9 Stars Sports

RULES

USA Softball Tournament Rules:

This tournaments is a 4-Game Format: 3 Pool Games plus Single Elimination Bracket.

Coin flip will be 10 minutes prior to game time at plate meeting. coin flip determines home team. TURN IN LINEUP CARD at plate meeting. Must have first and last name, Jersey # and positions and subs on lineup card.

GAME LENGTH: 1 hr. 15 min. no new inning after. Can have tie during Pool Play. Bracket games will be 1hr 20min no new inning after.

TOURNAMENT SOFTBALLS: All teams MUST provide softballs and MUST use our brand, we will sell our softballs 3 each for $15. You may purchase the softballs at the tournament table prior to your first game.

NO PAY AT THE PLATE: The entry fee includes umpires fees, you do not need to pay at the plate.

Dugout Assignment: The team listed first will occupy 1st Base dugout, if a team that is currently playing is occupying a dugout that team will maintain that dugout.

Number of Batters: During POOL PLAY may bat as many as you like. Free Substitution on defense for Pool Play only. During BRACKET PLAY may bat up to 12 batters, can have up to 3 EP's (Extra Player).

Courtesy Runner for pitcher or catcher only (courtesy runner must be a player that is not in the batting lineup and has not yet been in the game. But, if all players are in the batting lineup then the last batted out may become the courtesy runner for pitcher or catcher only.)

RUN RULE: 12 after three / 10 after four / 8 after five / 6 after six

NO HUDDLES between foul lines on playing field, using speed up rules due to time limit.

Between Innings: 1-minute between innings or five warm up ptiches whichever comes first, 30 seconds for all time outs. Plate umpire will control tempo of game with Speed Up Rules in effect. New pitcher change, pitcher will receive a maximum of 5 warmup pitches.

One Coach ONLY may be outside of dugout during defense half of inning. Coach will be near gate closest to home plate only for calling pitches. Must be mobile no buckets or any other items allowed to sit on.

Pool seedings are determined first by record, if tied then head-to-head (unless 3 way tie or more then goes straight to +- total), if still tied then by runs +- total, if still tied then runs against, if still tied then runs scored, if still tied then determined by coin-flip.

No bat warmers in dugout. Bat warmers are illegal according to Book Rule.

Game time is FORFEIT time. If prior game is running late, allow the game to finish. When the game is finished, the official start time of the next game will be ten minutes after the preceding game is completed.

HEAD COACHES are responsible for the conduct of your team and fans.

ADULT EJECTIONS: 1st ejection of Adult. this person must leave the park and is disallowed to participate in next game and not allowed back in park for the next game. 2nd ejection of same person that person is gone for the remainder of this event and not allowed back in the Sports Complex.

PLAYER EJECTIONS: Player ejected will be confined to dugout but same penalty as above. 1st ejection can not participate in next game, 2nd ejection can not play for remainder of the tournament.

NO SMOKING, NO ALCOHOL, NO SWEARING, NO VERBAL ABUSE, NO THREATENING COMMENTS, NO WEAPONS, NO PUBLIC PROPERTY, this behavior is not tolerated and may result in ejection from the facilities. Sorry but if there is a NO PET Ordinance with the City Parks, Private Park or School, please inform your families of the NO PETS ALLOWED Ordinance. All games must be completed. NO INTENTIONAL FORFEIT, NO PULLING TEAM OFF THE FIELD. Inform the assigned park Site Director of special circumstance of why your team may not be able to finish (i.e. injuries).

NO JEWELRY!, players are not allowed to wear jewelry during games period. Tape is not allowed to cover jewelry that is considered a saftey concern to player, jewelry MUST be removed period, please inform your team.