Softball

Tournament Note

LSSC is TURF - NO STEEL SPIKES ALLOWED
NO SEEDS
NO WAGONS

EASTSIDE COMPLEX IS CRUSHED STONE - STEEL SPIKES ALLOWED
EDUCATION THROUGH ATHLETICS / LET’S PLAY 4 U POLICY ON UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR

Dave Betcher and ETA / LP4U is committed to providing every participant with a positive softball experience. The fabric of a sports event is held together by good sportsmanship and mutual respect of everyone involved. ETA / LP4U believes that every participant deserves to be treated with respect. We institute this policy recognizing most of our Coaches, Players, Spectators and Umpires behave in a sportsmanlike manner. They model sporting behavior and do this within the boundaries of good judgment. We are also not naive enough to realize that unsportsmanlike behavior has increased and feel the need to address those behaviors within this policy.

ETA / LP4U wants to communicate our clear expectations for the behavior of our Coaches, Players, Spectators, and Umpires. The guidelines that we are addressing are common sense and reasonable measures for everyone’s behavior.

I. Coaches
A. Coaches are allowed to ask location of pitches and appeal if they feel the batter swung at a pitch. Coaches are not allowed to argue or make unsporting comments on a ball / strike call.
B. Coaches are allowed to ask Umpires to confer with a partner and if the Umpires feel they need more information, they will confer together as a crew. Coaches may calmly ask the Umpire what elements of the play dictated the call that was made. Coaches cannot yell at or berate an Umpire in an unsporting manner if they do not agree with their judgment. Once the Umpire gives their judgment, no further arguing will be allowed.
C. Coaches are allowed to ask for rule interpretations during the game. Coaches are not allowed to verbally address an Umpire in an abusive or profane manner and cannot incite the spectators to poor behavior. They can never make contact with an Umpire.
D. Unsporting behavior at its simplest is defined as any deliberate action that makes an Umpire feel physically threatened, verbally intimidated or emotionally humiliated. Disrespectfully objecting to calls, yelling at, constantly disagreeing with an Umpire or by any action can be deemed unsportsmanlike. Coaches and Managers should always show decorum, respect and observe all game rules whenever questioning an Umpire about a call.

The consequence for violating any of these guidelines will be clearly communicated by the Umpire. If behavior indicates a more severe penalty the consequences can be escalated.

1st Violation - Verbal warning to the Coach and written on lineup card
2nd Violation (by any coach) - The Coach in violation will be restricted to the dugout the remainder of the Game.
3rd Violation (by any coach) - The Coach in violation will be ejected from the Game. An ejected Coach will not participate in the next scheduled Game.
We hope the consequences serve as a reminder. We realize Coaches become intense and sometimes exhibit poor behavior and this behavior is not representative of their normal behavior. These behaviors are expected as part of the Game, but repeated offenses will result in these consequences:

1st Incident – 1 game suspension for the Coach regardless of coaching history, coaching experience or program involvement. This suspension will be in addition to any suspension due to an ejection from the Game.
2nd Incident (within the same season) – 3 Game suspension.
3rd Incident (within the same season) – TBA by Dave Betcher

II. Players

Umpires want to be able to proactively address player behavior with a Coach, ensuring we do not need to activate the consequences. In most cases this is enough to change the behavior. However, the same consequences will apply to individual players as do coaching staffs.

III. Spectators

This is a part of our game that has become an increasing problem and has risen to levels that warrant our intense scrutiny. Because of this, when an Umpire feels the situation escalating, they will ask Coaches to remind their spectators of unsporting or threatening comments, disrespectful cheers, or any abuse toward opposing players and spectators will not be tolerated. The same will apply toward the Umpires.
We realize Coaches have many responsibilities, but know they also have a strong influence on their spectators. If the behavior continues, they will be removed from the venue the remainder of the day or tournament depending on the severity. Coaches will be asked to provide the names of any spectators suspected of these behaviors when requested.

Players and Spectators
1st incident - 2 game suspension
2nd incident – 4 game suspension
3rd incident – TBA by Dave Betcher


We sadly feel the need to strictly enforce this consequence without exception.

Any incident that involves physical abuse by bodily threat, shoving, bumping, or harming an umpire will result in the notification of law enforcement personnel.


Umpire performance:
NFHS Officials Code of Ethics: Officials shall uphold the honor and dignity of the profession in all interaction with athletes, coaches, colleagues and the public. Officials shall remain mindful that their conduct influences the respect that athletes, coaches and the public hold for the profession.
Dave Betcher Events/Let’s Play 4 U recognizes that Umpires possess unique personalities and that their performance may affect any game situation. Coaches are encouraged to contact Dave Betcher Event/Let’s Play 4 U Staff regarding Umpire performance as it relates to game management.

PGF Midwest Regional Championships July 25 - July 31, 2022
Louisville Softball Sports Complex, Peoria, IL
Eastside Sports Center, East Peoria, IL
POOL GAMES’ RULES
NFHS rules apply except for the following:
1. A Coin toss will be conducted at Home Plate to determine the Home/Visitor team.
2. Pool Games will be 80 minutes – Drop Dead, or 7 innings, whichever occurs first. A Pool Game may end sooner than 80 minutes or, or 7 innings, if the Run Ahead Rule is invoked (10 after 4, 8 after 5, 6 after 6). Time begins upon arrival of the Umpires at Home Plate, unless a team is delayed due to the necessity of moving from the site of a previously completed game on another Field. If a batter is at bat when time expires, that batter will complete her turn at bat as defined in NFHS Rule 6-2 (“The time at bat is the period beginning when a batter first enters the batter’s box and continues until put out or the batter becomes a batter-runner.”) All playing action will be completed as a result of the batter completing her turn at bat (i.e. runs scored, etc.). The score of a Pool Game will be the score of the Game at the conclusion of the last play and may end in a Tie.
3. The Final Score will be verified by both Umpires and both Head Coaches before they leave the Field of Play. Each Coach will initial the Umpire’s Game Card.
4. Teams may bat 9 players, any number of players, or utilize a continuous batting order.
5. Free Defensive Substitutions are allowed.
6. Courtesy Runner for Pitcher or Catcher will be the last batter due up if using continuous batting order, or eligible substitute if batting less than entire roster.
7. Pitching Rules. The PGF “PITCHING RULE CHANGE” will be in effect as listed at www.premiergirlsfastpich.com. “The stride foot may be on or behind the plate as far back as desired. Once the Pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she may NOT step, drag or slide it back any further.” OBVIOUS infractions of the Pitching Rule will be called as Illegal Pitches and the penalty enforced.
8. Jewelry is permitted unless deemed dangerous by the umpires, in which case it shall be removed.
9. The bat shall bear either the 2000, 2004 or the USA Softball All Games certification mark.
10. These games are NON Protest games. Umpires’ decision on the field is final.

PGF Midwest Regional Championships July 25 – July 31, 2022
Louisville Softball Sports Complex, Peoria, IL
Eastside Sports Center, East Peoria, IL

BRACKET GAMES’ RULES
NFHS rules apply except for the following:
1. A Coin toss will be conducted at Home Plate to determine the Home/Visitor team.
2. Bracket Games will be 7 innings. A Bracket Game may end sooner than 7 innings if the Run Ahead Rule is invoked (10 after 4, 8 after 5, 6 after 6).
3. A Bracket game will begin when the Umpires arrive at Home Plate, unless a team is delayed due to the necessity of moving from the site of a previously completed game on another Field.
4. The Final Score will be verified by both Umpires and both Head Coaches before they leave the Field of Play. Each Coach will initial the Umpire’s Game Card.
5. Teams may list 9 starting Players or 10 starting Players if utilizing the DP/Flex option on the Lineup Card, but may only bat 9 Players
6. Courtesy Runners for the Pitcher and Catcher will be an eligible substitute.
7. The International Tie Breaker Rule will be utilized if the score is tied after the condition of Rule 2 is satisfied. The runner placed on 2nd Base will be the last player to have completed her turn at bat in the previous inning.
8. Pitching Rules. The PGF “PITCHING RULE CHANGE” will be in effect as listed at www.premiergirlsfastpich.com. “The stride foot may be on or behind the plate as far back as desired. Once the Pitcher sets the toe of her stride foot, she may NOT step, drag or slide it back any further.” OBVIOUS infractions of the Pitching Rule will be called as Illegal Pitches and the penalty enforced.
9. Jewelry is permitted unless deemed dangerous by the umpires, in which case it shall be removed.
10. The bat shall bear either the 2000, 2004 or the USA Softball All Game certification mark.
11. These Games are NON protest Games. Umpire’s decision on the Field is final.

2022 PGF Midwest Regional Championships Peoria Illinois 16 UNDER

Jul 28 - 31, 2022
East Peoria, IL • Peoria, IL
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