2016 Show-Me Showdown
12. Approved Bats: All bats must be approved by the American Softball Association. The ASA bat label must be visible/readable. NO EXCEPTIONS. Umpires may check bats prior to each game.
13. Uniforms: Teams are not required to have alike-colored uniforms. However, an Arabic whole number (0-99) of contrasting color, at least 6 inches high must be worn and visible on the back of all uniform shirts. No players on the same team may wear identical numbers (Numbers 0 and 00 or 3 and 03 are examples of identical numbers.). Players without numbers will not be permitted to play.
14. Line-ups: Teams will exchange line-ups at the beginning of each game. Line-ups need to include playerÃ¢??s name and jersey number and anyone they may wish to substitute into that game. If a player was not listed on the line-up as a substitute at the beginning of the game they will not be eligible to enter that game. Umpires may collect a copy of your lineup prior to game time.
15. Base Stealing and Bases: Base stealing is not allowed. The ASA double bag rule is in effect when applicable: defensive players must use the inside bag at 1st base, offensive players must use the outer bag if not continuing to second base. In the event of a wild throw to 1st, both bags are open to both players.
16. Strike Count / Pitch Height: All games will begin with a 1/1 count, one courtesy foul ball to give. The pitch height will be between 6 feet and 12 feet.
17. Game Time Limits: Pool Play: 50 minutes. No new inning will begin after 45 minutes. No tiebreakers, all ties will stand.
Bracket Play: 50 minutes; No new inning will begin after time is called.
Championship Games carry no time limit. Full seven innings will be played. International Tie breaker rules apply to break a tie.
18. Tournament Divisions: All players must be rated. The top ten player ratings will be added together to give the team rating.
Ã?Â· D Division All teams rated 0-95. No players rated over 10 allowed on a D division team.
Ã?Â· C Division All teams rated 96-135. No players rated over 14 allowed on a C division team.
Ã?Â· B Division All teams rated 136-185. No players rated over 19 allowed on a B division team.
19. Protests: There are two kinds of protests that will be allowed.
19.a: Player Eligibility: Only opposing teams can file a protest for a PlayerÃ¢??s Eligibility or Rating and must do so prior to the end of the game. The protest must be filed with the game umpire and needs to include, the correct amount of money needed to protest, the specific player (or players) being protested, and for rating protests include the specific question(s) being protested. Note: The protest card provided by the tournament MUST be filled out correctly, legibly and in full. The cost to file a protest is $150 and $25 per question. No protests will be accepted during trophy games. If any aspect of the protest is upheld the total fees will be returned to the protesting team. All protests will be heard by the Tournament Director and his/her decision will be final. The Director may form a Protest Committee to hear protests.
If a player is successfully protested but their revised rating does not exceed the limit for their division and their revised team rating is still below their divisional limit, the team and player will both be allowed to continue. The result of the protested game will stand. If a player is successfully protested and that player's revised rating exceeds the limit for their division but their revised team rating is still below the divisional limit, the team will be assessed a loss and allowed to continue, but the protested player will be ineligible to play. If a player is successfully protested and their revised rating causes their team's rating to exceed the limit for their division, that team will be assessed a loss and will not be allowed to continue.
19.b Rules Interpretation: Rules interpretation protests need to be filed with the umpire at the time the ruling comes into question. There is no cost for a rule interpretation protest. The game and time will be suspended until the protest is resolved by the Tournament Director and Umpire In Charge (UIC).
20. Tournament Format: Round Robin: All teams will play at least 3 pool games. Pools will be selected by distributing participating cities teams across all pools in the tournament.
Double Elimination Bracket Play: Seeding for Double Elimination Bracket Play will be determined by win/loss records. Ties to determine seeding will be broken by: Runs Allowed, Runs Scored, Coin Flip (in that order).
21. Awards: 1st through 3rd place will be awarded a trophy in each division. Medals will be given to the championship team in each division. Spirit Award is presented to the team that showed the most sportsmanship, enthusiasm to play and a positive attitude. Umpires may be consulted on Spirit Award candidates and the winner is decided by the tournament committee.
22. Code of Conduct: All teams will be required to adhere to the ASA Code of Conduct while participating in the Show-Me Showdown.
23. Special Situations: The Tournament Director will resolve and have the final say on any situation that may emerge during the tournament that is not covered by these or ASA rules.
24. Inclement Weather: Inclement weather is not just cause for refund of the entry fee. We will do everything humanly possible to ensure all games will be played as scheduled. This can include, but is not limited to a reduction in pool play games, a 1 pitch format for play and/or lower time limits to permit faster play.