except Senior League
If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at game time, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum one (1) at bat. If a tournament has twelve (12) or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1)
a. Managers are responsible for fulfilling the mandatory play requirements.
b. There is no exception to this rule unless the game is shortened for any reason. NOTE: A game is not considered shortened if the home team does not complete the offensive half of the sixth or seventh inning (or any extra inning) due to winning the game.
10. SUBSTITUTIONS/RE-ENTRY: This tournament rule replaces regular season Rule 3.03 (re-entry) for all levels of tournament play.
a. If illness, injury or the ejection of a player prevents a team from fielding nine (9) players, a player previously used in the lineup may be inserted, but only if there are no other eligible substitutes available. The opposing team manager shall select the player to re-enter the lineup. A player ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry.
b. Any player who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game in the SAME position in the batting order.
c. A substitute entering the game for the first time may not be removed prior to completion of her/his mandatory play requirements.
d For the purposes of this rule, “six (6) consecutive defensive outs” is defined as: A player enters the field in one of the nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while six consecutive outs are made; “bat at least one (1) time” is defined as: A player enters the batter’s box with no count and completes that time at bat by being put out or by reaching base safely.
Recap for 12 players or less:
A starter can come out before fulfilling the mandatory play requirements but must fulfill it at some point during the game. 1 at bat and 6 consecutive outs. (Not 3 defensive outs early and 3 defensive outs later upon returning.)
Recap for 13 or more players:
A starter can come out before fulfilling the mandatory play requirements but must
fulfill it at some point during the game of 1 at bat.