Softball Rules/Regulations

ASA rules are in effect for game play.
Modifications and rule highlights for this tournament are listed below:

Playing Rules: All NBT tournaments and events will be played using ASA rules with the following exceptions:

Pitching Distance
10U 35 ft
12U 40 ft
14U – 18U 43 ft

Run Rule: 10 runs after 3 innings; 8 runs after 4 innings; 6 runs after 5 innings.

Time Limits:
Pool Play: No new inning after 1 hour and 20 minute time limit
Elimination games: No new inning after 1 hour and 20 minute time limit
Championship GamesNo Time limit

Game Time Start: Official game time begins at the start of the managers Home Plate meeting. Official time will be kept by the umpire’s time piece and is the Home Coach’s responsibility to make note of game start in their score book.

Tie Scores: Pool games may end in a tie.

Elimination games will begin international tie breaker at the expiration of time or after 6 innings, whichever occurs first. All Elimination games MUST be played to a conclusion.

Pitcher: Both feet must be in contact with pitching rubber prior to forward stride.

Coin toss for home/visitors: will be at home plate before the game begins. Teams are not designated dugouts based on home or away. First team at the field simple picks a dugout. Teams playing back to back game will not change dugouts to keep games on schedule.

Official scorekeeper: Home Team, is considered to be the official score keeper. Reminder: the scorekeeper is by rule an unbiased game official whose conduct is governed by that very definition.

Seeding & Tie Breakers
(1) Team Record
(2) Head to Head (Moves onto Runs Allowed with 3 teams tied)
(3) Runs Allowed
(4) Runs Scored
(5) Coin Flip

Note: It will be YOUR responsibility to check on your FIRST elimination game time. A completed bracket will be posted on:

Line Ups
Flex/DP and an Extra Hitter are optional. Extra Hitter is a free substituting player that can hit anywhere in the lineup. Flex must designated before the start of the game and placed in the 11th hole if the EH is being used if not place in the 10th spot in the line-up.

If a team uses more than one EH than the teams must bat their entire line up. Teams do not have the option to bat two EH’s and have one bench substitute. However if all players are batting and a player gets injured and cannot play it will result in an out the first time the batter hits and then the lineup will collapse. If you bat the entire line up the last batted out will run for the pitcher or catcher other wise courtesy runners need to be bench players and will be married to the catcher or pitcher.

Coaches must name all players on the lineup card to be game eligible. E.I if a player comes late and is not listed as a substitute the player is not an eligible player to be in that game.

All players must be on the tournament roster turned in before the tournament starts to be eligible to play in the tournament. IE. A player does not show on Saturday but shows on Sunday and is on the tournament roster is eligible to play.

ASA substitution rules apply in elimination play.
Substitute announcements are a courtesy however, we recommend all substitutions are announced to the plate umpire as the player first enters the game. Infraction for first offense is a warning and second time will result in a dugout restriction for the coach who attended the plate meeting, third offense the third or first base coach will be restricted to the dugout.

See ASA rule book for detailed description.

Protests: There are no protests. All calls made by umpires are final. Tourney Director will enforce $100 payment to escalate to Tourney Director protest.

Rosters: must be submitted at time of check-in (1 hour prior to first game).Roster may not exceed 20 players during the tournament and players may not be added to during the tournament. Coaches should have player ASA cards or birth certificates on hand in case of roster dispute.

Age Cutoff: December 31st.

Insurance: Proof of team insurance must be presented at time of check in.

Softballs: Tournament Host will provide 2 game balls at the start of each game. It is the responsibility of each team to retrieve game balls hit out of field. If the 2 game balls are lost, teams must provide their own game balls to complete that game. Please bring one new ball and one gently used per game. (Must be an ASA approved softball.) Tournament Balls are to be returned after the game to an NBT Official.

Slide or Avoid Rule: will be in effect at all age levels. Any player is out when the runner does not slide when the defensive player has the ball (or is judged to be in the act of catching the ball) and waiting to make a tag. All players are required to avoid collision with another player while running the bases. If, in the opinion of the umpire, the runner does not make an effort to avoid collision, he is to be declared out. If in the opinion of the umpire the act is deemed to be malicious, the runner will be ejected from the game. Runners are not allowed to go after a defensive player to break up a play at any base.

Flagrant collision: When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who is clearly in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge whether the collision was avoidable and whether the runner was attempting to dislodge the ball or simply attempting to reach the base. If the runner is judged to have attempted to intentionally dislodge the ball, the runner shall be called “Out”, the ball is dead, and all runners return to their last base touched at the time of the interference. Any player, in the judgment of the umpire, flagrantly colliding with any fielder (especially the catcher) is subject to immediate ejection.

Managers responsible for players, fans and team conduct: Managers are held responsible for the conduct of their players, coaches and fans. Game personnel (including spectators) shall not use language or gestures that will, in any manner, refer to, or reflect negatively toward opposing players, coaches, umpires, or spectators.
PENALTY: In the case of unruly fans or unsportsmanlike conduct from fan(s) the team’s manager will be given the opportunity to inform fan(s) that their behavior is subject to that fan(s) being ejected from the game and from the park. If once fan(s) is warned by manager and behavior persists fan(s) will be ejected from park. If manager does not warn fan and behavior continues both manager and fan will be ejected.

Manager Appeals to Umpire: Only the coach/manager who attended the pregame home plate meeting is allowed to appeal to umpires during game and all conversations with an umpire should be conducted after a time out has been called and be held in a calm and professional manner. Verbal abuse of the umpire will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from the game. Assistant coaches not adhering to this rule are subject to immediate ejection from game.

Manager & coach ejections: Any manager or coach ejected from the game is required to sit out the next game also (mandatory). After being ejected a manager or coach must vacate the premises of the current game and the next game of which he is suspended (must adhere to the cannot see or hear ejected coach policy). Any manager caught continuing to coach after being ejected or suspended will be suspended for an additional period of time and/or possibly the remainder of the event.

Player ejections: Any player ejected from a game is subject to an additional one game suspension at the tournament director’s discretion.

Managers are responsible for the conduct of his players and fans at all times. Managers are subject to ejection if his players or fans are out of control. Players ejected during game must remain in dugout for remainder of game. Ejected player must sit our remainder of game quietly and without incident. Penalty: Failure of player to act without further incident in dugout will result in up to and including additional and immediate 1 game suspension or even disqualification for remainder of tournament.

Post-Game Misconduct: If a team, coach or player displays misconduct or poor sportsmanship AFTER a game has concluded, the player or coach may be ejected from the next game – the team may forfeit the next game or may be suspended at the discretion of the NBT tournament director.

Game Misconduct: No coach, player, or team shall, at any time, whether from the bench, coaching box, or playing field, attempt to incite by word or sign, any unsportsmanlike conduct or demonstration by spectators.
Penalty: Offending team member is subject to immediate ejection from game. (Profanity of any sort is strictly prohibited and is grounds for immediate ejection)

Failure to leave park after being ejected from game: If any manager, coach or fan, upon being ejected during game, refuses to leave the park in a timely manner determined by the tournament director the game shall be deemed a forfeit.

Tournament director reserves the right to: alter format of any tournament event in order to finish tournament event in a timely manner. This includes shortening minimum game guarantees, modifying game schedules, time limits and innings per game if necessary. Additionally, every effort will be made to finish tournament but in case of rain, darkness, park conditions or other acts of nature, director reserves the right to shorten games or modify schedules in order to finish event.

Some parks may have gate fees: Private parks policies and gate fees may differ and are determined by those respective parks. Gate fees where posted are not optional.

No alcoholic beverages: allowed to be brought into the ballparks.

No tobacco (smoking or chewing): allowed during tournament play within the confines of the ballparks, stands, playing fields, etc. Please smoke or chew in the parking lot, Thank you..

Ball buckets or chairs: No ball buckets or coaches chairs on the playing field.

No Refund after Entry Deadline

Rain-out / Tournament cancellation policy:
In the event of tournament being cancelled by weather or any other unpreventable occurrence, every effort will be made to complete the tournament or schedule a make up of the event. Schedules may be changed, games may be shortened and a 2 day tournament may become a one day tournament. In the event of a rain-out with no make-up tournament scheduled, we will offer all teams a credit based on the following criteria:

1. A full rain-out, meaning no games were played, a credit will be issued for the entire entry fee.

2. One game played, 1/2 credit of entry fee.

3. Two games played no credit will be issued.

All credits must be used in the same area the tournament was schedule in and not transferable to another area or region.

In the event a tournament is rained out, while in progress and a make-up date is scheduled. Any team/s not able to play in the make-up will not be entitled to a refund or credit. The tournament director has the right to alter schedules, adjust time limits, or adjust the number of playoff participants in order to complete the tournament. The tournament director also reserves the right to alter the amount of credits issued.

NBT Fastpitch Policy for team that pulls out as schedule is being or after it’s written: Any team that pulls out of tournament as schedule is being written or after will receive NO credit or refund.