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MSHSL to permit shorter regular-season baseball, softball games

Due to unseasonably cool temperatures, poor field conditions, frozen turf, and supply of officials, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors Executive Committee took action Wednesday to increase the opportunities for schools to schedule and complete baseball and softball regular-season contests in a condensed season.

Length of games

The length of a baseball or softball game may be amended as follows:

  • By mutual agreement, two member schools may agree to play two 5-inning games in a doubleheader, or as currently available, doubleheaders may be played with the first game seven innings and the second game five innings or until a regulation game is completed.
  • Single games must still be played under National Federation of High School Association rules requiring 7-inning games or until a regulation game is completed.
  • Appropriate application of the rules regarding regulation game and suspended game is required. To review these rules, see the softball and baseball activity pages in the MSHSL online Rules and Policy Manual.
Officiating waiver process

While every effort should be made to have two registered officials, the following officiating arrangements can be used by following the waiver process:

  • Softball: One registered official is required and two are recommended. Using a single non-registered official requires a waiver.
  • Baseball: Two registered officials are required. Using one registered and one nonregistered official, or using only one registered official, requires a waiver.
  • Waivers may be obtained by sending an email to Jason Nickleby, MSHSL Coordinator of Officials, at jnickleby@mshsl.org prior to the first pitch of the contest. The waiver is in effect upon the submission of the email. Verification of the receipt of the waiver will take place within 24 hours.
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