ASANA Softball World Series Playing Rules
Updated, September 9, 2021
Registration/Check in: All players must be on the official ASANA Tournament Roster submitted to the ASANA database and have completed signup, including the electronic signing of waivers, in TeamSnap. Before taking the field all players must check in. If it is discovered at any time that a player has entered a game without registering and/or checking in, that player will be deemed an illegal player and all USA Softball rules around illegal players will then be enforced.
Photo ID Required: All rosters will be checked and all players will be required to produce current photo identification at check in and if requested. On Championship day, prior to each championship game, players will be required to produce photo identification.
Forfeits and Late arriving players: Late arriving players are not allowed to be entered on said line up except in the situation of the USA Softball short handed rule, which allows a late arriving player to fill the 10th position on the roster.
USA Softball Shorthanded Rule: Teams must start with 9 players with the 10th vacant position listed last. The 10th vacant position will be recorded as an out each time it comes up in the order. Teams may start with 10 players without penalty.
Forfeits in the ASANA World series will not be allowed unless there are extenuating circumstances which are approved by the ASANA Board. USA Softball rules will be followed otherwise. Both written and verbal notification of forfeit situations must occur immediately by the team designee to the Tournament Director and/or a member of the ASANA board so an assessment of the situation and resolution can occur immediately. The Tournament Director and/or a member of the ASANA board will notify the team
within a reasonable period of time of their decision either verbally or in writing. If the forfeit is approved, the forfeiting team will be given a loss with a score of 0-7, the winning team will be awarded the win with a score of 7-0, as dictated by ASA. If the forfeit is denied the team will have to immediately notify the Tournament Director or a member of the ASANA board of their decision to play or be removed from the tournament at that time. The seeding or bracket placement for all teams affected will be updated accordingly. Approved forfeits will simply be recorded as a win/loss accordingly and standings will reflect these games as decided. All decisions on forfeits are final. No appeals will be allowed.
Teams may roster up to 12 players on the batting order with only 10 playing defense at any one time. All other eligible players shall be listed as substitutes and must be present upon submission of official lineups prior to the start of the game.
All games will use coin toss to determine Home team. Home team is the Official Scorekeeper.
Start of game time shall be determined by scheduled game time or as announced by Plate Umpire at the start of the game.
Courtesy Runner Rule: USA Softball Rule 8 Section 9B2: Any eligible player on the official line-up including available substitutes may be used as a courtesy runner. A courtesy runner may be used once per inning. (All Adult Slow Pitch except Senior’s.)
Game Times/Innings/Ties: Pool games are 55 minutes (no new after 50) or a full 7 innings, whichever occurs first and can end in a tie score. Elimination games up to but not including the Championship and IF games are 60 minutes (no new after 55) and a winner must be declared (no ties). If at the end of time or 7 innings the game is tied the International TieBreaker rule will be used. Championship and IF games are a full 7 innings and a winner must be declared (no ties). If at the end of 7 innings the game is tied the International TieBreaker rule will be used. If for any reason the Championship and or IF games cannot run a full seven innings (due to park hour limitations, weather, etc.) the Tournament Director and available ASANA Executive Board members along with the UIC will determine format changes and
communicate them as quickly as possible to all teams involved.
Count: All pool and elimination games including Championship and IF games will be played with each batter starting with a 1 ball and 1 strike count with nothing to waste. Meaning if the batter has two strikes and fouls off another pitch the batter is out.
A run-ahead rule and/or time limit may be used in the ASANA World Series upon recommendation of the playing rules committee and approval of the Council.
USA Softball RUN RULE application to all games including Semis, Finals and IF games.
20 runs ahead after 3 innings
15 runs ahead after 4 innings
10 runs ahead after 5 innings
ASANA does not allow stealing in any division.
All games must be completed except as indicated below: (W’12)
- In the event of rain or any other cause which interrupts a game, the game must be resumed at the exact point where it was stopped.
- The format of the tournament will be revised as needed if weather, facility issues and the like become an issue. The ASANA Board and the Umpire in Charge will determine any format changes which could result in shorter games, reduced pitch counts and the like. These format changes will take place at the top of the following inning.
- The Tournament Director and/or ASANA Board will communicate this to all of the teams within a reasonable time frame by a method decided in advance and communicated to all at the Manager's meeting.
- In the event the tournament cannot be completed as scheduled, the ASANA Board shall ascertain the procedure to determine the final standings.
- Players competing in the ASANA World Series championships must wear uniform shirts (tees, tanks, and/or jerseys) of the same color. (S’97p)
- Each shirt must have a number on the back of at least 6 inches.
- No ragged cut off sleeves will be allowed.
- No taped or handwritten numbers will be allowed. They must be professionally printed. (W’13)
- Player Pants, Shorts and Cleats:
- All players’ pants must be of the same color and all players’ shorts must be of the same color, but the pants need not be of the same color as the shorts color. (W’93p) 95% of each player’s pants or shorts must be of matching color and similar athletic style (No cargo shorts/pants are allowed). (W’02p) The color of any player’s sliding shorts is irrelevant. (W’93p)
- No metal cleats shall be worn by any player, coach or umpire. (W’86p) (W’97p) (W’99p)
Coaching Attire: Coaches must be neatly attired, dressed uniformly and in accordance with the color code of the team.
Headgear and Jewelry: All headgear is optional and may or may not be worn at the individual player’s discretion. For purposes of this section, headgear may be headbands, caps, visors, or any combination thereof, without regard to color. (W’93p) Bandanas, handkerchiefs or “do-rags” are allowed to be worn during play but, may not be tied around the neck area. Sunglasses may be worn atop of the head or ball cap or visor as a known risk to the player. Wearing hats backwards is allowed. Jewelry is allowed at the discretion of the umpire. If it is deemed unsafe, taping will be allowed or removal will be required. (W’13)
Bat Check: Prior to the first tournament game all team bats must be inspected and approved for use by UIC or designated umpire in accordance with USA Softball standards / specifications/compression testing (if available). (If the approval sticker is removed, another must be obtained before play).
Ejected Players: Ejected Players must vacate the field / grounds and have no contact with team participants or umpires during the game. Any flagrant misconduct by the ejected player shall be subject to ASANA Tournament Director and Protest committee determination of playing status.
OVER-THE-FENCE HOMERUN: Batter and all runners are not required to touch all bases; all are credited with a run. EXCEPTION: On any over-the-fence home run in the Women’s D and E divisions, the batter is called out and the inning is over regardless of the number of outs prior to the over-the-fence home run.
The new USA Softball Rule 6: Pitching Regulation (Slow Pitch), Section 3 Legal Delivery Paragraph H WILL NOT BE ADOPTED by ASANA. ASANA will remain using the rule that the ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least six (6) feet from the ground while not exceeding a maximum height of twelve (12) from the ground.
Official ASANA World Series General Rules & Responsibilities:
Official scores for seeding will be drawn only from the official game scores sheets. Managers are responsible for verifying game scores at the completion of each game and signing the score card confirming this verification.
Team managers will be held accountable for the conduct of their players and fans at all times during an ASANA conducted tournament, both on and off the field.
In case of disputed play or decision, team managers or captains may consult game officials. The other players, coaches, or sponsor may not participate in the discussion.
At no time will any players, coaches, or managers be allowed to smoke or drink alcohol on the field or in the dugout.
Managers are to report any unsportsmanlike or derogatory acts by players or spectators to the tournament director.
Any player discovered using an illegal bat that is doctored or loaded by additional weight shall be disqualified from further tournament competition. A team that is discovered to have within its possession or control an illegal bat may be disqualified from further tournament competition.
If an unapproved (non ASANA stickered) bat is discovered in the batter’s box (no pitch required):
- The batter and documented team Manager are ejected from that game. They must leave the playing field and dugout but not the complex based on the ejection alone.
- The current 1⁄2 inning is immediately over no matter how many outs are recorded.
- The entire team will receive a warning and if the team has a second occurrence of an unapproved bat entering the batter’s box, the team will be removed from the remainder of the tournament.
- A $100 fine will be imposed and required to be paid prior to the start of the teams next scheduled game. If the team refuses to pay the fine they will forfeit all future games at a losing score of 7-0.
During ASANA World Series championship play, any time a player, coach or manager strikes another player, coach, or manager, that offending player, coach or manager, shall be ejected from the game and shall not be allowed to sit on the players’ bench. (p)
Each team participating in the ASANA World Series must be represented by its team manager or their representative at the pre-tournament meeting. Failure to attend this meeting will result in a fine, payable before taking the field. (W’02p)
Board Approved Rules for Inter-Division play between D and E teams in round robin ONLY:
All Games are a coin toss to determine Home/Visitor.
E teams will be spotted 3 runs at the start of the game.
D teams will be limited to an 8 run cap per inning. If D team is the visiting team and are losing going into the final inning, the D team will be allowed to catch up and then go ahead by 8 runs total. Once the D team, as a visitor, goes up by 8 runs, the half inning will end.
The games for D vs E teams will NOT count in D seeding. If a D team forfeits their one game vs an E team, that D team will automatically be moved to the last seed of the D bracket no matter their record or run differential.
The games for E vs D WILL count in E seeding.
Board Approved Rules for Inter-Division play between B and C teams in round robin:
All Games are a coin toss to determine Home/Visitor.
C teams will be spotted 3 runs at the start of the game.
B teams will be limited to an 8 run cap per inning. If B team is the visiting team and are losing going into the final inning, the B team will be allowed to catch up and then go ahead by 8 runs total. Once the B team, as a visitor, goes up by 8 runs, the half inning will end.
The games for B vs C teams will NOT count in C seeding. If a C team forfeits their one game vs a B team, that C team will automatically be moved to the last seed of the C bracket no matter their record or run differential.
The games for B vs C WILL count in B seeding.