Frequently Asked Questions
On July 12, 2018, The United Shore Professional Baseball League implemented a 2 hour and 45 minute time limit. The USPBL is the first professional baseball organization to place time limits on games to help amplify pace of play. No inning will begin after 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the team leading at the end of the time limit will be declared the winner.
“We believe that a majority of our games will still be nine innings and that is our full intention,” said Owner, Founder and CEO Andy Appleby. “In an event that a game is running longer than usual, which some baseball games do, then our fans will have the expectation and confidence that we will have a conclusion in two-and-a-half hours.”
In the event of a tied game, the USPBL will continue to utilize the international tiebreaker rule by placing a runner on second base with no outs. The USPBL is also looking at developing a new tiebreaker/shootout rule in the near future.
“Attracting fans and ensuring they can enjoy entire games and post-activities like fireworks and running the bases means being mindful of their time, perhaps today more than ever,” said Appleby. “We have great respect for the game as well as what works best for our customers. We feel this accomplishes the optimal balance.”