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Divisions: 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+
1. Teams must be all one gender.
2. Athletes may be members of only one softball team.
3. Age divisions for each team shall be determined by the age of the youngest player on the roster.
4. Team rosters shall be limited to a maximum of 20 players. All registration and team rules apply to non-playing coaches, captains and bench personnel. Each softball team is designated to represent an NSGA qualifying state. The 2013 rules state that there is no longer a limit to the number of our-of-state players allowed on the team but the team will be allowed to change only 5 people on their roster for competition at the Nationals.
1. Teams will play a single round robin tournament within their age group. Medals will be determined by the won/loss record in games played only within the same age group. In the event of a tie in the won/loss record in the same age group, the medals will be determined by the following factors applied in the following order: 1.) Fewest runs allowed in all games in the same age group, and 2.) largest run margin in all games in the same age group. Note: If two Iowa-based teams have the same won/loss record, medals will be determined based on the head-to-head game.
2. ISG reserves the right to change the tournament format for any age division based on entry numbers, space restrictions, or other circumstances.
1. Amateur Softball Association rules will apply except as noted below. For a copy of these rules, write or call: ASA 2801 NE 50th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 424-5266.
2. A strike zone mat will be used. Batters will begin with a 1 and 1 count, with one courtesy foul on the third strike.
3. ASA rules for reentry and extra player (EP) will apply. Extra players may play defense at any time provided the total number of defensive players on the field at one time does not exceed the total allowed group.
– 50+, 55+, and 60+: Ten (10) defense players shall constitute a team (11 if both teams agree). A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players at the start and finish of a game and ten (10 or eleven (11) if an EP is used. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit. A tenth player may be added as he/she show up for play; however, at this point he must be listed as the tenth offensive player and bat after the other nine (9) players.
– 65+, 70+, 75+ and women: Eleven (11) defensive players shall constitute a team. A team must have a minimum of ten (10) players at the start and finish of a game and eleven (11) or twelve (12) if an EP is used. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit. An eleventh player may be added as he/she show up for play; however, at this point he must be listed as the eleventh offensive player and bat after the other ten (10) players.
– NOTE: The ASA Short-hand rule applies. A team may play with one (1) less player than they started with if, due to anything other than ejection, a player leaves the game and cannot be immediately replaced. When the missing player comes to bat, an out will be recorded. Under no circumstances will a team be allowed to play with less than nine (9) players; ten (10) if the team started with eleven (11) players.
4. A maximum of 5 runs may be scored in each inning except for the 7th inning, which is unlimited.
5. The length of a game will be seven innings or one hour EXCEPT: a tie game after seven innings will continue until one team is ahead after the completion of any subsequent inning.
6. A courtesy runner may be used for a base runner at any time. Each player may be a courtesy runner no more than once per inning. Any courtesy runner found running more than once per inning will be called out.
7. Sliding or diving INTO 1st base or home plate is not permitted and such players will be called out; however, a player may slide or dive into 2nd or 3rd base and when returning to any base. Runners shall be declared out for contact with a defensive player if, in the umpires judgment, the contact was deliberate OR the runner could reasonably have been expected to minimize or avoid contact under the circumstances and failed to do so.
8. There will be no “run bys” allowed, except at 1st base.
9. Medal winners will be determined by the won/loss record in games played only within the same age group. In the event of a tie in the won/loss record in the same age group, medal winners will be determined by the following factors applied in the following order: 1) Fewest runs allowed in all games in the same age group and 2) Largest run margin in all games in the same age group. Note: If two Iowa-based teams have the same won/lossrecord, the head-to-head game result will be the deciding factor.
1. All bats for ages 50-64 must be on the ASA approved bat list. Players that are 65+ will be allowed to use bats approved for ASA Senior Slow Pitch. For a list of senior bats CLICK HERE. Players must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2015.
1. If the two teams are in different age groups, the older team will receive an extra 5 runs, recorded as 1 run per inning in innings 2 through 6. These extra runs will not count toward the 5 run per inning limit.