Tournament Rules

 

Hardhitters Softball Rules Apply

No New Inning Starts After 60 Minutes

 

1. Pitching Arc 5’ To 10’ From The Ground

2. Batting Rule, 3 Balls, 2 Strikes With Extra Foul Ball

3. Pitching Rule, Floating Rubber, The Pitcher May Pitch From The Pitching Plate Or From The Pitching Area, An Area The Width Of The Pitching Plate And Up To 6’ Behind The Pitcher’s Plate.  Pitcher Can Fake The Ball, Pitcher Has 5 Seconds To Pitch The Ball.

4. A Player Can Play Only On One (1) Team In The Tournament

5. All Games Will Be 7 Innings, Time Limit, Or Run Rule, Five (5) Innings: Ten (10) Runs Ahead, Four (4) Innings: Fifteen (15) Runs Ahead, Three (3) Innings: Twenty (20) Runs Ahead

Flip/Flop Rule—All Programs: In The Inning When The Run Rule For That Particular Program Is Exceeded And The Home Team Is Losing, The Home Team Will Remain At Bat And Become The Visiting Team. If The Team (New Visiting Team) Does Not Score Enough Runs To Reduce The Run Difference Below The Run Rule, The Game Is Over. If They Reduce The Run Difference To Below The Run Rule Then The New Home Team Will Bat. If They Subsequently Score Enough Runs To Exceed The Run Rule, The Game Will Be Over; If They Do Not, The Game Will Continue Under That Format. If The Situation Reverses, The Teams Would Flip/Flop Again.

6. No Metal, Hard Plastic Or Polyurethane Spikes Similar To Metal Sole And Heel Plate, Or Shoes With Detachable Cleats Are Allowed During Tournament/Playoff/League Play. Only One Piece Molded Cleats Will Be Allowed.

7. Any Team May Start A Game With 9 Players, All Vacant Spots In Lineup Will Be Declared An Out Every Time That Position Is Due To Bat

8. Coed Play, Teams May Start With 10 or 12 Players, Same Short-Handed Rule Applies

9. One Courtesy Runner Per Inning. When A Courtesy Runner Is Used, (The Last Out, Same Gender) Player Of The Same Inning Is The Runner. When There Are No Outs It Is The Player Who Batted In Front Of The Injured Runner, Etc

10. Home Run Rule:      Rec: One (1) Over The Fence Home Runs Allowed

                                    Comp: Three (3) Over The Fence Home Runs Allowed

                                    Open: Three (3) Over The Fence Home Runs Allowed

11. Defense Assisted Home Runs Are Four (4) Base Awards And Do Not Count Towards Home Run Limit

12. Players Do Not Have To Run Bases On Home Runs

13. Any Ball Hit Over The Fence In Excess Of The Home Run Limit Will Be A DBO.

14. Extreme Profanity May Result In Player Ejection And/Or Forfeit Of The Game

15. Extra Inning Games, The Player That Bats Last In The Previous Inning Will Be Placed On Second Base For The Start Of The Inning. The Game Will Then Proceed Under The Normal Rules Governing The Tournament. If The Last Batter Of The Previous Inning Is Unable To Take A Position On Second Base, He/She Will Be Done For The Remainder Of The Game And The Next To Last Batter Will Be Placed On Second Base. If A Team Has A Member On Its Roster That Has Not Played In The Game In Progress, A Substitution May Be Made. Each Team Will Be Allowed Three Outs Each Time At Bat.

16. Tie Breakers            A: Head To Head Competition

                                    B: Total Run Differential (Common Opponents) Forfeits Will Be Recorded As 7-0

                                    C: Total Run Differential (All Opponents) Forfeits Will Be Recorded As 7-0.

                                    D: Runs Allowed

                                    E: Total Runs Scored

                                    F: Coin Flip

                                                                                           

Softball Players Code Of Conduct

 

Player Is Defined As A Player; Coach, Manager, Sponsor Or Anyone Affiliated With The Team. The Players Code Of Conduct Applies Before, During And After The Game.

 

1.       No Player Shall: At Any Time Lay A Hand Upon, Push, Shove, Strike Or Threaten To Strike An Official. Penalty: Officials Or Field Supervisor Will Remove Player From The Game.  Player Will Automatically Be Suspended For One Year.  If The Official Is Struck In Any Fashion, The Player Will Draw A Lifetime Suspension.

2.       No Player Shall: Refuse To Abide By An Official's Decision.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Suspend Players From Further Play And Report Such Player To The Operations Manager.  Such Player Shall Remain Suspended Until His/Her Case Has Been Considered.

3.       No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Objectionable Demonstrations Of Dissent At An Official's Decision By Throwing Of Gloves, Bats, Balls, Or Any Other Forceful Action.  Penalty: The Degree Of Infraction Of This Tenet Of Good Sportsmanship Shall, In The Official's Judgment, Draw A Minimum Penalty Of A Warning Or A Maximum Penalty Of Being Removed From The Game.

4.       No Player Shall: Discuss With An Official In Any Manner The Decision Reached By Such Official Except The Manager Or Captain.  Penalty: The Degree Of Infraction Of This Tenet Of Good Sportsmanship Shall, In The Official's Judgment, Draw A Minimum Penalty Of Warning Or A Maximum Penalty Of Being Removed From The Game.

5.       No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Using Unnecessarily Rough Tactics In The Play Of A Game Against The Body And Person Of An Opposing Player.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Suspend Players From Further Play And Report Such Player To The Operations Manager.  Such Player Shall Remain Suspended Until His/Her Case Has Been Considered.

6.       No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Physical Attack As An Aggressor Upon Any Player, Official Or Spectator.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Suspend Player From Further Play. Player Will Automatically Be Suspended For One Year.

7.       No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of An Abusive Verbal Attack Upon A Player, Official, Spectator Or Agent Associated With Hardhitters Softball.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Suspend Player From Further Play And Report Such Player To The Operations Manager.  Such Player Will Remain Suspended Until His/Her Case Has Been Considered.

8.       No Player Shall: Use Profane, Obscene Or Vulgar Language In Any Manner Or At Any Time.  Penalty: Zero Tolerance The Degree Of Infraction Of This Tenet Of Good Sportsmanship Shall, In The Official's Judgment, Be Removal From The Game. Infractions Shall Be Reported To The Operations Manager.

9.       No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Gambling Upon Any Play Or The Outcome Of The Game With Any Spectator, Player Or Opponent.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Report Violations Of This Rule To The Operations Manager.

10.   No Player Shall: Appear Upon The Field Of Play At Any Time In An Intoxicated Condition, This Includes The Dugout.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Suspend Player From Play And Report It To The Operations Manager For Further Consideration.

11.   No Player Shall: Smoke While On Or Coming Off The Field Of Play Or While On The Field Of Play, This Includes The Dugout.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Warn Players Guilty Of Infractions Of This Rule. Failure Of Such Players To Comply Will Result In Removal From The Game.

12.   No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Discussing Publicly With Spectators In A Derogatory Or Abusive Manner, Any Play, Decision, Or His/Her Personal Opinion Of Other Players During The Game.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Warn Players Guilty Of Infractions Of This Rule.  Failure Of Such Players To Comply Will Result In Removal From The Game.

13.   No Player Shall: Be Guilty Of Intentionally Throwing The Bat.  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Immediately Remove Player From The Game.

14.   No Player Shall: Hit A Ball Against The Fencing Around The Park (I.E. Batting Practice).  Penalty: Officials Are Required To Warn Violators And If Violation Continues, Officials Will Eject Offender(S).