Softball C/Rec

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. No player may appear on more than one roster for the same event, regardless of age or division.
    • 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.

C/Rec Eligibility

Teams For Teams to be eligible to participate in the Rec/C Series Tournaments:
  1. All pick-up players must come from a participation team within the team's own league with a maximum of 4 players.
  2. Must not have an "A" or "B" players on their team even if they are a rostered player on a recreational team.
  3. Can not have a player on their roster from another team in the current Tournament.
  4. Teams outside of recreational leagues can apply for entry to the Tournaments and must be considered a "C" or “Rec” level team.
  5. A team playing in more than 3 "A" or "B" tournaments risk eligibility for the tournaments.
Players For Players to be eligible to participate in the Rec/C Series:
  1. Must play in a recreational league or not on an active roster for an "A" or "B" team for current year.
  2. Cannot play on multiple teams in the same Tournament in the same division.
  3. Can only be a guest player on an "A" or "B" team for 3 tournaments.
  4. Cannot be a regular player on a roster of an "A" or "B" team.

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 Rec/C 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.

Equipment

  • An approved protective face mask is required for the pitcher position.  It is strongly encouraged for other infielders.

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 C/Rec Divisions will follow USA Rules with the following exceptions:

  • May start and finish game with 7 players
  • 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
  • Max runs per inning = 5
  • Run Limit: at the end of the time limit, if either team is ahead by more runs than can be scored in the half (1/2) inning, the game will be called complete and the inning will not be concluded.
  • Courtesy runner is permitted for the catcher and the pitcher (of the last defensive inning), or an injured player (at bat or on bases). The last out will be used as the courtesy runner or the least most likely player to come up to bat.
10U C/Rec Special Rules
  • Infield Fly Rule IS in effect.
  • Dropped third (3rd) strike rule is NOT in effect.
  • An offensive play is dead when any infielder has control of the ball inside the base paths in fair territory. At that time runners can only progress to the next base they are attempting to reach if they are more than half way to that next base.
  • Stealing is allowed, one base per pitch, except home plate.
    • Runners may not steal nor advance to home plate on a pick-off attempt at third (3rd ) base by the catcher or any other fielder, nor on a passed ball or wild pitch, but remains liable to be put-out if they come off the base
    • A batter who receives a base on balls cannot advance past first (1st) base until the pitcher delivers the next pitch

8U C/Rec Special Rules

  • Pitching machine set to 33 mph
  • The umpire will feed the machine and be responsible for setting the machine settings.
  • Strikes ONLY will be called and enforced (swung and looked at).
  • No walks.
  • Bunting is not allowed. A bunt or attempt will be called a strike.
  • Lead-offs are not permitted.
    • Runner must not leave the base until the ball has been hit or is forced to advance. Penalty: runner is out (1 warning per team). Catcher is not allowed to pick-off runners.
  • Stealing is not permitted.
  • Infield fly rule is NOT in effect.
  • Dropped third (3rd) strike rule is NOT in effect.
  • Overthrows –. Runners may advance one base on any overthrow at their own risk, including home. In the event of multiple overthrows, runners may advance at their own risk.
    • The ball is dead as soon as it goes out of play.  The umpire shall start with the lead runner when assigning bases, which may result in following runners not being awarded a base.
  • An offensive play is dead when any infielder has control of the ball, inside the base paths, in fair territory. At that time runners can only progress to the next base they are attempting to reach if they are more than half way to that next base.
  • Batted balls hitting the pitching machine, generator, the person feeding the machine, or if any player attempts to field a ball by stepping into the circle and making a play on a ball rolling through the circle (if a player puts one foot in the circle while making a play on a ball outside of the circle, this will be a live ball and play will continue), are considered dead and all play will stop. Runners will advance a base only, if forced.
    • If the ball becomes lodged in, under, or within the power supply, comes to rest, or if a player touches the ball within the circle, it will be considered “out-of-play” and the runner will be awarded first base. All other base-runners will advance to the next base, if forced.

PVT C/Rec Softball Rules Grid

  7U 8U 10U 12U 14U
Total Fielders 10 10 10 9 9
Max Runs Per Inning 5 5 5 5 5
Illegal Pitches n/a n/a no yes yes
Stealing no no 1 base per pitch unlimited unlimited
Stealing Home no no no yes yes
Bases on Overthrow 1 1 unlimited unlimited unlimited
Dropped 3rd Strike n/a n/a no yes yes
Infield Fly Observed no no yes yes yes
Lookback Rule no * no * no * yes yes

 

* Play ends when an infielder has control of the ball inside the base paths in fair territory. At that time, runners can only progress to the next base they are attempting to reach, if they are more than halfway to the next base. An outfielder cannot run the ball into the infield. 

7U/8U pitching machine will be set to 33 mph. No walks, players either hit or strikeout. No bunting. No leadoffs. Runner may not leave the base until the ball has been hit, or is forced to advance. Penalty: runner is out. No pick-offs.