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Tournament Rules

The Gopher Classic Tournament will consist of 96 teams this year.  There are 16 sites that will make up a pool.  Pool standings can be found on the standings page and the winner of each pool will advance to the final round of 16 teams.  Pool play will conclude on Sunday with the first round of 16 games playing out at four different sites.  The round of 16 sites will be :

  • Bloomington Gold

  • Eden Prairie

  • North St. Paul

  • Minnetonka High School (Excelsior) 

In the event a team can not play in the round of 16 due to the start of Legion play-offs or some other reason, the pool runner-up team will advance to Monday.  


Tie Breakers

  1. Head-to-Head:  Note- in the event of a three-or four-way tie, winner must win all games with teams they are tied with to be a pool winner. 

  2. Least runs allowed per inning played (lowest number):   Determined by all runs given up in all five (5) games played divided by the innings played.  Pool winner is the lowest number.  

  3. Most runs scored:  Determined by the nunber of runs scored in all five (5) games played divided by the innings played.  The pool winner is the highest number. 

  4. Coin flip:  If we have 2 teams still tied after Rule #2, then we will go to Rule #3.  We will not go head-to-head at this point.  

  5. Rainouts-can and do happen.  This is just nature taking its course and the games are difficult to make up and are a part of baseball and can impact the tie-breakers.  Higher Games Won will be the Site Champs even if the next beats the first.


Home Team Designation
-   All host teams will be the home team for their respective games in pool play. 

-   Games that do not involve host teams will be assigned home or away designations in advance with each team having a minimum of two games as 'home'. This represents a new feature at the Gopher Classic. Why?

  •     We have new digital systems that require home and away assignment.

  •     You have home/away in advance allowing you to better prepare pitching, and

  •     Many will not suffer the embarrassment of always losing the coin flip. 

-   All games that are in the playoff round will be flipped for to determine the home team. 

Innings Reported
-     To be able to make the Inning Reporting Standard and Runs Allowed calculation more clear we will follow the following rules:

      When reporting the Innings Played, report only the Completed Innings plus the Number of Outs of the Current Innings

See Chart for Innings and how to report it.