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TOURNAMENT RULES

Player and Team Registration/Ratings

  • All players must register by signing the PAC CUP team rosters to participate in any games.
    • Any team found to have a player who has not signed their teams roster will be subject to forfeiture of the game in which that player participated.
  • All players must sign the SOFTBALL CITY waiver for to participate in any games.
  • A photo id must be shown when signing and witnessed by a PAC CUP tournament representative.
  • No player is allowed to be on more than one team roster.
  • No player is allowed to be on two or more teams/rosters in the PAC CUP Tournament.
  • Players will not be allowed to switch to another team’s roster, even if the player’s team has been eliminated from the PAC CUP tournament.
  • All teams must have a team rating of a maximum of 95 using the highest 10 player rankings on the roster and NO player rated over 10 is allowed to participate in the PAC CUP tournament.

Tournament Play

  • All teams are guaranteed 4 games (2 pool play games, 2 bracket play games) unless forfeit rules apply.
  • Saturday games will commence at 9:00 am.
  • Sunday games will commence at 9:00 am.
  • Bracket play consists of double elimination with win/loss records from pool play determining seeding for bracket play.
    • 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss
  • The teams with identical win/loss records will be seeded in the following order:
    • Head to Head Completion
    • Most Runs Scored
    • Least Run Allowed
    • Coin Flip
  • No new inning will begin after 55 minutes except for the championship or IF game.
    •  There is no time limit for the championship or the IF game and will go duration of 7 innings unless forfeit rule applies.
  • Pool games may end in a tie.
  • Double elimination games must have a winner.
    • If the score is tied after the completion of 7 innings of play, or time has expired, the international tie-breaker rule will apply. At the beginning of each half-inning, the last batter from previous inning shall be placed on 2nd base, and the game shall continue until the tie is broken. The courtesy runner rule MAY be applied in an international tie breaker situation.
  • Every score must be verified and submitted to the tournament committee by the umpire after the game with signatures from both team managers.
  • The mercy run rule for the tournament will be 20/15/10 after 3/4/5.
  • Umpires will begin the game clock at the conclusion of the pre-game meeting.
  • Game time is forfeit time. Any forfeit will result in a 7 – 0 score.
    • Game time is when the umpire starts the clock.
  • No infield practice permitted on any diamond.

Home Team Determination and Responsibilities

  • There will be a double flip to determine the home team.
  • The home team is the official scorekeeper (unless supplied by the tournament).
    • The visiting team is encouraged to confirm with the home team and the umpire every half inning.

Uniforms & Bats

  • Uniform shirts must be LIKE colored and have a number visible to the umpire.
  • NO players on the same team may wear identical numbers.
  • All bats shall be ASA and USSSA approved, and compliant with ASA and USSSA standards. (see reference guide on last page)
  • Umpires will inspect all the bats before the game. Please have them on the diamond lined-up prior to game commencing.
  • NO jewelry shall be worn by players except for medical bracelets. Umpires MAY request removal.
  • NO metal cleats shall be worn by any player, manager, or coach.

PAC CUP Rules

  • All play begins with 1 - 1 count with one courtesy foul awarded after the second strike called during each at bat.
  • The pitch arc height will be 6’ – 12’ from the ground.
  • Courtesy runners are permitted. One courtesy runner per inning is allowed. Any eligible player on the official line-up including substitutes may be used as a courtesy runner.
    • If a courtesy runner is on base when it’s their turn at-bat, an out will be accessed to that position in the line-up, the player removed from that base, and then take their turn at bat unless the out is the 3rd out. The player will then start the next inning at bat if applicable.
  • Players must slide or peel off on potential tag plays.
  • Safety bag will be in effect at first base. Players must touch home plate.
  • All base lines are 65 feet as per SPN standards and the pitching rubber is set at 50 feet from the home plate.
  • There are NO over the fence home runs allowed in the tournament and will end in an inning out. NO runners may score on said home run over the fence.

Line-Ups & Substitutions

  • Team Coaches or Managers must exchange line-ups with the umpire and each other prior to the start of each game.
  • Line-ups must include the all players’ FIRST and LAST names and substitutes’ jersey numbers.
  • Substitutes must be listed at the start of the game to be eligible to enter that game.
  • Eight (8) players are needed to start and continue with the game.
    • If a team starts with less than 10 players, the team must list the vacant position(s) after the last available batter.
    • When the vacant spot comes to bat, it will be recorded as an out.
    • Once an additional player becomes available after the start of the game, he/she is entered immediately into the vacant position(s) and must be LISTED as a substitute on the line-up card to do so.
    • Player(s) may be added any time to bring the game roster to 10.
    • NO EXTRA HITTER may be added once a game has started.
  • Teams may have an unlimited batting line‐up but can only utilize a 10‐player defense.
  • A team beginning a game with more than 11 players in the batting lineup may remove any player(s) from their line-up without penalty of an out as long as at least 11 players remain in the line-up.
  • If a player is removed from the line‐up and no substitutes are available, that batting position will be left vacant and teams will be assessed an out every time that position is up to bat.
  • Starters and substitutes can re-enter a game once during any game. They must always re-enter at the same place in the batting line up when they entered the game. Once they are removed from the game for the 2nd time they cannot re-enter the game again.
    • If an attempt to re-enter a player is made more than once, an out will be recorded if appealed by the opposing team.
    • The appeal can only be made after the next batter has started play.
    • If the player is ruled to have been illegally substituted, the player is ejected from the game.
    • If a player is ruled re-entered into the game at a different place in the line-up, an out will be recorded if appealed by the opposing team.
    • The appeal must take place before the next batter starts play.
    • The player will also be ejected from the game.
  • If a player is removed from the line‐up and no substitutes are available, that batting position will be left vacant and teams will be assessed an out every time that position is up to bat.

Ejections

  • If any participant (player, coach and/or team manager) is ejected from any game shall automatically leave the vicinity of the field (i.e. cannot be in the dugout, stands, or the softball complex). If he/she fails to do this or continuously disrupts the game, the umpire MAY call the game and the other team will be awarded the win under the penalty of forfeit.
  • Any participant (player, coach and/or manager) whom, in the judgment of the umpire, intentionally puts another participant at risk of harm will be ejected from the game, plus the next game on which the participant’s respective team plays.
    • The coach and/or manager are the only participants that may appeal to the umpire for a ruling on whether an action leading to ejection constitutes intentional harm.
  • Any participant (player, coach and/or manager) that has a second violation for intentional harm during the tournament, as determined by an umpire, shall be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament.

Code of Conduct

  • The PAC CUP commissioner or acting commissioner may extend any ejection as he/she determines appropriate based upon the severity of the player(s) behavior(s) or risk to other individuals and the reputation of the PAC CUP tournament.

Protests

Rule Interpretation Protests

  • There is no protest cost associated for rule interpretations.
  • A protest regarding rule interpretation must be filed with the game umpire at the time of the ruling comes into question and must be made before the next play. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Once a rule protest begins, the game clock will be paused, and the game will continue once the protest is resolved.
  • The Umpire in Charge (UIC) along with a member of the protest committee will resolve all rule interpretation protest(s).
  • All decisions are FINAL.
  • Judgment calls cannot be protested which includes but not limited to batting calls, such as balls, strikes, and fouls, tagged or forced outs from running bases, pitching calls such as illegal pitching heights and releases.

Player Eligibility Protests (Including player ratings)

  • A protest can only be filed by the opposing team manager on record or their proxy, named to the PAC CUP tournament committee prior to the start of the PAC CUP tournament.
    • A protest must be filed prior to the completion of the game in question.
    • The completion of the game is considered completed once the umpire has called the game.
    • A player rating protest will NOT be heard in the championship or IF game.
    • All information must be filled in correctly on the protest document including but not limited to the specific player and the question(s) that are being protested.
    • Only one player may be allowed to be protested per protest (i.e. if protesting 2 players, each would have a separate protest filed).
    • The protest can be considered invalid if all information is not provided.
    • The protestor must notify the umpire when you are ready to submit your protest.
    • The umpire will stop the game clock and will contact a tournament representative.
    • The game clock will commence again once the protest is ACCEPTED by a member of the tournament committee.
    • The protested team will be notified at the time that an official protest has been granted by the member of the tournament committee.

Protest Fees

  • All protest fees are payable at the time of protest and must be paid in cash.
    • Pool play- $80 to file the protest, $20 per rating question being protested.
    • Double elimination- $120 to file the protest, $40 per ratings question being protested.
    • They MUST be paid in cash.
    • See below for 2 examples of money to file for protests and refunds.

Examples

Pool Games: 

  • If two questions are being protested:
    • The cost: $40 for both questions ($20 each question)
    • The cost to file the protest: $80
    • Total cost of protest: $120. 
  • If one question was upheld, the protesting team will be refunded $20. The $100 would not be refunded because only one question was upheld.
  • If two questions were upheld, the $120 would be refunded.

Double Elimination Games:

  • If two questions are being protested:
    • The cost: $80 for both questions ($40 each question)
    • The cost to file the protest: $120
    • Total cost of protest: $200. 
  • If one question was upheld, the protesting team will be refunded $40. The $160 would not be refunded because only one question was upheld.

If two questions were upheld, the $200 would be refunded.

Protest Hearings

  • Protests during pool play games will be heard immediately after all pool play games have concluded, and prior to the seeding of bracket play. Each protestor and protested teams must be available for further clarification if needed.
  • Protests during bracket play games will be heard immediately after the game in question, and the result of the protest will be immediately applied.
  • A player rating protest will NOT be heard in the championship or IF game.

Results of Protests

  • If the outcome of a player eligibility protest results in that players’ ratings exceeding 10, the game will be declared a forfeit, the player removed from further participation in the PAC CUP, and the game scored as a 7-0 loss of the protested team.
  • If the outcome of a player eligibility protest does not result in that players rating exceeding 10, but results in the teams rating exceeding 95, the game will be declared a forfeit, and be scored as a 7 – 0 loss of the protested team.
    • In this case, the team will be allowed to continue to play in the PAC CUP unless it’s their 2nd loss in bracket play, and the protested player exceeding the team rating of 95 is dropped from the roster.

Quick Bats Reference

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