Island Softball Rules & Regulations 


  • Tournament will be in a double elimination format. Every team will be guaranteed at least 2 games.


  • ASA, USSSA & NSA approved bats will be allowed.


  • The 'run rule' is 20 runs after 3 innings, 15 runs after 4 innings, and 10 runs after 5 innings.


  • The higher seeded team is the home team in all first round games (based on registration date). A coin flip will determine the home team in all games afterward.


  • Teams should be at the field before the scheduled start. Managers should give lineups to the scorers/umpires at least 5 minutes before game time. 


  • Please refrain from using foul language as this can result in ejection. 


  • Hitters will start with a full count. A foul ball is an out.


  • If a ball hits a outfield tree in the air it is considered a home run. There is no fence so each team has unlimited home runs (Middle Bass Tournament).


  • Each team will have 3 home runs per game then 1 up (Put-in-Bay Tournament).


  • Roster may not exceed 20 players. For Co-ed teams there must be at least 5 women on the field and in the lineup at all times. 


  • Up to 2 players not on the roster of any team may be added prior to the start of the game. 


  • Teams may play with 8 or 9 players as long as 4 of them are female. Every time the 9th or 10th batter is up it is an automatic out.


  • Teams may bat up to 14 players.


  • The batting order must alternate genders (except if there is one less female than males on the roster and playing; ie: playing with 9). Women can bat back to back if there are more women in the lineup than men. If playing with 10 you must bat 5 and 5.


  • If a man walks with 2 outs the following woman may elect to automatically walk or take an at-bat. The man will advance to second base (regardless of how many outs there are) whether the woman decides to walk or hit. 


  • One courtesy runner will be allowed in each inning. Runner must be the same gender as the player they are replacing and must be the last batted out of their gender. If the gender of the runner replacing the player has not recorded an out, the last batter of that gender will be the runner. 


  • Time limit is 50 minutes (subject to change/be extended depending on the number of teams and how fast the games are moving). No inning shall start after 50 minutes have elapsed. Teams must be alerted by the umpire before the start of the last inning. There will be no time limit for the championship game. 


  • Each game will consist of 7 innings unless the time limit is up.


  • All plays at home plate are force plays. No contact is to be made with the catcher or player covering home plate. If the runner makes excessive contact with the catcher they are out. If the catcher is blocking the plate the runner will be called safe. Excessive contact to be determined by the umpire.


  • If a runner is deemed more than halfway between 3rd and home and the ball is at home plate the runner will be out. There will be a marker.


  • The umpire and/or tournament director will be the final arbiters for any protests. 





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