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NOTE:*** The first thing you should do is make application through the BCO Office firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed application. The BCO will then review and make appropriate recommendations to the IBAF as a BCO event.
IBAF Sanctioned Games
IBAF sanctioned Games and Tournaments involving National Teams offer points for Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Rankings.
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has announced the expansion of the World Ranking platform and makes it available for its member federations to earn additional points for the IBAF Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Rankings.
After reviewing and ensuring proper protocol be followed based upon the IBAF instructions, the official sanctioning of IBAF would be given to organizers of events with the implications on the Baseball World Rankings.
In relation to Article 63-64 of the IBAF Statutes, international baseball games or tournaments to be held between National Teams of different countries must have the prior sanction of the Continental Confederations and IBAF and the details of those games or tournaments must be communicated to the Continental Confederations in respective areas and the International Baseball Federation Headquarters.
Baseball World Rankings will only ever be impacted when the competition is duly sanctioned by the IBAF. ‘Certified National Teams “ must be involved in those games and be playing other “certified” National Teams.
The IBAF is only able to sanction competitions outside IBAF Baseball World Cups if the National Federations (Host) properly communicate to the IBAF and follow the instruction indicated.
“The Thunder Series and Samurai Japan competitions that were co-organized last November with the Chinese Professional Baseball League and Nippon Professional Baseball received the status of IBAF sanction as per the directive of IBAF Executive. As such, the winners for the games between national teams were given the ranking points. “
Article 63. All ByLaws, Rules, Regulations and major Policies, shall be advised to all Member Federations within 30 days of its adoption.
CHAPTER VI PERTAINING TO THE INTERNATIONAL PLAY
Article 64.Any International Baseball Game or International Baseball Tournament between teams and/or clubs that come under the jurisdiction and/or auspices of one or more Member Federations and/or comprising of one or more players that come under the jurisdiction and/or auspices of one or more Member Federations, shall come under the jurisdiction of the IBAF and shall be subject to the Statutes, ByLaws, Rules, Regulations and Policies as established by the IBAFfrom time to time.
Procedures to apply for IBAF sanction to exhibition/friendly games:
1. Ranking Points to be awarded
A win over a top 10-team is worth 20 points
A win over a team from 11th - 20th is worth 10 points
A win over a team from 21st - 30th is worth 5 points
A win over a team outside the top 30 is worth 2 points
2. Communication to the IBAF and its Confederations
Contact IBAF headquarters and its Confederations and apply for the IBAF sanction in writing on an organizational letterhead.
3. Details to be requested
In addition to informing IBAF and confederations of the intention to hold international matches, those seeking for IBAF sanction will be requested to provide the details of;
- Names of Teams in question
- Game reports in English or Spanish
- Few high quality photos of game action in JPEG format (Resolution of each photo shall be 800 x 640 or 400 x 320 Pixels)
4. IBAF Recognition
On organizers media outlets (website, broadcasting, media backdrop, printed materials such as official program, tickets, accreditation cards, newspapers etc if any) it is also requested to include IBAF recognition (Logo and word "IBAF Sanction") and produce one IBAF banner to be placed on fences at fields for the IBAF sanctioned games. This banner can be detachable and does not necessarily need to be permanently installed on the fences. Data files will be provided upon request based on the dimensions available and NFs must use the provided layouts for printing and placement of IBAF logo and banner.
The costs of printing and installing the banner shall be at the expense of those seeking for IBAF sanction.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact the IBAF Office at email@example.com
The outfield is divided into three areas -- right, left, and center. Right field is the area beyond first base, center field is the are past second base, and left field lies behind third base. The dimensions of the outfield vary from ballpark to ballpark. In addition, foul lines exist to the right of first base and the left of third base, and run all the way into the outfield. Lastly, there is a small mound of dirt located in the center of the infield. This is where the pitcher stands.
The first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman are must defend the area around the bases they are named for. Likewise, the left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder (also called outfielders) must cover the sections of the outfield for which they are named. The pitcher's job is to throw the ball toward the batter at home plate. The catcher sits behind home plate, and he is charged with the task of catching the pitcher's throw and defensively covering the area around home plate. The shortstop covers the ground in between the second baseman and third baseman.
In the American League, there is also a tenth player in the game. He is called the designated hitter, or DH. The DH does not play any position in the field. Instead, he takes the pitcher's place in the offensive lineup. There is no DH in the National League, where the pitcher is required to participate offensively.
OTHERS INVOLVED WITH THE GAME:
Coaches assist the manager. There are several types of coaches on a baseball team, but only a few usually have a direct effect on the game. The first and third base coaches stand near their respective bases and give advice to players at the plate or on the bases, and the pitching coach often travels to the mound to assist the pitcher (or occasionally to replace one pitcher with another; this is done by the manager on most teams though).
Umpires enforce the rules of the game. There are four umpires -- three at each of the bases and one behind home plate. The three infield umpires have three jobs. They determine whether or not a ball remains in play or if it has gone foul. They determine whether or not a player has safely reached a base or if he was forced out by the other team. And they rule if a ball has left the park and is a home run. The home plate umpire is also responsible for calling players safe or out and deciding if a ball is foul, but their main job is to determine whether or not the pitcher's throw landed in the strike zone or not (more on this later).
PLAYING THE GAME:
In Major League Baseball, a game is divided into nine periods of play. These are called innings. Each inning is divided in half, and both teams have an opportunity to score a point (known as a run in baseball). The visiting team bats in the first half (or top) of an inning, while the home team takes their turn in the second half (or bottom) of an inning. While one team is playing offense, the other is in the field caring for their defensive positions (see above).
Now the game begins. The pitcher throws a ball toward home plate, where a member of the opposing team (the batter) is waiting in one of two chalk-drawn "batter's boxes" near the plate. One batter's box is for left-handed batters and the other is for right-handed batters. The batter's goal is to hit the ball with his bat, and to drive it into a spot in the field where no defensive player is standing. On the other hand, the pitcher is basically attempting to either make the batter swing and miss (this is called a strike and will be explained in more depth later) or hit the ball toward one of his teammates.
If the batter succeeds in hitting the ball to an open space in the field, he gets what is called a hit. There are four kinds of hits. If the batter can go only to first base, he receives what is called a single. If the ball travels far enough for him to reach second base, it is called a double. A triple is when the batter hits the ball far enough to reach third base. Lastly, a home run is when the batter can safely cross all the bases, starting and finishing at home plate. This usually happens when a ball travels over the outfield walls and out of the playing area. In this case, the batter is awarded a point (or run) for his team.
There are also many situations in which the pitcher and the defensive team gains the advantage. If the batter swings and misses at three pitches, the batter is given an out. If the ball is hit into the air and is caught by a defensive player, the batter is out. Also, if a ball is hit onto the ground, a defensive player can pick it up and either tag the runner or step on the base directly in front of a batter (or an offensive player who has reached a base, called a baserunner). That is also an out. Once the defensive team records three outs, their half-inning of defense is over and they are allowed to play offense (or "bat") once more.
STRIKEOUTS AND WALKS:
You see, there is a certain invisible area above home plate called the strike zone. According to Major League Baseball rules, the strike zone is an imaginary box that runs from the bottom of the batter's kneecap to the uniform letters on his chest. In reality, though, the strike zone varies greatly depending on the umpire at home plate.
If the pitcher manages to land three pitches in the strike zone without the batter hitting them, then he earns an out for his team. Conversely, if four of the pitcher's throws miss the umpire's strike zone (or are not called strikes) and the batter does not swing his bat, then he is allowed to reach first base just as though he had hit a single. This is called a walk.
One last thing: the first two times a batter hits a ball into foul territory, he is charged with a strike. Not the third time, however. Thus, no matter how many times he hits a ball foul, a batter cannot be charged with more than two strikes.
HOW TO WIN:
However, if a game is tied at the end of nine innings, the two teams play additional innings until the tie is broken at the end of a complete inning. Thus, if the visiting team takes the lead in the top-half of an extra inning, the home team will get a chance to score more runs in the bottom half of that inning. However, if the home team breaks the tie in the bottom half of an extra inning, the game ends instantly.
Simplified baseball rules
|A single baseball game is played by two teams of nine players each. During the course of a game, the teams alternate playing offense and defense. The goal of a game is to score more points, which are called "runs", than the other team. Each team attempts to score runs while on offense by completing a tour of the "bases", which form a square-shaped figure called a "diamond." A tour starts at home plate and proceeds counter-clockwise.
Baseball is usually played in a series of nine "innings", each of which is divided into two halves called "top" and "bottom", in that order. In each half-inning, the offensive team attempts to score runs until three of its players are put "out" (removed from play by actions of the defensive team; discussed below). After the third out, the teams switch roles for the other half of the inning. The teams play offense and defense in the same half of each inning of the game, top or bottom.
The basic tools of baseball
The baseball itself is about the size of a fist with a leather cover, most often white with red lacing.
The "bat" is the offensive tool, either made of wood or aluminum. It is a long, hard stick, about 5 cm in diameter, tapering to the handle, which is about 2.5 cm in diameter.
The "glove" is a defensive tool, made of leather and worn on a player’s hand to aid in catching the ball. It takes various shapes to meet the unique needs of a player’s defensive position.
The game is played on a "field". Each field has a diamond with a base at each corner. The part of the field closest to the bases is called the "infield", and the part beyond the bases is called the "outfield" (see diagram 1).
Pitching and batting
At the beginning of each half-inning, the nine defensive players arrange themselves on the field. One defensive player is called the "pitcher" and stands at the center of the diamond on a designated spot, called the "mound". Another defensive player is called the "catcher" and is located on the other side of home plate from the pitcher. Four more players are arranged along the lines between first, second, and third bases, and the other three are in the outfield.
A play begins with an offensive "batter" standing at home plate, holding a bat. The pitcher throws the ball toward home plate, known as throwing a "pitch", and the batter attempts to hit the ball with the bat. The catcher catches the pitches that the batter does not hit, either by choice or by failing to make contact, and returns the ball to the pitcher for the next pitch.
If the batter fails to hit a pitch thrown within the "strike zone" (see diagram 2), or if he hits it "foul" outside of the field of play, it is called a "strike". If the pitch is outside the strike zone and and the battter does not swing the bat at it, it is a "ball". If the batter collects three strikes, he "strikes out" and is retired. If the batter collects four balls, he "walks", and advances to "first base" safely.
Running the bases and getting a runner out
If the batter hits the ball into play, he must drop the bat and begin running toward first base. Once a batter begins running, he is then referred to as a "runner". Runners attempt to reach a base, where they are "safe" and may remain there. Whether or not he advances farther and reach home base to score a run depends on the success of the batters that follow him.
The defensive players attempt to prevent a runner from advancing to a base by putting him out. There are many ways that the team on defense can get an offensive player out. The five most common ways are:
The "strike-out" — the batter acquires three strikes before hitting the ball in "fair territory" between the foul lines; in this case, the batter never becomes a runner.
The "fly out" — a defensive player catches a batted ball before it touches the ground.
The "ground out" — a defensive player retrieves the batted ball after it has touched the ground and throws it to a defensive teammate standing on first base before the runner arrives there.
The "force out" — a runner fails to reach the next base ahead of a teammate’s hit before a defensive player gets there with the ball.
The "ground out" is actually a type of "force out."
The "tag out" — while between bases, a runner is out if a defensive player touches him with a held ball.