Modified Official Rules Amateur Softball Association of America
With the following exceptions: 3/2 Softball. Each batter starts with a ball and a strike.
*************************** A player CANNOT reach over the fence in an attempt to catch a foul ball ***************************
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. Division will be Bronze, Silver, Gold, unless enough teams have registered to have specific divisions.
REC/Bronze=2 Silver drop
Intermediate/Silver=2 gold drop
Advanced/Gold=2 conf. players
Players: A team may play 12 PLAYERS. The roster can be up to 20 but ONLY 12 prizes will be awarded. All players must have played one (1) game and be on the roster, to qualify to play in Championship game. The opposing team may elect to play and not take the forfeit. You cannot pick up a player from another team if you already have 10 players. You may have a name on the roster for a player who will be arriving late. It is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players in their line-up card are eligible players for all games.
Only the captain may speak with the umpire about removing and replacing players
If you have to forfeit, it will count as a 7-0 win. (please note: each team may have no more than 1 girl playing)
ELIGIBLE PLAYOFF PLAYERS: All players, including added players, must sign their team’s roster/waiver and cannot be on another roster.
Teams may start with 8 players, max players=10.
Team caught with an ineligible player , TBS staff will determine if any penalties or forfeits will be implemented. If the player ‘s name was researched wrong by the staff of TBS, any game played scoring will stand, however the player once caught as an ineligible player will not be allowed to continue to play. Any ineligible player who has not registered or signed the roster the games(s) will result in a forfeit.
AT NO TIME CAN YOU HAVE MORE THAN 12 PLAYERS/batters. If you remove a player from the roster and add a replacement, that replacement CANNOT play until they have signed the roster and you cannot add players, if you already have 10. 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.
- Pick ups are allowed, only during the first game for the day, for that team. (tournaments only)
- 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 position: 10 fielders any position.
- Courtesy runners: You may select a designated runner, this runner does not have to be a fielder or a batter. MUST have signed roster. The runner’s name MUST be submitted with the line up card to the umpire. One allowed per inning. (league ball, anyone can run, does not have to be on line up card)
- 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. If the injured player is the 10th player the team will be allowed to pick-up a player and add to their roster.
- 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 crossed the back corner of 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. Baserunners are allowed to steal home on any live ball.
- DEFENSELESS PITCHER: At coin toss the coaches/pitchers will decide to use a net or wear a mask. If no decision can be made, the net will be used. Any batted ball that hits the pitcher, will be removed for the day, unless tested and bat passes compression.
- 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 injured the bat will be removed from the game.
- Run rule: 15 runs after 3 innings will terminate the game, 12 after 4 and 10 after 5. This applies to championship game, time limit is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- 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 that game and considered an illegal player, the player may go sign the roster for future games.
- 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.
- 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: REC/Bronze = 2 and 1 up, (cap of 6) or IE if illegal.. Intermediate/Silver = 4 and 1 up (cap of 10) or IE if illegal, Advance/Gold = 8 HOMERUNS, and 1 up (no cap) IE illegal.
- Pitchers 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 pitch must be one continues motion, no ball shall be pitched in a motion to distract the batter. (NO PUMPING)
- 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. Seed positions will be determined by the first 2 games played if there is an unequal amount of games played per team.
- 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.
Forfeit time is game time. Games are 55 MINUTES unless teams are tied. (first game is allowed 10 minutes, which is deducted from the 55 minute game time) Championship game 75 minutes, if field times allow. Double dip game 55 minutes.
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). 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 twelve (10)
BATS: All bats are allowed but NO Sr Bats or any bat on a non-approved list. 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
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.
Game time: 55 minute game time, games will start on time. championship game is 75 minutes, if time allows. Double dip game is 55 minutes. (league ball there will be single elimination playoffs)
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
REFUNDS: once a team has paid there are NO refunds.
ASA approved balls ..Balls can be purchased at the field.