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Got Game! Fastpitch Policies

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Please note these policies are subject to change.

Rain Delay & Cancellation Policy

*** Rain Delay Policies

At times, emergencies such as severe weather, fires, or power failures may disrupt operations. In such instances, public safety will never be jeopardized. During rain or any other inclement weather, GGF will try at all costs to get the tournament completed in some format depending on the amount of time remaining and the severity of the weather. The decision to cancel or change the game format due to weather related conditions will be determined by Tournament Director. If a tournament cannot be completed, the following format will be implemented to determine any refunds/credits due to teams:

**Based on a 4 game format:**

  • Total Refund if all games are cancelled
  • $150.00 credit if a team plays 1 game
  • $100.00 credit if a team plays 2 games
  • $50.00 credit if a team plays 3 games

**Based on a 3 game format: **

  • Total Refund if all games are cancelled
  • $100.00 credit if a team plays 1 game
  • $50.00 credit if a team plays 2 games

***Tournament Drop Out Policy

GGF will allow a team to drop out of any non- pre-pay tournament by Noon Tuesday the week of the tournament with no penalty.

Here are the Penalties for DROPPING AFTER we have emailed coaches their info packet for the weekend:

  1. DROPPING on Tuesday/Wednesday we will keep $150 of your entry fee payment. The rest will be applied to your next Got Game tourney.
  2. DROPPING on Thursday we will keep $200 of your entry fee payment. The rest will be applied to your next Got Game tourney.
  3. DROPPING on Friday we will keep your ENTIRE entry fee payment.
  4. Teams sending in their Pre-pay vouchers for payment will be subject to the same fines. IF you drop on Wednesday then we will owe you a CREDIT above $150, Thursday $200 and Friday we keep the voucher.

***State Tournaments and/or Showcase Tournaments

Any team that drops out of a tournament (State Tournament, College Showcase Tournament, or any special tournament), 7 days or more before the tournament will receive a 100% refund. If a team drops out 6 days before the tournament, they will be fined $100.00, unless there is a team to replace them with. Any team that drops out 5 days or less before the tournament will receive a 50% refund even if there is a team that can replace them. This is due to the amount of scheduling and preparation that has to be done for these larger events.

Molestation Policy

Got Game! Fastpitch Policy on Abuse & Molestation

GGF ABUSE/MOLESTATION POLICY will not tolerate the abuse/molestation of any minor participant at a GGF activity. GGF events provides rules for play and a tournament structure that leads to end of season tournament opportunities for teams that register to participate in GGF events that are overseen by GGF directors. We encourage parents (and guardians) who determine the team for a youth team participant, the adult team participants (such as team coaches or team sponsors) of a team, the community organizations who are involved in the organization, creation or management of such teams to thoroughly investigate and screen the background and character of the individuals who coach, manage, volunteer or otherwise come into contact with such teams and their minor participants and to vigilantly supervise any and all activities of any youth team with which they are associated. Background checks are available, among other places, on-line for a small fee and GGF encourages those actually responsible for team activities and the parents (guardians) of youth athletic team members to utilize such tools to limit the exposure of youth athletes to those who might pose a danger. Because GGF is not an organizer, manager or creator of teams, it does not in any way take responsibility for the organization, creation, management or any other activity of the teams (customers) that register to play in GGF tournaments, except to provide the opportunity to play GGF events under GGF rules, and overseen by a GGF director. Teams that participate in GGF events are customers of GGF and no more. When a team chooses to participate in a GGF activity, the team, its players, coaches, volunteers, organizers, and its parents and fans must abide by GGF rules found in the GGF Rule Book. Since GGF has nothing to do with the practice sessions of a team, choosing of team coaches, the picking of which team to play for, where to eat before, after or during a GGF activity, the activities with respect to any other body, or any other activities of a team (but simply provides registered participation in GGF directed activities), GGF takes no responsibility for any such other non-GGF event activities of any team. While GGF is not responsible for checking the background of each of its customers (including the coaches of the teams that play in GFF events), those convicted or charged with a violent felony or a sex offense with a minor are automatically suspended from all GGF s activities (until found innocent or the charges are dropped). Thus if you are aware of someone who has been charged with or convicted of a violent felony or a sex crime with a minor and that someone may be in any way involved in a GGF activity, you should immediately inform the GGF Director and upon being provided with proof of such charges or conviction, that individual will be automatically suspended from all GGF activities. For example, if you do a background check on a coach before joining a team and find evidence that he has been charged with having sex with a minor, you should report this to your GGF Director, even though you have decided to play for another team. Even more important if you are aware of any one who has committed a violent felony or has had sex with a minor that has not been charged, you are obligated to report those crimes to the proper authorities and you should do so immediately.

Return Check Policy

Got Game! Fastpitch Return Check Policy

Got Game Fastpitch! operates on good faith with all sanctioned teams, although any team writing a bad check will be charged a fee of $35.00. If a team writes more than one bad check in a calendar year, that team will be placed on a pre-pay basis for the remainder of the calendar year.

Any team that issues a bad check does not make the check good within a reasonable amount of time GGF will take legal action to recover any monies due.

Got Game FP Additions/Exceptions to USA Softball Rulebook

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Got Game USA Softball of NC Additions/Exceptions to the USA Softball Rulebook (UPDATED 12/2016)

New for 2017: We will now ALLOW teams to BAT their ENTIRE ROSTER during POOL Games. We have always allowed teams to bat all their players in WARMUP Games, but we are now adding this to POOL Games. ONCE BRACKET Play begins, the MAX a team may bat is 11 Players. Our Injury Rule (that is listed below UNDER Short Hand Rule) will still apply during POOL Play. This rule APPLIES to our Invitational tourneys ONLY. Our USA Softball State Tournaments/Qualifiers will go strictly by the 2017 USA Softball Rulebook.

DESIGNATED RUNNER: A player who is a designated base runner (DR) – Designated runner can run for anyone at any time during a game. This runner is listed on batting lineup as DR. Once she has been put out or crossed home plate, she may return to the bases to run for another runner in that half inning. A team may enter a DR into a game as a substitute, but then the DR is gone for the rest of that game.

EXTRA PLAYER: An extra player is optional, but it allows a team to play up to eleven (11) players on offense and nine (9) on defense. NOTE: A team may use up to 2 EP’s however they must remain in the same batting order. Extra Players MUST be on the ORIGINAL Batting lineup. EPs are allowed to play defense within the original batting lineup.

FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITIONS: We will allow teams to utilize FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITUTIONS during POOL PLAY ONLY. Once Bracket play begins, any Substitutions must be reported to Plate umpire.

INTENTIONAL WALK: Teams must pitch 4 balls if a runner(s) is on base. However, if bases are empty team may request runner be awarded 1st base.

SHORT – HANDED RULE:

  1. To start a game:
    1. A game may begin or end with one less than required to start.
    2. The vacant position must be listed on the batting order in the 9th batting position.
    3. An out will be taken when the vacant position in the batting order occurs.
  1. To continue a game once started with a full team listed on the batting order:
    1. If a team begins play with the required number of players as listed, that team may continue a game with one less player that is currently in the lineup whenever a player leaves the game for any reason other than ejection. Under no circumstances shall a team be permitted to bat less than 8.

EXCEPTION: If a team is batting 10 or 11 players and 1 becomes injured that spot in the batting order will NOT be an out if there is no eligible substitute available. We want to allow as many girls as possible to participate so we will not penalize you until you fall below the mandatory 9 in the batting lineup. Notify the umpire of this situation and scratch out the player and move to the next position in the lineup.

If playing shorthanded and a substitute arrives, she must be inserted immediately into the vacant spot. If she refuses to enter for any reason, that player becomes ineligible for the remainder of the game.

If the player has reached base safely, then the most recent batter not on base will be allowed to run for that player, until that player is put out, scores or the 1/2 inning ends.

When the player who has left the game is scheduled to bat, an out shall be declared for each turn at bat. An inning or the game can end on an automatic out.

The player who has left the game cannot return to the lineup.

EXCEPTION: A player who has left the game under the blood rule may return even after missing a turn at bat.

EFFECT: Failure to have the required number of eligible players to start or continue a game will result in a forfeit.

This rule is only in effect if a team has left than 9 players.

COURTESY RUNNERS

  • A courtesy runner shall be any available eligible substitute or if NO eligible substitutes, the LAST BATTED out. Courtesy runners are allowed for pitchers and catchers ONLY. The courtesy runner for pitcher or catcher can be inserted anytime.
  • The courtesy runner is not officially in the game.
  • The pitcher and catcher are identified as the last players who physically played that position on defense. In the top of the 1st inning only, the pitcher and the catcher are identified as those players listed on the lineup as the pitcher and the catcher.

RUN AHEAD RULE

  • A run ahead rule must be used at all tourneys;, 12 after 3 innings, 10 after 4 innings and 8 after 5 innings.
  • Complete innings must be played unless the home team scores the run ahead limit while at bat.

TIEBREAKER RULE

If, after completion of 7 innings of play (or time limit), the score is TIED, the following tie breaker rule will be played to determine a winning team.

  • Starting with the top of the 8th inning, or when the clock runs out, and each half inning thereafter, the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the players who are scheduled to bat in that respective half inning being placed on second base (e.g. if the number 5 batter is the leadoff batter, the number four batter in the batting order will be placed on 2nd base. A courtesy runner may be inserted in for pitcher or catcher as usual. All GGF rules apply in the tiebreaker format. If you are using a DR, you can place that runner at 2nd base.
  • “IF” Necessary Games – This is considered a NEW GAME and a NEW lineup will be made out. Coin flip will take place at meeting and the last person listed on the lineup goes to 2nd base. The ITB will begin now and team that holds the lead after end of full inning is declared the winner.

FITNESS OF THE GROUNDS

The fitness of the ground for a game shall be decided solely by the tournament director.

REGULATION GAME

  • A regulation game shall consist of 6 innings for 10u and 7 innings for 12u – 16u/18u or until completion of the time limit. A full seven innings need not be played if the team second at bat scores more runs in six and one half innings and/or before the third out in the last of the 7th inning, or the run ahead rule is applied.
  • Any Bracket game that is tied at the end of 6 innings for 10u, all others 7 innings or at the completion of the time limit shall be continued by playing additional innings using the International Tie Breaker (ITB) until one side has scored more runs than the other at the end of the completed inning, or until the team second at bat has scored more runs in their half of the inning before the 3rd out is made.
  • A game called by the umpire shall be regulation if 4 or more complete innings have been played (3 or more for 10u), or if the team second at bat has scored more runs in 3 1/2 innings for 12u thru 16u/18u or 2 1/2 innings in 10u. The umpire is empowered to call a game at any time due to darkness, rain, fire, panic or other cause that place our fans or players in peril.
  • Games that are tied and have to be suspended for any reason will be started back at the point of interruption.

PROTESTS

UNCONSIDERED PROTESTS

A protest will not be received or considered if they are based solely on a decision involving the accuracy of judgment on the part of an umpire.

Examples are as follows:

  • Whether a ball was foul or fair.
  • Whether a runner was safe or out.
  • Whether a pitched ball was a ball or a strike.
  • Whether a pitched ball was legal or illegal.
  • Whether a runner did or did not touch a base.
  • Whether a runner did or did not leave a base too early on a caught fly ball.
  • Whether a fly ball was or was not caught legally.
  • Whether it was or was not an infield fly.
  • Whether there was or was not interference or obstruction.
  1. Whether the field is or is not fit to continue play.
  2. Whether there is or is not enough light to continue to play.
  3. Whether a player or live ball did or did not enter a dead ball area or touch some object or person in a dead ball area.
  4. Whether a batted ball did or did not clear the fence in flight.
  5. Whether a batted ball was or was not touched by a fielder before clearing the fence in flight.
  6. Any other matter involving the accuracy of the umpire’s judgment.

TYPES OF PROTESTS

  • Misinterpretation of a playing rule: must be made before the next pitch or, before all infielders have left fair territory or if in the last play of the game, before the umpires leave the playing field.
  • Illegal player: must be made while they are in the game and before the umpires leave the playing field. NOTE: An umpire cannot reverse a decision after a pitch(legal or illegal) to the next batter.
  • Ineligible player: can be made at any time. Eligibility is the decision of the Tournament Director.

NOTIFICATION OF PROTEST

  • A protest must be accompanied by $200 Cash. A judgment call will not be considered as a protest.
  • The manager, acting manager, or captain of the protesting team shall immediately notify the home plate umpire before the next pitch, legal or illegal, of their intent to file a protest. At this point the protesting team must pay the protest fee and then a UIC or Tournament Director will make a ruling on the protest. Once the protest has been ruled upon then that decision will be final and the game will resume. If the protest is deemed valid then the protest fee will be returned. If the protest is deemed to be invalid then the fee will be forfeited.
  • When a protest for ineligibility is determined to be valid, the offending team shall forfeit the game being played or the last game played by the offending team.

SPORTMANSHIP

Got Game pledges to provide support, care and encouragement in a safe and healthy environment. Our intentions are to ensure a fun positive experience to everyone participating and attending our sporting events. All coaches, players, parents and fans are expected to use sportsmanship like behavior at the highest level. Got Game will not tolerate the use of Drugs, Alcohol or Profanity at any of our events. All players, coaches, fans and officials shall be treated with respect regardless of the situation. Anyone who does not follow these simple guidelines will be asked to leave the park immediately.

10u will pitch from 35 Feet.

10u, will use 11” softball

12u will pitch from 40 feet

12 will use 12” softball

14u, 16u, 18u will pitch from 43 feet

14u, 16u, 18u will use 12” softball

14u, 16u, 18u are Allowed to use Metal Cleats

Anytime we play POOL games to SEED Teams:

When we Seed Teams, This is how seeds will be determined:

  1. Record
  2. Head to Head ***
  1. Runs Allowed
  2. Runs Scored
  1. Coin Toss

***When we have 3 OR MORE teams with the SAME record, HEAD TO HEAD is DROPPED and 1st Tie breaker will be RUNS ALLOWED, then RUNS SCORED.

A Game Can End In A “TIE”

A “TIE” Will Count As Half a Win & Half a Loss

Tournament Drop Out Policy

Got Game! Fastpitch Tournament Drop Out Policy (Effective 9/1/17)

Beginning September 1, 2017 ALL of our events will be pre-pay events. Entry fees are due by the Monday BEFORE the tournament you are playing in. IF teams do NOT pay by that Monday, we will contact team(s) and IF they want to remain in the event, they can pay by credit card to hold their spot. Also, IF there are spots left in the tournament, teams can ADD to the Who’s Playing list on Monday and Tuesday IF they pay by credit card.

Here are the Penalties for DROPPING AFTER we have emailed coaches their info packet for the weekend:

  1. DROPPING on Tuesday/Wednesday teams will forfeit $150 of their entry fee payment ($100 IF a 1 Day tourney). The rest will be applied to your next Got Game tourney.
  2. DROPPING on Thursday teams will forfeit $200 of their entry fee payment ($150 IF a 1 Day tourney) The rest will be applied to your next Got Game tourney.
  3. DROPPING on Friday teams will forfeit their ENTIRE entry fee payment.
  4. Teams sending in their Pre-pay vouchers for payment will be subject to the same fines. IF you drop on Wednesday then we will owe you a CREDIT above $150, Thursday $200 and Friday we keep the voucher.

GGF operates on good faith with all sanctioned teams, although any team writing a bad check will be charged a fee of $35.00.

Any team that issues a bad check does not make the check good within a reasonable amount of time GGF will take legal action to recover any monies due.