Rules of Play
RULES OF PLAY
ALL ASA RULES SHALL APPLY EXCEPT AS MODIFIED HEREIN:
- 1)BALL COUNT
Start with a One Ball – One Strike count; NO extra foul
Must have a minimum of 9 players to start and finish. May add a 10th player at any time (11th or 12th only before game starts). If a team starts with 10, 11 or 12 players and one player is injured, a substitute must enter or an out will be recorded. All games will be played with a maximum of (12) players, consisting of ten players on the field and the eleventh and twelfth player as an extra hitter (EH). If a player is ejected, a team may NOT continue to play shorthanded (less than 9 players). If no substitutes are available the game is a forfeit. If a team has only 9 players, an out will be recorded for the 10th spot in the batting order, per ASA Rules.
- 3)GAME TIMES
All teams must be at their playing field by game time. All Round Robin games have 50 minute time limit and Double Elimination games have a 55 minute limit (this includes all TROPHY GAMES). No new inning will start after time limit has expired.
- 4)COURTEST RUNNERS
Two instances per game (a courtesy runner is the player in the lineup that made the last out in the current inning. If there are no outs in the inning, the courtesy runner will be the last BATTED out from previous inning). If an incorrect runner touches a base and is properly appealed (before next pitch), an out will be recorded .If a courtesy runner is in base at the time that player is scheduled to bat, a replacement courtesy runner shall be used (the last recorded out).
- 5)RUN RULES
20 RUNS AFTER 3; 12 RUNS AFTER 4 INNINGS; 10 RUNS AFTER 5 INNINGS
- 6)SLIDE RULES
Any runner advancing to the next base (where a play can be made at previous base) must slide or be out of base path when the defensive player is making a play (the defensive player must attempt to make play) PENALTY-a dead ball is called, the runner not sliding or getting out of the base path is out and the runner at the base behind him/her is also out.
- 7)HOME RUNS
OPEN DIVISION “B”-Two (2) Over the fence HOME RUNS. Subsequent Home Runs are an automatic out and the inning is over.
OPEN DIVISION “C”- ONE (1) over the fence HOME RUN. Subsequent Home Runs are an automatic out and inning is over.
OPEN DIVISION “D”- NO over the fence HOME RUNS. PENALTY- AUTOMATIC OUT AND END OF INNING.
NOTE: When a home run is hit, the batter and all runners must touch one base and immediately return to dugout. This will speed up play.
- 8)TIE GAMES
ROUND ROBIN GAMES: can end in tie
DOUBLE ELIMANATION: International Tie Breaker ( Each team will place the last batter from previous inning on 2nd base with no outs—Courtesy runner is allowed to be used if the team has not used both runners in game yet)
- 9)HOME TEAM DESIGNATION
ROUND ROBIN- Home team determined by coin flip.
DOUBLE ELIMANATION-Home team is always the higher seed until the Championship game. In the Championship game, the undefeated team is the home team. During the IF game, there will be a coin flip.
BATS: ASA APPROVED only (1.20 BPF or less- NO titanium)
BALLS: All Softballs will be supplied by tournament director
NO metal cleats or metal screws are allowed.
NO jewelry is allowed on players while playing.
All players must register with proper identification before they are eligible to play in any game. Players not registered will not be allowed to play until they register. Registration will close after the round robin is complete for the respective divisions. Players MUST be registered by 12:00 Noon on Saturday.
12) TOURNAMENT SEEDING
Teams will be seeded based on the win-loss record during round robin games. Teams tied will same record will use run differential first then coin flip to break the ties.
13) RATINGS GUIDELINES
The Ocean State Cup Classic complies with the 2015 NAGAAA ratings and division criteria. A player's rating is determined by their designation on 2014 NAGAAA roster. If no 2015 NAGAAA rating, a player may then use their 2014. No previous ratings before 2014 will be accepted.
There will be NO protests for player ratings. All player ratings will be checked with the NAGAAA database and once verified cannot be challenged. The Tournament Director has sole decision to whether a player or team's current ability is detrimental to the tournament. Any decision will be based on the players or team's current ability on the field and taking into account what is fair to all teams involved and with the integrity of the tournament.