Tournament Rules


All games will be played by USA Elite Select rules, with the following exceptions: 

  1.  Home team will be the official scorekeeper in all tournament games. 
  2. Pre-game conference and coin flip between manager and umpires will take place 5 minutes prior to the start of the game.

  3. No organized infield practice before the games. Teams may warm up beyond the baselines or in foul territory while infield is being prepared. No live batting practice is allowed on the field or in the complex at any time. Batting nets are allowed.

  4. Time limit for all games is 90 minutes. Time begins after the pre-game conference. Time limit could change in case of tournament interruptions. All teams should be prepared to start their game up to 10 minutes early in case we are ahead of schedule. (This will help the tournament keep on time)

  5. Regulation games will be defined by the type of game that it is.  There will be two types of games played in the different formats that Top Gun will be using:

    1. Pool play:  Games will be 7 innings or time limit.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation, it will be declared a tie

    2. Bracket Play:  Games will be 7 inning or time limit.  Games that are tied at the end of regulation will use the ITB rule until a winner is declared.​​

  6. Run rules: 12 runs after 3 innings; 10 runs after 4 innings; 8 runs after 5 innings.

  7. Team manager may consult with the umpires; players, sponsors and other coaches are to keep out of discussions.

  8. No smoking or tobacco use on the field or in the dugouts. 

  9. Rulebook batting line-up: Only allows 1 option: TRADITONAL lineup (9, 10 or 11 batters with (or without) DP/FLEX for a max of 12 players ROSTER BATTING is not allowed

    1. Injury​:

      1. Batter: If a batter cannot fulfill her time at bat due to injury or illness, that player will be eliminated from that entire game. Her spot will be skipped in the batting order. Teams will be required to take an automatic out, if no substitute is available. 

      2. Runner: If a runner cannot continue her time on the bases, that player will be substituted with the last batter not on base. She will not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the game.

    2. Ejections:  A player ejection while roster batting will result in the team losing that player for the entire game.  Her spot in the batting order WILL be an automatic out, if no substitute is available

    3. Teams are allowed just 1 automatic out per game. Any more than 1 will be a forfeit. This out will be assessed during the batters spot in the lineup. 

  10. Courtesy runner will be allowed for pitcher and catcher at any time.  The courtesy runner will be designated by the following rules:

    1. Rulebook batting line-up:  Per rulebook designation

  11. Teams my begin a game with 8 players. If the additional players arrive after the start of the game, they will be handled in the following manner:

    1. Rulebook batting line-up:  Teams may add a 9th player to the line-up. Any additional players will be designated as substitutes.

  12. The following procedure will be used to determine the seedings after pool play: i. If three or more teams are tied with the same record in a division, head-to-head may or may not be used to break ties. ii. Once a level of tie-breaker is used, we DO NOT revert back to any steps of the tie-breaking procedure. We will continue on down the list until all ties are broken.

    1. Highest Winning Percentage (number of wins divided by number of games with a result.

    2. Most Wins

    3. Head-to-Head Games

    4. Runs allowed per game

    5. Runs differential (+/- of 8 runs per game)

    6. Coin Flip

  13. If a team is playing an extra pool game, the runs allowed and the Win/Loss in that game will not count towards your total. However, the result of the game (win/loss) will be used in head-to-head consideration if a tie in pool play occurs.

  14. In case of a rain-shortened tournament, pool play games can be deemed official after 2 ½ innings of play (with home team winning) or 45 minutes of elapsed game time. This policy will only be used through pool play. In addition, if games are cancelled due to weather, there may be an adjustment in application of the tie-breaking procedures.

  15. All players will be asked to show the official USSSA stamp to the home plate umpire prior to taking her place in the batter's box to hit. This process will take seconds and eliminate a pregame bat check for all participants as well as insure that all bats in use are meeting the current standards for fair play.

  16. A flip of a coin between the two teams shall determine the home team for each pool play game The highest seeded team shall be the home team for bracket play games in single elimination brackets. In double elimination brackets, the highest seeded team shall be the home team until the championship game. In the championship game, the team in the winners bracket shall be the home team and a coin toss shall determine the home team for the “IF” game. If both teams are of equal seed (1st Place Pool A vs 1st Place Pool B) the home team will be decided by coin flip.​​

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