MLB The Show 21


1. Anti-Cheat

No additional anti-cheat is required for official matches.


2. Match Procedures

Supported Platforms

  • PC (Battlenet)
  • Xbox
  • PS

This game supports crossplay. All teams competing in this tournament will face each other, regardless of what platform they play on.


3. Tournament Rules

The rules below will pertain to MLB The Show 21 Tournaments ran by the Zoned Out Gaming organization.


3.1. Match Details

  • All games will be 1v1 matches.
  • All matches before the World Series will be a Best of 1 series.
  • The World Series will be a Best of 3 series.


3.2 Match Settings

All participates must agree on the game settings mentioned below. Please note that if you play a match to the end, you automatically accept it with all settings, modes, etc., and it will be evaluated. Even if a wrong setting was chosen and you play the match to the end, the match will be counted. You have the possibility to protest before the second quarter of the match is over to avoid this.


3.3. Game Settings

  • Atmosphere: Competitive
  • Innings Length: 9
  • Games per Series: 1
  • World Series Games: Best of 3 series
  • Designated Hitter: On
  • Batting Difficulty: All-Star
  • Pitching Difficulty: All-Star
  • Guess Pitch: Off
  • Quick Counts: Off
  • Balks: On
  • Umpire Accuracy: Personalized
  • Umpire Close Play: Off
  • Hot Zones: Off (Must change in user settings)


3.4 Match Hosting

Remember that the team on the bottom of the bracket is the Home team. The Home team will be responsible for creating the Online Lobby and confirming the match settings. To play your opponent you must invite them to your friend’s list.


3.5. No Show

Players must check in at least 5mins before their scheduled match. Each player has 10 minutes to show up to a match (i.e. schedule match start time + 10 minutes.) Not showing up within 10 minutes results in a default loss. The player that communicated, showed up and is waiting, must report the protest and will receive the win.


3.6. Protest & Disputes

All match disputes should be submitted in Discord if possible, but should you need discretion, please submit using the following link:


See our General Tournament Rules for more information related to dispute submissions (i.e. sufficient evidence, timestamps, etc.) –


3.7. Tournament Results

Both players are responsible for reporting accurate results within the Zoned Out Gaming Discord server. If you’re unable to report results please see a Staff member.


3.8. Mirror matches

If both players select the same team, at the end of the match both players are expected to report the match accurately with confirmation from both sides. Also, it may be beneficial to screenshot your results.


3.9. Disconnection

In case of disconnection, both players must share screenshots with the message of disconnection within Discord with the admin staff. In the screenshot, the opponent’s nickname must be visible and legible, as is the last score kept until the moment of the unexpected situation.

  • If only one player shows the disconnection screenshot, that player will be the winner.
  • If both players have the disconnection screenshot and the game is within Innings 8-9, then the highest score player will be the winner. Disconnected games within the Innings 1-3 will be restarted.
  • In case of disconnection with a 0-0 score, both players must restart their match. If the disconnect occurs after the 5th Inning then both players must restart their match and play only three Innings.


3.10. Disqualification

  • As soon as both players are being shown in a match, the match should be started as soon as possible. Intentional delay of the tournament may result in the disqualification of the player. If a player does not respond to invites within 10 minutes, the unresponsive player is subject to be forfeited from the match.


3.11. Technical Issues

Players are responsible for their own technical problems (Hardware/Internet).

Tournaments and Matches will not be postponed due to such problems and must be played.


3.12. Illegal Actions & Bugs

  • Any actions that allow an unfair advantage are illegal.
  • This includes taking advantage of play bugs in any way.


4. League Rules

Matches will be played as a best of 3 series for the Regular Season, and a best of 3 series for the Finals (ie Post Season.)


4.1. Series Lengths

The rules below will pertain to MLB The Show 21 League ran by the Zoned Out Gaming organization.


4.2. League Lobby

The home team will create the lobby and invite the away team. Matches will be played across varying formats.

  • Team Stadiums ONLY
  • Additional Settings TBD


4.3. League Rules

The following rules will govern play in official matches.

  • Must be able to communicate with admins and league members.
  • Must be ACTIVE and play a minimum of 2 series per week.
  • Inactivity will result in removal from the league. Inactivity for one week results in a warning while two weeks will have you removed from the league.
    • Note: Please communicate any delays to the league admin.
  • Must Join Discord to participate in the league.
  • Place your Team Logo or edit your Discord nickname to include your team in the MLB Channel.
  • Do not throw crap pitches the entire game. Occasional pitches in the dirt are ok. Keep the game competitive and as realistic as possible.
  • No quitting unless mutually agreed upon by both parties. Quitting without acknowledgment will result in removal from the league.
  • Excessive pausing will constitute a warning if reported. If there is another offense the player will be removed from the league.
  • Be Competitive & Have fun!


4.4. League Settings

These are the current settings used for our custom league.

  • Atmosphere: Competitive
  • Membership: Invite Only
  • Teams: 20 minimum
  • Innings Length: 7
  • Games per Series: 3
  • Games per Post Season: 8
  • World Series Games: Best of 3 series
  • Designated Hitter: On
  • Batting Difficulty: All-Star
  • Pitching Difficulty: All-Star
  • Guess Pitch: Off
  • Quick Counts: Off
  • Balks: On
  • Umpire Accuracy: Personalized
  • Umpire Close Play: Off
  • Hot Zones: Off (Must change in user settings)


4.5. Trade Block & Approval

All trades should be viewable to the league. Trade conversations should occur within the #mlb-trade-block channel. After a trade has been mutually agreed upon, then you must take a screenshot of the in-game offer and post it to the #mlb-trade-approval channel, and mention @Trade Committee.


The Trade Committee will approve trades prior to the acceptance of any trade by voting on the screenshot in the channel. Once approved you may proceed with the trade. Should the committee reach an even vote, then an additional League admin will be involved to break the tie.


4.6. League Team Selection Draft

Previous members will be ranked by their placement from the previous season. New members will be added based upon the waitlist and completion of existing members returning to the league. Snake Draft will be our drafting method.


4.7. Trash Talking

Allowed but needs to be within the boundaries of the Discord server rules and guidelines. Please see #roles-rules for more detailed information.


Keep the personal disrespect at an all-time low!


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