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Discussion: World Tournaments...time limits

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Oct. 6, 2011
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World Tournaments...time limits
Growing up, World tournaments were always the one exception to the time limit rule. The thinking was that a lot of teams have spent a lot of money to be there, and with it being the Worlds, it was prudent to allow all games to go the full seven innings (except for mercy rule games).

Our senior team has accepted the fact that we will rarely, if ever, play a seven inning game. and i wonder how we let that happen. We would be willing to compromise on a time limit for the seeding games at 70 minutes, but feel that all brackets games sohuld go the full seven(7) innings.

i am sure we have all played in a close, exciting, important game at the Worlds that was called on time, only to sit around and see that the next game on that field didnt start for 30 minutes, while the ump and teams dilly dallied around.

I know it is too late to fix for this year, but maybe this could be discussed for the 2012 season. Keep in mind, the 5 run limit will still keep the games moving along. If put to a player vote, i am sure an overwhelming majority would not mind having their time at the fields lengthened as a result of beign able to play the full seven innings - it is not as if we have something else to do that weekend.
Oct. 6, 2011
Men's 50
2609 posts
I don't know where you grew up, or when, but here in Northeast Ohio in the 70s and 80s I never played in a game with a time limit. League games, local tournaments, ASA qualifiers, didn't matter. Never a time limit.

At least that was my experience around here.
Oct. 6, 2011
Men's 65
4549 posts
Never encountered ANY timed tournaments, league or mom and pop games until I started playing senior ball in 1997. I do not believe the first couple years were then either.
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