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USA Softball rules for Invitational events will be used for our events with the following additions.
Softballs for tournament game play will be provided by Firecracker Sports (ProNine 47 12 SC Model).
A coin toss administered by the umpire or the site supervisor at each field will be used to determine home team for each game.
All dugout selections are based upon a first come first serve basis; any disputes will be determined by the site supervisor and tournament officials, if needed.
PRE GAME WARMUPS:
There is no pre-game infield outfield allowed in these events. We do allow for warmups on the outfield and batting cages where facilities are not hindered by preparations for the next game.
There is a 1 hour and 30 minute (90 minutes) time limit on all games except for the championship games. This rule means that no inning can start after 90 minutes, it is NOT drop-dead timing. This allows the tournament to stay on track for the entire day. We do allow extra innings, as long as the time limit is still in play. We, at Firecracker Softball want to see all ties broken WHEN possible so “Firecracker Softball” extra-inning rule will begin in 8th inning (see details, rule) if it is within the time limit.
DEFINITION OF AN OFFICIAL GAME:
Our events can be impacted by weather and field conditions from time to time. Our games are based on time (1.5 hour time limits, while most games finish complete, we can NOT base this decision on an official game based on innings). Any game that has played more than 1 hour (66%) of the time allocated will be determined official and final. No games will be suspended, made up or rescheduled at that time frame. Any game that is suspended before the 1 hour, will be ATTEMPTED to be rescheduled and picked up from point of delay. If a game is determined official and the inning is NOT complete, we will revert back to the last complete inning played for score, stats and determination of winner/loser or a tie. This decision is finalized with Tournament officials to maintain safe, proper and efficient field conditions and event schedules.
Players participating in the age divisions (14U and older) are allowed to wear metal spikes unless dictated by the facility where the event is being hosted (i.e. turf complex, etc).
Any team can start 9, 10, or 11 players. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. Once the first pitch has been thrown the lineup is locked and the lineup can NOT be reduced or added. If a player gets hurt and there are no substitutes available, that team will occur an out in that injured player’s spot in the lineup.
The 10th and 11th hitter, if used, will be designated as an Extra Hitter and Super Hitter in the lineup. The EH and Super Hitter may bat at any spot in the order. The EH and SH is the same as any position on the field as far as substitutions are concerned.
A team may use the designated player, DP/Flex option as well. The DP may re-enter once. If the Flex player bats for the DP and the DP returns, the flex player may stay in the field.
RUNS AHEAD RULE:
There is a runs ahead rule for our Firecracker Sports events.
The home team (if losing) must bat in the runs ahead inning. If the home team is winning, the game ends when the home team scores to reach the rule differential.
FIRECRACKER SOFTBALL EXTRA-INNING RULE: (Only when within time limit for pool play or game will be determined a tie; all playoff/championship games will start with this rule in the 8th inning)
All coaches must be professionally dressed. We do not allow coaches on the field in flip flops or beach attire. You will be confined to the dugout by the umpires; site supervisor(s) or tournament administration. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Any coach or player that is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next game of the tournament.
Any team that forfeits a game because of lack of players in attendance for their scheduled game or for lack of arrival on time (45 minutes prior to game or 15 minutes grace period from the scheduled start time) will be banned for 2 years from any future tournaments at that point (Updated: 7/1/2016)
Any protests will be handled at the time of incident. We do NOT charge for protests like other organizations, if there is an issue we would like to resolve it for the greater good of the game of softball. There are site supervisors at all fields and will handle any protests, including the Umpire in Chief, brought by a manager and will be decided in a timely and appropriate manner.
WEATHER POLICY/CANCELATIONS (Updated 9.1.21)
Due to unforeseen issues or mother nature, there are times games will be canceled because of rain, thunderstorms and poor field conditions beyond our control here at Firecracker Sports. We will always try our best to get games in, move games around so EVERYONE has the same opportunity as others in our events but in this case, this does NOT happen, our policy is in place to protect our products and your programs.
ALL OTHER MATTERS/ISSUES:
In the event there is a rule or an issue not covered in these guidelines, Firecracker Sports Officials will have the final decision authority in those matters. Understanding and making sure the overall tournament experience is maintained in a first class, highest quality experience for all student athletes, coaches and families is our ultimate goal in all matters.
TIE-BREAKER SYSTEM (for advancing from pool play to playoffs):