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SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT RULES

All softball tournaments will utilize ASA Fastpitch rules, unless otherwise specified within Impact Events Tournaments Rules & Policies!

Pre/Post-Game Rules:

  • Games may be started up to 30 minutes prior to scheduled game-time. Please have your teams at the game at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled game-time.

  • During pool play, home teams will be determined by a coin flip. The team that traveled the furthest will call the coin flip.

  • Teams will occupy dugouts on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • No infield practice will be permitted. Teams may play catch and hit whiffles in the outfield if time allows. DO NOT hit or throw balls into the fences. 

  • Teams must be ready to exchange rosters 10 mins prior to start time

  • Rosters:

    • Teams must start a game with at least 8 players in uniform and on their roster​

    • If a team plays with less than 9 players, the ninth spot will be recorded as an automatic out. 

    • If a team is down to 7 players or less, they will forfeit and the score will be 6-0 for seeding purposes. 

    • If a player arrives late, they may be added to the order in the last spot 

    • Teams may play with up to 10 defensive players.​

      • 6 Infielders (including pitcher position)​

      • 4 Outfielders

      • Outfielders must start on the grass until the ball crosses the plate.​

  • Game Scores

    • Game scores are reported by Tournament Committee Member/Location Leader.

    • Scores/Standings/Brackets/Announcements will be posted and available at the tournament listing or by finding your tournament at play.impacteventsgb.com.

  • Game Length:

    • 1 hr. 15 mins. (no new inning after time has expired) for all pool & bracket​ play games

      • Championship Games - no time limit & mercy rules will remain in effect (see under "Mercy Rules"​​

    • Game start time announced by umpire upon leaving the home plate meeting. 

    • New inning starts as soon as 3rd out of previous inning is recorded​

    • Maximum of 6 innings per game..\

    • Tournament Director reserves the right to modify the time limit in the event of weather or unforeseen circumstance.

    • Mercy Rules​:

      • 15 runs after 3 innings​

      • 12 runs after 4 innings

      • 10 runs after 5 innings

    • Extra Innings:

      • Pool Play Games:

        • Games will end in a tie if all innings have been completed (even if time remains in the time limit).

          • All pool play games can end in a tie.​

      • Bracket Play Games:​

        • If the game is tied after the time limit or when regular innings have been completed, we will use the following rule for every half inning until a winner is determined...​​

        • ​Last batted out will start on 2nd base​, starting with 0 outs and 0-0 count on batter

  • 10U Specific Rules:

    • Dimensions

      • Bases set at 60 ft

      • Mound set at 35 ft

      • Ball size - 11 inch

    • Player Pitch/Coach Pitch Rules

      • One walk per inning​

        • Batter hit by pitch does NOT count toward one walk per inning rule.​

      • Upon ball 4 and one batter has been walked in the current inning, the batting teams coach will pitch from inside the pitching circle (or within 8 feet of mound) assuming the count.

      • Batter CAN strike out on coach pitch.

      • Batter CANNOT walk on coach pitch.

      • No Dropped 3rd Strike

      • No Infield Fly Rule

    • Leads/Stealing

      • Leads allowed when ball crosses the plate.

        • If runner leaves base early, the runner will be ruled out.​

      • Steals are limited to 1 base per batter​

      • No stealing Homeplate.

      • No stealing when coach is pitching.​​

    • Bunting

      • Bunting is allowed.​

        • Once a batter squares to bunt, she must either bunt or pull-back.

        • "Slashing" is not allowed.​

          • Batter will be ruled out if a "slash" attempt is made.​​

    • NO bunting when coach is pitching​​​​

    • Teams will bat their entire line-up.​​​

      • Free defensive substitution.​

  • Bracket Seeding:

    • Pool play games will be used to determine final seeding

      • Tie Breakers will be followed in the order below:

        • Overall Record​

        • Head to Head (2 teams only)

        • Runs Allowed

        • Runs Scored

        • Coin Flip

    • During bracket play, the higher seed will be the home team. ​​​

Pitch Count Restrictions

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their players. We do not monitor pitch counts or have pitching restrictions.​

Additional Considerations/Pace of Play:​​

  • 3 Warm-up pitches between innings.

  • 5 Warm-up pitches for new pitchers to game.

  • Coach mound visits are limited to 1 per inning, 2 per game.​​

  • Any additional coaching visits require a pitching change.

  • Extra innings will allow for one free mound visit before a pitching change is required.

  • Intentional Stall may result in forfeiture of the game.

    • Determined by Umpire or Tournament Committee Member​

  • Injuries:

    • If a player becomes injured and is not able to play, their spot in the batting may be skipped and will not result in an out. 

  • Ejections:

    • If a coach is ejected from a game, they will also be suspended for the next game. Tournament director reserves the right to remove the coach from a game and suspend the coach for the remainder of the tournament.

    • If a player is ejected, and a team is batting the entire lineup or has no substitutes available, the ejected player will remain in the batting order and an out will be recorded when the batting order reaches that player. 

  • Complete Games:

    • If a game is cancelled due to weather, field conditions or other issue that prevents the game from being completed the following will constitute a complete game:​

      • 3 innings or 2.5 inning (if home team is winning) = complete​

        • If the guidelines above are not satisfied, the game will be suspended and picked up where it left off or may be cancelled completely by the tournament director.​

    • If a game (including championships) is not completed due to weather or field conditions, the winner will be determined by the score at the end of the last completed inning. If the score was tied or no innings were completed, the higher seed will be determined the winner.​​

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