NLGAMES Bay Roberts 2020
Technical Packages for the NLGames are developed by the Provincial Sport Organization governing each respective sport. Questions should be directed to the Technical Chairperson as noted in Section 1 below, or to the SportNL Games Coordinator Stephanie Fowler by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 709-576-3397.
1. TECHNICAL CHAIRPERSON
The teams/athletes competing in U14 Boys Softball at the NL Games will be at the Train to Train stage of Long Term Athlete Development and will have participated in the 2020 Boys U14 Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Fastpitch Championships in July. All team members and staff must be registered members in good standing with Softball Newfoundland and Labrador. To represent a particular region, an athlete must meet regulations governing regional eligibility as per NL Games Policy. Teams must carry a minimum of twelve (12) players to be eligible for all Games competition.
4. AGE CLASSIFICATION
U14 Boys Softball
Participants must be born in 2006 or later (14 and under, and at least 12 years of age as of December 31, 2020).
5. PARTICIPANTS PER REGION
Maximum team size = 15 male athletes.
Minimum team size = 12 male athletes.
U14 Boys Regional Softball teams are permitted to carry a maximum of three staff; at least two of whom are designated as the coach/assistant coach. Of the staff, at least two must be male.
6. STAFF SELECTION
All coaches and managers must be at least 19 years of age as of December 31, 2020.
All coaches must have a minimum of In Training Status of the Competition Introduction NCCP coaching program for Softball.
Coaches and managers must also have a Certificate of Conduct (RNC or RCMP) and Vulnerable Sector Check (RCMP) on file with Softball Newfoundland and Labrador.
7. REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
- Registration deadline for U14 Boys Softball regional qualifiers: Wednesday July 8, 2020
- Final U14 Boys Softball regional qualifier schedules will be released no later than Friday July 10, 2016
- U14 Boys Softball regional qualifier dates: July 18 – 19, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Teams must compete at the 2020 Softball Newfoundland and Labrador U14 Boys Fastpitch Provincial Championships to be eligible to enter any regional qualifier or represent a particular region at the 2020 NL Summer Games.
8. REGIONAL CONTACTS
For information on all U14 Boys Softball regional qualifiers please email the Technical Chairperson at email@example.com
9. REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Each regional team must be registered with the Host by July 31 2020 through an online registration system that will be provided by the Host.
10. GAMES-TIME MEETINGS
One coach or staff representative from each region and each sport is required to attend the following meetings in the Host region at the commencement of the NLGames:
- Coach / Manager General Meeting - date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by SportNL and including brief presentations from the Host Committee - will cover logistical information on transportation, accommodations, food services, entertainment, venues, etc.
- Sport Technical Meeting - date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by the Technical Chair of your sport - will cover sport-specific technical information for your competition.
Softball Newfoundland and Labrador sanction this competition. Except where noted (see Section 15 “Technical Information”), rules for this competition will be governed by Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Minor Playing rules (U14 Boys Division).
Male Softball is a 2nd half sport set for August 19 - 23 2020.
Final schedules will be posted on www.nlgames.ca in early August after regional teams are selected and registration is completed.
Wilbur Sparkes Sports Complex
Langdon Critch and Kevin Critch Fields
Will be presented to each regional team member of the first, second and third place finishers.
15. TECHNICAL INFORMATION
U14 Boys Fastpitch Softball
Two division single round robin with top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin advancing to medal round. 1st place in each division will play for Gold. 2nd place in each division to play for Bronze.
Tie Breaking Procedures
- Head to head record.
- If there is still a tie, the team with the best plus/minus (+ or - 7) in all round robin games will be given the higher placing.
- If teams are still tied, the team who had the least total number of runs scored against for all round robin games will receive the higher placing.
- If teams are still tied, the team with the highest total number of runs scored will receive the higher placing.
- If teams are still tied, plus/minus ratio (total number of runs scored for + total number of runs scored against/total number of runs for) will apply. The lower plus/minus ratio will win the tie breaker.
- If two teams are still tied a coin toss will take place to determine positioning.
Softball Newfoundland and Labrador sanction the U14 Boys 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games Fastpitch Championships. Except where noted below, rules for this competition will be governed by Softball Canada 2020 Official Rule Book.
Qualifying tournaments and registration process
- Teams that do not follow proper registration procedures may not be permitted to participate in regional qualifying tournaments;
- A team will be considered registered for a Softball Newfoundland and Labrador sanctioned NL Games qualifying tournament only when the following conditions are met:
- Registration must meet all NL Games and Softball Newfoundland and Labrador deadlines;
- Teams/Athletes entering Regional Qualifiers must have competed in the 2020 U14 Boys Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Fastpitch Championships in (July);
- All roster information must be submitted upon registration using proper forms provided by Softball Newfoundland and Labrador. Incomplete registration forms will not be accepted by Softball Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Only players, coaches, and team officials that are in "good standing" with Softball Newfoundland and Labrador will be permitted to register and participate.
- All players participating in a Softball Newfoundland and Labrador sanctioned qualifying tournament must appear on the official roster. Rosters are "official" once they are released by the Softball Newfoundland and Labrador office to the tournament director. If a team is discovered to have used an ineligible player the team will face disciplinary action and possible removal from the tournament;
- For all other tournament registration information please visit the Softball Newfoundland and Labrador website (www.softballnl.ca) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Certification and Dress Code
- As noted, all coaches must have a minimum of In Training Status of the Competition Introduction NCCP coaching program for Softball. Contact Softball Newfoundland and Labrador at email@example.com to check certification or to register for coaching courses;
- Coaches are expected to dress in proper attire for the softball field. Coaches are not permitted to wear clothing that references alcohol, tobacco, or anything deemed inappropriate by the umpire, Tournament Director, or Softball Newfoundland and Labrador representatives;
- Sandals and flip flops are not permitted. Footwear must have closed toes and provide proper support.
Pitching Rotation Rule and Illegal Pitches
- In U14 Boys, teams must have a minimum of 2 pitchers. Pitchers may pitch a maximum of 4.0 innings (consecutive or non-consecutive) in a regulation 7.0 inning game. If a game needs extra innings to complete, a player who pitched 4.0 innings in regulation may pitch again without limitation. This applies to the playoff round also.
Please Note: A pitcher will be considered to have pitched 1.0 inning if he has thrown 1 pitch;
- Illegal pitches will NOT be called against pitchers in the U14 Boys division. Umpires may advise the coach of any pitcher that pitches "illegal" for the purpose of helping the developing pitcher. At the umpire's discretion, if the pitcher continues to pitch using an illegal motion AND it gives the pitcher an unfair advantage against the opposing team the coach will be told by the umpire to change the pitcher. If the umpire feels that the illegal motion is not advantageous to the pitcher the umpire will not ask for a pitching change.
- All pitchers must wear a protective face mask.
Official Line Up
Important Note: For defensive purposes and fair play, in U14 Boys Softball competition 1.0 inning will be the equivalent of 3 outs OR application of the 5 run rule to end an inning (see Scoring below).
- The official batting order shall consist of 9 players. The designated player (DP) and FLEX are not permitted;
- Fair play rules apply to playing time and substitutions. Softball Canada substitution and re-entry rules apply (players in the starting line-up may re-enter the game 1 time; players that do not start are not permitted to re-enter once removed from the game. All substitutions must be announced to the home plate umpire, who will notify the scorekeeper, or risk penalty upon official appeal by the non-offending team;
- The remaining players (substitutes) must be listed on the bottom of the line-up card and must remain on the bench or they are not eligible to play;
- In a 7.0 inning game a player must play a minimum of 3.0 innings/9 outs (unless he/she is a member of the home team and the game is called after 6.5 innings) and have at least one at bat. In any game that ends early due to the mercy rule it is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that all players play a minimum of 2.0 innings in the field and attempt to get at least one at bat. The only exception that may be permitted is when a team that has more players than the team they are facing. The team with the larger roster has the following options: (A) match team with less players (i.e. if a team has 15 players and the opponent has 12, the team with 15 may elect to play 12 players in that game, or (B) play using the full roster. In either situation (A or B) it is the responsibility of the coach with the larger roster to inform the Plate umpire, scorekeeper, and opposing coach prior to the official start of the game. This should be written on the official lineup card. NOTE: If a team elects to shorten their game roster to match an opposing team and has players from a lower age category (U14's playing U16 or U12's playing U14) the coach is not permitted to sit out the players designated for the category of play (i.e. U14's playing up are not permitted to displace U16's or U12's playing up are not permitted to displace U14's. See Softball NL Athlete Eligibility Policy www.softballnl.ca/policies/athlete-eligibility-policy-minor/ for more information).
- Teams may score a maximum of 5 runs per inning with the exception of the 7th inning ("open inning"). Softball Canada run ahead rules will be in effect (15 run lead after 2.5 or 3 innings, 10 run lead after 4.5 or 5 innings, 7 run lead after 4.5, 5, 5.5 or 6 innings);
- Maximum +/- rating in any game is +/- 7. If the home team is leading after an official game has been ended (either 6.5 innings or other i.e. weather, darkness, etc.) the game is over and will not continue for the purpose of a team attempting to gain a +7 rating;
- The I.S.F. Tie Breaking Rule will be in effect after 7 complete innings. This applies to all tournament games.
- Teams must have 9 defensive players (3 Outfielders).
- If the player who caught in the previous ½ inning is on base with 2 outs he MUST be replaced with the player furthest in the batting order and not on base (not necessarily the player who recorded the 2nd out in the inning). The team is not charged with a substitution, as the purpose is to speed up the game.
Stealing Based/Advance on Bases
- Stealing is permitted at all bases as per Softball Canada 2020 Rulebook;
- On a dropped 3rd strike the batter may attempt to advance to first base only if first base in unoccupied with less than 2 outs. If there are 2 outs, the batter may attempt to advance regardless of whether or not first base is occupied;
Bats must be approved as per Softball Canada Certification Standards "2016 Approved Bat List" for the U14 Boys and U16 Girls divisions. For more information go to http://www.softball.ca/?lid=UCTWF-WS6JU-WE7M3
Acceptable Certification Stamps
Any bat that appears on the ISF Approved Bat List and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event or,
- Any bat that appears on the ASA Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000 or 2004 certification stamp will also be accepted for play at a Softball Canada event.
- The bat must meet the compression standards outlined by the ISF and can be tested to ensure they are in the proper range.
- The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.
General Competition Notes
- Bases are 60 feet apart; first base must be a double base.
- Plastic or rubber non detachable cleats - no metal or detachable cleats permitted.
- Athletes are required to wear an approved protective helmet with an attached face guard while batting and running the bases. Helmets must be attached and fastened at all times. A protective helmet must be fully enclosed with two earflaps, a foam liner and a peak. Umpires will conduct equipment inspections prior to each game and equipment that is removed will be returned to the team at the conclusion of tournament play.
- Team members should dress in the same general style and color (hats, tops, and pants).
- If a player is on the field acting as a coach, he must wear a full batting helmet.
- Any person (coach or player) who warms up the pitcher in a squat position must wear a full-face mask. This includes on the sideline or outside the dugout.
- Catchers must wear a full-face mask (with throat protector), chest protector, shin pads, appropriate glove, and protective cup. All equipment must fit properly. A team may be required to change catchers if in the umpire’s opinion the equipment does not fit properly.
- In both regional and summer games competitions, teams must consist of and have at the field 12-15 players all of whom must play (see fair play rules above). Note: a team that has 10 - 11 players may be permitted to compete if they can prove to the satisfaction of the technical chair that the team attempted to register 12 players.
- All players on a team’s roster must be present AND participate in each of his/her team’s round robin games to be eligible to play in the playoffs.
- Any ejections of players or coaches will result an automatic one game suspension. The coach or player will not be permitted to participate in their next scheduled game.
16. NLGAMES POLICIES
Sport policies are under review and will be available at www.nlgames.ca when complete.
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