PWSA Rules

 

 

ARTICLE FOUR

Tournament Rules

R4.01 Softball Canada Rules - The Softball Canada Rules shall be used in all Divisions except where they are amended, deleted or added to by the Operating Rules of the Association.

R4.02 Sign-in - All coaches, managers and players must complete the sign-in form provided by the Tournament Chairperson at all play-off tournaments. Players must be signed in and approved prior to competing in any games in the tournament. Failure to comply with the above will result in the offending player being ineligible to play in a game. If a game is in progress, the offending player shall be removed from the field at the time of discovery and will not be permitted to participate in the balance of the game. If the game is concluded, the result of the game shall stand if the player in question is registered on the Team Registration certificate. If the player does not appear on the Team Registration certificate, the game shall be ruled a forfeiture, and any game that player appeared in shall also be forfeited.

 

R4.03 Grace Period - Each team shall be given fifteen (15) minutes grace before a game can be called by the Association/Tournament Chairperson. Where a team fails to make an appearance after the allotted fifteen (15) minutes grace period, the game shall be declared a forfeiture.

Note: If a team has nine (9) players available to start a game at the scheduled time, the team does not have the option of fifteen (15) minutes grace. However, the Tournament Chairperson CAN make allowances for extenuating circumstances.

R4.04 Time Limits - In all divisions, play-off tournament games shall be seven (7) innings.

Exception: U10 Girls (Mite) where no inning shall begin after one hour and 30 minutes. U12 Girls (Squirt) where no inning shall begin after one hour and 45 minutes.

R4.05 Mercy Rule - In the U10 Girls (Mite) through U16 Girls (Bantam) Divisions, if any team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs at the end of three innings (two and a half if home team) or any inning thereafter; or if any team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs at the end of five innings (four and a half if home team) or any inning thereafter, the game will be terminated.

In the U18 Women (Midget) through Senior Divisions, if any team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs at the end of three innings (two and a half if home team) or any inning thereafter; or if any team is ahead by seven (7) or more runs at the end of five innings (four and a half if home team) or any inning thereafter, the game will be terminated.

In U10 Girls (Mite) and U12 Girls (Squirt) Divisions, if any team is ahead by twenty-five (25) or more runs after any complete inning (or half inning if home team) the game will be terminated. - 34 -

R4.06 Tie Breaker - In all Divisions, after seven (7) innings of regulation play, the Tie Breaker shall be used. In the U10 Girls (Mite) and U12 Girls (Squirt) Divisions, tournaments with time limits on games, the Tie Breaker shall be at the end of seven (7) innings or when the time limit is up.

Exception: In tournaments using pool play/round robin format, ties after 7 innings shall stand. At the completion of the round robin/pool play portion of such tournaments the Association Tie Breaker shall be:

(1) Winner of games between the tied teams.

(2) Difference plus or minus of total runs scored with the limit of seven (7) plus or minus per game. Full innings only may be used.

(3) Least runs allowed.

(4) Most runs scored.

R4.07 Ball Size, Pitching Distance, Base Distance - Pitching Distances, Base Distances and Ball Sizes shall be as follows:

Ball Pitching Bases

Size

Masters Women 12" 43' 60'

Senior Women 12" 43' 60'

Intermediate Women 12" 43' 60'

U21 Women (Junior) 12" 43' 60'

U18 Women (Midget) 12" 43' 60'

U16 Girls (Bantam) 12" 40' 60'

U14 Girls (Novice) 12" 38' 60'

U12 Girls (Squirt) 11" 35' 55'

U10 Girls (Mite) 11" 30' 45'

The official ball to be used in all Association tournaments shall be decided by the Board of Directors and announced annually to the membership at the Annual General meeting.

Exception: Tournaments that lead to Canadians or Eastern Canadians where the Softball Canada approved ball will be used.

R4.08 Protective Gear - Helmets are compulsory for all players while on deck, at bat and while running the bases in all Divisions and shall be of an accepted make and design, complete with ear lugs. Each participating team shall carry a minimum of five (5) helmets. In the U10 Girls (Mite), U12 Girls (Squirt) and U14 Girls (Novice) Divisions, batters and base runners must have chin straps on the helmet which shall be worn properly under the chin.

Approved protective cages on batting helmets are mandatory for U10 Girls (Mite) through U18 Women (Midget) Divisions.

Catcher's mask, throat protector and helmets must be worn properly by anyone warming up pitchers.

Players must wear mask, throat protector and helmet while warming up a pitcher anywhere on or near the playing field.

The Umpire/Association personnel in charge shall issue one warning to a team Coach or - 35 - team Manager not following this safety rule, and thereafter anyone found warming up a pitcher without a mask, helmet and throat protector shall mean the removal of the Coach or Manager from the game.

R4.09 Spikes - Players in the U10 Girls (Mite), U12 Girls (Squirt), U14 Girls (Novice), and U16 Girls (Bantam) divisions shall not wear metal spikes.

R4.10 Double Base - The Double Base shall be used in all play-off tournaments.

R4.11 Mite Conferences - The defensive conference rule shall be waived in the U10 Girls (Mite) Division.

R4.12 Designated/Flex Player - The designated/flex player (DP/Flex) is allowed in all divisions. Exception: U10 Mite, U12 Squirt.

R4.13 Dropped Third Strike - In all divisions, "excluding U10 Girls (Mite)", the dropped third strike rule is in effect.

R4.14 U10 Girls (Mite) and U12 Girls (Squirt) Divisions - All players MUST bat and unlimited defensive substitutions will be allowed. Players requiring a courtesy runner must be announced before the game begins unless an injury occurs during the game. A pitcher and a catcher may play only 3 innings per game in each of those positions in the U10 Girls (Mite) Division. NOTE: For interpretation purposes of this rule, an inning is defined as one pitch.

U10 Girls (Mite) Division - A runner who has reached 3rd base may not advance home on a wild pitch or passed ball and cannot steal home during or after a pitch to the batter.

Exception: U12 (Squirt) Division- Stealing is allowed in the U12 –Squirt Girls Division.

R4.15 Coaches/Managers Uniform- All team coaching personnel, including the Manager, shall wear a team uniform shirt.

R4.16 Coaches Control - Failure to control the behaviour of the teams, players, coaches, manager and family members (including extended family) will result in the game being delayed until the offending party has been removed from the diamond area.

Effect: Failure to control the offending party will result in the game being forfeited.

R4.17 Completion of Game – Teams will immediately leave the playing field and the dugout after a game is completed.