Slaughter (Mercy) Rule
Effective for the 2011 season, all VHSL (public) Varsity and JV games will use the 10 runs ahead rule after at least 4-1/2 or five innings. For example, if the Home team scores in the bottom of the 5th inning to make the score 14-4, the game is called at that point. If the visiting team goes up by 10 or more runs in the top half of the 6th or 7th inning, then the home team will be allowed to bat in the bottom have to try to pull within 9 runs to stay alive.
For all Private Schools, both JV and Varsity, the rule continues to be 10 runs ahead after at least 4-1/2 or five innings.
For all Middle School games, the rule is 10 runs ahead after at least 4-1/2 or five innings.
So for 2011, all games are played with a 10-run slaughter rule.