Tournament Rules

1. All coaches must submit a completed player rating form and names for awards prior to the beginning of the tournament.
2. The umpire will designate on official scorekeeper at every game, and in the event of a discrepancy, the record of that scorekeeper will be considered the official record. The official scorekeeper is also responsible for recording the time each game starts and when 90 minutes has passed (umpire shall call time following first pitch and ask scorekeeper to note start time).
3. The official scorekeeper is responsible for reporting the final score to an official at the concession stand so it can be recorded on the board.
4. No player may be sat for more than three innings except for reason of injury.
5. Any appeals must be made to the umpire(s) before they have left the field at the end of the game.
6. Rule 14.3 of Sechelt Minor Softball, known as the 6 run rule, will not be in effect.  There will be no limit on the number of runs a team can get during any inning.  A “mercy rule” will come into effect if one team is ahead by 15 runs after 3 complete innings have been played (or any subsequent complete inning or during home team at bat). For recording game results, the run differential shall be capped at 7 runs (therefore the best a team can record on board is 2pts for win, +7 runs).
7. All players must be in regulation uniform (jersey and team hat) in order to play, and jerseys that have been modified (such as sleeves torn off), will not be considered regulation jerseys.
8. A team may play with a minimum of 8 players, with the 9th (non-existent) batter registering as an automatic out.
9. Teams may use pick-ups from one division younger as per regular season rules. Pick-ups are not to be played in lieu of regular team members who are present and eligible to play (i.e. there are 9 or more regular team members).  Rule 19 states that a pick-up player cannot pitch or catch and must appear at the bottom of the batting order.
10. All team banners must be prominently displayed.
11. If league officials are not available to set bases at the start of games or re-set bases between games by different divisions, coaches of both teams are expected to work cooperatively to assist in setting out bases and pitching rubbers as necessary.
12. No new innings will be started after 90 minutes of play, during Round Robin play. There is no time limit on semi-final and final games.
13. During Round Robin play, 2 points will be awarded for a win, 0 points for a loss, and 1 point for a tie.
14. In Round Robin play, Home Teams should take their last bat, even if they are winning, as runs for and against are used in the event of a tie in points at the end of Round Robin play (if home team goes ahead by 7 runs, the game will end as the maximum +7 runs will have been attained)
15. There will be no tie games during semi-final and final games, and in the event of a tie, the team at bat will start with the last batter out from the previous inning on second base. (International tie-breaker rule)
16. At the end of round Robin play, the four teams with the most points will advance. In the event of a tie, a winner will be decided by 1) games for and against in games between tied teams, 2) runs for and against in games between tied teams, 3) runs for and against in all games played, 4) coin toss for two teams or random draw for three teams.
17. Equipment bags are to be turned in at the equipment locker (6716 Norwest Bay Road (top driveway) during the week following the tournament).  Equipment Manager may have specific return times- See schedule for appropriate return date.  Please clean out your equipment bag and advise what needs to be replaced for next season. Please tell your players to bring an extra shirt and collect all jerseys from your players after your last tournament game and hand them in at the field.  Jerseys that are not handed in will be considered lost and deposit cheques cashed.
18. Sportsmanlike behaviour is expected from all team members, and team members can be ejected from the game for un-sportsmanlike behaviour.
19. Home team will be determined by coin toss.  (Double coin toss: Ump assigns one team Heads, other Tales- tosses coin; Winner of first toss will call second toss in the air.  Winner of second toss can choose home (field first), or away (bat first).
20. At the end of each game, each team will select a game MVP from the other team.  A player can only be selected once during the tournament, except in the final game, a player can be chosen even if already chosen as MVP during the tournament.  Players are to line up along 1st and 3rd base lines, and coaches will present the MVP award to the player from the opposing team.
21. Unless otherwise stated above, Sechelt Minor Softball league rules apply.