The Regional Round of the 2018 NWLA Tournament presented by Visit Lenawee is less than a month away and we have some news and notes:
-*Rules Call:* This year’s Rules Call will be hosted by the Organizing Committee at 6 PM Eastern on June 3rd, 2018. As a reminder, one member of each league will be able to vote on rule changes, with the exception of news teams (Bloomsburg Wiffle Club). An email has been sent to all managers opening the floor for proposals, and all proposals MUST BE LISTED ON THE EMAIL CHAIN. If a proposal is not listed on the chain, it will not be voted on.
-*Regional Format:* With 8 teams battling for 4 spots in Morenci, the Regional format will be 2 pools of 4 teams each. Teams will play each of their pool members once. The winner from each pool will be qualified for Nationals. The pool tiebreaker will be head-to-head, followed by run differential, runs allowed, and runs scored. The remaining 6 teams will then be seeded and placed into a bracket, where the 3rd and 4th place teams from pool play will receive byes. The winners of the second round games will also be qualified for Nationals. The losing team from the 2 second round games will then play a final game to determine who will be the first alternate. Pitching rules will be the same as the National round, with the rule resetting after pool play, as well as before the first alternate game.
To add a new wrinkle into the Regional round, the pools will be determined by the teams themselves! Organizing Committee member Carl Coffee will be holding a live lottery on Sunday, May 20th to pick two teams, then each team will draft their pool from the remaining teams. The first team selected in the lottery will get the first pick in each round. The schedules will then be determined as follows:
1 – Lottery Winner
2 – First Round Pick
3- Second Round Pick
4- Third Round Pick