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Modified Official Rules Amateur Softball Association of America

With the following exceptions:  Batters only get One Pitch. If a ball is pitched the batter will walk, a strike the batter must  hit the ball or be called out.

PLAYERS:

  1. Players: 20 person roster  13 man lineup  only 13 prizes will be awardedA team may start with 8 players,

    Only players on the roster may play (speak with the umpire about removing and replacing players)

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

    If you have a person on the roster to leave and need to replace that person, you may do so with permission.

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

    AT NO TIME CAN YOU HAVE MORE THAN 13 PLAYERS. If you remove a player from the roster and add a replacement, that replacement CANNOT play until they have signed the roster. The player removed may not at anytime re-enter.

    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.

  2. NO PICK UP players allowed, (due to the 20 person roster)  unless approved by the umpire. Roster MUST be turned in to the registration staff, prior to the start of  games.  Each player is required to sign in front of a Tampabay Softball staff member
  3. Foul Balls: Caught foul ball is an out.
  4. 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.
  5. Outfielders position:  No set positions
  6. Courtesy runners: Pinch runners will be allowed when an injury occurs during game. Injury MUST be reported to the umpire, immediately.   If a player is previously injured and is playing in our tournament he will need to request a designated runner prior to hitting No courtesy runners will be allowed unless BOTH captains agree to the substitution due to prior injury. The Umpire will have the final decision..
  7. No designated fielders, any and all fielders must be placed in the batting order and bat.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 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.
  10. 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 13 person line up and one player is ejected you continue to play with 12 and take an out for that 13 player.
  11. Two out rule:   DOES NOT APPLY, EVERYONE MUST BAT.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Stealing:   NOT ALLOWED
  15. Game time: 40 MINUTES game time, games will start on time.   THERE IS NO MAX OR MININUM GAME TIME FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME  15 run rule for championship game after 5 innings will apply
  16. 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
  17. 17.  10 Run rule:  A 10 run rule will apply per inning, after 5 innings a 12 run rule will cease the game. RUN RULE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS 15 AFTER 5 INNINGS.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 or the pitcher who observed the play may appeal
  21. Home Run Rule: 3 Progressive. Each team is allowed 3 homeruns, if the other team  does not get a home run prior to the 4th home run of the opposing team the 4th home run will be an OUT.  If both teams reach the 3 home run limit, each team will be allowed to hit 2 more, beginning with the visiting team’s next batter.  Each team is responsible for retrieving their homerun balls. On an over the fence home run,  base runners and batter do not need to advance any bases
  22. Pitchers mound: Any hit deemed to be intentional up the middle toward the pitcher, with intent to cause injury will result  in an warning for first offense, an out for second offense and third offense,  an ejection to the batter for that game. (of course this is at the umpires discretion)  
  23. EQUIPMENT: Each team will be required to purchase the game balls at the field.

    12”  ASA approved ball      

  24. Forfeit time is game time. Games are 40 MINUTES unless teams are tied.  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).
  25. Arch of Pitch: no less than six (6), not greater than twelve (12)
  26. BATS: Any bat can be used with the exception of Senior bats . The first time a team comes to the plate with an illegal bat, the batter is considered out. The second time the team uses an illegal bat, the batter is out and ejected with possible league suspension.  Each individual 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.
  27. 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.
  28. REFUNDS: once a team has paid there are NO refunds.

 

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