Join us for the 1st Annual Watchguard Video CO-ED Softball Tournament hosted by the Allen Police Department and benefiting Special Olympics Texas!
Team Registration $350
Tournament rules will be as follows
*Please read the highlighted areas.
1A. Athletic shoes are required. Metal cleats are not allowed.
1B. Players may wear protective equipment providing it does not offer the wearer an
unfair performance advantage.
1C. Each team shall furnish all team equipment
necessary for each game.
1D Game balls will be provided. Teams will be responsible for retrieving home
run and foul balls.
2A. Games will be officiated by one umpire. The Championship game will consist of a field judge and an umpire.
2B. Umpires have jurisdiction over play on the field. Tournament director will have final say on all rule or bracket discrepancies.
III. LINE-UPS / GAME TIME
3A. The team listed on the top of the bracket is designated the home team and will occupy the 1st base bench.
3B. Line-ups: Teams must field at least eight players and no more than twelve with a minimum of 3 female players. If a team fields only eight players with only two females, they will be required to take an out every time the 3rd
female batter is due up.
3C. Batting Order: Teams must field at least eight (8) players and no more than twelve (12). Everyone present at the game may bat as long as no more than 2 males bat in a row (i.e. 2 males, 1 female, 2 males, 1 female, etc. or vice versa). If a team’s line-up is reduced due to injury, there is no penalty as long as the batting order rule is still followed. However, if the injury breaks the 2 in a row rule, the team must take an out for the missing player each time that position comes up in the batting order. If a team’s line-up is reduced for any reason other than injury, the team must take an out each time that position comes up in the batting order (if no legal subs are available).
3D. All team players must bat in the same order each time through the line-up.
Males taking turns in the line-up must hit in the same spot in the line-up and cannot later substitute for other males.
3E. A team having eight (8) players present at game time prior to the first pitch must begin play immediately or the umpire, after a two-minute fair warning, will forfeit the game. Teams may start with 8 players (minimum 3 females) without charged out penalties for missing players. Teams having 8 players with only 2 females can still play but must take an out for the missing 3rd female.
The game time will be indicated on the bracket. Games will be six innings or a drop time of 50
minutes playing time. The umpires watch shall be the official time. Teams may ask the umpire the start time.
If both captains agree, game may be started before scheduled game time.
3G. Mercy Rule: If five (5) innings have been played/completed and one team is leading by ten (10) runs or more, the game shall be called; also 15 runs after 4 innings, and 20 runs after 3 innings.
3H. A team failing to place at least eight (8) eligible players on the field at game time will forfeit the game. Late players may enter the game at the bottom of the line-up as long as batting order rules are still followed.
3I. All batters shall assume a two-ball, one-strike count when beginning their at-bat.
IV. Defensive Positions
4A. Males and females do not have to alternate defensively in the infield, outfield, or at pitcher/catcher. However, there must be at least one (1) female in the outfield and at least one (1) female in the infield (pitcher and catcher count as infield in regards to this rule).
4B. All infielders must remain in the infield and all outfielders must remain in the outfield until the ball is hit.
5A. A female may only substitute for a female in the batting order, a male for a male.
5B. Teams may substitute freely on defense each inning.
VI. Regulation Games
6A. Regulation games last 6 full innings or 50 minutes drop time whichever comes first.
6B. In the event of a tie score at the end of the 6th inning or 50 minutes (whichever comes first), extra full innings shall commence until a winner is determined. In the event a game goes into extra innings, each team will begin their half inning with bases loaded. These runners must be the last three persons who batted in the prior inning. The batter will begin each count with a 2-2 count
7A. Runners must stay within the base line. Fielders must stay out of the base line. Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline. Runners hindered by any fielder within the base line shall be safe at the base to which they were running.
7B. Leading off base and stealing are not allowed. A runner off of his/her base when the ball is pitched is out.
7C. In the case of a batter hitting an over-the-fence home run, drawing a walk, or advancing freely on a teammates over-the-fence home run or walk, all bases must be touched in order. If not, the opposing team may appeal to the umpire that the player missed a base and the player will be declared out. If that player scored on the play, that players run will not count. If that is the third out of the inning, all other runs scored by players touching all bases in order will still count.
7D. No blocking the plate (runner gets priority)
8A. A foul counts as a strike.
8B. A foul on the third strike is an out. No courtesy foul.
9A. A count of three outs by a team completes the teams half of the inning.
9B. An out is:
X. Ball in Play
- A runner tagged by the ball in fielders hand or glove at ANY time while not on base;
- Any batted ball (fair or foul) that is caught;
- A fielder catching the ball with their foot on the base to which a runner is forced to run.
- A runner off of his/her base when the ball is pitched.
- A ball hit when the batter steps out of the batters box.
- An intentionally bunted ball.
- Any homerun over the 2 allotted homeruns per game.
10A. Ball is in play until the umpire declares the play is dead and will call time.
XI. Designated Runner/Player Positions
11A. In cases of injury or illness, a time-out may be requested for participant removal and replacement with a substitute of the same sex. If the participant later returns to play, the participant must be inserted in the same batting order position previously held.
11B. If a player is ejected, injured, or becomes ill and cannot continue, and a substitute is not available, the lineup will continue in the same formation, less the removed player
11C. The pitcher may be replaced on the mound once per inning.
11D. There is no courtesy runner. A player CANNOT remain in the line-up and get a courtesy runner every time they reach base.
12A. Forfeits: Using illegal players and or not enough players. Participants are only allowed to play and appear on one team roster
13A. All park and facility rules must be followed.
Any and all other rules not listed here-within will be ASA playing rules.