Grand Forks International
SportBaseball
Founded1975
MottoCome see tomorrow's stars, today!
No. of teams12
CountryCanada
Venue(s)James Donaldson Park, Grand Forks, British Columbia
ContinentNorth America
Most recent
champion(s)
Seattle Studs (5th title)
Most titlesLewiston Truckers (9 titles)

The Grand Forks International (GFI) is an annual international invitational baseball tournament hosted at James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks, British Columbia.[1] The GFI is the largest invitational baseball tournament in Canada[2][3] and is a large part of the culture in Grand Forks.[4][5] The tournament is also notable for being run entirely by volunteers.

History

The Grand Forks International was founded by Larry Seminoff, and the tournament led to the existence of the World Baseball Challenge, initially starting in 2002, at James Donaldson Park.[6] The 2015 prize purse is $54,000.

Past Winners

Prior winners of the tournament are:[7]

Year Iteration Champions
1975 1st United StatesSeattle Stoen
1976 2nd CanadaVancouver T.O.S.
1977 3rd United StatesSeattle N.W. Screw Products
1978 4th United StatesLewiston Truckers
1979 5th United StatesSeattle N.W. Screw Products
1980 6th United StatesSeattle Angels
1981 7th United StatesLewiston Truckers
1982 8th United StatesSpringfield Abbey's
1983 9th United StatesGrants Pass Thunderbirds
1984 10th United StatesLewiston Truckers
1985 11th United StatesSpokane Bulldogs
1986 12th United StatesSeattle Swannies
1987 13th United StatesLewiston Truckers
1988 14th JapanTeam Japan
1989 15th United StatesWashington State Cougars
1990 16th United StatesTahoe Stars
1991 17th United StatesL.A. Rangers
1993 18th JapanTeam Japan
1994 19th JapanTeam Japan
1995 20th United StatesLewiston Truckers
1997 21st JapanTeam Japan
1999 22nd United StatesHouston Astros
2001 23rd United StatesSeattle Studs
2002 - No tournament due to World Baseball Challenge[8]
2003 24th United StatesHouston Astros
2004 25th United StatesSan Diego Stars
2005 26th United StatesNew York Storm
2006 27th United StatesSan Diego Stars
2008 28th United StatesLewiston Truckers
2009 29th United StatesLewiston Truckers
2010 30th United StatesSeattle Studs
2011 31st United StatesLewiston Truckers
2012 32nd United StatesLewiston Truckers
2013 - Cancelled[9][10]
2014 33rd CanadaBurnaby Bulldogs[11]
2015 34th United StatesSeattle Studs
2016 35th United StatesSeattle Studs
2017 36th United StatesSeattle Studs
2018 - Cancelled [12]
2019 37th United StatesAlaska Goldpanners
2020 - Cancelled

Alumni

Notable Grand Forks International Alumni[13]

Player Year Team
Jason Bay - Trail Orioles
Jeff Francis 1999 Team Canada
John Olerud 1987-1988 Washington State Cougars
Josh Beckett 1997 Houston Astros
Larry Walker 1984 -
Tim Lincecum 2004 Seattle Studs
Sean Halton 2008 Lewiston Truckers
Aaron Sele 1988-1990 Washington State Cougars
Keith Foulke 1993 Lewiston Truckers
Marcus Giles - San Diego Stars

Rules

Rule 1: The official rules of baseball, as published by Baseball Canada, shall govern the playing of baseball games during the tournament. Specifications as to facility, equipment, play-off format, etc. have been modified to meet the needs of the tournament. Teams may elect to use the designated hitter rule.[14]

Rule 2: All games will be nine (9) innings. Extra innings to be played to determine winners.

Rule 3: Toss of a coin at home plate will determine home team for all preliminary round games. Teams with better records, as determined by the tournament rules, will be the Home Teams for all Money Round games.

Rule 4: Teams must be prepared to play ball when scheduled. Infield drills will be permitted only if time allows.

Rule 5: The 20 second rule between pitches will be invoked. If the pitcher has not delivered the ball to the batter within 20 seconds after receiving the ball an automatic ball will be issued to the batter. If the batter is not set in the batter’s box within the 20 seconds and the pitcher is ready to throw an automatic strike will be issued.

Rule 6: After the third out of each at bat the teams have 90 seconds to resume play.

Rule 7: An Eight Run rule will apply to all tournament games except the semi-finals and final. If one team is ahead by eight or more runs after the trailing team has completed seven innings the game is over.

Rule 8: Should circumstances arise where a game or games are postponed or cancelled, the Tournament Rules Committee (TRC) has the authority to act upon any alteration to the tournament format or schedule.

Rule 9: There are no restrictions relative to roster size. However, teams will not be permitted to add to their roster any player who was on the roster of a team eliminated earlier from further competition.

Rule 10: Should a protest arise, that protest must officially be brought to the attention of the home plate umpire, who in turn will forward such protest to the Tournament Protest Committee Chairman or designate. This Committee will then rule on the identified protest and their decision will be final.

Rule 11: In the event a contest is forfeited, the team receiving the forfeiture shall claim a 7-0 win. The forfeiting team, meanwhile, shall surrender all earnings, if any, to the tournament.

Rule 12: The top two teams in each division will qualify for the tournament’s Money Round.

Rule 13: Two wild card teams with the best record after the top two division teams are determined will complete the eight team Money Round.

Rule 14: Tie Breaker Rule: the following Rule will determine division winners, division runner-up teams, wild card teams, and Money Round seeding.

Tie Breaker Rule:

  1. Runs allowed / innings played defensively.
  2. Earned Run average.
  3. Runs for / innings played offensively

Rule 15: A playoff game of 5 innings will be held to determine the second wild card team in the event of all 3 divisions having 3 teams with identical 2 - 1 round robin records.

Rule 16: This is a wood bat tournament. Composite bats are allowed.

Rule 17: Any player who is ejected from the game is subject to further discipline at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in Grand Forks BC Canada". Grandforksbaseball.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  2. ^ "Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in Grand Forks BC Canada". Grandforksbaseball.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  3. ^ Milner, Marie (2012-08-22). "Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament | Kootenay Business". Kootenaybiz.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  4. ^ "Festivals & Events - City of Grand Forks". Grandforks.ca. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  5. ^ "Kootenays' BOUNCE 95.7 | the Music You Just Can't Quit".
  6. ^ "World Baseball Challenge". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in Grand Forks BC Canada". Grandforksbaseball.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  8. ^ "World Baseball Challenge". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  9. ^ Karl Yu. "UPDATED: 2013 Grand Forks International baseball tournament cancelled". BCLocalNews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  10. ^ "GFI cancelled for 2013, to come back in 2014". The Castlegar Source. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  11. ^ Craig Lindsay (2014-06-30). "Bulldogs come from behind to take GFI championship - Grand Forks Gazette". Grandforksgazette.ca. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  12. ^ "Grand Forks International cancelled for 2018 - Grand Forks Gazette". Grand Forks Gazette. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  13. ^ "Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in Grand Forks BC Canada". Grandforksbaseball.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)