End of Season Tournament Rules

UpdatedMonday January 20, 2020 byCaroline Braden.

End-of-Season Tournament Rules

  • Forfeit: If a team misses a tournament game, it will be forfeited. Please contact the tournament director so the opposing team can be notified. In the event the tournament is called due to weather, rescheduled games will be played at the tournament director’s discretion. Failure to field a team will result in forfeit.
  • Pickup Player: If a team cannot field a team of nine players, this rule applies. A team may pick up NO MORE THAN THREE players for the End-of-Season Tournament. The “pick up” player(s) must be on a Babe Ruth Softball Roster for the league they are picked up by and cannot have played or be playing in the end-of-season tournament with another team. A team utilizing pick up players may not have more than 10 total players on their EOS tournament roster.
  • Innings Played: Mandatory play requirements shall be the same as during the regular season. Every player shall play a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1 at-bat per game. All coaches and scorekeepers must be informed before the game of any disciplinary actions and this shall be noted in the scorebook. Failure to meet the minimum play requirement shall be subject to protest by the opposing team and could result in a forfeit. The minimum play requirement does not apply if the game is shortened for any reason. (Note: If the last half inning of a complete game is not played because the home team is ahead, it DOES NOT count as a shortened game)
  • U10 teams will follow the number of defenders allowed, batting order, free substitution, and base running rules used for regular season games.
  • Tournament Awards: Individual awards will be provided to each player in each age division of teams placing first and second.
  • The 15-run rule after three innings, and 10-run rule after four innings will be in effect for U12 and U14/U16 divisions.
  • Nine players will be required to start and finish all End-of-Season Tournament games.
  • Pitching Limitations for each age division are as follows:
    • U10- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 4 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 1 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 4 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 4 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3)
    • U12- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 6 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 3 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 6 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 6 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3)
    • U14/U16- Each player may pitch a total of not more than 7 innings in 2 consecutive games (e.g. Player A pitches 3 innings in Game 1. Player A may pitch not more than 4 inning in Game 2. If Player A pitches 7 innings in Game 1, Player a may not pitch in Game 2, but Player A would have 7 innings available to pitch beginning in Game 3).
    • One pitch thrown in an inning counts as a full inning pitched.
  • Time Limits:  For regular tournament games, games shall begin promptly, and the start time will be noted in the official scorebook. No new inning will be started after one-hour fifteen minutes, and a hard-stop will occur at one hour thirty minutes.  If there is a tie at the end of the hard-stop, the score will revert back to the score at the end of the last completed inning.  For the tournament championship game, no new inning will be started after one hour thirty minutes.  If there is a tie at the end of the time limit, the game will then turn to the international tie-breaker format where each team starts their half-inning with a runner placed on second base.  Play will stay in this format until a winner is determined.
  • Pitcher Warm Ups – Between innings and new pitchers are allowed 1 minute or 5 pitches.