Effective January 1, 2020 Triple Crown will be using National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball rules with a few modifications that are listed below.
All rule questions will be interpreted by the Triple Crown tournament director and the spirit or intent of the rule as written by the governing body.
PITCHING MODIFICATION: While the pitcher takes the signal, her stride foot may be on or behind the pitcher’s plate as far back as desired. Once the pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she CANNOT move it to increase the distance behind the pitcher’s plate. In addition, the pitcher must take or appear to take a signal while in the pitching and signal-taking positions. INTENTIONAL WALKS:All pitches including a pitchout must be legally pitched to the catcher and ball is live.
COURTESY RUNNER:We will be using the written NFHS courtesy runner rule, which states the courtesy runner must be an eligible sub that has not been in the game at any capacity.
Softballs: The tournament will provide balls.
Protests: Any roster protests must be accompanied by a $100 fee, be made at the plate by the opposing team’s manager only and presented before the final out has been recorded. Triple Crown will provide due diligence in regards to the player’s eligibility and return the fee in the event of a successful protest.
Forfeit Time: Game time is forfeit time unless a team is held up by a late running game. The the team will have 10 minutes to change fields. Ejections/Illegal Players/Unsportsmanlike Behaviors:
Any coach or player ejected from a game will sit out a minimum of the following game and up to one year at Triple Crown Sports discretion.
The Triple Crown Sportsmanship Committee will be the final arbiter on all ejections and suspensions.
Ineligible players will be removed at the time of discovery and suspended for the remainder of the tournament. The head coach will be removed from the game, suspended a minimum of one additional game and up to one year at the discretion of Triple Crown Sports.
Rosters are frozen once play begins. Players may only play on one roster during the event. Violation of this rule we result in immediate removal of the player and/or team from the event.
Any player who has played on a college roster (JUCO, NAIA, NCAA) is NOT eligible to play in this event. Seniors who are taking summer coursework before their college freshman year, can still play in TCS events.
Line Ups: Triple Crown allows the use of an EP/EH and the DP/Flex in the same lineup, if your team chooses to use this option.Click here for a sample of lineups you can use during a game, if applicable.
Participation: You participate in or attend this event at your own risk and will not hold Triple Crown Sports, city parks, the umpires or anyone else responsible for injury. All Teams have indicated they have insurance for these situations and have signed a release of liability.
(*Please note each tournament/event may have its own set of rules, exceptions, and variations. Please see specific tournament details and rules below.)
Event Specific Tournament Rules:
1 hour 30 minute time limit for match up games. All bracket games will be a full 7 Innings.
Run Rule - 8 runs after 5 innings
Free substitution in matchup games ONLY
Matchup games can end in a tie and does not affect your placement in the bracket. All brackets will be pre-seeded based on US Club Rankings and current knowledge of the roster.
International Tie Breaker will be: 8th Inning - last scheduled batter starts on 2nd base, 9th inning - last 2 scheduled batters on 2nd and 3rd, 10th inning - last 3 scheduled batters on 3rd, 2nd & 1st.
Every team must have a completed roster on the Triple Crown website with digital signatures from all parents/guardians.
Every team must have current and updated team insurance on their Triple Crown profile.
Every team must report their lodging on the Triple Crown website in order to be put in the bracket.
Game balls provided by Triple Crown.
No gate fees at this tournament
Water jugs will be in every dugout. Players and coaches are responsible for bringing their own water bottles to fill up. Water cups will NOT be provided