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ASA modified   CO-ED Tournament

BATS: will be randomly tested at directors or umpires desecration.  Failure to comply will result in a 3 month suspension.

PLAYERS: ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN THE ROSTER PRIOR TO PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!  Absolutely NO ALCOHOL allowed on the premises, as per county ordinance. NO coolers in the dugout.  Any player considered to be intoxicated WILL be removed from the game and not allowed to continue to play for the remainder of the day.

Players: A team may bat 7 guys and 4 girls / 8 guys and 5 girls or as many girls as you have, up to 13 batters. A ghost batter may be placed on the lineup card for the 4th girl. (See additional below)

All teams will be placed in divisions, by the skill level of the team, ranking level of players, or based on information provided to TBS. Subject to change at the discretion of TBS.

(BRONZE) Our lowest rec division, beginners division, formally known as E division

1 male and 1 female silver drop or 2 female silver drops

(SILVER) Designed for tournament/intermediate ball players

1 male and 1 female gold drop or 2 female gold drops

(GOLD) Designed for competitive tournament ball players

1 conference player and no limitations on females

A team may start with 8 players, 2 of the eight players must be female.  A ghost female player may be on the lineup card and replaced with a player as they arrive. A ghost player will be an out until the actual player arrives. Once a team has batted thru the line-up card, they cannot add players. They can only replace the ghost player with an actual player.  A team may bat 7 guys and 4 girls / 8 guys and 5 girls or as many girls as you have, up to 13 batters. A ghost batter may be placed on the lineup card for the 4th girl to be counted as an out.   If you have less than 4 girls an out must be taken for each missing up to the 4th girl.

Rosters must be completed and submitted prior to tournament day. All players will be check for possible rankings. Bat 13 consisting of 8 guys and 5 girls. Changing of players on event day: No roster player may be replaced with a higher ranking player, if a roster player needs to be replaced the replacement must be “same like player”.   A team can only add players to make a 6/4 ratio   Meaning, if a team has 4 girls and loses one, the team can pick up one to make 4 again   Or if a team loses a guy to make 6 guys then the team can pick up 1 guy to make 6    At no time can a team pick up to make more than 10 players.

The roster can be up to 20 but ONLY 13 prizes will be awarded

Only the captain may speak with the umpire about removing and replacing players, appeal plays, discussion on calls, etc…

Batting order can be random but no more than 2 guys in a row.  Any guy batting 3rd, will be an out, when a pitch has been thrown. If the team has not batted thru the lineup, the lineup card may be revised to accommodate the male batter but must take an out for that turn at bat. If the lineup is completed and all batters have batted, the team must take an out each time the 3rd male comes up to bat. No changes to the lineup card once a team has batted thru the lineup.  A team may have 2 players sharing a position on the batting line up but must rotate at bat. These 2 players may play the field. If a team removes a player from the lineup card to replace with another player, there is only one reentry allowed.

It will be the opposing team responsibility to bring the illegal batter to the attention of the umpire. If the umpire observes the illegal batter prior to the opposing team, the umpire will notify the coach to replace the batter.  If the batter has taken a position in the box and a pitch thrown, it is an out. (This is not retroactive)

If you have to forfeit, it will count as a 7-0 win.

All players, including added players, must sign their team’s roster/waiver BEFORE the Start of their game and MUST have played at least one game to be eligible to play in the championship game. Playing with ineligible players may result in a forfeit. This call will be made by TBS staff.  It is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players in their line-up card are eligible players for all games.

ALL players MUST sign the roster prior to taking the field.

Each team, first game of the day, will be allowed to pick-up one player per gender. (No ranked player may fill in)  This is not available at any other time during the day (only your first scheduled game) at the approval of the tournament director.

There is a $100 fee to protest the roster of another team. Refundable if protest found to be valid. Roster protest must be done no later than 3rd inning. No protest will be accepted after the 3rd inning. Ranking protest is based on TBS rankings first, if no ranking, then we will rely on another association.

If a team has won 3 tournament(s) in a 3 month period or 2 consecutive tournaments and has 6 players of that sanctioned roster, the team roster will be reviewed for possible reclassification of the sanction roster.   Once moved up and played 3 tournaments a request can be made to drop back to a lower division. (Discretion of the tournament directors)

Foul Balls: no courtesy after foul strike three.

Fielder’s position: A defensive player may not impede a runner’s progress by standing in the baseline, unless the defensive player is fielding a batted ball…. Blocking of the bag without the ball shall result in an obstruction call, a warning to the offending player, and the runner will be awarded the base. There are no set positions for fielders. Meaning, you may play male or female in any fielding position.  However, no designated outfielder may play on the dirt or infield and no designated infielder may play on the grass while a female is batting, if the female batter has hit (no matter where the ball has landed) she will be awarded first base.  The catcher may not interfere with the batters ability to swing, this means the catcher must remain behind the batter’s box for their safety, any catcher who interferes with the batter by reaching into the batter’s box, 1st offense warning, 2nd offense the batter will be awarded 1st base.

Outfielder’s position:  NO co-ed line. Girls has choice of 11″ or 12″ ball.  HOWEVER, no infielder may play on the grass while a female is batting. (4 person infield only)

Courtesy runners:  designated or pinch runners will be allowed when requested, and the DR must be listed on the lineup card, if not listed on the card no DR will be allowed.  The DR does not have to be in the batting order or play the field. If the DR is in the lineup and is on base, when his/her turn comes to bat, the player remains on the base and takes an out at the plate

No designated fielders, any and all fielders must be placed in the batting order and bat.

Injured players: MUST report the injury immediately to the umpire and complete an incident report. If the injured player requires medical attention, the player will be removed from the line up for the day. If the player is transported to the hospital and the team roster drops below the ratio the team may pick up a replacement as long as the new player is “same like player” in ranking.

PROFANITY: Profanity will not be tolerated and may be grounds for players being called out or ejected at the discretion of the umpire.  Absolutely no F word directed at anyone.  The umpire will give one warning to the individual, then take action as deemed necessary to control the situation.  Please be considerate and respect our children and not play music containing explicit lyrics.

Ejection from game: Once ejected a player remains ejected for that game. It will be the umpire’s discretion, if the player will be allowed to play any remainder games.  Fighting, wrestling, or pushing will not be tolerated and may result in multi-game suspensions or ejection from the league all together.  NO warning will be given for the throwing of equipment (even if equipment belongs to the individual). This includes bats, gloves or any equipment. Verbal abuse of officials or players, fighting, foul language, spitting, kicking of dirt and continued rough play could result in player ejections. If a player is ejected, the team may not replace that player with another player. Meaning, if you have a 13 person line up and one player is ejected you continue to play with 12 and take an out for that 13 player.

Two out rule: If a guy walks after two (2) outs and a female batter is next to bat, the female batter has the option to bat or take the walk. A male batter cannot be intentionally walked to get to a female batter. Intentional call is made by the umpire discretion.

Running to first base (orange base) “extra base” is being used at first base, players must step on the orange base when overrunning first base, or when there is a legitimate play at first base (ball still in the infield).  Players stepping on the white base when the ball is in play in the infield may be called out.  Balls that have reached the outfield will allow the runner to touch the white base in an attempt to advance to second base.  When in doubt runners should touch the orange base to avoid being called out.  .  Runner may overrun first base, any aggressive attempt towards second base the fielder may make a play on the runner. There MUST be aggression and it umpires discretion.

Home plate and bases: All plays at home plate and or a base where the fielder is in possession of the ball, the runner MUST slide to avoid any injury. The player MUST slide or give up, any un-sportsman like conduct will not be tolerated. The runner MAY not run out of the base line to avoid the tag.

IF the fields are damaged due to standing water, a 2nd home plate will be used, all runners will be required to touch the 2nd plate and not the original plate, which is now unsafe to use. It will be a force play if the ball is thrown to the original home plate and reaches that plate prior to the runner touching the 2nd home plate.  For any questions, please ask the umpire.

Stealing: Baserunners may attempt to advance once the ball has crossed the back corners of home plate, when pitched to batter or the pitched ball has landed on the ground behind home plate. The ball is dead if the batter has swung and missed,  foul tips, and if the ball lands in front of home plate or lands on home plate,  or any fake swing in an attempt to distract the catcher. Runners are allowed to steal home on a live ball.

NO BATTER shall impede the catcher when throwing the ball to a fielder while a base runner is attempting a steal.

Please note: an overthrown ball from the catcher, in the catcher’s field position, while the ball has deemed alive, runners may advance at their own risk. This also means a runner on 3rd may advance to home at their own risk. However, the catcher must be in the catcher’s position when returning the ball to the pitcher.  The ball must be a live ball, meaning if the ball is declared dead from landing on or in front of the plate it remains dead until the pitcher presents the ball.

Example:  Ball is thrown infield, umpire calls time, balls rolls down the 1st base line, or 3rd base line, catcher retrieves the ball and over throws the return ball to pitcher. Due to the catcher is not in position and the ball was deemed to be dead, the ball remains dead and base runners may not advance.

DEFENSELESS PITCHER:  At the coin toss, the umpire will require both captains to make a decision to use a net or the pitcher use a face mask. Both teams must agree on one. If no agreement is made the NET will be used and both pitchers must get behind it immediately after release until contact is made.    If a nets are used and the pitcher decides to also wear a mask, that pitcher still must get behind the net immediately after release until contact is made.   If a mask is used and a line drive hits the pitcher, the batter will be called out and the bat will be removed from the game. Bat at staff discretion may not reenter for the day.

Any batted ball that hits the net on the first hit is a strike, if there are 2 strikes on the batter, the batter will be out. If the batter hits the net a second time at the same at bat, the batter will be out.  If the batted ball hits the pitcher or any player the bat will be tested. If failed the bat will be removed for the day and tagged on TBS list of illegal bats. If caught using the illegal bat, the player will be suspended.

USE OF NETS: any thrown ball from an infielder or outfielder that hits the net is a live ball with the exception of the ball from catcher to pitcher.  If the ball is dead due to not crossing plate or if a batter swings, the ball is dead.   If a thrown ball hits the net and bounces in foul territory, ground rule double will be in effect.

If an umpire overhears a player stating they are going to intentionally hit up the middle, the umpire will give a warning to the team, any hit up the middle after the team warning, will result in an ejection, to that batter.   If the pitcher is hit with a batted ball, the bat will be removed from the game. If a bat tester is present the bat will be tested, a tested bat that passes, the bat will be returned immediately. A failed bat, will not be returned, the bat will be tagged on TBS illegal bat list. The bat at TBS discretion will be removed and sent for further research.

It is the responsibility of the base coach to provide the pitcher with the correct ball, to pitch to the batter. And the pitchers responsible for pitching the correct ball. Any illegal pitched ball is a dead ball to the batter and a warning to the captain. 2nd offense will be an out to the batter when the 2nd illegal ball is pitched.

Game time: 55 minute game time, games will start on time.  A team consisting of less than 4 girls will take outs for missing girls or forfeit. A 10 minute grace period will be allowed only for the first game time.  The 10 minutes will be deducted from the official 50 minute game time.  CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ONE HOUR, 15 MINUTES, MAX. Double dip game will be 55 minutes   Games may be reduced in time at TBS discretion due to acts of nature. This includes changing the format to a one (1) pitch format. Texas Tie breaker is in effect.

If a team has played 5 innings and game is stopped due to rain or any reason, game is official at the end of the 5th inning.

THROWING BATS: Intentionally throwing the bat in anger or frustration after your turn up to bat is not tolerated and will result in an automatic out for the batter  (when up to bat again) if the bat hits another player, the batter will be ejected.  If the bat is thrown in anger directed @ a player or official, will result in player’s immediate ejection.

RUN RULE: If a team is winning by 15 runs after 3 innings, the game will cease and winner declared, 12 after 4 and 10 after 5. This rule also applies to Championship game.  If a team is winning by 15 runs in the 5th inning the flip flop rule will be in force.

PLAYERS: Must be at least 18 years of age and signed roster with liability waiver prior to the start of any game. A player found not to be listed on roster and/or not signed liability waiver WILL be ejected from the game until the roster is signed.

Fake tags: They are prohibited.  A fake tag will result in the base runner being awarded one additional base (the base they were running to, plus one) The fielder faking the tag will be warned. The 2nd offense from any player on the team faking a tag will be ejected.

Any batted ball that strikes a baserunner while advancing to another base is out, dead ball is called.

Any batted ball that strikes a baserunner while standing on or has any contact with any base, is a live ball.

Intentional ball drop: If any fielder who catches a ball and intentionally drops it, in an attempt to force a double play, the batter is out, ball is DEAD and runners may not advance. Fielder will be given a warning, 2nd offense ejection. Dropping of the ball is umpire’s discretion.

Appeal play or protest:  Appeal play must be made after the play has ceased and before the next pitch. Protest can only be done by the team captain.

Home Run Rule:

Bronze division: 2 home runs, 1 up, with IE if illegal HR

Silver division: 4 home runs, 1 up, with IE if illegal HR

Gold division: 8 home runs, IE after 8

Batter does not have to touch bases with an over the fence home run. All home runs count, no matter the gender. A home run hit by a woman is counted.

Pitcher’s mound: All pitches are thrown underhand. (No side arm pitching)  The pitcher may pitch starting up to 3ft behind the rubber mound marker before throwing a pitch. (The pitcher must make sure they are not more than 3 feet behind the rubber) The pitch must be one continues motion, no ball shall be pitched in a motion to distract the batter. (NO PUMPING).  NO pitch shall be made or release in front of the pitcher’s mound or net.

Strike zone:   Shoulder to knees as the ball crosses the plate

Guaranteed games: Sometimes a team may have more than the 3 games due to the number of teams entered in the tournament. All teams are only guaranteed 3 games.  If this is a seeded tournament. Seed positions will be determined by the first 2 games played if there is an unequal amount of games played per team.

A Texas tie breaker will be enforced to break the tie. If the game is tied, play continues until a decision is reached, by using the Texas (or international) tie-breaker rule. Starting in the top of the inning, the batting team starts with a base runner on second base, which is the player who is the last available to bat (in other words, the batter who last took their position in the batter’s box; regardless whether they were the last out or another runner was put out). The game will continue as a one (1) pitch until there is a winner. This includes if times runs out and game is in a tie. No games will end in a tie, does not apply to championship game.

EQUIPMENT:

Each team is responsible for their own game balls, a new game ball, and a backup ball, approved by the umpire. 12″ for the men and 11″ for the ladies

Forfeit time is game time. Games are 55 MINUTES unless teams are tied.  10 minute grace period for the first game of the day ONLY. The 10 minutes is deducted from the game time of 55 minutes.

Arch of Pitch: not less than six (6), not greater than ten (10)

All bats must be approved by the TBS umpire. No SR Bats, no Ultra’s and no bat on any unapproved list.   Each individual and captain is responsible for using legal bats. If a batter steps into the box with an illegal bat, the batter is out, even if the bat has not been used. TAMPABAY SOFTBALL and the umpires reserve the right to disallow a bat should it be thought the bat may be doctored.  If any injury occurs from a batted ball, TBS staff has the right to seize the bat to determine if the bat was altered.

NO metal cleats.  It is up to the team captain to make sure no metal cleats are worn prior to start time. All players must have proper footing attire.

REFUNDS: There are NO refunds.

ASA and ISPS approved balls…Balls can be purchased at the field or if brought to the field they must be approved by the umpire.

 

 

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