BASEBALL


Coaches Group:

Required Off-Season Conference Call: 10am Thursday, September 19, 2019
Required Preseason Conference Call: 10am Thursday, January 16, 2020
All-Conference Nominations Due: 12pm Monday, April 13, 2020
Required All-Conference Nominations Conference Call: 10am Monday, April 20, 2020
Required All-Conference Voting Conference Call: 10am Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Committee Chairperson: Rob Watt, Mount Olive
Director of Athletics Liaison: Todd Wilkinson, Barton


2020 Regular-Season and Championships Information

Final Date of Conference Regular-Season Play: Saturday, April 18, 2020
(Per AD Policy: All baseball games - including any rescheduled games - must be completed by the Saturday prior to the conference championship.)

Conference Championships Dates:         
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Location of Conference Championship: Burlington Athletic Stadium (Burlington, NC)

Play-In Games: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (2pm No. 5 vs. No. 8; 7pm No. 6 vs. No. 7)

All-Conference Award Ceremony: Between second & third games on Thursday, April 23, 2020. There will be a BBQ dinner at the ballpark for teams Thursday evening following the second game (approximately 6pm). T-shirts will be provided to participating student-athletes from The City of Burlington. Boxed meals will be provided for teams playing in the third Thursday evening game after the contest.

Six-Team Double-Elimination Tournament: Thursday, April 23, 2020, through Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Rain Date: Monday, April 27, 2020.

Note: When there is a pre-determined championship site, the contest times should be pre-determined based on seed, not on the host, regardless of whether the championship is being played at a neutral or campus site.

2020 Originally Approved Baseball Schedule

Note: Schedules can be changed with AD approval from both institutions.

Tournament Format: Eight teams qualify (see below) with 5-8 seeded teams "playing-in" into a six-team double-elimination tournament at a site determined by bid. Three umpires will be used for all tournament games. The NCAA official rulebook will govern all tournament games. In the event of a shortened tournament, the highest-seeded team remaining in the tournament becomes the conference champion and receives the automatic NCAA bid with the exception that if the tournament ends with one team having a record of 3 wins and 0 losses, that team is declared champion and receives the automatic bid. When the winning team is not eligible for automatic qualification, the runner-up team receives the automatic qualification (5/22/13). There should not be a change in the sequence of games during the tournament, but game times can be changed by the tournament director in consultation with the conference office. The format includes having No. 5 vs. No. 8 and No. 6 vs. No. 7 in a one-game playoff on the first day of the tournament (Wednesday) with the two winners moving into the six-team double-elimination tournament starting Thursday. The first day of playoff games must be completed by Wednesday so that Thursday championship play starts as scheduled. If weather prevents completion of either of the play-in games on Wednesday, the affected higher seed(s) would advance to start scheduled play on Thursday (8/7/18).

Seeding: Teams will be seeded according to regular-season finish based on overall conference winning percentage. Ties will be broken in the following manner:

1) Head-to-head results during the regular season for a two-way tie;

2) Records against all opponents involved in the tie;

3) Record against opponents not involved in the tie working down from #1;

4) Random selection by Commissioner (note that in a multi-member tie requiring random selection, the random selection is for the highest seed among the tied teams and then returning to the start of the tie-breaking procedure for the remaining teams). 

*In the situation of three or more teams tying: After determining the highest-seeded team, the tie-breaking procedure reverts back to the start of the tie-breaking procedure to seed the next team. This process continues until all tied teams have been seeded.

Link to: Chart for determining Baseball Play & Weather Options Link (since 2010)

Regular-Season Schedule

  • A conference-generated three-game series schedule includes games to be played as a single contest (2:30pm Friday) and a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon. With this schedule format and with the approval of both institutional directors of athletics, Sunday serves as the make-up date for cancelled and incomplete games with the exception that Belmont Abbey, Emmanuel, Erskine, North Greenville, and Southern Wesleyan will not use Sunday.
  • With approval of both institutional directors of athletics, games may be changed to a Saturday-Sunday format specified as a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon and a single game on Sunday starting at 1pm. With this scheduling format, Monday is the make-up date for cancelled and incomplete games but requires approval of both institutional directors of athletics.
  • No games may be scheduled or made up Easter Sunday, but with the approval of both institutional directors of athletics, the Monday after Easter may be used for making up previous Friday or Saturday postponements.
  • The conference office and supervisor of baseball umpires are to be notified immediately of any schedule changes.
  • No more than two games may be started or completed on any one date.
  • Three single games may not be scheduled.
  • A second Saturday game of 8.5 or more innings will require a seven-inning Sunday game.
  • Changes in game times and locations may be made with the approval of both institutional directors of athletics.
  • In the event of cancelled games beyond the specified rain date, tournament seedings will be based on conference winning percentages (note that members may elect to reschedule but results are not included in conference standings).
  • With the exception of games at off-campus rented facilities, Conference Carolinas students will be admitted free on presentation of valid member card.
  • Payment to the supervisor of baseball umpires is required by January 15 of each year.
  • League members will not provide game tapes or verbal scouting reports to non-conference opponents (1/20/15).

Game Ball Policy: Wilson shall be listed as the "Official Ball of Conference Carolinas" and shall be used exclusively by all member institutions in all conference play. 

Multiple Sport Policy: Link to League Multiple Sport Policy 

Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to Conference Carolinas Media Policy

Delay of Game Policy: Link to Conference Carolinas Delayed Game Policy

Conference Pregame Policy: Link to Baseball Pre-game Policy (Batting Practice, etc.)

Baseball Code of Conduct: Link to Conference Carolinas Baseball Code of Conduct

Admissions Policy: In any sport in which there is an admissions charge, member students with a valid ID shall be admitted free (except rented facilities off campus) (8/11/04).

Ejection Policy: When a player or team party member is ejected, both the team's coach and (if a conference opponent) the opposing coach are to notify their director of athletics upon completion of the contest. The director of athletics will immediately notify the conference office and subsequently complete and submit to the conference office the Ejection Report Form. The conference office will notify each member president immediately when notified of an ejection.

A coach ejected for an "unsporting act" will be cautioned by the institution’s director of athletics or immediate supervisor in a form provided by the conference. Copies of cautions and suspensions will be provided to the institution’s President, FAR, the Supervisor of Officials and the Commissioner. A second ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next-game suspension. A third ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next two-game suspension. End-of-year suspensions will be carried forward to the next year. Ejected coaches must leave the sight of the playing field when ejected. If the ejected coach does not comply in a timely manner, the game is forfeited.

Halted Game Policy

Definition: A halted baseball game occurs when the umpire terminates play by calling "Game" and the contest is either not a regulation game by NCAA rules or is a tie defined by NCAA rules.

Philosophical Basis: To complete as many league games as possible within the weekend format and play no more than two games any individual day.

1) The decision to call "Game" is the responsibility of game umpires, using consultation at the umpire's discretion.
2) A conference game is deemed completed by NCAA rules when:

A) After 4 1/2 innings the home team is leading.
B) After 5 equal innings the visiting team is leading.

3) Halted games are to be resumed, at the halted point (see NCAA rules 5-8-b), prior to the next contest between opponents. A conference game is deemed halted when the non-completed or tied contest is:

A) The second game of a first day doubleheader.
B) The first or second game of three single-date contests.

4) A conference halted or tied game will be deemed not played for league purposes and will not be used in the conference standings when:

A) It is the non-completed or tied first game of a series scheduled to include a doubleheader.
B) It is part of the last day of the series schedule (both first and second games of a doubleheader) and is a non-completed or tied game.

5) A conference game deemed not played for league purposes and not to be used in the conference standings may, at the contestants’ discretion, be completed with the following considerations:

A) Both members agree to complete the contests, from the halted point, using NCAA and conference rules.
B) It is suggested that this decision be decided by members prior to the series.
C) The series umpiring assignment and fees are fulfilled and completion of the contest(s) will require additional arrangements by the competing institutions.

Equipment Note: Beginning in 2021, bat testing will be required by the NCAA.

All-Conference Team: Each team through their SID may nominate and send supporting statistics for players, pitchers, Player of the Year, & True Freshman of the Year for all-conference consideration. All nominations received by the Service Bureau prior to the stated deadline will be compiled and returned to SIDs for distribution to baseball coaches. Two teams mirroring the all-region team (16 on each team: 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, C, OF, OF, OF, OF, DH, P, P, P, P, RP, U) will be selected prior to the conference tournament. Players can ONLY be nominated for one position overall. The Baseball All-Conference Team will be selected by nomination and ballot via email submission to the conference office. Upon compilation and distribution of nomination information, each team will vote for players in rank order and may not vote for their own players. The position player (no pitchers) on the initial second team receiving the highest vote total becomes the 1st Team Utility position. The position player (no pitchers) receiving the highest vote total and not on the initial second team becomes the 2nd Team Utility position. Sport coaches will submit nominations to the conference office, a conference call will be held to verify nominees, and then coaches will vote by email. Ballots are required to be completed within 24 hours of the conference call.

Player and Pitcher of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players and three pitchers, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winners will be named Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.

Coach of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three coaches, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Coach of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes. 

Freshman of the Year: The top freshman vote-getter of conference members using the same procedure and time frame as Player of the Year.

  • A student-athlete should qualify only if this is the first collegiate institution attended.
  • It is the student-athlete’s first year of competition (academic sophomores/redshirt freshmen are eligible as long as they took a redshirt year at the same member institution). 
  • Any transfer exception is not applicable (e.g., a student-athlete who transfers from an institution but did not play a sport is still not eligible for award).
  • Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met. 

All-Tournament: Coaches will select the All-Tournament Team as follows:

First place - MVP plus four All-Tournament

Second place - Three All-Tournament

Third and fourth place - One All-Tournament each

Student-Athlete Pledge of Sportsmanship Form (Reminder to be signed by each student-athlete during preseason and filed in each institution’s athletics department.)