Ending a Regulation Game
A Regulation Game consists of six innings (turns at bat) for each team, unless extra innings are necessary because of a tie score; or unless shortened due to time limit, inclement weather, darkness on an unlighted field, or because the home team needs less than its complete half-inning at the bottom of the last inning of play. Each team must have six blindfolded players in its line-up throughout the game, plus a pitcher, catcher, and at least one spotter, otherwise the game may be forfeited
(see EXCEPTION ).
A forfeited game is regulation, regardless of the number of innings played.
The Game ends when the team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the sixth inning, or any inning thereafter if extra innings are necessary. If the home team scores a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth or subsequent inning, the game is terminated at that point.
If weather or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the Umpire, it is a regulation game:
if four full innings have been played, or if the home team has scored an equal or greater number of runs in three and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting team has scored in four turns at bat; or
if play has gone beyond four innings. In
, if the game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning; except that if the home team has scored a run to tie the score or take the lead in its half of the incomplete inning, the final score shall remain as recorded at the time the game was called.
A game called due to exceeding a pre-set time limit is a regulation game:
if both teams have completed an equal number of turns at bat; or
if the home team has scored a run to tie the score or take the lead at or prior to the expiration of the pre-set time limit. In both (a) and (b),it shall be a regulation game regardless of the number of innings played. If an inning is started before the pre-set time limit has expired that inning will be completed, unless;
1) the visiting team does not tie the score or take the lead in its half of the inning, or
2) the home team scores a go-ahead run before its half of the inning is complete, thus ending the game.
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