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                          Welcome to the Fall Tournaments
                                       2019 Season
 
              
                        Announcements 
 
 
 
 

                                 2018 Rule changes                                                                                                                                                                       In an effort to improve the flow of the game and align with current trends of the sport, this change will allow intentional walks.  The rule can be found in the online rules:                                                                                   Rule 4.Sec.19. Intentional Walk:  The coach or catcher of the defensive team can make a request to the umpire for the batter to be intentionally walked to first base. Results in a dead ball.
 
                                                                                           
 
                                                                                         
Goals for creating a safe and fair competitive environment that results in a very family friendly atmosphere: Coaches and parents need to understand that there is a protocol in place for everything that happens on a softball field. Good sportsmanship needs to be modeled by coaching staff and fans. If an issue presents itself during a game, the most important priority is parents need to stay calm and let the coach sort everything out with the umpire(s). Unruly fans will result in the head coach being restricted to the dugout.  If unruly fan behavior continues, the head coach and the unruly fan(s) will be ejected from the park. If an umpire makes a mistake and it can be fixed (this does not include judgment calls), then we want to get it right. Coaches are intelligent and students of the game, umpires want to get it right. Fans need to let the coach respectfully approach the umpire, make the inquiry, get clarification on the ruling and move on with the game. If the umpire believes he needs help, he can call for the UIC and get a ruling. Umpires, parents, fans, and coaches all need to rebound quickly and be strong role models in front of all the children. 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                
 
2017 Rule changes

1) All teams may bat up to 12 batters in Pool Play and Tournament Play. A coach may use up to 3 Additional Players and or DP Flex or none. 8U may use up to 2 additional players, but cannot use DP Flex rule.  The Flex player must be listed in the last slot of the line up with Flex label beside player's name and number. DP player must have DP label beside their name and number on the presented line up.
 
 
                                                                                Rule 6. Players and Substitutes
Sec. 3. A team may use (3)Three Additional Players in the line up for POOL PLAY AND ELIMINATION PLAY.  The additional player(s) will be placed in the line up in the batting position she is to occupy. She can also be used on defense (only 9 defensive players in the field) but, must keep the same position in the batting order. The additional player if used must be selected prior to the start of the game, and her number must be included on the lineup card presented to the umpire. Failure to declare the use of the additional player(s) prior to the game precludes the use of an additional player(s) in that game. If a pinch-hitter or pinch runner is used, that player becomes the new additional player. The player who was the original additional player may re-enter like any other player under the re-entry rule. If the additional player is used, the position must be used the entire game. If an additional player must leave the game apply Sec. 2.

                             
 
                                            A reminder of the 8U game time rule:
 
RULE 15. 6U AND 8U RULES

A. The game will consist of 5 innings or 55 minutes on the clock, finish the inning for pool play and tournament bracket play, with a (Run Rule) being declared if a team is ahead by 12 runs after 3 innings two and a half innings  if the home team is ahead, or 10 runs after 4 innings three and a half innings if the home team is ahead...
...F. Each position in the batting order will be at bat a maximum of once per inning, the end of an inning will be declared when either 3 outs are made or all batters have batted one time which ever comes first.  (No more than twelve (12) batters per inning with no one batting twice.) It is not an advantage to have more than 10 batters. 


 
 
 
 
__National UIC
 
2018 National UIC
Tony Patterson 
info@usgfp.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
__Rule Changes and Amendments in effect
 
Aug 1, 2016
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Rule 6. Sec. 2. If a team begins to play with the normal allowed number of players, that team may continue a game with one less player except in the case of player ejection. If a player has to leave the game with an injury the team may continue a game with one less player until that player is ready to re-enter the game. If the player leaving the game has successfully become a runner and the team does not have a legal substitute, then the last batted out may be entered as a runner in the place of the injured runner.  The new runner will remain in that player position until either she becomes out, crosses home plate, or the inning is completed. When the player who has left the game is scheduled to bat an out will be declared for each turn at bat until she is ready to return to the game. 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Rule 12. Sec. 2. Q. No artificial noisemakers are allowed.                                                                              
   
 
 
                                            
 
 
 
 
 
 
__Rule Changes and Amendments in effect
 
Jan 1, 2016
                                                                                                     
6-8U divisions - In the case of a tie we will be using standard International Tie-Breaking Rules." In the past, our rule has been applied as "last batted out(runner) placed on third base with 2 outs." It will now be applied as "last batted out(runner) placed on 2nd base with no outs."
 
Name Over Number - A players name will be taken over the number to identify a player in the lineup. If there is a mistake in the number listed on the lineup. It will be corrected and a warning will be issued. Read further in rules for the second offense.
 
 
__Seeding Brackets
 
USGF seeding rules have been amended to wins/losses, head-to-head, 
runs allowed, runs earned, the flip of a coin.

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The 2019 Season begins on August 1, 2018.  That means all players must play in the age group they are required to play in for the entire 2019 season.


A player who turns 9 on or before January 1, 2019, must play 10U as of August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019

A player who turns 11 on or before January 1, 2019, must play 12U as of August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019

A player who turns 13 on or before January 1, 2019, must play 14U as of August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019

A player who turns 15 on or before January 1, 2019, must play 16U as of August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019

A player who turns 17 on or before January 1, 2019, must play 18U as of August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019

A player who turns 19 on or before January 1, 2019, is no longer eligible to play in youth fastpitch


2019 sanctioning can be done on or after August 1, 2018.



  
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