The official 2017 softball playing rules adopted by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) will be followed for the 2018 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 to the individual player ratings of NAGAAA. Rosters will be submitted prior to the tournament and be verified to 2017 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, 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. Any out of the park home run following the first out of the park home run shall be called one out and will only be an inning ending out if 2 outs have already occurred.
Home Runs In D-Division are not allowed. Due to the fact there are 275 foot fence, I will allow 1 over the fence ball, It will count as a "Double". After that any ball hit over the fence will count as an "OUT".
AN out of the park homerun is a ball hit over the fence without touching a player's glove, or any part of the fence
31. Protests are 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.
Umpire decisions on balls, strikes, out calls and other judgment calls is not considered grounds for protest. A team wishing to protest issues not related to these must notify the umpire on the field immediately. Legitimate protest will be handled on the spot with a tournament committee representative, a Badgerland Softball League BOD member (may be both) current game umpire and both managers. Protest may not be made during pool play.
Although all individual players ranking have been verified using the most up to date NAGAAA rating, individual player ratings may be protested.
The protest must be made immediately once the protest matter is determined and before the next pitch is made. A cash deposit of $200.00 for the protest and $50.00 per question is required at the time of the protest. The entire deposit will be returned if the protest is successful, If unsuccessful, it shall be considered a donation to the badgerland Softball League.
The umpire on the field ( Where the protest is made) shall immediately stop the game play. Record the time of the game play remaining and where any base runners are on the field. The umpire shall ask for ID from the protested players, if the player is unable to produce valid ID they will be disqualified from the tournament and the game shall resume with an inning ending out. Please have players to have their ID at the field, or somewhere close so you can have it if there is a protest.
If the protest is successful, the protest player is disqualified from the tournament if it pushes his or her rating over the rating scale. If a player is rated up out of the division, That team will lose the player and be put in the loser bracket if that team rating is still with in the rating cap.
32. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to change or modify any rule at any time due to changing conditions or circumstances.