United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #107. San Diego CA 92111
Tele. 858-571-9919 FAX: 858-571-1641 E-mail:
Major League Baseball Rules (as modified below)
(Designated Hitter Rule in effect: rule 6.10(b))
UNISEX: OPEN (18+)
Rosters are limited to a maximum of 24 players plus a non-playing coach/manager. The coach/manager may be sworn or non-sworn (within USPFC guidelines). However, only sworn coaches/managers who submit an eligible entry and participate as a coach may receive a medal. See the GENERAL SPORT RULES for coaches/managers release of liability requirements.
Wood bats only per MLB rules.
Baseballs – Must be new MLB approved baseballs.
The tournament will be played in a round robin format followed by a single elimination playoff.
After round robin play, the top teams from each pool will advance to the single elimination playoff.
A single elimination playoff will determine all medal winners.
In determining the top teams from each pool, the following criteria will be used:
1. Won-loss record
2. Head to head
3. Runs allowed
4. Runs scored
A forfeited game will be considered a 7 runs to 0 runs game, with the forfeiting team receiving a minus 7 score for the purpose of run differential.
For the playoffs, seeding will be determined by the standings in each pool. 1st place teams will be given the highest seeds by a draw, followed by the 2nd place teams, etc.
The baseball competition will require four to five days depending on the number of teams that enter.
The length of all games will be 7 innings.
Exceptions: for round robin play only:
Time limit: Two hours and thirty minutes
After 5 innings, if one team is 10 or more runs ahead the game will be called.
After 7 innings, if the teams are tied, the game will continue one inning at a time
(extra innings) until a winner is determined. If after 9 innings, the teams are still
tied, a tie is declared.
Exceptions: for playoff play only:
All medal games will be 9 innings (gold, silver, bronze games only.)
GENERAL SPORT RULES for Baseball
The official batting line up requires a minimum of nine (9) batters. Teams may bat through their entire order of rostered and available players or include any number between nine (9) and the maximum of twenty four (24) batters, team limit. (All batters must be on the official team roster.) After a game has begun, a team may elect to add additional batters to their line up to increase the original number of batters FOR THE FIRST FIVE INNINGS ONLY.
Should a team not list all of their game available players as batters they may substitute any of those players into any batting order position. That player must then bat in the inserted batting order position until substituted for; pinch hitters are considered substitute batters. Once a batter is replaced in the lineup batting order that player may not bat for the remainder of the game; the player is still eligible to participate on defense without penalty for substitution. Teams must complete the game with the same number of batters as on their official game batting lineup. Should a listed batting lineup position not have a batter available when that position comes to bat that position will receive an automatic out each time throughout the game.
Open defensive substitution is permitted throughout the game. Players may change on field and bench positions at any time in each and every inning. Rostered and available players my play any one of the nine (9) defensive positions during an inning without a penalty for substitution. This will allow greater player participation.
Speed Up Rule: When the catcher is on base or reaches base with 2 outs, he/she will be replaced with a courtesy runner. This is in order to allow the catcher time to put his/her equipment on prior to the start of the next half inning. The courtesy runner will be a player on the same team that made the last out. This substitute does not affect the playing status of the catcher or the courtesy runner. NO OTHER COURTESY RUNNERS WILL BE ALLOWED. The speed up rule will only apply to round robin play. Playoff games will not use the speed up rule. (Teams might consider having another team member or coach available to warm up the pitcher until such time as the catcher is available during the playoff rounds.)
Uniforms - All players shall wear similar color and style shirts with an arabic number of contrasting color at least six (6) inches in height on the back. No players on the same team may wear identical numbers (Numbers 03 and 3 are examples of identical numbers.) Players without numbers will not be permitted to play.
Metal cleats will be allowed.
Protests will not be received or considered if they are based solely on a “judgment call” made by an umpire. Protests presented due to rules interpretation and after an on diamond umpires only conference will be decided by conference between the diamond coordinator and the on-field umpire Crew-Chief. The resulting decision(s) will be applied and be final.
Players, coaches, managers or other team members will not make disparaging or insulting remarks to or about opposing players, officials or spectators; or commit other acts that could be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes behavior on and off the field at the venue site. The penalty for violations by a player is, at minimum, prompt ejection of the offender from the game. The offender must leave the field or spectator area immediately. If the offender refuses to leave, his/her team will forfeit that game. Penalties may also include suspension from following games. If a player is ejected from the last game of the tournament, the player may be suspended from future games in the following years. Severe offences may result in being suspended temporarily or permanently from future United States Police and Fire Championships.
A MANDATORY COACHES/MANAGERS MEETING WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE START OF THE TOURNAMENT. A coach/manager or representative from each team must be present at this meeting.
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES WILL SUBMIT THEIR FINAL SIGNED TEAM ROSTERS AT THE COACHES/MANAGERS MEETING. NO ADDITIONAL PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE ADDED TO THE ROSTER AFTER THIS MEETING.