Competition Rules and Regulations for 2018 Fubon Cup Little League Baseball Invitational
- Train basic level baseball talents and connect with international competition specifications.
- Inherit and develop baseball spirits and experiences to strengthen basic skills in baseball.
- Care for the development of baseball teams in rural areas and upgrade the overall baseball environment in Taiwan.
- Accelerate the exchange of emotion and skills among the little league baseball players from different cities in Taiwan.
Expected Effects: popularize baseball at county level to promote the exchange of domestic juvenile sports and to strengthen the level of basic skills in baseball and competitiveness.
- Directing Units: Department of Sports, Taipei City Government; Sports Office, New Taipei City Government
- Sponsor: Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd.
- Organizers: Taipei Municipal Athletics Federation Baseball Association, Dot Han Integrated Marketing Corp.
- Co-organizers: National Taiwan University of Sport, Fubon Guardians
- Number of participating teams: Competitive Group (Hard Baseball)--16 teams; Friendship Group (Rubber Baseball)--6 teams; International Exchange Group (Informal Competition)--2 teams
Competition Period and Venues
- Formal Competitions (Competitive Group, Friendship Group): From January 23, 2018 (Tuesday) to January 27, 2018 (Saturday)
- Informal Competition (International Exchange Group): January 28, 2018
Venues: Taipei City Youth Park Sports Area and Xinsheng Park Baseball Field, New Taipei City Chongxin Baseball and Softball Park
Times and Venues for Events during the Period:
- Welcome Dinner: January 22, 2018 (Monday) 18:00 All participating team members are invited to attend the Welcome Dinner.
- Informal Competition (International Exchange Group): January 28, 2018
- Opening Ceremony: January 23, 2018 (Wednesday) 16:20 at Taipei City Youth Park Baseball Field All teams should carry their school flags (team flags) and all team members should wear their uniforms, to participate in competitions and the opening ceremony on time.
- Baseball Exchange Camp: January 25, 2018 (Friday) 14:00 The teams reaching the quarter-finals have priority to participate in the baseball exchange camp.
- Closing ceremony: January 27, 2018 (Fri) 16:20 at Taipei City Youth Park Baseball Field All teams must attend the closing ceremony.
Qualified Teams: The organizers and sponsors select the students who satisfy the requirements prescribed in "2017 Elementary Schools Baseball Tournament" by Ministry of Education
- Every team should register using the name of the single federation of schools (clubs) and every school can only send a team.
- Meet the team registration requirements of Little League Baseball (LLB) of the Association.
- Coach Qualification: Coaches with C-level or above coaching qualifications (the confirmation of coaching certificates must be consistent with the Association's "Implementation Rules for Coaching System") can apply for registration (the registration form must be attached with the photocopies of the front and back of the coaching certificate. At least one coach must be present at the start of the game, and the violator will be deprived of the game.)
- Player Qualification: Players must meet the requirements prescribed in "2017 Elementary Schools Baseball Tournament" by Ministry of Education.
- Citizens of the Republic of China born in the period from September 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006 (verified by ID cards).
- Players must meet the requirements of registering for LLB of the Association.
- Participants agree that the organizer or the entities authorized by the organizer (hereinafter referred to as the "Assembly") can use their portraits and performances for the promotion of this event and agree that the organizer or the Assembly can use the images of the games (including but not limited to videos and photos) in the organizer's corporate publicity videos.
- Types of Competition
- Competitive Group (Hard Baseball)
- Friendship Group (Rubber Baseball)
- Single round robin: every game needs to have a winner. (A coin toss is conducted to determine the home team for each game) the two teams with higher total accumulated points in each heat are qualified to reach the semi-finals.
- The accumulated points system is used for the single round-robin: the winning team of a game gets 2 points, the losing team gets 0 points, and the more accumulated points a team gets the higher it is ranked.
- When more than two teams get the same accumulated points, their rankings are determined as follows:
- ※ Runs lost rate formula: the total runs lost for all finished games ÷ total number of innings; the smaller the quotient is the higher the team is ranked.
- ※ Runs scored rate formula: the total runs scored for all finished games are divided by the total number of innings; the greater the quotient is the higher the team is ranked.
- When two teams have the same accumulated points, the winning team of the game between them gets higher ranking.
- When three teams have the same accumulated points, the team with the least total runs lost is ranked first among them.
- The team that scores most total runs in its heat of the single round-robin gets higher ranking.
- The team that gets most hits in its heat of the single round-robin is ranked higher.
- The team that gains most total bases in its heat of the single round-robin is ranked higher.A coin toss is conducted to determine the home team for each game. The visiting team's dugout is on the first base side, and the home team on the third base line.
- If a game is tied at the end of the usual six innings, the game continues into extra innings until an inning ends with one team ahead.
- The offensive team begins the seventh inning with players on first and second base.
- The offensive team continues the batting order of the 6th inning for the first extra inning (7th inning). For example, if the last batter at the end of the 6th inning is the 8th batter, and then the 9th batter bats first in the 7th inning, with the 8th batter placed on the first base and the 7th batter placed on the second base, and so on. The player who is running or batting can be substituted in accordance with the substitution rules.
- International Exchange Group: the two teams will compete with the champion and the run-up of competition group on January 28. In case of continuous rain, the Assembly is entitled to change the types of competition.
- Competition Rules: the Republic of China Baseball Rules
- Game used ball: The Sakurai BB960 hard baseballs
- Group Awards
- for winners of Competition Group: the top four teams are awarded trophies.
- Personal Awards: a trophy for each winner of Coach Award, Pitcher Award and Hitter Award
- Group Awards
- for winners of Friendship Group: the first two teams are awarded the trophies
- Personal Awards
- a trophy for each winner of Coach Award, Pitcher Award and Hitter Award
- （1） The award for Competition Group is given to the best hitter in the semi-final and final. The award for Friendship Group is given to the best hitter in the 3 games of the single round-robin.
- If two or more players have the same highest batting average, the one whose number of hits is greater win the award, and then if two or more players have the same number of hits, the one who has more RBI win the award.
Fubon Financial will provide NT$ 200,000 as encouragement for the participating team of 2018 Fubon Cup Competition Group that wins the representation of Taiwan at 2018 LLB Asia Pacific Championship. Fubon Financial will further provide NT$ 300,000 as encouragement for the team, if it wins the Asia Pacific representation at the LLB World Series.
The 2018 LLB Taiwan Team needs to have at least 6 of the players who also participate in the 2018 Fubon Cup Competition Group to apply for Fubon Financial's sponsorship.
- Each team should submit its offensive and defensive list to the Assembly 1 hour prior to the game (4 copies of each list; all originally registered players must be listed due to the provision of mandatory play) and hand in players' ID originals (legally active players who are not participating in the tournament must also bring with them their certificates of enrollment) for check. The Assembly will directly deprive the team without carrying players' certificates of its right to play the game. In addition, if any player of a team violate the relevant provisions the Assembly will not only deprive the team of its right to play the game but also submit violator to punishment by the Technical Committee of the Assembly.
- Teams' staff members, with the exception of team leaders, listed in the application forms should wear uniforms to be allowed to enter the dugout. Only the players listed in the offensive and defensive list are allowed to play games or substitute other players. Head coaches or coaches confirm the list and sign their names on the lists for taking responsibility.
- The offensive and defensive lists all the teams submit before the deadline set by the Assembly are the official offensive and defensive lists. Before the beginning of the game, if any starting player who is substituted for any reason (the batting order shall not be subject to change) is seen as the player who has been substituted and cannot play the game (or the rescheduled game) any more. If any team misses the deadline, the Assembly may stop the coach of the team from giving instructions during the game.
- If the number of players registered by a team is 12, then each player shall complete fielding for at least 2 innings (6 consecutive putouts) and one plate per game. If the number of players is 13 to 14, then each player shall complete at least one plate appearance. Any team violating any provision mentioned above will be deprived of its right to play the game and its head coach will be suspended for two games. ("One plate appearance" is defined as the batter entering the hitting area when there is no ball and no strike, and finally completing the plate appearance due to being thumbed out or taking base.)
- At the start of the game, the players of the two teams shall line up along the lines from the outer sides of the batter's boxes to pitcher's mound and give regards to each other.
- In case of player's qualification problem during a game, the accuser may ask the Assembly's staff to "take the player's as evidence" and make an appeal, without affecting the game as the principle. When the impostor is verified, in addition to depriving the team of its all competition results, the persons neglecting their duties will be submitted to punishment by the Technical Committee.
- At the scheduled time of the game, those who fail to arrive at the field shall be deemed as abstentions (except in the event of force majeure).
- No pre-game practice is allowed. However, after the fourth inning, 5 persons (1 coach, 3 pitchers and 1 catcher) of teams for the next game are allowed entering the bullpen for practice, but they shall give priority to the persons of the teams playing the game.
- During the game only one coach, one athletic trainer and two pitchers and two catchers are allowed to warm up in the bullpen.
The duration of game is six-inning and pitchers must abide by the following provisions: [a calendar day means 0:00 AM to 0:00 midnight]
- A pitcher must not throw more than 85 pitches during a game in a day. However, a pitcher can continue to throw after throwing 85 pitches until the same hitter complete his plate appearance, and then must be removed from the mound.
- A player cannot throw pitches in two consecutive games in a day.
- If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. If a player pitches more than 65 pitches when facing the same batter, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed. If a player pitches more than 50 pitches when facing the same batter, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed. If a player pitches more than 35 when facing the same batter, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.
- If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required. If a player pitches less than 20 pitches, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.
(8) "Balks" and "illegal pitches" are seen as considered "pitches" regardless of whether the ball has been thrown in the direction of the hitter and are added to the pitcher's "pitch count".
- A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.
- Each team coach must be sure to go to the record section for approving the team's pitch counts after game. Pitch counts is based on the record kept by the official pitch count recorder.
- If the winning team is ahead by 10 runs after four innings or by 7 runs after five innings played by the trailing team, the game shall be ended.
- Its name put in front (left side) is the visiting team and uses the first base dugout. The coaches are supposed to assign the players to pick up foul balls. The visiting team is responsible for the foul territory between home plate and first base and the home team is responsible for the foul territory between home plate and third base. The two teams are responsible for picking up foul balls in the area behind home plate.
- Except for timeout, the head coach or coach shall not exit the dugout (including the coach's boxes) at will, and shall be responsible for constrain cheerleaders from making trouble. Any violation of the regulations will be severely punished and the use of gas sirens shall be strictly prohibited.
- In case of windy or rainy weather or other force majeure, the game will be postponed, but if a rainout call occurs after the players have played four innings, the game is considered official. A suspended game will resume according to the Assembly's arrangement. If necessary, two games will be played in a day. The decision shall be made after the organizers counsel with the competition section and the referee section, and the teams shall not raise objections.
- When a game is interrupted due to force majeure, the participating teams must wait for 30 minutes twice before the umpire in chief decides whether to suspend of the game.
17. At any time, the head coach, coaches or players, wherever they are, shall not attempt to demand a pitcher pitch illegally in any way. If the pitcher throws pitches illegally, the umpire shall first give him a warning and, if he commits a further offense, the umpire shall expel the pitcher. If the pitcher's action leads to illegal pitching, then the pitch does not count.
- The fielders can meet once per inning for one minute (the meeting longer than one minute is counted as one coach's technical timeout) and the second meeting is counted as one coach's technical timeout. Fields can meet three times each game, and from the fourth meeting each meeting is counted as a coach's technical timeout. The fielders can meet once per extra inning.
- A coach can make one mound visit per pitcher per inning without needing to remove the pitcher from the game. If a manager or coach visits the same pitcher twice in one inning, the pitcher must be removed from the mound (the pitcher can play any other position). Mound visits are limited to one minute. In a game from the fourth mound visit the pitcher must be removed from the mound each time. A coach can make one mound visit per pitcher per extra inning and mound visits are limited to one minute. The offensive time can call timeout one per inning, and the timeout is limited to one minute. In the same inning, from the second timeout each timeout is counted as a coach’s technical timeout.
- The base runners shall not leave their bases until the pitched ball passes the home plate.
- After crossing the foul line, the pitcher must complete the pitching until the batter reaches base or is put out.
- While advancing to base the runner is strictly prohibited from head first sliding, and the offender is out.
- If the batter refuses to take his position in the batter's box during his time at bat, the umpire shall call a strike on the batter. The ball is dead, and no runners may advance. When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.” The 12 seconds is based on the umpire's determination (begin counting the12 seconds from the batter's pivot foot (the one near the catcher) has been positioned, and the pitcher also hold the ball in the hands).
- When a batter hit a home run, team members are not allowed to touch the player before returning to the home base. The first offense will result in the team being warned and the second one will result in the team's chief coach being expelled.
- If a game is televised, the coaches of both teams may ask the umpire in chief to review the video replay to solve the dispute about the call of home run.
- When a base runner is stealing and the catcher comes up quickly with a throw to attempt to retire the runner, the batter cannot in any way impede the catcher's effort – either intentionally or unintentionally. If he does, then the batter is out.
A player in the starting line-up who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game once, in any position in the batting order, provided:
- His or her substitute has completed one time at bat and has played defensively for a minimum of six(6) consecutive outs if there are 12 eligible players registered.
(2) A pitcher may not re-enter the game as a pitcher, and player run for is not subject to removal from game lineup.
- A player not in the lineup is used as pinch-runner and it is permitted once per team per inning. A given player may only be replaced by a special runner once per game.
- There is no exception to the mandatory play rule unless the game is shortened by any reason (such as wind and rain or other force majeure). A game being shortened by the 10-run or 7-run rule is a valid reason. (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.) A bench player is eligible to play in the batting order according to provisions of the mandatory play. If A is a pitcher (not the original pitcher) and is replaced by B to bat, A may continue pitching because A is not removed from pitcher mound. A pitcher may not re-enter the game as a pitcher.
- If a base runner intentionally dashes or touches the hits with dangerous and violent bodily movements, the runner shall be declared out, cannot re-enter the game (i.e., be expelled), and shall be suspended for two games. This is regarded as a dead ball and the other base runners must return to their original bases.
- Players are not allowed to wearing metal baseball spike shoes, shall be neatly dressed, and wear shirts with their schools' names and clear numbers (1 to 18). The captain wears the shirt with the number 10. The numbers cannot be changed after registration. Coaches' uniform numbers are 28 to 29 and the head coach's uniform number is 30.
- The sponsor’s name or logo is allowed to be stitched or printed on the shirt and jacket, and its total area shall not exceed 120 square centimeters on the clothes and shall not exceed 25 square centimeters on the cap and helmet. Except the manufacturer's trademark, the sponsor’s name or logo is not allowed put on other protective gear. Otherwise, the names or logos shall be covered by stickers or removed.
- In order to enhance of students' baseball spirit, the school team uniforms shall be as tidy and uniform as possible. The style, color and length of the shirts (including underwear, which shall not be white) shall be identical. Players shall wear knee-breeches and expose the socks pulled to the knees. Players shall run fast into and out of the field during the game.
- Each team shall have its own standard catcher's gear, including catcher’s helmet that covers ears, catcher's mask, throat guard, chest protector, groin guard and leg guards, and the stand-by catcher also shall wear catcher's helmet and catcher's mask. All batters, base runners and base coaches shall wear standard helmets that cover both ears and with chin straps. The Assembly will give a warning to the team with anyone failing to follow any provisions mentioned above, and will expel the head coach the second time.
- The bat must conform to the standards specified by the Little League Baseball. It must be smooth, round, hardwood, or other material that meets the standards of the Little League Baseball. It must not exceed 33 inches in length and 21/4 inches in diameter and the non-wood bat must have the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less printed on it. The bat must be also marked with the specifications.
- It is forbidden to bring, use heavier bats, including wooden bats, iron bats and any other extra equipment.
- Coaches and players are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol (or alcoholic beverages), smoking, chewing tobacco, chewing betel nut and eating seeds in baseball field, the offender will be given a warning the first time, and will be expelled the second time.
- A team which fails to attend a scheduled game will not be allowed to play in any further games, its results will be canceled, and it will be submitted to punishment by the Technical Committee.
- Any team's serious violation of sportsmanship during the competition shall result in the team being submitted to punishment by the Assembly's Technical Committee.
38. Any head coach, coach or player who is expelled or suspended must leave the baseball field immediately, and shall not stay in the field or sit on the stand, as well as shall not attend or watch the next game on the spot.
- The team leader and coaches shall urge the players to treasure the baseball turf and the environment, and try not to trample the turf. The team staff and players shall leave the dugouts within 10 minutes after the game, to facilitate the teams for next game to enter the dugouts.
40. Baseball Field
- The distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate: 14.02 meters (46 feet)
- The distance between each base: 18.29 (60 feet)
- The distance from second base to home base: 25.86 meters (84.85 feet)
- Home run distance: 60.96 meters (200 feet), or existing field.
Any problem with the baseball rules or these competition rules shall be solved by the Assembly calling a meeting convened by the staff from competition section and coach section, to make the final judgment.
- Before, during and after the game: the qualifications of team members
- During the game: questions about umpire's judgment that does not comply with the rules, misinterprets the rules, the unqualified pitchers or team staff, and the use of substandard gear etc.
- Appeals: questions about the competition (If an appeal is accepted, then the game continues with the situation prevailing at the time.)
- The above appeals shall be filed by the team leader or head coach to the observer. Appeals after the game shall be filed in written form signed by the team leader or the head coach within 30 minutes after the end of the game, together with a security deposit of NT $ 5,000, handing to the observer, or it will not be accepted. When an appeal is not accepted, the security deposit will be confiscated as a fund for promoting amateur baseball, otherwise it will be returned.
- The appeal ends with the final ruling of the Technical Committee of the Assembly.
The Competition Rules and any amendments thereto shall be implemented after approved by the Assembly.