Prairieland 3 Golden Age Tourney taking shape (rules included!)


No 1941 Red Sox because of Jim Welch, that’s why!

Thanks to a lot of people, the Prairieland 3 tournament is starting to take shape.  The tourney’s home in 2018 will appropriately enough, be in the Prairie State’s capital, Springfield, Illinois.

The theme?  It’s the Golden Age and managers will be picking any team from 1920 to 1960 which did not participate in a World Series.  Also, thanks to Jim Welch, the 1941 Red Sox are not eligible since he won the championship with them.

Here is some quick info:

2018 Prairieland 3 APBA Baseball Tournament

April 28th, 2018


Location: The Ramada Inn, Springfield Illinois

3281 Northfield Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62704

Conference room, second floor.

First Pitch: 9am

Phone # 217-523-4000

Cost: $20

As of today, we have 18 participants:

    • Dick Butler
    • John Roels
    • Thomas Nelshoppen
    • Bob Eller
    • Eric Berg
    • Dave Rueck
    • Tom Fulton
    • Mark Dyel
    • Eric Ney
    • David Kagel

    • Todd Daniels
    • Kyle Daniels
    • Rob Spatz
    • John Gedwill
    • Chris Strangeman
    • Quinn Naugle
    • Kurt Bergland
    • Joe Schall

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Dick Butler and his championship ’77 Phils faces off with David Kagel face in 2017

Those who want first dibs on teams, will want to register before February 26th.  We will then hold a selection draft online.  You may certainly join us if you don’t register before then.  It will be first come, first serve.

As for the actual tournament rules, they are below subject to minor adjustments…

Prairieland APBA Baseball Tournament rules

Team selection process

o Each participant will choose a team from 1920-1960 (inclusive) that did NOT participate in the World Series. The 1941 Red Sox since they have already won the Prairieland championship.

o The simple draft which will begin on February 26, 2018. The draft will take place online via Facebook messaging and email.

o Latecomers are always welcome! If you don’t make the draft but still wish to participate, you may choose a team from any remaining team.

o All teams will be limited to 20-man roster. Bring a roster sheet with you.

Please note: Once a year’s team is taken in the draft, it cannot be taken again.

Division structure and scheduling

o Once a definitive list of participants is determined, teams will be placed into divisions with a blind draw for divisions.

o Tie breakers; head to head, fewest runs allowed, run differential, most runs scored, coin toss.

o One division head will be chosen to assist in keeping track of scores.

General playing rules

o The basic game will be used with the newest version of the boards (last two versions of the booklet). If both managers agree to use old boards, that will be acceptable.

o No player with 100 at-bats or less may start a game.

o The DH will NOT be used for any games during the tournament.



o A 4-man rotation will be used.

o No J-4 starting pitcher may start

o No pitcher only rated as a reliever (denoted by an asterisk next to the pitcher’s grade) may start.

o Regular APBA basic game pitcher grade advancement will be used

o Starters must pitch at least 5 innings unless affected by grade reduction.

o All relievers regardless of asterisk are limited to two innings or 6 total outs per game.

o Any relief pitcher is advanced one letter grade for only the first batter they face in the middle of an inning only regardless of lefty/righty matchup.

o All pitchers will be grade D starting the top of the 10th inning to ensure speed of game and tournament.

o In the final championship game, any pitcher rated as a starter may start that game. A relief pitcher may not start.


o Total team fielding will be used. Optional fielding ratings may be used if both managers agree.

o Any player who does not have a fielding rating for a position will be considered the lowest fielding rating at that position if placed into the game.

o The manager must declare deep or in with a runner on third base. If not declared, the infield will be considered deep.


o A manager may declare whether or not a runner is playing it safe. If they are playing it safe they would only advance as far as the batter.

o No limit to sacrifice attempts.

Housekeeping rules

o Any injury is only sustained for that game. The player may return to the lineup for the next game.

o No injuries to the starting pitcher in first five innings. Count that as a foul ball.

o Home field advantage in postseason will be determined by W-L record then run diff.

o Re-roll both dice if they go off table or out of box

o If one die rolls off table, then only re-roll that die.

Thanks to Eric Berg for all his help on hosting the event on Red 11’s Facebook page.  Go ahead and join it if you’re coming or just interested in the event!  The organizing crew of Todd Daniels, Dick Butler, Dave Rueck and Tom Fulton have been invaluable in working out details.  Thanks all!!

If you are interested in playing in the Prairieland 3 tournament, please contact me.  We would love to have you!


Thomas Nelshoppen

I am an IT consultant by day and an APBA media mogul by night. My passions are baseball (specifically Illini baseball), photography and of course, APBA. I have been fortunate to be part of the basic game Illowa APBA League since 1980 as well as the BBW Boys of Summer APBA League since 2014. I am slogging through a 1966 NL replay and hope to finish before I die.


  1. Thomas,

    In the above rules you stated that “once a year’s team is taken in the draft, it cannot be taken again.”….does that mean only one team from a specific year can be taken….i.e. if I take the 1922 STL Browns no other participant can take a team from the same year?

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