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 at email@example.com or phone 709-576-3397.
1. TECHNICAL CHAIRPERSON
The teams/athletes competing in U16 Girls 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 U16 Girls 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
U16 Girls Softball
Participants must be born in 2004 or later (16 and under, and at least 14 years of age as of December 31, 2020).
5. PARTICIPANTS PER REGION
Maximum team size = 15 female athletes.
Minimum team size = 12 female athletes.
U16 Girls 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 female.
6. STAFF SELECTION
All coaches and managers must be at least 19 years of age as of December 31, 2020.
All coaches must have In-Training Status of the NCCP Competition Introduction 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 U16 Girls Softball regional qualifiers: Wednesday July 8, 2020
- Final U16 Girls Softball regional qualifier schedules will be released no later than Friday July 10, 2020
- U16 Girls Softball regional qualifier dates: July 18 – 19, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Teams must compete at the 2020 Softball Newfoundland and Labrador U16 Girls 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 U16 Girls Softball regional qualifiers please email the Technical Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (U16 Girls Division).
Female Softball is a 2nd half sport set for August 17 - 21 2016.
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
U16 Girls 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 U16 Girls 2016 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 U16 Girls 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 email@example.com
Coach Certification and Dress Code
- As noted, all coaches must have a minimum In Training Status of the Softball NCCP Competition Introduction coaching program. Contact Softball Newfoundland and Labrador by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to check certification or to register for an off season 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 U16 Girls, fair play pitching rules do not apply;
- Pitchers must wear a protective face mask;
- Illegal pitches: The umpire shall warn the pitcher on an illegal pitch. The next infraction will result in a ball on the batter and all runners advanced one base.
Official Line Up
- The official batting order shall consist of 9 players. The designated player (DP) and FLEX are permitted;
- 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;
- Teams may score a maximum of 5 runs per inning with the exception of the 7th inning ("open inning"). Softball Canada run ahead rule will be in effect:
- After (15 run lead after 2.5 or 3 innings, 10 after 3.5 or 4 innings and 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
- In the U16 Girls division, stealing is permitted.
- Catchers are permitted to attempt a pick off at any base that a runner leads off;
- Base runners are permitted to advance bases including home plate as per normal rules;
- 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 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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