Softball A/B

Liability & Code of Conduct  

Managers will agree to the liability and code of conduct when registering their teams.  

Rosters

  • Rosters will be checked.
  • All players MUST be on the official online roster, and meet the eligibility requirements. It is the manager's responsibility to ensure all players are eligible and registered. Once rosters are frozen, no additional players can be added.
    • Any ineligible player will be removed from the tournament immediately. Games in which the ineligible player participated, will be recorded as a 0-7 forfeit. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    • In the event of emergency or player injury, resulting in less than 8 players on the Official Roster, a team may petition the Tournament Director to add a player.  
      • Any petitions for roster additions must be received at least 2-hours prior to game time.  Petitions are not guaranteed. 
    • It is the Manager's responsibility to have his players' birth certificates in the case of any question regarding the age of his players. If questioned, failure to produce birth certificates will result in a forfeit.
    • See Softball Eligibility for age eligibility.

Rainouts & Cancellations

  • Rainout Line  636-537-4770  x2, x1
  • 3GG:  Full refund if the tournament is cancelled. No refund if two games are played. 50% refund if one game is played. 
  • 4GG:  Full refund if the tournament is cancelled. No refund if three games are played. 50% refund if two games are played.  75% refund if one game is played
  • Tournament Director reserves the right to shorten game times
  • If a tournament is cancelled by PVT for any reason other than weather, (i.e. not reaching the minimum number of teams in a division) those teams will receive a 100% refund of that tournament registration fee.  Teams may also choose to apply the refund to a future tournament.   
  • No refunds after registration closes.

Pregame Warm-Ups

  • FULL infield or outfield pregame warm-up is not permitted on the game field.  Teams should split the infield and outfield respective to their dugout side.  Ground balls should be hit from foul territory from behind 1B and 3B, players fielding the ground balls past 2B.  Please do not remove the batting cage nets or L-screens located in the cages or the soft-toss nets located by the game fields.  

Softball A/B Format

Game Times, Seeding & Mercy Rules

Pool, Bracket & Consolation Games
  • 7 innings or 1 hr 20 min, with no new inning after 1 hr 15 min
  • Pool games can end in tie
Championship Games
  • 7 innings or 1 hr 30 min, with no new inning after 1 hr 25 min
  • In the event of a tie, all Championship Games will play one extra inning. If the game is still tied after the extra inning, a second extra inning will be played with the PVT Tie-Breaker Rule.
Complete Games
  • A game will be considered complete, if the Home team is winning after 2.5 innings played, or the Visiting team is winning after 3 innings.
Mercy Rules
  • 15 runs after the 3rd inning (2 ½ if home team is winning)
  • 10 runs after the 4th inning (3 ½ if home team is winning)
  • 8 runs after the 5th inning  (4 ½ if home team is winning)
Seeding & Pool Tie Breakers

  • Home Visitor
    • Pool-Play:  Home team will be determined by a coin flip.
    • Bracket-Play: Home team will be determined by the higher seed
  • Teams will be seeded after Pool-Play 
    • The higher seed in each tournament single elimination or championship round game will be declared the Home team for that game. Qualifying teams will be seeded from the highest seed to the lowest seed.  After seeding, qualifying teams will advance to the elimination round or championship round play.

Seeding:

  1. Best pool record
  2. Head to head winner (if more than 2 teams, move to #3)
  3. Fewest runs allowed
  4. Most runs scored
  5. Coin flip
  • Championship round will be played to winner, PVT Tie Breaker in effect after 1 hr 15 PVT Tie Breaker: Each half inning will start with the bases loaded and one (1) out. Each team will continue the batting order from the previous inning, with the three (3) previous batters occupying the bases; the last batter occupying 1st base, the next batter occupying 2nd base and the 3rd batter occupying 3rd base.

Forfeits

  • Any team that forfeits a pool-play game will NOT qualify nor advance to the single elimination or championship round play. Games will be recorded as 0-7 forfeit.

Bat Restriction Rules

  • No drop restrictions.
  • Must have 2 ¼” barrel
  • Must meet USA requirements (Rule 3, Section 1) and bear the Official USA/ASA emblem.
  • Baseball bats are not permitted. Non-Approved Bat List
  • Bat violations during a game will result in an out recorded for that batter. Second violation during the same game will result in the ejection of that player and team's manager. Any third violation in the same game will result in that team forfeiting the game. Protests of bat rules MUST be done during the game (protest fee applies).

Protest Rules

  • All protests require a $100 fee with payment immediately at the time of the protest.
  • All protests can only be made to the PVT Tournament Director or UIC.
  • Protests can only be made for tourney rule violations, not umpire judgement calls.
  • Protests for violations of pitching and bat rules must be made immediately upon violation of those rules.
  • Protests for roster violations must be made before or during the game. If made after the game, they will be nullified.

CVAC F Quad Turf Field Rules

  • No Seeds (sunflower or other) allowed on field, in dugouts or in spectator seating.
  • Water only allowed in dugouts or on the field. No Gatorade or other sports drinks.
  • No Gum
  • No Metal Cleats
  • No hitting nets or batting tools allowed on turf fields
  • No Smoking on or near the complex

All A/B Divisions will follow USA Rules with the following exceptions:

  • All divisions may start and finish game with 8 players
  • Option to Bat Full Roster
    • Player leaving early: roster will condense with no penalty
    • Player arriving late: added to the bottom of the roster with no penalty
  • Courtesy runner is permitted for the catcher and the pitcher (of the last defensive inning). Courtesy runner is to be the player who made the last out.
  10U 12U 14U
Total Fielders 9 9 9
Max Runs Per Inning 5 unlimited unlimited
Illegal Pitches no yes yes
Stealing yes yes yes
Stealing Home yes yes yes
Dropped 3rd Strike yes yes yes
Infield Fly Observed yes yes yes
Lookback Rule yes yes yes
Metal Spikes no no yes*

 

* Except on turf fields