SOFTBALL RULES

SOFTBALL RULES

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GUIDING BODIES

United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
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Tele. (858) 571-9919; FAX: (858) 571-1641 E-mail: uspfcinfo@cpaf.org

United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Osceola County, FL
website: www.usssa.com
For the latest news: usssatoday.com

EVENTS MEN: (18+)

Division A Division B Division C

MEN: (35 and over)
WOMEN: (18+)
CO-ED: (18+): Five (5) males and five (5) females on field.

POSITIONING REQUIREMENTS: Two males and two females in both the infield and the outfield and one male and one female as pitcher and/or catcher.

OPTIONAL: Co-Ed with extra players (EP), twelve players, 6 males and 6 females; plus two EPS (1 male, 1 female). Refer to USSSA Rulebook.

MEN’S 35 AND OVER AND WOMEN’S 18+ COMPETITORS MAY ENTER THE CO-ED EVENT. MEN’S 18+ COMPETITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN OTHER EVENTS WITHIN THIS SPORT.

In all events, rosters are limited to a maximum of 20 players plus a non-playing coach/manager. The coach/manager may be sworn or non-sworn (within USPFCF guidelines) however, only sworn coaches/managers who submit an eligible entry and participate as a coach may receive a medal. See the GENERAL SPORT RULES for coaches/managers Release of Liability requirements.

OFFICIALS

Sport Coordinator: The Sport Coordinator must be on site at all times or designate an Assistant Sport Coordinator to handle lead responsibilities when it is necessary for the Sport Coordinator to be away from the location.

Assistant Sport Coordinator: This person can assist the Sport Coordinator during hectic times during the tournament and fill in when the Sport Coordinator is required to be away from the event. If more

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than one location is being used for this event, a lead Assistant Sport Coordinator should be designated for each complex.

An “Umpire-in-Chief” shall be appointed to handle the scheduling and monitoring of the umpires utilized in the tournament.

Two USSSA umpires per game. An umpire shall not officiate any game involving his/her own agency.

PERSONNEL
Field Ground Crew – This can be either Park & Recreation personnel or volunteers.

Scorekeepers – One (1) per game. Scorekeepers shall be knowledgeable in scoring Slowpitch Softball. Scorekeepers shall be supplied by the Host.

MEDICAL
At least one (1) EMT per every four (4) fields and at least one (1) EMT per complex.

Basic medical supplies, such as a first aid kit, will be provided by the Host at each venue. Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.

FACILITY

Minimum requirement: eight (8) diamonds per every forty-eight (48) teams entered. All fields facing away from the others with all dirt or shale infields. All fields used must be of similar dimensions. All infields will be raked (dragged) at the beginning of each game. Infields will be lined at the beginning of the tournament and as required. Fields shall be lined to the fence or the end of the field. All field dimensions must meet USSSA requirements. Refer to USSSA Rulebook.

EQUIPMENT
Softballs – Two new USSSA approved balls per game will be supplied by the Host. The type of ball

selected must be approved by the USPFCF Director for Softball.

Only USSSA approved bats shall be used.
Women: 18+ and Co-Ed batters shall use an 11 inch softball when batting. Men: 18+, 35+ and Co-Ed batters shall use a 12 inch softball when batting.

Bracket Chart – A large, complete chart of the game schedule including both the winner’s bracket and the loser’s bracket must be posted at each complex and kept up-to-date following the completion of each game. This is best accomplished by assigning personnel (volunteers) dedicated to doing this job throughout the tournament.

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USSSA Rule Books must be available for the Coordinators, Umpires and Umpire-in-Chief.

A copy of the USPFCF Slowpitch Softball rules and the General Sports Rules must be on-site at all times during competition. The Sport Coordinator, Assistant Sport Coordinator and Umpire-in-Chief must be familiar with the contents of both sets of rules.

Score Books – One (1) per field for the official scorekeeper provided by the Host. Lineup cards – Two (2) per game provided by the Host.

Mat – One (1) per field. Home plate and the mat will form a “17 x 34 inch” rectangle (43.18cm x 86.36 cm). See figure below. The mat shall be black or green, if possible.

34”

HOME PLATE

MAT

17”

Field maintenance equipment – (i.e. hoses, shovels, rakes, drag screen, lime, two 100 foot measuring tapes, one 300 foot line, stakes, hammer, etc.) This equipment is normally maintained by the field ground crew.

Water – Drinking water must be made available at each complex. Drinking fountains should be inspected to ensure they are in working order. Bottled water should be available for the competitors.

BRACKETING

Women, Co-Ed, Men; 35+ tournaments will be played in Round Robin format followed by a Double Elimination playoff.

If 7 or fewer teams enter, the tournament will be a single Round Robin with no additional playoffs.
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The USPFCF Director for Softball may change the bracketing if appropriate.

Men’s 18+:

Placement in Division A, B and C will be determined by the result of Round Robin group play.

When placing teams into groups, medal winners from the previous year should be separated when possible, with the first place team receiving lower seeded teams in its group when possible. Other placements should be based on the level of the returning seeds.

After Round Robin play, the teams will be divided into three groups depending on their standing. The top third will be placed in Division A, the middle third will be placed in Division B and the remaining third will be placed in Division C.

A Double Elimination playoff in each division will follow to determine medal winners. In determining standings within each group, the following criteria will be used:

1. Won-loss record
2. Head to head
3. Run differential: to determine run differential, the scores of all games within the pool shall

be used.
4. Runs allowed
5. Runs scored
6. Tiebreaker game

A forfeited game will be considered a 12 runs to 0 runs game, with the forfeiting team receiving a minus 12 score for the purpose of run differential.

If two games are forfeited during round robin play, that team will be eliminated from the tournament.

SCHEDULING
Recommended scheduling for Softball is as follows:

Men’s 18+: Round Robin on Sunday and Monday with the playoffs to follow the completion of group play on Tuesday and continuing Wednesday.

Co-Ed: Round Robin on Sunday and Monday with playoffs to follow the completion of group play on Monday and continuing Tuesday.

Women’s 18+, Men’s 35+: Round Robin on Thursday and Friday with the playoffs to follow the completion of group play on Friday and continuing on Saturday.

Time Limits: All games one hour.

Exceptions: There will be no time limits for games leading to the medal round and medal round games. However, if after 5 innings, one team is 12 runs ahead the game will be called (this includes games leading to the medal round and medal round games).

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Ties: All games will be played out to determine a winner using the International tiebreaker rule. The last official out of the inning will be placed on second base. Refer to USSSA rulebook.

GENERAL SPORTS RULES for Slow Pitch Softball

Mat – The mat/home plate combination will be used to define strikes. If the ball lands on the mat or home plate the umpire will call a strike. The mat is not home plate. A scoring runner must touch home plate.

Foul Balls – A foul ball after two strikes is an out (see exception for Men’s Division).

Men’s Division – only:

When a batter comes to home plate to bat, prior to the first pitch, his count will be one ball and one strike.

Foul Balls: Two foul balls after the second strike is an out.

Courtesy runner [Men’s 35+, and Co-Ed only]: If a batter is unable to run the bases due to injury or infirmity, a courtesy runner is permitted. The courtesy runner will be a player on the same team as the batter who made the last out for that team. This substitute does not affect the playing status of the batter. In Co-Ed, the courtesy runner must be the same gender as the runner they replace. Only one (1) courtesy runner is allowed per team per inning.

Uniforms – All players shall wear similar color and style shirts with an Arabic number of contrasting color at least six (6) inches in height on the back. No players on the same team may wear identical numbers (Numbers 03 and 3 are examples of identical numbers.) Players without numbers will not be permitted to play.

Only rubber cleats are permitted. No metal cleats or spikes will be allowed. On fenced fields, five (5) over-the-fence home runs are allowed.

Protests will not be received or considered if they are based solely on a decision involving the accuracy of judgment on the part of an umpire.

Players, coaches, managers or other team members will not make disparaging or insulting remarks to or about opposing players, officials or spectators; or, commit other acts that could be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes behavior on and off the field at the venue site. The penalty for violations by a player is, at minimum, prompt ejection of the offender from the game. The offender must leave the field. Penalties may also include suspension from future Games. If a player is ejected from the last game of the tournament, the player may be suspended from future Games in the following year.

A MANDATORY MEETING WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE START OF THE TOURNAMENT. A coach or representative from each team must be present at this meeting. The Sport Coordinator and the Umpire-in-Chief for the tournament will discuss the tournament rules and answer any questions. It is recommended that all Assistant Coordinators attend this meeting.

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Captains will submit their signed team rosters at this time. No additional players may be added after this meeting.

AWARDS

A maximum of 147 sets of medals (1st through 3rd place) will be required. USPFCF will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.

ATTENTION COORDINATORS
THE GENERAL SPORTS RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.

YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.

PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT

The USPFCF Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFCF shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFCF Director.

The USPFCF Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.

PLEASE USE THE USPFCF DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.

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