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Please note: TBS has the right to change the format of the tournament at any time before or during the tournament due to any acts of god, or any situation that requires a change such as lighting error, time restrictions, etc..  Any game played 5 innings will be considered a complete game.

Modified Official Rules Amateur Softball Association of America

With the following exceptions:  3/2 Softball. Each batter starts with a ball and a strike.

PLAYERS:

ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN THE ROSTER PRIOR TO PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!  No player will be allowed to play if they have been drinking and considered to be intoxicated.   Open division unless enough teams have registered to have divisions. Only one (1) C player allowed per team in open division, unless approved by other teams.

 

If more than 10 teams we will have divisions

Teams will be placed in divisions based on team skill level and players.  Lowest division, this division is for beginners and low level league players. The next division is for players who play tournament ball and will possibly be allowed to have one (1) ranked D player,(based on the skill level of the team a ranked D player may not be allowed) Intermediate division is designed for tournament ball players, the team will be allowed to have one (1) ranked C player.   All teams will be placed in divisions by the skill level of the team based on the information provided to TampaBay Softball.  If a player is not ranked in our system, we will use other organization rankings as a guide.

Players: A team may play 12 PLAYERS. The roster can be up to 20 but ONLY 12 prizes will be awarded. Start with 6 end with 10.   All players must have played one (1)   game  and be on the roster, to qualify to play in the bracket playoff and the Championship game. 

Only the captain may speak with the umpire about removing and replacing players or appeals.

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

ELIGIBLE PLAYOFF PLAYERS: All players, including added players, must sign their team’s roster/waiver

Before the start of the game.   Playing with ineligible players may result in a forfeit. This call will be made by TBS staff or the lead umpire.  The opposing team may choose to play and not take the forfeit. It is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players in their line-up card are eligible players for all games. Any player protest MUST be done by the end of the 3rd inning.

If at anytime the umpire observes an illegal player the umpire will terminate the game and a forfeit will go to the team with the illegal player at the umpires discretion. The other team may opt to allow the game to continue .

If the opposing team contest the roster there is a $50 fee, refundable if roster found to be invalid. Any roster protest must be done by the end of  3rd inning.

PICK UP PLAYERS: are allowed but MUST be a pool player, already signed on another’s team roster and  only allowed for the FIRST game of the day, for that team.  

Foul Balls: after 2 strikes the batter is out, NO courtesy fouls.

Fielders 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.

Outfielders position10 fielders any position.

Courtesy runners:  You may select a designated runner, this runner does not have to be a fielder, or batter.  MUST have signed roster. The runner’s name MUST be submitted with the line up card to the umpire.  If the DR is on base and his turn comes up to bat, the out must be taken 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. The injured player will be removed from the batting order and will not be allowed to field.   The injured player will not  be allowed to continue to play at any time during the day unless the umpire has been provided with evidence the injured player is capable of playing and no substantial injury occurred.

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 a player, staff, observer, NO-ONE. If a player is not playing on the field but is in the dugout or near the playing field and is using profanity toward the team or teams playing, the umpire WILL start calling an out for every F bomb used against that individuals team, regardless if that team is batting. If that team is not batting the outs will apply when they come up to bat.  If there is a spectator supporting a team who becomes abusive verbally towards any player, spectator or umpire, the umpire shall warn the spectator and the team, if the spectator continues, the umpire will start calling outs for the team, the spectator was supporting until the spectator ceases the abuse, regardless if the team is batting or not. If the team is not batting the outs will apply when they come up to bat.

Ejection from game: Once ejected a player cannot play in 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. 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 12 person line up and one player is ejected you continue

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.

Stealing: Baserunners may attempt to advance once the ball has reached home plate when pitched to batter or the pitched ball has landed on the ground. The ball is dead if the batter has swung and missed, or foul tips, and If the ball lands in front of home plate or lands on home plate. NO BATTER shall impede the catcher when throwing the ball to a fielder while a base runner is attempting a steal.

Batters hitting up the middle: Any batted  ball traveling up the middle with a force/speed at which could cause injury to the pitcher, and deemed to be not fieldable, a warning will be giving to the batter  for first offense, an out to the batter for the second offense, third offense ejection.         (injury:  a jammed finger does not qualify)  If at any time a player is heard stating he/she will intentionally hit up the middle that player will be warned and if the player hits up the middle he/she will be ejected. Injury to the pitcher, bat will be removed from game and returned at day end. 

Game time: 55 minute  game time, games will start on time.  CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TIME LIMIT 1 HR, 15 MINUTES, MAX.

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 and may result in player’s ejection, upon umpire’s discretion

Run rule:  No rule run per inning. 20 runs after 3 innings will terminate the game, 15 after 4 and 12 after 5. This applies to championship game .

PLAYERS: Must be at least 20 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 and considered an illegal player, the game will forfeit, win goes to the other team.

Fake tags: 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.

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: LOWER DIVISION  2  IE after 2 .      SILVER (with one drop)  DIVISION: 4 IE after 4        GOLD DIVISION: 6 IE after 6.             An illegal home run ends the inning.        PLEASE NOTE:  IF  THERE ARE 12 TEAMS OR LESS IT WILL BE ONE DIVISION, WITH  4 HR’s allowed  IE after 4..  Batter does not have to touch bases with an over the fence home run. All home runs count, no matter the gender.

No game shall end in a tie,  TBS tie breaker (commonly known as Texas tie breaker) will apply. Lat out goes to 2nd place, one pitch only.

Pitchers mound: All pitches are thrown underhand. The pitcher may use the “floating rubber rule” meaning the pitch can be made within 3′ of the  rubber mound marker before throwing a pitch. The pitch must be one continues motion, no ball shall be pitched in a motion to distract the batter.

Please note: an overthrown ball  from the catcher  to the pitcher  is a live ball only if the ball was still live when reaching the plate.  (a dead ball at the plate runners may not advance at their own risk.

 

EQUIPMENT:

Forfeit time is game time. Games are 55 MINUTES unless teams are tied. The first game will have a 10 minute grace period if less than 8 players. The 10 minutes will be deducted from the 55 minute game time.

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).  Game format is changed to a one (1) pitch. NO runner will be allowed to run for that person, unless that person had requested a runner the last time at bat. No tie breaker used in championship game.

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

BATS:  All bats are allowed but NO Sr Bats, no Ultra;s….  first offense caught with an illegal bat,  the batter is considered out. The second offense, the batter is out and ejected with possible league suspension.  Each individual  and captain is responsible for using legal bats. TAMPABAY SOFTBALL  and the umpires reserve the right to disallow a bat should it be thought the bat may have been doctored. NO SR bats or Ultra’s/AFTERMATH FLIPPER.   If any injury occurs from a batted ball, TBS staff has the right to seize the bat for 24 hours to determine if the bat has been altered. BALLS  must be ASA/ISPS  approved.

NO Metal cleats. A player caught playing with metal cleats WILL be ejected. It is up to the team captain to make sure no metal cleats are worn prior to start time.

REFUNDS: once a team has paid there are NO refunds.

Balls can be purchased at the field.  44/375 core

 

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