Rules

***IMPORTANT*** UPDATED RULES FOR THE 2018 TOURNAMENT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED AS THEY ARE AWAITING UPDATES FROM THE NAGAAA WINTER MEETING AND ASA WINTER MEETINGS. PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE AFTER FEBRUARY 15TH FOR UPDATED RULES FOR THE 2018 TOURNAMENT

The official 2017 softball playing rules adopted by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) will be followed for the 2017 Badgerland Softball Classic Tournament with the following exceptions:


Please note that there are changes from the 2016 rules including, but not limited to, changes to rules #7 and #12

1. A team:
a. Cannot play with less than 8 players
b. May start with 8 players and add a 9th and a10th player
c. May start with 9 players and add a 10th player

2. Teams can reduce the number of players during the game without penalty only as a result of injuries.  If the number of players on a team is reduced due to ejection of a player, the ejected player's name shall remain in the same position in the batting lineup and their team charged with an out each time that players turn in the batting order arrives.

3. To participate, all players must register, be verified, and sign-in before the conclusion of pool play. A player must participate in one inning of offense and defense in pool play to be eligible to play in bracket play.  All players must present a photo I.D. when signing in.

4. Divisional Placements:  Teams will be placed into one of two divisions based on team ratings, calculated by the sum of the top ten ratings on the team, as indicated below:
C Division – a team rating of 96-135 and no player rated higher than a 14
D Division – a team rating of 95 or lower and no player rated higher than a 10

5. The Tournament Director/Committee solely reserves the right to place/move teams into different divisions as they see fit to ensure the fairest possible competition for ALL divisions.

6. Individual Player Ratings:  Teams will adhere generally to the individual player ratings of NAGAAA.  Rosters will be submitted prior to the tournament and be verified to 2016 ratings (or the most current available).

7. Coaches/managers must receive prior approval of the Tournament Director to add manually rated (non-NAGAAA league member) players.  The Tournament Director, on the advise of the the Tournament Committee reserves the right to adjust individual player ratings as they see fit to ensure the fairest possible competition for ALL divisions.

8. Uniforms are not mandatory, but similar colored/style shirts are preferred.  Each player shirt must contain a number that is at least 4” high, on the back of the uniform, and unique for the team.  Uniform exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Umpire or Tournament Director.

9. Visible jewelry such as watches, bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, facial piercings, and other similar type items may NOT be worn by players or coaches during games.  Medical conditions are an exception.

10. No team will be allowed to take the infield or conduct batting practice on the fields being used for the tournament.

11. No smoking or alcohol is allowed in the dugouts or on the playing field. Consuming alcohol while on the bench is grounds for immediate forfeit by the offending team.

12. Home team for pool-play games is determined by a coin toss prior to the start of the game. Home team for all bracket-play games except the Championship games will be awarded to the team with the highest seeding. Home team for the first championship game in each division will be awarded to the only remaining undefeated team that remains in the winners bracket.  Home team for the "if" game (if  necessary) will be determined by a coin toss. 

13. The umpire will maintain the official score.  It is each team’s responsibility to verify that the score is correct after each ½ inning.

14. Substitutions must check in with the umpire who shall inform the opposing team.

15. After the game, Managers from both teams are required to sign the game’s official scorecard maintained by the umpire during the game.  The umpire will turn in all game scores to the tournament committee.

16. The tournament will be played with a 3 ball/2 strike count.  A foul ball on a second strike is an out—there is no courtesy foul. This is also known as a 1-and-1 rule

17. Time Limit:  All games are scheduled for seven innings; however, a time limit is in effect and will supersede the innings.  The umpire will notify the managers of the official start time for each game. For Pool Play games, no new innings will begin after 50 minutes.  For double elimination games, no new innings will begin after 55 minutes.  The 55 minute time limit will not apply to trophy games as these will be 7 innings (or more) until there is a winner.

18. ASA Run Rule will be in effect:  20 runs after 3 innings, 15 runs after 4 innings, and 10 runs after 5 completed innings will apply to Pool Play and Double Elimination games.

19. Tie Games at the End of Regulation Play:  Pool Play games can end in a tie.  During non-trophy tournament games, the international tie breaker will be utilized for games ending in a tie during regulation play.

20. Seeding for Double Elimination play will be based on win/loss/tie record, run differential, and runs allowed, and if still a tie, then a random draw.

21. Courtesy Runners:  Each team is allowed one courtesy runners per inning.  The courtesy runner used must be the runner who recorded the last out.  If no outs have been recorded in the game,the courtesy runner shall be the final batter in the batting order.  If the runner who recorded the last out is unavailable due to being on-base, injured, etc., the umpire may allow the second-to-last out to become the new runner at the umpire's discretion.

22. All legal ASA bats can be used.

23. Metal cleats are illegal.

24. The distance between bases will be 65' and the orange safety bags will be used in all divisions.  The batter must use the orange bag at first base as outlined by ASA rules.  Stealing or leading-off are not allowed in any division.

25. Line-ups:  Teams will exchange line-ups at the beginning of each game.  Line-ups must include a player’s last name and jersey number and the name and jersey number of any substitutes eligible to enter that game.  If a player was not listed on the line-up as a substitute at the beginning of the game they will not be eligible to enter the game.

26. Pitch arc is 6-12 feet per NAGAAA rules.

27. It is the umpire’s decision to eject a player or coach for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Ejections for unsportsmanlike conduct cannot be protested.  Any player ejected from a game shall be ineligible for his/her next game as well and may not remain in the area of the field their team is competing in until that player is eligible to return to the lineup.

29. Once a game begins, the game is under the jurisdiction of the umpire.  Umpires shall have the authority to rule on any specific point not covered in these rules.  Only a designated team manager or coach may communicate with the umpire once the game begins.

30. Home Runs:  In the C-Division, one (1) over-the-fence Home Run per team per game is allowed.  No over-the-fence Home Runs are allowed in the D-Division.  If a Home Run occurs after the limit per game is reached, the result will be an automatic out.  The out accorded for a Home Run exceeding the limit shall only end the at-bat inning if it is the third out of the at-bat.

31. Protests are not allowed to be initiated by teams and/or players.  The Tournament Committee solely reserves the right to challenge all aspects of ratings and divisional placement, including, but not limited to, individual player ratings and team ratings.  Managers who believe a player or team has incorrect ratings shall notify the Tournament Director who shall notify the Tournament Committee who may act at their own discretion.

32. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to change or modify any rule at any time due to changing conditions or circumstances.