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2021 ROSTER FORM

Please download the roster form, fill it out and return it to 
Scott Eckhoff, Commissioner/Tournament Director 
Commissioner@greaterdenverasa.org
 
RosterS are due on May 5th 

OPEN DIVISION RULES

5280 ELEVATION SHOWDOWN

2021 OPEN DIVISION RULES

 

ALL USA SOFTBALL RULES SHALL APPLY EXCEPT AS MODIFIED HEREIN
 

Player Registration: All players must register with a Government ID before taking the field. Players must register before the start of their division’s first double-elimination game to be eligible for the remainder of the tournament.

**Not a NAGAAA Member City, however; we will utilize the rating standards to alleviate confusion for member cities**


Open Team Eligibility/Player Ratings: Team ratings will be calculated by adding the top 10 rated players. 2019 NAGAAA ratings and guidelines will be in effect for the tournament.
 

A Division – Minimum team rating 170.

B Division – No player rated over 20. Maximum team rating 180.

C Division – No player rated over 15. Maximum team rating 140.

D Division – No player rated over 12. Maximum team rating 110.

E Division – No player rated over 8. Maximum team rating 75.
*The A/B Divisions will play together, with the highest placing B Division teams receiving hardware.

*If any division has lower than 4 teams registered, they will given the option to play UP with highest teams receiving hardware for registered division.*
 
Roster and Ratings Submission: Managers must submit a roster filling in the full 28-question NAGAAA rating for each player. The player’s most recent NAGAAA rating must be used, unless a written verification from the Commissioner of a NAGAAA-affiliated league confirms that the player’s rating has changed since their last rating was recorded with NAGAAA (verification must accompany the team registration). Teams that do not participate in a NAGAAA-affiliated league, and therefore do not have team or player ratings will need to complete the roster form to the best of their ability. In either case, teams should contact the Tournament Director about eligibility concerns prior to sending in their entry form. 

All forms will be posted on the site and can be emailed to commissioner@greaterdenverasa.org.

Protests Regarding Ratings/Eligibility: Protests will only be accepted and ruled on during double elimination tournament play. During tournament play any ratings or eligibility protests must be brought to the attention of the umpire prior to the last out of the game. A $100 protest fee plus a $25 protest fee per question protested must be presented along with a protest form (available from the Field Director) immediately following notification to the umpire. Play will continue without delay until the game is completed or time expires. The Field Director will accept CASH only, no credit cards will be accepted. Any delay in filing the necessary form and fee will result in a nullification of the protest. The protest fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. If part of the protest is upheld, the per question protest fee for those questions upheld will be refunded. If more than 50% of the protested points are upheld, the $100 protest fee will be returned. The Field Rep will convene a Protest Committee to resolve any such protest. 

The protest committee will consist of the Field Director, a GDASA board member, and (if available) a representative from the division of play. An umpire may be used as part of the committee at the discretion of the Field Director. The committee may solicit input from other tournament attendees including umpires, managers, players and other tournament officials. In the event of a point increase (due to an upheld protest) which results in a team or player being over the division cap, the protested game will be forfeited, and the protested player will be removed from the team roster. If this results in the teams' first loss, the team will be allowed to continue with play without the protested player. If two or more players are protested and upheld, the Tournament Director has the discretion to remove the team from play. 
 
Player Removal: If it is determined that a player is clearly underrated for play in the division which they are registered, the player may be removed from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director.  Any decision will be based on first-hand views, Field Director input, and information provided from umpires and other divisional representatives.
  
Pool Play: Divisions will be split into multiple Divisional Pools if any Division is over 20 teams. A coin flip will determine the home team for all games during pool play.
 
Seeding: Seeding will then be based on the team’s record in the following order: 2-0-0, 1-0-1, 1-1-0, 0-0-2, 0-1-1, 0-2-0 (wins-losses-ties).  In the event two or more teams are tied with the same record, Head to Head followed by Runs Scored will determine higher seed.

Game Time: Game Time will be considered Forfeit Time. Forfeit time will be extended if either team’s prior game finished after the scheduled game time. Both managers and their teams must be ready with a completed line-up sheet 10 minutes prior to game time for a coin toss when called by the umpire. At the discretion of the Field Director, if the field is running ahead of schedule, the game time can be moved up by 15 minutes prior to the originally scheduled game time. Teams must have at least nine (9) players at game start time. The umpire will record the game start time and will be the sole official in charge of the game start and finish time.
 
Home Team: The home team will be determined by a coin toss for all pool play games. Home team for Double Elimination, Championship and IF games are decided by higher seeded team.

Scorekeeper: The home team is the official scorekeeper. Scores should be confirmed at each half inning with the plate umpire. It is each manager’s responsibility to initial and confirm the umpire’s scorecard and that the correct winning team is indicated at the conclusion of every game. Upon leaving the field, the Umpire's scorecard becomes official.

Player Line-ups: Teams must play with at least nine (9) players to avoid a forfeit. An out will be recorded every time the vacant position is at bat. If a 10th player arrives, the player must immediately enter the game. Any other player arriving after this shall be entered as a substitute. Teams may bat up to 12, using two (2) extra hitters. Extra hitters must be indicated as EH on the line up sheet. If a team starting with 10 or more players on the line up loses a player during the game and has no substitute, an out will be assessed for that batting position.
 

Game Rules: Batters start with 1-1 count, and there is no courtesy foul. No new inning will start after 50 minutes. Championship-games including “If” games will play FULL 7 INNINGS. USA Softball run rule is in effect.

USA Softball Run Rule:

  • 20 runs ahead after 3 innings
  • 15 runs ahead after 4 innings
  • 10 runs ahead after 5 innings

Bases: If there are two bags at first base, the double bag rule is in effect.

Home Runs: Anything over the limit for A/B and C will be an out. For the D and E Divisions, a ball hit over the fence is an inning-ending out.

  • Open Division A/B – Two (4) over the fence home runs per game, per team. 
  • Open Division C – One (1) over the fence home run per game, per team.
  • Open Divisions D/E – Zero (0) over the fence home runs.


NOTE: When a ball is hit over the fence, the batter and all base runners may go directly to the dugout. HIT & SIT!
 
Courtesy Runners: One (1) courtesy runner may be used per inning and USA Softball rules will be followed with regards to the courtesy runner. Any player on the lineup sheet may be used and will not be considered a substitution. If the player running is up to bat, the runner comes off the base and may bat. The player they were running for is marked as OUT.

 

Tie Games: Pool play games may end in a tie. For all other games, a ONE PITCH rule shall be applied:

  • The last batter of the previous inning shall be placed on 2nd base. Each batter gets ONE PITCH.
  • Foul ball caught or dropped = OUT
  • Strike, swinging or called = OUT
  • Ball = Batter is awarded a walk
  • Batted Ball = Outcome of play

 

Player Ejection Penalty: The player shall be removed from the current game only. Tournament officials reserve the right to suspend and/or disqualify any ejected player for futures games of the tournament if the ejection is deemed to be morally offensive or threatening in nature to another player, umpire, spectator, tournament staff member or park patron. If there is no substitute available to replace the ejected player, an out will be recorded each time the ejected player was due to come up to bat.


Illegal Bats: Only USA Softball approved bats will be allowed for use. Umpires will be using the current USA Softball non-approved bat list for bat review. Any illegal bat or suspected altered bat discovered during a game will be removed from play and returned at the end of the tournament. The Umpire will report and give the bat to the Field Director for holding until the team has completed tournament play. The Field Director will notify the UIC of the infraction. If the same team is found to be using another illegal bat in subsequent games, the Tournament Director has the discretion to remove the team from play. The results of any play occurring while an illegal bat is in use will follow USA Softball rules.
 
Uniforms: Each player must wear a team jersey which must be similar in color and style, and must have a player/roster number as described by USA Softball rules. No bandanas, non-uniform decorations or tied cloth is allowed on a player's head, neck or body. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the umpire.
 
Jewelry and Loose Accessories: Exposed jewelry or accessories that are judged by the umpire to be dangerous to others must be removed and may not be worn during the game. Examples of items that may be required to be removed are body and facial piercing, rings, necklaces, bracelets, wrist watches, earrings, pagers, cell phones, tobacco tins, and unsecured sunglasses. Medical alert bracelets must be taped to body. Non-removable jewelry must be concealed with tape or bandage.

 

WOMEN'S DIVISION RULES

5280 ELEVATION SHOWDOWN

2019 WOMEN’S DIVISION RULES and FORMAT

ALL ASA RULES SHALL APPLY EXCEPT AS MODIFIED HEREIN

Player Registration: All players must register with proper identification before they are eligible to play in any game. Players must register in their division prior to end of pool play.

Game Time:  Game Time will be considered as Forfeit Time.   Both managers must be ready with a completed line-up sheet 10 minutes prior to game time for coin toss when called by Umpire.  Teams must have 9 players at game start time. 

Home Team:  Home team will be determined by coin toss during pool play, and higher seed during elimination games and Championship/IF games.  

Home team is the official scorekeeper.  Scores should be confirmed at each half inning with the plate umpire.  It is each manager’s responsibility to initial & confirm the umpire’s scorecard and the correct winning team is indicated at the conclusion of every game.  Once leaving the field the Umpires scorecard shall be official.

Game Play Pitch Count:  Start with 1 - 1 count; with no courtesy foul. No new inning shall begin after 50 minutes. Pool games may end in a tie score. Championship/IF games will start after 60 minutes for all championship and if games. The higher seeded team shall be the home team.  The ASA run rule will still apply. 

Double Elimination Bracket Play: Seeding will be based on the following priority:  2-0-0, 1-0-1, 1-1-0, 0-0-2, 0-1-1, and 0-2-0.  Ties will be settled by Head-to-Head, then by runs scored.

Tie Games: Pool play games may end in a tie. For all other games, a ONE PITCH rule shall be applied to the standard international tiebreaker rule: The last batter of the previous inning shall be placed on 2nd base.

Each batter gets ONE PITCH

1) Foul ball: Caught or dropped-OUT

2) Strike: Swing or not, OUT

3) Ball: Batter is awarded a walk.

4) Batted Ball: Outcome of play.

Player Line-ups: Teams must begin and finish with 9 players to avoid forfeit. In the case of starting with only 9 players, an out will be recorded every time the 10th batter comes up. If a 10th player arrives, the player must be immediately entered in game. Any other player arriving after the 10th shall be entered as Substitute. Teams may bat up to 12 using 2 extra hitters. Indicate EH on the line up sheet.

Bases: If there are two bags at first base, the ASA double bag rule is in effect.

ASA Run Rule:

20 runs ahead after 3 innings

15 runs ahead after 4 innings

10 runs ahead after 5 innings

Pitchers are allowed 3 warm ups at beginning of game and 1 thereafter per new inning.

No infield practice / warm up throws after first inning for either team.

Courtesy Runners: One (1) courtesy runner may be used per inning. Any player on the lineup sheet may be used. It is not considered a substitution. If a courtesy runner is on base when their turn at bat comes up:

A) The player who the courtesy runner is running for will be called out.

B) The courtesy runner will be removed from the base and take their turn at bat.

C) A second courtesy runner or a substitute is not permitted at this time.

Illegal bats: Only ASA approved bats will be allowed for use. Umpires will be using the current ASA non-approved bat list for bat review. Any illegal bat discovered during game will be confiscated and returned at the end of the game and recorded on the line up sheet. If the same team is found to be using the bat in subsequent games, the team shall forfeit that game. All play occurred while in use of illegal bat will follow ASA Rules. Any bat accused of being altered shall immediately be brought to the attention of the Women’s Field Tournament Director who shall confer with the UIC for further action if any is to be taken.

Uniforms: Each player must wear a team jersey which must be similar in color, style, and must have a player/roster number as described by ASA rules. Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the division director.

PLAYERS WEAR JEWELRY AT THEIR OWN RISK.

NO BANDANAS OR TIED CLOTH ALLOWED ON NECK.

Women’s Team Eligibility: 2018 ASANA classifications will be used to qualify all women’s division teams. Any teams or players reclassified by their leagues after 2018 roster submission will be held to their new classification upon roster verification. Teams not ASANA registered will be entertained on a case-by-case basis. ANY TEAM deemed to have knowingly misrepresented their division or level of play during the tournament will be considered IMMEDIATELY INELIGIBLE AND SHALL FORFEIT ALL OF THEIR GAMES.

Protests - Ratings/Eligibility: Any rating or eligibility protests must be brought to the attention of the umpire prior to the last pitch of the game. A $200 protest fee shall be presented along with a protest form available from the field rep prior to the last pitch. Protests are only allowed in pool play.

The Tournament director, Field representative and site UIC will make up the protest committee. Any concerns during double elimination games should be brought to the attention of the Tournament director, Field representative, or site UIC. Together the 3 will make a final determination of player eligibility.

Any decision will be based on the player or team’s current ability on the field taking into account what is fair to all teams involved and the integrity of the tournament. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Ejections – ASA accordance: No prior verbal warning is necessary. EJECTIONS CAN BE IMMEDIATE. A player or coach removed from the game by the umpire, usually for an unsportsmanlike act or conduct. A flagrant act will require the player or coach to leave the grounds for the remainder of the game. Team may NOT continue to play shorthanded. If no substitutes are available, the game is a forfeit. If the umpire and/or designated tournament official(s) deems the unsportsmanlike act or conduct as malicious, the ENTIRE team will not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the tournament and the team must vacate the fields. All previous games played shall be legal; all games afterwards shall be forfeits. Let’s have fun and be good sports!

Player Ejection Penalty: Player shall be removed from current game only. Tournament officials reserve the right to suspend and / or disqualify any ejected player for the remainder of the tournament play if ejection is deemed to be threatening in nature to another player, umpire, fan, tournament staff or park patrons; animals or morally offensive to the community.

Tournament Integrity: The competitive integrity of all tournament play is paramount. All participants must adhere to the spirit and letter of the rules. GDASA reserves the right to remove participants for any action that is illegal, harassment, threatening, unethical, and detrimental to the success of the event or constitutes cheating at the sole discretion of Tournament Officials. Tournament officials shall base eligibility issues on participants’ current ability on the field while considering a team’s total ability on the field.