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ALL USA SOFTBALL RULES SHALL APPLY EXCEPT AS MODIFIED HEREIN
Player Registration: All players must register with a Government ID before taking the field. Players must register before the end of pool play in their specific division of play to be eligible for the remainder of the tournament.
Open Team Eligibility/Player Ratings: Team ratings will be calculated by adding the top 10 rated players. 2018 NAGAAA ratings and guidelines will be in effect for the 2019 tournament.
A Division – Individual Player rating 27 or less. Team Rating 270 or less.
B Division – No individual player rated over 19. Maximum team rating 175.
C Division – No individual player rated over 14. Maximum team rating 135.
D Division – No individual player rated over 10. Maximum team rating 95.
Masters Classics* – No individual player rated over 16. Maximum team rating 135.
Masters Legends* – No individual players rated over 12. Maximum team rating 115.
*The Masters divisions will be combined if either division fails to reach a four-team minimum. The Masters play will be a one-day tournament which will take place on the Friday preceding the Open divisions play. Anyone 50 or older, or who turns 50 in the 2019 calendar year (January 1 – December 31, 2019) is eligible to play on a Masters team.
Non-LGBT Players: In addition, the NAGAAA 3 non-LGBT player limit per roster rule will be followed, except in the A and B Divisions where the limit is 5 non-LGBT players.
Roster and Ratings Submission: Managers must submit a roster filling in the full 27-question NAGAAA rating for each player. The player’s most recent NAGAAA rating must be used, unless a written verification from the Commissioner of a NAGAAA-affiliated league confirms that the player’s rating has changed since their last rating was recorded with NAGAAA (verification must accompany the team registration). Rosters will be limited to a maximum of three (3) players that do not have a NAGAAA rating. Any variance from this limit will require an exception authorization from the Tournament Director or Co-Director and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Teams that do not participate in a NAGAAA-affiliated league, and therefore do not have team or player ratings will be entertained on a case-by-case basis by the Tournament Director. In either case, teams should contact the Tournament Director or Co-Director about eligibility concerns prior to sending in their entry form.
Protests Regarding Ratings/Eligibility: Protests will only be ruled on during double elimination tournament play. If during pool play, a manager feels a player is improperly rated, they may fill out and turn in a protest card free of any fee. The card will be accepted and held for informational purposes only and no protest hearing will take place. During tournament play any ratings or eligibility protests must be brought to the attention of the umpire prior to the last out of the game. A $100 protest fee plus a $25 protest fee per question protested must be presented along with a protest form (available from the Field Director) immediately following notification to the umpire. Play will continue without delay until the game is completed or time expires. The Field Director will accept CASH only, no credit cards will be accepted. Any delay in filing the necessary form and fee will result in a nullification of the protest. The protest fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. If part of the protest is upheld, the per question protest fee for those questions upheld will be refunded. If more than 50% of the protested points are upheld, the $100 protest fee will be returned. The Field Rep will convene a Protest Committee to resolve any such protest.
The protest committee will consist of the Field Director, a GLASA representative, and (if available) a representative from the division of play. An umpire may be used as part of the committee at the discretion of the Field Director. The committee may solicit input from other tournament attendees including umpires, managers, players and other tournament officials. In the event of a point increase (due to an upheld protest) which results in a team or player being over the division cap, the protested game will be forfeited and the protested player will be removed from the team roster. If this results in the teams' first loss, the team will be allowed to continue with play without the protested player. If two or more players are protested out, the Tournament Director has the discretion to remove the team from play.
Player Removal: If it is determined that a player is clearly underrated for play in the division which they are registered, the player may be removed from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director or Tournament Co-Director. Any decision will be based on first-hand views, Field Director input, and information provided from umpires and other divisional representatives.
Pool Play: A random draw of teams will place them into a 3- or 4-team pool. A coin flip will determine the home team for all games.
3-Team Pools - Teams will play each other once.
Seeding will then be based on the team’s record in the following order:
2-0-0, 1-0-1, 1-1-0, 0-0-2, 0-1-1, 0-2-0 (wins-losses-ties).
In the event two or more teams are tied with the same record, a random draw will determine seeding.
4-Team Pools - First game winners will play each other for their second game. First game losers will play each other for their second game.
The 2-0 team gets the #1 seed from that pool, the 1-1 team that LOST the 2nd game gets the #2 seed, the 1-1 team that WON the 2nd game gets the #3 seed and the 0-2 team gets the #4 seed.
In the event of a tie in any pool play game, a coin flip will determine the "winner" of that game.
Game Time: Game Time will be considered Forfeit Time. Forfeit time will be extended if either team’s prior game finished after the scheduled game time. Both managers and their teams must be ready with a completed line-up sheet 20 minutes prior to game time for a coin toss when called by the umpire. At the discretion of the Field Director, if the field is running ahead of schedule, the game time can be moved up by 20 minutes prior to the originally scheduled game time. Teams must have at least nine (9) players at game start time. The umpire will record the game start time and will be the sole official in charge of the game start and finish time.
Home Team: The home team will be determined by a coin toss for all pool play and double elimination games except for the Championship game in each division. The home team for the Championship game will be the undefeated team, and the IF game will be determined by a coin toss.
Scorekeeper: The home team will be determined by a coin toss for all pool play and double elimination games except for the Championship game in each division. The home team for the championship will be the undefeated team and the IF game will be determined by a coin toss.
Player Line-ups: Teams must begin and finish with at least nine (9) players to avoid a forfeit. An out will be recorded every time the vacant 10th batting position has a turn to bat. If a 10th player arrives, the player must be immediately entered into the game. Any other player arriving after this shall be entered as a substitute. Teams may bat up to 12, using two (2) extra hitters. Extra hitters must be indicated as EH on the line up sheet. If a team starting with 10 or more players on the line up loses a player during the game and has no one to substitute, then an out will be assessed whenever that player would have come up to bat.
Game Rules: Batters start with 1-1 count, and there is no courtesy foul. No new inning will start after 50 minutes. Championship-games including “If” games will have no new inning start after 60 minutes. USA Softball run rule is in effect.
USA Softball Run Rule:
■ 20 runs ahead after 3 innings or 2 ½ if the home team is ahead.
■ 15 runs ahead after 4 innings or 3 ½ if the home team is ahead.
■ 10 runs ahead after 5 innings or 4 ½ if the home team is ahead.
Bases: If there are two bags at first base, the USA Softball double bag rule is in effect.
Anything over the limit will be an out. For the D and Masters Legends Divisions, a ball hit over the fence is an inning-ending out.
Open Division A – Four (4) over the fence home runs per game, per team.
Open Division B – Two (2) over the fence home runs per game, per team.
Open Division C1 & C2 – One (1) over the fence home run per game, per team.
Open Division D1 & D2 – Zero (0) over the fence home runs.
Masters Classics Division – One (1) over the fence home run per game, per team.
Masters Legends Division – Zero (0) any over the fence home runs.
NOTE: When a ball is hit over the fence, the batter and all base runners may go directly to the dugout. Appeals for runners missing a base are not allowed.
Courtesy Runners: One (1)* courtesy runner may be used per inning and USA Softball rules will be followed with regards to the courtesy runner. Any player on the lineup sheet may be used and will not be considered a substitution.
* For Masters Classics and Legends ONLY, two (2) courtesy runners may be used for an inning.
Tie Games: Pool play games may end in a tie. For all other games, a ONE PITCH rule shall be applied:
■ The last batter of the previous inning shall be placed on 2nd base. Each batter gets ONE PITCH.
■ Foul ball, caught or dropped = OUT
■ Strike, swinging or called = OUT
■ Ball = Batter is awarded a walk
■ Batted Ball = Outcome of play
Player Ejection Penalty: The player shall be removed from the current game only. Tournament officials reserve the right to suspend and/or disqualify any ejected player for futures games of the tournament if the ejection is deemed to be morally offensive or threatening in nature to another player, umpire, spectator, tournament staff member or park patron. If there is no substitute available to replace the ejected player, an out will be recorded each time the ejected player was due to come up to bat. If more than one player is ejected from the same team for the same game, the result is a forfeit for that team. If the forfeit results in a team falling below 9 eligible players on the line-up sheet, the result will be a forfeit.
Illegal Bats: Only USA Softball approved bats will be allowed for use. Umpires will be using the current USA Softball non-approved bat list for bat review. Any illegal bat or suspected altered bat discovered during a game will be removed from play and returned at the end of the tournament. The Umpire will report and give the bat to the Field Director for holding until the team has completed tournament play. The Field Director will notify the UIC of the infraction. If the same team is found to be using another illegal bat in subsequent games, the Tournament Director has the discretion to remove the team from play. The results of any play occurring while an illegal bat is in use will follow USA Softball rules.
Uniforms: Each player must wear a “team jersey” which must be similar in color and style, and must have a player/roster number as described by USA Softball rules. No bandanas, non-uniform decorations or tied cloth is allowed on a player's head, neck or body. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the umpire.
Jewelry and Loose Accessories: Exposed jewelry or accessories that are judged by the umpire to be dangerous to others must be removed and may not be worn during the game. Examples of items that may be required to be removed are body and facial piercing, rings, necklaces, bracelets, wrist watches, earrings, pagers, cell phones, tobacco tins, and unsecured sunglasses. Medical alert bracelets must be taped to body. Non-removable jewelry must be concealed with tape or bandage.
Tournament Integrity: The Tournament Director and Co-Director(s) reserve the right to make adjustments to the tournament rules and format as needed if deemed necessary for the best interest of the tournament.