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Individuball

Individuball is a way for individuals to play team sports with a ball while competing individually against the other players present, not team against team. We here at Individuball love team sports, and the special dynamic of playing on a team, and Individuball wishes not to replace team sports but to complement them by offering individuals an alternative that can also be used to benefit team sports.

Individuball is played in a tournament style—like tennis; in an Olympic, individual event fashion; or similar to how playoffs are done with teams (but with individuals). Players try to climb the ladder to compete against others who are trying to climb the ladder—to have fun, improve their skills, and see who ends up in what ranking (be it 1st, 2nd, 3rd or a lower ranking). Individuball could be used to unbiasedly measure participant players' performance in a team tryout, as a way for a team to practice while competing against the other players on the team (to aid in assessing players' development and to help them prepare to compete against another team), or not to find out who has the best team, but to find out at a particular tournament who are the best players among the various categories, who are the best all-around players and who is the best player—among friends, on a team, in a league, in a city, in a state, in a country or even in the world (or the omniverse).

Reasons why Individuball is a fine idea

In team sports, a lot of decisions are wisely made by managers, yet sometimes, even if done rightfully so, things outside of player performance are weighed in the balance when decisions are made about who gets to play the game. Individuball gives all participants a fair chance to see who is performing best during a particular Individuball Tournament, whether they are the coach's kid, a Professional League MVP or an unknown. If done right, Individuball gives all participents a fair chance at winning.

Individubaseball

Individubaseball (aka Individual Baseball) is a way for individuals to play baseball while competing individually against the other players present, not team against team. The players can complete in up to four catagories (base running, batting, fielding and pitching) and also for the Individubaseball All-around Champion (IBasebAC) title. Individual Baseball is also a great way for individual's to play a competitive game of baseball without nessessarily having 18 players present. Although a large tournament could have an unlimited amount of competitors, an Individubaseball game (with a full 9 players in the field) could be played with from anywhere from 15 to 10 players (see examples below), and Individubaseball games with less then 9 players in the field could be played with as few as 2 players.

Upcoming Tournaments

Please contact us with ideas on places and timing concerning future Individuball Tournaments.

Individubaseball Rules: 9 players in the field with multiple pitchers and batters

With 15 to 13 players: 4 pitchers (2 pitching per inning, 2 fielding per inning—unless some pitchers don't want to field any position other than pitcher and there are enough stand-in fielders available to replace any pitcher that would like that), 9 rotating batters and fielders. 3 batters and 6 fielders (or really 9 fielders including one of the two pitchers for that inning on the mound, and the two non-pitching pitchers [or stand-in fielders] for that inning in the field) per top and bottom of each inning.

Overview

The individubaseball rules are intended to get each player equal competitive opertunities against similar competition, in order to more fairly assess who the better performing players are during a particular Individuball Individubaseball Tournament. The pace of an Individubaseball Tournament should be fast-paced. The preliminary innings' fielding competitions should be fast moving. A limit on time between pitches can be implemented for all pitchers, for example 10 secondes from time of recieving the ball to the throwing of the pitch. This time limit can be lessened or eliminated in the 4th inning when the best performing batters are facing the best performing pitchers for that game.

First, the batting order and pitching order are established in the Opening Order Competitions. In the Preliminary top of an inning, the fielders get three balls hit to them in the fielding portion of the competition. Then, Pitcher #1 pitches to batter #1, #2, and #3 in the top of the 1st. If a batter gets on base, this base runner can attempt to take a base. The Preliminary bottom of the 1st fielding competiton takes place next. Then, Pitcher #2 pitches to the same 3 batters that Pitcher #1 pitched to in the top of the 1st inning (batters #1, #2, and #3) with the same fielders in the field as were in the top of that inning.

After the first inning is completed, the leaders of the base running, batting, fielding and pitching competitions are established for the 1st inning. Batters get +0.25 for each base gained, fielders' get -0.25 for each base given up due to an error. If in the Preliminary top of the first inning one player makes no errors on the three balls hit to that player and no balls are hit to this player in the top of the 1st inning, then that players fielder's score would be 0.00. Yet if in the Preliminary top of the first inning one player makes no errors on the three balls hit to that player yet when one ball was hit to this player in the in-game top of the 1st inning this player makes an error giving up a base, then that fielders fielding score would be -0.25—the in-game error would superscede one of the previous successfully accomplished Preliminary 3 attempts. Pitchers' get -0.25 for each base given up. Stolen bases are assigned by the umpire to the pitcher, catcher, or fielder, or split between them—totaling -0.25 for each base taken. So a two way split on a base taken where the umpire felt it was as much the catcher's fault as the second base man's fault, both the catcher and the second baseman would recieve a -0.125 (totaling the -0.25 assessed to each base given up).

Opening Order Comptetions

Opening Batting Order Speed Test

All players can compete in the Opening Batting Order Speed Test to get timed, but the hitters are the ones that determine their batting order by how fast they run. Four players stand on one of the four bases. The start signal is given or sounded, and the times of each of the runners are recorded. This is repeated until all of the players who want to run have run. The top three runners will bat first in their innings where they are batting. So, the fastest of the top three runners will lead off in both the top and bottom of the 1st inning. The second fastest of the top three runners will bat first in the top and bottom of the 2nd inning. And the slowest of the top 3 runners will lead off in the top and bottom of the 3rd inning. The middle three runners (or the runners who came in 4th, 5th and 6th place) will bat second in their lineups using the same methodology. Similarly, the last three will bat third in their lineups in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings (again from fastest of these three to the slowest). The 4th inning is when the best scoring offensive players face the best scoring defensive players to determine final rankings of the current game of the Individuball Tournament taking place.

Opening Pitchers Order Target Test

All pitchers throw to a target that the catcher sets up. The umpire decides who being closest to their target gets 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice, with the pitcher coming in 4th getting what spot is left in the rotaion). Their choices being the top of the 1st inning, the bottom of the 1st inning, the top of the 2nd inning or the bottom of the 2nd inning). The pitching order of the 3rd and 4th innings are dependent on the results of the 1st and 2nd inning pitching scores—the loser of the 1st and 2nd inning pitching competitions compete in the 3rd inning for 3rd place in the pitching competition, then the winners of the 1st and 2nd inning pitching competitions compete in the 4th inning for 1st place in the pitching competition against the three 1st place batters of the batting competions of the first 3 innings.

Preliminary top of the 1st

Before the pitcher throws to the 1st batter, during the time when usually the fielders would be warming up, this is when the fielding part of the competition takes place. The three batters (or official batters for this purpose if present) hit baseballs to the fielders. The fielders should be told what type of balls are going to be hit to them and in what order those balls are coming. First there are 3 balls hit to the pitcher. The pitcher should throw the balls caught to the catcher. The catcher from the crouching postition should then throw the first ball caught from the pitcher to the 1st baseman at 1st base, the second ball to the 2nd baseman or Shortstop at second base and the third ball recieved to the 3rd baseman at 3rd base. The same 3 type of balls (grounder, line drive, pop-up [or fly ball]) with similar difficulty levels should be sent to each fielder competing per inning. For example, if there are three grounders hit to the first pitcher, then the second pitcher should get similar ground balls in the bottom half of that inning.

Then, while the pitcher begins or continues his or her warm up tosses, one grounder per infielder is sent out to them from left to right (3rd base who throws to 1st base, Shortstop who throws to 1st base, 2nd base who throws to 1st base, and 1st base who throws to 3rd base). This is repeated until each get the same 3 type of balls hit to them—be they 3 grounders, 2 grounders and a pop-up, 2 pop-ups and a grounder, 3 pop-ups, or what have you. Then the outfielders get three balls hit to them each at the same time (all should get the same types of balls: for example 3 fly balls, 2 fly balls and 1 grounder, 1 line drive and 2 fly balls or what have you). The fielders get -0.25 for each error made of their 3 attempts. All competing fielders should get the same amount, type, and difficulty levels in the balls hit to them as the other compeating fielders. This is the end of the Preliminary top of the 1st inning.

Top of the 1st Inning

When scoring an Individuball Tournament, pitcher's get -0.25 for each base given up, fielders get -0.25 for each base given up through an error or errors, batters get +0.25 for each base gained and base runners get +0.25 for each base taken.

With 9 players (including the pitcher and the two pitchers who aren't pitching until the second inning) in the field, pitcher #1 pitches to batters #1, #2 and #3.

Scoring Example for Pitcher #1 in the top of the 1st inning:
Pitcher #1 walks batter #1, so the pitcher's score for this at bat is -0.25, with a total pitcher's score of an equal value of -0.25. Then, if pitcher #1 gives up a double to batter #2, the pitcher's score for this at bat is -0.50, with a pitcher's total score of -0.75. Then, if pitcher #1 strikes out batter #3, the pitchers score for this at bat is 0.00, with a total pitcher's score of -0.75. So, pitcher #1's pitching score for the top half of the 1st inning, and total pitching score, is -0.75. The pitchers all-around score is the pitching score plus the pitcher's fielding score (and if the pitcher is also batting, plus the this player's batting and base running scores).

Scoring Example for Batters #1, #2, and #3 in the top of the 1st inning:
Pitcher #1 walks batter #1: Batter #1's score for this at bat is +0.25, with a total batting score of +0.25. Pitcher #1 gives up a double to batter #2: Batter #2's score for this at bat is +0.50, with a total batting score of +0.50. Pitcher #1 strikes out batter #3: batter #3's score for this at bat is 0.00, with a total batting score of 0.00. Therefore, batter #1's score for the top half of the 1st inning, and total batting score, is +0.25, batter #2's score is +0.50, and batter #3's score is 0.00.

Bottom of the 1st inning

Then, Pitcher #2 pitches to the same 3 batters.

Scoring Example for Pitcher #2 in the bottom of the 1st inning:
Pitcher #2 pitches a ball that batter #1 grounds to the Shortstop, and the Shortstop makes an error enabling the batter to make it safely to 1st base, so Pitcher #2's score for this at bat is 0.00, the Shortstop's score is -0.25, and the batter's score is 0.00. Then, if pitcher #2 throws a ball that turns into a double play, the pitcher's score for this at bat is 0.00, with a pitcher's total score of 0.00. Then, if pitcher #1 strikes out batter #3, the pitchers score for this at bat is 0.00, with a total score of 0.00. So, pitcher #2's score for the bottom half of the 1st inning, and total score, is 0.00, which is the best score a pitcher can get—it is also the best score a fielder can get, since they are both defensive positions. Yet if the pitcher is competing in other categories, like batting and base running, and for the all-around best player, then this player's all-around score could increase above the best possible pitcher's score of 0.00. [Yet in this example, the pitchers are not batting.]

After 1 inning of play:
Pitcher #2 (0.00 total pitching score) has a higher pitching score than Pitcher #1 (-0.75); So, Pitcher #2 has won this inning and will pitch later in the 4th inning against the winner of the 2nd inning pitching battle. In the 3rd inning the losing pitchers of the 1st and 2nd innings will pitch against each other for the 3rd place pitcher's title.
Batter #2 has the highest total score of +0.50 and comes in 1st place, Batter #1 comes in second place with a total score of +0.25, while batter #3 comes in last place with a total score of 0.00. So, batter #2 has won the first inning battering competition and will bat again in the 4th inning along with the winner of the 2nd and the 3rd inning battering competitions.

Individuball Rules: 3 players: Pitcher, Batter, Catcher

Pregame) All 3 players throw a ball toward a target. The one who throws the ball closest to the target decides who starts in which position, and whether the cones are set up to split the field in thirds or in quarters.

Inning 1) Player A pitches, Player B bats, and Player C catches until Player A makes 3 outs and then finishes 5 fielding attempts (this would be the end of the top of the 1st inning) and Player B makes 3 outs and then finishes 5 fielding attempts (this would be the end of the bottom of the 1st inning).

Fielding notes: Once the pitcher makes 3 outs, the batter hits what is left of the 5 fielding tries that the pitcher can receive per active inning. If the pitcher was hit 2 balls that the pitcher could have fielded before the 3 outs were made, that player is to be batted by the hitter 3 balls in this case, or however many is needed until the player that was pitching reaches a total of 5 to attempt to field. The amount of (or lack of) errors made in the 5 attempts is calculated into that innings fielding percentage. If the pitcher tries to field a ball yet makes an error in fielding or in the throw if fielding a ground ball, the batter will be allowed the base as if the ball was hit between the active cones (even if the ball was fielded outside of the active cone zone).

Scoring notes: The winner of the first (or any) inning is the player who gets the highest score using this formula to get each players all-around score: runs scored - runs given up (by pitching and fielding) before the 3 outs were made + fielding percentage (made before or after the 3 outs were made)

Coning notes (how outs are made): The cones can be set up to split the field in thirds or in quarters. Two of the cones or one of the cones and a foul line can be selected as the active zone. If a ball is hit in fair territory yet not hit in the active zone, this triggers an out. If the ball is hit in normal foul territory, it is not an out unless the pitcher catches the ball in the air, otherwise it is just a foul ball (triggering a strike if the batter has less than 2 strikes already).

Inning 2) The winner of the 1st inning becomes the catcher for the entire 2nd inning. The losing player of the 1st inning competes against the former catcher. The losing player of the 1st inning bats first if that player pitched in the bottom of the 1st inning. The losing player of the 1st inning pitches first if that player batted in the bottom of the 1st inning. Otherwise, the rules are the same as the rules of the 1st inning.

Inning 3) The two winners of the 1st and 2nd innings compete against each other while the loser of the 2nd inning catches. The winning player of the 2nd inning bats first if that player pitched in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The winning player of the 2nd inning pitches first if that player batted in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Otherwise, the rules are the same as the rules of the 1st inning.

Past tournaments

July 26, 2014 Individuball Tournament at 2pm

All-around Champion: Misop Baynun 2nd place: Guillermo Brown (Gejoe)

July 19, 2014 at 1pm Individuball Tournament

The First Individuball Tournament in the history of mankind

All-around Champion: Guillermo Brown (Gejoe), 2nd place tie: Greg Campo and Misop Baynun

Where: In a parking lot somewhere behind the Wollaston CVS and the Fleming & Fleming Law Offices located at 85 Clay St. Quincy, MA (near the Wollaston Manor apartment complex).

Registered players: Guillermo Brown (Gejoe)Guillermo Brown (Gejoe),

Greg Campo Greg Campo, Misop Baynun Misop Baynun, and the Commisioner The Commisioner

If you would like to come to the tournament, please come on by. If you would like to become a registered player, arrive by 1:30pm or contact Individuball Registration.

We're hoping to post videos of the tournament here after the tournament is complete.