Mon
Jul
08
07:00 PM
St. Albert Tigers
Sherwood Park Athletics
6
8
Mon
Jul
08
07:30 PM
Red Deer Riggers
Calgary Diamondbacks
8
2
Tue
Jul
09
07:00 PM
St. Albert Tigers
Edmonton Padres
9
10
Tue
Jul
09
07:30 PM
Calgary Diamondbacks
Red Deer Riggers
0
9
Wed
Jul
10
07:00 PM
Sherwood Park Athletics
Edmonton Cubs
4
3
Fri
Jul
12
07:30 PM
Red Deer Riggers
Edmonton Padres
15
1
Sat
Jul
13
10:00 AM
Calgary Rockies
St. Albert Tigers
5
1
Sat
Jul
13
01:00 PM
Calgary Rockies
St. Albert Tigers
13
19
Sun
Jul
14
12:00 PM
Calgary Rockies
Edmonton Padres
2
1
Sun
Jul
14
03:00 PM
Calgary Rockies
Edmonton Padres
13
1

Sunburst 2024 Rules


Sunburst League Rules 2024

 

League Play Rules

  • Baseball Canada Official Rules of Baseball will be used (including the DH).
  • All games will be 7 innings.
    • A regulation game is:
      • 5 innings have been completed.
      • 4 1/2 innings have been completed and the home team holds the lead.
  • Mercy Rule - 10 run differential after the losing team has completed their 5th offensive inning. Losing team can elect to continue play regardless of mercy rule (however the game is officially final regardless of whether the losing team comes back and wins or not).
  • Wood/wood composite bat only.
  • Courtesy runner is permitted for the catcher when they are on base with 2 outs (not permitted during playoffs).
  • Forfeits will be scored as a 7-0 loss, one run for each inning of a standard game. 
    • If a forfeit occurs in the middle of an official game in which the forfeiting team is losing, the score will be recorded as it stands at the point of forfeit.
  • Ohtani Rule-a rule that allows the pitcher to be assigned to the designated hitter spot in the batting order and to remain as the designated hitter even if replaced on the mound by another pitcher.
  • Extra Innings- The last 2 outs of the previous inning will start extra innings on first and second base with none out.

 

Roster Requirements

  • Maximum roster size of 30 players. Only the players registered on the GameChanger roster prior to the game to be eligible to play.
  • Roster deadlines:
    • Initial rosters must be submitted to the League President by May 1st. 
    • Final roster must be submitted to the League President by July 28th.
  • No changes to the roster will be permitted after July 28th unless a team’s roster falls below 15 players, that team will have the opportunity to roster replace.
  • All rosters must be approved, and any changes approved by the League President. 
  • Players can only be on one Senior level Provincial roster.
    • Junior AAA players are permitted to be on one Junior AAA Provincial roster and one Senior AAA Provincial roster.

 

Player Eligibility

  • Compliant with Baseball Canada player requirements and be an Alberta resident as of July 1st.
  • Must be of amateur status or be removed from professional baseball for the current year.
  • In order to be eligible for Sunburst Playoffs/Provincials, players must meet the following criteria:
  • Be in uniform on the field/bench and on the line-up card for at least 8 games for the team they’re rostered on. If a team plays less than 18 games, then more than 43% of total games.
  • Players must have at least 5 AB or 3 IP, while also still being in uniform on the field/bench for at least 8 games or 43% of games played.
  • Only exception to the above rule is players on the "Injured List" submitted to the President. These players must still have 8 appearances, but don't have to meet the 5 AB/3IP minimum. I will post the injured list on the league website so it's public
  • Players must stay until the end of the 5th inning to be considered a full game or atleast have an AB or IP in the game

 

  • Teams must make a reasonable effort to make up games as required in an effort not to abuse the 8-game appearance rule.
  • If there is an injury that causes a player to fall below the minimum requirement, the team with that player must request an exemption from the league and the other teams will vote with the League President being a tiebreaker. A doctor’s note on the injury must be provided.
  • If a game isn’t completed prior to a delay, whether it be due to darkness or playing conditions, all players on the lineup card are credited with an appearance in the game. Managers must come together to confirm/agree on players at the game and retain the lineup cards for verification.
  • Players playing in multiple leagues, must meet the same eligibility requirements to be eligible for playoffs.
  • Only players who are in uniform and present at the game can be placed on the lineup card. Coaches are to retain lineup cards from all games in order to provide verification of player eligibility.
  • If an ineligible player is used, that team will forfeit all games in which the player was used. (Players must be on the GameChanger roster). Any new players added to the GameChanger roster when the season starts must be confirmed by the League President.

 

League Play and Championships

  • The league schedule will consist of an equal number of games against each team in each team's own division and two games versus teams in the other division.
    • The League President must be notified of any rescheduled games as soon as possible so umpires can be arranged.
    • Home teams will have 2 weeks to reschedule a date for a cancelled game or will face forfeit. Ideally, schedule the games as soon as possible.
  • The regular season Sunburst League games will determine the seeding for the Sunburst Championship playoffs. (based on winning %)
    • The top two teams in each division will make the playoffs, with the other teams being eliminated.
  • Playoff series will be a best of 3 semi-final followed by a best of 5 final. 
    • North #1 vs North #2 best of 3 semi-final (Aug 6-9)
    • South #1 vs South #2 best of 3 semi-final (Aug 6-9)
    • Final will be the winners of the North and South playoff round and will be a best of 5 final. Games will occur in Red Deer or Sylvan. (Aug 12-18)
  • The winner of the Sunburst Championship will be given the right to represent Baseball Alberta at the Baseball Canada National Championships the following year. If a Sunburst Team is hosting the National Championships and wins the preceding year, the runner-up will represent Alberta.

 

League Fines

  • All team fines will be added to the league’s prize pool for the league champion of the same year.
  • Teams can be assessed $100 fines for:
    • Failure to enter the results of the game (with reasonable accuracy) on GameChanger within a week of the game being completed.
    • Failure for a team to attend a scheduled league game within 48 hours notice.
    • Every game played without paying the league entry fees and bond after May 1st

 

League Fees

  • Each team is responsible to pay Baseball Alberta the league fee of $1000 and Baseball Alberta fee of $50 annually
  • The winner of the Sunburst Championship will receive $5000, and 2nd place will receive $2000.
  • If the finals are played between non-Red Deer teams. The winning team will be responsible to pay for the field costs in the finals.

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